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YOU BETTOR BELIEVE IT! Cuomo Finally Embraces Mobile Sports Wagering for NY
See Story on Page 7 In his State of the State address, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said New York can ﬁnd new sources of much-needed revenue through the legalization of mobile sports betting. Photos Courtesy of the Office of the Governor; Forum Files
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Massachusetts Man Charged with Planting ‘Hoax Device’ Bomb on Car in Queens Place Mall Forum Staff A Massachusetts man has been charged with making terroristic threats and other felony offenses for allegedly planting a fake bomb on top of a car at the Queens Place Mall in Elmhurst, Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz announced last Wednesday. Louis Shenker, 22, of Amherst, Mass., has been arraigned on charges of placing a false bomb or hazardous substance in a sports stadium or arena, mass transportation facility, or enclosed shopping mall, and making a terroristic threat. Shenker was ordered held without bail and scheduled to return to court on Jan. 25. Katz said that, according to the criminal charges, on Monday, Jan. 4, at approximately 4:50 a.m., the defendant and an unapprehended other perpetrator were observed by a City Police officer standing next to a black Tesla that displayed a Nevada loaner license plate. The vehicle had both its front and rear
The Queens Place Mall in Elmhurst.
hoods and all four doors open. Officer Cruz further observed the defendant and unapprehended other perpetrator attempting to charge the vehicle with an electric bike. Shenker told the officer that the vehicle belonged to the unapprehended other perpetrator and that Shenker was driving it when it stalled on the parking garage ramp. The officer then received
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and reviewed a Massachusetts driver’s license belonging to Shenker and a California state ID card belonging to the unapprehended other perpetrator and observed blankets, clothing, a dog and a Black Lives Matter sign inside of the vehicle. The officer was then informed by the defendant that a tow company had been called. Furthermore, at approxi-
mately 7:35 a.m. the Black Tesla, with Nevada Loaner license plate #28922 was observed by an employee of the Queens Place Mall, covered in blankets, cardboard boxes, a Black Lives Matter sign, a dog inside the vehicle, and a gas tank with wires coming out which appeared to be a bomb. Continuing, said DA Katz, at approximately 9:35 a.m., NYPD
Bomb Squad Det. Sean Mulcahy, arrived at the scene and observed the vehicle inside the parking garage and, based on his training and experience in the identification of explosives, determined that no explosives were present and that this was a hoax device designed to appear to be a bomb. Katz said that the defendant turned himself in to the police at the NYPD’s 71st Precinct in Brooklyn, at approximately 3 a.m. last Tuesday morning. “Sadly, we live in a world where terror attacks are far too real. Fake bombs and hoaxes of any kind create panic and fear,” the district attorney added. “The defendant in this case is accused of making terroristic threats and constructing a device that looked like it was set to explode in a shopping center parking structure. We take all potential threats seriously and the defendant now faces felony charges for his alleged actions.” If convicted, Shenker faces up to 7 years in prison.
Month-Long Blood Drive at The Shops at Atlas Park By Forum Staff State Sen. Joe Addabbo, Jr. (D-Howard Beach), City Councilman Bob Holden (DMiddle Village), the New York Blood Center, and The Shops at Atlas Park are co-sponsoring a month-long January blood drive at the Glendale mall, the senator announced Monday. The New York Blood Center will be at the Shops at Atlas Park, located at 80-00 Cooper Ave., in the main room below Shiro of Japan each Friday of January and one Saturday to take blood donations from eligible participants. Donors will also receive a free T-shirt while supplies last. According to the New York Blood Center, they are in need of blood donations because the COVID-19 pandemic has caused a chronic deficit between what is needed by hospitals and the current supply of blood donations. The dates that the New York Blood Center will be at Atlas Park are Friday, Jan. 15, 22, and 29, from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m., as well as Saturday, Jan. 30, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Participants should remember to eat and drink before donating
blood and must bring their donor ID card, or an ID with their name and photo. The New York Blood Center’s rules state all donors wishing to give blood must wear a face covering, have their temperature taken before giving blood, and must be 14 days symptom-free if recovered from COVID-19. In addition, participants may not donate blood if they have a positive diagnostic test or have symptoms of COPhoto Courtesy of Google VID-19 in the last 14 days, or The New York Blood Center will be at the Shops at Atlas Park, located at 80-00 Cooper Ave., in the main room below Shiro of Japan each Friday of if they are currently on selfJanuary and one Saturday to take blood donations from eligible participants. quarantine restrictions. “I am happy to once again co-sponsor these blood drives with Councilman Bob Holden, the Shops at Atlas Park, and the New York Blood Center,” Addabbo said. “The Shops at Atlas Park have been an amazing partner to the New York Blood Center, helping to bring in over 1,000 donations, and we look to continue to build on that success. The COVID-19 pandemic has caused a shortage in life-saving blood supplies at hospitals, so I encourage anyone who is eligible to go down and donate blood!” For more information on Photo Courtesy of Google The New York Blood Center will be at the Shops at Atlas Park, located at 80-00 Cooper Ave., in the main room below Shiro of Japan each Friday of how to sign up for an appointJanuary and one Saturday to take blood donations from eligible participants. ment, visit nybc.org.
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By Michael V. Cusenza Seven City firefighters were injured and a small business was destroyed during a seven-alarm fire late Friday night in Flushing, according to the FDNY. The inferno erupted around 11:50 p.m. inside a hair salon at 136-15 37th Ave. Whipping winds quickly spread flames to an adjacent edifice, pushing the fire to sev-
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Little Neck Man Charged with Stealing IDs, Going on Car-Buying Spree By Forum Staff A Little Neck man has been charged with stealing the identities of multiple people and then purchasing and leasing 11 cars from a dealership between July 2019 and March 2020. In addition to getting a new car out of the nefarious deals, the defendant was also paid thousands of dollars in finder’s fees for brokering the sales, Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz announced Thursday. Yong “Jason” Jeon, 47, was arraigned late last Wednesday night on a complaint charging him with grand larceny in the second, third and fourth degree, criminal possession of stolen property in the third and fourth degree, attempted criminal possession of stolen property in the third and fourth degree, falsifying business records in the first and second degree, scheme to defraud, and identity theft in the first degree. Jeon was ordered to return to court on Feb. 2. According to the charges, in July 2019 Jeon was actively offering his services to non-English-speaking Koreans to help them buy or lease a car. He also allegedly used their personal information as if it were his own. In July 2019, the defendant is accused of using the name, birth date and social security number of a man to lease a
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2019 Kia Sedona. Jeon submitted the required paperwork with the buyer’s signature and as a finder’s fee the dealership paid the defendant $4,400. Katz said that Jeon allegedly repeated this scheme multiple times through March 2020. The defendant allegedly submitted signed paperwork on behalf of individuals who supposedly wished to either lease or purchase new automobiles. The same dealership was used for all the transactions. Jeon drove off the lot with late model Kia
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brand cars including Sorentos, Sedonas and Optimas. The dealership paid the defendant between $4,000 and up to $19,200 for brokering the sales. In all, Jeon collected nearly $60,000 in finder’s fees. According to the complaint, one man was victimized on four separate occasions. Between December 2019 and March 2020, the defendant allegedly used the victim’s personal information and bought a 2019 Kia Sorento, a 2019 Kia Sedona, a second 2019 Kia Sedona and lastly a 2020
Kia Telluride. In every purchase or lease, according to the charges, the defendant forged the buyers’ signatures on the documents and even used a driver’s license that had the real individual’s photo swapped out for another person’s image. The DA added that, according to the charges, a 2019 Sedona that was allegedly purchased fraudulently by the defendant in December 2019 was involved in a car crash in January 2020. Following the collision, the driver of the Sedona told police that he was renting the vehicle from the defendant for $1,000 a month. “Preying on non-English speaking members of the Korean community, the defendant allegedly helped some to acquire cars and then helped himself to their personal information to enrich himself,” Katz said. “Using forged documents, faked identification and double-talk, this alleged conman swindled the car dealership out of hundreds of thousands of dollars. The other victims are the seven individuals who had their personal information stolen and in some instances their credit ratings ruined. Many of the victims didn’t realize they had been conned until they received big bills in the mail for cars they didn’t purchase or lease.”
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New York small businesses seeking PPP loans, like these on Jamaica Avenue in Woodhaven, are encouraged to contact a representative from the New York Small Business Development Center. There are over 22 campus-based centers and outreach offices across New York to assist clients with the loan application.
By Forum Staff U.S. Rep. Grace Meng (D-Flushing) announced on Monday the reopening of the Small Business Administration’s Paycheck Protection Program which provides forgivable loans to small businesses that have suffered economic losses due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The initiative, which was closed on Aug. 8, 2020, despite more than $130 billion remaining in the program, was reopened under the $900 billion coronavirus relief package—which became law on Dec. 27, 2020. The new law includes a total of $284 billion for small businesses. To qualify for a second round of funding, borrowers must: Employ 300 or fewer employees; Have used or will use the full amount of their first PPP loan; and Demonstrate at least a 25-percent reduction in gross receipts in the first, second, or third quarter of 2020 relative to the same 2019 quarter. First-time borrowers must employ 500 workers or less. The program opened to first-time borrowers on Monday, Jan. 11. For second round applicants, it began on Wednesday, Jan. 13. Community lenders are first to participate in the program with other lenders to follow soon. To qualify for loan forgiveness, 60-percent of the loan must be used for payroll expenses and the remaining 40 percent can be used for nonpayroll expenses such as rent, mortgage, or utility payments. Eligible expenses have been expanded to include personal protective equipment and supplier costs that are essential to business operations. This new round of PPP loans also makes other entities such as non-profit organizations and housing cooperatives newly eligible for funding. “Many small businesses, nonprofits, housing cooperatives, and restaurants are
fighting for their survival and now they can apply for critical financial relief through this new round of the Paycheck Protection Program,” said Meng. “Small businesses and other eligible entities continue to face an uncertain future, and need help in weathering this national health pandemic. I will continue to fight for additional relief, especially for restaurants which have been especially hard hit through no fault of their own. I look forward to working with the incoming Biden Administration to help Queens and New York businesses and nonprofits struggling during COVID-19.” In March 2020, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act created the PPP. In late May 2020, the Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act became law and made improvements to the program to: Allow loan forgiveness for expenses beyond the eight-week covered period to 24 weeks, and extending the rehiring deadline; Increase the limitation on nonpayroll expenses (rent, utility payments and mortgage interest) for loan forgiveness from 25 to 40 percent; Extend loan terms from two to five years; and Ensure full access to payroll tax deferment for businesses that take PPP loans. The deadline to apply for the new round of PPP is March 31, 2021, or until funds run out. New York small businesses seeking PPP loans are encouraged to contact a representative from the New York Small Business Development Center. There are over 22 campus-based centers and outreach offices across New York to assist clients with the loan application. For businesses located in Queens, please email the Queens College SBDC at email@example.com. edu, LaGuardia Community College SBDC at firstname.lastname@example.org, or York College SBDC at email@example.com for assistance.
Pastor Stephen Roser Howard Beach Assembly of God The best way for us to face the challenges of the future is to wisely manage our experiences from the past. If we recall how God brought us through our troubles, we will not despair over the approach of similar evil. If we remember only what we suffered, lost, or had to endure, if all we do is brood, we weaken ourselves for future tests. But if we will keep in mind the reason that things happened, what we gained, what we learned, the presence of God that we experienced, and the true friendships that we made, we strengthen ourselves against future tests of faith. Following Superstorm Sandy, the people of our community were stronger than ever. Homeowners not only accepted patiently the de-
struction of their possessions for which they had worked hard, they thanked God for lasting treasures such as faith and love of family. Many experienced a kind of joy different from that which comes from external goods, the unspeakable joy that comes from the love of Jesus Christ. When earthly treasures were placed in the balance against the peace that only God can give, they were outweighed by far. Let us carry this valuable lesson with us as we enter 2021. The New Year will bring us more storms, and its road is filled with bumps and potholes. But if Christ is our heart’s treasure and if we have a firm experience of His love, we have reason to rejoice. Whatever the coming trials may rob from us, they cannot separate us from the love of God.
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After Surviving Capitol Riot, Meng Supports Removal of President Trump
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Rep. Meng takes a selfie in her Capitol office last Wednesday afternoon.
By Michael V. Cusenza Congresswoman Grace Meng (DFlushing), who documented the harrowing hours she spent barricaded in her Capitol building office as pro-Trump protesters ran wild just outside her door, on Thursday called for Trump to be removed from office. “President Trump is a danger to our democracy and nation. He incited yesterday’s chaos, violence, and destruction at the U.S. Capitol. His removal must be immediate and swift,” Meng said. On Wednesday night, not long after the riot sent her scurrying into her office, barricading the door behind her, Meng issued the following statement on the insurrection: “Today was supposed to be a day to carry out our solemn Constitutional duties, as duly elected Members of Congress,
to certify the Electoral College results. Instead, what the world saw was an assault on the most sacred, hallowed grounds of our Democracy – a symbol of the world’s oldest Democracy. This was a vile attack made by insurrectionists – in the name of a sitting President. Never have I been more enraged and terrified, as I was today. I was barricaded inside the Capitol with a colleague, just steps away from a rioting mob as they marched through terrorizing and defiling our People’s House. “Today was nothing short of sedition – a coup attempt. President Trump called his supporters to descend upon the People’s House and defy the will of the people. The election is done. The people have voted. The only thing left to do is to accept these results; anything else is a rejection of our democratic principles. The President continues to lie, pushing his baseless al-
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Meng barricaded herself in her office as rioters ran wild inside the Capitol.
legations and giving false hope to his supporters—up to this very day—that culminated into today’s ugly chaos, violence, and bloodshed on Capitol Hill. It was nothing less than domestic terrorism to use violence to try to overturn a fair, free, and peaceful election that President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris clearly won. What our nation witnessed today – what the world witnessed today – was that President Trump is a danger to our country and our Constitution – and he must be removed immediately. “Make no mistake: today’s madness is also on those House and Senate Republicans who failed to hold the President accountable for undermining the peaceful transfer of power. Their silence and deference is an affront to the Constitution upon which we, as members of Congress, swore an oath to protect.
“I thank everybody who reached out to me and my office to express their concerns about my safety. My heart goes out to the congressional staffers, the journalists, and employees of the Capitol complex whose lives were also endangered. “No matter what happened today, I will not run from upholding my constitutional duty; tonight, Congress will resume validating the election of Joe Biden. And on Jan. 20, President-elect Biden will be sworn in as the 46th President of the United States. “I strongly urge the American people to ignore the seditious, hypocritical, and political attacks from the President and his enablers in Congress. I look forward to opening a new chapter of our Democracy with the Biden-Harris administration – one that promises to heal, and bring hope and opportunity for the American people.”
‘Every Second… that Trump Remains in Ofﬁce Presents a Danger to the American People’: Jeffries By Michael V. Cusenza Congressman Hakeem Jeffries (DQueens and Brooklyn), chairman of the House Democratic Caucus, ripped Republicans and blasted the president this weekend, characterizing Donald Trump as “a clear and present danger to the health and safety of the American people.” In an appearance on NBC’s “Meet the Press with Chuck Todd” on Sunday, Jeffries was blunt in calling for Trump’s immediate removal from office. “The assault on the Capitol was a violent insurrection that was incited and encouraged by Donald Trump. It was an attack on the Congress, an attack on the country and an attack on the Constitution. Donald Trump represents a clear and present danger to the health and safety of the American people as well as our democracy,” Jeffries said. “Now, there are three ways that that can be brought about: Vice President [Mike] Pence and a majority of the cabinet can step up and do the right thing and invoke the 25th Amendment, and we are going to continue to push them to do that; we can also impeach Donald Trump and
“The assault on the Capitol was a violent insurrection that was incited and encouraged by Donald Trump,” Rep. Jeffries said.
he can be convicted and removed by the Senate that should come back into town to deal with this constitutional crisis and the existential threat to our democracy that’s sitting at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue; or the Republican enablers who are around Donald Trump can demand that he resign, similar to what took place in the aftermath of Watergate.” Jeffries also noted that he’s been working with some GOP pols who also want to
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see Trump booted from the White House. “Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) and I worked closely together in the immediate aftermath of the insurrection and the assault on the Capitol just to make sure that the members of our respective caucuses were safe and secure and received as much information as possible during the unfolding events and in the immediate aftermath of what took place. She’s involved in the process, talking to her Republican col-
leagues about how they are going to deal with what’s taking place on this side of the aisle. I’ll let her speak to that. I do know that several Republicans have publicly, and some privately, indicated that Donald Trump needs to be removed and this long national nightmare needs to end,” the congressman added. “Part of the problem here, Chuck, is that Donald Trump and so many Republicans in the House and the Senate perpetrated the big lie that Joe Biden did not win the election and that the presidency was being stolen. The American people have spoken. More than 80 million people voted for Joe Biden. The states have spoken. More than 300 Electoral College votes in an Electoral College landslide. The courts have spoken, more than 50 different decisions, many written by Trump-appointed judges, all concluding that Joe Biden won the election in clear and convincing fashion. But the big lie was perpetrated, and that is what led to the insurrection, the coup d’état attempt and the assault on the Capitol. So, the Republicans are going to have to deal with that situation moving forward once we address Donald Trump.”
After Surviving Capitol Riot, Meng Supports Removal of President Trump By Michael V. Cusenza Governor Andrew Cuomo this week delivered his 11th State of the State address, making headlines in the process. Cuomo’s 2021 agenda--Reimagine | Rebuild | Renew—features a suite of initiatives to not only begin reopening New York as the state continues its work to defeat the COVID-19 virus, but also tackle critical issues facing New York and the country including jumpstarting New York’s economic recovery; creating a fairer, more just state; reopening the state; becoming a leader in the growing green energy economy; and rebuilding and strengthening New York’s infrastructure. In order to reopen New York, the Governor has put forth a number of proposals focused on finding creative ways to reopen New York and support businesses in a post-COVID world. Among the “creative ways” to help the Empire State bounce back is mobile sports betting, Cuomo said. “At a time when New York faces a historic budget deficit due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the current online sports wagering structure incentivizes a large segment of New York residents to travel out of state to make online sports wagers or continue to patronize black markets,” Cuomo said. “New York has the potential to be the largest sports wagering market in the United States, and by legalizing online sports betting we aim to keep millions of dollars in revenue here at home, which will only strengthen our ability to rebuild from the COVID-19 crisis.” State Sen. Joe Addabbo. Jr. (D-Howard Beach), chairman of the Senate Standing Committee on Racing, Gaming and Wagering who has pushed for mobile sports betting in NY for years, said he was optimistic after listening to the governor’s remarks. “It is encouraging to hear that Governor Cuomo will embrace mobile sports betting in his State of the State Address,” Addabbo said in a statement. “By legalizing mobile sports betting, New York will be able to reap the benefits of the economic gains it will create and help the state rebuild after the COVID-19 pandemic, in addition to increasing educational funding, addressing illegal activity in the state and assisting those with gaming addictions. I look forward to working with the Governor and his office to efficiently implement mobile sports betting for the people of New York.” Other highlights of Cuomo’s State of the State address include: Safely Bringing Back the Arts with Pop-Up Performances and Events: New York is the cultural capital of the world. Our unique cultural assets — Broadway, museums, film, comedy, dance, and music — are fundamental to both the economy and the spirit of New York. Before the COVID-19 pandemic, the $120 billion arts and cultural sector accounted for nearly eight percent of the state’s economy, and nearly 500,000 jobs. In less than a year, over two million
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Gov. Cuomo delivered his 11th State of the State address this week.
jobs in the creative arts were lost nationally, including tens of thousands of jobs in New York. New York State will launch a publicprivate partnership that will organize “popup” performances and arts events across the state beginning in February. More than 150 world-class artists including Amy Schumer, Chris Rock, Renée Fleming,
Wynton Marsalis, and Hugh Jackman will participate, along with arts organizations such as the Ballet Hispanico, Ars Nova, the Albany Symphony Orchestra, the National Black Theatre, Pendragon Theatre in Saranac Lake, and many others supported by New York State Council on the Arts, which works with over 2,000 arts organizations across the state.
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“By legalizing mobile sports betting , New York will be able to reap the benefits of the economic gains it will create and help the state rebuild after the COVID-19 pandemic, in addition to increasing educational funding , addressing illegal activity in the state and assisting those with gaming addictions,” said State Sen. Joe Addabbo, Jr., seen here last week being virtually sworn in via Zoom for his 7th term representing the 15th District.
Supporting New York Artists through the Creatives Rebuild Initiative: The State will partner with The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to launch a Creatives Rebuild initiative. Developed in partnership with the Reimagine New York Commission, this initiative will put back to work 1,000 artists who have been impacted by the crisis and will invest in dozens of small arts organizations that make our towns and cities so dynamic. Arts have a multiplying effect on the economy. Creatives Rebuild will provide New York artists support so they can help build more vibrant communities across New York. Convene a Commission on the Future of New York’s Economy: Cuomo will establish the Commission on the Future of New York’s Economy to put forth a roadmap to address the underlying inequities exposed by the COVID-19 crisis, — including the socio-economic disparities that the crisis exacerbated — get New York back to work in jobs that pay well and continue to attract people from around the world to live and work in New York. The Commission will be composed of leading members of the nation’s academic, business, labor, and civil society leaders. NYU Wagner School of Public Service Dean Sherry Glied will serve as Executive Director of this Commission. Create a Rapid Testing Network as a Tool to Help Businesses Reopen: Over the past several months, Cuomo’s New York Forward reopening plan has paved the way for many businesses to resume operations safely through a phased approach and in accordance with public health protocols. While this has unleashed the ingenuity and creativity of New York businesses — such as new outdoor dining spaces and delivery options — it has also created significant financial struggles for these industries. Creatively Repurposing Underutilized Commercial Space for Additional Housing: As the COVID-19 pandemic has unfolded, New York, like many states across the country, has seen an increase in telework and a reduction in travel. New York City must, and will, remain a global commercial hub by ensuring that the City remains the paramount location for the world’s most innovative and successful businesses and their employees. Reduced demand for office and hotel space has created an opportunity to repurpose formerly commercial space that has far greater potential for use as housing, including affordable and supportive housing, to create dynamic, 24/7 walk-to-work neighborhoods. Cuomo promised to propose legislation to create a five-year period during which property owners may convert office buildings and hotels in New York City to residential use. Stimulating housing conversion will create thousands of good-paying jobs, increase housing affordability, and support long-term economic growth by helping New York’s employers attract and retain talent, the governor said.
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“We are immediately taking steps to terminate all Trump Organization contracts,” Mayor de Blasio announced Wednesday.
By Forum Staff The de Blasio administration is taking steps to terminate three Trump Organization agreements with the City after last week’s deadly insurrection at the U.S. Capitol, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Wednesday. The administration will be notifying the Trump Organization that the City will begin the process to cancel its agreements to operate the Central Park Carousel, Wollman and Lasker skating rinks, and Ferry Point Golf Course in accordance with the steps outlined in the contracts. The carousel is currently closed and termination will be effective 25 days after the City’s termination notice is delivered. The agreement for the Wollman and Lasker rinks terminates after 30 days written notice. The process for terminating the Ferry Point Golf Course is more detailed and is expected to take a number of months, de Blasio noted. “The president incited a rebellion
against the United States government that killed five people and threatened to derail the constitutional transfer of power,” de Blasio added. “The City of New York will not be associated with those unforgivable acts in any shape, way or form, and we are immediately taking steps to terminate all Trump Organization contracts.” The PGA recently cancelled the 2022 PGA Championship at a Trump golf course. In its contract with the Trump Organization to run Ferry Point Golf Course, the City called for a championship-level golf course that would attract major championship events. “Mr. Trump’s incitement of violence at our Capitol was an abomination,” said Corporation Counsel James Johnson. “In light of last week’s attack on our Capitol and our democracy, we have concluded that it is in the best interests of New Yorkers for the City to commence the process of cancelling these contracts and terminating its business ties with the Trump Organization.”
“Mr. Trump’s incitement of violence at our Capitol was an abomination,” Corporation Counsel James Johnson added.
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EASING THE LIMITATIONS OF JOINT PAIN Many of our customers who are used to maintaining a healthy active lifestyle are finding themselves compromised by joint pain. Joint pain is something that is experienced at some point by most people in their lifetime. For some people the pain is minor and non-progressive, but for many it means giving up activities they enjoy and can limit their ability to work. Avid cooks can lose their ability to cut and chop because of pain and swelling in their fingers, especially thumbs. Swimmers who swim multiple times a week for exercise have such shoulder discomfort that they can lo longer enjoy the benefits of their exercise program. Joint pain is the main symptom of many different musculoskeletal (MSK) conditions, including all types of arthritis, connective tissue disease and osteoporosis. Patients typically rely on topical nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory preparations (NSAID) and prescription drugs in order to ease their symptoms and get to sleep at night. Many rubs, balms and lotion-like/gel preparations are available to address the aches and pains that accompany joint discomfort. Some common names you may recognize are BioFreeze, Icy Hot and Voltaren and in addition, there is the advent of CBD oils and preparations contributing a “healing touch” to joint pain. Whatever MSK condition you are suffering from, using your local pharmacist as part of your healthcare and pain management team is an opportunity you should not fail to
take advantage of. Your pharmacist can offer information on lifestyle modification and helping you to navigate to the different specialties that should be involved in your care. Many pharmacists have the skills needed to significantly assist patients managing joint pain. By knowing and understanding the medications and topical preparations, pharmacists can actually help patients live with less or no pain. Essentially your pharmacist can guide you on a path to the right medications that will help patients live and carry on with their normal activities. Pharmacists and their advanced knowledge of the medications they dispense can certainly clear up conflict and correct many misinterpretations by their patients. One very prevalent example of this is that most patients know that overusing NSAIDS can lead to a variety of complications, especially in the gastro intestinal tract. But patients do not realize that applying topical meds containing NSAIDS two to three times a day is perfectly fine. A very critical part of the pharmacist’s role in pain management for MSK conditions is also keeping their patients informed about potential drug interactions between their other prescriptions and those they employ to treat their joint pain. So if you suffer from joint pain, make the effort to have a talk with your pharmacist. You may just be taking steps toward resolving some of the pain that can limit you life. Until next week…
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JFK Agriculture Specialists Seize Illegal Products U.S. Customs and Border Protection agriculture specialists at John F. Kennedy International Airport recently seized more than 20 pounds of swine meat and 30 containers of edible bird’s nests from a passenger arriving on a flight from China. On Jan. 4, a passenger declared meat to a CBP agriculture specialist but indicated no other food products. During the subsequent examination the meat was confirmed to be prohibited. In addition, 30 containers of a food product known as “bird’s nests” were discovered. These real bird’s nests are produced around the world as a delicacy for human consumption. Bird’s nests are prohibited in passenger baggage as they lack the proper documentation and safeguards to insure they do not pose a risk to U.S. agriculture. CBP personnel seized all of the prohibited items and safeguarded them for destruction, as per United States Department of Agriculture guidelines. Photo Courtesy of CBP
Congress Must Deliver Comprehensive Federal Aid to the Five Boroughs: Stringer By Michael V. Cusenza In a long letter dated Monday, Jan. 11, and sent to President-elect Joe Biden, incoming Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, City Comptroller Scott Stringer urged the elected officials to deliver a comprehensive federal aid package that addresses both critical short-term needs and prepares to build back a stronger, more inclusive 21st century economy. Stringer noted in the missive that New York City is still reeling from the COVID-19 pandemic that claimed the lives of more than 25,000 New Yorkers, an economic crisis that shuttered more 2,800 small businesses at its height with a third more currently at risk of closure, and mass unemployment that has left nearly half a million people without work. With new leadership on the horizon in Washington, the comptroller outlined the city’s need for both an immediate equitable recovery and to address the numerous challenges that have cumulated over the past four years and longer, including: support for the city’s ongoing COVID-19 response, transportation, public housing, education, health care, child care and paid family leave, affordable housing and more. “State and local governments cannot
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meet our residents’ needs alone. New York State already sends $26 billion more in taxes to the federal government than it gets back in federal spending, a larger imbalance of payment than any other state. New York City powers the national economy. Federal investment in the financial wellbeing of our cities is crucial to any sustained recovery,” Stringer wrote in the seven-page letter. “I urge you to act swiftly to help save New York City and get this nation’s economy back on its feet.” In his message, Stringer said the city is still in dire need of expedited COVID-19
relief. “The stimulus package enacted in the closing days of the 116th Congress provided some important, if limited, help to hard-pressed families and businesses. The additional 11 weeks of unemployment benefits, including extending the Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation at $300 per week and the innovative Pandemic Unemployment Assistance program, are a start—but do not go far enough to provide meaningful relief,” Stringer wrote. “For so many workers, jobs will not be returning by March. In the next
relief package, I urge you to raise direct payments to $2,000 and again extend the unemployment assistance. Likewise, the flexibility to use 2019 income for purposes of claiming the Earned Income Tax Credit will benefit nearly a million households in New York City alone. Rental assistance will be crucial to many families who have struggled to stay current with their rent over the past months.” The comptroller also urged the federal pols to ensure that the next relief package includes: cancellation of student debt for distressed borrowers, and making the Child Tax Credit fully refundable; and a national moratorium on evictions and additional rental assistance of at least $50 billion, alongside emergency vouchers and grants to help those at risk of homelessness remain sheltered. Any national eviction moratorium that supersedes the patchwork of state level policies must apply to all evictions—whether or not tenants make sworn declarations regarding a loss of income, and including tenants whose leases have expired during the pandemic. The City mayoral candidate’s lengthy letter also called on elected officials to: address food insecurity and nutrition; restore the Metropolitan Transportation Authority; invest in infrastructure and education; adopt fair tax policies; and address the housing affordability crisis.
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Legal Notices Notice of Formation of SALON 1884, LLCArts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 08/18/20. Office location: Queens County. Princ. office of LLC: 458 Seneca Ave., Apt. 2R, Ridgewood, NY 11385. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to Corporation Service Co., 80 State St., Albany, NY 122072543. Purpose: Fashion and design. Filed on Time, LLC Articles of Org. filed NY Sec. of State (SSNY) 11/23/20. Office in Queens Co. SSNY Agent of LLC upon whom the process may be served. SSNY shall mail a copy of the process to Nikolett Peto at 4261 24th Street, Floor 4, Long Island City, NY 11101. Purpose: Accounting and tax service . EVOLUTION HOME REPAIRS LLC Articles of Org. filed NY Sec. of State (SSNY) 9/28/20. Office in Queens Co. SSNY Agent of LLC upon whom the process may be served. SSNY shall mail a copy of the process to: PANAGIOTA XIFAS, 160-24 21st Ave, 2nd flr. Whitestone, NY 11357. Purpose: Any lawful purpose. RNR CONSULTING LLC Arts. of Org. filed with the SSNY on 2/12/2020. Office loc: Queens County. SSNY has been designated as agent upon whom process against the LLC may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: R. YAKUBOV 8804 136TH STREET, FIRST FLOOR, RICHMOND HILL, NY 11418. Purpose: Any Lawful Purpose. SMBI LLC. Articles of Org._ filed NY Sec. of State (SSNY) 11/09/2020. Office in Queens Co. SSNY Desig. agent of LLC upon whom process may be served. SSNY shall mail process to 104-28 Merrick Blvd, Jamaica, NY 11433. Purpose: Any lawful purpose. Notice of formation of 32 26 99 STREET, LLC. Art. Of Org. filed with the Sect’y of State of NY (SSNY) on 08/17/20. Office in Queens County. SSNY has been designated as agent of the LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to the LLC, 48-17 64 ST WOODSIDE, NY, 11377. Purpose: Any lawful purpose ALANYE LLC Articles of Org. filed NY Sec. of State (SSNY) 11/09/2020. Office in Queens Co. SSNY design. Agent of LLC upon whom process may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to: BY ALANYE LLC, 80-08 135TH STREET, APT 702, JAMAICA, NY 11435. Purpose: Any lawful activity
ANASTASIA KATERINA LLC Articles of Org. filed NY Sec. of State (SSNY) 05/28/2020. Office in Queens Co. SSNY design. Agent of LLC upon whom process may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to the LLC 30-92 29th St #6F Astoria, NY 11105. Purpose: Any lawful activity MAGNET RX 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, c/o Kalb & Rosenfeld P.C., 283 Commack Road, Suite 210, Commack, NY 11725. Purpose: Any lawful purpose. Notice of Formation of SALON 1884, LLCArts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 08/18/20. Office location: Queens County. Princ. office of LLC: 458 Seneca Ave., Apt. 2R, Ridgewood, NY 11385. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to Corporation Service Co., 80 State St., Albany, NY 122072543. Purpose: Fashion and design. Notice is hereby given that license #1332605 has been applied by the undersigned to sell beer and wine under the alcoholic beverage control law at 32-21 Broadway, Astoria, NY 11106 for on-premises consumption. Slider Burger LLC d/b/a SLDR Burger Bar. MV BROKERAGE LLC, Arts. of Org. filed with the SSNY on 12/09/2020. 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, 34-20 31 Street, Astoria, NY 11106. Purpose: Any Lawful Purpose. BLUE ZAFIRO SERVICES, LLC Articles of Org. filed NY Sec. of State (SSNY) 08/26/2020. Office in Queens Co. SSNY design. Agent of LLC upon whom process may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to: BLUE ZAFIRO SERVICES, LLC 8209 LEFFERTS BLVD, KEW GARDENS, NY 11415. Purpose: Any lawful activity SARA’S DIGITAL STUDIO LLC Articles of Org. filed NY Sec. of State (SSNY) 10/30/2020. Office in Queens Co. SSNY design. Agent of LLC upon whom process may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to: SARA’S DIGITAL STUDIO LLC, 228-35 114 TERR, CAMBRIA HEIGHTS, NY 11411. Purpose: Any lawful activity SERENITY MARKETING, LLC Arts. of Org. filed with the SSNY on 10/15/2020. Office loc: Queens County. SSNY has been designated as agent upon whom process against the LLC may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: Serenity Marketing, LLC, 137-47 71 Avenue, Flushing, NY 11367. Purpose: Any Lawful Purpose.
TRIPLE PRIME V LLC Articles of Org. filed NY Sec. of State (SSNY) 11/25/2020. Office in Queens Co. SSNY design. Agent of LLC upon whom process may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to: BUSINESS FILINGS INCORPORATED, 187 WOLF ROAD, SUITE 101, ALBANY,NY 12205. Purpose: Any lawful activity
OPM OPPORTUNITIES LLC Articles of Org. filed NY Sec. of State (SSNY) 11/12/2020. Office in Queens Co. SSNY desig. agent of LLC whom process may be served. SSNY shall mail process to 82-17 153 Ave., Ste. 204, Queens, NY 11414, which is also the principal business location. Purpose: Any lawful purpose.
GRACEVIEW LLC Articles of Org. filed NY Sec. of State (SSNY) 09/25/2020. Office in Queens Co. SSNY design. Agent of LLC upon whom process may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to: GRACEVIEW LLC, 6617 BEACH CHANNEL DRIVE, AVERNE, NEW YORK 11692. Purpose: Any lawful activity
DELOREAN DECADES LLC Articles of Org. filed NY Sec. of State (SSNY) 11/18/2020. Office in Queens Co. SSNY design. Agent of LLC upon whom process may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to: GREGORY MYERS, 26808 UNION TURNPIKE, 2ND FLOOR, GLEN OAKS, NY 11004. Purpose: Any lawful activity
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JP INTERIOR DECORATION LLC Articles of Org. filed NY Sec. of State (SSNY) 11/24/2020. Office in Queens Co. SSNY design. Agent of LLC upon whom process may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to: CARLOS A PAREDES, 25-81 99TH STREET 1ST FLOOR, E ELMHURST, NY 11369. Purpose: Any lawful activity CLARA B’S LLC Articles of Org. filed NY Sec. of State (SSNY) 11/30/2020. Office in Queens Co. SSNY design. Agent of LLC upon whom process may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to: DANIELLE TAYLOR, 17019 FOCH BLVD, JAMAICA, NY 11434. Purpose: Any lawful activity YIELDWINK, LLC Arts. of Org. filed with the SSNY on 12/11/2020. Office loc: Queens County. SSNY has been designated as agent upon whom process against the LLC may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: JASDEEP KHERA, 3001 81st Street, East Elmhurst, ny 11370. Purpose: Any Lawful Purpose. 219-21 JAMAICA AVE. LLC. Arts. of Org. filed with the SSNY on 10/09/20. 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, 25104 86th Avenue, Bellerose, NY 11426. Purpose: Any lawful purpose. TLC KINGS OF QUEENS LLC, Arts. of Org. filed with the SSNY on 12/30/2020. Office loc: Queens County. SSNY has been designated as agent upon whom process against the LLC may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: Christopher Saldana, 122-14 Sutphin Blvd, Queens, NY 11434. Purpose: Any Lawful Purpose. RICH ROCKS, LLC Articles of Org. filed NY Sec. of State (SSNY) 1/5/21. Office in Queens Co. SSNY design. Agent of LLC upon whom process may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to the LLC 9118 79TH St Woodhaven, NY 11421. Purpose: Any lawful activity. H2A INVEST LLC Articles of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 12/31/20. Off. loc.: Queens Co. SSNY des. as agent of LLC upon whom process may be served. SSNY shall mail process to the H2A INVEST LLC, 3418 NORTHERN BLVD, LONG ISLAND CITY, NY 11101. Purpose: General.
RGM ENTERPRISES LLC Articles of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 09/30/20. Off. loc.: Queens Co. SSNY des. as agent of LLC upon whom process may be served. SSNY shall mail process to RGM ENTERPRISES LLC, 9704 PITKIN AVE, OZONE PARK, NY 11417. Purpose: General. ZUC-CO. PITT LLC, Arts. of Org. filed with the SSNY on 12/30/2020. Office loc: Queens County. SSNY has been designated as agent upon whom process against the LLC may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: Peter Zuccarello, 148-29 Cross Island Pkwy, Whitestone, NY 11357. Purpose: Any Lawful Purpose. KALIMKOSELLA GROUP LLC Articles of Org. filed NY Sec. of State (SSNY) 12/30/20. Office in Queens Co. SSNY design. Agent of LLC upon whom process may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to BUSINESS FILINGS INCORPORATED, 187 WOLF ROAD, SUITE 101 ALBANY, NY 12205 . Purpose: Any lawful activity. Notice of formation of FOREST HILLS ASC, LLC, a domestic LLC. Arts. of Org. filed with SSNY on 12/21/2020. Office location: Queens County. SSNY has been designated as agent upon whom process against the LLC may be served and the SSNY shall mail a copy of any process to: Forest Hills ASC, LLC, 111-29 Queens Blvd., Forest Hills, New York 11375. Purpose: Any lawful purpose. Notice is hereby given that an Order entered by the Civil Court, Queens County, on the 19th day of NOVEMBER 2020, bearing Index Number NC-000910-19/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 BABITA BHAWANI SHIVNAUTH. My present name is BHAWANI SHIVNAUTH aka BABITA SHIVNAUTH, fka BABITA RAMSAMUJH.The city and state of my present address is South Richmond Hill, NY. The month and year of my birth are JULY 1975. The place of my birth is GUYANA. Notice is hereby given that an Order entered by the Civil Court, Queens County, on the 29th day of DECEMBER 2020, bearing Index Number NC-000639-20/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 CATHERENE LINDA BAKER. My present name is CATHERENE LINDA BAIJNAUTH aka CATHERINE L. BAIJNAUTH.The city and state of my present address is Richmond Hill, NY. The month and year of my birth are MARCH 1994. The place of my birth is GUYANA.
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