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A CALL FOR LEADERSHIP – SUPPORT ERFA’S STAND AGAINST A TOWERING NIGHTMARE ON EAST 58TH STREET Residents of Manhattan’s East River Fifties had a rude awakening three years ago when we learned that our local zoning would allow the construction of a 1,000-foot-tall tower, midblock, on a narrow, quiet residential side street. Research revealed that the entire neighborhood – the area from 51st St. to 59th St. east of First Avenue – was vulnerable and threatened with the adverse consequences and corresponding damage to quality of life that would surely come from shoehorning mega-towers into a small enclave such as ours. We banded together to form the East River Fifties Alliance, ERFA, to defend the community against an extension of Billionaire’s Row towers into a residential community. From the beginning of our fight to a victory last November, when the New York City Council changed the zoning law and banned absurdly out of place mega-towers in our community, ERFA sought out -- and won -- the support of New York City’s leaders. Foremost among the qualities inherent in a true leader is the courage to do the right thing despite the temptation to turn away or to accept the improper influence of third parties. A leader inspires a will in others to engage the opposition head-on and never give up. We recognized Mayor Bill de Blasio’s leadership in his comments to WCBS-TV News last December 5. In response to the City Council’s legislation, he said, “It sounds like there’s still the opportunity for the developer to build a large building, just not as out-of-scale with the community as the original plan.” ERFA is proud of the elected officials who led the charge in the halls of government: Congress Member Carolyn Maloney, Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer; New York City Council Members Ben Kallos, Dan Garodnick and Keith Powers; and State Senator Liz Krueger. These leaders gave us hope, and they helped to grow our coalition to several thousand residents living in more than 500 buildings. We found leaders at Community Board 6 whose members vowed unanimously never to allow monster towers on the community’s side streets. ERFA itself produced grassroots leaders who gave countless hours to rally, represent, and become our voice at agency hearings over the past two years. ERFA also won the support from leaders at civic associations including the Sutton Area Community Inc., the Municipal Art Society of New York, Friends of the Upper East Side Historic Districts, Kips Bay Association, CIVITAS and Landmark West. ERFA found leaders at the New York City Planning Commission who relied on their principles and their willingness to work with us to produce an unprecedented, citizen-led change in the City’s zoning law. We now look for leaders at the BOARD OF STANDARDS AND APPEALS who will join us in saying, “Build it, but build it right.” We call on the Board to be impartial; disregard improper influence; reject undue sway; and examine carefully all the evidence amassed against granting a special privilege that would allow the construction of a monster tower that has been banned by the City’s legislature.


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EDITOR’S NOTE

JON LENTZ Editor-in-chief

One of the biggest budget battles in Albany this year was over congestion pricing. Gov. Andrew Cuomo came out in support of the idea last year, amid increasing delays on New York City’s subways and rising frustration among the system’s riders. Outer-borough lawmakers opposed the proposal, which would have raised billions of dollars to improve the subways, complaining that constituents who drive into Manhattan shouldn’t have to pay more. With elections looming this fall, lawmakers blocked the bulk of the plan. What did go forward was the incremental step of assessing a fee on taxis and ride-hailing services like Uber and Lyft below 96th Street in Manhattan. But largely overlooked in the debate were the potential environmental benefits of the plan. Fewer cars would mean less traffic congestion, and investments in the subway would make for more reliable commutes – but it would also contribute to a cleaner environment. In this week’s magazine, we take a look at other environmental issues that have been delayed or disregarded, including efforts to reduce plastic bag waste and the overlooked costs of Cuomo’s widely acclaimed efforts to develop offshore wind power.

THE SUSTAINABILITY ISSUE SPECIAL ELECTIONS ... 6

Meet the candidates the county leaders chose

COMMENTARY ... 8

Michael Cohen is Trump’s new Roy Cohn

WINNERS & LOSERS ... 34

Who was up and who was down last week

WIND POWER

Cuomo’s energy push faces a sympathetic obstacle ... 12

PLASTIC BAG BAN Will Albany let NYC crack down on its waste? ... 22

CLIMATE CHANGE

New York’s biggest environmental threats ... 26


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SO LONG, SHOLA Shola Olatoye, the embattled chairwoman of the New York City Housing Authority, announced her resignation on Tuesday, months after a report revealed that she had lied to the federal government about NYCHA performing lead paint inspections. And then she lied again under oath to the New York City Council. However, Olatoye said the scandal was not the reason for her resignation. Rather, she said she felt that since a multiyear federal investigation into the housing authority was nearing a close, it would be a good time to “pass on the baton.” New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio continued to defend Olatoye, once again blaming former staffers who had already resigned for the lead paint problems. Replacing her will as the interim chairman of NYCHA is Stanley Brezenoff, a longtime public servant who most recently was the interim president of the city’s public hospitals, which are facing their own financial problems.

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De Blasio failed to disclose a September 2015 sit-down meeting with James Capalino, one of the top lobbyists in New York City, and nine of his clients, after Capalino helped to raise $100,000 for the mayor. A state Joint Commission on Public Ethics investigation is ongoing, but Capalino has already settled with JCOPE, agreeing to pay a $40,000 fine. For his part, de Blasio said he doesn’t even remember the secret meeting – and that no lobbying must have taken place.

THE RAID OF COHEN’S OFFICE The FBI raided the Manhattan office of Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump’s longtime personal attorney accused of paying porn star Stormy Daniels to stay quiet about an alleged affair with Trump. The raid was conducted by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York and reportedly sought information about the “Access Hollywood” tape in which Trump made vulgar remarks about women as well as materials related to payoffs to women to keep silent about alleged affairs with the president. Unsurprisingly, Trump wasn’t pleased.

C&S: How much input did you have in this reunification? JP: When it comes to Sen. Klein and the IDC, it was always about the members. And it was always about what they had to say about any particular issue. So in this case, it was more the political side than everything else. Yeah, there were conversations that were had and everyone had an opportunity to express themselves in terms of what the thoughts were, and what vision everyone sort of had on what they saw the future like. And with that, Sen. Klein was armed to make a decision, and the decision was to unite, which was something that we all felt very strongly about. C&S: Were you surprised? JP: I wasn’t surprised. In terms of what the outcome was, we all had a say and we all went around the table and talked about what mattered

to everyone. And everyone came up with the same answer, which was, look, the bottom line is we need to deliver for our constituents. C&S: What will be different in Albany when you’re back on Monday? JP: Previously, the way it worked was the IDC caucused with themselves. So all eight members caucused with each other separate and apart from the mainline Democrats. Now what will happen is we’re all going to be caucusing in the same room and talking about the issues that matter and how can we push some of these policy items that matter to our communities. But more importantly, we’re going to be waiting for what happens in the special (elections). So we’re going to talk about what the breakdown is in terms of who’s going to be the floor leader and things of that nature, what committees everyone’s going to have.

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CUOMO AND DE BLASIO JUST SAY NO TO RECREATIONAL MARIJUANA Gubernatorial candidate Cynthia Nixon has made one thing abundantly clear: She wants to let people legally smoke pot. That position puts her at odds with not only Gov. Andrew Cuomo, her primary rival, but also New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, her friend and a self-described progressive. Indeed, it seems New York’s biggest political frenemies have at least one thing in common: Neither wants to legalize recreational marijuana.

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ANDREW CUOMO JUNE 21, 2010 State attorney general and gubernatorial candidate Andrew Cuomo says he experimented with marijuana when he was younger. OCT. 24, 2010 Cuomo says he does not support allowing medical marijuana in New York, comparing it to legalizing prostitution. JULY 20, 2011 Cuomo, now governor, appears to take a more neutral stance, saying his administration doesn’t have a “final position.” JAN. 9, 2013 Cuomo calls for the decriminalization of marijuana possession in public view under 15 grams. He says the arrests “stigmatize, they criminalize” and “must end now.” JULY 5, 2014 Cuomo signs the Compassionate Care Act, legalizing medical marijuana for certain qualifying conditions. DEC. 21, 2014 Speaking on John Catsimatidis’ radio show, Cuomo says he does not favor legalizing marijuana, calling it a “gateway drug.” JAN. 11, 2017 Cuomo proposes decriminalizing marijuana possession in public as part of his executive budget. NOV. 11, 2017 Cuomo adds post-traumatic stress disorder as a qualifying condition for medical marijuana use. JAN. 16, 2018 Cuomo proposes in his executive budget a study on the potential health and economic impacts of legalizing marijuana. APRIL 11, 2018 In response to Nixon’s support for recreational marijuana legalization, Cuomo says the state is not far behind other states and points to the study he commissioned.

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BILL DE BLASIO NOV. 10, 2014 Early in his tenure as mayor, de Blasio directs the New York City Police Department to stop arresting people for possession of small amounts of marijuana. JAN. 7, 2015 De Blasio says he has not smoked marijuana at Gracie Mansion, and has not smoked at all since his days at New York University. SEPT. 6, 2017 When asked at a Democratic mayoral primary debate, de Blasio jokingly says that some days he wishes he still smoked marijuana, while adding that “the laws we have now are the right laws.” DEC. 15, 2017 De Blasio tells a group of reporters during a sit-down interview at Gracie Mansion that he opposes legalizing recreational marijuana, but he remains open to studying it. JAN. 5, 2018 On Twitter, de Blasio calls U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ decision to enforce federal marijuana laws a “vendetta” against legalized marijuana and an attack on minority communities. MARCH 7, 2018 De Blasio defends the NYPD’s enforcement of marijuana arrests after an analysis by Politico New York found racial disparities between marijuana complaints and marijuana arrests. APRIL 5, 2018 De Blasio says he is “not there yet” when it comes to legalizing marijuana for recreational use, differing with his wife and political adviser Chirlane McCray, who supports legalization so long as it is “highly regulated.”

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VOTERS DIDN’T CHOOSE THE SPECIAL ELECTION CANDIDATES – PARTY LEADERS DID

Although voters did not get to choose their party nominees in this month’s special elections, they will get to vote for the candidates they didn’t choose after a very short campaigning period. Eleven state senators and Assembly members were elected or appointed to other positions last fall, leaving their seats vacant. On Feb. 5, Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed an executive order declaring that special elections would be held on April 24, triggering a scramble for candidates to be chosen by county party leaders and make their cases to voters within 80 days. Here is a guide to the candidates vying for those vacant seats.

STATE SENATE DISTRICT 32

To replace Rubén Díaz Sr.

Three candidates are looking to fill now-New York City Councilman Rubén Díaz Sr.’s cowboy hat as the new state senator from the Bronx’s 32nd District. Assemblyman Luis Sepúlveda has the Democratic nomination sewn up, while Pamela Stewart-Martinez is running on the Reform Party line and Hunter College professor Patrick Delices is the Republican nominee. Voters in the heavily Democratic district are likely to elect Sepúlveda, which would then trigger the need for another special election to fill his vacant Assembly seat. Cuomo recently endorsed Sepúlveda.

ASSEMBLY DISTRICT 5

To replace Al Graf

After Assemblyman Al Graf won an election for District Court judge in Islip, his former aide Doug Smith declared his candidacy for his old boss’s seat. But while Smith has the Republican nomination, there was some drama around who he would be facing. After Democratic nominee Peter Zarcone dropped out in early February, Suffolk County Democrats nominated Deborah Slinkosky, a former Sachem Central School District Board of Education member. Cuomo was set to visit Long Island on April 8 for a rally for Democrats, but the emphasis was placed on Suffolk County’s congressional and state Senate races.

STATE SENATE DISTRICT 37

To replace George Latimer The fight for former state Sen. George Latimer’s Westchester County seat is being closely watched by both parties. If the Democrats win both the 32nd and 37th Senate districts, it would bring the recently reunited state Senate Democrats a step closer to seizing power. However, this Senate seat has been a battleground in the past, with Republican Bob Cohen losing narrowly to Democrat Suzi Oppenheimer in 2010 and Latimer in 2012. Assemblywoman Shelley Mayer was designated the Democratic nominee before a special election date was even chosen. In March, a state judge ruled that Mayer could not hold the Independence Party ballot line, finding that procedural requirements to get the party’s endorsement were not followed. However, Mayer does have the Working Families Party endorsement. Former Rye City Councilwoman Julie Killian was chosen as the Republican nominee for the seat in February. Cuomo has endorsed Mayer, and appeared at a rally with her on March 11. He also appeared at a fundraiser with Mayer on April 3 in Manhattan.

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To replace Chad Lupinacci

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ASSEMBLY DISTRICT 17

Former Republican Assemblyman Chad Lupinacci was elected supervisor of Huntington in November, leaving his Suffolk County seat vacant. There are 6,000 more registered Democrats than Republicans in the district and former Suffolk County Legislator Steve Stern has the Democratic nomination, while attorney Janet Smitelli is on the Republican line. This seat is considered winnable by state Democrats – the Suffolk County Democratic Committee and Democratic Assembly Campaign Committee plan to spend $120,000 on behalf of Stern in the race. Stern has also been endorsed by the WFP.

Former Assemblyman Thomas McKevitt traded his seat in the Assembly for one in the Nassau County Legislature. Democrat Matthew Malin, a county Board of Elections employee, will face Republican John Mikulin, a deputy attorney for the town of Hempstead, in the special election. The GOP holds a 9,000-person registration advantage in the district. While this seat is likely to remain in Republican hands, recent corruption scandals in Nassau County and dissatisfaction with Nassau County Republican Party Chairman Joseph Mondello may work against Mikulin. The party has given $5,000 to Mikulin, while Malin, who has also been endorsed by the WFP, had received nothing from county Democrats as of the end of March. If Malin wins, it could be a wake-up call for Republicans in Nassau County.

To replace Thomas McKevitt

ASSEMBLY DISTRICT 74

To replace Brian Kavanagh

To replace Mark Gjonaj

To replace Steven McLaughlin

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This seat has been vacant since December, when Brian Kavanagh was sworn in as the state senator replacing former state Sen. Daniel Squadron, who resigned in the middle of his term. Housing activist Harvey Epstein has the momentum in the race to replace Kavanagh, sewing up nominations from major city figures like New York City Public Advocate Letitia James and city Comptroller Scott Stringer, and edging out Mike Corbett, an aide to City Councilman Costa Constantinides, for the Democratic nomination. Epstein is also on the WFP line. Bryan Cooper was endorsed for the Republican nomination by the Manhattan Republican Party. Also running are Green Party candidate Adrienne Craig-Williams and Reform Party candidate Juan Pagan.

ASSEMBLY DISTRICT 39

To replace Francisco Moya

Two candidates are vying for now-New York City Councilman Francisco Moya’s former seat. Aridia Espinal, a former staffer to Moya, received the Democratic nomination for the Queens seat in February. She has received endorsements from Moya, New York State United Teachers and the WFP. Catalina Cruz, a DACA recipient who served as chief of staff to former City Councilwoman Julissa Ferreras-Copeland, is aiming to take on Espinal in the September primary. The Queens GOP is not fielding a candidate.

ASSEMBLY DISTRICT 80

ASSEMBLY DISTRICT 102

Former Assemblyman Mark Gjonaj, who is now a New York City councilman, likely left his seat safely in Democratic hands, as the district has a wide Democratic voter registration advantage. Nathalia Fernandez, Gjonaj’s former chief of staff, won the Democratic nomination for the Bronx seat in February. Adam Bermudez, an aide to City Councilman Andy King, has filed a campaign committee with the state Board of Elections, but has not listed any financial disclosures.

Former Republican Assemblyman Peter Lopez became the Region 2 regional administrator for the Environmental Protection Agency in October, leaving his GOP-leaning Greene County seat vacant. Aidan O’Connor is running on the Democratic, Working Families Party and Women’s Equality Party lines, while town of Schoharie Supervisor Christopher Tague is on the Republican, Conservative Party, Independence Party and Reform Party lines. An independent candidate, Wes Laraway, is also on the ballot.

To replace Peter Lopez

ASSEMBLY DISTRICT 107

ASSEMBLY DISTRICT 142

Republican Assemblyman Steven McLaughlin was elected Rensselaer County executive in November. Two Rensselaer County legislators are now squaring off against each other for the vacant seat in a district with registration evenly split between the two major parties. Democrat Cindy Doran, who was just elected to her second term in the county legislature, is on the Democratic, Working Families Party and Women’s Equality Party lines. Republican Jake Ashby, who was just elected to the legislature in November, is on the Republican, Independence Party and Conservative Party lines.

Assemblyman Michael Kearns was elected Erie County clerk in November. His vacant seat is being targeted by two Democrats – although one is running on the Republican Party line. Erie County Legislator Patrick Burke is on the Democratic and Working Families Party lines, while Democrat Erik Bohen, a public school teacher, was tapped by Republican county leaders, although he would caucus with the Democrats if he won. This is not the first time that Republicans have endorsed a Democrat for the Buffalo-area seat. In 2012, Kearns won his special election by running on the Republican line.

To replace Michael Kearns


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MICHAEL COHEN IS TRUMP’S NEW ROY COHN COHN WAS A FIXER FOR TRUMP AND JOSEPH MCCARTHY ALIKE. COHEN MIGHT REGRET EMULATING HIM. By PETER DREIER

LAST WEEK, the FBI raided President Donald Trump’s personal lawyer Michael Cohen’s office to seize records related to payments to pornographic film actress Stormy Daniels, tax documents and other records, including communications between Cohen and the president. Cohen is reportedly under federal investigation for possible bank fraud and campaign finance law violations. With Cohen’s every move under scrutiny by law en-

forcement, thanks to special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Trump’s potential collusion with Russia to interfere in the 2016 presidential election, Cohen may be even less able to live up to Trump’s expectations as his ruthless enforcer. When U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions recused himself from the Russia investigation, according to The New York Times, the president complained, “Where’s my Roy Cohn?” Trump had expected the attorney general to act like his personal lawyer and have his

back, the role that Cohn – the colorful consigliere to mobsters, politicians and celebrities – had played for more than a decade after taking Trump under his wing in the 1970s. Cohen, the president’s current personal attorney, might have been hurt by Trump’s comments. He has already demonstrated fierce loyalty to his client, fulfilling Trump’s most important qualification. In vituperative messages left for reporters, and other threats to perceived enemies, Cohen has also replicated his near-namesake’s penchant for bullying.


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Cohn used his vast connections, and a compliant media, to maneuver behind the scenes. Cohen doesn’t have that luxury. His client is now the president. He’s on a much bigger stage, the stakes are much higher and the media is paying attention. Even if Trump thinks Cohen is not as good of a henchman as Cohn, Cohen has demonstrated a willingness to push the boundaries of professional conduct on his benefactor’s behalf. And, like Cohn, that may one day come back to haunt him. Cohn and Trump were a perfect match. For the brazen and pugnacious Cohn, practicing law was a contact sport – rules and ethics be damned. The son of a politically connected judge, Cohn graduated from Columbia University Law School at age 20. By 1951, at the height of the Cold War, he had made a name for himself helping the U.S. Justice Department convict Julius and Ethel Rosenberg as Soviet spies who stole America’s atomic secrets and were later executed. FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover recommended Cohn to U.S. Sen. Joseph McCarthy, the Wisconsin Republican who was about to conduct investigative hearings to root out alleged communists in the federal government. Like Trump, McCarthy was notoriously prone to dramatic exaggeration, and sometimes outright fabrication. He was quick to impugn the motives and character of those with whom he disagreed, and to promote conspiracy theories. In addition to boosting the Red Scare, McCarthy and Cohn (who was a closeted but promiscuous gay man) also engaged in the “Lavender Scare,” going after government officials and entertainment figures whom they suspected of being homosexual, resulting in the firing of many gay men from government jobs. With Cohn at his side as chief counsel, McCarthy rose to prominence as the nation’s pre-eminent witch-hunter, making Cohn a hated figure among liberals ever since. But McCarthy went too far when he started attacking the U.S. Army for harboring communists. In 1954, McCarthy’s Senate colleagues censured him and his political career nose-dived. But Cohn survived. In fact, he thrived. He returned to New York to establish a private practice, utilizing his political ties and pit bull personality to represent high-profile clients, including Yankees owner George Steinbrenner, mobsters John Gotti, Tony Salerno, Paul Castellano and Carmine Galante, Catholic Cardinal Francis Spellman and media moguls Rupert Murdoch and S.I. Newhouse.

Rather than try cases, Cohn mostly pulled strings, funneled cash, insulted his adversaries and tapped his connections to reporters, gossip columnists, politicians and judges to intimidate people from bringing lawsuits against his clients. All along, he made sure that his own name appeared in the press as the city’s most influential fixer. A registered Democrat, he primarily supported Republicans and informally advised Presidents Richard Nixon and Ronald Reagan, but when it came to influence-peddling, especially in heavily Democratic New York City, he was nonpartisan. In 1973, when he first met Cohn, the 27-year-old Trump was still working for his father’s outer-borough apartment empire, trying to infiltrate the Manhattan real estate world and celebrity social scene. He told Cohn that the Justice Department was suing him and his father for systematically discriminating against prospective black tenants. The government had a solid case, but Cohn advised Trump to fight back and tell the government to “go to hell.” Cohn orchestrated a press conference at the New York Hilton where Trump announced that he was countersuing the government for $100 million, claiming that the Justice Department had used “Gestapo-like tactics” by making false and misleading statements against him and trying to force him to rent apartments to welfare recipients. The judge threw Trump’s bogus lawsuit out of court and accused Cohn and Trump of “wasting time and paper.” But Cohn persuaded the Justice Department to let Trump settle the case by agreeing not to discriminate in the future while not admitting guilt that he’d discriminated at all. Trump declared victory. Trump liked Cohn’s combative win-atall-costs style and the two quickly became a team. Cohn introduced Trump to his influential friends, telling them that the brash young man was “going to own New York someday.” He taught Trump to never admit mistakes and never apologize. To grease the skids for Trump’s development projects, including arranging a tax break for Trump Tower, Cohn used his ties to politicians and the mob (who controlled New York’s construction unions and building materials companies) and guided Trump in donating to key elected officials. Cohn represented Trump in several libel cases against reporters, crafted Trump’s prenuptial agreement with his first wife Ivana and emceed a birthday party for Trump at the famous Studio 54 nightclub, where both Cohn and Trump were regulars. He contacted his friend White House aide Edwin Meese to get Ronald Reagan to appoint Trump’s sister to a

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federal judgeship. According to one account at the height of their association, Trump and Cohn talked 15 to 20 times a day. Over the years, Trump has said Cohn exhibited the characteristics that he most admires. “If you need someone to get vicious toward an opponent, you get Roy,” Trump told The Associated Press. “Roy was brutal, but he was a very loyal guy,” Trump told writer Tim O’Brien. “He brutalized for you.” Trump did not repay that loyalty. In 1984, Cohn became ill and began treatment for AIDS, claiming that he had liver cancer. Trump quickly kept his distance from Cohn and dropped him as his lawyer. Even the ruthless Cohn was shocked by Trump’s betrayal. “I can’t believe he’s doing this to me,” Cohn told Trump biographer Wayne Barrett. “Donald pisses ice water.” But when the state Supreme Court’s Disciplinary Committee investigated Cohn for ethical misdeeds, including stealing money from clients and defrauding them, Trump testified as a character witness, describing Cohn as “extremely loyal and extremely honest.” Nonetheless, Cohn was disbarred six weeks before his death in 1986. Since Cohn’s death, Trump has hired at least dozens of lawyers. In the 30 years before he ran for president, Trump and his companies were involved in 4,095 lawsuits, according to a tally compiled by USA Today. The 51-year-old Cohen may be personally closer to Trump than any lawyer since Cohn, and shares many of the same characteristics. He has frequently threatened Trump’s adversaries and has said that he would “take a bullet” for Trump. Cohen, whose father was a surgeon and his mother a nurse, grew up on Long Island. He received a law degree from Western Michigan University’s Cooley Law School, which was recently ranked the worst law school in the country by Above the Law. Like Cohn and Trump, Cohen’s political work has spanned both parties and shows no evidence of ideological commitment. In the 1980s, he volunteered and interned for Massachusetts Democrats. In 2003, Cohen – who lives on Manhattan’s Upper East Side – ran unsuccessfully for the New York City Council as a Republican, but he said he voted for Barack Obama in 2008. In the 2016 New York primary, he couldn’t vote for Trump because he was still a registered Democrat. He didn’t switch his official affiliation to the GOP until March 9, 2017. Cohen’s legal career did not measure up to Cohn’s in terms of the number of noteworthy cases or notorious clients, but it shares a certain hustler’s mentality. Cohen began his career as a personal injury lawyer, then,


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ROY COHN INTRODUCED 27-YEAR-OLD DONALD TRUMP TO INFLUENTIAL PEOPLE, TELLING THEM THAT THE BRASH YOUNG MAN WAS “GOING TO OWN NEW YORK SOMEDAY.”

according to the Daily Beast, “spent the ’90s buying up taxi medallions in New York City and Chicago and hustling side projects like a Miami gambling boat and several family-run Ukrainian ethanol businesses.” He and his family then began investing in Trump’s real estate deals. In 2007, Trump hired Cohen as special counsel and executive vice president for the Trump Organization. Like Cohn, Cohen operates as a fixer and enforcer. “If somebody does something Mr. Trump doesn’t like, I do everything in my power to resolve it to Mr. Trump’s benefit,” Cohen said in an interview with ABC News in 2011. “If you do something wrong, I’m going to come at you, grab you by the neck and I’m not going to let you go until I’m finished.” That year, Cohen created the ShouldTrumpRun.com website, which disingenuously sought to “convince Donald Trump to run for President in 2012.” Since Trump entered the 2016 race, Cohen has been a relentless political attack dog on the boss’s behalf. Cohen’s specific duties, before and after Trump took office, have always been murky. He’s done everything from brokering Trump’s real estate branding deals, to running a Trump-funded martial arts com-

pany, to arranging to have his plane’s engine repaired. “He’s the guy that you could call at 3 (o’clock) in the morning when you have a problem and you need something taken care of,” Cohen’s longtime friend David Schwartz told CNN earlier this year. “Every dinner I’ve been at with Michael, the boss has called.” Soon after Trump launched his presidential campaign in 2015, Daily Beast reporter Tim Mak called Cohen for comment on an allegation, reported in a biography of Trump, that the would-be president had raped his first wife Ivana. Cohen denied the charge, which Ivana had made during divorce proceedings and later recanted. But Cohen also incorrectly told Mak that “by the very definition, you can’t rape your spouse … and there’s very clear case law.” In fact, spousal rape is illegal in all 50 states. And Cohen issued a warning, lest the reporter dared to go ahead with the story: “I will make sure that you and I meet one day while we’re in the courthouse. And I will take you for every penny you still don’t have. And I will come after your Daily Beast and everybody else that you possibly know,” Cohen said to Mak. “So I’m warning you, tread very fucking lightly, because what I’m going

to do to you is going to be fucking disgusting. You understand me?” The New York Times recently reported that in 2015 Cohen “received a phone call from Jeremy Frommer, a hedge-fund manager turned digital entrepreneur, who had obtained photos of Mr. Trump appearing to autograph the breasts of a topless woman from the estate of Bob Guccione, the founder of Penthouse magazine.” Cohen connected Frommer to David J. Pecker, chairman and CEO of American Media (which owns the National Enquirer and other tabloids) and a close Trump ally, who was known to purchase embarrassing photos and gossip about his high-profile friends in order to bury them. The Times also recounted that in 2016, in the midst of Trump’s presidential campaign, Cohen may have brokered a deal to keep former Playboy Playmate Karen McDougal from disclosing her alleged affair with Trump in the mid-2000s, not long after he had married Melania. With the help of Hollywood lawyer Keith Davidson, a Cohen acquaintance, McDougal gave the exclusive rights to her story to American Media in exchange for $150,000 and a pledge to keep quiet about the relationship. American Media never published McDougal’s allegations. Cohen left the Trump Organization in January 2017, but has continued to serve as Trump’s personal attorney. In recent weeks, Cohen has been in the news for admitting to having paid porn star Stormy Daniels $130,000 out of his own pocket to sign a nondisclosure agreement shortly before the November 2016 election, in order to buy her silence about an affair she said she had with Trump. Daniels is suing Cohen for defamation for asserting that the affair never took place. Some legal and campaign finance experts believe that Cohen’s payment on behalf of a client may violate New York’s ethics rules as well as federal campaign finance regulations. McClatchy News recently reported that Mueller is looking into Cohen’s role in Trump’s business deals not only in Russia, but also in Georgia and Kazakhstan, even though Trump has denied having any such dealings. So, his complaints to the contrary notwithstanding, Trump seems to have found his new Roy Cohn. But, in exchange for his loyalty, Michael Cohen might one day have to ask Trump for the same favor he did for Cohn – to serve as a character witness at his friend’s disbarment hearing.

Peter Dreier is a professor of politics and chairman of the Urban & Environmental Policy Department at Occidental College.

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IN THE FILM “Waterworld,” the polar ice caps have melted and the land has been submerged by rising oceans. Among the remaining inhabitants, who struggle to survive on boats and ships or makeshift floating islands, there are rumors of a distant place where there is still dry land. Could such a dismal future ever become reality? While much of the sci-fi flick is far-fetched – the protagonist is a mutant with webbed feet and gills, after all – there is scientific consensus that sea levels are rising, and emerging evidence that the waters will rise faster than many expect. Despite the concerns about climate change, President Donald Trump last year pulled the United States out of the landmark Paris Agreement on climate change, a move that could exacerbate the already dire environmental threat.

In New York, Gov. Andrew Cuomo has vowed nonetheless to meet the international benchmarks, which align with his goal to have 50 percent of the state’s power come from renewable resources by 2030. His administration has been seeking to overhaul the power grid, support technologies like energy storage and ramp up investment in renewable energy like solar power. One promising area is offshore wind, an industry that is supported by both the Cuomo and Trump administrations. Of course, all of these efforts come with tradeoffs, both political and practical. Will policymakers be able to push through the changes needed to protect the environment, despite the costs? In “Waterworld,” there’s an upbeat ending – will there be one in the real world, too?


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SEA MONSTERS HAUNT the dreams of scallop fishermen. In the mist off New England’s coast, towering alien monoliths pierce the surging waters, soaring 600 to 850 feet above the Atlantic Ocean. Hundreds of these titans, rising up to 200 feet taller than Trump Tower, chop the air with massive blades that are taller than Albany’s Capitol building. Offshore wind turbines like these, Gov. Andrew Cuomo says, are a critical part of his clean energy mandate to generate 50 percent of the state’s electricity from renewable energy. But those humble fishermen are threatening to derail the governor’s goals with a federal lawsuit they believe is their last best shot to save their livelihoods. The effort to build these offshore towers puts Cuomo in an uneasy alliance with an appointee of President Donald Trump, U.S. Department of the Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, who is also pushing to develop wind energy projects in the waters off New York’s coast. The Long Island Power Authority already approved a power-purchase agreement last year to buy 90 megawatts of electricity, enough to power 50,000 average homes with 15 turbines from the future South Fork Wind Farm, 30 miles east of Montauk. “Steel in the water,” as industry lingo goes, is expected by 2020. But another developer has leased a 125-square-mile arrowhead-shaped swath of ocean floor about a dozen miles south of Long Beach, dubbing the planned project Empire Wind. This poses an imperial-sized problem for fishermen because the area is home to rich scallop beds where millions of dollars worth of seafood is caught every year. Pile driving, jet-assisted plowing and finally fixing the mammoth wind turbines to the ocean floor will alter the ecosystem and destroy the creature’s natural habitat, fishermen say. In turn, fishermen will be pushed farther afield from one of the most active scalloping grounds in the ocean, burdening the bigger scallop boats and, they fear, bankrupting the smaller ones. Of course, what fishermen see as a nightmare, Cuomo has staked out as his renewable energy dream. “We’re going to lead the nation with the most ambitious wind program in the country. By 2030, we will build 2.4 gigawatts of power from offshore wind,” enough to power 1.2 million homes, Cuomo said in March alongside former Vice President Al Gore, who lauded the goal as “unprecedented.” “Coal is receding. Now gas is being outcompeted in the marketplace by renewables,” Gore said. “This is the future.”

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The envisioned 2.4 gigawatts would provide 13 percent of Long Island’s and New York City’s electricity needs, according to a spokesperson from the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority. The first 800 megawatts would come with a $3.8 billion price tag – and that’s just the beginning, as officials say offshore wind energy development will likely grow from there. New York plans to pour enough capital into offshore wind to ensure that it has enough scale to reduce costs and become a hub for U.S. offshore wind development, according to a NYSERDA white paper.

That dream is accelerating toward reality. Federal Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, or BOEM, officials have leased 13 swaths of seafloor for wind power development, dutifully following an Obama-era mandate to capture this abundant source of renewable energy. Now, as technology has improved and development costs have dropped, project planning has surged and money is pouring in. Earlier this month, hundreds of developers, many from the well-developed wind energy industry in Europe, attended the United States’ largest technical wind power conference, which was held in Princeton,


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AR E LY SCR APE BY.” New Jersey. Dozens of public officials, including Zinke, New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy and NYSERDA President and CEO Alicia Barton, expounded on how to best seize the offshore opportunities. Under Cuomo, New York has played a leading role in selecting the offshore areas for wind development, overseeing 20 research studies, working closely with BOEM and conducting “unprecedented outreach” to stakeholders, Doreen Harris, NYSERDA’s director of large-scale renewables, told City & State. “Obviously, this becomes a federal process at this point,” Harris said. “But we believe New York’s work provides the solid foundation for areas that are the most favorable.” Indeed, after NYSERDA requested that BOEM open vast tracts of seafloor for leasing, Zinke told attendees at the April wind power conference that BOEM was opening an additional 2,711 square miles for potential wind farm development, more than 20 times larger than the Empire Wind lease area in the New York Bight, a broad expanse of ocean

south of Long Island and east of New Jersey. It seemed to be everything NYSERDA asked for and more. The decision opens the possibility of rows and rows of wind turbines the height of skyscrapers plotted out in an area twice the size of Long Island. There’s just one scallop-sized problem standing in the way. The combined 2,836 square miles where BOEM is either leasing or seeking information and nominations for commercial wind leases is worth hundreds of millions – if not billions – of dollars in revenue to the scallop industry over the life of a 25-year wind lease, the scallopers’ lawyers say. The impact on the scallop fisheries would be far worse than they first feared, if those areas are developed. “It puts an exclamation mark on all our concerns,” said David Frulla, the lead lawyer on the scallopers’ lawsuit. “We’re not trying to stop offshore wind. It is just that this is right at the heart of where the fishing is.” The Fisheries Survival Fund, an advocacy group that represents the scallopers’ inter-

ests in their lawsuit against BOEM, is arguing that the federal offshore wind leasing procedure gave away some of the most productive scallop beds in the world and failed to evaluate alternative options appropriately. In particular, they are rebelling against the Empire Wind project. The envisioned 194 towers whirling above the waves would make it impossible to safely fish there, they say. The problem, lawyers for the fishermen argue, is that the project originated from an “unsolicited lease request” from a coalition of New York state agencies and power companies in 2011, and the ensuing process never considered alternative locations or gave weight to fishermen’s use of the ocean floor. In essence, New York asked for a swath of ocean floor and the federal government gave it to them, ignoring the protests of the fishermen. An internal BOEM memo laid out the fishermen’s grievances in great detail. It pointed out that BOEM removed an area off Rhode Island and Massachusetts from consideration for development due to its “high fishing value,” then noted that the calculated value of the Empire Wind area is worth a total of $21.5 million over six years – three times as valuable per square kilometer as the area removed from consideration. Nevertheless, the BOEM director reasoned that those concerns could be addressed later. The fishermen disagreed and say the lawsuit is their only hope. An injunction request to halt the process altogether failed last year. But the judge allowed the case to continue, and the fishermen have moved to schedule oral arguments for this month.


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Philip E. Karmel, a partner at Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner who has analyzed the case, said that if the scallopers win, the impact will depend on what remediation the judge orders. “The case could potentially be quite important if the court holds that BOEM’s leasing procedures do not comply with the National Environmental Policy Act,” he said. “That would require a new set of leasing procedures and it could result in delays in the rollout of offshore wind turbines.” At the wind conference, tensions were palpable during a “Commercial Fishing and Offshore Wind” panel with federal, state, wind power industry and fishing representatives. Brian Hooker, a marine biologist for BOEM, repeatedly said that the agency was open to comments from the fishing industry. Scot Mackey, a representative for the Garden State Seafood Association, said communication between the fishing community and state and federal authorities is “a mess.” “Scot, I do look forward to your comment on that request for feedback,” Hooker responded. “Just so you know, Brian, some folks in the industry have provided comments back along those lines and we basically didn’t get anything back,” Mackey said. “We can’t just send it over and hear nothing.” After the panel, Hooker acknowledged that the issue is “definitely a concern.” But he told City & State that there have been several cases in which some parts of wind energy areas had been removed due to concerns about animal habitat, shipping and even scalloping. Other wind projects have been stymied by lengthy legal battles. Cape Wind, a $2.6 billion project envisioned for the shallow waters between Nantucket and Martha’s Vineyard, met stiff resistance from a coalition that included the late U.S. Sen. Ted Kennedy of Massachusetts and was spearheaded by William Koch, who built a fortune in the fossil fuels industry. After years of court challenges, Cape Wind never materialized. But Fisheries Survival Fund says it has no Kennedy or Koch brother supporting them and won’t be getting any backup from oil and gas companies either. “I’m not expecting them to come in and be the white knight and defeat offshore wind for us,” laughed Andrew Minkiewicz, another lawyer for the scallopers. “I don’t see that one happening.” In fact, it’s a fossil fuel company that plans to build Empire Wind – Statoil, the Norwegian oil and gas conglomerate. Players across the energy sector are entering the renewable energy market just as sunny financial forecasts have encouraged investment from major financial firms.

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lusk’s tasty adductor muscle, there is a good chance that a Northeasterner like Chris Scola shucked that scallop for you.

Citibank, General Electric Co. and the hedge fund D. E. Shaw & Co. bankrolled Deepwater Wind’s five-turbine project off Block Island, Rhode Island, with the country’s first and only offshore wind turbines. Deepwater Wind is considered a groundbreaking wind energy company and it holds several offshore leases, but it was formerly named Enron Wind, linking it to an infamous energy trading company from the past. GE bought it during Enron Corp.’s bankruptcy proceedings, following the scandal that led to executives’ convictions for fraud, conspiracy and insider trading. Brian Redmond, a current Deepwater board member, was a managing director at Enron and received what a Senate Finance Committee investigation listed as a $300,000 “pre-bankruptcy bonus.” Redmond was never accused of any wrongdoing. And so, surveying these developers and financiers, fishermen harbor deep skepticism about wind power companies’ altruistic marketing slogans about clean, green, renewable energy. “Statoil is not doing this to save the Earth. They’re doing it because it’s a profitable venture,” Minkiewicz said. “If someone is going to give away money to go do this, then they’ll take your money. They’re chasing the buck and they’re smart to diversify.” Fishermen see these wind turbines as a sort of Odyssean challenge. Just as the ancient Greek mariner and his men were distracted by the swirling waters of one sea monster only to be devoured by another, fishermen fear the public’s eyes are too fixed on the promised disaster of climate change to see the drawbacks of offshore

wind power. As politicians pour resources into combating rising seas by constructing titanic offshore wind turbines, New England’s fishermen may be pushed out by other, more familiar foes – power-hungry energy companies and foreigners looking to cash in on their turf. Prior to the passage of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act in 1976, Asian and European fishing boats could drag their nets within sight of U.S. land, competing with American fishermen and decimating fish populations. The law staked claim to U.S. waters from three to 200 nautical miles off the coast as an “exclusive economic zone” for U.S. commercial fishing and led to a series of regulations that successfully warded off foreign trawlers and boosted fish populations. It also made commercial fishing among the most heavily regulated industries in the country. “It’s our exclusive economic zone,” said Bonnie Brady, executive director of the Long Island Commercial Fishing Association in Montauk, New York. “So, why would our federal government be placing steel in the water, literally creating a factory floor of our ocean when the goal of the Magnuson-Stevens Act is to grow our domestic seafood industry? We’re at a 92 percent import rate right now.” It’s true that the vast majority of fish Americans eat is imported, but there is a notable exception: sea scallops. There’s a 2-to-1 ratio of domestic to foreign-caught scallops that end up on our plates, most of which come from the waters between Maryland and Maine, according to the American Scallop Association. If you’re dining on that mol-

ONE MORNING IN early April, Scola piloted his 39-foot scallop dredging boat out of the port at Montauk at the easternmost tip of Long Island. The waves pitched the Rock & Roll III, dipping its rails into the Atlantic, as it steamed 10 miles south, out to sea. “This is my sanctuary,” he said. The bearded 44-year-old captain pointed out the Block Island wind farm, like a mirage on the hazy horizon, 12 miles to the northeast. If Cuomo achieves his dream, Scola will have to steer clear of the steel giants, he said, because fishing among them isn’t worth the risk. Striking one could sink him. But more likely, his dredging gear could get caught on sunken infrastructure and destroy his equipment or even capsize his boat. There are enough hidden obstacles beneath the waves without having to worry about electrified undersea cables running from the turbines to the mainland, he said. One of the wind energy areas proposed this month, Fairways North, covers his regular fishing grounds – where he was fishing that day. Undersea cables from Deepwater Wind’s planned South Fork Wind Farm project would cut right through his territory too. “I have people that have nothing to lose and everything to gain and they tell me, ‘Oh, it’s gonna be fine. It’s gonna be great. You’re worrying over nothing. It’s for the greater good.’ Which I don’t believe, by the way,” Scola said. He was working alone that day. A crewman ditched him at the last moment. But Scola can’t afford to miss too many fair weather fishing days with two children at home. And so, he prepared to swing the nearly 1-ton iron dredge off the back of the boat by himself, using the rhythm of waves. As the boat pitched back and forth, Scola clambered between the controls raising the mass of metal and the stern, where he shoved against the dredge that hung off the back of the boat. Finally, with a clank and a splash, the chains plunged to the gravelly bottom, 100 feet below. Commercial fishing is already among the most dangerous jobs in America. Scalloping is the most deadly kind of fishing in the Atlantic. Never mind that the fertile fishing grounds of the New York Bight have historically been a dumping ground for dredging spoils, industrial waste, sewage sludge and thousands of tons of chemical weapons, including mustard gas, sarin, VX and unexploded munitions. Every so often, scallopers haul a bomb onboard.


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But that can’t be helped. Scola can only guess what he will pull out of the waves. The rusty wire tethered to the dredge vibrated like a cello string. “Usually means a scallop bed,” Scola hollered against the wind. A dozen minutes later, the machinery whined as he winched up his haul.

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Hundreds of glistening shells crashed onto the swaying deck. Soon, he was shucking scallop meat from the shells with a broad grin. That first pass landed 43 pounds of meat, a good tow on a sunny day. But even when things feel easy, he said, “A lot can go wrong, really fast.”

But what keeps Scola up at night is the slow-moving threat from wind turbines. He fears the mammoth structures will usurp and fundamentally alter the scallops’ natural habitat: the flat, sandy expanse in the open Mid-Atlantic ocean. While some fish like sea bass, striped bass and porgies seek out undersea structures, as developers like Deepwater Wind have pointed out, what’s good for some sea creatures may be bad news for scallops and the fishermen who rely on them. “Say they build the Empire Wind and that pushes another 50 boats that usually fish down there and it puts them down by me. … It would definitely put me out of business,” Scola said. Larger boats might be able to fish farther afield, he explained, but his dredging boat can only venture so far from port. He couldn’t compete. “Basically, we’re being asked to be the guinea pig in all this and, well, I’m not too keen on being a guinea pig,” Scola said with a hearty laugh. But then, he quietly added, “Especially when my livelihood and my family’s future is being put at stake.” Scalloping supports far more than small operators like Scola. Scallops are among the most valuable seafood, selling for $11 per

THINK CLEAN ENERGY FOR EARTH DAY BY ANNE REYNOLDS New Yorkers have a lot to think about this Earth Day. Our state has set ambitious goals. In order to meet our objectives, we quickly need more renewable energy, and we need to use our energy more efficiently. Renewable energy brings cleaner air and water, healthier families, lower energy bills, and more quality jobs. Coupled with energy efficiency the benefits are amplified. Back in 2016, Governor Cuomo called for half of our electricity to come from renewable sources by 2030. And this year, in his State of the State address, Governor Cuomo said that by Earth Day we can expect a major announcement on New York’s energy efficiency strategy and goals. More energy efficiency is critical to meeting the Governor’s 50 percent by 2030 Renewable Energy Standard. We won’t get to the goal line without increased efficiency. Yes, we also need to build more renewable energy projects, and there is great news on this front. Last month, New York made the largest renewable energy investment by a state in our country’s history, a commitment of $1.4 billion. These contract awards – the

first under this new ambitious goal — show New York means business. The new funding will advance 26 renewable energy projects. These projects have the potential to power over 430,000 homes while creating more than 3,000 good-paying jobs and spurring $3 billion of direct investment in the state over the life of the projects. Twenty-two of the new projects are solar and three are wind power, geographically spread across the state. Meanwhile, at the end of 2017, a contract was announced for New York’s first offshore wind farm. With a mix of wind, solar, offshore wind, hydro, fuel cells – plus a good dose of energy efficiency – New York has the right recipe to make it to 50 percent by 2030. And what should we expect from New York’s new energy efficiency program? Cutting energy waste at home or at work leads to lower utility bills for NY ratepayers. And if we use less energy as a society, we lower peak demand (which lowers energy costs) and avoid costly transmission upgrades, all while reducing pollution and fighting climate change. We hope the Governor’s new plan sets higher, specific efficiency goals that utilities must meet. New

York should strive to achieve at least 3 percent electricity savings each year, as some other states are doing. Utilities should be rewarded for meeting ambitious mandates that gradually ramp up energy-savings. And there should be consequences for falling short. Recognizing and monetizing efficiency benefits will create competition and success. This Earth Day, New Yorkers are gathering across the state to demand and support strong action on clean, efficient energy. Some are concerned about the climate. Some see the benefit to consumers from greater efficiency and choice. And many look forward to new jobs in one of the state’s fastest growing economic sectors. We all use energy. And we all benefit when it is cleaner and more efficient. Anne Reynolds is the executive director of the Alliance for Clean Energy New York


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pound at the dock in Montauk that day and perhaps $20 for just a few ounces prepared in a restaurant. With more than 50 million pounds of sea scallop meat caught commercially in the U.S. over the past 12 months, you can begin to understand how the larger domestic seafood industry supports nearly 750,000 jobs and makes $50 billion in sales, as federal regulators estimate. New York’s commercial fishing and seafood industry employed 2,854 people in 2014, generating $94.4 million in wages. For fishermen, the pay is unpredictable for the perilous work they do. On the big boats, a scallop deckhand might make $30,000 or $150,000, depending on the year. The captain, maybe $100,000 to $300,000. Everyone takes a cut, and at the end of the day, it often doesn’t add up to a lucrative venture. Scola, a small operator, made $50,000 in take-home pay last year, but another year it was just $16,000. “There’s nobody doing this who’s in it for the money,” Scola said. “Too many years where you barely scrape by.” Environmentalists are also concerned about the impact on birds, bats and the endangered North Atlantic right whale. Unfortunately, a common theme in scientific

studies, panel discussions and government white papers is that there is a serious lack of information about what will happen to the environment if you install and operate wind farms offshore for decades at a time. And so there is little agreement about how to balance those concerns with the imperative to build and develop clean energy. The technology is there, the political will is there, and now the money is there; and so they build, all parties uncertain about what the consequences may be. If all goes according to the state’s Offshore Wind Master Plan, there will be many hundreds of towering turbines off New York’s shores by 2030. Given the pending lawsuit that threatens to upend Statoil’s Empire Wind project and derail Cuomo’s master plan, City & State posed a question to wind developers at the conference: What should government do to improve the process and avoid such challenges? Where are the flaws in the process? There was a nervous chuckle and a moment of uncomfortable shifting in seats, perhaps because several BOEM and NYSERDA officials were in the room. Stephanie Wilson, manager of permitting and environmental affairs for Deepwater Wind, spoke up. Fishermen should be engaged early on and

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developers should seek to produce the missing science to help get answers to those environmental questions, Wilson said. “At the end of the day, it’s hard to please everybody,” she said. “Things are going to get challenged. It’s just making sure that as we develop these projects, the decisions that we’re making are fully vetted and understood so we can stand on them, as opposed to making more –” she paused. “Whimsical decisions.” Most agree – even scallop fishermen – that there is a need to move away from energy produced by burning fossil fuels, which is clearly damaging to the environment and a leading contributor to climate change. Those who may appear to be the enemies of offshore wind development, as the scallop fishermen have often been framed, are not anti-wind energy, but they urge caution that we not repeat the same mistakes of the past by rushing headlong into a new energy source without understanding what it may cost us. “Working on a boat is all I’ve ever done. It says ‘commercial fisherman’ on every tax return,” Scola said, as he considered what work he might do if he couldn’t fish. “It’s 30 years,” he said, looking away. “It’s no exaggeration to say it would rip my soul out.”

Thanks to the leadership of Governor Cuomo, New York is becoming a leader in the offshore wind industry, which will help clean up our air, stabilize our electric rates and create thousands of jobs for hard-working New Yorkers. Dee Deepwater Wind is honored to have been chosen to develop New York’s first offshore wind farm.

READ, WATCH AND BE PROUD OF HOW OUR SOUTH FORK WIND FARM IS BENEFITING NEW YORK AT: WWW.SOUTHFORKWINDFARM.COM


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WASHINGTON & OFFSHORE DRILLING

BASIL SEGGOS Commissioner, state Department of Environmental Conservation

C&S: What sort of action has been taken to address President Donald Trump potentially opening up the Long Island shoreline for offshore drilling? BS: I think the governor has been very clear since the day this was announced by (U.S. Interior Department) Secretary (Ryan) Zinke that this is not New York’s future. We don’t support offshore drilling. And frankly none of the states on the Eastern Seaboard, or any of the states, should as well. We’ve written to the secretary a number of times, submitted detailed comments in the public comment period. We did an event in the city to

highlight all the opposition to offshore drilling with (former) Vice President Al Gore about a month ago. And we intend to keep the drumbeat going. This would pose a significant threat to New York, both in the exploration of the offshore oil and gas potential, and then drilling ultimately as well. And then, of course, through the spills that could occur, and we see occuring on a fairly regular basis all across the world. We are at a critical turning point in history right now. When you have such clear evidence of the importance of the environment, when you talk about the changing climate, severe weather, the

persistence of pollution in our waters, we need government at all levels to be leaning forward, fully focused and aggressive. The lack of leadership coming out of Washington is of great concern to us. We have major concerns with the way in which the Trump administration is approaching the environment and jeopardizing the gains we have made over 40 years here in New York and around the country. The governor’s made it very clear that, in absence of federal leadership, New York will lead. It will find a way to protect our state and our people, while also protecting the economy.

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RICHARD KAUFFMAN Chairman of Energy and Finance for New York

C&S: What are New York’s top priorities in order to combat climate change? RK: The continuing thrust is to reduce greenhouse gases through an initial focus on changing the power grid. There’s a mandate under the Clean Energy Standard for 50 percent renewables by 2030. But it’s not just the bolting those renewable resources onto the old, early 20th century grid; it’s also trying to build the next-gen grid which can be more resilient, give customers more choice. It will also be more affordable and also reduce emissions. And so we can

talk more in terms of what we’ve done, just quickly. Just look at the solar sector in the state, it’s grown 1,000 percent since 2011. And we’ve just announced the procurement for largescale renewables last month, and it’s the largest single procurement of renewables a state has done at one time. And so there are 26 large-scale solar, wind and hydro projects. And then there’s going to be another procurement for renewables that will begin later this month. C&S: What does this all mean for jobs?

RK: The governor has been very clear that there’s not a false choice between sustainability and environmental protection and the economy. When we look at offshore drilling and offshore wind, we see that offshore wind, as in the case of other renewable, clean energy opportunities, can be a boon to economic development. So we have now in New York state 150,000 jobs, clean energy jobs, direct jobs and indirect jobs, that come from the policies that the governor has implemented. So this is one of the fastest-growing sectors of job growth in the state.


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The Missing Link to Realize New York’s Offshore Wind Energy Goals B Y: E D K R A P E L S

New York’s ambitious offshore wind program faces an unanticipated challenge: finding the right way to deliver wind to shore. Transmission infrastructure—the cables that bring wind power to the grid—is boring; it offers neither the beauty nor the ambition of ever-larger wind turbines whose blades gracefully spin. But it is critical: it either stimulates or stifles the competition that is central to the long-term health of the offshore wind industry. If present trends continue, transmission developers will be excluded from even competing in the process to develop the transmission systems that offer the lowest cost solution for New Yorkers. There is no rational basis to prohibit any company from responding to an RFP when it can accelerate transmission development, increase

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competition, lower costs to ratepayers, while protecting the environment. Transmission developers can speed up timelines for the deployment of offshore wind by using their expertise and resources to accelerate the usual permitting and studies required— making transmission a true priority in planning and construction rather than an afterthought. It must be assumed this apparent decision is due to the influence of myths propagated about offshore wind development. The most common and deceptive myth is that wind developers must own both generation and transmission assets. This is a startling departure from history and established policy in New York to separate generation and transmission in order to create a more vibrant and competitive energy industry. The policy ensures that transmission is not controlled by generators who can favor themselves or one generator over another, and therefore ensures a power grid that fosters competition. Other common myths are that it’s not necessary to build a carefully designed “ocean grid” to spur competition;

and that green power developers are immune from temptations to accumulate market power and set prices that work for them instead of the ratepayer. So, what could go wrong if the first two procurements are only open to generators to build their own transmission in laissez-faire fashion rather than a planned system? New York only has a few onshore locations that can accommodate offshore wind, and if those are taken up by 400MW projects, there will not be room for the more efficient and environmentally beneficial 800–1200MW transmission systems required if the State is going to achieve its 2400MW target. European countries with offshore wind experience already learned valuable lessons and are resolute that transmission be separate and designed “ocean grids” for generators to plug into. Offshore wind generation has become an extremely competitive business and, as a result, now produces power in some markets at dramatically lowered costs and no longer need long-term, fixed price contracts of $100/MWh or more.

To realize Governor Cuomo’s goals, a well-planned transmission system separate from generation is necessary to allow for competition, provide the lowest possible cost to ratepayers, be the least disruptive to the environment, and create efficiency and expediency required to build an industry and deliver 2400MW of offshore wind energy by 2030. New York must reject the attempts of some large offshore generation companies to accumulate market power by controlling the transmission from ocean to shore.

EDWARD N. KRAPELS IS THE CEO OF ANBARIC, A TRANSMISSION AND MICROGRID DEVELOPMENT COMPANY OPERATING IN THE U.S. AND CANADA.

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Kicking the bag down the road Billions of plastic bags clog sewage plants, pollute waterways and cling to trees and lampposts in New York City. And Albany won’t let the city stop it. By SARAH GOODYEAR

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STEVE WOLK WOULD like the people of New York City to know that they could go on living normal lives without free disposable bags. Wolk, who is the chairman of the Sustainability Advisory Board in the Westchester County town of New Castle, helped draft that town’s ordinance banning plastic bags and putting a 10-cent fee on paper bags. It took effect on Jan. 1, 2017. “It’s very scary for people,” he said. “But if this happens in New York City, nine months from now people will be feeling very proud of themselves, as they are in New Castle.”

The law, which had exemptions for shoppers who receive public assistance, was scheduled to go into effect in February 2017. But it was blocked after state Sen. Simcha Felder, a Brooklyn Democrat, introduced legislation that would have prevented any municipality in the state with more than 1 million residents from enacting a plastic bag fee. Felder cited economic hardship for his constituents as a main reason for his opposition to such laws. Felder’s bill passed in the state Senate, and when the Assembly looked like

caused by the rampant use of disposable bags, the report failed to make any recommendations, instead simply listing the pros and cons of possible actions – including no action at all. New York City Councilman Brad Lander, who had sponsored the city’s plastic bag fee bill, blasted the task force report as “a total failure of leadership by Governor Cuomo,” and noted that the city had generated 8 billion bags, or 80,000 tons of solid waste, in the 11 months since the law was blocked. “With (the governor’s) failure to deliver a proposed solution,”

The question is whether the big city’s residents will get the same chance as the affluent Westchester town did. Last year, New York City was poised to become one of the largest jurisdictions in the world to curb plastic bag use. After years of research, debate and compromise, the New York City Council passed a 5-cent minimum fee on single-use plastic bags, which cost the city $12.5 million per year to send to landfills. The bags clog recycling and sewage plants, pollute waterways and blow along the city’s sidewalks, festooning its trees and lampposts with a grim and grimy regularity. The city’s residents use an estimated 10 billion bags per year.

it was on its way to passing a companion measure, Gov. Andrew Cuomo brokered a hasty deal that killed New York City’s ban and convened a task force to research the potential impact of various approaches to reducing plastic bag use as well as the consequences of doing nothing. In a press release at the time, Cuomo identified plastic bag waste as “a statewide issue that demands a statewide solution” and promised “New York will lead the way in developing a comprehensive statewide solution.” Environmental advocates were disappointed, however, when the task force released its report in January. While it detailed the environmental destruction

Lander said in a statement, “every additional ton is on his hands.” Now, state Sen. Liz Krueger has put the issue back on the table. In February, Krueger and state Sen. Brad Hoylman, both Manhattan Democrats, introduced a law that would ban plastic bags across the state and put a 10-cent fee on paper bags, which carry their own hefty environmental cost. It’s a hybrid solution that mirrors a successful California statewide ban that took effect in 2016. New York shoppers who qualify for public assistance would be exempt. Eighty percent of the money raised would go to New York’s Environmental Protection Fund, with the remainder going to re-


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tailers to help defray their costs. (Only the state Legislature can direct proceeds of a bag fee to state use, as that is considered a tax; municipal bag laws, including New Castle’s, have directed the entire fee to retailers.) “I introduced the bill in hopes that it would trigger some kind of action on this this year,” said Krueger, who added she was open to other solutions besides the one detailed in her legislation. “I don’t need my bill to become the law of the land. I need the state of New York to come up with a statewide answer, or

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bag task force and supports a ban/fee hybrid. She said it’s unlikely a bag bill could advance unless Cuomo takes the lead. “This is really an issue for the governor,” she said. “My view is if the governor made a decision that he was going to do this, it could get done.” A Cuomo representative told the Daily News in March that the governor saw plastic bags as a serious concern and is reviewing options, including a ban. Later in March, a coalition of more than 180 environmental groups from around the state wrote a letter to the governor urg-

steadily gaining ground over the past decade. The bags have become an icon of waste, consumption and pollution. Made from petroleum products and in use for an average of only 12 minutes, they will likely last for hundreds of years in landfills. When they do break down, or photodegrade, they end up entering the ecosystem in the form of tiny bits of plastic that now pervade all of the earth’s oceans, waterways and wildlife. You’ll find steep fees or bans on bags in Rwanda, Ireland, South Africa, Latvia, Germany and elsewhere around

THE OPTIONS • • • • • • • •

Step up enforcement. Don’t change the New York State Plastic Bag Reduction, Reuse and Recycling Law, but make more people aware it exists and boost its enforcement. Bring in the bag makers. Require bag manufacturers to fund the collection and recycling of single-use plastic bags. Per-bag fee. Institute a fee on each single-use plastic bag a customer receives. Per-use fee. Institute a flat fee for any customer who gets plastic bags, whether it’s one or seven. Paper and plastic bag fee. Institute a fee on both single-use plastic and paper bags. Ban it. Institute a full ban on single-use plastic bags. Ban and fee. Institute a ban on plastic bags, and a fee on paper bags and compostable plastic bags. Do nothing. Things are going fine as-is.

for the state of New York to say we can’t (and) localities feel free to do what you feel is the right thing to do. The one part that is untenable to me is that we neither have a statewide plan nor allow the city of New York to go forward with what they believed was their solution.” So far, though, Krueger’s legislation hasn’t gotten much attention. It was at first obscured by the annual state budget battle, and with the campaign season now heating up, it’s unclear whether lawmakers will be willing to test the popularity of the idea with voters. Marcia Bystryn, executive director of the New York League of Conservation Voters, served on the state’s plastic

ing him to act. His office did not respond to requests for comment for this story. Opposition to the idea of any kind of limit on single-use bags remains entrenched among some state Senate members. State Sen. Martin Golden, a Brooklyn Republican, said any attempt to put a price on bags would put an unsustainable burden on New Yorkers. “We’re already the most taxed city and state in the nation,” he said. “Could we do with less bags? I think the answer is yes, but I don’t think we’ve found a solution.” THE GLOBAL MOVEMENT to reduce the use of plastic bags has been

the world where the risks they pose seem disproportionate to the convenience they afford residents. Krueger can’t hide the frustration she has toward her colleagues who don’t see the damage disposable bags are doing in New York. “Unfortunately they don’t seem to believe that we’ve got environmental problems to cope with,” she said. “Apparently we’re living in a different part of the world where there are no environmental problems. Isn’t that great?” In New Castle, Wolk said one reason the town’s sustainability committee focused on banning plastic bags was that giving up disposable bags was a relatively easy environmental goal to achieve,

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compared to reducing car dependence or switching to clean energy. He and his colleagues spent months researching options for reducing the endless flow of single-use plastic and paper bags to consumers before crafting an ordinance that banned most plastic bags and imposed a 10-cent fee on paper ones. Then they spent yet more time educating voters, gathering petition signatures – 1,000 in the town of 17,000 – talking with elected officials and negotiating details with local business owners.

Opponents of bag bans in New York state, including Felder and Golden, emphasized the economic hardships that a bag fee would cause for lower-income people – despite the fact that many ordinances, including the one passed by the New York City Council, would exempt shoppers who receive public assistance. Golden said New York is already losing population because of the tax burden. “There are more people migrating out of New York than migrating in,” he said. “It’s just another tax to drive people to say, ‘I’ve had it, it’s enough.’

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ponents who claim concern for people living in poverty. “The people that are loudest in opposing these things are almost always the same legislators that have no track record on the environment or caring for low-income communities of color,” Bautista said. “The thing that drives me crazy about these folks is that they keep using poor people without ever really caring about them or doing anything proactive for them.” Krueger remained determined to keep pushing the issue. “We have to get out of

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The result? The town’s board voted 5-0 in favor of the ordinance, which went into effect in January 2017, making New Castle one of about a dozen towns and cities in New York that has passed some kind of an anti-bag law. Bringing your own bag has become a simple fact of life. “This thing is really easy,” Wolk said. “It’s just overcoming people’s fear, and this feeling of ‘You can’t tell me what to do.’” Wolk compared the bag ban to the smoking ban enacted in New York City under Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s administration, which precipitated dire predictions of economic doom for bars and restaurants before it went into effect, and subsequently proved enormously popular.

After we’ve finished taxing plastic bags, what’s next?” Bystryn said Golden’s argument exaggerates the burden bag fees put on taxpayers. “I agree with Marty on many things, and I’m sympathetic on the larger tax burden of New Yorkers,” she said. “But I doubt sincerely that a user fee on single-use bags is going to exacerbate the outmigration of New Yorkers.” For some advocates with deep experience in low-income communities, objections from lawmakers like Felder and Golden ring hollow. Eddie Bautista is the executive director of New York City Environmental Justice Alliance, and he said he’s skeptical of the bag ban’s op-

the way of the counties and cities in our state who want to do this,” she said. “It is the right thing for the environment, it is the right thing to do for their local budget costs in solid waste and it is recognized all over the world as the right direction to go.” For his part, Golden said that plastic bag waste is a minor issue compared with “bread-and-butter” concerns like high tax rates, job creation and fixing the MTA. As for any comparisons with California, Golden scoffed at the idea that the East Coast should emulate the West. “California is California,” he said. “It’s definitely different in New York.”


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Fending off climate change The state’s biggest environmental threats: How it’s addressing them and where it’s falling short.

Sustainability continues to be a hot topic in New York. Parts of the state are still rebuilding after the devastation of Superstorm Sandy, while at the same time taking preventive measures to increase resiliency in the face of warming oceans that could result in worsening storms and rising sea levels. However, the climate is a very broad topic that itself can be addressed from many different angles. Here are four key sustainability issues, climate change-related or otherwise, currently affecting the state.

CONGESTION PRICING

Proposed as a way to fund New York City’s deteriorating subway system and reduce traffic on overcrowded city streets, enacting congestion pricing could also have a positive effect on the environment. When former Mayor Michael Bloomberg proposed congestion pricing in 2007, he did so with sustainability in mind, as part of a larger plan to create a greener city. At its core, congestion pricing is meant to encourage people to take more sustainable public transportation options like buses and subways over driving. According to the Federal Highway Administration, congestion pricing reduces fuel consumption and pollutants emitted by lowering the number of cars on the streets and in stop-and-go traffic. A study examining the effects of congestion pricing in Stockholm, where it was implemented more than a decade ago, found that greenhouse gas emissions from traffic had decreased by 2.7 percent. Assemblyman Steve Englebright said he views congestion pricing as first and foremost a tool to help the environment, with funding for the city subways as an added bonus, rather than a primary purpose.

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WATER QUALITY

In the fiscal year 2019 state budget, lawmakers continued funding the $2.5 billion Clean Water Infrastructure Act, which was passed last year as part of an effort to improve drinking water quality and water infrastructure. However, it may cost the state $40 billion to properly repair and upgrade aging water infrastructure and ensure people have clean, safe drinking water, according to a report that state Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli’s office released last year. In 2015, residents of Hoosick Falls, a village in Central New York, learned that their water contained the toxic chemical perfluorooctanoic acid, or PFOA, from a nearby manufacturing plant, and that the state had known about the contamination for months. Gubernatorial candidate Cynthia Nixon recently visited the village, where residents are still calling for a new water source, and railed against Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s response to the crisis. But the issue is not isolated to one part of the state. On Long Island, harmful algal blooms threaten every major bay or estuary and kill fish and turtles. It is also a problem in the Finger Lakes region. The state budget included $65 million to fight algal blooms in upstate lakes. Also on Long Island, a possible carcinogen was detected in low levels in much of the island’s drinking water last year.

FOOD WASTE

New York generates 3.9 billion tons of food waste every year, and only about 3 percent of that gets diverted from landfills, according to a 2017 report by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority. For the past two years, Cuomo has proposed the Food Recovery and Recycling Act as part of his executive budgets, and both times, the bills did not make the final cut. They would have required commercial businesses that generate at least two tons of food waste per week to donate leftover food and recycle scraps. For the past two legislative sessions, state Sen. Kevin Parker has also sponsored the state Food Waste Prevention and Diversion Act, which would require state-run facilities to divert excess food and food waste to donation and recycling programs. It has never made it out of committee and a companion bill has not been introduced in the Assembly. However, Assemblyman Steve Englebright, the chairman of the Committee on Environmental Conservation, told City & State that he expects food waste to be a key sustainability issue in November’s general elections. He also said the Assembly plans to introduce a stand-alone bill of Cuomo’s proposal.

RENEWABLE ENERGY

In 2016, Cuomo established the Clean Energy Standard that mandated 50 percent of the state’s electricity come from renewable sources by 2030 in order to help combat climate change. The state produces more than a quarter of its net electrical energy from renewable sources. In March, Cuomo announced a $1.4 billion investment in 26 large-scale renewable energy projects across the state to help reach that goal. His office said that was the largest single commitment ever made by a state to renewable energy. In the state Legislature, the Climate and Community Protection Act would require the New York Power Authority, the Long Island Power Authority and any entities regulated by the Public Service Commission to produce 50 percent of their power from renewable sources by 2030. It includes other provisions, such as the establishment of greenhouse gas reporting requirements and creating the New York State Climate Action Council. The legislation, sponsored by Englebright, passed the Assembly last year, but died in the state Senate. Englebright said the state is still “ramping up” efforts to move toward renewable energy sources, pointing to a part of the budget that could lead to more state land being utilized for solar panels. Englebright also expressed opposition to the Trump administration’s decision to open up the offshore area around Long Island for oil drilling. “If it’s going to be used for energy production, it should be used for offshore wind,” he said.


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THE FUTURE OF WATER

VINCENT SAPIENZA Commissioner, New York City Department of Environmental Protection

C&S: This year we’re seeing a major city like Cape Town, South Africa, go through a water shortage. As the manager of New York City’s water supply, have you learned anything from watching this crisis? VS: When it comes to water quantity and quality, New York City is in a much better position than most large cities throughout the world. Our reservoir system in the Hudson Valley and Catskill Mountains was built with significant amounts of redundancy and flexibility to help the city withstand severe droughts. New York City has also focused a lot of energy and in-

vestment on water conservation in recent decades. Since 1990, the five boroughs have grown by about 1.6 million people, but water demand had gone down by about 35 percent. The city is now using less water on an average day than it did during the drought of record in the 1960s, which means we are better protected against future droughts. The situation in Cape Town is a stark reminder that all cities need to plan for droughts and invest in the infrastructure that’s needed to withstand them. New York City has been a worldwide leader in that type of water system planning for more than a century.

C&S: Your office predicted that water rates could rise some 80 percent over the next 10 years. Why? Is this the only way to fund infrastructure repairs? VS: We work hard to manage the significant costs that come along with operating the largest municipal drinking water and wastewater system in the country and the water rate has not changed since 2015. In fact, the cost of water services in New York City is now about 10 percent below the costs in other large U.S. cities. This is partly due to the historic step taken by Mayor de Blasio to forgo a rental payment from the water system.

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STEWARDSHIP PROGRAMS

THOMAS O’MARA Chairman, state Senate Committee on Environmental Conservation

C&S: What are your top priorities in terms of sustainability? TO: The main issues that I’ve personally been working on have been surrounding product stewardship issues. We’ve had some success with the e-waste program in New York over the years, and we always look for some changes in that. The main ones that I’m working on now are regarding a paint stewardship program and a solar panel recycling requirement. The paint stewardship we tried very hard to get in the budget this year and were unable to get it done. It’s to help get unused post-consumer paint out of people’s garages or

basements, or wherever they have to store it. It’s been a big expense to local governments and hazardous waste expenses. And I’ve also been pushing for legislation for e-bikes, to help encourage the use of those throughout the state. C&S: Where do you stand on a plastic bag tax or ban? TO: I would like to see us come to some resolution on a statewide basis on this rather than have a hodgepodge of local laws out there that are developing now. But we’re dealing here with a situation that will have different impacts in different parts of the state. In larger urban areas, individuals don’t do

as large a buying with grocery shopping at one given time as people do in more suburban and rural areas, so the quantity of bags at any given purchase point differs greatly. And it’s a major item of convenience that our constituents across the state become accustomed to. I have been looking at ways to further encourage the recycling or proper disposal of these bags. I don’t think putting a tax on these bags is going to do anything except inconvenience people and give the bureaucrats and the like more money to spend on a variety of issues that probably ultimately wouldn’t be related to single bags.

IF THERE WERE A GLOBAL CITIES GREEN CUP CHALLENGE, NYC WOULDN’T CONTEND While a junior at Harvard, I led the Environmental Action Committee’s first Green Cup competition aimed at measuring and incentivizing environmental stewardship on campus. The friendly competition enticed participants with ice cream parties and commuter mugs. At the time, many brushed us off (and climate change as an impending reality), saying no one cared. But we persisted, postering campus with cheeky recycled paper notes encouraging shared showers and toothbrushes to gauge our only data points -- electricity and water usage. Today, the Sierra Club puts Harvard among the top in the world for its innovative and effective means of reducing its global carbon footprint. I feel vindicated that those small, tentative steps achieved real, sustainable impact. So how is it that New York City, founded only 12 years before Harvard, but with unrivalled economic and intellectual leadership clout, lags behind in the world ranking of sustainable cities, while Harvard ranks among the top 20 efforts to curtail climate change and, ultimately, global health instability? When it comes to eco-friendly countries, Yale’s 2018 Environmental Performance Index ranks

the U.S. 27th in the world, while Wallethub’s 2017 report ranks New York City 16th in the U.S. Of course, these rankings also measure green practices like clean energy, recycling and urban agriculture that create jobs. This approach helps cities align sustainability with economic goals. Win-win. We do rank first when it comes to urban transportation sustainability, according to a new study by the London-based Centre for Economics and Business Research. But transportation is only one environmental pillar. By contrast, our trash and recycling figures are alarming. Landfill comes at a high cost to the environment and city. According to a Crain’s report, only 16% of New Yorkers recycle, while 100% produce a TON of landfill-polluting trash each, costing the DOS $449 per person. The highest in the nation! And a 2017 Independent Budget Office report estimates we’ll spend $415 million exporting our trash by 2020 -- an expense that only benefits Tony Soprano. And then there’s composting. Many cities (like San Francisco and Seattle) mandate composting all organic waste, reaping financial benefits. New

Yorkers welcomed then-Mayor Bloomberg’s 2013 pilot brown bin program, but brown bins still aren’t accessible in more populated neighborhoods and buildings. So what happened to “0x30”? We’re enthusiastic composters. In fact, many neighboring buildings and my entire family carry their organics to the brown bins because they do care. It’s time to get back on track, ensure New York City recycles all waste, and learns from others’ success. Incentivize and align sustainability along economic goals. Most garbage is recyclable into goods and energy that improve our planet and create jobs. So let’s mandate recycling and composting. Imposing monetary penalties on private and commercial trash would balance the expense of garbage disposal with green job creation. New Yorkers should invest their money in the future, not bury it in mob-owned landfills.

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Notice of Qualification of EMERGING VARIANT PARTNERS A GP LLC Appl. for Auth. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 02/16/18. Office location: NY County. LLC formed in Delaware (DE) on 02/12/18. Princ. office of LLC: 3 Columbus Circle, 15th Fl., NY, NY 10019. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to Attn: Santiago Jariton 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 STERLING TECHNOLOGY CONSULTANCY LLC. Authority filed with NY Secy of State (SSNY) on 3/6/18. Office location: New York County. LLC formed in Delaware (DE) on 12/8/15. SSNY is designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: 1831 Delaware Ave, Wilmington, DE 19806. DE address of LLC: 3 Tanglewood Ln., Newark, DE 19711. 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 155 East 38 Owner, LLC. Arts. of Org. filed with NY Dept. of State on 1/11/18. Office location: NY County. Sec. of State designated agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served and shall mail process to: 560 5th Ave., NY, NY 10036, principal business address. Purpose: any lawful activity. Notice of Formation of KRP CREATIVE LLC Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 03/07/18. Office location: NY County. Princ. office of LLC: PO Box 20011, NY, NY 10011. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to the LLC at the addr. of its princ. office. Purpose: Fashion industry consulting. Articles of Organization for Suede Collective, LLC filed with SSNY; 5/12/17. Office: NY County. SSNY designated agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to LLC: 60 W 57th St, 2A, NY, NY 10019. Purpose: any lawful purpose. Notice of Formation of Madison Two LLC. Arts of Org. filed with New York Secy of State (SSNY) on 2/26/18. 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: 392 Long Hill Dr., Short Hills, NJ 07078. Purpose: any lawful activity.

Notice of Formation of Niniola LLC. Arts. Of Org. filed with SSNY 1/4/18. Office loc: NY County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: Ibrahim Bawa, 433 Marion St, 2R, Brooklyn, NY 11233. Purpose: any lawful act or activity. Notice of Qualification of REEC 325 East 118th Street LLC Appl. for Auth. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 02/28/18. Office location: NY County. LLC formed in Delaware (DE) on 10/07/15. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to c/o Brandon Miller, Real Estate Equities, 18 E. 48th St., Penthouse, NY, NY 10017. DE addr. of LLC: c/o Corporation Service Co., 251 Little Falls Dr., Wilmington, DE 19808. Cert. of Form. filed with State of DE, Secy. of State, 401 Federal St., Ste. 4, Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: Any lawful activity. Notice of Formation of 321 TACO LLC. Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 07/28/17. Office location: NY County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: Hemang Champaneria, 57 Robin Hood Rd., Clifton, NJ 07013. Purpose: any lawful activities. PRIETO, LLC, Arts. of Org. filed with SSNY 08/10/17. Office loc: NY County. SSNY designated agent upon whom process against LLC may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: US Corp. Agents, Inc. 7014 13th Ave., #202, BK. NY 11228. Purpose: Any Lawful Act. Notice of Formation of COLOR&CO NYC LLC Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 03/12/18. Office location: NY County. Princ. office of LLC: 10 Hudson Yards, NY, NY 10001. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to Corporation Service Co., 80 State St., Albany, NY 12207. Purpose: Any lawful activity. Notice of Qualification of LEXINGTON ASSOCIATES IX, L.P. Authority filed with NY Secy of State (SSNY) on 2/16/18. Office location: New York County. LP formed in Delaware (DE) on 2/8/18. SSNY is designated as agent of LP upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: 111 8th Ave, NY, NY 10011. DE address of LP: 1209 Orange St, Wilmington, DE 19801. List of names and addresses of all general partners available from SSNY. Cert. of Limited Partnership 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 IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT A LICENSE, SERIAL # 1309144 FOR WINE & BEER HAS BEEN APPLIED FOR BY THE UNDERSIGNED TO SELL WINE & BEER AT RETAIL UNDER THE ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGE CONTROL LAW AT 2419 GRAND CONCOURSE BRONX, NY 10468. BRONX COUNTY, FOR ONPREMISE CONSUMPTION. FINIX CAFÉ & JUICE BAR INC.

Notice of Qualification of All City ARCS LLC. Authority filed with NY Dept. of State on 12/14/17. Office location: NY County. Princ. bus. addr.: 420 W. 45th St., 6th Fl., NY, NY 10036. LLC formed in DE on 12/12/17. NY Sec. of State designated agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served and shall mail process to: Cogency Global Inc. (CGI), 10 E. 40th St., 10th Fl., NY, NY 10016, regd. agent upon whom process may be served. DE addr. of LLC: CGI, 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 Qualification of Chalkstream GP III, LLC. Authority filed with NY Secy of State (SSNY) on 3/16/18. Office location: New York County. LLC formed in Delaware (DE) on 3/9/18. SSNY is designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: 444 Madison Ave, Fl. 22, NY, NY 10022. 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 L’Officiel Fund LLC. Arts of Org. filed with New York Secy of State (SSNY) on 3/16/18. 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: 390 Park Ave, Fl. 7, NY, NY 10022. Purpose: any lawful activity. PUBLIC NOTICE AT&T proposes to modify an existing facility (new tip heights 39’) on the building at 1112 Remsen Avenue, Brooklyn, NY (20180414). Interested parties may contact Scott Horn (856-809-1202) (1012 Industrial Dr., West Berlin, NJ 08091) with comments regarding potential effects on historic properties. Notice of Formation of QUEENS SYNDICATE LLC. Arts of Org. filed with New York Secy of State (SSNY) on 3/2/18. 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: 333 7th Ave, Fl. 5, NY, NY, 10001. Purpose: any lawful activity.


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April 16, 2018 Notice of Formation of I GET AROUND, LLC Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 12/06/17. Office location: NY County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to Marcia Regen, c/o Make It Nice Hospitality, Eleven Madison Ave., Ground Fl., NY, NY 10010. Purpose: Any lawful activity. Notice of Formation of TLI Bedrock, LLC Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 02/28/18. 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 the LLC, Attn: President, 708 Third Ave., Number 28, NY, NY 10017. Purpose: Any lawful activity. PUBLIC NOTICE AT&T proposes to modify an existing facility (new tip heights 76’) on the building at 455 E 77th St, New York, NY (20180556). Interested parties may contact Scott Horn (856809-1202) (1012 Industrial Dr., West Berlin, NJ 08091) with comments regarding potential effects on historic properties. PUBLIC NOTICE AT&T proposes to modify an existing facility (new tip heights 52’) on the building at 364 W 19th St, New York, NY (20180786). Interested parties may contact Scott Horn (856809-1202) (1012 Industrial Dr., West Berlin, NJ 08091) with comments regarding potential effects on historic properties. PUBLIC NOTICE AT&T proposes to modify an existing facility (new tip heights 162’ & 177”) on the building at 310 Lexington Ave, New York, NY (20180751). Interested parties may contact Scott Horn (856-809-1202) (1012 Industrial Dr., West Berlin, NJ 08091) with comments regarding potential effects on historic properties. PUBLIC NOTICE AT&T proposes to modify an existing facility (new tip heights 154’) on the building at 119 W 23rd St, New York, NY (20180520). Interested parties may contact Scott Horn (856809-1202) (1012 Industrial Dr., West Berlin, NJ 08091) with comments regarding potential effects on historic properties. PUBLIC NOTICE AT&T proposes to modify an existing facility (new tip heights 167’) on the building at 35 Park Ave, New York, NY (20180747). Interested parties may contact Scott Horn (856809-1202) (1012 Industrial Dr., West Berlin, NJ 08091) with comments regarding potential effects on historic properties.

Notice of Qualification of The Lilia New York LLC. Authority filed with NY Secy of State (SSNY) on 3/1/18. Office location: New York County. LLC formed in Delaware (DE) on 2/26/18. 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 Four Hudson Square LLC. Authority filed with NY Secy of State (SSNY) on 2/28/18. Office location: New York County. LLC formed in Delaware (DE) on 2/26/17. 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. Purpose: any lawful activity. Notice of Qualification of 215 N 10 Partners LLC. Authority filed with NY Secy of State (SSNY) on 8/8/17. Office location: New York County. LLC formed in Delaware (DE) on 8/4/17. SSNY is designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: 148 Madison Ave, Fl. 16, NY, NY 10016. DE address of LLC: 251 Little Falls Dr., Wilmington, DE 19808. Cert. of Formation filed with DE Secy of State, 401 Federal St, Ste 4, Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: any lawful activity.

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, MAY 9TH, 2018 at 2:00 P.M. at 42 Broadway, 5th floor, on a petition for RDVNYC LLC to ESTABLISH, MAINTAIN, AND OPERATE an unenclosed sidewalk cafe at 2072 FREDERICK DOUGLASS BLVD 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

Notice of Qualification of WMQS GLOBAL MANAGEMENT LLC Appl. for Auth. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 03/09/18. Office location: NY County. LLC formed in Delaware (DE) on 03/06/18. Princ. office of LLC: c/o Millennium Management LLC, 666 Fifth Ave., 8th Fl., NY, NY 10103. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to c/o Corporation Service Co. (CSC), 80 State St., Albany, NY 12207-2543. DE addr. of LLC: c/o CSC, 251 Little Falls Dr., Wilmington, DE 19808. Cert. of Form. filed with DE Secy. of State - Div. of Corps., John G. Townsend Bldg., 401 Federal St. - Ste. 4, Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: Any lawful activity . 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, MAY 9TH, 2018 at 2:00 P.M. at 42 Broadway, 5th floor, on a petition for FAT LEMONS, LLC to ESTABLISH, MAINTAIN, AND OPERATE an unenclosed sidewalk cafe at 2124 FREDERICK DOUGLASS BLVD 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 Notice of Qualification of GPIF WANN MEZZ BORROWER LLC Appl. for Auth. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 03/27/18. Office location: NY County. LLC formed in Delaware (DE) on 03/05/18. Princ. office of LLC: 777 Main St., Ste. 2260, Fort Worth, TX 76102. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to c/o Corporation Service Co., 80 State St., Albany, NY 12207-2543. DE addr. of LLC: 251 Little Falls Dr., Wilmington, DE 19808. Cert. of Form. filed with Secy. of State, Div. of Corps., John G. Townsend Bldg., 401 Federal St. - Ste. 4, Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: Holding company. Notice of Formation of Jones Tech, LLC filed with SSNY 2/20/18. Office: Westchester County. SSNY designated agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to: Legalinc Corporate Services Inc, 1967 Wehrle Dr, Ste 1 #086, Buffalo, NY 14221. Purpose: any lawful act or activity.

Notice of Qualification of LEXINGTON CAPITAL PARTNERS IX, L.P. Authority filed with NY Secy of State (SSNY) on 2/16/18. Office location: New York County. LP formed in Delaware (DE) on 2/12/18. SSNY is designated as agent of LP upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: 111 8th Ave, NY, NY 10011. DE address of LP: 1209 Orange St, Wilmington, DE 19801. List of names and addresses of all general partners available from SSNY. Cert. of Limited Partnership 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 Formation of Dolan Software Company LLC Arts. of Org. filed with Secy of State (SSNY) 1/24/18. Office loc: NY County. SSNY designated agent upon whom process against LLC may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: LLC, Box 4924, St Paul, MN 55101. Purpose: Any lawful act. Notice of Qualification of MTG HOLDINGS LLC Appl. for Auth. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 03/15/18. Office location: NY County. LLC formed in Delaware (DE) on 03/07/18. Princ. office of LLC: 23 Ludlow St., NY, NY 10002. NYS fictitious name: MTG STRATEGIC HOLDINGS LLC. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to the LLC, Alexander Olch 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, John G. Townsend Bldg., 401 Federal St. Ste. 4, Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: Any lawful activity. Brenda Smith + Associates, LLC, Arts. of Org. filed with SSNY 1/16/2018. Office loc: NY County. SSNY designated as agent upon whom process against LLC may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: The LLC, Attn: Brenda Smith, 487 Amsterdam Ave, #2S, NY, NY 10024. Purpose: Any Lawful Purpose. Illumin8 Agency, LLC Arts of Org filed with SSNY 02/02/2018. Office loc: NY County. SSNY designated agent upon whom process against LLC may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: US Corp Agents, Inc, 7014 13th Ave, Ste 202 Brooklyn NY 11228. Purpose: Any lawful activity. Notice of Formation of Khepri Capital, LLC. Arts of Org. filed with New York Secy of State (SSNY) on 3/5/18. 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: 452 5th Ave, Fl. 23, NY, NY 10018. Purpose: any lawful activity.

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, MAY 9TH, 2018 at 2:00 P.M. at 42 Broadway, 5th floor, on a petition for MCRB CORP to ESTABLISH, MAINTAIN, AND OPERATE an unenclosed sidewalk cafe at 10712 70TH RD in the Borough of Queens 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 Notice of Formation of Oscar D. Rodriguez MD, PLLC. Arts of Org. filed with New York Secy of State (SSNY) on 2/27/18. Office location: New York County. SSNY is designated as agent of PLLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: 25 Robert Pitt Dr., Ste 204, Monsey, NY 10952. Purpose: Medicine. Notice of Qualification of AVALON COLUMBUS CIRCLE RETAIL, LLC. Authority filed with NY Secy of State (SSNY) on 3/14/18. Office location: New York County. LLC formed in Delaware (DE) on 3/12/18. 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. PUBLIC NOTICE AT&T proposes to modify an existing facility (new tip heights 81’) on the building at 220 Highland Blvd, Brooklyn, NY (20180424). Interested parties may contact Scott Horn (856809-1202) (1012 Industrial Dr., West Berlin, NJ 08091) with comments regarding potential effects on historic properties.

Notice of Formation of Next12 Realty LLC. Arts of Org. filed with New York Secy of State (SSNY) on 3/30/18. 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: 551 5th Ave, Ste 2500, NY, NY 10176. Purpose: any lawful activity.

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Notice of Qualification of NKSFB, LLC. Authority filed with NY Secy of State (SSNY) on 3/12/18. Office location: New York County. LLC formed in Delaware (DE) on 2/12/18. 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. App. for Auth. (LP) ATL II Advisor LP. App. for Auth. filed w/ Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 3/12/18. LP formed in DE on 2/21/18. Office Location: NY County. SSNY designated as agent of LP upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to c/o The Partnership, 320 Park Ave., #1600, NY, NY 10022, registered agent upon whom process may be served. Purpose: Any lawful act/activity. Notice is hereby given that an application for a class change from a winter seasonal to a full 2 year on-premises license, serial number 1309314 has been applied for by the undersigned to sell liquor at retail in a Restaurant under the Alcoholic Beverage Control Law at 446 West 14th Street, New York, NY 10014 for on-premises consumption. Ethos Labs LLC d/b/a The Woodstock Notice of Qualification of CAPTAIN DONS, LLC Appl. for Auth. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 02/23/18. Office location: NY County. LLC formed in Delaware (DE) on 02/21/17. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to c/o Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP, Attn: Marjorie J. Friday, 1285 Ave. of the Americas, NY, NY 10019-6064. DE addr. of LLC: Corporation Service Co., 251 Little Falls Dr., Wilmington, DE 19808. Cert. of Form. filed with Secy. of State, DE Div. of Corps., John G. Townsend Bldg., 401 Federal St., Ste. 4, Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: Any lawful activity. Notice of Formation of BRP Holland Avenue, LLC. Arts of Org. filed with NY Secy of State (SSNY) on 3/14/18. 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. The name and address of the Reg. Agent is CT Corporation System, 111 8th Ave, NY, NY 10011. Purpose: any lawful activity.


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Notice of Formation of Klug Law Firm PLLC. Arts of Org. filed with New York Secy of State (SSNY) on 1/12/18. Office location: New York County. SSNY is designated as agent of PLLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: 585 Stewart Ave, Ste 302, Garden City, NY 11530. Purpose: law.

Notice of Formation of Anthony Lujack MD, PLLC. Arts of Org. filed with New York Secy of State (SSNY) on 2/27/18. Office location: New York County. SSNY is designated as agent of PLLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: 25 Robert Pitt Dr., Ste 204, Monsey, NY 10952. Purpose: Medicine.

Notice of Formation of Chatham Square Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, PLLC. Arts of Org. filed with New York Secy of State (SSNY) on 3/7/18. Office location: New York County. SSNY is designated as agent of PLLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: 2-26 50th Ave, Apt #3D/E, Long Isl. City, NY, 11101. Purpose: Dentistry.

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT A LICENSE, SERIAL # 2211841 FOR LIQUOR, WINE, & BEER HAS BEEN APPLIED FOR BY THE UNDERSIGNED TO SELL LIQUOR, WINE, & BEER IN A CATERING HALL AT RETAIL UNDER THE ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGE CONTROL LAW AT 673 BLENHEIM HILL RD JEFFERSON, NY 12093. SCHOCHARIE COUNTY, FOR ON PREMISE CONSUMPTION.

Notice of Formation of T. ELENTENY HOLDINGS, LLC. Arts of Org. filed with New York Secy of State (SSNY) on 2/5/10. 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: 285 W. Broadway, Rm 500, NY, NY, 10013. Purpose: any lawful activity. Application for Authority of Technical Adventures LLC filed with the Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 2/13/18. Formed in NJ on 6/30/04. Office loc.: NY County. SSNY is designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. The address SSNY shall mail copy of process to 210 Haven Ave., Ste. 101, Scotch Plains, NJ 07076. The office address required to be maintained in NJ is 14 Chestnut St., Stirling, NJ 07980. Cert. of formation filed with Ford M. Scudder, Acting State Treas., 33 W. State St., Trenton, NJ 08608. Purpose: Any lawful activity. Notice of Qualification of TRITRANSOM DEVELOPMENT LLC Appl. for Auth. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 02/13/18. Office location: NY County. LLC formed in Delaware (DE) on 02/01/18. Princ. office of LLC: c/o Tribeach Holdings LLC, 271 Madison Ave., Ste. 1003, NY, NY 10016. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to the LLC at the addr. of its princ. office. DE addr. of LLC: c/o Corporation Service Co., 251 Little Falls Dr., Wilmington, DE 19808. Cert. of Form. filed with c/o Secy. Of the State, State Of DE, Div. of Corps., 401 Federal St., Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: Any lawful activity. Notice of Formation of 257-263 W 34th STREET LLC. Arts of Org. filed with New York Secy of State (SSNY) on 2/23/18. 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: 7 Mercer St, Fl. 2, NY, NY 10013. Purpose: any lawful activity.

LOCUST FLOWER LLC NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT A LICENSE, SERIAL # 1309429 FOR WINE & BEER HAS BEEN APPLIED FOR BY THE UNDERSIGNED TO SELL WINE & BEER AT RETAIL UNDER THE ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGE CONTROL LAW AT 127 E 7TH ST NEW YORK, NY 10009. NEW YORK COUNTY, FOR ONPREMISE CONSUMPTION. PAPILLES LLC Notice of Qualification of Good Kicks Media LLC. Authority filed with NY Dept. of State on 3/5/18. Office location: NY County. Princ. bus. addr.: 18 Emory Pl., Ste. 300, Knoxville, TN 37917. LLC formed in DE on 11/13/12. NY Sec. of State designated agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served and shall mail process to: Cogency Global Inc. (CGI), 10 E. 40th St., 10th Fl., NY, NY 10016. DE addr. of LLC: c/o CGI, 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 Escrow. Trade LLC. Arts. of Org. filed with SSNY on 3/23/18. Office: Westchester County. SSNY is designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to 35 Elmsmere Rd., Mt. Vernon, NY 10552. Purpose: any lawful activity. Notice of Qualification of GOLDMAN SACHS RENEWABLE POWER LLC Appl. for Auth. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 03/29/18. Office location: NY County. LLC formed in Delaware (DE) on 09/19/17. 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. 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., Ste. 4, Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: Any lawful activity.

April 16, 2018 Notice of Formation of JX3 Partners, LLC. Arts of Org. filed with New York Secy of State (SSNY) on 3/27/18. 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: 104 E. 25th St, Fl. 7, NY, NY 10010. Purpose: any lawful activity.

Notice of Formation of COMBO STORES LLC. Arts of Org. filed with New York Secy of State (SSNY) on 3/2/18. O f f i c e location: New York County. SSNY is designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: 333 7th Ave, Fl. 5, NY, NY, 10001. Purpose: any lawful activity.

Notice of Qualification of GP COMMERCIAL CB SL LLC Appl. for Auth. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 03/27/18. Office location: NY County. LLC formed in Delaware (DE) on 03/22/18. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to c/o Corporation Service Co., 80 State St., Albany, NY 122072543. DE addr. of LLC: 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 Qualification of 150 Wooster PH LLC. Authority filed with NY Secy of State (SSNY) on 3/14/18. Office location: New York County. LLC formed in Delaware (DE) on 12/4/17. 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.

App. for Auth. (LLC) STONE SHERICK CONSULTING GROUP, LLC. App. for Auth. filed w/ the Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 5/25/17. LLC formed in PA on 12/3/12. 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 Susanne Stone, 230 N. 2nd St., #3D, Phila., PA 19106, registered agent upon whom process may be served. Purpose: Any lawful act/activity. Notice of Formation of 84 2nd Avenue HPG Sponsor LLC. Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 03/30/18. 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 Highpoint Property Group, 20 West 22nd St., Ste. 1601, NY, NY 10010, Attn: Drew Popkin. Purpose: any lawful activities. Notice of Formation of ukrtrade, LLC. Arts of Org. filed with New York Secy of State (SSNY) on 3/26/18. 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 NYC. MEDCORP, LLC. Arts of Org. filed with New York Secy of State (SSNY) on 3/1/18. Office location: New York County. 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 Qualification of GP INVITATION FUND I, LP Appl. for Auth. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 03/28/18. Office location: NY County. LP formed in Delaware (DE) on 11/30/15. Princ. office of LP: 777 Main St., Ste. 2260, Fort Worth, TX 76102. Duration of LP is Perpetual. SSNY designated as agent of LP upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to Corporation Service Co., 80 State St., Albany, NY 122072543. Name and addr. of each general partner are available from SSNY. DE addr. of LP: 251 Little Falls Dr., Wilmington, DE 19808. Cert. of LP filed with Secy. of State, Div. of Corps., John G. Townsend Bldg., 401 Federal St. - Ste. 4, Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: Acqusition and ownership of real property. Notice of Formation of Noga Restaurant, LLC. Arts of Org. filed with New York Secy of State (SSNY) on 10/19/17. 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: 120 Allen St, NY, NY 10002. Purpose: any lawful activity. Notice of Qualification of Film Expo Group LLC. Authority filed with NY Secy of State (SSNY) on 2/28/18. Office location: New York County. LLC formed in Delaware (DE) on 10/1/15. 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: 3500 S. DuPont Hwy, Dover, DE 19901. 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 KASPICK & COMPANY, LLC Appl. for Auth. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 03/07/18. Office location: NY County. LLC formed in Delaware (DE) on 12/17/97. Princ. office of LLC: 730 Third Ave., 12th Fl., NY, NY 10017. 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 122072543. DE addr. of LLC: 251 Little Falls Dr., Wilmington, DE 19808. Cert. of Form. filed with Secy. of State of the State of DE, Div. of Corps., John G. Townsend Bldg. 401 Federal St., Ste. 4, Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: Any lawful activity. Notice of Qual. of SOLAIA, LLC, Authority filed with the SSNY on 06/16/2017. Office location: NY County. LLC formed in DE on 08/26/2016. SSNY is designated as agent upon whom process against the LLC may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: C/O Sleep Studio, LLC 295 Fifth Avenue, Ste 1112, NY, NY 10016. Address required to be maintained in DE: 1209 Orange St. Wilmington DE 19801. Cert of Formation filed with DE Div. of Corps, 401 Federal St., Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: Any Lawful Purpose. Notice of Formation of LSBookkeeping Consulting Services, LLC filed with SSNY 3/18/ 18. Office loc: Westchester County. SSNY designated agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to LLC: 330 Mcclellan Ave, Mount Vernon, NY 10553. Purpose: any lawful activity. Notice of Qualification of LEXINGTON PARTNERS GP HOLDINGS IX LLC. Authority filed with NY Secy of State (SSNY) on 2/16/18. Office location: New York County. LLC formed in Delaware (DE) on 2/7/18. 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 Formation of Madison Square Fitness LLC. Arts of Org. filed with New York Secy of State (SSNY) on 3/28/18. 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: 70 E. 55th St, Fl. 21, NY, NY 10022. Purpose: any lawful activity.

TCC TELEPLEX LLC, Arts. of Org. filed with the SSNY on 03/16/2018. Office loc: NY County. SSNY has been designated as agent upon whom process against the LLC may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: Dennis Novick, 45 Rockefeller Plaza, Ste 2000, New York, NY 10111. Purpose: Any Lawful Purpose. Notice of Qualification of Global Evolution USA GP, LLC. Authority filed with NY Dept. of State on 11/20/17. Office location: NY County. LLC formed in DE on 4/13/17. NY Sec. of State designated agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served and shall mail process to: One World Trade Ctr., Ste. 8500, NY, NY 10007, principal business address. DE address of LLC: 9 E. Loockerman St., Ste. 311, Dover, DE 19901. Cert. of Form. filed with DE Sec. of State, 401 Federal St., Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: any lawful activity. Notice of Formation of Beekman Office 52 LLC. Arts of Org. filed with New York Secy of State (SSNY) on 1/18/18. 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: 52 Vanderbilt, Ste 403, NY, NY 10017. Purpose: any lawful activity. Notice of Formation of PCDC Health Opportunities Fund XXIV LLC. Arts. of Org. filed with NY Dept. of State on 3/14/18. Office location: NY County. Sec. of State designated agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served and shall mail process to: Primary Care Development Corp., 45 Broadway, Ste. 530, NY, NY 10006, principal business address. Purpose: any lawful activity. Notice of Formation of MAWASH LLC. Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 12/22/14. Office location: NY County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: Lane Capital Partners LLC, 152 West 57th St., 22nd Fl, NY, NY 10019. Purpose: any lawful activities. Notice of Formation of PCDC Health Opportunities Fund XXV LLC. Arts. of Org. filed with NY Dept. of State on 3/14/18. Office location: NY County. Sec. of State designated agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served and shall mail process to: Primary Care Development Corp., 45 Broadway, Ste. 530, NY, NY 10006, principal business address. Purpose: any lawful activity. EXCELLENCE LIMOUSINE LLC, Arts. of Org. filed with the SSNY on 04/10/2018. Office loc: Richmond County. SSNY has been designated as agent upon whom process against the LLC may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: Peter Vitellio, 50 Route 9 North, Ste 301, Morganville, NJ 07751. Purpose: Any Lawful Purpose.


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April 16, 2018 FAMILY COURT OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK: COUNTY OF QUEENS SUMMONS - Docket Nos.: B-08409/17; B-08410/17 ------------------------------------------------------------------------X In the Matters of CONNOR GEORGE TROTTMAN; RAJAY KEYVON TROTTMAN Dependant children, under the age of 14 years, to the custody of SCO Family of Services, alleged to be permanently negelected and abandoned children, pursuant to Section 384-b of the Social Services Law. -----------------------------------------------------------------------X IN THE NAME OF THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK: TO: RACQUEL R. HARRIS A/K/A RACQUEL CANDICE HARRIS COMMISSIONER OF SOCIAL SERVICES OF THE CITY OF NEW YORK Verified Petitions having been filed in this Court alleging that the above-named children in the care of SCO Family of Services, the petitioner, are permanently neglected and abandoned children as defined by Article 6, Part 1 of the Family Court Act and Section 384b of the Social Services Law. YOU ARE HEREBY SUMMONED to appear before the Family Court at 151-20 Jamaica Avenue, Jamaica, New York, Part 10, 2nd floor on the 15th day of May, 2018 before the Hon. Costanzo at 11:30 o’clock in the forenoon of said day to show cause why the Court should not enter an Order depriving you of all the rights of custody of CONNOR GEORGE TROTTMAN and RAJAY KEYVON TROTTMAN, awarding the custody of said children to the petitioning authorized agency as permanently neglected and abandoned children as provided by law. PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that if said children are adjudged to be permanently neglected and abandoned children, and, if custody is awarded to said authorized agency, said children may be adopted with the consent of said agency and without further notice to you and without your consent. PLEASE TAKE FURTHER NOTICE that your failure to appear will result in the termination of all your parental rights to the children. PLEASE TAKE FURTHER NOTICE that your failure to appear shall constitute a denial of an interest in the children, which denial may result in the transfer or commitment of the children’s care, custody, guardianship or adoption of the children, all without further notice to the parents of the children. PLEASE TAKE FURTHER NOTICE that you are entitled to be represented by an attorney, and, if you cannot afford to retain an attorney, one will be appointed to represent you by the court free of charge to you. Dated: April 24, 2017 By Order of the Court Robert Ratanski Clerk, Family Court, Queens Co. NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT A LICENSE, SERIAL # 1309378 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 274 WYCKOFF AVE BROOKLYN, NY 11237. KINGS COUNTY, FOR ON PREMISE CONSUMPTION. TENDER BLOCK LLC. Notice of Formation of CASA ST 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: 15 Maiden Ln., Ste 2005, NY, NY 10038. Purpose: any lawful activity. Notice of Formation of Lightflats LLC filed with SSNY 1/17/18. Office loc: NY County. SSNY designated agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to: US Corp Agents, Inc, 7014 13th Ave, Ste 202, Brooklyn, NY 11228. LLC princ bus add: 150 W 56th St, Apt 3609, NY, NY 10019. Purpose: any lawful activity.

Notice of Qualification of Trireme Consulting LLC. Authority filed with NY Secy of State (SSNY) on 3/21/18. Office location: New York County. LLC formed in Delaware (DE) on 3/5/18. SSNY is designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: 530 E. 86th St, Apt 5C, NY, NY 10028. 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. Purpose: any lawful activity. Notice of Formation of FPH ASSOCIATES LLC Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 03/30/18. 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. Azarmsa Consulting LLC Art. of Org. filed with SSNY 6/23/17. Office: Westchester County. SSNY designated agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served and shall mail copy of process to: US Corp Agents, 7014 13th Ave, Ste 202, Brooklyn, NY 11228. Purpose: Any lawful purpose.

STORAGE LEIN SALE NOTICE OF PUBLIC SALE OF PERSONAL PROPERTY Notice is hereby given that the undersigned will sell to satisfy the lien of owner at public sale by competitive bidding on Friday, April 20th, 2018 at 10AM at the Oz Moving & Storage facility located at: 498 Nepperhan Avenue, Yonkers, NY, the personal property stored therein including but not limited to the following: 21st Century Diamonds #6084 – boxes, furniture; Albert Moore #6148 – Household goods; Behram Communications # 5925 – office furniture, boxes; Chris Christian #19082 – Household goods, boxes; Courtney Robinson #13630 – boxes, household goods; Daryl Nanes #5930- Office furniture, boxes, file cabinets; Christy Monfort #19291 – Household Goods, boxes; Dominique Soquel #5978 – Household Goods, boxes; Jackie Breil #20340 – Household Goods, Boxes; LiveInten Inc #10967 – Office Furniture, Boxes; Jeff Wald #16800- desk, bookcase, cabinet, sofa, rug, boxes, bed, tables; Jeremy Hirsch #8301- cabinet, sofa, tables, boxes other furniture; Louis Egnasko #18326 – Household Goods, boxes; Kelly LaMonica Carll #13039- boxes, lamps, stools, other furniture; Marisa & Erik Pika #12342 – Household Goods, boxes; Michael Groeger #15118 – Household goods, boxes; Natalie White #15138 – Household stuff; Robin Craig #15112- boxes, bins; Robert Sher #5888 boxes, household goods; Steven Alevy #5956 – Boxes; Silvano Lattanzi #11616 – boxes; Tony Lecour #15482- boxes, furniture; Jason Goodman/Ilona Price #6288 – Household goods, boxes TERMS: ALL CASH. DEPOSIT TO BID REQUIRED. PHOTO ID REQUIRED FOR ADMITTANCE. 15% BUYERS PREMIUM. AUCTIONEER: AND PATRICK

DONALD BADER (DCA NO. 865815) WILLIAMS (DCA NO. 1377072; 2)

ACCOUNTING PROCEEDING FILE NO. 2017-1145/A CITATION THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK

TO: Unknown Distributees, Attorney General of the State of New York, Victoria Cruz, New York City Human Resources Administration. And to the heirs at law, next of kin and distributees of Lucille Wallach, if living and if any of them be dead, to their heirs at law, next of kin, distributees, legatees, executors, administrators, assignees and successors in interest whose names and places of residence are unknown and cannot, after diligent inquiry, be ascertained by the petitioner herein; being the persons interested as creditors, legatees, devisees, beneficiaries, distributees, or otherwise in the estate of Lucille Wallach, deceased, who at the time of her death was a resident of 211 East 79th Street, New York, New York 10021. A petition having been duly filed by the Public Administrator of the County of New York, who maintains an office at 31 Chambers Street, Room 311, New York, New York 10007. YOU ARE HEREBY CITED TO SHOW CAUSE before the New York County Surrogate’s Court at 31 Chambers Street, New York, New York, on May 1, 2018 at 9:30 A.M. in Room 503, why the following relief stated in the account of proceedings, a copy of summary statement thereof attached hereto, of the Public Administrator of the County of New York as administrator of the goods, chattels and credits of said deceased, should not be granted: (i) that her account be judicially settled; (ii) that the Surrogate approve the reasonable amount of compensation as reported in Schedules C and C-1 of the account of proceedings to the attorney for the petitioner for legal services rendered to the petitioner herein; (iii) that a hearing be held to determine the identity of the distributees at which time proof pursuant to SCPA Section 2225 may be presented, or in the alternative, that the balance of the funds be deposited with the Commissioner of Finance of the City of New York for the benefit of the decedent’s unknown distributees; (iv) that the claim of the New York City Human Resources in the amount of $ 133,616.06 for public assistance rendered to the decedent in the form of Medicaid be allowed and paid; (v) that the persons above mentioned and all necessary and proper persons be cited to show cause why such relief should not be granted; (vi) that an order be granted pursuant to SCPA Section 307 where required or directed; and (vii) for such other and further relief as the Court may deem just and proper. Dated, Attested and Sealed. March 20, 2018 (Seal) Hon. Rita Mella, Surrogate. Diana Sanabria, Chief Clerk. Schram Graber & Opell P.C. Counsel to the Public Administrator, New York County 11 Park Place, Suite 1008 New York, New York 10007 (212) 896-3310 Note: This citation is served upon you as required by law. You are not required to appear. If you fail to appear it will be assumed that you do not object to the relief requested. You have the right to have an attorney-at-law appear for you and you or your attorney may request a copy of the full account from the petitioner or petitioner’s attorney.

Notice of Formation of CAESAR MANAGEMENT LLC Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 03/20/18. Office location: NY County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to Laxmipathi Garipalli, 11 Colts Gait Ln., Colts Neck, NJ 07722. Purpose: Any lawful activity. Notice of Formation of SHC HERITAGE PARTNERS, LLC. Arts of Org. filed with NY Secy of State (SSNY) on 4/23/10. 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: 1779 2nd Ave, #6F, NY, NY 10128. Purpose: any lawful activity. Notice of Qualification of HARVEST EDGE GRPE I, LLC Appl. for Auth. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 03/05/18. Office location: NY County. LLC formed in Delaware (DE) on 02/28/18. Princ. office of LLC: Harvest Volatility Management, LLC, The Graybar Bldg., 420 Lexington Ave., Ste. 2620, NY, NY 10170. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to the LLC, Attn: Curtis F. Brockelman, Jr., 420 Lexington Ave., Ste. 2656, NY, NY 10170. 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 TAH 2018-1 Depositor LLC. Authority filed with NY Secy of State (SSNY) on 3/7/18. Office location: New York County. LLC formed in Delaware (DE) on 2/14/18. 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 DUCERA PARK AVENUE LLC Appl. for Auth. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 03/29/18. Office location: NY County. LLC formed in Delaware (DE) on 03/27/18. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to c/o Corporation Service Co., 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.

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Notice of Formation of 4EN CHARLES LLC Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 03/27/18. 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 Corporation Service Co., 80 State St., Albany, NY 12207, regd. agent upon whom and at which process may be served. Purpose: Any lawful activity. Notice of Formation of 443 GREENWICH 5G LLC Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 03/27/18. Office location: NY County. Princ. office of LLC: 443 Greenwich St., Unit #5G, NY, NY 10013. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to the LLC at the addr. of its princ. office. Purpose: Any lawful activity. Notice of Formation of Ocean Block Real Estate, LLC. Arts. Of Org. filed w/ Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 3/14/18. Office in NY County. SSNY designated agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to c/o The LLC, 404 5th Ave., 3rd Fl., NY, NY 10018, registered agent upon whom process may be served. Purpose: Any lawful act/activity. Notice of Qual. of AURA HEALTHCARE LLC, Authority filed with the SSNY on 02/28/2018. Office location: NY County. LLC formed in CT on 03/17/2011. SSNY is designated as agent upon whom process against the LLC may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: 347 W. 36th St, Ste 1601, NY, NY 10018. Principal Office Address of the LLC: 347 W. 36th St, Ste 1601, NY, NY 10018. Cert of Formation filed with CT Sec. of State, 30 Trinity Street, Hartford, CT 06106. Purpose: Any Lawful Purpose. Notice of Qualification of MRC 22nd LLC. Authority filed with NY Secy of State (SSNY) on 3/28/18. Office location: New York County. LLC formed in Delaware (DE) on 3/26/18. 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. APP FOR AUTH for SEARCH22 LLC App for Auth filed with SSNY 1/22/2018 LLC. Registered in Delaware on 9/28/2017 Off. Loc.:New York Co. SSNY designated as agent upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY to mail copy of process to The LLC, 200 East 28th St., 2F, New York, NY 10016. Purpose: Any lawful act or activity.


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Who was up and who was down last week

LOSERS KEVIN MURPHY Murphy’s New York-based marijuana booster Acreage Holdings scored ex-House Speaker John Boehner for the board, lighting up media reports with burning questions about how Boehner went from “unalterably opposed” to the herb to being politics’ lead ganja gangsta. Boehner is blazing a new trail for Republicans, opening the prospect of a joint effort with Democrats to legalize it. You don’t need smoke signals to read the leaves here: Murphy was riding high last week.

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New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio has had to deal with some negative headlines from the corruption trial of former Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano, but it turns out he won’t have to testify. And while outgoing NYCHA Chairwoman Shola Olatoye was back in the spotlight now that she’s stepping down, it’s not like de Blasio would have to quit over the scandal. So the mayor had a mixed bag last week – unlike these Winners & Losers.

SHOLA OLATOYE The NYCHA chairwoman finally announced her resignation last week. After months of criticism, perhaps the job was no longer appealing. She painted herself into a corner by leading the federal government and the New York City Council astray and failing to conduct lead paint inspections. Maybe she just couldn’t take the heat? At any rate, now she’s left out in the cold … just like her NYCHA tenants were, literally, this winter.

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JAMES CAPALINO, WENDY NEU & STEVE NISLICK

The Buffalo VA could get $76M, as long as Trump doesn’t realize Schumer wants it.

DAVID R. JONES & JOHN RASKIN

Corey Johnson got behind their Fair Fares push. Now all they need is Mr. Mayor.

STEVE MCLAUGHLIN

The Rensselaer exec got a $5K travel budget and a 2nd secretary to scream at.

DINO SAJUDIN

The president’s ex-doorman got $30K to keep his Trump love child story on the DL.

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It doesn’t pay to be de Blasio’s pal anymore.

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Owing $54K on devalued taxi medallions is the least of Trump’s lawyer’s worries.

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