From the Times Ledger:
A rift has emerged between City Councilman Tony Avella (D-Bayside) and Community Board 7 after years of working side-by-side with little squabbling.
Avella and the board, which he served on for several years, have not seen eye-to-eye on a number of key projects in the last year and the mayoral candidate lashed out at the group last week after it voted to approve Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s plan to build a $1 billion police academy in College Point.
“How can the board talk about traffic issues in College Point and then turn around and approve a project that’s going to bring in 2,000 people every day?” Avella said. “I’m at a loss for words. I’m just shocked, not just disappointed. They’re supposed to be the representatives of the community, but apparently they’re representatives of the Bloomberg administration.”
Avella believes the board, which covers Flushing, College Point, Whitestone and Bay Terrace, has given too much to the Bloomberg administration by approving the projects against what he calls the cries of the community.
“It seems to be CB 7 has taken to being a lapdog for the Bloomberg administration. And they were not appointed to do that,” he said.