State Sen. Tony Avella

Proposed Bill Would Ban Import, Sale Of 5 Endangered African Species In NYState Sen. Tony Avella was joined Wednesday by animal rights advocates on the steps of City Hall to announce the bill, which covers elephants, leopards, lions, black rhinoceroses and white rhinoceroses native to Africa.
Dispute Over 'Sea Of Japan' Enters The New York State Political RingNow, 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.
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.
Police: Convicted Killer Swaps Clothes With Friend, Escapes Queens Psychiatric FacilityMorillo 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.
Sen. Malcolm Smith Arrested In Alleged Plot To Rig New York City Mayor's RaceThere 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.
Queens Lawmaker Urges City To Change Rules Against Pet PigsDanielle 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.
Renewed Push Underway To Ban Horse-Drawn Carriages In New York CityA 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.
Activists Renew Calls To Ban Horse-Drawn Vehicles In NYC Following Yet Another CollapseIt 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.
NYC May Lessen Burden On Homeowners, Change Policy On Underground Water LeaksFor 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.
Raccoons Invade Part Of Queens, But NYC Not Helping Fix The ProblemThere’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.