Friday, September 3, 2010

Tony Avella Wants To Be Senator Stoplight

The Daily Politics

by Celeste Katz

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Remember when Tony Avella wanted to take on the whole city? He ran for mayor last year as a beacon of purity in a government of scoundrels, promising "to change the way city government operates."


Now he's running for state senate, and judging by the first of the three press releases we've received from him today, his sights are a little lower:

Avella Alerts City Agencies to Dangerous Traffic Situation


Avella was campaigning on 35th Avenue and the Clearview Expressway when he was alerted by area residents that the traffic light at the intersection was not working creating a dangerous traffic condition.

(snip: He called the precinct. He called 311. Crews arrived quickly. Everyone was safe.)

Avella stated: "I was just happy that I was in the right place at the right time and that I was able to alert the proper people to remedy this dangerous situation."

Guess he doesn't want to change how 311 operates, at least. Full release after the jump.

Avella Alerts City Agencies to Dangerous Traffic Situation

WHITESTONE, NY On Saturday, August 28th, former City Council Member and now candidate for the New York State Senate (11th District), Tony Avella was campaigning on 35th Avenue and the Clearview Expressway when he was alerted by area residents that the traffic light at the intersection was not working creating a dangerous traffic condition.

Avella immediately reached out to the 111th Police Precinct to notify them of the situation and get an officer out to the location to help direct traffic. In addition, he also put in a complaint to 311 to alert the city to the problem. Within 10 minutes of the call a supervisor from the City's electrical contractor, Welsbach, showed up on site to survey the situation and alert the appropriate electrical crew to fix the signal. Avella stated "I was just happy that I was in the right place at the right time and that I was able to alert the proper people to remedy this dangerous situation."

Precinct personnel did arrive on scene to ensure safe traffic flow and within a couple of hours a Welsbach crew arrived and made the necessary repairs.

For more information regarding Tony Avellas campaign for State Senate, please visit www.AvellaForSenate.com

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