For the third fiscal year in a row, City Councilmember Tony Avella (D–Bayside) will be returning 5 percent of his salary (that’s $4,500) to help city agencies and organizations hurt by the city’s fiscal shortages.
This year, Avella will split his donation among the eight senior centers in his 19th Council District. Last Tuesday, he presented checks of $562.50 each to officials of the HANAC senior centers and the North Flushing senior centers, both in College Point.
In 2002 when the city was in a fiscal mess, Avella offered the donation to Mayor Michael Bloomberg, but the mayor refused it. Avella then decided he would still give back a portion of his annual salary to a worthwhile recipient or recipients in his district.