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Dan Halloran gets 10 years in prison Former councilman convicted on multiple corruption charges in ’14 “The more you’re in politics, the more corrupt you are. I don’t care if you’re the best person on the planet. You make deals, the line becomes blurry.” — Dan Halloran in an interview with the Queens Chronicle in October 2012 “It’s all about how much ... You can’t do anything without the f***ing money.” — Halloran on an FBI surveillance tape
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ormer City Councilman Dan Halloran on Wednesday was sentenced to 10 years in federal prison on federal corruption charges. He also will have two years of supervised probation upon his release. Halloran, 43, was convicted last July on two counts each of bribery and wire fraud, and a single count of conspiracy. Published reports state that the prosecution had sought a sentence of up to 15 years. “When elected officials, like Daniel Halloran, not only corrupt themselves but, unseen, corrupt the body politic from within they undermine the public’s confidence in a representative form of government,” U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara said in a statement after the sentencing. Halloran will be required to pay $43,500.
No information was immediately available as to when he would begin serving his sentence or if Halloran intends to appeal his case to a higher court. The New York Post quoted federal Judge Kenneth Karas accusing Halloran of lying on the witness stand while testifying during his trial this past summer. “For five days, he lied on the stand,” the Post reported. “It was egregious. ... There was overwhelming evidence of his guilt ... It was grotesque and offensive.” The former two-term councilman and one-time rising Republican Party star was one of six people arrested in April 2012 in an alleged plot by former state Sen. Malcolm Smith, a lifelong Democrat, to bribe his way onto the Republican mayoral ballot for the 2013 election eventually won by Mayor de Blasio. Halloran was convicted of being the middleman between Smith and Republican party leaders in the city. Under state law, three of the city’s five county Republican organizations had to grant Smith permission to seek the nomination. Halloran’s original co-defendants, Smith and former Queens GOP Vice Chairman Vincent Tabone, were convicted last month for their roles in the scheme. They are scheduled to be sentenced on July 1. continued on page 25
Dan Halloran expounding on the ethics and evils of money in politics during a visit to the office of the Queens Chronicle in 2012 — one day after he allegedly accepted an $800 bribe in a PHOTO BY PETER C. MASTROSIMONE Queens restaurant.
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How To Get Rid of Knee Pain Once and For All... Without Drugs, Shots or Surgery Now, in Howard Beach, NY, one doctor is helping local residents with knee pain live more active, pain-free lives. Living with knee pain can feel like a crippling experience. Let’s face it, your knees aren’t as young as you used to be, and playing with the kids or grandkids isn’t any easier either. Maybe your knee pain keeps you from walking short distances or playing golf like you used to. Nothing’s worse than feeling great mentally, but physically feeling held back from life because your knees hurt and the pain just won’t go away! My name is Dr. Robert F. Gucciardo, D.C., owner of Gucciardo Specific Chiropractic and Natural Health Center. Since we opened seventeen years ago, I’ve seen hundreds of people with knee problems leave the office pain free. If you’re suffering from these conditions, a new breakthrough in medical technology may completely eliminate your pain and help restore normal function to your knees.
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Finally, You Have an Option Other Than Drugs or Surgery New research in a treatment called Class IV Laser Therapy is having a profound effect on patients suffering with knee pain. Unlike the cutting type of laser seen in movies and used in medical procedures, the Class IV therapeutic laser penetrates the surface of the skin with no heating effect or damage. Laser Therapy has been tested for 40 years, had over 2000 papers published on it, and has been shown to aid in damaged tissue regeneration, decrease inflammation, relieve pain and boost the immune system. This means that there is a good chance cold laser therapy could be your knee pain solution, allowing you to live a more active lifestyle. Professional athletes like The New York Yankees and team members of the New England Patriots rely upon cold laser therapy to treat their sports-related injuries. These guys use the cold laser for one reason only…
It Promotes Rapid Healing of the Injured Tissues. Before the FDA would clear the Class IV laser for human use, they wanted to see proof that it worked. This lead to two landmark studies. The fi rst study showed that patients who had laser therapy had 53 percent better improvement than those who had a placebo. The second study showed patients who used the laser therapy had less pain and more range of motion days after treatment. If the Class IV Laser can help these patients, it can help you too.
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Board casts vote against wishes of Katz, defends integrity of process by Anthony O’Reilly Associate Editor
Community Board 9 on Tuesday went against the wishes of Borough President Melinda Katz and elected a new district manager. At the end of the night, the board voted for Lisa Gomes as its new district manager, six months after longtime manager Mary Ann Carey retired from the position. Gomes, who had been serving as the board’s acting district manager since Carey’s retirement, won in a runoff vote conducted by board members, defeating former political aide James McClelland by 19-15. Only 34 out of the 50 board members were present at the meeting. Gomes and McClelland had the two highest votes in a first-round vote that also included Scott Wolff, director of constituent s e r v ic e s for A s s e mbly m a n M ich a el Simanowitz (D-Flushing). “I appreciate the support and the confidence of the board and I intend to continue to work with the board, in making our board the best it can be,” Gomes said. She said she felt the process has been “transparent” and added she would not be district manager for 30 years like her predecessor. The vote came a week after Katz urged the board to delay its decision, citing potential issues with the selection process that have been reported by the Queens Chronicle and
Community Board 9 members on Tuesday voted for Lisa Gomes, who had been the acting district manager, to become the permanent PHOTO BY ANTHONY O’REILLY one. other media outlets. The borough president issued a statement on Tuesday before the vote, which was read to the board by Barry Grodenchik, director of community boards. “It’s perplexing at best as to why Community Board 9 feels it is absolutely necessary to steamroll this important decision upon a
Board that may or may not be the same in 28 days,” part of Katz’s statement said. “At this point, the prudent thing for the Board to do in the interest of the community at large would have been to pause the process for merely a month until the new terms begin.” A spokeswoman for Katz said in an email, “Right now, BP Katz has very little faith in the actions of Community Board 9.” More than half of the board is up for reappointment at the end of the month and the chairman, Ralph Gonzalez, is not seeking reelection to his position. Gonzalez, who was not present at Tuesday’s meeting, spoke of his decision not to run in an interview on Wednesday. “It takes a lot of time to deal with some of these personalities and my whole purpose of being chair was to help the community and not to play politics,” he said. “And in the position of chair I find myself more in the game of politics.” He declined to comment further on exactly what he meant by “politics.” The chairman also said he had suggested holding off Tuesday’s meeting, but the majority of board members disagreed with him and decided to carry on as scheduled. “I instructed the board members to consider our obligations to due diligence,” he said. “The board members felt due diligence was met.” Board members on Tuesday defended the
Equine deaths at track falling NYRA to lift 15-day wait rule for horses racing in Qns. by Anthony O’Reilly Associate Editor
Horses taking off from the gates at Aqueduct Racetrack seem to be having a safer journey, after the number of horse fatalities at the track has decreased. New York Racing Association officials have announced they’re no longer going to require horses to wait 15 days before competing FILE PHOTO at the Queens sporting venue.
De Blasio signs two Sandy bills Mayor de Blasio on Tuesday signed two bills into law that both aim at allowing residents to recover in the event of a future natural disaster. “Today’s two bills are another strong step in this direction, by helping ensure that we are better prepared for extreme weather the next time we need to be,” de Blasio said in a statement. The first bill requires the city Office of Emergency Management to “distribute emergency preparedness materials to communities at risk during coastal storms and hurricanes, including information on local evacuation zones and resources.” The second bill authorizes a “Hurricane Sandy charitable organization and house of worship recovery task force,” which will be tasked with making recommendations on how and where to allocate resources for those entities in the event of a future natural disaster. “I want to thank the City Council, led by Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, and Council Member Mark Treyger, for making the safety of our city’s coastal communities a top priority,” de Blasio said. Q
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Aqueduct R acet r ack h a s seen a sharp decrease in the number of horse deaths taking place t here si nce of f icials implemented a series of measures aimed at stopping a neartwo month spree in which 12 died during races. According to state records, two horses have died at the South Ozone Park track since Jan. 18 — one on that day and another on Jan. 22. That number is good news for Aqueduct, which from late November to Jan. 16 saw 12 horses break down and either die or be euthanized — more than four times the national average for the same time span. Following the decrease, the New York Racing Association will today, March 5, lif t a requirement that previously
stated a horse may not race in Queens if it had started in the past 14 days. “New York horsemen recognize that aggressive measures were war ranted at the time these steps were taken, and also that as the season progressed, the r ules would be adjusted accordingly,” Rick Violette Jr., president of the New York T h o r ou g hb r e d Ho r s e m e n’s Association, said in a statement. The ban was one of the requirements that NYRA officials had put into effect following the string of equine fatalities. Racing stewards will still be required to keep a list of horses who lost by 25 lengths or greater. Horses on that list, available on NYR A’s website, will be required to complete a halfmile workout in 53 seconds to compete in any future races at Q the track.
selection process, including District Manager Search Committee Chairman Vincent Evangelista who said he wished “the outsiders would see how smooth this has been. “We do not feel the process was flawed in any way,” Evangelista said, adding that it’s been a “pleasure” working with his committee members. He also said the comments of board members who spoke to the press anonymously about alleged irregularities in the selection process “should not be taken into account” and that they should have used their names. Board member Sam Esposito, directly speaking to members of the press, said the committee had the “full support” of the entire board. “This board supports everything the search committee did,” Esposito said. But one anonymous board member expressed displeasure with the process and the selection. “The cronies got their pick,” the board member said, adding that those who disagreed with the leadership were shot down. “An open conversation is not welcome at Q CB 9,” the member said.
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Repair applications are left unfinished About 700 Howard Beach residents are stuck in the Build it Back pipeline by Anthony O’Reilly Associate Editor
Close to 700 Howard Beach residents enrolled in the city’s Build it Back program have not completed their applications to have their homes repaired or be reimbursed for work they did on their own, according to a spokesman for the city initiative. According to a Build it Back official, 691 Howard Beach residents have not finished their applications since enrolling in the program. Another 700 residents have been made an offer for reconstruction or reimbursement. Pat McCabe, a representative for state Sen. Joe Addabbo Jr. (D-Howard Beach), announced the news at last Thursday’s meeting of the New Hamilton Beach Civic Association. “I’ve met some of them and wanted to yell at them,” the civic’s president, Roger Gendron, said in response to McCabe’s announcement. Rudy S. Giuliani, the Queens director for Build it Back, said at the meeting that the program will soon be attempting to reach out to the residents who have unfinished applications in an attempt to get them to finish them. Addabbo urged those who were frustrated with the program when it was first initiated to give it a second chance, saying
While some people seek to get back into the Build it Back program to complete repairs on their Sandy-ravaged homes, close to 700 Howard Beach residents are sitting on unfinished applications FILE PHOTO nearly two years after its launch. it’s been improved drastically. “It’s a different Build it Back,” he said. “Under the de Blasio administration, they’ve certainly corrected a lot of the wrong. Lost documents and inconsistent messages, that has sort of stopped.” The senator also said the program was “inundated” with repair requests when it
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his is a serious crime,” U.S. District Judge Kenneth Karas said Wednesday as he sentenced ex-City Councilman Dan Halloran of Whitestone to 10 years in prison. “When a public official gets into cars and takes wads of cash or promises public money in return for cash to the politician, it is so troubling. It causes us all to be cynical about our leaders.” You could say that again. Especially as Halloran has so much company from Queens in the Corruption Caucus: Malcolm Smith, Shirley Huntley, Anthony Seminerio, Brian McLaughlin — there have been far too many elected officials from this borough who were on the take or otherwise corrupt. Halloran got 10 years for taking bribes as part of his role in that bizarre scheme to make Smith the Republican nominee for mayor in 2013. In addition to being illegal, it was a stupid idea from day one. You might say the laws of Darwin were at work as all but one of Halloran’s five co-conspirators were either convicted or pleaded guilty to federal crimes for their role in the plot. The fifth awaits trial. The ex-councilman from Queens could have been sentenced to 55 years, so he got lucky in a sense. Instead of the other 45 years, he’ll have to forfeit $45,300.
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All that for a lousy $15,000 bribe and the conspiratorial actions that surrounded it. Talk about throwing your life away for nothing. And it could have been a highly productive life. Had Halloran not turned out to be a crook who put greed ahead of good, he might have gone far, very far. He was an accomplished attorney. He managed to win a Council seat as a fairly conservative Republican in a city that’s overwhelmingly Democratic. He did it without being shy about (what seemed to be) his convictions, which often seemed downright libertarian. But he was no pure ideologue, proposing, for example, that gas stations near major highways be required to have generators after the fuel crisis caused by Hurricane Sandy. He came across as brilliant when he visited the Queens Chronicle for what turned out to be his only sitdown interview with the paper, answering hard questions without hesitation and drawing on an expanse of history, politics and philosophy to do it. He appeared to be going places, but now the only place he’s going is up the river. Let’s hope Halloran’s sentence serves as a deterrent to the next politician who thinks he’s above the law and smart enough to get away with it. You’ll likely be proven wrong.
Dear Editor: Anthony Mason, the former Knicks basketball player who died at the age of 48, was a true gentleman and a gentle giant. His love for the game and compassion for all those around him marked him as a person who never forgot where he came from. He always gave 200 percent on the court and off the court. He will be sorely missed by his family, former team members, coaches and all of the many fans who had nothing but positive things to say about him. Farewell and rest in peace, Anthony. You are now in that huge basketball court in the sky. John Amato Fresh Meadows
on’t these people know what happened to the last board that defied Queens Borough President Melinda Katz? And, just as with the ex-members of the Queens Library Board, didn’t the majority on Community Board 9 realize that Katz was right on the substance of her recommendation to them? On Tuesday the board approved hiring Lisa Gomes as its next district manager by a fairly narrow 19-15 margin. We wish Gomes, and of course the people of the district, all the best, and know of no reason she shouldn’t be the new DM. But we agree with Katz that the board should have waited another month, until new appointments to it are made, to make the move. Gomes could have continued in her role as acting manager. The members declined, however, to take that advice. Many will probably pay the price when Katz considers their reappointment, just as the ex-library trustees did when she fired a bloc of them. If so, their fate seems like a self-created problem to us.
speak with him and he told me there were plans for a Star Trek movie because of the series’ increasing popularity. I found him very personable and kind to have spoken with me. The rest is history, and Mr. Nimoy had a career where no man has gone before. He was an actor, writer, poet, director, singer — the list goes on. Every one of us Trekkies loved him, for he helped create an interest in space exploration that was just awesome. In Mr. Nimoy’s last tweet he said, “A life is like a garden, perfect moments can be had, but not preserved, except in memory.” That is so true. In the end I believe our creator might have said, “Angel Gabriel, beam Leonard Nimoy straight up to heaven for a life well-lived.” Frederick R. Bedell Jr. Glen Oaks
RIP, Leonard Nimoy Dear Editor: I read with much sadness the news that Leonard Nimoy passed away. This brings a tear to most Trekkies like myself who grew up with the adventures of “Star Trek.” Space, the final frontier, has lost another good soul. Whereas in the ’60s Mr. Nimoy portrayed the respected and revered character of Mr. Spock with such dedication that it made him famous, the Starship Enterprise lived on in the ’70s with a number of Star Trek conventions. At one I met Mr. Nimoy, aka Mr. Spock, who read to us some of his published poetry, which we enjoyed very much. I had the opportunity to © Copyright 2015 by MARK I PUBLICATIONS, INC. All rights reserved. Neither this newspaper nor any part thereof may be reproduced, copied, or transmitted in any form, electronic or mechanical, including photocopying, microfilming, recording or by any information retrieval system without the express written permission of the publishers. This copyright is extended to the design and text created for advertisements. Reproduction of said advertisement or any part thereof without the express written permission of MARK I PUBLICATIONS, INC. is strictly prohibited. This publication will not be responsible for errors in advertising beyond the cost of the space occupied by the error. Bylined articles represent the sole opinion of the writer and are not necessarily in accordance with the views of the QUEENS CHRONICLE. This Publication reserves the right to limit or refuse advertising it deems objectionable. The Queens Chronicle is published weekly by Mark I Publications, Inc. at a subscription rate of $19 per year and out of state, $25 per year. Periodicals Postage Paid (USPS0013-572) at Flushing, N.Y. POSTMASTER: Send address changes to Mark I Publications, Inc., 62-33 Woodhaven Boulevard, Rego Park, N.Y.
Better teacher grading Dear Editor: In your Feb. 26 editorial, “School spending, reform and the UFT,” you expressed support of
Gov. Cuomo’s call for changes to the state’s teacher evaluation system. While you said that teacher evaluations should not overrely on test scores, you miss an important point. Many teachers, like me, welcome his call for accurate evaluations. However, he overlooks a valuable resource — teachers themselves. Studies have shown that teachers prefer to learn from each other, as they do in peer review programs in Toledo and Cincinnati. Unfortunately, as measures of teacher performance, standardized tests have serious limitations. Most middle and high school students take courses like art or foreign language that do not end in a state exam. Many teachers are rated on scores outside their subjects. Basing an art teacher’s rating on how well her students perform on the U.S. History Regents Exam makes as much sense as evaluating Cuomo’s job performance based on the Massachusetts unemployment rate. Teacher evaluations should include a reasonable and practical substitute for test scores, such as student portfolios. The governor’s proposal reflects his serious
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Dear Editor: The stakes are high! Through some misguided, possibly nefarious intent, some governmental entities (and media followers) decided to judge teachers and how their students are learning based mainly on standardized test results. If you and I were teachers, besides finding this educationally unacceptable, we’d be pressured to devote a lot of our time to prepping our students to do as well as possible on these tests. Common sense would dictate we do this! And there’s the rub — no matter how hard and time-consuming is the effort made by many teachers, getting unmotivated kids who are also deficient learners to learn and improve their dismal test scores is a losing proposition.
Dear Editor: Elected officials are usually never shy around a camera or microphone. There are good reasons why “Assembly Dems mum on Silver indictment” (by Michael Gannon, Feb. 26, multiple editions). Yesterday’s loyal friends of Silver overnight morphed into long-lost acquaintances. You will be hard-pressed to find any who will serve as character witnesses during his upcoming trial. They will now genuflect to Democratic Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie for their “party favors.” Loyal Assembly members followed the advice of their respective Democratic Party county chairperson and voted for Heastie. In return, everyone will continue to share in the spoils of victory. Besides the speaker’s office, there are employment opportunities for various supplemental staff assigned to Assembly members and the usual lulus for chairing committees. These lulus range from several thousand dollars up to $41,500 for Speaker Heastie. This can result in a salary of $121,000 per year. Everyone will continue to share in supplemental day-to-day meal expense accounts and reimbursement for travel to and from Albany. Speakers come and go, but it will be business as usual in Albany, with taxpayers picking up the tab. Larry Penner Great Neck, LI
As time goes by Dear Editor: Recently I saw the movie “Casablanca” on TV, starring Humphrey Bogart. Great picture. As I watched it, I was amazed that in each scene the characters were either boozing, smoking or both. I was so fogged out after the film ended I had to open my windows to clear the air and then soak my noggin under cold water to clear my brain. “Here’s looking at you, kid.” Hyman Auslander Flushing
One careful reader Dear Editor: District Attorney Richard Brown must have gotten quite a surprise reading the Feb. 26 story “Queens attorney indicted for paid sex with teen girl” to discover (paragraph 5) “Brown said he allegedly paid the underage girl to engage in sex acts with him at his home on multiple occasions between Sept. 10 and Oct. 31, 2012.” For shame! Alexander Nussbaum Forest Hills Editor’s note: Touché, Mr. Nussbaum, though we believe the prior sentence and overall context make it clear that “he” is the defendant, not the prosecutor.
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Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder (D-Rockaway Park) wants to help people who feel like they’re being drowned by their flood insurance policies. The assemblyman on Monday introduced legislation that if passed would create the New York Flood Insurance Association, which would provide homeowners with an alternative policy to cover damages due to floods. “Insurers have fought Sandy claims and challenged homeowner’s needs, adding insult to injury for those who went through so much and who still struggle to recover,” Goldfeder said at a press conference in Broad Channel on Sunday. “The New York Flood Insurance Association will be a strong system with shared risk that will give families a new choice for f lood coverage and help keep premiums affordable so that they can remain strong and secure in their own homes.” If the legislation is passed, it would create an association of state-approved insurers that would share in the operating costs, profits and losses of providing flood insurance to people across the state. It would be overseen by the superintendent of the state Department of Financial Services and a board of directors. Homeowners in flood-prone areas would be able to sign up for an insurance policy to cover up to $1.5 million for property and contents. Goldfeder said the proposal is based on a similar association that the Florida State Legislature passed in 1993. “There have been some complaints about it,” Goldfeder said of Florida’s insurance association. “But we’re going to learn from their mistakes.” The politician added that he has been in contact with people who put together the proposal for the Sunshine State. He said he got the idea for his bill after many of his constituents in South Queens and the Rockaways found it difficult to receive money f rom thei r i nsu ra nce companies. “It started as we began to realize what Biggert-Waters was going to do to our communities,” Goldfeder said of the plan’s inception. The Biggert-Waters Act, passed by Congress just weeks before Sandy made landfall, would’ve rolled back subsidies for those with flood insurance, in an effort to stop the National Flood Insurance Program from going into bankruptcy. Congress last year approved legislation that delayed the implementation of the higher premiums until 2017, but only for those
Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder is joined by community and civic leaders in Broad Channel as he announces plans to create a state flood insurance association. PHOTO BY ANTHONY O’REILLY who had flood insurance prior to the original act’s passing. Goldfeder said his plan benefits the families living in flood-prone areas, and not the insurance companies. “This is about a system that works for everybody,” he said. “If an insurance company wants to make money in New York State, then they have to share the risk and they have to help our families.” Roger Gendron, president of the New Hamilton Beach Civic Association, praised the plan and said he would sign up for it if it’s passed. “As a homeowner in Hamilton Beach, we were unable to get a regular homeowner’s policy,” he said, adding that he has insurance through the New York Property Insurance Underwriters Association. “I would definitely look at it.” A spokesman for Goldfeder said the proposal does not yet have a Senate companion, Q but that he is looking for one.
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Stephen Sirgiovanni, a longtime member of the Howard Beach Kiwanis Club, is running for governor — but it won’t be Gov. Cuomo that he’s going up against. He is running to oversee the 257 Kiwanis clubs across the state as governor of the intetnational organization’s New York division. “I have the will and the desire to help others,” Sirgiovanni said when asked why he’s running for the position. “I feel that I can do the job successfully from my time of working with others.” Sirgiovanni is no stranger to the organization’s leadership. He previously served as lieutenant governor for the Queens West division, overseeing several clubs and implementing measurements to increase membership across parts of the borough. If elected governor during the organization’s elections this August, he would look to increase membership across from Montauk, to Queens and up to Niagara Falls. He said he has visited many of the clubs during his time as an active Kiwanis member, but other parts of the state will be “new to him” during his campaigning. Sirgiovanni made the announcement that he was r unning for gover nor two weeks ago at the Kiwanis’ mid-winter conference in Albany. At press time, he only had one other contender for the position. But he believes his work as lieutenant governor, where he was able to connect with many of the organization’s members,
and his willingness to help others will lead him to being elected governor. Sirgiovanni touted his experience with r aisi ng money for juven ile d iabet es research and sending disadvantaged children to camps. He said though the Kiwanis clubs cannot help everybody in their respective areas, they make a huge impact on the people whom they are able to reach. “The people that we do reach and do touch, it’s very heartwarming,” he said. “Anybody can write a check, but the people that put their time and give it f reely because of whatever reason, it’s always a nice feeling.” If elected, Sirgiovanni said he would want to see Kiwanis clubs create more social media pages to reach out to the community and attract younger members to join their clubs. “It’s always important to replenish membership,” he said of recruiting new members to the organization. “Especially with younger members.” He also said that using tools such as Facebook and Twitter are good ways to “let the community know what you’re doing.” In keeping with his message to implement social media, the gubernatorial candidate has created a Facebook page to spread the message of his campaign: Stephen A. Sirgiovanni for NY Kiwanis Governor Elect 2015-2016. If he wins, Sirgiovanni would be governor for two years. He said the first year is spent training for the job and visiting the different Q Kiwanis clubs.
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Phagwah event’s fate will be made later today: source by Anthony O’Reilly Associate Editor
Richmond Hill might be a little less colorful this year. The annual Phagwah parade — held to commemorate the Hindu holiday Holi at the start of spring — is in jeopardy of not taking place this year after m a ny r e sid e nt s a long t h e event’s route aired numerous complaints over people trespassing on private property and the ceremonial powder that people toss at each other sticking to their homes, fences and cars, making it difficult to wash off. T he Q ueens Ch ron icle learned of the news through several high-level sources in the Richmond Hill community. Community Board 9 Acting District Manager Lisa Gomes said she has heard the parade might not take place this year. “It was a lot of noise complaints,” Gomes said. “There were also complaints of people going onto private property and spreading garbage.” Gomes said she was made a w a r e of t h e c o m p l a i n t s
While these Phagwah paradegoers look like they’re having fun, people living nearby have filed numerous complaints about the event. Issues of noise and people trespassing onto private property might lead organizers FILE PHOTO to cancel this year’s parade. A final decision will be made today, March 5, according to a source. through the 102nd Precinct, which had been made aware of the complaints from officials at the 106th Precinct. She added that it was the first year that residents brought
their complaints to the community board, and that she had not heard of any issues in the past. Calls to both precincts for comment were not returned by press time.
Operation: Comedy The Rotar y Club of Southwest Queens will be hosting a matinee comedy show on Long Island on Sunday to benefit veterans. The show, which starts at 3:30 p.m., will take place at Governor’s Comedy Club, located at 90 Division Ave. in Levittown, LI. Tickets are $20 per person, and must be purchased before the event. Admission is free for all veterans. Those attending must be 18 or older and there is a two drink minimum. For additional information call (917) Q 748-0583.
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Last Thursday, Borough President Melinda Katz declared Feb. 26 be known as “NYFAC Foundation Day” in Queens after she was awarded the New York Families for Autistic Children’s “Guardian Angel” award at the organization’s 17th annual dinner fundraiser. The night’s festivities were attended by other elected officials, including Sen. Joe Addabbo Jr. (D-Howard Beach), Councilman Eric Ulrich (R-Ozone Park), Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder (D-Rockaway Park) and Assemblyman David Weprin (D-Fresh Meadows). They are joined at the top by NYFAC’s President Andrew Baumann, center, and Michael Brothers, chairman of NYFAC’s board of directors. Second to the top, former Queens Supreme Court Justice Augustus Agate, left, is joined by Queens Chronicle Publisher Mark Weidler, Steve Sirgiovanni, Howard Beach Kiwanis President
John Spagnuolo, club Vice President Bobby LoCascio, and club members Jodie Stahl and Tom Savoca. Above, students who take classes at NYFAC’s Howard Beach-based headquarters lead the audience in the Pledge of Allegiance. Upper right, Joe Mure, left, stands with Angelo Gurino, owner of the Howard Beach-based Ragtime Gourmet, and Mario Faulisi, owner of Ozone Park-based All Boro Mason. At the right, second from the top, Baumann addresses those who attended the dinner at Russo’s On The Bay. Above, Giada Valenti entertained the crowd with her singing. NYFAC’s Man of the Year, Joseph Gambino, was too ill to attend last week’s event and accept his award.
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PA Roundtable choice pleases few in Queens One group for the region, but one committee each for LaGuardia, JFK by Laura A. Shepard Chronicle Contributor
After months of silence from the Port Authority (despite many more complaints of booming jet engines), Ed Knoesel, the agency’s manager of aviation environmental programs, issued a letter announcing the structure for the long-awaited NY Airports Roundtable. The letter, addressed “Dear airport stakeholder,” read: “At the last meeting to establish the NY Airports Community Roundtable ... it became very clear that resolution of the ongoing issue of the makeup of the Roundtable could not be attained among stakeholders. It was also quite clear and widely agreed at the conclusion of the November meeting that this impasse among stakeholders must finally end.” The PA apparently is looking to split the field down the middle, designating one roundtable composed of separate committees for LaGuardia and John F. Kennedy airports. Now it seems no one is happy. “I think we’re seeing the same old Port Authority proposal after it’s been rejected for the fourth time,” said Janet McEneany, president of Queens Quiet Skies. For the most part, representatives from Northern Queens and Long Island supported forming one roundtable that will find solutions that do not shift noise from one com-
The din of this passenger jet may be small compared to the noise that could come from Queens FILE PHOTO residents angry over creation of the Port Authority’s new airport citizen roundtables. munity to another, as is typically the case in other cities with multiple airports because flight patterns are interwoven. Southern Queens community advocates, however, strongly supported separate roundtables, arguing that the size and scope of JFK so vastly dwarfs LaGuardia that they require their own space to address all issues, including pollution, trucking, traffic, cargo operations and proposals to physically expand the
airport, not to mention the ever-present din from arriving and departing aircraft. McEneany championed the bid for one roundtable, where all communities affected by both airports come together, decide issues by majority vote and stick to one work plan decided by one committee. She noted some discrepancies in representation, namely that the representation from Long Island is lacking, while each impacted
Queens community board gets a vote. She expected one-third of the voting members to represent the aviation industry and supports their involvement, but she noted that while the LaGuardia Roundtable has both the New York City Economic Development Corp. and NYC & Co., the city’s official marketing, tourism and partnership organization, the JFK roundtable only has the New York City Economic Development Corp. “This is unacceptable to us and it’s going to have to go,” McEneany said. “It’s irrational, senseless and it’s never going to fly.” Meanwhile, Barbara Brown, chairwoman of the Eastern Queens Alliance, is studying the PA’s proposal to see how it will serve the residents of Southeast Queens. She said, however, that the proposal, which is basically identical to the one presented at the November meeting, is “not what the EQA asked for.” Brown said there is already an independent roundtable for Newark Airport and the communities near JFK want a similar entity. “We don’t see a reason to tie the two airports together just because they are both located in the borough of Queens.” Brown wants an autonomous JFK roundtable with full decision-making authority, while the Port Authority’s proposal gives continued on page 22
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4,600 in NYPD will get 11% raise over seven years, retroactive to ’11 by Peter C. Mastrosimone Editor-in-Chief
The city and the union for police sergeants last week reached a tentative contract agreement that will see their pay increase 11 percent over the next three years, with the first 4 percent in raises kicking in immediately. The proposed seven-year contract would be retroactive to Aug. 30, 2011 and would expire Aug. 29, 2018. If approved by the Sergeants Benevolent Association’s 4,602 members, it will mean that 76 percent of the city’s workforce is under contract. None had a contract when Mayor de Blasio took office 14 months ago. And it would mean that the Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association, which represents the vast majority of police in the city, would be the only NYPD union without a new contract. The total value of the contract through fiscal year 2019 is $326.2 million, according to the Mayor’s Office, but $74.1 million will be covered by the city’s Health Savings and Stabilization Fund, so the net cost is $252.1 million. The HSSF is a fund the city pays into and administers jointly with its publicsector unions. Three raises of 1 percent each for the sergeants are retroactive, and another 1 percent kicks in Feb. 28. Other raises of 1.5, 2.5 and 3 percent take effect at the end of February 2016, the end of March 2017 and the end of March 2018, respectively. “Sergeants risk their lives every single day to keep the city safe, and this agreement recognizes and honors the difficult and dangerous work they do day in and day out,” de Blasio said in announcing the accord. “I’m proud of the progress we’ve made over the past year to settle contracts with more than 76 percent of the city’s workforce and establish a respectful dynamic between the City and its employees. And with today’s agreement, four out of five police unions have agreed to contracts that have delivered fair wages for these men and women who protect all of us each day, while protecting the City’s long-term financial health.” “I am grateful we have been able to reach a contract agreement,” SBA President Ed Mullins said. “As a result of the last administration, NYPD Sergeants have been working
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To benefit West Ham Beach Fire Dept. The Governor’s Office of Storm Recovery on Monday announced that the West Hamilton Beach Volunteer Fire Department would receive $500,000 to make repairs to its firehouse, which was damaged during Superstorm Sandy. “Their building is their lifeline, and that of the community, as it houses emergency vehicles, technology, everything,” state Sen. Joe Addabbo Jr. (D-Howard Beach) said in a release issued by the governor’s office. “It is vital everything inhouse operates smoothly so they can protect us on the outside. I thank Governor Cuomo and the Office of Storm Recovery for giving my constituents the tools they need to stay safe and operate at their highest capability.” The fire department serves the 1,400 residents living in Hamilton Beach, as well as the other parts of Howard Beach. During the storm, the headquarters was flooded with almost 7-feet of water. Firefighters used a rowboat to get around the area in the hours after Sandy made landfall. The firetrucks damaged during the
storm were replaced by vehicles that were donated by fire departments from across the country. “This amazing act of heroism will never be forgotten, but also shows the need for these f u nd s a nd facilit y upgrades,” he said. The funds will be used to flood proof the firehouse, located at 102-33 Davenport Court, and its entrance and garage doors. It will also help pay for a backup generator. “The West Hamilton Beach Volunteer Fire Department is a vital part of the Howard Beach Community,” said Frances Scarantino, co-chairwoman of New York Rising’s Howard Beach planning committee. “I am delighted that the project is moving forward.” The volunteer department was one of two in the city to receive funds to repair its headquarters. The governor’s office also gave $2.4 million for the Gerritsen Beach Fire Department in Brooklyn to repair its Q facility.
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The kindergarten through third-grade students and their parents at PS 146Q, The Howard Beach School, were finally able to enjoy a “Frozen” pajama party last week. The event, which had been postponed twice due to the brutal winter, was held in the cafeteria with help from all of the
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Federal authorities announced last week Angeles Times published its value at that they have recovered a stolen Pablo Picas- approximately $2.5 million. Multiple published sources report that so painting in a Long Island City warehouse. “La Coiffeuse,” a cubist oil painting cre- two years ago, in March 2013, a 1932 work ated in 1911, is the property of the French by Picasso, “Le Reve,” was sold at auction government, and was reported stolen from a by Las Vegas casino owner Steve Wynn for $155 million. Paris museum in 2001. “Le Reve” was purchased by hedge fund “A lost treasure has been found,” said Loretta Lynch, U.S. attorney for the Eastern operator Steven Cohen, even though Wynn District of New York, in a statement issued had torn a hole in the now-restored painting in 2006 when he struck it with his elbow. by her office on Feb. 26. Lynch and Anthony Scandiffio, deputy Lynch’s office has initiated forfeiture special agent in proceedings that will charge of the U.S. allow the painting to he recovery of I m m ig r a t io n a n d be seized and Customs Enforcereturned to France. ‘La Coiffeuse’ sends me nt’s Homela nd No ar rests were Security Investigaa n nou nced i n t he a strong message to tions unit, said that case. upon its arrival, “La Lynch’s office said thieves that the market Coiffeuse” was inter“La Coiffeuse” had to sell stolen antiques cepted by Customs been in the collection and Border Pat rol of the Musee National in the United States a nd s u b s e q u e nt ly d’A r t Moder ne in tur ned over to the Paris since 1966, and is drying up.” HSI unit. had last been on dis— Anthony Scandiffio, U.S. Customs and The statement did play in Munich. Immigration Enforcement not specify just how The painting was the package f rom stored upon its return to France, and was still thought to be there Belgium came to attract the immediate until 2001, when museum staffers discov- attention of U.S. authorities. Lynch’s office said the federal complaint ered it missing after there was a request to argues that “La Coiffeuse” is subject to seiloan the painting out. Lynch’s office said it is unknown where the zure because it is stolen and was smuggled painting was between November 2001, when into the United States illegally. “The recovery of ‘La Coiffeuse’ sends a French police were notified of its disappearance, and last Dec. 17, when it arrived in the strong message to thieves that the market to sell stolen antiques in the United States is United States. Federal authorities said the package was drying up,” Scandiffio said. He said HSI is committed to using its shipped from Belgium, and was listed on an resources to successfully investigate such invoice as an art craft toy worth $37. Lynch’s office did not speculate as to smuggling cases and to “repatriate smugexactly what the painting would have been gled antiquities and other protected cultural Q worth on the black market, though the Los property to their rightful owners.”
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Survey: Biz owners optimistic in 2015 But some say that this year will not be any different than previous ones by Anthony O’Reilly Associate Editor
A recent survey conducted by TD Bank found that a majority of city small businesses are cautiously optimistic about 2015 being better for business than last year was. According to the survey, 77 percent of small businesses — defined as stores and restaurants that make less than $5 million in profits — expect to meet or exceed their business goals, up from 58 percent last year. For the borough, 75 percent of small businesses expect to exceed or meet their business goals. The survey also found that 60 percent of city businesses are expecting to grow in size this year, up from 44 last year. Sixty-three percent of businesses in Queens expect to grow in size, ranking first out of the five boroughs. Chris Giamo, regional president of the New York metro area for TD Bank, said that is due to the borough’s “recipe for entrepreneurial area.” “You have density, diverse demographics and you have a multitude of businesses,” Giamo said. He also said Queens companies are looking to leverage technology in their future business plans. Forty-four percent of businesses in the
According to a survey conducted by TD Bank, the majority of small businesses in Queens and across the city are expecting to meet or exceed their business goals in 2015. But some business FILE PHOTO owners say that might not be entirely true. borough say technology is important in their day-to-day operations, the highest percentage in the city. But while Giamo said many businesses are looking forward to the next few months, some entrepreneurs in the area told the Chronicle a different tale. “I personally think the market is going to
DOB stops work on delinquent building No safety nets at construction site by Anthony O’Reilly
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The Department of Buildings has ordered that construction on the controversial juvenile delinquent center in South Ozone Park be stopped, saying the work being done on the facility does not match the plans submitted to the department. On Feb. 27, the DOB stated that the steel beams, columns and staircases being built at 133-23 127 St. do not appear on the plans the DOB approved. Workers have been conducting renovations on the site to allow it to house 18 juvenile delinquents as part of “Close to Home,” a state program that seeks to place minors in the criminal justice system near their homes, rather than in prisons upstate or in Rikers. In addition to the stop-work order, a number of residents have made complaints to the DOB about a lack of safety netting at the construction site. Multiple complaints on the DOB’s website state that debris has been falling on the sidewalk.
One complaint states that debris was left on the sidewalk. A stop-work order previously had been issued for the lack of fencing or scaffolds, but was later lifted. The facility is scheduled to open on March 14. Spokespersons with the Administration for Children’s Services, which determines the locations of Close to Home facilities, and Episcopal Social Services, the organization that will be overseeing the center’s day-to-day operations, did not respond to requests for comments on the stop-work order. Residents who live nearby have protested its opening, saying it will affect the neighborhood’s quality of life. They have also lambasted ACS and ESS officials for a lack of notice about its opening and its proximity to other social service-oriented facilities in the neighborhood. Those in protest have started to march in the neighborhood every Saturday morning and have vowed to do so until officials toss the plans to open the facility. Councilman Ruben Wills (D-South Jamaica) has also vowed to Q take legal action against its opening.
crash sooner or later,” said Arthur Elias, owner of Ice Jewelry Buying Service. Elias bluntly said many people would see their finances go down if and when the market does crash, but that wealthy people invested in the hedge fund market will continue to profit. “There’s a lot less people in the market
but whoever is is going to be lucky,” he said. Elias said his business no longer focuses on selling jewelry, because many people no longer f ind it necessar y to buy those products. “Jewelry is kind of out of style,” he said. “Young people aren’t interested in buying jewelry.” His business now focuses on buying gold and other precious metals from customers. Giuseppe Falco, owner of three Queens restaurants, said while he doesn’t think the market would crash, he believes that businesses will largely remain stagnant. “I don’t feel super positive that 2015 is going to be significantly better than 2014,” Falco said. “I don’t recall any year in the past seven years where I’ve seen a dramatic change.” Falco believes expenses for his and other businesses will continue to increase, as they have in recent years. “All I’ve seen is everything go up,” he said. “From city fees to prices of goods. I’ve just seen things increase.” He also said that it’s hard to see a “dramatic change” from one year to the next. The survey polled 495 business owners across the city and has a margin of error of 4.2 percent. It did not break down how many Q Queens businesses were polled.
WOODHAVEN EVELOPMENTS A tale of snow and ice in Woodhaven by Maria A. Thomson Executive Director GWDC
You are probably as exhausted and tired of the snow, the ice and very cold weather as I am. It seems as if it will go on forever. But look on the bright side, at least we do have sunshine, which is very deceiving because looking through the window, the bright sunshine makes it look warm, but it is still frigid out there. Well, keep the faith, for the coming weekend Sunday, March 8, 2015 Daylight Saving Time arrives and it will be lighter longer. This brings us closer to warm weather for there are only 15 days to spring, so start eagerly counting down. Important notes: Our memorial monument — the two despicable individuals who allegedly destroyed our memorial wreath and desecrated our flag are still pending charges. I will keep you advised as to the progress on this case. 78-19 Jamaica Avenue — the collapsed building of the Woodhaven Richmond Hill Volunteer Ambulance Corps — as you probably have noticed this location continues to be an eyesore. The Woodhaven Business Improvement District has requested of the owner and his lawyer that they clean the front of the building and remove the posters and graffiti vandalism.
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A new charge has been levied against the man who allegedly threatened to blow up a Kew Gardens tower last Tuesday with what turned out to be a fake bomb, and he has a decades-long history of committing such crimes. According to District Attorney Richard Brown, 49-year-old Scott Sasonkin, a Flushing resident, was hit with one count of making a terroristic threat in addition to one count of first-degree reckless endangerment; first-, second- and third-degree falsely reporting an incident and firstdegree placing a false bomb after he walked into the lobby of the building at 80-02 Kew Gardens Road and told a security guard he had a bomb. Sasonkin was arrested without incident at the site by 102nd Precinct officers, but the structure, which contains a Federal Bureau of Investigations office, a district attorney’s office and a Duane Reade pharmacy among other establishments, was evacuated for approximately two hours. If convicted, Sasonkin faces up to seven years in prison. He was being held without bail pending the results of a mental health evaluation and will return to court on March 23. According to the district attorney, the Flushing man told a security guard “I’m a suicide bomber. My bomb is in this package, it’s a pipe bomb … I picked this building because it’s famous and has a lot of law enforcement in it.” This isn’t the first time Sasonkin threatened to blow up the building, which overlooks Queens Boulevard. According to federal records, he committed the same crime in the same place on Nov. 1, 2008 and was later sentenced to time served plus three years of supervised release.
Roundtable continued from page 16 ultimate power to the combined executive committee for both airports. She feels that this is only necessary for decisions that affect everyone. A PA spokesman said “the letter speaks for itself,” but that the agency did strive to incorporate elements of what both groups want. Each committee will have 32 voting members. The combined membership will vote for the roundtable Executive Committee, whose first task will be to formulate and approve a set of by-laws for the body.
Flushing resident Scott Sasonkin was arrested last week for threatening to blow up this Kew Gardens tower, seven years after committing FILE PHOTO the same crime. And it’s not only buildings he has threatened in the past, either. An airliner and even a sitting U.S. president have been the targets of his phony threats. According to a report from the Associated Press in 1989, Sasonkin was arrested calling in a threat from a pay phone in which he said he planted a bomb on a plane that was departing John F. Kennedy International Airport for London. Just one year earlier, he was busted for threatening to assassinate President Ronald Q Reagan. The PA and the Federal Aviation Administration will attend the meetings, but they will only serve as advisors, not voting members. Each committee will function independently with its own leadership format, subcommittees, agenda, work plan and meetings schedule. Each will raise issues at the combined meetings on a quarterly or as-needed basis. “The two-roundtable proposal is a recipe for failure,” McEneany said. She is asking Gov. Cuomo to “step up to the plate and fix it” or “take it out of the hands of the Port Authority.” The next meeting will be held at 6:30 Q p.m. on April 7 at York College.
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Rookie copâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s murder 27 years ago horrified â&#x20AC;&#x201D; then transformed â&#x20AC;&#x201D; a city by Michael Gannon Editor
Many cops assigned to the NYPDâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 103rd Precinct had not yet been born when Officer Edward Byrne was murdered by paid assassins on Feb. 26, 1988, five days after the rookie copâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 22nd birthday. But that did not stop scores of them from coming out at 3 a.m. last week to remember Byrne on the South Jamaica street corner where he died protecting a witness in a major drug case. Mayor de Blasio and NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton joined Byrneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s three brothers at the southwest corner of 107th Avenue and Inwood Street, where he was shot five times while sitting in his patrol car. Byrne would be the first of seven NYPD officers to die in the line of duty in 1988. But his brazen murder, ordered by an imprisoned drug dealer, is recognized as the day the city declared open war against the drug trade. â&#x20AC;&#x153;He died protecting a citizen who said â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Enough!â&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;? said Patrick Lynch, president of the Patrolmenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Benevolent Association. In a video of the ceremony provided by the NYPD, de Blasio praised Byrne and all police officers who worked with him and have come after him. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Think about a 22-year-old young man just starting his life, who believed in something;
who was willing to put his life on the line for their protection,â&#x20AC;? de Blasio said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;He was a guardian â&#x20AC;&#x201D; a silent guardian doing that which we wish all people would do in society â&#x20AC;&#x201D; stand up for something bigger and better. â&#x20AC;&#x153;A young man who believed in something â&#x20AC;&#x201D; he was taken from us so young, and he could never have known what his life would later mean to all of us, and that it would begin such a profound turnaround.â&#x20AC;? He and Bratton credited the officers present for continuing what Byrne made possible. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It is a change that continues to this day,â&#x20AC;? Bratton said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;When I became commissioner for the first time in 1994, there were 8,000 open view drug markets.â&#x20AC;? Howard â&#x20AC;&#x153;Pappyâ&#x20AC;? Mason ordered the murder of a police officer to deliver what he thought was a message that would intimidate residents and the law. Two men acted as lookouts. Another distracted Byrneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s attention while the shooter walked to the driverâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s side of his cruiser. Byrne would be pronounced dead at Mary Immaculate Hospital. But Mason had miscalculated â&#x20AC;&#x201D; badly. An entire city galvanized seemingly overnight. Bratton and Lynch said the NYPD instituted operations and task forces that, with the day-to-day efforts of rank-and-file officers, changed New York forever. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Changes that continue to this day,â&#x20AC;?
Bratton said. All who spoke said Byrneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s lasting legacy was a better city. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a turnaround that everyone here should be proud of,â&#x20AC;? de Blasio said to the officers past and present in the crowd. â&#x20AC;&#x153;So many people here participated in and brought this city to a place that that tragic night would have been beyond our wildest imagination,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;But today in this city, because of your efforts, we have a place transformed, a place so much safer, a place where people can live in peace.â&#x20AC;? Mason was convicted of Byrneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s murder and myriad other charges in federal court in 1989. He is serving life without parole in a super-maximum security prison in Colorado. Scott Cobb, Philip Copeland, David McLary and Todd Scott were arrested within a week. They were convicted and sentenced to 25 years to life in prison. All were denied parole last fall in their second attempt. Byrneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s brother, Lawrence, said one of de Blasioâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s first acts after becoming mayor in January of last year was to write to state officials to strenuously oppose their parole applications. Lawrence Byrne had a successful career as an attorney before joining the NYPD last year as Deputy Commissioner for Legal Affairs. His parents, Ann and Matt, a retired NYPD officer, were unable to attend
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Assemblyman David Weprin, at podium, was joined by numerous civic and business leaders on Sunday as he proposed a commuter tax as a preferable option to new tolls on bridges that cross PHOTO COURTESY NYS ASSEMBLY the East River.
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The recently announced proposal to add tolls to four East River bridges is causing an awful lot of commotion for a measure that still does not yet have any official backing in the City Council or state Capitol. The plan that last week pitted drivers against mass transit riders now appears to have pitted state Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) against Councilman Mark Weprin (D-Oakland Gardens), as well as Weprin against his Assemblyman brother David (D-Fresh Meadows), who did not explain how he intends to get a city commuter tax through a state Senate headed by a suburban Long Island majority leader. Move NY, an initiative led by former New York City Transportation Commissioner Sam Schwartz, would place tolls on the Queensborough, Manhattan, Williamsburg and Brooklyn bridges while lowering the cost per trip at existing tolled passages such as the Throgs Neck, Whitestone and RFKTriborough bridges. Schwartz and his supporters say it makes sense to charge drivers heading into Manhattan’s busiest section — below 60th Street — their fair share. Schwartz says it would reduce traffic congestion while raising badly needed money for highway, bridge and mass transit capital improvement projects. But last week, Councilman Weprin and Avella got into a Twitter war after Weprin, speaking on New York 1’s “Inside City Hall” show, said many who choose to drive over the free bridges into Manhattan are rich people who can afford to drive there. Weprin also pointed out that Avella last Wednesday then issued a press release demanding an apology from the councilman to business people and drivers of modest
means who rely on the free passages. No such luck, leading to the ensuing Twitter exchange wherein Weprin did clarify his remark about the rich. “Not exclusively, but many people of means. The rest get toll and fare hikes,” Weprin tweeted. He also deflected comparison to the original congestion pricing plan in 2008, saying that Queens then “had more of the burden and no benefit. This plan gives Q’s lower tolls, lower fares and improvements.” As for the increased costs on the bridges, Weprin tweeted that Queens residents already are facing fare and toll hikes this month. But on Sunday, Assemblyman Weprin held a press conference at which he said it was naive to believe that the Metropolitan Transportation Authority could be compelled to keep any reduced tolls at a lower rate. He is sponsoring a bill — A2873 — that would raise the needed infrastructure revenue with a 1 percent commuter tax on nonresidents who work in New York City, with the money divided evenly between the city and the MTA. “Not all locations in New York City are easily accessible by public transportation,” he said in a statement issued by his office. “The many disenfranchised populations in Northern, southern and eastern Queens neighborhoods, as well as many parts of Brooklyn do not have the same luxuries as those in Manhattan with readily accessible subway systems nearby their homes and businesses.” He said new tolls would impose serious financial hardships on many in the city. Weprin said he will introduce a companion bill to one Avella has reintroduced in the Senate this year to permanently bar tolls on the free East River crossings. One serious and potentially fatal flaw in continued on page 32
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Says accidents are being criminalized City officials may be rethinking one of the applications of Mayor de Blasio’s Vision Zero initiative after the arrest of a handful of MTA bus drivers for striking pedestrians. Vision Zero’s aim is to eliminate pedestrian fatalities in motor vehicle accidents, and one of the new laws mandates the arrest of drivers who fail to yield to pedestrians who are crossing in a crosswalk with a green signal. Councilman Daneek Miller (D-St. Albans) was an MTA bus operator for 20 years and head of their union for five more. He said on his Facebook page that the laws have to be re-examined, possibly to exempt bus drivers. “The ‘failure to yield’ law is being misused to usurp the standard investigative process that is both more thorough and provides for fairer protocol,” Miller posted. “They are now subject to a double-standard involving an unprecedented level of scrutiny involving their livelihoods, which is a sanction that private drivers do not endure.”
He continued that bus operators “should not be automatically charged to bear full responsibility for complex accidents that may have multiple variables involved and require professional investigations. These are tragedies that we must work to prevent, not crimes.” Councilman Rory Lancman (D-Fresh Meadows) told the Daily News he believes police may be “overapplying the law.” John Samuelson, president of the Transit Workers Union Local 100, is instructing his members to take no chances until the law is amended. “Do not move your bus until all is clear,” Samuelson posted on the union website. “If you do not make your schedule, so be it. If traffic backs up as you await the ability to make an unquestionably “safe” turn, so be it. Do not jeopardize your future for the sake of NYC Transit’s on-time bus performance ... The new rule under Vision Zero is ‘perfection.’ So let’s be perfect. If conditions are not perfectly safe, do not move Q your bus.”
Dan Halloran gets 10 years continued from page 2 Their cases were severed in July when Karas granted a mistrial after it was learned that prosecutors did not alert defense lawyers of the existence of several hours of taped conversations that took place in Yiddish between an FBI informant and his rabbi. The mistrial was granted after some jurors told Karas they could not wait nearly one month and continue to serve on the jury. Halloran elected to continue at trial, in part his attorney argued, because the former councilman could not financially afford a delay of nearly one month. Of the others arrested, former Bronx Republican Chair man Joseph Savino pleaded guilty in November 2013 to bribery, conspiracy and wire fraud. Joseph Desmaret, the former deputy mayor of the upstate Village of Spring Valley, also pleaded guilty in January 2014. Noramie Jasmine, the former mayor of Spring Valley, has not yet gone to trial. No information about her possible trial date has been available. Halloran, an attorney and a former prosecutor, was first elected to the Council in 2009 and represented the Whitestone area for two terms. He had been an outspoken critic of socalled business as usual on the Council, particularly on spending and fiscal matters.
Halloran once raised his profile and eyebrows with a profanity-laden tirade against a car dealership that generated a number of noise complaints from neighbors. Following the major snowstorm in December 2010, Halloran alleged that city Sanitation employees complained to him that rank-and-file DSNY workers staged a job slowdown during the storm in retaliation for a series of personnel cutbacks by then-Mayor Bloomberg. He backed away from the claim after the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of New York opened a probe of the matter. Halloran’s stock still was high in 2012 after former Democratic Congressman Gary Ackerman announced he would not seek re-election. While securing the Republican nomination with little trouble, he was defeated handily by Democrat Grace Meng. Shortly after his arrest, Halloran said he would not seek re-election to the Council, a seat now held by Democrat Paul Vallone. Halloran’s legal team prior to the start of the trial had attempted to employ an insanity defense centering on a brain tumor he had removed in 2012. Karas denied their request to pursue it. The defense also tried to depict the money that changed hands as payment Halloran believed he was receiving for serQ vices as a political operative.
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CLIMATE CHANGE COULD by Cristina Schreil and Anthony O’Reilly Associate Editors
When Superstorm Sandy hit Queens on Oct. 29, 2012, it caused historic floods and damage from which many communities are still recovering. But a recent report by the New York City Panel on Climate Change, published last month, predicts that the kind of extreme weather seen during Sandy could become more common across parts of the borough in the coming decades. The report takes into account recent climate trends and projects what will happen through the 2020s, 2050s, 2080s and for years beyond 2100. It found that heat waves are “very likely” to increase, as are the number of intense rainstorms and the amount of yearly precipitation. It also projected rising water levels in the region. The panel presented three kinds of predictions for each weather behavior: low estimates, indicating a cautious prediction; estimates in the middle range; and high estimates in the 90th percentile, representing a kind of worst-case scenario. Area elected officials and climate change experts sounded off on how the predicted changes in climate would impact Queens.
Extreme weather “It’s going to take what we used to call a 100-year event and turn it into a near-eightyear event,” said state Sen. Joe Addabbo Jr. (D-Howard Beach) of the projected increase of superstorms. Addabbo, a member of the Senate’s Environmental Conservation Committee and representative of Southern Queens communities still reeling from Sandy’s impact, added that one of the insights gleaned from the superstorm was that on the Old Side of Howard Beach, there was coastal flooding, but not as
Panel warns Sandy-like floods could much on the new side. “These are issues that we’ve been working on a long time to be recognized,” City Councilman Costa Constantinides (D-Astoria) said. “We’re seeing more extreme weather in the summer and winter months. We’re seeing a large swing of the pendulum due to climate change and we need to combat it.” Days of “extreme precipitation” are also predicted to increase, according to the report, with around 1.5 times more per year by the 2080s and with the number of the most volatile types of hurricanes more likely to increase. The report said it isn’t known how common nor’easters will be in coming decades. The panel’s findings highlighted the health impacts of storms, including contaminated drinking water, mental health stressors, mold caused by moisture in homes and population displacement. Heat waves are another concern; there are expected to be longer and hotter summer heat waves, which spur a host of health issues, particularly for the elderly and very young. “Morbidity and mortality effects of heat may be especially severe if a blackout occurs during an extreme heat event,” the report says. “When blackouts occur, exposure to heat increases, with a corresponding increase in health risks. Blackouts can also increase risk of carbon monoxide poisoning from improper use of generators and cooking equipment.” City Councilman Donovan Richards (D-Laurelton), chairman of the Council’s Committee on Environmental Protection, likened the effects of climate change to the movie “The Day After Tomorrow,” which
This map shows the predicted changes in sea levels for parts of the city and the borough of Queens in the coming decades. Left: the predicted rate of change in sea levels from 2020 to GRAPHICS BY CITY PANEL ON CLIMATE CHANGE 2080. depicts New York City entrenched in hundreds of feet of snow. While the blockbuster illustrates a landscape ravaged by extreme cold — not heat — the idea that weather will grow more powerful aligns with what many believe will occur in the future. “That’s where we’re headed,” said Richards, who said humans are going to have to change their behavior. “New York City has to divorce with its love affair with fossil fuels.”
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Rising sea level Many factors contribute to sea level rise, the report’s authors explained, and as the geography of the coastlines of the five boroughs vary, any projected increase would not be completely uniform throughout the city or in Queens. The panel created a model of future flooding based on the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s flood-mapping framework, the authors explained. The panel’s report said the average rise in sea level in New York City since 1990 has been about 1.2 inches per decade, which is already twice the global rate. But the panel predicted an increase in sea level of four to eight inches in the 2020s, 11 to 21 inches in the 2050s, 18 to 39 inches in the 2080s and 22 to 50 inches by 2100. Under the panel’s high estimate, the New York metropolitan region
could experience an increase of as much as 75 inches by 2100. “The range of projected sea level rise grows as the century progresses, primarily because of uncertainties about how much ice sheets will melt as temperatures rise,” the report reads. It adds that there must be more investigation into how ice sheets — the greatest source of uncertainty — will behave in coming years. According to a map projecting a “100-Year Flood” within the New York City region, some parts of Western Queens, Northern Queens, Southeastern Queens and southwestern Queens along the Brooklyn border could see a 75-inch sea level rise by the year 2100. Concentrated sections of Southeast Queens, including the area encompassing JFK Airport, are projected to see a 10-to-30 inch rise from the 2020s to the 2050s. The map also takes into account flood insurance boundaries determined by the FEMA, indicated with the color purple, which show many parts of southern Queens, including the Rockaway Peninsula and Broad Channel, as well as Northern Queens’ LaGuardia Airport and Flushing Meadows Corona Park, are vulnerable. Parts of Astoria, such as Hallets Point — the site of proposed housing developments — and Long Island City are also included. The report also said strong coastal storms,
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be a common occurrence in Queens such as Hurricane Sandy, may be more prevalent in the region as time goes on, which could also contribute to sea level rise in the long term. But, they said, it’s difficult to accurately predict because storms themselves are hard to predict. “The report was very, very scary. But for families in southern Queens and Rockaways, it wasn’t a surprise. We’ve seen the impacts of Mother Nature first-hand,” said Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder (D-Rockaway Park). He added that the city and residents need to take better care of the environment. “We’ve got to be more resilient. I don’t think there’s a way to stop it but I think there’s a way to slow it down,” Goldfeder said. “I think we’re more ready today than we were before Sandy; however, I don’t think we’re prepared for another storm.” George Hendrey, chairman of the School of Earth and Environmental Studies at Queens College, said the report’s predictions echo what has been said before about the future climate. He said weather phenomena New York has seen in recent years will continue to happen, but will perhaps unfold much quicker than previously thought. “We’re absolutely certain that we’re going to see a rising sea level of many inches,” Hen-
drey said. “We don’t know if it’s going to be as bad as several meters, but we buy insurance.” Hendrey, who teaches courses in global climate change and science and technology in New York City, and whose research revolves around green infrastructure and urban watersheds, said the idea of developing strategies so communities can be more resilient when big disasters come along is what people who are interested in the topic of climate change are advocating for. He said sustainable infrastructure is like buying car insurance — you hope you don’t need to rely on it, but in the event of something dire, you’ll be glad you took the time to invest. “We’re looking into the future at which some extremely difficult times are not just conceivable but have a probability,” he said.
of bringing a flood barrier to areas along the East River, and that he’s open to ideas. Goldfeder noted many families in Staten Island are moving out of the area, but the same is not happening in his district. “In Southern Queens and the Rockaways we are strong and we are resilient and we are going to do everything we can to stay in the communities we love and that our children and grandchildren can stay in the places that we love,” he said. “This report raises serious alarms about the climate realities facing our city,” said City Councilman Eric Ulrich (R-Ozone Park). “It is crucial that New York City continues to pioneer its own efforts to address climate change and resiliency issues.”
Will residents be forced out of Queens?
Constantinides introduced a resolution last year asking the state Department of Education to incorporate climate change education into the public school curriculum. “We don’t have time to have this debate,” he said. “At this point, there is a way we can build a green economy, there is a way we can build green jobs, there is a way we can make our homes safer and more resilient if we just
“No parent should put their children to bed feeling they’re going to lose their homes to rising rents and rising seas,” Constantinides said, adding he hopes no one will be forced out of the district due to climate changecaused phenomena. He added that former Mayor Mike Bloomberg championed the idea
move forward on green technology in New York City.” Richards said to slow down the effects of climate change, the nation needs to move to “100 percent renewable energy.” He also said he’s working on a number of initiatives on the citywide level, including placing solar panels on public buildings to harness solar energy. To people who completely deny the existence of climate change in the city, Goldfeder says, “Come visit the struggling families in South Queens and the Rockaways, who know all about the effects of Mother Nature.” Hendrey said he thinks there will be a lot of new experimentation in finding sustainable ways to insulate, cool down and protect homes. He said one thing is to look at rooftops, which can be painted white or fitted with green roofs that collect sunlight and create electrical energy, but also cast a shadow on the roof, making the building cooler. Hendrey referenced how Al Gore once said that if the United States really wanted to, it could get all of its power from renewable sources, switching completely over a 10-year period. Hendrey had his students look at the feasibility of the idea within the context of New York City. They concluded an “obvious yes,” but found it would be too expensive. Hendrey said people are still reluctant to buy that “insurance.” “People don’t want to see a 10 percent increase in electrical rates,” Hendrey said. Q
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Tips to help you recharge your fading New Year’s resolutions Have your healthy New Year’s habits already begun to fade? Recharge your resolutions this March during National Nutrition Month. While a healthy lifestyle can certainly help you get the body you always wanted, the benefits extend well beyond your appearance, say experts. “Adopting a healthy lifestyle offers more than just weight loss alone; it can also promote your overall health and reduce your risk of chronic diseases, like diabetes, heart disease, stroke and even some types of cancer,” says registered dietitian nutritionist and Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics spokesperson, Ximena Jimenez. “Eating right and staying active is an investment in a high-quality life.” In time for National Nutrition Month, Jimenez is offering a few ways you can “Bite into a Healthy Lifestyle,” the theme of this year’s annual focus on nutrition. • Make informed food choices: A healthy lifestyle is about so much more than just choosing to eat more fruits and vegetables. While this is important, it’s also essential to make informed food choices based on your individual health and nutrient needs. Knowing which nutrients your body needs, the foods that contain them, and how much fits into your healthy eating plan, are all part of making smart choices. A registered dietitian nutritionist can educate you and guide your food choices while keeping your tastes and
preferences in mind. • Choose sensible snacks : Sensible snacks are a part of any healthful eating plan. If you choose carefully and plan ahead, snacks can prevent overeating at mealtimes and throughout the day. For children and adults, alike, snacks can supply foods and nutrients that we might miss in meals. Focus on fruits, vegetables, whole-grains and lowfat dairy foods. • Get plenty of physical activity: Daily physical activity is a crucial part of a healthy lifestyle, and unfortunately most Americans don’t include enough exercise in their daily routines. Regular physical activity strengthens bones and muscles, reduces the risk of chronic illness and fosters overall well-being. • Consult an expert: Registered dietitian nutritionists draw on their experience to develop a personalized nutrition plan for individuals of all ages. RDNs are able to separate facts from fads and translate nutritional science into information you can use. An RDN can help you adopt a healthy diet, reach and maintain a healthy weight, and ultimately reduce your risk of chronic disease. To help, the Academy offers tips, games, tools and nutrition resources at EatRight.org/nnm. Don’t let your 2015 resolutions fall by the wayside. Use National Nutrition Month as an opportuP nity to revive your goals for the long-term. — StatePoint Media
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Aging Council to honor lawmakers at March 19 gala Boroughwide group for seniors, caregivers celebrating 44 years of service by Mark Lord Chronicle Conributor
The Queens Interagency Council on Aging, a boroughwide coalition of over 100 senior service organizations and individuals catering to senior adults, will celebrate its 44th anniversary year on March 19 with a gala buffet dinner and awards ceremony, honoring two elected officials and a rehabilitation institute. According to QICA Executive Director Bruce Cunningham, the evening will be a “time to celebrate with the council’s network of colleagues, friends, professionals, seniors, and elected officials and help raise program funds.” Councilmembers Paul Vallone (D-Bayside) and Daneek Miller (D-St. Albans) will each be presented with the Rose Kryzak Legislative Award, named for the former QICA board member and lobbyist for rights of the elderly, in recognition of their leadership in championing the cause of older adults and sustaining essential services for seniors. “I am honored to partner with an organization that provides such critical resources to seniors throughout the borough of Queens,” Miller said. “QICA is a cornerstone for our seniors and it has served dutifully to maintain and enhance their
City Councilmen Paul Vallone, lef t, and Daneek Miller will be honored at the March 19 gala for the Queens Interagency Council on Aging, whose meetings, left, often draw a packed house. QICA also will salute the Parker Jewish Institute for Health Care and RehabiliFILE PHOTOS tation at the event.
quality of life. I look forward to accepting this award on behalf of the seniors in Southeast Queens and District 27.” Vallone called the recognition “a testament to the over 20 years I’ve spent serving and protecting our city’s senior population as an elder law attorney.”
As Council member and chairman of the Subcommittee on Senior Centers, Vallone said, he has “the opportunity to continue fighting for the needs of our seniors at City Hall, and I look forward to working with my colleagues to ensure we do all we can to support the health and wellbeing of our aging population.”
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Also slated to be honored is the Parker Jewish Institute for Health Care and Rehabilitation in New Hyde Park, which will receive the Leon Von Holden Advocacy Award for sustained commitment to seniors’ health and well-being. Von Holden was a former QICA member who served at the same time as Kryzak, in the 1960s and 1970s, according to Cunningham. continued continued on page 00 31
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With the exception of the Beatles, it’s hard to think of any other composer in the rock era whose songs have been covered by so many other artists as Bob Dylan. While he has been very happy to get his sizable royalty checks, Dylan was fairly harsh in his autobiography, “Chronicles,” that published a few years ago, on many of those who have recorded his songs. Surprisingly, he said his favorite cover of all of his songs was Johnny Rivers’ recording of “Positively 4th Street” for his 1967 “Realization” album. Actually, that was a good choice. With his newest album, “Shadows in the Night,” Dylan takes a rare chance to sing the compositions of other songwriters. It may not be a frequent thing, but this isn’t the first time he has done that. In 1973 Columbia Records released “Dylan,” which consisted of unreleased tracks of his recordings of such familiar tunes as “A Fool Such As I,” “Mr. Bojangles” and “Big Yellow Taxi.” Supposedly the only reason Columbia released this album was as a way of punishing him for jumping to rival Elektra Records at the time. Three years earlier, Columbia had released “Self-Portrait,” with Dylan’s blessing, on which he sang Gordon Lightfoot’s “Early Morning Rain,” Paul Simon’s “The Boxer” and the old Everly Brothers classic, “Let It Be Me.” What unites the 10 songs on “Shadows in the Night” is that they were all sung at one time or another by arguably the greatest vocalist of all time, Frank Sinatra. Dylan, who is certainly not known for his mellifluous voice, must have realized he was putting himself in a steep hole. To his credit though, Dylan selected songs that were either obscure or at least not recorded by too many others for the most part. The first three tunes, “I’m a Fool To Want You” (one of the few songs in which Sinatra received a writing credit), “The Night We Called It a Day” and “Stay with Me,” are probably known only to Sinatra scholars. His versions here do little to make us question why they were never hits. Dylan’s plaintive, slow delivery works best on the wistful “Autumn Leaves,” as he eloquently conveys
the song’s lyrics of regret about lost love. Bob is completely lost and out of his league, however, on Rogers and Hammerstein’s big “South Pacific” tune, “Some Enchanted Evening.” This song requires someone with real vocal chops, and even the biggest Dylan fans would admit that is not their hero’s forte. If you want to hear this tune sung exquisitely, be sure to check out the 1965 hit record by those boys from Belle Harbor, Jay & the Americans. “Shadows in the Night” is an interesting effort for one of rock music’s most enigmatic personalities (the only interview he gave to promote this album was in AARP Magazine), but it’s hard to imagine anyone playing this CD more than a couple of times.
Various Artists “Now That’s What I Call Movies” (Sony Music) It seemed as if no one was happy about this year’s Academy Awards, from the films that were nominated to Neil Patrick Harris’ disappointing stint as host. My biggest gripe was how awful most of the tunes were that were up for Best Song, which was won by “Glory.” “Now That’s What I Call Movies” brings us back to a time not so long ago when popular movies frequently generated hit songs that very much deserved to be. Among the gems on this 18-song compilation are Bruce Springsteen’s “Streets of Philadelphia,” Phil Collins’ “Against All Odds,” Celine Dion’s “My Heart Will Go On,” Survivor’s “Eye of the Tiger,” the Bee Gees’ “How Deep Is Your Love” and Seal’s “Kiss From a Rose.” To be fair, a number of songs here were very popular well before they were inserted into a given film so that the director could help set a mood for a particular scene. Elton John’s “Tiny Dancer” was recorded in 1971 and was used in Cameron Crowe’s 2000 coming-of-age film, “Almost Famous.” The Beach Boys’ “God Only Knows,” Van Morrison’s “Brown Eyed Girl” and Blue Swede’s “Hooked on a Feeling” were used in “Love Actually,” “Born on the Fourth of July” and “Guardians of the Galaxy,” respectively. This a fun album to put on when you have P company.
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continued continued from from page page 29 00 To arrive at the honorees, Cunningham said the council’s board members went through “a process of voicing names for people we feel are worthy,” adding, “It’s important for people to be acknowledged for their commitment and to keep Rose’s name alive.” Tickets for the gala, which is open to the public and will take place from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at Queens Community House in the Kew Gardens Community Center, located at 80-02 Kew Gardens Road, are $50 apiece, but are nearly sold out. Up-to-date information on availability can be had by calling QICA at (718) 268-5954. Anyone wishing to help support QICA’s activities may still purchase a display ad in the commemorative journal. Ads run from $75 to $750 each and may be ordered by calling QICA. The deadline to place an ad is March 6. The group meets each month, and members of the public are welcome. “We’re put ting on monthly prog r a m s t h a t f u l f ill t h e n e e d s o f seniors,” Cunningham said. “We’re honoring people who carry the flame P into the future.”
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Dear Mother Nature: That’s enough already! From Astoria to Springfield Gardens, Queens has had it with winter weather by the Queens Chronicle Editorial Staff
The city is ugly and the people are restless. No, it’s not the growing rift between the mayor and the City Council. It’s not the embarrassment known as the Knicks. It’s not even the omnipresent threat of overdevelopment and neighborhood transformation that occupies so many civic minds in Queens. It’s the frozen filth in the streets, the uncleared sidewalks, the crazily parked cars, the warnings of more snow, sleet and freezing rain to come, and, perhaps most of all, the record-breaking bitter cold that’s behind it all. People here have had enough of winter. But as this newspaper was going to the printer, it looked like another 4 to 7 inches of the (temporarily) white stuff was set to fall from the sky today, March 5. Preceded, of course, by rain and sleet that will likely produce another layer of ice to slip and slide all over. Though Wednesday brought a nice thaw, that ice has been taking its toll. “You cannot wear the sexy boots,” said Lydia Darly, an Astoria-based filmmaker. “You have to be prepared.” One of Darly’s friends wearing stylish yet poorly equipped footwear slipped on ice in Manhattan and broke her arm. “They need to take care of cleaning the streets better,” Darly said. “It’s dangerous.” She added that in Astoria especially, there’s
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Commuter tax continued from page 24 Weprin’s commuter tax measure is Senate majority Leader Dean Skelos (R-Nassau), who lives in Rockville Centre, LI. Skelos’ office did not respond to a request for comment about Weprin’s bill, but it would not be a stretch to predict that it would have a hard time seeing the light of day in the Senate. The senator represents a large number of commuters, and his hometown hosts one of the largest and busiest Long Island Rail Road stations. Still, Assemblyman Weprin has major support from the Queens community on hand. Harbachan Singh, president of the Queens Civic Congress, said his organization is on board. “While the possibility of reduced fees on other bridges and tunnels might seem attractive, ... We see any support for [new tolls] or other such proposals by our legislators as fundamentally contrary to the interests of our constituents,” he said. Jack Friedman, executive director of the Queens Chamber of Commerce, said the Move NY proposal would hurt Queens as much as similar ones in recent years. “It forces businesses that reside outside Manhattan to pay a fine for mereQ ly operating,” he said.
Getting around often has not been easy, as here in Sunnyside on Sunday. a sense that neighborhoods outside of Manhattan don’t get as much care. And that broken arm isn’t the worst injury the ice has brought. “A friend recently spent two weeks in the hospital after falling on the ice and suffering a brain hemorrhage,” Jim Gallagher of the Fresh Meadows Homeowners Civic Association said. “I’m tired of the winter. I can’t wait for spring to arrive, and the cost to the city for all the cleanup will be very high.”
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You don’t even have to leave home to put yourself at risk. “A month ago on a Sunday it was a sheet of ice and Ronnie bounced down the front steps trying to get the Sunday Times,” Peter Brancazio of the North East Flushing Civic Association said about his wife, Ronnie. “She was not hurt but hit her head.” And it doesn’t help matters any when people fail to comply with the law. “In the past, people cleared their sidewalks
because it was the right thing to do,” community advocate Amy Anderson of Jamaica said. “I went out yesterday and nobody had cleared the street corners.” That also has been a problem in Springfield Gardens, resident and civic activist Barbara Brown said, adding, “Any time you get snow on top of snow on top of snow, and then you get ice, people get tired of it.” In Middle Village, at least people are mostly good about shoveling, according to Juniper Park Civic Association President Bob Holden. Parking, not so much. “We’ve gotten a ton of complaints from pedestrians,” Holden said. “We’re seeing people blocking sidewalks with their cars. ... There’s less parking because of all the snow on the street, so people park in front of their doorways or right in front of their stoop. “It’s crazy the way people are parking.” Ed Wendell, former president of the Woodhaven Residents’ Block Association, said one of the primary concerns in his neighborhood is being able to exit cars once they are parked. “Once you park, you have to climb over the ice,” Wendell said of the rock-solid mounds filling so many curbs and gutters. He said the city should pass a law that cancels the meter rules when alternate side parking is suspended during snowstorms and another allowing drivers to place their parking ticket on continued on page 33
Flake honored at Merrick Pastor, former congressman receives Watkins Award by Michael Gannon Editor
The Rev. Floyd Flake had a humorous observation upon learning he was going to be honored with a lifetime achievement award by the Merrick Academy Charter School in Laurelton. “I told my wife we’d have to clear out another space for [the plaque],” he said. Flake was accorded the school’s Juanita Watkins Lifetime Achievement Award, named for the first African-American woman to represent Southeast Queens on the City Council. The event was part of the school’s Black History Month calendar. Watkins was first elected in 1991 and served three terms. She died in January 2013 at age 78. Flake first came to national prominence as a U.S. congressman from 1987 to 1997. He is credited with being the first representative from the area to bring major federal funding into Southeast Queens. Flake is still involved in a number of government boards and activities, but is best known today as senior pastor of the Greater Allen AME Church, a congregation that has grown to more than 23,000 since he became pastor in 1976. Flake made no secret of his support for charter schools such as the Merrick Academy. “The only people who don’t know what
The Rev. Floyd Flake, center, received the Juanita Watkins Lifetime Achievement Award on Feb. 26 from officials and staff at the Merrick Academy Charter School. The former congressman and pastor of Greater Allen AME Church was honored as part of the school’s Black History Month PHOTO BY MICHAEL GANNON celebration. charter schools do are those who have never been to one,” he said. Flake also encouraged his audience of about 300 children to cher-
ish their opportunity for education. “There is nothing you can dream of that Q can’t be,” he said.
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continued from page 32 the passenger side of the dashboard. And then there’s all the parking that’s lost because so many of the unplowed humps of snow, ice and filth stretch from the curb to the travel lane. Johnny Pik, a longtime Astoria resident who commutes to Baldwin, LI every day, said parking is nearly “nonexistent” in busier parts of the neighborhood by 30th Avenue or Broadway. “The parking, especially in Queens, because of all the big snow pileups from the plows, it’s really difficult to find parking anywhere now. It’s always a struggle,” Pik said. Last weekend, the filmmaker said, he tried to drive to a restaurant in the borough but had to turn around for lack of parking. He said his car is low to the ground and gets stuck. After one of last year’s snowstorms, it took him an hour to dig out his car. “I snowboard and I love snow and even I’m sick of it,” Pik said. But while the snow has been heavy at times, last month was only the 13th snowiest February in Queens since 1948, according to statistics recorded at Kennedy Airport since then. The month saw 13.6 inches fall on the airport, while the record of 32 inches came down in February 2003. Although he’s tired of what often has seemed like near-constant precipitation, Wendell said he felt bad complaining about
the snowfall total after looking at cities such as Boston and Buffalo. “I’m almost a little embarrassed complaining about the snow when I see the amount these guys get,” he said. The cold has been as record-setting as it has felt, however. The average temperature at Kennedy during February was 24.5 degrees, second only to the average of 21.9 recorded in January 1977. It’s the cold that’s got Alexander Nussbaum of Forest Hills, a psychologist and adjunct professor at St. John’s University, feeling a bit down. “It’s killing me,” Nussbaum said Tuesday night as he delayed leaving a restaurant because he was dreading the walk home. “I’m having skin problems for the first time in my life, and my doctor said it’s due to the extreme weather and stress.” That stress has not been helped one bit by the fact that Nussbaum’s new $8,000 boiler can’t manage to heat his home above 50 degrees when the temperature outside falls into the single digits. But believe it or not, though today and tomorrow will be cold, temperatures are expected to reach 40 this weekend and nearly 50 by the middle of next week. Q It’s about bloody time. This article was reported and written by Peter C. Mastrosimone, Christopher Barca, Michael Gannon, Anthony O’Reilly, Liz Rhoades and Cristina Schreil.
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A Common Cause of Pelvic Pain: What You Need to Know If you feel an urgent or frequent need to urinate, along with pain or discomfort coming from the bladder, you may have interstitial cystitis, also known as bladder pain syndrome or IC/BPS. Robert Moldwin, MD, FACS, and Sonia Bahlani, MD, urologists at the Arthur Smith Institute for Urology, part of North Shore-LIJ Health System, discuss what you need to know about this condition.
How can IC/BPS affect me? In mild cases, you may only have to deal with the discomfort and urinary frequency. However, moderate to severe symptoms can include the constant need to have bathroom access, limited ability to travel and lack of sleep due to the pain and constant need to urinate. Pain with sexual activity is common and often adds another dimension of misery.
Who gets IC/BPS? Anyone in any age group can get IC/BPS, but it’s usually found in people in their late 20s through their 70s. Heredity may also play a role: if your parent or sibling has IC/BPS, you are about 17 times more likely to also get the condition. What causes this condition? The etiology of IC/BPS is unclear but appears to be multifactorial. The various causes of IC/BPS may include changes in the surface lining of the bladder, nerve abnormalities of the bladder wall and autoimmune problems. The symptoms may also be related to diseases affecting other parts of the body, because 40 percent of patients have other disorders such as irritable bowel syndrome, fibromyalgia, migraine headaches and even depression.
If you or a loved one have any of these symptoms, make an appointment today by calling (516) 734-8500. For more information visit NorthShoreLIJ.com/icbps.
How is IC/BPS treated? Because every IC/BPS patient can have a different range of symptoms, our pelvic pain experts at the Smith Institute for Urology will develop a unique plan for you. Therapy generally progresses from the most conservative forms of care (dietary changes and physical therapy) to more “aggressive” management (oral medications, medications placed directly into the bladder and even surgery). Using a variety of approaches significantly improves quality of life in the vast majority of our patients.
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Are there different types of IC/BPS? Yes. About 5 to 10 percent of IC/BPS patients have inflammation (called “Hunner’s lesions”) that can be seen on the bladder surface. In most patients, the bladder wall looks perfectly normal. Further testing will make sure you don’t have signs of infection or any other obvious bladder disease.
How is IC/BPS diagnosed? A doctor will review your medical history and physical, including a urine test to rule out problems like urinary tract infection. Other tests such as cystoscopy (viewing the bladder surface with a special telescope) may be performed if abnormalities of the bladder wall are of concern.
How common is IC/BPS? We used to believe that IC/BPS was relatively rare. However, new studies suggest that the condition may affect 3 million to 8 million women, and 2 million men, in the United States.
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Petals are mountains and leaves are birds in Paul Lin’s botanical worlds by Cristina Schreil
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Like a hybrid between the artistry of collage and the craft of terrarium-making, artist Paul Lin’s ornate plant-based “paintings” combine nature and imagination to present enchanting micro-worlds. Within the more than 30 pieces Lin created — with patience, steady hands and a bit of help from Mother Earth — biological materials such as twigs, pressed petals, dehydrated leaves, corn husks, feathers and tiny dried blossoms harmonize to represent landscapes, portraits and animals. For instance: A carefully laid, Seurat-like arrangement of water droplet-sized black-and-white flowers becomes a scene of a mother panda cradling her young. In another piece, leaves, once vermilion and oily but rendered plum-colored after being pressed and dried, are cut into a family of wandering geese. And, arrangements of corn husks — or are they planks of wood? — become a pier that juts out into a murky pond, stretching toward a horizon that both is and is not there. Each work is framed behind glass and different pieces of flora pop playfully from each piece’s paper background. Lovers of intricate collages, embroidered flowers or multitextured quilts would surely see appeal in Lin’s works, which are appropriately on display at Flushing’s Queens Botanical Garden until April. Even those who aren’t big fans of collages could feel spirited away into Lin’s scenes, or at least appreciate the artist’s clear dedication to detail: layers of scallop-shaped pansy petals or dried tufts of grass, cut to appear to extend toward a horizon, trick the eye into believing there’s an entire resplendent world behind each pane of glass. The scenes feel plucked from reality. Lin, who was born in Taiwan, reared in Queens and now resides in Little Neck, gathers flora nearby, sometimes prowling by roads to hunt down the right plants. He said he owns thousands of boxes of categorized flowers. Lin noted that wildflowers are hardier and stand up to being dried, adding, if you’re “humble enough and you pay attention,” materials are easy to find. Continuedonon page continued page 39
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Preschool children’s programs: Monday Magic Learn & Play, every Mon., 3-4:30 p.m., Bay Terrace Center, 212-00 23 Ave., Bayside. Gym and Creative Exploration, every Wed., 3-4:30 p.m. Little Neck Site: 58-20 Little Neck Pkwy. $5 per family. Info: Amanda, (718) 423-6111 x242, ASmith@sfy.org.
“Ensign Sgr A*,” featuring work inspired by “Sgr A*,” which is theorized to be a supermassive black hole in the Milky Way Galaxy. Opening reception: Fri., March 6, 6-9 p.m. Thru April 10. Radiator Gallery, 10-61 Jackson Ave., Long Island City. Free. Info: (347) 677-3418, radiatorarts.com.
Friday Night Teen program sponsored by the Variety Boys and Girls Club of Queens. Every Fri., 6-7 p.m. for middle school students and 7-9 p.m. for high school students, Maurice A. Fitzgerald P.S. 199, 39-20 48 Ave., Sunnyside. $10 registration req’d. Info: (718) 728-0946, vbgcq.org.
“After Midnight: Indian Modernism to Contemporary India, 1947/1997,” chronicling the emergence of modern art following India’s 1947 independence. Opening reception: Sat., March 7, 5-7 p.m., Queens Museum, New York City Building, Flushing Meadows Corona Park. Free with suggested donation of $8 adults and children over 12, $4 seniors, students. Info: (718) 592-9700, queensmuseum.org. “Matthew Weinder’s ‘Mad Men,’” which reveals the creative process behind the AMC drama featuring large-scale sets, costumes, props and video clips, Sat., March 14 thru June 14. $12 adults, $9 seniors and students, $6 children. Info: (718) 777-6888, movingimage.us. “In Search of Arcadia,” an exhibit of Taiwanese abstract artist Jessica Pi-Hua Hsu, whose art is inspired by music, dance, meditation, nature and classical culture. Tue.-Sun., 11 a.m.-7 p.m. thru March 22. Hwang Gallery, 39-10 Main St., Suite 303, Flushing. Info: (212) 225-8400, hwanggallery.com. “Counterfeiting for Cash,” an exhibition examining notions of authorship and authenticity. Weekends, 12-6 p.m., weekdays by app’t. only thru March 21. Flux Factory, 39-31 29 St., Long Island City. Free. Info: (347) 669-1406, fluxfactory.org. “Polit-Sheer-Form!” China-based art collective tackles the question of “we” in a “me” world. Galleries 1 and 2 thru March 8 at the Queens Museum, New York City Building, Flushing Meadows Corona Park, Corona. Info: (718) 592-9700, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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The band “Das Audit” will perform music at SculptureCenter on Sat., March 7. PHOTO COURTESY SCULPTURECENTER
“The Sound of Music” by Theatre By The Bay, the community theatre group of Bay Terrace Garden Jewish Center, 13-00 209 St., Bayside, Sat., March 7, 14, 21 at 8:30 p.m. and Sun., March 8, 15, 22 at 3 p.m. Tickets: $22 adults, $20 seniors and children under 12. Info: (718) 428-6363, theatrebythebayny.com.
“Ship of Fools”: An ocean liner is making a 26-day voyage from Mexico to Germany against the backdrop of a pre-World War II Europe. Tue., March 10, 1 p.m. at the Kupferberg Holocaust Resource Center and Archives, 222-05 56 Ave., Bayside. Info: (718) 281-5770, acc.cuny.edu/khrca.
“Medusa presents: ‘Super Secret Serpent Sundays Comedy,’” a night of improv comedy and outrageousness. $5. Sun., March 8, 9:30-11 p.m., The Secret Theatre, 44-02 23 St., Long Island City. Info: (718) 392-0722, secrettheatre.com. “Through the Looking Glass,” a musical adaptation of Lewis Carroll’s novel by The Gingerbread Players of Saint Luke’s Church. Sat., March 14, 2:30, 7:30 p.m.; Sun., March 15, 22, 2:30 p.m.; Fri., March 20, 7:30 p.m.; Sat., March 21, 2:30 p.m. 85 Greenway South, Forest Hills. $12 suggested, $10 suggested for groups 6 and over. Info: (718) 268-7772, gingerbreadplayers.org.
Abstract artist William Mastrogiulio, paintings explore harmony and dissonance, on display until March 22. Austin Ale House, 82-70 Austin St., Kew Gardens. Free. Info: Vikki Jensen, (908) 578-5005, email@example.com.
Fred Hersch Trio, will perform jazz Fri., March 6, 7:30 p.m., Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd. Free with online RSVP. Info: (718) 463-7700 ext. 222, flushingtownhall.org.
“Literary Devices,” a collection of literaryinspired sculpture, paintings and more by more than 30 artists. Fisher Landau Center for Art, 38-27 30 St., Long Island City, thru March 15. Free. Info: (718) 937-0727, flcart.org.
Das Audit, instrumental ensemble, will perform new compositions, Sat., March 7, 4-5 p.m., at SculptureCenter, 44-19 Purves St., Long Island City. $5 suggested donation. Info: (718) 361-1750, sculpture-center.org.
“Art in the Garden—Paul Lin: Botanical Therapeutic Art.” Paul Lin transforms natural materials such as petals, feathers, twigs and leaves into stunning landscapes and portraits. Queens Botanical Garden, 43-50 Main St., Flushing, until April 12. Info: (718) 886-3800, queensbotanical.org.
Susan McKeown live in concert, where the singer-songwriter will perform award-winning songs, Sat., March 7, 8:30 p.m. Doors open 7:30 p.m. $25 regular, $17 seniors, students, unemployed. New York Irish Center, 10-40 Jackson Ave., Long Island City. Info: (718) 482-0909, nyirish.org.
7th annual Reelabilities Film Festival, by the Central Queens YM & YWHA, featuring award-winning international films by and about people with disabilities. Thurs., March 12-Mon., March 16, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., 67-09 108 St., Forest Hills. $8 suggested donation. Info: (718) 268-5011, ext. 151, cqy.org/reel.
AUDITIONS The Melodians, a group of seniors who entertain at senior homes, rehabs, hospitals and veterans’ associations in the Forest Hills and Rego Park area, is holding auditions, Mon., March 16, 23, 30, 1-3 p.m., The Selfhelp Austin Street Senior Center, 106-06 Queens Blvd., Forest Hills. Info: Tenia (718) 592-0178, David (718) 275-0244.
KIDS/TEENS “Hands-on History: You’ve Got Mail!” families can write letters with a quill and ink and learn about how a dog helped 19th-century postal workers, Sat., March 14, noon-3 p.m. Free. King Manor Museum, 150-30 Jamaica Ave., Jamaica. Info: (718) 206-0545, kingmanor.org Kids Story and Craft afternoon, every Monday, 3:30 p.m., thru March 30. Toddler Time, weekly story time for toddlers with picture books, songs, laughter and learning. Repeats every week on Wed. and Fri. noon, thru Wed., March 25, Auburndale Library, 25-55 Francis Lewis Blvd., Flushing. Info: Marguerita Rowland-Chao, (718) 352-2027, Marguerita.Rowland-Chao@queenslibrary.org.
Free art classes: Latin American Cultural Center of Queens at ARROW Community Center, ages 8-16, 35-30 35 St., Astoria, every Tue. & Thurs., 4:30-6 p.m. and Sat., 10-11:30 a.m. Info: (718) 261-7664, firstname.lastname@example.org.
COMMUNITY Taste of the World Food Festival and Fundraiser, a culinary afternoon showcasing area restaurants benefiting the church. Sun., March 8, 2:30-5 p.m., Our Lady Queen of Martyrs Parish, 72-55 Austin St., Forest Hills. $20 in advance, $25 at the door. Info: Karen Brogno, (718) 268-6251, email@example.com. Empire Casino trip: St. Josaphat’s Leisure Club, Wed., March 11, bus leaves parking lot 9:30 a.m. $25. Info: Joy (917) 921-7631. Shabbat Across America, part of a nationwide program wherein people gather in synagogues to celebrate Shabbat. Fri., March 13, 7 p.m., Havurat Yisrael, 68-60 Austin St., Forest Hills. $10 for newcomers. Info: (718) 261-5500 or email firstname.lastname@example.org by March 11. Free prostate screening, hosted by state Sen. Joe Addabbo Jr. and the Integrated Medical Foundation, open to males age 40 and over who have not previously had prostate cancer. Sat., March 14, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Addabbo’s district office, 15955 102 St., Howard Beach. Info: Frank Fazio, (718) 738-1111. Saturday night dances, Italian Charities of America, 83-20 Queens Blvd., Elmhurst, Sat., March 15, 29; 8 p.m.-12 a.m. Call: (718) 478-3100. Free immigration services. First and third Wed. of each month, City Councilmember Elizabeth Crowley’s district office, 71-19 80 St., Glendale. Make appt. for help with naturalization and deferred action for childhood arrivals. All services are confidential and open to the public. Info: (718) 366-3900. Free lung cancer screenings, Forest Hills Hospital, Weds., 10 a.m.-1 p.m., 102-01 66 Road. Scan takes about five minutes and uses low-dose radiation. App’t req’d. Info: (855) 375-5864. continued on page 00 40
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Queens theaters ready for the spring season by Mark Lord qboro contributor
The warm lights of Queens stages gearing up for the spring theater season are turning on just in time for audiences to thaw after a long winter’s spell. Devotees of musicals, in particular, will have much to revel in, with half a dozen opening in the next few weeks. Already up and running is Jack Heifner’s comedy, “Vanities,” one of the season’s few straight plays. Bittersweet in tone, the play chronicles three young Texas cheerleaders who go their separate ways, reuniting briefly years later to find they have little in common. Bill Logan directs the cast, featuring Alison Kondel, Nili Resnick and Lauren Snyder. Remaining performances by the Parkside Players are at Grace Lutheran Church (10315 Union Tpke. in Forest Hills) on March 6 and 7 at 8 p.m. Tickets are $17 and $15 for seniors. Call (718) 353-7388. Another straight play making its way to the local scene, this one at Douglaston Community Theatre, is “The Dining Room,” a comedy of manners by A.R. Gurney. The piece is set in the play’s namesake, where scenes from different households intertwine.
Two of the Gingerbread Players, left, gear up for “Through the Looking Glass” and the cast of “The Sound of Music” poses. PHOTOS COURTESY THE GINGERBREAD PLAYERS OF ST. LUKE’S CHURCH; THEATRE BY THE BAY
Linda Hanson directs a cast that includes Sharon Levine, Adrienne Noroian, Patricia Damon, Dan Bubbeo and Michael Wolf. Each actor plays multiple characters, ranging from those in early childhood to old age. Performances at Zion Church Parish Hall (Church Street, one block north of Northern Blvd. and two blocks east of Douglaston Parkway in Douglaston) are on April 24 and 25 at 8 p.m., April 26 at 2 p.m., May 1, 2, 8 and 9 at 8 p.m. and May 2 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $17 and $15 for seniors and
students. Call (718) 482-3332. Two musicals, representing two different generations, are scheduled to open on March 7. Rodgers and Hammerstein’s classic “The Sound of Music” arrives at Bay Terrace Garden Jewish Center as the famed film version celebrates its 50th anniversary. Theatre By The Bay veteran Lawrence Bloom, in his farewell directorial effort with the group, has gathered a cast of familiar faces for the leading roles: Amanda Braverman takes on the iconic Maria, who has a
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habit of singing in the abbey; Eli Koenig is the strict Captain; John Canning plays sly Uncle Max; Lila Edelkind is the wealthy Elsa; and Andria Amarosa reprises one of her best-known roles as Mother Abbess. Also in the cast is Steve Stromberg, who, as a child, understudied one of the von Trapp children in the original Broadway production. Musical direction is by Alan Baboff. Chery Manniello provides the choreography. Performances take place at 13-00 209 St. in Bayside on March 7, 14 and 21 at 8:30 p.m. and March 8, 15 and 22 at 3 p.m. Tickets are $22 and $20 for seniors 62 and over and children under 12. Call (718) 428-6363. A more recent musical creation, “Legally Blonde,” is brought to life by Marathon Little Theatre Group. Based on the novel and film of the same name, the show follows sorority girl Elle Woods (Brittany Juilfs) as she enrolls at Harvard Law School to win back her exboyfriend, Warner (Nic Anthony Calabro). To everyone’s surprise, she defies expectations, while remaining true to herself. Other lead roles are played by Austin Auriemma, Kristen Martine and Gene Ferrari. continued on page 00 continued 41
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In a colorful Rego Park basement, some seniors are embracing their retro sides. A free weekly class teaching the principles of drawing â&#x20AC;&#x201D; while aiming for each participant to ultimately take home a handpainted narrative comic book â&#x20AC;&#x201D; has just begun at the Rego Park Senior Center. Mollie Hosmer-Dillard, with the Queens Council on the Arts, said the class is not only a fun outlet, but a bridge to a new way of seeing. â&#x20AC;&#x153;People are really aware of wanting to keep their cognitive abilities up and theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re so into the hand-eye coordination,â&#x20AC;? Hosmer-Dillard, a narrative painter by trade, said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The kind of thinking that it forces you to do, too, theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re super aware of that and they love it.â&#x20AC;? In the second session last Monday, she led six students in a series of drawing exercises meant to steer them toward drawing what they see, as opposed to what they think they should depict. She said she plans to incorporate painting with acrylics and brainstorming story ideas into the curriculum. New students are welcome any time. She placed a metal chair atop a table and told students to only draw the space around the chair to ironically depict the chair itself. Last week, students tackled a assignment wherein they drew something that was upside down, which forced them to concentrate and think with a different part of the brain. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve never done this kind of work,â&#x20AC;?
said student Regina Levenson, a Rego Park resident who is enrolled in painting classes outside of the center. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s different.â&#x20AC;? The class takes place in a room festooned with painted birds, butterflies and colorful foliage of three seasons (winter can stay outside); Irina Sarkisova, the director of the senior center, said the radiant murals were donated by artists and boost seniorsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; spirits. â&#x20AC;&#x153;People are interested, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s different,â&#x20AC;? said Sarkisova of the comic book class. She added that itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s fulfilling for the seniors to create with their hands and that many were excited for the class. Donald Preven, who lives nearby, said he used to read comic books, such as Popeye, as a child. In between speaking, he sketched an ornate chair based on a printed illustration provided by Hosmer-Dillard. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m here to learn how to draw,â&#x20AC;? Q Preven said.
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While the act of assembling his pieces is Lin, an ordained minister, said the prac- an apparent meditation in and of itself — tice of arranging these verdant micro- Lin said the work is a “negotiation” worlds is therapeutic for people young and between art and craft — viewing them is old; in 2005, he connected with a support just as soothing. Lin harnesses artistic group for cancer patients and soon after, techniques to create a hypnotizing degree of depth. In one with a chapter of p i e ce, a wo o den the American Canpath snakes up a cer Society. mountain, growing He’s conducting skinnier and more a series of botanical When: Through April 12, distant, giving the therapeutic art Tues.-Sun., impression the workshops at the 8 a.m.-4 p.m.; mountain towers in Gardens, wherein the distance. In after March 31, participants can try a not her, a n orc a their hand at the 8 a.m.-6 p.m. leaps from a cyclone meditative art form. Where: Queens Botanical Garden, of seafoam, seemLin said ideas on 43-50 Main St., Flushing ingly stretching out what to craft often Entry: Free; queensbotanical.org toward the viewer. hit him in the middle A downside of of the night, like an the exhibit, howevelectric volt of inspiration. He sketches what he envisions and er, is its location. The pieces are lined up then thinks about the components, first on two facing walls in a hallway off to the turning to his vast collection before gather- side of the Garden’s gift shop, which is ing new ingredients if needed. If the flower used as a throughway for staff and visior herb he wants is not in season, he waits tors. Lin’s works deserve a larger, more secluded space. for months for the right plant to emerge.
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Irish Derby day at the races, sponsored by St. Josephat’s RC Church, Thurs., March 19, 1 p.m., in the parish hall, 34-32 210 St., Bayside. Doors open at noon. $5. Reservation: Call Joy, (917) 921-7631.
AARP: Open to the general public. Chapter 1405, Flushing, Bowne Street Community Church, 143-11 Roosevelt Ave., 1st and 3rd Mon. each month, 1 p.m; Chapter 2889, Maspeth, American Legion Hall, 66-28 Grand Ave., meets 1st and 3rd Wed. each month, noon; contact: (718) 672-9890; Chapter 4163, Ozone Park, Christ Lutheran Community Center, 85-15 101 Ave., meets last Tue. each month, noon.
Turkish cooking class, Thurs., March 5, 6:30 p.m., Alley Pond Environmental Center, 228-06 Northern Blvd., Douglaston, $20 pp, pre-reg. req’d. Contact: (718) 229-4000, alleypond.com.
Circuit training exercise class using gym equipment and weights to train and develop the whole body. Doctor’s letter required. Advanced registration required, limited space. Tues. and Thurs., 10:30 a.m., Pomonok Senior Center, 67-09 Kissena Blvd., Flushing. Info: (718) 591-3377.
Master class on the Irish National Anthem, Fri., March 6, 6 p.m., New York Irish Center, 10-40 Jackson Ave., Long Island City. Info: (718) 4820909, newyorkirishcenter.org. Stretch class for pain sufferers using yoga to relieve arthritis pain and muscle tightness. Participants should bring a yoga mat, towel and bottle of water. Mon., March 9, 16, 23, 10-11 a.m., Queens Library Broadway, 40-20 Broadway, Long Island City. Info: queenslibrary.org.
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Ballroom dancing lessons by instructor Jing Chen. Beginner to advanced, Forest Hills Library, 108-19 71 Ave., 6:30-7:30 p.m., every Monday. Free. Info: (718) 268-7934, queenslibrary.org/events. Watercolor classes, National Art League, 44-21 Douglaston Pkwy., Douglaston, Wed., 9:30 a.m.12:30 p.m. All techniques, beginner to advanced. Call: (718) 969-1128.
We’re excited to welcome back Pat LaFontaine on Tuesday, March 24th, for one ﬁnal salute at the Coliseum.
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Ridgewood Democratic Club, includes a screening of the documentary “Geraldine Ferraro: Paving the Way.” Fri., March 6, 7 p.m., 60-70 Putnam Ave. Info: David Aglialoro, (917) 574-7867.
Overeaters Anonymous meets weekly for weight loss and other issues. Info: oa.org. Long Island Consultation Center, 97-29 64 Road, Rego Park, Sun., 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Call: (718) 937-0163. Rego Park Library, 91-41 63 Drive, Thurs., 12:15-1:40 p.m. Call: (718) 459-5140. Holy Child Jesus Outreach Center, 112-06 86 Ave., Richmond Hill, Tue., 7:30-9 p.m. Call: (718) 564-7027.
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Spring preview continued from page page 00 37 continued from Barbara Auriemma directs. Musical direction is by Rhea Larkin. Jenifer Badamo handles the choreography. Performances at Marathon Jewish Center (245-37 60 Ave. in Douglaston) are on March 7, 14 and 21 at 8:30 and March 8, 15 and 22 at 3 p.m. Tickets are $20 and $18 for seniors and children under 13. Call (718) 229-4644. An original musical adaptation of Lewis Carroll’s “Through the Looking Glass,” featuring a script by Louise Guinther and music by William Ryden, is staged by The Gingerbread Players for the first time since the group’s world premiere production in 1999. Familiar characters are Alice (Jillian Smith), Humpty-Dumpty (Jim Chamberlain), the Red Queen (Terri Matassov) and Carroll himself (David Friedman). Direction is by Jean Tessier, musical direction by Ivy Adrian, while Lisa Bondi heads the team of choreographers. Performances at St. Luke’s Church (85 Greenway South in Forest Hills) are on March 14 and 20 at 7:30 p.m. and March 14, 15, 21 and 22 at 2:30 p.m. Donation is $12 and $10 for groups of six or more. Call (718) 268-7772. A murder mystery musical comedy farce, “Lucky Stiff,” by the honored team of Lynn
Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty, opens on April 17 at Maggie’s Little Theater. The hilariously convoluted story focuses on a shy salesman who could inherit a huge sum of money if he can take his uncle on holiday. One problem: His uncle’s no longer among the living. Tom Williams directs. Musical direction is by Paul Johnson. Choreography is by Whitney Stone. Performances at St. Margaret Parish Hall (66-05 79 Place in Middle Village) are on April 17 and 18 at 8 p.m., April 18 at 2 p.m. and April 19 at 2:30 p.m. Tickets are $18 and $15 seniors; $12 children 11 and under. Call (917) 579-5389. Q
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Notice of Qualification of 88 CITY DEVELOPMENT HOLDINGS, LLC Appl. for Auth. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 02/12/15. Office location: Queens County. LLC formed in Delaware (DE) on 02/04/15. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to c/o Corporation Service Co. (CSC), 80 State St., Albany, NY 122072543. DE addr. of LLC: c/o CSC, 2711 Centerville Rd., Ste. 400, Wilmington, DE 19808. Cert. of Form. filed with DE Secy. of State, Div. of Corps., John G. Townsend Bldg., 401 Federal St., Ste. 4, Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: Any lawful activity
Notice of Formation of D.O.D. UNLIMITED LLC Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 02/06/15. Office location: Queens County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to c/o Ingram Yuzek Gainen Carroll Bertolotti LLP, 250 Park Ave., 6th Fl., NY, NY 10177. Purpose: Any lawful activity.
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1656 STEPHEN ST. LLC, a domestic LLC, filed with the SSNY on 12/2/14. Office location: Queens County. SSNY is designated as agent upon whom process against the LLC may be served. SSNY shall mail process to Eaton & Van Winkle LLP, Attn: Robert N. Swetnick, Esq., 3 Park Ave., 16th Fl., NY, NY 10016. General Purposes. 420 CLINTON STREET LLC. Art. of Org. filed with the SSNY on 01/13/15. Office: Queens County. SSNY designated as agent of the LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to the LLC, c/o Joseph Mattone, Esq., Mattone Mattone Mattone LLP, 134-01 20th Avenue, College Point, NY 11356. Purpose: Any lawful purpose.
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SQ page 46 STATE OF SOUTH CAROLINA, IN THE COURT OF COMMON PLEAS, FOR THE FIFTEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT, COUNTY OF HORRY, Civil Action Numbers: 2014-CP-26-07922, Westwind Homeowner’s Association of Myrtle Beach, Inc., Plaintiff, vs. Marcus Hanouna, Defendant SUMMONS TO: THE DEFENDANT ABOVE-NAMED: YOU ARE HEREBY SUMMONED and required to answer the Complaint in this action, of which a copy is herewith served upon you, and to serve a copy of your answer to the said Complaint on the subscribers at their office at 1271 Glenns Bay Road (physical address only), P.O. Box 14737 (mailing address), Surfside Beach, South Carolina 29587, and to file your answer in the office of the Clerk of Court for Horry County, all within thirty (30) days after the service hereof; exclusive of the day of such service; except that the United States of America, if named, shall have sixty (60) days to answer after the service hereof, exclusive of such service; and if you fail to answer the Complaint within the time aforesaid, the Plaintiff in this action will apply to the Court for judgment by default for the relief demanded in the Complaint and a judgment will be rendered against you. YOU WILL ALSO TAKE NOTICE that the Plaintiff in this Action will move for an Order of Reference or that the Court may issue a general order of reference of this action to a Master-in-Equity/Special Referee, pursuant to Rule 53, of the South Carolina Rules of Civil Procedure. LIS PENDENS NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that an action has been commenced and is now pending in this court upon Complaint of the above-named Plaintiff against the above-named Defendant for Foreclosure of an Assessment Lien recorded in the Office of the Clerk of Court for Horry County at Lien Book 226 at Page 209. The premises covered and affected by the Assessment Lien were at the time of the making thereof, and at the time of the filing of this Notice, described as follows: ALL AND SINGULAR, that certain Unit known as Unit #901 of “WESTWIND HORIZONTAL PROPERTY REGIME”, as shown on the Plat prepared by Terry M. Watson, R.L.S., dated July 26, 1985, and filed in the Office of the Clerk of Court for Horry County, South Carolina, in Condominium Plat Book B at Page 460, reference to which is made as forming a part and parcel of this description. SUBJECT, however, to all of the provisions of the Master Deed, dated February 17, 1984, and filed in the Office of the Clerk of Court for Horry County, South Carolina, in Deed Book 875 at Pages 220-263, and any and all supplements thereto. TOGETHER with all appurtenances thereto according to said Master Deed, and the Grantee assumes obligations under said Master Deed including, but not limited to, the payment of assessments for the maintenance and operation of the Unit and common elements, AND SUBJECT to the provisions of the By-Laws of the WESTWIND HOMEOWNER’S ASSOCIATION OF MYRTLE BEACH, INC., and to all other reservations and restrictions of record, easements and rights of way of record, including those as set out in the aforesaid plat. This being the identical property conveyed unto Marcus Hanouna from Norma P. Hauser by deed dated December 19, 2000 and recorded December 20, 2000 in Deed Book 2328 at Page 619, records for Horry County, South Carolina. TMS #: 181-13-25-065, PROPERTY ADDRESS: 1301 Pridgen Rd., Unit 901, Myrtle Beach, SC 29577, MOORE, JOHNSON & SARANITI LAW FIRM, P.A., Elizabeth J. Saraniti (SC Bar #: 16150), Attorneys for the Plaintiff, P.O. Box 14737, Surfside Beach, SC 29587, (843) 650-9757 (843) 650-9747 fax
NOTICE OF FORMATION OF LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY. NAME: IDA DESIGN LLC. Articles of Organization were filed with the Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 01/02/2015. Office location: Queens County. SSNY has been designated as agent of the LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail a copy of process to IDA DESIGN LLC, 29-09 137TH STREET, 1G, FLUSHING, NY 11354. Purpose: For any lawful purpose.
LUCKY ARNOLD LLC, a domestic LLC, filed with the SSNY on 1/14/15. Office location: Queens County. SSNY is designated as agent upon whom process against the LLC may be served. SSNY shall mail process to De Sena & De Sena, 9611 101st Ave., Ozone Park, NY 114162521. General Purposes.
Notice of Formation of Kayam Cab LLC. Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 1/20/15. Office location: Queens County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: Aharon Kayam, 67-48 198th Street, Flushing, NY 11365. Purpose: any lawful activity.
MARIC 1867 LLC Articles of Org. filed NY Sec. of State (SSNY) 12/4/14. Office in Queens Co. SSNY design. Agent of LLC upon whom process may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to The LLC 19-53 46th St. Astoria, NY 11105. Purpose: Any lawful activity.
STATE OF NEW YORK SUPREME COURT COUNTY OF QUEENS THE BANK OF NEW YORK MELLON FKA THE BANK OF NEW YORK, AS TRUSTEE FOR THE CERTIFICATEHOLDERS OF CWABS, INC., ASSETBACKED CERTIFICATES, SERIES 2007-4, Plaintiff, vs. any unknown heirs to the Estate of JAMES FEARON, next of kin, devisees, legatees, distributees, grantees, assignees, creditors, lienors, trustees, executors, administrators or successors in interest, as well as the respective heirs at law, next of kin, devisees, legatees, distributees, grantees, assignees, lienors, trustees, executors, administrators or successors in interest of the aforesaid classes of persons, if they or any of them be dead, all of whom and whose names and places of residence are unknown to the plaintiff; Defendants. Filed: 2/4/15 Index No.: 18457/11 SUPPLEMENTAL SUMMONS AND NOTICE Mortgaged Premises: 194-17 116th Road Saint Albans, (City of New York) NY, 11412 TO THE ABOVE NAMED DEFENDANTS YOU ARE HEREBY SUMMONED to answer the Complaint in the above entitled action and to serve a copy of your Answer on Plaintiff’s attorney within twenty (20) days after the service of this Summons, exclusive of the day of service, or within thirty (30) days after completion of service where service is made in any other manner than by personal delivery within the State. The United States of America, if designated as a Defendant in this action, may answer or appear within sixty (60) days of service hereof. In case of your failure to appear or answer, judgment will be taken against you by default for the relief demanded in the Complaint. NOTICE OF NATURE OF ACTION AND RELIEF SOUGHT THE OBJECT of the above captioned action is for the foreclosure of: Mortgage bearing the date of April 7, 2007, executed by James Fearon to Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems, Inc., acting solely as nominee for Countrywide Home Loans, Inc. to secure the sum of $441,000.00, and interest, and recorded in the Office of the Clerk of Queens County on April 30, 2007 in CRFN: 2007000223202. That Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems, Inc., acting solely as nominee for Countrywide Home Loans, Inc. duly assigned said Note and Mortgage to THE BANK OF NEW YORK MELLON FKA THE BANK OF NEW YORK, AS TRUSTEE FOR THE CERTIFICATEHOLDERS OF CWABS, INC., ASSET-BACKED CERTIFICATES, SERIES 2007-4 by Assignment dated July 1, 2011 and recorded on September 13, 2011 in the Office of the Clerk of Queens County in CRFN 2011000324558. The relief sought in the within action is a final judgment directing the sale of the Mortgaged Premises described above to satisfy the debt secured by the Mortgage described above. Plaintiff designates Queens County as the place of trial. The basis of venue is the County in which the Mortgaged Premises is situated. Block: 11065 Lot: 58 DATED: January 29, 2015 Rochester, New York 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. DAVIDSON FINK LLP Attorneys for Plaintiff 28 East Main Street, Suite 1700 Rochester, New York 14614 Tel: (585) 760-8218 WE ARE ATTEMPTING TO COLLECT A DEBT. ANY INFORMATION OBTAINED WILL BE USED FOR THAT PURPOSE. SCHEDULE A: LEGAL DESCRIPTION ALL that certain plot, piece or parcel of land, with the buildings and improvements thereon erected, situate, lying and being in the County of Queens, City and State of New York known and designated as Lot 26 and 27 in Block 19 on map entitled, “Map of property at Hollis 4th ward, Borough of Queens, New York City surveyed and drawn November 1907, by Thompkins and Lenter, surveyor and Engineer and filed in the Office of the Clerk of the County of Queens on May 29, 1912 as Map # 892 (New Map# 1775) more particularly bounded and described as follows: Beginning at a point on the northerly side of 116th Road, Distant 160 feet easterly from the corner formed by the intersection of the northerly side of 116th Road and the easterly side of 194th Street; Running Thence northerly parallel with 194th Street 100 feet; Thence easterly parallel with 116th Road 40 feet; Thence southerly again parallel with 194th Street 100 feet to the northerly side of 116th Road; Thence westerly along the northerly side of 116th Road 40 feet to the point or place of BEGINNING.
STATE OF SOUTH CAROLINA, IN THE COURT OF COMMON PLEAS, FOR THE FIFTEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT, COUNTY OF HORRY, Civil Action Numbers: 2014-CP-26-08037, Westwind Homeowner’s Association of Myrtle Beach, Inc., Plaintiff, vs. Mortiz Chanuna and Nationstar Mortgage, LLC, Defendants SUMMONS TO: THE DEFENDANTS ABOVE-NAMED: YOU ARE HEREBY SUMMONED and required to answer the Complaint in this action, of which a copy is herewith served upon you, and to serve a copy of your answer to the said Complaint on the subscribers at their office at 1271 Glenns Bay Road (physical address only), P.O. Box 14737 (mailing address), Surfside Beach, South Carolina 29587, and to file your answer in the office of the Clerk of Court for Horry County, all within thirty (30) days after the service hereof; exclusive of the day of such service; except that the United States of America, if named, shall have sixty (60) days to answer after the service hereof, exclusive of such service; and if you fail to answer the Complaint within the time aforesaid, the Plaintiff in this action will apply to the Court for judgment by default for the relief demanded in the Complaint and a judgment will be rendered against you. YOU WILL ALSO TAKE NOTICE that the Plaintiff in this Action will move for an Order of Reference or that the Court may issue a general order of reference of this action to a Master-in-Equity/Special Referee, pursuant to Rule 53, of the South Carolina Rules of Civil Procedure. LIS PENDENS NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that an action has been commenced and is now pending in this court upon Complaint of the above-named Plaintiff against the above-named Defendants for Foreclosure of an Assessment Lien recorded in the Office of the Clerk of Court for Horry County at Lien Book 226 at Page 182. The premises covered and affected by the Assessment Lien were at the time of the making thereof, and at the time of the filing of this Notice, described as follows: All and singular, that certain Unit known as Unit 1406 of “Westwind Horizontal Property Regime”, as shown on the Plat prepared by Terry M. Watson, R.L.S., dated July 26, 1985, and filed in the Office of the Clerk of Court for Horry County, South Carolina, in Condominium Plat Book B at Page 460, reference to which is made as forming a part and parcel of this description. Subject, however, to all of the provisions of the Master Deed, dated February 17, 1984, and filed in the Office of the Clerk of Court for Horry County, South Carolina, in Deed Book 875 at Pages 220-263, and any and all supplements thereto. Together with all appurtenances thereto according to said Master Deed, and the Grantee assumes obligations under said Master Deed including, but not limited to, the payment of the assessment for the maintenance and operation of the unit and common elements, and subject to the provisions of the By-Laws of the Westwind Homeowner’s Association of Myrtle Beach, Inc. and to all other reservations and restrictions of record, easements and rights of way of record, including those as set out in the aforesaid map. This being the identical property conveyed unto Moritz Chanuna from Marcus Hanouna by deed dated April 18, 2005 and recorded April 22, 2005 in Deed Book 2898 at Page 512, records for Horry County, South Carolina. TMS #: 181-13-25-110 PROPERTY ADDRESS: 1301 Pridgen Rd., Unit 1406, Myrtle Beach, SC 29577, MOORE, JOHNSON & SARANITI LAW FIRM, P.A., Elizabeth J. Saraniti (SC Bar #: 16150), Attorneys for the Plaintiff, P.O. Box 14737, Surfside Beach, SC 29587, (843) 650-9757 (843) 650-9747 fax
MINTO JONES 32ND AVENUE LLC, a domestic LLC, filed with the SSNY on 1/1/15. Office location: Queens County. SSNY is designated as agent upon whom process against the LLC may be served. SSNY shall mail process to Earlyn Jones, 6659 Knottwood Ct., Baltimore, MD 21214. General Purposes.
Notice of Qual. of Sun and Fun Florida Condo Rentals LLP, Auth. filed Sec’y of State (SSNY) on 11/10/14. Office loc: Queens County. LLP org. in NV 6/23/14. SSNY desig. as agent of LLP upon whom proc. against it may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of proc. to c/o Hart & Assoc., 31-01 Vernon Blvd., Astoria, NY 11106. NV office addr.: 1445 American Pacific Dr., Henderson, NV 89074. Cert. of LP on file: SSNV, 202 N. Carson St., Carson City, NV 89701. Purp: any lawful activities.
Notice of Qual. of Cadre Astoria 21-81 38th LLC, Auth. filed Sec’y of State (SSNY) on 1/6/15. Office loc: Queens County. LLC org. in DE 1/5/15. SSNY desig. as agent of LLC upon whom proc. against it may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of proc. to 666 Fifth Ave., 15th Fl., NY, NY 10103. Reg. Agt. upon whom proc. may be served is NRAI, 111 Eighth Ave., NY, NY 10011. DE office addr.: 160 Greentree Dr., Ste. 101, Dover, DE 19904. Cert. of Form. on file: SSDE, Townsend Bldg., Dover, DE 19901. Purp: any lawful activities.
NOTICE OF FORMATION OF LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY. NAME: NURATIK, LLC. Articles of Organization were filed with the Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 11/06/2014. Office location: Queens County. SSNY has been designated as agent of the LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail a copy of process to C/O UNITED STATES CORPORATION AGENTS, INC., 7014 13TH AVENUE, SUITE 202, BROOKLYN, NY 11228. Purpose: For any lawful purpose.
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Notice of Formation of NYCBCH, LLC, Art. of Org. filed with Sec’y of State (SSNY) on 11/7/14. Office location: Queens County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to Michael Lagudis, 44-20 Francis Lewis Blvd., Flushing, NY 11358. Purpose: any lawful activities.
QLAB SOLUTIONS, LLC Articles of Org. filed NY Sec. of State (SSNY) 12/16/14. Office in Queens Co. SSNY design. Agent of LLC upon whom process may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to C/O Libo Qiu 42-18 162nd St 2nd Fl Flushing, NY 11358. Purpose: Any lawful activity.
NOTICE OF FORMATION OF LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY. NAME: SELL BY CODE PROPERTIES, LLC. Articles of Organization were filed with the Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 08/08/14. Office location: Queens County. SSNY has been designated as agent of the LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail a copy of process to CHRISTIAN GONZALEZ, 87-09 34TH AVENUE, SUITE 4D, JACKSON HEIGHTS, NY 11372. Purpose: For any lawful purpose.
NOTICE OF FORMATION OF LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY. NAME: POLITAN GROUP, LLC. Articles of Organization were filed with the Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 01/05/2015. Office location: New York County. SSNY has been designated as agent of the LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail a copy of process to WANTING FENG, 21528 47TH AVE., #2A, BAYSIDE, NY 11361. Purpose: For any lawful purpose.
RIVER BING LLC Articles of Org. filed NY Sec. of State (SSNY) 9/30/14. Office in Queens Co. SSNY design. Agent of LLC upon whom process may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to the Registered Agent: Incorp Services, Inc. 99 Washington Ave, Ste. 805-A Albany, NY 12210. Purpose: Any lawful activity.
SHIMBO II LLC Articles of Org. Filed NY Sec. of State (SSNY) on Dec. 11, 2014. Office in Queens Co. SSNY Desig Agent of LLC upon whom process may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to 39-07 Prince Street, Ste 5D, Flushing, NY 11354. Purpose: Any lawful purpose or activity.
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FAMILY COURT OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, COUNTY OF SUFFOLK In the matter of Giancarlo Neilson (DOB: 9/9/2006) File#: 112608, Docket #: B-09773-14 SUMMONS (Publication) A child subject of a Termination of Parental Rights Proceeding IN THE NAME OF THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK: To: Joel Neilson 82-46 135th St., Kew Gardens, NY 11435 A petition under Article 6 of the Family Court Act having been filed with this Court requesting the following relief: Termination of Parental Rights; YOU ARE HEREBY SUMMONED to appear before this court on Date/Time: April 27, 2015 at 9:00am Purpose: Conf Part: 8 Central Islip Floor/Room: Floor 2/Room F24 Presiding: Hon. Caren Loguercio Location: Suffolk County Family Court 400 Carelton Avenue Central Islip, NY 11722-9076 to answer the petition and to be dealt with in accordance with Article 6 of the Family Court Act On your failure to appear as herein directed, a warrant may be issued for your arrest. Upon your failure to appear, all of your parental rights may be termintated and your failure to appear shall further constitute a denial of your interest in the child who is the subject of this proceeding, which denial may result, without further notice, in the transfer or commitment of the child’s care, custody or guardianship or in the child’s adoption in this or any subsequent proceeding in which such care, custody or guardianship or adoption may be at issue. Dated: February 26, 2015 Theresa Matyszczyk, Clerk of the Court TO THE ABOVE-NAMED RESPONDENT: The foregoing summons is served upon you by publication pursuant to an Order of the Hon. Caren Loguercio of the Family Court, Suffolk County, dated and filed with the petition and other papers in the Office of the Clerk of the Family Court, Suffolk County. F.C.A. § § 617, CPLR 315, 316
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ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE At IAS Part 15, of the Supreme Court of the State of New York, held in and for the County of Queens, at the Courthouse thereof, located at 88-11 Sutphin Blvd. Jamaica, New York, on the 24th day of February, 2015. PRESENT: HON. JANICE A. TAYLOR. NYCTL 2013-A TRUST, and THE BANK OF NEW YORK MELLON as Collateral Agent and Custodian for the NYCTL 2013-A Trust, Plaintiffs, against, LLOYD BRATHWAITE, et al., Defendants. Index No.: 10795/14. Upon the Summons and Complaint heretofore filed herein, the Notice of Pendency filed herein in the Office of the Clerk of the County of Queens on July 17, 2014, the annexed Affirmation of Amy E. Korn, Esq., dated January 20, 2015, and upon all the papers and proceedings heretofore had herein, LET the defendants show cause at I.A.S. The Centralized Motion Part, Room 25 of this Court to be held at the Courthouse thereof, located at 88-11 Sutphin Blvd, Jamaica, New York, on the 30th day of April, 2015, at 2:15 o’clock in the Afternoon of that day, or as soon thereafter as counsel can be heard, why an order should not be entered granting the following relief: (i) pursuant to CPLR §1001(a), granting leave to add defendant Estate of Lloyd Brathwaite; (ii) pursuant to CPLR §1015 and CPLR §1021 (which is made applicable to a tax lien foreclosure action in accordance with §11-335 of the Administrative Code and Charter of New York City), an order appointing a Temporary Administrator for the Estate of Lloyd Brathwaite and extending the time to serve said Estate; and (iii) excising from the caption defendants Lloyd Brathwaite and Evelyn Brathwaite, and discontinuing the action as against them, all without prejudice to any of the proceedings heretofore; (iv) such further relief as this Court may deem just and proper in these circumstances. SUFFICIENT REASON APPEARING THEREFORE, let service of a copy of this Order to Show Cause via overnight mail delivery, together with the papers upon which it was based, upon the defendants and/or their attorneys, and upon counsel for the Queens Public Administrator Pair who are entitled to receive notice thereof, on or before the 6th day of March, 2015 be deemed good and sufficient service; LET service of the Order to Show Cause upon defendant Estate of Lloyd Brathwaite; be made by publication of the Order to Show Cause pursuant to CPLR 316 once a week for four(4) consecutive weeks in the Weekly Gleaner newspaper(s), at least one in the English language, hereby designated as most likely to give notice to the defendants and any heirs of the Estate, published in the County of Queens, State of New York, and in the Queens Chronicle, published in the County of Queens, State of New York, each to be published once a week for four (4) consecutive weeks along with a description of the property and all supporting papers. ENTER HON. JANICE A. TAYLOR filed on February 26th, 2015. Property is known as Block 16049 Lot 30 on the Tax Map of Queens County and is also known as No# Beach 69th Street, Far Rockaway, New York.
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Former Knicks baller Anthony Mason dies A public viewing for the Queens native will be held today in Jamaica by Christopher Barca Associate Editor
Not many people can say the Beastie Boys rapped about them. But then again, not many people had the style to get their “hair cut correct” like Anthony Mason. The Springfield Gardens native who was beloved in New York during his five-year tenure with the Knicks in the mid-1990s died last Saturday morning of congestive heart failure. He was 48 years old. The 250-pound power forward’s bruising and aggressive style of play made him a permanent fan favorite among Knicks supporters, and Mason’s family announced on Tuesday that a public viewing will be held from 2 to 5 p.m. today, March 5, at the Greater Allen AME Cathedral of New York at 110-31 Merrick Blvd. in Jamaica. “We would like to thank everyone for their heartfelt thoughts and strong prayers,” Mason’s family said in a statement after his death. “Anthony felt each and every one. He fought like a warrior to the very end.” Born in Miami but raised in eastern Queens, Mason suffered a massive heart attack on Feb. 11 and was subsequently diagnosed with congestive heart failure. He weighed close to 350 pounds around the time of his death, about 100 pounds above his playing weight, and battled health issues over the last few years. Knicks President and former Chicago Bulls head coach Phil Jackson remembered Mason’s warrior-like spirit fondly in a statement released Saturday. “As a competitor, there was none fiercer than Anthony Mason,” Jackson said. “Standing on the opposite end of t h e pl ay i ng f ield a nd c o a ch i ng i n t ho s e g r e a t
Former New York Knicks forward Anthony Mason, a Springfield Gardens native, was known for his intense style of play and his extravagant hair styles. He died Saturday at 48. PHOTO COURTESY MADISON SQUARE GARDEN
Chicago / New York battles, number 14 in orange and blue always stood out.” Mason, who graduated from Springfield Gardens High School in 1984, enjoyed five productive seasons with the
Knicks from 1991 to 1996, averaging 10 points and nearly eight rebounds per game. He also helped lead New York to the 1994 NBA Finals, where they lost to the Houston Rockets. But his best season came during the 1995-96 campaign, in which he started all 82 games, led the league with 3,457 minutes played and averaged 14.6 points and 9.3 rebounds. In addition to his fierce play, he was equally as wellknown for his intricate haircuts, given to him by Jamaica barber Freddy Avila. Mason often had words or phrases spelled out with his trims, with Avila even carving the New York City skyline into his hair for one game, hence the Beastie Boys lyric “I got my hair cut correct like Anthony Mason” from the song “B-Boys Makin’ with the Freak Freak.” He also appeared in the rap group’s music video for their 1995 song “Root Down.” The former Knick was originally drafted in 1988 by the Portland Trail Blazers and made his NBA debut with the then-New Jersey Nets in 1989. He played with the Denver Nuggets in 1990 before going on to star with the Knicks. After his tenure in New York, he played four seasons with the Charlotte Hornets and one season with the Miami Heat, which included an All-Star Game appearance, before ending his career in 2003 after two seasons with the Milwaukee Bucks. Mason is survived by his four children, including former St. John’s University basketball standout Anthony Mason Jr. and Antoine Mason, an Auburn University Q hoopster.
Park injury claims up 53 percent since ’05 Juniper Valley Park in Middle Village led all Queens green spaces in filings by Christopher Barca
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Children did more than just scrape their elbows, skin their knees or stub their toes at Queens parks over the last decade, according to a report from city Comptroller Scott Stringer. From fiscal year 2005 to fiscal year 2014, Stringer’s office found that personal injury claims stemming from incidents at Queens parks and playgrounds had jumped 53 percent, with 577 total claims being filed during the time period. Last year, 69 filings, an average of 1.3 claims per week were submitted to the city, up from just 45 in 2005. Out of the 577 claims, 111 of them stemmed from incidents in Queens, tied with the Bronx for third-most in the cit y behind Brooklyn and Manhattan. Stringer’s report also found that the percentage of playground equipment rated as being in “acceptable” condition fell from 93 percent for the first four months of fiscal year 2014 to 91 percent in 2015. “These trends are particularly troubling given the Parks Department’s poor record of completing
capital projects on time,” the report said. “It is imperative that the Parks Department redouble its efforts to finish capital projects, including the modernizing of the city’s playgrounds, on time.” Of the 111 claims in Queens, Community District 5 in the southwest section of the borough had the most with 19. Community District 3, which covers Jackson Heights and East Elmhurst, had 12 claims, while districts 1 and 7 had 10 each. Community District 13, which covers Bellerose and Queens Village, had the fewest claims reported with just two. Ninety-nine of the 111 claims were settled, and of the 99 filings, a combined 38 were for defective playground equipment or falls from climbing stations. Nine were for issues with slides and five were for injuries stemming from tripping over holes in the ground. Over the last decade, the city paid $20.6 million dollars in settlements, with $2.39 million going to Queens families. In a statement issued Tuesday, the Parks Depar tment asser ts that
“ensuring the safety of our children is our number one priority for our world-class playgrounds.” “We are reviewing the Comptroller’s report of claims referenced over a 10-year period,” the agency said. Juniper Valley Park topped all Queens green spaces with six injury claims, while no other park in the borough had more than three. Juniper Park Civic Association President Bob Holden said the report is somewhat of a surprise, but there are injury hazards in the park that need fixing. “I’m quite surprised that Juniper is up there because it is one of the m o s t wel l - m a i n t a i n e d p a r k s around,” Holden said. “I think it’s in good shape, but it does need certain things.” Holden said that some aspects of the park can be a danger to children, such as broken boards at the park’s hockey rink, holes throughout some of the ball fields and holes in the netting at the batting cage, which leads to batted balls flying out. He blamed the de Blasio administration for being too slow in responding to the community’s requests for
A report from city Comptroller Scott Stringer revealed 111 personal injury claims were made after incidents at Queens parks over the last decade, with six coming from Juniper Valley Park. Area civic leader Bob Holden said hazards at the park include torn batting cage netting that leads to batted balls PHOTO COURTESY BOB HOLDEN flying out. improvements, something he criticized the former Mayor Bloomberg for doing as well. “There seems to be an attitude from management that there’s no urgency when we point out a hazard,” he said. “If they invested some of that money into maintenance, they
wouldn’t have to pay as much for injury claims and everyone would be better off.” A source with knowledge of Parks Department maintenance said many of the claims from Juniper Valley Park may have come prior to a renovation of the green space in 2011. Q
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The passing of former Knicks, Nets and Springfield Gardens High School basketball star Anthony Mason at age 48 last Saturday triggered a ton of eulogies and made national news. While he did make the NBA All-Star team in 2001, Mason was always more a role player than a marquee attraction. Nonetheless there were many good reasons for the outpouring of tributes. Mase was tough as nails on the court and never minded doing the grunt work of diving for loose balls and battling for rebounds. And he was just as tenacious trying to recover from a massive heart attack in early February as he was in a game. He appeared to be on the mend, but alas a happy ending was not meant to be. The public loved Anthony’s work ethic both on and off the court. While he was nicely compensated as a player, he did not make enough to retire when his NBA career ended. Whenever I ran into Mason over the years, he would tell me about a clothing line he had started as well as his work in the insurance industry. Few professional athletes enjoyed meet-andgreets with the public as much as Mason did. My mail carrier told me how gracious Mase was at a Knicks playoff viewing party, at which he signed autographs and chatted with fans in a way that had to have gone far beyond the time
and effort for which he was contracted. He certainly had style. In the early 1990s he drove New Jersey Nets head coach Bill Fitch, the personification of old school, crazy when he had his barber engrave “MASE” on the side of his head. It will be interesting to see whether the high interest in the May 2 Las Vegas Floyd Mayweather-Manny Pacquiao fight will trigger an overall revival of interest in boxing. A good test will take place at the Barclays Center on April 11 as Andy Lee takes on Peter Quillin as the key undercard match, with Lamont Peterson taking on undefeated Danny Garcia, who is yet another stellar fighter to come out of Philadelphia. Since the promoter is Lou DiBella, you can expect a lot of New York-based boxers such as Danny Jacobs to have matches on the card too. Ticket prices range from $50 to $300. If a $300 ringside ticket sounds steep, keep in mind that won’t even get you a room at a fleabag motel in Las Vegas the first weekend of May. NBC Sports will televise the action at the Barclays Center live, which marks a return of boxing to primetime broadcast network television: bad news for premium cable networks such as HBO and Showtime, as well as, obviously, the pay-per-view boxing cable industry. Q See the extended version of Sports Beat every week at qchron.com.
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Heavyweight champion James J. Corbett as a boxer and later on the side of his home at what became Corbett Road, in 1929. ing, if not more. He loved the stage and acted in movies. When he died of liver cancer on Feb. 18, 1933, his death certificate listed his occupation as “actor.” To honor him the street that ran down the side of his corner property was renamed Corbett Road. In 1939 his wife donated his famous walking cane to the Academy of Sport for exhibition at the New York World’s Fair. His wife continued to live in the house until her own death on Sept. 10, 1959. Today the house is in immaculate condition with a plaque outside to honor this great American Q icon of boxing and the theater.
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