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Mayor Announces Controversial Plan to Open Supervised Injection Facilities for Illegal Drug Users Hoping to stem the tide of deaths attributed to the overwhelming opioid epidemic, de Blasio said on Thursday that the City will establish four Overdose Prevention Centers (similar to this one in Canada) in three boroughs: two in Manhattan and one each in Brooklyn and the Bronx. Photo Courtesy of InSite for Community Safety

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After Months of Deliberating, de Blasio Decides to Forge ahead with Safe Injection Site Pilot Program By Michael V. Cusenza Shooting galleries. Pop shops. The final frontier. Supervised narcotic injection sites have many names. But what matters most is the recent news that several might soon be calling NYC home. “After a rigorous review of similar efforts across the world, and after careful consideration of public health and safety expert views, we believe Overdose Prevention Centers will save lives and get more New Yorkers into the treatment they need to beat this deadly addiction,” Mayor Bill de Blasio said on Thursday. According to a New York Times story, Hizzoner “is championing a plan that would make New York City a pioneer in creating supervised injection sites for illegal drug users, part of a novel but contentious strategy to combat the epidemic of fatal overdoses caused by the use of heroin and other opioids.” De Blasio’s Overdose Prevention Center pilot program calls for four sites to open—two in Manhattan and one each in Brooklyn and the Bronx—after a period of community outreach. They would operate for a year before an intensive evaluation. According to several studies, such sites in

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Mayor de Blasio said he believes that “Overdose Prevention Centers will save lives and get more New Yorkers into the treatment they need to beat this deadly addiction.”

Vancouver and Seattle have showed that supervised heroin consumption facilities reduce deaths from drug overdose; prevent HIV, hepatitis C, and other infections; and help drug users get into treatment. In January, Philadelphia Health officials announced that the City of Brotherly Love will encourage private-sector development of supervised injection centers. Philly Mayor Jim Kenney called them Comprehensive User Engagement Sites – medical interventions in which essential services are provided to reduce

substance use, the harms associated with substance use, and fatal overdose. Services, which are provided in a walk-in setting, include referral to treatment and social programs, wound care, medically supervised drug consumption, and access to sterile injection equipment and naloxone. “We cannot just watch as our children, our parents, our brothers, and our sisters die of drug overdose,” said Philadelphia Health Commissioner (and former NYC Health Commissioner) Thomas Farley, M.D. “We have to use every

proven tool we can to save their lives until they recover from the grip of addiction.” The heroin and fentanyl crisis has had serious impacts on the five boroughs. According to the administration, the number of drug-overdose deaths has increased in the city in each of the last six years. Rates of drug-overdose deaths in NYC more than doubled between 2010 and 2016. “Too many people have died from opioids and heroin. These sites will save lives and connect addicts with treatment options and trained professionals that could lead them to recovery,” said City Council Speaker Corey Johnson. “This is something that I championed during my time as Chair of the Council Health Committee, and is an issue that has deep personal significance to me. I am proud of our city today for taking bold steps to address a problem that’s gripped this country, and I hope other cities follow our lead and allow safe sites like these.” Jeremy Saunders, co-executive director of the advocacy organization Voices of Community Activists & Leaders, added “Medically supervised sites for people to use drugs save lives and must be embraced. We cannot let stigma and punishment guide our drug policy, instead we must focus on compassion, health, and safety. Today’s announcement does just that.”

St. Francis Prep Senior Wins Congressional Art Contest By Forum Staff Mofan Chen, a senior at St. Francis Preparatory High School in Fresh Meadows, has won U.S. Rep. Grace Meng’s (D-Flushing) annual 6th Congressional District art contest, the elected official announced on Monday. Chen won the competition for his acrylic drawing titled “Facing the World.” Beginning next month, his winning work, along with the first-place pieces from art contests in congressional districts throughout the country, will be displayed for one year in the Cannon Tunnel, a heavily traveled corridor that connects the Cannon House Office Building to the Capitol. “[Chen] is an impressive and talented artist and I look forward to his winning entry being on display for all who visit the Capitol,” Meng said.“I also applaud all the students who submitted artwork for the competition. They are the future artists of our country and I’m proud of each and every one of them.” The congresswoman announced Chen as the winner during a reception she hosted for students and their families, art teachers, principals and school administrators. It was held at the Queens Museum in Flushing Meadows Corona Park, where all of the submitted artwork had been on display. In addition to Chen, Meng announced second and third place winners whose artwork will be displayed in her offices. Second Place: April Mendiola, a student at Newtown High School in Elmhurst whose

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Congresswoman Meng congratulates Mofan Chen for winning her annual congressional art contest. Chen’s winning piece, pictured in between him and Meng, will be displayed for one year in the U.S. Capitol.

artwork will be displayed for one year in Meng’s Washington, D.C. office. Third Place: Xin Qing Shi, a student at Newtown High School in Elmhurst whose artwork will be displayed for one year

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in Meng’s Flushing office; and Thomas Jankowski, a student at the Lowell School in Flushing whose artwork will be displayed for one year in Meng’s Forest Hills office. Meng also noted that Chen will be

awarded two roundtrip airplane tickets to Washington, D.C. – courtesy of Southwest Airlines – to join Meng at the opening ceremonies of the national art competition. The ceremony, scheduled to take place on Capitol Hill in June, will recognize Chen’s artistic talents as well as the talents of other young artists who won congressional district contests. In addition, Chen, and the winners of each competition, will be eligible for a scholarship to the Savannah College of Art and Design in Georgia. Chen has indicated that he is seeking to major in art and design in college. The contest, which featured entries from Queens high school students, is part of “An Artistic Discovery,” the national art contest sponsored each year by the House that showcases the artwork of all congressional district art contest winners from across the nation. Entries were submitted in several mediums including paintings (oil, watercolors, acrylic, etc.), collages, drawings and prints (lithographs, silk screens, etc.).The judges consisted of officials and staff members from the Queens Museum. “Winning Congresswomen Meng’s art contest is a huge honor and I thank the judges for selecting my artwork as the winning entry,” Chen added. “I am excited about my piece hanging in the Capitol of the United States, and I look forward to traveling to Washington for the opening ceremonies of the art competition.”


Howard Beach Foundation Honored for Work with Pediatric Stroke Victims and Families By Michael V. Cusenza For promoting awareness of pediatric stroke and providing programs for victims and support for their families, the Julianna Rose Children’s Foundation was recently honored by State Sen. Joe Addabbo, Jr. (D-Howard Beach), who presented a Senate Proclamation to the group’s founder, Mary Rinaldo Hansen. “This proclamation is important because we aren’t just changing my life, we’re going to change thousands,” Hansen said. The Howard Beach nonprofit organization was established in 2006 and named after Hansen’s daughter. According to Hansen, in May 2002, “after almost a year of unanswered questions and concerns about [ Julianna Rose’s] development, we received confirmation that our beautiful, happy bundle of joy in fact had suffered a left and middle cerebral arterial infarction—a stroke—either before, during, or sometime after birth; and was the cause of her hemiplegia cerebral palsy, early childhood seizures, and global developmental and learning delays.” According to the Monroe Carell, Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt University, a stroke is a brain injury that hapPhoto Courtesy of Sen. Addabbo’s Office pens when blood flow to part of the brain is disrupted. The Mary Rinaldo Hansen and Sen. Addabbo. brain needs oxygen to survive. When blood is not flowing

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properly, brain cells do not get oxygen and they begin to die—which is what causes the symptoms associated with the stroke. The Hansens organized the foundation to “help other families and children,” Mary said.“We operated as a familyrun, self-funded, grass-roots organization whose mission was simply dedicated to raising awareness and educating about pediatric stroke, cerebral palsy and all pediatric brain injury causes, effects, co-occurring conditions and the importance of physical therapy for recovery and continued maintenance.” According MCCH, about three out of every 100,000 children will have a stroke before the age of 18. In newborns, 25 out of every 100,000 have a stroke. “Seeing how Mary and her husband Jeff turned a difficult situation into an opportunity to help others is extremely inspiring,” Addabbo said. “Instead of focusing on their own troubles, they used Julianna’s condition to help spread awareness about childhood strokes, and their organization has expanded to offer programs for not only childhood stroke victims, but to help set up children with disabilities for a fulfilling future. It is my honor to present Mary and the Julianna Rose Children’s Foundation with a Senate Proclamation for their dedicated work to the community.” For more information on pediatric stroke and the foundation, visit juliannarosefoundation.org.

Perp Makes Purchase with Credit Card Stolen from Howard Beach Auto

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A quick-thinking South Queens cop recently helped reunite a lost dog with his owner, according to the City Police Department. After a concerned neighbor brought the meandering pup to the 106th Precinct stationhouse in Ozone Park, astute Officer Claudia Pardo reached for a pet microchip scanner provided to all 86 NYPD commands earlier this year by the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. According to officials, Pardo then used the tool to obtain a serial number that provided all pertinent information on “Jackson”—including his anxious owner’s phone number. “I’m a big animal lover, and we get so many lost dogs in this precinct,” Pardo said. “This chip reader avoids so many unnecessary trips to the Animal Care Center in Brooklyn and allows us to reunite the dogs with the owners much more quickly.” The entire process — from the moment Jackson entered the stationhouse to the time his relieved best friend came to pick him up — took about 30 minutes, the officer added. According to the ASPCA, Jackson’s microchip is a subcutaneous identification implant, roughly the size of a grain of rice, used most commonly in cats and dogs. Each implant contains a unique serial number which can be read by a scanner and matched to a database containing the owner’s contact information. The organization noted that the pet microchip scanners can also help NYPD officers responding to suspected animal cruelty cases

Lock your car doors. Frustrated police officials have been reiterating the mantra at nearly every civic meeting and community gathering in the 106th Precinct in recent memory—to no avail. Thefts of possessions left unattended in unlocked vehicles remain a consistent problem in the South Queens command, specifically in Lindenwood and Howard Beach. “It’s been an ongoing issue for months now and it’s not stopping,” Neighborhood Coordination Officer Mike Petrizzo said during last month’s Sector A Safety Meeting at St. Helen Church. “Please lock your doors.” But it seems that cops are hoping that least one incident in April may at long-last drive the point home. Investigators plastered social media with pictures of a young black man “wanted for making a purchase in Manhattan using a credit card stolen from a vehicle on 164th Avenue and 99th Street” in Old Howard Beach. According to the latest available department statistics, overall crime is down by nearly 8 percent in the 106th Precinct compared to the same period last year. However, car thefts are up 16 percent compared to 2017. Anyone with information on the suspect and the stolen credit card

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Officer Pardo and Jackson inside the 106th Precinct stationhouse.

quickly obtain animal ownership information to aid their investigations. “Effectively fighting animal cruelty means equipping law enforcement officers with practical tools as well as comprehensive training, and these scanners will certainly accelerate the process of finding owners and clearing cases,” ASPCA President and CEO Matt Bershadker said in February. “As we enter the fifth year of our partnership with the NYPD, I’m inspired by their enthusiasm to use every means available to stop cruelty, rescue victimized animals, and bring animal abusers to justice.”

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Investigators said this man used the card in a Manhattan store.

should call Det. Patrick Roach at (718) 845-2261. Please reference case #2018-574.

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Cuomo Announces $90M in NY Parks Improvement Projects By Forum Staff Just in time for “I Love my Park Day” last weekend, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced $90 million in revitalization and rehabilitation projects at nearly 50 State parks and historic sites across New York this year. According to the administration, the funding was included in the recently enacted 2018-2019 State Budget and is part of Cuomo’s NY Parks 2020 plan – a $700 million investment in 176 parks and historic sites in the State green space system that began in 2011. Four NYC parks are among the revitalization and rehabilitation projects planned for this year, including $15 million earmarked for constructing a new State green space at Jamaica Bay.

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Gateway National Recreation Area, featuring such gems as Charles Park and Jamaica Bay, hosted “I Love my Park Day” events.

“Our world-class parks system attracts millions of New Yorkers and visitors each year, and this ongoing financial commitment will help ensure these jewels remain in good repair for years to come,” Cuomo said.

“This investment will continue to make much needed improvements and repairs at cherished State parks to promote healthy outdoor recreation, preserve our environment, and boost local economies.”

Cops Catch Alleged Queens Sex Fiend in South Carolina By Michael V. Cusenza After a massive, eight-day manhunt highlighted by a $10,000 reward and the collaborative effort of several city commands and federal authorities, top Police Department officials on Tuesday triumphantly announced the arrest of the fiend wanted in connection with the savage sexual assault of a woman in Kew Gardens Hills last Monday.

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According to police reports, cops responded to a 911 call of a possible sexual asault last Monday around 8:30 a.m. in the vicinity of 72nd Road and Kissena Boulevard. Upon arrival, officers discovered a 52-yearold woman at the bottom of an exterior stairwell unconscious with severe trauma to the face and body. Sources told the New

York Post that the victim’s facial injuries were so intense she couldn’t converse with cops. Emergency medical service personnelrushed the woman to New York-Presbyterian Hospital in serious condition. As of Wednesday afternoon, the victim remained at the Flushing hospital. NYPD officials deemed it a random attack.

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home to some of the most beautiful parks and iconic historic sites in the world. I encourage New Yorkers to volunteer as part of ‘I Love My Park Day’ to help cleanup and prepare for the long-awaited summer season.” Ten parks in the Big Apple participated in Saturday’s festivities, including Gateway National Recreation Area, which is home to Frank M. Charles Memorial Park and Jamaica Bay. According to Cuomo, in addition to $70 million in construction projects announced on Friday, the budget provides $20 million for various system-wide improvements, such as investment in signage, technology, natural resource stewardship, and allocates funding for design of future projects, emergencies, engineering and construction oversight.

Embattled Area Detective Assigned to Desk Duty as Internal Affairs Continues Probe By Michael V. Cusenza

1: Ronald Williams 2: Authorities issued detailed Wanted posters and offered a $10,000 reward for information leading to Williams’ arrest.

Ronald Williams, 21, was captured at a motel in Columbia, S.C., cops said. NYPD Chief of Detectives Dermot Shea issued particular kudos to “the community, U.S. Marshals” and the “unwavering members” of the Special Victims and Fugitive Enforcement divisions for identifying, locating, and cuffing the suspect.

According to the State, 55 percent of the $700 million in funding has been to repair and improve basic infrastructure—sewer, water systems, roads, bridges, culverts, bathrooms, electrical system and internet connectivity. NY Parks 2020 is also prioritizing the transformation of 31 flagship parks and parks that served communities that lack access to outdoor recreation—these parks serve 80 percent of the system’s visitation, according to the administration. Park visitation has increased 23 percent since 2011 to 71 million visitors last year. “Parks are the gems of communities across the state, and this funding will allow for improvements to enhance them for families and children to continue to enjoy,” said Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul. “New York is

A beleaguered 106th Precinct detective currently under investigation by the Queens District Attorney’s Office for allegedly lying on case reports has been banished to the bullpen sans gun and shield, according to a New York Daily News report. However, the tabloid indicated that Det. Thomas Rice, 45, was officially suspended and assigned to desk duty “amid an Internal Affairs Bureau probe of whether he worked his Long Island off-duty snow plowing and powerwashing business on NYPD time.” Rice owns Island-Wide Pressure Washing, which is based in Wantagh, Long Island. Rice made headlines in January for a scheme The Forum called “almost too ridiculous to believe.” According to the News, who derisively dubbed Rice “Det. Do-Little,” the gumshoe actually got very little gum on his shoes: He allegedly made up fake names and addresses to improperly close at least 22 grand larceny and auto theft cases over a 12-month period in 2011 and 2012, all while assigned to the 106th Precinct Detective Squad, an NYPD investigation found. Rice, who lives on Long Island, allegedly often used the same fake names and made-up addresses across multiple reports and cut-and-pasted the exact

same statements, including typos, into reports. Four different supervisors in the 106, including Rice’s lieutenant, signed off on the breathtaking fraud, an internal investigation uncovered. Even after he was exposed, Rice was just docked 20 vacation days and briefly demoted. Since 2013, he has been a detective in the 67th Precinct in Brooklyn. Rice’s lawyer ripped the News for how it has characterized his client. “[Rice] has performed admirably in the six years since then while assigned to the 67th Precinct, and has been utterly and maliciously humiliated and vilified by the Daily News in the last several months,” James Moschella said. “If your goal was to destroy this young man’s life and career, congratulations — you have succeeded.” Some former NYPD officials blasted Rice for allegedly perpetrating a scheme that ultimately gives all cops a bad name. “If someone is going to go to the extent of fabricating names and addresses, they just don’t care about the people they are supposed to be serving,” retired NYPD Chief of Patrol and former City Transportation Commissioner Wilbur Chapman told the News in January. “He was able to accomplish this because no one was paying attention. It’s an insult to all the detectives who are out there working very hard to solve cases.”


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By Michael V. Cusenza What once was interim is now permanent. The judges of the Eastern District of New York have appointed Richard Donoghue as the U.S. Attorney for EDNY. Chief Eastern District Judge Dora Irizarry administered the oath of office on Friday at the Theodore Roosevelt Courthouse in Brooklyn. “I am deeply grateful to the court for the opportunity to continue to serve as the U.S. Attorney. I am equally grateful to the women and men of the Eastern District who have created and maintained a tradition of honor, integrity and excellence,” Donoghue said. “Together, we will pursue justice, protect the people of this great nation and be faithful to the rule of law.” United States Attorney General Jeff Ses-

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City Looks to ‘Interrupt’ Domestic Violence at Home By Forum Staff With a new $3.3 million investment in community programs designed to work with abusive partners who have not been involved in the criminal justice system, the City hopes to impact behavior change, reduce future abuse, and enhance domestic violence survivor safety, First Lady Chirlane McCray recently announced. Interrupting Violence at Home, according to McCray, is a “groundbreaking” citywide effort to address domestic violence through services, training, and intervention for abusive partners who have not had any experience in courts, jails, or prisons. “Any kind of violence is unacceptable. But as we keep survivors and families safe, we must also do everything we can to intervene directly with their abusive partners,” McCray said. “One of the tragic truths underlying domestic violence is that many offenders have themselves been victims of violence and abuse. Hurt people hurt people. But

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First Lady Chirlane McCray said “with this program, we will employ new methods of intervening , long before a call to 911.”

with this program, we will employ new methods of intervening, long before a call to 911.” According to the administration, this initiative leverages national research and evidence-informed intervention models to address abusive behavior and reduce future abuse in intimate-partner violence relationships. Officials said Interrupting Violence at Home is the first of its kind in the country and will have the

capacity to reach 1,600 individuals across all five boroughs. The City has indicated that the initiative will: • Create a City-funded community-based program for abusive partners who are not involved in the criminal justice system. This traumainformed program will be culturally and linguistically specific and will focus on both community and family accountability.

• Create the first City-funded trauma-informed and culturallycompetent accountability program for teens who have demonstrated unhealthy relationships with intimate partners and/or family members. The program will create safe, age-appropriate environments that focus on youth offending and adolescent development behaviors such as impulse control and emotion management. • Incorporate Domestic Violence Coordinators at NYC Crisis Management System sites to enhance the identification and response to domestic violence in communities served by said sites. The rate of domestic violence-related calls to NYPD in the CMS precincts is 2.3 times higher than the rest of the city, the administration noted. • Work with an expert consultant to develop a blueprint for implementing restorative justice practices in community-based models to address domestic violence in the five boroughs. • Develop a specialized training curriculum to provide City agency

staff working with offender populations with tools to understand offender risk factors, identify high levels of risk, and gain skills to engage with abusive partners. According to the administration, a key focus of the Interrupting Violence at Home initiative will be creating a baseline of information regarding the identification, engagement, and intervention of abusive partners outside of the criminal justice system. This information is critical in order to continue to drive down domestic violence incidents and enhance accountability for the abusive partners as well as survivor safety, officials said. In NYC between 2010 and 2016 the City Police Department had previous contact with the victim and the offender in only 39 percent of all intimate-partner homicides. Eric Cumberbatch, executive director of the Mayor’s Office to Prevent Gun Violence, hailed the initiative’s investments as “transformative.” “Stopping violent behavior as early as possible can change the trajectory of entire families,” he added.

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EDITORIAL I remember the first time I saw Guy Losito do his Stevie Wonder impression. Donning sunglasses and bobbing his head from side to side, it was quite the transition—from the undeniably charismatic coach, screaming on the sidelines at aspiring miniature ball players, urging them to fly around the bases at Ozone Howard, to celebrity impersonations at a community charity event at Russo’s on the Bay. I thought to myself, ‘This white man can dance.’ As he belted out “For Once in My Life,” he made his way around the dance floor–in one hand was the mic, the other he used to lead even the shyest of steppers to the center of the floor. That was a long time and lots of years ago. I also remember Guy showing up when I lost a loved one to cancer. For some reason I can still see the look in those piercing eyes when he said, “I’m so sorry. Is there anything I can do for you?” And I remember replying, “No there’s nothing anyone can do. Not now.” It didn’t matter what he said at that moment. It only mattered that he was there. So many times when facing cancer we wish we could’ve done something, anything. We offer our good wishes, send food to the house, pick the kids

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up from school, offer to grab some things at the store. But so many times, we don’t show up at all. And that’s because we are all so afraid of this disease. We don’t know what to say or do. We don’t know how to act. We hesitate to stop by for a visit or pick up a phone because it’s just too hard to face the person we know and love –they’re engaged in battle with a formidable and ruthless adversary– we’re all petrified they are going to lose. But the truth is, beyond medical treatments and therapies, the greatest enemy of cancer is the hope it at-

tempts to wrestle away from all of us. Guy’s son Ryan recently visited me at my home to tell me about his dad’s diagnosis of brain cancer, but more importantly he told me that Guy was up for the fight. He wants to see his grandchildren grow. Ryan also told me how much it means when someone stops by or calls with some words of encouragement and support, letting his father know, he's not alone. Helping Guy face this battle is much more than signing on to your computer and making a pledge to GoFundMe. It’s about reaching out and

saying “We’re with you” and “We know you can do it.” So if you really want to help, go into your hearts as well as your wallets. Don’t hide because you’re intimidated by the fear of cancer, because from far too much personal experience, I can tell you that the only way to have any chance of winning this war is to be armed with the strength that comes only from love and support. On June 3, the Ozone Howard Little League is hosting a walk to help Guy and his family with overwhelming medical expenses. Show up. Bring your family. Bring your friends and bring your wallets. And in the few weeks before that day rolls around, be sure that showing up in the meantime can make a world of a difference. Drop by, pick up the phone. Tell a story, share a laugh. Just listen. This is a man who has brought so much to our community, especially to our kids. For more than 30 years. This is our opportunity to give it back when it is so very much needed. We’re with you, Guy. And we know if there is any guy who can do this, his name is Losito. Please see details for the walk on page 12.

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New York AG Schneiderman Resigns amid Allegations of Abuse

Eric Schneiderman’s precipitous fall this week from the pinnacle of the progressive mountaintop to the basement of the political hall of shame was as swift as it was startling. On Monday, The New Yorker published another scathing #MeToo movement exposé titled “Four Women Accuse New York’s Attorney General of Physical Abuse.” Three hours after the story went public, Schneiderman announced his resignation. “It’s been my great honor and privilege to serve as Attorney General for the people of the state of New York,” Schneiderman, 63, said in a statement. “In the last several hours, serious allegations, which I strongly contest, have been made against me. While these allegations are unrelated to my professional conduct or the operations of the office, they will effectively prevent me from leading the office’s work at this critical time.” In The New Yorker story, four women with whom Schneiderman “has had romantic relationships or encounters” accuse him of “having subjected them to nonconsensual physical violence.”

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Governor Cuomo has ordered a special prosecutor to investigate the claims made by four women against Eric Schneiderman.

Governor Andrew Cuomo, who came into office with Schneiderman in 2011, almost immediately called for him to step down, citing the “damning pattern of facts and corroboration laid out in the article.” “No one is above the law, including New York’s top legal officer,” Cuomo added. Mayor Bill de Blasio on Tuesday called the story a “horrible shock.” “What we saw yesterday eve-

ning was absolutely disgusting. The Attorney General of our state, accused of doing things that no one should ever do, let alone someone involved in law enforcement,” Hizzoner added. “And I think like so many people in this city, first hearing there was an article and then, finally, when I finally was able to break from my schedule and read the article, I was horrified – page after page about worse and worse and worse, and it was horrifying, and it was disgusting, and it was

unacceptable in every way. Thank God he resigned quickly and didn’t put this state through a nightmare.” Cuomo on Tuesday appointed Nassau County District Attorney Madeline Singas special prosecutor “to investigate, and if warranted, prosecute, any and all matters concerning the public allegations against Mr. Schneiderman, as reflected in The New Yorker article…as well as any matters that may arise from this investigation.” Singas is the former head of the

Special Victims’ Bureau at the Nassau County District Attorney’s Office and the founding member of the Domestic Violence Bureau at the Queens DA’s Office. State Solicitor General Barbara Underwood is now the acting Attorney General. “I am honored to serve the people of New York as acting Attorney General,” she said. “The work of this office is critically important. Our office has never been stronger, and this extraordinarily talented, dedicated, and tireless team of public servants will ensure that our work continues without interruption.” The State Senate and Assembly will choose Schneiderman’s permanent replacement, though no schedule for a vote has been made public. State Sen. Joe Addabbo, Jr. (DHoward Beach), who served with Schneiderman when the latter represented parts of Manhattan in the Upper Chamber, said his former colleague did the right thing by resigning quickly. Addabbo also applauded “the brave women for coming forward with their stories because these actions are not tolerable from a public servant. I always believed elected officials should be held to a higher ethical standard.”

City Renters Coughed up Additional $616M in 2016 due to Airbnb: Comptroller Report By Forum Staff Renters citywide paid a staggering $616 million in additional rent in 2016 due to the growth of Airbnb listings, according to a new report released on Thursday by City Comptroller Scott Stringer. Airbnb is an online marketplace and hospitality service for people to lease or rent short-term lodging. According to “The Impact of Airbnb on NYC Rents,” which analyzes data for the years 2009 to 2016, tenants in neighborhoods across the five boroughs have seen their rents jump in no small measure because of the heavy concentration of Airbnb listings in their communities. “For years, New Yorkers have felt the burden of rents that go nowhere but up, and Airbnb is one reason why. From Bushwick to Chinatown and in so many neighborhoods inbetween, affordable apartments that should be available to rent never hit the market, because they are making a profit for Airbnb,” Stringer said. “Airbnb has grown exponentially

Comptroller Stringer’s report finds Airbnb responsible for nearly 10 percent of citywide rental increase between 2009 and 2016.

at the expense of New Yorkers who face rising rents and the risk of being pushed out of communities they helped build. If we’re going to preserve the character of our neighborhoods and expand our middle class, we have to put people before profits. It’s that simple.” In this analysis, Stringer said he sought to measure the “Airbnb effect” by the removal of units from the rental market because they

were listed on Airbnb by the owners instead. The comptroller’s office compared the growth in what rents would have been if there had been no Airbnb effect to what they actually were. Among the report’s findings: • In aggregate, NYC renters had to pay an additional $616 million in 2016 due to price pressures created by Airbnb; • For each 1 percent of all resi-

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dential units in a neighborhood listed on Airbnb, rental rates in that neighborhood went up by 1.58 percent. • Between 2009 and 2016, approximately 9.2 percent of the citywide increase in rental rates can be attributed to Airbnb. According to the comptroller, New Yorkers have been squeezed by rising rents, which rose 25 percent on average citywide between 2009 and 2016, or

$279 per month. Rents rose most rapidly in Brooklyn, by 35 percent ($340 per month) followed by Queens by 22 percent ($242 per month); the Bronx by 21 percent ($171 per month); Manhattan by 19 percent ($276 per month); and Staten Island by 14 percent ($129 per month). During the same period, Airbnb listings skyrocketed, from 1,000 in 2010 to over 43,000 in 2015, before declining to slightly under 40,000 in 2016 according to data from AirDNA (Airbnb Data and Analytics) – most in violation of existing State or City laws. AirDNA slammed Stringer’s report as “deeply flawed.” “The comptroller is once again using Airbnb as a scapegoat for a housing affordability crisis that has been growing for decades,” AirDNA CEO Scott Shatford said. “In New York City, just over 5,300 Entire Homes were rented on Airbnb for six months or more in the past year, representing 0.2 percent of the total housing supply – it is impossible for Airbnb to have a material impact on housing prices.”

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City Investing in NYC Ferry to meet Growing Demand

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Mayor de Blasio said the City is now planning for 9 million annual NYC Ferry riders.

By Michael V. Cusenza If you build it, they will come—in droves, apparently. Ridership of the wildly popular NYC Ferry, which launched just a year ago, could grow to as many as 9 million annual passengers by 2023, twice as many as initially projected, forcing the City to invest in a bigger fleet to meet that demand, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced on Thursday. “We’re going to be able to increase service right away and cut wait time in the process. We’re going to be doubling the size of our fleet and there’s going to be a lot more of the bigger boats that will allow us to get a lot more people where they’re going and reduce the wait, reduce the lines,” Hizzoner said. “So, you know the phrase that they say? You can never have too much of a good thing. Well, I disagree. We want to have a lot more of a good thing and that good thing is NYC Ferry.” The Executive Budget, which de Blasio unfurled late last month, includes $300 million in capital over the next several years ($35 million in Fiscal Year 2019) for new 350-passenger capacity vessels, improvements to piers and docks, and a second homeport where ferries will be maintained and repaired. According to the administration, City investments in NYC Ferry will also include: infrastructure improvements and upgrades to existing ferry barges and landings to accommodate larger crowds; improvements to the City’s two main ferry terminals, Pier 11/Wall Street and E 34th Street, which see the highest traffic on a daily basis – these include wider gangways and new bowloading locations to increase the number of vessels that can dock simultaneously.

Additionally, to meet the expected surge in demand in the spring and summer, NYC Ferry has pledged to: • Deploy three brand new 350-passenger NYC Ferry boats by later this summer to service the busiest routes. • Deploy up to eight charter vessels this summer, each with capacity between 250500 passengers. • Beginning Memorial Day Weekend, Governors Island will now be the last stop on the East River and South Brooklyn routes, increasing service to the popular summer destination. • Increase service frequency with boats arriving every 20-30 minutes on weekdays and weekends on all four routes, compared to 25-60 headways for the same service last summer. • Launch a new express service on the Rockaway route to and from Pier 11/Wall Street during weekday rush hour and on weekends, doubling capacity during these busiest times. • Increase service from Brooklyn Army Terminal by 20 percent on the Rockaway route. • Increase staffing at ferry landings to assist riders with queuing and boarding. “This is the key to a future of New Yorkers being able to get around more easily and being able to have the kind of choices that they deserve for the thing that decides so much of your life: getting from point-A to point-B,” de Blasio added. “If you don’t have access to transportation that works, you don’t have access to education, you don’t have access to jobs, you certainly don’t have the quality of life you deserve. So, all the folks that are frustrated with their commute each day, here’s a new option that’s getting stronger all the time.”

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HELP WITH MIGRAINES: Part 1: A headache proof house... Many of our patients are among the more than 30 million Americans who suffer from migraine headaches. We’ve done some research and would like to offer some advice we feel will be very helpful, beyond what medication and therapy can do. One of the most important steps you can take to curing migraines is to educate yourself on their causes and triggers and try to control them. Believe it or not, there are things you can do around your home to help ease the suffering. We’ve taken the time to consult with a neurologist who says that migraine sufferers can cut down considerably on the number of headaches they get by controlling some very simple factors like lighting and smells around their homes. Overly bright lights at home can be a huge problem. People with migraines are often extra sensitive to sensory input. Fluorescent lights have a flickering quality that can induce pain, and while there is no “perfect” light bulb option, getting rid of halogens and fluorescent bulbs and replacing them with dim incandescent can definitely help because of the steady, muted light they emit. Install dimmers so you can turn down the lights when you feel a headache coming on you can lower the lights. And make sure you have shades and blinds to protect you from any streaming light. Next up is getting rid of those hidden allergens, of which there are at least six in every home. Dander, dust mites and mold are all irritants which can trigger pain-triggering chemicals.

There are easy fixes for these situations. Invest in a quality vacuum and an air purifier with HEPA filters. HEPA filters can remove up to 99% of airborne allergens like cat dander. Regularly run a dehumidifier to keep the humidity levels between 30% and 50%. That's the dry zone where dust mites and mold are less likely to thrive. Launder your bedding every week in hot water, and slip microfiber allergen-blocking encasements over your pillows, mattress, and box spring. You may not believe this but air quality in our homes is oft times worse than outside and the culprit here is poor ventilation. Intense aromas of any kind irritate the trigeminal nerve, which runs from your nose to your brain and is responsible for most headaches. Do not use scented candles or air fresheners to mask the odors because they contain many of the agents we are looking to get rid of, they just have a pleasant odor. Crack your windows and get the fresh air moving through the house and stick to unscented, non-toxic cleansers. Finally, the myriad of gadgetry that crowds our everyday lives, i.e computers, iPads, cell phones have damaging glare. Turn down the brightness and remember that while using them your posture tends to slack . Sit straight so that you do not cause undue tension to your neck and back which can dramatically reduce the likelihood of getting a migraine attack. We will be back next week with more ways to stay migraine free!

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Flushing Doctor Pleads Guilty in Death of Patient who Underwent Abortion By Forum Staff Courtroom drama unfolded last week in the case of Great Neck doctor, Robert Rho, 55, who changed his plea to guilty just minutes before the jury in his 4-week trial was set to deliver their verdict. Rho’s attorney entered the plea on charges of criminally negligent homicide, after the defendant admitted to causing the death of a 30-year-old woman during a surgical procedure in July 2016. Rho was performing a standard surgical abortion at the health facility where he was practicing, when he perforated the woman’s uterine wall, leading to the disruption and transsection of her uterine artery. The doctor admitted that despite the victim’s condition and excessive bleeding, he failed to provide the timely and appropriate care that should have followed the abortion. District Attorney Brown said, “Sadly, a 30-year-old woman lost her life as a result of the surgery. The doctor has now accepted responsiLiberty Women’s Health Care of Queens was located in Flushing before it was shuttered. bility and admitted he failed to realize the dam-

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age he’d done and did not provide appropriate and timely medical care following the surgery. He will go to prison as a result of his actions.” According to trial testimony, the woman made an appointment for an abortion at Liberty Women’s Health, arriving there with her sister on the morning of July 9th. The procedure began shortly after 1 pm. During the surgery, Rho lacerated the victim’s cervix in addition to the damage he inflicted on her uterus. While she was in the recovery room, the 30- year-old victim was bleeding profusely, so Rho decided to perform a second surgery to repair the damage, failing to get her the emergency medical care she desperately needed. The victim left the medical facility and on the drive home to her sister’s Bronx residence, she fell off the backseat and became unresponsive. She was transported to a Bronx hospital where she was treated for vaginal bleeding and given six units of blood. She died that night. Rho’s sentencing is scheduled for June 26, 2018, at which time the defendant faces 1 1/3 to 4 years in prison.

Girlfriend of Rikers Island Inmate who Plotted to Kill Witnesses Sentenced to up to 15 Years in Prison The girlfriend of a Queens man -- who was being held on Rikers Island in lieu of bail and awaiting trial on two armed home invasions -- has been sentenced to 5 to 15 years in prison for plotting with the defendant and his father to hire a hitman to kill multiple witnesses slated to testify at trial. “In an attempt to help her boyfriend avoid punishment by intimidating or eliminating potential witnesses against him, this defendant risked her own freedom and it was a gamble that did not pay off,” said District AttorneyBrown. “Witness protection is a top priority for law enforcement and when we learn of plans like the one the defendant participated in we do everything in

our power to stop them. Our success here demonstrates that law enforcement is capable of thwarting criminal plots and that those who attempt such conduct will face strong laws and tough penalties. The defendant, as a result of her actions, is going to prison for a long time.” Latisha Larrymore, 33, of 146th Street in Jamaica, pled guilty to second-degree conspiracy in January. Authorities say that the defendant’s boyfriend Edward Leasure, was charged with committing two armed home invasions on March 16, 2015. In both instances, Leasure’s actions inside the residences placed the occupants in fear of serious physical

injury and death. Leasure was held in lieu of $200,000 bail following his arraignment in Queens Criminal Court on March 18, 2015. District AttorneyBrown said that, according to the charges in the conspiracycase, Larrymore and Leasure’s father, Eddie Marcus, conspired with Leasure between April 29, 2016, and May 12, 2016, to hire a hitman to murder witnesses due to testify at Leasure’s then-pending home invasion trial. Specifically, Marcus approached a person known to the investigation and asked the individual to kill multiple witnesses who were set to testify at his son’s trial in exchange for money. Marcus provided the names and addresses of the witnesses and

a time frame within which the witnesses should be killed. Conversations Larrymore held were recorded and included discussions about payment for services and how the hits should be carried out. She even advised the hitman where he could get a gun with a silencer. When arrested,Larrymoretold police that Leasure was worried about witnesses and that he called and told her to meet with his father who had found a “lawyer” who will take care of the situation. The word “lawyer” was code for hitman. The hitman wanted $4,000 up front and was told the rest of the money would be paid when Leasure was released from jail.

Astoria Man Sentenced to Four Years in Prison for Selling Drugs Laced with Fentanyl By Forum Staff A 46-year-old Astoria man has been sentenced to four years in prison after pleading guilty to criminal sale of a controlled substance. Bernard Lewis, 46 sold drugs to at least two people who nearly died of overdoses, and according to DA Brown, is just another part of the skyrocketing crisis surrounding opioid’s and heroin currently plaguing the nation. “Most troubling is that we are witnessing heroin being mixed with the synthetic drug Fentanyl,” said DA Brown, “a substance that is up to 50 times more potent than heroin. Many users are not aware that the drugs they are using are laced with Fentanyl and therefore File Photo much deadlier than just heroin alone. …the defendant in this case, was aware that he was selling a deadly mix District Attorney Brown noted that “in a recorded phone conversation, the defendant was told he was selling drugs that contained fentanyl and that to users.” the drugs were killing people.” Lewis pled guilty to third-degree criminal sale of a

controlled substance in April and was sentenced last week by Queens Supreme Court Justice Suzanne Melendez. His prison time will be followed by three years’ post release supervision. As part of a long-term drug investigation in Astoria and Jackson Heights, which included the use of courtauthorized wiretaps, Lewis had telephone conversations between April 6, 2017, and June 17, 2017, with six individuals who asked to purchase drugs from him. The deals involved exchanges of drugs for cash. The buyers in each deal were arrested and the drugs were seized and chemically analyzed for the presence of Fentanyl. On July 19, 2017, a court-authorized search warrant was executed on Lewis’ residence and police recovered a large rock of Fentanyl, a box containing numerous empty glassine envelopes commonly used to package drugs and other paraphernalia, along with $2,900 in cash.

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Peralta, Immigrant Advocates Urge State Senate to Pass Law to Protect Construction Workers By Forum Staff State Sen. Jose Peralta (D-East Elmhurst) and New Immigrant Community Empowerment on Thursday urged his colleagues in the Upper Chamber to debate and approve Carlos’ Law, which is aimed at protecting construction workers from employers who do not comply with required safety regulations. Named in honor of Carlos Moncayo, who was killed in April 2015 in an accident on a construction site in Manhattan, the measure increases fines and penalties whenever a developer “ignores, disregards or fails” to follow safety protocols and procedures, and that “contributes directly to bodily injury, serious physical injury or the death of a worker.” According to Peralta, the proposed legislation would amend current penal law to increase fines and penalties up to $500,000 for offending developers. Photo Courtesy of Sen. Peralta’s Office “We are facing an unacceptable “We are facing an unacceptable crisis when we are talking about the number of on-the-job deaths and serious injuries,” Sen. Peralta said. crisis when we are talking about the number of on-the-job deaths and

serious injuries. We must ensure we use all the necessary resources to help reduce occupational deaths and injuries. Edgar Pazmino. Carlos Moncayo. Juan Chonillo. They were all killed at construction sites. It is time we honor their memory by working all together to avoid any future on the job deaths,” Peralta said. “We have an obligation to protect workers, and this is why it is imperative we debate Carlos’ Law on the Senate floor this year.” To bolster his message, the senator also cited a 2013 report by the Center for Popular Democracy which indicated that immigrants are disproportionally killed in construction accidents. Between 2003 and 2011, 75 percent of construction workers who died on the job were U.S.-born Latinos or immigrants. “Nearly 500 construction workers have been killed in the past decade in the state of New York, and we won’t rest until something is done about this crisis,” NICE Executive Director Manuel Castro added.

Save the Date In Honor of Guy Losito Sunday, June 3, 2018 The Ozone Howard Little League Will be hosting a fund-raiser/walk to help with medical expenses for Guy is a husband, father, father-in-law, grandpa, son, brother and friend who has been a member of the Ozone Park/Howard Beach community for almost 50 years. He has been a part of the ozone Howard Little League for over 30 years. On March 27th Guy was diagnosed with Grade IV GlioblastomaAstrocytoma. This is a rare and very aggressive form of brain cancer. Please join us in walking in his honor to show love and support for the Losito family!

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Legal Notices 76-40 263rd STREET, LLC. Arts. of Org. filed with the SSNY on 03/16/18. 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, 252-54 Leeds Road, Little Neck, NY 11362. Purpose: Any lawful purpose. RKP REALTY, LLC. Arts. of Org. filed with the SSNY on 02/21/18. Office: Queens County. SSNY designated as agent of the LLC upon whom process against it ay be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to the LLC, 217-47 51st Street, Bayside, NY 11364. Purpose: Any lawful purpose. Notice of formation of UDOMSUK 47 LLC Arts of Org filed with Secy of State of NY (SSNY) on 3/5/18. Office location: Queens County. SSNY designated as agent upon whom process may be served and shall mail copy of process against LLC to: UDOMSUK 47 LLC, 6294 WETHEROLE ST., REGO PARK, NY 11374. Purpose: any lawful act. Notice of formation of SUPER AFFORDABLE LLC Arts of Org filed with Secy of State of NY (SSNY) on 3/8/18. Office location: Queens County. SSNY designated as agent upon whom process may be served and shall mail copy of process against LLC to: SUPER AFFORDABLE LLC 11915 14th Ave., College Point, NY 11356. Purpose: any lawful act. Notice of formation of APEX D & M HOLDING LLC. Arts of Org filed with Secy of State of NY (SSNY) on 4/5/18. Office location: Queens County. SSNY designated as agent upon whom process may be served and shall mail copy of process against LLC to: 150-2722nd Ave., Whitestone, NY 11357. Purpose: any lawful act. ACMK Group Property LLC Arts of Org filed with NY Sec of State (SSNY) on 2/1/18. Office: Queens County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: 93-09 71st Ave, Forest Hills, NY 11375. General Purposes. Base Rock LLC Arts of Org filed with NY Sec of State (SSNY) on 4/11/18. Office: Queens County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: 42-23 212th St, #1B, Bayside, NY 11361. General Purposes. Notice of Formation of MGBB13110 LLC. Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 3/19/18. 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, 48-02 25th Avenue, Ste. 400, Astoria, NY 11103. Purpose: any lawful activity.

Notice of Formation of BAILEY’S LUXURY, LLC Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) 3/30/18. Office location: Queens County. SSNY has been designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of any process to: BALIEY’S LUXURY, LLC, 117-15 225th Street, Cambria Heights, NY 11411, registered agent upon whom process may be served. Purpose: all lawful purposes. Notice of Formation of PEDUNCLE, LLC Arts. of Org. filed with NY Dept. of State on 2/2/18. Office location: Queens County. Princ. bus. addr.: 51 W. 48th St., Bayonne, NJ 07002. Sec. of State designated agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served and shall mail process to: DAVID HOLZMAN, 35-05 72nd Street, 3B, Queens, NY 11372regd. agent upon whom process may be served. Purpose: all lawful purposes. Notice of Qualification of MINKIN GST LMO 6, LLC Appl. for Auth. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 04/06/18. Office location: Queens County. LLC formed in Delaware (DE) on 04/04/18. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to c/o Corporation Service Co. (CSC), 80 State St., Albany, NY 12207-2543. DE addr. of LLC: c/o CSC, 251 Little Falls Dr., Wilmington, DE 19808. Cert. of Form. filed with Jeffrey W. Bullock, DE Secy. of State, Div. of Corps., 401 Federal St., Ste. 4, Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: Any lawful activity.

Notice of Formation of 41-30 73rd Street, LLC. Arts. of Org. filed with NY Dept. of State on 2/1/18. Office location: Queens County. Princ. bus. addr.: 51 W. 48th St., Bayonne, NJ 07002. Sec. of State designated agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served and shall mail process to: Cogency Global Inc., 10 E. 40th St., 10th Fl., NY, NY 10016, regd. agent upon whom process may be served. Purpose: all lawful purposes. JEUNE ET TALENTUEUX, LLC Art. of Org. Filed Sec. of State of NY 2/27/2018. Off. Loc.: Queens Co. United States Corporation Agents, Inc designated as agent upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY to mail copy of process to The LLC, USCA, INC., 7014 13th Avenue, Ste. 202, Brooklyn, NY 11228. Purpose: Any lawful act or activity. Notice of Qualification of Vernon Tower DE LLC. App. for Auth. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 4/17/18. Office location: Queens County. LLC formed in Delaware (DE) on 4/17/18. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: c/o 116-55 Queens Blvd., Ste. 206, Forest Hills, NY 11375. DE address of LLC: c/o United Corporate Services, Inc., 874 Walker Road, Ste. C, Dover, DE 19904. Arts. of Org. filed with DE Secy. of State, Townsend Bldg., Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: any lawful activity.

Notice of Formation: SMART MARKETING GROUP, LLC Art. Of Org. filed with Sec. of State of NY (SSNY) on 12/12/2014. Office Loc.: Queens County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: THE LLC, 161-12 SANFORD AVENUE, FLUSHING, NY 11358. Purpose: Any lawful Notice of Qualification of MINKIN activity.

GST LMO 1, LLC Appl. for Auth. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 04/06/18. Office location: Queens County. LLC formed in Delaware (DE) on 04/04/18. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to c/o Corporation Service Co. (CSC), 80 State St., Albany, NY 12207-2543. DE addr. of LLC: c/o CSC, 251 Little Falls Dr., Wilmington, DE 19808. Cert. of Form. filed with Jeffrey W. Bullock, DE Secy. of State, Div. of Corps., 401 Federal St., Ste. 4, Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: Any lawful activity. Notice of Formation of A S D LOGISTICS LLC Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 1/05/18. Office location: Queens County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: AROON DARBY, 11034 158TH STREET, JAMAICA, NY 11433. Purpose: any lawful activity. 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.

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Notice of Formation of Falidas Holdings, LLC. Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 4/13/18. Office location: Queens County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: c/o Falidas Associates, LLC, 25-15 Queens Plaza North, Long Island City, NY 11101 (Attn: John Falidas and Paul Falidas). Purpose: any lawful activity. Notice of Formation: CAMMIES CUPCAKE, LLC Art. Of Org. filed with Sec. of State of NY (SSNY) on 02/06/2018. Office Loc.: Queens County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: Camile Murray-Poux, 17918 Anderson Road, Jamaica, NY 11434. Purpose: Any lawful activity. Notice of formation of Bonu and Jafar Entertainment, Limited Liability Company, Arts. of Org. filed with Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 08/07/2017. Office loc: Queens County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to 97-07 Horace Harding Expy, 8B. Queens, NY 11368. Purpose: Any lawful activity.

Notice of Formation: 90-75 Sutphin 2, LLC, Art. Of Org. filed with Sec. of State of NY (SSNY) on 02/20/2018. Office Loc.: Queens County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: 34-30 Collins Place, Flushing NY 11354 Purpose: Any lawful activity.

Notice of Formation, SL&TT Realty LLC. Articles of Org. filed with Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 03/07/20 18. Office location: Queens County. SSNY designated for service of process. SSNY shall mail copies of any process served against the LLC to: The LLC, 69-21 184th Street, Fresh Meadows, NY 11365. Purpose: any lawful purpose or activity. Notice is hereby given that an order entered by the civil court, Queens county, on the 11 day of APRIL 2018, bearing Index Number NC-000297/18/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)ARMIN (middle) KAUR(last) DHILLON. The city and state of my address is 91-39 111TH STREET, RICHMOND HILL, NY 11418. The date of my birth is JANUARY 09, 1998 ; place of my birth NAWANSHAHR, PUNJAB, INDIA my present name is ARMANPREET KAUR Notice is hereby given that an order entered by the civil court, Queens county, on the 15 day of JUNE 2017, bearing Index Number NC-000276/17/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) GIOVANI (last) TOLENTINO. The city and state of my address is 23-53 98TH STREET, EAST ELMHURST, NY 11369. The date of my birth is MAY 22, 1977 ; place of my birth QUEENS, NY , my present name is GO­ VANI TINEO aka GIOVANI TINEO 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-001241-17/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) VERA (middle) AMINTA (last) JOHNSON-WOODARD. The city and state of my address is 214 BEACH 96TH STREET, APT 2C, Far Rockaway, NY 11693. The date of my birth is AUGUST 22, 2000 ; place of my birth BROOKLYN, NY , my present name is VERA AMINTA WOODARD (infant) Notice is hereby given that an order entered by the civil court, Queens county, on the 24 day of APRIL 2018, bearing Index Number NC-000320/18/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) KIM­ BERLY (middle) NICOLE (last) HARRIS. The city and state of my address is 8502 ROCKAWAY BEACH BOULEVARD, Far Rockaway, NY 11693-1771. The date of my birth is JANUARY 11, 1994 ; place of my birth QUEENS, NY , my present name is KIMBLY NICOLE HARRIS


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