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Howard Beach and Hamilton Beach residents were still dealing with the floods brought on by the March 1 nor’easter when another storm, this one bringing snow, hit the East Coast. Community leaders are calling for projects that could stem the rush of water to be completed as soon as possible.


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Houston supt. named new schools chancellor Appointment made days after mayor’s first pick backed out of the position by Anthony O’Reilly Editor


n the span of five days Mayor de Blasio announced his top pick to succeed City Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña, saw that man back out of the job and picked a new candidate who accepted the position at City Hall. The whirlwind week ended with Richard Carranza, superintendent of the Houston Independent School District, being named the next head of the nation’s largest school system on Monday. Chancellor Fariña, who announced her second retirement late last year, is expected to leave the post she’s held since 2014 by the end of the month. At press time, there was no scheduled start date for Carranza. Fariña first retired in 2006 after serving for decades as a teacher, principal, superintendent and deputy chancellor — but was brought back to work by de Blasio four years ago to lead the Department of Education. The incoming chancellor in many ways reflects the outgoing one — both are lifelong educators, have similar life stories, are bilingual and believe the chancellor should visit schools often and interact with students. Carranza also taught social studies as a teacher, Fariña’s favorite subject. “He’s also a social studies buff, and I said, oh my God — check,” Fariña said at City

Mayor de Blasio, right, introduced Houston Independent School District Superintendent Richard Carranza as the next city schools chancellor four days after his top pick for the job, Miami PHOTO COURTESY NYC / FLICKR Superintendent Alberto Carvalho, turned it down. Hall Monday. Carranza has been in charge of Houston schools since 2016 and in his short time there dealt with a budget crisis, went head-to-head with the state government and was tasked with getting students back to school following Hurricane Harvey in August.

The district faces a $115 million budget shortfall and potentially may be taken over by the state due to low test scores. Before heading to Texas, he was the head of the San Francisco Unified School District for four years. He’s credited with improving test scores there and promoted an agenda

similar to de Blasio’s “Equity and Excellence” program, which seeks to provide all students with access to algebra classes, technology and more at an early age. But Carranza also faced criticism in Califor nia over the racial gap in st udent achievement. The San Francisco chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People last year urged the school board there to declare a “state of emergency,” noting 74 percent of black students failed to meet state standards in the 2015-16 academic year, when the system was under Carranza’s watch. Only 14.6 percent of white students and 16 percent of Asian pupils failed to meet state standards. A similar challenge awaits the next chancellor in New York City. Black and Hispanic students have earned higher marks on state tests and their graduation rates have increased in recent years, but they are still far behind white and Asian students in both categories. De Blasio, speaking to reporters at City Hall, said Carranza is “someone who every day will relate to the kids he serves and will be able to communicate with the parents who care so deeply about their children’s future, and that gives me tremendous confidence.” Carranza — who is also an accomplished continued on page 21

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‘Enough is enough,’ HB civic prez says Roger Gendron says Hamilton Beach deserves protection from storm surges by Anthony O’Reilly Editor

Hamilton Beach might be used to nearconstant tidal f looding — but it doesn’t have to be that way, said New Hamilton Beach Civic Association President Roger Gendron. “Enough is enough,” Gendron said in a Tuesday interview. “It’s at a point now where something has to be done. It has to be done for this community.” Gendron wrote a letter to city, state and federal elected officials in January after the community flooded, and posted it Sunday on the neighborhood’s Facebook page as residents saw water come up from the canals. “Now is the time to act,” the civic president said in his letter. “Now is the time to readdress some of those ideas so we can move forward and help make Hamilton Beach a more resilient and, more importantly, a safer community for the future.” He a dded t h at wh i le he “do esn’t begrudge any community,” other coastal areas outside have seen resiliency projects funded or started. He’d like to see the same done for Hamilton Beach. One idea that has been bandied about for years is the installation of sea walls along the coastal communities. T he Nat u re Con ser va ncy i n 2015 released a study on how to best address f lood and other climate change-induced risks to Howard Beach. The group gave five alternatives, including narrowing the channels at Shellbank and Hawtree basins to 45 feet and building

New Hamilton Beach Civic Association President Roger Gendron said Tuesday that it’s time to address flooding in the coastal community, and start a project that could stem the flow of high FILE PHOTO tide in the area. a flood wall, which would stop floods from rushing into the communities. More than $200 million in damages could be prevented if the plans were implemented, the Conservancy states.

“Why would you not spend $90 million to save $225 million?” Gendron asked. A similar barrier was constructed in Connecticut’s Stamford Harbor in 1969, costing $14.5 million. The Army Corps of

Engineers says the wall has prevented $38.4 million in damages to the city of Stamford, as of September 2011. “If we build that wall, we don’t need to have this conversation,” Gendron said. It would also prevent people from paying thousands of dollars in flood insurance, he said. It might also prevent emergency situations that arose out of the heavy rainfall and f loods brought on by last week’s nor’easter. The West Hamilton Beach Volunteer Fire Department responded to 12 emergency calls as of Monday, according to its deputy commissioner, Nick Spinelli. Those calls ranged from car crashes on the Belt Parkway to two people being trapped in their car when the high tide flooded Howard Beach. Spinelli said “at least” a third of the 12 calls were made directly to the firehouse, which can be reached at (718) 843-1716. The vollie added that there are ways for residents to stay safe during future storms, such as avoiding any flooded streets while driving or walking. “If you see that there’s a flooded roadway, you don’t know exactly how deep it is and where the dips are on the streets,” Spinelli said. “I would suggest for your own safety and for everybody else’s safety just take your time and pull over.” He also reminded residents to tie down loose objects when there is a high wind warning and have a “to-go” bag filled with emergency supplies in case they need to Q evacuate.

Russo tapped to join Queens Library Board Ozone Park attorney has decades of civic engagement in the borough by Michael Gannon For the latest news visit


George Russo of Ozone Park has been appointed to the Queens Library Board of Trustees by Borough President Melinda Katz. Russo, an attorney, has been active in civic and community affairs for decades. He has been an active member of Queens Community Board 10, which serves the South Queens communities of Ozone Park, South Ozone Park, Howard Beach and South Richmond Hill, since 2012. He was also a member of the Community School Board for School District 27 from 1983 through 1989, serving as its president in 1986. In addition, Russo was a member of Queens Community Board 9 from 1980 to 1990. “George Russo has long demonstrated his commitment to public service and to the communities and families of Queens,” Katz

said in a statement issued by her office on Monday. “His experience will be a valuable addition to the board, which is entrusted with governing our borough’s great public library system, and we thank him for his service.” “As someone who has devoted much of his life to furthering civic causes, I am thankful that Borough President Katz has appointed me to Queens Library’s Board of Trustees,” Russo said. “I am committed to using my legal and public service experience to ensure that Queens Library is governed with transparency and fiscal soundness. We are committed to continuing to provide quality service to the Queens residents who rely upon Queens Library’s vast catalog of books and other media and on its many educational, cultural and community programs.” He could not be reached for further comment.

Russo served as an assistant district attorney with the Queens District Attorney’s Office from 1983 to 1985, when he entered into private practice with a focus on real estate transactions and on business and criminal matters. He has been managing partner of George Russo & Associates, PC since 2002. He is a founding member and co-chairman of the Intra-Community Civic Association. He is also chairman of the board of the Boys & Girls Club of Metro Queens, where he has been a member since 2001 and served as its president from 2007 to 2014. He also is a member of the Board of D i re ct or s of t he New York R a ci ng Association. Russo earned a bachelor’s degree in government from St. John’s University in 1979 and a juris doctor degree from New York Q Law School in 1982.

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Pelosi comes to Qns. to talk tax overhaul Democratic leaders say law goes against the nation’s values and morals by Anthony O’Reilly

the future of our country. It basically is a concerted effort to starve the federal budget, Recent polls have shown that the tax over- forcing cuts to federal programs that are so haul signed into law by President Trump late important to us.” Woodhaven resident Allan Smith, 79, was last year is gaining popularity — a survey by The New York Times showed 51 percent of just one of several people to call on the federAmericans approved of the law, up from 37 al officials present to save Medicare. Charles Khan, organizing director of the percent in December. But House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi Strong Economy for All Coalition, said, “When (D-Calif.) believes the Democrats are “win- we look at this bill, it’s really a thinly veiled $1.5 trillion attempt to take away people’s ning the debate” over the tax law. “People see a little bit in their paycheck healthcare ... that’s what’s really happening.” Woodhaven resident Tracy Behling, who and think that’s a good thing,” Pelosi said during a special appearance in Queens last works with the Young Adult Institute to Saturday, “until they understand what a loss provide services to adults with disabilities, our community is and their families are at said her organization relies on federal assistance and fears what impacts the tax shift with the other impacts of the bill.” The “other impacts” refer to budget could have. “These cuts are cuts that must be going to affect us,” made over the next she said. few years under the responded tax law. hen we are back in the thatHochul “New York State The controversial overhaul, and how it majority, we will repeal will not abandon people that are most vulwill affect programs and replace this bill.” nerable, just because like Medicare and Washington does ... Medicaid, was the — Rep. Joe Crowley As in so many cases focus of a “tax teachwhere Washington in” event in Woodfails, we will pick up haven March 3. Pelosi, the former speaker of the House, the slack and New York State will lead.” The overhaul has led many companies, said the law does not reflect the country’s including many in Queens, to provide workvalues. “We have a moral responsibility to do the ers with bigger paychecks. Pelosi in January right thing by the budget for our country, for famously called people’s savings from the our strength and most importantly for our lower tax rates “crumbs,” a remark that children,” she said. “It’s all about the future earned her the ire of GOP officials — though a poll conducted by a pro-Trump nonprofit ... [The bill] is not a statement of values.” The teach-in was hosted by Rep. Nydia found half of Americans agree with her. In Woodhaven, addressing the polls that Vela zquez (D -Brook ly n, Ma n hat t a n, Queens) and featured Pelosi, Lt. Gov. Kathy show the law is gaining in popularity, Pelosi Hochul, Queens Democratic Party Chairman said “Republicans will spend tens of millions Rep. Joe Crowley (D-Queens, Bronx) and of dollars falsely representing what this bill is about.” financial experts. Other elected officials warned the pay “What this tax bill, or tax scam, does is drive up the def icit in our countr y,” increases for the middle class will be tempoVelazquez told the crowd. “It shortchanges rary, because the income tax cuts are set to Editor

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Reps. Nancy Pelosi, right, and Nydia Velazquez blasted the recently signed tax overhaul, which they say goes against the country’s morals. They plan on repealing and replacing it when DemoPHOTO BY ANTHONY O’REILLY crats have a majority in the House and Senate. expire in several years, while large corporations will see permanent benefits. “What the Republicans did was they took the house of the United States, they refinanced it and instead of taking money out of the house and ... increasing the value of the home … they gave it to the neighbor down the block who lives in the biggest mansion in the world,” Crowley said. The revamped tax code caps property and city and state tax deductions at $10,000. Those on the panel said that means homeowners will be taxed twice on every penny over that. “That was a kick in the teeth,” Hochul said. “You have now created an incentive to drive people from our state.” The lieutenant governor said more than three million people will likely be affected by the move, which she and Gov. Cuomo have called “nothing short of a full-frontal assault

on the State of New York.” She also pointed out that New York is already paying more in taxes than most other states, due to its status as a “donor state,” meaning it sends more money to the nation’s capital than it receives back in federal services. Anticipating a “blue wave” that will give Democrats control of the House and Senate, Crowley said, “When we are back in the majority, we will repeal and replace this bill.” No such replacement bill has been drawn up, but Velazquez and Pelosi told reporters after the event it will be done in conjunction with Republicans. “When we talk about repeal and replace we’re talking about acting in a bi-partisan way to have transparency and openness as to how we would put a tax bill together that unifies the country,” the former speaker said. “Quite a different approach to what they [the Q Republicans] took.”

Howard Beach shutterbug Nick Beneduce, 59, dies by Anthony O’Reilly Editor

Howard Beach resident Nick Beneduce died on Monday. FILE PHOTO

Nick Beneduce, a Howard Beach resident who took photos for the Queens Chronicle and other publications, died on Monday after an extended fight with medical issues. He was 59. Beneduce’s Facebook page, on which people have been posting messages of condolence, says he was a member of Transportation Workers Union Local 100 and worked as a photographer. His work appeared in the Chronicle numerous times throughout the years. Beneduce was an alumnus of John Adams High School in Ozone Park. He was also a board member of the Howard Beach Civilian Observation Patrol, which announced his death

on its Facebook page. “Rest in Peace Nick, you will be missed by everyone,” the organization said. “May his wonderful wife, Hope, and beautiful family gain strength during this tough time and devastating loss.” Beneduce was the father of Jonathan Beneduce, who was killed alongside Ozone Park resident Michael Mirasola in February 2010 in New Jersey in an alleged drug deal gone wrong. A former owner and manager of a Bayside nightclub was tried on murder charges but was found not guilty by a jury. No other arrests have been made in the case since then. In the months following Jonathan Beneduce’s death, the Ozone Park and Howard Beach Kiwanis clubs donated hundreds of dollars to Nick Beneduce to honor the slain South Queens resident. In addition to his wife, Beneduce is survived by their Q daughter, Tina Collado.

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P Carranza’s challenges in class EDITORIAL


ou could say that incoming Chancellor Richard Carranza will take his post at a critical time for the city’s school system, and he is, but what isn’t a critical time for the city’s school system? Standardized test scores are mostly creeping up but don’t exactly impress, with 40.6 percent of students earning a “proficient” score in English language arts and 36.4 doing the same in math in the 2016-17 school year. The English score marked a slight increase, but the one for math actually fell a little from the year before. In Queens, the figures were 45.7 percent proficient in English and 44 percent in math. It’s a similar situation, slow progress, with graduation rates, which actually hit a record high last year, with 74.3 percent of kids who started high school in 2013 earning a diploma within four years. But that means one in four are not graduating on time, a number that’s far too high. In Queens, 77.8 graduated within four years. And in both of these marks of how well the schools are doing their jobs, ethnic disparities persist, with Asian and Caucasian students continuing to do better than their black and Hispanic classmates.


Improving these figures, and the substance of the education that underlies them, is the key challenge Carranza faces. It won’t be easy for many reasons, including the fact that the majority of the city’s 1.1 million students receive some type of public assistance and 10 percent were homeless at some time during the last school year. But Carranza has a good reputation and has faced crises before, including budgetary and environmental: As superintendent of the Houston school system, he had to get buildings reopened after Hurricane Harvey. Eighty percent were back on track in two weeks. Once here, he also must put student security first, dealing not just with “routine” violence but the chances of something as horrific as the Feb. 14 Florida high school massacre happening. Student mental health and well-being must be priorities, along with the wise use of school safety officers, and police when necessary. Outgoing Chancellor Carmen Fariña deserves thanks for her decades of dedicated public service to the city’s schoolchildren. Carranza must build on the progress she and her predecessors have made under the mayoral control system. We wish him the best, and our kids too.

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ive credit to new state Assemblyman Daniel Rosenthal of Flushing for introducing a solid bill that’s entirely justified — indeed overdue — and would benefit people in one place most always need it: their wallets. The measure would ban the city from imposing processing surcharges on people who pay fines with a debit or credit card. Just like private companies are banned from doing so. Rosenthal notes that using a debit or credit card to pay a fine actually saves city workers the time and trouble of processing checks and gets the money where it’s going faster. So there’s really no reason for the surcharges, which are set at 2.49 percent. (And if the idea is that the city is just passing along fees charged by the credit and debit companies, tough. It can eat the cost just like Albany made the private sector do.) The same bill is sponsored in the state Senate by Sen. Simcha Felder, the Brooklyn DINO — Democrat in Name Only. So it should have a good shot there, since the Republicans Felder caucuses with are in charge. We hope you’ll tell your state lawmakers they should back our freshman from Flushing on his legislation and take New York’s absurdly high cost of living down just a notch. Back his bill to save on our bills.


take on Our Lady of Lourdes, who are the defending champions from last year, and are working on an undefeated season. This shapes up to be a memorable final game. Come down to St. Sebastian’s in Woodside, on Sunday, March 11 at 6:45 p.m. and root our young men from Howard Beach, as they look to capture a championship. Good luck to these boys. Dominick Santoro Howard Beach

No cars on sidewalks Dear Editor: On March 7, City Councilmember Jimmy Van Bramer introduced proposed legislation T2018-0581, which would require the commissioner of finance to implement a schedule of

penalties for violation and repeat violations of Vehicle and Traffic Law provisions outlawing, among other things, a vehicle parking, stopping or standing on a public sidewalk. Metro Car Wash, located at the corner of Metropolitan Avenue and Trotting Course Lane, across from Trader Joe’s, routinely and daily violates the no stopping or standing on the sidewalk prohibition, thereby forcing pedestrians either to walk into the very busy traffic lane on Metropolitan or onto the soapy, slippery apron of the car wash business. This illegal, open, notorious hazard has been allowed to continue for years. Everyone should contact their City Council representative and other elected city officials to support T2018-0581 and to take whatever steps necessary to cause immediate enactment. In the meanwhile, we can all encourage Deputy Inspector Robert Ramos at the 112th

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Not a staged letter! Dear Editor: A great big thank-you from all of the Gingerbread Players for the fantastic coverage you give to Queens local theaters. ONLINE The theater Miss an editorial or a roundup is a great letter cited by a writer? service to both Want breaking news companies and from all over Queens? aud iences Find the latest news, (“Queens theater past reports from all groups ready to over the borough and spring onstage,” more at Mark Lord, qboro, March 1). It’s always great for us at the Gingerbread Players to read about what our colleagues in other local troupes are up to. And of course, it’s a big thrill for us to see our names (and sometimes our pictures) in print. Kudos to you and Mark Lord for helping keep community theater going in our neighborhoods! Louise Guinther Director Gingerbread Players of St. Luke’s Church Forest Hills

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Bias crime at a church Dear Editor: I am appalled and find quite troubling that American Martyrs Church in Oakland Gardens was vandalized (“Arrest made in statue vandalism case,” March 1, multiple editions). Two religious statues were damaged by a suspect who was soon arrested. I find a bias attack on any church quite sad. I have been to American Martyrs Church a number of times for various events. I found it to be a beautiful church and find it hard to understand why anyone would want to hurt this parish and its wonderful congregation. I hope and pray that this attack will not be repeated. And I hope that attacks on any religious faiths will cease. But I guess I’m dreaming. Frederick R. Bedell Jr. Glen Oaks Village

My letter to Congress Dear Editor: How many more people have to die Until we start asking how or why? How much more blood has to be spilled? How many more children have to be killed? It’s an outrage, a horror, a sickening shame. So much death and despair, and who is to blame? Why is our country the only one To let anyone who wants to purchase a gun? Why is it our government just doesn’t care? That assault weapons even exist out there? This is something with which you shouldn’t trifle Come on, congressmen, get rid of AR-rifles! Think how you’d feel if it were your parent or child Who got murdered because someone desperate went wild. If you don’t do something — if you turn a blind eye Thousands more may be injured or die. Why do we have to accept as our lot That so many people get injured or shot? Please put a stop to this terrible crime — Don’t you senators think that it’s about time? Nora Kozuch Jamaica continued on next page






























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Dear Editor: Club Pride, a successful mental health program for Queens seniors, officially closes on June 30. But the actual end date for most members is March 13, when van service ends. Clients won’t be able to attend because they can’t afford or are unable to use mass transit. Many are upset and uncertain about their future. They aired their feelings in a therapy session on March 6, discussing how to handle phone calls from depressed colleagues. Club Pride began in 1998 as a unique psycho-social program for folks 55 and older, run by the Pride of Judea (in Douglaston), funded by the city Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, working with the Jewish Board of Family and Children’s Services. More than 1,200 people suffering from mental illness were put on the path to recovery over the past 20 years. Psychiatrists and therapists throughout Queens referred patients to this program. But a dispute between the JBFCS and the Department of Health over new guidelines prompted the Jewish Board to close Club Pride, abandoning some of its most vulnerable clients. However, Club Pride may be saved if the largest institution that refers patients steps in.

Northwell Health’s Hillside-Zucker Geriatric Psychiatry Center in Glen Oaks uses Club Pride as a support system for discharged patients. Therapists and social workers are upset over losing this vital resource. Why can’t Northwell Health fund Club Pride? It owns 22 hospitals, employs 61,000 staffers and runs a $4 million TV ad campaign. Club Pride’s operating costs would hardly put a dent in that huge budget. Members urge Douglaston’s City Councilman Paul Vallone and state Assemblyman Ed Braunstein to make this happen by contacting Northwell Health CEO Michael Dowling. The clock is ticking on our future. We are your constituents and deserve your support. We also vote. Richard Reif Kew Gardens Hills


Police Precinct to utilize the tools currently provided by law, which, among other provisions, allow for impoundment of vehicles stopped or standing on the sidewalk at Metro Car Wash. To its credit, the 112th Precinct recently has taken enforcement action against trucks illegally parked on the Grand Central Parkway service road. I’m guessing that if on any Saturday morning, vehicles stopped or standing on the sidewalk at Metro Car Wash were impounded, the situation there would end. John O’Reilly Forest Hills


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Hollywood’s hypocrites Dear Editor: Kobe Bryant was arrested in 2003 and investigated when a 19-year-old hotel employee filed a sexual assault complaint against him. The accuser filed a separate lawsuit against him, which the two sides settled. The specific terms of the settlement were not disclosed to the public. On Sunday night Mr. Bryant won an Oscar for his animated short, “Dear Basketball.” In the #MeToo era! Just another example of the Hollywood hypocrisy. Bill Viggiano Williston Park, LI

Autocrat and showman Dear Editor: The president’s proposals are silly. Why aren’t all automatic rif les still banned? Why focus on known cases of mental illness? Most people who are depressed are not to blame. I am more worried about people with deep anger and hostility to former bosses, jilted lovers and race-haters. The people who thought an autocrat and billionaire, who never served in the military nor in any elected office, would respect other forms of authority, such as the FBI and Justice Department, and would address their problems of job losses and healthcare, are in for a great shock. Trump is the P.T. Barnum of the 21st century. He told the public who felt left out of society what they wanted to hear without any concrete plans for real remedies. Tons of ink and inundations of airtime by the media handed him the presidency with the specious remark by thenFBI Director James Comey that Trump’s opponent may have e-mails that were damaging. Trump’s mantras, “Phony Hillary,” “Crooked Hillary” and “Lock her up,” were echoed by his supporters. Millions of voters stayed home. Senator Bernie Sanders, who addressed many problems and offered real solutions, was dismissed as a socialist anticapitalist and was mostly ignored by the media. In their current book, “How Democracies Die,” Steven Levitsky and Daniel Ziblatt discuss how Weimar Germany, Italy and several Central and South American democracies were destroyed by autocrats who were not stopped by others. The Republican Party failed to support a candidate with bona fide credentials such as Ohio Governor John Kasich. Mega-billionaires poured money into campaigns to favor coal and oil companies. The NRA filled politicians’ pockets, too. BK Brumberg Howard Beach

Trump’s dumb trade war Dear Editor: President Trump tweeted that “trade wars are good and winnable.” That has to be the dumbest statement he has made

since he has been in office. Trade wars are never good and no country ever wins. In 1930, shortly after the start of the Great Depression, Congress passed the Smoot-Hawley Tariff Act. That act imposed tariffs on over 20,000 imported goods. This bill was passed in order to protect American industries as the worldwide economy started to collapse. Countries around the world retaliated by issuing their own tariffs. World trade grounded to a halt and most economists agree that worldwide tariffs made the Great Depression worse for everyone. If the president feels that a country is dumping their products into the United States below cost, he can file a complaint with the World Trade Organization, which would hold a hearing and impose penalties if a country was found guilty of unfair trade practices. That is the accepted practice for countries that feel they are the victims of unfair trade. The reality of the situation is that most of the manufacturing jobs that have been lost in this country over the years are the result of productivity/automation gains, not foreign competition. The exceptions are the textile and furniture industries. I hope the president changes his mind before other countries impose their own tariffs on U.S. goods. A trade war is like a nuclear war. No one wins and a lot of people end up suffering. Lenny Rodin Forest Hills

Nuke threats and markets Dear Editor: Isn’t it strange that financial markets react negatively to the probability of a trade war, but have no reaction to the probability of a nuclear war, considering a nuclear holocaust would vir tually destroy all global economies and factors of production? If the world’s financial markets took nosedives when world leaders threaten to use or increase spending on nuclear weapons, maybe the power players would see more clearly that there would be no winners after that apocalyptic nightmare. A nuclear war probability factor should be included in the financial market algorithms in determining share valuations. That is, unless the probability of occurrence is truly nil, in which case the professed nuclear threats are really nothing more than government bluster to justify wasteful military spending over that needed for the public good. Glenn Hayes Kew Gardens

Police say these men are responsible for 10 robberies across Brooklyn and Queens so far PHOTOS COURTESY NYPD this year.

Robbers strike all over Queens, Bklyn. The duo hit locations in the 104th, 105th, 107th and 109th precincts by Christopher Barca Editor

Police are on the hunt for two men who have been robbing all kinds of establishments — including delis, a laundromat and a dollar store — across Queens and Brooklyn since the start of the year. The duo’s first three robberies took place in Brooklyn over the first two weeks of 2018, before coming over the border and hitting Village Deli at 212-02 Hillside Ave. in Queens Village on Jan. 16. Shortly before 6 a.m. that day, they walked into the store and pointed a gun at an employee. After they tied him to a chair with duct tape, they stole a laptop, an iPhone, cigars and a vapor pipe. After two more robberies in Brooklyn, the men came back to Queens on Feb. 12. At 4:50 a.m., they walked into Smash Grill at 172-41 Hillside Ave. in Jamaica and again pulled a gun on an employee. They tied the victim’s hands together with duct tape and then stole $3,205 in cash, tobacco and a debit card from a second person inside the venue.

They were back in Queens on Feb. 25 — a week after another Brooklyn robbery — when they robbed Dollar General at 132-17 14 Ave. in College Point. According to police, the duo forced two individuals into a back room at gunpoint before bringing a third to the front to open the cash registers and a safe. They escaped with $1,000, two store merchandise scanners, a landline telephone and a smartphone. On March 1, the men made their way to Maspeth, as they robbed the Maspeth Deli and Grill at 71-01 Grand Ave. at 5:45 a.m. Police said they zip-tied four people and stole lottery tickets from the store; a smartphone and wallet from the first victim; a credit card from the second victim; a wallet, smartphone, credit card, Metrocard and $350 from the third victim; and a credit card, debit card and $350 from the fourth. Including the four Queens robberies, the duo are wanted in connection with a total of 10 incidents. Anyone with information is asked to call Q Crime Stoppers at 1 (800) 577-8477.


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Floods hit Howard, Hamilton Beach Residents in coastal communities share high tide photos to Facebook page Residents of Howard Beach and Hamilton Beach are no strangers to high tide — but the f loods caused by last week’s nor’easter have been some of the worst since Hurricane Sandy. And that was before a second storm hit Wednesday into Thursday. Here are just some examples of Mother Nature’s impact on South Queens this past week. The photos were shared to the Facebook page “Hamilton Beach/Howard Beach High Tide PicQ tures.” — Anthony O’Reilly

Davenport Court was completely flooded at 1 p.m. on PHOTO BY ROGER GENDRON March 2. A shot of 164th Road in Hamilton Beach.


Par t s of Coleman Square, the main business hub on the old side of Howard Beach, were flooded for hours at a time dur ing the week . Some drivers were stuck in their cars. The water caused a port-a-potty to become unbalPHOTO BY CHARLENE O’DEA anced.

This stretch of 163rd Drive was almost impassable at PHOTO BY CHRISTINE 9:25 p.m. on March 3.


Nor’easter fells trees, leaves damage in Kew Gardens Cars were smashed on Mowbray Drive, roads blocked in Forest Park by Christopher Barca

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Park, blocking Forest Park Drive, while smaller sidewalk trees across Kew Gardens were also either uprooted or snapped at the base like twigs. Megan Hess Donnelly, who also lives in Kew Gardens, shared a photo of a short but thick tree laying across the sidewalk mere inches from her front steps. “Very lucky it fell right between 2 houses and also managed to avoid a car,” she said on Facebook. Widespread tree damage was also reported in northeast Queens neighborhoods like Bayside. A Parks Department spokesperson said the agency received 1,366 reports of downed

Last Friday’s nor’easter ended up being as powerful as forecast, as some Kew Gardens residents learned the hard way. Wind gusts from the huge storm reached 66 mph in Queens — just shy of hurricane-force — uprooting trees all around the borough. Arguably the most spectacular instance of damage caused by the cyclone was on Mowbray Drive between Austin Street and Kew Gardens Road. During the height of the rain storm, a massive maple tree was uprooted. When it fell to the ground, its trunk crushed two parked cars

and its large branches severely damaged a third. Area resident Christopher Blosser wrote on a Kew Gardens community Facebook page that the block “looks like a war zone,” while neighbor Eddie Hernandez added it was a miracle no one was killed. “Spoke to a Parks Department employee at the scene who said it might have been the biggest tree to fall in NYC due to Friday’s storm,” Hernandez wrote. “It was a massive, beautiful, old tree. It will be missed.” Neighborhood resident Andrea Crawford said it was likely more than 100 years old. Large trees also came down in Forest

A snapped tree lays across Forest Park Drive PHOTO BY MANNY STEIER in Forest Park.

A massive maple tree, estimated to be around a century old, was uprooted during last Friday’s PHOTO BY TONY ALEN nor’easter. When it fell, it crushed three cars parked on Mowbray Drive.


trees across the city, but there was no breakdown by borough available. In South Queens, Howard Beach experienced moderate coastal flooding on Friday and Saturday as the nor’easter sent a storm surge between 1 and 3 feet into Jamaica Bay. Some vehicles were damaged by the flood waters, and according to ABC, two women had to be rescued from their car by police. As of Monday afternoon, seven deaths had been blamed on the storm, which dumped 3 feet of snow in the Hudson Valley, produced hurricane-force winds in Suffolk County — gusts on Cape Cod reached 95 mph — and left more than two million people without power. Q

An uprooted tree in Kew Gardens. PHOTO BY MEGAN HESS DONNELLY

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by Anthony O’Reilly Editor

This again? The United States Postal Service said in a statement last Friday that disruptions in mail delivery are likely, due to the nor’easter that hit the East Coast over the weekend. “All mail has been sorted and was ready to advance but deteriorating conditions in some parts of our region make travel and walking for deliveries unsafe,” the USPS said. The storm brought strong winds and heavy rainfalls across much of New York — causing thousands of Queens, Bronx and Westchester residents to lose power — and snow in some neighboring states. The agency’s warning was issued before a second nor’easter hit the state Wednesday into Thursday, bringing snow. Residents of Howard Beach, Hamilton Beach and parts of Rockaway experienced heavy flooding last Thursday to Monday that damaged some cars. It’s not the first time inclement weather has impacted mail delivery.

by Anthony O’Reilly Editor

The USPS warned disruptions in mail delivery are likely due to the weather. FILE PHOTO Postal officials said many residents did not get their mail at the start of the year due to the Jan. 4 “bomb cyclone” that dumped inches of snow on the ground, making it difficult for mail carriers to do their job. But Queens residents say the delivery problems go back to before that storm. Members of Congress announced last month that the USPS will hire additional Q carriers in the coming months.

The 106th Precinct will be one of the last to see its cops outfitted with body cameras, according to its commanding officer. Capt. Brian Bohannon, head of the South Queens command, told Community Board 10 last Thursday his officers will receive training in November, “So it looks like we’re on the back end of it,” Bohannon told board members. The NYPD plans to put the cameras on all patrol officers and detectives by the end of 2018, a year earlier than the department originally intended. The Jamaica-based 103rd Precinct last month became one of the first commands to have all patrol officers and detectives outfitted with the cameras, which must be activated when the cops interact with the public during all uses of force, arrests, contacts with suspected criminal activity, searches of a person or property and more. A person may request the officer to

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Mail disruptions are 106th on ‘back end’ of likely, USPS warns body camera rollout

The 106th Precinct will be one of the last to FILE PHOTO receive body cameras. turn off the camera, but the cop is not required to do so. And unless it would jeopardize a person or impede an investigation, officers must tell people they are being recorded. The Mayor’s Office said in January it plans to deploy 1,000 to 2,000 body cameras per month beginning in March. At the end of the year, there will be more than 18,000 cops equipped with the Q cameras.



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Mayor: Bag plastic grocery sacks in NYS Gov. Cuomo agrees it may be time to consider long-debated state ban by Michael Gannon Editor

President Trump has become accustomed to his tweets drawing strong reactions. But one by Mayor de Blasio this past Sunday about the future of plastic grocery bags in the city actually went so far as to get Gov. Cuomo to agree with him — possibly. “We need to ban plastic bags — the time for debate is over,” the manor tweeted. “They’re bad for the environment, they’re bad for the economy, they’re bad for New York. The state is behind the curve here, it’s time to put our planet first.” The Governor’s Office did not respond to an email from the Chronicle seeking comment on the mayor’s musings. But multiple published and broadcast reports on Monday quoted a Cuomo spokesman as being in agreement. “It’s clear that we need to address the real environmental concerns caused by the proliferation of plastic bags, and a ban is one of the options we’re reviewing,” Cuomo spokesman Richard Azzopardi told the New York Daily News and New York Post. Cuomo in February 2017 signed a bill that struck down a city law that would have imposed a fee of at least five cents per bag on most paper and plastic grocery bags used in the city.

If Mayor de Blasio was hoping to reignite the debate over plastic grocery bags this weekend, he FILE PHOTO succeeded with a simple Tweet. Councilman Brad Lander (D-Brooklyn), author of the law struck down last year, estimates on his official website that New Yorkers use more than 9.3 billion plastic bags per year, and spend more than $12 million to

transport more than 90,000 tons to landfills, excluding those that wind up in streets, trees and waterways. Cuomo did, as promised, form a task force to study options with the aim of hav-

ing one statewide solution rather than a patchwork of local laws. Suffolk County and the City of Long Beach on Long Island, for example, have five-cent fees per bag, as the state moratorium applies only to cities of more than 1 million people, which means exclusively New York City. The task force in January released an 86-page report which critics said only outlined already-known options. Legislation is being negotiated by legislative leaders and the executive branch, though state Sens. Liz Krueger (D-Manhattan) and Brad Hoylman (D-Manhattan) have introduced a bill that would set bag fees at no less than 10 cents and no more than 25 cents per bag. Adrienne Esposito, executive director of Citizens Campaign for the Environment, told the Chronicle on Tuesday she was pleased that de Blasio brought the issue to the fore again. “Our ultimate goal is to ban plastic bags and have a fee on paper,” Esposito said. “If we could get that this year, that would go a long way toward combating plastic pollution. Plastic’s days are numbered. We might as well get it over with. “What is the controversy? Cities and countries around the world have done this Q and we’re just catching up.”

Pols ask MTA for toll amnesty program Comrie introduces legislation to lower fines on bridges and tunnels by Anthony O’Reilly

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State Sen. Leory Comrie (D-St. Albans) last Thursday called on the MTA to implement a cashless toll amnesty program for all New York City residents who use bridges and tunnels in the five boroughs, similar to a program that had been enacted for drivers crossing the Mario CuomoTappan Zee Bridge. “While cashless tolling is not in itself a bad thing, the current system is wholly unfair to individuals who depend on the MTA’s bridges and tunnels,” Comrie said in a statement issued March 1. Cashless tolling was implemented at all New York City crossings late last year in an effort to reduce congestion. But many drivers using E-ZPass say they’re having problems with credit cards linked to the system not being recognized, or not being notified of a low balance on their account, leading them to receive fines. The issue has been prevalent at the Cross Bay Veterans Memorial Bridge, which connects Broad Channel to Rockaway, with residents from the peninsula and the mainland alike calling to complain that they have received hundreds or thousands of dollars in fines. “MTA dropped the ball and needs to step up and take responsibility for this hardship they are causing to our communities,” Assemblywoman Stacey Pheffer Amato (D-Rockaway Park) said in a statement. Pheffer Amato is trying to make driving on the Cross Bay bridge free for all state residents — it’s the only intraborough or intra-county toll in New York. Drivers who crossed the Tappan Zee were given amnesty earlier this year by the New York Thruway

Authority and more than 150,000 violations were wiped away — the forgiveness program has since ended. Comrie did not say how long he’d like the New York City program to be. The senator has also introduced a bill that would cap fines for unpaid tolls at twice the cost of the original toll for three months and three times the original cost for the following three. Elected officials say it’s unfair to fine people $100 for not paying an $8.50 toll. There was no Assembly version of the bill at press time. “Though we should hold individuals accountable, we have to find sensible means of doing so,” said Assemblywoman Alicia Hyndman (D-Springfield Gardens). “Things like a consumer friendly fee waiver and lowering the late fee can help to alleviate these issues.” An MTA spokesman in a statement did not say whether an amnesty program may come to Queens. “We work closely with our customers to resolve any issues or disputes, and will continue our courtesy of waiving first-time violation notice fees upon full payment of tolls,” the spokesman said. “This courtesy is an important piece of our move to all electronic tolling.” The National Motorists Association applauded Comrie’s request. “To fine motorists exorbitant late fees is counterproductive and amnesty measures should be taken immediately until a better system can be implemented,” National Motorists Association Communications Director Shelia Dunn said in a statement issued by the senator’s office. “In the meantime, the MTA needs to work harder to educate motorists Q about toll fees and any amnesty program put in place.”

After many residents have complained of receiving hefty fines from the cashless tolling system on city bridges and tunnels, state Sen. Leroy Comrie is calling on the MTA to implement an amnesty program. FILE PHOTO

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A pair of renewal schools in the Rockaways have been spared — for now. The Panel for Educational Policy last Wednesday deadlocked 6-6 in a vote on whether to shutter PS 42 and MS 53, meaning both institutions will remain open. The tie occurred after one member elected to abstain. The matter could still be brought up at a future PEP meeting. Rockaway officials celebrated the result, saying the two schools should never have

been considered for closure in the first place. “Now, we must continue to invest in our existing neighborhood schools to both ensure full growth in our students and our surrounding community,” Assemblywoman Stacey Pheffer Amato (D-Rockaway Park) said in a prepared statement March 2. The two schools are part of Mayor de Blasio’s Renewal Schools program, which started in 2014 and directed extra resources to those that were struggling. De Blasio and Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña gave the institutions three years to

improve, or face closure. Some of the schools late last year were g ive n a n a d d it io n a l ye a r t o m a ke improvements. The Department of Education said it determined which sites would be shuttered by looking at schools’ test scores, enrollment, graduation rates, college readiness and more. Ten other schools elsewhere in the city were approved for closure by the PEP. Parents and Rockaway activists said PS 42 and MS 53 should not have been considered — arguing they were better off than other

renewal schools. The United Federation of Teachers was also against the proposed closure of the Rockaway schools. In a statement, the union applauded the PEP’s vote. “Their vote now gives these communities the opportunity to work with all stake holders to ensure that both of these schools, PS/ MS 42 and MS 53, are given the room, resources and attention that will be needed for their success in achieving the highest possible outcomes,” UFT President Michael Q Mulgrew said.

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A Richmond Hill motorcyclist was killed last Thursday when he lost control, crashed into a car and was t hr ow n o f f a bike, according to cops. Daniel O’Malley, right, was driving south on Park Lane South when he lost control of the bike at Myrtle Avenue, causing him to drive into oncoming traffic, police say. The motorcyclist collided into a 2004 Mercedes SUV before his bike’s tire hit the sidewalk, causing him to be thrown off. He was taken to Jamaica Hospital Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead. The driver of the SUV remained on the scene and was not charged. O’Malley, 24, graduated from St. Francis Prep in 2011, according to the school’s Facebook page. A GoFundMe page has been set up to pay for his funeral expenses. At press time, a little more than $5,000 of the $10,000 goal had been raised. — Anthony O’Reilly

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New York City has long held the unfortunate distinction as the “Marijuana Arrest Capital of the World.” It is a title the city earned after years of heavy-handed enforcement of low-level marijuana possession cases, which served virtually no public safety purpose and clogged our court system in the process. The brunt of the marijuana enforcement has been felt by communities of color, where needed to see specific numbers to fully upwards of 80 to 90 percent of marijuana understand what is driving the unjust racial arrests have occurred annually. The vast disparity in marijuana arrests. We pressed it racial disparity is appalling, especially since to come clean and immediately provide us surveys consistently showed, and continue with the numbers it did have. Hours after the to show, that people of all races use marijua- hearing concluded, we finally received the data we demanded from the NYPD. na at a similar rate. It seems clear why the department didn’t In 2014, Mayor de Blasio pledged to fundamentally change the city’s approach to want the Council to be able to ask about spelow-level marijuana possession, by treating cific numbers. Despite what the NYPD told such cases as a violation, instead of a misde- our committees, the data completely undermeanor offense. While the total number of cuts its argument that marijuana enforcemarijuana arrests initially declined after the ment has been driven by community new policy was enacted, too many people — complaints. For example, last year the 105th Precinct, almost 17,000 last year — are still arrested for marijuana possession. More importantly, a majority African-American precinct in the sharp racial disparity still persists. In Queens, had more than 2,500 low-level mar2017, 86 percent of those arrested for low- ijuana arrests and summonses — more than any other precinct in the level marijuana possescity — even though it sion were either black or he data don’t back only received 253 calls Latino. from the community The bottom line is NYPD claims that related to marijuana. On that marijuana enforcethe other hand, the 90th ment continues to be a arrest patterns Precinct, a major it y social justice issue. white precinct in BrookIn order to further follow complaints. lyn covering mostly Wile x a m i n e t h e c it y’s enforcement of marijuana laws, we con- liamsburg, received 451 community calls vened a City Council hearing last week and but had only 300 arrests and summonses for set out to find answers: Why has the decline marijuana. Precincts all across the city receive mariin marijuana arrests stalled? Why are communities of color still disproportionately juana-related complaints, but possession arrests are still overwhelmingly contained to impacted? Dating back to the days of Bill Bratton, communities of color. The days of stop, question and frisk are the NYPD has consistently said that its marijuana enforcement reflects the communities supposed to be over, but its effect lives on in from which it receives 911 and 311 calls. So, the city’s enforcement of marijuana laws. prior to the hearing, we asked the NYPD to We cannot and will not accept this unjust back up its claim by providing the Council enforcement as the new normal. New York City has a lot of work to do to with the number of marijuana arrests and summonses by precinct, and the number of finally shed the label “Marijuana Arrest 911 and 311 calls in each precinct related to Capital of the World.” It starts with an honest discussion and a proper analysis of all marijuana. However, the NYPD failed to provide our the data. We look forward to having the committees with any data before the hear- NYPD leadership testify in front of the City ing. It was incomprehensible. The depart- Council, again, with this data now publicly Q ment consistently uses this information as available. Rory Lancman is New York Cit y its rationale for current marijuana enforcement, yet it was unwilling to provide it to Councilman for the 24th District, in centhe public or give it to Council members try- tral and northern Queens, and Chairman ing to perform necessary oversight. At the of the Committee on the Justice System. Donovan Richards is Councilman for same time, the NYPD repeated its claim during the hearing that marijuana enforce- the 31st District, in Southeast Queens and Rockaway, and Chairman of the ment was driven by community complaints. We made clear to the NYPD that we Committee on Public Safety.


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Package addresses officers’ pay, mental health screening and more by Anthony O’Reilly Editor

The state Senate on Monday passed a package of bills aimed at increasing safety in schools, following the Feb. 14 mass-killing of 17 people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla. “In New York, we must act swiftly and decisively to implement additional measures in schools throughout our state to give students, parents, and teachers the resources and peace of mind that they deserve,” Senate Majority Leader John Flanagan (R-Suffolk) said in a statement. The bills address a range of issues, from how much a school officer can earn to providing mental health screenings in districts outside of New York City. A bill sponsored by state Sen. Simcha Felder (D-Brooklyn) would require a city police officer at all private and public schools during instructional hours and for at least one hour before and after school is in session. It passed the Senate 46-14 and is being carried in the Assembly by Ronald Castorina (R-Staten Island) — it is in front of t h e lowe r c h a m b e r’s E d u c a t io n Committee. “A specially trained, armed police officer stationed at the entrance of every school provides instantaneous security,” Felder said

The state Senate on Monday passed a package of bills that seeks to increase security at all schools, as well as provide mental health screenings for students throughout New York. Some FILE PHOTO bills have companion legislation in the Assembly, while others do not. in a statement. “They are a deterrent to murderers seeking to kill our children.” Another bill would increase the limit school security personnel can earn from $30,000 per year to $50,000. It was carried by state Sen. Patrick Gallivan (R-Wyoming County) and passed the upper chamber unanimously, but does not have a companion

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in the Assembly. Legislation proposed by state Sen. Thomas Croci (R-Suffolk) would provide an unspecified amount of money to allow school districts to update their schools’ security software and hardware. It passed the Senate unanimously but has no Assembly sponsor.

Croci also had a bill passed that would give school districts outside New York City $50,000 to hire a mental health services coordinator — that one also was approved by every senator, but has not been picked up by anyone in the Assembly. The cit y Depar t ment of Education already has a school-based mental health program. “The mental health crisis we are witnessing in our communities demands our schools have the professionals in place to identify young people in crisis,” Croci said in a statement. Also related to mental health, a bill by state Sen. Patty Ritchie (R-Jefferson County) would require the state Education Department to investigate and report on the number of full- and part-time school counselors, social workers and psychologists at every school, and list the ratio of students to mental health professionals and find a way to increase the number of workers where it’s needed. The legislation also faced no opposition in the upper chamber but has not been sponsored by anyone in the Assembly. “The safety of our children—especially in a place like a school — has to be among our top priorities,” Ritchie said in a preQ pared statement.

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Will a historic trail be expanded in Queens? NYS Senate passes bill that would make state study cost, other parts of project by Ryan Brady Associate Editor

Cars stopped using all but the easternmost leg of the Long Island Motor Parkway in the 1930s. But today, a portion of it in Queens is a path beloved by many cyclists, walkers and joggers. The parkway, which was the first all-elevated road created for cars in the United States, is on the state and federal registers of historic places. Also known as the Vanderbilt Motor Parkway, the road was built in 1908 by railroad financier William K. Vanderbilt Jr. and originally was used as a race course. After that, motorists drove on it as a private toll road. The route stretched all the way out to Ronkonkoma, LI, but most of it closed in 1938, five years after the opening of the Northern State Parkway. Now, Albany may be taking a look at possibly expanding the Queens trail east from Winchester Boulevard to Little Neck Parkway. Currently, the path starts in Cunningham Park and ends at Winchester. The state Senate unanimously passed a bill on Feb. 27 that would require the state Department of Transportation to conduct a study of the possible expansion that includes “the estimated cost of the project, the duration of the project, the impact to local traffic patterns and the environmental impact.” State Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside), who introduced the legislation, did not return a request for comment prior to deadline. Assemblyman David Weprin (D-Fresh Meadows) and Avella had also introduced the bill in their respective chambers during two previous legislative sessions, though the Feb. 27 vote represents the first time that either of the bodies has passed the proposal. Weprin told the Chronicle that he’s planning on speaking to

The Long Island Motor Parkway trail in Cunningham Park. In Albany, the state Senate has passed a bill that would require the state to conduct a study about expanding the path from Winchester Boulevard to Little Neck Parkway. PHOTO COURTESY NYC PARKS

Assembly Transportation Committee Chairman David Gantt (D-Rochester) about getting his bill passed this year. “Right now, we’re focused on the budget so it’s kind of delayed,” he said. Councilman Barry Grodenchik (D-Oakland Gardens) had secured $1.25 million in the city budget finalized last year to resurface the trail. And a couple of months after that, Mayor de Blasio announced an additional $4 million


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Student President Estevez Batista Senior Soribel Estevez Batista as Student Association President represents the student population, as the head of the Student Leadership Team to solve dilemmas and to lead the students in activities. As the leader of the Leadership of the school she helps facilitate events in the school such as the blood drives, Breast Cancer Walk, Lymphoma Society collections, Pennies for Patients, talent shows, the Family Community Night, and Pep Rallies. She is also the Captain of the Law Club and helps other aspiring lawyers to participate in the Mock Trial program. The students are given a court case and must act it out in a real courtroom in front of a real judge with a decision being reached. She is also the overseer of the school store, counts the money, keeps the records, maintains the inventory and makes sure the merchandise is what the students want. As one of the captains of the bowling team she helps teach the beginners the tricks of bowling.

Large bulletin boards located on the first floor of Richmond Hill High School are full of color coded boxes for the names of all the students. The colors show if the students are meeting the requirements for graduation such as Regents passed and credits needed for graduation. Red means a student is off track, yellow means improvement is needed and green mean the student is on track. The words “ARE YOU GREEN” is a reminder for students.

for improving the path. The funds dedicated by the city officials, Weprin explained, will “make it easier to get the legislation done and make it a priority.” Two colleagues of his representing Queens — Assemblymembers Nily Rozic (D-Fresh Meadows) and Ed Braunstein (D-Bayside) — are also sponsoring the bill. “This study would give us the data we need to determine not just the cost of the expansion, but the best possible proposal that the surrounding community can benefit from,” Rozic said in a prepared statement. Transportation activist Joby Jacob is the co-founder of Motor Parkway East, a group that advocates for extending the path east. “We’ve worked with David Weprin and Tony Avella to craft this legislation and we’re very excited to hear that the Motor Parkway extension bill passed the NYS Senate and are looking forward to its passage in the Assembly,” Jacob said in an emailed statement. Motor Parkway East’s proposal for connecting the trail from Winchester to Little Neck Parkway would have the path go through land that is unused and not residential or business properties. Specifically, Jacob’s group would bring the route through properties held by the state Office of Mental Health, the city Department of Education and the Queens County Farm Museum. “Connecting more neighborhoods in Queens to the Motor Parkway and, by extension, each other, expands recreational opportunities for Eastern Queens residents of all ages,” the Q Motor Parkway East co-founder added.

SCHOOL SPOTLIGHT Richmond Hill High School robust Robotics Team is building a robot to compete in the FIRST Robotics Competition. Teams all over the United States receive boxes with identical parts. Using these parts the students build a robot that will do a specific task. The partly finished robot is shown in the photo with some of the club members and their adviser, Director of Technology Tony Kistoo. The robot’s vertical poles will move up and are supposed to attach to a box which it will have to place onto a shelf and also pull itself up. The winning robot will be able to do all these things without breaking down. The Captain of the team is Aaron Omadutt.


Left, are some of the Student Government Leaders at Richmond Hill HS. They organize events such as three blood drives every year, Breast Cancer Walks, Pep Rallies, a Community Family Night, a Strawberry Festival, and a talent show. They meet monthly with Principal Neil Ganesh at consultative meetings where they discuss things of concern to all parties such as the physical maintenance of the building or anything bothering anybody. They feel that their job is to encourage school spirit and make the high school experience memorable. Overseeing all these activities is the Coordinator of Student Affairs or COSA Janika Doobay. The Academy of Hospitality and Tourism at Richmond Hill high prepares students for a career. This is a student-run class operating like a business. The students make their own rules, host their own events and fund raise. They do job shadowing such as at Microsoft and go to the Jets’ Stadium to meet employees, make commercials, study customer service, can go on paid internships in their junior year, can obtain Microsoft Certification, supported by SAYA the PTA, and create their own website. Their mentor is Mr. E. Joseph and the Director of the Academy is Mr. F. McCormick. The program is sponsored by the National Academy Foundation and follows the NAF curriculum. The photo, right, shows CEO Abiba Dyuti, left, and CFO Tifffany Calle. Photos and stories by Bob Harris

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Court rules against diocese, says the charter can begin enrollment by Christopher Barca

by the Appellate Division, which will make a final judgment on the case in the future. “Our lawyers inform us that given the number of cases before the court,” Lume wrote, “this case may not be before the judges again for perhaps a year.” Last month’s ruling allows MVP to continue with its sixthgrade enrollment process, and applications from prospective students are due April 1. Preference is given to siblings of current students, children of MVP employees and residents of School District 24. If there are more applications than available seats, a lottery will be held April 13, with kids who were not selected being added to a waiting list. Lume said that over winter break, students wrote letters to Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio, asking him to drop the lawsuit. They even reached out in writing to Pope Francis, asking him to intervene on behalf of the school. She added that CTK and MVP officials have invited the diocese to the negotiating table, but it has “so far not been interested.” Diocese of Brooklyn spokeswoman Adriana Rodriguez told the Chronicle on Tuesday that it has tried and failed to persuade the Appellate Division to hear the case much sooner than scheduled. “Unfortunately, the Appellate Division is unwilling to expedite the hearing of the appeal,” Rodriguez said, “therefore, the charter school’s future operation at the high school premises remains uncertain. “As the Diocese has stated before, it remains open and willing to resolve this dispute amicably,” she added. “We urge Christ the King to agree to the same terms as every other regional Q high school within the Diocese.”


Middle Village Preparatory Charter School’s future, at least temporarily, is looking brighter than it has in a year. The Appellate Division of the state Supreme Court ruled 4-0 late last month that the middle school could continue its 2018-19 enrollment process — denying a motion filed by the Diocese of Brooklyn to stop the school from doing so. In a letter sent home to parents on Feb. 28, school Board of Trustees Chairwoman Josephine Lume called the decision “great news for all of us who care about MVP.” “Your support and activism throughout this ordeal with the diocese have been invaluable — whether attending rallies or making your voices heard in other ways,” Lume wrote. “We have accomplished great things together for your children and our community.” For the last nine months, the diocese has been embroiled in a legal battle with Christ the King High School over MVP’s presence on the latter’s campus since 2013. The diocese first sued Christ the King last May, claiming its housing of the charter middle school violates a past agreement that granted financial independence for CTK in return for the Middle Village site being used only as a Catholic high school or something consistent with running such a Catholic educational facility. After multiple rallies led by MVP students and parents, a Queens Supreme Court judge originally ruled in favor of the diocese, requiring the school to vacate CTK’s campus at 68-02 Metropolitan Ave. But a judge granted a temporary restraining order in September, allowing MVP to remain open. In October, CTK’s appeal of the original ruling was granted


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Scaramucci visits Queens Village GOP Ex-White House communications chief talks Trump administration, rips Kelly by Ryan Brady Associate Editor

“Mooch! Mooch! Mooch!” That’s what the crowd chanted in the packed basement of St. Anne’s Knights of Columbus in Glen Oaks last Thursday night, as former White House Communications Director Anthony Scaramucci spoke to the Queens Village Republican Club. The Port Washington, LI native, a Goldman Sachs veteran who founded his own financial firm and worked for Trump’s presidential campaign prior to his 11-day communications chief tenure, offered his unique perspective on Washington. One person in the audience asked what Scaramucci thought of how Hope Hicks, who succeeded him in his White House role, announced her resignation. The entrepreneur said that Hicks is a “Trump loyalist” like himself, and that the president’s enemies may have played a role in her decision to step down. “I think that there has been a concerted effort to eliminate Trump loyalists from the Trump circle,” he said, also including Corey Lewandowski, Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump in the category. “And so what these guys are trying to do is, they’re trying to isolate and eliminate the president’s most loyal group of people from him,” Scaramucci said. Although brief, his time in the Trump administration role was marked by controversy. According to published reports, Scaramucci at one point threatened to fire the entire White House press office staff; he also cursed out some Trump administration colleagues — including former officials Steve Bannon and Reince Preibus — in an interview with a journalist. “I said a couple of curse words. Big deal,” he said. “They tried to turn me into this, like, Italian cartoon figure.” At the GOP club, the entrepreneur took a shot at Trump chief of staff Gen. John Kelly — who reportedly fired him. While clarifying that he had tremendous respect for the general’s service to the United

Former White House Communications Director Anthony Scaramucci speaking to the Queens VilPHOTO BY RYAN BRADY lage Republican Club last Thursday. States military and deep compassion for how his son was killed in Afghanistan, Scaramucci has zero kind words for the chief of staff’s management style. “I talked a little bit of smack about two lunatics that we had to fire,” Scaramucci said. “But he let people smack up their wives and he tried to cover it up.” One person asked if Kelly is a member of “the swamp.” “Absolutely,” said Scaramucci. He also joked that Preibus “is like the Creature from the Black Lagoon” and repeated the president’s “Sloppy Steve” Bannon nickname. Scaramucci joked about his brief job at the White House, saying that he had been one of the “soap opera stars” until being “kicked off the show before I could really act.” And he has remained a very vocal supporter of President Trump since getting canned. One of the most controversial political issues nationally today is gun control, with

the policy debate reignited by the recent Parkland, Fla. school shooting. Scaramucci praised the commander-inchief for having a nuanced understanding of the issue. “He gets that we need to have a Second Amendment, he gets that we need to protect normal people that want access to guns, to protect their homes ... to protect themselves against an oppressive government,” the exW h it e Hou se com mu n icat ion s ch ief explained. “But we also have to intersect that with the health and safety of innocent life.” Just as glowingly as he spoke about Trump, Scaramucci gave a pointed critique of “the people on the other side,” politically. “They believe in statism, they believe in the government knows better than each of you as an individual, they believe they’re smarter than you,” he said. “So, therefore the money that’s in your pocket that you worked super hard for, they should have control of and then

they should allocate it to you as they see fit.” Rabbi Menashe Bovit asked Scaramucci for his perspective on U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions, whom Trump has criticized for appointing a special counsel to probe Russian interference in the 2016 election and any alleged collusion with the president’s campaign. The Port Washington native said “there’s been no collusion” and told everyone that he saw nothing to indicate it while he was working for president’s election team. “Is he afraid of his own shadow? Is he incompetent?” the rabbi asked about Sessions. “Is he part of the swamp? It seems like he’s working for the other side.” Scaramucci said that Sessions — whom he praised for being a “hardworking” supporter of Trump during the campaign — strategically erred by recusing himself from the investigation. “He thought, ‘I’m going to pull out of this thing,’” he said. “‘By June or July of last year, the prosecution will be over.’ But the prosecution’s not over; he miscalculated and unfortunately, because he recused himself, he can’t step back in.” Among the packed crowd for the event Thursday was former Rep. Michael Grimm, who went to prison for tax fraud. He’s running in a Republican primary race to win back his old congressional district in Staten Island and Brooklyn, which is now represented by Rep. Dan Donovan (R-Staten Island, Brooklyn). One woman asked Scaramucci: Would he ever run for governor? “I’m not a politician, thank God, so I’m not going lie to this group of people and say that the thought has never crossed my mind,” the former White House official said. But, he added, a bid this year is unlikely. “The problem is, I have to patch up my marriage,” he said, adding that a “main reason” for not running in 2018 is that the federal government is still reviewing the sale of his company SkyBridge Capital to a Chinese firm. He had to put the company up for sale to Q work at the White House.

Primary day moved two days to Sept. 13 by Christopher Barca Editor

The date of this fall’s primary election for state and municipal offices has officially been moved to Thursday, Sept. 13. Gov. Cuomo signed legislation into law last Friday moving primary day from Tuesday, Sept. 11, after lawmakers in the Assembly and state Senate both unanimously passed bills last month to change the date. A number of Jewish lawmakers from Queens spearheaded the charge, citing the original primary day’s conflict with the Rosh Hashanah holiday.

Old date conflicted with holiday, 9/11 “The unfortunate scheduling of Primary Day on a Jewish High Holiday forces a large constituency to choose between their religious observance and their constitutional right to vote,” Assemblywoman Nily Rozic (D-Fresh Meadows) told the Chronicle last month. Other legislators, including Assemblymembers Stacey Pheffer Amato (D-Rockaway Park) and David Weprin (D-Fresh Meadows) said holding an election on the

same day as the 17th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks was also inappropriate. The latter added that moving the date was a “no-brainer.” The new law only pertains to the 2018 primary and is scheduled to expire at the end of the year. As lawmakers debated changing the date last month, Public Advocate Letitia James called for a bill to be put forth in Albany

that would allow the state Board of Elections, in the case of a religious conflict, to move an election on its own without an act of the Legislature — as long as the new date is within 14 days of the original one. Two days after telling the Chronicle he thinks the public advocate’s idea was a good one, Weprin introduced legislation, along with six co-sponsors, to make it a reality. That bill, as of Monday, lacked a companion in the state Senate, and had been sent to the Assembly’s Standing CommitQ tee on Election Law.

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the next head of the DOE. City Hall issued a statement naming him FariĂąa’s successor on Feb. 28. Carvalho was set to announce his departure from the Sunshine State at an emergency meeting of the school board March 1, but in a surprise move — after taking two extended breaks — said he was “breaking an agreementâ€? with City Hall and remaining in Miami. “I would not be true to myself and this community if I did not give myself a chance to reconsider, after my heart started beating faster and louder than my mind,â€? he said to the applause of school board members and parents. The one-time New York City resident added that he “underestimated the emotional tugsâ€? leaving the post he’s held for more than a decade would have on him. Eric Phillips, the mayor’s press secretary, said on social media shortly after the announcement that Carvalho was a “yesâ€? for more than a week, “until he was a No 15 minutes ago.â€? De Blasio said Monday he reached out to Carranza hours after Carvalho backed out and the two came to an agreement Sunday. In an effort to avoid being rebuked twice in one week, de Blasio had Carranza accept the job alongside himself, First Lady Chirlane McCray and FariĂąa. Carranza’s wife, Monique, was also Q present at the press conference.

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continued from page 2 mariachi musician — said he will be an advocate for all students. “If you’re a student who does not yet speak English, we hear you. If you’re a Dreamer, we hear you,� he said. “If you are formerly not being served, we will serve you. And if you are parents, we are going to take care of your children as if you are taking care of them yourselves. That is our mission.� The Arizona native was lauded by education union leaders. “Mr. Carranza has earned a reputation for collaboration with teachers, parents and school communities and has been a real champion of public schools,� Michael Mulgrew, president of the United Federation of Teachers, said in a prepared statement. “We are encouraged by his commitment to all children, his resistance to a ‘testing culture’ and his support for the community schools approach.� American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten in a statement said, “Houston’s loss is New York City’s gain. Under Superintendent Carranza’s leadership and vision, we collaborated to strengthen and support public education in Houston.� The Monday appointment came four days after de Blasio seemingly secured Alberto Carvalho, the superintendent of the Miami-Dade County school system and a rising star in the education world, as

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Queens is ‘very fertile ground’ for an upset Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Crowley’s opponent, says she’s up for a fight by Christopher Barca Editor

The presidential campaign of U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and the subsequent election of Donald Trump inspired the birth of countless Democratic and nonpartisan activist groups all around the nation. 2018 One of them was Brand New Congress, an organization created by former Sanders staffers to recruit both Democrats and Republicans to take on what it calls the corrupt and complacent political establishment. BNC has since fielded 11,000 nominations from across America, but Bronx resident Alexandria Ocasio-Ortiz was one of just a handful the group originally decided to immediately back last year. And like the Vermont senator, Ocasio-Cortez is calling for a political revolution. The target? Longtime Rep. Joe Crowley (D-Queens, Bronx), one of the most powerful Democrats in both Queens and Washington. “There’s a movement in this country that the old Democratic guard is missing out on,” Ocasio-Cortez said in a sitdown interview with the Chronicle last Thursday. “This community is very fertile ground for a primary challenger.” A third-generation Bronx resident, the 28-year-old got her start in politics as an intern for the late U.S. Sen. Ted Kennedy while attending Boston University. From there, she became an educational director with the National Hispanic Institute — the organization that honored her as its Person of the Year in 2017. But it was Sanders’ Democratic presidential primary campaign, for which she was an organizer in the Bronx, that inspired her to do more. “It was an opportunity for working-class Americans to really have a clear channel to political representation in this county,” Ocasio-Cortez said. “After that disaster of a general election, I decided with my friends that it wasn’t over. We were just beginning a strong political movement in this country.” She and her Sanders campaign colleagues then traveled the country to meet with activists and ordinary individuals — including those impacted by the water crisis in Flint, Mich. and Native Americans protesting the Dakota Access

Bronx resident Alexandria Ocascio-Cortez is looking to upset Rep. Joe Crowley in June’s Democratic primary. PHOTO BY CHROSTOPHER BARCA

Pipeline at Standing Rock. The day after she returned to the Bronx from Standing Rock, Ocasio-Cortez said, is when BNC called her and asked her to run for Congress against Crowley. “They looked at the incumbent, how much are they corroding his or her party with corporate interests. And Joe Crowley is very much up there,” she said, when asked why BNC backs her. According to his challenger, Crowley is focused more on serving his donors than his constituents. Per, a website that tracks campaign contributions, $229,000 of the $2 million Crowley raised in 2017 came from developers, while $216,000 was given by those in financial investment. It is those connections with developers looking to build in the Queens portion of his district, not the voters, that Crowley cares about the most, according to Ocasio-Cortez. “Luxury real estate developers are some of the largest contributors to Joe Crowley,” she said. “[Overdevelopment] is done

with the help of the Queens machine. Residents are extremely frustrated that they can’t afford to live in communities they have resided in for generations.” Ocasio-Cortez — Crowley’s first primary opponent in more than a decade — has spent the last year campaigning, both inperson and online. And when she visits Corona, she said she often meets people who are reluctant to open the door, fearing that the knock could be coming from Immigrations and Customs Enforcement agents. If elected, she said she would push for ICE — established in 2003 when various immigration-related entities in the Department of Justice were coalesced into one agency under the Department of Homeland Security — to be either defunded entirely or again be overseen by the DOJ. “We need to review and reverse a lot of the corrosive policies from the post-9/11 panic, including the Patriot Act,” she said. “Now we have this parallel, black-box detention system that has no place operating the way it operates in our country.” Like many progressives, Ocasio-Cortez is also a strong supporter of Medicare for all, tuition-free college and massive federal investments in renewable energy sources. “This district deserves to be a progressive house,” she said. “He’s had a generation in office and a new generation is here.” While she and dozens of volunteers spend most days knocking on doors, she is also active on social media, where she has tens of thousands of followers. She has also made repeated appearances on popular progressive internet-based news outlets like The Young Turks, and has earned the backing of burgeoning liberal groups like the Justice Democrats. “There’s a really strong thirst for an uncompromised candidate in Queens,” she said. “We have to challenge this seat.” Ocasio-Cortez raised just $59,000 in 2017, and her goal is to bring in $200,000 by Primary Day on June 26. Meanwhile, her opponent — a possible candidate for speaker of the House, should the Democrats take control of the body — has proven to be one of the top fundraisers in Washington. But she said the days when the candidate with the most money almost always wins are quickly coming to an end. “It used to be if you wanted to be on TV, you had to be on MSNBC. If you wanted to be in a national news story, you had to go to The New York Times,” she said. “That’s not the case Q anymore.”

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Marching with signs on the Main Street sidewalk in front of NewYork-Presbyterian Queens hospital in Flushing last Thursday, a crowd of registered nurses rallied for “good faith” negotiation during contract talks. “Be fair to those who care!” some demanded. Organized by 1199SEIU United Healthcare Workers East, the informational picket — which didn’t block hospital activity — takes place after eight months of negotiation for a new contract. The nurses haven’t had one since June, according to the union. It also says the nurses are seeking a 3 percent wage increase in the new contract, as well as “supplemental healthcare” for

retired nurses 62 and older who aren’t eligible for Medicare yet. The union was joined at the protest by state Sen. Toby Ann Stavisky (D-Flushing), along with representatives of city Comptroller Scott Stringer, Rep. Grace Meng (D-Flushing) and Public Advocate Letitia James. One of the nurses read a letter written by Borough President Melinda Katz in support of them. “Look at the sign: It says ‘Amazing Things Are Happening Here,’” Stavisky said, referring to a slogan frequently used by the hospital. “It’s not an accident, it’s because of you that amazing things are happening here.” Bayside resident Mary Gardner told the Chronicle she’s worked for 34 years as a nurse at NewYork-Presbyterian Queens and its precursors, New York Hospital

Queens and Booth Memorial Hospital. “We’d like to be covered for health insurance if we want to retire at 62 to 65 until Medicare kicks in,” she said. “We’re just trying to negotiate a good contract.” The hospital declined to respond to the specific accusations made by the union, but put out a statement in response to last Thursday’s event. “The activity outside the hospital, which had no impact on hospital operations, was related to ongoing contract negotiations between NewYork-Presbyterian Queens and Local 1199 Registered Nurse Division, the union that represents many of our nurses,” the hospital said in an emailed statement. “We greatly value our tremendously skilled and dedicated nurses and are optimistic that we will be able to reach a fair Q contract agreement with their union.”

Registered nurses held an informational picket with their union, 1199SEIU United Healthcare Workers East, in front of NewYork-Presbyterian Queens last Thursday. PHOTO BY RYAN BRADY

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T he cost of remodeling a home is easier to stomach when homeowners can expect to recoup a si zable percentage of the costs of the renovation. While basing renovations on their potential impact on resale value may be unwise, return on investment is something homeowners must consider when mulling renovation projects. Many homeowners wonder which renovations will resonate most strongly with potential buyers when a home is put up for sale. According to Remodeling magazine, homeowners are less likely to recoup their investment in a major kitchen or bathroom remodel than they would with basic home maintenance, such as new siding. That’s because buyers are most interested in how the bones of the house — or those elements that keep the house protected and can be costly to fix — were maintained. Each year Remodeling magazine issues its “Cost vs. Value Report,” which highlights the projects that offer the most return on investment. In 2016, the No. 1 project was the installation of fiberglass attic insulation, which could produce 116.9 percent recouped cost and a resale value of $1,482. Rounding out the top five were manufactured stone veneer for the exterior, a standard new garage door, a steel entry door and an upscale garage door.

Homeowners should investigate potential renovations before committing the time and money to something that may offer little value at resale. Projects with the least return on investment tended to be more expensive undertakings that offered returns of roughly 57 percent. Such projects included bathroom additions, upscale bathroom additions, upscale master suite additions, upscale

bathroom remodels and deck additions. For those considering more expensive renovations, keep these figures in mind, courtesy of Forbes: • A major remodel of a 200-square-foot kitchen can cost around $113,000, with

homeowners recouping 60 percent. • Replacing 1,250 square-feet of siding with new fiber siding can cost $13,000, but homeowners can expect to recoup 80 percent of that cost at resale. • Replacing 10 existing double-hung windows with vinyl low-e glass windows is valued at $14,000 and the return can be between 68 and 73 percent. There are even renovations that seem like good ideas but can actually hurt the resale value of a home. MSN Money lists these projects as money-wasters for those who want to sell soon: • Lavish lighting fixtures can look dated in a few years when trends change. • Wallpaper or textured walls can be notoriously hard to change, and buyers know that. • Kitschy renovations, such as 1950s diner tiles, may appeal to only a select number of people. Neutral renovations are better if resale is the goal. • Many real estate experts warn against converting a bedroom into anything other than a bedroom — even for the purposes of a home office. Such conversions can immediately devalue the property. The same can be said about combining two small bedrooms into one larger space. Homeowners should investigate potential renovations before committing the time and money to something that may offer little Q value at resale. — Metro Creative Connection

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Do the math: Home buying now may save a lot It is a common misconception that a 20 percent down payment is required t o b u y a h o m e. Advice to wait and save a large down payment is often based on the theory that the cost of mortgage insurance, which is required when you buy with a smaller down payment, should be avoided. This may not be the best advice and is, in fact, not in line with market trends, considering 60 percent of homebuyers buy with a down payment of 6 percent or less, according to the National Association of Realtors. Yes, you can qualify for a conventional mortgage with a down payment as small as 3 percent of the purchase price. It is also true that you can reduce your monthly mortgage payment by paying for discount points at closing, but that can be 5 or 10 percent of the purchase price — not 20. And because every buyer’s situation is unique, it’s important to do the math. In today’s market, it could take a family earning the national median income up to 20 years to save 20 percent, according to calculations by U.S. Mortgage Insurers using a methodology developed by the Center for Responsible Lending; a lot can change during that time, in the family’s personal finances and in overall mortgage market trends. How can buying now save you money later?

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Consider you want to purchase a $235,000 home. A 5 percent down payment is $11,750 versus $47,000 in cash for 20 percent down. With a 740 credit score at today’s MI rates, your monthly MI payment would be about $110, which is added to your monthly mortgage payment until MI cancels. MI typically

cancels after five years; therefore, you will only have this added cost for a short period of time versus waiting an average of 20 years to save for 20 percent. With home price appreciation, today’s $235,000 home will likely cost more in the years ahead and this will also have an

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impact on the necessary down payment and length of time required to save for it. There are other variables in the equation too, such as interest rates. As federal rates rise, so too can the costs associated with financing a mortgage. The savings a borrower might calculate today could be altogether negated by waiting even a few more years. Another factor is that rents are on the rise across the nation, leading to a reduced capacity for many would-be homebuyers to save for larger down payments. If you decide to buy today with a low down payment mortgage option, it is true that MI is an added cost on top of mortgage principal and interest, but keep in mind that it is temporary and goes away. Again, it typically lasts about five years. Private MI can be cancelled once a homeowner builds approximately 20 percent equity in the home through payments or appreciation and automatically terminates for most borrowers once he or she reaches 22 percent equity. And when MI is cancelled, the monthly bill goes down. Importantly, the insurance premiums on an FHA mortgage — the 100 percent taxpayer-backed government version of mortgage insurance — cannot be cancelled for the vast majority of borrowers with FHA mortgages. So, do the math and let the numbers guide you. There are many online mortgage calculators that can help. Check out to learn more. Q — Brandpoint


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Common tax mistakes to avoid this season Life changes — getting married, having a baby, buying or selling a home, sending a child off to college or retiring — often come with changes to your tax situation. Overlooking these changes when filing your taxes can lead taxpayers to make mistakes that leave money on the table, potentially impacting their refund at a time when the average refund is about $2,800. Here is a list of common tax mistakes to avoid in the 2018 filing season to help ensure you don’t miss any deductions or credits that you deserve. • Using the correct filing status. One of the most common mistakes taxpayers make is selecting the wrong filing status. A taxpayer’s filing status can affect which credits and deductions they’re eligible for, the value of their standard deduction and their tax bracket. One situation that can make choosing a filing status difficult is when more than one filing status seems to fit. For example, if a taxpayer with children is in the process of getting a divorce, they may not be sure if they should file as married filing jointly or married filing separately or, in some instances, whether they qualify to file as head of household. In this case, the taxpayers should run the numbers to see if fil-

ing jointly or separately is more to their advantage rather than guessing. In addition, common clerical errors such as mixing up names, forgetting to include information reported on your W-2, 1099 or other forms, or even making mathematical errors can also affect your tax benefits. • Commonly overlooked credits and deductions. Most taxpayers file their taxes using the standard deduction, but you may be eligible for a variety of itemized deductions that could possibly save you more. Also, you may be eligible for “above-theline” deductions and tax credits, none of which require you to itemize. And it’s important to note that the newly passed tax reform generally does not impact these credits or deductions until you file your 2018 tax return in 2019. • Earned Income Tax Credit for lowerincome workers. Twenty percent of eligible taxpayers, particularly lower-income workers, do not claim the Earned Income Tax Credit. Depending on their income and the number of children they have, these taxpayers may be eligible for an EITC of $503 to $6,242. Since eligibility can fluctuate based on financial, marital and parental status,

taxpayers can be ineligible one year and eligible the next. Under the PATH Act, taxpayers who claim the EITC and who file early will have their refunds delayed until mid-February. Despite the delay, taxpayers should file as they normally would to get their refund as soon as possible. • Education credits. Depending on your academic program, what year the student is in, income and other restrictions, there are federal tax credits that can help offset the costs of higher education for yourself or your dependents. To qualify, you must pay for post-secondary tuition and fees for yourself, your spouse or your dependent. Depending on the criteria, a student may use the American Opportunity Credit of up to $2,500 or the Lifetime Learning Credit of up to $2,000. • Itemizing deductions. Itemizing can save taxpayers hundreds of dollars, as only one-third of taxpayers itemize but millions more should — especially homeowners. Owning a home is often the key that unlocks itemization, but some taxpayers with high state taxes and charitable contributions may also be able to itemize.

Itemizing enables eligible taxpayers to take deductions such as: charitable donations; medical expenses that exceed 7.5 percent of adjusted gross income; personal property taxes; state income or sales taxes; casualty losses such as a fire, hurricane or earthquake; and mortgage interest payments. • Not filing. On average, the IRS announces annually that approximately $1 billion goes unclaimed in federal tax refunds. Taxpayers can claim a refund for up to three years after the filing deadline. So, in addition to filing your 2017 return, keep in mind to file your 2015 return by April 17, 2018. If not, you will lose your 2015 refund. There is no late-filing penalty if a taxpayer is due a refund. Also, even if you are not required to file a return, you may be entitled to a refund. Taxpayers who want to ensure they get the maximum refund without a delay should visit to see if you are eligible for a Refund Advance, or you can make an appointment with a tax Q professional. — Brandpoint

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2018 TAX PLANNING Five tips to save time and money this tax season Taxes are inevitable, but there are many smart ways to save time and money throughout the process. Marsha Barnes, a certified financial social worker, financial educator and certified credit report reviewer, helps identify five important tips to consider: 1. Get organized. Gather all the documents you’ll need ahead of time, including W-2s, 1099s, mortgage interest statements, charitable contributions and paperwork relating to any stocks, funds or properties you bought or sold in 2017. Get out last year’s returns, which can serve as a guide. Schedule an appointment with a tax professional or compare the do-it-yourself software you’ll need to complete your tax returns on your own. You can also find checklists online, such as the one at

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2. Find out which tax breaks apply to you. Has your living or work situation changed? The number of people you support? Did you get married or have children? Even if nothing has changed in your life, you may have missed credits in the past that you’re entitled to. For example, according to the IRS, one out of every five eligible workers fails to claim the Earned Income Tax Credit. If you find out you qualify for the EITC this year and didn’t claim it in the past, you can even file amended returns for 2014, 2015 or 2016 taxes. Make sure you take advantage of the deductions that apply to you. The IRS provides a wealth of this type of information online at


3. Use direct deposit. For the fastest and most secure delivery of your tax refund, ditch the paper check. Opt to have your refund directly deposited into your bank account. Don’t have a bank account or don’t want to use your primary bank account? “A smart choice is to get your tax refunds deposited onto a prepaid debit card,” says Barnes. “These prepaid debit cards are convenient tools to manage everyday finances and direct deposit is free, secure, eliminates the need to pay for check cashing services and the money arrives faster than a paper check. 4. File early and electronically. E-filing is the easiest and fastest way to file your taxes, and you’ll get your refund faster than if you file a paper re-turn, especially if combined with direct deposit. Tax Day 2018 is April 17 this year, two days later than normal, but don’t try to take advantage of that. Filing early will not only help you get your refund faster, it may also help you avoid tax-related identity theft since you will already have filed using your own Social Security Number before someone else tried to.

“You can get your tax refund even faster when you use direct deposit,” advises financial expert Marsha Barnes. PHOTO COURTESY NAPS

5. Look for tax season sales and promotions. “Both the full-service tax prep companies and the DIY websites are competing for your business, so shop around to find the best deal for what you need,” suggests Barnes. “And since you were smart and filed early, you’ll be

able to take advantage of all the tax day freebies that companies promote while others rush to beat the April 17 Q deadline,” adds Barnes. — NAPS

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Happy Big East Tournament, everyone! By the time you read this Thursday morning, St. John’s will either be gearing up for its second-round game against Xavier, the tournament’s top seed, or cleaning out their lockers at Carnesecca Arena — its season having ended at the hands of Georgetown on Wednesday. Either way, the roller coaster ride that was the 2017-18 regular season is definitely over. Just a few months ago, the Red Storm were viewed as possible NCAA Tournament contenders. Top scorers Shamorie Ponds and Marcus LoVett were coming back, while transfers Marvin Clark II and Justin Simon were finally eligible to play. This team looked locked and loaded, and after a 10-2 start, they were the talk of the town. But here we are. St. John’s finished 15-16 overall and just 4-14 in conference play, thanks to a six-week, 11-game losing streak. What a disappointment. That doesn’t mean there weren’t some bright spots, however. We saw one player make the leap from top scorer to absolute stud. Another quietly put together a historic season. With the regular season over — and talk about the Academy Awards still dominating water coolers in offices around the country — it’s time to hand out my annual end-of-year honors for Most Valuable Player, Least Valuable Player, Most Improved Player and Best Moment.

ing. Ponds led the Big East in per-game scoring (21.6 points per game), steals (2.5) and minutes played (37.0). He led St. John’s in points (606) and free throw percentage (85 percent), while finishing second in assists (4.86) and third in rebounds (5.1). His six 30-point games? The most in one season since Marcus Hatten in 2003. His 44 points against Marquette on Feb. 10? The most ever scored on campus. But what doesn’t show up in the stat sheet is the intensity and leadership he brings to the court. He’s willed that team to victories on many occasions. Need a big shot in the clutch? He’s your guy. You couldn’t ask for a better kid to be the face of your program. Not only was he a well-deserving All-Big East First-Team selection, the stud has been a shoe-in for my St. John’s MVP for months now.

MVP: Shamorie Ponds If you’ve been living in a cave all year, damn, you missed one of the best seasons in program history. The stats don’t say it all, but they are strik-

MOST IMPROVED: Tariq Owens You may remember one of my columns from earlier in the season, when I wrote that for St. John’s to be successful, center Tariq Owens needed to improve. And boy he did.

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His stats — 8.5 points, 5.9 rebounds and 3.1 blocks per game — might not jump out at you. But if you remember who Owens was last year or even just a few months ago, I’m pretty sure you would agree with me here. He’s turned into the Red Storm’s spark plug; his blocks kill opponents’ rallies and his dunks start them for the good guys. He’s expanded his offensive arsenal of mid-range and three-point jumpers. He even showed he can bang in the block with some of the big boys of the Big East. Sure, he still has a long way to go. Owens is tall but rail-thin, compared to some other centers in the league. But he did block 93 shots this year, by far the best total in the Big East and the second-highest season total ever behind Chris Obekpa’s 133 swats in 2013. Owens has gone from a liability to an asset coach Chris Mullin can feel comfortable deploying in any situation. BEST MOMENT: Down goes Duke My relationship with St. John’s stretches nine years now, the first four as a student and the last five as a reporter. And I don’t think I’ve ever

heard a Madison Square Garden crowd as loud as it was on Feb. 3, when St. John’s pulled off an incredible 81-77 upset over fourth-ranked Duke. Remember, the Red Storm entered that game on an 11-game losing streak and the Blue Devils were playing as well as anyone in the country. Shamorie Ponds clearly didn’t get that message, however. The Queens Chronicle MVP poured in a game-high 33 points that Saturday and buried big shot after big shot in what could only be compared to a heavyweight boxing match. No shot was more clutch, however, than the ridiculous corner three he hit as the shot clock expired with 30 seconds left. Not only did that give St. John’s a four-point lead it never relinquished, it send the crowd into an absolute frenzy. Beer cups went flying, fans fell over the seats in front of them. It was pure mayhem. Easily the best moment of an otherwise disappointing year. LVP: Marcus LoVett LoVett spent nearly three seasons in Queens, but only played a year’s worth of games. After a solid season last year, the redshirt sophomore looked ready to take a giant step forward in November, as he helped the Johnnies get off to a 10-2 start. But then came the knee tweak heard ‘round campus on Nov. 26. The team’s second-leading scorer was initially supposed to miss only a little bit of time, but that sprained MCL was apparently worse than originally thought. LoVett never returned to the court, eventually leaving the program for good last month. Imagine what could have been, had LoVett Q and Ponds ran the backcourt all season?

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The two titans of the Catholic High School Athletic Association, at least in Queens boys basketball this year, have been Christ the King and Archbishop Molloy. So it comes as no surprise that the league’s top honors are being split between the most recognizable names at the Middle Village and Briarwood schools. Taking home the CHSAA’s Most Valuable Player award is Molloy center Moses Brown, arguably the most dominant player in the city, regardless of league. Not only did the Hollis resident finish second in the CHSAA in scoring with 21.7 points per game, including a season-high of 37 points, he scored at least 20 in 15 contests. The award is the 7-foot, 2-inch senior center’s second prestigious accolade in as many months, as the UCLA commit was one of 24 players nationwide to be named to the McDonald’s All-American Team last month. While this season has been a bit of a roller coaster for the 15-12 Molloy Stanners, Brown has his team playing in the CHSAA city semifinals for the second straight year — they were upset in the tournament’s championship game by rival Cardinal Hayes in 2017. The Stanners will face off against Archbishop Stepinac High School at St. John’s University on Thursday at 8 p.m., with a trip to the Sunday final on the line. The favorite to win next year’s league MVP award might be Brown’s teammate, junior guard Cole Anthony. The son of former NBA star Greg Anthony led the CHSAA in scoring this year with 23 points per game, earning a spot on the All-League First Team. Ranked the top junior guard in the nation and the best junior in the state, nearly every major college basketball program from Duke to Kansas has offered Anthony a scholarship.

Qualifying for the All-League Second Team was Molloy’s Khalid Moore, the third member of the Stanners’ big three. The senior forward scored 16 points per game this year — including one 40-point tilt — and has emerged into one of the most versatile players in the borough under coach Mike McCleary. Moore, ranked the fourth-best senior in New York, is bound for Georgia Tech. In Middle Village, coach Joe Arbitello — a five-time city champion — guided his Royals to a 22-5 record, the Brooklyn/Queens diocesan championship and yet another berth in the CHSAA city semifinals. And for that, the league named him its “AA” division Coach of the Year for the fifth time in his decorated 10-year career — Arbitello won his first Coach of the Year honor in 2010 before earning it again in 2011, 2013, 2014 and 2015. In years past, the Royals have enjoyed eyepopping production from superstars and future college starters such as Rawle Alkins, Jon Severe and Jose Alvarado. But unlike their top-heavy rivals at Molloy, the 2017-18 Royals — who did not have a player finish in the CHSAA’s top 25 in scoring — maintain a more balanced offensive attack. Leading the way is highly touted junior center Kofi Cockburn, who dropped 12 points per game this season. The 6-foot, 11-inch rebounding machine was named to the CHSAA All-League Second Team, along with fellow Royal Tyson Walker, a senior who averaged 11 points per game. The scrappy point guard had a game-high 22 points and six assists in Christ the King’s 59-55 quarterfinal win over St. Peter’s. The Royals will need Walker and Cockburn to shine again on Thursday, when they take on Cardinal Hayes at St. John’s at 6 p.m., with a spot in the CHSAA city title game at Q Fordham University on the line.

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Queens schools are top PSAL playoff contenders Cardozo boys in semis, Maspeth boys and Bayside girls in quarters by Christopher Barca Editor

It’s been four long years since the boys of Cardozo High School’s basketball squad hoisted the Public School Athletic League’s city championship trophy. And after squandering two golden opportunities to do it again since 2014, the Judges are hoping the third time is the charm. But Cardozo is just one of a number of Queens teams still in the hunt for a championship across the PSAL’s three divisions. Here’s a look at who’s ever so close to the coveted trophy and banner. Boys “AA” Division Of the four teams remaining in the boys “AA” division playoffs, Cardozo is the only one from the city’s easternmost borough. The Judges entered the tournament as the three-seed, having gone 14-2 in the regular season en route to a Queens championship. Cardozo br ings a balanced offense and tenacious defense to the table — led by talented senior guards Dejavaughn Utley and Mar-

cus Hammond — and arguably the city’s best coach in Ron Naclerio, New York State’s all-time public school wins leader. Their quest for a title nearly ended multiple times this tournament, however, as the Judges needed overtime to put away 19-seed Ralph McKee High School 75-74 in the second round. In the third round, Brooklyn’s Boys and Girls High School led 18-4 at the end of the first quarter before Cardozo chipped away and won 60-55. With a spot in the PSAL finals on the line, the Judges will take on twoseed Thomas Jefferson High School at St. John’s University on Sunday at 1 p.m. Boys “B” Division Three years ago, it was Maspeth High School cutting down the nets at Baruch College after capturing a city title. But in 2016 and 2017, the highly ranked Argonauts found themselves on the losing end of dramatic upsets late in the “B” division playoffs. This year’s top seed managed to

avoid yet another one in the second round on March 1, edging 33rd-seed Urban Dove Charter School 85-82. But Maspeth responded by destroying Brooklyn College Academy by 26 points a few days later. Four players are averaging at least 10 points per game for the Argonauts — led by senior Omar Jamaleddine’s total of 15 points per tilt — meaning they will be tough for any team to defend. A possible quarterfinal opponent for Maspeth is Jamaica’s Eagle Academy, who plays Brooklyn Community Arts and Media on Saturday at 6:30 p.m. in the latter school’s gym. Eagle Academy went 15-1 this year, with its sole loss coming by just three points, and sophomore Jason Darbouze has been a nightmare for opponents to guard. Not only does he lead the team in scoring with 20 points per game, he also paces them with eight rebounds per tilt. In Eagle Academy’s secondround 78-27 dismantling of Gregorio Luperon High School, Darbouze went for 31 points.

Cardozo High School, this year’s Queens champion, is hungry for more. The Judges have advanced to the PSAL “AA” Division city semifinals, while three other borough teams, both boys and girls, are angling for titles in the FILE PHOTO league’s other divisions. Girls “A” Division The Bayside Lady Commodores have been known to be a thorn in the side of highly ranked programs for years, pulling off more than a few upsets. On Friday at 4 p.m., they’ll be looking to take down the Golden Knights of Madison High School,

the tournament’s top seed, on the road in the quarterfinals. Can eighth-seed Bayside do it? It’s certainly possible. After all, they did finish the regular season 15-3 and the talented senior duo of Kendra Sanchez and Jolie Flores both average more than Q 11 points per game.

Triumph over disability at Queens film festival ReelAbilities returns to the Central Queens Y in Forest Hills March 11-12 by David Schneier

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ReelAbilities, a film festival highlighting people living with disabilities, will take place at the Central Queens Y in Forest Hills on March 11 and 12. Six documentary and feature films will be shown, including “Heaven is a Traffic Jam on the 405,” which last Sunday won the Oscar for Best Documentary Short at the 90th Academy Awards. One film is Queens-connected. “Perfectly Normal for Me” focuses on the freedom and inclusion children with physical and developmental challenges have at an after-school program in Bayside. Physical therapists at the Dancing Dreams Studio teach young people with special needs jazz, tap, ballet, hip-hop, and ballroom dancing, said Joann Ferrara, group’s founder and executive director. Ferrara herself is a physical therapist and a gymnast. “Parents see their children increase their social and movement skills and have fun,” Ferrara said. More than 100 children with disabilities, who speak 28 languages, are currently taking classes at the studio. “Children love to dance,” said Catherine Tambinie, the filmmaker who created “Perfectly Normal for Me. “The children develop an appreciation for music. They learn to

“Perfectly Normal for Me” features children with physical and developmental difficulties who PHOTO COURTESY CQY thrive when exposed to the world of dance at a Bayside studio. express themselves. With self-expression comes creativity and self-acceptance. “The audience gets to know extraordinary families. The parents are doing all they can to give their children rich and rewarding experiences that will help them through the rest of their lives. The children blossom under such gracious parenting and that’s a lesson for all

humanity.” The film “Unstuck: An OCD Kids Movie,” shows children candidly discussing coping with obsessive compulsive disorder, which manifests itself through things like repetitive thoughts or habits. “[The] ReelAbilities Film Festival helps to destigmatize serious mental health issues

through creativity and heart. We support that,” said Daniel Frey, editor-in-chief of New York City Voices, a mental health consumer newspaper. “Mr. Connolly has ALS” shows a beloved high school principal continuing to lead his school while his abilities fail due to amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, a neurodegenerative illness that attacks nerve cells in the spinal cord and brain. Other films deal with depression, homelessness and learning difficulties. “Films have the ability to help us — for just a few minutes — see another person’s experience of life through their eyes,” said Peggy Kurtz of the Central Queens Y. “Each film is followed by a discussion, usually with the director or someone with expertise in the issue raised by the film,” Kurtz added. The Y has hosted ReelAbilities since 2010. Five of the six films will show on Sunday, March 11, beginning at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Showings on March 12 begin at 12:30 p.m. There is a suggested contribution of $5. The Central Queens Y is located at 67-09 108 St. in Forest Hills and is fully handicapped accessible. More information on the festival is available online at or by calling the Y Q at (718) 268-5011.


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by Victoria Zunitch More than 50 American Folk Art Museum supporters gathered at the museum’s Long Island City Self-Taught Genius Gallery last Thursday to celebrate the opening of its new exhibit, with more than 40 works produced across the full span of American history. “Holding Space: The Museum Collects” is open now through July 5 with works in various media from the 18th, 19th, 20th and 21st centuries and acquired in the past five years. It aims to show how form and concept endure across generations and cultural divides. “We take a long view,” said Stacy C. Hollander, acting executive director of the museum. “We of ten organize exhibitions that are looking at the full continuum of self-taught art in America,” rather than discrete eras, Hollander said. This allows viewers to recognize relationships and concepts that evolve over time, with artists responding to each other. She likened this dynamic to the old television ad, “The more you know, the more you know.” “The more you see, the more you see. The more you see, the more connections you make,” she said. A personal connec tion brought Cynthia Meyers to the opening. She grew up around two portraits that had been in her family for generations. They depict her grandmother’s ancestor Increase Child Bosworth, who ran a bank and helped develop Elgin, Ill., and his sister, Abigail Munro Bosworth. Family lore says Increase was the kind of man who loved to play with his children, despite his stern expression in his portrait. Two groups of cousins eventually inherited the paintings, which carried documentation of provenance minus the name of the painter. Meyers’ research led to an art historian specializing in Sheldon Peck who identified him as the painter. The cousins donated the two 1840 works to the museum two years ago. Topical and compositional connections can be seen in a juxtaposition of paintings that’s a favorite of Sarah Margolis-Pineo, the gallery’s assistant curator. “Heavenly Children,” 1850, by William Matthew Prior, memorializes several children posthumously, their angelic, glowing faces floating on the canvas. continued on page 35

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tain times. Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35 Ave., Astoria. $15; $11 seniors, students; $7 kids 3-17; includes museum admission. Info: (718) 777-6888,

Nick Doyle: Soft Arrest, with sculptures and painted works that address masculinity and its effects on society and offer insight into a productive male response. Tue.-Sat. thru Sat., March 31, Mrs., 60-40 56 Drive, Maspeth. Free. Info: (347) 841-6149,

Queens World Film Festival, the eighth annual, with 188 independent movies of all kinds, from shorts to features, by filmmakers from Queens and around the world. Thu., March 15-Sun., March 25, various times, Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35 Ave., Astoria; and Kaufman Astoria Studios, 34-12 36 St. $15; $100 for 10-ticket package; $200 for 20. Info: (718) 429-2579,

“The Costume Art of Imperial Peking Opera,” with pieces from some of the most famous episodes in China’s Imperial Theater. Sat.-Sun., March 10-11, 12-5 p.m. (weekdays by app’t). Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd. $5 suggested; free students. Info: (718) 463-7700,

ReelAbilities Film Festival, the 10th annual, with short and feature-length movies by and about people with disabilities. Sun., March 11, 10 a.m. and 1 p.m.; Mon., March 12, 12:30 p.m. (certain films at certain times), Central Queens YM & YWHA, 67-09 108 St., Forest Hills. Donation suggested. Info: (718) 268-5011,

“The Socrates Annual,” 15 sculptures by different artists, many commenting on the current political climate. Thru Sun., March 11, Socrates Sculpture Park, 32-01 Vernon Blvd., Long Island City. Free. Info: (718) 956-1819, “The Sculpture of Gonzalo Fonseca,” with roughly 80 works, most in stone, with some drawings and sketches, by the major figure in developing modern Latin American art. Thru Sun., March 11, Noguchi Museum, 9-01 33 Road, Long Island City. $10; $5 seniors, students; NYC HS students, kids under 12 free. Info: (718) 204-7088, “Cathy Wilkes,” with roughly 50 works by the artist in various media, connecting the banalities of daily life to larger archetypes of birth, marriage, child-rearing and death. Thru Sun., March 11, MoMA PS1, 22-25 Jackson Ave., Long Island City. $10; $5 students, seniors; free under 16. Info: (718) 784-2084,

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“Carolee Schneeman: Kinetic Painting,” with various works by the pioneering avant-garde artist tracing her development from the 1950s to the 2000s. Thru Sun., March 11, MoMA PS1, 22-25 Jackson Ave., Long Island City. $10; $5 students, seniors; free under 16. Info: (718) 784-2084, “Holding Space: The Museum Collects,” with more than 40 works of folk art in various media from the 18th to 21st centuries, including “Break the Egg Inside the Hen,” by Brent Green, left. Mon., March 5-Thu., July 5, American Folk Art Museum’s Self-Taught Genius Gallery, 47-29 32 Place, Long Island City. Free. Info: (212) 595-9533, PHOTO BY VICTORIA ZUNTICH “Naeem Mohaiemen: There Is No Last Man,” with a film about a man stranded in an abandoned airport and other works examining the artist’s great uncle’s mistaken hope that Nazi Germany would defeat Britain and liberate India; together imagining a relationship between two lonely narrators. Thru Sun., March 11, MoMA PS1, 22-25 Jackson Ave., Long Island City. $10; $5 students, seniors; free under 16. Info: (718) 784-2084,

The eighth annual Queens World Film Festival, featuring nearly 200 movies of all kinds, including ones by these NYC filmmakers, runs March 15-25. See Film. PHOTO BY KEN BROWN “Waging Peace: 100 Years of Action,” a showcase of stories by those who have fought injustice, with historical artifacts, a print of the Rev. Martin Luther King’s “Letter from Birmingham Jail” and interactive media, organized by the American Friends Service Committee. Thru Sat., March 17, Godwin-Ternbach Museum, at Queens College, 65-30 Kissena Blvd., Flushing. Free. Info: (718) 997-4747,

Onderdonk House, 1820 Flushing Ave., Ridgewood. $5; kids, service member families, veterans free. Info: (718) 456-1776,,


MUSIC Punjabtronix, live dance music and traditional melodies of the South Asian region on instruments mixed with visual projections. Sat., March 10, 8 p.m., Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd. $16; $10 students; free teens 13-19 with ID. Info: (718) 4637700, Con Brio Ensemble chamber music, featuring works by Quantz, Mozart, Schumann, Dvorak and more. Sun., March 11, 2 p.m., Voelker Orth Museum, 149-19 38 Ave., Flushing. $12; $10 students. Info: (718) 359-6227, Early American music living history program, with songs from the 18th century, cultural demonstrations, hands-on activities and more, by the Ministers of Apollo; all kid-friendly. Sat., March 10,

Osprey Watch Guided Walk, with attendees looking for the fish-eating raptor and learning about its migration patterns and conservation efforts that saved it, during a stroll on the West Pond Trail. Sun., March 18, Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge Center, 17510 Cross Bay Blvd., Broad Channel. Free. Info: (718) 318-4340,


“Peace and Love,” with paintings, mixed-media works and sculptures by several artists, reflecting the African-American experience. Thru., Mon., April 30 (reception with artists Sat., March 24, 2 p.m.), Jamaica Center for Arts and Learning, 161-04 Jamaica Ave. Free (donations welcome). Info: (718) 658-7400, “Head,” with depictions of human faces and heads in various media, from painting to sculpture and more. Thru Fri., March 30, LIC Arts Open Gallery, The Factory LIC, 30-30 47 Ave., Long Island City. Free. Info: (718) 392-0722,


World War I: Free reading & discussion program, several sessions on readings from books about the conflict, led by Jo-Anne Raskin. Each Sat. thru March 17, 10-11:30 a.m., Maple Grove Cemetery Victorian Administration Building, 127-15 Kew Gardens Road, Kew Gardens. Free. Info/registration (req’d): (347) 878-6614, “The Mountaintop,” a fictional story imagining how the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. might have spent his last night alive, speaking with a maid in his hotel room. Sat., March 10, 2 and 8 p.m.; Sun., March 11, 3 p.m., Queens Theatre, 14 United Nations Ave. S., Flushing Meadows Corona Park. $20-$42. Info: (718) 760-0064, PHOTO BY KIRK RICHARD SMITH

“Beau Jest,” a comedy about a Jewish girl who tells her family she’s dating a Jewish doctor when her real boyfriend is a gentile. Sat., March 10 and 17, 8:30 p.m.; Sun., March 11 and 18, 3 p.m., Bay Terrace Garden Jewish Center, 1300 209 St. $22; $20 seniors 62 and over, kids 12 and under. Info: (718) 428-6363,

FILM See it Big! Best Cinematography, with classics that won a cinematography Oscar back when they were awarded in separate color and black-and-white categories. Fri.-Sun., March 9-11; certain films at cer-

Frances Wright, the early 1800s Scottish-born American social reformer, author and speaker who was popular but also vilified for her views, portrayed by historical actress Sally Ann Drucker. Sat., March 10, 1 p.m., Greater Astoria Historical Society, 35-20 Broadway, Long Island City. $5. Info: (718) 278-0700, BLAUPRECH & MENZEL VIA LIBRARYCOMPANY.ORG

SPECIAL EVENTS Taste of the World OLQM International Food Festival, with sample plates of entrees and desserts from area eateries. Sun., March 11, 2:30-5 p.m., Our Lady Queen of Martyrs school auditorium, 72-55 Austin St. (enter at rear of parking on 72 Road). $25 advance; $30 at door. Info: (718) 268-6251, ext. 12 (Mon., Tue., Fri., 9 a.m.-1 p.m. only), continued on page 36

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er’s dreams. When her parents insist on meeting him, she hires Bob, an actor, to If you’re familiar with words like pretend to be her beau. As tends to hap“chutzpah,” “meshuga” and “mensch,” pen in plays of this sort, the situation gets you’re very likely going to be delighted by more and more entangled, building up to “Beau Jest,” James Sherman’s popular a funny but touching conclusion. The show’s opening minutes were comedy about the lengths a dutiful Jewish daughter will go to in order to please her admittedly slow at last Sunday’s matinee, parents, being performed at Theatre By the run’s first performance, but not to worry. The pacing very quickly picked up The Bay through March 18. Even if you’re not, you’re probably speed and rarely faltered for the next couple of often hilarious hours. going to have a fun time. Under the direction of Patrice Valenti, Sarah Goldman, a kindergarten teacher in Chicago, is dating a young man who making her TBTB debut, the play is most does not meet with her parents’ approval. entertaining. Much of the production’s success is due So, she invents a boyfriend that she believes would be the man of her moth- to the cast, most of whom create memorable characters. The show is at its funniest whenever Sarah’s parents, Abe and Miriam, are around. Dad (a wonderfully expressive Robert Budnick who When: Sat., March 10 and 17, 8:30 p.m.; can seemingly turn red at will whenever Sun., March 11 and 18, 3 p.m. he’s outraged) complains endlessly Where: Bay Terrace Garden Jewish Center, about parking problems, while Mom 1300 209 St. (Amy Goldman, an actress with a terrifTickets: (718) 428-6363, ic comic delivery) likes everything done her way and tends to monopolize every conversation. qboro contributor

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The cast of “Beau Jest”: in the front, Robert Budnick, Nili Resnick and Amy Goldman; and PHOTO BY MARK LORD in the rear, Stephen Kalogeras, left, Kyle T. Cheng and Robert Gold. Budnick and Goldman make for a believable married couple of long standing and provide many of the play’s laughs.

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Immigrant women strike strong poses at museum by Neil Chiragdin qboro contributor

Everyone comes from somewhere. Perhaps nowhere in the world is this more established than in our own beloved city. New York has hosted generation upon generation of newcomers, whether seeking refuge or riches. The colossus that stands in our harbor is named for our highest ideal and most sacred promise — Liberty. Leaving the home you’ve always known to immerse yourself within a new culture and amongst a strange language can be equally as daunting as it is thrilling. “Real People. Real Lives. Women Immigrants of New York” is an exhibition at the Queens Museum in Flushing Meadows that trains its lens on young women who have recently immigrated to New York. Its aim is to share these women’s experiences with others plainly, seeking understanding rather than winning hearts and minds. Both in photographs and audio recordings of their own words, the exhibition tells the stories of 16 women who are affiliated with New Women New Yorkers, the nonprofit that partnered with the museum for this show. “To be photographed, interviewed and recorded — it’s been a very intimidating experience,” Arielle Kandel, founder and CEO of NWNY, said in thanking the show’s subjects at the exhibit’s opening reception for sharing their vulnerabilities with the public. Chief among Kandel’s goals was capturing “what it means today to be an immigrant, especially in today’s political environment.” Kandel’s resume reflects a lifetime spent in the service of others. She holds a master’s degree in law with a specialization in humanitarian action and international law, and has worked on behalf of refugees throughout the world. Originally a passion

project for Kandel while job searching after her own arrival in New York, NWNY became a full-time pursuit. The group particularly focuses on helping women immigrants find their first jobs and enroll in higher education, but also creates a space in which these new arrivals can support one another and bolster each other’s confidence and self-esteem. Photographer Dru Blumensheid is no stranger to the processes of immigration. American by birth, Blumensheid endured a seven-and-a-half year process of attaining Australian citizenship. Central to her artistic approach are questions of one’s place in the world, on a global and sociopolitical scale. Newly returned to America, she feels a call to service and plans to remain here for some time. “With what’s happening now in America, I just really wanted to stay, and to do t h i s — i t f e e l s i m p o r t a n t ,” s a i d Blumensheid. Sisterhood is at the heart of New Visitors to the Queens Museum exhibit are encouraged to write directly on the living Women New York’s show. Blumensheid mural, “Talk to Me, Immigrant to Immigrant,” leaving their impressions of the display. and Kandel partnered for this project after Early messages spoke of hope, power and love. At lower left are “Daniela, from Colomuniting for an NWNY benefit auction years bia. Dumbo, 2017,” top, and “Mila, from Russia. Dumbo, 2017.” Visitors can also see and ago, and the two have since become close hear the stories of women immigrants on a video montage. PHOTOS BY NEIL CHIRAGDIN friends. The models were shot individually, and for Blumensheid this was often the and which still resemble their forms a cen- the women speak about their journeys can first meeting with the women, presenting a tury ago during one of the great waves of be moving, and often revelatory. Sandra, directorial challenge. Luckily, Kandel was immigration. In others, the women pose from Colombia, speaks of social challengalong the Brooklyn es. “You don’t think about your conditions a long to make wat e r f r o n t , t h e in Colombia. ‘I’m a woman. I’m Latina. I’m introductions. The magnificence of the Colombian,’” she says. Mila, from Russia, two worked hand Manhattan skyline laments the singular focus of nationality in in hand, Blumenidentity. On Putin, she says, “How can one behind them. sheid leading the The framing of person represent a whole country? Do I photography effort When: Through Sunday, March 18 t hes e photos is represent all of Russia? No, of course not.” and drawing upon On its opening day, the exhibition drew mindful of perspecher fashion design Where: Queens Museum, tive. In some shots, a crowd of hundreds from throughout the experience for Flushing Meadows Corona Park the women seem New York area. The visitors, like the insp irat ion, a nd Entry: $8; seniors $4; kids, students, larger than life, women of NWNY, were of a diverse backKandel taking point NYC educators free. (718) dominant over the ground, and in some cases had traveled on interviewing the 592-9700, city landscape. In long distances to be there. The reception, young women. others, they are staffed by volunteers from NWNY, offered Some of the photos portray the women in Chinatown merely one element of a jam-packed ample opportunity for guests to learn and the Lower East Side, two neighbor- frame, and yet even in these cases their about the organization. Polite conversation hoods with storied immigrant histories, faces seem to catch the full radiance of the was often punctuated with smiles and exusun’s light. “Daniela, from Colombia. berant yelps as it was revealed that one of Dumbo, 2017,” is a black-and-white image the women was a neighbor or a classmate. At the tail end of the exhibition, an of a woman standing before the Brooklyn Bridge, her gaze fixed contemplatively. A interactive mural called “Talk to Me, Immibrilliant red wrap that is prominent grant to Immigrant” invites viewers to throughout the photo series here becomes write their thoughts directly on it. A sixa study in texture. Its contours and panel collage of images of the women in grooves resemble a flower bud, petals the show, the mural’s caption addresses the messages “to women, with love” and folded, but ready to bloom. The exhibition’s main strength is drawn asks for a broad range of perspectives to from the women who are its subjects, and be shared. The first day’s messages spoke especially the montage video that anchors of power, love and hope. “So much to it. Interviews with the women play in share! So much to learn! Wonderful jourvoice-over while Blumensheid’s photos neys,” read one. Another, “Uplift each Q fade in and out across the screen. Hearing other! Always.”

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and whose work is held by the Museum of Modern Art and several others, attended the opening. His three-dimensional “Break the Egg Inside the Hen,” 2014, made in part out of jigsawed wood, depicts a man with a grotesquely elongated arm reaching toward an egg inside a hen. It’s associated with an act of attempted filmmaking with his grandfather as subject. “I thought, he was very exciting. He was a really exciting person,” Green said. His grandfather suffered from obsessivecompulsive disorder, which Green believes contributed to personality challenges. Once, several of his fingers were chopped off in a farm accident, and

Sheldon Peck’s portraits of Increase Child Bosworth and his sister Abigail Munro Bosworth were donated by the family of Cynthia Meyers, a descendant of Increase, seen here at the exhibit’s opening reception with her spouse, David Bywaters. At left, Folk Art Museum officials Stacy C. Hollander, Sarah Margolis-Pineo and Valerie Rousseau before one of the quilts on display. On the cover: Museum board member Elizabeth Warren, Frank Tosto and Irwin Warren, Elizabeth’s husband. PHOTOS BY VICTORIA ZUNITCH Green’s older brother was ordered to find them. Doctors re-attached the fingers, but the grandfather was combative during the recovery period and successfully demanded they be removed.

Green canceled the film, maybe forever, due to the character of his subject, which he could only describe in unprintable terms that might be translated as Q “belligerently nasty.”

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continued from page 31 To the left of this painting is spiritualist Agatha Wojciechowsky’s (1896-1986) “Untitled,” which is undated, a more abstract work of multiple portraits. “Compositionally, they work really well together,” Margolis-Pineo said. To the right of “Heavenly Children,” extending thoughts of the spiritual and supernatural almost to the point of a punch line, is Ionel Talpazan’s “Untitled” from 1990, depicting a UFO that includes a section one could interpret as a blue face with bared teeth. Artist and filmmaker Brent Green of New Paltz, NY, who has a show opening soon at Manhattan’s Andrew Edlin gallery

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The O’Rourke Pharmacy stood on a tree-lined street by Ron Marzlock Chronicle Contributor

On the beautif ul t ree -li ned Eig hth Avenue, known today as 150th Street, in W h it e s t one, s t o o d Frank J. O’Rourke’s pharmacy at No. 12. O’Rourke was an old-fashioned druggist and tailored the ingredients of every pill for his customers. He lived above the store with his wife, M i n n ie, d au g ht e r, Margaret, son-in-law, Frank Cassidy, and Frank J. O’Rourke’s pharmacy, located at old No. 12 Eighth Ave., grandson, Robert. His store and home known today as 150th Street, in Whitestone, circa 1910. was in bet ween Today, the buildings are still standEdwin J. Roe Real Estate and The First National Bank of Whitestone, which ing but the fronts of them have been opened in 1907 and printed its own altered. Most of the trees that once gave the national currency, as many banks did, street its quaint charm are now gone. Q until 1928.

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Scrabble and Board Game Night, multigenerational fun, with refreshments available for donation. Sat., March 10, 6-9 p.m., Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Queens, 147-54 Ash Ave., Flushing. Free; donations welcome. Info: (718) 353-3860 (until 1 p.m. Friday), (917) 363-6196 (after that), Storytime, for kids from infancy to age 5 and their parents or caregivers, with songs and crafts too. Each Wed. March 14-April 25, 10:45-11:30 a.m., Rochdale Village Library, 169-09 137 Ave., Jamaica. Free. Info: (718) 723-4440, Bon Appetit, an interactive exhibit teaching nutrition and where food comes from via games and other activities. Thru Sun., May 13, New York Hall of Science, 47-01 111 St., Corona. Free with admission: $16; $13 seniors, kids, students with ID. Info: (718) 699-0005,



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Music & Dance of the Sun King interactive piano concert, with Beata Moon and Barbara Podgurski of Music Reginae teaching kids of all ages how royalty danced long ago, how dance and music are intertwined and more. Sat., March 17, 11 a.m., The Church-in-the-Gardens, 50 Ascan Ave., Forest Hills. Free. Info: (718) 894-2178,

St. Patrick’s Day Dinner and Dance, with corned beef, cabbage, potatoes, Irish soda bread and more, by Nativity Father Nosser Knights of Columbus Council #12675. Sat., March 10, 7-11 p.m., Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary Church Hall, 101-41 91 St., Ozone Park. $30. Info: Don Curran, (718) 843-1046.

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continued from page 32 Book signing: “Girl Gangs, Biker Boys and Real Cool Cats: Pulp Fiction and Youth Culture, 1950-1980,” by contributor Molly Grattan. Limited copies available for sale. Sun., March 11, Onderdonk House, 1820 Flushing Ave., Ridgewood. $3 suggested (for event, not book). Info: (718) 456-1776,


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SUPREME COURT OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK COUNTY OF QUEENS. Plaintiff designates QUEENS as the place of trial situs of the real property SUPPLEMENTAL SUMMONS Mortgaged Premises: 86-16 122ND STREET RICHMOND HILL, NY 11418 Block: 9275 Lot: 47 INDEX NO. 710248/2015. CIT BANK, N.A., Plaintiff, vs. FRANK GRAY, AS HEIR AND DISTRIBUTEE OF THE ESTATE OF DOROTHY M. GRAY; BRIAN GRAY, AS HEIR AND DISTRIBUTEE OF THE ESTATE OF DOROTHY M. GRAY; JOHN GRAY, AS HEIR AND DISTRIBUTEE OF THE ESTATE OF DOROTHY M. GRAY, any and all persons unknown to plaintiff, claiming, or who may claim to have an interest in, or general or specific lien upon the real property described in this action; such unknown persons being herein generally described and intended to be included in the following designation, namely: the wife, widow, husband, widower, heirs at law, next of kin, descendants, executors, administrators, devisees, legatees, creditors, trustees, committees, lienors, and assignees of such deceased, any and all persons deriving interest in or lien upon, or title to said real property by, through or under them, or either of them, and their respective wives, widows, husbands, widowers, heirs at law, next of kin, descendants, executors, administrators, devisees, legatees, creditors, trustees, committees, lienors and assigns, all of whom and whose names, except as stated, are unknown to plaintiff; SECRETARY OF HOUSING AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT; NEW YORK STATE DEPARTMENT OF TAXATION AND FINANCE; UNITED STATES OF AMERICA; NEW YORK CITY ENVIRONMENTAL CONTROL BOARD; NEW YORK CITY PARKING VIOLATIONS BUREAU, "JOHN DOE #1" through "JOHN DOE #12," the last twelve names being fictitious and unknown to plaintiff, the persons or parties intended being the tenants, occupants, persons or corporations, if any, having or claiming an interest in or lien upon the premises, described in the complaint, Defendants. To the above named Defendants YOU ARE HEREBY SUMMONED to answer the complaint in this action and to serve a copy of your answer, or, if the complaint is not served with this summons, to serve a notice of appearance on the Plaintiff's Attorney within 20 days after the service of this summons, exclusive of the day of service (or within 30 days after the service is complete if this summons is not personally delivered to you within the State of New York) in the event the United States of America is made a party defendant, the time to answer for the said United States of America shall not expire until (60) days after service of the Summons; and in case of your failure to appear or answer, judgment will be taken against you by default for the relief demanded in the complaint. NOTICE OF NATURE OF ACTION AND RELIEF SOUGHT THE OBJECT of the above caption action is to foreclose a Mortgage to secure the sum of $750,000.00 and interest, recorded on January 8, 2010, at Instrument number 20100000007455, of the Public Records of QUEENS County, New York, covering premises known as 86-16 122ND STREET, RICHMOND HILL, NY 11418. The relief sought in the within action is a final judgment directing the sale of the premises described above to satisfy the debt secured by the Mortgage described above. QUEENS County is designated as the place of trial because the real property affected by this action is located in said county. NOTICE YOU ARE IN DANGER OF LOSING YOUR HOME If you do not respond to this summons and complaint by serving a copy of the answer on the attorney for the mortgage company who filed this foreclosure proceeding against you and filing the answer with the court, a default judgment may be entered and you can lose your home. Speak to an attorney or go to the court where your case is pending for further information on how to answer the summons and protect your property. Sending a payment to the mortgage company will not stop the foreclosure action. YOU MUST RESPOND BY SERVING A COPY OF THE ANSWER ON THE ATTORNEY FOR THE PLAINTIFF (MORTGAGE COMPANY) AND FILING THE ANSWER WITH THE COURT. Dated: April 27, 2016 RAS BORISKIN, LLC Attorney for Plaintiff BY: JOSEPH J. KARLYA III, ESQ., 900 Merchants Concourse, Suite 106, Westbury, NY 11590 (516) 280-7675

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Sheriff’s Sale By virtue of an execution issued out of the Supreme Court, Queens County, in favor of CADLEROCK III, L.L.C., and against ASHOT POGOSIAN a/k/a AL POGOSIAN, to me directed and delivered, I WILL SELL AT PUBLIC AUCTION, by Dennis Alestra DCA# 0840217, auctioneer, as the law directs, FOR CASH ONLY, on the 11th day of APRIL, 2018, at 1:00 PM, at: 3010 STARR AVENUE, LONG ISLAND CITY, NY 11101 in the county of QUEENS all the right, title and interest which ASHOT POGOSIAN a/k/a AL POGOSIAN, the judgment debtor(s), had on the 17th day of May, 2006, or at anytime thereafter, of, in and to the following properties: 206-21 46th Road, Bayside, NY 11361 (Block 7308, Lot 71) ALL that certain plot, piece or parcel of land situate, lying and being in the Borough and County of Queens, City and State of New York, bounded and described as follows: Beginning at a point on the northerly side of 46th Road, distant 215 feet easterly from the corner formed by the intersection of the northerly side of 46th Road with the easterly side of 206th Street; Running thence northerly, at right angles to the northerly side of 46th Road and part of the distance through a party wall, 100 feet; Thence easterly, parallel with the northerly side of 46th Road, 30 feet; Thence southerly, again at right angles to the northerly side of 46th Road, 100 feet to the said northerly side of 46th Road; Thence westerly along the northerly side of 46th Road, 30 feet to the point or place of BEGINNING. Said premises also being known as 20621 46th Road, Bayside, NY 11361 (Block 7308, Lot 71). JOSEPH FUCITO Sheriff of the City of New York, SERGEANT WILLARD LESTER #241 (718) 707-2062 CASE# 17030115

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File No.: 2017-608/A CITATION THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK BY THE GRACE OF GOD, FREE AND INDEPENDENT To: Attorney General of the State of New York. The unknown distributees, legatees, devisees, heirs at law and assignees of James Mchugh aka James McHugh, deceased, or their estates, if any there be, whose names, places of residence and post office addresses are unknown to the petitioner and cannot with due diligence be ascertained. Being the persons interested as creditors, legatees, distributees or otherwise in the Estate of James Mchugh aka James McHugh, deceased, who at the time of death was a resident of 69-12 67th Place, Rego Park, NY 11373, in the County of Queens, State of New York. SEND GREETING: Upon the petition of LOIS M. ROSENBLATT, Public Administrator of Queens County, who maintains her office at 88-11 Sutphin Boulevard, Jamaica, Queens County, New York 11435, as Administrator of the Estate of James Mchugh aka James McHugh, deceased, you and each of you are hereby cited to show cause before the Surrogate at the Surrogate’s Court of the County of Queens, to be held at the Queens General Courthouse, 6th Floor, 88-11 Sutphin Boulevard, Jamaica, City and State of New York, on the 12th day of April, 2018 at 9:30 o’clock in the forenoon, why the Account of Proceedings of the Public Administrator of Queens County, as Administrator of the Estate of said deceased, a copy of which is attached, should not be judicially settled, and why the Surrogate should not fix and allow a reasonable amount of compensation to GERARD J. SWEENEY, ESQ., for legal services rendered to petitioner herein in the amount of $86,303.30 and that the Court fix the fair and reasonable additional fee for any services to be rendered by GERARD J. SWEENEY, ESQ., hereafter in connection with proceedings on kinship, claims etc., prior to entry of a final Decree on this accounting in the amount of 4.5% of assets or income collected after the date of the within accounting; and why the Surrogate should not fix and allow an amount equal to one percent on said Schedules of the total assets on Schedules A, A1, and A2 plus any additional monies received subsequent to the date of this account, as the fair and reasonable amount payable to the Office of the Public Administrator for the expenses of said office pursuant to S.C.P.A. §1106(3); and why each of you claiming to be a distributee of the decedent should not establish proof of your kinship; and why the balance of said funds should not be paid to said alleged distributees upon proof of kinship, or deposited with the Commissioner of Finance of the City of New York should said alleged distributees default herein, or fail to establish proof of kinship, Dated, Attested and Sealed 9th day of February, 2018 HON. PETER J. KELLY Surrogate, Queens County, James Lim Becker, Clerk of the Surrogate’s Court GERARD J. SWEENEY, ESQ. (718) 459-9000 1981 Marcus Avenue, Suite 200, Lake Success, New York 11042 This citation is served upon you as required by law. You are not obliged to appear in person. If you fail to appear it will be assumed that you do not object to the relief requested unless you file formal legal, verified objections. You have a right to have an attorney-at-law appear for you. Accounting Citation

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New York City used to be the undisputed boxing capital of the world. Forty-seven years ago, arguably the most anticipated boxing match of my generation — the first showdown between Joe Frazier and Muhammad Ali — took place at Madison Square Garden. Over the years, however, New York became an afterthought for fight promoters as most of the marquee bouts of every weight division took place in Las Vegas. The lack of a state income tax in Nevada, plus the glitz of the Strip, attracting high rollers accounted for New York’s decline and Sin City’s rise in the ring world. The scales may slowly be tipping back to the Big Apple thanks to Barclays Center CEO Brett Yormark who sees boxing as both a profit and prestige center for his venue. Colorful New York boxing promoter Lou DiBella has become a major figure in the sport now that Don King is more or less retired and Bob Arum is getting up in age as well. Also helping is how the leading premium cable networks, Showtime and HBO, make their headquarters here. Last Saturday night Barclays Center hosted a heavyweight title showdown between defending champion Deontay Wilder, from Tuscaloosa, Ala., and the Havana-born Luis Ortiz from Miami. Both entered the ring unbeaten in their professional careers, a fact Showtime commen-

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tator Mauro Ranallo mentioned time and again. Wilder at 6-foot-7 had a longer reach than the stocky 6-foot-3 Ortiz. He was also five years younger and 27 pounds lighter than the challenger. You don’t get to be a champion without a battle plan. Wilder knew the longer the bout went, the more likely Ortiz would tire, so he gave an occasional jab and let his foe be the aggressor for the fight’s first half. That strategy nearly backfired on Deontay when Luis staggered him in the fifth round with a barrage of blows that nearly sent him to the canvas. He was, however, as the old boxing cliche goes, saved by the bell. That near-brush with defeat energized Wilder; he made sure Ortiz never came close to inflicting damage on him again. By Round 10, he was able to twice send Ortiz to the ring floor. The judges stopped the fight and Wilder was awarded a technical knockout victory. The Wilder-Ortiz fight wasn’t the only boxing card in town that night. At MSG’s Hulu theater, Sergey Kovalev retained his light heavyweight title, defeating fellow Russian Igor Mikhalkin with a Round 7 TKO. It was the first event to take place at the venue since streaming service Hulu acquired naming rights. It was also the first time I can recall HBO and Showtime having competing fights from New York. Q See the extended version of Sports Beat every week at

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