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VOL. 20 • NUMBER 6 • FEBRUARY 6, 2020

BETTER EIGHT THAN NEVER MTA Releases Schedule of $8.8B in Construction Projects from the 2010-2014 and 2015-19 Capital Plans

See Story on Page 3 Among the projects is Superstorm Sandy mitigation on the Rockaway A Line, Howard Beach to Rockaway Park—Beach 116th Street Photo Courtesy of Marc Hermann/MTA New York City Transit

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City Property Tax Reform Panel Calls for Simpler, Clearer, More Transparent System By Michael V. Cusenza The City Advisory Commission on Property Tax Reform on Friday released its Preliminary Report with an analysis of the City’s property tax system and a set of 10 initial recommendations for improvement. The six-member panel, which was appointed by Mayor Bill de Blasio and City Council Speaker Corey Johnson in May 2018, reached consensus on 10 initial recommendations for NYC property tax system reforms: The commission recommends moving co-ops, condominiums, and rental buildings with up to 10 units into a new residential class along with 1- to 3-family homes. The property tax system would continue to consist of four classes of property: residential, large rentals, utilities, and commercial. Use a sales-based methodology to value all properties in the residential class. Assess every property in the residential class at its full market value. The commission recommends that annual market value changes in the new residential class be phased in over five years at a rate of 20 percent per year, and that Assessed Value Growth Caps should be eliminated.    Create a partial homestead exemption for primary resident owners with income below a certain threshold. The exemption would be available to all eligible primary resident owners in the residential class and would replace the current Coop-Condo Tax Abatement. Create a circuit breaker within the property tax system to lower the property tax burden on low-income primary resident owners, based on the ratio of property tax paid to

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income. Replace the current class share system with a system that prioritizes predictable and transparent tax rates for property owners. The new system would freeze the relationship of tax rates among the tax classes for five-year periods, after which time the City would conduct a mandated study to analyze if adjustments need to be made to maintain consistency in the share of taxes relative to fair market value borne by each tax class. Current valuation methods should be maintained for properties not in the new residential class (rental buildings with more than 10 units, utilities, and commercial). The commission recommends a gradual transition to the new system for current owners, with an immediate transition into the new system whenever a property in the new residential class is sold. Institute comprehensive reviews of the property tax system every 10 years. “The commission, I charged them, as did the City Council—I said ‘Go get us a system that is a lot fairer and clearer. We can’t lose revenue, we have to pay for Police and Fire and Sanitation and schools and all, but within the revenue we have now, get us a more fair system and look out for people who, a lot—for seniors in particular—a lot of folks who are lower income have a house but don’t have a lot of cash. We have to take account of them as well,’” de Blasio said Monday evening on “Inside City Hall” on Spectrum News NY 1. “So, what’s been proposed by this commission I think is absolutely in the right direction. We’re going to equalize the tax  levels across neighborhoods. It will be phased in. It’s not going to be too much of a shock to the system.”

Council Plan Boasts Nearly 90 Recommendations Aimed at Preventing Homelessness By Forum Staff The City Council on Thursday unveiled its exhaustive, 200-page report on Gotham’s homelessness crisis that boasts a plan featuring nearly 90 recommendations that prioritize preventing homelessness, increasing access to permanent housing, and enhancing support for New Yorkers experiencing homelessness. According to “Our Homelessness Crisis: The Case for Change,” approximately 80,000 people are currently enduring homelessness  in the five boroughs, including more than 20,000 children. “We can no longer simply accept this reality. It requires urgent action,” Council Speaker Corey Johnson and Councilman Stephen Levin (D-Brooklyn), chairman of the Committee on General Welfare, wrote in a letter to New Yorkers. “Unfortunately, our federal and state governments have failed to fulfill the roles they should play in alleviating poverty. While we must continue to raise our voices and advocate that they meet their responsibilities to all of us, we, as a City, must act.” The council’s recommendations include: The State must pass legislation—Home Stability Support—to increase rental assistance provided to people who are experiencing or at risk of homelessness. Housing a family of four in a traditional shelter costs

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“Housing stability is at the core of every person’s success, and we must fight for every New Yorker to have this right,” City Council Speaker Corey Johnson said.

$5,900 or $8,223 a month in a hotel used for shelter. That same spending could cover over five years of rent for an apartment. If the State continues to abdicate its responsibility, the City should establish a program to increase rental assistance, the council wrote. Creation of a Deputy Mayor of  Homelessness  and Housing to integrate housing and  homelessness  policies and streamline coordination.

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A safe haven system with adequate staffing and model budgets, as well as a bed for every chronic street homeless  individual. Safe havens are targeted to the chronic street  homeless  and help people move inside by having a lower barrier of entry than traditional homeless shelters. Enhanced aftercare programs to give people transitioning from shelter to permanent housing the supports they need. Tools for street outreach teams to bring

individuals inside, including intensive mental health teams dedicated to street homelessness  and the flexibility to bypass city bureaucracy. Currently, there are no mental health teams specifically dedicated to street homelessness. A comprehensive medical respite system that tracks the number of medically homeless and addresses their short- and long-term housing needs, thereby ending the revolving door from hospitals to homelessness. More support for seniors at risk of homelessness. Our senior population is expected to rise by more than 165 percent by 2030. Recommendations include creating housing ambassadors and utilizing senior centers to reach at-risk seniors before they end up in the shelter system. Currently, outreach to this vulnerable population is inadequate, council members noted. Solutions to address the barriers to the development of supportive housing, including community opposition, by establishing a council unit dedicated to working with communities to tackle concerns. “These are not just aspirational goals. These are feasible policies that will work to help prevent homelessness, increase pathways to permanent housing, and support our neighbors experiencing homelessness,” Johnson added. “Housing stability is at the core of every person’s success, and we must fight for every New Yorker to have this right.”


MTA Releases Schedule of $8.8B in Work to Begin Construction in 2020 from Prior Capital Plans By Michael V. Cusenza The Metropolitan Transportation Authority recently released a schedule of ongoing construction projects from the 2010-2014 and 2015-19 capital plans slated to begin in 2020 and 2021. According to the embattled agency, the announcement “underscores the pace at which MTA construction work is ramping up on these programs” at the same time that work is commencing under the record $51.5 billion 2020-2024 Capital Program. The schedule, which MTA Chief Development Officer Janno Lieber presented at the MTA Board meeting last month, was submitted to the State Legislature as MTA executives testified at a joint budget hearing of the State Senate and Assembly last Tuesday. The MTA indicated that it anticipates committing $6.5 billion worth of prior plan capital program work in 2020 and $2.3 billion in 2021, which will effectively exhaust all resources from the 2010-2014 and 2015-2019 plans. These will continue major priority efforts for the agency, including signal modernization, new rolling stock and track repair work,

$1,323.9 million Metro-North Penn Station Access ADA accessibility at three stations 68 St-Hunter College 6 Line Bay Ridge-95 St R Line Court Square G Line New substation at Canal St / 8 Av Second Avenue Subway Phase II (initial commitment) 45 new electric buses and electrification of six bus depots Sandy resiliency at West Side 2020 Third Quarter: Yard and East River Tunnel $1,670,500,000 ADA accessibility at six sta2021: $2,293,300,000 Photo Courtesy of Marc Hermann/MTA NYC Transit tions: Second Avenue Subway Phase 6 Av L Line II: Civil Work for new stations at 8 Av N Line(southbound) increasing access and capacity at Bridge 106th, 116th and 125th Streets 14 St F,M Line Penn Station, and investments in Purchase 25 standard buses 14 St 1,2,3 Line 2020 Second Quarter: sorely needed ADA accessibility Planning for Metro-North Queensboro Plaza 7,N,W lines $2,546,200,000 projects across the system. Harlem Line Third Track Woodhaven Blvd J,Z Line Penn Station-33rd Street CorMajor commitments schedLIRR Jamaica Capacity ImStructural repairs on ridor, Phase 2 uled for this year include: provements design support the 7 Line, including renewals at ADA accessibility at four staSandy Mitigation: Long Island seven stations 2020 First Quarter: $964.3 tions in the Bronx Sandy Repairs: rehabilitation City Yard Perimeter Protection 149 St-Grand Concourse 4 million of F Line’s East River Tunnel Line Signal modernization “We have a very aggressive (Rutgers Tube) 149 St-Grand Concourse 2, on A,C,E Line schedule for 2020, and anticipate LIRR signal modernization, 5 Line Penn Station-33 St Corridor, we will have committed more Babylon to Patchogue Tremont Av B, D Line Phase 1 than 90 percent of funds from past Four station renewals on Westchester Square-East ADA accessibility at Livonia capital programs by the end of the J,Z Line Tremont Av. 6 Line Av L Line this calendar year,” Lieber added. 2020 Fourth Quarter: Elevator and escalator imMetro-North Harlem River provements at 11 stations Infrastructure repairs on the 2,3,4,5 Line in Brooklyn New Elmont LIRR station New rolling stock LIRR train cars and service locomotives Work hybrid locomotives for NYCT Improvements to overhead rail power wires in western Queens in support of East Side Access and regional rail

MTA New York City Transit Adds More Public Feedback Opportunities for Bus Network Redesign Plan • Wednesday, Feb. 12, 6:308:30 p.m. (presentation) PS/IS 49 Borough residents will have 63-60 80th St., Middle Village even more opportunities to tell the Metropolitan Transporta• Wednesday, Feb. 19, 6:30tion Authority how they truly feel about the draft plan of the 8:30 p.m. (presentation) Queens College Queens Bus Network Redesign— 65-30 Kissena Blvd., Flushing wildly unpopular in these parts, thanks to its proposal to eliminate • Thursday, March 12, 6:30the Q53, among other drastic ideas—as the beleaguered agency 8:30 p.m. (workshop) August Martin High School has added more public outreach 156-10 Baisley Blvd., Jamaica events to its itinerary. Some of the new community In December, the MTA remeeting dates include: leased a draft plan to “dramati• Tuesday, Feb. 11, 6-8 p.m. cally” redraw the Queens Bus Network for the first time in 100 (presentation) York College, Faculty Dining years. Apparently, it is in desperate Room 94-20 Guy R. Brewer Blvd., need of a thorough makeover. The current sluggish system is comJamaica posed of 77 routes within a wide• Wednesday, Feb. 12, 7 p.m. spread network that has three centers in downtown Flushing, (presentation) Kew Gardens Community downtown Jamaica, and Long Island City. The average bus speed Center in The World’s Borough is 8.7 80-02 Kew Gardens Rd. miles per hour, continuing an Ste. #202, Kew Gardens By Michael V. Cusenza

The Queens Bus Network Redesign calls for the elimination of the Q53.

overall borough-wide slowdown since 2015, according to MTA New York City Transit. Roughly 52 percent of Queens’ 2.3 million residents rely on public transit for their daily commutes; 11 percent of those commuters rely solely on buses. More than 94 percent of Queens residents live within a five-minute walk of a bus stop. Bus stops in the borough are spaced very close together, leading to frequent bus stopping and longer commutes, MTA officials noted.

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Many stops are 500 to 1,000 feet apart, which, according to the MTA, is shorter than the average bus stop spacing system-wide and far closer than peer transit systems worldwide. The sweeping 432-page draft proposal, according to MTA officials, seeks to completely redraw the bus routes, which were mostly unchanged since they were converted from old trolley lines from the turn of the 20th century or consolidated from private bus

companies that began serving Queens in the 1910s. Many of those companies served three central hubs in Queens, leading to three separate spoke-and-wheel networks to Flushing, Jamaica, and Long Island City that severely limited the coverage area. The draft plan takes into consideration the service performance of each bus route, the speed, ridership and reliability on key corridors, and how individual routes contribute to the larger network. Recommendations were developed in collaboration with the City Department of Transportation, with focus given to identifying key corridors where roadway treatments and traffic signal improvements can be implemented to expand bus priority and better support sustainable, all-day bus service. The details of DOT’s proposed bus priority plan for Queens are included in the draft plan. For more information on the proposal, visit new.mta.info/ queensbusredesign.

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Area Pol Tapped for Housing Panel

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Assemblywoman Stacey Pheffer Amato (with microphone) has been appointed to an Assembly Mitchell-Lama working group.

By Forum Staff Assemblywoman Stacey Pheffer Amato (D-Howard Beach) was recently appointed by Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie to a working group tasked with identifying and proposing solutions on the most pressing issues affecting limited-profit housing companies, known as Mitchell-Lama housing developments. The Mitchell-Lama program, sponsored by State Sen. MacNeil Mitchell and Assemblyman Alfred Lama, was signed into law in 1955. According to the City Department of Housing Preservation and Development, it provides affordable rental and cooperative housing to moderate- and middle-income families. There are both city- and state-supervised Mitchell-Lama developments, totaling more than 110,000 units. While some are operated as rentals, most are operated as resident-owned cooperatives, with a board of directors elected by shareholders responsible

for policy and financial decisions. “”Within my district alone there are over 2,800 units of resident-owned Mitchell-Lama cooperatives and for years my office has been inundated with thousands of complaints and concerns relating to this housing,” Pheffer Amato said. When the people speak, it is our job as elected officials to listen. I am excited to begin working on the complex issues and concerns surrounding these developments in order to ensure quality of life for everyone.” Pheffer Amato noted that new laws call for greater standardization and transparency in application processing, require increased agency reporting on developments leaving the program, allow residents to access financial records relating to their development and expand the pool of applicants eligible for Mitchell-Lama housing by raising admission income limits. The six member Assembly Mitchell-Lama working group is led by Assemblyman Steven Cymbrowitz (D-Brooklyn).

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Schedule your appointment at the office located at: 158-17 97th Street Howard Beach Car crimes are crippling the 106th Precinct. Auto thefts have skyrocketed more than 330 percent year-to-date: So far this year, there have been at least 13 vehicles reported stolen in the 106, compared to three during the same time period in 2019, according to the latest available City Police Department statistics. Grand larcenies are way up this year as well: 50 in 2020 compared to 30 reported during the first month of 2019 (a 67-percent increase). As many area cops have pointed out, a lot of the grand larceny reports describe expensive possessions pilfered from inside an unlocked car. On Sunday, 106 Auxiliary officers distributed flyers on crime prevention, including tips such as: Do not, under any circumstances, leave your car running and unoccupied—regardless of how quickly you plan on returning to it. And never leave personal property in your vehicle. Always lock your doors and remove cell phones, laptops, pocketbooks, and extra key fobs from inside of vehicles. Photo Courtesy of NYPD

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Pudgy Trucks Steer Clear of BQE: City

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“The BQE is one of the main arteries of our city, which is why we are immediately increasing enforcement against overweight trucks and addressing the highway’s most pressing structural issues,” Mayor de Blasio said.

By Michael V. Cusenza The City has stepped up overweighttruck enforcement and will be performing urgent structural repairs on the BrooklynQueens Expressway, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Friday. Hizzoner signed Executive Order 51 to create the new NYPD BQE  Truck Enforcement Task Force. Starting this week the new unit will increase enforcement against illegal, overweight trucks that are exacerbating the  well-travelled thoroughfare’s structural issues. Additionally, EO 51 requires the NYPD and Department of Transportation, working with the deputy mayor for Operations, to develop and present de Blasio with specific proposals to protect the safety and structural integrity of the BQE. The agencies will consider proposals to increase penalties for violation of weight restrictions on the  BQE,  as well as explore the institution of automated enforcement of weight restrictions.  The agencies also will identify which of the proposals require action outside of City control, including those obliging State law amendments. While the new enforcement initiative focuses on a particularly vulnerable 1.5mile section of the BQE, from the Atlantic Avenue interchange to Sands Street in Brooklyn, the targeted segment of the interstate expressway offers 150,000+ daily commuters—many from The World’s Borough—connections to the Manhattan Bridge, Brooklyn Bridge, Brooklyn Bridge Park, the Brooklyn Heights Promenade, Staten Island, and New Jersey.  Last year, de Blasio convened a panel of experts to evaluate the best options to preserve the structural integrity of this stretch of the  expressway.  The group out-

lined a series of recommendations, including increase enforcement against illegal overweight trucks, as well as making urgent repairs to the most deteriorated portions of the section. The panel also recommended against building a temporary highway through the promenade or Brooklyn Bridge Park. Using data supplied by new state-ofthe-art sensors, the BQE Expert Panel noted that many trucks on the roadway are in severe violation of  the expressway’s  weight restrictions.  Under federal legal guidelines and posted signage, trucks along the  BQE  are limited to a maximum of 80,000 pounds, or 40 tons. However, the sensors have determined that some trucks along the roadway are more than double that weight—as much as 170,000 pounds. Such excessive weight can do serious damage, with consequences for the roadway’s structural integrity, according to the officials. Under current State law, City cops can issue violations to overweight trucks— with penalties as high as $7,000 per violation. The DOT this year will perform immediate surface road work starting this spring, which will include milling and paving the roadway deck, repairing deck sections to ensure roadway life, restoring defective pavement, and fully replacing the mesh underneath the structure. “The BQE  is one of the main arteries of our city, which is why we are immediately increasing enforcement against overweight trucks and addressing the highway’s most pressing structural issues,” de Blasio said. “I applaud the expert panel for putting forward several solutions to preserve the BQE, and we will continue to explore the next steps necessary to keep New Yorkers safe and moving.”

Pastor Stephen Roser Howard Beach Assembly of God While happiness is a feeling, joy by the things which He suffered” is a state of being that results from a (Hebrews 5:8). Actually, the book of James conscious decision to trust in God. Only by understanding the differ- does not teach that adversity by itence can we make sense of such Bi- self produces strength of character, ble commands as James 1:2, “Count but instead that joyfully perseverit all joy when you fall into various ing through adversity produces this strength. Just as muscles develop trials.” Just as the Apostle Paul chose to through resistance, God allows life sing hymns to the Lord while in pris- to place pressure upon each part of on with his feet shackled in stocks, our personality to develop it. Insult you and I can make a well-thought- is a test of our humility, poverty tests out decision to trust God’s plan for our honesty, sickness is a test of our our lives, even when it seems unfair. faith, and by appropriating God’s Living in this trust means that the grace for every test, our character testing of our faith will give us “stay- becomes strong and complete. So, if you trust in the Lord, view ing power” or, as James calls it, “peryour problems with joy, not because severance.” We might be very sweet, inno- you enjoy them, but because you becent people before we experience lieve that God has permitted them such things as financial stress or fam- for a good purpose. A strong, balily problems, but enduring through anced spiritual condition does not these pressures will transform our result from a smooth, unruffled life innocence into strength of charac- but from a habit of joyful perseverter. Even Jesus “learned obedience ance through life’s trials. THE FORUM NEWSGROUP • VOL. 20 • Number 6 • FEBRUARY 6, 2020 | 5


EDITORIAL Leading by Example A very special tip of The Forum newsboy’s cap this week to Anna Lampman of Middle Village. The intrepid 13-year-old can teach plenty of adults what it means to be a true leader and volunteer. Anna, an 8th-grader at Sacred Heart Catholic Academy of Glendale (pictured), runs “Bedtime Bags,” through which she has donated 200 drawstring backpacks to children in need. Each bag is filled with a blanket, stuffed animal, toothbrush, toothpaste and a book. Anna’s efforts include promoting her project at her school and community churches, collecting and sorting donations, and delivering the bags to two charity organizations. For her efforts, and as part of the 2020 Prudential Spirit  of Community Awards, a nationwide program honoring young people for outstanding acts of volunteerism, Anna was selected as one of the Empire State’s top youth volunteers. The Prudential  Spirit  of Community Awards represents the United States’ largest youth recognition program based solely on volunteer service. All public and private middle level and high schools in the country, as well as all Girl Scout councils, county 4-H organizations, American Red Cross chapters, YMCAs and Points of Light Global Network

members, were eligible to select a student or member for a local Prudential  Spirit  of Community Award. Local honorees were then reviewed by an independent judging panel, which selected State Honorees and Distinguished Finalists based on criteria including personal initiative, effort, impact and personal growth. Jahin Rahman, 16, of Manhattan, joined Anna as this year’s standout young volunteers from the five boroughs. A junior at Academy of American Studies, she founded “Efforts in Youth Development of Bangla-

desh,” an organization run by students in New York City and Dhaka, Bangladesh; her group has built a library and computer lab, established a literary program, and donated clothing to benefit children from underserved communities in Bangladesh. Through EYBD, Jahin is currently working to establish a drug rehabilitation center in the Dhaka area. “In our 25th year of honoring young volunteers, we are as inspired as ever by the work students are doing to address the needs of a changing world,” said Charles Lowrey,

chairman and CEO of Prudential Financial, Inc. “We hope that their resolve, their initiative and their perspectives on society’s challenges move others to consider how they can make a difference, too.” The Prudential Awards is conducted by Prudential Financial in partnership with the National Association of Secondary School Principals. “Middle level and high school students are doing remarkable things to shape the future of their communities through volunteer service. They inspire all students and schools to drive learning with real-world challenges,” said JoAnn Bartoletti, executive director of NASSP. “Congratulations to each of the 2020 honorees  –  it’s an honor to celebrate your commitment to creating positive change.” Since the program  began in 1995, more than 130,000 young volunteers have been honored at the local, state and national level. The program also is conducted by  Prudential  subsidiaries in Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, Ireland, India, China and Brazil. In addition to granting its own awards, The  Prudential  Spirit  of Community Awards program also distributes President’s Volunteer Service Awards to qualifying Local Honorees.

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Stringer Slams City’s ‘Failed Approach’ to Housing Crisis as Mayor Brags about Creating 25K Affordable Homes in 2019 By Michael V. Cusenza An impromptu battle of the plans erupted in the Big Apple this week as the de Blasio administration boasted Monday that it had bankrolled 25,889 residences in 2019—including 15,692 affordable homes preserved and a record-breaking 10,197 new affordable homes financed—five days after City Comptroller Scott Stringer proposed an immense five-borough strategy to “fundamentally realign New York City’s failed approach to our housing crisis.” De Blasio administration officials also noted on Monday that the City set new records for homeless and supportive housing, securing 3,030 affordable homes for people experiencing homelessness, and 1,482 affordable homes paired with supportive services. “We are fighting to create a City that New Yorkers can afford to call home. With every affordable apartment, we are stabilizing the lives of families across the City, but we are not stopping there,” said  Mayor Bill de Blasio  “From establishing the Mayor’s Office to Protect Tenants to giving New Yorkers the representation they need to fight off eviction, we have the backs of tenants as we continue to ensure that New York is the fairest city in America.” The City Department of Housing Preservation and Development indicated on Monday that it is “making significant progress toward its goal of 300,000 affordable units by 2026…” In November 2017, Hizzoner released “Housing New York 2.0,” laying out new tools and programs to build and preserve affordable homes for 300,000 Gotham families by 2026—up from the previously announced goal of 200,000 homes by 2024. According to the administration, under the accelerated and expanded plan, the City will boost the number of affordable homes for seniors and families to 25,000 per year, while also increasing resources and strategies for affordable homeownership programs and not-for-profit organizations purchasing rent-regulated buildings to preserve affordability. The resources and strategies actually will help create 200,000 affordable homes two years ahead of schedule—by 2022—de Blasio said.

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City Comptroller Scott Stringer

Stringer last Wednesday seemingly scoffed at HNY. A recent analysis by his office found that the “affordable” housing created by the de Blasio program is too expensive for as many as 435,000 of the city’s most severely rent-burdened households.  Just one third of the newly-constructed  housing  units through the end of Fiscal Year 2019 were within the reach of extremely low and very low- income households (defined as households making 30 percent and 50 percent respectively of area median income, or $28,830 and $48,050 respec-

tively for a family of three). And the comptroller’s probe also found that nearly 565,000 New York households pay over half of their income for rent, are severely overcrowded, or have been in homeless shelter for over a year. De Blasio’s plan has wasted City resources billions of dollars on inscrutable tax subsidies to real estate, on ineffective approaches to homelessness prevention, and on unrealizable paths to homeownership, according to the comptroller. With “Housing We Need,” Stringer has proposed: a univer-

Mayor Bill de Blasio

sal requirement for 25 percent permanently low-income affordable housing in all new as-of-right development with 10 or more units; an end to the longstanding 421-a tax subsidy program for developers, which, according to Stringer, costs the City more than $1.6 billion per year and has proven “highly inefficient” in its production of affordable housing. “We need to fundamentally change the bargain between the City and the real estate industry,” he reasoned.  “We can’t keep spending billions and billions and

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getting so little in return.” Stringer’s plan  further calls for the expansion of affordable homeownership programs; the redirection of existing capital dollars to extremely and very lowincome  housing  construction; and the creation of a New York City land bank that would facilitate the transformation of vacant city-owned properties into affordable housing. “The power in this approach lies in its simplicity: If you’re going to build in New York City, you will provide affordability that is sustainable,” Stringer said. “You will be part of the solution. No longer will developers be able to use affordable  housing  as a bargaining chip with communities.” Stringer noted that this comprehensive housing strategy was built on six years of analyses, audits, and reports on an affordability crisis that is, he posited, “the culmination of decades of sticking our heads in the sand, of kicking the can down the road, of applying Band-Aids when we needed surgery.” As he unveiled “Housing We Need” in Washington Heights last week, the comptroller said the time to act and “be daring” has arrived. “The moment for piecemeal, siloed, incremental  plans  is longpast. In fact, I don’t believe that moment ever really existed,” Stringer said. “From creating universal affordability in every corner of every borough, to leveraging City-owned property to build the  housing  we need for the New Yorkers who need it most, to ending ineffectual tax giveaways to the real estate industry when we aren’t getting enough real affordable housing in return, to realizing the dream of owning a home in the greatest city in the world…let us have the courage to break the cycle and build the New York we need— finally. “The price of entry to New York City cannot be a milliondollar condo. We must make room here for everyone,” the comptroller continued. “We came here today to ask one question:  Who is New York City for? Our answer is loud and clear. This is your city, and your city cannot be bought. This is the time for action, rooted in justice for all. Our children, our neighbors, our city, and our future demand nothing less than the housing we need.”

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“From conversations with religious leaders and communities, it’s clear there is more work to be done to prevent anti-Semitic violence and other hateful activity, and to ensure that all New Yorkers can worship and live in peace,” Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand said.

By Forum Staff Over the next couple of months, federal agencies are offering a nationwide webinar series on the Nonprofit Security Grant Program for faith-based, community, and nonprofit partners, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) recently announced. Hosted by the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Grant Programs Directorate, in partnership with the Department of Homeland Security Center for Faith and Opportunity Initiatives, the  nine webinars will include an overview of the NSGP, information on grant program eligibility and allowable costs, and a moderated question-and-answer session. According to Schumer and Gillibrand, the NSGP helps nonprofits plan for and ready themselves against a terrorist attack by providing funding to support physical security enhancements to high-risk locations. The senators have said that the NSGP has improved efforts to keep at-risk organizations safe by promoting emergency preparedness coordination and collaboration activities between public and private community representatives, as well as with State and local government agencies. Synagogues, churches, mosques, schools and other faith-based community centers, like JCCs, are just a few examples of nonprofit organizations that could apply for NSGP funds.  To supplement the  webinars, Schumer and Gillibrand have called on FEMA and the State Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services to host a public, in-person forum in Brooklyn for NSGP applicants in the community. As the elected officials noted, DHSES works on behalf of FEMA and DHS to solicit, review, and score federal NSGP applications from New York, including applications generated in the five boroughs. According to the Empire State senators, the webinars and request for a public forum

come as recent attacks on places of worship highlight the unique vulnerabilities that communities face across the country. The February 2019 FBI, DHS, and NCTC Joint Intelligence Bulletin found that domestic extremists, perpetrators of hate crimes, homegrown violent extremists, and foreign terrorist organizations continue to pose a lethal threat to faith-based communities, particularly against perceived soft targets such as religious and cultural facilities. Recent incidents targeting synagogues, churches, mosques, and other religious centers and nonprofit organizations include the Dec. 28, 2019 attack at a private Hanukkah celebration in upstate Monsey, N.Y.; the shooting the next day inside West Freeway Church in Texas that claimed three lives; and the Charleston church massacre of 2015 in which nine  AfricanAmericans were killed during a Bible study at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church. “New York City community members, in Brooklyn and everywhere, should not feel vulnerable while gathering in their houses of worship, while dropping their kids off at school, or while heading to the local JCC or any other faith-based community center. Sadly, after hearing from communities in Brooklyn, and around the city, the fact of the matter is that many feel unsafe,” Schumer said. “From conversations with religious leaders and communities, it’s clear there is more work to be done to prevent antiSemitic violence and other hateful activity, and to ensure that all New Yorkers can worship and live in peace,” Gillibrand added. “That’s why I am pressing for an increase in NSGP funding to protect places of worship and other nonprofits, and I am pushing FEMA and NYS DHSES to host a public forum in Brooklyn to help our Jewish and faith-based community members secure these vital resources.” For more information, visit fema.gov/ faith.

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Cuomo Establishes Medicaid Redesign Team II By Forum Staff Governor Andrew Cuomo unveiled Tuesday the roster of the Medicaid Redesign Team II that he promised in his Fiscal Year 2021 Executive Budget address. The 21-member panel, all appointed by the governor, is tasked with finding savings in the Medicaid program in the same way the 2011 MRT I set the course for recurring savings. The reconstituted team will develop a set of recommendations to build on the strategy of the original MRT while identifying changes to the State’s Medicaid program that will generate $2.5 billion in recurring savings within the upcoming FY 2021 State budget, Cuomo said. The governor has directed MRT II to identify savings with the following directives: Ensure zero impact on local governments and zero impact on beneficiaries; find industry efficiencies and/or additional industry revenue; and root out waste, fraud, and abuse. According to Cuomo, MRT II recommendations should address: The drivers of greater-than-projected costs and growth in the Medicaid program; Models of healthcare delivery to improve care management for beneficiaries with complex health conditions; Existing regulations, laws, and programs that hinder the modernization or achieving

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Governor Cuomo has tasked the 21-member MRT II with finding significant savings in the State Medicaid program.

efficiencies in the Medicaid program and for the healthcare industry; Ways to ensure the availability of a stable and appropriately skilled workforce, especially with respect to meeting the needs of an aging population; Strengthening the sustainability of safety net providers serving vulnerable populations, including through regulatory reform Changes in the Medicaid program to achieve short-term solutions and long-

term systemic changes that advance the State’s healthcare reform strategy while restoring financial sustainability to ensure that benefits will always be available to those who need it; Whether any changes to the metric for calculating the Medicaid global cap are necessary; The introduction of new data sets, data analytics and technologies to identify current and future trends and improve pro-

gram oversight; and Policies to ensure the efficient and effective use of Medicaid dollars and reduce waste, fraud, and abuse. Additionally, MRT II will create an advisory work group to focus on issues associated with long-term care. As Cuomo pointed out, enrollment and spending in managed long-term care have increased dramatically over the last three years. Understanding the causes of the growth and identifying efficiencies within the program is an important priority of MRT II, he added. The latest iteration of the MRT will be co-chaired by Michael Dowling, president and CEO of Northwell Health, and Dennis Rivera, the former president of SEIU 1199, who were also co-chairmen of the original MRT. State Medicaid Director Donna Frescatore will serve as the team’s executive director; and State Budget Director Robert Mujica will serve as a non-voting member of MRT II, Cuomo noted. The team will start working immediately, and hold its first public meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 11. Recommendations and proposals may be submitted online at health. ny.gov/health_care/medicaid/redesign/ mrt2/. The team will submit its report to the governor and Legislature next month for consideration in the FY 2021 Enacted Budget.

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By Forum Staff A member of the ultra-violent “Bushwick Crew” drug-dealing organization based in Queens and Brooklyn has copped to his role in the enterprise, federal prosecutors announced Friday. Maurice “Spaz” Brown, 28, pleaded guilty to participating in a racketeering conspiracy and murdering Gary Lopez and Rudy Superville on March 5, 2013, at an apartment in Brooklyn used by one of crew’s heroin distributors. As detailed in the indictment and other court filings, the Bushwick Crew was a large-scale heroin trafficking organization with connections to Mexican drug cartels. Various members of the crew armed themselves to escort drug traffickers, forcibly collected drug debts and committed murders and other acts of violence against anyone who interfered with the crew’s operations or offended its members. Brown is the last of seven defendants to plead guilty to charges in the third superseding indictment. Previously, Luis Lopez and Peter Vasquez pleaded guilty to racketeering conspiracy for their roles in the murders of Gary Lopez and Superville; Tyquan Griem pleaded guilty to racketeering conspiracy and the murder of Kelvin Johnson at a nightclub in Queens; Jaquan Cooper pleaded guilty to brandishing a firearm during a robbery of a barbershop in Queens;

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Just some of the luxurious goods crew members purchased with proceeds from heroin trafficking.

Lance Goodwin pleaded guilty to causing the death of Donte Williams by discharging a firearm; and Norman Marrero pleaded guilty to brandishing a firearm during an extortion. “We hope this prosecution brings a measure of closure for the victims’ families,” said Brooklyn U.S. Attorney Richard Donoghue. When sentenced, each defendant faces a maximum term of life imprisonment.

MTA Looking to Stay Up ‘Late’

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The MTA announced this week that it’s looking to improve the overnight commutes of late-shift workers.

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The Metropolitan Transportation Authority this week focused on the commutes of late-shift workers and how to improve them. The MTA indicated on Tuesday that it has issued a request for proposals from transportation companies to advance the “LateShift” pilot program to enhance mobility for residents working the late  shift by connecting them with the subway system outside of Manhattan during overnight hours. The agency noted that it is seeking companies that have the potential to offer shared12 FEBRUARY 6, 2020 • Number 6 • VOL. 20 • THE FORUM NEWSGROUP

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Legal Notices Notice of Formation: HAN QYNM LLC, Art. Of Org. filed with Sec. of State of NY (SSNY) on 12/06/2019. Office Loc: Queens County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: 3907 Prince Street #4C, Flushing, NY 11354 Purpose: Any lawful activity.

MAO AUTO TECH LLC. Arts. of Org. filed with the SSNY on 12/20/19. 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, 3458 90th Street,Apartment 3K, Jackson Heights, NY 11372. Purpose: Any lawful purpose.

LIC 11TH STREET HOSPITALITY LLC Articles of Org. filed NY Sec. of State (SSNY) 1/23/14. Office in Queens Co. SSNY design. Agent of LLC upon whom process may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to Hiu Ian Cheng C/O 105 West 27th St New York NY 10001. Purpose: Any lawful activity.

Notice of formation of THE APPEAL TO SAFETY LLC Articles of Org. filed NY Sec. of State (SSNY) 12/30/2019. Office in Queens Co. SSNY desig. agent of LLC whom process may be served. SSNY shall mail process to THE APPEAL TO SAFETY LLC, 203 BEACH 96TH STREET, ROCKAWAY PARK, NY 11693. Purpose: Any lawful purpose.

TH NYC RESTAURANT 2 LLC Articles of Org. filed NY Sec. of State (SSNY) 8/19/19. Office in Queens Co. SSNY design. Agent of LLC upon whom process may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to The LLC 30-45 32nd St Apt 1B Astoria, NY 11102. Purpose: Any lawful activity. ONE SOURCE MEDICAL DEVICE REPAIR LLC, Arts. of Org. filed with the SSNY on 11/12/2019. Office loc: Queens County. SSNY has been designated as agent upon whom process against the LLC may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: ADNAN BARAKOVIC, 28-23 42ND STREET, APT BSMT, ASTORIA, NY 11103. Purpose: Any Lawful Purpose. Notice of Formation of TYMJ LLC Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 01/02/20. Office location: Queens County. Princ. office of LLC: 22-18 Jackson Ave., #36, Long Island City, NY 11101. 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. Purpose: Any lawful activity. FRESH POND ROAD REAL ESTATE, LLC, Arts. of Org. filed with the SSNY on 12/30/2019. Office loc: Queens County. SSNY has been designated as agent upon whom process against the LLC may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: The LLC, 68-53 Fresh Pond Road, Ridgewood, NY 11385. Purpose: Any Lawful Purpose. DISCOVER PHYSICAL THERAPY & ACU­ PUNCTURE PLLC Arts. of Org. filed with the SSNY on 11/08/19. 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, 13668 ROOSEVELT AVE, STE, 4D, FLUSHING, NY 11354. Purpose: Any lawful purpose. Notice of Formation of LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY. NAME: AGRIM PEST SOLUTIONS, LLC, Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 06/03/14. 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, 2116 80th Street, East Elmhurst, NY 11370. . Purpose: any lawful purpose.

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ORTI INVESTMENTS LLC. App. for Auth. filed with the SSNY on 01/06/20. Originally filed with Secretary of State of Florida on 01/11/2016. 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, c/o Zelenitz, Shapiro & D’Agostino, P.C., 138-44 Queens Boulevard, 2nd Floor, Briarwood, NY 11435. Purpose: Any lawful purpose. JOEAUD SERVICES, LLC App. for Auth. filed with the SSNY on 01/14/20. SSNY designated as agent of the LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to JOEAUD SERVICES, LLC, 187-32 QUENCER ROAD, ST. ALBANS, NY 11412. Purpose: Any lawful purpose. Notice is hereby given that an Order entered by the Civil Court, Queens County, on the 19th day of DECEMBER, 2019, bearing Index No. 001177-19/QU, a copy of which may be examined at the Office of the Clerk, located at 89-17 Sutphin Blvd., Jamaica, New York, 11435, grants me the right to assume the name of (first) TROY (middle) ANDREW (last) FRANCIS (seniority) JR.. My present name is TROY RENNEY FRANCIS (infant) . My city and state of my present address is RICHMOND HILL, NY. The month and year of my birth are FEBRUARY 2012. The place of my birth is BRONX, NY. Notice is hereby given that an Order entered by the Civil Court, Queens County, on the 27th day of JANUARY 2020, bearing Index No. 00004120/QU, a copy of which may be examined at the Office of the Clerk, located at 89-17 Sutphin Blvd., Jamaica, New York, 11435, grants me the right to assume the name of (first) SHAAN (last) SINGH BRAR. My present name is ISHAAN BRAR (infant). My city and state of my present address is RICHMOND HILL, NY. The month and year of my birth are JUNE 2014. The place of my birth is QUEENS, NEW YORK.

Notice is hereby given that an Order entered by the Civil Court, Queens County, on the 16th day of JANUARY 2020, bearing Index No. 00103419/QU, a copy of which may be examined at the Office of the Clerk, located at 89-17 Sutphin Blvd., Jamaica, New York, 11435, grants me the right to assume the name of (first) DANIELA (last) TAPIA. My present name is DANIELA CHIMBORAZO CHUVA aka DANIELA C CHUVA (infant). My city and state of my present address is WOODHAVEN, NY. The month and year of my birth are APRIL 2006. The place of my birth is QUEENS, NY. Notice is hereby given that an Order entered by the Civil Court, Queens County, on the 12th day of DECEMBER, 2019, bearing Index No. 001197-19/QU, a copy of which may be examined at the Office of the Clerk, located at 89-17 Sutphin Blvd., Jamaica, New York, 11435, grants me the right to assume the name of (first) DURSHA (last) HAMILTON. My present name is DURSHA RENNIE aka DURSHA ROWE. My city and state of my present address is SOUTH OZONE PARK, NY. The month and year of my birth are SEPTEMBER 1946. The place of my birth is JAMAICA. ABIKARAM LLC Articles of Org. filed NY Sec. of State (SSNY) 12/13/2019. Office in Queens Co. SSNY desig. agent of LLC whom process may be served. SSNY shall mail process to CHRIST ABIKARAM, 45-14 243RD STREET, DOUGLASTON, NY 11362. Purpose: Any lawful purpose. RAYAN PROPERTIES LLC, Arts. of Org. filed with the SSNY on 01/08/2020. Office loc: Queens County. SSNY has been designated as agent upon whom process against the LLC may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: Zakaria Dihyem, 142-21 120th Avenue, Jamaica, NY 11436. Purpose: Any Lawful Purpose.


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