Gov. Cuomo on Wednesday vetoed a bill that would have delayed a plan to kill or remove every mute swan in the state. The Department of Environmental Conservation considers the birds an invasive species and wants all 2,200 of them in the state gone by 2025.
See what I’m talking about? State Sen. Tony Avella looks on as a truck blocks a lane of traffic on Union Street in Flushing. The senator and community leaders called on the DOT to address the traffic situation surrounding the Flushing Commons development.
An example of state Sen. Tony Avella’s (D-Bayside) concerns with the Flushing Commons construction site could be seen by all before his press conference began last Friday.
A large truck blocked a lane of traffic at the intersection of 39th Avenue and Union Street while a crane lifted materials off it.
Elmhurst United organizer Jennifer Chu addresses issues at the old Pan American Hotel on Friday, which was transformed into a homeless shelter in June. State Sen. Tony Avella called the rally in his capacity as chairman of the Social Services Committee.
Opponents of the Pan American Hotel’s transformation into a homeless shelter six months ago have new ammunition in their fight to get the shelter shut down.
On Friday, members of the civic group Elmhurst United, other area residents and state Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) rallied outside the shelter to shed light on living conditions they described as “horrendous” inside the Boulevard Family Residence in a press release announcing the event.
Beginning Jan. 1 the Department of Sanitation will no longer collect old electronics left at the curbside. That includes computers, televisions, DVD players, keyboards, MP3 players, video game consoles and a variety of other devices.
The change stems from a state law that will make it illegal to throw out such electronics in the regular trash. The goal of the 2010 Electronic Equipment Recycling and Reuse Act is to encourage the proper disposal of potentially harmful electronic waste. Residents who leave such items at their curbs may receive a summons and most will have to bring them to designated drop-off sites.
State Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) looks on as a truck delivering construction materials to the Flushing Commons construction site blocks traffic on Union Street, a situation that is too common and too dangerous, according to community leaders.
Flushing community leaders on Friday said small businesses on Union Street are hurting more and more due to the worsening traffic situation near the Flushing Commons development site.
"For too long, the Department of Transportation has ignored the dangerous traffic conditions caused by the Flushing Commons construction," said Ik Hwan Lim, president of the Union Street Merchants Association.
Preservationists are applauding the Landmarks Preservation Commission’s decision to back off plans to take nearly 100 sites off the city’s list for landmarking, but realize there are no guarantees in the future.
LPC Chairwoman Meenakshi Srinivasan indicated last week that a vote would be taken Tuesday to remove 94 buildings and two historic districts from the list for landmarking without a hearing.
A temporary, stop-gap measure to partially resurface deteriorating Depew Avenue in Litte Neck has been ordered by the Department of Transportation, following an inspection Monday with state Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside).
Susan Seinfeld, district manager of Community Board 11, who participated in the inspection with the DOT, said Depew is an old thoroughfare without a base and the surface has deteriorated so much that the dirt underneath is encroaching on the street.
Following a public outcry from historical conservationists, the city’s Landmarks Preservation Commission has shelved its plan to drop roughly 100 locations, including eight in Queens, from its running list of those that may be protected.
The Queens Public Transit Committee is asking the people of Queens and the region to support the restoration of the Queens Rockaway Beach Line, the new Queens Crosstown. This unused transit corridor is only two to six blocks east and parallel to Woodhaven Boulevard, the most congested and dangerous roadway in Queens. Formerly a branch of the Long Island Railroad, its right-of-way remains largely intact and is owned by the City of New York.
State Assemblyman Philip Goldfeder; state Senator Tony Avella; U.S. Reps. Gregory Meeks, Hakeem Jeffries and Jerrold Nadler; City Councilman Ydanis Rodriguez, chairman of the Council Committee on Transportation; Assembly District Leaders Lew Simon and Geraldine Chapey; John Samuelsen, president of TWU Local 100; New York Daily News; The Wave; Queens Tribune; Queens Courier; and Times Newsweekly have all called for reactivating the line. In addition, Community Boards 5, 10 and 14 support restoration.
Preservationists are worried that the city’s plan to eliminate nearly 100 historic buildings and districts — including eight in Queens — from the landmarking process will be a major setback for saving many of the locations.
Landmarks Preservation Commission Chairwoman Meenakshi Srinivasan indicated last week that the commission will vote on the proposal next Tuesday. There will be no hearing.
What residents on 58th Road in Maspeth said in late October, left, was a constantly recurring hole in front of Sean and Danielle Maher’s house was in good repair last week. Residents and state Sen. Tony Avella, a member of the Senate Insurance Committee, are asking the city to see if it could be connected with the collapse of the Mahers’ basement.
Those with gripes and grievances about airplane noise and pollution met with Port Authority officials last week after a three-month hiatus to try once again to establish the structure and governance of a community aviation roundtable.
The governor ordered the Port Authority to create the roundtable over a year ago, but nothing has materialized because different groups from various impacted communities cannot agree on whether there should be one roundtable for the entire airspace or separate roundtables to address issues at LaGuardia and John F. Kennedy International airports.
The city Department of Transportation has placed additional lighting and signage near the area known as Deadman’s Curve on the Cross Island Parkway.
The request for additional safety measures at the location was made by state Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside), following the fourth motorcycle death there in 10 years in October.
The owners of a Maspeth house that was ordered evacuated after its basement began collapsing last month still are not back in their home.
But after being told by the city that there was nothing it could do to help in the face of potentially astronomical repair bills, Danielle and Sean Maher are getting government officials to at least take a second look.
State Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) reports improved conditions on a College Point street that was littered with industrial parts and construction material.
Since bringing it to the public’s attentiion last month, the area around 124th Street and 28th Avenue has been cleared.
State Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) is remaining mum on which party he will caucus with in Albany during the next session.
Last February, Avella joined the Independent Democratic Conference, a group of five lawmakers who joined with the minority Republicans to prevent Democrats from leading the Senate and, they said, to stop the logjam in the body. The move angered Queens Democrats, who ran former City Comptroller and Flushing’s favorite son John Liu to oppose him in September’s primary.
lState Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) is calling on the state Department of Environmental Conservation to deny the Queens Development Group’s application for Brownfield Cleanup Program tax credits on its Willets Point Phase One property.
About a year ago, the QDG entered a contract with the city Economic Development Corp., which requires the QDG to clean up the property. As part of the plan, the developer received a capital grant commitment of taxpayer funds for $99 million, of which $40 million is intended to pay the cleanup costs.
State Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) commemorated Veterans Day by honoring six Queens residents for their service during the Korean and Vietnam wars.
“We must never forget the courage and sacrifice of those who have served our great country. It is through their dedication that the ideals of democracy are protected at home throughout the world,” Avella said. “Their commitment and valor is the embodiment of patriotism, and these veterans have each earned our highest respect.”
Realtors beware. If state Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) has his way, real estate solicitations may become a thing of the past in Queens.
Avella announced on Monday that he will introduce a bill in Albany to add the entire borough to the cease and desist list, which will allow all Queens residents to opt out of receiving unwanted real estate calls, mailings and ads.
We are being harassed by the City of New York with fines that are undeserved. I, a widow of 81, received a fine of $100 for a piece of wood I put out for Sanitation pickup. The ticket stated that the wood would roll into the street and cause problems. The piece of wood was square and would not roll into the street.
My neighbor, also in her eighties and handicapped, parks her car in front of her garage. She received a fine stating that her car was two inches on the sidewalk. A friend received a fine for putting her garbage out before 5 p.m. Another friend received a ticket alleging there was an obstruction on her sidewalk. There is none, unless they mean the flowers that bloom in her garden along the sidewalk, but in no way hinder people from walking there.
I could go on and on. There is no way of fighting this. Another neighbor tried. There is only one way: pay out. State Sen. Tony Avella’s office was called and they were receptive to our plight. They must receive many calls regarding this.
There is no warning before these $100 fines are issued. Now we worry about retaliation.
State Sen. Tony Avella, center, surveys a problematic construction site with Myung Suk Lee of the Korean American Chamber of Commerce, left, Chong Sik Lee of the Korean-American Grocers Association of New York and community advocates Aslam Hossain and Chaudhry Anwar.