(QUEENS, NY) Today, State Senator Tony Avella, along with the City Club of New York, Queens Civic Congress, members of Willets Point United Inc., NYC Parks Advocates, and nearby residents/business owners opposed to the “Willets West” mega-mall proposal, announced that the Appellate Division of the First Department issued a historic decision in their favor which will keep parkland public.

July 2, 2015



 (ALBANY, NY) Today, State Senator Tony Avella announced that he has been named Chair of the Senate Committee on Children and Families. The prestigious committee position, which handles a wide portfolio of bills, was assigned to Senator Avella on Thursday, June 18th.

June 22, 2015

Forum/Town Hall: POST-PONED The Current State of Homelessness in New York City

This event has been post-poned.

Senate Task Force on the Delivery of Social Services in New York City
Chair: Senator Tony Avella
Meeting: The Current State of Homelessness in New York City
Place: Senate Hearing Room, 250 Broadway, 19th Floor, New York, New York
Time: 11:00 A.M.
Contact: Dawa Jung (718) 357-3094; (347) 653-9400
Media Contact: Heather Sager (718) 357-3094; (917) 244-7945

June 30, 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM

The Indian Panorama: Avella/ Brennan Bill establishing non-profit incorporation for Hindu, Sikh and Islamic groups passes both Houses

ALBANY, NY (TIP): State Senator Tony Avella and Assembly Member James Brennan announced, June 17, that their bill to provide a means of nonprofit incorporation for organized groups affiliated with the Hindu, Sikh, and Islamic faiths for legal and tax purposes.

June 19, 2015

The Legislative Gazette: Lawmakers want new pet owners to get care instructions

A new Pet Care Instruction bill that would require pet dealers in New York state to provide pet buyers with instructions about small animal care was passed by the Senate on Tuesday and is awaiting action in the Assembly. The bill was sponsored by Sen. Tony Avella, D-Whitestone, and Assemblywomen Linda Rosenthal, D- Manhattan.

June 18, 2015

Capitol Confidential- Pet Care Instruction bill passes in Senate

No legislative session would be complete without at least one flora or fauna bill such as naming a state reptile or flea or creeping vine.

In that vein, we bring you the Pet Care Instruction bill proposed by Democratic Sen. Tony Avella, who is something of an animal rights champion.

June 16, 2015

Times Ledger- Senate bill would allow local input on special alcohol permits

The state Senate unanimously passed, minus one abstention, state Sen. Tony Avella’s (D-Bayside) bill that would require the State Liquor Authority to notify community boards when local businesses submit special liquor license permit applications.

The bill specifically applies to special permits that would allow an establishment to sell alcohol outside of normal weekday hours, usually for New Year’s Eve and other holidays.

June 16, 2015

Queens Chronicle: A Pool Party at Samuel Field Y

A ribbon-cutting and dedication ceremony for the newly renamed and renovated Tanenbaum Family Pool in Little Neck was held last Thursday, with its benefactors, elected officials and leaders of the Samuel Field Y all joining in the celebration.

Formerly the Deepdale Community Pool, the facility is located across the street from the Y, which renovated it, largely using a donation from the Tanenbaum family, and will operate it.

June 11, 2015

Times Union- Bill to make oil shippers, terminals prove cleanup cash heads to the wire at Capitol

A state lawmaker from Albany is making another bid to require companies that ship or store Bakken crude oil or tar sands oil — like the railroads and two terminals at the Port of Albany — to put up financial guarantees to cover the multimillion-dollar costs of dealing with spills, fires or explosions.

June 10, 2015

NBC New York- I-Team: NY Senate Passes Bill to Close Sex Offender Residency Loophole

The New York state Senate has passed a bill that requires the state to establish a uniform standard of measuring and enforcing sex offender residency rules following an I-Team report that revealed a discrepancy in how far from a school offenders can live, the I-Team has learned exclusively.

June 9, 2015

NBC News- Parents Fight to Change Textbooks Over Disputed Water Claims

A group of Korean-American parents in New York is stepping up efforts to ask the state legislature to pass a bill introduced last year that would require school textbooks to include the name "East Sea" when referring to a body of water between Korea and Japan often called the "Sea of Japan."

"It's a common area that does not belong to Japan," Christine Colligan, co-president of the Korean American Parents Association of Greater New York, told NBC News.

June 8, 2015

Times Ledger- Samuel Field Y unveils Tanenbaum Family Pool

The Samuel Field Y held a ribbon cutting ceremony Thursday to announce more than $850,000 in renovations and upgrades to the Deepdale Pool Club, which under the care of the Y was renamed the Tanenbaum Family Pool.

June 5, 2015

Capitol Confidential- Avella applauds JCOPE lobbying guidelines

Queens state Sen. Tony Avella, who has been pushing a bill to require more disclosure by political consultants, is heaping praise on new guidelines issued by the Joint Commission on Public Ethics that seek to achieve the same goal.

May 29, 2015

James H. Dunn

A lifelong Queens resident, James H. Dunn honorably served in the United States Marine Corps during the Vietnam War, enlisting in the Armed Services at the age of 19. Mr. Dunn served our country honorably and bravely overseas for many tours. 

May 19, 2015

TimesLedger: Bayside Historical Society Awarded $100K From State

State Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) presented the Bayside Historical Society with a $100,000 grant Thursday. The grant, which was allocated from the recently adopted state budget, is to help cover the nonprofit’s operating expenses.

The award came as a surprise to the historical society, located at the Fort Totten Castle, as Avella worked quietly to recoup state money for programs and organizations he knew were struggling financially.

“I’m very happy to be here as a former president of the Bayside Historical Society many years ago to help the organization to continue its great work, on not only helping to preserve the history of Bayside and their landmark building, but also the cultural work they do for Bayside and the entire borough of Queens,” Avella said.

May 19, 2015

NY1: Avella Proposes Bill to Require Consultants to Disclose Clients

After watching NY1's report last month about BerlinRosen, a public affairs firm with close ties to Mayor Bill de Blasio, state Senator Tony Avella says he was inspired to act.

"The bill that I'm introducing is called the consulting bill," Avella says.

Avella's legislation would require communications and consulting firms like BerlinRosen to disclose all of their clients.

Jonathan Rosen, who co-founded the firm, is a close adviser to the mayor. At the same time, he also advises clients with business before City Hall. Because he is not a registered lobbyist, he does not have to reveal the clients he represents.

May 19, 2015

Observer- State Senator Unveils Bill to Make Consultants Report Activity Like Lobbyists

Following through on a promise he made last month, State Senator Tony Avella unveiled a bill today that would force political consultants to register and report their activities like lobbyists.

May 15, 2015

Christine Colligan

Christine Colligan immigrated to the United States on May 31, 1983, as a translator for students who attended Morven Park Equestrian Institute in Leesburg. She eventually relocated to New York City, where she worked as a jewelry designer while attending the Parsons New School for Design. She met her future husband while attending a shoe designing class; they married and have two daughters, Sarah and Becky. 

May 13, 2015

Release: Senate Passes Avella Bill Expanding Green Homes Tax Credit

(QUEENS, NY) State Senator Tony Avella announced today that his bill that would allow homeowners to apply for a “green buildings tax credit” unanimously passed the Senate.

The legislation (S.3945) would make “green building tax credits” more accessible to homeowners whose homes have been certified as “green” by the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) or Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED). These tax credits would provide an incentive for more homeowners to build environmentally-friendly houses.

May 12, 2015