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V L. 12 NUMBER 39 SEPTEMBER 26, 2013



The Woodhaven Residents' Block Association honored civic and business leaders who have fought to keep the tight-knit neighborhood a haven for hard-working residents that draws people from all over the city - and beyond. See Story on Page 26 Photo Courtesy Josephine Wendell

Tasting The World In Queens: Restaurant Week Kicks Off Page 4

Council to Congress: Fight Skyrocketing Insurance Rates Page 11

Taking Care of Furry Friends Pages 13-16

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By Anna Gustafson

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Along a tree-lined street marked by well-kept homes and manicured lawns, there is one house at the corner of 99th Street and 157th Avenue in Old Howard Beach that residents say sticks out like a sore thumb. The house, which has been rented out to different individuals for years, became abandoned following Hurricane Sandy, neighbors said, and has since fallen into disrepair and become a haven for what area residents say seems like questionable behavior. “People are coming and going at all times of the night,” said one resident, who did not wish to give his name for fear of retaliation. “Since the storm you see people coming in and out, in and out - and late at night. There are little kids on this street, and you don’t want them to go past it.”

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Residents say a house at 99th Street and 157th Avenue has become a source of serious concern for neighbors because it has fallen into disrepair and become abandoned after Hurricane Sandy.

The situation seemed to intensify over the past month, residents said, and last week graffiti - including a crude phrase with an expletive - was painted on the house’s fence. Police arrived not long after the graffiti was done to




The house has several broken windows, and last week graffiti was painted on the home's fence.

remove it, and one neighbor said two individuals started to clean up the property late last week. Since then, a resident said those in the area have not seen individuals entering or exiting the house as they once used to, though they noted


the gutters still seem to be dangerously hanging off the structure and the windows are broken. “This house is just an eyesore - want it fixed,” said one resident. Others noted the “broken window

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theory” - the idea that what seems like light vandalism or disrepair ends up drawing more serious criminal behavior - is applicable to the home, though they’re crossing their fingers that there may be a light at the end of the tunnel. Since last week, the home’s overgrown lawn has been cut and lights have been put up, and residents said they’re cautiously optimistic that this is the beginning of a change for the house - which individuals stressed is located not far from Our Lady of Grace School. “Everybody’s been really upset about it, so we’re hoping things change,” a neighbor said. “We really took a beating in the storm, and we just want to see the neighborhood rebound.” The city Department of Buildings did not have a property record on the house, and the owner could not be contacted for this article.

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Deputy Inspector Thomas Pascale, who has served as the Commanding Officer of the 106th Precinct since 2010, will be leaving his command for a new assignment with Patrol Borough South-Brooklyn. Photos Courtesy Sarah Santiago Assemblyman Mike Miller, left, presents 102nd Precinct Community Affairs The John Bowne High School Air Force JROTC performs the POW/MIA ceremony. Officer Jose Severino with a plaque of appreciation.

By Anna Gustafson Thousands of people flocked to the Richmond Hill Block Association’s 40th annual Park Fair Saturday to celebrate a tight-knit community and a hard-working civic organization that has helped residents with countless issues over the decades. The yearly event draws people from throughout Richmond Hill - as well as its neighboring communities and beyond - for the festivities that included musical entertainment, vendors, carnival food, children’s rides and a ceremony honoring civic leaders. The fair took place at Forest Park by Myrtle Avenue and Park Lane South. “This is our one fundraiser every year for the Richmond Hill Block Association, and, 40 years later, it keeps getting bigger and bigger,” said RHBA President Wendy Bowne. “Most

importantly, it’s about bringing a great day to the community.” The RHBA recognized a number of people who members said “go above and beyond the call of duty to make Richmond Hill a better place for all of us,” including: 102nd Precinct Community Affairs Officer Jose Severino; Philip Sparacio, deputy chief of operations at the Queens Parks Department; Joseph Raskin, assistant director of community relations at New York City Transit; IgnazioTerranova, citywide community affairs officer at the city Sanitation Department; Scott Strober - an area businessman who gave exercise equipment to area police and fire officials; Caroline Eckert - who has taken it upon herself to sweep and clean Jamaica Avenue; John Sommese of Simonson Funeral Home; Louise Benes Dance Studio; Mark Durso of the Lefferts Boulevard Key Food; and Russell

People of all ages attended the Richmond Hill Block Association's festivities on Saturday.

Alonzo of ADT Bike and Skate Shop. Bowne also stressed the importance of the event’s sponsors, which included Assemblyman Mike Miller (D-Woodhaven), Assemblyman Michael Simanowitz (D-Flushing), Assemblyman Andrew Hevesi (D-Forest Hills), Councilman Eric Ulrich (R-Ozone Park), Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley (D-Middle Village), and a long list of area businesses. RHBA members said they hope the event helped to make residents who had not known about the organization aware that the group is there to help. “Our role is really to improve the community by helping the residents with their quality of life issues and also giving them the tools and information they need,” Bowne said. The next meeting of the RHBA is Wednesday, Oct. 30 at 8 p.m. at 110-08 Jamaica Ave. All are welcome to attend.

RHBA President Wendy Bowne, left, saxophonist Bill Gati, Deacon Jerry Scharz of Holy Child Jesus Church, John Sommese of Simonson Funeral Home, Scott Strober, Caroline Eckert, DOS Citywide Community Affairs Officer IgnazioTerranova; Joseph Raskin of the MTA Community and Government Affairs; Philip Sparachio of the Queens Parks Department, and 102nd Precinct Officer Jose Severino at a ceremony honoring area leaders.

Deputy Inspector Thomas Pascale will officially leave his command at the 106th precinct this week for a position in Patrol Borough South-Brooklyn. Pascale will be replaced at the 106th by Deputy Inspector Jeffrey Schiff who comes to the command from the 76th precinct in Brooklyn. Pascale returned to the 106 as its Commanding Officer in 2010 after having served in the precinct from 2000 to 2004. During his tenure at the helm of the 106, the inspector earned a place as an extremely well received and respected law enforcement figurehead as well as a beloved part of the community. DI Schiff, who will assume his new post at the end of the week, is a 17-year veteran of the NYPD that was assigned to the 76th precinct back in May of 2012. Now in keeping with the tradition of short-term stays for the CO’s at the 76th, Schiff will be moving to the 106. Although the precinct which he comes from is a historically low crime area, the most prevalent crime there is something which continues to plague the command he now enters: burglary and petit larceny. See next week’s issue of The Forum for a more complete look at Deputy Inspector Jeffrey Schiff. Note From the Publisher: Although we have become used to a rapid turnover of Commanding Officers within our precincts, this particular departure is a very difficult one—for this newspaper and for this community. I would just like to say that it has been a true privilege to have had the opportunity to have worked with Deputy Inspector Thomas Pascale over the last few years. He is a man that goes beyond reproach in professionalism and undoubtedly served this community with great pride and to the absolute best of his ability. We were all much better and safer under his watch and he will be missed greatly. The Forum would like to thank Deputy Inspector Pascale and wish him the best in his new position.

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2th co s make lon a aited bur lar bust By Patricia Adams The 112th precinct has cause to celebrate this week after the arrest of a career criminal now believed to be associated with more than a dozen burglaries split between the 112th precinct in Forest Hills and the 106th precinct which serves Ozone Park and Howard Beach. Officers from the 112th precinct’s anti-crime unit spotted a late model Pacifica, previously identified in surveillance photo,s while they were out patrolling in the burglary zone. Officers continued to observe the suspect, a male Hispanic, as he “cased” a house in Forest Hills. But then for some reason, he changed his plans and decided to travel to nearby Ozone Park. With the officers on his tail, Mario Girau, 27, drove to Tahoe Street in Ozone Park, where he broke into a home there and stole valuables, namely jewelry, valued at around $1,000. Minutes later, cops apprehended him and found the stolen property in his pants pockets and on the floor of the vehicle. And when cops ran Girau’s rap sheet, they found the Brooklyn resident had a history of burglary and related crimes detailed in four prior arrests dating back for years. Captain Thomas Conforti, Commanding Officer of the 112th precinct, said this arrest was a significant piece in bringing the burglary siege in Forest Hills closer to an end. “This individual is definitely responsible for about 6-7 burglaries in the confines of our precinct and several others in the 106,” Conforti told The Forum. “Getting him off the street is a major breakthrough for us.”


Video surveillance photos of the Chrysler Pacifica used in the burglaries have been credited by Captain Conforti as being instrumental in the arrest of Mario Girau.

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Captain Thomas Conforti has kept the residents of the affected areas constantly updated through the Precinct Council Community meetings and postings on Facebook.

A common estimation in the police department is that for every incident in which a criminal is caught for, they have probably committed 5-6 in addition that go under the radar. In assigning credit outside the performance of his officers, Conforti said that video images of the perpetrators vehicle were absolutely the key in this successful arrest. Reflecting on times in years when images were not so readily available, the CO, who has extensive experience in burglaries, labeled technology as a valuable addition to crime fighting. In this case, a video image obtained from a

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By Anna Gustafson Lining up for everything from a locally brewed beer to Indian food and pollo al funghi - chicken with mushrooms for those not versed in Italian cuisine - people from all corners of the borough kicked off the annual Queens Restaurant Week at Borough Hall on Monday. The seventh annual event, which will run from Sept. 30 through Oct. 3 and again on Oct. 7 to Oct. 10, features cuisines as diverse as Queens’ residents, including an Italian restaurant in Ozone Park, a Turkish joint in Richmond Hill and an Argentinian spot in Forest Hills. More than 50 restaurants, from Bayside to Howard Beach, are participating. “Queens Restaurant Week allows diners to enjoy some of the tastiest dishes from around the world without having to spend a lot or travel very far,” Borough President Helen Marshall said at the week’s kick-off event held outside Borough Hall on Monday afternoon, when more than 500 passersby got to taste samples from the participating eateries. “Each year this event is a fabulous celebration of the wide variety of dining experiences available in what is the most diverse county in America. I hope as many people as possible take advantage of Queens Restaurant Week and partake of our borough’s outstanding cuisine.” Most spots will offer one three-course, prix fixe dinner for $28 and lunch for $14. Some establishments will also offer their specials beyond Oct. 10. “With our diversity, there’s such great food in Queens and we want to promote that,” said Queens Economic Development Corporation


resident’s surveillance camera gave police key information, including the cars description, exact time of the burglaries and an image of a possible perpetrator. And in a week after the release of the photo, the suspect is in custody. Furthering his case for the photos, he noted several recent cases in which video identification brought about successful resolve in several crimes. "Photos were used to catch suspects for recent phone snatchings at train stations along Queens Boulevard, in the laundry room pattern in apartment buildings and in the knife point robberies around 63rd Drive," Conforti said.

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On the Facebook page for the precinct, he suggested that if one or two homes on every street had cameras to supply police with video images, it would serve as an invaluable resource to the NYPD. He also cautioned residents there, that the house originally targeted in Forest Hills by Girau, had a pile of mail on the front step and no lights were left on after dark. "It's an open invitation to these bad guys. They know you're not home and they're coming in." Another clue Conforti urged homeowners to look for is unfamiliar cars parked for extended periods of time. During the course of the most recent rash of burglaries, the suspect parked his car on the block and watched the resident’s daily routines. The captain asked for anyone observing an occupied vehicle on a street for an extended period of time to call 911. Follow activity in the 112th Precinct on their Facebook page: 112 Precinct Community Council


Executive Director Seth Bornstein. On Monday, seven restaurants showed off their culinary goods, including the Long Island City-based Queens Brewery, Uncle Peter’s in Jackson Heights and Haveli Restaurant in Forest Hills. “Doing Queens Restaurant Week definitely helps us because we’re building stronger relationships with the restaurants we already collaborate with,” said Nelson Rockefeller, owner of the Queens Brewery - which opened this past July and now has its beer featured in 42 spots across the borough. Pardeep Kumar, who works at Haveli Restaurant, served chicken malai kabab to a long line of people on Monday. “This event helps us to let people know they have good Indian food right next door,” Kumar Anna Gustafson/The Forum Newsgroup said. Musicians entertain hundreds of residents who stopped by the kick-off of Queens Restaurant Week outside Borough The week is a program of the Queens TourHall on Monday. ism Council and is sponsored by the Melrose Credit Union, jetBlue Airways, Queens Brewery, and Resorts World Casino New York City, among others. “We realize and understand that the restaurant industry is part of the fabric of the mosaic that is Queens and NYC,” said Melrose Credit Union Director of Marketing and Public Affairs Robert Nemeroff. “It is the foods of the many different cultures and ethnicities that create the common bonds between all New Yorkers. Food is one of the things that makes Queens the unique and wonderful place that it is, and Restaurant Week exemplified that thought.” For more information, and to find a list Nelson Rockefeller, owner of the Queens Brewery, poured countless cups of his Patty Medina, owner of Uncle Peter's, an Italian restaurant on 84th Street and of participating restaurants, visit www.itsinQueens Lager. Northern Boulevard in Jackson Heights, served up plates of pollo al funghi.

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By Samantha Geary A JFK Airport employee was arrested and charged with reckless endangerment over the weekend, after what authorities describe as “cleaning supplies” he was transporting, leaked from his backpack and burned three passengers, including two brothers ages 5 and 8. Ivan Ivanov, 32, was criminally charged on Saturday for transporting what was dubbed Drano by officials, in an unsafe container. Witnesses say Ivanov was overheard telling police that he had no idea what kind of substance he was carrying. The incident took place aboard the Q53 bus around 5:30 p.m. on Sunday at the intersection of Metropolitan Avenue and Woodhaven Boulevard. The brothers were sitting on the floor of the bus near to where Ivanov had placed his bag on the floor. The caustic substance melted the container he used and then ate through the backpack, dripping out onto the floor and onto the boys’ legs and buttocks. Both children were taken to the hospital and treated for minor burns. Another passenRobert Stridiron/The Forum Newsgroup ger, an adult female, was treated at the scene Police officers conducted a search on the person of Ivan Ivanov, 32, after he was arrested for reckless endangerment by paramedics. on the Q53 bus.

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Gary Sarback has an extensive criminal history with close to 40 arrests dating back over 40 years.

By Samantha Geary Gary Sarback, a 61-year-old career criminal from Florida was arrested in Flushing on Monday afternoon and charged with attempted murder of a police officer, assault, unauthorized use of a vehicle and criminal possession of stolen property. Police were seeking the suspect since the end of the summer after he snatched a purse and took off in a vehicle identified as stolen and containing a gun. When police pulled him over in it, he ran down one of the officers. He escaped but was later identified in Rego Park/Forest Hills in connection with several purse snatchings there.

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ow hat a great compromise. This Cru control is like a runaway car which needs to be impounded before it causes a serious accident. ven .S. Rep. Peter ing Rcalled Cru , a fraud who does not speak for the Republican party. It is imperative that Americans vote this destructive group out of office. The Tea Party e press is bent on turning America from a beacon of hope for millions into a dead beat nation. olks, Abraham incoln s warning in 1 1 is very in vogue today. A house divided against itself cannot stand. nt

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any people are critici ing fracking rightfully so and are asking why we aren't investing in solar and wind power. It s simple Oil companies won't make money on solar and wind because the sun and wind don't belong to anyone But rest assured, I'm sure the GOP and their lobbyists are working hard to correct this aw of capitalism. And on a totally unrelated topic kudos to all the gunloving Starbucks fans who vow to no longer patroni e | THE FORUM NEWSGROUP • September 26, 2013

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Any discussions about Republicans continuing to control ew ork City Hall may be premature. ow that Thompson has dropped out, it is a battle between oe hota David and Bill de Blasio Goliath . As of April 2013 there are ,3 2,113 active registered voters in ew ork City. This includes 2, ,321 Democrats and 0, 2 Republicans. Any Republican running for mayor of ew ork in 2013 would need both name recognition and 20 million dollars to compensate for this overwhelming to 1 Democrat to Republican registration deficit. A media buy of 1 million per week over the ne t seven weeks, several do en direct mail pieces, phone banks and a door-to-door vote pull operation would be re uired to remain competitive. All of the above will have to be supplemented by millions more from independent political action committees. This is needed to offset de Blasio's potential millions in independent e penditures from various municipal labor unions. Democratic party mayoral primary winner de Blasio starts off the general election contest as the odds on favorite to win. All five losing candidates including former city comptroller and 200 Democratic mayoral candidate Bill Thompson, Council Speaker Christine uinn, city Comptroller ohn iu and former .S. Rep. Anthony einer and former Councilmember

and 2001 Democratic primary mayoral candidate Sal Albanese will forget any critical comments they made during the primary contest about de Blasio. As loyal Democrats, they will uickly endorse the winning candidate. Bloomberg barely won a third term in 200 against Thompson spending over 1 0 million to overcome a citywide five to one Democrat versus Republican voter registration advantage. Over the past four years, this enrollment gap has grown to a si to one Democrat versus Republican registration advantage. hota clearly has a fraction of the financial means of Bloomberg, making his race far more difficult. Democrats occupy the offices of city comptroller, public advocate, city council speaker, of 1 city council seats, four of five borough president offices and

four of five district attorney offices. Bloomberg's narrow 200 victory was assisted by numerous Democratic elected officials who crossed party lines to endorse Bloomberg or stay officially neutral. This time around Democrats are going to support one of their own to end the GOP's 20-year control of City Hall. Remember to the victor belongs the spoils. All yearn for control of City Hall along with the political patronage and potential contracts. Bloomberg abandoned the Republican Party, whose ballot line he rented for convenience in winning a third term. He has continued his past track record of doing little to help finance and run serious Republican challengers against incumbent Democrats. Bloomberg's 200 reelection strategy was CONTINUED ON PAGE 7

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A Storm We Can Stop

As we approach the one-year anniversary of the event that ravaged our communities, we are struck by the reality that, after barely having restored much of what was lost, we now find ourselves faced with another storm on the horizon. Although not actually a weather event, this “storm” is one which poses a much more finite, devastating threat than did Sandy. Something which looms in our immediate future, and has the potential to virtually eradicate our communities. What we speak of is a manmade “governmental storm” that brings with it the intention to impose insurance hikes on shoreline communities that will virtually eliminate the potential for many people to keep their homes or their property. At the eye of the “storm” is FEMA. In the past, those of us residing in territories where flooding is indicated, have lived with the protection of subsidized national flood insurance programs, however with the drafting and introduction of the BiggertWaters Flood Insurance Reform Act of 2012, those “life-saving” subsides will be all but banished. The trickledown effect stemming from the consequences of the passage of this act will have detrimental impact resulting in irrevocable damage. The financial burden on homeowners to sustain their living arrangements will be too great to bear, leading to decreased property values and tax base val-

ues, as well as driving many properties into foreclosure. As concurrent changes to the flood maps occur, insurance rates will be subject to increases two to 10 times their current cost, within the next five years. For communities like Broad Channel and Howard Beach, where many young couples have laid down their roots and invested their savings in trying to build the American dream, the ramifications are harrowing. It is for the aforementioned reasons - and so many others - that we implore you to stand with your neighbors on Saturday, Sept. 28 at a rally to be held at the Broad Channel American Legion Hall. The rally is one of more than a dozen to be held simultaneously in at least eight states, including New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Iowa and Hawaii. The goal of these rallies is the repeal of the Biggert-Waters Act and the institution of a solid national flood insurance program that allows each of us the choice to maintain the dreams we have invested our lives in. Without pressure on our government, these provisos will strangle any chance of restoration and preservation of the communities that were built on trust for a government that encouraged our cooperation in developing and expanding waterfront areas, despite the drawbacks to living in such zones. While we may never see the billions of dollars needed to install gates and other physical measures to beat back flood waters, we can

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stop this storm by the government by demanding the reversal of this act. The rally is fueled by growing disappointment in FEMA and the atrocities committed against us by the insurance industry after the damages suffered. Remember this is a national effort and its power is reinforced by the strength of numbers. This week, the City Council passed a resolution sponsored by Councilmember Eric A. Ulrich (R-Ozone Park) calling upon the United States Congress to amend the Biggert-Waters Flood Insurance Reform Act of 2012. Since 1968, the government of the United State of America has provided flood insurance at affordable rates in exchange for American families to aid in the development of coastal and riverfront areas by living in them. Since then, more than five million families put their trust in the government and sunk their life savings into properties they may no longer be able to maintain if they are subjected to the new insurance proposal. We may not be able to harness wind and water but this attempt by our own government to take us by storm is one we can certainly combat effectively. This is one storm we can stop. It’s one storm we better stop.

Join Us: Saturday, Sept. 28 at 12:00pm Broad Channel American Legion 209 Cross Bay Blvd, Broad Channel, NY

deliberate in not spending any significant time campaigning or fundraising for GOP challengers. He didn't want to increase turnout of registered Democrats or offend incumbent Democrat Party public officials. As a result, he has virtually no GOP allies in City Hall holding the offices of comptroller or public advocate. There are only a handful of GOP elected officials to assist any 2013 Republican mayoral candidate. Virtually all are from Staten Island. This predominantly middle class borough still remains competitive for Republicans despite a 2 to 1 Democrat to Republican voter registration advantage. Crossover Democrats, who voted for Giuliani and Bloomberg continue to move out of town, retire out of state or succumb to old age. There has been no successful GOP outreach to Caribbean, Hispanic, Asian or other new immigrants along with middle class African Americans. Once the GOP loses any incumbent, they are rarely able to reclaim the district. Bloomberg may go down in the history books as the last Big Apple Republican mayor prior to his change in party enrollment to blank several years ago. Larry Penner Great Neck

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Queens County Democrats threw their support behind a mayoral candidate they did not endorse in the primary – Public Advocate Bill de Blasio – Monday afternoon, when the Brooklyn politician vowed to reach out to the Queens residents he said had long been ignored by the Bloomberg administration and slammed his opponent for accusing him of being a “Democratic socialist.” “This is going to be a major building block in our victory,” de Blasio said of the endorsement at a press conference outside Queens Borough Hall that drew a sea of Democratic legislators and civic leaders. Many of those who spoke, including de Blasio, emphasized the party’s “unity” in backing the Democratic candidate, who is running against Republican and former Metropolitan Transportation Authority Chairman Joe Lhota – and who did not land the backing of the party during the primary that pitted him against eight others. The county’s Democrats had endorsed the race’s once frontrunner, City Council Speaker Christine Quinn (D-Manhattan), who came in third, behind de Blasio and former City Comptroller Bill Thompson, in the Sept. 10 election. “No Democrat, that I know of, in this borough is behind any other candidate,” said U.S. Rep. Joseph Crowley (D-Queens, Bronx), chairman of the Queens County Democrats. “He has fought his entire career for the least amongst us,” Crowley said of the city’s public advocate who lives in Park Slope and once represented parts of Brooklyn in the City Council. Crowley specified that while a couple legislators were not present at the press conference – in-


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Public Advocate Bill de Blasio, center, landed an endorsement for the Democratic candidate's bid for mayor from U.S. Rep. Joseph Crowley and the Queens County Democrats outside Queens Borough Hall Monday.

cluding his cousin, Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley (D-Middle Village), and Councilman Danny Dromm (D-Jackson Heights) – de Blasio still had their support. De Blasio, who has also recently landed endorsements from President Obama, former President Bill Clinton and former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, addressed divides among the city’s Democrats – who outnumber Republicans by about 6:1 – following a roller coaster of a primary that saw the rise and fall of Quinn and former U.S. Rep. Anthony Weiner. “The first work we have to do is unifying the party,” de Blasio said. The candidate also emphasized Monday many of the campaign platforms he highlighted during the primary – including access to affordable housing and supporting mom and pop shops. “We think it’s the job of the government to help small businesses – not stand in the way of small businesses, as the Bloomberg administra-

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tion has done” he said. “I’m on the side of working class people, middle class people in all five boroughs – let me repeat that, all five boroughs,” de Blasio continued. “…All boroughs are create equal, and it’s the job of City Hall to treat all boroughs equally.” Saying that outgoing Queens Borough President Helen Marshall has had to fight for – and battle against cuts to – funding from City Hall, the Democratic candidate stressed that “Queens has very particular needs and a mayor has to understand those needs.” “A mayor has to spend some time here on the ground to understand those needs,” de Blasio said as a verbal slap to Bloomberg, who a number of Queens residents have accused of not spending enough time in the borough – particularly following Hurricane Sandy. The public advocate also issued harsh words for his Republican opponent, who on Monday called de Blasio a “Democratic socialist” and lambasted him for supporting Nicaraguan revo-

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lutionaries in the 1980s – as depicted in a frontpage article in Monday’s New York Times – and traveling to Cuba for his honeymoon. “I am not surprised that my opponent will throw labels and call names,” de Blasio said. “That’s a Republican tactic. That’s a right-wing tactic… I’m very proud to be a progressive. I’m very proud to be a Democrat.” Responding to the Times’ piece on de Blasio’s previous support for Sandinista revolutionaries – leftist rebels who were denounced in the 1980s by the Reagan administration as Communists but who progressives praised for fighting what they said was a repressive Central American dictatorship – Lhota said at a press conference on Monday that his opponent’s political ideology was “unfortunate.” The Times piece reported on how de Blasio’s time in Nicaragua as a 26-year-old – when he helped to distribute food and medicine to the war-torn nation – went on to shape his own political leanings. After helping the revolutionaries in the 1980s, de Blasio said he has gone on to criticize the Sandinistas for cracking down on dissenters. In the article, the reporter says de Blasio told individuals in Nicaragua that he backs “Democratic socialism.” “Quite honestly, there are words that I don’t like to use, but his own words – in his own words – called himself a Democratic socialist,” Lhota said at a press conference outside the United Nations on Monday. “It’s really unfortunate that’s the level that we’ve come to in this city.” De Blasio did not say at today’s press conference whether or not he had described himself as a Democratic socialist. “I believe in a more just society,” de Blasio said in response to questions about the article.

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By Anna Gustafson Republican mayoral candidate Joe Lhota’s campaign got a boost this week with an endorsement from Staten Island’s borough president - as well as with a recently released poll that reported 25 percent of Democrats who cast their ballot for City Council Speaker Christine Quinn (D-Manhattan) in the primary expect to back the former chairman of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority. “Then and now, Joe Lhota has the experience, the leadership skills, and the common sense judgment to lead our City forward and continue to help Staten Island prosper,” Staten Island Borough President James Molinaro said Friday. Lhota said it meant “a great deal to me to accept Jim Molinaro’s endorsement,”citing the borough president’s work to increase transportation, improve schools and create good-paying jobs. Lhota’s campaign also welcomed this week’s news that, in a city where registered Democrats outnumber Republicans by a 6:1 margin, a poll conducted on behalf of the nonprofit Transportation Alternatives found that about one-quarter of voters who supported Quinn in September’s primary will not be casting ballots for the Democratic mayoral candidate, Public Advocate Bill de Blasio. Instead, the poll, conducted by Penn Schoen Berland and first reported by Crain’s, documented that those individuals expect to throw their support behind Lhota. Quinn landed about 15 percent of the approximate 700,000 Democrats who voted in the primary - and 25 percent of that is not a number which, if secured by Lhota, guarantees the Republican a victory. Additionally, de Blasio, according to a Marist poll released last week, is leading Lhota 65 percent to 22 percent. Still, the Transportation Alternatives poll landed smiles from


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Republican mayoral candidate Joe Lhota, right, garnered the endorsement of Staten Island Borough President James Molinaro this week.

Lhota’s campaign, representatives from which have long said they believe they will receive support from middle-of-the-road Democrats in the general election. “We always knew we’d be the underdog in this race and once New Yorkers learn more about Bill’s radical policies, they will be looking for a more practical alternative,” Lhota spokeswoman Jessica Proud said following the publication of the Marist poll. “Joe’s experienced leadership and solutions to expand the mid-

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dle class will resonate with everyday New Yorkers in all five boroughs.” Lhota has continued to emphasize what he argues are de Blasio’s “radical policies” this week, slamming his Democratic opponent after a front page New York Times piece came out documenting the public advocate’s support for Sandinista revolutionaries - leftist rebels who were denounced in the 1980s by the Reagan administration as Communists but who progressives praised for fighting what they said was a repressive Central American dictatorship. The Times piece reported on how de Blasio’s time in Nicaragua as a 26-year-old - when he helped to distribute food and medicine to the war-torn nation - went on to shape his political leanings. After helping the revolutionaries in the 1980s, de Blasio said he has gone on to criticize the Sandinistas for cracking down on dissenters. In the article, the reporter says de Blasio identified himself as a “Democratic socialist.” “Bill de Blasio needs to explain himself - and explain himself now - to the hundreds of thousands of New Yorkers who escaped Marxist tyranny in Asia, Central America, and from behind the Iron Curtain in Eastern Europe,” Lhota said in an emailed statement. “Mr. de Blasio’s involvement with the Sandinistas didn’t happen in 1917; it happened 70 years later when the cruelty and intrinsic failure of Communism had become crystal clear to anyone with a modicum of reason. Mr. de Blasio’s class warfare strategy in New York City is directly out of the Marxist playbook. Now we know why.” At a press conference outside Queens Borough Hall on Monday, de Blasio railed against Lhota’s accusations. “Fighting for equality to my life’s work,” de Blasio said. “I’m not surprised my opponent will throw labels and call names. That’s a Republican tactic. That’s a right-wing tactic.”




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By Alan Krawitz Tuesday night’s runoff election debate between public advocate candidates state Sen. Daniel Squadron (D-Brooklyn, Manhattan) and City Council Member Letitia James (DBrooklyn) was a spirited and often contentious affair that, at times, seemed to turn more on the unpopularity of Mayor Bloomberg than a serious discussion on the qualifications for the office they hope to hold. The debate, moderated by NY1’s Errol Louis and WNYC’s Brian Lehrer, was held Tuesday night, just a week before the scheduled runoff election on Oct. 1. The runoff is mandated by state law because neither candidate was able to get at least 40 percent of the vote in the primary earlier this month. Political experts predict voter turnout will be exceptionally low because the public advocate will be the only race on the ballot combined with the fact that many New Yorkers are woefully ignorant of the function of public advocate, which is essentially an ombudsman and watchdog charged with helping residents in all five boroughs on a variety of issues from housing to employment. During the course of the hour-long debate, the candidates took turns sparring with each other on everything from voting too often with the mayor and taking corporate money from developers and political action committees (PACs) to living off a trust fund. James, who called the public advocate basically a “system of checks and balances on the mayor,” reiterated how she challenged the Bloomberg Administration on issues such as term limits, the soda ban, economic policies which don’t pay people a living wage as well as the lack of affordable housing. A recurring James’ theme was also how the council member has repeatedly “stood-up to powerful interests in the city,” while she attempted to paint Squadron as a Bloomberg ally at best and lackey at worst, accusing him on more than one occasion of “carrying the mayor’s water in Albany.” In countering James’ assertions that he’s in lockstep with Bloomberg policies, Squadron said that James has voted “with Bloomberg 159 times in the city council,” and has agreed with

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mayoral bills about 98 percent of the time. Squadron also accused James of taking corporate contributions from Coca-Cola while publicly attacking the mayor’s soda ban. He said that “raises a real concern,” adding that the public advocate has to be independent and free of conflicts of interest. He also touted the fact that he hasn’t taken any contributions from PACs. “The job of the public advocate,” said Squadron, “isn’t about being a thorn in the side of the mayor it’s to take on issues for people who don’t have anyone or anyplace else to turn to.” Acknowledging the heated nature of campaigning, James said, “I know this is a political season and I know that the attacks are going to come,” but she added that no one has ever questioned her integrity, and high-standards during her more than 20 year career in both city government and as a former public defender with Legal Aid. She then proceeded to accuse Squadron of being “silent on term limits and not endorsing Bill Thompson,” the Democratic mayoral candidate who challenged Bloomberg in 2008. Each candidate, alternately, accused the other of being too close to the mayor and his “failed” policies. In hammering home issues of transparency, which Squadron said was “crucial” to the office of public advocate, he asked why James didn’t disclose rental income from a brownstone she owns as well as not disclosing her tax returns. “In office, it’s all about transparency,” Squadron said. “Shouldn’t these issues raise questions about whether or not people can trust you?” he asked. Squadron then asked James to release her tax returns, as she had promised to do earlier in the campaign. James quickly agreed but not before accusing Squadron of living off a much publicized

“trust fund.” Squadron called the “trust fund” issue a personal attack and innuendo. When pressed by Lehrer on the trust fund issue, Squadron responded, “I don’t have a trust fund.” Asked about legislation they were each particularly proud of, Squadron pointed to his work in passing an assault weapons ban and in securing $75 million to help repair public housing projects. James said she was most proud of passing a tenant safety act in the city, mandating that repairs be completed in a timely fashion. Noting that the runoff election will cost taxpayers roughly $13 million, Louis asked each candidate their views on instant runoff voting, which would save taxpayers both time and money by determining winners based upon orders of preference. James said that much good could be done with the $13 million, such as hiring teachers, fire fighters, etc. She added that runoffs should only be reserved for the mayor. Squadron, while noting the expense of the runoffs,said that legislation should be passed to allow the city to move to instant runoffs. And, while the candidates were far apart on most issues, they did concur on some. When asked if they were interested in using the public advocate position as a springboard to mayor, as Bill de Blasio has seemingly done, both were adamant they were not interested in the office. In addition, both candidates also agreed on curtailing or reforming the NYPD’s controversial stop-and-frisk policy, extending casino gambling in the state, and supporting the passage of legislation allowing the use of medical marijuana. Both candidates also said they wereagainst the NYPD’s unlawful surveillance of the Muslim community. In closing arguments, Squadron again raised questions on James’ integrity, regarding contributions from prominent real estate developers. “It all goes to issues of transparency,” he said. For her part, James once again linked Squadron to the mayor’s “12 years of failed policies.”

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By Anna Gustafson Councilwoman Letitia James (D-Brooklyn) secured on Monday backing from the Queens County Democratic Party, while her opponent, state Sen. Daniel Squadron (D-Manhattan, Brooklyn) landed support from other borough legislators in the week leading up to the Oct. 1 run-off. James and Squadron must participate in the special run-off because neither candidate received the 40 percent of votes in the primary needed to avoid such an election. The Queens County Democratic Party threw its support being James at the same time they announced they are backing current Public Advocate Bill de Blasio for mayor. "She brings with herself compassion I've witnessed for 25 years," U.S. Rep. Joseph Crowley (D-Queens, Bronx) said of James. "...As public advocate for New York City, she'll not only be the public advocate for Brooklyn her hometown - but for Queens, for the Bronx, for Staten Island, and, of course, for Manhattan." James said she was "honored" to land the endorsement. "Voters in Queens - and in every other borough - understand that New York City must work for everyone, not just the wealthy and the well-connected," James said. "I have taken on powerful interests on behalf of everyday New Yorkers my entire career. It's why I voted against Mayor Bloomberg's third term, helped reform stop-andfrisk and ban racial profiling, and cracked down on deceptive, anti-choice health centers that denied women the right to choose." Not all Democratic legislators in Queens, however, are backing the Brooklyn councilwoman, and Squadron has been endorsed by a series of borough politicians including Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder (D-Rockaway Park), state Sen. Joe Addabbo Jr. (D-Howard Beach), state Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside), state Sen. Michael Gianaris (D-Astoria), and Assemblywoman AravellaSimotas (D-Astoria). Squadron also received the blessing of U.S. Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY). “I endorsed Daniel because he has a record of getting results for everyday New Yorkers, from passing landmark gun laws to fighting for the housing, parks and transit families need,” Schumer said in a prepared statement. Squadron said in a prepared statement that he was “honored by the deep support our campaign has built around the five boroughs. “This campaign is all about making the Public Advocate’s office essential to our city so that it gets results for kids, families and seniors who need them.”

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By Samantha Geary Six people were indicted last week and charged with operating an illegal gambling ring that worked between Queens, Brooklyn and Nassau County. Authorities say the ring averaged around $3,000 in bets per day and took in more than a million dollars a year from numbers action. The defendants were identified as Saul Montalvo, 44, of 137-30 Lafayette Street in Ozone Park, his sister, Veronica Montalvo, 40, of 90-02 97 Avenue in Ozone Park, his son, Daniel Montalvo, 26, of 99-11 57 Avenue in Corona, Juan Arias, 41, of 85 Strong Street in the Bronx; Benny Maldonado, 60, of 60-81 Myrtle Avenue in Ridgewood, and Rosa Rincon, 56, of 106-17 95 Avenue in Woodhaven. District Attorney Brown described the operation as “an old-fashioned numbers racket complete with betting parlors, wire rooms and runners

and collectors …” The arrests he said came as a result of a six-month investigation that “utilized both court-authorized wiretaps and physical surveillance” in order to dismantle this family-operated gambling ring. The defendants were arraigned in Queens County Supreme Court and charged with enterprise corruption, first-degree promoting gambling and first-degree possession of gambling records. Authorities confirmed that an investigation commenced in February 2013 into an operation being run by Saul Montalvo and his partner Juan Arias out of 593 Sutter Avenue in Brooklyn. The location served as a central wire room. There were fax machines on the premises which authorities say received betting slips from more than thirty numbers rooms across the three counties. Veronica Montalvo was the manager of the Sutter Avenue location while Rosa Rincon operated a second wire room at a house in Woodhaven.

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Daniel Montalvo and Benny Maldonando were responsible for collecting and distributing money to the betting parlors. Following the arrests last week, police executed court-authorized search warrants at twelve locations, including Saul Montalvo’s Lafayette Street residence, where, according to the criminal charges, the police recovered: • 120 Percocet, 75 Oxycontin, 35 Hydrocodone and betting slips; • A 9mm Taurus pistol loaded with a high-capacity magazine containing 16 rounds in addition to a .45 caliber Taurus pistol, a .45 caliber Ruger pistol, both of which were loaded , and more than $90,000 in cash from a safe inside a closet in the master bedroom. • Also found were a loaded 12 gauge Mossberg shotgun, a Smith & Wesson MP-15 assault rifle, as well three magazines all loaded with more than 10 rounds of ammunition from the laundry area.

The Mossberg shotgun and the MP-15 assault rifle are alleged to belong to Daniel Montalvo, who told police he had another MP-15 rifle at his Corona residence. In addition to the criminal charges outlined in the indictment, Saul Montalvo and his wife, Beatriz Velez, 33, have been variously charged in criminal complaints with third-, fifth- and seventh degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, second-, third- and fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon, criminal possession of a firearm, fourth-degree criminal possession of stolen property, first-degree promoting gambling and first-degree possession of gambling records. Daniel Montalvo, was also arrested on a criminal complaint charging him with second-, third- and fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon. The two Montalvos and Velez each face up to fifteen years in prison if convicted on the weapons charges. Daniel Montalvo was ordered to return to court on October 2, 2013, and Saul Montalvo and his wife Beatriz Velez’s next court appearance is scheduled for October 10, 2013. In total twenty-six individuals were arrested on various charges.

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F m E e tr te The family of a young Richmond Hill woman who died after being electrocuted outside her house during Hurricane Sandy has filed a lawsuit against Con Edison, saying the 23-year-old burned to death because of the company’s alleged negligence. Lauren Abraham was killed Oct. 29 after stepping into a puddle and coming into contact with a severed electrical wire - after which she caught fire and screamed in pain in front of horrified neighbors and friends who could do nothing because of the live wire, according to the suit. The lawsuit stated that Abraham, a makeup artist who worked for several professional companies and an aspiring teacher, burned for about half an hour before emergency workers arrived at the scene. According to the suit, which seeks unspecified damages, Abraham would not have died had Con Edison turned off the power and maintained the wires. “The electrical voltage of the line horrifyingly caused Ms. Abraham to burst into flames,” the lawsuit states. “Ms. Abraham, be-

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loved by everyone who met her, then burned alive, writing and screaming while her neighbors and friends looked on, unable to help because the power line was still live.” According to the suit and other published


reports, Abraham had gone outside around 8 p.m. on Oct. 29 to take photos and video of the storm that devastated much of New York City. Her mother had been working a double



shift at the Jewish Home for the Elderly in Connecticut when Abraham’s boyfriend called her the day after the storm to ask if her daughter had really died. It was the first she had heard of the end of her child’s life. Abraham, known as Lola to friends and family, had been attending beauty school, as well as studying at Lehman College to become a social studies teacher. She was a graduate of Martin Van Buren High School. On a Facebook memorial page dedicated to Abraham, friends remembered the woman as a “beautiful and passionate young makeup artist. “She touched the lives of everyone she came in contact with and will forever be in our hearts,” the statement goes on to read. On the same memorial page, friends called Abraham a “stunning and gifted makeup artist” who was “adventurous, funny, loving, compassionate and fiercely loyal. “She was a beloved daughter, a sister, an aunt, a true friend and love,” the memorial page says.

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Two cops arrested for selling accident reports illegally to runners, now face bribery charges By Patricia Adams Two cops who decided to try a little “moonlighting” on the job were arrested after they were found to have been selling official copies of NYPD accident reports as part of a victim solicitation set-up. Authorities say that although the pair was involved in the same type of scheme, they were working independently of one another. The district attorney’s office identified the two officers as Danny Cano, 36, assigned to the 115th Precinct in Jackson Heights and Roberto Espinal, 44, who is assigned to the 110th Precinct in Elmhurst. The arrests unfolded as the result of an investigation conducted by the Internal Affairs

Department in conjunction with the District Attorney’s Integrity Bureau in response to allegations that employees of the NYPD were engaged in selling accident reports and the information contained in them It is alleged that the officers were providing the information to individuals known as “runners” – commonly known as accident chasers, these people find accident victims and bring them to medical providers and physicians in order to maximize cases where insurance is involved. The officers were not authorized to distribute or disseminate such information and were charged last weekend when they appeared before Queens Criminal Court Judge Gene Lopez. Cano is charged

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A 58-year-old Elmhurst woman died in United States from Bangladesh in 1998 and a hit-and-run accident at Queens Boulevard worked for several years to be able to afford and 71st Avenue in Forest Hills Saturday to bring their son over. Her husband died last night, police said. year, according to other published reports. Long known as the “Boulevard of Death,” NisathHossain, an immigrant from Bangladesh, was reportedly walking home from her Queens Boulevard has been criticized for job at McDonald’s around 10:15 p.m. when a years by transportation advocates and resisilver minivan traveling westbound struck her dents who say far too many lives have been lost on the roadway. and sped off, according to the NYPD. Recently, a group of residents have been She was brought to North Shore University Hospital, where she was pronounced dead. securing signatures for a Transportation AlHossain was mourned by family and ternatives petition calling for additional traffriends, who described the woman as a dot- fic calming measures to be implemented on ing mother of her only child, Faisal Riaz, 35. Queens Boulevard - which runs from Long Hossain and her husband had moved to the Island City to Jamaica. Much of the boulevard 10 | THE FORUM NEWSGROUP • September 26, 2013



is about 12 lanes wide but expands to 16 lanes near Yellowstone Boulevard in Forest Hills. So far, individuals have collected more than 1,000 signatures for the petition that will be brought to community boards for support. The boards will be asked to urge the city Department of Transportation to implement such measures as protected bicycle lanes, dedicated bus lanes and better protected areas for pedestrians. “We’ve been working on Queens Boulevard for the past decade, and our vision is to transform the street into what we call a complete street - a street that accommodates everyone,” Miller Nuttle, of Transportation

In another complaint, between May August 2013, the alleged “runner” sent texts to Espinal requesting copies of NYPD accident reports containing the names of specific accident victims. It is alleged that Espinal would obtain the requested reports, meet the “runner” at various locations in Queens to turn over the reports. He received between $40 and $800 for providing the reports. In total, it is alleged that Espinal provided copies of official NYPD accident reports containing the names and addresses of seven accident victims to a “runner” in exchange for a total of $1,500 in cash payments Both defendants are ordered to return to court on October 9. They each face up to seven years if convicted.

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Alternatives, said in a previous interview. Nuttle and other civic activists have noted that there have been changes made to Queens Boulevard in recent years, in part at the urging of Councilwoman Karen Koslowitz (D-Forest Hills), including the implementation of fencing to keep people from jaywalking and countdown clocks at crosswalks. Still, residents said the roadway is far too dangerous and should be a priority for the city DOT, considering it runs through much of the borough - passing through such neighborhoods as Long Island City, Sunnyside, Woodside, Elmhurst, Rego Park, Forest Hills, Kew Gardens, Briarwood, and Jamaica.

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By Anna Gustafson In the face of looming insurance rates poised to increase dramatically and, some residents say, create ghost towns along the Queens waterfront after individuals are unable to empty their pockets any more to cover their houses, the City Council passed two resolutions aimed at helping homeowners still struggling nearly a year after Hurricane Sandy. One of the resolutions passed, sponsored by Councilman Eric Ulrich (R-Ozone Park), calls upon the United States Congress to amend federal legislation - known as the Biggert-Waters Act of 2012 - in an attempt to mitigate the ramifications of the legislation that phases out subsidized insurance rates and allows for rate increase of 20 to 25 percent a year until properties reach actuarial status. While supporters of the legislation have said it was meant to make a debt-ridden National Flood Insurance Program more fiscally stable, homeowners in Queens - and throughout the country - have said the new rates would force many from their houses because they would no longer be able to afford to live there. “The City Council is sending a message to members of Congress urging them to get their act together and provide relief for Sandy homeowners and their families,” Ulrich said in a prepared statement. “Nearly one year after the storm, many people living on New York’s waterfront are still concerned about the possi-

bility of skyrocketing insurance premiums. We need to do everything we can to alleviate the financial burden that will be imposed by these federal mandates before it’s too late.” Among the recommendations spelled out in Ulrich’s resolution include reducing the amount by which insurance premium rates increase annually, allow properties that have been newly mapped into the floodplain to participate in the phase-in of actuarial rates, permit current subsidized rates to continue upon the sale of a property, allow for higher deductibles in order to reduce premiums, and dock the amount of premiums for the actual riskmitigating alterations owners make to their buildings. The Council also passed a resolution from Councilman Peter Vallone Jr. (D-Astoria), which was co-sponsored by Ulrich, that calls upon Congress to pass, and President Obama to sign, a bill to amend the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act. The legislation would offer assistance for owners of condominiums and housing cooperatives damaged by a major disaster. Among the thousands of structures affected by Sandy were cooperatives and condos, with these structures suffering extensive damage to individual units and common areas. Under current federal policy, coops and condos are considered business entities and therefore largely ineligible for federal aid to make much-needed repairs following disasters like last year’s hurricane.


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n many families, kids and pets get along famously. Many youngsters are natural born animal enthusiasts while pets tend to respond to kids' gentle and loving nature. But the bond between kids and pets is one that develops over time, and parents welcoming a new pet into their home should know that this transition is not always easy. Teaching kids to treat pets with love and respect and watching pets to ensure kids are safe in their company can help calm parents' nerves. The following tips, courtesy of the ASPCA, can ensure both kids and pets stay safe while building a strong bond and a healthy relationship. Teach kids to protect themselves from overexcited pets. Pets, especially puppies, can easily become overexcited. This can be mistaken for aggressiveness, especially by kids who might be scared. Teach kids to protect themselves from overexcited pets, including dog bite prevention. If kids fear their dog might bite them, then teach them to roll into a ball, protect their hands and face and call for help. Running and screaming might upset the dog, who then might go on the defensive. Teach kids to recognize signs of aggression. Sometimes dogs will use body language to let people know they do not wish to be approached. Adults and kids alike should familiarize themselves with these mannerisms as a safety precaution. If these signals are ignored, then the dog might bite to protect itself. Signs of defensive aggression include: ears back, pupils dilated tail down and tensed posture mildly crouched, weight over rear legs

muzzle tense, wrinkled and snarling, and teeth exposed When a dog is exhibiting any of these signs, adults and kids should not approach the dog and let it cool down. Keep kids' toys away from pets and vice versa. Kids' toys are not always pet-safe and pets' toys are not always safe for kids. Separate the two and explain to kids that they should not use their toys when playing with pets. Teach kids to respect a pet's safe spot. Pets may need a safe spot to which they can retreat and be sure no one will follow them. These spots are safe havens for pets, especially those adopted from shelters who might need more time to adjust to a new environment than a puppy or kitten. Teach kids to respect these safe spots, which might be a crate or a sleeping area, leaving pets alone when they retreat to such areas. Pets react defensively when others try to access their safe spots. Teach kids and pets rules for each game. When playing reward games, such as those when a pet gets a treat or toy if it behaves correctly, teach pets to sit in order to get their reward, and teach kids that the pet must be sitting in order to earn its reward. This can keep kids from being jumped on or accidentally bitten when a pet gets overexcited by the sight of a toy or treat. It also teaches pets that they can't get what they want simply by being physical. If the pet won't sit, then adults and kids should walk away without giving the pet its treat or toy. Parents who bring a new pet into their home often find the pet quickly becomes an irreplaceable member of the household. But parents should still take certain precautions to protect kids and pets alike.

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ost drivers would not allow a 40-pound unsecured weight to ricochet around the interior of their vehicles. Passengers and cargo are typically strapped in for safety. But if a driver is driving with an unsecured pet in his or her car, he or she could be putting everyone in the car at risk. The law states that children and adults should be buckled up when riding in a car. The same regulations do not always pertain to pet passengers, although some experts think they should. According to Christina Selter, the founder of California-based pet advocacy group Bark Buckle Up, pets can be very dangerous inside of a vehicle if they are not secured. A 60-pound Golden Retriever can hit you with 2,700 pounds of force in a 35 mileper-hour crash. A dog or cat that is allowed to roam freely inside a car can pose a distraction to the driver, potentially impeding a driver's line of vision or inadvertently bumping into the gear shift. A small animal could get down into the foot well on the driver's side and impede operation of the brakes or accelerator. In addition to the passengers and driver in the car, an un-

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secured pet poses a danger to itself. A dog or cat that is propelled through the car in a crash or sudden stop can risk injury or death. Even simply bumping noses on the dashboard or a seat can be very painful to the animal. Why it’s best to tie your furry friends down: A belt or tether secures the animal and prevents it from hanging its head out of the window, aside from theobvious jumping out, how about a piece of flying debris getting in their eyes or nose this can cause great harm. A harness will prevent a dog or cat from physically jumping out of the vehicle. Seeing a squirrel or other distractionsthat may arise outside could spell disaster to an unsecured pet. In the event of an accident, a pet seatbelt will keep the animal contained until emergency workers can assess the situation. A frightened or injured pet may scratch or bite. Having an excited animal on the loose can make rescue dangerous. When wearing a harness, the pet doesn't have to work as hard bracing itself while the car is maneuvering. The harness will keep it secure.

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f the days of looking forward to sitting and petting your new puppy and the excited sloppy kisses that he or she would lavish on your cheek are over, you’ve probably realized that where puppy breath has somewhat disappeared, it has been replaced by bad breath. You may run and hide from that once-precious pooch. Many changes take place as a cute puppy becomes an adult dog. Many pet owners notice that some dogs gain weight, become sluggish and develop foul breath as they age. This bad breath not only can be a nuisance, but also it can be a health problem for otherwise healthy dogs. “Halitosis, is a condition commonly reported by dog owners. There are many different causes of doggie breath, but the primary contributor is a dental problem. Some pet parents are not aware that dogs need to have their teeth brushed just like us. Food particles can getlodged between teeth and eventually rot, causing an odor. What's more, this food may cause bacteria to grow, which can decay teeth and lead to gum inflammation. If left untreated, plaque buildup and sore gums can progress to periodontal disease. According to veterinarians, plaque clings to the base of your dog's teeth, causing the gums to recede and become inflamed. nce the gums are in-

flamed, they tend to leak blood serum, which blends with the plaque, increasing the amount of bacteria in the dog's mouth. This appears as a yellowish coating on the dog's teeth. Some dogs affected by serious plaque buildup will eat less. Routinely brushing the dog's teeth can minimize plaque buildup. Feeding hard kibble, which can further dislodge any other food, and offering chew toys and bones will also help keep plaque problems at bay. If plaque is a major problem, a veterinarian may suggest a thorough cleaning under sedation. In addition to periodontal causes, bad breath may be a symptom of other serious conditions. Diseases of the kidneys, gastrointestinal disorders or even stomach cancer can cause bad breath. Diabetes and liver problems are also culprits in halitosis. In other cases, foreign objects that become lodged in the teeth, including the pet's own fur, can decompose and form a foul odor. The foreign objects also may irritate the skin and the gums. An infection that forms may produce an unpleasant odor. A pet with bad breath should be examined by a veterinarian, unless it is obvious that it is the result of something the dog ate, including stool or spoiled garbage. The following methods also may keep bad breath at bay. Brush your dog's teeth regularly. This helps prevent plaque buildup and will keep the gums healthy. Change the dog's food. Some canned foods may produce foul breath, as can feeding a dog raw meat. Prevent access to garbage if your dog is a routine scrounger in the trash. If your dog isn't eating much and looks frail, the breath may be a sign of a serious illness. Visit with a veterinarian promptly

It is best to secure your canine friend if you will be taking him for a ride in the car. There are many ways to secure pets in a motor vehicle. An animal crate that is belted down is one option, and a pet may be comfortable riding in a familiar crate and feel more secure as a result. For smaller dogs or cats, consider a pet booster seat that straps in with

the vehicle's safety belt. Some drivers have used children's booster seats with a pet harness. Harnesses that work with safety belts are also available. These can keep the pet in a sitting or lying-down position. Secure your pets and everyone will be happy

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ccording to the American Kennel Club, the Labrador retriever was once again the most popular dog in the United States in 2012, marking the 22nd consecutive year the breed has earned the top spot on the annual list. While the lab might have the top spot on lockdown, the rest of the top five was not so stable. While the German shepherd again came in second, the golden retriever pushed the beagle, which fell to fourth, out of the top three, while the bulldog became the fifth most popular dog in 2012, displacing the Yorkshire terrier, which fell to sixth. Rounding out the top 10 were the boxer, poodle, rottweiler and dachshund, which fell one spot while the rottweiler moved up one spot. Many of the same breeds atop the AKC list are just as popular in Canada, where the Canadian Kennel Club noted that the Labrador retriever, German shepherd and golden retriever were the most popular breeds in 2011, the most recent year for which the CKC has released statistics. The Shetland sheepdog (fifth), Bernese mountain dog (seventh) and miniature schnauzer (tenth) were dogs that cracked the Canadian top 10 but not the American top 10.

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By Patricia Adams Motorists traveling on the Jackie Robinson parkway on Saturday morning shortly before noon, say what happened there was nothing less than a miracle, after an out of control Jeep plunged through the rail and fencing of an overpass, landing on the busy roadway below. “It was like something out of a movie,” said Kerry O’Malley-Ryan. “I know you’ve heard that before, but this was like something out of a movie.” The 34-year-old mother of three was on her way to the city to shop for her twins 5th birthday presents. “I was just looking at the road and I saw something in the corner of my vision—it was like in slow motion and it just kept getting bigger and bigger.” Fischer said she really didn’t realize what was going on until the sound of the crash not more than a hundred feet before her sent a wave of shock through her. Cars traveling in both directions came to a screeching halt and onlookers from the top the overpass at Park Lane Square say everything was as though it were frozen down on the parkway for a couple of seconds and then there was screaming and a mad rush to help the people in the car. “It was like everyone just looked at each other in amazement,” said John Firth, a Forest Hills resident who had just crossed the street with Kelsey, his yellow Lab, for a run through the park. “No one there could believe that the car just landed

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Police, emergency service workers and onlookers watched as the late model Jeep Laredo was put back on its wheels revealing the crushed roof and shattered glass it sustained in a nearly 18 foot plunge.

on the road without hitting another car. Miraculous. Absolutely miraculous,” Firth said shaking his head. There were two women in the late model Jeep Laredo, above the

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its roof about 18 feet below. One of the women trapped in the vehicle managed to kick out the windshield glass and people rushed to help get her out of the car. Both the driver and the passenger had minor scrapes and cuts. They were both taken to the hospital for observation

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THE HAPPENINGS Thursday, Sept. 26

Friday, Sept. 27

Saturday, Sept. 28

Richmond Hill South Civic Association Meeting

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Paper Making Workshop for Children With Autism

Knights of Columbus Hall 135-45 Lefferts Blvd., South Ozone Park - 7:30 p.m. All members of the community are welcome to attend the civic meeting. September’s event will feature Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder as the guest speaker.

Juniper Park Civic Association Town Meeting Our Lady of Hope School Eliot Avenue and 71st Street, Middle Village - 7:45 p.m. All members of the public are invited to attend the civic’s monthly town meeting, at which residents will be able to speak with the police commander and discuss issues regarding traffic, transportation, building, housing, and more. Elected officials will also be on hand to address questions and concerns. For more information, call (718) 651-5865 or visit

Polish-German Clubhouse 576 Fairview Ave., Ridgewood Free jazz is played every Friday evening at the Polish-German Clubhouse. For more information, call (347) 363-9101

Richmond Hill Historical Society Lecture on Female Racecar Driver The Richmond Hill Historial Society will present a lecture on Joan Newton Cuneo, a former Richmond Hill resident who was the country's premier female race car driver at the turn of the 20th century.

New York Hall of Science 47-01 111th St., Corona - 10:30 a.m. Children with autism and their families are invited to transform recycled paper scraps and found objects like fabric fibers, leaves and flower petals into handmade paper. Preregistration is required. For more information, visit

Juniper Park Civic Association Clean-up

80th Street and 57th Avenue - 10 a.m. All members of the public are invited to help clean up the area on Saturday. Please be sure to wear old clothes and meet at 10 a.m. sharp. Those planning on attending should contact Len Santoro of the civic association Leonard Center, by emailing 86-13 112 St., Richmond Hill - 7:30 p.m. The Richmond Hill Historical Society 3:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. presents a lecture on Joan Newton Cuneo’s life and her role from 1905 to 1915 Everyone is invited to a special three-hour narrated sunset as the premier female racer in the United States and spokes- tour of Jamaica Bay aboard the Golden Sunshine ship. As woman for women drivers and good roads. During most of part of the event, you will learn about the history and ecology 155-55 Cross Bay Blvd. these important years, Cuneo lived on Church Street in Rich- of the bay and see nesting and migrating hawks, peregrine The Howard Beach Senior Center will offer art classes with a falcons, oystercatchers, ospreys, herons, egrets, Ibis, shoremond Hill. Refreshments will be provided. certified teacher from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., as well as from birds and waterfowl. 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. The tour will be led by Don Riepe, Guardian of Jamaica Bay All individuals age 60 and older are welcome to attend. an0d noted local naturalist. The center is located on Cross Bay Boulevard across from The tour is $55 per person and includes wine, cheese, fruit Waldbaums. For more information, call (718) 738-8100. and snacks. It will depart from Sheepshead Bay’s Pier 4 at Emmons AvFlushing Town Hall enue and Bedford Avenue in Brooklyn. 137-35 Northern Blvd., Flushing - 8 p.m. To purchase tickets by credit card, go tohttp://cruiseseptemThe Don Byron New Gospel Quintet - one of the most Individuals may also send a check mired jazz clarinetists and saxophonists in modern musicianfor $55 per person to the American Littoral Society, c/o Don ship - will play the eclectic sounds of jazz, blues and gospel. Riepe, 28 West 9th Road, Broad Channel, NY 11693. Tickets are $20 and include light fare and one drink. The documentary The cruise is a cooperative program with the American For more information, visit "Vegucated" will play this Littoral Society, Gateway National Park Service, NYC Thursday, Sept. 26, as Audubon, and NYC Sierra Club. For more information, part of the, call (718) 474-0896, or email Gardens' environmental film series in Forest Hills.

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Church-in-the-Gardens Environmental Film Series

50 AscanAve., Forest Hills - 8 p.m. The Church-in-theGardens will present “Vegucated” as its next film in the “Earth Matters: Films on the Environment” film series. It will be shown in the lounge of the church’s parish house. The film is open to the general public and free of charge. In this documentary, three meat- and cheese-loving New Yorkers agree to adopt a vegan diet for six weeks. Lured with true, tales of weight loss and health regained, they begin to uncover the hidden sides of animal agriculture. The church’s film series focus on environmental concerns from a variety of perspectives. This year, the films are shown at 8 p.m. on the fourth Thursday of the month unless it clashes wtih a holiday.

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The Great Woodhaven Yard Sale

King Manor Museum Jamaica Avenue between 150th and 153rd streets, Jamaica Cellist David Bakamjian, flutist Andrew Bolotowsky and harpsichordist Rebecca Pechefsky perform chamber music. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Those attending will be able to sample fruit brandy and hard The Woodhaven Residents’ Block Association and commucider similar to what was in Rufus King’s wine cellar. nity members are holding the Great Woodhaven Yard Sale at The event is free and open to the public. nearly 60 locations throughout the neighborhood on Sept. 28. For more information, visit A wide variety of merchandise will be available during the community event. For participating households, please see the map printed in the Happenings calendar. For more information, visit, email or call (718) 296-3735. 155-55 Cross Bay Blvd. The Howard Beach Senior Center offers a variety of bridge playing experiences. There is supervised bridge on Fridays from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., and duplicate bridge is offered on Fridays from 12:45 p.m. to 2:45 p.m. Shops at Atlas Park The Howard Beach Senior Center is now located across from 80-00 Cooper Ave., Glendale - 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Waldbaums on Cross Bay Boulevard and is open to anyone The “Make It In America” expo, sponsored by U.S. Rep. 60 or older. Grace Meng, will showcase a variety of local, American-made For more information, call (718) 738-8100. products. The exhibit aims to provide local entrepreneurs with

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We'll show you how to have a good time... Enjoy your community. featuring Dr. BianaTrost as the guest speaker. Dr. Trost, a board certified cardiologist with a practice at North Shore-LIJ Hospital in Manhasset, will speak to the audience about cardiology breakthroughs and overall best practices. The lecture will be given in the temple’s lower ballroom. A light breakfast will be served. Advance registration is required and is available online at For more information, call (718) 261-2900.

15th Annual Fall Festival Car Show

More than 60 households will participate in this Saturday's Great Woodhaven Yard Sale.

Vintage and modern cars will be shown off at the 15th annual Fall Festival Car Show in Forest Park on Oct. 6.

Forest Park bandshell parking lot, Woodhaven 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The East Coast Car Association will sponsor this yearly fall festival car show, which will feature a live band, trophies, goody bags and door prizes. There is a $20 donation for individuals showing cars and motorcycles. All donations will go to St. Mary’s Healthcare System for Children. For more information, call Bob at (917) 385-2322 or Lou at (917) 682-5362.

a platform to display their talents and wares. baked goods and clothes. There will also be numerous attracStaff will be on hand to provide resources to help individutions for children and families, including rides. als deal with the Small Business Administration and navigate For more information, visit through federal programs that offer services to businesses and entrepreneurs. If you own a business within Congressional District 6, Forest Park bandshell parking lot - 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. or the greater Queens or New York City area, and wish to participate in the event or get more information about All members of the public are welcome to bring items for reit, call Meng’s office at (718) 445-7860 or (718) 445-7861. cycling to this annual event that is held rain or shine. Items that will be accepted for recycling are: clothing, coats bedding, linens paired shoes, scarving, belts, hats, handbags, computers, monitors, cell phones, servers, fax machines, typewriters, televisions, scanners, copiers, printers, batteries, laptops, cameras, wires, air conditioners, telephones, cable 59-03 Summerfield St., Ridgewood boxes, fans, VCR tapes, paper, residential carpeting, and Saturday, Sept. 28 and Sunday, Sept. 29 - 11 a.m. household goods such as dishes, glasses, silverware, lamps, The Greater Ridgewood Youth Council presents a market pots and drapes. featuring a wide variety of goods, including antiques, art, and For more information, please call (718) 738-1111. food. There will be handmade, local and vintage items for sale. Metropolitan Avenue, Middle Village - 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. For more information, visit The “Zombies Into Action” walk will go up and down Metropolitan Avenue and end up at Pat’s Sports Bar at 73-13 Metropolitan Ave. The event costs $35 per entry and includes a limited edition t-shirt, entry to the Walking Dead Season 4 Premier Party, a Coors Light draft voucher, and the “All the Flesh You Can Eat” buffet. Participants must be 21 years old or over. For those who only want to participate in the walk, Gotham Thrift Shop - 60-47 Myrtle Ave., Ridgewood the cost is $20. Proceeds benefit the nonprofit Play4Autism, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. - Rain date Sunday, Oct. 6 a Middle Village-based organization that works with children The Ridgewood Market presents a Halloween clothes swap Flushing Meadows Corona Park with autism and their families. for children and adults. The entry fee is $8 if you bring clothes Space is limited. Call Greg at ((718) 894-3400 or visit 111th Street and 55th Avenue - 9 a.m. The third annual Queens Walk to End Alzheimer’s will raise mon- and $10 without clothes. Items that are wanted to swap for more information. ey for the Alzheimer’s Association. Last year, the walk raised clude children’s and adults’ Halloween clothes, regular clothes for children and adults, shoes, and accessories. $93,000 and residents are hoping to do even better this year. For more information, visit For more information, and to sign up for the walk, visit, or reach Alzheimer’s Association representative Candace Douglas at (800) 272-3900 or via MacDonald Park - Queens Boulevard and 70th Avenue email at 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. A total of 150 potted small trees will be available for residents Madison Street between Forest and Fairview avenues, to adopt and plant on their property for free. Ridgewood - 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Those who wish to participate should register online. If you A flea market to benefit the library will include more than 25 choose not to reserve your tree online, a limited quantity will vendors, free face painting, a cartoonist, hot dogs, cakes, be available on a first-come, first-served basis. If trees are 34th Avenue between 80th and 81st streets drinks, and more. At the event, residents can sign up for a 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. remaining at the end, you can adopt more than one tree. Thousands of books that cost no more than $2 each will be avail- free library card, as well as renew their membership or join For more information, visit for residents to peruse at this yearly literary extravaganza. Friends of the Ridgewood Library and choose 10 free books. tHillsTreeGiveaways or email Michael Perlman There will also be music entertainment. For more information, visit at

Forest Park Recycling Day

Ridgewood Market Weekend Flea Event

Sunday, Sept. 29

Queens Walk to End Alzheimer’s

Jackson Heights Annual Book Fair Shop Forest Hills Fall Festival

Sunday, Oct. 13

‘Zombies Into Action’ Walk for Autism

Saturday, Oct. 5

Ridgewood Market’s Halloween Clothes Swap

Friends of the Ridgewood Library’s Fall Fun Day

Sunday, Oct. 6

Cardiology Lecture at Reform Temple of Forest Hills

Austin Street between 69th and 72nd roads - 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. More than 200 store owners will show off their goods at the annual Shop Forest Hills Fall Festival, which is organized by 71-11 112 St., Forest Hills - 10:30 a.m. the Forest Hills Chamber of Commerce. As part of the event, The Reform Temple of Forest Hills is partnering with North shoppers will be able to peruse everything from candles to Shore Long Island Jewish Hospital to present a symposium

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One family hi rise 1 car garage. 40x100. Asking $575,000 CALL MARIA: 718-757-2394

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LINDENWOOD 3 bedrooms, 2 baths, hardwood floors, use of yard, pets ok, water included, credit check $1750

DRIVERS (TRUCK) Must have 5 yrs Truck Driving exp. Only 4 day work week. MonThurs. Salary $700/wk. 401K, 100% Med & Dent bnfts & uniform. All trucks brand new automatics. Call Ahead is accepting all licenses. Clean license reqd. Apply M-F, 9-7 pm. 304 Crossbay Blvd., Broad Channel Qns, NY.

Beautiful dark wood dining table with 4 chairs. It is tall and leaf is included. Email for pictures and/or to make offer. Asking $500

CENTERVILLE 3 bedrooms, pay gas, electric and heat, all new $1600 LINDENWOOD 2 bedrooms, 1 bath, pay electric, 1 month security, no pets $1500 CENTURY 21 718-835-4700

For Rent OZONE PARK 1 bedroom. Second floor. All utilities included, cable and internet. Close to transportation. No smoking no pets. Mature, working person preferred. Must have references. $1240 718-641-5960

For Rent RICHMOND HILL 3 bedroom apartment on first floor. Use of yard. $1800 HOWARD BEACH Home for rent. 4 bedrooms. $2300 Call Agent: Angela 718-288-6658

Parking Spots Commercial vehicle spaces available. Call 718-835-8599

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Halloween store seeking experienced, ghoulish, sales associates for its busy season. Please call for an appointment Monday through Friday 11am - 4pm at:

718-846-1008 ext. 132

Tutoring Experienced, Certified Teacher will tutor in math, science and reading. Very reasonable rates. SAT tutor. CALL 718-763-6524

Garage Sale Friday thru Tuesday 8 AM– 7 PM 162-40 99 Street, Howard Beach All things nautical, tools, furniture, driftwood, 18,000 BTU H&C AC, antique brass propellers.

Flea Market NYFAC Foundation 164-14 Cross Bay Blvd., Howard Beach Sat. Sept. 28th 9 AM – 4 PM $1 Donation upon entry. New and used items. Food and beverages will be sold. Vendors are welcome ($80 per table). One day only! Unbeatable prices, everything must go! Any questions please call Sara: 347-5663122 ext. 305

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Legal Notices NOTICE OF FORMATION OF LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY. NAME: 101-19 NORTHERN BLVD., LLC. Articles of Organization were filed with the Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 09/10/13. Office location: Queens County. SSNY has been designated as agent of the LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail a copy of process to the LLC, 101-19 Northern Boulevard, Corona, New York 11368. Purpose: For any lawful purpose.

Notice of Formation of THEATRE BEYOND BROADWAY LLC, Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 09/05/13. Office location: Queens County. Princ. office of LLC: 116-40 Park Ln. South, D2, Kew Gardens, NY 11418. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to Corporation Service Co., 80 State St., Albany, NY 12207-2543. Purpose: Any lawful activity.


Legal Notices NOTICE OF FORMATION OF LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY. NAME: 3168 35th STREET LLC. Articles of Organization were filed with the Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 04/04/13. Office location: Queens County. SSNY has been designated as agent of the LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail a copy of process to the LLC, P.O. Box 575042, Whitestone, New York 11357. Purpose: For any lawful purpose. GRAND APTS LLC Arts. of Org. filed with the SSNY on 08/19/2013. Office loc: Queens County. SSNY has been designated as agent upon whom process against the LLC may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: the LLC, 6548 174th Street, Flushing, NY 11365. Purpose: Any Lawful Purpose. NOTICE OF FORMATION OF LIMITED PARTNERSHIP. NAME: 20-70 STEINWAY STREET FAMILY LIMITED PARTNERSHIP. Application for Authority was filed with the Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 08/15/13. The LP was originally filed with the Secretary of State of Nevada on 01/23/01. The duration date is perpetual. Office location: Queens County. SSNY has been designated as agent of the LP upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail a copy of process to the LP, 23-19 Broadway, Astoria, New York 11106. JFK SOLAR ENTERPRISES LLC Articles of Org. filed NY Sec. of State (SSNY) 8/16/13. Office in Queens Co. SSNY design. Agent of LLC upon whom process may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to The LLC 32 Cherry Wood Lane, Port Washington, NY 11050. Purpose: Any lawful activity. STANDING WITH GOD L.L.C Articles of Org. filed NY Sec. of State (SSNY) 5/22/13. Office in Queens Co. SSNY design. Agent of LLC upon whom process may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to The LLC 11175 158th St Jamaica, NY 11433. Purpose: Any lawful activity. Registered Agent Winter Jade Flowers-Olowofela 11175 158th St Jamaica, NY 11433. PYJ REAL ESTATE MANAGEMENT LLC, a domestic LLC, filed with the SSNY on 7/5/13. Office location: Queens County. SSNY is designated as agent upon whom process against the LLC may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: Yuval Jacob, 7554 190th St., Fresh Meadows, NY 11366. General Purposes.

Notice of Formation of 579 92nd Street LLC. Arts. of Org. filed with NY Dept. of State on 8/2/13. Office location: Queens County. Princ. bus. addr.: 616 Lowell Rd., Concord, MA 01742. Sec. of State designated agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served and shall mail process to: c/o Mark B. Elefante, Hemenway & Barnes LLP, 60 State St., Boston, MA 02109. Purpose: all lawful purposes. TSDNYC, LLC Arts of Org filed with NY Sec of State (SSNY) on 6/10/13. Office: Queens County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: 142-20 41st Ave, #4H, Flushing, NY 11355. General Purposes. Notice of Formation of SCOTT AVE PARTNERS LLC Arts. of Org. filedwith Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on08/19/13. Office location: Queens County. Princ. office of LLC: 63-23Metropolitan Ave., Middle Village, NY 11379. 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. office. Purpose: Any lawful activity. NOTICE OF FORMATION OF LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY. NAME: FLUSHING ASPHALT RECYCLING, LLC. Articles of Organization were filed with the Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 08/12/13. Office location: Queens County. SSNY has been designated as agent of the LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail a copy of process to the LLC, 120-01 31st Avenue, Flushing, New York 11354. Purpose: For any lawful purpose. Notice of Formation of JEFF BERZON BOOKKEEPING LLC, Arts. of Org. filed with the Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 08/22/2013. Office loc: Queens County. SSNY has been designated as agent upon whom process against the LLC may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: The LLC 80-22 Little Neck Parkway, Floral Park, NY 11004. Purpose: Any lawful activity. Pritpal Kaur LLC Arts of Org. filed with NY Secy of State (SSNY) on 8/14/13. Office: Queens. SSNY is design. as agent of LLC upon whom process may be served and shall mail process to 162-03 84th Dr. Flr 1 Jamaica, NY 11432. Purpose: any lawful activity.

Notice of Formation of GOMMA, Notice of Formation of MAY LLC, Arts. of Org. filed with the Secy. SQUARED REAL ESTATE LLC. Arts of State of NY (SSNY) on 07/11/2013. of Org. filed with NY Secy of State Office loc: Queens County. SSNY (SSNY) on 4/24/13. Office: Queens. has been designated as agent upon SSNY is designated as agent of LLC whom process against the LLC may upon whom process against it may be be served. SSNY shall mail process served and shall mail process to The to: Carlos M Roman II at 41-34 CresLLC, 255-07 61st Avenue, 1st Floor, cent Street, Long Island City, NY Little Neck, NY 11362. Purpose: any 11101. Purpose: Any lawful activity. lawful activity. THE FORUM NEWSGROUP • September 26, 2013 | 2

OPEN HOUSE SAT 9/28, 12-2 PM 109-07 86 STREET OZONE PARK 1 family with 6 rooms, 3 bedrooms, 2 baths in heart of Ozone Park. Asking $399K OPEN HOUSE SAT 9/28, 2:30-4:30 157-07 92 STREET HOWARD BEACH 1 family cape, 7 rms, 4 bedrms, full bsmnt, 1.5 car gar, pvt driveway, new heat & hw, new floors. HOWARD BEACH 4.5 rms Jr. Hi-Rise Co-op with 2 bedrooms. Asking ONLY $129K HOWARD BEACH 5 room, 2 bedroom Garden Co-Op. Must see! Asking $135K

HOWARD BEACH Hi Ranch 60x100 with 10 rooms, 5 bedrooms, 3.5 new bath, new kitchen, new heat and hot water heater. CALL NOW! OZONE PARK Two family brick home with 5 rooms, 2 bedrooms over 5 rooms, 2 bedrooms, full finished basement. CALL NOW! HOWARD BEACH Hi Rise Co-op 3.5 room, 1 bedroom, 1 bath all new kit, bath completely remodeled, parking available. Asking $108K OZONE PARK Two family, 8 rooms, 3 bedrooms, 2 baths, immaculate condition, updated roof, boiler etc., move in condition. CALL NOW!

HOWARD BEACH 3.5 room, 1 bedroom Co-op Hi Rise. Great condition. Asking $105K HAMILTON BEACH 1 family detached 3 rms, living rm, din rm, kit, 1 bedrm, 1 bath, gar, pvt driveway. CALL NOW!

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Woodhaven Residents' Block Association honors civic, business leaders at 42nd annual dinner By Michael Florio The Woodhaven Residents Block Association held its 42nd annual fundraiser last week to celebrate another year of protecting the South Queens community. The event, held at Joe Abbracciamento Restaurant in Rego Park, honored community members hailed as inspirations in a tight-knit neighborhood and was attended by a bevy of politicians, including U.S. Rep. Nydia Velazaquez (D-Queens, Brooklyn, Manhattan), as well as state and city legislators. “We seek to keep open communications between our residents, our elected officials and the police,” WRBA President Ed Wendell said of his organization. “We want to bring issues to the table and work behind the scenes to resolve problems.” The organization looks to prevent graffiti, residential noise and illegal housing, along with dealing with a myriad issues facing the Woodhaven community - including crime. Wendell and other WRBA members have recently discussed launching a citizens' patrol unit that would help officers in the 102nd Precinct - now plagued by a variety of crime, including sexual assaults in Forest Park and alleged gang activity at the London Planetree skate park on the border of Woodhaven and Ozone Park. “We are celebrating 42 years of fighting for Woodhaven,” said Councilman Eric Ulrich (ROzone Park). “We care about keeping streets safe, give a good quality of life and children being able to go to good school.”


Photo Courtesy Josephine Wendell

Paul Rudolph, third from right, who owns the Walker Funeral Home, was named as the Woodhaven Residents' Block Association's Man of the Year at the group's annual dinner fundraiser last week. Rudolph was joined by his wife and children, as well as Councilman Eric Ulrich, left, state Sen. Michael Gianaris, second from left in the back, state Assemblyman Mike Miller, second from right, and state Sen. Joe Addabbo Jr., right.

The night kicked off by honoring individuals who WRBA members said have been the cornerstones of the community for years. Paul Rudolph Jr., the owner of Walker Funeral Home, won Man of the Year. Woman of the Year went to Patti Eggers, an educator at St. Thomas the Apostle. Former Man of the Year and current Assemblyman Mike Miller (D-Woodhaven) heaped praised on the WRBA. “You guys get a lot of things done," Miller said. "You are a phenomenal organization. You guys go above and beyond and do a great job.” Miller was not the only one in attendance



giving thanks to the association and all that they do. “You guys care about where they work and the beauty of Woodhaven,” said state Sen. Joe Addabbo, Jr. “Thank you for what you do for our community.” The night also honored Hall of Fame inductee Ohlert-Ruggiere, Inc, which is celebrating more than 100 years of business on Jamaica Ave. American Legion Woodhaven Post No. 118 was named Organization of the Year. Along with lauding various individuals and groups, the WRBA celebrated that the Forest Park Carousel has been landmarked.


Local families travel to Tennessee to combat Juvenile Diabetes By Patricia Adams As part of their demonstrated support and commitment to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF), local businessman Angelo Gurino of Howard Beach and prominent criminal attorney Joe Mureof Neponsit, are repeat participants in the JDRF Ride for a Cure Race. Riders from around the world take on two challenges: raising the money needed to fund research for better treatments and a cure for diabetes, and reaching a personal training goal to prepare for a destination cycling experience. The journey begins by traveling to one of the destination Ride locations and meeting up with fellow riders to begin a weekend of safety seminars, planned excursions, and team building celebrations. All leading up to the big event...Ride Day. Photo Courtesy of The Gurino Family And this past weekend Gurino and Mure Angelo and Annemarie Gurino at the finish line of last traveled with family members to Nashville Ten- weekend’s Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation Ride to Cure 100 mile race. nessee to complete in the grueling 100-mile course which was spread out over the TennesGurino and his wife Annemarie are very acsee countryside and steep rolling hills. tive in the organization, contributing food for Mure, a prominent criminal attorney from many fund raising events from their gourmet Belle Harbor, is well known for his dedication food market, Ragtime in Howard Beach. Their to JDRF. Mure has a son with the disease and nephew, Vincent was diagnosed with the discontinues to lead successful fundraising efforts ease several years back and now the couple and for the Brooklyn-Queens chapter of the nation- their entire family are devoted supporters in the wide organization. quest to cure Type 1 diabetes. “The first rest stop came at 21-miles for me,” The pair joined 513 other riders who raised said Joe Mure, “and honestly I felt as though I over $1.5 million in the event, making it the were not going any further.” The increased el- largest event of its kind ever, with New York evation and the hills were presenting more of a coming in third place for overall money raised. challenge than either rider was expecting. “It’s great to be a part of this,” Angelo Gurino 2 | THE FORUM NEWSGROUP • September 26, 2013

said exhausted at the finish line. “The people out here are raising a lot of money and we are getting a lot closer to wiping this [juvenile diabetes] out. We’re going to see that happen in our lifetime and that’s big.” Gurino will participate in another race in October, this time pedaling 75-miles for Multiple Sclerosis. Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune disease in which the body’s immune system attacks and destroys the insulin-producing cells of the pancreas. While its causes are not yet entirely understood, scientists believe that both genetic factors and environmental triggers are involved. Type 1 diabetes strikes children and adults, causes dependence on injected or pumped insulin for life, and carries the constant threat of devastating complications. The money raised helps JDRF move faster toward better treatments and a cure for type 1 diabetes. For those who do not have their own special reason for riding they can be matched a Youth Ambassadors – a young hero from your own community living with diabetes. If you’d like to help out and want more information visit RIDE.JDRF.ORG We would like to offer a very sincere apology for incorrectly identifying Vincent Gurino in a photo at the JDRF charity gala in last week’s issue. We mistakenly used Vincent’s brother’s name, Anthony, in the caption. By the way, Vincent we could just call you champ and always be right!

The association was presented with a plaque to commemorate the announcement. “Woodhaven is one of the greatest neighborhoods in New York City because of the people that live there. They really care,” said Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley (D-Middle Village). The association’s main goal is to support the Woodhaven community. “We do fundraising for different things; we support little league teams,” said Wendell. The association combats graffiti by thinking out of the box, members said. “We do not only paint over it, which is just a temporary cure," Wendell said. "What we do is photograph tags and share them with the police. Last year one person was arrested, and the police were able to go through the catalog we provided and add additional charges.” The association also combats residential noise, by creating a program called Noise Busters, where people can call in noise issues. The WRBA’s actions do not go unnoticed. “Thank you for all the work you do to make Woodhaven a great place to work and live,” Velazquez said. “You care about the quality of life in the community.” Going forward, the WRBA’s goal is to spread the word about them to more people in the Woodhaven community. “Our goal is too reach out to more people, because, as many people as we are reaching, it is still so far short of where we need to be,” said Wendell, who added that they want to inspire "more people to get out and care.”

Richmond Hill South Civic Association

MEETING NOTICE WHEN: Thursday, Sept. 26 at 7:30 PM NEW LOCATION: Knights of Columbus Hall 135-45 LeffertsBlvd., Ozone Park GUEST SPEAKER: Assemblyman

Phil Goldfeder All members of the community are welcome!

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The Howard Beach Columbus Day Foundation Proudly Hosts The Annual

Howard Beach Columbus Day Parade

2013 Honorees Joann Ariola – Peter Vallone Jr. – Luigi Moccia – Al Perno

Sunday, September 29, 2013 at 12:00 PM Kick Off Cross Bay Blvd. at 156th Avenue For further information call 718.641.3469

8th Annual Gala Dinner Dance featuring Angelo Venuto • Italian Tenor Christopher Macchio DJs Jack LaSala/Satisfaction Guaranteed & Nicky Guida/2+2 Entertainment

Wednesday, October 9, 2013 at Russo’s On The Bay 162-45 Cross Bay Boulevard, Howard Beach, NY 11414 Cocktails and Dinner at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $135 per person Please RSVP by October 1st • Call 718.641.3469

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