Tony Avella was a state senator for eight years in northeast Queens prior to his loss in the November election. Before that, he was a councilman for an additional eight years.
As a civic person, I am very grateful for his service and his assistance over the years that he was in office. I also thank his staff for their efforts.
Avella advocated for the contextual rezonings that have done much to protect the character of our neighborhoods. He also supported the establishment of the R2A and R1-2A designations for single-family detached homes that are prevalent in northeast Queens.
The rezonings may not have completely halted inappropriate development in our area, but they have helped and were positive accomplishments.
Avella was also an advocate for landmarking worthy buildings and districts. Landmarking is the ultimate in neighborhood preservation.
Unfortunately, the Landmarks Preservation Commission has not paid enough attention to those structures in Queens that may merit such acknowledgement.
Avella was always responsive to problems and concerns in our area. Innumerable times, I have gone to Senator Avella’s office with other community residents to discuss these particular problems and possible ways to resolve those problems.
He has always spoken out in defense of his constituents. I hope that Avella remains active in community and civic circles in the years ahead. He has a lot of useful institutional knowledge that can be put to good use for the benefit of all residents.