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Technicalities strangle man’s bid for 27th AD Watchdog groups say resident’s struggle highlights flaws in law by Anna Gustafson Editor

itting the concrete in a suit and tie in temperatures that hovered around oppressive, Justin Wax Jacobs, a 22year-old Briarwood resident with a penchant for politics, quickly learned to wipe his brow and try in vain to forget about the midsummer heat as he spent 12-hour days collecting signatures to run in the upcoming Sept. 13 special election. For six days in July, Jacobs, who graduated this year from SUNY Albany with a triple major in political science, East Asian studies and history, canvassed his neighborhood with his family and friends to collect the 1,500 signatures he needed to run on the Independence party line in the special election for the 27th Assembly District, which covers parts of Kew Gardens, Richmond Hill, Rego Park and other areas of eastern Queens. Nettie Mayersohn, 86, retired as the district’s assemblywoman in March. In just under one week, Jacobs and about 10 of his volunteers had collected more than 1,600 signatures. After being told by the Queens Democrats that there wasn’t time to interview him to determine whether he could be a viable candidate for the party as they instead chose Michael Simanowitz, a former aide to Mayersohn, Jacobs was ecstatic that he might still be able to make a bid for the seat that represents the neighborhood where he has lived nearly his entire life. Then, however, the city Board of Elections


Justin Wax Jacobs shows the signatures the city said were invalid. ruled last week that Jacobs’ signatures were invalid because he had not written the number of the Assembly district on top of each page of signatures. “I followed the New York laws and rules regarding the Independence nomination, and I did everything that the petition form from the Board of Elections said to do,�


Jacobs said. “Nowhere on the sample form did it say I had to have the Assembly district number on top of every single page. It’s upsetting.� For a number of good government groups across the state, Jacobs’ situation is representative of New York’s tedious election laws, which they argue seriously deter

people other than the party favorites from running for office. “It demonstrates all that is wrong with ballot access and, in particular, with special elections,� said Alex Camarda, director of public policy and advocacy at Citizens Union. “Here’s a young person who’s civically engaged, but because parties choose their nominees in special elections he has to go the Independence route and get 1,500 signatures in a very short time period. And he has to do all of that without running afoul of the law.� That — not running afoul of the law — can be especially tricky when a candidate is 22 years old, works at a summer camp for underprivileged youth and has no money to pay for a lawyer who can spend hours ensuring the candidate is doing everything perfectly, so as to not make a mistake in the jungle that is state election law, Jacobs said. “The function of all these convoluted rules is to protect the established parties from insurgent parties and to protect the established office holders from insurgents,� said Michael Krasner, a political science professor at Queens College. “The fact that you can make a good living as an election lawyer, someone who’s an expert in minutiae in laws, shows how difficult it is for someone without that expertise to mount a challenge to a candidate from one of the major parties.� While Gov. Cuomo has said he hopes to make election reform a priority next year, Krasner and others have expressed continued on page 24

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Mayor, Kelly urge civic participation Say at 106th Precinct event that crime dropped due to partnerships by Anna Gustafson Editor

quinting into the sinking midsummer sun, Mayor Bloomberg and Police Commissioner Ray Kelly urged the hundreds of people gathered before them in Ozone Park — in the city’s most ethnically diverse police precinct — to consider Tuesday’s National Night Out Against Crime as more than an evening to down hot dogs and hang out with neighbors. Two of the city’s most powerful figures asked residents at Centreville Playground to take advantage of the event, which was celebrated throughout the city, and forge relationships with officers and neighborhood groups in an effort to further reduce crime in the 106th Precinct, and the city, which have seen a significant drop in the number of murders, rapes and robberies over the past two decades. The night, they said, was representative of the emphasis city officials have tried to place on good relations between residents and the police — which they cite as one of


the key factors in the drop in crime in recent years. “Woodhaven, Ozone Park and Howard Beach are much like the neighborhood I grew up in,” Bloomberg said. “Here, there are homeowners living out the great American dream. These are people with aspirations who are proud of their neighborhood and proud of America. We need these people to work with our officers.” Kelly also emphasized the point that the National Night Out Against Crime is not just a public relations stunt — it’s an extension of a policy that Bloomberg administration officials argue is crucial to combating crime. Residents, they say, feel more comfortable working with and reporting problems to the police because of events like this. “Crime is down to a record low, and it’s down again this year,” Kelly said. “But we still have a lot more work to do. We want you to stay engaged.” For example, Kelly said the NYPD will award an individual $1,000 if the resident reports someone who is illegally carrying

a weapon and the police arrest that person. Chief James Secreto, commanding off icer of Patrol Borough Queens South, said crime has plummeted in the 106th Precinct in the past decade and a half. “It’s happened because we’ve really paid attention to the little things — the dice games, the public urination,” Secreto said. “That has helped take care of the big things. It’s the broken windows theory. If you pay attention to the little things, the big things follow.” In the 106th, murders have dropped from 15 in 1990, and 14 in 1995, to five last year and two so far in 2011, according to city statistics. The number of rapes have decreased from 31 in 1995 to 18 last year. There have been six rapes reported this year, compared to 14 at the same time last year. Robberies have also dropped in the 106th, going from 756 reported in 1995 to 262 last year. There have been 136 robberies this year, which is exactly the same as last year. Capt. Thomas Pascale, who leads the 106th, said he hopes residents

Members of the Ozone Steppers, a dance group from the South Ozone Park Beacon program, performed at the 106th Precinct’s Night Out Against Crime. The troupe recently won third place in the Nike Step It Up competition. PHOTO BY ANNA GUSTAFSON

will continue to work with officers to deal with the area’s main quality of life issues, which he said include noise complaints, disorderly conduct, consumption of alcohol in public and narcotics. Many problems, police said, can be deterred by residents reporting what they see to police —

A call for cameras after rape Cops: Woodhaven man arrested after attacking woman by Anna Gustafson Editor

After footage from a security camera helped lead to the arrest of a registered sex offender who allegedly raped a woman on her way to work in Woodhaven last week, residents are advocating for increased surveillance in the neighborhood. “This demonstrates a clear need for cameras on Jamaica Avenue and throughout our community,” Woodhaven Residents’ Block Association President Ed Wendell said of the

attack that police said occurred near 89th Street and Jamaica Avenue around 6 a.m. on Tuesday, July 26. According to police, Kevin Pazmini, 21, who lives a couple blocks away from where the assault took place, allegedly followed the 35-year-old victim, grabbed her from behind and placed her in a choke hold before dragging her into an alley where he punched her in the head, face and back and sexually assaulted her. Pazmini was arrested on

Residents flooded the neighborhood with this image of the man officials say raped a 35-year-old woman as she was on her way to work in PHOTO COURTESY NYPD Woodhaven last week.

Thursday and has been charged with rape, a criminal sex act, assault and sex abuse, police said. The Woodhaven resident is a registered sex offender who had previously been charged with raping a 17-year-old in 2010 and was placed on probation until 2017, according to officials. “Unfortunately he lives right here, but he’s behind bars right now, so that’s great news,” said Maria Thomson, president of the 102nd Precinct Community Council, which includes Woodhaven. The attack has rattled residents who live in a neighborhood where the number of rapes has dropped from 29 rapes in 1990 to 14 rapes in 2010, according to police statistics. “What’s really shocking is how public this was,” Wendell said. “This wasn’t in the middle of the park in the middle of the night. People are up and getting coffee at that hour; they’re walking to work. This was a brazen act, and thank God he was caught now. When someone does a crazy, violent act like that, they’re on the path towards something more dangerous.”

Civic leaders said neighborhood residents immediately began helping police search for the attacker. Wendell said a group of volunteers canvassed the neighborhood on Wednesday, handing out flyers to residents and hanging up the image of the attacker that was caught on video in area stores. “I’m really proud of the way the community came out for this,” he said. The WRBA president also said members of the block association plan on asking area legislators to install additional cameras in the area to both help catch criminals and potentially deter crimes. “It would be great to see legislation where businesses could get a tax break if they have security cameras pointed to the sidewalk,” Wendell said. “The block association will look into installing cameras ourselves.” Residents will discuss the rape, as well as the need for cameras, at the group’s next town hall meeting at 1 p.m. on Aug. 20 at the Woodhaven-Richmond Hill Volunteer Ambulance Corps, located at 78-15 Jamaica Q Ave., Wendell said.

which officials said they are more comfortable doing if they believe the cops are on their side. “The National Night Out allows the community to see police officers not on assignment,” Pascale said. In other words, the event reminds residents that the police continued on page 32

Fighting noise in Woodhaven The Woodhaven Residents’ Block Association is trying to make life a little easier for those who find themselves fed up with noisy neighbors. The organization, staffed entirely by volunteers, has put up information on its website,, about how to file a noise complaint with 311 online. “We wanted people to know how to do this online because you can call 311 on a Friday or Saturday night and sit on hold for half an hour,” Wendell said. Additionally, group members are asking residents to send their complaint number and information about the incident to them so they can compile a database of noise problems in the area. “People are really frustrated,” WRBA President Ed Wendell said. “Noise is the one big thing that really keeps popping up in the neighborhood.” Residents submitted seven complaints to the block association last weekend, several of which stated that many of the locations regularly held loud parties on weekends. Wendell said he will send weekly updates to the 102nd Precinct on Monday mornings about the noise issues. Councilman Eric Ulrich (R-Ozone Park) recently proposed a bill that would enact harsher penalties for noise Q violations. — Anna Gustafson

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Goldfeder: ‘I’m ready to roll my sleeves up’ Democratic candidate for 23rd AD hopes to work on jobs and transit by Anna Gustafson Editor

Almost a decade after Phil Goldfeder made his first trek to Albany as a college student opposing a proposed tuition hike, the Far Rockaway resident hopes to return to the upstate area — this time a little more permanently, and with a bit more power. “Middle-class New Yorkers are being burdened by a lot — gas bills are going up, water bills are going up, mortgages are going up,” said Goldfeder, the Democratic candidate vying for the 23rd Assembly District seat previously held by Audrey Pheffer. “I want to go to Albany because I know what it is to be one of those residents who struggles every single day.” Goldfeder, who sat down with the Queens Chronicle last Thursday, has long been involved in politics, first studying political science at Brooklyn College — where he was a member of the student government and president of the law society who worked to oppose tuition hikes in 2002 — and going on to work for a series of legislators. He was most recently the director of intergovernmental affairs at U.S. Sen. Chuck Schumer’s (D-NY) office until he left that spot to focus on running in the Sept. 13 special election for the Assembly seat that covers the Rockaways, Howard Beach and Ozone Park. Challenging him is Republican Jane Deacy, a former policewoman who also lives in the Rockaways. Goldfeder, who grew up on the peninsula and still lives there with his wife, Esther, and two daughters, launched his professional political career as a community liaison for Councilman James Sanders Jr. (D-Laurelton), whose district includes the Rockaways. He went on to work for Councilman Jim Gennaro (DFresh Meadows) and then for Mayor Bloomberg’s re-election campaign in 2005, after which he stayed on with the mayor’s administration to serve as Bloomberg’s director of communi-

ty affairs in Queens. Goldfeder began working in Schumer’s office in 2009. Goldfeder highlighted a couple issues he hopes to work on in Albany, citing job creation, increasing accessibility to “reliable transportation,” including express bus service, and eliminating the toll on the Crossbay Bridge, though he mostly focused on his ability to work with a variety of different legislators, civic groups and other residents to accomplish things in the community. “I come to the table with years of experience,” Goldfeder said. “This is not the time for on-the-job training. I’m ready to roll my sleeves up and get the job done.” The candidate said he believes the No. 1 one issue for residents in the district is “jobs, jobs, jobs,” though he did not cite specific legislation he had in mind to create employment in the district. He noted the large number of people who have applied to work at the incoming racino at Aqueduct in South Ozone Park. “There have been 10,000 people applying for 1,100 jobs,” Goldfeder said. “It’s great they’re creating opportunities for jobs, but it shows us there’s still a tremendous need.” Additionally, Goldfeder said he is “very, very opposed” to the toll on the Crossbay Bridge, which said has slung a financial noose on many businesses. “As I knock on doors in Lindenwood and Rockaway, they tell me they have to budget extra money to get to work or go shopping because of the toll,” he said. The closure of Peninsula Hospital is shaping up to be a major issue in the campaign as well, Goldfeder said. The 104-year-old hospital, which faces about $60 million in debt, has begun bankruptcy proceedings and its impending closure would leave just one hospital, St. John’s Episcopal, in the Rockaways. Goldfeder said the closure of the hospital, which continued on page 31

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MTA’s loss is a serious blow to NY ou can’t blame him for taking a better paying, more satisfying job where he’s likely to face a lot less criticism and far fewer institutional roadblocks, but MTA Chairman Jay Walder sure did pick a lousy time to resign. Then again, any time is a lousy time for a skilled manager to leave the constantly beleaguered transit agency. Perennially on the edge of bankruptcy, continually having to repair aging infrastructure, always the target of disparagement from all sides, the MTA lurches from one problem to the next like a train in a curving tunnel. But Walder was making great strides in improving the agency’s finances, updating its technology and overseeing major capital projects that had long been in the works. He just presented his final budget plan, a $12.7 billion proposal that puts off fare hikes for another two years. As before, he managed to slice hundreds of millions of dollars off original spending projections, a laudable accomplishment. But as painful as they are to the working class and poor, more fare increases are inevitable, whether now or later. As it stands, the MTA is still bleeding money, despite Walder’s many improvements in how it operates. That’s largely because for every dollar it costs to run trains and buses, rid-


ers are only contributing 60 cents. Drivers, conversely, are paying three times as much in tolls as it takes to maintain the bridges they use. The estimated 8.5 million people who use the subway and bus systems simply must contribute more to the cost of their transportation — though increases have to come gradually to ease the burden as much as possible. Where Walder’s going, they have even better ways to bring in money. He’ll be heading Hong Kong’s Mass Transit Railway Corp., a profit-making entity that functions more like the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey than it does the MTA. That’s because like the Port Authority, the MTRC holds profit-making assets like commercial properties, whereas the MTA does not. And that’s why it could afford to lure Walder with a salary believed to be at least three times as much as the $350,000 a year he is paid now. It will be difficult for Gov. Andrew Cuomo to find someone nearly as qualified as Walder to replace him. Whoever it is will first have to work out contracts with the 60-odd unions that represent the agency’s 66,000 workers. But it’s crucial to the future of New York City that Walder’s gains not be lost, that his successor be as dynamic and creative a leader as he has been — and that he or she be chosen as soon as possible.

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Not Obama’s fault Dear Editor: The July letter “Keep it ONLINE down, chief ” Miss an editorial or by Pat Whalen letter cited by a writer? is a total distorWant news from our tion of Presiother editions covering dent Obama’s the rest of Queens? Find leadership in past reports, news from the economic across the borough and battle between more at Senate democrats and House republicans. Obama’s report to the nation speech was not a lecture. His press conferences reflected serious candid thoughts on various sides on this complicated crisis. Remember, Ms. Whalen ... Presidents Reagan and Bush 43 raised the debt ceiling a total of 25 times. You may be tired of Obama. Our president is also tired — tired of the mess Bush 43 left him in 2009: two long wars on credit, a debt increase of $6 trillion, two tax cuts costing $1 trillion and the worst recession since Hoover’s depression, causing a loss of 2.3 million jobs. A closing throught-provoking question ... how would President John McCain have handled this debt ceiling crisis? Anthony G. Pilla Forest Hills

Savings = security Dear Editor: While this debt and spending issue has the appearance of an economic and political problem, if one realistically looks at the big picture, it’s a national security issue. As a consequence, party ideologies have to make room for a rational compromise for the good of the country. Leaders such as Reps. John Boehner and Eric Cantor of the Republican Party cannot afford to conspire to collectively sacrif ice our great country for political gain next year. We must look beyond that. The reality is that our government routinely spends more money than it takes in, and therefore must borrow to pay all its


Let’s get those Islanders ast week we were half kidding when we said Nassau County voters should reject a plan to redevelop the Coliseum and keep the Islanders there, in hopes that the team could be lured to Queens. But the resounding no vote means it just might be possible. Willets Point would be an excellent location, right next door to the Isles’ fellow orange and blue athletes, the Mets. The mayor wants a convention center in the Iron Triangle, which is fine, but Resorts World New York is also considering one at Aqueduct. One convention center in the borough would be enough. The land set aside for one in Willets Point could easily be used for a new hockey arena instead. Then the New York Islanders could remain in New York, even more fans could get to their games and even more revenue could come into Queens. Our Chamber of Commerce wants to see it happen, and City Hall should act quickly to put a plan in motion to get it done.


bills. That’s undemocratic. If the responsible politicians are unable to calculate beforehand the drastic possible consequences of their actions first domestically and then internationally, they should look at our Constitution for answers. I’m from the Vietnam era. We spent almost a trillion hard-earned tax dollars and 60,000 American lives there, and what did the American people get in return? Now we give our so-called ally Pakistan two-thirds of a billion of our tax dollars, and for what? One cannot buy friendship, love or even understanding unless, at a minimum, it’s mutual. As a great nation we cannot continue to live on loans from abroad and simultaneously export democracy abroad. We have to live within our means first and foremost. Despite our making the Aug. 2 deadline to avoid default, foreign investors will demand higher interest rates for U.S. bonds, in turn raising interest rates for business and consumer credit. We should have eligibility requirements for Medicare and Medicaid, gradually increase taxes on the wealthiest Americans so they pay their fair share, tax the foreign tourist ships that visit our shores as the

Europeans and Japan do, and make them pay more for global stability and security. We Americans are all in this together. Everyone has to play his or her part. We’re all part of the same country. Alfred B. Rayo Forest Hills

Obama caves again Dear Editor: I saw the flash on television that we finally have a debt deal on the table that both sides can agree too. Then, why did I have this sinking feeling in my stomach about it before I even read the details in the morning paper? I had this bad feeling because every time I want President Obama and progressives to fight, they wind up caving in. It’s like backing a boxer that you know won’t win, but he’ll go the distance, lose the fight with a good excuse, and want you to back him the next time. No thanks, I want to bet on a fighter that goes in the ring saying, Dammit, I’m going the win! Obama has continually disappointed real progressives on the big things that matter. He spoke a good game on healthcare

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Cut gov’t to the bone Dear Editor: The people of Nassau County have spoken, and they don’t want to borrow $400 million for a new Nassau Coliseum. It is now easy to see what to do. For example, eliminate hundreds of jobs such as superintendents of schools, many clerks, state employees and small-town officials. Eliminate duplicate jobs from town to town, stop fake overtime and eliminate pension padding. If the right cuts are made, you could build 10 coliseums with no borrowing. Frank Blainey Bayside

Ugly new housing Dear Editor: Forest Hills is internationally recognized for its 100-year-old garden community of English Tudor architecture. Unfortunately, newly built residences and restorations do not reflect or respect the prevailing architecture of this unique community.

Cheating the taxpayer Dear Editor: Did you know that with a SNAP food stamps benef it card you can buy cigarettes, alcohol or a nickel bag of marijuana, and your government doesn’t even care? They actually encourage you to apply for the card. All you have to do after you buy your food is ask the cashier for $10, $20, $30 or maybe $40 cash, and she will give you the cash. It’s better than an ATM. No fees. So after the food store, you’re off to the liquor store, and then somewhere else to pick up smokes. Who cares if they’re $10, $11 or $12 a pack? The government is buying them. William Johnson Jamaica Editor’s note: The above practice is welfare fraud, which the city says should be reported to its Bureau of Fraud Investigation via (212) 274-5030 or

This is our forum Dear Editor: I have no disagreement with the expressions contained in Councilman Mark Weprin’s July 14 letter “Welcome immigrants,” with his concerns about showing tolerance for South Asians in Queens. However, I do take issue if these thoughts are politically motivated rather than really original on his part. Consider the fact that his exact same letter appeared in many other Queens weekly newspapers over the past three weeks. These are known by original writers as “cut and paste” robo-letter classics. I, like many of your ordinary regular readers, continue to be grateful that the Queens Chronicle offers me an opportunity to express my views, along with others of differing opinions. Thanks to you, ordinary citizens have the freedom to comment on the actions and legislation of elected officials. We do this on a voluntary basis on our own time and dime on timely topics of the day. Public officials, on the other hand, use taxpayer dollars to promote their views, via mass mailings of newsletters, news releases, letters to the editor and guest opinion page columns. In many cases, they are produced or written by campaign or office staffers paid for by taxpayers. The rest of us have limited time to submit a letter. Why not save your scarce space in your excellent Letters to the Editor section for original submittals by your readers as opposed to canned promotions cleverly submitted by elected officials? Elected officials submit these so-called letters as part of their own public relations campaign. It is an ongoing effort to raise their own individual name identification with voters. They hope it will assist them in winning another term in office or promotion to higher public office down the road. Why not ask them to take out a paid advertisement instead? Larry Penner Great Neck, LI





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Fed up with getting fines for litterbugs Residents claim they clean their property daily and don’t deserve tickets by AnnMarie Costella Assistant Editor

Marian Alberts looks at the shrubs in front of her South Ozone Park home with disgust and frustration. She is constantly picking litter out of the branches, thrown there by careless passersby. Now, to make matters worse, the city has fined her twice for trash that she says did not belong to her. Alberts, 73, said she cleans her property on 111th Avenue near Lefferts Boulevard at least twice a day to prevent any garbage from accumulating, despite the arthritis in her knees that makes it difficult for her to bend down. Yet, Alberts received two $100 fines from the Department of Sanitation on March 17 and 18 for a “dirty sidewalk.” “Who does this — it’s the litterbugs,” Alberts said. “You have the mall here and two 24-hour mini-markets and you’ve got the pigs that come by here. We have a vested interest. We have our homes here. These people come out here — I found a condom one time. They eat and they drop everything all over the place.” The senior who lives on a fixed income can hardly afford to pay such a hefty penalty. She filed an appeal with the Environmental Control Board, but it was denied. Alberts said on the first day she was fined, there was only an empty cigarette pack in front of her

South Ozone Park residents who live on this street, which is cleaner than many in the borough, have received tickets for public litter that is barely visible like the ice cream wrapper tangled in the shrub. Shevon Babree sweeps near his home several times a day, but he has also received fines for trash PHOTOS BY ANNMARIE COSTELLA accumulation, so has Ahmed Alli, the owner of a nearby dry cleaners. house. She swept the area thoroughly before going to bed. The next morning she received another fine for the same violation. The tickets, issued by two different agents between 8 and 9 a.m., said that the inspectors found a large accumulation of cigarette packs, napkins, paper bags, pieces of paper, tissues and wrappers on the sidewalk and around her shrub’s tree pit.


In a letter dated July 14, Administrative Law Judge Sabina Hollis stated that “an owner must keep the premises free from garbage, refuse, litter, debris and other offensive materials at all times.” She added that Alberts had not proved her case especially since she admitted that there was some litter in front of her home. “Nor is it a defense that you live in a busy neighborhood




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FDNY marshals arrested two Queens men who allegedly set fire to a South Richmond Hill building at the end of July, which resulted in serious injuries to two seniors who lived in the apartment building and firefighters who responded to the blaze, according to city officials. The officials announced this week that marshals had arrested Imran Ali, 23, and Devindra Ramnaryan, 21, and the two have been charged with arson, attempted murder, assault, burglary, criminal mischief and reckless endangerment, according to the FDNY. FDNY officials did not say where in Queens the two men reside. Ali and Ramnaryan allegedly set the fire in the building at 123-11 Liberty Ave. because they believed rocks had been throw at them from the roof of the twostory complex, which houses two apartments on the second floor, fire officials said. The fire seriously injured a 75-year-old man, a 70-year-old woman and two firefighters, according to the FDNY. “Anyone who intentionally sets a fire shows a depraved indifference to human

Imran Ali has been charged with setting a fire at a South Richmond Hill building. PHOTO COURTESY FDNY

life,” Fire Commissioner Salvatore Cassano said in a statement. The first units arrived at the home about two minutes after it was reported at 2:34 a.m. A total of 12 units comprised of 60 firefighters responded to the blaze, which took more than 30 minutes to bring under control, FDNY representatives said. Fire marshals arrested Ali on July 27. Q Ramnaryan was arrested on Aug. 1.

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A makeover for Boys & Girls The South Queens Boys & Girls Club in Richmond Hill was able to fully renovate its clubhouse gym, thanks to donations from the LeBron James Family Foundation, Nike and Hewlett Packard. The LeBron James Family Foundation gave $27,000 to the club, which allowed it

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Date set for Sheehan trial


102 Pct. celebrates Night Out Against Crime Hundreds of residents came out for the 102 Police Precinct’s National Night Out Against Crime in Richmond Hill on Tuesday evening. The event’s festivities, which included free food and live music, took place from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Buddy Monument in Forest Park at the intersection of 110 Street and Park Lane South. NYPD Deputy Chief Steven Silks, pictured

at the far left, said the annual event provided police and residents with an opportunity to forge relationships. “You hope that someone passing by the park who never thought about coming to a precinct meeting will stop and realize they can bring something to their community,” Silks said. During the event, Department of Homeless Services Commissioner Seth Diamond, sec-

ond from right, who lives in Richmond Hill, presented 102 Precinct Community Council President Maria Thomson, far right, and other council members with a proclamation from Mayor Bloomberg. “This gets the police and the community together,” Thomson said of the evening. “It brings people together, which allows us all to help each other out to fight crime.” — Anna Gustafson

Queens Supreme Court Justice Barry Kron said this week the trial for Howard Beach resident Barbara Sheehan, who is charged with killing her excop husband, will begin Sept. 6. Sheehan’s attorney, Michael Dowd, told the judge he was upset with the trial date and urged Kron to move it back. “I have to locate a number of witnesses and bring them in,” Dowd said in court on Friday. “It’s the summer months and many of them are on vacation. The decision rendered today creates an enormous problem for the defense.” Dowd said he wanted the trial to begin in November. “After three and a half years, it’s time to move the matter forward,” Kron said. Sheehan is charged in the shooting death of her husband, former NYPD Sgt. Raymond Sheehan, in 2008. Dowd and Sheehan have said the Howard Beach woman, a mother of two who works as a secretary for the city Department of Education, was physically and emotionally abused for the last 18 years of the 24-year marriage before she shot her husband 11 times as he was shaving in their home. Kron is the third judge to preside over Sheehan’s case. Justice Richard Buchter recused himself last month, citing a possible conflict of interest. Q — Anna Gustafson

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Thunderbirds roar into Queens limpses of life in Queens long before it was given the name were on display last weekend when the 33rd annual Thunderbird American Indian MidSummer Pow-Wow was held over three days at the Queens County Farm Museum in Floral Park. Dance competitions, chants, drum music and more provided the entertainment, as Indians in fantastic costumes like those of the peoples who first populated this island, which they called Pomonok, dazzled attendees. Proceeds from the popular event benefit the museum and the Thunderbird Indian Scholarship Fund. If you missed the spectacle, fear not. With all apologies to Paul Revere and the Raiders, Indian Nation will return Q — in just about a year or so, to Floral Park. — Peter C. Mastrosimone



Daryl Concha wears a jingle dress from Taos Pueblo, NM. The powwow evokes traditions from all over what is now the United States.

Mickey Sickles leads the procession with an eagle feather staff, a banner that was traditional in these parts long before the American flag. Duke Simmons, a Seneca Indian from Western New York.

The majesty of birds, as reflected in this man’s costume, is a well-known object of respect among Native Americans.

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City, state seek more rider information, oversight by Michael Gannon Associate Editor

An audit conducted by the city and state comptrollers recommends that the Metropolitan Transportation Authority do a better job of budgeting, scheduling and managing service diversions from subway construction projects. The report also says the MTA does an inadequate job of informing and communicating with riders during such service interruptions. “When the MTA fails to manage its service diversions properly, it’s more than an inconvenience; it’s a waste of taxpayer money and it derails local businesses,” said state Comptroller Tom DiNapoli in a statement released on Sunday.

year-old statistics. “The MTA must understand that the city never sleeps and that weekend service is neither ancillary nor expendable,” said city Comptroller John Liu. “We expect the MTA to maintain and repair the tracks while keeping disruptions to a minimum.” In a statement issued Monday, the MTA said diversions are occasionally necessary to perform maintenance and capital work in a system that operates around the clock. “We make every effort to minimize customer inconvenience by coordinating work — performing multiple jobs in the same

area so that we do not have to go back again,” said the statement. “We strive to keep customers aware of the diversions, utilizing station and in car signage along with announcements, both in stations and on board trains.” It also said detailed information on all is available on the MTA’s website and through email, text alerts and weekly podcasts. The audit’s recommendations include reevaluating budgeting for informing the public about diversionary service changes; better monitoring of project expenditures; Q and updating ridership data.

A subway rider at Queensboro Plaza on Sunday reads information about service diversions forced by construction work on the No. 7 line. PHOTO BY RIYAD HASAN

The MTA is criticized for providing too little information to riders and too many cost overruns. The audit states that the authority does not do enough to inform riders when there are diversions, paying particular attention to what it states is a lack of signage on platforms, in subway cars and, when applicable, at street level. The audit also cites a check of 39 stations that did not have multilingual signs, though pictures shot last week by the Chronicle did show the signs present at Queensboro Plaza, where the No. 7 line has had diversions the last two weekends. The report said that can be fixed through better budgeting. It also found that cost overruns related to late starts and early stops amounted to $26.6 million; and that shuttle bus schedules were based on six-

Howard Beach Senior Center holds talent show The Howard Beach Senior Center will host its third annual talent show on Monday, Aug. 15 at 1:15 p.m. There will be singing, dancing, poetry, comedy and a tai chi exhibition. Anyone age 60 or over is welcome to attend. The senior center is located at 156-45 84 St. The entrance is located on 85th Street. For information, call (718) 738-8100. Q





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The Howard Beach Kiwanis presented Queens Chronicle Publisher Mark Weidler, top right, with a plaque at their weekly dinner on Thursday, July 28. Club president Steve Sirgiovanni, left thanked Weidler for helping the club over many years by promoting all of their fundraising events. Weidler’s stepfather, Stan Merzon, has been a member of the Howard Beach

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Angelo Graci Republicans to meet The Angelo Graci Republican Club will meet at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 10 at the Christ Lutheran Church’s community center. The center is located at the corner of 101st Avenue and 86th Street in Ozone Park. Club President Bernie Solow said members will discuss how to support the RepubQ lican candidates who are running in the Sept. 13 special election.

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Mussels to filter water in Jam. Bay City DEP says project will help improve ecology by Anna Gustafson Editor

Mussels may prove to be one of Jamaica Bay’s saviors — at least, city officials are hoping that will be the case. City Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Cas Holloway announced on Monday that the city will test the effectiveness of using ribbed mussels to remove pollutants from Fresh Creek, a tributary of Jamaica Bay that is not far from Howard Beach.

The bay has fallen prey to the plight of the urban waterway, with sewage and trash making a home for itself in the area, and city officials said they hope the mussels, which can f ilter between 20 and 25 gallons a day, will help to reverse the environmental damage. “We are well on our way to restoring Jamaica Bay to its rightful place as a recreational destination for New Yorkers and tourists,” Holloway said in a prepared statement. “Building a

City officials announced this week that five structures like this will be placed in the middle of Fresh Creek, a tributary of Jamaica Bay between Canarsie and Starrett City, to help mussels filter the water. PHOTO COURTESY DEP

ribbed mussel habitat to filter water in Jamaica Bay will give us critical information on the long-term viability of using natural techniques to restore and strengthen the bay’s ecosystem.” Ribbed mussels are found in great numbers along the edges of marshes, rocks and shell beds along much of the East Coast, including within Jamaica Bay. Fresh Creek’s mussels spawn throughout the summer, starting in May and ending in August. The city will construct five structures that include a net and metal posts, which will be installed in the middle of the creek, where mussels cannot ordinarily establish a habitat. City officials said as the mussels grow over the next two years, they are expected to fully cover the structures and filter the water passing through them. The DEP will monitor the project for the next two years, and officials said it is one of several pilot projects that should contribute to the overall goal of reducing nitrogen and other nutrients, which can deplete the oxygen that fish and other aquatic life need to thrive in the bay. “It is part of our larger commitment to improving water

quality in Jamaica Bay, and builds on last year’s historic agreement with the state and other environmental stakeholders to reduce nitrogen discharges into the bay by 50 percent over the next 10 years,” Holloway said. Last year, the city reached an agreement with the state and the Natural Resources Defense Council to improve water quality and preserve marshlands in the bay by reducing the nitrogen loads discharged into the bay from wastewater treatment plants by nearly 50 percent over the next 10 years. And the DEP has invested in a number of ecological restoration projects to improve Jamaica Bay’s water. The environmental agency recently re-introduced oyster beds to Jamaica Bay for the first time since they disappeared decades ago. A single oyster can f ilter roughly 35 gallons of water per day, and the 10,000 oysters that were added help to improve the water quality by filtering out nitrogen. The bay is the largest estuary water body in the city and is home to 91 species of fish and Q 325 species of birds.

Help available for seniors seeking employment The Queens Council for Social Welfare has contracted with the New York City Department for the Aging to offer people who are 55 and over and are living on a low income the opportunity to find temporary employment in nonprofit and government agencies where they would also receive training to upgrade their skills. The program, known as the Senior Employment Program, goal is to help participants find ongoing, unsubsidized employment. While in the program, participants will have the opportunity to expand their work skills, improve their language skills and write a resume — all while receiving a salary that is paid for by a grant from DFTA. The QCSW Senior Employment Program is located on the second floor of the George T. Douris Tower Building at 2740 Hoyt Ave. South, Astoria. Telephone Q (718) 685-2802.

Veteran’s barbeque State Sen. Joe Addabbo Jr. is hosting his third annual veteran’s barbeque for all area veterans and their families on Saturday, Aug. 20. The event will take place outside his Howard Beach office at 160th Avenue and 102nd Street from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. Those who plan on attending must reserve a spot by calling Addabbo’s office at (718) 738-1111 no later than Aug. 18. Q

Travelers, unions slam MTA budget 7.5% hike sought for fares, tolls; 0% for organized labor contracts by Michael Gannon

expected to hit $799 million in 2015. Another $748 million is forecast to come Unions and advocates for riders and from purchasing, procurement and commuters are tearing into the Metropoli- improvements in technological efficiency. tan Transportation Authority’s proposed But the plan is also predicated on labor setbudget for 2012. tlements that include three years of flat wages, Unveiled on Wednesday, the plan seeks to according to the MTA. “Long-term vulneracontinue the massive cost-cutting efforts put bilities include skyrocketing employee and in place by outgoing MTA Chairman Jay retiree healthcare and benefit plans.” Walder, and anticiWhile the MTA is pates a balanced budlooking to rebid get through 2014 medical benefits for without fare hikes a better deal, it also he plan is predicated last year. must get 63 separate But it also calls unions to agree to on labor settlements for fare and toll the three-year, zero that include zero increases of 7.5 perpercent increases. cent in both 2013 John Samuelsen, wage increases for and 2015. who represents “By keeping our 34,000 conductors, three years.” focus on making track workers and every dollar count, others as president of — MTA’s 2012 budget proposal this f inancial plan Transit Workers brings stability back Union Local 100, to the MTA’s finances,” Walder said in a said his rank and file are not on board. statement issued last week. “As a result, “We are not accepting zeros,” Samuelsen we’re able to meet our commitments to avoid said in a statement issued by his office. service cuts and fare increases next year.” MTA spokesman Kevin Ortiz said there Walder also said the plan, which will be are no numbers yet for fare or toll hikes. He voted on in December, will advance the acen- said the proposal right now would be for cy’s current five year capital improvement some combination that would increase revplan, which is scheduled to run out of money enue by 7.5 percent. And advocates for ridnext year without additional financing. ers and drivers are as opposed as the unions. The plan builds on $525 million in “Our main concern is that we have never recurring savings from this year, a figure had a high regard for ‘modest’ fare Associate Editor


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increases,” said Gene Russianoff, staff attorney for the Straphangers Campaign. “Last time the Metro Card went from $89 to 104 for 30 days, which isn’t modest to my mind” he said. John Corlett, legislative chairman for AAA New York, said bridge and tunnel tolls already are excessive. “Roughly speaking, the toll rate is 300 percent of operating costs for those facilities, whereas subways and buses are more like 60 percent,” he said. “The MTA seems to be in a never-ending fiscal crisis. It seems that even in good times they rely on toll money.” Corlett said toll increases would hit Queens drivers particularly hard. “If you have to drive north to the Bronx to work, you have no choice,” he said. “And the last time they raised tolls it represents an increase of about 20 percent in 18 months.” Corlett said the MTA needs to adopt a long-term strategic plan that deals with debt and pensions. Russianoff agrees, saying that capital projects threaten to engulf the MTA’s limited resources. “Our concern is that this is related to the capital plan and not the operating plan,” he

The Metropolitan Transit Authority is proposing no hikes in fees and tolls in 2012, but is looking FILE PHOTO for increases in 2013 and 2015. said. “They are embarking on a program of borrowing $7 billon with bonds and they are just backed by the operating budget. Everything would be coming from the same pot of money that is used for service and operations, so that could put pressure Q on fares and services.”

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Court rules in favor of city in class size suit UFT vows to fight overcrowded schools by Anna Gustafson Editor

A state appeals court has dismissed the United Federation of Teachers’ lawsuit that alleged the city did not use millions of dollars in state aid earmarked to reduce class size for that purpose. The court ruled 4-0 last Thursday in favor of dismissing the suit, which was jointly filed by the NAACP. Justice David Saxe stated in an opinion that the state Education Department, not the court system, should determine whether the state funds were properly spent. “We are pleased with the court’s ruling, as we have continually said that we firmly believed this case was without merit,” schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott said. “… We’ve remained committed to minimizing the growth of class size in all of our schools.” Union leaders were disappointed with the outcome, which came on the heels of another state judge ruling that the city could move ahead with its plans to phase out 22 schools throughout the city, including Jamaica and Beach Channel high schools. “The UFT will continue the battle to reduce class size in New York City,” UFT


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President Michael Mulgrew said. “ … Lowering class size is a key issue for the parents and teachers of New York City and we intend to pursue it vigorously.” Overcrowded classrooms have been an ongoing concern in Queens, where civic leaders and legislators have said schools have been bursting at the seams for years, if not decades. Community Education Council 24 President Nick Comaianni said alleviating overcrowding at every school in the district is the council’s “biggest focus.” “The city should use more state funds to reduce class size,” Comaianni said. “I think the city’s priority is not where it should be.” The CEC 24 president cited conditions at PS 19 in Corona as particularly egregious since the school that was built for about 1,200 children housed more than 2,025 pupils last year. “There are portable classrooms at PS 19 that are supposed to have a life span of 10 years but have been there for 30 years,” Comaianni said. “Those portables are completely falling apart.” According to Comaianni, the DOE is considering placing a population cap on Q the district to address overcrowding.




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The number of public school teachers receiving tenure in the city has dropped from 97 percent in 2007 to 58 percent this year because of tougher evaluation guidelines, Mayor Bloomberg and schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott announced last week. The mayor’s administration hailed the news as major progress for accountability in city schools, while union off icials slammed the announcement and called the tenure evaluation system flawed. “Every child deserves a great teacher, and in New York City, we are lucky to have many of them,” Bloomberg said in a prepared statement. “But just as we are committed to raising standards for our students, we are also raising standards for our teachers. Making tenure an earned distinction rather than an automatic right will help our teachers get better and ensure that more of them can develop into not just good but great teachers.” Under the new guidelines, implemented last year, teachers are rated as ineffective, developing, effective or highly effective in a number of categories, such as student learning and contributions to the

school community. Previously, teachers had been rated satisfactory or not. United Federation of Teachers President Michael Mulgrew said he has received “troubling” reports that teachers have not received tenure for reasons not related to their performance. For example, he said teachers have not received tenure because a principal failed to complete a sufficient number of observations or because the principal was new to the school. One Queens teacher, who asked not to be named for fear of repercussion, said he was worried the tenure process would become “even more politicized than it already is,” and that what he called the “determination of the mayor to make sure no teacher has any job security” would deter individuals from pursuing a career in education. Another teacher in the borough, who too asked not to be named, agreed. “It seems this administration wants to withhold tenure because they’re more focused on making sure teachers do exactly what they want,” the instructor said. “I already have tenure, so I’m alright but I worry what this does to the teaching profession. I can tell you it won’t be good.” Q

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Say parents kicked off CEC should be able to serve by Anna Gustafson

Expeditionary Learning School. “The termination of these two parents from their seats significantly reduces parental input and contributions from the Forest Hills and Rego Park school communities for the next two years,” Hevesi said. Hevesi noted that New York education law states a school should have no more than one parent representative on a community council — but only to the extent that is possible. Therefore, he and the other legislators argued the parents who received enough votes to win should be able to ensure that their voices be heard. “If we follow their reasoning, no parent with children in two schools would be eligible to serve on the CEC, disenfranchising many parents,” Stavisky said. “If a school has representation on the CEC, then the parent can represent the other school which the child attends.” Hevesi, Stavisky, Koslowitz and representatives from Queens Borough President’s office met with city DOE officials and an individual from the city General Counsel’s office to discuss the issues surrounding the CEC elections, but officials did not change their stance on the Forest Hills residents. “As part of a comprehensive review of the CEC election results, we discovered that in certain districts, the rules set forth in the chancellor’s regulations had been misapplied,” said Deidrea Miller, a spokeswoman for the DOE. “These rules have now been applied correctly, yielding different election results in those districts. We recognize that


Queens legislators are lambasting the city Department of Education for what they say is a failure to correctly interpret state law, resulting in Forest Hills parents being kicked off a Community Education Council — after city officials had told the residents they were elected to the body. Assemblyman Andrew Hevesi (D-Forest Hills), state Sen. Toby Stavisky (D-Whitestone) and Councilwoman Karen Koslowitz (D-Forest Hills) said two women who ran for CEC 28 should be able to serve on the organization that functions as an advisory board to the city on educational issues because they received the votes needed to do so. Forest Hills residents Nancy Northrop and Kathryn Thome, who previously served on the CEC, were originally told they had been elected, but then city officials sent them a message in July stating they had been disqualified from serving because, they said, there may only be one parent representing a given school. Because Northrop and Thome each have a child at PS 101, as does another member of the CEC, they were told they could not serve — which the legislators said is a complete misinterpretation of state law. The parents argued only Northrop would have represented PS 101, while Thome would have been affiliated with PS 144, where her other child goes, and Deb Dillingham, a Forest Hills resident who is now on the CEC, would be associated with the Metropolitan

the candidates that were not elected are eager to serve the city’s students, and we look forward to finding ways to work with them in the future.” The politicians said this type of confusion deters many parents from running for the CEC. “The voices in our education system are so important these days,” Koslowitz said. “I have been a longtime advocate of strengthening parental involvement in our public schools and fair representation is critical for all communities. I don’t feel that the community was represented in the way that the election took place.” Northrop said she was thrilled to originally learn she had been elected to the CEC after city off icials sent her a letter and emails saying she would serve on the council, only to be completely surprised when she received a message that she could actually no longer be part of the group. “I got an email with no explanation from them whatsoever saying why I wasn’t on the CEC,” said Northrop. Finally, the Forest Hills mother said that city officials told her she and Thome could not participate because they also had children at PS 101, though the mother said the city had originally given them the greenlight to run for the CEC after parents had specified they all had children at the same school. “It makes the DOE look very anti-parent, like they don’t know how to run an Q election,” Northrop said.

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Pols slam city over election

Heat wave death toll now at four The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner last week added two women to the list of New York City residents who died as a result of the recent heat wave. Both deaths took place on July 23 in the Bronx, according to a statement released on Friday. One woman was 78 years old and the other was 72. The official cause of death for both was hyperthermia due to exposure to high environmental temperature with underlying natural disease. Their deaths bring New York City’s total to four. The previous two occurred in Brooklyn, also on July 23. One victim was a 10-year-old girl who also had “an underlying medical condition” according to the medical examiner’s office. The second was a 94-year-old woman who also has underlying natural disease. The temperature hit 100 degrees or higher and power was reduced all three days from July 22 to July 24. Scattered blackouts occurred throughout the weekend as Con Edison struggled to protect its equipment and keep the power on. The utility faced a record peak demand for energy on the day all four Q died.
















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Is Queens crime as bad as people say? Precincts and residents say citizens need to get involved and report more by Daniel Scarpati Chronicle Contributor

ith citywide crime down 35 percent from 10 years ago, why do city residents say that things are getting worse? Vivian McMillan, the 113 Precinct community council president, believes the answer is that people aren’t involved enough in their communities and precincts. “The police can only do so much if the public isn’t cooperating with them,” McMillan said. “We need to work together to put a stop to crime.” South Jamaica’s 113 Precinct has had a 20 percent rise in crime this year, one of the largest increases in any city precinct. All crime rates have increased in the 113 except for grand larceny auto, which decreased 26 percent. The largest rises are felony assault, which has increased 67 percent from last year, and rape, which has increased 36 percent. To combat the increase in crime, the 113 is putting out extra patrols on weekends. “There are cops from other precincts who come into our area to help,” McMillan said. “I’m sure we are going to be able to address the high crime rates in the future.” Overall crime rates have decreased 3.9 percent in FILE PHOTO northern Queens and increased 5.83 percent in southern At the scene of a killing in southeastern Queens, one of the borough’s tougher sections. Queens since last July, according to NYPD’s CompStat. The CompStat system has been a topic of controversy worse when statistics show it’s not. “I think it’s very, very YEAR-TO-DATE CRIME STATISTICS AS OF over the past few years. Some people believe that it’s not unfortunate, but it’s just one event,” DeCoursey said. “It’s an accurate enough representation of crime across the not fair to say that crime is going up when it’s really not.” JULY 24, 2011 VS. THAT WEEK IN 2010 city. Others believe it’s an excellent way to measure crime McMillan has worked at her precinct for over 30 years, throughout the boroughs. and she’s witnessed major changes in crime levels and Evelyn DeCoursey, the 110 Precinct community coun- how residents feel about them. “They feel that there was a Patrol Borough Queens North cil president, said the percentages CompStat provides lot of crime back then, but there’s not as much these days.” Murder — 18 vs. 18 precincts with are very important. She also believes that the murder Rape — 85 vs. 67 “The inspector actually reads the of Leiby was an abnormal event. Robbery — 990 vs. 998 CompStats at each meeting,” “Something like that received nationBurglary — 1292 vs. 1467 DeCoursey said. “He also reads them al attention. It’s not normal for our hope the mayor and at community meetings, and the Grand Larceny — 2304 vs. 2165 communities,” she said. “We have the police commisioner people all over who have problems, community likes hearing the figures. Petit Larceny — 5277 vs. 5148 Off icers even tell the community and the best way to combat this is Felony Assault — 933 vs. 865 open up the academy what’s going on in the precinct and talking. If you see something, say Misd. Sex Crimes — 206 vs. 199 who’s been doing what.” something.” again. We need more McMillan believes that CompStat In nor ther n Queens neighborPatrol Borough Queens South may or may not be necessary. “We cops.” hoods, accounts of burglary, grand don’t really need CompStat to tell us Murder — 23 vs. 39 larceny auto, misdemeanor assault — Danny Ruscillo, 100 Precinct what’s going on, because we’re in the and misdemeanor sex crimes Rape — 82 vs. 74 Community Council President community and we know what’s dropped 13 percent, 21 percent, 6 Robbery — 1139 vs. 1176 going on,” McMillan said. percent and 12 percent from last Burglary — 1247 vs. 1137 Donna Clopton, community council president of the year. Murders have increased from 15 incidents last year Grand Larceny — 1559 vs. 1521 103 Precinct, says residents always complain about to 17 this year, a 13 percent rise. Rape has increased 24 Petit Larceny — 3476 vs. 3439 CompStat. “People who live in precinct communities tend percent, going from 62 charges to 77, and robbery has to see more people not reporting crimes, so they feel increased 1 percent, going from 927 incidents to 934. Felony Assault — 1142 vs. 931 CompStat isn’t accurate,” Clopton said. “At the 103 In southern Queens neighborhoods, accounts of murMisd. Sex Crimes — 152 vs. 150 Precinct, we wish we could get more der, robbery and grand larceny auto people involved in programs and decreased 38 percent, 2.5 percent things like that. Once we’ve reached and 8 percent. The charges which the point where we’re not going to increased the most were rape, an 11 all the boroughs,” Ruscillo said. t’s not fair to say that stand for crime, there are less probpercent rise from 71 to 79 accounts, One of the largest issues in Far Rockaway is the Rockcrime is going up when and burglary, an 8.5 percent rise away Park Hotel at 158 Beach 116 St. The hotel serves as lems. The minute we see something, we band together.” from 1,061 to 1,151 accounts. a residence for people going to local rehabilitation clinit’s really not.” Amy Anderson, a Jamaica resident Grand larceny has increased 2 per- ics, but these people create problems for local residents for 66 years, is worried about quality cent. and merchants. — Evelyn DeCoursey, 110 Precinct of life issues plaguing the area. Rockaway’s 100 Precinct also has Between the months of September and July, three Community Council President Anderson said something she’ll never some of the highest crime rates in arrests were made at the hotel and eight police reports forget is when one of her 88-year-old the borough. It has seen an overall were filed as a result of criminal incidents like robbery girlfriends was struck down by an assailant while walking increase of 29 percent in crime since last year. and assault. to her house. “She broke her left hip, and she’s been in Danny Ruscillo, the 100 Precinct community council “From September to early July, we have had 47 calls to the hospital for over a year now,” Anderson said. “If president, said Wednesday that more cops are out on 911 requesting police assistance at this location,” Ruscilelderly people can’t take a walk, there’s something very patrol all over Far Rockaway, but he strongly believes that lo said. “My opinion is that the owner’s only interest is wrong.” there aren’t enough officers to go around. collecting the funding to operate his residence.” Anderson and one of her neighbors, Alma Lee, both “I hope the mayor and the police commissioner open A task force comprised of the Buildings Department, said that the police do a terrif ic job, but they don’t up the academy again,” Ruscillo said. “We need more the FDNY, the NYPD and over a dozen officials entered respond to crime quickly enough. “When things happen, cops. It’s putting a big strain on the police officers.” the hotel recently to search for problems within the the police usually aren’t around,” Lee said. “They usually Ruscillo’s son just graduated from the John Jay College building. do come, but not fast enough.” of Criminal Justice and now wants to be a part of the There have been no reported murders in the 100 Some citizens have said that monumental crimes which NYPD. The only problem is that there aren’t any jobs Precinct this year, however almost all other crimes have affect the entire city, like the recent Leiby Kletzky murder available at this time. gone up. Accounts of burglary increased nearly 100 perQ in Brooklyn, can cause people to believe crime is getting “And the lack of cops isn’t just here in Queens, it’s in cent from last year, rising from 31 to 61.




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Brief, strong storm rocks Queens, LI Large hail, high winds and floods tear through region on Monday by Michael Gannon

lightning and flooding. You didn’t have a lot of widespread damage, but you did have Queens experienced some brief but wild people getting cracked windshields.” weather on Monday with hail, heavy rain The damage to homes and cars from the and scattered flooding. hail and wind were more widespread than “This was a classic squall,” said Tim insurance companies would have liked. Morrin, a meteorologist with the National “We have had an increase in claims this Weather Service in morning in Queens the Long Island and Nassau County,” town of Upton. said Krista Conte, a Mor rin said a spokeswoman for hunderstorms are not cold front mixing the Allstate Insurwith warmer air was ance Company on unusual here, but enough to brew up Tuesday. you usually have this trouble. She said the com“It was unusual pany resorted to sendin the Midwest in for this area,” he ing extra adjusters out said. “Thunderstorms in the f ield to deal Tornado Alley.” are not unusual here, with the spike in but you usually have storm-related claims. — Tim Morrin, National Weather Service this in the Midwest Flooding was in Tornado Alley.” reported on the Mor rin said a Grand Central and pool of cold air was over the region so that the Cross Island parkways and other when thunderstorms formed, the updraft roads. The Chronicle was unable to reach quickly froze to form hail. representatives of the city’s Off ice of “You had 2 3/4 inch hail in Bayside,” he Emergency Management for comment on said. “We had reported wind gusts of 40, damage or temporary closures caused by Q 50 and 60 miles per hour. You had intense the storm. Associate Editor




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skepticism that legislators would want to change the current system that often gives them a great deal of stability. According to a June Citizens Union report, almost one-third of state legislators were elected in special elections — which good government representatives said leaves them little incentive to reform a system that has ushered them into power. “It’s not surprising, these politicians’ instincts,” said Russ Haven, a representative of the New York Public Interest Research Group. “You want to set up a system in a way that makes it hard for others to challenge you.”

But this system deters voters from thinking they even have a say in the election process, Camarda said, noting voter turnout for a special election hovers around a dismal 6 percent. U.S. Rep. Joe Crowley (D-Queens, Bronx), the Queens Democratic party leader and the recognized kingmaker when it comes to selecting candidates for special elections in the borough, did not return a request for comment for this article, nor did the city BOE. Evan Stavisky, a spokesman for Simanowitz, declined to comment. Robert Hornak, a spokesman for the Queens GOP, said Republican officials have not been especially concerned with election reform, though he said “the Q process does need simplification.”


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FDNY is hiring new crop of firefighters Applications accepted through Sept. 15; some ‘bias’ testers may reapply by AnnMarie Costella Assistant Editor

The FDNY is seeking to hire a new crop of Bravest and will be accepting applications through Sept. 15. The exam they will take will be the first since a federal judge ruled that three previous tests were biased and ordered a hiring freeze until the problem was corrected. The test is scheduled to be administered between Jan. 3 and Feb. 3, 2012. The current minimum salary for a firefighter is $39,370 annually, reaching $76,488 annually after five years of employment. In January 2010, U.S. District Court Judge Nicholas Garaufis ruled that written exams administered to FDNY applicants in 1999 and 2002 are invalid due to racial bias, as evidenced by the few minorities who passed. The decision came as a result of a lawsuit filed by the U.S. Department of Justice and the Vulcan Society, a fraternal organization of black firefighters, who have consistently lamented the lack of diversity in the FDNY. In August 2010, Garaufis also ruled that the 2007 test is biased, and ordered a hiring freeze, unless the city followed certain hiring procedures that he had outlined, which

many people believed were just glorified hiring quotas. One person who is against what he has called “forced diversity” is Paul Mannix, an FDNY deputy chief with Division 6 in the Bronx and the founder of Merit Matters, an advocacy group “dedicated to preserving merit in the FDNY testing, hiring and promotion process.” “We want them to get a shot because they were harmed through no fault of their own,” Mannix, who is not a spokesman for the FDNY, said of the previous test takers. “We have bent over backwards to try and integrate this job.” Three times as many black candidates as took the exam in 2007 have applied to take the new test — 640 compared to 187 — according to published reports. Applicants who took any of the three exams that were thrown out can reapply and take the new test. Those who took the 2007 exam but are now past the hiring age limit of 29 will be granted a one-time exception, provided they are not older than 35, according to Julianne Cho, a spokeswoman for the Department of Citywide Administrative Services, the agency that administers the exams. “The test continues to be developed by

Firefighter applicants who took a biased exam may get a second chance. experts retained by the city, the Vulcan Society and the United States under the supervision of a special master appointed by the court,” Cho said in an email. Mannix said he fears that if the new exam does not yield a racially diverse pool that meets Garaufis’ approval, it will be thrown out and the whole process will start all over again. Testimony began this week in a trial which was prompted by the lawsuit brought by the DOJ and Vulcan Society. Revelations by FDNY officials reported in the press have made the department look less than stellar


and have called into question whether it really tries to be ethnically diverse. Patricia Kavaler, who was an FDNY assistant commissioner for personnel in 2004, testified in Brooklyn Federal Court this week that high-ranking officials have lobbied the review board asking them to overlook some bad behavior by white candidates, according to published reports. It was also revealed that the department had hired two of the four white police officers who in 1999 shot Amadou Diallo, an unarmed man whom they thought had a Q gun, the reports said.

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Queens cooling centers keep seniors safe by Daniel Scarpati Chronicle Reporter

The four senior citizens who died as a result of the heat wave in late July should serve as a reminder to seniors citywide to stay cool. The most common way residents are beating the heat this summer is by visiting cooling centers which can be found throughout the boroughs. The centers, which are set up by the Office of Emergency Management, are generally senior centers and libraries. A spokeswoman from the Department for the Aging detailed the process of opening cooling centers. “First, there’s a conference call with the Office of Emergency Management and the Department for the Aging,” she said. “We then determine what days cooling centers will be open. Our trigger is the heat index. It has to be either 95 degrees or hotter for two or more days or 100 degrees or hotter for one day for centers to open.” Afterwards, a list of centers is made and the DFTA tells each center the days and times it needs to open. Since this list can’t be created until after a severe weather prediction, there’s no way to say for sure which cooling centers will be open. There are some senior centers around Queens that have served as cooling centers for years, and they’re generally the ones that open to the public on hot summer days. The LeFrak Senior Center at 98-16 55 Ave. in Corona remained open an hour past its normal closing time of 4 p.m. on the days it was functioning this summer. About 30 extra residents enjoyed the air conditioning in that extra hour. The Angelo Petromelis Senior Center at 13-28 123 St. in College Point has been full to capacity every late night and weekend

it has been open. Employees feel it’s a very popular center with one of the most tremendous needs for cool air. The Howard Beach Senior Center at 156-45 85 St. has only been open during its normal hours, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Forest Hills Senior Center at 108-25 62 Drive has been open to any walk-in person looking to cool off. The Ravenswood Senior Center at 34-35A 12 St. in Long Island City will occasionally stay open until 8 p.m. On the weekend before last, over 100 people were cooled. Ravenswood is one of the only centers in Queens that has had to call paramedics due to visitors feeling faint because of the heat. Elmcor Senior Center at 107-20 Northern Blvd. in Corona has also been open this summer. The Young Israel of Forest Hills Senior League at 68-07 Burns St. not only offers air conditioning but lunches for senior citizens. The Alpha Phi Alpha Senior Center at 220-01 Linden Blvd. in Jamaica also provides visitors with lunch on Saturdays. The center has had to stay open nearly three hours late rsome days this season. The Woodhaven Richmond Hill Senior Center at 75-15 Jamaica Ave. hasn’t had a large turnout this summer. About six people at a time have shown up to cool off. The Pomonok Community House Senior Center at 67-09 Kissena Blvd. in Flushing has provided visitors with iced water bottles. This summer they have ended up staying open until 7:30 p.m. on the nights they were open, two and half hours later than their usual closing time. To find out which centers are open during heat emergencies, call 311 and ask for cooling center information or visit P

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Beat the heat; go online by Sharon Knight If the dog days of summer have you turning up the air conditioning or fan, here’s a hot tip to keep cool. When the time comes to apply for your Medicare benefits, don’t worry about trudging into the heat and making your way in the blazing sun to a Social Security office. Just pour yourself a tall glass of iced tea, sit back in the comfort of your home or office, and go to Winter, spring, summer or fall, all you have to do is go online. You can use our online application to sign up for Medicare, even if you are not ready to retire. It takes less than 10 minutes. Keep in mind that if you’re applying to start receiving Social Security benefits at age 65 or are already receiving benefits, your enrollment in Medicare is automatic and no additional application is needed. However, if you’re within four months of your 65th birthday and you plan to delay your retirement benefits, you should consider applying for Medicare. Applying for Medicare on the Internet is convenient, quick, and easy. There’s no need to drive to a local Social Security office or wait for an appointment with a Social Security representative. In most cases, once your application is submitted electronically, you’re done. There are no forms to sign and usually no documentation is required. Social Security will process your application and contact you if we need more

information. Once we process your application, you’ll receive your Medicare card in the mail. For more information about applying for Medicare only and delaying retirement benefits, read our Retirement Planner page: Applying for Medicare Online at retire2/justmedicare.htm. Once you’ve read over the information and reviewed your situation, you can make a clear decision on whether the time is right for you to apply for Medicare. When you’re ready to apply, here’s exactly what you need to do: • Go online to and select Apply for Medicare; • Go through a series of questions that will help you consider either filing for retirement and Medicare benefits or only filing for Medicare; • Use the More Info links if you need more information; • Answer questions about current benefits you may be receiving, such as Medicaid or other health insurance; and • Select Sign Now to send your application electronically to Social Security. Social Security makes it easy to apply for Medicare and do a number of other things from the comfort of your home or office. Stay cool and visit P Sharon Knight is the Social Security district manager in Cypress Hills.




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Summer health advice for seniors The hot, hazy days of summer can pose special health risks to older adults. It’s important that older people avoid heat-related illnesses, known as hyperthermia. Hyperthermia is an abnormally high body temperature caused by a failure of the heat-regulating mechanisms of the body to deal with heat coming from the environment. Heat fatigue, heat related dizziness, heat cramps, heat exhaustion and heat stroke are commonly known forms of hyperthermia. One’s risk of developing these conditions can increase with the combination of outside temperature, general health and individual lifestyle, according to the experts at the National Institute on

Aging. Lifestyle factors can include not drinking enough fluids, living in housing without air conditioning, lack of mobility and access to transportation, overdressing, visiting overcrowded places and not understanding how to respond to hot weather conditions. With this in mind, the experts at the NIA are sharing some tips to help seniors avoid hyperthermia: Older people, particularly those with chronic medical conditions, should stay indoors on hot and humid days, especially when an air pollution alert is in effect. People without air conditioners should go to places such as senior centers, shopping malls, movie theaters or libraries. Cooling

centers, which may be set up by local public health agencies, religious groups and social service organizations are other options. Health-related factors that may increase risk include: • Being dehydrated. • Age-related changes to the skin, such as poor blood circulation and inefficient sweat glands. • Heart, lung and kidney diseases, as well as any illness that causes general weakness or fever. • High blood pressure or other conditions that require changes in diet. For example, people on salt-restricted diets may increase their risk. However, salt pills should not be used without first consulting a doctor.




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Holly’s legend lives on; Nicks’ still got it by Lloyd Carroll Chronicle Contributor

Rock ’n’ roll is chock full of “what if” questions. Certainly on the top 10 list of most rock aficionados’ questions would be, “Could you imagine how much richer American pop culture would be had Buddy Holly not died at age 22 in a plane crash, along with Ritchie Valens and JP “the Big Bopper” Richardson on Feb. 3, 1959?” Twelve years later Don McLean further immortalized Holly to baby boomers with his iconic “American Pie,” which referred to that fateful frigid night as “the day the music died.” Holly also inspired a Broadway show and a 1978 biopic that starred a then-still sane Gary Busey. Though he was a big name for only a year and half before his death, Holly’s impact on rock cannot be overstated. One critic, Bruce Eder, called him “the single most influential creative force in early rock ’n’ roll.” His guitar helped set the stage for all axemen who followed, he helped bridge the gap between black and white musicians and audiences, and he was rightly among the Rock and Roll Hall Fame’s first group of inductees.

Various artists “Rave On” (Concord Music) Buddy Holly “Icon” (Geffen Records/UME) Holly would have been celebrating his 75th birthday next month if he were alive. In honor of the occasion, Concord Music Group commissioned a number of artists to record their favorite tunes associated with Holly, while Universal Music Enterprises, which holds the rights to Holly’s original recordings, has compiled

a dozen of his best, in a new compilation titled “Icon.” Paul McCartney owns the publishing rights to Holly’s catalog so he clearly had the pick of the litter here. On “It’s So Easy,” a big hit for Linda Ronstadt in 1977, he tries so hard to give a different interpretation that the song is unrecognizable and quite awful to boot. He bizarrely attempts to emulate Dave Edmunds’ 1971 hit cover of Smiley Lewis’s “I Hear You Knocking” by singing through a fuzz box. Sir Paul is happily the only weak link here. Fiona Apple duets with Jon Brion on a touching version of “Everyday” while Graham Nash of Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young fame, delivers a faithful, heartfelt version of “Raining In My Heart” to close the album. Other veterans who deliver are Kid Rock on the lively Motownstyle“Well All Right”; Lou Reed on a very moody take on “Peggy Sue”; and Patti Smith, who shows a rare romantic side for her with “Words of Love.” The biggest surprise is how Cee Lo Green, of “Forget You” and “Crazy” fame, one of the hosts of NBC’s “The Voice,” wonderfully captures the sound of Holly and his backup band, the Crickets, on the rather obscure “(You’re So Square) Baby, I Don’t Care” that was written for Holly by the great composing/production team of Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller. But as fine as the aforementioned Holly tribute album is, as the old cliche goes, there’s nothing like the real thing. “Icon” captures a dozen of Holly’s most memorable recordings, from such catchy seminal rockers as “Oh Boy!” and “Maybe Baby” to the full orchestral ballad “True Love Ways,” which was recorded in New York City mere weeks before his untimely passing. Also included here are tunes that

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Nassau rejects Isles’ Journalists Dunkin’ new coliseum bid ATM for some cash Queens chamber head wants to bring defeated development here by Michael Gannon

public transportation and access to airports to make the site attractive. More than 55 percent of the voters “We’ve already made improvements to rejected a $400 million sports and conven- the Van Wyck [Expressway] and the Grand tion center in Nassau County on Monday. Central Parkway for Citi Field and the And while the New York Islanders have National Tennis Center. And if we could get been the center of the conversation, Jack the Islanders too, this would be a sports Friedman of the Queens Chamber of Com- mecca. We want the development, the jobs merce said the rejected proposal is exactly and the incremental tax revenue this could what Queens needs for its Willets Point bring. We are primed for this.” redevelopment Jennifer Friedberg, program. assistant vice president “The Islanders of the New York City e are primed for this.” were never the Economic Development economic engine Corporation, which is — Jack Friedman, executive director, of this project,”: overseeing the plannedQueens Chamber of Commerce said Friedman, Willets Point developthe chamber’s ment, said her office is executive director. “They fill an arena 45 to willing to listen. 55 days a year. [Islanders owner] Charles “We are ready to evaluate any proposals Wang could move the team to the Barclays that fall within the guidelines of the Center [in Brooklyn] any time he wants. approved rezoning,” she said. This all about development, creating a conSpeaking for Borough President Helen vention and exhibition center with a multi- Marshall, Alexandra Rosa said Borough use arena. The project, with the exception Hall shares the commitment to rejuvenating of the minor league baseball stadium, is Willets Point, but the next move is Wang’s. perfectly consistent with the Willets Point “The borough president is not interested master plan.” in having our borough become a pawn in a Q He said the area already has the hotels, chess game,” she said. Associate Editor


Allegedly stole thousands from bank Two Romanian nationals, who were in the United States on journalism visas, allegedly repurposed Dunkin’ Donuts gift cards using stolen bank account information to rob thousands from a Chase Bank branch in Hollis. Police said they observed Daniel Gheorghe and Ionel Cristian Popa rapidly performing multiple unauthorized transactions at an ATM at the bank, located at 205-19 Hillside Ave., on March 31. They allegedly jammed large amounts of cash — mostly $20 bills — into their pockets. Police off icers from the 107th Precinct allegedly seized $17,703 in stolen funds and 66 Dunkin’ Donuts gift cards from the defendants and their vehicle. The cards contained stolen account information belonging to various banks including Chase, Bank of America, Citibank, HSBC, Maestro, Nuvision Federal Credit Unit and US Bank National Association. The Dunkin’ Donuts gift cards are marked with a 16-digit vendor account number, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said, but according to the charges none of the numbers dis-

played on any of the seized cards matched the account numbers encoded on their magnetic strips. Gheorghe and Popa, both 33 and with no known addresses in the United States, were arraigned on July 28 in Queens County Supreme Court in Kew Gardens. They were each charged with one count of third-degree grand larceny, one count of third-degree criminal possession of stolen property, 66 counts of second-degree criminal possession of a forged instrument and two counts of first-degree scheme to defraud. If convicted, the duo faces up to seven years in prison on each of the 66 counts of second-degree criminal possession of a forged instrument alone. They each were ordered held on $150,000 bail and must to return to court on Aug. 23. “Instead of going on a run for coffee and doughnuts with their gift cards, the defendants are instead accused of going to the bank and using its ATMs as their personal slot machines, cashing out large sums of money with each use of their ‘doctored’ Dunkin’ Donut gift cards,” Brown said in a prepared Q statement.




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Looking for a satisfying treat to beat the heat, one that is natural and homemade? Well, the Queens Chronicle has just the thing for you. On Monday, Aug. 8, the Coolhaus ice cream truck will be making a special two-hour stop, from noon to 2 p.m., in front of the Chronicle office at 62-33 Woodhaven Blvd. in Rego Park. As a special favor to the Chronicle, Coolhaus has agreed to make its first trip to Queens with the Rego Park visit. The truck specializes in ice cream sandwiches and the flavors of both the ice cream and cookies are unique. How about bananas foster ice cream nestled between maple waffle white chocolate cookies? Or there’s sea salt caramel that could be matched with double chocolate fudge cookies. With 36 ice cream flavors and 15 cookie choices, the choices are endless. Prices start at $5 and Coolhaus fans say the sandwiches are large and filling. The company, with its distinctive

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aren’t there just to dole out speeding and parking tickets, officials said. Ozone Park resident Frank Vanegas, who attended the event with his 4-year-old son, Jacob, agreed that the event helped residents feel more comfortable with police. “It’s pretty cool for them to come together and make the community a better place,” he said. State Sen. Joe Addabbo Jr. (D-Howard Beach) said he took the opportunity to tell Kelly that the 106th needs additional police officers to deal with the influx of people and traffic expected to come once the racino opens at Aqueduct at the end of the summer. “I’m optimistic we will get a significant number of police officers,” he said. 106th Precinct Community Council President Frank Dardani said having


pink-topped trucks, was started in Los Angeles by Natasha Case. She now has trucks in Austin, Tex. and set up shop in New York this past spring. She’s looking to start a seasonal business in Miami soon. “We’re all about satisfying your sweet and savory tooth, one ice cream sandwich at a time,” Case said. Coolhaus’ two New York trucks have regular gigs at the High Line Park in Manhattan and recently got Parks Department approval for a location outside the Museum of Natural History. The trucks can also be found regularly at various flea markets, primarily in Brooklyn, the firm’s headquarters in the city. Case says the company is dedicated to quality and sustainability. Every ice cream sandwich comes in an edible wrapper that is all-natural and calorie-free and most ice cream flavors are organic. There’s even a vegan ice cream and cookie. It doesn’t get greener than that. For a full list of ice cream and cookie Q flavors, go to Bloomberg and Kelly in Ozone Park “added excitement.” “We love what they do, but we need much more,” he said of the mayor and commissioner. “We need beat officers back. We need them to ride their bikes through parks and public places. We have to protect our children from the drugs and predators that lurk in these places.” Dardani added the event, which drew close to 600 people to the park, allows residents to learn about his council. “You’ll get people who learn there’s another place to go besides 311 to lodge a complaint,” he said. Rosemary Ciulla-Frisone, vice president of the Sons of Italy’s Howard Beach chapter, and other members of the organization gave out information about their group at the event. “It lets us tell everyone that we’re here to fight crimes, especially bias crimes against Italians, Sikhs, everyone,” CiullaQ Frisone said.

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State says new paperwork, review necessary; supporters go to court by Michael Gannon

Costantakes said the process allows the state to review the integrity of the appliThe effort to reopen the old Parkway cants, their financing and other things to Hospital property has stalled at administra- prove the proposal is feasible, They also tive levels while supporters of the plan are must demonstrate a need within the comtrying to move it along in the courts. munity. The state ordered the hospital closed in “Parkview is seeking to use a license 2008. It also was connected to an alleged that has expired,” he said. “They want to bribery scandal that has f ive people, reopen under different leadership but including a state haven’t done anything senator and an for a new applicaassemblyman from tion.” e have private financing Brooklyn, facing Krall said the forfederal criminal mer license should and we are not asking charges. have been considered Also preparing suspended based on a for city, state or to stand trial is Dr. state report which Robert Aquino, recommended keepfederal money.” who formerly ran ing the hospital open — John Krall the hospital. — and the fact that John Krall of Aquino has severed Queens is heading all ties to the operathe effort to reopen the building as the Glo- tion and the property. ria D’Amico Medical Center, naked for the “He is gone,” Krall said. “We have prilate Queens County clerk. vate financing, and we are not asking for But the state said this week that the city, state or federal money.” group, Parkview, has not filed the necesHe also said Parkview’s suit against the sary paperwork for review. state is advancing in the courts since it was “In discussions for any reopening, the granted standing back in March. applicants must go through a certificate of Krall said if the state agrees to settle need process,” said Peter Costantakes, a now, his group will drop its suit and not spokesman for the state Department of seek further damages. Health. “That applies to every hospital, “The Department of Health is risking a every nursing home, and other facilities.” lot of taxpayer money,” he said. Associate Editor


The former Parkway Hospital is at the center of a dispute between the state and those who would like to reopen it. It also is at the center of two corruption trials that are scheduled to begin in federal court PHOTO BY PETER C. MASTROSIMONE in the next six months. He expects to hear about a court date later this month or earl;y in September. The hospital figures prominently in a bribery scandal involving State Sen. Carl Kruger (D-Brooklyn), Assemblyman William Boyland Jr. (D-Brooklyn), Kruger family friend Michael Turano, lobbyist Richard Lipsky and Aquino. Kruger is accused of accepting hundreds of thousands of dollars in bribes. Former Assemblyman Anthony Seminerio,

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Ex-cop shot over Jamaica dice game Residents want Sutphin to change by Daniel Scarpati Chronicle Contributor

An ex-cop was shot in the back and killed on the corner of Sutphin Blvd. and 113th Ave. in South Jamaica on Saturday. Colin Bowlin, 28, had been playing a curbside game of dice when a dispute arose about the money involved. As Bowlin walked away from the game to head to his home in Hollis, Devante Seabrook, 19, allegedly shot him in the back. Bowlin’s cousin, who was with him at the time, helped him into a car and rushed him to Forest Hills Hospital. At 4:17 a.m., police officers from the 113th and 112th precincts responded to the hospital. Bowlin was pronounced dead on arrival. Vivian McMillan, the 113th Precinct Community Council president, is surprised by the fact that this murder took place because of a dice game. “We haven’t had this kind of murder recently,” McMillan said. “We used to have these kinds of problems, that’s why they’re not allowed. People get hurt with dice games.” For the past three weeks, the 113th Precinct has been putting out extra cops on patrol. McMillan believes this is part of the reason the murderer was apprehend-

ed so quickly. A cashier at the Port Royal Jamaican Restaurant, located around the corner from the crime scene, said people play dice games all the time near that intersection. “It gives a negative impact on the businesses,” the cashier said. “We had a caution tape sign around our building for about f ive hours. It was slowing down business, and people couldn’t come in for their breakfast because of the crime scene investigation.” The director of the Afro-American Parents Day Care, which is right across the street from the intersection of the shooting, feels something has to be done about the crime on Sutphin Boulevard. “One week before this incident we had a shooting right in front of the day care window,” the director said. “And about six years ago a shootout began while teachers were exiting the building. Sometimes we don’t feel safe when we go outside. The cops walk around, but nothing is happening when they’re around.” So far this year there have been eight murders in the 113th Precinct, one less than up until the same time last year. There were 19 murders in the 113th Q Precinct in 2010.

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Oy vey, vey, dat’s some show! by Mark Lord



ake Ehrenreich is performing his acclaimed oneman show, “A Jew Grows in Brooklyn,” through Aug. 21 at Flushing’s Queens Theatre in the Park. A more accurate description than the play’s subtitle, “a heartwarming and hilarious true story of an American immigrant kid,” could scarcely be offered. Running a tight 100 minutes without intermission, the show is a must-see for everyone. Fellow Jews will relate to the personal anecdotes Ehrenreich shares, while everyone else will likely be just as touched by the universality of these same stories. A versatile performer, Ehrenreich interweaves his monologues with songs and musical interludes. In short, this is a show to cherish. The set, which features the facade of a brick house and its front porch (on which a live band plays), is, according to Ehrenreich, a recreation of his childhood home in — where else? — Brooklyn. Ehrenreich is not only an actor and singer, but also a playwright, director and composer, since he wrote the show, co-directed it with Jon Huberth and composed its nostalgic theme song. From the moment he sets foot on stage, sporting a Tilden High School sweatshirt and bouncing a pink Spalding handball, it’s clear that performer and audience alike are about to embark on a trip down memory lane. As a guide, Ehrenreich is relaxed and eager to please. This American-born son of Holocaust survivors uses much of his stage time to relate his struggles to fit in while growing up in the 1960s. A huge fan of baseball and the burgeoning rock scene, young Jake was often frustrated that his Yiddish-speaking parents couldn’t relate to either. continued on page 39

Hit comedy ‘A Jew Grows in Brooklyn’ comes to Queens Jake Ehrenreich during his one-man show.

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school supplies and other giveaways. Events are on Thursday, Aug. 4 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at Queens South Community Center, 90-39 189 St., Hollis; and Friday, Aug. 5 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at 23-40 Astoria Blvd, Astoria.

Socrates Sculpture Park, at Broadway and Vernon Boulevard in Long Island City presents the exhibit Vista, now through Aug. 7, during daylight hours.

Enjoy a free outdoor concert featuring hits from the 50s and 60s with Squeaky Clean on Friday, Aug. 5 at 7 p.m. at Alley Pond Park, 76th Avenue off Springfield Boulevard. Bring low chairs or blanket.

“My Lovely Ladies: The Dried Floral Art of Natalie Carbone,” will be on view now through Aug. 21 at the Voelker Orth Museum, 149-19 38 Ave., Flushing. Gallery hours are Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday from 1-4 p.m.

A morning of music with Darlene Graham on Wednesday, Aug. 10 at 10:30 a.m. at Crocheron Park, Buz O’Rourke Playground.

The Maria Rose International Doll Museum, 187-11 Linden Blvd., St. Albans, exhibits are open Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 12:30-4:30 p.m. Cost is $5 for adults, $2.50 for children.


AUDITIONS Senior Theatre Acting Repertory holds acting rehearsals on Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m. at Hollis Public Library, 202-05 Hillside Ave. and on Fridays at 10:30 a.m. at Queens Village Library, 94-11 217th St. For information, call the director’s assistant at (718) 776-0529.

THEATRE The HCJ Teen Drama Group, 111-02 86 Ave., Richmond Hill, presents “The Music Man” on Thursday, Aug. 4 at 7 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, Aug. 5 and 6 at 8 p.m. and Sunday Aug. 7 at 3 p.m. Tickets are $10, $8 for children and seniors. For information call (718) 847-1860 or e-mail St. Gregory’s Theatre Group presents the musical “West Side Story” Aug. 5, 6, 10, 11, 12 and 13 and 8 p.m. and Aug. 7 and 14 at 2 p.m. at Gregorian Hall, 244-44 87 Ave., Bellerose. Tickets are $18 for adults, $15 for seniors, $7 for children in advance; $2 more at the door. For tickets, e-mail or call (718) 989-2451. The Jubilee Cluster Players present the musical “Stop The World I Want to Get Off” on Friday, Aug. 5 at 8 p.m. at United Methodist Church of Glendale, 66-14 Central Ave.; Saturday, Aug. 6 at 7 p.m. and Sunday, Aug. 7 at 3 p.m. at Trinity Reformed Church, 66-30 60 Place, Ridgewood; and Saturday, Aug. 13 at 7 p.m. and Sunday, Aug. 14 at 3 p.m. at Community United Methodist Church, 75-27 Metropolitan Ave., Middle Village. Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for children. Hip to Hip Theatre Company, celebrating its fifth season of free Shakespeare in the park in Queens, will be offering “Much Ado About Nothing” and “Othello” in repertory now through Aug. 20. These 90minute productions are free. Bring blankets or low chairs. The schedule includes: “Much Ado About Nothing on Aug. 9 at 7 p.m.; “Much Ado About Nothing” and “Othello” on Aug. 10 at 7:30 p.m.; Aug. 4, Fort Totten Park, Bayside, “Othello” and “Much Ado Abut Nothing” on Aug. 11 at 7 p.m.; Aug. 5, Voelker Orth Museum, Flushing, “Much Ado About Nothing” and “Othello” on Aug. 12 at 7:30 p.m.; Aug. 6, Gantry Plaza State Park, Long Island City, “Othello” and “Much Ado About Nothing” on Aug. 13 at 7:30 p.m.; Aug. 7, Forest Park, Woodhaven, “Much Ado About Nothing” and “Othello” on Aug. 14 at 7 p.m.; Aug. 17, Our Saviour Lutheran Church, 92-14 63 Drive, Rego Park, “Much Ado About Nothing” at 7:30 p.m.; and Aug. 18, Flushing Meadows Park, Ederele Terrace, “Much Ado About Nothing” at 7:30 p.m.

Percussia will perform at Gantry State Park in Long Island City on Aug. 9. PHOTO BY ANNA ROZENBLAT; COURTESY PERCUSSIA.ORG

Queens Theatre in the Park presents the comedy “A Jew Grows in Brooklyn” now through Aug. 21 in Flushing Meadows Park. Tickets are $49.50-$39.50, QTP subscribers are $41 and are available at the box office, by phone (718) 760-0064 or online at

FILM The Greek Cultural Center, 26-80 30 St., Astoria, invites the public to its annual free Summer Film Festival which opens now through Sept. 4. This year they celebrate Greek actor/director Thanasis Veggos and Greek American actor/director/writer and two-time Academy Award winner, Elia Kazan. All films are in Greek, and will be shown every Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 6 p.m. St. Joseph Catholic Church, 43-19 30 Ave., Astoria will hold weekly movie nights on Fridays through Sept. 2. On Aug. 5 see “Secretariat” in the school yard. Bring chairs. Come at 7 p.m. for a free barbecue dinner. Movies follow at sundown. Free movies in Cunningham Park at 8 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 8 “Breakfast with Scot”; Thursday, Aug. 11 “Rent”; Monday, Aug. 15 “Despicable Me”; and Thursday, Aug. 18 “Grown Ups.” The movies will take place near the bocce courts. Enter the park through the parking lot on Union Turnpike at 196th Place. Bring your own chairs. Outdoor Cinema 2011: Celebrating the Cultural Diversity of Queens on Wednesdays, Aug. 10 and 17 at 7 p.m. at Socrates Sculpture Park, 32-01 Vernon Blvd., Long Island City. This annual international film festival focuses on a different country or culture each Wednesday evening. Now in its 13th year, this program invites visitors to sample regional cuisine from neighborhood restaurants, picnic on the grass, see musical and dance performances, enjoy the cool waterfront breeze as the sun sets over the Manhattan skyline and watch international films on an outdoor screen. The New York Irish Center, 10-40 Jackson Ave., Long Island City, presents Irish Movie Night, featuring “My Left Foot” on Friday, Aug. 12 at 7:30 p.m. Free refreshments. Tickets are $11, $6 for seniors and students and can be purchased at

MUSIC A concert featuring several area rock bands will be held at the Onderdonk House, 1820 Flushing Ave., Ridgewood, on Saturday, Aug. 6 from 4 p.m.-midnight. Cost is $10 and all proceeds will go to the historic house. Percussia, a chamber music ensemble will perform on Tuesday, Aug. 9 at 7 p.m. at Gantry State Park in Long Island City. “Oh What a Night” a musical tribute to Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons will be presents on Wednesday, Aug. 10 at 7:30 p.m. at Maspeth Federal Savings Bank’s main office parking lot on 69th Street and Grand Avenue.

FLEA MARKETS Faith Mission’s summer flea market will be held every Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. now through Oct. 1 at 114-40 Van Wyck Expressway, South Ozone Park.

OUTDOOR The Urban Rangers will lead a free canoe tour of Willow Lake on Saturday, Aug. 6 at 9 a.m. on the east side of Meadow Lake between the Van Wyck Expressway and the lake, just beyond the small foot bridge, near the Jewel Avenue overpass. The rangers will provide canoes, paddles, vests and other gear. The Flushing Meadows Corona Park Conservancy is sponsoring the tour.

TOUR Explore the 19th century Fort Totten fortress in Bayside that helped protect New York City’s harbor from possible naval attack on Sunday, Aug. 7 at 10 a.m. Meet at Fort Totten Visitor Center, Building 502.

FOR KIDS To get families ready for back-to-school, the Catholic Charities Queens Community Centers are hosting “Kids Fun Day.” Activities include games, woodcraft projects, arts and crafts, karate and yoga, along with a special presentation by McGruff the Crime Dog, health screenings and much more. Participants will receive free limited

Learn the basics of Capoeira, a martial arts form from 16th century Brazil with Eric Fungo on Saturday, Aug. 6 and Saturday, Aug. 13 both at 9:15 a.m. at Idlewild Cricket Field in Idlewild Park Preserve, 223rd Street and 148th Avenue in Springfield Gardens. Free self-defense seminar for teenage girls on Saturday, Aug. 6 at and Saturday, Aug. 13 both at 4 p.m. at Born-2-Win Martial Arts, 108-15 Jamaica Ave., Richmond Hill. Pre-registration is required. Call (718) 724-4116. Participants will learn effective and easy to learn self-defense techniques and the three keys to situational awareness and how not to look like a potential victim. A defensive driving course for insurance and point reduction will be given at St. Mel’s Church, 26-15 154 St., Flushing on Saturday, Aug. 6 from 9 a.m.3:30 p.m. For information and registration, call (631) 360-9720. The cost is $45. The US Coast Guard Auxiliary, Flotilla 12-01 at Fort Totten in Bayside, suggests preparing for the summer afloat by enrolling in one of their boating classes on Aug. 14 at Fort Totten in Bayside. Pre-registration is required. Cost starts at $75. Contact Mike Kaff at (917) 952-7014 or e-mail A one-hour auto clinic for women is held the third Saturday of every month at 3:30 p.m. at Great Bear Auto Repair Shop, 164-16 Sanford Ave., Flushing. Call to reserve at (718) 762-6212. Dance with instructions at Italian Charities of America, 83-20 Queens Blvd., Elmhurst, every Monday and Friday, 7:15-8 p.m. From 8-11 p.m. will be a dance social. Music by Sal Escott. Admission is $10. Yoga classes are now being held at the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, 76-11 37 Ave., Room 204, Jackson Heights. All levels are welcomed. Classes are held Saturdays, from 10-11 a.m. and Sundays, 9:30-10:30 a.m. Classes held during the week include, meditation, ayurvedic, yoga philosophy and Sanskrit language instruction. Minimum donation is $5. For information, call Rashid at (646) 912-1885 or Shree at (646) 417-2252. Southeast Queens Camera Club presents “Introduction to Digital Photography,” free photography classes on Tuesdays at 7:30 p.m. at Roy Wilkins Park, Administration Building, second floor, Baisley Boulevard and Merrick Road, Jamaica now through Aug. 23. Call (718) 723-6849 or (516) 328-3776. Hillcrest Jewish Center, 183-02 Union Turnpike, Flushing, offers Israeli folk dancing on Mondays from 7:159:45 p.m. Cost is $10 for nonmembers, $9 for members.

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Class acts heat up PS1 this August song by French powerhouse Justice, UK duo Simian Mobile Disco are in high demand for their DJing skills. Come early, since they’re not the day’s headliners, and be prepared to dance.

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Long Island City’s PS1 has thrown its annual summer concert series for 14 years, but it’s only been in the last five that the Saturday summer shows — called Summer Warm Ups — have become a must-see for contemporary music fans. From now until Sept. 3 there will be five Warm Ups, each one featuring anywhere between four and six just-breaking and established acts. PS1, a former schoolhouse, is the Modern Museum of Art’s experimental arm,

Saturday, Aug. 13 - Black Dice Not for the faint of heart, this art noise group from Brooklyn have changed a lot since their thrashing days. Now they’re more focused on keeping the beat going while pushing the sonic envelope. “They have a big following in New York,” Nguyen noted.

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and in keeping with that mandate, the younger museum has, for the last two years, recruited cutting-edge DJs, bands and musicians as ”curated” by a special committee of recording industry insiders and music journalists. “They’re making really thoughtful choices,” said Phil Nguyen, a music video producer at online radio station BreakThru Radio. The Warm Ups, Nguyen noted, bring people from all over to Queens, which is too often plagued by what he called a “geographic stigma.”

Montreal native Claire Boucher makes ethereal electro pop that’s perfect for the summer haze. Listen for “Crystal Ball” and “Vanessa,” the gems from her EP “Darkbloom,” co-produced with fellow Quebecois d’Eon and released last May.


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Ehrenreich’s talents were obvious from an early age, and he found himself performing in a band in the Catskills, the upstate resort area where many entertainers got their start, at the age of 12. Television and Broadway eventually followed. But this show, which Ehrenreich has been performing on tour since 2006, generally eschews show business memories in favor of funny, familiar and melancholic tales about his quirky family, including the illnesses which struck several loved ones. His family’s history, dominated by the shadow of

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Independence Residences Inc will hold its annual Queens Walk About in Cunningham Park in Fresh Meadows. All monies raised will support individuals in residential, day and family sport service programs. For more information on the walk, go to

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.



Macedonia AME Church, Flushing, in celebration of its year-long bicentennial anniversary, is hosting a homecoming/reunion weekend on Aug. 57. A get acquainted reception and fish fry will be held on Friday at 6 p.m. Saturday will consist of an old-fashioned church picnic at Hempstead Lake Park at 9 a.m. with breakfast and concluding on Sunday at 9:45 a.m. with a homecoming worship service. Friends of Macedonia are invited to attend the festivities. For more information, call the church office at (718) 353-5870.

Cross Community Baptist Church is holding private marriage counseling sessions by a certified counselor for only $15 per session for the months of July and August. It’s on a first come first serve basis. To make an appointment call (212) 518-7202.

SOCIAL ACTIVITIES Italian Charities of America, 83-20 Queens Blvd., Elmhurst will hold Saturday dances on Aug. 6 and 20. Music by Jean and Joe from 8 p.m.-midnight. Cost is $10. The Singles Center of the Samuel Field Y, 58-20 Little Neck Parkway, Little Neck, presents Wednesday Nite Rap for singles 45+ on Aug. 10 at 7:30 p.m. Cost is $9.

The Queens Counseling Services of the Foundation of Relig ion and Mental Health announces that a free summer bereavement group will run to Aug. 16 on Wednesdays from 67 p.m. at Grace Episcopal Church, 14-15 Clintonville St., Whitestone. For more information or to sign up, call (718) 461-6393. The Center for the Women of New York announces that it is now accepting registration for a new session of their Women’s Support Group. It meets at Queensborough Hall, 120-55 Queens Blvd., Room 325, Kew Gardens every Thursday from 6-7:30 p.m. For information and an interview appointment, call (718) 793-0672.


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“The Wisdom and Madness of Rufus, William and Cyrus King,” a lecture by Joshua Smith, will be held on Saturday, Aug. 6 at 5 p.m. at King Manor, on Jamaica Avenue in Jamaica. Free; reservations required. Contact Rebecca Gavin at Call (718) 206-0545, ext. 13.

SMART Recovery, a free self-help group dedicated to assisting individuals in overcoming all types of addictive behavior problems, meets on Sunday, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Long Island Consultation Center, 97-29 64th Road, Rego Park.



The Charles B. Wang Community Health Center will host its annual health and education fair on Saturday, Aug. 6 at 136-26 37 Ave. in Flushing from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Good Health Day will offer a variety of health screening tests and interactive education on preventing diseases and maintaining healthy life styles.

An Alzheimer’s Adult Day program is held on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday, 157-16 65 Ave., Flushing. Door to door transportation included. Call (718) 358-3541.

Humanity Service Incorp., a nonprofit that helps the needy, has a free clinic of mental and medical health services from 6-8 p.m. every Friday. There is also a food pantry that is open during this time. These services are located at 92-17 101 Ave., Ozone Park. For more information, call (718) 845-1901. Join the Walkers for Wellness Club at New Hope Lutheran Church of Jamaica. Under the guidance of a walking leader, you will walk two to three times each week at a comfortable pace. The club is open to walkers of all ages and abilities. The walking schedule is Tuesdays and Thursdays at 7 p.m. and Saturdays at 8 a.m. Weather permitting, meet at the church, located at 167-24 118 Ave.

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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1939-40 World’s Fair exhibit on display at QMA through Aug. 14 “President Opens Fair as a Symbol of Peace,” The New York Times declared in its top headline of May 1, 1939. “Vast Spectacle of Color and World Progress Thrills Enthusiastic Crowds on the First Day.” The peace lasted only another four months, to the day, but the fair ran until October, and then again from April to October the next year. Now there are but 10 days left to see “Future Perfect: ReConstructing the 1939 New York World’s Fair,” the Queens Museum of Art’s exhibit of photographs, blueprints and original documents from the spectacle in the heart of Queens. The fair was the first step in Robert Moses’ transformation of what had once been a bucolic meadow and then a massive city dump into today’s Flushing Meadows Park. Its theme was “The World of Tomorrow,” and it featured fantastical modernist pieces of architecture like the Trylon, an obelisk-like spire 700 feet tall, and the Perisphere, a massive globe that housed exhibits. Nylon, color photography and air conditioning also made their debuts at the fair. The QMA is located in the fair’s New York City Building, and can be reached at Q (718) 592-9700 for further details. — Peter C. Mastrosimone

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67-36 79TH STREET, LLC, a domestic Limited Liability Company (LLC), filed with the Sec of State of NY on 4/19/11. NY Office location: Queens County. SSNY is designated as agent upon whom process against the LLC may be served. SSNY shall mail a copy of any process against the LLC served upon him/her to the LLC, 40-48 Junction Blvd., Corona, NY 11368. General Purposes. LIFE ON PURPOSE, LLC, a domestic Limited Liability Company (LLC), filed with the Sec of State of NY on 5/25/11. NY Office location: Queens County. SSNY is designated as agent upon whom process against the LLC may be served. SSNY shall mail a copy of any process against the LLC served upon him/her to The Bozeman Law Firm, LLP, Six Gramatan Ave., 5th Fl., Mt. Vernon, NY 10550. General Purposes. SMALL BUSINESS VALUATION, LLC, a domestic Limited Liability Company (LLC), filed with the Sec of State of NY on 5/16/11. NY Office location: Queens County. SSNY is designated as agent upon whom process against the LLC may be served. SSNY shall mail a copy of any process against the LLC served upon him/her to Humaira Choudhury, 8675 Midland Pkwy., 2B, Jamaica Estates, NY 11432. General Purposes.

332 Starr Realty LLC. Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 1/11/07. Office in Queens County. SSNY designated agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to 66-02 79th St., Middle Village, NY 11379. Purpose: General.

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111th Avenue LLC. Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 6/1/11. Office in Queens County. SSNY designated agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to 102-10 Metropolitan Ave., Ste. 200, Forest Hills, NY 11375. Purpose: General.

Notice of Formation of Limited Liability Company. Name: Feministing LLC. Articles of Organization were filed with the Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 12/31/2010. 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 Vanessa Valenti, 34-19 29th St., Apt. 6B, Astoria, NY 11106. The general purpose: For any lawful purpose.

HD Endurance LLC. Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 5/18/11. Office in Queens County. SSNY designated agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to HD Endurance, 13-25 141st St., Malba, NY 11357. Purpose: General.

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SQ page 47 Icorporate Consulting, LLC. Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 4/18/11. Office in Queens County. SSNY designated agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to C/O Maria Contreras, Esq., 7261 113th St., Ste. 7-O, Forest Hills, NY 11375. Purpose: General.

Name: 3909 MAIN STREET, LLC. Art. of Org. Filed Sec. of State of NY 6/7/2011. Off. Loc.: Queens Co. SSNY designated as agent upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY to mail copy of process to THE LLC, 5708 39th Ave., Woodside, NY 11377. Purpose: Any lawful act or activity.

Notice of Formation of Limited Liability Company. Resilient Care Physical Therapy, LLC. Articles of Organization were filed with the Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 5/6/2011. 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 C/O UNITED STATES CORPORATION AGENTS, INC., 7014 13TH AVENUE, SUITE 202, BROOKLYN, NY 11228. The general purpose: For any lawful purpose.

NOTICE OF FORMATION OF LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY. NAME: BONNIE LLC. Articles of Organization were filed with the Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 01/22/99. The latest date of dissolution is 02/01/2045. 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, 31-50 31st Street, Astoria, New York 11106. Purpose: For any lawful purpose.

NOTICE OF FORMATION of NY EASTAR, LLC. Arts of Org. filed with NY Secy. of State (SSNY) on 6/21/2011. Office location: Queens County. SSNY is designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against in may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: Michael X. Tang, Esq., 39-01 Main Street, Suite 203, Flushing, NY 11354. Purpose: any lawful act.

CITATION File No.: 2010-5050 SURROGATE’S COURT, QUEENS COUNTY THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, BY THE GRACE OF GOD, FREE AND INDEPENDENT To: ROBERT S. ENGEL, JOAN HERMAN COLEMAN, ARLENE HERMAN BROWN, HELENE RICH, GRAHAM STRAUSS, LORRAINE STRAUSS SESSA, THE QUEENS COUNTY PUBLIC ADMINISTRATOR, THE ATTORNEY GENERAL OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK AND RUTH STRAUSS, IF LIVING AND IF DEAD, TO HER HEIRS AT LAW, NEXT OF KIN AND DISTRIBUTEES, WHOSE NAMES AND PLACES OF RESIDENCE ARE UNKNOWN AND IF SHE DIED SUBSEQUENT TO THE DECEDENT HEREIN, TO HER EXECUTORS, ADMINISTRATORS, LEGATEES, DEVISEES, ASSIGNEES AND SUCCESSORS IN INTEREST WHOSE NAME AND PLACES OF RESIDENCE ARE UNKNOWN AND TO ALL OTHER HEIRS AT LAW, NEXT OF KIN AND DISTRIBUTEES OF ZELDA FREDERICS, THE DECEDENT HEREIN, WHOSE NAMES AND PLACES OF RESIDENCE ARE UNKNOWN AND CANNOT AFTER DILIGENT INQUIRY BE ASCERTAINED. A petition having been duly filed by MICHAEL SPIEGEL, who is domiciled at 38-15 Bowne Street, Flushing, New York 11354, USA. You are hereby cited to show cause before the Surrogate’s Court, Queens County, at 88-11 Sutphin Blvd., Jamaica, New York, on September 29, 2011, at 9:30 o’clock in the forenoon of that day, why a decree should not be made in the estate of ZELDA FREDERICS, lately domiciled at 38-15 Bowne Street, #3G, Flushing, New York 11354, United States, admitting a to probate a Will dated July 7, 2009, a copy of which is attached, as the Will of ZELDA FREDERICS, deceased, relating to real and personal property, and directing that: Letters Testamentary issue to Michael Spiegel. Dated, Attested and Sealed, July 29, 2011 HON. PETER KELLY, Surrogate MARGARET M. GRIBBON, CHIEF CLERK MICHAEL M. LIPPMAN, Esq., Attorney at law, (914) 478-8400, 135 Southside Avenue, Hastings-On-Hudson, New York 10706. Note: This citation is served upon you as required by law. You are not required to appear in person. 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.

Notice of Formation of BEVERAGES TO-GO LLC. Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 05/16/11. Office location: Queens County. Princ. office of LLC: 136-20 Roosevelt Ave., Ste. #13, Flushing, NY 11354. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to the LLC, 420 Great Neck Rd., Great Neck, NY 11021. The regd. agent of the company upon whom and at which process against the company can be served is Spiegel & Utrera, P.A., P.C., 1 Maiden Ln., 5th Fl., NY, NY 10038. Purpose: Any lawful activity.

Notice of Formation of SOLO REAL ESTATE MGMT. LLC, a domestic LLC. Arts. of Org. filed with the SSNY on 06/22/2011. Office location: Queens County. SSNY has been designated as agent upon whom process against the LLC may be served. SSNY shall mail a copy of process to: Antonio Di Saverio, 41-63 71 St., Woodside, NY 11377. Purpose: Any Lawful Purpose.

Notice of Formation of Wang Chen Dental Care PLLC. Art. of Org.filed with the Secretary of State of NY (SSNY) on 01/05/2011. Office location: Queens County. SSNY designated as agent of PLLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to: 39-15 Main St., Ste. 505, Flushing, NY 11354. Purpose: practice the profession of dentistry.

Notice of Formation of 148 EAST 123RD STREET LLC. Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 6/27/11. Office location: Queens County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: c/o Gloria LoSchiavo, 138-22 11th Ave., Whitestone, NY 11357. Purpose: any lawful activity.

CITATION File No.: 2010-1531/A THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, BY THE GRACE OF GOD, FREE AND INDEPENDENT To: Monica Bosse, Walter Kaelber, Attorney General of the State of New York, The unknown distributees, legatees, devisees, heirs at law and assignees of ELSA REXER A/K/A ELSE REXER, 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 ELSA REXER A/K/A ELSE REXER, deceased, who at the time of death was a resident of 61-19 65th Street, Middle Village, NY 11379, 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 ELSA REXER A/K/A ELSE REXER, 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 15 day of September, 2011 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 $16,670.29 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, 18th day of July, 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

GELEC LLC, a domestic Limited Liability Company (LLC), filed with the Sec of State of NY on 6/16/11. NY Office location: Queens County. SSNY is designated as agent upon whom process against the LLC may be served. SSNY shall mail a copy of any process against the LLC served upon him/her to Geptulio Hernandez, 7600 Shore Front Pwy, Apt. 8X, Arverne, NY 11692. General Purposes.

OB HOMES LLC, a domestic Limited Liability Company (LLC), filed with the Sec of State of NY on 5/13/11. NY Office location: Queens County. SSNY is designated as agent upon whom process against the LLC may be served. SSNY shall mail a copy of any process against the LLC served upon him/her to the LLC, 67-58 Austin St., Forest Hills, NY 11375. General Purposes.

Notice of Formation of Limited Liability Company. Name: The Allman Dunbar Brokerage LLC. Articles of Organization were filed with the Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 06/29/2011. 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 the LLC, 118-42 Marsden Street, Queens, NY 11434. The general purpose: For any lawful purpose.

NOTICE OF FORMATION OF LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY. NAME: GREENPOINT CITYVIEW, LLC. Articles of Organization were filed with the Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 07/11/11. 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 Law Offices of William Cafaro, 19 West 44th Street, Suite 1500, New York, New York 10036. Purpose: For any lawful purpose.

NOTICE OF FORMATION OF LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY. NAME: 208 GREAT NECK REALTY LLC. Articles of Organization were filed with the Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 06/13/11. 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, 289 Fulton Street, Farmingdale, New York 11735. Purpose: For any lawful purpose.

139-48 QUEENS BLVD. LLC Articles of Org. filed NY Sec. of State (SSNY) 9/17/2010. Office in Queens Co. SSNY desig. agent of LLC upon whom process may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to 676 W. Merrick Rd., Valley Stream, NY 11580. Purpose: Any lawful purpose. Principal business location: 139-48 Queens Blvd., Jamaica, NY 11435.

Notice of Formation of Frutas and Veggies, LLC. Articles of Organization filed with the Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 5/19/2011. Office located in Queens County. SSNY has been designated for service of process. SSNY shall mail copy of process served against the LLC to 108-51 37th Drive, Corona, NY 11368. Purpose: any lawful purpose.

Notice of Formation of 24-36 27TH STREET, LLC. Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 07/01/11. Office location: Queens County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to the LLC, 151 Valley View Ave., Ridgewood, NJ 07450. Purpose: Any lawful activity.

Notice of Formation of 150-31 14TH AVENUE LLC. Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 6/27/11. Office location: Queens County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: c/o Gloria LoSchiavo, 138-22 11th Ave., Whitestone, NY 11357. Purpose: any lawful activity.

Notice is hereby given that a license, number 1255622, for eating place beer has been applied for by the undersigned to sell beer at retail in a restaurant under the Alcoholic Beverage Control Law at 43-67 Kissena Boulevard, Flushing, New York 11355 for onpremises consumption. Applicant - Pramukh 43 Inc.

NOTICE OF FORMATION OF PROFESSIONAL SERVICE LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY. NAME: ERICA PAPATHOMAS DPM, PLLC. Articles of Organization were filed with the Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 07/15/11. Office location: Queens County. SSNY has been designated as agent of the PLLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail a copy of process to the PLLC, 24-59 24th Street, Astoria, New York 11102. Purpose: For the practice of the profession of Podiatry.

42 BERRIAN LLC, a domestic Limited Liability Company (LLC), filed with the Sec of State of NY on 5/5/11. NY Office location: Queens County. SSNY is designated as agent upon whom process against the LLC may be served. SSNY shall mail a copy of any process against the LLC served upon him/her to Della Mura & Ciacci LLP, 981 Allerton Ave., Bronx, NY 10469. General Purposes.

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NOTICE OF FORMATION OF LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY. NAME: 11-30 46th ROAD, LLC. Articles of Organization were filed with the Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 01/09/09. 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 Ivar Goldart, 11 Bettina Court, Hampton Bays, New York 11946. Purpose: For any lawful purpose.

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SQ page 48 Notice of Formation of Segadey L.L.C., a domestic or foreign Limited Liability Company (LLC). Articles of Organization filed with Secretary of State on June 2, 2011. NY Office location: Queens County. Secretary of State is designated as agent upon whom 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 119-16 204th Street, St. Albans, NY 11412. Purpose: Any lawful activity.

Notice of Formation of Vernon Real Estate Holding Company, LLC. Articles of Organization filed with Secretary of State of NY (SSNY) on 05/19/2011. Office location: Queens County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: Kenneth Abrahami, 33-18 57th Street, Woodside, NY 11377. Purpose: any lawful activity. NOTICE is hereby given that an Order entered by the Civil Court, Queens County on 7/18/11, bearing Index Number NC-000536-11/QU, a copy of which may be examined at the Office of the Clerk, located at 89-17 Sutphin Blvd., Jamaica, New York, in Record Room 357, grants me the right to assume the name of Larion Ross. My present name is Larion Abdurakhmanov. My present address is 150-38 Union Tnpk., #2E, Flushing, NY 11367. My place of birth is New York. My date of birth is July 25, 1999.

NOTICE OF FORMATION OF LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY. NAME: H.B. LANG REALTY LLC. Articles of Organization were filed with the Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 07/21/11. 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 Denise R. Langweber L.L.P., 3332 Sunrise Highway, Wantagh, New York 11793. Purpose: For any lawful purpose.

RLLCCYCR LLC, a domestic LLC. Arts. of Org. filed with the SSNY on 03/31/2011. Office location: Queens County. SSNY has been designated as agent upon whom process against the LLC may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: Jun Xu, 17-19 Putnam Ave., Suite 3L, Ridgewood, NY 11385. Purpose: Any Lawful Purpose.

JAMESON PLAZA LLC, a domestic LLC. Arts. of Org. filed with the SSNY on 7/18/2011. Office location: Queens County. SSNY has been designated as agent upon whom process against the LLC may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: 4128 College Point Blvd., Flushing, NY 11355. Purpose: Any Lawful Purpose.


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NOTICE is hereby given that an Order entered by the Civil Court, Queens County on 7/22/11, bearing Index Number NC-000624-11/QU, a copy of which may be examined at the Office of the Clerk, located at 89-17 Sutphin Blvd., Jamaica, New York, in Record Room 357, grants me the right to assume the name of Jessica Ann Visconti. My present name is Jessica Ann Hernandez aka Jessica A. Hernandez. My present address is 117-01 Park Lane South, Apt. B6D, Richmond Hill, NY 11418. My place of birth is Manhattan, NY. My date of birth is March 4, 1978.

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Legal Notices Notice of Formation of 5505 ASSOCIATES LLC. Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 07/25/11. Office location: Queens County. Princ. office of LLC: 139-10 28th Rd., Apt. 5B, Flushing, NY 11354. 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: BENAIR HVAC-R LLC. Articles of Organization were filed with the Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 04/19/2011. 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: Ben Avishai Yarkoni, 150-14 Grand Central Parkway, Jamaica, NY 11432. The general purpose: For any lawful purpose. Classified Ad Deadline is 12 Noon on Tuesday for Thursday’s paper.

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Yanks give hope to Haiti kids by Lloyd Carroll Chronicle Contributor

A post office deemed risque

The Forest Hills post office under construction in September 1938 and completed in 1940. The topless female sculpture above the door was criticized at the time. The building behind the facility is labeled “Forest Hills Fireproof Storage.”

by Ron Marzlock Chronicle Contributor

In the 1930s most post off ices in Queens were little candy store-type buildings housing only a few letter carrier routes in a leased building. In June 1936 the Emergency Construction Program Act was passed. Politically strong Forest Hills was able to arrange the construction of a federal building to house a post office, at 126-08 Queens Blvd. The new building was to be a showpiece of the area, topped off with a sculpture called “The Spirit of Communication.” The Art Deco-style work, a bare-breasted woman holding a clock and dove, was denounced by conservative 1938 Forest Hills as bad art in bad taste. But sculptor

Sten Jacobson’s creation was valued at more than $150,000 in 1990, and is protected today and cared for by the General Services Administration. Most other buildings of the era put up by the Works Progress Administration got a painting for artwork. Forest Hills got real sculpture. The other fortunate areas of Queens to secure WPA buildings for a post office were Jackson Heights, Woodhaven, Far Rockaway and Flushing. All of them are protected by landmark status. Today the fine 71-year-old structure facing McDonald Park is dwarfed by the highly concentrated apartment houses which have since engulfed so much of Forest Hills. At least it’s not one of the five post offices in Queens the United States Postal Q Service is considering closing.

Three years ago Yankees media relations director Jason Zillo created HOPE Week — Helping Others Persevere and Excel. Jason wanted to use the leverage of pro sports’ most iconic brand to recognize individuals and organizations who help others beyond the call of duty despite limited financial resources. The fine efforts of Zillo and the Yankees have not gone unnoticed as other baseball clubs have tried to follow suit. Earlier this season there was a “Mets in the Community Week.” Last Wednesday the Yankees honored Queens Village’s Saints Joachim and Anne’s School, which has been educating a number of Haitian children who lost family members and arrived penniless in New York in the aftermath of the horrific Haitian earthquake in January 2010. The Yankees welcomed the students to last Wednesday’s matinee (alas, a dreary 9-2 loss to the Mariners) and then gave them a magical night in Manhattan, including a tour of St. Patrick’s Cathedral conducted by Archbishop Timothy Dolan and a bus tour during which Derek Jeter served them pizza. While I can’t give Mets General Manager Sandy Alderson a hard time for trading AllStar outfielder and free agent-to-be Carlos Beltran to the Giants for highly touted pitching prospect Zach Wheeler, it’s ludicrous to think the 21-year-old hurler is guaranteed to be the second coming of Tom Seaver. Yet, that seems to be the thinking of too many fans, and worse, too many baseball media cognoscenti. The resolution between the National Foot-

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A MIddle Village resident had complained to the city about a tree in front of her house twice in the last two years. Two large limbs came crashing down into her driveway last Friday morning.

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playing basketball in our driveway.” Associate Editor A subsequent call to the office of City Stela Barbu of Middle Village f irst Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley(D— became concerned about the pear tree in Middle Village) sped up the process some. front of her house about two years ago. “They said they’d get on it right away,” “I called 311 and said it needed to be she said. pruned, because it looked top-heavy, and it At approximately 2:45 p.m., firefighters might fall” she said. from Ladder Co. 140 in Ridgewood She called again in March, when the city responded with chain saws in hand. sent out an inspector, resulting in an e-mail. Fire Department spokesman Paul Ianniz“They told me the tree was fine and did- zotto said firefighters often are dispatched to n’t need to be pruned,” she said. similar calls involving trees or downed wires, The facts say otherwise. and will either fix it themselves if it involves Last Friday morning, two large boughs a matter of public safety, or secure the scene joined together in a V-shaped section safely until Con Edison, the Parks Departripped away from the ment or another entitree, crashing onto ty arrives. Barbu’s driveway, Firefighters were damaging her huson scene for approxe take the care and band’s SUV and imately 20 minute completely covered and piled the debris safety of our urban the sidewalk in front by the curb off the of her 61st Road sidewalk and street forest very seriously. home. Iannizzotto said. It All reports of potentially was removed on Based on talks with neighbors, she hazardous conditions ... Saturday. estimates that the A Parks Pepartlimbs came down ment spokeswoman are reviewed as soon sometime between said they have more as possible.” 4:30 and 6 a.m. than 600,000 street “If I had pruned trees, and as of — New York City Parks Department that tree I would Monday were still have been f ined by addressing problems the city,” she said. “I created by storms called 311 this morning and gave them the from Thursday. number of my previous complaints.” “We take the care and safety of our Barbu, a Chronicle employee, was then urban forest very seriously,” said the told it could take up to eight days for a city statement. “All reports of potentially hazcrew to remove the tree. ardous conditions, including those involv“Now my husband’s car is damaged and ing fallen limbs, storm damage or dead or we can’t get it out of the driveway,” she dying trees, are reviewed as soon as possaid. “You can’t walk on the sidewalk and sible, inspected and prioritized according my insurance company said if someone to their urgency. We received dozens of trips over it on my walk I’m liable.” calls about f allen trees and downed “And there are kids all over this block,” branches due to last Thursday’s rainstorm she continued. “If it hadn’t fallen early in and we are in the process of addressing Q the morning, my sons might have been these issues.”


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