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THE PLOT SICKENS Area Cop Tried to Hire Hitman to Execute Ex-Husband and Current Beau’s Kid: Feds

See Story on Page 3 106th Precinct Police Officer Valerie Cincinelli (c.), seen here in 2017 after nabbing a Howard Beach bank robber, was arrested on Friday morning by the FBI after she was allegedly caught on tape scheming to have her ex-husband and the 15-year-old daughter of her current boyfriend murdered. File Photo

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Howard Beach Cops and Kids Forge Bond at Annual Meet & Greet By Michael V. Cusenza Cops and kids recently gathered at St. Helen Catholic Academy for the second annual NYPD/Youth Meet & Greet to address the current issues and concerns facing the community’s youth. The Rev. Francis Colamaria, pastor of St.

Helen’s Church, and the Hon. Augustus Agate, Queens Supreme Court Justice (Ret.), moderated the parent-free event, which was hosted by the Howard Beach Lindenwood Civic Association and the Kiwanis Club of Howard Beach. The critical confab featured officers assigned to various NYPD units, including Community Affairs, Neighborhood

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Coordination, Crime Prevention, Domestic Violence, Active Shooter, Internet Safety Division, and more. Civic President Joann Ariola-Shanks characterized last week’s meet and greet as “Community Policing at its best.” “It’s a great event that fosters positive relationships between the youth of our

community and the NYPD,” she added. “I appreciate the work of our Neighborhood Coordination Officers Pete Paese and Michael Petrizzo, as well as the dedication of our community partner, Maria Asaro, who organized this worthwhile event.” Photos Courtesy of Howard Beach Lindenwood Civic and NYPD

Area Cop in Federal Custody after Wild Murder-for-Hire Plot Exposed: FBI By Michael V. Cusenza A City cop assigned to the 106th Precinct has been charged with attempting to hire a hitman to murder her ex-husband and the minor daughter of her current boyfriend, according to federal officials. Police Officer Valerie Cincinelli, 34, was taken into custody at her home in Oceanside, L.I., Friday morning by FBI agents. In a detention memo, federal prosecutors requested the pretrial detention of the mother of two “as there is a serious risk that the defendant poses a danger to the community for which ‘no condition or combination of conditions will reasonably assure the safety of other persons and the community. . .’ and there is a ‘serious risk that the defendant will attempt to obstruct justice.” As of Wednesday afternoon, Cincinelli remains locked up in the Metropolitan Detention Center in Brooklyn. According to the complaint filed in federal court in Central Islip, an investigation by the FBI has revealed that for the last four months Cincinelli, who has been with the NYPD since 2007, requested that her boyfriend, Howard Beach resident John DiRubba, hire a hitman to murder Cincinelli’s estranged husband, Isaiah Carvalho, Jr., and DiRubba’s 15-year-old

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Cincinelli, seen here with her ex-husband Isaiah Carvalho, Jr., was honored as May 2017 Cop of the Month by the Jamaica Rotary Club.

daughter, who resides in New Jersey. DiRubba, 54, turned to the FBI. Between February 2019 and the present, according to the detention memo, Cincinelli and DiRubba discussed the murder-for-hire plot both in person, as well as in communications over cell phones; some of said conversations were consensually recorded at the direction of federal agents. During those conversations, Cincinelli explained that she wanted Carvalho and the kid dead.

DiRubba told Cincinelli that he knew someone who would kill both of them for $7,000. According to prosecutors, on or about Feb. 18, Cincinelli made a cash withdrawal of $7,000 from a TD Bank branch in Wantagh, L.I., to pay “the hitman.” Bank records confirm the cash withdrawal. Then, Cincinelli gave $7,000 in cash DiRubba to give to the hitman in payment for the murders. According to federal officials, at approximately 10:10 a.m. Friday, at the direction of

FBI agents, Cincinelli was notified in person by a Suffolk County Police Department detective at her home, that her estranged husband had been murdered. DiRubba was with Cincinelli at the time of the notification, outfitted with a recording device at the direction of law enforcement. Then, almost immediately after the detective left Oceanside, Cincinelli began to discussed her alibi—specifically, what she would tell the police if she were to be questioned about Carvalho’s death. Then, around 35 minutes later, an FBI agent, posing as the hitman, sent a text message to DiRubba, which included a photograph of Carvalho appearing dead in his car, and a demand for an additional $3,000 to kill DiRubba’s daughter. In response, Cincinelli instructed her boyfriend to delete the text messages and photographs, citing her fear that law enforcement could subpoena the phone. “The audio and video recordings of [Cincinelli] discussing the murders are extremely strong evidence of her intent to have them killed,” federal prosecutors said. Cincinelli, who was a Domestic Violence officer at the 106, has been on modified duty, with her firearms removed, since December 2017 for violating several department rules and regulations.

Addabbo Bill Aimed at ‘Whippit’ Abuse By Forum Staff

threats. By limiting the purchase of these canisters to those over 21, and particularly to those who have a legitimate purpose for buying them, we can help protect our children from their intoxicating effects.” The senator said he moved to propose

the measure after hearing complaints from constituents who are finding empty whipped cream chargers discarded on neighborhood streets throughout his district. “These piles of used whippets in our communities are not only an eyesore,” Add-

State Sen. Joe Addabbo, Jr. (D-Howard Beach) has introduced legislation prohibiting the sale of whipped cream chargers to people under the age of 21 in New York. “Known as whippits, whippets, nossies, nangs, Johnsons, and a variety of other street names, these items contain nitrous oxide and are commonly used to recharge and refill empty whipped cream canisters, or blow up balloons,” Addabbo said. “However, they have also become a means of recreational drug use, particularly among younger New Photo Courtesy of WebstaurantStore Yorkers, that can lead to debilitating health The canisters and related accessories are easily purchased online or over the counter.

abbo added, “but may also indicate a significant problem with nitrous oxide abuse.” The use of whippits can lead to seizures, comas, severe frostbite, and sudden sniffing death syndrome, the senator noted. Nitrous oxide abuse is also associated with brain damage, nervous system disorders, and damage to the lungs, heart, kidney, and liver. The proposed law, which is now under consideration by the Senate Committee on Consumer Protection, would impose a civil fine of up to $250 for a first offense of illegally selling whipped cream chargers to a person under 21. Subsequent offenses would carry fines of up to $500 each.

Man Gets 18 Years for Richmond Hill Slay By Forum Staff A Jamaica man has been sentenced to 18 years in prison for the July 2014 assault of a Bangladeshi community leader who was killed during a botched robbery in Richmond Hill, Acting Queens District Attorney John Ryan announced on Thursday. Carlos Genno, 27, pleaded guilty last month to first-degree manslaughter. He was sentenced on Thursday to 18 years in prison and five years’ post-release supervision. Genno’s co-defendant, Nestor Rodriguez, 25, pleaded guilty to first-degree manslaughter in January. The Woodhaven resident is currently serving 18 years in prison, to be followed by five years’ post-release supervision, Ryan

Islam was attacked as he walked near 76th Street and Atlantic Avenue.

noted. According to the charges, shortly after 3:30 a.m., on July 9, 2014, Genno and Rodriguez approached and assaulted Nazmul Islam,

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a leader of the U.S. chapter of the Bangladeshi ruling party, as he walked near 76th Street and Atlantic Avenue. The 55-year-old victim was repeatedly punched and choked until he lost

consciousness. Genno and Rodriguez rifled through the man’s pockets and snatched an undisclosed amount of cash before fleeing the scene. Islam was rushed to a nearby hospital where he succumbed to his injuries. Five years ago, former Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said the actions of Genno and Rodriguez showed “a complete disregard for human life.” On Thursday, Ryan added, “The defendant in this case—along with a co-defendant—viciously pummeled an innocent man and left him bleeding to death on a Queens sidewalk. This was an unprovoked and senseless act of violence. The defendant will be incarcerated for a long time as a result of his criminal actions.”

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If approved on Wednesday, the proposed change would go into effect in time for the new academic year in September.

By Forum Staff The Metropolitan Transportation Authority Board was expected to vote on Wednesday on a proposed resolution that would expand access to three-trip, full-fare student MetroCards for those students who currently only have half-fare MetroCards, eliminating the half-fare MetroCard program in the process. Under the proposal, half-fare MetroCard recipients would be given the same three-trip, full-fare MetroCards that hundreds of thousands of other students already receive. Those students are given three free rides each day which can be used on buses and subways. According to the MTA, half-fare student MetroCards are a relatively small subset of MetroCards that allow bus-only access to K-12 students in the city who live at least a half mile from their school. Students using this type of card are supposed to pay $1.35 in coins for each ride with

the half-fare card, which the MTA said can both increase “dwell time” and be challenging to collect. Currently, there are approximately 27,000 daily bus trips using the half-fare cards. “This is a social justice and equity issue for students who are forced to pay to go to public school,” said Assemblyman Harvey Epstein (DManhattan). If approved on Wednesday, the proposed change would go into effect in time for the new academic year in September. The resolution is expected to cost the MTA approximately $200,000, according to the agency. “This is a common-sense policy that makes it easier for kids to get to school and does away with needless complexities that have existed for too long,” said MTA New York City Transit President Andy Byford. “Replacing half-fare cards with full-fare ones saves money for students and saves time for everyone on a bus since the need for coins is eliminated.”

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By Michael V. Cusenza Erie County Republican Committee Chairman Nick Langworthy this week toppled long-serving incumbent Ed Cox to become the New York Republican State Committee chairman. Cox, who has run the Empire State’s GOP committee for the last ten years, agreed on

Monday to step down and cede control to the 38-year-old Langworthy, according to a State committee spokesperson. Queens County Republican Party Chairwoman Joann Ariola-Shanks was among the first GOP officials in Langworthy’s corner. She told The Forum on Tuesday that she was “so proud” of her decision to commit early support for Langworthy’s bid to succeed the entrenched Cox. “I believe Nick will get our great party REstarted,” Ariola-Shanks added. “Congratulations Nick Langworthy on your epic WIN!” Meanwhile, the political veteran Cox has secured a role in President Donald Trump’s re-election campaign. “He has been a fantastic state party chairman for nearly a decade, and I can’t think of anyone better to help ensure we have the resources we need to compete in 2020,” Trump 2020 Campaign Manager Brad Parscale said of Cox, according to The Buffalo News. Langworthy, a native of Jamestown in Western NY, has served as chairman of the Erie County Republican Committee since 2010, when at 29 years old he was elected as the youngest chairman of any political party in New York, and in the history of Erie County. The transfer of power will become official in July at the State committee meeting.

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“All of these efforts on behalf of veterans are vital to ensuring that our servicemen and servicewomen have straightforward access to employment, affordable housing, counseling, education and other necessary services,” Sen. Addabbo said.

By Michael V. Cusenza The State Senate recently passed a package of bills to expand benefits for veterans, Sen. Joe Addabbo, Jr. (D-Howard Beach) announced on Monday. Three of the seven measures approved by the Upper Chamber were sponsored by borough representatives, including legislation introduced by Addabbo that will allow full-time undergraduate students enrolled at State-operated institutions to receive academic credit for their military service or training. “I am proud of the legislation we have put forth to provide essential programs for those who have selflessly served our country,” said Addabbo, a member of the Senate Committee on Veterans, Homeland Security and Military Affairs. “Veterans often need a variety of services when they return to civilian life, but do not always know where to turn to find the programs that exist to help them. This package of legislation demonstrates our continuing efforts to expand veteran benefits and ease the transition back to working and living in their communities.” Additionally, Sen. James Sanders, Jr. (DSouth Ozone Park), a U.S. Marine Corps veteran, sponsored bills that will provide a toll-free telephone number for use as a help and crisis line to assist veterans; and permit veterans who are licensed to practice a profession in another jurisdiction to practice their profession in New York while their application to practice their profession in the Empire State is being processed. The rest of the measures recently passed by the State Senate: • S.2930A Active Duty Property Tax Exemptions: will provide qualified active duty personnel a property tax exemption; • S.2570 Increase of Real Property Tax

Exemption for Dual Veteran Households: will increase the Alternative Veterans Real Property tax exemption when two qualifying veterans reside in the same household; • S.3647 Expanding Veterans Credits on Civil Service Appointments: will eliminate the requirement that a veteran must have served in time of war, and allow for all individuals who have served in the armed forces to receive credits for civil service appointments and promotions; • S. 5184 Military Voters in School District Elections: will provide military voters the opportunity to vote in school district elections by allowing them to return their absentee ballots by postal mail. “All of these efforts on behalf of veterans are vital to ensuring that our servicemen and servicewomen have straightforward access to employment, affordable housing, counseling, education and other necessary services,” Addabbo added. “By helping veterans and the organizations that serve them, we are able to thank our former and current servicemen and servicewomen in concrete and meaningful ways.” The series of seven proposed pieces of legislation were delivered to the Assembly and have been referred to the appropriate committees. Additionally this week, Addabbo reported that another measure he sponsored—to create an annual Sept. 11, 2001 day of remembrance and brief moment of silence in New York’s public schools—took a positive step forward after being approved by the Senate Education Committee. “This is just one more way to make sure that we never forget 9-11, and that we continue to work together – in our neighborhoods, in our state, and across our country – to build a safer and more peaceful future for all of us,” the senator said on Tuesday. • (718) 522-0818 THE FORUM NEWSGROUP • VOL. 19• Number 21 MAY 23, 2019 | 5

EDITORIAL Standing Ovation This week marks one of those very rare occasions in which we tip our caps, raise our glasses, and stand up to applaud the work completed by our elected officials up in Albany. (No, that isn’t an extremely long typo.) After wending its way through the State Senate and Assembly, the Domestic Violence Survivors Justice Act finally found the desk of one Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who last week signed it into law. According to State Sen. Joe Addabbo, Jr. (D-Howard Beach), the eight pieces of legislation to aid survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault are as follows: S.4355, which was co-sponsored by Addabbo, expands the offense of second-degree coercion to punish those who force others to produce or disseminate intimate images of themselves, and makes these offenders subject to inclusion on New York’s Sex Offender Registry. In addition to paying potential fines, these criminals would serve up to one year in prison, or be sentenced to up to three years of probation. S.4657 establishes the right of tenants to call police or emergency assistance at any time, and multiple times, without fear of losing their housing. Right now, when numerous calls are made from the same residence for

emergency services to respond to domestic violence or other criminal complaints, landlords may choose to evict victims under local “nuisance ordinances” – further endangering those who are already in peril. S.2416 extends the statute of limitations from one to two years to give victims more time to bring civil lawsuits against their abusers for injuries they sustained as a result of domestic violence. S.2224 provides that professional advo-

cates for domestic violence survivors are not required to disclose their private communications with their clients unless the victim authorizes the action, or it is otherwise required by existing law – as in cases where the communications include the victim’s intent to commit a crime or other harmful act. This confidentiality privilege already exists for rape crisis counselors. S.2356 allows domestic violence victims to cancel telephone and certain other tele-

communications service contracts without penalty when there is a permanent order of protection in place. This will help survivors escape from violent circumstances without suffering an ongoing financial burden or continued contact with their abusers. S.257 enables victims of sexual violence to file petitions in State Supreme Court to have their voter registration records, which contain addresses and other personal information, sealed from public access. S.615 protects victims of domestic violence from possible contact with their abusers at election time by providing them with special absentee ballots, upon request, to cast by mail or in person at their county board of elections office. S.1868 seeks to improve the effectiveness of domestic violence orders of protection by enabling victims to seek and fully recover non-economic damages, such as pain and suffering, from those found liable of failing to obey or enforce these vital legal safeguards for survivors. As Addabbo eloquently noted, the above measures send “a strong message that New York State stands with survivors during every step and every stage of their difficult journeys.” Bravo, Albany.

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TWA at JFK Open for Business By Michael V. Cusenza Amid much pomp and splendor last Wednesday, the historic TWA Hotel at John F. Kennedy International Airport officially opened its doors. As a beaming Gov. Andrew Cuomo noted, the project transforms the former Trans World Airlines terminal, which was designed by world-renowned architect Eero Saarinen in 1962 and closed to the public 18 years ago, into the centerpiece of a modern 512-room hotel that will preserve its mid-century design and offer lodging and best-in-class services to millions of travelers each year. The new, $265 million hotel is part of the State’s $13 billion vision plan to transform the airport into a 21st century facility. “The TWA building was ahead of its time, and it represented New York’s vision and creativity and boldness and outsidethe-box thinking. New York has always been the state that led the nation in firsts, in reforms, in turnarounds and in troubled times. When the nation needed to find a direction forward, you could always look at New York and New York pointed the way forward,” the governor gushed. “This rebirth of the TWA Hotel says we haven’t lost our imagination, our boldness, our creativity, our daring—and we are still one step ahead of everyone else. If you want to know where the future’s going to lead, look to the State of New York. The best is yet to be, and the TWA Hotel is a beautiful example.” The TWA project, according to the administration, was achieved through a public-private partnership on a 6-acre site in the center of the airport. The hotel’s guestrooms feature views of airport runways and the historic TWA terminal, 50,000 square-feet of event space, a 10,000 square-foot observation deck and pool, and a 10,000 square-foot fitness facility for guests. The project has also restored the terminal's most iconic spaces, which will now include dining options such as Paris Café by Jean-Georges and the Ambassador’s Club, as well as a Lockheed Constellation L1649A Aircraft— one of four remaining in the world—that will now house a cocktail bar. The space also includes museum exhibitions devoted to the New York Jet Age, the defunct airline’s history, and the mid-century modern design movement. “The opening of the TWA Hotel is a huge step in the JFK redevelopment project. I applaud Gov. Cuomo for making this a reality,” said Assemblywoman Stacey Pheffer Amato (D-Howard Beach). “The opening of this hotel is just one step of many within the redevelopment where residents, businesses, and communities are able to benefit.” However, good luck landing a reservation at TWA at JFK. All 512 rooms are sold out through June. Photos Courtesy of Kevin Coughlin/Office of the Governor

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Stringer Plan Would Cut Child Care Costs

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By Forum Staff City Comptroller Scott Stringer on Friday introduced what he has characterized as a “sweeping” new plan that would: slash child care expenses for up to 70,000 families in the five boroughs; extend childcare assistance to families making up to $100,000 a year; and more than triple the number of children in City-backed care, benefiting an estimated 84,000 children, including 34,000 children who are not currently in paid care. Stringer said the “landmark” proposal, “NYC Under 3,” would revolutionize an unequal system that, according to his office, disproportionately bars low-income families from the long-term economic benefits of care. Stringer said on Friday that his analysis found child care is out of reach for many NYC families in terms of both cost and access: • A spot in a child care center for an infant costs roughly $21,000, over three times as much as in-state tuition at The City University of New York, or 125 percent of median rent citywide. Yet, only one in seven children in families who are income-eligible for financial assistance now is currently in subsidized care, Stringer noted. • There is currently only capacity for 6 percent of infants in licensed child care centers across the five boroughs. Even counting home-based care—only 22 percent of infants can currently be accommodated in a licensed facility. • Many communities have become “child care deserts,” according to the comptroller, with room for only a small percentage of neighborhood children. Child care centers are concentrated in more affluent

sections of the city. • In the 10 communities with the most limited capacity, there are more than ten times as many infants as licensed child care spaces. • Stringer’s analysis pointed out that child care providers are an “overwhelmingly” women-led, low-wage workforce. In the five boroughs, 93 percent of child care workers are women, and one in four live in poverty. Under Stringer’s proposal, families’ contributions toward the cost of care would be based on a sliding scale, ranging from zero percent for lower income families to 8 percent of family income for families up to 200 percent of poverty, and topping out at 12 percent for families up to 400 percent of poverty. When fully phased in, NYC Under 3 would double income eligibility for child care assistance from 200 percent of poverty to 400 percent of poverty ($103,000 for a family of four). And, with NYC Under 3, city families would see their out-of-pocket expenses for childcare dramatically decrease, Stringer said. A family of four with one child under 3 and income at about 200 percent of poverty, or just more than $50,000 annually, would pay a maximum of around $4,000 a year for child care, less than half of what that same family would pay today. According to Stringer’s office, when fully implemented, NYC Under 3’s total annual cost is estimated to be roughly $660 million. To help pay for the program, State elected officials plan to introduce legislation calling for a “modest” child care payroll tax on private employers in the five boroughs with payrolls totaling $2.5 million or more, which would exempt roughly 95 percent of all businesses. Courtesy of Comptroller Stringer’s Office

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For the last two weeks, we’ve offered you a lot of information about migraine headaches and what steps you can take, within your living environment, your diet to help you through this debilitating condition. Last year around this time, our nation learned that the Food and Drug Administration, FDA, introduced a medication, the first of its kind, that promises to reduce the number of migraines among the millions who suffer from these crippling headaches. Before this revolutionary breakthrough, the majority of drugs on the market to act on migraines are aimed at helping to alleviate symptoms. But the new drug, Aimovig, is the first medicine in a new class of drugs designed to reduce the number of migraines in frequent sufferers. The generic name of the drug is erenumab-aooe, is being sold here by pharmaceutical giant, Amgen. The new drug is what’s known as a monoclonal antibody and it zeros in on a molecule known as CGRP, which is found much more in people with mi-

graines. It has to do with nerve communication. Aimovig binds to CGRB and basically renders it useless.Experts say the research leading to Aimovig began over thirty years ago in the 1980’s. Studies leading to the release of the drug revealed that participants in the study dropped from more than 8 headaches a month to fewer than 5. The drug needs to be injected, once a month, through a pen like device similar to those used in insulin delivery. The cost for the year will be just under $7,000, however Amgen says it has programs which will help educe the cost of the medication for some patients. You can also visit the Aimovig website which is offering a twomonth free trial for new patients. For those of you that have been waiting for as long as you can remember for a drug specifically for migraines, the day has arrived. Please feel free to stop by and talk with us about it. Until next week!

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Big Apple Construction Industry is ‘Booming’: State Comptroller By Forum Staff The construction industry in the state has set employment records for four consecutive years with New York City accounting for half of the Empire State’s construction-job gains since 2010, according to a recently released report by State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli. In “The Construction Industry in New York City,” DiNapoli notes that in 2018, New York had the fourth-largest construction industry in the nation, following California, Texas and Florida. It was also one of only 14 states in which construction employment had surpassed 2006 levels, which was the year construction employment peaked nationally. Job growth was strong in the downstate region between 2010 and 2018, with construction employment increasing by at least 35 percent in the New York City, Long Island, and the Orange-Rockland-Westchester metropolitan areas, according to the report. These areas accounted for about 86 percent of the construction jobs added in the state during this period. In the five boroughs, the construction industry added 45,300 jobs between 2010 and 2018, increasing by 40 percent. Construction was the second-fastest growing employment sector during this period, DiNapoli

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“While the nation has yet to recover all of the construction jobs it lost during the Great Recession, New York’s construction industry is booming,” Comptroller DiNapoli said.

said. By 2018, construction employment had reached a record of 157,800 jobs, 19 percent higher (25,000 jobs) than ten years earlier. Construction employment has continued to grow during the first quarter of 2019. The report also indicated that the construction industry paid out $11.9 billion in wages in 2017; and construction was the fourth-highest paying employment sector in the Big Apple, with an average salary of

$80,200 in 2017, according to latest available data. More than 22 percent of the workers earned more than $80,000. The comptroller’s analysis also noted that, across the five boroughs, construction firms generated an estimated $84 billion in economic activity in 2018, representing 10 percent of the city’s total economic output. Additionally, construction spending in NYC set a record of $61.5 billion in 2018,

according to the New York Building Congress, but the group expects spending to decline slightly in 2019. “While the nation has yet to recover all of the construction jobs it lost during the Great Recession, New York’s construction industry is booming,” DiNapoli said. “In 2018, the construction industry was nearly 11 percent larger than it was 10 years earlier. The industry is crucial to both the State and City, creating thousands of good-paying jobs and providing a key indicator that our economy is healthy.” While there are signs the construction boom in the city may have peaked, such as a small decline in new building permits in 2018, construction activity remains strong. Going forward, the city’s construction industry could be sustained by the large capital programs planned by the city, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority and the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, DiNapoli posited. “The building industry is essential to New York and our economy—not only does it generate good-paying jobs and economic development, but it creates the schools, hospitals, housing, offices, train stations, bridges, roads and other infrastructure that we use every day,” added NY Building Congress President and CEO Carlo Scissura.

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By Forum Staff A Jamaica man has been charged with various crimes for sending sexually explicit content via an online app to an individual whom he believed was a 14-year-old girl living in Queens, but said “girl” was actually an undercover detective with the City Police Department, Acting Queens District Attorney John Ryan recently announced. Richard Wood, 33, was arraigned earlier this month on a complaint charging him with attempted use of a child in sexual performance, first-degree attempted dissemination of indecent material to minors, and attempted endangering the welfare of a child. Bail has been set at $25,000 and Wood was ordered to return to court on May 28. According to the charges, on April 8 at approximately 7 p.m., an undercover NYPD detective posing online as a 14-yearold Queens girl received an introductory instant message from Wood who was using the screen name Tjtj201 on the Kik app. Following the first message, Wood allegedly continued his chat by sending a series of sexually-explicit messages along with pictures to the underage “girl.” According to the charges, a week later Wood followed up with explicit photos of a penis and asked the “girl” to video chat with him. In one picture, Wood allegedly shared another photo with a penis positioned next to a bottle of lotion. During the course of that conversation, the detective pretending to be the girl told Wood that she was just

14. Wood allegedly responded by reassuring her that he was not a cop and that he had no problem with her age. According to the criminal complaint, Wood asked the “teen” to send him pictures of her exposed breasts for him to look at while he masturbated. The following day, Wood contacted the alleged victim several more times in the hopes of arranging a face-to-face meeting. This time a female undercover police officer, posing as the 14-year-old girl, did a video chat with Wood. During the 10-minute exchange, Wood allegedly asked again to meet with the girl face to face, to see her breasts, and offered to come to the girl’s home. Ryan said, according to the charges, on April 22, law enforcement officials obtained a subpoena for Wood’s Kik account and verified that his IP address was connected to the Kik account and the chats with the underage “teen.” Wood was subsequently arrested. A court ordered search warrant was executed at Wood’s Grand Central Parkway residence and detectives are seeking any other potential victims. If you or someone you know has been in contact with Tjtj201 on the Kik app, please call Det. Philip Adazzewski at (646) 872-7609. “For many, the internet is a great learning tool with access to a plethora of valuable information. But for some, unfortunately, it is a place to troll for children to satisfy their demented sexual fantasies,” Ryan added. If convicted, Wood faces up to seven years in prison.

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NOTICE OF FORMATION OF Verde Import Company LLC. Articles of Organization filed with the Secretary of State of NY (SSNY) on 01/09/2019. Office location: New York, Queens County. SSNY has been designated as agent upon whom process against it may be served. The Post Office address to which the SSNY shall mail a copy of any process against the LLC served upon him/her is: 60-30 Cooper Avenue, Flushing, NY 11385. The principal business address of the LLC is: 60-30 Cooper Avenue, Flushing, NY 11385.Purpose: any lawful act or activity. Notice of Formation of JAGG Machining LLC. Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 4/5/19. Office location: Queens County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: 808 Coolidge Avenue, Woodbridge, NJ 07095. Purpose: any lawful activity. 22-17 26TH STREET LLC. Arts. of Org. filed with the SSNY on 01/29/19. 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, 14724 28th Avenue, Flushing, NY 11354. Purpose: Any lawful purpose.

LIVADI, LLC. Arts. of Org. filed with the SSNY on 04/25/03. Latest date to dissolve: 03/15/2045. 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, 11-16 34th Ave, Long Island City, NY 11106. Purpose: Any lawful purpose. Notice is hereby given that an on-Premises Liquor license, #1269509 has been removed from LaGuardia Airport, Central Terminal Flushing NY 11371 and moved to LaGuardia Airport Terminal B Space #CB3L-101 Flushing NY 11371. By Sodexo Operations, LLC to sell beer, wine and liquor at retail in an on premises establishment. For on premises consumption under the ABC law. IDLEWILD PROPERTIES, LLC Arts. of Org. filed with the SSNY on 9/27/2012. Office loc: Queens County. SSNY has been designated as agent upon whom process against the LLC may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: IDLEWILD PROPERTIES, LLC 158-12 Rockaway BLVD, Suite 200, Queens, NY 11434 Purpose: Any Lawful Purpose.

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Notice is hereby given that an Order entered by the Civil Court, Queens County, on the 18th day of May, 2019, bearing Index No. 000034-19/QU, a copy of which may be examined at the Office of the Clerk, located at 89-17 Sutphin Blvd., Jamaica, New York, 11435, grants me the right to assume the name of (first) ASHER (middle) HAIM (last) COHEN. My present name is ASHER HAIM KHAIMOV. My present address is Richmond Hill, NY. The month and year of my birth are August 1998. The place of my birth is Queens, New York. WAVRIDE, LLC Articles of Org. filed NY Sec. of State (SSNY) 3/21/2019. Office in Queens Co. SSNY desig. agent of LLC whom process may be served. SSNY shall mail process to 10-02 thru 10-08 44th Dr., Long Island City, NY 11101. Purpose: Any lawful purpose.

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Notice is hereby given that an Order entered by the Civil Court, Queens County, on the 13th day of May, 2019, bearing Index No. 000444-19/QU, a copy of which may be examined at the Office of the Clerk, located at 89-17 Sutphin Blvd., Jamaica, New York, 11435, grants me the right to assume the name of (first) RALPH (middle) MILANO (last) DIAZ. My present name is RALPH MELANIO ROLLE AKA RALPH M. DIAZ AKA RALPH DIAZ AKA RALPH MELIANO DIAZ, AKA RALPH MILANO DIAZ. My present address is Jamaica, NY. The month and year of my birth are August 1986. The place of my birth is Bronx, New York. MADELINE JUNE AND COMPANY LLC Arts. of Org. filed with the SSNY on 3/22/2018. Office loc: Queens County. SSNY has been designated as agent upon whom process against the LLC may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: LEGALINC CORPORATE SERVICES INC. 1967 WEHRLE DRIVE, SUITE 1-086, BUFFALO, NY 14221. Purpose: Any Lawful Purpose.

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