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Ulrich Scorches Scala en Route to Third Term Four Score: Incumbent 32nd District City Councilman Eric Ulrich (R-Ozone Park) and Queens GOP Chairwoman Joann Ariola Celebrate Ulrich’s 66-34 win at Tuesday night victory party at Russo’s on the Bay.
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Mayor Issues Alert for Seasonal Driving Dangers By Forum Staff The City on Friday issued an alert to all drivers about the increased dangers of driving this time of year, when drivers and pedestrians are at increased risk during dusk and evening hours. The warning arrived roughly a week after Mayor Bill de Blasio announced the return of the Vision Zero Dusk and Darkness initiative that includes stepped-up NYPD enforcement against unsafe driving during fall and winter dusk hours, which have traditionally been the most dangerous time of year for pedestrians. According to the administration, those same hours have also been highly correlated to deermating activity and deer-related crashes on city roadways, especially in the Bronx and on Staten Island. The City Police Department, Mayor de Blasio announced the return of the Vision Zero Dusk and Darkness initative. Department of Transportation, and NYC Parks detailed the three dan- in the fall and winter is highly cor- animals are most active in the evegers of the season: related to a 40-percent increase in ning and early morning, especially traffic injuries and fatalities among during the mating season going on Dusk pedestrians. now. DOT has conducted analysis of Lower visibility during the dark To avoid collisions, drive the year-over-year crash trends, noting hours of the colder months leads posted speed limit. Scan the road that: to twice as many crashes involving ahead and avoid distractions. Vision experts note that visual turns. If a deer runs in front of your acuity can decrease by as much as vehicle, brake firmly but do not 90 percent during the dusk hours, Deer Activity swerve. Swerving can take a motormaking driving especially perilous. Deer can appear without warn- ist into oncoming traffic or off the The earlier onset of darkness ing on roadways, so be alert. The road.
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If you strike a deer, call 911 immediately. Do not touch or get close to the animal. It may be injured and could behave frantically, causing further safety risks. Learn more about living alongside deer in New York City at nyc. gov/wildlife
clocks “fell back” one hour. Sunsets that happened last week just before 6 p.m. now will be before 5 p.m.—at the height of the evening rush hour. In addition to the increased NYPD enforcement during these hours, the Dusk and Darkness campaign will employ afternoon and evening drive-time radio advertisDaylight Savings ing, reminding drivers to obey the Daylight Saving Time ended speed limit, watch for pedestrians on Sunday, Nov. 5 at 2 a.m., when and turn slowly.
City Expands Paid Leave to Domestic Violence, Sex Assault, Stalking & Trafficking Survivors By Forum Staff Mayor Bill de Blasio this week signed legislation that expands the City’s Paid Sick Leave law to domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking and trafficking survivors. According to the administration, the new law will allow the nearly three million New Yorkers eligible for paid leave to attend to immediate safety needs without fear of penalty or loss of income. The new law, which takes effect 180 days after Monday’s signing, expands the existing law to allow workers to use paid leave to address safety and access services related to specified criminal offenses. According to the City, the bill does not add to the total amount of leave – no less than 40 hours per year, that workers can take – instead it adds reasons for using the leave to allow a survivor of domestic violence, sexual assault, trafficking or stalking to take time off of work in order to plan their immediate next steps and focus on safety, without fearing a loss
De Blasio signed Paid Safe Leave into law on Monday.
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of income. NYC is the first city to victims of these offenses – or fampass paid safe leave legislation that ily members who need to assist includes survivors of human traf- them – can use Paid Sick or Safe ficking in addition to domestic vi- Leave to care for their needs, olence, sexual abuse, and stalking, whether physical, psychological, the administration noted on Mon- financial or otherwise. day. Workers who have been the Examples of uses that will 2 NOVEMBER 9, 2017 • Number 45 VOL. 16 • THE FORUM NEWSGROUP
be allowed under this bill include: meeting with and safety planning with a social worker/ advocate, meeting with a civil legal attorney, filing a police report, meeting with the district attorney’s office, attending a court
appearance, an appointment with a financial counselor, moving into safe housing, and others. The law also expands the definition of family member for all uses of paid time, Sick or Safe, under the law to recognize chosen families, not just biological ones. City Councilwoman Julissa Ferreras-Copeland (D-East Elmhurst) said Paid Safe Leave demonstrates that NYC “is a safe place for survivors of domestic violence. With the mayor’s signing of this important legislation, victims of domestic violence, sexual harassment, and human trafficking will be able to take the time needed to procure protection and services needed to move forward with their lives, without having to worry about losing their job or income.” Mayor’s Office to Combat Domestic Violence Commissioner Cecile Noel added that the passage of Paid Safe Leave “is a tremendous achievement and another example of the City’s commitment to survivors.”
Ulrich Cruises to Victory over Scala Incumbent Councilman Earns Third Term
By Michael V. Cusenza After an intriguing race that featured everything from issue-evolutions to obscene rhyme schemes, incumbent City Councilman Eric Ulrich (R-Ozone Park) on Tuesday easily earned a third – and final – fouryear term representing the 32nd Council District, defeating Democrat Mike Scala by a margin of 7,147 votes (66 percent to 34 percent). “What a great victory tonight,” Ulrich said at his Election Night party at Russo’s on the Bay in Howard Beach. “A tremendous win—not just for myself, but for this district.” The 32nd CD is composed of the communities of Howard Beach, Lindenwood, Ozone Park, Belle Harbor, Breezy Point, Broad Channel, Lindenwood, Neponsit, Richmond Hill, Rockaway Park, Roxbury, South Ozone Park, West Hamilton Beach and Woodhaven. “A job well done brings success,” said Queens County Republican Party Chairwoman Joann Ariola, “and Eric Ulrich has done a great job.” The councilman made a point to thank “those very courageous and brave Democrats for Ulrich,” the group of area pols
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from the other side of the aisle who campaigned for the incumbent, regardless of party affiliation. “This community votes for people, not party,” Ulrich noted on Tuesday. Before delivering his remarks at Russo’s,
Ulrich asked all of his campaign staff and volunteers to join him on stage so that they could be recognized for “working their tails off.” “I knew that we could win and win big,” an ebullient Ulrich added. “We proved that
you can build coalitions in every corner of the district, and that’s what we set out to do, and we did it.” With an eye on the next four years, the councilman said he had “big plans” for south Queens. “Not one neighbor, not one community, not one constituent will be ignored,” Ulrich noted. “It’s not about the past, but about the future of this district. We are going to show that we can lead and we can govern—and when we do that, we show that we can win.” The councilman tipped his cap to Scala for a hard-fought race. “I’m sure that he has a bright future,” Ulrich said. Elsewhere on Tuesday, Mayor de Blasio crushed all competition on his way to four more years in Gracie Mansion. Melinda Katz also earned another term as president of the World’s Borough. The city’s most hotly contested race – City Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley (D-Glendale) vs. community activist Bob Holden in the District 30 race – was still too close to call Wednesday afternoon, with the latest numbers showing Holden holding on to a slim 133-vote lead with absentee ballots still left to be counted.
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Howard Beach Post Office Rescued from the Gallows
Capt. Bohannon assured Howard Beach residents that the recent surge in property crimes “is a priority for us.”
Unit officers have been deployed to the command. The captain said he’s troubled by the reCops are concerned about a recent incent rash of thefts of property from cars. In crease in property crimes in some south the last four weeks, there have been no less Queens neighborhoods. “Property crime is up the last couple of than a dozen reported incidents of items weeks in Howard Beach and Lindenwood,” being removed from autos. However, as Bonoted Capt. Brian Bohannon, commanding hannon was quick to note, in the vast maofficer of the 106th Precinct, at the Hallow- jority of these cases, the crooks didn’t even een meeting of the Howard Beach-Linden- have to break a sweat to gain entry: In 11 of the 12 property-loss reports, the owner wood Civic. Bohannon pointed out that it’s not just of the vehicle had left it unlocked and unatthe 106 that’s feeling the pain of car thefts tended. “We don’t live in a perfect world. This is and break-ins, but the neighboring 75th a crime of opportunity—we have to limit and the 102nd “are getting it, too.” In response to the uptick in such of- those opportunities,” the captain added. fenses, Bohannon said extra Auto Larceny “This is a priority for us.” 4 NOVEMBER 9, 2017 • Number 45 VOL. 16 • THE FORUM NEWSGROUP By Michael V. Cusenza
“The service that the Howard Beach post office provides is important to so many aspects in the lives of our people,” noted Sen. Addabbo.
By Michael V. Cusenza It seems that the Howard Beach post office has managed to avoid the guillotine— for the next decade, at least. Though it was rumored for several months this year to be on the chopping block, the United States Postal Service recently signed a 10-year lease to keep the branch located at 160-50 Cross Bay Blvd. up and running. This is music to the ears of residents Howard Beach, Lindenwood and Broad Channel, who would have had to travel to Liberty Avenue for the nearest full-service post office had the Cross Bay outlet been
shuttered. “My office was pleased to learn that the Howard Beach post office will remain open and at its current site for the next 10 years,” said State Sen. Joe Addabbo, Jr. (D-Howard Beach). “I know this post office is an integral part of the community and plays an important role in the quality of life for my constituents. The service that the Howard Beach post office provides is important to so many aspects in the lives of our people. My thanks to Congressman Hakeem Jeffries and his staff, along with the advocacy of local community leaders and residents, the U.S. Postal Service and property owner for working towards keeping the Howard Beach post office open.”
Attorneys Set to Deliver Closing Arguments in Det. Brian Moore Murder Trial By Michael V. Cusenza Closing arguments were scheduled for Wednesday in Queens County Supreme Court in the jury trial of Demetrius Blackwell, 37, who is accused of the 2015 murder of then- City Police Officer Brian Moore, 25, and the attempted murder of Officer Erik Jansen, then 30. The trial was set to resume late Wednesday morning after State courts were closed on Tuesday due to Election Day. Deputy Executive Assistant District Attorney Daniel Saunders was set to deliver closing arguments for the People, while David Bart would be presenting his summation to the jury for the defense. Moore, on the job for five years,
and his partner, were in plainclothes on Saturday, May 2, 2015, riding in an unmarked NYPD vehicle around 6:15 p.m. when they noticed a suspect on 104th Road near 212th Street in Queens Village adjusting what looked like an object in the waistband of his pants. According to the criminal complaint, based on details provided by Jansen, he and Moore “drove slowly alongside [the suspect], Demetrius Blackwell, and inquired as to what he possessed in the waistband of his pants.” After Moore, who was driving, and Jansen both identified themselves as police officers, Jansen said Blackwell then “removed a firearm from File Photo his waistband and fired numerous Det. Brian Moore was shot to death in May shots” at both cops while they 2015.
were still in the vehicle. Moore was shot in the cheek; Jansen was not struck. According to The New York Times, Jansen testified at trial that “he took off his shirt and held it to the back of Officer Moore’s head. ‘I kept trying to tell him to wake up,’” Jansen said. Moore’s family decided on Monday, May 4, 2015, to take him off life support at Jamaica Hospital Medical Center. Blackwell, of Queens Village, was indicted in June on 12 counts charging him with one count each of aggravated murder, second- and first-degree murder, attempted aggravated murder, second- and first-degree attempted murder, second- and third-degree criminal
possession of a weapon, seventhdegree criminal possession of a controlled substance, unlawful possession of marihuana, petit larceny and fifth-degree criminal possession of stolen property. He faces up to life in prison without the possibility of parole if convicted. Earlier this year, the 105th Precinct dedicated a Memorial Wall inside the 222nd Street stationhouse featuring Moore’s plaque alongside those of three other members of the command who made the ultimate sacrifice. “Brian has changed countless lives forever,” his mom, Irene, said at the ceremony. “And because of this, we are able to stand strong, all of us.”
State Files Complaint against Corona Landlord for Targeting Immigrants By Michael V. Cusenza Following a New York Daily News report that exposed a Corona landlord for allegedly asking tenants to prove their citizenship or face being tossed out of the 42nd Avenue building, Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Monday announced a complaint filed by the State Division of Human Rights on behalf of New York against owner Jaideep Reddy, claiming discrimination against immigrants. The complaint comes after an agent of the landlord posted a letter addressed to “all tenants” on the building’s front door. The message demanded that tenants, many of which are immigrants from Mexico, the Dominican Republic and Guatemala,
provide proof of employment, photo identification, Social Security card, and Green Card or passport, or face possible eviction. “We are a nation of immigrants, and New York will not stand by while innocent men and women are targeted and discriminated against,” said Cuomo, a borough native. “Make no mistake: This reprehensible behavior is against the law and against what we stand for as New Yorkers and we will use every avenue to stop this, weed out these bad actors and protect the basic rights of tenants across the state.” A concerned resident brought the missive to the attention of State Sen. Jose Peralta (D-East Elmhurst), who promptly filed a complaint with the State Attorney General’s Office.
“I was appalled when a constituent came into my office with a letter from a landlord requesting proof of immigration status to his tenants threatening them with eviction if they did not comply. As soon as we were alerted of the existence of this unacceptable, racist letter, we immediately notified the State authorities,” Peralta said. “I am very glad Gov. Cuomo took action and investigated the case we uncovered, an investigation that led to the filing of a complaint by the State Division of Human Rights against the Corona landlord. This is clearly a case of housing and immigration discrimination against my constituents, and I am not going to Photo Courtesy of Sen. Peralta’s Office tolerate this kind of inconceivable A concerned resident brought the letter to the attention of Sen. Peralta, who then filed a behavior.” complaint with State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman’s Office.
Police Athletic League ‘Lights On Afterschool’ Celebration Honors NYPD Officer By Forum Staff The Afterschool Alliance recently recognized City Police Officer Lamont Anderson and his contribution to the Police Athletic League Junior Police program. The nonprofit organization, which aims to help children gain access to affordable afterschool programs, honored the veteran cop at its “Lights On Afterschool” celebration at Goldie Maple Academy in Far Rockaway. Photo Courtesy of PAL
Officer Anderson is a former PAL kid who has been with the NYPD for 23 years and volunteering with the PAL for seven years.
“Lights On Afterschool” is a na- interactions and that most officers tionwide series of rallies for after- enjoy working with children. school initiatives organized by AA. “This work is imperative because Last year, one million people partici- kids mainly see a negative perspective pated in more than 8,000 “Lights On when watching the news and other Afterschool” events. outlets,” Anderson added. “Working According to the PAL, the Junior with children in the community huPolice program helps communities manizes the police in their eyes.” develop a productive relationship In addition to lauding Anderson’s between cops and kids. Officer An- contributions to the PAL, elected derson, a former PAL kid who has and law enforcement officials, parbeen with the NYPD for 23 years and ents and students who attended the volunteering with the PAL for seven, Arverne event also witnessed the works with participants on drills, unveiling of a mural painted by Movexplains the career of a cop, teaches ing the Lives of Children, an artist life skills, and plans educational highlighting PAL’s 100-plus year tratrips. Anderson said he understands dition of bringing youth and police the importance of police and youth together. THE FORUM NEWSGROUP • VOL. 16 • Number 45 NOVEMBER 9, 2017 | 5
Long Island City Man Charged with Attempted Murder of Teenager in Halloween Vehicular Assault By Forum Staff A teen who was part of a group of Halloween pranksters remains in serious condition at a hospital after being targeted by a 50-year-ol Long Island City man who ran him down with his car in retaliation for eggthrowing. Keith Richard aka Richard Keith has been charged with attempted murder, among other crimes, for recklessly driving his vehicle onto the sidewalk and running down 17-yearold Christopher Miraba, who was among a group of individuals purportedly out egging on Halloween night.
Criminal Court on a criminal complaint charging him with seconddegree attempted murder, first-degree assault, leaving the scene of an incident without reporting serious physical injury and reckless driving. Richard faces up to 25 years in prison if convicted, and was ordered held without bail until he returns to court early next week. According to criminal charges, Richard was observed driving a 2008 Photo Courtesy of Google Dodge Caravan onto the sidewalk toAs Miraba ran from Richard’s vehicle by crossing Jackson Avenue, Richard’s vehicle ward a group of individuals, at the inallegedly followed him across the street and intentionally struck him. tersection of 23rd Street and Jackson “A young man lies seriously in- as a weapon to settle a minor dispute Avenue around 8:15 on Halloween jured… due to the actions of the de- with a group of young individuals.” night. As Miraba ran from the vehicle fendant who chose to use his vehicle Richard was arraigned in Queens by crossing Jackson Avenue, Richard
followed him in his vehicle, across the street and intentionally struck him. He then reversed the vehicle over the teen and then drove forward, running him over a third time before fleeing the scene without rendering aid. Richard drove about half a block before stopping and was approached by an eyewitness who told him he’d killed a person. “That’s what happens,” Richard replied. Miraba was transported to a local Queens hospital where he is being treated for multiple injuries, which include a fractured skull base, multiple spinal fractures, bruised lungs, a broken right femur, a pelvic fracture and a broken right ankle.
Homeless Man Convicted of Manslaughter in Vicious Beating Death in Far Rockaway By Forum Staff A homeless man convicted of first-degree manslaughter in the brutal beating of a 57-year-old man in May of 2016, will face 25 years to life in prison when he faces sentencing next week. The defendant is identified as Danthony A. Horton, 36, with no known address and was found guilty of the heinous attack following a three-week-long bench trial before Queens Supreme Court Justice Deborah Modica. Ricardo Cruz was knocked to the
ground after Horton punched him once in the face, in the early morning hours in front of 21-50 Mott Ave in the Far Rockaway section of Queens. Cruz was then repeatedly kicked in the head and left for dead, in an attack that was captured on video surveillance. “This was a senseless act of violence. The defendant had already punched the victim and knocked him unconscious when two passers-by intervened and retaliated by striking the defendant until he left the older man alone,” said DA Brown. “But once the two men left the scene, the
tween 4:15 a.m. and 4:30 a.m. on May 26, 2016, Horton punched the victim, knocked him to the ground and rendered him unconscious. Two men intervened and fought with the defendant until he left the immediate area. They propped the victim up against a store gate and then left the scene. Moments later, the defendant returned and kicked Mr. Cruz in the head over and over again. The defendant then Photo Courtesy of Google left the man for dead on the sidewalk. Horton returned and kicked Cruz in the head over and over again, then left the man for Mr. Cruz was taken to a local Queens dead on the Mott Avenue sidewalk. hospital where he was pronounced dead. Horton was apprehended two defendant returned to the victim and fenseless man.” reigned blow after blow on the deAccording to trial records, be- blocks away from the scene.
City Supports Permanent Injunction of DACA Rescission By Michael V. Cusenza The City recently signed on to an amicus brief, alongside 25 other jurisdictions and the U.S. Conference of Mayors, urging the United States District Court of the Northern District of California to permanently enjoin the federal government from ending the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, as well as from using information from the DACA program in removal proceedings of individuals. 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 U.S. 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
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According to the amicus brief, DACA “delivers economic benefits for communities across the country, contributes to the public’s safety and general welfare, and reflects this country’s values as a proud nation of immigrants.”
of prosecutorial discretion to defer deportation for a certain period of time. Deferred action does not provide lawful status, USCIS noted. According to the City, approximately 800,000 DACA recipients
have benefitted from DACA, which, the brief notes, “delivers economic benefits for communities across the country, contributes to the public’s safety and general welfare, and reflects this country’s values as a
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proud nation of immigrants.” The brief ’s central argument is that the federal government unlawfully terminated DACA in violation of the Administrative Procedure Act. According to Los Angeles City Attorney Mike Feuer, the brief states that local jurisdictions would suffer direct economic harm if DACA is rescinded due to the removal of hundreds of thousands of workers, business owners and taxpayers from their respective economies. Additionally, ending DACA will make communities less safe and would lead to DACArecipients being much less likely to report criminal activity to law enforcement out of fear of deportation. “New York City stands with 800,000 Dreamers calling on the courts to recognize that the Trump administration’s attempt to end DACA is contrary to our values
and our local economies, as well as unlawful,” said Bitta Mostofi, acting commissioner of the Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs. “DACA has kept families together and has lifted workers’ wages. While Congress must act to pass the DREAM Act to grant Dreamers a pathway to citizenship, the courts must stop the Trump administration from feeding its deportation machine by abusing the trust that hundreds of thousands of young people put in their government.” Mayor Bill de Blasio added, “In our city, DREAMers are our friends, neighbors, and valued members of our communities. Their contributions strengthen the economy and help us live up to our highest values. We are joining with jurisdictions across the nation to stand up for these young people, so they can stay in the only homes they have ever known.”
Cops Still Searching for Shooter in Richmond Hill Club Attack By Michael V. Cusenza City Police Department investigators recently reached out to the public for help in locating the man who they have identified as the perpetrator in a September shooting incident outside a lounge in Richmond Hill. According to police reports, the suspect, Vishal Singh was engaged in a heated argument with a 22-year-old man and a 38-yearold man outside M2 Billiards & Lounge on Lefferts Boulevard in the early morning hours of Sunday, Sept. 3, when he allegedly brandished a handgun and fired multiple rounds, striking the younger man once in the hip. Singh, 27, then allegedly pistol whipped the 38-year-old man, causing head lacerations. Both victims were rushed to Jamaica Hospital Medical Center, cops said. Singh is described as approximately 5-foot-11, with brown eyes and black hair. Anyone with information is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at (800) 577-TIPS (8477) or for Spanish,
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(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.
Leading Contender for Eastern District U.S. Attorney has Ties to Trump
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Ed McNally, the leading candidate for the top Eastern District spot, is a partner at the law firm run by President Trump’s longtime personal lawyer.
By Michael V. Cusenza The leading candidate for United States Attorney for the Eastern District of New York has ties to President Donald Trump, according to several published reports. Ed McNally, a former U.S. Attorney, Assistant U.S. Attorney, and speechwriter during the administration of President George H.W. Bush, is a partner at Kasowitz Benson Torres LLP. The firm’s managing partner is Marc Kasowitz, who has represented Trump “in a wide range of litigation matters for over 15 years,” according to the firm. McNally is a Chicago native who, following the Sept. 11 terror attacks, was appointed by President George W. Bush as the nation’s first General Counsel for homeland secu-
rity and counter-terrorism. He boasts more than two decades of federal, prosecutorial, and law enforcement experience. According to KBT, McNally is a trial and appellate lawyer whose practice includes affirmative recoveries, antitrust, commercial disputes, business and other civil litigation, corporate governance, and internal investigations for fraud, Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, public corruption and other matters. In March, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District Robert Capers was asked to resign his post effective immediately during Trump’s purge of the Obama AUSA rolls. Bridget Rohde has been serving as acting U.S. Attorney for the past eight months. The Eastern District of New York includes Queens, Brooklyn, and Long Island.
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NYC Ferry Releases Winter Schedules
The ferry winter schedules officially went into effect last Saturday.
By Michael V. Cusenza NYC Ferry recently released its winter schedules for all routes. The new timetables officially went into effect on Saturday, Nov. 4. “Riders will see the same frequency and level of service during peak hours,” the City assured. The Rockaway route features vessels every hour – during rush hours or off-peak; weekday or weekend – during the fall and winter months. The East River Route now features ferries every 22 minutes during morning and evening rush hours; every 44 minutes during off-peak travel times. On weekends, riders will have to wait 45 minutes between ferries. Commuters that rely on the Astoria route will be able to board vessels every 50 minutes over the next few months. That’s a 17-minute increase in wait-time from previous months.
On Veterans Day, we pay tribute to the brave men and women who served our nation and express our gratitude for all they’ve sacrificed to protect our freedom HAPPY VETERANS DAY
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Since its ahead-of-schedule launch earlier this year, the NYC Ferry has been wildly popular, passing the one-million rider mark in August. Over the summer, the City’s seafaring public transit option drew enormous weekend crowds that forced transportation officials to charter more vessels. “Since May 1, 2017, the NYC Ferry has served thousands of New York City residents, providing them affordable, reliable transit between Rockaway Beach and ‘The Big Apple,’” said State Sen. Joseph Addabbo, Jr. (D-Howard Beach). “This successful mode of transportation will have a direct economic benefit to the Rockaway peninsula.” According to the de Blasio administration, once the NYC Ferry system is fully operating in 2018, the combined routes will cover more than 60 miles of waterway at $2.75 per ride, the same as a MetroCard.
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Pheffer Amato, Broad Channel VFW Serve Thanksgiving Meal to St. Albans Vets
Assemblywoman Stacey Pheffer Amato (DHoward Beach) recently donated turkeys and helped the Broad Channel Veterans of Foreign War Post 260 serve veterans from St. Albans at the VFW facility on Shad Creek Road. According to the assemblywoman, the Broad Channel VFW served the vets homemade sweet potatoes, gravy, green beans, cranberry sauce, and, of course, turkeys—all donated by area residents. “Every day we must thank those men and women who bravely served to protect our freedoms and way of life,” Pheffer Amato added. “I’m grateful to the Broad Channel VFW for organizing this event, and for doing everything they can to help serve those who served our country.”
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Handgun Stolen from Federal Agent’s Truck Parked in Lindenwood Gym Lot By Michael V. Cusenza NYPD detectives this week reached out to south Queens for help in identifying a man wanted for questioning in connection with the theft of a firearm belonging to a federal agent last month in a Lindenwood parking lot. According to police reports, on Thursday, Oct. 26, around 5 p.m., the suspect broke into a 2016 Ford truck parked inside the street-lev10 NOVEMBER 9, 2017 • Number 45 VOL. 16 • THE FORUM NEWSGROUP
el lot of LA Fitness gym and removed a lime green and black Nike gym bag containing: a Sig Sauer DAK-229 .40-caliber handgun (serial number 558035604) and several clips; a pair of Smith & Wesson handcuffs; and a U.S. DepartPhoto Courtesy of Sig Sauer
A Sig Sauer model similar to this one was stolen from a federal agent’s truck that was parked in a Lindenwood gym’s lot.
ment of the Interior, Fish and Wildlife Service ID and badge featuring the number 780. The suspect is described as a black man who was wearing a royal blue hooded sweatshirt, blue jeans, and white sneakers at the time of the incident. Anyone with information regarding the firearm and/or the man should contact Det. Yisel Cabrera at (718) 845-2262, or Detective Borough Queens South at (718) 969-5005.
Board of Elections Failures Jeopardize New Yorkers Right to Vote: Stringer By Forum Staff A new audit released on Friday by City Comptroller Scott Stringer shows “significant breakdowns” in the operations of elections by the City’s Board of Elections “that jeopardize New Yorkers’ right to vote.” According to Stringer, after the BOE’s voter “purge” came to light in April 2016 – between March 2014 and July 2015, the BOE’s Brooklyn Office improperly cancelled the registration of 117,305 voters based only on the fact they had not voted since 2008 – the comptroller’s office deployed staff to more than 150 poll sites to observe three subsequent elections. Auditors discovered violations of federal, state, and BOE rules at more than half of poll sites in their sample, inadequate staffing at three-fourths of voting locations, and “fundamental failures” in serving voters with disabilities at more than a quarter of BOE polling places. “Most know about the Brooklyn purge, in which more than 117,000 residents were taken off the voter rolls. What these new findings show, however, is that there is effectively another purge that takes place beneath the surface,” Stringer said. “We’ve uncovered deeply concerning, systemic issues in the BOE’s operations. The BOE cannot be synonymous with dysfunction, and we cannot allow these egregious failures
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to undermine New Yorkers’ fundamental rights. Our poll workers work exceptionally hard, but the BOE isn’t giving them the support they deserve. After a thorough review of the agency, it’s clear the voter purge is a reflection of larger, systemic, day-to-day breakdowns. Elections matter, and every vote must be counted in every election. That’s why the BOE needs to fundamentally change its operations.” According to the audit, “BOE failed to
Little North Pole Lights Up This Sunday By Michael V. Cusenza You’d better watch out, you better not cry, because Santa will be paying an extra-early visit to The Little North Pole this year, when he stops by the 22nd annual holiday show in Belle Harbor this Sunday, Nov. 12 at 3:30 pm. The Christmas extravaganza, hosted at the home of area attorney Joe Mure, will kick off just about three weeks earlier than in years past, because this year, the “House that Joe Lit” will be featured on network television in a national holiday show. While we can’t tell you the name of the program, or the exact network that hosts it every year during the holiday season, we’re quite sure that if you take off your elf hats for just a minute and switch them out for thinking caps, we have every reason to believe that our astute readership will figure out which show is likely to feature the granddaddy of all Christmas lighting displays. Everyone is invited to join in the fun at the lighting ceremony, which features a lineup of star-studded entertainment, starting with emcees Joe Causi and Goumba Johnny, food and drinks for everyone and finally, the distribution of nearly 3,000 toys to ecstatic children by Santa, Mrs. Claus and a full compliment of elves and helpers. The event is the brainchild of an undeniably hands-on Mure, who for weeks leading
up to the event can be found at the house, in a body harness strapped to scaffolding while supervising the lighting installation and placement of the display. It’s a charity fundraiser for Mure’s real passion: JDRF and Type 1 diabetes research and support. “This is what Christmas is,” says Mure. “What better thing could anybody do than to bring a smile to the face of a child?” This year in addition to an unbelievable crew of volunteers, Mure will be joined in his efforts by his Kiwanis brothers from his Brooklyn club. And smiles he delivers along with the hundreds of thousands of dollars he already has raised to help combat the disease that counts an estimated 40,000 new patients each year, and affects 1.25 million Americans. Don't miss your chance to share in this wonderful day! Bring your early Christmas cheer to celebrate with the crowd and if you'd like a chance to be seen on TV please dress festively however do not wear clothing with labels. And please bring your checkbook and open it up to make a difference and bring some smiles of your own by helping out JDRF. Please see the announcement at right for details on address and how you can donate to JDRF.
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ensure that polls operated effectively and efficiently and in accordance with applicable law, rules, and guidelines, which ultimately could have impacted the ability of individuals to vote. We visited a total of 156 sites during three elections between June 28, 2016 and Nov. 8, 2016 and identified one or more deficiencies at 141 (90 percent) of those sites. Among the deficiencies found were problems with the assistance provided to voters, including those who require
language interpreters and those with disabilities; problems with the information provided to voters; and problems with the accessibility of the poll sites themselves for disabled voters. We also found issues with the quality and amount of training BOE provides for Election Day workers.” If not corrected, Stringer’s office said, “the deficiencies increase the risk that registered voters will not be provided the opportunity to vote and have their voices counted.” The comptroller’s office made nine total recommendations, including: • Improve training for poll workers — and consider extending training hours so all of the material that poll workers need to know can be covered; • Ensure every poll site is fully accessible and fully staffed, including with the appropriate interpreters; • Attract more poll worker candidates by working to increase poll worker pay; • Evaluate a pilot program that attempted to increase the number of poll workers by allowing them to work half-day shifts, and consider implementing this program if applicable; and • Establish a working group to identify and implement reforms.
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EDITORIAL A WELL DESERVED WIN C o n g r a t u l a t i o n s . As we sit here in The Forum newsroom on Wednesday afternoon and reflect on the many races, the hard-fought victories, landslide defeats, and the ballots cast in-between, we cannot help but issue a warm kudos to all winners. For the purposes of this hallowed space this week, we are not simply tipping our collective cap to all the incumbents, challengers, councilmembers, district attorneys or borough presidents who either kept their jobs or aced the interview for a new one. This congratulatory note is for the voting public. You did it. Just by coming out to vote in the local races – the ones that truly matter – you have earned our respect. And for the decisions you made, you’ve earned our gratitude. We asked you to vote for incumbent City Councilman Eric Ulrich. And boy did you—all 14,862 of you. The residents and business owners of the 32nd Council District will reap the benefits of four more years. We asked you to vote “No” to the first ballot question: “Shall there be a convention to revise the Constitution and amend the same?” Mr. Ulrich said, “My job as an elected official is to represent my district. I simply cannot, in good conscience, go against the views of my constitu-
ents on such an important matter. I have always supported collective bargaining rights and have fought very hard to protect public pensions under two administrations (Bloomberg and de Blasio). I won’t allow the ConCon question to tarnish that record.” Assemblywoman Stacey Pheffer Amato added, “The NYS Constitution, while not a perfect document by any means, gives collective bargaining and other labor rights a permanent seat at the table, which is not something any of us can afford to lose.”
Nothing to worry about, Councilman. No need to fret, Assemblywoman. Nearly 3 million “No” tallies told the tale: New York doesn’t need it. New York doesn’t want it. We IMPLORED you to vote “Yes” on ballot question 2: “The proposed amendment to section 7 of Article 2 of the State Constitution would allow a court to reduce or revoke the pension of a public officer who is convicted of a felony that has a direct and actual relationship to the performance of the public officer’s duties. Shall the proposed amendment be approved?” This inquiry made us laugh heartily out loud. Hmm…Should we give the courts the power to pull the pension of a public servant who turns out to be a crook? Hell YES. This is a soft spot for Queens. You see, the beloved World’s Borough has produced some of the worst political plunderers in modern history. Like we said when we advised you to vote Yes: “Perhaps the promise of a lost pension will keep the next batch of greedy elected gremlins on the (mostly) straight and narrow.” And oh how you agreed. Some 2,379,004 voted in favor of reducing or revoking said retirement plans. Once again, congratulations to the voting public. Your ballots came through loudly and clearly.
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Notice of Formation of CLERMONT ORGANIZING LLC Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 9/07/17. Office location: Queens County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: Julia Lyschik, 35-15 75th Street, #606, Jackson Heights, NY 11372. 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 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 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. TOP NOTCH LEGAL LLC Articles of Org. filed NY Sec. of State (SSNY) 7/27/17. Office in Queens Co. SSNY desig. agent of LLC upon whom process may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process toTHE LLC, 118-35 QUEENS BLVD., SUITE 400, FOREST HILLS, NY 11375. Purpose: Any lawful purpose. THE LIVANOS ALBANY GROUP LLC Articles of Org. filed NY Sec. of State (SSNY) 9/20/17. Office in Queens Co. SSNY desig. agent of LLC upon whom process may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to PO Box 501, Maspeth, NY 11378. Purpose: Any lawful purpose. Notice of Formation of MurphyMade LLC. Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 8/23/17. Office location: Queens County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: Matthew Murphy, 235 E. 95th St., Apt. 34J, NY, NY 10128. Purpose: any lawful activity.
NIAGARA RESIDENCE LLC, Arts. of Org. filed with the SSNY on 10/13/2017. 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, 37-28 56th St., Woodside, NY 11377. Purpose: Any Lawful Purpose.
Legal Notices MODERN ARTS BUILDING LLC Authority filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 9/13/17. Office location: Queens Co. LLC formed in Delaware (DE) on 7/25/17 SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to The LLC PO Box 94081 Rockaway Park, NY 11694. DE address of LLC: 3500 S DuPont Hwy Dover, DE 19901. Arts. Of Org. filed with DE Secy. of State, PO Box 898 Dover, DE 19903. Purpose: any lawful activity.
Notice of Formation of ODEON SECURITY LLC Arts. of Org. filed with NY Dept. of State on 8/26/16. Office location: Queens County. NY Sec. of State designated agent of the LLC upon whom process against it may be served, and shall mail process to ODEON SECURITY LLC, 143-09 222nd STREET, GROUND LEVEL, LAURELTON, NY 11413, the principal business location. Purpose: any lawful activity. Notice of Formation of Corinthian Risk Management LLC. Arts. of Org. filed with NY Dept. of State on 9/13/17. Office location: Queens County. NY Sec. of State designated agent of the LLC upon whom process against it may be served, and shall mail process to 49-12 31st Pl, Long Island City, NY 11101, the principal business location. Purpose: any lawful activity.
BUDGET WIRELESS NE LLC. Filed 9/29/17. Office: Queens Co. SSNY designated as agent for process & shall mail to: Po Box 520707, Flushing, NY 11352. Purpose: General. KKL CAPITAL LLC, Arts. of Org. filed with the SSNY on 10/19/2017. Office loc: Queens County. SSNY has been designated as agent upon whom process against the LLC may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: Kiran Lal, 35-20 Leverich St., Apt B423, Jackson Heights, NY 11372. Purpose: Any Lawful Purpose. PROFESSIONAL CARPET CLEANERS AND RESTORATION LLC, Arts. of Org. filed with the SSNY on 09/21/2017. 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, 173-21 104 Ave, Jamaica, NY 11433. Reg Agent: NYSCORPORATION.COM, 1971 Western Ave., #1121, Albany, NY 12203. Purpose: Any Lawful Purpose.
114-51 MERRICK BLVD LLC Articles of Org. filed NY Sec. of State (SSNY) 9/28/2017. Office in Queens Co. SSNY desig. agent of LLC upon whom process may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to 169-37 144th Rd., Jamaica, NY 11434, which is also the principal business location. Purpose: Any lawful purpose.
DESTINY DRIVE LLC Articles of Org. filed NY Sec. of State (SSNY) 10/4/2017. Office in Queens Co. SSNY desig. agent of LLC whom process may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to 33-24 Northern Blvd., Long Island City, NY 11101, which is also the principal business location. Purpose: Any lawful purpose. Notice of Formation of KOZAKI L.L.C. Arts. of Org. filed with NY Dept. of State on 7/19/17. Office location: Queens County. NY Sec. of State designated agent of the LLC upon whom process against it may be served, and shall mail process to LEGALINC CORPORATE SERVICES INC., 1967 WEHLE DRIVE, SUITE 1 #086, BUFFALO, NY 14221. Purpose: any lawful activity. Notice of Formation of OUTLINE ARCHITECTURE PLLC Arts. of Org. filed with NY Dept. of State on 9/13/17. Office location: Queens County. NY Sec. of State designated agent of the LLC upon whom process against it may be served, and shall mail process to THE LLC, 15350 89TH AVE., Apt. 1107, Jamaica, NY 11432. Purpose: any lawful activity. TLN TRADING LLC. Arts. of Org. filed with the SSNY on 09/15/17. 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 TLN TRADING LLC, 216-26 68TH AVENUE, OAKLAND GARDENS, NY 11364. Purpose: Any lawful purpose.
U-BUILD HOLDING LLC. Arts. of Org. filed with the SSNY on 10/04/17. 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, 33-54 Farrington Street, Suite 2B, Flushing, NY 11354. Purpose: Any lawful purpose. PROMINENT HAIR AND LASHES LLC Arts. of Org. filed with the SSNY on 09/22/17. 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, PAULA FRANCIS, 183-10 DUNLOP AVE., SAINT ALBANS, NY 11412. Purpose: Any lawful purpose.
KEDIC FASHON WORKSHOP LLC Arts of Org filed with SSNY on 09/20/17. 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: LEGALINC CORPORATE SERVICES INC, 1967 WEHRLE DRIVE, SUITE 1 #086, BUFFALO, NY 14221. Purpose: to engage in any lawful act.
JW CAPITAL GROUP LLC Arts of Org filed with SSNY on 08/14/17. 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, 52-35 74TH STREET, ELMHURST, NY 11373. Purpose: to engage in any lawful act. Notice of Formation of OLLIE NY 29-26 NORTHERN LLC Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 05/15/17. Office location: Queens County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to Andrew Bledsoe, 757 Third Ave., 17th Fl., NY, NY 10017. Purpose: Any lawful activity. Notice is hereby given that an order entered by the civil court, Queens county, on the 26 day of OCTOBER 2017, bearing Index Number NC-000546-17/QU, a copy of which may be examined at the office of the clerk, located at 89-17 SUTPHIN BOULEVARD, JAMAICA, NY 11435, grants me the right to assume the name of (first) DEORANIE (middle) BARRY (last) LEKHRAM. The city and state of my address is 133-40 122ND PLACE, South Ozone Park, NY 11420-3215. The date of my birth is October 3, 1972; place of my birth is GUYANA; my present name is DEORANIE BARRY LEKHRAM aka DEORAINE NMN BARRY, aka DEORAINE LEKRHAM. Notice is hereby given that an order entered by the civil court, Queens county, on the 26 day of OCTOBER 2017, bearing Index Number NC-000885-17/QU, a copy of which may be examined at the office of the clerk, located at 89-17 SUTPHIN BOULEVARD, JAMAICA, NY 11435, grants me the right to assume the name of (first) WAYNE (middle) JESSIAH-NASIR (last) STEWART. The city and state of my address is 8724 111 STREET, RICHMOND HILL, NY 11418. The date of my birth is JANUARY 29, 2017; place of my birth is QUEENS, NY; my present name is (first) WAYNE (middle) JESSIAH-NASIR (last) LEWIS (INFANT)
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