From the Times Ledger:
A commission created to protect the northeast Queens shoreline, including Udalls Cove, Fort Totten and Alley Pond, was eliminated in state budget negotiations between state leaders, state Sen. Frank Padavan (R−Bellerose) said Tuesday.
While Padavan said he was not given justification for the dismantling of the Northeast Queens Nature and Historical Preservation Commission, City Councilman Tony Avella (D−Bayside) said he believed the move was politically motivated.
Padavan was in a prolonged and contentious battle to retain his seat in November against Councilman James Gennaro (D−Fresh Meadows), who lost the race by 480 votes in what became the longest contested election in the state’s history.
“I’m not surprised that the funding had been eliminated since the funding came from Sen. Padavan,” Avella said.