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New York State AFL-CIO sets the record straight on Public Works Legislation The misinformation campaign being spread by some, regarding public works legislation, cannot go unaddressed. Anytime taxpayer dollars are used on construction work, we should be raising the standard of living and quality of life for our workforce and all New Yorkers. That’s what the Bronson/Ramos bill will do. The bill simply addresses the legal, regulatory and legislative changes that have eroded the intent of the public works law. It restores the objective of the New York State Constitution which requires prevailing rate be paid to workers on public works projects. It will help prevent developers from using contractors and labor from out-of-state when taxpayer dollars fund construction. Instead, our public dollars will be used to pay New York’s residents a fair wage. It will not raise project costs as some claim. Labor costs make up less than 25 percent of the typical costs of a construction project. But it will prevent the exploitation of workers who otherwise would have their pay driven down. This bill will not only help working men and women get better paying jobs; it will create safer workplaces, ensure high quality work and hold contractors and developers accountable. Hardworking New Yorkers have waited long enough. There is no more time for delay and distraction; it’s time to reform the public works law now.

The New York State AFL-CIO is a federation of 3,000 unions, representing 2.5 million members, retirees and their families with one goal; to raise the standard of living and quality of life of all working people. We keep New York State Union Strong by fighting for better wages, better benefits and better working conditions. For more information on the Labor Movement in New York, visit nysaflcio.org.


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EDITOR’S NOTE STATEN ISLAND IS having a moment. “Saturday Night Live” features two cast members – Pete Davidson and Colin Jost – who are widely known for their Staten Island roots, and Davidson is currently filming a movie in the borough. An FX mockumentary about modern-day vampires – “What We Do in the Shadows” – is set in Staten Island, as were two recent reality shows, CNBC’s “Staten Island Hustle” and MTV’s “Made in Staten Island.” Even Wu-Tang Clan, the venerable Staten Island hip-hop group, has a new documentary on Showtime. Pop culture aside, there are other signs that the borough is bustling. Local elected officials are touting flashy new retail options, like the long-awaited Empire Outlets on the St. George waterfront. The Staten Island Advance is wondering whether the borough now has too many restaurants. Even the failed bid to build a massive Ferris wheel on the island might be revived. Politically, too, the borough is abuzz. In this week’s cover story, we put a spotlight on first-term Rep. Max Rose, who notched an impressive election victory last fall – and may face an even tougher contest in 2020. And we are rolling out our annual Staten Island Power 100 list, which, in addition to Rose, has some new names to know.

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MAX ROSE … 6 Can the House Democrat win with Trump on the ballot? POWER 100 … 11

Staten Island’s most influential power brokers

WINNERS & LOSERS … 38

Who was up and who was down last week

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Latest MARIJUANA IN DOUBT Gov. Andrew Cuomo is casting doubt on the state Legislature’s ability to pass several major bills by the end of the session. He said a bill to legalize recreational marijuana lacks enough support in the state Senate days after saying legalization was one of his top goals this session. State Sen. Liz Krueger, who sponsors the legalization bill, then questioned the governor’s commitment.

WRANGLING OVER RENT LAWS

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio has picked up his first presidential endorsements. Michael Butler, the mayor of Orangeburg, South Carolina, was the first public figure to back de Blasio. He also won the backing of the New York Hotel and Motel Trades Council, an influential union and longtime ally that pledged to provide resources to the campaign.

State Senate Majority Leader Andrea StewartCousins said she has enough support to pass all nine rent regulation bills pushed by tenant advocates, including the controversial “good cause eviction” legislation. Afterward, all six Democratic state senators from Long Island said they do not support the bill as written, creating uncertainty. Stewart-Cousins and Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie said they plan to work with Gov. Andrew Cuomo to renew and strengthen the rent laws, which expire June 15.

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Back & Forth You lost to Farah Louis in the May 14 special election for Jumaane Williams’ old New York City Council seat. Now you’re facing off again in the Democratic primary on June 25. What’s going to be different this time around? I’m a real Democrat. And I made the decision from the onset not to accept money from developers who are gentrifying our community and displacing our community members. I will continue on that. This is a Democratic district and no developers or Trump supporters should determine the fate of our entire community. So I will continue with that effort and that message.

A Q&A with New York City Council candidate

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Louis picked up some new endorsements. Do you anticipate a larger coalition this time? I expect the same Democrats who were with me (in the special election) to be with me

Kicker “No, I don’t think much of him. I think he’s the twin of de Blasio, except shorter.” The

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again. And the (endorsement) that carried the most weight in this district is our former City Council member, Public Advocate Jumaane Williams. And I have his full support. You said that other candidates had “a negative campaigning strategy with lies and manipulations.” What did you mean by that? There was stuff that came out. Tweets and different things like that. But the most important thing is that we are united as one culture of the Caribbean. It was a lot of divisiveness when it came to that throughout the campaign. If you represent the community, you need to make sure you’re representing everyone – not one group or one subset group within the community. It’s unfortunate in the last campaign that the Trump supporters actually determined the race. And that’s unfortunate in a primarily Democrat district.

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FROM THE FAILED NEW YORK CITY NEIGHBORHOOD PORTMANTEAUS WE LOVE TO HATE.

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RUB STREET, New York magazine’s food vertical, received some heat on Twitter after it published a guide to a new New York City “micro-neighborhood” shamelessly dubbed “Stuyshwick.” As you may have gathered, Stuyshwick is the area where the Bedford-Stuyvesant and Bushwick neighborhoods meet. In recent years, real estate agents, developers and yuppie interlopers behind local blogs have tried to rename neighborhoods – often with irritating abbreviations – in an attempt to better market them. Given the immediate backlash against Stuyshwick, its new name likely won’t be taking off and it will soon join the ranks of these other unsuccessful attempts to rename New York City neighborhoods.

MePa (Meatpacking District)

AmNewYork reported that developers and real estate agents attempted to rename the Meatpacking District in 2017, using the laughable “MePa” as an example of city residents’ growing resistance to “cheesy” neighborhood rebranding tactics. Nothing like some good ol’ fashioned rebranding to try to distance a neighborhood from its carnivorous start. One can only imagine what Upton Sinclair would have thought about MePa.

BoCoCa (Boerum Hill, Cobble Hill, Carroll Gardens) Since 2004, BoCoCa has been lingering as a possible catchall for the small, adjacent neighborhoods clustered just south of Brooklyn Heights. But as Gothamist said in 2011, “nobody who actually lives here knows what a BoCoCa is.” It’s especially ironic because, before gentrification, none of those neighborhood names existed and the whole area did have a convenient name: South Brooklyn.

Parkwanus (Park Slope and Gowanus)

Don’t you find it confusing that western Park Slope and eastern Gowanus share a border? Do you feel the need to make a portmanteau to describe the area that falls just on either of side it? No? Well, in that case, you’re like everyone who ever has grown up there – and unlike some bloggers who showed up and decided to do something stupid. Luckily, they were voted down.

ProCro (Prospect Heights and Crown Heights) A name so heinous it literally inspired legislation to prevent neighborhoods from being created out of thin air.

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TO BY AMANDA LUZ HENNING SANTIAGO SoHa (South Harlem)

Harlem residents were outraged at the first mention of SoHa, a new name for the trendiest part of the historically African American neighborhood, per a 2017 report from The New York Times. As a member of the local community board told DNAInfo: “It’s like trying to take the black out of Harlem.” Rep. Adriano Espaillat, who hails from Washington Heights, decried developers’ attempt to rename the area and introduced legislation in Congress that he said would preserve the neighborhood’s name and “keep Harlem Harlem.’’

SpaHa (Spanish Harlem)

This nickname was largely repudiated by New Yorkers and seen as a sign of gentrification encroaching on locals. And in 2014, film director and New York Citynative Spike Lee famously went on a rant against gentrification, insinuating that the renaming of neighborhoods – citing SpaHa, specifically – has a negative impact on long-standing city communities.

DoBro (Downtown Brooklyn)

As sleek high-rise apartments have recently crept up there (including one that has the gall to call itself AVA DoBro), the real estate community and perhaps some of the rich people they seek to attract to Downtown Brooklyn have taken to calling the area DoBro. Publications like TimeOut New York and the Commercial Observer have also taken to impudently using that bro-y moniker. No one from Brooklyn ever has, or ever will, however.

RAMBO (Right Around the Manhattan Bridge Overpass)

Ambitious developers, hoping to attract buyers by creating a playful name similar to the area’s neighboring community of Dumbo, according to the Financial Times, learned the hard way that no one wants to live in a place named after a Sylvester Stallone character.

SoBro (South Bronx)

The New York Times reported in 2005 on “a crop of newcomers, many of them refugees from the rising rents of Williamsburg and the East Village,” who had arrived in the South Bronx. “Some,” the paper solemnly intoned, “now even call the area SoBro.” Some, perhaps, but not many. Who wants to live in a neighborhood that conjures up images of bros flexing and headbutting each other?


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THE LITTLE GUY

Max Rose notched an upset in his first match. With Donald Trump back on the ballot, the Staten Island Democrat will have to win over conservatives to keep his House seat. by J E F F C O L T I N portrait by S E A N P R E S S L E Y

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N A SWEAT-SOAKED GYM on Staten Island, Max Rose squatted on a wrestling mat, speaking to a crowd of fellow little guys. Staten Island’s firstterm congressman was giving a 90-second motivational speech to a group of young grapplers in the Beat the Streets wrestling program, contrasting his own time as a high school wrestler to his current position. “When you’re out there on the mat, you can’t blame anyone else. … I exist in a world, professionally speaking, right now, where it’s the exact opposite,” he said. “There’s no integrity.” Then, it was time for the congressman to pick on somebody his own size. Who weighs 125 pounds, Rose asked, searching for a volunteer. 133? 145? Finally one of the kids raised his hand. Rose, wearing athletic shorts, a T-shirt and borrowed wrestling shoes, waved him up. Rose bent his 32-year-old knees into attack position, then grasped the kid’s shoulders. “The duck under was my goto,” Rose said. “Push the guy, push him.” In a matter of seconds, Rose dropped into a deep squat, lifted the kid


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up on his shoulder, then slammed him to the floor on his back, pinning him down. Rose jumped up immediately, not waiting for any two count. “That’s it, I’m done!” he said with a huge smile on his face. The kids laughed with approval. The congressman had earned their respect. And if only they were 18, probably their votes. The wrestling match was over in the blink of an eye, but Rose is in the middle of a much longer match: running for reelection. He represents a district that President Donald Trump won by 10 percentage points in 2016, and may be the most vulnerable House Democrat in the state of New York. He’s just the second Democrat since 1981 to represent the congressional district, which covers Staten Island and a swath of southern Brooklyn. The previous one, current Richmond County District Attorney Michael McMahon, lasted just a single term. Like Rose, McMahon was elected during a “blue wave” year. He took office in 2009, and by 2011, he was gone. Yet Rose is guaranteeing a double-digit victory in 2020, which would exceed his 53%-47% win over then-Rep. Dan Donovan last fall. In that race, Rose appealed to Staten Islanders’ “forgotten borough” frame of mind, railing against the do-nothing elites in Congress and at home. A compact 5’6”, Rose contrasted with the tall Donovan in more than just height. He was the metaphorical little guy, vowing to fight for other little guys. Now, in New York City’s lone district that voted for Trump, Rose is doing all he can to win over even more voters.

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HILE TRUMP WON the district, it’s not deep red. Registered Democrats outnumber Republicans in the district 206,617 to 121,810, and according to political consultant Jerry Skurnik of Prime New York, past results show that many of the independents in the district lean Democratic. In the 2014 midterm election, then-Rep. Michael Grimm, a Republican, ran away with the race despite being under indictment for tax fraud. Four years later, Rose capitalized on higher turnout in the district, and a greater share of unaffiliated voters. Nearly 111,000 voters came out in 2014, 11% of them independents, according to Skurnik. In 2018, 195,000 went to the polls, and 16% of them were independents. Even greater turnout is all but guaranteed in the 2020 election since it’s a presidential year. During the last presidential year, 2016, Donovan faced token Democratic opposition from Richard Reichard, a retired civil servant, and won in a rout. Next year, any Republican candidate on the ballot will be hoping that the borough’s support for Trump can lead to a similar victory.

Rep. Max Rose has earned the respect of his constituents on the wrestling mat, and in the streets.

With Trump leading the ticket, Rose’s reelection chances hinge on conservatives who aren’t die-hard Trump supporters. “He has to win over the Republicans who have been against Trump,” Skurnik said. “And he has to win over some of the people who voted for Trump but they did it because they hated Hillary (Clinton).” And despite massive pro-Trump art installations filling front yards in the district, there are lots of persuadable voters. Take Staten Island’s previous five presidential results: Gore, Bush, McCain, Obama, Trump. And though Trump won 53% of the district in 2016, the president’s support is fading. A month after he took office 57% of Staten Islanders approved of him, according to a Quinnipiac University poll. Two years later, just 47% approved. “Staten Island is Trump country compared to the rest of New York City,” Skurnik said, “but it’s not Trump country compared to Wyoming.” How to win those voters who are up for grabs? Rose’s not-so-secret weapon is his military service. He was awarded a Bronze Star and a Purple Heart for his service as an Army platoon leader in Afghanistan. He was on active duty from 2010 to 2014, and still serves in the New York Army National Guard. His campaign put his military service front and center, designing his logo in olive drab with a military star, and he used it to counter critiques that he was a carpetbagger, only moving to the district to run for Congress. “I would have moved here soon-

er, but I was too busy serving my country in Afghanistan,” he said in a debate. “It’s not a conservative district,” Jonas Edward-Jenks, Rose’s congressional and campaign spokesman, told City & State. “It’s a patriotic district.” But winning reelection depends on delivering for his constituents. “Regardless of what level of elected official you are on Staten Island, it is all about the local issues,” Staten Island Borough President Jimmy Oddo told City & State. Oddo is a Republican, but he and the congressman have already formed a cross-party partnership that Oddo admits is closer than the one he had with Donovan, Rose’s Republican predecessor. Sure enough, Rose has made a show of getting involved in the local minutiae, with no issue being too small. He held a press conference last month calling for a new highway guardrail and fought against the proposed siting of a homeless shelter in the district. The federal government shutdown last winter threatened an on-time start to the

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Staten Island youth soccer league that plays on the federally managed Miller Field in New Dorp. One of Rose’s proudest achievements is starting the soccer season on schedule. Even more than voting against Rep. Nancy Pelosi for speaker, or calling the “Green New Deal” “socialist,” this local focus is how Rose demonstrates he’s standing up for the “forgotten borough.” Because on Staten Island, most seats aren’t safe just because of the “D” or the “R” next to the candidate’s name. Voters choose candidates on a different metric. “A bulk of the people on Staten Island see it: It’s Staten Island versus the world,” Oddo said. “Which man or woman, regardless of their party, is going to give me the best shot of fighting the world?”

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OSE HAD JUST SPENT an hour or so greeting voters at the Taste of Forest Avenue street festival and now was kicking back at Jody’s Club Forest in West Brighton, eating chicken wings and sharing a pitcher of Bud Light. The Yankees were on, and the room was full of men and women around Rose’s age. At 32, he’s the youngest man in Congress, even if he trails his New York colleague Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, 29. Rose was arguing that, even though he grew up in Park Slope and studied at Wesleyan University and earned a master’s degree from the London School of Economics and exclusively wears bespoke suits with his monogrammed shirt cuffs, he’s just a regular guy. “I don’t worship at the feet of the elite, pseudo-intellectual, professional class,” he said. Those people, he explained, are “a little full of shit.” As if on cue, a constituent approaches his table with a request. It’s Kim Zarrilli, an NYPD detective, who is based at Floyd Bennett Field in Brooklyn, a former airfield run by the federal government, and the National Park Service wants them out. Here it is, those Washington bureaucrats making life

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hell for the hard-working men and women of the NYPD, many of them his constituents. But the NYPD’s not leaving on Rose’s watch. “Over my fucking dead body. It’s not going to happen,” Rose pledges to Zarrilli. “They’ve been pieces of shit for a long time,” Rose said of the National Park Service. “But we’re going to figure it out.” It may seem odd that the New York City Police Department, the biggest, richest, most powerful police force the country has ever seen, can be framed as the little guy in this situation, getting bullied by Smokey the Bear. Similarly, it may seem odd that President Donald Trump, a New York City millionaire by the time he was 8 years old, could tap into the white working class and win over West Virginia coal miners. But sticking up for the little guy and slamming the elites has typically been more about style than substance. That’s not to say Rose doesn’t practice what he preaches. He declined to accept money from corporate political action committees or federal lobbyists. He pointedly didn’t take a paycheck during the government shutdown. Just two months into his term, Rose passed his first bill, which was to provide the land for a seawall on Staten Island’s eastern shore, doing what Donovan failed to do in the six years since Superstorm Sandy. He claims to have led the ongoing effort to increase funding for substance abuse treatment in the upcoming federal budget, a major issue on Staten Island, which has one of the state’s highest rates of opioid abuse. Rose sticks up the little guy in small ways too. His campaign finance reports show he tips the driver every time he takes a Lyft. Still, much as Rose rails against the “failures of the political class,” he’s not some burn-it-all-down iconoclast. He’s partnering with colleagues, and already had Reps. Jerrold Nadler and Nydia Velázquez down to Fort Wadsworth for a joint press conference on changing the Verrazzano-Narrows Bridge to two-way tolling. After all, Rose may have never been a member of a political club before running for office, but he held jobs in the political establishment. While in college, he interned for then-Newark Mayor Cory Booker, now a U.S. senator from New Jersey and candidate for president. After leaving the Army, Rose worked for then-Brooklyn District Attorney Ken Thompson for about a year, in 2015. In between, Rose briefly interned for then-Assemblyman Hakeem Jeffries, now a fellow Brooklyn congressman and the fifth-ranking Democrat in the House of Representatives. A former colleague, political consultant Lupe Todd-Medina, told City & State she wasn’t surprised Rose made it to Congress: “He is a product of Team Jeffries.” The relationship with Jeffries has gotten Rose accused of siding with the establishment. In 2018, Adem Bunkeddeko, a young community organizer and economic devel-


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opment professional, came within 6 percentage points of beating six-term Brooklyn Rep. Yvette Clarke in the Democratic primary. A source told City & State that Rose called Bunkeddeko recently and suggested that he pass on challenging Clarke again, even dangling a job in his office if Bunkeddeko wouldn’t run. Bunkeddeko wouldn’t comment to City & State about the conversation. Rose confirmed that the pair talked on the phone, but said the framing was all wrong. “Yeah, I called Adem to check in with him and see where his head’s at,” Rose said. “I’m not in the business of incumbency protection at all. … Democracy is a beautiful thing, and I would never pressure someone not to run. God bless you if you think about running. I’ll support you.”

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It was unclear whether Rose was referring to Saladino’s “social experiment” where he wore a swastika armband to a Trump rally, the staged video of black men attacking a car covered in Trump stickers, or his 2012 tweet casually using the N-word. Saladino campaign spokesman Adam Korzeniewski responded in an email to City & State, saying Rose’s “childish insults” show his “xenophilic tokenism and lack of seriousness.” There’s the former felon, Grimm, who represented the district in Congress from 2011 until 2015, when he resigned after pleading guilty to felony tax fraud. The Republican served seven months in prison, then tried to

a respectable $300,000 in the first quarter of this year, though it was just half of Rose’s $600,000 haul. Malliotakis dominated de Blasio in the 2017 mayoral race on Staten Island, winning more than 70% of the vote in the borough. The five-term assemblywoman said that Rose’s politics don’t match the district. “During the campaign, he tried to be ‘Middle of the Road Max’ and a centrist, but now he’s got a voting record that shows otherwise,” she said. But her message is really about who has deeper ties to the district. After finishing an interview with City & State, she called back to hammer her point home. “It’s not just that I grew up on Staten Island, I went to our public schools, I worked at our local stores on Staten Island,” she said, contrasting herself with Rose, who moved to the island in 2015. “It’s also the nine years’ worth of constituent work, in which we’ve affected hundreds and hundreds of individuals.”

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OSE HAS NOT been afraid to attack other politicians, whether they’re in his party or not. He called Donovan a “spineless coward” for publishing attack ads on Facebook while he was away training with the National Guard. Rose released an ad during the campaign saying New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio is “doing a lousy job,” and his take has only gotten sharper since. When asked about his thoughts on de Blasio’s presidential chances, Rose said he sees a lane to victory for the mayor: “Every other presidential candidate gets on a plane, and the plane crashes.” He has criticized Trump on occasion, but he has also steered clear of antagonizing the president. Rose now has new targets: the Republicans who are jockeying for the chance to take him on in November 2020. Other House Democrats are fretting over primary challenges, but Rose isn’t likely to have a serious intraparty opponent. He is, however, the only New York City representative who has to worry about a credible Republican challenge. The election is 17 months away, but it already feels like campaign season. There’s the front-runner, Nicole Malliotakis, an assemblywoman who represents a seat entirely within the congressional district, on both sides of the Verrazzano. She was the Republican nominee for mayor against de Blasio in 2017, but to Rose, “she’s a total joke,” adding she’s “an absolute joke who’s never accomplished anything.” There’s the long shot, Joseph Saladino, a 25-year-old YouTube personality who goes by “Joey Salads” and made a splash by bragging about how he’s had sex “thousands of times” and sending a tweet calling Brooklyn activist Linda Sarsour “Linda Mouthsores.” “If he wasn’t such a blatant xenophobe, I would think about hiring him. He’s a good marketer!” Rose told City & State, breaking out into laughter. “Unfortunately, we have that whole don’t hire racists policy.”

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EVENTEEN MONTHS before the election, Rose is already knocking on doors and – Jimmy Oddo, Staten Island borough president has five staffers on the campaign payroll, a sign of how much work is regain his seat in 2018, but lost to Donovan in going into the reelection effort. But voter by the Republican primary. In March, he told Po- voter, Rose’s focus on sticking up for the little litico that he’s “90% of the way there” to run- guy is paying off. ning again. Rose said he respected Grimm’s On a Sunday in May, Rose and Mallioservice in the Marine Corps, and that “he’ll takis were already in campaign mode. Malcertainly make the primary interesting.” liotakis was at the Taste of Forest Avenue Finally, there’s the pro-Trump pundit, festival, which Rose would be coming to New York City Councilman Joseph Borelli, later. And Rose was at the Richmond Road who is currently running a long-shot cam- Block Party in Dongan Hills, accompanied paign for New York City public advocate. by three staffers. Rose approached a constitHe’s known to be interested in the seat and uent, 62-year-old Alan Prato, who thanked could mount a campaign after his likely loss the congressman profusely. Rose had finally in the November public advocate election. secured federal funding to fix a Prince’s Bay That could be too late, since the Republi- marina, which was damaged by Superstorm can primary started essentially the moment Sandy. Prato and other boaters had been askRose was elected. But the way Malliotakis ing politicians for help for years with no reputs it, she’s running against the Democrat- sults. Then Rose got involved. ic Party. “Nancy Pelosi and the Democrats “It’s the most we’ve ever been listened have a very organized effort that’s pump- to,” Prato told City & State. “We had Grimm ing millions of dollars into the campaigns of come down and Grimm made a lot of prom(Minnesota Rep.) Ilhan Omar, Ocasio-Cor- ises if he got in, and he didn’t do nothing.” tez, Max Rose,” she told City & State in an inPrato is a former police officer who voted terview. “And I need to compete with that.” for Trump in 2016 and still thinks the presIt’s early – 12 months early – but Mallio- ident is doing a great job. But in 2020, Prato takis seems to be in the best position to win thinks he’ll be splitting the ticket, along with the Republican nomination next June. She the rest of his fellow boatmen on the deep already is getting backing from the GOP es- red South Shore. “I never voted Democrat. I tablishment, meeting with House Minority voted Republican,” Prato said. “Now, honLeader Kevin McCarthy and hosting fund- estly, after seeing that (Rose) could pull that raisers featuring Texas Rep. Dan Crenshaw off? Yeah, he’s got my vote. And probably he’s and Wyoming Rep. Liz Cheney. She raised got everybody else’s vote down there too.”


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N A NEW MARKETING EFFORT, Staten Island is being rebranded as “The Unexpected Borough.” Late last year, Borough President Jimmy Oddo’s Office of Tourism and Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the Staten Island Chamber of Commerce and the local tourism initiative Destination St. George, unveiled the new nickname, which seeks to highlight the borough’s many attractions. “Unexpected” could apply just as easily to Staten Island’s politics. Max Rose, the borough’s congressman, was elected last fall in one of the biggest House upsets in the country. Despite increasing political polarization across the nation, the first-term

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Democrat has actively cultivated relationships with Republicans like Oddo. Similarly, while Staten Island’s legislative delegations in Albany and City Hall are divided between both parties, lawmakers have a track record of working with each other across the aisle. Of all the boroughs, Staten Island stands out as a cohesive community, with an “unexpected” level of cooperation. In City & State’s 2019 Staten Island Power 100, we recognize the elected officials and government staffers, business and nonprofit leaders, academics, advocates and activists who play influential roles in the borough’s political and public life – and how they have made it an “unexpected” destination.


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1 JIMMY ODDO

STATEN ISLAND BOROUGH PRESIDENT THE BOROUGH PRESIDENT

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position has always meant more on Staten Island than in the other four boroughs, both in terms of political influence and public recognition. And after five and a half years in Borough Hall, Jimmy Oddo is bound to get a ferry named after him – though he will be disappointed if that isn’t a fast ferry to midtown Manhattan. That’s just one of the initiatives Oddo won’t shut up about, in the best way possible. Whether it’s speeding up buses and creating jobs on the West Shore to paving streets and promoting a good night’s sleep, Oddo advocates for the people of Staten Island on real bread-and-butter issues that win him accolades on the island as a fighter. In some ways he’s the polar opposite of New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, who often seems more taken with lofty ideals than paving over potholes. But it’s Oddo’s cross-party relationship with the mayor – and his growing alliance with new kid on the block Rep. Max Rose – that helps him get things done.


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WHEN CITY & STATE published the Staten Island 100

MAX ROSE FOR CONGRESS; RICHMOND COUNTY DISTRICT ATTORNEY’S OFFICE

a year ago, Max Rose was a little-known congressional candidate in the midst of a long-shot bid to knock Rep. Dan Donovan out of office. Today, he has become one of the most important political figures in the borough, with a chance at taking the top spot on this list in the coming years. Over the past 12 months, he notched one of the more unexpected congressional victories as Democrats rode a “blue wave” to win control of the House of Representatives. Since taking office in his swing district, however, Rose has made a point of reaching across the aisle, focusing on delivering for his constituents back home while steering clear of needlessly antagonizing local voters who support President Donald Trump. He’ll face another challenge in 2020, when he takes on Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis, former Rep. Michael Grimm or another Republican who emerges as the party’s challenger. But if he manages to win another term, he could have a long career in Congress.


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RICHMOND COUNTY DISTRICT ATTORNEY DISTRICT ATTORNEY may seem like a step down for the former congressman, but Michael McMahon has made the most of the job since being elected in 2015, proving that there are second acts in politics. The face of law and order in a borough full of cops, McMahon has maintained the island’s respect by railing against Albany progressives’ “soft-on-crime policies.” He may be a Democrat, but he doesn’t talk like the rest of them. Democrats, Republicans and independents alike seem to appreciate McMahon’s efforts to quell the borough’s opioid epidemic. He’s promoting treatment over incarceration for drug users, while ramping up prosecutions on dealers. McMahon also makes a priority of confronting domestic violence, taking on more cases than ever before. Proving his pull in Manhattan, McMahon successfully advocated for a bigger budget for his district attorney office – the city’s smallest – using some of the funds to create a unit to review past convictions. It’s a tough job, but the Staten Island native can breathe easy: He’s running unopposed for reelection this fall.

Our Perspective Finally, Justice for Downstate Car Wash Workers Moves Forward By Stuart Appelbaum, President, Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union, RWDSU, UFCW Twitter: @sappelbaum

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hen the New York State Senate passed a bill amending the subminimum wage for car wash workers on June 5 and the Assembly passed the same bill a day later, the state legislature sent a clear message to car wash employers that their workers in New York City, Westchester and Long Island should be paid at least the minimum wage. Under current law car wash owners have been allowed to pay workers well below the minimum wage. It’s a confusing and unjust system and has often led to wage theft in the industry. The new law will be a revolutionary change for underpaid workers, too many of whom often suffer from wage theft, and are forced to struggle to survive in one of the nation’s most expensive places to live. It’s a resounding victory for car wash workers, who have been fighting for their rights and better pay since 2012, when the RWDSU, Make the Road

New York and New York Communities for Change began working to reform an industry that was rife with exploitation. The current system – which bases car wash minimum wages based upon location, car wash size, and anticipated tips per employee – has created a confusing web of 8 different possible sub-minimum wages in New York. That confusion often provides employers with an outrageous license to steal, and even well-meaning employers have sometimes run afoul of the law due to its complicated nature. At labor board hearings held last year, officials and the public heard first-hand about the struggles workers affected by sub-minimum wages are experiencing. Workers have testified about their inability to live in dignity because they can’t afford decent housing for their families; and how

they can’t look for other work because they cannot afford adequate transportation. Workers struggle with paying their bills and putting food on the table. For the car wash workers in New York City – especially those without union representation – sub-minimum wages have been a vehicle for wage theft and systemic underpayment. Investigations have shown that employers don’t always make up the extra pay for workers when tips are short; and car wash workers don’t always receive the tips customers presume are going into their pockets. The new law would take away one major opportunity for unscrupulous car wash owners to underpay their workers, and that’s important in an industry where operators have been fined and directed to make restitution for wage theft to the tune of millions of dollars. Banning the so-called “tip credit” in the car wash industry downstate would help lift up 5,000 mostly immigrant car wash workers in New York. We applaud the state legislature and look forward to swift action by Governor Cuomo.

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LEAVING ELECTED OFFICIALS out of the equation, Richard and Lois Nicotra are arguably the most influential Staten Islanders – and as a husband-and-wife power couple, they pack twice the punch. In a borough where land use plays a major role economically and politically, The Nicotra Group stands out as Staten Island’s largest private real estate developer. The company leases more than 1 million square feet of prime commercial space, including a 198-room Hilton Garden Inn, a 107-room Hampton Inn & Suites, Nicotra’s Ballroom and more, all within a wildlife preserve. Work was just completed in April on the company’s latest project, the eight-story Corporate Commons Three office building. The dynamic duo is also active in the community. Their Lois & Richard Nicotra Foundation supports local nonprofits and provides funding for children and grandchildren of their companies to attend college. Like many Staten Islanders, they also went out of their way to help out in the wake of Superstorm Sandy, opening their hotels to workers and residents in need of shelter.


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EXECUTIVE EDITOR; PUBLISHER STATEN ISLAND ADVANCE

STATEN ISLAND may be the smallest borough in New

York City, but with a population just shy of half a million, it’s nearly twice as large as Buffalo, the second-largest city in the state. Yet it has only one newspaper dedicated to covering the entire borough – the Staten Island Advance, which Brian Laline and Caroline Diamond Harrison have been running for years. This gives the pair both influence and responsibility by holding a near-monopoly on the island’s local news landscape. Like the paper itself (pronounced AD-vance), Laline and Harrison have deep roots in Staten Island. Laline has worked at the Advance for nearly 50 years. Harrison followed in the footsteps of her father, Richard Diamond, when he called her “home” from Pennsylvania in 1999 to prepare to succeed him. Harrison officially took over in 2004 when Diamond died, and she has proven that she was prepared to take charge of her borough’s hometown paper.

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ASSEMBLYMAN A SUPPORTER of clean energy,

Michael Cusick is making his voice heard when it comes to developing the “ambitious ideas” outlined in New York’s $175 billion budget. The Assembly Energy Committee chairman has pushed NYSERDA to release its 100% renewables study. He also helped expand the Office of Victim Services and kept the Verrazzano-Narrows Bridge toll for Staten Island residents at $5.50 until 2021. A borough presidency campaign may be in his future.

versity Hospital’s former emergency medicine chairman is now running the entire 666-bed medical center after Donna Proske’s retirement last April. The Tottenville High School graduate helped transform the hospital into a modern facility by upgrading its computer systems, expanding training programs and recruiting more surgeons and specialists. For Ardolic, it boils down to a simple goal: Ensure that Staten Island residents don’t have to leave the borough to get the medical care they need.

DANIEL MESSINA

WITH MORE than 30 years of experience in health care leadership, Daniel Messina has played a key role in the growth of Richmond University Medical Center. Messina has secured $132 million in bonds for the hospital, developed wellness and primary care centers, and helped lead the state’s Medicaid redesign program. In March, he was named medical professional of the year by Jamie’s LILAC Foundation for his work helping Staten Islanders fight cancer.

DIANE SAVINO

AFTER THE state

Senate Independent Democratic Conference was decimated last September, the Democratic state senator who once caucused with the GOP was able to retain her seniority despite left-wing pressure. This session, Diane Savino sought tougher punishment for sex offenders who assault passengers on public transit, secured funding to keep Verrazzano-Narrows Bridge tolls at $5.50 for Staten Island residents and pressured the city to halt plans to build a homeless shelter on Victory Boulevard.

DEBORAH ROSE

THE VETERAN North

Shore councilwoman and possible future Staten Island borough president candidate has a tough decision ahead of her when it comes to Mayor Bill de Blasio’s plan to rezone Bay Street. Borough President Jimmy Oddo called the plan a “boondoggle” and activists oppose it. Rose, who has reservations about the plan as reported by Curbed New York, is urging the city to consider alternate sites for the Victory Boulevard homeless shelter that triggered a lawsuit.

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ambition to remake the North Shore hit a snag after plans for the New York Wheel fell through. Linda Baran called the developer’s decision to cancel the project a “bump in the road” but noted that other economic development plans are moving forward. Empire Outlets opened in May, a new ferry route launching next year will connect St. George with Manhattan and the City Planning Commission passed the Bay Street rezoning proposal.

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an is carving out a lane for herself to take on Democratic Rep. Max Rose next year. She already raised $300,000 in the first quarter of the year, criticized the state budget for including new fees for plastic bags and tolls on drivers, and called for a permanent seat for Staten Island on the MTA board. But first she’ll have to fend off former Rep. Michael Grimm in the congressional primary.

JOSEPH BORELLI

THE SOUTH SHORE

councilman is angling for a promotion now that New York City’s five Republican county leaders chose him to face off against Public Advocate Jumaane Williams in November. Joseph Borelli says he’s in – but that may not preclude him from running for Congress in 2020. Borelli recently proposed moving the city Department of Investigation under the public advocate’s office and criticized Mayor Bill de Blasio’s “Green New Deal” plan.

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Shore Democrat outpaced two rivals in the September primary, claiming the seat Matthew Titone left when he entered the race for surrogate. Charles Fall – who could be “a towering figure in New York politics,” according to Mayor Bill de Blasio – has vowed to serve Staten Island’s immigrant community. Earlier this year, he introduced legislation seeking to prevent children from ending up living in the same home as a sex offender.

ANDREW LANZA

the Senate majority for eight years, Andrew Lanza saw his role change when Democrats took control of the chamber. The minority whip has recently panned congestion pricing as a new tax on travelers, decried new reporting requirements for police officers’ use of force and slammed the state budget as an “epic fail.” But with the recent changes in Albany, don’t be surprised to see Lanza run for borough president.

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three New York City Planning Commission members to vote against the city’s Bay Street rezoning plan, Alfred Cerullo slammed city agencies for not investing in sewer systems or addressing potential traffic jams. “In a perfect world, we would start all over, not unlike my other favorite community, greater East Midtown,” Cerullo told the commission, according to the Staten Island Advance. The Grand Central Partnership completed that rezoning project in 2017.

THE NEW YORK CITY COUNCIL’S minority leader is one of only three Republicans in the chamber, but he’s making his presence known. In April, Steven Matteo helped allocate $11.22 million for a citywide effort to clean litter and debris and opposed a ban on pre-hire marijuana tests for job applicants and a 5-cent fee on paper bags. He applauded the start of long-awaited baseball field and basketball court renovations at Gen. Douglas MacArthur Park.

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(not to be confused with the Chicago alderman facing corruption charges) has been a fixture in Staten Island’s St. George neighborhood since 1990. Burke, who has served in his current role since 2006, told the Staten Island Advance that his favorite part of the job has been working on parks, schools and cultural projects. “If anything, I would run from public office,” he told the Advance when asked about his political aspirations.

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gambled by leaving his safe Assembly seat to run in the boroughwide race for surrogate last year. Despite losing the Staten Island Democratic Party endorsement, he outlasted his primary opponent, Anthony Catalano, to take on South Shore Republican Ron Castorina. It was a nasty race, and Titone edged his rival by fewer than 2,000 votes. Perhaps that’s why more than 400 people came to his inauguration ceremony in January.

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dained minister, leads Project Hospitality’s programs serving the borough’s hungry and homeless residents as well as those with HIV and AIDS. She recently held a gala to benefit the charity’s shelter and partnered with more than 100 restaurants on the “Dine Out Against Hunger” fundraising event. Along with other borough leaders, Troia is working to reframe the conversation around opioid addiction.

Charities of Staten Island, the former South Shore councilman has led the organization’s efforts to combat homelessness and opioid addiction. Catholic Charities took over a recovery center last spring, fielding 700 calls in the first two months of operation, Vincent Ignizio told Catholic New York. But Ignizio took heat from his successor on the New York City Council for working with the city to bring a new homeless shelter to Staten Island.

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been thinking about Staten Island’s transportation woes for a long time. Last year, he announced plans to create a nonprofit transit think tank to study the issue – a plan inspired by recent trips to Seattle and Portland. Last month, he unveiled plans for a gondola lift that would connect commuters to the Hudson-Bergen Light Rail in Bayonne for $4 to $6 a ride, at a cost of $168 million.

has headed The Staten Island Foundation for more than 20 years, managing the nonprofit’s $74.6 million endowment and $5.8 million in grants focusing on education, the arts and health care for Staten Island’s children. One grant enabled Sundog Theatre to help 700 students at 10 schools improve their reading ability, and another funded a study spotlighting high rates of infant mortality, domestic violence and child abuse on the North Shore.

JAMES MOLINARO

THE FORMER

borough president and Conservative Party leader is one of the few politicians who isn’t trying to get back into elected office. Nevertheless, Molinaro’s endorsement in a competitive congressional primary will carry weight with voters, even if he couldn’t secure a primary win for Anthony Catalano. In the meantime, the Pitta & Baione senior adviser is supporting the St. George Theatre and the Community Agency for Senior Citizens.

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Island is preparing to join Division II of the NCAA as early as the 2019-20 school year if its application is approved. William Fritz has worked to upgrade the Willowbrook campus while promoting its well-known nursing program, raising money for the four-year senior college through its annual ball, and recognizing student athletes from the past 40 years. A renowned geologist, Fritz has served as president of the CUNY school since 2014.

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ASSEMBLYMAN WHEN OPPORTUNITY KNOCKED , Michael

Reilly answered. After Ron Castorina left his South Shore Assembly seat to run for surrogate last year, the borough’s Community Education Council president jumped into the race, promising to focus on education, transportation, the opioid crisis and containing the borough’s deer population. Reilly picked up the Staten Island Advance’s endorsement and won with 64% of the vote. Now he’s holding the Department of Education accountable from Albany.

pens columns for the borough’s flagship paper on a variety of timely topics, including Mayor Bill de Blasio’s contradictory rhetoric on pedestrian safety, the need for a commuter tax and more public transportation in Port Richmond, and the stubbornness of a marijuana black market in states that legalized recreational use. And that’s just one week of columns. This summer he’ll be wandering Staten Island on foot. Honk if you like local news!

STEPHEN FIALA

needed to fill a spot on New York City’s Charter Revision Commission, he looked to the Richmond County Clerk’s office. Stephen Fiala knows the charter inside and out, after serving as City Council minority whip and sitting on the commission in 2004 and 2010. This year, he’s weighed in on a debate over police accountability and a proposal to require a chief diversity officer in the mayor’s Cabinet and each city agency.

JOHN O’HARA

of New York, like other Catholic districts, has been confronting rampant child sex abuse in past decades. Cardinal Timothy Dolan asked for forgiveness with the recent release of a list of 120 clergy members accused of abuse, including prominent Staten Island religious leaders. This is one of the largest disclosures made by the church. It’s now up to Dolan and Bishop John O’Hara to take action and restore parishioners’ trust in the institution.

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Board of Elections is an easy target for a mayor looking to boost his credentials ahead of a presidential bid. When scanners broke down on Election Day, Mayor Bill de Blasio blasted the board and proposed opening 100 early voting sites – allocating $75 million to carry out the plan. But initially Ryan pushed back and chose only 38 sites. In return, de Blasio more than doubled the initial proposal, offering 222 polling stations.

DAVID SORKIN

spent 42 years working for the Jewish Community Center organization, including 14 as head of the Staten Island center. He opened the Mid-Island Y JCC, launched a free day camp for kids with cancer and expanded services for Staten Island seniors, including a new office for Seaview Senior Housing. He’s a prodigious fundraiser, recently raising money for Alzheimer’s disease and dementia programming at the JCC. Sorkin announced earlier this year that he will retire in June 2020.

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tenure as president of Wagner College, Richard Guarasci boosted the school’s endowment from $4 million to $98.7 million, led a renovation of its Main Hall and other buildings, and established a four-year liberal arts curriculum for all undergraduates. Guarasci, who is stepping down this month, said goodbye to the school as this year’s commencement speaker, telling graduates: “I have great faith in your generation.” He is the school’s longest-serving president.

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ASSISTANT SECRETARY FOR EXECUTIVE OPERATIONS GOV. ANDREW CUOMO’S OFFICE AS GOV. ANDREW CUOMO’S assistant

secretary for executive operations, Tom Feeney Jr. is in charge of the governor’s downstate events, working with local officials to make sure the events run smoothly. He also retains many of the responsibilities he had when he was the governor’s Staten Island representative, including attending community events throughout the borough and forwarding constituent concerns to the governor.

Island borough commander was promoted to assistant chief last year, and he has had a busy season ever since. In February, Howe and his battalions handled an accidental fire that killed one resident and injured five firefighters, and a Graniteville fire that killed one person and injured 10 others. In April, firefighters stamped out a car fire in Grasmere. And they responded to 1,446 false alarms last year.


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the incoming president of the Richmond County Bar Association! Jay Duskin, who succeeds outgoing association head Toni Ann Barone, is one half of a leading Staten Island legal power couple – he is married to Family Court Judge Karen Wolff – and he has plenty of experience to draw from. In addition to serving as the association’s secretary, the Duskin & Crowe attorney has been helping everyday Staten Islanders defend themselves in traffic court.

KENNETH COREY

WHEN KENNETH COREY began his

tenure as borough commander in January 2018, he made it his priority to “stop the dying” from violence, traffic accidents and drugs, he told the Staten Island Advance. By the end of last year, murders were down 40%, burglaries 14%, and shootings 50%, according to NYPD statistics. Police made arrests in nine homicides, which Corey attributed to “precision policing and having the greatest cops and detectives in the city.”

TOM COCOLA

WITH CONGESTION

pricing, Vision Zero, ferries, gondolas and the Bay Street rezoning dominating the news, Tom Cocola has plenty to do. Last year, he said traffic fatalities fell 60% from 2017, and he recently pointed out that streets are safer after the addition of a crosswalk at New Dorp High School. Cocola plans to create a pedestrian and cycling corridor with traffic signals around the Bay Street rezoning.

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STATEN ISLAND REPORTER NY1

NY1’S EFFERVESCENT Staten Island reporter

can’t make the rain go away, but she does deliver thundering exclusives. Amanda Farinacci owned one of the borough’s biggest political stories last year, reporting that attorney Richard Luthmann impersonated Staten Island politicians on Facebook, which led to Luthmann’s indictment and his pleading guilty to two of 11 charges. She also covered the demise of the Staten Island Wheel and revealed the locations of new homeless shelters in the borough.

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administrative judge, Desmond Green handles both civil and criminal cases, as he has done throughout his career as a jurist. Green has also juggled courthouse drama, welcoming back Judith McMahon, a Staten Island judge who briefly left the borough bench for Manhattan amid accusations she intervened in criminal matters. Plus, Green is a frequent attendee at legal industry galas.

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CHAIRMAN; DISTRICT MANAGER STATEN ISLAND CONSERVATIVE PARTY; STATEN ISLAND COMMUNITY BOARD 3 BOTH HALVES of this South Shore power couple have had their share of political upheavals. Harold Wagner’s Staten Island Conservative Party board voted to endorse Republican Assemblyman Ron Castorina for surrogate last year, but its membership chose Anthony Catalano. Meanwhile, Charlene Wagner recently presided over a controversial zoning proposal that could diminish environmental protections for the borough’s forests and wetlands.

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PRESIDENT STATEN ISLAND NAACP

DENNIS QUIRK doesn’t

Staten Island NAACP has brought stability to the borough’s chapter while helping the next generation of civil rights activists make connections and eliminate discrimination in their communities. Edward Josey has supported pioneers like New York City Councilwoman Deborah Rose – a member of the NAACP and active volunteer in community organizations – and is helping connect prospective college students with historically black colleges at the NAACP’s annual college fair.

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LUKE NASTA

WITH STATEN ISLAND’S

opioid crisis growing dramatically in recent years, Luke Nasta has led the effort to provide chemical dependency treatment to those in need. He has railed against the stigma of addition, which he said can take families hostage, and warned about the danger of legalizing recreational marijuana at a time when the region is dealing with an opioid epidemic. He is particularly concerned about teens abusing benzodiazepines, such as Xanax and Ativan.

DENNIS QUIRK

shy away from controversy. His union members angered state Chief Judge Janet DiFiore by demonstrating outside the Queens Supreme Courthouse in Kew Gardens, demanding the hiring of more court officers while wearing T-shirts saying the Office of Court Administration stands for “Organized Crime Association.” In April, Quirk infuriated immigration advocates and the OCA by claiming court authorities cannot stop immigration agents from arresting undocumented immigrants inside a courthouse.

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DIANE ARNETH is known

as a beloved humanitarian on Staten Island, having spent decades nurturing residents with chronic illnesses and substance abuse problems, as well as those experiencing domestic violence. She has led Community Health Action of Staten Island, which is a member of Brightpoint Health, for more than 20 years and has expanded its budget and staff from $250,000 and six employees to $10 million and 120 employees. Last year, the Richmond County Medical Society recognized Arneth for her work.

Staten Island Power 100

The Children’s Aid Board of Trustees and staff congratulate

Moria Cappio Vice President of Early Childhood Programs

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Blasio’s Staten Island community affairs liaison – connecting the mayor with civic leaders and helping City Hall navigate everything from the Bay Street rezoning plan to the the High Rock Challenge obstacle race – Barnes has moved to the Department of Education. She’s still in the borough, helping students make the leap from high school to college as head of the Transition and College Access Center.

Staten Island Democratic Party chairman for 12 years, John Gulino is stepping down this summer, saying he plans to devote more time to his law practice. Democrats took the borough’s congressional seat, Surrogate’s Court judgeship and added a new face in the Assembly last year, but Gulino sometimes lost battles with others in his party, like New York City Council Speaker Corey Johnson – most recently over a Board of Elections commissioner who was booted in March.

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EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR EL CENTRO DEL INMIGRANTE STATEN ISLAND’S

preeminent immigration advocate (Mayor Bill de Blasio’s Office of Immigrant Affairs recently named him Immigrant of the Year) has been on guard lately – and with good reason. Deportations in New York City are up 150% since 2016, prompting Favio Ramirez-Caminatti to call out U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers for “acting without control,” the Staten Island Advance reports. A more festive part of his work involves celebrating the heritage of different communities.

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VICE PROVOST, STATEN ISLAND CAMPUS ST. JOHN’S UNIVERSITY

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head of Staten Island’s union for bus drivers, is pleased the Metropolitan Transportation Authority finally implemented an express bus network for people going into Manhattan’s business districts. Despite lingering traffic concerns – state police regularly hold buses at the Hugh L. Carey Tunnel entrance while letting cars go by – the buses have been moving faster in recent months. Good news for Cassella: lawmakers are working to give Staten Island a seat on the MTA board.

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Island campus of St. John’s since 2014, law enforcement expert James O’Keefe has helped the Catholic college establish a beachhead in the borough. The ex-NYPD deputy commissioner shares his criminal justice experience with students through his courses on criminal investigations, counterterrorism and homeland security. He was previously appointed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo to serve on the state’s Municipal Police Training Council, which oversees law enforcement training in New York.

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for Staten Island borough president is getting deeper. The Republican political strategist and former Staten Island Republican Party chairwoman announced her bid for Jimmy Oddo’s term-limited seat in November. Remauro, who chaired Community Board 1 when it approved Empire Outlets and the North Shore greenway trail, touts her expertise with land use, and she previously managed Nicole Malliotakis’ mayoral campaign – but she’ll have no shortage of opponents for the seat.

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PRESIDENT STATEN ISLAND YANKEES ARE the Pizza Rats coming back for another slice? Will Smith and his team were behind one of the Staten Island Yankees’ most successful promotions in recent meme-ory, temporarily rebranding the team after the lovable but disgusting commuter. Merchandise sales increased eightfold, Smith told the Staten Island Advance. Meanwhile, the Staten Island Pride Center criticized the team’s partnership with Chick-fil-A over the company’s support for anti-LGBT causes.

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ication to Staten Island Community Board 2 is unparalleled. The district manager is on top of whatever issues arise in mid-island neighborhoods from Arrochar to Travis – including the Community Health Center of Richmond’s diagnostic treatment center at New Dorp Plaza South and a review of the Department of City Planning’s proposal to combine three special districts. The plan faces opposition from homeowners concerned about overdevelopment near wetlands and other vulnerable areas.

LOU TOBACCO

Staten Island University Hospital, where he’s served as a government affairs executive since 2012, to lead his alma mater. “He is going to be a terrific president,” Monsignor Farrell High School Principal Lawrence Musanti told the Staten Island Advance, recalling Tobacco’s leadership roles in high school. The former South Shore assemblyman – who is known in the borough for his miniature Christmas village – said he is “excited to be back in these hallways.”

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THE SCAMARDELLA,

Gervasi, Thomson & Kasegrande trial attorney and former Staten Island Republican Party chairman still plays a key role in the borough’s Republican circles – and its philanthropic causes. As the the new chairman of the DaVinci Society, Robert Scamardella is helping raise scholarship money for students attending Wagner College. He is also involved with St. Teresa’s Church and St. George’s Theater, and is on the board of the YMCA of Greater New York.

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FORMER PRESIDENT NEW YORK STATE AFL-CIO

HENRY THOMPSON has helped turn

JOSEPH CARROLL

IT WASN’T so long ago that Denis Hughes was one of the most powerful union leaders in New York, which is one of the most labor-friendly states. The Staten Island native, who also served as chairman of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, is now operating in the private sector. He handles government and labor relations as a senior operating partner at Stonepeak Infrastructure Partners, a private equity firm.

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Reform Party chairman and talk radio host – you can hear him on AM 970 early Sunday morning – boosts candidates both prominent and obscure on the party’s ballot. Last year, the party endorsed six candidates, including Charles Fall, Ron Castorina and several incumbents. Frank Morano recently testified before the 2019 Charter Revision Commission, criticizing New York City’s 8-to-1 matching funds campaign finance program, which he called “legalized bribery.”

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around the Community Health Center of Richmond since joining the organization in 2009. “It was important to make sure that we had the right direction,” Thompson told Modern Healthcare. He is also expanding the health center’s medical office in Stapleton and using state-funded seed grants to combat childhood obesity. “This is the beginning step” in what has been a long-standing issue, Thompson told the Staten Island Advance.

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KEN MITCHELL

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR STATEN ISLAND ZOO KEN MITCHELL’S previous job as New York City councilman – navigating the disparate personalities of council members and commissioners – likely prepared him for his current role at the Staten Island Zoo. Now he spends his days with rambunctious Geoffroy’s marmosets and premonitory rodents who have kept their thoughts about the mayor’s presidential chances mum. Mitchell, who kept a low profile on the City Council, previously worked for then-Rep. Michael McMahon.

had the unenviable job of maintaining order during the contentious Bay Street rezoning hearings. Faith leaders, housing advocates and community activists opposed the plan, arguing it did not meet the community’s needs for affordable housing. The board largely agreed, voting down the plan while demanding more open space, new schools and a ferry stop – but the New York City Planning Commission passed it. Negotiations among the various stakeholders are expected to continue.

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GLEN CUTRONA

CHAIRMAN STATEN ISLAND CHAMBER OF COMMERCE FOUNDATION AFTER TWO YEARS

at the helm of the Staten Island Chamber of Commerce, in January Glen Cutrona handed the reins to security industry executive Mike Assenza. Cutrona will now lead the chamber’s foundation and continues to hit the borough’s charity circuit, raising money for organizations like the Carl V. Bini Memorial Fund. Cutrona and his architecture firm have also been honored by the chamber for restoring a residence damaged by Superstorm Sandy.

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CHAIRMAN BUILDING INDUSTRY ASSOCIATION OF NEW YORK CITY

CEO CASANDRA PROPERTIES

AS CHAIRMAN of a

Properties CEO’s enthusiasm for economic development hasn’t gone unnoticed. James Prendamano is poised to play a role in city governance after Mayor Bill de Blasio appointed him director of the New York City Industrial Development Agency and as a member of the Build NYC Resource Corp. He’s had a busy spring as the leasing broker for the newly opened Empire Outlets, signing American Eagle Outfitters, Lucky Brand and an indoor golf simulator.

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Winthrop Wharton have been waiting seven years to open New York City’s first outlet mall on Staten Island. On May 15, they welcomed 600 VIPs for a ribbon-cutting celebrating the opening of Empire Outlets – which includes food trucks, an artisanal food hall and several dozen retailers. Ferrara focuses on marketing and branding at BFC Partners while Wharton oversees new business opportunities.

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celebrated the opening of the long-awaited Empire Outlets retail development, but the borough’s mall is holding its own. Jim Easely is expanding Staten Island Mall’s food and entertainment offerings – adding a new food section with a Shake Shack, a Dave & Busters, and a Taco Bell in October, followed by a new dine-in AMC movie theater in November. The Staten Island Mall Carnival is returning, too, and so is the Greenmarket.

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ALFRED CURTIS JR.

SALES ASSOCIATE CASANDRA PROPERTIES ALFRED CURTIS JR.

is a sales associate at Casandra Properties, which has a hand in the new Empire Outlets that has everyone abuzz in the borough. But Curtis’ past experience and extracurricular activities truly stand out, including as a former commissioner of the New York City Department of Youth and Community Development. He also chaired the advisory council of the Staten Island Salvation Army and the fiscal affairs committee of the CUNY board.

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GAIL CASTELLANO

REGIONAL EXECUTIVE RICHMOND COUNTY SAVINGS BANK WHEN RICHMOND COUNTY

Savings Bank merged with New York Community Bank in 2001, its personalized, community-driven focus could have fallen by the wayside, but leaders like Gail Castellano kept the bank involved in borough happenings. Castellano volunteers a bit herself, serving on the board of the Jewish Community Center and raising money for its summer day camp for children with cancer. And she takes the time to honor others who help as well.

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RAFFAELE BRANCA

PRESIDENT AND CEO VICTORY STATE BANK AFTER MORE than a

decade leading Victory State Bank, a financial institution providing loans and financial services to Staten Island’s professionals, small businesses and nonprofits since 1997, Raffaele Branca continues to lead the bank’s expansion. Victory State Bank, which saw its equity rise to $35.9 million, plans to open a new branch in Meiers Corners this year. The bank recently welcomed retired Surrogate’s Court Judge Robert Gigante to its board of directors.

leading New York organization advocating for the construction of primarily owner-occupied housing – as well as president of a residential and commercial building company started by his father – Frank Naso must love new Staten Island attractions like Empire Outlets. The retail development is among the reasons the borough’s real estate market is booming, the Staten Island Advance reported last year. In 2017, Naso hosted a fundraiser for Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

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AILEEN CHUMARD FUCHS

PRESIDENT AND CEO SNUG HARBOR CULTURAL CENTER & BOTANICAL GARDEN THE BEST-KEPT secret on Staten Island won’t be a secret much longer. The Snug Harbor Cultural Center & Botanical Garden is sure to get more visitors now that Empire Outlets is open – and President and CEO Aileen Chumard Fuchs is ready for them. So far this year, Snug Harbor has already hosted the Winter Lantern Festival and United Activities Unlimited’s second annual festival. The Newhouse Center for Contemporary Art is a favorite destination at the cultural center.

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COMMISSIONER NEW YORK CITY BOARD OF ELECTIONS PATRICIA ANNE TAYLOR’S appointment

to the New York City Board of Elections in March may have been the end result of a clash between the borough’s council members and outgoing Democratic Party Chairman John Gulino, but she is certainly qualified. The Democratic attorney, who is a past president of the Staten Island Women’s Bar Association, is the borough’s first African American elections board commissioner.


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CHAIRMAN STATEN ISLAND REPUBLICAN PARTY

MOTHER OF ERIC GARNER

WHEN MIKE REILLY

wunderkind was unanimously selected last year to lead the Staten Island Repub‑ lican Party at the ten‑ der age of 31, replac‑ ing former Chairman Ron Castorina. He’s since mourned the passing of another Republican political force – Guy Molinari – and put together the strategy for GOP candidates in a tough electoral year. This fall, he’ll guide fellow millennial Joseph Borelli in a battle against New York City Public Advocate Jumaane Williams.

VICE PRESIDENT, GOVERNMENT RELATIONS AND COMMUNITY INVESTMENT NEW YORK ROAD RUNNERS

FRANK BRENDAN SQUICCIARINI LANTRY

left Community Education Council 31 to run for the Assembly last year, Frank Squicciarini stepped up to replace him. The retired NYPD sergeant, who had been a member of CEC since 2007 and served as its vice president, has already asked New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and schools Chancellor Richard Carranza to ease overcrowding in Stat‑ en Island schools and better serve special needs students.

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CESAR VARGAS

ATTORNEY AND ACTIVIST WHILE President Donald Trump is at‑

tempting to overhaul the immigration system by spending more on border security and reducing family‑based immigration, Cesar Vargas wants to give undocumented immigrants a voice. Vargas, who made headlines in 2016 when he became the first openly undocumented lawyer in New York, just fulfilled another dream: joining the U.S military. He now serves in the Army Reserve, having recently finished boot camp at Fort Leonard Wood in Missouri.

THE NEW YORK CITY MARATHON starts in

Staten Island, but that’s not the only connection the race’s organizers have to the borough. New York Road Runners holds events in Staten Island, dispatched athletes to help after Superstorm Sandy – and a key staffer, Michael Schnall, hails from the borough. The for‑ mer Staten Island chief of staff for the New York City Parks and Recreation De‑ partment brings valuable experience to his job.

GWEN CARR

AS New York City Coun‑ cilman Rory Lancman campaigns for district attorney in Queens, the very first endorsement he lists on his website is from Gwen Carr – the mother of Eric Garner – ahead of endorsements from a state senator, Assembly members and major unions. Five years after her son’s tragic death, Carr continues to push for criminal justice reform, calling for fewer arrests, more transparen‑ cy and full accountabil‑ ity from the police, the courts and City Hall.

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BOARD MEMBER NEW YORK CITY HEALTH + HOSPITALS

PRESIDENT AND CEO NORTHFIELD BANK

DISTRICT DIRECTOR REP. MAX ROSE’S OFFICE

BOARD CHAIRMAN STATEN ISLAND CHAMBER OF COMMERCE

A LONGTIME civic leader

specializes in geriatric medicine, hospice and palliative care, has served on the board of New York City Health + Hospitals since 2011. Calamia has made a name for himself as a health care leader – he founded the Geriatric Department at Staten Island University Hospital, served as CEO of Victory Memorial Hospital in Brooklyn and past pres‑ ident of the Richmond County Medical Society, and was a member of the advisory committee for the Berger Commission.

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and former New York City Council candidate, Kamillah Hanks is known for promoting cultural and economic development on Staten Island through her work with schools and community groups. As head of Staten Island’s first YouthBuild program – which recently was one of only two citywide pro‑ grams to receive a grant ($1.1 million) from the De‑ partment of Labor – she leads job training and life skills programs for young adults.

VINCENT CALAMIA

VINCENT CALAMIA, who

STEVEN KLEIN

STEVEN KLEIN has been working since he was 5 years old – his parents had a lobster business – but he didn’t always plan on pursuing a career in banking. “I wanted to be a talk show host,” he told the Staten Island Advance. Originally from New Jersey, Klein is an integral part of the borough community and serves on the boards of the Richmond Universi‑ ty Medical Center and the Staten Island Economic Development Corp.

KEVIN ELKINS

KEVIN ELKINS knows

Democrats haven’t always had it easy on Staten Island. After running the Staten Island Democratic Party, he helped elect Michael McMahon as dis‑ trict attorney in 2015, then notched an upset by man‑ aging Max Rose’s victory in a House race against Dan Donovan. Now Elkins is serving as Rose’s district director, keeping the first‑term Democrat connected to the base that will be key to winning the next election in 2020.

MICHAEL ASSENZA

EARLY THIS YEAR, Mi‑

chael Assenza took over as board chairman of the Staten Island Chamber of Commerce, pledging to continue delivering for local small businesses. Assenza, who also serves as vice president and gen‑ eral manager of the home and commercial security provider Stat Land Se‑ curity Services, has also been deeply engaged in the community, promoting autism awareness with the Grace Foundation of New York and working with Meals on Wheels of Staten Island.

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STATEN ISLAND BOROUGH COMMISSIONER NEW YORK CITY DEPARTMENT OF PARKS AND RECREATION

PRESIDENT IRONSTATE DEVELOPMENT CO.

PRESIDENT AND CEO ST. GEORGE THEATRE

COMMISSIONER NEW YORK CITY PLANNING COMMISSION

THE 571-UNIT Staten Is-

CEO of the St. George Theatre has certainly earned the title “woman of distinction” – an honor she recently received from state Sen. Andrew Lanza. Along with her sisters and late mother, Doreen Cugno turned the historic theater into one of Staten Island’s premier destinations, featuring stand-up comedy, concerts and plays. The sisters run a summer drama and dance workshop for kids and recently hosted the theater’s 89th anniversary gala fundraiser.

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AS HEAD of a commu-

nity service organization founded to honor the legacy of his physician father, Teddy Atlas leads a staff of volunteers and oversees charitable events and fundraisers, including an annual dinner the day before Thanksgiving, a bowl-a-thon and a comedy night. Atlas has made a name for himself on Staten Island and beyond as a boxer and boxing commentator. Last year, he was selected for induction into the International Boxing Hall of Fame.

LYNDA RICCIARDONE

SINCE 2015, Lynda Ricciardone has made Staten Island’s green spaces and beaches more welcoming to the public. This year, she spearheaded an $11 million renovation of baseball fields and basketball courts at Gen. Douglas MacArthur Park, made South Beach ADA accessible by adding a ramp at the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Boardwalk and opened Clove Lakes Park to bicycles. Now what about that $100 million indoor pool we’ve heard so much about?

DAVID BARRY

land Urby development in Stapleton is the brainchild of Ironstate Development Co. President David Barry. Known for innovative projects like The Standard East Village and W Hoboken, Barry developed the concept for Urby, which includes apartments, an urban farm and two high-end Mediterranean restaurants. With the development almost fully leased and $133 million in financing as of February, Barry is on his way to making the North Shore a residential and dining destination.

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THE PRESIDENT and

ALLEN CAPPELLI

THE ATTORNEY, former Mario Cuomo aide and former Metropolitan Transportation Authority board member has become an outspoken advocate on planning and tax policy. Allen Cappelli supported the Bay Street rezoning plan bringing mixed-use development to the North Shore waterfront, which was approved by the City Planning Commission despite local opposition. Last year, Mayor Bill de Blasio added Cappelli to his property tax advisory committee, where he will be a voice for Staten Island residents.

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CHAIRMAN STATEN ISLAND COMMUNITY BOARD 3

CHAIRMAN STATEN ISLAND COMMUNITY BOARD 2

RABBI YOUNG ISRAEL OF STATEN ISLAND

IF STATEN ISLAND is least like the four other boroughs, its South Shore may be the part that’s least like the rest of Staten Island. While the area has historically been more rural, its population has grown and locals worry that it’s losing its distinctive character. As the longtime leader of the local community board, Frank Morano (not to be confused with the other Frank Morano on this list) is advocating against overdevelopment.

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SENIOR TRIAL COUNSEL MANHATTAN DISTRICT ATTORNEY’S OFFICE THE MANHATTAN

led the Young Israel of Staten Island synagogue for more than two decades, helping the Orthodox community grow “into a wonderful harmonious family,” including many family-oriented activities and youth programs, he writes on the website. The shul offers activities for children from preschool through college, including bingo, movie nights, basketball, karate and youth baseball. Lehrfield, who grew up in Miami and studied in Israel, came to Staten Island in the 1980s.

PATRICK LEWIS

PATRICK LEWIS is one of the tough-

est guys in a borough of tough guys. He serves as a public representative for Mayor Bill de Blasio, perhaps the most disliked person on Staten Island. Despite de Blasio’s alleged disinterest in the borough, he’s still the mayor – and for Lewis, the gig is another step up the political ladder. The Staten Island native previously worked for former New York City Public Advocate Letitia James in a similar role.

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DANA MAGEE

Islanders, community engagement leads to involvement in local government – and that’s exactly what Dana Magee has done. The military veteran and Staten Island native got his start in nonprofit work early on in his career. He became the CEO of a nonprofit, now called Community Resources, in 1997. He has spent decades on Community Board 2 and has served as chairman since 2004.

JOAN ILLUZZI

prosecutor – and former candidate for Staten Island district attorney – has handled many of Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr.’s highest-profile cases, including the murder of Etan Patz and the investigation into allegations against Harvey Weinstein, one of the most-watched sex abuse cases in the country. Illuzzi has built a reputation as a tough prosecutor but the Weinstein matter has been enormously challenging thanks to miscommunication and a detective’s mistake.

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IMAM ALBANIAN ISLAMIC CULTURAL CENTER

PRESIDENT COUNCIL OF JEWISH ORGANIZATIONS OF STATEN ISLAND

CEO EMPIRE STATE BANK

ARTIST AND ACTIVIST

TAHIR KUKIQI

BORN IN KOSOVO, in

the former Yugoslavia, Tahir Kukiqi came to Staten Island in 2002 via Cairo to join the Miraj School and Albanian Islamic Cultural Center as an imam. Since then, Kukiqi has built a reputation on Staten Island for building bridges between people of different ethnicities, religions and backgrounds. In March, he joined Assemblyman Charles Fall and other local officials standing in solidarity with Muslims worldwide following mosque attacks in New Zealand.

MENDY MIROCZNIK

FOR SOME New York

politicos, CoJo means Corey Johnson, the New York City Council speaker. For Mendy Mirocznik and many Staten Islanders, it’s COJO, or the Council of Jewish Organizations. Mirocznik’s organization serves the borough’s Jewish community, running a food pantry and working with some 40,000 constituents. A former candidate for New York City Council himself, Mirocznik is also an attorney and is a clerk for a state Supreme Court judge on Staten Island.

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PROJECT MANAGER DOWNTOWN STATEN ISLAND COMMERCIAL DISTRICT JANET DUGO has led the charge to revitalize

Downtown Staten Island’s commercial district – helping to increase investment in areas like Bay Street and the North Shore – and she’s done it while juggling a handful of other roles. The president of media consultancy Warren Dugo Media and former publisher of Staten Island Business Trends has been recognized citywide as a leader in business. She was previously the vice president of a Wall Street brokerage firm.

for small businesses, and Empire State Bank has served that role in Staten Island. Philip Guarnieri helped found the bank and has been running it for 15 years. With locations in Staten Island as well as Brooklyn and the Hudson Valley, it has amassed over $150 million in assets. With more than three decades in banking, the Staten Island resident brings plenty of expertise and leadership to the position.

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SCOTT LOBAIDO

garnered national media coverage in 2016, but he wasn’t happy about the reason: Someone had burned down a giant “T” – for Donald Trump – he made for a friend. The Staten Island artist rebuilt it even larger, got a call from Trump himself, and has kept making public art praising the president. In addition to his massive flag murals, he recently created an art installation drawing attention to suicide among military veterans.

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CHAIRMAN RICHMOND COUNTY INDEPENDENCE PARTY

SPOKESWOMAN NEW YORK CITY HOUSING AUTHORITY

VICE PRESIDENT OF EARLY CHILDHOOD PROGRAMS CHILDREN’S AID

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR PRIDE CENTER OF STATEN ISLAND

FORMER CONGRESSMAN

BARBARA BRANCACCIO has held some of

MORIA CAPPIO

CAROL BULLOCK

AVI GVILI

THE INDEPENDENCE PARTY can play an

influential role in certain elections, especially in evenly divided districts. The third party (not to be confused with those who simply register as independents) has enjoyed some success on Staten Island, where author Avi Gvili runs the show. Last year, the party helped elect Michael Reilly to the Assembly, although other candidates that Gvili’s party backed – including then-Rep. Dan Donovan – fell short.

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the toughest communications jobs in New York City – working for Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s Department of Homeless Services, Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s Office of Storm Recovery, state Sen. Jeff Klein’s Independent Democratic Conference, and now at the embattled New York City Housing Authority. The veteran communications professional also is deeply knowledgeable about Staten Island, with ties to a number of key local officials in the borough.

taught third grade in New York City early in her career – and although she left the job, she never left education behind. In fact, she has spent the past 13 years at Children’s Aid, a nonprofit targeting children and families in poverty, handling various education-oriented initiatives, most recently as vice president for early-childhood programs. As the city expands universal prekindergarten, this Staten Islander runs pre-K programs and weighs in on policy.

CAROL BULLOCK

has been navigating LGBT issues in Staten Island’s tricky political waters since 2017, and this year she won the support of Republican Borough President Jimmy Oddo – who broke the mold in calling for the Pride Center’s inclusion in the St. Patrick’s Day Parade. In April, Bullock called for a boycott of the Staten Island Yankees over their affiliation with Chick-fil-A, a restaurant chain that has reportedly donated to anti-LGBT groups.

MICHAEL GRIMM

THE FORMER con-

gressman couldn’t top incumbent Rep. Dan Donovan in the 2018 Republican primary, but since Donovan lost in the general election, Grimm is once again positioning himself as the GOP’s best hope to beat Rep. Max Rose in 2020. His likely primary competition, Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis, is getting institutional support, but Grimm’s charisma and strong résumé mean he can’t be counted out – despite serving time in prison for felony tax fraud.

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Notice of Formation of OAKS ON NORTH PLAZA AFFORDABLE SPECIAL, LLC Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 05/15/19. Office location: NY County. Princ. office of LLC: 60 Columbus Circle, NY, NY 10023. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to Corporation Service Co., 80 State St., Albany, NY 12207-2543. Purpose: Any lawful activity. Notice of Formation of 1260 Broadway Restaurant LLC. Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 05/01/19. Office location: NY County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: the Company, c/o Thurcon Properties Ltd., 49 W 32nd St., NY, NY 10001. Purpose: any lawful activities. NOTICE OF FORMATION OF JDD PROPERTIES LLC. Art of Org filed with the Secretary of State of NY (SSNY) on 4/25/2019. Office loc: NY County. 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: 15 E 117TH ST, FL2, NEW YORK, NY 10035. Purpose: any lawful act or activity

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TWOAGOS LLC filed Arts. of Org. with the Sect’y of State of NY (SSNY) on 5/14/19. Office: NY County. SSNY has been designated as agent of the LLC upon whom process against it may be served and shall mail process to: The LLC, c/o Santiago McCarthy, 181 E. 119th St., Apt. 7E, NY, NY 10035. Purpose: any lawful act. 1355 Acquisition Manager LLC - Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 3/4/19. Office location: NY Co. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: c/o Ganfer Shore Leeds & Zauderer LLP, 360 Lexington Ave, 13th Fl, NY, NY 10017 Purpose: any lawful activities. 1355 Acquisition Holdco LLC - Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 3/4/19. Office location: NY Co. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: c/o Ganfer Shore Leeds & Zauderer LLP, 360 Lexington Ave, 13th Fl, NY, NY 10017 Purpose: any lawful activities. Notice of Formation of BENJAMIN & ELLIE LLC filed with SSNY on April 19, 2019. Office: NY County. SSNY designated agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to LLC: 276 5th Avenue Siute 704-3060, NY, NY 10001. Purpose: any lawful act or activity. Notice of Formation of WELL WOMAN INTEGRATIVE PSYCHIATRY PLLC Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 04/04/19. Office location: NY County. Princ. office of PLLC: One Penn Plaza, Ste. 6301, NY, NY 10119. SSNY designated as agent of PLLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to the PLLC at the addr. of its princ. office. Purpose: Medicine.

Notice of Qualification of OLLIE PROPERTY M A N A G E M E N T LLC Appl. for Auth. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 04/16/19. Office location: NY County. LLC formed in Delaware (DE) on 03/07/17. Princ. office of LLC: 450 Park Ave. South, 5th Fl., NY, NY 10016. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to Corporation Service Co. (CSC), 80 State St., Albany, NY 12207-2543. DE addr. of LLC: 251 Little Falls Dr., Wilmington, DE 19808. Cert. of Form. filed with Secy. of State, John G. Townsend Bldg., 401 Federal St., Ste. 4, Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: Any lawful activity. Notice of Qualification of MREC MANAGEMENT, LLC. Authority filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 04/30/19. Office location: NY County. LLC formed in Delaware (DE) on 04/22/15. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: MREC Management, LLC, 23975 Park Sorrento, Ste. 420, Calabasas, CA 91302. Address to be maintained in DE: 9 E. Loockerman St., Ste. 311, Dover, DE 19901. Arts of Org. filed with the DE Secy. of State, Division of Corporations - John G. Townsend Bldg., 401 Federal St. - Ste. 4, Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: any lawful activities. Notice of Formation of Lucky Gus, LLC. Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 04/24/19. Office location: NY County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: eResidentAgent, Inc., 99 Washington Ave., Ste. 805A, Albany, NY 12210, also the registered agent upon whom process may be served. Purpose: any lawful activities.

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Notice of Filing of AMERICAN LIVING, LLC Articles of Organization with the Secretary of State of New York on 3/13/2019. Office Location: Westchester County. Sheila Harding designated as agent of LLC upon whom process may be served with a process mailing address of 89 Heath Place, Hastings-on-Hudson, NY 10706. Purpose: Any Lawful purpose. Notice of Qual. of SPRING LAFAYETTE, LLC, Authority filed with the SSNY on 02/27/2014, Name change to: 63 SPRING LAFAYETTE, LLC on 03/11/2014 . Office loc: NY County. LLC formed in DE on 10/28/2013. SSNY is designated as agent upon whom process against the LLC may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: Jack Terzi 362 5th Ave 12FL NY, NY 10001. Address required to be maintained in DE: Vcorp Svcs, LLC, 1811 Silverside Rd, Wilmington DE 19810. Cert of Formation filed with DE Div. of Corps, 401 Federal St., Ste 4, Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: Any Lawful Purpose. Notice of Qualification of JANE ROTROSEN AGENCY LLC Appl. for Auth. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 04/17/19. Office location: NY County. LLC formed in Florida (FL) on 03/28/19. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to Jane R. Berkey, at the FL addr. of the LLC:13248 50th St. South, Wellington, FL 33414. Cert. of Form. filed with Secy. of State, 500 S. Bronough St., Tallahassee, FL 32399-0250. Purpose: Any lawful activity. Notice of Formation of DAGNY HOLDINGS LLC Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 04/23/19. Office location: NY County. Princ. office of LLC: 77 W. 24th St., Apt. 22E, NY, NY 10010. 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: Asset management.

TVI C O M M U N I C AT I O N S , LLC, Arts. of Org. filed with SSNY 4/11/19. Office loc: NY County. SSNY has been designated as agent upon whom process against LLC may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: US Corp Agents, Inc. 7014 13th Ave, #202, BK, Ny 11228. Purpose: Any Lawful Purpose. MADSQPARK, LLC, Arts. of Org. filed with SSNY 04/15/2019. Office loc: NY County. SSNY has been designated as agent upon whom process against LLC may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: MADSQPARK, LLC, Attn: Walter Kulakowski, 208 Fifth Avenue 2W, New York, NY 10010. Purpose: Any Lawful Purpose Notice of Qualification of O&Y Jay LLC. Authority filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 04/18/19. Office location: NY County. LLC formed in Delaware (DE) on 04/17/19. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: c/o Adam America Real Estate, 850 Third Ave., Ste. 13D, NY, NY 10022; Attn: Omri Sachs. Address to be maintained in DE: National Registered Agents, Inc., 160 Greentree Dr., Ste. 101, Dover, DE 19904. Arts of Org. filed with the DE Secy. of State, 401 Federal St., Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: any lawful activities. Notice of Formation of 140 EAST 65 NYC LLC Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 03/25/19. Office location: NY County. Princ. office of LLC: c/o Forbes Family Trust, 767 5th Ave., 6th Fl., NY, NY 10153. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to Seward & Kissel LLP, Attn: Susan J. Lorin, One Battery Park Plaza, NY, NY 10004. Purpose: Any lawful activity.

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DAVID HECHLER PUBLISHING LLC, Arts of Org. filed with SSNY 02/27/19. Office loc. NY County. David H. Gendelman, Esq. has been designated as agent upon whom process may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: LLC, Attn: David H. Gendelman, Esq., 49 West 37th Street, 9th Floor, New York, NY 10018. Purpose: any lawful purpose. ARIS CLOSET, LLC. of Org. filed with SSNY 4/19/2019. Office loc: Kings County. SSNY has been designated as agent upon whom process against LLC may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: 2420 Glenwood road apt 4c,Brooklyn N.Y. Purpose : Any lawful purpose. MindScience LLC Exist Date: 1/10/2019 Owner: Cathy Trentalancia 150 Charles Street #2AN New York, NY 10014 ctrenta@gmail.com 917-710-1232 Office at 150 Charles Street; New York, NY 10014 Registered Agent: United States Corporation Agents, Inc. 7014 13th Avenue, Suite 202 Brooklyn, NY 11228 BRIGHTLUMINA LLC Exist Date: 1/25/2019 Owner: Dr. Salvatore Trentalancia 150 Charles Street New York, NY 10014 strenta@aol.com 917-455-9064 Office at 150 Charles Street; New York, NY 10014 Registered Agent: United States Corporation Agents, Inc. 7014 13th Avenue, Suite 202 Brooklyn, NY 11228 EXALTATION OF LARKS, LLC, Arts. of Org. filed with SSNY 04/04/2019. Office loc: NY County. SSNY has been designated as agent upon whom process against LLC may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: The LLC, 227 E.57th St., Suite 9F, New York, NY 10022. Purpose: Any Lawful Purpose.

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2001 Story Tower E LLC. Authority filed SSNY 03/27/19. Office: NY Co. LLC formed DE 03/25/19. Exists in DE: c/o National Registered Agents, Inc., 160 Greentree Dr #101 Dover, DE 19904. SSNY designated agent upon whom process against the LLC may be served & mail to 1 State St., 32nd Fl., NY, NY 10004. Cert of Formation Filed: Secy. of State, Corporation Dept., 401 Federal St. Ste. 4, Dover DE 19901. General Purpose. Notice of Qualification of HGW ADVISORS, LLC Appl. for Auth. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 05/07/19. Office location: NY County. LLC formed in Delaware (DE) on 04/16/19. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to c/o Corporation Service Co., 80 State St., Albany, NY 12207-2543. DE addr. of LLC: 251 Little Falls Dr., Wilmington, DE 19808-1674. Cert. of Form. filed with DE Secy. of State, John G. Townsend Bldg., 401 Federal St., Ste. 4, Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: Any lawful activity. The True Ones LLC filed with SSNY 3/12/2019. Office loc: Kings County. SSNY has been designated as agent upon whom process against LLC may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: Sophia Sabella, 272 Grand Street, Apt. 14 Brooklyn, NY, 11211. Purpose: Any Lawful Purpose.

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Notice of Formation of MYND MVMT LLC Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 04/09/19. Office location: NY County. Princ. office of LLC: Attn: Samantha R. Benigno, 56 W. 11th St., Apt. 2FE, NY, NY 10011. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to the LLC at the addr. of its princ. office. Purpose: Any lawful activity.

Notice of Qualification of SAVANNA IV 521 FIFTH AVENUE GP, LLC Appl. for Auth. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 05/10/19. Office location: NY County. LLC formed in Delaware (DE) on 04/23/19. Princ. office of LLC: 430 Park Ave., 12th Fl., NY, NY 10022. 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. DE addr. of LLC: 251 Little Falls Dr., Wilmington, DE 19808. Cert. of Form. filed with Secy. of the State of DE, John G. Townsend Bldg., 401 Federal St. - Ste. 4, Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: Any lawful activity. Notice of Qualification of HUDSON SQUARE REALTY, LLC Appl. for Auth. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 07/05/18. Office location: NY County. LLC formed in Delaware (DE) on 06/28/18. Princ. office of LLC: 77 W. 66th St., NY, NY 10023. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to c/o Corporation Service Co. (CSC), 80 State St., Albany, NY 12207-2543. DE addr. of LLC: c/o CSC, 251 Little Falls Dr., Wilmington, DE 19808-1674. Cert. of Form. filed with DE Secy. of State, John G. Townsend Bldg., 401 Federal St. - Ste. 4, Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: Real estate ownership. lNotice is hereby given that a license, number (PENDING) for on-premises Liquor has been applied for by the undersigned to sell liquor at retail in a Restaurant under the Alcoholic Beverage Control Law at 176 8th Avenue, New York, NY 10011 for on premises consumption. MVLH HOSPITALITY GROUP LLC d/b/a Loulou

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GOLDEN FUTURE PROPERTY, LLC, Arts of Org. filed with SSNY 05/10/2019. Office loc. Richmond County. SSNY has been designated as agent upon whom process against LLC may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: The LLC, 85 Greenport Street, Staten Island, NY, 10304. Purpose: Any Lawful Purpose. Emmes & Company LLC, Arts of Org. filed SSNY 11/05/18. Office: NY Co. SSNY designated agent of LLC upon whom process may be served & mail to 44 West 55th St., Ste. 500, NY, NY 10019. Name and address of registered agent upon whom process may be served: National Registered Agents, Inc., 111 Eighth Ave., NY, NY 10011. General Purpose. Notice of formation of 221 DEVOE 2B HOLDINGS LLC. Arts of Org filed with Secy of State of NY (SSNY) on 5/7/19. Office location: Kings County. SSNY designated as agent upon whom process may be served and shall mail copy of process against LLC to: 62 Orchard St., Demarest, NJ 07627. Purpose: any lawful act.

LEGALNOTICES@ CITYANDSTATENY.COM Notice of Qualification of GOTHAM GREEN PARTNERS SPV IV, L.P. Appl. for Auth. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 04/16/19. Office location: NY County. LP formed in Delaware (DE) on 04/04/19. Duration of LP is Perpetual. SSNY designated as agent of LP upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to Corporation Service Co. (CSC), 80 State St., Albany, NY 12207-2543. Name and addr. of each general partner are available from SSNY. DE addr. of LP: CSC, 251 Little Falls Dr., Wilmington, DE 19808. Cert. of LP filed with Jeffrey W. Bullock, Secy. of State - State of DE, Div. of Corps., John G. Townsend Bldg., 401 Federal St., Ste. 4, Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: Any lawful activity.

Rannegent LLC. Art. of Org. filed with the SSNY on 05/17/19. Office: Westchester County. SSNY has been designated as agent of the LLC upon whom process against LLC may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: 60 Forest Range Road, Katonah, NY 10536. Purpose: Any lawful purpose. Notice of Qualification of PRIVATE EQUITY IV (E&F) GP LLC Appl. for Auth. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 02/06/19. Office location: NY County. LLC formed in Delaware (DE) on 02/01/19. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to c/o Summit Rock Advisors, LP, 9 W. 57th St., 12th Fl., NY, NY 10019. DE addr. of LLC: c/o Corporation Service Co., 251 Little Falls Dr., Wilmington, DE 19808. Cert. of Form. filed with Secy. of State, 401 Federal St. - Ste. 4, Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: Any lawful activity. Notice of Formation of JFRP LLC, Arts. of Org. filed with SSNY on 02/25/19. Office loc: BX County. SSNY has been designated as agent upon whom process against LLC may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: The LLC, Attn: Pedro J Perez, 3123 Sedgwick Ave, BX, NY 10463. Purpose: Any Lawful Purpose. NOTICE OF FORMATION OF SU HO REALTY LLC. Articles of Organization filed with the Secretary of State of NY (SSNY) on 09/07/2018. 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: 570 GRAND ST APT H901, NEW YORK, NY 10002. The principal business address of the LLC is: 570 GRAND ST APT H901, NEW YORK, NY 10002. Purpose: any lawful act or activity

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1055 SOUNDVIEW ROAD LLC. Arts. of Org. filed with the SSNY on 05/22/19. Office: New York County. SSNY designated as agent of the LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to the LLC, 200 East 61st Street, Apartment 29ABC, New York, NY 10065. Purpose: Any lawful purpose. Notice of Formation of NVA UPTOWN MANAGEMENT, LLC Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 05/21/19. Office location: NY County. 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. Purpose: Any lawful activity.

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT A LICENSE, SERIAL # 1315251 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 1246 MADISON AVE NY, NY 10128 NEW YORK COUNTY, FOR ON PREMISE CONSUMPTION. PAOLA’S CAFÉ LLC Notice of Formation of Tacodumbo Rose Mansion LLC. Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 05/09/19. Office location: NY County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: 399 Lafayette St., 2nd Fl., NY, NY 10003. Purpose: any lawful activities. DOLLY PLUM MEDIA, LLC, Arts. of Org. filed with SSNY 04/23/2019. Office loc: Kings County. SSNY has been designated as agent upon whom process against LLC may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: The LLC, Attn: Dolly Li, 1760 81 St, B’klyn, NY 11214. Purpose: Any Lawful Purpose.


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SUPREME COURT COUNTY OF KINGS Wells Fargo Bank, N.A., Plaintiff AGAINST Joseph Garda; Michelle Garda a/k/a Michelle Matut; et al., Defendant(s) Pursuant to a Judgment of Foreclosure and Sale duly dated May 3, 2019 I, the undersigned Referee will sell at public auction at the Kings County Supreme Court, 360 Adams Street, Room 224, Brooklyn, NY 11201 on July 11, 2019 at 2:30PM, premises known as 1725 East 26th Street, Brooklyn, NY 11229. All that certain plot piece or parcel of land, with the buildings and improvements erected, situate, lying and being in the Borough of Brooklyn, County of Kings, City and State of NY, Block: 6809 Lot: 77. Approximate amount of judgment $384,078.87 plus interest and costs. Premises will be sold subject to provisions of filed Judgment Index# 524299/2017. Doron Leiby, Esq., Referee Shapiro, DiCaro & Barak, LLC Attorney(s) for the Plaintiff 175 Mile Crossing Boulevard Rochester, New York 14624 (877) 4304792 Dated: May 16, 2019 ! 63417

SUPREME COURT COUNTY OF KINGS Wells Fargo Bank, National Association as Trustee for Option One Mortgage Loan Trust 2007-5, Asset-Backed Certificates, Series 20075, Plaintiff AGAINST June P. Isaac a/k/a June P. Isaac-Goodridge; et al., Defendant(s) Pursuant to a Judgment of Foreclosure and Sale duly dated November 30, 2018 I, the undersigned Referee will sell at public auction at the Kings County Supreme Court, 360 Adams Street, Room 224, Brooklyn, NY 11201 on July 11, 2019 at 2:30PM, premises known as 326 92nd Street, Brooklyn, NY 11212. All that certain plot piece or parcel of land, with the buildings and improvements erected, situate, lying and being in the Borough of Brooklyn, County of Kings, City and State of NY, Block:4646 Lot:25. Approximate amount of judgment $372,701.31 plus interest and costs. Premises will be sold subject to provisions of filed Judgment Index# 515931/2016. Jeffrey Dinowitz, Esq., Referee Shapiro, DiCaro & Barak, LLC Attorney(s)! for the Plaintiff 175 Mile Crossing Boulevard Rochester, New York 14624 (877) 430-4792 Dated: April 19, 2019 62835

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT A LICENSE, SERIAL # 1318245 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 446 PARK PLACE BROOKLYN, NY 11238. KINGS COUNTY, FOR ON PREMISE CONSUMPTION. CORNER 660 LLC K. HENDEL CONSULTING, LLC, Arts. of Org. filed with SSNY 5/28/2019. Office loc: Kings County. SSNY has been designated as agent upon whom process against LLC may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: The LLC, Attn: Ken Hendel, 420 12th Street, Apt. M4R, Brooklyn, NY 11215. Purpose: Any Lawful Purpose.

Notice of Qualification of JUMIA USA LLC Appl. for Auth. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 05/22/19. Office location: NY County. LLC formed in Delaware (DE) on 05/13/19. 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: CSC, 251 Little Falls Dr., Wilmington, DE 19808. Cert. of Form. filed with Secy. of State, Div. of Corps., John G. Townsend Bldg., 401 Federal St. - Ste. 4, Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: Any lawful activity.

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NOTICE OF FORMATION OF LUMARTES LLC. Articles of Organization filed with the Secretary of State of NY (SSNY) on 04/08/2019. 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: 620 Broadway, 1R. The principal business address of the LLC is: 620 Broadway, 1R. Purpose: any lawful act or activity BLUE PERIOD LLC, Arts. of Org. filed with SSNY 1/7/2014. Office loc: NY County. SSNY has been designated as agent upon whom process against LLC may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: The LLC, Attn: Louis W. Kurpis, CPA, 2068 Newbold Ave, Bronx, NY 10462. Purpose: Any Lawful Purpose. THICK AS THIEVES, LLC, Arts. of Org. filed with SSNY 7/30/2009. Office loc: NY County. SSNY has been designated as agent upon whom process against LLC may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: Kapil Sehgal, 143 Ludlow St, NY, NY 10002. Purpose: Any Lawful Purpose. NOBLE ASPECT, LLC, Arts. of Org. filed with SSNY on 05/15/2019. Office loc: NY County. SSNY has been designated as agent upon whom process against LLC may be served and shall mail process to: 99 Washington Ave., Ste 805-A Albany, NY 12210. Purpose: Any Lawful Purpose. THE ANNUAL RETURN OF CAROL & EDMUND BLAKE FOUNDATION for the year ended December 31, 2018 is available at its principal office located at 335 Madison Avenue, Suite 1100, NY, NY 10017 for inspection during regular business hours by any citizen who requests it within 180 days hereof. Principal Manager of the Foundation is ERIC FREEDGOOD.

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Cellco Partnership a n d its controlled affiliates doing business as Verizon Wireless (Verizon Wireless) proposes to collocate wireless communications antennas at three locations. Antennas will be installed at a top height of 71 feet on a building with an overall height of 76 feet at the approx. vicinity of 65 West 104th Street, New York, New York County, NY 10025. Antennas will be installed at a top height of 125 feet and 208 feet on a building with an overall height of 230 feet at the approx. vicinity of 250 East 63rd Street, New York, New York County, NY 10065. Antennas will be installed at a top height of 62 feet on a building with an overall height of 63 feet at the approx. vicinity of 328 Madison Street, Brooklyn, Kings County, NY 11216. Public comments regarding potential effects from these sites on historic properties may be submitted within 30 days from the date of this publication to: Trileaf Corp, Madison, m.warfield@trileaf.com, 8600 LaSalle Rd, Suite 301, Towson, MD, 21286, 410-853-7128.

SUPREME COURT COUNTY OF KINGS Wells Fargo Bank, N.A., Plaintiff AGAINST Joseph Garda; Michelle Garda a/k/a Michelle Matut; et al., Defendant(s) Pursuant to a Judgment of Foreclosure and Sale duly dated May 3, 2019 I, the undersigned Referee will sell at public auction at the Kings County Supreme Court, 360 Adams Street, Room 224, Brooklyn, NY 11201 on July 11, 2019 at 2:30PM, premises known as 1725 East 26th Street, Brooklyn, NY 11229. All that certain plot piece or parcel of land, with the buildings and improvements erected, situate, lying and being in the Borough of Brooklyn, County of Kings, City and State of NY, Block: 6809 Lot: 77. Approximate amount of judgment $384,078.87 plus interest and costs. Premises will be sold subject to provisions of filed Judgment Index# 524299/2017. Doron Leiby, Esq., Referee Shapiro, DiCaro & Barak, LLC Attorney(s) for the Plaintiff 175 Mile Crossing Boulevard Rochester, New York 14624 (877) 4304792 Dated: May 16, 2019 ! 63417

CLP NEW YORK LLC, Arts. of Org. filed with SSNY 05/10/2019. Office loc: NY County. SSNY has been designated as agent upon whom process against LLC may be served and shall mail process against LLC to: CSC, 80 State St., Albany, NY 12207. Purpose: any lawful act.

Notice of Qualification of SOLTEIV Solar, LLC. Authority filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 05/21/19. Office location: NY County. LLC formed in Delaware (DE) on 10/17/18. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: 311 West 43rd St., 12th Fl., NY, NY 10036. Address to be maintained in DE: 160 Greentree Dr., Ste. 101, Dover, DE 19904. Arts of Org. filed with the DE Secy. of State, 401 Federal St., Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: any lawful activities.

SUPREME COURT COUNTY OF KINGS U.S. BANK NATIONAL ASSOCIATION, NOT IN ITS INDIVIDUAL CAPACITY BUT SOLELY AS TRUSTEE FOR NRZ PASS-THROUGH TRUST VIII, Plaintiff AGAINST VERNON C. WELLS, JR., et al., Defendant(s) Pursuant to a Judgment of Foreclosure and Sale duly dated May 03, 2019 I, the undersigned Referee will sell at public auction at the Room 224 of Kings County Supreme Court, 360 Adams Street, Brooklyn, New York 11201, on July 11, 2019 at 2:30PM, premises known as 95 MOFFAT STREET, BROOKLYN, NY 11207. All that certain plot piece or parcel of land, with the buildings and improvements erected, situate, lying and being in the Borough of Brooklyn, County of Kings, City and State of New York, BLOCK 3439, LOT 48. Approximate amount of judgment $581,906.34 plus interest and costs. Premises will be sold subject to provisions of filed Judgment for Index# 518020/2017. LEO SALZMAN, ESQ., Referee Gross Polowy, LLC Attorney for Plaintiff 1775 Wehrle Drive, Suite 100 Wil! liamsville, NY 14221 63606

Touch Of Glass Detail Studio LLC. Arts. of Org. filed with SSNY on 02/15/19. Off. Loc.: Westchester Co. SSNY desig. as agt. upon whom process may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: The LLC, 341 Railroad Ave., Bedford Hills, NY 10507. The Reg. Agt. is US Corporation Agents, Inc., 7014 13th Ave., Ste. 202., Brooklyn, NY 11228. General Purposes.

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MMJ Apparel LLC, Arts of Org. filed SSNY 04/12/19. Office: NY Co. SSNY designated agent of LLC upon whom process may be served & mail to MMJ Apparel LLC, 1407 Broadway, 10th Fl., NY, NY 10018-5793. General Purpose.

Notice of Formation of Limited Liability Company. Articles of Organization of Staten Island ASC, LLC were filed with the Sec. of State of NY (“SSNY”) on May 30, 2019. Office Location: Richmond County. SSNY has been designated as agent upon whom process against the LLC may be served. SSNY shall mail a copy of any process to: 3860 Victory Blvd, Staten Island, NY 10314. Purpose: Any lawful business purpose.

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Notice of Qualification of VESSEL GLOBAL LLC Appl. for Auth. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 05/31/19. Office location: NY County. LLC formed in Delaware (DE) on 05/23/19. 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 122072543. DE addr. of LLC: CSC, 251 Little Falls Dr., Wilmington, DE 19808. Cert. of Form. filed with Jeffrey W. Bullock, Secy. of State’s Office - Wilmington, 820 N. French St., 4th Fl., Wilmington, DE 19801. Purpose: Any lawful activity. NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT A LICENSE, SERIAL # 1318548 FOR WINE & BEER HAS BEEN APPLIED FOR BY THE UNDERSIGNED TO SELL WINE & BEER AT RETAIL UNDER THE ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGE CONTROL LAW AT 656 NOSTRAND AVE BROOKLYN, NY 11216. KINGS COUNTY, FOR ON-PREMISE CONSUMPTION. ANTON SANTANIELLO HOLDINGS LLC LEVEL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT, LLC, Arts. of Org. filed with SSNY 05/31/2019. Office loc: NY County. SSNY has been designated as agent upon whom process against LLC may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: The LLC, Attn: Franklin Garrido. 514W 211ST APT 2I NEW YORK,NY 10034 Purpose: Any Lawful Purpose.

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Application for Authority of Upland 2 LLC filed with SSNY on 5/20/19. The jurisdiction of organization of the foreign LLC is Delaware. The date of organization is 5/2/2019. Office location: NY County. SSNY has been designated as an agent upon whom process against the LLC may be served. The address to which SSNY shall mail a copy of any process against the LLC is to: 210 East 68th St., APT 15G, NY, NY 10065. The address of the office required to be maintained in the jurisdiction of its formation is: 8 The Green, STE R, Dover, DE 19901. The authorized officer in its jurisdiction of formation where a copy of its articles are filed is: Secretary of State of Delaware, 401 Federal St., STE 4, Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: To engage in any lawful act or activity. Notice of Qualification of VESSEL GLOBAL LLC Appl. for Auth. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 05/31/19. Office location: NY County. LLC formed in Delaware (DE) on 05/23/19. 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 122072543. DE addr. of LLC: CSC, 251 Little Falls Dr., Wilmington, DE 19808. Cert. of Form. filed with Jeffrey W. Bullock, Secy. of State’s Office - Wilmington, 820 N. French St., 4th Fl., Wilmington, DE 19801. Purpose: Any lawful activity.

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

Who was up and who was down last week

LOSERS

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PAUL MANAFORT After a couple months of peace and quiet in the Poconos – in a minimum-security federal prison – President Donald Trump’s former campaign chairman is heading back to the big city. Thanks to new state charges, the man in the ostrich leather jacket might be one of many men in a Rikers Island jumpsuit. The new digs are a guaranteed downgrade, though the possibility of solitary confinement won him an unlikely ally: Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.

THE BEST OF THE REST

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JOHN BROOKS & KIMBERLY JEAN-PIERRE

ALBERT ALVAREZ

Boating safety legislation from these Long Island lawmakers sailed to passage.

CARLOS MENCHACA

The NYC councilman is a part-time model. Who says politics is for ugly people?

PETER WARD

Even if de Blasio’s not our next president, Ward’s HTC endorsement is a savvy move.

JUMAANE WILLIAMS

NYC’s public advocate, who loves to get locked up for a good cause (and good press), was arrested at a rent regs rally.

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The former council candidate took illegal straw donations – and still couldn’t win!

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NYC’s elevated subways keep raining debris on the streets below. If only his Fast Forward plan were a little faster!

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LINDA FAIRSTEIN

Thanks to a new Netflix miniseries, NYC’s fair-weather fans have turned on the infamous Central Park Five prosecutor.

SCOTT STONE

Stone said the legal system “sucks” and lamented he couldn’t hang people. So the upstate judge was shown the door.

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STATE SENATE; A KATZ/SHUTTERSTOCK; MIKE LICHT

MICHAEL GIANARIS & LINDA ROSENTHAL A moment of silence for all the leather couches that will be harmed by a new state law. But a purr of appreciation to state Sen. Michael Gianaris and Assemblywoman Linda Rosenthal, who sponsored the legislation that will make New York the first state in the nation to ban declawing cats, which opponents say is akin to amputating fingers. We only wish Grumpy Cat were alive to see this moment. She may have even cracked a smile.

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WINNERS

There are so many Queens DA candidates that the governor can be forgiven for referring to Queens Borough President Melinda Katz as Melissa. There are so many Vallones that it’s not surprising that Katz’s campaign included an endorsement from Peter when it meant Paul. And if Mayor Bill de Blasio doesn’t know Dr. Jekyll from Mr. Hyde – well, they’re the same person anyway! You may not agree with last week’s Winners & Losers – but at least we got the names right.

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From a Court of Claims Judge in THURSTON v. THE STATE OF NEW YORK: “Yes, hard cases make bad law, and the corollary is that bad laws make hard cases. The application of New York law to the facts of this case lead to the inevitable and very unpleasant conclusion that, although Defendant was negligent, and this negligence led directly to Cheryl Thurston’s death, there can be no recovery in this action. I find cold comfort in the fact that I am not the only judge to have struggled with the fact that the laws of this great State appear to place no intrinsic value on human life… It is repugnant to the Court to have to enforce this law which places no intrinsic value on human life and is ‘no longer relevant and applicable to our contemporary social structure and mores’ (Gary at 337). Although I add my voice to the chorus of those who would call upon our legislature to address this fundamental injustice in our wrongful death statute, I have no choice but to honor and faithfully apply the law as it now stands, and dismiss Claimant’s action in its entirety.” RENÉE FORGENSI MINARIK Judge of the Court of Claims May 2, 2013 Rochester, New York

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