Tony Avella

Regal Entertainment Group has started checking bags and backpacks of moviegoers. (Credit: CBS2)

Regal Movie Theater Chain Begins Bag Searches

Regal Entertainment Group acknowledged on its website the searches, similar to those conducted at sporting events, is “not without flaws.”


New York State Sen. Tony Avella (Credit: Paul Murnane/WCBS 880)

NY Lawmaker: Carrying Machete Should Lead To Year In Jail

A New York state senator wants machete possession to result in up to a year in jail.


Creedmoor Psychiatric Center (Credit: CBS 2)

Queens Residents Concerned Over Escaped Psychiatric Patients

A state senator and Queens community leaders say they’re fearful after another patient escaped from Creedmoor Psychiatric Center.


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.


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.


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.


Nadeen Darsanlal her pig Wilbur (credit: Alex Silverman / WCBS 880)

Queens Veteran Claims She’s Faced ‘Complete Harassment’ Over Pet Pig

Pet pig owner Nadine Darsanlal said someone complained about Wilbur.


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Avella Wants NYC Parks Dept. To Pay For Sewers Damaged By Trees

St. Sen. Tony Avella (D-11) is urging the New York City Parks Department to foot the bill for replacing broken sewer lines penetrated by the roots of city-owned trees.


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St. Sen. Avella Wants To Force Arbitration In Cable Disputes

If you have Time Warner Cable, you still can’t watch the Rangers, Knicks, or Devils, and at least one New York State lawmaker is taking notice.


State Sen. Tony Avella with Sanitation Department rules and regulations book he says spells out policy that may not be valid - Jan 13, 2012 (credit: Paul Murnane/WCBS 880)

Lawmaker: NYC Sanitation Dept. Enforcing Rule That Doesn’t Exist

Six constituents of Queens New York State Senator Tony Avella have complained in the past few weeks of tickets for placing trash curbside outside of the sanitation department policy’s hours.


Horse Carriage-Taxi Crash (credit: CBS 2)

Tourists, Horse Carriage Driver Expected To Recover From Crash With Taxi Near Central Park

Three tourists from Ohio and a hansom cab driver were injured when the carriage was flipped on its side by the crash late Monday night, knocking the horse onto the street.


Hansom Cab File Photo (credit: Steve Sandberg/1010 WINS)

Lawmakers Calling For An End To Horse-Drawn Carriages In NYC

There has been much debate over the years about the treatment of horses used for hansom cabs in New York City. Now, two state lawmakers are calling for an end to the popular tourist attraction.


Queens residents say they called 311 to get their crumbling curbs fixed, and instead of agreeing to do that work, the city slapped them with demands to fix cracked sidewalks.

Queens Residents’ Call To 311 Could Cost Them Thousands

Homeowners in Queens say they turned to the city for help and ended up with an expensive headache, as a call to 311 could end up costing them $5,000 or more.