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Rockaway Beach Co-Op Blaze that Pols Say Could Have Been Prevented if City Inspected Building – as it Promised it Would

See Story on Page 3 Police Officer Glenn Ziminski carries terrified senior to safety on Friday after fire broke out on the 11th floor of Shore Front Parkway apartment building. A 91-year-old woman later succumbed to her injuries at an area hospital. Photo Courtesy of NYPD

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Trump Says DACA Deal ‘Probably Dead,’ Blames Dems By Michael V. Cusenza After Thursday’s closed-door meeting with members of Congress regarding immigration reform, we learned two things about President Donald Trump: which countries he characterizes as “sh*tholes,” and that he believes that the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program “is probably dead.” The Trump administration in September initiated the orderly phase out of DACA – the Obama-era policy that allows certain people, known as “DREAMers,” who came to the United States as children, and meet several guidelines, to request consideration of deferred action from deportation for two years, subject to renewal. They are also eligible for work authorization. Deferred action is a use of prosecutorial discretion to defer deportation for a certain period of time. Deferred action does not provide lawful status, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services noted. New York officials this week ripped the president for his choice of words and his apparent inability to strike a deal on true

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With no agreement on immigration even on the horizon, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents should soon be very busy.

immigration reform. “The President of the United States made some remarks last night that I will not repeat. It’s not usual that you can’t repeat what the President of the United States says, but there are children in the room and it would disrespect my office as governor. But anyone who believes that this country

is about keeping people out doesn't understand what this country is all about,” Gov. Andrew Cuomo said on Friday. “They have a short, short memory and they never really understood what made America great in the first place.” City Council Speaker Corey Johnson and Councilman Mathieu Eugene (D-

Brooklyn), a native of Haiti, which reportedly was one of the countries that fall into Trump’s “sh*thole” category, called the president’s comments “an affront to the very values of our nation and of the American dream.” “The country is deeply divided, and the president should be focused on bringing unity by creating the spirit of trust and respect and putting an end to the cruel and senseless immigration raids that are tearing families apart,” they added. “The United States is and always will be an immigrant nation, and even as President Trump continues to dehumanize the very people who make our country great, New York City will continue to stand strong and defend our status as a sanctuary city.” U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) called Trump’s remarks “repulsive,” and characterized the protection of DREAMers as “a moral imperative.” “Our country’s diversity is a strength. Our history and heritage of immigration have always helped us thrive,” she added. “These truths cannot, and will not, be diminished by hateful, racist words.”

John Adams HS, Channel View School Selected for Grammy Music Mentoring Day By Forum Staff Two south borough high schools were selected to participate in a new mentoring event featuring NYC residents with careers in music ranging from Grammy winning songwriters and producers to engineers, the City announced on Sunday. NYC Service, a division of the Office of the Mayor that promotes volunteerism, engaged 50 music professionals to

mentor 50 students from 10 city high schools, including John Adams HS in Ozone Park and Channel View School for Research in Rockaway Park, on Monday as part of the national Martin Luther King Day of Service spearheaded by the Corporation for National and Community Service. According to the City, the mentors all serve on the Recording Academy NY Chapter Board, and shared their personal

stories and careers in music with students in one-on-one sessions. In addition to participating in Monday’s mentoring session, each school will receive a $2,500 grant from the Grammy Museum as part of the Grammys Signature Schools Grants program. The funding will support music programs in each school. “Volunteer mentorship is a strategy aimed at ensuring NYC students have an adult in their life that can expand their

vision for the future,” said NYC Chief Service Officer Paula Gavin. “The opportunity to connect young men and women with caring adults is something NYC Service takes great pride in. We are thrilled to partner with the Grammy Museum and the Recording Academy New York Chapter to mentor students, inspire more New Yorkers to serve as volunteer mentors, as well as expose students to careers in the music industry.”

New York Leaders Reflect on the Life and Legacy of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. to remember that even when it feels tough, we have the example of Dr. King and his movement.” City Police Commissioner Jim O’Neill used King Day On Monday, on what would have been his 89th birthday, New York leaders on the city, state, and federal levels to recognize the unique relationship between cops and the reflected on the life and legacy of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther communities they protect and serve. “We recall what Martin Luther King told a MontgomKing, Jr. “New York City has always been a beacon of hope and ery, Ala., audience in 1957: ‘Life’s most persistent and uran example of what it looks like for people to live in one gent question is: What are you doing for others?’” O’Neill place and find a way to get along, to live and let live, to build noted. “In 2018, NYPD asks all NYers to share responsithat beautiful community that Dr. King dreamed of,” Mayor bility for public safety. This is how we’re making our way Bill de Blasio said at the Brooklyn Academy of Music’s an- forward: Together.” U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) delivered a stirnual tribute to King. “So, we have an obligation here to build something together. We also have, I think, an obligation to ring MLK Day speech at the Rev. Al Sharpton’s National remain hopeful no matter what is thrown at us. And I want Action Network in Manhattan. “As we celebrate the remarkable legacy, work, and to remind you, all of us were brought up – when we honored Dr. King, when we honored the Civil Rights Movement, we sacrifice of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., we recognize the thought of the song ‘We Shall Overcome’ and it made us feel progress our country has made in the last 50 years. And something very warm and it made us feel a connection. But in a year that has tested our resolve, we’re reminded of the I don’t want us to think of it as something nostalgic. I don’t work still left to be done,” she said. “’A man dies when he Photo Courtesy of the Library of Congress want us to think of it as something of the past or something refuses to stand up for that which is right.’ You have spoken New York’s elected and appointed officials commemorated MLK Day 2018 that was just a saying. We need to think about that phrase, out, marched, pushed back. You have not given up. You on Monday. we shall overcome, as an instruction to all of us and we need have not given an inch. Now more than ever, it’s up to us to keep using our voices to keep bending the arc of history toward justice.” 2 JANUARY 18, 2018 • Number 03 VOL. 17 • THE FORUM NEWSGROUP By Michael V. Cusenza

Following Fatal Rockaway Beach Blaze, Pols, Shareholders Blast HPD over Lack of Promised Building Inspections By Michael V. Cusenza Shareholders and elected officials are demanding answers from the City after a fast-moving fire in a Rockaway Beach cooperative building on Friday morning claimed the life of an elderly woman and injured 16 others, including nine police officers and three firefighters. Ethel Davis, 91, who lived on the 12th floor of the Dayton Beach Park building on Shore Front Parkway near Beach 87th Street, succumbed to her injuries on Saturday morning. According to City Fire officials, the blaze broke out around 11:20 a.m. in an apartment on the 11th floor. Fire marshals have determined that a halogen lamp set up near combustible items sparked the inferno, while a paucity of smoke alarms stymied early evacuation efforts. Assemblywoman Stacey Pheffer Amato (D-Howard Beach), State Sen. Joe Addabbo, Jr. (DHoward Beach), and City Comp-

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“As a shareholder I am terrified,” said Assemblywoman Pheffer Amato. “As an elected official, I am disgusted.”

troller Scott Stringer joined shareholders on Sunday in calling out the City Department of Housing Preservation and Development for lack of oversight in providing annual apartment inspections in Dayton Beach Park, a MitchellLama housing development co-op. Signed into State law in 1955, the Mitchell-Lama program provides affordable rental and co-op

housing to moderate- and middleincome families through waiting lists kept by each development. “As a shareholder I am terrified. As an elected official, I am disgusted. Something is not right,” an irate Pheffer Amato said. “Since being elected in 2016, I have expressed concerns regarding the absence of annual apartment inspections within DBP, as well as manage-

ment and board of director issues. Apartment inspections are not only necessary, but required in order to ensure the safety and quality of life for all shareholders. This fire was an incident waiting to happen.” Last August, Pheffer Amato sent a letter, at the request of hundreds of constituents and shareholders, to both HPD and First Service Residential (which man-

aged the buildings Dec. 31, 2017), expressing concerns regarding the inspections—or lack thereof. “According to the contract between First Service Residential and the NYC HPD, management is required to conduct and prepare the annual apartment inspections and reports. Additionally, this is a requirement by HPD as stated in the Mitchell-Lama rules,” Pheffer Amato wrote. HPD responded in a letter dated Aug. 30, 2017 by Assistant Commissioner Julie Walpert, who stated: “Please be advised that inspections will be conducted by management the third week of September.” Pheffer Amato noted on Sunday that, according to residents, zero inspections have been conducted. Stringer called the situation “deeply, deeply alarming.” “The agency must step up and ensure that all regulations are enforced, both in the Rockaways and across the city,” he added. “This is about the safety of New Yorkers, and it’s about right and wrong.”

City Decides Columbus Statue will Stay in Namesake Circle By Michael V. Cusenza Columbus stays in his Circle. Mayor Bill de Blasio on Friday announced that the City will keep the Columbus monument in place and take additive measures to continue the public discourse, including placing new historical markers in or around Columbus Circle explaining the history of Christopher Columbus and of the monument itself, and commissioning a new monument, at a location in the city not yet determined, recognizing Indigenous peoples. The fate of the Columbus figure was part of a larger announcement of decisions on several monuments on City properties, made after consideration of the recommendations and guidelines laid out in a report provided by the Mayoral Advisory Commission on City Art, Monuments and Markers. In August, following the deadly “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville, Va., de Blasio pledged to appoint a panel to review all City monuments over a 90-day period. Throughout the review, the commission also conducted extensive engagement with the public: more than 500 individuals attended public hearings in each of the five boroughs, with nearly 200 offering verbal testimony, and an online survey received more than 3,000 responses. In addition to the Columbus

• Theodore Roosevelt statue (American Museum of Natural History) The City will keep the monument in place and partner with the museum to provide additional context on-site through signage and educational programming, which can offer multiple interpretations of the sculpture, the artist’s intentions, and the nature of the piece as part of the history of AMNH. The mayor noted that the commission’s report made the argument for expanding the histories that are represented on City property through historical research and education, and by adding to the communities, individuals, and histories that are represented in statues, monuments, and markers. To support this effort, the Department of Cultural Affairs will commit up to $10 million in capital funds over the next four years to create new permanent artwork honoring File Photo various communities that are underThe Columbus Circle statue was created in 1892 by renowned Italian sculptor Gaetano Rosso, and funded by Italian-American represented on City property. immigrants. Additionally, the Ford Founstatue, the mayor decided on the fol- experimentation on women of color on-site signage, and historical infor- dation has announced a grant of lowing three sites: broadly and Black women specifical- mation about the people for whom $250,000 to establish the NYC • J. Marion Sims statue (5th ly that Sims has come to symbolize. parades were held. The Downtown Public History Project, supporting Avenue/103rd Street, Manhattan) • Canyon of Heroes/Henri Alliance has also partnered with the academic review of items on City The City will relocate the statue Philippe Pétain plaque (Broadway, Museum of the City of New York to property and history, how these to Green-Wood Cemetery and take Lower Manhattan) research more detailed biographi- two intersect, and where there are several additional steps to inform The City will keep all markers cal information on the individuals opportunities to expand the history the public of the origin of the statue memorializing ticker-tape parades with markers along Broadway, and represented on public property to and historical context, including the in place and explore opportunities will make this information accessible reflect the shared past of New Yorklegacy of non-consensual medical to add context such as wayfinding, through an app and web page. ers more fully. THE FORUM NEWSGROUP • VOL. 17 • Number 03 JANUARY 18, 2018 | 3

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Pheffer Amato Bill would Kill Cross Bay Veterans Memorial Bridge Toll

Area elected officials are once again pushing legislation aimed at killing the Cross Bay Veterans Memorial Bridge toll once and for all. Assemblywoman Stacey Pheffer Amato (D-Howard Beach) recently introduced a bill that would prohibit the imposition and collection of a fare, toll, rental, rate, charge or other fee on the span. The proposed law is sponsored in the State Senate by Sen. Joe Addabbo, Jr. (D-Howard Beach), and cosponsored by Assemblyman Mike Miller (D-Woodhaven). “The Cross Bay Memorial Bridge is the only tolled intra-borough or intra-county bridge in our state,” Pheffer Amato said. “The toll has outlived its original stated purpose of paying for the bridge, has absolutely no stated current purpose besides supplementing the MTA’s budget on the backs of New Yorkers. I’m absolutely certain the cost of ending this onerous toll would be made up several times over the freedom and ease of access it would bring to South Queens and the Rockaway Peninsula.” Last year, Pheffer Amato secured for another year the “Rockaway Re-

The bridge is the only tolled intra-borough or intra-county span in New York.

bate,” which reimburses Rockaway Peninsula and Broad Channel residents for trips across the bridge to and from mainland Queens. Residents are required to pay the toll, several times a day, in order to get to work and back, transport children to and from school and complete other everyday errands.

“Charging residents of Queens to access areas of their own borough is just wrong,” Addabbo said. “The outdated toll on the Cross Bay Memorial Bridge has not only been an unfair burden to the residents of southern Queens, some of whom work or attend school daily on the peninsula, but a significant reason why this iso-




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lated area of Queens has not realized its full economic potential, by repelling developers and retail businesses. I stand beside my colleagues to say the time is now to eliminate the toll on the Cross Bay Memorial Bridge.” Pheffer Amato noted that in 1939 the New York City Parkway Authority built the Cross Bay Bridge and Park-

way along with beach improvements in the Rockaways. This was part of a program to develop Jamaica Bay as a residential and recreational zone, instead of following a previous city plan to develop the area as a large industrial port. The following year, the Parkway Authority was consolidated with the Triborough Bridge and Tunnel Authority. In 1970, the consolidated TBTA completed the present Cross Bay Veterans Memorial Bridge, a highlevel fixed span which permits boats to pass under it without the traffic delays caused by the lifting of a movable bridge. The toll on the Cross Bay Bridge was implemented only to cover the cost of construction, and started at $0.10 per trip. The toll has since ballooned to $4.25. “The ‘stop the toll issue’ has been around long before me, but the time is now to end it,” Pheffer Amato added. “With the governor promising to fund the MTA, there must be additional funding provided this session for the Cross Bay Bridge because we have suffered for too long, cannot continue to stunt economic growth, and disincentivize freedom of motion within a single borough and state.”

Beloved Borough Activist and Advocate Maria Thomson Dies By Michael V. Cusenza Maria Thomson, the indefatigable advocate of her beloved Woodhaven community and the small businesses that are its backbone, died last Wednesday. “Devastated to hear the passing of Maria Thomson,” said Assemblyman Mike Miller (D-Woodhaven). “She was a champion and fighter for Woodhaven. She will be greatly missed.” Thomson was the long-time executive director of the Greater Woodhaven Development Corporation and the Woodhaven Business Improvement District. She worked tirelessly for the past 40 years to promote and protect the interests of the mom-and-pop shops along Jamaica Avenue. “Maria Thomson was the embodiment of community service and was the staunchest advocate for Woodhaven. Those of us who have been fortunate enough to work with Maria know that she had a heart of gold. She was a legend, having dedicated decades of her life to the betterment of the community and the borough,” said City Councilman Eric Ulrich (R-Ozone Park). “My thoughts and prayers go out to her family and friends during this difficult time.” Thomson also was an active and vocal member of Community Board 9, the Woodhaven Residents’ Block Association, and the 102nd Precinct Community Council. “Maria Thomson has been an integral part of this neighborhood for as long as I can remember. If there was a meeting or a rally or an event that involved Woodhaven, you could guarantee that she would be at it,” said Ed Wendell, activist and president of the Woodhaven Cultural and Historical Society. Tributes to the life and legacy of a leader who, as Ulrich once said, “lives and breathes Woodhaven the way other people do not,” poured into The Forum over the past week. “Maria Thomson leaves behind a legion of family, friends and supporters who have directly benefited from her efforts in protecting the quality of life in Woodhaven,” wrote State Sen. Joe Addabbo, Jr. (D-Howard Beach). “I was blessed to have worked with Maria for over 25 years and to have called her a friend. She truly has made an everlasting imprint on the community.” U.S. Rep. Nydia Velazquez (D-Brooklyn and Manhattan) called news of Thomson’s death “heartbreaking.” “Over the last four decades, Maria has given her heart and soul to our community…working to preserve our parks, keep mom-and-pop shops open and beautify our streets,” Velazquez added. “Neighbors from all walks of life can attest to Maria’s commitment to Woodhaven’s residents. I extend my deepest condolences to Maria’s family, including her beloved husband Robert and all those whose lives she worked to improve.” THE FORUM NEWSGROUP • VOL. 17 • Number 03 JANUARY 18, 2018 | 5

Elmhurst Couple Indicted for Illegal Conversion of Home into SRO Residences By Forum Staff A multi-agency initiative focused on the crackdown of dangerous and illegal housing in Queens County, may very well land and Elmhurst couple behind bars for as long as 7 years. Authorities say that Segundo Chimbay, 53, and his wife Maria, 52, turned a one-family home they own, located at 40-33 Forley Street, into an "SRO", where they collected cash rents ranging from $750 to $1400 per month from tenants living in several rooms throughout the house. An indictment was handed down in the case by a Queens County grand jury, for endangering the lives of up to 15 individuals living in the one-family house. Despite a City order requiring the tenants to vacate the premises, the Chimbay's told their tenants that signs posted on the property should be ignored; instead they continued to collect rents and reassure tenants there was no need to worry. The Queens District Attorney’s Office, the New York City Department of Investigations (“DOI”) and the New York City Department of Buildings (“DOB”) have joined forces in an effort to bring the illegal housing crisis in the county under control and the Chimbay's have provided them

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According to Queens DA Richard Brown, the indictment is a result of a multi-agency initiative to crackdown on dangerous and illegal housing in the borough.

with a target that violates every aspect of what they are determined to collectively eliminate. “The defendants are accused of trading the safety of their tenants for cold, hard cash,” said District Attorney Brown. “In addition to putting a strain on City services, such as parking, transportation, waste disposal and schools, illegal conversions endanger the lives of building residents as well as firefighters and other personnel who, in responding to an emergency, would have been confronted by a maze of rooms with no way out. Working with the Department of

Buildings, the Department of Investigation and other agencies, I will utilize all of the resources of my office to vigorously prosecute those who profit from such illegal housing.” Echoing much of the same sentiment was DOI Commissioner Mark Peters. “These defendants flouted vacate orders and constructed dangerous, illegal conversions that endangered the lives of residents, according to the charges. One of the defendants is a recidivist offender, having engaged in a serial disregard for the City’s building codes and was arrested

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previously by DOI for the same conduct.” Although the couple could receive hefty fines for the violations, Buildings Commissioner Rick D. Chandler noted that was not the only punishment. “...It can also cost them their shows complete and utter disregard for people’s lives.” The Chimbays were arraigned before Acting Queens Supreme Court Justice Barry Kron on an 18-count indictment charging them with one count of first-degree scheme to defraud, one count of fourth-degree grand larceny,

one count of second-degree reckless endangerment, and 15 violations of the New York City Administrative Code. The Chimbays were released on their own recognizance and ordered to surrender their United States passports. They will return to court on April 9. According to public records, as well as Department of Investigations records, a complaint was made in March of 2016, that the house had been unlawfully converted into an SRO. A DOB inspections found a “specified immediately hazardous violation” –meaning the conversion itself. The inspection translated into a full vacate order by the DOB, and required everyone living there to leave. A follow-up inspector, in February 2017, however, observed sleeping quarters in the cellar, three SROs on the second floor and one SRO at the attic level. All tenants also shared a common kitchen on the first floor. A subsequent visit one month later revealed the same conditions as seen on the previous visit. Despite the initial vacate order posted on the building’s front door, the Chimbays repeatedly assured their tenants that the Forley Street residence was legal to live in and continued to collect the tenants’ rent.

Community Council Honors 106th Precinct Cop of the Month

By Michael V. Cusenza Investigators recently reached out to the public for help in identifying two “persons of interest” wanted for questioning in connection with a robbery that took place in Hamilton Beach in November. According to police reports, on Sunday, Nov. 12, the two POIs followed a 24-yearold man to his residence on Davenport Court, where a paycheck and $160 cash were stolen. The persons of interest are young black men; one was last seen wearing a white jacket, while the other had on a black jacket around the time of the incident, cops said. Anyone with information is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at (800) 577-TIPS (8477) or for Spanish, (888) 57-PISTA (74782). The public can also submit info by logging onto NYPDPhoto Courtesy of NYPD or by texting their tips The two alleged thieves robbed the victim in November. to 274637 (CRIMES) then enter TIP577. All correspondences are strictly confidential. 6 JANUARY 18, 2018 • Number 03 VOL. 17 • THE FORUM NEWSGROUP

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Police Officer Joseph Ricco was recently named December 2017 Cop of the Month by the 106th Precinct Community Council. According to Capt. Brian Bohannon, precinct commander, Ricco deserved the honor “for apprehending the perpetrator of a one-man crime spree.” The veteran cop collared the crook near Cross Bay Boulevard and 133rd Avenue in Ozone Park,

but not before he burgled an elementary school, stole a car, and attempted to swipe another vehicle, even knocking down the 54-year-old female owner in the process. On hand last Wednesday night to congratulate Ricco (second from l.) were Asst. Chief David Barrere, commanding officer of Patrol Borough Queens South (l. to r.); Capt. Bohannon; and Community Council President Frank Dardani.

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By Forum Staff A 58-year-old Flushing woman has been charged with leaving the scene of an incident in which a 77-year-old woman was killed as she crossed the street on Parsons Boulevard in Flushing, last Wednesday morning. The victim was going home after attending morning services at her neighborhood church. District Attorney Brown said, “A woman - the mother of four adult children - was run over and killed yesterday morning. Drivers must always be cautious when operating a nearly two ton vehicle and to be mindful of pedestrians at every turn to prevent such tragedies from happening.” Geum Min, 58, of 140th Street, in Flushing, was arraigned before Queens Criminal Court Judge Ushir Pandit-Durant on a complaint charging her with leaving the scene of an incident without reporting/death, right of way and drivers to exercise due care. Judge Pandit-Durant permitted supervised release for the defendant and ordered her to return

to court on February 1, 2018. If convicted, Min faces up to seven years in prison. According to the criminal charges, Min was driving a black 2016 Toyota Corolla eastbound on Wednesday morning at approximately 7:01 am, when she allegedly struck the victim, 77-year-old Jum Sim Yim, when she made the turn onto Parsons Boulevard. The defendant continued driving, dragging the victim for approximately 193 feet. The victim was found on the ground with numerous injuries. She was taken to an area hospital where she died. The defendant told police at the time of her arrest that she was on her way to work when she thought a chunk of ice became lodged underneath the car and she kept driving until the ice broke off. When the defendant arrived at her job - a nearby hospital - she learned that a pedestrian was being brought into the emergency room after being struck by a car at the intersection of Parsons Boulevard and 32 Avenue. The defendant stated that she began to have a weird

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feeling. She continued, that she had a weird feeling all day that it might have been the pedestrian and not a chunk of ice that she’d hit that morning. District Attorney Brown added that video surveillance of the intersection of Parsons Boulevard and 32nd Avenue alleg-

edly shows the black Toyota Corolla hit the victim as she stepped into crosswalk with the pedestrian walk signal in her favor. The video also shows the Corolla continue driving down the block without stopping. The incident continues to be investigated.

Leader of Borough-Based Child Sex-Trafficking Ring Sentenced to 15 Years in Prison By Forum Staff A Brooklyn man was recently sentenced to 15 years’ imprisonment for pimping young girls in Queens, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania, according to federal authorities. Michael Andres Miller, 26, pleaded guilty in May to trafficking minors for sex. He was sentenced last Wednesday in Brooklyn federal court, where he was also ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $9,500 to the minor victims identified in the indictment as Jane Doe #1, Jane Doe #2 and Jane Doe #3. “The defendant targeted and recruited young girls to engage in prostitution with adult men for his personal profit and without regard for the harm he was causing these vulnerable victims,” said U.S. Attorney Richard Donoghue. “Today’s sentence holds the defendant accountable for his predatory conduct.”

According to court filings, Miller oversaw a sex trafficking ring that preyed upon girls as young as 14 years old. He recruited girls online, using popular social media applications, including “Meet Me” and “Kik,” posted advertisements for them and prostituted them through the web site Backpage. com, and had sex with at least two of the young girls. In August 2016, police officers arrested Miller and a co-defendant in a hotel room in Pennsylvania, where they also recovered the middle school identification card of one of Miller’s victims, who he was prostituting at nearby hotels. “Children are supposed to be protected by adults, not used as a means to make money,” said FBI New York Assistant Director-in-Charge Bill Sweeney. “The mere idea that this man sold girls, one as young Courtesy of Meet Me as 14, and even used them for his own sexuMiller recruited girls online, using apps such as “Meet Me.” al gratification boggles the mind.” THE FORUM NEWSGROUP • VOL. 17 • Number 03 JANUARY 18, 2018 | 7


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Borough Pols Secure Funds for Senior Transportation Program By Forum Staff City Councilman Eric Ulrich (R-Ozone Park) and the Queens Delegation have secured $25,000 for Selfhelp Community Services for seniors, including no-cost transportation to medical appointments and a Virtual Senior Center program, Ulrich announced on Tuesday. The SCS transportation service provides free cars or vans to any senior living in Queens for doctor visits. This covers up to two long distance trips, or four local trips, per month. Rides are scheduled the day before the appointment, between 9 a.m. and noon. Ulrich noted that seniors eligible for alternative medical transport programs, such as the Hellenic American Neighborhood Action Committee or the Jamaica Service Program for Older Adults, are encouraged to utilize those programs first, as Selfhelp Community Services was meant to supplement existing services. Additionally, Selfhelp Community Services provides access to a Virtual Senior Center. Eligible participants from around the World’s Borough will be able to join this platform. According to SCS, the virtual center engages homebound seniors into the larger community by using technology to connect them with other participants in a range of activities. A cornerstone of the VSC program is its

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interactive, real-time classes where participants can hear, see, and talk with each other in an interactive session. More than 40 classes are typically offered each week, ranging from art history to current events, to museum tours to weight training, and other exercise programming. Classes are offered in English, Mandarin, Korean, and Russian. A Spanish platform will be offered in the near future. To schedule a free ride to a medical appointment, call the Selfhelp Clearview Senior Center at (718) 224-7888. To learn more about the Virtual Senior Center and eligibility, call (718) 559-4460.

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“NYC Ferry has proven to be more popular than we could have hoped,” said NYCEDC President and CEO Patchett.

By Forum Staff As of Dec. 31, the City’s new ferry system, which launched last May, had served a total of approximately 2,890,000 passengers on more than 37,000 trips across all four routes currently in operation, according to final ridership numbers for the inaugural 2017 season, which were released on Thursday by the City Economic Development Corporation and Hornblower, operator of NYC Ferry. According to EDC, based on preliminary ridership projections, NYC Ferry was anticipated to have served approximately 2.1 million riders by the end of 2017. The system sailed past that projection by 34 percent—or nearly 800,000 additional riders. The City plans to set up two new Ferry routes later this year: Lower East Side and Soundview. “NYC Ferry has proven to be more popular than we could have hoped, and nearly three million riders agree it’s the best way to get around the city,” said EDC President and

CEO James Patchett. “Now we’re looking forward to launching two more routes in 2018, helping even more riders connect to good jobs and opportunities.” As of Dec. 31, NYC Ferry had served approximately: • 1,591,000 riders on the East River Route, which launched May 1; up from 1,358,000 riders on the former East River Ferry during the same time period in 2016—or a 17-percent increase in total ridership. • 545,000 on the Rockaway Route, which launched May 1. • 464,000 on the South Brooklyn Route, which launched June 1. • 290,000 on the Astoria Route, which launched Aug. 29. In response to high ridership, City EDC also announced on Thursday that it will be adding capacity to six new boats starting in 2018. These vessels will be outfitted with bigger engines and with a capacity to hold 349 passengers. Boats in the current fleet carry 149 riders.

City Council Leaders Announce Committee Appointments Councilwoman Adrienne Adams (D-Jamaica) represents the residents of the 28th DisCity Council Speaker Corey Johnson and trict, which includes Jamaica, Rochdale Village, the Rules, Privileges, and Elections Commit- and parts of Richmond Hill, and South Ozone tee recently announced Council committee as- Park. The seat was vacated in July when Ruben Wills was convicted of stealing campaign funds signments and leadership. In south Queens, Councilman Eric Ul- and grant money for personal benefit. In her first term, Adams has been appointrich (R-Ozone Park), who earned his third and final term in November, will serve on the ed chairwoman of the Committee on Land committees on Civil Service and Labor; Edu- Use’s Subcommittee on Landmarks, Public cation; Environmental Protection; Parks and Siting, and Maritime Uses. She also will serve Recreation; Technology; and the Justice Sys- on the committees on Civil Service and Labor; Economic Development; Finance; General tem for the next four years. From 2014 through 2017, Ulrich chaired Welfare; Land Use; and Rules, Privileges, and the Veterans Committee. He proved a strong Elections. Councilman Bob Holden (D-Glendale), advocate for the 210,000 former military service members living in the five boroughs, ul- who stunned the city in November by beattimately playing a critical role in the creation ing incumbent Elizabeth Crowley for the 30th of the City’s new Department of Veterans Ser- District seat, has been assigned to the commitvices, which was officially established in 2016. tees on Higher Education; Immigration; JuveCouncilman Chaim Deutsch (D-Brook- nile Justice; Mental Health, Disabilities, and Addiction; Technology; and Criminal Justice. lyn) now heads the Veterans Committee. 10 JANUARY 18, 2018 • Number 03 VOL. 17 • THE FORUM NEWSGROUP

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Lack of Communication between Foreign Airlines, Port Authority Caused Chaos at Kennedy Airport: Schumer By Michael V. Cusenza While myriad factors led to the untenable situation last week at John F. Kennedy International Airport, the lack of communication between foreign airlines and the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey “intensified the chaos, doubling down on what was an already hectic scene,” Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (DN.Y.) said on Tuesday. A severe winter storm, brutal cold temperatures, a broken water pipe, and a general lack of preparedness crippled operations at JFK for days. Last Wednesday, Port Authority announced that former U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood will lead an independent investigation into the events at the airport. Port Authority Executive Director Rick Cotton called what happened at JFK “unacceptable, and travelers expect and deserve better.” Schumer on Tuesday revealed that many passengers are still without their luggage. New York’s senior senator also made a formal push for the U.S. DOT to take an active role in bringing foreign airlines to the table, along with the Port Authority and its terminal operators, to come up with a coordination and communication plan to prevent future chaos and dysfunction.

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This week, Sen. Schumer made a formal push for the U.S. DOT to take an active role in bringing foreign airlines to the table, along with the Port Authority and its terminal operators, to come up with a coordination and communication plan to prevent future chaos and dysfunction at JFK.

“Make no mistake, there is plenty of blame to go around when it comes to what happened at JFK, but some of that blame squarely lands on a lack of communication between foreign airlines that flooded JFK with flights and the entities that manage the airport,” said Schumer, who penned a letter this week to DOT Secretary Elaine Chao. “It was this lack of communication

that helped to create the chaos at Kennedy and it is only through improving this system that we will prevent this from happening again. So, I am asking the U.S. Department of Transportation to take an active role here and make sure people aren’t put through travel-hell again. Federal pressure on foreign airlines to work with the Port Authority to come up with a better com-

munication plan for the airport can help prevent this kind of winter chaos from snowballing in the future.” Schumer noted that because many of the communication breakdowns and failures occurred between foreign airlines and the Port Authority, increased federal pressure would likely help resolve the situation sooner because foreign airlines are not always as responsive to specific needs and challenges of an individual airport. Schumer said that DOT has the strongest leverage over foreign airlines because they issue Foreign Air Carrier Certificates that allow foreign airlines to fly in the United States, and that as such the agency should make sure foreign airlines are doing everything in their power to improve communication and coordination systems with JFK. The senator added that while the Port Authority and the terminal operator are culpable, communication breakdowns with foreign airlines did make things worse, and that as the Port Authority begins its own investigation, the feds must step in and assist. “It’s my hope that you will utilize that leverage to ensure that foreign airlines work hand-in-glove with the Port Authority and terminal operators to develop a real and meaningful solution so that this situation never happens again,” Schumer wrote to Chao.

NY Law Requires Signs on Collection Bins to Disclose Whether Donated Items are Used for Charitable Purposes By Forum Staff More than 4,700 donation collection bins throughout New York now disclose whether clothing or other items deposited in those bins are used for charitable or for-profit purposes, State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman announced on Thursday. A relatively new State law imposes strict regulations on the placement, maintenance, and transparency of collection bins across New York. According to Schneiderman, the legislation, which took effect in June 2016, was enacted to address the proliferation of collection bins across the state, and the lack of transparency regarding how collected items are used. The law sets forth specific requirements for signage that must be placed on all bins – such as a clearly labeled statement of purpose that explains whether donations will be used for profit or charitable purposes, the AG noted. Additionally, collection bins must be labeled with the name, physical address, phone number, and website of the owner of the bin, as well as contact information for the State Attorney General’s office. The law prohibits the placement of bins on public property and regulates the maintenance of the bins, including a requirement that they are regularly emptied.

tion or enriching a for-profit corporation,” Schneiderman said. “We are committed to ensuring that New Yorkers will know how their donations will be used.” The attorney general noted that this compliance law was sparked, in part, by a 2015 settlement reached by Schneiderman’s office and Thrift Land USA of Yonkers, Inc., a for-profit company that operated 1,100 collection bins throughout the New York metropolitan area. The deal followed allegations that Thrift Land used a charitable veneer to trick and mislead the public into believing that the clothing and personal property they donated would benefit the charity whose name and logo appeared on its bins. However, Thrift Land sold the clothing and other items at a huge profit, while the charities named on the bins received only a small fee for the use of their name and logo. As Photo Courtesy of Wikimedia Commons/Ser Amantio DiNicolao part of the settlement, Thrift Land agreed “New Yorkers who drop-off personal items into collection bins deserve to know whether they are making a to rebrand its bins so they did not state or charitable donation or enriching a for-profit corporation,” the AG said. imply that items deposited in the bins will To ensure that owners of collection bins into compliance with the law, Schnieder- benefit any charity or serve any charitable purpose. Thrift Land also made a payment are in compliance with the new law, inves- man reported. tigators from the AG’s office inspected bins To date, 20 companies, including two of $650,000 to two not-for-profit organiacross the state and determined whether based in NYC, with 4,762 bins posted zations and paid $50,000 in penalties and they met the statutory requirements. No- throughout the Empire State have been costs to the State. To report out-of-compliance bins, tices of violations were then issued to bin brought into compliance. operators, recycling companies, and chari“New Yorkers who drop-off personal call the Attorney General’s office at (800) ties that detailed the steps each owner must items into collection bins deserve to know 771-7755 or submit a complaint online at take in order to bring their respective bins whether they are making a charitable dona- THE FORUM NEWSGROUP • VOL. 17 • Number 03 JANUARY 18, 2018 | 11


The dictionary defines the word legend as an extremely famous or notorious person, especially in a particular field. But there are rare occasions where a person is not defined by a word, instead it is they who define the term. Last week, Queens, the community of Woodhaven in particular, lost a legend. Her name is Maria Thomson. For nearly 30 years, we at The Forum were repeatedly awestruck by the tireless devotion and dedication that seemed to emanate from every pore of her body. She was a master of all games needed to successfully launch campaigns and efforts to better a neighborhood. There was none before her, and we dare say there will be none after her. Always aimed at a target and an end to serve the community, she tackled each task with fierce determination, tempered by skill, an abundance of class, and an undeniable grace. Never a pushover and forever a lady, her commitment to raising the standard of all things Woodhaven, Maria had a way of getting whatever she wanted, and that was because whatever she wanted was for the good of everyone. Friends and adversaries alike repeatedly marveled at her genteel manipulation to the collectively good end. Whether it was through her service on Community Board 9, the Greater Woodhaven Development Corporation,

have been done enough for her: I penned an email back to Maria that I would like to share with all of The Forum readers, because I feel that it clearly demonstrates how important it is to let people know how we feel about them, and how even in death, someone like Maria teaches us the most valuable of life’s lessons.

the BID, the 102nd Precinct Community Council, the organization of shopping days on Jamaica Avenue, or the celebration of every holiday–community style and in full costume– Maria was on top of it all. More often than not, at the same time. She was a devoted wife, mother, community advocate, friend and staunch supporter. The diversification of her base included politicians, clergy, activists, police, fire and most importantly the residents of the place to which she gave her life: Wonderful Woodhaven. As the Publisher of The Forum for more years than I care to admit, I have encountered many people, some of whom tried to wear many hats at the same time. Their efforts, although valiant, often saw them fall victim to the old adage of

“spreading oneself too thin.” But Maria had a fluidity about her that allowed her to spread effectively without ever compromising one goal for another. In my most recent communication with her through a series of emails, she thanked me for The Forum’s continued service to the community and for always publishing pictures and releases focused on Woodhaven. It occurred to me that it was rather odd for someone in her position, someone who ate, slept and breathed community service, to be thanking us for just doing our job. Because her service wasn’t a job. She never earned a dime from it and many times her deeds fell into a category labeled “Thankless.” And so I found myself with the opportunity to do something that could never

Maria, The thanks should really go to you. Not only for your constant support of the paper but for the decades of wonderful work that you have done. Very few people are aware of the dedication and the sacrifices that you have offered for the benefit of your community. On behalf of everyone that might not remember to tell you, The Forum and I thank you for your selfless and oftentimes thankless work that has made our neighborhood a better place to live! Pat I am thankful to have taken that opportunity, and more than that, I am very thankful to have enjoyed a relationship with a woman who is the embodiment of community service. Maria Thomson. She was, is and always will be the stuff of which legends are made. Rest in Peace.

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Legal Notices Notice of Formation of 1445 St. Marks Avenue RCBS, LLC. Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 11/29/17. Office location: Queens County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: 217-02 Jamaica Avenue, Queens Village, NY 11428. Purpose: any lawful activity.

Notice of formation of MY MJ LLC a limited liability company. Articles of Organization filed with the Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 11/14/2017. Office location: Queens County. SSNY has been designated for service of process. SSNY shall mail a copy of any process served against the LLC to UNITED STATES CORPORATION AGENTS, INC. , 7014 13TH AVENUE, SUITE 202, BROOKLYN, NY 11228. Notice of Formation of BRANDON Purpose: any lawful purpose.

RAMNARAIN PHYSICAL THERAPY, PLLC. Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 11/01/17. Office location: Queens County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: 91-28 218th St., Queens Village, NY 11428. Purpose: to practice the profession of Physical Therapy. Notice of Formation of Chesford Estates RCBJ LLC. Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 11/29/17. Office location: Queens County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: 217-02 Jamaica Avenue, Queens Village, NY 11428. Purpose: any lawful activity.

TEDDYTORI LLC. Arts. of Org. filed with the SSNY on 03/20/15. Latest date to dissolve: 12/31/2099. Office: Queens County. SSNY designated as agent of the LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to the LLC, 30-05 30th Avenue, Astoria, NY 11102. Purpose: Any lawful purpose.

Notice of Formation of TMD EVENT TECHNOLOGIES LLC Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 5/23/17. Office location: Queens County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: C/O United States Corporation Agents, Inc., 7014 13th Avenue, Brooklyn, New York 11228 Purpose: any lawful activity.

HW Manhattan One LLC Arts of Org filed with NY Sec of State (SSNY) on 12/1/17. Office: Queens County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: 136-33 37th Ave, #8B, Flushing, NY 11354. General Purposes. Notice of formation of JACKSON HEIGHTS 1122, LLC, a limited liability company. Articles of Organization filed with the Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 11/09/2017. Office location: Queens County. SSNY has been designated for service of process. SSNY shall mail a copy of any process served against the LLC to 3749 81st Street, Room 6B, Jackson Heights, NY11372. Purpose: any lawful purpose. Notice of formation of LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY. NAME SOCRATES SERVICES INTERNATIONAL LLC. Articles of Organization were filed with the Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 10/11/2017. Office location: Queens County. SSNY has been designated for service of process. SSNY shall mail a copy of any process served against the LLC to the LLC, 24-32 45th Street, Astoria, New York, 11103. Purpose: any lawful purpose.

MAIN STREET ASSOCIATES GROUP LLC Arts of Org filed with SSNY on 11/30/17. Off. Loc.: Queens County, SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail a copy of process to: UNITED STATES CORPORATION AGENTS, INC.. Purpose: to engage in any lawful act. TONY BROWN REAL ESTATE HOLDINGS, LLC Articles of Org. filed NY Sec. of State (SSNY) 11/14/2017. Office in Queens Co. SSNY desig. agent of LLC whom process may be served. SSNY shall mail process to 140-19 169thSt., Jamaica, NY 11434. Purpose: Any lawful purpose.

Notice is hereby given a license, number (PENDING) for on-premises Liquor has been applied for by the undersigned to sell liquor at retail in a Restaurant under the Alcoholic Beverage Control Law at 69-16 Roosevelt Avenue, Woodside, NY 11372 for on premises consumption. PHO THANH NA LTD. MEADOWS GREATER MANAGEMENT LLC Arts. of Org. filed with the SSNY on 11/16/17. Office: Queens County. SSNY designated as agent of the LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to: THE LLC 61-42 168TH STREET, FRESH MEADOWS, NY 11365. Purpose: Any lawful purpose.

LANGSIMM RENTALS LLC Arts. of Org. filed with the SSNY on 12/20/17. Office: Queens County. SSNY designated as agent of the LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to:MICHAEL SIMMONS, 117-42 141st STREET, JAMAICA, NY 11436. Purpose: Any lawful purpose. BEN TOTH PRODUCTIONS LLC Arts. of Org. filed with the SSNY on 10/19/17. Office: Queens County. SSNY designated as agent of the LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to REGISTERED AGENTS INC., 90 STATE STREET, SUITE 700, OFFICE 40, ALBANY, NY 12207. Purpose: Any lawful purpose.

Notice of Formation of Thrivos Consulting LLC. Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 12/27/17. Office location: Queens County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: The LLC, 162-10 Powells Cove Blvd., Apt. 4B, Whitestone, NY 11357. Purpose: any lawful activity.

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