A pedestrian tunnel that connects both sides of Bellerose beneath the Cross Island Parkway at 88th Road has fallen into disrepair, and community leaders were out in force on July 17 to get the city to do something about it.
“It is clear that this tunnel is not being maintained,” said state Sen. Tony Avella, D-Bayside), who led a group of more than 30 residents and civic leaders at a rally by the tunnel’s eastern end.
Former Queens College grad student Dibyendu Dana, center, speaks about a $2 million grant for lab upgrades secured by state Sen. Tony Avella, left. With them is Interim President Evangelos Gizis. The funding will be used in Remsen Hall’s research facility next year.
At a press conference Thursday in Remsen Hall at Queens College’s Flushing campus, Interim President Evangelos Gizis announced that state Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) secured a $2 million allocation for a much-needed renovation to a research laboratory on the hall’s ground floor.
The facility was built in 1949 as a teaching lab for physical chemistry.
Rep. Steve Israel, right, a veteran congressman whose district was recently redrawn to include sections of Queens, is backing state Sen. Tony Avella in his primary race against challenger John Liu, top left.
Rebel state Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside), the vocal populist whose move into the Senate’s Independent Democratic Conference angered the party establishment and prompted a primary challenge from former City Councilman and Comptroller John Liu, has now won the backing of a key congressman in his re-election campaign.
Avella was endorsed last Friday by Rep. Steve Israel (D-Suffolk, Nassau, Queens), who only started to represent part of this borough in 2013, thanks to post-2010 Census redistricting, but is a veteran lawmaker and chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.
State Sen. Tony Avella, left, and interim Queens College President Evangelos Gizis celebrate a new allocation to the school.
Aspiring scientists at Queens College just got a big boost.
At a press conference Thursday in the Ira Remsen Hall at the college’s Flushing campus, Interim President Evangelos Gizis announced that state Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) secured a $2 million funding allocation for a much-needed renovation to a teaching laboratory on the hall’s ground floor.
Rebel state Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside), the vocal populist whose move into the Senate's Independent Democratic Conference angered the party establishment and prompted a primary challenge from former City Councilman and Comptroller John Liu, has now won the backing of a key congressman in his re-election campaign.
A new $705,000 in state funding for specialized after-school programs was announced Monday by state Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside).
The yearlong program will be administered by Project BOOST, which targets students who have shown academic talent but are not provided after-school programs. The goal is to help youngsters gain admission to top high schools and colleges.
The power of incumbency has not been helping Sen. Malcolm Smith, left, raise much money in a five-way 14th District primary race that also includes former Councilman Leroy Comrie, 2nd from left. In the 11th District, former city Comptroller John Liu is far outraising popular incumbent Tony Avella.
Campaign finance reports have revved up the interest and the rhetoric in the state’s 11th Senate District, while in the 14th they brought more bad news for 14-year incumbent Malcolm Smith (D-Hollis).
Former city Comptroller John Liu, who joined the race less than two months ago, reported more than $508,000 in donations to his campaign to unseat incumbent Tony Avella (D-Bayside) in the 11th District Democratic primary in reports that were due by 12:01 a.m. on Wednesday.
John Liu, left, has the support the Queens Democratic establishment, most elected Democratic officials and several unions in his fight to unseat Democratic state Sen. Tony Avella. But on Tuesday, Mayor de Blasio endorsed Avella, and the Working Families Party withdrew its support of the former comptroller, electing to remain neutral in the primary.
In response to the July 3 editorial “Avella the Banker? No,” I respectfully disagree. The fact is that my legislation will not establish any new regulations that do not currently exist.
The State of New York already has oversight of state-chartered banks to ensure that ample data is collected and reviewed prior to bank branches closing down. As you correctly point out, currently, federally chartered banks are only required to provide a 90-day notice to their customers prior to the closure.
But to say that the community gives its input by not depositing enough money is a bit misguided. If any bank settles into a community, establishes relationships and takes money from area residents, there should be more accountability when that branch decides to close. “Reviewing the impact in the name of ‘community input’” is exactly what is needed for these bank branches that come and go as they please.
My legislation would simply address the present inequity in bank branch oversight between state- and federally chartered banks. These branches are oftentimes crucial to the economy of the neighborhood where they are located and area residents should have a fighting chance in keeping these institutions open if the closure will have significant negative impact on the surrounding community.
There have been plenty of times throughout history when private financial institutions took advantage of public resources and the government had no choice but to step in. Let us make federally chartered banks undergo the same review process that is currently in place for state-chartered banks. Members of the public, who invest their own monetary resources into these institutions, have a right to be heard.
Mayor de Blasio and Gov. Cuomo are believed to have cut a deal that resulted in Tuesday’s announcements that help State Sen. Tony Avella and certainly does not help former Comptroller John Liu, his opponent in a Democratic primary.
This was supposed to be the week John Liu was to be surging with major political and union endorsements; the week state Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) was supposed to be glancing nervously into his rearview mirror.
And it was — until about 4 p.m. on Tuesday, when Mayor de Blasio endorsed Avella and the Working Families Party withdrew its pledged endorsement of Liu, choosing to remain neutral in the Democratic primary in the 11th Senate District.
The strange but true history of the New York State Senate’s Independent Democratic Conference took a turn for the positively wild on Tuesday, with Mayor de Blasio endorsing incumbent IDC members Tony Avella (D-Bayside) and Jeff Klein (D-Bronx).
Adding to the surprise was the announcement that the Working Families Party had withdrawn its backing of former city Comptroller John Liu, who is challenging Avella, and former state Attorney General Oliver Koppell, who is primarying Klein, and will remain neutral in both races
We dislike seeing a business close in Queens as much as anyone; after all, as a free newspaper, all of our revenue comes from advertising. And we of course support some government involvement in private businesses, such as the Affordable Care Act and increases in the minimum wage.
But there is a line at which the private business of a private business is just that. And we regret to see that state Sen. Tony Avella has just jumped way over that line with a piece of dangerous legislation that would give the state far too much control.
A Hollis elementary school and a Glen Oaks sports facility are the recipients of a total of $550,000 in state funding from the office of state Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside).
PS 178 was awarded $150,000 for repairs to the auditorium. The remodelling will include new seating and repairs to the piano.
A hastily called meeting of the Queens Library Board was hastily canceled last Thursday under pressure from some of the elected officials seeking to reform the embattled institution, led by Borough President Melinda Katz.
A faction of the divided board was plotting to work out a new deal with President and CEO Tom Galante in advance of tighter restrictions on their governing capabilities that were about to be signed into law by Gov. Cuomo. It is the same faction that recently voted, by a narrow majority, to continue defying City Comptroller Scott Stringer’s demands for all the library’s financial records for an audit he is conducting.
Residents of Bay Terrace may soon have a convenient new coffee and snack destination.
At the June meeting of the Bay Terrace Community Alliance at the Chabad Center of Northeast Queens last Thursday, representatives from Cord Meyer Development Corp. were there for the first time in over a year to report negotiations with Dunkin’ Donuts to occupy a space on the upper level of the Bay Terrace Shopping Center.
On Friday, June 27, Chapin Home for the Aging in Jamaica inducted into their “Century Club” 14 residents: Thirteen are 100 plus and one almost there at 99. These residents, families and friends were treated to an afternoon of celebration receiving proclamations hand-delivered by NY state Sen. Tony Avella who gave a spirited speech on what the celebrants have meant to our city and state.
Avella made his way around the crowded room making sure to greet each celebrant with a handshake and kind word. Also sharing words of support and celebration were Assemblyman David Weprin who also arranged for certification for each of the centennial celebrants and Councilman Rory Lancman. Although unable to attend, City Councilman Paul Vallone made sure to send certificates from his office.
The cascading controversy surrounding the Queens Library is taking yet another turn today, as a majority of the institution's board members are plotting to work out a new deal with President and CEO Tom Galante in advance of new restrictions on their governing capabilities expected to take effect within the next few weeks.
Phil Ragusa, 74, of Beechhurst, who led the Queens Republican Party for seven years, many of them tumultuous, died Tuesday from leukemia at New York Presybterian Hospital.
Accolades from across the state and farther have poured in about the certified public accountant who took over the helm of the Queens party from former state Sen. Serphin Maltese, who stepped down in 2007.
The New York State Legislature wrapped up formal business for the year last Thursday, and elected officials from Queens, chosen in a random sample, are characterizing the session as an overall success.
“The short answer is yes,” Sen. Joe Addabbo Jr. (D-Howard Beach) said, starting with one of the basics.
Since announcing his candidacy last month to oppose state Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside), John Liu has wasted no time in getting endorsements.
Liu, a former Flushing councilman and city comptroller, was selected by the Queens Democratic Party to oppose Avella in the fall primary because the incumbent angered party officials for joining the Independent Democratic Caucus with Senate Republicans to form a majority.