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Kendra’s Law back in the spotlight Legislators seeking to tighten, 1999 law for those violently mentally ill by Michael Gannon Editor

t wasn’t supposed to happen again. On Jan. 3, 1999, 23-year-old Kendra Webdale was pushed to her death in front of a New York City subway train. Her killer, Andrew Goldstein, was diagnosed as schizophrenic, but was not taking his medication. He remains in prison, and later that year the state Legislature passed Kendra’s Law, which increased the state’s and mental health professionals’ ability to supervise those who are mentally ill and believed to be dangerous to themselves and others, even to the point of forcing patients to take their medication — when it is enforced. But in the last year alone, NYPD officers William Fair and Philp White were attacked on April 8 in the Bronx by a man whose mother told them he was off his medications and was not taking court-ordered treatment. Nine days later, a man with schizophrenia and bipolar disorder drove a knife into the brain of Officer Eder Loor. The 28-year-old cop was responding to a 911 call from the man’s mother. On Dec. 4, Elmhurst resident Ki Suk Han, 58, was thrown in front of a Q train at the 49th Street subway station in Manhattan after an altercation with a man with a long arrest record. His accused killer, Naem Davis, a

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Police gather outside the 40th/Lowery Street subway station on Dec. 29 in Sunnyside, when a man was pushed to his death, allegedly by a woman with a history of psychiatric issues and violence. State legislators this year will try and close loopholes in existing laws. PHOTO BY STEVE MALECKI homeless man, allegedly said voices in his head told him to push the man. On Dec. 29, Sunando Sen, 46, of Corona, was pushed under a subway train to his death from a No. 7 train platform in Sunnyside. His accused killer, has a history of mental illness and assaultive behavior.

Webdale’s parents lobbied the legislature tirelessly to pass the first Kendra’s Law. Now state Sen. Catherine Young (ROlean) and Assemblywoman Aileen Gunther (D-Monticello) are introducing bills this session that they hope will close loopholes, the foremost of which would be to make

Kendra’s Law permanent, rather than having it periodically sunset as it has since 1999. Their companion bills would: • Increase the maximum length of court supervision of treatment from the current six months to one year; • Require that the appropriate authorities pick up supervision of such cases when a patient moves to a new county within the state; • Require evaluations from mental health institutions and prisons after those with mental illness are released so that they do not fall through the cracks and; • Require the state’s Off ice of Mental Health to prepare educational pamphlets explaining the process for family members looking to get help for relatives with mental illness. “I was an emergency room nurse,” Gunther said Monday in a telephone interview with the Queens Chronicle. “I have seen the effects of this up close ... We have to close those loopholes. And we can’t let this law sunset.” The bill failed to make it out of the Assembly’s Mental Health Committee last year. The Chronicle was able to contact all but one of the members of the state Senate and continued on page 33

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Railroad, parkland or nothing at all Battle lines develop over future of old Rockaway Beach LIRR branch by Domenick Rafter Associate Editor

For more than 50 years, the abandoned Rockaway Beach Long Island Rail Road line has sat vacant — a relic to a generation when Central and South Queens looked more like a suburb than part of a major city. Quiet since 1962, its tracks are still there, hidden by overgrowth. The steel towers that once carried power lines still stand along most of the line. On the section of the viaduct in Ozone Park, the black towers still dominate the neighborhood skyline. Now the ruin that runs through the heart of a number of residential neighborhoods is at the center of a brewing storm over its future. Three options have been suggested for the line, which begins at the LIRR’s main line in Rego Park and ends where it meets the A train in Ozone Park. Some have proposed bringing trains — either a subway or LIRR branch — back to the line, others are discussing the possibility of turning it into a

park, like Manhattan’s High Line. A third option, favored by residents who live near the line, is to leave it alone. Support for the different ideas is largely divided on geographic lines. Those from the southern neighborhoods, especially in Community Board 10, support rail service; leaders of Community Board 9, which includes Woodhaven and Richmond Hill, support a park. Those from the extreme nor ther n end and residents of Woodhaven, where the line runs adjacent to backyards, want it cleaned and left alone. The debate over the rail line reignited late last month when it was announced Gov. Cuomo’s administration was giving over $400,000 in grant money to The Trust for Public Land, an advocacy group that helps build parks and playgrounds in cities, to study the possibility of a High Line-like park called the Queensway. The park option — favored by CB 9 chairwoman Andrea Crawford and former chairman and

Richmond Hill Historical Society President Ivan Mrakovcic — would turn the line into an overhead park and trail connecting Forest Park to the surrounding communities. “We firmly believe that the creation of this greenway will greatly enhance the quality of life in the communities of south central Queens,” CB 9 wrote on its website. “It would be an asset to the community and would take the place of the abandoned right-ofway of the former LIRR Rockaway Beach Branch.” The Trust for Public Land’s New York State Director Marc Matsil said the group will be planning public meetings with the community boards to discuss the project as part of its contract with the state in which it received the grant money. Travis Terry, a Forest Hills resident who is part of the advocacy group Friends of the Queensway, said they have been gauging the level of support and ideas from the community since before the grant was issued.

One of the steel towers that carried power along the old Rockaway Beach LIRR PHOTO BY DOMENICK RAFTER line adjacent to a backyard in Glendale. “We’ve really just been on a listening tour,” he said. “It’s been very informative.” Terry said he expected to continue working with The Trust for

Public Land and said he senses “some real excitement” in the community about the idea. Terry added studies have shown continued on page 25

Students return to PS 207 after Sandy Howard Beach school damaged by hurricane welcomes kids back by Domenick Rafter

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When students of PS 207 left school on Friday, Oct. 26, no students believed the next time they’d return to their classrooms again would be in 2013. But when Sandy struck Queens three days later, the school in the Rockwood Park section of Howard Beach fell victim to the hurricane’s storm surge. Sandy’s floodwaters rose around the school to nearly six feet, flooding the basement. When the storm cleared, the damage was extensive; 17 feet of salt water sat in the basement, mixing with 32,000 gallons of heating oil that spilled as a result of the flood. The school’s electric system was destroyed and needed to be replaced. The DOE announced in November it had planned to open the school when students returned from the winter break on Jan. 2, though many were skeptical the work could be done in time. The school was visited by top city officials, including Mayor Bloomberg and Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott in November to announce funding for citywide post-Sandy infrastructure repair. At the time, the school was cold, dreary and dark — power was still out to the build-

PS 207 during Mayor Bloomberg’s visit in November, as work was being done to fix the school after Hurricane Sandy’s storm surge filled the school’s basement with 17 feet of salt water and a PHOTO BY DOMENICK RAFTER ruptured oil tank leaked 32,000 gallons of oil. ing. Plastic lined the floors and the faint smell of bleach lingered throughout the corridors. Construction workers wearing hardhats and jeans caked in dust and soot roamed the classrooms. For those who were able to peek inside the school, it seemed impossible to believe it would be ready for class by January. In fact rumors spread through the neighborhood after the storm that the damage was so

severe, the school would have to be torn down completely and rebuilt. Since the hurricane, the basement has been thoroughly cleaned, asbestos abatement has been performed, power has been restored, and temporary boilers have been installed. On Jan. 2, students returned from their winter break — not to their temporary host schools, but back to PS 207. The students had been temporarily relocat-

ed elsewhere since New York City schools reopened a week after the hurricane. Most of PS 207’s students were sent to PS 232 in Lindenwood, but some were sent to Spring Creek Educational Campus in East New York, Brooklyn and others to Long Island City. Jennifer Fernandes has two children in PS 207 — a son in sixth grade and a daughter in fourth grade. After Sandy, both children went to different schools. Her daughter was relocated to PS 232, but her son was sent to Long Island City for two weeks before both children were sent to class at Spring Creek. Fernandes said she had few complaints about the relocation. “The buses were f ine, everything was fine,” she said. “The kids really liked the school.” Parents at some schools that were damaged by the storm — such as PS 114 in Rockaway — expressed concern about whether or not the schools were actually safe, but Fernandes said she and other parents were not concened with PS 207. She said the school administration kept parents regularly updated on the situation both at the relocated sites and at the PS 207 building. “They did a really good job keeping us Q informed,” she said.


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Less than a week into the new year, South Queens has registered its first murder of 2013. A Brooklyn man was shot dead and another man was hurt in what police say were two separate incidents outside the same nightclub in Richmond Hill before dawn on Sunday. Police responded to a call of a man assaulted outside Flavor Lounge at 117-03 Hillside Ave. around 3:30 a.m. on Sunday morning. When they arrived, they discovered Kwasi Olatunji, 36, of Canarsie, Brooklyn shot twice in the torso on the street near the club. He was taken to Jamaica Hospital Medical Center where he later died. A second man, a 27-year-old whom police declined to identify, was stabbed in the leg with a broken bottle and was also taken to Jamaica Hospital Medical Center where he was listed in stable condition. No arrests have been made in connection with either incident and police say the investigation is ongoing. They say they do not believe the two incidents are directly related. The nightclub is located at the same site of the famed Jahn’s ice cream parlor, a neighborhood staple for decades until it closed in 2007. A Mexican restaurant occupied the site until the Flavor Lounge opened a year ago. The night of the incident, the club was hosting its “Exotic Saturdays� event, which was heavily promoted on the establishment's Facebook page. The morning after the shooting incident, the club’s owners posted a statement on Facebook. “This morning we had an unfortunate incident outside of Flavor Lounge. We are cooperating with everyone to see this inci-

dent resolved,� the statement read. The club was open for business Sunday evening. A police van idled across the street from the crime scene at Myrtle and Hillside avenues Monday morning as local residents stood by, looking at the blood on the sidewalk, which could be easily mistaken for red spray paint. Neighbors who live near Flavor Lounge said there have not been any serious incidents to their knowledge stemming from the club, but there has been noise. “Sometimes you hear people hanging out on the corner late at night,� said one neighbor, who lives in an apartment nearby, “But nothing too serious. Certainly nothing like this.� He said he had never called to complain about the noise, and did not know if anyone else had. “They’re sometimes loud while waiting for cabs or walking to the train,� he said. “I’d be surprised if no one else has called.� He added that he had never seen police come to the club before. The 102nd Precinct and Community Board 9 have often fielded complaints from residents and some business owners of noise, fights and lewd behavior allegedly stemming from partygoers leaving nightclubs, bars and other establishments along Jamaica Avenue, mainly between Woodhaven Boulevard and the Van Wyck Expressway. Sunday’s shooting was not the first involving a fight outside a nightclub in the area. A man was shot dead last October on 102nd Street after a fight occurred outside of a billiards hall on Jamaica Avenue, about a mile from where Sunday’s incident took place. continued on page 16


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Aside from gaming, a fine State of the State ov. Cuomo offered a number of excellent proposals in his State of the State Address Wednesday, on issues from gun control to election reform to education. But he messed up on one topic of great importance to Queens in particular — casino gambling — flip-flopping from the position he held just a year ago and proposing an idea that really just doesn’t make much sense. Cuomo said he wants to allow three new casinos statewide, all of them in vaguely defined “upstate.” Last year he had suggested allowing seven new gaming centers — off Indian reservations, where they’re already legal — as well as allowing the highly successful Resorts World Casino at Aqueduct Race Track in South Ozone Park to offer full table games. Right now Resorts World patrons can only play electronic versions of the games people travel out of state for. Allowing casinos upstate only makes no sense. For one thing, what exactly does Cuomo mean by “upstate”? As a Queens native, he could mean anything north of Van Cortlandt Park at the edge of the Bronx, but he could also mean the Adirondacks, the Central Leatherstocking Region or Niagara Falls. New York’s biggest population center by far is of course here in the city. Residents take trips of just a cou-

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ple hours to Connecticut, New Jersey and Pennsylvania for table gaming all the time. It’s hard to see why they’d go to the farthest reaches of our state, parts of which are 10 hours away, for entertainment they can get much closer to home. The governor should go back to last year’s proposal, including allowing full table gaming at Resorts World, which, despite its electronic-only handicap, was the country’s most successful casino last year — meaning not only big profits for its owners but much-needed revenue for the state. There’s no reason not to build on that success. On issues other than gaming, the governor offered solid ideas, some of which, such as tightening regulations on firearms, are absolute necessities. Cuomo set a goal of adopting the nation’s toughest restrictions on assault weapons like the one used in the Sandy Hook School massacre. That’s welcome news. So are his proposals to require background checks even for private gun sales between individuals and to reduce magazine capacity below the state’s current 10-bullet maximum — without any “grandfathering in” of existing clips. Gun laws are far less effective when so many can be legally evaded. On elections, Cuomo would allow early voting for a

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ble for the 9/11 attack just because they have “brown” skin. The fact that someone has “brown” skin does not make them a Muslim or a Hindu; the same way “white” skin does not make someone a Christian or a Jew. The media worsens this widely held belief because the image they portray can be easily attributed to more than two billion people. These generalizations are partly to blame when such hate crimes are perpetuated. Hate crimes can largely be avoided by providing more information. People must educate themselves, but also the media should step up and educate viewers on differences in the beliefs, culture and lifestyles of “brown” people. Raheel Parwez Johnson City, NY

Dear Editor: An innocent Hindu man was pushed in front of a subway because he was mistaken to be a Muslim. (She presumably did this because she blamed all “brown” people for 9/11.) It is unfortunate that people still believe a Hindu, a Muslim or a Middle Easterner are all held responsi-

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Stay off the ice Dear Editor: The latest tragic drowning, that of two teenagers who fell through the ice on Budd Lake in New Jersey, is yet again another example as to why people should not walk on thinly frozen lakes and ponds during the winter when there is a mild spell of warmer weather. There has not yet been a prolonged cold spell that would have allowed lakes and ponds to sufficiently freeze over, and thus whatever ice has formed is extremely thin and cannot support the weight of people walking across it. This was a tragedy that never should have happened. Apparently, one of them fell through the ice and the other, seeing that, rode out onto the lake on his bike in an effort to rescue him. The ice broke, causing the second teen to plunge into the lake also. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the families of those two teenagers. John Amato Fresh Meadows

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Dear Editor: Re “Congress steps back from edge” and “Anger, outrage over Sandy bill snubbing” (by Domenick Rafter, Jan. 3, multiple editions): Both President Obama and Congress remind me of the old cartoon character Wimpy, who said, “I’ll gladly pay you Tuesday for a hamburger today.” There are thousands of employees who are familiar with the details of our federal budget. How difficult can it be to find $24 billion in savings out of a $3.7 trillion-dollar budget rather than delay this sequestration two more months? This proposed cut would have represented less than 1 percent of the budget or a penny on the dollar. Millions of Americans cut far more out of their household budgets monthly to make ends meet. Past budget promises to reduce future growth in spending on a bipartisan basis are not real cuts today. The next generation of presidents and Congress will have no incentive to honor these commitments. They will be too focused on winning their elections. The president and Congress have forgotten the old saying — a penny saved is a penny earned. Perhaps Americans should send both a penny to remind them that it is not a sin to save. Any new revenues generated by extensions of existing taxes or creation of new taxes should be earmarked directly to deficit reduction rather than new spending. Why not freeze overall spending by adopting 2008 spending levels for the remaining six months of 2013 funding for all federal agencies? The federal government safety net and essential services survived on this level of spending. Any extension of the debt ceiling should be matched by corresponding real cuts in spending today along with a return to “Pay as Your Go” financing. Regardless of whatever sacred cows they wish to protect, everyone needs to do their fair share in bringing the budget deficit under control. There was a time when Congress held budget hearings for each department during the summer. A real balanced budget was adopted during an open process. The public, watchdog groups and media were afforded sufficient time to understand the full contents prior to adoption. Full federal budgets were adopted on time, prior to the start of any new federal fiscal year on Oct. 1. It appears that we need new incentives for the president and Congress to do their jobs on time. If they were docked a day’s pay for each day a complete balanced budget was not adopted on time, perhaps the results would be different. Larry Penner Great Neck, LI

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Dear Editor: While Americans were reflecting on the memory of the horrific World Trade Center tragedy on 9/11, our nation was caught up in another tragic event in Libya. Terrorists attacked our consulate in Benghazi, killing our Ambassador and three staff members. Mitt Romney immediately criticized the Obama administration for having falsified the incident. According to GOP critics, UN Ambassador Susan Rice, on “Meet the Press,” gave a conflicting report on the Benghazi incident. For the past several months, Republican leaders, as well as Fox News, have been beating the drums calling for Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to appear before Congress. One week before her date to testify at a House committee hearing, Secretary Clinton — the most-traveled secretary in history, having visited 112 countries — became ill, causing her to cancel her appearance at the hearing. However, she did send two department officials.

While being interviewed on Fox News, President George W. Bush’s UN ambassador, John Bolton, said that diplomats the world over use a technique known as “diplomacy illness” to avoid attending an unpleasant meeting. Well, we now know that Hillary’s medical condition was serious enough, requiring her to be hospitalized. If Ambassador Bolton has any decency, which I doubt, he should make a public apology — on Fox News, of course. Anthony G. Pilla Forest Hills

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Vleigh Place Shuttle) won’t be one of them. It should be. The Q74, which ran from the Union Turnpike subway station to Queens College, was a valuable service for Queens College students and Kew Gardens Hills residents. The MTA doesn’t have enough funds to restore the Q74, but there’s an easy way to get the money for it and expand other mass transit service. Put tolls on the East River bridges. If subway riders pay $2.50 to travel from Queens to Manhattan, then so should drivers. Motorists get a free ride while paying mass transit commuters outnumber them 10 to one. Drivers would also benef it from expanded mass transit with less traffic on bridges and roads. Our elected representatives — City Councilman James Gennaro, state Assemblyman Michael Simanowitz and state Sen. Joe Addabbo Jr. — must press to restore the Q74 and put tolls on East River bridges to expand mass transit. Voters will hold them accountable. Richard Reif Flushing

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Congress passed at least part of the $60 billion requested for aid to victims of Hurricane Sandy on Friday morning. The House of Representatives passed part of the supplemental bill, which included $9.7 billion in flood insurance claim reimbursements for hurricane victims, by a vote of 35467, with every Democrat and 161 Republicans voting in favor. Every member of Congress from Queens voted yes. “Just cast my vote for $9.7 billion in Sandy flood relief,” Rep. Grace Meng (D-Bayside) wrote on Facebook Friday morning. “Long overdue and not enough, but it is a start.” Rep. Greg Meeks (D-Jamaica) said he was glad to see the bill come to a vote, but warned it was not enough. “This action, however, is woefully insufficient in addressing the significant concerns and needs of millions affected by last fall’s storm. New York, New Jersey and Connecticut residents continue to suffer as vital reconstruction and relief programs remain unfunded,” said Meeks, whose new district includes all of the Rockaways and Broad Channel. Rep. Joe Crowley (D-Jackson Heights) agreed the bill was long overdue. “Homeowners affected by Hurricane Sandy needed this money yesterday,” he said.

Congress allocated $9.7 billion for flood insurance claims last Friday related to Hurricane Sandy’s storm surge, including those made for homes in Howard Beach, above, the first of two votes in PHOTO BY DOMENICK RAFTER storm relief money. Sixty-seven Republicans voted against the bill, including former GOP vice presidential candidate Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), who argued the money needed to be allocated only after cuts were made to other programs to pay for it. The bill went to the Senate, where it

passed by unanimous consent Friday afternoon. Most of the rest of the money is expected to be placed up for a vote on Jan. 15. Republicans have criticized the package for including items not related to hurricane relief. But that bill died at the end of the 112th Congress on Jan. 3.

House Speaker John Boehner pulled a bill that included the entire amount on New Year’s Day to the dismay of local representatives from both parties, who criticized the speaker’s move. He later met with delegations from New York and New Jersey and announced he would put the money up for a vote last week and on Jan. 15. “It is disappointing, disgusting, and frustrating that the House Republican leadership continues to play politics in delaying a vote to fully fund disaster relief,” Meeks said. “I hope sincerely that the Republican leadership honors its commitment to holding a vote on the rest of disaster relief funding on January 15, for we must act swiftly to ensure millions do not continue to suffer under the yoke of partisanship.” In a joint statement with New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, Gov. Cuomo said they want the rest of the money allocated soon. “While we are pleased with this progress, today was just a down payment and it is now time to go even further and pass the final and more complete, clean disaster aid bill,” the governors said. “We are trusting Congress to act accordingly on January 15th and pass the final $51 billion instrumental for long-term rebuilding in order for New Jersey, New York and our people to recover after the severe Q devastation of Hurricane Sandy.”

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which raised $67 million, followed by the Mayor’s Fund to Advance New York, which raised $45 million. The Empire State Relief Fund and the Salvation Army come in fourth and fifth, with $15.4 million and $14.3 million respectively. The other 83 organizations reported raising $77 million. Schneiderman’s office warned that a small portion of that amount also includes grants from one organization on the list to another, which means some money is reported twice. The Attorney General’s Charities Bureau is set up to combat fraud concerning charities and their benefactors. The office said it will request updated information regularly and investigate credible complaints. Any complaints concerning charitable activities relating to Hurricane Sandy should be sent to the Charities Bureau’s dedicated Hurricane Sandy email address: sandyresponse@ag.ny.gov. The full list of charities and their reported donations can be found at charitiesnys.com/fundraising_ Q and_spending.jsp.

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The city has extended the deadline to sign up for Rapid Repairs — its free program aimed at making temporary repairs to homes damaged by Hurricane Sandy and make them liveable. People who wish to sign up for the program must now sign up before Jan. 14. The deadline had been last Dec. 31. Rapid Repairs was created a few weeks after Hurricane Sandy struck as an effort to conduct temporary home repairs — including replacing furnaces and water heaters — so that residents could live in their homes with heat, hot water and electricity while more permanent repairs are being made. The city hires contractors to conduct the work and it is paid for through emergency disaster relief funding. New registrations must take place at one of the restoration centers. For residents of Howard Beach, Broad Channel and the Rockaways, the closest restoration centers are in Arverne at 68-20 Rockaway Beach Blvd. or and 1904 Surf

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Global business referral organization launches chapter in Howard Beach by Domenick Rafter Associate Editor

Their idea is not one that is uncommon. Maybe you were sitting in your hairstylist’s chair talking about your need for a lawyer and he or she recommended one they knew? Or your dentist offered a suggestion on a good caterer for your daughter’s bridal shower? Referrals are a popular way for businesses to find new customers. If clients are satisf ied with the product or service you provide, chances are good they will suggest you to a friend or family member. But typically referrals are Issay Davis-Burton of BNI welcomes new and prospective members informal — word of mouth of the networking organization’s Howard Beach chapter at its kick-off PHOTOSBY DOMENICK RAFTER breakfast at Roma View on Wednesday. usually. One group, however, has found a way to turn that system into a day, which is not a common time for a BNI group to meet. Nearly all of the groups in 57 more formal one. Business networking organization BNI has countries around the world meet at 7 a.m. created a marketing plan to help entrepreneurs The later start time for the Howard Beach spread word of their businesses while also chapter has to do with the needs of the busihelping others like them. The group, founded ness owners in the community. “You have a lot of what we call mompreby Dr. Ivan Meiser in California in 1985, opens small local chapters and invites business neurs, business owners who have children owners to join and refer clients to each other. and families.” said Issay Davis-Burton, a The chapters, which typically have between 25 consultant with BNI. “Ten o’clock meetings and 50 members, allow only one member per work better for them.” BNI had planned on launching the Howard profession and have an organized plan for referrals in which business owners document Beach chapter two months ago on Nov. 14, but Hurricane Sandy forced them to delay it until who they referred clients to. BNI launched its newest chapter on January. Tim Houston, BNI’s outerborough area Wednesday, and its first in Southern Queens. The Howard Beach chapter is their fourth in director, said the Howard Beach chapter is the borough, but the founding members of the fourth in Queens — the others are in the Howard Beach group aren’t simply busi- Bayside, New Hyde Park and Rego Park — ness owners from the neighborhood, but and that the neighborhood is a good place for many from other parts of Queens and sur- the group to set up a chapter. “This is still a community that knows one rounding areas, that see Howard Beach as a another,” he said. “It’s the perfect place to place to expand their clientele. Among those represented at the meeting: build your own business by referrals.” Houston said that fact became incredibly a mortgage broker from Nassau County, an interior designer from Ozone Park, a health important after many business owners were and wellness company from Middle Village, hit hard by Hurricane Sandy. Davis-Burton all of them interested in learning more about noted the storm affected many members of the chapter and that others from outside BNI and its new Howard Beach chapter. “The group is like your marketing team,” Howard Beach responded to the needs of felsaid Steve Araneo, a certified financial planner low business owners in the disaster zone. “The resilience and the dedication that I’ve and member of the Howard Beach chapter. Araneo said he often sees hundreds of seen from these members as they huddled customers during tax season who ask him for together and picked themselves up after referrals for other needs. As part of the BNI Sandy, it was really amazing to me,” she said. Businesses interested in joining a chapter group, he becomes familiar with other busican visit bniouterboros.com and look up ness owners he can refer his clients to. Q The group meets at 10 a.m. every Wednes- existing ones.


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Served on CB 10 for over 40 years by Domenick Rafter

Marus graduated from Brooklyn Technical High School, received his Bachelors of John Marus, who was a member of Civil Engineering from Cooper Union, and Community Board 10 since John Lindsay earned a number of advanced degrees from was mayor, passed away in Pennsylvania on Polytechnic Institute of Brooklyn. He worked for Republic Aviation, Dec. 6 at the age of 81. Xerox and Bell CommunicaA native of Bedfordtions, and was a professor of Stuyvesant, Brooklyn, Marus Business Administration at lived in Staten Island for a York College in Jamaica. time before relocating to Marus also served on the Howard Beach, where he Board of Trustees of Jamaica lived from 1958 until 2011 Hospital Medical Center for when he relocated to New30 years. town, Penn. CB 10 members held a He sat on Community moment of silence for Marus Board 10 for four decades, at their meeting last Thursday. serving as chairman of the “He served this communiLand Use Committee and John Marus ty for over 40 years,” said CB first vice chairperman. A civic leader in the Rockwood Park 10 chairwoman Betty Braton. “He will be section of Howard Beach as the neighbor- missed.” His wife, Dorothea, died in 1990. He is hood grew in the 1960s and 1970s, Marus was instrumental in getting new schools survived by his sons Robert and James, his and the Howard Beach Library sited and grandchildren — Drew, Caroline and constructed. He once ran unsuccessfully for William — and his daughters-in-law, Patti Q and May. the New York State Assembly. Associate Editor

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There were 1,661 complaints of damaged trees in Community Board 10 in the last half of 2012. Nearly all came between Oct. 29 and Nov. 8, during and after Hur ricane Sandy and the snowstorm eight days later. CB 10 Chairwoman Betty Braton outlined the board’s top complaint list for 2012 at its first meeting of the year on Thursday. She said total complaints in the board area — served by the 106th Precinct — were up in 2012, but Hurricane Sandy was the reason. Outside of complaints about trees, heating, electricity and hot water related to the storm, most other complaints had dropped. Notably, fewer people called 311 to report blocked driveways, derelict vehicles and other traffic complaints that had seen a jump in late 2011 when Resorts World Casino New York City opened at Aqueduct Racetrack. “The impact from the casino was nowhere what we thought it would be,” Braton said. There were also 2,600 noise complaints — often the top quality-of-life issue in mostly-residential South Q Queens. — Domenick Rafter

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Beaches will open in May The Parks Department announced at a Community Board 14 meeting Tuesday that Rockaway Beach will be open for sunbathers and swimmers this summer. The beach suffered extensive damage as a result of Hurricane Sandy. Much of the sand washed into the peninsula, covering streets and backyards. The beachfront was so badly eroded from the storm that ocean waves broke just steps from where the boardwalk was even at low tide, and the wooden jetties that were buried under the sand were completely exposed. The sand that was washed inland will be sifted through, with polluted sand being carted away to be cleaned and used elsewhere and clean sand placed back onto the beach. The department confirmed that the boardwalk — completely destroyed west of Arverne — will not be completely rebuilt by the summer, but parts of it around the concession stands will be reconstructed to form “boardwalk islands” that will open by Memorial Day. The concrete buildings that housed the concession stands survived Q the storm. — Domenick Rafter

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Audley St. residents clear parking hurdle CB 9 supports bid for alternate-side parking; cops targeting bars, clubs by Michael Gannon Editor

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Community Board 9 on Tuesday overwhelmingly supported a request for alternate-side-of-the-street parking by residents on a section of Audley Street. The stretch is located between Grenfell Street and the Long Island Rail Road’s Kew Gardens station. Board Chairwoman Andrea Crawford said nearby homeowners have been unable to get their street cleaned regularly in about two years. “The rest of the street is alternate-side, and they used to be too,” Crawford said. “It was suspended there when the LIRR repaved its lot about two years ago, and it was never put back.” She had a petition from eight residents on the affected stretch asking for the board’s intercession with the city’s departments of Transportation and Sanitation to put the regulations back in place. James Coccovillo was one of the handful of board members who opposed the resolution, trying to take into account the premium on parking spaces that already exists in the neighborhood. “These homeowners have large properties and private driveways,” he said, adding that the spaces lost are likely used by people just trying to get to work via the railroad. Crawford replied by saying that should the city follow through, the spaces would be lost only for two hours on two days a week. “And this isn’t new,” Crawford added. “This is just restoring what they used to have.” In other board business, the members were unanimous in their support of a letter to the State Liquor Authority ask-

ing to pull the license of Flavor Lounge on Hillside Avenue. The club was the site of a fatal shooting and an unrelated stabbing on Sunday. Without going into details, police off icers from the 102nd Precinct, during their regular update to the board, said they are addressing some of the underlying problems in the area. Officer Joseph Martins from the 102nd’s Community Affairs Office, said they have conducted coordinated operations on problem bars and clubs regularly in the past and will continue to do so in the future — as always, without prior notice to the business owners. He said that typically involves police conducting joint inspections with other agencies, such as the SLA, the city’s Buildings and Health departments, and other regulatory officials. Sgt. Joseph DeMarco said they made an arrest this week of a man suspected of burglarizing about a half dozen cars near the Forest Park Co-ops. “We received some information on Friday, set up an operation and made an arrest on Sunday,” he said. DeMarco, Martins and Officer Jose Severino reminded the public that a great number of auto burglaries can be avoided by simple precautions carried out by vehicle owner. They said locked doors will deter some thieves, while others are opportunists. “People leave valuables in their cars, DeMarco said. “Some people don’t lock their cars — a woman will park her car, put her purse under the seat and go for a jog in the Q park. But if she doesn’t lock her door ...”

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If you’re the parent of a New York City public school student, keep reading, because the city wants your help. The selection process is beginning for the Department of Education’s Community Education Councils — the parent-led bodies that play a role in shaping policies for the city’s public schools and advise officials on the community-level impact of DOE procedures and strategy. “Serving on a Community Education Council is among the best ways for parents to have their voices heard by the Department of Education,” said Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott. “This is the perfect time for parents who may have not been engaged before in the education process to become informed and active.” The city has 36 CECs citywide responsible for public elementary and middle schools, seven of which are located in Queens. Each CEC has nine members, who are parents of students currently in grades K-8 in district schools. There are also four citywide CECs: the Citywide Council on High Schools, which is made up of two parents of high school students per borough; the Citywide Council on English Language Learners, made up of two parents per borough of ELL students; the Citywide Council on Special Education and the Citywide Council for District 75 students, for

parents of childern in District 75 programs. The selection process for this year has been altered somewhat in the wake of criticisms over 2011 selections, where some applicants were disqualified over rules they allege were not made clear at the beginning of the process. To apply, a parent now has to have a child enrolled in a district school. When filling out applications, parents must list all the schools their children attend. If a parent has children attending schools in two different districts, they can run for a seat in both, but can only be elected to one. Since CECs are to have one parent of a student with an Individualized Education Program and one parent with an English Language Learner student, parents should also list if they want to be considered to serve as the IEP or ELL members. In the event two parents from the same school are elected to the CEC, the one with the lower number of votes will be bumped from contention. That rule was a factor in the chaotic 2011 elections, when candidates were unaware of the regulation. But if a bumped parent has indicated he or she would serve as an IEP or ELL member, that parent could serve on the CEC in that capacity. Queens’ representative on the Panel for Educational Policy Dmytro Fedkowskyj, who was a member of District 24’s CEC, encouraged parents to consider joining.

“Parent elections are an integral part of the process and I encourage parents to become involved and active in their school district,” he said. “It’s a process that allows you to give back to your community. Back in 2004, this process gave me a chance to become a CEC member of District 24, which in return allowed me the opportunity to safeguard the interest of public school education.” Parents interested in running for a seat on a council should nominate themselves by completing an application online or by mail beginning Feb. 13 and ending March 13. The process will include forums for parents to meet candidates and ask questions of in April before final selections are made in May. CEC monthly meetings usually take place in schools within the district, while citywide CECs typically rotate their meeting places in different boroughs each month. Those elected will serve a two-year term Q until new CECs are selected in 2015.

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Club murder continued from page 6 Police have targeted a few nightclubs along the strip in Richmond Hill after residents on side streets complained of inebriated clubgoers urinating or sleeping in their front yards, most notably during a public forum at 2010 CB 9 meeting, where more than a dozen residents who live near Jamaica Avenue expressed their concerns that problems stemming from the nightclubs may escalate. But CB 9’s District Manager Mary Ann Carey said that while the board has seen some complaints, it has not been anything out of the ordinary. “We’ve received some complaints, a shooting here or there,” she said. “But that’s bound to happen when you have alcohol and men and women.” She added that the board approved Flavor Lounge’s liquor license in September 2011 and have not received any complaints about the club or its owners since. CB 9 has rejected liquor license renewals for problem places in the past. Sunday’s shooting occur red one block from Jamaica Avenue, in a typically busy part of Richmond Hill where Lefferts Boulevard, Jamaica, Hillside, and Myrtle avenues all come together and a few blocks from the 102nd Q Precinct.


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CO gas injures 2 in Rich. Hill Two South Richmond Hill women were taken to the hospital early Monday morning after suffering from carbon monoxide poisoning in their home. Fire officials responded to 104-26 114 St. around dawn Monday and discovered the two women unconscious in the home. The unidentified women were taken to Jamaica Hospital Medical Center in serious condition, where they were being treated. FDNY officials said the level of carbon monoxide in the home was at 500 parts per million, more than five times the level in which the gas becomes dangerous to humans. They blamed a faulty water heater for the dangerously high levels. The FDNY said there were no carbon monoxide detectors inside the two-story house, which they strongly advise people to install at home. Carbon monoxide gas can not be seen, has no taste or smell and can kill without people even knowing it is around. Malfunctioning fuel-burning household appliances are the most common sources of carbon monoxide Q at home. — Domenick Rafter

USTA plans hit parkland snag Electeds demand replacement space for additions by Joseph Orovic Assistant Managing/Online Editor

The United States Tennis Association’s planned expansion in Flushing Meadows Corona Park has hit a speed bump, as elected officials said their support is contingent upon the nonprofit finding suitable replacement parkland. The nonprof it’s plans do not include finding a replacement for the just-over half acre needed to modify its facilities. “Parkland is precious. Once it’s lost, it’s lost forever,” said Councilwoman Julissa Ferreras (D-East Elmhurst) in a statement released by the Fairness Coalition of Queens, a collective of community groups opposing three major projects proposed for Flushing Meadows Corona Park, including the USTA Plan. “It is imperative that every inch of parkland that is taken away from public access by this USTA expansion must be replaced by comparable parkland nearby.” The USTA’s planned expansion would include a new 15,000-seat stadium, a renovated grandstand and two parking garages. The tennis institution already has 46 acres of parkland; its proposal would require an additional 0.68 acre. Typically, when parkland is lost to

development projects, replacement acreage of equal size must be set aside elsewhere and approved at the city and state level. But because the USTA’s request is so small, additional improvements to the park were offered as an alternative.

“Parkland is precious. Once it’s lost, it’s lost forever.” — Councilwoman Julissa Ferreras

“As we conceptualized the scope of our plan, we always understood and respected the importance of preserving Flushing Meadows Corona Park, and therefore our design calls for the least amount of additional parkland possible, just 0.68 acre, to complete the needed upgrade to the facilities at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center,” said Daniel Zausner, the USTA’s chief operating officer. “The sliver of land in question is mostly an existing asphalt road and the City of New York has

determined that no replacement land is required. In lieu of replacing the land, the city intends to make additional improvements to the park.” But Assemblyman Francisco Moya (DJackson Heights) and state Sen. Jose Peralta (D-East Elmhurst) echoed Ferreras’ assertion. “Open space is at a premium in many parts of Queens, particularly in the densely populated communities closest to the park,” Peralta said in a statement. “Although the USTA proposal calls for the alienation of less than an acre, every inch of newly alienated parkland needs to be replaced.” The USTA’s proposal is cur rently undergoing the Uniform Land Use Review Procedure, which requires final approval via floor vote in the City Council. As a courtesy, council members defer to each other on matters outside their councilmanic districts. That makes Ferreras’ support, whose district includes Flushing Meadows Corona Park, key in seeing the expansion come to fruition. “It would be very difficult for me to support any proposal to expand the USTA that does not include a proposal for Q replacement parkland,” she said.

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Yellow school bus drivers were still on the job as of Wednesday, but the threat of a strike remained alive. Mayor Bloomberg announced late last month that school bus drivers could strike at any time because of an ongoing dispute between the city and the bus drivers’ union — Ozone Park-based Amalgamated Transit Union Local 1181 — over the bidding of about 1,100 routes. The city has opted to bid the routes for the first time in over 30 years in order to save money. The Department of Education says it costs taxpayers nearly $7,000 per student for bus service, which is more than twice what is spent on busing in other large school districts. The union wants the city to include in bids a rule that new companies would have to protect the jobs of current employees. The city’s response: We would if we could. Bloomberg said the city cannot legally put employee protection clauses in contracts, pointing to a recent ruling from the New York State Court of Appeals that

explicitly banned employee protection clauses. But the union says the city could fight the ruling in court and win. Bus drivers marched in front of City Hall on Sunday, but did not call a strike on Monday, as many had feared. Local 1181 President Michael Cordiello said a strike would be a “final option” for the union. But the DOE isn’t taking any chances. Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott outlined contingency plans in case of a strike, which would leave 152,000 schoolchildren, mostly special-needs students, without transportation. MetroCards would be distributed in schools to students and parents who choose to drive their kids themselves would be reimbursed for gas and toll charges. The DOE would also post material online for parents who choose to teach their kids at home during the strike. There is no specific date when a strike could be called. The bidding process was opened in December and bids will be accepted through mid-February with a final Q selection of new operators in May.

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York brass: ‘We were just wrong’ Denies then confirms toxin on campus by AnnMarie Costella Assistant Editor

PCE or no PCE? That was the question. The administration at York College says it knew nothing about a toxin detected in the groundwater on campus, despite correspondence from a top CUNY engineer and a consulting company, hired by the school, stating otherwise. “This is new information for us,” Dolores Swirin-Yao, York’s vice president of institutional advancement, said Monday. “We were not aware of PCE on campus.” PCE, also known as perchloroethene, tetrachloroethylene or “perc,” is a colorless liquid widely used for dry-cleaning fabrics. Exposure to harmful amounts of PCE over extended periods of time can cause cancer, liver and kidney damage and memory loss and confusion, according to the Environmental Protection Agency. The college falsely posted a message on its website and Facebook page stating that the Chronicle’s exclusive Jan. 3 report on the presence of PCE at York was inaccurate. SwirinYao said the college has asked Google to eliminate the post from its cache, and it should come down within 24 hours. “This is a top priority for us,” Swirin-Yao said Wednesday. “We are embarrassed by it already. We were just wrong. It was based on our understanding through Ron [Thomas]. We

were told strongly that [the story] was not correct. There was misinformation on our part. ... I apologize.” Thomas, York’s vice president for administrative affairs, also stated that he was unaware of PCE being found at the college. But Ali Vedavarz, CUNY’s director of engineering services, offered a dissenting opinion. “They knew about it, absolutely,” he told the Chronicle on Monday. The potentially dangerous chemical was discovered by Tectonic Engineering & Surveying Consultants, which was hired by the state Dormitory Authority to help solve a flooding problem in the subbasement of the Academic Core Building at York. The PCE levels detected at two of the 12 temporary monitoring wells at York were above state groundwater standards, according to Tectonic, but not high enough to be considered dangerous or to be detected in the air. “The executive summary from Tectonic is the only valid report,” Vedavarz said. “If the college wants to present something different, then they have to take responsibility for that information.” Thomas later said he would support the information supplied by Tectonic. “I wasn’t sure if the perc was on the campus or not,” Thomas said. “I must have skipped that portion of the report, but if it’s in the report,

York College misreported that a Chronicle article on PCE presence at the college was inaccurate. FACEBOOK IMAGE An administrator later apologized. then it’s in the report.”’ York’s president, Marcia Keizs, did not return a call requesting comment by press time. Tectonic reported the existence of perchloroethylene in groundwater that was sampled and tested at a monitoring well near the Performing Arts Center, Vedavarz said. The discovery prompted CUNY to scrap Tectonic’s original flood prevention proposal which involved pushing wells into the sand beneath the Academic Core Building, extracting the water through a header pipe and carrying it to a recharge area located near the Health and Physical Education Building.

“It would have sucked perc into the water and DEC was not going to accept that,” Vedavarz said, referring to the Department of Environmental Conservation. He added that Tectonic told CUNY implementing the plan would warrant the installation of a water treatment plant at the south side of the campus. As that would be costly, require a large footprint and have a high service and maintenance cost, it was unfeasible for the college. Now York is considering an alternate solution that calls for the waterproofing of the basement using a mesh membrane. continued on page 31

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eniors at the Catholic Charities Neighborhood Services Howard Beach Senior Center gathered Tuesday for a New Year’s party sponsored by state Sen. Joe Addabbo Jr. (DHoward Beach) and Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder (D-Far Rockaway) at the group’s temporary location in St. Helen’s Father Dooley Hall. The center was displaced after Hurricane Sandy destroyed its home in the basement of the Rockwood Park Jewish Center, but Catholic Charities Vice President of Older Adult Services Judy Kleve announced at the party that the center will find a new home soon in the organization’s senior apartment complex under construction at the former Fineson Developmental Center on Q Cross Bay Boulevard.

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Mets’ door open to Citi share with MLS Soccer league’s biz plan demands custom home, not Amazin’s field by Joseph Orovic Assistant Managing/Online Editor

Major League Soccer doesn’t plan on scoring any goals at Citi Field anytime soon. The Mets’ home field has become the center of an ongoing debate over potential sites outside of Flushing Meadows Corona Park for the soccer league’s 20th franchise. The suggestion was first made by Councilman Peter Vallone Jr. (D-Astoria), who characterized the Mets as exuberant and willing partners. But the enthusiasm was overstated. The Mets’ stance falls somewhere closer to an open invitation to negotiate a business partnership, according to the team’s vice president of business operations, Dave Howard. Citi Field is ready for MLS’s use — if the right deal can be worked out. “We would be interested,” Howard said. “The impetus is on them to approach us.” MLS, however, is sticking by its current plan to build a 25,000-seat soccer stadium in Flushing Meadows Corona Park, at what is currently the Pool of Industry. Citi Field is not an option, according to league spokeswoman Risa Heller. Sharing space with the Mets is a “nonstarter,” she said in a statement. The kerfuffle began when Vallone released a statement claiming the Mets were “very interested and fully capable” of hosting an MLS franchise at Citi Field. “While I’m sure the MLS would prefer its own stadium, what’s most important is what works best for the people of Queens,” said Vallone. “This is a great way to have the best of both worlds in the world’s borough.” MLS’s business model specifically avoids sharing space with

Mets Vice President of Business Operations Dave Howard, left, state Sen. Mike Gianaris, Mr. Met and Assemblyman Francisco Moya ahead of Citi Field’s first foray into hosting a soccer game FILE PHOTO in 2011. other sports. The league strives for soccer-specific stadiums, sometimes newly built for its franchises. Of its 19 clubs, 16 play in stadiums designed or renovated to exclusively accommodate soccer matches. Sharing with a baseball team would be an uncharacteristic change. The league’s practice is an intentional departure from the failed North American Soccer League, which in the late ‘60s to early ‘80s often shared homes with other sports leagues.

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Shirley Huntley may have a lot more free time now that she is no longer the state senator for the 10th District, but the for mer lawmaker told the Chronicle Shirley Huntley Friday that she FILE PHOTO has “no plans” for the future. When asked whether she aims to retire or run for another elected office, Huntley reiterated that she had no plans. The former senator, who was indicted on corruption charges just before the primary, lost the election to now-state Sen. James Sanders Jr. (D-Jamaica), who claimed more than 57 percent of the vote. The state Senate website has been updated to reflect that Huntley is the former representative, and those who visit the page are immediately greeted with a popup window that states, “This senator is currently inactive, and this content is provided to you as an archive.” Sanders has temporaily set up Q shop in her old office. — AnnMarie Costella

for Southern Queens. Some are not interested in either option. Ed Wendell, President of the Woodhaven Residents’ Block Association reiterated his group’s opposition to both ideas, preferring instead for it to be left as is with the city cleaning up overgrowth and litter. The WRBA held a town hall meeting in September, during which both the rail and park ideas were presented to a number of neighborhood residents. After the meeting, the WRBA endorsed leaving the rail line alone after overwhelming opposition from the residents. Wendell noted Woodhaven saw a number of homes demolished when Woodhaven

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continued from page 4 rail reactivation to be “not feasable.” Some opponents of the park plan have noted that The Trust for Public Land’s senior vice president and director of city park development is former NYC Parks Commissioner Adrian Benepe, who was a supporter of the Manhattan High Line’s creation and oversaw its construction as commissioner. Matsil said Benepe’s position is a nationwide one and he has been working on park projects in other cities around the country, and he has not been involved in discussions about the Queensway plan. Meanwhile, supporters of the rail line have not given up in light of the grant from Cuomo’s office. Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder (D-Far Rockaway), a stalwart supporter of bringing trains back to the line, received some support for his position at the Jan. 3 meeting of CB 10, which includes communities south of 103rd Avenue. “We are still moving forward with the plan to bring trains back to the Rockaway Beach rail line,” Goldfeder told CB 10. “The restoration of transportation on that line is good for the entire borough. That’s what I’m fighting for.” Goldfeder said he believed the news that the state is funding a study on the park idea will only make supporters of the returning rail service louder. “I understand there are concerns about bringing rail service back,” he said.

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Boro welcomes 3 new House reps Israel, Jeffries and Meng join Queens caucus with long to-do list by Joseph Orovic and Domenick Rafter Editors

The borough’s congressional delegation added three new faces to its roster on Jan. 3 with the swearing in of Reps. Hakeem Jeffries (D-Brooklyn), Grace Meng (D-Flushing) and Steve Israel (D-Long Island) Queens’ new legislators entered the 113th Congress at a time of deep partisan division and mounting fiscal headaches. All three promised to ignore the Democrat-Republican divide in the House of Representatives so as to put their constituents first. Israel is the lone veteran of the trio, having spent a dozen years on Capitol Hill. He sits on the Appropriations, Armed Services, Financial Services and Science Committees, and is the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee chairman. He hit the ground running in his new district, which includes parts of Northeast Queens, attending a press conference decrying FEMA’s lackluster aid to co-ops and condos following Hurricane Sandy. It’s the sort of meat-and-potatoes work Israel said he relishes. “I made a decision early on in my career in Congress, instead of getting hung up on the lofty and polarizing debates inside the Beltway, I would just focus on solving people’s problems at home,” he said.

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Congressman Hakeem Jeffries, right, being sworn into the House of Representatives with his mother, Laneda, in tow.

Congresswoman Grace Meng being sworn in by House Speaker John Boehner as her husband COURTESY PHOTOS Wayne Kye holds the Bible and sons Brandon and Tyler look on. After redistricting gave his home base a chunk of Queens, Israel said he ran himself through a crash course in the needs of his new “customers,” as he call constituents. He met with community leaders of various stripes at Panera Bread in Bay Terrace and spoke with long-time colleague, retiring Rep. Gary Ackerman. Jeffries called being sworn in “awe-inspiring.” He previously represented parts of Brooklyn in the state Assembly and in November was elected to represent the newly configured 8th Congressional District, which includes Howard Beach and Ozone Park along with wide swaths of central and eastern Brooklyn. “I take this responsibility seriously,” Jeffries said. “I look forward to doing everything I can to justify the confidence the people have placed in me.” Only about 47,000 of his roughly 717,000 district residents live in Queens. When the new lines were released, some residents expressed concerns that their needs would be

forgotten since the vast majority of the district’s constituents live in Brooklyn, many in lower-income minority communities like East New York and Bedford-Stuyvesant. Nevertheless, Jeffries said the district is a perfect microcosm of what New York City is, and he promised to advocate for the few residents he represents in Queens. “It captures the wonderful diversity of New York City,” he said. “Every single neighborhood deserves the highest level of representation and I certainly will provide vigorous, active and visible representation to every resident of Brooklyn and Queens.” He is planning to visit the Queens neighborhoods he represents in his first 30 days in office. The first bill Jeffries cosponsored was the one passed last week to provide $9.7 billion in flood aid to victims of Hurricane Sandy, including those in Howard Beach. “It is a down payment on the resources that will be needed in Howard Beach and other communities for recovery efforts,” the congressman said.

As congressman-elect, Jeffries met with civic leaders in Hamilton Beach and helped arrange for FEMA to establish a mobile office in the neighborhood to help facilitate the recovery from the storm. “I was pleased to help bring that about,” he said. Jeffries serves on the House Budget and Judiciary committees, which will give him an important seat during negotiations on the debt ceiling, gun control and immigration reform in the 113th Congress. He also credited his colleagues, namely Reps. Joe Crowley (D-Jackson Heights) and Gregory Meeks (D-Jamaica), for helping with his transition to Congress and noted he has a good working relationship with Meng from their time spent working together in Albany. The former Assemblywoman called the Chronicle as she was settling into her new Washington, DC studio apartment — with zero intention of making it her permanent residence. “My whole support system is back in New York; my family, my constituents, everyone pitches in,” she said. “One thing that I tried to do in Albany is try to spend as much time in the district as possible. That’s where the real work is.” The commute from DC isn’t nearly as arduous as the trip to Albany either. “Door-to-door, it only takes about twoand-a-half hours,” she said. Meng enters Congress as the first AsianAmerican member of the New York delegation. She has made an effort to hit the ground running. A day after being sworn in, she announced her first piece of legislation: a gun control bill that would close a loophole allowing firearm merchants with revoked licenses to transfer their inventory to a private collection, which allows them to sell without background checks. She expects to introduce the bill in about a month. In the meantime, she’s just learning the ropes. Many more names to remember, and many more issues to learn. “There aren’t many moments in our lives that we can work on issues to help improve Q our country,” she said.

Forest Hills native up for Bam cabinet post by Michael Gannon Editor

President Obama has nominated his chief of staff, Forest Hills native Jack Lew, to be the next secretary of the treasury. Lew, 57, now faces confirmation hearings in front of the Democrat-controlled United States Senate. If successful, he will succeed Timothy Geithner, who is expected

Obama taps Lew for treasury secretary to step down by the end of the month. Lew grew up on Yellowstone Boulevard, and was a member of the Class of 1972 at Forest Hills High School. Two years ago, Lew, who was serving as director of the Office of Management and Budget, accepted an invitation from FHHS

Principal Saul Gootnick to come and speak at his alma mater. Geithner has been in the cabinet post for the president’s entire first term, and came to the cabinet from the finance world. Lew, a long-time Democratic fixture in Washington’s inner circles, began his career on the political side as an aide to the late

House Speaker Tip O’Neill (DMass.) and Sen. Paul Wellstone (D-Minn.). Lew also served as OMB director during the Clinton administration, and helped found AmeriCorps, the national service program. He also is a former deputy secretary of state under Hillary Q Clinton.

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Keeping Sandy victims warm More than two months after Hurricane Sandy, some residents in the Rockaways are still living without heat, and in some cases, homes altogether as cold winter weather starts rolling in. The Mayor’s Fund to Advance New York City, the New York City Housing Authority, the NYC Department of Youth and Community Development is partnering with Uniqlo, a global clothing retailer, for a 10-week volunteer and donation program in the Rockaways that began on Dec. 10. Their aim is to distribute 100,000

donated items of Heattech — one of the Uniqlo’s lines primarily focused on cold weather clothing. The donated items are for men, women and kids and include long-sleeve T-shirts and tights. The company is also donating 10,000 items of Ultra Light Down jackets to men and women in those in regions affected by Hurricane Sandy. Volunteers, top, hand out items at the Community Church of the Nazarene in Far Rockaway on Dec. 22, and, above, in Rockaway Park on Dec. 28.

Waste drop-off sites reopened The Sanitation Department is reopening its Household Special Waste Drop-Off locations in the outer boroughs, including the College Point site at 30th Avenue between 120th and 122nd streets. They have been closed since Hurricane Sandy. The sites have been reopened to accept only noncommercial special waste generated by city residents with a valid New York State motor vehicle registration and license — both with New York City addresses — for such items as tires, motor oil and f ilters, fluorescent light tubes, transmission fluid, household and auto

batteries and latex paint. “Sanitation workers who were collecting storm debris will be redeployed to the Household Special Waste Drop-Off sites in these boroughs,” Commissioner John Doherty said. “The Department sees the reopening of these sites as just one more indication of New York City returning to normal.” The sites are open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays, except for the last Saturday of each month. Those weeks the sites are open on the last Friday of the month to Q accommodate Sabbath observers.


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Speakers say police, city policies promote anti-Muslim thoughts by Josey Bartlett Editor

Individuals gathered in Jackson Heights on Tuesday afternoon to mourn victims of recent hate crimes and to call on the Police Department and elected officials to change policies that they say target Muslims. Supporters attended the rally with signs saying “Stop violence against women,” “Stop normalizing racism and violence,” and “NYPD and MTA, racial profiling and hateful ads have consequences.” Councilmen Danny Dromm (D-Jackson Heights) and Jimmy Van Bramer (D-Sunnyside) spoke against anti-Muslim crimes and relayed anecdotes about their personal fight for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights. “It’s time for moderate Muslims to speak up,” said Khalid Reman, a retired physician from Manhattan, “not just the voice of the extremist Muslim groups.” Shahina Parveen, a Desis Rising Up and Moving leader, told the crowd of about 50 that her mentally ill son was manipulated by police officers into confessing to a crime he did not commit. He is serving 30 years in prison. “People with mental health issues need help and treatment, not punishment. This not only destroyed my family, but it also spread fear in the minds of Americans,” Parveen said. Council on American Islamic Relations

Executive Director Muneer Awad claimed police move slowly to investigate hate crimes against Muslims, but are quick to publicize anti-terrorism efforts. “We live in a city where the mayor and the Police Department say Muslims are a threat to New York,” Awad said. Police Deputy Inspector Thomas Kavanagh attended the entire rally along with two community affairs officers. Two additional officers monitored the group from the other side and a few officers came and went throughout the event. Kavanagh had no comment in response to statements made against the NYPD. There have been three publicized acts of violence against Queens Muslims — or those perceived to be Muslim — during the last two months. On Nov. 21 a man stabbed a 70-yearold man in front of a Kew Gardens Hills mosque. The suspect allegedly made anti-Muslim statements to the victim and placed threatening phone calls to the mosque before committing his crime, according to CAIR. Three days later two men severely beat a Corona man. They asked him if he identified himself as either Hindu or Muslim. When he said he was Muslim they beat him, Awad said. The man remains in a coma, spokesmen at the rally said. The most recent hate crime occurred in Sunnyside, where Erika Menendez is charged

with pushing Hindu Sunando Sen, a small business owner originally from India, into the path of an oncoming No. 7 train. Menendez allegedly said she did it because he was Muslim and “I hate Hindus and Muslims ever since 2001 when they put down the Twin Towers.” A close friend and neighbor of Sen’s spoke to the crowd on Tuesday. “I saw and talked with Sunando just moments before the incident,” Ranjit De Roy said. “He was a quiet and gentle man who never harmed anyone. How many more lives must we lose to this racism?” De Roy added that since the incident he looks over his shoulder while in the subway. Other attendees agreed with his sentiment of fear. Anti-Muslim advertisements placed in 10 New York City subway stations by Pamela Geller, founder of Stop the Islamization of America, was also a speaking point. Executive Director of the Interfaith Center of New York Chloe Breyer said she supports freedom of speech, but asked the Metropolitan Transportation Authority “Is this really the moment for this? Is this what we want menacing us from the subways walls?” She posed two more questions — one to leaders of all faiths asking if their sermons preach tolerance and one to the NYPD asking if surveillance of mosques is an effective practice or just a short-term fix.

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Ranjit De Roy held a candle for his close friend Sunando Sen, who was the victim of a hate PHOTO BY JOSEY BARTLETT crime on the No. 7 line. “It is ongoing and biased governmental policies, such as pervasive surveillance of Muslim communities by the New York City Police Department, which not only violate civil rights, but also create the environment for these incidents to take place,” Racial and Immigrant Rights Organizer at DRUM Kazi Fouzia said. The gathering ended with residents holding candles in a circle to remember those who Q have been victims of a hate crime.

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Moratorium issued for new street fair permits NYPD warns of ‘excessive burden’ by Domenick Rafter Associate Editor

Planning a street fair? You might want to talk to City Hall first. A proposed rule on issuing street fair permits may throw cold water on your plans. The city’s Street Activity Permit Office — part of the Office of Citywide Events Coordination and Management — before the end of 2012 proposed a moratorium on all new street fair permit applications during 2013 and will hold a public hearing on the idea on Jan. 22 at 11 a.m. at 22 Reade St., in Lower Manhattan, 2nd Floor in the Barrish Conference Room. According to SAPO, over two hundred permitted street fairs and over 5,000 events occur within the city each year. Almost all of these events involve permits for the use of multiple blocks over several days, erections of structures, the food and clothing vendors and live music performances, those events take police manpower away from more serious jobs. “Such events require additional police presence and increase overtime expenditure

by the City,” SAPO said in a press release for the public hearing. “In order to effectively deploy police resources, the NYPD has requested for the calendar year 2013 that SAPO exercise its discretion temporarily to deny permits for additional events that place an excessive burden on police resources and divert uniformed personnel from core crime fighting, public safety and counterterrorism duties.” The proposal would allow SAPO to deny permits for any street fairs that had not been previously held in 2012. The rule would only be in place for one calendar year. Public comments on the proposal can be submitted electronically at nyc.gov/ nycrules or in writing to Mr. Emil Lissauer Director Street Activity Permit Office 100 Gold St., 2nd Floor, New York, NY 10038. Written comments are due by the close Q of business Jan. 22.

Create DOE’s new math app Mayor Bloomberg and Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott today launched a new software development competition for programs to help middle-school students in mathematics. The Gap App Challenge invites developers to submit applications, games or other programs that can be used by middle-school students, teachers or parents. The competition is a part of the Department of Education’s Innovation Zone (iZone) program, which includes 250 schools that use new approaches to help students learn at their own pace. Developers may submit ideas online for applications, games and other programs that focus on improving middleschool math skills. Submissions will be accepted through April 10 and will be reviewed by two panels: one comprised of principals and teachers, and the second comprised of DOE officials and experts. The criteria include idea originality, potential impact and feasibility. The Gap App Challenge winners will receive up to $104,000 in cash prizes and other services, including web and database support from sponsor companies. Visit nyc.gov for more info on the Q contest.

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3 Queens schools on DOE closure list They’re targeted for low performance; students and officials disappointed by AnnMarie Costella Assistant Editor

The Department of Education this week released a new list of schools slated for closure. It included three in Queens: Law, Government and Community Service High School; Business, Computer Applications & Entrepreneurship High School — both in the Campus Magnet complex in Cambria Heights — and PS 140, an elementary school in St. Albans. PS 156 in Laurelton has been selected for for truncation, which means the DOE will be phasing out the middle school grades — 6 through 8 — while keeping the others. Even though the moves haven’t been finalized, because there still must be a public hearing and comment period, the news is still disappointing to many. “Our dedicated teachers and principals give of themselves everyday,” Dmytro Fedkowskyj, the Queens representative for the Panel for Educational Policy, said in an email. “We need to implement a proven intervention plan, but give it time to work before any drastic decision is

made to phase-out a school.” Fedkowskyj noted that just targeting a school for closure, even if it doesn’t go through, is harmful because it adds a stigma that often scares parents away from sending their children to the school. And dwindling enrollment means a decline in funding, which can make things worse. Councilman Leroy Comrie (D-St. Albans), who oversees the district where the closing schools are located, said he has some idea of what has been going wrong. At the Law, Government and Community Service High School, for example, Comrie said the student population has increased by one-third over the last two years. “They have been struggling since they were given extra students, but not the extra resources to care for them,” Comrie said. “They are trying to stay at the same level academically, but they don’t have the resources to stay competitive.” PS 140 just got a new principal who is working to meet all the everchanging standards set by the DOE, and just needs time to fully adapt, according to the lawmaker.

“I don’t know why they are pulling the plug on either of these schools,” Comrie said. The DOE did not respond to an email asking whether the lawmaker’s assessments are accurate. Both Fedkowskyj and education advocate Adrienne Adams believe the DOE may be too quick to scrap schools and should focus on trying to fix them. “I refuse to believe that closure and collocation is the answer to what is labeled as ‘low performance,’” Adams said in an email. These schools need resources and support to gain higher achievement to thrive, not an administration who eagerly awaits the quick fix to shutter and shatter.” Sarah Tient, a student at Business, Computer Applications & Entrepreneurship High School, said she didn’t understand why it was selected for closure. “I think it’s a good school,” she said Tuesday. “I learn a lot.” Felix Martelly, whose children Jada, 10, and Tyler, 6, attend PS 140 said he was disappointed to learn the school may be shutting its doors and is concerned about where his children will have to go to attend classes.

Students at Campus Magnet, where two specialized schools have been targeted PHOTO BY ANNMARIE COSTELLA for closure, head home after class. “I think it’s horrible,” Martelly said of the possible closure. “My kids love this school. I think it’s a very good school for this community to have around. I don’t want my kids to have to travel to a different school.” In many cases the DOE shuts down a school and opens a new one in the same building. But there were a few who were happy about the closures like Kayla Chavis, Anastasia Brown and Chelsea Etienne, students at Law, Government and Community

Service High School. “This school sucks,” Chavis said. “I’m a straight A student. I’m the only one who goes to the afterschool programs.” The girls said that while the teachers try their best, there are just too many unruly students who are unwilling to learn, ruining classes for the rest of the pupils. “The teachers are really great, so it would be unfair to them to close the school because they are trying,” Etienne said. “It’s the students. They Q don’t try.”

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Though it comes as no surprise, the entry of Barry Grodenchik into the race for borough president makes an already exciting contest even more so. That’s because there’s such a wide variety of candidates in the running, and the result could well be the strengthening of an office that hasn’t always been the voice for Queens that it should be. Grodenchik, like the other candidates, is an old political hand. Until he announced his run for the office, he was deputy to current Borough President Helen Marshall. He remains her director of community boards, keeping him in touch with that level of government closest to the people. One hopes that would influence him to govern for the people if he were to win, as too many Queens office holders seem to forget who they work for the minute they get elected, whether it’s by directly working against the popular interest or just disappearing into the back rooms, never to be seen again in public — or both. Grodenchik, who previously served in elected office as a state assemblyman, in addition to holding numerous appointed positions, faces stiff competition in the race for Borough Hall. The other announced candidates are City Councilman Leroy Comrie (D-St. Albans), former Councilwoman Melinda Katz of Forest Hills, Councilman Peter Vallone Jr. (D-Astoria), state Sen. Jose Peralta (D-East Elmhurst) and state Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside). That’s one diverse, volatile mix. It’s too bad the office they’re all running for doesn’t wield that much power. But maybe this time the winner will turn it into an effective soapbox for Queens.

Barry Grodenchik, a former state assemblyman and longtime figure in Queens Borough Hall, announced his candidacy for borough FILE PHOTO president Tuesday. A judge slaps the NYPD In a case fraught with politics, the Police Department suffered a major blow Tuesday when U.S. District Court Judge Shira Scheindlin ordered cops to end the use of stop and frisk outside privately owned apartment buildings where management had requested them to do it. The case focuses on the Bronx, but stop and frisk, along with other police tactics some see as too aggressive — or downright unconstitutional — has prompted complaints all over the city, including in Queens. Just this week, marchers in Jackson Heights rallied against a recent series of hate crimes — and also against police tactics meant to prevent such atrocities and other lawbreaking. The NYPD and its defenders say its policies are all legal and are the main reason violent crime is at historic lows. Here’s yet another area where it’s hard to see how gaps between our citizens’ differing Q beliefs can ever be bridged.

Just a few days ago, Barry Grodenchik was No. 2 in Queens Borough Hall, deputy to Borough President Helen Marshall. Now he’s quit that job, in the hopes of returning as No. 1. Grodenchik launched his long-awaited candidacy for the borough presidency on Tuesday with a kickoff fundraiser at Young Israel of Jamaica Estates. “I am honored to join with nearly 200 family members, longtime friends and supporters to announced my candidacy to lead the most diverse county in America,” said Grodenchik.

Attendees included Rep. Joe Crowley (D-Queens, Bronx), the Queens Democratic Party chairman. “Barry is a worthy candidate for Queens Borough President and a personal friend,” said Crowley, who also has attended campaign events for some of the other candidates for the office. The other hopefuls are City Councilmen Leroy Comrie (D-St. Albans) and Peter Vallone Jr. (D-Astoria), former Councilwoman Melinda Katz of Forest Hills, and state Sens. Jose Peralta (D-East Elmhurst) and Tony Q Avella (D-Bayside). — Peter C. Mastrosimone

continued from page 2 Assembly this past week to discuss their support for the bills. All said changes need to be made to protect members of the public and the mentally ill themselves from cracks in the system. Those responding varied in their levels of support, from David Weprin (DLittle Neck) who said he would look to become a cosponsor, to state Sen. Michael Gianaris, who would like to see the measure more closely tied to gun control initiatives. All said they would reread the bills in their respective houses before committing for or against specific pieces of legislation. Assemblyman Jeffrion Aubrey (DCorona) said everyone wants to make adjustments, particularly in the wake of high profile incidents such as the subway killings or mass shootings. “But it’s a complex situation,” he said. Aubrey is chairman of the Assembly’s Committee on Corrections, which oversees, among other entities, the state’s massive prison system. “We administer more mental health services than anyone else in the state,” Aubrey said in a telephone interview. “We’ve tried to improve what is done inside the Corrections Department. Everyone wants treatment provided and improved. We want better refer rals, because sooner or later, most of these people will be coming home. “But it’s an imperfect system,” he said. Aubrey said cost is a large concern, with care of the mentally ill who are incarcerated often proving a tough sell when asking the taxpayers for money. “If we don’t have the resources to provide the treatment, we can’t complete treatment. We can’t always identify it early and provide early treatment. “The issue is a lot larger than just keeping people locked up,” he said. “You can pass laws to make people feel safe, but you also have to make sure you have the capacity for doing what the law says ... Everyone agrees we need better tools ... And the cost is enormous.” Among those responding, a spokesman for Assemblyman Andrew Hevesi (D-Forest Hills) said he is supportive of the changes. So too is Assemblywoman Margaret Markey (D-Maspeth), whose spokesman, Mike Armstrong, said she voted for the original Kendra’s Law. “People who suffer from mental illness and their communities should have the peace of mind knowing that Kendra’s Law has been made permanent,” said Assemblywoman Aravella Simotas (D-Astoria) in a statement from her office. “The proposed legislation addresses the concerns of treatment providers, patients, law enforcement agents and community members.” She said additional safeguards, awareness and training will make people safer. “No one should have to fear for life on their morning commute,” she said.

Neither bill addresses the possibility of making civil commitment, or civil confinement, easier. The term refers to the forcible incarceration of those who are deemed to be a danger to themselves or others. Gianaris said he would not comment on a speculative or hypothetical proposal, and all legislators reached by the Chronicle said any such move would have to be properly crafted to protect not only the public, but the rights of the people facing forced confinement. But some said if done properly, with due deference to civil rights, it might be workable. “You don’t want to put anyone in a facility unless they absolutely need it,” said Assemblyman Mike Miller (D-Woodhaven). “If someone needs the help, maybe that’s a way to get it to them quicker.” State Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) said he would like to see some tightening of Kendra’s Law, and will support it if the wording of the Senate bill is appropriate. Like Miller, he said that at least in theory, there could be mechanisms in place for involuntary committal. “In some of these cases, I’ve been amazed that the accused have been released to the general public in the first place,” he said. “And remember some of these patients are not just a danger to the public, but to themselves. In some cases, they need that protection.” State Sen. Jose Peralta (D-East Elmhurst) said he would support some changes to the current laws. The senator said he voted for extending Kendra’s Law, but agrees that there is a need to improve it. “Whether Sen. Young’s bill, an amended version or a different bill, is taken up remains to be seen,” Peralta said in a statement issued by his office. “But we need to get something done and in the current climate, with the governor’s leadership, we will.” Peralta has his own bill involving mental health and crime. He would like to require the courts to strip people of guns and gun permits if they are involuntarily committed to an institution, forced into outpatient treatment, or acquitted of a crime or deemed mentally incompetent to stand trial by reason of mental disease or defect. He said the bill, crafted in the wake of the Virginia Tech shootings in 2007, has passed the Assembly each of the last four years with bipartisan support. He believes the current climate will allow movement in the Senate this year. Peralta said forced conf inement for those who fail to follow treatment or take medications always can be an option. But, like Miller, Assemblyman Bill Scarborough (D-Jamaica) and others, he said it must be done with great care. “As long as the final product respected the constitutional rights of the individual and reflected the expert judgement of a Q medical professional,” he said.

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No FEMA grants for co-ops and condos Electeds, presidents blast agency for ‘discrimination’ over Sandy aid by Joseph Orovic Assistant Managing/Online Editor

Presidents of Queens co-ops and condos have joined elected officials in decrying what they called a discriminatory loophole in the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s post-Hurricane Sandy recovery efforts. What they call bit of misinterpretation by FEMA has left co-ops and condos looking for Sandy help at the Small Business Association, even though they are residential entities. The guidelines behind who does and doesn’t get FEMA aid are dictated by the Stafford Act, which does not contain specific provisions for co-ops and condos. As a result, FEMA considers them commercial entities, leaving them ineligible for grants aimed at helping homeowners get back on their feet. “It’s one thing to be devastated by a hurricane; it’s another to be devastated by a loophole,” said Rep. Steve Israel (DL.I.), whose district includes part of Northeast Queens since new borders were instituted this year. He added the problem could be solved quickly if FEMA changed its definition of co-ops and condos. “The word ‘co-op’ is not in the Stafford Act,” Israel said. “There’s no statute against giving co-ops and condos grants. We do not need an act of Congress to fix this.” The congressman sent a letter to Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano and FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate, asking they redefine co-ops and condos as residential dwellings. But the help FEMA can offer is limited. The agency’s relief programs are not geared towards covering the cost of repairs. “The only grants we give to homeowners are for temporary housing needs and minimal repairs to make the home

The Glen Oaks Village garden co-op has had to repair damage to its roofs from Hurricane Sandy on its own tab, after FEMA refused to help foot some of the bill via grants. PHOTO BY JOSEPH OROVIC

safe and livable,” said FEMA spokesman Ed Conley, adding there is a $31,900 limit for individuals. “The purpose of a FEMA disaster housing grant is to help a family get back on their feet and have a safe place to live temporarily. It is emergency assistance for housing.”

He pointed to SBA’s disaster loans, the city’s Rapid Repairs and other programs as a lifeline for co-ops and condos. State Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside), Assemblyman Ed Braunstein (D-Bayside) and Councilman Mark Weprin (DOakland Gardens) joined Israel at a press conference in Glen Oaks Village, which suffered extensive damage from Sandy. The co-op faces about $250,000 in expenses and counting after the hurricane tore shingles off roofs and knocked over trees. “This arbitrary and erroneous classification of co-ops and condos means they are being completely ignored,” said Glen Oaks Village President Bob Friedrich. At the heart of the issue may be nomenclature. Co-ops and condos, though prevalent throughout the city, are uncommon across the country. To outsiders, they may seem like a band of profitable housing units. “It’s really them not knowing what we are,” said Weprin, who founded the council’s Co-op and Condo Caucus. “It’s not just the rich living here. It’s the middle class.” Should no monetary help arrive, co-ops and condos would have to foot thousands (or over $1 million in the case of Cryder Point in Beechhurst) in repair bills on their own. The additional costs will inevitably be passed down to shareholders in the form of increased maintenance charges or skyrocketing assessments. The repair bills have been inflated by an irony at the state level. The Industrial Development Agency has provided sales tax exemptions for hurricane-related work done for commercial entities. But it considers co-ops and condos residential dwellings. “Co-ops are being thwarted every step of the way,” Q Friedrich said.

Leaked frack report changes no minds Queens state reps, senators, still await the final NYS environmental review by Michael Gannon

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An anonymous leak in Albany last week revealed an 11-month-old report from the state’s Department of Health saying that hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, can be a safe way of boosting New York’s energy supply and its upstate economy. But if the leak was aimed at winning over or changing the minds of state legislators from Queens who are wary of, or outright hostile to the process, the Cuomo administration’s version of Deep Throat might just as well have saved himself the trip to the underground parking garage. The Queens Chronicle was able to contact all but one member of the state Senate and Assembly from Queens this past week. Not one who responded said his or her mind was changed in the slightest by the report. Even those who said they were at least open to the possibility said they want to wait on the results of the official study, and that fracking cannot be permitted without the strongest guarantees and regulations. Hydrofracking is a process by which water mixed with a cocktail of chemicals is injected into the ground under high pressure to break up underground rock formations that contain trapped natural gas. Some of the chemicals used are known carcinogens. Opponents fear accidents or

natural occur rences could contaminate upstate sources of drinking water for New York City. The state has a moratorium on the practice first put in place by Gov. David Patterson in late 2010. Cuomo has not committed either way pending the outcome of a study that was due out late last year and has had its deadline pushed back to February. “We’re talking about water,” said Assemblyman Mike Miller (D-Woodhaven). “After Hurricane Sandy, I was with [Assemblyman] Phil Goldfeder when whole sections of his district were without water for two or three days until they could get relief supplies. “If those chemicals leak into the water supply for the entire city, what happens when it’s five boroughs?” Miller asked. “It could take years or at least months to fix. I don’t think it’s worth the risk.” “If something goes wrong, you can’t say ‘WHOOPS! Sorry!’ after you have a problem,” Mike Armstrong, spokesman for Assemblywoman Margaret Markey (DMaspeth) said. “It may be an economic issue upstate, but it’s a health issue if you live in New York City. You can’t be too careful. And you can’t go back once you’ve permitted it.” Assemblyman Bill Scarborough (DJamaica) still wants to wait. “My view is that we still need a full

review, and that we need as much information as possible,” he said. “I need a sense that this can be done without environmental damage.” In a statement emailed to the Chronicle, Emily DeSantis of the state’s Department of Environmental Conservation said the leaked document is outdated, “nearly a year old, and does not reflect final DEC policy.” But in her statement, Karen Moreau, executive director of the New York State Petroleum Council, said the contents were no surprise. “In fact, these reports confirm what has been clear for some time now: sensible regulations can ensure safe natural gas development will protect land, water and public health while providing tens of thousands of good jobs ...” she said. While Miller believes the pros and cons of fracking operations in places like Pennsylvania are not worth the potential tradeoff, Scarborough said the state should take into account the potential for a Pennsylvania-style economic boom in the depressed upstate region that sits atop Marcellus shale. “Upstate would certainly benef it from that,” he said. “But it shouldn’t be allowed near any water sources. The original plan had it too close to water sources.” In an email, state Sen. Jose Peralta (D-East Elmhurst) asked for more independent study. “The jobs created by drilling would not come to New York City, but fouled drinking

water might,” Peralta said. “While I am mindful of the economic boost fracking would provide and am aware of the need for energy independence, simply not enough is known about the potential public health and environmental impacts,” he said. Asemblywoman Aravella Simotas (DAstoria) also still has questions. “I view the issue of whether to permit hydraulic fracturing in New York State as requiring a two-step analysis,” Simotas said in a statement issued by her office. “First, a broad scientific consensus must exist that hydraulic fracturing is, in fact, safe and poses no threat to our water supply.” Second, she said, if such a determination is reached, reasonable measures must be imposed to regulate “this volatile and potentially destructive process.” State Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) was far less diplomatic. “That report isn’t worth the paper it’s written on,” Avella said. The senator is attempting to ban fracking in the state. Dan Hendrick, spokesman for the New York League of Conservation Voters, also said the leaked report changes nothing from the group’s point of view. “If the governor ultimately allows fracking, we want it done with the strongest possible regulations in place, along with the strongest Q possible enforcement,” he said.


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Better teacher qualifications, more in-class time among ideas outlined Gov. Cuomo’s Education Reform Commission returned its report last week that suggested a series of changes to improve schooling of the state’s youth. Among the idea were: start children in class earlier, keep them longer and hire more prepared teachers to instruct them. “Get them sooner, keep them longer and do more with them when you’ve got them,” said Richard Parsons, commission chairman and former CEO of Time Warner Inc. Cuomo met with the commission on Jan. 2 in Albany during a cabinet meeting at the State Capitol. The group’s 92page report is primarily based on information gathered from 11 hearings around the state. A final report is due out later this year. “We have failed our students and we have for many, many years,” Cuomo said. “The education bureaucracy has been running the education program and the students got lost.” The governor said he added some of the commission’s suggestions to his 2013 legislative priorities outlined in Wednesday’s State of the State speech. The panel suggested the possibility of more in-class time for students, recommending universal pre-kindergarten and restructured schedules to allow for more instruction time for all students, including the possibility of extending the school year by two to three weeks, an idea supported by President Obama and U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan. The commission also suggested utilizing technology in what it termed “innovation zones” that will allow students to use technological advances, such as tablets, to improve learning. The commission suggested that prospective teachers

should pass an exam similar to the bar exam given to prospective lawyers. The test idea got the support of commission member Randi Weingarten, president of the American Federation of Teachers. One issue the commission might face is how to fund its ideas. Suggestions like expanded pre-kindergarten and more class time are likely to be expensive. Cuomo said he is completely behind the idea of universal pre-K, but that financing it would be difficult. “Frankly, it’s going to be a question of money,” Cuomo said at the cabinet meeting. The commission promised to outline ideas for financing in its final report. He added that he expects extending the school year to be a controversial and expensive issue, but reiterated the need to further study the suggestion. The commission also suggested combining some school districts outside New York City, which commission members also expect to cause some controversy. The meeting also turned to the ongoing fight over teacher evaluations. While most of the state’s school districts have reached deals with teachers unions over evaluations, such a deal is still elusive between the UFT and the city’s Department of Education. Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott said an accord had to be struck by last Dec. 21 in order to meet Gov. Cuomo’s Jan. 17 deadline, otherwise the city risked losing $250 million in funding. The Yonkers school district reached a deal on evaluations last week. Parsons said the issue with evaluations isn’t disagreement over the idea itself, but over the details. “There’s no disagreement; teachers need to be evaluated and evaluated fairly. Question is how do we design the proQ gram?” he asked.

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Queens District Attorney Richard Brown had a lot to be proud about last year, and the 22-year-veteran cited some of his office’s major 2012 accomplishments during his yearend address, which he delivered on Jan. 2 at his Kew Gardens office. Those accomplishments include handling more than 70,000 arrest cases, having no appellate backlog, being recognized as a nationwide leader in the number of courtauthorized wiretaps, having the lowest case dismissal rate in the city and taking more preindictment pleas than the rest of the city’s DAs combined. “We, as prosecutors, have contributed greatly to New York City’s historic decline in serious crime through our law enforcement initiatives and the utilization of cutting-edge intervention and prevention programs — which, in turn, have created safer neighborhoods for our residents,” Brown said in a prepared statement. Brown also noted that the New York Law Journal’s recent review of city’s prosecutors’ offices found Queens County to have the highest felony conviction rate and the lowest felony dismissal rate. “These numbers should come as no surprise as we are citywide leaders in many categories, including consistently maintaining the best arrest-to-arraignment time in the city and the highest percentage of cases arraigned within 24 hours,” Brown said. The DA’s office has had numerous successful prosecutions in 2012. Among those he cited were the People v. David Hartshorn and the People v. Gregory Calas and Nnonso Ekwegbalu. Hartshorn pleaded guilty in August to firstand second-degree criminal sexual act and use of a child in a sexual performance. Once been named “Rochdale Village Coach of the Year,” he was sentenced to 18 years in prison. Calas and Ekwegbalu, both members of the Crips street gang, were convicted in November of first-degree manslaughter and other charges for the fatal shooting of 13-year-old Kevin

Miller and the assault of a 17-year-old in Cambria Heights on Oct. 2, 2009. Each defendant faces up to 50 years in prison when sentenced on Jan. 9, 2013. In addition, the DA’s Investigations Division conducted several significant long-term investigations over the past year into criminal enterprises. They included dismantling violent gun and drug gangs and rescuing young women from underage prostitution and sex trafficking rings, as well as prosecuting white-collar crimes such as identity theft, credit card fraud, mortgage fraud, auto theft and insurance fraud and illegal gambling. Among the major investigations during 2012 noted by Brown were: “Operation Heroin Highway,” in which 105 city and Long Island residents were arrested on drug charges as part of an undercover probe of a drug ring; “Operation Pac Man,” in which five individuals were charged in connection with illegal firearms trafficking in Southeast Queens; and “Operation Last Call,” in which 18 airport workers were charged in connection with the widespread theft of tens of thousands of unsold mini-bottles of liquor and other items from John F. Kennedy International Airport. In August, the DA’s office held a successful gun buyback program in which 509 weapons were collected over a six-hour period. Among those recovered were an AK-47, a Tec-9, a Calico 9mm with a 50- round magazine, 245 revolvers, 168 semi-automatic pistols and five sawed-off shotguns. “The reason why I have so much enjoyed my tenure as District Attorney over these many years, why it is that I’ve found those years to be so rewarding, and why I look forward to continuing to serve as the District Attorney of this county for many years to come, is the successes that we have enjoyed in lowering the level of violence in our county,” Brown said, “and improving the quality of life of our residents and because of the dedication and professionalism of those with Q whom we work.”

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Phuc [pronounced “phook”] Le’s serene photographs rep his motto: Live simply and pack light. Le will be exhibiting selections from three distinct series in the show “Forced Entry” on Jan. 18 at the Flux Factory in Long Island City, where he is one of about a dozen artists in residence. On Friday when I stopped by Le’s studio, he was wearing the electric blue sweatshirt his father sports in the series called “So Hip!” featuring his dad wearing Le’s favorite clothes. “They are portraits of my dad, but also of myself,” he said pointing to a photo of his dad in a navy blue poncho. “I remember exactly where I was when I bought that poncho.” Le, who was born in Vietnam, says he easily connects and becomes attached to inanimate objects. He keeps only a few pieces of clothing and wears them A photo by Phuc Le.

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What’s your dream job and how do you achieve this goal? Flux Factory artist in residence Aliya Bonar wants to know, and during a weeklong after-school camp she plans to find out. From Feb. 4 to 10 the seamstress-extraordinaire will serve as den mom to a group of Girl Scouts, a team of artists and one Queens resident to go through dream-job boot camp. (The Queens resident has not been selected. If you want to participate email Bonar at aliyarose@ gmail.com.) “I will plan a regimen of after-school activities. The idea is that youth and artists are used to thinking outside of the box and might come up with some great ideas,” Bonar said as she walked through the Flux Factory space. Planters on the Manhattanfacing deck light up when the flora is thirsty. An array of cacti that a founding Fluxer donated to the

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Dorsky Gallery Curatorial Programs, 11-03 45 Ave., Long Island City, announces Donut Muffin, an exhibition that explores dialogues in New York-based contemporary painting and sculpture, opening Sunday, Jan. 13 from 2-5 p.m., on view through March 10. Gallery hours are Thursday through Monday, 11 a.m. to 6 pm. and by appointment. Contact David Dorsky at (718) 937-6317 or visit dosrsky.org.

CLASSES Tai chi is being offered at Central Queens Y, 67-09 108 St., Forest Hills. Registration is now ongoing for the winter series of 11 classes beginning on Monday, Jan. 7 at 11:30 a.m. to 12:20 p.m. The cost is $44 for members/$83 for the general public. Call Ellen Shajnfeld at (718) 268-5011 ext. 160 to register or visit cqy.org/registration for more information.

AUDITIONS Community Singers of Queens will resume for spring concerts. Auditions are at the Lutheran Church Church of the Messiah at 42-15 165 St., Flushing, at 8 p.m. Monday, Jan. 14. For more information call (718) 658 102. The Oratorio Society of Queens will begin rehearsing “Messa di Gloria” by Puccini, opera choruses and Americana for the Annual Spring Concert on Sunday, May 19 with Maestro David Close and the Orchestral Arts Ensemble of Queens. Rehearsals are held on Monday nights at 7:45 p.m. beginning Jan. 14 in the FSG hall at Temple Beth Sholom, 172nd Street and Northern Boulevard, Flushing. Auditions are Mondays, Jan. 14 and 21 at 7 p.m. Reservations are required. Call (718) 279-3006. The Queens College Choral Society seeks new members for its Spring 2013 concert season, which will feature the performance of J.S. Bach’s B Minor Mass on Saturday, May 18. Auditions for new members will take place from 6-7:15 p.m. in the Music Building Room 246, 65-30 Kissena Blvd., on Wednesdays: Jan. 16, 23, 30 and Feb. 6. Rehearsals will be held on Wednesdays beginning Jan. 16 from 7:30-9:45 p.m. in room 270. Auditions consist of basic singing skills. No preparation is necessary. For further information visit qcchoralsociety.org. To schedule an audition contact James John, Music Director, at (718) 997-3818 or jmsjhn@aol.com

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The Sacred Music Chorale of Richmond HIll will hold rehearsals beginning on Saturday, Jan. 12 at 10 a.m. at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 86-20 114 St., for a spring concert on April 14. The program with professionals soloists and chamber orchestra will be Vivaldi’s Gloria and Schubert’s Mass in A flat. Semester dues are $60 which entitle singers to five free tickets. Visit richmondhillny.com/arts/smc for more information.

THEATRE The Secret Theatre, 44-07 23 St., Long Island City, will show “Urinetown: The Musical!” on Thursday Saturday, Jan. 10-26 at 8 p.m. Tickets are $18. Call (718) 392-0722. There will be a live presentation of “Special Effect,” 20 underground animations featuring original music by Lucky Dragons and Seabat on Friday, Jan. 18 at 7 p.m. at the Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35 Ave., Astoria. Tickets are $15 for the public, $9 for members, free for Silver Screen members and above. Advance tickets are available online at movingimage.us or by phone at (718) 777-6800.

The Latin American Cultural Center of Queens hosts free art classes for children in Astoria. Emmy-nominated actor Rob Schneider brings his zany comedy to the Queensborough Performing Arts Center, 222-05 56 Ave., Bayside, on Sunday, Jan. 27 at 8 p.m. Tickets are $40 for all seats. You must be 21 or older to attend.

DANCE Thalia Spanish Theatre, 41-17 Greenpoint Ave., Sunnyside, premieres “Afro Tango” on Friday, Jan. 25. The show runs through March 17 on Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 4 p.m. Tickets are $35; students and seniors $32; Fridays only $30. For information and tickets call (718) 729-3880 or visit thaliatheatre.org.

FILM Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35 Ave., Astoria, will present a “Best of 2012” program of films selected by chief curator David Schwartz and assistant film curator Rachael Rakes, through Feb. 22. The cost is $12. Times vary. Visit movingimage.us or call (718) 777-6888 for hours and more information. Paul Williams, legendary songwriter, singer, actor and subject of the documentary “Paul Williams: Still Alive” will be honored with a weekend retrospective at Museum of Moving Image, 36-01 35 Ave., Astoria, from Jan. 25-27. Prices and times vary. Visit movingimage.us or call (718) 777-6800.

MUSIC Members of the Con Brio Ensemble will be performing works by Brahms, Poulenc, Ravel and others on Sunday, Jan. 13 at 4:30 p.m. at the Church in the Gardens, 50 Ascan Ave., Forest Hills. Admission will be $12 and $10 for students and senior citizens. TDF vouchers are accepted. The Voelker Orth Museum, 149-19 38 Ave., Flushing, hosts Poetry and Music: Poet George Wallace and

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FLEA MARKETS Italian Charities of America, 83-20 Queens Blvd., Elmhurst, hosts a flea market on Saturday, Jan. 19 from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Call (718) 478-3100 for more information.

LECTURE Read and discuss Kim Edwards’ The Memory Keeper’s Daughter on Wednesday, Jan. 16 at 2 p.m. at Queens Village Community Library’s book club, 9411 217 St. Call the library at (718) 776-6800 for more information.

The Central Queens Y at 67-09 108 St., Forest Hills, is offering yoga for the active senior adult. Registration is now ongoing for the winter series of 11 classes. Cost is $52 senior CQY members/ $94 senior general public/ $132 under 65 CQY members/ $163 under 65 general public. For more information call Robin Budnetz at (718) 268-5011 ext. 504 or email rbudnetz@cqy.org. LaGuardia Community College is hosting an information session on Wednesday, Jan. 23 for those interested in becoming credentialed alchohol and substance abuse counselors. The information session runs from 6-9 p.m. in the college’s B-building Room BA-01 at 30-20 Thomson Ave., Long Island City. To RSVP email ACEProfessional@lagcc.cuny.edu. For more information call (718) 482-5125. “Make Your Own Pillowcase,” a sewing basics workshop for teens, will be given on Mondays, Jan. 14 and 28 at 4 p.m. at Queens Village library, 94-11 217 St. Call the library at (718) 776-6800 for more information.

A leisure group meets every Wednesday at 11 a.m. at the Hillcrest Jewish Center, Prince Room, 183-02 Union Turnpike, Flushing. Cost is $6 for lunch. The program includes yoga instruction, discussion groups, card games, bingo, birthday celebrations, guest speakers and holiday celebrations. For info., call Dr. Roz Gold at (718) 229-7511.

Falls are becoming an increasing problem among older adults, so it is important to take steps to reduce the risk. Those with walkers and canes are welcome and are encouraged to enroll in Balance Training, Section 3 at 1:40 p.m., where they will receive extra assistance, at Central Queens YM&YWHA, 67-09 108 St., Forest Hills. Registration is now ongoing for the winter series of 10 classes beginning Tuesday, Jan. 15. For more information call Robin Budnetz at (718) 268-5011 ext. 504 or email rbudnetz@cqy.org.

A schizophrenics anonymous self-help support group will be held on Sundays from 10 to 11 a.m. at L.I. Consultation Center, 97-29 64 Rd., Rego Park. Call (718) 896-3400 for more information. The group is free.

There will be a drum workshop on Monday, Jan. 28 at 4 pm. at the Douglaston/Little Neck Library, 24901 Northern Blvd. Call the library (718) 225-8414 for more information.

The Flushing Camera Club meets at 7:30 p.m. on the first, third and fifth Wednesdays of the month in the auditorium of Flushing Hospital, 146-01 45 Ave., enter at 45th Avenue and Burling Street, 5th floor. Come and spend an evening learning about good photography and enjoying excellent photography-related programs. On Jan. 16 at 7:15 p.m. listen to “Exposure Time” with Ettoree Trrauzzi and on Jan. 30 at 7:15 p.m. enjoy “Show and Tell” with Adam Holstein. Call (718) 749-0643 or visit flushingcameraclub.org for more information.

Queens Library Enrich Your Life presents Magic Tricks workshops for teens on Wednesdays: Jan. 16 at 4 p.m. at St Albans Library, 191-05 Linden Blvd., (718) 528-8196; Jan. 23 at 4 p.m. at the Queens Village Library, 94-11 217 St., (718) 776-6800; Jan. 30 at 4:30 p.m. at Bellerose Library, 250-06 Hillside Ave., (718) 831-8644; and Feb. 6 at 3:30 p.m. at Briarwood Library, 85-12 Main St., (718) 658-1680. Admission is free. Call your library for more information or visit queenslibrary.org.

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Portraits of strangers and loved ones continued continued from from page page 37 00 could go into some sappy stories, but I won’t. Also the gay until they are full of holes. They help to comfort him when he community might see it for its sexual context.” floats from his adolescent home of Los Angeles to his adult The second series speaks to forcing his way into a home of New York City and everywhere in between. stranger’s life, if only for a few hours. “LA is my high school sweetheart, but New York is my Le used the iPhone Grindr app, which uses the gadget’s grown-up love affair,” he said. GPS to locate other gay and bisexual individuals in the area, When Le began photographing his father in his LA oasis, for the photo series “Grindr Test.” complete with mango trees and a thriving herb garden, it Le acknowledges the potential dangers and the more illicit served as a social commentary on the clothing made by side of the app, but he also sees it as a way for a “subcomAmerican Apparel and the type of munity to find a comfort — to maybe thrift-store-salvaged clothing Le and not feel so alone,” he said. his friends loved — and how it When these men pop into his virtubecame mainstream. al bubble and he likes how they look, When: Friday, Jan. 18, 6 to 8 p.m. “But then I felt at one point I had he asks if he can photograph them. out-grown it or was robbed of it,” he “The photographing process is a Where: Flux Factory said. “Every part had been picked lot like hooking up,” Le said. “A lot 39-31 29 St. Long Island City and sold.” of emotions have been invested. Tickets: Free, fluxfactory.org His works have stepped away from Some say no, some ignore me, some this angst and the viewer can see that. say I’m weird.” The simple portraits of his father show a man at ease with his But if the connection happens, it lasts — in a way. environment — not smiling or frowning, just content. He has never had a lasting relationship with any of his Le said beyond a portrait of his father and of himself, the subjects and only once has he met up with the guy after the series is a mature way to rekindle a relationship with a father photograph, but he remembers them and their portraits live who had been absent for a good chunk of his younger years. on in the collection. Forcing his way into this relationship gave him one inspiration Le orchestrates his meetings so that he takes his subject’s for the show’s name — “Forced Entry.” picture around 5 p.m. when the light is just right. He also “It’s a play on words,” Le said. “I feel like I have to fight to uses a shallow depth of field that gives his works an almost create, force myself into people’s bubbles, into a relationship 3-D quality. with my dad, into the art world — whatever that means. I The men have a totally comfortable, peaceful look, much

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Walken’s fall happens off-stage, unfortunately. But the actor’s loss is our gain. Karen unwillingly fills in for the actor, completely uncompensated and lacking any preparation. Her loose familiarity with the play comes from one proofreading. Enter Leo, an accompanying Russian translator presumably meant to deliver the play in its native tongue. She comes laced with narratives of her own, played by the deceptively commanding Larisa Tokmakova. The ensuing mĂŞlĂŠe of bastardized Chekhov and Karen’s stream-of-consciousness ramblings offers one of the braver theatrical works on hand. It requires an equal amount of bravery from the audience. “There Thereâ€? bears all the trademarks of modern experimental theater. The plot is anything but linear. The dialogue is actually dueling monologues, with Leo’s Russian translation serving as a stoic metronome to Karen’s performance. It’s a nifty bit of stage trickery, forcing the audience to zero in on the center stage monologue. continued on on page page 00 42 continued

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Finding a safe place in a pastel fabric oasis continued continued from from page page 37 00 organization when he died of old age rings one of the upstairs bay windows. A “Fluxmas tree,” a conifer tree made of wood and draped with tinsel and yarn, is placed in the kitchen. The rest of the space is filled with chairs in varying states of disrepair, unfinished artworks and “relics of past art shows — pretty much there is art in all the cracks.”

out of pastel comforters like a scene from the movie “The Science of Sleep.” Dotting the mountains are little fabric trees and silk flowers she has collected over the years. “It’s very earnest and utopic,” she said. “As much as I want to be hard-hitting, my art always leans this way, but if it helps people open up that’s good.” Also inside her Flux Factory studio is a tent made out of After the week of camp, Bonar will turn the Flux Facto- the same worn bedding that she forges mystical hills out ry gallery into a clubhouse of sorts, which the community of. When the viewer crawls inside, those same hills line the interior and little stars can explore on Saturday Feb. dangle from the fabric ceil9. The camp will be recorded ing. in many ways to be viewed For two months she creatin the gallery. The following When: Reception Saturday, Feb. 9, from 6 to 9 p.m., ed a new flag with a word of day Bonar will lead a discuspublic discussion Sunday, Feb. 10, the day embroidered in the sion about the quest for a from 2 to 5 p.m. middle. The banners dangle dream job. Where: Flux Factory from her studio’s wall. “I’m very interested in 39-31 29 St., Long Island City Bonar brought the project how to make people feel Tickets: Free, fluxfactory.org to a group of children at the comfortable,” said Bonar, aliyarosebonar.com/powersuit-camp Families in Need General who holds a degree in socialPreventative Program facility ly engaged art from Hampshire College. “People aren’t always safe and comfortable at the Southern Queens Park Association, who now have and it’s hard to talk about that. Inside a tent with cookies their own string of motivational flags. However, creating a physical space where Bonar and maybe they will. “It’s about making space to interact in a new way,” she others are comfortable is more than the walls. Lately the artist has experimented with her own idea of a powersuit. said. “It may be a sweat suit or a rain jacket,” Bonar said. Bonar, who by day teaches children how to sew, has For her it’s a series of blazers adorned with trinkets she created many mountainous landscapes stitched together

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CLASSES The Latin American Cultural Center of Queens is offering free art classes for children ages 8 to 16 on Tuesday and Thursdays from 4 to 6 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to noon at NYC Parks & Recreation-ARROW Community Center, 35-30 35 St., Astoria. For more information call (718) 2617664 or email laccq@aol.com Every Wednesday from 6:30 to 7:45 p.m. join Rabbi Waidenbaum at the Rego Park Jewish Center, 97-30 Queens Blvd., to learn and discuss the weekly Torah portion. On Mondays the Rabbi will teach a class, “Jewish Choices — Jewish Voices,” from 5 to 6:15 p.m. The Parashat and Haftarat Club discusses the Torah portion Bo on Saturday, Jan. 19 at 12:30 p.m. following Shabbat services. The club is led by Rabbi Waidenbaum, Rabbi Romiel Daniel and Charles Lehat. A light bite will be served. There is no charge for any class and all are welcome. Call (718) 459-1000 for more information. The YWCA of Queens, 42-07 Parsons Blvd., Flushing, has expanded its GED preparation program to include free adult classes. Tracks vary in length from 10 to 20 weeks depending upon entrance test results. Contact the YW and sign up for the next placement examination. Call Stacy McKelvey at (718) 353-4553 for more information or to reserve your placement exam seat. Mindfulness Meditation one-hour class with Rabbi Michael Weisser at Free Synagogue of Flushing, 4160 Kissena Blvd., on Tuesdays at 7:30 p.m. Free. For more information, call (718) 961-0030 or email info@freesynagogue.org. Adult education classes will be held at the Rego Park Jewish Center, 97-30 Queens Blvd., Rego Park. Rabbi Waidenbaum will be teaching several adult education classes. No charge. Call for more information, (718) 459-1000.

SPECIAL EVENTS Bayside Historical Society will host its annual art show beginning Jan. 13 through Jan. 27. Opening reception will be on Sunday, Jan. 13 at 2 p.m. Come to “The Castle” at 208 Totten Ave, Fort Totten in Bayside. Visitors can enjoy a vocal performance by Lindsay Magiddo. Admission is $8 per person, free to BHS members.

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Bayside Business Association Presents: 10th Annual “Taste of Bayside” on Wednesday, Jan. 23 from 6-9 p.m. at Adria Hotel and Conference Center, 220-33 Northern Blvd., featuring food and beverage samplings from area restaurants. Cost is $30. Italian Charities of America, 83-20 Queens Blvd., Elmhurst, hosts a dance on Saturday nights from Jan. 12 to 26 at 8 p.m. Call (718) 478-3100 for information. Los Pleneros De La 21 comes to Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd., on Sunday, Jan. 13 for a 1 p.m. interactive arts workshop and a 2:15 p.m. performance. Cost of the workshop is $6/$5 children/ free for members with tickets to the 2:15 p.m. show. Tickets to the show cost $12/$10 members/$8 children/$6 member children. Call (718) 463-7700 for tickets and information. Join the Rego Park Jewish Center, 97-30 Queens Blvd., for a Tu B’Shevat luncheon on Saturday, Jan.

26 at 12:30 p.m. following Shabbat services. The cost is $18 per person. Pre-paid reservations must be made by Tuesday, Jan. 22. Call (718) 459-1000. Close Embrace - Nimbus Dance Works comes to Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd., on Saturdays, Jan. 19 and 26 for a 1 p.m. interactive arts workshop and a 2:30 p.m. open rehearsal and talk. Cost for the workshop is $6/$4 children/ free for members with tickets to the 2:30 p.m. program. The open rehearsal costs $12/$10 members/$8 children/ $6 member children. For more information call (718) 463-7700. Join open mic night with Performance Poets Association on Thursday, Jan. 10 at 6:30 p.m. at Queens Library at Flushing, 41-17 Main St. There will be a special guest, Smooth, a masterful poet who writes about the soul of contemporary society. Call (718) 661-1200 for more information. An electronic waste recycling event will be held at Queens Botanical Garden, 43-50 Main St., Flushing, on Sunday, Jan. 13 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information contact Darcy Hector at (718) 886-3800 ext. 330 or email dhector@queensbotanical.org. St. Josaphat’s RC Church of Bayside will hold a St. Nicholas Day dinner dance on Sunday, Jan. 13 from 2-6 p.m. at the Parish Hall, 35th Avenue and 210 Street. Donation is $35. Plenty of free parking. Call Helen at (718) 746-5138 for information. The Samuel Field Y has two weekday programs for preschool children ages 3-5 with developmental disabilities and their families. On Mondays from 3 to 4:30 p.m. there is Monday Magic: Learn and Play at the Bay Terrace Center: 212-00 23 Ave., Bayside. On Wednesdays from 3-4:30 there is Gym and Creative Exploration at the Little Neck Site, 58-20 Little Neck Pkwy. Contact Amanda at (718) 225-6750 ext. 262 or email asmith@sfy.org for more information.

SENIOR ACTIVITIES The Brooks Senior Center, 143-22 109 Ave., Jamaica, welcomes all seniors age 60+. Come and enjoy a healthy lunch from noon to 1 p.m., activities such as Wii sports, bowling, bingo, lap top classes, excercise, ceramics, cards and board games, blood pressure checks, trips, monthly nutrition presentations and monthly birthday celebrations and theme parties. Suggested contribution is $1.25. For more information call (718) 291-3935. Selfhelp Innovative Senior Center (Benjamin Rosenthal-Prince Street Senior Center), 45-25 Kissena Blvd., Flushing, has a special Saturday program, open every other Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. for all seniors, especially South Asians, starting Jan. 12, offering basic computer classes, basic English, health education, Indian movies, Indian yoga, games, Kinect bowling, tai chi, Yuan Ji dancing, breathing yoga, Ping-Pong, karaoke, field trips, case assistance and have a vegetarian Indian-style lunch. Call (718) 886-5777 for further information. The Ridgewood Older Adult Center, 59-14 70 Ave., Ridgewood, welcomes seniors age 60 and older. The center is open Monday-Friday from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. A food pantry is available Tuesdays-Thursdays from 9:30-11:30 a.m. Other activities include daily hot lunch, mini-trips, monthly birthday parties, theme parties and daily exercise. Movies are held every Tuesday at 1:15 p.m. Call Karen at (718) 4562000 for more information.

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‘There There’ continued from page 00 40 T h e C h o c o l a t e F a c t o r y ’s i n t i m a t e space enhances the effect, with seats lining the perimeter around a room decorated in pre-Soviet regalia. Karen ends up spending much of the play in your face because she has nowhere else to go. It’s a cage that suits her character’s predicament. Karen dives into the pseudo-Chekhov role with aplomb, making allusions to the original script she proofread. Or at least she tries — and fails. For example, a plea for tea becomes a quest for a pear. And Solyony’s cutting remarks in “Three Sisters” become misguided jabs that ultimately land on Karen’s shoulders. In her blind attempts at channeling Chekhov, she inevitably exposes parts of herself. Love, the utility of human interaction, a woman’s role, nothing is left sacred in Karen’s dash through her mind. And at times, she’s funny. The roles of Karen and Leo present an obvious danger. Talking to yourself is all good and often fun. But the line between sublime and loopy is a perilous one. Kosmas navigates it deftly as Karen. And when she does teeter, the play has a built-in safety valve. Just as things seem to be falling apart both on the stage and in Karen’s mind,

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Tokmakova’s Leo breaks with her translation and injects tension. At times, her interjections come down to a simple “Karen!” Other times, Leo seeks assurances that her dreams don’t make her a sociopath. It’s hard to overstate how deftly Tokmakova steals the spotlight when she needed to. Neither character seems too comfortable with the role she’s been asked to fill. The noncompetition for the spotlight between Karen and Leo rests at the heart of “There There.” But watching it shouldn’t bring the same trepidation. Check it out at the Chocolate Factory, Q before it’s gone gone.

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SUMMONS AND NOTICE OF OBJECT OF ACTION SUPREME COURT OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK COUNTY OF QUEENS ACTION TO FORECLOSE A MORTGAGE INDEX NO. 17400/11 THE BANK OF NEW YORK MELLON AS TRUSTEE FOR RBSGC MORTGAGE LOAN TRUST MORTGAGE PASS-THROUGH CERTIFICATES, SERIES 2005-RP1, Plaintiff, vs. RUTH NIEH, STEPHEN PEREIRA, HOUSTON FUNDING CORPORATION ASSIGNEE IN INTEREST TO HOUSEHOLD RETAIL SERVICES, NEW YORK CITY ENVIRONMENTAL CONTROL BOARD, NEW YORK CITY PARKING VIOLATIONS BUREAU, NEW YORK CITY TRANSIT ADJUDICATION BUREAU, NEW YORK STATE DEPARTMENT OF TAXATION AND FINANCE, NORTH STAR CAPITAL ACQUISITION LLC A/P/O CAPITAL ONE BANK (USA), SLOMIN’S INC., “JANE DOE” #1, “JOHN DOE” #1, Defendant(s). MORTGAGED PREMISES: 102-44 86TH AVENUE, Richmond Hill, NY 11418 BLOCK 9186 LOT 15 TO THE ABOVE NAMED DEFENDANT: You are hereby summoned to answer the Complaint in this action, and to serve a copy of your answer, or if the Complaint is not served with this Summons to serve a notice of appearance, on the Plaintiff(s) attorney(s) within twenty days after the service of this Summons, exclusive of the day of service (or within 30 days after the service is complete if this Summons is not personally delivered to you within the State of New York). In case of your failure to appear or answer, judgment will be taken against you by default for the relief demanded in the Complaint. The Attorney for Plaintiff has an office for business in the County of Erie. Trial to be held in the County of Queens The basis of the venue designated above is the location of the Mortgaged Premises. Dated this 31st day of December, 2012, Gross, Polowy & Orlans, Attorney(s) for Plaintiff(s), 25 Northpointe Parkway, Suite 25, Amherst, NY 14228 TO: STEPHEN PEREIRA Defendant(s) In this Action. The foregoing Summons is served upon you by publication, pursuant to an order of HON. AUGUSTUS C. AGATE of the Supreme Court of the State of New York, dated the 10th day of December, 2012 and filed with the Complaint in the Office of the Queens County Clerk, in the City of Jamaica. The object of this action is to foreclose a mortgage upon the premises described below, executed by RUTH NIEH dated the 30th day of August, 1999, to secure the sum of $231,085.00, and recorded at Liber 5384 if Mortgages at Page 2176 in the Office of the City Register of the City of New York, on the 27th day of September, 1999; which mortgage was duly assigned by assignment dated the 30th day of September, 2009 in the Office of the City Register of the City of New York at Instrument No. 2009000399562. The property in question is described as follows: 102-44 86TH AVENUE, Richmond Hill, NY 11418 SEE FOLLOWING DESCRIPTION All that certain plot, piece or parcel of land, with the buildings and improvements thereon erected, situate, lying and being in the Borough and County of Queens, City and State of New York, bounded and described as follows: BEGINNING at a point on the Southerly side of 86th Avenue formerly Brandon Avenue or Amber Street, distant 428 feet and 10 1/4 inches (429.3 feet survey) Easterly from the corner formed by the intersection of the Southerly side of 86th Street with the Easterly side of 102nd Street, formerly Freedom Avenue or Union Place as said streets are laid down on a certain map entitled “Map of 382 lots situated in the 4th Ward Borough of Queens, City of New York” (compiled May 1, 1905 by Gred G. Dennington, City Surveyor from maps of the Brooklyn Hills, Improvement Co. Plots No.1 and No.3 surveyed by E.W. Conklin and filed in the Office of the Clerk of the County of Queens on March 12, 1899 and January 19, 1891 respectively) and filed in the Office of the Clerk of the County of Queens June 24, 1905 as Map No. 440; RUNNING THENCE Southerly parallel with 102nd Street, 100 feet (100.12 feet - survey); THENCE Easterly parallel with 86th Avenue 31 feet 4 1/4 inches (31.37 feet - survey) to the Easterly boundary line of the premises laid down on the map hereinabove mentioned; THENCE Northerly along said Easterly boundary line 100.04 feet (100.12 feet - survey) to the Southerly side of 86th Avenue; THENCE Westerly along the Southerly side of 86th Avenue, 28 feet 10 1/4 inches (29 feet survey) more or less to the point or place of BEGINNING. 102-44 86TH AVENUE, RICHMOND HILL, NY 11418 BLOCK 9186 LOT 15 DATED: December 31, 2012. HELP FOR HOMEOWNERS IN FORECLOSURE NEW YORK STATE LAW REQUIRES THAT WE SEND YOU THIS NOTICE ABOUT THE FORECLOSURE PROCESS. PLEASE READ IT CAREFULLY. SUMMONS AND COMPLAINT YOU ARE IN DANGER OF LOSING YOUR HOME. IF YOU FAIL TO RESPOND TO THE SUMMONS AND COMPLAINT IN THIS FORECLOSURE ACTION, YOU MAY LOSE YOUR HOME. PLEASE READ THE SUMMONS AND COMPLAINT CAREFULLY. YOU SHOULD IMMEDIATELY CONTACT AN ATTORNEY OR YOUR LOCAL LEGAL AID OFFICE TO OBTAIN ADVICE ON HOW TO PROTECT YOURSELF. SOURCES OF INFORMATION AND ASSISTANCE The state encourages you to become informed about your options in foreclosure. In addition to seeking assistance from an attorney or legal aid office, there are government agencies and non-profit organizations that you may contact for information about possible options, including trying to work with your lender during this process. To locate an entity near you, you may call the toll-free helpline maintained by the New York State Banking Department at 1-877-BANK-NYS (1-877-226-5697) or visit the department’s website at WWW.BANKING.STATE.NY.US. FORECLOSURE RESCUE SCAMS Be careful of people who approach you with offers to “save” your home. There are individuals who watch for notices of foreclosure actions in order to unfairly profit from a homeowner’s distress. You should be extremely careful about any such promises and any suggestions that you pay them a fee or sign over your deed. State law requires anyone offering such services for profit to enter into a contract which fully describes the services they will perform and fees they will charge, and which prohibits them from taking any money from you until they have completed all such promised services. § 1303 NOTICE NOTICE YOU ARE IN DANGER OF LOSING YOUR HOME If you do not respond to this summons and complaint by serving a copy of the answer on the attorney for the mortgage company who filed this foreclosure proceeding against you and filing the answer with the court, a default judgment may be entered and you can lose your home. Speak to an attorney or go to the court where your case is pending for further information on how to answer the summons and protect your property. Sending a payment to your mortgage company will not stop this foreclosure action. YOU MUST RESPOND BY SERVING A COPY OF THE ANSWER ON THE ATTORNEY FOR THE PLAINTIFF (MORTGAGE COMPANY) AND FILING THE ANSWER WITH THE COURT. DATED: December 31, 2012, Gross Polowy Orlans, LLC Attorney(s) for Plaintiff(s) 25 Northpointe Parkway, Suite 25, Amherst, NY 14228. The law firm of Gross Polowy Orlans, LLC and the attorneys whom it employs are debt collectors who are attempting to collect a debt. Any information obtained by them will be used for that purpose. 283174


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NOTICE OF SERVICE OF PROCESS BY PUBLICATION TO: Jeffrey Holloway, also known as John Doe, father of Jaylin Alexander Holloway: John Doe, father of Shirquinn Aja Darshea Trone TAKE NOTICE that a Juvenile Petition seeking relief against you has been filed in the above-entitled action. The nature of the relief being sought is an adjudication of Termination of your Parental Rights with respect to the above-referenced juvenile pursuant to N.C.G.S. 7B-1103. You are required to make a written answer to the Petition alleging to Terminate Parental Rights within forty (40) days after the date of this notice; and upon your failure to make a defense to the Petitions within the 40-day period specified herein or to attend the hearing on the said Petition, the Petitioner will apply to the Court for terminating your parental rights to the above-referenced juvenile. Any counsel appointed previously to represent you and not released by the Court shall continue to represent you. If you are indigent and not already represented by appointed counsel, you are entitled to appointed counsel and provisional counsel has been appointed upon your request subject to the Courts review at the first hearing after this service. The hearing on the Petition alleging to Terminate Parental Rights is scheduled for 9:30 a.m. on, Monday, February 18, 2013 in Courtroom 4-J of the Hall of Justice in Winston-Salem, North Carolina or as soon thereafter as the Court can hear the said case This the 10th day of January, 2013 Theresa A. Boucher, Attorney for the Forsyth County Department of Social Services, P.O. Box 999, Winston-Salem, N.C. 27101 (336) 703-3900

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Last week marked the 47th anniversary of the most famous strike in city history. Mayor Robert Wagner, who was prounion, had given city workers collective bargaining rights in 1958. After three terms, Wagner was out and a new mayor, John Lindsay, was greeted in his first day in office — Jan. 1, 1966 — with a massive transit and bus strike that paralyzed the f ive boroughs. The job action was called by Irish-born Michael J. Quill of the Transport Workers Union. A judge issued an injunction against the strike, but it was ignored, and the next day, Quill and eight other union officials were jailed. Quill’s quote, “The judge can drop dead in his black robes,” made headlines in virtually every newspaper in the state. On Jan. 10, 15,000 workers picketed City Hall. Finally, at 1:37 a.m. on Jan. 13, 1966, the strike of the century was settled. A $60 million settlement was won, and wages went from $3.18 an hour to $4.14 an hour. Quill died on Jan. 29, 1966. Shortly afterward the Taylor Law, which prohibits

Pickets on the north side of Hillside Avenue at 179th Street in Jamaica, the last stop on the Queens IND line, Jan. 1, 1966. public workers from striking, was passed. The law does not, however, apply to private workers contracted by the city, like the school bus drivers whose union is threatenQ ing a strike today.

The four month-long labor dispute between the National Hockey League owners and players concluded this past Sunday. That wasn’t a surprise since both sides knew they were reaching the point of no return for even a remotely credible 2013 season, set to start Jan. 19. NHL commissioner and Forest Hills native Gary Bettman did a great job selling the public and the media the notion that this was a traditional labor-management disagreement, with the point of contention being how much of the spoils each party would divvy up. The real story of the NHL lockout, however, was the incredibly quiet internecine warfare between the owners of big-market teams and small ones. Madison Square Garden Entertainment CEO James Dolan had to have been gnashing his teeth while his profitable New York Rangers were being held hostage by the likes of the Columbus Blue Jackets and the Nashville Predators. A Rangers executive I spoke with was not happy that the salary cap for all teams as of the 2013-14 season will be $60 million. The team’s payroll now stands at $70 million. “This will definitely impact our ability to sign free agents, but more importantly, it will hurt our ability to sign long-term agreements with our younger talent,” said the Blueshirts executive. If you want to read a fascinating book about

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the behind-the-scenes machinations of the NHL, pick up a copy of Jonathan Gatehouse’s “The Instigator” (Triumph Books). The book is nominally Gary Bettman’s biography but it is far more reaching than that. The only disappointment is that Gatehouse, a Canadian business journalist, gave short shrift to Bettman’s Queens upbringing. Woodside native and very well-respected sports journalist/lecturer Evan Weiner has authored a new book, “America’s Passion” (Smash Words), which traces the history of football in America from its roots as a game played for recreation by coal miners to the billion-dollar industry it is today. As per his custom, Evan regales readers with an insider look at the wheelings and dealings of the National Football League as well as a plethora of humorous tales from the many players and executives he interviewed. Former Channel 4 sports anchor and Long Island City native Len Berman, has penned his third book, “The Greatest Moments in Sports: Upsets and Underdogs” (Sourcebooks). The book is intended for young sports fans but many will enjoy reading about the 1969 Miracle Mets, Joe Namath’s Super Bowl III guarantee, the 1980 American Olympic men’s “Do you believe in miracles?” hockey team, and Sarah Hughes’ gold-medal ice skating perforQ mance at the 2002 Winter Olympics.

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HOWARD BEACH/ ROCKWOOD PARK Corner colonial featuring 4 BRs, 2.5 Baths, Full basement, Updated roof & boiler, Master BR w/dressing area, New Boiler & Hot Water Heater. Asking $689K

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‘Shark’ gives out toys, turkeys Hollis native Daymond John, founder of the FUBU clothing line and star of the television series “Shark Tank,” gave out 100 turkeys and more than 1,200 free toys for Christmas to the hurricane-battered residents of Far Rockaway. “I made a commitment to provide victims of Sandy a joyful Thanksgiving and Christmas and we have accomplished just that,” John

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said in a prepared statement. “I want the residents to know that we are truly here for them and will stand by their side through the entire rebuilding process.” The Hip-Hop Summit Youth Council, the Sandy Rebuilding Aid Project, Goldie Maple Academy in Arverne and others also took part in the giveaway.

HOWARD BEACH/ HOWARD BEACH/ HOWARD BEACH/ ROCKWOOD PARK LINDENWOOD ROCKWOOD PARK Move-in Condition, Hi-Ranch, 4 Cape on 60x100, 3 Large BRs, 2 Baths, Updated kitchen w/stainless steel appliances & granite countertop, finished basement. Asking $769K

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OZONE PARK/CENTERVILLE CONDO • Park Village Condo, Mint 2 BRs, 2 Baths w/Terrace, Unit comes w/1 Parking Spot ..........$269K

Mint Hi-Ranch, Move-inCondition, 2 Large BRs on second floor, Large jacuzzi bath, Deck off Master BRs, Beautiful Home! Pavers in front. Asking $679K

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• Greentree Townhouse - Top floor unit with deeded 1 car gar, 3 BRs, 2 Full baths, 2 Terraces, Washer/ Dryer, Updated Kit, w/ Skylights, 2 Updated Baths....................... $339K • Greentree Townhouse - 2 BRs, 2 Baths (Jacuzzi) and Terr overlooking yard, Beautiful New Kit, Marble flrs in Kit and Granite counters, Wood flrs thruout. Bottom fl - 1 BR/1 Bath unit, with sliding doors to yd, Comes w/ 1 car gar, New boiler/hot water heater. REDUCED! ................................ $348K

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2004, 3/4 BRs, All New Kitchen w/Stainless Steel, Appl, All New Brick, Stucco Windows, Kitchen, Baths, Pavers front & back, New Roof, New Gas Boiler, CAC, Polished Porcelin Tiles. Asking $699K

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2 Family, 12 Rms, 6 BRs, 4 Baths, 2 Kitchens, Full fin bsmnt, Mint cond. Asking $575K

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All new granite kit, New fls, New bath, skylight, lots of closets, 5 Rm, 2 BR, brick attached home with full fin bsmnt and gar, must see. Asking only $399K

HOWARD BEACH/ HOWARD BEACH/ ROCKWOOD PARK ROCKWOOD PARK HOWARD BEACH/ "All Brick," Huge Custom Split Mint Hi-Ranch, All redone in ROCKWOOD PARK Colonial, 56x100 Lot, All paved

HOWARD BEACH/ OLD SIDE Detached 2 Family 6/6, 40x100, Full Basement, Pvt Dvwy. $619K $599K

• JR4 Hi-Rise Coops .....................Only $85K • 1 BR Garden, Needs TLC, Courtyard $100K • Well maintained 1 BR Co-op, Hi-Rise...............................................$112K • JR4 Co-op, Move in condition, Hi-Rise............................................. $139K • Hi-Rise 2 BRs/2 Updated Baths....... $150K • Mint Hi-Rise, 1 BR Co-op, Granite/Pergo floors, Custom tiled bath & kitchen . $159K • Hi-Rise 2 BR, 2 Baths, Many updates! .$169K • Garden, Mint, 1st Fl, Updated kitchen & bath, 2 BRs, 1 Bath with Formal Dining room ................................................. $169K • Garden, Mint, Granite, Stainless steel appl, Laminated flrs thruout, Master BR .. $189K COMMERCIAL SPACE - OZONE PARK 101 Ave., "Dr.'s Row", Available space to sublet in modern chiropractic office, Handicap access. Call for more info.

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