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LEGIONNAIRES’ SCARE

City Health Department Investigating Two Cases of the Serious Lung Infection in Lindenwood According to Health officials, agency staff is working with building management at 84-10 and 84-20 153rd Avenue to test the water supply for Legionella bacteria.

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102nd Precinct Officers Seize Illegal E-Bikes

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Floats Wow Crowds at Annual Hamilton Beach Baby Parade

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Borough Pols Trash Trump for Ending DACA

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Future of National Flood Insurance Program Still in Doubt

By Michael V. Cusenza

On the heels of historic Hurricane Harvey, and south Florida in Irma’s crosshairs, Congress twiddles its collective thumbs as the National Flood Insurance Program inches closer to expiration. Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer recently said that without “swift action” from the Legislative branch, come Sept. 30, flood-prone communities and cities across America could be in jeopardy. “Right now the entire nation is awestruck by the cataclysmic damage delivered by Hurricane Harvey and our hearts are heavy for Texans in its path. For those of us here in New York, flashbacks of [Superstorm] Sandy are made vivid by the torrent of Harvey. That is why, as this dangerous storm continues to churn, and as hurricane season itself continues to spin, we cannot and must not allow the national flood insurance program to expire,” Schumer said last week. “While the NFIP is in desperate need of improvements — from protecting homeowners from outrageous premiums and storm victims from fraud and abuse — the program cannot be allowed to lapse, because then

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“While the NFIP is in desperate need of improvements — from protecting homeowners from outrageous premiums and storm victims from fraud and abuse — the program cannot be allowed to lapse,” Sen. Schumer said.

tens-of-thousands of New Yorkers and millions of Americans would be in jeopardy.” The NFIP covers more than 186,000 policyholders in the Empire State; part of approximately five million that are protected nationwide. As of late Wednesday afternoon, there was no movement on the Hill regarding even a temporary reauthorization of the program.

“New York City depends upon the NFIP and in order to ensure that it continues to work as it should, it first must be up and running if, God forbid, another hurricane were to head for us,” Schumer added. “That is why I am urging Congress to extend this program and work across the aisle to get it done.” Schumer noted that the Federal Emergency Management

Agency provides homeowners with flood insurance through the NFIP, which was established by Congress in 1968 because most private insurers had stopped offering flood insurance policies. According to FEMA: “The National Flood Insurance Program aims to reduce the impact of flooding on private and public structures. It does so by providing affordable insurance to property

owners and by encouraging communities to adopt and enforce floodplain management regulations. These efforts help mitigate the effects of flooding on new and improved structures. Overall, the program reduces the socio-economic impact of disasters by promoting the purchase and retention of general risk insurance, but also of flood insurance, specifically.” The last NFIP reauthorization passed in 2012. Between 2008 and 2012, Schumer pointed out that the program was extended 17 times and lapsed 4 times. New York’s senior senator said that if Congress fails to act, a lapse in NFIP would mean uncertainty that ranges from individuals not being able to purchase a new home because that home requires flood protection, to homeowners at risk of drastic flood damage not being able to renew their coverage, and many more questions as to how the program would function during the middle of hurricane season. Schumer also noted that while NFIP is not perfect, it must be extended. Allowing the program to lapse during hurricane season would be “irresponsible,” and could wind up costing homeowners and businesses in the five boroughs dearly.

City Confirms Two Legionnaires’ Disease Cases Discovered in Lindenwood By Michael V. Cusenza

Two cases of Legionnaires’ disease have been discovered in Lindenwood, the City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene confirmed to The Forum on Tuesday. “While the risk of infection to tenants is very low, as part of the routine protocol to assess potential sources of Legionnaires’ disease, the Health Department is working with the building management to test the building’s water supply,” said DOHMH spokesman Julien Martinez. “Legionella bacteria are typically found in water systems, including indoor plumbing. Legionnaires’ disease – a type of pneumonia – is not contagious and is easily treatable with antibiotics. People only get sick by breathing in water vapor containing the bacteria. Adults with flu-like symptoms, fever, cough, or difficulty breathing should seek immediate medical attention.” The cases were diagnosed 10 months apart, and both patients

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The City Health Department indicated that it is working with building management to test the edifice’s water supply.

have been hospitalized and discharged. The Health Department on Tuesday began to distribute fliers and went door to door to notify residents of 84-10 and 84-20 153rd Avenue, the Dover and the Cumberland, respectively, which share a boiler or water-distribu-

tion system. And on Wednesday evening, building management, the Howard Beach-Lindenwood Civic, and DOHMH officials were set to host a tenant meeting to brief residents about the investigation. The department noted that

while it is in the process of testing the water tenants can still use and drink water – but tenants at higher risk of getting Legionnaires’ disease should take additional precautions. Higher-risk groups include those aged 50 or older (espe-

cially smokers); people with chronic lung disease (emphysema, COPD); and those with compromised immune systems (posttransplant operation, chemotherapy). People in these groups should take the following precautions: • Don’t take a shower, since it could create water vapor (mist). Instead, take a bath, but fill the tub slowly. Try to minimize your time in the bathroom while the tub is filling. • It’s fine to wash dishes, but fill the sink slowly to avoid creating mist. • It’s fine to drink cold water from the tap, but start with cold water when heating water for tea, coffee, or cooking. • You do not need to wear a mask. • It is important to continue to wash your hands. Last week, DOHMH announced that it was probing two Legionnaires’ cases at a building in Rego Park. An average of 200-400 new cases are reported in the city every year.

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Walter Becker, Steely Dan Co-Founder and Forest Hills Native, Dead at 67

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By Michael V. Cusenza Walter Carl Becker, the Forest Hills native and co-founder, guitarist, and bassist for the pioneering American jazz-rock band, Steely Dan, died on Sunday in Hawaii following a battle with an undisclosed illness. He was 67. Becker was born on Feb. 20, 1950, in Forest Hills and lived in the World’s Borough community until the age of 5, when the family moved to Scarsdale. He attended the prestigious and highly selective Stuyvesant High School in Manhattan before studying at Bard College in Upstate New York, which is where he met longtime musical collaborator and songwriting companion, Don Fagen. Becker and Fagen moved to California in 1971 and formed Steely Dan. The group enjoyed critical and commercial success before disbanding in 1981. “His habits got the best of him by the end of the ’70s, and we lost touch for a while,” Fagen wrote in a tribute to Becker published by Rolling Stone magazine. “In the ’80s, when I was putting together the NY Rock and Soul Review with Libby [Titus], we hooked up again, revived the Steely Dan concept and developed another terrific band…I intend to keep the music we created together alive as long as I can

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Cuomo Announces New State Actions in Opioid Addiction Fight By Forum Staff Governor Andrew Cuomo recently announced two new actions to expand addiction treatment and recovery services for people across New York: a Request for Applications makes up to $4.5 million in funding available to develop nine Open Access Centers across the state; and a Request for Information has been released that seeks input on the development of two pilot recovery high schools. According to the Cuomo administration, the centers will be open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, to deliver immediate engagement, assessment and referral services to people suffering from substance use disorders. The RFA is open to local governments and non-profit organizations. Responses Photo Courtesy of Kevin P. Coughlin/Office of the Governor are due Oct. 31. Governor Cuomo announced the new actions – the Request for Applications and the Request for Information – Funding through the RFA will be award- last week. ed to develop Open Access Centers in nine of the state’s 10 regions, with the excep- lies all across New York who have felt the munities need and provide families with a tion of Central New York. There, Syracuse impact of this deadly addiction,” said Lt. place to turn in times of crisis.” Behavioral Healthcare was selected to de- Gov. Kathy Hochul. “This administration The RFI seeks input on the developvelop a 24-7 Open Access Center, through is taking aggressive actions to combat ad- ment and implementation of two pilot rea locally issued, state-funded procurement, diction, provide resources, and support the covery high schools. A recovery high school Cuomo noted. vital recovery of our families and commu- offers, according to the administration, an “As co-chair of the NYS Heroin and nities. Open access centers will secure the alternative, multi-service high school proOpioid Task Force, I have heard from fami- supportive environments that our com- gram in a safe, sober, and supportive envi4 SEPTEMBER 7, 2017 • Number 36 VOL. 16 • THE FORUM NEWSGROUP

ronment, for students who are in grades 9 through 12 and dealing with a substanceuse disorder. Treatment and recovery services and support are incorporated into the normal school environment as part of the educational programming, and also play a role in staffing. The RFI seeks information from Boards of Cooperative Education Services and nonprofits partnering with one or more BOCES that are interested in implementing recovery high schools in the state. Responses are due Oct. 31. “As the sponsor of legislation to establish recovery high schools in New York, I am pleased that the governor is taking this important step to help support our courageous young women and men who are serious about proceeding with their education while battling substance use disorder,” said Assemblywoman Linda Rosenthal (DManhattan), chairwoman of the Assembly Committee on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse. “Coupled with critical funding for open access centers, these actions will help provide vital supports to those struggling with addiction statewide. I applaud the governor, and look forward to working with the administration to further increase resources to help combat opioid and heroin abuse statewide.”


Schneiderman Warns Against Gas Price Gouging in Wake of Hurricane By Forum Staff State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman on Saturday issued a consumer alert warning both consumers and businesses about gasoline price gouging following Hurricane Harvey and the subsequent reduction in supply that has impacted New York. “Experience has shown that some gas station owners use severe storms as an opportunity to exploit consumers,” Schneiderman said. “Hurricane Harvey has led to gas price spikes across the country, including in New York – but we’ll hold accountable those who seek to capitalize on the storm at the expense of hardworking New York families.”

The attorney general noted that on the Thursday following Harvey, gasoline prices across the country rose to a two-year high. Similarly, the statewide average price of gasoline has risen 23 cents per gallon since Harvey made landfall in Texas over a week ago. The shutdown of major refineries and the closure of the Colonial Pipeline used to carry gas from Texas to the Northeast are respectively having a significant effect on nationwide and local prices, Schneiderman said. The NY AG also pointed out that the General Business Law prohibits excessive increases in prices of essential goods and services like gasoline resulting from natural disasters like Hurricane Harvey that signifi-

during an “abnormal disruption of the market,” as represented by a gross disparity between the price of the product immediately prior to and after such an occurrence. The price gouging law covers New York vendors, retailers and suppliers. Schneiderman has launched probes into price gouging and taken actions against predatory companies during his tenure. As a result of his investigation into high gas prices during Superstorm Photo Courtesy of the Office of the State Attorney General Sandy, Schneiderman secured over New York AG Eric Schneiderman also investigated price gouging and predatory companies $300,000 in penalties and costs in the wake of Superstorm Sandy. from more than 40 gas stations in cantly disrupt the market. Further- taking unfair advantage of consum- the five boroughs, Long Island, and more, New York State’s Price Goug- ers by selling goods or services for the Hudson Valley that gouged their ing Law prohibits merchants from an “unconscionably excessive price” customers.

City Workers can set aside Portion of Paychecks for Harvey Relief Efforts

By Forum Staff

Employees of New York City can now directly donate a portion of their paychecks  to hurricane relief efforts, Mayor Bill de Blasio and Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito announced on Friday. According to the administration, the funds will be distributed to reputable relief organizations already working to support the people who have been impacted in Houston and the surrounding areas. One hundred percent of all donations will be dispersed to support relief efforts and organizations, the City noted. “Over the past few days, Hurricane Harvey has devastated much of

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According to Mayor de Blasio, the funds will be distributed to reputable relief organizations already working to support the people who have been impacted in Houston and the surrounding areas.

the Houston area, destroying houses and leaving thousands of Texans stranded. Rescue efforts are still underway, and Texans need all the help

they can get. That is why I encourage everyone to contribute to the Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund or by donating a portion of their  pay-

checks through the NYC Mayor’s Relief Fund – the proceeds of which will directly go towards disaster relief in affected areas,” Mark-Viverito said. “New York City stands with Houston, and I encourage all New Yorkers to offer assistance however they can. I thank Council Member Treyger and Council Member Richards for their hard work in calling attention to what is happening in Houston, and their partnership with elected officials and disaster relief organizations to help out during this difficult time.” The money will be set aside and directed via the Mayor’s Fund to Advance NYC and distributed to organizations working on the ground

– such as National Volunteering Organizations Active in Disaster, American Red Cross, and The Salvation Army – to provide relief to individuals, families, and communities that have faced the brunt of the storm. The Mayor’s Fund is also accepting donations from all New Yorkers via its website, nyc.gov/ fund. “Just as Texans were here for us during Hurricane Sandy, it is imperative that we stand with them during these difficult times,” said Councilman Donovan Richards (D-Laurelton). “Donating a portion of your paycheck  to the Mayor’s Fund will go a long way in bringing immediate relief to those in need.”

Bo Dietl Challenges Mayor de Blasio to Five Debates By Michael V. Cusenza At least he’s trying to make it interesting. Long-shot mayoral candidate Bo Dietl has thrown down the proverbial political gauntlet, challenging the heavily favored incumbent, Mayor Bill de Blasio, to five debates – one in each borough of the city. Dietl, who is running as an Independent, sent a letter to de Blasio – who Dietl derisively refers to as Big Bird on the campaign trail – on Thursday, touting himself as “the most qualified and viable candidate to replace you.” “Each one of our five boroughs faces its own unique challenges and issues, and voters in each borough have their own sets of concerns,” Dietl wrote. “Two debates have been sanctioned by the Campaign Finance

Board, but this small amount of discussion is woefully inadequate for our city’s vibrant democracy. You tout yourself as a transparent mayor — a claim that millions of New Yorkers disagree with, myself included. But I am willing to give you the benefit of the doubt. I challenge you to live up to your own billing and give the voters the transparency and information they deserve by agreeing to five additional debates.” Dietl billed the bouts as the chance the city’s “4.5 million eligible voters deserve to be able to make the most informed decision possible about the future” of the five boroughs. Gentrification, homelessness, crime, addiction and transportation impact each neighborhood differently,” Dietl said as he closed out the brief missive. “From Wakefield to Tottenville, voters have a lot of ques-

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Dietl has repeatedly referred to Mayor de Blasio as “Big Bird.” He also recently challenged Hizzoner to a debate in each of the five boroughs.

reaction to the letter or the debate challenge. That wasn’t the only letter that Dietl penned in recent days. The bombastic Bo also ripped Republican mayoral candidate Nicole Malliotakis in a missive to Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance and State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman. According to Dietl, the Malliotakis campaign “submitted false documents to the Board of Elections by claiming in a cover sheet that ‘the petition contains the number, or in excess of the number, of valid signatures required by Election Law.’ This statement was false! She didn’t even file a third of the required minimum. “We don’t need to replace de Blasio, the criminal, with another criminal,” Dietl added. “I am immediately calling on her to drop out of the race.”

tions about real issues. I want to ad- actions and not just your claims that dress each and every one of them and you actually care about giving voters look forward to discussing all these the most information possible this topics and more with you at length election year. I look forward to your in a series of spirited and substantive participation.” public debates. Mayor, it’s time to The de Blasio camp did not restep up to the table and show by your spond to The Forum’s request for THE FORUM NEWSGROUP • VOL. 16 • Number 36 SEPTEMBER 7, 2017 | 5


102nd Precinct Traffic Initiative Sees E-Bikes Confiscated By Michael V. Cusenza Use it and lose it, indeed. As part of a traffic safety initiative, officers with the 102nd Precinct recently confiscated several illegal electronic bikes across the command. “These unregistered electric bikes were seized on our latest safety operation,” Dep. Inspector Deodat Urprasad, precinct commander, wrote on Twitter in addition to posting images of the impounded vehicles.

Motor bikes are a familiar sight in the five boroughs, especially in warmer months. And that’s when the City police Department ratchets up its annual crack down on the modes of transportation. “With the nice weather approaching, don’t forget that it’s illegal to ride certain motor bikes in NYC,” the NYPD posted to its Twitter page earlier this year. “If you ride it, we’re going to take it.” Photos Courtesy of NYPD

Bank Bandit has Hit Pickpocket Lifts Forest Two Borough Capital One Hills Straphanger’s Wallet Branches: Police By Michael V. Cusenza

By Michael V. Cusenza Police recently called on the public for help in identifying a man wanted for questioning in connection with at least two borough bank robberies this summer. According to City Police Department reports, in the first incident, the suspect walked into the Jamaica Capital One branch on Jamaica Avenue near Sutphin Boulevard on Friday, July 21, at approximately 5:05 p.m., approached a teller and presented a note demanding cash. The employee complied and the man fled the bank on foot in unknown direction with approximately $3,700. And last Monday, Aug. 28, around 3 p.m., the suspect entered the Capital One branch on 71st Avenue in Forest Hills, and passed a note demanding cash to a teller. After the teller followed his orders, the perpetrator fled the bank on foot in unknown direction with approximately $474. Photo Courtesy of NYPD The suspect is described as a white The suspect stole more than $4,000 total from the two man, last seen wearing a blue collared long- banks. sleeved shirt, blue jeans, a white baseball hat with an orange logo and eyeglasses. also submit info by logging onto  NYPDAnyone with information is asked to Crimestoppers.com or by texting their tips call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline to 274637 (CRIMES) then enter TIP577. at (800) 577-TIPS (8477) or for Spanish, All correspondences are strictly confiden(888) 57-PISTA (74782).  The public can tial. 6 SEPTEMBER 7, 2017 • Number 36 VOL. 16 • THE FORUM NEWSGROUP

South Queens investigators recently reached out to the public for help in identifying a not-so-slickfingered pickpocket who mugged a man earlier this summer as he exited a Forest Hills subway station. According to police reports, on Sunday, July 9, around 11:20 a.m., the suspect reached into the victim’s pocket and removed his wallet, which contained multiple credit cards, as he walked up the stairs to leave the station at 67th Avenue and Queens Boulevard. The victim, 69, struggled with the suspect, described as a “darkskinned black man,” before the crook fled on foot “to parts unknown,” cops noted. No injuries were reported. Anyone with information is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at (800) 577TIPS (8477) or for Spanish, (888) 57-PISTA (74782).  The public can also submit info by logging onto  NYPDCrimestoppers.com  or by texting their tips to 274637 (CRIMES) then enter Photo Courtesy of NYPD TIP577. All correspondences are The victim’s wallet contained multiple credit cards. strictly confidential.


Cops Ask for Assistance in Search for Missing Middle Village Man By Michael V. Cusenza Investigators recently reached out to the public for help in locating a Middle Village man who has been missing for more than a week. According to 104th Precinct reports, Anthony Monserrate was last seen Tuesday, Aug. 29, around 1 p.m. sitting in a silver 2000 Mitsubishi Montero in front of Rego Park Center II mall at Junction Boulevard and Horace Harding Expressway. The 81-year-old Monserrate is described as approximately 5-foot-2, 135 pounds, sporting a thin build with brown eyes and gray hair. He was last seen wearing a blue baseball cap, blue shorts and a white T-shirt. Anyone with information is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at (800) 577-TIPS (8477) or for Spanish, (888) 57-PISTA (74782). The public can also submit info by logging onto  NYPDCrimestoppers.com  or by texting their tips to 274637 (CRIMES) Photo Courtesy of NYPD then enter TIP577. All correspondenc- Anthony Monserrate was last seen Tuesday, Aug. 29 in Rego Park. es are strictly confidential.

Cops Catch Man who Attempted to Abduct Girl outside Queens Village Key Food By Michael V. Cusenza

Police this week announced that the man who allegedly tried to kidnap a 12-year-old girl in front of a Queens Village supermarket last Thursday has been taken into custody. Vladimir Suero, 38, was arraigned on Monday on a criminal complaint charging him with acting in a manner injurious to a child less than 17 and second-degree harassment. Bail was set at $5,000 cash or bond and a temporary order of protection has been issued. According to City Department of Correction records, Suero is still on Rikers Island. According to police reports, a 12-yearold girl was walking with her mother near the Key Food on Jamaica Avenue and 214th Street last Thursday around 12:30 p.m. when Suero allegedly approached the child and stated in Spanish “You are coming with me” and forcibly grabbed the victim’s arm. Upon observing his action, the Photo Courtesy of NYPD mother intervened and Suero fled on foot Police released this sketch of the suspect shortly after the attempted kidnapping last Thursday. in an unknown direction.

Two Men Convicted of Kidnapping Teen Girl who They Raped and Prostituted

By Forum Staff Two Queens men have been convicted of kidnapping, raping and pimping out a 14-year-old female runaway for sex. Differson Legrand, 39, of 99th Avenue, and Chilo Petit, 36, of 170 Street, have been convicted of second-degree kidnapping, second-degree rape and third-degree promoting prostitution after a two-week jury trial before Queens Supreme Court Justice Stephanie Zaro. Sentencing for the pair has been set for September 13, at which time the defendants each face each up to 25 years in prison. According to trial testimony, the 14-yearold victim ran away from home and became involved in a sexual relationship with Petit

during the fall of 2014 through June 2015. During this time, Petit took the victim to Legrand’s residence, locked her in a room and continued to have sex with her before having her engage in prostitution acts. When Petit refused to no longer split the proceeds obtained by the victim through prostitution, she left the residence and returned to her home. A short while later, she ran into Legrand who took her back to his residence, had sex with her and made her continue to engage in prostitution. When the victim later refused to “work” Legrand grabbed her by the neck, punched her in the face and told her that she had no choice but to work and make him money. Later that day, the victim snuck out of the defendant’s residence and eventually contacted her mother. “As I said many times before, prostitution is not a victimless crime but a despicable offense against society and womanhood practiced by callous jackals who enslave young women without hope and victimize them a day at a time for their own financial benefit,” said District Attorney Brown. “These convictions ensure that these defendants are held accountable for their vile actions and demonstrates how seriously we take the victimization of young women.”

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Baby Parade Brings Summer to a Creative Close in Hamilton Beach By Michael V. Cusenza Smiles, food, fundraising, and, of course, some ingenious floats on Sunday beat back the gray gloom of ominous clouds as Hamilton Beach marked the end of summer with its annual Baby Parade. Hosted by the New Hamilton Beach Civic Association, the yearly tradition has become a showcase of inspiration, hard work, and creativity as families come together to build their best floats that com-

pete for prizes. “The kids all seem to have a wonderful time, but most of all thank you to the community,” said civic President Roger Gendron. “Kudos to everybody who brought donations for Hurricane Harvey relief for the people in Texas. That’s the way for a community to come together to give back to those who had helped us during our time of need after Superstorm Sandy.” Photos Courtesy of Dan Brown and the New Hamilton Beach Civic Association

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Remembering

Patrick Joseph Connolly 1921-2017

In his life he was a devoted husband and father, a brother, a grandfather, a policeman, a fireman, a war hero; he loved and honored his family, his country, his community and his God. This week, The Forum marks his passing and shares with you some of the details of the remarkable life he shared with all around him. Prepared by Stephen Connolly

Patrick Joseph Connolly was born August 5, 1921 on 133rd St. in Harlem. He was the 2nd of 9 children born to Patrick and Anna Connolly. His parents met while migrating from Ireland on the Lusitania in 1912 and married in 1919. As a young boy his family enjoyed their summers in Rockaway Beach and moved to 81st in the mid 1920’s. They were members of St. Rose of Lima Parish until moving to Howard Beach to be part of Our Lady of Grace Parish in 1932. Patrick spent 85 years as a member of the parish and community of Howard Beach. As a young boy he became fascinated with the adventurous new aviation industry. He and his friends would ride bikes out to Curtis Field now the Green Acres Mall, and over to Floyd Bennet Field to see the planes landing. They would be especially excited whenever they heard Charles Lindbergh would be flying in. Mr. Connolly also saw the Hindenburg on numerous occasions flying around the skies of NYC. On December 7, 1941, Patrick was playing basketball in a semi pro league for a team called “The Americans” in Our Lady of Grace School hall, when the announcement that Pearl Harbor had been attacked came. He immediately signed up for the US Army Air Corps and became a Bombardier for the 8th Air Force stationed in Mendlesham, England. He flew 33 combat missions over Germany including multiple times to Berlin. On one of those missions his aircraft sustained heavy enemy fire and crash landed behind Allied lines and the crew made their way back to England. Within a few days they were back in

the skies for more missions. On one occasion he heard a familiar voice over the radio of the Command Pilot of a group of 600 B-17’s and escorts– it was the voice of the famous actor, Jimmy Stewart, also was a member of the 8th Air Force. Upon returning home, Patrick married Breeda Walsh, who had migrated to Howard Beach from Limerick City, Ireland and happened to live a few doors away on 99th St. They were married on February 15, 1947 and raised 8 children in their home on 97th St. In 1952, Patrick joined the NYPD as an officer in midtown and moved over to the FDNY in 1954. He attained the rank of Captain. Like many Fireman he sustained his share of injuries including a very serious injury on February 25, 1964 in lower Manhattan. Having just rescued some people off a roof of a building on White Street, he was making his way down when the building collapsed. Reports at the time had him DOA at Bellevue Hospital. Fortunately, he was revived and after a lengthy, somewhat miraculous rehab he picked up his active life. The injury left him unable to continue on full duty and he spent 3 years in the FDNY Training Division of the Fire Academy. After retiring from the FDNY, he became a school bus driver for Varsity. Before and after retirement, his life was very full. He was extremely active in various charitable organizations including Project Children which brought children from the war in Northern Ireland to the U.S. For a number of decades he ran the intramural sports program in Our Lady of Grace. He

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tainable. His promise to pray for you was a gift. Mr. Connolly was a man whose life defies anyone who doubts the power of prayer or the strength that comes from the God he devoted his life to. His example lives on through the members of one of the most wonderful families this community has and ever will know. Although he no longer walks among us, he has left an indelible imprint on this earth. Mr. Connolly we thank you for all of your contributions, for your sage, your guidance and for your unwavering faith in God and in people. I was recently informed that he “always really appreciated [your] good and worthy reporting and community building efforts.”–I can only say that in leaving this earth, his words about me left me with the single greatest compliment I have ever received. Mr. Connolly, it is a comfort to know you rest peacefully and have reached your richly deserved eternal reward.

As a newspaper publisher in a tight knit community, there is often the opportunity to come into contact with people you wouldn’t have otherwise had occasion to meet. I have had many such meetings throughout my career– many of which have turned out to be meetings with somewhat remarkable individuals. But meeting Mr. Connoly was not an introduction that merely revealed a remarkable man—it was more a privilege. God was generous to grace us with his presence for 97 years—but for everyone he leaves behind, nearly a century just wasn’t enough. I don’t know what made more of an impression on me—whether it was his handshake or his smile or his inability to say anything to you that didn’t include his best wishes for you –no matter what the situation was—and his encouragement to turn to God for the help that seemed so unat-

Patrick J. Connolly and his wife of over 70 years, Breeda.

ran the Amazing Grace Prayer Group in Our Lady of Grace which kept him very busy all the way through to his early 90’s. To celebrate his 90th birthday he traveled to Ireland to climb a mountain called Croagh Patrick. He did this as a pilgrimage to the holy site and to thank God for his parents and his in-laws for bestowing the faith on him. As far as anyone there knows, he is the oldest person to ever summit the mountain. The thing that kept him busiest though, was his family. At his passing, his downline of children, In-laws, grandchildren and greatgrandchildren numbered 65 people in whose lives he was extremely active. On December 9, 2013 Patrick suffered a major brain hemorrhage. Doctors gave him no more than 4 days. He defied the odds again, and while his physical body was paralyzed, his intellect remained intact and he led as full a life as possible. On August 20th, 2017 at 6:57 AM Patrick peacefully passed away in the ER of Jamaica Hospital surrounded by his wife,children and in-laws, as well as the Pastor of Our Lady of Grace, Fr. Marc and Fr. Andre, the Chaplain of Jamaica Hospital. He is survived by his wife of 70 and a half years, Breeda; his eight children and son-inlaw and daughters-in-law; his 22 grandchil- Bombadier Patrick J. Connolly dren and 23 great-grandchildren.

Firefighters from many companies lined Cross Bay and Woodhaven Blvds. to salute as the funeral procession passed

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LEGIONNAIRES' DISEASE What you need to know

The recent reports of Legionnaires’ disease in our community has sent many into a panic. This week we’d like to tell you everything you need to know about the disease and how you can prevent it. A form of pneumonia, Legionnaires is deadly, but preventable. It is often mistaken for less virulent forms of pneumonia, but a simple test can tell the difference easily. Legionnaires’ is a bacterial infection usually contracted by inhaling droplets of contaminated water. The droplets can come from shower heads, water-therapy spas and baths, cooling towers, and at times from medical equipment. The signs and symptoms of infection (coughing, shortness of breath, fever, muscle aches, and headaches) are common enough to be mistaken for regular pneumonia, but be aware– it is far more deadly. Healthy people who are exposed to the Legionella bacteria don’t usually develop the disease, but 10 percent of those who do get sick die. That risk is elevated to about 25% in the hospital. With only about 6,000 cases reported Photo Courtesy of the Justice Department

U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions called DACA “an open-ended circumvention of immigration laws.”

each year, the disease is fairly rare. But experts at the Center for Disease Control say there is a dramatic escalation in incidence of the disease between 2000 and 2015. In the meantime, the bottom line for patients is a bit simpler: You might not be able to do anything about your hospital’s water supply, but you can still take some steps to protect yourself: If you or someone you love is diagnosed with pneumonia in a hospital or another health care facility (or in the weeks after being discharged from a facility) ask to be tested for Legionnaires’ disease. (There are two tests that clinicians use for this: One relies on urine samples, the other on phlegm.) The available tests won’t detect every possible strain of this infection. But they may detect the more common and virulent versions. And if you test positive, they will help your doctor tailor your treatment at the outset. Despite the alarming fatality rates, most cases of Legionnaires’ disease can be treated successfully with the right antibiotics.

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By Michael V. Cusenza The Trump administration on Tuesday initiated the orderly phase out of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program—and elected New York officials roundly ripped the president for the move. According to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, DACA is a policy developed during the Obama administration that allows certain people who came to the United States as children, and meet several guidelines, to request consideration of deferred action from deportation for two years, subject to renewal. They are also eligible for work authorization. Deferred action is a use of prosecutorial discretion to defer deportation for a certain period of time. Deferred action does not provide lawful status, USCIS noted. “Such an open-ended circumvention of immigration laws was an unconstitutional exercise of authority by the Execu-

tive branch,” Attorney General Jeff Sessions said on Tuesday. Many New York pols strongly disagreed. “Today, my thoughts are with the thousands of young people across this country who have had their dreams for a better future dashed. President Trump’s decision to eliminate DACA places hundreds of thousands of young people at risk of being deported through no fault of their own,” said U.S. Rep. Grace Meng (D-Flushing). “Let’s be clear, DACA protected individuals who were brought to this country as children and who subsequently obeyed the law. Many earned degrees from American high schools and universities, and some even served in our military. These are exactly the type of individuals America should embrace, not turn away.” City Comptroller Scott Stringer said DACA “is about the heart and soul” of the country. “As an American, I’m stunned. As a fa-

Celebrating Music from Around the World at PAL Cultural Day Queens kids recently helped celebrate the Police Athletic League’s 2017 summer curriculum theme, “Music from Around the World,” at the organization’s Cultural Day in the Bronx. Borough youngsters from the Edward Byrne PAL Center represented polka

music from Poland at the annual event’s colorful parade, which boasted themed banners and attire, interactive exhibits, the Knowledge Bowl competition, and cultural performances. Photo Courtesy of the Police Athletic League

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ther to two young children, I’m heartbroken. It’s hard to imagine the fear tens of thousands of New Yorkers, and hundreds of thousands of Americans, are feeling today as their White House targets them,” Stringer added. “But every Dreamer should know that we are prepared to fight. I will not give up — and New York City won’t give up.” State Sen. Jose Peralta (D-East Elmhurst) characterized Trump’s decision to rescind DACA as “brutal and incomprehensible,” noting that it is “disheartening” to see how this president, “son and grandson of immigrants, just killed the hopes and dreams” of hundreds of thousands of people. “The First Lady is an immigrant herself, so the action taken by President Trump is appalling,” the senator said. Peralta also called the phase-out of DACA “economic suicide, since, according to a study by the Center for American Progress, DACA beneficiaries will contrib-

ute $460.3 billion to the U.S. gross domestic product over the next decade. DACA not only provides hope and opportunity, it boosts our economy and creates jobs.” Meng later called Trump’s decision “profoundly irresponsible.” “Robert F. Kennedy once remarked: ‘Our attitude towards immigration reflects our faith in the American ideal. We have always believed it possible for men and women who start at the bottom to rise as far as talent and energy allow. Neither race nor place of birth should affect their chances.’ As an elected representative of Queens, New York, and as the daughter of immigrants myself, I know this to be true,” Meng added. “America is not so small, or insecure, or diminished that it has no place for the next generation of dreamers and seekers within its borders. It is still, even despite today’s decision, a great nation. And our political leaders should begin conducting themselves as such.”


Beloved Borough Assemblyman Mike Simanowitz Dies at 45 By Michael V. Cusenza Assemblyman Mike Simanowitz, a Democrat who represented the Queens communities of the 27th District for the past six years, died on Saturday after a long clash with cancer. He was 46. Simanowitz was born and raised in Forest Hills, but settled in Electchester in Flushing to raise his family. After Assemblywoman Nettie Mayersohn announced her retirement in 2011, Simanowitz, who had served as chief of staff for 15 of her 28 years in the Assembly, won the special election for the D27 seat. He took office in September 2011, immediately representing the interests of residents and entrepreneurs of parts of Richmond Hill, Forest Hills, Flushing, College Point, Whitestone, Kew Gardens, and Briarwood. Upon his election, Simanowitz stepped down from his position in the City Police Department’s Auxiliary Division. He volunteered in the 107th Precinct from 1995 to 2011, the last nine years as commanding officer.

Simanowitz represented the 27th Assembly District for the past six years.

Tributes to Simanowitz have poured into The Forum over the past five days. “Mike Simanowitz dedicated the majority of his professional life to public service and helping others,” said State Sen. Joe Addabbo, Jr. (D-Howard Beach). “I understand that his name Mike or

Meir in Hebrew means “light” and he truly was the light for so many of his constituents, helping them find answers to their concerns. As a husband, father, and community leader, he will be missed. My prayers are with his family during their difficult time.” “I am deeply saddened by the

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news of Assemblyman Mike Simanowitz’s passing,” added City Councilman Eric Ulrich (R-Ozone Park). “Mike was a selfless public servant, a leader and a good friend. He dedicated his life to helping others, and was a remarkable person who loved his family, and the people he so proudly represented.”

U.S. Rep. Grace Meng said, “I am shocked and devastated over the sudden passing of Assemblyman Mike Simanowitz who was taken from us at such a young age. Mike was a dedicated public servant who worked tirelessly to improve his community, both as an elected official and as a staff member to his predecessor. He was also a constituent and a great friend. But more importantly, Mike was a wonderful human being. He had a heart of gold and was among the warmest, friendliest and most down-to-earth individuals I have known. His passing is a terrible loss for me personally as well as for our borough, city and state. I will miss him enormously. But his service and advocacy will never be forgotten, and I will always cherish the times we spent together. “At this difficult time, I send my deepest condolences to Mike’s wife and children, his parents, and all of his friends, colleagues and constituents. I ask all New Yorkers to keep Mike’s family in their thoughts and prayers.” Simanowitz is survived by his wife, Jen, and their four children.

Peralta, Avella Allocate Funds for Queens DA for Crime Victims with Special Needs By Forum Staff State Sens. Jose Peralta (DEast Elmhurst) and Tony Avella (D-Bayside) recently announced a $150,000 state allocation for the Queens District Attorney’s Office, which will be used to support initiatives to assist crime victims with special needs: child victims of sexual or physical abuse, immigrant victims of crime, and elderly victims who fall prey to financial exploitation. According to the elected officials, the funding will support the services of one assistant district attorney assigned to the Elder Fraud Unit, which focuses on enhancing efforts to combat the growing problem of financial exploitation in the borough. According to the Queens District Attorney Richard Brown, criminal activity targeting the elderly – including telemarketing and consumer scams, identity theft, credit card and mortgage fraud, among others – has increased. “A society is measured by how it treats the weakest and most vulnerable among its people. In Queens County, we have long

Photo Courtesy of Sen. Peralta’s Office

Assistant District Attorneys Kenneth Applebaum, chief of the Queens DA’s Special Victims Bureau (l. to r.), and Carmencita Gutierrez, director of the DA’s Office of Immigrant Affairs; Sens. Peralta and Avella; and Assistant District Attorney Kirsten Kane, chief of the DA’s Elder Fraud Unit.

strived to protect those especially vulnerable to deception, fraud and abuse – the children, the elderly and our immigrant communities,” Brown said. “I applaud and welcome Senators  Peralta  and Avella’s efforts in obtaining for us this $150,000 state allocation that will be used exclusively for those efforts.” Additionally, part of the state

In the area of child sexual and physical abuse, the funding will also support the services of one assistant district attorney based at the Queens Child Advocacy Center. The center provides comprehensive services to victims of child sexual and physical abuse and their families. The CAC fosters a supportive environment for child victims and their families. Specialized staff includes members of the City Police Department, the City Administration Children’s Services, Safe Horizon and Northwell Health.   To protect elderly victims of crimes, the Queens District Attorney’s Office has assigned assistant district attorneys specially trained in handling these matters to work in a team approach with social workers from the DA’s Office, who provide support services to the victims. Efforts also include public outreach directed toward building awareness of financial exploitation crimes in Queens and encouraging elderly victims to come forward and seek help to deal with the consequences of being victimized or financially exploited.

allocation will also support staff New Yorkers. This allocation will assigned to the Queens District protect children, immigrants, and Attorney’s Office of Immigrant seniors, some of the most targeted Affairs, which assists members of populations in our city,” Avella the borough’s immigrant commu- added. “I am proud that Senator nities in navigating and accessing Peralta and I are able to provide services within the criminal jus- this money to protect our fellow tice system. Queens residents and am looking “Now, more than ever, our le- forward to all the positive work gal system needs to do all it can the DA Brown can do with this to protect the most vulnerable of funding.” THE FORUM NEWSGROUP • VOL. 16 • Number 36 SEPTEMBER 7, 2017 | 11


EDITORIAL

BE THE DIFFERENCE Often, in this space, we talk about the importance of getting involved – volunteering with an area charitable organization, attending civic meetings, or even running for office. Make a difference in your world. This month, National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month, presents 30 days full of chances to make a difference—to BE that difference. Did you know? According to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, suicide is the tenth-leading cause of death in the United States. Each year, 44,193 Americans die by suicide. For every suicide, 25 people attempt to kill themselves. And suicide costs the country $51 billion annually. Did you know? In New York, suicide is the second leading cause of death for ages 25-34; and the third leading cause of death for ages 15-24. Did you know? Nearly 90 percent of Americans value mental health and physical health equally, yet about one-third find mental health care inaccessible, and more than four in 10 see cost as a barrier to treatment for most people, according to the results of a survey released in 2015 by the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, the

American Foundation for Suicide Prevention and the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention. Did you know? That you can help? Suicide is not inevitable for anyone. By starting the conversation, providing support, and directing help to those who need it, we can prevent suicides and save lives, according to the Suicide Prevention Lifeline. The SPL has also noted that evidence shows that providing support services, talking about suicide, reducing access to means of self-harm, and following up with loved ones are just some of the actions we can all take to help others. Additionally, the Suicide Prevention Lifeline emphasized the importance of

knowing the risk factors that make it more likely that someone will consider, attempt, or die by suicide; and knowing the warning signs that may help you determine if a loved one is at risk for suicide. Risk Factors: • Mental disorders, particularly mood disorders, schizophrenia, anxiety disorders, and certain personality disorders • Alcohol and other substance use disorders • Hopelessness • Impulsive and/or aggressive tendencies • History of trauma or abuse • Major physical illnesses

• Previous suicide attempt(s) • Family history of suicide • Job or financial loss • Loss of relationship(s) • Easy access to lethal means • Local clusters of suicide • Lack of social support and sense of isolation • Stigma associated with asking for help • Lack of healthcare, especially mental health and substance abuse treatment • Cultural and religious beliefs, such as the belief that suicide is a noble resolution of a personal dilemma • Exposure to others who have died by suicide (in real life or via the media and internet) Warning Signs: • Talking about wanting to die or to kill themselves • Looking for a way to kill themselves, like searching online or buying a gun • Talking about feeling hopeless or having no reason to live wings Did you know? In September, National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month, you can BE that difference.

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Legal Notices Notice of Formation, YOSEKA LLC Arts. of Org. filed with the SSNY on 06/19/2017. Office loc: Queens County. SSNY has been designated as agent upon whom process against the LLC may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: CORPORATE FILINGS OF NEW YORK, 90 STATE STREET, STE 700, OFFICE 40, ALBANY, NY, 12207. Purpose: Any Lawful Purpose.

Notice of formation of THE LADDER PROPERTY GROUP LLC. Arts of Org filed with Secy of State of NY (SSNY) on 6/29/17. Office location: Queens County. SSNY designated as agent upon whom process may be served and shall mail copy of process against LLC to: 16403 Jewel Ave., Fresh Meadows, NY 11365. Purpose: any lawful act.

VEBO LLC, Arts. of Org. filed with the SSNY on 07/18/2017. Office loc: Queens County. SSNY has been designated as agent upon whom process against the LLC may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: Vladimir Banjac, 67-30 Clyde St., #6U, Forest Hills, NY 11375. Purpose: Any Lawful Purpose. Notice of formation of CATHY CHIU LAM CHB LLC. Articles of Organization filed with the Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 5/11/2017. Office location: QUEENS County. SSNY has been designated for service of process. SSNY shall mail copy of any process served against the LLC to CATHY CHIU LAM CHB LLC 14909 183RD Street, Room 208, Springfield Gardens, NY 11413 Purpose: Any lawful purpose.

Notice of Formation: Eurofin LLC Articles of Organization filed with Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 05/08/2017. Office loc: Queens County. SSNY designated for service of process. SSNY shall mail copies of any process served against the LLC to: SABAJ LAW, P.C, 121A Nassau Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11222. Purpose: Any lawful purpose or activity

Notice of Formation of SEAVIEW A DEVELOPER MANAGING MEMBER, LLC Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 07/26/17. Office location: Queens County. Princ. office of LLC: 42-09 235th St., 2nd Fl., Douglaston, NY 11363. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to the LLC at the addr. of its princ. office. Purpose: Any lawful activity. Notice of formation of MOSAIC STREET BOOKS Articles of organization filed with the Secretary of State of N.Y. (SSNY) on 07/20 2107 Office location: Queens County. 8SSNY has been designated as agent of the LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to United States Corporation Agents, Inc., 7014 13th Avenue, Suite 202, Brooklyn, New York 11228. Purpose: Any lawful activity.

SUPPLEMENTAL SUMMONS Index No. 714697/2016 STATE OF NEW YORK SUPREME COURT – COUNTY OF QUEENS HSBC BANK USA, N.A., Plaintiff, -vs- THE HEIRS AT LARGE OF RITA XAVIER A/K/A RITA MARGARET XAVIER, deceased, and all persons who are husbands, widows, grantees, mortgagees, lienors, heirs, devisees, distributees, successors in interest of such of them as may be dead, and their husbands and wives, heirs, devisees, distributees and successors of interest of all of whom and whose names and places are unknown to Plaintiff; ARIELLE XAVIER; KATIA XAVIER A/K/A KATIA GELMAN; GLENN XAVIER; UNITED STATES OF AMERICA; NEW YORK STATE DEPARTMENT OF TAXATION AND FINANCE; “JOHN DOE” AND “JANE DOE” said names being fictitious, it being the intention of Plaintiff to designate any and all occupants of premises being foreclosed herein, Defendants. Mortgaged Premises: 89-07 211ST STREET, JAMAICA, NY 11427 TO THE ABOVE NAMED DEFENDANT(S): YOU ARE HEREBY SUMMONED to answer the Complaint in the above entitled action and to serve a copy of your Answer on the plaintiff ’s attorney within twenty

Notice of formation of ABUNDIA CLEANING SERVICES LLC Arts of Org filed with Secy of State of NY (SSNY) on 3/20/17. Office location: Queens County. SSNY designated as agent upon whom process may be served and shall mail copy of process against LLC to: IVONNE SIBRIAN, 157-11 SANFORD AVE., APT#C2, FLUSHING, NY 11355. Purpose: any lawful act.

Notice of formation of KALEN LLC Articles of Org. filed with the Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 06/01/2017. Office located in Queens County. SSNY has been designated for service of process. SSNY shall mail copy of any process served against the LLC to: LEGALINC CORPORATE SERVICES INC. , 1967 WEHRLE DRIVE, SUITE 1 #086, Bufalo, NY 14221. Purpose: Any lawful activity or purpose. Notice is hereby given that license #1302407 has been applied by the undersigned to sell liquor, wine and beer under the alcoholic beverage control law at 9-15 WYCOFF AVE, RIDGEWOOD, NY 11385 for on-premises consumption. WYCOFF WEIRFIELD CORP. Notice of Formation of 130-02 SOUTH CONDUIT AVENUE TRIANGLE LLC Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 08/07/17. Office location: Queens County. Princ. office of LLC: 130-02 S. Conduit Ave., Queens, NY 11430. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to the LLC, 30-56 Whitestone Expwy., Ste. 300, Whitestone, NY 11354. Purpose: Any lawful activity.

KYLINEN LLC. Arts. of Org. filed with the SSNY on 07/25/17. Office: Queens County. SSNY designated as agent of the LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to the LLC, 135-41 Coolidge Ave, Briarwood, NY 11435. Purpose: Any lawful purpose.

Notice of formation of IKIGAI DEVELOPMENT, LLC. Articles of Org. filed with the Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 05/04/2017. Office located in Queens County. SSNY has been designated for service of process. SSNY shall mail copy of any process served against the LLC to: MASHIRO IKEDA, 39-49 29TH STREET, Notice of formation of CAIT AND THE LONG ISLAND CITY, NY 11101. Purpose: Any CRITTERS LLC Articles of Org. filed with lawful activity or purpose. the Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on Notice of formation of DG SAFETY NY LLC 07/17/2017. Office located in Queens County. SSNY has been designated for service of process. Articles of Org. filed with the Secretary of State of SSNY shall mail copy of any process served against New York (SSNY) on 07/20/2017. Office located the LLC to:CAIT AND THE CRITTERS LLC, 40- in Queens County. SSNY has been designated for 31 48TH STREET, #2R, SUNNYSIDE, NY 11104. service of process. SSNY shall mail copy of any process served against the LLC to: DG SAFETY Purpose: Any lawful activity or purpose. NY LLC, 6237 ELLWELL CRESCENT, REGO PARK, NY 11374. Purpose: Any lawful activity or purpose.

(20) days of the service of this Summons, exclusive of the day of service, or within thirty (30) days after service of the same is complete where service is made in any manner other than by personal delivery within the State. The United States of America, if designated as a defendant in this action, may answer or appear within sixty (60) days of service hereof. Your failure to appear or answer will result in a judgment against you by default for the relief demanded in the Complaint. In the event that a deficiency balance remains from the sale proceeds, a judgment may be entered against you, unless the Defendant obtained a bankruptcy discharge and such other or further relief as may be just and equitable. NOTICE YOU ARE IN DANGER OF LOSING YOUR HOME If you do not respond to this summons and complaint by serving a copy of the answer to the attorney for the mortgage company who filed this foreclosure proceeding against you and filing the answer with the court, a default judgment may be entered and you can lose your home. Speak to an attorney or go to the court where your case is pending for further information on how to answer the summons and protect your property. Sending payment to your mortgage company will not stop this foreclosure action. YOU MUST RESPOND BY SERVING A COPY OF THE ANSWER ON THE ATTOR-

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NEY FOR THE PLAINTIFF (MORTGAGE COMPANY) AND FILING THE ANSWER WITH THE COURT. These pleadings are being amended to include the Heirs at Large of RITA XAVIER A/K/A RITA MARGARET XAVIER, deceased. These pleadings are also being amended to include Katia Xavier A/K/A Katia Gelman and Glenn Xavier as possible heir to the estate of RITA XAVIER A/K/A RITA MARGARET XAVIER. These pleadings are also being amended to include United States of America and New York City Department of Taxation and Finance. QUEENS County is designated as the place of trial. The basis of venue is the location of the mortgaged premises. Dated: March 22, 2017 Mark K. Broyles, Esq. FEIN SUCH & CRANE, LLP Attorneys for Plaintiff Office and P.O. Address 28 East Main Street, Suite 1800 Rochester, New York 14614 Telephone No. (585) 232-7400 Block: 10579 Lot: 82 NATURE AND OBJECT OF ACTION The object of the above action is to foreclose a mortgage held by the Plaintiff recorded in the County of QUEENS, State of New York as more particularly described in the Complaint herein. TO THE DEFENDANT, the plaintiff makes no personal claim against you in this action. To the above named defendants: The foregoing

ARON DEVELOPMENT LLC Articles of Org. filed NY Sec. of State (SSNY) 08/04/2015. Office in Queens Co. SSNY desig. agent of LLC upon whom process may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to THE LLC: 14-19 QUINCE AVE, FLUSHING, NEW YORK, 11355 Purpose: Any lawful purpose. Notice of formation of Golden Constantine LLCArticles of organization filed with the Secretary of State of N.Y. (SSNY) on July 17, 2017. Office location: Queens County. SSNY has been designated as agent of the LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to the LLC, 4107 Bowne St Ste 3H, Flushing, NY 11355. Purpose: Any lawful activity Notice of formation of COCOS VISION FAMILY CENTER, LLC Arts. of Org. filed with the Sect’y of State of NY (SSNY) on 5/22/2017. Office location, County of Queens. SSNY has been designated as agent of the LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: 83-06 37th Ave., Jackson Heights, NY 11372. Purpose: any lawful act. PARSONS CONSTRUCTION QUEENS LLC. Arts. of Org. filed with the SSNY on 08/02/17. Office: Queens County. SSNY designated as agent of the LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to the LLC, 58-32 218th Street, Bayside, NY 11364. Purpose: Any lawful purpose. APULLUM CONSTRUCTION COMPANY LLC, Arts. of Org. filed with the SSNY on 08/10/2017. 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, 58-24 80th Street, Middle Village, NY 11379. Purpose: Any Lawful Purpose. Notice of formation of 69-20 30th AVENUE, LLC, Art. Of Org. filed NY Sec. of State (SSNY) 02/01/2017. Office in QUEENSCo. SSNY design. Agent of LLC upon whom process may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to 69-20 30TH AVENUE, WOODSIDE, NY 11377 Purpose: Any lawful purpose.

summons is served upon you by publication pursuant to an order of HON. THOMAS D. RAFFAELE, Justice of the Supreme Court of the State of New York, dated March 31, 2017 and filed along with the supporting papers in the QUEENS County Clerk’s Office. This is an action to foreclose a Mortgage. ALL that certain plot, piece or parcel of land, with the buildings and improvements thereon erected, situate, lying and being in the Fourth Ward of the Borough and County of Queens, City and State of New York, bounded and described as follows: BEGINNING at a point on the Easterly side of 211th Street distant 335.078 feet Northerly from the corner formed by the intersection of the easterly side of 211th Street, with the northerly side of 89th Road; RUNNING THENCE Easterly at right angles to 211th Street, 100 feet; RUNNING THENCE Northerly parallel with 211th Street, 41 feet; RUNNING THENCE Westerly again at right angles to 211th Street 100 feet to the easterly side of 211th Street; and RUNNING THENCE Southerly along the easterly side of 211th Street 41 feet to the point or place of BEGINNING. Mortgaged Premises: 89-07 211ST STREET, JAMAICA, NY 11427 Tax Map/Parcel ID No.: Block: 10579 Lot: 82 of the BOROUGH of QUEENS, NY 11427


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