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VOL. 17 • NUMBER 27 • JULY 5, 2018

MEDICINE SHAM

Borough Healthcare Pros Part of Massive Federal Fraud Takedown Queens medical doctors, physical therapists, and pharmacy owners, including Yuriy Barayev, who runs this pharmacy on Woodhaven Boulevard in Rego Park, are among the 13 individuals that have been charged by federal prosecutors for their alleged participation in schemes in which Medicare and Medicaid programs were billed more than $163 million.

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Borough Healthcare Professionals Charged in National Fraud Takedown By Michael V. Cusenza Thirteen New York healthcare professionals—including at least six from Queens— were recently charged in federal courts for their participation in fraud schemes in which Medicare and Medicaid programs were billed more than $163 million. Wael Bakry, 46, a physical therapist, was charged in a superseding indictment for his alleged role in a wide-ranging fraud scheme in Queens and Brooklyn that billed the Medicare program for more than $116 million. Bakry and four others have been charged with conspiracy to commit healthcare fraud; conspiracy to commit money laundering; conspiracy to pay health care kickbacks; conspiracy to defraud the U.S. by obstructing the lawful functions of the Internal Revenue Service; and subscribing to a false and fraudulent tax return. Bakry was also charged separately for his alleged involvement in a scheme, run through multiple medical practices, in which he paid illegal kickbacks for the referral of patients to his clinics. The patients, in turn, subjected themselves to purported physical and occupational therapy and other services in return for kickbacks, according to federal officials. Artem Ashirov, a 42-year-old pharmacist and sole proprietor of ABO Pharmacy in

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Dr. Jong Yun Kim operated the My Health Wellness Center on Northern Boulevard in Flushing.

Brooklyn, has been charged for his alleged role in a plot in which the Rego Park resident paid and offered to pay kickbacks for prescriptions filled at his pharmacy. Between 2015 and 2018, Ashirov, through ABO Pharmacy, billed more than $14.9 million to Medicare and Medicaid. The indictment also charges Gary Peresiper, 52, with conspiracy to pay health care kickbacks. Along with co-conspirators, the East Rockaway resident and medical clinic business manager allegedly submitted claims through clinics for purported diagnostic testing and other services for beneficiaries who

had been directed to the clinics in return for kickbacks. From November 2010 to June 2013, the clinics billed Medicare approximately $10.2 million in claims, and were paid approximately $4.7 million on those claims. Briarwood’s Yuriy Barayev, 43, owns Woodhaven Rx Inc. pharmacy in Rego Park. According to federal authorities, Barayev allegedly submitted claims for medications that were purportedly dispensed by his pharmacy, but in fact were never dispensed to beneficiaries. From November 2013 to December 2015, Medicare reimbursed the pharmacy approximately $6.6 million for pharmaceutical

claims. Yong Jun Kim, 48, a medical doctor who operated My Health Wellness Center in Flushing has been charged for his alleged role in a scheme in which claims were submitted to Medicare for physical therapy services that were not medically necessary, not provided, or otherwise did not qualify for reimbursement. Between 2012 and 2015, Kim billed Medicare approximately $5.6 million and was paid approximately $3.5 million on those claims, according to prosecutors. And Harold Bendelstein, 57, a medical doctor who lives in Far Rockaway has been charged for his alleged role in a scheme in which he billed Medicare and Medicaid for incision procedures to patients’ ears, when, in fact, Bendelstein either did not perform the procedure specified or performed no procedure at all. Between January 2014 and February 2018, Bendelstein billed Medicare and Medicaid approximately $585,000 and was paid approximately $200,000 on those claims. According to the U.S. Department of Justice, the charges filed in New York were part of a recent nationwide healthcare fraud takedown which resulted in criminal charges against 601 individuals for their alleged participation in schemes involving approximately $2 billion in fraudulent claims.

Flushing Men among 36 Alleged Darknet Vendors Nabbed for Selling Illicit Goods, Weapons, and Drugs By Forum Staff Through a year-long, coordinated national operation that used the first nationwide undercover action to target vendors on the Darknet, federal authorities were recently able to arrest at least 36 people and seize weapons, illicit goods, drugs, and $23.6 million of ill-gotten gains, according to U.S. Department of Justice officials. Among the alleged Darknet vendors taken into custody were three Flushing residents: Jian Qu, 30, Raymond Weng, 24, and Kai Wu, 22. The trio was arrested last month along with Dimitri Tseperkas, 22, and Cihad Akkaya, 22, of Middle Island and Port Jefferson, N.Y., respectively, and charged with participation in a conspiracy to distribute more than 1,000 kilograms of marijuana. Investigators monitoring Darknet marketplaces found accounts used by some of the conspirators, leading agents to execute search warrants at three addresses in Flushing and Mt. Sinai, N.Y. From the residences, agents recovered approximately $400,000; 140 kilograms of suspected marijuana and an additional 10 kilograms of suspected marijuana vape cartridges; 12 kilograms of suspected Xanax pills; more than half a kilogram of suspected ecstasy; four pill presses, mixers, and pill press parts; more than a dozen kilograms of various powders, packaging materials, and paraphernalia. While searching the residence where

More than $23.6 million was also seized as part of the federal operation.

Akkaya and Tseperkas were found, investigators recovered three loaded shotguns, including a tactical double-barreled shotgun loaded with 14 shells, and over 50 shotgun shells, as well as “significant quantities” of narcotics, packaging materials, and paraphernalia including a money-counting machine. According to DOJ, the national operation resulted in the following: • Arrests of 36 Darknet vendors who

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engaged in tens of thousands of sales of illicit goods; • Execution of 70 search warrants, resulting in the seizure of massive amounts of illegal narcotics, including 333 bottles of liquid synthetic opioids, more than 100,000 tramadol pills, 100 grams of fentanyl, more than 24 kilograms of Xanax, and additional seizures of Oxycodone, MDMA, cocaine, LSD, marijuana, and a psychedelic mushroom grow found in a residence;

• Seizure of more than 100 firearms, including handguns, assault rifles, and a grenade launcher; • Seizure of five vehicles that were purchased with illicit proceeds and/or used to facilitate criminal activity; • Seizure of more than $3.6 million in U.S. currency and gold bars; • Seizure of nearly 2,000 Bitcoins and other cryptocurrencies, with an approximate value of more than $20 million; • Confiscation of 15 pill presses, which are used to create illegal synthetic opioids; and • Seizure of Bitcoin mining devices, computer equipment, and vacuum sealers. “The Darknet is ever-changing and increasingly more intricate, making locating and targeting those selling illicit items on this platform more complicated. But in this case, HSI special agents were able to walk amongst those in the cyber underworld to find those vendors who sell highly addictive drugs for a profit,” said Homeland Security Investigations Acting Executive Associate Director Derek Benner. “The veil has been lifted.” Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein declared that criminals “who think that they are safe on the Darknet are wrong.” “This nationwide enforcement effort will reduce the supply of deadly drugs like fentanyl that are killing an unprecedented number of Americans,” he added.


Addabbo Looks to Aid Awareness of Human Trafficking and Domestic Violence By Forum Staff State Sen. Joe Addabbo, Jr. (D-Howard Beach) recently pledged to support a local organization as it strives toward its goal of reaching 1,000,000 people through education and awareness of human trafficking and domestic violence by 2020. Addabbo has collaborated with the Rev. Dr. Que English and her group, Not On My Watch! Safe Haven Network International, to help shed light on the issues of human trafficking and domestic violence, which are so prevalent in parts of Queens. “Human trafficking is a major issue that affects men, women, and children across the United States, and even right here in New York,” Addabbo said. “One of the best ways we can combat this terrible trade of human beings for forced labor and sexual acts is by raising awareness and educating people about human trafficking and domestic violence, how to notice the indicators of these activities to help identify potential victims, and where to report such instances. It is my Sen. Joe Addabbo, Jr. and the Rev. Dr. Que English pleasure to work with Rev. Dr. English and

Elite NYPD Units Rescue Injured Boaters off Jamaica Bay

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Members of the City Police Department Aviation and Harbor units on Friday rescued two boaters after their vessel struck a raft and tossed them into Jamaica Bay near Breezy Point. According to the NYPD, the two elite units quickly responded to find the overturned raft and the two injured boaters in the water. NYPD SCUBA divers were deployed from an Aviation Unit helicopter. Officers were able to pluck the injured boaters from the bay and get them medical attention.

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her organization to help bring an end to this despicable practice.” Not On My Watch! is a borough organization that combats human trafficking and domestic violence through secular means; while the Safe Haven Network is the faithbased component of Not On My Watch Inc. The organizations combine to create an action network comprised of faith leaders, human trafficking and domestic violence survivors, service providers, and government agencies. English said she founded Not On My Watch! to raise awareness and train people in the faith-based community, concerned citizens, and civic organizations, as well as officials from all levels of government, through national conferences and other events. “I was so grateful to be able to forge a partnership with Sen. Addabbo and look forward to our work together in his community to combat human trafficking,” English added. For more information on the group, visit shnintl.org.

Richmond Hill-Based Substance Abuse Nonprofit Lauds New Leadership By Forum Staff Outreach, a Richmond Hill-based nonprofit organization that provides residential and outpatient substance abuse programs and services, announced on Tuesday that it has a new president and chief executive officer. Debra Pantin will take over for Outreach founder Kathleen Riddle, who is retiring after 39 years with the group. “It is with mixed emotion, joy, pride, sadness and relief that I step back from my lead role at Outreach,” said Riddle. “Serving as the leader of this incredible organization has been the greatest honor of my life. This decision, while difficult for any of us, is made easier by knowing the extraordinary capabilities and commitment of our Boards of Directors, our leadership and staff. It if further aided by the selection of an exceptional leader in the field, Debra Pantin.” Riddle formally stepped down on June 30. She will Photo Courtesy of Outreach continue to serve Outreach in a part-time, advisory role. Debra Pantin is the new Outreach president and CEO. Pantin, formerly CEO of VIP Community Services in the Bronx, has more than 30 years of experience in the a widespread problem in New York State and beyond. My fields of addiction and mental health treatment services, challenge will be to fight for more treatment slots, more housing and homeless services, and health care, begin- funding and more recognition for treatment as an alternaning as a practitioner and later as a leader in establishing tive to incarceration, which we know is better for families programs, according to Outreach. During her tenure, VIP and society as whole.” opened a mental health clinic and transformed its health According to Outreach, Riddle started the organiservices into a Federally-Qualified Health Center with zation more than 40 years ago when she recognized the care coordination services. need for adolescent treatment while working in City “Kathy Riddle is an icon in this area of behavioral school system as a drug counselor for a Queens middle health,” said Pantin. “It will be a challenge to fill her role school. Originally dubbed “Outreach Project,” the group at Outreach, but I vow to continue the fight to recognize began in a Glendale storefront with three employees and treatment as a critical measure to address the life challeng- a $60,000 budget. The non-profit has grown into a nationes stemming from addiction that allows people and their ally recognized organization with eight primary locations, families to recover and move on to healthy lives. This is 300 employees and a budget of $24 million, serving more especially important, at a time when opiate abuse is such than 4,000 people annually. THE FORUM NEWSGROUP • VOL. 18 • Number 27, JULY 05, 2018 | 3


Meng Bill ‘Would Improve Conditions’ for Kids Separated from Parents at Border By Forum Staff U.S. Rep. Grace Meng (DFlushing) on Thursday introduced two pieces of legislation that, the congresswoman said, would improve conditions for children who have been separated from their parents at border facilities. According to Meng, the Better Care for Kids Act would improve training that federal personnel who care for separated children receive by requiring that they use best practices when caring for infants and toddlers. The bill would ensure that personnel are trained to properly care for tender-age children, particularly to minimize trauma they may be experiencing. And the Child Advocate Program Reauthorization Act would reauthorize the Child Advocate Program, an initiative that appoints independent child advocates for vulnerable alien unaccompanied children and child trafficking victims, Meng noted. The bill would extend the authorization through

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Rep. Meng recently toured the McAllen Border Patrol Station in Texas.

2022. This month the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced its desire to cover 550 minors through the program in nearly a dozen locations throughout the country, including in New York. The authorization for the program expired in 2017.

Both measures have been referred to the House Judiciary Committee where they are awaiting further action. “It is appalling that parents who had their kids ripped away from them are still separated from their children, and that the President still has no concrete plan to bring them back together,� said Meng. “But while these children are detained without their parents, it is essential that the government provide them with the best care possible, and that they have advocates who are on their side. My bills would ensure that children are affo rded these vital protections, and I urge all of my colleagues to support these two measures. It is critical that the best interests of these children be served.� Meng proposed the laws less than a week after traveling to the border near McAllen and Brownsville, Texas, where she said she saw detained children and spoke with parents who have been separated from their kids.

JFK Airport Terrorist Dies in Prison By Michael V. Cusenza Abdul Kadir, who schemed to set fire to a network of fuel pipelines leading to John F. Kennedy International Airport more than a decade ago, has died in prison, according to federal officials and published reports. He was 66. Kadir, Russell Defreitas, Kareem Ibrahim, and Abdel Nur were arrested in June 2007. Kadir, Defreitas, and Ibrahim were convicted of numerous counts of conspiracy to attack and destroy U.S. infrastructure. Each was sentenced to life in federal prison. Nur pleaded guilty to providing material support to the plot to attack the airport. He was sentenced to 15 years in prison in January 2011. According to federal prosecutors, between November 2006 and June 2007 the crew hatched a plan to ignite the Buckeye Pipeline, a vast, 200,000-mile underground grid of pipes that originates in Linden, N.J., and runs underneath many borough

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Mayor de Blasio said “The City is using innovative strategies to unlock more affordable housing at every level – including the basement.”

By Forum Staff Mayor Bill de Blasio and three Brooklyn City Council members on Thursday proposed legislation to establish a three-year demonstration program to facilitate the creation and renovation of apartments in the basements and cellars of certain one- and two-family homes in Brooklyn Community Board 5 (all areas of East New York, including Cypress, Spring Creek, Starrett City, Gateway and Highland Park). According to the proposed measure, the City will allow for the creation of new apartments in this area through the modification of existing Housing Maintenance Code, Fire Code and Construction Code standards, coupled with existing allowances for home conversions and the allocation of funds to assist with these renovations. The administration said that this pilot program would add to the city’s existing housing stock by allowing property owners to create safe and legal apartments in their buildings. The City also pledged to use the pilot to identify and learn about how to overcome barriers that owners face when seeking to convert basement units. “The City is using innovative strategies to unlock more affordable housing at every level – including the basement,” de Blasio said. “This program will increase the stock of affordable housing in East New York, provide additional income to homeowners, and ensure tenant safety. This administration will continue to utilize every tool we have to tackle affordability head on.” The basement conversion pilot program was a commitment made under the East New York Neighborhood Plan, a City strategy approved in April 2016 to promote affordable

housing preservation and development, encourage economic development, create pedestrian-friendly streets, and invest in community resources to support the long-term growth and sustainability of East New York, Cypress Hills and Ocean Hill. The pilot is the result of a study conducted by a working group convened in October, 2016, according to the City. “The basement pilot program was a sticking point for the East New York Neighborhood Plan to pass,” said Councilman Rafael Espinal (D-Brooklyn), who proposed the legislation along with Councilmembers Brad Lander (D-Brooklyn) and Inez Barron (D-Brooklyn) and Mayor de Blasio. “For the past three years, my office has worked with our partners in the administration and community on crafting the nuances of this bill and we are glad to see this finally becoming a reality. In East New York, I can comfortably estimate that over 75 percent of the basements are being rented illegally, so this will help homeowners by providing an avenue for income, while helping tenants by providing an affordable and safe place to live.” The City also noted that modifications of code standards include minimum ceiling heights and window sizes in basement and cellar spaces and strengthened requirements for emergency egress and fire safety. Each proposed modification to the code standards for this program took into account the obligation to preserve the health and safety for the occupants of these apartments. The changes will modify requirements in order to reduce costs and facilitate conversion of new residential units. “Converting basement units into safe and legal housing is an important way to address New York City's affordability crisis,” Lander added.

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106th Pct. Explorers Pay Respect to Lesandro

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Members of the 106th Precinct NYPD Explorers program on Saturday traveled to the Bronx to show support for a fellow Explorer who was recently beaten and stabbed to death in an incident that has garnered national headlines. The aspiring City cops saluted colleague Lesandro Guzman-Feliz, 15, at a

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EDITORIAL OPEN YOUR MOUTH It’s a felony offense in every one of the 50 states. In addition, it is a felony under federal law. But that doesn’t seem to be enough to stop individuals from organizing or attending dog fights. Authorities base their estimates of dog fighting participants in the United States on reports in underground publications dedicated to the blood sport and on the number of animals relegated to shelters bearing the scars of their battles. The sport did demonstrate a decline back in the 1990s, but reported dog-fighting rings have increased in recent years, aided by the ease with which organizers can use the Internet to further their despicable practices. According to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, some people are drawn to dog fighting because it is lucrative. Major raids on fighting establishments have yielded more than $500,000. Authorities say it is commonplace for $30,000 to change hands during a single fight on a card of many. Stud fees from “breeders” promising a championship fight bloodline number in the thousands. Whether at the professional or hobbyist level, the sale of pups from parents who have won numerous fights continues to be a very lucrative business. While money can certainly be viewed as one of the roots of this evil, it is not the only one. Some owners use their dogs as an extension of themselves, to bully others or to wield power. It is not uncommon for a losing dog to be tortured by the owner as a punishment for the disgrace of a loss. Although a fight to the death is not a “given,” losing dogs are often massacred as part of the “entertainment.”

bulls are vicious animals. Anyone who knows a pit or has one in their family probably knows a completely different story. The dogs have a bad rap because of the violent, ignorant thugs that use extreme training methods to capitalize on their dominant nature. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention there are 4.5 million dog bites across the country every year. On a list compiled by the CDC, you’ll find that pit bulls are not the No. 1 breed when it comes to biting humans, but actually No. 3 behind Chihuahuas and bulldogs. In another study, Labradors were held responsible for 13.3 percent of attacks by dogs, while pit bulls were credited with 8.3 percent. The ASPCA has set April 8 as National Dog Fighting Awareness Day. We certainly agree with them that public awareness of dog fighting in your community is one of the ways to help combat this demented outrage committed against helpless animals. Dog fighting is taking place in every kind of comLast week, Acting Queens Supreme Court Justice munity across the country. It is our obligation to Barry Kron imposed a sentence of nine months in put an end to it. It needs to be attacked from every jail to Davoughn Fitts, 29, and three years’ probaangle possible. If you suspect that it is happening tion for Cherise Mickens, 28, after they pleaded where you live, pick up the phone and report it. guilty to an agriculture and markets law which related to owning, possessing and keeping a dog with You can remain anonymous. Call your local elected officials and urge them to push for tougher legislathe intent to engage the dog in animal fighting. We commend Your Honor for his sentencing, but wish it tion for offenders and spectators alike. This is an could have been quadrupled. Actually what we really instance where watching it is as horrible as organizing it. wish is that these two-legged animals could have Dog fighting is a stain on the character of this been made to face the same ring the dogs they were nation that needs to be erased. So please don’t turn holding would’ve been forced to face. your back. Instead open your eyes and your mouth. Many breeds of dogs are used throughout the world in dog fighting. Here in the US the breed used These animals cannot help themselves. They have no voice. most often is the American pit bull Terrier. Dog Use yours. fighting has helped to foster the opinion that all pit

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Flushing Doc Sentenced to up to Four Years in Prison Following Patient Death By Forum Staff A medical doctor has been sentenced to prison time after admitting that his inadequate care of a patient resulted in her death. Dr. Robert Rho, 55, pled guilty to criminally negligent homicide after performing an abortion on a 30-year-old woman whose uterine wall was perforated and uterine artery transected during the procedure in July of 2016. The surgery was performed at the now closedLiberty Women’s Health of Queenswhere Rho practiced. Despite excessive bleeding and her deteriorating condition, Dr. Rho encouraged his patient to leave the facility and provided no timely follow-up medical care. “This was a very sad case. A 30-year-old woman, who had recently graduated from college and had her whole life ahead of her, died as the result of this botched procedure. The doctor has accepted responsibility and admitted his failure to provide adequate care following surgery. The defendant has now been sentenced to prison as a result of his inaction,” said District Attorney Brown. The Great Neck doctor pled guilty to

ry L. Lasak, sentenced the defendant to 1 1/3 to 4 years in prison. According to trial testimony, the victim made an appointment for an abortion with Dr. Rho at the facility and arrived for the procedure with her sister on July 9, 2016. The abortion was performed shortly after 1 PM and during the surgery, Rho cause a laceration to the victim’s cervix, perforated her uterine wall and cut her uterine artery. The woman was taken to the recovery room where she bled profusely, causing the doctor to do a second procedure to repair the damage. Despite the extreme bleeding and the apparent grave circumstances in the recovery room, Rho said that he did not realize that his patient was in dire need of He did not however, realize that she needed emergency medical care. Instead Rho encouraged her to leave, despite her lethargic appearance and the excessive bleeding. The victim left the facility, but during the drive to her sister’s Bronx residence, she fell off the backseat and became unresponsive. She was taken Photo Courtesy of Twitter to a Bronx hospital where she was treated Robert Rho for vaginal bleeding and given six units of criminally negligent homicide, following jury had been deliberating for two full days. blood, but it was not enough. She died that a nearly four-week long trial and after the Queens Supreme Court Justice Grego- night.

Brooklyn Man and Woman Plead Guilty to Dog Fighting Charges By Forum Staff Two Brooklyn residents pled guilty to dog fighting charges and have been sentenced for their roles in keeping four pit bull dogs in cruel conditions preparing them to fight other canines. The animals were found in cages without food or water in December 2016. T The caged dogs, had sctatches, bruises and were seriouly infected when they were found in cages in a Far Rockaway, garage rented by one of the defendants. DA Richard Brown referred to dog fighting as a "blood sport" and went on to say, "It is animal cruelty in its most brutal form. The defendants in this case have now admitted to owning these animals and will be barred from further owning any pets in the immediate future. The male defendant is going to jail for his role and the female defendant will be under supervised probation for several years. No animal should be treated in such a vile manner. The dogs, fortunately, were rescued and the defendants punished for their actions.” Davoughn Fitts, 29, of Dumont Avenue, and Cherise Mickens, 28, of Grafton Street in

Dog fighting “is animal cruelty in its most brutal form,” said DA Brown.

Brooklyn pled guilty to an agriculture and markets law related to owning, possessing and keeping a dog under circumstances with the intent to engage the dog in animal fighting before Acting Queens Supreme Court Justice Barry Kron, who imposed a sentence of nine months in jail for defendant Fitts and three years’ probation for defendant Mickens.

Both defendants are banned from owning pets for five years and will be required to register with the New York City Department of Health as animal abusers. The animal abuser registration will prevent city shelters, rescue groups and/or pet stores from allowing the defendants to purchase or adopt a pet. According to the criminal charges, police, executed a court

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authorized search warrant at a residence on Beach 65th Street in Far Rockaway, December 28, 2016, and found four pitbulls inside a garage in stacked cages and called in detectives from the Animal Cruelty Investigation Squad. There was no food or water and all were underweight with their rib cage bones visible under their skin.

The dogs had scarring on their faces and bodies. All four dogs were taken into ASPCA custody and care at an ASPCA hospital and examined by a licensed veterinarian, who determined that all four dogs had extensive skin scars as a result of old dog bite wounds. Two of the animals had more recent evidence of bite marks on their heads. The dogs were underweight and the injuries included teeth fractures, a broken claw, an ear flap injury, a gum tissue wound and at least two of the dogs had a red blood cell parasite that is usually transmitted from other dogs through bite wounds. DA Brown said, according to the complaints, the detective recovered a “slat mill” and two “break sticks” inside the garage where the animals were housed. A “slat mill” is an endless belt for dogs to run or walk on and is traditionally used by dog fighters to train animals. A “break stick” is a device designed to be inserted into a dog’s molar in order to break the canine’s grip on another animal or object. The “break sticks” were observed to have blood smeared on them. See editorial on page 6

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Whit’s End—A Short Drive to Food Paradise

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Arugula salad, Big Ass Shrimp and Artichoke Pizza were clearly all as appealing to the eye as the taste buds.

By Patricia Adams For Howard Beach and Ozone Park residents, it’s just a short ride and a toll over the bridge in Rockaway. And for the most part, having to pay the only intra-borough toll in New York can sometimes be really irritating. But as the old saying goes, on occasion, the end does justify the means. And reaching Whit’s End on Rockaway Beach Boulevard and 97th Street is certainly a justification of exponential proportion. As unlikely as it may seem to encounter a gastronomic paradise near the site of the former Rockaway Playland Hotel, it is in fact an undeniable truth. We first heard about Whit’s End from friends who generally offer a reputable opinion of great food. This time they didn’t say nearly enough. I recall words and phrases such as “great,” “unbelievable,” with a splash of “OMG” thrown in; but after a spontaneous trek down to the peninsula early Thursday evening it was quickly apparent there would be a shortage of positive adjectives to adequately describe this food encounter of another kind. Met at the door by an ever-so-pleasant server we were shown to one of about 20 or so eclectic tables—none matching, but all well suited to their surroundings. Actually, the ambiance is somewhat difficult to describe but all amusing, casual and comfortable. We would later learn that being served this food in a mud hut in a hurricane would be just fine. Hand written menus with “colorful” language appeared as soon as drink orders were taken (this is a BYOB spot) and decisions were made rather quickly despite the difficulty in

choosing between a very healthy selection of dishes. We started with an arugula salad that arrived shortly: a thick pile of organic greens, the nutty scent drifting off the plate as it was set down, studded with watermelon, mango, strawberries goat cheese and sticks of perfectly ripened pear, dressed with a concoction of fresh herbs, spices and an olive oil likely priced more for an ounce than a small jug of the cast of imposters served at so many eateries. Next up was the “Big Ass Shrimp.” One glance at the plate and you know this dish could never have been called anything else. There they were, eight of them, larger than anything we’ve seen­––typical jumbos would have appeared as dwarfs next to these. The pile was built atop grilled brad strips, oiled and seasoned. Had there not been four of them, a fight at the table would certainly have erupted. Dressed in a thin red chili sauce, which did exactly what sauce is supposed to– compliment, never overwhelm– the shrimp were accompanied by shaved garlic, wilted greens, spring onions and bits of sweet red pepper. Even conjuring up all journalistic prowess to describe this dish, from conception to flavor to presentation, would never succeed. It was simply one of the best shrimp dishes we have ever had. Last up was one of the signature brick oven offerings, the carciofi. A 10-inch pie topped with charred lemon ricotta, parmigiana, artichoke hearts and bits of fresh herbs all vying for the spotlight atop a crust that would have any Neapolitan pizza master scratching their head. The restaurant’s owner, Whitney Aycock, was raised in Jamaica, where his family operated an upscale eatery. As far as we are concerned he should be named a national trea-

sure. The only way anyone creates food like this is when he or she has a passion so pure that it consumes every fiber of their being and is translated on the dish. You need know nothing about the man to know that he is up before the sun rises and out every day securing the freshest of fish and meat. He selects produce that is incomparable and puts it all together with masterful culinary ability. His commitment to quality is engraved in every component at Whit’s End. As if none of that were enough, when he steps away for a moment, your dish will be prepared by sous chef Tommy, someone who has absorbed every ounce of mastery passed to him under Aycock’s tutelage. This place will rock your senses, and we are going out on no limb when we tell you that if you have to get here in a wheelchair wearing a body cast, go. If you don’t like this food; frankly you should just stop eating. Whit’s End is located at 97-02 Rockaway Beach Blvd. (718) 945-4100. Visit them online at whitsendnyc.com.

De Blasio Joins Chorus Crushing ICE By Michael V. Cusenza Mayor Bill de Blasio on Friday joined a growing chorus of progressive politicians that would like to shutter the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who pulled off an historic upset last week by besting U.S. Rep. Joe Crowley (D-Queens and Bronx) in the 14th Congressional District Democratic primary, has called for ICE to be abolished, often citing its “extra-judicial nature.” “We need to remember that ICE was established in 2003, right at the same time as the PATRIOT Act and the Iraq war; and we look back at that time and legislation as a mistake now, and I think that ICE is a part of it,” Ocasio-Cortez said in a recent interview with CNN. “We can replace it with a humane

sible, transparent, immigration regulation. There’s no question about that. You need some kind of agency to deal with immigration. But ICE is not that, ICE has proven that it can’t be that,” de Blasio said on Friday on his weekly spot during “The Brian Lehrer Show” on WNYC-FM.“ICE’s time has come and gone. It is broken. ICE has been sent on a very negative, divisive mission and it cannot function in the way it is. So I think that Ms. Ocasio-Cortez is right. We should abolish ICE. We should create something better, something different. But in the way it is developed it has become a punitive, negative tool File Photo for division and it is no longer acceptable.” “ICE has been sent on a very negative, divisive mission and it cannot function in the way it is,” said Mayor de U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) and Blasio. Rep. Nydia Velazquez (D-Queens, Brooklyn, agency that is directed toward safe passage inHizzoner agreed. Manhattan) have echoed the call to close the stead of criminalization.” “Every country needs some kind of sen- agency.

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MTA Touts Test Version of New App and Website Designed by Customers

The new app is currently available in the Apple and Google Play app stores.

By Forum Staff The Metropolitan Transportation Authority on Monday launched a test version of “MYmta,” the agency’s comprehensive new app, along with new.mta.info, its mobile-optimized website. According to the MTA, both the app and the site “bring wayfinding for all of the MTA’s mass transit properties under one roof,” providing: • Real-time arrival information for trains, subways and buses. • Service status, including information on planned work and updates on the causes of delays. • The ability to find nearby stations and stops with the click of a button. • A unified trip-planning function for travel across the MTA’s regional transportation network including trains, subways and buses, as well as non-MTA entities such as Staten Island Ferry, NYC Ferry Service, PATH, and New Jersey Transit. • The ability for customers with mobility challenges to plan accessible trips across

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trains, subways and buses. • The ability to personalize the app by saving favorite lines, stations, stops and trips. • The MTA plans to add functionality related to the bridges and tunnels it operates in a subsequent version of the app. The MTA is asking its customers to use the feedback functions on the app and the website to indicate what features they like, what can be improved, and what should be added. The Tri-State Transportation Campaign, a non-profit policy advocacy group that focuses on mobility, accessibility, and livability in New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut, called the app “a huge step forward” for straphangers and the agency. “I juggle at least four official MTA apps on my phone, and I know I’m far from alone. But with the beta launch of MYmta, riders will finally have one single app for everything: realtime service updates subway and bus arrival times, LIRR and Metro-North schedules, and even commuter rail tickets through the eTix app,” said TSTC Executive Director Nick Sifue ntes.“Having tried it out myself, I think

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CELEBRATING THE FOURTH: Stay safe! This week we'll stray a little from the world of pharmacy to give you some tips on safety, first and foremost those dealing with fireworks. More than 50,000 fires are caused by fireworks every year. So please have fun but most of all. BE CAREFUL! Never disassemble or try to make your own fireworks. Don’t point sparklers, or fireworks at yourself or others, especially while they’re being lit. Only light fireworks on the ground and in areas that are dry and fire resistant. Don’t attempt to light multiple devices at the same time. Never allow young children to handle fireworks or sparklers. Always keep a portable fire extinguisher close by. Also keep a water hose or buckets of water nearby to put out fires. can stimulate collagen growth, which keeps the skin elastic and helps prevent wrinkles. Firework celebrations go hand in hand with food and grilling and July is a month when more grilling fires occur

than in any other month.Enjoy grilling your favorite meals but always keep your family safe. Check gas grill hoses for cracks, holes and leaks. Keep kids away from grills. Gas leaks, blocked tubes, and propane tanks can be a cause of grill fires and explosions. Never grill indoors, in the garage, or in any enclosed area. Keep the grill at least two feet away from decks, siding, branches and any outdoor equipment that can catch fire quickly. And if you're lucky enough to participate in water activities keep these tips in mind: Review safe boating practices. Never consume alcohol while driving a boat. Before boating, check that you have enough life preservers for every passenger. Pools should be restricted and fenced in. Pools should be enclosed with a fence to restrict access to the area. Keep a first aid kit near the pool. Be safe and celebrate!

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it’s great, and exactly what we’ve needed for a long time. The MTA is asking for rider feedback and testing, and the best thing we could do is give them the advice they’re looking for to help make future versions of this app even better.” The MTA noted that within the MYmta app the agency is also building in special functionality for Paratransit customers in a part of the app that is going to be known as MY Access-A-Ride (or MYAAR). It will enable Paratransit users to plan and manage their trips, book rides, track the real-time location of their driver, and give the MTA feedback from their mobile phone, tablet, laptop or desktop computer. MYAAR is currently

being tested by Paratransit customers and is slated to launch this summer. “The process of building MYmta has been directly analogous to the extensive work we are doing to improve the reliability of our subways, buses and railroads,” said MTA Managing Director Ronnie Hakim. “In the physical world that involves replacing thousands of feet of third rail, installing new rails, and putting in miles of new signal wiring. In the digital world, we have been modernizing and updating our data streams, building new trip planning functions, and delivering realtime information in order to provide the best possible data in the MYmta app.”

Miller Looks to Crack Down on Commercial Trucking’s Affect on Quality of Life in Queens By Michael V. Cusenza

City Councilman I. Daneek Miller (D-St. Albans) has introduced legislation aimed at cracking down on one of the most pervasive problems in many Queens neighborhoods: illegally parked commercial trucks. The Commercial Truck Abuse Act features two measures. Introduction 1011 would reduce time during which a tractor-trailer combination, tractor, truck trailer or semi-trailer can be parked to 90 minutes from 3 hours; Intro. 1010 would increase the penalty for such a violation to $400 from $250, and to $800 from $500 for subsequent violations within a sixmonth period. These vehicles are a common sight for residents of South and Southeastern Queens. Councilwoman Adrienne Adams (D-Jamaica) praised Miller for addressing an issue that affects

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many constituents. “Parking is difficult enough for residents without all of the commercial vehicles that park overnight and occupy numerous parking spaces that residents who live in our communities desperately need and deserve,” Adams added. “These vehicles generate safety issues by blocking drivers’ views, as well as creating noise when left idling. We need to pass this meaningful legislation to strengthen enforcement efforts, ensure that residents have a better quality of life and safety issues are reduced.” With help from readers, The Forum in recent weeks has documented concerns raised by South Ozone Park residents regarding trucks and trailers parked near busy intersections along both North and South Conduit avenues.


Council Passes Package of Sanitation Enforcement Bills By Forum Staff The City Council recently voted in favor of a package of bills dedicated to enforcing a cleaner Big Apple. Introduction 656-A would raise the criminal penalties for unlawful commercial dumping. It also raises the civil penalties for unlawful dumping to $4,000 for a first violation (up from $1,500), to $9,000 for a second violation in an 18-month period (up from $5,000), and to $18,000 for a third or subsequent violation in an 18-month period (up from $10,000). The bill also sets the criminal fines at $4,000 for a first violation and $9,000 for a second violation. “Unlawful dumping and the improper use of public litter baskets are two nagging quality-oflife issues that have been especially troublesome for my Southeast Queens constituents,” said Councilman I. Daneek Miller (D-St. Albans), the measure’s sponsor. “Mounds of waste are routinely left on our streets and sidewalks to fester, attracting vermin and causing even more dumping. As a key component of this body’s Rat Mitigation Package, Introduction

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The bills address littering and illegal dumping in the city.

656 will stiffen the current penalties for these offenses and close loopholes exploited in the past to avoid enforcement efforts, sending a clear message that there will be steep consequences for those who dump their garbage wherever they please, as well as encourage our neighbors to be accountable for the cleanliness of our community.” Introduction 851 would mandate that the Department of Sani-

tation create a plan for increasing enforcement against littering from vehicles in areas where such littering has been shown to be an issue. Introduction 655-A would enhance Sanitation’s ability to enforce prohibitions on unauthorized dumping by allowing it to use identifying information found among unlawfully dumped materials as evidence of the identity of the person doing the

dumping. Introduction 850-A would increase the civil penalties for littering from a vehicle to $200 for a first violation (up from $100), $350 for a second violation in a 12-month period (up from $250), and $450 for a third or subsequent violation in a 12-month period (up from $350). And Intro. 203-B would raise the penalties for public littering for the second violation within

a 12 month period to $300 (up from $250) and the third violation within a 12 month period to $400 (up from $350). The bill would not change the penalty for a first violation ($75). “Litter and garbage in our streets and sidewalks, our parks and our public spaces is not just an aesthetic problem – it damages our environment, hurts local businesses, drains our financial resources and erodes our quality of life. It is a multifaceted problem that requires a multifaceted response. That is why I helped create the NYC Cleanup initiative when I entered the Council four years ago, to tackle this problem head on. And it is the impetus behind this package of legislation I introduced, and we are passing today,” said Councilman Steven Matteo (R-Staten Island), who sponsored Intros. 203-B, 655-A, 850-A, and 851. “These bills will help us create better enforcement strategies to tackle ‘littering hotspots;’ increase fines to deter persistent litter offenders; specifically address those litterjerks who toss garbage from their cars; and provide Sanitation with the tools it needs to really tackle illegal dumping.”

World’s Borough Hosts ‘Know Your Rights’ Week for Immigrants By Michael V. Cusenza Queens Borough President Melinda Katz and her Immigration Task Force last week hosted the inaugural “Know Your Rights Week,” a series of five free informational workshops and confidential legal clinics for immigrants in Elmhurst, Flushing, Jackson Heights, Jamaica and Sunnyside. We are in deeply troubling times,” Katz said. “Our country’s increasingly dehumanizing immigration laws and procedures are tearing families apart, even in a Sanctuary City like New York. Broad raids and sweeps of immigration enforcement, even of those without a criminal record, have successfully spread fear and imposed a chilling effect on everyday activities and responsibilities. But we are a nation of immigrants, and Queens is about all of our families’ futures. In partnership with a host of organizations and colleagues in local government, we are pleased to hold the first – but certainly not the last – ‘Know Your Rights Week’

Queens Center Mall hosted the 2018 Immigration Resource Fair on Thursday.

for immigrants, designed to connect our various communities to committed legal experts, advocates and other resources. Together, we will do everything possible to help counteract the hostility of the current political climate. Queens has your back.” Katz called Thursday’s Immigration Resource Fair at Queens Cen-

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ter mall “the centerpiece event” of the series. The annual fair connects people with more than 30 organizations, including government agencies, legal resources, nonprofits and local businesses that serve the borough’s immigrant community. The event featured resource tables and a free and confidential legal clinic

in which attorneys addressed issues related to immigration, housing and employment. “My district is home to one of the largest and most diverse immigrant communities in the state. I am pleased that the borough president is making every effort to protect our immigrants from harassment, dis-

crimination and violence,” said City Councilman Daniel Dromm (DJackson Heights). “I will continue to work alongside her to ensure that Queens remains a safe haven for all people.” Other “Know Your Rights Week” events: Legal Aid Scoiety screenings at Queens Library Jackson Heights for individuals facing deportation proceedings; Queens Legal Services clinic on naturalization issues at the organization’s Jamaica office; MinKwon Center for Community Action clinic on issues related to the federal Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program in Flushing; and Catholic Migration Services oneon-one consultations at its office in Sunnyside for those in removal proceedings or who are seeking asylum. MinKwon Executive Director John Park praised Katz’s efforts. “With a federal political landscape hostile towards immigrants, it is more important than ever to provide accessible services and Know Your Rights education to New Yorkers,” he added.

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Legal Notices JD PROPERTY MANAGEMENT SERVICES LLC Articles of Org. filed NY Sec. of State (SSNY) 5/03/2018. Office in Queens Co. SSNY desig. agent of LLC whom process may be served. SSNY shall mail process to JONATHAN DECKER, 57-15 69TH LANE, UNIT #7, MASPETH, NY 11378. Purpose: Any lawful purpose.

OBI’S NEW YOK, LLC Articles of Org. filed NY Sec. of State (SSNY) 3/23/2018. Office in Queens Co. SSNY desig. agent of LLC whom process may be served. SSNY shall mail process to OBI’S NEW YORK, LLC, 1423425. Purpose: Any lawful purpose. TRIALS TO TRAILS, LLC Articles of Org. filed NY Sec. of State (SSNY) 1/11/2018. Office in Queens Co. SSNY desig. agent of LLC whom process may be served. SSNY shall mail process to Alexandria Awad, 4045 193rd St., 2nd Fl., Flushing, NY 11358. Purpose: Any lawful purpose. RASOULPOUR TORREGOZA PLLC Articles of Org. filed NY Sec. of State (SSNY) 3/08/2018. Office in Queens Co. SSNY desig. agent of LLC whom process may be served. SSNY shall mail process to AMIR RASOULPOUR, 3540 82ND STREET, #5E, JACKSON HEIGHTS, NY 11372. Purpose: Any lawful purpose. Notice is hereby given that an order entered by the civil court, Queens county, on the 2 day of MAY 2018, bearing Index Number NC-000435-18/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) SANTA (last) CRUZ-WHITE. The city and state of my address is 85-55 111 th STREET, Richmond Hill, NY 11418-1638. The date of my birth is MARCH 31, 1958; place of my birth is MANHATTAN, NY; my present name is SANTA QUINONES aka SANTA CRUZ aka SANTA CRUZ-WHITE

Articles of organization for a New York LLC, to wit, ALL SQUARE REALTY, LLC whose principal business location is in Queens county, were filed with the NewYork State Department of State on April 23, 2018. The Secretary of State is designated agent for service of process. The address to which the Secretary of State shall mail a copy of any process against it served upon him or her is c/o The LLC, 2268 31st Street, Astoria, NY 11105-9997. The purpose of the LLC is to engage in any lawful activity to which a LLC may be organized under the LLCL of New York State. Notice of formation of JENZ CRAFT CO LLC. Articles of Organization filed with the Secretary of State of New York SSNY on 04/04/2018. Office located in Queens. SSNY has been designated for service of process. SSNY shall mail copy of any process served against the LLC, 11590 224th street, Cambria Heights, NY 11411. Purpose: any lawful purpose.

MAMOON BARKA LLC Articles of Org. filed NY Sec. of State (SSNY) 10/11/17. Office in Queens Co. SSNY design. Agent of LLC upon whom process may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to Corporate Filing Service 763 Coney Island Ave Brooklyn, NY 11218. Purpose: Any lawful activity. 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 of LEWIS CHEN DDS PLLC. Articles of Organization filed with the Secretary of State of New York SSNY on 12/26/2017. Office located in Queens County. SSNY has been designated for service of process. SSNY shall mail copy of any process served against the LLC 6111 215TH ST OAKLAND GARDENS, NY 11364. Purpose: any lawful purpose. HSU & CHEN LLC Articles of Org. filed NY Sec. of State (SSNY) 3/22/18. Office in Queens Co. SSNY design. Agent of LLC upon whom process may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to HSU & CHEN LLC, 20112 43RD AVENUE, BAYSIDE, NY 11361. Purpose: Any lawful activity. GA VIA TRANSPORT, LLC Articles of Org. filed NY Sec. of State (SSNY) 1/24/18. Office in Queens Co. SSNY design. Agent of LLC upon whom process may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to Juan Garcia, 1893 Stockholm Street, 1st Floor, Ridgewood, NY 11385. Purpose: Any lawful activity.

ANNCHAR REALTY LLC, Arts. of Org. filed with the SSNY on 09/15/1997. Office loc: Queens County. SSNY has been designated as agent upon whom process against the LLC may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: The LLC, 133-50 32nd Avenue, Flushing, NY 11354. Purpose: Any Lawful Purpose. Notice of formation of Sunny NY Management LLC. Arts of Org. filed with the Secretary of State of New York SSNY on 5/30/2018. Office location: Queens. SSNY design. agent of LLC upon whom process may be served and shall mail copy to 41-40 Union St. Apt 10F, Flushing, NY, 11355. Purpose: any lawful activity. NOTICE OF FORMATION of RJ CAPITAL DEBT LLC. Articles of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 5/14/2018. Office location: Queens County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to: THE LLC PO BOX 660007, FRESH MEADOWS, NY 11366. Purpose: any lawful purpose. NOTICE OF FORMATION of EMPIRE RHYTHMIC GYMNASTICS LLC Articles of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 5/21/2018. Office location: Queens County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to: THE LLC 132-70 SANFORD AVENUE, APT 3M,FLUSHING, NY 11355. Purpose: any lawful purpose.

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INTERNATIONAL TRENDZ LLC. Articles of Org. filed NY Sec. of State (SSNY) 10/25/2016. Office in Queens Co. SSNY design. Agent of LLC upon whom process may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to THE LLC, 11922 204TH STREET, SUITE 2, QUEENS, NY 11412. Purpose: Any lawful activity. L’ARCENCIEL LLC Articles of Org. filed NY Sec. of State (SSNY) 05/09/2018. Office in Queens Co. SSNY design. Agent of LLC upon whom process may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to DENIZ KARAFAZLI, 2390 29TH STREET, APT 20, ASTORIA, NY 11105. Purpose: Any lawful activity. Apple Tour LLC Arts of Org filed with NY Sec of State (SSNY) on 4/25/18. Office: Queens County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: 67-00 192nd St, Apt. 1100, Fresh Meadows, NY 11365. General Purposes. TELEIOS ENTERPRISES, LLC. Articles of Org. filed NY Sec. of State (SSNY) 10/05/2017. Office in Queens Co. SSNY design. Agent of LLC upon whom process may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to UNITED STATES CORPORATION AGENTS, INC., 7014 13TH AVENUE, SUITE 202, BROOKLYN, NY 11228. Purpose: Any lawful activity. TO SPITI MOU, LLC Articles of Org. filed NY Sec. of State (SSNY) 4/12/18. Office in Queens Co. SSNY design. Agent of LLC upon whom process may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to The LLC 210-03 58th Ave Bayside, NY 11364. Purpose: Any lawful activity. THE INDUSTRY PROJECT LLC Articles of Org. filed NY Sec. of State (SSNY) 4/05/18. Office in Queens Co. SSNY design. Agent of LLC upon whom process may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to The LLC 19-25 22nd DR. Astoria, NY 11105. Purpose: Any lawful activity. Notice of formation of Los Marinillos, LLC. Articles of Organization filed with the Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 04/16/2018. Office located in Queens County. SSNY has being designated as agent for service of process. SSNY shall mail a copy of process to, Los Marinillos, LLC. 141-08 Northern Blvd. Flushing, NY 11354. Purpose: any lawful purpose.

Notice of Formation of LemonShark Poke Midtown East LLC. Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 06/21/18. Office location: Queens County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: 38-19 223rd St., Bayside, NY 11361, Attn: Noel J. Shu. Purpose: any lawful activities.

Notice of Qualification of Cinq Pictures, LLC. Appl. for Auth. filed with NY Dept. of State on 5/2/18. Office location: Queens County. NY Sec. of State designated agent of the LLC upon whom process against it may be served, and shall mail process to the LLC, c/o CT Corporation System, 111 8th Ave, New York, NY 10011. DE addr. of LLC c/o Corporation Trust, 1209 Orange St, Wilmington, DE 19801. Cert. of Form. filed with DE Sec. of State, 401 Federal St., Dover, DE 19901 on 7/27/17. Purpose: any lawful activity. Notice of formation of ATELIER FAUCHEUX LLC Articles of Organization filed with the Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 05/21/2018. Office located in Queens County. SSNY has being designated as agent for service of process. SSNY shall mail a copy of process to, ATELIER FAUCHEUX LLC, 9912 65TH ROAD #6H REGO PARK, NY 11374. Purpose: any lawful purpose. Notice of formation of BLUE BUTTERFLY MASSAGE THERAPY LLC Articles of Organization filed with the Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 06/08/2018. Office located in Queens County. SSNY has being designated as agent for service of process. SSNY shall mail a copy of process to, THE LLC, 179-66 ANDERSON RD., JAMAICA, NY 11434. Purpose: any lawful purpose.

Notice is hereby given that an order entered by the civil court, Queens county, on the 15 th day of MARCH 2018, bearing Index Number NC-000252-18/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 EVA OLIVIA ES­ SACK. The city and state of my address is 116-08 132ND STREET, 1 FL., S. OZONE PARK, NEW YORK 11420-2600. The date of my birth is AUGUST 24, 2011; place of my birth is Queens County, New York State; my present name is EVA ESSACK Notice is hereby given that an order entered by the civil court, Queens county, on the 14 day of JUNE 2018, bearing Index Number NC-000427-18/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)RANDY (middle) JOHN (last) SARGENT. The city and state of my address is WOODHAVEN, NY. The date of my birth is AUGUST 1987; place of my birth is QUEENS, NY; my present name is RANDY HOWARD KALLAHAN aka RANDY HOWARD SARGENT aka RANDY H. SARGENT

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