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Avella loses voice on ICCC

Posted by Phil Corso in District 11, Governor, State Senate on March 29, 2012 | No Comments

Removing a controversial piece of land from his redrawn 11th District won’t silence state Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside), who called for an investigation over what he suspects might be foul play. In the redistricting plan as it stands, Avella’s district loses the roughly 4.5 acres of land on the Creedmoor psychiatric hospital campus in what [...]

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Redistricting dust settles

Posted by Joe Anuta in Assembly, City Council, City Offices, Congress, District 11, District 16, District 19, District 22, District 24, District 25, District 30, District 5, District 7, District 9, Governor, State Senate, U.S. House on March 29, 2012 | No Comments

Northeast Queens will see significant changes in how the area is represented in state and federal government now that the dust has settled on the redistricting process. Every 10 years, legislative district lines are redrawn to account for shifts in population. This time around, New York state lost two congressional seats after new lines were [...]

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Judge set to hear suit on extra Senate seat

Posted by Joe Anuta in District 11, District 12, District 16, State Senate on March 29, 2012 | No Comments

Queens politicians expect a lawsuit challenging the creation of a 63rd state Senate seat to be decided next month, and state Sen. Toby Stavisky (D-Whitestone) will then decide in which district she will run. The suit was filed in January by a group of citizens and state Sen. Martin Dilan (D-Brooklyn), and if State Supreme [...]

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NE Qns weighs fracking

Posted by Phil Corso in District 11, Governor, State Senate on March 15, 2012 | No Comments

One side looked to oil, while another looked to water when the Douglaston Civic Association hosted a hydrofracking debate forum last Thursday night. Proponents of the oil extraction procedure spoke alongside opponents, including state Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside), to a crowded and engaged group at the meeting. The senator was one of three speakers to [...]

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Boro lawmaker hopes guv vetoes district lines

Posted by Joe Anuta in District 11, District 12, District 13, District 16, Governor, State Senate on March 15, 2012 | No Comments

The state Legislature drafted bills for a new set of maps that would define political boundaries in the state Assembly and state Senate for the next decade, but Queens lawmakers were still hopeful Gov. Andrew Cuomo would veto them. An initial proposal for the new lines in the Assembly and Senate was released earlier this [...]

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Avella wants Van Buren HS principal replaced

Posted by Rich Bockmann in District 11, State Senate on February 16, 2012 | 1 Comment

State Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) stood with discouraged parents and community members outside Martin Van Buren High School in Queens Village last week, calling on the city Department of Education to remove the school’s principal. The school’s overall grade on the city’s progress report has fallen from 58 (B) in 2008 to 44.5 (D) in [...]