The city Department of Transportation (DOT) has a great citizen-friendly street-care-repair policy—if you report that the curb in front of your home needs fixing, the report will be entered into its database and will be repaired in the order in which it was called in.
Problem is, according to state Senator Tony Avella (D–Northeast Queens), at least in the Bellerose section of his district, the DOT has a 23-year backlog on repairing reported broken curbs.
Now Avella has joined with frustrated homeowners to accelerate their curb repair program.
New York Senator Tony Avella speaks at a news conference and rally against hydraulic fracturing, also known as fracking, in New York State on January 11, 2012 in New York City. The event, which was held on the steps of City Hall, called for an end to the controversial gas drilling method as environmental groups increasingly warn about contamination of the state's aquifers that could poison its drinking water.
Senator Tony Avella issues a legislative resolution honoring retired combat veteran William D. Costello, this afternoon.
In honor of Memorial Day, Senator Avella, D-Bayside, invited William D. Costello, a retired construction worker from VFW Post 4787, to receive a Legislative Resolution from the State of New York commemorating his service to the country
Costello was drafted at 18, now 86, recalls the morning of the D-Day Invasion of Normandy as a rifleman in the Army’s 4th Infantry 20th Armored Division.
“We woke up at 9 am, put our packs on, and by 10 am we were down the net and into the landing craft,” recalls Costello.
Armed with an M1 Garand rifle, Costello spent 196 days on the line.
Queens residents have had their hopes for safe sidewalks curbed by the Department of Transportation (DOT).
Senator Tony Avella recently united with perturbed residents from northern and eastern Queens – who have suffered with broken curbs in front of their homes for years – to demand the DOT “accelerate” their sidewalk repair program.
After three fatal accidents on the Cross Island Parkway and repeated calls for safety improvements, the Federal Highway Administration has indicated it’s studying possible changes to the design of the roadway’s guardrails.
The plan was announced last week by state Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside), who has been calling for changes since 2006. Avella got involved that year when he was a city councilman after 24-year-old motorcyclist Eric Arsenault crashed into a guardrail on the parkway and was killed.
The accident site is known as “Deadman’s Curve” and is near Exit 36S toward the southbound Whitestone Expressway. The area dips down quickly around the bend and at night foliage hides the upcoming barrier created by the nearby overpass.
NEW YORK—State Sen. Tony Avella joined members of the Coalition to Ban Horse-Drawn Carriages at the Grand Army Plaza on Fifth Avenue and Central Park South on Sunday to advocate for a horse-drawn carriage ban in light of a recent New York City incident.
After touring M.S. 172 in May, Senator Tony Avella learned of dangerous traffic conditions in front of the school on 257th Street. The senator then urged the Department of Transportation (DOT) to get involved. The DOT conducted a traffic analysis of the area over the summer and recently announced plans to install “All-Way Stop” controls at the intersection of 257th Street and 81st Avenue. The DOT also said they will advise the commanding officer of the 105th Precinct to monitor for vehicles that double park at the intersection of 257th Street and 82nd Avenues.