Construction figures biggest donors to Avella

TRD NEW YORK /
Jan.January 15, 2008 03:07 PM

Construction industry figures are the two biggest donors to the mayoral campaign of City Council member Tony Avella, a Queens Democrat who has been a fierce critic of development.

Vincent Riso, a co-owner of the real estate development and management company the Briarwood Organization, of Bayside, donated the maximum $4,950. Thomas Chen, president of manufacturer Crystal Window and Door Systems of Flushing, gave $4,500, campaign filings showed.

Avella said the two donors “support policies I am fighting for.”

“Nobody is against development,” he said. “I am against over-development and out-of-character development.”

He added, “These two donations are an insignificant amount compared to the real estate donations given to other candidates.”

Avella, chairman of the Council’s Zoning and Franchises Committee, raised $77,525 in the six-month period from July 11, 2007, to Jan. 11, 2008.

Avella remains far behind other well-financed contenders for mayor, including Rep. Anthony Weiner, a Democrat whose district covers Queens and Brooklyn. Weiner had raised $2 million as of July, records showed.

Avella has championed rezoning neighborhoods to restrict development, especially in Queens, which has seen more rezonings than any other borough.

Avella helped push through land-use changes two years ago in his Queens neighborhood of Bayside, where large McMansions rising on small lots.

In a September interview for The Real Deal’s webcast, Avella said, “Well, I’m sure my picture is on a dart board in a lot of developers’ offices, and I’m sure they’re throwing darts at it. But again, I’m not against development; I’m against the unscrupulous developers who may only represent 5 percent of what’s out there in the industry.”


Related Articles

arrow_forward_ios
(Image by Wolfgang & Hite via Dezeen)

Hudson Yards megadevelopment inspires a new line of sex toys

Cammeby's International Group founder Rubin Schron and, from top: 194-05 67th Avenue, 189-15 73rd Avenue and 64-05 186th Lane (Credit: Google Maps)

Ruby Schron lands $500M refi for sprawling Queens apartment portfolio

Wendy Silverstein (Credit: Getty Images)

Wendy Silverstein, co-head of WeWork’s real-estate fund, is out

The Eddington House cafe in Shanghai

“We’re the elite”: What backlogged Chinese EB-5 investors are planning next

Margaret Streicker (Credit: Facebook)

Rent law “canary in the coal mine” runs for Congress in Connecticut

The New York State Senate subpoenaed several top names in real estate

Elliman, RE/MAX, Keller Williams subpoenaed in discrimination probe

MDC Partners CEO Mark Penn and 1 World Trade Center

One World Trade Center signs 200K sf deal with marketing firm MDC

Coronavirus delays $1B sale of SF’s Oceanwide Center

Coronavirus delays $1B sale of SF’s Oceanwide Center

arrow_forward_ios
Loading...