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Election recap and results in Queens by David Russell Associate Editor


uesday’s elections were a big victory for Democrats across Queens and New York State.

Governor/Lieutenant governor Andrew Cuomo won his third term as governor, earning 59 percent of the vote in a victory with Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul. Republican challenger Marc Molinaro garnered 36.8 percent of the vote along with his running mate, Julie Killian.

Also receiving votes were Green party candidate Howie Hawkins and running mate Jia Lee, Libertarian Party candidate Larry Sharpe and running mate Andrew C. Hollister, and Stephanie Miner, running on the Serve America Movement party line with running mate Michael Volpe. Attorney general Letitia James won the election for attorney general with 61.9 percent of the vote, over Republican candidate Keith Wofford, Green Party candidate Michael Sussman, Libertarian Party candidate Christopher Garvey and Reform Party candidate Nancy Sliwa. State comptroller Thomas DiNapoli won re-election with 66.6 percent of the vote against Republican challenger Jonathan Trichter, Green Party candidate Mark Dunlea and Libertarian Party candidate Cruger Gallaudet. U.S. Senate U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) held off Republican challenger Chele Farley, earning 66.6 percent of the vote.

Letitia James won the election for attorney general with nearly 62 percent of the vote on FILE PHOTO Tuesday night.

House of Representatives Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is the new representative for the 14th Congressional District after earning 78 percent of the vote in Tuesday’s election. Republican candidate Anthony Pappas finished with 13.8 percent. Rep. Joe Crowley

(D-Bronx, Queens) didn’t campaign after losing the primary to Ocasio-Cortez but still received 6.6 percent with the Working Families Party. On the Conservative Party line, Elizabeth Perri finished with 1.6 percent. For the Third Congressional District, Rep. Tom Suozzi (D-Suffolk, Nassau, Queens) earned 58.4 percent of the vote against Republican challenger Dan DeBono. In the Sixth Congressional District, Rep. Grace Meng (D-Flushing) won with 90.8 percent of the vote, over Green Party candidate Tom Hillgardner. Rep. Nydia Velasquez (D-Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens) won re-election in the Seventh Congressional District in a landslide, earning 93.4 percent of the vote against Conservative Party candidate Joseph Lieberman and Reform Party candidate Jeffrey Kurzon. In another landslide, Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (D-Brooklyn, Queens) won re-election in the Eighth Congressional District, earning 94.1 percent of the vote over Ernest Johnson of the Conservative Party and Jessica White of the Reform Party. Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens) won re-election in the 12th Congressional District with 86.2 percent over Republican challenger Eliot Rabin, and Scott Hutchins of the Green Party. State Senate State Sen. Joseph Addabbo Jr. (D-Howard Beach) won re-election in District 15, earning

64 percent of the vote against Republican challenger Tom Sullivan. Democratic candidate John Liu took District 11 with 54 percent of the vote. Republican nominee Vickie Paladino earned 24 percent. State Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside), who ran on the Women’s Equality and Independence Party lines after losing to Liu in the primary, finished with 21 percent. Conservative Party candidate Simon Minching, who lost to Paladino in the Republican primary, finished with 1 percent. In District 16, state Sen. Toby Ann Stavisky (D-Flushing) won with 92.1 percent of the vote over Reform Party candidate Vincent Pazienza. State Assembly Assemblywoman Stacey Pheffer Amato (D-Rockaway Park) won re-election with 68 percent of the vote over Republican challenger Matthew Pecorino. Assemblyman Ed Braunstein (D-Bayside) won District 26 with 65 of the vote percent over Republican challenger David Bressler. Assemblyman Brian Barnwell (D-Maspeth) won District 30, earning 76 percent of the vote over GOP challenger Erik Butkiewicz. Assemblyman Andrew Hevesi (D-Forest Hills) won the 28th District with 73 percent of the vote over Republican Danniel Maio. Assemblyman Clyde Vanel (D-Queens Village) held on to his District 30 seat earning 92 percent of the vote over Republican Lalita Etwaroo. continued on page 18

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Incumbents roll on election night Victory celebration for Addabbo, Pheffer Amato at Old Mill Yacht Club by Matt Waters Associate Editor

State Sen. Joseph Addabbo Jr. (D-Howard Beach) defeated Republican challenger Tom Sullivan to win his fifth term in District 15 Tuesday. In South Queens’ other notable race on Election Nig ht , A s s e mbly wo m a n St a c ey Phef fe r A m at o (D-Rockaway) won her second term representing District 23. She romped to a victory over her Republican challenger, Matt Pecorino. Addabbo was able to take home 65 percent of the vote after Sullivan steamrolled to his party’s nomination. Ultimately Addabbo proved too much of an established force in District 15 for Sullivan, despite his decorated military background and campaign promises that he would get things done for South Queens residents. Despite being his opponent, Sullivan certainly has Addabbo’s respect. “I told Tom something I’ve never told another opponent,” the senator said at the beginning of his victory speech at the Old Mill Yacht Club shortly after 9:30 p.m. “And that is I hope that we get the opportunity for working together somewhere in the future. He ran a very positive campaign, he’s a good gentleman and a veteran and I thanked him very much for his call.” Sullivan had made the customary call to his opponent congratulating him on the victory. “Now tomorrow I get to focus on work as opposed to a campaign. So I really look forward to that,” Addabbo said, before thanking his family, whom he said go months without seei ng h i m due to h is civic State Sen. Joe Addabbo Jr. gives his victory speech Tuesday night. The celebration at the Old Mill Yacht Club included re-elected responsibilities. Addabbo also thanked those he called his “campaign Assemblywoman Stacey Pheffer Amato, right, and Assemblyman Mike Miller, along with Laurence Love, who was elected to PHOTO BY MATT WATERS family,” including high school volunteers who wrote Queens Supreme Court. postcards for the re-election effort. When asked during a phone call on Wednesday why “The old ballot machines are sitting in a warehouse in said later. “She works really hard for this community he had taken time from his victory speech to compli- Middle Village. I know where they are,” Addabbo said. and we’re happy to represent it for another two years.” ment Sullivan, Addabbo replied, “Well number one, he’s Pheffer Amato spoke following Addabbo at the Old Also on hand Tuesday night was Laurence Love, a veteran.” Mill celebration. The polling site Ballotpedia said her who was elected to the Queens Supreme Court. Love He also further articulated what he meant by saying margin of victory was 67.8 percent to 32.1 percent for spoke following Assemblyman Mike Miller (D-WoodSullivan had run a positive campaign. Pecorino. haven) who had run unopposed to maintain his seat in “A lot of times it’s vote for me because the other per“I’m thrilled, I’m so honored,” the assemblywoman District 38. son is a criminal and jerk,” Addabbo said, describing the said. She thanked her family first and said her son Sam “For me this is very overwhelming. I think I got more kind of attack ads that most citiwas delivervotes than Stacey and Joe put zens become familiar with around ing pizza t oget he r,” L ove s a id t o mor e election season. The senator prebecause her laug hter f rom t he celebr ator y ow tomorrow I get fers a different approach. husband had crowd. “But for me even though ’m very lucky, and the “Tell me what you believe,” he made him [the voting is] county-wide it all to focus on work as said. “That’s the kind of campaign work, which comes back to my roots, and that’s district is very lucky, [Sullivan] ran ... For him to go the opposed to a campaign. d rew laughthe Rockaways and Howard Beach length of the campaign talking to have these guys.” ter from the and Ozone Park, because that’s So I really look about what he believed really crowd. where I spent 25 years working for — Assemblyman Mike Miller speaking impressed me.” Among the the other half of the Stacey-Audrey forward to that.” about “his good friend” Sen. Joe Addabbo Addabbo was asked what his staff memshow,” he said, referencing Pheffer and his constituents. immediate plans are going forbers she Amato’s mother, former Assem— State Sen. Joe Addabbo Jr. ward having secured the re-elect h a n k e d bly woman and Queens Cou nt y tion victory. P h e f f e r Clerk Audrey Pheffer. “After what we saw yesterday, [I want] early voting Amato saved perhaps her most effusive praise for her Love said that he had gained invaluable knowledge and no excuse absentee balloting. The bottom line is we Chief of Staff Amanda Kernozek, who was managing regularly attending community board meetings and can do this in this state,” he said. her first-ever campaign. other civic events while employed by Pheffer. Addabbo was referring to the difficulties many city “There was this person that worked for somebody else Miller’s comments expressed his gratitude toward voters experienced casting their ballots on Tuesday. who was elected before me,” Pheffer Amato said. “And both his constituents and fellow legislator Addabbo. 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People are trying to help Ed Kennedy Residents, Addabbo offer help to fix gas line, get heat back on after story by Matt Waters Associate Editor

The community effort to help South Ozone Park Vietnam veteran Edward Kennedy and his brother get the gas turned back on in their lifelong home took a turn for the muddled over the past week. The story began with a visit from the National Grid to Kennedy’s 125th St. South Ozone Park residence. A routine inspection turned into a nightmare for the senior citizen when the National Grid employee said he had an illegal flex connection. The gas has been off for over three weeks now. State Sen. Joseph Addabbo Jr. (D-Howard Beach) says he was made aware of the situation due to last week’s article in the Chronicle. “See, this is why I love our local papers,” he said, before explaining, “I need someone related to reach out,” in order to get directly involved in the manner. “I understand our Council member [Adrienne Adams] is working on the issue ... I don’t want to step on anyone’s toes.” That being said, Addabbo did reiterate he would get involved if contacted by either Kennedy or someone related to him. Due to their urgent reaction to the Chronicle article, both Ozone Park neighborhood activist Sam Esposito and Eric Cellucci, a

Ed Kennedy, pictured here holding his dog Chino on a leash outside of his South Ozone Park residence after participating in an interview with the Chronicle, will not get any heat pumped into PHOTO BY MATT WATERS his over 50-year-old house unless an illegal flex connection is fixed. member of the popular Ozone Park Facebook group, posted GoFundMe pages in order to raise money for Kennedy. “Sam created a GoFundMe a day before I did,” Cellucci explained over the phone. “He messaged me a screenshot of his page. I said , ‘Keep you rs up, he’ll get t wo

donations.”’ But Esposito was not interested in a collaborative arrangement. He had issues with the approach Cellucci was taking. “I know he’s trying to do the right thing,” Esposito said on the phone. “And his heart’s in the right place. But he doesn’t understand

the legality.” Esposito expressed concern with the idea of the money going directly to Kennedy, and instead preferred paying a plumber to fix the connection. Either way, he said he shut his GoFundMe down in deference to Cellucci’s campaign. As of Tuesday night, however, Esposito’s page was still up on GoFundMe. He claimed to have $2,500 dollars and a plumber ready before pulling the plug on his campaign. For his part, Cellucci was dismissive of the dueling webpage situation and more concer ned with addressing Kennedy’s problem. When asked whether he was satisfied by the money that has been raised to date on his page, $680 of the needed $3,500, Cellucci responded, “Not at all. This guy Sam raised $24,000 dollars [to fight a homeless shelter] and people won’t donate $3,500 for a vet.” Cellucci also had new inside information to disclose regarding Kennedy’s plight based on communication with Adams’ (D-Jamaica) office. He said that a source close to the councilwoman implied that raising the funds represents the only possible path for turning on the gas at Kennedy’s home, as it seems any potential bureaucratic solutions have been Q bogged down in red tape.

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Where the hours are listed for a store page on Facebook, the light green lettering underneath the Ragtime Gourmet Supermarket says it is always open. And for anyone who has lived in Howard Beach for the entirety of the supermarket’s 53-year run at 157-48 Cross Bay Boulevard, those hours availability probably felt like a permanent part of their lives. But on Tuesday night Ragtime shut its doors. “You have to go with the times,” Angelo Gurino, former owner of Ragtime, said. When asked for a particular reason why the supermarket was closing, Gurino listed a few. “The times, the economy, a lot of competition out there.” He also said that the higher minimum wage being instituted for New York State presented difficulties for the store being profitable. Even though he had sold the supermarket, Gurino still owns the property that it occupies. But when asked what the future could hold at the venerable supermarket’s soon-tobe former address, he intimated that it was far too soon for a certain answer. “Right now there are a lot of options,” he said. “Re-rent, resell, or take it over. It’s too

soon to say. They just closed the doors at 5 o’clock.” Freshly re-elected state Sen. Joseph Addabbo Jr. (D-Howard Beach) was sorry to see Ragtime ceasing operations. “Ragtime is part of the fabric of Howard Beach,” Addabbo said on the phone, adding that throughout its run the supermarket had “employed local people.” Ragtime’s official site says that the market first opened its doors in 1965. It bills itself as one of the largest and most highly regarded gourmet marketplaces in the New York City area. There’s a link in the top right-hand corner for a Thanksgiving menu. The end of the Ragtime era bought forth emotions ranging from surprise to anger on the supermarket’s Facebook page. Edward Schnepf started the thread by writing, “wow, the end of an era! Ragtime in Howard Beach will be closing forever on Tuesday!!!” Then he provided some detail into the final hours of the supermarket. To the first commenter’s question asking why the store was shutting down, Schnepf answered, “no clue but Tuesday is the last day. The whole store is 50% off.” Later he reported that, “the deli is wiped out… They still have a lot of chips and such. I just got a hero, a snack, drink and pickle for six bucks.”

Ragtime, which had been in operation since 1965, ceased operations on Tuesday night. Facebook commentators expressed their surprise and dismay while the property owner was uncertain GOOGLE MAPS what may come next for the Cross Bay Boulevard location. Other commentators simply expressed dismay that Ragtime was closing on what seemed to them a surprising note. “Just left with my dad and girlfriend… nothing from the deli at all,” posted Jason Menegus. “Mostly can goods and pasta and

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Spring Creek talk of CB 10 meeting National Park Service project nearing construction, COI officer drops in by Matt Waters Associate Editor

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The two most significant portions of last Thursday’s Community Board 10 meeting involved talks from Christiana Pollack, a geographic information systems professional and f loodplain manager speaking as a consultant for the Spring Creek South project, and Alex Kipp, the education and engagement officer with the city’s Conflicts of Interests Board. Pollack began by reminding the board and residents that Spring Creek South is part of the Gateway National Recreation Area, a National Park Service site that includes the Jamaica Bay site under its protective banner. “Some of the project goals are to reduce flood risk in the area, improve the ecology and also to enhance the visitor park experience in the area,” Pollack said. There are two phases to the project she said, and phase one, which involved engineering, design and permitting, is goi ng t o f i n ish on D e c. 31. T he s e c ond ph a s e is construction. She also explained the steps required to complete phase one. Those include surveys and delineations along with a study of hydrology, which entails analyzing both the depth and direction of floodwater during severe storms. The study also analyzed what the site could be expected to look like in 50 years accounting for sea-level rise. According to the Department of Environmental Conservation’s Spring Creek South webpage, the project will reduce the risks of coastal storms by using green infrastructure. Stabilizing salt marsh will be installed on the shoreline, while berms and coastal forests will provide food pro-







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tection and buffer the habitat. “When we put the shovel in the ground we expect about a two-year constr uction,” Pollack told the crowd at the Knights of Columbus Hall on Lefferts Boulevard. That would follow a couple more steps in the process, one of which involves FEMA approval. A board member asked a question regarding design and security concerns with the new forest. Those concerns specifically pertained to its density and proximity to the walking trail. “The design shows that while there is a forest, the forest will be set back from the path, so it’ll be grassland immediately around the path to minimize anyone from being close in the forest,” Pollack said. The grassland area preceding the forest is planned to be 50 feet, the trees likely will be 20 to 30 feet apart from each other and their height will be capped according to airport regulations. Kipp described the purposes of his talk in an email. It was a regular session that is part of an ongoing push to get training about matters pertaining to conflicts of interest to as many community boards in the five boroughs as possible. During the talk he outlined the various ways a conflict of interest could arise for a community board member. These conflicts can happen due to financial interests, either directly tied to the member’s bank account or to the individual signing her or his checks. Those cases usually involve voting, though not every time. “When are you as a community board member prohibited from participating in the discussions?” Kipp asked the board. continued on page 24



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Now, in Howard Beach, NY, one doctor is helping local residents with knee pain live more active, pain-free lives. Living with knee pain can feel like a crippling experience. Let’s face it, your knees aren’t as young as you used to be, and playing with the kids or grandkids isn’t any easier either. Maybe your knee pain keeps you from walking short distances or playing golf like you used to. Nothing’s worse than feeling great mentally, but physically feeling held back from life because your knees hurt and the pain just won’t go away! My name is Dr. Robert F. Gucciardo, D.C., owner of Gucciardo Specific Chiropractic and Natural Health Center. Since we opened seventeen years ago, I’ve seen hundreds of people with knee problems leave the office pain free. If you’re suffering from these conditions, a new breakthrough in medical technology may completely eliminate your pain and help restore normal function to your knees.

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Could This Noninvasive, Natural Treatment Be the Answer to Your Knee Pain? For 10 days only, I’m running a very special offer where you can find out if you are a candidate for cold laser therapy. What does this offer include? Everything I normally do in my “Knee Pain Evaluation.” Just call before November 18, 2018 and here’s what you’ll get… • An in-depth consultation about your problem where I will listen … really listen … to the details of your case. • A complete neuromuscular examination. • A full set of specialized X-rays to determine if arthritis is contributing to your pain (if necessary). (If you have films please bring them for evaluation). • A thorough analysis of your exam and X-ray findings so we can start mapping out your plan to being pain free. • You’ll see everything firsthand and find out if this amazing treatment will be your pain solution, as it has been for so many other patients. Until November 18th, you can get everything I’ve listed here for only $37. The normal price for this type of evaluation including X-rays is $250, so you’re saving a considerable amount by taking me up on this offer. Remember what it was like before you had knee problems – when you were pain free and could enjoy everything life had to offer. It can be that way again. Don’t neglect your problem any longer – don’t wait until it’s too late.

A new treatment is helping patients with knee pain live a happier, more active lifestyle. Here’s what to do now: Due to the expected demand for this special offer, I urge you to call our office at once. The phone number is 718-845-2323. Call today and we can get started with your consultation, exam and X-rays (if necessary) as soon as there’s an opening in the schedule. Our office is called Gucciardo Specific Chiropractic and Natural Health Center and you can find us at 162-07 91st Street in Howard Beach. Tell the receptionist you’d like to come in for the Knee Evaluation before November 18th. Sincerely, Dr. Robert F. Gucciardo, D.C. P.S. Now you might be wondering…

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New research in a treatment called Class IV Laser Therapy is having a profound effect on patients suffering with knee pain. Unlike the cutting type of laser seen in movies and used in medical procedures, the Class IV therapeutic laser penetrates the surface of the skin with no heating effect or damage. Laser Therapy has been tested for 40 years, had over 2000 papers published on it, and has been shown to aid in damaged tissue regeneration, decrease inflammation, relieve pain and boost the immune system. This means that there is a good chance cold laser therapy could be your knee pain solution, allowing you to live a more active lifestyle. Professional athletes like The New York Yankees and team members of the New England Patriots rely upon cold laser therapy to treat their sports-related injuries. These guys use the cold laser for one reason only…

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P Biggest blue wave was in Albany EDITORIAL


eeling blue? The State of New York sure is. No, not that way, unless you’re a Republican. Come January, we’ll have one-party rule again in Albany. Democrats will be fully in charge. And we even lost the last Republican congressman from New York City. The numbers were remarkable. Two statewide candidates, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand and Comptroller Tom DiNapoli, won with 66.6 percent of the vote. The rest weren’t too far behind. In Queens, Rep.-elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez took 78 percent of ballots against a nominal opponent. Incumbent members of Congress representing the borough scored from 86 to 94 percent, with the exception of Long Island-based Rep. Tom Suozzi. The blue wave hit the state Senate harder than anywhere else. Democrats will have a 39-24 majority, assuming Sen. Simcha Felder of Brooklyn keeps caucusing with the Republicans. He may not, now that they’ll be in the minority. We can look forward to the passage of bills Democrats have been trying to get through for years, such as those to expand abortion rights and allow unauthorized immigrants to get driver’s licenses and the same college financial aid offered to citizens. More envi-


ronmental protections, such as a law allowing the city to impose fees on the kind of plastic bags you get at the grocery store, are also likely. And Democrats will be able to dole out grants to schools, nonprofits and other groups again — which means more money coming into Queens, but in the past has also encouraged corruption. On the federal level, corruption will be a top topic: any misdeeds committed by President Trump or his administration, that is, especially any related to the Russia probe. Having won the House, Democrats will have subpoena power, and they’ll use it. The situation is the reverse of Albany’s — the return of divided government, which helps enforce the checks and balances of our system. The votes were barely counted when Trump dismissed Attorney General Jeff Sessions and put a critic of Bob Mueller’s investigation in his place. If that leads to actual obstruction of the probe, the president will be impeached and could even lose the support of Republicans. In Washington, two-party government is alive. In New York, the GOP is nearly as dead as that guy who won office in Nevada three weeks after he died. That’s too bad, but let’s see how Queens fares under the new order.

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Election money wasted Dear Editor: I do not know about other people, but I am glad that the elections are over. The money that these people spend seeking office is appalling, between the nonsense mailings they send out that people just throw in the garbage, never even looking at them, the phone calls, the ad inserts in newspapers and most of all those annoying commercials on TV. Enough is enough. Millions of dollars wasted. Lots of taxpayers’ money wasted. Limits have to be put in place on how much each candidate can use and maybe that will cut down on all this wasted material. Put the money to some good: like building houses for the homeless, feeding the hungry, clothing those who have no clothes and helping the homeless vets, who put their lives on the line for us. Kathleen Schatz Rego Park

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ot only is Amazon building a new warehouse in Queens, it now looks likely that one of its two planned secondary headquarters will be located in Long Island City, though those behind the deal aren’t talking publicly. This is, for the most part, great news. It’s expected that the new headquarters, called HQ2, will employ 25,000 people. They’ll be spending tons of cash at LIC restaurants, checking out its renowned arts scene, maybe even venturing east to see other Queens jewels such as Flushing Meadows Corona Park, the Queens Botanical Garden, the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge and the Queens County Farm Museum. Gov. Cuomo is to be commended for getting Amazon to come here, as long as he didn’t give away the store in negotiations. The retail giant must pay its fair share in taxes, for example, especially given the added strain all these workers are going to put on western Queens’ infrastructure. Boosting that infrastructure is the focus of a $180 plan for upgrades to LIC that Mayor de Blasio announced not even two weeks ago. It was badly needed then and will be even more once Amazon’s warehouse and HQ2 are up and running. Let’s ensure the firm’s presence remains a win for Queens.


I wonder, do the six-figure-a-year big shots who dream up stupid plans like this ever take the subway themselves? Why should we have to sit or stand near garbage, smell foul odors and be threatened by rats? Kevin O’Leary Kew Gardens

Healthcare for all Dear Editor: The loss of a right to affordable healthcare is akin to the loss of the very right to life itself. As the congressional pinball continues over the necessity of Medicare or Obamacare, many Americans are at risk of becoming victims to this plight. And it simply brings the notion of universal healthcare into further precedence. America remains the only developed country without a fully government-subsidized health system. Instead, it opts for a market-based approach that seeks more profits and proliferation of care. That has only resulted in higher

medical costs than any nation thereof. Americans are being stripped of their ability to take care of themselves and their families. Depending on the employer, this system seems to jeopardize the choice and freedom of many individuals — especially those of high need. Something so necessary as healthcare cannot be taken away without greater moral and economic consequences; we cannot place a price on human life. Sad Adib Bronx The writer is a high school student at NEST+m, the New Explorations into Science, Technology + Math school in Manhattan.

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Honor our veterans Dear Editor: As we prepare to celebrate this coming Veterans Day, we all owe an enormous debt of gratitude to all of our veterans past and present, as well as those who will serve in the future, for all of their service to our nation — and in many cases having to make the ultimate sacrifice of giving their lives so that we can continue to enjoy the many freedoms that we have. These brave man and women also need to be rightfully and justly compensated by our government for their years of service. It is so important for all of them to have access to decent, affordable healthcare, as well as to be able to live in affordable housing. Many of our veterans have families that need to be taken care of also. This nation helps so many other nations around the world via monetary aid, and while that is commendable, our government should also be helping our brave veterans monetarily. This should be a top priority of Congress and President Trump. Waiting times for veterans who are applying for medical and other governmental benefits needs to be significantly reduced; they are entirely much too long, which causes undue stress for our veterans and their families. On Nov. 11, let us all remember all veterans who sacrificed their own well-being and in many cases their own lives to continue to protect our great nation, the greatest one in the entire world. God bless all of our veterans on this Veterans Day 2018. You are very much appreciated for all of the sacrifices that you have made for our wonderful nation. John Amato Fresh Meadows

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Dear Editor: At the end of September I came back to my home, New York City, after visiting my son and his girlfriend who recently moved to Memphis. While there we went to Sun Studios and I was quite heartbroken that I had just missed Mick Jagger, who was there a few days before me. We walked along the Mississippi River. Oh that river that is forever present in history, song and in our souls. We walked through Memphis, which seemed to be to be jigsawed in its streets, buildings and neighborhoods, from the industrial to the abandoned to the hipster and the just plain pretty. They then took me to a town called Mud Island. We walked around looking at one house more beautiful than the other. Every little detail was screaming for attention. With all this, as a former history teacher I could not help but think that this is a state that seceded from the union, as the history books put it. Oh, the division then and oh, the division now. And then in front of a house, seemingly to have come out of nowhere, but with some kind of divine purpose, is a plaque that reads: A Memorial Sultana Disaster-1865 On the night of April 27,1865, before Harbor Town existed, an explosion of the Sultana could be seen and heard from this site as the steamship departed the port of Memphis northward. The Civil War had ended a few days earlier. Almost all of the 2400 passengers were Union Army soldiers. They had not only fought in battle for the abolition of slavery but were maimed and debilitated from imprisonment in Confederate prisons at Andersonville and Cahaba. Now they were free and going home to families and loved ones. More than 1585 passengers were killed, making this the worst maritime disaster in history (1522 died when the Titanic sank). The


character of Memphians was revealed when citizens rushed to the river as first responders. They worked relentlessly for days to rescue survivors and non-survivors, who had within the month been their mortal enemy. Casualties filled Memphis hospitals and many private homes. Some 800 passengers survived. As a small riverfront memorial in Memphis, we dedicate our little gardens here to the great American soldiers who freed slaves and to the benevolent Memphians who came to the aid of those in need. Walter and Jeanette Hughes - 2013 Yes, a lump in my throat and a reminder of the good in my fellow Americans who might not think like me. I do hope whatever the election outcome, we can be brave enough to rescue each other. Theresa LaSalle Jackson Heights

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Term limits for community boards The proposal passed easily despite most members opposing the move by David Russell Associate Editor

Term limits will be placed on community board members after 72 percent of voters chose to implement the rule Tuesday. It was the third charter revision proposal on the back of the ballot on Election Day. Board members will be limited to four two-year terms in a row. Council members and borough presidents will be able to reappoint them after a two-year hiatus. Frank Gulluscio, district manager of Community Board 6, said he was “disappointed” by the result. “We’re talking about a group of volunteers,” Gulluscio said. “I’m all for change, I’m all for that, but it’s already built in the system and I don’t think people understood that. They just heard term limits.” Community Board 5 Chairman Vincent Arcuri Jr. said that four borough presidents and 13 of 14 community boards in Queens were against the term limits. Then why would someone vote for them? “I have no idea,” Arcuri said. “It just doesn’t make any sense. I really don’t understand it.” Arguments against the limits included having leaders with institutional knowledge as well as understanding land use laws and other similar technicalities.

Arcuri asks, “If you’re a new person, have not been active in the community and you just want to be on the board, well, what do you know about the wants and needs of the community?” Last Sunday, The New York Times came out in opposition to the term limits, writing “this could weaken community boards by stripping them of their most seasoned members, replacing them with novices more susceptible to appeals from high-powered developers.” Arguments for the limits included the need for more diversity and fresh voices. John Choe, executive director of the Greater Flushing Chamber of Commerce and a member of CB 7, said the vote was a good step. “We can start getting accountability for community board members,” he said. “I’m hoping it will be a wake-up call for the people who appoint these community board members and hopefully we’ll start getting more vigorous evaluation, more transparency in the criteria and the process for how people are being appointed.” He added that he will try to get residents in his community more interested in joining the board. Arcuri acknowledged the idea that members who are forced out by term limits can still advise a board, “but that’s not the same thing.” He also noted that some residents might

Community board members will face term limits after 72 percent of voters were in favor of the proposal on Tuesday. Four of the five borough presidents were against the limits as were almost QUEENS CHRONICLE PHOTO all boards in Queens, but the proposal passed easily. try to join community boards just to put it on their resume if they run for political office in the future. Gulluscio wonders if the people who wanted to impose the limits are focused on one issue and wanted change for the sake of it. “We couldn’t fill the community boards all these years,” he said. “I’ve never had a

full roster of the 50 members.” Choe believes it won’t be difficult for new members to learn what they need to, saying that land use laws are not “rocket science.” “Anyone who is a citizen who has a good head on their shoulders can learn this stuff and become good community board memQ bers,” he said.

Blue wave swamps GOP state Senate Democrats to control all state gov’t branches in Albany come January by Michael Gannon

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The much-debated blue wave on Election Night struck in Albany, obliterating state Senate Republicans and handing Democrats a working majority — and a large one — for the first time since 2010. Democrats are expected to have a commanding 40-23 advantage this coming January should Sen. Simcha Felder (D-Brooklyn) decide to end his association with the Republican caucus. With Gov. Cuomo and Assembly Democrats coasting to victory on Tuesday, it also gives Democrats unchallenged control over the state’s legislative and political agenda, with Sen. Andrea Stewart-Cousins (D-Yonkers) expected to be named majority leader. She will join Cuomo and Assembly speaker Carl Heastie (D-Bronx) as one of the “three people in a room” who will set priorities on everything from legislative agenda to the budget and taxes. “The voters of New York State have spoken and they have elected a clear Democratic majority to the State Senate,” Cousins said in a statement issued by her office Tuesday night. “While the results of some elections are still being determined, at least 32 Senate Democratic Conference members have already won election tonight. I am confident our majority will grow even larger after all results are counted,

and we will finally give New Yorkers the pro- everything must be paid for within the state’s gressive leadership they have been demanding.” $168 billion budget. Indeed, Democratic priorities are expected “There’s very little wiggle room,” he said. to include expanding protection for abortion Addabbo said the Senate has done things like services, criminal justice reform, strengthen- check with the state Attorney General’s Office ing gun laws, expanding rent control protec- on the status of incoming legal settlements, tions and implementwhich he said do help ing some sort of sinpay the bills. gle-payer health “But those are oneinsurance plan. shot things,” he said. For ye a r s st at e Democrats last Democrats have time put through legisblamed the Senate lation that har med G OP for block i ng their senators from these and other initiaupstate and the subtives. Now, however, urbs, and the party Democrats appear to was made to pay at the be out of Republican State Senate Majority Leader John Flanagan, polls two years later. b ogey me n — a nd left, and Minority Leader Andrea StewartAddabbo said, howexcuses — if they Cousins are about to trade places in January. ever, that the new marFILE PHOTO, LEFT; PHOTO COURTESY NYS SENATE gin should allow them don’t deliver. S t a t e S e n . Jo e to get their agenda Addabbo Jr. (D-Howard Beach) said the mar- items through even with some opposition from gin of victory did take him somewhat by sur- fellow Democrats. That is where he said Stewprise even with talk of a blue wave. art-Cousins will come to the fore. “My first reaction was ‘Wow!’” he said. “She’s a hard worker and has a very good Addabbo acknowledged that voters will grasp on the diversity of the state,” he said. want to see results. That could come handy with things like a “Some we won’t be able to accomplish “millionaire’s tax,” commuter taxes to help immediately in January — they might take fund mass transit and changes to or eliminauntil July,” he said. He also acknowledged that tion of real estate property tax caps — unpop-

ular in the suburbs — possibly lurking just beneath the surface. Current Majority Leader John Flanagan (R-Suffolk) was quoted in the New York Post as saying Republicans aren’t going anywhere. “While tonight’s results are disappointing, the Senate Republican Conference will continue to be a strong and important voice in Albany — standing up for hard-working taxpayers, advancing policies that help businesses create new jobs and new opportunities, and working every day to keep our families secure and safe,” he said. “When we need to push back, we will push back. And where we can f ind common ground, we will always seek it. This election is over, but our mission is not. Senate Republicans will never stop advocating for the principles we believe in or the agenda that New Yorkers and their families deserve.” In recent years, Democrats have had a numerical majority, but have been thwarted by the former Independent Democratic Conference, which was formed in 2011 and eventually formed a leadership-sharing agreement with the GOP. The eight remaining IDC members agreed to disband earlier this year. Most of them, including Sens. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) and Jose Peralta (D-East Elmhurst), lost in primaries Q back in September.

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Friends, Trust have will for QueensWay Park project hasn’t started despite detailed arguments; rival is rail by Matt Waters Associate Editor

The people behind a plan to convert the long-abandoned Long Island Rail Road Rockaway Beach Line into a public park provided the Chronicle with an update on their ongoing efforts this week. They were accompanied by the nonprofit organization The Trust for Public Land. The entities, a partnership on the proposed Queensway, answered questions in tandem during an email correspondence. “We are actively engaging local leaders and the Mayor on Phase 1, which is a half mile in Forest Hills near existing ball fields and a school where the right away is a little wider for additional programming,” the partnership said in response to a question about the plan’s current status. “We are also discussing the area in and around Forest Park.” Rhonda Binda, executive director of the Smart Regions initiative at technology firm Venture Smarter, and a member of Friends of the QueensWay, lent her opinions as well. Binda said that funding presents the most significant obstacle to getting construction started on the project as a whole. “We would be wise to look at the private and public projects [in other cities],” she said on the phone. “We have to look at it more creatively.” She said there had been several projects in Atlanta that had sought and received pr ivate suppor t for f u ndi ng. It also worked for the High Line closer to home in Manhattan. But Binda thinks the park would not only have tangible value for residents, but also make Queens feel more like a unified borough. “Most city transportation goes east to west and not north to south,” Binda said. “Getting around Queens there’s not a lot of connectivity between neighborhoods. I live where we have the longest commute, in Jamaica Estates.” She added that the QueensWay project offers an obvious solution to these trans-

The QueensWay project has received more backing than other ideas for the discontinued Rockaway Beach Rail Line. The group Friends of the FILE PHOTO QueensWay is expressing optimism about a test pilot version of the park being developed soon. portation issues through connecting subway stations. The Queensway website says commuters could save 15 to 20 minutes each way to destinations like Midtown and Downtown Brooklyn. So what is the biggest obstacle to the park work beginning? “Securing the capital funds to build the park,” the partnership responded. “We have seen extraordinary public investment in parks all over the City, including hundreds of millions being spent in Manhattan and in Brooklyn, but very little in central Queens. Hopefully, even though we may not have the wealth of the communities in those other locations, our turn is coming,” the partnership said. The partnership also argued that Forest Park is underutilized due to being surrounded by busy roadways, necessitating

more options for residents. It was asked whether serving the direct community or attracting those outside the borough took precedence in its goals for the project. “The QueensWay effort was born out of the communities of Central Queens for the purpose of improving the quality of life of those living here,” the partnership said. “That will always be our highest priority.” And what if the project were finally undertaken? How long would the construction take and what would be the most significant challenge in that process? “We anticipate that the 3.5 mile QueensWay would be built in stages, as we have seen with Brooklyn Bridge Park,” the par tnership replied. “We could break ground on the first phase of the Queens

Way in a year and open that stretch in two to three years.” It also said that trees need to be culled and not planted, expediting construction on the proposed first phase. The partnership is hoping that recent investments made at Brooklyn Bridge Park and Domino Park in Williamsburg show a way forward for the QueensWay project. “Converting this blight on our community into a new park would be a phenomenal improvement and source of pride,” the partnership said. To close, the par tnership called on Mayor de Blasio to give a green light for the QueensWay. But, for now, all that plant life covering the old Rockaway Line keeps growing as it has since the trains stopped coming Q through.

Rapist sentenced for illegal re-entry to U.S. A Jackson Heights man convicted of rape and twice deported from the United States was sentenced to 57 months in prison by a federal judge last Wednesday for illegally re-entering the country, prosecutors said. Judge Sandra Feuerstein ruled that Rogelio Mendez, 38, a Mexican national who also has gone by “Rogelio MendezPuebla,” will serve the time consecutively with the 30-month sentence he got in Suffolk County court last year after pleading guilty to third-degree rape. He was working at a restaurant in

Jackson Heights man was deported twice Southa mpton, LI, when that cr i me occurred in September 2016. Mendez raped a woman at a house he shared with co-workers. He’s incarcerated for the rape now. According to the U.S. Attor ney’s Office for the Eastern District of New York, Mendez was first deported from America in 2004, after he served a twoyear prison term for illegally possessing a loaded gun in Queens.

He came back to the United States in 2005 and was deported again in 2009. Then, Mendez illegally re-entered the United States a year later. “Mendez repeatedly showed contempt for the rule of law by re-entering the United States twice after he was first deported,” U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York Richard Donoghue said in a prepared statement. “The Department of Justice has made criminal

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Michael Bentt talks boxing title, acting Raised in Cambria Heights, he won the belt then appeared in ‘Ali’ by David Russell Associate Editor


t was 25 years ago that Michael Bentt knocked out Tommy Morrison in the first round of their title fight to become the World Boxing Organization Heavyweight champion. The victory for Bentt, who was raised on 209 Street in Cambria Heights, was considered a major upset as Morrison entered the fight with a 38-1 record and 35 knockouts. Ever since Bentt began boxing he wanted to hold the title belt. “My aspirations were always to be a champion,” Bentt said. “Why else do it if not to have that goal?” He was born in the UK and came to the United States at 5 years of age. Several years later, his parents divorced. His mother moved to an apartment a few blocks away before eventually relocating to Forest Hills. Bentt attended IS 59 and Aviation High School, but didn’t enjoy being in the classroom. He would take books out of the school library and read them on the train all day. On a nice day, he would ride the No. 7 train, go to Flushing Meadows Park and read under the Unisphere. “That was so tranquil for me, man. I’d just sit there and read and just watch things,” Bentt said. “I didn’t realize it then but I was drawn to it.” Bentt, a self-described “massive Yankees fan,” would be Chris Chambliss when playing stickball with his friends in the street. His most enjoyable moment growing up came when the Yankees beat the Red Sox on the final day of the 1978 regular season to clinch the division title. “All the kids who played baseball, and loved Yankees baseball, ran out onto the block at the same time,” he said. “We hugged each other. That’s one of the sweetest moments I experienced in Queens.” As a kid, he didn’t actually like boxing. “Who likes to get hit in the head? I didn’t,” Bentt said. “It sucks, man.” Not only that, but Bentt doesn’t even consider boxing to be a sport. “It’s an activity that one either survives or you don’t,” he said. “It’s not a sport to me. We’re athletes but I don’t think it’s a sport.” Part of his interest came simply to please his father, who worked in construction. “My dad was a big boxing fan, I was trying to please dad, which I realized years later thanks to therapy,” he said, laughing. Bentt added, “I would always watch fights and think I was going to be like Muhammad Ali. Or think I want to be where he is or do what he does or have people like me like he does.” He trained at the New Bed-Stuy Boxing Center, which also produced future heavyweight champion Riddick Bowe and gold medalist Mark Breland. Bentt’s older brother, Winston, also began boxing and is remembered for fighting Mike Tyson in the amateurs. Bentt said there is an image of street-hardened kids who fight from Brooklyn or the Bronx but he was raised middle class. “Now I will say this. Kids who box, whether they’re middle class or not, for the most part I think you probably had a really, really [messed] up dysfunctional relationship with your father,” he said. Bentt says his father was narcissistic and horrible to deal with, and compared him to Idi Amin. Bentt eventually became a celebrated amateur fighter, becoming New York City Police Athletic League champion. He dropped out of high school when USA Boxing sent him a letter inviting him to be on the national team. He said his father “would like nothing better than for me to be the next Muhammad Ali. So he said, ‘Yeah, drop out.’” Two weeks later he was on a plane to Colorado Springs to train with the team, then he went to compete in Sweden, Copenhagen and West Germany. “I’m like, ‘Yeah. OK. This is

Raised in Cambria Heights, Michael Bentt became heavyCOURTESY PHOTO weight champion by beating Tommy Morrison. it,’” Bentt said. He was a three-time member of the All-American National Boxing team and won a gold medal at the 1985 North American Championship. He missed out on the Olympics in 1988 though, finishing second to Ray Mercer, the eventual gold medalist. He was allowed to fight with the Jamaican team as his parents were Jamaican citizens but he would have had to relinquish his American citizenship had he gone to Seoul for the games. Bentt said missing the Olympics was “traumatizing.” He turned pro in 1989 with legendary trainer Emanuel Steward. Bentt received a sizable bonus for signing. “You would think going along with that, I’d be protected, at least in my mind, my immature mind,” he said. “I was under the illusion that I would be given 25 bums and then I would sashay into the ring with Mike Tyson because I’m Michael Bentt.” In his first pro fight, Bentt was knocked out in one round by Jerry Jones. “Everyone who was supportive of me as an amateur seemed to speak to me and look at me with disdain,” he said. In hindsight, the loss turned out to be a positive. “That was the most valuable lesson I ever learned in preparation for Tommy Morrison,” Bentt said. “It was a horrible and bitter pill to swallow but if I don’t get knocked out by Jerry Jones in 1989 in Atlantic City, I don’t beat Tommy Morrison in 1993 in Tulsa. I don’t.” He said that he’s big on losing and acknowledged that everybody loses at some point. But it was one of his most challenging periods as an adult. “I knew this was my calling,” Bentt said. “I had to do it but I was afraid of it. I didn’t want to be humiliated again.” After the Jones setback, Bentt won his next 10 fights and was given a shot against Morrison, who had co-starred with Sylvester Stallone in “Rocky V.” Morrison had won 35 of his 38 fights via knockout and had recently won a decision over George Foreman to capture the title. During sparring, light-heavyweight Arthur Williams nailed Bentt. “I’m out,” Bentt said. “All I hear is my trainer in the background saying, ‘Stop! Stop! No!’ He was telling the guy not to hit me again. Think about my mindset. It’s a month away and I’m getting hurt by a light-heavyweight. This fight with Morrison is not going to go well. But you have to act like it is going to go well.”

The fight was in Oklahoma, Morrison’s home state. And if Morrison won, there would be an $8 million payday for the champ against Lennox Lewis. Bentt says that he saw fighters as good as Morrison in the amateurs and believes he could have knocked out most of the opponents Morrison stopped. Then less than a minute into the fight, Morrison had Bentt on the ropes. “Was I concerned? That’s an understatement,” Bentt recalled. With the crowd expecting a Morrison win, Bentt stunned the champ with a right hand. After a barrage, Morrison went down. He got up but Bentt knocked him down a second time and then a third time for an automatic stoppage. Bentt was the champ. “At that level it’s all timing and luck,” Bentt said of the pros. “And what’s luck? Luck is when opportunity meets preparation.” While most of the media attention was focused on Morrison, the Oct. 29, 1993 bout was the highlight of Bentt’s professional career. And there would be no rematch. “Could I have knocked out Tommy Morrison again? Probably not,” Bentt said. “No. Of course not.” In his first title defense, Bentt was knocked out in the seventh round by Herbie Hide. Bentt went into a coma for four days and his fighting career was over at 30. He compares knowing he should no longer fight to the feeling of hearing a girl doesn’t like you for the first time. “Losing on a high-profile platform like that, that [stuff] crushes you, man,” he said. With his fighting days over, he was hired by Bert Sugar to write for his magazine “Fight Game” and contributed a number of essays. When the movie “Ali” starring Will Smith was cast, Bentt landed the role of Sonny Liston, the feared heavyweight champion of the early 1960s. “Anytime you get a chance to tell a major Hollywood star that you’re going to kick his a--, that’s a good thing,” Bentt said. “And to get paid for it.” He got the role over Ving Rhames, who congratulated Bentt and recommended he go to Liston’s grave for inspiration. Bentt says he knew some of the mechanics of an acting performance and the rest he learned from watching and “stealing” techniques. The former champ said Smith nailed him in a sparring session, but he decided against hitting him like he wanted to as pummeling the star of a blockbuster movie was likely not in his best interests. Bentt did praise Smith, as the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air received his first Academy Award nomination for his portrayal of Ali. “I don’t think that there’s any actor that would put himself through what Will Smith put himself through,” he said. Bentt added that the fight scenes were some of the most realistic for a Hollywood movie, in his biased opinion. He later had a part in “State Property 2” directed by Damon Dash, former manager of Jay-Z. Bentt says the movie is an underground classic in the hip-hop world. “If I’m on the train, it never fails, some black person will go, ‘Hey, aren’t you the guy from —.’ ‘Yeah, yeah. That’s me.’” Bentt joked that he doesn’t get recognized too often: “I’m not Denzel Washington.” After residing in Los Angeles for 15 years, Bentt moved to Atlanta, where he has lived for the last five years. “As the way of an actor’s life, you have to hustle work,” he said. “Even if there’s no work you have to find work.” The former heavyweight champion is always on the lookout for his next acting gig. “I don’t think I ever had this burning desire to be a boxer,” Q Bentt said. “I had a burning desire to be successful.”

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Last month, I convened a Committee on the Justice System hearing to discuss fair pay and resources for prosecutors and public defenders, particularly the salary disparity that pulls experienced and talented attorneys away from our justice system and into other gover n ment agencies. Our justice system depends on talented and experienced public defenders and prosecutors to ensure justice and fairness for both victims and defendants. However, district attorneys’ offices and public defenders are struggling to recruit and retain accomplished attorneys as a result of low pay, high cost-of-living and student loan debt. The disparity with attorneys who work for the city’s Law Department or in other city agencies is vast and is present essentially from an attorney’s first day on the job. And the difference only grows across the years. Therefore, it is no surprise that city agencies often have better retention rates than our prosecutors and public defenders. To highlight the significance of this issue, the city’s district attorneys and public defenders testified at our hearing together on the same panel. It was a remarkable moment: Two adversaries, known for arguing against each other in a courtroom, were unified in their belief that New York City needed to make pay parity happen — for the sake of our attorneys, and our justice system. As we heard firsthand, the situation is dire across the city. Bronx District Attorney Darcel Clark testified that 105 assistant district attorneys have left her office in the past year, and the average experience level of an ADA is only three years and eight months. Staten Island District Attorney Michael McMahon revealed that just 64 percent of ADAs in his office

have five years or less of experience. Here in Queens, the District Attorney’s Off ice noted that r e t a i n i n g A DA s w it h f ive t o 10 years of experience is a g rowing challenge. Public defenders shared compelling and meaningful stories about how the wage gap impacts their livelihoods and our justice system. The president of the Association of Legal Aid Attorneys explained that continued attrition creates a significant gap in the number of defenders who are proficient in highly specialized fields of law. Attorneys from The Legal Aid Society, Brooklyn Defender Services and Bronx Defenders spoke about how their colleagues are struggling to support their families and make ends meet, while others have already left for more lucrative opportunities or lower caseloads elsewhere. When top-tier, experienced talent leaves the criminal justice system, the quality of our justice system is impacted. What is happening now should concern us all, and spur the city to action. We need to provide prosecutors and public defenders with more resources that will close the wage gap and allow them to offer salaries that match their experience and skill level and are commensurate with the pay for attorneys at city agencies. It is well past time for the city to make pay parity a reality. We have the resources, now we must have the will to make it Q a priority. Rory Lancman is New York City Councilman for the 24th District, in central and northern Queens, Chairman of the Committee on the Justice System and a 2019 candidate for Queens District Attorney.

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Election night continued from page 2 Democratic nominee Catalina Cruz won District 39 with 88 percent of the vote. Assemblywoman Ari Espinal (D-Jackson Heights) finished with 10 percent on the Women’s Equality and Working Families party lines. Reform Party candidate Bobby Kalotee also received votes. Assemblyman Ron Kim (D-Flushing) won District 40 with 87 percent of the vote against Reform Party’s John Scandalios.

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dealt with the city’s campaign finance system. The vote will decrease the amount of money a candidate for city office can take as a campaign contribution. The measure allows candidates access to matching funds earlier. The second will create a Civic Engagement Commission. The body will focus on helping New Yorkers to come up with “recommendations for projects in their communities.” The commission will work with city agencies, civic leaders and community-based groups “to support and encourage civic engagement” and create a program that would direct interpreters to city polling sites. The third creates term limits for community members, consisting of four two-year Q terms.

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The Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committee for Asbestos, Lead, and Hazardous Waste Laborers Local Union 78 will conduct a recruitment from Wednesday, Nov. 14 through Nov. 13, 2019 for 200 skilled construction craft laborer apprentices, the state Labor Department announced last month. Applications must be picked up in person from the Mason Tenders Training Fund at 42-53 21 St. in Long Island City from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the second Wednesday of each month in the recruitment period, excluding legal holidays. For more information, applicants should contact their nearest Labor Department office or Local Union 78 at (718) 383-6863. The requirements for applicants include being at least 18 years old; having at least an eighth-grade education; living in New York City or on Long Island; having reliable transportation to get to work and classes; being able to wear personal protective equipment at all times (coveralls and respirators); and having a valid state Department of Q Motor Vehicles-issued ID.

A man has been charged in a high-profile missing person case with a Queens tie. The U.S. Attor ney’s Off ice for the Southern District of New York announced last Thursday that Ishi Woney, 23, of New York City has been charged with sex trafficking and other offenses involving the sexual exploitation of young women. The defendant, who faces five years to life in prison if convicted for the charges he’s facing, was arrested in New Jersey last Wednesday. Prosecutors allege that between September 2017 and now, Woney engaged in coercion, force and fraud to compel a woman identified as “Victim-1” to engage in sex acts in the Bronx and other places for money. He allegedly brought Victim-1 to different states, New York among them, for her to engage in prostitution. Ad d it ion a l ly, prose cut or s a c cu se Woney of buying online advertisements promoting prostitution. Some of the ads had Victim-1 and Corinna Slusser, who was last seen at the Haven Motel on Woodhaven Boulevard in Rego Park. The latter, who is 20 years old if still alive, has been missing since Sept.


20 of last year. Slusser moved to the city from the small town of Bloomsburg, Pen n. in August 2017. According to the criminal complaint filed in Manhattan federal court, Woney reserved her a room at a hotel in the Bronx known “as a location of substantial sex trafficking activity.” They met there. Between Sept. 10 and the day Slusser d i s a p p e a r e d , d o c u m e n t s s a id , s h e exchanged 802 text messages with Woney. The papers said “no later than on or about” Sept. 20, the last day the Pennsylvania native was seen, she and Woney “had a falling out” because Victim-1 “was jealous of ” the man’s relationship with Slusser. She was last seen on the same day with Woney at the Haven Motel. “As alleged, Ishi Woney engaged in a vile form of exploitation, using force and other coercion to compel young women to engage in paid sex for his enrichment,” U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York Geoffrey Berman said in a prepared statement. “We will continue to work with the FBI and NYPD to protect prospective victims of human trafficking and arrest and prosecute their predators.” Anyone with information related to Slusser’s whereabouts is urged to reach




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Amazing Lash Studio Opens in Howard Beach Amazing Lash Studio, the nation’s largest and fastest growing eyelash extension franchise beauty brand, opened a new studio in Howard Beach on Saturday, November 3, 2018. The studio is independently owned and operated by local entrepreneurs, Gina Favia-Kelly and Maria Lasala. Lasala and Favia-Kelly share that the decision to become franchise partners with Amazing Lash was an easy one. After attending Amazing Lash Studio’s Discovery Day, they were blown away by the innovation of the concept. “Having spent so many years in the beauty industry prior to joining Amazing Lash, we could see how eyelash extensions were growing in popularity, and we wanted to be on the front lines of that trend,” shares Lasala. “The concept seemed like a natural next step for us, as it enables us to build on our existing knowledge and experience in the beauty industry, and continue pursuing our passion for empowering women to feel beautiful.” Lasala and Favia-Kelly chose Amazing Lash Studio over other franchise brands because it’s a first-of-its-kind service, offering affordable, clean, and consistent lash extensions to customers throughout the nation. “What makes Amazing Lash Studio unique is its innovation and proven business model,” said Favia-Kelly. “We have also come to love the Amazing Lash family, from the supportive and organized corporate structure to the training and growth we’re able to offer to our employees.” Prior to getting involved with Amazing Lash Studio, Lasala was an entrepreneur for 18 years,

with vast experience in the beauty industry, from tanning salons to skin care and laser treatments. She also has three daughters, all of whom are following in her footsteps and working for Amazing Lash Studio. Gina Favia-Kelly has had a full career in the beauty industry including with high-end retail stores such as Macys, Lord and Taylor, and Nordstrom. Amazing Lash Studio provides clients semipermanent eyelash extensions in private lash application suites. Amazing Lash Studio has a patented application process that enables a highly trained staff of licensed estheticians and cosmetologists to complete the service in a fraction of the time required at traditional outlets. Amazing Lash Studio – Howard Beach is located at 162-38 Cross Bay Boulevard. The studio is open Monday through Saturday 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., and Sunday 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. For more information please call (917) 620-4428 or visit AmazingLashStudio.com.



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STUDENT PROFILE: SYED HUSSAIN Syed Hussain, left, is a senior at Richmond Hill High School and volunteers in the school library, under the direction of school librarian Eleanor Marchant, right. In addition to her community service in the school library, she is in the innovative virtual enterprise class, where the students learn about businesses by operating the class as if it was an actual business. She also finds time to be the team manager of the boys varsity basketball team.


NEW COLLEGE CREDITS AT RHHS For years Richmond Hill HS juniors and seniors have been able to earn college credit through the College Now program associated with CUNY’s York College. Richmond Hill teachers are certified to teach college level courses in psychology, sociology, world history, Caribbean history, Spanish, finance and medical anthropology. The students take the courses in RH HS outside of their regular day and receive an official York College transcript when they pass the courses. Now, through the efforts of social studies teacher Mr. Francis McCormack, RH HS students can register with SUNY Farmingdale State College through the University in the High School program and receive college credit for courses passed in global history, anatomy and physiology, introduction to legal studies, creative drawing, U.S. history, U.S. government honors, virtual enterprise, career and financial management and pre-calculus. These courses are also taught by certified RHHS teachers.

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October was an active month at St. Helen Catholic Academy in Howard Beach. Here are some highlights:



The students at St. Helen Catholic Academy all had the opportunity to pick and decorate their own pumpkins! The school community came together under the direction of Principal Tudda and created a pumpkin patch in their own backyard. The yard was decorated with hundreds of pumpkins, corn stalks and colorful mums. Principal Tudda said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;The event was a huge success because of our wonderful parent volunteers. Without them, this never could have happened.â&#x20AC;? Traffic along the Belt Parkway slowed down as drivers glanced over to see a pumpkin patch in the middle of Howard Beach! St. Helen families had the opportunity to ZUMBAÂŽ on Friday evening with Sheri Tudda, far right, ZUMBAÂŽ instructor. Over 100 participants filled the gym at the school. Students and parents were dancing and laughing all evening. Everyone got to eat some healthy snacks and to take home a keepsake ZUMBAÂŽ cup! A great evening was enjoyed by all.

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St. John’s kosher respite room St. John’s Episcopal Hospital, located in Far Rockaway, recently celebrated the grand opening of a new Achiezer Kosher Respite Room, which is run under the auspices of Achiezer, an organization that serves many in their times of need. The event was marked by a ceremony attended by leadership of both the hospital and Achiezer, as well as community members. The Kosher Respite Room provides families of patients a quiet space on the hospital’s first floor to visit during their times of need. The room will be restocked weekly with a selection of kosher foods and is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Rabbi Boruch Bender, president of Achiezer, as well as St. John’s CEO Gerard Walsh, made comments regarding the recent tragedy in Pittsburgh. Walsh welcomed the community to use this important resource and said it is extremely important that St. John’s serves the unique needs of all patients, including those in the Jewish community. “We are committed to continuing to serve these needs as we make further positive changes throughout the hospiQ tal,” he said.


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Kiwanis donates supplies On behalf of the Howard Beach Kiwanis Club, three members last week dropped off supplies for troops recently sent to Afghanistan. After reading an article in the Queens Chronicle, the club decided to purchase nearly all of the 15 items requested by the soldiers including socks, toiletries, baby wipes, tea bags, razors and Clif bars. Army 1st Lt. Frank Lezamiz, son of Howard Beach doctor Joe Lezamiz and his wife, Debbie, is part of the 10th Mountain Divi-

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sion recently deployed to Bagram, Afghanistan for nine months. Dr. Lezamiz, Limitless Fitness and the Queens Chronicle were all used as distribution locations for the supply drive. Enough items were donated to fill a container which will soon be sent to Afghanistan. Delivering the eight cartons are club President and retired Brigadier Gen. Pat Alesia, left, past club President Danny Golom and club Secretary Dino Bono.

The Matinecock Nation will hold a special burial ceremony at Zion Episcopal Church in Douglaston at 4 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 10 to mark the long-awaited homecoming of remains from the tribe that were repatriated by the Museum of Arts and Sciences in Florida. Chief Harry Wallace of the Unkechaug Nation of Long Island, on behalf of the Matinecock Nation, successfully presented an argument to the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act review committee made by the Florida Department of State showing direct affiliation between the remains and those of the tribe. The Douglaston and Little Neck Historical Society is gathering the community in a show of support to the Matinecock Nation. Cress Florist in Douglaston donated the burial flowers; Shaffer Funeral Home in Little Neck offered a beautifully engraved burial container for the event. Members of the Unkechaug and Matinecock Nations as well as native members of other First Nation communities will preside over the burial ceremony. Zion Episcopal Church sits at 243-01 Q Northern Blvd.

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Man sells 23 guns to undercover cop: DA A Flint, Mich. man has been arrested for allegedly selling 23 illegal guns to an undercover detective between July and October of this year. Justin McNeil, 28, has been charged with first-degree criminal sale of a firearm and third-degree criminal possession of a weapon, according to a joint statement issued Oct. 31 by Queens District Attorney Richard Brown and NYPD Commissioner James O’Neill. Brown’s office said six of the guns were modified to make them assault weapons, and that several had defaced serial numbers. “The heinous shooting at a synagogue in Pittsburgh, Pa., is more than enough evidence of how assault weapons can devastate a community,” Brown said. “The defendant charged in this case transported illegal weapons from another state and brought them into Queens County. Many of the firearms had been modified to make them even deadlier.” According to the police complaint, some of the pistols qualified for assault weapon status because they had characteristics such as the ability to accept a detachable magazine and a threaded barrel that could

accept a barrel extender and flash suppressor. One rifle could accept a detachable magazine and had a folding or telescopic stock, a pistol grip and a flash suppressor. “There are some disturbing truths in this day and age: Illegal guns proliferate and circulate in higher-crime neighborhoods that still need our help,” O’Neill said. “And, everyday, New York City police officers perform incredibly dangerous work to prevent them from getting into criminals’ hands — and from adding to the shooting and homicide tallies.” Brown said the undercover officer met with McNeil on eight occasions, the first on July 3 on 168th Street in Jamaica. The detective on that day allegedly bought a Romarm/Cugir Draco .762 pistol and a Taurus .38-caliber revolver for $2,600. Other buys yielded 20 more handguns, several with their serial numbers scratched off, and one rifle. McNeil was arraigned Oct. 30 before Queens Criminal Court Judge Frances Wang and held without bail. He is due in court on Nov. 13 and faces up to 25 years Q in prison if convicted on all charges. — Michael Gannon

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This year’s motorcade marking Diwali, the Hindu festival of lights, rolled down Liberty Avenue in Richmond Hill last Saturday night, preceded and followed by celebrations. At top left, Sri Durga Mandir, a Brooklyn temple, won second place for its float; while Vishnu, holding a conch shell, is one of the three fundamental dieties of Hinduism. At center left, a marcher in costume as Brahma, the god of creation; a woman getting some help with the headress; and below her,

a girl dressed as Diwali’s patron goddess, Lakshmi; and a man covered in blue to represent Vishnu, with a woman. Above, a bonfire fed with spoonfuls of ghee; and Lakshmee Singh and Vanita Jagnaraine, with members of the Desai Society, an NYPD group for South Asian officers. At right, the drum corps is an essential part to the day’s marching festivities; and more participants in the parade, which does not begin until sunset.

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Company in negotiations with city to bring major offices to Queens by David Russell Associate Editor

According to reports, Amazon is nearing a deal to move to Long Island City. The online retail giant has its main headquarters in Seattle and looked at 238 proposals for HQ2, which was narrowed down to 20, including Atlanta, Boston, Chicago and Los Angeles. The second HQ is expected to create 50,000 jobs. HQ2 might be split into two, as 25,000 employees would be in LIC and 25,000 more would be at a location in Virginia. An article in The New York Times said company executives met with Gov. Cuomo in his Manhattan office two weeks ago. The governor, who believes Amazon would provide an economic boost, was later quoted as saying, “I’ll change my name to Amazon Cuomo if that’s what it takes.” He also joked that he would rename Long Island City’s Newtown Creek the “Amazon River.” There is the question of how the company would fit into the area, in terms of population and transportation. Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer (D-Sunnyside) has reservations about the situation. “HQ2 has to work for Queens, not just Amazon,” Van Bramer said in a statement.

Gov. Cuomo is trying to bring Amazon’s second headquarters to Long Island City. While there is the hope of economic prosperity, some wonder if the infrastructure would be able to handle FILE PHOTO 25,000 incoming employees. “We already have an infrastructure deficit in LIC. We must ask how such a complex would impact the people who live in the surrounding neighborhoods. This isn’t a done deal. The local community must be heard here.” In late October, days before the reports about Amazon, Mayor de Blasio announced the city would invest $180 million in Long

Island City with a strategy targeting jobs, housing and transportation, along with other needs in the area. De Blasio did tell reporters, “The city is not providing subsidies, we do not believe in subsidies to corporations for retention or to attract corporations.” Last year de Blasio wrote to Amazon

CEO Jeff Bezos saying, “The brightest minds and innovators want to live in New York. The people who live and come here experience a quality of life unlike anywhere else, from our incomparable public spaces and cultural institutions to our dynamic neighborhoods.” As New York came under consideration, elected officials from the five boroughs signed a letter noting the positive points of the city. The signers included Van Bramer, state Sen. Michael Gianaris (D-Astoria), Assemblywoman Cathy Nolan (D-Long Isla nd Cit y), Rep. Ca roly n Maloney (D-Manhattan, Queens, Brooklyn) and Borough President Melinda Katz. In October 2017, Court Square Civic Association President Pedro Gomez told the Chronicle, “I think it’s great news for Queens overall. The opportunity for work in the borough is a good one for the people of Long Island City and even beyond our neighborhood.” Gomez did add that the subway will need to be improved if the borough was selected. “The system is getting overburdened,” he said. “Transportation as a whole is going to be burdened by this ... it’s definitely something that needs to be looked at.” Amazon and the Borough President’s Office declined to comment for this story. Q


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The Queens Veterans Day Parade honoring the men and women who have served our country was held last Sunday, beginning on 80th Street along Metropolitan Avenue in Middle Village and concluding with a ceremony at Christ the King Regional High School. On the sunny afternoon, the parade drew crowds and included, clockwise from top right, Grand Marshal Sgt. Gerard Opitz; James Antongiovanni and his

1935 Ford; a World War II veteran waving his flag; Major General Troy Kok of the 99th Readiness Division showing the way; Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 7335 in Glendale; Cub Scout Pack 106; Vietnam Veterans of America including Russ Feddern, Jay Marksheid, Doug Williams and Paul Feddern; flag bearers from the Coastal Patrol Cadet Corps; and Girl Scout Troop 4140. In the center, a vintage jeep rolls down the street as the throng enjoys the parade.

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The Rego Park Jewish Center will hold a singles social and dance in its Crystal Ballroom on Sunday, Nov. 18 from 2 to 6 p.m. Music will be provided by DJ Andrew Forman and refreshments will be served. The cost is $10 per person and the center is located at 97-30 Queens Blvd. For more informaQ tion call (718) 459-1000.

Clarification The Nov. 1 story “Hindu priest blazing a trail in Richmond Hill” did not mention that another woman, Gomati Jadonath, also served as a priest at the Shri Lakshmi Narayan Mandir, though not in the full capacity that the subject of the article, Varanu Sahabir, does now. We regret the Q omission.



Vaughn student lands international honors Rebecca Petraglia of Astoria, a junior at the end of the apprenticeship, she was Vaughn College, has been named the offered a job by JetBlue as a technician. She is now working there and studying recipient of a $5,000 2018 International Aviation Women’s Association scholarship. full-time at Vaughn College, majoring in aviation maintenance She and four other female colmanagement. lege st udents recently “I chose t h is deg r e e received the award at the because I want to be able to IAWA’s 30th annual conferimprove how airlines operate ence in Memphis, Tenn. their maintenance program,” Born in Rio de Janeiro, she said. “This degree is the Brazil, Rebecca moved to foundation for the underNew York in 2010. She standing of that and how to enrolled in Aviation High safely manage manpower and School since she has always get the tasks accomplished.” had an interest in airplanes Petraglia hopes to become and flying. a United States Air Force “Airports were always fasmaintenance officer to learn a cinating but working in aviaRebecca Petraglia tion was always just a dream,” PHOTO COURTESY different side of aviation and she said in a statement issued VAUGHN COLLEGE is a contracted cadet at the Air Force ROTC, being by the school. After high school, she was hired by Envoy Air and trained to become a leader. Her goal is to be awarded a commission started working on its ERJ-145s and CRJ700s, her first introduction to mainte- in the U.S. Air Force, where she plans to nance operations. Months after, she was stay for 20 years, later joining the reserves hired by JetBlue for its Maintenance and working at a civilian airline company. Apprentice Program, where she trained She is also contemplating getting a masQ with highly knowledgeable mechanics. At ter’s degree, maybe an MBA.

Veterans breakfast Cou ncilman Donovan R ichards (D-Laurelton) will host his fifth annual Veterans Appreciation Breakfast from 10 to 11: 30 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 17 at American Legion Post 483, located at 240-08 135 Ave. in Rosedale. Seating is limited, and those planning to attend are asked to RSVP by Nov. 15 by calling (718) 471-7014, or by sending an email to jluina@council. Q nyc.gov.

Men’s Day services The First Presbyterian Church of Springfield Gardens will host its annual Men’s Day celebration and worship service beginning at 11 a.m. on Sunday, Nov. 18. Guests will include U.S. Rep. Gregory Meeks (D-Queens, Nassau) and the Hon. Howard Lane, retired state Supreme Court justice. All are welcome to attend. The church is located at the intersection of 137th Avenue and Springfield Boulevard in Q Springfield Gardens.

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Alba’s: true fine dining by Lloyd Carroll qboro contributor

Alba Pizzeria & Ristorante has been serving the community since 1962. If you have only passed it while driving or walking, you might think it is just a neighborhood pizzeria in Briarwood. What you wouldn’t realize is that just behind the grab-a-slice front part of the restaurant is a sizable fine dining area. Sicily native Giacomo “Jack” Virdone has owned Alba for the last 40 years. “I make sure that we only serve the best quality of beef, chicken and fish, and I make sure that we have the best ingredients as well,” he told me. Now it would be understandable to think every restaurant owner makes that claim. Very few, however, can say they catered for a papal visit, but that was the case when Virdone was chosen to be a food provider for Pope Benedict XVI when he visited New York City in 2008. Virdone takes pride in being an old-school restaurateur. When I asked him if he has made any changes such as adding glutenfree items to his menu he chuckled and said that people can go elsewhere if that’s what they’re looking for, and added that he hasn’t

changed a single recipe in the whole time that he has been in charge. It should be noted that you can eat very healthy at Alba as there are many salad, vegetable and fish options, including its tasty salmon which is high in omega-3 content. Just as singers or composers are reticent to name their favorite tune, so is Virdone when it comes to naming his top-rated menu item. After some prodding he confessed to me that it’s the chicken francese. Needless to say I made it a point to order it. I would be less than candid if I did not admit some hesitation because we’ve all had dry and tough chicken cutlets. Happily that was not the case here as the chicken pieces were, as Barbra Streisand might say, soft like “buttah,” and the white wine and lemon sauce was perfectly blended so it added to the taste without overpowering the entree. There are plenty of appetizer choices but I highly recommend what Virdone calls “Shrimp Sinatra” — giant broiled shrimp drenched in homemade tomato sauce. You can’t dine in Briarwood without thinking of the Flagship Diner, which closed three months ago. Virdone understands why people are upset about that and wants

The dining room at Alba Pizzeria and Ristorante in Briarwood. PHOTO BY DAVID RUSSELL Chronicle readers to know that his staff can make almost any dish even if it’s not listed on the menu. “We also own our property so we are going to be around for a long time,” he told me in order to reassure anyone who is weary of all of the recent eatery closings. A good example of a nontraditional entree for an Italian restaurant is Alba’s grilled ribeye steak. If you are someone who only orders steak at steakhouses such as Ruth’s Chris, Morton’s or Peter Luger, let me assure you that Alba’s won’t let you down. The prices for the quality of cuisine that

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you get at Alba Ristorante are extremely reasonable. If you are enthralled by exceptional value, then take advantage of its $10.95 Monday through Wednesday dinner special on designated chicken and pasta dishes with salad, dessert and coffee or tea. Another terrific deal is the Thursday and Friday $9.95 lunch buffet, which runs from noon to 3 p.m. The selections vary but on the day I visited Alba there were trays of pepper steak, roast chicken, calamari, clams, steamed vegetables and penne pasta with vodka sauce. If you can’t get to Alba for lunch there is a Thursday evening $18.95 dinner buffet and following it couples can dance to live music. There is also dancing to live music on Saturday nights, while on Friday nights you can bust your best moves to music spun by the house DJ. No meal is complete without enjoying one of Alba’s mouthwatering desserts such as its creamy cheesecake or tiramisu. Being passionate about pizza is in the DNA of most New Yorkers. Which establishment serves the best is the source of endless debates in this town. I will only say that the slice that I enjoyed at Alba was the best one I’ve had in a very long time. Alba Pizzeria & Ristorante is located at 137-65 Queens Blvd. and the phone number Q is (718) 291-1620.

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That Scottish slay The murderous madness of Macbeth lives on this weekend

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This was a wise choice on multiple levels: The need for elaborate set construction was eliminated (the minimal design ef for t s are the handiwork of Rosemary Favia) and, more importantly, the surroundings are ideally suited to the material. Under the knowing directorial hand of Louise Guinther, the cast brings this difficult work to vibrant life, imbuing it with a sense of urgency and more than a few moments of suspense. In the mammoth title role, Andrew Dinan, a fixture with the Players, proves, once again, his intelligence as an actor, delivering his powerful lines with understanding and conviction, but remaining equally ef fec tive in the quieter moments, revealing much via a look or the twitch-

ing of his fingers. His Macbeth becomes a man who can’t bear the psychological consequences of his actions. He is paired with Lauren Snyder who, as his wife, Lady Macbeth, makes clear a thirst for power, later falling victim to feelings of guilt, leading to her descent into madness. Jim Chamberlain, another Gingerbread mainstay, is Macduf f, a Scot tish nobleman who ultimately leads a crusade to overthrow Macbeth. He is particularly memorable in a late scene in which he receives tragic personal news. He and young Alexander Inagamov, a standout a s Malcolm, elder son of the late King Duncan, share another of the show’s dramatic high points. continued on page 35

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Ambition. Murder. Madness. They are three of the main ingredients in W i l l i a m S h a ke s p e a re’s m a s t e r f u l t r a ge d y “Macbeth,” being given a thrilling environmental rendering by The Gingerbread Players in Forest Hills, but only twice more. The site of the troupe’s performance has been shifted, to tremendous effect. Instead of being played out on the small stage in the church auditorium, as is the Gingerbread custom, the action in what is often called “The Scottish Play” takes place in the actual sanctuary, built nearly 100 years ago in 13th-century Gothic style.

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“Gingerbread Lane 2018,” the new edition of the world’s largest gingerbread village, with every single element edible, created by Queens chef Jon Lovitch. Sat., Nov. 10-Mon., Jan. 21, New York Hall of Science, 47-01 111 St., Corona. Free with admission: $16; $13 seniors, kids, students with ID. Info: (718) 699-0005, nysci.org.

Armistice Day Concert, celebrating the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I, with chamber music performers Schola Sine Nomine. Sat., Nov. 10, 7 p.m., Maple Grove Cemetery Celebration Hall, 127-15 Kew Gardens Road, Kew Gardens. Free with RSVP; $5 walk-ins. Info: (347) 878-6614, friendsofmaplegrove.org.

“Sowing Memories & In your wildest dreams,” with sewn works inspired by traditional fabric handicrafts and surrealist paintings, available for sale. Thu., Nov. 8 (opening night event 6-8 p.m.)Sun., Dec. 30, The Local NY, 13-02 44 Ave., Long Island City. Free. Info: (917) 923-9902, hitomimatsui.com, kennethburris.com.


“From the Desert to the City: The Journey of Late Ancient Textiles,” with decorative cloths from 3rd- to 7th-century Egypt, Coptic pieces and contemporary works inspired by them. Thru Thu., Dec. 13, Godwin-Ternbach Museum, at Queens College, 65-30 Kissena Blvd., Flushing. Free. Info: (718) 997-4747, gtmuseum.org. “Complicated Territory,” with works in various media by three artists taking a contemporary look at traditionally female subjects and forms such as interiors, domesticity, florals and handicraft. Thru Sun., Dec. 16, Dorsky Gallery Curatorial Programs, 11-03 45 Ave., Long Island City. Free. Info/RSVP for discussion: (718) 937-6317, dorsky.org. “Soundless Landscapes,” with colorful nature paintings by Berges Alvarez, created with recycled manmade materials. Thru end of Dec., Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge Center, 175-10 Cross Bay Blvd., Broad Channel. Free. Info: (718) 318-4340, charles_markis@nps.gov.

Kristallnacht commemoration, with candlelighting ceremony, music, keynote address and more, marking the 80th anniversary of the Nov. 1938 pogrom against Jews in Nazi Germany. Sun., Nov. 11, 2 p.m., Queens College Goldstein Theatre, 65-30 Kissena Blvd., Flushing. Free. Info: (718) 793-8080, qc.cuny.edu.

Titan Theatre Co.’s production of Shakespeare’s “The Tempest,” whose stars include Brandon A. Wright and Ann Flanigan, above, as Ferdinand and Miranda, continues its run at Queens Theatre through Sunday. See Theatre. PHOTO BY MICHAEL PAULEY

THEATRE “The King and I,” the hit Rodgers and Hammerstein musical loosely based on the true-life relationship between a young British teacher and the king of Siam in the 1860s, by Theatre By the Bay. Sat., Nov. 10, 8 p.m.; Sun., Nov. 11, 3 p.m., Bay Terrace Garden Jewish Center, 1300 209 St., Bayside. $22; $20 seniors over 61; kids under 13; $2 more at the door. Info: (718) 428-6363, theatrebythebayny.com.

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“Domingo Carrasco: Themes & Variations,” with paintings and works on paper by the Queens native that celebrate line, color and classical forms, attempting to idealize the human spirit. Thru the end of Dec., QED, 27-16 23 Ave., Astoria. Free. Info: (347) 451-3873, qedastoria.com. “Roadside Attraction,” with marvels and oddities including trade signs, decorative art objects and more that capture the American fascination with the open road, from the 18th thru late 19th centuries. Thru Thu., Jan. 3., American Folk Art Museum’s Self-Taught Genius Gallery, 47-29 32 Place, Long Island City. Free. Info: (212) 5959533, folkartmuseum.org. “A Whole Different Ball Game: Playing Through 60 Years of Sports Video Games,” with more than 30 playable games from 1958, when the first, Tennis for Two debuted, through today, with consideration of various elements of sports gaming. Thru Sun., March 10, 2019, Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35 Ave., Astoria. $15; $11 seniors, students; $9 kids 3-17; includes full museum admission. Info: (718) 777-6888, movingimage.us.

“The Tempest,” Shakespeare’s tale of magic, illusion, love and power set on an exiled wizard’s island, by the Titan Theatre Co. Thu.-Sat., Nov. 8-10, 7:30 p.m.; Sun., Nov. 11, 4 p.m., Queens Theatre, 14 United Nations Ave. S., Flushing Meadows Corona Park. $20. Info: (718) 7600064, queenstheatre.org. “Macbeth,” Shakespeare’s timeless, tragic tale of ambition, murder and madness in the pursuit of tyrannical power, by the Gingerbread Players. Sat.-Sun., Nov. 10-11, 2:30 p.m., St. Luke’s Church, 85 Greenway S., Forest Hills. $15; $12 each for groups of six or more. Info: (718) 268-7772, gingerbreadplayers.org. “Frida Libre,” with the actress Flora Martinez presenting her vision of the life and works of influential Latin American artist Frida Kahlo. Thu., Nov. 8-Sun., Nov. 18, varying times (some shows in English, some in Spanish), Queens Theatre, 14 United Nations Ave. S., Flushing Meadows Corona Park. $20-$42. Info: (718) 760-0064, queenstheatre.org.

Timeless Kunqu, Timeless Love, a traditional Chinese theater performance blending poetry, music and story, with subtitles in English. Sun., Nov. 11, 1:30 p.m., Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd. $16; $10 students; free teens. Info: (718) 463-7700, flushingtownhall.org. COURTESY PHOTO “The Babylon Line,” a drama set in 1967 Levittown, LI, about a creative writing teacher who reverse commutes on the LIRR and his adult education students, by the Douglaston Community Theatre. Fri.-Sat., Nov. 9-10 and 16-17, 8 p.m.; Sun., Nov. 11, Sat., Nov. 17, 2 p.m., Zion Episcopal Church, Church St. off Douglaston Pkwy., 243-01 Northern Blvd. $19; $17 seniors, students. Info: (718) 4823332, dctonline.org.

“Seussical,” the musical based on the stories and characters of Dr. Seuss, including The Cat in the Hat, Amanda Montoni, and Horton the Elephant, by Royal Star Theatre. Fri., Nov. 9, 8 p.m.; Sat.Sun., Nov. 10-11, 3 p.m.; Immaculate Conception Church, 179-14 Dalny Road, Jamaica Estates. $20; $17 seniors over 64, kids under 13; $2 more at door. Info: (610) 322-8498, royalstartheatre.org. “Ugly,” the world premiere of a musical inspired by Oscar Wilde’s “The Birthday of the Infanta,” by The Bayswater Players. Thu., Nov. 8, 7 p.m.; Sat., Nov. 10, 17 and Dec. 1, 8 p.m.; Sun., Nov. 11, 18 and Dec. 2, 7 p.m., Bayswater Theatre, 2355 Healy Ave., Far Rockaway. $25. Info: Michael, (718) 2089687, thebayswaterplayers.org.

Wildlife Weekend, with up-close looks at frogs, insects and other small animals, hayrides, pony rides, goat feeding and more. Sat.-Sun., Nov. 10-11, 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Queens County Farm Museum, 73-50 Little Neck Pkwy., Floral Park. $9. Info: (718) 347-3276, queensfarm.org. The Queens Ministry Flea Market and Fall Festival, with household items and more for sale and fun for the whole family. Sat., Nov. 10, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., 220-20 94 Drive, Queens Village. Info: (718) 305-1329.


“Superman,” the 1978 sci-fi adventure starring Christopher Reeve, Margot Kidder and Gene Hackman about the man from Krypton sent to Earth as an infant, who becomes a news reporter, part of Family Matinee series. Sat.-Mon., Nov. 10-12, 11 a.m., Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35 Ave., Astoria. $15; $11 seniors, students; $9 kids 3-17; includes museum admission. Info: (718) 7776888, movingimage.us. WARNER BROS.

“True Honor: Jewish War Heroes,” the 2016 documentary paying tribute to the 17 American Jewish servicemen who earned the Medal of Honor, including a Holocaust survivor who enlisted in the Army as thanks to America. Sun., Nov. 11, 10 a.m., Temple Israel of Lawrence, 140 Central Ave., Lawrence, LI. Free. Info/RSVP (requested): (516) 239-1140, alan.freedman@tilny.org. continued on page 36

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From the peppy opening number to the rousing curtain call finale, energy abounds throughout the Royal Star Theatre of Immaculate Conception Church production of “Seussical,” running one more weekend in Jamaica. Based on “Horton Hears a Who!” and other stories by the beloved Dr. Seuss, the musical by Stephen Flaherty and Lynn Ahrens is a tale, mostly sung-through, told in interconnected episodes, about the power of imagination, and about being

‘Seussical’ When: Fri., Nov. 9, 8 p.m.; Sat.-Sun., Nov. 10-11, 3 p.m. Where: The Immaculate Conception Catholic Academy Auditorium, 179-14 Dalny Road, Jamaica Tickets: $20 advance; $17 seniors, kids under 12; $2 more at door. (610) 322-8498, royalstartheatre.org

kind, and about doing what’s right. Its guiding mantra is “a person’s a person no matter how small.” To fully appreciate a performance, prior familiarity with the original stories and characters is recommended. The show, which enjoyed a lengthy Broadway run in the early 2000’s, features many Seuss favorites, including The Cat in the Hat, who remains at center stage much of the playing time. Brought to life — charming and animated life — by Amanda Montoni, The Cat serves as a narrator/guide, tying together the various story lines. Montoni is the anchor of this production, appearing in a variety of guises, singing in a brassy voice, and even tap dancing when the need arises. But she is not the only talent in this large, multigenerational company. In fact, half a dozen of her fellow performers are known in community theater circles for their Mermanesque vocal abilities. Among those with opportunities to stand out are Jessica Lausell, who brings an overload of personality to the vivacious but lazy creature known as Mayzie La Bird; Monica Maddock as Ger trude

The cast of “Seussical” takes a bow after a performance last weekend. McFuzz, a shy bird who falls in love with a member of a different species; Dena Civello, as the ill-mannered Sour Kangaroo; and pint-sized Gabriella Almonte, a young girl with a big voice who makes her RST debut as JoJo, a misunderstood child with a vivid imagination. Dany Stravino is a compassionate Horton the Elephant, and, despite a case of laryngitis at last Saturday’s opening night, he gave his all to the performance.

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Also making impressions were Louis DiBono and Loramarie Muratore, as the Mayor of Whoville and his wife; Anne Marie Cahill, Colette Alfonso and Danielle Fleming as a Greek chorus-type trio known as the Bird Girls; and Tara Mangione, Matthew Frenzel and Jonathan Mora, who brought athleticism to their dancing roles as the Wickersham Brothers, a group of delinquent monkeys. continued on page 37

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Less than two years after Richard Greenberg’s intriguing play, “The Babylon Line,” made its debut at Lincoln Center, it has pulled into Douglaston Community Theatre, where it runs through Nov. 17. The play’s opening line, “The End,” is uttered by its 86-year-old leading character, Aaron Port (John Carrozza), a failed writer who, in need of money, once took a job teaching an adult education creative writing course on Long Island. It is around that experience that the play revolves, reverting to 1967, and various other times, switching back and forth from present to past and even into the future. That’s what this play does — it plays around with time, with memory, and, as suggested by its first words, endings. It also offers insight, or at least food for thought, on what it means to be a writer, loss and longing — and the uncertainties of life. All of this is brought about as the six students in the class put pen to paper, telling stories that grow increasingly revealing as the play progresses. Under the astute direction of Linda Hanson, the cast has melded into a true ensemble, When: Fri.-Sat., Nov. 9-10, 16 and 17, 8 p.m.; with most members in multiple Sun., Nov. 11 and Sat., Nov. 17, 2 p.m. roles. Where: Zion Episcopal Church Parish Hall, Carrozza has the unenviable Church Street off Douglaston Parkway task of playing a single charac(243-01 Northern Blvd.), Douglaston ter — a rather unsympathetic Tickets: $19; $17 seniors and students. one, at that — at different ages, (718) 482-3332, dctonline.org on top of which he is repeatedly called upon to break the fourth

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The play’s renowned trio of witches, who set the action in motion as they take delight in toying with Macbeth, sharing a glimpse into the future that ultimately leads to his destruction, are played to the hilt by Joanna Friedman, Suzanne Schick and Debbie Smith. They are definite scene stealers. Bernie Bosio makes for an appropriately noble Banquo, an army captain whose ghost appears to haunt Macbeth; Bill Logan is effective as the benevolent Duncan, King of Scotland; and Nick Cuttonaro, in an extended cameo as a drunken porter, brings much levity to the proceedings. Kudos, too, to the multiple youngsters in

‘Macbeth’ When: Sat.-Sun., Nov. 10-11, 2:30 p.m. Where: St. Luke’s Church, 85 Greenway South, Forest Hills Tickets: $15; $12 each for groups of six or more. (718) 268-7772, gingerbreadplayers.org

the cast, who, for the most part, remain in character, taking their responsibilities seriously. How exciting to hear the words of The Bard pouring out of the mouths of babes! Will Kaplan, a sixth-grader, was particularly good as the elder son of Macduff. The actors’ use of various entrances around the sanctuary brings the audience into the action. On occasion, one addresses the spectators directly — a nice touch. The presentation is aided a great deal by the costuming (Joanna Friedman) and lighting (Jean Tessier and Stanford Vogel), the latter most effective when focused on those witches. There were a few minor drawbacks at

The witches, far left, set events in motion in “Macbeth.” Malcolm, above left, son of murdered King Duncan, and Macduff contemplate future action against Macbeth; while Lady Macbeth guiltily imagines her hands bloodied following a series of murders. On the cover: Macbeth in one of his increasingly bloodthirsty moments. PHOTOS BY MARK LORD last Sunday’s matinee performance. Actors were occasionally tentative in their line deliveries, as if still searching for their words. Some sound effects (designed by Robert Lin), while apropos, were often cut abruptly. And there were several missed sound and lighting cues.

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The bell tolls for most Queens vollie fire companies by Ron Marzlock Chronicle Contributor

In the 19th century the small community of Flushing was protected by a group of allvolunteer fire departments. They were Mutual Engine 1, Young America Engine 2, Young America Engine Hose 2, Empire Hose 1, Flushing Hose 3, Rescue Ladder 1 and Murray Hill Hose 4, seen here, which opened on April 20, 1894. All these departments were on call to keep the tightknit community safe at any time, all before the days of the automobile. But with the consolidation of the five boroughs as the Greater City of New York, these departments’ days were numbered. The mayor wanted to end the volunteer force in favor of a paid professional fire department. Suddenly on Dec. 1, 1908 Murray Hill Hose 4 and the six other volunteer companies in Flushing were closed. Neighboring Bayside did not comply and continued to operate its volunteer fire depar tment on Bell Boulevard until November 1924. The last volunteer fire department to close its doors in Queens was in Douglaston, Hose No. 1 on Doug-

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Murray Hill Hose and Company No. 4, 337 Madison Ave. (today 41st Avenue), Flushing, summer 1905. laston Parkway, which was shut down forever on Nov. 30, 1929. Today Queens volunteer fire companies survive in West Hamilton Beach and Broad Channel. Memorabilia from the old departments are highly sought after by collectors. They honor the men who unselfishly gave their time and risked their lives to protect their Q community without pay.

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continued from page 33 But everyone in the large cast seemed to be having a great time. And, at the end of the show, which encompasses nearly three dozen musical numbers, they looked like they could have done it all over again. Director Maryellen Pierce has created an appropriately cartoon-like atmosphere, with everything from the performances to the backdrops contributing to the unity of the production. Pierce also served as co-choreographer with Gabriella Marchese, keeping the performers in nearly constant motion and devising some clever movements

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Notice of Qualification of 5155 47TH ST, LLC, Appl. for Auth. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 09/25/18. Office location: Queens County. LLC formed in Delaware (DE) on 07/12/18. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to c/o Corporation Service Co., 80 State St., Albany, NY 12207-2543. DE addr. of LLC: 217 Karins Blvd., Townsend, DE 19734. Cert. of Form. filed with Secy. of State, 401 Federal St., Ste. 4, Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: Any lawful activity.

ANGEL LIGHT HOUSES LLC. Arts. of Org. filed with the SSNY on 10/15/18. Office: Queens County. SSNY designated as agent of the LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to the LLC, 94-14 121st Street, Richmond Hill, NY 11419. Purpose: Any lawful purpose.

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NOTICE OF SALE SUPREME COURT COUNTY OF QUEENS HSBC BANK, USA, NATIONAL ASSOCIATION, AS TRUSTEE FOR WFHET 2006-2, Plaintiff AGAINST JASBIR BHATIA, et al., Defendant(s) Pursuant to a Judgment of Foreclosure and Sale duly dated July 17, 2018 I, the undersigned Referee will sell at public auction at the Queens County Courthouse in Courtroom # 25, 88-11 Sutphin Boulevard, Jamaica, New York, on November 16, 2018 at 10:00AM, premises known as 94-29 109TH STREET, JAMAICA, NY 11419. All that certain plot piece or parcel of land, with the buildings and improvements erected, situate, lying and being in the Borough and County of Queens, City and State of New York, BLOCK 9393, LOT 32. Approximate amount of judgment $691,633.86 plus interest and costs. Premises will be sold subject to provisions of filed Judgment for Index# 27843/06. HELEN P. EICHLER, ESQ., Referee ,Gross Polowy, LLC, Attorney for Plaintiff, 1775 Wehrle Drive, Suite 100, Williamsville, NY 14221 57858

Notice of Formation of Erick J. Espinoza, LLC Articles of Organization were filed with the Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 07/23/2018. Office location: Queens County. SSNY has been designated as agent of the LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail a copy of process to: ERICK J. ESPINOZA, 48-14 41ST STREET, APT 1R, SUNNYSIDE, NY 11104. Purpose: For any lawful purpose.

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NOTICE OF SALE SUPREME COURT COUNTY OF QUEENS, W EL L S FA RGO B A NK , N. A ., Plaintif f AG A INST DAW N W ISNIE W SK I, et al., Defendant(s) Pursuant to a Judgment of Foreclosure and Sale duly dated June 21, 2018 I, the undersigned Referee will sell at public auction at the Queens County Courthouse in Courtroom # 25, 88-11 Sutphin Boulevard, Jamaica, New York, on November 16, 2018 at 10:00AM, premises known as 40-01 ROCKAWAY BEACH BOULEVARD, FAR ROCKAWAY, NY 11691-1423. All that certain plot piece or parcel of land, with the buildings and improvements erected, situate, lying and being in the Borough and County of Queens, City and State of New York, BLOCK 15849, LOT 22. Approximate amount of judgment $136,237.12 plus interest and costs. Premises will be sold subject to provisions of filed Judgment for Index # 710050/2014. Gregory J. Newman, Esq., Referee, Gross Polowy, LLC Attorney for Plaintiff 1775 Wehrle Drive, Suite 100, Williamsville, NY 14221 58056

EVOLVE DESIGN GROUP, LLC Articles of Org. filed NY Sec. of State (SSNY) 8/03/18. Office in Queens Co. SSNY design. Agent of LLC upon whom process may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to The LLC 146 Beach 9th ST #8E Far Rockaway, NY 11691. Purpose: Any lawful activity. Notice of Formation of FRANKLIN LIRANZO PHOTOGRAPHY LLC Articles of Organization were filed with the Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 08/23/2018. Office location: Queens County. SSNY has been designated as agent of the LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail a copy of process to: LEGALINC CORPORATE SERVICES INC., 1967 WEHRLE DRIVE, SUITE 1-086, BUFFALO, NY 14221 Purpose: For any lawful purpose. GAVIN YARD DESIGN LLC. Arts. of Org. filed with the SSNY on 08/20/18. Office: Queens County. SSNY designated as agent of the LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to Gavin Yard Design LLC, 45-11 23rd Avenue, Astoria, NY 11105. Purpose: Any lawful purpose. Notice of Qualification of Hi-Rise Elevator Inspections LLC. Authority filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 10/25/18. Office location: Queens County. LLC formed in Delaware (DE) on 01/03/18. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: 46-12 Queens Blvd., Sunnyside, NY 11104. Address to be maintained in DE: 1209 Orange St., Wilmington, DE, New Castle County, 19801. Arts of Org. filed with the Secy. of State of the State of DE, John G. Townsend Bldg., 401 Federal St. - Ste. 4, Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: any lawful activities.

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At his introductory press conference last week New York Mets general manager Brodie Van Wagenen said all of the right things, with the standout phrase being “sustainable winning.” Considering that the Mets have had far more losing seasons than winning ones, that line certainly resonated. While a lot has been written about Van Wagenen going from representing players to negotiating against them, my feeling is that it’s not the big deal that many think. If anything, his former client Jacob deGrom has to feel far more secure in his long-term future as a Met than he did when the season ended. Van Wagenen’s most noteworthy remark was that while most baseball general managers tend to keep a distant relationship with players due to the adversarial actions of salary negotiations and trades, he wants to have solid professional relationships with everyone on his roster. That may just be the agent in him talking right now. A major test for Van Wagenen is how he deals with his other high profile former client, the notoriously aloof Yoenis Cespedes. When he’s healthy, given the surgery on both of his feet that might be quite a while, Cespedes is a clear difference maker when it comes to wins and losses. The problem is that he rarely gives it his all and his marching-to-his-own-drummer

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act doesn’t foster clubhouse camaraderie, which is an important ingredient for winning teams. The Mets will be holding their annual winter coat drive on November 14 at their Citi Field team store. You’ll receive a pair of tickets to a select Mets home game in April or May. Long Island City-based JetBlue unveiled its Brooklyn Nets-themed aircraft which the airline has dubbed “BK Blue” at a press event at JFK Airport last week. Former Nets players Albert King and Kerry Kittles joined Barclays Center CEO Brett Yormark at the ceremony. Deadspin, the digital sports publication known for its snark, has commissioned its firstever sports documentary, the cleverly-titled “The Cricket Kings of Queens,” which looks back at the 2017 season of the John Adams High School cricket team. The half-hour film does a good job explaining the rules of this British Empire game that is a cousin to baseball. You also get to know the lives of the players, who speak freely of their fears of themselves or their family members being deported, even though it is done with gallows humor. The producers of “The Cricket Kings of Queens” are hoping to show it at various film festivals in 2019, including April’s Tribeca Film Q Festival. See the extended version of Sports Beat every week at qchron.com.

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HOUSE BEAUTIFUL MINT UNIQUE home in great location. Large 4 level split home, featuring 3 bedrooms, 2.5 baths, large master bedroom with large dressing room and 2 walk-in closets. Beautiful kit & baths, finished basement, and many extras. Reduced Asking $879K

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• Hi-Rise (move-in cond.), 2 BR / 2 baths and 17 ft. terrace. Asking $259K IN CONTRACT• • Hard to find Hi-Rise, 3BR, 2 baths Co-op, totally redone .......................... IN CONTRACT • 2 BR/2 baths and large terrace, needs TLC. . Asking $272K IN CONTRACT

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2 family in the heart of Ridgewood, newly remodeled first floor, new windows, new front door, new hot water heater, 2 blocks from Fresh Pond Road. Asking $1.2 M.

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