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Cuomo sounds the alarm, loudly by Peter C. Mastrosimone Editor-in-Chief

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ov. Cuomo issued his most dire warnings to date on the coronavirus on Tuesday, saying the city is rapidly running out of time as the number of people ill with COVID-19 mounts and that the federal government can “pick the 26,000 people who are going to die” for lack of needed equipment. Referring to the Federal Emergency Management Agency, Cuomo said, “FEMA says, ‘We’re sending 400 ventilators.’ Really? What am I going to do with 400 ventilators when I need 30,000? You pick the 26,000 people who are going to die because you only sent 400 ventilators.” The governor was speaking at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in Manhattan, which is being turned into a 1,000-bed hospital to help treat the onslaught of coronavirus cases expected to need treatment in the city. The state has about 53,000 hospital beds and estimates it will need 140,000 to treat COVID19 patients in as little as two weeks. Earlier, the state had projected it would need 110,000 beds by mid-May. On Wednesday Cuomo reported there were 5,146 new cases of COVID-19 confirmed statewide, bringing the total to 30,811. Of those new cases, 2,952 were in New York City, bringing the total here to 17,856. “We’re not slowing it and it is accelerating on its own,” Cuomo said, adding, “The inescapable conclusion is that the rate of infection

During his Friday press conference announcing that all nonessential workers must stay home, Gov. Cuomo also issued stricter rules for those most vulnerable to COVID-19. C-SPAN SCREENSHOT is going up. It is spiking. The apex is higher than we thought and the apex is sooner than we thought. That is a bad combination of facts.” He reiterated his belief, also frequently stated by Mayor de Blasio, that President Trump must invoke the Defense Production Act to take command of the supply chain for necessary equipment such as the ventilators and surgical masks that he said the state has been seeking from all over the world. “[The] president said, ‘It’s a war,’” Cuomo said. “It is a war. Well then act like it’s a war and it’s not anti-business. Nobody’s talking

about changing the governmental philosophy. By the way, the businesses would welcome it. “I speak to the businesses. You know what they say: ‘I’ll do it, but I need startup capital. I can’t turn my factory overnight into a ventilator manufacturing company. I have to buy equipment. I have to find personnel.’” Cuomo did say he agreed with Trump on trying out medications, especially a combination of the antimalarial drug hydroxychloroquine and the antibiotic azithromycin to treat coronavirus patients. “First of all, I agree with the president,” he

said. “Try everything you can. I agree. He said he had heard good things about that drug combination. So had I, I said, “Send it to me. I will use it first. As soon as you send it to me, I will use it.” He sent it to me. I’m using it today. Knock plastic. If it works, great, great.” Cuomo has been holding daily press events on the coronavirus situation, at which he has done everything from announce new socialdistancing rules, including the one last Friday barring all businesses except those deemed essential from operating, to report that so far 40,000 healthcare workers, including retirees and students, have signed up to volunteer to work as part of the state’s surge healthcare force during the pandemic, with more expected over the coming weeks. Last Friday he also announced more stringent rules for those most vulnerable to the coronavirus, such as the elderly, detailing when they may leave the house in a measure he called “Matilda’s Law” after his mother. At the Javits Center event Tuesday, Cuomo displayed newly delivered medical supplies and was joined by Major Gen. Raymond Shields of the state’s Division of Military and Naval Affairs; Major Gen. Patrick Murphy, commissioner of the Division of Homeland Security; Alan Steele of the center; and Col. Thomas Asbury, commander and district engineer for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. On Wednesday he blasted the financial relief bill being crafted in Washington, DC, Q saying it would shortchange New York.


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Track suspends racing, sets up test site Hundreds of New Yorkers tested via drive-through since last week by Jason D. Antos Associate Editor

Horse racing has been suspended at Aqueduct Race Track adding to the long list of spectator sports which have ceased operations in the past weeks in an attempt to flatten the expected curve of the coronavirus outbreak. A new attraction, however, has been established in the race track’s parking lot. SOMOS NY has designated the South Ozone Park facility as a drive-through Health Testing Center site for the COVID-19 virus. Testing is currently accessible to patients who have been referred by a medical professional and have a prescription to be tested for the coronavirus. “Many of my constituents are relieved to learn that a Coronavirus testing site is opening at the Aqueduct Racetrack parking lot,” said state Sen. Joe Addabbo Jr. (D-Howard Beach) in a press release. “It is in times of emergency that we come together to help others, and this is why I appreciate the provider SOMOS NY, the city and the Port Authority for working towards making this site available. We must increase the number of testing sites if we are to identify those in need of medical attention and to credibly reduce the spread of this fatal virus.” The New York Racing Association suspended live horse racing until further notice after a

SOMOS NY has set up two drive-through testing tents for persons in need of testing for COVID19. Since the operation was set in the parking lot of the Aqueduct Race Track on March 18, the PHOTO JASON D. ANTOS testing site has served more than 500 persons. worker who lives and works at Belmont Park tested positive for the virus the week before. “This individual and his roommate have been in isolation prior to racing last Friday and as such did not travel to Aqueduct for live racing,” NYR A President and CEO Dave

O’Rourke said. “We are working with the county and state departments of health to ensure proper quarantine and sterilization practices will continue to be followed moving forward. We are focused on ensuring the health and safety of our entire backstretch community, as well

as the horses in their care.” NYRA has contracted with multiple outside cleaning vendors recommended by the New York State Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control. “Accordingly, we are immediately suspending racing operations until further notice to devote all our attention and resources to this effort,” added O’Rourke. A decision regarding the resumption of live racing and the upcoming Aqueduct stakes schedule, including the Grade 2, $750,000 Wood Memorial set to be presented by Resorts World Casino on April 4, will be announced at a later date. “At this point in the COVID-19 crisis, we all need to be 100 percent focused on the health of our staff and the welfare of our horses,” New York Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association President Joe Applebaum said in a statement. “When the industry comes out the other side of this, and we will, having as many healthy horses and humans as possible will be paramount.” More than 600 persons concerned that they might’ve been infected have come to Aqueduct since the drive-through testing facility opened on March 18 according to SOMOS NY. The testing site will remain until the end of March. For information regarding testing, Q call 883-766 6769.

COPCP can mobolize despite shutdown Citizens of Ozone Park will still be able to get help with emergencies by Jason D. Antos

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During these unprecedented t i mes people i n com mu n it ies across the borough are helping those in need. In Ozone Park and its Cityline section, a local civic organziation is taking to the streets to assist residents who are unable to access food or may be in need of medical assistance. T he Ozone Pa rk Resident s Block Association and the Cityline Ozone Park Civilian Patrol are offer ing assistance by way of delivering grocieries to the elderly and infirmed and even collecting much-needed supplies for hospitals and medical centers. Despite being grounded as a result of the city suspension of all nonessential services, OZPKRBA and COPCP are only a phone call or email away. “The Ozone Park Residents Block Association and the Cityline Ozone Park Civilian Patrol stand ready and

willing to mobilize and assist with overextended resources, with any agency that may need it,” said OPRBA President Sam Esposito. “We can mobilize upwards of 30 to 50 people immediately, or more, if need be, who have the training to assist. We are also available to our residents who may need assistance for shopping or other things.” The organization will be putting real-time information on its Facebook group page, facebook.com/ groups/Ozoneparkvoice. “Anyone that needs help can call our number, send a message through messenger, post on the Facebook group page or comment on our posts,” added Esposito. “The Facebook group page is the fastest way to get information as we are updating it minute by minute.” “We ask for everyone to remain calm and stay home. There is no need to be in any social gathering or out in public. If you are sick, if you need anything, we will try to help until we are no longer allowed to

assist,” said Iqbal Ali, president of COPCP. COPCP is not considered essential personnel and therefore most of its staff was grounded. There is one member who has a certificate of emergency first responder. On March 22, an Ozone Park resident, a single mother, after losing her job due to the current crisis, contacted the OZPKRBA stating she didn’t have enough funds for food or diapers for her children. Esposito, after receiving the call, reached out to Mohammad Khan, the executive director of COPCP, and together they helped assemble the addresses of five people willing to donate supplies. COPCP treating this as an emergency, made the pickups of the donated supplies which ran from food to diapers as well as water, beans and rice and even some toys. And recently, with 4,667 diagnosis in Queens and personal protection equipment in short supply, the OZPKRBA and COPCP donated

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Cemeteries, funeral homes and COVID-19 Facilities adopt strict guidelines for burials during virus outbreak by Jason D. Antos Associate Editor

The coronavirus has touched the lives of every person in the United States. Self-quarantine and social distancing are the order of the day. And now, funerals have been added to that list of most sacred communal events as well. As cities and states rush to limit gatherings of nearly any size, and some other countries are locked down entirely, the pandemic is changing how we handle death. Italy has banned traditional funeral services; Irish officials told funeral directors to allow only close family members into services and Iranian medical workers have repor ted that health precautions were upending Islamic burial traditions. Locally, funeral homes and cemeteries have been following stringent guidelines to help stop the spread of the virus while keeping loved ones of the departed and staff members of the facility safe. The immediate family of the deceased can now attend a private funeral and burial in New York. That’s the state government’s clarification of the rules after Gov. Cuomo’s executive order last Friday banning all gatherings, funeral directors were told there could be no funeral ceremonies or visitations in New York State because of the coro-

Cemeteries and funeral homes have adopted stringent rules for burials and wakes during the PHOTO MICHAEL GANNON coronavirus. navirus shutdown. Thankfully, that law has changed but only slightly. At St. Michael’s Cemetery in East Elmhurst, the 200-year-old cemetery is taking the following precautions to help protect persons against the virus. “Access to our crematory and chapel is

closed as well as our mausoleum,” said St. Michael’s Cemetery General Manager Dennis Werner. “We also cannot allow anyone except the funeral director and the cemetery workers inside any of our mausoleums for a chapel or crypt interment.” As for the next of kin, no more than two people including a religious leader will be

permitted at the gravesite. No more than one vehicle other than the funeral car will be allowed to enter the cemetery. Visitors to graves will be allowed to visit the grave of a loved one and then must promptly leave. At national cemeteries, no families are allowed at all. The consequences when a person dies from the coronavirus are much grimmer. “If the person is a victim of the virus there is only a direct burial. No wake. No witnesses. Nobody,” said Phil Romanelli, manager of Romanelli-Stephen Funeral Home of Ozone Park. He added that if a loved dies a noncorona virus-related death, then the deceased can be waked at a funeral home. At Romanelli-Stephen, located at 89-01 Rockaway Blvd. and 133-20 Crossbay Blvd., only 10 people at a time are allowed inside for the viewing and they can only remain for one hour. “Since houses of worship are closed there are no religious services and since flower shops are closed no one is able to send flowers,” added Romanelli. “We are doing the best we can with what we got. Unless there is a new law, this is the way things have to be and it’s very sad and Q unfortunate,” he said.

Supplies may run short due to virus Boro Urgent Cares face challenge as citizens grow concerned, pitch in by Jason D. Antos

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Personal protective equipment and other supplies are running low in hospitals across Queens as the county sur pases 4,600 COVID-19 cases as of this writing. Preciously needed items such as N-95 masks, disposable nitrile gloves, disposable lab coats and bottles of 70 percent isopropyl alcohol are being asked for by local hospitals. Gov. Cuomo and Mayor de Blasio have made a public call to New Yorkers about the critical need for PPEs in anticipation of a shortage emerging from the fast-developing COVID-19 pandemic. Civic groups across Queens haven taken up the cause to help collect and donate the desperately needed gloves and masks, such as the Ozone Pa rk Residents Block Association. At local Urgent Cares, the situation is not so dire as of yet. Local facilities have reported that their stock is supplied but that is dwindling. “We are kinda alright with gloves and masks but we really need the gowns,” said one associate at the Ridgewood Walk In Go Health Urgent Care at 55-05 Myrtle Ave. The facility does test for coronavirus but those tests are sent out and a several-day

waiting period is neccessary because it is not done on-site. The Urgent Cares have seen a slight uptick in persons coming in. “We usually have around 100 people a day but today we had around 130. I think people are just scared,” said an associate at ModernMD Urgent Care in Ozone Park. Places like Queens College have taken up collections. Within hours after the mayor’s call went out, professors, faculty and college lab technicians stepped up and scoured their teaching labs for materials that could be of immediate use by the city’s medical professionals and other frontline workers. “A simply brilliant and swift move by the Queens College community,” said Interim Borough President Lee in a release. “In a crisis, every minute counts, and frontline workers have been working around the clock to stem the tide. Thank you, Queens College, for stepping up with such haste and compassion, and for this immediate assist. We hope this inspires similar actions th roughout Queens. Agai nst COVID-19, every effort helps bend the curve and will save precious lives. We can make a bigger impact against the curve if we act together and act now.” The count of materials requested by the

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Don’t park it in the parks, city warns by Peter C. Mastrosimone Editor-in-Chief

The state order keeping people in their homes most of the time will be enforced, including in city parks, Mayor de Blasio and NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea reiterated Sunday afternoon. People are allowed to do things like take a walk, go jogging or exercise but must avoid close contact with others and go home when they’re done with what they’re doing. They also may shop for essentials such as food, medicine and gasoline. The pause in regular activity ordered by Gov. Cuomo is all about social distancing, de Blasio noted: people keeping farther than usual from each other in order to reduce the spread of the novel coronavirus. The general rule of thumb is 6 feet. “It is all about protecting ourselves and our families and each other,” de Blasio said Sunday at a call-in press conference, according to a transcript released by his office. “When we say you can go out for some exercise, we are not saying you can linger. We’re not saying you can make a day of it. We’re saying, go out, get a minimum amount of exercise, get what you need, and then get back in the doors. Same with grocery shopping. Go get

what you need. Get back inside. You got to go to the pharmacy, get what you need, get back inside. We will be enforcing this, but with an understanding for the challenges that people are facing for how new this is.” He continued, “We’re not going to be draconian. We’re going to give people a chance to get used to this, but I guarantee you we will enforce this new reality. And I think the vast majority of New Yorkers will unders t a n d q u ic k ly a n d w i l l a c t accordingly.” Cuomo, whose stay-at-home order went into effect Sunday at 8 p.m., had previously expressed frustration with how many people he saw gathering in parks as he traveled around the city. De Blasio and Shea said they mostly had seen people in compliance with the order. The mayor, when asked about the d iscrepa ncy, explained that “people can be at different places at different times … and see different things.” “We’re asking people to remain six feet apart because that’s the general distance that a good, healthy, strong cough or sneeze has to get from one person to the other,” noted Dr. Oxiris Barbot, the city health commissioner. Shea said cops will be in the parks

Mayor de Blasio, center, holds a press event with Dr. Oxiris Barbot, left, the city health commissioner, and Police Commissioner Dermot Shea. They are NYC SCREENSHOT joined by a sign language interpreter. to ensure the rules are followed. “So you’ll expect to see police officers throughout the five boroughs, whether it’s on a bicycle, probably on some scooters and some marked police cars, driving slowly through the parks and just broadcasting and speaking to people about that message,” Shea said. “Enjoy, how you doing, get your exercise, and then the politely, get out of here. And I say that tongue in cheek.” The commissioner reiterated that the problem arises when people who don’t live together get too close. “A husband and wife holding

hands in the park, taking a walk with their dog. That’s not really what we’re worried about, they’re together in the apartment anyway, but it’s the large groups,” he said. Similarly, the mayor said a mother and her child can go to a playground and be close, but they should not mix with other families there. “We cannot have overcrowding on a playground,” de Blasio said. “If there are some people already on the playground and it’s starting to get to you can’t keep six feet away from people who are not part of your family, don’t go on the playground. If our

police, our parks enforcement officers or other enforcement agency see a playground that’s starting to fill up, they’re going to clear it out. “If you go the playground, you need to keep your children away from children who are not part of your family. That’s your responsibility. We will always do our best with city enforcement, but we can’t be everywhere, obviously, you have to take responsibility. If you don’t feel you can do it, don’t go to the playground.” He added that the city will not be disinfecting playgrounds, something he said some parents had asked for. And he said he is hesitant to close some streets to traffic — an idea Cuomo had floated to give people more space to walk around — because that could give people more places to congregate: “If we think it’s smart to open up some alternatives, we’re only going to do that when we have a clear plan and we have clear enforcement in place. The last thing I want to do is create new places for people to congregate with no enforcement. That would be absolutely contradictory to the State order.” But Cuomo said on Wednesday that the city will start shutting down some streets in a pilot program since Q fewer cars are on the roads.

Policing in the time of the coronavirus Commanding officers talk about doing work in unusual conditions by David Russell

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As most all New Yorkers are being told to stay home to help limit the spread of COVID-19, the Police Department is still hard at work. “We work best in times of crisis and I think this is going to be nothing short of that,” said Capt. Jonathan Cermeli, commanding officer of the 110th Precinct, which includes Elmhurst and Corona. The NYPD is balancing protecting the public with not contracting the virus. “But we still have the business of enforcing the law and we come in contact with people very closely and unfortunately when we make an arrest we can’t keep a social distance of 6 feet,” Cermeli said. More than 100 NYPD officers have been stricken with the virus. Cermeli said that precincts and police cars are being cleaned thoroughly and that personnel are being told to constantly wash their hands. He said the department is adapting to the situation that has been rapidly changing, with elected officials ordering residents not to congregate in public spaces. Cermeli said cops will explain that exercise for short periods of time is encouraged but not in groups. Education would come before summonses, an attempt to explain

The NYPD continues to patrol while residents FILE PHOTO BY MICHAEL GANNON stay at home. the situation, he added. “It’s not helping anyone,” he said. “You could be putting a lot of people at risk, especially these young people who think they’re invincible, they really have to get the message that they will get the virus if they’re out here long enough and they’ll spread it to people that are vulnerable.” Cermeli said crime in his precinct is slowly declining though he will pay special attention to businesses being closed, such as Queens Center mall, as they can present a crime of opportunity.

“We’re just trying to keep an eye on those stores because everybody knows that they’re closed and will be for some time,” he said. Capt. John Portalatin, commanding officer of the 111th Precinct, which encompasses Bayside, Douglaston, Lit tle Neck, Auburndale, Hollis Hills and Fresh Meadows, said the status quo hasn’t changed. “My officers and I are still working out here every day answering radio runs and doing everything we can to help the public with any situations or emergencies they do have,” he told the Chronicle Tuesday. “There’s always going to be bad people out there,” Portalatin said. “It doesn’t matter if it’s something like the virus being spread or no virus, we’ve just got to be alert, always look out for anything suspicious.” He said he doesn’t see a rise in crime while the public stays at home. “Burglaries are going to go down because people are home,” Portalatin said. “Nobody’s going to attempt to burglarize somebody’s house when the people are home.” He still wants residents to lock their car doors and not display valuables inside. “Lock your doors to keep what’s yours,” Portalatin said. He said officers have spoken to supermarket managers as they make sure there’s not chaos at the stores where residents have

been lining up for food, toilet paper, hand sanitizer and soap, among other items. “Everything’s orderly,” Portalatin said, saying the precinct hasn’t seen any physical confrontations or arguments in supermarkets during the uncertainty. “In these tough times, I think everybody just understands that they get what they need and respect each other,” he said. Officers are working in an unfamiliar situation but Cermeli found a comparison. “A lot of people who joined the department prior to 9/11 weren’t signing up to fight terrorism,” he said. “We never thought about that word and now that’s something that everybody knows about.” Cermeli added, “A worldwide pandemic is not something that any of us would ever think we’d face in our careers and we have to adapt and overcome that.” The commander is optimistic that the city will overcome this. “This is a new way of life that we have to adapt to and we will, especially as New Yorkers, we’re very resilient people,” Cermeli said. Finding a silver lining, he said that staying home is bringing families closer. “Board games are coming back, family dinners are coming back,” Cermeli said. “I think these are essential parts of society that Q were lost in the last few decades.”


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e all want the nightmare we’ve been living in to end as soon as possible, so we can be free once again to live, work and play. But President Trump’s dream of getting things up and running again by Easter — April 12, just over two weeks from now — is just that: a dream. All politicians try to mold reality to fit their vision of it, especially in their rhetoric. Trump takes that propensity to an absurd degree, and in the case of the killer coronavirus, an irresponsible and even dangerous one. “I would love to have the country opened up, and rarin’ to go by Easter,” Trump said Tuesday. There’s simply no way that can happen. Much more on target were the comments made the same day by Gov. Cuomo, who has quickly emerged as a real leader in the fight against COVID-19. Blasting the federal government for not being able to provide the critical equipment hospitals here will need to keep patients alive as cases continue surging, Cuomo noted that Trump had said the battle against the virus is a war. He agreed that it is and implored the president to “then act like it’s a war” and take over the supply chain for necessary equipment as he is authorized to do under the Defense Production Act, so that items like venti-

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We’re in it ‘for the duration’ Dear Editor: Re your March 19 editorial, “Come together — that means you, Cuomo and de Blasio”: I realize we face difficult times, but being on this planet for over 80 years and living in Queens for 76 of them gives me a perspective that many younger readers don’t have. I recall 1944-45, the last two years of World War II, when things were much worse. Stores faced severe food shortages and customers needed ration coupons to buy vital items like milk and bread. Gasoline was scarce, if you were lucky enough to own a car. Travel on pub© 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.

when things get back to normal, it’ll be worth it. There will come a day when you can go out without fear again — to see a movie, go to a museum, run to the store, dance in a club, lay out on the beach and do everything else you want to do. We just can’t start doing those things again prematurely. Meanwhile, these days are reminding us of some old heroes — and shining a light on new ones. Our healthcare workers have always put their lives on the line, along with police, firefighters and other emergency personnel. But now think of the grocery store clerk. There she is all day, interacting closely with one person after another. Think of the trucker you hate to be behind on the expressway but without whom none of the goods in the store would ever get there. Think of the driver for hire who will still take you where you want to go. Think of all the people whose jobs are considered essential in this time of crisis. Garbage collectors, auto mechanics, plumbers and more — they’re all still needed. And at the right time, all those people unable to work now will be needed too. There’s going to be a lot of pent-up demand ready to blow the economy open when the time is right. We just have to show patience — an incredible amount of it, yes — until it’s safe to go outside again.

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lic transportation was limited. Men not in uniform couldn’t buy shoes because the military grabbed all available footwear. Women couldn’t wear nylon stockings (which were very stylish), because nylon was used to make parachutes. Everyone pulled together because we were all in this “for the duration,” a very popular wartime expression. Folks on the home front, including my parents, grew vegetables in “Victory Gardens,” gave blood, collected scrap metal used to make tanks and ships, bought government bonds to fund the war effort and comforted friends who lost loved ones. Our persistence paid off. On Aug. 15, 1945 (Victory over Japan Day) we threw one hell of a party, as shown in the iconic photo of a sailor kissing a nurse in Times Square. Our spirits were lifted by a popular song: “When the Lights Come on Again All Over the World.” Now 75 years later, we are all in this “for the duration,” and we will triumph by pulling

together. I look forward to celebrating our victory of COVID-19 and returning to normal life, “When the Lights Come on Again All Over the World.” Stay strong and healthy. Richard Reif Kew Gardens Hills

Let’s vote by mail Dear Editor: Re “Election for borough president canceled,” March 19: The suggestion of voting via mail-in ballots is a good one and should be adopted. In fact, I’m not so sure it shouldn’t be done for every election, not just the borough president. No hacking, the ballots are only mailed to registered voters, school days are not canceled to use them as polling places, election workers don’t have to sit around for hours with mostly down-time. Richard Reif Kew Gardens Hills


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Coronavirus poem Dear Editor: A moment in life that is unexpected Is a moment in life that we are all tested. We took for granted the little things Health, happiness and family brings. In the government we question our trust But a strong American is in all of us. The challenge lies in the road ahead With courage and strength it will be met. In the Doctors and Nurses this we see An example we should all strive to be. We are all on the same tough road, United this will be a story once told. This is a chance for all of us to serve To be one and flatten the curve. Bes Demiri Howard Beach

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Build a better U.S Dear Editor: In mere weeks, society as we know it has halted. Many of our lives are on pause while the pandemic is anything but. Exponential rises in the number of cases speak to the critical weaknesses in our systems, immune systems compromised not only by the virus, but by political and economic systems that are the bedrock of our suffering. The working class has empty pockets and rising anxieties fueled by missed paychecks. State and local governments are scrambling to respond without appropriate federal funding. Healthcare, grocery and drug store workers risk everything to help. Older

people risk the most. Society is not going back to normal any time soon, but there is a general idea that eventually it will. “Normal,” for many people, is still a crisis of sorts, surviving paycheck to paycheck and single-handedly managing prolonged health conditions. COVID-19 is no vacation but nonetheless: Americans have time off work, a foreign concept in a country with almost no guaranteed leave, including maternity. Now we have a large number of working-class people at home, unemployed, met with unprecedented free time (excluding those who are tasked with caring for others or recovering from the virus themselves). We are watching the nation with new eyes. We have unprecedented insight into the government’s capacity to shut down cities as well as come up with money for public programs and assistance denied in other circumstances. Basic universal income was seen as radical and impossible just a few months ago. Now in a crisis, the Republican Party is agreeing to cut checks. Activists for climate justice, healthcare, prison abolition, immigration, gun reform and more have been told that change is slow. Now we know it doesn’t have to be. The landscape of U.S. ideology and politics is undergoing transformation, but only through our attentiveness can we shape it, in hopes of healing the country well past this pandemic. Skylar Maguire Woodside

Faithless in the faith? Dear Editor: Bishops have stopped the Catholic Mass for the people. The virus has done what Nero, Hitler, Stalin, Attila the Hun and Mao Zedong couldn’t do. Is it really the virus that did it, or unbelief? Joseph T. Klonowski Middle Village

Trump the traitor Dear Editor: It’s nice to see, with all of the dire needs in the United States, Donald Trump write a letter of praise to Kim Jong-un. Trump likes his dictatorial style. With thousands dying and in critical situations, here and among our allies, why is Donald taking the time to write a personal letter of praise? Can’t wait until November to get this traitor in place out of office. Ray Hackinson Ozone Park

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Dear Editor: I would like to propose for controlled randomized clinical off-label trials the antihypertensive drug Enalapril (Vasotec, or analogues) for the treatment of COVID-19. The mechanism of action of Enalapril involves the selective inhibition of the angiotensin-converting enzyme. The entry of COVID19 (SARS-CoV-2) virions into the human host cell requires attachment of the receptor binding domain of viral peplomer S (spike) protein with ACE acting as a membrane receptor. Blocking viral-host intracellular interaction would inhibit the molecular mechanisms of viral reproduction and pathogenesis. COVID-19 is an RNA genomic member of Coronovirinae consisting of a large RNA molecule in its nucleocapsid. The molecular mechanism of replication of COVID-19 involves RNA to RNA complexes, not DNA to RNA replication as targeted by antimalarial inhibitors, such as quinine (suggested as off-label anti-viral candidates by President Trump and Dr. Anthony Fauci), which form complexes with parasitic DNA, thus blocking the transcription of DNA to RNA in Plasmodium falciparum. Quine and analogues appear to be of no efficacy in the treatment of COVID-19. Other sites of viral disruption, inclusive of immunological prophylaxis (vaccination) and immunotherapies, are suggested. Joseph N. Magano Briarwood The writer is a molecular cell biologist and former visiting professor of biochemistry and physiology, The Research Foundation of SUNY, Downstate Medical Center, Brooklyn.

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$2 trillion remains in Congress limbo Economic stimulus package awaits vote; Meng calls Trump into action by Katherine Donlevy Associate Editor

After days of negotiations with the White House, Senate members drafted a $2 trillion economic stimulus package designed to alleviate pandemic-driven economic distress, the largest emergency aid package in U.S. history, but it has yet to pass, with neither the Senate nor House vote scheduled at press time. Although not all details are available, the measure is designed to provide economic relief to American workers and industries struggling as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak. It includes $250 billion in direct aid to Americans — such as cash payments of $1,200 to American workers making up to $75,000 — $350 billion in loans and grants for small businesses, $250 billion in unemployment insurance benefits and $500 billion in loans for distressed companies, according to a March 25 CNN report. The bill would also prohibit top government officials, such as President Trump, his family and members of Congress, from gaining loans or investments from Treasury programs in the stimulus. Until the early hours of Wednesday, Senate Democrats had banded together to block the package over concerns that it did not protect union employees or the working class as well as it protected corporations,

claiming big business would be provided too much funding without enough oversight and that it failed to provide adequate funding to hospitals and healthcare workers. They also requested tax credits for solar energy and wind energy and new emissions standards for airlines. Republicans retorted, claiming Democrats were taking the opportunity to fulfill their left-leaning agenda. Gov. Cuomo issued a March 25 statement rejecting the current proposal, claiming it would be “terrible” for New York State because it wouldn’t provide the COVID-riddled state with adequate funding. “This is despite the fact that New York State is incurring the greatest costs as we have the highest number of cases in the country,” Cuomo said. “New York State has 30 times the number of cases as Texas’s 1,031. The gross political manipulation is obvious ... Compounding this inequity is the fact that New York State contributes more to the federal government than any other state in the nation. It is just another case of politics over sound policy.” Once voted affirmatively in the Senate and House, the measure will be the third response to the outbreak — on March 18, President Trump signed a relief package that included free COVID-19 testing and paid emergency leave. A week earlier, he signed an $8.3 billion package that included fund-

A stimulus package, which would help protect small businesses, was drafted March 25 after days of negotiations in the Senate. FILE PHOTO ing for federal public health agencies’ virus testing and potential treatments, and to aid governments to respond to the threat, as well as relief for small businesses, a provision that Rep. Grace Meng (D-Flushing) announced went into effect March 20. The provision allows New York small businesses that have suffered economic losses due to the coronavirus to apply for disaster loans up to $2 million. Provided through the U.S. Small Business Administration, the

loans aim to help overcome the temporary loss of revenue, and can be used to pay fixed debts, payroll, accounts payable or other bills that cannot be paid at this time. “Small businesses play an integral role in our economy and throughout our communities. Our government must continue to be there for them during this difficult and uncertain period, and I urge all impacted businesses to take advantage of this critical assistance,” Meng said in a prepared statement. “As Congress works on a third relief package for families, I will continue to advocate for and support policies that help small businesses during this time of need.” The same day, Meng sent two separate letters to Trump requesting action. The first requested a plethora of aid “to the nation’s most vulnerable citizens,” on housing, hospitals, education, the census, immigrants, the workforce, families, small businesses, prisons and discrimination against Asian Americans. Meng led the city Congressional delegation in a second letter, calling on Trump to invoke the Defense Production Act to immediately address the shortage of personal protective equipment and medical technology. “As our nation grapples with this everintensifying public health crisis, it is imperative that nobody gets left behind,” said Q Meng. “The President must act.”

As city closes down, food pantries step up Modified operations feed hungry New Yorkers despite pandemic by Katherine Donlevy

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While most businesses across the borough are closing to make sure community members stay safe from getting sick, community organizations are stepping up to ensure they don’t go hungry either. Volunteers from the Greater Flushing Chamber of Commerce, Kissena Synergy, Mel for Progress, Gutsier Living, Flushing Interfaith Council and more gathered on March 18 at the La Jornada Food Pantry at the Bland Houses Community Center in Flushing to announce a grassroots effort to contact local residents, including homebound individuals, who may need emergency food assistance while in quarantine or isolat ion du r i ng t he COV I D -19 pandemic. “After months of government inaction, New Yorkers are realizing the only people who will save us are ourselves,” said John Choe, executive director of the Greater Flushing Chamber of Commerce. “Our community won’t let our friends and neighbors fend for themselves. We’re here to help and together, we will survive.” Food distribution at the site is scheduled for Thursdays and Fridays from 12 to 9 p.m. and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. To reduce safety risks associated with

Food pantries and community organizations, such as the Greater Flushing Chamber of Commerce, above, are stepping up to help vulnerable community members during this time of crisis PHOTO COURTESY FLUSHING CHAMBER OF COMMERCE caused by the COVID-19 outbreak. crowding during distribution, advance registration is required by calling (917) 8805693 or emailing pedrolajornada@gmail. com. Those interested in volunteering can apply via Google Form, which can be found by reaching Choe at (646) 783-8985 or at john@flushingchamber.nyc. Acting Queens Borough President Sharon Lee is partnering with community organizations and FreshDirect’s citywide initiative, “Operation 5-Borough Food Drive,” to transport 400 grocery boxes over the course

of four weeks to seniors, low-income families and other vulnerable populations across Queens. For more information, call (718) 286-2680, or email info@queensbp.org with the subject line “FreshDirect.” Food pantries across the borough, such as the one at the Ridgewood Older Adult Center, have vowed to keep their doors open with some modifications to protect patrons. The center typically hosts daily meals for senior citizens, but in light of restrictions on gathering in groups, it has

switched to a “Grab and Go” model in which seniors are invited to pick up their daily meals. What the organization hasn’t changed, however, is its Wednesday and Thursday food pantry operations, which remain open from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and continue to distribute the now-prepackaged materials to those in need. For more information on how to secure a pantry bag, call the center at (718) 456-2000. Brooks Memorial United Methodist Church in Jamaica typically schedules for pantry sessions every Thursday and the first and third Saturdays of the month, but has switched to a week by week schedule due to the pandemic. Despite the change, no appoi nt ment or identif ication is required for collection. The next session is scheduled for March 26 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., a time that may differ in the following week. For more information, call (718) 658-8822. By March 20, Citymeals on Wheels, the city’s designated emergency responder for seniors, had packed and delivered 150,000 emergency meals to the city’s homebound elderly, and had already begun preparing to deliver another 100,000 for a total of 250,000 emergency meals. Those interested in supporting Citymeals can make donations at citymeals.org, 100 percent of which goes Q toward preparing and delivering meals.


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Meeting the need for vital meetings With in-person gatherings banned, 12-step programs turn to tech, net by Michael Gannon Editor

Those in recovery from alcohol and narcotics addiction are strongly encouraged to join 12-step programs such as Alcoholics Anonymous or Narcotics Anonymous so they do not have to go an often tough road alone. And when Gov. Cuomo last week issued statewide orders banning large groups of people gathering together to stop the spread of the COVID-19 virus, it effectively banned the meetings that so many have come to rely on for support and to support others. “About a week-and-a-half ago, we were informed by churches and places that hosted our meetings that people could not show up in person,” said a 28-year member of the recovery community who spoke with the Chronicle on the condition of anonymity, as the name of his organization would indicate. “Our one primary way of doing things was broken.” Within 24 hours organizers began gathering lists of canceled meetings, contact people and other information and creating from scratch the infrastructure to set up, post and host virtual and telephone meetings, a process that is continuing to evolve. “Meetings are vital — the most important thing we do as a fellowship,” the member said. “We stress it to people in hospitals and

The Queens Intergroup of Alcoholics Anonymous is among the 12-step programs that is seeing groups set up virtual and telephone meetings for their members with in-person group meetings QIAA SCREENSHOT impossible for the immediate future. institutions when they come to us — ‘Make a meeting! Make a meeting!’” He said in some cases people were gathering outside of shuttered meeting sites and trying to make do. But he also said one attribute

of those in recovery is that they can be very resourceful. “They don’t like the idea of change, but change happens, and we adapt,” he said. Going “from panic to action in less than a

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Both team up to provide rides to member supermarkets The National Supermarket Association on Mond ay announced that in partnership with Lyft, it will provide access to transportation for seniors in New York City. The partnership is an initiative through LyftUp, Lyft’s comprehensive effort to expand transportation access to those who need it most. The appbased car service launched efforts in collaboration with public health entities, local governments, nonprofits and community organizations to create new opportunities for drivers, provide rides to those in need and help distribute essential goods during the COVID-19 situation. Using the code NSARELIEF in the Lyft app, seniors will have access to $25 for rides to and from designated National Supermarket Association-affiliated supermarkets in the Bronx, Queens, Brooklyn and Upper Manhattan during designated senior hours, between 5:30 a.m. and 9:30 a.m. daily. NSA-affiliated supermarkets

The National Supermarket Association and Lyft want to help seniors get PHOTO BY ELVERT BARNES / FLICKR to member grocery stores conveniently. include popular city grocery chains Foodtown, C-Town and Food Universe. Lyft and NSA expect other affiliated supermarkets to join in the partnership to ensure vulnerable populations are getting access to food sources in a safe and reli-

able way. “Working together, NSA and Lyft are able to connect seniors with free and discounted grocery store rides to ensure this community is able to get the food supplies they need during this very challenging time,” said

Elizabeth Peralta, executive director of the NSA. “We are just beginning to ramp it up and we look forward to adding more stores to grow our mobilization efforts and expand food access.” “We want to increase access to transportation for those who need it, particularly to meet their essential needs during this time. By activating LyftUp, we’re able to partner with the National Supermarket Association to fill mobility needs and increase food access for the senior community,” said Jen Hensley, Lyft’s senior director of Public Policy, New York. “We’re also grateful to all those who drive with Lyft for helping provide rides for those in need. Lyft will be supporting drivers by creating new opportunities to help them earn additional income through the Lyft app and continuously working to protect driver safety.” To make sure riders and drivers know the best ways to protect themselves and others, Lyft is providing continuous Q updates on its website.

day,” the web infrastructure has been growing to accommodate the need. “Within a week we had the changes to our software and people were able to begin dialing in,” he said. “And it wasn’t just New York. We had people from North Carolina, New England, California and Germany. We were get t i ng lists that were collated a nd coordinated. “That’s how important the meeting is to us, that connection to other people in the fellowship, especially those who are new to the group,” he said. “I’ve believed in that idea ever since I’ve been clean. But even some older people are reliant on the meetings. They’re struggling with this.” And now that the virtual meetings are coming together, he said, they are confrontiing another consequence of the coronavirus outbreak — a blanket prohibition on visiting those in hospitals and institutions to get the information to them. Hospitals and institutions, he said, are vital to “carrying the message ... Even if we have to send in a device, laptop — we’ll do it.” Information on virtual and telephone meetings for Narcotics Anonymous is available online at nanewyork.org. Information on those for Alcoholics Anonymous is available at nyintergroup.org and Q queensaa.org.

9 TSA agents get COVID-19 Five Tr a n s p or t at ion Se cu r it y Adminstration agents assigned to John F. Kennedy International Airport, one at LaGu a rd ia A i r por t a nd th ree assigned to Newark Liberty International Airport in New Jersey have tested positive for the COVID-19 virus, according to statements issued by the agency through March 24. All are undergoing medical care and are being quarantined at home. The TSA said employees who were in contact with the agents in the 14 days prior to their testing positive have been alerted so they can take appropriate medical precautions. All security checkpoints at the airports remain open. The TSA said it is working with the Centers for Disease Control and public health officials in New York City and New Jersey. “At the same time, we continue to see officers demonstrate the highest levels of professionalism and hard work as they continue to report to duty to screen passengers and their belongings to help ensure the highest levels of security,” the agency said Tuesday. The TSA said it is committed to being transparent in providing the public Q with information.


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Transit trade-offs as MTA retrenches Non-rush hour service reduced as ridership drops; rear bus boarding by Michael Gannon Editor

The MTA on Wednesday began massive service reductions for operations outside of rush hour on its bus and rail lines as the state coronavirus outbreak has resulted in the agency hemorrhaging riders and revenue. Two days earlier, all city buses began reardoor boarding as per an agreement among the Metropolitan Transportation Authority and the two unions representing bus operators. “The MTA is committed to getting the heroes who keep this city moving where they need to go,” said MTA Chairman and CEO Patrick Foye. “The dramatic decrease in ridership shows our customers are continuing to follow the advice of health professionals to keep themselves and others safe. But we’re here for the critical workers and first responders, and I also want to thank our transit workers who continue to show up and keep New York moving every single day.” The MTA said most subway and bus riders would not notice the impact of its Essential Service Plan. The agency said 75 percent of all bus service will be retained, while any rail lines reduced or temporarily eliminated Monday through Friday will be covered by “other local service.” The agreement on rear door bus boarding

The front door and first three rows of MTA buses will be off limits for all but passengers requiring PHOTO BY REE BRINN ADA accommodation until further notice. includes the Amalgamated Transit Union and the Transport Workers Union, who said the move is designed to protect drivers from potential virus exposure by ensuring a safer distance between them and passengers. Customers will board and exit all local and Select Bus Service buses using the rear doors.

Express bus customers will board as normal, but will not be permitted to sit in the first three rows of the bus to ensure customers are a safe social distance from bus operators. Queens buses on Monday morning had the front three rows cordoned off by yellow chains. Riders using wheelchairs and other

ADA customers will still be permitted to board at the front of all local and SBS buses, and board as usual on express buses. Regular fare policy remains in effect wherever on-board payment boxes or SBS offboard ticket machines continue to be accessible. “Transit workers are the lifeblood of this city and region and we are going to do everything we can to protect their health and safety,” Foye said in a statement on Monday. Mark Henry, president and business agent for ATU Local 1056, praised the agreement, along with his members. “This coalition of unions acknowledges the MTA for recognizing their concerns by acting on this initiative,” Henry said. “Rear doors access is necessary given the way our state, our city and our nation are dealing with coronavirus. We pray for all residents as the health risks are great and unknown; together we will overcome the challenges before us.” “We know we are essential workers providing an essential service during this national emergency — but we also need to be protected to the greatest extent possible,” said Tony Utano, president of TWU local 100. “This is the right move. It will better protect our Bus Operators, give them some peace of mind, and demonstrate that their concerns Q have been heard.”

Workers, airlines await bailout deal SEIU wants airport contract employees covered in federal worker protections by Michael Gannon

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United States-based airlines have asked Congress for nearly $60 billion in relief to offset their forecasted losses due to coronavirus precautions. Now the union representing nonairline employees at the region’s three major airports is demanding that its members also not be left out as the House and Senate negotiated a financial aid package [see separate story in some editions or at qchron.com]. In an email’s statement this week, 32BJ SEIU said 1,500 contracted skycaps, wheelchair agents, cabin cleaners and baggage handlers from the nation’s busiest airport system — John F. Kennedy International Airport, LaGuardia Airport and Newark Liberty International Airport — received layoff notices due to f light reductions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. They are known as contract workers, employed not by individual airlines but by independent businesses. The union said it includes 750 at JFK and 600 at LaGuardia. “We cannot just do the same old trick of opening up the bailout spigot to reward wealthy airline corporations while leaving the most vulnerable workers out in the cold,” said Kyle Bragg, president of 32BJ. “These workers earn the least yet risk themselves the most.

Many lack health care to even care for themselves in the face of this pandemic. During this global pandemic, these workers have stepped forward to do their jobs. We are demanding the airlines and Congress not forget the most vulnerable workers as they seek a bailout.” In a March 21 letter to the leaders of the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives of both parties, Airlines for America, which represents major passenger and cargo carriers, asked Congress for at least $29 billion in payroll protection grants, and at least $29 billion in loans or loan guarantees. The letter was signed by the presidents, CEOs or chairmen of 10 major airlines including Delta, American, Jet Blue, United, Southwest, FedEx and UPS. In return the organization would agree to no employee furloughs or reductions in force through Aug. 31; place limits on executive compensation; eliminate stock buybacks and stock dividends over the life of the loans. U. S. Rep. Gregory Meeks (D-Queens, Nassau) included the airlines, though not specifically contract workers, in a 10-point proposal released by his office on Tuesday. “Airlines and airports each need liquidity in the wake of the crisis, so millions of workers can maintain their jobs,” Meeks said in the press release.

About 1,500 people who work for contractors at the region’s three airports have been laid off due to coronavirus cutbacks. Their union is looking to make sure that they are protected under FILE PHOTO BY MICHAEL GANNON pending federal bailout legislation. He did say federal relief “should be contingent on the airline industry maintaining its current work force and not participating in any stock buybacks for five years following the passage of a Congressional stimulus package.” Luerica Fiffee, a passenger service representative at John F. Kennedy International,

was laid off on Thursday. “If they are bailing out the airlines, they have to be bailing out the workers,” she said in the 32BJ press release. “How am I going to manage? That, I’m not quite sure of yet. Literally no one is hiring. There’s nothing you can do except hope and pray that something gets Q better.”


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Despite cases of the dreaded coronavirus rising throughout the city, Amazon plans to reopen its Woodside warehouse on Friday, a spokesperson said. The Seattle-based corporation temporarily closed the site on March 19 after an associate tested positive for COVID-19 and it became apparent that facilities such as the distribution center pose operational risks as the disease spreads. Amazon reported that it has sent all employees home from the delivery station with full pay as it sanitized the facility. The distribution facility, known as DBK1 and located at 1 Bulova Ave., is the first one in the country to have a confirmed case of the virus. “We are supporting the individual who is now in quarantine,” an Amazon spokesperson said. “We have made employees at the site aware of this confirmed case and asked anyone who was in close contact with the diagnosed individual to stay home with pay for 14-days in self-quarantine.” To date, Amazon has closed five addi-

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tional facilities in Kentucky, Florida, Texas, Michigan and Oklahoma City after employees in those locations tested positive for the novel virus. The coronavirus outbreak has devastated life in the U.S. causing a massive economic shutdown with quarantine rules in effect in many states and cities especially New York. Amazon announced earlier last week that it would suspend shipments of nonessential items to its warehouses in the United States and the United Kingdom because of shortages caused by the worldwide outbreak. Since the stay-at-home rules have been implemented, however, the retail giant has said that it will hire an additional 100,000 employees to be placed in other warehouses in the country as package orders have experienced a massive surge in recent weeks, a press release said. Amazon warehouse workers have also tested positive for the virus in Spain and Italy. More than 1,500 employees around the world have signed an online petition demanding that CEO Jeff Bezos improve Q health safety during the pandemic.

When and Where to Seek Care NYU Langone experts want you to know how to stay healthy and when to seek medical care given the outbreak of COVID-19 in New York. If You Have Cold Symptoms For cold symptoms without a fever—runny nose, congestion, sore throat, minor aches and pains —consider staying home until you feel better. If You Have Flu-Like Symptoms For fever, headache, cough, muscle aches and joint pains—stay home and consult an NYU Langone provider remotely using Virtual Urgent Care.

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Finger fool One young woman in Astoria refused to get the point a would-be robber was trying to make at an ATM late last month. It was just before a quarter to 12 the night of Feb. 22 when the woman, 24, was withdrawing money at the TD Bank at 31-04 Ditmars Blvd. The man, above, came up behind her, police said, “simulated a firearm with his hand and demanded $1,000 from her.” She refused and he took off. Police would like to discuss the incident with the man, described as in his early 20s, slim, about 6 feet tall and last seen wearing a black jacket. They ask anyone who might know who or where he is to call Crime Stoppers at 1 (800) 577-TIPS (8477), visit nypdcrimestoppers.com or text 274637 (CRIMES) and enter TIP577.

When to go to the Emergency Room If you have a fever and cough and difficulty breathing, it is important that you do not wait to get care. Call 911 or seek immediate medical attention at your nearest emergency room. Prevention is the Best Treatment These tips will help you stay healthy: • Avoid close contact with people who are sick. • Wash your hands frequently for at least 20 seconds using soap and water or use an alcohol-based handrub. • Always cover a sneeze or cough with a tissue or by using your arm. • Avoid touching your nose, mouth, and eyes without washing your hands first.

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Enforcement of the law banning socalled single-use, thin plastic bags for most retail purposes has been delayed until May 15, the state Department of Environmental Conservation says. The delay comes in response to a lawsuit brought against the state by the Bodega & Small Business Association. They oppose the ban on several grounds, including that it allegedly is “arbitrary and capricious.” Some stores are still offering plastic bags while others are not. Retailers in the city must still collect a 5-cent fee for any paper bag a customer wants, the DEC noted. Opponents of the bag ban welcome the delay in light of the coronavirus crisis. “This comes as welcome news for retailers and consumers alike as we work together through unprecedented challenges,” Matt Seaholm, executive director of the American Recyclable Plastic Bag Alliance, said in a prepared statement. “There is ample scientific research concluding reusable bags can contribute to the spread of bacteria and viruses, and now more than ever we need to take every step possible to ensure that New Yorkers are safe Q and healthy.” — Peter C. Mastrosimone

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Hospital CEO nervous about supply shortage Coronavirus concerns lead to long lines, social distancing questions by David Russell Associate Editor

As residents flock to hospitals and urgent care centers with coronavirus cases increasing, NYC Health + Hospitals/Elmhurst CEO Israel Rocha acknowledged there is nervousness about the availability of supplies. “From a hospital perspective, we get nervous because we’re built to plan in months, so anytime you get less than three months you get really nervous about supplies,” he told the Chronicle Tuesday. Rocha said the hospital has what it needs though his concern is the upcoming weeks. “This surge has put a strain on that planning,” he said. He said there have been resources from the city’s Office of Emergency Management as well as supplies from the state. Rocha also noted that Gov. Cuomo and Mayor de Blasio have been attempting to get the federal government to send supplies to the city. When asked by 1010 WINS Monday if there were any hospitals in particular being stressed, de Blasio jumped to Elmhurst, saying it “has had an extraordinary amount of activity and that’s in part because there’s 2.3 million people in Queens and fewer hospitals proportionally than some other parts of the city.” Rocha said his hospital is in the process

The scene outside NYC Health + Hospitals/Elmhurst on Tuesday morning as people look to get PHOTO BY JASON D. ANTOS tested for the coronavirus. of complying with Cuomo’s mandate of increasing capacity by 50 percent. “People are looking for information, they’re looking for opportunities and so we really had a mix of different types of patients,” Rocha said. “We had some with symptoms, some that had exposure, some that were acutely ill and some that needed

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immediate acute assistance.” He said a triage is done to see what patients are waiting for, with people being sent to tents outside the building. Rocha also said the hospital is working with the NYPD on social distancing. A New York Post story showed a long line of people gathered at the site Monday. They were in

close proximity and not 6 feet away from each other. “It’s something we continue to monitor but like any line, line management and crowd management is a difficult situation,” Rocha said, noting that all the people in the photo did have protective masks. He said he personally saw social distancing Tuesday. However, one person, who was indecisive about getting on line Tuesday, told the Chronicle, “People are standing close next to each other. Some people are wearing [masks], some people aren’t. Who wants to be around this?” Councilman Francisco Moya (D-Corona) and Jonathan Krane, founding member of the Queensboro Football Club, donated 1,000 surgical masks to the hospital. Rocha had reached out to Moya to request help with a shortage of personal protective equipment. “Healthcare professionals are on the front line of this crisis and we need to make sure they’re able to suit up for that fight,” said Moya, who was previously director of business development for the hospital. “Doctors, nurses and hospital staff are the heroes of this moment. We need to make every effort, big and small, to get them the armor they Q need to stay in the fight.” Jason D. Antos contributed to this story.

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The New York Blood Center says the need FILE PHOTO for donations is urgent. having COVID-19 in the last 14 days or have been diagnosed with or suspected of having COVID-19 until 28 days after the illness has resolved. The blood center does not test for the coronavirus. People can donate if they are 17 years old — 16 with written consent from a parent or legal guardian — weigh at least 110 pounds and are in good health. Donors 76 and older can continue to donate if they meet eligibility criteria and present a physician’s letter allowing them to donate. In the absence of a letter, they must be cleared by an NYBC Q medical director at each location.


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Queens College donates to COVID-19 frontlines Math and science labs scoured for materials and protective gear by Katherine Donlevy Associate Editor

Queens College is doing more to combat the spread of COVID-19 than just closing its campus — its School of Mathematics and Sciences just donated a slew of protective gear to the city Office of Emergency Management for use by medical professionals and other frontline workers. Professors, faculty and college lab technicians of the College’s Biology Department, School of Earth and Environmental Sciences and Department of Family, Nutrition and Exercise scoured their respective labs for various personal protective equipment and other supplies following Gov. Cuomo and Mayor de Blasio’s March 20 public call in anticipation of a shor tage during the COVID-19 pandemic. “I am deeply proud of the Queens College faculty and staff of our School of Mathematics and Sciences ... Together they quickly heeded the calls of Governor Cuomo, Mayor de Blasio and CUNY Chancellor Matos by collecting and donating gloves, lab coats, respirators, and disinfectant solutions to assist the City’s health care workers,” said Interim Queens College President William Tramontano in a prepared statement. “We hope these efforts will inspire others who have access to protective gear

Queens College donated various pieces of personal protective equipment and other materials from its laboratories to the city Office of Emergency Management for medical professionals and PHOTO COURTESY QUEENS COLLEGE other COVID-19 frontline workers. and sanitizers to join in support of the dedicated staff of the City’s hospitals.” Personal protective gear had been sparse across the state, so much so that elected officials, like Rep. Grace Meng (D-Flushing), are seeking legislative measures to address the shortages. “The shortages of Personal Protective Equipment is creating dire working conditions for our health care workers who are on

the frontlines of combating this crisis,” Meng said in a prepared statement. “They must have the resources they need to help them do their jobs. It is also critical that patients have all the medications they need during this uncertain time.” Queens College donated N-95 masks, 30 unopened cases of disposable nitrile gloves, disposable lab coats and bottles of 70 percent isopropyl alcohol. The materials were

Livestock in your living room #Barncam lets Queens Farm visitors tune in digitally by Katherine Donlevy

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In its refusal to let social distancing spoil the soon-to-be-here warmer days of spring, the Queens County Farm Museum introduced #Barncam to invite visitors to the farmland digitally. “Queens Farm’s #Barncam will deliver farm-fresh content to our visitors since our visitors can’t come to us,” Executive Director Jennifer Walden Weprin told the Chronicle. “We hope that during this difficult time we can help enrich your stay-at-home experience until we can meet again down on the farm.” The public is invited to “turnip and tunein” each day at 4 p.m. for programming designed to connect people to the farm and to one another. From the comfort of their homes, visitors can watch the germinating seeds in the greenhouse and witness the fields being tilled, plowed and planted, all of which can be accessed from the farm’s social media accounts. The digital programming began Monday, March 23 with a pop quiz — “Which Farm Animal Are You?” — followed by “The Daffodil Project 9/11 Memorial” and “Wild Recipes for Spring — Dandelion Pesto.” Programming will continue until the social distancing mandate is lifted and the

The Queens County Farm Museum introduced #Barncam to invite its visitors into its world digitally during social distancing. The initiative will bring a variety of daily programming directly to PHOTO BY SARAH MEYER / QUEENS COUNTY FARM MUSEUM its participants’ computers. farm reopens to the public. The content will range from plants and ecology to livestock videos and photos to city history as well as recipes, craft and cooking tutorials, how-to’s for being at home and story time for kids, all of which will be led by Director of Agriculture Anne

Mastrogiacomo and Director of Education Ali Abate. For more information, visit the Queens County Farm Museum at queensfarm.org, or tune in to its daily #barncam at 4 p.m. for programming on its Facebook, Instagram Q and Twitter pages.

collected over the weekend and picked up by Emergency Management on March 23 to be dispersed to those in critical need. “A simply brilliant and swift move by the Queens College community,” said Acting Borough President Sharon Lee, who aided the college in the facilitation of materials to Emergency Management. “In a crisis, every minute counts, and frontline workers have been working around the clock to stem the tide. Thank you, Queens College, for stepping up with such haste and compassion, and for this immediate assist. We hope this inspires similar actions throughout Queens.” The institution had switched to distance learning on March 19 following the lead of St. John’s University, which made the switch on March 10, and all city public schools, which also switched to online lessons March 19. As of the same date, Queens College reported three members of the community who have tested positive for the virus, all of whom were asymptomatic during the time when they were on campus. All offices visited by the infected are scheduled to undergo a deep cleaning. “Against COVID-19, every effort helps bend the curve and will save precious lives,” continued Lee. “We can make a bigger impact against the curve if we act together Q and act now.”

Art sought for online exhibit With art galleries closed along with every other cultural institution and so much more in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic, AlterWork Studios in Astoria is planning an online exhibition and has issued a call for art. “Due to COVID-19, our current social climate is marred by anxiety and isolation,” the gallery says in an announcement. “Forced closures have us scavenging for food, supplies, and resources. How long before art supplies start to run thin? We are challenging artists to create art with whatever materials they have on hand.” The exhibition will be called “Alphabet Soup” and will feature collage and mixed media works influenced by the idea of creating art under restrictions. Details are posted at alterworkstudios. com/open-call. The deadline for submissions is Friday, April 3, and the exhibit will go live on Thursday, April 9. In an effort to support participating artists, there is no submission fee and 100 percent of the funds from any work that is sold will go to the artist. For questions or comments, one may contact the exhibit’s curator, Tim Kelly, Q via timothykellyart@gmail.com.


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Mantle, e, Mays or Snider in center fie ffield? eld ld?? Wa Was the best catcher t h Yogi Y i Berra B Berra, R Roy Cam C Campanella mpanella ll or o a slugging Mets backstop who also has an Italian sir name? Many a sportswriter in a column and many a baseball fan in a New York City sports bar have tried to say that their guys were the best; but what if you could put the greatest in Gotham’s rich baseball history — the very, very best — on one team? In “Gotham Baseball: New York’s All-Time Team” longtime Queens print and broadcast journalist Mark C. Healey endeavors to do just that — and start a few more arguments along the way. “I hope so,” Healey said in an interview. Going back to the days of Christy Mathewson in the Polo Grounds and taking it right to modern day in Citi Field, Healey consulted with journalists, players, his own intuition and even a poll he had conducted years earlier to field a starting lineup, a five-man pitching rotation, a top relief pitcher, manager and executives that New York

City America’s Ciity could cou ould ld offer off ffer er for for A meri me rica ca’ss Pastime. ca Pas asti time me. The pitching staff include includes es a Queens Q eens native, Qu nativ ass well as the best Dodgers Dodgerrs pitcher pitcher pitche pi h r ever not n named Koufax — and who few today have ever heard of. Some calls, such as Willie Mays in center field and Babe Ruth in right were easy; Hall of Famers, including a surprise or two, start at and are left off every position but third base. Even some pitchers Healey loves from his Amazin’ Mets fell short under the trained journalist’s critique. But even the no-brainers proved a challenge when The Wave’s editor in chief sat down to write the chapter on each position. “So much has already been written on [Lou] Gehrig, Mays and Ruth,” Healey said. “I wanted to try and approach them from a different direction.” Healey grew up rooting for Tom Seaver and the Mets. His father was a Department of Sanitation employee and Duke Snider fan, his mother a registered nurse who encouraged her son’s love of books about baseball.


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Those were the days. As a part-time cab driver, Archie Bunker would be considered an essential employee during the coronavirus pandemic, but for those not leaving home, “All in the Family” can still provide entertainment more than 40 years after going off the air. Saturdays at 4 and 8 p.m. the CW airs a pair of episodes of the iconic 1970s show that frankly discussed social issues, often pitting Bunker, a conservative, against his liberal son-in-law, Michael Stivic, more commonly known as Meathead. The show can also be seen online at crackle.com. The creation of Norman Lear, the iconically Queens show became an instant hit as Carroll O’Connor played Bunker, a character

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based on Lear’s father. Jean Stapleton played Archie’s wife, Edith, known as “Dingbat” to Archie. Rob Reiner played Stivic and Sally Struthers played his wife, Gloria. The Bunkers lived at 704 Hauser St. in Astoria, though the house seen in the opening credits is actually 89-70 Cooper Ave. in Rego Park. The show itself was filmed in front of a live studio audience in California. Critics and viewers alike praised the show, which delved into topics including racism, homosexuality, rape and war, among others that had long been avoided on television. Lear would become shocked at how popular Bunker, who was written to be disliked by audiences, became. One classic exchange came in the first episode of the series, as Michael argues with Archie about minorities not having the same job opportunities as whites. Michael: “Now I suppose you’re going to tell me that the black man has had the same opportunity in this country as you.” Archie: “More. He’s had more. I didn’t have no million people out there marching and protesting to get me my job.” Edith: “No, his uncle got it for him.” “All in the Family” broke ground for a

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The Bunkers meet the swingers in a classic “All in the Family” episode in which Edith finds out a couple want to swing on and off the dance floor. CBS TELEVISION PHOTO / WIKIPEDIA medium that was known for not letting Lucy and Ricky sleep in the same bed. Fans bought “Archie Bunker for President” merchandise, and the show’s popularity led to several spin-offs, including “The Jeffersons,” “Maude” and “Archie Bunker’s Place.” One classic episode to be on the lookout for is “Sammy’s Visit,” which sees Sammy Davis Jr. come to the Bunker house after accidentally leaving his briefcase in Archie’s

cab. The show famously ends with Davis planting a kiss on Bunker’s cheek. An underrated episode is “The Bunkers and the Swingers,” in which Edith answers a magazine ad for a couple to be friends with only to find out something about them she didn’t expect. Character actor Vincent Gardenia and future Golden Girl Rue McClanahan play the couple who likes to swing on and Q off the dance floor.

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Jeter to Jackie to Gehrig? It’s Gotham Baseball continued from page 21 Healey writes that, “My only regret is that my mom passed away from cancer before this book could be published. I’m thankful that she was alive long enough to know that someone agreed to publish it.” It only seemed natural that he would begin “Gotham Baseball,” initially a printonly magazine from 2005 to 2008. It has become a website, blog and a labor of love. “And every edition of the magazine is in

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The news that longtime Patriots quarterback Tom Brady had left for the warmer and taxfriendlier climes of Florida by signing as a free agent with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers is obviously trivial given the dire COVID-19 outbreak. Of course, the sports world’s being totally shut down is precisely why the news was so welcome. It gave sports fans a much-welcomed reprieve from the grim statistics and closures with which we’ve all become way too familiar over the last couple of weeks. Brady’s accomplishments are too numerous to list, but in a 20-year career he has played in nine Super Bowls and led the winning team in six of them. Of course the fact that he played in the same division as our local American Football Conference franchise, the New York Jets, had been a source of frustration for Gang Green fans, though it should be noted that it was just one of many for them. While it is understandable that many Jets fans are feeling euphoric about Brady exiting the AFC East they may want to take pause. Brady’s old head coach, Bill Belichick, is still running the Patriots, and he has proven to be very adept at plugging in personnel holes whenever needed. It should be noted that Jimmy Garoppolo was Brady’s longtime understudy until Brady

reportedly wanted him off the team. Belichick wasn’t happy about that but team owner Robert Kraft wanted to mollify his star QB and ordered Belichick, who doubles as the Patriots’ general manager, to trade Garoppolo to the San Francisco 49ers midway through the 2018 season. Garoppolo immediately turned around the fortunes of the woeful 49ers, who had become cellar dwellers in the standings in recent seasons. He helped lead them into this year’s Super Bowl, though they were outclassed in the fourth quarter of the game by the victorious Kansas City Chiefs I’ve always believed that one of the ways that the Jets would really know whether their top pick in the 2018 NFL Draft, quarterback Sam Darnold, is a stud or a dud, is if he were to lead the Jets to a win over Brady and the Pats. He failed to do so in three starts against them. He missed one game against the Brady Bunch as he recovered from mononucleosis. One reason Darnold has been so-so is that he has had an awful offensive line protecting him in his first two seasons. Jets general manager Joe Douglas is trying to bolster that line in free agency as he has so far signed left tackle George Fant, center Connor McGovern and guard Greg Van Roten. These aren’t household names by any means, but they should help the Jets improve in an area Q that has been a glaring weakness.


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TO THE ABOVE DEFENDANTS: YOU ARE HEREBY SUMMONED to answer the complaint in this action, and to serve a copy of your answer, or if the Complaint is not served with this Summons, to serve a Notice of Appearance on the Plaintiff’s attorneys within twenty (20) days after the service of the Summons exclusive of the day of service or within thirty (30) days after completion of service where service is made in any other manner than by personal delivery within the State. In case of your failure to appear, or answer, judgment will be taken against you by default for the relief demanded in this Complaint. NOTICE YOU ARE IN DANGER OF LOSING YOUR HOME If you do not respond to this summons and complaint by serving a copy of the answer on the attorney for the mortgage company who filed this foreclosure proceeding against you and filing the answer with the court, a default judgment may be entered and you can lose your home. Speak to an attorney or go to the court where your case is pending for further information on how to answer the summons and protect your property. Sending a payment to your mortgage company will not stop this foreclosure action.

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YOU MUST RESPOND BY SERVING A COPY OF THE ANSWER ON THE ATTORNEY FOR THE PLAINTIFF (MORTGAGE COMPANY) AND FILING THE ANSWER WITH THE COURT. Dated: New York, New York, March 13, 2020, BRONSTER, LLP, Attorneys for Plaintiff, By: Adam P. Briskin, Esq., 156 West 56th Street, Suite 1801, New York, NY 10019, 212-558-9300

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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SUPREME COURT OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK COUNTY OF QUEENS SUPPLEMENTAL SUMMONS Index No.: 24950/2011 Borough: Queens Block: 11014 Lot: 45, Action to Foreclose Mortgage on Property Situated in QUEENS County, CIT Bank, N.A. f/k/a OneWest Bank N.A. f/k/a OneWest Bank, FSB, Plaintiffs -against- Robyn Turner as Heir and Distributee of the Estate of Bennye Everett Turner; Denise Turner a/k/a Ruby Denise Turner as Heir and Distributee of the Estate of Bennye Everett Turner; New York State Department of Taxation and Finance; United States of America (Eastern District); Secretary of Housing and Urban Development; New York City Environmental Control Board; New York City Parking Violations Bureau; New York City Transit Adjudication Bureau; RAB Performance Recoveries LLC; Unknown Heirs and Distributees of the Estate of Bennye Everett Turner; and “JOHN DOE 1 to JOHN DOE 25”, said names being fictitious, the persons or parties intended being the persons, parties, corporations or entities, if any, having or claiming an interest in or lien upon the mortgaged premises described in the complaint, Defendants.


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Anderson building a winner at St. John’s St. John’s faced an uncertain future a year ago. Candidates were turning the school down as it looked to fill its coaching vacancy. When Mike Anderson, who had been fired from Arkansas, was hired, some questioned bringing in a man who had no connections to New York. He came in and was able to keep Mustapha Heron and LJ Figueroa from transferring, a critical move as the Red Storm lost several contributors to the 2019 NCAA Tournament team. A freshman point guard, John McGriff, had to miss the season with a shoulder injury. Heron’s season ended early due to injuries. The team battled to a 17-15 finish, including impressive wins over West Virginia, Arizona and Creighton. And the Johnnies were beating Creighton in the Big East Tournament when play was stopped because of coronavirus concerns. In a culture change, years of disappointment and unfulfilled expectations have been replaced by optimism and hope — leaving

aside the virus crisis, that is. As the Big East Tournament began, Anderson, who has never finished under .500 in 17 seasons as a head coach, spoke about working in New York City. Anderson said he spoke to George Raveling, the former head coach of Washington State, Iowa and USC. “He just said, ‘Keep doing what you’re doing,’” Anderson recalled in a teleconference. “‘Basketball is basketball. Coaching is coaching, so just continue to be who you are and do the things you believe in.’ At St. John’s, I’m believing in these kids. I’m pushing these kids. We’re trying to develop these young men. That doesn’t change.” For much of the decade, St. John’s was plagued by players transferring as well as the distraction of the possibility of players transferring. Coaches Steve Lavin and Chris Mullin were criticized for not being visible enough in city gyms on the recruiting trail. When Fox cameras went inside the huddle once during a timeout, viewers saw Mullin tying his shoes while an assistant coach

Head coach Mike Anderson, right, led St. John’s to a 17-15 record in his first season on the Red Storm sideline as the team battled through injuries and a midseason slump to finish with a winFILE PHOTO COURTESY ST. JOHN’S ATHLETICS ning record. spoke to the team. Other moments of the decade include Rysheed Jordan, a talented member of the 2015 NCAA Tournament team, being convicted of attempted murder; shot-blocking machine Chris Obekpa being suspended for the 2015 NCAA Tournament because of a failed drug test; and highly touted recruit Zach Brown being released from his National Letter of Intent after he was charged with robbing a Walgreen’s in Florida. During last year’s coaching search Mike Repole, Vitamin water CEO and St. John’s donor, blasted the school’s administration

during an interview with Mike Francesa. Many fans wanted Tim Cluess, who led Iona to six NCAA Tournaments but the school didn’t hire him. Cluess stepped down in March due to health reasons. As St. John’s search dragged on, Duke assistant coach Jeff Capel recommended Anderson to Mike Cragg, the St. John’s athletic director who spent more than 30 years at Duke. It seems as if the right coach fell into the Johnnies’ laps. “Whether I’m a country boy or a city boy, I’m loving St. John’s,” Anderson said. “I’m Q loving New York.”

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SUPREME COURT OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK COUNTY OF QUEENS, Index No. 717662/2019, Filed: March 11, 2019, U.S. BANK NATIONAL ASSOCIATION, AS TRUSTEE, SUCCESSOR IN INTEREST TO BANK OF AMERICA, NATIONAL ASSOCIATION, AS TRUSTEE SUCCESSOR BY MERGER TO LASALLE BANK NATIONAL ASSOCIATION AS TRUSTEE FOR MORGAN STANLEY MORTGAGE LOAN TRUST 20067, Plaintiff, -against- THE UNKNOWN HEIRS-AT-LAW, NEXT-OF-KIN, DISTRIBUTEES, EXECUTORS, ADMINISTRATORS, TRUSTEES, DEVISEES, LEGATEES, ASSIGNEES, LIENORS, CREDITORS, AND SUCCESSORS IN INTEREST, AND GENERALLY ALL PERSONS HAVING OR CLAIMING, UNDER, BY OR THROUGH THE DECEDENT JUANA F. WONG F/K/A JUANA F. MORALES BY PURCHASE, INHERITANCE, LIEN OR OTHERWISE, ANY RIGHT TITLE OR INTEREST IN AND TO THE PREMISES DESCRIBED IN THE COMPLAINT HEREIN; RAFAEL ROBLES; KLEBER ROBLES; BANK OF AMERICA, N. A.; CAPITAL ONE BANK USA, N. A.; NEW YORK CITY ENVIRONMENTAL CONTROL BOARD; “JOHN DOE #1” through “JOHN DOE #10” inclusive the names of the ten last name Defendants being fictitious, real names unknown to the Plaintiff, the parties intended being persons or corporations having an interest in, or tenants or persons in possession of, portions of the mortgaged premises described in the Complaint, Defendants., Plaintiff designates QUEENS County as place of trial, Venue is based upon County in which premises are being situate. SUMMONS WITH NOTICE ACTION TO FORECLOSE A MORTGAGE AS MODIFIED. TO THE ABOVE NAMED DEFENDANTS: YOU ARE HEREBY SUMMONED to answer the Complaint in this action and to serve a copy of your Answer or, if the Complaint is not served with this Summons, to serve a Notice of Appearance upon the Plaintiff’s attorney within twenty (20) days after the service of this Summons, exclusive of the date of service or within thirty (30) days after the service is complete if this Summons is not personally delivered to you within the State of New York. If you fail to so appear or answer, judgment will be taken against you by default for the relief demanded in the Complaint. DATED: Elmsford, New York. October 15, 2019, NOTICE YOU ARE IN DANGER OF LOSING YOUR HOME If you do not respond to this summons and complaint by serving a copy of the answer on the attorney for the mortgage company who filed this foreclosure proceeding against you and filing the answer with the court, a default judgment may be entered and you can lose your home. Speak to an attorney or go to the court where your case is pending for further information on how to answer the summons and protect your property. Sending a payment to your mortgage company will not stop this foreclosure action. YOU MUST RESPOND BY SERVING A COPY OF THE ANSWER ON THE ATTORNEY FOR THE PLAINTIFF U.S. BANK NATIONAL ASSOCIATION, AS TRUSTEE, SUCCESSOR IN INTEREST TO BANK OF AMERICA, NATIONAL ASSOCIATION, AS TRUSTEE (SUCCESSOR BY MERGER TO LASALLE BANK NATIONAL ASSOCIATION) AS TRUSTEE FOR MORGAN STANLEY MORTGAGE LOAN TRUST 2006-7 AND FILING THE ANSWER WITH THE COURT. Alexander Zamenhof, Esq., Knuckles, Komosinski & Manfro, LLP, Attorneys for Plaintiff, 565 Taxter Road, Suite 590, Elmsford, NY 10523, Phone: (914) 345-3020. NOTICE TO OCCUPANTS: U.S. BANK NATIONAL ASSOCIATION, AS TRUSTEE, SUCCESSOR IN INTEREST TO BANK OF AMERICA, NATIONAL ASSOCIATION, AS TRUSTEE (SUCCESSOR BY MERGER TO LASALLE BANK NATIONAL ASSOCIATION) AS TRUSTEE FOR MORGAN STANLEY MORTGAGE LOAN TRUST 2006-7 IS FORECLOSING AGAINST THE OWNER OF THIS PREMISES. IF YOU LIVE HERE, THIS LAWSUIT MAY RESULT IN YOUR EVICTION. YOU MAY WISH TO CONTACT A LAWYER TO DISCUSS ANY RIGHTS AND POSSIBLE DEFENSES YOU MAY HAVE. NOTICE OF OBJECT OF ACTION AND RELIEF SOUGHT THE OBJECT of the above-entitled action is to foreclose a mortgage to secure $285,000.00 plus interest, recorded in the Office of the County Clerk/City Register of the County of Queens on March 28, 2006 as Instrument Number 2006000171941 covering the premises described as follows: 132-15 109th Avenue, South Ozone Park, New York 11420. The relief sought in the within action is final judgment directing the sale of the premises described above to satisfy the debt secured by the mortgage described above. The Plaintiff makes no personal claim against any Defendants in this action. The foregoing summons is served upon you by publication pursuant to an order of the Honorable Rudolph E. Greco, Jr., J.S.C. dated February 28, 2020 and filed March 11, 2020. Help for Homeowners in Foreclosure, New York State Law requires that we send you this notice about the foreclosure process. Please read it carefully. Summons and Complaint, You are in danger of losing your home. If you fail to respond to the summons and complaint in this foreclosure action, you may lose your home. Please read the summons and complaint carefully. You should immediately contact an attorney or your local legal aid office to obtain advice on how to protect yourself. Sources of Information and Assistance. The State encourages you to become informed about your options in foreclosure. In addition to seeking assistance from an attorney or legal aid office, there are government agencies and non-profit organizations that you may contact for information about possible options, including trying to work with your lender during this process.. To locate an entity near you, you may call the toll-free helpline maintained by the New York State Department of Financial Services at (800) 342-3736 or visit the Department’s website at http://www.dfs.ny.gov. Rights and Obligations, YOU ARE NOT REQUIRED TO LEAVE YOUR HOME AT THIS TIME. You have the right to stay in your home during the foreclosure process. You are not required to leave your home unless and until your property is sold at auction pursuant to a judgment of foreclosure and sale. Regardless of whether you choose to remain in your home, YOU ARE REQUIRED TO TAKE CARE OF YOUR PROPERTY and pay property taxes in accordance with state and local law. Foreclosure Rescue Scams. Be careful of people who approach you with offers to “save” your home. There are individuals who watch for notices of foreclosure actions in order to unfairly profit from a homeowner’s distress. You should be extremely careful about any such promises and any suggestions that you pay them a fee or sign over your deed. State law requires anyone offering such services for profit to enter into a contract which fully describes the services they will perform and fees they will charge, and which prohibits them from taking any money from you until they have completed all such promised services.

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