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EDITOR’S NOTE

JON LENTZ Editor-in-chief

In the popular children’s television series “Thomas & Friends,” a small blue tank engine named Thomas chugs along through a series of adventures and misadventures on the fictional island of Sodor. From one episode to the next, Thomas and his friends – a motley crew of anthropomorphized engines like himself – learn important lessons like overcoming one’s weaknesses, treating others with respect and being cooperative. One character in particular – a big engine named Gordon – stands out for his self-importance and his occasional disregard for the smaller locomotives. In New York City, thousands of commuters are suffering through a less entertaining series of railway misadventures, thanks to years of inadequate investment in the subway system. The city’s many subway riders may have learned some things along the way, such as how to be patient or the importance of paying attention to elected officials’ positions on transit funding and then remembering to vote. But for Gov. Andrew Cuomo and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio – who have been squabbling for months over how to fix the subways – watching a few episodes “Thomas & Friends” might help them remember the importance of working together to solve problems.

CONTENTS ENERGY ... 24

The fight over drilling off New York’s Atlantic coast

PUBLIC-PRIVATE PARTNERSHIPS ... 26

Proponents say New York needs to play catch-up on P3s

WINNERS & LOSERS ... 34

Who was up and who was down last week

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NYC should hope it loses Amazon’s HQ2 sweepstakes ... 6

CUOMO’S MTA Why it’s still up to the governor to fix the subways

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A preview of New York minority lawmakers’ annual gathering ... 16


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Latest As the star witness in a corruption trial, former lobbyist Todd Howe admitted to name-calling, ziti references and multiple occasions of lying in the trial of Joe Percoco, a former aide to Gov. Andrew Cuomo. Although his testimony was used to portray Percoco in a negative light, that may have backfired when the defense starting questioning him – and Howe was arrested after admitting to trying to scam his way out of a hotel bill after his plea deal.

A SHORT-LIVED SHUTDOWN The government briefly shut down on Friday, but you could be forgiven for not knowing – unless you are a member of Congress, you were probably asleep. Congress passed a two-year spending bill before dawn Friday morning, with President Donald Trump sending a celebratory tweet after signing it at around 8:30 a.m., ending the brief shutdown. There was dissension in Democratic ranks – and in New York’s delegation – on the budget deal, as it lacked an agreement on the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. Members of Democratic leadership, including Rep. Joe Crowley, voted “no,” as did U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand. However, U.S. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer was one of the bill’s champions and guided it through the Senate.

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Back & Forth

A Q&A with former New York City Mayor

David Dinkins

NO APOLOGIES Bob Holden,

a registered Democrat who ran on the Republican Party line, New York City Housing Authority Chairwoman Shonarrowly defeated incumbent New York la Olatoye got grilled by the City Council at a heated City Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowhearing about NYCHA’s extensive heating failures ley, making her the only sitting council that affected 80 percent of residents this winter. member to lose re-election this year. The last time she appeared before the council, she Holden, who campaigned heavily on oplied about lead paint testing at NYCHA apartments. position to the city opening a homeless This time, she refused to apologize, despite Speakshelter in the district, was narrowly in er Corey Johnson asking her to do so. Olatoye tried the lead on Election Day, and a recount to blame a lack of funding, but NYCHA residents at confirmed his 137-vote victory. Crowthe hearing didn’t seem to buy it, often interrupting ley’s loss also means that the number of her testimony with boos. women in the council will decrease to 11.

C&S: Did you watch the Australian Open final? Happy with another Roger Federer win? DD: Oh yeah. I’m a Federer man. C&S: What do you think of New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio working to cultivate a friendship, a working relationship with U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders? DD: Why not? They’re both good people and significant members of the Democratic Party. Of course they should. C&S: Some think it has to do with de Blasio’s national ambitions. Did you ever consider a run for president as mayor? DD: No. C&S: Not even for a second? They say

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no job prepares you for the presidential press coverage like being mayor of New York. DD: Well, it could be. But the main thing is, if you like people, and you like public service, there’s no job better than being mayor of New York. C&S: Are you still seeing the effects of anything you did, now 25 years later? DD: There are many. Safe Streets, Safe City (increasing the number of cops on patrol) has endured. The thing of which I’m most proud of is the 99-year lease we did with the United States Tennis Association. We did it in ’93, which was an election year. And Rudy (Giuliani) tried very hard to stop it. The U.S. Open, in two weeks, generates more revenue into the economy of the city than the Yankees, Nets, Knicks and Rangers combined. And they tried to stop it.

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APOLOGIZE! Just say, ‘WE ARE SORRY, we are sorry that it’s gotten to this point.’” — New York City Council Speaker COREY JOHNSON, to NYCHA Chairwoman Shola Olatoye, during a hearing to examine NYCHA’s heating failures, via The New York Times

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Who are the longest-serving state Legislature committee chairs? Health Committee — Assemblyman Richard Gottfried has served as chair since 1987.

1987 1992 It’s nice work if you can get it: committee chairmanships in the state Legislature provide prestige and a bonus stipend. Some committees in the Assembly and state Senate are chaired by newer lawmakers, but a few lucky legislators have held onto their chairmanships for decades, albeit sometimes with a brief interregnum when the party in power changed hands. However, to Bruce Gyory, an adjunct professor of political science at the University at Albany who worked for several governors, having long-serving committee chairs has its advantages. “When you have a committee that requires great technical expertise and policy knowledge – the health care committee comes to mind – it pays policy dividends to have a chair that has that kind of knowledge base and is steeped in it,” Gyory said, referring specifically to health committee chairmen Assemblyman Richard Gottfried and state Sen. Kemp Hannon. Although New York has had problems with corruption among its Assembly and state Senate majority leaders, Gyory doesn’t think that extends to long-serving committee chairs.

Codes Committee — Assemblyman Joseph Lentol has served as chair since 1992.

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Economic Development, Job Creation, Commerce and Industry Committee — Assemblyman Robin Schimminger has served as chair since 1997.

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Agriculture Committee — Assemblyman William Magee has served as chair since 1999.

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Transportation Committee — Assemblyman David Gantt has served as chair since 2001.

A S S E M B L Y “We haven’t had in New York the long-standing chairs who’ve been tyrants, they’ve been more really policy savants who put their nose to the grindstone,” he said. The longest-serving committee chairs are all men, and primarily white. But while a case could be made for injecting new blood into committee leadership positions, Gottfried believes that his experience is a benefit. “It helps to have chaired the committee through governors from both parties, and through constant changes in problems, policies, and budgets. You don’t want a whole team of people who re-

member the earliest days of the HIV epidemic, or how the state used to regulate hospital prices – but having one or two of us at the table is useful,” Gottfried wrote in a statement. In recent years, there has also been greater turnover in state Senate committee chairs because of the brief time from 2009-2010 when the Democrats took control of the Senate. When Republicans regained their majority in 2011, several committee chairs were reinstated to their former positions. Here are the longest-serving committee chairmen – emphasis on men – in the Assembly and the state Senate.

Higher Education Committee — State Sen. Kenneth LaValle served as chair from 1979 until 2009, and then again from 2011 until the present.

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2009 Health Committee — State Sen. Kemp Hannon served as chair from 1995 until 2009, and then again from 2011 until the present.

2011 Judiciary Committee — State Sen. John Bonacic has served as chair since 2011. Racing, Gaming and Wagering Committee — Bonacic has also served as chair since 2011.

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NewYork C e h t s lose azon Am HQ2 p e e s w s take s WHY

February 12, 2018

T I E P O H SHOULD

By GREGORY SCRUGGS

IN JANUARY, Amazon announced it had winnowed the 238 cities that applied to host its $5 billion second headquarters and its 50,000 employees to 20 lucky finalists. New York City was among them. But, as a former resident of Brooklyn and the Hudson Valley now living in Seattle, I will warn New Yorkers that they should hope they don’t become home to Amazon’s second headquarters – unless they think New York isn’t expensive and traffic-clogged enough already. The case against Amazon for the Big Apple is easy: Just look at what has happened to Seattle. Antipathy to Amazon has palpably grown during the two years I’ve lived there, as Amazon’s vertiginous growth has made Seattle the country’s largest company town and fueled Seattle’s status as the fastest growing city in the U.S.


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That population boom has led to runaway housing prices, with the median single-family home in Seattle now costing $725,000. The Seattle metro area has led the nation for 14 straight months as the region with the fastest-growing home prices. Once-bohemian enclaves like Capitol Hill, a refuge for the LGBT community, have become million-dollar neighborhoods filled with post-college frat boys employed by tech companies. With lower-wage workers pushed out to the fringes of the city and lacking adequate public transportation, Seattle area traffic has reached epic proportions. Ironically, it is these problems, partly of Amazon’s own making, and the backlash among longtime Seattleites that has spurred Amazon to look elsewhere for its expansion. With its population at an all-time high, New York City is bursting at the seams, facing more dramatic infrastructure challenges and insoluble housing affordability dilemmas than Seattle. Adding 50,000 highly paid Amazon employees to the mix will only exacerbate the city’s troubles before it can fully fix them. With the nation’s second-most-expensive housing market – behind tech-saturated San Francisco – rent-burdened New Yorkers cannot afford to have Amazonians with six-figure salaries flood the city’s rapidly gentrifying neighborhoods. While Mayor Bill de Blasio’s affordable housing plan is helping, rents are rising twice as fast as wages. Those not fortunate enough to live in rent-controlled or rent-stabilized apartments will have to compete against a sudden influx of affluent techies. In Seattle, Amazon’s growth has contributed to worsening inequality and its inherent tensions; in New York City, inequality is

already extreme, as Manhattan is the nation’s most unequal county. And how will all those Amazon employees get to work? New York’s economic development team proposed four sites: the Financial District, Hudson Yards, Brooklyn’s “tech triangle” of Downtown Brooklyn, Dumbo and the Brooklyn Navy Yard, and Long Island City in Queens. Any one or a combination thereof would generate many more subway trips at a time when the system is in crisis. Flush with cash in their pockets, Amazonians would likely opt for comfort and convenience over cost concerns. If the subway proves unreliable, many will commute by taxi or use ride-hailing services like Uber or Lyft. That means more demand for vehicle traffic on surface streets, which already crawl at an average speed of 4.7 miles per hour in the midtown Manhattan core. The state’s recent Fix New York City panel report points out that New York has the third-worst traffic of any city in the world. If The New York Times is saying “the city is choking on its own growth,” then the last thing the city needs is another 50,000 highly paid imports from across the country sporting Amazon badges, roaming the streets and accelerating the disappearance of small locally owned business and neighborhood character. Residents of Manhattan and gentrified Brooklyn are already watching every bodega, independent bookstore or diner be replaced by a Starbucks, CVS or Citibank branch. None of them are calling for faster increases in commercial rents leading to more homogenization of New York’s diverse culture. Across the Hudson River, the surprise inclusion of Newark, New Jersey, on Amazon’s

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shortlist has excited Mayor Ras Baraka. Brick City could definitely use an economic shot in the arm, but it’s highly questionable how much Amazon would directly benefit residents. Despite the city’s much-ballyhooed renaissance, a report last year from the New Jersey Institute for Social Justice said that only 10 percent of Newark jobs earning $40,000 or more per year belong to city residents. Amazon has a voracious appetite for skilled tech talent, and if it doesn’t find those people already living in Newark, then the company will import them. While Newark residents would see a significant benefit in the multiplier effect, the arrival of Amazon would also spell the end of $1,000 per month one-bedroom apartments in a city that has been a bastion of affordable housing for African-Americans, Latinos and recent immigrants. If Amazon were in Newark, it’s also possible that many of its employees would choose to live in New York City and reverse commute, exacerbating New York’s housing and transportation woes without getting much of the company’s economic benefit. So perhaps well-meaning New Yorkers might want to root against Newark even more than their own city in the Amazon sweepstakes. Amazon is notoriously stingy in its hometown when it comes to philanthropy. So as Amazon plays cities across North America against each other for more lucrative public tax incentives, it shows no signs of having matured into a corporate citizen that believes in equitable growth. New Yorkers take it from a Seattleite: This is one competition you want to lose.

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With all the finger-pointing between BY GRACE SEGERS Gov. Andrew Cuomo and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio over who is responsible for the dilapidated New York City subway system, it’s easy to become confused about, well, who is responsible for the dilapidated subway system. So that you can apportion blame correctly the next time your train inexplicably skips your stop, here is a handy guide explaining who does what Members nominated by the governor at the Metropolitan Transportation Authority – the quasi-governmental an—Fernan d rm organization overseeing public transportation in New York City and commuter train lines spanning seven surrounding counties.

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(Term expires: June 10, 2021) Lhota, a former deputy mayor under Mayor Rudy Giuliani, was the Republican nominee for New York City mayor in 2013. He was nominated and approved as chairman, but not CEO, of the MTA in June 2017 (the CEO position was split from the chairman position last year). Lhota had previously served as chairman and CEO in 2012.

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The MTA is governed by 17 board members. The chair, vice chair and four other members are nominated by the governor. Four members – although technically nominated by the governor – are recommended by the New York City mayor, and one member each is recommended by the county executives of Nassau, Suffolk and Westchester counties. The Dutchess, Orange, Rockland and Putnam county executives also each recommend one member, but these four members have one collective vote. There are also six nonvoting seats, which represent unions and commuters. There are several committees within the board that oversee different aspects of the MTA, such as the authority’s subsidiary agencies. As the governor directly nominates John J. Molloy six members, including the chair and (Term expires: June 30, vice chair, the preponderance of power 2021) Molloy, a retired archirests with the governor. However, as tecture and engineering a recent vote by the board to postpone firm executive, was cosmetic subway renovations in an recommended by former initiative proposed by Cuomo shows, this Nassau County Execinfluence can be overruled. utive Ed Mangano and

(Term expires: June 30, 2023) Trottenberg is the commissioner of the New York City Department of Transportation, which oversees transportation infrastructure within the five boroughs.

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OFFICE OF THE CHAIRMAN

The office of the chairman was formed by Lhota shortly after taking office. Members of the management team are named by the MTA chairman.

Chairman — Joe Lhota

President — Pat Foye

Managing Director — Veronique “Ronnie” Hakim

Chief Development Officer — Janno Lieber

New York City Transit President Andy Byford

MTA Bridges and Tunnels President Cedrick T. Fulton

New York City Transit operates all public transportation in New York City, including the New York City subway, Staten Island Railway and New York City bus system, which is managed by the MTA Bus Co.

MTA Bridges and Tunnels operates nine bridges and tunnels in New York City.

Long Island Rail Road President Patrick A. Nowakowski

MTA Capital Construction President Janno Lieber Capital Construction manages major expansion projects and transit infrastructure projects in lower Manhattan.

MTA Bus Co. President Darryl C. Irick

Metro-North Railroad acting President Catherine Rinaldi


Our Perspective End the Exploitation of NY’s Farmworkers Now!

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By Stuart Appelbaum, President, Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union, RWDSU, UFCW

livia Rangel, who works at a flower farm on Long Island, often works over 70 hours a week during the hot summer months. She sometimes works well over a week straight without a day off and never receives a dollar of overtime pay. Cristina Perez, who harvests apples in upstate New York, speaks of abuse and mistreatment by supervisors, and has to beg to take time off to bring her children to the doctor. Yet, she is forbidden by New York law from joining a union to protect herself. Mateo Hernandez works on a New York dairy farm, and once suffered a grisly hand injury at work. His bosses forced him to complete his shift and provided no medical care, and he had no voice on the job to speak out for him and was not allowed to take a day of rest to heal. These stories, and many more, were

shared during public hearings in Albany earlier this year. They painted a picture of exploitation and abuse of New York farmworkers, who by New York law are denied their basic human right to organize and join a union. They are also forbidden from receiving overtime pay or the right to a day of rest – basic rights that most working men and women in New York take for granted. The hearings, conducted before a panel of human rights observers, elected officials, and the public, were conducted to urge New York and Gov. Cuomo to pass the Farmworker Fair Labor Practices Act, which would reform New York labor law to allow farmworkers to form unions, receive overtime pay, and take a day of rest if they need one. The law would provide the most basic worker rights that all workers deserve but New York farmworkers are denied.

Opposing the law is the corporate farming business, a multibillion dollar industry that profits by exploiting immigrant workers. But as more farmworkers speak out, the powerful industry is becoming increasingly unable to drown out their voices. As more farmworkers speak out, the powerful farming industry is becoming increasingly unable to drown out their voices. Martin Luther King, Jr., once said that “injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.” Passage of the Farmworker Fair Labor Practices Act would help correct the injustices visited on New York’s farmworkers every day. These workers – mostly immigrants – toil for weeks at a time, in often brutal weather and climate, to feed New York and beyond. They deserve the protections and rights other workers receive, and we in the labor movement will make sure their voices continue to be heard so that they win their struggle.

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COMMENTARY

ANDY

BYFORD REFORMED

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NYC?

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AMID WIDESPREAD ANGST over declining service and decaying facilities, New York City has welcomed Andy Byford as the new president of New York City Transit, charged with cleaning up its festering problems. He comes to the job following five years as head of the Toronto Transit Commission, where he was responsible for turning around another large transit agency that had fallen in the public’s esteem. Throughout the 1970s and ’80s, the TTC had been seen as a model transit system. It avoided the precipitous postwar decline that devastated most North American systems. It was seen as clean and well-run, in sharp contrast to many of its peers. But by 2012, when Byford took over, its continuing strengths were taken for granted and it was seen to have stagnated, with reliability issues, dated technology and more grime than Torontonians were used to. Byford did a lot to turn the situation around, and perhaps he can do the same for New York City, which faces those same challenges today. Byford came to the TTC as its first general manager with significant overseas experience in the U.K., where he had a number of roles with the London Underground, followed by positions as head of operations for several large London-area railways and then a railway in Australia. In Toronto, he both implemented new ideas drawn from Europe, and successfully pushed through projects that had been discussed for years but dismissed as politically infeasible. Byford rose to the position of CEO from COO unexpectedly, after his predecessor was abruptly ousted following a dispute with mercurial right-wing populist Mayor Rob Ford. At the outset, he proposed a five-year plan with quantified objectives and frequently updated the public on its progress. While not all of the goals were achieved, he can claim considerable gains and can also point to several other major initiatives that have improved transit in the city. He was also able to achieve these goals despite remarkable political turmoil during his early years, including a mayoral crack cocaine scandal that blanketed international headlines and paralyzed the Toronto City Council for years. Overcoming considerable political and institutional reluctance, Byford overhauled the fare system on streetcar routes, which make up much of central Toronto’s surface transit network.

Byford introduced a proof of payment system, in which riders do not have to pay upon entering but may be asked by a fare inspector to show a ticket while riding. If they have no ticket, they can be assessed a hefty fine. This saves time at every stop, where streetcars no longer have to idle while passengers pay their fares. Though proof of payment systems are widespread in Europe, fear of lost revenue makes it controversial in North America. While New York has thus far limited its experiment with proof of payment to limited-stop Select Bus Service routes, the benefits are more significant on local routes with more frequent stops. In Toronto, the cost in lost fares from riders who don’t pay has thus far proven to be manageable, and the time savings are modest but meaningful. Before Byford’s arrival, the TTC was notoriously pugnacious in dealing with customer complaints, generally blaming riders for issues like train delays. He made a point of turning this around in his early days, producing videos apologizing for train delays and promising to do better. He also placed a great deal of emphasis on better informing riders of service disruptions, mimicking London, where the Tube may be perpetually undergoing planned maintenance but at least the bad news is conveyed clearly and with an apologetic tone. A key element is the proliferation of electronic information screens on both the subway and bus network, not only listing the next train or bus, but also any disruptions. New York City subway riders will inevitably be facing frequent construction-related disruptions in the coming years; an effort to improve customer information and an apologetic tone may go a long way toward softening the blow. Again emulating London, Byford has sought to shift many collectors out of their glass booths to be repositioned as customer service agents that travel around the station and answer questions. This has long been an objective in New York as well, but there has been limited movement thus far. Byford was particularly committed to this change, and he can be expected to press for it in his new job. Perhaps Byford’s most visible accomplishment is one of his last, a pilot project to eliminate through traffic on King Street, a major downtown street, in order to improve the reliability and speed of the city’s busiest streetcar route, which moved more than 65,000 riders per day

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in mixed traffic. The change had long been needed, given the importance of a line that is considerably busier than any New York City bus route, but opposition from local businesses and drivers had always defeated it. With the support of the mayor, Byford was able to implement the project as a yearlong pilot, and riders have hailed the change. Despite continued protests from businesses, it looks likely to be made permanent. It has been credited with a 25 percent ridership increase on the route as well as fairly significant travel time and reliability improvements, especially in peak periods. The project, which forces all drivers on each block to turn right at the next intersection, is more ambitious than New York City has been thus far in prioritizing mass transit over cars. In New York City, even comparatively modest projects to paint special bus lanes on streets along busy transit routes, while still leaving much of their space dedicated to cars and trucks, have faced fierce opposition, such as on 125th Street in Harlem and Fulton Street in Fort Greene, Brooklyn. Of course, it would require considerable political support that may not be forthcoming, but Byford will likely seek to bring more aggressive transit priority measures to New York City as a means to revive its struggling bus network. Byford’s tenure as head of the TTC can be considered a success, but there is still considerable unfinished business in Toronto. Many workers still feel that their concerns are not taken seriously at headquarters. Management of maintenance issues has not always met promises, one example being a rash of failed subway air conditioners during a stiflingly hot summer. Construction cost projections for new subway projects have also crept up, but not yet to New York City levels. Most importantly, the TTC hasn’t been immune to the slowing of ridership growth that many North American systems are facing. There are limits to the change that can be achieved in only five years, but Byford shifted the agency’s path in an innovative, modernizing direction. New Yorkers have reason to hope he can repeat the trick.

Jonathan English is a doctoral candidate in urban planning at Columbia University. He is a native of Toronto.


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COMMENTARY

WHY

IT’S STILL

UP TO CUOMO TO FIX THE

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CONGESTION PRICING REQUIRES LEGISLATION, BUT IT’S STILL CUOMO'S MTA By JOHN RASKIN

LAST FALL, Gov. Andrew Cuomo pledged to address the twin crises of transit funding and traffic congestion: The New York City subway system in tatters, buses moving slower than anywhere else in the country and delivery vans curtailing routes because of traffic. Now, as the state government begins to consider its budget for the coming year, the city’s transit riders will find out if the governor really meant it. Last month, Cuomo’s Fix New York City panel laid out its recommendations to fund a subway modernization plan and unsnarl city traffic by implementing a congestion pricing plan for cars, trucks and ride-hailing vehicles entering Manhattan below 60th Street. The proposal could raise more than $1 billion per year to fix public transit, while allowing cars, buses and delivery vans to move more easily around the city. Almost immediately, attention shifted to state legislators, who began to weigh in on the proposal. Reporters observed that 10 years ago, when then-Mayor Michael Bloomberg proposed congestion pricing, the state Legislature didn’t enact it. With the transit system collapsing and traffic moving slower than ever, pundits are handicapping whether state legislators are sufficiently serious about the problem

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to pass a multibillion-dollar plan to address it. And legislators have a vital role to play: They must vote in favor of it. But legions of New York City transit riders, stuck on broken trains and stationary buses, haven’t lost focus on the one person whose vaunted political skills will be needed to pass a legitimate plan: At the end of the day, our transit system remains #CuomosMTA. Cuomo doesn’t only control the MTA through appointing six of the 14 voting members of the board, including its chairman. He also dominates the state budget process that could implement a fair and sustainable revenue source like congestion pricing to modernize the subways. The governor sets budget priorities in his executive budget. He holds more cards than anyone else at the negotiating table, and only he can engage in the complex bargaining and coalition building necessary to pass a credible plan to fix public transit. Luckily, Cuomo has amply demonstrated that he can bring parties together to pass an ambitious plan when he makes it a priority. In 2011, he won passage of same-sex marriage – successfully corralling several wavering senators to support it. In 2013, he negotiated a major gun control law in response to the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting. Since then, he has worked

with legislators of both parties to raise the state’s minimum wage and pass paid family leave. In each case, the moment called for strong leadership, and Cuomo delivered. Today, subway and bus riders are looking to the governor and asking, “Will you be the hero we’ve been searching for?” Cuomo has taken some vital steps toward fixing the transit system: He acknowledged the problem and accepted responsibility for addressing it. He appointed an experienced, respected leadership team at the MTA and produced a short-term stabilization plan to address the worst of the subway delays. He brought together some of the world’s leading experts on the Fix New York City panel, which produced a strong plan. But Cuomo’s commitment to putting the plan into action remains unclear. The Fix New York City panel’s recommendations weren’t actually in the governor’s initial budget proposal. Instead, the budget included a series of distractions intended to reopen a fight with New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio over transit funding, such as suddenly requiring the city to pay for all major capital improvements to the subway system. The governor has talked up the idea of placing fees on ride-hailing vehicles. However, he has yet to apply his famed full-court press to win the

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more significant source of revenue: charging cars and trucks to drive in Manhattan’s central business district. It’s a distinction with a difference. We will need billions, not millions, if we’re going to fix the subway. Our transit system is in crisis and it needs a savior. Cuomo can play that role – in fact, he’s the only person who can. But that will require him to lead, doing the hard work necessary to bring the Assembly and the state Senate on board with a comprehensive plan to repair our broken transit system. Cuomo must stand up to the congestion pricing critics and lay the groundwork for a new generation of prosperity, rooted in a modern, world-class transit system that reaches every corner of the city. Cuomo can lead us there – but will he?

John Raskin is the executive director of Riders Alliance, a grass-roots membership organization of New York City subway and bus riders.


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HIS WEEKEND, the “Black Panther” film hits theaters. The movie centers on the young leader of Wakanda, a mythical African nation that is both tradition-oriented and technologically advanced. And while it features the latest in a never-ending string of Marvel superheroes, it’s generating buzz for its “feeling and flair,” its exploration of real-world matters like “ages-old colonialism” and its “racial conscience” that “digs into the roots of blackness itself.” Also opening is New York’s annual Caucus Weekend. The New York State Association of Black and Puerto Rican Legislators is holding its 47th annual legislative conference in Albany, and it’s running all weekend long. As always, the state’s African-American, Latino and Asian lawmakers have planned a jampacked schedule of panel discussions and policy talks from Friday through Sunday. On the program is everything from criminal justice reform to charter schools to the 2020 census. In this special section, we hear from Assemblywoman Latrice Walker, this year’s chairwoman, about the specific issues she is focused on. In the following pages, we also put the spotlight on a success story in the effort to expand access to government contracts for minority- and women-owned businesses, and we recognize the long-serving state lawmakers whose efforts to end the punitive Rockefeller drug laws have paved the way for other criminal justice reforms. Of course, Caucus Weekend has plenty of networking events and receptions scheduled. City & State is once again partnering with the organizers in hosting a Kickoff Cocktail Reception, scheduled for 9 p.m. on Friday at the Albany Marriott. And on Saturday evening, there’s a screening of “Black Panther” – although in real life, it’s elected officials like those gathering at Caucus Weekend who are fighting injustice and trying to save the world.


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MORE THAN JUST A WEEKEND Caucus Weekend puts focus on institutional challenges – and long-term solutions.

THE NEW YORK STATE Association of Black and Puerto Rican Legislators will hold its 47th annual legislative conference in Albany this coming weekend. This year’s theme is “On This Journey There is Still #Hope,” which is reflective of our grit as a community. While the journey has been long, and its past has been dark, it has not been in vain. We still embody the hope of today and as a force we have a brighter future ahead. Members of the association are united by a common interest in empowering and revitalizing peoples and communities, particularly African-Americans and Puerto Ricans as well as Hispanic-Americans, Asian-Americans and other ethnic minorities. This conference promises an issue-packed, policy-driven agenda that encourages attendees to propose and implement real solutions to problems that have often been dismissed, delayed or institutionalized. Recognizing the power of our voice, the association strives to create and influence policies that positively impact our communities by engaging with community-based organizations, nonprofits, government agencies and the private sector in the development of solutions to those identified is-

sues. This year, we are proud to introduce a faith-based breakfast, which seeks to establish a civic engagement curriculum that will address pressing and impactful issues such as economic development, the 2020 census and educational resources for parents. The weekend culminates with the 47th annual scholarship gala to support the educational advancement of youth. These scholarships are an investment in our future to cultivate the next generation of bankers, doctors, lawyers, entrepreneurs, reverends, engineers, teachers, professors and more. We want our future leaders to have an opportunity to seize their career choices without being limited by the inability to afford tuition costs. The Saturday workshops address issues such as minority- and women-owned business enterprises as we explore ways to overcome the many barriers that exist in obtaining this status and access to capital. Voting rights and legal experts will prepare attendees for the next round of redistricting and reapportionment through continuing legal education workshops and a panel on the census and redistricting. We have something for the medical field as well, as we plan to address our aging hospitals and the health epidemics in our com-

munities, and explore how our hospitals and educational institutions have to remain vital if we have a viable health care agenda to accomplish. While we will begin to tackle criminal justice issues with bail reform and other pretrial woes during Saturday’s workshops, the solutions to criminal justice problems will not end there. It will be a prelude to a set of interventions at every stage of the criminal justice conversation, including detention, incarceration, rehabilitation and re-entry. It’s not just about lending our voice to the conversation, it’s about being there consistently to shape and tell the story so that the next generation can pick up where we left off and carry on the legacy. The conference is more than just a “weekend,” it is about looking for ways to empower our communities politically, economically and socially. We’re going to use every facet of our being to do so. We’re not leaving any stone unturned because this agenda is not finished. Success is a journey, not a destination.

Assemblywoman Latrice Walker is the chairwoman of the New York State Association of Black and Puerto Rican Legislators. She represents Brownsville, Brooklyn.

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SHAME Cigarette Bootlegging in New York has cost taxpayers $25 Billion since the NYC Bloomberg Tax of 2002. WHAT WE KNOW? 1. The differential in state excise taxation is the mechanism for the enormous profits going to criminals and terrorism. 2. Raising excise taxes to discourage smoking and their societal costs is counterproductive when smokers can buy cheap smokes from bootleggers. (80% of consumption in New York City is untaxed!) 3. Cigarette smoking decreases as legally taxed product is sold and increases when untaxed, cheap cigarettes are everywhere. 4. Health costs are higher for smokers and negatively affect both state and city health programs. 5. Our state and city tax dollars are being redistributed to criminals and terrorist funding, leaving valuable programs to suffer. (dollars that could be spent on smoking succession education) 6. Cigarette bootlegging is the number one source of terrorist funding.

WHAT TO DO? 1. Big Tobacco Profits from Untaxed Sales in New York: the manufacturers flood the inexoensively taxed I-95 corridor states with New York’s popular brands and styles knowing that much of this product is bootlegged into New York. If they are serious about anit-smoking programs, they must stop this practice. Our Attorney General may litigate, or negotiate a stop to these activities. 2. New York health professionals must speak out against the costs of cheap untaxed cigarettes flooding our market. 3. Equalize the excise tax throughout the state to disrupt middleman profitability in New York City. 4. Create a reward program that would bring out the snitches. 5. Complicit retailers that have engaged in contraband selling must fear the loss of beer and lotto licenses. They are not threatened by the loss of cigarette licensing. 6. Enforcement must become a priority of the Governor and his tax department. 7. Work with ICE to stop the foreign counterfeit cigarettes entering the USA. 8. In a perfect world, the excise tax on cigarettes would be made equal throughout the states by federal intervention. All taxes would be collected at the manufacturer level, as bootlegging, without a differential between markets, would be unprofitable. Terrorist funding would be eliminated. Smoking could be reduced by 20% and $7 billion that is now going to criminals would become available for health and education. State law enforcement, now performing abysmally, would no longer be necessary. Arthur Katz: Executive Director NYSAWMD, past military police in Germany, Executive Officer 33 years NYC Police, Major Case, Safe & Loft, three Precinct Commands, and retired Deputy Inspector.


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EW YORK OFFICIALS have renewed their efforts to reform the state’s criminal justice system in recent years, including raising the age of criminal responsibility to 18 and targeting bail procedures that many have criticized as unfair. These issues mark the latest battles in broader struggle over criminal justice policies that goes back at least as far as the fight over the Rockefeller drug laws. “In the beginning, quite frankly, it was really just me,” Assemblyman Jeffrion Aubry said of his yearslong effort to reform the state’s harsh drug laws, which were enacted under then-Gov. Nelson Rockefeller. Aubry was a teacher at the New Mexico State Penitentiary after graduating from the College of Santa Fe in 1969, and points to that experience as one of the reasons why he became engaged on criminal justice matters. “You specifically see the injustice of the system when you go inside of a prison,” he said. Later in his political career, as an assemblyman from Queens, he became the leader of the effort to repeal the state’s Rockefeller drug laws, an effort that culminated in 2009. The changes included the removal of mandatory minimum prison sentences and allowed judges to sentence substance abuse treatment instead of prison. However, Aubry did not accomplish that without support of others. “As the momentum built,” he said, “other people joined on.” In particular, state Sen. Velmanette Montgomery and then-Assemblyman Keith Wright were part of the effort that led to the passage of that legislation, he said. Aubry said the tactics used to push for change “around drug laws seemed to involve more street action: rallies, protests, that kind of thing, on a more consistent basis ... around the state, not necessarily just centered in the city of New York.” Now, younger state lawmakers on the front lines of the current criminal justice reform debates can look to their experienced elders for advice. Aubry said the New York State Black, Puerto Rican, Hispanic and Asian Legislative Caucus is one space where lawmakers from different generations can share experiences, and where younger lawmakers “seek (them) out for counsel, to know what worked, what didn’t work.” One of the younger lawmakers with a strong voice on criminal justice is-

sues is state Sen. Jamaal Bailey. Bailey is a member of the Crime Victims, Crime and Correction Committee, and has been involved with recent issues like changing the rules for the sharing of evidence, ensuring a speedy trial and Raise the Age – the successful effort to raise the age of criminal responsibility to 18. The state senator also recognized the role of the caucus in giving lawmakers an opportunity to discuss strategies. “It’s interesting right, because you have … folks who have found a way to create a multigenerational strategy because these issues have been ramping in

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you had to convince the community that this new way of looking at it was in their best interest too,” he said. That did not apply to reducing stop-and-frisk tactics by the NYPD and Raise the Age, Aubry added – “Those were already foregone conclusions in the community, that those were inappropriate policies that we were following.” Now, decades after the Rockefeller drug laws were enacted, and almost a decade after they were reformed, public opinion and perception has changed dramatically. Bailey described the recent efforts and changes in criminal justice laws

“YOU SPECIFICALLY SEE THE INJUSTICE OF THE SYSTEM WHEN YOU GO INSIDE OF A PRISON.” —ASSEMBLYMAN JEFFRION AUBRY our communities for quite some time,” Bailey said. He also recognizes that “the vast majority, if not all of them, as an association, are truly concerned about criminal justice reforms.” An important aspect in defining strategies and planning action is how the proposals are perceived by the population, and how to gain its support. For Aubry, that was one of the challenges. “With the drug laws, you had to overcome not just legislative opposition, but

as “commonsense legislation – the criminal justice legislation should be fair.” Bailey recognizes that there has been a change in strategy over the years. One of his proposals is to implement programs to prevent youth from entering the criminal justice system in the first place. “The reform is not just the Rockefeller drug laws, it’s not just Raise the Age, discovery, bail reform or speedy trial,” Bailey said. “It’s the totality of the circumstances.”


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FOLLOWING THE MTA’S LEAD As New York aims to boost MWBEs, mentorship programs can make a difference. By REBECCA C. LEWIS


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NEW YORK CITY and New York state have set lofty goals for minority- and women-owned business enterprises, or MWBEs. Both New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and Gov. Andrew Cuomo want 30 percent of government contracts to go to businesses owned by minorities or women. To reach those goals, the two elected officials may benefit from looking to mentorship programs at the New York City School Construction Authority and the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, which help MWBEs obtain contracts so they can gain experience and continue growing. The MTA’s Small Business Mentoring Program began in 2010, and has been spearhead by the authority’s Chief Diversity Officer Michael Garner. The agency brought him on to replicate the successful program from the city’s School Construction Authority, which dates back to 1993. The MTA’s mentorship program gives small firms hands-on experience by providing them opportunities to bid on contracts. In the past four years, more than $65 million in contracts have been awarded through the program. “Certified firms, as opposed to working

as subcontractors to a larger contractor, they will bid on and complete projects for the largest transportation network in North America as a prime contractor where they will be in control of their own destiny,” Garner said. He added that by investing in small and emerging firms, the MTA helps them expand, creating more jobs, increasing tax revenue and allowing them to take on more government contracts in the future. That has helped the MTA become one of the leading agencies and authorities in awarding MWBE contracts. Last year, the MTA awarded more than $387 million to MWBEs, more than any other state agency. In New York City, the top agency for MWBE contracts was the Department of Design and Construction, which awarded more than $570 million last year. A few years ago, the agency joined forces with the School Construction Authority on a combined mentorship program. Garner has been advising de Blasio and Cuomo on expanding MWBE initiatives. At a policy event hosted by City & State in January, Garner said both now tout the success of the MTA mentorship program as something that can be expanded to other agencies.

HIGHER EDUCATION: The Best Investment for New York’s Future FORDHAM UNIVERSITY is proud to partner with New York state in providing educational opportunities that transform lives and strengthen our economy. Keeping our compact with New York state to advance the educational and economic well-being of the students we serve is important. As such, Fordham provides institutional financial aid to 90 percent of our students.  However, the success of our students is dependent upon New York state maintaining its role in this vital partnership. We urge the state Legislature to restore proposed cuts to higher education so that all of New York’s colleges and universities can keep serving New York and its most valuable investment: our students.

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“You really can’t look at the cost of these programs as an expense,” he said. “You look at it as an investment.” Both New York City and New York state have some kind of mentorship program for MWBEs, but they work differently than at the MTA. Rather than directly awarding contracts to emerging businesses, as the MTA does, both the city and state programs match smaller businesses with larger, more experienced ones that provide guidance on how to grow and compete. On the state level, participating MWBEs would be able to work as subcontractors to prime contractors on state projects. Although Garner was not involved in either of these initiatives, he said neither offer the same opportunities as the MTA. Garner sees the MTA program as an incentive for small businesses and MWBEs to seek out government contracts and get certified, since the agency has already put together a program to help them get those contracts and grow. “It’s almost like the old baseball movie ‘Field of Dreams,’” Garner said at the City & State event. “You build it, and they will come.”

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WHEN PRESIDENT DONALD Trump’s administration announced a plan last month to open most of the U.S. continental shelf for petroleum exploration and drilling, Albany fired off a barrage of rhetorical salvos. “President Trump’s move to allow new offshore oil and gas drilling represents yet another federal assault on our environment and our future,” tweeted Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who instead is pursuing an ambitious plan to produce 2.4 gigawatts of offshore wind energy by 2030. In an open letter demanding New York’s waters be excluded, the governor concluded: “Offshore drilling would devastate New York’s economy and environment, cause irreparable harm to our coastal ecosystems, and could interfere with our nationally significant coastal economy.” State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman tweeted, “We do not need another #DeepwaterHorizon off our shores.” He later announced seven state attorneys general opposed a rollback of safety protections for offshore oil and gas production. But dire predictions aside, how much oil or gas does the Empire State have locked under its surrounding seabed anyway? “It’s hard to say, because there just isn’t a lot of data,” said Hugh Daigle, an assistant professor at the University of Texas with expertise in drilling and petrophysics. Daigle previously worked for Chevron Corp. and Exxon Mobil Corp. In fact, the authoritative estimate by the federal Bureau of Ocean Energy Management for how much oil and gas lies off the eastern coast of the United States is largely based on looking at what has been found in other parts of the world that have similar geology – like Africa and South America – in addition to some sparse seismic data and a few scientific boreholes from the 1970s, Daigle said. Based on that information, the bureau’s most recent report on the area from 2016 estimates that there are 1.77 billion barrels of oil and 11.76 trillion cubic feet of natural gas that is “undiscovered” but “technically recoverable” in the North Atlantic outer continental shelf. If there’s oil and gas there or anywhere on the entire Eastern Seaboard, it appears no one has ever made money pumping it. “To date, there has been no commercial hydrocarbon production in the U.S. Atlantic (outer continental shelf),” which is within three miles of the shoreline and stretches from Nova Scotia to the Bahamas, according to the report. There was oil and gas exploration from the late 1960s

to the mid-1980s, but government-issued leases from that time “were ultimately relinquished probably due to a combination of issues,” according to the report, including the need for a “large number of wells and limited per well recovery, distance from shore (approximately 100 miles), and lack of onshore and offshore infrastructure.” A series of congressional moratoriums starting in 1982 then made the question of what oil lay off the East Coast moot for decades. Roger Sassen, a visiting scholar at the Geochemical and Environmental Research Group at Texas A&M University whose research is cited repeatedly in the 2016 bureau report, is unimpressed with the official findings. “It was a political thing rather than a scientific thing,” he said of the report, saying that it all amounts to “a guess.” “I know the people who did it and I’m not terribly impressed,” Sassen said. They are “trying to solve a huge problem with a vacuum of data, especially when they’re ignoring the data that exists,” he said, referring to his own research. “In 1979, I was a geologist working for Texaco,” Sassen said. “We discovered a fairly large gas field in Hudson Canyon, which was about 100 miles south of Long Island. … There’s evidence that gas is seeping out of the seafloor. There’s huge gas seep offshore New England.” While Sassen said he collected natural gas samples in that submarine canyon years ago, he is not aware of any significant crude oil discoveries. But given the undersea resources found off the Canadian Atlantic provinces, Sassen believes there’s petroleum to be found. Neighboring Nova Scotia estimated there are 8 billion barrels of oil and 120 trillion cubic feet of natural gas off its coast, according to a 2011 government report – that’s four times the oil and 10 times gas estimated by the U.S. federal government for the North Atlantic shelf. In response to questions sent to several state environment and energy agencies about what gas or oil wells have ever existed in state waters, the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority said it “doesn’t have that information.” It deferred to the federal Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, which also said it doesn’t track that information. For a state that incorporated the first oil company – in Albany back in 1854 – and then had the first patent filed for an offshore drilling rig in 1869, New York has an abysmal track record of producing offshore oil and gas.

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In search of any record of striking offshore oil or gas anywhere near home, there is a single mention in the report of Sassen’s natural gas discovery. “That one well off the coast of New Jersey is really the only example on the entire Eastern Seaboard,” Daigle said. Given the absence of identified oil and gas reserves, all the hubbub surrounding the issue “is surprising,” Daigle said with a laugh. One expert downplayed the likelihood of drilling along New York’s shore for another reason. Iraj Ershaghi, professor and director of the University of Southern California’s Petroleum Engineering Program, bluntly stated in an email that “leasing will not happen in the Atlantic” because none of the states are interested in pursuing leasing in state-controlled waters immediately off the coast, considering the need for pipelines or other infrastructure in New York or other states’ waters. Moreover, the federal report said there simply is no existing infrastructure on the East Coast that new offshore oil wells could piggyback on. Still, the report said given improvements in technology, extracting oil and gas remains feasible. It remains an open question whether any companies are interested. A 2013 report commissioned by industry groups American Petroleum Institute and National Ocean Industries Association predicted that New York would benefit from $1 billion in industry spending and 12,000 jobs due to offshore oil and natural gas activity in the Atlantic outer continental shelf if it was opened to petroleum exploration. While the report named New York-based companies that could drive that growth, such as offshore oil and gas operator Hess Corp. and “supply chain companies” Dover Corp. and ITT Inc., as of press time, none of those companies responded to questions about what opportunities were presented by the North Atlantic offshore drilling leases. At any rate, no one will be pumping oil or gas anytime soon. Tracey Moriarty, a spokeswoman at the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, said it would take five to 10 years before drilling would begin in a well-explored region, such as the Gulf of Mexico. In a largely unexplored area like the North Atlantic, “the time would likely be longer,” especially as unexpected challenges arise, she said. Sassen, however, said his contacts in the gas industry are interested. “I think they would be overjoyed to have another crack at it,” he said.


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PUSHING FOR P3S New York needs to play catch-up on public-private partnerships, proponents say By REBECCA C. LEWIS

novations ure projects, from re ct ru st fra in n io at rt o is trying sts in major transpo , Gov. Andrew Cuom ay bw su ue AS NEW YORK inve en Av nd . t to building the Seco done more efficiently em th t ge at LaGuardia Airpor to ds ho et comes to expanding it e project delivery m n iv at he rn w r te al he rt nd fu t pa lo ex to to go a the governor needs P3s. But proponents say nrships, also known as ne rt pa e at ard design-build co riv aw -p to ic bl es ci en ag e or the use of pu ize m es. budget would author design and build phas e th ng ni bi m co Cuomo’s 2018-2019 by n pletio y comeed up contract com companies, are fairl e at iv pr d an s ie tracts, which can sp tit en racts between public cially in New York. pe es ., .S U e P3s, which are cont th in h uc Canada, but not as m mon in Europe and

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WILLIAM MARINO, the founder and CEO of Star America, said at City & State’s P3 Summit last month that 35 states across the country have full‑fledged P3 legislation and it’s crucial for New York to move on that as well. “New York is way behind the rest of the country,” Marino said.

Samara Barend, a senior vice president at AECOM who was honored at City & State’s event, said that P3 legislation has been introduced repeatedly in the state Legislature, but it has never gone anywhere. However, she said she felt confident that may change this year with Cuomo’s support. In New York state, the replacement of the Goethals Bridge between Staten Island and New Jersey is a P3, as is the ongoing terminal renovation at LaGuardia. Those partnerships are overseen by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. Metropolitan Transportation Authority President Pat Foye, who previously led the Port Authority, said during a panel discussion at City & State’s event that the MTA is thinking about utilizing P3 con‑ tracts in the future as well. “We are considering, not ready for prime time, but considering P3 possibilities at the MTA … I see growth ahead,” Foye said.


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Robert Galvin, the Port Authority’s chief technology officer, said at the event that traditional models of dealing with transportation challenges leave little room for innovation and experimentation. He said New York agencies need to be able to keep up with evolving technologies while taking on massive infrastructure projects. “The challenge is we’re going to need some help,” Galvin said. “Can we disrupt ourselves and put on the hat of a digital disrupter … And if we can’t do that ourselves, then can we partner with somebody to help us do those things? And I think there’s an opportunity there for the P3s to come in and help us identify new ways of doing things.”

However, Foye made a point that P3s are not a solution to every transportation problem and shouldn’t be treated as such. “P3s are not a panacea,” Foye said. “They don’t fit every transaction and require a level of sophistication and bring a level of complexity and the transaction can cause some friction that have got to be included in the equation.” Echoing that sentiment, HENRY STANTON, a commissioner on the state Bridge Authority, said that the approach should not be about P3s solving problems, but rather examining current problems and then figuring out how P3s fit in to solutions. He pointed to three recent projects involving the Tappan Zee Bridge replacement, the Kosciuszko Bridge and the Goethals Bridge. They appear similar, but he said each utilized a different approach to answer their unique problems. “We’ve got to make the answers fit the projects, and P3s are an important tool going forward for the right project,” Stanton said.

According to Foye, the stalled Gateway Program is one of those “right projects,” calling it a “great candidate” for a P3. The plan to build a new rail tunnel between New York and New Jersey recently hit a new roadblock when President Donald Trump’s administration rejected a proposed financing plan. But JOHN PORCARI, the interim executive director of Gateway Development Corp., which oversees the Gateway Program, said at City & State’s event that the project is still on track. “We have the local funding in place,” Porcari said. “We’re working our way quickly through the approvals process. We’ll have the tunnel 30 percent designed and have it teed up for a great alternative delivery project very shortly.”


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February 12, 2018 Notice of Qualification of 532 Neptune Commercial LLC. Authority filed with NY Secy of State (SSNY) on 1/12/18. Office location: New York County. LLC formed in Delaware (DE) on 1/2/18. SSNY is designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: 45 Broadway, Fl. 25, NY, NY 10006. DE address of LLC: 1013 Centre Rd, Ste 403-B, Wilmington, DE 19805 . Cert. of Formation filed with DE Secy of State, 401 Federal St, Ste 4, Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: any lawful activity. Cellco Partnership and its controlled affiliates doing business as Verizon Wireless (Verizon Wireless) proposes to collocate wireless communications antennas at a top height of 47 feet on a 41-foot building at the approx. vicinity of 66-92 Forest Avenue, Ridgewood, Queens County, NY 11385. Public comments regarding potential effects from this site on historic properties may be submitted within 30 days from the date of this publication to: Trileaf Corp, Erin, e.alsop@ trileaf.com, 10845 Olive Blvd, Suite 260, St. Louis, MO 63141, 314-997-6111. MOTT STREET 199 LLC, Arts. of Org. filed with the SSNY on 01/29/2018. Office loc: NY County. SSNY has been designated as agent upon whom process against the LLC may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: C/O FFO, 135 West 50th St., Ste 19B, NY, NY 10020. Purpose: Any Lawful Purpose. Notice of Formation of Alwest Management LLC. Arts of Org. filed with New York Secy of State (SSNY) on 1/10/18. Office location: New York County. SSNY is designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: 250 Greenpoint Ave, Fl. 4, Brooklyn, NY 11222. Purpose: any lawful activity.

Common Energy LLC. Articles of Org. filed Sec. of State (SSNY) on 1/9/18. Office: NY County. SSNY desig. agent of LLC upon whom process may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to the company c/o 527 Hudson Street, Ste. 20-170, NY, NY 10014. Purpose: Any lawful purpose. NOTICE OF FORMATION C O N S T R U C T I O N PERSONNEL SOLUTIONS LLC, Arts. of Org. filed with Sec. of State of New York (SSNY) on 1/10/18. Office loc: NY Cnty. SSNY is designated for service of process. SSNY shall mail a copy of any process served against the LLC to 307 W 38th St, Ste 1218, NY, NY 10018. Purpose: any lawful purpose.

Notice of Formation of 20192035 BROADWAY RETAIL LLC. Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 11/21/17. Office location: NY County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: Douglas Gladstone, Esq., Goldfarb & Fleece LLP, 560 Lexington Ave., NY, NY 10022. Purpose: any lawful activities. Notice of Formation of Logical Chaos Productions LLC. Arts of Org. filed with New York Secy of State (SSNY) on 2/1/18. Office location: New York County. SSNY is designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: 327 E. 5th St, #5A, NY, NY 10003. Purpose: any lawful activity.

Notice of Qualification of ROMARK CREDIT ADVISORS LP Appl. for Auth. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 12/21/17. Office location: NY County. LP formed in Delaware (DE) on 05/17/16. Princ. office of LP: Attn: Serge Todorovich, Esq., 461 Fifth Ave., 22nd Fl., NY, NY 10017. Duration of LP is Perpetual. SSNY designated as agent of LP upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to the Partnership at the princ. office of the LP. Name and addr. of each general partner are available from SSNY. DE addr. of LP: c/o Corporation Service Co., 251 Little Falls Dr., Wilmington, DE 19808. Cert. of LP filed with Jeffrey W. Bullock, Secy. of State of the State of DE, Div. of Corps., John G Townsend Bldg., 401 Federal St.- Ste. 4, Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: Any lawful activity.

Notice of Qual. of TRANSIC TELECOM, LLC, Authority filed with the SSNY on 12/13/2017. Office loc: NY County. L L C formed in DE on 06/12/2003. SSNY is designated as agent upon whom process against the LLC may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: Anthony Rossabi 110 Riverside Drive #11C, NY, NY 10024. Address required to be maintained in DE: 251 Little Falls Drive, Wilmington, DE 19808. Cert of Formation filed with DE Div. of Corps, 401 Federal St., Ste 4, Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: Any Lawful Purpose. Notice of Formation of Casa Binbaz LLC. Arts of Org. filed with New York Secy of State (SSNY) on 1/31/18. Office location: New York County. SSNY is designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: 25 Robert Pitt Dr., Ste 204, Monsey, NY 10952. The name and address of the Reg. Agent is Vcorp Agent Services, Inc., 25 Robert Pitt Dr., Ste 204, Monsey, NY 10952. Purpose: any lawful activity. Notice of Formation of THE STRONG FAMILY HOME LLC Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 02/01/18. Office location: NY County. Princ. office of LLC: 27 E. 79th St., Unit #PH11, NY, NY 10075. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to Friedberg Pinkas PLLC, 767 Third Ave., 31st Fl., NY, NY 10017. Purpose: Any lawful activity. Notice of Formation of Bonsai Kakigori, LLC filed with SSNY on January 23, 2016. Office: NY County. SSNY designated agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to LLC: 26 W 20th St Apt 4 NY, NY 10011. Purpose: any lawful act or activity.

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Notice of Qualification of ROMARK CREDIT ADVISORS GP LLC Appl. for Auth. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 12/21/17. Office location: NY County. LLC formed in Delaware (DE) on 08/25/17. Princ. office of LLC: Attn: Serge Todorovich, Esq., 461 Fifth Ave., 22nd Fl., NY, NY 10017. 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: c/o Corporation Service Co., 251 Little Falls Dr., Wilmington, DE 19808. Cert. of Form. filed with Jeffrey W. Bullock, Secy. of State of the State of DE, Div. of Corps., John G Townsend Bldg., 401 Federal St.- Ste. 4, Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: Any lawful activity.

Notice of Formation of TALL PINES MANAGEMENT, LLC Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 02/01/18. Office location: NY County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to Emanuel T. Stern, c/o Tall Pines Capital LLC, 654 Madison Ave., Ste. 801, NY, NY 10065. Purpose: Any lawful activity. Notice of Formation of SUNNYSIDE PRESERVATION GP, LLC Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 01/12/18. Office location: NY County. Princ. office of LLC: The Related Companies, L.P., Time Warner Center, 60 Columbus Circle, NY, NY 10023. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to Corporation Service Co., 80 State St., Albany, NY 12207-2543. Purpose: Any lawful activity. Notice of Qualification of MVB MANAGEMENT, LLC Appl. for Auth. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 01/25/18. Office location: NY County. LLC formed in Delaware (DE) on 09/21/17. Princ. office of LLC: 555 Madison Ave., 26th Fl., NY, NY 10022. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to c/o Corporation Service Co. (CSC), 80 State St., Albany, NY 12207-2543. DE addr. of LLC: c/o CSC, 251 Little Falls Dr., Wilmington, DE 19808. Cert. of Form. filed with Secy. of State, Div. of Corps., John G. Townsend Bldg., 401 Federal St., Ste. 4, Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: Any lawful activity. Notice of Formation of 30AW, LLC. Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 01/05/18. Office location: NY County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: c/o National Registered Agents, Inc., 111 Eighth Ave., 13th Fl., NY, NY 10011. Purpose: any lawful activities. THE ANNUAL RETURN OF THE PACK FAMILY FOUNDATION for the fiscal year ended November 30, 2017 is available at its principal office located at 12 Herkimer Road, Scarsdale, NY 10583 for inspection during regular business hours by any citizen who requests it within 180 days hereof. Principal Manager of the Foundation is Loren P. Beyer. Notice of Formation of Tiro Digital, LLC filed with SSNY 11/21/17. Office: NY County. SSNY designated agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to LLC: 340 E 23rd St, 9A, NY, NY . Purpose: any lawful act or activity.

Notice of Qualification of RAVEN ASSET-BASED OPPORTUNITY FUND IV LP Appl. for Auth. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 12/28/17. Office location: NY County. LP formed in Delaware (DE) on 12/20/17. Princ. office of LP: 110 Greene St., Ste. 9G, NY, NY 10012. Duration of LP is Perpetual. SSNY designated as agent of LP upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to c/o Raven Capital Management GP IV LLC, Attn: Joshua Green at the princ. office of the LP. Name and addr. of each general partner are available from SSNY. DE addr. of LP: c/o Corporation Service Co., 251 Little Falls Dr., Wilmington, DE 19808. Cert. of LP filed with Secy. of State of the State of DE, Div. of Corps., John G. Townsend Bldg., Federal & Duke of York Sts., Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: Any lawful activity. NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT A LICENSE, SERIAL # 1306628 FOR LIQUOR, WINE, & BEER HAS BEEN APPLIED FOR BY THE UNDERSIGNED TO SELL LIQUOR, WINE, & BEER AT RETAIL UNDER THE ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGE CONTROL LAW AT 145-04 14TH AVE WHITESTONE, NY 11357. QUEENS COUNTY, FOR ON PREMISE CONSUMPTION. COFFEE 101 LLC. Excel Church Media LLC, Arts. of Org. filed with SSNY 12/29/17. Office loc: Richmond County. SSNY designated as agent upon whom process against LLC may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: LLC, 29 Mosel Loop, Staten Island, NY 10304. Purpose: Any Lawful Purpose.

PUBLIC NOTICE New York City Dept. of Consumer Affairs Notice of Public Hearing Notice is hereby given, pursuant to law, that the NYC Department of Consumer Affairs will hold a public hearing on WEDNESDAY, MARCH 7TH, 2018 at 2:00 P.M. at 42 Broadway, 5th floor, on a petition for SHADMOOR LLC to ESTABLISH, MAINTAIN, AND OPERATE an unenclosed sidewalk cafe at 1066 2ND AVE in the Borough of Manhattan for a term of two years. REQUEST FOR COPIES OF THE REVOCABLE CONSENT AGREEMENT MAY BE ADDRESSED TO: DEPT. OF CONSUMER AFFAIRS, 42 BROADWAY, NEW YORK, NY 10004 ATTN: FOIL OFFICER


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February 12, 2018 Notice of Qualification of North Shore Poke Co. Store 9, LLC. Authority filed with NY Secy of State (SSNY) on 1/23/18. Office location: New York County. LLC formed in Delaware (DE) on 4/17/17. SSNY is designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: 122 E. 42nd St, Ste 119, NY, NY 10168. DE address of LLC: 1013 Centre Rd, Ste 403-B, Wilmington, DE 19805. Cert. of Formation filed with DE Secy of State, 401 Federal St, Ste 4, Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: any lawful activity. Notice of Formation of Masons NY Associates LLC. Arts of Org. filed with New York Secy of State (SSNY) on 1/25/18. Office location: New York County. SSNY is designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: 10 W. 33rd St, Ste 516, NY, NY 10001. Purpose: any lawful activity. DL Tax, LLC, Arts. of Org. filed with SSNY 11/01/2017. Office loc: NY County. SSNY designated as agent upon whom process against LLC may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: The LLC, Attn: Daisy Lui, EA 147-24 27th Ave, Flushing, NY 11354. Purpose: Any Lawful Purpose. Notice of Qualification of KINDRED HOLDINGS INSURANCE AGENCY, LLC. Authority filed with NY Secy of State (SSNY) on 12/12/17. Office location: New York County. LLC formed in Delaware (DE) on 11/8/17. SSNY is designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: 142 Greene St, NY, NY 10012. DE address of LLC: 160 Greentree Dr., Ste 101, Dover, DE 19904. Cert. of Formation filed with DE Secy of State, 401 Federal St, Ste 4, Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: any lawful activity. Notice of Qualification of 532 Neptune Residential LLC. Authority filed with NY Secy of State (SSNY) on 1/12/18. Office location: New York County. LLC formed in Delaware (DE) on 1/2/18. SSNY is designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: 45 Broadway, Fl. 25, NY, NY 10006. DE address of LLC: 1013 Centre Rd, Ste 403-B, Wilmington, DE 19805 . Cert. of Formation filed with DE Secy of State, 401 Federal St, Ste 4, Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: any lawful activity. NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT A LICENSE, SERIAL # 1307821 FOR LIQUOR, WINE, & BEER HAS BEEN APPLIED FOR BY THE UNDERSIGNED TO SELL LIQUOR, WINE, & BEER AT RETAIL UNDER THE ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGE CONTROL LAW AT 224 GREENE ST BROOKLYN, NY 11238. KINGS COUNTY, FOR ON PREMISE CONSUMPTION. ART DOMAIN LLC.

Notice of Formation of Secret Arts LLC. Arts. of Org. filed with NY Dept. of State on 12/29/17. Office location: NY County. Sec. of State designated agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served and shall mail process to: c/o Steve Cuiffo, 264 East Broadway #C1301, NY, NY 10002, principal business address. Purpose: any lawful activity.

CARNEGIE HILL PSYCHOANALYSIS PLLC, a Prof. LLC. Arts. of Org. filed with the SSNY on 02/02/2018. Office loc: NY County. SSNY has been designated as agent upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: C/O the PLLC, 108 East 91st St., Apt 1D, NY, NY 10128. Purpose: To Practice The Profession Of Psychoanalysis.

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Notice of Qualification of LHCSA Home Health Holdings, LLC. Authority filed with NY Secy of State (SSNY) on 12/19/17. Office location: New York County. LLC formed in Delaware (DE) on 3/6/17. SSNY is designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: 111 8th Ave, NY, NY 10011. DE address of LLC: 1209 Orange St, Wilmington, DE 19801. Cert. of Formation filed with DE Secy of State, 401 Federal St, Ste 4, Dover, DE 19901. The name and address of the Reg. Agent is CT Corporation System, 111 8th Ave, NY, NY 10011. Purpose: any lawful activity.

SQC COFFEE LLC Art. Of Org. Filed Sec. of State of NY 12/28/2017. Off. Loc.: New York Co. SSNY designated as agent upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY to mail copy of process to c/o Aury Bennett Stollow, Esq., 475 Park Avenue South, 27th Fl., New York, NY 10016. Purpose: Any lawful act or activity. Notice of Qualification of RDZ FAMILY HOLDINGS, L.L.C. Appl. for Auth. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 01/12/18. Office location: NY County. LLC formed in Delaware (DE) on 10/09/97. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to the LLC, Attn: Corporation Service Co., 80 State St., Albany, NY 12207-2543. The regd. agent of the company upon whom and at which process against the company can be served is Corporation Service Co., 80 State St., Albany, NY 122072543. DE addr. of LLC: 251 Little Falls Dr., Wilmington, DE 19808. Cert. of Form. filed with DE Secy. of State, John G. Townsend Bldg., 401 Federal St., Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: Any lawful activity. Notice of Qualification of CR ADVANTAGE II, LLC Appl. for Auth. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 01/24/18. Office location: NY County. LLC formed in Delaware (DE) on 01/22/18. Princ. office of LLC: 119 Fifth Ave., 8th Fl, NY, NY 10003. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to the LLC at the princ. office of the LLC. DE addr. of LLC: 251 Little Falls Dr., Wilmington, DE 19808. Cert. of Form. filed with Secy. of State of DE, Div. of Corps., The John G. Townsend Bldg., PO Box 898, Dover, DE 19903. Purpose: Any lawful activity.

NOTICE OF FORMATION OF MBDL LLC. Arts of Org filed with Secy of State of NY (SSNY) 10/25/17. Office loc: NY County. SSNY designated agent upon whom process against LLC may be served. SSNY shall mail any process against LLC to: 7014 13th Ave, Ste 202, Brooklyn, NY 11228. Princ bus addr of LLC: 96 5th Ave, NY, NY 10011. Purpose: any lawful act or activity.

Notice of Formation of 11 Greene St CM LLC. Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 12/13/17. Office location: NY County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: c/o Meltzer, Lippe, Goldstein & Breitstone, LLP, 190 Willis Ave., Mineola, NY 11501, Attn: David J. Heymann, Esq. Purpose: any lawful activities. Notice of Formation of LG 161 LLC. Arts of Org. filed with New York Secy of State (SSNY) on 11/2/17. Office location: New York County. SSNY is designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: 161 Chrystie St, Fl. 2, NY, NY 10002. Purpose: any lawful activity. Notice of Formation of RIDGE BREEAAD LLC Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 01/05/18. Office location: NY County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to the LLC, 358 5th Ave., Ste. 902, NY, NY 10001. Purpose: Any lawful activity.

Notice of Formation of NVR Consulting LLC. Arts of Org. filed with New York Secy of State (SSNY) on 12/26/17. Office location: New York County. SSNY is designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: 320 W. 38th St, Ste 1003, NY, NY 10018. Purpose: any lawful activity.

Notice of Formation of Avery & Chao, LLC. Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) 11/15/17. Office loc: NY County. SSNY designated agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: 204 W 92nd St, Apt 3R, NY, NY 10025. Purpose: Any lawful purpose, general and investment advisory services.

Notice of Qualification of NY TAVT, LLC. Authority filed with NY Secy of State (SSNY) on 12/20/17. Office location: New York County. LLC formed in Delaware (DE) on 12/8/17. SSNY is designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: 111 8th Ave, NY, NY 10011. DE address of LLC: 1209 Orange St, Wilmington, DE 19801. Cert. of Formation filed with DE Secy of State, 401 Federal St, Ste 4, Dover, DE 19901. The name and address of the Reg. Agent is CT Corporation System, 111 8th Ave, NY, NY 10011. Purpose: any lawful activity.

Notice of Qualification of TAO LICENSING LLC Appl. for Auth. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 01/05/18. Office location: NY County. LLC formed in Delaware (DE) on 04/08/08. Princ. office of LLC: 1350 Ave. of the Americas, NY, NY 10019. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to c/o Corporation Service Co., 80 State St., Albany, NY 12207-2543. DE addr. of LLC: 251 Little Falls Dr., Wilmington, DE 19808. Cert. of Form. filed with DE Secy. of State, Div. of Corps., John G. Townsend Bldg., 401 Federal St., Ste. 4, Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: Any lawful activity.

CINDY D NESS, LLC, Arts. of Org. filed with the SSNY on 01/26/2018. Office loc: NY County. SSNY has been designated as agent upon whom process against the LLC may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: The LLC, 333 Pearl Street, 17C, NY, NY 10038. Purpose: Any Lawful Purpose. Notice of Formation of CAKE 150, LLC Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 01/24/18. Office location: NY County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to Corporation Service Co., 80 State St., Albany, NY 12207. Purpose: Any lawful activity.

Notice of Qualification of S3 RE 42-45 12th Street LLC. Authority filed with NY Secy of State (SSNY) on 12/26/17. Office location: New York County. LLC formed in Delaware (DE) on 12/20/17. SSNY is designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: 444 Madison Ave, Fl. 41, NY, NY 10022. DE address of LLC: 160 Greentree Dr., Ste 101, Dover, DE 19904. Cert. of Formation filed with DE Secy of State, 401 Federal St, Ste 4, Dover, DE 19901. The name and address of the Reg. Agent is Spruce Capital Partners LLC, 444 Madison Ave, Fl. 41, NY, NY 10022. Purpose: any lawful activity.

Notice of Qualification of Novolex Shields, LLC. Authority filed with NY Dept. of State on 12/18/17. Office location: NY County. Princ. bus. addr.: 101 E. Carolina Ave., Hartsville, SC 29550. LLC formed in DE on 8/29/17. NY Sec. of State designated agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served and shall mail process to: Cogency Global Inc., 10 E. 40th St., 10th Fl., NY, NY 10016. DE addr. of LLC: 850 New Burton Rd., Ste. 201, Dover, DE 19904. Cert. of Form. filed with DE Sec. of State, 401 Federal St., Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: any lawful activity. Notice of Formation of SKM Seventy Four, LLC. Arts. of Org. filed with NY Dept. of State on 12/20/17. Office location: NY County. Sec. of State designated agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served and shall mail process to: Cogency Global Inc., 10 E. 40th St., 10th Fl., NY, NY 10016. Purpose: any lawful activity. Notice of Formation of 216 Boerum Venture LLC. Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 06/02/15. Office location: NY County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: the Company, c/o Slate Property Group LLC, 850 Third Ave., Ste. 16-B, NY, NY 10022, Attn: Martin Nussbaum. Purpose: any lawful activities. Notice of Formation of MANUS SWEENEY LLC Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 02/06/18. Office location: NY County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to Corporation Service Co., 80 State St., Albany, NY 12207-2543. Purpose: Any lawful activity. Notice of Qualification of Blitz Ventures LLC. Authority filed with NY Dept. of State on 12/20/17. Office location: NY County. Princ. bus. addr.: 1240 Rosecrans Ave., Ste. 600, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266. LLC formed in DE on 11/15/17. NY Sec. of State designated agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served and shall mail process to: CT Corporation System, 111 8th Ave., 13th Fl., NY, NY 10011. DE addr. of LLC: 1209 Orange St., Wilmington, DE 19801. Cert. of Form. filed with DE Sec. of State, 401 Federal St., Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: all lawful purposes. Notice of Formation of ES RECEIVABLE HOLDINGS ONE, LLC. Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 02/02/18. Office location: NY County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: Mark Devitre, CF Entertainment, Inc., 1925 Century Park East, 10th Fl., Los Angeles, CA 90067. Purpose: any lawful activities.

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Notice of Formation of BRP AT Developer LLC. Arts of Org. filed with New York Secy of State (SSNY) on 1/2/18. Office location: New York County. SSNY is designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: 111 8th Ave, NY, NY 10011. Purpose: any lawful activity. Notice of Qualification of Retention Program LLC. Authority filed with NY Secy of State (SSNY) on 12/26/17. Office location: New York County. LLC formed in Delaware (DE) on 7/24/15. SSNY is designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: 187 Wolf Rd, Ste 101, Albany, NY 12205. DE address of LLC: 108 W. 13th St, Wilmington, DE 19801. Cert. of Formation filed with DE Secy of State, 401 Federal St, Ste 4, Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: any lawful activity. Notice of Formation HK5327 LLC Arts of Org. Filed with Secy. of State of NY 11/2/2017. Ofc Loc.: Richmond Co. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to The LLC, 7 Navy Pier Ct #5086, Staten Island, NY 10304. Purpose: Any lawful activity. Notice of Formation of 921 Washington Avenue LLC. Arts of Org. filed with New York Secy of State (SSNY) on 10/12/17. Office location: New York County. SSNY is designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: 125 Park Ave, Fl. 7, NY, NY 10017. Purpose: any lawful activity . Notice of Qualification of S3 RE 159 Broadway LLC. Authority filed with NY Secy of State (SSNY) on 11/29/17. Office location: New York County. LLC formed in Delaware (DE) on 10/9/17. SSNY is designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: 444 Madison Ave, Fl. 41, NY, NY 10022. DE address of LLC: 160 Greentree Dr., Ste 101, Dover, DE 19904. Cert. of Formation filed with DE Secy of State, 401 Federal St, Ste 4, Dover, DE 19901. The name and address of the Reg. Agent is Spruce Capital Partners LLC, 444 Madison Ave, Fl. 41, NY, NY 10022. Purpose: any lawful activity.

Notice of formation of Kwue Molly, LLC. Arts of Org. filed with Secy of State of NY (SSNY) 12/19/17. Office loc: Richmond County. SSNY designated for service of process. SSNY shall mail copy of any process served against the LLC to: Ainissa Espada-Caruso, 71 Harbor View Place, Staten Island, NY 10305. Purpose: any lawful activity or purpose.


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Notice of Formation of Assisted Alternative Merchant Strategies LLC. Arts. of Org. filed with NY Dept. of State on 12/11/17. Office location: NY County. Sec. of State designated agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served and shall mail process to: Anthony Anastasio, 75 Wall St., Apt 24P, NY, NY 10005, principal business address. Purpose: any lawful activity. Notice of Formation of 1STC, LLC. Arts of Org. filed with NY Secy of State (SSNY) on 10/27/17. Office location: New York County. SSNY is designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: 111 8th Ave, NY, NY 10011. The name and address of the Reg. Agent is National Registered Agents, Inc., 111 8th Ave, NY, NY 10011. Purpose: any lawful activity. Notice of Formation of SPG Tremont LLC. Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 12/15/17. Office location: NY County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: the Company, c/o Slate Property Group LLC, 38 East 29th St., 9th Fl., NY, NY 10016, Attn: Martin Nussbaum. Purpose: any lawful activities. Notice of Qualification of HYDRANGEA ESTATES LLC Appl. for Auth. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 01/09/18. Office location: NY County. LLC formed in Delaware (DE) on 09/16/15. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to Ada Clapp, Gen. Counsel, Elysium Management LLC, 445 Park Ave., Ste. 1401, NY, NY 10022. DE addr. of LLC: Corporation Service Co., 251 Little Falls Dr., Wilmington, DE 19801. Cert. of Form. filed with Secy. of State, DE Div. of Corps., John G. Townsend Bldg., Ste. 4, 401 Federal St., Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: Any lawful activity. Notice of Formation of FIFTH AVENUE CAPITAL II LLC. Arts of Org. filed with New York Secy of State (SSNY) on 7/14/17. Office location: New York County. SSNY is designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: 521 5th Ave, Ste 1804, NY, NY 10175. Purpose: any lawful activity. Notice of Formation WWR5349 LLC Arts of Org. Filed with Secy. of State of NY 11/2/2017. Ofc Loc.: Richmond Co. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to The LLC, 7 Navy Pier Ct #5086, Staten Island, NY 10304. Purpose: Any lawful activity.

Notice of Formation of EMILY PRENTISS TRAVEL LLC. Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 12/28/17. Office location: NY County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: c/o Linda Prentiss, Esq., Riker Danzig Scherer Hyland & Perretti LLP, One Speedwell Ave., Morristown, NJ 07962. Purpose: any lawful activities. Notice of Qualification of RCM CAV GP LLC Appl. for Auth. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 12/28/17. Office location: NY County. LLC formed in Delaware (DE) on 12/20/17. Princ. office of LLC: 110 Greene St., Ste. 9G, NY, NY 10012. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to the LLC, Attn: Joshua Green at the princ. office of the LLC. DE addr. of LLC: c/o Corporation Service Co., 251 Little Falls Dr., Wilmington, DE 19808. Cert. of Form. filed with Secy. of State of the State of DE, Div. of Corps., John G. Townsend Bldg., Federal & Duke of York Sts., Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: Any lawful activity Notice of Qualification of 460W34 Owner LLC. Authority filed with NY Secy of State (SSNY) on 1/3/18. Office location: New York County. LLC formed in Delaware (DE) on 12/11/17. SSNY is designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: 111 8th Ave, NY, NY 10011. DE address of LLC: 160 Greentree Dr., Ste 101, Dover, DE 19904. Cert. of Formation filed with DE Secy of State, 401 Federal St, Ste 4, Dover, DE 19901. The name and address of the Reg. Agent is National Registered Agents, Inc., 111 8th Ave, NY, NY 10011. Purpose: any lawful activity Notice of Formation of Wingspan Consulting LLC. Arts of Org. filed with New York Secy of State (SSNY) on 1/3/18. Office location: New York County. SSNY is designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: 440 W. End Ave, Apt 8-D, NY, NY 10024. Purpose: any lawful activity.

LEGALNOTICES@ CITYANDSTATENY.COM Notice of Qualification of Family Matters In-Home Care, LLC. Auth filed with Secy of State of NY 11/15/17. Office loc: NY Co. LLC formed in CA 1/29/13. SSNY designated agent upon whom process may be served and shall mail ´copy of process against LLC to: 2155 S Bascom Ave Ste 116, Campbell CA 95008. Cert of LLC filed with Secy of State of CA, 1500 11th St., Sacramento, CA 95814. Purpose: any lawful activity.

February 12, 2018 DNA STRATEGIC CONSULTING LLC Art. of Org. Filed Sec. of State of NY 10/13/2017. Off. Loc.: New York Co. SSNY designated as agent upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY to mail copy of process to The LLC, 35 Great Jones, 4th Floor, New York, NY 10012. Purpose: Any lawful act or activity. JD MEDIA CONSULTING LLC, Arts. of Org. filed with the SSNY on 01/12/2018. Office loc: NY County. SSNY has been designated as agent upon whom process against the LLC may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: The LLC, 3 Peter Cooper Road, Apt 2F, NY, NY 10010. Purpose: Any Lawful Purpose.

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Notice of Formation of NICE BLET, LLC Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 11/09/17. Office location: NY County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to M. Nader Ahari, 524 Broadway, Ste. 405, NY, NY 10012. As amended by Cert. of Amendment filed with SSNY on 01/02/18, name changed to NICE BELT, LLC and process addr. is M. Nader Ahari, 200 Park Ave. South, Ste. 1608, NY, NY 10003. Purpose: Any lawful activity. NOTICE OF FORMATION OF LQ Collective LLC. Arts of Org filed with Secy of State of NY (SSNY) ) 01/12/2018. Office loc: NY County. SSNY designated as agent upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail a copy of any process against the LLC to princ bus addr: 235 E 95th St, Apt 24L, NY, NY 10128. Purpose: any lawful act or activity Notice of formation of TIN ROOF OWNERS, LLC. Arts of Org filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) 1/4/18. Office location: NY County. SSNY designated agent upon whom process may be served and shall mail copy of process against LLC to principal business address: 320 West 19th Street, 5E, NY, NY 10011. Purpose: any lawful act. Notice of Qualification of The Assemblage NoMad LLC. Authority filed with NY Secy of State (SSNY) on 6/26/17. Office location: New York County. LLC formed in Delaware (DE) on 6/23/17. SSNY is designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: 40 Wall St, NY, NY 10005. DE address of LLC: 160 Greentree Dr., Ste 101, Dover, DE 19904. Cert. of Formation filed with DE Secy of State, 401 Federal St. Ste 4, Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: any lawful activity.

Notice of Formation of 941 Washington Avenue LLC. Arts of Org. filed with New York Secy of State (SSNY) o n 10/12/17. Office location: New York County. SSNY is designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: 125 Park Ave, Fl. 7, NY, NY 10017. Purpose: any lawful activity. Notice of Formation of InStone Productions LLC. Arts of Org. filed with New York Secy of State (SSNY) on 1/8/18. Office location: New York County. SSNY is designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: 25 Robert Pitt Dr., Ste 204, Monsey, NY 10952. The name and address of the Reg. Agent is Vcorp Agent Services, Inc., 25 Robert Pitt Dr., Ste 204, Monsey, NY 10952. Purpose: any lawful activity. Notice of Formation of Loud Tree Media LLC. Arts of Org. filed with New York Secy of State (SSNY) on 1/5/18. Office location: New York County. SSNY is designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: 1501 Broadway, Ste 1616, NY, NY 10036. Purpose: any lawful activity. Notice of Formation of Quai Nystrom LLC. Arts of Org. filed with New York Secy of State (SSNY) on 12/20/17. Office location: New York County. SSNY is designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: 25 Robert Pitt Dr., Ste 204, Monsey, NY 10952. Purpose: any lawful activity. Notice of formation of KIFU PARIS LLC. Arts of Org filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) 11/7/17. Office location: NY County. SSNY designated agent upon whom process may be served and shall mail copy of process against LLC to principal business address: 244 Fifth Avenue, Suite E35, NY, NY 10001. Purpose: any lawful act.

CKK Realty LLC, Arts of Org filed with SSNY on 109/18/17. Off. Loc.: New York County, SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail a copy of process to: The LLC, 21 Eldridge St, New York, NY 10002. Purpose: to engage in any lawful act. Notice of Formation of BONNAIG & ASSOCIATES, LLC. Arts of Org filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) 12/21/17. Office location: NY County. SSNY designated agent upon whom process may be served and shall mail copy of process against LLC to princ bus addr: 25 Murray St, 6D, NY, NY 10007. Purpose: any lawful act. NOTICE OF FORMATION OF LABORIELJAX LLC . Arts of Org filed with Secy of State of NY (SSNY) 1/12/18. Office loc: BRONX County. SSNY designated agent upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail a copy of any process against the LLC to princ bus add: 340 Beekman Ave Apt 4a, Bronx, NY 10454. Purpose: any lawful act or activity NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT A LICENSE, SERIAL # 1307911 FOR LIQUOR, WINE, & BEER HAS BEEN APPLIED FOR BY THE UNDERSIGNED TO SELL LIQUOR, WINE, & BEER AT RETAIL UNDER THE ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGE CONTROL LAW AT 5 VILLAGE GREEN WAY PATCHOGUE, NY 11772. SUFFOLK COUNTY, FOR ON PREMISE CONSUMPTION. VITA VIAGGIO INC. Notice of Qualification of ASML US, LLC. Authority filed with NY Secy of State (SSNY) on 1/9/18. Office location: New York County. LLC formed in Delaware (DE) on 9/28/00. SSNY is designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: 111 8th Ave, NY, NY 10011. DE address of LLC: 1209 Orange St, Wilmington, DE 19801. Cert. of Formation filed with DE Secy of State, 401 Federal St, Ste 4, Dover, DE 19901. The name and address of the Reg. Agent is CT Corporation System, 111 8th Ave, NY, NY 10011. Purpose: any lawful activity.

Notice of Qualification of HYDRANGEA ESTATES LLC Appl. for Auth. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 01/09/18. Office location: NY County. LLC formed in Delaware (DE) on 09/16/15. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to Ada Clapp, Gen. Counsel, Elysium Management LLC, 445 Park Ave., Ste. 1401, NY, NY 10022. DE addr. of LLC: Corporation Service Co., 251 Little Falls Dr., Wilmington, DE 19801. Cert. of Form. filed with Secy. of State, DE Div. of Corps., John G. Townsend Bldg., Ste. 4, 401 Federal St., Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: Any lawful activity. Notice of Qualification of GAMBILL CAPITAL MANAGEMENT LLC Appl. for Auth. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 12/29/17. Office location: NY County. LLC formed in Delaware (DE) on 12/26/17. Princ. office of LLC: 101 Park Ave., 48th Fl., NY, NY 10178. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to the LLC, Attn: Benjamin S. Gambill III at the princ. office of the LLC. DE addr. of LLC: c/o Corporation Service Co., 251 Little Falls Dr., Wilmington, DE 19808. Cert. of Form. filed with Secy. of State of the State of DE, Div. of Corps., John G. Townsend Bldg., Federal & Duke of York Sts., Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: Any lawful activity. Notice of Formation of Archer Towers Development LLC. Arts of Org. filed with NY Secy of State (SSNY) on 3/31/17. Office location: New York County. SSNY is designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: 111 8th Ave, NY, NY 10011. Purpose: any lawful activity. Notice of Formation of 186188 FIRST AVE LLC. Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 11/21/17. Office location: NY County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: Douglas Gladstone, Esq., Goldfarb & Fleece LLP, 560 Lexington Ave., NY, NY 10022. Purpose: any lawful activities.

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GET COVERED LLC Art. Of Org. Filed Sec. of State of NY 11/15/2017. Off. Loc.: New York Co. SSNY designated as agent upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY to mail copy of process to c/o Northwest Registered Agent LLC, 90 State Street, Suite 700, Office 40, Albany, NY 12207. Purpose: Any lawful act or activity.

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LOSERS JOHN DEFRANCISCO The state senator took advantage of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s bad press and had a pretty good week himself. The gubernatorial challenger capitalized on the Joe Percoco corruption trial to criticize how the incumbent runs things. And he took Cuomo to task for wasting money on illegal “I Love New York” signs that are now coming down after threats from the federal government. Plus, DeFrancisco picked up more endorsements. A few more weeks like these, and the underdog might have a shot.

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It’s certainly cold enough in New York City for winter sports. And the five boroughs produce enough top-notch athletes. But out of a population of more than 8.5 million, there’s not one Olympian in South Korea that’s from the city? At least New York as a state has 19 athletes competing. So as the 2018 games get underway, strap on your skates, skis or curling shoes and speed through the latest Winners & Losers.

SHOLA OLATOYE The embattled New York City Housing Authority chairwoman testified before the New York City Council last week, taking heat from lawmakers who noted that 80 percent of public housing residents lost heat this winter. New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio seems reluctant to fire her – perhaps for political reasons – even as other NYCHA officials step down. But after she refused Speaker Corey Johnson’s request for an apology, it might be time to Shola the door.

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The feds never charged de Blasio, but the mayor’s lawyer is still charging $2.6 million. With opening of Resorts World Catskills, the senator is boosting the Borscht Belt. The outgoing schools chancellor has NYC high school graduation rate inching up.

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The Percoco trial is exposing an unusual fascination with the former gubernatorial candidate - and his hair. The infamous gold bucket thief is now “lonely” and “fearful” in Ecuador.

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