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As Supreme Court Removes Wagering Ban, Addabbo Urges NY to Move ‘Cautiously Forward’ in Developing Gambling Plan The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday ruled in favor of legalizing sports betting. State Sen. Joe Addabbo, Jr. (inset), the ranking member of the Senate Racing, Gaming and Wagering Committee, called it a “major victory.”

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New York Attorney General Candidates Emerge as Special Prosecutor Initiates Schneiderman Probe By Michael V. Cusenza The political body of humiliated former New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman was barely cold when current and former pols from all areas—and eras—of the Empire State began tossing their names in the hopper to replace him. At one point this week 17 candidates, including Acting NY AG Barbara Underwood, were listed as vying for the job. On Wednesday, Public Advocate Tish James formally kicked off her campaign for Schneiderman’s old post. Some are calling on Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the Legislature to back off and keep Underwood as interim AG until November, when the electorate can decide who they’d like to see in the office for the next four years. “The people—not the party bosses or the politicians in Albany—should pick the next State Attorney General,” said City Councilman Eric Ulrich (ROzone Park). “Let the acting AG finish out the term and allow the voters to make the decision in November.” The once vaunted Democrat swiftly resigned last Monday after The New Yorker published another scathing #MeToo movement exposé titled “Four Women Accuse New York’s Attorney General of Physical Abuse.” In the story, four women with whom Schneiderman “has had romantic relationships or encounters” accuse him of “having subjected them to nonconsensual physical violence.” “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,” the 63-yearold Schneiderman said in a statement. The next day, Cuomo sent a letter to Underwood and Nassau County District Attorney Madeline Singas designating Singas “Special Prosecutor and Special Deputy Attorney General to investigate, and if warranted, prosecute, any and all matters concerning the public allegations against Mr. Schneiderman.” In the same missive, the governor called Schneiderman’s “alleged improprieties…grossly disturbing and

Acting AG Barbara Underwood was sworn in last week by State Chief Judge Janet DiFiore as Underwood’s husband, Martin Halpern, held the Tanach.

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Former AG Eric Schneiderman is now under criminal investigation.

must be fully investigated. The brave women who chose to come forward deserve swift and definitive justice in this matter.” Cuomo later added, “In addition to investigating the specific allegations outlined against Schneiderman in the article, the Special Prosecutor shall investigate facts in the article suggesting that the Attorney General staff and office resources may have been used to facilitate alleged abusive liaisons referenced

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in the article.” 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. “When the governor called and asked me to if I would take on this matter, I told him that I would do so and that I would begin an investigation that is thorough,

that is fair, that is swift, and that make sure that everyone in the system is dealt with, with integrity and dignity,” Singas said. “We will listen to anyone who comes into the office to talk to us about victimization. We will gather the evidence that is necessary. We will analyze that evidence. We will analyze the laws of New York State to see when we can bring charges, if we can bring charges. We will treat this case the same way as we do all cases. There will be no stone left unturned. There will be a thorough investigation. We will treat this case the same whether the alleged perpetrator is a worker or a CEO or the former Attorney General of the State of New York.” Some political fireworks erupted even over Cuomo’s appointment of Singas as Special Prosecutor. In his message to Underwood and Singas, Cuomo stated: “The Special Prosecutor's jurisdiction will displace and supersede the jurisdiction of the New York County District Attorney's Office, as there appears, at a minimum, an appearance of a conflict of interest with the Attorney General’s Office, which is currently investigating the relationship and actions

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between DANY and the New York Police Department and their handling of alleged illegal acts including sexual harassment and assault, by producer Harvey Weinstein. There can be no suggestion of any possibility of the reality or appearance of any conflict or anything less than a full, complete and unbiased investigation. The victims deserve nothing less.” Manhattan DA Cy Vance fired off a letter to Cuomo objecting to his characterization, denying any hint of a conflict of interest, and asserting his jurisdiction in the Schneiderman probe. (Some incidents alleged in The New Yorker piece took place in Manhattan.) Cuomo counsel Alphonso David responded directly to Vance with a missive of his own. “It is frankly absurd to think that you can investigate an office that is simultaneously investigating your own conduct,” David wrote. “I would refer you – although as a law enforcement official I expect you are already aware – to the well accepted legal and ethical standards compelling law enforcement officials to avoid even an appearance of impropriety or conflict of interest.”

Supreme Court Decision Lifts Federal Ban on Sports Betting By Michael V. Cusenza The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday lifted the federal ban on sports betting, indicating that it is up to individual states to decide if they want to allow wagering on athletic events. In its 7-2 decision, the Court struck down the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act of 1992, the federal measure that made sports betting illegal in all but four states: Nevada, Delaware, Oregon, and Montana. “The legalization of sports gambling is a controversial subject,” Justice Samuel Alito wrote in the opinion of the Court. “Supporters argue that legalization will produce revenue for the states and critically weaken illegal sports betting operations, which are often run by organized crime. Opponents contend that legalizing sports gambling will hook the young on gambling, encourage people of modest means to squander their savings and earnings, and corrupt professional and college sports. The legalization of sports gambling requires an important policy choice, but the choice is not ours to make. Congress can regulate sports gambling directly, but if it elects not to do so, each state is free to act on its own. Our job is

Sports books, similar to this one at MGM Grand in Las Vegas, could be coming to New York.

to interpret the law Congress has enacted and decide whether it is consistent with the Constitution. PASPA is not.” State Sen. Joe Addabbo, Jr. (D-Howard Beach) called the decision a “major victory” for all states that want to establish a sports-betting market. “As the ranking member of the Senate Racing, Gaming and

Wagering Committee, I look forward to working with my colleagues in all levels of government to credibly investigate how we can potentially implement sports betting here in New York to improve the state’s tourism, create jobs and increase revenues,” Addabbo added. “I look forward to moving cautiously forward, as our state entertains

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the idea of sports betting, while protecting the consumer and the integrity of professional sports.” Some elected officials aren’t excited about the prospect of widespread sports gambling coming to the Empire State. “I think what happens a lot of times in the public sector is people hear gambling and they think revenue. And unfortu-

nately when I hear gambling, I think addiction and I think a lot of things that could be really bad for families,” Mayor Bill de Blasio said on Tuesday on SiriusXM Satellite Radio. “We are a society with all sorts of addictions problems. This is something my wife, Chirlane, has worked on a lot too – mental health issues and addiction issues. And let’s face it, we’re not really addressing it in a bigger way therefore if you legalize sports gambling and it’s that much easier to get into something that can be in effect an addiction and can have ruinous economic impact on people and families that worries me a lot.” De Blasio said he fears that with Monday’s decision a Pandora’s Box might be slowly opening. “I would be very cautious because again what kind of track record do we have in this country on dealing with addiction? It’s not very good…just look at advertising alone where a whole lot of bad practices have a whole lot of money behind them. And if you have sports gambling now available more broadly, there will be a huge amount of money behind that and it will get ever more attractive to some people who really should stay far away from it. And that worries me a lot.”

Brooklyn Duo Convicted of Kidnapping and Torturing Ozone Park Man By Michael V. Cusenza Following a brief trial, a federal jury on Monday morning convicted two Brooklyn men of kidnapping and torturing an Ozone Park man in an attempt to obtain drugs, cash, and information, according to the Eastern District U.S. Attorney’s Office. Michael Crumble, 34, and Ramell Markus, 35, were found guilty of kidnapping conspiracy, kidnapping, and committing physical violence in furtherance of an extortion. They were indicted in February. According to court filings and evidence presented at the six-day trial, Crumble, Markus, and a third co-conspirator who later cooperated with the government abducted, assaulted, and extorted Daniel Nieves in the early morning hours of Dec. 18, 2017. At that time, Nieves left his Ozone Park home to meet Markus in Markus’ car. As Nieves got into the backseat, Crumble and the unidentified third man came out of the shadows and pushed him further into the car, where a gun was pressed against his head. Markus then pistol-whipped Nieves across

Michael Crumble (l.) and Ramell Markus

the head. While in the vehicle, Markus demanded that Nieves give the crew drugs that they believed he had at his home. The crooks then drove Nieves to a residence in Brooklyn and forced him inside while demanding that he give up the cash

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and drugs. They also demanded that Nieves disclose the address of a location that the perpetrators believed contained additional money, as well as jewelry. To force Nieves to comply, Markus broke a glass on his face, and the co-conspirator repeatedly burned

both of Nieves’ arms with a hot iron. Nieves eventually called his fiancée and told her to gather his money and narcotics, which Markus and Crumble retrieved from outside the Ozone Park residence. Not satisfied with the drugs and cash, the crew continued to keep Nieves captive, and drove him to a hotel where they forced him to stay while they waited for another individual to call Nieves, who would supposedly provide the address that the trio sought. After waiting a number of hours, they forced Nieves back inside the car and took him back to his borough home. Because Nieves refused to give up the address, they forced him to provide a pound of marijuana as collateral. In total, the defendants kidnapped Nieves for approximately eight hours, according to federal authorities. Brooklyn U.S. Attorney Richard Donoghue said Crumble and Markus “will now be held responsible for their ruthless conduct.” When sentenced, they face a maximum of life imprisonment.

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Council Approves Site for 116th Pct. Stationhouse


MEETING NOTICE Date: Tuesday May 29, 2018 Time: 7:30 PM Place: St. Helen’s Catholic Academy 83-09 157h Avenue Howard Beach, New York, 11414

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The new 116th Precinct’s stationhouse will be located on North Conduit Avenue in Rosedale.

By Michael V. Cusenza Southeast Queens civic leaders and elected officials on Thursday celebrated the City Council’s vote to approve a zoning amendment to secure the site of the stationhouse for the new 116th Precinct. “It’s a big day for Southeast Queens,” said City Councilman Donovan Richards (D-Laurelton), chairman of the Public Safety Committee. According to Richards, the amendment establishes a C1-3 district within the existing R3-2 district, allowing the new precinct’s stationhouse to be located at 242-20 North Conduit Ave. in Rosedale. The 105th Precinct Satellite currently operates out of that address. Two years ago, the City secured a $70 million capital plan allocation to create a new precinct in order to reduce 105th Precinct response times and expand coverage for

the growing neighborhoods of Southeast Queens. The new command will be crafted out of the southern portions of the 105, and serve the communities of Laurelton, Rosedale, Brookville and Springfield Gardens. According to the administration, the precinct will address an increase in the area’s population and requests for law enforcement services. According to the NYPD, of the 77 precincts that cover the five boroughs, the 105 ranks fifth in both square mileage and population. It boasts more than 350 miles of roadway. “People in this community worked for a long, long time for this change—30 to 40 years, in fact. And it is a credit to them,” Mayor Bill de Blasio said. “I always say that real change comes from the grassroots. It is a credit to them that they believed this could and should happen and this day has come.”


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Legal Marijuana Could Score $336M for City: Stringer By Forum Staff City Comptroller Scott Stringer this week essentially gave (green) thumbs up to legalizing marijuana in New York. The Big Apple’s fiscal watchdog released a new report on Tuesday that estimates the potential market for adult-use marijuana in the state at roughly $3.1 billion, including approximately $1.1 billion in the five boroughs alone. When estimating the potential tax revenues from marijuana sales in New York, the comptroller’s office indicated that it considered the Empire State’s existing tax regime for medical marijuana and the established excise taxes on items like cigarettes, beer, and liquor. By applying tax rates in line with other states that legalized adult-use marijuana sales (Washington, Colorado), New York could reap as much $436 million annually in new tax revenue from legal marijuana sales, while NYC

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Comptroller Stringer’s report estimates a potential $1.1 billion adult-use marijuana market for NYC.

could garner as much as $335 million, according to Stringer’s analysis. These estimates are “conservative,” Stringer cautioned, in that they ignore the potential impact of some 970,000 workers who work in the city but live outside it, many of whom might purchase marijuana in the city if sales are le-

galized. They also do not account for the impact of foreign and domestic tourism on New York’s potential marijuana market. The comptroller also pointed out that legalizing adult-use marijuana could reduce costs for public safety, help mitigate public health problems related to the opioid crisis, and help drive broader

economic and social benefits that will accrue after eliminating what Stringer characterized as “a source of harm that has afflicted communities of color for so long.” Stringer seemed to buttress his assertions by noting that the State Legislature is currently considering a measure that would legalize adult possession, while also cre-

ating a process to reclassify past convictions related to marijuana and to re-sentence individuals currently incarcerated as a result of a prior marijuana-related offense. “This is not just about dollars—it’s about justice. Not only is marijuana an untapped revenue source for the City and the State, but the prosecution of marijuanarelated crimes has had a devastating and disproportionate impact on Black and Hispanic communities for far too long,” Stringer added. “There is simply no reason for New York to be stuck in the dark ages. This new analysis shows just how much New York City and State stand to benefit by moving toward legalization. Legalizing marijuana and reclassifying past convictions would be critical steps towards turning the page on decades of failed policies. This is an opportunity to do what's right and build up the very communities that criminalization tore down.”

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EDITORIAL Sometimes, you’ve just got to give credit where it’s due. Even if the person who deserves said credit frustrates and/or repulses you 24/7, 365—it’s the New York way. This time that entity is borough native (and President of the United States) Donald Trump. Yes. You read that correctly. The Donald. On Tuesday, according to the New York Daily News, President Trump “spontaneously” invited the family of slain City Police Officer Miosotis Familia to the dais as he delivered remarks during an event in D.C. honoring law enforcement officers who have made the ultimate sacrifice in the line of duty. The veteran City cop was murdered in cold blood last July in the Bronx as she sat in a marked department vehicle with her partner. Familia, 48, sustained a single gunshot wound to the head when assailant Alexander Bonds, 34, fired through the mobile command unit’s window shortly after midnight. The mother of three was rushed to St. Barnabas Hospital. She succumbed to her injury around 3:30 a.m. “She was ambushed by a man for the simple reason that she was a member of the police department,” Trump said on Tuesday. “That was the simple

A Mother's Way

222nd Street stationhouse featuring the young lawman’s plaque alongside those of three other members of the 105th Precinct who gave everything for the World’s Borough. “Fidelis Ad Mortem” is written above the individual memorials. Faithful Unto Death. We’ll never forget Irene’s remarks at that event. We’ll never forget Det. Brian Moore. “Anyone who has met my son knows Brian’s smile – his great, big smile,” she began, “and that smile mirrored his great, big heart. The capacity he had to love life, to love to laugh, his wonderful, winning personality will never be destroyed by any bullet. Brian has changed countless lives forever. reason.” elation of more abhorrent actions of And because of this, we are able to An NYPD Anti-Crime team enanother so-called man in a position of stand strong, all of us.” countered Bonds running on Morris power. Regardless, we can never forget Irene ended her remarks with a Avenue, approximately one block from our mothers and moms like Officer quote from former President Ronald the scene of the shooting. As they con- Familia. Reagan. fronted him, he drew the revolver he Trump’s honoring of Familia and “Wherever a beautiful soul has used to end Familia’s life and destroy her heroism made us think of Det. been, there is a trail of beautiful those of her children. The officers fired Brian Moore and his mom, Irene. On memories.” at him, striking and killing him. May 2, 2015, Brian Moore was shot in And so, belatedly this week, we Familia’s family said they apprecithe face in Springfield Gardens after ask you please to remember Miosotis ated Trump’s gesture. asking a suspect what he was fidgetFamilia, Irene Moore, and all of the ing with in his waistband. His family mothers of slain New York City police We appreciate Miosotis Familia. decided to take him off life support officers. Their unimaginable pain may Forever. two days later. be eclipsed only by their incomprehenThis Mother’s Day in New York was Last year, Moore’s command sible strength. somewhat marred by the recent revdedicated a Memorial Wall inside the

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New Vision Zero Safety Campaign Aimed at Motorcyclists

The City last weekend initiated a new Vision Zero safety campaign aimed especially at motorcyclists, whom data indicate are a far higher crash risk on warmer spring weekends, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced on Friday. According to the administration, motorcyclists are over–represented among traffic fatalities in the five boroughs. Motorcycles comprise only 2 percent of registered vehicles in the Big Apple, yet from 2010 to 2014, motorcyclists accounted for 14 percent of traffic fatalities. In that same period, fatalities among motorcyclists also skewed far younger (56 percent of deaths were under 35 years old) and more male (98 percent of fatalities) than any other mode of travel. Additionally, City officials noted, the danger in the spring is most pronounced for motor vehicle occupants and motorcyclists on warm weather Saturdays and Sundays. On spring weekends when high temperatures exceed 60 degrees, the rate for drivers and car occupants killed or seriously injured (KSI) is 41 percent higher than the winter weekend rate. For motorcyclists, the KSI danger on weekends rises by a startling 88 percent. “We need to keep our Vision Zero focus on safety, particularly among motorcyclists,” de Blasio said. “On warm weekends, we have seen dangerous driving increase. So we are telling both drivers and motorcyclists: When

This unregistered motorcycle was seized during the 102nd Precinct’s latest safety check.

and if the sun comes out this weekend, there will still be absolutely no excuse for dangerous driving.” The City Department of Transportation has offered safety tips for motorcycling season: • Ensure Proper Licensure and Registration: Motorcyclists must carry a Class M

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or Class MJ State driver’s license. The most common license, the Class D passenger vehicle license, is not sufficient to legally operate a motorcycle. Riders also need to verify that their bike is properly registered and insured. Improper documentation can lead to seizure of the motorcycle by the NYPD. • Stay off the White Line: Passing be-

tween vehicles is risky, especially this time of year when cars are not used to seeing motorcyclists out on the highways. Stay in the middle of a travel lane, and be predictable when passing. • Pass on the Driver’s Side: You are much more visible in the driver’s side mirror than the passenger’s side. • Get Practice before Riding the Open Road: As motorcycling season begins, you should not expect to be at 100 percent, and should take your time getting on the open road. Take your motorcycle to a parking lot or out-of-the-way street to gradually get your bike under you again. If possible, take a refresher class. • Watch the Tires for Turns: The car in front or you may turn unexpectedly. Look to their front tires for sudden turns and keep a safe distance. “It is imperative that motorcyclists understand that the exposed nature of a motorcycle leaves him or her particularly vulnerable to serious injury or death,” said NYPD Transportation Chief Thomas Chan. “The chances of sustaining such injuries are substantially increased when coupled with dangerous or inattentive driving behavior, either by the motorcyclist or another vehicle operator.” Drivers should be mindful of motorcyclists, DOT added. Drivers should always check their mirrors, look twice for motorcycles and deliberately use direction signals, giving ample time before making turns.”

Owner of Woodside Employment Agency Indicted for Immigration Scheme By Forum Staff The owner and managing executive of a Woodside medical employment agency has been indicted for a visa fraud scheme that brought Filipino citizens into the country for financial profit, federal officials announced on Monday. Rena Beduya Avendula, 50, was arrested and arraigned on Friday on five counts of visa fraud and conspiring to defraud the United States, commit visa fraud, and illegally bring aliens into the United States. She was released on $75,000 bond. According to the indictment, Avendula engaged in a scheme from October 2009 to February 2015 to bring Filipino citizens into the U.S. illegally by fraudulently claiming to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services that the foreign nationals would be employed in “specialty occupations,” thereby qualifying for H-1B visas. This nonimmigrant visa classification allows foreign nationals to enter the country temporarily for the specific purpose of working for

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Avendula’s now-shuttered company, Professional Placement & Recruitment, Inc., was once located on Roosevelt Avenue in Woodside.

the employer in a “specialty occupation.” A “specialty occupation” requires certain specialized knowledge and a bachelor’s or higher level degree for entry into the occupation within the U.S. labor market.

General registered nurses typically do not qualify as beneficiaries for H-1B visas. A sponsoring U.S. employer must submit a USCIS Form I-129 Petition for a Nonimmigrant Worker, along with supporting

documentation, attesting that the visa beneficiary will be employed in a specialty occupation and paid at least the local prevailing wage paid to similarly qualified citizens and legal permanent residents

working in the area. A limited number of H-1B visas are issued each year, federal authorities noted. As alleged in the indictment, Avendula used her company, Professional Placement & Recruitment, Inc., to further the scheme. PPRI specialized in providing nursing care to elderly patients. Avendula, in an effort to secure some of the limited number of H-1B visas that are available each year, falsely stated that foreign nurses would be working in specialized nursing at prevailing wage rates. In fact, they were going to work as licensed practical nurses or RNs at significantly lower rates of pay, mostly at nursing homes and rehabilitation centers. The defendant sponsored dozens of fraudulent applications and profited from the filing fees she collected from the nurses and from the healthcare facilities that her company. If convicted, Avendula faces a maximum of 10 years in prison for the visa fraud charges, and 10 years’ imprisonment for each foreign national she allegedly induced to reside in the U.S. in connection with the conspiracy.

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Area Schools are Big Winners in DOT Vision Zero Competition By Michael V. Cusenza The City Department of Transportation recently revealed the six borough public schools that were winners of this year’s “We’re Walking Here” competition: • First Place, Video Category: Frank Sinatra School of the Arts High School (Astoria) • Second Place, Video Category: PS 94 (Little Neck) • Third Place, Video Category: MS 210 (Ozone Park) • First Place, Poster Category: MS 226 (South Ozone Park) • Second Place, Poster Category: Al-Ihsan Academy (South Ozone Park) • Third Place, Poster Category: PS 16 (Corona) In the annual contest, schools compete to develop creative public-service announcements that encourage walking and other active lifestyle choices. The competition builds on the City’s Vision Zero efforts that aim to educate New Yorkers about shared responsibility when it comes to street safety, according to DOT. “With more than 100 schools participating, this year’s winning entries have really connected to the critical message of Vision Zero,” said DOT Commissioner Polly Trottenberg. The contest, which is open to all City public schools, launched last October in conjunction with International Walk-to-School Day. Participants download grade-specific lesson plans developed by DOT’s Safety Education

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This entry from MS 226 in South Ozone Park earned First Place honors in the Poster category

and Outreach division. The first place winners for this year’s competition receive a $1,000 grant, the second place schools receive a $500 prize, and third place schools receive a $250. All prize money is

provided by the Safe Streets Fund, a private-public partnership dedicated to promoting safer streets, especially among students. “Queens is so proud of our students who produced such

compelling PSAs that prioritize safety and healthy active lifestyle choices for all New Yorkers,” said Borough President Melinda Katz. “Congratulations to the winning entrants – all of whom happen

to be from Queens! – and all the participants in this year’s citywide competition. Thank you to the folks at DOT for hosting such creative educational initiatives to promote safety and Vision Zero.”

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Just last month, a dozen banners designed by PS 97 students were recently installed along streets near the Woodhaven school as part of a DOT mural project to raise traffic safety awareness, help prevent crashes, and reduce Photos Courtesy of DOT Photos Courtesy of DOT injuries around their school communities.” The Al-Ihsan Academy in South Ozone Park took Second Place with this And the proud PS 16 student participants will bring their Third Place prize poster. back to Corona.

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Ulrich, Holden Set to Host Pet Adoption Event in Forest Park

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All animals on the truck at the event are ready to go home with you the same day;they are spayed or neutered, vaccinated and micro-chipped.

By Forum Staff City Councilmen Eric Ulrich (R-Ozone Park) and Bob Holden (D-Glendale) are partnering with Animal Care Centers of NYC to host a mobile pet adoption event on Saturday, May 19, from noon to 3 p.m. at the Forest Park Bandshell parking lot. According to event organizers, all animals – puppies, dogs, kittens, cats, and rabbits – have been spayed or neutered, vaccinated, and micro-chipped, and are ready to go to their new home on Saturday. “As someone who has always been passionate about animal welfare, I am excited about this new partnership with ACC,”Ulrich said. “National Pet Month (May) is a celebration of the benefits that pets bring to people's lives—and vice versa. What better way to celebrate than to add a new member to your family and adopting an animal in need?” ACC has pledged to have counselors and volunteers will be on-site to guide prospective

pet owners through the adoption process. Individuals interested in adopting an animal will be required to fill out a pre-adoption form and provide references. To adopt an animal, you must have a valid photo ID, be 18 years of age or older, and bring current proof of address. Adoption fees: • Puppies (6 months & under) - $150 • Dogs (7 months & over) - $75 • Kittens (6 months & under) - $75 • Cats (7 months & over) - $50 • Rabbits: $50 “Each year, more than 25,000 animals come to us from all over the city; many of these wonderful boroughbreds are ready to make Queens their home!” said ACC President and CEO Risa Weinstock. “We’re grateful to Council Members Ulrich and Holden for welcoming our Mobile Adoption Center to Forest Park, and for all their support. It’s this kind of partnership and community engagement that will help further ACC’s mission to end animal homelessness in New York City.”

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GET YOUR FINGER ON THE TRIGGER Tracking your migraines... Part 2 Last week we began a discussion about migraines, and told you what simple steps you could take around the house to help with this complex condition. Anyone who suffers from migraines or cares for someone that does, knows that these are not simply headaches. Migraines are a complex condition of the nervous system that can markedly interfere with the time we spend with family and friends, our work, education and everyday life. In fact, over a 3-month tine span those with chronic migraines cannot function for an average of 63 days. Experts say 1 in 7 Americans suffer from this condition, but only 36% of those people are ever properly diagnosed. And though many people feel that either stress or hormones are the culprits bearing responsibility for the attacks, but that simply is not true. Migraines are instead, often inherited from the family gene pool like blue eyes and brown hair. That’s right. They’re genetic. One of the most surprising facts about migraines is that most sufferers do not know what the root cause of this debilitating condition really is. But let’s start you out with one of the most basic of those truths––migraines are not headaches. Headaches are symptoms of migraines. Along with symptoms there are triggers and understanding

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the difference between causes and triggers is one of the keys to helping with getting the right treatment. It is estimated that more than 20% of migraine sufferers will experience what is called an “aura” before the actual headache arrives. Auras are sensations that signal a migraine is on the way. They can produce sensations like tingling in the face and arms or face, tunnel vision and difficulty in speaking. Tracking what you eat and considering other environmental factors like the weather is crucial. Knowing what sets off your migraines and defining your personal threshold is essential in managing your condition. We’re hoping that providing you with a list of the 15 most common triggers will give you an idea of just how varied these factors are and help you to recognize what is happening with your condition. Perfume, alcohol, eye strain, food allergies, incorrect prescription glasses, menstruation, weather, stress, seasonal allergies, depression, sugar and sugar alternatives, cigarette smoke, dieting , bright lights, and finally disturbed sleep. Get out a pen and paper and track what happens after one or more of these triggers induces an episode. Tracking is a great method for you to get started on healing your headaches .

Assemblywoman Stacey Pheffer Amato (D-Howard Beach) joined acting Queens County Supreme Court Judge Marcia Hirsch on Friday in celebrating the 20th anniversary of Queens Misdemeanor Treatment Court. One of nine “drug courts” in the city, QMTC “places non-violent, drug-addicted offenders into treatment in an effort to break the cycle of drug abuse, addiction, crime and jail.” According to the Hon. Judy Harris Kluger (Ret.), the former deputy chief administrative judge for Drug Treatment Court Operations & Planning, the basic concept behind the drug-court initiative involves an intervention by the court, in cooperation with defense counsel, prosecution, treatment, education, and law

enforcement. Instead of jail or probation, the courts help you enter and stay in a drug or alcohol treatment program. The plan includes regular court appearances and supervision by the presiding judge, according to QMTC. “In return for a promise of a reduced sentence, appropriate non-violent addicted offenders are given the option of entering voluntarily into court-supervised treatment. The rules and conditions of participation are clearly stated in a contract entered into by the defendant, the defense attorney, the district attorney, and the court,” Kluger added.“The results have been overwhelmingly positive.” The QMTC is a “special courtroom” located in the Queens Criminal Court building in Kew Gardens. According to the court, most people will spend anywhere from one to two years in the QMTC program.

Sheldon Silver Convicted of Corruption—Again By Michael V. Cusenza Stop me if you’ve heard this one before… Disgraced former Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver on Friday was convicted—again—of seven counts of fraud and extortion in a Manhattan federal court. “The justice system shows no one is above the law,” Gov. Andrew Cuomo said in a brusque statement shortly after the verdict was read. Silver was originally found guilty in November 2015 and sentenced to 12 years in prison (and ordered to pay a $1.75 million fine and forfeit $5.3 million) the following May. However, in July 2017, an appeals court overturned the conviction due to improper jury instructions. Silver’s precipitous drop from the apex of the Albany machine began in January 2015, when he was arrested following a federal corruption probe charging one of the State Legislature’s “Three Men in a Room” with using his position to receive nearly $4 million in bribes and kickbacks from people and businesses in exchange for his official acts, and obtaining another $1 million through laundering the proceeds of his crimes. According to federal authorities, Silver, 74, was convicted of using his substantial power – including his influence over the real estate industry and his control over certain healthcare funding – to unlawfully enrich himself by soliciting and obtaining client referrals worth millions of dollars from peo-

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Disgraced former Assembly Speaker Silver on Friday was found guilty of extortion and honest services fraud.

ple and entities in exchange for official acts, and attempting to disguise the money as legitimate outside income earned from his work as a private lawyer. In particular, Silver claimed on financial disclosure forms required to be filed with the State, and in public statements, that the millions of dollars he received in outside income

while also serving as Speaker came from Manhattan-based law firm, Weitz & Luxenberg P.C., where Silver professed to work “representing individual clients” in “personal injury actions.” These claims, prosecutors charged, were materially false and misleading – and made to cover up unlawful payments Silver received solely due to his clout as an elected official and the Speaker. “I commend the career prosecutors of our office’s Public Corruption Unit, whose determination in securing this important conviction fittingly underscores the importance of pursuing cases against corrupt politicians, no matter the difficulty,” said Manhattan U.S. Attorney Geoff Berman. “One of the most worthy endeavors of this office is combating public corruption. We will continue to do so with the independence and resolve the Southern District is known for and the citizens of New York so rightly deserve.” Berman was not in charge when Silver was initially arrested, indicted, tried, and convicted. “Today’s stiff sentence is a just and fitting end to Sheldon Silver’s long career of corruption,” former Manhattan U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara said in 2016 when Silver was hit with a dozen years. “The show-me-the-money culture of Albany has been perpetuated and promoted at the very top of the political food chain…the greedy art of secret self-reward was practiced with particular cleverness and cynicism by the Speaker himself.” Silver is currently out on bail. Sentencing has been scheduled for July 13.

Council Approves Fire and Emergency Safety Bills By Forum Staff The City Council recently approved a package of eight bills that address fires and emergency safety. According to Council Speaker Corey Johnson, the city’s lawmaking body was prompted to draft such legislation after a series of Bronx fires in late December and early January resulted in 15 deaths and 29 injuries. The first proposed law, sponsored by Johnson, would ensure fire safety guides are distributed in apartment buildings and fire safety and prevention educational materials, as well as relevant trainings, are provided to building staff. Additionally, the City Fire Department would be required to submit annual reports on such outreach efforts. Councilman Joe Borelli (RStaten Island) sponsored a bill that would require that all doors in residential occupancies be self-closing by July 31, 2021; Intro. 602-A also creates a class C violation of the Housing Maintenance Code for a failure to keep and maintain selfclosing doors. “This bill will save lives,” said Borelli, chairman of the Committee on Fire and Emergency Management. “I know that this package of bills, including the education and outreach components of my colleagues’ legislation, will make our city a safer place.”

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Councilman Joe Borelli, chairman of the Committee on Fire and Emergency Management, sponsored one of the eight measures in the package.

Introduction 603-A would codify the FDNY’s existing hydrant inspection practice. Additionally, the City Department of Environmental Protection would be required to report on the occurrence and results of such inspections; including information on the number of hydrants subject to inspection, the number of inspections that occurred in the prior calendar year, the number of hydrants found to be inoperable through in-

spection, the number of hydrants found inoperable and classified as priority hydrants, and the number of priority hydrants not subsequently repaired after being found inoperable. The next measure, which was sponsored by Councilmen Robert Cornegy (D-Brooklyn) and Chaim Deutsch (D-Brooklyn), would require that after Jan. 1, 2021, smoke alarms in residential occupancies that are installed within 20 feet

from a fixed cooking appliance must comply with standards for reduction of nuisance alarms. Introduction 606-A would require the FDNY, in consultation with the Office of Emergency Management and the Mayor’s Office for People with Disabilities, to develop a checklist to assist individuals with disabilities or limited mobility in crafting individualized emergency evacuation plans. “After [Superstorm] Sandy, I

saw firsthand the trouble many seniors and New Yorkers with disabilities experienced while having to evacuate their homes in an emergency. It was clear that residents, landlords and the city could be doing so much more to prepare for the next storm or fire,” Councilman Donovan Richards (D-Laurelton), the measure’s co-sponsor, noted. The final three bills in the package were sponsored by Councilman Ritchie Torres (D-Bronx). Introduction 608-A would require the posting of notices within residential buildings regarding the importance of closing doors when escaping a fire to prevent the spread of fire. Introduction 609-A would require the FDNY, in consultation with the City Department of Education, to develop and implement a plan for educating children and parents about common fire dangers and prevention measures. Such plan will include outreach at schools, public service announcements, and information on preventative measures to be taken by parents. Additionally, the FDNY will be required to report annually on such efforts. And Introduction 610-A would require that all landlords provide stove knob covers to tenants in units where children under the age of 6 reside to prevent the children from using the stove.

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Bills Aimed at Combating NY’s Opioid Epidemic Inching Closer to Cuomo’s Desk By Forum Staff The State Senate recently passed a package of bills that take aim at New York’s opioid crisis, Sen. Joe Addabbo, Jr. (D-Howard Beach) said on Monday. “The heroin and opioid abuse epidemic continues to spiral across New York State and the nation, leading to needless deaths, broken families, and an ever-growing burden on our medical system,” Addabbo added. “It’s a battle we need to fight on any number of fronts… We need to be both tough and smart.” The nine pieces of legislation would: • Significantly increase potential prison sentences for the sale of a controlled substance to a child under 14 by a person over the age of 18. The crime would be raised from a B felony to the more serious A-II felony, Addabbo noted; • Prohibit a healthcare practitioner from prescribing more than a seven-day supply of a drug containing an opioid to a minor. It also requires the prescriber to assess whether the patient has ever suffered, or is suffering, from a substance-abuse disorder; to discuss the risks of addiction and overdose, and to obtain written consent from the child’s parent or guardian; • Require hospital and emergency room physicians to notify a patient’s medication prescriber when the person is being treated for a controlled-substance overdose, and to consult the

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Sen. Addabbo said “we need to be both tough and smart” in this war on opioids.

State prescription drug monitoring program registry to determine any existing prescriptions issued for the patient; • Criminalize the sale of Carfentanil, a dangerous synthetic opioid said to be 10-times more deadly than fentanyl. Depending on the amount of the drug sale, offenders could spend 10 to 20 years in prison for a first offense;

• Designate the synthetic drug alpha-PVP and all of its components as a schedule 1 stimulant controlled substance, making it illegal in New York. Also known as “Flakka,” the drug is similar to “bath salts” and methamphetamine that have been banned in New York in recent years; • Create a presumption that a person possessing 50 or more packages of heroin with an aggregate value of more than $300 intends to sell it and will be subject to punishment under applicable State laws governing drug sales; • Increase penalties for the sale of drugs containing heroin; • Combat the abuse and the growing black market sale of prescription medication by further cracking down on those who write fake prescriptions and on those who possess drugs that were not legally prescribed to them; and • Make it a Class B felony, punishable by up to nine years in prison for a first offense, to illegally sell controlled substances on the grounds of alcohol- and drug-treatment centers. The package of bills has been sent to the Assembly for consideration. The Lower Chamber is expected to follow suit and approve the measures. Governor Andrew Cuomo’s signature would make them official Empire State laws. “We need every weapon in our arsenal to fight back against the horrible criminal and public health scourge of heroin and opioid abuse,” Addabbo said. “Higher penalties and even more stringent drug monitoring may be part of the overall solution.”

‘Extraordinary’ Rise in Spending on Homeless Services but Results Lacking: Comptroller By Michael V. Cusenza Amid extraordinary increases in City expenditures on programs to address a historically large homeless population, a new report by City Comptroller Scott Stringer underscores the lack of data available to measure the effectiveness of said spending. Released on Tuesday, Stringer’s analysis of Homeless Services provider agencies is part of his Fiscal Year 2019 Agency Watch List, which spotlights City departments “that raise the most budgetary concerns due to rapidly increased spending and insufficient measurable results.” Stringer said that the analysis found that while total spending on homelessness across agencies is projected in FY 2018 to increase by 149 percent from FY 2014, including a more than seven-fold increase in spending on prevention and permanent housing (to more than $700 million), the population in shelter has barely changed—remaining “stubbornly high.” Meanwhile, comprehensive publicly available information allowing for evaluation of the success of the City’s programs is lacking. In February 2017, Mayor Bill de Blasio unveiled “Turning the

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“While the rise in City spending on homeless services has been extraordinary, we are concerned with the lack of results,” said Comptroller Stringer.

Tide on Homelessness, Neighborhood by Neighborhood,” the City’s 114-page vision to address the crisis by, in part, eliminating the use of cluster apartment units by the end of 2021 and commercial hotel facilities by the end of 2023. However, as Stringer’s analysis indicates, the City recently entered into $369 million in annual contracts with Children’s Community Services Inc. to

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shelter homeless New Yorkers in commercial hotel rooms over the next three years. In total, the City is anticipating nearly $1.1 billion in expenditures for commercial hotel rooms alone. Additionally, a number of key indicators regarding the City’s spending on homeless programs are not currently publicly reported, the report shows, resulting in a gap between the administration’s stated goals and the

measures available to evaluate their success. These indicators include: • Applications for shelter by household type, quarterly; • Reasons for seeking shelter, quarterly; • Number of cluster sites in use and population housed, monthly; • Commercial hotel use, utilization rates and expenditures, monthly;

• Subsidized housing placements by type of subsidy, monthly Stringer said that without this data, it’s “nearly impossible” to measure the City’s progress in closing cluster sites/hotel shelters, or to monitor the effectiveness of spending. “Resolving our city’s unprecedented homelessness crisis requires urgency and funding, no question – but while the rise in City spending on homeless services has been extraordinary, we are concerned with the lack of results for our most vulnerable New Yorkers,” the comptroller said. “Reducing our homeless population has to be our top priority—and that goal won’t come easy or cheap. But with a cooling economy and uncertainty from Washington, we need to be smarter with our dollars today—and we need to see results. Data-driven policy matters, but without the publicly available data needed to measure results, it’s impossible to evaluate what is working and what is not. We want to see results for the New Yorkers most in need—that’s why we’re shining a spotlight on when and how the City is spending on services to support the homeless.”


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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.

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