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.
With Election Day around the corner, residents across Queens are firing up to cast their votes Tuesday.
In the race for governor, incumbent Democrat Andrew Cuomo is challenged by Republican Rob Astorino, the Westchester County executive.
Democratic state Comptroller Tom DiNapoli faces Republican Robert Antonacci, the Onondaga County comptroller.
Democratic Attorney General Eric Schneiderman is up against John Cahill, former chief of staff to Governor George Pataki.
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.
State Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) and community leaders are pressing the Department of Transportation to improve traffic safety in Downtown Flushing.
A small group of representatives of the Korean American Chamber of Commerce, the Korean-American Grocers Association of New York and South Asian communities joined Avella Tuesday morning at the busy corner of Union Street and 39th Avenue to highlight the area’s traffic chaos.
State Sen. Tony Avella, gesturing, turned up the heat Tuesday under the Indian Cultural and Community Center and its application to the city for an apartment complex on a former portion of the Creedmoor Psychiatric Center property.
Preparations are in full swing for the annual family-oriented College Point Street Fair on Sunday, Oct. 26.
And Tom Palma of the College Point Board of Trade said their aim and the appeal of the fair is no secret — to bring families and friends together and to showcase what the community has to offer.
In 2013, the state Inspector General’s Office used terms such as “disingenuous” when describing the process by which the Indian Cultural and Community Center obtained state land at the Creedmoor Psychiatric Hospital campus.
On Tuesday, opponents of the proposed four-story apartment complex used terms including “fraudulent” and “lie” in discussing the ICCC’s acquisition of the property and its ongoing hearings before the city’s Board of Standards and Appeals.
State Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) was joined last Friday afternoon by concerned area residents across the street from the College Point Corporate Park, where he announced that the Department of Sanitation had issued summonses to several businesses that he said have taken over streets and sidewalks. He called on the city to take further action against them unless the situation is rectified.
Avella said he first noticed the unlawful activity during the Memorial Day Parade.
John Kundmueller was honored Friday by state Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) for attaining the distinguished rank of Eagle Scout at the age of 15. Avella presented him with a Senate proclamation to commemorate the achievement.
Kundmueller is a member of Boy Scout Troop 75 in Flushing and has been a Scout for 10 years. He started out as a member of Cub Scout Park 75 and his father is a committee member for the troop.
In response to a complaint about the disrepair at the Auburndale Long Island Rail Road Station, state Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) announced Monday that it is receiving much-needed attention.
“I received a complaint from a LIRR rider while campaigning at the Auburndale Station about the existing conditions and lack of maintenance. I observed large numbers of pigeons nesting underneath the tracks, an eroded staircase, and sidewalks badly in need of cleaning. I immediately reached out to the MTA Long Island Railroad for action,” Avella said in a prepared statement..
A bill proposing to change the jurisdiction of crimes committed on Rikers Island passed with seeming ease earlier this year, but has since become more controversial.
The jail complex on Rikers Island is part of Bronx County and crimes committed there are prosecuted by Bronx District Attorney Robert Johnson. The new bill, which overwhelmingly passed the Assembly and state Senate, would change that and grant jurisdiction to Queens District Attorney Richard Brown if it’s approved by Gov. Cuomo. The problem is that neither DA seems to welcome the change.
Queens Congressional representatives have joined with colleagues from Long Island and five other states to form a new Quiet Skies Caucus with the aim of combating aircraft noise in neighborhoods near major airports.
Formation of the group was announced locally in a joint statement issued on Oct. 1 by U.S. Reps. Steve Israel (D-Suffolk, Nassau, Queens), Joe Crowley (D-Queens, Bronx) and Grace Meng (D-Flushing), along with Carolyn McCarthy (D-Nassau).
Architect Ted Hinz, center, was honored by the Bayside Historical Society and the state on Saturday as Mr. Bayside during Bayside Day at Fort Totten.
BHS President Paul DiBenedetto, left, said his group paid tribute to Hinz, who was one of the founders of the historical group 50 years ago, was instrumental in restoring the BHS headquarters and creating PS 41.
(Re: Avella keeps seat by beating back, Queens Chronicle Sept. 11, 2014.)
In a petty and vindictive move, Boss Joe Crowley, county Democratic chairman, arranged for former New York City Comptroller John Liu to oppose incumbent state Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) in a primary for the 11th State Senatorial District. This was unjustified because Avella was known for his attention to the welfare of his constituents and was not an errand boy for the fat cat real estate moguls who for too long run the Queens Democratic Party.
Avella’s win is a slap in the face to Crowley, who runs the party based upon nepotism and “Do as I say or else,” and all those Queens politicians who do his biding and the public be damned. Crowley and his cohorts do not speak for all the Democrats in Queens County.
State Sen. Tony Avella with his wife, Judy beside him, at his victory party last week in Bayside.
Nearly three million undocumented immigrants could be granted amnesty if a controversial new bill is approved by the state Legislature and signed into law.
The New York is Home Act would allow illegal aliens living in the state to apply for professional licenses, serve on juries, vote in local and state elections, and apply for driver’s licenses if they can prove they’ve been living in New York for at least three years and have paid taxes to the state.
Saying he had “fallen just short in the voting booth,” John Liu conceded the 11th District State Senate race to incumbent Tony Avella on Tuesday morning.
In a letter to his supporters, Liu, a former city councilman and comptroller, said the campaign was about “holding our elected officials’ feet to the fire when we as voters put our faith in them and expect that commitments made on the campaign trail are not abandoned in the halls of government.”
Saying he had “fallen just short in the voting booth,” John Liu conceded the 11th District State Senate primary race to incumbent Tony Avella on Tuesday morning.
Former Councilman Leroy Comrie, right, is joined by his family Tuesday night as he celebrates his Democratic primary victory over state Sen. Malcolm Smith in the 14th District. Sen. Tony Avella held off a party-backed challenge in the 11th District by former city Comptroller John Liu.
Independent state Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) held onto his seat, indicted state Sen. Malcolm Smith (D-Hollis) lost his in a rout and Gov. Cuomo was notified that not everyone in his party is thrilled by his record following Tuesday’s Democratic primaries.
In one of the races that garnered the most media attention this year, Avella defeated former city official John Liu 52.2 percent to 47.8 percent to retain his seat in the 11th District in northern and northeastern Queens, according to preliminary results published by media outlets citing the state Board of Elections.
Though turnout was relatively low as it was an off-year election, many Queens residents did hit the polls to vote in the Sept. 9 Democratic primary and have their voices heard.
“Voting is a right and I exercise it. Religiously,” said Regina Jenkins from Hollis. Her mother worked at the polls and raised her to always come out on an election day. Now Jenkins is passing those values down to her children as well.
A Douglaston resident claims his name, address and a signature that is not his were wrongly included in a letter supporting John Liu sent out by the candidate’s campaign team last week.
Liu was mounting a primary challenge, which ultimately failed, against state Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) in the 11th District in northern and northeastern Queens. Avella is a maverick member of the Independent Democratic Conference, which joined the Senate Republicans in a power-sharing agreement, and Liu a former city councilman and comptroller who was supported by the Democratic establishment in Queens.
Anticipated to be a nail-biter, the Democratic primary race for state Senate in the 11th District, which covers much of Northeast Queens, did not disappoint.
Shortly after midnight on Tuesday, various sources, including The New York Times and NY 1, indicated that, with 95 percent of the precincts reporting, incumbent Tony Avella led challenger John Liu 52.2 percent to 47.8 percent.
Calling it “a grassroots victory,” an emotional Tony Avella told supporters Tuesday night that his defeat of John Liu should send a strong message to the Queens Democratic Party that “you can’t do this any more.”
Avella (D-Bayside), the state Senate incumbent for the 11th District, got the cold shoulder from the county Democrats after joining the Independent Democratic Conference in Albany earlier this year. It is made up of a group of maverick Democrats who caucus with Republicans in the state Senate to form a majority.
For the fifth time in 10 years, a motorcyclist has been killed on the Cross Island Parkway, where it bends toward the southbound Whitestone Expressway, which has been labeled “deadman’s curve.”
Police report that John Barrett, 49, of Middle Village, was killed on Aug. 30 around 10 p.m. The preliminary investigation determined that Barrett was operating a motorcycle and was ejected from it while traveling southbound.