Zoning Chair Nailed for Zoning Infraction

Here’s an unusual one.

Councilman Tony Avella, chair of the City Council’s subcommittee on Zoning, was cited for having a swimming pool that violated local zoning rules.

According to the Queens Tribune, Avella took the citation very personally.

“Clearly this is politically motivated,” he said in a phone interview Tuesday. “These complaints were put in and are totally ridiculous. The Buildings Department acted in a much more rapid response time than normal. Something was clearly done unethically in terms of the agency.”

Avella’s office is planning a press conference on Monday about “Calling on Buildings to Stop Harassment of Honest Homeowners.”

– Azi Paybarah