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SALE AWAY Jamaica Avenue-Woodhaven Commercial Corridor ‘not Maximizing its Economic Potential,’ Losing Customers to Nearby Retail Hubs, According to Queens EDC Market Analysis Several challenges, including skyrocketing commercial space rent rates, lack of certain business types, and its physical appearance have contributed to Jamaica Avenue’s failure to capture consumer spending power due to shoppers choosing to do business elsewhere, said Queens Economic Development Corporation Deputy Director Ricardi Calixte (inset) on Tuesday during a presentation at Woodhaven Manor.

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NYRA Touts ‘More Modern’ Aqueduct Racetrack

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Cuomo Signs Excessive Vehicle Window Tint Law

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Violence in City Jails has Increased Dramatically: Comptroller’s Report

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Following $15M Facelift, NYRA Trumpets ‘More Modern’ Aqueduct By Michael V. Cusenza The New York Racing Association on Tuesday provided a guided tour of Aqueduct Racetrack to area elected officials and members of the press, highlighting the enhancements and improvements made to the South Ozone Park facility since 2013. As a result, the 210-acre Aqueduct, according to NYRA, is now “a more modern, better run facility than ever before.” “The New York Racing Association is proud of the improvements and enhancements made since 2013,” added NYRA Director of Communications Patrick McKenna, “and we look forward to welcoming our loyal fans back to the Big A throughout the winter months.” The $15 million financial commitment exceeds the amount spent on similar, guest-oriented capital improvements at Belmont Park over the same period of time, NYRA noted. Enhancements include: • Development and installation of the innovative “Aqueduct Murals” on both the interior and exterior of the facility. • Development and construction of the ‘Silks Bar’ on the first floor, providing guests with improved service and amenities. • Installation of 557 new high-definition televisions and several new HD video boards across the property, including a large infield HD display board. • Installation of new lighting through-

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NYRA Vice President of Facilities Glen Kozak ( far r.) on Tuesday accompanied State Sen. Joe Addabbo, Jr. and Assemblywoman-elect Stacey Pheffer Amato on a tour of Aqueduct Racetrack.

out the backstretch, across horse paths, and within parking lots. • Upgrades to the infield, including a refurbished pond and new foliage, sod and shrubs. • New paint schemes and art throughout the facility providing general improvements to the atmosphere. • A new horsemen’s lounge above the paddock for owners and trainers. • Enhanced Wi-Fi capability throughout the facility. • Installation of Trakus technology for

Investigators Still Searching for South Ozone Park Robbery Couple

horseplayers. • Installation of new, airport-style seating throughout the facility. • Installation of hundreds of miles of modernized wire and cable throughout Aqueduct’s grandstand, clubhouse, paddock and infield. These modernizations, NYRA noted, provide vastly increased technological capacity. The association called the construction of the state-of-the-art simulcast center, Longshots, with 270 dedicated carrels, a sports bar, and dozens of new HD televisions, “one of the most

transformational additions” to the Big A. “Soon to represent #Aqueduct, got a head start this morning by meeting with @TheNYRA to hear about improvements and ways to get even better!” Assemblywoman-elect Stacey Pheffer Amato tweeted on Tuesday morning. Additionally, NYRA this week announced its annual “Toys for Tots” weekend of giving is scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 3 and Sunday, Dec. 4 at Aqueduct. Offered in partnership with the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve “Toys for Tots” Foundation, with support from thoroughbred owner Harold Lerner and the New York Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association, the TFT program collects and distributes new, unwrapped toys to local children in need each holiday season. Donation boxes will be located at Aqueduct’s main clubhouse entrance, as well as at the Turf and Field entrance. “I really believe in anything you can do for kids that unfortunately get left behind in the holiday season; it’s a wonderful thing to put a smile on their face,” said Lerner. “I’ve been committed to this program for a number of years after being initially introduced to it by my trainer Gary Contessa, who has been contributing part of his earnings to ‘Toys for Tots’ on a Saturday in the past for years and thankful to be a part of it again.” For more information on the USMC Toys for Tots Foundation, visit toysfortots.org.

HBL Civic Celebrates Holidays, Volunteers

By Michael V. Cusenza

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Police are still looking for this robbery suspect.

Cops have reached out to the public for help in locating and identifying a man and a woman wanted in connection with a robbery that took place last month inside the victim’s car in South Ozone Park. According to police reports, on Tuesday, Nov. 8, around 3:50 a.m., the victim, a 66-year-old man, was in his vehicle with the female suspect parked on Rockaway Boulevard near 110th Street when a man approached. The woman then held down the victim while the male accomplice removed the man’s pants, which contained his wallet. Both suspects fled the location in a white van with Pennsylvania license plate HSE 5615. No injuries were reported during the incident, cops said. The suspects are described as: a black man, approximately 40-50 years of age, dark complexion, roughly 6-feet tall; and an approximately 40-year-old black woman. Anyone with information is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at (800) 577-TIPS (8477) or for Spanish, (888) 57-PISTA (74782). The public can also submit info by logging onto NYPDCrimestoppers.com or by texting their tips to 274637 (CRIMES) then enter TIP577. All correspondences are strictly confidential.

Among those recognized by the Howard Beach Lindenwood Civic were the HB Kiwanis Club, for their work with the community, especially with children's groups. Also touted was Blue Sky Landscaping's Randy McNeil for maintaining the community signs for the last 5 years and Frank Almonte, Key Food owner, who was cited for his generous donations throughout the year, especially to underprivileged families. THE FORUM NEWSGROUP • VOL. 15 • Number 47 NOVEMBER 21, 2016| 3


JetBlue Launches Service to Cuba with Historic First Flight from NYC to Havana

Governor Andrew Cuomo called this week’s inaugural flight “a milestone.”

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touch down in Havana today on the very first day of commercial service between the JetBlue Airways, headquartered in Long U.S. and Cuba’s capital.” JetBlue also announced that it “is takIsland City, made history this week with ing a number of steps unique to its Cuba the launch of service to Cuba. The first flight took off from John F. launch” to help customers with certain Kennedy International Airport on Monday travel requirements: • Health insurance: JetBlue includes shortly after 9 a.m. destined for Havana’s Cuban government-required health insurJosé Martí International Airport. Flight 243 became the first commercial ance coverage for all travelers on all Cubaflight to Cuba from the New York area since bound flights. • Affidavits: Under U.S. regulations, evscheduled service resumed this year and marked the first day of U.S. commercial ser- ery customer traveling to Cuba must comvice to the Cuban capital in more than 50 plete an affidavit affirming the customer is years. The New York metropolitan area is going for one of 12 reasons of approved home to the second-largest Cuban-Ameri- travel from the U.S. Department of Treacan population in the U.S., JetBlue noted. sury. JetBlue indicated that it has built the “This inaugural flight between New completion of the affidavit into the bookYork and Havana is a milestone in this ing process. • Day-of-travel Cuban Tourist Visa new era of progress between our two nations, and another tangible result of this (Tourist Card): Separate from the U.S.-regstate’s successful trade mission to Cuba,” ulated 12 categories, Cuba requires visitors said Gov. Andrew Cuomo. “I congratulate to obtain an entrance visa onto the island. JetBlue on this landmark accomplishment, For customers who qualify for a Cuban which will help further ties and strengthen Tourist Visa (Tourist Card), JetBlue will the economic relationship between New make those available for purchase upon check-in at one of its gateway airports or at York and Cuba.” New York flights were followed this the gate for connecting customers on the week by JetBlue’s first nonstop flights be- day of travel. All travelers to Cuba should tween Orlando International Airport and make their own determination with respect Havana on Tuesday, and new nonstop to the appropriate type of visa required by service between Fort Lauderdale-Holly- Cuba for their purpose of travel, the airline wood International Airport and Havana noted. This week, Havana became JetBlue’s on Wednesday. A second nonstop between Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood and Havana 100th destination in 22 countries. “We commend the work of both U.S. will begin Thursday, Dec. 1, and operate daily except Saturdays, according to the and Cuban officials for making today possible. We also commend the Cuban Ministry airline. “JetBlue didn’t even exist when com- of Transportation, IACC, and the Havana mercial service ended, and now we are a Airport for entrusting us to operate this leading airline in Cuba and the Caribbean,” route and look forward to our long-term said Robin Hayes, president and chief ex- partnership as we continue to grow our ecutive officer of JetBlue. “We are proud to presence in Cuba,” Hayes added. 4 DECEMBER 21, 2016 • Number 47 VOL. 15 • THE FORUM NEWSGROUP By Forum Staff


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Sunnyside Dad Charged with Murder in Death of 5-Month-Old Daughter By Forum Staff A Sunnyside, Queens, man wascharged with murder and other crimes in the death of his 5-month-old baby daughter, who died on July 30, 2016. An autopsy performed on the infant child determined the cause of death to be abusive head trauma. District AttorneyBrown said, “This is a tragic and horrible case. The victim is a baby whose short life was filled with suffering and pain allegedly at the hands of the very person who should have been protecting her and keeping her safe. The defendant in this case is the baby’s father. Instead of comforting and soothing her as she cried, the defendant is accused of causing severe head injury, bleeding on her brain and severe hemorrhaging in the

back of her eyes. This didn’t have to happen and shouldn’t have happened.” The defendant is identified as Jorge Baque, 36, of Greenpoint Avenue in the Sunnyside neighborhood of Queens. Baque is awaiting arraignment in Queens Criminal Court on a complaint charging him with second-degree murder, firstdegree assault and endangering the welfare of a child. If convicted, the defendant faces up to 25 years to life in prison. According to the charges, the defendant responded to the cries of his fivemonth old daughter Alaia Baque shortly after 2 a.m. on July 30, 2016, and held her while she cried. He stated that he continued to hold her until she became quiet and then he placed her face down in her crib. There were no furthersounds from the baby, according to alleged statements

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According to the Queens DA’s Office, an autopsy performed on the infant child determined the cause of death to be abusive head trauma.

by the defendant. At approximately 6:30 at that time the baby had blue lips and was a.m., the Baque checked on the baby and cold to the touch and unresponsive.

Jury Convicts Man of 1990 Execution Style Murder By Forum Staff A Queens juryhas found a 57-yearold man guilty of an execution-style murder in the shooting death of a man who was shot in the back of the head by the defendant, who was seated in the back of the vehicle being driven by the victim on February 8, 1990. “Justice eluded the family of the victim for more than 25 years, but today a jury rendered its verdict and found the defendant guilty of murder. The defendant - with cold-hearted precision fired a single shot into the back of the victim’s head - and then jumped out of the carto fire several more shots standing beside the driver’s door. As a result, the defendant will likely be locked away for the rest of his life.” Photo Courtesy of AA Roads Thedefendant was identified as The murder occurred moments after the victim pulled over the station wagon on the westbound shoulder of the Kevin Smith, 57, of 1324 Lexington Grand Central Parkway near 68th Avenue. Avenue in New York City. Following a week-long trial, a jury today found 18, 2017, at which time the defendant Trial testimony, says that the dethe defendant guilty of second-degree faces up to 25 years to life in prison. fendant sat in the back seat of a Dodge murder. Sentencing is set for January

station wagon being driven by the victim, 45-year-old Frank Sestak. A third man, David Hammerstone, 47, sat in the front passenger seat of the car. Moments after pulling over on westbound shoulder of the Grand Central Parkway near 68th Avenue, the defendant fired a revolver - hitting Sestak in the back of the head. Smith then got out of the vehicle and moved to stand beside the driver’s side door and fired several more shots hitting the victim in the neck, head and shoulder. The bullets penetrated Sestak’s skull, brain, spine and lungs and he died from these injuries. According to trial records, the third man in the vehicle, Hammerstone also shot the victim and in October 2016, he pleaded guilty to first-degree manslaughter and his facing up to 12 years in prison when sentenced on December 1, 2016.

Three Injured in Separate Drive-By Shootings in Richmond Hill and Ozone Park By Michael V. Cusenza

a.m. last Friday was shot in the shoulder after a car pulled up in front of a house on Albert Road near Lafayette Street, opened fire and sped off, cops said. The victim was also rushed to Jamaica Hospital. As of press time, all incidents remained under investigation.

Three people last week were shot in two separate incidents less than 24 hours apart in Richmond Hill and Ozone Park, according to the City Police Department and published reports. Two men sustained gunshot wounds to their legs shortly before 5 a.m. last Thursday after a drive-by shooting at the corner of Atlantic Avenue and 121st Street. They were taken to Jamaica Hospital Medical Center in stable condition, according to authorities. A 19-year-old woman around 2:15 6 DECEMBER 21, 2016 • Number 47 VOL. 15 • THE FORUM NEWSGROUP


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OVERSIZED BAGS Dear Editor, 2 weeks ago the Forum was full of letters saying we should face the fact that Hillary just "came with too much baggage". Baggage? Hillary's baggage is a "handbag" compared to the truckload of luggage Trump and the GOP brings to the table. A competent sane woman with decades of experience or a privileged man/child in a suit? For some the choice was easy. For others it was "simple". Congratulations to Trump supporters. You got what you wanted. A president without an Email "scandal". You know what else he comes without? Level headedness, intelligence, comprehension of complex global issues, belief in global warming, the list goes on and on. Donald Trump is considering weakening laws that allow states to go after banking and financial fraud. They're called "Blue Sky Laws" and after the Wall Street collapse it resulted in $95 billion in fines, penalties and consumer relief. And now Trump's transition team is developing legislation to supersede these laws. Trump also said he wants to repeal the Dodd-Frank Act, dismantling the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. Do rednecks in middle America really believe a tax cut (twice the size of DUHbya's) for the wealthy will help their economic situation? Trickle down economics has never worked and never will. Will less regulations help people like the citizens of Flint Mich. who were knowingly allowed to be poisoned by republican governor Rick Snyder all for profit? Kiss Roev-Wade goodbye. Equal rights? Sorry, "religious freedom" is more important. You're gay? Don't worry, Mike Pence believes you can be "cured". And what about the 20 million people who finally received healthcare through the Affordable Care Act? No worries. Trump will repeal and replace it with that simple old GOP 3-step plan. 1=Get Sick, 2=Go Bankrupt, 3=Die Quickly. Then? Trump-"Obamacare is a disaster". Now? He favors keeping the programs "stronger assets". I guess that means "all of it", and he'll just change the name and take all the credit. Hmmm Trumpbamacare has a nice ring to it. A special thank you goes out to "news" media outlets that reaped huge ratings while not actually reporting facts. Especially CBS honcho Les Moonves who said "Trump may not be great for our country, but he's great for ratings". Some cheered the election results like fans watching the Super Bowl, but nobody has won a damn thing. As for a specific demographic that Trump needs to thank? He said it all when he said "I love the poorly educated". The Republicans are the party that says government doesn't work. Well now that they'll be running it all, they will surely prove it. But they say Democrats should give Trump a chance, and work together for the good of the country. Do they mean like when Obama was elected? Ahhh, yes. I remember Mitch McConnnel's words

of unity when, on the SECOND day of Obama's Presidency he said the GOP's #1 priority was ensuring that Obama would not be re-elected. How patriotic. What some middle class Trump supporters will soon realize is that they've traded away their healthcare and economic opportunities for the right to be a little more explicit in their racism. But I'm sure some Trump supporters in the south can find temporary employment at one of the many white supremacist gatherings celebrating Trump's inauguration. As for healthcare? If they sustain any kind of injury they can fashion a bandage out of KKK sheets. Our country is an embarrassment. Going from a dignified, caring, intelligent president like Obama to a pompous, privileged, racist, sexist Donald Trump? David Duke, former grand Wizard of the Ku Klux Klan supported Donald Trump for president. And more than 60 million people voted for him anyway. The next state of the union address will be given by a man that was supported by the KKK. (Not to mention a man that has agreed to pay a $25 million settlement to end the fraud case against him). THAT is a FACT! And a DISGRACE! Even public officials are showing their true colors. Beverly Whaling (mayor of Clay County S.C.) said "Just made my day" after seeing a Facebook post that said-"It will be refreshing to have a classy, beautiful, dignified First Lady in the White House. I'm tired of seeing an ape in heels". Graffiti all over the country showing Swastika's and the words "Go Trump!". Less than half of our country has succeeded in electing a president who is as knowledgeable of government as a squirrel is of the rules of Jai-alai. Our country has just suffered a devastating attack whose repercussion will be felt for decades. So congratulations to those who voted for Trump, and welcome to the United States of Trumpmerica. Where earthquakes, poison water supplies and poison habitat caused by frackng are insignificant acts of God, not man. Where abortion is punishable by 5 to 10. Where the confederate flag and Nazi salute are celebrated. Where Europe is defenseless against aggression. Where climate change, carbon clouds and hate crimes are considered normal. Where more people are locked up then and all the other countries combined. Where the rich get very much richer and the majority that has become very much poorer don't seriously matter. Where the police can search you or your home without cause. Where a crime is basically anything a cop says it is. Where women are mere objects and no means yes. It brings to mind the posters and t-shirts showing DUHbya with the caption "miss me yet"? Yes, George. We miss you. We miss you very much. P.S. Trump is however making some moves in the right direction. Like considering Mitt Romney for Secretary of State. That's right, the same Mitt Romney who described trump thusly- "His domestic policies would lead to recession," "His foreign policies would make America and the world less safe". "He has neither the temperament nor the judgment to be president and his

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personal qualities would mean that America would cease to be a shining city on a hill." "He is a phony, a fraud. His promises are as worthless as a degree from Trump University," "He’s playing the members of the American public for suckers. He gets a free ride to the White House and all we get is a lousy hat". "His words and actions are "degrading" to women, and whose policies would trigger a recession, make America less safe and foster an era of "trickle-down racism."

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EXTRAORDINARY YEAR Dear Editor,

The term extraordinary is a profound word in the English language, and rates at the top of the pyramid of expressing amazement. More to the point, as we near the closing days of 2016, where the predictable was far from the norm, for so many frustrated and confused prognosticators. Nothing went as predicted, but there were also very rare happenings. No one in the sports world could have predicted that the Chicago Cubs, after 108 years would get to play in the World Series, let alone win it. It reminded many of us New Yorkers, of the similar impossibility facing the 1969 New York Mets, who also pulled off the impossible, but in that case it was accomplished in the astonishing time of eight years after their inception in 1962. It was as amazing then, as it was for the Cubs, and Chicago’s long suffering fans, who never gave up. The same can be said of our presidential election, and the odds against Donald Trump, to win the power position of Chief Executive. From the day of his initial announcement, as a candidate for the Republican Party, he was written off as a prankster and charlatan. There was a full side of contenders, already mounting at the time, to lay claim to the nomination, and no one was paying any attention, to the self made real estate billionaire with no previous experience in politics or government. It didn’t seem to matter on the other side of the aisle either, where there was no opposition, to the already conceded coronation of its standard bearer, Hillary Clinton. She became the immediate odds on favorite over all comers. The whole election process was considered a waste of time, energy, and money. Still the show must, and did go on. The GOP primaries got all the attention, from the sheer number of seventeen participants squaring off in heated debates. Right from the getgo, Donald Trump jumped to the lead, and for the remainder of the primaries was never headed. He swept to victory, as heads spun like windmills. Although there was some side action, depicting dissatisfaction with the Democratic nominee, Hillary nevertheless clinched the nomination, and the contest was to begin. Red meat was the order of the day, as newsmakers, commentators, party members on both sides, the print industry, and pundits of every variety, seized the opportunity to

go on record, to predict the biggest blowout since Ronald Reagan’s two terms in the 80’s. Everyone, who was anyone was preparing for an early night of returns, and the anticipation, for the victory and concession speeches. All of the above began popping champagne corks, and then something extraordinary happened. Nobody told the voters that the election was a slam dunk, and they were wasting their time, standing in line at the polling stations. When the dust settled, during the wee small hours of the next morning, and the Pennsylvania results poured in, proclaiming Donald Trump had been elected the 45th President of the United States, the cable networks went into shock mode, and a suicide alert was issued, for all the hysterical losers. If the Chicago Cubs could defy all odds, why was it impossible to think that less than two weeks later the extraordinary could happen again? The voters, in the end had their say, plus a final good riddance to both the Clintons and Bushes. This year of 2016 also brought to an end, the final demise of Fidel Castro’s 57 year reign as Communist dictator of Cuba. The last extraordinary event that we will be celebrating is a happy one. The rarest of the rare, what with Christmas and Hanukkah both coinciding on December 24. Only four times since 1900 have these two events occurred together on the same night, as one lights a menorah, while the other a Christmas tree. A fitting conclusion, one must admit, to this historic and extraordinary year!!

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FAILURE There is a boy, all of 3 years old, who, as of Wednesday evening, is lying on a hospital bed in Manhattan, his eyes closed, a machine helping him breathe. He most likely is brain dead. Jaden Jordan has been in one hospital or another since Monday, when he was found in his Gravesend, Brooklyn, home with his skull fractured, covered in his own waste. Jaden’s mother’s boyfriend has been charged with assault. It seems that he made Jaden’s life a living hell well before Monday afternoon. “He kept the kids in a dog cage, used a pit bull to terrify them,” a law enforcement source told the New York Daily News in an exclusive report. Just two days before the boy was rushed to Coney Island Hospital, the Administration for Children’s Services investigated an anonymous tip about his mom’s boyfriend, but since the source of the tip accidentally gave the operator the address of the apartment next door to the house of horrors, the agency allegedly took no action. So many figures in little Jaden’s world failed to protect him. His City failed to do anything about it.

Pathetic. “When it comes to child welfare, this is as horrific as it gets. It’s heartbreaking,” said City Comptroller Scott Stringer in a statement released on Wednesday morning. “As our office continues to look into ACS procedures, we call on the agency to be as transparent and swift as possible with its investi-

gation into this specific case. We must know what happened and why, because this is happening too often. We can’t allow a single child to slip through the cracks.” Stringer also indicated on Wednesday that his investigation of ACS procedures following the tragedy of Zymere Perkins is ongoing. Zymere, a badly beaten and mal-

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nourished Manhattan boy who was already part of an ACS investigation died in September allegedly at the hands of his guardians. He was 6. The Perkins case follows an audit released in June by Stringer’s Office that found ACS conducted inconsistent and incomplete investigations into child abuse. Pathetic. “I want to find out, in terms of those in government who were engaged directly in this case, what happened, what people did wrong, what people did right, who is responsible, and I want to assure all New Yorkers that anyone who works for the City of New York found to be negligent in this case will pay very serious consequences for that,” said Mayor Bill de Blasio following the Perkins tragedy. Be careful what you wish for, Bill – unless gross incompetence is actually a personal goal of the members of your administration who have been entrusted with well-being of our most precious gifts. Zymere is dead. Jaden is a vegetable. Boys failed by their City and the grownups who were supposed to protect them. Pathetic.

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Fundraiser Page set up for Beloved Volunteer Firefighter’s Family By Michael V. Cusenza Colleagues and friends of Freddy Grey this week continued to help raise money via a fundraising website for the late volunteer firefighter’s family. Grey, who was a member of the Broad Channel and West Hamilton Beach volunteer fire departments, died on Nov. 19. He was 41. According to the BCVFD, Grey earned numerous citations and the Medal of Exceptional Bravery during his time with the agency. A past president of

the Volunteer Firemen’s Association of the City of New York, Grey was one of the four Broad Channel VFD members injured aboard Ambulance 303 at the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, and was among the first responders to the crash of Flight 587 in Belle Harbor two months later. “His deep, raspy voice, great sense of humor and most of all his friendship and dedication to the brotherhood will be sorely missed amongst us all throughout the fire service,” said the BCVFD. “My heart is broken! Fred-

die was a true friend who made everyone around him feel like family! #WeLostAHero #RIP” former Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder recently wrote on his Twitter page. To contribute to the fund for Grey’s family, visit gofundme. com/help-for-the-family-offred-grey. As of Wednesday afternoon, nearly $5,000 has been collected.

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Freddy Grey died on Nov. 19. He was 44.

Kew Gardens Attorney Gets Two-Year Prison Term for Sexually Abusing Minor Girls By Forum Staff An attorney who lives and works in Kew Gardens has been sentenced to two years in jail for engaging in sexual acts with two minor females in exchange for money on several occasions in 2012, according to Queens District Attorney Richard Brown. Eyal Katzman was convicted in July on four counts of third-degree criminal sexual act, four counts of third-degree patronizing a prostitute, and five counts of endangering the welfare of a child. According to trial testimony, the first 16-year-old female victim went to Katzman’s residence three times between September 2012 and October 2012. On the first occasion, the victim was brought to his residence by another teen-

Katzman’s victims were John Adams High School students at the time of the incidents.

age girl, who she knew from John Adams High School and who performed oral sex on Katzman while he touched the 16-year-old victim’s breast. Katzman, Brown said, gave

both girls cash. On the second and third occasions, according to the district attorney, the 16-year-old victim went to Katzman’s residence, where he performed oral

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sex on her in exchange for between $100 and $200 in cash. Brown noted that at trial it was revealed that the second 16-yearold female victim, also a student

at the Ozone Park school, was brought to Katzman’s residence by the same girl who brought the first victim to his residence. Between Oct. 1, 2012, and Nov. 30, 2012, according to trial testimony, the second female victim performed oral sex on Katzman while he performed oral sex on her and the female student watched. Katzman paid $60 in cash to the 16-year-old victim and $20 in cash to the other girl for introducing the victim to him, Brown noted. Katzman, once an officer of the court, “has proven himself to be a sexual predator,” the district attorney added. “The defendant was convicted at trial of abusing underage girls and as such has been sentenced to a term of incarceration and will be required to register as a sex offender upon his release.”

Thieves Hit Liberty Avenue Phone Store By Michael V. Cusenza Police this week reached out to the public for help in identifying two young men wanted for allegedly shoplifting merchandise from a Richmond Hill phone store last month. According to an NYPD report, on Wednesday, Nov. 9, around 5:30 p.m., the two suspects entered the Liberty Avenue MetroPCS establishment and removed two Samsung Galaxy S7 cell phones and one Apple iPhone 5S. Cops said the suspects are described as a light-skinned man and a black man. Anyone with information is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at (800) 577-TIPS (8477) or for Spanish, (888) 57-PISTA (74782). The public can also submit info by logging onto NYPDCrimestoppers.com or by texting their tips to 274637 (CRIMES) then enter TIP577. All correspondences are strictly confidential. The NYPD Crime Stoppers Program, which began in 1983, offers rewards up to $2,000 for anonymous information provided to the hotline or website that leads to the arrest and indictment of a violent felon. 10 DECEMBER 21, 2016 • Number 47 VOL. 15 • THE FORUM NEWSGROUP


Cuomo Signs Excessive Window-Tint Law By Forum Staff All state-certified motor vehicle inspection centers are now required to measure window tint when performing exams, according to a new law signed on Monday by Gov. Andrew Cuomo. The legislation amends Vehicle and Traffic Law Section 301(c)(1)(a) to include light transmittance of a vehicle’s windows as part of the yearly safety inspection. It was illegal for a vehicle to be operated on State roads in violation of light transmittance standards as provided in Vehicle and Traffic Law Section 375(12-a), which requires a minimum of 70-percent light transmittance on front windshields, on front seat side windows and on rear side windows of station wagons, sedans, hardtops, coupes, hatchbacks and convertibles. However, this safety feature was not previously included in the annual safety and emissions inspections vehicles are subjected to pursuant to the Vehicle and Traffic Law. The new law provides a proactive method to ensure compliance with existing law by adding light transmittance standards to the list of safety features provided in State law, in order to address and curtail the proliferation of blacked-out windows in a routine and predictable fashion.

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Mayor de Blasio said the bill “would protect law enforcement officers from the unnecessary risk of walking into unexpected and dangerous situations.”

Vehicle inspection centers are now required to purchase a device to calibrate the tint density and perform the requisite testing. These devices generally retail for $100$150. If the glass on a vehicle is found to be tinted beyond 30 percent of light transmittance, that vehicle would not pass the New York State safety inspection. In this instance, the window tint would have to be removed or altered before it could be reinspected for compliance.

According to the City, the NYPD performs more than one million car stops annually and issues approximately 65,00070,000 tinted windows summonses per year. The death of NYPD Det. Russel Timoshenko in 2007 brought a new focus on the danger presented to law enforcement officers by motor vehicles bearing illegal levels of window tint. Timoshenko and his partner, Sgt. Herman Yan, were shot in the

course of conducting a routine traffic stop in Brooklyn. The officers faced especially grave danger because of the excessive tint on the vehicle’s windows, preventing them from being able to see into the vehicle. “Police Officers put their lives on the line every day to keep New Yorkers safe. This legislation would go a long way toward providing police officers with the protection and security we deserve while conducting vehicle stops, especially at night,” Yan said. Last week, Mayor Bill de Blasio, Police Commissioner Jim O’Neill, Yan, Timoshenko’s mother, law enforcement leaders and legislators urge Cuomo to sign the bill into law. “Law enforcement officers face increased danger every time they pull over a vehicle and are unable to view the interior. There is no justification for sacrificing officer safety in order for vehicle owners and manufacturers to apply what is a cosmetic detail to vehicles operated on the roadways of the State. This bill would protect law enforcement officers from the unnecessary risk of walking into unexpected and dangerous situations,” de Blasio said. “This legislation is about making cops safe. It’s about helping cops do their job,” O’Neill added.

NY AG Urges Vigilance in Immigrant Communities after Uptick in Reported Scams By Forum Staff

State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman has issued a fraud alert warning immigrants to be aware of potential scammers offering immigration services. In recent weeks, Schneiderman’s Office and many legal aid organizations that work with immigrant communities have received an increased number of calls and reported scams, according to the attorney general. Such deceit, Schneiderman noted, involves individuals or companies who target vulnerable immigrants by providing unauthorized and fraudulent immigration services. There has been a significant increase in the number of calls to immigration organizations, including regarding potential fraud, the AG said. For example, since the election, the Northern Manhattan Coalition for Immigrant Rights has received a 266-percent increase in number of daily calls and a 250-percent increase in number of daily walk-ins; on Nov. 10 alone, the organization received more than 100 calls. “In the past two weeks, we’ve seen intense fear and anxiety in immigrant communities. New York has zero tolerance for anyone who would prey on that fear to defraud immigrants and their families,” Schneiderman said. “We will use all the tools at our disposal to bring to justice those who commit fraud against our immigrant communities.” According to the attorney general, one of the most common scams right now is

communities seriously,” said Queens District Attorney Richard Brown. “Our Office of Immigrant Affairs, along with several other bureaus, investigates and prosecutes crimes that target immigrants. In addition, our OIA Office conducts extensive outreach initiatives in order to keep our communities informed on identifying and protecting against common immigration scams. Our Office is pleased to work with New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman and our other law enforcement colleagues in aggressively prosecuting immigration fraud cases.” To report complaints regarding immigration services, contact the Attorney General’s Immigration Services Fraud Unit Hotline at (866) 390-2992 or email Civil. Rights@ag.NY.gov. Schneiderman noted that the Attorney General’s Office will never ask for your immigration status or share immigration information with federal auPhoto Courtesy of the Attorney General’s Office thorities if you contact the Immigration Schneiderman said that since Election Day, there has been a “significant increase” in the number of calls to Services Fraud Unit Hotline. immigration organizations regarding potential scams. Schniederman also highlighted resources for New York’s immigrant communities unsolicited calls from fake immigration of- authorized provider. ficials. For example, one immigrant living • Never sign blank applications or docu- to seek immigration and naturalization-related support. Managed by Catholic Chariin New York recently received a call that is ments you do not understand. the same as an official government immi• Do not make payments over the phone ties Community Services, the New Americans hotline is toll-free, multi-lingual, and gration agency. The fraudster told him he or via email. was in the country illegally and must imme“Queens County is the most ethnically provides live assistance in receiving imdiately pay $1,550. Federal authorities will and culturally diverse areas in the United migration and naturalization information never demand immediate payment, request States with more than 2.3 million residents. and referrals, regardless of citizenship or personal sensitive information, or threaten With over 120 countries represented in our documented status. All calls to the hotyou over the phone, Schneiderman noted. neighborhoods and over 160 languages line are confidential and anonymous. Call Tips to Avoid Getting Scammed: spoken in our County, we take crimes com- (800) 566-7636 anytime between 9 a.m. to • Only work with a licensed lawyer or an mitted against members of our immigrant 8 p.m., Monday through Friday. THE FORUM NEWSGROUP • VOL. 15 • Number 47 NOVEMBER 21, 2016| 11


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Peralta Promotes Legislation to Require Travel Agents to Register with NY Department of State By Forum Staff State Sen. Jose Peralta (D-East Elmhurst) this week announced legislation that would require travel consultants and travel promoters operating in or doing business with New York to register with the New York Department of State. According to Peralta, the implementation of a registration scheme would safeguard consumers against fraud, misrepresentation, and false advertising, while also addressing security concerns. Under the proposal, the senator said, DOS will assign a registration number to each travel agent, and that number must be displayed by the agent at his or her place of business, as well as on all documents created by a registrant’s business, including on business cards, all personalized stationery, and all documents produced for each individual customer. DOS would maintain a database of all registered agents on its website, easily accessible to the general public. In an effort to adequately fund enforcement, the registration application fee would be $100, followed by an annual renewal fee of $100. Registrations would be nontransferable, and if ownership of a registered travel agency changes hands, the new owner would have to apply for a separate registration, Peralta noted. In order to obtain a

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“Under my proposal, we replace the Truth in Travel Act with a registry for travel consultants and promoters,” Peralta said on Monday.

proper registration, a person or business would undergo a vetting process by DOS. If any changes are made to the information underlying a registration, the registration holder would have to notify DOS within 10 business days. According to the legislation, the state agency will have the power to revoke, suspend or impose a fine of up to $1,000 if the applicant has, among other things, defrauded consumers in the past, or demonstrated incompetence or a lack of trustworthiness

in their business dealings. Any individual who had their registration suspended would be ineligible to reapply for a registration for a period of one year after it was suspended. If DOS denies a registration provided for by the legislation, the applicant would have the right to a hearing to challenge such a decision. Travel consultants or promoters without a proper registration would be prohibited to operate anywhere in New York, Peralta said. The existing New York State Truth in

Travel Act already offers consumer protections to travelers, but Peralta pledged that his bill goes further by creating a centralized registry and by strengthening penalties mandated by the General Business Law. “Consumers are ripped off every day with lies, scams, false travel packages,” Peralta said. “Under my proposal, we replace the Truth in Travel Act with a registry for travel consultants and promoters. Currently, the Department of State can already investigate consumer protection allegations, but my legislation will [offer] further protections by implementing a more regimented system where consumers can play a proactive role in protecting their interests.” Carmencita Gutierrez, director of the Queens District Attorney’s Office of Immigrant Affairs, helped the senator unveil the bill on Monday at a press conference in Jackson Heights. DA Richard Brown said he “enthusiastically supports” Peralta’s proposal. “The registry will be a great first step in helping consumers connect with legitimate travel coordinators. Consumers will be better able to inform themselves about whom they do business with,” Brown added. “This legislation will be particularly useful for our growing immigrant communities that are too often victimized by scam artists posing as travel agents and experts. I want to thank Senator Peralta for this important initiative.”

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Violence in City Jails has ‘Skyrocketed’: Comptroller Report

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The rate of fight and assault infractions in City jails skyrocketed 25 percent in Fiscal Year 2016, even as per-inmate spending grew to $132,019 and the average daily number of inmates fell to a 33-year low of 9,790, according to a new analysis released on Monday by City Comptroller Scott Stringer. During the last Fiscal Year, the Department of Correction’s budget grew by $140 million, an increase of 12 percent. Focusing more resources on fewer inmates, however, did little to stem violence in City jails, Stringer said. “By many measures, New York City’s criminal justice system is moving backwards, not forward. Instead of working to reverse the cycle of crime and poverty in our communities, we are warehousing New Yorkers in jails like Rikers Island, which are getting more violent by the day,” Stringer added. “The fact is, today’s jails are failing to protect inmates and officers alike, while soaking up more and more tax dollars every year. New Yorkers deserve a 21st Century criminal justice system, focused on fairness and rehabilitation – rather than one that prizes permanent punishment. We must continue to explore smarter, and more hu-

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According to Comptroller Stringer, focusing more resources on fewer inmates has done little to stem violence in City jails.

mane, ways to tackle this issue – and work towards closing Rikers Island once and for all.” Report findings include: • The rate of fight/assault infractions reached 1,148 per 1,000 average daily population in Fiscal Year 2016, representing an increase of 25 percent over the prior year, 48 percent over the last two years, and 144 percent since 2007.

• While the number of inmates has decreased, Stringer noted, the share of the population that are at a higher risk of violence has grown. The portion of inmates designated as “security risks” has increased from 8.2 percent in FY 2014 to 13.3 percent in FY 2016. Similarly, the share of inmates with a mental health diagnosis has grown steadily from 27 percent in FY 2009 to 42 percent in FY 2016.

• The rate of use of force by correction officers on inmates also saw a small increase, growing 14 percent between FY 2015 and FY 2016 to 538 per 1,000 ADP. • The rate of inmate assaults on staff fell to 94.8 per 1,000 ADP, a decrease of 8 percent. • The number of tort claims filed for personal injuries at City correction facilities – by both inmates and City employees – grew to 2,792 in 2015, an increase of 25 percent since 2014, and more than double the number in 2011. • Overtime costs have nearly doubled since 2014, growing 98 percent to reach $275 million in Fiscal Year 2016. This represents a per-inmate overtime cost of $28,074. • The annual cost-per-inmate reached $132,019 – 17 percent higher than the year before, and 37 percent above the Fiscal Year 2014 cost. In response to a U.S. Department of Justice investigation and the Nunez legal settlement in 2015, the Department of Correction has devised a plan to reduce violence including new housing strategies, additional security cameras and monitoring, and most recently the elimination of solitary confinement for persons age 21 and under.

More than $7B in Annual Federal Funding to NYC Could be at Risk under Trump: Stringer By Forum Staff Cutting off all federal funds would have “a devastating impact” on the City’s budget, according to an initial analysis recently released by Comptroller Scott Stringer to help identify what’s at stake for New Yorkers as President-elect Donald Trump, who said that one of his first acts will be to “cancel all federal funding to Sanctuary Cities,” prepares to take office. Early findings show that federal aid to NYC accounts for almost one out of every 10 operational dollars that the City spends, Stringer said, and many of those dollars go directly to the most vulnerable of residents. “What we know with absolute certainty is that any cuts in federal aid to New York will have a devastating impact. We have a record homelessness crisis that will be made much more challenging with any decrease in funding. I urge President-elect Trump to remember that behind every federal line item is a human face – a family in need, a victim of domestic violence, an AIDS patient, a hungry school child,” Stringer said. “We are a City that welcomes immigrants—we don’t turn people away based on where they’re from or what language they speak, and that must not change.” Some City agencies – and their respective programs and services – depend more heavily on federal aid than others, the comptroller noted, and would therefore

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A new analysis of federal funding of NYC programs indicated that crises like record homelessness could worsen under Donald Trump, seen here with President Barack Obama.

be more vulnerable to cuts. A handful of agencies – 11 out of more than 40 mayoral agencies total – account for 59 percent of all City spending but receive 92 percent of all federal grant aid. Those agencies include the Department of Homeless Services and the Administration for Children’s Services, among others. The Police Department budget for Intelligence and Counter-terrorism would also be at risk, Stringer said.

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The breakdown shows that the City’s homelessness crisis could worsen, the City could become less safe due to cuts to the NYPD, at-risk children would face cuts to critical programs, and more: • There are currently more than 39,000 households who benefit from Section 8 Housing Choice vouchers, which are fully funded by the Federal government. If federal funding ended, the City would

either have to cover the $482 million line item, or tens of thousands of New Yorkers might be without a home at a time when the City is already facing a record homelessness crisis. • The NYPD receives 61 percent of its $380 million Intelligence and Counterterrorism budget from the federal government, providing equipment and training to continue to keep the City safe from terrorism. • Public Assistance Grants through the Human Resource Administration serve more than 600,000 New Yorkers. Of the $1.5 billion in grants, 38 percent is covered by the Federal government. • Child Protective Services, delivered by the Administration for Children’s Services, could see almost half of its $247 million budget slashed should federal aid end tomorrow. That would put society’s most vulnerable children at even greater risk of abuse, neglect, and mistreatment. • The Department of Health and Mental Hygiene’s HIV/AIDS Prevention and Treatment program – with a more than $194 million budget – is funded almost entirely by the federal government. Eighty-six percent of patients enrolled in Ryan Whitefunded City programs receive an antiretroviral prescription. “We are going to do everything possible to protect our most vulnerable,” Stringer pledged.


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URLs: Shop only at credible, reputable websites, and look for URLs that start with “https” which are more secure than “http” sites. • Set strong passwords: Make sure your account and WiFi passwords are complex and unique to each account. • Don’t believe everything you see: Hackers and thieves often use “can’t miss” deals to lure unsuspecting customers and collect credit card or financial information. • Keep a record of your order: Retain all documentation from the order in case there is an issue with the purchase and use credit cards that limit your liability for fraudulent charges. • Check your statements:

Check your purchase records against your credit card and bank statements. If there are differences, report them immediately to your bank and police when needed. Traditional brick-and-mortar establishment shoppers: • Do not carry large amounts of cash. • Never carry your wallet in your rear pants pocket. • When carrying a purse, firmly grasp the top portion of it while shopping. • Always be aware of staged distractions: Pickpockets may drop something in front of you or cause a loud commotion near you. Once you are distracted, another pickpocket will then steal your valuables. Courtesy of NYPD

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QEDC report outlines challenges, recommendations for Woodhaven commercial corridor By Michael V. Cusenza An array of obstacles are seemingly preventing a large swath of Woodhaven’s Jamaica Avenue commercial corridor from fully realizing its economic potential, according to a retail report released on Tuesday by the Queens Economic Development Corporation. The Jamaica Avenue-Woodhaven Market Analysis was prepared by the QEDC with support from City Councilman Eric Ulrich (ROzone Park) and the City Department of Small Business Services. In September 2015, Ulrich’s office allocated funds through the Neighborhood Development Grant Initiative for the study of Jamaica Avenue from Forest Parkway to 100th Street, which delved into community assets and resources, challenges, area demographics, business breakdowns, traffic patterns, retail expenditures, competition, land use and zoning, development opportunities and other business impacts. “While the retail strip is dense and active, it is not maximizing its economic potential,” QEDC wrote in the analysis that was presented to the Woodhaven Business Improvement District and members of the community on Tuesday at Woodhaven Manor. “While local consumer spending power exceeded $683 million in 2015, Jamaica Avenue failed to capture much of those dollars due to shoppers choosing to do

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Queens Economic Development Corporation Deputy Director Ricardi Calixte on Tuesday presented the market analysis to the Woodhaven Business Improvement District and members of the community at Woodhaven Manor.

business elsewhere. Some of the challenges that must be addressed are the lack of certain business types (i.e. apparel, electronics, fitness center) in the district and continuing to improve its physical appearance. These conditions in addition to the increased cost for commercial space have contributed to some retail vacancies.” The report noted that consumers seem to be opting for neighboring retail hubs such as Queens Center Mall, Downtown Jamaica, Liberty Avenue, and Austin Street, instead of Jamaica Avenue-Woodhaven. QEDC has recommended a commercial

revitalization strategy for the historic borough thoroughfare that the agency said will incorporate “viable district marketing, physical improvement and business attraction activities.” However, as the corporation noted, “In order to be successful, this approach will need strong collaboration and a unified voice from community stakeholders and a coordinating entity to oversee the process.” The District Marketing Campaign might include community events and online marketing, QEDC suggested. “With the advance in technology, many consumers decide where to spend

their dollars by visiting a website or coming across information on social media,” the agency noted. Physical Improvements such as graffiti removal, storefront beautification, and a streetscape enhancement plan can also go a long way to attracting new customers and retaining loyal ones. “Businesses have a much better chance of thriving when they are located in an area that is aesthetically pleasing, pedestrianfriendly, and appears safe,” according to the analysis. “Community leaders should seek opportunities to secure capital investments to address some of the issues that impact the appearance of the district.” In addition, a vacant property inventory, neighborhood retail opportunity report, storefront showcase tour, and retail pop-up opportunities are part of a Business Attraction Program that the QEDC called a “major component” of Jamaica Avenue-Woodhaven’s revitalization effort. “Oftentimes this approach is most applicable when there is a framework for public-private collaboration where all parties work together to have a united voice and common goal of neighborhood improvement. The Woodhaven BID can play a key role as coordinating entity in this process,” the agency noted. For more information on the 38-page analysis, visit queensny.org/qedc/neighborhoods/economy/reports_profiles/.

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40-08 57th STREET L.L.C. Art. of Org. filed with the SSNY on 09/20/16. 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, 40-08 57TH STREET LLC, 40-08 57TH STREET, WOODSIDE, NY, 11377. Purpose: Any lawful purpose.

MA ORGANICS, LLC Arts of Org filed with NY Sec of State (SSNY) on 2/25/16. Office: Queens County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: THE LLC, 2617 28th Street, Apt 1, Astoria, NY 11102

Notice of Formation of APPLIED HVAC ENGINEERING, PLLC. Articles of Organization have been filed with the Secretary of State of New York SSNY on 09/30/2016. Office is located in Queens. SSNY has been designated for service of process. SSNY shall mail a copy of any process served against the PLLC, at 64-91 84th Street, Middle Village, N.Y..11379. Purpose: Any lawful purpose permitted for PLLC’s under NY Domestic Professional Limited Liability Company Act. Notice of Formation of MB HOLLISWOOD PARTNERS, L.P. Certificate filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 10/14/16. Duration: 12/31/2065. Office location: Queens County. SSNY designated as agent of LP upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: c/o General Partner, 7211 137th St., Flushing, NY 11367. Name/address of each genl. ptr. available from SSNY. Purpose: any lawful activities.

KARBON AGENCY LLC, Arts. of Org. filed with the SSNY on 06/21/2016. Office loc: Queens County. SSNY has been designated as agent upon whom process against the LLC may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: KARBON AGENCY LLC, 1919 24TH AVENUE, L601, ASTORIA, NY, 11102. Purpose: Any Lawful Purpose. HILLS MANAGEMENT SERVICE, LLC Articles of Org. filed NY Sec. of State (SSNY) 9/07/2016. Office in Queens Co. SSNY desig. agent of LLC upon whom process may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to 108-56 65TH AVE. which is also the principal business location. Purpose: Any lawful purpose. HEKETI SOLUTIONS, LLC Arts. of Org. filed with the SSNY on 09/23/2016. Office loc: Queens County. SSNY has been designated as Runwhom dates:process against the LLC may agent upon be served. SSNY shall mail process to: HEKETI DECEMBER 1 thru JANUARY 5 SOLUTIONS, LLC, 3225 88TH STREET, APT $350 D607, EAST ELMHURST, NY 11369. Purpose: Any Lawful Purpose. Notice of formation of Samuel Park MD, PLLC. Articles of Organization filed with the Secretary of State of New York SSNY on September 22, 2016. Office located in Queens County. SSNY has been designated for service of process. SSNY shall mail copy of any process served against the PLLC to United States Corporation Agents, Inc. 7014 13th Ave, Suite 202 Brooklyn, NY, 11228. Purpose: Limited Liability Company Law.

TRE RE DEVELOPMENT LLC. Art. of Org. filed with the SSNY on 09/25/15. 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, 19-14 Astoria Park South, Astoria, NY 11102. Purpose: Any lawful purpose.

SUPASIT THAI KITCHEN, LLC, a domestic LLC, filed with the SSNY on 9/16/16. Office location: Queens County. SSNY is designated as agent upon whom process against the LLC may be served. SSNY shall mail process to UNITED STATES CORPORATION AGENTS, INC. 7014 13TH AVENUE SUITE 202, BROOKLYN NEW YOK 11228. General purpose. Yrentbay, LLC, a domestic LLC, filed with the SSNY on 6/17/16. Office location: Queens County. SSNY is designated as agent upon whom process against the LLC may be served. SSNY shall mail process to Golden Globe Multi Brokerage Corp., 155-39 78th Street # 3, Howard Brach, New York, 11414. General purpose.

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Notice of Qualification of Oatmami LLC. App. for Auth. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 10/24/16. Office location: Queens County. LLC formed in Delaware (DE) on 7/29/16. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: Reis Studio (studio 349), 43-01 22nd St., Long Island City, NY 11101. DE address of LLC: State Street Corporate LLC, 1786 Mount Friendship Road, Smyrna, DE 19977. Arts. of Org. filed with DE Secy. of State, 401 Federal St., Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: any lawful activity.

Notice is hereby given that a license, number 1296923 for a restaurant beer and wine license has been applied for by La Polleria De Mario 77 Inc., to sell alcoholic beverages at retail in a restaurant under the Alcoholic Beverage Control Law at 41-20 Greenpoint Avenue Sunnyside, NY 11104 for on premise consumption. Notice of formation of Sorojo LLC. Articles of Organization filed with the Secretary of State of New York SSNY on 9/16/16. Office located in Queens. SSNY has been designated for service of process. SSNY shall mail copy of any process served against the LLC 16803 71st Ave, Fresh Meadows, NY 11365. Purpose: any lawful purpose

Guardrail Security Consultants, LLC, a domestic LLC, filed with the SSNY on 9/28/16. Office location: Queens County. SSNY is designated as agent upon whom process against the LLC may be served. SSNY shall mail process to Anthony Burti, 11 Utica Walk, Breezy Point, NY 11697. General purpose.

ACA ASSOCIATES OF QUEENS, LLC Articles of Org. filed NY Sec. of State (SSNY) 11/16/2016. Office in Queens Co. SSNY desig. agent of LLC upon whom process may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to 35-30 166th St., Flushing, NY 11358, which is also the principal business location. Purpose: Any lawful purpose.

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122-01 LIBERTY AVE. LLC Articles of Org. filed NY Sec. of State (SSNY) 10/6/16. Office in Queens Co. SSNY design. Agent of LLC upon whom process may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to The LLC 122-01 Liberty Ave Richmond Hill, NY 11419. Purpose: Any lawful activity.

14-14 31 Road LLC, a domestic LLC, filed with the SSNY on 11/8/16. Office location: Queens County. SSNY is designated as agent upon whom process against the LLC may be served. SSNY shall mail process Krzysztof Baran, P.O. Box 20792, Park West Station, NY, NY 10025. General purpose.

DIANE WONG, DDS, PLLC Articles of Org. filed NY Sec. of State (SSNY) 10/11/16. Office in Queens Co. SSNY design. Agent of PLLC upon whom process may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to The PLLC 63-85 Woodhaven Blvd Apt #3G Rego Park, NY 11374. Purpose: Any lawful activity.

PATHWAYS OF SUCCESS: A MULTI-SERVICE CENTER,LLC Arts of Org filed with NY Sec of State (SSNY) on 9/15/16. Office: Queens County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: C/O UNITED STATES CORPORATION AGENTS, INC. 7014 13TH AVENUE SUITE 202, BROOKLYN, NY 11228. General Purposes.

CPP REALTY, LLC Arts of Org filed with NY Sec of State (SSNY) on 9/16/16. Office: Queens County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: C/O UNITED STATES CORPORATION AGENTS, INC. 7014 13TH AVENUE SUITE 202, BROOKLYN, NY 11228. General Purposes.

TOMO TRANS LLC. Art. of Org. filed with the SSNY on 10/27/16. Office: Queens County. SSNY designated as agent of the LLC upon whom process against it may be Run dates: served. SSNY shall mail copy of process 1 thru JANUARY to the LLC,DECEMBER 6248 MOUNT OLIVET, 2ND 5 COST: 350.00 A, MIDDLE VILLAGE, NY 11379. Purpose: Any lawful purpose.


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