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HOME SWEEP HOME Amid Growing Scandal, Cuomo and Senate Issue Comprehensive Nursing Facility Reform Bills

See Story on Page 6 Gov. Andrew Cuomo said his legislation, in part, aims to increase transparency at all New York nursing homes, including this Catholic Charities facility in Howard Beach. Photos Courtesy of Google and Mike Groll/Office of the Governor

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Former Leader of Home Invasion Crew Busted by Feds over Threats

As of Sunday night, Borrello calls Metropolitan Detention Center home.

By Michael V. Cusenza

Gene Borrello (l.) and podcaster Felix Levine

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The feared former leader of a small group of young and hungry gangsters that terrorized Howard Beach and Ozone Park via a series of savage—and lucrative—home invasions was busted Sunday night by federal law enforcement agents for threatening the lives of his exgirlfriend’s husband and her father. According to the New York Post, Gene Borrello, 36, had been on supervised release after helping Brooklyn federal prosecutors convict more than 21 mobsters over the past several years. “But his temper — and mouth — got away from him on Jan. 24 after his ex-girlfriend refused to give him permission to publish a picture of her in a book he’s working on, Assistant US Attorney Lindsay Gerdes told a Brooklyn federal judge Monday at a bail hearing,” the Post published “’The minute you call the cops on me and grow those balls, you watch, I’ll blow your husband’s head right off in the middle of the street…Remember what I used to do. I will

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grab your father right now and beat the dog sh— out of him. Be happy I don’t grab you and your fat, ugly husband by the neck and drag you down the street,’” Borrello allegedly said. Prosecutors said that Borrello was arrested for violating his supervised release by threatening his ex and for associating with convicted felon John Alite, a former Gambino-hitmanturned-cooperator. A year ago, The Forum, along with other publications, noted how Borrello was fresh out of jail—but wanted to keep talking. So he gave an hour-long interview to Felix Levine on his “Where’s This Going” podcast. “It’s uncountable,” Borrello said with a smile when prodded by Levine to put a number on how many robberies Borrello and Co. pulled off. “Robberies, I did over 100. Definitely. Shootings? I had a couple. Beatings? I had a bunch.” Borrello attributed his violent streak to an anger-management issue he hasn’t been able to shake since he was a kid in Queens. “I have a bad anger problem…just born with it,” he said.

MTA Board Approves Toll Hike on Bridges and Tunnels By Michael V. Cusenza The Metropolitan Transportation Authority Board on Thursday approved a toll increase on MTA Bridges and Tunnels while preserving the resident discount programs. The hike, which will raise current toll rates in April by an average of 7.08 percent to yield a 6 percent increase in revenue, according to the MTA. Tolls will jump to $6.55 from $6.12 for E-ZPass users on: the Whitestone Bridge, RFK-Triboro Bridge, Throgs Necks and Verrazzano bridges and the Brooklyn-Battery and Queens-Midtown tunnels. Drivers without E-ZPass will be charged $10.17, up from its current rate of $9.50. The toll on the Cross Bay Veterans Memorial Bridge will increase to $2.45 from $2.29. Toll discount programs and rebates for Rockaway and Broad Channel residents using the Cross Bay Bridge are being maintained for those who properly use their NYCSC E-ZPass tags. The Cross Bay Bridge and Marine Parkway Bridge toll for Rockaway and Broad Channel resi-

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The toll on the Cross Bay Veterans Memorial Bridge will increase to $2.45 from $2.29.

dents will increase to $1.60. The Cross Bay Bridge toll remains fully rebated for Rockaway and Broad Channel residents properly using their NYCSC E-ZPass. Also on Thursday, the MTA urged Congress to quickly pass the American Rescue Plan, including delivering an additional $8 billion in federal relief for the agency amidst its ongoing financial crisis. The MTA continues to face a cumulative deficit of $8 billion through 2024 and is urgently

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requesting additional Federal assistance to power the region’s recovery from the pandemic in the years to come. To continue to provide as much subway, bus and commuter rail service as possible to customers, the MTA Board today approved a toll increase on MTA Bridges and Tunnels while preserving the resident discount programs. As a result of recent modest financial gains, the MTA will avoid the “worst case” service reductions that had been eliminated in 2021

but had been discussed as a possibility for 2022, as well as any immediate associated layoffs. Drastic service reductions remain on the table, however, for 2023 and 2024 without future federal aid to support the remaining $8 billion deficit. This short-term stability was a result of $2.9 billion in deficit financing through the Federal Municipal Liquidity Facility, improved re-estimates in dedicated taxes and fees as well as the receipt of $4 billion in Federal aid through the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act of 2021 that was passed by Congress in December. “The federal funding provided by Congress in December has allowed the MTA to avoid the worst case cuts not just in 2021 but also 2022,” said MTA Chairman and CEO Patrick Foye. “But the pandemic is projected to continue to wreak havoc on the MTA’s finances for the next four years as ridership gradually rebuilds. We continue to urgently request $8 billion in additional federal aid as part of the American Rescue Plan so we can serve as the economic engine leading New York’s recovery from this devastating pandemic.”


JFK Construction Jobs Will Drive Recovery: Pols

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“New York City will emerge from this crisis stronger by building our recovery from the grassroots up,” Mayor de Blasio said.

By Forum Staff Mayor Bill de Blasio, U.S. Rep. Greg Meeks (D-Jamaica),  and Queens Borough President Donovan Richards on Monday announced key elements of the foundation for the new John F. Kennedy International Airport construction projects that they said will drive a recovery by creating more than 20,000 jobs, investing $10 to $15 billion in new infrastructure, and boosting tourism to New York City. “New York City will emerge from this crisis stronger by building our recovery from the grassroots up,” Hizzoner said.   On Monday, de Blasio signed an Emergency Executive Order to extend the Port Authority’s lease at JFK Airport from 2050 to 2060 without ULURP. Working with Representative  Meeks  and Queens Borough President Richards, and building on the work of the JFK Redevelopment Community Advisory Council appointed in October 2018, the leaders helped secure the community benefits package and a commitment that the Port Authority will require the projects be subject to Project Labor Agreements.   The lease extension announced Monday by the pols includes assurance that the massive new construction project will abide by the community benefits package, which requires at least 30 percent workers of color, ensures at least 30 percent of the contractors are Minority- and WomenOwned Businesses, establishes new apprenticeship and scholarship programs for the surrounding community, and requires the new building meets strict environmental standards.   The community benefits package includes:  Workforce Development, including Community Hiring:  Requirement for 30 percent minority hires and 7 percent women hires across all construction trades with a higher 40 percent minority hires among Laborers; Best efforts to hire from

zip codes around JFK Airport followed by all of Queens; fund new pre-apprenticeship programs prioritizing local residents in coordination with the Building & Construction Trades Council of Greater NY; Expand Council for Airport Opportunity in downtown Jamaica and Far Rockaway to facilitate long term local hiring; Commitment to fund an Office of Second Chance Employment to connect formerly incarcerated individuals or those with past involvement in the criminal justice system with jobs at the airport. Business Development:  Requirement for 30 percent MWBE contracting across financing, construction, design and operations, including prioritization of local MWBE; hiring independent MWBE compliance consultants to focus on meeting, monitoring, and reporting on MWBE goals; develop a Business Development Opportunity Center to facilitate local capacity building and matchmaking focusing on local MWBEs.   Education Programs:  Continue scholarship programs for local high school students; funding for an aviation focused STEM program at York College for local middle school students; continuation and expansion of a summer minicamp in collaboration with the Eastern Queens Alliance to educate middle school students on environmental stewardship and sustainability; participation in multiple high school career fairs annually; continue a local internship program.  Environmental Sustainability:  Minimum LEED Silver at new terminals; new terminals will transition diesel fuel powered ground service equipment with electric; require lowest reasonable emissions use for construction equipment including limiting engine size, requiring electric vehicles when possible, and strict idling restrictions; implement marine-based barging of materials to reduce delivery trucks on roadways; low emissions vehicle  shuttle service from Aqueduct to JFK for all construction crews.

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City Sheriff Shuts Down Unlicensed Bar By Michael V. Cusenza City deputy sheriffs early Sunday morning shut down a Corona restaurant that was tossing an illegal party—complete with more than 305 revelers—in its basement. Law enforcement agents said they were only able to gain access to the event at Sueño Americano on Junction Boulevard after

partygoers pleaded with bar staff to open the locked doors and let them out. “Four egresses bolted shut,” deputy sheriffs noted. In addition to violations of emergency orders, no liquor license, and health code violations, five people at the illegal event were hit with various misdemeanors, sheriffs said. Photos Courtesy of NYC Sheriff and Google

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Ulrich, GrowNYC Distribute 55,000+ Meals at Weekly Food Drives

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Councilman Ulrich (l.) and volunteers outside his Ozone Park office.

By Forum Staff City Councilman Eric Ulrich (R-Ozone Park) has surpassed a milestone 55,000 meals distributed at his weekly food drives. Ulrich  partnered  with  GrowNYC’s Emergency Fresh Food Box program, Community Board 9 and Community Board 10 back in May of 2020 to distribute emergency food boxes for those impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. While the emergency food community has shouldered much of the burden to keep people fed, the overwhelming demand for food, particularly in some of the city’s most impacted  communities, is outpacing their ability, Ulrich said. The lack of access to food, especially healthy food, has been exacerbated by social-distancing requirements that make it impossible to operate many congregate meal outlets, such as soup kitchens, and require new interventions to be quickly deployed. The Emergency Fresh Food Boxes  distributed  at  Ulrich’s Ozone Park office are  one  practical option to provide struggling New Yorkers with healthy and nutritious food.  Each  Emergency  Fresh Food Box contains a culturally-sensitive variety of fruits, vegetables  and two pantry items like rice, beans or shelf-stable milk. Each box is designed to provide families with well-balanced, nutritious meals every week.  “Unfortunately, almost a year after the pandemic devastated New York City, there are many people struggling to make ends meet. Unemployment is at an all-time high, and New Yorkers do not have access to basic life necessities, like food,” Ulrich said. “This ongoing partnership with GrowNYC, Community Board 9 and Community Board 10 has allowed us to help hundreds of families in need by providing quality,

culturally-sensitive meals to those impacted by COVID-19. I am proud of the great work we are doing, and remain committed to helping my constituents during this uncertain time.” “We are incredibly thankful to our partners, like Councilmember Ulrich, who support GrowNYC’s Emergency Fresh Food Box Program,”  said GrowNYC’s  President and CEO Marcel Van Ooyen. “With help from these partners, and generous support from the City, not only are we able to help feed many New Yorkers hard hit by COVID-19, but, by sourcing from New York farmers, the program also provides critical income to regional farm communities.” In addition to  Emergency Fresh Food Boxes, Ulrich’s office has also distributed supplies, such as face masks and hand sanitizer, at the weekly food drives. “On behalf of Community Board 9, I would like to thank Council  Member  Ulrich  for letting us participate in this great endeavor,”  said Community Board 9 Chairman Kenichi Wilson. “It has been such an experience to meet so many individuals that have been suffering from  food insecurities during this time of the COVID-19 pandemic. I look forward  to continuing  the  support, and helping the community in ways needed.” Community Board 10 Chairwoman Betty Braton added, “Community Board 10 has been pleased to partner with and work alongside Council Member Ulrich to help get much-needed fresh and healthy food to people every week as they have been struggling through these difficult times to keep their families fed.” The weekly food drive takes place every Friday at 10 a.m. at Ulrich’s district office, located at 93-06 101 Ave. For more information, call (718) 738-1083.

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Valentine’s for Vets State Sen. Joe Addabbo, Jr. (D-Howard Beach) recently delivered the Valentine’s Day cards made by students from PS 316 in Ozone Park and PS 88 in Ridgewood for area veterans to the St. Albans VA Medical Center. “I am very grateful to the students, teachers, and administrators at PS 88 and PS 316, as well as the personnel at the St. Albans VA Medical Center, for keeping this respectful tradition alive for our veterans, even in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic,” Addabbo (l.)  said. “While I couldn’t hand-deliver the cards to the veterans like I usually do, I thought it was still very important to bring these cards the students made for the veterans, who truly appreciate being acknowledged on Valentine’s Day.” Photo Courtesy of Sen. Addabbo’s Office

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Cuomo, State Senate Craft Legislation to Improve Oversight and Care at Nursing Homes accountable—that is the only way families will have peace of mind and I won’t sign a budget that doesn’t include these commonsense reforms.” This legislation aims to improve the safety and quality of New York’s nursing homes through a series of reforms that increase transparency around nursing home staffing, expenditures and ownership; hold operators accountable for violations of the Public Health Law and other misconduct; and ensure nursing home facilities are prioritizing patient care and safety over profits and adequate funding is spent on direct patient care and resident staffing.

By Michael V. Cusenza Amid a throbbing COVID scandal rife with investigations seemingly at all levels, Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the Democratic Majority in the State Senate recently advanced packages of legislation to address oversight and care in New York’s nursing facilities. On Monday, the Senate Democratic Majority announced that its package will establish a direct patient care spending ratio for nursing homes, create a taskforce to reimagine the delivery of long-term care, allow personal and compassionate care visitors, mandate disclosure of nursing home ratings, and require more infection control policies by nursing homes and require state health officials to conduct more thorough inspections. “The tragic situation in our nursing homes remains a heartbreaking reminder of the toll this pandemic has taken and has made it clear that real reforms are needed,” Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins  said. “The Senate Majority is taking action to deliver meaningful results by increasing transparency and raising the standard of care provided at these facilities. I commend the bill sponsors for their work, and I am proud that we are passing these reforms.” The legislation being passed by the Senate includes: Patient Care Ratio Reporting:  This bill,  S.4336A  sponsored by Senator Gustavo Rivera, directs the Commissioner of Health to establish a “Direct Patient Care Ratio” that would require all nursing homes to spend at least 70% of a facility’s revenue on direct patient care. Publication of Nursing Home Ratings: This bill, S.553 sponsored by Senator James Sanders Jr., requires that the most recent Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) rating of every nursing home be prominently displayed on the home page of the Department of Health’s website and at each nursing home facility’s website and displayed at the facility for view by the general public. Reimagining Long-Term Care Task Force:  This bill,  S.598B  sponsored by Senator Rachel May, enacts the “Reimagining Long-Term Care Task Force” to create a task force studying the state of both home-based and facility-based long-term care services in the state, and to make recommendations on potential models of improvement to long-term care services for older New Yorkers. Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program Reform Act:  This bill,  S.612A  sponsored by Senator Rachel May, creates “The Longterm Care Ombudsman Program Reform Act” by expanding the current program to be more accessible and available to seniors and their families, while promoting the volunteer advocate program, and improve interactions between DOH and the Ombudsman program regarding complaints.

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Allowing Compassionate Care-Giving Visitors: This bill,  S.614B  sponsored by Senator Rachel May, creates a standardized program to allow personal care and compassionate care visitors at nursing homes. Infection Inspection Audit:  This bill,  S.1783  sponsored by Senator James Skoufis, directs the Department of Health to establish and implement an infection control inspection audit and checklist for residential care facilities. Quality Assurance Committees:  This bill,  S.1784A  sponsored by Senator James Skoufis, requires adult care facilities to include “quality assurance committees” in their quality assurance plans Requirements for Transfer, Discharge and Voluntary Discharge:  This bill, S.3058 sponsored by Senator Gustavo Rivera, creates requirements for the transfer, discharge and voluntary discharge of residents from residential healthcare facilities Standards for Ownership of Nursing Homes: This bill, S.4893 sponsored by Senator Gustavo Rivera, requires more review of ownership of nursing homes through the certificate of need process - including consideration of past violations at other facilities by owners - and requires more notice to the public during the CON process. Department of Health Death Records:  This bill,  S.3061A  sponsored by

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Senator Gustavo Rivera, requires the Department of Health to record COVID-19 deaths of nursing home residents that died in hospitals to be recorded as a “nursing home” death and require the Department of Health to update and share data it receives with hospitals and nursing homes on communicable diseases. Transparency of Violations: This bill,  S.3185  sponsored by Senator James Skoufis, requires residential health care facilities to disclose in writing to potential residents and their family members the website where a list of violations and other actions taken against the facility can be found. On Friday, Cuomo announced sweeping nursing home reform legislation to increase transparency, hold nursing home operators accountable for misconduct and help ensure facilities are prioritizing patient care over profits as part of the 30-day amendments. “Every day, families across the state entrust the safety and health of their loved ones to nursing homes and as this unprecedented public health crisis has shown, some performed admirably, but some did not,” Cuomo said.  “Facilities have put profits over care for far too long and as we look forward, we must learn from the past and prepare for the future. These facilities must be transparent and we have to have the tools necessary for holding bad actors

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“These facilities must be transparent and we have to have the tools necessary for holding bad actors accountable— that is the only way families will have peace of mind and I won’t sign a budget that doesn’t include these commonsense reforms,” Gov. Cuomo said.

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Increasing Transparency Requiring nursing homes to post their rates for each payer source on a public website, updated annually; Requiring the posting of all facility owners; Requiring the posting of a list of all contracts or other agreements entered into for provision of goods or services for which any portion of Medicaid or Medicare funds are used by the facility within 30 days of execution of the agreement; and Requiring information regarding staff be included in an application to establish a nursing home. Holding Operators Accountable for Misconduct Increasing civil monetary penalties to $25,000 for violations of the Public Health Law, including increasing penalties for willful violations of Public Health Law or regulation; Removing the requirement to provide adult care facilities a 30-day period to rectify violations prior to imposition of a penalty; and Building off legislation signed by the Governor in 2019, requiring any nursing home with a repeat Infection Control Deficiency to work with the Quality Improvement Organization, or a state designated independent quality monitor, at the nursing home’s own expense, to assess and resolve the facility’s infection control deficiencies. Streamlining process to appoint a receiver to protect patient health and safety. Prioritizing Patient Care over Profit Requiring that nursing homes spend a minimum of 70 percent of revenue on direct patient care and a minimum of 40 percent of revenue on resident staffing; and Establishing a nursing home profit cap and limiting certain unscrupulous transactions, including but not limited to related party transactions over fair market value and payment of compensation for employees who are not actively engaged in or providing services at the nursing home. Limiting the overall proportion of management salaries and setting a cap by regulation, dependent on the size of the facility, for managers and executives.


Carting Co. Owner Cops to Bribe Scheme

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“The defendant’s bribery scheme deprived a local college of the honest services of its contractors and employees,” said Acting Brooklyn U.S. Attorney Seth DuCharme.

By Forum Staff The owner of several companies that operated in the New York City area, including Zeus Waste Management Inc., a carting business in Whitestone, pleaded guilty to bribery and conspiracy to commit bribery in connection with a scheme to secure waste management contracts from a local college. As set forth in public filings, in June 2018, George Kalergios, 57, agreed to bribe the facilities director of a college located in New York City to grant Zeus Waste Management the exclusive right to remove nonhazardous waste from the college’s campus. Specifically, Kalergios agreed to pay the facilities director 10 percent of any payments that the college made to Zeus Waste Management under any contracts directed to the company. In July 2018, the facilities director awarded a three-year contract to Zeus Waste Management that gave it the exclusive right to remove non-hazardous waste from the College’s campus. Between July 2018 and March 2019, pursuant to

their agreement, Kalergios made multiple cash payments to the facilities director totaling approximately $11,095. “The defendant’s bribery scheme deprived a local college of the honest services of its contractors and employees,” said Acting Brooklyn U.S. Attorney Seth DuCharme. “Today’s guilty plea demonstrates that those who engage in criminal corruption to enrich themselves at the expense of institutions in our communities will be held accountable.” When sentenced, Kalergios faces up to 15 years’ imprisonment. In addition, Kalergios agreed to pay forfeiture in the amount of $110,955. “Instead of providing the best possible services to his clients with no strings attached, Kalergios participated in a quidpro-quo arrangement that served to advance his selfish interests. Corrupt behavior has no place in the business of honest services, and today’s guilty plea highlights that basic truth,” added FBI NY Assistant Director-in-Charge Bill Sweeney, Jr.

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Cuomo Encourages Queens and Brooklyn Residents to Schedule Appointments at New State-FEMA Vax Sites By Forum Staff Governor Andrew Cuomo on Tuesday encouraged eligible New Yorkers in Queens and Brooklyn to schedule an appointment to receive the COVID-19 vaccine at the two State-FEMA communitybased vaccination sites scheduled to open on Wednesday, Feb. 24, at York and Medgar Evers colleges. The Queens and Brooklyn sites will operate between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. daily and each site has the capacity to administer 3,000 doses per day. As part of the administration’s effort to further expand access to these sites, the MTA is launching a pilot program to enhance bus service in Queens and Brooklyn to connect New Yorkers in these boroughs to the two vaccination sites. New York is also partnering with faith leaders in both boroughs to launch a vaccination drive aimed at encouraging more members of each communities to sign up for vaccination appointments at these sites using phone banking. Eligible New Yorkers can currently schedule appointments for the Brooklyn and Queens sites by utilizing New York’s ‘Am I Eligible’ website or by calling the state’s COVID-19 Vaccination Hotline at 1-833-NYS-4-VAX (1-833-697-4829). Appointments can also be made by visiting the sites beginning when they open on Wednesday. For the first week of scheduling, appointments at these two sites are initially reserved specifically for New Yorkers currently eligible for vaccination living in areas with low vaccination rates in counties and boroughs. After one week, appoint-

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“If we are to truly be successful in winning this war once and for all, we need to make sure shots are going into arms everywhere, regardless of race, background or income, and these sites are critical components of that effort,” Gov. Cuomo said.

ments at each site will then be made available to all eligible residents of the site’s host borough. “The State is committed to vaccinating all New Yorkers, and that means making a concerted effort to reach those communities which have been underserved by the traditional health care system,” Cuomo said.  “If we are to truly be successful in winning this war once and for all, we need to make sure shots are going into arms everywhere, regardless of race, background or income, and these sites are critical components of that effort. I encourage all eligible New Yorkers in Brooklyn and Queens to make appointments as soon as

they are able to, and I want to personally assure them that the vaccine is safe and effective.” While COVID-19 has had a damaging impact on the nation writ large, poor communities and communities of color have been particularly devastated by this virus, with Black and Latino people dying at a higher rate than white people, Cuomo noted. Since the beginning of the vaccine distribution process, another concerning trend has emerged - hesitancy towards the vaccine, especially in the Black community. Site locations and eligible zip codes are as follows: Queens: York College 

160-02 Liberty Ave.   Jamaica, NY 11451  Hours: 8 a.m. - 8 p.m. beginning Feb. 24  Eligible Zip Codes: 11418, 11419, 11420, 11435, 11436, 11439, 11432, 11433, 11434, 11423, 11412, 11413, 11427, 11428, 11429, 11411, 11422, 11691, 11692, 11693 Brooklyn: Medgar Evers College  231 Crown St.   Brooklyn, NY 11225  Hours: 8 a.m. - 8 p.m. beginning Feb. 24  Eligible Zip Codes: 11206, 11221, 11216, 11238, 11225, 11213, 11233, 11207, 11208, 11236, 11212, 11203, 11226, 11210

Pols Push Postmaster General on Changes That Have Resulted in Delayed Mail Delivery for NYers By Forum Staff As New Yorkers continue to experience significant mail delays, U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.),  in a letter penned alongside Senate colleagues,  pressed Postmaster General Louis DeJoy about operational changes to the U.S. Postal Service that have slowed down mail and compromised service for veterans, seniors, and other New Yorkers who depend on the mail for prescription medications, package deliveries for small businesses, and other critical needs. “Months after Postmaster General DeJoy implemented disastrous changes in the USPS, families, seniors, and veterans across New York State continue to face significant delays for vital deliveries. We know that households are relying on timely USPS services more than ever due the pandemic, and DeJoy’s failure to address lagging operations have placed a great burden on those hit hardest by the pandemic,”  said Gillibrand.  “The postmaster general must provide full transparency to Congress about the operations of the USPS so that Ameri-

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cans can once again rely on efficient mail delivery.” Last summer, Postmaster General DeJoy imposed destructive changes that compromised services and resulted in widespread delays — especially over the holiday season when on time delivery plummeted to 64 percent for First-Class Mail. Even after the holiday “peak season”, New Yorkers continue to experience missed paychecks and

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court notices, delayed critical prescriptions, lost rent and delayed credit card payments resulting in late fees, breakdowns in service to their communities, late personal mail, increased challenges for small businesses, and more. While USPS attributed these delays to historically high volume of packages during peak season, a shortage of airlift and trucking capacity, and employee shortages due to COVID-19, Gillibrand  and her colleagues expressed concern that directives from DeJoy — including rejected overtime requests, limited transportation, and reduced office time — continue to hinder on-time delivery. In a letter, the senators demanded that DeJoy refrain from making additional changes that will harm service for the American people and urged him to address the massive delays at hand. “We urge you to be fully transparent with the public about Postal Service operations and the reasons they are still facing delays,” the senators wrote. “To that end, we ask that you answer the following by February 26, 2021: Please describe the specific steps you

have taken to identify each cause of mail delays, including measuring the impacts of management actions. Please describe in detail the steps you took to prepare for expected high package volumes and employee shortages during the peak season. Please explain why you were unable to complete necessary steps to prevent delays, such as hiring sufficient temporary workers. Please list steps you have taken to respond to customers who have been harmed by these mail delays. Have any nationwide or regional operational changes, other than those listed in previous USPS statements, exacerbated mail delays during and since the peak season? Please describe. Please explain any nationwide and regional operational directives you or other Postal Service executives have made since November 2020. Will you commit to not reducing service standards, and to not enacting other changes that will reduce the level of service to our constituents, as part of your strategic plan?”


‘Hate has no Home Here’ – Borough President on Rise in Bias Crimes By Forum Staff On Monday morning, borough elected officials joined community and faith leaders, and law enforcement personnel, on the steps of Borough Hall to address what Queens Borough President Donovan Richards characterized as a troubling rise in bias crimes, especially against Asian American and Jewish communities, both in recent weeks and over the past year. “I want to thank all our friends in the press for being here today — at the People’s House — to discuss a virus that has been in our midst long before COVID-19 came to town. That virus is called hate,” Richards said in his remarks. “For even just one of these incidents to occur here in Queens, the most diverse county in America, is an affront to everything we represent. But for three to happen in one week, on top of everything our borough has been through over the past year? It’s time to stand up and say ‘enough.’ These types of attacks are the reasons why when I was a Council Member, I pushed for the creation for the Office of the Prevention of Hate Crimes. It is also why I believe in the education efforts of the NYC Commission on Human Rights, and the work of its Bias Response Team. Hear me clearly, this behavior does not be-

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“Elected officials, community organizers, faith leaders — we all stand here as one borough, The World’s Borough, to unequivocally declare that hate has no home here. It never has, and it never will,” Borough President Richards said on Monday.

long in our community — in the One Queens we are trying so hard to build. To those who look at their neighbors with anger and resentment, and act on hate: Queens welcomes individuals of all racial backgrounds, ages, faiths and gender identities. If you do not share our values or our

shared future, you can gladly leave. There is no place for hate and disrespect in our gorgeous mosaic, as the late Mayor David Dinkins so eloquently put it. Those who hate are the very antithesis of who we are — a roadblock to progress we are eager to cast aside and never see again. This is a borough where we love and uplift

one another. This is a borough where we strive every day for equity across the spectrum, so that all our families can enjoy the spoils of Queens’ successes. This is a borough that is not just a place, but an idea. It is the manifestation of a dream that millions of people across the world come here to realize. Belonging. No matter what you look like, where you come from, who you love, how you identify or who you pray to — you belong. And Queens belongs to you. This is your home. Our home. And every single one of us deserves to walk our streets and ride our subways free from hatred and harm. So today and every day, Queens stands united — rooted in love, tolerance and respect for one another. It is so helpful for community members not to feel isolated and alone.  This is a time where we need community healing, investing in services and supports that address root causes, and the promotion of restorative justice practices. Elected officials, community organizers, faith leaders — we all stand here as one borough, The World’s Borough, to unequivocally declare that hate has no home here. It never has, and it never will.”

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Legal Notices HARRA LLC Articles of Org. filed NY Sec. of State (SSNY) 10/30/20. Office in Queens Co. SSNY design. Agent of LLC upon whom process may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to JAMIYU YUSUF, 15-22 202ND STREET, SAINT ALBANS, NY 11412-2837. Purpose: Any lawful activity. 8 MAISONLUXBEAUTE LLC Articles of Org. filed NY Sec. of State (SSNY) 10/15/20. Office in Queens Co. SSNY design. Agent of LLC upon whom process may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to MAISONLUXBEAUTE LLC, 83-43 118TH ST, KEW GARDENS, NY 11415. Purpose: Any lawful activity. 8 NEWMAN MOTION PRODUCTION, LLC Articles of Org. filed NY Sec. of State (SSNY) 01/07/21. Office in Queens Co. SSNY design. Agent of LLC upon whom process may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to: JNEWMAN MOTION PRODUCTION, LLC, 118-11 SUTPHIN BLVD., 398010, JAMAICA, NY 11434. Purpose: Any lawful activity. 8 AUTHENTICALLY ASHLIE, LLCArticles of Org. filed NY Sec. of State (SSNY) 12/07/20. Office in Queens Co. SSNY design. Agent of LLC upon whom process may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to ASHLIE BOURNE, 11731 195TH STREET, SAINT ALBANS, NY 11412. Purpose: Any lawful activity. 8 Notice of Formation of ALLEGRE LLC. Arts. of Org. filed with NY Dept. of State on 1/15/21. Office location: Queens County. Sec. of State designated agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served and shall mail process to: c/o Metropolitan Property Services, Inc., 141-50 85th Rd., Briarwood, NY 11435, principal business address. Purpose: all lawful purposes. 9 DOUBLE DIMA CAPITAL, LLC Articles of Org. filed NY Sec. of State (SSNY) 11/24/20. Office in Queens Co. SSNY design. Agent of LLC upon whom process may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to: dmitry choklin, 27-28 THOMSON AVENUE, APT 353, LONG ISLAND CITY, NY 11101. Purpose: Any lawful activity. 9 VERNONBLVD3 LLC Articles of Org. filed NY Sec. of State (SSNY) 12/14/20. Office in Queens Co. SSNY design. Agent of LLC upon whom process may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to: THE LLC, 6431 108TH STREET, FORST HILLS, NY 11375. Purpose: Any lawful activity. 10 NAMBARII LLC Articles of Org. filed NY Sec. of State (SSNY) 02/01/21. Office in Queens Co. SSNY design. Agent of LLC upon whom process may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to: NAMBARII LLC, 10426 203RD ST, SAINT ALBANS, NY 11412. Purpose: Any lawful activity. 10 GAMINGTOPTENS LLC Articles of Org. filed NY Sec. of State (SSNY) 01/19/21. Office in Queens Co. SSNY design. Agent of LLC upon whom process may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to: GAMINGTOPTENS LLC,25243 LEEDS ROAD, LITTLE NECK, NY 11362. Purpose: Any lawful activity. 10

Notice of Formation of 97-44 Sutphin Realty LLC. Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 12/22/20. Office location: Queens County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: United Corporate Services, Inc., 10 Bank St, Ste 560, White Plains, NY 10606, the registered agent of LLC upon whom process may be served. Purpose: any lawful activity. 11 VEVICI LLC Arts. of Org. filed with the SSNY on 06/09/2020. Office: Queens County. SSNY designated as agent of the LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail a copy of the process to VEVICI LLC, 1854 PALMETTO STREET, APT. 1, RIDGEWOOD, NY 11385. Purpose: Any lawful purpose. 11 RJG Trades LLC. Arts. of Org. filed with the SSNY on 02/16/2021. Office: Queens County. SSNY designated as agent of the LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail a copy of the process to the LLC, 398 Menahan St. Ridgewood, NY 11385 Purpose: Any lawful purpose. 11 FILRO LLC Arts. of Org. filed with the SSNY on 11/10/20. 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 LEGALINC COPORATE SERVICES INC., 1967 WHERLE DRIVE, SUITE 1 #086, BUFFALO , NY 14221. Purpose: Any lawful purpose. 11 2645 PARTNERS LLC. Arts. of Org. filed with the SSNY on 11/10/20. 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, 2272 38th Avenue,Astoria, NY 11105. Purpose: Any lawful purpose. 11 237 BEACH 12 LLC. Arts. of Org. filed with the SSNY on 06/22/20. 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 Joseph A. Altman, Esq., 951 Bruckner Boulevard, Bronx, NY 10459. Purpose: Any lawful purpose. 12 TIF MANAGEMENT SERVICES, LLC. Arts. of Org. filed with the SSNY on 01/19/21. 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, 3823 16th Street, Bayside, NY 11361. Purpose: Any lawful purpose. 12

The Law Offices of Gerard DeSapio Richard S. Chadwick, Esq.: ID#: 03722-2009 528 Market Street Newark, New Jersey 07105 973-732 4200 Attorneys for the Plaintiff, Michael L. Dove MICHAEL L. DOVE, SUPERIOR COURT OF NEW JERSEY CHANCER Y DIVISION: FAMILY PART Plaintiff, HUDSON COUNTY Vs DOCKET NO: FM-09-2241-19 CRISTEN SCHMITT, CIVIL ACTION Defendant, FINAL JUDGMENT OF DIVORCE THIS MATTER, having come before this Court, the Honorable Nesle A. Rodriguez, P.J.F.P. presiding, on this 18th day of February , 2021, in the presence of Richard S. Chadwick, Esq., of The Law Office of Gerard DeSapio, attorneys for the Plaintiff, Michael L. Dove, and the Defendant, Cristen Schmitt, not appearing in this matter, upon Complaint, having been duly served according to the Rules of the Court, and Default having been entered; and the Court having read and considered those papers and proofs; and it appearing that the Plaintiff and the Defendant were married on May 28, 2010 in the State of New York; and the Plaintiff, Michael L. Dove, having pleaded and proved a cause of action for Divorce under the statute in such case made and provided, and the Plaintiff having been a bona fide resident of the State of New Jersey for more than one year preceding the commencement of this action and jurisdiction having been acquired over the parties pursuant to the Rules governing the Courts, it is, on this 18th day of February ,2021, by the Superior Court of New Jersey, Chancery Division, ORDERED AND ADJUDGED by this Court by virtue of its power and authority granted to it by the acts of the legislature in such case made and provided that the Plaintiff, Michael L. Dove, and the Defendant, Cristen Schmitt, be divorced from the bonds of FM-09002241-19 02/15/2021 AM Pg 2 of3 Trans ID: FAM2021110368 matrimony for the causes stated in the Complaint and each of the said parties be hereby freed and discharged from the obligations thereof, the marriage being hereby dissolved; and it is ORDERED AND ADJUDGED, that this shall constitute the final order of the court; and it is ORDERED and ADJUDGED, that all parties be served with a copy of this Judgment within 7 days of the signing of this Judgment. Nesle A. Rodriguez HON. NESLE A. RODRIGUEZ, P.J.F.P. December 7, 2020 telephonic Status Conference. 6. Plaintiff shall serve a copy of this Order on Defendant within 7 days of its receipt by Plaintiff. 7. All terms of prior Court Orders not modified by the terms of this Order shall remain in full force and effect. /s/ Tara Schillari Rich Hon. Tara Schillari Rich, J.S.C.

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