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Days after Aiding Area by Eliminating Certain Parking Limitations in Cross Bay SBS Paths, DOT Warns that it Will Soon Start Issuing Bus Lane Camera Violations to the Tune of $115 to $150

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In Fifth State of the City, de Blasio Pushes ‘Fairest’ Agenda By Michael V. Cusenza The setting was different, but the theme quite familiar. It’s been the same since he was reelected to a second term back in November: The Big Apple as fairest big city in America. And according to Mayor Bill de Blasio, he and his administration have exactly three years, 10 months, and 14 days to achieve that goal. “We will take on that mission and we will do it with speed and we’ll do it with urgency,” Hizzoner said Tuesday evening on stage at the historic Kings Theatre in Flatbush, Brooklyn, during his fifth State of the City address. “We do this to ensure a better life for all 8.5 million of us. We do this to preserve the social fabric of the most diverse place on earth. We do this to insure that we're always a place for everyone, that magical openness that has made New York City great is always protected. But we also do this to guard against the threats to our democracy that are growing across this nation. It’s our mission to define what a fair and just society looks like, to show it through our deeds and in our everyday lives. To take that quintessentially American egalitarian spirit and make it come alive again. We have to be the keepers of that flame. We have to ask

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Mayor de Blasio delivered this year’s address at Kings Theatre in Brooklyn.

ourselves, if not here, where? We, in fact, have to be the antidote to the sickness that is gripping our nation.” De Blasio went on to detail a dozen proposals that will help thrust New York into the role of fairest big city, and, in his words, “protect and reinforce our battered democracy.” Those measures include in-

vesting in the City Housing Authority, fighting the opioid epidemic, and a robust employment plan. “There’s another good way to make sure New Yorkers can afford the city they love, give them better paying jobs,” the mayor posited. “A truly just society constantly tries to share the wealth, to do what

a slogan from the progressive era of a hundred years ago called for, a very simple slogan, it says, ‘Pass prosperity around.’ Well, as this city become more prosperous, we have more jobs than at any other time in our history right that the moment in the city, but we need to get better-paying jobs in the hands of New Yorkers.” De Blasio on Tuesday also took plenty of veiled and not-so-veiled shots at a certain Queens native now living and working in the White House. “In Washington we will fight for real infrastructure planning with ample federal dollars so we can fix what's broken and build the economy of the future. But, again, we’re nobody’s fools, and I assure you we will not fall for privatization schemes that enrich the few and achieve little,” he said. “One thing we should look forward to doing…we will fight to rescind the Trump giveaways to the wealthy and the big corporations.” De Blasio wrapped up his remarks by unveiling a 10-point plan called Democracy NYC aimed at revolutionizing voting, campaigns, and elections in the Big Apple. “We are poised at the beginning of a new age, something we’ve never seen before. We have a new and bolder chapter to write,” the mayor said, “and its author will be you.”

Budget Amendment Legislation will Protect New Yorkers from Federal Tax Hikes: Cuomo By Forum Staff Thirty-day amendments to the State Executive Budget will include legislation allowing employers to opt-in to a new payroll tax system to protect their employees from federal tax increases, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced on Monday. Additionally, Cuomo explained, the proposed law will create two new funds to accept donations to fund health care and education programs, allowing taxpayers who itemize their deductions to deduct those donations from their federal taxes. And the budget amendments will include provisions to decouple the state tax code from the federal tax code so that state taxpayers do not see increased state taxes because of federal tax increases. State Budget Director Robert Mujica “These amendments to the Executive Budget will protect New York’s taxpayers, lation, to protect their employees from the our State Budget, and our economic com- tax increases associated with the limitations petitiveness,” State Budget Director Robert on SALT deductibility, employers would be able to opt-in to a new Employer CompenMujica, Jr. said. According to the administration, legis- sation Expense Tax system. Employers that lation to be included with 30-day amend- opt-in would be subject to a five-percent tax on all annual payroll expenses in excess ments will protect taxpayers by: Creating a new Employer Compensa- of $40,000 per employee, phased in over tion Expense Tax: While federal tax reform three years beginning on Jan. 1, 2019. The eliminated full state and local tax deductibil- progressive personal income tax system ity for individuals, businesses were spared would remain in place, and a new tax credit from these limitations. Under 30-day legis- corresponding in value to the ECET would 2 FEBRUARY 15, 2018 • Number 07 VOL. 17 • THE FORUM NEWSGROUP

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cut the personal income tax on wages and ensure that state filers subject to the ECET would not experience a decline in take-home pay. Overall, the proposal is designed to be revenue neutral for the state while giving employers the opportunity to reduce their employees’ federal taxes, Cuomo noted. Charitable Contributions to Benefit New Yorkers: The legislation creates two new State-operated charitable contribution funds to accept donations for the purposes of improving health care and education in

New York. Taxpayers who itemize deductions could claim these charitable contributions as deductions on their federal and state tax returns. Any taxpayer making a donation could also claim a state tax credit equal to 85 percent of the donation amount for the tax year after the donation is made. The amendment also authorizes school districts and other local governments to create charitable funds for education and health care. Donations to these funds would provide a reduction in local property tax bills (via a local credit) equal to a percentage of the donation. Decoupling from federal tax code: According to Cuomo, the state tax code is closely aligned with the federal tax code. This legislation decouples the state tax code from the federal tax code, where necessary, to avoid more than $1.5 billion in state tax increases brought solely by increases in federal taxes. Federal tax reform capped the itemized deduction for SALT at $10,000. The governor proposes to decouple from this cap so New York taxpayers are not subjected to a $441 million state-tax increase from the flow through of this cap to state income tax returns. The legislation also decouples from other federal deduction changes, saving state taxpayers $269 million annually beginning in FY 2020. The 30-day amendments will also maintain the State standard deduction for single filers.

Area Lawmakers Convince DOT to Eliminate Saturday SBS Parking Limitations on Cross Bay

Agency to begin issuing Select Bus Service camera lane violations on Feb. 20 By Michael V. Cusenza The Saturday “rush hour” limitations on parking in curbside Select Bus Service lanes along Cross Bay Boulevard south of Liberty Avenue have been lifted, according to area elected officials. State Sen. Joe Addabbo, Jr. (DHoward Beach) and Assemblywoman Stacey Pheffer Amato (DHoward Beach), who have been in discussions with the City Department of Transportation for months to amend the active hours, made the announcement on Thursday in front of C-Town Supermarket on Cross Bay Boulevard and Sutter Avenue. “When I first saw that the curbside SBS lanes would be in effect on Saturdays, I knew that had to be changed. There is no rush hour on Saturday, so I felt that day should be given back to the drivers, allowing them to park and access the local businesses,” Addabbo said. “I am glad to see that DOT heard the frustrations and followed through on their promise to continue to look at the SBS route after it was implemented to see how it affected the residents and business owners.” When the new Q52/Q53 Wood-

Some positive and negative changes are on the way to Select Bus Service lanes along Cross Bay Boulevard.

haven-Cross Bay Corridor bus service began in November, curbside SBS lanes were active during the morning and afternoon rush hours, from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m., and from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Saturday, frustrating area residents and business owners who lamented the loss of valuable parking spots. Pheffer Amato praised DOT for the “common sense” move.

“Our local businesses are the heart and soul of South Queens, it is great to see the Department of Transportation listen and work with our community to ensure residents can have the ability to access their local businesses and facilities,” she said. Addabbo called the Saturday change a big win for area entrepreneurs. Since November, Add-

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abbo, Pheffer, City Councilman Eric Ulrich (R-Ozone Park), and Assemblyman Mike Miller (DWoodhaven) have been inundated with business-constituent concerns regarding the negative impact of the City’s latest SBS venture. “While it is important to expand bus service to neighborhoods like the Rockaways, where transportation options are limited – it is cru-

cial the expansion does not come at the expense of residents and local business owners,” Ulrich said. “Many businesses were negatively affected by the SBS lanes,” Addabbo added. “This change is a step in the right direction to make the roads accessible for everyone and I appreciate DOT’s willingness to work with the local electeds and the community.” In other SBS news, on Monday DOT announced that, beginning Feb. 20, it will be issuing bus lane camera violations along the Cross Bay route starting. If you drive, park, or stand in a bus lane during hours of operation you face fines ranging from $115 to $150, DOT noted. Each corridor has signage indicating the hours that the bus lanes are operable, and that the lanes are camera enforced. The department indicated that it issues warnings to motorists for at least 60 days prior, per state law, when the cameras are first operated to ensure that drivers are informed about the program. Since violations are issued against the vehicle, not the driver, points are not deducted from motorists’ licenses.

City Places 18 Poorly Maintained Borough Apartment Buildings on Enhanced Enforcement List By Michael V. Cusenza Eighteen Queens buildings hosting 370 residences have been placed in the City Department of Housing Preservation and Development’s Alternative Enforcement Program, an initiative that shines a spotlight on multi-family edifices whose owners have allowed them to fall into dangerous disrepair, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced on Monday. The borough buildings, including one in Richmond Hill and another in South Ozone Park, each have enough health and safety code violations to allow for enhanced enforcement by HPD, including roof to cellar inspections, fees, and an AEP Order to Correct underlying conditions and bring the buildings up to code. According to the administration, a total of 250 apartment buildings across the city – home to 3,970 families – have been placed on the AEP list this year, featuring a combined total of 26,301 housing code

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This apartment building on Atlantic Avenue in Richmond Hill was on this year’s list.

violations. Brooklyn leads the way by far, with 127 buildings on the infamous ledger. “This kind of willful negligence puts tenants in danger. It is immoral and illegal and we will use every tool we have to go after property owners and make these buildings safe for

New York families,” de Blasio said. The 250 buildings have a total of 4,859 immediately hazardous (Cclass) violations, 21,442 hazardous (B-class), and 7,602 non-hazardous (A-class).Immediately hazardous violations include inadequate fire exits, evidence of rodents, lead-

based paint, and the lack of heat, hot water, electricity, or gas. Class B hazardous violations repair conditions, such as leaks or holes in plaster or sheetrock. Non-hazardous, or A-class, include more minor leaks, chipping or peeling paint when no children under the age of 6 live in

the home. In order to exit the list, a building owner “must act affirmatively to demonstrate that conditions at the property are improving,” according to HPD. This means correcting all violations associated with heat and hot water, all immediately hazardous violations; 80 percent of B-class mold violations; 80 percent of all violations related to vermin; 80 percent of all remaining B- and C-class violations; and correct all related underlying conditions detailed in the AEP Order to Correct. The owners of the buildings already owe the City more than $1.5 million to HPD Emergency Repair Program charges. The charges accrue when repairs are done by HPD to correct immediately hazardous violations that the owner failed to address in a timely manner. According to HPD, since AEP’s inception, 1,647 buildings with 22,033 apartments have been repaired, and more than $74 million in repair costs recovered by the agency.

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By Forum Staff Three borough-based construction companies recently pleaded guilty to misclassifying more than 150 workers—including carpenters and painters—as independent contractors to avoid paying them overtime, according to State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman. Lotus-C Corporation of Jackson Heights; Johnco Contracting, Inc., of Bayside; and RCM Painting Inc., operating out of Maspeth, each pleaded guilty to felony counts of fourthdegree grand larceny and first-degree falsifying business records. According to Schneiderman, the plea agreements mandated that the corporations pay a total of $371,447.01 for unpaid wages and $359,747.86 in unpaid unemployment contributions to the State Department of Labor. Queens Supreme Court sentenced each corporation to a conditional discharge, as full restitution has been made to the attorney general’s office.

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According to Schneiderman, between 2012 and 2017, the corporations repeatedly failed to pay proper overtime wages to more than 150 total employees. Many of these workers, who were laborers, worked well over 40 hours in one week, but were only paid a standard time hourly wage, instead of the required time-and-one-half rate for hours worked over 40 hours in one week. In furtherance of their scheme, each corporation had the employees sign a form stating that they were independent contractors, even though the workers were employees as defined by State labor law. The companies underreported the number of employees working at these corporations during this period to the State DOL, and instead falsified their State Quarterly Combined Withholding, Wage Reporting and Unemployment Insurance Return forms—resulting in significant underpayment of unemployment contributions to the DOL. “Employee misclassification and records

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the plea agreements, the corporations will dissolve the businesses, and the principals of the corporations, Cesar Agudelo of Lotus-C Corp., and John Massino of RCM Painting Inc. and Johnco Contracting, Inc., will be barred for five years from bidding on public works contracts in New York. “Led by pure greed, the defendants in this case attempted to sidestep the law — misclassifying their employees as a way to stiff them on the overtime pay they rightfully earned,� the AG added.

Borough Detectives Hook Crook who Wrapped Fentanyl in Fish By Forum Staff Queens Narcotics Major Case Squad detectives recently recovered four kilograms of fentanyl (nearly 9 pounds) wrapped inside a shipment of fish, according to authorities. The detectives recovered the lethal synthetic opioid on Thursday, Feb. 1, from a vehicle near the intersection of Leland Avenue and Archer Street in the Parkchester neighborhood of the Bronx. Photo Courtesy of the Office of the Special Narcotics Prosecutor

Authorities recovered nearly 9 pounds of fentanyl wrapped inside a shipment of fish.

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According to City Special Narcotics Prosecutor Bridget Brennan, the narcotics were initially suspected to be cocaine, but subsequent laboratory analysis by the NYPD revealed that the drug recovered was fentanyl. Investigators arrested the driver of the vehicle, Johnny De Los Santos-Martinez. The 35-year-old Dominican Republic native was arraigned the following day on a complaint charging him with criminal possession of a controlled substance in the first and third degrees. Bail was set at $150,000 cash or $250,000 bond. His next court date is Feb. 28. According to officials, prior to the arrest, detectives were conducting surveillance on De Los Santos-Martinez as part of an investigation into drug trafficking in

the city when they saw him in a 2017 white Acura MDX with two boxes in the back seat. The cops obtained a court-authorized search warrant for the packages and the vehicle and commenced to probe. Inside both boxes were Styrofoam coolers. The larger of the two coolers contained fish wrapped around two brick shaped packages covered in green plastic, with a third brick-shaped package concealed in a vacuum-sealed package of what appeared to be chili. The second cooler contained one brick shaped package similarly wrapped with green plastic and fish. The packages each consisted of a kilogram of fentanyl and together could have yielded more than a million doses worth up to $10 million on the street, Brennan noted.

State Promotes Kids’ Vaccine Program during Flu Crisis


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Governor Cuomo urged “all New Yorkers to protect themselves and their families, get a flu shot and join us in stamping out the spread of this dangerous virus.”

By Forum Staff Governor Andrew Cuomo on Monday announced he is advancing a 30-day budget amendment to encourage pharmacies to enroll in the State Vaccines for Children Program, which provides vaccines at no cost to children that are eligible. The legislation would codify the executive order signed by Cuomo on Jan. 25 temporarily allowing pharmacists to administer flu vaccines to children ages 2 to 18. The law, which increases convenience and vaccine accessibility for New Yorkers, would permanently suspend the section of State education law that limits the authority of pharmacists to administer immunizing agents to anyone under age 18, the governor noted. According to the administration, there have been four pediatric influenza deaths this flu season, with a fifth pediatric death currently under investigation, and 8,317 children under the age of 5 have been diagnosed with lab-confirmed influenza, and 731 have been hospitalized. For the last

nine weeks, influenza has been geographically widespread across the state. As of Feb. 3, 52,567 laboratory confirmed cases of influenza have been reported; 11,802 people have been hospitalized with influenza in New York State this season. During last year’s flu season, there were 12,912 flu-related hospitalizations and eight pediatric deaths in New York. Over the last four years, there have been a total of 25 pediatric flu deaths in the state and an average of 10,571 flu-related hospitalizations a year. Parents and guardians with children between the ages of 6 months and 24 months are still encouraged to see their primary care provider for the vaccination, Cuomo said. “As flu diagnoses continue to grow, we must do everything we can to ensure all New Yorkers have access to the flu vaccine to protect them now and in the future,” the governor said. “I urge all New Yorkers to protect themselves and their families, get a flu shot and join us in stamping out the spread of this dangerous virus.” Additionally, to support the increasing

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demand for pediatric vaccinations as a result of the executive order, and to ensure cost of the shot is not a barrier to getting vaccinated, Cuomo called on individual physicians to enroll in the State Vaccines for Children Program. According to the State, a child is eligible for a Program vaccine if he or she is younger than 19 years of age and meets any of the following criteria: • Do not have health insurance, • Underinsured (have commercial health insurance but it does not cover the flu vaccine, or the insurance caps coverage at a certain amount or number of visits),

• Native American or Alaska Native, • Medicaid-enrolled or Medicaid-eligible, or • Enrolled in Child Health Plus. “After the governor signed the executive order allowing pharmacists to administer the flu vaccine to children, we’ve seen an increase in the number of families taking advantage of this initiative and it makes perfect sense to make this permanent,” said State Health Commissioner Howard Zucker, M.D. “The flu continues to be widespread in our state and if you haven’t yet been vaccinated, get vaccinated as soon as possible.”

Group Wants Revenue from Proposed Opioid Tax to go to Prevention, Treatment Programs By Michael V. Cusenza A leading membership organization that represents the state’s largest alcoholism and substance use prevention, treatment, recovery, research, and training providers recently called on New York lawmakers to divert revenue from a suggested tax on opioid manufacturers to prevention, treatment and recovery programs. In his Executive Budget, Gov. Andrew File Photo

“This is the largest public health crisis in modern times with no end in sight,” Coppola wrote.

Cuomo proposed to impose a surcharge on 2018 than in 2017, just like 2017 was deadthe sale of opioids, for the purpose of rais- lier than the year before.” ing funds to address the heroin and opioid However, as Coppola noted in his mesaddiction crisis facing the state. sage to Albany, “Unfortunately, the actual According to the Alcoholism and Sub- budget request would divert the vast mastance Abuse Providers of New York State, jority of those new funds for unrelated purthe estimated $127 million in funding poses, and remaining funds would support should go to expand and support services previously announced initiatives.” to address the issue. Coppola went on to call this “a blue“We are in an urgent situation,” ASAP print for failure.” Executive Director John Coppola wrote in “As New York has done to combat prehis open letter to legislative leaders. “This vious public health crises including crack/ is the largest public health crisis in modern cocaine, HIV/AIDS, and nicotine and times with no end in sight. In fact, we are cigarette smoking, we need a comprehenmoving backward in the fight to combat the sive plan coupled with a commitment of reopioid pandemic. We already know more sources that matches the magnitude of the people will die from heroin and opioids in problem,” he wrote. THE FORUM NEWSGROUP • VOL. 17 • Number 07 FEBRUARY 15, 2018 | 5

Far Rockaway Man Sentenced to 18 Years in Prison for Shooting By Forum Staff Isaiah Nicholson, 22, of Cornaga Avenue in the Far Rockaway section of Queens man has been sentenced to 18 years in prison for trying to kill a neighborhood man as he walked down the street in November of 2016. The victim was shot in the stomach and had to have part of his intestine removed, but survived the shooting.

District Attorney Brown said, “…Illegal guns in our neighborhoods pose a deadly threat to everyone. The victim in the case, survived his injuries, but will forever be affected by the shooting. The defendant, a young man who could have had a bright future, is going to prison for a very long time. The sentence imposed by the Court will punish the defendant for his criminal activity as well as keep society safe.”

On October 31, 2017 Nicholson abruptly ended his on-going trial by pleading guilty to second-degree attempted murder. Justice Kenneth C. Holder yesterday Nicholson to 18 years in prison to be followed by five years’ post release supervision. According to the charges, on the afternoon of November 14, 2016, the defendant proceeded on foot toward the then-28-year-old victim as he walked down the street. The vic-

tim heard a gunshot, looked down at his abdomen and saw blood oozing from his stomach. Video surveillance of the scene showed images of Nicholson approaching the victim. There is a sudden flash of light and the victim falls to the ground. The victim was taken to an area hospital, where part of his small intestine was removed. He has recovered from his injuries despite that the bullet remains lodged in his abdomen.

Long Island Man Convicted in Road-Rage Death of Forest Hills Jeweler to the Stars By Forum Staff A suspended MTA train operator has been convicted of manslaughter and other charges for the hit-and-run death of a well-known Manhattan jeweler, killed following a verbal dispute in front of the victim’s Forest Hills home in July 2015. “After weighing all the evidence, including video surveillance of the fatal encounter, the defendant was found guilt of manslaughter,” said DA Brown. “The victim’s death rose out of a petty dispute on a residential street that ended with a 40-year-old man fatally injured. The defendant rammed a 1,000-plus pound vehicle into the victim and knocked him to the ground, where he hit his head. This was a senseless and violent death that could have easily been avoided. The defendant now faces a lengthy term of incarceration for his actions.”

Queens Supreme Court Justice Richard L. Buchter, set sentencing for March 12, 2018, at which time the defendant faces up to 25 years in prison. According to trial testimony, Jordan was behind the wheel of a 2005 dark blue Dodge Magnum and driving on 71st Avenue in Forest Hills shortly after 11:00 pm on July 19, 2015. The victim, Aron “Eric” Aranbayev, was being dropped off by others and exited a vehicle on the street as the defendant drove by at a high rate of speed. After a brief confrontation the defendant backed his car up multiple car lengths to confront the victim. The Photo Courtesy of Google 40-year-old Aranbayev argued with the Jordan The victim, Aron “Eric” Aranbayev, owned and operated Rafaello & Co. on 47th Street in Manhattan. who then backed up his vehicle a second time, revved the engine and struck the jeweler with The defendant was identified as Charles week-long trial, a jury convicted Jordan of the car. The victim suffered a skull fracture and Jordan, 48, of East Carpenter Street in Valley first-degree manslaughter and felony leaving brain damage and died as a result of the injuStream, Long Island. Following a nearly two- the scene of an incident. ries. Jordan sped away without stopping.

Reputed Gang Member Gets 13.5 Years in Prison for 2015 Jackson Heights Murder By Forum Staff A reputed member of the Sureño 13 street gang has been sentenced to prison for the fatal shooting of a 38-yearold Elmhurst man following a verbal argument in May 2015, in Jackson Heights. District Attorney Brown said, “In pleading guilty, the defendant admitted that he intentionally took the life of another person and used a gun to settle a petty dispute. His actions revealed a total disregard for human life and he must be punished for this senseless killing. The lengthy term of incarceration imposed by the Court today is more than warranted.” Photo Courtesy of Google Raul Zamora, 33, plead guilty last Manzanarez was shot once in the chest following a verbal argument at the intersection of Whitney and Roosevelt avenues. month to first-degree manslaughter

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before Queens Supreme Court Judge Deborah Stevens Modica who imposed a sentence of 13 ½ years in prison to be followed by five years’ post release supervision. Zamora, according to the charges, aided by and acting in concert with codefendant Isaac Martinez, 35, and another suspect not yet in custody, shot Jorge Manzanarez, 38, once in the chest following a verbal argument at the intersection of Whitney and Roosevelt Avenues on the afternoon of May 5, 2015. Manzanarez was taken to a local Queens hospital where he died later that day. Martinez plead guilty last year to second-degree criminal possession of a weapon and was sentenced to 4½ years in prison and five years’ post release supervision.

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Two Far Rockaway Residents Charged with Shooting 15-Year-Old Boy to Death By Forum Staff Two Far Rockaway residents have been charged with murder and other charges in the shooting death of a 15-year-old boy who was exiting a New York City bus last Thursday afternoon in Far Rockaway. Petiri Edmond, 17, of Nameoke Street and Atekel Donaldson, 19, of Bay 32 Street, both of Far Rockaway, are being held and awaiting arraignment in Queens Criminal Court on charges of second-degree murder and two-counts of second-degree criminal possession of a weapon. Photo Courtesy of Google If convicted, they each face According to the charges, Edmond and Donaldson approached Soliman as he got off a city bus here on Beach Channel Drive and fired a weapon two times, striking him once in the hand and once in the torso, fatally wounding him. up to 25 years to life in prison. According to the charges, on

Thursday, February 8 at approximately 4:06 pm, in front of 4615 Beach Channel Drive, defendants Edmond and Donaldson approached the victim, Youssef Soliman, 15, as he exited a city bus in Far Rockaway, and fired a weapon two times striking him once in the hand and once in the torso, fatally wounding him. The teenager was transported to a local Queens hospital where he was pronounced dead. District Attorney Brown said, “This senseless act of gun violence - which has taken the life of a young boy - will not be tolerated in Queens County and my office will continue to work tirelessly to combat the proliferation of guns in this county.”

Upstate NY Man Charged with Attempted Murder in Shooting of Innocent Bystander By Forum Staff A 22-year-old Middletown New York, man has been charged with attempted murder, criminal possession of a weapon and other charges for a shooting last month in Long Island City, that injured a woman as she exited the subway. The defendant, identified as Snooze Brown, 22, of Tall Oaks Drive in Middletown, was arrested two days later in Nassau County - just five hundred yards from the Queens County border - allegedly in possession of an illegal firearm. “This is yet again a perfect example of how dangerous illegal guns are and how innocent people can become a victim of senseless violence. The defendant in this case allegedly admitted to carrying a gun and having it ‘accidentally’ go off while in the midst of a violent argument with his girlfriend,” District Attorney Brown said. “A young woman was struck and could have been killed. Luckily she will survive the injury. The defendant now faces the possibility of spending a very long time locked away from civilized society.” Brown was arraigned before Queens Criminal Court Judge Karen Topee on a complaint charging him with second-degree attempted murder, second- and third-degree criminal possession of a weapon, secondand third-degree assault and second-degree menacing. Brown was held without bail and Judge Topee ordered him to return to court on February 22. The Nassau County District Attorney’s Office deferred the gun possession case to DA Brown’s office for prosecution and the complaint includes counts related to that charge. If convicted, Brown faces up to 40 years in prison. Charges state that around 7 a.m. on

A school teacher was shot exiting the subway station at 41st Avenue and 21st Street.

January 26, inside an apartment on Vernon Avenue in Long Island City, the defendant argued with his girlfriend, Monecha Sims, and struck her several times in the face. Sims locked herself inside a bathroom and called her mother on her cell phone as Brown allegedly threatened to shoot through the door. Moments later, she ran out of the bathroom, exited the apartment and ran toward the intersection of 41st Avenue and 10th Street. Brown chased her and when he caught up to her, they fought again in the street. When Simms’ mother and a friend arrived at the scene in a vehicle, Brown pulled out a gun and began shooting at her while they watched from the car. He fired several

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shots which did not hit Ms. Simms Ms. Sims, Doughty Boulevard in Nassau County - just however, Jaivon Mitchner, a school teacher five hundred yards from the Queens/Nassau exiting the Subway station at 41st Avenue border. Sergeant Cornelius Douglas stopped and 21st told police she heard a loud pop the defendant and recovered a loaded 9 mm and suddenly felt pain in her abdomen. semi-automatic pistol. At the time of his arThe 28-year-old educator looked down rest, the defendant said, “I know I’m a fugiand saw a small hole in her jacket. She found tive. I seen myself on TV. How much time another hole in her shirt and there was blood am I going to get?” seeping from her mid-section. Brown continued, saying that, “the car Ms. Mitchner was taken to a nearby hos- tried to run me over. The gun I got locked pital and treated for a gunshot wound. up with today is going to match...I pulled the The defendant fled the scene and was gun out of my waistband and the gun went being sought by the police. On January 28, off. It was an accident.” When asked by police 2018, at approximately 11 a.m., a member why he held on to the gun after the shooting, of the New York-New Jersey Regional Fu- Brown allegedly said, “I’m an idiot” and later gitive Task Force spotted the defendant on apologized for shooting the teacher. THE FORUM NEWSGROUP • VOL. 17 • Number 07 FEBRUARY 15, 2018 | 7

City Economy Slowed Down in Fourth Quarter of 2017: Comptroller By Michael V. Cusenza The City economy apparently hit the snooze button late last year, as gross city product grew only 1.2 percent in the fourth quarter of 2017 (October through December), according to an analysis released on Thursday by Comptroller Scott Stringer. In the final three months of 2017, during which the national economy expanded by 2.6 percent, private-sector employers in the five boroughs shed 17,300 jobs, including 15,700 gigs in medium-wage industries, according to the comptroller’s Quarterly Economic Update. For all of 2017, Big Apple private-sector employers added jobs 71,400 in 2017, compared to 83,600 new private-sector jobs in 2016. However, as Stringer pointed out, employment losses were partially offset by job gains in construction industries and financial activities. Further findings in the fourth quarter update include: Unemployment Declines across City: The unemployment rate fell in all five boroughs to their lowest fourth-quarter levels in at least 12 years, with Queens leading the way at 3.7 percent. Average Hourly Earnings and Personal Income Tax Collections Rose: Changes to the U.S. tax code at the beginning of 2018 appear to have had a significant impact on

According to the report, job losses were partially offset by employment gains in construction.

personal income tax collections at the end of 2017, Stringer noted. Beginning in tax year 2018, taxpayers will lose the ability to deduct more than $10,000 in state and local taxes, he warned. On a year-over-year basis, personal income taxes withheld from paychecks rose 16.2 percent to more than $2.2 billion in the fourth quarter, while estimated tax payments, which reflect trends in taxpayers’ non-wage income, including interest earned, rental income, and capital gains, more than doubled. Average hourly earnings of all private

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NYC employees, another proxy for personal income, rose 3.7 percent on a year-overyear basis to $35.52 in the last quarter of 2017, the biggest fourth-quarter gain since 2008. Housing Market Prices Increase in Outer Boroughs: Unlike Manhattan, housing market prices increased slightly in Brooklyn to $948,706. Similarly in Queens, the average sales price rose 8.9 percent to $624,698. Metropolitan Transportation Authority Bus Ridership Continued Decline: Average weekday ridership on MTA NYC Transit

fell 0.9 percent in October and November of 2017 from a year ago, as bus ridership fell 3.4 percent. During the same period, ridership on the Long Island Rail Road fell 0.5 percent, but increased 0.1 percent on Metro North. For the entirety of 2017 through November, Stringer noted, average weekly ridership fell 1.2 percent on MTA subways and 5.5 percent on the buses. Leading Economic Indicators are Positive: The City’s leading economic indicators were mixed, but implied continued expansion, according to the comptroller. The current business condition index provided by ISM-New York, Inc. (which measures the current state of the economy from the perspective of business procurement professionals) fell to 55.3 percent in the fourth quarter, below the 56.4 percent in the prior quarter. However, Stringer explained that a reading greater than 50 percent indicates growth. “The weakness in employment growth should serve as a reminder that the robust rate of job creation in the city over the last several years won’t continue forever,” Stringer added. “We will continue to monitor the economy’s condition closely, but this quarter’s results highlight the need for prudence in the management of our finances.”

Straphangers, Pols Rally in Albany for Budget Funds to Fix Subway System By Michael V. Cusenza Elected officials joined public transit advocates on Monday in Albany in a rally demanding that long-term funds to fix the crumbling city subway system be allocated in this year’s State Budget. On the steps outside the Assembly chamber, subway and bus customers wore green T-shirts and carried signs imploring Gov. Andrew Cuomo to “Fix the Subway” and “Fund Public Transit.” “This budget season, Gov. Cuomo needs to end the transit crisis that is undermining New Yorkers’ ability to get around the city,” said Rebecca Bailin, campaign manager for the Riders Alliance, a leading straphanger advocacy group that organized Monday’s event. “Subway riders are beyond tired of Photo Courtesy of Riders Alliance packed subway cars. Signal prob- Subway and bus riders rallied at the State capitol on Monday with elected officials for a sustainable funding source and credible long-term lems, track malfunctions and tun- plan to fix the subway. nel fires slow commutes, cause sick people to miss doctors’ appoint- cars.” a critical juncture due to years of ria). “The budget process cannot ments and parents their children’s On Monday, rally speakers neglect and underfunding. Now be allowed to conclude without a school events. Only a substantial chastised Cuomo for releasing a that there is a broad consensus on sustainable and dedicated funding infusion of new revenue from a Preliminary Executive Budget last the need for additional resources, stream for our subways and buses.” sustainable, progressive source month that did not outline long- we cannot squander this opportuIn January, Cuomo’s Fix NYC can modernize the subway signal term transit funding. nity to achieve a real solution,” said Advisory Panel – a mix of commusystem and purchase new subway “Our mass transit system is at State Sen. Mike Gianaris (D-Asto- nity representatives, government 8 FEBRUARY 15, 2018 • Number 07 VOL. 17 • THE FORUM NEWSGROUP

officials, and business leaders from across the region tasked with developing recommendations to address the severe traffic congestion problems in Manhattan’s central business district and identify sources of long-term, sustainable revenue to modernize public transit – released its highly anticipated report that endorses a congestion-pricing plan to relax traffic bottlenecks on Midtown Manhattan streets and help subsidize the Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s overhaul of the city’s antiquated subway system. The Riders Alliance came out in support of the Fix NYC plan that could raise $1.5 billion annually. But the group said this week that true change in public transportation in the five boroughs needs to start immediately. “It is up to the governor to put these recommendations into his budget proposal now before the Legislature,” RA noted. And many lawmakers agreed. “Straphangers deserve a reliable system and not another ‘summer of hell’ that can transform itself into years of chaos,” added State Sen. Jose Peralta (D-East Elmhurst).

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Woman Perishes in Woodhaven Blaze

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The City Fire Department set up a table near the site of Thursday night’s blaze to talk fire safety with area residents.

By Michael V. Cusenza An all-hands blaze late Thursday night in a small, rundown Woodhaven apartment building claimed the life of one of its tenants, according to City Fire officials. An unconscious Ines Parra, 48, was found by firefighters in a second-floor apartment on 102nd Street between Jamaica and 87th avenues. She was pronounced dead shortly after arriving at Jamaica Hospital Medical Center.

No other injuries were reported. Roughly 65 Bravest responded to the inferno that erupted around 11 p.m. and was brought under control approximately 30 minutes later. An FDNY source told the New York Daily News that the accidental fire likely was sparked by a hot plate. Last month, fire marshals pointed to a hot plate as the culprit in a Bronx apartment building blaze that killed a teenage girl and her father.

Former 106th Precinct Finest Helps Deliver Healthy Baby Boy

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Officer Bermudez (l. to r.), the proud mother, and another proud mother, Officer Leudesdorff.

By Michael V. Cusenza A City cop who used to serve and protect the residents of the 106th Precinct recently helped deliver an impatient – and healthy – baby boy inside his family’s borough residence, according to Police Department officials. On Saturday, Jan. 27, Officer Elizabeth Leudesdorff, now assigned to the 113th Precinct, and her partner, PO Krystal Ber-

mudez, responded to a 911 call for a woman in labor within the confines of the 113. According to Leudesdorff ’s account, once they entered the home, the anxious father directed the cops to a room where the pregnant mother was lying on a bed. While Bermudez coordinated with EMS, Leudesdorff – a mother of three and stepmother to one – determined that the woman’s contractions were two minutes apart and “the baby was well on his way.” Leudesdorff then coached the woman through the birthing process. Once the baby boy emerged, Leudesdorff gently tapped him on his back in order to kickstart the flow of oxygen and ensure that his airways were clear. After the 6-pound, 10-ounce newborn began crying, Leudesdorff proudly handed him off to his mother to hold for the first time. Leudesdorff described this moment as the highlight of her career. “Helping deliver a beautiful boy, hearing that first cry, putting him on his mother and seeing the joy and relief on her face,” she noted, “it’s something I will never forget as a mother and a cop.” Later that day Leudesdorff and Bermudez brought flowers to the mother in the hospital and congratulated the young family on the new addition.

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Trio of Crooks Targeting Borough Bodegas: Cops By Forum Staff City Police investigators this week reached out to the public for help in identifying and locating three men wanted in connection with a recent series of commercial robberies in Richmond Hill and Jamaica. According to police reports, in each of the three incidents the suspects enter bodegas, display firearms, and remove cash from registers before fleeing the locations: • Incident 1: Tuesday, Jan. 2, at 8:38 p.m. inside a bodega on 148th Street near 90th Avenue in Jamaica. • Incident 2: Monday, Jan. 8, 2018 at 8:35 p.m. inside a bodega on Jamaica Avenue near 123rd Street in Richmond Hill. • Incident 3: Friday, Jan. 12, 2018 at 7:35 p.m. inside a bodega on Jamaica Avenue between 126th and 127th streets, Richmond Hill. Authorities also noted that the men were seen fleeing Incident 2 in a silver, four-door SUV – possibly a Honda CRV – with NY license plates. The suspects are only described as three unknown Hispanic men. Anyone with information is asked to

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The suspects are only described as three unknown Hispanic men.

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Concealed Carry Gun Act Very Close to becoming Law of the Land By Michael V. Cusenza With approval from the House of Representatives and the support of President Donald Trump already in pocket, a controversial gun bill has but one hurdle to clear – a forthcoming Senate vote – before it becomes federal law. And opponents are fuming. The proposed measure is the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2017, and it permits an individual with a gun license issued in one state to carry a concealed firearm in any state in the union, regardless of each state’s gun-possession standards and laws. In recent weeks, myriad elected officials and law-enforcement leaders have railed against groups such as the U.S. Concealed Carry Association and the National Rifle Association, and the bill’s sponsors in Congress. Empire State representatives have been especially vocal about their opposition to the proposed law. “New York has some of the strongest gun laws in the country,” State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said after the House passed the CCRA in December. “This bill could return New York to the bad old days, by rolling back the protections that have reduced gun-related deaths in New York State

The House of Representatives has already approved the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act.

to some of the lowest rates in the nation. This lowest-common-denominator approach would undermine states’ basic responsibility to protect our communities – including by determining who may carry a concealed, loaded gun within our borders. It would risk the lives of our families and our law enforcement officers, while facilitating gun trafficking and promoting mass violence. With each tragedy, we lament the loopholes in our fed-

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eral gun laws. Today, the House just voted to create a huge new one. I urge the Senate to reject this disastrous legislation.” Chris Cox, executive director of the NRA Institute for Legislative Action, called the House vote “a watershed moment for Second Amendment rights,” and characterized the CCRA as “the culmination of a 30-year movement recognizing the right of all law-abiding Americans to defend them-

selves, and their loved ones, including when they cross state lines.” On “60 Minutes” on Sunday, Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance, Jr. and Police Commissioner Jim O’Neill ripped the measure. “You bring that kind of firepower, even with well-intentioned people, it’s going to be extremely dangerous,” Vance said. “I wouldn’t presume to tell the residents of West Virginia what their gun laws should be…but I don’t think they or Congress should be having West Virginia laws put on New York City.” As the bill reportedly gains steam in the Senate, Queens DA Richard Brown said “we must do all within our power” to see that it does not become the law of the land. “For the last 20 years, New Yorkers have witnessed a historical and dramatic drop in violent crime, due in large measure to having among the toughest gun control laws in the nation,” Brown noted. “The enactment of the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act has the strong potential of undoing the city’s downward trend in crime by allowing individuals with weapon permits from states with lax gun laws to carry a concealed weapon on our streets, putting both our police and our citizens at risk.”

HPD Dragging its Feet on 1K+ City-Owned Properties, Despite Housing Crisis: Stringer By Forum Staff The NYC Department of Housing Preservation and Development is dragging its feet on building new affordable units on hundreds of empty, City-owned lots, according to Comptroller Scott Stringer, who released a scathing follow-up report on Monday detailing how more than 1,000 properties—most of which HPD earmarked for residential development—continue to sit vacant. According to Stringer, the City has owned up to 900 of these lots for at least 20 years—some even up to 50 years. In 2016, an audit by Stringer’s office on vacant lots owned by HPD, which found more than 1,100 City-owned properties, including many that could be used to build affordable housing were instead languishing, often vacant, and often neighborhood eyesores. That same year, Stringer also issued a report, “Building an Affordable Future: The Promise of a New York City Land Bank,” which outlined how the City could use a land bank to develop an estimated 57,000 units of permanently affordable housing on said vacant

1,007 lots either for development or to another agency. According to the comptroller, that track record directly contradicts the agency’s response to the 2016 audit, in which HPD said, “Approximately 670 of these properties are suitable and feasible for residential development. Roughly 400 of these have been designated or are earmarked for developer designation within the next two years.” HPD strongly disagreed with Stringer’s findings, and did not address the report’s three recommendations. Rather than responding directly to the followup review’s specific conclusions, HPD “recites the reported accomPhoto Courtesy of the Comptroller’s Office plishments of the mayor’s Hous“We need to leverage every resource we have to help working families get by,” Stringer said. ing New York plan, a matter not lots and a smaller number of Nearly 90 percent of the vacant has previously claimed it had plans at issue in either the original audit privately-owned, tax-delinquent lots that were in its inventory two to develop several hundred lots, or this follow-up review,” Stringer properties. Those properties, years ago remain undeveloped. the agency did not meet its own said, claiming that the central through a land bank/land trust, 1,007 lots in the audit sample target dates for nearly 80 percent findings of the audit “are undiscould be used to develop housing, have remained in HPD’s invento- of the properties that it projected puted: more than 1,000 lots in mitigate the homelessness crisis, ry, and have not been transferred would be transferred to develop- HPD’s inventory have remained and improve the availability of to developers. ers through June 2017. Instead, undeveloped during a housing truly affordable units across the HPD transferred only 64 of it pushed most of the target dates crisis, some of them for as long five boroughs, according to the the 1,125 lots for development. for development further into the as 50 years, and HPD’s projected comptroller. HPD transferred only 54 of future. Stringer pointed out that transfer dates for most of those Monday’s review found that the 1,125 lots to other City agen- at the rate established in the past lots either have been repeatedly between September 2015 and cies for use. two years, it will take HPD ap- deferred or are yet ‘to be deterSeptember 2017: Stringer noted that while HPD proximately 17 years to transfer all mined.’” THE FORUM NEWSGROUP • VOL. 17 • Number 07 FEBRUARY 15, 2018 | 11

EDITORIAL NAME BLAME GAME It’s not about a nickname. It’s not about civil rights. It’s about rules. By now you’ve probably read and/or watched a dozen reports about “Sweatergate.” Malcolm Xavier Combs, a senior at Christ the King Regional High School, wanted to have the name “Malcolm X” emblazoned on his senior sweater. School officials said no. Combs’ parents got involved. Then the Rev. Al Sharpton and his National Action Network weighed in. But the Middle Village school wouldn’t budge. CTK stood its ground. According to the New York Daily News, Christ the King spokesman Bill Cunningham said Malcolm Combs received approval to use either his first name, his last name, or Malcolm Xavier on the sweater. The story, which has devolved into a PR nightmare for King, will not go away, with Combs even recently meeting with Malcolm X’s daughter, Ilyasah Shabazz. Christ the King officials sought to clear the air this week. On Monday, Chairman Serf Maltese issued a lengthy statement that indicated that the whole controversy basically boils down to mis-

communication. “The recent articles about one of our students and Malcolm X has, unfortunately, been taken out of context and has been misconstrued,” Maltese wrote. “When this student’s family on Feb. 7 raised the issue about the name he wished on the sweatshirt, the school’s administrators readily agreed to meet and discuss the matter. Unfortunately, before that meeting took place, this became a media issue when they went to the press and the Reverend Sharpton’s

National Action Network.” The CTK chairman also explained, in detail, the tradition—and parameters—of senior sweaters. “One of the established and long standing rules regarding what name may be stitched on senior sweatshirts has been misconstrued in the press,” Maltese said. “Pursuant to our email sent to parents and students on Nov. 30, 2017 by Assistant Principal Veronica Arbitello, ‘Students may have their first or last name printed on the sleeve’ and

for the form to be returned by Dec. 18, 2017. That rule, ‘last or first name only – no nicknames’ is again repeated in the sweatshirt order form, which was to be returned by Jan. 31, which was sent to parents and students. The goal is to have a uniform rule that permits the student his or her identity. Occasionally, a nickname is approved if that is the most common identity of that student, the name by which the student body and faculty know that student.” Christ the King officials attached the sweater order forms to the email containing Maltese’s statement. Here is what it says, verbatim: Sweatshirt Name /Text Price: $5.00 additional Sleeve – white print. Last or first name only – No nicknames There it is. We are not trivializing the matter or the civil rights icon’s achievements. But rules are rules. Christ the King is a private institution, and in such matters, what school administrators say goes. “It is our hope, that in the spirit of Christ the King that guides us, we will be able to resolve this on mutually acceptable terms.” So do we, Serf. Good luck.

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Notice of Formation of DREAMHIVE LLC. Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State

of NY (SSNY) on 12/18/17. Office location: Queens County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: REGISTERED AGENTS INC. , 90 STATE STREET, SUITE 700, OFFICE 40, ALBANY, NY 12207. Purpose: any lawful activity. CLEAN STAMP, LLC Arts of Org filed with NY Sec of State (SSNY) on 12/18/17. Office: Queens County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: UNITED STATE CORPORATION AGENTS, INC. , 7014 13TH AVENUE, SUITE 202, BROOKLYN, NY 11228. General Purposes. 6 Roosevelt Pl, LLC Arts of Org filed with NY Sec of State (SSNY) on 11/30/17. Office: Queens County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: c/o Xing Tao Zheng, 251-14 Van Zandt Ave, Little Neck, NY 11362. General Purposes.

LOST FOODS NEW YORK,LLC Arts of Org filed with NY Sec of State (SSNY) on 10/11/17. Office: Queens County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: Lost Foods New York,LLC, 49-15 Skillman Avenue, #3c, Woodside, NY 11377. General Purposes. CLIFTON #1 NOTE LLC Arts. of Org. filed with the SSNY on 10/04/17. 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: ELLEN CHARLES BOIS, 29-43 143RD STREET, FLUSHING, NY 11354. Purpose: Any lawful purpose. DATADASH SOLUTIONS LLC Arts. of Org. filed with the SSNY on 02/06/18. 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 CARNEY, 4146 70TH STREET, 3FL., WOODSIDE, NY 11377. Purpose: Any lawful purpose.

Notice of Formation of Limited Liability Company NAME: 7227 66 STREET LLC Articles of Organization were filed with the Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 01/16/2018. Office of Location: Queens County. SSNY has been designated as agent of the LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail a copy of process to the LLC, 72-27 66 th Street Ridgewood, New York 11385. Purpose: any lawful activity. AMIANTOS LLC Articles of Org. filed NY Sec. of State (SSNY) 11/14/2012. Office in Queens Co. SSNY desig. agent of LLC whom process may be served. SSNY shall mail process to United States Corporation Agents, Inc., 7014 13th Avenue, Suite 202, Brooklyn, NY 11228. Purpose: Any lawful purpose. NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT AN ORDER ENTERED BY THE CIVIL COURT, QUEENS COUNTY, ON THE 16 DAY OF JANUARY 2018, BEARING INDEX NUMBER NC-000914-17/QU, A COPY OF WHICH MAY BE EXAMINED AT THE OFFICE OF THE CLERK, LOCATED AT 89-17 SUTPHIN BOULEVARD, JAMAICA, NY, 11435, GRANTS ME THE RIGHT TO ASSUME THE NAME OF NEELAM SAMANTHA PERSAUD. THE CITY AND STATE OF MY ADDRESS IS 132-22 114TH STREET, OZONE PARK, NY 11420. THE DATE OF MY BIRTH IS APRIL 4, 1991; PLACE OF MY BIRTH IS QUEENS; MY PRESENT NAME IS SAMANTHA NEELAM PERSAUD AKA SAMANTHA N. PERSAUD AKA SAMANTHA PERSAUD

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STATE OF NEW YORK SUPREME COURT COUNTY OF QUEENS CITIMORTGAGE, INC., Plaintiff, vs. Any unknown heirs, devisees, distributees or successors in interest of the late James A. Hennings, if they be living and/or if they be dead, their spouses, heirs, devisees, distributees and successors in interest, all of whom and whose names and places of residence are unknown to Plaintiff; AMY LOWERY; MYRON HENNINGS; USA/IRS; NEW YORK STATE DEPARTMENT OF TAXATION AND FINANCE; and “JOHN DOE” and “MARY DOE,” (Said names being fictitious, it being the intention of plaintiff to designate any and all occupants, tenants, persons or corporations, if any, having or claiming an interest in or lien upon the premises being foreclosed herein.) Defendants. Filed: _09/25/2017_ Index No.: 713248/2017 SUMMONS AND NOTICE Mortgaged Premises: 11502 Van Wyck Expy South Ozone Park, (City of New York) NY 11420 TO THE ABOVE NAMED DEFENDANTS: YOU ARE HEREBY SUMMONED to answer the Complaint in the above entitled action and to serve a copy of your Answer on Plaintiff’s attorney within twenty (20) days after the service of this Summons, exclusive of the day of service, or within thirty (30) days after completion of service where service is made in any other manner than by personal delivery within the State. The United States of America, if designated as a Defendant in this action, may answer or appear within sixty (60) days of service hereof. In case of your failure to appear or answer, judgment will be taken against you by default for the relief demanded in the Complaint. NOTICE OF NATURE OF ACTION AND RELIEF SOUGHT THE OBJECT of the above captioned action is for the foreclosure of: Mortgage bearing the date of February 18, 2012, executed by James Hennings to “MERS” Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems, Inc., acting solely as a nominee for Citibank, N.A. to secure the sum of $166,403.00, and interest, and recorded in the Office of the Clerk of Queens County on March 8, 2012 in CRFN 2012000093424. That Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems, Inc. (“MERS”), as nominee for Citibank, N.A. duly assigned said Note and Mortgage to CitiMortgage,

Inc. by Assignment dated January 5, 2016 and recorded on January 27, 2016 in the Office of the Clerk of Queens County in CRFN 2016000026897. The relief sought in the within action is a final judgment directing the sale of the Mortgaged Premises described above to satisfy the debt secured by the Mortgage described above. Plaintiff designates Queens County as the place of trial. The basis of venue is the County in which the Mortgaged Premises is situated. Block: 11678 Lot: 7 DATED: _09/20/2017_ Rochester, New York NOTICE YOU ARE IN DANGER OF LOSING YOUR HOME If you do not respond to this summons and complaint by serving a copy of the answer on the attorney for the Mortgage company who filed this foreclosure proceeding against you and filing the answer with the court, a default judgment may be entered and you can lose your home. Speak to an attorney or go to the court where your case is pending for further information on how to answer the summons and protect your property. Sending a payment to your Mortgage company will not stop this foreclosure action. YOU MUST RESPOND BY SERVING A COPY OF THE ANSWER ON THE ATTORNEY FOR THE PLAINTIFF (MORTGAGE COMPANY) AND FILING THE ANSWER WITH THE COURT. WE ARE ATTEMPTING TO COLLECT A DEBT. ANY INFORMATION OBTAINED WILL BE USED FOR THAT PURPOSE. SCHEDULE A LEGAL DESCRIPTION ALL that a certain plot, piece or parcel of land, with the buildings and improvements thereon erected situate, and being in the Borough and County of Queens, City and State of New York, bounded and described as follows: BEGINNING at the corner formed by the intersection of the westerly side of Van Wyck Expressway (Boulevard), 360 feet wide with the southerly side of 115th Avenue, 80 feet wide, RUNNING THENCE southerly along the westerly side of Van Wyck Expressway, 33.34 feet; THENCE westerly at right angles to the westerly side of Van Wyck Expressway and part of the distance through a party wall 100 feet; THENCE northerly parallel with the westerly side of Van Wyck Expressway, 33.34 feet to the southerly side of 115th Avenue; THENCE easterly along the southerly side of 115th Avenue, 100 feet to the corner, the point of place of BEGINNING

Notice is hereby given that an order entered by the civil court, Queens county, on the 17 day of AUGUST 2018, bearing Index Number NC-000516-17/QU, a copy of which may be examined at the office of the clerk, located at 89-17 Sutphin Boulevard, Jamaica, NY, 11435, grants me the right to assume the name of PINTU NOBI. The city and state of my address is 32-18 73rd Street, East Elmhurst, NY 11370-1706. The date of my birth is October 10, 1992; place of my birth is BANGLADESH; my present name is PINTU PINTU aka PINTU NOBI

Notice is hereby given that an order entered by the civil court, Queens county, on the 7 day of FEBRUARY 2018, bearing Index Number NC-001250-17/QU, a copy of which may be examined at the office of the clerk, located at 89-17 Sutphin Boulevard, Jamaica, NY, 11435, grants me the right to assume the name of (first) HOLLY (middle) YUEN (last) BUI. The city and state of my address is 645 East 89th Street, Brooklyn, NY 11236. The date of my birth is January 27, 1989; place of my birth is New York, NY; my present name is HOLLY




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