From the Daily News:
City Councilman Tony Avella's pending departure from his Queens seat - which he often used as a soapbox to protect endangered historic sites - will leave the borough sorely in need of a new champion, preservationists said.
Facing battles to spare Douglaston, Flushing, Richmond Hill and other areas from overdevelopment, advocates fear no one will fill the void left by Avella (D-Bayside), who is running for mayor.
"Who's going to take his place now? God only knows," said Jeff Gottlieb of the Central Queens Historical Association.
Avella, who was first elected in 2001, has pushed several sites for landmark status and written a bill to ensure the upkeep of landmarked structures.
He vowed to keep rallying for preservation if he becomes mayor. But he's a long shot, and preservationists wonder if his Council colleagues will prioritize Queens history at a crucial stage.