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During New York’s constitutional convention of 1867-1868, a particularly contentious issue was whether to grant women the right to vote. Horace Greeley, the New York Tribune editor, spoke out against women’s suffrage at the convention, despite his past support. In response, the activist Elizabeth Cady Stanton had a petition in favor submitted from 300 women, including “Mrs. Horace Greeley.” “Why did you not put my wife’s maiden name on that petition, and call her Mary Cheney Greeley?” Greeley later asked Stanton, according to one account. “Because I wanted all the world to know that Horace Greeley’s wife protested against her husband’s report on the suffrage amendment,” she responded. “All right, hereafter you shall always be spoken of in the Tribune as Mrs. Henry B. Stanton,” Greeley fumed. Stanton lost that fight, and the movement would remain stymied in New York until 1917, when the state finally granted women the right to vote. In this week’s cover story, City & State’s Grace Segers marks the 100-year anniversary by asking why women in New York government are still struggling to gain ground.

CONTENTS BOCHINCHE & BUZZ ... 6 Gossip on Anthony Weiner, Polly Trottenberg and Puerto Rico aid

NEW YORK NONPROFIT MEDIA ... 28

A look at the benefits of integrating services in New York City

WINNERS & LOSERS ... 34

Who was up and who was down last week

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Experts weigh in on whether New York should hold a constitutional convention ... 18

100 years after suffrage, women are still fighting for equality in government

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THE GREAT DULL-BATES The few New Yorkers who tuned into the debates last week were reminded that the New York City mayoral election isn’t the only boring race with outmatched challengers. Public Advocate Letitia James and J.C. Polanco had a cordial, informative debate on Monday, despite James’ 130-to-1 cash advantage. And Wednesday’s city comptroller debate between Scott Stringer and Michel Faulkner focused on being a check on the mayor’s office – but was much less fiery than Faulkner’s heated debate on CNN with filmmaker Spike Lee.

Self-driving cars will hit the streets of Manhattan next year, and nobody’s more surprised than New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio. On Tuesday, General Motors was approved to test autonomous vehicles in the city, agreeing to arduous regulations – including police oversight and preplanned routes. But feud overshadowed fun as de Blasio said he wasn’t consulted before the state’s announcement.

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C&S: The electrical grid in Puerto Rico was already insufficient before Hurricane Maria. Do those issues exacerbate the issues that you’re seeing now? GQ: Absolutely. The grid was fragile to begin with because of underinvestment. As you know, PREPA (Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority) has been challenged financially – in fact they are in bankruptcy proceedings right now – and we saw that when we did the damage assessment of the power plants and the substations. We could see that they have not been really investing a lot in maintenance. C&S: Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rossello said his goal is to have 95 percent of power restored by December. Is that possible? GQ: It’s an interesting metric, because in the U.S. mainland, when we say 95 percent restoration,

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we mean 95 percent of all customers are restored. Their metric is not actually 95 percent of customers, it’s 95 percent of the total peak usage during that time of the month. So, for example, they could power up metro San Juan, which is 75 percent of the load, and then other pockets of industry, they can reach 95 percent of the typical peak of electrical demand in December. C&S: Do you believe the federal response to Hurricane Maria has been sufficient? GQ: I think the governor has been on the record and I agree 100 percent with him – Gov. (Andrew) Cuomo – that the feds were really late. They should have been pre-positioned – anticipating that the storm was coming. That’s what he does here, where every time there’s a storm that comes, we activate our emergency response organization. And they were late in doing that.

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— STEVE SIGMUND, a spokesman for Manhattan DA Cy Vance’s campaign, on receiving donations from a law firm that would later represent Mayor Bill de Blasio in his campaign finance investigation, via the Daily News

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Orange you glad Amazon is looking to expand? New York City lit up some of its iconic buildings in Amazon’s signature orange color to help court the tech giant to the Big Apple. Other local governments across the state made their own pitches last week, joining the nationwide contest to land the company’s second headquarters and its expected 50,000 well-paying jobs. While none of the state’s four bid groups went as far as trying to mail a cactus, like Tucson, Arizona, they all put a spin on their pitches, with Western New York hoping Amazon could be the saving grace for an ailing economy. One constant: tax breaks, with the New York state government offering an unspecified deal to lure the company.

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NEW YORK’S“INCOHERENT, REDUNDANT,EMBARRASSING” STATE CONSTITUTION THE AMOUNT OF MATERIAL IN THE NEW YORK STATE CONSTITUTION THAT IS OBSOLETE, INCOHERENT, REDUNDANT, OR MISPLACED IS STARTLING, NOT TO SAY EMBARRASSING.

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Every 20 years, New Yorkers get the opportunity to clean out their constitutional closet and write a new one, but – like actual cleaning – there’s often some extra words that don’t get wiped away. “The geological deposits, layer upon layer – nobody ever goes back and removes the previous layer … and sometimes it has results,” said Peter Galie, professor emeritus at Canisius College and expert on the New York Constitution. He and partner Chris Bopst combed through the constitution looking for detritus, and “we found 14,000 words that could be taken out and not a thing would change.” Don’t go looking for odd laws like no flirting, no talking in elevators and no selfies with tigers – that’s in the penal code. But Galie found the state constitution has some weird parts too. “NOR SH ALL AN Y DI VORCE BE GR ANTED OTHERWISE TH AN BY DU E JUDICI AL PROCEEDINGS” “The notion of a person seeking relief from a marriage through legislative means is anachronistic and unlikely,” Galie and Bopst wrote. And, Galie added, “What’s it doing in the Bill of Rights?”

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“NO LOTTERY OR THE SALE OF LOTTERY TICKETS, POOL-SELLING, BOOK M AKING, OR AN Y OTHER KIND OF GAMBLING, EXCEPT LOTTERIES OPER ATED BY THE STATE …” “What is that doing in the Bill of Rights?” Galie asked. “It’s now become a hollow shell. Everybody gambles every which way.”

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“THE LEGISLATURE M AY AU THORIZE BY LAW THE CREATION OF A DEBT … TO PROVIDE MONEYS FOR THE ELIMINATION … OF R AILROAD CROSSINGS AT GR ADE WITHIN THE STATE …” This long section was added in 1938 and “those debts have long been paid off, but this 800-word section remains in the constitution,” Galie said. “It’s of historical interest only.”

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“THE USE OF PROPERT Y FOR THE DR AINAGE OF SWAMP OR AGRICULTUR AL LANDS IS DECLARED TO BE A PUBLIC USE …” Drain the swamp! “That’s a remnant of the 19th century,” Galie said. “Of course, it has no meaning today because the state has long ago assumed the power of eminent domain.”

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“IN ALL CRIMINAL PROSECUTIONS OR INDICTMENTS FOR LIBELS … IF IT … WAS PUBLISHED WITH GOOD MOTIVES AND FOR JUSTIFIABLE ENDS, THE PARTY SHALL BE ACQUITTED.” “Well that’s a quaint thing,” Galie said. “You cannot require someone to say that their motives were good in a libel suit. They don’t have to prove that!”

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“IN CASE THE GOV ERNOR … IS ABSENT FROM THE STATE … THE LIEU TENANT-GOV ERNOR SH ALL ACT AS GOV ERNOR U NTIL THE INABILIT Y SH ALL CEASE.” This provision dates back to 1777, and new technology has rendered it an anachronism, but Galie and Bopst write, “The clause provides an opportunity for mischief by a rogue lieutenant governor.”

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The Boston Red Sox aren’t in baseball’s Fall Classic this year, so as a consolation prize New York City is sending them a lifelong New York Mets fan – he’ll live at a federal prison in Ayer, Massachusetts, an hour drive from Boston. Anthony Weiner has to report to the federal medical center on the morning of Nov. 6, according to two bochincheros. The convicted former congressman and disruptive 2013 New York City mayoral candidate will join the all-male population of more than 1,000 prisoners. Weiner, who had a reputation for being a vociferous tough guy, found a way to alleviate his concerns about many of the things first-time felons worry about, such as being raped in prison. Our source told us that Weiner hired at least two “prison consultants” (damn, there are consultants for everything) that have answered all of his questions about what to expect once he’s an inmate. He’s also spoken to other former federal prisoners. However, one well-informed bochinchero tells us that Devens, the federal medical center, “will not be the Club Fed type of low-security facility. ... Devens has inmates of all security classifications.” On the other hand, Weiner may feel somewhat safe since Devens doesn’t have “the worst of the worst” criminals among its prisoners. It’s assumed that Weiner will be getting treatment for his sexting compulsion. As described by the main bochinchero here: “It’s a pretty good designation for him. It’s known as a safe place and has a great gym and exercise facility.” It also has an area to play floor hockey. It won’t be like playing at Chelsea Piers, where the ex-político played, but given Weiner’s love for the game, it’s a sure bet he’ll have a stick in his hands chasing pucks when he’s not getting therapy. This all sounds pretty neat for a guy convicted of a crime – but we think he should still plan to sleep with one eye open, at least for the start of his 21-month sentence.

WILL THE MAYOR SEND POLLY TROTTING? In a Friday morning email to B&B on various subjects, a bochinchero wrote: “Upon his re-election, the No. 1 replacement begins with Polly Trottenberg. The snafu over not telling the mayor that the governor was going to test driverless cars in lower Manhattan is the last nail in her coffin.” But one bochinchero from inside New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio’s camp told B&B, “That’s bullshit.” However, the insider went on to say, “The mayor is not happy to learn that Polly was given a heads-up by a Cuomo person and she didn’t share that info.” That heads-up came from Jamie Rubin, Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s state operations director. He is said to have discussed this pilot program with the Trottenberg. So, it appears that this may be the last traffic violation (pun intended) that Polly commits and it may be adiós for her.

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No puede ser – that was my first thought after hearing from several good puertorriqueños and a Jewish mensch who had collected goods for Puerto Rico. The problem now is who gets to ship what has been collected for the island. Drum roll here, por favor, for what one bochinchero said … “Do I give it to the governor or the mayor?” What? Yup, one month since Hurricane Maria devastated my island, that’s what political insiders and bochincheros were asking me. I don’t have enough space for the pendejadas that I was hearing as to which of the two would get the credit for doing the right thing for my compatriots. So, as petty as this mierda sounds, it’s a bad sign when even the shipping of desperately needed lifesaving essentials like agua gets caught up in the immature political war of Cuomo vs. de Blasio. No jodan, please!

DÍAZ SR. AIDING “BULLIED STABBER” ABEL CEDEÑO State Sen. Rubén Díaz Sr. raised some eyebrows with the news that he’s assisting high school student Abel Cedeño, who was indicted last week after allegedly stabbing and killing a classmate. “He doesn’t want to talk RUBÉN DÍAZ SR. about it,” one bochinchero said of Diaz. In what can only be described as another scratch your cabeza kind of moment in the polemic political life of the senior Díaz, a Bronx bochinchero told me that he “doesn’t want his concern for justice to be perceived as him taking political advantage of this case.” The bochinchero told B&B that the family of the accused stabber sought help from Díaz. “The religious side of Rubén doesn’t permit him to walk away from a request like this.” The bochinchero assured B&B that “Rubén just wants justice for this young man.” “What about the family of 15-year-old Matthew McCree?” I asked. “He knows the murdered victim’s family also deserves justice. That’s why he’s not talking about this case or his role in helping the family of the accused 18-year-old.” We were told that it was Díaz who called his amigo attorney Christopher Lynn and asked him to take on the defense of the bisexual teenager who was indicted on first-degree manslaughter. Cedeño was initially charged with murder in the Sept. 27 stabbing at the Urban Assembly School for Wildlife Conservation.

REMEMBER, GENTE, IT’S ALL BOCHINCHE UNTIL IT’S CONFIRMED.

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TOWARD SUFFRAGISTS MARCH DOWN FIFTH AVENUE IN OCTOBER 1917, DISPLAYING PLACARDS CONTAINING THE SIGNATURES OF MORE THAN 1 MILLION NEW YORK WOMEN DEMANDING THE RIGHT TO VOTE.

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HEN SHE IS IN New York City, Secretary to the Governor Melissa DeRosa works from the governor’s office building in midtown Manhattan, in a corner office on the 39th floor. The space feels smaller than it is, despite tall windows overlooking the surrounding cluster of skyscrapers. A couch is against one wall, a conference table sits next to another wall and a television on a small desk is tuned silently to News 12 New York. A whiteboard on the wall opposite the couch outlines some of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s chief priorities. The office is a little cluttered, but not messy – the scattered stacks of papers on the desk reflect the scale of responsibility for the governor’s top administrative aide. DeRosa was the first woman to be named secretary to the governor, and at 34, was among the youngest to be appointed to the post. Before this move, she was Cuomo’s chief of staff, after serving in his office for two years as communications director and strategic adviser. Her resume is a checklist of positions working for the most powerful people in New York, including Attorney General Eric Schneiderman and the state chapter of Organizing for America, former President Barack Obama’s campaign arm. Her first internship was at age 16, for the state AFL-CIO’s political director. She received bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Cornell University. Despite these accomplishments, DeRosa was unhappily surprised by The New York Times article that reported on her promotion on April 17, 2017. The print headline read, “Cuomo’s Chief of Staff, Daughter of a Powerful Lobbyist, Is Promoted to Secretary.” The current online version of the article does not have that title, although it does mention that DeRosa’s father, Giorgio, and her brother, Joseph, are members of the prominent lobbying firm Bolton-St. Johns before it discusses her experience. It then describes her husband Matthew Wing’s high-ranking position at Uber in Manhattan. DeRosa, sitting cross-legged in one of the high-backed swivel chairs circling her conference table, said that she was not “upset,” but “irritated” by the coverage. “While I am very proud of the men in my life, their professional choices don’t define me, the way that my professional choices don’t define them,” she said.

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She added that her predecessors as secretary to the governor, Bill Mulrow and Larry Schwartz, were generally judged by their accomplishments and not their relationships. “Imagine if they said, ‘Larry Schwartz, the son of,’ when he got the position,” DeRosa said. Shortly after it was published, she called the editor of the article. “I said to him, ‘I’ve been deputy chief of staff to the attorney general when I was 30. I ran Obama’s political operation at 28. I’ve managed congressional campaigns. I was the governor’s communications director, chief of staff, and now this – and you belittle all of that when you make the most defining characteristic about me who my father is,’” she remembered. Lisa Foderaro, the Times reporter who wrote the piece, said that the editor for the Metro section, Wendell Jamieson, recalled speaking to DeRosa. “I will say that we believe the story was fair and simply pointed out potential con-

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flicts that the governor’s office itself had brought up in the past,” Foderaro wrote in an email, noting that the article mentioned Giorgio DeRosa’s ties to Cuomo as a possible conflict of interest, and that the secretary would recuse herself in matters relating to her father. DeRosa believes that the real issue was the extent of coverage of her father, and she thinks that she is not unique for being judged by her relationships. “I think that women – and men don’t even realize when they’re doing it – that women oftentimes have to overcome being seen on the basis of their gender and not on their accomplishments,” she said. “I think it takes a woman’s point of view in those senior positions to say, ‘You should never define someone this way.’” “Until you get women in a 50/50 way, leading government, leading the corporate world, leading everything across the board – you just won’t have the same perspective,” she said.

1920 The 19th Amendment is ratified, giving women the right to vote across the U.S.

1929 Ruth Pratt becomes the first woman from New York to serve in the House of Representatives.

THE HISTORY OF WOMEN’S REPRESENTATION IN NEW YORK 1915 The first referendum is held to decide whether women should be given the right to vote in New York state, but the measure fails.

The second referendum on women’s suffrage in New York is held, and this time, it passes.

1848 The first women’s rights convention in the country is held in Seneca Falls, New York. Attendees sign the Declaration of Sentiments, written by Elizabeth Cady Stanton, declaring equal rights for women. (Pictured: Stanton, left, and Susan B. Anthony.)

1914 Katharine Bement Davis is appointed commissioner of the New York City Department of Correction, becoming the first woman to lead a city agency.

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1919 Mary Lilly and Ida Sammis become the first women to serve in the Assembly.

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HE CHALLENGE DEROSA outlined in her high-rise office is one that has dogged New York state since women obtained the right to vote 100 years ago, on Nov. 6, 1917. Women account for slightly more than 51 percent of the state’s population, and yet are underrepresented in most levels of government. Women seeking elected office are beset by challenges, from entrenched gender biases to lack of structural support. Several women in government across New York have spoken of the need for greater representation, and some are working on initiatives to encourage this participation, but the pace of progress remains maddeningly slow. As the state honors the centennial of women’s suffrage, New York is still far from achieving the goal of those who fought for the right to be represented over a century ago – true gender parity.

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The march to suffrage in New York was long, with victory nearly 70 years after the pivotal Seneca Falls Convention was held in New York to demand equal rights for women. In 1915, New York held its first referendum on suffrage, which failed. According to Susan Goodier, a lecturer at SUNY Oneonta who recently co-wrote a book on the 1917 milestone, only voters – by default, men – were allowed to decide the issue. Suffragists were able to turn the tide of public opinion after the first vote with a vigorous campaign that included parades and public support for the ongoing war effort. By 1917, they had convinced a constituency of men who had not cast a ballot in the first referendum to come to their side for the second one. The first two women to serve in the Assembly were elected in 1919, and the first one to be sent to the state Senate was elected in 1935. New York had several prominent female leaders in the 20th century, from

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The news is not universally negative. Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul noted that Rochester, Syracuse and Albany are led by female mayors. However, she added that the majority-male governments in her home constituencies of Buffalo and Erie County are glaring examples of unequal representation in Western New York. There are a number of female commissioners in the state, and both the secretary to the governor and Cuomo’s chief of staff are women. Nevertheless, the glacial pace of progress grates on many of the state’s most prominent female lawmakers. There has also been a steady increase in women appointed to state and federal judgeships throughout New York, according to Dina Refki, the director of the Center for Women in Govern-

1935 Rhoda Fox Graves is the first woman to serve in the state Senate.

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Shirley Chisholm of New York becomes the first black woman to serve in Congress.

Chisholm is the first black American to run for president of the United States and the first woman to run for the Democratic Party’s nomination.

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Shirley Chisholm to Geraldine Ferraro. But looking simply at the numbers, New York is still far from achieving equal representation. There are 10 women in the New York congressional delegation, out of 27 House members and two senators. In the 213-member state Legislature, there are currently 59 women – 14 in the Senate and 45 in the Assembly. In the New York City Council, the representative body for the largest city in the country, there are only 13 women out of 51 seats. That number is set to decrease, leaving at most 12 in January, when the new council is seated. “To have a legislative body in a city like New York, progressive, where you have such an incredible gender disparity – it really does matter,” said outgoing City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, who is spearheading a campaign to get 21 women elected to the council by 2021.

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ment and Civil Society at the University at Albany. “We’re not where we need to be at all,” state Senate Minority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins said.

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EPUBLICAN STATE SEN. Betty Little believes New York has seen enormous improvement in gender representation since she was first elected to the Warren County Board of Supervisors in 1986. “You have more camaraderie in government than you used to have because there are more women involved,” she said. Little was inspired to enter politics because the board was considering a proposal for a waste-to-energy plant. She believed that it would be too expensive, and that the county would not have enough control over its operations. Despite her opposition, the

board voted to go forward with the plant, which Little said cost the county millions of dollars, and is now privately owned. “I’m not sure my opinion was as respected as it would have been if had I been a man,” Little said. At times during her tenure, she was the sole woman on the board. “It was just like, ‘OK, this is this little housewife that came in and has an opinion different from ours.’” Little then served in the Assembly for several years before being elected to the state Senate in 2002. She has seen public office become less of a boys club in her ascent. When she was first elected, she said that women were the “exception” – in comparison, today’s government is far more representative. But while progress has undoubtedly been made, women are still too often excluded. Kelly Dittmar, an assistant professor and

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scholar at the Center for American Women and Politics at Rutgers University, has researched the reasons for the relative dearth in female candidates. She found that women do not lack political ambition, but that they calculate that the costs of running will outweigh the benefits. Women are especially hesitant to bear these costs if they see government as ineffective. Dittmar said that research suggests they primarily run for office to make a difference, whereas men run for prestige. Potential female candidates need to see governing as a way to shape policy. For Little, it was the waste plant. Rep. Louise Slaughter, the longest-serving woman in New York’s congressional caucus, was motivated to enter politics because of her passion for environmental issues, specifically fighting to preserve trees in her community. She believes that it is necessary for women to have a purpose when they run for office. “You don’t go for yourself,” Slaughter said. “You have to be driven by a cause. I can’t imagine anything else would have ever drawn me out to really go out and ask people to vote for me and to trust me.”

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Stewart-Cousins laughed when recalling the Loeb incident, saying that it brought her good press. She believes that while discriminatory behavior may be unacceptable, women who want to be in public positions have to be tough enough to handle it. “We do get a different level of aggression sometimes than our white male counterparts would get, but it’s OK,” she said. “Even if I’m unfairly maligned or targeted or insulted, I still move forward with the strength of my conviction.” DeRosa also noted that everyday encounters with sexism can discourage women from seeking leadership positions. But, like Stewart-Cousins, she stands defiant. “I think there are a lot of strong successful women who go the other way, and say, ‘I’m going to fight back,’” she said.

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RADITIONAL GENDER ROLES present another barrier to seeking office. Women are often caregivers in their families and may need to consider the needs of their relatives or children when making career decisions. If running for office conflicts with this role, a woman may avoid taking that step.

“It’s a 24-hour job to campaign, and to mount a successful election campaign, that requires dedication of all of your time,” Refki explained. The difficult hours and travel requirements are compounded by a lack of structural support for women with young children once they are elected to office. D’Agostino called this the “glass cliff” – even if women do make it to office, they are set up to fail. Little was a stay-at-home mother of six before she entered politics. Her youngest child was 15 when she was elected to the board. Her new career involved a lot of “juggling” and travel, and she occasionally missed important events. “They’re always saying, ‘There ought to be more women doing this,’ but sometimes I think a lot of women don’t really want to do that, and don’t want to be away from home the way you would have to be in the state Legislature,” Little said. Hochul was a congresswoman before becoming lieutenant governor, and lost to current Rep. Chris Collins in 2014 in a particularly bitter campaign. She believes that women with families should be en-

After a woman has decided to run, she may continue to face obstacles throughout her campaign, including gender bias. According to Maria D’Agostino, an associate professor and co-founder of the Women in the Public Sector program at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, people traditionally conceive of leadership in masculine terms. If a woman displays too few “male” qualities, then she isn’t qualified to be a leader. But if she is too ambitious or assertive, voters no longer see her as acting appropriately feminine, and are still turned off. “I think that every woman in high-profile positions would say that there seems to be some sort of higher level of scrutiny,” Stewart-Cousins said. In August, hedge fund manager and Cuomo donor Daniel Loeb made racially charged comments on Facebook about her, suggesting that Stewart-Cousins’ support for teachers unions made her more damaging to the black community than the Ku Klux Klan. His comments were made in response to an article in the Times, in which Stewart-Cousins accused Cuomo of dismissing her experience based on her race and gender.

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1974 Mary Anne Krupsak becomes the first female lieutenant governor in New York.

Judith Kaye, who was appointed the first female judge on the New York State Court of Appeals in 1983, is named the first female chief judge of the state’s highest court.

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Hillary Clinton becomes the first woman to serve in the U.S. Senate from New York.

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“THEY’RE ALWAYS SAYING, ‘THERE OUGHT TO BE MORE WOMEN DOING THIS,’ BUT SOMETIMES I THINK A LOT OF WOMEN DON’T REALLY WANT TO DO THAT.”

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couraged to run for office and sees herself as being in a position to inspire them. “I know the sacrifices that are made on their families. I know how hard it can be when in a campaign and there’s a lot of negativity, and TV ads run against you, and your children and your parents have to see that,” she said. “Who better than me to say, ‘No, you can do this as well’?”

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recruit other white men to run for office. According to Christina Greer, an associate professor of political science at Fordham University, this pattern is especially apparent in New York, where entrenched party machines create a particularly challenging political terrain. Mark-Viverito said she’s facing these barriers in New York City as she attempts to elect more women to the council. “There are some county structures that have not endorsed women, despite the fact that there are qualified women running,” she said.

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Structural challenges are compounded for women of color, who experience racism as well as sexism when seeking higher office. Glynda Carr co-founded Higher Heights, a New York-based nonprofit, which helps black women run for office to circumvent party machines. Although black women were elected in higher numbers in 2016, they are still greatly underrepresented. Higher Heights trains women to run and govern because local leaders often aren’t eager to do so. “Black women not only aren’t encouraged to run for office, they actually are discouraged to run for office at times,” she said. Greer said that women have to be asked an average of seven times by people they trust to run for office before even considering it, and women of color are especially reluctant. Stewart-Cousins remembered how she had to be asked to run for office, and how she would never have considered it as a possibility otherwise. “I never saw anybody in public office – certainly not a senator or anybody like that – who reflected me,” she recalled. “I think we have seen, especially in the political arena, a majority of white men, and I think many times women just felt like this wasn’t where they ought to be.”

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HE 2016 PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION lurks underneath any discussion of women in state government, challenging the assumptions of a supposedly more progressive era. The first female presidential nominee of a major party was defeated by a man who had publicly disparaged women – and both were New Yorkers. Hochul and DeRosa referred to Hillary Clinton as a trailblazer for championing women’s issues and nearly becoming president. D’Agostino and Refki mentioned her as a symbol of the tragically slow march of progress for women to gain representation. Carr and Stewart-Cousins indicated that instead of dampening enthusiasm to run, Clinton’s loss in the 2016 election has mobilized more women to become involved in politics, with Carr saying her organization had seen an increase in black female candidates. For DeRosa, the question of promoting women to become leaders has to be examined in a national context. For four years, Albany and Washington followed what DeRosa called “complementary” policy tracks. She cited the example of Cuomo signing pay equity legislation years after Obama had signed the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act on the federal level.

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2006 Christine Quinn becomes the first woman and first openly gay member to serve as speaker of the New York City Council.

2016 Clinton becomes the first woman to be nominated by a major party for president.

2012 Andrea Stewart-Cousins becomes the first woman to lead a party conference in the state Legislature.

“We lived in a different reality a year ago when you had Barack Obama in the White House,” she said. The election of President Donald Trump was “devastating” for DeRosa, but it inspired the creation of the New York State Council on Women and Girls. She was motivated to take action after Hope Hicks, now the White House communications director, said that the original White House Council on Women and Girls established by Obama was “redundant.” It has been dormant since the inauguration. DeRosa said that Cuomo led internal discussions on how to address women’s issues in New York state, and the council was a culmination of those efforts. It launched in August with DeRosa as the chairwoman, and includes the commissioners of every state department to ensure that women’s “unique needs” are considered by every agency. DeRosa is adamant that these needs shouldn’t simply be defined through the lens of issues such as reproductive rights – which she does consider vital – but with the understanding that all policies affect women. The council also includes a steering committee composed of female leaders from business, media, academia and nonprofit organizations. DeRosa wants to ensure that this council is not simply a public relations effort, but will actually promote women and girls and encourage them to strive for leadership positions. “The things we can do on our own through executive action, we’re going to do on our own, and the things we need to leg-

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islatively, we’ll gear up for, but it felt like the perfect antidote to what we were seeing in Washington,” she said. Alongside the forward-looking council is the New York State Women’s Suffrage Commission, led by Hochul. The commission is sponsoring women- and suffrage-related events through 2020, the centennial of women obtaining the right to vote nationally. It is also providing promotional material celebrating the milestones, such as custom “I Voted” stickers that feature a suffragist and will be distributed on Election Day. Hochul takes her duty as chairwoman seriously, and pushed for the addition of an advisory committee to ensure greater diversity. She enjoys attending commission events, from visiting schools to holding forums to promoting the suffrage-related landmarks across the state. “It always draws an applause line when I give the speech to any group and I say it’s the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage,” she said.

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EYOND STATE INITIATIVES TO promote and celebrate women, several politicians spoke of the need to create a pipeline to leadership. For DeRosa, it is a matter of access. Although she does not think her father’s career defi nes her, she recognizes that he introduced her to the political realm. She showed a photo of herself attending the 1992 Democratic National Convention as a child, smiling widely as she was lifted in the air to see the proceedings.

“I think that I only got here because at age 8, I said, ‘Dad, can you take me to your meetings,’ and I would sit with him in the Capitol as he was negotiating with legislators,” DeRosa recalled. She was able to ask for an internship with the political director of the state AFL-CIO as a teenager because she had met him through her father. In the Times article, DeRosa’s influential father is an important asterisk to her position in New York government. To her, the reality is more nuanced; her accomplishments are her own, but her road to becoming secretary would not have been available had she not been raised with access to the political arena. “It sets you on a path, and you have to have a level of access and a level of exposure that I think a lot of women don’t get,” she said. Certain groups of women struggle more to obtain this access. According to Dittmar, Republican women in particular lack structural support when running for office, as there are few outside organizations promoting their election, and biases among party voters persist about women being more moderate. Rep. Elise Stefanik, a congresswoman who represents the North Country and the youngest woman elected to Congress, said she is trying to create a pipeline for Republican women in her role overseeing recruitment for the National Republican Congressional Committee. Women of color perhaps face the greatest challenges when seeking higher office. Stewart-Cousins recalled that she never saw herself in government partly because no path to higher advancement had been made available to her parents. “They were victi ms of a ti me – pre-civil rights era – where neither of my parents were able to live to their fullest potential in terms of jobs and their abilities to contribute because of the prejudice and the lack of opportunity,” she said. As a black woman who rose to a top position in state government, she can now help others see government as a viable career. “As more and more women are seen in this position, then I think more and more women will be inspired,” she said.

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OMEN IN GOVERNMENT offer different methods of governing and coalition-building, and raise important issues for underrepresented constituencies, but Ditt mar said that she has come across fr ustration by some lawmakers at being boxed into legislati ng on “women’s issues.”

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“HOW WE WILL BE JUDGED 100 YEARS FROM NOW, WHEN PEOPLE COMMEMORATE THE BICENTENNIAL OF WOMEN’S RIGHT TO VOTE IN THIS STATE?” — Lt. Gov. KATHY HOCHUL

According to D’Agostino, there shouldn’t even be a question of why gender parity is necessary, and what “women’s issues” represent. “Men don’t have to justify why we need them in government, and the decisions that they make,” she said. Many of the female lawmakers insisted that it is important to get more women in government, while maintaining that “women’s issues” are universal and not niche.

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“I think that women’s issues affect families. I think they affect children. I think they affect bosses and I think they really should be thought of as human rights not women’s rights,” DeRosa said. “Tax policy, economic development, education, health care, national security, agriculture all impact women in my district, so I treat every issue as a woman’s issue in my congressional office,” Stefanik said.

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“What issue isn’t a women’s issue?” Little asked. At the same time, many recognized the obligation they may have to advocate for the perspectives of women. Little recalled her advocacy on the board of supervisors and in the Assembly on behalf of “displaced homemakers” – women entering the workforce for the first time due to death or divorce – because her male colleagues didn’t recognize it as an important labor issue. The line between “women’s issues” and everyday issues is often blurred. DeRosa recalled her work pushing for a $15 minimum wage in the state. Although it was seen as primarily an economic matter, it affected women specifically. “When you actually look at the demographics of who fast food workers are, disproportionately it’s single women,” she said about the laborers she considered while working on the legislation. She also discussed the importance of implementing paid family leave in tandem, as it intersects with women’s career considerations. Despite their reluctance to be pigeonholed, women often do take pride in being in a position to represent their gender. DeRosa called it “exciting” to work on issues that affect women, showing them that someone is representing their interests at the highest levels of government. Beyond offering different perspectives, gender parity is critical to the functioning of the state and country, as a truly representative democracy requires that each segment of the population has a voice. “It’s incredibly important that more women are raising their voices, getting involved in politics, and serving in government,” said U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, who founded the Off the Sidelines PAC to raise funds for female candidates and encourage women and girls to engage in politics. “All of these issues affect us, and if we don’t participate, we may not like the decisions that are made,” she said. Hochul believes that remembering the centennial of women’s suffrage is critical when considering current representation. Whenever she addresses groups for the Women’s Suffrage Commission, she said that she reminds them of the sacrifices suffragists made to advance women’s causes. “I put on them the question of how we will be judged 100 years from now, when people commemorate the bicentennial of women’s right to vote in this state,” she said. “Will we hold up to that scrutiny in terms of our contributions? Is what we have done comparable to what our foremothers did to improve the status of women and children in the state?”

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CONVENTION When New Yorkers go to the polls next month to cast their ballots for a variety of local elected offices, they’ll also have the option of answering a few questions about the state constitution. And this year, in addition to a couple of proposed amendments, each ballot will present a far more sweeping proposal: “Shall there be a convention to revise the constitution and amend the same?” It’s a question that the state constitution itself requires to be asked every 20 years, giving citizens the chance to open up the document to revisions and updates, if not a complete overhaul. Polls show that more voters support a constitutional convention than oppose it. Proponents say a “yes” vote would allow for excising outdated language, but also, and perhaps more importantly, to consider a number of improvements, including new measures to truly clean up Albany. But it’s not so simple as whether or not the average New Yorker thinks it’s time to fix the state’s fundamental governing document. Leading the charge against a constitutional convention are labor unions and other groups who don’t want to risk changes to their cherished constitutional protections, including a right to organize and the inviolability of pension contracts. Millions have been spent, primarily by the “no” side, and with millions more in spending to come. The opponents have already been gaining ground in the polls. So with the vote approaching in a few weeks, we turned to several experts to lay out the pros and cons of a state constitutional convention.

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WHY OPPONENTS ATTACK THE CONSTITUTIONAL CONVENTION PROCESS – NOT ITS SUBSTANCE

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On Nov. 7, New Yorkers will vote on whether to call a state constitutional convention. In the lead-up to this election, convention opponents have already spent millions of dollars employing the political strategy known as swift boating, which can mean attacking an opponent’s strengths rather than their weaknesses. The term entered the lexicon after the 2004 presidential election, when President George W. Bush’s top campaign adviser, Karl Rove, used the method to attack John Kerry, the Democratic presidential nominee. Kerry had a heroic record of military service as the commander of a swift boat during the Vietnam War and the Republican nominee had dodged military service. Rather than concede this point, Rove attacked Kerry’s military service via surrogates who were swift boat veterans. Most political campaigns focus on attacking an opponent’s weaknesses rather than their strengths. But attacking an opponent’s strengths can be more effective in low-information environments, such as in the last few days before an election when the public has the most trouble sorting through competing claims.

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Given the public’s minimal knowledge of state constitutions in general, and constitutional conventions in particular, swift boating has proven to be a shrewd political strategy in the 14 states, including New York, that have a periodic constitutional convention referendums. Most Americans, including reporters, learn nothing in school about their state constitutions, let alone their state constitutional conventions. They’ve not read their state constitution or experienced a convention in their lifetime, and they may not even know they have a state constitution. Convention opponents exploit this knowledge deficit, most notably during the last few weeks before a convention referendum, when they launch a blizzard of negative advertising built on a swift boating strategy. The framers of the New York Constitution designed the periodic convention referendum as a check on the state Legislature, specifically as a mechanism to bypass the Legislature’s veto power over constitutional reform. They implemented this check by granting the public three votes over the convention process: to call a convention at periodic intervals, to elect delegates to a convention and to vote up or down any amendments a convention might propose.

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Consider the following swift boat claims and the responses that I believe the framers would have if they were still alive and could defend their work. A convention would open a Pandora’s box. An unlimited convention, the claimed Pandora’s box, is a design feature, not a bug, because we designed the periodic convention referendum to provide a way to bypass the state Legislature’s veto power over constitutional amendments. If a legislature could limit a convention’s agenda, it would defeat that purpose. A convention cannot do anything a legislature cannot. We designed the New York Constitution to provide for two modes of proposing amendments: one by the state Legislature and the other by convention. The reason there are two and not one is that we designed each to serve a different function.

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Framers’ Response:

We granted the public three votes over the convention process to check, not enhance, legislative corruption. Our sound basic design is illustrated by the fact that powerful special interests – those with a demonstrated track record of successfully influencing legislatures – consistently oppose conventions because they have less control over them. For example, in 2016, those opposing the convention spent 400 times as much as supporters ($13.7 million vs. $35,800) on state candidates, parties and super PACs. In contrast, good government groups support conventions because state legislatures won’t pass popular democratic reforms, such as independent legislative redistricting. The opposition’s swift boating strategy focuses on a convention’s process rather than the agenda. Thus, it can avoid debating unpopular policies its members want to protect, such as assault weapon protections (New York State Rifle and Pistol Association), govern-

MOST AMERICANS, INCLUDING REPORTERS, LEARN NOTHING IN SCHOOL ABOUT THEIR STATE CONSTITUTIONS, AND MAY NOT EVEN KNOW THEY HAVE A STATE CONSTITUTION.

Swift Boat Claim:

The same legislators who control the state Legislature would control a convention; so convening one would be a complete waste of taxpayer money. Not so in our day and not so today. American states have convened 236 conventions, including nine in New York, since 1776. The reason the convention process is now part of all 50 states’ constitutions, and viewed by courts as an inalienable right of the people, is that it is independent of a legislature, which would have a blatant conflict of interest if granted exclusive power to propose limits on its own constitutional powers. In our design, we trusted the people for good reason. No convention during the 20th century has had incumbent state legislators constitute more than 10 percent of its delegates. The people understand that electing legislators as delegates would defeat the purpose of calling a convention; consequently, most incumbent legislators won’t even run. As indicated by the “no” coalition’s name, New Yorkers Against Corruption, powerful special interests will have even more control over a convention than the state Legislature.

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ment pensions (New York State United Teachers) and abortion (New York State Right to Life). It can even express great sympathy for the good government community’s popular reform agenda (ethics, redistricting and term limits reform) while denigrating the democratic process that would enable that agenda. If he were alive today, Niccolò Machiavelli, the 16th century diplomat who famously explained the political logic of asymmetric information between rulers and the ruled, might admire the opposition’s skilled use of swift boating. But Machiavellian politics denigrate the democratic process, which is why public officials in democracies never publicly endorse them. The silver lining is that such politics are risky, for when they are publicly exposed, a backlash ensues.

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WE NEED TO ENSHRINE OUR VALUES NEW YORK CAN NO LONGER RELY ON THE WHITE HOUSE TO SAFEGUARD OUR CIVIL RIGHTS

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Richard Brodsky

WITH ALL DUE RESPECT TO NEW YORK CITY MAYOR BILL DE BLASIO AND ASSORTED COUNTY EXECUTIVES ACROSS THE STATE, THE ONLY HISTORIC VOTE YOU COULD CAST ON NOV. 7 IS WHETHER TO CALL FOR A STATE CONSTITUTIONAL CONVENTION. AS IT READS ON THE BALLOT:

SHALL THERE BE A CONVENTION TO REVISE THE CONSTITUTION AND AMEND THE SAME? This is not chopped liver. State government controls most of what matters in our daily lives: schools, health care, transportation, environment, reproductive freedom as well as cultural and social institutions. And there is monumental dissatisfaction with how things are going. Every 20 years we get to vote on whether to make things better. If the people vote “yes,” we elect delegates to rewrite the constitution and, so the theory goes, update and improve our condition. It’s time, folks. From ethics reform to personal liberty to ending the corrupt but legal campaign finance system, we can do better. There’s a new and compelling reason to vote “yes,” beyond the inherent goodness of the proposals. Since the Civil War, we have become used to the federal government championing, mostly, the expansion of personal rights and liberties. The U.S. Supreme Court – desegregation and equal protection for women – and the enlightened actions of Congress and the president – civil rights laws and equal pay – eventually wrote our bedrock freedoms into the social fabric of our country. No more. Under President Donald Trump, the policies and doctrines protecting us are being swept away. The feds are now rolling back these hard-won advances. We need to enshrine them in our state constitution. Take gender equality and identity. Under Trump, the federal government has become an aggressive enemy of equal pay and affirmative action, not to mention

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transgender rights. We need to protect everyone in the state constitution. Take our bizarre and corrosive system of campaign contributions, which makes criminal bribery schemes look like a minor problem. There will be no system of public campaign finance unless New Yorkers require one in the state constitution. Let’s take a deeper look at the issue of reproductive freedom. Our federal constitutional protections are grounded in case law, not in the explicit words of the Constitution. The U.S. Supreme Court found that we enjoy an implicit right to privacy, inherent in the Constitution, but never explicitly mentioned. That is the basis for limiting government restrictions on reproductive choices. That doctrinal foundation has been under constant attack, and with Trump’s appointment of Neil Gorsuch, we may be at a point where a majority of the U.S. Supreme Court will undo Roe v. Wade in practical and theoretical terms. We need a provision in the New York Constitution that guarantees reproductive freedom per se, not as a derivative of a right to privacy. We also need a stand-alone right to privacy. Try these:

· ARTICLE I, §19 [RIGHT TO REPRODUCTIVE FREEDOM] The Legislature may not enact, nor the governor sign, any law that unreasonably restr icts the right of a woman to full and free control over reproductive decisions. · ARTICLE I, §19. [RIGHT OF PRIVACY] The right of each person to a reasonable expectation of privacy shall not be infr inged.

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THE FEDS ARE NOW ROLLING BACK THESE HARD-WON ADVANCES.

These amendments make sense on their own, and as a bulwark against the social reactionaries now running the federal government. There’s more: A right to higher education; a right to a clean and healthy environment; limits to corporate giveaways and the corruption that follows them; and reform of the judiciary. The state constitution is where all this resides. You want to fix things, fix the constitution. It’s almost a no-brainer, except there are plenty of thoughtful and intelligent folks who aren’t convinced. Their concerns over calling a constitutional convention in 2017 are a function of the successes of past conventions. In 1938, the constitutional convention rewrote the document to protect workers, the poor, public health, schools and lots of very important stuff. Some fear a convention would jettison these important rights. The fear that a 2017 convention would be a vehicle for reactionary policies is, for some, strong enough to have otherwise solid citizens oppose the convention. These concerns are real and worthy of respect. But they are not dispositive. The convention process has built-in protections against bad outcomes. Nothing a convention might want to do, or actually propose, can become part of the state constitution without the consent of the people. New York voters have to approve any change to the state constitution. The voters are comfortably pro-choice, pro-worker, pro-justice pro-fairness, pro-education, pro-environment and progressive. Voters will resoundingly disown a runaway, reactionary convention.

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That’s not to concede that a convention would actually veer away from the fundamental views of the voters. These same voters will elect the delegates, whose positions will be known before they are selected. Popular control of the election of delegates and popular control of the approval process are our ultimate guarantee that good things will flow from a convention. In fairness to those still unconvinced, there are things to be concerned about. Money still has undue influence in elections. The flaws in campaign finance laws and election laws are not yet fixed. It will take enormous work and persuasion to settle the hundreds of issues that a convention would consider. But that work can be done as successfully in 2017 as it was in 1938. This is not an easy time to proclaim faith in the people and democracy. The counsels of cynicism and distrust fall trippingly from the tongue. The despair and fear that dominate so much of public life are easily embraced. But our history as a nation and a state and as communities teaches otherwise. We are called upon to do right by our neighbors and ourselves, as earlier generations answered the same call. An abiding faith in the people requires us to embrace this opportunity. The need is clear: Our institutions need revision and reform. The mechanism is before us. The risks are manageable. The stakes are enormous. Do the right thing.

Richard Brodsky is a former assemblyman who serves as a senior fellow at both Demos and New York University’s Wagner Graduate School of Public Service.

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A GRAVE RISK FOR PROGRESSIVES A CONSTITUTIONAL CONVENTION WOULD BE VULNERABLE TO BIG MONEY INTERESTS FROM AROUND THE NATION

BY The most consequential vote New Yorkers have on Nov. 7 might not be for a political candidate, but rather a “yes” or “no” answer to a 13-word question: “Shall there be a convention to revise the constitution and amend the same?” It’s a question required by the state constitution to appear before voters every 20 years. Should a majority choose “yes,” it will kick off a multiyear process, starting with election of delegates in 2018, followed by a convention in which changes to our state’s foundational document would be drafted. There is no doubt that our constitution is in need of some improvements. Enshrining a woman’s right to choose, enacting true campaign finance reform and making voting more accessible are just some of the badly needed changes to our state government. But the arcane rules that would govern the selection of delegates for a convention pose a grave risk for progressives. The vast majority of delegates would be selected along the lines of existing state Senate districts – a hypergerrymandered map drawn to the advantage of conservative candidates. And the election process would be highly vulnerable to a flood of outside funding from big money interests around the nation – groups likely to have a far right-wing agenda. A likely chief culprit, billionaire industrialist brothers Charles and David Koch, have already poured vast millions into advancing conservative legislation at the state level across the country. The election of convention delegates in New York would be obscure and downright confusing for many voters – making the process incredibly vulnerable to outside forces willing to spend aggressively to push right-wing candidates. For all its flaws, New York’s current constitution has better protections than many other states for workers, the environment and low-income people. If conservative-leaning delegates are given the option to rewrite these provisions, it would put vital safeguards at risk.

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AMONG THE CONSTITUTIONAL COMPONENTS THAT MIGHT BE THREATENED ARE: · A mandate to provide for social welfare needs, which is among the strongest of any state in the nation. · A requirement to fully fund public sector pensions. · Forever wild guarantees, which protect natural treasures in the Adirondack and Catskill mountains. · Employee rights to workers’ compensation and collective bargaining.

A convention is not the only way to amend our constitution. That means there’s a safer option for those of us looking to bring about positive changes in this critical document. The state Legislature can make amendments through legislation, and has done so 222 times over the decades. Yes, there are major political challenges to bringing about much-needed improvements to our constitution through the legislative process. But progressives should do the hard work of overcoming these obstacles rather than choosing the perilous route of a constitutional convention. Not surprisingly, a wide array of progressive groups have lined up against the convention, including organized labor and groups advocating for the environment, senior citizens, LGBTQ New Yorkers, women’s rights and civil rights. But this formidable coalition has its work cut out for it. Polls show the public is largely unaware of the weighty ballot question that they will be confronting on Nov. 7. Those telling pollsters they have an opinion are divided almost evenly between voting “yes” and “no.” Some voters might not even know to look on the back ballot sheet where the convention question will be located. That means we have our work cut out for us in the waning days before voters go to the polls. All progressives should work hard between now and then to ensure that “no” wins, and that we avoid the risk of a giant step backward for our state.

New York City Councilman Mark Levine represents Upper Manhattan.

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The Affordable Care Act is sti ll one of the countr y’s major health care laws, despite repeated failed efforts by Congress to repeal or replace it. Vullo said New York has been fighti ng back on all the efforts to repeal or replace the law. “In New York, we believe that health care is a right for all,” she said. “We don’t believe that it’s a privilege for the few.” Vullo said the ACA allows for a “vibrant and healthy” health insurance market, and that the uninsured rate in the state dropped from 10 percent to 5 percent thanks to the law.

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There has also been a cut to the federal disproportionate share hospital payments, which help fund hospitals that serve lowincome patients. Vullo said the cuts will cost New York $2.6 billion, and that it hurts New York more than other states because of the number of hospitals receiving the funds. This lack of funding was the source of a recent dispute between Albany and the New York City government.

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The Children’s Health Insurance Program, or CHIP, expired at the end of September, and Congress has not yet reauthorized the program, which roughly 350,000 New York children rely on. “Every one of them counts,” Vullo said. She described the program as a safety gap for families who don’t qualify for Medicaid but still can’t afford health coverage. “It’s quite difficult to imagine anything more cruel than jeopardizing health care for almost 350,000 children across New York state and many millions more across the country,” Vullo said.

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ESSENTIAL HEALTH BENEFITS “There have been assaults on the fundamental premise of the Affordable Care Act, which is essential health benefits,” Vullo said. Those are the 10 categories of services that every health insurance plan must cover, such as maternity care, mental health and prescription drug coverage. In September, Vullo issued an emergency regulation ensuring those benefits continue, even if the ACA were to be repealed. DFS also included a special mention for contraception and mandated that insurers cover medically necessary abortion services.

ility in New causing instab so al is t en m bsid ies pa id to federa l govern s, which are su on cti Vul lo sa id the du re ncome g in cost-shar ctibles of low-i York by cutti ng copays and dedu e Vul lo th ,” er es w ni lo pa to m pa nies su ra nce co in of s ut insu ra nce com ilo ba co w n those pays “These are not Act to bring do re Ca policyholders. le ab ck.” A rd ffo rt of the A need to fight ba sa id. “Th is is pa ed it. A nd we ne er and ho nd w xa le le A op for pe ns. La mar Se . .S U by and deductibles ed aft pt to stabili ze th ca re plan cr ents and attem ym pa e bipa rti sa n heal an es th e at in givi ng the pl wou ld reinst p was hesitant um Patty Murray Tr d al on D t t Presiden the market, bu t. or pp his su

Vullo also spoke out against Trump’s executive order that could allow association health plans to be sold across state borders. Plans could potentially be sold in New York that don’t follow state regulations. “That is destabilizing – no question about it – to the health insurance market,” Vullo said. “Because it’s an unlevel playing field” that could end up raising health care premiums for less healthy New Yorkers.

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The must-read news source for New York’s nonprofits Edited by AIMÉE SIMPIERRE

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ILL CHONG, who was appointed commissioner of the New York City Department of Youth and Community Development by Mayor Bill de Blasio in 2014, has served in various capacities in city government under four mayors, beginning with former Mayor David Dinkins’ administration. But in the past four years, Chong has seen his department’s budget double, freeing him to take on infrastr uctural challenges that have existed since DYCD was formed through the merger of smaller city agencies in 1996. Chong’s agency provides after-school activities, community development and youth and family supports through programs

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The Department of Youth and Community Development’s Bill Chong and Susan Haskell on the importance of integrating services

such as the Comprehensive After School System of New York City, School’s Out New York City, Beacon, Cornerstone and the Summer Youth Employment Program. Chong and Susan Haskell, deputy commissioner for youth services, joined us for a podcast about what they have planned for the newly strengthened agency. Th is interview has been edited for clarity and brevity. Listen to the full podcast at nynmedia.com. NYN: What are your priorities for the agency as a whole? BC: I benefit from several things having worked at this agency for eight years as an assistant and deputy commissioner, so I had no learning curve. I knew the

people, I knew the programs. The biggest challenge for us has always been funding and that itself is a sea change. Our budget has more than doubled in the last four years. We went from under $400 million to about $840 million. So now the challenge for us is, how do we do a better job with what we have? How do we do better integration of services? We ourselves are a merger of three separate smaller agencies: Youth Services, the Community Development Agency and the Department of Employment. For many years – and this is tr ue of government in general, having worked for four different mayors – is that the left and the right hand don’t know what they’re doing. So we have

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an opportunity to make sure at least the left and right hand at DYCD know what they’re doing. So we’re into community building now. We’re talking about how do we learn from the nonprofit community – from sett lement houses, for example, because sett lement houses do this seamlessly. They take disparate pots of money that serve different

ly released what’s called a concept paper, which is our beginning for our process to redesign the programs. And so we’re seeking input from the public, from people who provide these services, because we want to do several things. We want to expand the number of programs that serve young people – provide summer jobs. We want to conti nue specializing services because we know that young people have different needs and one size does not fit all.

“OUR IDEAL NYN: What has your working relationbeen like with Mayor Bill de Blasio? GOAL IS WHEN ship BC: I’ve known the mayor for almost 25 years, since we were both alumni of the administration. A lot of the pathA PERSON OR Dinkins breaking work for young people started in the Dinkins administration. Richard A FAMILY Murphy, who was then the commissioner of youth services – in fact he was the fi rst commissioner of youth services appointed EXITS ONE by Mayor Dinkins – was one of the fi rst advocates in government for a principle called PROGRAM, youth development. … A lot of the work we’ve done is built on the foundation that Richard Murphy laid out. ANOTHER What challenges are you looking DOOR OPENS.” NYN: to address in schools?

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programs and create a holistic strategy to help people. And we know that the people that come to the programs that DYCD funds have more than one challenge. How do we connect the dots? That’s what we’re focusing on now, is making it easier to connect people so when they come in for one service, they can be connected to another service. NYN: What particular challenges are you looking to address? BC: When I was deputy commissioner in the Bloomberg administration, half the programs relied on one-year funding. Now you can’t run any program not knowing what your budget is unti l the start of the new budget year. That situation has been greatly alleviated. Most of our programs have permanent – what’s called baselined funding. One of the things I’m most proud of is providing permanent funding for the summer jobs program. … We’ve recent-

SH: One of the things that we’re paying more attention to is social-emotional learning and youth leadership development. And I think after school and the field of youth development, that’s always been one of their strengths. But now we’re sort of being more intentional about it. … We’re working with the American Institute for Research, and they’ve helped develop a survey. They looked nationwide. They do work all around the globe and they were not able to fi nd a great youth leadership development tool and they’re implementi ng it now in the commissioner’s SONYC program, which is the middle school after-school programs. NYN: How do you make sure your nonprofit providers are up to speed with ever-changing requirements? SH: It takes a really close connection with the programs and our program monitors. … I think Commissioner Chong has been really committed to strengthening the school partnerships. I think that’s where

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that work begins is when you have a really strong relationship with school-based programs – between the school leadership and the program staff so that they can develop a strong program together. NYN: What are you doing to help improve the contracting process with nonprofits? BC: We were the fi rst major agency to test what’s called the HHS Accelerator system, which is an online application. … And we’re looking to do other things. In listening to our nonprofit partners, they’ve said that it makes sense to group contracts so that if you have five community center Beacon contracts, it would be one contract. It’s onefi ft h the work because its one-fi ft h the set of documents. So we’re looking to do ways that will sti ll maintain accountability, but make it more streamlined for not only the nonprofit staff but for the staff at DYCD. NYN: What new initiatives should nonprofit providers be keeping an eye out for? BC: We’re partnering with nontraditional providers. One of the initiatives in the Summer Youth Employment Program is that we have jobs set aside for young people who are court-involved, homeless or in foster care. And the key to the success of that experience is making sure that they’re ready to work. Knowing the young person, having worked with them during the school year, makes a huge difference and a good outcome during the summer. Our ideal goal is when a person or a family exits one program, another door opens. We’re doing that. We’re building a new data system called DYCD Connect. We had six or seven different data systems. It’s a legacy of being three different agencies. So the different systems didn’t talk to each other. Once the system is up and running next year – some time, probably the spring or summer – when a young person (or) when a family exits a program, they will be referred automatically to other programs they might be eligible for. We know from experience that one-shot efforts don’t work. You have to have continuous intervention. You have to have sustained intervention to have long-term impact.

MORE ONLINE • Judi Kende of Enterprise Community Partners and Patricia Swann of The New York Community Trust write about how smaller nonprofits can help address New York City’s housing affordability crisis.

• Representatives from Food Bank for New York City, Rebuilding Together NYC and the Robin Hood Foundation join a podcast on how nonprofits helped stabilize New Yorkers’ lives after Superstorm Sandy.

To see the full versions of these stories and subscribe to First Read Nonprofit, visit nynmedia.com.

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October 23, 2017 Notice of Formation of Inyoung Lee, DMD, PLLC. Arts of Org. filed with New York Secy of State (SSNY) on 9/26/17. 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: 230 E. 79th St, Off. 1, NY, NY 10075. Purpose: Dentistry.

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Notice of Qualification of Reynolds Construction, LLC. The fictitious name is: REYNOLDS CONSTRUCTION OF NEW YORK, LLC. Authority filed with NY Secy of State (SSNY) on 9/6/17. Office location: New York County. LLC formed in Delaware (DE) on 3/1/16. 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 STAFFING NETWORK HOLDINGS, L.L.C.. Authority filed with NY Secy of State (SSNY) on 9/8/17. Office location: New York County. LLC formed in Delaware (DE) on 12/17/99. SSNY is designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: 111 8th Ave, NY, NY 10011. DE address of LLC: 160 Greentree Dr., Ste 101, Dover, DE 19904. Cert. of Formation filed with DE Secy of State, 401 Federal St. Ste 4, Dover, DE 19901. The name and address of the Reg. Agent is CT Corporation System, 111 8th Ave, NY, NY 10011. Purpose: any lawful activity.

Notice of Qualification of 238 MADISON OWNER LLC. Authority filed with NY Secy of State (SSNY) on 9/27/17. Office location: New York County. LLC formed in Delaware (DE) on 5/8/17. SSNY is designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: 111 8th Ave, NY, NY 10011. DE address of LLC: 160 Greentree Dr., Ste 101, Dover, DE 19904. Cert. of Formation filed with DE Secy of State, 401 Federal St. Ste 4, Dover, DE 19901. The name and address of the Reg. Agent is National Registered Agents, Inc., 111 8th Ave, NY, NY 10011. Purpose: any lawful activity. Notice of Formation of Beekman Tribeca 2, LLC. Arts of Org. filed with New York Secy of State (SSNY) on 05/15/17. 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: 52 Vanderbilt, Ste 403, NY, NY 10017. Purpose: any lawful activity.

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SEAN MORRISON LLC, Arts. of Org. filed with the SSNY on 09/05/2017. Office loc: NY County. SSNY has been designated as agent upon whom process against the LLC may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: The LLC, 422 West 20th Street # 3F, NY, NY 10011. Reg Agent: Sean Morrison, 422 West 20th Street # 3F, NY, NY 10011. Purpose: Any Lawful Purpose. Notice of Qualification of RL Access Manager LLC. Authority filed with NY Secy of State (SSNY) on 05/16/17. Office location: New York County. LLC formed in Delaware (DE) on 4/13/17. SSNY is designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: 280 Park Ave, Tower West, Fl. 35, 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 Qualification of PROTON MANAGEMENT LLC. The fictitious name is: PROTON WEST LLC. Authority filed with NY Secy of State (SSNY) on 9/12/17. Office location: New York County. LLC formed in Delaware (DE) on 2/22/10. 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 8403 Landers Development LLC. Arts of Org. filed with New York Secy of State (SSNY) on 01/23/13. 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: 202 Centre St, Fl. 6, NY, NY 10013. Purpose: any lawful activity.

Notice of Qualification of FRESCO MOBILE LLC.. Authority filed with NY Secy of State (SSNY) o n 9/22/17. Office location: New York County. LLC formed in Delaware (DE) on 9/15/17. SSNY is designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: 111 8th Ave, NY, NY 10011. DE address of LLC: 1209 Orange St, Wilmington, DE 19801. Cert. of Formation filed with DE Secy of State, 401 Federal St. Ste 4, Dover, DE 19901. The name and address of the Reg. Agent is CT Corporation System, 111 8th Ave, NY, NY 10011. Purpose: any lawful activity.

Notice of Qualification of 614 Croton Farms LLC. Authority filed with NY Dept. of State on 8/31/17. Office location: NY County. Princ. bus. addr.: 614 Croton Lake Rd., Bedford, NY 10549. LLC formed in DE on 8/29/17. NY Sec. of State designated agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served and shall mail process to: Cogency Global Inc., 10 E. 40th St., 10th Fl., NY, NY 10016, regd. agent upon whom process may be served. DE addr. of LLC: 850 New Burton Rd., Ste. 201, Dover, DE 19904. Cert. of Form. filed with DE Sec. of State, 401 Federal St., Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: any lawful activity.

Solid Step Properties, LLC App. for Auth. filed w/ SSNY 4/27/16. Off. in NY Co. Arts. of Org. filed w/ SSNV 1/22/16. SSNY desig. as agt. of LLC whom process may be served. SSNY shall mail process to the LLC, 116 W 87th St, Unit 8, NY, NY 10024. The prins. off. of the Foreign LLC maint. at same address. Name & add. of the auth. officer in NV where copy of Arts. of Org. filed: NV Sec. of State, 101 N Carson St, Ste. 3, Carson City, NV 89701. Purpose: any lawful activity.

Notice of Qualification of CA II Flatbush TIC LLC. Authority filed with NY Secy of State (SSNY) on 9/29/17. Office location: New York County. LLC formed in Delaware (DE) on 9/14/17. SSNY is designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: 111 8th Ave, NY, NY 10011. DE address of LLC: 1209 Orange St, Wilmington, DE 19801. Cert. of Formation filed with DE Secy of State, 401 Federal St, Ste 4, Dover, DE 19901. The name and address of the Reg. Agent is CT Corporation System, 111 8th Ave, NY, NY 10011. Purpose: any lawful activity.

Notice of Qualification of OldSlip Logos LLC. Authority filed with NY Secy of State (SSNY) on 7/21/17. Office location: New York County. LLC formed in Delaware (DE) on 5/3/12. SSNY is designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: 1 State St Plz., Fl. 29, NY, NY 10004. 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 THE TRENDY GROUP USA LLC Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 09/20/17. Office location: NY County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to Corporation Service Co., 80 State St., Albany, NY 12207-2543. Purpose: Any lawful activity. Notice of Qualification of SIGHTWAY CAPITAL, LP Appl. for Auth. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 10/10/17. Office location: NY County. LP formed in Delaware (DE) on 10/06/17. Princ. office of LP: 100 Ave. of the Americas, NY, NY 10013. Duration of LP is Perpetual. SSNY designated as agent of LP upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to the Partnership, Attn: General Counsel at the princ. office of the LP. Name and addr. of each general partner are available from SSNY. DE addr. of LP: 251 Little Falls Dr., Wilmington, DE 19808-1674. Cert. of LP filed with DE Secy. of State, John G. Townsend Bldg., 401 Federal St., Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: Any lawful activity.

Notice of Qualification of ZAPALIT MANAGEMENT LLC Appl. for Auth. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 09/27/17. Office location: NY County. LLC formed in Delaware (DE) on 04/17/17. Princ. office of LLC: 595 Madison Ave., 29th Fl., NY, NY 10022. 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 Secy. of State, Townsend Bldg., 401 Federal St. #4, Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: Any lawful activity. Notice of Formation of Overhill Bar Bldg, LLC. Arts of Org. filed with New York Secy of State (SSNY) on 9/13/17. 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: 815 King St, Port Chester, NY 10573 Purpose: any lawful activity. Notice of formation of Smallwood Properties, LLC filed with SSNY 6/7/17. Office: NY County. SSNY designated agent of LLC upon who process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to LLC Attn. Nicole Traub, 35 Grove St Apt 4F, NY, NY, 10014. Purpose: any lawful purpose HAYS CPA LLC. Filed with SSNY on 6/26/17. Office: Richmond County. SSNY designated as agent for process and shall mail to: 370 St. Marks Place, Staten Island, New York, 10301. Purpose: any lawful

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October 23, 2017 Notice of Qualification of GIVEWITH LLC Appl. for Auth. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 08/04/17. Office location: NY County. LLC formed in Delaware (DE) on 10/31/16. Princ. office of LLC: Corporate & Securities, 51 W. 52nd St., (19-13), NY, NY 10019. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to c/o Corporation Service Co. (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., 401 Federal St., Ste. 4, Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: Any lawful activity. CWW LLC Art. Of Org. Filed Sec. of State of NY 5/10/2017. Off. Loc.: New York Co. Business Filings Incorporated designated as agent upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY to mail copy of process to The LLC, c/o BFI, 187 Wolf Road, Suite 101, Albany, NY 12205. Purpose: Any lawful act or activity. Notice of Qualification of COA 200 E 34TH LLC Appl. for Auth. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 10/16/17. Office location: NY County. LLC formed in Delaware (DE) on 09/27/17. Princ. office of LLC: 1500 Broadway, Ste. 2301, NY, NY 10036. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to the LLC at the princ. office of the LLC. DE addr. of LLC: c/o Corporation Service Co., 251 Little Falls Dr., Wilmington, DE 19808. Cert. of Form. filed with Secy. of State of DE, Div. of Corps., 401 Federal St., Ste. 4, Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: A developer for residential condos.

LEGALNOTICES@ CITYANDSTATENY.COM Notice of Auction Sale is herein given that Citiwide Self Storage located at 4555 Pearson Street, Long Island City, N.Y. 11101 will take place on WWW. STORAGETREASURES.COM Sale by competitive bidding starting on November 06, 2017 and end on November 17, 2017 at 12:00 p.m. to satisfy unpaid rent and charges on the following accounts: Contents of rooms generally contain misc. Household goods and other effects. #5F06 – Aishwarya Gupta, 5R14 – Gabriel Garcia, 5R48 – Modesto Guzman, 8C12 – Charles Juntikka, 8P27 – Edith Kneler, 9W21 – Susan Dasilveira. The contents of each unit will be sold as a lot and all items must be removed from the premises within 72 hours. Owners may redeem their goods by paying all rent and charges due at any time before the sale.

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Notice of Qualification of VIVINT SOLAR NYC ELECTRICAL, LLC. Authority filed with NY Secy of State (SSNY) on 9/27/17. Office location: New York County. LLC formed in Delaware (DE) on 9/25/17. SSNY is designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: 111 8th Ave, NY, NY 10011. DE address of LLC: 1209 Orange St, Wilmington, DE 19801. Cert. of Formation filed with DE Secy of State, 401 Federal St Ste 4, Dover, DE 19901. The name and address of the Reg. Agent is CT Corporation System, 111 8th Ave, NY, NY 10011. Purpose: any lawful activity. Notice of Qualification of Wisdom Foods Randall’s Island, LLC d/b/a Ellary’s Greens. App. For Auth. Filed with NY Secy. of State (SSNY) 6/8/17. Office: NY County. LLC formed in DE 5/9/17. SSNY designated agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: LLC 175 Varick St. 6th Fl., NY, NY 10014. DE addr of LLC: c/o Corp Service Co., 251 Little Falls Dr., Wilmington, DE 19808. Cert. of Form. filed with DE Secy. of State, Div. of Corps., 401 Federal St., Ste. 4, Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: any lawful activity. NOTICE OF FORMATION of COMMON CONCEPTS LLC. Arts. of Org. filed with SSNY 11/07/14. Office loc: NY County. SSNY designated agent upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to LLC c/o US Corporation Agents, Inc, 7014 13th Ave, Ste 202, Brooklyn, NY 11228. Purpose: Any lawful activity. Notice of Qualification of TWO SIGMA VENTURES, LP Appl. for Auth. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 10/10/17. Office location: NY County. LP formed in Delaware (DE) on 10/06/17. Princ. office of LP: 100 Ave. of the Americas, NY, NY 10013. NYS fictitious name: TWO SIGMA VENTURES, LP 1. Duration of LP is Perpetual. SSNY designated as agent of LP upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to the Partnership, Attn: General Counsel at the princ. office of the LP. Name and addr. of each general partner are available from SSNY. DE addr. of LP: 251 Little Falls Dr., Wilmington, DE 19808-1674. Cert. of LP filed with DE Secy. of State, John G. Townsend Bldg., 401 Federal St., Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: Any lawful activity. Notice of Formation of 73rd Park LLC. Arts of Org. filed with NY Secy of State (SSNY) on 9/13/17. Office location: New York County. SSNY is designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: 111 8th Ave, NY, NY 10011. The name and address of the Reg. Agent is CT Corporation System, 111 8th Ave, NY, NY 10011. Purpose: any lawful activity.

150 WEST END AVE SUITE 1 LLC Art. Of Org. Filed Sec. of State of NY 7/7/2017. 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 Limited Liability Company, 118-21 Queens Boulevard, Suite 520, Forest Hills, NY 11375. Purpose: Any lawful act or activity. Notice of Formation of TLM 34TH INVESTORS, LLC Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 09/14/17. Office location: NY County. Princ. office of LLC: 205 E. 85th St., Apt. 14H, NY, NY 10028. 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 Auction Sale is herein given that Access Self Storage of Long Island City located at 29-00 Review Avenue, Long Island City, N.Y. 11101 will take place on WWW. STORAGETREASURES.COM Sale by competitive bidding starting on November 6, 2017 and end on November 17, 2017 at 12:00 p.m. to satisfy unpaid rent and charges on the following accounts: Contents of rooms generally contain misc. Household goods and other effects. #712 - Noa Lembersky, #1408 - Louis Papp, #2802 - Consuelo Pornillos, #3206Fara Farahmand, #4434 - Taxi Magazine Inc., #4455-2 - Lorena Recalde, #6108- Jignesh Patel. The contents of each unit will be sold as a lot and all items must be removed from the premises within 72 hours. Owners may redeem their goods by paying all rent and charges due at any time before the sale. Notice of Qualification of KRL 175 Pearl LLC. Authority filed with NY Secy of State (SSNY) on 10/6/17. Office location: New York County. LLC formed in Delaware (DE) on 3/21/17. SSNY is designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: 111 8th Ave, NY, NY 10011. DE address of LLC: 160 Greentree Dr., Ste 101, Dover, DE 19904. Cert. of Formation filed with DE Secy of State, 401 Federal St, Ste 4, Dover, DE 19901. The name and address of the Reg. Agent is National Registered Agents, Inc., 111 8th Ave, NY, NY 10011. Purpose: any lawful activity. Notice of Formation of Advanced Skill Development, LLC. Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 09/21/17. Office location: Richmond County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: Paracorp Incorporated, 2804 Gateway Oaks Dr. #200, Sacramento, CA 95833-3509. Purpose: any lawful activities.

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT A LICENSE, SERIAL # 1305866 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 58 E 1ST ST NY, NY 10003. NEW YORK COUNTY, FOR ON PREMISE CONSUMPTION. 58 EAST 1ST LLC. NOTICE OF FORMATION OF Opuscule, LLC. Arts of Org filed with Secretary of State of NY (SSNY) 1/12/17. Office loc: NY County. SSNY designated as agent upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail a copy of any process against the LLC to: 7014 13th Ave., Suite 202, Brooklyn, NY 11228. Principal bus addr of LLC: 347 Manhattan Ave., #3B, NY, NY 10026 Purpose: any lawful act or activity Cellco Partnership and its controlled affiliates doing business as Verizon Wireless (Verizon Wireless) propose to collocate wireless communications antennas on a building rooftop, at a top height of 58 feet and 11 inches, at the approx. vicinity of 147-15 45th Avenue, Flushing, Queens County, NY 11355. Public comments regarding potential effects from this site on historic properties may be submitted within 30 days from the date of this publication to: Trileaf Corp, Natalie, n.kleikamp@ trileaf.com, 10845 Olive Blvd, Suite 260, St. Louis, MO 63141, 314-997-6111. NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT A LICENSE, SERIAL # 1305778 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 20 JAY ST BROOKLYN, NY 11201. KINGS COUNTY, FOR ON PREMISE CONSUMPTION. THE SEVENN GROUP LLC. Notice of Formation of GOLDEN CITY 757 REALTY LLC. Arts of Org. filed with New York Secy of State (SSNY) on 07/20/16. 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: 139 Centre St, #310, NY, NY 10013. Purpose: any lawful activity. Notice of Formation of Vicky Bijur Literary Agency, LLC. Arts of Org. filed with New York Secy of State (SSNY) on 09/8/17. 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: 27 W 20th St, Ste 1003, NY, NY 10011. Purpose: any lawful activity.

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Notice of Qualification of Qi Venture Partners II, LLC. Authority filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 08/21/17. Office location: NY County. LLC formed in Delaware (DE) on 07/20/17. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: 16 East 40th St., 6th Fl., New York, NY 10016. Address to be maintained in DE: 2140 South Dupont Hwy., Camden, DE 19934. Arts of Org. filed with the Secy. of State, Division of Corporations, John G. Townsend Bldg., 401 Federal St., - Ste. 4, Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: any lawful activities.

Notice of Qualification of Out to Lunch Productions, LLC. Authority filed with NY Secy of State (SSNY) on 8/25/17. Office location: New York County. LLC formed in Delaware (DE) on 2/17/16. 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 DIIO, LLC. Authority filed with NY Secy of State (SSNY) on 8/25/16. Office location: New York County. LLC formed in California (CA) on 9/25/01. 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. CA address of LLC: 818 W 7th St, Ste 930, Los Angeles, CA 90017. Cert. of Formation filed with CA Secy of State, 1500 11th St, Sacramento, CA 95814. 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 Pauline’s Pets LLC. Arts of Org. filed with New York Secy of State (SSNY) on 09/21/17. 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: 1590 York Ave, NY, NY 10028. Purpose: any lawful activity.

Notice of Formation of Civic Builders Sub-CDE 12, LLC. Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 09/06/17. Office location: NY County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: Civic Builders, Inc., 304 Hudson St., Ste. 301, NY, NY 10019. Purpose: any lawful activities. Notice of Formation of Weingold Law PLLC. Arts of Org. filed with NY Secy of State (SSNY) on 10/5/17. 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: 187 Wolf Rd, Ste 101, Albany, NY 12205. The name and address of the Reg. Agent is Business Filings Incorporated, 187 Wolf Rd, Ste 101, Albany, NY 12205. Purpose: Law. Notice of Qualification of Internet-Journals, LLC. Authority filed with NY Secy of State (SSNY) on 8/14/17. Office location: New York County. LLC formed in California (CA) on 7/28/17. 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. CA address of LLC: 818 W 7th St, Ste 930, Los Angeles, CA 90017. Cert. of Formation filed with CA Secy of State, 1500 11th St, Sacramento, CA 95814. 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 K&SCane LLC Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 09/19/17. Office location: NY County. Princ. office of LLC: c/o Virtusa Corp., 14 Wall St., 28th Fl., NY, NY 10005. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to Krishan Canekeratne at the princ. office of the LLC. Purpose: Any lawful activity. Notice of Formation of Sidiki Dabo, MD, PLLC. Arts of Org. filed with New York Secy of State (SSNY) on 9/26/17. 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: 19 W. 34th St, Fl. PH, NY, NY, 10016. Purpose: Medicine. Notice of Formation of Friend Request LLC. Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 08/30/17. Office location: NY County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: c/o CT CORPORATION SYSTEM, 111 Eighth Ave., NY, NY 10011. Purpose: any lawful activities. SAGACIO LLC Art. Of Org. Filed Sec. of State of NY 1/24/2006. 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, c/o Janine D Dorsett, PO Box 230385, New York, NY 10023. Purpose: Any lawful act or activity. Notice of Formation of Designs by Ellen LLC. Arts of Org filed with Secy of State of NY (SSNY) 8/28/17. Office loc: NY County. SSNY designated agent upon whom process may be served and shall mail copy of process against LLC to: LLC, 40 Broad St., Apt 24E, NY, NY 10004. Purpose: Any lawful act.

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Notice of Formation of 2 East 61st Street - 4th Floor, LLC. Arts of Org. filed with New York Secy of State (SSNY) on 09/08/17. 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: 585 Stewart Ave, Ste 302, Garden City, NY 11530. Purpose: any lawful activity. Notice of Qualification of Sun Flatbush Manager LLC. Authority filed with NY Secy of State (SSNY) on 9/29/17. Office location: New York County. LLC formed in Delaware (DE) on 9/14/17. 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. MOUNTAINSIDE CHAPPAQUA LLC, Arts. of Org. filed with the SSNY on 08/29/2017. Office loc: NY County. SSNY has been designated as agent upon whom process against the LLC may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: The LLC, C/O Artemis Partners LLC , 347 West 36th St., Ste 1601, NY, NY 10018. Purpose: Any Lawful Purpose. Notice of Formation of JMAB BOWERY LLC. Arts. of Org. filed with NY Dept. of State on 8/17/17. Office location: NY County. Sec. of State designated agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served and shall mail process to: Margaret D. Baisley, Esq., 561 Broadway, Ste. 9B, NY, NY 10012, principal business address. Purpose: any lawful activity. PULCINO LLC, Arts. of Org. filed with the SSNY on 07/05/2017. Office loc: NY County. SSNY has been designated as agent upon whom process against the LLC may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: The LLC, 250 E 63rd St. Apt #711, NY, NY 10065. Reg Agent: NYSCORPORATION. COM, 1971 Western Ave, # 1121, Albany, NY 12203. Purpose: Any Lawful Purpose. TEMPEST PRODUCTIONS, LLC, Arts. of Org. filed with the SSNY on 09/19/2017. Office loc: NY County. SSNY has been designated as agent upon whom process against the LLC may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: The LLC, 36-40 11th Street, Long Island City, NY 11106. Reg Agent: NYSCORPORATION. COM, 1971 Western Ave, # 1121, Albany, NY 12203. Purpose: Any Lawful Purpose.

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Notice of Qualification of MAINFRAME HOLDINGS LLC Appl. for Auth. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 06/30/17. Office location: NY County. LLC formed in Delaware (DE) on 06/27/17. Princ. office of LLC: One Battery Park Plaza, NY, NY 10004. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to Seward & Kissel LLP, Attn: Noelle P. Indelicato 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. PUBLIC NOTICE AT&T proposes to collocate antennas (tip heights 91’) on the building at 407 Central Park West, New York, NY (20171026). 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 198’) on the building at 45 John Street, New York, New York (20170896). 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 collocate antennas (tip heights 115’) on the building at 560 Broadway, New York, NY (20170966). 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 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, NOVEMBER 29TH, 2017 at 2:00 P.M. at 42 Broadway, 5th floor, on a petition for AGGIEPOLO INC to NEW MAINTAIN, AND OPERATE an unenclosed sidewalk cafe at 761 9TH AVE in the Borough of Manhattan for a term of two years. REQUEST FOR COPIES OF THE REVOCABLE CONSENT AGREEMENT MAY BE ADDRESSED TO: DEPT. OF CONSUMER AFFAIRS, 42 BROADWAY, NEW YORK, NY 10004 ATTN: FOIL OFFICER

October 23, 2017 Notice of Qualification of WOWZA MEDIA SYSTEMS, LLC. Authority filed with NY Secy of State (SSNY) on 9/14/17. Office location: New York County. LLC formed in Delaware (DE) on 2/22/12. 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 30 Flatbush TIC LLC. Authority filed with NY Secy of State (SSNY) on 10/3/17. Office location: New York County. LLC formed in Delaware (DE) on 9/14/17. SSNY is designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: 111 8th Ave, NY, NY 10011. DE address of LLC: 1209 Orange St, Wilmington, DE 19801. Cert. of Formation filed with DE Secy of State, 401 Federal St, Ste 4, Dover, DE 19901. The name and address of the Reg. Agent is CT Corporation System, 111 8th Ave, NY, NY 10011. Purpose: any lawful activity. Notice of Formation of 128-130 FIRST AVENUE LLC. Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 07/24/17. Office location: NY County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: Douglas Gladstone, Esq., Goldfarb & Fleece LLP, 560 Lexington Ave., NY, NY 10022. Purpose: any lawful activities. Notice of Formation of Horowitz PLLC. Arts of Org. filed with New York Secy of State (SSNY) on 09/21/17. 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: 96 Greenwich St, NY, NY 10006. Purpose: Law. Notice of Qualification of Van Wagner Telecom, LLC. Authority filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 10/02/17. Office location: NY County. LLC formed in Delaware (DE) on 09/29/17. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: c/o Van Wagner Group, LLC, 800 Third Ave., NY, NY 10022. Address to be maintained in DE: 160 Greentree Dr., Ste. 101, Dover, DE 19904. Arts of Org. filed with the Secy. of State, 401 Federal St., Ste. 4, Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: any lawful activities.

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Notice of Qualification of 19 WEST 44TH STREET JV, LLC Appl. for Auth. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) o n 10/11/17. Office location: NY County. LLC formed in Delaware (DE) on 08/04/17. Princ. office of LLC: 430 Park Ave., 12th Fl., NY, NY 10022. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to Corporation Service Co. (CSC), 80 State St., Albany, NY 122072543, regd. agent upon whom and at which process may be served. 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 B. Townsend Bldg., 401 Federal St., Ste. 4, Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: Any lawful activity PUBLIC NOTICE AT&T proposes to collocate antennas (tip heights 180’) on the building at 10 Sheridan Square, New York, NY (20170967). 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 BMJ SALTAIRE LLC Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 10/16/17. Office location: NY County. Princ. office of LLC: c/o Moses & Singer LLP, Attn: Gideon Rothschild, Esq., 405 Lexington Ave., NY, NY 10174-1299. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to the LLC at the addr. of its princ. office. Purpose: Any lawful activity. Notice of Qualification of 19 WEST 44TH STREET MEZZ IV, LLC Appl. for Auth. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 10/11/17. Office location: NY County. LLC formed in Delaware (DE) on 09/11/17. Princ. office of LLC: 430 Park Ave., 12th Fl., NY, NY 10022. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to Corporation Service Co. (CSC), 80 State St., Albany, NY 122072543, regd. agent upon whom and at which process may be served. 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 B. Townsend Bldg., 401 Federal St., Ste. 4, Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: Any lawful activity. Notice of formation of DON’T SLIP LLC Arts of Org filed with Secy of State of NY (SSNY) 5/12/17. Office loc: NY County. SSNY has been designated as agent of the LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: LLC, 35 Henry St, Apt 1A, NY, NY 10002. Purpose: Any lawful activity.

FAMILY COURT OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK CITY OF NEW YORK: COUNTY OF NEW YORK SUMMONS Docket No.: B-9152/17 ------------------------------X In the Matter of the Commitment of Guardianship and Custody of

FAMILY COURT OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK CITY OF NEW YORK: COUNTY OF NEW YORK SUMMONS - Docket Nos.: B-9129/17 and B-9152/17 ------------------------------X In the Matter of the Commitment of Guardianship and Custody of

LENELL AMOS RICE JR. A Child Under the Age of Eighteen Years -----------------------------X IN THE NAME OF THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK:

JURILEIDY JESUSITA PENA and LENELL AMOS RICE JR. Children Under the Age of Eighteen Years -----------------------------X IN THE NAME OF THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK:

TO: LENELL AMOS RICE ADDRESS: UNKNOWN A Petition having been filed in this Court, alleging that the above-named child, in the care of THE NEW YORK FOUNDLING HOSPITAL, should be committed to the guardianship and custody of THE NEW YORK FOUNDLING HOSPITAL; a copy of the petition being annexed hereto: You are hereby summoned to appear before the court, Part 10, The Honorable Jane Pearl, at 60 Lafayette Street, New York, New York, 10013 on December 20, 2017 at 2:00 PM in the afternoon of said day to SHOW CAUSE why the Court should not enter and Order committing the guardianship and custody of said child to the petitioning agency as provided by law. PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that if guardianship and custody of said child is committed to the petitioning agency, THE NEW YORK FOUNDLING HOSPITAL, said child may be adopted with consent of said petitioning agency without your consent or further notice to you. PLEASE TAKE FURTHER NOTICE that you have the right to be represented by a lawyer, and if the Court finds that you are unable to pay for a lawyer, you have the right to have a lawyer assigned by the Court. PLEASE TAKE FURTHER NOTICE that upon failure of the person summoned to appear, all of his or her parental rights to the child may be terminated; and PLEASE TAKE FURTHER NOTICE that his or her failure to appear shall constitute a denial of his or her interest in the child, which denial may result, without further notice, in the transfer of the commitment of the child’s care, custody or guardianship, or in the child’s adoption in this or any subsequent proceeding in which such care, custody and guardianship or adoption may be at issue Dated: New York, New York September 11, 2017 By Order of the Court Clerk of the Family Court OTTO GREY, LLC, Arts. of Org. filed with SSNY on 10/03/2017. Office loc: NY County. SSNY has been designated as agent upon whom process against the LLC may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: The LLC, Attn: Laura Miller, 330 W 145th St #508, NY, NY 10039. Purpose: Any Lawful Purpose.

TO: SURILEIDY AMPARO ADDRESS: UNKNOWN Petitions have been filed in this Court, alleging that the above-named children, in the care of THE NEW YORK FOUNDLING HOSPITAL, should be committed to the guardianship and custody of THE NEW YORK FOUNDLING HOSPITAL; copies of the petitions being annexed hereto: You are hereby summoned to appear before the court, Part 10, The Honorable Jane Pearl, at 60 Lafayette Street, New York, New York, 10013 on December 20, 2017 at 2:00 PM in the afternoon of said day to SHOW CAUSE why the Court should not enter and Order committing the guardianship and custody of said children to the petitioning agency as provided by law. PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that if guardianship and custody of said children are committed to the petitioning agency, THE NEW YORK FOUNDLING HOSPITAL, said children may be adopted with consent of said petitioning agency without your consent or further notice to you. PLEASE TAKE FURTHER NOTICE that you have the right to be represented by a lawyer, and if the Court finds that you are unable to pay for a lawyer, you have the right to have a lawyer assigned by the Court. PLEASE TAKE FURTHER NOTICE that upon failure of the person summoned to appear, all of his or her parental rights to the children may be terminated; and PLEASE TAKE FURTHER NOTICE that his or her failure to appear shall constitute a denial of his or her interest in the children, which denial may result, without further notice, in the transfer of the commitment of the children’s care, custody or guardianship, or in the children’s adoption in this or any subsequent proceeding in which such care, custody and guardianship or adoption may be at issue Dated: New York, New York September 11, 2017 By Order of the Court Clerk of the Family Court Notice of Formation of American Cyborg, LLC filed with SSNY 5/24/17. Office: NY County. SSNY designated agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to LLC: 308 W. 73rd St., #B, NY, NY 10023. Purpose: any lawful act or activity.

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CITY & STATE NEW YORK MANAGEMENT & PUBLISHING CEO Steve Farbman, President & Publisher Tom Allon tallon@cityandstateny.com, Vice President of Strategy Jasmin Freeman, Comptroller David Pirozzi dpirozzi@cityandstateny.com, Business & Operations Manager Patrea Patterson

Who was up and who was down last week

LOSERS CHRIS COLLINS While there’s a lot of smoke around Collins for insider trading, the most explosive allegation against him – that he wrote legislation on behalf of a biotech firm in which he is the largest investor – was nowhere to be found in the 29-page Office of Congressional Ethics report. Combine that with a $400,000 fundraising windfall courtesy of Vice President Mike Pence, and no serious Democratic challenger in sight, Collins can sleep well at night – at least this week.

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Aaron Judge not, that ye be not judged, but it’s hard to see how New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio isn’t getting caught up in Yankee fever as the Bronx Bombers continue to cruise in their playoff run. Lighting up the Empire State Building orange? De Blasio said it’s for Amazon, but some saw the skyscraper bathed in Houston Astros’ orange as the passive-aggressive action of a known Yankee hater. For some more winners and sore losers, read on ...

PRODUCTION creativedepartment@cityandstateny.com Creative Director Guillaume Federighi, Senior Graphic Designer Alex Law, Graphic Designer Kewen Chen, Junior Graphic Designer Aaron Aniton, Digital Content Coordinator Michael Filippi, Multimedia Director Bryan Terry

HOWARD ZEMSKY How ’bout that Buffalo Billion? For all of the money that Gov. Andrew Cuomo is spending to revitalize the upstate economy – and lavishing praise on Zemsky for leading these efforts – all he has to show for it is a pathetic 0.3 percent job growth, according to a recent report. While Zemsky is the one ostensibly responsible for this economic inertia, it’s Cuomo who could suffer for it as he enters his re-election campaign in 2018.

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Making $550,000 at SUNY Downstate, he’s New York’s highest-paid educator. Uber trips just topped yellow cabs in NYC – a big win for Uber’s Northeast GM.

New York City says it won’t find spots for five Success charters in time for approval. The “Chelsea bomber” was convicted on all eight counts. Throw away the key.

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After a trot around Flatbush, this breakout bovine is safe at a sanctuary in Jersey. The interim NYC Health + Hospitals chief finally got the money held by the state.

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