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Sen. Tony Avella

JFK And LaGuardia Airports

State Senator Worries Airports Are Maximizing Traffic At Expense Of Safety

In the country’s most complicated airspace, allocating runways at JFK and at LaGuardia Airport is like piecing together a puzzle.

04/15/2014

Rendering of Willets Point redevelopment. (credit: NYC Economic Development Corporation)

State Sen. Avella Joins Activists At Rally For Flushing Meadows Park Land

State Senator Tony Avella (D-Bayside) joined residents and community activists on Saturday, at a rally to take back the parkland of Flushing Meadows.

03/22/2014

A Mute Swan (file/credit: Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

State Department Of Environmental Conservation Backs Off Plan To Kill Mute Swans

Public backlash to a plan to eradicate mute swans has the Department of Environmental Conservation changing course.

03/01/2014

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New Jersey Steps Up Enforcement Of Law For Drivers To Clear Snow Off Cars

This difficult winter has New Jersey police stepping up their enforcement of a law requiring drivers to clear snow and ice off vehicles. Many New Yorkers wonder why there isn’t a similar law in their state.

02/14/2014

Gale Brewer

Councilwoman Brewer Wins Nomination For Manhattan Borough President

City Councilwoman Gale Brewer (D-6th) emerged victorious Tuesday in the race for Manhattan borough president.

09/11/2013

Tree falls on bench at Kissena Park, killing pregnant woman. (CBS 2)

Husband Speaks Out After Tree Falls On Wife, Kills Her At Queens Park

A loving husband was heartbroken Monday after his pregnant wife was killed by a falling tree in the very Queens park where they first built their relationship.

08/05/2013

Flushing Meadows-Corona Park in Queens - Oct. 1, 2012 (credit: Peter Haskell / WCBS 880)

Neighbors March To Protest Flushing Meadows-Corona Park Development Plans

Neighbors and some elected officials are furious over a proposal to eliminate part of Flushing Meadows-Corona Park in Queens for a mall, two stadiums and new roads and parking space.

12/09/2012

Michael Augugliaro, of Bellerose, holds a mosquito swatter and bug repellents during a rally demanding the city spray for West Nile virus in Eastern Queens. (credit: Mona Rivera/1010 WINS)

Some Queens Residents Call On City To Spray For West Nile Virus

Sen. Tony Avella said Nassau County has been conducting a series of treatments along the Queens and Nassau County border but the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene has yet to spray along the Queens side of the border.

09/06/2012

Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver (credit: Daniel Barry/Getty Images)

Critics Blast Democrats For Remaining Silent Amidst Albany Cover-Up Scandal

Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver is under fire for approving a secret payout of tax money to settle a sex harassment claim against his ally Assemblyman Vito Lopez and failing to follow protocol by referring the claim to the Ethics Committee.

08/30/2012

Carriage horse and car collide at Columbus Circle. (credit: CBS 2)

Midtown Accident Reignites Horse-Drawn Carriage Debate

Thursday’s accident apparently did little to scare tourists away from taking carriage rides. It was as busy as ever around Central Park on Friday.

08/17/2012

Gas Pump (file / credit: David Paul Morris/Getty Images)

State Senator Wants New York City To Institute Flat Gas Tax

New York State Sen. Tony Avella, of Queens, is promoting a proposal that would require the city to tax gasoline sales at a flat rate, rather than as a percentage of the price per gallon.

04/13/2012

Residents in Queens want the DOT to fix their broken sidewalks and curbs. (credit: CBS 2)

Frustrating Waiting Game Continues For Queens Residents With Damaged Curbs

State Sen. Tony Avella is calling on the city to provide more funding for curb and sidewalk repair and reduce the enormous wait time that residents are experiencing.

12/30/2011

A new Apple store is coming to Grand Central Terminal. (credit: CBS 2)

MTA Hit With Criticism After Cutting Rent Deal For Grand Central Apple Store

Some are charging the MTA cut the company a sweetheart deal for its new Grand Central Terminal location.

11/30/2011

American Flag (file / credit: Hunter Martin/Getty Images)

State Lawmaker Wants Vets To Get Preferences From Public Housing Authorities

Sen. Tony Avella, of Queens, is calling on the legislature in Albany to pass a bill requiring public housing authorities across the state to grant a preference to men and women who served or are serving in Iraq and Afghanistan.

11/10/2011