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State Sen. Tony Avella

Sea Of Japan Or East Sea?

Dispute Over ‘Sea Of Japan’ Enters The New York State Political Ring

Now, a lesson in geography, and politics. New York lawmakers are taking sides in a dispute over what to call a body of water, 6,000 miles away.

05/09/2014

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

Queens Lawmaker Calls DEC’s Mute Swan Eradication Plan ‘Incomprehensible’

A bill introduced last week by Sen. Tony Avella would put a two-year moratorium on the DEC’s plan to eradicate all 2,200 wild mute swans in the state by 2025.

02/18/2014

Raymond Morillo (credit: NYPD)

Police: Convicted Killer Swaps Clothes With Friend, Escapes Queens Psychiatric Facility

Morillo is described as Hispanic, 5-foot-11, weighing 215 pounds. He has a tear drop tattoo below his left eye and was last seen wearing a black baseball cap, white sweater and tan pants.

01/29/2014

Sen. Malcolm A. Smith on March 12, 2008  in Albany, New York. (Photo by Daniel Barry/Getty Images)

Sen. Malcolm Smith Arrested In Alleged Plot To Rig New York City Mayor’s Race

There were three distinct parts to this public corruption and bribery scandal, but in all three money flowed freely and, at times, city and state funds — your tax dollars — paid the freight.

04/02/2013

Forgione family, Petey the Pig and State Sen. Tony Avella at a press conference calling for a change to New York's pet pig rules Feb. 19. 2013 (credit: Alex Silverman/WCBS 880)

Queens Lawmaker Urges City To Change Rules Against Pet Pigs

Danielle Forgione said she legally bought Petey the miniature Juliana pig last year to help her children cope with the sudden death of their uncle. But the city has since cited Forgione for harboring an illegal animal.

02/19/2013

Horse Drawn Carriage (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

Renewed Push Underway To Ban Horse-Drawn Carriages In New York City

A renewed push is under way in New York City to ban horse-drawn carriages after a horse was recently injured in an accident with an SUV.

06/09/2012

Horse collapses on Broadway at 60th Street in NYC (credit: CBS 2)

Activists Renew Calls To Ban Horse-Drawn Vehicles In NYC Following Yet Another Collapse

It was the second horse to collapse in the street in two weeks. Last week a spooked horse crashed outside Central Park. Animal advocates say enough is enough.

11/05/2011

NYC underground water pipe

NYC May Lessen Burden On Homeowners, Change Policy On Underground Water Leaks

For generations, in New York City if there’s a water leak below ground, in front of your house, it’s been your responsibility to pay for the repair, even if it’s in the street. But that policy may soon change.

09/13/2011

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Raccoons Invade Part Of Queens, But NYC Not Helping Fix The Problem

There’s a major pest problem in Queens. That’s where residents say raccoons have made themselves at home in several neighborhoods. Now, a local lawmaker is getting involved to combat the invasion.

08/09/2011