Adams Announces Plan to Combat Lithium-Ion Battery
Fires, Promote Safe Electric Micromobility UsageBy Michael V. Cusenza
Fires caused by ba eries that power e-micromobility devices are a signi cant problem across the ve boroughs: In the rst two months of 2023 alone they have resulted in two deaths and 40 injuries.
Mayor Eric Adams on Monday said that the City is doing something about the issue.
Adams announced “Charge Safe, Ride Safe: New York City’s Electric Micromobility Action Plan” to protect New Yorkers from res caused by lithium-ion ba eries and promote safe electric micromobility usage. e plan focuses on four key areas: Promoting and incentivizing safe ba ery use, increasing education and outreach to electric micromobility users, advocating for additional federal regulation of these devices, and expanding enforcement against high-risk situations. Mayor Adams also signed ve bills into law to further regulate lithium-ion ba eries sold in New York City and strengthen re safety related to ba ery res.
Adams noted that e-bikes and e-scooters are an a ordable and convenient alternative to cars and are essential for delivery workers and other New Yorkers who rely on this mode of transportation for their livelihoods. However, these new transportation options have also brought serious challenges regarding re risks. Fires caused by lithium-ion ba eries increased to 220 in 2022 from 44 in 2020. ese res are particularly severe and di cult to extinguish, FDNY o cials have noted, spreading quickly and producing noxious fumes. From 2021 to 2022, these res resulted in 10 deaths and 226 injuries.
e “Charge Safe, Ride Safe” plan identi es four pillars to achieve the administration’s goals for safer e-micromobility and a safer city:
Supporting New Yorkers’ Transition to Safe and Legal E-Micromobility Use
rough innovative pilot programs and testing of new technologies to store and charge lithium-ion ba eries, the City will support New Yorkers’ transition to safe and legal e-micromobility use by:
• Working with New York State to design and implement a program that incentivizes the purchase of safe and legal electric micromobility devices;
• Continuing to work on nationleading deliverista hubs to provide delivery workers with safe places to rest and charge their devices throughout the city;
• Piloting safe, outdoor e-micromobility storage and charging solutions at New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) properties in Queens, Brooklyn, and Manha an, and applying for federal grant funding to support this work; and
• Identifying, testing, and evaluating the most promising public-facing battery-charging solutions through the 2023 DOT Studio Challenge. is initiative will invite startup companies specializing in e-
micromobility charging technology to deploy their products at locations supporting food delivery workers. e city will also test and evaluate re safety and prevention equipment for homes and commercial settings.
Increasing Education and Outreach about Safe Device Usage
e City will expand education and outreach e orts around safe e-micromobility usage, storage, and charging practices by:
code. e task force will use data to identify potential violators and high-risk situations or “hot spots,” which will be targeted for both outreach and inspection for compliance with existing re codes;
• Continuing to advocate to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission and other federal partners to ensure that devices on New York City’s shelves — both virtual and brick-and-mortar — meet applicable safety standards; and
In addition to the City’s new action plan, Adams signed ve bills into law on Monday:
Intro. 722 — sponsored by Councilman Bob Holden (D-Maspeth) — will require the FDNY to submit ve reports relating to re risks and powered mobility devices, such as e-bikes and electric scooters. Reports will include data on res during the previous year caused by these devices and recommendations for changes to changes to the administrative code to further decrease re risk.
Intro. 656 — sponsored by Councilwoman Gale Brewer (D-Manha an) — will require the FDNY, in consultation with the New York City Department of Consumer and Worker Protection (DCWP), to develop an informational campaign educating the public on re risks posed by powered mobility devices and how to mitigate those risks.
Intro. 663 — sponsored by Councilman Oswald Feliz (D-Bronx) — will prohibit the sale, lease, or rental of powered mobility devices, such as e-bikes and electric scooters, and storage ba eries for these devices, that fail to meet recognized safety standards.
Intro. 749 — sponsored by Councilwoman Alexa Avilés (D-Brooklyn) — will require the DCWP, in consultation with the FDNY, to publish materials that provide guidance on safe use and storage of powered mobility devices.
Intro. 752 — also sponsored by Brewer — will prohibit the assembly or reconditioning of lithium-ion ba eries using cells removed from used storage ba eries and prohibit the sale of a lithium-ion ba eries that use cells removed from used storage ba eries.
• Expanding engagement to immigrant and worker communities, focusing on the communities most a ected by these res;
• Working to provide lithium-ion ba ery and e-micromobility safety training through New York City Emergency Management’s (NYCEM) Ready NY platforms, as well as directly to NYCEM’s Community Emergency Response Teams to reach everyday New Yorkers, in addition to certied emergency responders; and
• Launching a series, in partnership with Los Deliveristas Unidos, to train communities on re safety best practices regarding lithium-ion ba eries and e-micromobility.
Bolstering Regulation and Enforcement Against Illegal Device Usage
In addition to the legislation Adams signed into law on Monday, the City will continue to advocate for additional regulation for these devices and bolster enforcement against illegal device usage by:
• Creating a re marshal task force focused on identifying violators of the re
• Seeking partnerships with local, state, and federal partners to further research the health impacts on rst responders handling lithium-ion ba eries, which can be extremely toxic when they burn.
Promoting the Growth of Safe E-Micromobility and Cycling
New York City is a leader in sustainable transportation, and electric micromobility is a key tool to help New Yorkers get around e ciently, safely, a ordably, and sustainably. In addition to work to prevent ba ery res, the city will also work to make it easier and safer to use electric micromobility by:
• Launching a pilot program to allow e-bikes and other legal electric micromobility devices on park drives and greenways this summer and
• Updating and piloting di erent street designs to accommodate the growth of e-micromobility devices on the roads. To boost these e orts, DOT recently won a Federal Highway Administration “Safe Streets and Roads for All” grant that will be used to further develop and test a new generation of street designs and policies.
“Lithium-ion ba eries have become a real danger, causing massive res and fatalities, displacing people, and threatening public safety,” Holden said. “Our city must take action, and this package of bills is a step in the right direction. I’m proud to have recently introduced a bill requiring registration, licensing, and insurance for ebikes and scooters. I thank the speaker and mayor for their leadership in addressing this pressing issue.”
“ is is a huge start to pressing and novel safety work, and New York City must lead the way,” said Deputy Mayor for Operations Meera Joshi. “ is is a broad responsibility, and our agency partners, delivery apps, and labor partners must work together to ensure that this equipment critical to delivery worker’s livelihood does not take lives instead.”
Councilwoman Joann Ariola (R-Ozone Park), chairwoman of the Commi ee on Fire and Emergency Management, signed on in support of the bills, but said her fellow lawmakers need to keep a acking the issue.
“While [the new laws] will certainly help improve safety in this city, there’s still a lot more work to do!” she added.
Employee Killed during Armed RobberyBy Michael V. Cusenza
An employee of a Richmond Hill smoke shop was shot and killed Saturday a ernoon as three men robbed the Jamaica Avenue business, according to police and published reports.
Daryus Clarke, 20, was shot once in the chest while working at e Plug smoke shop at Jamaica Avenue and 110th Street. He was rushed to Jamaica Hospital Medical Center where he was pronounced dead.
According to cops, three men entered the shop shortly a er noon. ey swiped $100 from the register and grabbed approximately $50 in goods before blasting Clarke and eeing in a white fourdoor vehicle.
In a statement released Saturday evening, State Sen. Joe Addabbo, Jr. (D-Woodhaven) claimed that e Plug is an illegal establishment.
“We cannot stand on the sidelines just watching the further in ltration of these illegal smoke shops and the unwanted criminal acts they bring into our communities,” Addabbo added. “We need to crack down on illegal smoke shops in this city and give more resources to our NYPD and sheri s who desperately need them. I will continue to work on this issue and support legislation to end illegal smoke shop activity throughout our city.”
Assemblywoman Jenifer Rajkumar (D-Woodhaven) tweeted, “This AM, there was a tragic homicide resulting from a robbery at Plug Smoke Shop in Richmond Hill. I have zero tolerance for such heinous criminal acts in my district. I am calling for a thorough investigation & for the criminals to be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.”
As of Wednesday a ernoon, no arrests had been made. e investigation is ongoing.
Council Approves Ariola Bill to Keep City Waterways CleanBy Michael V. Cusenza
e City Council on ursday voted unanimously in favor of a bill aimed at cleaning marine debris from City shores and bodies of water.
Introduction 210-A, sponsored by Councilwomen Joann Ariola (R-Ozone Park) and Selvena Brooks-Powers (D-Far Rockaway), would help keep City waterways clean and clear by amending the New York City Charter to create a marine debris disposal and vessel surrendering o ce. is will make it easier to clear City shores of vessels, o en abandoned in the outer boroughs, and environmental justice communities like Jamaica Bay, Coney Island, the Arthur Kill, and the Kill Van Kull.
“Int. 210 is vital towards enhancing the health and wellbeing of New York City’s waterways,” said Ariola. “By creating an ofce speci cally for marine debris disposal and vessel surrendering, we can be er streamline the services necessary for beautifying our waters while o ering boat-owners viable alternatives to abandonment for their old or unwanted vessels.”
“ e City has a responsibility to preserve the safety and the beauty of our waterfronts,” added Brooks-Powers. “Abandoned vessels present ecological, recreational, and safety risks to residents in communities like mine. An O ce of Marine Debris Disposal and Vessel Surrendering will empower the
Administration to address this problem and remove dangerous debris from our shores. I thank my colleague, Councilwoman Ariola, for her partnership on this important piece of legislation.”
ated beverages, wine and liquor and to raise the deposit from 5 cents to 10 cents, further incentivizing the removal of recyclable plastic and glass bo les from New York’s waste streams.
ers covered and increase the bo le deposit amount,” said Councilwoman Sandy Nurse (D-Brooklyn), the resolution’s sponsor. “I am excited to advance Resolution 167-A and call on Gov. Hochul and the State Legislature to pass this bill and take us one step closer to Zero Waste.”
Additionally, the council approved a citywide diabetes reduction plan. Introduction 918-A, sponsored by Councilwoman Lynn Schulman (D-Forest Hills), would require the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH) to develop and implement a citywide diabetes incidence and impact reduction plan. DOHMH would be required to report annually on the number of adults with diabetes in New York City as well as its strategies and efforts to reduce the prevalence and impact of diabetes.
e council also voted in favor of Resolution 167-A, which calls upon the State Legislature to pass, and the governor to sign, Senate Bill S237, legislation to expand and update New York’s 40-year-old container deposit law to include non-carbon-
“ e Bigger Be er Bo le Bill will modernize a program that has proven to be highly e ective—it reduces li er, increases recycling rates, and supports the Canning community. Senate Bill S237 will expand the types and number of beverage contain-
“We are in the process of recovering from the worst public health crisis of our lifetime, which caused severe illness and death for thousands of New Yorkers,” said Schulman. “Many of the devastating outcomes from COVID-19 resulted because of underlying medical conditions, especially diabetes. at is why I am extraordinarily proud that the Council [approved] Intro 918-A which will require the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene to develop and implement the rst of its kind citywide type 2 diabetes reduction plan to improve the health of all New Yorkers.”
Utility Rate Bill Passes First Hurdle
SPRING HAS SPRUNG BE PREPARED FOR BEE STINGS
Despite the dropping temps dropped and the rain, spring has arrived and the sights, sounds and smells we crave all winter, will be upon us very soon.
Spring brings owers, owers bring bees, bees bring stings, and stings can bring problems–on very rare occasions they can be fatal.
is week we'd like to o er you some key information to help you deal with a bee sting situation should it arise.
It's not the sting that kills people, it's their allergy to the venom introduced into the body via the bee's stinger.
Bee stings can be relatively easy to treat, most o en requiring nothing more than minor rst aid.
Next, wash the area with soap and water and apply an antiseptic followed by a soothing ointment, like hydrocortisone or calamine, and cover the area with a dry, sterile bandage.
For swelling, apply an ice pack or cold compress. You can take an OTC oral antihistamine to reduce itching, swelling, and hives, but kids under two or pregnant woman can't. To relieve pain, take an NSAID, such as ibuprofen.By Forum Sta
Earlier this month, a bill that would require gas and electric corporations to provide customers with 60-day noti cation before any increase in rate or service delivery was passed by the State Senate, the proposed law’s sponsor, Sen. Joe Addabbo, Jr. (D-Woodhaven), noted on Friday.
Many New Yorkers fell behind on their utility payments and applied for assistance due to signi cant increases in utility bills. In January, Gov. Kathy Hochul announced that 478,000 residential customers and 56,000 small businesses in NY received assistance totaling $672 million to pay o una ordable past-due utility bills. Utility companies could have helped avoid this widespread problem by providing customers advanced notice of forecasted price spikes when the Public Service Commission (PSC) predicted gas and electric increases this winter.
“As utility bills skyrocketed this winter, many residents struggled to gure out how they could a ord to pay their utility bill and keep food on the table,” the senator said. “My legislation would help customers prepare for the utility increase, budget accordingly, and avoid falling behind on bills or incurring penalties for missed payments. Gas and electric utilities are essential to homeowners and businesses, so we must do everything possible to guarantee availability and a ordability.
“When you plan for a vacation, you start saving up for the trip beforehand,” Addabbo added. “Similarly, when you know in advance of an increase in utility rates, you are be er prepared to manage the added expense by re-evaluating household spending, adjusting energy use, or seeking additional income.”
According to Addabbo, the legislation is currently under review by the Assembly Energy Commi ee.
If the stinger is in the skin, it has to be removed. A common misconception is that it be squeezed or tweezed out, but that can cause the release of more venom. Scraping the stinger out is the best removal method. Use the edge of a knife, a credit card or even a ngernail, just remember the quicker the be er. As a side note, be aware that wasps, hornets and yellow jackets don't leave a stinger behind when they sting you.
One very interesting fact about stings is that you will not have an allergic reaction to a sting the rst time you are stung by a particular insect. One or more stings are needed to sensitize your immune system, so don't make the mistake of thinking because nothing happened the rst time, you're not allergic. And if you have an allergic reaction one time it doesn't mean you'll have one the next. at is why doctors o en prescribe epipens for patients with a con rmed sensitization of bee venom. ey should be taken with you at all times.
And now, go out and enjoy the owers of Spring.
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Parkway Shore Looks BetterBy Michael V. Cusenza
At the urging of City Councilwoman Joann Ariola (R-Ozone Park), the City Sanitation Department on Tuesday scooped up li er and debris that had been piling up along Shore Parkway.
“You asked, and we listened! A big thank you to our partners at Sanitation for ge ing out there and cleaning up all the li er along Shore Parkway this morning,” Ariola tweeted to her constituents. “We’re dedicated to improving the quality of life for everyone in the district, and that means clean, trash-free streets.”
Katz Touts one of the Largest Gang Takedowns in History of DA’s Ofﬁce
Laquan Hardy King and Sean Brown walked to the middle of the Baisley Park Houses, took out firearms and shot through a playground in the direction of rival gang members. A few hours later, Local Trap Stars members Zaire Rush, Elijah Cowan and Alihosene Kamara drove past the home of Money World member Jokai Coy and opened fire on the house.
• On Dec. 31, 2020, at approximately 7:30 p.m., Sean Vance, 26, was seated in the driver’s seat of a BMW double-parked on a busy thoroughfare in Jamaica, in front of 113-08 Sutphin Blvd. A Honda sedan driven by Money World member Justin Harvey pulled up alongside the BMW. Money World member Tymirh Bey-Foster got out of the Honda with a gun and fired eight shots at Vance, striking him each time and killing him. Bey-Foster, Harvey and fellow Money World members Jokai Coy and Joel Lewis planned the murder, mistakenly believing Vance was involved in the shooting of Money World member Sean Brown earlier that day.By Forum Sta
Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz, joined by City Police Commissioner Keechant Sewell, announced on Tuesday one of the largest gang takedowns in the history of the office: a 151-count indictment brought against 33 alleged gang members, five of whom are charged with murder. The murder charges are for the shooting death of 14-year-old Aamir Griffin, gunned down in 2019 by a reputed gang member who mistook him for a rival; and the slaying of Sean Vance on New Year’s Eve 2020.
The indictment is the culmination of a nearly three-year investigation into gun and gang violence in and around Baisley Park Houses and nearby communities.
The defendants were arraigned by Queens Supreme Court Justice Kenneth C. Holder on a 151-count indictment variously charging them with conspiracy in the first, second and fourth degrees, murder in the second degree and additional charges. Justice Holder ordered the defendants, who range in age from 17 to 40, to return to court the second week of May.
At the center of the conspiracy unveiled today is the blood feud between Southeast Queens street gangs Money World and rivals Local Trap Stars and Never Forget Loyalty. While the gang war was set off by a slashing in April 2019, the tensions and violence between the warring factions escalated after the murder of 14-year-old Aamir Griffin in October 2019.
Since Griffin’s murder, there have been more than 22 shootings, one fatal. The feud has been fueled through social media and rap videos, with both sides bragging about violent exploits and taunting their rivals, including disrespecting deceased family and friends. Some 34 firearms have
been recovered pursuant to search warrants and arrests.
According to the charges:
• On April 16, 2019, at approximately 4:43 p.m., Money World members Tyseam Mcrae and Tymirh Bey-Foster, in the vicinity of 127-04 Guy R. Brewer Blvd., punched and kicked a Trap Stars member, then slashed him across the nape of the neck, causing severe scarring and deformity. The attack sparked the “gang war” between Money World and Local Trap Stars that triggered the investigation leading to the indictment and arrests announced today.
• On Oct. 26, 2019, at approximately 8:00 p.m., Aamir Griffin, 14, was playing basketball at the Baisley Park Houses. From nearby Foch Blvd., Money World member Sean Brown mistook Griffin for a rival gang member and fired three shots from a .380-caliber handgun. One bullet penetrated Griffin’s upper chest, pierced both his lungs, and killed him.
The shooting leads to an escalation of the violence between the rivals.
• On July 3, 2020, at approximately 11:52 p.m., members of the Local Trap Stars followed a member of the Money World gang exiting the since-shuttered Umbrella Hotel at 124-18 Queens Blvd. A shootout ensued outside the hotel during which Local Trap Stars member Zaire Rush shot Money World member Tavion Scott in the leg.
• On Jan. 28, 2020, at approximately 2:34 p.m. outside of Martin Van Buren High School, Kobe Ruffin and fellow Trap Stars members approached individuals walking out of the school inquiring whether they were members of the Money World gang. Ruffin identified Money World member Gift Vasquez in the middle of a crowd of students, took out a gun and shot him in the leg.
• On March 14, 2020, at approximately 2:50 p.m., in the vicinity of 16401 Foch Blvd., Money World members
• On Aug. 23, 2022, at approximately 8:50 p.m., Ahmel Addison opened fire on the Baisley Park Gardens complex from a car driven by fellow Local Trap Stars member and co-defendant Steven Raphael. Addison hit an innocent bystander and barely missed a 7-year-old.
• On Jan. 21, 2023, at approximately 2:45 p.m., in the vicinity of 119-17 Guy R. Brewer Blvd., Money World member Jokai Coy shot at Local Trap Stars members, including Kobe Ruffin, who was struck in the arm. An innocent bystander walking to a nearby deli was hit in the shoulder.
“Whether it was a young man playing basketball with friends, a schoolteacher walking his dog, or a mother running out for milk for her children, we have seen law-abiding New Yorkers peacefully going about their business killed by mindless gang gun violence. We must do absolutely everything we can to get illegal firearms off of our streets. It is why the work of the NYPD’s Gun Violence Suppression Unit and my Violent Criminal Enterprise Bureau is critically important. I commend them for their outstanding work in bringing these extremely violent and dangerous individuals to justice,” Katz said.
“The people of New York City are safer because of the meticulous investigation and sustained effort of the NYPD officers and Queens prosecutors involved in this important case,” Sewell added. “Our pledge is always to achieve justice for crime victims and to hold violent gang members who undermine public safety accountable for their crimes. We will work every day to protect every city neighborhood and I want to thank the Queens district attorney’s office and everyone else whose dedication to justice and public safety is reflected in today’s indictment.”
Joint Investigation Results in Bust of Gun- and DrugTrafﬁcking RingBy Forum Sta
State A orney General Tish James, Mayor Eric Adams, and the New York Drug Enforcement Task Force last week announced the take down of a rearm and drug trafcking operation that illegally sold guns, including ghost guns and assault weapons, in New York City and Westchester County. e 123-count indictment charges Jamaica resident Eduardo Hernandez, 29; Jose Garcia, 46; and Euclides Castillo, 30, with trafcking 19 rearms, including 12 ghost guns, six high-capacity magazines, and more than 560 grams of cocaine, with a street value of approximately $25,000.
e investigation revealed that Hernandez, Castillo, and Garcia worked together to tra c rearms from Massachuse s to New York where they were illegally sold. Both Hernandez and Garcia sourced the majority of these guns from an undisclosed location in Massachuse s and brought them to New York. Between March 2021 and July 2022, both Hernandez and Garcia sold illegal rearms, including loaded assault-style ghost guns, at Hernandez’s residence in Queens, and Garcia also made sales from a location in Port Chester. Castillo was present and participated in the illegal sale of rearms. Castillo, who previously worked in the assembly division for the gun maker Smith & Wesson, also pro -
vided buyers with instructions on how to operate the purchased rearms while inside Hernandez’s Queens residence. Hernandez also sold more than 560 grams of cocaine. In total, the investigation resulted in the recovery of:
• 19 rearms, 12 of which were ghost guns
• Nine 9-millimeter semi-automatic pistols, eight of which were ghost guns
• Seven AR-15 style assault weapons, four of which were ghost guns, two that were loaded
• Two .45-caliber pistols, one of which was loaded
• One cutdown, defaced, and loaded 12-gauge shotgun
• Six high-capacity magazines
• Approximately 560 grams of cocaine and 0.4 grams of heroin
e investigation included hundreds of hours of physical and covert surveillance, analysis of voluminous electronic evidence, including cellular telephonic communications, and other traditional investigative operations.
“Ghost guns endanger New Yorkers and carve highways of death in our communities, but thanks to the New York Drug Enforcement Task Force, 19 illegal guns, including a dozen ghost guns and AR-15 assault weapons, are o our streets today,” Adams said. “A number of the ghost guns recovered in this bust contained components from Polymer80 — the largest source of ghost guns used in crimes across the nation — which is why, today, I am repeating my call for the ATF to revoke the federal rearms license of Polymer80. Despite this unlawful conduct, our law enforcement e orts are helping New York City turn a corner. e NYPD seized 8,500 illegal guns from the streets, including more than 540 ghost guns, since we came into o ce. Every New Yorker should be able to send their kids to school, shop in their local store, and come home safely to their family. It is going to take all of us working together to dam the rivers of gun violence, so I want to thank A orney General James, the NYPD, the NYSP, and the DEA for all their work in making our streets and city safer.”
Jamaica Man Gets Seven Years in Prison for SexTrafﬁcking Two Girls
Miles threatened to kill the 16-year-old if she did not comply, and instructed her to tell customers she was an adult. The defendants kept the girls in separate rooms at the motel to meet customers paying for sex. The defendants monitored the victims in the motel room to prevent them from leaving and collected all the money. The 16-year-old girl was able to escape when Miles briefly left her alone. She fled
to a commercial establishment and contacted her family.
“ e defendant tormented and degraded his victims. I commend these young ladies for their bravery during the course of this case. e brutal exploitation they were subjected to, and that countless others are experiencing, is why the work of my Human Tra cking Bureau is so important,” Katz said.By Forum Sta
Queens District A orney Melinda Katz announced on Friday that a Jamaica man has been sentenced to seven years in prison for sex-tra cking two teenage girls in 2020.
Tyrone “Angel” Miles, 32, along with co-defendant Bryant Lowery, 24, forced female victims to have sex with strangers for cash at the JFK Inn Hotel in Jamaica. An escape by one of the victims in June 2020 revealed the defendants’ ongoing criminal activities.
Miles pleaded guilty in October to two counts of sex-trafficking of a child before Queens Supreme Court Justice Peter Vallone, Jr. who imposed Friday’s
determinate sentence of seven years in prison to be followed by five years’ postrelease supervision. Lowery pleaded guilty in October to one count of sextrafficking of a child and one count of sex trafficking and was sentenced in November to six years in prison to be followed by five years’ post-release supervision. Both defendants will also be required to register as sex offenders.
According to court records, Miles and Lowery held two victims, ages 16 and 17, at the JFK Inn Hotel on South Conduit Avenue between June 5 and June 12, 2020. The defendants threatened them with physical harm unless they participated in sexual acts in exchange for money.
Manhattan Man Sentenced to 10 Years in Prison for Pimping Teen in Flushing HotelBy Forum Sta
Queens District A orney Melinda Katz announced ursday that a Manha an man has been sentenced to 10 years in prison a er pleading guilty to pimping a 16-year-old girl for several days inside a Flushing hotel in 2021.
Quan Raheem Booker, 30, pleaded guilty in November to sex-tra cking of a child be-
fore Queens Supreme Court Justice Peter Vallone, Jr., who sentenced Booker to 10 years in prison to be followed by ve years’ post-release supervision. Upon his release, Booker will be required to register as a sex o ender.
According to the charges, on Jan. 2, 2021, Booker checked into the One Hotel on Northern Boulevard, and rented two rooms from Jan. 2 to Jan. 6. At the hotel, Booker’s
phone was used to contact dozens of johns, who were o ered prostitution services with the victim and charged by length of time. e victim had sex for cash with several men, with the proceeds turned over to Booker. e teen victim was rescued as a result of an undercover operation during which she was o ered for sex in exchange of $240. Booker was arrested in one of the hotel rooms with nearly $3,000.
“Undercover operations like this one are key in finding and helping girls that are trafficked,” Katz said. “We will continue to use all resources necessary to make sure victims have the services they need to excel, but also to hold accountable those who force them into sex trafficking. This defendant will serve 10 years.”
First R211 Subway Cars Roll into Service on the A LineBy Forum Sta
e Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) earlier this month announced that the standard R211 subway cars are being phased into service on the A subway line. e cars are part of a 535-car order of the R211a model, which includes 440 cars with state-of-the-art amenities, 15 Staten Island Railway ve-car trains and 20 cars with the open gangway feature.
ese R211 cars are a critical part of the MTA’s ongoing modernization e orts, the agency said, and feature 58-inch-wide door openings that are eight inches wider than standard door openings on existing cars— designed to speed up boarding and reduce the amount of time trains sit in stations. These models include security cameras, additional accessible seating, digital displays that will provide more detailed station-specific information, and bright -
er lighting and signage, among other features that improve the customer experience.
In October 2022, the MTA announced Board approval to order an additional 640 R211 subway cars, bringing the total number of new subway cars to 1,175 within the next two years. is second set of new subway cars is expected to be delivered in early 2025. If testing is successful, there is a second option for an additional 437 cars that
could feature open gangways.
“ e new cars are going to give our riders a more modern passenger experience, so riding the subway no longer feels like a step into the past,” said MTA Chairman and CEO Janno Lieber. “We’re investing over $6 billion in new train cars as part of the historic $55 billion MTA Capital Program and it’s not just for aesthetics, because these new train cars enable us to run more frequent service.”.
Pols Reintroduce ‘New Deal for New Americans Act’By Forum Sta
Congresswoman Grace Meng (DFlushing) and Sen. Ed Markey (D-MA) on Tuesday announced the reintroduction of the New Deal for New Americans Act, a bill to promote the inclusion of new immigrants and refugees in the United States. e legislation would establish new programs to assist immigrants and refugees overcome common challenges such as language barriers, obtaining employment and helping to break down obstacles to naturalization. e measure would also strengthen coordination between federal, state and local governments to support the social, economic and civic integration of immigrants and refugees.
Speci cally, the New Deal for New Americans Act would:
• Establish a National O ce of New Americans in the Executive O ce of the White House to promote and support immigrant and refugee integration and inclusion and coordinate e orts of federal, state and local governments to support social, economic and civic integration of immigrants and refugees.
• Establish a Federal Initiative on New Americans to coordinate a federal response to address issues that a ect the lives of new immigrants and refugees, as well as communities with growing immigrant and refugee populations.
• Create a Legal Services and Immigration Assistance Grant Program to
support organizations that provide direct immigration assistance to those in need of immigration screening; know-your-rights education; assistance in applying for citizenship, lawful permanent resident status or other legal status (DACA, TPS, asylum, etc.); or seeking relief from a removal order.
• Create an English as a Gateway to Integration Program for organizations that teach English or help individuals prepare for naturalization or earn a GED.
• Create a Workforce Development Grant Program to ensure that immigrant
and refugee adults have equitable access to education and workforce programs that help equip them with occupational skills needed to secure or advance in employment.
• Increase authorization of appropriations for the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services’ (USCIS) Citizenship and Integration Grant Program to $100 million.
• Reduce barriers for individuals to naturalize by establishing a at application fee for naturalization, amending the English and civics exam requirements for
older individuals, and exempting eligible U.S. high school graduates from taking the naturalization exams.
• Limit USCIS’ ability to raise fees without Congress’ approval, plus require authorization of appropriations to cover USCIS’ need to operate and adjudicate cases.
• Promote civic engagement through automatic voter registration of newly naturalized individuals.
• Expand family integration by reducing the age of citizens who are able to petition eligible family members from 21 years old to 18 years old.
• Increase Refugee Admissions level to 125,000 per scal year.
• Provide social, economic and civic support to refugees and rebuild the capacity and infrastructure of local communities to welcome refugees.
• Amend the Immigration and Nationality Act to no longer allow deportation of an individual deemed to have become a public charge.
“The United States is a great nation because of its rich and diverse immigrant communities. When we invest in helping new Americans thrive and integrate into our country we are investing in our future generations,” Meng said. “We must fight to protect the principles our nation was founded on and ensure our immigration system is an inclusive and a welcoming safe haven for all who come here.”
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SUPREME COURT OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK COUNTY OF QUEENS Index No. 710658/2022
Date Filed: 3/10/2023
Plainti designates Queens County as the Place of Trial Designation of Venue is based upon the situs of the Subject Property
Subject Property: 129-34 155th Street a/k/a 12934 155th Street, Jamaica, NY 11434.
U.S. Bank National Association, as Trustee for MASTR Asset-Backed Securities Trust 2005-FRE1 Mortgage Pass- rough Certi cates, Series 2005-FRE1, Plainti , -againstAnn Marie Hurgus a/k/a Ann Marie A. Hurgus, if she be living or if she be dead, her spouses, devisees, distributees and successors in interest, all of whom and whose names and places of residence are unknown to Plainti ; City of New York Environmental Control Board; City of New York Parking Violations Bureau; U.S. Bank National Association, as Trustee under Pooling and Servicing Agreement dated November 1, 2005 MASTR Asset-Backed Securities Trust 2005-FRE1 Mortgage Pass- rough Certi cates, Series 2005-FRE1; State of New York
“JOHN DOE #1” through “JOHN DOE #12,” the last twelve names being ctitious and unknown to plainti , the persons or parties intended being the tenants, occupants, persons or corporations, if any, having or claiming an interest in or lien upon the Subject Property described in the Complaint, Defendants.
TO THE ABOVE NAMED DEFENDANTS: YOU ARE HEREBY SUMMONED to answer the Complaint in this action and to serve a copy of your answer, or, if the Complaint is not served with this Summons, to serve a notice of appearance on the Plainti ’s A orney within twenty (20) days a er the service of this Summons, exclusive of the day of service (or within thirty (30) days a er the service is complete if this Summons is not personally delivered to you within the State of New York) in the event the United States of America is made a party defendant, the time to answer for the said United States of America shall not expire until sixty (60) days a er the service of the Summons; and in case of your failure to appear or answer, judgment will be taken against you by default for the relief demanded in the Complaint.
TO THE ABOVE NAMED DEFENDANTS: e foregoing Summons is served upon you by publication pursuant to an Order of the Hon. Tracy Catapano-Fox, a Justice of the Supreme Court, Queens County, entered March 8, 2023 and led with the complaint and other papers in the Queens County Clerk’s O ce.
THE OBJECT OF THE ACTION is to foreclose a mortgage recorded on August 22, 2005 at CRFN 2005000469726, in the Public Records of the County of Queens, State of New York, covering premises known as 129-34 155th Street a/k/a 12934 155th Street, Jamaica, NY 11434 a/k/a Block 12259, Lot 57, part of Old Lot 54.
NOTICE YOU ARE IN DANGER OF LOSING YOUR HOME If you do not respond to this summons and complaint by serving a copy of the answer on the a orney for the mortgage company who led this foreclosure proceeding against you nad ling the answer with the court, a default judgment may be entered and you can lose your home. Speak to an a orney or go to the court where your case is pending for further information on how to answer the summons and protect your property.
Sending payment to the mortgage company will not stop this foreclosure action.
YOU MUST RESPOND BY SERVING A COPY OF THE ANSWER ON THE A ORNEY FOR THE PLAINTIFF (MORTGAGE COMPANY) AND FILING THE ANSWER WITH THE COURT.
Dated: July 22, 2022
LOGS Legal Group LLPBy: Frank M. Cassara, Esq.
Aorney for Plainti
175 Mile Crossing Boulevard Rochester, New York 14624
Telephone: (585) 247-9000
Russ & E e LLC, Arts of Org. led with Sec. of State of NY (SSNY) 1/6/2023. Cty: Queens. SSNY desig. as agent upon whom process against may be served & shall mail process to 63-55 74th St., Middle Village, NY 11379. General Purpose
UVP COMMUNICATIONS LLC Arts. of Org. led with SSNY on 11/22/2022 Ofce: Queens County. SSNY has been designated as agent of the LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail to the LLC, 3418 NORTHERN BLVD. #B20, LONG ISLAND CITY, NY, 11101, USA. Purpose: Any Lawful Purpose.
Notice of Formation of PRIYA LLC Arts. of Org. led with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 03/12/13. O ce location: Queens County. Princ. o ce of LLC: 179-36 Hillside Ave., Jamaica, NY 11432. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to the LLC at the addr. of its princ. o ce. Purpose: Any lawful activity.
J&J Maspeth Owner LLC. Arts. of Org. led with SSNY on 02/08/2023 Ofce: Queens County. SSNY has been designated as agent of the LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail to the LLC, 57-48 49th Place, Queens, NY 11378. Purpose: Any Lawful Purpose.
J&J Maspeth Owner LLC. Arts. of Org. led with SSNY on 02/08/2023 O ce: Queens County. SSNY has been designated as agent of the LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail to the LLC, 57-48 49th Place, Queens, NY 11378. Purpose: Any Lawful Purpose.
BRONTE NORTH LLC, Arts. of Org. led with the SSNY on 02/17/2023. O ce loc: Queens County. SSNY has been designated as agent upon whom process against the LLC may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: e LLC, 58-41 63rd St., Maspeth, NY 11378. Purpose: Any Lawful Purpose.
Notice of Formation of NEXGENERENTAL INC LLC Arts. of Org. led with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 02/18/2023. O ce location: Queens County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: ANDY YU, 68-65 136th Street, Unit B, Flushing, ny 11367, USA. Purpose: any lawful activity.
Notice of Formation of 1827 RENAISSANCE LLC. Arts. of Org. led with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 01/05/23. O ce location: Queens County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: c/o CB-Emmanuel Realty, LLC, 22110 Jamaica Ave., LL1, Queens Village, NY 11428. Purpose: any lawful activities.
Notice of Formation of ACTIVE LINK
INSU NCE BROKE GE LLC Arts. of Org. led with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 02/23/23. O ce location: Queens County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: THE LLC 6933 76TH STREET, MIDDLE VILLAGE, NY, 11379, USA. Purpose: any lawful activities.
Notice of Formation of LHR REALTY OF TROY LLC. Arts. of Org. led with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 11/14/22. O ce location: Queens County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: Parget Singh, 11 Allen St., New Hyde Park, NY 11040. Purpose: any lawful activities.
Notice of Formation of 1827 RENAISSANCE LLC. Arts. of Org. led with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 01/05/23. O ce location: Queens County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: c/o CB-Emmanuel Realty, LLC, 221-10 Jamaica Ave., LL1, Queens Village, NY 11428. Purpose: any lawful activities.
Notice of Formation of LI LE LANA DAYCARE LLC Arts. of Org. led with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 04/21/22. O ce location: Queens County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: LI LE LANA DAYCARE LLC, 10427 196TH STREET, 1ST FL, JAMAICA, NY, 11412, USA. Purpose: any lawful activities.
Notice of Formation of CANAR DC LLC. Arts. of Org. led with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 01/20/23. O ce location: Queens County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: 111-47 41st Ave., Corona, NY 11368. Purpose: any lawful activities.
Notice of Quali cation of Emerald Trailers LLC. Authority led with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 01/31/23. O ce location: Queens County. LLC formed in New Jersey (NJ) on 06/09/22. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: 2 Hudson Place, Ste. 100, Hoboken, NJ 07030, also the address to be maintained in NJ. Arts of Org. led with the State Treasurer of Dept. of Treasury, Division of Revenue, 33 West State St. 5th Fl., Trenton, NJ 086081214. Purpose: any lawful activities.
Notice of Formation of BINA READY LLC. Arts. of Org. led with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 01/24/23. O ce location: Queens County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: e Limited Liability Company, 108-12 69th Rd, Forest Hills, NY 11375. Purpose: any lawful activities.
Notice of Formation of EKB Holdings LLC. Arts. of Org. led with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 01/24/23. O ce location: Queens County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: c/o Central Construction Management, 25-04 40th Ave., Long Island City, NY 11101. Purpose: any lawful activities.
Notice of Formation of Yates Exterior Restoration Services LLC. Arts. of Org. led with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 01/24/2023. O ce location: Queens County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: c/o Central Construction Management, 25-04 40th Ave., Long Island City, NY 11101. Purpose: any lawful activities.
Notice of Formation of VM 1112 44th LLC. Arts. of Org. led with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 02/15/23. O ce location: Queens County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: c/o e Vorea Group LLC, 44-02 11th St., Ste.312, Long Island City, NY 11101. Purpose: any lawful activities.
Notice of Formation of PSYLAX LLC
Arts. of Org. led with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 02/25/2023. O ce location: Queens County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: PSYLAX LLC, 80-24 138TH STREET,#2, QUEENS, NY, 11435, USA. Purpose: any lawful activity.
Notice of Formation of GULAQUIN DC LLC. Arts. of Org. led with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 01/20/23. O ce location: Queens County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: 100-10 34th Ave., Corona, NY 11368. Purpose: any lawful activities.
Notice of Formation of Igloo 548 50th LLC. Arts. of Org. led with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 01/20/23. O ce location: Queens County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: Adam Joly, 44-02 11th St., Ste. 312, Long Island City, NY 11101. Purpose: any lawful activities.
Notice of Formation of MEHAR REALTY LLC. Arts. of Org. led with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 11/07/22. O ce location: Queens County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: Dinesh Jain, 104-40 Queens Blvd. Apt. 22 B, Forest Hills, NY 11375. Purpose: any lawful activities.
Notice of Formation of FULL TIME SEWER LLC Arts. of Org. led with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 01/21/2023. O ce location: Queens County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: F NK DERESPINIS JR 11714 NEWPORT AVENUE ROC WAY PARK, NEW YORK11694. Purpose: any lawful activity.
Notice of Formation of RYPHEN PRODUCTS LLC Arts. of Org. led with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 01/17/23. O ce location: Queens County. Princ. o ce of LLC: 179-36 Hillside Ave., Jamaica, NY 11432. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: RYAN SOLOMON & DAVID JEFFREY, 215-03 JAMAICA AVENUE, #1901, QUEENS VILLAGE, NY, 11428, USA. Purpose: Any lawful activity.
407 E. 85TH, LLC. Arts. of Org. led with the SSNY on 03/17/23. O ce: Queens County. SSNY designated as agent of the LLC upon whom process againstit may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to the LLC, 101 Horseshoe Road, Mill Neck, NY 11765. Purpose: Any lawful purpose.
METICULOUS DETAILS LLC Arts of Org. led with Sec. of State of NY (SSNY) 11/07/2022. Cty: Queens. SSNY desig. as agent upon whom process against may be served & shall mail process to THE LLC, 34-21 21ST STREET, 5E, ASTORIA, NY, 11106, USA. General Purpose
MEADOW 56 LLC Arts of Org. led with Sec. of State of NY (SSNY) 02/21/2023. Cty: Queens. SSNY desig. as agent upon whom process against may be served & shall mail process to MEADOW 56 LLC, 6134 SPRINGFIELD BLVD., AKLAND GARDENTS, NY, 11364, USA. General Purpose
VW VIP Protection & Consulting Services, LLC, Arts of Org. led with Sec. of State of NY (SSNY) 2/27/2023. Cty: Queens. SSNY desig. as agent upon whom process against may be served & shall mail process to 141-33 253rd St., Rosedale, NY 11422. General Purpose
WANGE LLC Articles of Org. led NY Sec. of State (SSNY) 3/4/23. O ce in Queens Co. SSNY design. Agent of LLC upon whom process may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to e LLC 2811 56th Pl Woodside NY 11377. Purpose: Any lawful activity.
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