Sunday, August 30, 2009
Tony Avella works tirelessly for all New Yorkers. Do your neighbors know this? Do the small businesses in your area? The primary is fast approaching. Help us spread the word!
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Thursday, July 16, 2009
Councilman Avella's bill has not yet been introduced in the City Council; it has encountered potential legal problems, according to Avella's legal staff. However, Avella plans to continue to work on the legislation and to introduce it as soon as possible to move the discussion forward.
Sunday, July 12, 2009
Aides to Bloomberg are said to be worried that the sour economy could turn voters against him. A New York Times story on Bloomberg's campaign spending quotes Bloomberg aide Jill Hazelbaker as saying polls consistently have shown that voters are not concerned about his campaign spending, which already is four times more than he had spent at this point in 2001. Another Times story characterized as "a chink in the armor" Bloomberg's failure to win a recent sought-after endorsement. (We hear the mayor is stressed-out about this, but doesn't he know that money can't buy you love?) Ms. Hazelbaker also noted that Thompson had taken more than $100,000 in what she called “special interest money.”
Good news is that candidate Tony Avella is beholden to no special interest groups. This is a tenet of his campaign, and it is the way he has always served in his role as a City Councilman. He's a fighter for the people, our schools, our neighborhoods, and small businesses. It's about people, not money.
The AP's Sara Kugler reminds us of Bloomberg's own recent remark that "you can't buy an election" because the public is "much too smart for that." And word is that behind the scenes in the Bloomberg campaign, there is some hand-wringing about the way things are going (although the damage control experts spin things a little differently.) Not only is Bloomberg's spending obscene, but his advertising is exposed by blogger JD2718 as shameful--don't miss this one!
Bottom line on Bloomberg: the obscene spending is offensive. Even the Times now reports weekly that garish excess is out, thrift is in.
Saturday, July 11, 2009
from Tony Avella for Mayor 2009: "On July 2, the Working Families Party hosted a Mayoral Forum. When asked if his huge campaign spending was turning the election into an "uneven contest," Mayor Bloomberg responded by saying, "You can't have a totally 'fair,' 'equal' election." His implication was clear."
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Bloomberg Watch is a new organization set up to challenge Bloomberg's attempt to buy New Yorkers' votes. Bloomberg is reported as having already spent almost $40,000,000.
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Sunday, July 5, 2009
Avella hit the nail on the head with this statement!
I am a teacher in the South Bronx. My school, Adlai E. Stevenson High School, which opened in 1970, closed on June 26, 2009. We were told four years ago that it would close. The last four years have been dreadful for everyone connected with "Stevo." We watched with horror as the beautiful, four-story school was systematically gutted and EIGHT "small" schools were installed, each with its own mission and theme. Shouldn't there be one mission for NYC's public school students? Now we have literally 100's of "missions" all over New York. These small schools also have their own administrative and teaching staffs, guidance counselors, secretaries, equipment, etc, even their own even colors and decor.
I know one or more former Stevenson English teachers in most of the new small schools. NOT ONE of them believes that the education is better in the small school of which he or she is a staff member. There is MUCH MUCH more to be said on this topic.
Let it suffice for now to say that Tony Avella is smart enough to realize that with each large school we gut and replace with many small schools, at mind-boggling cost, we are throwing the baby out with the bath, and things are NOT better, despite all the statistics that Bloomberg throws at you, or whatever Chancellor Joel Klein says.
See Tony Avella speaking out about NYC's education system.
Friday, July 3, 2009
Bloomberg protested, "I made every dime that I have," to boos and hisses from the audience. This was Avella's first opportunity to launch a much-needed attack in Bloomberg's presence on the mayor's record and policies, avowing a huge change in City Hall tactics should he be elected mayor.
Avella avowed that Bloomberg allows big developers to trounce neighborhoods without listening to the very people who live there. " . . . it is all about money."
Avella said. "Money should not be moving the system. It should be the people of the city."