Who is Tony Avella? I didn't know until reading a post on Brownstoner about the March 3 community meeting at Carroll Gardens' St. Mary’s Star of the Sea Residences about the Toll Brothers proposal to develop 577 housing units alongside the lovely Gowanus Canal.
Avella, a Queens City Councilman, was there. And I like the way this guy talks. He says things we're all thinking, but no one in power will admit. "Development projects will always be put on the front burner," he said, according to Brownstoner. "It has nothing to do with a project’s merit. It has to do with the mayor thinking that’s what the city needs. The real estate industry controls the agenda in this city."
Yes! Yes, yes, yes! Say it, Tony! Goddam, it's good to hear someone with knowledge of the inside workings of City Hall to confirm what we all suspect. I understand this man wants to be mayor in 2009. (Forgive me for not have tracked this fact to date.) I will be following his progress with interest.