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CITY & STATE senior reporter Jeff Coltin met Andrew Yang on a basketball court to interview the New York City mayoral candidate for this week’s cover story. It was a fun way to get to know Yang, especially when Coltin did a layup. Yang couldn’t block the shot, but he’s still on a roll, getting a second chance to run for office after his unsuccessful campaign for president. He tells Coltin that he’s moved up from “scrappy underdog” to front-runner. If Yang wins, he would be the first Asian American mayor of New York City. So besides enjoying his top ranking in most polls, he’s got a shot at making history. His timing also coincides with the alarming recent rise in hate crimes against Asian Americans. Coltin gets into “Yang’s formula” in an examination of whether it will be enough to win over voters. It will be interesting to see – for a man who hasn’t voted in local elections or held public office. How might Yang do if elected? Annie McDonough looks at Yang’s past job history in the latest entry in City & State’s “For the Record” series. Former co-workers, business partners and fellows at his nonprofit, Venture for America, recalled Yang’s self-deprecating humor and drive for progress, but also said they felt he might have a little problem with being engaged when it comes to urban affairs, writes McDonough. If Yang makes it to City Hall, he’ll have a chance to prove how engaged he can be.

CONTENTS Andrew Yang is on top in every mayoral poll. And he has made it look easy.

FIRST READ … 4 The week that was

UNIONS … 8

Labor hasn’t found its NYC mayoral candidate yet

CONTRACTS … 10

NYC’s major union agreements are expiring during a fiscal crisis

ANDREW YANG … 12 He has never voted for mayor, but he’s leading in the polls. FOR THE RECORD … 18

RALPH R. ORTEGA; SEAN PRESSLEY

What did Yang do before he ran for president?

TELECOM POWER 50 … 22

The leaders improving New York’s digital landscape

WINNERS & LOSERS … 46

Who was up and who was down last week


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Cannabis use is now legal for adults in New York, and a portion of the tax revenue will go to social equity programs.

RECREATIONAL MARIJUANA LEGALIZED

After years of advocacy and several deals that fell apart in 2019 and 2020, New York has legalized recreational marjuana. Although retail sales are still a year or more away, many aspects of the bill took effect immediately, including making the possession of small amounts of marijuana

legal. Automatic expungement for past marijuana-related offenses that are no longer crimes also began immediately. Among the last sticking points in the negotiations were over impaired driving. The final deal involved extra money for police departments to train and hire drug recognition experts, and setting up a study that would examine devices to

detect marijuana impairment on the road. Currently, no technology has been approved to perform fast and accurate tests, like a Breathalyzer, to determine whether someone is impaired. Under the new law, people cannot smoke and drive, and it’s illegal to drive after having ingested marijuana. But Republicans said the legislation did not adequately address their concerns around impaired driving, which they cited when voting “no” on the legalization. Road safety considerations were also brought up by a handful of Democrats who voted against the measure.

“We’re reversing 90 years of prohibition.” – Assembly Majority Leader Crystal PeoplesStokes, on the legalization of recreational marijuana

CUOMO’S BOOK DEAL AND A NEW ACCUSER The bad press just doesn’t stop for Gov. Andrew Cuomo. It

ON EDGE Anti-Asian hate crimes continue to rock New York City, including an assault on a 65-year-old woman in Manhattan last week. Artist R. Kikuo Johnson depicted the sense of fear and unease in the wake of these attacks on the cover of the New Yorker, showing a woman and girl waiting for a train on a subway platform, in a stance Johnson said he wanted to look “somewhere between vigilant and fearful.”

“We have talked a lot in the past about ‘three men in a room.’ Now we have three Dems on Zoom.” – Assembly Minority Leader William Barclay, on the state budget

started off with yet another woman accusing him of inappropriate behavior. Sherry Vill said she met the governor when he visited the Rochester area in 2017 to inspect local flooding. One of the houses that he visited was hers. Vill accused Cuomo of two unwanted kisses on the cheek, one of which was caught in a video, that left her feeling uncomfortable. New information also emerged about Cuomo’s controversial book about his leadership during the coronavirus pandemic. According to The New York Times, Cuomo got a book deal that exceeded $4 million. Aides to the governor assisted him in writing the book, which may have been a violation of state ethics laws, including Secretary to the Governor Melissa DeRosa helping edit one of the drafts and lowlevel staffers delivering printed pages to the Executive Mansion. The governor’s office said any staffers who worked on the book volunteered. The state ethics commission approved Cuomo to write the book, but said that no state resources could be used in the writing or promotion of the book. He seemed to violate this and other parts of the approval.

NURSING HOME IMMUNITY CLOSE TO REPEAL

The state Senate passed legislation to repeal a law

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that was part of last year’s budget that provided immunity to nursing homes and hospitals related to the care of patients with COVID-19. Although some of those protections were partially repealed last year, this legislation would fully eliminate the legal protections that were previously established. The measure unanimously passed the state Senate after already passing the Assembly. The bill now awaits a signature from Cuomo, who has not signaled what he will do.

A LATE STATE BUDGET

The end of New York’s fiscal year came and went without a new budget getting passed. Lawmakers had an April 1 deadline to get the budget done, but

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only passed one of the 10 budget bills by that date. Only three of the bills were even introduced before April 1. Late budgets are nothing new in New York – years ago they wouldn’t pass until well into the summer. Cuomo prides himself on passing on-time budgets, but they are sometimes approved a couple days late. Several sticking points exist in negotiations between Cuomo and legislative leaders, including a fund for workers who have not been eligible for COVID-19 aid, new taxes on the wealthy and school funding. Recent reporting revealed that Cuomo wants $1.3 billion in bonds for his controversial redevelopment plan of Penn Station and the surrounding area.

The Daily News reported last week that Gov. Andrew Cuomo is playing hardball for a controversial project at Penn Station.

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WEEK AHEAD

TUESDAY 4/6 Everyone age 16 and older becomes eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine in New York. Last week, eligibility expanded to those 30 and older.

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In NYC mayoral race, progressives remain divided Less than three months before the New York City mayoral primary, the city’s progressive left has not coalesced behind a single contender. Some of the most influential organizations, like the Working Families Party, haven’t endorsed yet, and some of the biggest individual players, like Rep. Alexandria OcasioCortez, might not endorse at all. But looking at the endorsements that have come so far, three candidates have emerged as progressive favorites: New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer, former nonprofit leader Dianne Morales, and a former counsel to Mayor Bill de Blasio, Maya Wiley. And movement leaders are putting their faith into ranked-choice voting, hoping the divided support actually becomes an asset. The progressive movement in New York can be loosely defined as the individuals and organizations that supported Cynthia Nixon over Gov. Andrew Cuomo in the 2018 primary. While labor unions are often allies, their role and influence in the mayoral race is driven by different motivations than a typical ideologically driven political organization. Stringer, Morales and Wiley are most aligned with the group on policies like defunding the police, increasing taxes on the wealthy and forgiving unpaid rent accrued during the

WEDNESDAY 4/7 State lawmakers are digging deep into the East Side Access project in Manhattan at a virtual hearing scheduled for 10 a.m.

FRIDAY 4/9 The state Joint Commission on Public Ethics has scheduled a noon hearing on an unnamed topic.

coronavirus pandemic. But there are enough policy disagreements among them, that choosing who to support is a hot topic of debate. “Our membership were kind of evenly split between who their favorite progressive was,” said George Albro, co-chair of the New York Progressive Action Network. “And rather than be a divisive choice, we thought we’d unify the progressives in the race by doing a dual endorsement (of Morales and Wiley).” But one person’s unity is another’s division, and Stringer was the one left out. “I’m not into identity politics per se, but we’ve never had a woman mayor of New York City, and we’ve gone 28 straight years with a white male mayor,” Albro said. Stringer spokesperson Tyrone Stevens insists that consolidation is already on track. “We’re building the progressive multiracial intergenerational coalition we need to win this race,” he said. But many organizations and figures have yet to endorse. Jumaane Williams, another sought-after endorsement, hasn’t formally backed a candidate yet. Same goes for his 2018 running mate Cynthia Nixon and major groups like Make the Road Action. If they all back Stringer, it would be a strong case for consolidation, but if not, then the left will remain split in the mayoral race. – Jeff Coltin

INSIDE DOPE

Gov. Andrew Cuomo may have violated state ethics rules barring the use of state resources to help with his pandemic leadership book.


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FACE MASK FASHION

WE LOVE “ITHACA IS GORGES,” BUT HERE ARE OPTIONS FOR THE REST OF THE WEEK. BY CAITLIN DORMAN

U.S. SENATE MAJORITY LEADER Chuck Schumer has a new favorite accessory. Before you ask, no it’s not his signature flip phone (may it continue to prosper) – it’s a face mask with the slogan “Ithaca is Gorges”. While we’re all excited about his new Capitol Hill look, we also want to encourage him to spread the New York love around. We’ve given him a head start on new mask ideas, with some pun-friendly slogans.


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I think that every vote needs to be counted. Until all the votes are counted, I’m not going to declare victory.

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You’ve got a nearly 17 percentage point lead, but you didn’t officially declare victory. Why not? I’ve spent a lot of time over the last couple years as Democratic district leader advocating for more early voting sites and the expansion of mail-in voting. I think that every vote needs to be counted. Until all the votes are counted, I’m not going to declare victory.

our community needed a voice, and our children and working families, older adults and people with disabilities need an advocate. And I thought based on my values and my shared values of the community and my work that I’ve done in the community, I was the best candidate to attempt to be that advocate and to make those voices our corner of the Bronx heard.

Two of your opponents formed an alliance and said they’d rank each other second. You avoided that. What was your thinking there? I was running because

Political dynasties are nothing new in New York, did your father or both your parents get to work on the campaign? Were they active in the infrastructure there?

They both helped out in different ways in the campaign. My father was very, very good about providing advice and insight, and also very good about being hands off. This was my race to run. And he did not overstep whatsoever. The Regional Plan Association has specifically targeted Riverdale as a lowdensity neighborhood with good transit access that could be upzoned. Would you generally support increasing housing density in Riverdale?

I would respectfully disagree with the “good transit access.” If you’re in Riverdale, (the) bus is really your main mode of travel to get to and from anywhere. But we have problems with bus service up here. And so it’s extremely problematic when the MTA comes to the district and says they want to cut express bus service when it’s already hard enough to get around the Bronx and get to other places in the city. Not to mention that there’s no subway in Riverdale. There’s a subway in Kingsbridge with the No. 1 train. So I respectfully disagree

Our Perspective Cannabis Legalization Will Benefit All New Yorkers By Stuart Appelbaum, President, Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union, RWDSU, UFCW Twitter: @sappelbaum

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he Marijuana Regulation and Taxation Act (MRTA) has become law, and it’s a success all New Yorkers can be proud of. The law, legalizing adult use cannabis in New York, puts fairness at its center; communities of color, workers and entrepreneurs are prioritized in this program. The final law reflects the longstanding efforts of worker and community activists to create legislation that will lift up all of our communities. RWDSU Local 338 represents nearly 500 workers in New York’s medical cannabis industry, and now, with the legalization of adult use cannabis, we have an opportunity to create more quality jobs. We’ve already seen in New York the difference unions can make in the cannabis industry. In 2014, RWDSU Local 338 fought for the passage of the Compassionate Care Act, which legalized medical marijuana, to ensure the industry created good union careers for the workforce. As a result, workers in cannabis cultivation, production, distribution, and retail in New York won RWDSU membership, and in turn, negotiated strong union contracts.

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With RWDSU Local 338, workers have won guarantees of full-time hours, significant wage increases, generous paid time off, quality health coverage for themselves and their families at no cost, retirement savings benefits, and other crucial workplace protections including on-the-job training. The only way to guarantee these benefits are provided to workers is through a union. The best way to ensure a union exists in the workplace is through mandatory labor standards in the law. Unions have made a difference for these workers, and now the goal is to ensure that the same benefits – and the protections of a union voice – are available to workers in the new adult use cannabis industry.

A Diverse Industry to Build Stronger Communities

Legalization provides an excellent starting point for reversing the discriminatory cost the decades-long “war on drugs” has had on communities of color. As a union that organizes workers in several low-wage industries including retail, the majority of our mem-

with the good transit access. The second problem is one of the big things I spoke about in the campaign, which is people choose to live, to retire, to raise a family in the neighborhood of their choice. And so for special interest groups from outside the district to come in and tell us how we should change our neighborhood with what sounds like a poor assessment of the neighborhood, I take issue with (that). I think it’s vital that in any zoning changes, or any changes to the districts, that our community has a voice in those changes. – Zach Williams

bers are people of color who live in communities that were targeted by discriminatory drug laws. We all have a stake in ensuring the adult use cannabis industry not only creates good jobs, but also provides true entrepreneurial opportunities for our membership and their communities. That is why it’s crucial that cannabis industry ownership, management, and workforce reflects the diversity that makes New York great. The RWDSU and our allies also support the resentencing provisions for those who are behind bars for cannabis-related crimes, and expunging and sealing criminal records of those who went to jail for cannabis-related offenses. As the city, state, and country move forward toward cannabis legalization, it’s important those who have been prosecuted for cannabis-related offenses – disproportionately people of color – are allowed to move forward with their lives free of outdated legal repercussions and the stigma that accompanies them. Legalizing cannabis for adult use opens New York State to an incredible new avenue for job growth, criminal justice reform, and economic opportunities for small and medium-sized businesses, as well as increased revenue to fund important public services. By making sure that the industry is created responsibly, we can make sure that as the industry flourishes, our communities and working families flourish as well.

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Labor hasn’t found its mayoral candidate, but don’t count out these traditional kingmakers. By Gabe Ponce de León

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N THE CROWDED New York City Democratic mayoral primary, with the odds stacked against a Republican capturing City Hall, organized labor could have a large say in determining who will lead the city’s post-pandemic recovery. The last time there was a competitive Democratic primary, health care workers union 1199SEIU helped propel then-candidate Bill de Blasio to a general election victory. That year, the city’s “Big 4” unions – 1199SEIU, the United Federation of Teachers, District Council 37 and 32BJ  SEIU  – split their support evenly among the four leading Democratic contenders. This year, the largest unions to endorse thus far have backed three candidates: New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer, Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams and Maya Wiley, who used to serve as a counsel to de Blasio. Yet it’s former presidential candidate Andrew Yang, a newcomer to city politics, who has jumped out to an early lead in the polls. Organized labor is far from a monolithic constituency. Unions run the political

gamut from the more conservative police unions to generally pro-development trade unions to unions like 32BJ SEIU that are closely aligned with the progressive movement. As such, their priorities often diverge when it comes to deciding which candidates to support. “Organizations like unions that can mobilize their base, and instruct their base, will have a lot of impact,” said Joshua Freeman, a labor historian at Queens College. “Labor is certainly a player here, but the fact that they are all over the map in terms of who they are supporting dilutes their power.” Public sector unions are unique in that they have a say in electing their ultimate employer, and in this election cycle municipal labor leaders have an eye on the upcoming round of collective bargaining. Whoever New York’s next chief executive is, addressing the fiscal crisis will be at the forefront of their agenda, and union leaders are already making it clear that they want the sacrifices that the city’s essential workers made during the pandemic to be recognized by the next administration. “One of the concerns that we have is that, similar to what we saw after Sept. 11 with the economic downturn, there was an inclination to try to protect businesses and business interests above people,” said Henry Garrido, the executive director of District Council 37, the largest municipal workers union in New York City. Garrido, who has endorsed Eric Adams, said that “austerity budgets” following previous tragedies increased economic inequality, and he wants the next mayor to protect “the lives and the well-being of essential workers, rather than sacrificing them for the sake of keeping the business community happy.” Private and public sector unions often

have differing views on tax policy, economic growth and development. Trade unions, for instance, keep close tabs on how economic policies could impact the construction industry, and their political agenda skews toward spurring development. “Our priorities are a lot of times around job creation because we work our way out of a job every day unlike a public sector employee who has an office to go back to five days a week, year after year,” said Mike McGuire, political director of the Mason Tenders’ District Council. McGuire has endorsed Scott Stringer, saying that his experience as comptroller best qualifies him to steer the city through the coming fiscal crisis. In addition to concerns around policy, existing relationships frequently factor into who unions endorse. Maya Wiley, who counts Patrick Gaspard, a former 1199SEIU political director, as a close ally, received that union’s coveted endorsement in February. Katie Moore, Eric Adams’ campaign manager, previously worked as the political director of the New York Hotel and Motel Trades Council, which has backed the borough president. The Uniformed Sanitationmen’s Association has backed former New York City Sanitation Department Commissioner Kathryn Garcia, and a number of trade unions have endorsed Scott Stringer, who as comptroller regulates the prevailing wage schedule. Another important factor in the weakening solidarity among labor unions and the

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District Council 37 Executive Director Henry Garrido speaks at a mass vaccination site. He has backed Eric Adams to be New York City’s next mayor.

progressive movement was when Amazon pulled out of a deal to locate a headquarters in Queens in February 2019. For starters, there were unions entrenched on both sides of the fight. But there were additional fissures that were laid bare among organized labor and the Democratic Socialists of America, which opposed the Amazon deal. In August 2019, a leaked DSA memo detailed the organization’s plans to infiltrate city unions, which triggered sharp responses from labor leaders. Despite that past friction, there is also ideological convergence between the DSA and many labor unions, which have rallied together around many causes. “The relationship status is: ‘It’s complicated,’” said Evan Stavisky, a partner at The Parkside Group, a political consulting firm that works with labor clients. Over the past few years, the DSA has eclipsed the Working Families Party, which for years joined progressive activists and labor unions under a single banner. The WFP began to lose clout in 2018, when several unions withdrew from the party following a dispute over whether to endorse Gov. Andrew Cuomo. “The party was always a little bit tough to hold togeth-

er because you had different constituencies within it,” said Steven Malanga, a fellow at the Manhattan Institute, a conservative think tank. “I think right now the DSA is kind of a purer form that is starting to supersede the Working Families Party.” The DSA has indeed raised its profile with recent wins – most notably Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s seismic 2018 congressional campaign and the 2020 state legislative races – and they will face a major test in the 2021 New York City elections. The large unions, on the other hand, have a long track record of playing kingmaker in New York City, but early primary polls show them struggling to move the needle against an outside mayoral candidate who has not wooed organized labor as aggressively as many other candidates. “I think Andrew Yang has complicated the calculus for a lot of these unions, and I think there is probably a recognition on the part of organized labor that as Yang begins to consolidate in both perception and reality somewhat of a front-runner status, their collective ability to help one candidate is much stronger than if they were divided up,” said Neal Kwatra, the founder of Metropolitan Public Strategies and former po-

litical director of the Hotel Trades Council. Last month, DC 37 and 32BJ SEIU rolled out their endorsements of Eric Adams on consecutive days. And a few influential unions – the UFT, Transport Workers Union and the New York State Nurses Association – haven’t endorsed a candidate yet. Harry Nespoli, chair of the Municipal Labor Committee, told City & State that his organization, which represents around 100 municipal unions, plans on hosting Zoom calls with the remaining candidates this month. “Who knows which candidates are going to be there in April?” Nespoli said. “You always have other people that you know that you are looking to support if the candidate you are saying you want to go out for and you want to help become mayor isn’t there.” There are still months to go before the June primary, and even though a candidate new to the city’s political scene has taken the lead, the race is still fluid. Stavisky said: “If you’re running for office in New York City, you have to be a schmuck not to realize that this is a union town, and you’re better off having labor endorsements than not.”


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CRISIS CONTRACTS

NYC’s labor agreements are set to expire as the city faces a looming fiscal disaster.

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HEN NEW YORK CITY Mayor Bill de Blasio took office in 2014, every municipal collective bargaining agreement had expired, and union leaders were demanding $7 billion in retroactive pay. Though only one municipal union had endorsed him during the primary, de Blasio was seen as a friend of organized labor and, five months after taking office, the mayor reached a nine-year, $5.5 billion contract with the United Federation of Teachers, which set the pattern for pay raises for all of the city’s 300,000 workers. As de Blasio’s second term winds down, the most recent round of contracts negotiated under his administration is set to expire at a moment when the city is facing its worst fiscal crisis in years. Since personnel costs account for more than half of the budget, the outcome of the next round of collective bargaining will have a considerable impact on New York’s finances in the coming years. When the next round of bargaining begins, and which union sets the pattern for the others, will come down to strategic decisions on the part of both the unions and the city – either the current administration or the one that succeeds it. In 2014, the UFT set the pattern and, in 2018, it was District Council 37, the largest municipal workers union, which settled with the city first. DC 37’s contract expires in mid-May, while the UFT contract does not expire until next September. “We are the first one in line in terms of expiration of the contract, so yes, we have an expectation that we probably would be one of the likely candidates to set the pattern,” said Henry Garrido, executive director of DC 37. Garrido told City & State that he did not want to “negotiate on a back heel” and would probably seek to initiate negotiations before the expiration of his contract, but after the state completes its budget. “Even if we don’t get to sign a contract with this administration, we could start getting the groundwork going,” he said. Garrido added that many factors are in play, including that the union has around 10,000 workers without a contract whose negotiations the city put on hold due to “COVID and economic conditions.” But not everybody is sure that the city will be willing to engage in negotiations over the next round of contracts. “Some unions would love to start now, but I don’t

Police Benevolent Association President Pat Lynch, right, leads one of the New York City unions that is working with an unsettled contract right now. But the city largely emptied its fund to pay unsettled contracts to deal with the fiscal impact of the coronavirus pandemic.

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think this administration is ready to sit down and discuss that right now,” said Harry Nespoli, chair of the Municipal Labor Committee, a group representing municipal unions. Nespoli criticized the de Blasio administration for not moving to settle with unions that are ready to accept the current round’s pattern, claiming the city didn’t “want to wrap it up.” Nespoli said he believed that the next round of bargaining would fall to the administration that comes into office in 2022. “It’s not that DC 37 can’t start talking with somebody, but who are they going

“Last contract, we saved two-pointsomething billion dollars, and then got sick, and died.” – Harry Nespoli, Municipal Labor Committee chair, on the next mayor needing to recognize the sacrifices that city workers have made during the pandemic

to talk with?” he said. “I don’t think this administration is going to be sitting down with them to discuss the next round.” The deputy press secretary for de Blasio, Laura Feyer, told City & State in an email that the administration had settled “virtually 100% of contracts in the first round of bargaining” in 2014 and 84% in the second in 2018. “This has resulted in settled contracts spanning for over 10 years for most city employees,” she said. “We will continue to work with unions on the best path forward in light of the changing fiscal picture.” The Police Benevolent Association, one of the unions with an unsettled contract right now, is currently in arbitration, and some other uniformed unions – including the Uniformed Firefighters Association and the Detectives Endowment Association – are awaiting the outcome of that proceeding. In response to the fiscal strain brought on by the pandemic, the city emptied most of its labor reserve, which now has just enough to fund the current pattern for the still-unsettled contracts. There is no money available for raises beyond this current round, and the city’s 2021 adopted budget, moreover, included $1 billion in unspecified labor savings. “I don’t know where they’re going to find it,” Nespoli said.

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Nespoli, who is president of the Uniformed Sanitationmen’s Association, said that he was always discussing ways to lower costs with the city, and pointed to health care savings that the Municipal Labor Committee negotiated during previous rounds of collective bargaining. “Two contracts ago, we saved $2.5 billion for the city of New York, and the last contract, we saved two-point-something billion dollars, and then got sick, and died, and everything,” he said. “Whoever takes over this administration has to recognize what the city workers have done.” The Citizens Budget Commission, a nonpartisan fiscal monitor, has put out recommendations, including standardizing work rules and creating more flexibility with job assignments, which could generate savings for the city. According to its President Andrew Rein, the city should be looking to increase the efficiency of government in light of the fiscal stress it is under. “Therein lies the potential winwin here, which is that when you change work rules and increase productivity you can actually save the city money, be more efficient and, to some degree, self-fund raises for workers,” he said. According to the Citizens Budget Commission, health insurance premium costs grew at an annual average rate of 7% between 2009-2019, and 95% of New York City employees choose health plans with no contribution, which means that one avenue to generate savings could be through new premium-sharing arrangements. Garrido said DC 37 had been working with the MLC and the de Blasio administration on achieving savings through changes to prescription drug and health care benefits, as well as the actuarial assumptions of pensions. “We’re working on that billion-dollar hole,” he said. DC 37 would also be seeking new work rules around telecommuting, Garrido said, as well as health and safety provisions related to the pandemic, which could include hazard pay. March’s $1.9 trillion federal stimulus bill included more than $5 billion in unrestricted aid that New York City can use to fill budget gaps, which raises the possibility that unions could ask for a portion of that sum to fund salary raises. But Rein said applying that funding to recurring expenses could create a future budget hole, which he likened to “finding a $100 bill on the sidewalk and renting a bigger apartment.” “Two of the most consequential decisions that this administration will make for the next administration’s fiscal future will be how it uses federal funds and whether, and how, it might settle this labor contract,” Rein said.


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Is Andrew Yang for real ? He has skipped local elections and never held office, but he just might be the next New York City mayor.

mainstream political discussion. NDREW YANG ISN’T serious, Yang was in on the joke, and he did it all and he would be the first to admit while having fun – skateboarding in a cafit. The New York City mayoreteria, shooting whipped cream into a supal candidate who’s leading in the porter’s mouth and even playing basketball polls brings a sense of fun to evwith national political reporters, includerything he does. When time ing CNN’s Chris Cillizza (who Yang easily came to deliver his petitions to topped in a New Hampshire gym). get on the ballot, he jogged through a human Now, Yang is taking the same approach, tunnel of support before singing a – decent! – By Jeff Coltin even though his position in the mayorspoof of “Seasons of Love” from Rent. And and Ben Adler al race couldn’t be more different. “In the when his campaign released a “Yang for New presidential, I was the scrappy underdog,” York” music video, he left the rapping to Yang told City & State in March, before someone else, but was happy to film a scene adding with a laugh, “I must say, I prefer for it. The latest Fontas/CODA poll had him Portrait being the front-runner, because it means I leading the field with 16% of the vote, ahead have a better chance of winning.” of Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams by Sean With the June 22 Democratic primary at 10%. Pressley fast approaching, Yang’s detractors wonYang’s formula has helped him exceed der whether this unserious guy – who has expectations before. When huge crowds shown no previous interest in city politics attracted to his presidential campaign and government – can convince enough would cheer his name at rallies, Yang voters that he’s serious about being mayor. would respond “Chant! My! Name!” From His lead shows no signs of fading, howa career politician, this might have seemed like a horrifying act of self-entitlement. But from Yang, it was ever, and Yang shows no signs of changing his approach. He is charming, and full of irony: He was a previously obscure guy still happy to play basketball with reporters because, as he puts with no political experience who made the Democratic primary it, “Who the heck wants to have these highly impersonal interacdebate stage, raised $42 million from grassroots donors, came tions at press conferences?” At Riverside Park in Manhattan last month, at the basketball in eighth out of his party’s presidential contenders and injected his pet issue – a $1,000 per month universal basic income – into courts at the end of West 76th Street, Yang was dressed in his


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In the presidential, I was the scrappy underdog. I must say, I prefer being the front-runner.

We met Yang on the basketball court. He schooled us in “horse.”


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usual campaign attire – slacks, a light blue button-down with an open neck (never a tie, even on the presidential debate stage) and his now iconic blue and orange striped scarf and black dress shoes. Yang was a committed intramural basketball player in high school and in college at Brown, and he had a weekly pickup game for years, so he is still pretty good at 46, and he made short work of a much younger reporter playing “horse.” “I think there should be an outdoor basketball court at Gracie Mansion,” Yang said. Growing up in Westchester County, Yang rooted for the Knicks, but he couldn’t forgive their 2012 failure to re-sign Jeremy Lin, the league’s first Taiwanese American player who was just coming off his breakout year, was too much for the Taiwanese American Yang. “I was so heartbroken at that, I was like, ‘I cannot root for this team.’” Luckily, the Nets had just moved to Brooklyn and their signing of Lin in 2016 cemented Yang’s new loyalty. Every candidate for mayor this year is running, in their own way, against New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio. The term-limited incumbent won’t literally be on the ballot, but his 7 1/2-year reign over the city will be. Yang’s skills on the basketball court would certainly contrast with the current mayor, who, despite being 6’5”, is a notoriously unimpressive hoops player, once nicknamed “the cactus” for the way he held his arms at a 90-degree angle. But the substantive difference is Yang’s willingness to let loose with a reporter. De Blasio isn’t known for that, and Yang is presenting an alternative. “The fact is, a lot of New Yorkers right now are looking for a light at the end of the tunnel, like a source of optimism and confidence and even joy,” Yang said. “And New York City is an incredibly exciting and joyous place in the good times. I don’t see why the mayor can’t project that kind of energy, because I think people would welcome it.” Some who know de Blasio are quick to agree that he and Yang have differences, but they don’t necessarily see that as an asset for the neophyte, who hasn’t even voted in previous mayoral elections. De Blasio served in the City Council and as public advocate before becoming mayor. Personality and professional resume is not the only way Yang’s approach contrasts with de Blasio’s: While de Blasio ran as the most aggressive progressive, Yang seems to be leaving the left-most lane to his competitors, emphasizing ideas for economic growth, rather than lamenting inequality. The question Yang still must answer is whether this opposite approach to the incumbent’s will get him to City Hall and leave him prepared once he’s there. “They couldn’t be more different person-

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Andrew Yang, and his wife Evelyn, spoke to hundreds of people at a rally against the recent increase in anti-Asian hate crimes in New York City. U.S. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and many other politicians attended the rally at Columbus Park in Manhattan’s Chinatown neighborhood.

ality-wise, that’s for fucking sure,” said Olivia Lapeyrolerie, a political strategist with SKDK who was de Blasio’s first deputy press secretary. As Lapeyrolerie looked to a city beset by the coronavirus pandemic and its economic fallout, she wasn’t sure Yang was the antidote. “I think the challenges that we face are so serious, that the priority is who’s going to be able to actually manage the city, to steer the ship out of this crisis,” she said. “I care less who I want to have a beer with.”

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UT OF THE EIGHT serious contenders for the Democratic nomination, Yang seems to be uniquely inexperienced in the city’s political and civic life. On one end of the spectrum is New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer, who has held elected office for nearly 30 years, and Adams, who’s

been in office for nearly 15. Others have extensive government experience. Shaun Donovan was housing commissioner under Mayor Michael Bloomberg, and a Cabinet secretary under President Barack Obama. Kathryn Garcia was de Blasio’s sanitation commissioner, as well as his go-to crisis manager. Maya Wiley was de Blasio’s chief counsel for 2 1/2 years, and chaired the Civilian Complaint Review Board for a year after that. And Dianne Morales worked for the New York City Department of Education before leading prominent local nonprofits and becoming an outspoken voice in the nonprofit sector on the Human Services Council. Ray McGuire, the former Citigroup vice chair, is the most similar to Yang, as he has no direct experience in government, but he served on the boards of some of the city’s most prominent institutions, including NewYork-Presbyterian

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Hospital and the Studio Museum in Harlem. Yang, though he’s lived in Manhattan since 1996, has shown little interest in the city’s civic life. Even the nonprofit he led was focused on driving talented college graduates away from New York to work in smaller cities. This lack of direct experience is one of the most frequently raised concerns about Yang, especially among the segment of New Yorkers who are extremely engaged in politics. Yang has held a comfortable lead over all his opponents in each of the public polls released so far, but his endorsement list – despite a few high-profile backers such as Rep. Ritchie Torres from the Bronx – is remarkably sparse for a front-runner, with far fewer elected officials, political clubs or labor unions than Stringer, Adams or Wiley. Part of the reason is that Yang is a new-

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comer to the race. Most of his opponents have been laying the groundwork for their mayoral campaigns for years – Adams and Stringer, more than a decade. Yang says he didn’t even think about it until he suspended his presidential campaign in February 2020, and even then not “particularly” until after Election Day in November. “That’s when I got really excited about running,” he said. “And like, I’m pumped to be here.” Projecting enthusiasm isn’t a problem for Yang’s campaign, but demonstrating knowledge of the relevant issues is. Although Yang has been coming out with fewer eyebrow-raising policy proposals as a serious mayoral contender than he did when he was a longer than long shot presidential candidate, he has made some gaffes born of inexperience. In January, Yang proposed putting a casino on Governors Island to revive New York City’s post-pandemic economy. He was apparently unaware that casinos are legally prohibited on Governors Island under a federal deed restriction, and his casino gambling economic revitalization strategy drew criticism from the Daily News editorial board for being a shallow gimmick. In late March, Yang assailed de Blasio for supposedly plotting to use all of the recently passed federal coronavirus relief funds in the next year, something de Blasio noted is not possible under the federal law. Yang also has been mocked for sounding like an out-of-touch celebrity: In February, he defended his decision to flee New York City for his upstate country house during the early months of the COVID-19 pandemic by saying, “We live in a two-bedroom apartment in Manhattan. And so, like, can you imagine trying to have two kids in virtual school in a two-bedroom apartment, and then trying to do work yourself?” Plenty of New Yorkers don’t have to imagine that because they have been living it for the past year. More recently, Yang – a former CNN contributor – argued that his relationship with Gov. Andrew Cuomo would be better than de Blasio’s because he is friends with the governor’s brother, CNN host Chris Cuomo. Yang told City & State that anyone who thinks he is an unprepared dilettante just needs to get to know him better. “I have


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to say that this concern genuinely mistakes who I am,” he said. “If you look at my background, I graduated from Columbia Law School. I was an editor of the law review. I passed the bar. I worked as an attorney. So it’s not like I’m not mindful of the way both bureaucracies and policies function.” Yang worked at a law firm for half a year in 1999, focusing on business law. He also pointed to his record running a series of businesses, and then a national nonprofit organization, saying he knows how to build a team, and work in a variety of contexts. As mayor, Yang said he would surround himself “with people who are deeply experienced in city government and the operations of specific agencies.” Yang’s allies also like to talk about the person he is. “You can go back and forth and in a perfect world you can play mix and match with people’s best qualities, but I think for me, what’s important is whether you actually care about our most vulnerable members,” said Assembly Member Ron Kim of Queens, who has endorsed Yang’s campaign. “Andrew genuinely cares.”

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While Yang was known in the presidential race for his universal basic income proposal, he hasn’t introduced a similar plan in his run for New York City mayor. His scaledback cash assistance proposal would provide an average of $2,000 per year to 500,000 New Yorkers in need.

HE BIG IDEA that attracted many dedicated fans to his presidential campaign is gone. A universal basic income on the scale Yang imagines would have been politically difficult for the federal government to implement. It would be nearly impossible for a city government to pull off, given the cost. So he dropped his signature proposal in favor of, essentially, tweaking and expanding the city’s existing direct cash assistance program targeted at low-income households. And his techno-futurist proposals, such as allowing people to vote on their smartphones, have gone unmentioned on the mayoral campaign trail. While Yang’s presidential campaign wasn’t clearly identified with either the centrist or left wings of the Democratic

Party, his current campaign strategy seems to include running toward the center of New York City’s Democratic field. Before entering the race, he commissioned a poll exploring whether he could win as an independent. His campaign co-manager Chris Coffey used to represent the Police Benevolent Association, the largest New York City police union, and its polarizing President Pat Lynch. The PBA and Lynch are widely despised among police reformers for their hard-line opposition to even the most modest efforts at increasing accountability and transparency for police brutality. The candidate’s campaign platform is

also on the right of the current crop of contenders. Yang generally opposes raising taxes on the wealthy and he hasn’t committed to decreasing the NYPD’s budget – and he has called for bolstering police funding and staffing levels in certain situations. He also drew the ire of alternative transportation advocates by suggesting that bus-only lanes should be reopened to private cars at certain times. Perhaps Yang is looking to build a coalition of more conservative constituencies: Yang is currently in contention for the endorsement of ultra-Orthodox Jewish religious leaders, thanks in part to his recent

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comments in favor of allowing yeshivas to continue neglecting to provide a secular education to their students. A 2019 New York City Department of Education report found that just two of the 28 yeshivas examined provided an adequate secular education. Yang said at a mayoral forum, “I do not think we should be prescribing a

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curriculum unless that curriculum can be demonstrated to have improved impact on people’s career trajectories and prospects.” (Some former Hasidic Jews say their job prospects have been severely limited by their lack of necessary education.) Yang’s casual charm has helped to make him popular among the broad Democratic electorate thus far, but progressive insiders like Allen Roskoff, who leads the Jim Owles Liberal Democratic Club, said that will fade when voters start taking Yang more seriously. “Yang has inconsistent positions with that of progressive New York and no history of working with groups or issues he is tak-

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ing positions on,” Roskoff said. He added, “I do not know a single person, gay or straight, who’s left of center supporting him or giving him further consideration.” When asked, Yang’s campaign doesn’t deny that he appeals to more moderate voters – but insists that his focus on a basic income is a mark of true progressivism. “Yang is the one who put the idea at the national level that we need to redistribute dollars in a broken economy to everyday people who have been hurt the most. I’m really proud that the first thing that we rolled out in this campaign was cash relief for the poorest New Yorkers,” Yang’s campaign co-manager Sasha Ahuja told City & State. “I very much so believe that Andrew must be included in that field of candidates who are part of the left.” There are some progressives, such as Kim, who are supporting Yang. Kim argues that Yang is malleable, praising the candidate’s “passion to find solutions.” “I don’t agree with everything, with all the policies that are coming out of his shop, but he’s always open to collaborating,” Kim said.

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NE CONSTITUENCY THAT may back Yang while spanning the ideological spectrum is Asian Americans, who comprise 14% of New York City’s population. A WPIX-TV/ NewsNation/Emerson College poll taken in early March showed Yang with the support of 60% of Asian American likely Democratic voters, compared to 50% among white voters, 31% among Black voters and 26% of Hispanic voters. The enthusiasm for Yang’s candidacy from an underrepresented community comes as no surprise: Yang would be the first Asian American mayor of New York City, and he is running during an alarming surge in anti-Asian hate crimes. Yang has spoken about the harm of such bigotry in personal and political terms. He noted that a 65-year-old Asian American woman who was recently attacked in his own neighborhood of Hell’s Kitchen “could easily have been my mother.” But Yang’s presidential candidacy was not greeted with universal enthusiasm among Asian Americans. Many were critical of his habit of making jokes playing on ethnic stereotypes. During one debate, he cracked “Now, I am Asian, so I know a lot of doctors,” and in another he said, “The opposite of Donald Trump is an Asian man who likes math.” While Yang still likes to have fun on the campaign trail, he has ditched those kinds of lines this year. Some of his attempts at lightheartedness have prompted online rebukes from people who say he demonstrates

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a lack of New York authenticity, such as the scolds who thought he mischaracterized a deli as a bodega. To many, these attacks on Yang reek of anti-Asian bias and the racist trope of the “perpetual foreigner,” written about by activist Nina Luo in the New York Daily News. Jokes about Asians and math are not the only time Yang has tested the limits of political correctness: His rise to national prominence was powered in part by appearances on programs with right-wing hosts such as Ben Shapiro’s radio show and Tucker Carlson’s Fox News program. In one appearance, he said, “There are many elements of Trump voters that I completely get and empathize with,” and in another he opined that the Democratic Party, “needs to try and gravitate away from identity politics.” Female employees of his presidential campaign, the test prep company he led and the nonprofit he founded have also complained of male-dominated office “bro culture.” Some have alleged gender discrimination, which Yang and other former colleagues have denied. In a March conversation with supporters on the audio chat room app Clubhouse, Yang sounded extremely confident, when asked about his chances. He raised a lot of money quickly, and “85% of New Yorkers have heard of me, and 65% have a favorable impression,” he said. “So right now, I am the candidate to beat, and I don’t see that dynamic changing, as long as we keep running our race.” Walking through Times Square with Yang, the breadth of his recognition and support is readily apparent. He’s there to meet with homeless outreach workers and their clients, but he has to take a couple breaks to indulge a diverse array of fans who approach: a white teen in a lacrosse sweatshirt who said his grandma voted for Trump, but she’s voting for Yang too; a West African immigrant who works for a tour bus company and asked if Yang has any Africans on his campaign team; an Orthodox Jewish couple with a baby who wanted a selfie with Yang; and a younger Asian American man who just wanted to tell Yang he’s a fan. Yang may not have a traditional winning coalition in a New York City primary, but everyone knows him. That includes Times Square’s famous Naked Cowboy, the attention-grabbing Trump supporter who attended the Jan. 6 rally in Washington, D.C., that preceded the deadly siege of the U.S. Capitol. The cowboy approached Yang, and the candidate gamely posed with him before the cameras. Asked if he knew about the performer’s political leaning, Yang laughed in disbelief. “Really? Our Naked Cowboy? What is he doing?!” he exclaimed. “Agh. I had no idea.”


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somewhat ambivalent about being known as the “tech guy.” Once a presidential long shot and now the front-runner in the Democratic primary for mayor of New York City, Yang has spent his short political career being characterized as a tech entrepreneur or the “Silicon Valley candidate.” This characterization stems from the fact that Yang founded a short-lived tech startup in the early 2000s and then a nonprofit that sent hundreds of college graduates to work at tech startups around the country. His interest in the labor market problems potentially posed by automation and artificial intelligence also help explain the label. But Yang is not actually a product of Silicon Valley, nor is he someone whose career is defined by the creation of a successful app or website. A good chunk of Yang’s professional life was spent leading a test prep company that he said tried to use technology in an innovative way, but was an educational company at heart. “I get characterized as a tech guy in a way that probably is something of an oversimplification of my background,” Yang told City & State. Yang’s background is the subject of intense focus as he continues to lead polls in the crowded mayoral primary despite never having worked in local politics, policy or social services in any capacity. Though he’s lived in New York City for over two decades, he hasn’t voted in any of the past four mayoral elections. So what does his professional record consist of, and how would it prepare him for City Hall? In interviews with over a dozen of Yang’s former coworkers, business partners and fellows at his nonprofit, Venture for America, nearly all praised Yang’s plainspokenness, self-deprecating humor and impassioned talk about creating a better future. But while many agreed that Yang the candidate is a lot like Yang the CEO, and some said that positioned him well to lead New York City, several of the

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people City & State spoke to suggested that echoes of some of the criticisms Yang has received during the mayoral campaign – including that he’s taken a hands-off approach to getting involved in city politics – can be found in the work he did before he set his sights on elected office. Two former fellows with Venture for America said that while the nonprofit under Yang’s leadership was well intentioned and provided them with valuable experiences in startups, it was not always an organization that had equity or the most vulnerable people in mind. Founded by Yang in 2011, Venture for America is a nonprofit organization that re-

and jobs in cities it didn’t know well. Some said that Yang’s mayoral run is emblematic of his approach to revitalizing cities through Venture for America. “If he was someone who did believe that constant active civic engagement was really critical, and that those things are part of the fabric of the city, then the structure of what revitalization, quote-unquote, might have looked like as part of the VFA program would probably have looked different,” said a former fellow who asked not to be named in order to speak freely about their experience. Getting to know the city council and attending community meetings, for example, were

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not activities that were emphasized, the former fellow said. However, that fellow and others complimented the nonprofit for moving beyond that mission in recent years and focusing on diversifying its classes; more than half of the 2020 fellow class identified as a racial or ethnic minority. Spokespeople for Yang did not respond directly to the claim that the nonprofit was not closely involved in the cities it operated in. “Andrew built VFA from the ground up by investing in American entrepreneurs from every corner of the country to build businesses in cities eager for innovation and investment,” said Alex Sommer, a vice president at Tusk Strategies, which is working on Yang’s


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“I get characterized as a tech guy in a way that probably is something of an oversimplification of my background.” – New York City mayoral candidate Andrew Yang

campaign. “Since Andrew founded the organization, VFA has welcomed over 1,000 fellows who have helped generate $115 million in investment capital, and created jobs and developed companies in cities across America.” Venture for America did not immediately respond to a request for comment on this or other criticisms of the nonprofit under Yang’s leadership. Venture for America is an important part of Yang’s story to consider in judging his mayoral run. But Yang’s story starts with a far more conventional job: as an associate at a big Manhattan law firm. After graduating from Columbia Law School in 1999, Yang followed the Big Law pipeline to Davis Polk & Wardwell, an international firm with nearly 1,000 attorneys today. Yang lasted five months before quitting out of boredom. A self-described “serial entrepreneur,” Yang headed for riskier pastures, founding a startup in 2000 called Stargiving, a website that allowed fans to donate to the charitable causes championed by their favorite celebrities. Brian Yang (no relation), one of Stargiving’s first employees, said that many of the strengths the candidate exhibits on the campaign trail – fundraising, galvanizing audiences and being both a big thinker and effective at working out the minutiae – were on display at his first business venture. But Stargiving failed to catch on and folded amid the dot-com bubble burst in 2002. Today, Yang takes a more positive view of his first startup failure, which is something like a rite

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After a starting class of just a few dozen fellows, Venture for America has grown into an organization that sends classes of over 100 fellows to 13 cities across the country every year. College graduates selected to participate attend about a monthlong training camp with Venture for America staff, where they bond with their classes and attend lectures with guest speakers, business leaders and Yang himself. Then, they set off for their cities, where they’ve lined up – either on their own or with the organization’s help – a full-time job at a company. While many of the fellows City & State spoke to said that the organization has had a positive impact on their own life and career, the nonprofit’s effect on the communities it works in is less clear. Initially, Yang set a goal of creating 100,000 jobs through the program by 2025, but as the technology outlet Recode reported during the presidential race, the organization has claimed credit for creating only a few thousand jobs in its cities, generously measuring their impact by the number of jobs a company creates after employing a Venture for America fellow. Yang has said more recently that the goal was unrealistic. “In order for organizations to have a very high ceiling, you need to set the goal very, very aggressively,” he told Recode in 2019. Recode reported that as of 2019, 52% of fellows remained in the cities they’d worked in during the program. An organization’s impact can’t be measured in statistics alone, of course. Many of the former fellows City & State spoke to praise the nonprofit for creating a stable on-ramp to the volatile world of startups and entrepreneurship. “Startups are very risky, and I don’t come from a family with a wealthy background,” said Chisom Uche, a fellow from 2014 to 2016 who worked in St. Louis. A two-year program that gave fellows built-in networks in their cities and offered some support in finding a new job if a fellow’s company were to fold took some of that risk away, Uche said.

“If he was someone who did believe that constant active civic engagement was really critical, and that those things are part of the fabric of the city, then the structure of ‘revitalization’ would probably have looked different.” – an anonymous former Venture for America fellow

Former employees at Venture for America said that Yang led the organization with the same kind of charisma and passion that won him supporters on the campaign trail. “He went out there and basically went door-to-door at colleges and universities, doing all the recruiting, all the conversations, all the pitching himself,” said Mike Tarullo, the former senior vice president of corporate development at Venture for America, of Yang’s work in the early days of the nonprofit. Former fellows – even those with criticism of Yang’s lead-

ership – praised Venture for America today for evolving to have more diverse classes of fellows, by race, gender and socioeconomic background, and for focusing more on creating a path to entrepreneurship for communities historically excluded from the startup world, including women and people of color. Venture for America now hires community directors in each of its cities in an effort to have an on-the-ground presence and help fellows become more engaged with the communities they’re joining. But some fellows said that

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of passage in tech, after all. “I think most anyone with any common sense would think that if you start a business and it doesn’t work out … that’s the kind of experience that would really help inform you about both success and failure, and how tough it is for small businesses,” he told City & State. Following Stargiving, Yang worked in executive roles at a content management company and a medical records software company, but his next big job was at Manhattan Prep, then a startup known as Manhattan GMAT. Yang joined in 2006 and quickly took over as chief executive officer. Under his leadership, the company expanded to offer not just preparation for the business school admissions standardized test, but courses for other tests as well. In 2009, the company was acquired by the test prep giant Kaplan – a sign of the success Yang had turned the company into. One former employee said that in addition to a hands-on approach and inspiring employees to be invested in the company’s success – Yang also took on an open-minded approach to hiring at a time when the company was growing, taking chances on candidates who resumes may not have lined up perfectly with the job but who were smart and showed promise. It was in 2011, after Kaplan’s acquisition of Manhattan Prep, that Yang launched Venture for America. Yang first conceived of it as a way to direct top-tier talent from colleges and universities to cities like Detroit rather than San Francisco. While Venture for America was headquartered in New York City, the nonprofit didn’t send fellows there. In his 2018 book, “The War on Normal People,” Yang describes thinking up Venture for America as an engine of job creation in cities that needed economic stimulus. “I arrived at a vision, an army of smart, enterprising graduates building businesses in Detroit, New Orleans, Providence, Baltimore, Cleveland, St. Louis, and other communities that could use a boost,” he writes.

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With an Ivy League degree, Yang followed a traditional path to a big international law firm, but he quit after a few months out of boredom. Since then, it’s been one splashy venture after another – culminating with a credible run for New York City mayor.

those changes only started happening after Yang left in 2017. Two former fellows said that during their time at Venture for America, Yang expressed an interest in increasing diversity but said that he didn’t want to lower the organization’s standards, suggesting it couldn’t have one without the other. Spokespeople for Yang did not comment on whether these changes started happening after he stepped down, or on whether Yang remembered ever saying or suggesting this. Even fellows who had overwhelmingly positive things to

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say about Yang and their time at Venture for America said that diversity was an issue. “VFA wasn’t a very diverse organization back when I was doing it,” Uche said. But Uche said that the organization took some steps right away to address critiques about diversity when he started as a fellow in 2014, when Yang still led the nonprofit, suggesting that it was an issue that Yang took seriously then. Uche started an affinity group with several other fellows to offer support to people of color, primarily African American fellows. “VFA, they took that very seriously

the first time we approached them with it, and gave us the resources that we needed to put together a group. They let us go out to events like Black Tech Week in Florida and they subsidized that trip,” Uche said. Yang has acknowledged that in the early years of the program, the classes of fellows were predominantly white and male. “I was one of the first people to say that we needed to broaden the types of graduates we were recruiting in multiple ways,” Yang told City & State. “So if someone looks at our early years and says, ‘Hey,

we should head in this direction,’ like, I would agree with you. And I agreed at the time.” Criticisms of Yang’s lack of a local voting record in New York City prior to his political career are not unrelated to the issues that some fellows raised with Yang’s leadership of Venture for America and the nonprofit’s original mission of revitalizing struggling cities. Comments that recently surfaced in which Yang said he wasn’t involved in New York City politics because it was “so blue that there isn’t that much to be engaged with, politically,” made their way around group chats with fellows. “It strikes me as typically Andrew, where he has an idea as to how to help and support a place, but he doesn’t do that with any on-the-ground understanding of that place,” said one former fellow, who asked not to be named in order to speak candidly about their experience. “He was structuring VFA where you have fellows across 11 different cities, and each of those cities is notably different geographically, economically, in terms of the diversity of the city – so many things – and he was doing that without any on-the-ground knowledge of what each community or place was actually like. So it was an incredibly hands-off, dismissive approach.” Spokespeople for Yang did not respond with a comment on this claim. Three months away from the primary election that will in all likelihood decide the next mayor of New York City, Yang does not hesitate to acknowledge that despite living in New York for over two decades, he has not often been politically or civically engaged in the city. “I’d be the first to admit that I was not as heavily involved in local politics, the last number of years, as I could have been,” he said, before adding that there are different ways that people can contribute to a community, citing his work founding Venture for America. The nonprofit may not have had the impact on cities that Yang once envisioned, but that may not matter to voters enamored with a political outsider with big ideas and a can-do attitude.


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The individuals shaping New York’s digital future. made it easier for many American workers to stay at home and communicate via video calls and meetings. But the public health crisis has also drawn attention to the digital divide, which has left many others lagging behind. While public officials and philanthropists are pursuing remedies, local startups and nonprofits have been developing their own Wi-Fi systems. City & State’s first Telecommunications Power 50 – researched and written in partnership with journalist Natasha Ishak – identifies the leading figures in New York’s telecommunications industry, including executives, government officials, entrepreneurs and advocates.


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1 TOM CONGDON & DEBRA LABELLE EXECUTIVE DEPUTY AND DEPUTY CHAIR; DIRECTOR, OFFICE OF TELECOMMUNICATIONS

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State Public Service Commission The New York State Public Service Commission is the state oversight body whose mission is to ensure that utilities in New York are operating according to the letter of law and adhere to technical and safety standards. While John Howard serves as the PSC’s interim chair, Tom Congdon is responsible for overseeing the state department’s broader policy priorities, and Debra LaBelle’s Office of Telecommunications directly oversees New York’s most powerful telecommunications players.

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CHIEF TECHNOLOGY OFFICER; CITYWIDE CHIEF INFORMATION OFFICER New York City In early March, the de Blasio administration announced a new initiative to expand broadband infrastructure across New York City, with John Paul Farmer’s office issuing a request for proposals for $157 million in capital investment. The effort, which seeks to capitalize on existing city assets, aims to bring broadband internet to 600,000 New Yorkers, including some 200,000 living in public housing. As part of the same initiative, Jessica Tisch’s Department

CAMILLE JOSEPH-GOLDMAN & RODNEY CAPEL Leecia Eve runs public policy initiatives at Verizon.

of Information Technology and Telecommunications is speeding up its 5G buildout, working with telecommunication partners to install equipment on 7,500 street light and utility poles through the city’s “5G PoleTop Reservation Plan.”

3 LEECIA EVE VICE PRESIDENT OF PUBLIC POLICY Verizon As vice president of public policy at one of the largest telecommunications providers in the state, Leecia Eve is one of the most influential people when it comes to New York’s telecommunications policies. Prior to joining Verizon, Eve was New York’s deputy secretary for economic development, making her the chief economic development adviser to Gov. Andrew Cuomo, and was a senior policy adviser on former New York Sen. Hillary Clinton’s first presidential campaign.

4 BRIAN ROBERTS CHAIR AND CEO Comcast Corporation Brian Roberts is synonymous with Comcast, where he’s been working since he graduated from The Wharton School of Business and has led for three decades. Today, his corporation has 168,000 employees worldwide and an iconic headquarters at the Comcast Building, formerly 30 Rockefeller Plaza. The media and cable giant generates $104 billion in revenues annually through brands including Xfinity, NBCUniversal and Sky. As both CEO and chair, Roberts has sole voting power over a third of the company’s stock.

GROUP VICE PRESIDENT FOR GOVERNMENT AFFAIRS; VICE PRESIDENT OF STATE GOVERNMENT AFFAIRS Charter Communications New York politicos know Charter Communications for its Spectrum News shows and hosts like Errol Louis and Susan Arbetter. But the Connecticut telecommunications and media company is also a key player in the state’s broadband internet expansion – with Camille Joseph-Goldman and Rodney Capel playing key roles behind the scenes. Before she took on Charter’s regional government affairs portfolio, Joseph-Goldman worked for New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer, U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand and as national African American vote deputy director for Barack Obama’s reelection campaign. Harlem native Capel, who oversees all aspects of Charter’s statelevel government relations, formerly worked for U.S. Sen. Chuck Schumer, Gov. Andrew Cuomo and then-City Council Speaker Christine Quinn.

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PATRICIA JACOBS & ELIZABETH SEGAL PRESIDENT OF NORTHERN REGION; EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF NEW YORK CITY EXTERNAL AFFAIRS AT&T AT&T is one of New York’s largest telecommunications providers, and Patricia Jacobs, above, and Elizabeth Segal make sure it stays that way. Last year, Jacobs was promoted from head of the New England region to oversee company strategy and corporate affairs in the entire northern area. In the fall, AT&T made a co-donation of half a million dollars to fund child care services at the Ridgewood YMCA in Queens under her leadership. Meanwhile, Segal manages AT&T’s government relations in New York City and is, as one insider put it, “one of the hardest working women in the business.”

7 JANE BUILDER PRINCIPAL MANAGER NETWORK ADVOCACY, NORTHEAST REGION T-Mobile T-Mobile’s long-awaited merger with Sprint last year

shook up the industry, joining together two of the country’s biggest telecommunications competitors. The ongoing transition is a new challenge for Jane Builder, who has been deeply involved in driving T-Mobile’s government relations efforts in New York and in other various roles at T-Mobile over more than two decades. She is a long-time industry veteran and a staunch advocate for 5G expansion and wireless accessibility in the state. According to one industry insider, Builder “lives and breathes” wireless telecommunications.

8 ANTONIO DELGADO Member of Congress Since Rep. Antonio Delgado won a competitive race for an upstate House seat in 2018, he has kept a lower profile – and his focus on delivering for constituents helped him coast to reelection. One local priority for the Democrat is bridging the digital divide in his rural district. A member of the House Rural Broadband Task Force, which aims to deliver high-speed internet to every American by 2025, Delgado backs the Accessible, Affordable Internet for All Act.

9 LEROY COMRIE & KEVIN PARKER State Senators These New York City lawmakers are driving legislation directly

Ana Rua leads local government affairs for Crown Castle.

affecting New York’s telecommunications sector. State Sen. Kevin Parker chairs the Committee on Energy and Telecommunications and also sits on the Committee on Internet and Technology. Parker’s telecommunications committee advanced the Comprehensive Broadband Connectivity Act requiring a study on broadband connectivity across New York, but the measure was vetoed. State Sen. Leroy Comrie has proposed mandating free internet service for lowincome students and exploring the feasibility of burying internet and other utility lines.

Delgado is working to get high-speed internet to every American by 2025.

10 ANA RUA HEAD OF GOVERNMENT AFFAIRS FOR NEW YORK CITY AND STATE Crown Castle The future of telecommunications is moving rapidly toward 5G infrastructure around New York, but only 12 companies have been approved to operate within this space – and Crown Castle is one of them. As the company’s government affairs lead, Ana Rua has been at the forefront of the firm’s lobbying efforts with New York officials as they prepare to upgrade the city’s and state’s wireless communications to a 5G system.

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11 DAVID SCRODANUS & FRANK ANTICO REGIONAL PUBLIC SECTOR SALES MANAGERS FOR NEW YORK STATE AND NEW YORK CITY Cisco

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Barbara Humpton is president and CEO of Siemens.

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and other professions, dispersed across 200 CWA locals in New York, New Jersey, New England and eastern Canada. Trainor is also a New York Power Authority trustee.

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Kim Berger is protecting New Yorkers online – and keeping big tech companies operating in the state on their toes. One of Berger’s biggest targets is Facebook, which is facing an antitrust lawsuit from New York and 47 other states. Berger has shuttled between the public and private sector throughout her career, serving in the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York and the New York City Department of Investigations along with stints at Tesla, Microsoft and the NBA.

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Siemens provides a variety of communications and tech services for the state and city, and is one of two primary providers of the train control technology being tested out on New York City’s subways. Before overseeing the company’s government products and services, Humpton served as vice president at Booz Allen Hamilton, where she managed tech consulting for the Department of Justice and

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Berger is fighting Facebook, which is facing an antitrust lawsuit from 48 states.

14 DENNIS TRAINOR VICE PRESIDENT CWA District 1 The Communications Workers of America is among New York’s most politically active unions. In 2016, Dennis Trainor led 40,000 Verizon workers represented by the union on a 49-day strike across the East Coast, one of the biggest strikes in recent years. Trainor represents 145,000 workers in telecommunications, media, broadcast and cable television

Empire State Development Equipped with a background in law and legislation and a commitment to internet accessibility, Scott Rasmussen oversees the New York State Broadband Program Office, which works specifically on improving broadband accessibility across the state. He’s also a proponent of community-based alternatives that provide affordable and reliable internet connectivity to all New Yorkers as part of the nonprofit outfit NYC Mesh, addressing an issue that has only become more pressing with children learning at home during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Both David Scrodanus and Frank Antico have deep ties with state and city officials as sales representatives of Cisco, a major networking infrastructure provider for New York state, including cloud services used by multiple government agencies, with an umbrella contract worth $1.35 billion. Cisco has begun building out its ambitions in the 5G wireless sector, including a partnership to create a private 5G network for the country’s Department of Defense.


New York Connected We know connectivity helps communities thrive. AT&T is committed to working with New York City leaders to bring the best communications technology and media content to the Empire State. Congratulations to our own Patricia Jacobs and Liz Segal and all the other City & State Telecom 50 honorees.

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16 MIKE MCGOVERN REGIONAL VICE PRESIDENT DISH Network

17 CHRISTOPHER ORTIZ COUNSEL, GOVERNMENT AFFAIRS Altice USA With a background in public policy and law, Christopher Ortiz’s specialties are innovation and accessibility in telecommunications. Last year, he brought his expertise to Queens-based Altice USA, which is aiming to become one of the major cable operators in the country. Before arriving at Altice’s government affairs division, Ortiz led New York’s Broadband Program Office and was instrumental in carrying out the $500 million New NY Broadband Program aimed at expanding broadband availability to 2.4 million households statewide.

After transforming IBM’s cloud services, Arvind Krishna is now its CEO.

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integration of its P25 two-way mobile radio products during the fourth quarter.

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Motorola Solutions is the lead provider of public safety technology across multiple New York City agencies, from the New York City Police Department to emergency medical responders. As vice president responsible for northeast states, Dave White is in charge of the company’s efforts in bridging relations within the state’s public sector. From Nassau County alone, the company processed an order worth $122 million for

IBM Before he took the helm of IBM last year, Arvind Krishna held positions overseeing its research endeavors and managing its cloud and cognitive software, pioneering a hybrid cloud business and transforming its cloud portfolio. The New York-based tech giant has well-established contracting relationships with state agencies. Recently, IBM

Ortiz led the effort to expand broadband availability to 2.4 million households.

partnered with the Cuomo administration on a pilot program for a “digital health pass” that aims to expedite the state’s post-coronavirus reopening.

20 BRUCE ABBOTT SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT AND GENERAL MANAGER RCN After nearly a decade as vice president for Comcast’s Maryland and Delaware service areas, Bruce Abbott brought his expertise to internet service provider RCN in New York where he has served as its head of operations for almost 10 years. In 2018, the company introduced its proprietary 1 gigabit option enabling small to medium-sized businesses to increase its cloud and networking capacities exponentially across New York City.

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Mike McGovern is among DISH Network’s recent leadership hires brought on to manage the Coloradobased television company’s expansion across the country. McGovern is now leading the satellite TV company’s development in the northeastern region of the U.S. The company has made a $1.4 billion acquisition of Boost Mobile and forged partnerships with other providers as it builds a growing 5G network that could become a heavyweight keeping things competitive following the Sprint-T-Mobile merger.


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and has opened additional communication channels through text and social media. The hotline offers services in 180 languages, although it’s under pressure to improve access for deaf and hard-ofhearing people and those who speak languages other than English.

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The company also provides internet connections and cellular services at sports stadiums, on military bases and other public spaces. CEO Mike Finley directs the Los Angeles-based company’s business strategies, particularly as it expands with 5G. Before Boingo, he served as president of Qualcomm’s North America and Australia regions and held previous leadership roles at companies like Verizon, Sprint, and Nextel.

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21 RAJIV RAO & ROSSANA ROSADO CHIEF TECHNOLOGY OFFICER; SECRETARY OF STATE New York State As New York’s chief technology officer since 2015, Rajiv Rao is a source of stability amid high turnover for New York’s top government technology officers. Rao’s primary focus right now is managing the technology behind the state’s vaccine rollout operations as part of a 16-member task force created by Gov. Andrew Cuomo. His agency, the New York State Office of Information Technology Services, also manages a large fiber network providing telecommunications and internet service to state agencies. Secretary of State Rossana Rosado’s portfolio is broader, but one critical component is protecting New Yorkers in the digital and telecommunications sphere. Her agency’s Division of Consumer Protection enforces

the state’s “do not call” law and offered guidance for New Yorkers affected by the Equifax breach. The former el Diario CEO has warned of email phishing schemes and federal relief payment scams and reminded New Yorkers that telemarketing calls are illegal during the COVID-19 pandemic.

22 JOE MORRISROE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, NYC 311 Mayor’s Office of Operations After leaving his post as vice president at AT&T a decade and a half ago, Joe Morrisroe has been overseeing expansions to the largest municipal government contact center in North America. The public reporting hotline 311 operates 24 hours every day

SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT LinkNYC LinkNYC kiosks are becoming common in New York City, providing free Wi-Fi, phone calls and yet another surface for digital ads. Nick Colvin does double duty as both senior vice president at LinkNYC and the chief operating officer of CityBridge, the consortium behind the service. The program got off to a rocky start, installing the kiosks behind schedule and failing to hand over money owed to the city, but the vision of ubiquitous tech and access to city services continues. Over the summer, the kiosks displayed the names of people killed by police to memorialize them.

24 MIKE FINLEY CEO Boingo If you’ve spent any time flying in the U.S., you’ve probably logged into Boingo’s highspeed Wi-Fi in the airport.

Finley directs strategy at Boingo, the high-speed Wi-Fi company used by airports.

25 MELINDA WHITE CEO Transit Wireless Melinda White has enjoyed a long career in telecommunications and is a proponent of privatepublic partnerships in the telecommunications business. As the chief executive of Transit Wireless since 2018, she directs the firm’s designers, builders and operators in providing 5G communications-related infrastructure services to private and public clients. Most notably, under her leadership, the company has expanded its partnership with the Metropolitan Transportation Authority that brings wireless internet connection to the city’s underground subway.

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Nick Colvin heads LinkNYC, a kiosk service that provides free Wi-Fi.


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and even fewer women of color who have held multiple executive roles in the industry, Goli Sheikholeslami is an exception. Since taking the reins at New York Public Radio in 2019, she has been using her business acumen to maintain the broadcaster’s brands, including WNYC, WQXR and NJPR. Sheikholeslami previously held leadership posts at Condé Nast, Time Warner, The Washington Post and Chicago Public Media.

In 2018, Altabef was appointed to lead the National Security Telecommunications Advisory Committee’s cybersecurity moonshot initiative made up of industry experts tasked with drafting a framework for national security measures for the next 10 years.

28 ROBERT SCHACHTER SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT OF SALES, NORTHEAST REGION iHeartMedia Goli Sheikholeslami is in charge at New York Public Radio.

26 WADE DAVIS CO-OWNER AND CEO Univision Communications Inc. Univision, the country’s biggest Spanish-language broadcast company, is headquartered in New York, where hundreds of thousands of residents speak Spanish. Wade Davis, who made his name as chief financial officer at Viacom, became Univision’s new co-owner and chief executive after his investment

group closed on an acquisition of the conglomerate in December. It’s a big deal: The Univision brand boasts the Univision and UniMás broadcast networks, 10 cable networks, 61 TV stations and 58 radio stations among its diverse portfolio.

iHeartMedia has cemented its stronghold in New York through multiple radio brands like Z100 and 106.7 Lite FM as well as its annual Jingle Ball live show. As senior vice president of the company’s northeastern region sales, Robert Schachter is helping to drive the broadcaster’s business growth in New York. His primary responsibility is to keep the broadcaster’s healthy revenue growth up around the state.

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Unisys

With few women in leadership roles in radio broadcasting

Unisys is one of the country’s oldest tech companies, having been listed on the New York Stock Exchange for nearly a century. The Pennsylvania-based company is a global industry leader and often contracts with government, particularly in telecommunications security.

Davis runs Univision, the Spanish-language broadcasting powerhouse.

30 ERIC SCHMIDT CHAIR Reimagine New York As Google’s former chief, Eric Schmidt has an outsize influence in the tech industry. Now the executive chair of his philanthropic initiative Schmidt Futures, Schmidt is becoming a civic leader. He chairs Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s Reimagine New York, which aims to increase broadband accessibility for low-income New Yorkers, a persistent issue during the coronavirus pandemic. This month, Cuomo and Schmidt unveiled ConnectED NY, which provides free internet for 50,000 low-income students through June 2022, with cofunding from Schmidt Futures.


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millions of dollars in state government grants through the New NY Broadband Program to bring fiber optic cable links to upstate New York. Becker also served as president of the Independent Optical Network, or ION, a telecommunication consortium serving rural New Yorkers.

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wireless infrastructure business coalitions in the state. Besides serving as president of the New York State Wireless Association, he is the chief growth officer of inRange Solutions, which specializes in site acquisition, design engineering, zoning, and regulatory and construction management for telecommunications firms.

CAITLIN BROOKNER SPOKESPERSON New Yorkers for 5G Tom Marciano heads the New York State Wireless Association.

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RICHARD PARSONS, CHARLES PHILLIPS & DARREN WALKER MEMBERS Reimagine New York Commission As COVID-19 cases shot up last spring, Gov. Andrew Cuomo unveiled a Reimagine New York Commission and tasked former Google chief Eric Schmidt with spearheading efforts to capitalize on technological innovations to improve telehealth and increase broadband internet access. But while Cuomo installed a West Coast billionaire as chair, he also brought in a number of New York business and civic leaders to assist. Among the members of the commission are the former Citigroup and Time Warner executive Richard Parsons, who now chairs The Rockefeller Foundation; Ford Foundation President Darren Walker; and Charles Phillips,

the former chief of Infor, a global business software applications company, and its competitor Oracle, and cofounder of the Black Economic Alliance. In March, the commission announced a new fund called ConnectED NY that will provide free internet access to 50,000 low-income students, with funding from Walker’s Ford Foundation and Schmidt’s philanthropic initiative, Schmidt Futures.

32 JIM BECKER PRESIDENT AND CEO The Middleburgh Telephone Company The Middleburgh Telephone Company – or Midtel – is an independent telephone company in New York with a history dating back to the 1890s. The company serves mostly communities in the rural areas and under Jim Becker’s leadership has won

New Yorkers for 5G is made up of business groups, trade associations and other organizations focused on bringing the next-generation wireless service to residents across New York. As spokesperson for the coalition, which includes such influential members as the Association for a Better New York, the Greater New York Hospital Association, Con Edison and AARP New York, Brookner is often the group’s public face pushing for policy and support among industry stakeholders.

34 TOM MARCIANO PRESIDENT New York State Wireless Association Tom Marciano has over 30 years of experience as a top leader in the wireless and telecommunications industry, making him a perfect fit to head up one of the largest

35 VICTORIA LAMBERTH CO-FOUNDER AND CHIEF REVENUE OFFICER ZenFi Networks As a co-founder of ZenFi Networks and its chief money manager, Victoria Lamberth has become an industry expert with 10 years in the telecommunications business under her belt. Since 2013, ZenFi Networks has offered mobile technology solutions in the New York City and New Jersey metro areas, and is expected to play a significant role in the city’s future plans to build out its 5G infrastructure.

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JAMES MCCARTHY BOARD CHAIR New York State Telecommunications Association James McCarthy has served as head of the board at the New York State Telecommunications Association, which represents the business interests of the state’s telecommunications providers both large and small, since last summer. McCarthy also is president of both Northland Communications and Oneida County Rural Telephone, where he has been managing a $3.3 million government grant received by the company to support fiberoptic services expansion in New York’s western region.

carriers, internet providers and manufacturers large and small. As its president, Puckett is responsible for directing the trade coalition’s lobbying activities and approaches within the state. Puckett has been critical of state government oversight of wireless infrastructure, recently opposing the tax on fiber optic cable installation in state road rights of way.

38 DANIELA PERDOMO CO-FOUNDER AND CEO goTenna Daniela Perdomo is disrupting the world of tech communications with goTenna’s innovative mesh networking technology, which allows users of its specialized device to communicate sans wired connectivity at a range of up to 2,000 feet. Perdomo co-founded the company with her brother after her experience losing communication capabilities during Superstorm Sandy, and has since been a strong advocate for advancing universal access through decentralized networks.

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Since it was first formed in 1921 by a group of 13 local telephone companies, the New York State Telecommunications Association has expanded to represent more than 200 members including telecommunications

Jim Bell is neck-deep in the state’s tech communications. When he’s not busy with his responsibilities as leader of the New York State Forum, which collaborates with government and local businesses to advance IT practices in the public sector, Bell serves as the director of the state Senate technology services

Melissa D’Andrea chairs the IT Corporate Roundtable.

department. He oversees initiatives like the improved constituent management system which has streamlined state Senate communications with 19 million New Yorkers.

40 MELISSA D’ANDREA & STEVE KOCH ALBANY CHAIR; NEW YORK CITY CHAIR New York State Forum’s IT Corporate Roundtable The IT Corporate Roundtable was created under the nonprofit New York State Forum in 2001 to facilitate communications between

private corporations and government agencies on everchanging state procedures, standards and services in information and technology. Today, Melissa D’Andrea leads its discussions around statelevel collaborations. Outside of her post as the roundtable’s state chair, D’Andrea has also worked on cloud infrastructure at Oracle, a major software provider for New York. In New York City, where Steve Koch serves as the local chair, the roundtable has been instrumental in bridging the gap between the public and private sectors. Apart from his work with the New York State Forum, Koch is a strategic account manager at the cloudbased software company Salesforce, which recently surpassed $20 billion in sales for the first time.

Perdomo founded goTenna after losing connectivity during Superstorm Sandy.

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telecommunications law in the tri-state area. She has led the firm to represent major telecommunications clients on cases for permit approvals, government procurement contracts, and commercial leasing. She is also a member of the New York State Wireless Association.

CLAYTON BANKS CO-FOUNDER AND CEO Silicon Harlem Clayton Banks’ ambitious vision to create a hub for tech communications in the heart of Harlem is an integral part of Silicon Harlem’s work, with a focus on bridging the broadband gap in the neighborhood. Banks, whose varied career has included a stint at Comedy Central, a partnership with former President Bill Clinton, and collaborations with the de Blasio administration, is pushing to keep New Yorkers front and center of the conversation around the city’s ongoing broadband connectivity plans.

42 AMY KELLOGG PARTNER-IN-CHARGE AT THE ALBANY OFFICE Harter Secrest & Emery As partner-in-charge at one of New York’s top lobbying firms, Amy Kellogg is responsible for overseeing legal operations at the firm’s Albany branch while leading the government affairs team’s lobbying and client representation work in front of state lawmakers and agencies as the firm’s government affairs practice group leader. The firm has offices across New York, including in Buffalo and New York City, and boasts a client roster full of industry players, among them the New York

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Amy Kellogg leads Harter Secrest & Emery, a top lobbying firm.

State Telecommunications Association.

43 CHRISTOPHER FISHER MANAGING PARTNER Cuddy & Feder One key area of focus at Christopher Fisher’s legal practice is telecommunications, and he’s well known in the industry after decades in the wireless business. In 2019, he was appointed to Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s Upstate Cellular Coverage Task Force, which

Banks hopes to create a hub of tech communications in the heart of Harlem.

was tasked with developing recommendations to close gaps in cellular coverage. Fisher is also the most recent past president of the New York State Wireless Association and is a state and local government adviser for and founding board member of the trade group.

44 LESLIE SNYDER MANAGING PARTNER Snyder & Snyder Leslie Snyder is the managing partner at Snyder & Snyder, one of the largest minorityand women-owned firms in New York. Snyder heads the firm’s Real Estate and Commercial Transactions group with primary practices in areas of real estate and

45 DAVID BRONSTON SPECIAL COUNSEL AND TELECOMMUNICATIONS TEAM LEADER Phillips Lytle As an attorney working with big telecom clients, David Bronston specializes in meeting the sector’s infrastructure needs while navigating New York’s real estate industry. Before leading the telecommunications team at Phillips Lytle, Bronston was a partner at Wolf Block, worked at Cozen O’Connor, and was general counsel for the New York City Department of Information Technology and Telecommunications. He is considered the go-to expert on matters related to New York’s telecom infrastructure and regulation.


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Kristina NewmanScott is providing accessible community radio at BRIC.

46 JOVIA RADIX VICE PRESIDENT OF LEGISLATION Kasirer Kasirer consistently tops the annual rankings of New York lobbying firms, so it’s no surprise that this womanled company made it onto another list. As vice president of the firm’s legislation division, Jovia Radix advises telecommunications giants like Altice, CBS and Cablevision on a variety of policy matters. She’s no stranger to local politics, having served as vice president of the Thomas Jefferson Democratic Club Young Democrats and the Brooklyn regional representative for Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

47 JOE FASONE FOUNDER Pilot As its name suggests, Pilot is aiming high. The business-

oriented fiber-optic internet and telecommunications company was founded in 2014 by Joe Fasone, who made a name for himself as IT director at the co-working company WeWork while that startup was on the upswing. Pilot’s strategy is to offer faster internet using existing fiber optic cables in major East Coast cities including Philadelphia, Washington, D.C., and Boston – as well as New York City, where it serves more than 2,000 businesses.

48 KRISTINA NEWMAN-SCOTT PRESIDENT BRIC Initially formed as the Fund for the Borough of Brooklyn, BRIC has been providing New Yorkers in the southern borough with media programming and arts opportunities since the late 1970s. BRIC’s current president, Kristina NewmanScott, who grew up in Jamaica, is the first immigrant and first woman of color to head the community initiative. The community center and broadcaster has successfully expanded its mission to

provide accessible community radio and TV programming of the arts through an innovative four-year plan under NewmanScott’s leadership.

including NYXT.nyc, which highlights communitybuilding in partnership with more than 100 Manhattan organizations.

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MARIA TORRES

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PRESIDENT AND CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER

Manhattan Neighborhood Network Community-based broadcasters are vital in ensuring that New Yorkers have a voice and have access to free or affordable information resources. The Manhattan Neighborhood Network has been providing New Yorkers with access to free community broadcasts and low-cost telecommunication services and training since 1992. Daniel Coughlin continues to carry out the network’s public service mission, overseeing its multiple channels in the borough,

The Point While city and state officials have taken steps to bridge the digital divide in New York, critics say progress has been painfully slow. In the meantime, a number of local organizations and startups have taken matters into their own hands, launching community-based networks to get students, small business owners and others online. One noteworthy effort is the rooftop-based Hunts Point Community Network, launched by Maria Torres’ South Bronx nonprofit The Point in 2017.

Fasone left WeWork to found Pilot, which offers internet in major East Coast cities.

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legalnotices@cityandstateny.com Notice of Formation of BK GRAND PROPERTY LLC. Arts. Of Org. filed with SSNY on 2/3/21. Office location Kings SSNY desg. As agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served SSNY mail process to 5521 8TH Ave Ste 4h Brooklyn, NY, 11220. Any lawful purpose. Notice of formation: 126 West 121st Street, LLC Arts of Org filed with the Secy of State of NY (SSNY) on 11/05/2020 NY Office location: NY County. SSNY has been designated as agent upon whom process against it may be served and shall mail a copy of any process against the LLC served upon to C/O the LLC: 2186 5th Avenue #11P, NY, NY 10037. Purpose: Any lawful activity. 244 HALL ST, LLC Notice of formation of limited liability company (LLC). Name: 244 HALL ST, LLC. Articles of Organization filed with Secretar y of State of New York (SSNY) on 4/20/2015. NY office location: Kings County. SSNY has been designated as agent of the LLC upon whom process against it may be served. The post office address to which the SSNY shall mail a copy of any process against the LLC served upon him/ her is C/O United States Corporation Agents, Inc., 7014 13th Avenue, Suite 202 Brooklyn, NY, 11228. Purpose/character of LLC: Any Lawful Purpose.

Notice of Formation of R&D VACATIONS RENTAL LLC. Arts. of Org. filed with SSNY on 12/1/15. Office location: Orleans SSNY desg. as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY mail process to 10481 Mill Rd Medina, NY, 14103. Any lawful purpose. Notice of Formation of PEAR TREE PARTNERS, LLC. Arts. Of Org. filed with SSNY on 2/5/21. Office location: Kings SSNY desg. As agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served SSNY mail process to 417 CLERMONT AVE, APT 2 BROOKLYN, NY, 11238. Any lawful purpose. Notice of Formation of R&J ROASTERS LLC. Arts. Of Org. filed with SSNY on 2/12/21.Office location: Richmond SSNY desg. as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY mail process to 605 Forest Ave Staten Island, NY, 10310. Any lawful purpose. Notice of Formation of LEVAIN LLC. Arts. of Org. filed with SSNY on 2/3/21. Office location: New York SSNY desg. as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY mail process to C/O LEVAIN LLC Attn: Anthony Sun 124 West 23rd Street, #16A New York, NY, 10011.Any lawful purpose.

Notice of Formation of AV - R H SOHO A PA R T M E N T S L LC . Arts. Of Org. filed with SSNY on 2/5/21. Office location: Kings SSNY desg. As agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served SSNY mail process to C/O Schwartz Sladkus Reich Greenberg Atlas LLP Attn: Jeffrey M. Schwartz Esq. 4 4 4 Madison Avenue, 6th Floor New York, NY, 10022. Any lawful purpose. Notice of Qual. of DESIRON HOLDINGS, LLC. Auth. filed with SSNY on 2/5/21.Office location: New York. LLC formed in CO on 5/21/20. SSNY desg. as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY mail process to: C/O Corporate Creations Net work Inc. 600 Mamaroneck Avenue #400 Harrison, New York, 10528. Arts. of Org. filed with CO SOS.1700 B roadway, S te 5 5 0 Denver CO 80290. Any lawful purpose. Notice of formation of JFI Law, PLLC, Articles of organization filed with the secretary of state on 02/10/2021. Location: New York County. SSNY designated as agent for service of process on PLLC. SSNY shall mail a copy of process to Josephine, Franz, 411 Lafayette St, 6th Floor, New York, NY 10003. NOTICE OF FORMATION OF Alex Prima, LLC. Articles of Organization filed with the Secretary of State of NY (SSNY) on 12/22/2020. Office Location: NEW YORK County. SSNY has been designated as agent upon whom process against it may be served. The principal business address of the LLC is: 146 East 35th Street, 4C, New York NY 10016. Purpose: any lawful act or activity.

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Notice of Qual. of QUEENBEA 1051 LLC. Auth. filed w i t h SSNY on 1/28/21. Office location: New York. LLC formed in DE on 1/26/21. SSNY desg. as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY mail process to: C/O CROWE LLP - Attn: David A . Lifson 641 Fifth Avenue, #30e New York, NY, 10022. Arts. of Org. filed with DE SOS. Townsend Bldg. Dover, DE 19901. Any lawful purpose. Notice of Formation of PFORZHEIMER STRATEGIES, LLC. Arts. of Org. filed with SSNY on 2/8/21.Office location: New York SSNY desg. as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY mail process to 890 West End Ave Ste 10B New York, NY, 10025. Any lawful purpose. Notice of Formation of CLARENDON ONE LLC. Arts. of Org. filed with SSNY on 2/23/21. Office location: New York SSNY desg. as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY mail process to 600 Mamaroneck Ave #400 Harrison, NY, 10528.Any lawful purpose. Notice of Formation of OR 90 STATE, LLC. Arts. Of Org. filed with SSNY on 2/10/21. Office location: Kings SSNY desg. As agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served SSNY mail process to C/O: Phillips Nizer LLP 485 Lexington Avenue New York, NY, 10017. Any lawful purpose. Notice of Formation of Chrisman R esearch LLC filed with SSNY on January 1, 2021. Office: NY County. SSNY designated agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to LLC: 620 W42nd Street S20D NY, NY 10036. Purpose: any lawful act or activity.

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Notice of Formation of PSF ASSET MANAGEMENT LLC Arts. Of Org. filed with SSNY on 2/22/21. Office location: Kings SSNY desg. As agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served SSNY mail process to 415 Red Hook Lane Apt 8d Brooklyn, NY, 11201. Any lawful purpose. Notice of Formation of STARK REACTOR, LLC. Arts. Of Org. filed with SSNY on 2/16/21. Office location: Kings SSNY desg. As agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served SSNY mail process to 173 Water St Brooklyn, NY, 11201. Any lawful purpose. Notice of Formation of LTG CONNECT LLC. Arts. Of Org. filed with SSNY on 1/19/21.Office location: Kings SSNY desg. As agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served SSNY mail process to C/O LTG CONNECT LLC 257 Ave W Brooklyn, NY, 11223. Any lawful purpose. Notice of Formation of MELO ENTERPRISES, LLC. Arts. of Org. filed with SSNY on 2/27/96. Office location: New York SSNY desg. as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY mail process to 418 Rt 25a Miller Place, NY, 11764.Any lawful purpose. Notice of Formation of PEACEDALE PRODUCTIONS, LLC. Arts. of Org. filed with SSNY on 2/5/21.Office location: New York SSNY desg. as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY mail process to ATTN: Mr. John Clinton Eisner 395 Riverside Dr New York, NY, 10025.Any lawful purpose. Notice of Formation of Ecotage Clothing, LLC filed with SSNY on March 09, 2021 Office: NY County. SSNY designated agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to LLC: 90 State Street STE 700 Office 40 Albany, NY 12207. Purpose: any lawful act or activity.

NOTICE OF FORMATION OF Manzari Arts LLC. Articles of Organization filed with the Secretary of State of NY (SSNY) on 12/17/2020. Office location: NEW YORK County. SSNY has been designated as agent upon whom process against it may be served. The Post Office address to which the SSNY shall mail a copy of any process against the LLC served upon him/her is: 7014 13th Avenue, Suite 202 Brooklyn, NY 11228. The principal business address of the LLC is: 511 W 169th Street #63 New York, NY 10032. Purpose: any lawful act or activity. Notice of Qualification of AVEC CAPITAL, LLC Appl. for Auth. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 02/09/21. O f fice location: NY County. LLC formed in Delaware (DE) on 01/11/08. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to c/o C orp oration Service Co. (CSC), 80 State St., Albany, NY 12207-2543. DE addr. of LLC: CSC, 251 Little Falls Dr., Wilmington, DE 19808. Cert. of Form. filed with Secy. of State, John G. Townsend Bldg., 401 Federal St., Ste. 4, Dover, DE 19901.Purpose: Any lawful activity. Notice of Formation of 3 4 6 CHAUNCE Y STREET LLC. Arts. Of Org. filed with SSNY on 11/13/20. Office location: Kings SSNY desg. As agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served SSNY mail process to 1516 W. 9th St Brooklyn, NY, 11204. Any lawful purpose. NOTICE OF FORMATION of Noy Consulting LLC. Arts of Org filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 12/1/20. Office location: N Y C o u n t y. S S N Y designated as agent upon whom process may be served and shall mail copy of process against LLC to 310 Riverside Dr. Ste 1106, NY, NY 10025. R/A: US Corp Agents, Inc. 7014 13th Ave,#202, BK, NY 11228. Purpose: any lawful act.

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Notice of Formation of LAUREN CHAN, LLC. Arts. Of Org. filed with SSNY on 2/4/21. Office location: Kings SSNY desg. As agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served SSNY mail process to 377 Quincy Street, #1 Brooklyn, NY, 11216. Any lawful purpose. Notice of Formation of BAJANKAYAK LLC. Arts. Of Org. filed with SSNY on 1/14/21. Office location: Kings SSNY desg. As agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served SSNY mail process to 667 JEROME STREET BROOKLYN, NEW YORK, 11207. Any lawful purpose. Notice of Formation of YM 11 LLC. Arts. of Org. filed with SSNY on 2/4/21. Office location: New York SSNY desg. as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY mail process to C/O YM 11 LLC Attention: Mark Armenante 3450 Washington S t San Francisco, CA, 94118. Any lawful purpose. Notice of Form. of MEYWOOD LLC. Arts. of Org. filed with SSNY on 2/24/21. Office location: Chenango. SSNY desg. as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY mail process to 137 L'hommedieu Lane South Otselic, NY, 13155. Any lawful purpose. Notice of Formation of OSM HEALTH LLC. Arts. Of Org. filed with SSNY on 2/16/21. Office location: Kings SSNY desg. As agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served SSNY mail process to 1559 Bay Ridge Parkway Brooklyn, NY, 11228. Any lawful purpose. Notice of Formation of OR 274 HENRY, LLC. Arts. Of Org. filed with SSNY on 2/10/21. Office location: Kings SSNY desg. As agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served SSNY mail process to C/O: Phillips Nizer LLP 485 Lexington Ave New York, NY, 10017. Any lawful purpose. LEGALNOTICES@ CITYANDSTATENY.COM

NOTICE OF FORMATION OF MAINTENANCE TAS K FOR CE LLC . Articles of Organization filed with the Secretary of State of NY (SSNY) on 09/28/2020. Office loc ation: New York County. SSNY has been designated as agent upon whom process against it may be served. The Post Office address to which the SSNY shall mail a copy of any process against the LLC served upon him/her is: UNITED STATES CORPORATION AGENTS, INC., 7015 13TH Avenue, Suite 202, Brooklyn, NY 11228 The principal business address of the LLC is: 535 W. 150TH STREET, Apt. 24, New York, NY 10031. Purpose: any lawful act or activity.

Notice of Formation of Chrisman Imports LLC filed with SSNY on January 1, 2021. Office: NY County. SSNY designated agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to LLC: 620 W42nd Street S20D NY, NY 10036. Purpose: any lawful act or activity.

Notice of Formation of ALTE LLC. Arts. Of Org. filed with SSNY on 2/8/21. Office location: Kings SSNY desg. As agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served SSNY mail process to 145 President St #Phn Brooklyn, NY, 11231. Any lawful purpose.

Notice of Formation of IMMACULATE VANITY, LLC. .Arts. of Org. filed with SSNY on 02/8/21. Office location: ESSEX SSNY desg. as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY mail process to PO Box 311 Keene, NY, 12942. Any lawful purpose.

Notice of Formation of PSF ASSET MANAGEMENT LLC Arts. Of Org. filed with SSNY on2/22/21. Office location: Kings SSNY desg. As agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served SSNY mail process to 415 Red Hook Lane Apt 8d Brooklyn, NY, 11201. Any lawful purpose.

Notice of Formation of S & PEA, LLC. Arts. Of Org. filed with SSNY on 2/25/21.Office location: Kings SSNY desg. As agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served SSNY mail process to 487 12th Street Brooklyn, NY, 11215. Any lawful purpose. Notice of Qual. of 85 TENTH RESTAURANTS LLC. Auth. filed with SSNY on 3/2/21. Office location: New York. LLC formed in DE on 11/16/20. SSNY desg. as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY mail process to: C/O J2K Creative Llc 70 Pine St Ste E New York, NY, 10005. Arts. of Org. filed with DE SOS. Townsend Bldg. Dover, DE 19901. Any lawful purpose. NOTICE OF FORMATION of NYCNCC SUB-CDE 8, LLC (the “LLC”) filed with the Secretary of State of the State of New York (“SSNY”) on 6/10/19. Office location: New York County. The principal business address of the LLC is: One Liberty Plaza, New York, New York 10006. SSNY has been designated as the agent of the LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail service of process to c/o New York City Economic Development Corporation, One Liberty Plaza, New York, New York 10006, Attention: General Counsel. Purpose: any lawful purpose. V E NTITR E NTA LLC . Arts. of Org. filed with the SSNY on 01/14/21. Office: Kings County. LEGALINC CORPORATE SERVICES INC. designated as agent of the LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to the agent at 1967 Wehrle Drive, Suite 1 #086, Buffalo, NY 14221. Purpose: Any law ful purpose.

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Notice of Formation of Brews of Paradise LLC filed with Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 12/9/20. Office: Kings County. SSNY designated agent of LLC upon whom the process against it may be served. The SSNY shall mail a copy of process to LLC: 94 Meserole St, apt 2B, Brooklyn, NY 11206. Purpose: any lawful act or activity. NOTICE OF FORMATION of NYCNCC SUB-CDE 6, LLC (the “LLC”) filed with the Secretary of State of the State of New York (“SSNY”) on 6/10/19. Office location: New York County. The principal business address of the LLC is: One Liberty Plaza, New York, New York 10006. SSNY has been designated as the agent of the LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail service of process to c/o New York City Economic Development Corporation, One Liberty Plaza, New York, New York 10006, Attention: General Counsel. Purpose: any lawful purpose Notice of Formation of The PhysioLab NYC, LLC filed with SSNY on January 20, 2021. O f f ic e: N Y C ount y. SSNY designated agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to LLC: 33 Carmine Street, Apartment 2, New York, NY 10014. Purpose: any lawful act or activity. NOTICE OF FORMATION of NYCNCC SUB-CDE 7, LLC (the “LLC”) filed with the Secretary of State of the State of New York (“SSNY”) on 6/10/19. Office location: New York County. The principal business address of the LLC is: One Liberty Plaza, New York, New York 10006. SSNY has been designated as the agent of the LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail service of process to c/o New York City Economic Development Corporation, One Liberty Plaza, New York, New York 10006, Attention: General Counsel. Purpose: any lawful purpose.

NOTICE OF FORMATION of NYCNCC SUB-CDE 9, LLC (the “LLC”) filed with the Secretary of State of the State of New York (“SSNY”) on 6/10/19. Office location: New York County. The principal business address of the LLC is: One Liberty Plaza, New York, New York 10006. SSNY has been designated as the agent of the LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail service of process to c/o New York City Economic Development Corporation, One Liberty Plaza, New York, New York 10006, Attention: General Counsel. Purpose: any lawful purpose.

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NOTICE OF FORMATION of NYCNCC SUB-CDE 10, LLC (the “LLC”) filed with the Secretary of State of the State of New York (“SSNY”) on 6/10/19. Office location: New York County. The principal business address of the LLC is: One Liberty Plaza, New York, New York 10006. SSNY has been designated as the agent of the LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail service of process to c/o New York City Economic Development Corporation, One Liberty Plaza, New York, New York 10006, Attention: General Counsel. Purpose: any lawful purpose.

NOTICE OF FORMATION OF Palmer Huntt Productions LLC. Articles of Organization filed with the Secretary of State of NY (SSNY) on January 11, 2021. Office location: NEW YORK County. SSNY has been designated as agent upon whom process against it may be served. The Post Office address to which the SSNY shall mail a copy of any process against the LLC served upon him/ her is: 1066 Hancock St, Apt 3, Brooklyn Ny 11221. The principal business address of the LLC is: 1066 Hancock St, Apt 3, Brooklyn Ny 11221. Purpose: any lawful act or activity.

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Notice of Qualification of RANGERS HOLDINGS, LLC Appl. for Auth. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 03/03/21. O f f ice location: N Y Count y. LLC formed in Delaware (DE) on 05/19/15. NYS fictitious name: MSG RANGERS HOLDINGS, LLC. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to c/o C orp oration 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 DE Secy. of State, Div. of Corps., John D. Townsend Bldg., 401 Federal St., Ste. 4, Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: Any lawful activity. NOTICE OF FORMATION OF The Switch Partners LLC. Articles of Organization filed on 03/10/2021. Office location: NEW YORK County. SSNY has been designated as agent upon whom process against it may be served. The principal business address of the LLC is: New York County. Purpose: any lawful act or activity. Notice of Formation of 303 St. Marks, LLC Articles of Organization filed by the Department of State of New York on: 01/05/2021 Office location: County of Kings Purpose: Any and all lawful activities Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served.SSNY shall mail a copy of process to: The LLC 303 St. Marks Avenue Brooklyn, NY 11238. LEGALNOTICES@ CITYANDSTATENY.COM MADE2, LLC, Art. of Org. filed with SSNY 03/10/2021. Office loc: Westchester Count y. SSNY has been designated as agent upon whom process against LLC may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: The LLC, Attn: Andrew B. Christopherson, Esq., 111 E. Wisconsin Avenue, Suite 1800, Milwaukee, WI 53202 Purpose: Any Lawful Purpose.


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Notice of Formation of INSTAAIDE LLC. Arts. Of Org. filed with SSNY on 1/15/21. Office location: Kings SSNY desg. As agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served SSNY mail process to 968 60th Street Unit 320 Brooklyn, NY, 11219. Any lawful purpose. Notice of Formation of MCK NIG HT R AR E S , LLC. Arts. Of Org. filed with SSNY on 2/2/21. Office location: Kings SSNY desg. As agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served SSNY mail process to 420 Kent Avenue Apt 401 Brooklyn, NY, 11249. Any lawful purpose. Notice of Formation of MCKNIGHT RE, LLC. Arts. Of Org. filed with SSNY on 2/2/21.Office location: Kings SSNY desg. As agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served SSNY mail process to 420 Kent Avenue Apt 401 Brooklyn, NY, 11249. Any lawful purpose. Notice of Formation of COLE T TE ROSE INTERIORS, LLC. Arts. Of Org. filed with SSNY on 1/29/21. Office location: Kings SSNY desg. As agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served SSNY mail process to 2190 East 4th St Brooklyn, NY, 11223. Any lawful purpose. Notice of Formation of GLASS CASTLE LLC. Arts. Of Org. filed with SSNY on 2/17/21. Office location: Kings SSNY desg. As agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served SSNY mail process to 133 Central Ave Amagansett, NY, 11930. Any lawful purpose. Notice of Formation of GR AND STR E E T STRATEGIES, LLC. Arts. Of Org. filed with SSNY on 2/18/21.Office location: Kings SSNY desg. As agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served SSNY mail process to 351 South Third Street, Apt 2b Brooklyn, NY, 11211. Any lawful purpose.

Notice of Formation of 252 SEVENTH AVENUE 7-G, LLC. Arts. of Org. filed with SSNY on 1/8/21. Office location: New York SSNY desg. as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY mail process to C/O Schwartz Sladkus Reich Greenberg Atlas Llp Bruce S. Klein, Esq. 444 Madison Avenue, 6th Floor New York, NY, 10022.Any lawful purpose. Notice of Formation of ARLEN CROCKERM C C L E L L A N ACUPUNCTURE PLLC. Arts. Of Org. filed with SSNY on 2/22/21.Office location: Kings SSNY desg. As agent of PLLC upon whom process against it may be served SSNY mail process to 60 Pulaski St Brooklyn, NY, 11206. Any lawful purpose. NOTICE OF FORMATION of A New Reconstruction LLC. Arts of Org filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 11/30/20. O f f ice location: N Y County. SSNY designated as agent upon whom process may be served and shall mail copy of process against LLC to c/o S. Nicole Gallant, 346 W 56th St, Ste 2A, New York, NY 10019. Purpose: any lawful act. Notice of Formation of F R OGOU R PR OPCO LLC. Arts. Of Org. filed with SSNY on 2/26/21. Office location: Kings SSNY desg. As agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served SSNY mail process to 90 State St Ste 700, Box 10 Albany, NY, 12207. Any lawful purpose. Notice of Qual. of BLUEPRINT INCOME, LLC. Auth. filed with SSNY on 3/8/21. Office location: New York. LLC formed in DE on 5/15/14. SSNY desg. as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY mail process to: C/O Corporate Creations Net work Inc. 600 Mamaroneck Ave Ste 400 Harrison, NY, 10528. Arts. of Org. filed with DE SOS. Townsend Bldg. Dover, DE 19901. Any lawful purpose.

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Notice of Formation of 145-36 FARMERS BLVD OZ LLC. Arts. Of Org. filed with SSNY on 1/10/20. Office location: Queens SSNY desg. As agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY mail process to 111-20 Farmers Blvd Saint Albans, NY, 11412. Any lawful purpose.

Notice of Formation of AVRH 500 GLADSTONE LLC. Arts. Of Org. f i l e d with SSNY on 12/10/19. Office location: Kings SSNY desg. As agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served SSNY mail process to Attn: Jeffrey M. Schwartz Esq. 444 Madison Ave, 6th Fl New York, NY, 10022. Any lawful purpose.

Notice of Formation of 357 BLEECKER STREET, LLC. .Arts. of Org. filed with SSNY on 01/13/21. Office location: New York SSNY desg. as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY mail process to 121 E 22nd St Apt N204 New York, NY, 10010. Any lawful purpose.

Notice of Formation of AV-RH 712 LINWOOD LLC. Arts. Of Org. filed with SSNY on 12/10/19. Office location: Kings SSNY desg. As agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served SSNY mail process to Attn: Jeffrey M. Schwartz Esq. 444 Madison Ave, 6th Fl New York, NY, 10022. Any lawful purpose.

Notice of Formation of 725 3RD AVENUE LLC. Arts. Of Org. filed with SSNY on 3/2/21.Office location: Kings SSNY desg. As agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served SSNY mail process to 725 3rd Ave Brooklyn, NY, 11232. Any lawful purpose.

Notice of Formation of AV-RH 3035 HARRISON LLC. Arts. Of Org. filed with SSNY on 12/10/19. Office location: Kings SSNY desg. As agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served SSNY mail process to Attn: Jeffrey M. Schwartz Esq. 444 Madison Ave, 6th Floor New York, NY, 10022. Any lawful purpose.

Notice of Formation of YM 10 LLC. Arts. of Org. filed with SSNY on 2/4/21. Office location: New York SSNY desg. as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY mail process to C/O YM 10 LLC Attn: Mark Armenante 3450 Washington St San Francisco, CA, 94118. Any lawful purpose.

NOTICE OF FORMATION OF JulishaKnits LLC Articles of Organization filed with the Secretary of State of NY (SSNY) on 3/1/2021. Office Location: New York County. SSNY has been designated as agent upon whom process against it may be served. The Post Office address to which the SSNY shall mail a copy of any process against the LLC served upon him/her is: 1 Morningside Drive, Apt. 1501, New York, NY 10025-2438, the principal business address. Purpose: any lawful act or activity.

Notice of Formation of 2044 86 LLC. Arts. Of Org. filed with SSNY on 3/2/21. Office location: Kings SSNY desg. As agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served SSNY mail process to 112 Bay 13th Street Brooklyn, NY, 11214. Any lawful purpose.

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Notice of Qual. of AVERY LN LP. Auth. filed with SSNY on 2/22/21. Office location: New York. LLC formed in DE on 2/2/21. SSNY desg. as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY mail process to: C/O Inlow Blvd Llc 983 Park Ave, 2c New York, NY, 10028. Arts. of Org. filed with DE SOS. Townsend Bldg. Dover, DE 19901. Any lawful purpose.

Notice of Qual. of COLLON LLC. Auth. filed with SSNY on 10/3/19. Office location: Putnam. LLC formed in DE on 6/3/20. SSNY desg. as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY mail process to: 11 Timberline Ct Putnam Valley, NY, 10579. Arts. of Org. filed with DE SOS. Townsend Bldg. Dover, DE 19901. Any lawful purpose.

Notice of Formation of FLINT SPARKS MEDIA LLC. Arts. Of Org. filed with SSNY on 22/12/21. Office location: Kings SSNY desg. As agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served SSNY mail process to 541 11th St Basement Bell Brooklyn, NY, 11215. Any lawful purpose.

Notice of Formation of HARRIS & LONG, C R E AT I V E ARTS THERAPY, PLLC. Arts. of Org. filed with SSNY on 2/25/21.Office location: New York SSNY desg. as agent of PLLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY mail process to C/O Schwartz Sladkus Reich Greenberg Atlas LLP Attn: Eli D. Greenberg, Esq. 44 Madison Avenue, 6th Floor New York, NY, 10022. Any lawful purpose.

Notice of Formation of AV-RH 3803 MAIN LLC. Arts. Of Org. filed with SSNY on 10/7/19.Office location: Lewis SSNY desg. as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY mail process to ATTN: Samuel Kooris 160 Broadway, #501 New York, NY, 10038. Any lawful purpose.

Notice of Formation of AV-RH KC PORTFOLIO 1 LLC. Arts. Of Org. filed with SSNY on 12/10//19. Office location: Kings SSNY desg. As agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served SSNY mail process to Attn: Jeffrey M. Schwartz Esq. 444 Madison Ave, 6th Fl New York, NY, 10022. Any lawful purpose.

Notice of Formation of UPRIGHT HOLDINGS 547 LLC. .Arts. of Org. filed with SSNY on 8/05/11. Office location: New York SSNY desg. as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY mail process to 860 Manhattan Ave Apt 4R Brooklyn, NY, 11222. Any lawful purpose. Notice of Formation of 12W71 LLC. Arts. of Org. filed with SSNY on 01/06/21.Office location: New York SSNY desg. as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY mail process to C/O Tannenbaum Helpern Syracuse & Hirschtritt, LLP Joel S. Hirschtritt, Esq. 900 3rd Avenue Floor 13 New York, NY, 10022. Any lawful purpose. Notice of Formation of 232 N12TH RESTAURANT LLC. Arts. Of Org. filed with SSNY on 3/11/21. Office location: Kings SSNY desg. As agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served SSNY mail process to 232 N12th Street Brooklyn, NY, 11211. Any lawful purpose. Notice of Formation of 743 PUTNAM LLC. .Arts. of Org. filed with SSNY on 02/25/21.Office location: New York SSNY desg. as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY mail process to 6 Doyers Street, Apt. #130006 New York, NY, 10013.Any lawful purpose. Notice of Form. of ME Y WOOD II LLC . Arts. of Org. filed with SSNY on 2/25/21. Office location: CHENANGO SSNY desg. as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY mail process to 137 L'hommedieu Lane South Otselic, NY, 13155. Any lawful purpose.

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Notice of Formation of Awomi Naturals, LLC filed with SSNY on January 7, 2019. Office: Richmond County. Titilola Adelokiki designated agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to LLC: PO Box 30453 Staten Island NY 10303. Purpose: any lawful act or activity. Notice of Formation of VANESSA N FOLLANO LLC. Arts. Of Org. filed with SSNY on 2/4/21. Office location: Kings SSNY desg. As agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served SSNY mail process to 239 Kingsland Ave 2l Brooklyn, NY, 11222. Any lawful purpose. Notice of Formation of YELENA LANGE DDS, PLLC. Arts. Of Org. filed with SSNY on 2/4/21. Office location: Kings SSNY desg. As agent of PLLC upon whom process against it may be served SSNY mail process to 460 Neptune Avenue, No 21P Brooklyn, NY, 11224. Any lawful purpose. Notice of Formation of 19SCS, LLC. Arts. of Org. filed with SSNY on 2/9/21. Office location: New York SSNY desg. as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY mail process to 60 E. 42nd Street, Ste 1521 New York, NY, 10165.Any lawful purpose.

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Notice of Qual. of BOUYE STATEN ISLAND LLC. Auth. filed with SSNY on 1/29/21. Office location: Richmond. LLC formed in GA on 9/1/20. SSNY desg. as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY mail process to: 11 Eighth Ave 13th Floor New York, NY, 10011. Arts. of Org. filed with GA SOS. 2 MLK Jr. Dr. Suite 313 Floyd West Tower, Atlanta GA 30334. Any lawful purpose.

Notice of Formation of DivinePrism, LLC filed with SSNY on January 19, 2021. Office: NY County. SSNY designated agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to LLC: 177-10 Linden Blvd,Jamaica NY 11434. Purpose: any lawful act or activity

Notice of Formation of 59 STUYVESANT AVE LLC. Arts. Of Org. filed with SSNY on 11/13/20. Office location: Kings SSNY desg. As agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served SSNY mail process to 1516 W. 9th Stbrooklyn, NY, 11204. Any lawful purpose.

Notice of Formation of NEW YORK RAINBOW CAPITAL LLC. Arts. Of Org. filed with SSNY on 2/18/21.Office location: Kings SSNY desg. As agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served SSNY mail process to 1236 Tabor Court 2fl Brooklyn, NY, 11219 Any lawful purpose.

IBARRA LLC, Arts. of Org. filed with the SSNY on 02/16/2021. Office loc: NY County. SSNY has been designated as agent upon whom process against the LLC may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: Diana Ibarra, Managing Member, 228 West 136th Street, NY, NY 10029. Purpose: Any Lawful Purpose.

Notice of Qual. of BONTA IMPORTS LLC. Auth. filed with SSNY on 1/26/21. Office location: New York. LLC formed in NV on 7/5/05. SSNY desg. as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY mail process to: 90 State St. Albany, NY 12207. Arts. of Org. filed with NV SOS. 2250 Las Vegas Blvd N. Ste 400 North Las Vegas, NV 89030. Any lawful purpose.

Notice of Formation of OR 7 DUNHAM, LLC. Arts. Of Org. filed with SSNY on 12/1/20. Office location: Kings SSNY desg. As agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served SSNY mail process to C/O: Phillips Nizer LLP 485 Lexington Ave New York, NY, 10017. Any lawful purpose.

Ze Ray Proper ties, LLC filed w/ SSNY on 9/13/11. Office: New York Co. SSNY designated as agent for process & shall mail to: 127 W 72nd St., NY, NY 10023. Purpose: any lawful. NOTICE OF DIVORCE Pinghua Zheng v. Xiuying Lian, Superior Court of Lowndes Count y, Georgia, Civil Action N umb e r 2 0 2 0 - C V D 1696. XIUYING LIAN: you are hereby notified that the above-styled action seeking a total divorce was filed against you in said Court on November 24, 2020. For good cause shown, an Order for Service of Summons by Publication was entered by the court on February 22, 2021, you are hereby commanded and required to file with the Clerk of said Court and serve upon Katherine A. Gonos, Plaintiffs’ attorney, whose address is 305 East Jane Street, Valdosta, Georgia 31601, an answer to the Complaint within fortyfive (45) days of the date of the final publication.

Notice of Formation of KRS STUDIO, LLC. Arts. Of Org. filed with SSNY on 3/4/21. Office location: Kings SSNY desg. As agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served SSNY mail process to 330 Wythe Ave, Apt 7f Brooklyn, NY, 11249. Any lawful purpose.

Notice of Formation of MACAP MANAGEMENT LLC. Arts. Of Org. filed with SSNY on 2/23/21. Office location: Kings SSNY desg. As agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served SSNY mail process to 15 Bridge Park Drive #10e Brooklyn, NY, 11201.Any lawful purpose.

Notice of Formation of HAY WAR D STUDIO, LLC. Arts. of Org. filed with SSNY on 2/24/21. Office location: New York SSNY desg. as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY mail process to 25 Hayward Ave. Lexington, MA, 02421. Any lawful purpose.

Notice of Formation of OR 196 ELIZABETH, LLC. Arts. of Org. filed with SSNY on 2/24/21. Office location: New York SSNY desg. as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY mail process to C/O: Phillips Nizer LLP 485 Lexington Ave New York, NY, 10017.Any lawful purpose.

LEGALNOTICES@ CITYANDSTATENY.COM Notice of Formation of OR 240 MULBERRY, LLC. Arts. of Org. filed with SSNY on 2/24/21. Office location: New York SSNY desg. as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY mail process to 485 Lexington Ave New York, NY, 10017.Any lawful purpose. Notice of Formation of BEAR SERVICE CENTER LLC. Arts. Of Org. filed with SSNY on 2/9/21.Office location: Madison SSNY desg. as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY mail process to 108 S. Park St. Canastota, NY, 13032. Any lawful purpose.

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Notice of Formation of LOVERDE FAMILY LLC. Of Org. filed with SSNY on 10/07/20.Office location: Kings SSNY desg. As agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served SSNY mail process to 480 82nd St. Brooklyn, NY, 11209. Any lawful purpose. Notice of Formation of NOVICE WORKS LLC. Arts. Of Org. filed with SSNY on 7/28/20.Office location: Kings SSNY desg. As agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served SSNY mail process to 325 Kent Ave, Unit 1454 Brooklyn, NY, 11249. Any lawful purpose. Notice of Formation of PHJ HOLDINGS, LLC. Arts .Of Org. filed with SSNY on 3/9/21. Office location: Fulton SSNY desg. As agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. S SN Y mail proces s to 4 South William St Johnstown, NY, 12095. Any lawful purpose. Notice of Formation of QUICK TRADE WORLD LLC. Arts. Of Org. filed with SSNY on 1/12/21. Office location Kings SSNY desg. As agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served SSNY mail process to 1360 82ND St Brooklyn, NY, 11228. Any lawful purpose. Notice of Formation of TH COLLECTIONS LLC. Arts. Of Org. filed with SSNY on 1/26/21. Office location Queens SSNY desg. As agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served SSNY mail process to 34-50 29TH ST., 6N Long Island City, NY , 11106. Any lawful purpose. Notice of Formation of THE GLOBAL INTERNET R E ALT Y G R OU P & ASSOCIATES LLC. Arts. Of Org. filed with SSN Y on 3/11/2021. Office location New York SSNY desg. As agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served SSNY mail process to 90 Wyoming Ave Long Beach, NY, 11561. Any lawful purpose.

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Notice of Formation of SHUM FAMILY REALTY NY LLC. Arts. Of Org. filed with SSNY on 1/5/21. Office location: Kings SSNY desg. As agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served SSNY mail process to 1477 Myrtle Ave Brooklyn, NY, 11237. Any lawful purpose.

Notice of Formation of TANG CAPITAL LLC. Arts. Of Org. filed with SSNY on 1/15/21. Office location: Kings SSNY desg. As agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served SSNY mail process to 255 Bay 20th St Brooklyn, NY, 11214. Any lawful purpose.

Notice of Formation of 1414 YORK AVENUE LLC. Arts. of Org. filed with SSNY on10/28/2020. Office location: New York SSNY desg. as agent of LLC upon whom process againstit may be served. SSNY mail process to : 505 EAST 75TH STREET, New York, New York , 10021 Any lawful purpose.

Notice of Formation of Unconlove, LLC filed with SSNY on September 04, 2020. Office: NY County. SSNY designated agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to LLC: 2196 Third Ave New York, NY 10035. Purpose: any lawful act or activity.

NOTICE OF FORMATION OF JAMI CAPITAL LLC. Articles of Organization filed with the Secretary of State of NY (SSNY) on 2/5/21. Office location: NEW YORK County. SSNY has been designated as agent upon whom process against it may be served. The Post Office address to which the SSNY shall mail a copy of any process against the LLC served upon him/her is: UNITED STATES CORPORATION AGENTS , INC . 7014 13TH AVE, SUITE 202 BROOKLY, NY 11228. The principal business address of the LLC is: 35 E 85th St #10A New York, NY 10028. Purpose: any lawful act or activity.


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Notice of Qualification of Aviso Financial, LLC Appl. for Auth. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 02/26/2021. Office location: Westchester County. LLC formed in Delaware (DE) on 05/03/2013. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to LLC: 626 Jacksonville Road Suite 102 Warminster, PA 18974. NY addr. of LLC: 7 Skyline Drive Suite 350 Hawthorne, NY 10532. Cert. of Form. filed with Secy. of State of the State of DE, Div. of Corps., P.O. Box 898, Dover, DE 19903. Purpose: Any lawful activity.

Notice of Formation of W. A . GRIFFIN BLADEWORKS LLC filed with SSNY on February 19, 2021. Office: Kings County. SSNY designated agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to LLC: 35 Crown Street, Apt 4J, Brooklyn, NY 11225 Purpose: any lawful act or activity.

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Notice of Formation of MM Versatile Services, LLC. Articles of Organization filed with Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 12/30/21. Of fice location: New York County. UNITED STATES CORPORATION AGENTS , INC is designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. 72 Wadsworth Terrace, #1D, New York, NY 10040. Purpose: Multi-service.

Pam Hair LLC Art. Of Org. Filed Sec. of State of NY 3/09/2021. Of f. Loc.: Richmond Co. SSNY designated as agent upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY to mail copy of process to The LLC, 30 Manchester dr. Staten Island, NY 10312. Purpose: Any lawful act or activity.

Notice of Qualification of Compliers Consulting Services LLC. Authority filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY ) on 02/18/21 . O f fice location: NY County. LLC formed in Delaware (DE) on 04/29/19. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: 530 E 76th St., Apt. 30H, NY, NY 10021. Address to be maintained in DE: 3500 S DUPONT HWY, DOVER, DE 19901. 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 THE DEDHAM GROUP LLC. Authority filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 02/18/21.O f fice location: NY County. LLC formed in Delaware (DE) on 09/13/10. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: C/O UNIVERSAL REGISTERED AGENTS, INC., 26 Carville Ln., East Greenbush, NY 12061. Address to be maintained in DE: BUSINESS FILINGS INCOR POR ATED, 107 WEST 13TH ST., WILMINGTON, DE 19801. Arts of Org. filed with the 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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Notice of formation of Hanolt Studio LLC. Articles of Organization filed with the Secretary of State (SSNY ) on March 16, 2021.Office location: Kings County. SSNY designated agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served.SSNY shall mail copy of process service to 114 Prospect Park W, Brooklyn, NY 11215.

April 5, 2021

Notice of Formation of NJCC-NYS C O M M U N I T Y RESTORATION FUND II LLC Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 02/26/21. O f f ice location: N Y County. Princ. office of LLC: 108 Church St., 3rd Fl., New Brunswick, NJ 08901. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to c/o Community Loan Fund of New Jersey, Inc. at the princ. office of the LLC. Purpose: Any lawful activity.

LEGALNOTICES@ CITYANDSTATENY.COM Notice of Formation of OHBM HOUSING AND COMMUNIT Y DE VELOPMENT LLC Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 03/04/21. O f f ice location: N Y County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to c/o Windels Marx Lane & Mittendorf, LLP, Attn: Charles E. Simpson, Esq., 156 W. 56th St., NY, NY 10019. Purpose: Any lawful activity. Notice of Formation of C B S L R E A LT Y HOLDINGS LLC. Of Org. filed with SSNY on 3/12/21. Office location: Fulton SSNY desg. As agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY mail process to 110 Kramer's Pond Road Putnam Valley, NY, 10579. Any lawful purpose. Notice of Qual. of SATCAP LLC, Authority filed with the SSNY on 02/25/2021. O f f ice location: N Y County. LLC formed in DE on 01/28/2021. SSNY is designated as agent upon whom process against the LLC may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: The LLC, 42 Lispenard, Apt 4, NY, NY 10013. Address required to be maintained in DE: 1209 Orange St. Wilmington DE 19801. Cert of Formation filed with DE Div. of Corps, 401 Federal St., Ste 4, Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: Any Lawful Purpose.

L E G E N D S GENASSET CO, LLC. Au t h o r i t y f il e d SSNY 1/15/21. Office: NY Co. LLC formed DE 12/14/20. 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: 61 Broadway, Ste. 2400, NY, NY 10006. Cert of Formation Filed: Jeffrey W. Bullock, DE Secy. of State, Townsend Bldg., 401 Federal St., Ste. 3, Dover, DE 19901. General Purpose. Notice of Formation o f J u s t S al a d 5 5 Broadway, LLC. Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 03/03/21. O f fice location: NY County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: c/o Delaney Corporate Services, Ltd., 99 Washington Ave., Ste. 805A, Albany, NY 12210. Purpose: any law ful activities. Notice of Qual. of INLOW BLVD LLC. Auth. filed with SSNY on 2/22/21. Of fice location: New York. LLC formed in DE on 1/19/21. SSNY desg. as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY mail process to: Attn: Julie Lawson 983 Park Avenue, 2c New York, NY, 10028. Any lawful purpose.

Notice of Formation of ELIOT ENGEL AND ASSOCIATES LLC. Arts .Of Org. filed with SSNY on 2/9/21. Office location: Bronx SSNY desg. As agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY mail process to C/O Eliot Engel 3725 Henry Hudson Parkway 11d Bronx, NY, 1046. Any lawful purpose. Notice of Formation of HORN REALT Y LLC. Arts. of Org. filed with SSNY on 2/26/21.Office location: New York SSNY desg. as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY mail process to C/O Shimmie Horn Triumph Hotels 1633 Broadway, 46th Floor New York, NY, 10019. Any lawful purpose. NOTICE OF FORMATION o f N YC C OV I D -1 9 Emergency Services, LLC (the “LLC”) filed with the Secretary of State of the State of New York (“SSNY”) on 4/02/20. Office location: New York County. The principal business address of the LLC is: One Liberty Plaza, New York, New York 10006. SSNY has been designated as the agent of the LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail service of process to c/o New York City Economic Development Corporation, One Liberty Plaza, New York, New York 10006, Attention General Counsel. Purpose: any lawful purpose.

LEGALNOTICES@ CITYANDSTATENY.COM LEGENDS HOSPITALITY HOLDING COMPANY, LLC. Authorit y filed SSNY 1/26/21. Office: NY Co. LLC formed DE 8/1/08. Exists in DE: c/o C orp oration S er vic e Company, 251 Lit tle Falls Dr., Wilmington, DE 19808. SSNY designated agent upon whom process against the LLC may be served & mail to: 61 Broadway, Ste. 2400, NY, NY 10006. Cert of Formation Filed: Jeffrey W. Bullock, DE Secy. of State, Townsend Bldg., 401 Federal St., Ste. 3, Dover, DE 19901. General Purpose.

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PIQUE-NIC, LLC, Art. of Org. filed with SSNY 0 3/0 9/2 0 2 1 . 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: Andrew B. Christopherson, Esq., 111 E. Wisconsin Avenue, Suite 1800, Milwaukee, WI 53202 Purpose: Any Lawful Purpose.

Notice of Qualification of MISHEGAS LLC. Authority filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 02/18/21 . O f fice location: NY County. LLC formed in Delaware (DE) on 02/10/21. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: BEN FRIEDMAN, 940 N. STANLEY AVE., APT. #7, WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA 90046. Address to be maintained in DE: 3500 S Dupont Hwy., Dover, DE 19901. Arts of Org. filed with the Secy. of State, 401 Federal St., Ste. 3, Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: any lawful activities. Notice of Qual. of QUEST 48 WALL STREET LLC, Authority filed with the SSNY on 02/26/2021. Office loc: NY County. LLC formed in DE on 02/03/2021. SSNY is designated as agent upon whom process against the LLC may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: Roy Glassberg CPA, 6971 N Federal Highway #201, Boca Raton, FL 33487. Address required to be maintained in DE: 310 Alder Road, Dover, DE 19904. Cert of Formation filed with DE Div. of Corps, 401 Federal St., Ste 4, Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: Any Lawful Purpose. Performance Imaging Management LLC filed Arts. of Org. with the Sect’y of State of NY (SSNY ) on 3/9/2021. 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 DeIorio Law Group PLLC, 800 Westchester Ave, Ste S-608, Rye Brook , NY 10573. Purpose: any lawful act. Notice of Qual. of SURREY OPCO LLC. Auth. filed with SSNY on 3/17/21. Office location: New York. LLC formed in DE on 12/8/20. SSNY desg. as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY mail process to: 733 Third Avenue, NY, NY 10017. Arts. of Org. filed with DE SOS. Townsend Bldg. Dover, DE 19901. Any law ful purpose.


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Notice of Formation of TULO MARKET LLC. Arts. of Org. filed with NY Dept. of State on 12/21/20. Office location: NY County. Sec. of State designated agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served and shall mail process to: Cogency Global Inc., 122 E. 42nd St., 18th Fl., NY, NY 10168. Purpose: any law ful ac tivit y. NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT A LICENSE, S ER I A L # 13 3 3 7 8 0 FOR LIQUOR, WINE, & BEER HAS BEEN APPLIED FOR BY THE UNDERSIGNED TO SELL LIQUOR, WINE, & BEER AT RETAIL UNDER THE ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGE CON T R OL L AW AT 1480 2 ND AVE NY, NY 10075. NY COUNT Y, F O R O N PR E M I S E CONSUMPTION. 77 TAPAS INC GERARDANTHONY SALON LLC, Arts. of Org. filed with the SSNY on 03/18/2021. Office loc: NY County. SSNY has been designated as agent upon whom process against the LLC may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: Gerard Anthony Salon, 580 Amsterdam Avenue, NY, NY 10024. Purpose: Any Lawful Purpose. Notice of Formation of Tingirin, LLC filed with SSNY on March 21st, 2021. Office: Bronx County. SSNY designated agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be serve. SSNY mail shall mail copy of process to LLC: 665 Allerton Avenue, APT: FE, Bronx, NY 10467. Purpose: any lawful act activity. Notice of Qual. of SURREY PROPCO LLC. Auth. filed with SSNY on 3/17/21. Office location: New York. LLC formed in DE on 11/30/20. SSNY desg. as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY mail process to: 733 Third Avenue, NY, NY 10017. Arts. of Org. filed with DE SOS . Townsend Bldg. Dover, DE 19901. Any lawful purpose.

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Notice of Formation of PRINCETON AMHERST RELATED GP, LLC Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 03/18/21. Office location: NY County. Princ. office of LLC: 30 Hudson Yards, 72nd Fl., NY, NY 10001. 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 law ful ac tivit y. Notice of Formation of PRINCETON AMHERST RELATED CLASS C, LLC Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 03/18/21.Office location: NY County. Princ. office of LLC: 30 Hudson Yards, 72nd Fl., NY, NY 10001. 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 law ful ac tivit y. Notice of Qualification of MSG NYK HOLDINGS, LLC Appl. for Auth. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on03/03/21. O f f ice location: N Y Count y. LLC formed in Delaware(DE) on 03/17/20 . S S N Y designated as agent of LLC uponwhom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mailprocess to c/o Corporation Service Co. (CSC), 80 State St.,Albany, NY 122072543. DE addr. of LLC: c/o CSC, 251 LittleFalls Dr. , Wilmington, DE 19808. Cert. of Form. filed with DESecy. of State, Div. of Corps., John D. Townsend Bldg., 401Federal St., Ste. 4, Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: Any lawfulactivity. Notice of Qual. of S3 RE 323 E 79TH FUNDING LLC. Auth. filed with SSNY on 3/17/21. Office location: New York. LLC formed in DE on 1/19/21. SSNY desg. as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY mail process to: 555 Madison Ave, 19 th Fl, NY, NY 10022. Arts. of Org. filed with DE SOS . Townsend Bldg. Dover, DE 19901. Any law ful purpose.

Form of notice for onpremises license. Notice is hereby given that a license, number (pending) for beer, wine, and cider has been applied for by the undersigned to sell beer, wine, and cider at retail in a TS 348 under the Alcoholic Beverage Control Law at 115 B R OA DWAY, BROOKLYN,NY 11249 for on premises consumption.

SHAPIRO & LEE PLLC, a Prof. LLC. Arts. of Org. filed with the SSNY on 03/19/2021. Office loc: NY County. SSNY has been designated as agent upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: The LLC, 579 Fifth Avenue, 14th Floor, NY, NY 10017. Purpose: To Practice The Profession Of Law.

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Notice of Formation of Jindonut LLC filed with SSNY on March 18, 2021. O f f i c e: We s tc h e s te r County. SSNY designated agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to LLC: 24203 Town Green Drive, Elmsford, NY 10523. Purpose: any lawful act or activity.

Form of notice for onpremises license. Notice is hereby given that a license, number (pending) for beer, liquor, wine, and cider has been applied for by the undersigned to sell beer, liquor, wine, and cider at retail in a OP 252 under the Alcoholic Beverage Control Law at 253 WEST 47 TH ST NEW YORK, NY 10036 for on premises consumption. BROOKLYN CHOP HOUSE TIMES SQUARE LLC Form of notice for onpremises license. Notice is hereby given that a license, number (pending) for beer, liquor, wine, and cider has been applied for by the undersigned to sell beer, liquor, wine, and cider at retail in a OP 252 under the Alcoholic Beverage Control Law at 883 Avenue Of The Americas, 3rd & Menzzanine, NEW YORK, NY 10001 for on premises consumption. FIVE IRON GOLD NYC LLC. Form of notice for onpremises license. Notice is hereby given that a license, number 1333447 for liquor, beer, and wine has been applied for by the undersigned to sell liquor, beer, and wine at retail in a bar/ tavern under the Alcoholic Beverage Control Law at 1488 Second Ave, New York, NY 10075 for on premises consumption. BE BACK SOON LLC

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Notice of Qualification of OBSCURA DIGITAL, LLC Appl. for Auth. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 03/03/21. O f f ice location: N Y County. LLC formed in Delaware (DE) on 01/23/18. 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. Cert. of Form. filed with DE Secy. of State, Div. of Corps., John D. Townsend Bldg., 401 Federal St., Ste. 4, Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: Any lawful activity. Notice of Qualification of CBM WILLIAMSBURG, LLC Appl. for Auth. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 03/12/21. Office location: NY County. LLC formed in Delaware (DE) on 03/09/21. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to c/o C orp oration 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 DE Secy. of State, Div. of Corps., John G. Townsend Bldg., 401 Federal St., Ste. 4, Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: Any law ful ac tivit y.

Notice of Formation of MARINE PARK 2067 LLC. Arts. Of Org. filed with SSNY on 3/17/21. Office location Kings SSNY desg. As agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served SSNY mail process to 2067 East 37TH Street Brooklyn, NY, 11234. Any law ful purpose. Notice of Formation of OUR WHALE LLC. Arts. Of Org. filed with SSNY on 3/24/21. Office location Kings SSNY desg. As agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served SSNY mail process to 3273 Bedford Ave Brooklyn, NY, 11210. Any law ful purpose. Notice of Formation of SAM BLAKE LLC. Arts. Of Org. filed with SSNY on 6/16/16. Office location Kings SSNY desg. As agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served SSNY mail process to 183 Wilson Street Suite 185 Brooklyn, NY, 11211. Any law ful purpose. Notice of Formation of THE KEYLIN EXPERIENCE, LLC. Arts .Of Org. filed with SSNY on 3/4/20. Office location: Bronx SSNY desg. As agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY mail process to 2130 Adam Clayton Powell Jr Bl Suite 120 New York, NY, 10027. Any law ful purpose. Notice of Formation of THE SCOTT-EDWARDS HOUSE OF VOCAL TRAINING LLC. Arts. Of Org. filed with SSNY on 3/19/21. Office location: Richmond SSNY desg. as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY mail process to 752 Delafirld Ave Staten Island, NY, 10310. Any lawful purpose. Notice of Formation of W L S W V DILIGENCE LLC. Arts. Of Org. filed with SSNY on 3/15/21. Office location: Kings SSNY desg. As agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served SSNY mail process to 9013 5th Ave Brooklyn, NY, 11209. Any lawful purpose.

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Notice of Formation of 68 FOREST LLC. Arts. Of Org. filed with SSNY on 9/19/19. Office location Orange SSNY desg. As agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served SSNY mail process to P.O. Box 57 Monroe, NY, 10949. Any law ful purpose. Notice of Formation of 595 UNION AVE., LLC. Arts. Of Org. filed with SSNY on 3/22/21. Office location Kings SSNY desg. As agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served SSNY mail process to 238 North 11th St Brooklyn, NY, 11211. Any lawful purpose. Notice of Formation of A & B LANDSCAPING AND HARDSCAPING LLC. Arts. Of Org. filed with SSNY on 3/17/21. Office location Fulton SSNY desg. As agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served SSNY mail process to 61 Elmwood Ave Gloversville, NY, 12078. Any lawful purpose. Notice of Formation of ALTITUDE HR LLC. Arts. Of Org. filed with SSNY on 3/4/21. Office location New York SSNY desg. As agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served SSNY mail process to 10 Park Avenue, Suite 6J New York, NY, 10016. Any law ful purpose. Notice of Formation of ANUM 786 LLC. Arts. Of Org. filed with SSNY on 3/19/21. Office location Kings SSNY desg. As agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served SSNY mail process to 1011 E 58th ST, 1FL Brooklyn, NY, 11234. Any lawful purpose.

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Notice of Formation of BIG BLUE MUSIC GROUP LLC. Arts. Of Org. filed with SSNY on 1/25/21. Office location New York SSNY desg. As agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served SSNY mail process to 1301 Avenue Of The Americas New York, NY, 10019. Any lawful purpose. Notice of Formation of CASA MIA ORANGE COUNTY, LLC. Arts. Of Org. filed with SSNY on 3/19/21. Office location Orange SSNY desg. As agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served SSNY mail process to 32 Bristol Drive Middletown, NY, 10941. Any lawful p u r p o s e . Notice of Formation of DOCTORS ON CALL MEDICAL SERVICES, PLLC. Arts. Of Org. filed with SSNY on 2/2/21. Office location Kings SSNY desg. As agent of PLLC upon whom process against it may be served SSNY mail process to 272 Marion St Brooklyn, NY, 11233. Any lawful purpose. Notice of Formation of KK TOTORO LLC. Arts. Of Org. filed with SSNY on 3/17/21. Office location Kings SSNY desg. As agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served SSNY mail process to 2067 East 37th St. Brooklyn, NY, 11234. Any lawful purpose. GROUNDED THERAPY LCSW, PLLC, a Prof. LLC. Arts. of Org. filed with the S SN Y on 03/10/2021. Office loc: NY County. SSNY has been designated as agent upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: The LLC, 133 West 87th Street, NY, NY 10024. Purpose: To Practice The Profession Of Licensed Clinical Social Work.

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NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN T H AT A LICENSE, SERIAL #1333256 FOR LIQUOR, WINE, & BEER HAS BEEN APPLIED FOR BY THE UNDERSIGNED TO SELL LIQUOR, WINE, & BEER AT RETAIL UNDER THE ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGE CON T R OL L AW AT 148 W 67 TH ST NY, NY 10023. NY COUNT Y, F O R O N PR E M I S E CONSUMPTION. 148 WEST 67 RESTAURANT LLC Notice of Formation of The Sunrise Center, LLC filed with SSNY on March 29, 2021. Office: NY County. SSNY designated agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to LLC: 235 16th Street, Brooklyn, NY. Purpose: any lawful act or activity. Notice of Formation of Rini Fonseca-Sabune Consulting, LLC filed with SSNY on February 12, 2021. Of fice: NY County. SSNY designated agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to LLC: 280 Riverside Drive, 14A, NY, NY 10025. Purpose: any lawful act or activity. Notice of Qual. of RE ALVITALIZE LLC. Auth. filed with SSNY on 3/22/21. Office location: New York. LLC formed in DE on 7/19/19. SSNY desg. as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY mail process to 600 Mamaroneck Ave, # 400, Harrison, NY 10528. Arts. of Org. filed with DE SOS. Townsend Bldg. Dover, DE 19901. Any lawful purpose. Notice is hereby given that a license number pending for beer, liquor, & wine has been applied for by Leroy Garcia and Karma Sutra NYC to sell beer liquor, and wine at retail in a tavern under the alcoholic beverage control law at 51 1st. avenue manhattan ny 1 0 0 0 3 f o r o n premises consumption. Leroy Garcia and Karma Sutra NYC

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Notice of Formation of PARKSIDE AMHERST RELATED GP, LLC Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 03/18/21. Office location: NY County. Princ. office of LLC: 30 Hudson Yards, 72nd Fl., NY, NY 10001. 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 law ful ac tivit y. Notice of Formation of Glitchworks LLC. Articles of Organization filed with Secretar y of State of New York (SSNY) on 11/27/2019. NY Office Location: Kings County. SSNY has been designated as agent of the LLC upon whom process may be served. The address to which the SSNY shall mail a copy of any process against the LLC served upon him/her is Attilio Rigotti, 111 Malcolm X Blvd, Apt. GDN Brooklyn, NY 11221. Purpose/character of LLC: Any Lawful Purpose. Notice of Qualification of CBM NoHo, LLC Appl. for Auth. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 02/05/21. Office location: NY Count y LLC formed in Delaware (DE) on 01/29/21. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to c/o C orp oration 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 DE Secy. of State, Div. of Corps., John G. Townsend Bldg., 401 Federal St., Ste. 4, Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: Any law ful ac tivit y. Notice is hereby given that a license, number Pending for beer, cider, liquor and wine has been applied for by Argo Navis LLC to sell beer, cider, liquor and wine at retail in a vessel under the Alcoholic Beverage Control Law at 159 Bridge Park Dr, Brooklyn NY, 11201, for on premises consumption. Argo Navis LLC, Brooklyn Sail (DBA)

Notice of Qualification of UPFRONT RENT, LLC Appl. for Auth. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 2/5/21. Office location: NY County. LLC formed in Delaware (DE) on 1/25/21. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to 379 W. Broadway, FL 2, New York, NY 10012. DE addr. of LLC: c/o C orp oration S er vic e Company, 251 Little Falls Drive, Wilmington, DE 19808. Cert. of Form. filed with Secy. of State of the State of DE, John G. Townsend Bldg., 401 Federal Street, Suite 4, Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: Any law ful ac tivit y. Form of notice for on-premises license. Notice is hereby given that a license, number [PENDING] for liquor, beer, cider, and wine has been applied for by the undersigned to sell liquor, beer, cider and wine at retail in a OP 252 under the Alcoholic Beverage Control Law at 198 R ANDOLPH STREE T B R O O K LY N , NY 11237 for on premises c o n s u m p t i o n . BURGIE’S ON THE BLOCK LLC

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Notice of Formation of Otto CSG 1 LLC. Arts. of Org. filed with NY Dept. of State on 9/9/20. Office location: NY County. Sec. of State designated agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served and shall mail process to: c/o Dimension Energy LLC, Rafael Dobrzynski, 328 0 Peachtree Rd NE, 7th Fl., Atlanta, GA 30305, principal business address. Purpose: any law f ul ac ti v i t y

Notice is hereby given that a license, number “Pending” for Liquor and Wine, has been applied for by The undersigned* to sell Liquor and Wine at retail in a Restaurant under the Alcohol Beverage Control Law at 3223 Quentin Rd, Kings County, Brooklyn, NY for on premises consumption. *LARRY ACKERMAN for L A STEAKS LLC DBA T STEAKHOUSE. 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 c o mp e ti ti ve b i d ding starting on April 26, 2021 and end on May 7, 2021 at 10:00 a.m. to satisfy unpaid rent and charges on the following accounts: #9A14 – Jose J Vazquez: 2-boxes with Toy Story toys , 1 - guitar case, 4-large plastic bags, 5boxes, several video games, 1-duf fel bag #9C21-A – John Mcquillan: unavailable to view 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 t i m e . 7 FILLMORE PLACE LLC, Arts. of Org. filed with the S SN Y on 03/30/2021. Office loc: Kings County. SSNY has been designated as agent upon whom process against the LLC may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: Rahul Chabria, 7 Fillmore Place, Brooklyn, N Y 11 2 11 . Purp o s e: Any Lawful Purpose.

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Notice of Formation of 4100 Lake Road LLC. filed with SSNY on March 31, 2021. Office: Wayne County. SSNY designated agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to LLC: 7175 Tuckahoe Rd, Williamson, NY 14589. Purpose: any lawful act or activity. Notice of Formation of Sandhya Jain- Patel, LLC filed with SSNY on 31 March 2021. Office: Kings County. SSNY designated agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to LLC: 149 Skillman Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11211. Purpose: any lawful act or activity. Notice of Formation of DOBBS FERRY VETERINARY CENTER PLLC. Articles of Organization filed with the New York Secretary of State (NYSS) on 3/26/21. Office in Westchester County. NYSS designated as agent of PLLC upon whom process against it may be served. NYSS shall mail a copy of any process to: DOBBS FERRY VETERINARY CENTER PLLC, 62 Hampton House Rd, Newton, NJ 07860. Any lawful business purpose.

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Notice of Formation of BACK TO NYC 71, LLC. Arts. Of Org. filed with SSNY on 2/3/21. Office location New York SSNY desg. As agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served SSNY mail process to C/O Schwartz Sladkus Reich Greenberg Atlas Llp Attn: Jeffrey S. Reich, Esq. 444 Madison Avenue, 6th Floor New York, NY, 10022. Any law ful purpose.


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Notice of Qualification of CBM UES, LLC Appl. for Auth. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 03/03/21. Office location: NY Count y LLC formed in Delaware (DE) on 03/01/21. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to c/o C orp oration 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 DE Secy. of State, Div. of Corps., John G. Townsend Bldg., 401 Federal St., Ste. 4, Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: Any law ful ac tivit y. Notice of Formation of AMB IMPACT LLC. Arts. Of Org. filed with SSNY on 3/24/21. Office location: Kings SSNY desg. As agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served SSNY mail process to 325 COLUMBIA TURNPIKE STE . 301 FLORHAM PA R K , NJ, 07932. Any law ful purpose. NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN T H AT A LICENSE, SERIAL # 1334880 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 8814 3 RD AVE BROOKLYN, NY 11209. KINGS COUNTY, F O R O N PR E M I S E CONSUMPTION. 8814 RESTAURANT LLC. Form of notice for onpremises license. Notice is hereby given that a license, number [pending] for liquor, beer, wine, and cider has been applied for by the undersigned to sell liquor, beer, wine, and cider at retail in an OP 252 under the Alcoholic Beverage Control Law at 63 Clinton St New York, NY 10002 for on premises consumption. GET BACK LLC

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ANDREW CUOMO The three-term governor officially has a losing record when it comes to getting a state budget done by the April 1 deadline. He may have broken state ethics laws by having aides work on his COVID-19 book. Legislators smoked him on weed. Another woman came forward alleging sexual misconduct. And then there were the attempted budgetary giveaways to real estate buddies and the hospital industry.

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Roughly two years after the state passed congestion pricing for the core of Manhattan, the program is finally moving again after being stuck in Midtown-level gridlock under the Trump administration. The U.S. Department of Transportation just gave the MTA a green light to conduct an environmental assessment.

LEGAL AID SOCIETY AND NEW YORK CIVIL LIBERTIES UNION After weeks of fighting for the rights of inmates to get vaccinated against the coronavirus, these two groups were among five organizations that sued on behalf of prisoners – and won.

The state GOP party chair has vowed to make Republicans competitive in the 2022 gubernatorial race, but he might want to concentrate more on his own electoral backyard. Right next door in Buffalo, Republicans have failed to convince a mayoral candidate to run.

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Think of the kids! Among the most vocal opponents of legal weed, especially in recent days, is Kyle Belokopitsky, executive director of the state PTA. She has warned that legalizing recreational pot poses a danger to children even though it remains illegal for anyone under 21.

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The Empire State has officially become the Hempire State, as New York joined a growing number of states in legalizing recreational marijuana. Not everyone is stoked about this development – more on that below – but like it or not, legal pot is here to stay. City & State has everything you need to know about how the program will work in New York, but for anyone looking to brush up on their marijuana lingo, we’d have to refer you to first-term Assembly Member and walking thesaurus Zohran Mamdani.

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