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FATHER TIME Feds Finally Catch up to Crew of Cowards Allegedly Responsible for Gunning down Dad inside Ozone Park Business he Owned and Operated with Family

See Story on Page 4 Four men were indicted on Thursday for the October extortion and murder of Hani Kasem at Garden Valley Distributors, a family-owned grocery wholesaler, located at the corner of 101st Avenue and 99th Street. File Photo

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Bird-Brain Passenger Caught with 20 Live Finches at JFK Airport through John F. Kennedy International Airport, according to U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials. The Guyanese national arrived at JFK on a flight from Georgetown on March 3 and was inspected by CBP officers. The agents conducted an examination of the traveler’s carry-on bag and discovered 20 live finches. Customs agriculture specialists quarantined the seized birds, turned them over to U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service officials, and issued a $300 fine to the traveler, who was subsequently found inadmissible to the United States and was scheduled to return to Guyana later that day. “CBP’s agriculture specialists protect our country every day from pests and diseases,” said Leon Hayward, acting director of CBP’s New York Field Operations. “The introduction of an animal or plant-borne Photo Courtesy of U.S. Customs and Border Protection pest or disease could have a devastating impact on America’s agricultural industry.” The seized birds were placed in a quarantine isolation crate and turned over to agents from U. S. Fish and According to CBP, birds, including pets, Wildlife Service. may also be subject to Fish and Wildlife Service regulations. Pet birds are regulated since they can carry viral and bacterial disBy Forum Staff eases of concern including avian influenza, A passenger earlier this month was exotic Newcastle disease and psittacosis, nabbed attempting to smuggle live birds also known as parrot fever.

Cuomo, Senator Call for Passage of Election Reform Legislation By Forum Staff Governor Andrew Cuomo and U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) on Thursday called for the swift passage of complementary legislation they have proposed in the State Legislature and Congress that mandates transparency in political advertising, requires online platforms to maintain an archive of political ads, and aims to help protect elections from foreign influence. Cuomo has proposed $5 million in the Fiscal Year 2019 Executive Budget to implement a four-pronged strategy to strengthen cyber protections for the State’s election infrastructure: Create an Election Support Center: The ESC, according to the governor, will leverage subject matter experts at the State Office of Information Technology Services, Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services, Department of Motor Vehicles, State Police, the State Intelligence Center, the Executive Chamber, and the State Board of Elections, to provide technical expertise, training, and cyber security best practices to County boards of Elections. The Election Support Center will also work collaboratively with the State Board of Elections to ensure that timely and actionable threat intelligence is communicated to local election officials. Develop an Election Cyber Security Sup2 MARCH 15, 2018 • Number 11 VOL. 17

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According to Gov. Cuomo, the legislation “cracks down on the toxic cocktail of social media explosion, lack of protection and regulation and targeting in social media to protect the integrity of our elections once and for all.”

port Toolkit: Cuomo’s FY 2019 Executive Budget also includes $5 million to create an Election Cyber Security Support Toolkit. He has indicated that such a resource will be available to State and County boards of Elections. The toolkit, Cuomo said, will ensure that New York’s boards of Election have access to threat-mitigation tools such as network-monitoring services, secure software and hardware products, Distributed Denial of Service defenses for election websites, and change-detection software to monitor all changes to voter databases ensuring inconsis• THE FORUM NEWSGROUP

tencies and discrepancies are identified, investigated and corrected in a timely manner. Provide Cyber Risk Vulnerability Assessments for the State and County Boards of Elections: According to the administration, the State Office of Information Technology Services will provide vulnerability assessments to ensure election officials understand their current cyber security posture and can take the appropriate steps to remediate potential vulnerabilities. Additionally, the State will offer a free hosted Disaster Recovery service to ensure all election and voter data can

be recovered and restored in the event of a cyber disruption. Require County Boards of Election to Report Data Breaches to State Authorities: Cuomo noted that the legislation would require County boards of Elections to notify the State Board of Elections and the State Police whenever there is a data breach that could potentially expose private voter or election information. The State Board would also be required to issue an annual New York Election Security Report to the Executive and Legislature outlining the security landscape and actions being taken to protect elections infrastructure and voter information. Increase Transparency of Online Political Advertisements: Cuomo has advanced legislation to expand New York’s definition of political communication to include paid internet and digital advertisements, require digital platforms to maintain a public file of all political advertisements purchased by a person or group for publication on the platform and require online platforms verify that foreign individuals and entities are not purchasing political advertisements in order to influence the American electorate. “This legislation,” Cuomo said, “cracks down on the toxic cocktail of social media explosion, lack of protection and regulation and targeting in social media to protect the integrity of our elections once and for all.”


Council Bill would Expand Property Tax Exemptions to Cold War Vets By Forum Staff City Councilmen Eric Ulrich (R-Ozone Park) and Joe Borelli (RStaten Island) recently introduced a bill that would expand the City’s property tax exemption to include Cold War veterans. Because City law does not recognize the Cold War as a “specified period of conflict,” currently, Cold War military service members are not eligible to receive the veterans property tax exemption. “As a proud advocate for our nation’s heroes, I am thrilled to sponsor this bill, which would expand New York City’s veterans property tax exemption to Cold War veterans,” said Ulrich, the co-prime sponsor of the proposed measure, which was originally crafted by Borelli. “Although it would be impossible to fully repay the debt we owe our veterans for

Councilman Ulrich said he’s “thrilled” to sponsor the bill.

their service, our government should make every effort to commemorate the sacrifices of our brave men and women in uniform.” The councilmen noted that there were a number of active combat engagements involving U.S. troops during the Cold War, including the Iranian hostage rescue-attempt, known

as Operation Eagle Claw, the 1983 Beirut Marine Barracks bombing, and numerous expeditions into Latin America and the Caribbean. Veterans who served during this period have expressed their disbelief that the government would draw lines in the sand, which only serve to divide those who have served in different

Education Committee Approves Bill to Make St. Patrick’s Day a School Holiday

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conflicts and imply a greater value for the service of some compared to others. “The fact is, as a city, we have been excluding women and men who have served their country and stared down the tangible danger that accompanies combat because the engagements they’ve served in have not been sanc-

tioned by bureaucrats which would allow them their due benefits,” Borelli said. “There is no one who would dispute the risks or dangers faced by the participants of these engagements and the semantics of what is or is not deemed to be a ‘specified’ combat engagement is insulting to the participants. The correction that this bill makes is long overdue, and I’m proud of the support that I’ve received from my colleagues right out of the gate, which exemplifies the importance of this issue to so many New Yorkers from such a diversity of districts across our city.” Councilmen Paul Vallone (DBayside), Steven Matteo (R-Staten Island), Mark Treyger (D-Brooklyn), and Chaim Deutsch (D-Brooklyn) have also signed onto the legislation. If passed, the law would take effect immediately. A vote date has not yet been announced.

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“I hope our educational community will soon be able to enjoy St. Patrick’s Day as a school holiday and officially join in celebrating our city’s many ties with the Emerald Isle,” said Sen. Addabbo, seen here marching at the 43rd Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Rockaway earlier this month.

By Forum Staff The State Senate Education Committee has approved legislation to allow New York City schools to recognize March 17—St. Patrick’s Day—as an official holiday, Sen. Joe Addabbo, Jr. (D-Howard Beach), one of the measure’s co-sponsors, announced on Friday. Under S.1933, schools in the five boroughs could close on St. Patrick’s Day in recognition of the significant Irish-American population in NYC and not be penalized by a loss of State school aid, according to Addabbo. “It makes sense to close local schools on a day that is traditionally reserved for celebration, cultural appreciation, and religious observance by many people of Irish descent,” the senator said. “Areas of my Senate

district encompassing the Rockaway Peninsula have been referred to as the ‘Irish Riviera,’ and I can attest that from Breezy Point throughout the eastern communities on the peninsula, the grand tradition of Irish cultural pride is an integral part of family life. On March 3, in fact, the Queens County St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Cultural Committee held its 43rd Annual St. Patrick’s Day parade in Rockaway – an event that everyone, Irish or not, comes together to enjoy.” Addabbo noted that the Rockaway parade, combined with the legendary New York City St. Patrick’s Day celebration in Manhattan, demonstrate the city’s status as a center of Irish culture, heritage, and pride. “We need only to look at these gatherings – which draw enormous

crowds every year and contribute significantly to our local economies – to know that just about everyone is a little bit Irish in New York City this time of year,” he said. “I hope our educational community will soon be able to enjoy St. Patrick’s Day as a school holiday and officially join in celebrating our city’s many ties with the Emerald Isle.” Addabbo also pointed out that in 2014, the State Legislature approved a law to enable the Department of Education to determine whether holding classes on days associated with religious or cultural holidays would waste educational resources when significantly fewer students attend school on those days. “Closing schools for St. Patrick’s Day seems to make both cultural and economic sense,” the senator said.

New York Families for Autistic Children presented Assemblywoman Stacey Pheffer Amato (D-Howard Beach) with the Guardian Angel Award earlier this month at the NYFAC Dinner Dance and Award Celebration at Russo’s on the Bay. “I’m honored to lend my support to an organization that serves all of New York State, while making South Queens their home,” Pheffer Amato said. “The work NYFAC has done to improve the lives of those with developmental disabilities through their education and supportive programs is unparalleled, and I’m glad to be able to join them in celebrating 20 successful years.” Photo Courtesy of Assemblywoman Pheffer Amato’s Office

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Four Men Indicted for Murder and Extortion of Ozone Park Business Owner By Michael V. Cusenza Four men were indicted on Thursday in Brooklyn federal court for the extortion and murder of an Ozone Park business owner last year, according to U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York Richard Donoghue. On Oct. 23, three suit-clad crooks burst into Garden Valley Distributors, a grocery wholesaler located on 101st Avenue and 99th Street, demanded money, shot owner Hani Kasem in the face and pistol whipped his son across the head before fleeing empty handed. Kasem, 64, lingered on life support at Jamaica Hospital Medical Center for several days before succumbing to his injuries. Ppassim Elder, Dwayne Ling, Frederick McCoy, and Mahdi Abdel-Rahim have been charged with extortionate collection of credit conspiracy and extortionate collection of credit. Elder, Ling, and McCoy are also charged with brandishing a firearm in furtherance of those crimes of violence and causing the death of another through use of a firearm. According to charging documents,

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Victim Hani Kasem was shot and killed in October inside his Garden Valley Distribution business on 101st Avenue and 99th Street.

Ling, 55, McCoy, 52, and another coconspirator allegedly were the three blazerwearing bandits. They declared to Kasem and his 32-year-old son that “Sam” or “Big Sam” had sent them to collect his money. Elder, 38, who was known as “Sam” and “Big Sam,” had given the murder victim’s

son a loan, which the son used to support the business. By March 2017, Elder demanded full repayment of the loan, but the son could not afford to repay it because much of the money had been used to purchase merchandise for Garden Valley. In response, according to the indict-

ment, Elder began a campaign of intimidation against Kasem’s son and his family. Among other things, Elder paid Abdel-Rahim to throw a rock through a window of the home of the son and his father. When the rock did not lead to repayment of the loan, Elder sent the treacherous trio into Garden Valley on that Monday in October. Abdel-Rahim was arrested on March 1 and released on a secured bond. Ling was arrested on March 1 and ordered detained. Elder was arrested in Cleveland on March 2, presented to a magistrate in that district on March 5, and currently is being transferred in custody to Brooklyn. McCoy was arrested last Wednesday and ordered detained. “No one should have to pay criminals with their life,” said Federal Bureau of Investigation NY Assistant Director-inCharge Bill Sweeney. “When criminals loan money to business owners, they know they’re never going to get repaid, it’s why they loan out the money,” Sweeney added. “Once they have the victim on the hook, they use threats, intimidation and violence to harass their victims. In this case, the victim died allegedly at the hands of his debtors.”

State Senate Approves Package of Bills Aimed at Increasing Safety and Security at City Schools By Michael V. Cusenza The State Senate recently approved a wide-ranging package of seven bills to increase safety and security in city schools, according to Sen. Joe Addabbo, Jr. (D-Howard Beach). The proposed measures, which are being considered in Assembly committees, would: • Require that all public and private schools conduct at least two “active shooter” drills each year, and enable principals to consult with State School Safety Improvement Teams (consisting of representatives of the State Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Services, Division of State Police, and Division of Criminal Justice Services) on how to best perform these exercises; • Allow schools to receive recommendations from State School Safety Improvement Teams to improve security in their buildings, and provide them with funding to implement the suggested changes; • Expand the ability of school districts to receive State funding for security hardware and software safety technology; • Raise the income re4 MARCH 15, 2018 • Number 11

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Having passed the State Senate, the bills are now under consideration by the Assembly committees on Education, Codes and Governmental Employees.

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“The massacre in Parkland, Florida was the most recent school shooting to violently rob students and beloved educators of their lives,” said Addabbo, the ranking member of the Senate Education Committee. “While it will clearly take more action in the areas of mental health, gun reform and other measures to fully address these horrendous incidents, both in schools and

elsewhere, providing more safety and security in our classrooms is an important goal to pursue.” On Wednesday, students across the five boroughs and the country took their own action on safety and security at school. Children of all ages organized and walked out of their classrooms and buildings for 17 minutes at 10 a.m. in memory of the 17 students who were gunned down in the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. The coordinated effort was a call to action on gun violence that uniquely plagues the United States. “While the horrendous and fatal shootings at movie theatres, concerts, night clubs and schools in recent years have broken all of our hearts, and have led to calls for action, the Stoneman Douglas High School killings on Feb. 14 have especially galvanized our country around the issue of ending gun violence,” Addabbo added. “While there isn’t one simple solution to ensuring that innocent people aren’t gunned down in places where they should fully expect to feel safe, taking steps to better secure our schools is a vital piece of the puzzle.”


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pharmacies. Under a so-called clawback clause, PBMs have been able to take back the difference from the local pharmacy when a consumer provides an insurance co-payment (set by the PBM) that is higher than the actual cost of the drug. But S.6940 would prohibit this practice, and ensure that pharmacists are able to tell consumers when it may be less expensive to forego their insurance coverage and buy a medication out of pocket. “Action has been taken in a number of other states to address these issues and provide more transparency to consumers where PBMs are being used,” Addabbo said. “Given the high cost of prescription drugs in general, and how difficult it is for many seniors and other New Yorkers to af-

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Crime Remains down in Area Precincts By Michael V. Cusenza The February five-borough public safety numbers are in: Thumbs up, as crime continues to plummet in New York City. “I’ve said that we are living in a very special moment. When you are in the middle of a special moment sometimes it is hard to see it. But I think we can all agree that what happened in 2017 was unprecedented and the numbers – under 300 murders, under 800 shootings just changed everything – safest year in modern history of this city,” Mayor Bill de Blasio said on Thursday. “So total crime down 1.6 percent, shootings down 7.5 percent—again this is a February [2018] to February [2017] comparison—murders down 41 percent, this February compared to last February. Remarkable numbers.” Area commands are continuing to ride a downward trend. In the

But, like all other NYPD commands, the 102 does have its issues. Robberies are up more than 33 percent. And there have been five rapes reported this year, compared to zero in 2017. The reported rape statistics seem to be part of a disturbing citywide narrative. “There are some statistics that are going in the opposite direction, and rape is one of them. We recorded 122 rapes [this February] vs. 88 for the prior February, that’s 39 percent increase,” noted NYPD Chief of Crime Control Strategies Photo Courtesy of Ed Reed/Mayoral Photography Office Dermot Shea. “That’s the sixth straight month, beginning in SepMayor de Blasio touted the positive citywide crime numbers tember, we had increase of less 106th Precinct, according to the percent compared to this period in crime is down by 22.29 percent, than ten rapes. Once we hit Octolatest available City Police Depart- 2017. compared to this time last year. ber, we’re seeing sizable increases. ment figures, overall crime is down However, auto thefts have re- Felony assaults are down 24.3 per- When you look at the rapes year to by 7.4 percent, compared to this mained steady—neither increas- cent; burglaries are down by 30 date in New York City, 38 percent time last year. Robberies are down ing nor decreasing—compared to percent; grand larcenies are down are recorded as domestic rapes; 13.5 percent; burglaries have de- last year. And felony assaults have 35 percent; and car thefts have acquaintance rapes are 56 percent; clined precipitously, 35 percent; bolted up more than 43 percent. dropped by more than 33 percent and then the remaining are stranger rapes.” and grand larcenies are down 13.3 In the 102nd Precinct, overall compared to this period in 2017. THE FORUM NEWSGROUP • VOL. 17 • Number 11 MARCH 15, 2018 | 5


EDITORIAL TAKE US TO OUR LEADERS It seems that in recent days and weeks we have descended (or ascended?) to an alternate plane of reality, where the children are the leaders—the mature, the astute, the experienced—and the leaders are the children—entitled, immature, woefully misinformed. Consider: Since Feb. 14, when another lunatic with a stockpile of automatic weapons that might make Gaddafi blush burst into Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School and shot 17 people to death, teenagers have been trying incredibly hard to hold legislative leaders—the vast majority of which are parents—accountable for their (in)action on common-sense gun control measures. They’ve organized rallies, demonstrations at state legislature buildings, appeared on talk shows, all in the name of encouraging those same leaders to do something—anything!—to make it so MSD is the final school shooting in this country. Ever. On Wednesday at 10 a.m. students across the country walked out of their classrooms for 17 minutes in memory of the 17 people who were gunned down in the MSD mass shooting and to call for action against gun violence. Consider: This generation of teens, widely derided as self-aggrandizing me-first fanatics, slaves to social media, and lions of lethargy, are actually doing something. Where are the alleged leaders we helped to put in office, the ones who promised to make a difference? In New York, they’re fighting—with each other, bickering like schoolchildren in a sandbox. Cuomo vs. de Blasio is great for our profession. It’s entertaining. But it’s also incredibly embarrassing, especially when the latest spat is set against the local and national backdrop of teens working on serious issues.

This week, while Mayor Bill de Blasio was traveling, Gov. Andrew Cuomo decided to don his trusty cape and swoop down to the city to reach for the lowest-hanging rotten political fruit: The New York City Housing Authority. NYCHA’s problems are well-documented for decades: Staggering mismanagement has led to a decline in infra-

structure that has impacted tenants for generations. On Monday, Cuomo, who is a likely 2020 presidential candidate, took a tour of the Jackson Houses in the Bronx. With a staff photographer. And press representatives. “The situation we’ve seen is as upsetting and as disturbing as anything I’ve seen anywhere and I’ve been through the worst housing complexes all across this country,” Cuomo said. “It is just shocking that in New York State we would have people who are subjected to these conditions, and on behalf of the people of the State, I apologize to the NYCHA residents because they deserve better and they’ll get better.” That statement arrived a couple of days after this gem of a tweet from Cuomo: “Failing schools, NYCHA, Rikers, what do they all have in common? They have mostly minority populations and they are all being abused. I see my job as Governor to put my thumb on the scales for social justice.” De Blasio and his pals were not happy. They almost grabbed their ball and threatened to go home. “It’s like this guy hasn’t been the NY Governor, the top federal housing official, or an NYC prosecutor and state AG for three decades. He could help right now by fully funding city schools and keeping his promises on NYCHA and Rikers,” seething City Hall spokesman Eric Phillips wrote. “Or he could Tweet.” So, who are the adults these days? The answer is at once both sad and simple. Cuomo, de Blasio, et al., please consider: Stop telling us what you’ve done, or how you think you’re going to do something. Shut up and do it. Like an actual leader.

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Addabbo, Miller to Return to Forest Park for Annual Spring Recycling Event

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By Forum Staff State Sen. Joe Addabbo, Jr. (D-Howard Beach) and Assemblyman Mike Miller (DWoodhaven) recently announced that they will jointly host their annual Spring Recycling Fair in Forest Park on Sunday, April 29. From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., rain or shine, crews will assemble at the Forest Park Bandshell to accept certain electronics and household items, eyeglasses, American flags, paper waste, and clothing to be safely and properly recycled. “By holding this event, Assemblyman Miller and I give our constituents an easy way to recycle items that they may not know can be recycled, all at one central location. This recycling fair has consistently been one of my most popular events, and I hope to see that trend continue this year. I want to thank all of our vendors for giving their time and providing their services, Assemblyman Millerfor once again partnering with my office, and the Parks Department for their help in

By Forum Staff Assemblywoman Stacey Pheffer Amato (D-Howard Beach) recently passed a resolution that urges New York’s Congressional representatives to approve the Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Act of 2017. The bill would restore the presumption of Agent Orange exposure to those veterans who served in the bays, harbors, and territorial seas of Vietnam, and would correct a U.S. Department of Veteran’s Affairs policy decision implemented in 2002 that unilaterally stripped these veterans of the presumption of exposure granted by the Agent Orange Act of 1991. In 2002, the VA limited the scope of the law to only those veterans who could provide orders for “boots on the ground” in Vietnam; boots on the ground encompassed infantry and the riverine Navy. As a result, veterans who served in the waters off Vietnam, com-

coordinating this event," said Addabbo, a member of the Senate Environmental Conservation Committee. Household items to be accepted include clothing, coats, bedding, paired shoes, dishes, silverware, lamps and curtains. All must be clean and dry prior to donation. During the event, there will be a paper shredder that will allow residents to safely and securely recycle their documents as they watch to ensure confidentiality. The electronics that will be accepted are: computers, monitors, cell phones, compact discs, PDAs, printers, batteries, cameras, lamps, mirrors, power strips, wires, chargers, cable boxes, fans, telephones, VCR tapes and small televisions (no large console or projection TVs). Items that will not be accepted for recycling include: air conditioners, newspapers, gas/oil items, paints, mattresses, ovens, office furniture, firearms, vacuum cleaners, light bulbs, liquids, tires, or medication. “This event gives the opportunity for our constituents to securely discard house-

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Pharmacists & Physicians Collaborating for better patient care It used to be a common perception among physicians and other health care professional that the role of the community pharmacist was basically limited to filling prescriptions and following their orders. But thankfully with progression of time and the advances in technology, the role of the community pharmacist in their patients health care has escalated to a point that serves the pool of patients dependant on their medications in ways it never has before. Today, whether it's a matter of the complex reporting of medication histories to health databases or the simple act of sending a fax, the need for pharmacies to collaborate and communicate with prescribers on many more levels than ever before has led to increased health and awareness among patients. Common sense tells us that pharmacists are like first responders where medication is concerned. The integral role we play in today's complicated health care system is continually expanding and contributing to ensuring a standard of excellence in patient healthcare that can save more lives. To begin with, pharmacists are well aware that we can’t always rely on patients to remember some important details or in some cases, to tell the whole truth when faced with questions about their medication adherence. Key communication with physicians and other members of a patients healthcare team is working everyday to address these critical issues.

Over 95% of community pharmacists and physicians agree that mutual cooperation among themselves is a vital tool in improving patient outcomes . Additional areas of the benefits of healthcare professionals working together include making recommendations to modify patient's drug therapies and providing drug information to aid in the selection of medications. Pharmacists play a key role in assisting with medication insurance claims, helping patients navigate their way through the often frustrating and confusing world of health coverage. We also now assist in the adjustment of medication dosages, provide information about drug interactions, help patients adhere to a proper schedule of medication and the management of side effects. Admittedly there are some concerns with barriers that exist in the expanding integration of pharmacists and physicians, such as the potential for the fragmentation of patient care, concern over liability where shared responsibility and information exists and of course the amount of time needed to invest. But none of those have put a damper on the willingness to work together to guarantee the better health of our patients. and it is obvious in the medical community that there is a widespread desire for the continuance of these relationships that clearly benefit our collective patients. Until next week...

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hold items and brings awareness to the importance of recycling,” Miller added. “I’m looking forward to another successful recycling event with Senator Addabbo.” For more information, contact Add-

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“Help these heroes get the recognition and services they are entitled to,” Assemblywoman Pheffer Amato said.

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women everything. I am urging the NYS resolution, which was passed on March Congressional delegation to listen to the 5, was transmitted to each member of the NYS Legislature and pass this vital piece of Congressional delegation from New York; legislation to help these heroes get the rec- John Rowan, president, Vietnam Veterans ognition and services they are entitled to,” of America; and Ned D. Foote, president, Pheffer Amato said. and Vietnam Veterans of America New York The assemblywoman noted that the State Council urging them to pass the bill. THE FORUM NEWSGROUP • VOL. 17 • Number 11 MARCH 15, 2018 | 7


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South Ozone Park Man Charged with Setting Nine Cars on Fire

Authorities have charged a 29-year-old Queens man with arson and other crimes for allegedly setting nine separate fires to vehicles in his South Ozone Park neighborhood between December 2017, and February 2018. DA Brown said, “In both December of last year and February of this year, the defendant is alleged to have set various vehicles on fire. These bizarre sprees damaged property as well as endangered the lives of people in the neighborhood and responding firefighters…if proven true - the defendant will face serious prison time.” A diligent, collaborative team of investigators from the NYPD along with agents, detectives and fire marshals assigned to the ATF/NYPD/ FDNY Strategic Explosives and Arson Response Task Force pooled

Person has been charged with third-degree arson.

their resource to work on the case. ATF New York Field Division Special Agent-in-Charge Ashan M. Benedict expressed his thanks for the contribution of the office of the Queens DA in this case. “I would… like to extend my gratitude to the Queens District Attorney’s Office for

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their work in prosecuting this case.” The defendant has been identified as Evan Person, 29, of Linden Boulevard in South Ozone Park neighborhood of Queens. Person was arraigned late this afternoon on a complaint charging him with third-degree arson and

Woman Charged with DWI Following Grand Central Parkway Death of Boyfriend

Beria-Lackhan was later removed to the 112th Precinct where an intoxilyzer exam was administered.

third-degree criminal mischief before Queens Criminal Court Judge Toni Cimino. The defendant was held on $250,000 bond/$150,000 cash bail and ordered to return to court on March 28, 2018. If convicted, Person faces up to

15 years in prison. The criminal complaint states that on December 15, 2017, starting at 7 a.m. and continuing throughout the morning and into the afternoon, firefighters responded to five different addresses on and near 116th Avenue where vehicles had been set ablaze. A 2006 Nissan, a 1998 Mercedes Benz, a 2000 Ford Excursion, a 2009 Nissan and a 2014 Mercedes Benz were all damaged by fires that had been intentionally set. Continuing, District Attorney Brown said, according to the complaint, the defendant is alleged to have also set fire to four additional vehicles on February 6, 2018. Firefighters responded to calls starting shortly after midnight and extinguished flames coming from a 1998 Honda Civic, a 2003 Mitsubishi, a 2008 Kia and a Buick. The cars were all located in and around 124th Street, also in South Ozone Park, Queens.

Prolific Gas Station Crook Robs South Ozone Park Gulf

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her boyfriend. As a result, her and was struck by an oncoming companion jumped out of the car vehicle. The defendant stopped the South Ozone Park resident and was fatally struck,” said Disvehicle and was standing near an Savittrie Beria-Lackhan, 34, has trict Attorney Brown. Beria-Lackhan, of 118th Emergency Medical Technician been charged with driving while under the influence of alcohol, Street, was arraigned before when she was observed to have after her boyfriend, who was trav- Queens Criminal Court Judge bloodshot watery eyes, slurred eling with her, jumped out of her Jerry Iannece on charges of driv- speech, and a strong odor of alvehicle and was struck and killed ing while under the influence of cohol on her breath. When quesalcohol. Beria-Lackhan, who faces tioned, the defendant stated that on Saturday morning. Arif Hoosein, 30, was hit and up to four years in jail was ordered she was driving the vehicle on her killed by an oncoming car on held on $20,000 bail/$20,000 way home from Bob’s Bar, and that the Grand Central Parkway, after bond and to return to court on she had one drink of Hennessey and a ginger ale at 8:30 p.m. Lackhan became enraged by a ver- March 23, 2018. Criminal charges say she was The defendant was later rebal dispute that ensued, causing driving a 2015 Mercedes Benz moved to the NYPD’s 112th prehim to leap from the vehicle. “A verbal dispute quickly Saturday morning at approximate- cinct where an intoxilyzer exam turned into a deadly scene of hor- ly 3:45 a.m. on the Grand Central was administered, indicating her ror when the defendant decided Parkway with her Hoosein. The blood alcohol level to be .209 of to get behind the wheel of a car couple was engaged in a verbal one percentum or more of alcohol after drinking and then became argument when he opened the in her blood, above the .08 legal engaged in a verbal dispute with passenger door and jumped out limit in New York City. 10 MARCH 15, 2018 • Number 11 VOL. 17 • THE FORUM NEWSGROUP By Forum Staff

By Michael V. Cusenza City Police Department investigators recently reached out to the public for help in identifying a particularly prolific perpetrator who has robbed no less than five borough gas stations in the past month, including a Gulf in South Ozone Park. According to police reports, on Monday, March 5, around 3 a.m., a male employee was pumping gas for the suspect at the Gulf on Van Wyck Expressway near Lincoln Street when he stepped out of his car, displayed a handgun and demanded money. The employee complied and gave the

perp approximately $40 in cash. He fled inside of a dark-colored sedan southbound on the Van Wyck Expressway Service Road. The suspect is described as a Hispanic man, approximately 5-foot-9, 170 pounds. Anyone with information is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at (800) 577TIPS (8477) or for Spanish, (888) 57-PISTA (74782). The public can also submit info by logging onto NYPDCrimestoppers.com or by texting their tips to 274637 (CRIMES) then enter TIP577. All correspondences are strictly confidential. Photo Courtesy of NYPD


Park Slope Tragedy Renews Call for Increased Traffic Safety Measures By Forum Staff Neighborhood residents, traffic safety advocates, and elected officials on Friday gathered at 9th Street and 5th Avenue, an infamous Brooklyn intersection where a recent auto accident claimed the lives of a 20-month-old boy and 4-year-old girl, to renew calls for steps to be taken by legislative leaders to help ensure safer city streets. “We stand united today for safety on our streets. We stand united today to honor the memory Joshua Lew, Abigail Blumenstein, and all the other children and adults who have lost their lives or been injured due to crashes,” said State Sen. Jesse Hamilton (D-Brooklyn). “Improved safety measures on our streetscapes will serve as one part of the solution. Another key part of the solution is legislation we have introduced in Albany – legislation that holds drivers accountable for violations and legislation that creates the links between public health professionals and the authorities we need. Upholding public safety is a critical part of our responsibility

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“Simply put, these bills are about protecting children. It is time we work together to save lives, to protect children,” Sen. Peralta said.

as public servants. Alongside colleagues, advocates, and community residents, we stand united to push forward an agenda the honors the memory of all those injured and lost to deadly crashes.” Proposed measures include: • The Every School Speed Safety Camera Act: Speeding drivers are the leading cause of traffic fatalities in the city and a leading cause

of death of children. This bill would address the issue by helping to bring speed safety cameras to more schoolchildren in NYC. According to Sen. Jose Peralta (D-East Elmhurst), who introduced the proposed legislation in the Senate, speed safety cameras reduce speeding violations by more than 60 percent and injuries to pedestrians by 23 percent, on average. However,

current State law only allows cameras to operate in 140 school zones, despite New York City having more than 2,000 schools—leaving more than 93 percent of schools unprotected. This measure would expand to 290 from 140 the number of school zones in which speed safety cameras can be placed; and would increase the distance from a school within which cameras can

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New York AG Releases Top Ten Fraud Scams of 2017 By Forum Staff State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman recently released the list of the top ten consumer fraud complaints received by his office in 2017, and offered tips for New Yorkers on how to avoid future scams. According to the AG’s office, for the twelfth year in a row Internet-related complaints topped the list with 5,153 complaints. This category covered issues such as child safety, privacy, civil rights, spyware, spam, consumer fraud, and free speech. Internet-related complaints were followed by 3,188 auto complaints, which involved sales, services, financing, rentals, and repairs. Consumer-related services ranked third with 2,463 complaints, which included issues regarding alarm companies, dry cleaners, furniture repair and refinishers, restaurants, hair and nail salons, movers, watch repairs, and other services for personal household use. Consumer-related services was followed by 1,961 landlord/tenant complaints such as rent security deposit issues and allegations of tenant harassment. Rounding out the top five, there were 1,827 utilities-related complaints, which included reports on cable and satellite companies, energy services and suppliers, and wireless and residential phone carriers. Coming in at six to ten on the list of top consumer fraud complaints received by the attorney general in 2017: credit, retail sales, home repair/construction, mail order, and mortgage. Schneiderman also offered

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NY Attorney General Eric Schneiderman recently released a list of the top ten consumer fraud complaints received by his office in 2017, and some tips on how to avoid future scams.

these tips for consumers to protect themselves from scams involving the aforementioned categories: Internet: If you are not receiving the speed you are paying for, call your Internet service provider to find out why. Remember to refrain from conducting any transactions that involve personal, financial, or credit card information while using an open and unsecured Wi-Fi connection – identity thieves often stake out open networks seeking victims. Automobile: New York’s New and Used Car Lemon Laws provide a legal remedy for buyers or lessees of new cars that turn out to be lemons. You may be entitled to a full refund if your car does not conform to the terms of the written warranty and the manufacturer or its authorized dealer is unable

to repair the car after a reasonable number of attempts. The law allows consumers to shop around for the best deal when leasing a car, set limits on early termination, and gives the attorney general’s office jurisdiction to resolve excess wearand-tear disputes. Consumer-Related Services: Make sure to use a written contract for all services that clearly defines restrictions and obligations of both the consumer and serviceprovider. Landlord/Tenant Disputes: Incidents of harassment include: landlords operating without proper permits; construction projects operating in violation of stop work orders; and landlords who openly ignore requirements for tenant protection plans in order to contain the spread of lead and/

or asbestos which may be exposed during renovation. Tenants may lodge complaints by completing and submitting a Tenant Rights Complaint Form or calling (800) 771-7755. Utilities/Wireless and Residential Phone Service: A common complaint with long-term wireless service contracts involves the sometimes hefty price for cancellation. If you are unsure exactly what plan best fits your calling habits – and want to avoid paying a large termination fee – it might be best to avoid an extended contract. Credit: Debt collectors may not harass or abuse consumers, nor provide misleading information – for instance, claiming to represent a government agency. Debt collectors cannot sue on debts outside the applicable statute of

limitations, the time frame established for the enforcement of legal rights. Consumers have the right to demand verification of the debt. Retail Sales: Check return and refund policies. The law requires all merchants to post their refund policies. A store that fails to do so must give consumers 30 days to get a refund in the manner that the purchase was made. Be especially vigilant of “final sales” or “cash-only – final sale” notices, as you will have little or no recourse if the merchandise proves to be defective. Some stores require the original packaging and charge a hefty restocking fee for returned items. Home Repair/Construction: Before entering into a contract, shop around for estimates, check in with the Better Business Bureau, banks, suppliers, and neighbors for references. Insist on a written contract that includes the price and description of the work needed and negotiate a payment schedule tied to the completion of specific stages of the jobs. Never pay the full price up front. You have three days after signing a home improvement contract to cancel it. Mail Order: Whether ordering online or from a catalog, make sure the company has an operating customer service line and lists a real street address. Mortgage: Look out for offers that claim to stop or delay foreclosure payments for an upfront fee or make payments on your behalf. Beware of companies that suggest a government affiliation or claim to be with the government or those that work with attorneys but do not provide legal services.

Proposed Law Would help to Ease Cashless Tolling Issues By Michael V. Cusenza Legislation recently proposed by an area elected official would require the Metropolitan Transportation Authority to establish a cashless tolling amnesty program and to post that violation fee waiver policy on its website. The bill, proposed by Assemblywoman Stacey Pheffer Amato (D-Howard Beach), was crafted in light of the cashless tolling system which has caused thousands of dollars in violations for state residents, Pheffer Amato said. According to the assemblywoman, the proposed law would provide rational, consumer-friendly relief and reform of the MTA’s Cashless Tolling System by: File Photo (1) enacting toll amnesty for a period of The MTA moved from traditional toll booths to Open Road Cashless Tolling at all state bridges and tunnels last six months; (2) providing for public dis- year. closure of the current MTA Violation Fee 12 MARCH 15, 2018 • Number 11 VOL. 17 • THE FORUM NEWSGROUP

Waiver Policy; and (3) capping fees for toll charges at no more than twice the original toll charge for the first three months, and no more than three times the original toll charge for fees in the four- to six-month range, she noted. The MTA’s move from traditional toll booths to Open Road Cashless Tolling at all state bridges and tunnels has sparked “significant and sustained improvements for motorists and the environment,” according to data recently released by the agency. It has also caused its fair share of headaches. Some drivers have reported unknowingly incurring steep fines because, they claimed, they never received an original notice or bill in the mail. Other complaints include insufficient signage and the dangers caused by confused motorists who stop under the scanners when they’re supposed to continue driving through them.


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LEGAL NOTICE Notice is hereby given that an order entered by the civil court, Queens county, on the 15 day of FEBRUARY 2018, bearing Index Number NC-000076-18/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 ANTHONY BOULDER. The city and state of my address is 108-53 43rd avenue, Apt. 1F, Corona, NY 11368 The date of my birth is MAY 23, 1969; place of my birth is CHILE, SOUTH AMERICA; my present name is GASTON ANTONIO PENA Y LILLO HERRERA aka GASTON A. PENA-LILLO, aka GASTON ANTONIO PENA Y LILLO Notice is hereby given that an order entered by the civil court, Queens county, on the 17 day of AUGUST 2017, 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 14 day of FEBRUARY 2018, bearing Index Number NC-000055-18/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) COURTNEY (middle) HOWARD (last) Mc CARTY. The city and state of my address is 1027 Beach 19th St, 2, FAR ROCKAWAY, NY 11691. The date of my birth is OCTOBER 25,1998; place of my birth is JAMAICA, WEST INDIES; my present name is COURTNEY HOWARD McCARTHY aka COURTNEY HOWARD McCARTHY

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Legal Notices 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. 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.

JANE PARKER BAKED GOODS LLC Arts of Org filed with NY Sec of State (SSNY) on 1/31/18. Office: Queens County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process may be served. SSNY shall mail process to:THE LLC, 3811 DITMARS BLVD., SUITE 120B, ASTORIA, NY 11105. General Purposes.

Rk Williams Jr LLC. Filed 11/8/17. Office: Queens Co. SSNY designated as agent for process & shall mail to: United States Corporation Agents, Inc., 7014 13th Ave Ste 202, Brooklyn, NY 11228. Purpose: General. Notice of formation of ZFA MANAGEMENT LLC Articles of Organization Filed with the Secretary of State of New York SSNY on 01/23/2018. Office located in Queens. SSNY has been designated for service of process. SSNY Shell mail copy of any process served against the LLC 13692 ROOSEVELT AVE FLUSHING NY 11354. Purpose: any lawful purpose. ANY AVENUE, LLC Arts of Org filed with NY Sec of State (SSNY) on 12/11/17. Office: Queens County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process may be served. SSNY shall mail process to:United States Corporation Agents, Inc.,7014 13th Avenue, Suite 202, Brooklyn, NY 11228. General Purposes. NOTICE OF FORMATION of MENUON, LLC. Art. of Org. filed w/Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 11/14/17. Office location: Queens County. SSNY designated as agent for service of process. SSNY shall mail process to: 7014 13 Ave. #202, Bklyn, NY 11228. Purpose: Any lawful activity. 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.

G & A GROUP LLC. Arts. of Org. filed with the SSNY on 03/01/18. 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 the LLC, 79-10 35th Avenue, #4C, Jackson Heights, NY 11372. Purpose: Any lawful purpose.

NOTICE OF FORMATION of CITY FUNDING & DEVELOPMENT, LLC. Articles of Org. filed with Secretary of State of NY (SSNY) on 12/1/2017. Office locaDATADASH SOLUTIONS LLC Arts. of Org. filed with the SSNY on 02/06/18. Office: tion: Queens County. SSNY designated as Queens County. SSNY designated as agent of agent of LLC upon whom process against the LLC upon whom process against it may be it may be served. SSNY shall mail copy served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to: MIof process to: THE LLC 8810 136TH CHAEL CARNEY, 4146 70TH STREET, 3FL., WOODSIDE, NY 11377. Purpose: Any lawful STREET, UNIT #2, RICHMOND HILL, purpose. NY 11418. Purpose: any lawful purpose. Notice of Formation of Limited Liability Notice of Formation of TOCAPAMA Company NAME: 7227 66 STREET LLC Articles of Organization were filed with the Secretary LLC. Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of State of New York (SSNY) on 01/16/2018. of NY (SSNY) on 1/22/18. Office locaOffice of Location: Queens County. SSNY has tion: Queens County. SSNY designated as been designated as agent of the LLC upon whom agent of LLC upon whom process against process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail it may be served. SSNY shall mail process a copy of process to the LLC, 72-27 66 th Street to: The LLC, 1087 Jackson Ave., Long IsRidgewood, New York 11385. Purpose: any lawland City, NY 11101. Purpose: any lawful ful activity. activity. 14 MARCH 15, 2018 • Number 11 VOL. 17 • THE FORUM NEWSGROUP

Notice of Qualification of Thirty-Ninth Street Strategies, LLC. Authority filed with Secy. Of State of NY (SSNY) on September 21, 2017. Office location: Queens County. LLC formed in Connecticut (CT) on June 30, 2017. Princ. Office of LLC: 98-01 67th Avenue, Rego Park, NY 11374. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to Marc Silverman, 98-01 67th Avenue, Rego Park, NY 11374. Name and address of each general partner are available from SSNY. CT address of LLC: 1579 Straits Turnpike, Middlebury, CT 06762. Arts of Org filed with CT Secy of State: June 30, 2017. Purpose: Any lawful activity. BRAZEN NYC, LLC Arts of Org filed with NY Sec of State (SSNY) on 1/16/18. Office: Queens County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: UNITED STATES CORPORATION AGENTS, INC.,7014 13TH AVENUE, SUITE 202. BROOKLYN, NY 11228. General Purposes. Notice of formation of THERAPY WORKS O.T.A PLLC. Articles of Org. filled with the Secretary Of State of New York (SSNY) on 1/26/2018. Office location: Queens County. SSNY is designated for service of process. SSNY shall mail copy of any process served against the PLLC 147-18 116th Ave. Jamaica, NY 11436. Purpose: any lawful purpose.

NOTICE OF FORMATION of CITY FUNDING & DEVELOPMENT, LLC. Articles of Org. filed with Secretary of State of NY (SSNY) on 12/1/2017. Office location: Queens County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to: THE LLC 8810 136TH STREET, UNIT #2, RICHMOND HILL, NY 11418. Purpose: any lawful purpose. Notice is hereby given that an order entered by the civil court, Queens county, on the 25 day of JANUARY 2018, bearing Index Number NC-000984-17/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 ABDUL SAMAD SULTANI. The city and state of my address is 331 BEACH 31ST STREET, 11#B, FAR ROCKAWAY, NY 11691. The date of my birth is DECEMBER 03, 1976; place of my birth is KABUL, AFGHANISTAN; my present name is ABDUL DANNY SULTANI aka ABDUL SULTANI Notice is hereby given that an order entered by the civil court, Queens county, on the 26 day of FEBRUARY 2018, bearing Index Number NC-000179-18/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) JAZELALI (last) JUNEJO. The city and state of my address is 101-51 LEFFERTS 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 JAZEL ALI aka JAZEL ALI JUNEJO

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 SEPTEMBER 30, 2012; place of my birth is QUEENS, NY; my present name is DAVID MANDEL SHALITZKY (infant): grants me the right to assume the name of (first) LEA (last) MANDEL. The city and state of my address is 1662 SEAGIRT BLVD.,FAR ROCKAWAY, NY 11691. The date of my birth is AUGUST 29, 2016; place of my birth is QUEENS, NY; my present name is LAUREN MANDEL (infant) Notice is hereby given that an order entered by the civil court, Queens county, on the 3 day of JANUARY 2018, bearing Index Number NC-000704-17/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 YASMEEN AMATULALLAAH MAJID. The city and state of my address is 151 Beach 96th Street, Apt. #6D, Rockaway Beach, NY 11693-1358. The date of my birth is March 10, 1950; place of my birth is Lumberton, NC; my present name is JENNIFER SUTTON aka JENNIFER M. SUTTON aka JENNIFER MCMILLAN Notice is hereby given that an order entered by the civil court, Queens county, on the 15 day of FEBRUARY 2018, bearing Index Number NC-000069-18/ 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) MICHELLE (last) WALLER. The city and state of my address is 363 BEACH 54TH STRET, APT. 1E, AVERNE, NY 11692. The date of my birth is MAY 01, 1959; place of my birth is BRONX, NY; my present name is FEMALE WALLER aka MICHELLE PORTALATIN, aka MICHELLE WALLER Notice is hereby given that an order entered by the civil court, Queens county, on the 8 day of DECEMBER 2017, bearing Index Number NC-000799-17/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) HEBATALLA (last) SHOAEIB. The city and state of my address is 30-38 86th Street, Apt. #2, East Elmhurst, NY 11369. The date of my birth is JULY 23, 1999 ; place of my birth is ALEXANDRIA, EGYPT; my present name is HEBATALLA ASHRAF MOHAMED AHMED MOHAMED SHOEIB aka HEBATALLA SHOAEIB, aka HEBATALLA ASHRAF SHOAEIB, aka HEBATALLA ASHRAF SHOEIB

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