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In order to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, public and Catholic schools were closed until at least April 20. The closures were among multiple changes to people’s lives imposed this week.

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Citywide initiative to educate at home DOE and Brooklyn diocese hurry to keep youngsters’ education on track by Jason D. Antos Associate Editor

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ith the city’s 1.1. million public students at home until April 20 in a massive effort to help curb the spread of COVID-19, a new era in education is about to emerge. Remote learning will now be avaliable for students across the city as new education standards go into effect. “All of us are living through an unprecedented time as we work to keep our communities safe and healthy in the face of the coronavirus,” said Schools Chancellor Richard Carranza in a March 16 statement. On Wednesday, students were allowed to go back to their schools to begin picking up materials, including technology, to participate in remote learning. All throughout this week, grab-and-go breakfast will be available at the entrance of every school building from 7:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. So far 14,000 students have showed up for breakfast. The chancellor also announced that starting Monday, March 23, the Department of Education will be opening several dozen Regional Enrichment Centers across the city, to serve the children of first responders, healthcare workers, transit workers, and our most vulnerable populations. That same day the DOE will also launch

The DOE and Catholic schools are teaming up with tech giants such as Apple to help supply stuFILE PHOTO dents technology for remote learning during the coronavirus outbreak. remote learning for grades K-12. “I want to be clear that this is not a closure, but a transition. We will not lower our expectations for our students. We know they are hungry to learn and we will match their curiosity and passion with work-from-home materials, including distribution of devices that will support our remote-learning instructional model,”

said Carranza, who added that some city teachers are already familiar with remote learning programs like Google Classroom and are wellsuited for the transition. With just days to spare, the DOE scrambled Monday to marshal a remote-learning plan for more than one million city students who occupy 1,800 schools in the wake of Mayor de Bla-

sio’s school shutdown. “It won’t be easy,” said teachers union boss Michael Mulgrew Monday. “It won’t be perfect. But we need to get this done.” Teachers returned to their schools on March 17 to prepare a “remote learning” mode of instruction for their students. Carranza said that the DOE is focused on providing the city’s 80,000 teachers basic training on distance-learning tools and practices. A major problem with this new initiative is that more than 300,000 city students do not have an adequate device at home for remote learning. And with the closure of public libraries this makes things even more complicated. The DOE is partnering with Apple and other companies to purchase bulk devices to fill that void as quickly as possible. They are also attempting to provide home Wi-Fi service for families that currently do not have it. “We know this is a difficult time, and we are working hard to make sure our City continues to support families in every way we can. I want to assure families we’re working to make this as seamless a transition as possible,” Carranza said. Catholic schools have been closed as well for the same time period and they are also installing remote-learning programs. “The decision to close schools was made out continued on page 14

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Stop & Shop helps to protect seniors Social distancing measures continue with special hours created for 60-plus by Jason D. Antos Associate Editor

The rapid advance of COVID-19 has been declared a national emergency, and according to the Centers for Disease Control, there are 923 cases in the five boroughs, with 11 fatalities. So far. One of the major demographics affected by this outbreak is the elderly. In a massive effort to ensure the safety of seniors, Stop & Shop has hours specifically geared to accommodate customers 60 and older. The special hours go into effect today, on March 19. Stop & Shop stores will open from 6 to 7:30 a.m. and will allow only senior citizen customers to do their shopping. Although Stop & Shop will not be requesting ID, the supermarket giant will reserve the right to ask customers to leave if they are not a member of this age group. In the past several days, due to panic shopping and restrictions on accessibility to bars and restaurants, shoppers have packed supermarkets to stock up on essential food and health products and emergency supplies, leaving shelves bare of such items as hand sanitizer, face masks and disposable gloves, disinfectant wipes, toilet paper, paper towels, dry groceries and shelf-stable beverages. Food retailers have been taking steps such as modifying store hours and limit-

Stop & Shop stores, like this one on Myrtle Avenue in Glendale, will open from 6 to 7:30 a.m. PHOTO BY JASON D. ANTOS only for senior citizen customers to do their shopping safely. ing quantities of key items to ensure the safety of customers and employees, Stop & Shop has already adjusted its hours of operation from 7:30 a.m to 8 p.m. at most stores beginning March 16. That was done in order to allow more

time for workers to take additional measures such as wiping down checkout areas including the belts and pin pads with disinfectant even more frequently. “Please note that our stores receive deliveries throughout the day, so our

shelves will be replenished for shoppers at all hours,” said Stop & Shop President Gordon Reid in a statement. “And we have implemented added cleaning and sanitation efforts, which will continue throughout the day at all stores.” An additional way of staying safe while being able to get necessities, home delivery service will remain available to all customers, along with Stop & Shop’s new “Contact-Free” delivery option. With that service, Stop & Shop will notify customers by text or email when the driver arrives, and they will simply leave the bags on the doorstep or building entry and return to their vehicle. The company acknowledged that there may be some delays with this service due to unprecedented demand, but said it is continuing to improve to meet customer needs. Stop & Shop added that it is temporarily suspending customer pickup services as a result of too much demand. “Our store associates will instead focus on stocking product and other key priorities that will better meet the needs of all customers at this time,” said Gordon. Whole Foods has also made special hours for safe senior shopping with an extra hour added before the stores open to the general public for regular business. Area Target stores will also do the same Q for seniors but only on Wednesdays.

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by Jason D. Antos Associate Editor

The coronavirus has come to PS 306 in Woodhaven. The office of Mayor de Blasio confirmed that a safety officer at the school, located at 95-16 89 Ave., tested positive on March 15 for COVID-19. As a result, the entire facility is undergoing a deep cleaning although the officer, whom for reasons of privacy the city did not name, has not been at the school since March 6. Jane Meyer, a spokesperson for the mayor, released a statement early Sunday afternoon stating that, “The health and safety of our students and school staff is our number one priority. The individual in question has not been in school for over a week, and this school is being deep cleaned today. We expect it to be open tomorrow.” On the heels of that release, City Hall was bombarded with requests for the mayor to close down the entire public school system. Many elected officials immediately took to Twitter including Queens borough presidential candidates Donovan Richards (D-Laurelton), Elizabeth Crowley and Costas Constantinides (D-Astoria), who all urged the mayor to make the decision to close. The principal of PS 306, the Academy of Dis-

covery, sent a letter home to parents one week ago stating that a sick employee had been sent home as a precaution. It wasn’t until Sunday morning that parents found out via the school’s messaging app that the agent had tested positive for the virus. It was Sunday afternoon when the mayor gave in to pressure and ordered all city public schools closed. De Blasio signed a further executive order limiting restaurants, bars and cafes to food takeout and delivery. Nightclubs, movie theaters, small theater houses and concert venues all had to close by midnight on March 16. The city will move toward a remote learning model for all school days until spring recess. Students will not report to school buildings for instruction until Monday, April 20, or longer if necessary. “As we learn more about COVID-19 every day, we are keeping every possible option on the table to keep New Yorkers safe. That’s why we are asking the people of our City to make hard choices as we introduce more restrictive measures to create greater social distancing including the temporary closure of our school buildings,” said de Blasio. “We all need to change our lives, in ways both big Q and small, to keep each other safe.”


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Shelter-in-place, suspensions, more Executive orders on city and state levels to slow spread of COVID-19 by Katherine Donlevy Associate Editor

Would New York City follow San Francisco’s lead and order a shelter-in-place? “We’re absolutely considering that,” Mayor de Blasio said on March 17 as a guest on CNN’S “New Day,” one day after six counties in the Bay Area prohibited residents from leaving their homes, except under “limited circumstances,” such as visiting the grocery store, bank, pharmacy or doctor. Gov. Cuomo negated de Blasio’s assertion on March 18 during an interview with The New York Times, stating, “That is not going to happen, shelter in place, for New York City. For any city or county to take an emergency action, the State has to approve it. And I wouldn’t approve shelter in place. That scares people, right? Quarantine in place — you can’t leave your home. The fear, the panic is a bigger problem than the virus.” A shelter-in-place, however, would differ from a quarantine — violating a quarantine order is punishable by fine or imprisonment, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, while a shelter-in-place is closer to a suggestion. “We have taken a series of steps to reduce the number of people who are circling around, get people to telecommute, obviously social distancing, closing the schools,

Gov. Cuomo and Mayor de Blasio have both made use of their state of emergency powers in the wake of COVID-19, each making multiple executive orders throughout the last week to slow the NYS PHOTO / FLICKR, LEFT; NYC PHOTO / FLICKR spread of the virus. which was particularly painful, closing the bars and the restaurants. But we’re going to look at all other options and it could get to that for sure,” said de Blasio. “The emergency policies that have been issued are of statewide impact, and the Governor is making every effort to coordinate these policies with our surrounding states. Any blanket quarantine or shelter in place policy would require State action and as the

Governor has said, there is no consideration of that for any locality at this time,” Secretary to the Gov. Melissa Derosa said in a March 17 prepared statement. Just a day prior, de Blasio signed an executive order making multiple suspensions: of elective and nonmandatory surgeries; City Council and Uniform Land Use Review Procedure hearings; visits to Department of Corrections inmates; procurement laws and

regulations. He also officially canceled the special election for Queens borough president scheduled for March 24. Also on March 16, Cuomo signed an executive order allowing the state to increase hospital capacity with the goal of creating an additional 9,000 beds. The state will organize the National Guard and work with building unions and private developers to find existing facilities, such as dormitories and former nursing homes, that can be easily converted into medical centers. On March 17, Cuomo, along with Attorney General Letita Jones, announced a temporary suspension of state debt collection, followed by Cuomo’s announcement of a three-way agreement with the Legislature to protect job security and to ensure companies will provide two weeks paid sick leave for workers quarantined due to COVID-19. “This is an extraordinary time in this nation’s history, and it will go down in the history books as one of those moments of true crisis and confusion. So my message to New Yorkers is this: Be a little bit more sensitive, understand the stress, understand the fear, be a little bit more loving, a little bit more compassionate, a little bit more comforting, a little bit more cooperative. We are going to get through it and we are going to Q get through it together,” said Cuomo.

Courts shutter as Chambers team up coronavirus spreads for small business by Jason D. Antos

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As the city and state of New York implement stringent social distancing polices due to the coronavirus, all courts have been suspended citywide. No trials or hearings will be conducted for the next four weeks. A notice published by the Commissioner of Jurors was released on March 16. “In light of public health concerns arising over the coronavirus, please note that if you have been summoned for jury duty, beginning on March 16 or later, please do not appear at the courthouse. Your service has been suspended,” read the memorandum. A citywide restriction has also been implemented prohibiting anyone from entering any courthouse who has been to China, South Korea, Japan, Italy or Iran in the past three weeks. As part of the measures adopted by the NYS Unified Court System to combat the spread of COVID-19, civil, housing, small claims, family court and surrogates court will be administratively adjourned for 45 days.

All matters scheduled to be heard from March 17 through April 10 are being adjourned. Even evictions have been postponed indefinately. The courts will remain open with a limited staff, however, in order for attorneys to file paperwork. The courts will only hear emergency applications and will hear trials that were started before 5 p.m. on March 16. The courts, however, are still accepting new cases which can be filed during normal business hours. The courts urge those who are not submitting an emergency application, or appearing in an already commenced trial, t o ref r a i n f rom app ea r i ng at t he courthouse. To also further limit human interaction, the courts are asking for attorneys to submit fully briefed motions without oral arguments. If a motion cannot be submitted, the motion will be adjourned. For trials that are ongoing, the courts suggest remote access, such as video testimony, for witnesses. Criminal court is only processing new Q arrests and arraignments.

by Katherine Donlevy Associate Editor

On March 16 — the same day the Dow Jones Average suffered its steepest drop since the Black Monday crash of Oct. 1987 —the Five-Borough Chamber Alliance sent an open letter to city and state governments requesting multiple proactive actions to support small businesses throughout New York City that are suffering as a result of COVID-19. The chambers of commerce represent most of the city’s 200,000 small businesses and worry about the consequences of government restrictions being placed on commerce, such as Mayor de Blasio’s executive ruling that restaurants, bars and cafes can do takeout and delivery only. “The COVID-19 virus represents an unprecedented crisis that will have lasting economic impacts the likes of which cannot be fully quantified at this time,” reads the letter, signed by all five chamber presidents. “Restaurants, retailers, construction firms and small manufacturers do not have the means to close and operate remotely. Depending on the duration of the crisis, many businesses will face difficult deci-

sions that will include laying off employees, suspending hours of operation, and possibly closing indefinitely.” The requests seek to protect mom-andpop stores, many of which have seen a 60 to 70 percent decline, according to Queens Chamber of Commerce President Tom Grech. “They can’t stand to go much lower ... Even with loan programs, they’re great, it’s tough to pay those kind of loans back. We’re encouraging our members to be cautious ... but we still have to eat, work, pay the bills,” Grech told the Chronicle on March 11. The alliance made 10 requests, such as the suspension of the state tax sales for at least six months and the reduction of the state business income tax in half for 2020. Most requests pertain to the repeal of tax and fee mandates, such as the city’s Commercial Rent Tax and the March 30 sidewalk cafe consent fees, but the letter also requests a temporary lift of the plastic bag ban and the creation of a fund to support small businesses that had to undertake “deep cleanings” after an employee was confirmed with a COVIDQ 19 infection, and more.


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mong all the things we need during the coronavirus crisis, one of the most important is for our leaders to come together. But here in New York, we’re not seeing that. Instead we’re seeing the same old, same old, with Mayor de Blasio and Gov. Cuomo seemingly unable to get themselves on the same page. C’mon, guys. This isn’t some debate over which source of tax revenue should fund a new education initiative, or even over how much the State Police should make themselves a presence on streets patrolled by the NYPD. This is a matter of life and death. If Democratic California Gov. Gavin Newsom can offer some rare praise to Republican President Trump for his handling of one particular aspect of the challenges posed by the virus, after all of Trump’s early unforced errors, surely Democrat de Blasio and Democrat Cuomo can come together. Even Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin managed to hammer out a virus aid package worth more than $100 billion, which quickly passed the House 363-40 and the Senate 90-8, and could already be signed by the president by the time you read this. The bill will provide paid leave for many workers

impacted by the virus; expand Medicaid benefits and unemployment assistance; and increase the ability to do testing. The lack of broad tests during the first weeks COVID-19 spread throughout the country is likely Trump’s biggest failure during the crisis. At least he takes it more seriously now. After this bill will come another, pegged at somewhere between $750 billion and $1 trillion, to help people and an economy that is collapsing before our eyes. That too will require officials of different parties, some of whom deeply dislike one another, to work together for everyone’s benefit. Meanwhile, here in New York, we have two chief executives who have never gotten along still trying to rearrange each other’s deck chairs as the Titanic scrapes the iceberg. On Sunday, both declared that city schools would close. De Blasio said it before members of the media. Cuomo announced it in a press release that made no mention of the mayor, though it included statements from three downstate county executives who said their schools also would be shuttered. Instead of getting de Blasio on board, or even trying to make it appear they were on the same page, Cuomo’s announcement included an ominous warning that the city had 24 hours to ready a plan to make sure all students would

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Beware urban decay Dear Editor: Anyone who walks around Rego Park and Forest Hills would notice the increase of abandoned plots with old, outdated signs when construction would be completed. Ignorance is not bliss (“Construction stalling at Old Key Food Site,” March 12, multiple editions). The communication between the Department of Buildings and our elected officials is not working. This leaves abandoned, neglected plots of land open to bugs and other undesirable vermin that eventually become a health issue for the surrounding area. We can and need to do better so our neighborhoods do not decay into urban blight. David Schantz Rego Park

Protest vs. disruption Dear Editor: Re “Protesters slam BQX plans at CUNY meeting,” March 12, Western Queens edition: There is a difference between protesting to stand up for what you believe in and shutting down others to rob them of an opportunity to do the same. Unfortunately, that is exactly what we saw these so-called protesters attempt to do at the latest BQX workshop in LIC. A small, albeit vocal, group did their best to © Copyright 2020 by MARK I PUBLICATIONS, INC. All rights reserved. Neither this newspaper nor any part thereof may be reproduced, copied, or transmitted in any form, electronic or mechanical, including photocopying, microfilming, recording or by any information retrieval system without the express written permission of the publishers. This copyright is extended to the design and text created for advertisements. Reproduction of said advertisement or any part thereof without the express written permission of MARK I PUBLICATIONS, INC. is strictly prohibited. This publication will not be responsiblefor errors in advertising beyond the cost of the space occupied by the error. Bylined articles represent the sole opinion of the writer and are not necessarily in accordance with the views of the QUEENS CHRONICLE. This Publication reserves the right to limit or refuse advertising it deems objectionable. The Queens Chronicle is published weekly by Mark I Publications, Inc.at a subscription rate of $19 per year and out of state, $25 per year. Periodicals Postage Paid (USPS0013-572) at Flushing, N.Y. POSTMASTER: Send address changes to Mark I Publications, Inc., 71-19 80th St., Suite 8-201, Glendale, NY 11385.

be fed and that child care would be provided especially for parents who serve as healthcare workers or first responders. The next day, each man took credit for closing the schools in appearances on media outlets, Cuomo saying, “So I closed the schools” and de Blasio saying, “It’s really one of the toughest decisions I’ve ever had to make.” Which is it? Then came the talk of ordering a “shelter in place” shutdown of the city. De Blasio floated the idea, warning people to get ready for it, and Cuomo immediately shot it down. It’s too bad that couldn’t have been done behind closed doors. In this case at least, we know who’s right: Cuomo. De Blasio can’t just order people to stay in their homes. We need to practice social distancing in order to slow the spread of the coronavirus, but we cannot just shut down New York City. What we have now is close enough to a shutdown as it is. Any shelter in place order (enforced at the point of an NYPD gun?) would decimate the city. It’s the one restriction we’ve seen floated that seems like a cure worse than the disease. It goes without saying that we’re all in this together. Saying we’re on a wartime footing is no exaggeration. We need all our chief executives to come together: de Blasio, Cuomo and, yes, as long as he’s in office, Trump. It’s the only way.

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take over the meeting, going as far as to storm the community visioning room to disrupt residents giving feedback at workshop tables. No better than schoolyard bullies, they left everyone — from supporters to those that are still on the fence about the project — feeling disrespected and intimidated. The BQX, or Brooklyn Queens Connector, is a bold new vision for how transportation can work in the city and big infrastructure projects are always a daunting prospect. But in the future, we should engage all voices — not just the loudest in the room — in a thoughtful discussion around each community’s transportation needs and how a light rail can best address them. Thomas Grech President and Chief Executive Officer Queens Chamber of Commerce Jackson Heights

Protect our horses now Dear Editor: The indictments of 27 trainers, veterinarians and drug distributors (many associated with New York racetracks) shine a spotlight so bright it is impossible for the public or policy makers to continue ignoring racing industry abuses or the bills introduced over the last decade that have languished and died in committee (albeit more humanely than the equines such bills propose to help). Horses serve New York through agriculture, breeding, farming, law enforcement, racing, sport and therapeutic riding. According to the NYS Horse Council, our equine industry produces goods and services valued at over $2 billion annually, and creates over 35,000 full-time jobs. However, we can no longer allow the financials of the industry to provide excuses for


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looking the other way. HORSEPOWER Inc. — People Organizing for the Well-Being of Equines and their Rights, a new organization devoted to equine policy, calls upon policymakers to take these indictments seriously and work toward meaningful reforms. Among the legislative proposals awaiting attention are S.1976, that would prohibit the use of performance enhancing drugs in horseracing, and a new bill, S.7719/ A. 9989, which seeks to prohibit slaughter of racehorses and their stock for consumption, mandates microchipping and provides for an aftercare fund. We believe it is possible to honor and protect equine welfare while still participating in equine sport. But the latter must be preceded by stronger regulations, care and humane approaches. Serious consideration and stakeholder input on such proposals provides a step in the right direction. Taking bigger strides is long overdue. Karin Carreau Co-founder and Chairperson, HORSEPOWER Albany

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Only fools back Trump Dear Editor: Which physician will treat the president’s rotator cuff injury? The one caused by Trump patting himself on the back for his disgraceful response to the coronavirus pandemic. And now that the World Health Organization has declared a worldwide pandemic, isn’t it time for Trump to start throwing toilet paper and hand

sanitizer at the people waiting in emergency rooms? The fact is Trump is lying again. He claims to not know who is responsible for the dismantling of the government’s entire pandemic response chain of command (the one implemented by President Obama after the Ebola outbreak). He is the one who bases sole responsibility. No one else. Why did he do it? To cut costs. Typical Republican prioritization. Profits over people. The U.S. has never been less prepared for a pandemic. Trump should take the next few months off to play golf (and use Mike Pence as his caddy). Leave the coronavirus response to the experts who make their decisions based on science. Something Republicans are allergic to. If you voted for Donald Trump, you simply made a foolish mistake. If you still support Donald Trump, you’re a fool. Robert LaRosa Whitestone

McConnell’s terrible too Dear Editor: It would be difficult to find a nominee to the United States Supreme Court more qualified than Judge Merrick B. Garland, who was nominated by the then-President Obama. But because Garland was the kind of nominee who would not make it clear, directly or indirectly, he would overrule Roe v. Wade, Senate Republican Majority Leader Mitch McConnell refused to allow there to be any hearing accorded Garland. McConnell’s absurd claim was that since there was to be a presidential election about one year away, there should be no Supreme Court justice seated until after the people have spoken. Even if we ignore the fact it is the Senate that makes the decision and not the people, in that election in which Clinton lost the Electoral College vote, she received three million more popular votes than Trump. Hence the people spoke, but to McConnell’s deaf ears. The people of our country face a monumental coronavirus peril as well as a failing economy. Yet it was more important for McConnell to make overtures to Republican-nominated judges who are eligible to retire from the federal judiciary to step aside. That way Republicans under McConnell’s guidance, while still in the majority, can replace them with all sorts of younger judges who would overrule Roe v. Wade, or agree to state laws that indirectly destroy Roe v. Wade or election laws that would make it difficult for many people to vote. Failure to take into account that many of the nominees might not even receive approval by the American Bar Association is ignored. To make tampering with the federal judiciary more important than what is currently facing this country says very little about McConnell’s ability to sit in the Senate and suggests that like old soldiers who do not die, but fade away, his time to do so is overdue. Benjamin M. Haber Flushing

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Dear Editor: Now that virtually every business in the country has had to close down because of the worsening coronavirus pandemic, it is the responsibility of the federal government to pass legislation that will permit the newly hundreds of thousands of unemployed people to be granted immediate access to unemployment insurance benefits to help them and their families cope with the loss of income. Also, all utility companies, as well as all landlords, should be mandated to defer any potential interruption of utilities and any eviction notices for businesses and people who have suffered the loss of their income due to loss of their jobs for at least the next 90 to 150 days. Now is the time for all of us, as Americans, to come together to show compassion and understanding as we confront this deadly virus. We must put aside all of our differences and work together as one unified nation at all levels. Remember, united we stand, divided we fall. This tumultuous storm will pass eventually, and life will return to some semblance of normalcy, albeit slowly but surely. With the help and grace of almighty God and our Blessed Virgin Mary, the patroness of the USA, we will prevail. Stay safe, be strong and keep the faith, America! God Bless all of our medical personnel and our first responders, as well as our men and women in the military — all of them are the best of the best! God Bless the USA today and always! John Amato Fresh Meadows

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Election for borough president canceled Candidates had split on whether to go ahead; voters’ safety a concern by Peter C. Mastrosimone Editor-in-Chief

The March 24 special election for Queens borough president has been canceled due to the coronavirus outbreak, the city announced over the weekend. “We are canceling the special election for Queens Borough President that was scheduled for March 24th,” Mayor de Blasio told reporters March 15 during an update on the COVID19 situation, according to a transcript issued by his office. “Details will be provided soon on potential options for holding that election later. And other ways we might be able to approach that election. But we did not have those details yet. “But there’s been a lot of concern raised about the election day ... particularly the poll workers would have to make this work. And as we have seen more and more challenges, you know, this is another one [that] is very painful, honestly, in a democratic society; the canceling of an election is such a rarity. It should be avoided at all costs. But in this case with the nature of this crisis, I’ve come to the decision that it’s necessary.” The race features six candidates: Councilman Costa Constantinides (D-Astoria), former Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley, retired NYPD Sgt. Anthony Miranda, retired Queens Executive Assistant District Attorney James

Running for borough president are retired Queens Executive Assistant District Attorney James Quinn, left, Councilman Donovan Richards, former Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley, Councilman Costa Constantinides, retired NYPD Sgt. Anthony Miranda and, not present at this recent candiFILE PHOTO BY JASON D. ANTOS dates forum, businessman Dao Yin. Quinn, Councilman Donovan Richards and businessman Dao Yin. Constantinides opposes canceling the election. Emphasizing that people must be kept safe, and calling for absentee ballots for all, he said in a statement, “Even in times of crisis, however, New York City should not be in the business of cancelling democracy. It sets a dangerous precedent for our republic. We

must keep the 2.3 million residents of our borough safe, while also giving them the ability to democratically elect their representatives.” Quinn supported the move, which he had opposed before it was announced. “I understand the Mayor’s decision to postpone the election and believe that it is the most prudent course of action at this time,” he said in a statement. “It is the number one job of

government to keep people safe and as someone who dedicated my life to the safety of Queens residents, we must all come together to do what is necessary to get through this public health crisis.” Just before de Blasio’s announcement, Richards and Miranda had each called for delaying the vote. Like Constantinides and Quinn at the time, Crowley had opposed the move. She previously had called for “all registered voters in Queens to be immediately mailed an absentee ballot.” The election was called after former Borough President Melinda Katz won the race for Queens district attorney, taking her post Jan. 1. Katz’s deputy, Sharon Lee, has been serving as acting borough president since then. “The decision to suspend an election is extraordinary, but warranted given the urgency and magnitude of the situation,” Lee said in a prepared statement after the postponement was announced. “I made a commitment to represent and serve the people and families of Queens to the best of my ability and for as long as necessary, and this commitment still stands. Government must not and will not shut down. Aggressively slowing the tide of the spread of COVID-19 is paramount, and we as public servants must remain calm while moving swiftly but safely with the urgency that Q this situation requires.”

Were you planning on going anywhere? A look at some events that have been called off because of COVID-19 by David Russell

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Fears over the growing number of coronavirus cases have seen businesses, schools, restaurants and more need to adjust [see separate stories in all editions or online at qchron.com]. Countless public events have been canceled or postponed throughout the borough, and venues have closed. Here are some of them. The Queens Public Library will be closed to the public until further notice. Last week, QPL announced it was suspending programs, events, classes, community room requests and workshops through the end of March but the library was open last Friday. The Queens County Farm Museum will close public access to the historic sire through at least April 1. State Sen. Joe Addabbo Jr. (D-Howard Beach) announced Monday he is postponing all events on his calendar for two weeks. A hiring event in conjunction with the Jewish Board of Family and Children’s Services scheduled for March 20 at Peninsula Library is canceled and is in the process of being moved to another date. The free mammogram screening with the office of Assemblyman Brian Barnwell (D-Maspeth) scheduled for April 29 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Maspeth Federal Savings

bank has been moved to Friday, August 21 at the same location. City Council offices are closed until further notice. Assembly ma n Michael Den Dek ker (D-East Elmhurst) announced the cancellation of all public community events his office had scheduled. The Jamaica Center for Arts and Learning, including both the Jamaica Arts Center and the Jamaica Performing Arts Center, will suspend public programming through April 2. Regular office hours will remain in effect for the time being. The Queens Historical Society postponed public events for March. The New York Irish Center in Long Island City is canceling its Wednesday Senior Lunch Club until further notice. The New York Hall of Science in Corona will be closed to the public through the end of March. MoMA PS1 in Long Island City will be closed through March 30. The Dorsky Gallery in Long Island City is closed until further notice. CUNY canceled upcoming events, class visits and gallery tours at the Harriet and Kenneth Kupferberg Holocaust Center at Queensborough Community College in Bayside. The city suspended its official public

The Queens Public Library is closed to the public until further notice, and there are business closings all over the city as concern over the coronavirus grows. A sign at Councilman Bob HoldPHOTOS BY DAVID RUSSELL en’s office directs residents to call for assistance if needed. review process for land use. All City Planning Commission meetings, including public hearings and votes required as part of land use review processes, are suspended and the time periods for hearings and votes will not run.

An NYPD neighborhood policing tour, in which the department is looking for feedback from residents on the policing policy slated for March 26 at Queensborough Q Community College, is called off.


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Takeout, delivery only for eateries No more dining in as authorities look to stop spread of coronavirus by David Russell Associate Editor

Gov. Cuomo announced Monday that New York, New Jersey and Connecticut would jointly enforce rules as coronavirus fears rise, including restaurants and bars only being open for takeout and delivery starting at 8 p.m. Monday. Gatherings of more than 50 people also are banned as “social distancing” is being advised as cases of COVID-19 increase. Gyms, movie theaters and casinos closed Monday night. Cuomo said the temporary closures will last as long as is necessary to protect the public health and that grocery stores will remain open. “The challenge never ends for a small business owner,” said Loycent Gordon, owner of Neir’s Tavern in Woodhaven. His bar was in danger of closing in January before officials including Mayor de Blasio stepped in and spoke to the landlord. Now a pandemic has interrupted business. Gordon called the situation as well as the new kinds of work he and his employees are doing “unprecedented.” Operating with limited hours, there is a takeout menu. Neir’s also sold beer growlers, which went quickly. There is also a speakeasy promotion: Customers who come in and say the

word speakeasy will get a free shot with their purchase. Tuesday was the first day that the business adjusted on the fly. It also happened to be St. Patrick’s Day. “That was profitable for us,” Gordon said. “If we maintain that, then we’ll be able to ride this out. But yesterday was a very special day.” He said he is also looking into the possibility of delivering to customers. Mark Gallagher is consolidating his Manor Oktoberfest businesses into Manor Delicat essen on Ja m aica Avenue i n Woodhaven. Having to adjust on the fly didn’t phase the owner. “I could do s--t on the fly,” he said. “It’s what I do. I was bred for this. I’ll survive and my people will all survive and we can make things happen.” Gallagher is consolidating his eateries so there’s less exposure. “It’s not always about money,” he said. “Sometimes it’s about safety and the future.” Gallagher also wants people to remain calm during the situation, saying if they need something it’s brought to them. “It’s not the end of the world. I want everybody to be safe,” he said. “I want everybody to stay home and I want to help.” De Blasio, citing a need to respond to the

Bars and restaurants can only serve customers for takeout and deliveries in order to help stop PHOTO BY DAVID RUSSELL the spread of the coronavirus. coronavirus with a “wartime mentality,” announced Sunday that an executive order limiting restaurants, bars and cafes to food takeout and delivery would go into effect Tuesday at 9 a.m. “The virus can spread rapidly through the close interactions New Yorkers have in restaurants, bars and places where we sit close together,” de Blasio said in a statement. “We have to break that cycle.” “This is not a decision I make lightly,” he

said. “These places are part of the heart and soul of our city. They are part of what it means to be a New Yorker. But our city is facing an unprecedented threat, and we must respond with a wartime mentality.” Council Speaker Corey Johnson (D-Manhattan) said in a Sunday tweet that the measure is a “Sad moment for our city but necessary.” Johnson had called for bars to close and for restaurants to only be open for takeout and delivery before the announcement. Q

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Churches, synagogues, mosques and temples have regular services and ministries. They have weddings and funerals. Easter, Passover and other holy seasons are fast approaching. But a random sampling conducted by the Chronicle showed seemingly all faiths and individual houses of worship have been adjusting in recent days to post-coronavirus reality. The latest updates in Queens include the Diocese of Brooklyn confirming that eight parishioners from three churches in Queens have been diagnosed. Six confirmed cases are from St. Gabriel’s in East Elmhurtst, with the patients having attended gatherings of a church community group on March 3, 7 and 10. One was at Incarnation Church in Queens Village, with the patient having last attended the parish’s noon Sunday Mass on March 8. The third is that of a Eucharistic minster at Corpus Christi in Woodside who last gave out Holy Communion on Ash Wednesday on Feb. 26. The diocese said the buildings are undergoing sanitization. Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio of the Diocese of Brooklyn has suspended all Masses throughout the diocese until further notice, though a statement released Sunday said that churches will be open for private prayer. Parishioners were asked

A parishioner at Incarnation Roman Catholic Church in Queens Village has been confirmed as a victim of coronavirus. The Diocese of Brooklyn and houses of worship throughout the city are PHOTO BY MICHAEL GANNON making adjustments. to check their rectories for schedules. All in-person parish religious education classes, youth ministry classes, group meetings, CYO activities and adult faith formation ses-

sions are canceled until further notice. “In these extremely difficult and challenging times, it is the primary duty of the Diocese to keep the faithful safe and healthy,” he wrote in a

statement issued last week. “The health of all the faithful of the Diocese is of utmost concern, and the Diocese of Brooklyn joins in prayer to the Lord who is a healer, to protect us and to quickly bring about an end to this current public health crisis,” the bishop wrote. The diocese stated that those wishing to tune into televised Mass broadcasts of the Celebration of the Eucharist in English and Spanish within the Diocese of Brooklyn can do so on NET-TV, the cable channel of the Diocese. Viewers can go online at netny.tv. At the Sikh Cultural Center in Richmond Hill, Sukhjinder Singh Nijjar told the Chronicle in a telephone interview on Tuesday that planning for ceremonies such as weddings will prove a challenge, as will its position as an umbrella group for smaller temples within the region. “We are not changing the hours of our services,” he said. “But we are limiting the numbers of people who attend.” He said, for example, that the society’s main room in Richmond Hill normally can accommodate 2,000 people comfortably, allowing them to provide much smaller groups with space allowances prescribed by city and state guidelines. The Greater Allen AME Cathedral in Jamaica also stopped in-person gatherings as of this continued on page 14


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Woodhaven business group touts Jamaica Ave. eateries during crisis

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First, look after your family, but then look out for your neighborhood. That’s the message being circulated by the Woodhaven Business Improvement District, which this week began urging residents to keep ordering from the nearly 100 neighborhood restaurants, bakeries and markets in its area on Jamaica Avenue. “Takeout is the new going out,” said Raquel Olivares, executive director of the Woodhaven BID who has been spearheading a grassroots campaign to keep the food places in her district going during the state of emergency. The BID represents more than 320 businesses on a 25-block stretch of Jamaica Avenue between Dexter Court and 100th Street. “Frankly, they’re panicky, with every reason to be so,” Olivares said when asked how merchants on the avenue are handling the virus crisis. “They are struggling to find ways to stay open.” The BID believes if it can encourage enough people to keep eating from their usual places — out of takeout trays instead of ceramic dishes — most will be able to survive the economic hardship. Small businesses are expected to be hardest hit by restrictions on public gathering imposed this week by the city and state in an effort to stop the spread of the COVID-19 virus. “I had to lay off two staff already and cut the shift inside,” said Paul Vasiliadis, owner of the Avenue Diner at 91-06 Jamaica Ave. “You can’t work with a full staff when you lost 60 to 70 percent of your business.” Vasiliadis said he is luckier than other nearby restaurant ow ners because he already had a steady takeout and delivery business. In the first two days of takeout only, he

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said the outgoing-order business had been “steady.” “Some people are scared about social distancing with a deliveryman,” said the diner owner. “So I have the guys all wearing masks and gloves. “I’m trying to keep this place open as long as possible. People rely on us.” The BID started reaching out earlier this week to the Woodhaven Residents Block Association, the Woodhaven Cultural and Historical Society and others to help get the word out. “The restaurants and bakeries are open,” Olivares said. “You can’t sit in them, but you can get whatever you want to go.” An ad campaign on behalf of the Jamaica Avenue eateries also is coming, she said. Q

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Jamaica Ave. feels coronavirus sting Pedestrian, vehicular traffic notably missing Springfield to Jamaica Station by Michael Gannon Editor

An unscientific check of national chain restaurants, coffee shops, bodegas and lunch counters along Jamaica Avenue on Monday morning showed almost nothing unusual — not even signs on the doors — until one got right into the heart of Downtown Jamaica. And unless one noticed the sometimeseerie-looking absence of the pedestrians, street vendors and much of the vehicle traffic that were far below regular levels for post-rush hour. Even someone who had not heard of coronavirus would have known something was wrong on Monday if they spent any time at all on Jamaica Avenue. The usually bustling foot traffic was reduced to a trickle between Springfield and Francis Lewis boulevards in Queens Village. The southern side of Jamaica just west of Francis Lewis has a good deal of industrial space, and pedestrian foot traffic can be uneven until one moves west into the 170s and 160s. But there were still some signs. A day care center posted a sign telling parents that it would be closed to all after-

school visitors, and another near 193rd Street had blocked off its outdoor playground. The sign on the former asked parent s to sa n it i ze t hei r ha nd s before entering. Even when foot t raff ic picked up between 179th and 170th streets, it still was not that which could usually be expected on a sunny day in a booming and growing business and retail corridor. Walking into the 160s, pedestrian traffic picked up, but not as would be expected. Even the street vendors appeared fewer and farther between. East of the 170s nothing seemed out of place at restaurants, coffee shops and delis. Nothing was amiss at a Dunkin’ Donuts in Hollis just east of 205th Street that by Tuesday eliminated public seating. Then came the signs. A nail salon near 169th Street posted one on its door asking clients to wash their hands as they arrived. A Chipotle restaurant had a sign on its door saying it was reducing setting capacity by 50 percent; a Popeyes restaurant on Parsons Boulevard already had eliminated seating in its dining area. Both notes encouraged customers to use their apps for delivery services. Not even national clothing store chains

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Popeyes in Jamaica, like other restaurants, is accommodating its customers with takeout and delivery service during the state of emergency.

Jamaica Avenue was missing its traditional weekday bustle on Monday after the city and state PHOTOS BY MICHAEL GANNON stepped up their alert levels for dealing with the coronavirus. were taking undue risks. A flier on Burlington Coat Factory’s door asked customers to stay home if not feeling well, and to cover their coughs and sneezes and to wash their hands often. The Gap and H&M posted temporar y schedules of shorter hours. About the only place where traff ic seemed to be normal was on the line outside the Social Security office located in the Joseph P. Addabbo Federal Building at the corner of Jamaica and Parsons. A brief stroll led from there to the Long Island Rail Road’s Jamaica Station, where the LIRR platforms resembled veritable ghost towns between 11 and 11:30 a.m. Activity on the station’s AirTrain concourse appeared to be about normal for midday. But while the NY Deli, Tim Horton’s and the Air Bar were all open, the customary seating area was open f loor, with chairs and tables stacked in a corner. The E train ride from Jamaica Station to 71st/Continental Avenue in Forest Hills

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continued from page 2 of an abundance of caution due to the rapidly changing situation surrounding the Coronavirus and after further consultation with representatives of city and state agencies,” the Diocese of Brooklyn said in a statement. Students and educators of the DOE can go https://www.schools.nyc.gov/learning/ learn-at-home to access information. The materials are available on grade- specific web pages which include suggested daily study schedules, guides and materials for instructional activities, recommended educational television shows and even links

continued from page 12 past Sunday, and invited members of its congregation to view services via streaming. “This decision not to hold our usual services was not an easy one to make because we love coming together for worship, but we believe with all of our hearts that this is the wisest and safest thing to do,” said a message on the church’s website. “The health and well-being of our church community is our primary concern.” The cathedral will live stream its 9 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. services, but they will not be open to the public.

to a variety of books, magazines and websites on a wide range of topics that appeal to students at all ages. The DOE also encourages parents to visit www.schools.nyc.gov/school-life/healthand-wellness/coronavirus-update for more information and updates on this transition. “These materials do not replace what your child has been learning at school, but during this unusual time it is important that students continue to read, write, do social studies and science activities and work on math problems,” said the DOE in Q a statement.

appeared to have far fewer riders than usual, with people taking care to observe “social distancing,” even in some cases, if it meant standing. Coming up to street level just before noon, the Queens Boulevard, Austin Street and 71st Avenue business corridors were populated by far fewer pedestrians than normally expected at the start of lunch hour. Unlike in Jamaica, even the smallest bar or restaurant had a sign noting restricted hours, decreased capacity or temporary closure. Nearby, a Dunkin’ Donuts on Yellowstone Boulevard already had eliminated seating, as did just about every other eatery checked by the Chronicle Tuesday. The Tuesday and Wednesday morning rush hour on the F train from 169th Street would be somewhat more occupied than it had been on Friday, March 13, but still not what an informal observer would say was up to the line’s normal weekday morning Q traffic. Worshipers also are invited view services by logging into the church website, allencathedral.org, or download its app from iTunes or Google Play. The Chronicle was unable to contact the Rego Park Jewish Center prior to deadline, but the center’s website this week said it is canceling religious services through Shabbat on March 28. Events that are posted as being canceled include this year’s annual Passover Seder, the March 23 Sisterhood Meeting, Torah studies scheduled for March 28 and a singles dance scheduled for March 29. A woman answering the phone at the Jamaica Muslim Center said their center is Q temporarily closed.


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Acting BP rejects nine-building development along Downtown creek by Katherine Donlevy Associate Editor

After two weeks of deliberation following a Feb. 20 land use hearing, Acting Queens Borough President Sharon Lee released her recommendation, to disapprove, with a few conditions, the controversial Special Flushing Waterfront District on March 12. “The scale and scope of the plan will significantly change the landscape of Downtown Flushing with long lasting impacts on the area within and surrounding the SFWD,” Lee’s negative recommendation read. “Downtown Flushing, however, is not immune to the consequences of transformative large-scale new development that inadvertently leaves many behind, such as narrowing their options for decent housing and leaving them with hard and economic life choices.” Lee also expressed concern for those who live in close proximity to the development site who will “bear the brunt of the noise, dust, traffic and other construction-related inconveniences as the proposed project is built, with little chance to afford or secure some of the new housing that would be built in the new modern waterfront development.” The conditions outlined by Lee included a commitment to paying SFWD workers the prevailing wage and supplements and a good faith effort to employ union labor for the construction of the site and the permanent jobs servicing the completed residential buildings, as well as a commitment for additional affordable housing, including for seniors. Lee also requested that the School Construction Authority locate a site in Downtown Flushing to build a significant

portion of its goal to add 3,056 new school seats between 2020 and 2024. As part of the Flushing Waterfront Revitalization Plan, the proposal to rezone and redevelop the 29-acre stretch of waterfront industrial property and surrounding land in Downtown Flushing seeks to extend the district to the waterfront, improve pedestrian flow and vehicular movement, add affordable housing and improve the water quality of Flushing Creek. The project would lie between 40th Road to the south, College Point Boulevard to the east, 36th Avenue to the north and Flushing Creek to the west. The applicant, FWRA, LLC, presented the proposal to the Borough President’s Office after it was met with a 30-8 approval advisory vote by Community Board 7 on Feb. 10. According to Lee’s recommendation, 28 speakers participated in the Feb. 20 hearing, nine of whom were in favor of the plan and 19 against. “We are stunned by the unusual manner in which the interim Borough President would go against the wishes of the community,” FWRA LLC said in a prepared statement responding to Lee’s recommendation. “This project will create jobs, stimulate the Flushing economy which is suffering and bring activity and much-needed environmental cleanup to a vacant, blighted parcel of land. These factors are why there is a broad range of community support from local businesses and residents, but were unfortunately overlooked by someone who is not familiar with our community.” The MinKwon Center for Community Action has been a strong opponent of the development and has protested at multiple

Acting Borough President Sharon Lee disapproved the Special Flushing Waterfront District proposal on March 12. NYC DCP RENDERING hearings since the Unifor m Land Use Review Procedure began in December. Representatives of the advocacy group met with Lee on March 10 to express their concerns over increased congestion, pollution, construction hazards and mass displacement resulting from the development. “I am very thankful that the borough president, Sharon Lee, really took to heart our community’s needs,” MinKwon’s Lead Housing Organizer Seonae Byeon told the Chronicle. Byeon reiterated Lee’s concern that Downton Flushing, as well as Bland Houses residents will bear “the costs of this redevelopment, in the form of industrial pollution,

construction noise, traffic and congestion, and displacement from their homes.” She also said an environmental impact study by an impartial third party is critical to truly understanding the environmental consequences of the development, and accused real estate developers and CB 7 of trying to fast-track the approval process with the hopes that no one would notice the true scale of the environmental impact. “Due to gentrification and the rising cost of rent, senior residents in Flushing are being forced to make decisions like whether to purchase food or pay for rent. Students at JHS 189Q openly speak about depression and their harboring of suicidal thoughts due to the effect of their families being displaced. Schools in this district are also already overcrowded, hovering at around 120% capacity. “Developers simply do not care about the effects of gentrification and the rapid urbanization of the neighborhood. Their only concern is to extract the maximum profit per square foot of land they are able to get their hands on,” said Byeon Following Lee’s recommendation to disapprove, the application will be presented to the City Planning Commission, something originally scheduled for March 18 but tentatively pushed to April 1 due to the state of concerns surrounding the coronavirus — on March 16, Mayor de Blasio issued an executive order to suspend all ULURP processes until further notice, which restricts community boards, borough presidents, borough boards, the CPC and the City Council from convening to consider land use applications Q or hold public hearings on applications.

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City nears a deal on sewer collapse Residents’ temp housing extended by Michael Gannon Editor

The office of Councilwoman Adrienne Adams said the city is nearing a deal to extend temporary housing for South Ozone Park residents whose homes are still uninhabitable following FILE PHOTO BY MICHAEL SHAIN November’s major sewer collapse and backup.

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The city is nearing an agreement to extend temporary housing to residents of South Ozone Park who still cannot return to homes damaged by a sewage backup in November. C ou nc i lwo m a n Ad r ie n n e Ad a m s (D-Jamaica) announced the development last week in a statement from her office, which was sent to cancel a press conference planned in support of the residents scheduled for March 13, the date that several would have faced being kicked out of their temporary lodgings. “We have made great strides with the administration this morning and will cancel today’s presser,” Adams’ office said in a statement emailed to the Chronicle. Housing now will extend into April. Adams also has been calling for the city to begin air quality and mold testing along with its repair work on all affected homes;

to expedite reimbursement claims by homeowners; and to provide mental health counseling for those who might need the help. A massive sewer main, 42 inches in diameter, collapsed on Thanksgiving weekend, causing torrents of raw sewage to flood into about 70 homes in the rectangle formed by Rockaway Boulevard to the north; 150th Street and Baisley Pond Park to the east; North Conduit Avenue to the south; and the northbound service road to the Van Wyck Expressway to the west. City officials initially speculated that the cause was due to homeowners in the area pouring grease down their drains, which can lead to massive clogs. It was three weeks before the city’s Department of Environmental Protection, which oversees the sewers, acknowledged responsibility. The city ultimately decided to bypass the break, which is buried deep in the Q ground, rather than try to repair it.


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Park activists rally for $200M in funds Play Fair Coalition digitally petitions City Council to increase green budget by Katherine Donlevy Associate Editor

A rally to increase the Parks Department budget to $200 million was originally planned to take place on the steps of City Hall ahead of the City Council preliminary 2021 budget hearing on March 13, but the rising concerns around large gatherings in the face of COVID-19 prompted the petitioners to digitally rally on Twitter instead. “We are inspired by our coalition’s creativity and determination to ensure that parks, gardens and open spaces are used as critical city infrastructure, especially in this uncertain time,” New Yorkers for Parks Outreach and Programming Director Emily Walker said to kick off the rally. “Despite the fact that parks represent 14 percent of New York City’s land, they received only 0.6 percent of the city budget to maintain and operate them last year.” The Play Fair Coalition is composed of New Yorkers for Parks members, City Councilmember and Parks Committee Chairperson Peter Koo (D-Flushing), District Council 37, the New York League of Conservation Voters and over 230 parks, community gardens, environmental, recreational, youth development and social justice organizations throughout the city. In the 2020 fiscal year, the coalition

Following the digital rally held on Twitter, Play Fair Coalition members who could attend the City Council’s preliminary 2021 budget hearing showed their support for increased funding of $200 NEW YORKERS FOR PARKS PHOTO / TWITTER million allocated to city parks. secured a $44 million increase in the City Council expense budget for parks, which the coalition says is the largest green space funding in nearly three decades — the last time city parks received at least 1 percent of the city’s budget was in the 1970s. “Way back, we did get some good funding. Now, not so good — $200 million short

in fact per year for our city parks,” City Councilmember Bob Holden (D-Middle Villiage) said at the digital rally. “We need more money to maintain them; we need more money to protect them.” A lthoug h proud of the coalit ion’s achievement in its first year, Walker says the $44 million in funding was “just the

beginning,” and in its second year, the group is seeking the investment to be raised to $200 million. The first $100 million would be allocated to the fiscal year 2021 expense budget to include investment in critical maintenance and operations, in recreation and programming and in parks safety, as well as the addition of 150 parks worker and gardener positions. The second $100 million would be allocated to the fiscal year 2021 four-year capital plan to rebuild 10 parks and playgrounds; to invest in structural improvements for GreenThumb Community Gardens; to continue investments in protecting, conserving and maintaining natural forests; and to complete capital projects and improve infrastructure. “Much of [last year’s] funding is set to expire, so we need to make sure that investments made in our parks are not simply oneshot, but sustainable year-after-year commitments,” said Koo. “That is the only way every neighborhood from Queens to Staten Island to Manhattan to Brooklyn and to the Bronx gets the parks, playgrounds, forests, pools, beaches and recreation centers they deserve.” The coalition has a petition — those who support its goal can sign on the New YorkQ ers for Parks website NY4P.org.

Flag burned at Shri Man breaks into Tulshi Mandir temple Ozone Park Popeyes Woman arsonist still remains at large

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Steals uniforms, no cash, no chicken by Jason D. Antos

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Hatred is alive and well in South Richmond Hill as an unidentified woman set fire to a flag at the entrance of the Shri Tulshi Mandir temple. The incident happened at 7:30 p.m. on March 12 as surveillance footage taken from the temple clearly shows. The unidentified woman was seen igniting the flag before running off. She then returned as firefighters arrived on the scene. According to the temple’s spiritual leader, Pandit Lakhram Maharaji, the woman spoke to the FDNY and told them she was trying to light a cigarette. Not believing her story the firefighters contacted NYPD. She fled the scene before they arrived. The NYPD is investigating whether the incident constitutes a hate crime. “It is very sad the way human beings think sometimes,” said Pandit Lakhram Maharaji. Police said the building was not dam-

This man clearly misunderstood the city’s new grab and go policy. The NYPD is asking for your assistance in identifying the individual depicted in the photograph who is being sought in connection to a burglary in Ozone Park within the confines of the 106th Precinct. On March 13, the individual gained entry into the Popeyes restaurant at 94-00 Liberty Ave. after kicking in the front door. Once inside, the individual forced open two empty cash registers. He then proceeded to remove 10 Popeyes uniforms from a back room and f led the location in an unknown direction. No chicken was removed from the premises. The individual is described as a heavyset, light-skinned male with a beard and mustache. He was last seen wearing a brown hooded coat, gray sweatpants and white sneakers. Anyone with information in regard to this incident is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1 (800) 577-

This unidentified woman is wanted for setting fire to a flag at the Shri Tulshi Mandir PHOTO COURTESY NYPD temple. aged as a result of the fire. The whereabouts of the woman are unknown. The flag the woman burned is known as a Durga-Puja, which represents peace and the triumph of good over evil. Anyone with information about the video is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers hotline at 1 (800) 577-TIPS (8477) or for Spanish 1 (888) 57-74782. Q

This individual broke into Popeyes in Ozone Park and stole uniforms. PHOTO COURTESY NYPD TIPS (8477) or for Spanish, 1 (888) 57-PISTA (74782). The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the CrimeStoppers website at crimestoppers.com or on Twitter Q @NYPDTips.


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Diet and exercise: changing with the times by Michael Gannon Editor

As kids, many baby boomers may have chosen frosted cereal while watching Saturday morning cartoons. In a college dorm it was pizza and macaroni and cheese — the real stuff from the box with the orange powder — while lounging around studying for midterms and finals. But experts say that even the wealthiest, best-educated generation needs to make concessions to age when it comes to diet and exercise. “Proper nutrition is vital as you age to maintain your health, weight and energy levels,” said Amanda Graffeo, a registered dietitian and nutritionist at Jamaica Hospital Medical Center’s Medisys outpatient clinic. “You need proper nutrition to keep your organs functioning, for strong bones and lean muscle mass.” And while Graffeo said osteoporosis, which makes the bones brittle, is a concern in itself, it is not the only one. “Strong bones and lean muscle mass are important because as we age we are at increased risk for falls because of increased balance and stability issues,” she said. Calcium and vitamin D, she said, are important. Fatty fish such as salmon are high in vitamin D, while Greek yogurt and low-fat milk and cheeses supply calcium. Dark green vegetables such as kale contain it as well. Graffeo said yellow fruits and vegetables such as sweet potatoes, carrots and cantaloupe help offset the effects of vision, which can start to decline as people age. She also said proper hydration and sufficient fiber in one’s diet aid in overall health and nutrition. They also help keeping a person regular as their digestive systems slow

Little things that people can change or add to their diet and exercise regimens can play a big role in helping people stay healthy and active as they get older. down over time. “Fiber helps with digestion and weight,” she said. “I recommend three or four servings of fiber a day such as whole grain bread, brown rice, quinoa — make sure it says ‘whole grain.’” Drinking water, she said, sometimes must be a conscious effort. “You lose sensitivity,” she said. “Your senses of smell and taste decline. You may not sense thirst anymore.” Graffeo said she recommends seniors keep water bottles with

Fish, nuts, whole grains, fruit and vegetables can help with everything from proper weight to avoiding falls and high blood pressure.

them, using sugar-free additives such as Crystal Light for flavor. Seniors should be aware that as the sense of taste decreases, they might be less able to taste salt that already is in or on certain foods, and begin adding more than they should for a healthy diet. “That can lead to high blood pressure,” she said, adding that other spices, herbs and seasonings can be flavorful substitutes. Omega 3 fatty acids, which fight some types of cancer, heart disease and rheumatoid arthritis, can be found in tuna, salmon, walnuts, flax and chia seeds. A balanced meal should include protein from lean meat, fish, beans, legumes, nuts, nut butter and fruit; plus carbohydrates from grains, bread and cereal. “And you should have five servings a day of fruits and vegetables,” Graffeo said. A key to a healthy diet, she said, is being a careful, educated shopper. “Look for whole grains — look at the labels,” she said. “To avoid high blood pressure, look for products that have less than five grams of sodium and saturated fat per serving.” And while medical needs change and increase as people get older, Graffeo stresses not neglecting continuing dental care. “As we age, teeth can break or our jaws can be come painful,” she said. “That can affect what we eat. Some people lose weight and they realize they just needed their teeth fixed.” Exercise, Graffeo said, goes hand-inhand with a healthy diet. “That helps with strength, balance and mobility,” she said. “But make sure a physician has cleared you to exercise.” She said 30 minutes per day is recom-

mended, even if someone wants to break that down to three 10-minute sessions a day. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on its website says it is important that older adults pick activities they enjoy and that match their abilities. “That will help ensure that you stick with them,” the CDC said. The agency says physical activity has immediate health benefits “including better sleep and less anxiety. It also helps reduce your risk of getting serious illnesses such as hea r t d isea se, t y pe I I d iabet es a nd depression.” The website recommends trying a variety of activities as a way to make exercise more enjoyable and reduce the risk of injury. “Regular physical activity is still safe and good for you even if you have problems doing normal daily activities, such as climbing stairs or walking,” according to the CDC. “Lots of things count. And it all adds up. Find what works for you.” The web page said that if an illness or injury requires a senior to stop exercising for a period of time to be sure to start again at a lower level and slowly work back up to a normal level of activity. To get to and stay at a healthy weight, the CDC recommends the equivalent of 150 minutes per week, such as 30 minutes a day, five days a week of moderate-intensity aerobic activity. “Keep in mind that you may need to do more activity or reduce the number of calories you eat to get to your desired weight,” the government cautions. While Graffeo cited dietary tools for helping mobility and balance, the CDC says “multicomponent” is essential as well. A senior couple taking a walk in the park, in the agency’s example, is combining aerobic activity with balance training and muscle-strengthening. “As part of their weekly physical activity, older adults should do multicomponent physical activity to improve physical function and decrease the risk of falls or injury from a fall.” The CDC says even little things like walking, lifting weights and balance training by incorporating walking backwards or sideways or by standing on one foot — with a wall or something to hold or lean on nearby — can be done in the home or in a group setting. Balance activities, the site continues, can improve the ability to resist forces within or outside of the body that cause falls. “Fall prevention programs that include balance training and other exercises to improve activities of daily living can also significantly reduce the risk of injury, such as bone fractures, if a fall does occur.” Strengthening muscles of the back, abdomen and legs also improves balance. The full article on CDC recommendations for physical activity and other information for seniors can be found online at cdc.gov/physicalactivity/basics/adding-pa/ Q activities-olderadults.htm.


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Covering the cost of long-term care by Mark Lord Chronicle Contributor

Eating a healthy diet, remaining physically active, seeking regular healthcare, maintaining a busy social life ... these are all suggestions for delaying or even preventing the need for long-term care. But what would happen if you ever became ser iously ill or disabled? According to the National Institute on Aging, “You can never know for sure if you will need long-term care.” For many, it’s an understandably unpleasant subject to consider. But all the experts seem to agree on one thing: The best time to think about needing long-term care is before you need it. Elder law at tor ney Ronald Fatoullah, who has a local office in Kew Gardens, advises that the time “to start to get the ball rolling” is around age 45. One of the biggest pitfalls, he says, is that, ver y often, people “just don’t have a plan.” So, what, exactly, is meant by Long-term care insurance may cover the cost of a nursing home, assisted living facility, adult day care services and more. “long-term care” ? It involves a variety of services designed to ernment health insurance pro- afford them, you could lose all the have someone go over it with you,” meet a person’s health or personal g rams, such as Medicaid. (It money you’ve invested in the pol- he said. “It may cost a little up care needs for a period of time. should be noted that Medicare icy); and your income (as AARP front but it can save you a lot of Such services help individuals does not cover long-term care but suggests, “You must first exhaust money and aggravation later on.” He a dv ised , “Do a lot of live as independently and safely may cover some costs of short- almost all your resources and as possible when they can no lon- term care in a nursing home fol- meet Medicaid’s other eligibility research,” and suggested finding a case manager to work with you. A requirements.”) ger perform everyday activities lowing a hospital stay.) Long-term care policies may good place to do so is through the A not he r opt ion is pr ivat e on their own. One of the primary concerns financing, such as long-term care cover the cost of a nursing home, New York City Department for the with obtaining long-term care is insurance. Certain individuals residence in an assisted living Aging, he said. DFTA works with case managethe expense. According to the may receive veterans’ benefits that facility, adult day care services, can go toward home care, home modification ment agencies to provide in-home NIA, Americans long-term care. and care coordination. According care for people 60 and up. Case spend billions of Services are also to AARP, most policies have a management social workers generdollars a year on e almost always a v a i l a b l e limit to the amount of benefits ally begin with a telephone assessvarious related ment. They will evaluate your bent h r o u g h t h e you can receive. ser vices. How can protect “Deciding whether long-term efits, and discuss issues such as Old e r A m e r ithey pay for care insurance is right for you can home-delivered meals, personal cans Act. their care about half T h e A A R P take a significant amount of time care, housekeeping needs and depends on their the assets.” we b s i t e i n d i - and research but mak ing the counseling. financial situaAccording to LongTermCare. cates t h a t effort will be time well spent,” tion and the — elder law attorney gov, part of the U.S. Department of “Medicare will AARP says. kinds of services Ronald Fatoullah Fatoullah points out that a lot Health and Human Services, most c ove r a shor t they require. stay in a nursing of people are not buying insur- long-term care is not medical care, Of ten, individuals rely on a variety of pay- home or a limited amount of at- ance because it can be prohibi- but rather assistance with the basic ment sources. Chief among those home care, but only under very tively expensive and rates tend to personal tasks of everyday life, known as “activities of daily livare their own personal funds, strict conditions. To help cover keep going up. Simply put, “a lot of people ing.” Those include eating, bathincluding pensions, savings and potential long-term care expenses, ing, dressing and using the toilet, income from stocks. Much home- some people choose to buy long- can’t afford it,” he said. And Barry Klitsberg, president as well as housework, taking medibased care is paid out of pocket. term care insurance.” The site suggests that since no of the Queens Interagency Coun- cations, shopping for food and Similarly, one’s personal funds often are used to participate in one can predict one’s future needs, cil on Aging, points out, “The clothing and using the telephone. The duration and level of longadult day service programs and you might want to look into a poli- older you are [when you take out the insurance], the more expen- term care varies from person to other community-based services cy with flexible options. person and changes over time. Among the factors to consider sive it will be.” provided by local organizations. Klitsberg indicated that there Such services typically come first Professional care in assisted liv- are your age and health (policies ing facilities and continuing care cost less if purchased when you are a lot of different plans, noting from unpaid caregivers, such as retirement communities is almost are younger and in good health); that “they’re not uniform,” making family and friends. Paid caregivers the premiums, which often go up it all the more important to talk to might include nurses, home health always paid out of pocket. 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Further assistance may come from adult day services in an individual’s neighborhood. As people age, they may need a variety of other long-term care assistance, such as nursing homes (which offer the most comprehensive range of services, including nursing care and 24-hour supervision) and assisted living communities. According to LongTermCare. gov, Medicare will only pay longterm care if you require skilled services or rehabilitative care. Medicare will cover such services in a nursing home for a maximum of 100 days and at home, if you are also receiving skilled in-home services. Medicare does not pay for nonskilled assistance. To qualify for Medicaid, your income must be below a certain level and you must meet minimum state eligibility requirements, the site indicates. According to Fatoullah, your total assets can add up to no more than $15,750 in order for you to qualify for Medicaid. “The cost for a nursing home is astronomical,” Fatoullah said. “Most middle class people can’t afford it, or they go bankrupt.” An average cost for a nursing home is $16,000 per month, he said. He suggested that elder law attorneys, such as himself, can often protect all or some of an individual’s assets, but early planning is key. “We almost always can protect about half the assets,” he said. But, he pointed out, “Each case is different. There are so many Q moving pieces.”

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Understanding Medicaid: Frequently Asked Questions What is the difference between Medicare and Medicaid? Medicare is a privilege an individual is entitled to receive upon reaching the age of 65 or upon being certified disabled, providing they have worked for at least 10 years and contributed into the Social Security System. Medicaid is for the poor or impoverished; therefore, eligibility is based upon income and resources levels. Meeting the eligibility requirements will secure Medicaid eligibility.

What is Medicaid medical assistance? Medicaid is a joint federal and state funded program, run by the state and local counties, providing medical insurance, home-care services (assisting with all activities of daily living) and nursing home medical assistance to the poor, elderly or disabled. However, individuals requiring homecare services or nursing home medical assistance, in addition to financial requirements, also will need to have a medical need for these services.

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COMMUNITY MEDICAID BASICS FOR THE ELDERLY By John Samaras, Esq., Associate at the Law Office of Donna Furey A common misconception exists that, as an elderly person, one must “give up everything” in order to receive Medicaid benefits. However, this is not the case and it is likely that you may be able to achieve Medicaid assistance with some proper planning. There are two main types of Medicaid for the elderly: Community Medicaid and Institutional Medicaid. Community Medicaid is when an individual wants to remain at home while receiving medical assistance in the form of health care aides. Institutional Medicaid is when an individual cannot stay home and needs to reside in a nursing home. If an individual is seeking Community Medicaid, they must: (1) be a New York State resident, (2) have at least 3 activities of daily living they cannot perform, (3) be above the age of 65, (4) not have income in excess of $875 per month and (5) not have “resources” in excess of $15,750. Medicaid looks at whether the individual can perform “Activities of Daily Living” without assistance. Activities of Daily Living include but are not limited to dressing, toileting, showering, cooking, shopping, etc. Depending on how many activities a person cannot perform on their own, they will receive different levels of care. If an individual applying for Community Medicaid has income above $875 plus $20 for personal monthly needs, they have two options: [1] pay their any income above $895 to Medicaid, or [2] join a pooled trust. The income sent to the pooled trust

can be used to pay monthly bills in your name. A pooled trust is a not-for-profit organization approved by New York State that enables a person who has excess income to qualify for Medicaid. Any income remaining in the pooled trust after the person passes away, goes to the pooled trust. Finally, the individual applying for Community Medicaid may only have $15,750 of available resources. This resource limit does not include personal property, such as furniture, jewelry and cars. When calculating your resources, Medicaid does not include the value of your IRAs and 401ks. However, Medicaid will be entitled to the Required Minimum Distribution (which will count towards your income). In the event only one spouse is seeking Medicaid assistance, then the Community Spouse (spouse not seeking Medicaid) may have resources between $74,820 to $126,420. With proper Medicaid planning, it is possible to lower your available resources below the limit while also achieving your estate planning goals. This has merely been a primer on Community Medicaid. The laws surrounding Medicaid are nuanced and extensive. There is no one plan that will fit everyone’s needs, which is why it is important to speak with an elder law attorney in order to create a plan that is specifically tailored to your needs.

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Making the right nursing home choice by Katherine Donlevy Associate Editor

Queens has the second-largest older adult population of any county in the state, following Brooklyn, according to a 2019 Center for an Urban Future study, which recorded more than 353,500 residents over the age of 65. With the borough growing older, it’s no surprise it is home to a plethora of senior citizen homes and rehabilitation centers, but how does one find the most skilled nursing for their aging loved one? The decision can be overwhelming with so many choices available, but the best option for your loved one’s specific needs can be narrowed down after considering a few key points. Rating reviews Linda Spiegel, the director of public affairs for Margaret Tietz Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Jamaica, recom mends that researching reviews on nearby nursing homes should be the searcher’s first consideration. “There are state websites to see what the rating is,” said Spiegel, suggesting Nursing Home Compare through medicare.gov/ nursinghomecompare as a top source. “A five-star rating is the best, and they also post an audit online so you can see whether they received any deficiency.” The site ranks the nursing homes based on health inspections, staffing, quality measures and overall rating from 1 to 5 stars. Margaret Tietz, along with every other senior citizen care and rehabilitation center in the state, is subject to annual inspections to ensure that t hey kee p w it h st ate st a nd a rd s a nd guidelines. Other sites offer reviews and ratings similar to Nursing Home Compare, but some come with more specific details about a home, such as nursinghomerating.org’s statistic tracker. The website keeps count of available beds, whether the home is a Continuing Care Retirement Community or a Special Focus Facility, whether it is fully sprinklered and more. Spiegel, who has worked for the care center for over 30 years, says that through this type of research one can easily weed out which type of facility offers programs that cater to a loved one’s specific needs, which is important when considering the difference between short-term and long-term care facilities and ones that offer both. “Short-term patients are still considered patients, and many facilities have large shortterm components,” explained Spiegel. “Many facilities take on short-term rehab because they’re vying for the same beds, and the seniors return to assisted living, which are like senior hotels.” Assisted living facilities offer housekeeping service, meals and on-site doctors, but residents maintain the freedom to come and go as they would in their home. “If you’re medically compromised that’s not an option for you. When they improve, sometimes rehab stays turn into long-term care, and we’ll try to keep them with us. Some people stay with us a few years,” continued Speigel.

There are multiple nursing homes across Queens, and choosing the perfect one for your aging loved one may feel overwhelming, but the choice may become easier after considering a few key points when evaluating different centers. Paying a visit After compiling a list of nursing homes and rehabilitation centers, Spiegel says, the next step is the most important one: visiting each facility to get a firsthand look at what it has to offer. “We have so many choices [of nursing homes], the best thing for people to do is see the rating and then visit the facility,” Spiegel said. “Go in there, see it, meet the personnel ... the rating is important, but going to see the equipment and speaking to the therapist to see if the condition of your loved one can be met appropriately is vital.” A visit is a good chance to evaluate the conditions your loved one will be exposed to every day during his or her stay, so pay attention to the details: • Are there programs to keep residents active during their down time? • Is there natural lighting, or an option to spend time outside the facility? • Are residents given privacy, even if they do share a room? • Does the facility look well kept and clean? • What do the visiting hours look like? • Is safety a priority of the facility, such as providing handrails and clearly marking exit signs? • Is the menu flexible and does it offer an array of options? • Does the facility honor religious practices of its residents? “Everyone has their own needs and each facility has a responsibility to meet those needs and be flexible,” said Spiegel. “It’s very important to know that they have care plans so you know you’re loved one is taken care of ... When you’re elderly and fragile you need that help.”

Spiegel also mentioned the importance of how comfortable the facility can make the resident feel, a tough thing to do when they’re living with doctors and nurses. “Most of our residents are over 80, and we do as much as we can to get them back to their status and back home,” Speigel said referring to short-term care patients. “Everyone wants to be home if they can be. We outline goals and see if they can be met safely. That’s primary.” Speaking with staff When paying a visit to the facility, make sure to sit down and meet with those who

potentially could be interacting with your loved one on a daily basis. “Families considering senior living should speak with the key leadership when visiting, including the executive director, events and activities director and healthcare and nursing management to get a picture of care and service approaches,” said John Hartmayer, senior vice president of Atria Senior Living, which has locations in Forest Hills and Kew Gardens. Facilities typically have a wide-ranging staff that your loved one will encounter in his or her everyday life. Although it may be impossible to meet the entire staff, it would be wise to sit down and speak with as many representatives as possible before making any important decisions. Nursing homes usually have health teams consisting of physicians, nurses, therapists, dieticians, social workers and service workers, as well as admissions department teams, recreational directors, volunteers and more. “It’s also important for searching families to ask providers about quality, including their internal quality measures, not to mention the tenure of its leadership team and longevity of its staff,” said Hartmayer. Setting goals with the staff for your loved one is critical — can the facility aid, and provide the means, for your loved one to get the care he or she needs? Hartmayer and the Atria community believe that creating a comfortable and positive environment leads to accomplishment and healing, and that the environment is a direct reflection of the staff. “A growing body of research shows that those who live in a caring, connected environment enjoy greater health and well-being than those who are isolated,” Atria’s mission states, a vital aspect to consider when choosQ ing a nursing home.

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No sports for the forseeable future Leagues canceling tournaments, suspending games over COVID-19 by David Russell Associate Editor

St. John’s was defeating Creighton at halftime in the quarterfinals of the Big East Tou r n a ment la st T hu r sd ay when a n announcement was made that the tournament had been canceled immediately. “New York, New York” played as the stunned crowd began to walk out. “I understood but I wasn’t thrilled,” said Mark Montalbano, a St. John’s alum who was at the game. “Once they let them play the first half, let them finish the game.” As fears over the coronavirus increased during the week, the NCAA announced there would be no fans for games but that they were still scheduled. Last Wednesday’s night games went on as planned with fans. The next morning, each conference began announcing there would be no conference tournament. The Big East didn’t announce it immediately though, and St. John’s tipped off at noon, right around the time the other tournaments were canceled. There was only a handful of tickets for the game and Montalbano found out just that morning that his friend had an extra one. But excitement about the game shifted as fans began to relay texts to each other about a possible cancellation. The first half was competitive — but it

St. John’s mascot Johnny Thunderbird sits alone at Madison Square Garden after the Big East Tournament was abruptly canceled Thursday amid fears of the coronavirus while the Red Storm FOX SPORTS 1 SCREENSHOT / TWITTER was beating Creighton at halftime. was the only one. “None of us knew for sure and then gradually we all started getting texts saying they called the second half of the game,” Montalbano said. Some fans were concerned the game was called because something was happening outside but it was simply a precautionary measure repeated across the sports world. Other fans began chanting “St. John’s, Big

East tournament champions. We won.” Fans began to file out of the Garden. “The whole thing was surreal,” Montalbano said. “I was in a bit of a daze.” Later, the announcement came that there would be no NCAA Tournament: March Sadness instead of March Madness. Montalbano has a way to pass the time: The actor told his fellow Red Storm fans he would send them links to short films he’s in.

There will be plenty of time to watch them. The NBA and NHL suspended their seasons. The baseball season is being pushed back for at least two weeks. March 26 was going to be Opening Day at Citi Field with the Mets hosting the world champion Washington Nationals. Forest Hills native Nick Hirshon had tickets for Opening Day and said the league’s decision was “disappointing but not completely unexpected.” He said there’s still plenty to watch and read but that it’s an example of how life is changing rapidly. “It’s something so many people look forward to,” he said about Opening Day. “Especially around this time of year. There’s so much hope, this could be the year, they acquired new players, guys are going to bounce back. There’s a lot of expectations with the Mets this year so to see that paused is surreal.” Stadium security league-wide became a lot tighter after the terror attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. Hirshon wonders if there will be a lot of hand sanitizer stations around stadiums and longer lines at bathrooms with people running to wash their hands more often. “Will that create more chaos in the ballpark? ” he said. “Who knows what the Q effects are going to be?”

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St. John’s was on a roll before abrupt ending Maybe the Red Storm were going to make a run. They defeated Georgetown last Wednesday in the Big East Tournament, ending the game on a 23-0 run. They looked to upset Creighton, the No. 1 seed in the tournament, the next afternoon in front of a nearly empty Madison Square Garden. St. John’s was winning at halftime and then the tournament was canceled over the coronavirus pandemic. “Our guys are very disappointed,” said St. John’s head coach Mike Anderson. “We feel like we’ve been playing some of our better basketball, but at the same time this is bigger than basketball with this coronavirus. This has a worldwide effect and that’s a game of life.” The coach said the decision to cancel it was the right one. The Big East was the last conference to cancel its conference tournament, as the others made the announcement around the time St. John’s and Creighton began playing. Once the NBA suspended its season, it looked increasingly unlikely that college

basketball could go on. The NCAA looked to play games in front of nearly empty arenas but as concerns grew over COVID-19, the decision was made to cancel the tournament completely. After all the games played during the season, there will be no champion. The only comparison is the 1919 Stanley Cup Finals between the Montreal Canadiens and the Seattle Metropolitans, which was canceled before what would have been the deciding game due to an outbreak of the Spanish flu. There was talk of postponing the 1981 NCAA Championship game between Indiana and North Carolina after President Ronald Reagan was shot hours before tip-off but the decision was made to play the game after receiving assurances about his condition. The Academy Awards, which were occasionally on the same night as the championship game, was postponed for a day. Looking to stop the spread of the coronavirus, St. John’s indefinitely paused operations of all 17 Division I programs and will not have classes on campus.

Rasheem Dunn, left, and L.J. Figueroa celebrate as St. John’s defeats Georgetown in the Big East Tournament. The next day, the tournament and the rest of the college basketball season PHOTO COURTESY ST. JOHN’S ATHLETICS was canceled amid fears of the coronavirus. “While this is a challenging time for all of us, I firmly believe it is important to take action, despite the unfortunate impact it will have, in order to help ensure the safety of everyone involved with Red Storm Athletics,” athletic director Mike Cragg said in a statement about the teams. We’ll never know what would have happened if things remained normal. A win over Creighton would have put St. John’s in the Big East conference semifinals for the first time since 2000. Maybe they would have run out of gas, playing a noon game only hours after defeating Georgetown the

night before. St. John’s started the season 11-2, fell back to .500 but then played well in the final games of the season. Anderson, in his first season at the school, was able to keep the team together after a bunch of close losses. “It tested my patience, I know that,” said Anderson, who led the team to a 17-15 finish. He’s never had a losing season as a head coach. “I had to constantly preach to these guys, just don’t let go of the rope. We’re close guys, we’re close.” St. John’s will have something to build on for next season, whenever that may begin. Q


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Celebrating their 40th anniversary ... when conditions permit Horn player Barbara Oldham gets the same thrill out of performing whether she’s at Carnegie Hall or in the auditorium of a neighborhood library. Her explanation is simple: “We like to play for audiences.” And she and her fellow members of the Quintet of the Americas are eager to do just that as the group celebrates its 40th anniversary in New York City. They had planned to perform a free show March 22 at the Flushing

Library before the coronavirus canceled all such events, and now are stuck, like everyone, waiting for the crisis to pass. Oldham said the group plans to reschedule as soon as possible, and asked those interested to check quintet.org for updates. “Quintet of the Americas thanks everyone for your continued support and understanding,” she said in an email. “Please stay healthy!” The internationally renowned group was founded in Bogota, Colombia, in 1976 by a group of five Americans

with a shared love of music. Oldham is the only remaining original member. “When you play in a senior center or library,” she said in a recent telephone interview, “you get to interact with the audience. You get to know them a little.” And, she added, “It’s wonderful when people come up to you” at the conclusion of a performance. Whenever the quintet does get to play, it will be an intimate affair, and, in keeping with the group’s tradition, filled with a wide variety of music, including pieces both old

and new. One highlight will surely be the New York premiere of “Klezmer Fantasy,” described by its creator, James Cohn, as “a medley of traditional Jewish songs and melodies.” Cohn, a 92-year-old resident of Douglaston, says that, for him, music is “like a shot of vitamins. I like to keep going.”The composer of no fewer than nine symphonies, Cohn explained that “there was always music in my family. My mother was my first music teacher.” continued on page 32

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Art & History Contest, the 23rd annual, for kids in grades 3-5, drawing or painting a building, park, monument or landmark in Queens. Deadline Sat., April 11, sent to Queens Historical Society, Attn. Education/Art Contest, 143-35 37 Ave., Flushing. $1. Info: (718) 939-0647, queenshistoricalsociety.org.

“The Socrates Annual 2019,” with outdoor projects by multiple artists produced on-site and engaging their location and community. Through Sun., March 29, 2020, Socrates Sculpture Park, 32-01 Vernon Blvd., Long Island City. Free. Info: (718) 956-1819, socratessculpturepark.org.

CLASSES/WORKSHOPS Nature’s Workshop: Poetry in the Park, part of an Urban Park Rangers series helping participants to develop a skill and engage in a hands-on project. Sun., March 22, 10-11:30 a.m., Forest Park Buddy Monument, Park Lane South and Myrtle Avenue, Richmond Hill. Free. Info: (718) 846-2731, nycgovparks.org/events.

TOURS/HIKES Nature Exploration: Signs of Spring, a hike through Kissena Park in search of buds, blooms, birds and more, with the Urban Park Rangers. Sat., March 21, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Rose and Oak Aves., Kissena Park, Flushing. Free. Info: (718) 846-2731, nycgovparks.org/events.

SUPPORT GROUPS While nearly all city Parks Department public programs have been canceled due to the coronavirus, the Urban Park Rangers are still hosting events — with social distancing g u ide l i ne s ob se r ved . See Cla s se s / Work s ho hop p s a nd FILE PHOTO COURTESY NYC PARKS Tours/Hikes. Coastal Wildlife Adventure, with Urban Park Rangers guiding participants to wildlife viewing spots; binoculars encouraged. Sat., March 28, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Beach 59 St. Playground, Rockaway Beach Boardwalk. Free. Info: (718) 846-2731, nycgovparks.org/events. Astoria Walking Tour, exploring the buzzy neighborhood’s historic highlights and hidden gems, with “Walking Queens” author/guide Adrienne Onofri; first in a spring series of tours. Sun., March 29, 2:30-4:30 p.m., meeting at corner of 35 Ave. and 36 St. $25. Info: (718) 939-0647, queenshistoricalsociety.org.

Overeaters Anonymous, for anyone with an eating disorder or other problem with food or maintaining a healthy weight, in various neighborhoods. Each Tue., 6:30-8 p.m., Holy Child Jesus Outreach Center, 112-06 86 Ave., Richmond Hill. Info: (718) 564-7027 (leave message). Each Thu., 12-1:30 p.m., Howard Beach Library, 92-06 156 Ave. Info: Julie, (718) 848-4338. Each Thu., 12:15-1:40 p.m., Rego Park Library, 91-41 63 Drive. Info: (347) 433-5876 (OA of Greater New York; leave message), (718) 459-5140. Alcoholics Anonymous, daily meetings around Queens for those with a drinking problem, with many but not all canceled; phone meetings also available. Info: (718) 520-5021, queensaa.org, nyintergroup.org. Send an item to What’s Happening, email: artslistingqchron@gmail.com

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Take children in grades 3 through 5, add writing and artistic talent and a love of Queens history and you have the 23rd annual Art & History Contest sponsored by the Queens Historical Society. Students within the borough are invited to draw or paint a picture of a building, park, monument or landmark that appeals to them, include a brief essay on the back and send it to the society to compete for gift cards. “We invite school children to get engaged in their communities and find a landmark that is significant to them and their neighborhoods,” said Jeran Halfpap,

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the Historical Society’s education and outreach coordinator. “Include the submission form, which is on our website and an essay on the landmark.” He said between 30 and 50 students typically enter. There are first through third prizes for each grade of $50, $30 and $20 gift cards. The picture can be done in pencil, colored pencil, crayons or watercolors. Each entry must include: • the artwork on an 8.5-by-11-inch piece of paper; • an essay of at least one paragraph describing the building, park, monument or landmark and why it was chosen with the name of their school (home school students also are eligible) attached with a paper clip; • the completed entry form taped or glued to the back of the artwork; and • the $1 processing fee paper clipped to the artwork. Throughout the history of the contest, most submissions have sent in by the students’ teachers. But Halfpap said with the recent order closing schools, any student can follow the practice long used by

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One of last year’s prize winners from the Queens Historical Society’s annual Art and COURTESY PHOTO History Contest, by Nicole Ciure of PS 199 in Sunnyside. home-schooled students of just mailing or delivering it to the Queens Historical Society, Attn: Eduction/Art Contest, 143-35 37 Ave., Flushing, NY 11354. Halfpap said all entries will be judged by Historical Society staff and board members. An awards reception is scheduled for

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A show to look forward to once the crisis passes continued from page 29 The Klezmer piece runs just over eight minutes, he said, including a wedding march which he was more than eager to hum during a recent telephone interview. It also includes a song of praise, the melody of which he similarly shared. “I put together the entire thing,” he added. In addition to Oldham, the concert will feature Karla Moe on flute, Matt Sullivan on

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oboe and English horn, Ben Baron on clarinet and Sasha Gee Enegren on bassoon. Two of the scheduled works were inspired by recollections of seniors residing in the borough, part of the Quintet’s Memory Project: Lembit Beecher’s “Music for Bayside,” composed in 2013, and “Retrospectives,” written by Harold Gutierrez in 2015, which, according to Oldham, has a distinct Latin feeling. Also on the program will be Robert Deemer’s “Manahatta Windows,” a work that was commissioned for the 400th anniversary of Henry Hudson sailing up the Hudson River and refers to the name of Manhattan before Europeans arrived. “It begins with a Native American chant,” Oldham said. She described the music as “driven, lots of activity, evocative of Manhattan construction.” It moves into a “jazzy section,” and concludes by returning to the opening chant. “Echoes from a Distant Land,” a “lively, rhythmic Cuban dance” piece created by Jose Raul Bernardo, is also on the bill. And, of course, music representative of Colombia will be prominently featured. According to Oldham, the Quintet’s mis-

The Quintet of the Americas — Karla Moe, left, Matt Sullivan, Barbara Oldham, Sasha Gee Enegren and Ben Baron — are celebrating the group’s 40th anniversary this year. COURTESY PHOTO, ABOVE; COVER PHOTO BY CHING JUHL On the cover: The players at rest. sion indicates that at least one piece by a Colombian composer is to be included in each concert. “When we came back to the United States,” Oldham said, “We had a repertoire of Colombian dances.” Two of them will be

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NOTICE is hereby given that an Order entered by the Civil Court, Queens County on 12-20-2019, bearing Index Number NC-001235-19/QU, a copy of which may be examined at the Office of the Clerk, located at 89-17 Sutphin Blvd., Jamaica, NY 11435, grants me (us) the right to: Assume the name of (First) MARVIS (Last) YANG. My present name is (First) MARVIS (Middle) HUILING MA (Last) YANG AKA HUILING MA. The city and state of my present address are Little Neck, NY. My place of birth is CHINA. The month and year of my birth are April 1965.

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Legal Notices NOTICE OF SALE Supreme Court County Of Queens Wilmington Savings Fund Society, FSB, D/B/A Christiana Trust as Owner Trustee of the Residential Credit Opportunities Trust V, Plaintiff AGAINST Sandra Franklin, et al, Defendant Pursuant to a Judgment of Foreclosure and Sale duly dated 10/17/2019 and entered on 12/12/2019, I, the undersigned Referee, will sell at public auction at the Queens County Courthouse, 88-11 Sutphin Blvd., Courtroom 25, Jamaica, NY on April 03, 2020 at 10:30 AM premises known as 140-58 160th Street, Jamaica, NY 11434. All that certain plot piece or parcel of land, with the buildings and improvements erected, situate, lying and being in the County of Queens, City and State of New York, BLOCK: 12315, LOT: 57. Approximate amount of judgment is $685,091.22 plus interests and costs. Premises will be sold subject to provisions of filed Judgment Index # 12356/2012. David Rosen, Referee FRENKEL LAMBERT WEISS WEISMAN & GORDON LLP 53 Gibson Street, Bay Shore, NY 11706

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were not allowed to attend it wasn’t a funereal atmosphere by any means as friends and families of the players cheered their lungs out. Both teams had their bands and cheerleaders performing during timeouts. If it’s any consolation to fans of the Johnnies, they were leading topseeded Creighton at the half 38-35 before the order to shut things down arrived. You have to feel for the college basketball players who won’t have the chance to participate in March Madness. Few spoke about the frustrations of fans of out-of-town schools who traveled to New York for the Big East Tournament at MSG or the Atlantic 10 Tournament at Barclays Center and who had to turn back as soon as they got here. Professional spring football continued its string of bad luck. Last year, the Alliance for American Football went out of business for financial reasons after eight weeks. Last Thursday, the revived XFL was forced to end its season after five weeks because of COVID-19. Although TV ratings and live attendance were so-so, the quality of play was better than expected. XFL Commissioner Oliver Luck said the league would return in 2021 and players would be paid for the rest of the 2020 season. There will be no live studio shows on SNY. Q Enjoy lots of “Mets Classics.” See the extended version of Sports Beat every week at qchron.com.

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HOWARD BEACH Cross Bay Blvd., commercial space for rent, 2nd fl., 850 sq. ft., all new tiled office w/bath. .............................. $2,750/mo., plus electric HOWARD BEACH Cross Bay Blvd., 2nd fl., 350 sq. ft. ............$1,500/mo., plus heat & electric Both good for attorney, mortgage company, accountant, trucking company, etc.

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Lovely all brick, very well-maintained home. 3 BRs, 2 full baths, formal dining room, EIK. Hardwood floors throughout, handicapped accessible, finished basmt., w/ outside rear entrance, covered patio off dining rm., det. 1 car garage w/ 1 pk. space. Close to express buses to Manhattan. $789K

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Huge 1 BR Condo with a plus size living room, 1 full bath, kitchen, hardwood floors. Walking distance to everything.

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A mint 2 BR, 1 bath 2nd flr Garden Co-op in a desired area of Lindenwood. Formal D.R., closet space galore. Plenty of natural light throughout the unit. Nearby schools, parks, shopping & restaurants. Everything is within reach.

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Subject property is a legal one family with a store. Very busy location. Close to all.

Owner pays heat, 2nd floor pays $1900 month to month. 3rd floor pays $1600 month to month.

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JAMAICA Just turn the key & enjoy this lovely four BR, two & a half bath home. It is completely ren. inside & out in 2012, full fin. basmnt as well as an oversized 2 car gar. & the cost-friendly solar panels & so much more! PRICE: $659,000 Contact Mahesh Bissesser for more info. 347-870-6205

RICHMOND HILL Mint Condition 1 fam Colonial featuring beautiful parquet flooring in L.R., & formal D.R., New Kit, w/Cherry Cabinets, laminate flrs, 3 nice sized BRs, New bath, Full Fin. Bsmt, Nice yard, Pvt driveway, 1 Car Gar.

PRICE: $630,000 Contact Carolyn DeFalco for more information 718-848-4700

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Come and see this remarkable 2 fam. home. Built in 2005 this home provides all you've been looking for. 3 BRs/2 baths on each flr, L.R. & D.R. on each flr plus a full fin. bsmnt w/2 access points. This home is located a few blocks from the A & J trains, close to many conveniences and comes with a pvt dvwy & gar. Come & see it before it’s gone.

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PRICE: $579,888 Contact Chatter Singh for more information 646-354-0799

LAURELTON Lovely 1 BR with utilities included, in the quiet & clean neighborhood of Laurelton Queens. Sep. entrance & a lot of closet space. Walking distance to the Long Island Rail Road & the Q5 bus

Storefront on high traffic street. Tenant responsible for taxes, heat & water included (May vary depending on business type of new tenant). Tenant is responsible for electric. Escalation of Lease: 3%. 2 months security required built to suit: negotiable Lease year: negotiable, close to bus stop and L, A, & J train. No Delis.

VALLEY STREAM

PRICE: $1,750/ Month

Commercial building at 139 N Central, Valley Stream ste #5. This suite is 1660 Sq. ft., 2 baths inside the unit and 1 pvt parking spot for tenant in lot. 5 year lease which includes water, taxes, & cam charges. Perfect for a professional office and has tremendous visibility. The N1 bus stops in front and LIRR are nearby. Perfect for yoga studio, personal trainer, distributor or storage.

Contact Simone Robinson for more information 347-586-1523

Contact Paul Deo for more information 347-581-9863

PRICE: $3,200/Month

PORT JEFFERSON Beautiful massive 4 BR Colonial comes equipped with more than meets the eyes, with over 33,000 sq. ft. of land & plenty of romance, this home offers more than the average home

PRICE: $599,995 Contact Steven Pratt for more information 929-400-1063

WHITESTONE This beautiful single fam. home is situated in a fam. friendly neighborhood near a great grade school & park. Located on the corner of the block. The home features a 2 car dvwy & large patio. Move-in condition. Features an updated kitchen and den. This home is sure to go fast!

PRICE: $868,000 Contact Lauren DiNovi for more information 917-847-2349

A beautiful det. 2 Family home in a prime location. This property features 4 BRs & 2 baths, A gar, an attic for storage and fin. bsmnt also nearby public schools, public transportation & local stores.

BROOKLYN

CAMBRIA HEIGHTS

Beautiful 3 BR house in move-in condition. A must see. Call to schedule an appointment.

This Spacious 6 BR home has 2.5 Baths, all New Appliances, All Wood Floors, Lots of closets & windows. Access to Transportation, Schools & Highways.

PRICE: $500,000 Contact Valerie Shalomoff for more information 347-730-3347

PRICE: $888,000 Contact Indira & Beeshan Persaud for more information 718-848-4700

OZONE PARK

RICHMOND HILL

Beautiful, completely det. one fam. house on a quiet block in Ozone Park. House currently has 2 BRs which were converted from three & fully fin. bsmnt. Plenty of storage, great open concept, pvt dvwy, & a huge yard for entertaining, including a relaxing Jacuzzi. Close to all public transportation & commerce. Get the keys & move right in!

This 2 fam. in the heart of Richmond Hill has 3 BRs w/beautiful hardwood flrs & 3 mint condition bathrooms. The kit. includes a digital range hood w/stainless steel appliances. This home also has great yard space & a new surveillance system giving protection of your investment.

PRICE: $658,888 Contact Cass Boggiano for more information 702-332-9776

PRICE: $739,000 Contact Corey Craig for more information 347-210-6346

RICHMOND HILL Commercial space for rent

PRICE: $4,900/Month Contact Ariel Rahmanov for more information 212-470-6888

PRICE: $760,000 Contact Rayan Ramdhan for more 347-479-9596 ©2020 M1P • JOHD-077470

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RICHMOND HILL

OZONE PARK Corner Store Front for Rent w/Sept Entrances. Rental Features A Showroom, 1 Full Bath, 5 Medical Office Spaces, Waiting Area (Receptionist), 14' feet high ceilings, 1 Car Parking & Street Parking as Well. This Class B Building Is Equipped with ADA Access at The Side Entrance. Rental also has a Commercial Electric Meter with high voltage. Landlord Will Sign A Triple Net Lease which means Tenants pays all utilities (Taxes, Insurance, CAM) with 10 Year Lease With 5 Yr Opt. Year Option. PRICE: $6,500/Month Contact David Owoeye for more information 718-848-4700

VALLEY STREAM Lovely one BR, one bathroom Co-op (Valley Park Estates) in Valley Stream. Extremely close to transportation, schools and shopping. In close proximity to the highway, 15 minutes from JFK Airport if driving.

PRICE: $159,000 Contact Kiesha Smith for more information 917-524-6853

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