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IT WAS A MOMENT OF GREAT PROMISE. The nation had been riveted by the confirmation of a U.S. Supreme Court justice who was accused of sexual harassment. In the aftermath, an unprecedented number of women ran for Congress, and a record number won. The matter of how women are treated reverberated in the halls of the state Capitol, where harassment allegations were aired and a high-profile hearing was held. Lawmakers pledged to tackle the problem. “We’re not here today because of the media’s interest in sexual harassment or because allegations and accusations have tarnished the reputations of politicians everywhere,” Assembly Speaker Saul Weprin said as he kicked off a sexual harassment training in Albany in 1992. “We are here today because it’s the right thing to do.” Yet the training session proved to be inadequate. Weprin was succeeded within two years by Sheldon Silver, who went on to defend a top staffer accused of rape and cover up misconduct allegations against a top lawmaker in his conference. It wasn’t until this past February that lawmakers held another sexual harassment hearing – but this time, a new crop of leaders are demanding real changes. In this week’s cover story, City & State’s Rebecca C. Lewis reports on what’s in the works – and what it means for victims of sexual harassment and assault.

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TAX CAP … 7

Is Cuomo’s 2 percent cap good policy?

SEXUAL HARASSMENT … 10

Young lawmakers want to update New York’s laws for the #MeToo era

ABOVE & BEYOND … 17

30 women doing remarkable things in New York WINNERS & LOSERS … 46 Who was up and who was down last week


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Latest UP IN SMOKE Cuomo said he removed legalizing recreational marijuana from his state budget proposal. The governor suggested he no longer believes that disagreements with the state Legislature on legalizing the drug will be resolved by April 1. But state lawmakers are still pushing for the measure to be included, with state Sen. Diane Savino suggesting legalization could stall for years if it’s not passed now. Projected revenue from pot sales was replaced with a tax on second homes for the wealthy in New York City.

SPEED CAMS GET GREEN LIGHT The state Legislature voted not only to renew New York City’s school zone speed camera program, but to dramatically expand it. Right now, just 160 schools have cameras. But under the newly passed legislation, which the governor is expected to sign, 750 schools will get speed cameras, encompassing every elementary, middle and high school in the city. The measure was introduced in the Senate by Andrew Gounardes, who last year defeated Marty Golden, a prominent foe of speed cameras and a notoriously reckless driver. Although speeding decreased significantly around schools that had cameras, similar legislation stalled last year in the GOP-controlled state Senate.

At Stuyvesant High School, New York City’s most selective specialized high school, only seven out of 895 seats for next year’s freshmen went to black students. The abysmal number reignited debate around admission to the city’s specialized schools. Mayor Bill de Blasio last year proposed eliminating the entrance exam, spurring backlash. Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie said that the state Legislature would schedule hearings on the matter.

Back & Forth Why do you say that transportation is a labor issue? Two summers ago, when it was the “summer of hell” in the MTA, I experienced a severe train delay on the No. 7 train underneath the East River. We were there for two hours and the woman next to me started hyperventilating. She was really upset because she was now going to be two hours late to work and her pay was going to be docked. We usually think about the concept of time being worth money for rich people. It’s actually much more so for people who are really struggling to make ends meet.

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So what can be done about this? For starters, we’ve been advocating very much for congestion pricing at the state level. Traditionally, governors have been divesting from public transportation funding for other

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economic development projects. Having a Republican state Senate in charge for a long time served to placate that trend. What we’re trying to do now is reverse it and have people in the Legislature understand that we can’t pretend to continue to be the best city in the world if our trains don’t work. Won’t congestion pricing hurt outerborough districts like yours? On average, when people drive into Manhattan, there are about 1.2 or 1.3 people per car. This means that most people are driving as a luxury. We’re not going to be able to have bus rapid transit if we continue to have so many cars on our main thoroughfares. Congestion pricing allows us to produce revenue to help with the issues that the MTA has, while also encouraging people to drive less.

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Thank you Marie! And Pat, Bernice, Corinthians, Hazel and Sonia too! By Gregory Floyd, President of Teamsters Local 237, Vice President at-Large on the General Board of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters Across the nation, throughout the month of March, there will be award luncheons, essay contests, and parades to mark the accomplishments of women in America. Annually, Local 237 members come together as well, to recognize the contributions of women in our society. But I think that few events could surpass the amount of pride, gratitude and awe of our celebration. Indeed, this year had special meaning because we paid tribute to an extra special woman, Marie Colvin. Marie Colvin is an assassinated war correspondent. A recent movie, “A Private War,” told the real-life story of Marie Colvin, portrayed by Rosamund Pike in a powerful performance. Marie covered stories many did not want told, in dangerous locations, where few would dare to go. She lost her eye and, eventually, her life at age 56. Her bravery was legendary. She stayed behind enemy lines during the Iraq War in 1991; in 1999, she remained in East Timor to document refugees under attack by government–backed militias at a U.N. compound; in 2001, she was blinded in one eye by the blast of a Sri Lankan army rocket-propelled grenade, and thereafter fearlessly wore an eye patch as a symbol that she would not stop telling the story of civilians who she said: “Endure far more than I ever will” and cannot escape to the comforts of London, where she lived at the time. In 2012, Colvin was in Syria, where she was deliberately targeted and killed by artillery fire at the direction of a senior Syrian military officer, who sought to silence her reporting on civilian casualties in the besieged city of Homs as part of a media campaign to keep a worldwide audience in the dark. Colvin and French photographer, Remi Ochlik, age 28, were killed instantly. Two other foreign journalists, including a Times photographer, were severely injured but escaped. It was actually a line about Marie’s early years in one of the movie’s reviews that got us to wonder about a possible link to Teamsters Local 237. Our research paid off because we discovered that fresh out of college, she was hired to write our newsletter. To think that Marie Colvin once walked the halls of our building, rode in our elevators and ate donuts from the shop across the street, gave me pause. Marie Colvin worked here. She started her career here. Marie Colvin was a Teamster! And although none of us could ever wear her shoes, at least for a while, she walked among us and probably even shared a laugh or two with some of the people still among us. Marie was murdered in Syria to silence her. She wrote about innocent women and children caught in the crossfire of civil war. She wanted the world to care as much as she did. And she lost her life trying to do this. She was reporting from a country that did not want the true story of suffering to come out. This was a country that called the media, “the enemy of the people.” Lately, we’ve been hearing a lot of that right here, in our own country. Many try to hide their hatred as a call for nationalism. Hate mongers have spewed this poison for ages, and in some unexpected places. A crowd of 20,000 rallied in Madison Square Garden in February of 1939 to denounce the press and labor unions as controlled by the Jews….and we all know where that went! Journalists, like Marie Colvin, tried to set the record straight. All too often, they paid with their lives. So, at our Women’s History celebration, we honored a courageous woman, one of our own, who tried to do the right thing for people she didn’t even know. In Marie’s spirit, we also honored several women who were instrumental in helping others simply because it was the right thing to do. In March of 2010, I sued the City on behalf of our 5,000 School Safety Agents, 70% of whom were women, mostly African-Americans and Latinas. Many were single mothers. Their annual salary was about $7,000 less than their counterparts with similar titles, working in other City agencies. Most of them were male. Some called this just a coincidence. I called it discrimination! School Safety Agents have a tough job to do. They help to protect other peoples’ children. All they wanted was to put bread on the table for their own children. So, I called a meeting of School Safety Agents to tell them about my plan to sue the City. I told them that we needed some volunteers to sign the papers and be the official plaintiffs. Of the 25 women in the room, three remained: Patricia Williams, Bernice Christopher and the late Corinthians Andrews. And for four years, these three gave testimony after testimony. They refused any settlement that did not include retirees. They took days off from work. They took time away from being with their families. They came to our many rallies. At those rallies, despite support from several elected officials, times, we often felt pretty much alone. But the allies who were always there for us boiled down to two people: Hazel Dukes, President of the NYS NAACP and Sonia Ossorio, President of the NYC Chapter of NOW. I remember the day of the judge’s final ruling, Pat, Bernice and Corinthians came into the courthouse and knelt in prayer. And thanks to them, Hazel and Sonia, a historic settlement was reached. Clearly, Local 237 can boast of having many members whose actions are a testament to the best instincts of humanity. So, for us, it was easy to identify honorees for women’s history month. We are especially blessed to have among our own members and our friends, women who care about others and want everyone else to care too. That’s who they are. That’s their legacy. And we take pride in knowing them. Thank you, Marie, and Pat, Bernice, Corinthians, Hazel and Sonia.


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Cuomo’s property tax cap is popular, but is it good policy?

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EW YORKERS PAY some of the highest taxes in the nation, but finding ways to reduce that burden can lead to unintended consequences. Case in point, Gov. Andrew Cuomo wants to make the state property tax cap permanent in the upcoming budget. The cap limits increases in local property taxes to 2 percent or the rate of inflation, whichever is lower. The limit presents local officials with a choice between finding alternative revenue sources or cutting government services, most of which are mandated by the state. Many municipalities have opted to do both following the 2011 passage of the cap. Yet Cuomo has said he will not sign a state budget bill that does not make the cap permanent. He is not alone in supporting this idea. State Senate Democrats have already passed a permanent extension of the property tax cap – which is set to expire next year – although the Assembly has yet to do the same. Republicans, fiscal conservatives as well as upstate and Long Island

Gov. Andrew Cuomo has declared that he will not sign off on any state budget that doesn’t include a permanent tax cap.

newspaper editorial boards also like the cap. It’s also politically popular, according to a Jan. 24 Quinnipiac University poll, with broad support across demographic and geographical lines. “I want to be able to say to the people of this state: It’s permanent,” Cuomo said at a March 13 event in the Hudson Valley. “It gives them stability, it gives them reliability. They’re making a decision on where to live.” It is clear that the property tax cap makes for good politics, but is it good policy? The answer depends on how narrowly success is defined. A cap has curbed the rise of property taxes in some of the most heavily taxed areas of the country. Supporters said the cap helps keep people from moving out of state and instills a sense of fiscal discipline among local governments and school districts, which can still override the cap. While some critics agreed that heavy taxation and a declining population were problematic, they argued that the cap leads to a litany of unintended effects, including

greater inequality, fewer community services and even higher taxes and fees for poor people. “One of the things we’ve been saying for a long time is that the property tax cap is the wrong solution for the right problem,” said Ron Deutsch, executive director of the left-leaning Fiscal Policy Institute. A March analysis by the Rockefeller Institute of Government – whose president, Jim Malatras, once served as a top aide to Cuomo – said taxpayers saved $25.6 billion since 2012 due to the property tax cap. Cuomo has touted that number as proof that the cap works. About twothirds of that savings comes from school property taxes, while the rest comes from taxes meant for local governments and fire districts. Annual increases in property taxes, once as high as 6 percent, are now as low as 0.8 percent in some areas, according to the report. In that sense, the cap has achieved its primary goal. The cap also affects the “psychology of budgeting,” argued E.J. McMahon, founder and research director at the fis-


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cally conservative Empire Center for Public Policy. “It’s a negative only if you don’t like tax restraint,” he said. By limiting their ability to raise property taxes, the thinking goes, local officials have to be smarter with taxpayer money. While the national economy expanded between 2011 and 2016, county spending on education decreased by 5 percent, on social services by 8 percent, on health care by 21 percent and community services by 25 percent, according to a 2018 study by the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities. Local governments can cut some services, but they cannot eliminate what the state mandates they fund. The costs of nine such state mandates now devour about 90 percent of local property tax receipts, according to a January report from the New York State Association of Counties. “This is no longer a local property tax,” said Stephen Acquario, the association’s executive director. “This is a The tax cap is esstate-imposed state pecially popular on property tax beLong Island. Nassau cause these deciCounty Executive

sions are out of our hands.” The state has made progress over the past eight years in limiting some mandates on local governments, including the growth of Medicaid costs, Acquario said. But until state policymakers offer more aid for costs like child welfare, legal defense for the poor, juvenile justice, pensions and other programming, local governments are going

fiscal stress by increasing sales taxes and government fees for services like garbage collection, water and sewer maintenance – just like their counterparts in states like California, Massachusetts and Oregon, according to a 2014 Cornell University study. Property owners might be paying less, but lower-income people are picking up much of the tab. An increase in sales taxes or garbage fees disproportionately affects poor people because it costs them a greater percentage of their income compared to wealthier people. Unless the state alters the tax cap or increases its funding for local governments, these worrying trends will continue, Deutsch said. “The state has not been a good or reliable partner to local governments and our school districts,” he said. “We need to pony up and spend more state dollars to ease the burden on property taxes.” Opponents of the tax cap have also argued it makes it harder for many local school districts to find adequate funding. The first reason is political. New York state politics is dominated by New York

Property owners might be paying less, but lower-income people are picking up much of the tab.

Laura Curran, Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone and state Sen. Todd Kaminsky have all joined Cuomo’s push for a permanent cap.

to have to find new ways to fund other priorities. “We want to invest more local resources in programs like 911 dispatches and veterans programs,” Acquario said. “(But) they’ve done nothing to address the underlying base costs of just those nine mandates.” In response, about 35 percent of local governments in New York have dealt with

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City’s interests – where the cap does not apply – and the surrounding suburbs. Some of these downstate districts have the political influence to get additional funding beyond property taxes that other areas cannot, according to Brooklyn College professor David Bloomfield. “The Legislature controls the Foundation Aid formula, and historically that’s been a very heavy lift,” he said. “Suburban districts hold sway in the Legislature and are likely to use Foundation Aid to enrich their own districts over the greater good.” The tax cap also exacerbates inequality among school districts because the maximum 2 percent increase in an area with a large tax base creates more new money in absolute terms than the same percent increase in poorer or less populated areas. In turn, the richer districts will have more capacity to hire new teachers, construct more classrooms or buy more buses, assuming the costs are largely the same among districts. Fire districts and local governments can override the cap through a 60 percent vote of their governing bodies, while school boards can do so through a 60 percent approval by voters. If this cannot be done, “then maybe it is not a vital need,” McMahon said. But this line of reasoning discounts the political concerns that elected leaders would have in pushing for a tax increase, especially in places where voters are already facing economic challenges, according to the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities study. “Higher-income communities have a higher override success rate and approve much larger increases in property tax collections,” according to the report. “This disparity can exacerbate the tendency for higher-income communities to provide better schools and services than low-income communities, potentially perpetuating inequality.” Given the political considerations, it is hardly surprising that only 2 percent of school districts plan to override the cap in the upcoming year, according to a March report from the Association of School Business Officials of New York. Cap supporters have also said the cap helps the state reverse population decline. “We still continue to see property taxes increasing,” Republican state Sen. Pamela Helming told public radio station WAMC in January. “And until we stop that, we’re going to see people leaving the state.” While New York is one of just nine states with a decreasing population, Cuomo has argued that the property tax cap has incentivized more people to stay in upstate New York without providing much evidence to support his opinion. “It’s a different economic reality than it

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was a decade ago. Young people are moving back,” he said in a March 5 op-ed in the Rochester Democrat & Chronicle supporting a permanent property tax cap. But whether taxes have anything to do with the state’s population decline remains unclear. Cuomo himself argued during his re-election campaign last year that New York’s cold weather was a key driver of people leaving the state. While the tax cap does not apply to New York City, Cuomo has made the case that raising taxes on the wealthy and making the tax cap permanent serve the same goal. “When people complain about high taxes in New York state, it’s not the state income tax,” he said on March 11. “It’s the property tax.” But there is little evidence to support his argument that his tax policies are reversing New York’s ongoing population decline, which Cuomo suggested two days later he had done. In a meeting with Hudson Valley leaders, Cuomo said that the state population has increased “a little bit” since he took office. It is true that the U.S. Census Bureau estimates that New York had 19,378,124 people in 2010 and 19,542,209 as of last

year. This selective sample, however, ignores a population decline from 2017 to 2018. People have left New York since the sweeping federal tax law took effect, but it remains unclear why. There is strong evidence to show that the tax cap has not reduced New Yorkers’ overall tax burden. For starters, it is a cap on tax increases – not taxes themselves. The cap has also resulted in state governments increasing sales taxes and fees so that they can fund services besides those mandated by the state and federal governments. Unless the state pays a larger share of local government costs, critics say there is little reason to think local governments will reduce their dependence on sales taxes and fees without tweaks to the cap, such as changing the formula or making it easier for local communities to override the cap. Yet, Cuomo has said that he will not change anything about the cap, and given his budgetary powers, it appears likely that he will get his way in the end. If the tax cap becomes permanent, it will be a great political victory for the governor – regardless of the unintended consequences.


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NEW YORK STATE LAW LETS SEXUAL HARASSERS OFF THE HOOK. A FEW YOUNG LAWMAKERS ARE OUT TO CHANGE THAT.

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E ARE HERE TODAY to examine the issue of sexual harassment here in Albany, in the public sector, and in the private sector across the state.” These simple words from state Sen. Alessandra Biaggi opened the state Legislature’s first hearing on sexual harassment in 27 years. Just two months into her first term, Biaggi found herself presiding over this landmark hearing. She had prepared so much that she felt she may have been overprepared, to make sure she wouldn’t let anyone down. Even so, she felt nervous as she began asking her first questions. But the moment passed quickly and she confidently plugged ahead. “I don’t have time to be nervous,” Biaggi recalled thinking. As a survivor of sexual abuse, she recognized the seriousness of the issue and the responsibility she had to the victims. “I have to do this.” It wasn’t the only recent effort by state government to address sexual harassment. Last year, Gov. Andrew Cuomo introduced several measures to increase protections for victims of sexual harassment that passed as part of the state budget, touting them as the most comprehensive in the nation. The main changes required all employers in the state to institute a sexual harassment policy and provide all employees with sexual harassment training, either their own or following models created by the state, and

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LEGALLY PERMISSIBLE HARASSMENT In New York, in order for harassment to be deemed illegal and thus covered by the state Human Rights Law, a court must find the harassment to be “severe or pervasive.” Here are three real cases in New York in recent years in which judges ruled the conduct described did not meet the standard.

ACTIONS TAKEN BY A MALE DEFENDANT AGAINST TWO FEMALE COLLEAGUES OVER A PERIOD OF TIME

Told plaintiff she should get breast implants and offered to take her to a doctor who could perform the procedure. Told plaintiff that her underwear was exposed but told her that she should not have adjusted her pants because he had been “enjoying himself.” Placed whipped cream on the side of his mouth and asked plaintiff if this “looked familiar.” Repeatedly told plaintiff that she needed to lose weight. Once touched plaintiff’s rear end and told her she needed to “tighten it up.” Attempted to get plaintiff to socialize with his male friends despite her refusal. Took women, including other female employees, into rooms for extended periods of time. Often spoke in public about his affinity for women with large breasts. Frequently walked around the office in only long johns and a T-shirt. Showed plaintiffs a pen holder, which was a model of a person and in which the pen would be inserted into its “rectum.”

ACTIONS TAKEN BY A SUPERVISOR IN REGARD TO A SUBORDINATE

Called plaintiff a “dumb blonde,” “Blondie,” “money bunny” and “Mae West.” Claimed at a staff meeting that he and she would be sharing a hotel room during an upcoming business trip. Told a client that he and the employee had showered together. Made sporadic remarks about her appearance and work attire. Swatted her on the butt with papers that he was holding. Jokingly told her that if she didn’t work better he was going to bring his paddle from home. On three or four subsequent occasions, stood in the doorway of her office and made spanking motions with his hands.

ACTIONS TAKEN BY A SUPERVISOR AGAINST ONE EMPLOYEE

Pulled on plaintiff’s bra straps. Pulled her hair twice. Suggested that plaintiff purchase certain sexual paraphernalia. Rubbed lubricant on plaintiff’s arm. Called her a sexually derogatory name. Described a party that he had attended in sexually graphic terms. Claimed that he ejaculated into a plate of food that he had brought into the office to share. Called her a derogatory term for lesbian. Gave her a refrigerator magnet with a crab on it and said she had crabs.

SOURCE: Written testimony of Miriam Clark, president of National Employment Lawyers Association’s New York chapter and attorney at Ritz Clark & Ben-Asher LLP

forbid confidentiality agreements unless it is the preference of the accuser. Despite the reforms, many lawmakers and advocates agreed that state policies on sexual harassment remained woefully inadequate. While Cuomo’s proposals were not opposed by advocates, the consensus among advocates at the time was that the bills largely missed the most pressing issues for victims of sexual harassment. “Something that all of us in the (Sexual Harassment) Working Group thought was that those laws would not have improved our situations,” Rita Pasarell, a co-founder of the Sexual Harassment Working Group, told City & State. Its members, Pasarell included, are former state legislative staffers who say they were victims of or have encountered sexual harassment or assault. “None of the harassment we had experienced, none of the problems in the investigative process that we experienced, we don’t think the laws that passed last year would have changed any of that. And that’s a problem.” Among advocates, there is widespread agreement that the first thing the state must do is change the burdensome standard by which sexual harassment claims are measured. While people are protected from sexual harassment under the federal Civil Rights Act and the state Human Rights Law as a form of discrimination, that harassment must be “severe or pervasive” in order for the behavior to fall under either law. The standard was established by the U.S. Supreme Court in the 1986 case Meritor Savings Bank v. Vinson, in which a 19-yearold bank teller sued her employer for sexual harassment. This case marked the first time the court ruled that such harassment constituted discrimination on the basis of sex, and was therefore illegal under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission had previously issued guidelines in 1980 that Title VII included sexual harassment, but the 1986 decision codified those guidelines through precedent. “For sexual harassment to be actionable, it must be sufficiently severe or pervasive ‘to alter the conditions of (the victim’s) employment and create an abusive working environment,’” Justice William Rehnquist wrote in the majority opinion, thus creating a broad definition for

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tas would eliminate what is known as the Faragher/Ellerth defense – named after the two U.S. Supreme Court cases that set the precedent – an aspect not included as part of Cuomo’s budget proposal. The defense allows employers to use a delay in reporting or a failure to follow a particular reporting procedure to avoid liability for a supervisor’s actions, or as a basis to deny claims of sexual harassment. The Biaggi and Simotas bill also includes provisions related to the allotment of punitive damages, which is currently not allowed under state law. Another key difference is that the Biaggi and Simotas bill would apply to all discriminatory behavior, while the Gounardes and Rozic bill specifically targets sexual harassment and sex-based discrimination only. THE DEFINITION OF sexual harassment and the high burden of proof that falls on accusers obviously plays heavily not only in potential court cases, but in the reporting process people can go through with the state. Any changes to the severe or pervasive standard would entail changes in how those cases handled, a prospect that has largely not been addressed yet. At the state level, employees can file a sexual harassment complaint with the state Division of Human Rights. “They’ll do an investigation, they’ll find probable cause or not probable cause, they’ll have a hearing, and that is all extrajudicial,” Clark said. “It is underfunded and no one (in government) pays much attention to it, and most lawyers don’t go there.” Pasarell added that based on conversations that the Sexual Harassment Working Group has had, the Division of Human Rights is often not an effective route for victims, who may not know the agency is an option. At last month’s sexual harassment hearing, lawmakers did not hear oral testimony from the division since its commissioner was not available on short notice. But they did hear from the state Joint Commission on Public Ethics, which investigates and holds hearings on claims made against state government employees in a method comparable to how the Division of Human Rights investigates and holds hearings on sexual harassment and other discrimination complaints. Many were disturbed by what they heard. “At one point, they testified that it’s totally legitimate to ask complainants about their prior sexual history and really interrogate them on that,” Gounardes told City & State, expressing concern about a culture of victim shaming. Biaggi raised a similar

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concern. “The questions that they asked (the accusers) ... indicated to me that not only are they ill-equipped, but the people who are there, who are claiming to be experts on this thing, are not trauma-informed,” she said, adding that she had not been aware of the level of what she called the commission’s “incompetence” in handling sexual harassment claims. While not every criticism of the commission could apply to the state Divi-

pact of past and potential changes. “Last month’s hearing made it clear as day that we need systematic reforms with the (Division of) Human Rights,” Simotas told City & State. “And we need to make sure the (Division of) Human Rights is more supportive to victims of this conduct.” ON MAY 9, 2018, advocates and lawmakers packed into the New York City Hall rotunda, the crowd extending up the rounding

Members of the state Senate and Assembly heard hours of testimony from former state staffers who said they had experienced harassment.

sion of Human Rights, the two agencies share similar investigative powers when a person files a complaint. Shortcomings in how the Joint Commission on Public Ethics handles those investigations and hearings might naturally raise questions about the division’s process for complainants. The agency’s written testimony offered little insight into its process beyond how many complaints it received and how many were found to have probable cause, describing its methods as “efficient and effective investigation and adjudication.” In 2017, the Division of Human Rights found that 143 out of 578 complaints had probable cause and referred the cases to a public hearing, noting that the number of complaints had increased during the #MeToo era. The absence of oral testimony from the division, and testimony from victims who had filed with the agency, leaves many unknowns about the im-

staircases. They came to celebrate a landmark package of 11 bills, each of which would offer new protections for victims of workplace sexual harassment, that Mayor Bill de Blasio would soon sign. “I’m proud to say with this legislation, New York City government is standing up, and we’re saying very, very clearly where we stand, what we believe, that we will not tolerate harassment or abuse of any kind,” de Blasio said. Many advocates have pointed to the protections established in New York City that day as a good starting point for the state Legislature. Along with eliminating the severe or pervasive standard for cases before the city Commission on Human Rights or city courts, the new laws also expanded protections against gender-based harassment to all employers, regardless of size, and extended the statute of limitations for filing a gender-based sexual harassment claim from one year to three

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tas would eliminate what is known as the Faragher/Ellerth defense – named after the two U.S. Supreme Court cases that set the precedent – an aspect not included as part of Cuomo’s budget proposal. The defense allows employers to use a delay in reporting or a failure to follow a particular reporting procedure to avoid liability for a supervisor’s actions, or as a basis to deny claims of sexual harassment. The Biaggi and Simotas bill also includes provisions related to the allotment of punitive damages, which is currently not allowed under state law. Another key difference is that the Biaggi and Simotas bill would apply to all discriminatory behavior, while the Gounardes and Rozic bill specifically targets sexual harassment and sex-based discrimination only. THE DEFINITION OF sexual harassment and the high burden of proof that falls on accusers obviously plays heavily not only in potential court cases, but in the reporting process people can go through with the state. Any changes to the severe or pervasive standard would entail changes in how those cases handled, a prospect that has largely not been addressed yet. At the state level, employees can file a sexual harassment complaint with the state Division of Human Rights. “They’ll do an investigation, they’ll find probable cause or not probable cause, they’ll have a hearing, and that is all extrajudicial,” Clark said. “It is underfunded and no one (in government) pays much attention to it, and most lawyers don’t go there.” Pasarell added that based on conversations that the Sexual Harassment Working Group has had, the Division of Human Rights is often not an effective route for victims, who may not know the agency is an option. At last month’s sexual harassment hearing, lawmakers did not hear oral testimony from the division since its commissioner was not available on short notice. But they did hear from the state Joint Commission on Public Ethics, which investigates and holds hearings on claims made against state government employees in a method comparable to how the Division of Human Rights investigates and holds hearings on sexual harassment and other discrimination complaints. Many were disturbed by what they heard. “At one point, they testified that it’s totally legitimate to ask complainants about their prior sexual history and really interrogate them on that,” Gounardes told City & State, expressing concern about a culture of victim shaming. Biaggi raised a similar

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concern. “The questions that they asked (the accusers) ... indicated to me that not only are they ill-equipped, but the people who are there, who are claiming to be experts on this thing, are not trauma-informed,” she said, adding that she had not been aware of the level of what she called the commission’s “incompetence” in handling sexual harassment claims. While not every criticism of the commission could apply to the state Divi-

pact of past and potential changes. “Last month’s hearing made it clear as day that we need systematic reforms with the (Division of) Human Rights,” Simotas told City & State. “And we need to make sure the (Division of) Human Rights is more supportive to victims of this conduct.” ON MAY 9, 2018, advocates and lawmakers packed into the New York City Hall rotunda, the crowd extending up the rounding

Members of the state Senate and Assembly heard hours of testimony from former state staffers who said they had experienced harassment.

sion of Human Rights, the two agencies share similar investigative powers when a person files a complaint. Shortcomings in how the Joint Commission on Public Ethics handles those investigations and hearings might naturally raise questions about the division’s process for complainants. The agency’s written testimony offered little insight into its process beyond how many complaints it received and how many were found to have probable cause, describing its methods as “efficient and effective investigation and adjudication.” In 2017, the Division of Human Rights found that 143 out of 578 complaints had probable cause and referred the cases to a public hearing, noting that the number of complaints had increased during the #MeToo era. The absence of oral testimony from the division, and testimony from victims who had filed with the agency, leaves many unknowns about the im-

staircases. They came to celebrate a landmark package of 11 bills, each of which would offer new protections for victims of workplace sexual harassment, that Mayor Bill de Blasio would soon sign. “I’m proud to say with this legislation, New York City government is standing up, and we’re saying very, very clearly where we stand, what we believe, that we will not tolerate harassment or abuse of any kind,” de Blasio said. Many advocates have pointed to the protections established in New York City that day as a good starting point for the state Legislature. Along with eliminating the severe or pervasive standard for cases before the city Commission on Human Rights or city courts, the new laws also expanded protections against gender-based harassment to all employers, regardless of size, and extended the statute of limitations for filing a gender-based sexual harassment claim from one year to three

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years. And though these laws passed last year, lawmakers are already looking at new ways to make them stronger. Soon after de Blasio signed the bills into law, City Councilwoman Helen Rosenthal introduced legislation aimed at making it easier for a victim of harassment to prove their employer retaliated against them for reporting harassment or other discrimina‑ tory behavior. Under current law, the bur‑ den of proof lies completely on the accuser to show that a demotion, firing or other form of neg‑ ative action taken was done so illegally as retribution. Rosenthal’s bill would shift some of that burden to the employer by requiring them to show good cause for the action. While she said that she is working with business interests to minimize any concerns they may have, Rosenthal asserted that this would not be overly burden‑ some to any employer that keeps good records. “It’s such a struggle, certainly in sexual harassment, but also in terms of racial discrimi‑ nation, it’s so hard to prove it happened, so shifting the burden, I think, makes sense,” Rosenthal told City & State. She added that other municipalities like Seattle have already enact‑ ed similar laws. Rosenthal also said that as the city nears the one‑year anniversary of the enactment of the sexual ha‑ rassment package, the City Council will be able to assess data collected by the De‑ partment of Citywide Administrative Ser‑ vices under new reporting measures for city agencies and government offices that will be able to better inform the next steps for lawmakers to continue strengthening pro‑ tections for victims of sexual harassment. The state Legislature has yet to intro‑ duce new sexual harassment bills based on testimony from last month’s hear‑ ing, but Biaggi told City & State that her staff is working on an internal report. She added that she and other lawmakers are committed to holding more hearings, which Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie and state Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart‑Cousins also support. “In order for us to do our jobs,” Biaggi said, “we need to travel into uncomfort‑ able territory and do it often and as often as possible … to be able to inform us to make policies and laws that protect the people in the state of New York.”

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There is no shortage of bills in the state Legislature to address sexual harassment and strengthen laws protecting victims. Here are a few of the major bills that have been introduced, all of which are currently in committee.

A869/S2037

Sponsored by Assemblywoman Aravella Simotas, state Sen. Alessandra Biaggi Would require employers to provide a waiver to any party entering into a confidentiality agreement that explains the rights he or she would be giving up by signing the agreement.

S3817

Sponsored by Biaggi Covers employers with four or more employees for all discrimination and employers with one or more employees for discriminatory harassment, eliminates the severe or pervasive standard, eliminates parts of the Faragher/Ellerth defense, sets standards for employer liability of employee discriminatory behavior, clarifies discriminatory practices related to domestic workers, addresses circumstances when discriminatory practices of employers extend to nonemployees, extends punitive damages that can be granted by the state Division of Human Rights and adds language to the state Human Rights Law that it be construed liberally.

S3377

Sponsored by state Sen. Andrew Gounardes Eliminates the severe or pervasive standard for sexual harassment only, eliminates part of the Faragher/Ellerth defense for sexual harassment only, explicitly adds language about sexual harassment in statute describing unlawful

discriminatory practices, makes all employers in the state subject to the language about sexual harassment and enables to state Division of Human Rights to repeal or amend rules to ensure the bill’s enactment.

S3941

Sponsored by state Sen. Liz Krueger Requires the state Department of Labor to draft a model sexual harassment policy and a model sexual harassment prevention training program for employees, clearly specifies in statute that sexual harassment is an unlawful discriminatory practice, eliminates the severe or pervasive standard in the case of sexual harassment or other sexual discrimination and enables employers with fewer than four employees to be subject to sexual discrimination laws.

A849A

Sponsored by Simotas Requires independent consideration for each confidentiality provision that is part of a settlement.

A1042/S2036

Sponsored by Simotas, Biaggi Extends the amount of time to file a sexual harassment complaint from one year to three years.

A1115/S2035

Sponsored by Simotas, Biaggi Requires employers to inform employees that entering into a nondisclosure agreement cannot prevent them from

speaking with police, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the state Division of Human Rights or a local commission on human rights.

A3644/S2034

Sponsored by Simotas, Biaggi Requires annual bystander intervention training for sexual harassment prevention for all state employees.

A3643/S2049

Sponsored by Simotas, Biaggi Requires settlements relating to sexual harassment, sexual assault or discrimination be disclosed to the state attorney general’s office, which can investigate any individual or institution that has entered into three or more settlements.

S2874

Sponsored by Biaggi Makes sexual harassment a Class A misdemeanor.

S3453

Sponsored by Biaggi Requires the state to revisit and update the model sexual harassment prevention guidance document and sexual harassment prevention policy as needed every four years beginning in 2022.


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LAST YEAR WAS DUBBED “the year of the woman” after a record-breaking number of women were elected to political office nationwide. In New York, 2018 brought two notable firsts: Letitia James became the first woman elected state attorney general, and Andrea Stewart-Cousins became the first woman to lead one of New York’s legislative chambers. At City & State, we’ve been recognizing the accomplishments of women in the public sphere for years. In our annual Above & Beyond feature, we identify 30 women who have distinguished themselves through leadership in their fields and their contributions to society. This year’s honorees include elected officials as well as leaders who have made their mark in health care, law, real estate, business and the nonprofit sector. Among them is a former federal judge who delivered a landmark ruling on the NYPD’s implementation of stop and frisk, an engineer who contributed to the development of Brooklyn Bridge Park and a nonprofit leader who played a significant role in the successful push for Fair Fares.

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ALESSANDRA BIAGGI

MARICELA BREA

STATE SENATOR

DIRECTOR, WORKFORCE AND INTERGOVERNMENT RELATIONS

Alessandra Biaggi was working in Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s counsel’s office – watching as bills she had worked on kept failing in the state Legislature – when she learned about the role the Independent Democratic Conference played in Albany’s political ecosystem. This led to her upstart campaign against the group’s then-leader, Jeffrey Klein. Despite being significantly outspent, Biaggi won.

NEW YORK CITY MAYOR’S OFFICE FOR PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES

“The more frustrating things that kept coming up, the more doors I would knock on,” she says. Biaggi has already voted on some of the bills she previously saw fail, such as the Reproductive Health Act, and she has started to leave her mark on Albany. As chairwoman of the revitalized state Senate Ethics and Internal Governance Committee, she presided over the Legislature’s first hearing on workplace sexual harassment in 27 years. “So many people have been failed by the system and it is incredibly critical that we get this right,” she says. Though it has not yet been four months since she joined the state Senate, she remains optimistic about future legislation. “A lot of the things I really wished to see happen have already happened,” she says. “It’s kind of remarkable so much legislation has passed.”

Maricela Brea planned to become a counselor. But she now leads efforts to help employ New Yorkers with disabilities in the New York City Mayor’s Office for People with Disabilities. She says empowering people is the motivation behind everything she does. “It’s exciting because it’s groundbreaking and more of this work should’ve been done,” Brea says of her role. “Sometimes people are looked at not by what they can contribute, but mainly just people’s biases of what they can’t do – instead of focusing on what people can do.” On any given day, Brea’s job involves assisting everyone from job-seekers to city agencies to businesses with training, recruitment or other resources. The work is vital to some of the 65.5 percent of working-age New Yorkers with disabilities throughout the state who are unemployed. Brea’s experience also includes 17 years working in the nonprofit sector, where she most recently served as senior director of youth and young adult services at Fedcap Rehabilitation Services. She is also a founding board member for Green Bronx Machine, which focuses on the importance of healthy eating for students and teaches urban agriculture through a curriculum that it makes available to teachers.

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REBECCA SEAWRIGHT SUZANNE VEIRA

LOURDES ZAPATA

ASSEMBLYWOMAN

CHIEF DIVERSITY OFFICER

CHIEF DIVERSITY OFFICER

NEW YORK CITY SCHOOL CONSTRUCTION AUTHORITY

GOV. ANDREW CUOMO’S OFFICE

Rebecca Seawright is the first woman to represent the 76th District in the Assembly, where she acts on behalf of the Upper East Side and Roosevelt Island. In 2014, when the National Organization for Women asked her to run, four men had already declared their candidacy – but Seawright wasn’t intimidated. “I looked at their (campaign finance) filings and collectively they had already raised over half a million dollars,” the assemblywoman says. “But because I had gotten my start in politics doing fundraising for the young women’s political caucus and Ann Richards, who ultimately became the governor of Texas, I knew a thing or two about fundraising.” Born and raised in Texas, Seawright became interested in politics toward the end of high school, when news spread through her small town about a woman who had been discriminated against by the local court. Afterward, she began working in local politics and decided to go to law school. Seawright’s proudest accomplishments as a legislator include the recent passage of her Equal Rights Amendment bill in the Assembly and the 3D mammography law she wrote, which expands access to breast cancer screenings.

New York City gave out nearly $4 billion in contracts to minority- and women-owned businesses in 2018, and Suzanne Veira deserves some credit – after dedicating much of her 35-year career in city government to connecting MWBEs to city money. Even though Veira was working at the New York City Department of Small Business Services in the mid-2000s and helped launch the city’s MWBE program, she gasped at being called the mother of the program. “That’s too much,” she says laughing. “I was there for the birth, but I wasn’t the one pushing the baby out! So you could call me part of the team of physicians.” Veira has been attending to her patient ever since, launching an MWBE mentorship program to prepare smaller companies for work with the School Construction Authority. She also helped create the Opportunity Academy Program, which has trained a racially diverse class of men and women for jobs in construction management. The Trinidad-born longtime Brooklynite admits the job can be tough – “there are days you go home feeling like you got your butt kicked” – but it’s fulfilling. “You know that you are creating opportunities for people who need the opportunity.”

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A little over a year ago, Gov. Andrew Cuomo tapped Lourdes Zapata to lead his administration’s diversity initiatives within state government. It was a natural fit for Zapata, who previously led the division that handles minority and women’s business development at Empire State Development. “At its core, my professional and personal interests are always around community and economic development activities,” she says. One of the successes she has overseen includes an increase in minority- and women-owned businesses participating in state contracts – which grew to nearly 29 percent in the 2017-2018 fiscal year. Zapata started her career in the legal field before pivoting to economic development. “As fun as it was to be able to provide some support and guidance to these groups in their local challenges, I really craved the opportunity to have some in-depth involvement in the development of community and planning issues,” she says. She spent 17 years at the South Bronx Overall Economic Development Corp., handling projects related to building affordable housing. “I just really feel blessed that I have the chance to work at a job where I can see the fruits of my labor very clearly,” she says.


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CATHLEEN COLLINS

JULIE GREENBERG

SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT

EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT

CAPALINO+COMPANY

KASIRER

Cathleen Collins begins every morning at Capalino+Company with an objective in mind: make New York City a better place. While her other responsibilities as a senior vice president may change from day to day as she advises both nonprofit and for-profit clients on making a social impact, she never forgets the passion for public service that inspired her entire career.

Julie Greenberg thrives on challenge at work – she says that’s the best part of her job at Kasirer.

“Both of my parents instilled in me, from an early age, the importance of service and helping others whenever you can,” Collins says. Collins, who worked at the New York City Department of Youth and Community Development during then-Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s administration, enjoys running the firm’s internship program for college students. “There are so many young people in the city, and to be able to find them and give them an opportunity to make connections and network is really gratifying,” she says. Ultimately, she aims to teach each internship cohort that there are many ways to lead and be a leader – a lesson she has used to embrace her own leadership strengths of kindness, humility and collaboration. “The most important thing,” Collins says, “is that you lead with the strengths that are authentic to you.”

“No two projects, no two days, no two weeks, no two months, no two years are the same,” she says. Greenberg, who began her career as a legislative analyst in the Assembly, spent eight and a half years as chief of staff to then-Assemblyman Scott Stringer. After working as political director for H. Carl McCall’s 2002 gubernatorial campaign, she joined the lobbying firm Kasirer. Naturally, her experience in government came in handy. “You really have to know and understand what the questions and the concerns and the perspective is going to be from the person in government, in politics, sitting on the other side of the table,” she says. “And if you don’t understand that, then you can’t craft a strategy to help achieve a goal.” Now in her 17th year at Kasirer, Greenberg oversees strategy for clients across the firm’s nonprofit, corporate and real estate portfolios. The rezoning for One Vanderbilt and the conversion of the Plaza Hotel are just two of the successful projects she has worked on over the years.

LEIGH BECKETT; KASIRER

LAW & LOBBYING

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NYC School Construction Authority congratulates our Chief Diversity Officer

Suzanne Veira

and all 2019 City & State Above & Beyond honorees.


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March 25, 2019

LISA LINSKY

JANICE MAC AVOY

SHIRA A. SCHEINDLIN

PARTNER

PARTNER

OF COUNSEL

MCDERMOTT WILL & EMERY

FRIED FRANK

STROOCK & STROOCK & LAVAN

An amicus brief filed to the U.S. Supreme Court during the landmark 2015 same-sex marriage case. A white paper detailing the history of conversion therapy. These are just two examples of work Lisa Linsky has pioneered at McDermott Will & Emery to promote LGBT issues.

There’s no telling how many buildings Janice Mac Avoy has litigated in New York City. She often tells her children: “Look! That’s my building!”

Reminiscing on her 22-year tenure as a federal judge in the Southern District of New York, Shira A. Scheindlin says the criminal justice and civil rights cases she worked on stand out as her proudest accomplishments.

“When I first started at McDermott, I was not actively involved in the LGBT community,” Linsky says. But when management asked her to create a diversity and inclusion program for LGBT attorneys, she had “one of those lightning bolt moments.” Those efforts grew to include pro bono work with groups like the Mattachine Society in Washington, D.C., which uses historic documents to promote LGBT rights. “One of the things that frankly shocked us when we started doing the archive activism work with the Mattachine Society was that during the 1940s through the 1970s the federal government memorialized this institutionalized homophobia by actually documenting it in black and white,” she says. “The hatred and the revulsion of gays and lesbians jumped off the pages of these official records.” Linsky is a member of Lambda Legal’s National Leadership Council and an executive committee member at the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center in Manhattan.

Mac Avoy says she has been a “part of the fabric of the city” for nearly 30 years. During the market downturn in the 1990s, she found herself working almost exclusively in real estate litigation – and she discovered an affinity for the legal specialty. “I fell in love with the assets and personalities,” she says. “(The clients) believe in the projects and it’s contagious.” Mac Avoy works in a unique field that combines litigation and real estate, representing clients in complicated transactions that may involve land use, commercial disputes and environmental issues. In many of her cases, there is no set precedent. “Develop one thing that becomes your unique thing,” she advises people just starting out in their careers. “Develop it to become a full-time specialty.” Mac Avoy says that because lawyers make a living from understanding the complexity of the law, they have a responsibility to give back. She has worked in family court, with victims of domestic violence and to safeguard reproductive rights for women – all pro bono.

In one of the most high-profile examples, Scheindlin ruled in 2013 that the NYPD’s implementation of stop and frisk was unconstitutional. The department’s use of stop and frisk peaked in 2011 at 685,724 stops, according to the New York Civil Liberties Union. By 2017, that number had gone down to 10,681. “My favorite part was being able to write opinions that I thought made a difference and caused systemic change where such change was needed,” she says. Scheindlin was also one of the first judges in the country to set standards for how electronic information should be managed in legal proceedings, and her influence still carries through e-discovery cases today. After leaving the bench in 2016, she joined Stroock & Stroock & Lavan. “Wherever the chips may fall, you have to do what you think is right,” she says. “You have to stand for something. When I look back on my whole career, I think that’s the key thing.”

LAMBDA LEGAL; FRIED FRANK; SHIRA A. SCHEINDLIN

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March 25, 2019

VALERIE GREY

STACEY L. MALAKOFF

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT, TREASURER AND CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER

NEW YORK EHEALTH COLLABORATIVE

When Valerie Grey became executive director of the New York eHealth Collaborative just two years ago, she surprised a lot of people. “You’re not a technology person. Why are you making this move?” Grey recalls being asked. Her answer: It’s all about working with a good purpose. “It really is about the mission of ensuring that people’s comprehensive medical information is available,” she says, “because it can make such a huge difference. If (health care) providers can have what they need, when they need it, where they need it, I think we can make amazing strides in terms of better health care and reduced costs.” The New York eHealth Collaborative is a nonprofit organization that – with consent – shares patient information with health care providers across the state. By doing so, the organization aims to help health care providers communicate more seamlessly with one another. When reflecting on her career, Grey is overcome with gratitude for her mentor and former boss, Sandra Shapard, who passed away last year. Shapard was a deputy comptroller for budget and policy analysis at the state comptroller’s office. “I just hope everybody has a mentor,” she says. “You don’t realize how important it is until it’s not there.”

HOSPITAL FOR SPECIAL SURGERY

Stacey L. Malakoff has spent nearly her entire career with the Hospital for Special Surgery, first as an auditor with Ernst & Young and then as an employee. Though her original plan out of college was to work on Wall Street, Malakoff ended up embracing health care. “I look at my career in total,” she says. “I don’t look at it as an individual accomplishment, and I think it’s because I grew up here at HSS, whether auditing or being employed here.” Malakoff, who has worked at the renowned orthopedic hospital for almost three decades, has seen HSS overcome financial difficulties during her tenure. Whereas in 1991, it had an annual revenue of $100 million and was losing $1 million a year, its revenue has grown to $1.6 billion with a 4 percent margin in 2019. Malakoff was instrumental in planning the hospital’s expansion in the 1990s, which laid the groundwork for further expansion throughout the years. “We have accomplished this financial success without compromising and only enhancing HSS’ mission, culture, quality, superior values and constantly innovating,” she says. “And that’s what probably makes me the proudest – the teamwork.”

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Congratulations, Val! We are proud to congratulate Valerie Grey, Executive Director, on being named one of City & State New York’s Above & Beyond Award Winners. Thank you for your work to help transform care delivery in New York through the Statewide Health Information Network for New York (SHIN-NY).

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New York eHealth Collaborative (NYeC) is a non-profit organization working in partnership with the New York State Department of Health to improve healthcare by collaboratively leading, connecting, and integrating health information exchange (HIE) across the state.

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March 25, 2019

AMY PECKHAM

RACHEL PRATT

SANDI VITO

CEO

SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT, YOUTH AND COMMUNITY SERVICES

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

ETAIN

Amy Peckham’s decision to start a medical marijuana business is rooted in personal experience. Having been a caretaker for her mother, who suffered from ALS, she understands firsthand the challenges involved in managing pain. “A doctor had said, ‘Maybe you might think about medical marijuana,’” Peckham remembers. “But in New York, it had not been legal.” Prior to founding Etain, Peckham began researching the industry with the help of her two daughters, who currently hold leadership positions at the company. In 2015, Etain became one of five companies licensed to sell medical marijuana in New York. “As much work as having a great idea is, implementing one is even more work,” she says, noting the regulatory challenges they had to overcome in what is still a nascent industry in New York. Etain has grown over the years to offer a wide range of products, from pills to oils to vaporizers. Peckham says what she loves most about her job is the same thing that drove her to found Etain in the first place. “When people contact us and tell us that this has been an extraordinary change in their life, it’s beautiful,” she says.

NEW YORK ROAD RUNNERS

Rachel Pratt was in college watching her sister’s boyfriend run the Philadelphia Marathon when she was first inspired to run one herself. More than two decades later, at the age of 45, she finally did. “Through my whole life, I kind of had that mantra: Someday, I’ll run a marathon,” Pratt says. “Too bad I hate running.” Pratt eventually started running while working as the CEO of a national nonprofit – and she discovered a passion. In fact, she enjoyed running so much that she was inspired to pursue her current role with New York Road Runners, a move that fit neatly with her experience working in child services. Pratt now oversees programming for 125,000 children in New York City and thousands more across the United States. She counts among her proudest accomplishments the Rising New York Road Runners program, which she and her team created to give kids the ability and confidence to stay active. It had 250,000 participants nationwide during the 2017-2018 school year. “It’s just a beautiful thing to see how running brings people together and how people can grab on to it and get so much from it,” she says.

1199SEIU TRAINING AND EMPLOYMENT FUNDS

Sandi Vito sees the purpose of her work as twofold: It’s about helping health care workers, but also serving underrepresented populations. “Education is one of the social goods, if you will, that women and people of color historically have been left out of, particularly people who are low-income or unemployed,” she says. “And so for me, the notion of working to make sure that people regardless of economic means have access to education is what motivates me.” Of the people 1199SEIU Training and Employment Funds works with, about 78 percent are women, 40 percent are immigrants and the majority are people of color. Vito leads efforts to provide education to its members, which include mostly front-line entry-level workers. About 30,000 people obtain education through the union every year, ranging everywhere from getting a GED certificate to a doctorate. Among the programs offered, Vito highlighted efforts to connect people with apprenticeships that combine classroom learning with on-the-job experience. “It’s the women and men who are juggling all of these things and overcoming all these barriers to get their degrees and stay in health care and provide excellent care who deserve the award,” she says.

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March 25, 2019

CAROLYN GITHINJI

JENNIFER MARCH

DIRECTOR OF FOUNDATIONS, CORPORATIONS AND GOVERNMENT RELATIONS

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

CATHOLIC GUARDIAN SERVICES

When Carolyn Githinji first arrived in the United States from Kenya, she only knew the country from what she had seen on TV. But she was determined to make it here – and figure out how to help others do the same. After earning her bachelor’s degree in economics from Northwood University in Florida, she headed for the Big Apple where she pursued a master’s degree in urban planning, economic development and international development at New York University. At Catholic Guardian Services, she emphasizes the importance of making a clear distinction between the money and the people in nonprofit services. “You’re trying to build relationships at different levels,” she says. “You’re trying to make people understand the stories of individuals.” Githinji’s work in the nonprofit sector follows years of learning the ins-and-outs of government, including her successful effort to develop initiatives that help small businesses owned by women and minorities become eligible for New York City contracts. Despite her accomplishments, she still has to do a double take on how far she has come in the past 20 years. “To be in the same awards as these women who are amazing is quite an honor,” she says.

CITIZENS’ COMMITTEE FOR CHILDREN OF NEW YORK INC.

Early in her career, Jennifer March was studying for her doctorate in political science at Fordham University and wanted to work on children’s and family issues in developing nations. Then she pivoted her plans. “During that coursework, while I was still interested in international poverty issues, I became much more intrigued by disparity in New York City and the United States,” she says. After working in the finance division of the New York City Council for several years, March joined the Citizens’ Committee for Children of New York, and has since overseen successes ranging from achieving an earned income tax credit in New York City to Green Cart, a program that brings fresh produce to food deserts. “All of the research and science proves that the ability to intervene early in a child’s life and consistently throughout a child’s life can dramatically change their trajectory and outcomes,” she says. “So, while what I was exposed to suggested that disparities are profound and we have our work cut out for us, on the other side of that equation, I felt the work was also very hopeful because there is so much research out there on what does and can work for children.”

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Zetlin Strategic Communications congratulates our president & founder

Alexandra Zetlin

& salutes all the women selected as 2019’s City & State Above and Beyond honorees! Alec Zetlin has been at the forefront of the wom-

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Compared with other nonprofit organizations that Karen Pearl has led over the course of her career, God’s Love We Deliver is unique. The nonprofit prepares and delivers tailored meals to New Yorkers with severe chronic illnesses. “We are, every single day, not only doing the service of enrolling people in our program and then doing nutrition assessments, nutrition education and counseling,” she says, “we are also purchasing the food, cooking it, packaging it into the right containers and ultimately into the bags for each client, and then taking it out on vans and getting it to people’s homes.” That work has grown significantly during Pearl’s more than 12 years with the organization. God’s Love now cooks and delivers almost 2 million meals a year, all made possible by its 14,000 volunteers. Pearl also oversaw an expansion of the nonprofit into a larger facility, all without disrupting food deliveries. “Our metrics have all gone up,” she says. “Everything that we’re doing is bigger and to some degree even more enhanced than it was before. But the other thing that’s really changed has been the visibility of God’s Love and all of the friends in the community that we have made.”

Many people have heard about Fair Fares, a recently approved New York City initiative offering low-income residents half-price MetroCards. But how many people are aware of the decisive role Nancy Rankin played in developing the policy? Seventeen years ago, Rankin developed the Community Service Society of New York’s annual survey, The Unheard Third, to give a voice to low-income New Yorkers. In 2014, the survey showed that many New Yorkers struggled to pay for public transit, and this research would culminate in the Fair Fares campaign. “I never see the research we do as an end in itself,” she says. “You know, I’m not interested in putting out reports that sit on the shelf. We’re trying to use our research and our evidence to describe real problems and make the case for policy change that would make a large-scale impact.” This has been evident in Rankin’s other successes, such as establishing paid family leave statewide and paid sick days for workers in New York City. “It’s a desire to make public policy to make it a fairer system where everybody has a shot at getting ahead and to resolve some of the issues we all share,” she says.

Winnie Varghese has only been working at Trinity Church Wall Street for a little over three years, but her focus on social justice is already helping her community understand its role in helping people who don’t have a voice. Originally from Dallas, Varghese moved to New York to attend Union Theological Seminary. But after graduation, she didn’t have a clear career path. “Frankly, when I finished seminary, there weren’t many priests like me and I couldn’t see a career. The job I have now didn’t exist,” she says. “Part of your journey is following your passions. What’s possible out there is far greater than you can see.” Varghese said it was an internship after college, at Mental Health America of Los Angeles, that opened her eyes to other possibilities. “It was life-changing to me to watch people try to get help when things go wrong,” she says. Varghese says she looks forward to the future of Trinity Church as it grows and becomes a stronger part of New York’s interfaith community. “In a lot of ways, we’re just starting,” she says. “We have such an opportunity to be in the community of lower Manhattan in a way we’ve never been before.”

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KAREN FRANZ

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When Karen Franz began studying at Rutgers University, she had no idea she would end up in civil engineering. She originally began her academic career majoring in environmental science, but after an eye-opening experience during an undergraduate internship at an environmental lab, she changed course.

After spending a few years in workforce and economic development during then-Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s administration, Celeste Frye took a risk and co-founded Public Works Partners. Twelve years later, she is still proudly building the company on her own terms, and doing it with the public good in mind.

“I was running all these samples of water quality in the harbor,” Franz says, “and I found that I was asking a lot of questions about how the study was designed and how the samples were collected and what they were doing with the results. The lab director just looked at me and he said, ‘You don’t want to be a scientist, you want to be an engineer.’” He was right. Now Franz leads AKRF, a consulting firm headquartered in New York City that focuses on environmental planning and engineering. Since joining the firm in 2000, she has been a part of the development of some of the city’s most popular public spaces, including Governors Island Park and Public Space as well as Brooklyn Bridge Park. “What’s been really exciting for me is being able to see projects from inception to their opening,” she says.

“I started the firm out of a commitment to bringing the tools of urban planning and management consulting to the public and nonprofit sector,” she says. With two teachers for parents, Frye learned to value public service early on in life. After she finished her undergraduate studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, she worked at a Planned Parenthood clinic, served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Morocco, and then earned a master’s degree in urban planning from Cornell University. Part of what she appreciates about the team she has built at Public Works Partners is that they hold similar values. The 12-member team manages six to 10 projects at a time – including clients working in education, housing and financial services. “I love the fact that my whole team brings so much compassion to what they do,” she says.

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Nancy Aber Goshow’s passion for architecture goes back to an assignment in high school art class. Her teacher asked her to design a house and she loved the process: thinking in three dimensions, creating a space in her mind and drawing up the architectural plan. Goshow had a vision for her career early on – she knew she wanted to be in charge – but she could not find the right fit in New York City’s architecture industry. “I realized that the only way for me to become a leader in a firm was to start my own,” she says. “I wanted to be involved in all aspects of the project – from vision to implementation.” Four decades later, Goshow Architects has grown into one of the city’s largest woman-owned architectural firms – completing such high-profile projects as the $68 million modernization of a federal building complex in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Goshow says the public sector projects she does with various New York City agencies are her proudest accomplishments. “You can inspire people,” she says, describing one of these projects, a clinic for the dental program at Hostos Community College. “You really have an opportunity to change people’s lives.”

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A businesswoman with an interest in social issues, Sadie McKeown found that the Community Preservation Corp. – a nonprofit that finances development in underserved housing markets throughout New York state – was an ideal match. “It was a way for me to marry my business acumen and my business sense with my heart,” she says. For years, McKeown helped lead the organization’s Hudson Valley office, where she drew investment to downtown redevelopment projects in small and large cities throughout the region. “The model is one that I believe very deeply in,” she says. “We make money and that money goes back into the neighborhoods we invest in.” Her other accomplishments include an initiative to introduce water and energy efficiency standards in housing units as well as working with Mortgage Company LLC, one of its subsidiaries, to generate profit to help fund the organization’s work. “It’s the smile on the face of the tenant who gets a key to their very first apartment in their life, the ribbon-cutting, which brings tears to my eyes that I was able to participate in the process of being able to provide someone something so important,” she says.

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CHERYL MCKISSACK DANIEL PRESIDENT AND CEO MCKISSACK & MCKISSACK

Growing up in a family of architects and engineers, Cheryl McKissack Daniel studied to be an engineer, continuing a family tradition dating back to when her great-great-grandfather first learned the construction trade as a slave. Her grandfather, Moses McKissack III, began the firm she now heads in 1905, making it the oldest minority- and women-owned construction and design firm in the nation. McKissack Daniel is the third generation to lead the family business. “It’s a great American story from the standpoint of, I have ancestors … I have pictures of them who were slaves,” she says. “And to overcome that in five generations to run a very successful business is very significant to me.” After years in the industry, McKissack Daniel still looks for ways to expand the business, never afraid to dive headfirst into something new. “I thought to myself, either we can say we’re not qualified and we can’t do it,” McKissack Daniel says, recalling how staggered she felt when she first received rail plans related to the Atlantic Yards project in Brooklyn, a major contract for her firm. “Or I could go ahead and figure out how to get this done.”

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LEECIA EVE

JENNIFER HOFFMAN

VICE PRESIDENT OF GOVERNMENT AFFAIRS, TRI-STATE REGION

PARTNER, NOT-FOR-PROFIT AND HIGHER EDUCATION INDUSTRY PRACTICE

VERIZON COMMUNICATIONS

GRANT THORNTON LLP

With parents like Arthur and Constance Eve, public policy work was always in the cards for Leecia Eve, the Verizon vice president and former state attorney general candidate.

A high school accounting class was Jennifer Hoffman’s first step toward a long and impressive career. After graduating from college – the first in her family to do so – Hoffman went to work for Arthur Andersen, a top accounting firm. The job led her to her next passion: working with nonprofit clients.

As an Assemblyman, Arthur Eve expanded access to higher education and negotiated on behalf of prisoners during the Attica Prison riot. Constance Eve founded Women for Human Rights and Dignity, an organization that provides housing and other resources for incarcerated women. “I grew up in a household where we were taught: to whom much is given, much is required,” Eve says, noting that she wanted to be a lawyer since the age of 9 or 10. Early in her career, Eve worked pro bono to represent incarcerated women facing inhumane conditions, and went on to work as counsel to both Joe Biden and Hillary Clinton in the U.S. Senate. Eve later served as an economic adviser to Gov. Andrew Cuomo and general counsel to Empire State Development. But today, Eve is fighting to make New York a leader in 5G technology – a move she says will touch many industries, including health care, transportation, housing and security. “It can’t be overstated how transformative 5G will be,” she says.

“I feel really blessed and honored to work in a not-for-profit space because I think it’s some of the best clients and nicest people across all industries,” she says. At Grant Thornton, Hoffman oversees audits for nonprofits, including higher education institutions, religious organizations and foundations. “As accountants, I joke very often that we don’t necessarily save lives, right? We’re not doctors or scientists,” she says. “But I think when you work in a not-forprofit space, it gives us a great opportunity to help our clients every day get smarter and better.” Hoffman also serves as a mentor for working women and mothers – inspired by her own experience. “I actually joined the firm as a working mom,” she says. “And the firm was always very supportive of me. … I actually made partner working on a flexible work arrangement.”

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ALEXANDRA ZETLIN

WENDY STEVENS

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Silvina Moschini lives by her motto: “Do something that makes others’ lives better.” Moschini is co-founder and president of TransparentBusiness – a platform that streamlines remote work – plus she is the founder and CEO of SheWorks, which is a global platform that engages women and companies. She says the inspiration for both projects came from her experience managing a team whose main challenge was connectivity. Empowering women is one of Moschini’s main objectives. “It’s historic that we have women’s empowerment so high in our agenda,” she says. “We’re having an impact on women’s lives toward financial independence. And without financial independence, there’s no independence.” Since its inception in 2016, SheWorks has received international recognition – it was one of the companies included in last year’s W20 Summit in Argentina – and Moschini says her team deserves credit for this accomplishment. Moschini advises other women to be assertive, find opportunities and take action. “You should ask for what you deserve, set your conditions on the table,” she says. “If you want to be an entrepreneur, find other men and women who will sponsor you. … Identify people who will be willing to take a bet on you.”

Alexandra Zetlin believes in taking risks. Her greatest risk so far? Starting Zetlin Strategic Communications, a firm that prioritizes public engagement and has recently been involved in major traffic, infrastructure and public education projects. When Zetlin founded the firm in 1986, she had a vision. And although she chose not to follow the advice she was given early on, she found success by trial and error. “People would give suggestions on what to do or where to focus, but I said, ‘This is what we’re doing,’” Zetlin remembers. “Along the way, I guess, I saw what was successful and what worked. I was learning and evolving.” Looking forward to the future, Zetlin says she is interested in adapting to how the field of communications is changing. “In today’s political climate, we’re looking at how to not only talk about the facts but to appeal to people’s hearts, not just their minds,” she says. “To break through the barrage of information, it’s a challenge.” Asked what advice she would give budding entrepreneurs, Zetlin says passion for your work is a must. “When you wake up in the morning,” Zetlin says, “you should be happy to go to work.”

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Five years ago, Wendy Stevens told the then-managing partner at Mazars USA that she would come up with a strategy – what is now known as “Women@Mazars” – to help the company include and promote women. Since then, the number of women in leadership positions at the firm has gradually increased. The program pairs women at the firm with mentors who provide guidance and career advice. According to Stevens, the key to the program’s success in attracting, obtaining and advancing female leaders is its inclusion of the men at Mazars. “You can have a really well-designed program,” she says, “but if you don’t include the men and you don’t engage them, then you will not have a successful program.” When Stevens was first entering public accounting, not many other women were doing the same. But these days, when Stevens looks around at Mazars and sees how many young female partners the firm has, she is filled with pride. “The ‘aha’ moments in anything that I do, from a technical perspective, a Women@Mazars perspective, or even my own,” she says, “is having an impact and leaving a better place behind.”

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Notice of Qualification of DANCING BROOMSTICK DEVELOPMENT LLC Appl. for Auth. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 02/07/19. Office location: NY County. LLC formed in Delaware (DE) on 12/12/18. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to c/o Corporation Service Co. (CSC), 80 State St., Albany, NY 12207-2543. DE addr. of LLC: c/o CSC, 251 Little Falls Dr., Wilmington, DE 19808-1674. Cert. of Form. filed with DE Secy. of State, John G. Townsend Bldg., 401 Federal St. - Ste. 4, Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: Any lawful activity. Notice of Qualification of MSGN ENTERPRISES, LLC Appl. for Auth. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 02/07/19. Office location: NY County. LLC formed in Delaware (DE) on 12/10/18. Princ. office of LLC: Two Pennsylvania Plaza, 19th Fl., NY, NY 10121-0091. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to c/o Corporation Service Co. (CSC), 80 State St., Albany, NY 12207-2543. DE addr. of LLC: c/o CSC, 251 Little Falls Dr., Wilmington, DE 19808. Cert. of Form. filed with Secy. of State of DE, 401 Federal St., Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: Any lawful activity. Notice of Qualification of BDG Design LLC. Authority filed with NY Dept. of State on 2/12/19. Office location: NY County. Princ. bus. addr.: 100 Park Ave., 4th Fl., NY, NY 10017. LLC formed in DE on 2/8/19. NY Sec. of State designated agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served and shall mail process to: c/o WPP, 1740 Broadway, NY, NY 10019. DE addr. of LLC: 3411 Silverside Rd., Tatnall Bldg. #104, Wilmington, DE 19810. Cert. of Form. filed with DE Sec. of State, 401 Federal St., Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: all lawful purposes.

Notice of Qualification of PEGASUS LEGAL CAPITAL, LLC Appl. for Auth. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 02/06/19. Office location: NY County. LLC formed in Delaware (DE) on 12/12/17. NYS fictitious name: PEGASUS LITIGATION CAPITAL, LLC. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to c/o Cullen and Dykman LLP, Attn: Andrew Nitkewicz, Esq., 100 Quentin Roosevelt Blvd., Garden City, NY 11530. DE addr. of LLC: 251 Little Falls Dr., Wilmington, DE 19808. Cert. of Form. filed with DE Secy. of State, Townsend Bldg., 401 Federal St., #4, Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: Any lawful activity. Notice of Qualification of CHESHIRE CAT DEVELOPMENT LLC Appl. for Auth. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 02/07/19. Office location: NY County. LLC formed in Delaware (DE) on 12/12/18. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to c/o Corporation Service Co. (CSC), 80 State St., Albany, NY 12207-2543. DE addr. of LLC: c/o CSC, 251 Little Falls Dr., Wilmington, DE 19808-1674. Cert. of Form. filed with DE Secy. of State, John G. Townsend Bldg., 401 Federal St. - Ste. 4, Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: Any lawful activity. Notice of Formation of HIDDEN GROVE HOUSING CLASS B, LLC Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 02/22/19. Office location: NY County. Princ. office of LLC: 60 Columbus Circle, NY, NY 10023. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to Corporation Service Co., 80 State St., Albany, NY 12207-2543. Purpose: Any lawful activity.

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March 25, 2019

SUPREME COURT – COUNTY OF KINGS THE BANK OF NEW YORK MELLON FKA THE BANK OF NEW YORK, AS TRUSTEE FOR THE CERTIFICATEHOLDERS OF CWALT, INC., ALTERNATIVE LOAN TRUST 2006-OA14, MORTGAGE PASS-THROUGH CERTIFICATES, SERIES 2006-OA14, Plaintiff against MIRIAM RIVERA A/K/A MIRIAM R. RIVERA; JOE R. RIVERA A/K/A JOE RIVERA; ANA RIVERA; JOE RIVERA, et al Defendant(s). Pursuant to a Judgment of Foreclosure and Sale entered on October 25, 2017. I, the undersigned Referee will sell at public auction in Room 224 of the Kings County Courthouse, 360 Adams Street, Brooklyn, N.Y. on the 4th day of April, 2019 at 2:30 p.m. premises described as follows: All that certain plot, piece or parcel of land, situate, lying and being in the Borough of Brooklyn, County of Kings, City and State of New York. Said premises known as 12 Nichols Avenue, Brooklyn, N.Y. 11208. (Block: 4109, Lot: 112). Approximate amount of lien $ 628,907.05 plus interest and costs. Premises will be sold subject to provisions of filed judgment and terms of sale. Index No. 511600-15. Doron A. Leiby, Esq., Referee. Stern & Eisenberg, PC Attorney(s) for Plaintiff Woodbridge Corporate Plaza 485 B Route 1 South – Suite 330 Iselin, NJ 08830 (732) 582-6344

Notice of Formation of VWNG Holdings, LLC. Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 01/31/19. Office location: NY County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: the Company, c/o Steven S Pretsfelder, Van Wagner Group, LLC, 800 Third Ave., NY, NY 10022. Purpose: any lawful activities. Notice of Formation of DL AND AP PHYSICAL THERAPY AND CHIROPRACTIC, PLLC Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 02/15/19. Office location: NY County. Princ. office of PLLC: 113 W. 78th St., Ste. 1, NY, NY 10024. SSNY designated as agent of PLLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to the PLLC at the addr. of its princ. office. Purpose: Physical therapy and chiropractic. GOTHAM FIX , LLC, Arts. of Org. filed with SSNY 12/10/2018. Office loc: NY County. SSNY has been designated as agent upon whom process against LLC may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: The LLC, Attn: 2155 center ave apt 2 Fort Lee, NJ 07024. Purpose: Any Lawful Purpose.

Notice of Formation of HUDSON POOL LLC Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 02/26/19. Office location: NY County. Princ. office of LLC: c/o The Hudson Companies Inc., 826 Broadway, NY, NY 10003. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to the LLC at the addr. of its princ. office. Purpose: Any lawful activity. Notice of Qualification of OpenDeal Portal LLC. Authority filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 02/22/19. Office location: NY County. LLC formed in Delaware (DE) on 08/16/18. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: 335 Madison Ave., 16th Fl., NY, NY 10017. Address to be maintained in DE: c/o TRAC - The Registered Agent Company, 800 N. State St., Ste 402, Dover, DE 19901. Arts of Org. filed with the Secy. of State, 401 Federal St. Ste. 4, Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: any lawful activities.

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Patois Republic, LLC, Arts. of Org. filed with SSNY 7/17/2018. Office loc: Westchester County. SSNY has been designated as agent upon whom process against LLC may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: The LLC, Attn: Shirley Semper, 78 Dora St, APT 2A. Stamford, New York. 00902. Purpose: Any Lawful Purpose.

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NOTICE OF SALE PUBLIC AUCTION Supreme Court of New York, KINGS County. WILMINGTON TRUST, NATIONAL ASSOCIATION, NOT IN ITS INDIVIDUAL CAPACITY, BUT SOLELY AS TRUSTEE FOR MFRA TRUST 2014-2, Plaintiff, -against- LEYLA DAVIS; NEW YORK CITY ENVIRONMENTAL CONTROL BOARD; KAYLIE JOHNSON; KYANNE JOHNSON; ANSIL JOHNSON; KAREN LIVERPOOL; AUDREY LIVERPOOL; VANESSA SIMPSON; LEO COLON; JESSICA CRUZ, Index No. 512846/2016. Pursuant to a Judgment of Foreclosure and Sale duly dated, January 9, 2019 and entered with the Kings County Clerk on January 18, 2019, Steven Z. Naiman, Esq., the Appointed Referee, will sell the premises known as 203 Cornelia Street, Brooklyn, New York 11221 at public auction in Room 224 of the Kings County Supreme Court, 360 Adams Street, Brooklyn, New York 11201, on April 11, 2019 at 2:30 P.M. All that certain plot, piece or parcel of land, situate, lying and being in the Borough of Brooklyn, County of Kings, City and State of New York known as Block: 3376; Lot: 54 will be sold subject to the provisions of filed Judgment, Index No. 512846/2016. The approximate amount of judgment is $891,323.70 plus interest and costs. FRIEDMAN VARTOLO LLP 85 Broad Street, Suite 501, New York, New York 10004, Attorneys for Plaintiff.

A.D. Advisory, LLC filed Arts. of Org. with the Sect’y of State of NY (SSNY) on 2/22/19. Office: NY County. SSNY has been designated as agent of the LLC upon whom process against it may be served and shall mail process to: c/o The LLC, 199 Main St., 5th Fl., White Plains, NY 10601. Purpose: any lawful act. PARTY REQUIRED, LLC, filed with SSNY 2/24/2019. Office located in Westchester Co. SSNY has been designated as agent upon whom process against LLC may be served. SSNY shall mail a copy of any process to: PARTY REQUIRED, LLC. 941 Mclean Ave, #507, Yonkers, NY 10704. Purpose: any lawful business activity. Notice of Qualification of TWO SIGMA MERCURY FUND, LP Appl. for Auth. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 02/27/19. Office location: NY County. LP formed in Delaware (DE) on 02/20/19. Duration of LP is Perpetual. SSNY designated as agent of LP upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to Two Sigma Principals, LLC, 100 Ave. of the Americas, 16th Fl., NY, NY 10013. Name and addr. of each general partner are available from SSNY. DE addr. of LP: Corporation Service Co., 251 Little Falls Dr., Wilmington, DE 19808. Cert. of LP filed with Secy. of State of the State of DE, Div. of Corps., 401 Federal St., #4, Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: Any lawful activity. T.I.P.P INVESTIGATIONS, LLC, Arts. of Org. filed with SSNY 08/23/2018. Office loc: New York County. SSNY has been designated as agent upon whom process against LLC may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: The LLC, Attn KELVIN GOODWIN, M.D., 99 WAL STREET SUITE 215, NEW YORK, NY 10005. Purpose: Any Lawful Purpose.

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NOTICE OF QUAL. of Sugar Hill Property Offshore Fund V 2019 Holdings, LLC. Auth. filed Sec’y of State (SSNY) 2/15/19. Off. Loc: NY Co. LLC org. in DE 2/11/19. SSNY desig. as agent of LLC upon whom proc. against it may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of proc. to 28 Liberty, New York, NY 10005. DE off. Addr.: 160 Greentree Dr., Ste 101, Dover, DE 19904. Cert of Form. on file: SSDE, Townsend Bldg., Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: any lawful activity Notice of Qualification of TWO SIGMA MERCURY MASTER FUND, LLC Appl. for Auth. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 02/27/19. Office location: NY County. LLC formed in Delaware (DE) on 02/20/19. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to the LLC, 100 Ave. of the Americas, 16th Fl., NY, NY 10013. DE addr. of LLC: Corporation Service Co., 251 Little Falls Dr., Wilmington, DE 19808. Cert. of Form. filed with Secy. of State of the State of DE, Div. of Corps., 401 Federal St., #4, Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: Any lawful activity. Notice of Qualification of 200 East 87th Street Company, LLC. Authority filed with NY Dept. of State on 2/28/19. Office location: NY County. LLC formed in DE on 2/20/19. NY Sec. of State designated agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served and shall mail process to: 1290 Ave. of the Americas, NY, NY 10104, principal business address. DE address of LLC: 850 New Burton Rd., Ste. 201, Dover, DE 19904. Cert. of Form. filed with DE Sec. of State, 401 Federal St., Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: all lawful purposes. MiniaturizedLAB, LLC, Arts. of Org. filed with SSNY 4/18/2018. Office loc: NY County. SSNY has been designated as agent upon whom process against LLC may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: The LLC, 157 E 86th ST., STE 517, New York, NY 10028. Purpose: Any Lawful Purpose.

Notice of Formation of Social Aces, LLC. Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 02/15/19. Office location: NY County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: Dor Mizrahi, 100 West 26th St., Apt. 10F, NY, NY 10001. Purpose: any lawful activities. Notice of Qualification of Principium TMW LLC. Authority filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 02/12/19. Office location: NY County. LLC formed in Delaware (DE) on 01/17/19. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: c/o C T Corporation System, 28 Liberty St., NY, NY 10005, also the registered agent upon whom process may be served. Address to be maintained in DE: c/o The Corporation Trust Company, 1209 Orange St., Wilmington, DE 19801. Arts of Org. filed with the Secy. of State, 401 Federal St. - Ste. 4, Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: any lawful activities. NOTICE OF QUALIFICATION of Monique Morin Design, LLC. Authority filed with SSNY on 12/20/18. Office loc: NY County. LLC formed in OH on 4/17/15. SSNY designated agent upon whom process may be served and mailed to: 1675 York Ave, 7J, NY, NY 10128. Cert. of LLC filed with SSOH loc: 180 E. Broad St, Columbus, OH 43215. Purpose: Any Lawful activity. Notice of Formation of The NikEra Company, LLC. Art. Of Org. filed with SSNY on 03/04/3019. Office Location: Westchester County. SSNY designated as agent of the LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: The NikEra Company, LLC Attn: Nickesha Bailey, PO Box 994, Ossining, NY 10562. Purpose: any lawful purpose.

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One Dragon LLC Arts of Org filed with NY Sec of State (SSNY) on 1/29/19. Office: New York County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: 1270 Broadway, #709, NY, NY 10001. General Purposes. NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT A LICENSE, SERIAL # 1316699 FOR WINE & BEER HAS BEEN APPLIED FOR BY THE UNDERSIGNED TO SELL WINE & BEER AT RETAIL UNDER THE ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGE CONTROL LAW AT 27 BEDFORD ST NEW YORK, NY 10014. NEW YORK COUNTY, FOR ON-PREMISE CONSUMPTION. M DEGREE LLC. NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT A LICENSE, SERIAL # 1316698 FOR LIQUOR, WINE, & BEER HAS BEEN APPLIED FOR BY THE UNDERSIGNED TO SELL LIQUOR, WINE, & BEER AT RETAIL UNDER THE ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGE CONTROL LAW AT 106 E 60TH ST. NEW YORK, NY 10022. NEW YORK COUNTY, FOR ON PREMISE CONSUMPTION. M & G 60TH STREET LLC. NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT A LICENSE, SERIAL # 1316718 FOR LIQUOR, WINE, & BEER HAS BEEN APPLIED FOR BY THE UNDERSIGNED TO SELL LIQUOR, WINE, & BEER AT RETAIL UNDER THE ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGE CONTROL LAW AT 1452 FULTON ST BROOKLYN, NY 11216. KINGS COUNTY, FOR ON PREMISE CONSUMPTION. THREE POINT KINGS LLC. Notice of Formation of 131 Apawamis LLC. Arts. of Org. filed with NY Dept. of State on 2/15/19. Office location: NY County. Sec. of State designated agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served and shall mail process to: 1165 Fifth Ave., Apt. 15A, NY, NY 10029, principal business address. Purpose: any lawful activity.

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT A LICENSE, SERIAL # 1316700 FOR LIQUOR, WINE, & BEER HAS BEEN APPLIED FOR BY THE UNDERSIGNED TO SELL LIQUOR, WINE, & BEER AT RETAIL UNDER THE ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGE CONTROL LAW AT 722 FULTON AVE HEMPSTEAD, NY 11550. NASSAU COUNTY, FOR ON PREMISE CONSUMPTION. 722 MULLIGANS RESTAURANT INC. NOTICE OF FORMATION of limited liability company (LLC). Name: Vetinsure Insurance Services, LLC. Articles of Organization filed with Secretary of State of NY (SSNY) on 01/16/2019. Office location: Westchester County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to: THE LLC 2410 Hog Mountain Road Watkinsville, GA 30677. Purpose: any lawful purpose.

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STATE OF NEW YORK SUPREME COURT: COUNTY OF KINGS U.S. BANK NATIONAL ASSOCIATION, AS TRUSTEE FOR CREDIT SUISSE FIRST BOSTON MORTGAGE SECURITIES CORP., CSFB MORTGAGE-BACKED PASS-THROUGH CERTIFICATES, SERIES 2005-12, Plaintiff,

vs. RUDOLPH DRAGHINE, STEVEN DRAGHINE, et al., Defendants NOTICE OF SALE IN FORECLOSURE PLEASE TAKE NOTICE THAT In pursuance of a Judgment of Foreclosure and Sale entered in the office of the County Clerk of Kings County on December 11, 2018, I, Philip Kamaras, Esq., the Referee named in said Judgment, will sell in one parcel at public auction on April 11, 2019 at the Kings County Supreme Court, Room 224, 360 Adams Street, Brooklyn, County of Kings, State of New York, at 2:30 P.M., the premises described as follows: 2090 Strauss St Brooklyn, NY 11212 SBL No.: 3569-37 ALL THAT TRACT OF PARCEL OF LAND situate in the Borough of Brooklyn, County of Kings, City and State of New York

Notice of Formation of ANTHELLO, LLC filed with SSNY on 2/4/19. Office: NY County. SSNY designated agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to LLC: 160 E91st St Apt 5F NY NY 10128. Purpose: any lawful act or activity.

The premises are sold subject to the provisions of the filed judgment, Index No. 509813/2014 in the amount of $435,743.62 plus interest and costs.

Notice of Formation of BWC Consulting, LLC filed with SSNY on 1/10/2019. Office: NY County. SSNY designated agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to LLC: United States Corporation Agents, Inc. 7014 13th Avenue Suite 202 Brooklyn, NY 11228. Purpose: any lawful act or activity.

Notice of Qualification of KARTOS PREFERRED A FUND, LLC Appl. for Auth. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 03/01/19. Office location: NY County. LLC formed in Delaware (DE) on 01/31/18. Princ. office of LLC: 119 W. 72nd St., Ste. #299, NY, NY 10023. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to the LLC at the princ. office of the LLC. DE addr. of LLC: 1209 Orange St., Wilmington, DE 19801. Cert. of Form. filed with Secy. of State, 401 Federal St., Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: Any lawful activity.

Notice of Formation of Just Go, LLC filed with SSNY on January 24, 2019. Office: NY County. SSNY designated agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to LLC: 255 W 94th St, #16B, NY, NY 10025. Purpose: any lawful purpose.

Brittany J. Maxon, Esq. Woods Oviatt Gilman LLP Plaintiff’s Attorney 700 Crossroads Building, 2 State St. Rochester, New York 14614 Tel.: 855-227-5072

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NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT A LICENSE, SERIAL # 1316784 FOR LIQUOR, WINE, & BEER HAS BEEN APPLIED FOR BY THE UNDERSIGNED TO SELL LIQUOR, WINE, & BEER AT RETAIL UNDER THE ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGE CONTROL LAW AT JFK AIRPORT, TERMINAL 1, GATE 9 + 10 JAMAICA, NY 11430. QUEENS COUNTY, FOR ON PREMISE CONSUMPTION. TAV NEW YORK OPERATION SERVICES LLC.

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Notice of Formation of AOP DOWNTOWN LLC Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 02/08/19. Office location: NY County. Princ. office of LLC: 56 Leonard St., Unit P-54, NY, NY 10013. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to the LLC at the addr. of its princ. office. Purpose: Any lawful activity. NOTICE OF QUAL. of 269 West 7C LLC. Auth. filed Sec’y of State (SSNY) 2/21/19. Off. Loc: NY Co. LLC org. in DE 6/5/18. SSNY desig. as agent of LLC upon whom proc. against it may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of proc. to NRAI, 28 Liberty St., New York, NY 10005, the Reg. Agt upon whom proc. may be served. DE off. Addr.: 160 Greentree Dr., Ste 101, Dover, DE 19904. Cert of Form. on file: SSDE, Townsend Bldg., Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: any lawful activity. 214G LLC. Arts. of Org. filed with the SSNY on 02/15/19. Office: Kings County. SSNY designated as agent of the LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to the LLC, c/o Garvey Schubert Barer, 100 Wall Street, 20th Floor, New York, NY 10005, ATTN: Alan A. Heller. Purpose: Any lawful purpose. NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT A LICENSE, SERIAL # 1316758 FOR WINE & BEER HAS BEEN APPLIED FOR BY THE UNDERSIGNED TO SELL WINE & BEER AT RETAIL UNDER THE ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGE CONTROL LAW AT 22-41 31ST ST ASTORIA, NY 11105. QUEENS COUNTY, FOR ON-PREMISE CONSUMPTION. GALATA RESTAURANT INC.

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Notice of Hedy Hopping, LLC filed with SSNY on February 26, 2019. Office: NY County. SSNY designated agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to LLC: 125 East 4th Street, #3, NY, NY 10003. Purpose: any lawful act or activity. Notice of Auction Notice of Auction Sale is herein given that Citiwide Self Storage located at 45-55 Pearson Street, Long Island City, N.Y. 11101 will take place on WWW.STORAGETREASURES.COM Sale by competitive bidding starting on April 5th, 2019 and end on April 18th, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. to satisfy unpaid rent and charges on the following accounts: Contents of rooms generally contain miscellaneous items. #9P31 – Linda Calderon : 1 – dresser, 3 – suitcases, 3 – duffle bags, 1- chest of drawer, 8 – bags, 20 – boxes, 1 – night stand, bed rails. #9P01A – Twisted Liar: Tri Pods, 1 – computer chair, 3- sewing machines, paintings, 10 – boxes, suitcase, stool, chest of drawer, ironing board, bags. #6R41 – Thomas Pieper: 3- wardrobe boxes, 16 – mix boxes, soccer goals, foot spa, bags. The contents of each unit will be sold as a lot and all items must be removed from the premises within 72 hours. Owners may redeem their goods by paying all rent and charges due at any time before the sale. All sales are held “with reserve”. Owner reserves the right to cancel sale at any time.

LEGALNOTICES@ CITYANDSTATENY.COM EnTech & Liriano Engineers PLLC Arts. of Org. filed w/ SSNY 1/29/19. Off. in NY Co. SSNY desig. as agt. of PLLC whom process may be served. SSNY shall mail process to the PLLC, 17 State St, 36th Fl, NY, NY 10004. Purpose: any lawful activity.

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CLEVENGER PROPERTIES, LLC, Arts. of Org. filed with the SSNY on 12/14/2018. Office loc: NY County. SSNY has been designated as agent upon whom process against the LLC may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: Keith Bloomfield, Forbes Family Trust, 767 5th Ave., 6 FL, NY, NY 10153. Purpose: Any Lawful Purpose. Notice of Formation of RANDYE F. BERNFELD LLC filed with SSNY on March 15, 2019. Office: Bronx County. SSNY designated agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail a copy of process to LLC: 3671 Hudson Manor Terrace, 14J, Bronx, NY 10463. Purpose: any lawful act or activity. Notice of Qualification of ACREFI HOLDINGS DB MEMBER, LLC Appl. for Auth. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 03/12/19. Office location: NY County. LLC formed in Delaware (DE) on 09/16/16. Princ. office of LLC: c/o Apollo Global Management, LLC, 9 W. 57th St., 43rd Fl., NY, NY 10019. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to c/o Corporation Service Co., 80 State St., Albany, NY 12207-2543. DE addr. of LLC: 251 Little Falls Dr., Wilmington, DE 19808. Cert. of Form. filed with Secy. of State, 401 Federal St., Ste. 4, Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: Entity is the seller SPV for a master repurchase facility. 2001 Story Tower A LLC. Authority filed SSNY 03/08/19. Office: NY Co. LLC formed DE 03/08/19. Exists in DE: c/o National Registered Agents, Inc., 160 Greentree Dr. Ste. 101, Dover, DE 19904. SSNY designated agent upon whom process against the LLC may be served & mail to 1 State St., 32nd Fl., NY, NY 10004. Cert of Formation Filed: SOS, Corporation Dept., 401 Federal St., Ste. 4, Dover, DE 19901. General Purpose.

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Notice of Auction

PUBLIC NOTICE

Notice of Auction S a l e is herein given that Access Self Storage of Long Island City located at 2900 Review Avenue, Long Island City, N.Y. 11101 will take place on WWW. STORAGETREASURES. COM Sale by competitive bidding starting on April 5, 2019 and end on April 18, 2019 at 12:00 p.m. to satisfy unpaid rent and charges on the following accounts:

Cellco Partnership and its controlled affiliates doing business as Verizon Wireless (Verizon Wireless) proposes to collocate wireless communications at two locations. Antennas will be installed on a rooftop with an overall height of 96 feet on a 64-foot building at the approx. vicinity of 361 Stagg Street, Brooklyn, Kings County, NY 11237. Antennas will be installed on a rooftop at a height of 76 feet on a building with an overall height of 79 feet at the approx. vicinity of 304 West 14th Street, New York, New York County, NY 10014. Public comments regarding potential effects from this site on historic properties may be submitted within 30 days from the date of this publication to: Trileaf Corp, Erin, e.alsop@ trileaf.com, 10845 Olive Blvd, Suite 260, St. Louis, MO 63141, 314-997-6111.

Contents of rooms generally contain misc. #347Cee Lo King Media LLC; 4 large plastic totes, 2 suitcases, 2 duffle bags, 4 pairs of sneakers, 1 umbrella, 9 jackets, small bottle of loose change., #816-Angel Crutchfield; 3-4 duffel bags, lady’s bag, shoes, boots, magazines, 2 black jackets, #2128-Black Stone Film and Art Inc.; 3 plastic shelving units filled with about 20 - 50 paintings of various sizes, a hand truck, 2 totes (1 large & 1 medium), 5 - 10 2x4s a small bar stool, about 50 boxes, #2429-Sydny Frowner; About 20 bags, 15-20 plastic totes, electronic keyboard, and a small end table, #2448-Avery Bock; Mirrors, a lot of totes and boxes, boxes filled with vinyl records, toolboxes, artworks, lamps, chairs, small suitcase, laundry bag, huge xylophone, and a black metal shelving unit.. The contents of each unit will be sold as a lot and all items must be removed from the premises within 72 hours. Owners may redeem their goods by paying all rent and charges due at any time before the sale. All sales are held “with reserve”. Owner reserves the right to cancel sale at any time. RMSF, LLC Arts. of Org. filed with SSNY 03/18/19. Office loc: Westchester County. SSNY has been designated as agent upon whom process against LLC may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: The LLC, Attn: Sam Foreste., 24216 Floral Park, NY 11001 Purpose: Any Lawful Purpose.

Notice is hereby given that a license, number 1314220 for an “Eating Place Beer Liquor License” has been applied for by the undersigned to serve Liquor at retail in the restaurant under the Alcohol Beverage Control Law at American Brew + Press Inc. located at 4 South, Space WH3 at Whitehall Ferry Terminal, New York, NY 10310 for on premises consumption: Eunique LLC. Filed w/ SSNY on 3/4/19. Office: New York Co. SSNY designated as agent for process & shall mail to: c/o Peter S. Jeon, Esq., 16 W 32nd St, #305, NY, NY 10001. Purpose: any lawful. Beats By Danny LLC. Art. of Org. filed with the SSNY on 03/01/2019. Office: Westchester County. SSNY designated as agent of the LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to the LLC, 7014 13th Avenue, Suite 202, Brooklyn, NY 11228. Purpose: Any lawful purpose.

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Notice of Formation of T2 Capital LLC filed with SSNY on March 11, 2019. Office: Westchester County. SSNY designated agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to LLC: 24 Heathcote Road, Scarsdale NY 10583. Purpose: any lawful act or activity. Notice of Qualification of CRAIG DRILL CAPITAL VC II, LP Appl. for Auth. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 02/13/19. Office location: NY County. LP formed in Delaware (DE) on 02/08/19. Princ. office of LP: Attn: Jason Martin, 724 Fifth Ave., 9th Fl., NY, NY 10019. Duration of LP is Perpetual. SSNY designated as agent of LP upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to c/o Craig Drill VC II, LLC at the princ. office of the LP. Name and addr. of each general partner are available from SSNY. DE addr. of LP: c/o Corporation Service Co., 251 Little Falls Dr., Wilmington, DE 19808. Cert. of LP filed with Secy. of State of the State of DE, Div. of Corps., John G. Townsend Bldg., Federal & Duke of York Sts., Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: Any lawful activity.

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Notice of Qualification of 241E 73st LLC. Authority filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 02/08/19. Office location: NY County. LLC formed in Delaware (DE) on 11/26/18. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: c/o Joseph M. Taube, Taube Management Realty, LLC, 750 Third Ave., 9th Fl., NY, NY 10017. Address to be maintained in DE: Corporation Service Company, 251 Little Falls Dr., Wilmington, DE 19808. Arts of Org. filed with the DE Secy. of State, Division of Corporations, John G. Townsend Bldg, 401 Federal St., Ste. 4, Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: any lawful activities.


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March 25, 2019

STORAGE NOTICE

PUBLIC NOTICE

PUBLIC NOTICE

PUBLIC NOTICE

Midtown Moving & Storage Inc. will sell at Public Auction at 810 East 170 Street, Bronx NY 10459 at 6:00 P.M. on February 12th, 2019 for due and unpaid charges by virtue of a lien in accordance with the provisions of the law and with due notice given all parties claiming an interest therein, the time specified in each notice for payment of said charges having expired household furniture & effects, pianos, trunks, cases, TV’s, radios, hifi’s, refrigerators, sewing machines, washers, air conditioners, household furniture of all descriptions and the contents thereof, stored under the following names:

New York City Dept. of Consumer Affairs

New York City Dept. of Consumer Affairs

Notice of Public Hearing

Notice of Public Hearing

Notice is hereby given, pursuant to law, that the NYC Department of Consumer Affairs will hold a public hearing on WEDNESDAY, APRIL 17, AT 2019 2 P.M. at 42 Broadway, 5th floor, on a petition for SWEETGREEN NEW YORK LLC to NEW MAINTAIN, AND OPERATE an unenclosed sidewalk cafe at 127 COURT ST IN THE BOROUGH OF BROOKLYN FOR A TERM OF TWO YEARS.

Notice is hereby given, pursuant to law, that the NYC Department of Consumer Affairs will hold a public hearing on WEDNESDAY, APRIL 17, AT 2019 2 P.M. at 42 Broadway, 5th floor, on a petition for EPSTEIN’S BAR, LLC to NEW MAINTAIN, AND OPERATE an unenclosed sidewalk cafe at 82 STANTON ST IN THE BOROUGH OF MANHATTAN FOR A TERM OF TWO YEARS.

Cellco Partnership and its controlled affiliates doing business as Verizon Wireless (Verizon Wireless) proposes to collocate wireless communications antennas at two locations. Antennas will be installed at a top height of 56 feet on a building with an overall height of 58 feet at the approx. vicinity of 445 Baltic Street, Brooklyn, Kings County, NY 11217. Antennas will be installed at a top height of 55 feet on a building with an overall height of 55 feet at the approx. vicinity of 186 27th Street, Brooklyn, Kings County, NY 11232. Public comments regarding potential effects from these sites on historic properties may be submitted within 30 days from the date of this publication to: Trileaf Corp, Elsie, e.boone@ trileaf. com, 8600 LaSalle Rd, Suite 301, Towson, MD, 21286, 410-853-7128.

- ALHARB, ESSA - ALAYAS,WAGAS/ ALAYAS, ANIQA - AYBAR, ANNETTE - G & J’S PIZZERIA, LLC - HUAYPHAT, CHEE RA PA - HOPKINS, CARL - HASSAN, RADWA - MOON SEONG HO - MILLIKENS, NICOLE/ SCRUGGS DARREN JR - MYRIE, MELFORD R

- ORANE, KWAMI - REYES JESSICA/RODRIGUEZ ERIC - RAHMAN, MOHAMMED - RAGO, ANTHONY - SIMPSON, TYSMAN LLOYD - SUAREZ, NATHANIEL - SHIELDS, MEGAN - SPELLMAN, ISIAH - WATKINS, NICOLE

PUBLIC NOTICE

PUBLIC NOTICE

Dish Wireless (DISH) proposes to install antennas and telecommunications equipment at the following buildings in New York; Kings County - 15 William St in New York (Job #40209); 1165 E 54 St in Brooklyn (Job #40211); Richmond County - 115 Stuyvesant Pl in Staten Island (Job #40213).

New York City Dept. of Consumer Affairs

In accordance with the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966 and the 2005 Nationwide Programmatic Agreement, DISH is hereby notifying the public of the proposed undertaking and soliciting comments on Historic Properties which may be affected by the proposed undertaking. If you would like to provide specific information regarding potential effects that the proposed undertaking might have to properties that are listed on or eligible for listing in the National Register of Historic Places and located within 3/4 mile of the sites, please submit the comments (with project number) to: RAMAKER, Contractor for DISH, 855 Community Dr, Sauk City, WI 53583 or via e-mail to history@ ramaker.com within 30 days of this notice.

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Notice of Public Hearing Notice is hereby given, pursuant to law, that the NYC Department of Consumer Affairs will hold a public hearing on WEDNESDAY, APRIL 17, AT 2019 2 P.M. at 42 Broadway, 5th floor, on a petition for 3 RICHARDSON MEXICO LLC to NEW MAINTAIN, AND OPERATE an unenclosed sidewalk cafe at 594 UNION AVE IN THE BOROUGH OF BROOKLYN FOR A TERM OF TWO YEARS. REQUEST FOR COPIES OF THE REVOCABLE CONSENT AGREEMENT MAY BE ADDRESSED TO: DEPT. OF CONSUMER AFFAIRS, 42 BROADWAY, NEW YORK, NY 10004 ATTN: FOIL OFFICER Carlo Vernia, LLC, filed with SSNY 03/20/2019. Office loc: 93Donald Dr., New Rochelle NY 10804 Westchester County. SSNY has been designated as agent upon whom process against LLC may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: The LLC, Attn: Hiedi Vernia, 700 S. Columbus Ave, 2nd Fl., Mt. Vernon NY 10550 Purpose: Any Lawful Purpose.

REQUEST FOR COPIES OF THE REVOCABLE CONSENT AGREEMENT MAY BE ADDRESSED TO: DEPT. OF CONSUMER AFFAIRS, 42 BROADWAY, NEW YORK, NY 10004 ATTN: FOIL OFFICER PUBLIC NOTICE New York City Dept. of Consumer Affairs Notice of Public Hearing Notice is hereby given, pursuant to law, that the NYC Department of Consumer Affairs will hold a public hearing on WEDNESDAY, APRIL 17, AT 2019 2 P.M. at 42 Broadway, 5th floor, on a petition for BETTOLA NYC CORP to NEW MAINTAIN, AND OPERATE an unenclosed sidewalk cafe at 412 AMSTERDAM AVE IN THE BOROUGH OF MANHATTAN FOR A TERM OF TWO YEARS. REQUEST FOR COPIES OF THE REVOCABLE CONSENT AGREEMENT MAY BE ADDRESSED TO: DEPT. OF CONSUMER AFFAIRS, 42 BROADWAY, NEW YORK, NY 10004 ATTN: FOIL OFFICER

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REQUEST FOR COPIES OF THE REVOCABLE CONSENT AGREEMENT MAY BE ADDRESSED TO: DEPT. OF CONSUMER AFFAIRS, 42 BROADWAY, NEW YORK, NY 10004 ATTN: FOIL OFFICER

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PUBLIC NOTICE New York City Dept. of Consumer Affairs Notice of Public Hearing Notice is hereby given, pursuant to law, that the NYC Department of Consumer Affairs will hold a public hearing on WEDNESDAY, APRIL 17, AT 2019 2 P.M. at 42 Broadway, 5th floor, on a petition for CHANGE YOUR LIFE, LLC to NEW MAINTAIN, AND OPERATE an unenclosed sidewalk cafe at 9 EAST 16TH STREET IN THE BOROUGH OF MANHATTAN FOR A TERM OF TWO YEARS. REQUEST FOR COPIES OF THE REVOCABLE CONSENT AGREEMENT MAY BE ADDRESSED TO: DEPT. OF CONSUMER AFFAIRS, 42 BROADWAY, NEW YORK, NY 10004 ATTN: FOIL OFFICER

Cellco Partnership and its controlled affiliates doing business as Verizon Wireless (Verizon Wireless) proposes to collocate wireless communications antennas at three locations. Antennas will be installed at a top height of 29 feet on a building with an overall height of 29 feet at the approx. vicinity of 835 Forest Hill Road, Staten Island, Richmond County, NY 10314. Antennas will be installed at a top height of 66 feet on a building with an overall height of 66 feet at the approx. vicinity of 305 84th Street, Brooklyn, Kings County, NY 11209. Antennas will be installed at a top height of 94 feet on a building with an overall height of 94 feet at the approx. vicinity of 9205 Ridge Boulevard, Brooklyn, Kings County, NY 11209. Public comments regarding potential effects from these sites on historic properties may be submitted within 30 days from the date of this publication to: Trileaf Corp, Theresa, t.docal@ trileaf.com, 8600 LaSalle Rd, Suite 301, Towson, MD, 21286, 410-853-7128.

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Notice of Qualification of SEPTUAGINT SOLUTIONS LLC Appl. for Auth. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 03/13/19. Office location: NY County. LLC formed in Delaware (DE) on 02/14/19. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to c/o Stroock & Stroock & Lavan LLP, Attn: Shawn Bannister, 180 Maiden Ln., 35th Fl., NY, NY 10038. DE addr. of LLC: c/o Corporation Service Co., 251 Little Falls Dr., Wilmington, DE 19808. Cert. of Form. filed with Secy. of State of the State of DE, Div. of Corps., John G. Townsend Bldg., 401 Federal St. - Ste. 4, Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: Any lawful activity. MBL MET LLC Art. Of Org. Filed Sec. of State of NY 3/15/2019. Off. Loc.: New York Co. SSNY designated as agent upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY to mail copy of process to The LLC, c/o New Aim Realty, PO Box 933, Englewood Cliffs, NJ 07632. Purpose: Any lawful act or activity. 185NYC, LLC Art. Of Org. Filed Sec. of State of NY 2/27/2019. Off. Loc.: New York Co. Tarik Laaziz designated as agent upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY to mail copy of process to The LLC, 177 Lafayette Street, New York, NY 10013. Purpose: Any lawful act or activity. Notice of Formation of Frost Creative, LLC filed with SSNY on March 7, 2019. Office: NY County. SSNY designated agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to LLC: 352 East 89th Street Apt 1D New York, NY 10128. Purpose: any lawful act or activity.

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March 25, 2019

CITY & STATE NEW YORK MANAGEMENT & PUBLISHING CEO Steve Farbman, President & Publisher Tom Allon tallon@cityandstateny.com, Comptroller David Pirozzi, Business & Operations Manager Patrea Patterson, Administrative Assistant Lauren Mauro

Who was up and who was down last week

LOSERS

DIGITAL Digital Director Derek Evers devers@cityandstateny.com, Digital Content Coordinator Michael Filippi, Social Media Editor/Content Producer Amanda Luz Henning Santiago

BILL DE BLASIO The mayor will do anything to keep his beloved NYC Ferry afloat – like striking a private deal so generous that the comptroller had to halt it and take a closer look. The real sinker last week: only seven black students were accepted to Stuyvesant High School – an issue de Blasio failed to fix last year after botching his pitch to scrap the controversial admission test. Can’t say anyone was surprised by his dismal performance in the latest presidential poll of New York voters.

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After a warehouse worker complaint, the Amazon foe got to say, “I told you so.” She nabbed her first NY congressional endorsement. But Beto already had two.

Too many moms die during childbirth. These Bronx pols want to find out why. The acting NYC housing czar had the right angle to get everyone on board for the Broadway Triangle development.

CREATIVE Art Director Andrew Horton, Senior Graphic Designer Alex Law, Graphic Designer Aaron Aniton

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Vol. 8 Issue 11 March 25, 2019

The trial-by-combat Staten Island lawyer pleaded guilty to extortion and wire fraud. Her honor was pulled off the air after her Islamophobia made even Fox News blush.

Cover photo Emily Assiran

The NYPD rained on her parade after she was caught buying Streisand tickets with money meant for dead cops’ families. The NRA gets to grill the ex-state finance chief about New York’s anti-gun bias. (Not a great week for the NRA’s look either.)

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DEBORAH GLICK & ANDREW GOUNARDES Brooklyn state Sen. Andrew Gounardes isn’t following the “Golden rules” set by his controversial predecessor, Marty Golden. Instead, the freshman lawmaker teamed up with veteran Manhattan Assemblywoman Deborah Glick to drive a bill through the Legislature that will install speed cameras outside 750 New York City schools, a clear rebuke of the speed camera-hating Republican.

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Just mentioning the state budget is enough to make many people’s eyes glaze over. Luckily, fun fauna always seems to show up near the Capitol during budget season, serving as a handy anthropomorphization of the dense document. Last year: The Budget Coyote. This year: The Budget Seal! Yes, an adorable pinniped was spotted resting on an Albany ice floe. For more tricks on how to make boring news interesting, here’s Winners & Losers.

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