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LeBron Sets Example, Delivers on "Promise" to Children of Hometown
The athlete aims to provide for Ohio, where Betsy DeVos and the U.S. Department of Education seem to fail ■■ Alana Winns, diversityinc.com
eBron James refuses to allow society to box him into being solely an athlete. Knowing first-hand what it means to overcome adversity at an early age, the L.A. Lakers’ newest star has found the ultimate way to give back to his hometown by opening the “I Promise School.” If we were to break this down from the perspective of team ability, it’s fair to say that James and his partnership with Akron Public Schools are currently starters, while Betsy DeVos and the U.S. Department of Education are second string. The new school, which aims to help 1,200 children enter college by 2029, opened its doors today as a joint effort between the James’ Family Foundation and Akron Public Schools. With plans to expand in the future, the school currently has two grades, third, and fourth, according to ESPN.
The outlet’s senior writer, Brian Windhorst, explained that children who complete the program are guaranteed free college tuition at the University of Akron, beginning in 2021, with the help of James. Along with providing for students, the program aims to light a path for the parents to earn their high school diplomas and advanced education. And, while James has gone on record before making reflective statements such as, “I’m just a kid from Akron” and “I’m not supposed to be here, I’m supposed to be a statistic,” as Windhorst pointed out, he’s turning those reflections into lofty action for a city with a 25 percent poverty rate and median income of slightly more than $35,000.
Majority of U.S. Public Schools in Poverty It was just three years ago when the Washington Post reported that majority of ➔➔ Continued on page 15
Renaissance Man for Our Time: LeBron Raymone James Sr., newly signed with the Los Angeles Lakers, may have amassed 4 MVP awards, 3 MVP Final Awards, 2 Olympic gold medals, 3 All-Star Game MVP awards, an NBA scoring title, 14 NBA All-Star Game appearances, twelve All-NBA First Team designations, and five All-Defensive First Team honors. But he is more than a player on the courts. He’s a business owner, community activist and one of the most admired in the world, especially in Akron, Ohio, where he just opened a public school. James, founder of SpringHill Entertainment, has produced a new series, “Shut Up and Dribble,” set to debut on Showtime in October that looks at the changing role of athletes in the current political and cultural climate. In 2015, James announced a partnership with the University of Akron to provide scholarships for as many as 2,300 children beginning in 2021. In 2016, he donated $2.5 million to the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture to support an exhibit on Muhammad Ali. More on LeBron on page 5.
The Toxic Truth in Our Backyards
hree neighborhoods in Brooklyn and one each in Manhattan and Queens have topped a list of neighborhoods with the most current and former contaminated development sites that have participated in the city’s Voluntary Cleanup Program (VCP) A new report from the NYU Furman Center finds that almost half the former and current contaminated sites are located in Brooklyn. Many of these are enrolled in the city’s Voluntary Cleanup Program (VCP). Although Greenpoint and Williamsburg top the list of neighborhoods commercial developers should be diligent in researching, Bedford Stuyvesant also made the list. In 2002, when former Mayor Bloomberg approved the rezoning of housing development into commercial
areas to accommodate gentrification, prospective buyers were not told that their properties sat atop sites that may have been used for chemical and other types of dumping. The rezoning continued apace up until 2016. The report says the good news is that progress is being made with the city’s seven-year-old brownfield cleanup program. “More than 560 properties have applied to the program since 2010,” it says. As of July 2016, cleanups had been completed at 200 parcels citywide, according to the center’s analysis. “A third of those were remediated to “unrestricted” standards, which means that one can build anything there, and 58 percent were cleaned up enough to allow residential development.” So this means that from 2002 to 2010 many residents may have been
unknowingly exposed to toxic chemicals. Brooklyn residents should consider
applying to have their properties tested ASAP.
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President of the West Indian-American Day Carnival Association Passes Away in Sleep (Brooklyn, NY - August 5, 2018) William R. (Bill) Howard, President of the West Indian-American Day Carnival Association, known as the Labor Day Parade, was found dead in his Brooklyn home. He was 75 years of age. News of his death has shaken the political and nonprofit world and will lead to an outpouring of tributes to his legacy. William E. Howard, Jr., son of the late William R. Howard, found Howard passed away in his sleep. Coroner’s report indicated he died of natural causes. “We are all devastated,” Howard’s family said in a statement through a spokesman. “We loved Bill dearly and will miss him terribly. We would ask that our privacy is respected as we grieve during this very difficult time.” The body was found not long after 5 a.m. William R. Howard grew up in Fredericksburg, Virginia. He was a lifelong friend of Congresswoman Shirley Chisholm. Howard served on the Board of Trustees for the City University of New York. He managed Shirley Chisholm’s personal finances, as well as the finances of her political campaigns. Howard was 23 years old in 1965 when then-New York State Legislator Chisholm and her mentor and campaign manager, the late Wesley McHolder, asked Howard to be her campaign finance manager. "I met four presidents through Mrs. Chisholm; both Bushes [George H. W. and George W.], President Jimmy Carter and
President Clinton, Robert Kennedy, the entire U.S. Supreme Court, anyone who was anybody in Washington, D.C. came by to shake Chisholm's hand.” "That changed my life entirely," said Howard, who would go on to a celebrated career in business and government, including a stint as a Deputy Trustee in the Justice Department. He worked in a decades-long job as vice president for finance with the Equitable Life Assurance Society, where he was involved with making
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multimillion-dollar loans to various municipalities, corporations and individuals. Howard also served on the board of Brooklyn's Jewish Hospital [later merged with Interfaith Hospital Center], where he chaired the Finance Committee and once was president of the nursing school. In addition, he was a City University of New York board member from 1983 to 1995. Howard served as First Vice President of the Shirley Chisholm Cultural Institute for Children and also participated in the former
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President Barack Obama’s Presidential Medal of Freedom ceremony in tribute to Congresswoman Shirley Chisholm in Washington, DC. Funeral arrangements are forthcoming. BP Adams Statement: “I'm blessed to have had the honor to call Bill Howard a friend, an honor that so many of my neighbors across Brooklyn enjoyed over his many decades of public service. His legacy will forever be tied with that of the great Representative Shirley Chisholm, as well as that of the West IndianAmerican Day Carnival Association. Bill’s leadership and guidance were indispensable to both of these true Brooklyn institutions, as was his role in strengthening the welfare and unity of the borough’s diverse African-American and Caribbean-American communities. I am a better public servant, and more importantly, a better man for knowing him and receiving his incalculable counsel. I hope this year’s Labor Day Parade will be dedicated to his treasured memory.” Councilwoman Laurie Cumbo: Bill Howard was a fierce leader in Brooklyn for over 50 years. From his work with Shirley Chisholm to his leadership of the West Indian-American Day Carnival Association, he spent his life working to give back to and uplift his community. It is his shoulders upon which we stand as we do our part in building a better Brooklyn and honoring Caribbean culture and community, which so deeply enriches the fabric of our entire city. We are greatly indebted to Bill for his tremendous work and should honor him by proudly and boldly carrying his legacy of service forward.
Voices Of NYC’s Incarcerated Will Be Heard Through Their Vote
n Monday, August 6, robust voter registration and “Get Out the Vote” campaigns were launched within Department of Correction facilities. It is part of the mayor’s effort to increase voting access in the city’s jails. De Blasio said the initiative is intended to help incarcerated individuals exercise their right to vote. Before this, registration forms and absentee ballots were processed with other outgoing mail in jail facilities, which is subject to security procedures that may have inadvertently caused missed deadlines. For the first time ever, the city will facilitate direct pickup and delivery of voter registration forms and absentee ballots, bypassing the jail mailing system to ensure timely delivery of paperwork process to meet local, state and federal election deadlines. Incarcerated individuals will now fill out and submit forms directly to staff who will ensure registration forms and absentee ballots are delivered to the Board of Elections in a timely manner. There are currently many incarcerated individuals in city jails who are eligible to vote. The effort is being led in partnership with the Department of Correction, the Legal Aid Society and the Campaign Finance Board. The effort also includes displaying more than 1,200 posters throughout facilities encouraging people ➔➔ Continued on page 13
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NYC Failing Working Black Women as Local Wage Gap is Wider than New York State and the U.S. Nearly one in four Black women and girls lived in poverty in 2016
(New Yo r k , NY) — Today, ahead of Black Women’s Equal Pay Day on August 7th, New York City Comptroller Scott M. Stringer released an alarming analysis of Black women’s earnings in New York City that uncovers a wage gap higher than New York State and the entire U.S. The Day of More info at: www.aauw.org Recognition—which is held each year on the day that a Black woman’s equality,” said Comptroller Stringer. “As a earnings would “catch up” to a white man’s city, we’re failing to level the playing field from the previous year—would be held for Black women and denying them the on October 3rd for Black women in NYC, opportunity to buy their own home, pursue a full two months later than the national more education or have economic security. observance. The report, “Inside the Gender They should not have to work an additional Wage Gap,” reveals that city government has 30 years to earn the same living as a white failed to address a disparity that has wors- man. If New York is going to continue to be ened for Black women, despite an increase a progressive leader in this country, city leadin their earnings and education. Comptroller ers need to put immediate plans into action.” Stringer’s report also found that while Black Findings detailed in the brief include: women have the highest labor force partic* In 2016, Black women working fullipation rate among women of color in the time in New York City made 57 cents for city and increasing rates of higher education, every dollar paid to white, non-Hispanic they have the highest unemployment rate men—roughly $32,000 less on average; and are more than three times as likely as * The wage gap for Black women in New white men to work in lower-paying service York City is larger than for Black women in occupations. New York State and the U.S.—43 cents com“In a city like New York that touts its pared to 34 cents and 37 cents, respectively; progressive ideals, it is an outrage that Black women in 2018 are still denied economic ➔➔ Continued on page 11
Vote Like Your Life Depended on It! What to Know before You Go
By Maitefa Angaza
e’ve been hearing it a lot – that there’s never been a more critical time to vote than right now. Those who cite frustrations with: the Electoral College and with gerrymandering, hacking, physical tampering, intimidation and other forms of voter suppression, are advised that sheer numbers are the best way to nullify those threats. But if you’ve been busy, distracted or just demoralized, you may not be up-to-date on the local races and deadlines for the Democratic primary coming up on September 13th. Remember that August 19th is the deadline to register in person or online and that registrations sent through the mail must be postmarked by August 19th and received by the 24th. See below for some information and context on some of the races:
The Governor’s Race Governor Mario Cuomo is facing Working Families Party candidate Cynthia Nixon, who has invigorated the race. Due to pressure from what political observers dubbed the “Cynthia Effect,” Cuomo suddenly mustered the political will to, among other things, take a stand against federal immigration raids in our state and break up the Independent Democratic Caucus (IDC), which handed Democratic voters’ agency over to Republicans. He also suddenly found $250M to apply to the public housing crisis and reversed his opposition to the $19 billion
proposal to fix a subway system in a state of emergency. Cuomo’s campaign touts a fairy tale “seven years of progressive policy.” His 2018 platform includes expanding educational opportunity and economic growth, promoting a cleaner and greener state and building a “stronger and safer” New York. Nixon’s platform highlights access to health care, standing for women’s reproductive and wage rights, battling income inequality, renewing expiring rent laws, fixing the subways and passing the DREAM Act, among other things.
The Lieutenant Governor’s Race Unlike in presidential elections, candidates for governor in our state do not choose their running mates —that’s left up to us in the primaries. This time around Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul faces Councilman Jumaane Williams, who’d like to unseat her. If you’re thinking this is not an important post, remember that it has no term limits and that David Paterson became governor when Eliot Spitzer resigned during his pay-for-sex scandal. Hochul’s campaign website touts her support of Cuomo in his efforts on behalf of women. In June, she took the helm of the State Senate, a ceremonial task, although the position was hers to claim since her election four years ago. Bullied by Republicans on her first day while chairing proceedings, Hochul didn’t ➔➔ Continued on page 13
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By Victoria Horsford
USA MIDTERMS & BEYOND POLITICAL STUFF: The Trump White House continues its chaotic and contradictory courses in international affairs, which presumably will not force the US into another military Middle East misadventure. Last week, President Trump was amenable to a meeting with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani to discuss economic sanctions, nuclear activities, et al. On August 6, however, Trump wants to coerce Iran to shut down its nuclear-enrichment activities, a suggestion that runs contrary to all international inspectors, who confirm that Iran is in compliance with the 2015 accord, for which the US was a signatory, but from which Trump has withdrawn this year. Will there be war or peace? When Trump is not bellicose with international-imagined and real enemies, he conducts domestic warfare with his rancorous, divisive tweets re: Black Americans like the ones last week targeting NBA great LeBron James and CNN’s Don Lemon. Ahem, who is Trump to discuss human intelligence?! Trump was wise not to malign Ohio’s beloved native son LeBron James during his GOP stomp in the Buckeye State last weekend. Those strategic tweets are red meat for his base and appetizers for all Americans of color, Democrats and GOP moderates to get out the vote this year to restore LeBron James Democrats
to majority status in statehouses and the US Congress. POTUS 45 is not good for American national health! Some 8/7 election results. Ms. Gretchen Whitmer won the Democratic nomination for Michigan governor. In Ohio, Trump supported GOP candidate Troy Balderson and Democrat Danny O’Connor finished in a tooclose-to-call race and will probably necessitate a runoff after absentee ballots are assessed 10 days later. Is Brooklyn Congressman H a k e e m Jeffries on the D e m o c r a t ’s short list to succeed current caucus leader Nancy Congressman Pelosi when Hakeem Jeffries the party takes back the House of Representatives next year. Representative Jeffries calls himself a “practical progressive.” Without a doubt, Brooklyn is the real center of political power for Black New Yorkers.
HARLEM HIGHLIGHTS NYC Public Advocate and NYS Attorney General hopeful Letitia James has Harlem on her mind on Saturday, August 11 from 12 pm to 4 pm while she navigates 10 locations in West Harlem (3333 Broadway, Grant Houses and Manhattanville Houses); Central Harlem (Frederick Samuels Democratic Club, Esplanade Gardens, A. Philip Randolph Park and West 125th Street at Adam Clayton Powell, Jr. Blvd.); in East Harlem (Taino Towers, Lucky Corner at Lexington Avenue at 116th Street, and Lexington at 126th
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Street) during her campaign stomp. The usual Democratic suspects like Assembly members Inez Dickens and Al Taylor, District Leaders Keith Lilly, William Allen, Cordell Cleare, Peggie Morales, Harry Rodriguez and strategist Chet Whye will join TISH during her Harlem tour. For schedules, visit Tishjames2018.com. James is more downstate, urban proactive than US Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney, himself a Democrat eyeing the AG office who was calling voters on Monday to sign into his telephone Town Hall! Harlem husband and wife team Markisha and Carlos Swepson move their Blvd. Bistro, located at 239 Lenox Avenue at 122nd Street, to Marcus Samuelsson’s Street Bird Bistro, located at Frederick Douglass Boulevard at 116th Street, until last May. Voted the #1 Soul Food Restaurant in America by the Food Channel, Boulevard Bistro relocates to a larger space, will sell liquor and wine and offer even more creative menus. Carlos has worked
INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS African-American Teresa Clarke, Chair/ CEO and founder of Africa.com, the key digital portal for all news African, has acquired the behemoth iAfrica.com, South Africa’s oldest, most revered news portal which was founded in the 1990s. Miss Clarke will serve as executive editor of iAfrica, whose content will continue to include extensive coverage of local and international news business, sports and lifestyle content. A savvy Teresa Clarke media executive, Clarke has her finger on the pulse of the digital universe and Africa, which is the planet’s second-largest continent and second-most populous. With the new acquisition, her digital audience appeal will reach more than 15 million business people.
SOCIETY/ART/CULTURE THEATER: THE PECULIAR PATRIOT, is a one-woman show written and performed by the incredibly talented Liza Jessie Peterson, who weds history and current events in this
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Black Panther Movie Costume Designer Ruth Carter Honored During October 13, 2018 Mandela Humanitarian Award Event
uth E. Carter, the costume designer for the blockbuster hit “Black Panther” movie, will be honored by the Bedford-Stuyvesant Museum of African Art (BSMAA) during its fourth annual Madiba Humanitarian Award: Celebrating the Legacy of Nelson Mandela event. It will be held on Saturday, October 13, 2018 at the Brooklyn Museum. Ms. Carter has provided her distinctive designs for more than 40 films. She garnered an Oscar nomination for her costume designs for the movie “Malcolm X,” directed by Spike Lee. Ms. Carter has created costume designs for more than 10 of Spike Lee’s movies. Her other notable movies include “Selma,” directed by Ava DuVernay; “The Butler,” directed by Lee Daniels; “Amistad” and “What’s Love Got to Do With It.” “Education: A Forceful Weapon Empowering the World’s Children” is the theme for this year’s event. “Mandela loved children. He believed that education was the most powerful tool to change the world,” said Vira Lynn Jones, Executive Director of BSMAA. “Our program will focus on educators, mentors and children who are making a positive impact on other people’s lives.” Three other individuals will also be honored during the event. Minister Tony Muhammad, Western Regional Representative, the Nation of Islam and the founder of the United in Peace Movement, has dedicated his life to diminish violent crime between the Crips and the Bloods, two of Los Angeles’ most violent gangs.
Ruth Carter His annual motorcycle peace rides have united the gangs and his actions have saved countless Black and Latino lives. BSMAA will also honor two individuals who are on the forefront of raising the awareness of the challenges foster care children experience who age out of the system. Rob Garris, a Bronx native, is the Executive Director of Throwaway Children. Kevinee Gilmore, who is from Ohio, is the founder of the Foster Share House and Creator of #FosterCare campaign. During her early childhood, she was shuffled to and from 13 different placements ranging from homeless shelters to residential homes. Ticket information will be available soon.
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A Ban for the Birds
By Marlon Rice
don’t smoke. I hate the smell of cigarettes. But what I hate even more is when bureaucracies use manipulation and control to usurp personal liberties. Effective July 30, 2018 residents of NYCHA buildings are no longer allowed to smoke anything in their apartments or in any common areas inside of a NYCHA building or outside within 25 feet of any NYCHA building. You heard me correctly. I didn’t stutter. All 400,000 NYCHA residents are now banned from smoking in their apartments, in any part of their buildings or within 25 feet of any NYCHA building. This has to be the silliest mandate in the history of absentee landlords. NYCHA has, in recent months, become the poster child for mismanagement. Gov. Cuomo has been quite blunt about his feelings regarding NYCHA and Mayor de Blasio’s oversight of the agency. In March he said, “NYCHA has a management problem.” The biggest issue is the blatant negligence as it deals with building repairs. Leaky pipes, no heat and hot water, holes in the walls, issues with rodents, the issues have become so numerous and the response so invisible that many residents have taken the steps to sue the city. In November 2017, NYCHA Chairwoman Shola Olatoye potentially put thousands of kids in danger
of lead poisoning by ignoring the need for mandatory apartment inspections, and then lying about it to HUD. She signed a document verifying the inspections, knowing full well that said inspections never occurred. In January, during a major storm, 311 received 1,262 complaints for no heat from NYCHA residents. Just last week, it was revealed that there is pollution in more than 600 NYCHA water tanks. The inspection reports include findings of flying insects, dead squirrels, dead birds, and even in some cases homeless people using the tanks as shelters and toilets. NYCHA is easily New York City’s biggest slumlord, which makes the move to ban smoking all the more confusing. But it isn’t that confusing. This is a wicked case of classism, a city agency notoriously underserving its customer base. The lies and the mismanagement speak to a willingness not to provide basic human services. When 820 children from NYCHA homes are diagnosed with lead poisoning, yet the head of NYCHA is willing to lie to federal authorities about lead inspections, one can only assume that NYCHA has no plans to ever make it right. Mold problems are a health risk. One might say that mold problems are a bigger threat to good health than moderate smoking. Yet, while NYCHA chooses to ban smoking, nothing is being done to cure the mold issues. This decision reeks of classism, and even more
disheartening it reinforces the criminalization of NYCHA residents. Housing police do vertical tours of many NYCHA buildings. If they should happen to catch tenants smoking a cigarette in the stairwell, this new mandate gives the officers the leverage to question the resident, to ask for the resident’s identification and to run the resident’s name through the system. The same goes for the outside of the building. Cops that spot residents smoking within 25 feet of any NYCHA building can question the residents and run their name for prior open warrants. This mandate will increase police interaction with building residents, and certainly not in a good way. Rent is already “too damn high” in NYC. Whole groups of people are already being displaced due to overdevelopment and rent gouging, with neighborhoods that were predominantly Black and Brown 25 years ago going through an ethnic cleansing of sorts, addition through attrition. Jobs are scarce, child care is expensive and many basic human
Kevin Hart’s Help from The Hart Charity Launches a New $600,000 Scholarship Program with UNCF and KIPP
ASHINGTON, Aug. 7, 2018 / PRNewswire-PRWeb/ -- Following on his generous $100,000 scholarship gift made in 2015 through UNCF (United Negro College Fund) to four deserving college students, actor and comedian Kevin Hart has joined forces with UNCF and KIPP (Knowledge Is Power Program) to help 18 more KIPP students earn a college degree. Through a new UNCF scholarship program launched in partnership with Kevin Hart’s Help from The Hart Charity and KIPP Public Schools, the $600,000 scholarship will provide funding to support KIPP students from eight different cities who are attending 11 Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). UNCF is the largest provider of college scholarships for students of color in the U.S., awarding more than $100 million in college scholarships annually to deserving students. The 18 Help From The Hart Charity Scholarship recipients have been selected based on their academic and personal accomplishments and may receive substantive renewable awards based on need. “The Help from The Hart Charity Scholarship will not only support students, but will also demonstrate support for HBCUs,” said UNCF CEO and President Michael L. Lomax. “Research shows that HBCUs matter, and that HBCU students are having a positive college experience, but they also have an unmet financial need. Together, Kevin and KIPP have made an investment that will have a significant impact. We can’t thank them enough for their support.” “Education and knowledge are powerful,” said Hart. “I just wanted to do my part in providing opportunities for our future leaders, especially from my Philly hometown, and show support for HBCUs. This is just the beginning; trust me when I tell you there are a lot more kids who want to go to college who don’t have the money to make it happen.”
The 18 students receiving college scholarships are high school graduates who attended KIPP public charter schools in eight different communities: the Arkansas Delta, Atlanta, Baltimore, Chicago, Houston, New Orleans, Philadelphia and Washington, DC. A recent survey of KIPP alumni across the country showed that the KIPP graduates who attend HBCUs reported a stronger sense of belonging, better mental health and were more likely to have a mentor than those attending non-HBCUs. “Nothing brings me greater joy than to see the hard work of these 18 KIPP students recognized by Kevin Hart and UNCF through this generous scholarship program,” said John Fisher, chair of the KIPP Foundation Board of Directors. “Michael Lomax has been a longtime KIPP supporter and friend and a tireless champion for young people. We are incredibly grateful to both UNCF and Kevin Hart for their partnership and support to help our students thrive in college and achieve their dreams.” Hart’s gift to fund this new scholarship program puts him in line with many other renowned celebrities—like Lou Rawls, Ella Fitzgerald, Clifton Davis, Michael Jackson, Janet Jackson, Anthony Anderson, Beyoncé, Chris Rock, Usher, Pharrell Williams, Ray Charles, John Lennon, Ruby Dee and Ossie Davis who, realizing the value of a quality education, have supported UNCF over the years. “Giving back to build better futures is the name of the game and we hope that others like Kevin will understand why educational investments are so important, especially now, and step up to help more deserving students,” said Lomax. Lomax also added, “Over the last decade, UNCF has been building a relationship with the KIPP public school network and we are so excited that KIPP’s Board of Directors and ➔➔ Continued on page 13
liberties are simply financially out of reach for folk. This is the New York that NYCHA residents, like many of us, battle on a daily basis. However, unlike you and I, when NYCHA residents go home after the battle, they are met with leaky pipes, mold in the walls, rodent infestations and a landlord that ignored their cries for help. Can you imagine having to live like that? Can you imagine all of your 311 calls ignored, every attempt you take to inform your landlord about major issues in your apartment falling on deaf ears, but then out of nowhere comes a mandate for you to cease smoking in your apartment? If this isn’t marginalization of a specific community, then I don’t know what is. This smoking ban is an attack on NYCHA residents. It will eventually lead to criminalization of certain residents, and it doesn’t solve any of the myriad of real issues plaguing NYCHA buildings. It’s time for the tenants to fight back the only way that these fat-jowled bureaucrats understand. Rent strike!
Trump Tries to Belittle LeBron James with Hateful Tweet, Social Media Users Defend the NBA Star and Philanthropist
heryl Estrada, diversityinc. com The President of the United States has again taken to Twitter to try and demean anyone who disagrees with his policies and practices. This time his target was NBA superstar LeBron James, who recently addressed Trump’s influence on sports. CNN’s Don Lemon sat down with James for an interview which aired on Monday. James spoke of sports as something that unites people and added that Trump was “using sports to kinda divide us.” Trump repeatedly criticizes the NFL, in particular for not punishing the predominantly Black players who kneel during the national anthem in a form of protest against police brutality, even referring to them as “sons of b**ches.” “Sports has never been something that divides people,” James said during the interview. “It’s always been something that brings [people] together.” Late Friday night, Trump sent a tweet in an attempt to belittle James and Lemon: “Lebron James was just interviewed by the dumbest man on television, Don Lemon. He made Lebron look smart, which isn’t easy to do. I like Mike!” Social media users gave swift responses to Trump’s tweet. Even former CIA Director John O. Brennan chimed in. Brennan said Trump is no role model and “spews lies:”
“What responsible & right-thinking adult can point to @realDonaldTrump as a role model for our youth? Whenever he spews lies, insults and polarizing hate speech against fellow Americans, think of its harmful impact on our young people and the way they talk, act & treat others.” Twitter users also pointed out that Trump insulted James’ intelligence, but made no mention of the fact that the athlete and philanthropist just opened an I PROMISE school in Akron, Ohio to help students who have been failed by Education Secretary Betsy DeVos. The school, which is a joint effort of the LeBron James Family Foundation and Akron Public Schools, will benefit at-risk children. James donated $8 million of his own money. “This week, LeBron opened a school for hundreds of at-risk kids while Donald Trump’s Education Secretary attempts to undo college loan forgiveness for students who were ‘knowingly deceived’ by their schools and rolls back Obama-era guidelines on discrimination in schools.” Nick Jack Pappas Adam Best Donald Trump is a terrible person who was born on third base but thinks he hit a triple. LeBron James is a self-made legend and an even better human being. Of course, the President is jealous of the King. James, who is now officially a member of the Los Angeles Lakers, hasn’t responded to Trump on Twitter.
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Why Cincinnati? Part Two
he old saying you are what you eat isn’t accurate. You aren’t what you eat. If that were true, I’d be a turkey and cheese hero with mustard and lettuce. You are the total sum of the experiences you have created around eating; the summer barbecues with family and friends, that first date when you take her to your favorite restaurant, when you’re a child and your mother makes your favorite meal. Food is the great connector of life. I will bet you that if you think about every person that is dear to your life, you’ve shared a meal with them. So, when you travel to a city you’ve never been to before, a great way to learn about your new surroundings is by learning about the food that the locals share with one another. If I had to explain the cuisine and food of Cincinnati, I’d start with Findlay Market. Cincinnati’s oldest municipal market house has been opened for business since 1855. The meats and cheeses and produce available for purchase from any of the dozens of vendors are only one part of the story. You peruse the shops and speak to the owners and managers and you realize that a great many of the shops at the market are family-owned and operated. Maverick Chocolate is a bean-to-bar craft chocolate company. Paul and Marlene are the owners, and their sons Scott and Ben run the place. Dean’s Mediterranean Imports is a spices and specialty foods emporium. Dean is the owner, but his eldest daughter Kate runs the operations. Eckerlin Meats has been at the market since the very beginning 163 years ago. Ernie Eckerlin opened the place back then. His great-grandson Bob Lillis runs the place now, and you can often find his children and his nieces and nephews tending the shop throughout the week. Family is at the center of the Cincinnati
By Marlon Rice
food scene. Butchers and grocery stores are passed down from father to son, and restaurants take the entire family into consideration when designing a theme. Take Boomtown Biscuits and Whiskey. Executive Chef Christian Gill learned how to cook from his mother and his grandmother. His passion for creating the perfect biscuit, coupled with the idea of the biscuit as the perfect family food led him to link with restaurateur PJ Neumann to create an innovative theme for a restaurant. A comfort food eatery centered around the biscuit. Biscuits with your choice of gravies. Biscuits with honey. Biscuits with toffee butter. Biscuits with chicken breast, sausage gravy and cheddar cheese. Basically, anything that you can do with a biscuit Chef Gill is doing it at Boomtown. And, in the spirit of family, his grandmother’s rolling pin hangs above the kitchen. Cincinnati is famous for its chili, but it doesn’t necessarily taste like what you know as chili, and it’s certainly not served the way you would expect chili to be served. To try it out, I visited Skyline Chili, a chili franchise that was started in 1949 by Nicholas Lambrinides, a Greek immigrant. What most Americans know of chili is actually chili con carne, which originated in Texas. Cincinnati chili, in particular Skyline’s Chili, is more like a plain meat sauce sweetened with chocolate and cinnamon and served over a bed of spaghetti. Even the way to order your chili dish is unique. You can order a 3-way, which is chili, spaghetti and cheddar cheese; a 4-way which is adding on either beans or onions, or a 5-way which incorporates both beans and onions. I paired a 5-way with a Coney Cheese Chaser, which is basically a hot dog with chili and cheese. This dish isn’t for national consumption. Skyline wouldn’t be the cornerstone of New York fast casual
Worker at Eckerlin Meats introducing us to Goetta. cuisine. It’s a specific delicacy, meant to be eaten in a specific environment, kinda like having charbroiled oysters in New Orleans or a deep-dish pizza in Chicago, but in Cincinnati a 5-way with a Coney Cheese Chaser really works. So does goetta. What is goetta? Well, goetta is a traditional German meat and grain mixture that is molded into a loaf, cut into slices and fried with butter. Calling it a sausage is a bit of an overexaggeration. Think scapple, but substitute oats and grains for the flour usually found in scrapple. In its earliest form, it was known as a peasant dish, a way to stretch loose scraps of meat in order to feed a hungry family. Over time, it has become a staple of
Kate from Dean's Mediterranean Imports telling us about their homemade hummus.
Cincinnati family food. 99% of all goetta sales are in the Greater Cincinnati area, and you can find it in Cincy paired with many of your conventional American dishes. Goetta pizza. Goetta cheeseburgers. Goetta burritos. This loaf of meat scraps has become iconic locally. Family-focused with an emphasis on comfort and inundated with the impact of immigrants. You would be hard-pressed to find a better example of American cuisine. Cincinnati’s food scene speaks directly to its history and do-it-yourself attitude. None of it is too decadent or pricey, and all of it will stick to your ribs while satisfying your flavor palette. Food is fun in Cincy and that’s a good thing indeed.
A 5-way with a Coney Cheese Chaser from Skyline's Chili. Trust me, it tastes better than it looks!
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OUR FAMILY, FAITH & FUN OUTING, Cape Henlopen State Park, Delaware. Buses leave 7AM from Boys & Girls H.S., 1700 Fulton St., and leave the park at 6PM sharp! $45 per person, food and drinks included. Join in a day of fun and fellowship. Enjoy fishing, shopping, relaxing and festivities. For tickets or info call Holly Williams at 631-933-3904.
BLACK VEGFEST @ Herkimer St. bet. Ralph and Howard Aves., 10AM-5PM. Organized by G.A.M.E. (Grassroots Artist MoveEment) and Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams. Vegan Food, Health and Fitness; Music, Fun, Community Justice; Children and Families; Animal Welfare; Small Business and Fashion. RSVP at Eventbrite.
HATTIE CARTHAN COMMUNITY FARMERS’ MARKET on Saturdays thru Nov. 17th @ Clifton Place at Marcy Ave., 9AM-3PM. Shop for fresh, locally grown fruits and veggies, herbs, cage-free eggs and specialty farm products. Enjoy youth cooking demos, communal dinners in the marketplace, the smoothie blender-bike and more. WIC/Senior Market Coupons and EBT cards accepted. Get FREE Health Bucks coupons!
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ANTIOCH BAPTIST CHURCH 100TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION Morning WORSHIP SERVICE: 11AM at the church, 828 Green Ave., FREE. Guest speaker is Evangelist Dorinda Clark Cato, Rev. Dr. Robert M. Waterman is pastor. BANQUET: El Caribe Country Club, 5945 Strickland Ave., 5-10PM, $150 donation. For more info and anniversary journal ads, visit: www.antiochbaptist.com.
JAZZMOBILE SUMMERFEST 55 @ The Denny Farrell Riverbank State Park, W. 145 St. & Riverside Drive, 12-5PM, FREE. A Jazzmobile family celebration & special salute to Denny Farrell, Harlem/Havana & Artz, Rootz, Rhythm: The festive programming includes The Feeling Collective, a Afro-Cuban
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HATTIE CARTHAN COMMUNITY FARMERS’ MARKET #2 on Sundays thru Nov. 18th @ 49 Van Buren St. bet.Tompkins & Throop, 1PM-6PM. Shop for fresh, locally grown fruits and veggies, herbs, cage-free eggs and specialty farm products. Enjoy youth cooking demos, communal dinners in the marketplace, the smoothie blender-bike and more. WIC/Senior Market Coupons and EBT cards accepted. Get FREE Health Bucks coupons!
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THE MORE THINGS CHANGE, THE MORE THEY STAY THE SAME . Restoration Plaza, 1368 Fulton St., FREE. Exhibition presented by RestorationArt and Fulton Art Fair, with visual artists Otto Neals, Emmett Wigglesworth, Karl McIntosh, Sadikisha Collier, Diane Collins, Larry Weekes,
Olivia Cousins, Ruben Holder and others revisiting the past and comparing it to the social, economic and political conditions of today. [Through Aug. 26th]
Thursday, August 16th THE MADNESS OF HERCULES W/COUNCILMAN JUMAANE WILLIAMS Red Hook Library, 7 Walcott St., FREE. Presented by Theater of War, acclaimed actors Frankie Faison, Kathryn Erbe, Glenn Davis and Councilman Jumaane Williams perform in a dramatic reading of scenes from Euripedes’ play. Performances are followed by a community discussion about the impact of violence on individuals, families and communities. RSVP at Eventbrite.
Friday, August 17th CULMINATING PERFORMANCE OF THE BAILEY’S ARTS-BASED SUMMER RITES OF PASSAGE PROGRAM @ St. Philip’s Episcopal Church, 280 Decatur St., 6-7:30PM, FREE. The young people in the program spent six weeks with teaching artists exploring, imagining and creating together. They are now ready to share their hard work with the community.
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tour de force theater piece about the American prison system, mass incarceration as it disproportionately affects African-Americans. The system is viewed with laser-like accuracy by the play’s main character, the perceptive Betsy LaQuanda Ross, who visits incarcerated friends. The play’s title was borrowed from 19th century whites who preferred the euphemism “our peculiar institution” as a substitute for the word slavery. If you read nonfiction books like Michelle Alexander’s “The New Jim Crow” or Khalil Muhammad’s “The Condemnation of Blackness: Race, Crime and the Making of Modern Urban America” you will want to see how Peterson breathes a new, palpable life into a staged version of those book’s subject. Wonderful theater, PECULIAR PATRIOT is informative, provocative and humane, a reminder of
the many American institutions to be dismantled. The play begins its national tour this fall with playdates in Boston, Burlington (Vermont), Cleveland and other cities. The musical theater revival of CARMEN JONES, starring Anika Nona Rose and directed by John Doyle, opened to a plethora of rave reviews, ends its limited run at the Classic Stage Company on August 19. The play centers on a lustful woman in search of a man, especially one outside of her reach, is the NY Times Critic’s Pick. New Yorker theater reviewer Hilton Als welcomes ANR to his Mt. Olympus of bona fide theater divas. The box office is still open, but the cupboard is almost bare.
SUMMER PLEASURES CNN news anchor Don Lemon, the man who interviewed LeBron James last week, instigating the Trump twittersphere response, will
Don Lemon be the Master of Ceremony at the 2018 UNCF “A Mind Is” Hamptons Summer Benefit on August 18-19. The UNCF’s (United Negro College Fund) 2018 Benefit honorees are Ed Lewis, co-founder of Essence magazine and Dr. Johnnetta Cole, former president of Spelman College and Bennett College. If you are unable to attend, support the UNCF with a donation. The UNCF is the biggest American provider of scholarships to African-American college students who attend accredited US colleges and universities. [Visit UNCF.org]
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-Day Event Honors the Best in R&B, Gospel, Reggae/Afro-Caribbean & Hip-Hop Music WHAT: Brooklyn’s legendary Wingate Concert Series returns for spectacular nights of live musical performances featuring today’s top urban artists. Hosted by Brooklyn Borough President Eric L. Adams, the festival will include honors programs celebrating the music industry’s living legends and a special Salute to Hip-Hop honoring its 45thAnniversary. WHERE: WINGATE FIELD, BROOKLYN AVE./RUTLAND RD. & WINTHROP ST., RED CARPET ARRIVALS @ 6:00 PM, PERFORMANCES @ 7.
On Wednesday, August 15th, 1190 WLIB-AM radio co-presents the Wingate Concert Series Gospel Explosion featuring an evening of praise with soul-stirring, live performances by JJ Hairston, Charles Jenkins, Jonathan Nelson and VaShawn Mitchell, with music by the Stanley Brown Band, hosted by WLIB’s own Liz Black and Niecy Tribbett. Thursday, August 16th, WBLS-FM co-presents the Wingate Salute to Hip-Hop. Brooklyn’s own Big Daddy Kane will take center stage as host for a rocking celebration commemorating Hip-Hop’s 45th Anniversary, featuring performances by Wyclef Jean, Slick Rick, Kool Moe Dee and Mr. Cheeks.
“Africans in China” Book Reading, August 26
n Sunday, August 26, 2018 the International African Arts Festival (IAAFestival), in conjunction with the National Association of Kawaida Organizations (NAKO), will host a slide show and lecture with Dr. Christopher Williams entitled, “Africans In China.” Dr. Williams, author of “Journey to Shaolin Temple,” has lived in China for over ten years; in the Christopher Williams, 2nd from left, at Shaolin cities of Beijing, Shenyang, Temple. Zhuhai and Guangzhou. A native of London, Williams emigrated to the University of Massachusetts at Amherst the United States where he graduated from and the University of Michigan School of
Law. He currently teaches Business Law at Wenzhu-Kean University in China. Articles and essays written by him have appeared in Black World Today, Clark Atlanta University Magazine, the Black Scholar and The Atlanta Tribune. Dr. Williams will have books for sale. From 3pm to 5pm at Restoration Plaza,
1360 Fulton St. in Brooklyn, NY, 11216; at the IAAFestival Office, Room 401. Limited space is available so please RSVP. A suggested minimum donation of $10.00 is requested. For more information call (718) 789-3264 or (718) 638-6700, e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org or go to www. iaafestival.org.
Day of Culture, Global Friending in Brooklyn
Special to Our Time Press from Yaa Asantewaa
ast Sunday, despite the blistering heat, hundreds joined Borough President Eric L. Adams as he hosted the Fifth Annual International Day of Friendship. The event commenced with the Unity Parade of Flags down Fulton Street off Flatbush Avenue to Borough Hall. Representatives of more than 80 countries marching in the procession, carrying flags of
the 195-member states of the United Nations. This annual celebration in Brooklyn was initiated by the Borough President as part of his “Embrace Your Hyphen” campaign encouraging Brooklynites to celebrate and learn about the borough’s rich ethnic and linguistic diversity. “This day of friendship is our opportunity to acknowledge the friendships we have,” said Adams in his greetings to participants. “No matter what happens nationally, locally is where it matters… As Brooklyn goes, so goes New York.” Lieutenant Governor of New York Kathy Hochul shared the story of her immigrant grandparents who came to this country escaping poverty in Ireland, looking for a brighter future. She spoke about the Statue of Liberty being in our harbor and acknowledged that those in attendance is what America looks like. Radio 103.9’s MC Roxie (Barbara De Laleu) spoke about her Haitian roots and Photo: Yaasantawa Mensah her stay in Argentina,
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where she first celebrated Friendship Day. Nuevo Milenio, a folkloric Panamanian dance group, represented The Americas and was the first group to perform, followed by Harambee Dance Company, representing Africa and a dancer from Ajna Dance Company, representing India. Other performances were by Braata Productions, representing the Caribbean; Brooklyn
Ballet, representing Europe and Ori Manea, a Tahitian dance school representing Oceania. Mbalu Kargbo from Sierra Leone told Our Time Press that she has been in this country for 20 years and that she loves America. The Consul General of South Africa, ➔➔ Continued on page 15
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Support Bill for New Gifted and Talented Programs ■■
By Michael Johnson
new bill could throw a lifeline to large numbers of underrecognized and underserved NYC students. It requires the NYC Department of Education to create more Gifted and Talented (G&T) programs and classes and New York parents need to contact their state senators right away to urge them to support it. As a former NYC Superintendent, I expanded G&T classes in my district. An anxious bureaucrat from the central office called me: “You can’t just open up G&T classes on your own!” “Really?” I feigned ignorant surprise: “I did not know that. If you could send me the regulation that restricts the expansion of G&T classes, it would be helpful when I explain to the parents in the new G&T schools why I must dismantle their G&T classes!” It’s 2018, and I am still waiting for that regulation memo from that nervous NYCDOE bureaucrat! An opportunity can emerge as the result of a crisis—in this case, basing an 8th-grader’s admittance (or not) to one of the NYC Specialized High Schools (SHS) on a single exam, the Specialized High Schools Admissions Test (SHSAT). One problem is the small number of Black and Latin students who are admitted to SHS and the test is being
portrayed by some as the culprit. I made my position clear in an earlier OTP column as to why I see Black and Latino poor performance on the SHSAT as a symptom and not a cause. So I won’t repeat that argument here. But I do believe that state Sen. Tony Avella’s bill (S9141A) is an opportunity for parents living in neighborhoods where the schools are not meeting the diverse academic needs of their children. Those students who are performing on or above grade level,
to not see their children being pushed to their personal intellectual best. S9141A, at the very least, honestly gets at the real causes of the SHS diversity problem (and it’s not Asian students!). The 800-lb. political problem in the room is the inequality of access to quality K-8 school learning experiences, the absence of G&T programs in designated (“G&T deserts”) parts of the city, and individual Title 1 schools not effectively responding to the Educationally Savvy and Informationally Rich Parent Resource Gap! I am not a NYS Senator, but I do have a few recommended “amendments” to the bill: That the state and city seriously (not symbolically) fund a comprehensive K-8 SHSAT Pipeline Program: Allow for “quality numbers” of on Photo: newyorkschooltalk.org and above grade level students in all including non-wealthy white children, may elementary and middle schools in the city also want to read this bill and get behind their to be exposed to classes taught by G&T state senator on it. It’s not ot early to become teachers professionally developed and an advocate! eventually certified in G&T techniques. All students need to be pushed to their Invest in a resources-rich G&T Science, academically “personal best” selves and Technology, Reading, Engineering, Arts struggling learners need all of the support and Mathematics (STREAM) curriculum. that the school system can muster. But stu- I would send the best of these teachers to dents who are meeting, and/or above grade serve in the lowest-performing schools, the level learning standards are students, too! ➔➔ Continued on page 11 And it must be frustrating for their parents
WE WILL SUE OVER EPA ROLLBACK OF CLEAN CAR RULE
EW YORK – New York Attorney General Barbara D. Underwood announced her intent to challenge the Trump Administration’s illegal and environmentally destructive plan to roll back federal limits on tailpipe pollution from cars and trucks if the proposed rule released today is finalized. Attorney General Underwood – part of a coalition of 20 Attorneys General – released the following joint statement. The coalition includes every state attorney general from jurisdictions that have adopted California’s more stringent standards to reduce vehicle emissions, improve miles/gallon and save drivers money on gas. “Federal rules to limit tailpipe pollution and improve fuel economy are our best strategy to reduce carbon pollution, improve air quality and save drivers money on gas. The administration’s proposal to weaken these rules will cause the American people to breathe dirtier air and pay higher prices at the pump. If adopted, the Environmental Protection Agency and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s rollbacks will cost American drivers hundreds of billions of dollars. Freezing or weakening these standards puts the health of our children, seniors and all communities at risk, and increases the rising costs of climate change for our states. This decision upends decades of cooperative state and federal action to protect our residents. We are prepared to go to court to put the brakes on this reckless and illegal plan.” Background on Clean Cars Rule: Globally, the transportation sector is the fastest-growing source of dangerous greenhouse gas pollution. According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, the transportation sector has surpassed the electric power sector and is now the nation’s largest source of carbon dioxide emissions. Cars and light-duty trucks make up 60
“Federal rules to limit tailpipe pollution and improve fuel economy are our best strategy to reduce carbon pollution, improve air quality, and save drivers money on gas.”
percent of the country’s transportation sector and are the main driver of U.S. dependence on oil, including foreign imports. Beginning in 2010, EPA, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the California Air Resources Board agreed to establish a single national program to limit greenhouse gas emissions from model year 2012–2025 vehicles. This program allows automakers to design and manufacture vehicles that will comply with tailpipe standards in all states. The current federal standards for model year 20222025 vehicles are estimated to: Reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 540 million metric tons; Remove the equivalent of 422 million cars from the road; and Save drivers $1,650 per vehicle. If enacted, EPA’s proposal to freeze the emissions standards at 2020 levels would: Reduce average fuel economy from an estimated 46.8 miles per gallon in model year 2026 vehicles to 37 miles per gallon; Increase the country’s oil consumption by 5.3 to 11.9 million gallons per day in 2025; Result in 16 to 37 million metric tons more carbon pollution in 2025; and Cost Americans roughly $193 billion to $236 billion more at the pump through 2035. In January 2017, EPA determined in its “midterm evaluation” that the 2022-2025 standards are readily achievable by the auto industry. After an extensive technical review based in significant part on information from industry, advocates and other interested parties, EPA found that “automakers are well-positioned to meet the standards at lower costs than previous estimated.” However, in April, EPA arbitrarily reversed course and claimed that the greenhouse gas emissions standards for model years 2022–2025 vehicles should be scrapped. The administration offered no evidence other than a meager record of self-serving industry analysis to support this decision and deferred further analysis to a forthcoming rulemaking. A coalition of 17 states and the District of Columbia— who together represent 44 percent of the U.S population and 43 percent of the national new car sales market— sued the agency over its decision to withdraw the agency’s evaluation supporting the standards based on the fact that EPA acted arbitrarily and capriciously, failed to follow its own Clean Car regulations and violated the Clean Air Act.
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By Eddie Castro
here are about five weeks to go until the 2018-19 NFL season. In the case of the New York Giants, the team is going into the season with very high expectations. With a revamped offensive line to better protect veteran quarterback Eli Manning. The team also added another weapon on offense for Manning when they drafted Penn State’s Saquon Barkley with the No. 2 overall pick. Coming out of college, Barkley was highly regarded as the best running back in the draft and has the potential of becoming a big-time playmaker for Big Blue. Barkley’s presence on offense should also give the Giants a well-balanced running game attack and take the load off of wide receiver Odell Beckham, Jr. Speaking of the 4-year receiver, the Giants and representatives of Beckham are currently in conversations on a new contract for the star player as he enters the last year of his rookie contract. In the past, Beckham has been very open about wanting to be the highest-paid receiver in the NFL. Considering what fellow Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown received from his team as far as his new deal, Beckham’s deal could be projected to be around $18 million per year. Beckham, Jr. is a playmaker when healthy without a doubt. He is arguably one of the top three players at his position alongside Brown and Atlanta Falcons wideout Julio Jones. However, I strongly believe Beckham, Jr.’s health is what has the organization contemplating just a bit. In Week 5 last year in a game against the San Diego Chargers, Beckham broke his ankle, which ultimately ended his season. From the way he has been running and performing in training camp thus far, it seems like he is almost back to 100 percent. Beckham, Jr. is the Giants best player period. He is NOT going to be traded as was reported earlier in the week. Yes, he is coming off a serious injury, but you simply can’t ignore the talent he possesses. At just 25 years old, he is entering the prime of his career. It will be quite the shocker to see Odell Beckham, Jr. suit up for the Giants without a new deal in place. Give him the money! This new contract will assure that he will wear his No. 13 jersey only for the New York Giants. The season is upon us Giants fans. Are you ready?
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very time Donald Trump opens his mouth he becomes smaller. And his recent insults targeted at LeBron James, a sports icon, a philanthropist, a man his superior in every way, demonstrates he can always shrink a little more. It is curious that missing in the analysis of the change in voting among suburban white women, now “disgusted” by Trump and voting against his endorsement, is that they knew he was a pig when 52% voted for him when his opponent was a super-qualified white woman. Absent that dynamic, they’re now able to come back to rationality and Donald Trump is suddenly in a lot of trouble with that demographic. That so-called Blue Wave of independent voters in the midterm elections can have a powerful local effect as well. A 2016 Board of Elections report shows that Brooklyn had only a 9% turnout in the state and local
Looking at Voting, National & Local primary election of that year. This means that there wouldn’t take much of an increase in voter turnout beyond an incumbent’s base to make a huge difference as Congresswoman Yvette Clarke’s close call demonstrated most clearly recently. If there is an event or personality that motivates voters to come out, say Donald Trump and his agenda, many of the new voters will not have the same emotional connections to current local officeholders, who are as new to them as the opposing candidates. A vote does not happen in a vacuum. People need a reason to vote for a candidate. What I like about Tish James is that she’s litigious and has been so on behalf of tenants, poor people and those with no voice. Her wide support among party leaders raises the question of whether her expert lawyering will extend to the legislature as well. Corruption hurts the poorest people and certainly communities of color the most, because
Cuomo Defends Administration’s Approach as Nixon Releases Economic Development Platform
ctor and activist Cynthia Nixon, who is challenging Governor Andrew Cuomo in the Democratic primary, released her economic development platform on Tuesday, promising large investments in infrastructure, minority-andwomen-owned businesses, and workerowned businesses. Nixon’s platform also included the right for public sector unions to strike, the legalization of marijuana, postal banking, an expedited process to a $15 minimum wage and other wage mandates, expanded high-speed broadband in rural areas, a “Green New Deal” on renewable energy, and support for a federal jobs guarantee. “New York is the most unequal state in the country. To understand why, you have to look no farther than Governor Cuomo’s economic development strategy,” Nixon said at the announcement of the platform, outside the Tesla Gigafactory 2 in Buffalo, where she was also endorsed by the Buffalo chapter of the Democratic Socialists of America. “Cuomo has cut taxes for the wealthy, and his economic development programs produce more corruption scandals than jobs.” Nixon’s platform also notes that she would sign bills that have currently already been passed by the State Senate, but not
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the Assembly, to create a public “database of deals” for state procurement, and would restore the State Comptroller’s oversight authority over contracts for SUNY and CUNY construction services. Cuomo was dismissive of Nixon’s plan in remarks to reporters at an unrelated news conference in Saranac Lake where he himself was announcing investments in local economic development initiatives. He defended his administration›s approach, despite the several corruption convictions connected to his signature «Buffalo Billion» program and criticism over giving major tax incentives to private businesses that have at times failed to create adequate jobs. «Arguments again: ‹Well, you shouldn’t do economic development, businesses don’t need investment.› Yes, they do,» Cuomo said, according to a Politico New York report. “Businesses do not come to New York without government incentives. Why? Because they can get them from any other state. It is a competition today. Businesses literally shop states. We get calls from existing businesses.” email@example.com has donated to the work of the Gotham Gazette. Make your donation at: www.citizensunionfoundation.org
corruption runs on money and poor people have none. The New York State Legislature has been continually plagued by corruption eruptions, and a commitment, if not to an independent investigatory body, such as the Moreland Commission which Governor Cuomo created and then shut down, then to leaving political considerations out of the administration of the law is needed. And when the money trail is found, having the will to follow it to wherever it leads. That is not a concern with Zephyr Teachout, coming as she does from outside the establishment. And she certainly has the background to continue her challenges to Donald Trump. But then you can wonder if her dealings with the stratosphere of politics leaves her with less time to focuse on the immediate concerns on the streets of Bed-Stuy. One of the things that caught my eye in Cynthia Nixon’s just released economic development plan, was the part about the
Gifted and Talented Bill Needs Support ➔➔ Continued from page 10 schools producing the smallest number of viable SHS candidates, those districts and schools with the highest number of Title 1/ ELL/ESL students. I would pay all G&T certified teachers a bonus pay scale above their regular pay! Provide these students with the type of after-school, weekend and summer SHSAT test Prep Programs (academies) we developed in CSD29Q in partnership with Princeton Review. There are a lot of test-prep companies which already have a bank of knowledge on the “technology of test-taking.” There is no mystery to helping students to do well on standardized exams. You combine good test-taking techniques with a rigorous and standards-based daily school instructional program and administer in school-classroom exams that mirror the standardized exam (in this case the SHSAT) in difficulty and language, then the student’s test performance scores will predictably improve. Create (don’t rely on parents) opportunities for these students to engage in quality informal (out-of-school) educational experiences including such things as: independent reading for fun, creative writing, visual, graphics, instrumental, dance and the performing arts classes; STEM, chess,
NYC Failing Working Black Women as Local Wage Gap is Wider than New York State and the U.S. ➔➔ Continued from page 3 * Over a 40-year career, the median fulltime working Black woman in New York City would lose on average over $1,274,000 in earnings due to the gender wage gap. She would have to work an additional 30 years to attain the same earnings as her white, male counterpart; * If the gender wage gap were closed, the more than 350,000 Black women working full-time, year-round in New York City in 2016 would have collectively contributed around $11.2 billion more in earnings to the local economy; * In 2016, nearly one in four (23.4 percent) Black women and girls in New York City lived in poverty, more than twice the rate among white men and boys (11.3
percent) and nearly twice the rate among white women and girls (12.8 percent); and * Between 2010 and 2016, the growth in attainment of bachelor’s and graduate degrees among Black women outpaced that of women across racial and ethnic groups; the proportion of Black women 25 years old or older with a bachelor’s degree or higher grew 14.5 percent during that time, compared to 9.0 percent for white men. The analysis shows the gender wage gap not only harms individual Black women and their families, limiting their ability to afford housing and other necessities, pay down debt and build savings for the future, it also reinforces generational disparities in wealth and constrains economic activity in communities across the city. Stringer is calling on city leaders to
state’s W/MBE goal of 30% W/MBE spending. “Currently, there is a lack of transparency and accountability for meeting these goals.” Unlike New York City, where the comptroller’s website has full disclosure of spending, “the Cuomo Administration has never released real-time data about state agencies contracting with specific minority groups or firms,” states Nixon’s plan. This has the effect of “ensuring that watchdogs and community members are kept in the dark about who exactly is benefitting from its programs and whether individual agencies or the state as a whole are meeting specific participation goals established for MBEs and WBEs.” This is the kind of information that is readily available for the city, where we can see that over 90% of W/MBE spending goes to Asian-Americans and women. Release of the state’s data would pull back the curtain on the spending, or lack thereof, going to African-American and Hispanic firms.
implement an emergency plan that includes the following: * Guarantee access to family-sustaining wages: New York City and New York State should promote additional strategies to raise wages, strengthen protections and address the devaluing of jobs in which women are overrepresented. This includes supporting existing campaigns to increase and enhance the Earned Income Tax Credit and boost the wages of New York City’s early childhood educators, the majority of whom are women; * Expand and create equitable access to affordable child care and paid leave: Greater access to resources like child care as well as paid time off to provide care for loved ones would help Black women remain connected to the workforce and advance in their careers. Strategies to do so include expanding
“nonstereotypical” sports (e.g., gymnastics, fencing & archery) programs; weekly trips to cultural institutions, museums, the opera, dramatic plays, dance and music performances. Passing Senate Bill S9141A, along with my “amendments,” would allow Black and Latino students to hold their “academic own” with any and all students in the city. But there are additional benefits: Students who emerge from a real SHSAT Pipeline Program will be higher academically performing high school students even if they, by test score or choice, don’t attend a Specialized High School. Quality H.S. graduation rates citywide would dramatically increase. Senate Bill S9141A, a response to a political crisis, could actually create the opportunity for the introduction of a real high academic achievement diversity movement in the NYC school system. Michael A. Johnson has served as a Public Schoolteacher, Science Skills Center director, principal and a school district superintendent. He also served as an adjunct professor of Science Education in the School of Education at St. John’s University. He recently published a book on school leadership: “Report to the Principal’s Office: Tools for Building Successful High School Administrative Leadership”… http://reporttotheprincipalsoffice.net/. access to subsidized child care, including for women who work nontraditional hours such as nights and weekends, typical of service-sector jobs; * Invest in programs to increase educational and occupational equity: In order to address educational and occupational segregation, policies and programs should be pursued that support access to higher education, increase recruitment in higher-paying occupations and raise the visibility of Black women in leadership and in roles in which they have historically been underrepresented; and * Strengthen enforcement of antidiscrimination laws and practices: New York City has among the strongest antidiscrimination laws in the country, and oversight and enforcement of these laws must remain vigilant. The city must ensure Black women are able to safely come forward to share experiences of discrimination and use its legislative and regulatory powers to hold those in violation accountable and create greater transparency around compensation.
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Former NYPD Detective Pleads Guilty to Committing Perjury in a Federal Prosecution
Defendant Falsely Testified in Brooklyn Federal Court about Photo Arrays that He Claimed to Have Administered
n August 3rd, in federal court in Brooklyn, Michael Foder, a former detective employed by the New York City Police Department (NYPD) at the time of the charged conduct, pleaded guilty to one count of perjury in connection with false statements he made under oath during a criminal proceeding. The guilty plea was entered before United States District Judge Pamela K. Chen. When sentenced, Foder faces a statutory maximum of five years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000. Foder was arrested in February 2018 and resigned from the NYPD in August 2018. Richard P. Donoghue, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of New York, William F. Sweeney, Jr., Assistant Director-in-Charge, Federal Bureau of Investigation, New York Field Office (FBI), and James P. O’Neill,
Commissioner, NYPD, announced the guilty plea. “The defendant admitted that he falsely testified at a pre-trial proceeding in federal court, a gross violation of the oath he took as a sworn witness and as a law enforcement officer who must be held to the highest standard of integrity,” stated United States Attorney Donoghue. “As demonstrated by Foder’s prosecution, this Office and our law enforcement partners are committed to holding accountable those who fail to respect the bedrock principle of truthful testimony upon which our justice system must depend.” “As a former sworn NYPD detective, Michael Foder understood the solemnity of taking an oath,” stated FBI Assistant Director-in-Charge Sweeney. “Whether vowing to protect his community or vowing to tell the whole truth, both oaths held mutual significance. Yet, Foder blatantly
disregarded this by committing perjury during a criminal proceeding. Upholding the rule of law, the FBI will equally investigate those who break federal laws, irrespective of their profession.” “It is imperative that New Yorkers are able to trust their police to tell the truth,” stated NYPD Commissioner O’Neill. “Police officers swear an oath to hold themselves accountable to the highest standards of ethics and integrity. And when they intentionally violate that promise, they tarnish the reputation of all good cops, make their jobs much more difficult, and erode the trust we have worked so hard to earn in all of our communities.” According to court filings and facts presented during the guilty plea proceeding, Foder, then assigned to the 70th Precinct in Brooklyn, falsely testified under oath at a December 29, 2016 hearing in connection
with a federal prosecution about when and how he showed photographs of two robbery suspects to a victim of a carjacking. Following the hearing, the government identified discrepancies in the photo array identifications, including when the identifications had occurred. Handwritten notations indicated that the photo arrays had been completed on November 27, 2015 and February 14, 2016, as Foder had testified. However, the photographs of fillers depicted in the photo arrays had been taken on dates subsequent to the dates Foder claimed he had shown them to the victim witness. Foder acknowledged during his plea allocution that his testimony about when he had administered the photo arrays was false. The government’s case is being handled by the Office’s Public Integrity Section. Assistant United States Attorney Nathan Reilly is in charge of the prosecution.
Vote Like Your Life Depended on it ➔➔ Continued from page 3 come back the next day when a health care-for-women bill was defeated. (She wouldn’t have been able to stop that, but a woman senator was disallowed by male colleagues from presenting the bill on the floor before the vote.) Hochul’s website declares, “… a bold agenda focused on a strong economy, new jobs and higher wages…” but there are no details. Jumaane Williams, rated the second-best member of the City Council by the website, “City & State New York,” says he’ll examine the root causes of gun violence and find new solutions for the stagnant MTA crisis. He’s vocal on affordable housing and tenants’ rights and recently went to jail (again) for protesting – this time for immigrants’ rights. He endorsed Nixon, but says he’d be able to work with Cuomo. However, his politics are considerably more progressive than Cuomo would find comfortable.
general, was placed in the post temporarily, but is not seeking permanent election to it. James, a Brooklyn native, has said she’ll fight to close the wage gap for women and to combat sexual assault and harassment
Public Advocate Letitia James
The Attorney General’s Race Public Advocate Letitia James, Leecia Eve and Zephyr Teachout are among those vying for this seat, formerly occupied by Eric Schneiderman, who resigned in May after charges surfaced that he‘d assaulted four women during consensual sex. Barbara Underwood, the state solicitor
Kevin Hart’s Help from The Hart Charity Launches a New $600,000 Scholarship Program with UNCF and KIPP ➔➔ Continued from page 5 Chairman John Fisher are behind this outstanding new venture. There are more than 1,300 KIPPsters currently enrolled at HBCUs, and together, we are bringing resources and shining a spotlight on these students who are doing all they can to get a college education. This unique partnership will help UNCF continue to bridge the gap from high school success to college achievement and enables UNCF to help more students get to and through college.”
in the workplace. Her campaign website says she intends to advance consumer protections, advocate for children and protect the environment. She has a record of advocating for LGBTQ rights.
Leecia Eve, a Buffalo-based attorney and daughter of retired state Assemblyman Arthur Eve, promises to combat housing discrimination and safeguard consumers and the environment. She says she’ll also set legal standards for equal opportunity and will protect New York at a time when it’s being attacked by a federal government seeking to roll back our legislative achievements. Zephyr Teachout, from a small town in Vermont, has said she’ll work to protect tenants’ rights, voting rights, civil rights and workers’ rights. She’d end cash bail and mass incarceration, protect immigrants’ rights and abolish ICE, establish fair lending and solutions for consumer and student debt, and break Zephyr Teachout up corporate monopolies. She pledges to protect our air and water and sue Big Pharma for fraud. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, Congressman Hakeem Jeffries and Congresswoman Nydia Velazquez are running unopposed for reelection and Congresswoman Yvette Clarke narrowly defeated Adam Bunkeddeko in the June primary. State Senator Jesse Hamilton, among those who recently ended their infamous alliance with Republicans as part of the IDC, is being challenged by Zellnor Myrie challenging incumbent newcomer Zellnor Myrie. Hamilton has Jessie Hamilton. thus far declined to debate him.
Voices Of NYC’s Incarcerated Will Be Heard Through Their Vote ➔➔ Continued from page 2 who are incarcerated to vote and eventually stocking libraries with nonpartisan information about candidates published by CFB’s NYC Votes. Additionally, incarcerated individuals will have the opportunity to attend daily, voluntary discussions with DOC program counselors to learn more about the voting process. The Mayor’s Public Engagement Unit will also begin engaging visitors to city jails and encouraging them to register to vote. “Our democracy is stronger when it reflects the voices of all who have the right to vote,” said Brooklyn Borough President Eric L. Adams. “Voting is a fundamental right of all Americans, as is access to it. Making it easier for those in custody of our city jails to vote – many of whom have not been convicted – shows that every voice counts because they
do,” said Council member Keith Powers, Chair of the Committee on Criminal Justice. “… thousands of people detained on Rikers know that they can vote, are provided nonpartisan resources to learn about candidates and have ready-access to registration forms and absentee ballots that will be delivered to the Board of Elections in a timely manner,” said Tanya Krupat, Director of Osborne’s Center for Justice Across Generations. “It is crucial that everyone – especially individuals who are often the subject of electoral campaigns but are less likely to be invited into them – participate in our democracy in every way possible. That initiative also includes outreach to the 700 adult visitors per day to Rikers.” “Even though most people in our custody
are here only a short time, it is our duty to help them by ensuring that they have appropriate access to the electoral process. Reminding the incarcerated that their vote matters is … as important as the many job training and reentry programs we offer every day,” said DOC Commissioner Cynthia Brann. “Incarceration does not define these individuals, and they are entitled to express their opinion and deserve to be heard just like everyone else,” said Anthony Posada, Supervising Attorney with the Community Justice Unit at the Legal Aid Society. “We’re proud to help re-enfranchise and empower those New Yorkers who felt they had no role in our democracy because of their incarceration. Voting is a sacred right that helps with the transition back to society and it should never be hindered.”
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NEW BUSINESS FORMATIONS CONCRETE DREAMS PRODUCTIONS, L.L.C. Arts. of Org. filed with the SSNY on April 24, 2018. Office: Kings County. SSNY designated as agent of the LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to The LLC c/o Suzette Burton, 762 Halsey Street, Apt. 2, Brooklyn, NY 11233 Purpose: To engage in any and all business activities. Cultivate Fit & Well LLC. Arts. of Org. filed with the SSNY on 07/19/2018. Office: Kings County. SSNY designated as agent of the LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process
to: Cultivate Fit & Well, LLC, 654 St. Marks Ave., Apt. 2D, Brooklyn, NY 11216. Purpose: To engage in any and all business activities. Restless Works, LLC Arts. of Org. filed with the SSNY on 05/22/2018. Office: Kings County. SSNY designated as agent of the LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to: Restless Works, LLC, 86 Wyckoff Ave., PO Box 370098, Brooklyn, NY 11237. Purpose: To engage in any and all business activities. Notice of Qualification of FACILITY
LEGAL NOTICES SUPREME COURT – COUNTY OF KINGS PNC BANK, NATIONAL ASSOCIATION, SUCCESSOR IN INTEREST TO NATIONAL CITY REAL ESTATE SERVICES, LLC, SUCCESSOR BY MERGER TO NATIONAL CITY MORTGAGE, INC., FORMERLY KNOWN AS NATIONAL CITY MORTGAGE CO. DOING BUSINESS AS COMMONWEALTH UNITED MORTGAGE COMPANY, Plaintiff against MALKY KATZ, KATZ RAIZY KATZ, YOSEF KATZ, et al Defendant(s). Pursuant to a Judgment of Foreclosure and Sale entered on April 23, 2018. I, the undersigned Referee will sell at public auction in Room 224 of the Kings County Courthouse, 360 Adams Street, Brooklyn, N.Y. on the 6th day of September, 2018 at 2:30 p.m. premises described as follows: All that certain lot, piece or parcel of land, with the buildings and improvements thereon erected, situate, lying and being in the Borough of Brooklyn, County of Kings, City and State of New York. Said premises known as 150 South 8th Street a/k/a 150 S. 8th Street, Brooklyn, N.Y. 11211. (Block: 2138, Lot: 16). Approximate amount of lien $ 804,897.64 plus interest and costs. Premises will be sold subject to provisions of filed judgment and terms of sale. Index No. 501441-13. Honorable M. Randolph Jackson, Esq., Referee. McCabe, Weisberg & Conway, LLC Attorney(s) for Plaintiff 145 Huguenot Street – Suite 210, New Rochelle, New York 10801. (914) 636-8900 NOTICE OF SALE SUPREME COURT – COUNTY OF KINGS, AJ PARTNERS, LLC, PLAINTIFF, against, SUZIE BLACKSTOCK, et al., DEFENDANTS. Pursuant to a Judgment of Foreclosure and Sale dated December 11, 2017 and entered December 29, 2017, I, the undersigned Referee, will sell at public auction at Room 224 of the Kings County Supreme Court, 360 Adams Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201, on the 6th day of September, 2018 at 2:30 p.m. those certain premises being in the County of Kings and State of New York known as 1246 New York Avenue, Brooklyn, New York 11203 and more particularly described as follows: Block 4949, Lot 23. Amount of judgment $196,071.63, plus interest, costs and attorneys fees. Premises will be sold subject to provisions of judgment, terms of sale and prior first mortgage. Index No. 602349/2016. Joel Elliot Abramson, Esq., Referee. Lawrence & Walsh, P.C., Attorneys for Plaintiff, 215 Hilton Avenue, Post Office Box 1200, Hempstead, New York 11551. NOTICE OF SALE SUPREME COURT: KINGS COUNTY. WEST COAST SERVICING, INC., Pltf. vs. MILTON K. WILSON, et al, Defts. Index #507742/2014. Pursuant to order confirming a referee report and judgment of foreclosure and sale dated July 25, 2018, I will sell at public auction
in Room 224 of the Kings County Supreme Court, 360 Adams St., Brooklyn, NY on Thursday, Sept. 13, 2018 at 2:30 p.m., prem. k/a 589 East 89th St., Brooklyn, NY a/k/a Block 7968, Lot 111. Said property located at a point on the Northeasterly side of East 89th St. 31 ft. Northwesterly from the corner formed by the intersection of the Northwesterly side of Farragut Rd. and the Northeasterly side of East 89 Street; Running thence Northwesterly along the Northeasterly side of East 89th St. 29 feet; Thence Northeasterly parallel with Farragut Road, 100 feet; Thence Northwesterly parallel with Remsen Avenue, 47.42 feet; Thence Northeasterly parallel with Farragut Rd. 4 feet; Thence Southeasterly parallel with Remsen Avenue, 75.42 feet; Thence Southwesterly and part of the distance through a party wall, 104 ft. to the point or place of beginning. Approx. amt. of judgment is $865,317.05 plus costs and interest. Sold subject to terms and conditions of filed judgment and terms of sale. SHERYL MENKES Referee. THE MARGOLIN & WEINREB LAW GROUP LLP, Attys. for Pltf., 165 Eileen Way, Ste. 101, Syosset, NY. #95430 NOTICE OF SALE SUPREME COURT - COUNTY OF KINGS U.S. BANK NATIONAL ASSOCIATION, NOT IN ITS INDIVIDUAL CAPACITY BUT SOLELY AS TRUSTEE OF OWS REMIC TRUST 2015-1, Plaintiff, Against Index No.: 509325/14 CARLOS LIRIANO, JASSON LIRIANO, ET AL., Defendant(s). Pursuant to a Judgment of Foreclosure and Sale, duly entered in the Kings County Clerk’s Office on 2/22/2018, I, the undersigned Referee, will sell at public auction at Room 224 of Kings County Supreme Court, 360 Adams Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201 on 9/13/2018 at 2:30 pm, premises known as 905 Belmont Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11208, and described as follows: ALL that certain plot, piece or parcel of land, with the buildings and improvements thereon erected, situate, lying and being in the Borough of Brooklyn, County of Kings, City and State of New York, and designated on the tax maps of the Kings County Treasurer as Block 4228 and Lot 40. The approximate amount of the current Judgment lien is $506,616.14 plus interest and costs. The premises will be sold subject to provisions of the aforesaid Judgment of Foreclosure and Sale; Index # 509325/14. Dominic J. Famulari, Esq., Referee. STIENE & ASSOCIATES, P.C. (Attorneys for Plaintiff), 167 Main Street, Northport, NY 11768 Dated: 7/26/2018 File Number: 201401018 TKS SUPREME COURT OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK COUNTY OF KINGS SUPPLEMENTAL SUMMONS INDEX NO. 507767/2016 ___U.S. BANK TRUST, N.A., AS TRUSTEE FOR LSF9 MASTER
LOGIX, LLC. Appl. for Auth. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 07/09/18. Office location: Kings County. Princ. office of LLC: 3919 National Drive, STE 310 Burtonsville, MD 20866. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to THE LLC. 3919 National Drive, Burtonsville, MD 20866 Purpose: For any lawful activity. Notice of Qualification of HCP Brooklyn NY OpCo, LLC Appl. for Auth. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 07/05/18. Office location: Kings County. LLC formed in Delaware (DE) on 06/28/18. Princ. office of LLC: c/o HCP, Inc., 1920 Main St., Ste. 1200, Irvine, CA 92614. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against PARTICIPATION TRUST, Plaintiff, Plaintiff designates KINGS as the place of trial situs of the real property Mortgaged Premises: 420 EAST 57TH STREET BROOKLYN, NY 11203 Block: 4767 Lot: 29 vs. SAMANTHA STEWART, AS HEIR AND DISTRIBUTEE OF THE ESTATE OF HURIC STEWART; any and all persons unknown to plaintiff, claiming, or who may claim to have an interest in, or general or specific lien upon the real property described in this action; such unknown persons being herein generally described and intended to be included in the following designation, namely: the wife, widow, husband, widower, heirs at law, next of kin, descendants, executors, administrators, devisees, legatees, creditors, trustees, committees, lienors, and assignees of such deceased, any and all persons deriving interest in or lien upon, or title to said real property by, through or under them, or either of them, and their respective wives, widows, husbands, widowers, heirs at law, next of kin, descendants, executors, administrators, devisees, legatees, creditors, trustees, committees, lienors and assigns, all of whom and whose names, except as stated, are unknown to plaintiff; DONNA LINTON A/K/A DONNA STEWART, AS HEIR AND DISTRIBUTEE OF THE ESTATE OF HURIC STEWART; PORTFOLIO RECOVERY ASSOCIATES, LLC; NEW YORK CITY ENVIRONMENTAL CONTROL BOARD; MORTGAGE ELECTRONIC REGISTRATION SYSTEMS, INC.; BUDGET MORTGAGE BANKERS LTD; NANCY SUNSHINE, IN HER CAPACITY AS KINGS COUNTY CLERK; BRITTNEY STEWART; EBONY PITT; PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK; NEW YORK STATE DEPARTMENT OF TAXATION AND FINANCE; UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, “JOHN DOE #4” through “JOHN DOE #12, “the last twelve names being fictitious and unknown to plaintiff the persons or parties intended being the tenants occupants persons or corporations if any having or claiming an interest in or lien upon the premises described in the complaint, Defendants.__ To the abovenamed Defendants YOU ARE HEREBY SUMMONED to answer the complaint in this action and to serve a copy of your answer, or, if the complaint is not served with this summons, to serve a notice of appearance on the Plaintiff’s Attorney within 20 days after the service of this summons, exclusive of the day of service (or within 30 days after the service is complete if this summons is not personally delivered to you within the State of New York) in the event the United States of America is made a party defendant, the time to answer for the said United States of America shall not expire until (60) days after service of the Summons; and in case of your failure to appear or answer, judgment will be taken against you by default for the relief demanded in the complaint. NOTICE OF NATURE OF ACTION AND RELIEF SOUGHT THE OBJECT of the above caption action is to foreclose a
VOL. 22 NO. 32 it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to c/o Corporation Service Co. (CSC), 80 State St., Albany, NY 12207-2543. DE addr. of LLC: c/o CSC, 251 Little Falls Dr., Wilmington, DE 19808. Cert. of Form. filed with Secy. of State, 401 Federal St., Ste. 4, Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: To acquire, own, hold, manage, operate, improve and develop real property. Basenji Capital, LLC. Arts. of Org. filed with the SSNY on June 27, 2018. Office: Kings County. SSNY designated as agent of the LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to Basenji Capital, LLC., c/o Mathew McGovern, 1 Hanson Place, Brooklyn, NY 11243 Purpose: To engage in any and all business activities. Mortgage to secure the sum of $383,000.00 and interest, recorded on August 10, 2007, at Instrument number 2007000415273, of the Public Records of KINGS County, New York, covering premises known as 420 EAST 57TH STREET, BROOKLYN, NY 11203.The relief sought in the within action is a final judgment directing the sale of the premises described above to satisfy the debt secured by the Mortgage described above. KINGS County is designated as the place of trial because the real property affected by this action is located in said county. THIS SPACE IS INTENTIONALLY LEFT BLANK NOTICE YOU ARE IN DANGER OF LOSING YOUR HOME, If you do not respond to this summons and complaint by serving a copy of the answer on the attorney for the mortgage company who filed this foreclosure proceeding against you and filing the answer with the court, a default judgment may be entered and you can lose your home. Speak to an attorney or go to the court where your case is pending for further information on how to answer the summons and protect your property. Sending a payment to the mortgage company will not stop the foreclosure action. YOU MUST RESPOND BY SERVING A COPY OF THE ANSWER ON THE ATTORNEY FOR THE PLAINTIFF (MORTGAGE COMPANY) AND FILING THE ANSWER WITH THE COURT. Dated: January 18, 2018 RAS BORISKIN, LLC Attorney for Plaintiff BY Keesha C. Robinson-Roberts, Esq. 900 Merchants Concourse, Suite 106 Westbury, NY 11590 516-280-7675 NOTICE OF SALE SUPREME COURT COUNTY OF KINGS WELLS FARGO BANK, N.A., Plaintiff AGAINST NATACHA LARECE, JEAN LARECE, JEANNETTE LARECE, et al., Defendant(s) Pursuant to a Judgment of Foreclosure and Sale duly dated November 29, 2017 I, the undersigned Referee will sell at public auction at the Room 224 of Kings County Supreme Court, 360 Adams Street, Brooklyn, New York 11201, on September 06, 2018 at 2:30PM, premises known as 2406 CORTELYOU ROAD, BROOKLYN, NY 11226. All that certain plot piece or parcel of land, with the buildings and improvements erected, situate, lying and being in the Borough of Brooklyn, County of Kings, City and State of New York, BLOCK 5168, LOT 57. Approximate amount of judgment $329,711.68 plus interest and costs. Premises will be sold subject to provisions of filed Judgment for Index# 511083/2014. Angelyn Johnson, Esq., Referee Gross Polowy, LLC Attorney for Plaintiff 1775 Wehrle Drive, Suite 100 Williamsville, NY 14221 55328 NOTICE OF SALE SUPREME COURT KINGS COUNTY PROF-2013 LEGAL TITLE TRUST II BY U.S. BANK NATIONAL ASSOCIATION AS LEGAL TITLE TRUSTEE, Plaintiff against ➔➔ Continued on page 15
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LEGAL NOTICES ➔➔ Continued from page 14 RONEN LEVY, et al Defendants Attorney for Plaintiff(s) Fein, Such & Crane, LLP 28 East Main Street, Suite 1800, Rochester, NY 14614 Attorney (s) for Plaintiff (s). Pursuant to a Judgment of Foreclosure and Sale Entered June 20, 2018 I will sell at Public Auction to the highest bidder at the Kings County Supreme Court, 360 Adams Street, Room 224, Brooklyn, NY 11201 on September 6, 2018 at 2:30 PM. Premises known as 605 East New York Avenue Unit 605-4R, Brooklyn, NY 11203. Block 1333 Lot 1055. All that certain plot, piece or parcel of real property situated and being in the County of Kings, Borough of Brooklyn, City and State of New York. Approximate Amount of Judgment is $497,143.77 plus interest and costs. Premises will be sold subject to provisions of ﬁled Judgment Index No 36193/2007. Steven Z. Naiman, Esq., Referee AYSNC108 SUPREME COURT - COUNTY OF KINGS VALLEY NATIONAL BANK, Plaintiff -against- IZIBO IZYAGUYEV, et al Defendant(s). Pursuant to a Judgment of Foreclosure and Sale entered herein and dated May 7, 2018, I, the undersigned Referee will sell at public auction at the Kings County Courthouse 360 Adams Street, Room 224, Brooklyn, NY on September 6, 2018 at 2:30 p.m. premises situate, lying and being in the Borough of Brooklyn, County of Kings, City and State of New York, known as Unit No. 101 in the building known as “Tara Condominium” together with an undivided 10.2752% interest as to Unit 101 in the common elements. Block: 5853 Lot: 1001. Said premises known as 231 68TH STREET, UNIT 101, BROOKLYN, NY Approximate amount of lien $229,373.43 plus interest & costs. Premises will be sold subject to provisions of filed Judgment and Terms of Sale. Index Number 519769/2016. SHMUEL TAUB, ESQ., Referee KRISS & FEUERSTEIN LLP Attorney(s) for Plaintiff 360 Lexington Avenue, Suite 1200, New York, NY 10017 SUPREME COURT OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK COUNTY OF KINGS; Index No.: 523641/2017. Filed: July 17, 2018. WILMINGTON SAVINGS FUND SOCIETY, FSB, D/B/A CHRISTINA
TRUST NOT IN ITS INDIVIDUAL CAPACITY BUT SOLELY AS TRUSTEE OF THE BROUGHAM FUND I TRUST, PLAINTIFF, V. IAN REYNOLDS, INDIVIDUALLY AND HEIR-AT-LAW TO THE ESTATE OF LILLIAN REYNOLDS; THE ESTATE OF LILLIAN REYNOLDS; THE UNKNOWN HEIRS OF THE ESTATE OF LILLIAN REYNOLDS (NOW DECEASED); OLIVER REYNOLDS, H E I R - AT- L AW; JAC Q U E L I N E REYNOLDS, HEIR-AT-LAW; UNITED STATES OF AMERICA OBO INTERNAL REVENUE SERVICE; NEW YORK STATE DEPARTMENT OF TAXATION AND FINANCE; JOHN DOE (said name being fictitious to represent unknown tenants/ occupants of the subject property and any other party or entity of any kind, if any, having or claiming an interest or lien upon the mortgaged property), SUPPLEMENTAL SUMMONS AND NOTICE. TO THE ABOVE NAMED DEFENDANTS: YOU ARE HEREBY SUMMONED to answer the Amended Complaint in the above captioned action and to serve a copy of your Answer on the Plaintiff’s attorney within twenty (20) days after the service of this Supplemental Summons, exclusive of the day of service, or within thirty (30) days after completion of service where service is made in any other manner than by personal delivery within the State. The United States of America, if designated as a Defendant in this action may answer to appear within sixty (60) days of service hereof. In case of your failure to appear or answer, judgment will be taken against you by default for the relief demanded in the Amended Complaint. NOTICE YOU ARE IN DANGER OF LOSING YOUR HOME If you do not respond to this Supplemental Summons and Amended Complaint by serving a copy of the answer on the attorney for the mortgage company who filed this foreclosure proceeding against you and filing the answer with the court, a default judgment may be entered and you can lose your home. Speak to an attorney or go to the court where your case is pending for further information on how to answer the Supplemental Summons and protect your property. Sending payment to your mortgage company will not stop this foreclosure action. YOU MUST RESPOND BY SERVING A COPY OF THE ANSWER ON THE ATTORNEY FOR THE PLAINTIFF (MORTGAGE COMPANY) AND FILING THE ANSWER WITH THE COURT. To the above named defendants: The foregoing
The athlete aims to provide for Ohio, where Betsy DeVos and the U.S. Department of Education seem to fail ➔➔ Continued from page 1 U.S. public students were in poverty. Given the lack of justification behind many of DeVos› new policies, you have to wonder, why isn’t the government working harder? Deeming efficiency as the priority over that of students and their civil rights, is one of many ways in which DeVos appears to miss aim. “The fact is, we’ve had growing inequality in the country for many years,” Kent McGuire, president of the Southern Education Foundation, told the Post. He added, “It didn’t happen overnight, but it’s steadily been happening. Government used to be a source of leadership
and innovation around issues of economic prosperity and upward mobility. Now we’re a country disinclined to invest in our young people.” One of the world’s most famous basketball players and arguably, one of the best to step on the court, seems to understand that concept of investing in the youth. Despite enduring challenges that nearly held him back from attending school regularly in elementary school, with the help of Frank and Pam Walker who took James under their motivational wings, he managed to focus on education. He’s now turning what was once a focus on his education, into a focus on others.
Supplemental Summons is served upon you by publication pursuant to an order of the Hon. Noach Dear, a Justice of the Supreme Court of the State of N.Y., dated May 23, 2018 and filed along with the supporting papers in the Kings County Clerk’s Office. This is an action to foreclose a mortgage on the property 582 Crescent Street, Brooklyn, NY 11208 also known as Block: 4251 Lot: 39. Kings County is designated as the place of trial based upon the location of the property being foreclosed. Attorneys for Plaintiff: Stern & Eisenberg, PC, 485 B Route 1 South, Suite 330, Iselin, NJ 08830, T: (516) 630-0288. SUPREME COURT OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK COUNTY OF KINGS_ INDEX NO 22094/2012 NATIONSTAR MORTGAGE LLC, Plaintiff, Plaintiff designates KINGS as the place of trial situs of the real property vs. BOYD PARROTT AS HEIR AND DISTRIBUTEE OF THE ESTATE OF SARA L. PARROTT; UNKNOWN HEIRS AND DISTRIBUTEE OF THE ESTATE OF SARA L. PARROTT, any and all persons unknown to plaintiff, claiming, or who may claim to have an interest in, or general or specific lien upon the real property described in this action; such unknown persons being herein generally described and intended to be included in the following designation, namely: the wife, widow, husband, widower, heirs at law, next of kin, descendants, executors, administrators, devisees, legatees, creditors, trustees, committees, lienors, and assignees of such deceased, any and all persons deriving interest in or lien upon, or title to said real property by, through or under them, or either of them, and their respective wives, widows, husbands, widowers, heirs at law, next of kin, descendants, executors, administrators, devisees, legatees, creditors, trustees, committees, lienors and assigns, all of whom and whose names, except as stated, are unknown to plaintiff; NEW YORK CITY PARKING VIOLATIONS BUREAU; NEW YORK CITY TRANSIT ADJUNCTION BUREAU; NEW YORK CITY ENVIRONMENTAL CONTROL BOARD; UNITED STATES OF AMERICA O/B/O SECRETARY OF HOUSING AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT; THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA; THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK; LINDA PARROTT; SAMUEL DOE; TANYA DOE; MIKE DOE; JAMEL DOE; Defendants. __SUPPLEMENTAL SUMMONS Mortgaged Premises: 236 QUINCY
15 STREET BROOKLYN, NY 11216 District: Section: Block: 1807 Lot: 41 To the above named Defendants YOU ARE HEREBY SUMMONED to answer the complaint in this action and to serve a copy of your answer, or, if the complaint is not served with this summons, to serve a notice of appearance on the Plaintiff’s Attorney within 20 days after the service of this summons, exclusive of the day of service (or within 30 days after the service is complete if this summons is not personally delivered to you within the State of New York) in the event the United States of America is made a party defendant, the time to answer for the said United States of America shall not expire until (60) days after service of the Summons; and in case of your failure to appear or answer, judgment will be taken against you by default for the relief demanded in the complaint. NOTICE OF NATURE OF ACTION AND RELIEF SOUGHT THE OBJECT of the above caption action is to foreclose a Mortgage to secure the sum of $535,034.77 and interest, recorded on October 29, 2009, at Instrument number 2009000353746, of the Public Records of KINGS County, New York, covering premises known as 236 QUINCY STREET BROOKLYN, NY 11216. The relief sought in the within action is a final judgment directing the sale of the premises described above to satisfy the debt secured by the Mortgage described above. KINGS County is designated as the place of trial because the real property affected by this action is located in said county. THIS SPACE IS INTENTIONALLY LEFT BLANK NOTICE YOU ARE IN DANGER OF LOSING YOUR HOME If you do not respond to this summons and complaint by serving a copy of the answer on the attorney for the mortgage company who filed this foreclosure proceeding against you and filing the answer with the court, a default judgment may be entered and you can lose your home. Speak to an attorney or go to the court where your case is pending for further information on how to answer the summons and protect your property. Sending a payment to the mortgage company will not stop the foreclosure action. YOU MUST RESPOND BY SERVING A COPY OF THE ANSWER ON THE ATTORNEY FOR THE PLAINTIFF (MORTGAGE COMPANY) AND FILING THE ANSWER WITH THE COURT. Dated: July 12, 2018 RAS BORISKIN, LLC Attorney for Plaintiff BY: GLENN CAULFIELD, ESQ. 900 Merchants Concourse, Suite 106 Westbury, NY 11590 516-280-7675
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Mrs. Mathula Nkosi, greeted the crowd warmly in Xhosa and reminded the celebrants of what would have been Nelson Mandela’s 100th birthday, July 18th. Others who spoke to the crowd included a representative from China, the Vice Consul of Poland and Consul Generals from Belarus and Nigeria. A highlight for me, personally, was going backstage when it was announced that representatives from various consulates would tell us how to say” hello” and/or “welcome” in their native tongues. Among the other countries represented in Adams’ Global Village with its 15 pavilions, included Mexico, Panama, Egypt, Ghana, Morocco, China, Mongolia, Turkey, Barbados, Guyana, Poland and Russia.
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