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EDITOR’S NOTE

RALPH R. ORTEGA Editor-in-chief

IT’S HARD TO SAY if COVID-19 was to blame, but the closure of the last remaining Kmart in Manhattan came quickly a little over a week ago. Employees who served as essential workers during the pandemic were given two days’ notice that the store on Astor Place was being shuttered. The closure isn’t surprising after the devastating impacts of the pandemic. Kmart, now a subsidiary of the holding company that owns Sears, appears to have its days numbered as a department store chain due to financial losses. But while many balked at having Kmart sprout up 25 years ago along the fringes of New York’s punk and bohemian scene on St. Marks Place, the store found its niche in the neighborhood. Those same punks and bohemians from the area began buying diapers and items in bulk as they got older and started families. Plus, you had New Yorkers who shopped there for the discounts that made Kmart a household brand years ago. Kmart, a chain that was once a fixture of suburban life, came to the neighborhood to cater to the tastes of “the young avant-garde of Manhattan,” said its executives at the time. It even chose to locate itself in what was a Wanamaker’s, albeit without the style and architectural beauty of the chain whose namesake invented the department store. Kmart, while it had become rundown and the butt of jokes, did become respected by those who shopped there, and in New York that is hard-earned.

CONTENTS FIRST READ … 4 The week that was

KINGMAKERS … 8 The endorsements that made a difference YUH-LINE NIOU … 10

She got to Albany ahead of the rest of the Squad, and she’s on the up and up.

POWER OF DIVERSITY: ASIAN 100 … 17

RALPH R. ORTEGA; RON ADAR/SHUTTERSTOCK

The leaders shaping New York

WINNERS & LOSERS … 50

Who was up and who was down last week

Rep. Adriano Espaillat had a banner year of City Council endorsements.


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were both “progressive Democrats” who actually got things done. Their appearance together signals a potential shift away from the contentious relationship between Cuomo and de Blasio, although it’s far from certain how long this friendship will last.

“Clearly, here, we did not end up with a deescalated situation.” – New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio after video showed multiple cops tasering a Black man on the subway, via The New York Times Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Democratic nominee for New York City mayor Eric Adams presented a united front last week in Brooklyn.

MR. ADAMS GOES TO WASHINGTON

New York City Democratic mayoral nominee Eric Adams has already declared himself the next mayor despite still technically needing to win the general election, and it seems that most have already accepted that, much to Republican

nominee Curtis Sliwa’s chagrin. President Joe Biden invited Adams to the White House along with other local leaders to talk about gun violence and the rise in crime both in New York City and across the country. Current Mayor Bill de Blasio was not invited to the meeting. After

that, Adams held a joint press conference with Gov. Andrew Cuomo in Brooklyn on the same topic, the pair’s first appearance together since Adams became the Democratic nominee. They heaped praise on each other and pledged to work together, with Cuomo saying they

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As Democratic mayoral nominee Eric Adams continued his celebratory meet-and-greet tour this week – rubbing elbows with President Joe Biden and Gov. Andrew Cuomo – New York City’s actual mayor faced heat for what critics called a lackluster response to gun violence in the city. De Blasio has been called a lame duck for over a year now, and the Daily News emphasized that status as his presumptive successor hits the ground running.

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“We’re going to run this city.” – State Attorney General Letitia James, at a celebration for female City Council candidates, via PIX11

CUOMO IN THE HOT SEAT

The attorney general’s investigation into allegations of sexual harassment and misconduct against the governor could be wrapping up. Cuomo was reportedly set to talk with investigators on Saturday. Outside attorneys hired to oversee the probe have spent the last few months interviewing the women who made the allegations and other witnesses and gathering evidence in preparation for releasing a report. The news came shortly after more bad press for Cuomo with regards to transparency with coronavirus data. The Associated Press reported that the state discloses 11,000 fewer deaths from COVID-19 than the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, despite sharing higher numbers with the CDC. They use different criteria for counting deaths, and while some other states use similar criteria as New York, none have as large a discrepancy between state and federal numbers.

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RENT RELIEF STILL ELUSIVE

Many applauded the $2.4 billion rent relief program approved by the state Legislature as part of the budget in April to help struggling tenants during the pandemic, but months later, no one has gotten any payments. The state launched an online application portal on June 1, already a delay compared to the April approval. And while the agency overseeing the program said that it would take no more than six weeks to get the money out to landlords, six weeks have passed and none of the funds have been distributed. Officials said that it would take several more weeks to get the money out. This on top of website glitches that have made it difficult for

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some tenants and landlords to even apply.

COVID-19 NUMBERS INCHING UP

Across the state and New York City, rates of COVID-19 remain low, but have been slowly increasing over the past several weeks even as more people get vaccinated and the warm weather gets people outside. Although the most significant increases have taken place, in New York City at least, in areas with lower rates of vaccination, the spread of the delta variant has been a major cause for concern. This version of the coronavirus has grown more prevalent in New York recently, and new data shows that in the city, it now represents about twothirds of all new COVID-19 infections.

The new delta variant has begun to spread in New York City, making up two-thirds of all new infections.

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WEEK AHEAD

MONDAY 7/19 The Assembly Election Law Committee holds a 10:30 a.m hearing at 250 Broadway in Manhattan on voters’ experience with ranked-choice voting

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City Council approves $4 million for AAPI organizations Organizations serving New York City’s Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders will receive more funding this coming year thanks to the City Council’s approval of a $4 million initiative – an effort more than 12 years in the making that more than doubles the city’s previous investment in organizations serving these populations. The funding, which comes under the AAPI Community Support Initiative, will directly benefit organizations that are led by and serve Asian American and Pacific Islanders in the city, such as supporting mental health care, anti-bias work and other direct services. The funding will be key to helping these organizations meet the needs of the city’s growing Asian American community during the COVID-19 pandemic and a spike in anti-Asian violence, according to Anita Gundanna, co-executive director of the Coalition for Asian American Children and Families. The advocacy organization helped bring a coalition of organizations together for years to fight for a city budget that invests equitably in Asian American and Pacific Islander communities. “We are shrouded by this myth that we are all doing well, or we are all wealthy or healthy

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Many lawmakers have criticized the rollout of RCV, saying more time should have been allotted for educating the public about the process.

as a community and it isn’t true,” she said, explaining that Asian Americans have among the highest poverty rates of all racial and ethnic groups across the city. “We are facing language barriers. We are facing a lot of things related to being a heavily immigrant community – there’s overcrowded housing – so there’s a lot of issues that get shrouded and forgotten if we play into these racist stereotypes about our community.” While Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders currently make up around 15% of New York City’s population, these community based organizations received around 4% to 4.5% of the City Council’s discretionary funding last year. Vanessa Leung, co-executive director of the Coalition for Asian American Children and Families, said the City Council’s approval of the initiative demonstrates their growing willingness to understand the needs and to help support the organizations doing the heavy lifting. “The fact that the City Council committed an initiative to this work is really a wonderful statement,” Gundanna said. “We need our community organizations, who are really the front lines of this, to be resourced.” – Sahalie Donaldson

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THURSDAY 7/22

The New York State Independent Redistricting Commission hosts its first virtual public hearing, soliciting feedback on Long Island, at 2 p.m.

City & State hosts the virtual Protecting New York Summit from 1-4 p.m., featuring NYPD First Deputy Commissioner Benjamin Tucker, Public Advocate Jumaane Williams and others.


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ERIC ADAMS IS ENJOYING HIS SUMMER AS THE MAYOR-TO-BE. BY CAITLIN DORMAN

AN IMPROMPTU EAR PIERCING AT CLAIRE’S According to Adams, a group of kids he met on the campaign trail wanted to know if they could trust him to keep his promises once he was in office. They decided they could ... if he promised to pierce his ear after he won the primary, and lo and behold! Look who’s rocking a fresh stud in the window of every tween girl’s favorite jewelry store. Really makes you wonder what he’ll do for organized labor, huh. Maybe a tattoo of the 32BJ SEIU logo?

PICTURE THIS: you’ve waited years to become the mayor of New York City, and The Associated Press just called the competitive Democratic primary in your favor. You’re all but guaranteed to cruise

AN APPEARANCE ON “MORNING JOE” Are you even qualified to be mayor of New York City if you don’t have a passion for going on “Morning Joe?” This one must have hurt de Blasio. Hopefully Joe Scarborough doesn’t forget Big Bird completely now that Adams is the presumptive heir to Gracie Mansion. WALKING IN THE TICKER TAPE PARADE Eric Adams was all smiles as he walked in the Hometown Heroes parade the morning after winning the primary. The parade was in honor of New York City’s essential workers, but as the confetti floated in the air and hoards of operatives

to victory in November, but that’s four months away. What do you do in the meantime? Go on TV, walk in a parade, maybe even get some Italian food? Here’s what Eric Adams did in the week following his primary victory.

congratulated him on his victory, it must have felt just a little bit like he was already the mayor. DINNER AT RAO’S What’s more unusual, the democratic nominee for mayor getting dinner at an infamous Italian restaurant with John Catsimatidis and Bo Dietl, or a strict vegan ordering an eggplant parm without the parm at said Italian restaurant? A photo of them dining out together caused quite the stir on Twitter, but former mayoral candidate Dietl clarified that it was “just social, not political” and added “many jealous people, sorry you weren’t invited.”

MEETING WITH PRESIDENT JOE BIDEN It was Adams, not Bill de Blasio, who was invited to a recent meeting at the White House on tackling rising gun violence. He is a relevant voice on the subject, but the meeting was also an opportunity for kindred spirits – Middle-Class Joe and Blue-Collar Eric – to finally hang out. Adams even went so far as to tell the press afterward that he’s known as the “Biden of Brooklyn.”


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A Q&A with City Council District 38 Democratic nominee

If it is more of the same retail luxury hotels, we are not interested in that.

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It was so notable to me that you as a democratic socialist also got so much support from labor unions. Really, almost everybody got behind you. What did you do to coalesce these two sides that are often up against each other in elections? I think our campaign was really focused on creating the biggest table we could, and that’s how I work. That’s how I’ve always worked in community, and I think that was reflected very much in the campaign. People felt that there was space there – it was an ever growing table, and I think that’s why labor

came on board and I think that’s why others did too. Our endorsements truly did reflect our community and the diversity of that, and, you know, making space for people. I think we all know that the challenges we face are complex and it will require movement. When it comes to Industry City, the most recent upzoning plan was not even brought up for a vote. Would you support changes and new development at Industry City under the right conditions? I was on the community board, I’m still on the community board, so I

was very involved in that process and reviewing those documents, so I know them rather intimately and certainly, what the documents said and what the rhetoric was being put in the press were very different things. I think what the community has been saying is that we want a working waterfront and we don’t want a luxury waterfront. We want a waterfront that’s going to continue to employ our folks. If plans are proposed that are in alignment with a working waterfront with clean, resilient jobs, with real jobs – then we are open to those conversations.

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If it is more of the same retail luxury hotels, we are not interested in that, and the community has been pretty clear about that over the years. It’s not a new message. What’s on your agenda as far as immigration issues when you enter the City Council? I guess one of the big policy changes that we’d love to see is the one city, one vote granting municipal voting rights. (Immigrants without citizenship) pay taxes, they own homes, they work, they’re involved, and yet they’re not able to vote. I think if we can see that pass, that would

be tremendous for our community. Obviously, we got to look at the funding – legal services, we got baseline language services this year. I think making sure that legal representation is available – that’s a huge one that families need help and it’s legal representation for support across the border. Everything from housing issues to actual immigration issues. In schools, we need a lot of help with students who speak English as a second language and their families need that support. There’s definitely a lot to do. – Jeff Coltin and Sahalie Donaldson


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Election Influencers The endorsements that shaped the June primary in New York City.

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HERE’S A SAYING, often attributed to President John F. Kennedy, that victory has a hundred fathers and defeat is an orphan. So while the results were still being tabulated in the 2021 New York City primaries, many of the countless unions, organizations and public figures who endorsed candidates were clamoring for credit for wins – or at least a shoutout during the victory speech. While many endorsers just end up being a name on a list, some of them are indisputable game-changers. Here are a few of them from the primaries. THE NEW YORK TIMES FOR KATHRYN GARCIA On May 10, Garcia surprisingly received the endorsement for the Democratic nomination from The New York Times’ editorial board, which wrote that she could “run a government that delivers for all New Yorkers,” based on her extensive managerial experience in city government. Following the Times’ endorsement, Garcia – who had been stuck at the bottom of polls until then – ended up the first pick for voters in a poll conducted by Emerson College published on May 26. The former Sanitation commissioner stayed in the top tier, ultimately finishing second to Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams in the ranked-choice runoff. “Garcia’s the big overperformer this cycle. Nobody expected her to do anything,” Trip Yang, a political strategist who worked for Andrew Yang’s mayoral campaign, told City & State. “She did not have the millions of dollars that (the other candidates) had … and she had basically no institutional support. … The areas that she won

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are the liberal areas, mostly in Manhattan, that people associate with the Times.” Garcia also received the endorsement from the Daily News on May 15, which may have helped her carry areas like the South Shore of Staten Island. Toward the end of Garcia’s campaign, she received a second-ranked endorsement from fellow mayoral candidate Andrew Yang, which likely moved some of his supporters to include her on their ballots. Garcia outperformed Adams when it came to lower-ranked votes, narrowing the gap between the two in first-ranked votes and nearly overtaking the Democratic nominee. While the newspaper endorsements didn’t put Garcia over the top, the Times’ endorsements of Alvin Bragg for Manhattan district attorney and Brad Lander for comptroller appeared to consolidate their support among progressives in crowded fields, without which Bragg might have lost to Tali Farhadian Weinstein and Lander might have lost to City Council Speaker Corey Johnson. WORKING FAMILIES PARTY FOR BRAD LANDER Lander ended up surprising New York politicos by winning the June primary for comptroller, despite Johnson leading in most polls and enjoying higher name recognition, easy access to media coverage, and endorsements from major labor leaders and Reps. Carolyn Maloney and Ritchie Torres. He did it with the early and near-total consolidation of the progressive left, including an endorsement way back in December 2020 from the Working Families Party. Other well-known progressive politicians followed, such as U.S. Sens. Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren, Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Jamaal Bow-

Rep. Adriano Espaillat pulled off an impressive slate of endorsement victories on the City Council.

man and New York City Public Advocate Jumaane Williams, which helped boost his signal among progressive voters. The WFP stumbled in the mayoral race and failed to secure victory for a number of City Council contenders, but a few other primary winners did seem to get a big boost from the WFP, including Antonio Reynoso for Brooklyn borough president, Sandy Nurse in Council District 37 in Brooklyn’s Bushwick and East New York neighborhoods and Shahana Hanif, who ran to replace Lander in Council District 39, in Brooklyn’s Park Slope and Kensington. ADRIANO ESPAILLAT’S CITY COUNCIL SLATE Third-term Rep. Adriano Espaillat from Upper Manhattan was Oswald Feliz’s only major endorser when he pulled off a surprise victory in the City Council District 15 special election in the central Bronx in March. And when the June primaries came, Espaillat kept winning. He went all in on endorsing Shaun Abreu in District 7 and Assembly Member Carmen De La Rosa in District 10, both in Upper Manhattan, and Pierina Sanchez in District 14 in the West Bronx, as well as Feliz’s reelection. All had competitive races, and all won with the Dominican American Espaillat’s direct support. “He was doing train stations with me in the morning, he was door-knocking with me, we were con-


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declined to run for reelection, but backed William Rivera, the local community board district manager, to replace him. Rivera also had the support of Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr., and it wouldn’t be hard to imagine the Bronx Dems joining in. But the party is trying to be more progressive and welcoming to women under its new chair, state Sen. Jamaal Bailey, and instead joined the dozens of labor unions and progressive organizations that had already backed Farías and endorsed her campaign. Farías’ campaign manager, Christian Amato, also gave credit to DRUM Beats, a progressive South Asian group, for its endorsement. “They sent us so many resources that were really effective in our community – namely Bangla speakers who were able to connect with the Bengali community,” in the district, even though Farías was running against two Bengali American opponents. In the end, Farías beat Rivera by just over 500 votes.

sistently in contact,” De La Rosa said. “He was just an amazing supporter, as he’s always been.” Espaillat’s support was also a boost to City Council Member Mark Levine, a longtime ally who won a competitive race for Manhattan borough president, and Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams, who picked up Espaillat’s endorsement late in the mayoral race and ended up performing well in his Upper Manhattan and northwestern Bronx district. Espaillat didn’t go undefeated – he supported Tali Farhadian Weinstein, who lost the Manhattan district attorney race despite performing well in Washington Heights and Inwood, and Espaillat stayed out of the competitive District 9 race in Central Harlem. But Espaillat’s record didn’t go unnoticed. “Game recognize game,” Trip Yang said. “He had a huge cycle. I’ve got to respect that.” Political observers also noted that Rep. Grace Meng did well with council endorsements. She backed Sandra Ung, Lynn Schulman and Linda Lee in competitive races overlapping with her Queens district, and all three won. DONALD TRUMP FOR VITO FOSSELLA Among Staten Island Republicans, nobody is more popular than former President Donald Trump. So in a nail-biter of a borough

president primary, in which preliminary results showed former Rep. Vito Fossella with a 290-vote lead over City Council Member Steve Matteo, it appeared like Trump’s seal of approval was decisive. Fossella represented the borough in Congress for 11 years, until 2008, but has mostly been out of the public eye since then – and was even out of the public eye for most of this year, barely reporting any spending and barely campaigning. But even if it came just three days before the primary, Trump’s endorsement made waves and was all over Facebook thanks to promoted ads from the Trump-aligned news outlet Newsmax. The endorsement may have packed even more punch since the borough’s most prominent Republican, Rep. Nicole Malliotakis, declined to endorse in the race. Now, rumors are flying that she may be repaid with a primary challenge from Fossella. BRONX DEMOCRATIC PARTY FOR AMANDA FARÍAS Many progressives pinned their hopes on Amanda Farías’ council campaign in 2017 to beat conservative Democratic City Council Member Rubén Díaz Sr., known for his stance against same-sex marriage and a history of offensive comments. But Díaz, with the support of the Bronx Democratic Party, won the seat in the southeastern Bronx easily. Four years later, Díaz

NEW YORK POST FOR ERIC ADAMS Throughout the course of Adams’ campaign for the Democratic mayoral nominee, the New York Post made it unabashedly clear that they were rooting for him. Not only did the Post’s editorial board give Adams its endorsement for mayor, it also published pieces claiming that he was the only candidate who could “bring back New York City” and restore public safety. The outlet also published a glowing profile of Adams and wrote about his health journey, becoming a vegan and reversing his diabetes diagnosis through healthy eating. The Post’s coverage of the mayoral race leading up to the primary also tended to go soft on Adams and went hard on his opponents, particularly when it came to mayoral debates, issues pertaining to police reform and the skepticism over whether or not Adams actually lives in the city, among other things. The tabloid that was obsessed with crime and constantly covered the shooting surge helped shape the Adams-friendly narrative that the city needed an experienced crime fighter to lead it. The support of the right-leaning publication was hardly the only thing that helped tip the scales in Adams’ favor – the candidate also won the support of Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. and powerful labor unions like 32BJ SEIU and the Hotel Trades Council – but it certainly didn’t hurt Adams in the long run either.


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NIOU IN YOUR CORNER The Assembly member is making sure Asian New Yorkers aren’t ignored, and she wants to buy you an ice cream.

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FTER A DAY of meetings, Assembly Member Yuh-Line Niou arrived for an interview at Manousheh, a Lebanese restaurant on Manhattan’s Lower East Side on a warm June afternoon, flanked by a few staffers. At the time, some of the biggest issues were with small-business owners looking to her office for guidance on changing regulations. “We do a lot more running around more often than when we’re in session, my crew never stops,” Niou said. Before getting started, she said she wanted to buy her staff some ice cream, to which one sheepishly replied, “You don’t have to.” She did anyway. As she walked through the doors into the restaurant, she saw two older women sitting at a table – constituents she knew – and went over, giving one a hug and striking up a conversation about the recent primary election, ranked-choice voting and one of the women’s recent arm injury. As the conversation wrapped up, she offered, “Do you want something sweet?” She bought them a pis-


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tachio ice cream to split. Joyce Ravitz, the woman with the broken arm, will be 78 in August and has lived in the neighborhood for 30 years. “I think my Assembly member is great,” Ravitz said emphatically when Niou went to the counter, mentioning Niou’s support for canceling rent during the pandemic. It’s not an opinion shared by everyone in her district, but the interaction was emblematic of Niou’s personality – many of the nearly two dozen people interviewed for this piece who know or have worked with her describe her as exceedingly candid, passionate and personable in a way that draws others to her and makes her easy to befriend. “Both her strength and her weakness is that she leads with her heart,” state Sen. Gustavo Rivera said. In many ways, Niou has built a reputation off of that quality. Ever-present on social media and outspoken during the legislative session, the relatively new lawmaker has managed to grab attention and rise in prominence as a leading progressive voice in a Legislature that has been leaning increasingly to the left since Democrats won control of the state Senate in 2018. And there are many who believe that she’s only just hitting her stride. Elected in 2016 to represent District 65 in lower Manhattan, Niou slightly predates the recent wave of new state senators in 2018 and democratic socialist Assembly members elected in 2020. Her election to replace the convicted and expelled former Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver was contentious, with Niou running as an anti-establishment candidate. After initially losing a special election to then-District Leader Alice Cancel, Niou ultimately won the primary against the incumbent later that year. “Based on her insurgent candidacy, I expected even before I had met her that she would be very outspoken and independent and very progressive,” said longtime Assembly Member Richard Gottfried. “And she has certainly met those expectations.”

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IOU HADN’T ORIGINALLY planned to hold elected office. “I thought I wanted to be a lawyer,” Niou, 38, said about her thinking during college. “I thought I wanted to speak up for folks who couldn’t speak up for themselves.” That desire came from seeing “little injustices” that her parents, immigrants from Taiwan, faced, including language barriers that put them at disadvantage compared to native or more fluent English speakers. From a young age, growing up primarily in El Paso, Texas, after immigrating to the United States as a baby, she often had to act as their translator. Things changed when she interned with the Washington state Legislature, where she

Niou was elected in 2016, two years before a wave of young insurgents unseated multiple moderate Democrats. In some ways, her rise augured theirs.

would later work for several years, during her senior year at Evergreen State College. “When I was younger, I just thought that rules and these things happen to us,” Niou said. “Once I saw how the Legislature works, I was like, ‘Wow, there’s no big secret to accessing government,’” Niou said. At the time, the Washington state Legislature had more women than men serving on it, and the state had its first Asian American governor. “I didn’t even realize that I had these barriers in my own brain on what it looked like for … women to be in (an) elected position or for an Asian American to be in (an) elected position,” Niou said. After a few years, Niou came to New York after getting accepted as a National Urban Fellow, a 14-month graduate program, to get her master’s in public administration at Baruch College. Assembly Member Ron Kim of Queens, then a lobbyist at The Parkside Group, had gone through the fellowship a

few years before her. She volunteered for his campaign in 2012, and he hired Niou as his first chief of staff when he took office in 2013. Kim described their working relationship as a co-equal partnership. “We were both figuring it out together,” said Kim, who is the first state elected official of Korean descent and at the time was New York’s only Asian American state legislator. Kim and then-state Sen. Daniel Squadron, a fellow Democrat from Brooklyn, were the first people to approach Niou about running for Silver’s seat after he was convicted on federal corruption charges in 2015. “I knew that she had the confidence, I knew that she could win,” Kim said. “But I knew she was a little hesitant.” Niou described her initial reaction as perhaps a little stronger than hesitant. “I was like, ‘No thank you,’” Niou recalled with a laugh. She said she enjoyed policy work and research behind the scenes,


but had never thought she would be front and center. “I am probably one of the people most scared of public speaking ever,” Niou said. But to those who listen to her speak, that fear doesn’t come across. State Sen. Alessandra Biaggi recalled hearing Niou speak at a campaign training event she attended in late 2016. “I remember thinking to myself ... I’m never going to be able to do this, like what she’s exuding,” Biaggi said. They wouldn’t meet again until 2018 when Niou came to the Bronx to help Biaggi canvas in her race to unseat then-state Sen. Jeff Klein, the former head of the Independent Democratic Conference, which shared power with Republicans. By the end of the day, Niou was making plans for the pair to be roommates in Albany if Biaggi won. And despite Niou’s self-assessment of her own public speaking skills, it’s her willingness and ability to speak openly and candidly

“If she was in the Senate, it would be a different situation. She’d be a chair of a committee, she’d be leading hearings every other day.” – state Sen. Gustavo Rivera

that has raised her profile and garnered her attention. “Yuh-Line’s speaking is often not only adamant, but with a strong emotional element, often coming from personal experience, and that can be very compelling,” Gottfried said. Niou’s impassioned floor speech about why she was voting “no” on

part of the 2020 budget widely circulated on social media, and struck a chord with progressives around the state. For 12 minutes, Niou critiqued the cuts to Medicaid and education at a time she believed the state should have been investing more. Sometimes appearing to be on the verge of tears, Niou said the pandemic laid bare structural inequities and shortcomings in the state’s institutions. “I found Yuh-Line’s budget speech on Twitter after I won the primary,” said first-term Assembly Member Anna Kelles from the Southern Tier. “I was blown away and thought, ‘Wow, this woman is a rock star.’” Niou is more accessible and relatable to her fans than most rock stars, though. She befriends people online and mentors young zoomers getting their start in politics, who affectionately call her mom. She nerds out on pop culture and comic books (her district office is conveniently located above Midtown Comics on Fulton Street) and is


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always up for karaoke, according to friends. “Legislators like her, that force more people to pay attention to the democratic process, are good,” said Cea Weaver, campaign coordinator of Housing Justice for All. “It’s good that she’s cool, that she puts stuff on Twitter, that she has a following.”

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CONFLUENCE OF forces helped Niou, who had moved to the district in 2014, win Manhattan’s southernmost seat in 2016, including key support from the Democratic club United Democratic Organization, the endorsement of New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer and the backing of the Working Families Party. Despite a hardfought special election run on the WFP line after withdrawing from consideration for the Manhattan Democratic Party’s endorsement, Niou lost to Cancel, who at the time was framed as the establishment pick and Silver’s chosen successor. But Niou and her supporters reorganized for the fall primary, which she overwhelmingly won. Since then, Niou has been an ally of the progressive WFP. “I couldn’t find any fault with her,” former WFP state Director Bill Lipton said. “She’s one of the brave ones.” He recalled in particular a now-infamous 2019 incident when Niou, along with Biaggi and state Sen. Jessica Ramos, criticized Gov. Andrew Cuomo for holding high-dollar fundraisers during budget season. It led to one of Cuomo’s top aides, Rich Azzopardi, calling the trio of lawmakers “fucking idiots.” More recently, Niou has been a frequent Cuomo critic for the governor’s handling of the COVID-19 pandemic and allegations of sexual harassment and bullying. “I think that it’s really important to speak up and to fight for things that you care about and want to change, it doesn’t matter who it is,” Niou said. After five sessions in Albany, Niou has only had three bills she has sponsored become law. Allies attribute this to her junior status in the larger chamber. “If she was in the Senate, it would be a different situation,” Rivera said. “She’d be a chair of a committee, she’d be leading hearings every other day.” He said the Assembly is a hard place for newer members, or those who are more independent of leadership, to get bills passed. “She is an amazing legislator, she just hasn’t been able to pass much legislation because she’s not a good knee-bender,” Rivera said. Instead, Niou has positioned herself as a rhetorical leader on many progressive causes, including combating sexual harassment and assault and advocating for the Child Victims Act, which created a window for childhood victims of sexual abuse to file civil lawsuits. A survivor of childhood abuse herself, Niou

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was one of a handful of lawmakers who spoke about their personal experience. Niou has also worked with advocates of stronger tenant protections. “She was strategizing with us to strengthen tenant protections, even as a new lawmaker,” said Weaver, the housing activist. Weaver said she and Niou started working closely on the package of bills that would eventually become the Housing Stability and Tenant Protection Act of 2019. “One of the things that makes Yuh-Line a really effective legislator is that she’s such a good communicator about the stakes and what’s being debated,” Weaver said. “It’s a strategy that allows her … to capture the public’s imagination and creates a condition for strong bills to pass.” Last year, Niou sponsored legislation to cancel rent and a bill to impose new taxes on the wealthy. Neither bill passed. “If you believe in something that doesn’t get passed, it doesn’t mean you’re not effective,” said Assembly Member Harvey Epstein, who represents the district just north of Niou’s. “Obviously passing legislation is important, but standing up for legislation is important as well.”

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VEN THOUGH HER district is plurality Asian American, Niou is the first Asian American to represent Chinatown at the state level and only the third Asian American elected to the state Legislature. “While Yuh-Line represents Lower Manhattan, her constituent services actually address issues throughout the entire city,” said Wayne Ho, president of the Chinese-American Planning Council. Niou said that sometimes her office gets calls from other parts of the state, and even out of state too. “When you are a first, or are an only, it makes it so that there is kind of an undue amount of pressure on that end,” Niou said. Niou was diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder when she was 22, something she has spoken publicly about. “It’s a lens to think things through,” said Niou, who has fought to bring disability and accessibility issues to the forefront, like fighting to add sign language interpreters to Assembly hearings. “That’s why we have to make sure we elect folks who see through a lens that affects so many people.” Niou has a service dog and has encountered accessibility issues trying to get places with her dog, even at the state Capitol. “So few people actually make (accessibility) a priority, when every single one of us, if we’re lucky enough to be able-bodied … are all temporarily so,” Niou said. Her presence in the Legislature has also had tangible impacts legislatively. Ho recalled that in Niou’s first year in office, the words “Asian American” appeared in the state budget for the first time as

a line item for his nonprofit that Niou fought to get in there. “Which just shows how long it took for the Asian American community to have some legislative and budget representation,” Ho said. One of Niou’s legislative priorities has also been a bill to desegregate demographic data to separately collect information on Asian Americans, native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders to better serve those communities. Originally introduced by then-Assembly Member Grace Meng, it passed to Kim and eventually to Niou when she took office. The bill passed both houses for the first time in 2019, although Cuomo ve-

Niou’s ties to the district became an issue again in 2020, when she faced a challenge from Grace Lee, who said that Niou “parachuted” in to run.

toed it. It passed both chambers again this year and awaits action from the governor. “(Niou) was really committed to making government work for those who, for the most part, people tend to forget,” said Vanessa Leung, co-executive director of the Coalition for Asian American Children and Families. More recently, Niou, a co-chair of the Assembly Asian Pacific American Task Force, fought to include $10 million in the state budget this year to fight anti-Asian bigotry and hate crimes that plagued the community in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. “She’s held the line in our budgets, delivering for the first time millions and millions of dollars for Asian immigrant communities that we never were able to secure in our state budgets,” Kim said.


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ACK IN HER DISTRICT, there are diverging opinions about Niou’s success as an Assembly member. In 2016, when she won, Niou had only been living in the district for a couple of years, and she was running against people who had been in the community for decades, such as Cancel and District Leader Paul Newell. She fended off accusations that she moved to the district just to run and that she was a plant of the Queens Democratic Party through Kim (both of which she denied then and now). “This is a district that is a district of immigrants, this is a district

2020. Torres was candid about her “stormy” relationship with Niou, going back to when she was first elected. Torres said she didn’t feel Niou gave enough attention to public housing, although she said that recently Niou has supported tenants in their opposition to the NYCHA Blueprint for Change, which they fear would lead to the privatization of public housing. But while Torres said Niou will be responsive if contacted, Torres said Niou hasn’t taken the time to proactively listen to tenants. “She hasn’t really had a conversation with the resident leaders, put us all in a room and have a conversation with us,” Torres said. She said that Silver would often

that is known for its diversity,” Niou said. “And to tell somebody that they don’t belong here is a comment I get often.” Niou’s ties to the district became an issue again in 2020, when she faced a challenge from Grace Lee, who said that Niou “parachuted” in to run. Although the two candidates were fairly similar ideologically, Lee said that Niou hadn’t been present enough in the district and didn’t pay enough attention to local issues. Niou ultimately won with the support of nearly every district leader – Niou’s district has eight – but Lee did pick up the backing of several New York City Housing Authority tenant association leaders and the district’s largest Democratic club, Downtown Independent Democrats. Aixa Torres, president of the Alfred E. Smith Houses tenant association, is one of the public housing leaders who backed Lee in

have such meetings. Niou has touted her efforts to secure state funding for NYCHA, but Torres said that most of the fight took place before Niou took office. Jonathan Gardenhire, a district leader who supported Lee, offered a nuanced view of Niou. “I think she’s an incredibly effective and hardworking assemblywoman,” Gardenhire said, adding that she is likable and progressive. “But I think that because of how she came into this particular role in this particular community, that there was some work that was missed, there was some work that needed to be on the ground.” Gardenhire said that Niou is responsive, but agreed that her presence is not always felt equally in all parts of the district. Niou’s supporters in the district, which include even some former adversaries, disagreed. “The criticism as not being from

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the district was valid in 2016,” said Newell, the district leader who ran against Niou that year but supported her last year. “Is it still valid? Less so.” Newell said his initial uncertainty about how well Niou would represent the district has dissipated. “She attends events, she listens to people, she meets with people in the district,” Newell said. He said that compared to Silver, she may not be able to offer every constituent service he did, but as a much more senior member and speaker, he had more money and sway to deliver pork. Many people interviewed for this article also spoke about Niou’s efforts during the pandemic, personally handing out protective equipment and food, and filling her apartment with supplies she would pack for constituents. Some said they would see piles of boxes behind her in Zoom calls and joke that she would get buried. “She really, you know, really distinguished herself as somebody who was on the ground,” said state Sen. Brian Kavanagh, who represents most of Niou’s district in the state Senate. “Just she and her staff and the many volunteers that she motivated, really kind of relentlessly ensuring that all of those needs were met.” Nana Gomez, a resident of Vladek Houses, a Lower East Side NYCHA development, told City & State Niou is in constant contact with both her and other NYCHA tenants, and that either Niou or her staff offer help with even the most minor problems, saying the Assembly member “will come out, or send somebody out, in the middle of a snowstorm to make sure that a NYCHA resident had heat.” Gomez said Niou attends events at Vladeck Houses and that kids in the development personally know her. But the divide in the district remains. Torres of Smith Houses said that she intends to find someone to run against Niou in 2022 – and even said she might run herself if she needed to – because of her dissatisfaction with Niou.

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S I A N A M E R I C A N S are gaining political power in New York. In 2018, John Liu and Kevin Thomas became the first Asian Americans elected to the state Senate. This year, they were joined by state Sen. Jeremy Cooney, the first upstate Asian American elected to state office. Jenifer Rajkumar and Zohran Mamdani also made history in last year’s elections as the first South Asians elected to the Assembly, where they joined fellow Asian American trailblazers Ron Kim and Yuh-Line Niou. As many as half a dozen Asian Americans are on track to secure seats in the New York City Council, up

from two currently in office. Of course, Asian Americans are not a monolithic group – a reality reflected on City & State’s latest Power of Diversity: Asian 100. The largest subgroups are Chinese and Indian Americans, and some of the most influential individuals – including Liu, Niou and Rep. Grace Meng – are Taiwanese Americans. Koreans also make up a sizable share of the list – which was researched and written in partnership with journalist Natasha Ishak – while Pakistan, the Philippines, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Cambodia, Indonesia and Vietnam are all represented as well.


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Rep. Grace Meng, left, Assembly Member Ron Kim, center, and state Sen. John Liu, right

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This year has been a rollercoaster ride for Rep. Grace Meng: She survived the Capitol insurrection on Jan. 6, then in May her COVID-19 hate crimes legislation, which directs the Department of Justice to expedite review of hate crimes against Asian Americans, was passed by Congress. “Everybody in our country deserves to feel safe, and that includes the Asian American community,” Meng said when the bill was passed. In Congress, she is also a founder of the Kids’ Safety Caucus, and a member of the Quiet Skies Caucus.

It’s been a dramatic year for Assembly Member Ron Kim, who made national news as the main whistleblower to Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s rumored bullying tactics in the alleged cover-up of coronavirus deaths in nursing homes. Kim also graced the cover of this magazine in May. He also passed legislation to repeal a provision shielding nursing homes from lawsuits during

George Gresham, left, is president of 1199SEIU. Gary LaBarbera, right, is president of Building and Construction Trades Council of Greater New York.

the COVID-19 pandemic. He is among the most high-profile progressives in Albany.

3 JOHN LIU STATE SENATOR State Sen. John Liu is best known for two things: his political grit – having built a trailblazing career as one of New York’s most successful Asian politicians – and his “Ironman” stamina, once completing a “bike ride” from Queens to Albany. But Liu

Liu is known for two things: political grit and “Ironman” stamina.

isn’t slowing down anytime soon. He played an active role in this year’s elections, and introduced legislation which would require all New York public schools to teach Asian American history.

4 YUH-LINE NIOU ASSEMBLY MEMBER Following her 2016 election, the Taiwanese American Yuh-Line Niou has served as an Assembly member representing a Lower East Side district once held by disgraced former Speaker Sheldon Silver. She has supported COVID-19 pandemic relief efforts for constituents in her district and spoken out publicly against anti-Asian violence. The fierce

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critic of Gov. Andrew Cuomo took on another powerful politician recently, Niou joined other progressive lawmakers in a joint statement rescinding their mayoral endorsement of City Comptroller Scott Stringer following sexual harassment allegations against him.

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Andrew Cuomo’s alleged sexual misconduct. Also, it was the office’s discovery of discrepancies in the COVID-19 death toll for nursing home residents that catalyzed a federal investigation of the governor. One of the highest ranking Asian Americans in state government, Ibrahim Khan, has a full plate shaping strategy and managing a 1,800-person agency.

5 DAVE CHOKSHI COMMISSIONER NEW YORK CITY DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND MENTAL HYGIENE New Yorkers may recognize Dave Chokshi from his appearances clad in a white coat in the health department’s COVID-19 vaccination awareness ads. Before becoming New York City’s top health official – and the agency’s foremost public figure as part of its $120 million COVID-19 media campaign – Chokshi served as NYC Health + Hospitals’ chief population health officer, leading the transition to telemedicine in the early stages of the pandemic. He has also taught at the NYU Grossman School of Medicine.

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commuter ecosystem. To help boost ridership, the LIRR expanded summer services, and in July, will offer special discount beach packages for passengers.

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The Long Island Rail Road and Metro-North Railroad suffered a 97% drop in ridership at the coronavirus pandemic’s peak, with numbers still down by as much as 70% on weekdays. But Phillip Eng, a Long Island native who has served as the LIRR’s leader since 2018, seems confident in the system’s adaptability to New York’s changing

State Sen. Kevin Thomas is New York’s first South Asian American state senator, and one of the only three Asians in the chamber. He vocally supported extending aid for India as the COVID-19 crisis there worsened, and worked with lawmakers and advocates on public campaigns against anti-Asian racism. The Long Island lawmaker also sponsored a

MARGARET CHIN & PETER KOO NEW YORK CITY COUNCIL MEMBERS bill that was signed into law by the governor that protects payments made to individuals under prescribed emergency relief statutes, like COVID-19 stimulus aid, from money judgment collection.

8 IBRAHIM KHAN CHIEF OF STAFF OFFICE OF THE STATE ATTORNEY GENERAL The office of state Attorney General Letitia James is busy juggling many cases. This includes its effort to shut down the National Rifle Association, probes into former President Donald Trump’s business, an antitrust battle with Facebook and an investigation of Gov.

Margaret Chin is one of only two Asians on the New York City Council. In 2009, she made history as the first Asian woman elected to the City Council, and will end her 12-year tenure at the end of this year due to term limits. She’s been busy fielding inquiries from her Chinatown constituents about the city’s rash of anti-Asian hate crimes, and in May she co-sponsored a resolution urging Congress to pass legislation expediting review of such crimes. As the City Council member representing Flushing’s Council District 20, Peter Koo has been vocal about New York’s public safety issues in part due to the rise in antiAsian violence. The Queens District Attorney’s Office recently honored him as one of their influential Asian American leaders during Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month. Though he’ll be term-limited out at the end


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of the year, his strong ties in the borough ensure that he will still hold influence after he leaves the council.

victory made him the first South Asian man elected to the Assembly, and one of the few Muslim legislators to be elected to the chamber. An avid environmentalist, he has pushed to prohibit the development of new major fossil fuel-generated electric facilities in the state.

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11 ANDREW YANG FORMER NEW YORK CITY MAYORAL CANDIDATE Andrew Yang first made waves as an underdog in the 2020 presidential race as a champion of universal basic income. This year, Yang, who was born and raised in Schenectady, parlayed his newfound fame into early front-runner status in his bid for New York City mayor – which was bolstered by endorsements from the likes of Rep. Grace Meng and state Sen. John Liu. The nonprofit

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leader and entrepreneur’s campaign ultimately fell short, as he conceded when initial Democratic primary returns showed him in fourth place.

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Quiniones was an executive at Con Edison and also served as senior vice president of energy and telecommunications for the New York City Economic Development Corporation under Mayor Bloomberg, and led the administration’s Energy Policy Task Force.

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GIL QUINIONES PRESIDENT AND CEO NEW YORK POWER AUTHORITY Longtime New York Power Authority chief Gil Quiniones recently unveiled a new STEM hub in upstate New York. He affirmed NYPA’s plans to distribute $500 million in community investments and to double its spending for minority- and women-owned businesses over the next five years. Prior to his current role,

Quiniones has a plan to double spending on MWBEs over the next five years.

In a true rags to riches story, Jeremy Cooney went from being an orphan in India to serving in the state Senate in one of the biggest and most influential states in the United States. Last fall, Cooney became the first Asian American from upstate New York elected to state office. The Rochester native, who was adopted and raised by a single mother, worked for Rep. Louise Slaughter, Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren before mounting his trailblazing state Senate bid. He now chairs one of the state Senate’s two committees on cities.

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13 ZOHRAN MAMDANI ASSEMBLY MEMBER A former housing activist, Zohran Mamdani won the seat for New York’s 36th Assembly District in Queens last year as a card-carrying member of the Democratic Socialists of America. His DSA-backed

Jenifer Rajkumar became the first South Asian woman elected to the Assembly after securing the seat for New York’s 38th Assembly District in Queens last year. Before then, she was an Assembly candidate and district leader in lower Manhattan, lectured on law at CUNY, and, as a lawyer, served as New York’s director of immigration affairs and special counsel. Among her most recent legislative proposals is a bill seeking to establish Diwali as an official school holiday.

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Few political consultants are as well connected as Neal Kwatra. With his impressive experience in government and political organizing, Kwatra has built Metropolitan Public Strategies into an effective advocacy arm for various clients and causes. This includes census outreach efforts, unionized hotel workers’ rights and the state’s first offshore wind project. His insights were frequently sought in the lead-up to the pivotal New York City primaries this year.


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17 WAYNE HO PRESIDENT AND CEO CHINESE-AMERICAN PLANNING COUNCIL As head of the country’s largest Asian American social services organization, Wayne Ho is a leader in Chinatown and beyond. Ho recently broke ground on a new headquarters and community center to be housed in a 330,000-square-foot building in lower Manhattan. While Ho applauded $10 million in state aid for Asian American community-based organizations to address anti-Asian hate and respond to COVID-19, he criticized the failure to act on the New York Health Act – an end to a 24hour home care work rule and the parole reform.

18 JOON KIM PARTNER CLEARY GOTTLIEB STEEN & HAMILTON Joon H. Kim has been a key legal player in New York for years. He is now one of two lead attorneys hand-picked by Attorney General Letitia James to head an independent sexual

harassment investigation into Gov. Andrew Cuomo. He led the prosecution against Cuomo loyalist Joe Percoco as acting U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York, having taken on the prominent role when thenPresident Donald Trump unceremoniously fired Preet Bharara. Kim is a practicing partner with New York law firm Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton.

19 JO-ANN YOO EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR ASIAN AMERICAN FEDERATION The Asian American Federation supports over 70 nonprofits under its umbrella organization with Jo-Ann Yoo at the helm. Under Yoo’s leadership, the federation provided cash assistance and secured funding for Asianowned small businesses amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The group also received funding from Mayor Bill de Blasio’s $3 million anti-prejudice initiative called Partners Against The Hate to support their work advocating on behalf of Asian American New Yorkers.

20 PETER TU EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR FLUSHING CHINESE BUSINESS ASSOCIATION Over the years, Peter Tu has been a mainstay among Asian American business leaders, especially in Queens. Under his leadership, the Flushing Chinese Business Association signed an affiliation agreement with the Queens Chamber of Commerce, enabling both institutions to share resources

Jo-Ann Yoo is the executive director of Asian American Federation.

and information to support their member businesses. Tu also co-organized a joint press conference with the local New York City Police Department 109th Precinct and influential lawmakers to condemn antiAsian hate crimes.

during the pandemic. In March, Desai criticized New York City’s relief plan for owner-drivers as a “giveaway for lenders.”

21 BHAIRAVI DESAI EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR NEW YORK TAXI WORKERS ALLIANCE Bhairavi Desai was a strong advocate for the state’s taxi drivers even before she took up the mantle as head of the New York Taxi Workers Alliance. Desai has pushed government officials to resolve the taxi medallion crisis that has spurred a spate of suicide deaths among drivers grappling with unexpected debt. She also fought for financial aid for taxi workers

22 S. DAVID WU PRESIDENT BARUCH COLLEGE S. David Wu made history as the first Asian American president of Baruch College last year, elected as the college’s eighth serving

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K-12. “DYCD and our network of community providers are excited to join DOE in keeping classrooms open this summer for safe learning, child care, connection and fun,” Chong said in April.

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president. Wu’s first order of business was forming the “Task Force for the Future” to address the college’s longterm goals in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic. In May, he launched Baruch’s new Financial Engineering Hub, an interdisciplinary collaboration to provide students with real-world financial trading experience by industry experts.

23 FRANK WU PRESIDENT QUEENS COLLEGE As Queens College president, Frank Wu has guided faculty and students through complex changes caused by COVID-19 while providing extra support to Asian students who make up a quarter of the student population. “At a moment when we’re all suffering from the pandemic, they’re suffering from another pandemic – the pandemic of racism,” Wu told NY1 in May. The college received a financial boost

from the Queens Borough President’s Office as part of a $4.5 million CUNY investment.

24 JAMES DAO METRO EDITOR THE NEW YORK TIMES Jim Dao has held multiple titles since joining The New York Times in 1992, serving as the paper’s Pentagon correspondent and its Albany bureau chief, among other roles. He was reassigned from his role as op-ed editor after the posting of a controversial essay by Republican U.S. Sen. Tom Cotton, who argued for military intervention amid last year’s protests. Dao was deputy editor at the national desk before replacing Cliff Levy as metro editor.

26 BILL CHONG COMMISSIONER NEW YORK CITY DEPARTMENT OF YOUTH & COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT Since 2014, Bill Chong has led the Department of Youth & Community Development in partnering with nonprofits to provide after-school programs and other services for the city’s youth. To support families after a tough year of remote learning, the department launched Summer Rising, a free summer program open to children in grades

Dao joined The New York Times in 1992 as the paper’s Pentagon correspondent.

27 JAINEY BAVISHI DIRECTOR NEW YORK CITY MAYOR’S OFFICE OF CLIMATE RESILIENCY Jainey Bavishi, who led the Mayor’s Office of Resiliency for four years, has continued her work heading the Mayor’s Office of Climate Resiliency following New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio’s restructuring of the administration’s climate change-related offices. Bavishi spearheads the city’s climate adaptation efforts, which entails overseeing a budget of more than $20 billion in new resiliency projects. This is so that the city can build proper infrastructure to ensure the protection of residents amid the climate crisis.

28 CARMELYN MALALIS COMMISSIONER AND CHAIR NEW YORK CITY COMMISSION ON HUMAN RIGHTS A lawyer by training, Carmelyn Malalis has battled forms of discrimination all of her

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Ai-jen Poo has been a driving force behind laws protecting domestic workers in recent years. Her organization for home care, house cleaners and nannies set up a COVID-19 relief fund for workers, and continues to advocate for labor-related interests like universal child care. “This idea that we should, as a country, be investing in our caregiving programs and policies – and our workers – as essential infrastructure, I think, came about because of that (pandemic) awakening,” she said in a May profile by Vogue.


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on acquisitions like its $34 billion buy-out of Red Hat, a multinational software company, and launched its first quantum computer outside of the U.S. in Germany.

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29 ANNE DEL CASTILLO COMMISSIONER NEW YORK CITY MAYOR’S OFFICE OF MEDIA AND ENTERTAINMENT Anne del Castillo is a Filipino American, and heads the Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment. She oversees one of New York City’s largest economic sectors encompassing film, TV and Broadway. Her leadership will be crucial as the city reopens its arts and entertainment venues. Several recovery initiatives are already underway, like the $25 million City Artist Corps to bring creative programming – and, by extension, new jobs and tourism – back to the city.

through the coronavirus pandemic and is preparing for a more normal campus experience this fall. For the past four years, Tripathi also served as chair of the Council of Presidents for the MidAmerican Conference.

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30 SATISH TRIPATHI PRESIDENT UNIVERSITY AT BUFFALO Satish Tripathi has raised the University at Buffalo’s profile in his 10-year tenure, moving the SUNY school up in rankings with the aim of becoming a top-25 public research university. As a native of India and the university’s first president born abroad, Tripathi has guided the institution

health insurer in New York, Healthfirst, which provides 1.6 million residents with health insurance. Last year, Wang served on Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s Medicaid Redesign Team II and was appointed cochair of New York’s COVID-19 Vaccine Equity Task Force. She was recognized as one of the top women leaders in health care by Modern Healthcare magazine.

31 PAT WANG PRESIDENT AND CEO HEALTHFIRST Pat Wang is committed to ensuring that low-income New Yorkers are able to access health insurance. She leads the largest nonprofit

ARVIND KRISHNA CHAIR AND CEO IBM IBM, one of the oldest computing firms in the world, has ongoing government contracts with several state agencies, providing the company with strong connections in New York. The Armonk-based company has made big moves since Arvind Krishna’s appointment as company chair and CEO last year. IBM capitalized

As the mayor’s counsel, Kapil Longani encountered new challenges during the coronavirus pandemic, and crafted creative solutions in expediting the city’s COVID-19 response. Longani credits his family and mentors, like his former boss, Rep. Elijah Cummings, for instilling public service values in him. “We’ve been working on COVID from March of last year ... and the goal every single minute has been to protect the public health of all New Yorkers,” Longani told City & State this spring.

34 FAIZA SAEED PRESIDING PARTNER CRAVATH, SWAINE & MOORE Faiza Saeed, a first-generation Pakistani American, is behind some of the country’s major dealings. As leader to one of New York’s most prestigious firms, Saeed brokered lucrative business agreements for powerful clients like Disney’s $85 billion acquisition of 21st Century Fox, and Occidental Petroleum’s $57 billion Anadarko purchase. She was named Corporate Lawyer of the Year by The American Lawyer, and was dubbed as one of Hollywood’s “top dealmakers” by The Hollywood Reporter.

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JOHN PARK EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR MINKWON CENTER FOR COMMUNITY ACTION Under John Park’s leadership, the MinKwon Center for Community Action offers resources and guidance to the Korean American communities in Flushing. The center actively provides coronavirus pandemic aid, promotes vaccination resources and conducts voter outreach in partnership with New York City officials. The group also advocates for immigration reform policies like President Joe Biden’s U.S. Citizenship Act, and expanded its legal challenge to target the City Council after its vote to approve the Flushing waterfront development last year.

36 KIM PEGULA PRESIDENT BUFFALO BILLS AND BUFFALO SABRES Kim Pegula’s dual roles as president of the NFL’s Buffalo Bills and NHL’s Buffalo Sabres – teams she co-owns with her husband, Terry Pegula – make her one of the most powerful women in professional American sports. Her leadership was tested under the weight of the pandemic following her company’s mass lay-offs of Sabres staffers. The powerhouse is now navigating

the reopening of Highmark Stadium after receiving government approval to open to full capacity.

37 JOSEPH TSAI OWNER BROOKLYN NETS Joseph Tsai is a Taiwan-born billionaire who made his fortune co-founding Alibaba Group, the Amazon-like e-commerce platform in China, and became one of the world’s richest sports team owners after purchasing the Brooklyn Nets. Tsai joined the board of the recently created Asian American Foundation, which aims to raise and redirect more corporate, philanthropic and private funding toward organizations serving AAPIs. The foundation has already secured $1 billion in commitments.

38 MARGARET FUNG CO-FOUNDER AND EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR ASIAN AMERICAN LEGAL DEFENSE AND EDUCATION FUND Margaret Fung is a lawyer and longtime advocate for New York City’s Asian American communities. Her legal work has led to monumental cases like Chinese Staff v. City of New York, in which the state’s highest court mandated that new developments in Chinatown be reviewed under

Fung’s group raised $205,000 to provide legal assistance amid anti-Asian hate crimes.

Joseph Tsai is the owner of the Brooklyn Nets.

environmental laws. Under Fung, AALDEF received $205,000 from corporate donations to provide communities with legal assistance amid the uptick in anti-Asian hate crimes.

housing, hotels, offices and shops across 29 acres of land in Queens. In a 2016 interview, the company’s leadership spoke of their ambitions to turn the area into an “Asian Times Square.”

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ASAAL Labor leader Maf Misbah Uddin wears many hats. For more than two decades, he has led Local 1407 Accountants, Statisticians and Actuaries, and has been the treasurer of District Council 37 since 2004, New York City’s largest public employee union. He founded the Alliance of South Asian American Labor, which has backed successful South Asian candidates

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HILE ANDREW YANG’S failed mayoral run was a high-profile shortfall for Asian American representation in New York City, the results of several City Council primaries show that Asian Americans are becoming a more powerful political force. This round of elections has likely resulted in six Asian American winners of Democratic City Council primaries – the most ever. The victorious candidates represent a more diverse population within the Asian American community, with multiple Asian women as well as a number of South Asian Americans who may go on to be the first South Asian voices on the council. In Queens District 20, comprising downtown Flushing, Murray Hill and Queensboro Hill, Sandra Ung plans to use her familiarity with her district and her experience working as an aide for Rep. Grace Meng’s office as she moves on to the general election. Ung will likely replace Peter Koo on the council. Language justice, the stance that services should be accessible to people in their native languages, is essential to Ung’s platform, as she recalled the struggles that Asian American small-business owners faced in trying to access benefits before and during the pandemic. Ung told City & State that she looks forward to seeing how the Asian American members might work together if they are all elected. “We have been talking to each other. So I’m looking forward to continue to work with that and maybe hopefully to have a caucus called Diversity Council,” she said. Unlike District 20, which had an Asian American incumbent, neighboring Queens District 23, which is made up of areas such as Bayside Hills and Queens Village, saw a win for its first woman and person of color, Linda Lee. Lee attributed her win to talking directly to voters as well as drawing on her experience as a prominent nonprofit director. She also credited other

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earlier Asian American politicians. “For me personally, it was folks like Congresswoman Grace Meng when she was still at the Assembly and Comptroller John Liu at the time when he was comptroller. ... These were folks that I’ve worked very closely with at (Korean Community Services) through my nonprofit that really opened my eyes,” Lee said. Julie Won joins Linda Lee to become the first Korean Americans to likely serve on the council, in Queens District 26, representing Long Island City and Astoria, among other neighborhoods. Won cited the city’s public matching funds program as a major factor allowing a greater number of diverse candidates to run. She is hopeful that the greater diversity of the newly nominated members will be able to dispel the model minority myth as well as the idea of an “Asian monolith.” “We’re going to have the diversity to really help people understand Asian Americans are not all Chinese and that we’re not a monolith,” Won said. Shekar Krishnan is another candidate collapsing the idea of the Asian monolith.

“We’re going to have the diversity to really help people understand Asian Americans are not all Chinese and that we’re not a monolith.” – City Council candidate Julie Won

One of three South Asian Democratic primary winners, Krishnan plans to focus on supporting public hospitals as well as fair housing and language accessibility in Queens District 25, home to Jackson Heights and Elmhurst. Krishnan remarked that the historic victories of South Asian Americans this cycle will bring underserved communities to the attention of city officials. “So many of the issues affecting our community have not been addressed, either from the issues affecting our taxi workers and for-hire vehicle drivers to our workers and immigrant small-business owners to more language accessible services for our South Asian communities,” Krishnan said.

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Felicia Singh is projected to win the Democratic primary in Queens District 32, with neighborhoods including Rockaway Park and Breezy Point. Singh has declared victory in the race, but will face Queens County Republican Party Chair Joann Ariola in what will be a competitive general election. Singh, endorsed by the Working Families Party and the Sunrise Movement, stated that she will serve the Asian American community as a whole by funding nonprofits run by lesser represented Asian groups, like Indo-Carribbeans and LGBTQ Asians, as well as supporting groups like the Taxi Workers Alliance. “Providing that relief for our multiple communities is how we can really support Asian Americans right now,” Singh said. Shahana Hanif, the only Asian American candidate to win outside of a Queens district, will become the first Muslim woman elected to City Council when she most likely wins the general in Brooklyn’s District 39 in Gowanus and Park Slope. Hanif strongly emphasized that her win is partially a product of greater voter turnout among Bangladeshi American voters, but that it is just as important that her perspective is shaped by her identity as a feminist and a socialist. “Across administrations, Asian, South Asian, or other ethnic communities, racial categories, we’ve been looked at as monoliths and homogenous, as though we don’t have leftist communities within our communities. Or feminism mustn’t be a thing. And so, this is a really important moment,” Hanif said. For many Asian Americans who are also first-generation citizens in the United States, politics, like many other non-STEM fields, as a viable career path is an idea that has only recently become accepted. Many first-generation Asian Americans grew up with parents who struggled to make a life and achieve stability, financial or otherwise, in the United States, and who often encouraged their children to go into lucrative career fields so as to not struggle in the way their parents had. “I think my generation is sort of that sandwich generation, like we’re the ones that were born here or came here when we were younger. Hopefully, we can show our kids (that) we may be still among the firsts, but hopefully by the time my sons grow up, (it) will become normal (that) they’ll actually see more Asian Americans in public service,” Lee said. Even if all six of these primary winners succeed in getting elected, the total number of Asian American City Council members would be six out of 51 total members, which is 12% of the council, one member away from matching the 14% of New York City residents who are Asian American.


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medical supplies to help India’s COVID-19 response. Abeywardena also sits on the board of the World Economic Forum’s Global Future Council on Cities and Urbanization.

43 CHUNG SETO DEMOCRATIC STRATEGIST Chung Seto is a seasoned political operative who holds deep ties locally and nationally thanks to her decadeslong career. She worked as a spokesperson under thenPresident Bill Clinton’s U.S. Department of Labor before shifting to New York politics, working on campaigns for local politicians like state Sen. John Liu. Seto is an active campaigner for local candidates running in lower Manhattan, and worked with city and state officials to promote Chinatown businesses during the worst of the pandemic. for elected office in Albany and New York City in recent months. Uddin also pushed for New York City to make Eid al-Adha and Eid al-Fitr public school holidays.

a standup comedian – has worked for the likes of John Liu, Diane Savino and Doris Ling-Cohan, New York’s first Asian woman to serve as a state Supreme Court judge.

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Jean Kim made headlines this year when she came forward with sexual harassment allegations against New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer, which stalled his mayoral bid and prompted a number of his supporters to rescind their endorsements. Yet political insiders have long known Kim as an effective lobbyist and campaign organizer. Kim – who’s also

Penny Abeywardena was at the forefront of New York’s global collaborations to mitigate the COVID-19 crisis, leading New York City’s diplomatic corps – the largest of its kind in the world. At the height of the pandemic, her office secured 250,000 surgical masks from the United Nations and sent

45 SATJEET KAUR EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR THE SIKH COALITION Satjeet Kaur has led the Sikh Coalition, the country’s largest Sikh civil rights group, since 2018 after serving in multiple positions within the organization. She is one of New York’s most visible Sikh leaders advocating for the community’s rights in and outside of the state. In April, Kaur spoke to the press on anti-Asian violence against the Sikh community following the Indianapolis FedEx warehouse mass shooting, where half of the victims were Sikh.

46 44 ANITA GUNDANNA & VANESSA LEUNG CO-EXECUTIVE DIRECTORS COALITION FOR ASIAN AMERICAN CHILDREN AND FAMILIES Amid debates over New York City’s specialized school entry exam, Anita Gundanna and Vanessa Leung have become vocal advocates for educational reforms. The pair

ANTHONY SHIH PRESIDENT UNITED HOSPITAL FUND A native New Yorker, Anthony Shih started his career serving immigrant and refugee families at a mental health clinic in California. He moved back to New York City and took on leadership roles at the New York Academy of Medicine and The Commonwealth Fund before joining United Hospital Fund. In addition to advocating for equitable health care, the nonprofit also identified the

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have taken on other causes, calling on Gov. Andrew Cuomo to reverse his opposition against legislation to require state agencies to disaggregate health data on Asian Americans by ethnicity. They also urged state lawmakers to dedicate funding for social services and initiatives supporting New York’s Asian communities.


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Hae-Lin Choi is a director for CWA District 1.

addition to covering City Hall, Ngo has been a frequent guest on the network’s “Inside City Hall” segment with veteran host Errol Louis, offering New Yorkers insight on today’s politics. She previously reported for local outlets including Newsday and the New York Post.

49 48 EMILY NGO POLITICAL REPORTER SPECTRUM NEWS NY1 An award-winning political reporter for one of New York’s largest news channels, Emily Ngo kept New Yorkers up to speed on the citywide primary elections through her campaign reporting. In

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SHERRY CHAN CHIEF ACTUARY NEW YORK CITY OFFICE OF THE ACTUARY Sherry Chan oversaw two of the largest pension funds in Ohio before becoming New York City’s chief actuary officer in 2015. In her role, Chan oversees the city’s multibillion-dollar pension system – one of the largest in the U.S. – for 800,000 employees and public pension recipients. As the first Asian American in her role, Chan hopes to mentor and open

doors for others like herself in the government ranks.

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With his hit podcast “Stay Tuned with Preet,” a residency at New York University, and appearances on TV, Preet Bharara has certainly kept busy since his 2017 ousting as Manhattan U.S. attorney by then-President Donald Trump. He remains a respected figurehead in New York’s political circles. Also, it turns out, he’s slowly building a media empire: Cafe Studios, the podcast company which he co-founded, was just acquired by Vox Media.

CWA DISTRICT 1 With more than a decade of organizing under her belt, Hae-Lin Choi has helped shape the Communications Workers of America into one of the most politically active workers unions in New York. Last year, Choi’s chapter joined nine other labor groups calling on state lawmakers to raise taxes on its wealthiest residents, a measure that was included in the state’s

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As partner at the law firm Kramer Levin, Terrence Shen represents New York’s top corporate interest clients like MVC Capital in its merger with Barings BDC, which represents more than $1.5 billion of assets. Shen is also the president of the Asian American Bar Association of New York. Under his leadership, the association released Know-Your-Rights literature, hosted public forums on rising anti-Asian hate crimes and organized candidate forums for New York’s district attorney races.

Wellington Chen made history as the first Asian American commissioner on the New York City Board of Standards and Appeals before assuming his leadership post at Chinatown Partnership. He was working with the city to revitalize Chinatown’s economy when he became an unfortunate witness to a neighborhood stabbing in February, before protests against anti-Asian violence gripped the country. “We have a second virus,” he said of the hate crimes on a Zoom panel of Asian American leaders.

MY CHI TO EXECUTIVE DEPUTY SUPERINTENDENT OF INSURANCE STATE DEPARTMENT OF FINANCIAL SERVICES My Chi To is an accomplished attorney and is a top executive at New York’s Department of Financial Services overseeing its insurance division, which regulates over 1,400 insurance companies in the state. To supported the department’s new guidance issuance to insurers amid the coronavirus pandemic while protecting New Yorkers through a multitude of policies. She required providers to defer premiums for clients facing financial challenges during the COVID-19 pandemic and partnered with companies to provide assistance to policyholders.

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NEW YORK CITY DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION Linda Chen has a strong track record in public education, holding leadership roles in Baltimore, Boston and Philadelphia before becoming chief academic officer in New York City. The former Manhattan school principal manages separate divisions in the department as the city transitions between remote and in-person learning, providing instructional guidance to educators. Ahead of the next school year, Chen is focusing efforts on students who were already struggling academically before the switch to remote learning.

GOOGLE NEW YORK Angela Sung Pinsky’s years of experience in and around New York City government no doubt comes in handy in her role as a top government affairs executive for Google in New York. She was formerly the head of the nonprofit civic group the Association for a Better New York and a former senior vice president with the influential Real Estate Board of New York. Sung also served as a mayoral appointment on the Civilian Complaint Review Board, the oversight body for the New York City Police Department.

58 JEREMY KOHOMBAN PRESIDENT AND CEO THE CHILDREN’S VILLAGE Jeremy Kohomban is a lifelong advocate for child welfare reform. He primarily serves as president and CEO of the award-winning nonprofit The Children’s Village, providing residential and community programs to thousands of children in New York. He testified to the governor’s Juvenile Justice Task Force to produce a blueprint for juvenile justice reform in the

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legislative body. Guerra is on Kasirer’s team dealing with nonprofit organizations, a major area of focus for the firm.

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state. He also sits as co-chair of the state Strategic Plan Action Committee Local Continuum and Coordination Structure on Juvenile Justice. In addition, Kohomban leads another nonprofit, Harlem Dowling.

59 JOHN ALBERT PARTNER BOLTON-ST. JOHNS John Albert served as counsel at Bolton-St. Johns, a top New York lobbying firm working with clients in the business and nonprofit sectors, before his promotion this year to partner. The South Asian American lawyer advises a diverse clientele on government relations and policy, and successfully pushed legislation such as New York’s anti-stalking law and anti-hate crimes law. Albert was chair of the New York City Bar Association’s State Affairs Committee.

60 MARIAN GUERRA DIRECTOR OF GOVERNMENT RELATIONS, NONPROFITS KASIRER Marian Guerra last fall joined the team at Kasirer, New York City’s top lobbying firm. Guerra, who is of Filipino descent, previously worked with New American Leaders, which supports progressive candidates of color. She also worked as deputy chief of staff and director of legislation and budget for New York City Council Member Margaret Chin, one of just two Asian Americans currently serving in the

Jeffrey Lee’s areas of expertise are economic development and tax incentives. He led the New York City Economic Development Corporation’s strategic investments group for six years before joining Capalino, a top lobbying firm in the city. At Capalino, Lee leads a team of experts to guide clients in identifying and developing new ways for innovative growth. Lee, who is of Chinese and Colombian descent, serves on an advisory council for CUNY startups.

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63 NAYAN PARIKH PRESIDENT ASHNU INTERNATIONAL Nayan Parikh is a businessman and construction industry leader, holding multiple contracts with state and federal agencies since he founded his construction management firm in 1998. In addition to running a successful business, Parikh has been a strong advocate for New York’s minority business owners, serving as president of the New York Tri-State Chapter under the National Association of Minority Contractors, and as a member of the Mayor’s Advisory Council for MWBEs.

62 JOO-HYUN KANG DIRECTOR COMMUNITIES UNITED FOR POLICE REFORM Joo-Hyun Kang is a queer Korean American organizer and police reform advocate. She leads Communities United for Police Reform, a coalition encompassing more than 60 community organizations across the city. The group pushes for meaningful budget cuts to the New York City Police Department and supports legislation like the Safer NY Act, which led to the repeal of

Joo-Hyun Kang advocates for meaningful budget cuts to the NYPD.

64 JENNIFER SUN & THOMAS YU CO-EXECUTIVE DIRECTORS ASIAN AMERICANS FOR EQUALITY Asian Americans for Equality is a nonprofit organization which has operated in New York for 46 years, providing access to social services and other programs for Asian New Yorkers. As co-heads of AAFE, Sun and Yu are leading efforts


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Plan NYC, a collective of social justice groups across New York City, and as a deputy director at New York City Anti-Violence Project, which serves LGBTQ and HIV-affected survivors of hate crime violence through social programs. Nasir was also a lead organizer of the Association of Legislative Employees, the union representing nearly 400 New York City Council staffers.

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Ruchi Shah is associate general counsel at Cockroach Labs, the creator of a cloudbased, distributed SQL database. She previously served as corporate counsel at Knotel, was a legal fellow at the Obama Foundation and an associate at DLA Piper. She’s also president of the South Asian Bar Association of New York, a professional development and resource organization of the South Asian legal community.

Dr. Ashwin Vasan is a primary care physician, public servant and nonprofit leader. He was the founding executive director of the Health Access Equity Unit at the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene before joining Fountain House as president and CEO in 2019. The nonprofit’s all-encompassing model to its housing program has garnered public praise and has been replicated in over 30 countries. Dr. Vasan is also an assistant professor of clinical population and family health and medicine at the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health. Dr. Ashwin Vasan is a member of City & State’s advisory board.

multiple positions in Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s administration. As senior vice president at AECOM, a Fortune 500 construction management firm, Chaudhry oversees a number of projects, acting as a bridge between the company’s architects and engineers with local lawmakers. The selfproclaimed “infrastructure nerd” has worked on several prominent transit projects so far, including the Governor Mario M. Cuomo Bridge and the LaGuardia AirTrain.

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NEW YORK CITY ANTIVIOLENCE PROJECT As a queer Muslim organizer, Zara Nasir splits their time as a coordinator for The People’s

AECOM Ali Chaudhry has an extensive legal and government background, having held

MCSAM HOTEL GROUP Sam Chang is the founding chair of McSam Hotel Group, a prominent developer specializing in budget accommodations across New York City. After a tough

business year due to the coronavirus pandemic, the company has been selling several of its hotels, including a Chelsea property sold to an unknown buyer for $147 million. At least eight of Chang’s businesses received millions in federal small business loans, which a company spokesperson said went to retaining employees.

70 TRIP YANG FOUNDER TRIP YANG STRATEGIES As a political strategist, Trip Yang has an impressive record. He has guided such politicians as Letitia James, Eric Gonzalez, Donovan Richards, Margaret Chin and Jumaane Wiliams to election victories. He also led Sen. Bernie Sanders’ presidential campaign in New York as political director. Yang also

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sits on the advisory board of the New Leaders Council, a nonprofit that recruits and trains young progressive leaders. Trip Yang is a member of City & State’s advisory board.

New York’s venerable AIDS service organization. Over his seven-year tenure, Louie oversaw the organization’s $28 million annual budget, expanded programs to include supportive housing and mental health services, and increased outreach to transgender and gendernonconforming individuals.

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THE LEGAL AID SOCIETY Archana Jayaram’s extensive background in New York City government and social justice affairs – with stints at the Department of Correction, the Department of Buildings and the Department of Homeless Services – prepared her well to serve as chief operating officer at The Legal Aid Society, the oldest and largest legal aid provider in the U.S. With Jayaram’s assistance, the organization is consolidating its offices into a 200,000-square-foot space in Tribeca, one of the largest office leases this year.

72 JASON WU CO-CHAIR GAPIMNY-EMPOWERING QUEER & TRANS ASIAN PACIFIC ISLANDERS Jason Wu advocates for LGBTQ rights as co-chair of GAPIMNY-Empowering Queer & Trans Asian Pacific Islanders. The all-volunteer, membershipbased organization, formerly Gay Asian & Pacific Islander Men of New York, was a lead

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organizer among groups against the COVID-19 Hate Crimes Act on the grounds that it doesn’t address root causes of violence. Wu recently was promoted to the role of attorney-in-charge of The Legal Aid Society’s Harlem Community Law Office. GAPIMNY’s other co-chairs are Ryan Shen and Jason Kwong.

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He has since expanded the Chinese company’s footprint as one of New York’s most known developers, with a portfolio that boasts the city’s tallest condo building. Outside real estate, Fosun International has holdings in other sectors like retail and health care.

73 WEI BO NEW YORK EXECUTIVE CHIEF FOSUN INTERNATIONAL Wei Bo is an international businessman with more than 30 years of experience in commercial and residential property investment. In 2013, Bo oversaw Fosun’s $725 million purchase of One Chase Manhattan Plaza.

Bo oversaw the $725 million acquisition of One Chase Manhattan Plaza.

74 KELSEY LOUIE CEO THE DOOR While he’s now the new head of The Door, a nonprofit providing development services for youth, Kelsey Louie is best known as the long-serving CEO of Gay Men’s Health Crisis,

For the past decade, Sayu Bhojwani supported immigrants seeking elected office through her New American Leaders organization. Since the beginning of the year, she has shifted focus to supporting women of color in elected office through Women’s Democracy Lab, another organization she founded. “We’re definitely getting more diversity in office, but folks are still asked to work in a system that wasn’t made for them,” she told her alma mater, Columbia University Teachers College. The India native and naturalized U.S. citizen was also New York City’s first immigrant affairs commissioner. Sayu Bhojwani is a member of City & State’s advisory board.

76 HENRY CHEN PRESIDENT SOMOS COMMUNITY CARE As a community-based primary care physician, Dr. Henry Chen has served New York City’s Asian communities in Manhattan and Brooklyn for two decades. He leads several


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corporate donors to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic. The group also joined the U.S. Black Chambers and U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce in a joint letter urging CEOs to commit to fighting hate crimes against Asians.

centers. He has spent the year advocating for Chinatown businesses and increased protections for Asian New Yorkers.

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health care organizations in the city, primarily serving as president of SOMOS Community Care, a physicianled network boasting over 2,500 health care providers. Dr. Chen is on the executive committee for Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s COVID-19 Vaccine Equity Task Force, formed to ensure underserved communities have access to the state’s vaccination services.

77 TAEHOON KIM & JOHN CHOE PRESIDENT; EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR GREATER FLUSHING CHAMBER OF COMMERCE As president of the Greater Flushing Chamber of Commerce, Taehoon Kim drives the organization’s work to ignite economic development in Queens’ Flushing neighborhood, which boasts a large number of Korean- and Chineseowned businesses. Kim has pushed to reopen the neighborhood’s business center safely as COVID-19 wanes and was among a number of community leaders

who signed a petition urging the New York City Council to vote against the Flushing waterfront development, which is now embroiled in a legal challenge from residents. Executive Director John Choe, who has served as a member of Community Board 7, chief of staff to then-City Council Member John Liu and developed the One Flushing project into the Greater Flushing Chamber of Commerce, ran for City Council District 20 but fell short in the June Democratic primary.

78 JOHN WANG FOUNDER AND PRESIDENT ASIAN AMERICAN BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT CENTER As founder and president of the Asian American Business Development Center, John Wang leads the organization’s efforts to promote and extend resources to Asian American businesses in New York. Most recently, the AABDC launched Project Rebuild, which aims to connect minority-owned small businesses with big

SHANDRA WOWORUNTU FOUNDER AND CEO MENTARI Shandra Woworuntu is a sex trafficking survivor, advocate and founder of Mentari, a nonprofit supporting trafficking survivors through service programs and supportive housing. The New York City-based organization has strong ties with community leaders and New York officials, and has been distributing mutual aid to its clients during the COVID-19 pandemic. Woworuntu, who is originally from Indonesia, recently testified in an online hearing before Congress on evidence of trafficking and child exploitation on adult websites.

80 JUSTIN YU CHAIR THE CHINESE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE OF NEW YORK Justin Yu is a journalist-turnedcommunity leader residing in Manhattan’s Chinatown. As chair of The Chinese Chamber of Commerce of New York, Yu has used his connections to business figures and New York officials to move the needle on local issues like the planned construction of a new jail in Chinatown, New York City’s school reform plans and the reopening of senior

81 ANNETTA SEECHARRAN EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR CHHAYA Annetta Seecharran’s life’s work centers around uplifting underserved New Yorkers through economic equity and development at Chhaya, a community development corporation based in Queens. She held similar leadership roles at nonprofits like United Neighborhood Houses and the South Asian Youth Action. Last year, Seecharran testified in a congressional hearing on the financial barriers faced by underbanked immigrants. She also led the economic development committee for Donovan Richards’ transition to Queens Borough Hall.

82 PAUL MAK PRESIDENT AND CEO BROOKLYN CHINESEAMERICAN ASSOCIATION Paul Mak founded the Brooklyn Chinese-American Association in 1988 to serve the borough’s growing Chinese community, and since then he has worked with advocates and officials to

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fulfill the community’s needs. Mak’s organization hopes to revitalize Sunset Park, which is inhabited by largely workingclass and undocumented residents hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic. “We were like six or eight weeks ahead of New York City as far as businesses being affected,” Mak told Vox earlier this year.

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including New York City. The company forged an ongoing business agreement with the Metropolitan Transportation Authority to provide wireless internet service to the city’s underground transit system.

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PRINCIPAL NAJMI LAW As a lawyer and longtime Queens community advocate, Ali Najmi wears many hats. He co-founded the South Asian Indo-Caribbean Bar Association of Queens and the Muslim Democratic Club of New York. He also serves on the city’s Taxi Medallion Task Force. More recently, Najmi won a lawsuit against USPS Postal General Louis DeJoy – who is now under FBI investigation – to reverse the postal service’s slowdown ahead of presidential elections in New York.

84 ALI RASHID PRESIDENT AMERICAN PAKISTANI ADVOCACY GROUP Under Ali Rashid’s leadership, the American Pakistani Advocacy Group delivered 1,500 grocery packages in its COVID-19 food drive and amplified resources accessible for New York’s Pakistani Americans. APAG is also a political group, endorsing and canvassing for candidates in the New York City mayoral and Manhattan district attorney races. The group joined Emgage NY and YAMA Action

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to form the Muslim Agenda 2021 Coalition, which sought to engage and advocate on behalf of Muslim voters ahead of the city’s elections.

85 PABITRA BENJAMIN EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR ADHIKAAR Pabitra Benjamin is a queer Nepali American advocate and head of Adhikaar, New York’s most visible advocacy group serving Nepali domestic workers. The group works with other grassroots organizations to lobby for worker-friendly legislation like the New York City Council bill to expand the city’s definition of employer to include those who hire

DIRECTOR OF RESEARCH AND GLOBAL STRATEGIES domestic workers. Benjamin coauthored a report highlighting the social and economic contributions of Nepali TPS holders published by Adhikaar and partner organizations.

86 MELINDA WHITE CEO TRANSIT WIRELESS As the chief executive of Transit Wireless since 2018, Melinda White is among the few women of color holding C-suite roles in New York’s telecommunications industry. As CEO, White directs the company’s operations in providing 5G communicationsrelated infrastructure services to private and public clients,

Benjamin runs Adhikaar, which supports Nepali domestic workers.

RWDSU HeeWon Brindle-Khym has dedicated her life to fighting for workers’ rights. She was a senior research analyst at UNITE HERE, which represents 300,000 members in the North American hospitality sector, and was a director at the Fair Labor Association. Now, as director of research and global strategies for the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union, she oversees corporate research and international outreach.

88 THOMAS & JILL SUNG CHAIR; PRESIDENT AND CEO ABACUS FEDERAL SAVINGS BANK The Sung family runs Abacus Federal Savings Bank, one of the longestoperating community banks in Chinatown. The Sungs – Thomas is the founder, and


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Studies. Lee’s influence in the business sector had him appointed to Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s advisory board for enterprise to support the state’s reopening.

91 ANGELA WU DIRECTOR OF STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENT GUIDEHOUSE

his daughter Jill is president and CEO – dealt with a five-year lawsuit with the government and, since their acquittal, have spoken publicly about their case, which financial observers portray as the scapegoating of a small immigrant business following the 2008 Wall Street meltdown. They continue to serve Chinatown residents throughout the pandemic, with all six branches of their family bank open for business.

outreach and advocacy. Yu also helped organize the Dumplings Against Hate fundraiser to support Chinatown businesses during the coronavirus pandemic. In addition, she previously worked at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the Chinese-American Planning Council and the office of thenAssembly Member Felix W. Ortiz.

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Kewsong Lee, an Albany native, is a key player as CEO of Carlyle, one of the first private equity firms in New York. He serves as a board member for a number of prominent associations and organizations, including as president of the Lincoln Center Theater’s board and as a trustee of the Center for Strategic and International

Mon Yuck Yu is a board member and manages the day-to-day operations of the Academy of Medical & Public Health Services, a nonprofit health organization serving immigrants in New York. She oversees the organization’s programming,

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93 ANDREA JANG CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER ACKMAN-ZIFF Andrea Jang took on the title of chief operating officer at Ackman-Ziff Real Estate Group, a boutique real estate advisory firm, right at the start of the coronavirus pandemic. “I am proud of how quickly our firm has adapted to new ways of working together and doing business with clients and lenders remotely,” she told trade publication Bisnow. Jang advocates for diversity and equity as co-founder of Asian Americans in Commercial Real Estate, and through her work with Apex for Youth.

94 92 SANJAY MODY PARTNER WINDELS MARX As partner at Windels Marx, Sanjay Mody represents clients across industries including government and real estate. Mody played a big role in developing New York’s infrastructure. He supervised

ANU JOSHI VICE PRESIDENT OF POLICY NEW YORK IMMIGRATION COALITION Anu Joshi has served in her role as vice president of policy for about a year. She has been with the New York Immigration Coalition, one of New York’s most visible organizations serving immigrants, since 2016. She was deputy director for the group’s political action arm beforehand. Joshi, who holds a master’s degree in social welfare from California’s UC

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Mon Yuck Yu is the chief of staff of the Academy of Medical & Public Health Services.

Angela Wu is a product of New York City’s Hunter College High School and Harvard University. She then became educated in New York government as an Empire State Fellow under Gov. Andrew Cuomo before transitioning to project management in the private sector. Now, as director of state and local government at public sector consulting firm Guidehouse, she provides clients with guidance related to risk management and regulatory compliance and business process redesign.

projects like the rebuilding of the World Trade Center, and the redevelopment of an airport terminal when he was a senior adviser to the chair of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. Additionally, he is founder and president at Spectacle Holdings, a New York Citybased real estate investment and development firm.


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Berkeley, oversees the policy directives of the coalition. She previously worked with the American Immigration Lawyers Association.

95 GEETANJALI GUPTA CHIEF INVESTMENT OFFICER NEW YORK PUBLIC LIBRARY Geetanjali Gupta has served in her role as chief investment officer of the New York Public Library since 2018, leveraging her experience as a financial expert – with a prior post at the Harvard Management Company in Boston – to manage more than a billion dollars in assets at the institution. The NYPL’s hundreds of library branches became the lifeline for many communities as critical connectivity and resource centers during the pandemic, yet had to fight to fend off proposed budget cuts this year.

96 JENNY LOW DIRECTOR OF ADMINISTRATIVE SERVICES NEW YORK CITY COUNCIL SPEAKER’S OFFICE Jenny Low is a longtime Chinatown advocate. She has been serving as a district leader since 1995 – the first Asian American to hold the position – and joined New York City Council Speaker Corey Johnson as director of his office’s Administrative Services division. Low set her sights on the term-limited Council Member Margaret Chin’s lower Manhattan district this year, earning endorsements from prominent lawmakers including Reps.

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Nydia Velázquez and Grace Meng, but ultimately fell short.

97 AHSIA BADI NEW YORK POWER & POLITICS CLUB ADMINISTRATOR ON CLUBHOUSE Ahsia Badi is no stranger to community engagement and advocacy. As a Muslim woman and South Asian American, Badi has focused her civic work largely on mobilizing Muslim New Yorkers, notably through her recent position as the census director for Emgage New York. As former president of the Tilden Democratic Club and former second vice chair on Manhattan’s Community Board 6, Badi leveraged her influence to campaign for candidates in this year’s primaries – and drew an audience for her candidate interviews and discussions on Clubhouse.

98 KAUSHAL CHALLA CEO CHARLES B. WANG COMMUNITY HEALTH CENTER Kaushal Challa is the head of management at the Charles B. Wang Community Health Center. He was previously the chief operating officer for ambulatory care services at NYC Health + Hospitals, where he managed the implementation of a centralized contact center operation. The community health center, which has served New York City’s Asian communities through its five branches in lower Manhattan and Queens since 1971, secured $10 million in

Jennifer Tam, left, and Victoria Lee, right, are the co-founders of Welcome to Chinatown.

federal funds to continue its COVID-19 vaccination efforts.

99 JENNIFER TAM & VICTORIA LEE CO-FOUNDERS WELCOME TO CHINATOWN When COVID-19 first hit New York City and hammered Chinatown businesses, Jennifer Tam and Victoria Lee were determined to help. The duo launched Welcome to Chinatown, which began as a charity drive. Now it’s a fully formed grassroots initiative promoting Chinatown businesses. It’s also one of the few sources of financial relief the neighborhood’s businesses are able to access. Lee also ran for district leader representing the Assembly District 65.

100 CHHAYA CHHOUM EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR MEKONG NYC Chhaya Chhoum first came to the U.S. as a Cambodian refugee. Now, Chhoum is helping New York’s underserved refugees from Southeast Asia as a community organizer and head of Mekong NYC, which is based in the Bronx. The nonprofit group collaborates with other grassroots organizations to distribute mutual aid support and to provide access to services like vaccinations, both of which have been difficult to access by the city’s immigrant communities.

Gupta manages more than a billion dollars in New York Public Library assets.


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Notice of Formation of SPITZER HOLDINGS GROUP, L.P. Certificate filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 06/04/21. Duration: 12/31/2069. Office location: Kings County. SSNY designated as agent of LP upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: c/o General Partner, 1684 50 th St., Brooklyn, NY 11204. Name/address of each genl. ptr. available from SSNY. piPurpose: any lawful activities.

Notice of Formation of Gem Blenders The Card Game LLC. Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 05/19/2021. Office location: Kings County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to Steve Sekula, 296 Clinton St, Brooklyn, 11201. Purpose: Any law ful ac tivit y.

Notice of Formation of CA R L E N E ’ S TA S T Y LLC. Arts. Of Org. filed with SSNY on 3/30/21. Office location: Kings SSNY desg. As agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served SSNY mail process to 1245 St Johns Place Apt 11 Brooklyn, NY, 11213. Any law ful purpose. Notice of Formation of J&C BUSINESS REALTY LLC. Arts. Of Org. filed with SSNY on 3/19/21. Office location Bronx SSNY desg. As agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served SSNY mail process to 690 Allerton Ave Apt 3ebronx , NY, 104 67. Any law ful purpose. Notice of Formation of JIN STAR HOME LLC. Arts. Of Org. filed with SSNY on 5/3/21.Office location: Kings SSNY desg. As agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served SSNY mail process to 2105 E 14th Street Brooklyn, NY, 11229. Any lawful purpose. Notice of Formation of L & W GRAND LLC. Arts. Of Org. filed with SSNY on 6/11/21.Office location: Richmond SSNY desg. as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY mail process to 13 DIERAUF ST STATEN ISLAND, NY, 10312. Any lawful purpose. Notice of Qual. of LOCALIZE NYC LLC. Auth. filed with SSNY on 4/29/21. Office location: New York. LLC formed in DE on 9/28/15. SSNY desg. as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY mail process to: C/O Schwartz Sladkus Reich Greenberg Atlas Llp Attn: Jefferey M. Schwartz,Esq 444 Madison Ave, 6th Fl New York, NY, 10022. Arts. of Org. filed with DE SOS. Townsend Bldg. Dover, DE 19901. Any lawful purpose.

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Notice of Formation of MAGNOLIA RE ALT Y AND PROPERT Y HOLDINGS, LLC. Arts. Of Org. filed with SSNY on 5/19/21.Office location: Schoharie SSNY desg. as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY mail process to 112 Mattice Rd Middleburgh, NY, 12122. Any lawful purpose. Notice of Formation of MLW USA LLC. Arts. Of Org. filed with SSNY on 6/11/21.Office location: Kings SSNY desg. As agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served SSNY mail process to 235 Bay 34th Street 1c Brooklyn, NY, 11214. Any lawful purpose. Notice of Formation of NEMATZADEH PLLC. Arts. of Org. filed with SSNY on 6/9/21.Office location: New York SSNY desg. as agent of PLLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY mail process to C/O Justin Nematzadeh 184 Thompson St Ste 6h New York, NY, 10012. Any law ful purpose. Notice of Qual. of NERE KIPS B AY M A N A G E M E N T HOLDING V2 LLC . Auth. filed with SSNY on 6/8/21. Office location: KINGS. LLC formed in DE on 6/4/21. SSNY desg. as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY mail process to: 4916 3rd Ave Brooklyn, NY, 11220. Arts. of Org. filed with DE SOS. Townsend Bldg. Dover, DE 19901. Any lawful purpose. Notice of Formation of 202 D C P LLC. Arts. Of Org. filed with SSNY on 5/3/21.Office location: Kings SSNY desg. As agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served SSNY mail process to 31 Terence Drive Manalapan, NJ, 07726. Any law ful purpose.

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Notice of Formation of TRIBRO REALTY LLC. .Arts. of Org. filed with SSNY on 6/3/21.Office location: New York SSNY desg. as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY mail process to 45 E 89th St Apt 39g New York, NY, 10128.Any lawful purpose.

Notice of Qual. of GRAND AVE LOFTS LLC. Auth. filed with SSNY on 6/8/21. Officevlocation: New York. LLC formed in DE on 6/7/21. SSNY desg. as agent of LLC upon whomvprocess against it may be served. SSNY mail process to: Attn: Rachel Brill 152 West 57th St, 12th Fl New York, NY, 10019. Arts. of Org. filed with DE SOS. Townsend Bldg. Dover, DE 19901. Any law ful purpose.

Notice of Qual. of WOLLMAN PA R K PARTNERS LLC. Auth. filed with SSNY on 6/9/21. Office location: New York. LLC formed in DE on 5/13/21. SSNY desg. as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY mail process to: 25 Lafayette St, 3rd Floor Attn: Brad Shron, Esq. Newark, NJ, 07102. Arts. of Org. filed with DE SOS. Townsend Bldg. Dover, DE 19901. Any law ful purpose.

Notice of formation of Manifest Unlimited LLC. Articles of Organization filed with the Secretary of State of New York SSNY on 04/16/2021. Office located in New York. SSNY has been designated for service of process. SSNY shall mail copy of any process served against the LLC 244 5th avenue suite 1415 New York, NY, 10001. Purpose: any law ful purpose.

Scarlett collective, LLC Art. Of Org. Filed Sec. of State of NY 6/23/2021. Off. Loc.: Richmond Co. SSNY designated as agent upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY to mail copy of process to The LLC, 2965 veterans rd w suite 28 Staten Island, NY 10309. Purpose: Any lawful act or activity

Notice of Formation of B L D E V E L O PM E N T LLC. Arts. Of Org. filed with SSNY on 4/23/19. Office location: Richmond SSNY desg. as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY mail process to 88 Sleepy Hollow Rd Staten Island, NY, 10314. Any law ful purpose.

Notice of Formation of ALDRIDGE & GOLDBERG LLP. Arts. of Org. filed with SSNY on 2/2/21.Office location: New York SSNY desg. as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY mail process to Attn: Steven Goldberg 641 Lexington Ave, 14th Fl New York, NY, 10022.Any lawful purpose.

Notice of Formation of EPW SPOR TS LLC. Arts. Of Org. filed with SSNY on 8/17/20. Office location New York SSNY desg. As agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served SSNY mail process to 210 East 68th Street Apt. 5g New York, NY 10065. Any law ful purpose. Notice of Formation of 4219 GLEANE LLC. Arts. Of Org. filed with SSNY on 6/9/21.Office location: Kings SSNY desg. As agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served SSNY mail process to 42-19 Gleane St Elmhurst, NY, 11373. Any law ful purpose. Notice of Formation of 1365 TELLER LLC. Arts. Of Org. filed with SSNY on 11/04/21.Office location: Kings SSNY desg. As agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served SSNY mail process to 5014 16th Ave, Ste 9 Brooklyn, NY, 11204. Any lawful purpose. Notice of Formation of 1472 BOSTON PARTNERS LLC. Arts. Of Org. filed with SSNY on 6/1/21.Office location: Kings SSNY desg. As agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served SSNY mail process to 1722 45th St Brooklyn, NY, 11204. Any law ful purpose.

Notice of Formation of PLAZA CARS, LLC. Arts. Of Org. filed with SSNY on 5/11/21. Office location: Kings SSNY desg. As agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served SSNY mail process to 2740 Nostrand Ave Brooklyn, NY, 11210. Any law ful purpose. Notice of Formation of S&J ARTHUR KILL HOLDINGS LLC. Arts. Of Org. filed with SSNY on 6/15/21.Office location: Richmond SSNY desg. as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY mail process to C/O The Limited Liability Company 2704 Arthur Kill Road Staten Island, NY, 10309. Any law ful purpose. Notice of Formation of SKJEMA LLC. Arts. Of Org. filed with SSNY on 6/11/21. Office location: Kings SSNY desg. As agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served SSNY mail process to 302 Marine Ave Apt B1 Brooklyn, NY, 11209. Any lawful purpose. Notice of Formation of SURROUNDED BY OPPORTUNITIES LLC. Arts. Of Org. filed with SSNY on 5/10/21.Office location: Kings SSNY desg. As agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served SSNY mail process to 485 Ocean Ave, Apt 5d Brooklyn, NY, 11226. Any law ful purpose.

Notice of Formation of VEGA 14, LLC. Arts. Of Org. filed with SSNY on 6/10/21. Office location: Kings SSNY desg. As agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served SSNY mail process to 134 Amity St Brooklyn, NY, 11201. Any law ful purpose.

Notice of Formation of Z. MIAH & SON REALTY LLC. Arts. Of Org. filed with SSNY on 6/8/20. Office location: Kings SSNY desg. As agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served SSNY mail process to 23 Sunnyside Ct Brooklyn, NY, 11207. Any law ful purpose.

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Notice of Qual. of VENMA X, LLC. Auth. filed with SSNY o n 6/14/21. Office location: Kings. LLC formed in FL on 6/23/2014. SSNY desg. as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY mail process to: 7312 13th Avenue Brooklyn, NY, 11228. Arts. of Org. filed with FL SOS, The Centre of Tallahassee 2415 North Monroe Street Ste 810 Tallahassee, FL 32303. Any law ful purpose. Notice of Form. of 34 FINGERBOARD LLC. Arts. of Org. filed with SSNY on 6/14/21. Office location: Richmond SSNY desg. as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. S SN Y mail proces s to 34 Fingerboard Rd Staten Island, NY, 10305. Any law ful purpose. Notice of Formation of 160 D C P LLC. Arts. Of Org. filed with SSNY on 5/3/21.Office location: Kings SSNY desg. As agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served SSNY mail process to 31 Terence Drive Manalapan, NJ, 07226. Any law ful purpose. Notice of Formation of Middlefort, LLC. Articles of Organization filed with Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 5/18/2021. Office location: N Y C o u n t y. S S N Y designated as agent upon whom process may be served and shall mail copy of process against LLC to R/A: CT Corporation System, 28 Liberty Street, New York, NY 10005. Purpose: any lawful act. Notice of Formation of ABINGTON PROPERTIES. Arts. Of Org. filed with SSNY on 6/10/21. Office location New York SSNY desg. As agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served SSNY mail process to 950 Third Avenue, 27th Floor, New York, NY, 10022. Any law ful purpose.

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VIRGINIA: IN THE CIRCUIT COURT FOR ARLINGTON COUNTY QuarterSpot, Inc. Plaintiff, v.

* * * * * Case No.: CL20000759-00

* 3rd Ave. Quick Stop Inc., et al. * * Defendant(s). * ******************************************************** SECOND AMENDED ORDER OF PUBLICATION The object of this suit is to pursue a breach of contract claim following a default on a loan evidenced by a Promissory Note, Business Loan Agreement, and Guaranty. It is hereby ORDERED that Defendants 3 rd Ave. Quick Stop Inc. and Hassan Ebraheim appear in the Circuit Court for Arlington County, Virginia to protect their interest in this matter on or before September 3, 2021, and It is further ORDERED that this Order of Publication be published once a week for four successive weeks in City &; State NY, a newspaper of general circulation in New York County, NY. City & State NY shall send the Certificate of Publication and the bill to Parker, Simon &; Kokolis, LLC, 10400 Eaton Place, Suite 300, Fairfax, Virginia 22030. Entered this 15 th day of June 2021. By: Hon. William T. Newman, Jr., Presiding Judge I ASK FOR THIS: /s/ Amy C. Czekala Amy C. Czekala, Esq. #74801 Parker, Simon & Kokolis, LLC 10400 Eaton Place, Suite 300 Fairfax, VA 22030 (703) 737-9797 Attorney for Plaintiff

Notice of Qual. of COVID FILM CERTIFICATION LLC. Auth. filed with SSNY on 6/23/21. Office location: New York. LLC formed in NJ on 10/28/20. SSNY desg. as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY mail process to: 18 Justin Ln, Haledon, NJ 07508. Arts. of Org. filed with NJ SOS: Division of Revenue, Dept of Treasury, 33 West Street Fifth Floor, Trenton NJ 08646. Any law ful purpose. Notice of formation of SAMGEM, LLC. Arts of Org filed with NY Secy of State (SSNY) on 6/2/2021. Office location: N Y C o u n t y. S S N Y designated as agent upon whom process may be served. SSNY shall mail process to 9 East 88th St., NY, NY 10128. Purpose: any lawful act.

Posner Strategies LLC filed Arts. of Org. with the Sect’y of State of NY (SSNY) on 4/26/2021. Office: NY County. SSNY has been designated as agent of the LLC upon whom process against it may be served and shall mail process to: The LLC, 300 Central Park W, Apt 5K, NY, NY 10024. Purpose: any lawful act.

Notice of Formation of STERN, LAVINTHAL , FRANKENBERG & LAM, LLC, A NEW YORK LIMITE D LIAB ILIT Y COMPANY. Ar ts. Of Org. filed with SSNY on 6/21/21. Office location: Kings SSNY desg. As agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served SSNY mail process to 600 Mamaroneck Ave, #400, Harrison, NY, 10528. Any law ful purpose.


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July 19, 2021

Notice of Formation of 2059 MADISON AVE MANAGER LLC Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 06/15/21. Office location: NY County. Princ. office of LLC: 419 Park Ave. South, Ste. 401, 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., 80 State St., Albany, NY 12207. Purpose: Real estate. Notice of Formation of 1971 GRAND AVE MANAGER LLC Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 06/15/21. Office location: NY County. Princ. office of LLC: 419 Park Ave. South, Ste. 401, 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., 80 State St., Albany, NY 12207. Purpose: Real estate. Notice of Formation of 2060 PITKIN AVE MANAGER LLC Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 06/15/21. Office location: NY County. Princ. office of LLC: 419 Park Ave. South, Ste. 401, 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., 80 State St., Albany, NY 12207. Purpose: Real estate. NEW FUNCIT Y FISH MARKET, LLC Articles of Org. filed NY Sec. of State (SSNY) 03/21/2017. Office of Kings. SSNY design agent of LLC upon whom process may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process 5602 Church Ave. Brooklyn, N Y 112 0 3 Purp o s e: any law ful purpose. Notice of Formation of FORGTME NOT LLC . Arts. of Org. filed with SSNY on 2/3/21.Office location: New York SSNY desg. as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY mail process to C/O FORGTMENOT LLC Attention: I-Hsing Sun. 124 West 23rd Street, #16A New York, NY, 10011. Any law ful purpose.

Notice of Formation of Minks By Munroe, LLC filed with SSNY on June 10, 2021. Office: Kings SSNY designated agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to LLC: 440 Lenox Rd., 5R, Brooklyn, NY 11203. Purpose: any lawful act or activity. Notice of formation of Flex Club, LLC Articles of Organization filed with the Secretary of State of New York SSNY on 05/06/2021. Office located in Kings. SSNY has been designated for service of process. SSNY shall mail copy of any process served against the LLC 460 Wyona St Apt 1, Brooklyn, N Y 11207. Purpose: any law ful purpose. Notice of Formation of D & K RESTORATION IRON WORKS LLC. Arts. Of Org. filed with SSNY on 6/24/21. Office location: Kings SSNY desg. As agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served SSNY mail process to 970 Bedford Ave., Brooklyn, NY, 11205. Any law ful purpose. Notice of Formation of RMTB ART HOLDINGS LLC. Arts. of Org. filed with SSNY on 6/9/21. Office location: New York SSNY desg. as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY mail process to 600 Mamaroneck Ave #4 0 0, Harrison N Y, 10528.Any lawful purpose. Notice of Qual. of BOOKING HOLDINGS FINANCIAL SERVICES USA LLC. Auth. filed with SSNY on 6/4/21. Office location: New York. LLC formed in VA on 2/9/21. SSNY desg. as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY mail process to: 600 Mamaroneck #400, Harrison, NY 10528. Arts. of Org. filed with VA SOS: 1111 East Broad Street,4th Floor Richmond, Virginia 23219. Any lawful purpose.

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ACR STAR TAX LLC, Arts. of Org. filed with the SSNY on 06/30/2021. Office loc: NY County. SSNY has been designated as agent upon whom process against the LLC may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: The LLC, 98 East Broadway Ste 303, NY, NY 10002. Reg Agent: Eva Yuk Ho Liu & Anthony Kar Wai Koo, 1060 71st Street, Brooklyn, N Y 112 28 . Purpose: Any Lawful Purpose.

IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE TWENTIETH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR COLLIER COUNTY, FLORIDA FAMILY DIVISION

Notice of Formation of Cookies Salon, LLC. filed with SSNY on June 11, 2021. Office: Richmond County. SSNY designated agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to LLC: 260 Park Hill Avenue, Apartment 2W, Staten Island, NY 10304. Purpose: any lawful act or activity.

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Notice of Formation of SnkrSaviorLLC , LLC filed with SSNY on May,12,2021. Office: We s t c h e s t e r. S S N Y designated agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to LLC: 263 palisade ave, 1B, Yonkers, NY 10703. Purpose: any lawful act or activity. Notice is hereby given that a license, number pending, for beer, liquor and wine, has been applied for by Rock 45 SW Bistro, L.L.C. and 45 Rock Center LLC to sell beer, liquor and wine at retail in a restaurant under the Alcohol Beverage Control L aw at 4 5 Rockefeller Plaza, Suite 10, New York, NY 10111 for on premises consumption. Rock 45 SW Bistro, L.L.C. and 45 Rock Center LLC. Notice is hereby given that a license, number pending for liquor beer wine and cider has been applied for by the undersigned to sell liquor beer wine and cider at retail in a OP 252 under the Alcoholic Beverage Control Law at 928 C r ai g R d S , N ew York, NY 10004 for on premises consumption. Misipasta LLC

IN RE: THE MARRIAGE OF: DEANNE KETWAROO, CASE NO.: 20-DR-2318 Petitioner/Wife, and SEECHAND KEITH KETWAROO, Respondent/Husband. ______________________________________/ NOTICE OF ACTION OF DISSOLUTION OF MARRIAGE AND OTHER RELIEF Seechand Keith Ketwaroo 111 Jewel Street, 2R Brooklyn, NY 11222

Physical Description: Age: 42; Race: South American; Hair Color: Black; Height: 5’11”; Date of Birth: February 27, 1979 YOU ARE NOTIFIED that an action for dissolution of marriage by way of Amended Petition for Dissolution of Marriage and Other Relief has been filed against you and that you are required to serve a copy of your written defenses, if any, to it on the Petitioner, DEANNE KETWAROO, via Toni S. Boettcher, Esquire, c/o Family First Legal Group, 2950 Immokalee Road, Suite 2, Naples, Florida 34110 on or before August 9, 2021 and file the original with the Clerk of this Court at 3315 Tamiami Trail East, Suite 102, Naples, Florida 34112, before service on Petitioner or immediately thereafter. If you fail to do so, a default may be entered against you for the relief demanded in the Petition. Copies of all court documents in this case, including orders, are available at the Clerk of the Circuit Court’s office. You may review these documents upon request. You must keep the Clerk of the Circuit Court’s office notified of your current address. (You may file Notice of Current Address, Florida Supreme Court Approved Family Law Form 12.915.) Future papers in this lawsuit will be mailed to the address on record at the clerk’s office. WARNING: Rule 12.285, Florida Family Law Rules of Procedure, requires certain automatic disclosure of documents and information. Failure to comply can result in sanctions, including dismissal or striking of pleadings. Dated: _________CLERK OF THE CIRCUIT COURT By: ____________________________ Deputy Clerk

Notice of Formation of JL EYES LLC. Arts. Of Org. filed with SSNY on 6/29/21. Office location Kings SSNY desg. As agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served SSNY mail process to 195 FRANKLIN STREET STE 2F BROOKLYN, NY 11222 Any lawful purpose.

Notice of Formation of GHOST ELEMENTS LLC. Arts. Of Org. filed with SSNY on 6/22/21. Office location: Kings SSNY desg. As agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY mail process to 163 Carlton Ave Brooklyn NY, 11205. Any lawful purpose.

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Notice of Formation of Forge Hill Holdings LLC. Arts. Of Org. filed with SSNY on 8/26/20. Office location: Kings SSNY desg. As agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served SSNY mail process to 288 Scholes St. Brooklyn, NY 11206. Any lawful purpose. Notice of Formation of R E NAIS SANCE 1701 UTICA LLC. Arts. Of Org. filed with SSNY on 04/23/12. Office location: Kings SSNY desg. As agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served SSNY mail process to 1946 Coney Island Avenue. Brooklyn, NY, 11223. Any lawful purpose. Notice of Formation of NOSTRAND KINGS HOLDINGS, LLC. Arts. Of Org. filed with SSNY on 6/14/21. Office location: Kings SSNY desg. As agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served SSNY mail process to 2740 Nostrand Ave Brooklyn, NY, 11210. Any law ful purpose. Notice of formation of limited liability company ( L L C) . Name: CT COACHING LLC. Articles of Organization filed with Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 5/28/2021. NY office location: Kings County. SSNY has been designated as agent of the LLC upon whom process against it may be served. The post office address to which the SSNY shall mail a copy of any process against the LLC served upon him/her is Ct Coaching Llc, 535 Union Ave, 2g Brooklyn, NY, 11211. Purpose of LLC: Any Lawful Purpose. NOTICE of FORMATION of a DOMESTIC PROFESSIONAL LIMITED LIABILIT Y C O M PA N Y Hanifa Cavanna NP Psychiatry, PLLC Articles of Organization with the NY Dept of State: June 2, 2021 Office located in New York. The NY Secretary of S tate has been designated as the agent upon whom process may be served. NYSS may mail a copy of any process to the PLLC at: 576 5 th Avenue, New York, NY 10036 Purpose: Nurse Practitioner Practice.


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Notice of Formation of PL A Z A VEHICLES, LLC. Arts. Of Org. filed with SSNY on 6/25/21. Office location: Kings SSNY desg. As agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served SSNY mail process to 2740 Nostrand Ave. Brooklyn, NY 11210. Any law ful purpose.

Notice of Formation of Gabrielli Hollers Ave Realty LLC. Arts .Of Org. filed with SSNY on 05/03/2021. Office location: Bronx SSNY desg. As agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY mail process to 605 Third Ave NY, NY 10158. Any lawful purpose.

Notice of Formation of PLAZA MOTORS, LLC. Arts. Of Org. filed with SSNY on 6/25/21. Office location: Kings SSNY desg. As agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served SSNY mail process to 274 0 Nostrand Ave. Brooklyn, N Y 11210. Any law ful purpose.

Notice of Formation of DRU PROPERTIES LLC. Arts. Of Org. filed with SSNY on 6/17/21. Office location: Kings SSNY desg. As agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served SSNY mail process to 1619 Madison Place, Brooklyn, NY, United States, 11229. Any law ful purpose.

Notice of Formation of PLAZA AUTOS, LLC. Arts. Of Org. filed with SSNY on 6/25/21. Office location: Kings SSNY desg. As agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served SSNY mail process to 274 0 Nostrand Ave, Brooklyn, N Y 11210. Any law ful purpose. Notice of Formation of JON ELLWOOD LLC. Arts. Of Org. filed with SSNY on 06/28/21. Office location: Kings SSNY desg. As agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served SSNY mail process to 28 Box Street, Suite N625 Brooklyn, NY, 11222. Any law ful purpose. THE ANNUAL RETURN OF THE MICHELLE &NORMAN LATTMAN C H A R I T A B L E FOUNDATION for the calendar year ended December 31, 2020 is available at its principal office located at 900 5th Avenue, Suite 18A, New York, NY 10021 for inspection during regular business hours by any citizen who requests it within 180 days hereof. Principal Manager of the Foundation is MICHELLE LAT TMAN.

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Notice of Formation of CRASHJUNKIES LLC. Arts. Of Org. filed with SSNY on 7/1/21. Office location: Kings SSNY desg. As agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served SSNY mail process to 259 Powers Street, Apartment 1L Brooklyn, NY, 11211. Any law ful purpose. Notice of Formation of Clever Ladies Enterprise LLC Arts .Of Org. filed with SSNY on 2/10/21. Office location: Bronx SSNY desg. As agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY mail process to 3934 Dyre Ave, Bronx, NY, 10466. Any law ful purpose. Notice of Formation of Brooklyn Point 45J LLC. Arts. Of Org. filed with SSNY on 06/24/2021. Office location: Kings SSNY desg. As agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served S SN Y mail proces s to 9 Carrington Way, Morristown, NJ, 07960. Any law ful purpose. Notice of Formation of 1701 UTICA LLC. Arts. Of Org. filed with SSNY on 04/23/12 . O f fice location: Kings SSNY desg. As agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served S SN Y mail proces s to 1946 Coney Island Avenue. Brooklyn, NY, 11223. Any lawful purpose.

Notice of Qual. of ALEXEI ORLOV &PARTNERS LLC. Auth. filed with SSNY on 6/15/21. Office location: Kings. LLC formed in DE on 10/17/16. SSNY desg. as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY mail process to: 1S 1 st St, #42K Brooklyn, NY, 11249. Arts. of Org. filed with CT SOS. 165 Capitol Ave Ste 1000 Hartford, CT 06115. Any lawful purpose. Notice of Qual. of Blue Year B rands , LLC . Auth. filed with SSNY on 6/18/21. Office location: New York. LLC formed in DE on 1/27/21. SSNY desg. as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY mail process to: 26 Cornelia St #13 NY, NY 10014. Arts. of Org. filed with DE SOS. Townsend Bldg. Dover, DE 19901. Any law ful purpose. Notice of Formation of 2271 Property LLC. Arts. Of Org. filed with SSNY on 7/2/21. Office location Kings SSNY desg. As agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served SSNY mail process to 823 60 th St 1 st Fl Brooklyn, NY 11220 Any lawful purpose. Notice of Formation of 1050-52 East 3 rd St LLC. Arts. Of Org. filed with SSNY on 7/6//17. Office location Kings SSNY desg. As agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served SSNY mail process to 1090 East 4 th St Brooklyn, NY 11230. Any lawful purpose. Notice of Formation of 327 LEONARD ST., LLC. Arts. Of Org. filed with SSNY on 05/19/21. Office location: Kings SSNY desg. As agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be s e r ve d S S N Y m a i l process to 53-126 63rd Street, Maspeth, NY 11378. Any lawful purpose. Notice of Formation of 141 BAY 32 ST LLC. Arts. Of Org. filed with SSNY on 06/30/21.Office location: Kings SSNY desg. As agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served SSNY mail process to 141 BAY 32 St, Brooklyn, NY, 11214. Any lawful purpose.

July 19, 2021

Notice of Formation of Two Waterline 35B LLC . . Ar ts . of O r g . filed with SSNY on 5/19/21.Office location: New York SSNY desg. as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY mail process to 80 Riverside Boulevard, Apt 19A N Y, NY 10023.Any lawful purpose. Notice of Formation of Two Waterline 35A LLC. .Arts. of Org. filed with SSNY on 5/19/21. Office location: New York SSNY desg. as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY mail process to 15 CENTRAL PARK WEST, APT. 37D, NY, NY, 10023. Any law ful purpose. Notice of Formation of Think Big Realty LLC. Arts. Of Org. filed with SSNY on 2/1/21. Office location Kings SSNY desg. As agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served SSNY mail process to 10 Sackman St #17 Brooklyn, NY 11233. Any law ful purpose.

Notice of Formation of SPE E DY PLUMBING LLC. Arts. Of Org. filed with SSNY on 6/29/21. Office location Kings SSNY desg. As agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served SSNY mail process to 1453 71st Street, Cellar Brooklyn, NY 11228 . Any law ful purpose.

Notice of Formation of Renaissance 1701 Utica Realty LLC. Arts. Of Org. filed with SSNY on 4/23/12. Office location: Kings SSNY desg. As agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served SSNY mail process to 1946 Coney Island Ave Brooklyn, NY 11223. Any lawful purpose.

Notice of Formation of Renaissance 1701 Utica Realty LLC. Arts. Of Org. filed with SSNY on 4/23/12. Office location: Kings SSNY desg. As agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served SSNY mail process to 1946 Coney Island Ave Brooklyn, NY 11223. Any lawful purpose.

Public Notice State of South Carolina COUNTY OF: CHARLESTON IN THE MATTER OF:CYNTHIA MAXINE BOYD GARLINGTON IN THE PROBATE COURTCASE NUMBER 2021-ES-10-00309 SALLY ANN BOYD, Petitioner, vs. DONALD GARLINGTON, Respondent. SUMMONS TO THE RESPONDENT(S) LISTED ABOVE: YOU ARE HEREBY SUMMONED and required to Answer the Petition in this action, a copy of which is herewith served upon you, and to serve a copy of your Answer upon the Petitioner(s) listed above at the following address{es):Seth A. Levy (Name of Petitioner/Attorney for Petitioner) 21 Gamecock Avenue, Suite A {Street Address or Mailing Address) Charleston, South Carolina 29407 {City, State, and Zip Code)Your Answer must be served on the Petitioner at the above address within thirty (30) days after the service of this Summons and Petition upon you, exclusive of the day of such service; and if you fail to answer the Petition within that time, judgment by default will be rendered against you for the relief demanded in the Petition. PETITION FOR DETERMINATION OF HEIRS PETITIONER: SALLY ANN BOYD; DECEDENT: CYNTHIA MAXINE BOYD GARLINGTON; DATE OF BIRTH: April 22, 1950; DATE OF DEATH: July 23, 2010; NAMES OF POSSBILE KNOWN HEIRS: DONALD GARLINGTON, ALBERAT STROBLE, and JULIUS FIELDS. REASON FOR PETITION: To determine the heirs of Cynthia Maxine Boyd Garlington. Notification of invitation for virtual attendance of the hearing shall be provided by Charleston County Probate Court to Petitioner’s counsel one week prior to commencement of the scheduled hearing. Any and all parties may request attendance of the hearing by phone or email communication to Alison Atwood, Clerk of Probate Court, 843-958-4099, or aatwood@charlestoncounty. org. The Law Office of Seth A. Levy, 21 Gamecock Avenue, Suite A, Charleston, SC 29407 (843) 4004510 ATTORNEY FOR PETITIONER. Notice of Formation of Puff N Paint, LLC filed with SSNY on April 27th 2021. Office: Bronx County. SSNY designated agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to LLC: 1707 topping av #6A Bronx NY 10457. Purpose: any lawful act or activity.

Notice of Formation of H & T Electrical Contractors, LLC. Arts. Of Org. filed with SSNY on 7/6/21. Office location Fulton SSNY desg. As agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served SSNY mail process to 163 CO Hwy 101 Gloversville, NY, 12078. Any law ful purpose.

Notice of Formation of Eight Madison Group LLC. Arts. Of Org. filed with SSNY on 7/6/21. Office location Kings SSNY desg. As agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served SSNY mail process to 369 Madison Street Brooklyn, NY 11221. Any lawful purpose.

Notice of Formation of GMSW LLC. Arts. Of Org. filed with SSNY on 7/8/21. Office location Kings SSNY desg. As agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served SSNY mail process to 8413-13 th Ave Lower Lvl, Brooklyn, NY 11228. Any lawful purpose.

Notice of Formation of Compton Durham, LLC. Arts. Of Org. filed with SSNY on 7/7/21. Office location: Kings SSNY desg. As agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served SSNY mail process to 50 Plaza St E. #4C Brooklyn, NY 11238. Any law ful purpose.

Notice of Formation of Artem Elmo Transportation LLC. Arts. Of Org. filed with SSNY on 2/16/21. Office location Kings SSNY desg. As agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served SSNY mail process to 1501 Avenue U 2 nd Fl Brooklyn, NY 11229. Any lawful purpose.


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Notice of Qual. of DELTA CAPITA, LLC. Auth. filed with SSNY on 7/8/21. Of fice location: New York. LLC formed in DE on 5/27/21. SSNY desg. as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY mail process to: 101 Ave of the Americas NY, NY 10013. Arts. of Org. filed with DE SOS. Townsend Bldg. Dover, DE 19901. Any law ful purpose. Notice of Formation of CENTRAL NY HOUSING LLC. .Arts. of Org. filed with SSNY on 7/12/21. Office location: CAYUGA SSNY desg. as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY mail process to 110 Genesee St., Ste. 390a Auburn, NY, 13021. Any law ful purpose. Notice of Formation of A/C Editions, LLC. Arts. Of Org. filed with SSNY on 6/21/21. Office location New York SSNY desg. As agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served SSNY mail process to 108 East 78 th St NY, NY 10075. Any law ful purpose. Notice of Formation of 1314 Fulton St LLC. Arts. Of Org. filed with SSNY on 7/8/21. Office location Kings SSNY desg. As agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served SSNY mail process to 1314 Fulton St Brooklyn, New York, 11216. Any lawful purpose. Notice of Formation of Zafar Properties LLC. Arts. Of Org. filed with SSNY on 5/12/21. Office location Kings SSNY desg. As agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served SSNY mail process to 544 Mcdonald Ave Brooklyn, NY 11218. Any law ful purpose. Notice of formation of 68-70 SPRING STREET HOLDINGS, LLC. Arts of Org filed with Secy of State of NY (SSNY) on 7/2/21. Office location: N Y C o u n t y. S S N Y designated as agent upon whom process may be served and shall mail copy of process against LLC to: 218 Lafayette S t . , N Y, N Y 10 012 . Purpose: any lawful act.

Notice of Formation of LIMESTONE STAFFING LLC. Arts. of Org. filed with SSNY on 7/2/21. Office location: New York SSNY desg. as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY mail process to C/O Crowe LLP 485 Lexington ave New York, NY 10036. Any law ful purpose. Notice of Formation of X YZ Records LLC. Arts. Of Org. filed with SSNY on 9/27/19. Office location New York SSNY desg. As agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served SSNY mail process to 33 Crosby St #4F NY, NY 10013. Any lawful purpose.

Notice of Formation of The Terrence Mcnally Memorial Fund, LLC. Arts. Of Org. filed with SSNY on 6/17/21. Office location New York SSNY desg. As agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served SSNY mail process to 29 East 9th Street, Suite 2, New York, NY 10023. Any law ful purpose. Notice of Formation of SPM Event LLC. Arts. Of Org. filed with SSNY on 6/28/21. Office location Kings SSNY desg. As agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served SSNY mail process to 8709 25 th Ave Fl2 Brooklyn, NY 11214. Any lawful purpose.

Notice of Formation of Prominent Technologies, LLC. Arts. Of Org. filed with SSNY on 9/1/2020. Office location New York SSNY desg. As agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served SSNY mail process to 145 West 28 th Street 8 th Fl NY, NY 10001. Any lawful purpose. Notice of Formation of Matthew Lejune Studio LLC. Arts. Of Org. filed with SSNY on 7/1/21. Office location Kings SSNY desg. As agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served SSNY mail process to 249 Melrose St Ste 2L Brooklyn, NY, 11206. Any law ful purpose.

Form of notice for on-premises license. Notice is hereby given that a license, number (PENDING) for beer, wine, and cider has been applied for by the undersigned to sell beer, wine, and cider at retail in a TW 334 under the Alcoholic Beverage Control Law at 243 DEGRAW STREET BROOKLYN, NY 11231 for on premises consumption. Poppy’s Catering & Events LLC PUBLIC NOTICE AT &T p r o p o s e s t o collocate antennas (t ip h e i g h t s 1 3 5 . 5 ’ &145.5’) on the building at 1516 Park Ave (AK A 94 E. 111th St), New York, NY (20210663). Interested parties may contact Scott Horn (856 - 809 -1202) (1012 Industrial Dr. , West Berlin, NJ 08091) with comments regarding potential e f f e c t s o n his tori c p r o p e r t i e s .

THE ANNUAL RETURN OF THE FA R B M A N FA M I LY FOUNDATION for the year ended December 31, 2020 is available at its principal of fice located at 27 West 72 nd Street Apt. No. 1102, New York, NY 10023 for inspection during regular business hours by any citizen who requests it within 180 days hereof. Principal Managers of the Foundation are EILEEN & STEVEN FARBMAN.

Notice of Formation of JP Payne Accounting Services LLC. filed with SSNY on 07/08/2021. Office location: Westchester Count y. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process may be served. SSNY shall mail process to Jacquelyn Payne 22 Edinburgh Drive, Peekskill, New York 10566. Purpose: any lawful act or activity.

Notice of Formation of Summus Construction, LLC filed with SSNY on June 25th, 2021. Office: Richmond C ount y. SSNY designated agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to LLC: 850 Bloomingdale Road, Staten Island, NY 10309. Purpose: any lawful act or activity Public Notice Cellco Par tnership and its controlled affiliates doing business as Verizon Wireless ( Ve r i z o n W i r e l e s s) proposes to collocate wireless communications antennas at multiple locations in New York, N ew Yo r k C o u n t y, NY. Verizon Wireless proposes to collocate communications antennas at a top height of 85 feet on an 83-foot building rooftop at the approx. vicinity of 924 A m s te rdam Ave nu e , 10025; at a top height of 36 feet on a 66-foot building rooftop at the approx. vicinity of 721 11 th Avenue, 10019; at a top height of 57 feet on a 62foot building at the approx. vicinity of 323 West 34th Street, 10001. Public comments regarding potential effects from this site on historic properties m ay b e s u b m i t t e d within 30 days from the date of this publication to: Trileaf Corp, Laura Elston, l.elston@trileaf. com, 1395 South Marietta Parkway, Building 400, Suite 209, Marietta, GA 30067, 678-653-8673. Notice of formation of YM STRATEGY LLC Articles of Organization filed with the Secretary of State of New York SSNY on 04/06/2018. Office located in KING. SSNY has been designated for service of process. SSNY shall mail copy of any process served against the LLC 1014 AVENUE W BROOKLYN, N Y 112 23 . Purpose: any law ful purpose.

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Cellco Par tnership and its controlled affiliates doing business as Verizon Wireless ( Ve r i z o n W i r e l e s s) proposes to collocate wireless communications antennas at multiple locations in Brooklyn, Kings County, NY. Verizon Wireless proposes to collocate communications antennas at a top height of 52 feet on a 58foot building rooftop at the approx. vicinity of 820 Linden Boulevard, 11203; at a top height of 36 feet on a 29-foot building rooftop at the approx. vicinity of 2749 Stillwell Avenue, 11205; at a top height of 80 feet on a 85-foot building rooftop at the approx. vicinity of 450 95 th Street, 11209; at a top height of 26 f e e t on a 2 3 -fo ot building roof top at the approx. vicinity of 855 Humboldt Street, 11222; at a top height of 71 feet on a 84foot building roof top at the approx. vicinity of 2280 Burnett Street, 11229; at a top height of 49 feet on a 53foot building rooftop at the approx. vicinity of 163 Bay 7 th Street, 11228; at a top height of 32 feet on a 34-foot traffic control/ public lighting structure at the approx. vicinity of 4th Avenue @ SWC of 55th Street, 11220; at a top height of 74 feet on a 78foot building at the approx. vicinity of 649 Empire Boulevard, 11213; at a top height of 55 feet on a 55foot building at the approx. vicinity of 186 27th Street, 11232; at a top height of 79 feet on an 87-foot building at the approx. vicinity of 219 78th Street, 11209. Public comments regarding potential effects from this site on historic p ro p e r ti e s m ay b e submit ted within 30 days from the date of this publication to: Trileaf Corp, Benjamin Allen, b.allen@trileaf. com, phone: 678653-8673, 1395 South Marietta Park way, Building 400, Suite 209, Mariet ta, GA 30067.

Cellco Par tnership and its controlled affiliates doing business as Verizon Wireless ( Ve r i z o n W i r e l e s s) proposes to collocate wireless communications antennas at a top height of 39 feet on a 2 9 - f o o t b uil d in g at the approx. vicinity of 968 Meeker Avenue, Brooklyn, Kings County, New York 11222. Public comments regarding potential effects from this site on historic p ro p e r ti e s m ay b e submit ted within 30 days from the date of this publication to: Trileaf Corp, Morgan Rasmussen, m . rasmus s e n@ trile af. com, phone: 678653-8673, 1395 South Marietta Park way, Building 400, Suite 209, Mariet ta, GA 30067.

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Notice of Qualification of The Mahogany LLC, fictitious name in NY: The Mahogany NY LLC. Appl. for Auth. filed with NY Dept. of State on 4/16/21. Office location: New York County. NY Sec. of State designated agent of the LLC upon whom process against it may be served, and shall mail process to the LLC, c/o Cadwalader Wickersham & Taft LLP, Attn: William Schaaf, 200 Liberty St, New York, NY 10281. DE addr. of LLC c/o Vanguard Corporate Services Ltd, 3500 S Dupont Hwy, Dover, DE 19901. Cert. of Form. filed with DE Sec. of State, 401 Federal St., Dover, DE 19901 on 1/29/21. Purpose: any law ful ac tivit y. Notice is hereby given that a license, number pending, for beer, liquor and wine, has been applied for by TSCE 2007 Jacx FH, L.L.C. d/b/a Jacx & Co. to sell beer, liquor and wine at retail in a restaurant under the Alcohol Beverage Control Law at 28-07 Jackson Avenue, Long Island City, NY, 11101 for on premises consumption. TSCE 2007 Jacx FH L.L.C. d/b/a Jacx & Co.


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Cellco Par tnership and its controlled affiliates doing business as Verizon Wireless ( Ve r i z o n W i r e l e s s) proposes to collocate wireless communications antennas at the following locations in New York, New York County, NY. Antennas are proposed to be collocated at a top height of 166 feet on a 223-foot building at the approx. vicinity of 83 Maiden Lane, 10038, and at a top height of 64 feet on a 70-foot building at the approx. vicinity of 235 Lexington Avenue, 10016. Public comments regarding potential effects from this site on historic properties may be submitted within 30 days from the date of this publication to: Trileaf Corp, Bennett Thomas, b.thomas2@trileaf. com, 1051 Winderley Place, Suite 201, Maitland, FL 32751, 4 0 7- 6 6 0 -7 8 4 0 .

Cellco Par tnership and its controlled affiliates doing business as Verizon Wireless ( Ve r i z o n W i r e l e s s) proposes to collocate wireless communications antennas at the following locations in B ro o k l y n , K ing s County, NY. Antennas are proposed to be collocated at a top height of 55 feet on a 60-foot building at the approx. vicinity of 225 Foster Avenue, 11230; at a top height of 58 feet on a 64-foot building at the approx. vicinity of 669 E. 5 th Street, 11218; at a top height of 124 feet on a 118-foot building at the approx. vicinity of 36 St. Edwards Street, 11205; at a top height of 57 feet on a 58-foot building at the approx. vicinity of 1301 Avenue K, 11230; at a top height of 75 feet on an 81-foot building at the approx. vicinity of 1114 New York Avenue, 11203; at a top height of 84 feet on an 82-foot building at the approx. vicinity of 1327 46 th Street, 11219; at a top height of 91 feet on a 102-foot building at the approx. vicinity of 1230 Avenue X, 11235; at a top height of 77 feet on an 81-foot building at the approx. vicinity of 200 E. 19 th Street, 11226. Public comments regarding potential effects from this site on historic properties may be submitted within 30 days from the date of this publication to: Trileaf Corp, Bennett Thomas, b.thomas2@trileaf.com, 1051 Winderley Place, Suite 201, Maitland, FL 32751, 407- 660 -7840.

Public Notice Cellco Par tnership and its controlled affiliates doing business as Verizon Wireless ( Ve r i z o n W i r e l e s s) proposes to collocate wireless communications antennas at the following locations in Staten Island, Richmond County, NY. Antennas are proposed to be collocated at a top height of 86 feet on an 8 4 -foot building at the approx. vicinity of 285 St. Marks Place, 10301; at a top height of 25 feet on a 23-foot building at the approx. vicinity of 1942 Victory Boulevard, 10314; at a top height of 46 feet on a 46-foot building at the approx. vicinity of 833-835 Van Duzer Street, 10304; at a top height of 22 feet on a 17foot building at the approx. vicinity of 878 Annadale Road, 10312. Public comments regarding potential effects from this site on historic properties may be submitted within 30 days from the date of this publication to: Trileaf Corp, Bennett Thomas, b.thomas2@trileaf. com, 1051 Winderley Place, Suite 201, Maitland, FL 32751, 4 0 7- 6 6 0 -7 8 4 0 .

Notice of FORLENZA CONSULTING LLC filed with SSNY on June 23, 2021. Office: Richmond County. SSNY designated agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to LLC: 55 COLLFIELD AVE, STATEN ISLAND, NY, 10302, USA. Purpose: any lawful act or activity.

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CRYSTALSRX LLC, Arts. of Org. filed with the SSNY on 07/12/2021. Office loc: NY County. SSNY has been designated as agent upon whom process against the LLC may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: Joanne Bar ton, 4 02 East 74th Street, Apt 3E, NY, NY 10021. Purpose: Any Lawful Purpose. Notice of Qual. Of JL WEBSTER 1313, LLC. Auth. filed with SSNY on 7/9/21. Office location: New York. LLC formed in DE on 7/7/15. SSNY desg. as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY mail process to: C/O Corporate Creations Network Inc 600 Mamaroneck Ave ste 400, Harrison NY 10528. Arts. of Org. filed with DE SOS. Townsend Bldg. Dover, DE 19901. Any law ful purpose.

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Notice of Formation of PERCEVAL LLC Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 07/02/21. Office location: N Y C o u n t y. S S N Y designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to Corporation Service Co., 80 State St., Albany, NY 12207-2543. Purpose: Any law ful ac tivit y. Notice of Qualification of PHPF Sub-REIT LLC Appl. for Auth. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY ) on 07/02/21. O f f ice location: N Y Count y. LLC formed in Delaware (DE) on 04/30/21. Princ. office of LLC: 75 Broadway, Ste. 230, San Francisco, CA 94111. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to the LLC at the princ. office of the LLC. DE addr. of LLC: 251 Little Falls Dr., Wilmington, DE 19808. Cert. of Form. filed with Secy. of State, DE Div. of Corps., John G. Townsend Bldg., 401 Federal St., Ste. 4, Dover, DE 19 9 01 . Purpose: Any law ful ac tivit y.

Notice of Qualification of NPL MORTAR LLC. Au t h o r i t y f il e d with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 07/12/21. Office location: NY County. LLC formed in Delaware (DE) on 10/4/19. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: c/o The LLC, 243 W. 30th St., NY, NY 10001. Address to be maintained in DE: Bus. Filings Inc.,108 W. 13th St., Wilmington, DE 19801. Arts of Org. filed with the Secy. of the Commonwealth of DE, Secretary of State, 401 Federal St., Ste. 4, Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: any lawful activities. Notice of Qualification of NPL MANAGEMENT LLC. Authority filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 07/12/21. Office location: NY County. LLC formed in Delaware (DE) on 10/14/20. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: c/o The LLC, 243 W. 30th St., NY, NY 10001. Address to be maintained in DE: Bus. Filings Inc.,108 W. 13th St., Wilmington, DE 19801. Arts of Org. filed with the Secy. of the Commonwealth of DE, Secretary of State, 401 Federal St., Ste. 4, Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: any lawful activities. Notice of Formation of PE R E Z NE L SON ADVISORS LLC Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 07/07/21. Office location: N Y C o u n t y. S S N Y designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to Corporation Service Co., 80 State St., Albany, NY 12207-2543. Purpose: Any law ful ac tivit y.

Public Notice T- M o b i l e N o r t h e a s t LLC, a Delaware limited liability company proposes an antenna and equipment relocation atop an existing 40.4-foot building at 425 Madison Ave in Manhattan, NY. In accordance with the National Historic Preser vation Act of 1966, as amended and the 2005 Nationwide Programmatic Agreement for Review Under the National Preservation Act; Final Rule, T-MOBILE is hereby notifying the public of the proposed undertaking and soliciting comments on Historic Properties which may be affected by the proposed undertaking. Accordingly, if you would like to provide sp e c i f ic information regarding potential effects that the proposed undertaking might have to properties that are listed on or eligible for listing in the National Register of Historic Places and located within ½ mile of the above address, please submit the property’s address and your comments to: C harl e s C h e run d o l o Consulting, Inc. at 976 Tabor Road, Suite 1, Morris Plains, NJ 07950 or via email at tcns@ cherundoloconsulting. c o m . Notice of Formation of S orr yland Hobbies , LLC filed with SSNY on may 15, 2021. Office: NY County. SSNY designated agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to LLC: 155 chestnut st, brooklyn ny 11208

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