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THE BALLAD OF THE GREEN BOROUGH Irish Eyes Smile as South Queens Celebrates St. Patrick’s Day

See Story on Page 4 The pipes and drums on Newport Avenue deliver the soundtrack to an enduring borough tradition: the 43rd annual Queens County St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Rockaway. Photo Courtesy of NYPD

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Startling Report Shows 90-Percent Increase in Anti-Semitic Incidents in NYC in 2017

Queens sees largest uptick: 39 reported acts, compared to 11 in 2016 By Michael V. Cusenza The number of anti-Semitic incidents reported in the city last year surged by more than 90 percent compared to 2016, the AntiDefamation League noted in an alarming recently released report. And while the lion’s share of NYC incidents occurred in Manhattan and Brooklyn (75 percent), Queens saw the largest increase in reported anti-Jewish acts in 2017, swelling to 39 from just 11 in 2016, according to the ADL’s annual Audit of Anti-Semitic Incidents. The non-profit organization’s analysis included a sampling of select anti-Semitic occurrences in Queens in 2017: • Swastikas drawn on Metropolitan Transportation Authority map (December); • Swastikas drawn on slides at a playground (November); • Glass panes on front doors of orthodox synagogue were shattered (August); • A Swastika and the phrase “No Jews” were discovered in a bathroom at a K-8 school (May); • A sign at John F. Kennedy International Airport was vandalized to read: “Any problem with Jews please call…” ( June). U.S. Rep. Grace Meng (D-Flushing)

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“When anti-Semitism is on the rise, so too are other forms of hate,” posited Anti-Defamation League NY Regional Director Evan Bernstein.

called the audit’s findings “deeply disturbing.” “As Americans, we must come together and stop these anti-Semitic attacks,” she added. The startling city figures seem to be a microcosm of the state’s story. Overall, the number of anti-Semitic incidents reported in New York last year also soared by more than 90 percent compared to 2016. According to the audit, there were 380 incidents of anti-Semitism reported in the state in 2017,

including physical assaults, vandalism, harassment, and attacks on Jewish institutions, compared to 199 such events in 2016. The ADL also noted that New York continues to experience more incidents than any other state in the U.S., with one out of every five anti-Semitic incidents reported in New York. More than half of anti-Semitic assaults committed nationwide were reported in the Empire State. “New Yorkers are seeing an undeniable surge of anti-Semitism and bigotry that we all

must confront,” said ADL New York Regional Director Evan Bernstein. “The dramatic increase in harassment, school related incidents and against religious institutions cannot be accepted as a ‘new normal.’ This kind of hate hurts the victim and deeply impacts the Jewish community; we must remain vigilant in denouncing and exposing hate wherever it emerges. We know that when anti-Semitism is on the rise, so too are other forms of hate.” The 2017 report featured these policy recommendations: • Public officials and law enforcement authorities must support efforts to punish this conduct to the fullest extent of the law, while providing comfort and assistance to individual victims and community members. • Victims and bystanders should report all anti-Semitic incidents and vandalism to the Anti-Defamation League and to local police. • College and university administrators, faculty, and staff must receive the necessary training to effectively respond to anti-Semitic incidents, hate crimes, hate speech, and extremism on campus. “We are redoubling our efforts to educate, advocate and engage schools, law enforcement, elected leaders and community leaders to ensure we are standing together against anti-Semitism and bigotry,” Bernstein said.

City Comptroller Updates Immigrant Rights Manual By Forum Staff City Comptroller Scott Stringer on Thursday released an updated version of his “Immigrant Rights and Services Manual: Important Information You Need to Participate in the Life of New York City.” The 75-page guide, which was designed to help 3.3 million foreign-born New Yorkers understand their legal protections and access a wide range of services, is now available in 10 languages – English, Spanish, Chinese, Korean, Bengali, Haitian Creole, Russian, French, and for the first time Arabic and Urdu – and features resources and information on public benefits, consumer rights, civic participation, health care, language access, citizenship, immigration services. Stringer said it also provides guidance on deportation and detention, permanent residency, executive actions impacting immigration, and more. “This manual is not intended to provide answers to evCourtesy of the City Comptroller’s Office ery question that an immigrant New Yorker may have about Comptroller Stringer said that “the manual can help clarify certain issues laws and policies. Nor does it replace the guidance that a law- and answer some of the questions” that many immigrants have about the yer can provide to an immigrant in need of legal services,” Big Apple. Stringer noted. “But in these uncertain and trying times, the



manual can help clarify certain issues and answer some of the questions that many immigrants, especially those who have recently arrived in New York City, may have about the laws of the city and how to obtain assistance from their government and other service providers.” The comptroller also said that such publications are critical now more than ever. “New York City couldn’t run without the immense contributions and ingenuity of our immigrant communities. They helped build our city – and they will help propel our city into the future. But with Washington putting our immigrant neighbors in the crosshairs – attempting to split apart families and upend lives – we need to stand shoulder to shoulder with foreign-born New Yorkers who make our city the global capital of culture and innovation. We need to make sure all immigrant New Yorkers know that we have their back,” Stringer added. “That’s why we’re releasing this manual and offering it in more languages than we ever have. In these times, foreign born New Yorkers must have the tools they need to fight back, so they can make it in our city and help the five boroughs thrive like never before. We all need to be in this together.”

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Katz Appoints George Russo to Queens Library Board By Forum Staff Queens Borough President Melinda Katz this week appointed Ozone Park attorney and civic leader George Russo to the Queens Library Board of Trustees. “As someone who has devoted much of his life to furthering civic causes, I am thankful that Borough President Katz has appointed me to Queens Library’s Board of Trustees,” Russo said. “I am committed to using my legal and public service experience to ensure that Queens Library is governed with transparency and fiscal soundness. We are committed to continuing to provide qual-

ity service to the Queens residents who rely upon Queens Library’s vast catalog of books and other media and on its many educational, cultural and community programs.” Russo has been a member of Community Board 10 since 2012, and Community Board 9 from 1980 to 1990. He also was a member of the Community School Board for City School District 27 from 1983 through 1989, serving as its president in 1986. Additionally, Russo is a founding member and co-chairman of the Intra-Community Civic Association. He is also

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George Russo

Addabbo Hosts Free Tax Prep Service in Howard Beach

Sen. Addabbo’s Howard Beach district office is located at 159-53 102nd St.

By Forum Staff It’s that dreaded time of year: tax season. So State Sen. Joe Addabbo, Jr. (D-Howard Beach) is inviting constituents to his district office in Howard Beach next week for a free tax prep service in conjunction with the City Department of Consumer Affairs and RGC Volunteer Income Tax Assistance. On Wednesday, March 14, from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Addabbo will host U.S. Internal Revenue Service-certified Volunteer Income Tax Assistance/Tax Counseling for the Elderly preparers at his Howard Beach district office at 159-53 102nd St. Addabbo indicated that in order to qualify for the service you just earn $54,000/year or less. If you plan on filing your taxes at the event, you must bring: • Government-issued photo ID (includes IDNYC); • Social Security or Individual Taxpayer Identification Numbers and birth dates for you, your spouse, and any dependents; • Proof of income forms, including W-2, 1098, 1099 and others, or income and expense records if you are self-employed; • 2016 tax return (if available);

chairman of the Board of the Boys & Girls Club of Metro Queens, where he has been a board member since 2001 and served as its president from 2007 to 2014; and a member of the Board of Directors of the New York Racing Association. Assemblywoman Stacey Pheffer Amato (D-Howard Beach) recommended Russo for the NYRA post. “I can’t imagine a better person to represent our area on the NYRA Board than George Russo,” Pheffer Amato said. Russo, a graduate of St. John’s University and New York Law School, served as an as-

sistant district attorney with the Queens District Attorney’s Office from 1983 to 1985, when he entered into private practice with a focus on real estate transactions and on business and criminal matters. He has been managing partner of George Russo & Associates, PC since 2002. “George Russo has long demonstrated his commitment to public service and to the communities and families of Queens,” Katz added. “His experience will be a valuable addition to the board, which is entrusted with governing our borough’s great public library system, and we thank him for his service.”

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• Proof of health insurance coverage (Forms 1095-A, 1095-B, or 1095-C), or Health Insurance Exemption Certificate (if available) for you, your spouse, and any dependents; • Payment records for child care, including the provider’s name, address, and Employer Identification Number, Taxpayer Identification Number, or Social Security number; • Records of cash and non-cash charitable contributions; • Account and routing numbers for direct deposit of your refund; and • If you’re filing a joint return, both spouses must be present on March 14 Addabbo called the free, one-day, pop-up service “a fantastic opportunity for seniors who may need some help filing their taxes, those with complicated tax returns due to a number of life circumstances, or even those who are just getting started in the job force and never had to file taxes before. The experts on-hand will make sure you get the maximum return you are owed.” To be seen by a volunteer preparer, appointments are necessary. To schedule an appointment, call Addabbo’s Howard Beach office at (718) 738-1111. Walk-ins will be seen as time permits, the senator said.

A missing elderly woman who suffers from Alzheimer’s disease was last seen Richmond Hill, according to police. The 102nd Precinct recently reached out to the public via Twitter for help in locating the 82-year-old woman who was last seen in the vicinity of 86th Avenue and 113th Street, about a block off Jamaica Avenue. If found, call the precinct stationhouse at (718) 805-3200 or 911. Photo Courtesy of NYPD

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Queens Carries on Traditions with St. Patrick’s Day Celebrations By Michael V. Cusenza Whether you’re full-blooded Irish or just claim the Emerald Isle for the day, the Queens County St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Rockaway Beach has welcomed all with open arms for more than four decades— and Saturday was no different. Hundreds of revelers braved blustery winds and chilly temperatures to help mark the long-standing borough tradition that boasts everything from pipe-and-drum bands representing several counties to the wee cheerleaders of St. Francis de Sales Catholic Academy that always bring a smile to many an Irish eye. This year’s parade grand marshal was Patrick Dolan, Jr., president of the Steamfitters Local 638. The Gael of the Year was Brian McCabe, chairman of the American Irish Heritage Foundation. Deirdre Feer-

ick, a senior executive at Transport Workers Union Local 100, and Michael McMahon, owner of Roger’s Pub in Rockaway Park, served as honorary grand marshals. The World’s Borough is also home to the St. Patrick’s Day for All Parade, a unique Sunnyside/Woodside event first held in 2000 that welcomes all to celebrate Irish heritage and culture regardless of race, gender, creed, or sexual orientation. This year’s St. Pat’s for All celebration was held on Sunday and featured Dan Barry, longtime reporter and columnist for The New York Times; and Dr. Kathleen Sullivan, producer, teacher and activist, as the 2018 grand marshals.

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City Councilman Eric Ulrich (R-Ozone Park) joined visiting Irish dignitaries from Co. Limerick and Co. Cork at the parade breakfast on Saturday morning.

Assemblywoman Stacey Pheffer Amato (D-Howard Beach) shares a smile with parade Grand Marshal Patrick Dolan, Jr.

The St. Francis de Sales Catholic Academy Cheerleaders were out in full force supporting Pastor and Deputy Grand Marshal Fr. William Sweeney.

Queens Borough President Melinda Katz and parade leaders pause for a quick pic on Newport Avenue.

City Council Speaker Corey Johnson addresses revelers at the St. Patrick’s Day for All Parade in Woodside.

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Ozone Park Hosts Holi Festival


6-Month CD 12-Month CD 24-Month CD South Queens large Indian population celebrated Holi 2018 on Thursday and Friday in Ozone Park. Borough Hindus marked the spring festival with a parade and the traditional tossing of “abir” – brightly colored powders – outside the Shri Trimurti Bhavan center on 97th Avenue. The Festival of Colors or the Festival of Love is considered as one of the most revered and celebrated jubilees of India, ac-

cording to the Society for the Confluence of Festivals in India. The ritual starts the night before (Thursday) with the lighting a bonfire, symbolizing the triumph of good over evil; on the day of Holi (Friday) people play with colors with their friends and families. Here, Capt. Courtney Nilan, commanding officer of the 102nd Precinct, marks Holi with two abir-covered revelers.

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Houston’s Carranza is New Schools Chancellor By Michael V. Cusenza Mayor Bill de Blasio on Monday appointed Richard Carranza as the next City Schools Chancellor. Carranza, 50, who most recently served as superintendant of the Houston Independent School District—the largest in Texas—takes the baton from Carmen Fariña, who announced in December that she will retire this spring after leading the nation’s largest public school system for the past four years. “I am thrilled Richard will be New York City Schools Chancellor,” Fariña, 74, gushed. “We are philosophically on the same page and he has a proven track record as an educator with a laser focus on what’s in the classroom.” According to the administration, Carranza was widely praised for leading the successful effort to re-open schools two-weeks after Hurricane Harvey. This included coordinating transportation for students living in shelter and providing counseling for all students and staff. During his eight years as deputy superintendent and then superintendent in San Francisco, the school system outpaced gains

Mayor de Blasio welcomed Carranza to NYC on Monday.

in the state and narrowed the achievement gap. Carranza also raised graduation rates in San Francisco for African-American students by 13.9 percentage points, and for Hispanic students by 15.4 percentage points, faster than the overall growth rates in California as a whole. “The beliefs he brings to this work played out very deeply in San Francisco. His focus was on

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increasing equity. His focus was overcoming the divisions of the past and, at the same time, creating academic rigor,” de Blasio said of Carranza. “He’s had a proven record of someone who can get results while moving an equity agenda, and that certainly is so powerful to us when we think about our core vision of Equity and Excellence.” Carranza, the grandson of Mexican immigrants, is fluent in

Spanish and an accomplished mariachi musician. He is married to Monique and has two daughters. “My trajectory has always been that of a teacher. I consider myself a teacher now. Where I used to work with children in classrooms, I now work with adults in bigger environments, and I still make it a point every week to visit classrooms. That’s where I find my inspiration. That’s where I find my strength, and quite frankly that’s

where I find the good things that are happening as we think about educating our children,” Carranza said on Monday. “But make no mistake my friends—education is the cornerstone of our democracy. It is the great equalizer. It is the great empower-er of the next generation, and right now as we speak the 1.1 million children in New York are the future tax payers of New York. They are the future doctors and lawyers and teachers. They are the future mayors. They are the future of this vibrant city that is like no other in the United States. So, it is a great honor that we have every day to serve those children in the best way that we can.” State Sen. Joe Addabbo, Jr. (D-Howard Beach), the ranking member of the Senate Education Committee, said on Tuesday that he’s looking forward to working with Carranza. “Carmen Fariña has done many wonderful things for New York City school children during her tenure as Schools Chancellor,” Addabbo said. “I am very hopeful that Richard Carranza will continue in her footsteps and be the guiding hand that all of our school children need.”

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South Ozone Park Perp Pulls Teen out of Car before Stealing It grabbed the boy by his neck and tossed him toward the sidewalk before slamming the door and pulling off. The victim did not report any injuries, cops said. The suspect is described as a black man in his 20s, last seen wearing a purple hoodie and tan pants. Anyone with information is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at (800) 577-TIPS (8477) or for Spanish, (888) 57-PISTA (74782). The public can also submit info by logging onto or by texting their tips to 274637 (CRIMES) then enter TIP577. All correspondences are strictly confidential.

By Michael V. Cusenza Detectives recently reached out to the public for help in identifying a man who yanked a boy out of a car that was idling on a South Ozone Park street before making off with the vehicle. Surveillance footage shows the suspect walking past the two-door sports car several times on Wednesday, Feb. 21, around 2:55 p.m., appearing to case the target in the vicinity of 127th Street and 111th Avenue. According to police reports, the 13-yearold victim was seated inside the running vehicle in front of a residence waiting for a family member when the man approached the vehicle and engaged him in conversation. The perp then quickly reached inside the car to unlock the door, swung it open,

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The thief walked past the car several times before making his move.

City EMT Charged with Rape of 10-Year-Old Girl By Forum Staff An off-duty Emergency Medical Technicial from the FDNY has been arrainged on charges of a rape that occurred during a house party this past Saturday evening. His victim was a 10-year-old girl. District Attorney Brown said, “The defendant, who attended a birthday celebration while offduty, is alleged to have turned it into a nightmare for this 10-year-old girl and her family. He will be vigorously prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.” The defendant has been identified as

Frantz Petion, 25, of Cornell Street, Hempstead, New York. He was arraigned before Queens Criminal Court Judge Scott Dunn on charges of first-degree rape and endangering the welfare of a child. Judge Dunn set $500,000 bond/$400,000 cash bail and ordered Petion to return to court on March 23, 2018. According to the charges, Petion, who was a guest at a birthday party on Saturday evening, entered an attic bedroom where the 10-year-old victim was sleeping and allegedly held her by her neck and forcibly

sexually assaulted her. When the victim began to yell, Petion put his hand over her mouth and told her he would hit her if she continued to scream. Just moments later, a family friend came to the room to check on the victim, heard a male voice and then forced open the locked door to find the defendant next to the partially clothed victim.

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Petion is a City Fire Department emergency medical technician.

Brooklyn Woman Charged with Attempted Murder for Cheesecake Poisoning By Forum Staff A 42-year-old Brooklyn woman has been indicted by a grand jury for attempted murder, burglary and other charges for allegedly poisoning a Queens woman with cheesecake and then stealing her identification and other property in August of 2016. Authorities feel the defendant was motiviated by the fact that her victim bore a strong resemblance to her and she could pass off the ID as her own. Identified as Viktoria Nasyrova, 42, of Voorhies Avenue in Sheepshead Bay,she was arraigned on a 10-count indictment charging her with second-degree attempted murder, first-degree burglary, first-degree attempted assault, second-degree assault, first-degree reckless endangerment, firstdegree unlawful imprisonment, thirddegree grand larceny, petit larceny and fifth-degree criminal possession of stolen property. Officials say the twisted crime could have resulted in the death of the woman, whose only fault was that she shared similar features with the defendant. “She, [Nasyrova], offered the woman 6 MARCH 8, 2018 • Number 10 VOL. 17 •

According to the indictment, the cheesecake was laced with phenazepam.

a cheesecake as a gift, after she laced the dessert with a Russian drug and presented it to the unsuspecting victim. Luckily, the Queens woman survived the poisoning. The defendant has been apprehended and now faces a long term of incarceration,” said DA Brown. Nasyrova was arraigned before Acting Queens Supreme Court Justice Peter Vallone Jr., who ordered the defendant held without bail. Nasyrova’s next court date is THE FORUM NEWSGROUP

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May 25, 2018. If convicted, the defendant faces up to 25 years in prison. According to the indictment, on August 28, 2016, the defendant visited the Forest Hills home of the then-35-year-old victim, and brought the cheesecake to the home with her. The woman strongly resembled one another- both have dark hair, the same skin complexion and speak Russian. The victim ate the dessert given to her by the defendant and afterwards began to feel

sick and laid down. Before passing out, the woman’s last memory is of seeing the Nasy sitting beside her inside her home. The next day, the victim’s friend discovered her unconscious in her bed, dressed in lingerie with pills scattered around her body - as though she had attempted suicide. She was rushed to the hospital for treatment. According to the indictment, when the woman was discharged from the hospital and returned home, she realized that her passport and employment authorization card were missing, along with a gold ring and cash. Law enforcement agents along with Homeland Security tested pieces of cheesecake that remained in its container and confirmed the sweet treat was laced with phenazepam. The pills found on the floor when the victim was discovered were tested by the Federal Bureau of Investigations and was confirmed to be phenazepam, as well. District Attorney Brown further stated that said, according to the charges, when the defendant was arrested on March 20, 2017, in Brooklyn, the police recovered the victim’s ring, passport and employment card.

More than $1.3M in Consumer Fraud Funds Recovered from Auto Dealers, Repair Shops: Cuomo By Forum Staff More than $1.3 million—including $134,773 in the five boroughs—has been recovered and returned to customers from auto dealers and repair shops after consumer fraud complaints were investigated by the State Department of Motor Vehicles, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced on Thursday. The NY DMV’s Vehicle Safety Unit made the recoveries last year on behalf of 720 customers (110 in NYC) across the state, Cuomo noted. “We have zero tolerance for those who use underhanded and unscrupulous business practices to cheat New Yorkers,” the governor said. “As we continue cracking down on dishonest dealers, I am encouraging anyone who believes they’ve been duped to contact the DMV and recover the hard-earned money New Yorkers are owed.” According to the Cuomo administration, when customers make a complaint,

a DMV inspector further investigates the complaint. If it is found that a dealer or shop violated laws and/or regulations, the agency can impose fines and suspend or revoke business registrations. “We at DMV take our role protecting consumers very seriously, and we urge customers to take advantage of the information we offer when buying a car or getting one repaired,” said DMV Executive Deputy Commissioner Terri Egan. “We also encourage facilities to be aware of their rights and their responsibilities and to work with us to resolve issues when they occur.” Cuomo also noted that all State-licensed repair shops have the distinctive green-and-white “Registered State of New File Photo York Motor Vehicle Repair Shop” sign out“We have zero tolerance for those who use underhanded and unscrupulous business practices to cheat New side the shop and a valid State DMV regYorkers,” Gov. Cuomo said. istration certificate inside. For a dealership, the DMV first tries to resolve the problem vehicles repaired, getting refunds on faulty the sign will be red-and-white. by discussing it with the customer and the repairs, or with dealers buying vehicles The amount of money recovered and business. About half of all complaints are back from customers. returned to consumers last year is up from resolved directly with consumers having However, if the problem is not resolved, $1.1 million in 2016.

Pennsylvania Man Gets 19 Years to Life for 2008 Murder of Cambria Heights Teen By Forum Staff A 25-year-old Pennsylvania man has been sentenced to up to life in prison for murder in the vicious slashing death of a young girl in her Cambria Heights home in November 2008. The defendant was identified when a DNA sample he provided in Pennsylvania was matched to the one in CODIS, a national DNA database created and maintained by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and which contains DNA profiles from, among other sources, crime scenes. District Attorney Brown said, “The defendant has now been sentenced for the coldblooded and heinous killing of a teenage girl, who should have been safe inside her own

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Cops Seek Help in Missing Person Casse South Queens cops this week reached out to the public for help in locating a missing woman who suffers from Alzheimer’s disease. According to the 102nd Precinct, Ramdulari Persaud, 70, was last seen in the vicinity of 129th Street and 89th Avenue in Richmond Hill. If found, call the precinct stationhouse at (718) 805-3200 or 911.

home. This case highlights how important DNA analysis is when it comes to law enforcement. The defendant’s DNA was entered into the national DNA databank and matched to evidence retrieved from the crime scene – approximately eight years after the slaying. My office remains committed to working tirelessly to ensure that justice is done – no matter how many years it may take. I am hopeful that the family of the victim will find some comfort knowing the person responsible for this horrific crime will be locked away from society.” Rashon Venable, 25, of Mecksville Road in Albrightsville, Pennsylvania pleaded guilty last month to second-degree murder before Queens Supreme Court Justice Kenneth C. Holder, who imposed the indeterminate sentence of 19 years to life in prison.

On November 9, 2008, according to the criminal charges, Livingston Matthews discovered the body of his 14-year-old daughter Sabrina Matthews inside her bedroom. The girl had a deep slash wound to her neck, multiple stab wounds to her face, neck and arms. There was no sign of forced entry into the residence. Venable was apprehended in Pennsylvania on November 7, 2016, and extradited to New York after the New York City Police Department was notified that there was a CODIS hit. The defendant’s DNA was a match with the biological evidence that was recovered from the Cambria Heights crime scene. At the time of the murder, Venable was sixteen years old and living in Queens Village, approximately two miles from the scene of the crime.

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Council Introduces Massive Stop Sex Harassment in NYC Act By Forum Staff Building on the momentum of the #MeToo and Time’s Up movements, several City Council members recently unveiled the Stop Sexual Harassment in NYC Act, an exhaustive package of legislation to help combat sexual harassment in the workplace. “All New Yorkers are entitled to a safe, respectful workplace – and this starts with sending a strong message to employers that there is no place for sexual harassment in New York City,” said Council Speaker Corey Johnson, who helped to introduce the proposal on Thursday at a special joint hearing of the committees on Women and Civil & Human Rights. “With more and more sexual harassment cases being brought to light, it has never been more important for the government to play a role in the movement to end sexual harassment and assault. This City will not be complicit in the abuse or degradation of people in the workplace. I want to thank my Council colleagues for their support in pushing this package of bills forward so that no employee feels unsafe at work.” The Stop Sexual Harassment in NYC Act boasts 11 pre-considered bills sponsored by 14 members and Public Advocate Tish James: • Mandating City agencies conduct anti-sexual harassment training for all of their employees;

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Council Speaker Corey Johnson and colleagues recently detailed the comprehensive 11-bill package of legislation at a joint meeting of the committees on Women and Civil & Human Rights.

• Requiring City agencies to conduct anonymous climate surveys and develop and implement action plans to prevent sexual harassment; • Requiring City agencies to conduct risk assessments to prevent sexual harassment; • Mandating City agencies report on sexual harassment complaints; • Requiring City contractors to disclose

policies and procedures in places to prevent sexual harassment; • Enhancing sexual harassment education and facilitating the complaint process through a robust website; • Expanding sexual harassment protections to all employees; • Mandating that private employers conduct anti-sexual harassment training for their employees;

• Requiring employers to post written policies and procedures to prevent sexual harassment; • Clarifying in the Human Rights Law that sexual harassment is a form of discrimination the Human Rights Commission has the power to eliminate and prevent; • Resolution calling upon the U.S. Congress to pass, and the President to sign, the Ending Forced Arbitration of Sexual Harassment Act of 2017, which prohibits a predisputed arbitration agreement from being valid or enforceable if it requires arbitration of a sex discrimination conflict. Council Women’s Committee Chairwoman Helen Rosenthal (D-Manhattan) called the act “a tremendous first step toward ending sexual harassment in New York City, and I’m proud that we are taking it. The #MeToo movement challenges us to translate its power and courage into thoughtful and impactful policy to guarantee the right of every person to a safe and respectful workplace. The introduction of this legislation is the start of that work–for the more than 330,000 employees of the City of New York and for every working New Yorker. These bills will expand protections, confront flawed processes, and establish new mechanisms for accountability. Through legislation, through oversight, and most importantly, through our sustained commitment, this Council will make a difference for workers all across New York City.”

Schumer Touts Three-Part ‘Top to Bottom’ Gun Safety Proposal

By Forum Staff

Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) this week unveiled a comprehensive gun safety proposal that he and his colleagues will be pushing in the upcoming weeks in the Congress. Schumer made the announcement on Sunday surrounded by schoolchildren at the Julia Richman Education Complex on the Upper East Side of Manhattan. “If there is one thing this movement has declared it is that we must plug the wide range of loopholes and deficiencies in our gun safety laws. We have seen an epidemic of gun violence and mass shootings simply envelop America for too long. Each one Photo Courtesy of Sen. Schumer’s Office reveals new loopholes and gaps Schumer unveiled the gun safety proposal on Sunday surrounded by schoolchildren at the Julia Richman Education Complex on the in gun safety. Rather than just Upper East Side of Manhattan. plugging one leak in response to the last mass shooting, we need tional Rifle Association], which beginning of the march towards Congress to pass tough legislaa complete approach that im- is to do nothing now and always, meaningful legislation and that is tion that closes existing loopholes proves our gun safety laws from no matter how many lives are lost. why we are making this push with in the background check system, top to bottom and helps prevent The coming days will prove whose these students in New York City.” such as the gun show loophole New York’s senior senator de- and internet sales loophole. future shootings,” Schumer said. side the president is on and whose side so many in Congress are on, tailed the proposal in three parts: He is also calling on Congress “Americans are fed up with the unbending position of the [Na- too. I am hopeful that we are at the First, Schumer said he is urging to pass legislation that allows for 8 MARCH 8, 2018 • Number 10 VOL. 17 • THE FORUM NEWSGROUP

protective orders to temporarily disarm individuals who have shown credible signs of being a harm to themselves or to others. And finally, the senator is calling for a formal debate on assault weapons on the floor of the Senate. Schumer noted that this isn’t the first time America has had to deal with serious gun issues since he’s been in office. He helped author the 1993 Brady Bill, which amended the Gun Control Act of 1968 to require background checks before a licensed gun dealer makes a sale. After the tragedy at Virginia Tech in 2007, Congress passed the National Incident Criminal Background Check System Improvement Act, which boosted the system through which states provided the names of people who were adjudicated mentally ill or who had committed violent crimes. Simply put, states report these names to a federal database that licensed gun dealers then check before selling a weapon. Schumer said that it is clear that more needs to be done to improve this system.

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Number of NY Flu Cases Declining

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By Forum Staff For the first time since being categorized as geographically widespread, the number of laboratory confirmed New York flu cases has decreased, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced on Thursday. Last week, 13,703 laboratory confirmed influenza cases were reported to the State Department of Health and the number of weekly hospitalizations decreased for the third consecutive week since influenza was declared prevalent in the Empire State in December, with 1,702 New Yorkers hospitalized for lab-confirmed influenza. As Cuomo noted, for the last 12 weeks, the flu has been geographically widespread across New York. As of Feb. 24, 101,312 laboratory confirmed cases of influenza have been reported and 18,282 people have been hospitalized with influenza in the state this flu season. There have been five pediatric influenza-associated deaths this season; 16,704 children under the age of 5 have been diagnosed with lab-confirmed influenza and 1,224 have been hospitalized. During last year’s flu season, there were 12,912 flu-related hospitalizations and

eight pediatric deaths in New York. Over the previous four years, there were a total of 25 pediatric flu deaths in the state and an average of 10,571 flu-related hospitalizations a year. “The breadth of this year’s flu epidemic has reminded all of us that we must remain vigilant in protecting ourselves and our loved ones,” Cuomo said. “Our comprehensive efforts to get New Yorkers vaccinated have greatly decreased the number of cases, but we still encourage New Yorkers to get vaccinated and take necessary steps to continue to stop the spread of this virus.” Those efforts have included a 30-day budget amendment to increase convenience and vaccine accessibility by amending State education law allowing pharmacists to administer flu vaccines to children ages 2 to 18. As a result, Cuomo said, the legislation encouraged pharmacies to enroll in the State Vaccines for Children Program, which provides vaccines to children and individuals regardless of their ability to pay. Additionally, Cuomo directed DOH to authorize enhanced reimbursement for counties statewide to further expanded flu vaccination efforts at the local level.

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Allergy Busting The early bird can shut down suffering Although some may argue that it's too early to introduce the subject matter of this column, I've always subscribed to the common sense theories behind early preparation. After the fabled terror that March weather can often bestow upon us, comes April-- and the longawaited beginning of Spring! But the beautiful sights and smells of the blossoms that accompany April are not the only arrivals that mark start of Spring. The American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology says that more than 50 million Americans suffer from allergies. Among the most common are food, dust, pollen mold, insect stings, animal dander , medications and latex. While some allergy sufferers may only face irritations from minor symptomology, others can have life-threatening reactions and without medical attention, they can die. Fortunately, for those people with less severe conditions, the secret to freedom from those maddening itches, sneezes, scratchy throats and watery eyes, is as near as the counters and shelves of your local pharmacy. A host of over the counter (OTC), remedies available are sure to bring an end to your misery. Leading experts in the allergy field have made the suggestion that treating your symptoms early can lead to reducing the effects of allergy-associated respiratory distress. There is also staunch support for monitoring the pollen count and remaining indoors during the hours when the counts are at their highest (10 am to 4 pm). Other advice is to use filters and keep windows closed during the day. There is also great advocacy for continued

spring cleaning--that's right--mop those floors and wash the curtains regularly. When allergy sufferers spend long periods of time outside, they can also minimize effects by showering often, washing their hair and clothes to get rid of allergens that are carried into the home upon returning from a day outside. Remember it's not only your personal grooming that needs focus. Regular bathing and brushing of your pets will greatly reduce the irritants in your home. And as hard as it may be on your heart, try keeping your furry friends out of the bedroom. If you'd like to help your healthcare providers figure out how best to manage your individual condition, you should also keep a journal to track the time of day you symptoms are at the height. Your local pharmacist can offer invaluable advice on many products to ease your suffering. Readily available nasal sprays like Flonase Allergy Relief , Nasacort Allergy 24 HR can treat runny noses, sneezing, itchy or watery eyes and scratchy throats. Next on the scene are Antihistamines like Allegra, Zyrtec that are time released and can provide relief for long periods of the day without drowsiness. Decongestants like the QlearQuil product line offers combined therapies to combat sinuses and congestion. Finally, air filters that fit inside the nose offer protection and assistance for keeping allergens out before they gain entrance to your system . These are drug free products and act to block things like dust, pollen and pet dander from finding their way into your respiratory system.

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opportunities: it’s not too late,” said State DOH Commissioner Howard Zucker, M.D. “And I am again reminding all New Yorkers to practice good hand hygiene and stay home if they are sick.”

DOT Dispatches Crews to City Streets for Second Winter Pothole Blitz By Michael V. Cusenza The City Department of Transportation last weekend dispatched dozens of crews across the five boroughs for its second winter seasonal pothole blitz. Nearly 60 crews on Sunday made repairs on residential streets, commercial corridors, arterial roadways, and highways. The agency indicated that it has filled nearly 80,000 potholes in the five boroughs since mid-December. According to the de Blasio administration, Big Apple streets are in “a state of good repair,” thanks largely to the City’s stake in resurfacing. Mayor Bill de Blasio 10 MARCH 8, 2018 • Number 10 VOL. 17 • THE FORUM NEWSGROUP

has pointed to a 10-year investment of $1.6 billion in street repaving as the key to a precipitous decline in the number of potholes in NYC: 207,306 reported asphalt divots as of Oct. 10, 2017; compared to 444,835 as of Oct. 6, 2014, Hizzoner’s first year in office. In Queens, more than 62,000 potholes were filled last year. According to DOT, average response time to potholes is about 1.6 days. Photo Courtesy of Michael Appleton/ Mayoral Photography Office

The City has invested $1.6 billion in street repaving.

Schneiderman Issues Consumer Alert Regarding Price Gouging During Winter Storms By Forum Staff State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman recently issued a consumer alert encouraging New Yorkers to contact his office if they experience any potential price gouging for winter weather-related goods and services. Schneiderman noted that General Business Law prohibits excessive increases in prices of essentials such as food, water, gas, generators, batteries, flashlights, hotel lodging, and transportation, during natural disasters or other events that disrupt the market. During and after severe winter weather events, these goods and services might also include snow plowing, snow removal from roofs, shovels and other snow-removal equipment, salt, and contract services for storm-related damage. The State’s Price Gouging Law prohibits merchants from taking unfair advantage of consumers by selling goods or services for an “unconscionably excessive price” during an “abnormal disruption of the market.” The law covers New York vendors, retailers, and suppliers, including supermarkets, gas stations, hardware stores, bodegas, delis, and taxi and livery cab drivers. Schneiderman also cautioned consumers to protect themselves when hiring contractors to perform storm-related services by considering the following: • Shop around: Get at least three estimates from reputable contractors that include specific information about the materials and ser-

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“New Yorkers should be wary of fraudsters who use severe winter weather as an excuse to illegally line their pockets,” AG Schneiderman said.

vices to be provided for the job. • Get it in writing: Insist on a written contract that includes the price and description of the work needed. • Don’t pay unreasonable advance sums: Negotiate a payment schedule tied to the completion of specific stages of the job. Never pay

the full price up front. • Get references: Check with the Better Business Bureau, banks, suppliers, and neighbors. Always contact references provided to you. • Know your rights: You have three days to cancel after signing a contract for home

improvements. All cancellations must be in writing. “New Yorkers should be wary of fraudsters who use severe winter weather as an excuse to illegally line their pockets,” Schneiderman added. “We will not tolerate those who seek to exploit weather emergencies at the expense of New Yorkers. Any New Yorker that believes they may have been the victim of price gouging should contact my office right away.” In January, the attorney general announced an investigation into possible misconduct by propane suppliers across New York. The investigation follows dozens of complaints received by his office during the recent record cold front regarding major delays in delivery, possible price gouging, and other issues. According to Schneiderman, many residents complained that they called their propane company for days and couldn’t get a timely response, or any response at all. Some people who received a weekend delivery, but had been calling since early in the week, were forced to pay a weekend delivery fee, upwards of $150 or $200. In other instances, companies refused to fill another company’s tank and suggested that consumers buy a new tank from their company. Some residents also complained about high prices and sharp price increases. Schneiderman said he is encouraging New Yorkers to report potential fraud to his office hotline at (518) 776-2000, or file a complaint online by visiting

Mayor Unveils ‘Clear Intersections’ Congestion Initiative By Forum Staff The City Police and Transportation departments have prepared enhancements to dozens of intersections across NYC—including 12 in Queens—where block- the-box violations will now be aggressively enforced, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced on Monday. As part of Clear Intersections, DOT has installed special markings and/or updated signage at 50 key crossroads to make drivers aware of the restrictions. The City chose intersections along major routes leading to river crossings, highway on-ramps, and commercial centers. Members of the administration warned drivers this week that block-the-box violators face minimum fines of $115 and possible points that can lead to the loss of a license. “Drivers who block intersections are contributing to overall congestion, and their disregard of this particular traffic rule comes at the expense of other drivers including emergency vehicles. Additionally, pedestrians are endangered when they have to navigate between vehicles that are blocking crosswalks,” said NYPD Chief of Transportation Thomas Chan. “The NYPD’s enforcement efforts will reduce congestion and improve pedestrian safety. Motorists should be advised that officers will be out in force issuing summonses to those who block the box.”

gridlock is a major impediment to their daily lives,” said U.S. Rep. Joe Crowley (D-Queens & Bronx). “Mayor de Blasio’s initiative to increase enforcement of block-the-box violations will provide tangible relief to New Yorkers who commute in and out of Manhattan every day.” De Blasio noted that Clear Intersections is one of a series of five “Clear” congestioneasing proposals he unveiled last October. The other four are: Clear Lanes, Clear Curbs, Clear Zones, and Clear Highways. According to the mayor, these efforts will help keep traffic moving, clear curbs during rush hours, ensure intersections are kept clear of congestion, limit curbside access in crowded corridors, and bring coordinated attention to recurring traffic hotspots on local highways. Photo Courtesy of Edwin Torres/Mayoral Photography Office Clear Zones, for example, features mea“Blocking the box is one area where focused NYPD enforcement can and will make a big difference to keep traffic sures aimed at reducing congestion in commoving around hotspots in every borough,” Mayor de Blasio said. mercial districts outside Manhattan, includNYPD will increase enforcement at these • Laurel Hill Boulevard & 65th Place ing infamous borough traffic black holes in locations to keep traffic moving, hiring an • Queens Midtown Expressway *North- Downtown Flushing and Downtown Jamaica. additional 50 uniformed officers to enforce bound service road & Grand Avenue “New Yorkers have been telling me loud and block-the-box violations. • Main Street & Roosevelt Avenue clear about the quality-of-life problems created The targeted Queens intersections are: • 71st Avenue & Austin Street by traffic where they live and work,” de Blasio • Queens Boulevard & Skillman Avenue • 37th Avenue & 138th Street said in October. “With a targeted effort to help • Northern Boulevard & Queens Boule• Metropolitan Avenue & 60th Street clear travel lanes, delivery zones, intersections vard • Queens Plaza South (service road) & and highways, these initiatives will address • Queens Boulevard & Roosevelt Avenue 28th Street these concerns head-on, using established and • Astoria Boulevard & 31st Street “Ask any commuter from Queens and the new tools that will keep our city moving, from • 21st Street & 49th Avenue Bronx and they’ll tell you that New York City midtown to all of our neighborhoods.” THE FORUM NEWSGROUP • VOL. 17 • Number 10 MARCH 8, 2018 | 11

EDITORIAL HEAD OF THE (OVERCROWDED) CLASS By all accounts, Mayor Bill de Blasio got it right this week when he tapped Richard Carranza to take the reins from Carmen Fariña and lead the country’s largest public-school system through the rest of Hizzoner’s second term. However, keep in mind that de Blasio originally presented the final rose to Miami-Dade County Public Schools Superintendent Alberto Carvalho in “The Bachelor: New York City Schools Chancellor Edition.” Carvalho accepted the gig. His new boss even officially declared last Wednesday that indeed Carvalho would succeed Fariña at the old Tweed Courthouse building. Then Thursday happened. In a bewildering, bridge-burning heel turn that must have had WWE producers salivating, Carvalho reneged on the handshake pact with the mayor. He changed his mind during a televised meeting with the Miami-Dade County School Board. “Carvalho said the promise he had made to the children of Miami was more important than his agreement with de Blasio’s administration,” according to HuffPost. So a red-faced de Blasio and his selection squad scrambled to secure the next schools chancellor. Enter: Richard Carranza. He seems to have everything: the teacher’s identity, proven leadership-in-

crisis chops (led the effort to re-open Houston schools after Hurricane Harvey), the American Dream backstory (grandson of Mexican immigrants; son of a journeyman sheet metal worker and hairdresser from an Arizona barrio)—he’s even an accomplished mariachi musician. “Now, Richard, I didn’t say this to you before, but I’m going to give you the highest compliment I could possibly give you, because the person in my life who went through that exact same experience was my mother, Maria. And she was the child of immigrants, but she was born here, but

never spoke English until she walked into a school building for the first time, and she turned out pretty good,” de Blasio said to Carranza at City Hall on Monday. “So, I have a special feeling for English-language learners, but what’s so beautiful about Richard’s story is from the moment he started to experience our public schools – in this case, in Tucson – he blossomed, he was off to a great, great future.” So he has the experience and the skills. On paper, he’s qualified to lead more than a million kids in the City school system. But what we need to know, Mr. Carran-

za, is what will you do for the 300,000 kids in Queens? Because, right now, World’s Borough public schools, and the kids that attend them, don’t seem to be a priority for some elected leaders. In her State of the Borough address in January, Borough President Melinda Katz laid out the numbers for all of us to see—and be embarrassed. When it comes to education, we are the most overcrowded, and the most underfunded, borough in the city. While most other boroughs are below capacity, Katz pointed out that Queens schools as a whole exceed capacity at 108 percent, with 116 percent capacity at its elementary schools and 113 percent capacity in its high schools. Queens, however, also receives the lowest amount of funding per pupil than every other borough. And yet our kids thrive. Queens experienced the largest improvement in high school graduation and dropout rates over the past two years, according to City records. Last year, the graduation rate in borough public high schools jumped to 77.8 percent, from 76.1 percent in 2016. And the dropout rate in 2017 dropped to 6.4 percent, from 7.7 percent in 2016. Congratulations, Schools Chancellor Carranza. While you may have been the mayor’s second pick, please make Queens kids your first priority.

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BARE NY LASER AESTHETICS, LLC Arts of Org filed with NY Sec of State (SSNY) on 02/01/18. Office: Queens County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process may be served. SSNY shall mail process to:Bare NY Laser Aesthetics, LLC, 253-15 80th Avenue #211, Queens, NY 11004. General Purposes.

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with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 01/16/18. Office location: Queens County. LLC formed in California (CA) on 04/01/16. Princ. office of LLC: Susanne Filkins, 43-01 21 St., #320, 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 addr. of its princ. office. CA addr. of LLC: c/o Patrick McCabe, One Maritime Plaza, 18th Fl., San Francisco, CA 94111. Cert. of Form. filed with Alex Padilla, CA Secy. of State, 1500 11th St., Sacramento, CA 95814. Purpose: Any lawful activity. FE MANAGEMENT SOLUTIONS LLC Arts of Org filed with NY Sec of State (SSNY) on 10/31/17. Office: Queens County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: SOPHIE-ANNE NELSON, 9014 161St Street, Apt. 507, Jamaica, NY 11432. General Purposes. Notice of Formation of CHIGGY & N LLC. Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 6/8/15. 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, 83-09 Talbot St., Apt. 4C, Kew Gardens, NY 11415. Purpose: any lawful activity. 22-73 28th Street, LLC Arts of Org filed with NY Sec of State (SSNY) on 12/08/17. Office: Queens County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: Jaclyn Fontana, 8 Sarah Drive, Hauppauge, NY 11788. General Purposes. 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 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.

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Notice of Formation of THIRTYNINTH STREET STRATEGIES, LLC Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 9/21/17. Office location: Queens County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: The LLC, 1087 Jackson Ave., Long Island City, NY 11101. Purpose: any lawful activity. Notice of Formation of TOCAPAMA LLC. Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 1/22/18. 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, 1087 Jackson Ave., Long Island City, NY 11101. Purpose: any lawful activity. Notice is hereby given that an order entered by the civil court, Queens county, on the 16 day of FEBRUARY 2018, bearing Index Number NC-000097-18/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) EMERY (last) PERALTA. The city and state of my address is 13437 Sitka St. Apt 2nd Fl, Ozone Park, NY 11417. The date of my birth is MAY 08, 2002; place of my birth is QUEENS, NY; my present name is EMERIZ PERALTA (infant)

Notice is hereby given that an order entered by the civil court, Queens county, on the17 day of JULY 2017, bearing Index Number NC-000385-17/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) MONIRUL (middle) ISLAM (last) CHOWDHURY. The city and state of my address is 102-26 92ND AVENUE, RICHMOND HILL, NY 114182905. The date of my birth is MAY 06, 1984; place of my birth is BANGLADESH; my present name is MONRUL ISLAM: grants me the right to assume the name of (first) FAHMIDA (middle) SULTANA (last) CHOWDHURY. The city and state of my address is 102-26 92ND AVENUE, RICHMOND HILL, NY 11418-2905. The date of my birth is DECEMBER 22,1990; place of my birth is BANGLADESH; my present name is FAHMIDA SULTANA

Notice is hereby given that an order entered by the civil court, Queens county, on the 2 day of FEBRUARY 2018, bearing Index Number NC-001126-17/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) DAVID (last) MANDEL. The city and state of my address is 1662 SEAGIRT BLVD.,FAR ROCKAWAY, NY 11691. The date of my birth is MAY 06, 1984; place of my birth is QUEENS, NY; my present name Notice is hereby given that an order entered is DAVID MANDEL SHALITZKY (infant): by the civil court, Queens county, on the 15 grants me the right to assume the name day of FEBRUARY 2018, bearing Index Num- of (first) LEA (last) MANDEL. The city ber NC-000069-18/QU, a copy of which may and state of my address is 1662 SEAGIRT be examined at the office of the clerk, located at BLVD.,FAR ROCKAWAY, NY 11691. The 89-17 Sutphin Boulevard, Jamaica, NY, 11435, date of my birth is AUGUST 29, 2016; grants me the right to assume the name of place of my birth is QUEENS, NY; my pres(first) MICHELLE (last) WALLER. The city ent name is LAUREN MANDEL (infant) and state of my address is 363 BEACH 54TH STRET, APT. 1E, AVERNE, NY 11692. The Notice is hereby given that an order entered date of my birth is MAY 01, 1959; place of by the civil court, Queens county, on the 12 day my birth is BRONX, NY; my present name of DECEMBER 2017, bearing Index Number is FEMALE WALLER aka MICHELLE NC-000799-17/QU, a copy of which may be PORTALATIN, aka MICHELLE WALLER examined at the office of the clerk, located at Notice is hereby given that an order entered 89-17 Sutphin Boulevard, Jamaica, NY, 11435, grants me the right to assume the name by the civil court, Queens county, on the 26 day of FEBRUARY 2018, bearing Index Num- of(first) HEBATALLA (last) SHOAEIB. The ber NC-000179-18/QU, a copy of which may city and state of my address is 3038 86th be examined at the office of the clerk, located at Street, Apt. #2, East Elmhurst, NY 11369. 89-17 Sutphin Boulevard, Jamaica, NY, 11435, The date of my birth is JULY 23, 1999 grants me the right to assume the name ; place of my birth is ALEXANDRIA, EGYPT; of (first) JAZELALI (last) JUNEJO. The city my present name is HEBATALLA ASHRAF and state of my address is 101-51 LEFFERTS MOHAMED AHMED MOHAMED SHOEB aka HEBATALLA ASRAF SHOEIB. BLVD, RICHMOND HILL, NY 11419. The date of my birth is JANUARY 14, 2016; place of my birth is QUEENS, NY; my present name is JUEJO ALI aka JAZEL ALI JUNEJO

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