Senator Jack M. Martins (R-7th Senate District) recently honored three long-time members of the Port Washington Fire Department for their many years of community service.

(Albany, NY) – Yesterday, State Senator Tony Avella introduced a bill (S.7085)requiring store owners to keep their plastic bag collection bins at the entrance, clearly indicated with a sign and a requirement that they empty them regularly. The bill would allow the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) to determine the fine that would be assessed on store owners who fail to comply.

Environmental Awareness Month with Senator Serrano


Check out the pdf for our April off-site constituent hours. 

(Queens, NY) – Today, State Senator Tony Avella issued a warning about a fraudulent company titled “Alumni Research, Inc” which has been preying on unsuspecting senior citizens. Claiming to work on behalf of local alumni associations, the company calls seniors suggesting that they purchase an Alumni Directory they have compiled.

(Queens, NY) - State Senator Tony Avella and State Assemblyman Michael Simanowitz called the de Blasio Administration’s plans to build a new jail in College Point “ludicrous and irresponsible” in a joint statement this afternoon.

East Harlem Constituent Hours & Recycling Info Session with GrowNYC

See the flyer to learn about our East Harlem constituent hours & info session with GrowNYC. 

(ALBANY, NY) – State Senator Tony Avella applauded the passage of New York’s sixth on-time budget which included many of his and the Independent Democratic Conference's key policies, including middle-class tax relief, an investment into the Environmental Protection Fund (EPF), funding to establish a pipeline into New York City's Specialized High Schools for underrepresented students, Paid Family Leave, CUNY funding and the historic minimum wage increase.

A few short months ago, we set out to create a new spending plan for New York State that strengthens the middle class, grows our economy, creates brighter futures for students and increases—as well as improves—opportunities for people here in our region, and beyond.

I’m pleased to report that we succeeding in achieving those goals, and just last week finalized a new state spending plan that will help to improve Central and Northern New York, as well as our entire state. Highlights of the new spending plan include:

The New York State Senate today passed the $155.6 billion 2016-17 State Budget that reflects the Senate’s commitment to improving economic opportunities for all New Yorkers. The budget increases school aid by $1.5 billion and eliminates the Gap Elimination Adjustment (GEA) education funding cuts, provides one of the largest income tax reductions in history for middle class taxpayers, ensures regional balance in infrastructure investments, and builds on the state’s progress in making New York more affordable. 

(Manhattan, NY) – In the wake of recent terror attacks worldwide, Senator Michael Gianaris and Assemblymember Nily Rozic held a press conference, calling for the passage of their legislation which would implement advanced security measures at our transit infrastructure.