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Fracking absent from State of State Opponents debate meaning of omission from governor’s speech by Michael Gannon

air and groundwater that supplies New York City are crossing their fingers. “I’m actually pleased,” said state Sen. ov. Cuomo received almost universal praise for his State of the State Joe Addabbo, Jr. (D-Howard Beach), a virAddress on Jan. 4, speaking boldly of ulent opponent of the practice. “I think Gov. Cuomo came into office where he wants the state to go in terms of the open to the idea of issuing permits for economy, energy, infrastructure and jobs. But some in New York City were hopeful drilling while we studied the effects on the this week because of something he did not air and water,” Addabbo said. “I say we shouldn’t even do say at all. that. We have a A printed transcript moratorium in of the governor’s 33page speech devoted place until the he fracking protesters six nondescript senDEC and [Environtences to the subject were some of the loudest mental Protection of hydraulic fracturAgency] repor ts protesters here. ing or fracking — the are out. Why issue controversial means permits yet?” And in my opinion, of extracting natural Cuomo’s off ice gas from shale rock did not comment they were heard.” by the high-pressure as to why the — State Sen. Joe Addabbo Jr. application of water deleted sentences and chemicals underwere removed. ground — in New Addabbo feels it York’s Southern Tier. Some of the chemi- just might have to do with the resistance cals are known carcinogens. from environmentalists primed for The sentences said the state’s Depart- Cuomo’s address. ment of Environmental Conservation con“The fracking protesters were some of tinues to study fracking’s potential impacts the loudest protesters here,” the senator on air and water, and continues to review said. “And in my opinion, they were heard.” more than 15,000 comments made at public If there is a more antifracking official than hearings around the state. Addabbo at the city level, it would be CounThe sentences were deleted from the cilman James Gennaro (D-Fresh Meadows). speech delivered in Albany, and those with Gennaro, a trained geologist and chairman concerns over how fracking could affect the of the council’s Environmental Protection Associate Editor



Committee, also thinks the omission could be very significant. “As much as the governor and his people want to pursue fracking — and they do want to — I think they are running up against their own inconvenient truth,” Gennaro said, a reference to the title of a global warming documentary by former Vice President Al Gore. Gennaro said research is being conducted around the country to examine just how the chemicals can affect underground rock; whether they can migrate through the cracks and fissures created; and whether or not they might make the ground unstable should they migrate into fault areas. He supports a seven-mile buffer around drill sites, while the state right now is considering 1,000 feet. “There still is so much science on this we don’t know about,” Gennaro said. “Should we rush this given what we know regarding the risks?” The New York League of Conservation Voters gave Cuomo high marks for the energy portion of his speech, saying he made a welcome and serious commitment to initiatives like solar and wind power and green technology. “Environmentally, this is the best State of the State speech we’ve heard in at least five years,” said NYLCV spokesman Dan Hendrick. Nevertheless, he is every bit as convinced as Gennaro that hydrofracking is another way the governor wants to go. And

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Residents divided on center’s impact Some say it will burden area with traffic, others tout creation of jobs by Anna Gustafson Senior Editor

Toto, we’re not in Kansas anymore. Or, as some residents are saying, people of Queens, we won’t be in South Ozone Park anymore. Gov. Cuomo’s proposal in his State of the State address last week to build the country’s largest convention center in South Ozone Park has opened up a floodgate of criticism — as well as praise — from area residents, some of whom worry the structure that is expected to hold as many as 3,000 hotel rooms will turn their neighborhood upside down, leaving them with an area congested by millions of visitors and no longer recognizable as the South Ozone Park they once knew. Still, others said the center would generate much needed jobs — about 10,000 permanent ones and another 10,000 in construction — in the borough and bring the kind of tourism that had previously been reserved for Manhattan. The $4 billion center would be entirely funded and run by Genting Americas, which operates the Resorts World Casino New York City that would be situated next to the convention site.

The New York International Convention and Exhibition Center, as Genting is calling it, would total around 3.8 million square feet and include gaming, hotel rooms and entertainment. It would replace Manhattan’s Javits Center as the city’s sole convention spot. “I don’t think the neighborhood can handle it,” said Ozone Park Civic Association President Howie Kamph. “To bring in something like that will triple the traffic, at least. There’s too much traffic on Rockaway Boulevard just with the casino.” Genting had in June unveiled preliminary plans to the state for a convention center, but residents, and legislators, said they were completely taken aback by the proposed size of it. “I was surprised by the news,” Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder (DOzone Park) said at the Community Board 9 meeting Tuesday night. “I would’ve liked to have known about it sooner.” Still, Goldfeder, as well as pretty much every Queens legislator who spoke on the topic, said he was cautiously optimistic the center would have a positive impact. “The proposal to build the largest convention center in the

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nation at Aqueduct is an ambitious plan that must be undertaken responsibly and appropriately with real community involvement and participation,” Goldfeder said. State Sen. Joe Addabbo Jr. (DHoward Beach) also emphasized the need to include residents in the planning process. “One message is very clear — we don’t move a step forward without public input,” Addabbo said. Cuomo did not communicate

with residents, or area legislators, before signing a letter of intent to build the center with Genting on Jan. 3, a day before the State of the State. There was no competitive bid process for the center. “The bottom line is that this is a low risk, high reward business oppor tunity for the state,” Cuomo wrote in a Jan. 10 letter to legislators. According to preliminary plans, the center would be broken into

two construction phases, the first of which would include 1,000 hotel rooms, theater and entertainment components and approximately three million feet of convention and exhibition space, the expansion of video lottery terminal gaming space and a parking facility. Construction on the first phase could end as early as the end of 2014. Genting has a lease on all the continued on page 24

Could Cuomo plan derail greenway? Convention center might bolster bid by Goldfeder for rebuilt rail line by Michael Gannon Associate Editor

Assemblyman Phillip Goldfeder figured he’d be swimming against the tide last week when he proposed rebuilding a railroad between Ozone Park and Rego Park, where many are proposing a high-line park. Then a day later Gov. Cuomo, in his State of the State address on Jan. 4, proposed building the country’s largest convention center near the new casino at the Aqueduct racetrack. “The governor’s people briefed me just before the speech because it’s in my district,” he said. “I had no idea.” Cuomo came out in support of a $4 billion proposal by Genting America to spend $4 billion on a convention center and 3,000 hotel rooms. And he also may have given Goldfeder some serious justification for putting trains back on what was the Long Island Rail Road’s Rockaway line until 1962. “While I’m a strong advocate of increased park space for Queens, I believe southern Queens and Rockaway would be better served with a railroad,” Goldfeder said. The city now owns the land and the right of way along the 3.5-mile stretch. The rails, ties, platforms, switches and some towers remain in place, though the tracks and the ground beneath them have deteriorated. Some portions, such as the trestle across

Some residents want to create an elevated linear park along train tracks abandoned in 1962. But a convention center proposed near Aqueduct Racetrack could be the impetus for rebuilding tracks PHOTO BY MICHAEL GANNON between Ozone Park and Rego Park. Metropolitan Avenue, are impassable even on foot due to the tangle of trees and brush that has sprung up over the last 40 years. Many residents and civic groups, such as the Rockaway Beach Branch Greenway Committee, are petitioning the city to pursue the project they call Queensway, which would turn the old railroad right of way into a park. The aim would be to link neighborhooods for joggers, cyclists and walkers

in a safe, traffic-free environment. “I’m sure people in Rego Park and Forest Hills do want parks there,” Goldfeder said. “But then they already only have a 40-minute trip into Manhattan. For some of my constituents it takes an hour and 40 minutes.” Goldfeder said he has not yet thought through details such as whether to return LIRR service or extend the MTA’s A Train service. He also would like to see proposals for extended AirTrain service, and believes

that a convention center would draw investment in rail service. “I’m opposed to Queensway if it would interfere with a new rail link,” he said. But Andrea Crawford, president of Community Board 9 and a leader on the greenway committee, thinks the convention center and a rail line may not prove feasible. Crawford said people coming to a convention center in the city want the ability to walk to restaurants, theaters and other amenities without having to take the subway. “It doesn’t scale,” Crawford said. “You’re going to build a 2.5 millionsquare-foot convention center in Ozone Park when people don’t come to the Javits Center in Manhattan? I don’t understand it.” A feasibility study for the greenway is being underwritten by the Trust for Public Lands. State Sen. Joe Addabbo Jr. (DHoward Beach) has his own. “Rockaway has to come into the conversation, and I would talk about service south of where the convention center would be located,” Addabbo said. “But I have constituents north of where the convention center would be who are strongly against a rail line or even a greenway. They like the way it is with the growing vegetation, and don’t want that disturbed by people with Q bikes or strollers.”

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Center’s future at Willets Pt. in doubt Governor’s proposal for Aqueduct site puts other plan in jeopardy by Liz Rhoades Managing Editor

The governor’s proposal announced last week for a $4 billion convention center and hotel at Aqueduct in South Ozone Park may be the death knell for a planned convention center at Willets Point. The $3 billion Willets Point redevelopment project calls for a 700-room hotel and a 400,000-square-foot convention center in addition to housing, shops, off ices and other amenities at the 60-acre area also known as the Iron Triangle. A developer is expected to be announced in March. Phase 1 calls for building the hotel, housing and the commercial space near 126th Street, across from Citi Field. Although the convention center is slated for Phase 2, many are questioning whether it’s feasible to build a hotel if the proposed center is already obsolete. Also, nearby is downtown Flushing, which already has several hotels, with others under construction. Cuomo said the Aqueduct project will include 4 million square feet and could have as many as 3,000 hotel rooms. It will be built by Genting, which operates the Resorts World New York City Casino at Aqueduct Race Track. Claire Shulman, president and CEO of the Flushing, Willets Point, Corona Local Development Corp., which is pushing for the Willets Point project, said she likes the idea of the Aqueduct casino, even if it

Preliminary plans issued by the city’s Economic Development Corp. show two possible locations DRAWING COURTESY EDC for a small convention center in Willets Point. affects her project. “If Willets Point can’t have it, then Aqueduct sounds like a winner to me,” Shulman said. “We wanted one in Willets Point, but it doesn’t look like it’s in the cards.” The former borough president added, however, that since the Willets Point plan calls for a modest convention center, “that still might fly and the location’s proximity to LaGuardia Airport is a plus.” Shulman also offered one ominous opinion about the governor’s plan: “I don’t know

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He also has promoted the idea of the Islanders hockey team moving to a facility in Willets Point from Long Island. Officials at the city’s Economic Development Corp., which is handling the Willets Point development, have indicated the agency is focusing on Phase 1. No speculation on the convention center was forthcoming. Preliminary design plans issued by the EDC in the past show two possible locations for the convention center: adjacent to the MTA parcel near Roosevelt Avenue or off Northern Boulevard. Opposing the Willets Point development are members of Willets Point United, a group of business and land owners who do not want to move. One of the WPU’s leaders is Jerry Antonacci, who operates Crown Container, a hauling company that has been in business for 53 years. He was happy to hear about the Aqueduct initiative. “The best place for a convention center is at the raceway location and the city should concentrate now on hooking up the existing [Willets Point] landowners to the new sewers being installed after a 40-year wait,” Antonacci said. He goes even further predicting the future of the Willets Point development plan, saying “the proposed brainchild of Claire Shulman will never be built. This fraudulent land grab to benef it wealthy developers will never be built,” adding that the project will never be seen in either Q Shulman’s or the city’s lifetime.

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Reverse discrimination forced on FDNY emember back when Commissioner Nicholas Scopetta was in charge of the Fire Department? And he answered to Mayor Bloomberg? Sure, Scopetta still runs most department operations, but when it comes to hiring new firefighters — a rather important responsibility — there’s a new sheriff in town. That sheriff is U.S. District Court Judge Nicholas Garaufis, who’s appointed himself head of FDNY employment, and has deputized former federal prosecutor Mark Cohen to carry out his policies — mostly over the objections of the city. The issue is the department’s lack of racial diversity, which the U.S. Justice Department and the Vulcan Society, a group of black firefighters, contend is the result of discrimination. Garaufis agrees. There’s no question that the FDNY is overwhelmingly white. Caucasians comprise 89 percent of the ranks, compared to 6 percent who are Hispanic and 3 percent who are black. And we understand the idea that the department could serve the city even better than it already does — which is amazingly well — if the membership looked more like the citizenry. But we don’t believe this is the result of intentional, institutional discrimination, as the judge says, or that the ends justify the means, which here amounts to simple reverse discrimination. It was bad enough that Garaufis declared the last three firefighter exams to be racially biased simply because not enough black appli-


cants passed, or that he threatened to impose outright hiring quotas on the department. Now, through Cohen, he is rubbing salt in the wound by launching an unprecedented outreach program for applicants who did not complete all the requirements, as long as they’re black, while denying the same efforts for members of other races. The Vulcan Society is in the midst of going door-to-door to the homes of any black candidates who didn’t pay their application fees or failed to complete their paperwork, four months after the deadline passed. The courtesy is for black applicants only. Would-be firefighters of any other race who didn’t dot every I and cross every T are out of luck. That’s how it is despite the fact that Merit Matters, an advocacy group headed by a deputy chief that says race should play no role whatsoever in FDNY hiring, offered to do the same for applicants of all races. Merit Matters’s request was denied. We have no idea how many of the applicants the Vulcans are visiting still want to join the FDNY. We do know that reverse discrimination violates the civil rights of all people. We know it makes a mockery of the 14th Amendment’s equal protection clause. We know the Rev. Martin Luther King said not to judge a man by the color of skin. And we know the fire department that serves the City of New York should answer to our mayor, not an unelected judge trying to remake society according to his worldview. Garaufis has gone too far, again.

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Who's immoral? Dear Editor: I thought President Obama was very arrogant in claiming that he is the fourth most accomplished President in U.S. history. However, even Obama cannot compare to Anthony Pilla, who acted as god when he wrote in the Jan. 5 issue that “The Republican Party is morally wrong on most issues facing America” (“Never vote GOP,” Letters). I am not a Republican, even though I agree with many Republican principles. My mother will be very disappointed when she finds out that I am considered immoral. I never realized that Mr. Pilla is now the arbiter of what is moral and what is not Was it moral when Obama ran as a postpartisan president and within a year responded to complaints from House Minority Whip Eric Cantor that Republicans were not allowed input into the stimulus bill with the reply “Elections have consequences — we won”? Was it moral when President Obama told a Hispanic group that they “should punish your enemies,” referring to Republicans? Was it moral for the president to introduce a jobs bill with a tax increase, knowing that it would be rejected, rather than meeting with Republicans beforehand to try and find common ground? The point I am trying to make is that we all have political differences but we should leave the issue of what is moral to God. We will find out who is right when we die. See you all in heaven (or that other place). Lenny Rodin Forest Hills

Repeal the Bottle Bill Dear Editor: I was a proponent of the Bottle Bill and the Recycling Law before it was mandatory and would bring my bottles, cans and newspaper to the local community recycling center. Now that we have a recycling program in place in New York, I don’t feel that the Bottle Bill is necessary, and it’s counterproductive. Here is my top 10 reasons why the Bottle Bill should be repealed. 1. I am sick of people going through my garbage and recyclables in my yard and in front of my house pulling apart the bags and risking


me getting a fine, this is illegal in NYC. 2. I have seen people dump trash cans in parks and on the beach as they look for cans and bottles. 3. Returning bottles and cans to the store is a hardship for seniors and the handicapped. 4. There is a hardship and cost for the store owners who have to hire extra workers and provide more space for the empties. 5. The storing of cans and bottles can attract insects and rodents in our homes and the stores where we buy our food. 6. People can go to New Jersey where there is no Bottle Law and buy beverages and New York businesses lose out on sales. 7. People can take back cans and bottles they bought in New Jersey and cash them in New York.They never check all the items people bring back and the state is losing money. 8. Many people are not returning their deposit items. At a recent civic meeting I attended about 60 percent of the people say they don’t return their deposits and they are paying more for these items. 9. I never want to get behind a can person redeeming f ive large garbage bags of deposits at the store. 10. We have a very efficient system where sanitation trucks come right to our homes and collect all of our recyclables and by taking

Danger at LGA ommercial airline pilots will tell you the last place they want to fly to or from is LaGuardia Airport. The runways are simply too short for comfort. Now the city is making the airport even more dangerous by building a new garbage transfer facility just 2,000 feet away. Trash draws rodents, which then draw birds, which sometimes knock planes down, like Miracle on the Hudson Flight 1549 three years ago. The city claims the facility will be perfectly rodentproof. But the experts said the Titanic was unsinkable 100 years ago. Don’t buy it. The Friends of LaGuardia Airport group is suing to stop the project. Let’s all hope they prevail. Our lives are at stake.


cans and bottles back ourselves we are removing items the city can sell. Also think of all the wasted energy and resources bringing back things to the store when there are trucks already picking up recyclables every week. One of the main reasons for the Bottle Bill by proponents is that it removes litter from our streets, parks and beaches. I go to New Jersey quite often and I never say, look at all those cans and bottles all over their streets and beaches. Another reason they give is that it provides an income for many people who otherwise wouldn’t have a source of income and they keep our parks and streets clean. This may be true but I’ve found that they are getting most of the cans from people’s garbage and not the streets and also many don’t take glass because it’s too heavy. I would like to see a more aggressive recycling program where more plastics are included and I would like to see separate bins on our streets and parks and how about in our schools where we should be teaching the youngsters the importance of recycling, I notice my local public school they don’t separate trash. Also businesses should separate their garbage and provide bins in stores. There should be more education because many people are not recycling especially in big apartment buildings

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FDNY racial censors Dear Editor: The Fire Department’s recent order that prohibits the posting of opinions or viewpoints anywhere in quarters is concrete evidence that Merit Matters is winning the debate about race and hiring new members. This order is the direct result of complaints made earlier this month about the letters and press releases we have been issuing, but instead of responding with sound, solid arguments in opposition, our opponents have instead demanded censorship. There is no truer indication of victory. We recommend all comply with this order. We also advise all that this will not affect our activities — we will continue to advocate for the residents and firefighters of New York City utilizing other avenues of communication and ask that you help by forwarding our messages to all you think would be interested. You can also help spread the message by buying and wearing our T-shirts. As a reminder … anyone who disagrees with us has been able for over a year now to submit an essay on the topic, “Merit Matters is wrong because …” We had originally sponsored a contest with a prize of $100 for the best entry but received no essays. We have now opened the contest again. Between today and the first day the new FDNY entry test is administered (whenever





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Judges, not laws, at fault Dear Editor: Re “Turner mum on gun control bills,” Jan. 5, multiple editions: There’s no mention of the fact that this shooter was in court and the judge refused to extradite him to North Carolina for a previous shooting. A judge also refused to issue a bench warrant at a later date giving his attorney time to look for him. A few weeks later said lowlife killed Officer Figowski. The fact is if these idiot judges did their job correctly instead of letting their hearts bleed all over the place this officer would be alive and well today. The answer is to start enforcing the laws already on the books not to set up more hoops for law-abiding citizens to jump through. The writer of this article should be ashamed. Scott Primeau Davenport, Fl.

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Beware of car repair scam Dear Editor: One of our neighbors in our community recently relayed to me a story that I will share with you. They were driving on Queens Boulevard and someone stopped them to advise that there was smoke coming from the car. They had him open the hood and then showed water. The “helpful” repairman just happened to have a wrench with him and was able to fix our neighbors car for a fee on Queens Boulevard. If someone stops you – drive to an authorized gas station. Do not let a stranger on the street start to repair your car. Do not pay a stranger on the street – and in this case the stranger demanded a lot of money which was paid to help. As a reminder, in case your car does break down there are things that you should have in the car. You should have booster cables, warning lights or road flares, a shovel, an ice scraper and brush, road maps, and a cell phone with a car charger. Furthermore, you should have some basic tools. There are many kits on the market that have basic emergency supplies for the car. The AAA also has on its website a list of things to have in the car for emergencies. The 112th Precinct Community Council meeting will be held at 7:30 p.m. on Jan. 18 at the precinct, at 68-40 Austin St. We will have a safety seminar for residents. Be careful and stay safe. Heidi Harrison Chain President, 112th Pct. Community Council Forest Hills

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Senior Center to hold talent show Jan. 16 The Howard Beach Senior Center will host its fourth annual talent show on Monday, Jan. 16 at 1 p.m. Everyone is invited to this event. The senior center is located at 156-45 84th Street, and the entrance is on 85th Street. The center is open to anyone age 60 and over. For more informaQ tion, call (718) 738-8100.

Woodhaven resident Diane Yodice speaks out against the city’s proposal to change 84th Street from one-way northbound to one-way southbound, saying it will severely limit drivers’ ability to access her neighborhood. PHOTO BY ANNA GUSTAFSON

98th to 85th streets. “In fact, it was identified as one of Woodhaven’s primary roads” by the city Department of Sanitation “in the aftermath of last winter’s blizzards,” Wendell wrote. After being contacted by a number of residents upset with the plan, Miller reached out to CB 9 and the DOT to request that the vote be postponed. On his weekly Friday radio show, Wendell praised Miller for his actions. While a number of residents said they had not been notified of the change and found out about it only days before what was to be Tuesday’s vote, CB 9 Chairwoman Andrea Crawford said board officials had sent out numerous mailings to individuals in the neighborhood. She also stressed that the community board did not ask for the street changes, but that it is a city proposal. “This board, this staff is very diligent in sending out notices about neighborhood or community changes,” said Crawford, who encouraged residents to attend the Feb. 1 forum. CB 9 District Manager Mary Ann Carey also emphasized that the board is “here to Q serve you.”

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Residents thrilled to open community ctr. Broad Channel spot will cater to people from throughout Queens by Daniel Scarpati Chronicle Contributor

Broad Channel residents rejoiced at the ribbon cutting of the newly refurbished community center at St. Virgilius Roman Catholic Church last Thursday. “When you do the research, you see that there are no community centers or programs in this area,” said Ann Marie DeMauro, a Lindenwood resident and the coordinator of Legacy Project 89. The project is responsible for the transformation at the community center, located at 210 Noel Road. Legacy projects are offered by a company called Personal Dynamics. The company offers comprehensive workshops and psychological exercises to determine what holds people back in their lives and how they can better reach their potential. The courses come in three stages: discovery, breakthrough and leadership. “The discovery workshop is where people notice a lot of things that hold them back,” said Lance Vanderborg, the president of Personal Dynamics. “The breakthrough course supports you in breaking through those barriers, and the leadership program is where you practice it for three months.” The leadership program is the step that involves legacy projects. The first legacy project, named LP1, was responsible for creating the New York Cares Coat Drive that runs annually during November and December. “We’re told to go out and find a legacy project, but we’re not told where,” DeMauro

Residents gather to cut the ribbon on the newly refurbished community center at St. Virgilius PHOTOS BY DANIEL SCARPATI Roman Catholic Church in Broad Channel last week. said. “It has to be within the city limits and you can’t take any money out of your own pocket.” After contacting her uncle, the Rev. James Dunne, and speaking with Pastor Richard Ahlemeyer, DeMauro was sure that the building behind St. Viriglius would be the best space to set up the center. “Legacy projects usually get 10 days to complete everything,” DeMauro said. “We had to write a prospectus, fundraise, get it approved by Lance [Vanderborg] and then complete the work in the seven days remaining.”

Physical work on the building began Dec. 26. The fundraising involved gathering painting supplies, furniture, food for the new pantry, supplies for the catechism school and time and labor. Some people donated money or supplies, while others came to the church to literally lend a hand. Miguel Perez, a carpenter and contractor, postponed a skiing trip he was going on to assist with the project. “A friend of mine called me and told me about this project, and I decided to help out,” Perez said. “I worked on installing sheetrock

Residents welcome repair work City will update subway stations along the A line by Anna Gustafson Senior Editor

City officials presented plans at last week’s Community Board 10 meeting to update subway stations along the A line in South Queens, relieving area residents who said the stops have needed repairs for years. Joseph Raskin and Linda Tonn, both of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, presented the city’s plans to revamp a number of subway

stations along the A line at last Thursday’s meeting at the Knights of Columbus Hall in South Ozone Park. “We are the bearers of very good news for you,” Raskin told board members. Raskin and Tonn said the city will install an elevator that complies with federal disability regulations at the Lefferts Boulevard Station. “We’re providing a threestop elevator at this station,”

Linda Tonn, a design manager at the Metroplitan Transportation Authority, details plans to upgrade a number of subway stations in South Queens. PHOTO BY ANNA GUSTAFSON

Tonn said. “Someone in a wheelchair will now be able to go from the street level to the mezzanine and up to the platform to take their train.” Braille signage will also be available in the elevator. George Russo, a board member, said he was concerned about “undesirables” going into the elevator. “The elevator will be all glass enclosed,” Tonn said. “You won’t have to get on if you see an undesirable. I don’t think there will be an issue with undesirables and safety.” Board member Dave Quintana also noted that there can be a “god-awful” smell in some train station elevators. “We do our own maintenance so hopefully there wouldn’t be a smell,” Tonn responded. Additional repairs will be made at the Lefferts Boulevard station, including to the mezzanine’s walls, and additional lighting will be installed. The city plans to make repairs to a number of stops along the Liberty Avenue line, including to the 111th, 104th, 88th and 80th Street stops. Work will also be conducted at the Rockaway Boulevard stop.

Bids for all of the work are expected to be awarded at the end of 2012. “We need more, but any work will be welcome here,” CB 10 Chairwoman Betty Braton said at the meeting. The city officials will conduct a wide range of repairs at the stations, including replacing guard rails, working on the deteriorating concrete platform surfaces, painting the stairwell canopies, replacing stairs, and putting in new drainage and mezzanine floors. The MTA officials emphasized that they are looking for community input as to what kind of public art should go into the stations. The city’s Arts for Transit program will provide the different pieces, and “the public is welcome to help pick the art,” Tonn said. Quintana agreed with Braton that while the upcoming repairs are more than welcome, additional efforts are needed in South Queens. “It’s great that Lefferts is getting an elevator; it really needs one,” Quintana said. “I’d also like to see an elevator at the Rockaway BouleQ vard station.”

compound, fixing the walls, hiding wires, repairing cracks in the ceiling and installing the television.” Another volunteer, Carmela Cali, loved helping out a good cause. “The people here worked so selflessly,” Cali said. “I love being around this kind of energy. It’s contagious. It passes from person to person, like a chain reaction. It gives people hope.” About 50 people from the surrounding neighborhoods attended last week’s ribbon cutting. The center showed off its new floors and ceiling, painted walls, beach-inspired murals, flat-screen television and electric piano. Patricia Mills, a Broad Channel resident, thought that the crew deserved a lot of credit. “I know the difference,” she said. “I went to school here, my nieces and nephews went here, and my children went here.” John Strangid, a Howard Beach resident, was ecstatic to see a change in the building. “I’ve seen the before and I’ve seen the after, and the after is definitely incredible,” he said. The center was built to serve the communities of Broad Channel, Rockaway, Howard Beach and Lindenwood, but the members of LP89 hope it extends past those areas and draws people from all over Queens and the rest of the city. Plans for the future might include use by the Broad Channel Athletic Club, drivers’ education courses, community arts and music and the parish senior center. Q

Senate OKs Lhota at MTA The state Senate on Monday unanimously confirmed Joseph Lhota as chairman and CEO of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority. Lhota had been serving as executive director of the agency since shortly after his nomination by Gov. Cuomo. He replaces Jay Walder, who left the position late last year to take over the transportation system in Hong Kong. “As a lifelong New Yorker and transit rider, I understand the importance of the MTA to New York’s economy and the responsibility of being chairman,” said Lhota in a statement issued by Gov. Cuomo’s office. “I’m grateful to Gov. Cuomo for his nomination and to the Senate for its support, and I look forward to creating a more efficient and effective MTA for our riders and New York taxpayers.” Lhota served as deputy mayor for operations under Mayor Rudy Giuliani, where he oversaw the day-to-day functioning of city agencies. He also served as Giuliani’s budget director, where he managed the city’s operating and capital budgets of $81 billion. Lhota has an MBA from Harvard Business School and graduated with honors from Georgetown University. He is the son of a retired NYPD lieuQ tenant.

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An Open Letter to New York City Parents New York City is losing its teachers. More than 66,000 have either resigned or retired since Mayor Bloomberg took control of the schools. Teachers leave one of the toughest jobs in New York City for a variety of personal and professional reasons, but the most common single reason is a lack of support from supervisors and the Department of Education. Teaching is a craft that is acquired over time, and teachers desperately want to improve their skills. That is why the United Federation of Teachers led the campaign to create a better teacher evaluation system, one that put a priority on helping all teachers do their job better. The UFT’s role was critical in creating the new system, and in going to Washington, D.C. to help get federal funds for it through the Race to the Top program. Starting last spring, many of our members with expertise in evaluation worked for months on the state subcommittees designing the new system. We have been trying to work with the Bloomberg administration to iron out the final details of the new system, but the administration has refused to engage in meaningful talks about teacher and principal improvement. Instead it has focused on ensuring that administrators have unlimited power over their employees. If we agree, it will mean that supervisors’ decisions can never be properly reviewed, much less overturned. This would be true even if their negative rating of a teacher or a principal can be proven to be the result of their refusal to inappropriately change a student’s grade or to give students credit for courses they have not properly completed. Make no mistake about it. The administration has put tremendous pressure on principals to make their schools appear to be successful. But any claims of success ring hollow in the light of national tests that show very limited student progress for the system as a whole, and state measures that show that while the high school graduation rate is increasing, the number of graduates ready for college is only about one in five.

The sad truth is that Mayor Bloomberg’s “reform” agenda — raising class size across the system; closing schools and “warehousing” the neediest students; pushing art and music out of the schools to make room for more test prep; turning a deaf ear to parents’ concerns; and appointing a completely unqualified publishing executive to be Chancellor — hasn’t made our schools better. A real teacher evaluation system that helps all teachers improve while providing checks and balances is a critical step toward stopping the hemorrhaging of our teaching force and making our schools more effective. At the same time it would help ensure that teachers who cannot succeed in the classroom leave the profession. We have an open offer to the administration to continue our negotiations on this issue, or even to take it to binding arbitration. It’s time the administration sat down with teachers and principals to come up with an agenda that will actually help our children learn. Sincerely,


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Taking a closer look at angels — and dance Queens College prof, students choreograph show in Manhattan by Anna Gustafson Senior Editor

“Of all the questions you might want to ask about angels, the only one you ever hear is how many can dance on the head of a pin.” So begins former U.S. Poet Laureate Billy Collins’ poem, “Questions About Angels,” which has inspired a dance production that delves into questions of love and humanity and is being choreographed, costumed and performed by Queens College students as part of a class that gives pupils a glimpse into the professional creative world.

Joseph Mills performs in “Questions About Angels.”

The show, also titled “Questions About Angels,” is the brainchild of Joseph Mills, an assistant dance professor at Queens College and veteran of the dance and theater world. It will run from Jan. 13-15 and Jan. 18-22 at the Theater for the New City at 155 First Avenue in Manhattan. “After I read the Billy Collins poem, I started thinking about angels and what are they?” said Mills, an Illinois native who has toured in dance productions throughout the United States, South America, Europe and Asia. “Yes, we always think about the purity of angels, but if you go to the Internet and type in “angels,” lots of erotic images will also come up. It seems the angel is always the perfect love object. I’m trying to play around with the multiple definitions of love. Ultimately, I think angels, in the many ways we interpret them, are ways of talking about love.” The four-piece production is the culmination of work that Mills and Queens College students began less than two weeks ago, at the dawn of 2012. The students participating in the production, which also features Queens College alumni and professional dancers, are members of Mills’ class that allows students to work hands-on, as performers, backstage crew members, or both, in a professional dance or theater environment in Manhattan. “The idea is to mentor students in our professional work,” Mills said. “They get the opportunity to work on a professional

Dancers perform in the “On the Head of a Pin” piece in the “Questions About Angels” production that will run from Jan. 13 to 22 at the Theater for the New City in Manhattan. Queens College PHOTOS BY JEFF GREENBERG students helped to choreograph the four dances in the production. production and see how much work a choreographer actually does. I have students who are performing and others who are working in backstage crew kind of roles, and some are doing both.” Mills is hoping that the class will help to boost students’ self-esteem when it comes to finding a job in the arts.

“They get to actually see a potential career path in what they’re doing,” Mills said. “They see themselves involved, alumni involved and professionals involved. They get a sense of, ‘Yeah, this is something I can do; I can really become a dancer.’” Nicole Bilbao, a Queens College senior continued on page 34



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Kiwanis Club inducts new members, plans 50th gala The Howard Beach Kiwanis Club, preparing to celebrate its 50th anniversary of volunteer service to the community with a gala event, recently inducted two new members. Area businessmen Richard DeFrank, left, of Lindenwood Heating and Air Conditioning, and Saul Belsky, of Lockdoctor Locksmiths in Richmond Hill, are the newest members of a club dedicated to improving the quality of life

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for residents of South Queens through its many charitable efforts. The club will celebrate its milestone anniversary with a gala dinner dance on Friday, April 20 at Russo’s on the Bay. Here DeFrank and Belsky are welcomed to Kiwanis by longtime club member and state Supreme Court Justice Augustus Agate and club President Bob LoCascio, right.

The Howard Beach Senior Center will hold a seminar on changes to Social Security and Medicare on Tuesday, Jan. 24 at 10:30 a.m. The event is sponsored by state Sen. Joe Addabbo Jr. All residents age 60 and over are welcome to attend. The center is located at 156-45 84th Street, and the entrance is on 85th Street. Q For more information, call (718) 738-8100.

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S.T.A.R.S. actors wow crowd with Christmas show by Anna Gustafson Senior Editor

hildren donned intricate costumes and regaled their peers and adults alike with two Christmas performances that emphasized the joy of the holiday season in Howard Beach last week. The youngsters, members of the S.T.A.R.S Youth Center in Howard Beach, sang and


danced their way into onlookers’ hearts during the two plays, “Alfie and the Christmas Tree” and “The Legend of Old Befana.” The actors and actresses held a dress rehearsal on Saturday and a final performance on Sunday at the Ave Maria Academy School Hall, located at 158-20 101st Ave. All proceeds from the production were Q donated to Ave Maria.

Sons of Italy members Julie Nappi, far left, and Rosemary Ciulla-Frisone, second from left, and performers Laura Lee and Richie P. from Almost Home Music join the children for their production at Ave Maria. The Fiorello LaGuardia chapter of the Sons of Italy donated toys and time for the Christmas play that was put on PHOTO COURTESY ROSEMARY CIULLA-FRISONE at the school last week.

Kayla Steele, left, and Francesca Puleo play the Christmas angels. PHOTOS BY STEVE MALECKI

Kaylen Rodriguez, left, shines as the Christmas star, and Francesca Puleo and Shawn Sugranes play Mary and Joseph.

Mikayla Nelson narrates “The Legend of Old Befana.”

Kaylen Rodriguez wowed the crowd with a ballet routine while playing the Christmas star.

Bianca Zelaya, right, perfects her character of Old Befana and greets the three wise men and a shepherd, played by Anthony Napolitano, James Keeney, Emma Steele and Robert Da Rita. Frances Scarantino, founder of the Reach for the Stars program, explains the story of “Alfie the Christmas Tree” to the young onlookers.

The cast members of “Alfie the Christmas Tree” take their final bow.

Cast members of “The Legend of Old Befana” end their play to the tune of much applause.

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For victim’s family, some justice Man who killed pregnant woman faces life in prison by Anna Gustafson Senior Editor

The Jamaica man who murdered his pregnant girlfriend by stabbing her 20 to 30 times on her due date in 2008 may spend the rest of his days in prison, relieving friends and family who remember the 25-year-old victim, Niasha Delain, as someone who always had a smile on her face — and what should have been her whole life in front of her. Queens Supreme Court Justice Daniel Lewis sentenced Derrick Redd, 38, to 25 years to life in prison last week. Redd was convicted in November of second degree murder, criminal possession of a weapon and second-degree abortion after he attacked his girlfriend in her South Ozone Park apartment and repeatedly stabbed her in the stomach and torso on the day she was expected to give birth, Oct. 25, 2008, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said. The baby did not survive. “This sentence, it eases the family’s minds,” said Jose Rivera, a friend of Delain’s and her boss when she worked at JFK International Airport in 2004. “That baby would’ve been their first grandchild. They’ve been living day to day. Now it’s time for them to heal.” Queens District Attorney Richard Brown called the murder a “vicious attack” that “defies belief.” “What should have been a joyous day instead became an occasion for grief because of the defendant,” Brown said in a prepared statement. “[The] sentence is more than war-

Derrick Redd was sentenced to 25 years to life in prison for stabbing his girlfriend 20 to 30 times in the stomach and torso on the day she FILE PHOTO was to give birth. ranted and will protect society from such an evil predator.” A native of the Rockaways, where her parents and brother still live, Delain was a nurturing young woman who always tried to boost others’ self-esteem, Rivera said. “She was amazing,” Rivera said “When I first met her when she came in for an interview, I hired her right away because of her personality and smile.” She was driven, Rivera said, and had plans to return to school after spending some time in the workforce.


“For a young girl, she had an impressive vision for what she was going to do,” Rivera said. “She had everything on track. She wasn’t into boyfriends. Her life was work then and seeing how far she could go.” At the time of her death, Delain was working at Capital One in Far Rockaway, and Rivera said she was as beloved by employees there as she was by those who worked with her at JFK. “They told me they loved her — everyone loved her,” Rivera said. “She never got mad at anything. She always had a smile.” Redd had previously been accused of fatally shooting a man named Carlos Sarmiento during a 1992 robbery in Sarmiento’s Rego Park apartment building. Sarmiento was a 52-year-old immigrant from Ecuador who worked as a diamond cutter. Redd, who was 19 at the time, was acquitted of murder after a trial. It was reported that Redd told the judge that he was innocent before his sentencing in the Delain killing. “First and foremost, my condolences,” Redd said, as reported by the New York Daily News. “I stand here innocent, and I would never do what I’m accused of. [The cops] attempted to coerce me, and I told them that I was innocent.” But Rivera scoffed at that claim, saying Redd has “no remorse” for killing a woman who made this world a better place. “We at least got justice,” Rivera said. Q “Niasha is resting in peace now.”




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Man faces child porn charges A 31-year-old Queens man was arraigned Tuesday on a 3,088-count indictment charging him with the possession of more than 1,000 images and 500 videos of child pornography. The Queens district attorney identified the man as Elvis Infante of 58-35 Granger St. in Corona. He is charged with 1,544 counts of possessing a sexual performance by a child and 1,544 counts of promoting a sexual performance by a child. Infante was held on $100,000 cash bail or $250,000 bond. He was ordered to return to court on April 16. The DA said NYPD detectives were notified on Aug. 19, 2010, of a cyber tip received from the New York Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force that a user with the email address,, uploaded 12 images of child pornography to, a social networking website. The website reported the incident, and the email was registered to Infante, according to the DA’s office. The DA said in a statement that on Nov. 24, 2010, detectives went to Infante’s home, searched his computer and found 80 images of child pornography. A further investigation found the aforementioned more than 1,000 images and 500 videos of children Q depicted in a sexual manner.


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TSA officers Ulrich claims corruption in leadership as legal battle goes on steal $40K by Peter C. Mastrosimone Editor-in-Chief

The war within the Queens Republican Party flared up this week when Councilman Eric Ulrich (R-Ozone Park) accused some members of the leadership of corrupt behavior, and his targets responded by slamming the lawmaker’s own ethics. The par ty has long been divided between the group that supports the leadership of Chairman Phil Ragusa and an insurgent faction, in which Ulrich has become a leader since his election to the City Council. Other prominent figures in the rebel group include Bart Haggerty, Ulrich’s chief of staff, and his brother, the political operative John Haggerty, who was recently found guilty of stealing nearly a million dollars from the 2009 reelection campaign of Mayor Bloomberg. But according to Ulrich, who points out that Bar t Hagger ty hasn’t been charged with any wrongdoing, it’s some members of the establishment faction who make corruption a regular Queens GOP practice. The accusations were first reported in Sunday’s New York Post, and Ulrich reiterated them in an interview with the Chronicle on Tuesday. “No matter how diff icult it is, when you’re serving the public you have an obligation to expose corruption, even when it’s in your own backyard,” Ulrich said. “I hope that if the authorities believe that there may have been any criminal

activity they’d like to investigate, I hope the district attorney or the U.S. Attorney’s Office opens an investigation.” The councilman claimed that party leaders essentially seek to “sell” nominations for elective office, in a manner reminiscent of what former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich received a jail sentence for doing with President Obama’s old Senate seat. In Queens, he alleged, they extort would-be candidates by giving them party support only if they agree to hire particular campaign consultants, for example, for five- or six-figure fees. “They bring shame to themselves and the party, but it’s also brought shame to me as a Republican,” he said. “I have to explain to my constituents why these people are in positions of power.” Ulrich singled out the Queens GOP’s executive director, Robert Hornak, and Vince Tabone, an attorney who has assisted many Republican campaigns, fought the insurgent faction in court and once ran for elective office himself. “Phil is not so much the problem; the people around him are,” he said. “Tabone and Hornak are a disgrace. They should be thrown out of the party.” Both Republicans bristled at the charge. “Eric Ulrich is intemperate, immature and not fit to hold public office,” Tabone said. “The councilman is definitely walking a f ine line close to slander and libel,”

Hor nak said. “I don’t know if those avenues would be pursued, but he definitely should be more judicious in the future.” Ulrich claimed that the political advisors the party leadership forces candidates to hire are ineffective and not really qualified for the work they claim they can do, further evidence that they are only forced on nominees for the financial benefit. In response to that charge, Hornak said he has been working on Republican campaigns for nearly 20 years, while Tabone pointed out that he is a lawyer who has advised many candidates on intricate matters like making sure signatures on ballot petitions can withstand legal challenges. Tabone is also assisting the party in its challenge to the insurgents’ claims that actually have won the leadership. The claim arises from a rival meeting the rebel caucus held in which it elected its own leader and tried to win state recognition of him. The party establishment took their opponents to court and won the case, but the Ulrich-Haggerty faction appealed. The matter is still before the state Supreme Court’s Appellate Division. Asked if he might ever run for the party chairmanship himself, Ulrich said he wouldn’t rule it out. According to Hornak, however, the City Charter says a sitting councilman cannot serve as a party chairman. That could not immediately be Q confirmed.

Two former Transportation Security Administration officers from John F. Kennedy Airport who pleaded guilty to third-degree grand larceny and were sentenced to six months in jail Tuesday after stealing $40,000 from a piece of checked baggage. The men, who were also sentenced to five years probation, are Coumar Persad, 44, of 89-50 56 Ave. in Jackson Heights, and Davon Webb, 31, of 4393 Barnes Ave. in the Bronx. The district attorney said the two men admitted that while Persad was Xraying a piece of baggage on Jan. 30, 2011, inside an American Airlines building, he noticed a bag of cash. Shortly after, he called Webb and told him what he had found. Webb searched the bag and marked it with tape. Persad swiped an identification card and entered the baggage handling system area, where he found the bag wrapped in tape containing $170,000. He took some money and placed it in a box, which he took to a bathroom. The two men met in the bathroom and hid money in their clothing. The matter came to light when another TSA employee notified a supervisor, who reported it to the police. The DA said that Persad admitted he spent $20 and police found the remaining $23,980 in Persad’s home, and $16,000 Q in Webb’s.

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Lindenwood Alliance talks theft, speeding Residents air bevy of concerns at organization’s first meeting of year by Stephen Geffon

bile rim thefts on rainy nights, when these incidents seem to spike. More than 50 people filled a room in the Lindenwood resident Jack Mariotta said Rockwood Park Jewish Center in Howard many residents living near 151st Avenue Beach Monday evening to express their and 83rd Street are concerned about cars concerns over such issues as speeding and speeding down the avenue and feel speed theft at the first monthly meeting of the bumps would slow down traffic. Lindenwood Alliance in 2012, marking the Betty Braton, chairwoman of Communibeginning of the ty Board 10, told group’s second year Mariotta that it is in operation. very doubtful that Capt. Thomas Pasthe city Department he theft of electronic cale, commanding of Transportation devices has become a officer of the 106th would approve the Precinct, was on hand bumps widespread problem in the speed to address residents. because of the width Pascale told the of the street. 106th Precinct, Capt. residents that a big “There are specifconcern for the ic criteria that have Thomas Pascale reported. precinct was the theft to be met in order of electronic devices. for them to install The captain urged the victims of these those,” said Braton. thefts not to turn off the devices. Pascale “Be careful what you ask for,” cautioned said that most have GPS tracking which the Braton, “because most places where they police can use to locate the stolen equipment have installed speed humps, they want and arrest the perpetrator. them out as fast as they get there.” He also asked the audience members to “They’re not the panacea that people record the serial numbers of the electronics think they are,” she continued. they purchase and list them with the police However, Braton told the audience there so that if the device is stolen and recovered is a Department of Transportation pilot proofficers can contact the owner. gram, where, on the request from the comPascale said that he authorizes overtime munity, a “slow zone” would be established for some officers to concentrate on automo- by the agency where the speed limit in the Chronicle Contributor


Residents attend the Lindenwood Alliance meeting to discuss such concerns as speeding and theft PHOTO BY STEPHEN GEFFON with Capt. Thomas Pascale, commanding officer of the 106th Precinct. designated area would be reduced from 30 miles per hour to 20 miles per hour, and traffic calming measures would be added. Christina Gold, co-president of the Lindenwood Alliance, told Pascale she was concerned about parents double and triple parking in front of PS 232 in Lindenwood. She said she was worried that a child could be hurt in this unsafe situation. Pascale said that although the police have the authority to issue summonses for these violations, he suggested that Gold first contact the principal and speak with her.

Several Lindenwood residents expressed concern about a rumor they heard that the route of the Q21 bus, which runs along 151st and 155th avenues would be changed. Braton said the residents should discount the rumor since Board 10 had not received such notification from the Metropolitan Transportation Authority. The next meeting of the Lindenwood Alliance will be held on Monday, March 12 at 7:30 p.m. at the Rockwood Park Jewish Q Center in Howard Beach.



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GOP wants new Senate seat Party looks to save majority as prison-district rule hits by Sasha Chavkin and Michael Keller

tricts in the New York City area and 23.08 average districts upstate. Last week saw two significant events in The combination of the deliberately the ongoing battle to redraw New York “light” districts drawn upstate and a decade State’s electoral map. In the first, the legis- of demographic change have resulted in lature’s redistricting committee formally large numbers of upstate districts falling subtracted the state’s 60,000-plus prisoners below the legal minimum for population from the population count of the communi- for a 62-seat Senate drawn based on the ties where they are incarcerated and instead 2010 census population. Our maps show counted them as residents of their districts that currently 12 Senate districts — 11 of of origin — a hard-fought victory for them upstate — are too small to remain Democrats that was fiercely opposed by viable. Two of these districts dropped Republicans in New York’s closely contest- below the threshold as a result to prisoner ed state Senate. Days later, a lawyer for reallocation, while a third Senate district Senate Republicans released a memo call- that had been too small became viable ing to expand the size of the Senate to 63 thanks to prisoners that were added. seats, drawing howls of protest from Adding a 63rd Senate seat, as the Democrats. Republicans have proposed, would signifiAn analysis by the New York World of cantly reduce the number of nonviable the impact of the prisoner reallocation sug- upstate districts — reversing the impact of gests one reason why creating a 63rd dis- prisoner reallocation with additional impact trict is such a priority for Senate Republi- to spare. In a Senate with 63 seats, only cans. With the loss of their prison popula- seven districts as currently drawn would Queens State Senators Mike Gianaris, left, and Malcolm Smith, like other Democrats, agree that FILE PHOTOS adding a 63rd Senate district would be unconstitutional. tions, two upstate Republican districts fall below the Constitutional threshold. shrink below the minimum legally permitScott Reif, a spokesman for the Senate ted size for a state Senate district, bringing Republican conference, said the proposal to the Constitution. It’s just a power grab, and of legislative district lines. Overall, 60,708 the total of such Republican-held districts add a 63rd Senate seat was unrelated to the it’s an absolute egregious one.” prisoners have been subtracted from the popto nine. One of effects of prisonIn Queens, his comments were echoed ulation counts of the districts where they are those districts er reallocation. by Sen. Mike Gianaris (D-Astoria). incarcerated, and 46,003 have been added to would likely have “It’s not a matter “The attempt to add a 63rd seat to the their districts of origin. Nearly 15,000 pristo be eliminated. of choosing to state Senate is unconstitutional,” Gianaris oners were dropped from population counts hen you look at it, it’s But adding a add to a Senate said. “We don’t believe it’s going to stand.” altogether because the task force was unable ridiculous. It’s not warranted seat; we are 63rd seat to the The senator added, “I don’t believe that to find or geocode their home addresses. The Senate would required to under there’s going to be a 63rd seat because it’s resulting number of prisoners being realloby the Census, and it’s not cause every disthe methodology against the law and the governor has cated is relatively small: the net loss upstate trict to become used in 2002, vowed to veto it.” is 38,404 residents, equivalent to about 12 warranted by the smaller, thus prowhich was State Sen. Malcolm Smith (D-Jamaica) percent of a single district in a 62-seat Sentecting the Constitution. It’s just a upheld by the added that if Gov. Cuomo does not veto any ate, while the Republicans’ courts,” Reif plan including a 63rd district — as he is sure net gain down- ONLINE power grab, and it’s an one-seat Senate said. “We are he will — the Democratic conference will state is only majority. required to add a simply continue the fight in court. 20,112 resiFind an interactive absolute egregious one.” The latest 63rd seat based The districts affected by prisoner reallo- dents. map of New York State tur ns in the on population cation — which based on their 2010 CenThe propor— Graham Parker, spokesman for Senate districts that redistricting batshifts.” sus populations would have to be expanded tion of state state Sen. Martin Dilan of Brooklyn further illustrates this tle hinge on the D e m o c r a t s in order to remain viable — are represented prisoners with story at question of disemphatically dis- by Betty Little (R-Queensbury) and Patrick origins in New trict size, an issue The New York World agree, saying the Republican proposal rests Gallivan (R-Erie). Little, whose district lost York City is highlighted in October. The U.S. Supreme upon an inconsistent and partisan reading the most prisoners of any in the state, is the now 48 percent, according to 2011 statistics Court has ruled that there must be no more of constitutional redistricting guidelines. lead plaintiff in a lawsuit that seeks to over- from the New York State Department of Corthan a 10 percent difference between the “When you look at it, it is ridiculous,” turn the 2010 law requiring the reallocation rections. This represents a significant decline largest and smallest district within a state. said Graham Parker, a spokesman for Sen. of prisoners. The district that become over the last decade: in 2005, 58 percent of Previous redistricting task forces have Martin Dilan (D-Bushwick), a Democratic viable due to prisoners being added is also the state’s prisoners were from New York worked within this limit to draw Senate member of the redistricting task force, represented by a Republican, John DeFran- City and in 2000 it was 66 percent. districts upstate systematically smaller in regarding the Republican case for expand- cisco (R-Syracuse). Yet while the prison population is relapopulation, or “light,” while packing ing the size of the Senate. “It’s not warrantThese shifts illustrate how even small tively small in numbers, the electoral downstate districts with larger populations. ed by the Census, and it’s not warranted by changes in population can affect the drawing impact of reallocating prisoners has This has shifted voting power toward dissparked years of legal and political battles. tricts upstate that have consistently elected In December 2011, a judge in Albany disRepublicans for State Senate, enabling the missed the suit by Little and other RepubliGOP to maintain a slim majority. can senators that sought to strike down the Since the 2000 Census, the proportion of reallocation of prisoners as unconstitutionthe state’s population in the greater New The Queens Chronicle is proud to announce its new partnership with The New York al. Little and the plaintiffs are now appealYork City area has grown, while the upstate World, which produces accountability journalism devoted to deepening public undering to New York State’s highest court, the region has shrunken slightly. New York standing of the ways city and state government shape life in New York City. Its news Court of Appeals. City and Westchester, which have 29 state stories and data projects illuminate issues and engage New Yorkers with information Reif said the party would continue to senators, now have the combined populaabout how their city works. Expect to see more stories like this on a regular basis. follow existing law on prisoner reallocation of 29.75 average-size districts, while The New York World is published by Columbia Journalism School, and named for tion. “We are moving forward in redistrictthe upstate region has 24 senators represchool founder Joseph Pulitzer’s groundbreaking newspaper of the same name. ing process using current law,” Reif said. senting the population of 23.18 average Reporters are graduates of the Journalism School, on year long post-graduate appoint“If that law is deemed unconstitutional, Q districts. With prisoner reallocation, this ments. Their work is published online at we’ll take it under review.” disparity widens to 29.84 average-size disPaula Neudorf contributed to this story. The New York World


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land expected to be used for the first phase. It would, however, require additional land beyond the 67 acres currently under lease to Genting for the second phase. Cuomo noted that the Port Authority controls an adjoining 22 acres which Genting is considering for an additional 2,000 hotel rooms and approximately a half million more square feet of convention and meeting space. “Genting is prepared to work with the relevant labor unions and execute a project labor agreement,” Cuomo wrote in the Jan. 10 letter. “They will also work with the local communities and local governments on zoning, and meet or exceed all state [Minority- and Women-Owned Business Enterprise] requirements.” Jack Friedman, executive director of the Queens Chamber of Commerce, had one of the sunniest takes on the center, calling Cuomo’s announcement a “great day for the people of Queens County.” “For almost a decade, the Queens Chamber of Commerce advocated a firstclass convention center built in Queens,” Friedman said. Carol Conslato, the chamber’s president who attended the speech, called the convention center a “huge victory for the borough of Queens.” Other civic leaders were more cautious in their approach. “We’re looking at the proposal, we believe it has some merit, but of course there’s a lot of details yet to review,” said

Community Board 10 Chairwoman Betty Braton. “Overall, we look forward to working with the Genting company as whatever is going to develop at Aqueduct comes to pass.” Others, like CB 9 Chairwoman Andrea Crawford and Ozone Park civic activist Dave Quintana, said they didn’t believe South Ozone Park was the right place for a massive convention center. “New York City is too expensive for major conventions, but conventions that do come to New York City want to come to the heart of Manhattan,” Crawford said during the CB 9 meeting. Quintana also questioned the location, though he said “it’s bringing jobs to the community, and that’s what we wanted.” New York Post columnist Kyle Smith raised the ire of Councilman Eric Ulrich (R-Ozone Park), Goldfeder and a number of Ozone Park residents when he dismissed the neighborhood as a place in the “far reaches of Queens” that no tourist would seek out. While Ulrich has said through a spokesman that he’s waiting for more details before taking a position on the center, he slammed Smith for his harsh words on Ozone Park. “This article is simply outrageous,” Ulrich wrote in a comment on the Post’s website. “I have never read such an inaccurate, despicable piece of garbage in my life. The author is clearly looking down from his ivory tower and has no clue Q when it comes to Ozone Park.”



Retrospect and our future in ’12 by Maria A. Thomson Executive Director GWDC

As we enter this second week of the New Year we again reflect on 2011. A very important part of this past year and all of our years are Woodhaven’s elected officials. In 2011 Woodhaven residents voted in special elections. Now in addition to our current elected officials we have a new Congressman, Bob Turner joining Gregory Meeks and Nydia Velazquez on the federal level. Also, we now have newly elected Assemblyman Mike Miller. These new leaders — along with Councilmembers Eric Ulrich and Elizabeth Crowley and our Queens Borough President, Helen Marshall — make us realize how very fortunate we are to have such excellent elected officials. They will continue their inspired and strong leadership throughout the year. As we enter this new year may these past years portent the beginning of a bright and safe 2012. During 2011 the Greater Woodhaven Development Corporation had sponsored a very successful “Finally Spring” dinner dance. The honorees were: “Man of the Year,” James Rooney, our longtime well-respected Woodhaven lawyer; “Woman of the Year,” Margie Schmidt of Schmidt’s Confectionery, who has for generations kept Woodhaven’s sweet tooth sweet. Our “Businessowner of the Year” was Binder Vasudev, owner of the new Cordon Bleu Caterers, who has made such a great economic investment into Woodhaven;

“Businessman of the Year” Dominick Brienza, owner of Sal’s Pizzeria and a former GWDC and Woodhaven Business Improvement District officer and owner of one of the best pizzerias in Woodhaven. Our “Special Recognition Award” went to Deputy Inspector Armando DeLeon, the Commanding Off icer of our 102nd Precinct for his timely response and support of our community. Also during 2011 the GWDC sponsored the “Wonderful Woodhaven Street Festival 2011” which had been chosen the “Best Street Fair in Queens.” It was a tremendous success. This past year the WBID welcomed many new stores and businesses with large dollar investments on Jamaica Avenue from Dexter Cour t to 100th Street. Our award-winning WBID continued into our 17th year with g raff iti removal and many promotions. Our 102nd Precinct worked very hard to keep our communities safe and give us a feeling of security — in spite of the eminent threat of terrorism. This is also a tribute to the leadership of Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly. So now we look ahead with these fine leaders, our 102nd Precinct, our GWDC and WBID into another year of progress for our strong, vital and safe little town of Woodhaven. May God bless our leaders, may God bless our armed forces and may God bless Q America.




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Strip club Gypsy Rose causes a stink LIC officials and residents oppose club’s liquor license application by Paula Neudorf Associate Editor

Area politicians and residents are fighting the opening of a strip club called Gypsy Rose in Long Island City, located at 42-50 21 St. The State Liquor Authority will approve or deny the club’s second liquor license application on Wednesday, Jan. 18. An earlier liquor license application made by the club was rejected, at least in part because of insider trading charges brought against one of the establishment’s principals, according to officials and published reports. That individual was not listed as a principal on the club’s most recent liquor license application. A rally against Gypsy Rose will be held outside the club today, Jan. 12, at 10 a.m. Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer (D-Sunnyside), Assemblywoman Cathy Nolan (D-Sunnyside), members of Community Board 2, which represents the area, and a representative from the office of state Sen. Michael Gianaris (D-Astoria) are scheduled to attend, along with residents from the community. The battle against the club, which its owners bought in 2009, highlights longstanding tensions between adult entertainment establishments and Queens. The fight also points to Long Island City’s growing pains as it transforms from an industrial and manufacturing area — traits which the area’s mixed-use zoning guarantees it will maintain — to a glittering residential zone with thousands of new housing units under construction. “When we’re trying to establish Long Island City as a family-friendly, safe environment, where parents can feel free to walk down the street with their children, having a sex-based business staring them in the face is not the best message,” Gianaris said. None of the officials attending today’s rally argue that the club isn’t legally able to open, as it’s located in a manu-

facturing zone that permits adult entertainment. However, officials expressed the hope that without a liquor license, Gypsy Rose would not be financially viable and its owners — called the 21 Group — would keep the club shuttered. Complicating the issue is a previous threat from Gypsy Rose’s owners to make fully nude dancing — permitted only in clubs that do not serve alcohol — available should their liquor license be denied. At clubs that serve alcohol, only topless dancing is permitted. “It speaks to the ownership of this institution that in response to valid community concerns they would essentially threaten us, they would threaten the community by saying, ‘You don’t like what we’re about to do, so if you try and stop us, we’re going to make an even worse strip club,’” Van Bramer said. While the club is not located within 500 feet of a place of worship, school or other adult establishment — as required by city law — many argue its location is not ideal. Its proximity to an exit off the Queensboro Bridge, as well as Information Technology High School to the south, Queensbridge Houses to the north and Silvercup Studios, has caused concern. “Being right near the entrance to Queens is disgraceful,” said Councilwoman Karen Koslowitz (D-Forest Hills), who led a successful campaign to close Runway 69, a strip club in her district, in 1993. “Everybody should be outraged at having this be the first thing you see when you come over the bridge.” Koslowitz said that when Runway 69 opened, she and residents protested outside the establishment “every single night.” “We even protested at the landlord’s house,” she said. A few months after opening, the club closed, which Koslowitz attributed to customers’ unwillingness to pass by protesters to get inside.

The entrance to Gypsy Rose, a contested strip club in Long Island City. Officials and residents hope a rejection of its liquor license application will prevent the club’s owners from opening its doors. PHOTO BY STEVE MALECKI

For her part, Nolan emphasized she had been fighting the opening of strip clubs “all over western Queens” for 25 years. Citing a recently uncovered human trafficking ring involving Gallagher’s, a strip club in Sunnyside, Nolan noted clubs like Gypsy Rose often present “a pretty sad picture of violence against women.” Terry Flynn, the lawyer representing Gypsy Rose in its bid Q for a liquor license, could not be reached for comment.

Special recruitment for black FDNY candidates Court allows them more time than others to complete their applications by AnnMarie Costella Assistant Editor

Black FDNY candidates who have not completed their applications, may have a recruiter knocking on their door this month encouraging them to finish the paperwork — four months past the filing deadline and several weeks after the department stopped making phone calls to candidates of other races — in what critics say amounts to special treatment.

The Vulcan Society will conduct home visits to get black FDNY candidates to finish their applications. These firefighters responded to a gas leak in Rego Park this summer. FILE PHOTO

The Vulcan Society, a group of black firefighters who have long lamented a lack of diversity in the FDNY, has asked for, and been granted, permission to conduct these personal visits. The group, along with the Justice Department, is suing the city claiming that past FDNY entrance exams were biased, as evidenced by the small number of minorities who passed. U.S. District Court Judge Nicholas Garauf is, who is presiding over the case, has appointed Mark Cohen as the court monitor, charged with overseeing the department’s hiring practices for the next decade. Cohen decided on Dec. 27 to allow Vulcan recruiters to conduct follow-up visits with black candidates, according to Dana Loffia, an attorney with the lawfirm of Levy Ratner, which is representing the Vulcans. It is possible that many of the applications are incomplete because the individuals have not yet paid application fees or f inished requests for waivers, Loffia said. She added that any organization could ask for permission to do home visits and probably would be allowed to do so, but the Vulcans were the only ones that stepped forward. But at least one firefighter’s group says that’s not true. FDNY Deputy Chief Paul Mannix, founder of Merit Matters, an organization that opposes race-based hiring, said his group made numerous such requests to the FDNY Recruitment Unit, FDNY Equal Opportunity Unit and the special monitor, but were turned down.

“We don’t support anyone being able to complete an application four months after the filing period ended, but if one group is able to all groups should be able to,” Mannix, who does not speak for the Fire Department, said. “Our requests to make this happen are falling on deaf ears, so far, however. We have even volunteered to provide people to do this, and will visit all regardless of race.” Following the Vulcan’s outreach, which is to take place over three weekends this month, the recruiters will have to report their findings and progress to the city, according to Loffia. If the pilot program is successful, it may clear the way for similar procedures in the future. “This is government-sanctioned special treatment based on race,” Mannix said. “It’s almost like a caste system. It’s like ‘Animal Farm.’” The city, meanwhile, is not pleased with the decision, according to published reports, arguing that the FDNY’s recruitment office already conducts its own outreach and that this latest door-to-door measure would only serve to violate people’s privacy and cause confusion. The FDNY stopped making outreach calls the week of Dec. 19, a spokesman for the department said Tuesday. “We continue to have concerns with the Vulcans visiting people’s homes unannounced,” Georgia Pestana, a city lawyer, said in an email Monday. But Cohen is following the lead of Garaufis, who said after the trial that white candidates may have friends or family members

who are firefighters to follow through with the application process, and black candidates are likely not to have that advantage “The typical white candidate gets a whole lot more help from their father, their brother, their uncle, and other people in their family [who are firefighters] to guide them through the process,” Paul Washington, past president of the Vulcan Society, said last Wednesday. “This far exceeds the support black candidates will get even with these visits.” George Ricco Diaz, president of the FDNY Hispanic Society, said that while he would be interested to find out why some blacks did not complete their applications, because the information could be used as a tool to improve recruitment efforts overall, he does not completely agree with the Vulcan’s outreach plan. “I can understand what they’re trying to do because they are behind in their recruitment efforts, but they are grasping at straws,” Diaz said, adding, “I understand their frustration.” He added that if a candidate does not have the desire and the initiative to complete the process, then maybe he doesn’t really want to be a firefighter. “You can’t just stop halfway,” he said. “You have to cross the finish line.” Diaz opined that perhaps some of these candidates were pushed by a family member or friend to fill out the application, and did so to please them, rather than because they really wanted the job. He also said that the door-to-door method may be viewed by some Q candidates as an invasion of privacy.

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The key to schools’ success? Family. Catholic school leaders say parent input is crucial to their thriving by Anna Gustafson

Beyond the students’ immediate family, Catholic leaders said the school’s family — Principals, teachers and students at the teachers, students and alumni — also Catholic schools across Queens may all plays a crucial role in the institution’s abilibelieve their own school is the best one, but ty to thrive. when it comes to the reasons for their insti“I find that we’re very family-oriented tution’s success, they all agree — it comes and that children work with one another as down to family. though they’re family,” said Mary RaffertyAs parents in public schools Basile, principal of St. Clare School have increasingly said they in Rosedale. “The children, as haven’t had a voice since they grow, are trying to find mayoral control was imple- RELIGIOUS a place in this world and we mented in 2002, Catholic help them find it.” SCHOOLS school leaders said they Harnischfeger said cultiemphasize communication vating a sense of family SECTION between school leaders, within the school, as well as parents, teachers and pupils. communicating with parents “We welcome input from famiand guardians, makes alumni feel lies; my door and my teachers’ doors are as though they have a home to come always open,” said Kathleen Bollinger, prin- back to — and a reason to give back to it. cipal of St. Helen School in Howard Beach. Just last November, she received an “We have family nights, and our home email from a graduate who said he and his school association is very active. People wife wanted to do something more for the feel free to give input, and I listen to them.” school. Eileen Harnischfeger, principal of The couple had already donated a numImmaculate Conception School in Astoria, ber of scholarships for Immaculate Conalso emphasized the importance of family. ception, and Harnischfeger noted that the “It’s the parents who struggle to pay school needed a new gym floor. This time, tuition to send their children to a Catholic the man said he would donate $15,000 for school who keep us going,” she said. “Very the floor. often they attended Catholic school and After receiving a number of bids, Harwant the same type of foundation for their nischfeger decided to go with a company children.” that could install a new floor for $45,000 Senior Editor

Leaders at St. Helen in Howard Beach said their students thrive in part because of the school’s PHOTO BY ANNA GUSTAFSON emphasis on family involvement. — all of which the alumnus then said he at St. Helen. “During Thanksgiving we would fund. have food collections, we help veterans, “It was so generous, and he didn’t want a and we’ve helped the Long Island Jewish lot of recognition, for the gym to be named Medical Center and donated to children after him,” the principal said. “It’s just won- who have cancer,” Elrose said. derful.” “Coming to a Catholic school is so much The theme of family also extends to the different than going to a public school; it greater community, Bollinger said. At St. really makes you want to help others,” said Helen, all the students work on food drives Brianna Baglino, St. Helen’s student body to benefit the needy, as well as other pro- president. “If I’m out and see someone with a disability, my friends from public jects to help their neighbors. “Our students want to help others, and school will laugh but I’ll tell them not to do the community loves and accepts it,” said that. You want to help them, not laugh at chronicle qtr 1/10/12 1:12:37 PM Q Maria Elrose, a math and religion teacher them.”

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Religious Elementary Schools American Martyrs School, 216-15 Peck Ave., Bayside, NY 11364 Ave Maria Catholic Academy, 158-20 101st Street, Howard Beach NY 11414 Bayside Lutheran School, 35-10 156th Street, Flushing, NY 11354 The Brandeis School, 25 Frost Lane, Lawrence, NY 11559 Chapel of the Redeemer, 220-16 Union Turnpike, Bayside NY 11364 Christ Lutheran School, 248-01 Francis Lewis Boulevard, Rosedale NY 11422 Corpus Christi School, 31-29 60th Street, Woodside NY 11377 Divine Mercy Catholic Academy, 101-60 92nd Street, Ozone Park, NY 11416 Divine Wisdom Catholic Academy, 45-11 245th Street, Douglaston NY 11362 Grace Lutheran Day School, 100-05 Springfield Boulevard, Queens Village NY 11429 Holy Child Jesus School, 111-02 86th Avenue, Richmond Hill NY 11418 Holy Family School, 74-15 175th Street, Fresh Meadows NY 11366 Holy Trinity School, 14-45 143rd Street, Whitestone NY 11357 Immaculate Conception School, 21-63 29th Street, Astoria NY 11105 Immaculate Conception School, 179-14 Dalny Road, Jamaica NY 11432 Incarnation School, 89-15 Francis Lewis Boulevard, Queens Village NY 11427 The Kew-Forest School, 119-17 Union Turnpike, Forest Hills, NY 11375 LaSalle School at St. Gabriel School, 97th Street and Astoria Boulevard, East Elmhurst NY 11369 Lawrence Woodmere Academy, 336 Woodmere Boulevard, Woodmere, NY 11598 Lutheran School of Flushing and Bayside, 36-01 Bell Boulevard, Bayside NY 11361


Most Holy Redeemer Catholic School, 146- Sacred Heart School, 216-01 38th Avenue, 28 Jasmine Avenue, Flushing, NY 11355 Bayside NY 11361 Most Precious Blood School, 32-52 37th Sacred Heart School, 84-05 78th Avenue, Glendale NY 11385 Street, Long Island City NY 11106 Notre Dame Catholic Academy of Ridgewood, Sacred Heart School, 115-50 221st Street, Cambria Heights NY 11411 62-22 61st Street, Ridgewood NY 11385 Our Lady of Fatima School, 25-38 80th St. Adalbert School, 52-17 83rd Street, Elmhurst NY 11373 Street, Jackson Heights NY 11370 Our Lady of Hope School, 61-21 71st Street, St. Andrew Avellino School, 35-50 158th Street, Flushing NY 11358 Middle Village NY 11379 St. Bartholomew School, 44-15 Judge Street, Our Lady of Lourdes School, 92-80 220th Elmhurst NY 11373 Street, Queens Village NY 11428 St. Brigid’s R.C. School, 438 Grove Street, Our Lady of Mercy School, 70-25 Brooklyn, NY 11237 Kessel Street, Forest Hills NY St. Camillus School, 185 Beach 11375 99th Street, Rockaway Beach Our Lady of Perpetual NY 11694 RELIGIOUS Help School, 111-10 St. Clare School, 137-25 SCHOOLS 115th Street, S. Ozone Brookville Boulevard, Rosedale NY 11422 SECTION Park NY 11420 St. Elizabeth Catholic AcadeOur Lady of Sorrows my, 94-01 85th Street, Ozone Park School, 35-34 105th Street, NY 11416 Corona NY 11368 Our Lady of the Angelus School, 98-05 63rd St. Fidelis School, 124-06 14th Avenue, College Point NY 11356 Drive, Rego Park NY 11374 Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament, 34-45 St. Francis de Sales School, 219 Beach 129th Street, Belle Harbor NY 11694 202nd Street, Bayside NY 11361 Our Lady of the Snows School, 79-33 St. Francis of Assisi School, 21-18 46th Street, Astoria NY 11105 258th Street, Floral Park NY 11004 Our Lady Queen of Martyrs School, 72-55 St. Gregory the Great School, 244-44 87th Avenue, Bellerose NY 11426 Austin Street, Forest Hills NY 11375 Our Lady’s Catholic Academy, 125-18 St. Helen School, 83-09 157th Avenue, Rockaway Boulevard, South Ozone Park, 11420 Howard Beach NY 11414 Our Saviour Lutheran School, 64-33 Wood- St. Joan of Arc School, 35-27 82nd Street, Jackson Heights NY 11372 haven Boulevard, Rego Park NY 11374 Queens Lutheran School, 31-20 21st St. John’s Lutheran School, 123-07 22nd Avenue, College Point NY 11356 Avenue, Astoria, NY 11105 Redeemer Lutheran School, 69-26 Cooper St. John’s Lutheran School, 88-24 Myrtle Avenue, Glendale NY 11385 Avenue, Glendale NY 11385 Resurrection Ascension School, 85-25 61st St. John’s Lutheran School, 86-20 114th Street, Richmond Hill, NY 11418 Road, Rego Park NY 11374

St. Joseph School, 28-46 44th Street, Long Island City NY 11103 St. Kevin School, 45-50 195th Street, Flushing NY 11358 St. Leo School, 104-19 49th Avenue, Corona NY 11368 St. Luke’s School, 16-01 150th Place, Whitestone NY 11357 St. Margaret School, 66-10 80th Street, Middle Village NY 11379 St. Mary Gate of Heaven School, 104-06 101st Avenue, Ozone Park NY 11416 St. Mary Star of the Sea School, 595 Beach 19th Street, Far Rockaway NY 11691 St. Matthias School, 5825 Catalpa Avenue, Ridgewood NY 11385 St. Mel School, 154-24 26th Street, Flushing NY 11354 St. Michael School, 136-58 41st Avenue, Flushing NY 11355 St. Nicholas of Tolentine School, 80-22 Parsons Boulevard, Jamaica NY 11432 St. Pancras School, 68-20 Myrtle Avenue, Glendale NY 11385 St. Raphael’s School, 48-25 37th Street, Long Island City NY 11101 St. Robert Bellarmine School, 56-10 214th Street, Bayside NY 11364 St. Rose of Lima School, 154 Beach 84th Street, Rockaway Beach NY 11693 St. Sebastian School, 39-76 58th Street, Woodside NY 11377 St. Stanislaus Kostka School, 61-17 Grand Avenue, Maspeth NY 11378 St. Teresa of Avila School, 109-55 128th Street, S. Ozone Park NY 11420 St. Thomas The Apostle School, 87-49 87th Street, Woodhaven NY 11421 Sts. Joachim & Anne School, 218-19 105th Avenue, Queens Village NY 11429

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How does one school compare with another? In a consumer driven age where we can find out information instantly, it is still difficult and tedious to find out how one private school compares with another. In other words, there is no easy answer to the question parents ask most often: “Which is the best school for my child?” Why is it so hard to get answers? For two reasons. First of all, the private schools themselves circle their wagons and will not participate in any survey which tries to rank schools. The private school community refuses to engage in the sort of annual publicity stunt which U.S. News and World Report puts on for colleges and universities. Secondly, private schools don’t take public funding. As a result, they are not subject to the kind of reporting requirements public schools must comply with. No Child Left Behind does not apply to SECTION private schools, only to public schools.

have matriculated for the last 3-5 years, faculty turnover, who the principal is and how long he or she has been there. You can obtain much of this information from individual school websites. It does take a bit of reading and research. Again, this is another reason why you need an educational consultant’s intimate knowledge of schools and expertise in f inding out the information you need in order to make an informed decision.

Rankings are not important To be truthful, even if rankings of private schools were available, they wouldn’t mean much anyway. Why? Because the most important part of the equation is whether the school is right for your child. Your child’s needs and interests are best met by the school which is the best fit for those needs and interests, not the school which happens to send the most graduates to Harvard. The only way you will know whether a school fits or not is to go and actually visit the school, interview the staff and make your determination based on what you observe. Choosing a private school is almost as arcane a science as buying a house. Perceived value and market value can be quite different things in the housing market. With private schools you need to look behind the fancy catalog and impressive website and determine whether the school offers programs and a community which suit your child’s needs and yours. You know your child better than anyone. Find the school which is the best fit for him or her, not the school which is considered better. The best school is the school where your child will be happiest. Q Your child’s happiness is really the only thing which matters. —


The data is available The information you and I need to drive our decision in choosing a private school is available. We just have to ask for it from each school. The data is not aggregated in any one publicly accessible area. Gathering it is a tedious process and is one more reason why you should consider hiring an educational consultant. Experienced consultants have facts and figures at their fingertips. They also the contacts to get information quickly. Based on knowledge of your child and his or her requirements they can make recommendations which will be a good fit for the child.

What do you need to know What kind of facts do we need to know? Things like number of students, number of faculty, faculty qualifications, average class size, number of AP courses offered, teaching methods, where graduates

Visiting schools is a critical part of choosing a school. Yes, you can get a pretty good idea of school programs and f acilities from a website. But remember that the school is presenting itself exactly as it wishes to be seen in a highly edited and sanitized manner. Accordingly, you simply must see the school, inspect the facilities, meet some students and chat with the staff. After all, you are thinking about entrusting your child to these people. You must see if they are a good f it. Your child won’t be just a number in a private school. Small class sizes and a low studentto-teacher ratio means that your child won’t get lost in the shuffle. Consequently your child needs to be in a setting which will nurture and bring out the best. Your practised eye can root out any potential problems. R e m e m b e r — a s c h o o l d o e s n ’t shape just educational outcomes — it also strongly influences attitudes and critical thinking. The culture of a school has a lot to do with this influence. Visiting the school allows you to evaluate all these important aspects. Many schools have open houses. These offer you a wonderful opportunity to visit the school, see classrooms, listen to the school’s story and even meet admissions staff. How do you figure out which schools have open houses in your area? You can look on the school’s website. —

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FAA trashed in U.S. court arguments Friends of LaGuardia says garbage depot threatens airline safety by Michael Gannon Associate Editor


Ozone Park Civic celebrates Ozone Park Civic Association members spread cheer and good tidings at their holiday party held last month at the Ozone Howard Little League. Numerous civic members attended the holiday fete, including the organization’s

president, Howie Kamph, pictured top center and above right. Civic Vice-President Charlie Gisondi, above left, and state Sen. Joe Addabbo Jr. also joined Kamph and the rest of the revelers for the festivities.

“Why would you want to create a hazard at the end of one of the busiest runways in the world?” Jim Hall, former chairman of the National Transportation Safety Board under President Bill Clinton, asked the question in an interview on Monday, three days after federal judges heard oral arguments in a lawsuit aimed at stopping construction of a city garbage transfer station on 31st Avenue in College Point. The Marine Shore Transfer Station, now under construction at 120-15 31 Ave., is a site located about 2,000 feet from the end of LaGuardia’s Runway 31. Kenneth Paskar and Friends of LaGuardia Airport say the facility will draw birds looking to feast on both the trash and the rats that will be drawn to it. The Federal Aviation Administration has approved the location, saying it sits outside the 1,700-foot safety zone for the airport. “What they fail to say is that the FAA had planned a low-visibility approach system for that same runway,” Paskar said Tuesday night. That, he said, requires a safety zone of 2,500 feet. The Port Authority, which operates the airport, and the FAA have argued that while the system was planned, it would not be installed after the FAA decided it would not be feasible. Three years ago this month, simultaneous bird strikes knocked out both engines on US Airways Flight 1549 as it took off from LaGuardia with 155 people on board. With no hope of making it back to LaGuardia and out of other options, Capt. Chesley Sullenberger and his crew brought the plane down in the Hudson River. All on board were rescued. Sullenberger has said in numerous published reports that the transfer station at that site makes no sense. The Chronicle was unable to reach officials at the Airline Pilots Association, the union that represents more than 50,000 pilots, for comment. But Hall feels construction should be

halted and the transfer station relocated. “This in terms of precedent is probably the worst FAA decision,” Hall said. “They have voted to establish and create a safety hazard at the end of a LaGuardia runway where none previously existed. “And it is obvious that the FAA and the Port Authority and city officials recognize it is a hazard,” Hall said. “Otherwise, why put in place their mitigation process?” They are, for example, saying that while the site will handle more than 3,000 tons of garbage per day when fully operational, the facility will be totally enclosed. “But that is the FAA def inition of enclosed,” Paskar said. “To me, this is a breach of the FAA’s responsibility to the traveling public to make a safe environment at a city airport.” Paskar believes Friday’s arguments before the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals went well. They are represented by attorney Randy Mastro, a former deputy mayor under Mayor Rudy Giuliani. “I have conf idence that Mr. Mastro’s arguments were very successful,” Paskar said. He believes the three-judge panel will have a decision within 60 to 90 days. The U.S. Department of Justice is defending the FAA during the appeal. DOJ spokesman Charles Miller said in an email on Monday that the department would not comment on pending litigation. Calls to Mayor Bloomberg’s press office seeking comment were not returned. Congressmen Gary Ackerman (D-Queens and Nassau) and Joe Crowley (D-Queens and the Bronx) have objected to the project’s height and location since inception. “We cannot allow questions about the safety of this facility to linger,” they wrote in a joint letter to U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood in August. Crowley spokeswoman Courtney Gilder and Ackerman spokesman Jordan Goldes said this week that their bosses’ position has not changed since summer, and that they want complete assurances for the pubQ lic’s safety.

Prison for man who raped, framed his ex A Far Rockaway man was sentenced last week to 27 to 32 years in prison for raping his ex-girlfriend and then, before he was to stand trial, framing her in a series of armed robberies for which the single mother was arrested and spent seven months in prison. Jerry Ramrattan, 39, was convicted at the end of November of rape, perjury, conspiracy, tampering with a witness and falsely reporting an incident following a monthlong jury trial at Queens Supreme Courthouse in Kew Gardens. According to Queens District Attorney Richard Brown, Ramrattan restrained the arms of his ex-girlfriend, Seemona Sumasar,

Implicated her in robberies in Jamaica in whose Far Rockaway home he had been staying after they broke up, with duct tape and dragged her downstairs to his room, where he raped her. He was carrying a handgun at the time, the DA said. Following his arrest on rape charges in March 2009, Ramrattan worked with three others to implicate Sumasar in a series of false robbery allegations in Jamaica and Inwood, LI, Brown said. Ramrattan’s scheme included having others report the false robberies, planting fake evidence at one of the so-called crime

scenes and having one of the alleged robbery “victims” commit perjury before grand juries in Queens and Nassau counties, according to the DA. The Far Rockaway man secured the cooperation of those who reported the “robberies” either by offering them money or threatening them and their family members with deportation, the DA said. As a result, each of the conspirators alleged to police that their vehicles had been pulled over and they had been robbed at gunpoint by a male and a female — who they identified as

Sumasar — dressed as police officers. Because of this, Sumasar spent seven months, including last Thanksgiving in a cell room on Long Island. “Today’s sentence provides a measure of justice for this victim, who survived a nightmarish rape only to be victimized again when she was arrested on robbery charges and sent to jail — away from her daughter, away from her business and facing the prospect of many years in prison,” Brown said in a prepared statement. “The defendant’s actions strike at the very heart of the criminal justice system and must be Q severely punished.”

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and dance major who has worked with Mills before, said the class has further inspired her to seriously look for dance work once she graduates this spring. ÒIt makes you well-rounded,” Bilbao, a Richmond Hill native, said of the course. “It gives me more insight into what to expect after I graduate.” A dancer since the age of 3, Bilbao described “Questions About Angels” as a “really cool concept” that “touches on all these different things we think about when we think of angels.” The performance begins with the piece, “On the Head of a Pin,” danced by a trio of women who explore the “asexual purity that we often think of as angelic,” according to information from Queens College. The second piece, “Watcher/Messenger,” is an acrobatic solo for a woman covered in glittering shards of silver and gold and depicts a recurring theme of angels as observers or messengers. “Balthamos and Baruch” is a “sensuous” duet for two men that examines the concept of forbidden love. The production ends with “Icarus Aspires,” a solo dance that Bilbao said she especially loves, and which “creates a transition between the gravity-bound world of man and the celestial world of the angelic,” according to the same statement from the college. The costumes and use of light during the production brings the production to the level of the ethereal, and, watching


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EMBODYING THE FLAT SCREEN Sculpture meets video art at Dorsky Gallery

by Paula Neudorf In contemporary art, the term “sculpture” has increasingly come to be applied to a whole range of objects bearing little resemblance to your Rodins or Michelangelos of yore. At Long Island City’s Dorsky Gallery, the ever-changing sculpture landscape is on full display in its new show, “Video: Object.” The exhibit, which features works by five artists who all combine sculpture and video in some way, is as much about how we define sculpture as a medium as it is an exploration of its relationship to video art. The show, which runs through March 18, had a well-attended opening last Saturday. Brooklyn artist Halsey Rodman, whose piece “The Navigator” is featured, stood near his work and expressed ambivalence toward art categories. When describing to others what he creates, Rodman noted, “I say ‘sculpture’ for lack of a better term.” “But that’s probably just being lazy,” he added with a laugh. “The Navigator,” perhaps more than any other piece on view, blurs the lines between sculpture and video. The threedimensional “sculptures” included in the piece are for the most part functional objects, in that they are tables of sorts both for various groups of photographs and two projectors which throw out images superimposed on each other toward Images from "Video: Object," a new show at Dorsky Gallery in Long Island City.

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W H AT ’ S H A P P E N I N G Zucker Hillside Hospital, 266th Street and 76th Avenue, Glen Oaks. Judith Carrington, founder of Mental Health Resources and co-author of the “Family Survival Handbook” will talk. All attendees will receive a copy of the handbook. A support group for families meets at 6 p.m.


The exhibit, “Jim Henson’s Fantastic World,” has been extended through March 4 at the Museum of Moving Image at 36-01 35 Ave., Astoria. The work of the internationally renowned puppeteer, filmmaker and television pioneer is explored in this Smithsonian traveling exhibition which features more than 120 artifacts, including drawings, storyboards, props, video material and 15 iconic original puppets of such characters as Kermit the Frog, Rowlf, Bert and Ernie. Hours are Tuesday-Thursday, 10:30 a.m.-5 p.m., Friday to 8 p.m. and weekends to 7 p.m. Admission is $12 for adults, $9 for seniors and students, $6 for children 3-18.

CLASSES A class on how to look at modern art will run seven Tuesdays from 12:15-1:15 p.m. from Jan. 24 to March 6 at the Central Queens YM&YWHA, 67-09 108 St., Forest Hills. The cost is $45.50 members, $56 nonmembers. Call (718) 268-5011, ext. 151. Tai Chi classes sponsored by the Arthritis Foundation of NYC will run seven weeks for people with arthritis or limited mobility Fridays from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. at Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd., beginning Jan. 13 through Feb. 24. Cost is $25. Register at (718) 463- 7700 x222 or

Enchanted Earth 2.0 Photo Exhibit by Barbara E. Leven now through Jan. 31 at the Queens Botanical Garden, Visitor & Administration Building Gallery, 43-50 Main St., Flushing. Joseph LoGuirato’s sketched collection of historic structures around the city will run through June 30 at the Poppenhusen Institute, 114-04 14 Rd., College Point. Call for hours: (718) 358-0067.

The winter season of Italian classes at Italian Charities of America, 83-20 Queens Blvd., Elmhurst, will begin Tuesday, Jan. 17, for beginners; Wednesday, Jan. 18, for intermediate classes; and Thursday, Jan. 19, for advanced classes. A 10-week course costs $65. Call (718) 478-3100.

Dorsky Gallery, 11-03 45 Ave., Long Island City, announces that “Video<>Object,” will remain on view through March 18. It explores the relationships between video-art and narcissism. Gallery hours are Thursday through Monday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. (closed Tuesday and Wednesday), and by appointment. For further information contact David Dorsky at (718) 937-6317 or via email: “Long Island City Works,” a photo exhibit by students, will run now through Feb. 29 at the LaGuardia Community College Gallery of Photographic Arts, in the college’s B-building, 3rd floor at 30-20 Thompson Ave., Long Island City. Viewing hours are Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. and on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. “Duality,” an exhibit of stoneware and bronze, continues at Queensborough Community College’s art gallery in Bayside through Feb. 3. Hours are Tuesday and Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Wednesday and Thursday, 10 a.m.-7p.m. and Saturday and Sunday, noon-5 p.m.

THEATRE “Tango 5 Senses” will be presented on Jan. 27 through March 18 at Thalia Spanish Theatre, 41-17 Greenpoint Ave., Sunnyside. Hours are Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 4 p.m. Tickets are $30, students and seniors $27, Fridays only $25. Call (718) 729-3880 or visit

AUDITIONS The Oratorio Society of Queens is holding auditions Monday, Jan. 16 and Monday, Jan. 23 at 7 p.m. at the FSG Hall at Temple Beth Sholom, 172nd Street and Northern Boulevard in Flushing. OSQ rehearses every Monday evening from 7:45 to 10 p.m. To reserve for auditions, call (718) 279-3006. The Forest Hills Symphony Orchestra has openings in oboe, bassoon, violin, viola, cello and bass sections. Auditions will be held during the regular rehearsals of the orchestra on Wednesday from 7:30-10 p.m. at the Forest Hills Jewish Center, 106-06 Queens Blvd. Interested players should contact the conductor, Franklin Verbsky at (718) 374-1627 or (516) 785-2532.

An astronomy class with Mark Freilich will be held on Saturday, Jan. 14 at the Alley Pond Environmental Center, 228-06 Northern Blvd., Douglaston. Cost is $10 per adult member, $12 per adult nonmember, and $7 for children ages 7-12. Pre-register by calling (718) 229-4000.

Thalia Spanish Theatre presents Tango 5 Senses from Jan. 27-March 18. PHOTO COURTESY THALIA SPANISH THEATRE

FILM The Museum of Moving Image, 36-01 35 Ave., Astoria, introduces a brand new showcase for inventive, groundbreaking, international cinema. Thirteen features and seven short films – most New York premieres – will screen this weekend, Jan. 14-15, many accompanied by personal appearances. Titles include Chantal Akerman’s “Almayer’s Folly,” Johnnie To’s “Life Without Principle,” Philippe Garrel’s “That Summer” and Christoph Hochhausler’s “The City Bellow.” Call for times, (718) 777-6800.

The program includes dance movements from a Partita by Bach, meditative India ragas and tunes from Ireland and Scotland. The suggested donation is $12/$10 for students and seniors. For reservations call (718) 268-7772 or visit

FLEA MARKETS The Kissena Jewish Community Council is offering a weekly flea market at the Kissena Jewish Community Council, 43-43 Bowne St. in Flushing, every Sunday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.



Members of the Con Brio Ensemble will be performing works by Haydn, Saint-Saens, Sarasate and others on Sunday, Jan. 15 at 4:30 p.m. at the Church in the Gardens, 50 Ascan Ave., Forest Hills, as the second part of its three-concert series at the church. Admission to the concert is $12, $10 for students and senior citizens. TDF vouchers are accepted.

Joan Adams, a clinical social worker, will discuss “Martin Luther King: His Message for Our Times” on Monday, Jan. 16 at 1:30 p.m. at the Central Queens Y, 67-09 108 St., Forest Hills. Cost is $3 members, $6 nonmembers.

Congregation Machane Chodosh, 67-29 108 St., Forest Hills, will feature a concert by Yoel Sharabi on Saturday, Jan. 21 at 7:30 p.m. Cost is $25 for nonmembers and $28 at the door. Call (718) 793-5656.

You Gotta Believe, a community-based older child adoption agency, is looking for families who would be willing to provide love and nurturing to a child in the foster care system. To learn more join the agency every Sunday at 4 p.m. at Little Flower Children’s Services, 89-12 162 St., Jamaica.

Violinist Michael Braudy will present a concert at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, 85 Greenway South, Forest Hills, under the auspices of the church’s “Wings of Song” series, on Sunday, Jan. 15 at 3 p.m.


NAMI Queens/Nassau will meet on Wednesday, Jan. 18 at 7:30 p.m. in the Sloman Auditorium of

The Greek Cultural Center, 26-80 30 St., Astoria, offers classes in Greek folk dance for adults and teens every Saturday from 10:30 a.m.-noon. The fee is $20 monthly or $150 for the whole year. Bouzouki lessons are also available every Saturday from 12:30-2 p.m. Registration is open to beginners as well as advanced players of all ages. Students are recommended to bring their own instruments to class. The fee is $40 to enroll and $60 monthly. Formore information, call (718) 726-7329. Dance with instructions at the Italian Charities of America, 83-20 Queens Blvd., Elmhurst, every Monday and Friday, 7:15 to 8 p.m., followed by a dance social. Music by Sal Escott. Admission $10. Yoga with Lorain at the Forest Hills Jewish Center, 106-06 Queens Blvd. Drop in and start anytime. Six week series $60 members/ $80 nonmembers. Single class $15 members/ $20 nonmembers. Classes are held on Wednesdays, one at 6 p.m. and one at 8 p.m. The first class will be complimentary. Call (718) 263-7000 ext. 200. The Jackson Heights Art Club offers art classes, all mediums. Daytime and ev ening adult classes are offered Monday-Friday; daytime children’s classes are offered during the weekend. Classes are held at St. Mark’s Church, 82nd Street and 34th Avenue. Cost for adults are $75 for four sessions, $65 for children for eight sessions. Membership available. For information, call Rob at (718) 454-0813. Ongoing drawing class every Wednesday 1-4 p.m. at the National Art League, 44-21 Douglaston Pkwy, Douglaston. Instructor, Marc Jasloff. Call (516) 223-7659. Fee: $25 per class.

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Librarian says, ‘let there be sound’ by Paula Neudorf Chronicle Contributor

photographs and other ephemera, obtained from the interviewees or culled archives at Queens Library and Queens College. And the Queens Memory Project has established a partnership with not only the library but a national oral history project called Storycorps. Since 2003, Storycorps has been inviting people to tell and record their stories at special booths set up in New York, Atlanta and San Francisco, though it recently closed its booth here. Typically, an individual interviews a friend, family member or loved one with a Storycorps employee present to facilitate the process and monitor the audio. A CD of the interview is provided to the participants at the end of the project, and all interviews are eventually stored at the Library of Congress. Last fall, Storycorps came to Queens for a special Queens Week, and conducted 34 interviews at the Flushing Library and Queens College’s Rosenthal Library. These interviews have been made available to Milbrodt, who will take clips from them and put them on the Queens Memory Project’s website. In addition, the 34 interviews, and eventually the thousands of interviews

Oral history project wants to hear from you

As if it wasn’t enough for the Queens Library to manage over a million books, the library also seeks to preserve and catalog the history of Queens. To that end, it’s home to over 150,000 photographs, 6,000 maps and hundreds of thousands of manuscripts depicting “the history, the geology, the geography” of Long Island, including Queens and Brooklyn, said John Hyslop, the digital assets manager for the library. But until an enterprising library studies grad student got involved, the library’s collection had one notable gap: audio recordings. That librarian, Natalie Milbrodt, came up with an ingenious idea to help fulfill the library’s mission and make its substantial collection more accessible to the public. She would collect the oral histories of residents in Queens, from all walks of life and of all ages, contextualize them with material from the library and make all of this available online. She called it the Queens Memory Project, and has teamed up with Queens College and Queens Library in her effort to interview borough residents and preserve the results. Part of what inspired Milbrodt to start

Aaron Gorman, left, at his home in Richmond Hill on Dec. 17, 2010, where he talked about playing baseball on a Queens sandlot team in the 1930s, right. PHOTO, LEFT, BY THOMAS PETERSEN, RIGHT, COURTESY QUEENS MEMORY PROJECT

the project two years ago was her awareness of “how quickly New York neighborhoods in general change.” “I just kind of got the sense that you needed to quickly take a snapshot,” she said. Since beginning the project nearly two years ago, Milbrodt and her team have

conducted and cataloged 30 interviews with people including Aaron Gorman, who in an audio clip on the site describes playing baseball at Forest Park’s Victory Field in the 1930s, and Annalou Christensen, who recalls what Flushing was like in the 1920s. These interviews appear on queens with related materials, including

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a facing wall. The videos are documents of two events. First, in 2006, Rodman invited 12 artists to his Navy Yard studio to spend four hours sculpting Rodmanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s figure. A year later, he invited the same 12 artists to repeat the process. Each time, they stood in the same place around the same table where Rodman lay, sculpting body parts they were assigned by drawing lots. Both sculpting sessions produced two full sculptures of Rodman respectively, which he then paired in two separate pieces. These sculptures are not on view at the gallery, because â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Navigatorâ&#x20AC;? is, according to Rodman, â&#x20AC;&#x153;about the structure of the way they were made.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;The whole project is about trying to set up the conditions where vision turns into a process that has results,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;These objects sort of drop out of seeing something.â&#x20AC;? As such, â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Navigatorâ&#x20AC;? is a kind of document or record, and the objects that facilitate the

video projection become a seamless part of the video. Of the four other works on display, three draw a much harder line between object and video, to the extent that one piece can often overwhelm the other.

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Yasue Maetakeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s piece â&#x20AC;&#x153;If I were a Master Stone Carver,â&#x20AC;? for example, includes a large, looming figure made of animal bone, hedgehog needles, crab shell and fur, according to an essay written by the showâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s curator, Laurence Hegarty. The piece has a magnetism that almost overwhelms Maetakeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s accompanying video projection, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Parthenogenesis,â&#x20AC;? that appears on a wall near the

sculpture. Maetake noted that she created the video piece and sculpture separately. In another work, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Exchange,â&#x20AC;? by Moira Williams, the video piece draws your gaze, while the objects that accompany it â&#x20AC;&#x201D; a coat that hangs from the ceiling, a piece of bread on a white pedastal and a microwave â&#x20AC;&#x201D; seem less compelling. These objects document Williamsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; unusual project: she cultivates a plant called hairy vetch, known to remove toxins from soils, in her armpits. Once germinated, she removes the plants from her armpits and puts them into a â&#x20AC;&#x153;dirt shirtâ&#x20AC;? which holds soil she has gathered from Superfund sites, mostly around Brooklyn, like a kangarooâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s pouch. Williams then wears the shirt carrying the soil and the hairy vetch plants, watering the saplings using public spigots and fountains until they are fully grown. Now toxin-free, the soil and its hairy vetch plants are returned to the superfund site. Williams then cultivates beans

The opening reception for â&#x20AC;&#x153;Video: Objectâ&#x20AC;? at Dorsky Gallery in Long PHOTO BY PAULA NEUDORF Island City on Sunday, Jan. 8. from the plants, which she uses to make bread that she distributes to the community. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s about the body and nature,â&#x20AC;? Williams said of the piece. Williamsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; video on display at the Dorsky features the artist staring into the cameraâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s lens as if it were a mirror, with her arms raised, revealing the hairy vetch seeds. At first glance, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s difficult to tell what the seeds are. Noah Dorsky, one of the galleryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s owners, explained that

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boro CLASSES The Flushing Camera Club meets at 7:30 p.m. in the auditorium of Flushing Hospital, enter at 45th Avenue and Burling Street on the first, third and fifth Wednesday of the month. For information, visit Upcoming free defensive driving class on Saturday, Feb. 4 for Melrose Credit Union members, $20 nonmembers at Melrose Credit Union, 139-30 Queens Blvd., Briarwood, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. To pre-register, call Donnece at (718) 523-1300.



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like it’s a one-shot deal and we don’t do that,” Elias said. In addition to buying gold, silver, diamonds, Recently, a woman and her boyfriend went into an unassuming gold buying and cash loan watches and coins, Ice Jewelry Buying also shop on Queens Boulevard. She had a $35 offers instant cash loans for jewelry and eBay offer on her ring from another area shop, but selling services. Their cash loans program is straightforward and was looking to get a better deal. In what may be viewed as poor business acumen, she told simple. “It’s a perfect solution for someone who her new prospective buyer what her previous has a bill due and a check on the way,” Goldberg offer was. Still, after examining her piece, he said. “But we make sure they have a game plan to offered her $1,600. He did so, as he says, buy their jewelry back before the end of the term. Sometimes these are people’s heirlooms we’re “...because that’s what it was worth.” The plight of the worker who’s hard-up for talking about and we respect that.” For those who are less Internet-savvy or cash in today’s economy is something that Arthur Elias and Edward Goldberg can relate to just don’t have the time, Ice Jewelry Buying first-hand, having been laid off from their jobs offers a convenient eBay sales service. If what in jewelry manufacturing. They understand a customer has isn’t an item that Ice Jewelry that people get into situations where they just Buying would purchase, like a handbag or need a little cash fast to make the bills and Ice antique furniture, they can help find a buyer Jewelry Buying Service hopes to help out in on their eBay store. Elias consults with the customer to find a target the most honest way they can. price and let the internet STORE HOURS “For this, I like to think we’re handle the rest. doing the community a service,” MON.-FRI. 11am - 7pm auctioneers For anyone who has Elias said. “We’re in the business SAT. 10am - 5pm ever dealt with the hassle of helping people who are in a SUN. by Appointment of selling and shipping tough spot. They can come to an item on eBay — all the our store and know that we can educate them on what they have and we’ll give forms involved in setting up a user and paypal them what their items are worth. When that account, the 10-15 percent fee that Ice woman told me her previous offer, it made me Jewelry Buying charges to do all the work is wonder how many times this happens — how really a bargain deal. “At the end of the day, I just want people many people who really need that money get to feel comfortable doing business with us. taken advantage of?” Elias opened his Rego Park shop with People have this conception of gold buying Goldberg less than a year ago, and already stores as these slimy places with slimy they’re seeing a lot of repeat customers and people, and they’re typically right. But we referrals. This is a sign to them that they’re want to be different. I don’t think it’s cool to doing something right — the pawn business see someone buy a ring for $200 and put it in typically deals in one-time transactions but their counter for $800. We don’t do that.” Ice Jewelry Buying Services is located at Elias is determined to break that mold, 98-30 Queens Blvd. in Rego Park. Hours of building a reputation on trust. “Everyone around here is buying gold these operation are Monday-Friday from 11am to days; you can go into the barber shop down 7:00pm and Saturday 10am to 5pm; Sunday the road and sell your jewelry. The problem private appoinments are available. Call for Q with all these places is they treat everything more information (718) 830-0030.

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Meet Art Shamsky, 1969 World Series Outfielder, at a luncheon on Sunday, Jan. 22 at noon at the Forest Hills Jewish Center, 106-06 Queens Blvd. Tickets are $30 for adults, $25 for children. Reserve by calling (718) 263-7000. Glendale Kiwanis will hold its pancake breakfast on Sunday, Jan. 15 from 7:30 a.m.-noon at St. Pancras School, Pfeifer Hall, 68th Street and Myrtle Avenue. Donation: $5. For tickets go to Coldwell Banker Kueber Realty, 67-13 Myrtle Ave.; Schwille Funeral Home, 66-32 Myrtle Ave.; or McKenna Florist, 67-11 Central Ave.

SUPPORT GROUPS Drug problem? Call Narcotics Anonymous Helpline at (718) 962-6244 or visit Meetings are held seven days a week. Co-dependents Anonymous (women only) meets every Friday at 10 a.m. at Resurrection Ascension Pastoral Center, 85-18 61st Road, Rego Park. The Queens Counseling Services of the Foundation for Religion and Mental Health announces a free Women’s Support Group on alternate Thursday mornings at 10 a.m. at the Kissena Jewish Center, 43-43 Bowne St., Flushing. If you are experiencing anxiety, fear or stress and are searching for a venue that can provide understanding, compassion and respect, call to register at (718) 461-6393. Nar-Anon is a self-help support group for anyone affected by a loved one’s use/abuse of drugs. The group meets every Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. in the basement lounge at the Church in the Gardens, 50 Ascan Ave., Forest Hills. For information, call 1(800) 984-0066, or go to Schizophrenics Anonymous meets on Sundays at 10 a.m. at L.I. Consultation Center, 97-29 64th Road, Rego Park.

SENIOR ACTIVITIES The Woodhaven Senior Center, 87-04 88 Ave., announces free exercise classes at the center. Stay Well on Monday includes stress reduction; yoga on

Thursday includes meditation time. The center is open five days a week from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The Ridgewood Older Adult Center, 59-14 70 Ave., is open Monday-Friday from 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. The center offers a variety of activities and exercise classes including Wii sports, billiards, bingo, computer classes and monthly bus trips. For information, call Karen at (718) 456-2000. The Rockaway Boulevard Senior Center, 123-10 143 St., South Ozone Park, offers service programs Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. lunch is at noon with a suggested donation of $1.50. Exercise programs include: tai chi stretch, dance groups, choral group, ceramic, camera class, computer classes, trips, birthday parties and more. For more information, call (718) 657-6752. United Hindu Senior Center, 118-09 Sutter Ave., South Ozone Park, offers free vegetarian lunch, health promotion, nutrition education, cards and games, mammograms and blood pressure screenings. In addition, we provide transportation for many seniors via bus. For more information, call (718) 323-8900. A leisure group meets every Wednesday at 11 a.m. at the Hillcrest Jewish Center, 183-02 Union Turnpike, Flushing, for area seniors. The Howard Beach Senior Center invites seniors aged 60 and older to become members. The center offers exercise, yoga and tai chi classes, billiards, creative writing, crafts, weekly dances with a DJ, painting and sketching classes, bingo, ballroom and line dancing, Wii bowling and computer classes. The center also takes many trips, including a monthly excursion to Atlantic City. It is located at 156-45 84th St., use the 85th St. entrance, open from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Lunch is served at noon. For more information, call (718) 738-8100, or visi their new website at The Samuel Field YWHA, 58-20 Little Neck Pkwy., Little Neck, is seeking individuals who would like to volunteer their time to teach a class in the older adult services or computer department. Applicants should have some experience either teaching or working in their field of interest, but those with a specific hobby they would like to share are welcome to apply. To volunteer, call (718) 225-6750, ext. 233. Activities at the Clearview Senior Center, 208-11 26th Ave., Bayside, are held Monday-Friday. For more information, call (718) 224-7888. The Peter Cardella Senior Citizen Center, 68-52 Fresh Pond Road, Ridgewood, offers a full Monday through Friday schedule from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Activities include hot lunches served daily to seniors 60 and over at noon, monthly theme parties, health nutrition and education classes, blood pressure screening, chair yoga and group dancing to live music twice a week.

LISTING INFORMATION Items for the Community Calendar must be sent two weeks before the date of the event. Listings should be typed, from a nonprofit organization, either free or moderately priced, and be open to the public. Keep the information to one paragraph. Because of the large number of requests for the free calendar listings, we cannot include every event submitted. Send to: Queens Chronicle, Community Calendar, P.O. Box 74-7769, Rego Park, NY 11374, fax to (718) 205-0150.

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LEGAL NOTICES To Advertise Call 718-205-8000 SUPREME COURT OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK COUNTY OF QUEENS Index No. 20595/11 Date of filing: September 1, 2011 SUPPLEMENTAL SUMMONS AND NOTICE Plaintiff designates Queens County as the place of trial; venue is based upon the county in which the mortgaged premises is situate. TD BANK, N.A. SUCCESSOR BY MERGER TO COMMERCE BANK, N.A, Plaintiff(s), -against- KONSTANTINOS EVIRPIOTIS, if living, and if dead, the respective heirs at law, next of kin, distributees, executors, administrators, trustees, devisees, legatees, assignors, lienors, creditors and successors in interest, and generally all persons having or claiming under, by or through said defendant who may be deceased, by purchase, inheritance, lien or otherwise of any right, title or interest in and to the premises described in the complaint herein, and their respective husbands, wives or widows of her, if any, and each and every person not specifically named who may be entitled to or claim to have any right, title or interest in the property described in the verified complaint; all of whom and whose names and places of residence unknown, and cannot after diligent inquiry be ascertained by the Plaintiff, NEW YORK CITY PARKING VIOLATIONS BUREAU, CITY OF NEW YORK ENVIRONMENTAL CONTROL BOARD, and “JOHN DOE #1” through “JOHN DOE #10”, the last 10 names being fictitious and unknown to the Plaintiff, the persons or parties intended being the persons or parties, if any, having or claiming an interest in or lien upon the mortgaged premises described in the verified complaint, Defendant(s). 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 attorneys for the Plaintiff within 20 days after the service of this summons, exclusive of the day of service (or within 30 days after service is complete if this summons is not personally delivered to you within the State of New York). In case of your failure to appear or answer, judgment will be taken against you by default for the relief demanded in the complaint. If the United States of America is named as a Defendant in this action, it only, shall have Sixty (60) days to answer the complaint. NOTICE OF NATURE OF ACTION AND RELIEF SOUGHT THE OBJECT of the above captioned action is to foreclose a Mortgage to secure $245,000.00 and interest, recorded in the office of the Clerk of the County of Queens on August 7, 2006, in CRFN: 2006000444976, covering premises known as 106-08 27th Avenue, in Flushing, New York (Block 1665, and Lot 4). 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. TO the defendant, Konstantinos Evirpiotis, the Foregoing Summons is served upon you by publication pursuant to an Order of the Hon. James A. Rios of the Supreme Court of the State of New York, and filed on December 14, 2011, with the complaint in the County of Queens, State of New York. NOTICE YOU ARE IN DANGER OF LOSING YOUR HOME IF YOU D0 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 THE COURT WHERE YOUR CASE IS PENDING FOR FURTHER INFORMATION ON HOW TO ANSWER THE SUMMONS AND PROTECT YOUR PROPERTY. SENDING A 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. Dated: Mineola, New York, December 23, 2011 Cohn & Roth, By: William M. Roth, Attorneys for Plaintiff, 100 E. Old Country Road, Mineola, New York 11501, (516) 747-3030 HELP FOR HOMEOWNERS IN FORECLOSURE New York State Law requires that we send you this notice about the foreclosure process. Please read it carefully. Mortgage foreclosure is a complex process. Some people may approach you about “saving” your home. You should be extremely careful about any such promises. The State encourages you to become informed about your options in foreclosure. There are government agencies, legal aid entities and other non-profit organizations that you may contact for information about foreclosure while you are working with your lender during this process. To locate an entity near you, you may call the toll-free helpline maintained by the New York State Banking Department at 877BANKNYS (877_226-5697) or visit the Department’s website at The State does not guarantee the advice of these agencies.


PUBLIC NOTICE NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, PURSUANT TO LAW, that the NYC Dept. of Consumer Affairs will hold a Public Hearing on Wednesday February 1, 2012, at 2:00 p.m., at 66 John Street, 11th floor, on a petition from Barosa Inc., to continue to maintain and operate an enclosed sidewalk café at 62-29 Woodhaven Blvd. in the Borough of Queens, for a term of two years. REQUEST FOR COPIES OF THE PROPOSED REVOCABLE CONSENT AGREEMENT MAY BE ADDRESSED TO DEPARTMENT OF CONSUMER AFFAIRS, ATTN: FOIL OFFICER, 42 BROADWAY, NEW YORK, NY 10004.

STATE OF NORTH CAROLINA COUNTY OF BUNCOMBE IN THE GENERAL COURT OF JUSTICE DISTRICT COURT DIVISION FILE NO: 11 CVD 04781 PAULINE C. PORRETTO, Plaintiff, vs. EUGENIO G. HERNANDEZ, Defendant. NOTICE OF SERVICE OF PROCESS BY PUBLICATION TO: EUGENIO G. HERNANDEZ, Defendant TAKE NOTICE that pleadings seeking relief against you have been filed in the above entitled action. The nature of the relief sought is as follows: Absolute Divorce. You are required to make defense to such pleadings no later than the 5th day of 2012 said date being forty (40) days from the first publication of this notice; and upon your failure to do so, the party seeking service against you will apply to the Court for the relief sought. THIS the 29th day of December, 2011. Carol B. Andres, Attorney for Plaintiff NC Bar No: 17323, 120 College Street, Asheville, NC 28801, 828-258-1580

NOTICE OF SERVICE OF PROCESS BY PUBLICATION STATE OF NORTH CAROLINA COUNTY OF UNION IN THE GENERAL COURT OF JUSTICE DISTRICT COURT DIVISION FILE NO.:11 CVD 3094 CHRISTINE ANN FUSCO, Plaintiff, vs. VINCENT MATTHEW FUSCO, Defendant. TO: VINCENT MATTHEW FUSCO, Defendant, 90-38 214th Street, Queens Village, NY 11428 TAKE NOTICE that a pleading seeking relief against you has been filed in the above-entitled action. The nature of the relief being sought is as follows: Plaintiff is seeking an absolute divorce. You are required to make defense to such pleading not later than the 21st day of February, 2012, said date being forty (40) days from the first publication of this notice, and upon your failure to do so, the party seeking service against you will apply to the Court for the relief sought. This 9th day of January, 2012. Stephen M. Bennett, Attorney for Plaintiff CALDWELL HELDER HELMS & ROBISON, P.A., P.O. Drawer 99, Monroe, North Carolina 28111-0099, Telephone: (704) 289-4577

ANGEL8 LLC, a domestic LLC. Arts. of Org. filed with the SSNY on 8/31/11. Office location: Queens County. SSNY is designated as agent upon whom process against the LLC may be served. SSNY shall mail process to the LLC, 75-47 Metropolitan Ave., Middle Village, NY 11379. General Purposes.

Notice of Formation of limited liability company. Name: Warrick, LLC. Articles of Organization were filed with the Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 11/04/2011. Office location is Queens County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to Wayne Warrick, 134-45 159th Street, Jamaica, NY 11434. The general purpose: For any lawful purpose.

NOTICE OF FORMATION OF LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY. NAME: ONE UP EVENT DESIGN LLC. Articles of Organization were filed with the Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 10/13/11. Office location: Queens County. SSNY has been designated as agent of the LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail a copy of process to the LLC, 161-44 84th Street, Howard Beach, New York 11414. Purpose: For any lawful purpose.

Notice of Formation: Justy L.P. Certificate filed with Sec of State of NY (SSNY) on 10/14/11. Office loc: Queens County. SSNY designated as agent of LP upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: 80-18 263rd St., Floral Park, NY 11004. Term: until 12/31/99. Purpose: Any lawful activity.

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File No.: 2010-4680/A CITATION THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK BY THE GRACE OF GOD, FREE AND INDEPENDENT To: Gyula Andor Fendt, Attorney General of the State of New York, The unknown distributees, legatees, devisees, heirs at law and assignees of JULIUS LISKA, deceased, or their estates, if any there be, whose names, places of residence and post office addresses are unknown to the petitioner and cannot with due diligence be ascertained. Being the persons interested as creditors, legatees, distributees or otherwise in the Estate of JULIUS LISKA, deceased, who at the time of death was a resident of 82-45 Grenfell Street, Kew Gardens, in the County of Queens, State of New York. SEND GREETING: Upon the petition of LOIS M. ROSENBLATT, Public Administrator of Queens County, who maintains her office at 88-11 Sutphin Boulevard, Jamaica, Queens County, New York 11435, as Administrator of the Estate of JULIUS LISKA, deceased, you and each of you are hereby cited to show cause before the Surrogate at the Surrogate’s Court of the County of Queens, to be held at the Queens General Courthouse, 6th Floor, 88-11 Sutphin Boulevard, Jamaica, City and State of New York, on the 1 day of March, 2012 at 9:30 o’clock in the forenoon, why the Account of Proceedings of the Public Administrator of Queens County, as Administrator of the Estate of said deceased, a copy of which is attached, should not be judicially settled, and why the Surrogate should not fix and allow a reasonable amount of compensation to GERARD J. SWEENEY, ESQ., for legal services rendered to petitioner herein in the amount of $8,101.65 and that the Court fix the fair and reasonable additional fee for any services to be rendered by GERARD J. SWEENEY, ESQ., hereafter in connection with proceedings on kinship, claims etc., prior to entry of a final Decree on this accounting in the amount of 6% of assets or income collected after the date of the within accounting; and why the Surrogate should not fix and allow an amount equal to one percent on said Schedules of the total assets on Schedules A, A1, and A2 plus any additional monies received subsequent to the date of this account, as the fair and reasonable amount payable to the Office of the Public Administrator for the expenses of said office pursuant to S.C.P.A. §1106(4); and why each of you claiming to be a distributee of the decedent should not establish proof of your kinship; and why the balance of said funds should not be paid to said alleged distributees upon proof of kinship, or deposited with the Commissioner of Finance of the City of New York should said alleged distributees default herein, or fail to establish proof of kinship, Dated, Attested and Sealed 3rd day of January, 2012, HON. PETER J. KELLY, Surrogate, Queens County; Margaret M. Gribbon, Clerk of the Surrogate’s Court; GERARD J. SWEENEY, ESQ., (718) 459-9000, 95-25 Queens Boulevard, 11th Floor, Rego Park, New York 11374. This citation is served upon you as required by law. You are not obliged to appear in person. If you fail to appear it will be assumed that you do not object to the relief requested unless you file formal legal, verified objections. You have a right to have an attorney-atlaw appear for you. Accounting Citation PROBATE CITATION File No. 2011-619 SURROGATE’S COURT, QUEENS COUNTY CITATION THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, By the Grace of God Free and Independent TO: To the Heirs at law, next of kin, and distributees of Martha McDaniels a/k/a Marti McDaniels, deceased, if living, and if any of them be dead to their heirs at law, next of kin, distributees, legatees, executors, administrators, assignees and successors in interest whose names are unknown and cannot be ascertained after due diligence, and to Carl Baden, Karol Buchanen, Nicole Kaler and the Public Administrator of Queens County A petition having been duly filed by Regina Mercedes Walker, Executor, who is domiciled at 203 Dupont Ave., Hopatcong, NJ 07843 (Mailing address: PO Box 563, Hopatcong, NJ 07843. YOU ARE HEREBY CITED TO SHOW CAUSE before the Surrogate’s Court, Queens County, at 88-11 Sutphin Blvd., Jamaica, New York, on the 2nd day of February, 2012, at 9:30 A.M. of that day, why a decree should not be made in the estate of Martha McDaniels, lately domiciled at 39-35 51st St., #3B, Woodside, NY 11377, admitting to probate a Will dated July 19, 2007, a copy of which is attached, as the Will of Martha McDaniels, deceased, relating to real and personal property, and directing that Letters Testamentary issue to Regina Mercedes Walker. Dated, Attested and Sealed, November 30, 2011 Hon. Peter J. Kelly, Surrogate; Margaret M. Gribbon, Chief Clerk; Erica Bell, ESQ., Attorney for Petitioner, 212-967-5710 11 Park Place, Suite 606, New York, NY 10007 NOTE This citation is served upon you as required by law. You are not required to appear. If you fail to appear it will be assumed you do not object to the relief requested. You have a right to have an attorney appear for you.

File No.: 2011-185/B CITATION THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK BY THE GRACE OF GOD, FREE AND INDEPENDENT To: Bradford Benjamin, Robert Benjamin, Taffy Benjamin, Miriam Price, Barbara Gordon, Judith Buchalter, Patricia Freeman, Michael Brooks, Audrey Guttin, Richard Brooks, Marjorie Brooks, Attorney General of the State of New York, the unknown distributees, legatees, devisees, heirs at law and assignees of ADRIENNE BROOKS, deceased, or their estates, if any there be, whose names, places of residence and post office addresses are unknown to the petitioner and cannot with due diligence be ascertained. Being the persons interested as creditors, legatees, distributees or otherwise in the Estate of ADRIENNE BROOKS, deceased, who at the time of death was a resident of 119-19 Graham Court, Flushing, in the County of Queens, State of New York. SEND GREETING: Upon the petition of LOIS M. ROSENBLATT, Public Administrator of Queens County, who maintains her office at 88-11 Sutphin Boulevard, Jamaica, Queens County, New York 11435, as Administrator of the Estate of ADRIENNE BROOKS, deceased, you and each of you are hereby cited to show cause before the Surrogate at the Surrogate’s Court of the County of Queens, to be held at the Queens General Courthouse, 6th Floor, 88-11 Sutphin Boulevard, Jamaica, City and State of New York, on the 23rd day of February, 2012 at 9:30 o’clock in the forenoon, why the Account of Proceedings of the Public Administrator of Queens County, as administrator of the Estate of said deceased, a copy of which is attached, should not be judicially settled, and why the Surrogate should not fix and allow a reasonable amount of compensation to GERARD J. SWEENEY, ESQ., for legal services rendered to petitioner herein in the amount of $26,905.59 and that the Court fix the fair and reasonable additional fee for any services to be rendered by GERARD J. SWEENEY, ESQ., hereafter in connection with proceedings on kinship, claims etc., prior to entry of a final Decree on this accounting in the amount of 5.5% of assets or income collected after the date of the within accounting; and why the Surrogate should not fix and allow an amount equal to one percent on said Schedules of the total assets on Schedules A, A1, and A2 plus any additional monies received subsequent to the date of this account, as the fair and reasonable amount payable to the Office of the Public Administrator for the expenses of said office pursuant to S.C.P.A. §1106(4); and why the claim from Bradford Benjamin in the amount of $9,295.00 should not be rejected; and why each of you claiming to be a distributee of the decedent should not establish proof of your kinship; and why the balance of said funds should not be paid to said alleged distributees upon proof of kinship, or deposited with the Commissioner of Finance of the City of New York should said alleged distributees default herein, or fail to establish proof of kinship, Dated, Attested and Sealed 23rd day of December, 2011, HON. PETER J. KELLY, Surrogate, Queens County; Margaret M. Gribbon, Clerk of the Surrogate’s Court; GERARD J. SWEENEY, ESQ., (718) 459-9000, 95-25 Queens Boulevard, 11th Floor, Rego Park, New York 11374. This citation is served upon you as required by law. You are not obliged to appear in person. If you fail to appear it will be assumed that you do not object to the relief requested unless you file formal legal, verified objections. You have a right to have an attorney-at-law appear for you. Accounting Citation THE STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE JUDICIAL BRANCH NH CIRCUIT COURT 6th Circuit - Family Division - Franklin, 7 Hancock Terrace, Franklin, NH 03235, Telephone: (603) 934-3290, TTY/TDD Relay: (800) 735-2964 CITATION FOR PUBLICATION Case Name: In the Matter of TABOR LECLERC and Ashley Leclerc Case Number: 637-2011-DM-00296 On November 03, 2011, TABOR LECLERC of FRANKLIN, NH filed in this Court a Petition for Divorce with requests concerning: The original pleading is available for inspection at the office of the Clerk at the above Family Division location. UNTIL FURTHER ORDER OF THE COURT, EACH PARTY IS RESTRAINED FROM SELLING, TRANSFERRING, ENCUMBERING, HYPOTHECATING, CONCEALING OR IN ANY MANNER WHATSOEVER DISPOSING OF ANY PROPERTY, REAL OR PERSONAL, BELONGING TO EITHER OR BOTH PARTIES EXCEPT (1) BY WRITTEN AGREEMENT OF BOTH PARTIES, OR (2) FOR REASONABLE AND NECESSARY LIVING EXPENSES OR (3) IN THE ORDINARY AND USUAL CAUSE OF BUSINESS. The Court has entered the following Order(s): Ashley Leclerc shall file a written Appearance Form with the Clerk of the Family Division at the above location on or before February 14, 2012 or be found in DEFAULT. Ashley Leclerc shall also file by February 14, 2012 a Response to the Petition and by February 14, 2012 deliver a copy to the Petitioner’s Attorney or the Petitioner, if unrepresented. Failure to do so will result in issuance of Orders in this matter, which may affect you without your input. BY ORDER OF THE COURT, LoriAnne Dionne, Clerk of Court, December 16, 2011 (086)

KEY STAR AUTO LLC, a domestic LLC. Arts. of Org. filed with the SSNY on 03/14/2011. Office location: Queens County. SSNY has been designated as agent upon whom process against the LLC may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: Noorul Kabir, 139-31 Queens Blvd, Jamaica, NY 11435. Reg Agent: Nurul Kabir, 139-31 Queens Blvd, Jamaica, NY 11435. Purpose: Any Lawful Purpose.

Notice of Formation of limited liability company. Name: NYUS GROUP A, LLC. Articles of Organization were filed with the Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 11/10/2011. Office location is Queens County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to the LLC, 39-15 Main Street, Suite 301, Flushing, NY 11354. The general purpose: For any lawful purpose.

Notice of Formation of limited liability company. Name: FEDERAL RECYCLING L.L.C. Articles of Organization were filed with the Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 01/18/2011. Office location is Queens County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to the LLC, 63 Flushing Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11205. The general purpose: For any lawful purpose.

Notice of Formation of limited liability company. Name: 75 Street LLC Articles of Organization were filed with the Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 10/14/2011. Office location is Queens County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to the LLC, 90-10 75 Street, Woodhaven, NY 11424. The general purpose: For any lawful purpose.

Notice of formation of KATHRYN M. QUIGLEY LLC. Art. of Org. filed with the Sect’y of State of NY (SSNY) on 10/14/11. Office in Queens County. SSNY has been designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to the LLC, 217 West 19th St., Apt. 9, New York, NY 10011. Purpose: Consulting.

Notice of Formation of 25 HAMPTON LLC. Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 12/13/11. Office location: Queens County. Princ. office of LLC: 108-18 Queens Blvd., Ste. 907, Forest Hills, NY 11375. Latest date on which the LLC may dissolve is 12/31/2099. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to the LLC at the addr. of its princ. office. Purpose: Any lawful activity.

NOTICE OF FORMATION OF LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY. NAME: FTJW, LLC. Articles of Organization were filed with the Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 09/16/11. The latest date of dissolution is 12/31/2051. Office location: Queens County. SSNY has been designated as agent of the LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail a copy of process to the LLC, 53-18 72nd Place, Maspeth, New York 11378. Purpose: For any lawful purpose.

NOTICE OF FORMATION OF LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY. NAME: PURVIS FUNDING LLC. Articles of Organization were filed with the Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 10/14/11. Office location: Queens County. SSNY has been designated as agent of the LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail a copy of process to the LLC, c/o Criterion Group LLC, 35-11 36th Street, Astoria, New York 11106. Purpose: For any lawful purpose.

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CITATION File No. 2010-4927 SURROGATE’S COURT, Queens COUNTY THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, By the Grace of God Free and Independent TO: Heirs at law, next of kin, and distributees of EDWARD BASTA, deceased, if living, and if any of them be dead, to their heirs at law, next of kin, distributees, legatees, executors, administrators, assignees and successors In interest whose names are unknown and cannot be ascertained after due diligence, Public Administrator of the Queens County A petition having been duly filed by Monica Honich, who is domiciled at 151-14 11th Avenue, Whitestone, New York 11357 YOU ARE HEREBY CITED TO SHOW CAUSE before the Surrogate’s Court, Queens County, at 88-11 Sutphin Blvd., Jamaica, New York, on February 9, 2012 , at 9:30 o’clock in the forenoon of that day, why a decree should not be made in the estate of Edward Basta, aka Edward W. Basta lately domiciled at 151-36 11th Avenue, Whitestone, New York 11357, United States, admitting to probate a Will dated August 18, 2010 (and Codicil(s), if any, dated, a copy of which is attached, as the Will of Edward Basta deceased, relating to real and personal property, and directing that: Letters Testamentary issue to Monica Honich Dated, Attested and Sealed, December 7, 2011 Hon. Peter J. Kelly, Surrogate; Margaret Gribbon, Chief Clerk; Carol M. Adams, Attorney, Ronald Fatoullah & Associates, 60 Cuttermill Road, Suite 507, Great Neck, New York 11021, (516) 466-4422 NOTE This citation is served upon you as required by law. You are not required to appear. If you fail to appear it will be assumed you do not object to the relief requested. You have a right to have an attorney appear for you.

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SQ page 48 Notice of Formation of THE WARRIORS PEST MANAGEMENT L.L.C., a domestic or foreign Limited Liability Company (LLC). Articles of Organization filed with Secretary of State on AUGUST 30, 2011. NY Office location: Queens County. Secretary of State is designated as agent upon who process against the LLC may be served. Secretary of State shall mail a copy of any process against the LLC service upon him/her to C/O 215-14 46th Avenue, Bayside, NY 11361. Purpose: Any lawful activity.

LEGAL NOTICE The Gohar Family LLC filed Articles of Organization to be an LLC on September 23, 2011. On October 20, 2011, the Articles were amended to change the name to Seven Starr Realty I LLC. The Secretary of State is designated as agent upon whom process may be served. The address of the LLC is 175 Ascan Ave., Forest Hills, NY 11375 in Queens County. The purpose of the LLC is real estate investment and management.

Notice of Formation of limited liability company. Name: ROTANA LLC. Articles of Organization were filed with the Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 11/16/2011. Office location is Queens County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to Rowshan A. Taufique, 148-52 87th Road, Jamaica, NY 11435. The general purpose: For any lawful purpose. Notice of Formation of limited liability company. Name: GID INDUSTRIES, LLC. Articles of Organization were filed with the Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 09/29/2011. Office location is Queens County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to Trevor Desmond, 5828A 47th Avenue, Woodside, NY 11377. The general purpose: For any lawful purpose.

Notice is hereby given that a license, number 1260038 for on premises beer and wine consumption has been applied for by the undersigned to sell beer and wine at OGMA PIZZA INC. under the Alcoholic Beverage Control Law at 8340 Parsons Blvd., Jamaica, NY 11432 for on-premises consumption. NOTICE is hereby given that an Order entered by the Civil Court, Queens County on 11/17/11, bearing Index Number NC-001091-11/QU, a copy of which may be examined at the Office of the Clerk, located at 89-17 Sutphin Blvd., Jamaica, NY 11435, grants me the right to assume the name of Laikram Cheddie Dowlatram. My present name is Laikram Dowlatram Cheddie aka Laikram Dowlatram. My present address is 126-28 147th St., Jamaica, NY 11436. My place of birth is Guyana. My date of birth is September 11, 1979.


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Study demonstrates that a new initiative improves test scores by Will Sammon Chronicle Contributor

A recent study conducted by New York University showed that a program’s emphasis on “learning by doing” improved the grades of city elementary and middle school youngsters in different demographics, including four schools in Queens. Learning through an Expanded Arts Program, a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the quality of public education through a hands-on, arts-based approach to teaching, announced earlier this month that its Active Learning Leads to Literacy program raised student test scores and strengthened literacy from kindergarteners to eighth grade students. The program involves teaching academic subjects by incorporating auditory, visual and interactive techniques including non-traditional strategies. Examples include middle school students performing plays and creating graphic novels to interact with literature. “These particular strategies were based on the way kids actually learn versus the way children are taught,” said Ila Lane Gross, LeAp executive director and co-founder. “Most individuals, when they’re young, learn by doing something. When you learn to ride a bicycle, no one gives you directions, you get on the bicycle and you try it and you learn how to do it,” Gross said. “You learn how to tie your shoelaces by tying them, not by having someone give you a lecture on the proper way to tie a shoe.”


LeAp’s ALLL students using dance to help build speaking and hearing skills. PS 19 in Corona, PS 132 in Springfield Gardens, PS 204 in Long Island City and PS 212 in Jackson Heights have participated. The hands-on initiative has been deemed a success by three professors who evaluated its scores against a control group of students who used traditional learning practices. ALLL kindergarten to second grade students outperformed their peers on 87 percent


of the 23 literacy skills tested, according to an analysis by NYU professors Vivian Clarke, Robert Malgady and Robert Tobias. In addition, the report found that out of the 50 percent of ALLL kindergarten students who started the year below grade level, 81 percent of them ended above it. Of the program’s sixth through eighth grade English language learners scoring a level one on the NYS English Language Arts

exam, 41.5 percent increased their levels, while 26 percent of control students did. Clarke, the project evaluator, said that students continue to excel after they received ALLL instruction and it provides a foundation to deter them from dropping out. Clarke also said that teachers who worked with specialists of the program were receptive to it. Almost 90 percent of teachers said they gained new strategies to teach basic literacy and thinking skills, according to the evaluation. Ninety percent of participating teachers also said they could repeat the workshop projects and strategies on their own with their classes. “On Tuesdays and Thursdays the LeAp teaching artist comes to my class for one period each day,” said Nancy Schleyer, a special education teacher at PS 19. “The students love when the teaching artist comes and they are very eager to participate in their lessons. They remember the lessons and I do believe that this program is helping their reading and writing skills. I do not feel uncomfortable at any point having someone else teach my class because I know the students better and I can intervene when a behavioral issue occurs.” LeAp was founded in 1977 in four schools in Manhattan. It now works in nearly 300 schools a year. The ALLL program has served over 35,000 students and has trained more than 1,100 teachers to use Q these unique strategies.

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Self-serve chow: Horn & Hardart

NHL Winter Classic in Qns.? by Lloyd Carroll Chronicle Contributor

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With Queens facing a massive housing shortage due to the return home of World War II veterans, the Metropolitan Life Insurance company built a huge complex of buildings complete with a shopping center to help ease the crisis. The new planned community was called Fresh Meadows. To help feed the new residents, Horn & Hardart opened an automat at 61-40 188 St. in 1949. Automats were the forerunner of today’s fast food. Customers went to a locked glass window, chose their desired item and put in their nickels and dimes. At its peak in 1950, H&H fed 350,000 New Yorkers a day at restaurants in all five boroughs. Eight were in Queens: Fresh Meadows, three in Long Island City, two in Jackson Heights and two in Forest Hills. The manager of the Fresh Meadows facility was J. Michaels, who served food made according to a strict H&H manual. One of the restaurant’s secrets to success was that the food was steamed. Frank Hardart lived in a 4,693-squarefoot home at 64 Dartmouth St. in Forest

Horn and Hardart at 61-40 188 St. in Fresh Meadows, circa 1950. Next door to the popular automat was a banquet hall. Hills Gardens. Since Joseph Horn’s death in 1941, Hardart had been running the business. He must have had an affection for Queens, as he had only three locations in downtown Brooklyn compared to the eight here. The Fresh Meadows store was closed in 1971 due to the rise of fast food. A year later, upon the death of Hardart, his heirs closed the last remaining branch in Queens, located at 37-57 74 St. in Jackson Heights. The very last Horn & Hardart, at 42nd Street and Third Avenue in Manhattan, closed in 1991. The Fresh Meadows location became a health food store in 1973, Parade Shoes in 1993 and then a restaurant again. Today it is a Qdoba Mexican Grill, serving the 13,000 residents of Fresh Meadows and Q anyone else with a yen for Mexican.

The annual National Hockey League’s New Year’s Day outdoor game has quickly become the league’s most-watched regular season game. Not only did the game between the Rangers and Flyers sell out Citizens Bank Park, home of baseball’s Phillies, but so did an old-timers game, called “the Alumni Game” by the NHL, held on New Year’s Eve. Needless to say, the NHL Winter Classic was a boon to the City of Brotherly Love. Mets ownership has made it clear to the National Hockey League that they would be honored to host the event. The NHL has made no secret, however, that Yankee Stadium would be their preferred venue. Working in Citi Field’s favor is that the Yankees, while willing to rent their stadium to the NHL, have their own successful late-December event, college football’s Pinstripe Bowl, which won’t be moved for the Winter Classic. NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman is a Forest Hills native who went to Russell Sage Junior High School and Forest Hills High School while NHL Chief Operating Officer John Collins grew up in Jackson Heights and went to St. Francis Prep in Fresh Meadows. One would hope that both gentlemen would want to help their old home borough. The NHL Winter Classic is not only a big draw for NBC but a programming staple for HBO as well. Its “24/7” documentary series is a no-holds barred, behind-the scenes weekly look at the two participating teams that begins

a month before the game. I asked Rangers head coach John Tortorella, a guy not known for corporate diplomacy, if he would want to put up with the HBO intrusions and other distractions that come with this game. “Oh yes. This has been great for both the NHL and our organization,” Tortorella said, much to the relief of the league’s public relations staff. The cranky Torts that the media and the NHL know quite well was on display after the game, even though the Rangers prevailed 3-2. There were a number of questionable calls against the Rangers in the third period, including a penalty shot, a hockey rarity, awarded to the Flyers with 20 seconds left. Fortunately for the Blueshirts, goaltender Henrik Lundqvist stopped the Flyers’ Danny Briere on the shot. That did not appease Tortorella, who wondered aloud to the media whether NBC and the referees were conspiring to send the game into overtime at all costs. NHL execs were not happy with Tortorella, nor with Lundqvist, who articulated the same conspiracy theory. Pat Leonard, the Daily News Rangers beat writer, wrote that the team would not get to host a Winter Classic after those outbursts. Even though the Islanders would be a natural fit for a game at Citi Field, there is no way the NHL will invite them into its marquee game until they improve mightily and are viewed as a legitimate Stanley Cup contender. That may take awhile. The NHL has not announced the location of its 2013 Winter Classic but the early scutQ tlebutt seems to favor Detroit.

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A Corona woman’s $20 million lawsuit against the city for negligence in her mother’s death during the December 2010 snowstorm is moving forward, according to her lawyer. Laura Freeman’s mother, Yvonne, 75, died of a heart attack in the immediate aftermath of the blizzard on Dec. 27. Freeman said repeated calls to 911 yielded only recorded messages and buzzing tones. By the time an ambulance reached her mother some three hours later, she had died. Freeman is set to appear in court on Jan. 17. Her lawyer, Sanford Rubenstein, said a summons and complaint have been filed against the city, and that the city has filed a motion to dismiss the case on the basis of “governmental immunity.” “We’ll strenuously oppose that motion,” Rubenstein said. James Cohen, a law professor at Fordham University, said that the provision, known as “sovereign immunity,” is an “ancient legal concept” stretching back to the English monarchy. In order to sue the king, Cohen explained, “the king in effect had to give






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Queens Chronicle South Edition  

South Edition for Jan 12, 2012

Queens Chronicle South Edition  

South Edition for Jan 12, 2012