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Howard Beach • Ozone Park • South Ozone Park • Woodhaven • Richmond Hill • Broad Channel Forest Hills • Middle Village • Glendale • Maspeth

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Community Honors Joel Miele Sr.’s Legacy at Howard Beach Bridge Renaming

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Wig-Wearing, Gun-Toting Crooks Rob Six Borough Gas Stations in Eight Days See Story on Page 3

Long-time Howard Beach Civic Leader Elected Chairwoman of Borough Republican Party New Queens GOP Chairwoman Joann Ariola and City Councilman Eric Ulrich give thumbs up after vote at group’s biennial reorganization meeting See Story at Russo’s on the Bay Wednesday evening. on Page 5

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City Council Set to Hold Hearing on Bullying in Schools

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Celebrating ‘Wonderful Woodhaven’ at 42nd Annual Street Festival By Michael V. Cusenza Hundreds of south Queens families on Sunday flocked to Jamaica Avenue between Woodhaven Boulevard and 80th Street for this year’s Wonderful Woodhaven Street Festival. Sponsored by the Greater Woodhaven Development Corporation, the 42nd annual event has become a featured fall tradition for Woodhaven and surrounding communities. This year’s celebration boasted the Malaysian Lion Dancers, a countrywestern band complete with dancers,

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dance instructors, and many other musical groups that kept the party going well into the evening. South Queens elected officials also proudly displayed their Woodhaven pride on Jamaica Avenue on Sunday, including Assemblyman Mike Miller (D-Woodhaven), City Councilman Eric Ulrich (ROzone Park), City Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley (D-Glendale), and State Sen. Joe Addabbo, Jr. (D-Howard Beach). Photos Courtesy of the Greater Woodhaven Development Corporation, City Councilman Eric Ulrich, Friends of the QueensWay

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Doors will also be open Monday evening from 7 pm to 9 pm The Rummage Sale features clothing for children & adults, jewelry, electronics, books, toys, furniture, housewares and much, much more Sponsored by the St. Barnabas Women’s Fellowship League, members will be on hand to assist shoppers. The sale is open to all in the community. St. Barnabas is a congregation of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America

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Community Honors Legacy of Joel Miele Sr. at Howard Beach Bridge Renaming By Forum Staff The Howard Beach community and south Queens pols joined the family of Joel Miele, Sr. on Friday to honor the late civic leader and City official at a bridge renaming ceremony. Miele, who died in May 2013, was a U.S. Navy veteran, chairman of Community Board 10, and Department of Environmental Protection commissioner. In March, CB 10 voted unanimously to indicate its support to City Councilman Eric Ulrich (R-Ozone Park) to commemorate Miele, who was well known in south Queens for his dedication and service to others. In April, the board submitted its formal request to Ulrich. In its request letter, CB 10 identified the 163rd Avenue Pedestrian Bridge as a very “suitable and fitting location to note Miele’s long-standing and commendable service to his country, state, city, borough and the community in

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Miele family members, elected officials, and civic leaders honored the late Miele Sr. at the renaming of the 163rd Avenue Pedestrian Bridge.

which he was almost a life-long resident.” Located between 99th Street and Hamilton Beach, the bridge is less than 200 feet away from Miele’s family home, where he and his wife raised their three children. The span is also just six blocks away from Miele’s childhood home. Ulrich expressed his full support of the idea and sponsored Intro. 1627. In May, the City Council unanimously

passed Ulrich’s bill to rename the 163rd Avenue Pedestrian Bridge in Howard Beach the “Joel A. Miele, Sr. Pedestrian Bridge.” “Joel was the epitome of a good citizen. He was known throughout the community as a leader and friend. As a Navy veteran, Joel bravely served our country,” Ulrich said. “I am proud to have played a part in the renaming of

Pheffer Amato Hosts Workshop on Citizens Committee Funds for Community-Based Organizations

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Assemblywoman Pheffer Amato said the impact of the decades of work of the Citizens Committee for New York City “shows every day across the five boroughs.”

By Forum Staff Assemblywoman Stacey Pheffer Amato (D-Howard Beach) announced this week that her office will be hosting an informational workshop of the Citizens Committee for New York City to help small, volunteer-led organizations apply for grant funding. The workshop will be held at Pheffer Amato’s Rockaway district office, 95-16 Rockaway Beach Blvd., on Monday, Oct. 23 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Pheffer Amato previously hosted the successful launch of Perfect Piece of the Puzzle, a Rocka-

way-based resource for parents of children with disabilities, over the summer; that organization was a Citizens Committee grantee, Pheffer Amato noted. “The Citizens Committee for NYC is one of the oldest microgrant organizations in the country, and the impact of their decades of work shows every day across the five boroughs,” Pheffer Amato said. “We’re New Yorkers; we’re restless; we care deeply about our neighborhoods; and sometimes, we know we need something a City agency or nonprofit isn’t providing. That’s where the Citizens Committee

steps in, to encourage innovative, truly home-grown efforts to make our neighborhoods a better place. Trishia [Bermudez]’s group [PPoP] was a great idea, matched with the funding and expertise to make it happen – all accomplished by volunteers. In South Queens, of all communities, I expect many more smart, home-grown ideas to come out of the woodwork. A group like the Citizens Committee is exactly what we need to make our neighborhoods flourish. I’m excited to host an opportunity to find out how to apply for a grant!” According to their website, the Citizens Committee has undertaken “four decades of reinventing New York City neighborhoods through resident-led initiative and engagement.” In order to receive a Citizens Committee grant, organizations must meet several criteria, such as having no paid staff, not being forprofit, and operating on a budget of less than $40,000 per year. Organizations do not have to have 501(c)(3) nonprofit certification. Grants are limited to groups, not individuals; grants cannot be used for partisan purposes, for capital expenses, for AV equipment (though the Citizens Committee also runs an Equipment Share for grantees), or for salaries (though they can stipend.) More information on grant criteria can be found at citizensnyc.org/grants.

the 163rd Avenue Pedestrian Bridge. It is my hope that its new name will serve as a beautiful reminder of his many contributions.” In addition to his service in the military and on CB 10, Miele served the City in a number of capacities. He was a member of the City Planning Commission, and from 1994 to 1996, Miele was Buildings commissioner. And from

1996 to 2002, he served as DEP commissioner. Miele was also a professional engineer and philanthropist, frequently dedicating his spare time to charitable engineering organizations, his family noted. In addition to his service in the military and on CB 10, Miele served the City in a number of capacities. He was a member of the City Planning Commission, and from 1994 to 1996, Miele was Buildings commissioner. From 1996 to 2002, he served as DEP Commissioner. Miele was also a professional engineer and philanthropist, frequently dedicating his spare time to charitable engineering organizations, his family noted. “He was a person who served this community adamantly for decades,” said CB 10 Chairwoman Betty Braton. “I’m particularly happy with it because I’ve known Joel since I was child. He was a neighbor, a friend and a colleague. Nobody deserves this more than Joel Miele.”

HAPPY BIRTHDAY MARY ANNE!

Former Howard Beach resident turns 109

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5 generations separated by 108 years. Sitting - Mary Walsh of the Laurels - 109 years old and right to left Mary's Daughter- Kay Stanton 79 of Lake Monticello; Kay's son Robert Stanton Jr 54 of Sarasota Florida; Robert's son Rob Stanton 27 of Garden City Park and Rob's daughter Stella -1

A happy birthday to former Howard Beach resident Mary Anne Campbell Walsh, who turned 109 on April 9. Born in the city of Charlestown in County Mayo, Ireland on April 9, 1908, Campbell Walsh immigrated to the United States at the age of 18. She always said she left Ireland as she was the oldest girl of 13 siblings and didn't want to stay to be a farmer's wife. She worked in Philadelphia as a governess, and while at a dance met the love of her life - Daniel P. Walsh - who was born in the town of Castlebar in County Mayo in Ireland. They married in 1933, and after living in NYC and the Bronx they eventually settled in Howard Beach, where they raised five children: Mary Dinella;

Anne Paulsen; Lake Monticello resident Kay Stanton; the late Joan Baldwin; and Daniel Walsh Jr. Campbell Walsh is beloved by her children, her 23 grandchildren, her 34 great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren. Shortly after her husband died, she moved to Virginia to live with her daughter, Kay, and son-in-law, Bob Stanton. Campbell Walsh currently resides at the Laurels in Charlottesville, VA. Her family said that Campbell Walsh has always been the glue that kept them together, and the link between Ireland and the United States. She is an immigrant success story and her family told The Forum they feel that they have been blessed to have her here for so long. Slainte, Mary Anne!

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Countdown Clocks Go Live on the M and W Subway Lines

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By Michael V. Cusenza Countdown clocks arrived last Friday at all stations on the M and W subway lines, according to the Metropolitan Transportation Authority. With the addition of the M and W lines, there will be countdown clocks at 326 of the system’s 472 stations. The clocks will be installed at all lettered line stations by the end of this year, MTA New York City Transit announced last week. “We continue to make great progress to bring real-time train arrival information to all stations,” said MTA Chairman Joe Lhota. “It is a vital part of our aggressive and immediate efforts to improve the customer experience through increased reliability and capacity, enhanced stations and safety,

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breakdowns, police activity and station issues. Phase Two focuses on modernizing the system by addressing long-term, system-wide improvements, including better subway cars, the adoption of a new signal system and modern communications technology to facilitate new signaling and enable customer benefits.

Borough Councilmembers Urge Mayor to Use Queens Detention Complex as Rikers Replacement Site By Michael V. Cusenza Nearly a dozen borough City councilmembers this week signed a letter urging Mayor Bill de Blasio to seriously consider locating a new community-based jail at the site of the former Queens Detention Complex in Kew Gardens as part of a citywide alternative to Rikers Island. Earlier this year, the administration released its proposal to shutter the infamous 85-year-old jail complex over a 10-year period. “The plan we’ve put forward would speed efforts, whether it’s bail reform, alternatives to incarceration – a number of things, obviously first and foremost driving down crime so fewer and fewer people are arrested, fewer people are going into the justice system,” de Blasio said in June. “We fundamentally believe we have to get to 5,000 inmates in our jail systems to be able to close Rikers once and for all, but we believe it can be done with all of these tools.”

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Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley and 10 fellow councilmembers have signed a letter calling on Mayor de Blasio to consider the Queens Detention Complex in Kew Gardens.

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Additionally, in April, the Independent Commission on New York City Criminal Justice and Incarceration Reform, led by Jonathan Lippman, the former chief judge of the New York Court of Appeals, released “A More Just New York City,” a highly anticipated 150-page report in which the primary recommendation of the 27-member panel is printed in bold: Rikers Island must be closed. In Monday’s missive to Hizzoner, the 11 Queens councilmembers cited the commission’s idea of replacing Rikers Island with a borough-based model of jail facilities situated in downtown civic centers and adjacent to existing court infrastructure. “Should this plan be implemented, we believe that the Queens Detention Complex located adjacent to the Queens County Courthouse is the ideal location to house the borough’s detention population,” the pols wrote. “The former jail meets the primary criteria outlined in the

Lippman plan: it is centrally located in a civic center, it is connected to the courts, and with the proper capital investment it can be functional for this use. The center was originally built for this purpose and for many years operated with little incident to the surrounding community. At the same time, selecting this facility would avoid the fraught process of placing community jails in residential neighborhoods throughout the borough, a move that we as lawmakers committed to the goals of the Lippman Commission forcefully oppose. The letter was signed by Councilmembers Elizabeth Crowley (D-Glendale), Karen Koslowitz (D-Forest Hills), Costa Constantinides (D-Astoria), Donovan Richards (D-Laurelton), Barry Grodenchik (D-Oakland Gardens), Peter Koo (DFlushing), Rory Lancman (D-Hillcrest), Jimmy Van Bramer (D-Sunnyside), Daniel Dromm (D-Jackson Heights), Julissa Ferreras-Copeland (D-East Elmhurst), and Antonio Reynoso (D-Ridgewood).


Joann Ariola Elected Chairwoman of the Queens County Republican Party By Patricia Adams and Michael V. Cusenza Joann Ariola, longtime civic president and borough GOP district leader, has been named chairwoman of the Queens County Republican Party. Ariola on Wednesday evening upset incumbent Chairman Bob Turner, 3-1, during a QGOP reorganization meeting in Howard Beach. The stunning victory was bolstered by what Ariola characterized as an “overwhelming” show of support from Republican committee members and district leaders throughout the county. “I first want to say that I appreciate how far Bob Turner has taken the party, and now it is my job to pick up where he leaves off and carry out the work that is so needed,” Ariola beamed in an exclusive chat with The Forum following the event at Russo’s on the

Bay, which is just a stone’s throw from her Lindenwood home. Ariola added that the party has “much work to do, starting with the re-election of City Councilman Eric Ulrich (R-Ozone Park) and the election of our other candidates from Queens as well as defeating Mayor Bill de Blasio.” Former U.S. Rep. Turner was handed the reins of a dysfunctional QGOP in March 2015, inheriting a group in turmoil and disarray that for several years had been divided into two combative factions that hadn’t been able to see eye-to-eye on myriad issues, including leadership. The vast majority of the membership saw the selection of Turner as a major milestone for the Photo Courtesy of Facebook party in the borough. The councilman and the chairwoman are all smiles on Wednesday. “The war is over,” state GOP On Monday, many were exAfter calling Turner “a true committeeman and district leader cited about the prospects of an champion for the Republican Bart Haggerty told The Forum at Ariola era. Party,” and noting that the QGOP the time.

is “greatly appreciative for his service,” Ulrich said he was “happy” that his “good friend” Ariola, whose party roots date back some 25 years, had been elected the new county leader. “Now more than ever, the Republican Party needs strong leaders like Joann Ariola to build new coalitions and win elections in Queens,” Ulrich noted. “Chairwoman Ariola has the experience and vision to lead the Party forward. She's battle tested and knows what it takes to win. I support her wholeheartedly and look forward to helping her and the Executive Committee in the years ahead.” Newly-minted Chairwoman Ariola later told The Forum that she was both “honored and humbled to have been given the support of people I have worked with and admired over the last two decades.”

Post Safety Letter-Grades on Charter Buses: Schumer By Forum Staff Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer on Sunday called on the U.S. Department of Transportation, in concert with the Federal Motor Carriers Administration, to fully implement currently on-thebooks bus safety rating protocol and develop a letter-grades system comparable to the one by which New York City restaurants are regulated. Last month, a Dahlia Group Inc. charter bus crashed into a Metropolitan Transportation Authority bus in downtown Flushing, killing three people and injuring 17 others. “On the heels of the terrible Dahlia crash and new information that shows there are other bad actors out on the streets, some worse than Dahlia, your gut reaction is to ask what more can be done to prevent these kinds of crashes and improve the culture of safety,” said Schumer, who has sent a letter to U.S. DOT Secretary Elaine Chao urging her to adopt letter-grade regulations. “But in this case, we have a law I passed in 2012 that can not only help solve this problem, but can better inform the public, too. That is why I am asking the federal Department of Transportation to hit the gas on a federal letter-grade system for private bus companies. The companies that spend money to ensure a culture of

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Following last month’s fatal Flushing bus crash, Schumer is calling for the implementation of a bus safety rating system and the development of letter grades comparable to the one NYC restaurants follow.

safety will rise to the top, and the bad actors who disregard the value of safety and human life will fail to survive unless they improve. We need a federal letter grade system for bus safety that mirrors the one we have for New York City restaurants because the public is in the dark on just who is violating the law and how dangerous their charter may be.” Schumer said that in many cases, the bus safety warning signs are there, but the public is in the

dark about the violations; and in some cases, people are boarding potential disasters waiting to happen. In 2012, Congress passed legislation requiring bus operators to post their safety records on buses and at ticket counters. New York’s senior senator said this legislation gives the USDOT all the authority it needs to develop and implement a letter-grade system for all private buses. Schumer noted that, despite accumulating 11 unsafe violations,

the Dahlia company was allowed to continue its operation. The senator also cited a New York State Senate report released this past week showing that nearly half of the private bus charter companies in NYC had unsafe driving violations. The report, titled, “Violations by the Busload,” found that 121 out of 249 private bus companies incurred federal violations. The analysis showed that there are companies worse than the Dahlia Group on the streets of the five bor-

oughs right now. “New York City has instituted a system that assigns restaurants a letter grade based on their sanitation scores and requires that these scores be posted at the restaurant,” Schumer wrote in his missive to Chao. “This simple grading system provides customers with the information they need when choosing where to eat and a similar scheme could be used to bring more transparency to the charter and intercity bus industry.”

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Homeless Man Pleads Guilty to Hate Crime for Burglarizing Borough Houses of Worship By Forum Staff A 24-year-old homeless man has pleaded guilty to burglary as a hate crime and other charges for a spree of break-ins at four houses of worship in Queens County earlier this year. Joseph Woznik took cash, checks and damaged various items belonging to the religious institutions, which are located in the Flushing, Woodside and Elmhurst neighborhoods of Queens. District Attorney Brown said, “In pleading guilty, the defendant has admitted he acted with hatred for God when he brazenly broke into the houses of worship. The defendant sought to enrich himself as well as to strike vengeance on God by stealing from the religious institutions. As a result of these criminal acts, the defendant will go to prison.” Woznik, plead guilty to thirddegree burglary as a hate crime, fourth-degree criminal possession of stolen property and second-degree bail jumping in regards to an outstanding warrant issued for him in Florida in 2016 on burglary, grand theft and criminal mischief charges. Queens Supreme Court Justice Barry A. Kron set sentencing for October 13, 2017. At that time, Woznik faces 1 1/2 to 4 1/2

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Woznik hit St. James Episcopal Church in Flushing three times.

years in prison. Between March 21, 2017, and April 10, 2017, Woznik broke into four different houses of worship: the Bangladesh Hindu Mandir Temple in Flushing, Blessed Virgin MaryHelp of Christians (St. Mary’s of Winfield) in Woodside, St. Mary’s Romanian Orthodox Church in Elmhurst and St. James Episcopal Church in Flushing, which was burglarized a total of three times. According to the charges, an employee at Bangladesh Hindu Mandir Temple arrived at the

building on March 21, 2017, and observed that three donation boxes had been forced open and that all the cash inside was missing. Latent fingerprints lifted from the donation boxes were a match for Woznik’s . Authorities report that St. James Episcopal Church, was burglarized three times. On March 24, 2017, the church office door had been pried open and approximately $1,600 in cash was taken. On April 3, 2017, the defendant gained entry again into the St. James Episcopal Church, and again the office door

was forced open and the room ransacked. This time a digital camera belonging to the church was taken. The final break-in at this religious institution occurred on April 10, 2017, when a priest spotted broken glass on the floor of the church. The same office door was pried open and three checks from the church’s checkbook were taken. At the time of the defendant’s arrest, two checks from the church were in his possession, along with a receipt from a pawn shop, which indicated a digital camera had been pawned.

A board member of St. Mary’s Romanian Orthodox Church went to the site on April 10, 2017, and observed that a window was broken. Upon his arrest, Woznik admitted that when the alarm went off in the church he ran from the location. District Attorney Brown also noted that a priest at Blessed Virgin Mary Help of Christians (St. Mary’s of Winfield) went to the church on April 10, 2017, and observed that a window on the church office door was broken and the office ransacked. A donation box had pry marks on it and a hammer was observed on the floor near the donation box. A review of video surveillance footage showed a man, identified as Woznik, being inside the church and walking around the chapel and using a hammer to pry open the donation box. Woznik also admitted to removing twenty dollars from underneath a statue of the Virgin Mary. When Woznik was arrested, he stated “I’m mad at God. I don’t like church no more. I don’t want to deal with religion. I’m sick and tired of hearing about religion. I don’t break into houses, only churches. I break in to get back at God.”

Richmond Hill Man Sentenced to up to Seven Years in Prison for Fatal Hit and Run Crash By Forum Staff A Richmond Hill man driving with a suspended license has been sentenced to up to seven years in prison on manslaughter and other related crimes after he sped through a stop sign in Ozone Park and slammed into another vehicle, caused the death of a 40-yearold woman and critically injured her 9-year-old daughter. Jairam Budhu, 59, of 125th Street in Richmond Hill, Queens. Budhu pleaded guilty in July to second-degree manslaughter and second-degree assault before Acting Queens Supreme Court Justice Gia Morris who imposed today’s indeterminate sentence of 2 1/3 to 7 years on the manslaughter charge and a concurrent threeyear term on the assault charge to be followed by three years’ post release supervision. In pleading guilty, Budhu admitted that around 5:06 p.m. on

Budhu blew through a stop sign at the intersection of 115th Avenue and 130th Street to cause the 2016 crash.

Sunday, July 17, 2016, he was driving a black 2002 BMW westbound on 115th Avenue at more than 60 miles an hour in an unposted 25 miles per hour speed zone when he crossed over double yellow lines into the eastbound lanes of oncoming traffic, overtaking other vehicles, before return-

ing to the westbound lanes of traffic and driving through a stop sign at the intersection of 130th Street. Budhu’s vehicle then struck the passenger side of a Toyota and caused two passengers in the vehicle’s rear seats – Zaakika Rasool, 40, and her nine-year-old daughter – to be ejected.

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Mrs. Zaakika Rasool was transported to an area hospital where she died as a result of severe head trauma sustained in the collision. Her daughter was also transported to the hospital with serious physical injuries, including head trauma. Budhu fled the scene on foot

following the collision without exhibiting his license and insurance identification card for the BMW, or providing his name, residence, insurance carrier and without notifying police of such. Two days later, at approximately 8:30 a.m. on Tuesday, July 19, 2016, police responded to a call on 103rd Avenue and found Budhu drinking alcohol on a front porch and placed him under arrest. A review of New York State Department of Motor Vehicles’ records indicated that Budhu’s driver’s license was suspended for failure to pay a driver’s responsibility assessment on May 19, 2016. "The defendant’s senseless behavior is responsible for the death of a young mother and causing serious injury to her child, as well as extreme emotional trauma and turmoil to their family," District Attorney Brown said, “Under the circumstances, the sentence imposed by the Court is justified.”


Brooklyn Man Charged in Strangulation Death of Woman who had Order of Protection against Him By Forum Staff One day after being release from Rikers Island last Thursday, a 52-year-old Brooklyn man, was charged with murdering his estranged girlfriend the following day. In a bizarre twist to the case, the victim asked a neighbor to hold on to some personal items and pass them on to her mother “if anything happens to me.” “This was a senseless killing. Despite the defendant having an order of protection barring him from communicating with the victim, the man allegedly called her numerous times from jail and then asked to stay with her upon his release,” said DA Brown.

"The woman feared for her safety... Domestic violence is a plague in our society and must end. The defendant now faces the prospect of spending the rest of his life in prison.” Jerome Rivers, of Kings Highway in Brooklyn, was arraigned on a criminal complaint charging him with second- degree murder and first- and second-degree criminal contempt before Queens Criminal Court Judge Lynn Kotler. The defendant was remanded into custody and ordered to return to court on October 30, 2017. Rivers was being held on Rikers Island for about two months and during that time he was under an active order of protection not to contact the victim, however, on several

Lindenwood Burglary Part of Borough Pattern By Michael V. Cusenza A burglary in Lindenwood last month is part of a pattern of incidents across the borough that has investigators reaching out to the public for help in identifying the two perpetrators responsible for the crimes. According to police reports, on Tues-

One of the two burglary suspects.

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day, Sept. 5, around 3:05 p.m., the two men broke into an apartment near 81st Street and 156th Avenue, removed various jewelry with a total estimated value of $15,900 and fled the location in an unknown direction. NYPD officials believe the pattern began with two burglaries in Elmhurst on Wednesday, July 26. According to police reports, around 4:35 p.m. the two suspects gained entry to an apartment in the vicinity of 81st Street and Broadway, removed a laptop with an estimated value of $600, and fled the location in an unknown direction. That night, at approximately 7:45 p.m., the men broke into an apartment in the vicinity of Woodside Avenue and 76th Street, removed a laptop with an estimated value of $300 and fled the location in an unknown direction. And on Thursday, Aug. 17, around 2:05 p.m., the unidentified suspects forcibly gained entry to an apartment near Astoria Boulevard and 27th Street in Astoria, removed a laptop and jewelry with a total estimated value of $2,739, and fled the location in an unknown direction, cops said. Suspect 1 is described as: a white man in his 50s, 5-foot-9, 160 pounds; last seen wearing glasses, a dark baseball cap, gray shirt and dark pants. Suspect 2 is described as: a white man in his 30s, 5-foot-9, 160 pounds; last seen wearing glasses, a dark baseball cap, gray shirt and dark pants. 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) then enter TIP577. All correspondences are strictly confidential. The NYPD Crime Stoppers Program, which began in 1983, offers rewards up to $2,000 for anonymous information provided to the hotline or website that leads to the arrest and indictment of a violent felon.

occasions, the defendant allegedly called Gia Pender, 49. Upon his release on Thursday, September 28, 2017, the defendant allegedly called Ms. Pender again and asked if he could stay with her. Prior to his arrival, however, the victim told a neighbor “Jerome is coming over” and gave that person her wallet, credit cards, pin numbers and her identification with the instructions “If anything happens to me, give this to my mother.” He allegedly called 911 at approximately 6 a.m. on Friday, September 29, 2017, and stated that he awoke to the sound of a thump and found Ms. Pender on the floor. Rivers allegedly said that the 911 operator instructed

him to perform CPR and as he was doing chest compressions he heard a pop. Emergency responders pronounced the woman dead at the scene. Ms. Pender’s death was ruled a homicide by the Office of the Medical Examiner. An autopsy allegedly showed the victim’s cause of death was manual strangulation. Rivers told police that he and the victim had not argued and he didn’t have a reason to kill her but continued that the victim had stolen checks intended for him and that she had disrespected his mother and had him locked up on trumped up domestic abuse charges. If convicted, Rivers faces up to 25 years to life in prison.

Prolific, Wig-Wearing Duo Rob Six Borough Gas Stations in Eight Days

The gun-toting, wig-wearing men have engineered a two-man crime spree across Queens.

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entered the BP gas station on Maurice Avenue in Maspeth, displayed a small fireThe wig-wearing duo responsible for arm to the employee inside, removed apthree gas station robberies this weekend proximately $500 in cash and fled. Just 25 minutes later, around 2 a.m., also knocked over three other borough service spots a week earlier, investigators the suspects entered the Mobil station on Eliot Avenue in Middle Village, dissaid. On Saturday night, the suspects played a firearm to the employees inside, walked into the Dunkin’ Donuts shop lo- removed approximately $1,000 in cash cated at the Speedway station on Cross and fled. And at approximately 5:20 a.m., the Bay Boulevard in Ozone Park, pulled out handguns and demanded a cashier fork men walked into the Shell gas station on over money. They made off with $50 after Astoria Boulevard in East Elmhurst, disone of the suspects punched the employ- played a gun to the employee inside, removed approximately $1,000 in cash and ee in the face. According to police reports, early Sun- fled in an unknown direction. Anyone with information is asked to day morning, the men robbed two more stations within 90 minutes. The crooks call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline plundered $600 from a Laurelton estab- at (800) 577-TIPS (8477) or for Spanish, lishment and another $1,340 in cash from (888) 57-PISTA (74782). The public can also submit info by logging onto NYPDa Rosedale service station. Police said the same gun-toting sus- Crimestoppers.com or by texting their pects are responsible for three robberies tips to 274637 (CRIMES) then enter TIP577. All correspondences are strictly last Sunday, Sept. 24. At approximately 1:35 a.m., the men confidential. THE FORUM NEWSGROUP • VOL. 16 • Number 40 OCTOBER 5, 2017 | 7 By Michael V. Cusenza


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NYC Sanitation is turning food scraps, food-soiled paper and plant trimmings into clean energy and compost to build healthy soil. Plus, putting organics into a brown bin—instead of a garbage bag—helps keep rodents and pests away. Live in a building with at least 10 apartments? Let us know you want to join the program at on.nyc.gov/request-organics. Learn more at nyc.gov/organics.

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Body Found after Blaze at Abandoned Richmond Hill Home two-story edifice shortly after firefighters brought the blaze under control at approximately 11 p.m. No other injuries were reported. Many of the windows of the vacant private dwelling had been covered by sheets of plywood. The cause of the fire was under investigation.

By Michael V. Cusenza Borough Bravest last week discovered the body of a man after extinguishing a fire at an abandoned home in Richmond Hill, according to City Fire Department officials. The all-hands inferno erupted inside the 114th Street house around 10 p.m. Tuesday night. The unidentified victim was discovered on the second floor of the

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First-Ever Summons Warrants Forgiveness Event Coming to Jamaica By Forum Staff Queens District Attorney Richard Brown on Monday announced that his office is co-sponsoring the borough’s firstever summons warrant forgiveness event. Brown characterized the “Second Chance Summons Warrants Forgiveness” event as a unique opportunity for individuals with outstanding summons warrants for various low-level offenses (pink summonses) – disorderly conduct, consumption of alcohol in public, trespassing or unlawful possession of marijuana, etc. – to have them resolved without fear of being arrested. The event will be held on Saturday, Oct. 21, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m., at the Greater Allen A.M.E. Cathedral located at 110-31 Merrick Blvd. in Jamaica. Anyone with a low-level outstanding warrant issued anywhere within the five boroughs is welcome, Brown noted. Those individuals attending the event must have valid, State-issued, photo identification with them. Immigration status will not prevent a summons

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warrant from being resolved, the DA said. Members of Brown’s staff and the Legal Aid Society, along with representatives from the Greater Allen A.M.E. Cathedral Lawyers Guild, will evaluate each individual’s summons warrant(s) and offer them the opportunity to have them adjudicated without fear of reprisal. Members of New York’s defense bar will also be available onsite to provide free legal advice. “An unanswered warrant can result in arrest and, in some instances, jeopardize employment, educational and housing opportunities,” Brown said. “By participating in this event, individuals are offered a clean start by having their summonses adjudicated and ultimately dismissed.” The initiative is being co-sponsored by the State Office of Court Administration, the City Police Department, the Legal Aid Society, and the Greater Allen A.M.E. Cathedral Lawyers Guild. In addition to having an outstanding warrant adjudicated, the event will give participants access to various community resources and free giveaways.

City Council to Hold Hearing on DOE Anti-Bullying Efforts in Schools By Forum Staff The City Council will hold an oversight hearing to examine the effectiveness and implementation of the Department of Education’s anti-bullying efforts in City schools, Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito and Councilman Daniel Dromm (D-Jackson Heights), Education Committee chairman, announced on Monday. According to the council, the hearing comes in the wake of a deadly stabbing at the Urban Assembly School for Wildlife Conservation in the Bronx where two students were stabbed, one of them fatally, as early reports indicate the act may have been in retaliation of repeated bullying. The hearing will also provide the council with an opportunity to examine the DOE response to bullying incidents and the agency’s efforts to File Photo “If we want to eradicate all forms of bullying, we need to stop beating around the bush and directly address these ensure student safety. “Principals and teachers still feel unsup- issues,” Councilman Dromm said. 10 OCTOBER 5, 2017 • Number 40 VOL. 16 • THE FORUM NEWSGROUP

ported in their efforts to combat bullying in their schools especially as it relates to LGBT issues,” Dromm said. “If we want to eradicate all forms of bullying, we need to stop beating around the bush and directly address these issues. At this hearing, we will examine why there are so few LGBT role models for students as well as the overall effectiveness of the DOE’s anti-bullying programs.” The hearing will be held on Monday, Oct. 30, at 10 a.m. in Council Chambers. “This hearing will give us an opportunity to learn about DOE’s efforts to combat bullying and discrimination, actions it has taken to ensure students feel safe in school, and whether best practices were used in this case,” Mark-Viverito added. “I want to thank Council Member Dromm for quickly calling for this hearing after learning about this and I look forward to learning more about what more we can do to prevent another tragedy like this from happening again.”


Borough Jewish Facilities Awarded $450K in Federal Funds to Improve Security

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Beth Gavriel Bukharian Congregation in Forest Hills is one of the facilities that have been awarded $75,000 to install enhanced security measures.

By Forum Staff Several borough Jewish facilities have been awarded a total of $450,000 in federal funding for security improvements, U.S. Rep. Grace Meng (D-Flushing) announced on Friday. The funds, allocated through the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Nonprofit Security Grant Program, provides nonprofit organizations with funding for target-hardening and other physical security enhancements and activities. Funding from NSGP grants can be used for such items as barriers, gates, safety gear, surveillance equipment, and other measures. In order to qualify for NSGP funds, nonprofits must face a high risk of a terrorist attack, Meng noted. “With anti-Semitic incidents on the rise, it is critical that Jewish institutions have appropriate resources to protect their properties,

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Part Two--Keeping the Bugs Away Last week, we talked about the flu shot and how your pharmacist can help you avoid getting laid up with the bug nobody wants to get. But lesser germs than the flu can cause just as much discomfort and your pharmacist is just the person to help you steer clear of many of the germs of winter. To begin with, germs are much better off if they are contained and disposed of quickly. The first bit of common sense from your pharmacist is : DON'T PASS IT ON! CATCH IT-- Germs spread easily. Always carry tissues and use them to catch your cough or sneeze. FIND THE GARBAGE PAIL--Germs can live for several hours on tissues. Dispose of your tissue as soon as possible. KILL IT--Hands can transfer germs to every surface you touch. Clean your hands as soon as you can. If you are feeling a little under the weather, try to rest, eat well, avoid stress and keep hydrated. If you have a fever, you may need extra fluids. Your pharmacist may recommend ibuprofen and/or aspirin to treat fever and pain, or they may suggest that you inhale steam with a decongestant in to help clear a blocked nose. Cold and flu medicines are among the top sellers in pharmacies during the winter.

Some of the remedies combine painkillers with decongestants, which can help to manage symptoms, and can really help you manage a cold. There are some benefits, particularly for children, in catching a few coughs and colds. In fact, children get a lot more colds than adults because their bodies are still building immunities. They can also be treated using some over-the-counter painkillers, to ease discomfort and help bring down a fever. Both acetaminophen and ibuprofen are available as a liquid for children, and can be given from the age of about three months. Always check with your doctor if you aren’t sure which treatments you can give your child. While most bugs will run their course without doing any real harm, you or your child should see a doctor if you or your child have a chronic condition – such as asthma, diabetes or heart disease or a very high temperature

and this funding will go a long way towards helping these Queens facilities guard against threats and attacks,” Meng added. “The safety and feel ill. If your child stops drinking and and security of students, organization memis unusually lethargic or if their fever doesn’t bers and congregation members must be the respond to acetaminophen or ibuprofen top priority of any school, organization or Babies, as well as older and frailer people, synagogue. I am pleased that our borough should get help if they're unwell. is receiving its fair share of these critical and Join us next week for the final chapter in how very competitive federal grants.” pharmacists can help fighting off the winter bugs! Each of the following facilities receiving funds was awarded the maximum grant For your family’s prescription needs, please call amount of $75,000: CROSS BAY CHEMIST at 718-659-9500 or 718-880-1644 • Jewish Institute of Queens in Elmhurst or stop by either of our two convenient locations: • Bais Yaakov Academy of Queens in Kew 157-02 Cross Bay Blvd. in Howard Beach: Mon-Fri 9am-9pm. Sat-Sun 9am-7pm. Gardens or 96-05 101st Ave. in Ozone Park: Mon-Sat 9am-7pm. Sunday: Closed. • Beth Gavriel Bukharian Congregation in Forest Hills ows funding for the NSGP initiative, doubling the • Central Queens YM & YWHA in Forest • Temple Gates of Prayer in Flushing amount to $50 million for Fiscal Year 2018 Hills In legislation passed in September, Meng, from $25 million in FY 2017. • Queens Yeshiva Ketana in Fresh Mead who serves on the House Appropriations Committee, helped secure an increase in

Subway Delays Cost City Workers and Businesses Nearly $400M Each Year: Stringer By Forum Staff New York City’s economy takes a direct hit from subway delays, which cost workers and businesses in the hundreds of millions annually, according to a recently released economic analysis by City Comptroller Scott Stringer. The report notes that the annual economic cost of stalled trains could reach nearly $400 million dollars under worst-case scenarios, with delays on the 5, A, 7, F, and 4 subway lines being the most costly, topping out at a whopping $140 million a year combined. “Several months ago, we did a comprehensive citywide survey to understand the human impacts of subway delays. Now, we understand the economic costs of the crisis underground. What these new numbers show is that the cost of inaction is greater than the cost of action and that subway delays take a massive toll on our economy. We need to fix our subways both to improve quality of life and our economy. This isn’t a choice – it’s a must,” Stringer said. “There is no question our subways are in crisis after decades of underinvestment and inaction. With the ‘Summer of Hell’ fading into what could be a ‘Fall of Frustration,’ every level of government needs

data on ridership, delays, and wait times for trains from the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, and average hourly wage data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the audit examines how delays impact the city’s economy. The analysis estimates that — depending on the length of delays and the assumptions made — the annual economic impact to NYC could range from $170.2 million up to $389 million dollars. In July 2017, Stringer released the results of a survey that highlighted the human impacts of subway delays. According to the survey: • 74 percent of respondents reported being late to a work meeting due to subway delays; • 65 percent reported being late to pick up or drop off a child due to subway delays; • 29 percent said they had been late to a doctor’s appointment due to subway delays; • 13 percent reported losing wages due to subway delays; and Courtesy of City Comptroller’s Office • 2 percent said they had been fired from a “What these new numbers show is that the cost of inaction is greater than the cost of action and that subway delays job due to subway delays. take a massive toll on our economy,” Stringer said. Stringer said the survey shows that “inconto step up. Our subway system is the backbone nomic consequence.” sistent and delayed service is impacting New to our economy. That means with every delay, The analysis explores three different sce- Yorkers in big ways and small, each and every there aren’t just lives affected – there’s an eco- narios that provide a range of costs. Using day.” THE FORUM NEWSGROUP • VOL. 16 • Number 40 OCTOBER 5, 2017 | 11


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Once again, America wakes to a living nightmare authored by a psychopath with an arsenal; a terrible, yet disturbingly familiar, true story, this one replete with the acrid odor of spent gun powder and a phenomenon known in the trigger-finger fraternity as “bump stocks.” This time the auteur was Stephen Paddock, a 64-year-old retired accountant who on Sunday night hunkered down in his posh, 32nd floor suite at the Mandalay Bay hotel and casino in Las Vegas, and proceeded to unleash hell in the form of thousands of rounds on a crowd enjoying a country music concert at a nearby venue. The result: at least 59 dead and more than 500 wounded. The worst mass-shooting in American history. And when you try to calculate the amount of such tragedies this country has endured, even in recent memory, you’ll quickly grasp the gravity of Paddock’s ignominious “achievement.” While perspective may be difficult to find in the days and weeks following such a horrific event, we certainly appreciated the clear-headed, intelligent observations of two late-night television hosts. “There are a lot of things we can do about it. But we don’t, which is interesting,” said Jimmy Kimmel, whose family

moved to Las Vegas from Brooklyn when he was young. “Because when someone with a beard attacks us, we tap phones, we invoke travel bans, we build walls, we take every possible precaution to make sure it doesn’t happen again. But when an American buys a gun and kills other Americans, then there’s nothing we can do about that. And the Second Amendment, I guess, our forefathers wanted us to have AK-47s is the argument, I assume… Senate Majority Leader Mitch McCon-

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nell, Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, a number of other lawmakers who won’t do anything about this because the [National Rifle Association] has their balls in a money clip, also sent their thoughts and their prayers today — which is good. They should be praying. They should be praying for God to forgive them for letting the gun lobby run this country.” And Conan O’Brien commented on the moment he realized that these types of catastrophes have become common-

place in our country. According to the New York Daily News, when the TBS funnyman walked into his office on Monday, a writer handed him remarks he gave after the Sandy Hook massacre and the Pulse nightclub carnage in order for him to prepare what he would say in the wake of the Las Vegas incident. “How could there be a file of mass shooting remarks for a late-night host?” he asked. “When did that become normal? When did this become a ritual? And what does it say about us that it has?... The sounds of those automatic weapons last night are grotesquely out of place in a civilized society. It makes no sense to me as a reasonable human being and a father. Something needs to change.” Yes, something desperately needs to change Mr. O’Brien. However, we all know that nothing will. Everyone, from celebrities to elected officials to John Q. Public, will offer condolences, thoughts, and prayers for the victims and their families. And life will go on. No laws will change. Just give it a couple of weeks—if that. We will proceed as if nothing happened…until the next nutjob with an abnormal arsenal decides on the coward’s exit, and takes a few dozen innocent people with him.

Catherine M. Stanton is a senior partner in the law firm of Pasternack Tilker Ziegler Walsh Stanton & Romano, LLP. She focuses on the area of Workers’ Compensation, having helped thousands of injured workers navigate a highly complex system and obtain all the benefits to which they were entitled. Ms. Stanton has been honored as a New York Super Lawyer, is the past president of the New York Workers’ Compensation Bar Association, the immediate past president of the Workers’ Injury Law and Advocacy Group, and is an officer in several organizations dedicated to injured workers and their families. She can be reached at 800.692.3717.

the New York State Legislature directed the WorkMore than 100 years ago, Workers’ Com- ers’ Compensation Board in April 2017 to create pensation was established as a “grand bargain” a task force consisting of labor, medical providers, between workers and employers. The state legis- and insurance groups to issue proposed revisions lature enacted laws where injured workers gave up that account for advances in modern medicine their right to sue if they were hurt on the job as a that enhance healing and result in better outresult of their employers’ negligence in exchange comes. What we have subsequently found out is for a no fault system of medical and wage loss ben- that the Workers’ Compensation Board, without efits. direction or authority, has been secretly working Included in this bargain was the right of the for the last couple of years to not only revise the injured worker to obtain financial compensation current guidelines, but to scrap them altogether. for a permanent injury to an extremity, such as These provisions would essentially eliminate most arms, legs, hands, feet, fingers and toes. Unfortu- schedule loss of use extremity benefits to injured nately, this “grand bargain” – at least as it pertains workers. As an attempt to not fuel the fire, they reto injured workers – has been under attack for the leased their proposed revisions at 11:00 p.m. on last 10 years in New York under the guise of rising the Friday of Labor Day weekend. costs to employers. The Workers’ Compensation Board has been During the New York State budget negotia- heavily criticized for their Anti Injured Worker tions, the Business Council created a false narra- Proposals by a number of labor unions, NYCOSH, tive that injured workers’ benefits for extremity in- physician groups, Workers’ Compensation pracjuries were archaic and didn’t account for modern titioners, and injured workers themselves. As a medicine. They claimed that benefits paid were result of the outrage, the New York State Assemcreating a crisis in New York and forcing business- bly’s Committee on Labor held hearings at which es to flee the state. As a result of their lobbying, a number of people from the taskforce testified. 12 OCTOBER 5, 2017 • Number 40 VOL. 16 • THE FORUM NEWSGROUP

When representatives from the Board were asked why there were secret meetings years before the Legislature directed them to review the issue, their weak response was that “they” couldn’t understand some of the large discrepancies between the findings of the treating doctors and the insurance doctors. However, that argument holds little weight because the scenario they cited was the exception rather than the norm. They also pointed out that they relied heavily on the New York State Orthopedic Group for input. Yet, when the Chair of the task force, Dr. Jeffrey Lozman, an orthopedist, and Dr. John M. Olsewsky, President of the NYS Society of Orthopedic Surgeons, testified, it became clear that their recommendations were largely disregarded in a way that would negatively impact injured workers. It is clear that the New York State Workers’ Compensation Board is pushing the Business Council’s agenda. What is unclear is why the Board seems to be taking sides when their mission statement is to “protect the rights of employees and employers by ensuring the proper delivery of benefits to those who are injured or ill, and by

promoting compliance with the law.” Injured workers don’t have the means to fight, and but there are still steps you can take to defeat these harmful proposals. There is a 45-day comment period set to expire on October 23, 2017. You can contact your state legislator and the New York State Workers’ Compensation Board to voice your opposition. For additional information please go to: www.nyworkerscompensationalliance.org/protectinjuredworkers Workers’ Compensation was set up to help you if you are ever injured on the job. These benefits are your right. They are your protection. Just because you might not need the benefits now, doesn’t mean you or a loved one won’t need them down the road. Only by working together can we fight to make sure that these benefits as we know them remain in place. While a single voice might not make a difference, a loud collective voice stands a better chance. Go to the link and voice your disapproval. Have your family and friends do the same.


Legal Notices 94-50 45TH Ave LLC, Arts of Org filed with SSNY on 06/16/17. Off. Loc.: Queens County, SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail a copy of process to: The LLC, 7043 45 th Ave, Woodside, NY 11377. Purpose: to engage in any lawful act.

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.

Notice of Formation of SEAVIEW A-FP DEVELOPMENT, LLC Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 09/05/17. Office location: Queens County. Princ. office of LLC: Douglaston Development, 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.

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MERCADO AND ASSOCIATES LLC, Arts of Org filed with SSNY on 09/06/17. Off. Loc.: Queens County, SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail a copy of process to: KIM JHERR MERCADO, 2004 23RD STREET, ASTORIA, NY 11105. Purpose: to engage in any lawful act. Notice of formation of CAIT AND THE CRITTERS LLC Articles of Org. filed with the Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 07/17/2017. 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:CAIT AND THE CRITTERS LLC, 40-31 48TH STREET, #2R, SUNNYSIDE, NY 11104. Purpose: Any lawful activity or purpose. CHUBBY FINGERS PRODUCTIONS, LLC Arts. of Org. filed with the SSNY on 05/19/17. 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, C/O United States Corporation Agents inc., 7014 13th Avenue Suite 202, Brooklyn, NY 11228. Purpose: Any lawful purpose. RAMANIWAS 808 REALTY LLC. Arts. of Org. filed with the SSNY on 06/21/17. 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, 37-32 75th Street, Jackson Heights, NY 11372. Purpose: Any lawful purpose. Notice of Formation of Lona and Stephanie LLC. Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 08/23/17. Office location: Queens County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: the Company at 40-26 College Point Blvd., Sky View, Apt. 10i, Flushing, NY 11354. Purpose: any lawful activities.

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. 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 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. 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. H D L REALTY, LLC, Arts. of Org. filed with the SSNY on 09/01/2017. 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, 50-30 208th Street, Bayside, NY 11364. Purpose: Any Lawful Purpose.

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.

Notice of formation of 3940 21ST STREET REALTY LLC . Arts of Org filed with Secy of State of NY (SSNY) on 9/19/17. Office location: Queens County. SSNY designated as agent upon whom process may be served and shall mail copy of process against LLC to: 39-40 21st St., Astoria, NY 11101. Purpose: any lawful act.

Notice of Formation of R&S LABEL LLC Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 08/01/17. Office location: Queens County. Princ. office of LLC: QUEENS. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: SAMANTHA LANMAN, 41-42 24TH STREET, APT 1509, LONG ISLAND CITY, NY 11101. Purpose: Any lawful activity. Notice of Formation of SUCCESS STEPS INTERNATIONAL CONSULTING, LLC Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 09/08/17. 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: United States Corporation Agents, Inc., 7014 13th AVenue, Suite 202, Brooklyn, NY 11228. Purpose: Any lawful activity. Notice of formation of DG SAFETY NY LLC Articles of Org. filed with the Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 07/20/2017. 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: DG SAFETY NY LLC, 6237 ELLWELL CRESCENT, REGO PARK, NY 11374. Purpose: Any lawful activity or purpose.

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