Times Ledger: Senator Avella calls on DEC for probe into Lumber Liquidators

State Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) called on the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation last week to launch an investigation into levels of formaldehyde found in some Chinese-made laminate flooring sold by Lumber Liquidators.

March 13, 2015

Statement From Senator Avella on Department of Investigation Homeless Shelter Report

“Today’s report released by the New York City Department of Investigation, citing serious dangers in many of our homeless shelters, is further proof that major improvements are needed when it comes to delivering homeless services to those who need it most. During my tenure as Chair of the Senate Social Services Committee, I worked to shed light on the appalling conditions that exist in many homeless shelters across the City, including calling for an investigation into many of the concerns that this report highlights.

March 12, 2015

Avella hopes to stop plans of overdevelopment on massive Whitestone vacant sites

Winter may be coming to an end, but state Sen. Tony Avella isn’t planning a warm welcome for anyone who purchases a controversial site in Whitestone if they plan on overdeveloping the property or building something that doesn’t comply with zoning.

The large property, which comprises six acres of vacant land near the intersection of 150th Street and Fifth Avenue, will be up for sale on April 10 in an auction. The site was part of the former Cresthaven Country Club and then was owned by real estate firm Whitestone Jewels LLC, but has been in foreclosure since 2007.

March 11, 2015

Statement From Senator Tony Avella on DEC's Revised Mute Swan Eradication Plan

“After seeing the State Department of Environmental Conservation’s (DEC) Revised Draft Management Plan for the handling of mute swans, I immediately reached out to various animal rights groups to consult with them about the changes that were made. While I am glad that DEC has revisited its original inhumane plan to completely rid New York of more than 2,000 of these innocent birds, a complete review of the details in the updated plan will ultimately reveal whether more changes are needed.

March 11, 2015

Queens Chronicle: Clearview repaving is set

State Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) last week announced two multimillion-dollar initiatives by the state Department of Transportation to repave the Clearview Expressway.

March 5, 2015

The Legislative Gazette: Senate report finds sex offenders living close to preschools, spurs new legislation

The Senate Majority and a group of breakaway Democrats released a report last week that found a number of residency restriction violations by sex offenders in New York City and what they call a gaping loophole in the laws determining where sex offenders may live.

March 2, 2015

Queens Chronicle: Sex offenders living near UPK

An investigation by the Independent Democratic Conference has found that registered sex offenders are legally allowed to live near universal prekindergarten programs, because they are not recognized as schools by the state.

February 26, 2015

Times Ledger: MTA workshop to discuss bus service in NE Queens

The MTA is conducting a free public workshop next week to get feedback from northeast Queens residents on how to improve bus service in the area.

February 23, 2015

Queens Chronicle: Another abandoned site and no action

It seems to happen all too often in Queens. Frustrated neighbors get no help from the city concerning abandoned houses with overgrown yards, boarded-up windows and owners who are also derelict in paying their taxes.

One such site that has been on state Sen. Tony Avella’s radar for five years is located at 80-44 233 St. in Queens Village. The two-level structure was built in 1930.

February 12, 2015

Times Ledger: Avella wants new criminal charge for police car vandals

Although it is in its early stages, the PBA already welcomed the idea that calls for a bill to establish a new crime category for people who vandalize law enforcement vehicles.

February 11, 2015

Brownstoner Queens: Local Pol Rallies Against Abandoned, Rundown Home in Jamaica Hills

On Friday, State Senator Tony Avella joined Jamaica Hills residents to speak out against the abandoned home at 80-44 233rd Street. This home has a long and troubled history, dating back more than ten years. Senator Avella first called attention to the home in 2010, but since then its condition has only worsened. There are boarded up and broken windows, scattered refuse, and dead, overgrown trees and bushes surrounding the property. The current owner owes $27,049.63 in property tax debt, with the last property tax payment made in 2009. The Department of Buildings also has over fourteen complaints against the property dating back to 2002.

February 9, 2015

Times Ledger: Avella wants to legislate forced tree planting

Whitestone resident Joseph Cozeolino spent $140,000 in repairs to his home from damage caused by foliage.

January 27, 2015

Queens Ledger: Queen's homeowner wants city to 'make like a tree and leave'

A Whitestone homeowner is in a showdown with the city over a street tree the Parks Department wants to plant in front of his home.

January 16, 2015

Queens Chronicle: New signs warn drivers of cameras

Although speed cameras seem to be slowing down vehicles near city schools, new signage in Fresh Meadows is warning motorists about the surveillance.

Last fall, Mayor de Blasio announced that 23 speed cameras had been deployed citywide where speeding had become problematic near schools. It is part of his Vision Zero initiative to reduce the number of pedestrian fatalities.

January 15, 2015

Statement by Senator Tony Avella on the Passage of Women's Equality Package

“Today we sent a clear message that women’s rights are a priority for New York State. Each of these protections have been long overdue, and I am proud to have cosponsored and voted in favor of all eight. Under this legislation, we can end human trafficking, ensure equal pay for equal work, enhance protections for domestic violence victims, fight sexual harassment in the workplace, and end discrimination when it comes to employment, housing and credit. However, we must note the absence of the crucial recognition of a woman’s right to choose.

January 12, 2015

Senator Tony Avella is Sworn in for Third Term

(ALBANY, NY) Yesterday, State Senator Tony Avella was sworn in for his third term representing Senate District 11. A representative of North East Queens for over twelve years, Senator Avella was re-elected by an overwhelming majority this past November. 

January 8, 2015

Times Ledger: Flushing Common developers take steps to reduce traffic

Traffic agents, along with a temporary pedestrian walkway, will now surround the Flushing Commons construction site in downtown to Flushing to address pedestrian safety and congestion issues.

January 8, 2015

Daily News: Queens pol wants spa shut down after patron's death

State Sen. Tony Avella (D–Queens) said that he wants the city to revoke Spa Castle's permit, claiming the College Point location has had numerous violations in the last two years. Reps from the spa said it was in compliance with applicable laws.

This spa is in hot water.

December 31, 2014

Take the Pledge

Dear Friends and Neighbors:

These have been tragic times for our city. With the recent deaths of Officers Wenjian Liu and Rafael Ramos, now more than ever it is important for us to show support for our police. That is why I am asking you the sign the pledge below, and let our officers know that we stand with them.


December 29, 2014