Tony Avella http://wamc.org en Power Post For NY Senator Who Switched Caucuses http://wamc.org/post/power-post-ny-senator-who-switched-caucuses <p></p><p>The newest member of the state Senate's ruling coalition is getting leadership positions on the chamber's environmental and social services committees.</p><p>Sen. Tony Avella of Queens joined the group of breakaway Democrats who share control of the Senate with Republicans on Wednesday. He had been in the traditional Democratic caucus.</p><p>The Senate leadership said Thursday Avella will become chairman of the social services committee and vice chairman of the environmental conservation committee.</p> Fri, 28 Feb 2014 03:38:00 +0000 Dave Lucas 84807 at http://wamc.org Power Post For NY Senator Who Switched Caucuses NY fire dept.'s squirrel kill contest draws complaints http://wamc.org/post/ny-fire-depts-squirrel-kill-contest-draws-complaints <p></p><p><font face="Arial" size="2"><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 10pt;">HOLLEY</span></font><font face="Arial" size="2"><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 10pt;">, N.Y.</span></font><font face="Arial" size="2"><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 10pt;"> (AP) — A weekend squirrel-shooting contest pits Upstate against Downstate.</span></font></p><p><font face="Arial" size="2"><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 10pt;">State Sen. Tony Avella of Queens and animal-rights activists are among those urging the Holley Fire Department to call off its annual "squirrel slam" fundraiser, scheduled for Saturday.</span></font></p><p> Fri, 15 Feb 2013 21:36:54 +0000 Dave Lucas 57958 at http://wamc.org NY fire dept.'s squirrel kill contest draws complaints