From Douglaston Patch:
It's been an active three months for two newly elected Queens state senators.
Whether it was term limits, ethics reform or the push for non-partisan legislative redistricting, every week seemed to bring another bill introduced by Sens. Tony Avella, D-Bayside, and Michael Gianaris, D-Astoria — both elected last November as part of an injection of new blood into a chamber known as being resistant to change.
And yet, with all of the announcements, rallies and press releases, passage of reform legislation remained elusive in a closely divided state Senate.
"Reform isn't going well," Avella said in a conversation Tuesday afternoon. "And sometimes finding out who's to blame isn't that easy."