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City aims to tackle food cart issues Is it time for more street vendors? Some say, ‘Fix the problems first’ by Bryant Rodriguez Chronicle Contributor


ew York City may soon allow more street vendors to operate if the City Council approves a bill aimed at combating the issues surrounding the portable businesses and streamlining the process to obtain licenses to operate. The Street Vendor Modernization Act looks to enact several changes including expanding the number of licenses to approximately 8,000 by 2023, essentially doubling the number of legal vendors. Five percent of the new per mits would be reserved for veterans and the disabled. The cost for licenses would increase to $1,000 from $200. Only around 4,000 vendors have legal permits to operate. Yet, according to recent estimates by advocacy group Street Vendor Project, there are as many as 10,000 street carts operating in the city. According to a City Council statement from Oct. 11, the bill will try to combat issues with license holders illegally renting out their vending licenses to others in the black market, usually at a price in the tens of thousands of dollars. It also calls for the creation of a dedicated vendor law enforcement unit to ensure regulations are followed and understood.

A food vendor cart near the 71st/Continental Avenue subway station in Forest Hills. Carts such as these are present throughout the city, many of which operate illegally. PHOTO BY BRYANT RODRIGUEZ

The bill is co-sponsored, in Queens, by Councilmembers Eric Ulrich (R-Ozone Park), Daneek Miller (D-St. Albans), Julissa Ferreras-Copeland (D-East Elmhurst),

and Donovan Richards (D-Laurelton), as well as eight elsewhere and Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito (D-Manhattan, Bronx). The bill is currently in the Committee for Consumer Affairs. “This legislation will give more people the opportunity to make a living through street vending while also implementing robust enforcement mechanisms that apply the rules fairly and equally,” said Ulrich, who serves as Chairman of the Committee on Veterans. Ulrich said that the bill ensures that the “large and diverse veterans community” can enter the vending industry. “The Council has worked over many months on the [act] to address the complex issues facing street vendors, storefronts and residents across the city,” said a statement from Ferreras-Copeland. “I look forward to hearing from all sides to improve the bills where need be and to their speedy implementation.” Ferreras-Copeland believes that businesses in New York City have enough room to “thrive” and she is “committed to finding solutions” for those in her district. Additionally, the SVMA calls for the establishment of an advisory board that would include vendors, brick-and-mortar small businesses, representatives from

community groups and city agencies. The advisory board would look into improving, adjusting and examining rules and regulations as needed. However, there are concerns on how the city will solve the problems affecting street vending, chiefly about creating and enforcing proper regulation. “I’m all in favor in increasing caps as long as it comes with rules and regulations. It should be studied first; find out the problems and concerns,” said state Sen. Jose Peralta (D-East Elmhurst), who testified at the City Council hearing in October. “If we ignore the rules and regulations, all we’re doing is expanding the licenses which will expand the black market for them,” he said. Peralta believes that food cart vendors should follow the same rules as brick-andmortar restaurants and that some vendors take advantage of the broken system. He recommends that there be caps on the number of permits one person may hold and that only the license holder should be able to sell goods. He also said there should be a universal set of rules and regulations and a way to avoid oversaturation of vendors by making recommendations on where they may be located. continued on page 26






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Some ideas on how to help Jamaica Ave. QEDC says the Woodhaven corridor needs a better marketing strategy by Mark Lord Chronicle Contributor

As part of an effort to revitalize the business sector on Jamaica Avenue in Woodhaven, the Queens Economic Development Corp. presented its market retail analysis of the corridor at the Woodhaven Manor Tuesday night with around a dozen concerned individuals, including several business owners, in attendance. The study focused on Jamaica Avenue from 100th Street to the east to Forest Parkway to the west, a section comprised primarily of mixed-use buildings hosting retail uses on the ground floor and residential apartments above. While the strip is dense and active, the QEDC’s report found that “it is not maximizing its economic potential,” primarily because many potential shoppers choose to spend their money elsewhere. Competition comes mainly from several retail hubs within a few miles of the avenue, among them Queens Center mall in Elmhurst, Downtown Jamaica, Liberty Avenue in Richmond Hill and Austin Street in Forest Hills. According to QEDC Deputy Director Ricardi Calixte, the business community has expressed concerns with the increasing cost of rent for commercial spaces. He also suggested that the ele-

Queens Economic Development Corp. Deputy Director Ricardi Calixte presents the market retail analysis for Jamaica PHOTO BY MARK LORD Avenue, suggesting ways to revitalize the corridor. vated train track creates some darkness above the corridor and that graffiti is a recurring issue in the area. Traffic is seen as a major issue, along with an oversaturation of

businesses such as hair and beauty salons, small bodega-style delis and discount/variety stores and lack of businesses that offer quality goods and services that could serve to revitalize the district by bring-

ing more shoppers to the area. The report indicated that there is an estimated 12 percent vacancy rate, with approximately 30 available storefronts along the corridor. Calixte highlighted several rec-

ommendations, including the need to develop a stronger promotional campaign to market the district. Suggestions included holding more community events such as the Woodhaven Business Improvement District’s Annual Street Fair, as well as an increase in online marketing. A major component for the revitalization of the area is a strong, proactive business attraction program, according to the QEDC report, which suggests a public-private collaboration. The QEDC also called for the development of a promotional neighborhood retail opportunity document to provide an overview of the economic opportunities in the neighborhood. A not her suggest ion wa s a “storefront showcase tour,” which would allow prospective retailers to visit vacant storefronts, a tactic the QEDC said has been successful in other communities. Commercial property owners should also be encouraged to explore the retail pop-up concept, allowing landlords to have a rent-paying tenant for a short period of time while giving merchants an opportunity to test a business venture, the QEDC suggests. Following the presentation, a brief question-and-answer session continued on page 25

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Following the false alarm evacuation at John F. Kennedy International Airport in August, Gov. Cuomo and U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson on Nov. 21 unveiled proposals to revamp security at the South Queens airport. “These recommendations will serve as a national model to better train our airport workers, establish new protocols to respond to emergencies, and enhance coordination and communication among all stakeholders,” Cuomo said in a prepared statement. The Port Authority of New York & New Jersey will work to implement the proposals — suggested by a joint state and federal multiagency team charged with reviewing the response to mistaken reports of active shooters at the airport — at the request of the governor. The recommendations include establishing a unified operations command protocol, coordinate training for all law enforcement agencies working at the airport, require all airport employees to undergo emergency response training and creating a multilingual mass evacuation plan for JFK Airport in case of an actual emergency. Port Authority of New York & New Jersey Executive Director Pat Foye said in a prepared statement issued by Cuomo’s office, “The

implementation of these recommendations will improve airport safety efforts for all. The Port Authority is committed to providing coordinated training and drills recognizing the needs and strengths of all agencies, and to make internal and external communications seamless. Together, we will make these critical improvements to ensure that our security measures are of the highest caliber.” On Aug. 14 at 9:33 p.m., some in the airport were watching and reacting to Jamaican Olympian Usain Bolt’s victory. According to Cuomo’s office, airline passengers began panicking at the sound of the celebrations and called 911 to report an alleged active shooter in Terminal 8. That hysteria was exacerbated by social media posts spreading the false alarm and erroneous information. What made the problem worse, according to Cuomo’s Office, was Transportation Security Administration and Port Authority officials running to the noise with their weapons drawn, causing some of the passengers to panic. In all, 275 law enforcement officials responded to the incident — including 187 NYPD officers and 88 from the Port Authority Police Department and some K-9 units. The report also states eight indiQ viduals sustained minor injuries during the hysteria.

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Public Advocate Letitia James on Nov. 23 released a policy report proposing ways to quicken the riders for people taking public transportation to Queens’ two airports. In her report, James pitches the idea of putting all A trains in one direction — instead of having them branch off in one of two directions at Rockaway Boulevard — and putting dedicated bus lanes along Astoria Boulevard. “Many New York City neighborhoods lack a convenient mass transit link to the two airports within city limits,” the public advocate states in her report. James says that most people going to catch a flight at John F. Kennedy International Airport or LaGuardia take taxis, which can cost more than $60 for some air travelers. Those driving to the airport often face the challenge of congested highways. The number of people taking public transit is much lower than that of major cities around the globe — for example, 64 percent of fliers in Olso, Norway take public transit, compared to less than a third here. James argues — citing a 2008 study — that if convenient transit options are offered, airport passengers will take it. To increase public transit to JFK, she proposes to not only increase the frequency of the JFK AirTrain but to get people to the train faster. That could be accomplished, she argued, by eliminating the A train split at Rockaway Boulevard and having all cars head to Howard Beach-JFK Airport, where commuters can board the AirTrain. Right now, the A train splits at Rockaway with some trips continuing to Howard Beach and ultimately Far Rockaway, while others branch off toward the Ozone Park-Lefferts Boulevard stop. When a train is headed to Ozone Park, Far Rockaway-bound passengers often experience 20-minute waits until they can board again. To accomodate such a change, James would have the C train extended for the three Ozone Park stops past Rockaway Boulevard. James said the change could be made only during the weekends, when air travel is at its highest. State Sen. Joe Addabbo Jr. (D-Howard Beach) did not say if he would support or oppose such a move, saying he’d have to discuss the proposal with his constituents and the MTA first. The transportation agency was less than receptive to the idea, saying in an emailed statement that a review of the line found “that the basic service pattern we have in the Rockaways is the best fit for our customers overall. Ridership patterns do not justify the change. There are as many riders on the three Lefferts stations as at all the Rockaway stations.”

Public Advocate Letitia James has released some proposals to increase transit to airports, FILE PHOTO one involving the A train. James also calls for bus stops at all JFK terminals — right now, only Terminal 5 has a stop and passengers taking public transit have to take the AirTrain to reach the other ones. The MTA responded that while “the current location for buses at the airport is not ideal,” adding new stops is not feasible because “the road network isn’t really configured for that, and is already highly congested.” Additionally, according to the MTA, most bus customers at JFK go to cargo area stops, not the terminals. When it comes to service to LaGuardia in East Elmhurst, James suggests adding dedicated bus lanes for the M60 on Astoria Boulevard. The bus line travels on a dedicated lane on 125th Street in Manhattan. “But once in Queens, the M60 has to navigate traffic, slowing the buses significantly. The MTA and the City should review the feasibility of installing bus-only lanes along Astoria Boulevard, which parallels the Grand Central Parkway, and replicate this success,” the public advocate says in her report. A city Department of Transportation spokeswoman said in an emailed statement that the agency “installed bus lanes on the slowest and most congested portions on the M60 route, and we are always happy to work with stakeholders to see how we can continue to make bus service faster and more reliable. To that end, we are working with the MTA to implement signal priority for buses along the M60 route, which should be implemented in spring of 2017.” State Sen. Jose Peralta (D-East Elmhurst), who represents much of Astoria Boulevard, said “superficially, it sounds like a good idea but I would have to look at details.” “I would have to get input from the local community as well,” he added. “I don’t know Q what that would look like.”

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ladder while retaining their independence. Good parts of the bill include the creation of a dedicated law enforcement unit to make sure all rules on street selling are followed and the establishment of an advisory board that would include vendors, brick-andmortar businesses, community groups and city agencies. Those are needed because too many street carts set up shop where they’re not supposed to and because storefront businesses suffer from competition that doesn’t pay the serious overhead of rent, utilities, compliance with myriad regulations and more. Perhaps the biggest concern with the bill, however, is that over several years it would double the number of street vending permits available from 4,000 to 8,000. Can the city absorb that, in terms of loss of sidewalk space and even more competition for brickand-mortar businesses? These are the concerns that have interested parties from Queens Chamber of Commerce President Tom Grech to state Sen. Jose Peralta wanting to see at least as much focus on regulation than expansion of the industry. We want that too. What say you, City Council?

Dear Editor: The situation at LaGuardia Airport could have been totally avoided had there been some thought and planning, but once again incompetence has shown up. We only have to look at the AirTrain that feeds the JFK terminals from Jamaica Station. Can you imagine if that was not built with the construction that is going on the Van Wyck that’s never going to finish? JFK would have to close, as the airport would be totally inaccessible. What we should have done at LaGuardia before we started modernizing it is to build an AirTrain line from Jamaica Station all the way up the Grand Central to LaGuardia to make it fast and painless for the people who use it. There is no other way. Plus, if it made a stop at Citi Field during the baseball season, can you imagine the revenue generated? That would pay for it the first season as it would be accessible from Suffolk and Nassau counties as well as NYC and would alleviate all the highway congestion. The modernizing could take forever. But the same scenario is there regarding the Rockaway-Rego Park LIRR line to be reactivated. That would help the people of the Rockaways (Sandy victims) to get to Manhattan faster, along with the people of Rego Park, as we could eliminate the R, M, E and F trains as we could connect to the main LIRR line via a © Copyright 2016 by MARK I PUBLICATIONS, INC. All rights reserved. Neither this newspaper nor any part thereof may be reproduced, copied, or transmitted in any form, electronic or mechanical, including photocopying, microfilming, recording or by any information retrieval system without the express written permission of the publishers. This copyright is extended to the design and text created for advertisements. Reproduction of said advertisement or any part thereof without the express written permission of MARK I PUBLICATIONS, INC. is strictly prohibited. This publication will not be responsible for errors in advertising beyond the cost of the space occupied by the error. Bylined articles represent the sole opinion of the writer and are not necessarily in accordance with the views of the QUEENS CHRONICLE. This Publication reserves the right to limit or refuse advertising it deems objectionable. The Queens Chronicle is published weekly by Mark I Publications, Inc. at a subscription rate of $19 per year and out of state, $25 per year. Periodicals Postage Paid (USPS0013-572) at Flushing, N.Y. POSTMASTER: Send address changes to Mark I Publications, Inc., 62-33 Woodhaven Boulevard, Rego Park, N.Y. 11374-7769.


xcellent news out of Trump Tower (yeah, we know that sounds weird) — U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara will be staying on as the top prosecutor in New York’s Southern District. Bharara has been just the lawman this city and state need, fighting corruption at all levels and winning convictions against corrupt politicians who once seemed invincible. The notches on his bedpost include ex-state Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos of Long Island, ex-Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver of Manhattan and in Queens, ex-state Sen. Malcolm Smith of Jamaica and ex-City Councilman Dan Halloran of Whitestone. He recently leveled charges against two former close aides to Gov. Cuomo and seven other people over alleged corruption upstate. He’s reportedly investigating Mayor de Blasio and people close to him for possible wrongdoing. No one is above the law in Bharara’s jurisdiction. As Sen. Chuck Schumer said in a Wednesday statement, “He’s been one of the best U.S. Attorneys New York has ever seen.” The only people who shouldn’t be happy about Bharara’s agreeing to stay on after meeting with President-elect Donald Trump are corrupt officials and their cronies. Tough. This is a man who’d prosecute Trump himself if he found reason to. Any New Yorker who cares about clean government should be thrilled.


newly built Rego Park station that would feed straight to 34th Street’s Penn Station. It would lighten up all the congestion on the overcrowded subways, bring in people from all over to our shopping centers and relieve our congested roads. It would be a shot in the arm for our economy, and we need it. I seriously think that our infrastructure at best has got 10 years before we come to a grinding halt. Nothing is going to work. The roads today are so congested it’s impossible to get around; on top of that they are never maintained or repaired until there is no option. Example: Drive on the Grand Central Parkway from the Little Neck Parkway exit to the Clearview Expressway. The road is totally undriveable, full of potholes that were semi-filled last winter. It’s disgraceful. We want the Queens economy to work and we have to prioritize the important plans that are needed fast. Our transportation and infrastructure are the lifeblood of our county and city, and they’re not being addressed. To keep ignoring it would start a degradation of

business, manufacturing and service-related jobs in Queens, and this could happen faster than you think. William Badger Rego Park

Better buses now Dear Editor: My letter is about my concern with mass transportation in my Springfield Gardens/Laurelton community. I moved here in 2005 from Nassau County (I first moved from the island of Jamaica in 2001). I disliked the Nassau lifestyle mostly due to the extensive wait for a bus. Often, I gave up and returned home because I was tired of waiting, especially on weekends. After moving to Queens (following a brief stay in Brooklyn), I figured transportation would improve. My reasoning stemmed from the large fleets of buses I noticed at the Jamaica bus terminals. My judgment was off. I soon learned that kind of bus frequency was unavailable in my neighbor-

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Our dangerous drought Dear Editor: For the past five months, Metropolitan New York has been in a serious drought. Rainfall amounts vary from 8 to 11 inches below normal. The New York City water supply system, the Catskills and Croton Reservoirs, normally at 75 percent in November, are down to 57.5 percent. If this drought continues, we could possibly repeat the dangerous 1966 drought, when our water supply went below 40 percent. The 1966 problem was historic! The Delaware River starts flowing from our Catskills and heads south to Delaware Bay. NYC Water officials ordered a “shutdown” of our liquid gold going into the river. This decision caused a crisis for Philadelphia’s water supply. Delaware Bay saltwater backed up the river into Philly’s water supply. Here is where history comes in. Pennsylvania took New York to the U.S. Supreme Court and demanded that the court order NYC to restore the flow into the river. The Supreme Court agreed. Folks, with the help of the Queens Chronicle, I urge all Queens residents to take serious steps to conserve daily water usage. Anthony G. Pilla Forest Hills

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Dear Editor: I am absolutely outraged! Enough is enough. When are our New York City Council, mayor and governor going to focus on the safety of schoolchildren and get seat belts on their school buses? Or, are our elected ones who swore to protect and serve us only doing so

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Dear Editor: President-elect Trump has an aversion to political correctness, which he vilified throughout his campaign as a needless impediment. However, political correctness is not a recent creation, but it is an all-encompassing outgrowth stemming from our religious beliefs, our Constitution, the Golden Rule and many other teachings that encourage our civility, respect and manners toward others, especially those less fortunate. These beliefs are the fabric from which our nation is woven. Consequently, it will be disruptive and dangerous for the leader of this nation to promote anti-egalitarianism, particularly in a democracy as complex and diverse as ours; it will only engender divisiveness, ill will and negativism — domestically and internationally. Glenn Hayes Kew Gardens


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with lobbyists for school bus companies? Is it that kids don’t vote? I would like to see an organized protest by parents who want to be ensured of their children’s safety on school buses just as loud as those by people who are against housing for the homeless. I am sick and tired of hearing about so many school bus accidents. Now six children from kindergarten to fifth grade are dead because of the lack of seat belts on a bus driven by an incompetent driver. Joyce Shepard Bayside


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hood, greatly hindering me. I would not say I am jealous of the other communities having their frequent bus service. However, I am still wondering why there is less bus frequency available to the rest of the communities throughout Queens. In 1979, the Straphangers Campaign was launched by the New York Public Interest Research Group to improve the transportation system because of the many deplorable conditions facing commuters, such as transit crimes and derailments. In 2007, NYPIRG was instrumental in the MTA creation of unlimited MetroCards, which improved ridership. NYPIRG has worked extensively to improve our bus system, the largest in the country, yet the slowest and most unreliable. So far, we have been successful in winning Select Bus Service in densely populated areas. According to the report “Turnaround: Fixing New York City Buses,” published by The Transit Center, Riders Alliance, the Straphangers Campaign and the Tri-State Transportation Campaign, one understanding of the undesirable system is that ridership is at an all-time low and increasingly unpopular. There are some ways to fix these problems and make bus riding as attractive as subways: 1. Change how we get on and off the bus through tap-and-go fare collection and alldoor boarding. 2. Redesign depleting bus networks by mending indirect, unnecessarily long routes. 3. Redesign the distance between stops. 4. Keep buses on schedule, by ensuring that they run on time and intervening when buses run off track. 5. Redesign streets, creating enforced bus-only lanes, installing bus bulbs and boarding islands and creating queue-jump lanes for buses. 6. Increase transparency through more reports on performance so riders can understand. Check out the new interactive website to see how your bus line measures up to the rest of the city’s. Participate in the change by submitting feedback, learn about public hearings and hear from others about how we are changing the system. It is possible to make a difference. Slow buses are not something we should settle for. Every New Yorker commutes, and a strong, reliable bus system is necessary for this hardworking city. I want my Queens neighbors to have a faster commute. The Turnaround Bus initiatives and partners like the Straphangers Campaign and the Riders Alliance are the true change-makers in our city’s future. We must support them. Evelyn England Project Coordinator, Straphangers Campaign New York Public Interest Research Group Queensborough Community College Bayside


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Last year, Hamilton Beach resident Michael Giglio reached into the box in front of his Rau Court house — which had been decked out with hundreds of Christmas lights and decorations — to see how much money had been donated to the West Hamilton Beach Volunteer Fire Department. The grand total? $50. “I was absolutely disgusted,” Giglio said. He took newspaper clippings promoting his cause and went door-to-door to every house in Hamilton Beach and “begged” for money from homeowners. At the end of his endeavor, Giglio came away with close to $500 for the volunteer fire department, headquartered around the corner from his home. This year, he’s hoping to not have to repeat his trip around the neighborhood and have residents come to his house and drop some money into the donation box. Giglio started decorating his property, located at 102-24 Rau Court, the day after Hallow-

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een and finished last week — a near-three week endeavor. It’s the second year he’s decking the halls for a cause. “The firefighters, they give so much to this community,” Giglio said of the volunteer department. While the vollies — who also service parts of the old side of Howard Beach — aren’t paid for their service, they do have to pay for the equipment and insurance. Their funding primarily comes from donations — such as the one Giglio collects — and government grants. Donations will be accepted until the week of Christmas and donated to the fire department shortly after. While Giglio hopes many from and outside of Hamilton Beach will embrace the season of giving and help out the department, he also wants to help spread Christmas cheer. “Even if they can’t donate anything, come down and see the Christmas decorations,” he said. Last year wasn’t the first time the Hamilton Beach resident has used his decorating skills to help others. The former Richmond Hill resident and his neighbors used to illuminate their dead-end street with thousands of lights, statues and other items and attract hundreds of people to the area — including celebrities such as Billy Joel and former Mayor Giuliani. Giglio had a much bigger house back then and didn’t have to worry about tidal floods affecting his set up, an issue he has to contend with now that causes him to suspend the illuminations on some nights. On days when the rain isn’t coming down, Giglio will have his house lit up from 6 to 9 p.m. on weekdays and 6 to 10 p.m. on weekends. He’ll also have Christmas Q music playing for all to enjoy.

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A Howard Beach man who was looking to “collect on a debt” was fatally shot in the Lindenwood apartment of his accused murderer, police said. Joseph Amatuccio, of 151st Street in Lindenwood, is charged with seconddegree murder as well as second- and fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon. Cops allege that he fatally shot Christopher Cognato, of 102nd Street, just before 6:30 p.m. on Nov. 22. Capt. Brian Bohannon, commanding officer of the 106th Precinct, told the Howard Beach-Lindenwood Civic Association on Nov. 29 that Cognato went to Amatuccio’s apartment looking to collect on a debt. He did not publicly say what kind of debt but sources said the matter was drug-related. Cognato was found with gunshot wounds to his arm, chest and neck and taken to Jamaica Hospital Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead. Amatuccio was arrested about an hour after the cops arrived on the Q scene. — Anthony O’Reilly

A 19-year-old woman was shot early last Friday following a domestic dispute in the Centreville section of Ozone Park, cops said. The victim was standing on Albert Road just after 2 a.m. when a car pulled up and someone inside the vehicle fired shots at her, striking her. She was taken to Jamaica Hospital Medical Center where she was t reated for her inju r ies and later discharged. Officers from the 106th Precinct said the shooter, descr ibed as a 30-year-old black man, was arrested later that night. The perpetrator was known to the victim and he shot her following a dispute on Thanksgiving Day, officers told the Queens Chronicle. “This was not coming into the neighborhood and shooting at random,” Community Affairs Officer Mark Competello said in an interview. As of Nov. 20, there have been eight reported shooting incidents in the 106th Precinct so far this year, compared to 10 during the same period in 2015. In both years, there were 11 Q shooting victims. — Anthony O’Reilly


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Man wanted in SOP shooting Police are asking for the public’s help in identifying a man who shot a woman in her car in South Ozone Park on Nov. 22. Cops said the man, seen here, approached the 29-year-old woman at 7:45 p.m. while she was sitting in her BMW on 120th Street — a cross street was not provided — and discharged two rounds into the vehicle. The perpetrator then fled in an unknown direction. The victim, who refused medical attention,

suffered a laceration during the incident. The culprit is described as a black man with light skin, stocky build and a beard. Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1 (800) 577-TIPS (8477), or, for Spanish, 1 (888) 57-PISTA (74782). The public can also submit tips by logging onto, or by texting 274637 (CRIMES), then entering TIP577. All tips are strictly confidential.

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Key Food owner Frank Almonte, left, is honored for his work in the community. Members of the Howard Beach Kiwanis Club are honored along with the St. Helen Catholic Academy’s Kiwanis Kids and Builder’s Club. PHOTOS BY ANTHONY O’REILLY Landscapers Fred Lisena and Randy McNeil, center left and right, respectively, receive citations from civic, city and state elected officials for their wor k beautif ying Howard Beach.

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Showing off a new, better Aqueduct NYRA takes state pols, media on tour of the renovated race track by Anthony O’Reilly Associate Editor

As members of the press and elected officials looked out on the course at Aqueduct Race Track on Tuesday, Arlene Brown, a representative of Councilman Eric Ulrich (R-Ozone Park), not only felt like she was at a revived racing ground, but in a different town. “You don’t even feel like you’re in Queens anymore,” Brown said. “With the old track, it was in very poor condition and you couldn’t wait to get out. This is a lot more welcoming, it’s very warming, it’s very friendly and very clean.” Even on the rainy, overcast day, Brown and others were able to see just how much Aqueduct has changed since the New York Racing Association invested more than $15 million into it since 2013. “A lot of people have come up to me and said, ‘This is great,’” said Chris Kay, CEO of NYRA. “It’s a state-of-the-art facility.” The improvements were touted during a tour of the racetrack for the media and the two state politicians for the area — Assemblywoman-elect Stacey Pheffer Amato and state Sen. Joe Addabbo Jr.

(D-Howard Beach), ranking member of the Racing, Gaming and Wagering Committee. “It’s amazing to see the improvements here,” Addabbo said. “We’re not Belmont, we’re not Saratoga. But while [Aqueduct] is working, the 200 acres here have to be maintained.” The South Ozone Park race course has not been without its problems in the past. For years, it was the stepchild of NYRA’s three tracks with very little to no money going to it, leading to a decrepit facility. As recently as 2015, there have been issues with horses dying during or shortly after races there. It was revealed in October that workers there were dumping millions of gallons of water containing contaminants, including animal waste, from the racetrack into storm drains. There have been several proposals to shut it down, but those have mostly subsided after the adjacent Resorts World Casino was approved by the state on the condition that a racetrack had to remain on the grounds. Addabbo said there haven’t been any recent proposals to close the

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track, adding, “While we have Aqueduct, we work for the day.” The tour was led by Glen Kozak, NYRA’s vice president for facilities and racing surfaces, who quickly pointed out one of the simplest and most obvious changes made to the facility — the paint. The new color scheme, a mixture of bright, vibrant hues, is a stark contrast from the dreary interior of old. As the tour progressed, Kozak pointed out murals by classical and urban painters around the building — an initiative meant to liven up the facility. Pheffer Amato encouraged NYRA officials to bring art students from area schools to see the paintings. “When I was in college, I used to hate having to go into the city to see art,” she said. “If we have it right here, why not take advantage of it?” The officials said they would take her suggestion into consideration. On many levels of the facility, Kozak pointed out improved betting carols where visitors can

place their wagers. The carols promote privacy for bettors who can gamble on races not just at Aqueduct, but around the country. Since the renovations, NYRA officials have seen increased enthusiasm from their visitors. “They love this place, they get fired up,” Kay said. “Some people have fallen in love with the place. They get here early because they want to get to their lucky carol.” Kozak pointed out that Aqueduct had 4,000 visitors on Thanksgiving Day — when the first post was at about 11:30 a.m. But it isn’t just the guests NYRA is looking to impress at Aqueduct. There’s also a new, indoor viewing section for horsemen, the owners of the racing equines, something that was not there before. Horsemen were made to sit outdoors during races, which did not make for optimal viewing during the winter months. Kozak said that was something NYRA has been criticized for in the past.

Speaking of seating, many of the chairs visitors sit in have been replaced with ones from the Camden Yards baseball stadium in Baltimore. “We weren’t able to get any from Yankee Stadium or Shea, unfortunately,” Kozak told the tou r attendees. For those viewing from inside the facility, 557 HD televisions have been placed around the building, including one that broadcasts races in Spanish. On the track, brush from the infield has been cleared away, and a refurbished pond has been put in. In regard to the course itself, Kay said Kozak’s team has created a method to determine if it’s safe for horses to run on it during the winter months and how to best respond to snowfalls. Kay and Kozak said all the improvements focus on one theme: guest enhancement. “And you can tell people appreQ ciate it,” Kay added.

Kew attorney gets two years for paid teen sex A 58-year-old Kew Gardens lawyer will be spending the next two years in prison after paying two 16-year-old girls for sex, and a third for procuring the victims, in 2012. Eyal Katzman, sentenced last Wednesday according to District Attorney Richard Brown, was convicted in July on four counts of third-degree criminal sex act, four counts of third-degree patronizing a prostitute and five counts of endangering the welfare of a child. According to trial testimony, the first 16-year-old went to the attorney’s resi-

Victims were John Adams HS students dence three times between September and October 2012. She was brought to his home by another teenage girl, who gave Katzman oral sex while he was touching the 16-year-old’s breast. The girls, who knew each other from John Adams High School in Ozone Park, were both paid. The first 16-year-old victim went to the attorney’s residence a second and third time, as well. There, she received oral sex from him

and was paid between one and two hundred dollars in cash for the act. According to trial testimony, a second female victim, also a John Adams High School student, and Katzman performed oral sex on each other while the student who procured the two underage girls watched between Oct.1 and Nov. 30, 2012. The same student who brought the first 16-year-old victim to Katzman’s home brought the second one.

He paid $60 to that victim and $20 to the student for introducing them. “The defendant — an officer of the court — is now a convicted criminal who has proven himself to be a sexual predator,” Brown said in a statement issued after Katzman’s sentencing. “The defendant was convicted at trial of abusing underage girls and, as such, has been sentenced to a term of incarceration and will be required to register as a sex offender upon his release.” The attorney originally faced up to Q eight years in prison.

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We still need your help this Christmas The Queens Chronicle’s annual toy drive has gotten off to a good start by Anthony O’Reilly Associate Editor

Did you go Black Friday shopping last week? We hope that you were able to get a good deal on some toys and necessities that children in Queens homeless shelters would be happy to receive this holiday season. Already, we’ve seen some people embrace the spirit of the season by self lessly donating to our 22nd annual Toy Drive. We’d like to thank Flushing residents Vincent Ciccia and Richard Weyhausen — the Chronicle’s proofreader — Joan Miele from Woodhaven and Pat Zatkowski of Howard Beach for coming to our office and dropping off some items. An elf source with direct knowledge of the matter tells us the box at the Howard Beach district office of state Sen. Joe Addabbo Jr (D-Howard Beach) is already filled. We still have three weeks before Santa goes to the shelters to drop the items off to the dozens of kids in need. Children from the Metro Family Residence in Woodside wrote to Santa’s helpers looking for new toys. Miles, 11, who has been “really good this year” wants four packs of Pokemon cards and a


World Cup 2014 replica soccer ball. Six-yearold Darys wants puzzles or a doll while fiveyear-old Aniya will be waiting for Santa to bring copies of her favorite movies, “Finding Dory” and “Beauty and the Beast.” Many of the children are requesting clothes and the Baby Alive and American Girl dolls are popular items for the girls. We’re looking for everything from dolls, coloring books to toy trucks and more, as well as items like perfume, backpacks and grooming products for some of the older children. New or gently used items of clothing ranging from infants to teens are also needed and will be gladly accepted. The gifts will go to children in four city homeless shelters: the Kings Inn Family Center in East Elmhurst, the Boulevard Family Residence in Elmhurst, the Metro Family Residence in East Elmhurst and the Saratoga Family Inn in Springfield Gardens, as well as Dove House, an emergency shelter for battered women or men and their children in eastern Queens. Gifts can be dropped off at the Chronicle office, at 62-33 Woodhaven Blvd. in Rego Park, Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. If you can’t deliver gifts during regular

A look at some of the items we’ve received so far. office hours, you can leave them at Barosa Brick Oven Pizza, next door at 62-37. A number of elected officials also let their offices be used as drop-off points. They are: • Councilman Daniel Dromm, at 37-32 75 St., 1st floor, in Jackson Heights; • Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer, at 47-01 Queens Blvd. in Sunnyside; • Councilman Donovan Richards, at 23426A Merrick Blvd. in Laurelton; • Assemblyman Ed Braunstein (who collects for other drives as well as ours), at 213-33 39


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Cleaning the shores of Jamaica Bay Environmentalist seeks to start discussion of religious waste left at beach Flushing resident Maureen Regan didn’t spend the day after Thanksgiving in a food coma — she got up and gave back to the environment by cleaning up religious debris left behind on the shores of Jamaica Bay. And though Regan called the cleanup an important part of ensuring the bay’s long-term survival, she hopes to eliminate the need for any more. “That cannot be the right solution,” she said. “It’s like sticking your finger into a hole where there’s water coming out.” Regan’s group, Green Earth Urban Gardens, is looking to start a conversation between the Hindus who use the shores of Jamaica Bay as a prayer site — often leaving behind large amount of mats, statues, fruit and more that end up in the water — and environmental groups to come up with a solution that pleases all parties. “They should build a place where people can openly practice,” the environmentalist said. “It’s not going to go away.” The issue has been going on for years. Environmental groups and Hindus have discussed it before but have not yet come to an amicable solution. Regan also works near the bay on a pollination garden, where bees and other insects can come to pollinate different plants. Her groups works to Q clean it in the winter and spring. — Anthony O’Reilly

Coconuts are among the most-discarded items on the shores of the bay. A volunteer begins to clean religious debris left behind by Hindu prayer groups by PHOTOS COURTESY GREEN EARTH URBAN GARDENS Jamaica Bay. Jus t one of t he mounds left on the sand by Jamaica Bay in Broad Channel last week, which were cleaned up by environmental group Green Earth Urban Gardens. Mats are left for others to clean up.

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The future of the Holiday Inn Express at 59-40 55 Road in Maspeth has never been more up in the air than it is now. Hotelier Harshad Patel is being sued by Kimcomatt Realty, the property owner, for allegedly violating the lease by allowing the city to house homeless men at the Holiday Inn Express. According to city records, the 45-year lease between Kimcomatt Realty and Patel’s LLC, New Ram Realty, was signed in March 2004. Part of the lease, according to the lawsuit filed in Queens Supreme Court on Monday, bans Patel from operating anything but a hotel with retail stores on the site. “Tenant shall not use the premises for any use other than to accommodate transient hotel guests and for retail stores located on the ground floor of the hotel,” the lease reads, according to the lawsuit. “Tenant shall not permit the premises be used as a multiple dwelling or for residential uses or apartments.” Kimcomatt Realty, owned by Barry Haskell, alleges in the suit that Patel did not inform the property owner of plans to convert the hotel into a homeless shelter “for an initial term of five years” until Aug. 25, almost a month after city officials told area lawmakers and community members of the proposal. From the week the plan was announced, it was met with massive and fiery community opposition in the form of nightly protests outside the hotel, City Hall and other locations across three counties. While Patel has been one of the protesters’ biggest targets, much of the community’s indignation has been direct-

Hotelier Harshad Patel is being sued by his landlord over the Maspeth Holiday Inn owner renting out rooms to the city to FILE PHOTO house homeless single men in October. ed at the city, Mayor de Blasio and Human Resources Administration Commissioner Steve Banks, with countless Maspeth residents imploring the administration to stop the conversion Patel told the Chronicle on Sept. 8 — one day after meet-

ing with Kimcomatt, which also owns a number of properties around the hotel — that the community unrest had prompted him to kill the plan. But on Columbus Day, the city rented 30 rooms and moved 30 homeless single men into the facility, sparking even more unrest. It was that action, allowing the city to rent rooms for homeless individuals without written consent from Kimcomatt, that represented the violation of Patel’s lease, according to the lawsuit. “The potential profit to New Ram must have been too great to turn down,” the suit says, “because in blatant disregard of the terms of its lease and in contradiction to its representations to the community, New Ram has begun the conversion of the hotel to a homeless shelter, surreptitiously renting over a quarter of the hotel’s rooms to the Department of Homeless Services to house homeless adults.” Juniper Park Civic Association President Bob Holden — one of the leading voices of the anti-shelter protests — said he was “overjoyed” when he learned of the legal action, something his group has been considering doing for months. “Obviously we’re rooting for them. We’re on their side,” Holden said of Kimcomatt on Wednesday. “If this turns out to be successful, our legal action may be unnecessary. It’s almost like we would win without firing a shot. “We’re watching this keenly,” he added, “and hopefully the landlord will win.” State Sen. Joe Addabbo Jr. (D-Howard Beach) said Tuesday he wasn’t surprised in the least over the lawsuit, adding it “has the potential” to stop the city’s plan to house homeless there in its tracks. “I’m not surprised at all,” Addabbo said. “Patel has Q always been a questionable owner.”

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See Santa! Kris Kringle will be making a stop in Howard Beach before Dec. 25 to pay a visit to the children of PS 207. Santa Claus will be available for pictures at the school, located at 159-15 88 St., from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Dec. 3. For the adults, there will be a holiday boutique sale from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. for all to get their Christmas shopping out of the way.

The math is now working heavily against state Senate Democrats seeking to wrest control of their chamber from the Republican Party, with The New York Times and Daily News reporting that Sen. Simcha Felder (D-Brooklyn) has agreed to continue caucusing with the GOP when the new session begins in January. Felder’s defection gives the GOP a 31-30 lead with two races from the Nov. 8 election still going through the recount process. But both are in the traditional Republican strongholds of Nassau and Suffolk counties. Sen. Carl Marcellino (R-Oyster Bay) led challenger James Gauchran by 2,345 votes out of more than 130,000 cast going into the recounts and paper ballots. Sen. Michael Venditto (R-Massapequa) trailed Democratic challenger John Brooks by 33 votes out of more than 129,000 cast. Absent Felder’s having a change of heart, Democrats would have to win both recounts to reclaim the Senate. Democrats already have the executive

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mansion with Gov. Cuomo, and a virtually unassailable hold on the state Assembly. If Republicans win both Long Island contests, they would continue to enjoy a numerical majority as well as the working one they have forged in the last few years with the Independent Democratic Conference. The group, led by state Sen. Jeff Klein (D-Bronx, Westchester), includes Queens state Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside), and will go from five to seven members this January. It has had a power-sharing agreement with Senate Majority Leader John Flanagan (R-Smithtown), and his predecessor Dean Skelos before Skelos was convicted on federal corruption charges. The agreement kept Republicans in charge of the Senate even when Democrats had a numerical majority, and has strengthened the GOP’s power beyond its small advantage in seats since then. Neither Flanagan’s nor Klein’s offices have responded to the Chronicle’s requests for comment on their plans, but if Republicans were to win both Long Island races they would not necQ essarily need the alliance.

Photo contest! The Queens Chronicle’s ninth annual Holiday Photo Contest is now underway. Get your submission in soon! Take pictures of lights, miniature villages, snowmen, joyous children and families — anything that you think reflects the season — and send them on in. Make sure your photos are new and taken in Queens, tell us the location and other details about them, and be sure to say whether you are an amateur or pro photographer. The winner gets free passes to an offBroadway show or other family-friendly performance in or around the city. You’ll also see your photo published. We’ll announce the winner in January. Email your high-resolution digital photos to Please say Holiday Photo Contest in the subject line. Or snail-mail prints to Queens Chronicle Photo Contest, 62-33 Woodhaven Blvd., Rego Park, NY 11374. The deadline is Wednesday, Jan. 4. Good luck!

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A suspect was arrested Wednesday afternoon for stealing mail out of people’s mailboxes in Howard Beach on Wednesday, according to cops and a witness at the scene. A Howard Beach resident who identified himself as Frank said he saw the suspect going into people’s mailboxes on 81st Street between

QEDC study continued from page 4 revealed specific concerns for the area. Jack Moy, who owns M.M. Housewares, a neighborhood fixture for 35 years, complained that he loses many customers because they cannot find parking spots nearby. “They have to double-park or park by a hydrant and they get a ticket. I feel bad,” he said. He called for an arrangement that would allow such individuals to park free of charge, even for just five or ten minutes, the time most of his customers need to make a purchase. Mark Gallagher, owner of Manor Delicatessen, another longtime neighborhood establishment, would like to see the return of stores selling higher-quality merchandise, as in the days of old. After the meeting he suggested, “I would like to see an independently owned store for men and women with name brands. There’s no store where you can buy a pair of Levi’s. There’s no quality store.” Another attendee suggested a farmers market, prompting Ricardi to say, “It might be a good area for it.” Seth Bornstein, QEDC’s executive director, said, “This gives us a great baseline. We’re looking forward to continuing the study. The potential is Q here.”

Incident not related to fishing scheme 158th and 159th avenues at around 2 p.m. and pulling pieces of mail out of them. He alerted nearby police officers, who briefly chased the man and arrested him on 84th Street. Frank told the Queens Chronicle the perpetrator, described only as a black man, had been spotted on the block the day before. He would wait until the mailman completed his route and then look in people’s mailboxes. Mark Competello, community affairs officer at the 106th Precinct, confirmed the inci-






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Short school bus crashes in Utopia A short school bus jumped the curb and crashed at 75th Avenue and 181st Street in Utopia on Monday morning. “T he N Y PD a nd EMS i m med iately responded to a bus incident that took place in Queens yesterday,” a Department of Education spokeswoman told the Chronicle. “Those involved are safe and there were no injuries. Families were notified and we will continue providing ongoing supports.” The incident happened around 7:30 a.m., according to media reports. The spokeswoman did not immediately respond when asked if the cause of the crash Q had been found.

dent and called it an “isolated” one. Competello also confirmed that the suspect had a crumpled up United States Postal Service shirt in the backseat of his car when he was arrested. The incident comes months after mail was being taken from the USPS boxes on street corners via a method called mail fishing — in which a person uses a lure with a sticky object at the end to pull envelopes out, hoping to find personal information of people. In April, federal authorities told the How-

ard Beach-Lindenwood Civic Association there were 40 known victims of the scheme in that area alone. Competello said Wednesday’s case is not related to the mail-fishing incident. “This is something different,” he said. Joann Ariola, president of the Howard Beach-Lindenwood Civic Association, said she had not heard concerns of people taking mail from people’s mailboxes but noted that the holiday season is “prime time for crimes” like the one on Wednesday. She added people have complained of strangers walking up to their doors in recent Q months.

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Bill to help save mute swans signed by guv Avella and advocates aim to protect animals from eradication by DEC by Ryan Brady Associate Editor

Gov. Cuomo signed a bill introduced by state Sen. Tony Avella aiming to protect mute swans, a species initially planned for eradication by the Department of Environmental FILE PHOTO Conservation.

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Wills trial to start in Jan. The trial against City Councilman Ruben Wills (D-Jamaica), who is accused of misdirecting campaign funds for personal use, has been pushed back until after the new year, according to the office of New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman. A spokesman for Schneiderman, in an email to the Chronicle on Friday, said there are a few more pretrial matters that need to be addressed and that the trial itself now is considered unlikely to begin before Jan. 9, 2017. Pretrial procedures and intermittent hearings will continue this week. The trial had been tentatively scheduled to begin three weeks ago, on Nov. 14, at the Queens Cr iminal Courthouse on Queens Boulevard in Kew Gardens. Wills has been in attendance for most of the proceedings. Along with being accused of misdirecting funds for personal use, the councilman has been charged with pilfering money from a nonprofit organization that prosecutors claim he controlled. Wills has repeatedly and vigorously Q denied the state’s allegations. — Nicholas Theodorou

Gov. Cuomo on Monday signed a bill introduced by state Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) and Assemblyman Steven Cymbrowitz (D-Brooklyn) aiming to protect mute swans from being eradicated by the Department of Environmental Conservation. “I am happy to finally get this bill signed into law to protect the Mute Swans from unreasonable eradication,” Avella said in a prepared statement. “This is a major victory for the Mute Swans, as well as other animals who may face similar eradication in the future.” The bill requires the DEC to have two public hearings before finalizing its plans to manage the animals and imposes a two-year delay on any action. The agency also will have to give scientific evidence of the birds’ environmental damage. And if it did that, it would have to look for alternatives to euthanasia, which is not completely ruled out by the legislation. “We are ecstatic about this victory and that DEC’s hateful attitude towards mute swans has been reversed — it is out of step with the very residents of New York whose tax dollars fund the agency,” Friends of Animals President Priscilla Feral said in a prepared statement. The agency, which notes that mute swans are not native to New York and says they are damaging to its environment, originally planned to erad-

Street food vendor bill continued from page 2 “Making it tougher will eliminate the black market,” he said. “If you have a process that’s created from A to Z ... with an enforcement agency that enforces the rules, it will work.” Queens Chamber of Commerce President Tom Grech agreed with Peralta’s argument, adding that there should be protections for brick-and-mortar restaurants that can be harmed by the prevalence of food carts. “I understand the issues surrounding the black market, I just worry about the businesses that are under continuing pressure that street vendors get away with,” he said. “[They] don’t have to follow the rules restaurants do.” Grech believes vending licenses should be capped due to health and safety concerns as well as tax fairness for restaurants. “There’s overhead, there’s rules and regulations, mainly for the common good,” he said. “The increase in street vendors is another difficulty [for restaurants]. We should be making it easier for small businesses to function, not putting in more hurdles for them to overcome.” A fruit cart vendor in Forest Hills believes that the regulation portion of the bill is fair, but is apprehensive about the proposed hike in licensing fees. “If you have $1,000, you’re not going to

start a food cart, you’re going to do something else,” said vendor Lahsen Itrag. “People new to this country cannot afford $1,000. It’s too high.” Itrag was not aware that people were renting out licenses for thousands of dollars saying, “For that price, no one is going to make money.” The Street Vendor Project, part of the Urban Justice Center, believes that the bill is “a good thing for now.” “We’re supporting it and we think it’s a great step in the right direction in reforming the broken food vendor system and decreasing the black market,” said Matthew Shapiro, staff attorney for the Street Vendor Project. “It will bring in thousands of vendors vending without a permit to be put into the system and allow them to follow the rules in place for vendors,” he said. The Street Vendor Project has about 2,000 members, including some vendors who do not have permits. Requests for comment from the office of Cou ncilmember Daniel Drom m (D-Jackson Heights) were not answered. Miller’s office was not able to respond by press time. Richards’ office declined to comment on the future of the bill since Richards was not a prime sponsor. Richards did, however, sign on in support of the meaQ sure.

icate nearly every one in the state by 2025. “I, and many animal rights organizations and activists, will remain skeptical that such drastic measures are necessary until evidence proves otherwise,” Avella added. “Even if the evidence is there, it is a humane and moral imperative to find non-lethal means for controlling their population.” “DEC’s plan has always been grounded in minimizing the negative impacts of swans, while allowing them to remain in urban parks and other controlled settings,” a DEC spokesman said in an emailed statement. “DEC recently adopted regulations listing mute swans as a ‘prohibited’ Invasive Species, which prohibits the sale, importation, transport, or introduction of this species in New York.” Animal rights groups and Avella were vocal opponents of the plan from the start. Environmental advocates have not been as supportive of the bill as animal rights supporters. “I have mixed feelings about it,” American Littoral Society Jamaica Bay guardian Don Riepe told the Chronicle. “On the one hand we like mute swans. On the other hand they can become a problem in our state’s wildlife refuges and national parks and need to be controlled.” The swans, he added, do not necessarily have to be eradicated. “It can be something like keeping them from nesting in these parks so that the population Q doesn’t increase,” he said.

MTA fare hike hearing Dec. 5 The Metropolitan Transportation Authority will host a public hearing on a proposed fare hike from 5 to 8 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 5, at York College’s Milton G. Bassin Performing Arts Center at 94-45 Guy R. Brewer Blvd. in Jamaica. It is the only public hearing on the fare hike scheduled for Queens. Under one proposal, the $2.75 fare would go to $3, and be accompanied by a 25-cent increase in a single-ride ticket to $3.25 and a $4.50 increase for a 30-day MetroCard, bringing the price to $121. A seven-day card would increase $1 to $32. A nother plan would leave the MetroCard fare at $2.75 and singleride ticket at $3, but would increase the cost of 30-day and seven-day cards. Cash tolls at the Queens Midtown Tunnel would increase 50 cents to $8.50; and the two-way cash toll on the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge would go up $1 to $17. The MTA board will vote on a fare plan in January, with new fares taking effect on March 19, 2017. Several more public hearings will be held in and around the city in December. Details are posted at Q

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City to make new abuse screening tool Office to Combat Domestic Violence gets DOJ grant for initiative at QFJC by Ryan Brady

task force, said in a prepared statement. “To help survivors rebuild their lives, we must recognize the many ways they have suffered so that our remedies do not compound or complicate their struggle.” Partnering with the HTIC “allows us to have more contact with survivors of sex trafficking,” Sidman said. Other parts of Queens that have large amounts of human trafficking and prostitution include Elmhurst and Jackson Heights. “You have folks that come in from various countries, from Mexico, from Asia, from the Caribbean, that are being trafficked and one of their first stops is Roosevelt Avenue because of the prostitution rings that exist there,” state Sen. Jose Peralta (D-East Elmhurst) told the Chronicle. “We helped 375 exploited women this year and by far, most of the victims we have helped were exploited in Queens. Within Queens, Flushing is the epicenter for the trafficking of East Asians,” Jimmy Lee of Restore NYC, a group that helps foreign survivors of sex trafficking, said in an emailed statement. “We believe that sex trafficking in New York is a problem that can be solved with the help of people of goodwill.” The grant is part of a pilot program aimed at creating a polyvictimization screening tool Q that can be implemented nationwide.

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The Mayor’s Office to Combat Domestic Violence was given a $650,000 grant by the Department of Justice to make a polyvictimization screening tool at the Queens Family Justice Center. The initiative aims to make the most fitting and best services available to survivors of abuse. Polyvictimization survivors have experienced several kinds of abuse, such as child abuse, stalking and sexual abuse. “This grant will enable service providers at the QFJC to screen survivors of intimate partner violence for all forms of victimizations to ensure that they are connected with appropriate and comprehensive services to meet all of their needs,” de Blasio spokesman Michael Sid man said in an emailed statement. Among those commonly suffering polyvictimization are victims of trafficking for sexual slavery, according to the Department of Justice. The crime is common in Flushing, with some women forced into prostitution having reported that the neighborhood is the first place that they were put in. The QFJC hosts the Queens Human Trafficking Intervention Pro Bono Project with the Queens Human Trafficking Intervention Court and Sanctuary for Families. The bor-

Polyvictimization frequently happens to victims of human trafficking, who can be found on Roosevelt Avenue, a commercial strip known for having a notoriously large amount of prostitution. FILE PHOTO

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How Trump win will affect local gov’t Political science professor says city officals will help immigrants by Nicholas Theodorou Chronicle Contributor

Queens College Professor Michael Krasner is concerned yet optimistic about what a Trump administration will be like for the country as a PHOTO BY NICHOLAS THEODOROU whole and local government.

The Nov. 8 presidential election will not only have implications for the nation as a whole but for our local government as well. Michael Krasner is a political science professor at Queens College. Speaking in his office shortly after the vote, he was concerned yet optimistic about what the next four years under a Donald Trump presidency might be like. “You’re not going to get a doover on this election so the consequences are clear even though more people voted for Hillar y than Trump, you’re still going to get Trump,” Krasner said. Local gover n ment could be affected by seeing less funding going into cities, he said. “It means there’s going to be a lot fewer resources going into public and higher education in particula r,” he said. “T hat’s bad for Queens College and it’s bad for working people.”

Krasner suspected there would be “serious disruptions” in immigrant communities. “There’s going to be squads of enforcers going around trying to round up supposedly dangerous illegal immigrants and that’s probably going to be opposed by city government so there’s going to be a lot of conflict and tension,” he said. Mayor de Blasio says he will protect undocumented immigrants by deleting the IDNYC card database. Many such immigrants have the cards, according to PIX 11 news. “So on something like [the database], I think because it touches that button directly of whether people’s personal privacy is going to be respected, I think that’s one where there would be a real fight,” de Blasio said. Something that concerns college students and young adults is the provision of Obamacare that allows them to stay on their parents insurance until they are 26 years old, though Trump said on “60 Minutes”

he would retain that. Still, Krasner said the presidentelect isn’t the most well-informed when it comes to gover n ment issues. “Now Tr ump’s going to f ind himself between a rock and hard place. He doesn’t want to alienate all these people with pre-existing conditions because they vote but on the other hand he promised he’d get rid of Obamacare,” Krasner said. A lthough voter t u r nout was down from the last two elections, Krasner said a combination of a big turnout among working-class white Americans and a lack of turnout from blacks and Latinos led to Trump’s victory. “Maybe there’s a more conservative minority among Latinos than we’ve been aware of,” he added. Krasner is unsure as to how many more people will vote in four years. “I think some people will take it more seriously. Whether it will be enough to make a big difference I Q think is a big question,” he said.

Jamaica worker among Briarwood accident vics Welder Elizandro Ramos, a married father of three, was 43 years old by Christopher Barca

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Thanksgiving was an unimaginably difficult day to get through in the Ramos home. After all, the family-oriented holiday came just two days after 43-year-old Jamaica resident and welder Elizandro “Alex” Ramos, a married father of three daughters, was killed working on a Briarwood construction site. According to authorities, Ramos was standing on top of a 6,500-pound steel beam being hoisted in the air by crane operator George Smith during renovations on a 81-10 135 St. apartment building around noon last Tuesday. That’s when the rigging strap connecting the crane to its load snapped, with both the massive piece of steel and Ramos falling to the ground. The beam landed on Ramos and Smith —a Brooklyn resident who was inside the operator’s cab of the crane — killing them. “The Department of Building’s preliminary review showed that the beam that fell had been lifted into place when the rigging strap connecting the beam to the crane snapped,” DOB Commissioner Rick Chandler said in a statement. “The position of the crane load does not appear to have shifted during this time and it is unlikely that wind played a role in this incident. DOB’s investigation is ongoing and at the conclusion of

our review we will vigorously pursue all appropriate enforcement actions related to this tragedy.” The agency immediately issued a full stop-work order at the site, which was still in effect as of press time on Wednesday, to a l low t he i nvest igat ion t o cont i nue uninterrupted. DOB spokesperson Alex Schnell said a full agency inspection of the site must occur before the stop-work order can be lifted. Chandler said the crane had recently passed inspection, but CRV Precast Erectors, the site’s crane operating company, did not have the permit required to allow workers to walk onto the steel beams. According to a Crains report, CRV Precast Erectors was also fined $6,300 by the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration in 2015 for failing to have a heat safety program in place after a worker collapsed and died in 100-degree temperatures in Brooklyn. In a statement issued the day after Ramos’ accident, Councilmembers Rory Lancman (D-Fresh Meadows) and Jumaane Williams (D-Brooklyn) said the city “owes it” to the killed workers to discuss job site reforms to keep employees safe. “The tragic death of two construction workers at a non-union job site in Queens is a stark reminder of the dangerous conditions that workers face in our city,” they said.

Jamaica resident Elizandro “Alex” Ramos was killed on his Briarwood construction site last week when a steel beam fell on him and a coworker. He leaves behind a wife and three PHOTO VIA GOFUNDME daughters.

“We cannot ignore safety just so we can keep up with the construction boom taking place in the city. While the city has made real efforts to improve safety on job sites, this tragic accident is evidence that much more needs to be done as soon as possible.” A page on the f undraising website GoFundMe has been established in Ramos’ name, with a stated goal of helping pay for his funeral expenses. As of press time on Wednesday, $4,476 had been raised, with 83 people donating. “The Ramos family has experienced a devastating and unimaginable loss with the tragic death of their husband and father Alex,” the page’s creator, Jamaica resident Jennyfer Muniz, wrote. “We want to bring the community together to help support them during this time by setting up this GoFundMe. This will help pay for funeral expenses, loss of wages and other unforeseen expenses that will arise.” Donation amounts range from $20 to over $100, with a number of fellow construction workers from Boston to Albany identifying their union and chapter number in comments on the page. “I’m sorry for your loss,” Sean O’Connor wrote. “If wasn’t for the training and experienced people in my trade union, my fate my have been that of your loved one. God bless.” To donate to Ramos’ page, log onto Q

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Sharing the lessons they’ve learned in life by Mark Lord Chronicle Contributor

It took a couple of debilitating strokes for Kew Gardens Hills resident Larry Bloom to discover, as he approached his 70th birthday, what he considers to be the single greatest lesson he has learned in life. The matter surfaced recently when Bloom and about a dozen other members of the senior set were each asked to address the same question. For Bloom, a retired banking executive, it comes down to the value of true friendship, exemplified by an outpouring of love that he said helped him get back on the road to recovery. “When I was sick, over 200 people contacted me,” he said. “Most of my true friends are people I’ve known for many years. They’ve seen me through sickness and health.” Bloom, 7l, said he never realized “the value of being a friend. I didn’t appreciate that when I was young. This woke me up.” Now Bloom makes it his business to contact the people in his life “on all occasions. I try to reach out to friends I haven’t heard from in years.” With the 50th anniversary reunion of his Wilmington College graduation class coming up in June, Bloom hopes to be able to attend and rekindle even more old acquaintances. “If I can make it, I’m planning on going,” he

The importance of friendship and of not rushing through the day were common themes among Queens seniors such as Linda Go, left, Ana Escobar, Charlotte O. and, top, Gloria Wolf and Fred PHOTOS BY MARK LORD Kaminski, when asked about the key lessons they’ve learned in life. said. Bloom credits the strokes with teaching him another important lesson: “the value of slowing down.” He is convinced that the strokes were “the results of pushing too much. I never allowed time to sit and take it easy.” There seems to be little if any slowing down for Dave Shapiro, 94, a long-time resident of Little

Neck. Keeping busy seems to be his secret to perpetual youth. “I keep going to work,” he said, though he reduced his schedule to three days a week, as bookkeeper of the family business. “It gives me a real purpose to get up in the morning. “In my mind, the worst thing is to sit around watching television. You have to have other inter-

ests. My interest is work.” Since he lost his wife a couple of years ago, Shapiro also has found himself a “lady friend,” with whom he enjoys going out to dinner and catching an occasional show. “I try to keep life going as normal as possible,” he said. At the age of 82, Forest Hills resident Tom Fergus, who arrived in this country from his native Ireland in 1957, says it’s all a matter of trust — particularly when it comes to politicians. That was at the forefront of his thoughts during the recent election. “I don’t recall any politicians who were elected who did what they said they’d do,” Fergus said. “I’m not a saint,” he added. “But I believe in integrity.” It’s a standard that he learned at the knee of continued on page page 00 continued on 34

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Seven Social Security facts you need to know Planning ahead and getting an accurate picture of your options may be key to getting the most out of your retirement. However, a survey commissioned by Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company (MassMutual) aimed to better understand how much Americans know about Social Security retirement benefits suggests many may be leaving Social Security retirement benefits they’re entitled to on the table, or incorrectly assuming what benefits may be available in retirement. Here are some the most common questions and answers for people of all ages: • My spouse can qualify for Social Security retirement benefits, even if he or she has no earnings history. True! Many spouses choose to stay at home to raise children or otherwise spend extended periods of time outside the paid workforce. This can affect a spouse’s ability to qualify for Social Security benefits. In such cases, the spouse who earns less may be eligible for a Social Security spousal benefit. A spousal benefit can be as much as 50 percent of the higher earning spouse’s full retirement age benefit. The exact percentage will depend on whether or not each spouse has reached his or her full retirement age. • As a divorced person, I can collect Social Security retirement benefits based on my ex-spouse’s earnings history. True! You may be eligible to receive retirement benefits based on your ex-spouse’s earnings record, provided your marriage lasted at least 10 years, you are currently unmarried, you are at least 62 years old and the benefit you would receive based on your personal earnings history is less than the benefit amount you would receive if you filed for benefits based on your ex-spouse’s earnings record. If your ex-spouse has not yet applied for retirement benefits, but qualified for them, you can collect benefits based on his or her record provided that you have been divorced for at least two years.

Social Security filing strategies rest with you. It is important to acquire as much information as possible before making any PHOTO COURTESY BRANDPOINT final decisions. • Under current Social Security Law, full retirement age is 65. False! Your full retirement age is based on the year you were born. For people born between 1943 and 1954, the full retirement age is 66. If you were born in 1960 or later, the full retirement age is 67. For anyone born between 1955 and 1959, the full retirement age increases gradually. • Once I start collecting Social Security, my benefit payments will never change. False! The Social Security Act of 1973 included a provision for cost-of-living adjustments (COLAs) to help Social Security benefits account for inflation. Each year, the Social Security Administration uses specific indexes and formulas mandated by this legislation to determine whether a COLA will apply to benefits paid in the coming year and if so, how much the increase will be. • If I file for retirement benefits and have minor dependent children, they also may qualify for Social Security benefits. True!

When you file for Social Security retirement benefits, your children may also qualify to receive benefits based on your record. An eligible child can be your biological child, adopted child or stepchild. A dependent grandchild may also qualify. Normally, benefits stop when children reach age 18 unless they are disabled. However, if the child is still a full-time student at a secondary school at age 18, benefits will continue until the child graduates or until two months after the child becomes age 19, whichever is first. • I must be a U.S. citizen to collect Social Security retirement benefits. False! You do not have to be a U.S. citizen to qualify for Social Security retirement benefits. Resident aliens who pay into the Social Security system may qualify to receive retirement benefits, assuming they earn enough credits and meet additional criteria. To become part of the Social Security system, non-U.S. citizens must have lawful alien status, permission by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services to work in the U.S. and a Social Security Number. • I can continue working while collecting my full Social Security retirement benefits — regardless of my age. False! You can work and receive Social Security retirement benefits. However, if you have not reached full retirement age, your earnings will be subject to the retirement earnings test. If your income exceeds the test limit, Social Security may withhold all or a portion of your benefits. Withheld benefits are repaid over your lifetime once you reach full retirement age. Final decisions about Social Security filing strategies always rest with you and should be based on your specific needs and health considerations. It is important to acquire as much information as possible in order to make an informed Social Security claiming decision because one year P after the claiming decision is made, it cannot be changed. — Brandpoint

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Diabetes and dental health Regular dental checkups are essential to maintaining oral health. In addition to preventing dental caries and removing tartar that contributes to gum disease, dental checkups can alert patients to other potential health problems. For example, symptoms of periodontal disease may be indicative of the presence of diseases that stem from outside of the mouth, including diabetes. Diabetes, a condition of uncontrolled blood sugar or insulin production, can affect many areas of the body, including the mouth. Diabetics face a high risk of oral health problems because of fluctuating levels of blood sugar, which impair white blood cells. White blood cells are the body’s main defense against disease and are dispatched when a virus or bacteria is present. Should white blood cells be rendered less effective, the body’s defense system is compromised and infections can occur in the mouth and elsewhere. Those with diabetes may complain of certain oral symptoms. Uncontrolled diabetes can result in a decrease in saliva flow, which leads to dry mouth. Saliva is important to wash away bacteria in the mouth. Gum inflammation can occur because diabetes causes blood vessels to thicken, slowing the flow of waste and nutrients from

bodily tissues. An increase in bacteria and the compromised state of white blood cells make for the perfect environment for periodontal disease. Furthermore, uncontrolled diabetes can make it more difficult for the mouth and other areas of the body to heal. Therefore, there may be recurrent mouth infections, sores and other symptoms of irritation. Thrush, a condition of overabundant yeast in the body that can cause white patches and soreness in the mouth, is also more prevalent among diabetics. The American Diabetes Association says that not only are people with diabetes more susceptible to serious gum disease, but serious gum disease may have the potential to affect blood glucose control and contribute to the progression of diabetes. Many people are unaware they have diabetes until an oral health exam raises a red flag that warns of uncontrolled blood sugar. Those who are aware of their diabetes should take treatment seriously to keep blood sugar levels in check. They also should discuss their diabetes with a dentist and other oral health practitioners so that a custom exam and screening schedule can be implemented. It is vital for diabetics to maintain oral health to reduce the risk of infections of the mouth that can spread elsewhere throughout the body. P — Metro Creative Connection

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Life lessons continued frompage page0032 continued from his detective father, who taught young Tom, “Don’t trust everything you read or even see; the eye is too slow.” A Floral Park resident, who would give her name only as Ray, and who would admit only to being “well on in age,” took a more spiritual approach to the question. “I believe in God, in doing good, in doing for everybody,” Ray said. “I help people whenever I can.” She said she is “kind to everybody, no matter who. We are all God’s people.” To emphasize her philosophy, she quoted the old Vince Gill song, “Let there be peace on earth and let it begin with me.” The sentiment was reflected in the words of Forest Hills resident Sabah Pishanidar, 69, who believes it’s important to “forget and forgive. When you forgive a person who’s upset with you, he will forgive, too.” Alex Berens, 79, of Rego Park teaches his 15-year-old grandson about the need for honesty and respect. “You can have your own opinion, but respect other people’s opinions,” he said. At 66, Forest Hills resident Linda Go said, “I don’t feel senior yet,” but that she has learned the importance of having patience, “maybe because I have more time now.” HOSP-070279

Retired banker Larry Bloom, here with the script of his play “Resistance,” makes sure to keep in touch with friends. PHOTO BY MARK LORD Similarly, Fred J. Kaminski, 73, of Richmond Hill, learned after retiring from the Port Authority that it is important to “take your time. Do not rush. I enjoy the world a lot more. It’s better to be slow and not miss things.” Gloria Wolf, 91, a longtime resident of Rego Park, said she’s been blessed with “wonderful friends. To have a friend you have to know how to be one.” For Wolf, the guiding word is “kindness. I find it’s one word but it goes a long way.” Charlotte O., 86, of Forest Hills, believes simply, “Do not depend on anyone else.” And Ana Escobar, 73, of Rego Park, likely spoke for many when she said, “Life is too short to waste it on not liking other people. Nothing should be taken too seriously. Live P well. Be happy.”

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State proposes new Creedmoor projects 1,278 houses, apartments sought on 53 acres on southern campus by Michael Gannon Editor

Members of Community Board 13 have learned to take more than a passing interest when a state agency comes to them talking about development plans for surplus land at the Creed moor Psych iat r ic Center i n Bellerose. Richard Hellenbrecht, the board’s land use chairman, said the Empire State Development Corp. has approached them with plans for two parcels on the south campus totaling 53 acres. The south campus is bordered by Hillside Avenue to the south, Winchester Boulevard to the west, Union Turnpike to the north and mostly residential housing to the east. The towering main hospital is located on the northeast corner of the intersection of Winchester Boulevard and Union Turnpike. Speaking at the board’s monthly meeting on Nov. 21, Hellenbrecht said housing is the primary aim, with 1,278 dwelling units included in the proposal. “There would be apartments and one- and two-family houses,” Hellenbrecht told the group. Twenty percent of the dwellings would be classified as affordable. There would be 370 one- and two-family homes. But the ESDC also is proposing apartment buildings of four and five stories, which CB 13 has considered out of character with the existing homes in the adjacent neighborhood to the east. It would require zoning changes that would allow builders to exceed the 35-foot height limit. “We’re not too happy about that,” he said. And while a new public school building is part of the requested package, so are only

The old power plant for the Creedmoor Psychiatric Center could become a youth or community center under a plan for more than 1,200 housing units being proffered to Community Board 13. But PHOTO BY MICHAEL GANNON civic leaders are approaching cautiously. 1,294 new parking spaces to accommodate the new 1,278 units. The ESDC also is proposing to put a youth center in or on the site of the old Creedmoor power generating station. While the power plant was decommissioned years ago, it can be clearly seen from three sides of the south campus, its twin smokestacks standing as tall as when it was opened in the 1920s. Hellenbrecht, Board Chairman Bryan Block and other CB 13 members long have expressed concern about what substances such as asbestos could be found throughout the building, particularly lining the smoke-

stacks; and just what contaminants may have accumulated in the surrounding soil at unknown levels over decades. ESDC officials could not be reached for comment on the plan or the concerns. The Land Use Committee eventually is expected to get a more formal proposal in the future, which then would be presented to the board as a whole with recommendations for approval, disapproval or approval with conditions. Nor are building height and parking availability new issues where CB 13 officials are concerned. An initial proposal for a pair of nine-story

apartment towers, submitted by the Indian Cultural and Community Center for 4.5 acres that it bought from the Creedmoor parcel in 2008, sparked vehement and unanimous opposition from the board. The city’s Board of Standards and Appeals eventually approved four-story structures, but still did not satisfy CB 13 members or residents of 242nd Street, whose property lines sit as little as 35 feet from the proposed structures. The waiving of parking requirements was a major reason CB 13 opposed Mayor de Blasio’s Mandatory Inclusionary Zoning initiative, members pointing out that people in eastern Queens are more apt to rely on their automobiles than Manhattanites and those in western Queens with far more access to public transportation. Last visited by the Chronicle last Friday, there still appears to be little or no action on the ICCC site, where the amended plans were approved by the BSA in March 2015. Civic and elected officials have questioned the group’s ability to raise the necessary money. In 2013 the New York State Inspector General’s Office issued a blistering report on the state’s oversight of the sale of the land, which was handled by the New York State Dormitory Authority. The ICCC was accused of exploiting loopholes in related state legislation, and Dormitory Authority officials of not taking the time to acquaint themselves with state law or legislative initiatives specific to the property. Hellenbrecht pointed out that several projects on former Creedmoor land have been very beneficial to the community, such as youth ballfield complexes and the Cross Q Island YMCA.

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The South Ozone Park school that famous rapper Nicki Minaj attended years ago may lose a grade level starting next school year, due to its students going elsewhere after fifth grade. The Department of Education is proposing to change PS 45 from a K-6 school to a K-5 institution, according to the agency’s website. “This proposal was developed in collaboration with the District 27 Community Superintendent and PS 45 leadership, who believe that the truncation of the sixth grade will benefit PS 45 and District 27 families,” the DOE states in its formal proposal. “If this proposal is approved, PS 45 will have the opportunity to focus exclusively on its elementary school grades.” The school, located at 126-28 150 St., is the only one in School District 27 to serve students K-6. All others are K-5. According to the proposal, the plan comes as fewer parents are deciding to keep their children at PS 45 following the fifth grade. At the end of the 2014-15 school year, 60 percent of the fifth-grade class went to a stand-alone middle school in or out of the school district, the DOE states. As a result, only 31 students were in PS 45’s sixth grade for the 2015-16

school year. That number was 25 for this school year. Most of the students have gone to JHS 226 , The Virgil I. Grissom School, or Hawtree Creek Middle School, both located at 121-10 Rockaway Blvd., following the fifth grade. The students who decide to stay at PS 45 for sixth grade can face educational challenges when they go to a dedicated middle school for seventh grade, the DOE says. “PS 45 students who enter middle school in the seventh grade may also face transitional challenges as they adjust to a middle school curriculum designed as preparation for rigourous high school instruction,” its plan states. “From a pedagogical perspective, continuity of instruction is adversely impacted when students begin middle school at multiple entry grade levels.” The proposal is also expected to reduce the number of empty middle school seats in District 27 and will open up seats for other grade levels at PS 45. The Panel for Educational Policy is scheduled to vote on the plan at its Dec. 21 meeting. If it is approved, some positions at the school may be eliminated, though the educational impact statement says “it is difficult to predict the number of affected positions.” Anyone laid off because of the grade truncation can apply for other DOE positions. The school’s budget may decrease, depending on the number of K-5 students who Q enroll there.

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‘Jesus Christ Superstar’ rocks The Secret Theatre by Mark Lord

scene is re-enacted without the benefit of actual food or drink. Several individuals and scenes stood out Sunday night. Steffen Alexander Whorton, buff and tattooed, makes for an unconventional Jesus of Nazareth, singing in a powerful, often emotionfilled voice. (The entire show is sung through, with no spoken dialogue.) He reaches his musical apex in “Gethsemane,” wherein he ultimately surrenders to the will of God. Whorton’s strongest dramatic moments occur when he is confronted by lepers, cripples and beggars, all wanting to be helped or healed; while subjected to severe whippings at the hands of a bloodthirsty mob; and during the climactic Continuedononpage page continued 41

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tional student s of the ar t s and professional international artists the opportunity to perform, with Americans, in professional quality theater in New York City.” The company also provides the per formers with “free line pronunciation lessons,” the better to be understood on stage. While an array of accents was discernible (members of the cast hail from locales such as Russia, Argentina, Brazil, Finland, Spain — even the Bronx!), the multicultural mixture added an interesting element to the production. This is a bare bones, 90-minute rendition of the piece, performed without intermission, mostly in modern dress and almost entirely sans sets and props; even the famous Last Supper

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The Red Violin and Its Legacy, with Elizabeth Pitcairn playing sonatas by Mozart, Mendelssohn and Franck on her Stradivarius, joined by Barbara Podgurski and two kids from the Luzerne Music Center, presented by Musica Reginae. Sat., Dec. 3, 7:30 p.m., The Church-in-the-Gardens, 50 Ascan Ave., Forest Hills. $20; $10 students 13-30; kids under 13 free with adult. Info: (718) 894-2178, A Holiday Jubilee, a choral concert by The Community Singers of Queens. Sat., Dec. 3, 8 p.m., The Church on the Hill, 167 St. and 35 Ave., Flushing. $10. Info: (718) 658-1021. Spirit of Christmas, by Forte New York Chamber Music Series, devoted to bringing classical music to new audiences hoping it can influence lives, with musicians communicating closely with attendees. Sun., Dec. 4, 5-6:30 p.m., NY Presbyterian Church, 43-23 37 Ave., Long Island City. Free; parking too. Monthly concerts in other locations to follow. Info: Brooklyn Rider, a genre-defying chamber music string quartet with an eclectic repertoire. Fri., Dec. 2, 7:30 p.m., Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd. $25; $10 students. Info/RSVP: (718) 463-7700, COURTESY PHOTO

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Animal Tales: Two Little Birds, about the migratory journey of two birds, plus story time, live animals, craft and nature walk, for kids 5-6. Sat., Dec. 3, 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m., Alley Pond Environmental Center, 228-06 Northern Blvd., Douglaston. $21. Info/pre-registration (req’d): (718) 229-4000, A special program paying tribute to western Queens’ contributions to World War II and the Vietnam War will include a lecture and footage shot during the latter conflict by an area resident who served in country. See Special Events. DALE NUNN COLLECTION / U.S. ARMY 221ST SIGNAL CO. (PICTORIAL) Living Word. Fri.-Sat., Dec. 2-3, 9-10, 7:30 p.m.; Sun., Dec. 4, 11, 3 p.m., Presbyterian Church of St. Albans, 190-04 119 Ave. $20. Info: (718) 5282495, “A Christmas Carol,” the Charles Dickens classic about what’s important in life, in radio show style, by the Royal Star Theatre. Sun., Dec. 4, 3 p.m., Immaculate Conception Church Parish Hall, 85-45 Edgerton Blvd., Jamaica Estates. $15; $10 kids up to 14. Info: (718) 428-8681,

SPECIAL EVENTS “LIC at War,” exhibit honoring Queens residents who served in World War II and Vietnam, with lecture and documentary footage by former U.S. Army 1st Lt. Don Fedynak, a Vietnam veteran, and more. Sat., Dec. 3, 1 p.m., Greater Astoria Historical Society, 35-20 Broadway, Long Island City. Free. Info: (718) 278-0700, Wintercon, the largest comic and sci-fi expo in NYC, with costume contests, movie trailers, live performances and more. Sat., Dec. 3, 10:30 a.m.-8 p.m.; Sun., Dec. 4, 10:30 a.m.-5 p.m., Resorts World Casino, 110-00 Rockaway Blvd., South Ozone Park. $19-$58. Info: Holly Bazaar and Breakfast with Santa, with new merchandise, Christmas trees, wreaths, poinsettia plants, country kitchen, raffles and more. Sat., Dec. 3, 9 a.m. (breakfast; bazaar times TBA), All Saints’ Episcopal Church, 214-35 40 Ave., Bayside. Luncheon Sun., Dec. 4, 11:30 a.m. (RSVP req’d). Info: (718) 229-5631. Christmas celebration, with Santa Claus, tree-lighting ceremony, ornament-making for kids, a capella performances by The Rough Dozen and more. Sun., Dec. 4, 1-5:30 p.m. (certain events at certain times), Queens Botanical Garden, 43-50 Main St., Flushing.

Free. RSVP by Fri., Dec. 2, 5 p.m. to reserve free parking. Info: (718) 886-3800, Stop ’n’ Swap, a community reuse event, with people bringing reusable, portable items such as clothing, housewares, electronics, books and toys to donate, and taking something home for free. Attendees don’t have to bring something to take something. Certain items disallowed; see details online. Sat., Dec. 3, 12-3 p.m., PS 154, 75-02 162 St., Hillcrest; Sun., Dec. 4, 11 a.m.-2 p.m., PS 69, 77-02 37 Ave., Jackson Heights. Free. Info: (212) 788-7964,


India Kaleidoscope Film Festival, starting with “India in a Day,” a 2016 documentary about the everyday lives of thousands of Indian people. First film Thu., Dec. 8, 7:30 p.m., others thru Sun., Dec. 11, varying times, Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35 Ave., Astoria. $30; $22 students first film; others $15; $11 students, seniors; $7 kids up to 17. Info: (718) 777-6888, SCOTT FREE PRODUCTIONS

WORKSHOPS Wreath decorating, working with fragrant winter greens and seasonal decorations, for adults, teens, tweens, led by Voelker Orth Museum gardener Jay

DANCE Monster and Fish Tank, two contemporary dance pieces with abstract movements creating a narrative, choreographed by Kensaku Shinohara and Gabrielle Revlock, respectively. Sat., Dec. 3, 12:30 and 3 p.m., with Revlock taking questions 1-2:45 p.m., Queens Museum, Flushing Meadows Corona Park. Free. Info: (718) 592-9700, “Cinderella,” the timeless fairytale about a girl’s wishes coming true, with music by Prokofiev, by the State Ballet Theatre of Russia. Sat., Dec. 3, 7:30 p.m., Colden Auditorium, Queens College, 65-30 Kissena Blvd., Flushing. $23-$39. Pre-show dinner, 5:30 p.m., The President’s Lounge, $25 more. Info/tickets: (718) 793-0923, COURTESY PHOTO The History of Salsa, with award-winning Colombian dance co. Cali Salsa Pal Mundo performing the genre’s “intoxicating rhythm and mesmerizing moves.” Thru Dec. 11; Fri.-Sat., 8 p.m.; Sun., 4 p.m., Thalia Hispanic Theatre, 41-17 Greenpoint Ave., Sunnyside. $40; $37 students, seniors; special group rates too. Info: (718) 729-3880,

EXHIBITS “Language as Representation,” with visual artworks examining the value and meaning of words, which appear in all the pieces. Thru Jan. 30, 2017, Fisher Landau Center for Art, 38-27 30 St., Long Island City. Free. Info: (718) 937-0727, continued continued on on page page 00 42

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How much of our individuality is defined by our appearance? Do our bodies shape who we are — and if they do, are they always perfect vessels for our being? Can they express everything we want to say? An exhibition at the Knockdown Center in Maspeth poses these questions and others in a series of prints, paintings, sculptures and video. “Read My Lips” is the work of Loren Britton and Kerry Downey, two artists whose work here and previously references a history of “Queer Abstraction,” according to Ashton Cooper, who curated the show and wrote its program notes. The term, though imperfect, carries within it a broad range of artistic practices in a

‘Read My Lips’ When: Thu.-Fri., 5-9 p.m.; Sat.-Sun., 2-8 p.m., through Dec. 18 Where: Knockdown Center, 52-19 Flushing Ave., Maspeth Entry: Free.

history spanning decades of feminist and queer work. In this case, it is shorthand for opposing any explicit identity in form — leaving room for many identities open to interpretation. At the same time, every piece in the gallery’s two rooms recalls bodily forms in some way, some more easily discernable than others. Similarly imperfect, the English language lacks nongendered pronouns for individuals whose identities do not conform to either gender. Both of the artists in this show employ the genderless but not technically ideal pronouns of “they,” “theirs” and “them” to refer to themselves, and these issues of language can be understood as part of larger issues of definition — of meaning, of form — that reverberate through the show. “There’s a lot in the show about how language supports, but also how it is slippery, imperfect, problematic,” said Downey. However nebulous the imagery in their work might seem, the concepts that guided the artists’ hands had a concrete basis. “The relationship between the paper and the printmaking process is so much about touch and surface,” said Downey. They had wanted to bring their printmaking and video work

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Kerry Downey, left, and Loren Britton show off a series of Downey’s monotypes. Inset, an example of Britton’s amorphous seating: “a-morph c.” PHOTOS BY NEIL CHIRAGDIN together in one project, so they began with this idea of skin as a vessel and an interface, but allowed several days of work in the print studio, and 10 video shoots, for the art to take its own direction. “It started a little amorphous,” said Downey. Amorphous is a perfect description of Britton’s plush sculptures in the back room of the gallery, where Downey’s single-channel

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video, “Nothing but net,” plays. Britton’s four “a-morphs” are pillowy seats bound in a variety of textiles of different sizes, shapes and colors. Some encapsulate visitors as in an embrace, while others are more readily perched upon than reclined into. “I think of them as being polymorphous in their relationship to the embodiment of the people continued continued on on page page 00 43

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Merging music both classical and contemporary with visual art and cutting-edge technology, “Visuality,” coming to Queens Theatre on Dec. 3 for one public performance only, explores how light and sound intersect in their purest forms. It is a concept that co-director Guillermo LaPorta, a resident of Sunnyside, has been tinkering with for years. “We present music in a completely different way,” LaPorta said in a recent telephone interview. The result is a show he thinks will appeal equally to young and old. “Classical music could sometimes be for an older audience,” he said, “but with the

‘Visuality’ When: Sat., Dec. 3, 8 p.m. Where: Queens Theatre, 14 United Nations Ave. South, Flushing Meadows Corona Park Tickets: $25. (718) 760-0064,

component of technology, we embrace a younger audience,” as well. In fact, there will be a special performance for young students only — an “educational version” of the show, LaPorta called it — the day before the main event. According to LaPorta, 30, who hails from Spain and has lived in New York City (first in Manhattan, then in Queens) for the past five years, the show evolved over time, this being its seventh version. “Visuality” is a production of CreArtBox, an award-winning multidisciplinary music ensemble, that began as a chamber music concert, LaPorta said. “We started to explore the visual part of music. Every piece we play, I always imagined with a visual component.” The show started with just a cello and piano; then projections were added. “We found it made the concerts more enjoyable. We decided to do it on a fuller scale,” LaPorta said. The current production draws from the group’s extensive repertoire, which includes a diverse assortment of pieces: One explores the culture of “too much” in today’s world of sensory overload; another

together is a story line centered around a psychoanalyst and his patient, who imagines much of what the audience will see on stage. The show, which runs approximately an hour and 15 minutes, “transforms the stage into a canvas,” LaPorta said, and is specifically designed for each venue. T h o ug h h e h a s “Visuality” combines sound, light and art to create a unique already taken “Visuality” to stages across PHOTO COURTESY CREARTBOX multidisciplinary experience. America and in Europe is based on a letter written by a prisoner at (LaPorta is himself a graduate of the Royal Attica; and one, based on the music of College of Music in London and has perClaude Debussy, transports viewers into the formed at prestigious concert halls like world of dreams. Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center), he is The show features six musicians, includ- thrilled to bring his creation to a theater ing LaPorta on flute and the group’s co- right in the backyard of his adopted home. director, Josefina Urraca, LaPorta’s soon-to“It is the most important venue in be bride, on piano, along with dramatic reci- Queens,” he said. “It is a pleasure for us to Q tations, dance and an aerialist. Tying it all present our show there.”

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Holy rock ’n’ rollers bring the good news to LIC continued from from page page 00 37 continued crucifixion scene, which is particularly well-staged. Leo Grinberg as Judas Iscariot lets his impressive tenor soar throughout, though at times, particularly early on, his voice was nearly drowned out by the terrific but blaring three-piece band, led by “band master” Satoko Mori. (No fewer than three musical directors have been variously credited.) In the third pivotal role of Mary Magdalene, Paloma Munoz is entrusted with the show’s most famous song, a declaration of unconditional love called “I Don’t Know How to Love Him.” She delivers it in a sweet voice, though the number did not register high on the emotional scale. Kenneth Kyle Martinez as Caiaphas, the high priest; Jerel Armstrong (the company’s co-president) as fellow priest Annas; and Mathew Bautista as the very theatrical King Herod make strong appearances. In this show, the ensemble is an integral part of almost every number; as a whole, they produce a vibrant, harmonious sound, though, individually, several members dis-

‘Jesus Christ Superstar’ When: Fri.-Sun., Dec. 2-4, varying times Where: The Secret Theatre, 44-02 23 St., Long Island City Tickets: $20. (718) 392-0722,

played surprisingly weak vocal projection. Director and choreographer Namiko Wada keeps the action moving nonstop throughout, creating memorable stage pictures and a couple of stand-out product ion numb er s in “King Herod’s Song” and especially “Superstar.” In addition to the overly loud musicians early on, opening night saw several late lighting cues, keeping some actors momentarily in the dark. These issues will likely be ironed out for future performances. The playing space is quite small, with most of the action taking place within inches of the audience, making for an Q interestingly intimate experience.

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Calvary Cemetary in Woodside and Maspeth by Ron Marzlock Chronicle Contributor

In 1848, Calvary Cemetery, a Catholic burial ground, opened on 115 acres of land purchased from the Alsop Farm. It was quickly filled by 1867. Owned and managed by the Archdiocese of New York, Calvary then acquired 200 additional acres. Today, four Calvary cemeteries straddle the border of Woodside The north side of Queens Boulevard at 52nd Street in and Maspeth. Across the st reet f rom the Woodside in November 1936. entrance to Calvary Cemetery at Queens Boulevard and 52nd Street were the United States in 1891, had two daughdueling monument makers, Irish Ameri- ters and three sons. After becoming a early widower, one cans, Riley Brothers and John P. Rohan Sr. and Jr., competing together largely of his daughters, Edith, ran the business controlling the headstone trade for the for many years. Public records showed Remuzzi’s later burial ground. The cemetery flower trade was con- fell into the hands of a Catapano heir and trolled chiefly by two Italian immigrant eventually was sold. Today, all the monument and f lorist family stores, Remuzzi’s at 51-25 Queens Blvd. and Catapano’s at 52-01 Queens businesses have virtually disappeared from this corner, as the area has since Blvd. Q Charles Remuzzi, who immigrated to been engulfed by high-rise condos.



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The Detroit Lions have been playing on Thanksgiving ever since 1934. The Lions have also been a lousy football team for most of the time since Franklin D. Roosevelt’s first administration. This year has been a bit different, since the Lions found themselves leading their division, the NFC North, after beating the Minnesota Vikings 16-13 in a thrilling Thanksgiving game. On both traditional and social media, the leading topic was not the game itself but rather Aretha Franklin’s dragged-out version of “The Star-Spangled Banner,” which lasted well past four minutes. New York Post sports media critic Phil Mushnick was still railing against Franklin in his column this past Sunday. Franklin is a proud Detroit native and clearly wanted to give a memorable performance for her hometown team. She was probably not told that a lot of people would be holding a tremendous flag on the field as she performed or that most spectators at sporting events have short attention spans for the anthem and just want the game to start as soon as possible. After watching a replay of her rendition of the song, it’s clear to me that she meant no disrespect and was simply trying to honor America on a beloved national holiday. The national discussion about Aretha’s per-

formance reminded me of another kerfuffle on the same topic that also took place in Detroit. In 1968 Jose Feliciano, the talented guitarist and singer whose career was burgeoning, was selected by Major League Baseball to perform the anthem before Game 5 of the World Series. Feliciano decided to ditch the time-honored melody and replace it with an original arrangement accompanied by his flamenco acoustic guitar playing. The immediate reaction was rather muted, as there was both little applause but no noticeable booing either. The reaction from the heartland was deeply unfavorable as radio programmers, especially in what are now referred to as red states, stopped playing his records. His career was stopped in its tracks. There is little doubt that history conspired against Jose. The Vietnam War was at its height and the nation was polarized. Being a young musician in the “long-haired hippie rock ’n’ roll” era probably did not help either in trying to win over middle America. History has been kind to him. Nearly everyone, regardless of political viewpoint, now considers it a masterpiece. Jose has often performed the national anthem at ballparks in recent years. The applause is always deafening, as it should be, and some of that understandably Q comes out of a collective guilt. See the extended version of Sports Beat every week at

boro continued continued from from page page 38 00 “Shivers,” dystopic paintings by Sascha Braunig of fantastical sculptural constructions and more that depict bodies under duress at a time when individual experience seems threatened by outside forces. Thru March 5, 2017, MoMA PS1, 22-25 Jackson Ave., Long Island City. Free with admission: $10; $5 students, seniors; free under 16. Info: (718) 784-2084, “GingerBread Lane,” the 2013-15 world record holder for largest gingerbread village, with edible, homemade houses by chef Jon Lovitch. Thru Sun., Jan. 15; with gingerbread housebuilding workshops Dec. 3, 4, 10, 17, 28, 29, 1 and 3 p.m., New York Hall of Science, 47-01 111 St., Corona. Free with admission; workshops $10 per kit. Info: (718) 699-0005, “RootedinQueens16,” with about 40 photos focusing on the boro’s green environs and promoting sustainability and environmental consciousness, drawn from 700 submitted on Instagram under the titular hashtag. Photos available for sale. Thru early Dec. Qns Collective, 36-27 36 St., Astoria. Info: (718) 762-8880,, “East of East River,” photos of Astoria and Long Island City showing their changing landscapes from 2004-15, by area resident Vikram Dogra. Thru Feb. 26, 2017, Tue.-Sun., 8 a.m.-4 p.m., Queens Botanical Garden, 43-50 Main St., Flushing. Free with admission: $6; $4 seniors; $4 students, $2 children over 3. Info: (718) 8863800, “Toys & Games from the Attic and Beyond,” with more than 150 items including Queensborn Mr. Machine, Hess trucks, Lionel trains, Beanie Babies and more, with info on their histories. Tue., Sat., Sun., 2:30-4:30 p.m. or by appointment, thru June 2017, Queens Historical Society, 143-35 37 Ave., Flushing. $5; $3 seniors, students; under 12 free. Info: (718) 939-0647, “Life Reimagined,” more than two dozen paintings in various styles by residents of the Pomonok Senior Center in Flushing. Thru Dec. 31, Resorts World Casino Red Wall Art Gallery, 11000 Rockaway Blvd., South Ozone Park. Free. Info:

FLEA MARKETS Holiday fair and flea market, with more than 80 vendors, food, raffles, ample parking and more. Sat., Dec. 3, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Our Lady of Hope Church, Eliot Ave. at 71 St., Middle Village. Info: (718) 429-5438. Astoria Market, with handmade gifts, art, jewelry, clothes, accessories, chocolate, “Grandma’s Kitchen” delights and more. Sun., Dec. 4, 11, 18, 12-6 p.m., Bohemian Hall & Beer Garden, 29-19 24 Ave., Astoria. Info: Richmond Hill, 117-09 Hillside Ave., every Sun., 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Largest flea market in Queens. Info: (347) 709-7661,

Italian Charities of America, with food and beverages, tables still available for $25. Sat., Dec. 10, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., 83-20 Queens Blvd., Elmhurst. Info: (718) 478-3100. Giant Indoor Holiday Flea Market, with more than 75 vendors, held by St. Thomas the Apostle Church. Sat.-Sun., Dec. 10-11, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Mulz Hall, Jamaica Ave. and 88 St., Woodhaven. Info: (718) 847-1353.

CLUBS “Hooks & Needles” Crochet & Knit Club, with participants bringing their own projects, hooks, needles and yarn, or working on charity projects, for entire meeting or just dropping in. Every Thu., 6:30-9 p.m., Big 6 Shopping Center, 60-10 Queens Blvd., Woodside (entrance inside shopping center, up one flight, down hall to left of 99-cent store). Info: Lorraine, (917) 817-4037. Queens County Bird Club “Calibirdication,” with Arie Gilbert and Lisa Scheppke describing their birding trip to California. Wed., Dec. 14, 8-9:30 p.m., Alley Pond Environmental Center, 228-06 Northern Blvd., Douglaston. Free. Info:

SENIOR ACTIVITIES Flushing-Fresh Meadows Jewish Center. Sisterhood sponsors an exercise program for active older adults every Tue., 11 a.m.-noon. 193-10 Peck Ave., Fresh Meadows. $5 per session. Info: (718) 357-5100. Woodhaven/Richmond Hill Senior Center, with arts and crafts, knitting, Wii bowling, education and more. Mon.-Fri., 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., lunch at 12 p.m. Strength/stretching exercise class every Mon., 1 p.m.; yoga class every Thu., 10 a.m.; Zumba every Fri. starting July 1. 89-02 91 St., Woodhaven. Info: (718) 847-9200. Howard Beach Senior Center, 155-55 Cross Bay Blvd., across from Stop & Shop. Basic beginner computer classes every Fri., 10:30 a.m. Adult coloring classes, every Wed., 10:30-11:30 a.m. Karaoke, every Fri., 1 p.m. New craft class, every Fri., 10-11:30 a.m. All seniors invited to join in the fun. Open 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Lunch served at 12 p.m. Info: (718) 738-8100. SNAP of Eastern Queens Innovative Senior Center for adults 60+. 80-45 Winchester Blvd., Queens Village. Classes — Exercise every Mon.: advanced, 11 a.m.; beginners, 1 p.m. Every Tue.: magic and ABC computer class, 10 a.m. Every Wed.: armchair yoga, 9 a.m.; Zumba gold, 10 a.m. Every Thu.: creative writing, 11 a.m.; painting, 1 p.m. Every Fri.: fall prevention, 10 a.m.; women’s discussion group, 11 a.m. Info: (718) 454-2100. Knitting and crocheting class, to learn a new skill or share an idea for a craft project, by Jamaica Senior Program for Older Adults. Each Thu., 10:30-11:30 a.m., T. Jackson Adult Center, 92-47 165 St. Info: (718) 657-6500,

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continued from page 00 39 sitting on them,” said Britton. They go on to describe their series of paintings — in which one can make out what appear to be fingers and mouths, but not how they should fit together — as “using abstraction as a tool to think about the body but not naming the parts.” In “Two Mouths, Three Fingers” and “Three Mouths, Four Fingers” reference points only raise more questions. “Abstraction is a way to allow a space of fluidity and to propose a multiplicity of the body without fixing things and for me that gets into a conversation around a genderqueer trans identity as well. It allows a kind of unfixedness of language in relation to an unfixed idea of the body,” said Britton. Referencing the often blooming or spilling imagery in their video, Downey mentioned that they have been dealing with the idea of flux and flow for a while, which they describe as adhering to the “Feminist Sublime.” “There’s the question of the container of the body being transgressed or opened up,” said Downey. Throughout the video, the imagery often appears literally fluid and evokes a number of biological forms. Downey sometimes appears in the video, at times matching into shapes projected over their body, and at others not. Their voice-

over adds an additional layer of flow and form, sometimes meshing with, sometimes disjointed from, the imagery on screen. “Read My Lips” is an exceptionally sharp and focused exhibition that communicates with its visitors coherently without preaching or abandoning a good-humored perspective. For all its abandonment of explicit form, all of the artwork is imbued with provocative meaning. While the Knockdown Center’s concurrent show, “Portrait of a Man” by Sabine Meier, plumbs the depths of a flawed psyche, “Read My Lips” looks to the plasticity of Q self through the imperfect body.

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18-31 42ND STREET ASTORIA LLC. Art. of Org. filed with the SSNY on 10/12/16. 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, 18-31 42nd Street, Astoria, NY 11105. Purpose: Any lawful purpose.

79TH STREET HB, LLC Art. Of Org. Filed Sec. of State of NY 09/12/2013. Off. Loc.:Queens Co. SSNY designated as agent upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY to mail copy of process to The LLC, 185-07 80th Drive, Jamaica Estates, NY 11432. Purpose: Any lawful act or activity.

1819 Cornelia Street LLC Articles of Organization were filed with the Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 10 / 03/16. 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: Bipin Mathew, 16-92 Linden Street, Apartment #3, Ridgewood, NY 11385 Purpose: For any lawful purpose.

Alicia’s Candles LLC Arts. of Org. filed with SSNY on 9/7/16. Off. Loc.: Queens Co. SSNY desig. as agt. upon whom process may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: The LLC, 23-20 36th St #3F, Astoria, NY 11105. General Purposes.

Notice of Formation of 41-16 49 ST LLC. Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 10/24/16. Office location: Queens County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: c/o The LLC, 53-42 Metropolitan Avenue, Ridgewood, N Y 113 8 5. Purpose: any lawful activity.

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Coriolanus Capital Management LLC, a foreign LLC, filed with the SSNY on 10/18/16. Office location: Queens County. SSNY is designated as agent upon whom process against the LLC may be served. SSNY shall mail process to The LLC, P.O. Box 2614, NY, NY 10163. General purpose.

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SUPREME COURT OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK COUNTY OF QUEENS Index No. 14045/2014 SUPPLEMENTAL SUMMONS WITH NOTICE. CITIMORTGAGE, INC., Plaintiff, against TANYA M. JOHNSON, If she be living and if she be dead, the respective heirs-at-law, nextof-kin, distributes, executors, administrators, trustees, devisees, legatees, assignees, lienors, creditors and successors in interest and generally all persons having or claiming under, by or through said defendant who may be deceased, by purchase, inheritance, lien or inheritance, lien or otherwise any right, title or interest in or to the real property described in the amended complaint, MAURICE JOHNSON AKA MAURICE E. JOHNSON AKA MAURICE E. JOHNSON, JR., SYMANTHA JOHNSON, COMMISSIONER OF SOCIAL SERVICES OF THE CITY OF NEW YORK SOCIAL SERVICES DISTRICT, NEW YORK STATE DEPARTMENT OF TAXATION AND FINANCE, CRIMINAL COURT OF THE CITY OF NEW YORK, QUEENS SUPREME COURT, KENNETH BENJAMIN, NEW YORK CITY ENVIRONMENTAL CONTROL BOARD, NEW YORK CITY PARKING VIOLATIONS BUREAU, NEW YORK CITY TRANSIT ADJUDICATION BUREAU AND STATE DEPARTMENT FEDERAL CREDIT UNION, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA-INTERNAL REVENUE SERVICE, Defendants. To the above named defendants: YOU ARE HEREBY SUMMONED to answer the amended complaint in this action and to serve a copy of your answer, or, if the amended complaint is not served with this supplemental summons, to serve a notice of appearance, on the plaintiff’s attorneys within 20 days after the service of this supplemental summons, exclusive of the day of service (or within 30 days after the service is complete if this summons is not personally delivered to you within the State of New York); and in case of your failure to appear or answer, judgment will be taken against you by default for the relief demanded in the complaint. NOTICE YOU ARE IN DANGER OF LOSING YOUR HOME If you do not respond to this summons and complaint by serving a copy of the answer on the attorney for the mortgage company who filed this foreclosure proceeding against you and filing the answer with the court, a default judgment may be entered and you can lose your home. Speak to an attorney or go to the court where your case is pending for further information on how to answer the summons and protect your property. Sending a payment to your mortgage company will not stop this foreclosure action. YOU MUST RESPOND BY SERVING A COPY OF THE ANSWER ON THE ATTORNEY FOR THE PLAINTIFF (MORTGAGE COMPANY) AND FILING THE ANSWER WITH THE COURT. The foregoing supplemental summons is served upon you by publication pursuant to an Order of the Honorable JANICE A. TAYLOR, Justice of the Supreme Court of the State of New York, Queens County, dated the 19th day of July, 2016 and duly entered in the office of the Clerk of the County of Queens, State of New York. NOTICE OF NATURE OF ACTION AND RELIEF SOUGHT The object of the above captioned action is to foreclose a Mortgage to secure $305,000.00 and interest, recorded in the Office of the City Register of Queens County on September 2, 2003 in CRFN 2003000322925, covering premises known as 145-26 232ND STREET, ROSEDALE, COUNTY OF QUEENS, CITY AND STATE OF NEW YORK (Block: 13489, Lot: 97). The relief sought in the within action is a final judgment directing the sale of the premises described above. The Plaintiff also seeks a deficiency judgment against the Defendants, TANYA M. JOHNSON, for any debt secured by said Mortgage which is not satisfied by the proceeds of the sale of said premises, unless discharged in bankruptcy. Premises lying and being in the Borough of Queens. BEGINNING at a point on the westerly side of 232nd Street, 229.75 feet southerly from the corner formed by the intersection of the southerly side of 145th Avenue and the westerly side 232nd Avenue; being a plot 100 feet by 40 feet by 100 feet by 40 feet. Block: 13489; Lot: 97, Rego Park, New York. Dated: October 4, 2016. DAVID A. GALLO & ASSOCIATES LLP. By: Rosemarie A. Klie, Esq., Attorneys for Plaintiff, 95-25 Queens Boulevard, 11th Floor, Rego Park, New York 11374 (718) 459-9000

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SUPREME COURT OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK COUNTY OF QUEENS Index No.: 596/2015 SUPPLEMENTAL SUMMONS WITH NOTICE CITIMORTGAGE, INC., Plaintiff, against ALBERTO L. IMPERIAL, ALBERT A. IMPERIAL JR., DARLENE GRACE T IMPERIAL, if they be living and if they be dead, the respective heirs-at-law, next-of-kin, distributes, executors, administrators, trustees, devisees, legatees, assignees, lienors, creditors and successors in interest and generally all persons having or claiming under, by or through said defendant who may be deceased, by purchase, inheritance, lien or inheritance, lien or otherwise any right, title or interest in or to the real property described in the complaint, NEW YORK CITY PARKING VIOLATIONS BUREAU, NEW YORK CITY ENVIRONMENTAL CONTROL BOARD, NEW YORK CITY TRANSIT ADJUDICATION BUREAU, NEW YORK STATE DEPARTMENT OF TAXATION AND FINANCE, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, HECTOR BAEZ, ZORAIDA TORRES, LILLY TORRES, Defendants. To the above named defendants: YOU ARE HEREBY SUMMONED to answer the amended complaint in this action and to serve a copy of your answer, or, if the amended complaint is not served with this supplemental summons, to serve a notice of appearance, on the plaintiff’s attorneys within 20 days after the service of this supplemental summons, exclusive of the day of service (or within 30 days after the service is complete if this summons is not personally delivered to you within the State of New York); and in case of your failure to appear or answer, judgment will be taken against you by default for the relief demanded in the complaint. NOTICE YOU ARE IN DANGER OF LOSING YOUR HOME. If you do not respond to this summons and complaint by serving a copy of the answer on the attorney for the mortgage company who filed this foreclosure proceeding against you and filing the answer with the court, a default judgment may be entered and you can lose your home. Speak to an attorney or go to the court where your case is pending for further information on how to answer the summons and protect your property. Sending a payment to your mortgage company will not stop this foreclosure action. YOU MUST RESPOND BY SERVING A COPY OF THE ANSWER ON THE ATTORNEY FOR THE PLAINTIFF (MORTGAGE COMPANY) AND FILING THE ANSWER WITH THE COURT. The foregoing supplemental summons is served upon you by publication pursuant to an Order of the Honorable CHEREE BUGGS, Justice of the Supreme Court of the State of New York, Queens County, dated the 19th day of May, 2016 and duly entered in the office of the Clerk of the County of Queens, State of New York. NOTICE OF NATURE OF ACTION AND RELIEF SOUGHT. The object of the above captioned action is to foreclose a Mortgage to secure $517,650.00 and interest, recorded in the Office of the City Register of Queens County on June 18, 2008 in CRFN 2008000244027, which mortgage was assigned to CitiMortgage, Inc. by assignment of mortgage dated November 19, 2010, which was recorded in the Office of the City Register of Queens County on December 14, 2010 in CRFN 2010000418639, covering premises known as 78-19 PITKIN AVENUE, OZONE PARK, COUNTY OF QUEENS, CITY AND STATE OF NEW YORK (Block 9134, Lot 76). The relief sought in the within action is a final judgment directing the sale of the premises described above. The Plaintiff also seeks a deficiency judgment against the Defendants, ALBERTO L. IMPERIAL AND ALBERT A. IMPERIAL JR., for any debt secured by said Mortgage which is not satisfied by the proceeds of the sale of said premises, unless discharged in bankruptcy. Premises situate lying and being in the Borough of Queens. BEGINNING at the corner formed by the intersection of the westerly side of 79th Street with the northerly side of Pitkin Avenue; being a plot 28.18 feet by 67.17 feet by 25.24 feet by 75.08 feet. BLOCK 9134, LOT 76 Dated: October 26, 2016, Rego Park, New York. DAVID A. GALLO & ASOCIATES LLP By: Rosemarie A. Klie, Esq., Attorneys for Plaintiff, 95-25 Queens Boulevard, 11th Floor, Rego Park, New York 11374, (718) 459-9000

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NOTICE OF SALE SUPREME COURT COUNTY OF QUEENS H & R Block Bank, a Federal S av ings B a nk , P la in t i f f AGAINST Jesus Guevara; et al., Defendant(s) Pursuant to a Judgment of Foreclosure and Sale duly dated February 5, 2014 I, the undersigned Referee, will sell at public auction at the Queens County Courthouse, Courtroom #25, 88-11 Sutphin Boulevard, Jamaica, New York on December 9, 2016 at 10:00AM, premises known as 84-12 108th Avenue, Ozone Park, NY 11417. 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: 9143 Lot: 6. Approximate amount of judgment $447,206.67 plus interest and costs. Premises will be sold subject to provisions of filed Judgment Index # 17858/2012. Nicole Katsorhis, Esq., Referee Shapiro, DiCaro & Barak, LLC Attorney(s) for the Plaintiff, 175 Mile Crossing Boulevard, Rochester, New York 14624, (877) 759-1835. Dated: October 26, 2016

VERNALEO LLC. Art. of Org. filed with the SSNY on 09/23/16. 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 L LC, 214-36 27th Avenue, Bayside, NY 11360. Purpose: Any lawful purpose.

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SHERPA ASSOCIATES LLC Art. of Org. filed with the SSNY on 08/01/2016 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 Sherpa Associates LLC, 2071 28th Street, Astoria, NY 11105. Purpose: Any lawful purpose. Sherpa Venture Partners LLC Articles of Organization were filed with the Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 11/28/16. 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: Sherpa Venture Partners LLC 2071 28th Street, Astoria, NY 11105. Purpose: For any lawful purpose.

VINCENZO & ELISA LLC. Art. of Org. filed with the SSNY on 10/19/16. 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, 163-54 Willets Point Boulevard, Whitestone, NY 11375. Purpose: Any lawful purpose.

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T R E E H O U S E DEVELOPMENT LLC, Art. of Org. filed with SSNY on 10/27/2016. Office: Queens County. SSNY has been designated for service of process. SSNY shall mail process to The LLC, 41-14B Main Street #L5, Flushing, NY 11355. General Purposes.

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Economic study shows the pair of immigrant nabes struggle the most by Christopher Barca Associate Editor

When it comes to living paycheck to paycheck, living without internet access or living without health insurance, odds are there are more households experiencing those conditions in Elmhurst and Corona than anywhere else in Queens. That’s according to a new report issued last week by the Association for Neighborhood and Housing Development, the umbrella organization of about 100 nonprofit affordable housing and economic development groups across the city. While many neighborhoods in the Bronx, some in Brooklyn and a handful in Manhattan score worse than Elmhurst and Corona, the overarching theme of ANHD’s report was that, as some areas have blossomed in recent years, others have been left behind. “Economic development has historically overlooked the needs and capacity of lowincome com munities, com munities of color, and immigrants while focusing on increased revenue,” the report reads. When it comes to the number of homes that live paycheck to paycheck without emergency savings, Elmhurst and Corona — lumped together in the report — ranked first in Queens with 64 percent. The neighborhoods also led the borough when it comes to living below the poverty

Elected officials like state Sen. Jose Peralta, speaking, and Assemblyman Francisco Moya, right, aren’t surprised by a new Association for Neighborhood and Housing Development report, which FILE PHOTO details the economic struggles of their constituents. line which 21 percent of households do. Twenty-one percent of homes there rely on food stamps or similar programs, second only to Jamaica and Hollis with 23 percent.

Moya, Reynoso busted at Manhattan protest Lawmakers were ‘fighting for $15’ by Christopher Barca Associate Editor

Assemblyman Francisco Moya getting arrested at a Manhattan protest on Tuesday TWITTER PHOTO / FRANCISCO MOYA morning. next month and released. The assemblyman said the threat of arrest won’t scare him away from future protests, however, as he believes those fighting for a higher minimum wage need to know they have allies in government. “We want to send a clear message that there are elected officials out there that will do everything possible to help the Q working class,” he said.

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No, Assemblyman Francisco Moya (D-Jackson Heights) and City Councilman Anthony Reynoso (D-Brooklyn, Ridgewood) weren’t cuffed this week over serious charges. They were simply protesting alongside SEIU 32BJ union members in favor of a $15 minimum wage during Tuesday’s National Day of Action. Moya and Reynoso were just two of the more than two dozen people arrested at Zuccotti Park in Lower Manhattan early Tuesday morning, where more than 100 fast-food and airport workers chanted, waved signs and even sat down on Broadway with their arms interlocked. “It’s an important and symbolic movement that stems from 32BJ and other labor unions,” Moya said in a Wednesday interview. “It was a peaceful protest. The men and women of the NYPD could not have been more professional.” Moya and Reynoso were given desk appearance summonses, court dates for

Elmhurst and Corona also place second in terms of residents with a high school diploma — 70 percent — trailing Jackson Heights’ 68 percent mark. Regarding health insurance, 22 percent of residents there lack coverage, second to Sunnyside and Woodside by just one percentage point. State Sen. Jose Peralta (D-East Elmhurst) said in a Tuesday interview that constantly rising rent prices in his district — where high-end residential development has begun in recent years — leaves many people unable to save or spend much money. “Those numbers sound very accurate,” Peralta said. “You have families trying to make ends meet but rents are skyrocketing out of control. Back in the day, 15 or 20 percent of your income went to rent. But now, we’re seeing cases of working people paying 50, 60 or 70 percent of their income to rent.” The ANHD’s report bares that out, as 62 percent of units in Elmhurst and Corona are considered rent burdened, tops in the city outside of the Bronx. “How can you save money when you’re living paycheck to paycheck? ” Peralta asked. “Once you start struggling, you begin to live in a bubble of borrowing and that’s very dangerous.” W he n a ske d a b out t he r e p or t on Wednesday, one of the findings that trouble d A s s e mbly m a n Fr a ncis c o Moya (D-Jackson Heights) the most was the lack of internet access in 21 percent of Elmhurst and Corona homes. Flushing and Whitestone lead in that category with 23 percent. “In communities of color and immigrant communities, this is a serious problem,” Moya said. “It hurts kids trying to do their homework. A lot of their assignments are research and internet based. We take it for granted that the internet is a free thing we

have at our disposal, but it’s not for many people.” As chairman of the Assembly’s Commission on Science and Technology, Moya pledged to strengthen and possibly expand internet access programs — specifically citing the Queens Library’s Google tablet borrowing initiative as a success story worth studying. “One of my priorities this year is to bridge that gap,” he said, “and find out how we can expand on these programs, whether it’s through funding or sitting down and have a roundtable with these providers.” Assemblyman-elect Brian Barnwell — who once he’s sworn in come January will represent a densely populated swath of Woodside — said Tuesday that, like Peralta, he is not shocked by the report. “The lack of savings number stands out. People are stretched thin these days,” Barnwell said. “Good-paying, union jobs are becoming more scarce. The fact of the matter is that nothing is affordable.” When it comes to solutions, Barnwell said it’s time for the winning ways of luxury developers to come to an end. “When the middle class and working class gets squeezed out, look what happens,” he said. “It all starts with creating more good-paying jobs and affordable housing. I’m one person, but these are things I’m going to pursue.” Both Moya and Peralta said nothing is going to change unless communities unite and hold their elected officials at all levels of government accountable at the ballot box. “I tell folks constantly that voting matters,” Peralta said. “The more we educate folks and help individuals in need, the louder the message we can send to our mayors and governors.” “We have to be smart about it,” Moya asked. “Is your City Council member funding extra sanitation and more police? Are they doing things to help our infrastructure issues? We have to start holding them accountable.” A common thread across Queens — not just Elmhurst and Corona — was that more than 50 percent of households live paycheck to paycheck. The only exceptions are Bayside and Little Neck (46 percent), Queens Village (47 percent) and Forest Hills and Rego Park (49 percent). But other Queens residents aren’t struggling to secure healthcare coverage like those in Elmhurst and Corona are. The uninsured rate in most other neighborhoods ranges from 7 percent in Queens Village to 19 percent in Flushing and Whitestone. One category in which Elmhurst and Corona aren’t near the top is unemployment, however, as just 5.7 percent of people are out of work there. According to the ANHD, Jamaica leads with an 11.1 percent unemployment rate, followed by 9 percent in Hillcrest and Fresh Meadows and 8.2 percent in South Q Ozone Park and Howard Beach.

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WOODHAVEN EVELOPMENTS Millions and millions on nothing we want by Maria A. Thomson Executive Director GWDC

Our November has been wet, but warm and the rain has not had the time or chill to become snow. But here comes December, so we can’t tell what’s to be. As we come to the end of the year, we consider and look back. It seems that every project Woodhaven and our surrounding communities don’t want and we have voted against are still alive. For example, the QueensWay. The governor has thrown more than $400,000 for a study, they still are trying to sell it again to everyone and it will cost more than $120 million. Then there is the Select Bus Service for Woodhaven and Cross Bay boulevards that is still insisting on placing bus passengers on the traffic islands to board buses at the cost of $200 million with the estimated final cost of maybe $400 million. The latest project that no one wants is the homeless drop-in center at the cost of $5 million. All these millions come from your and my tax dollars to pay for projects that we don’t even want! Oh well, on to more happy activities. I hope that you had a wonderful Thanksgiving and I hope you ate a lot. I hope that you spent your “Small Business

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Saturday” shopping at the many stores on Jamaica Avenue. Now for the Wood haven Business Improvement District-sponsored holidays activities. The holiday lights are illuminated throughout the district, also with holiday music playing from Dexter Court to 100th Street. Unfortunately the music was on for too long last week and we sincerely apologize for this timing error. Please call our office at (718) 805-0202 or (718) 805- 0760 for I welcome you r comments. Our Forest Parkway Plaza will again have the beautiful artificial tree that we had last year and the other little real Christmas trees. So mark your calendar for Dec. 2 at 6:30 p.m. for our tree and menorah lighting ceremony with costumed characters and the distribution of Santa hats. Join us the next day at noon to march with us in the “Welcome Santa to Woodhaven Parade.” Then on Sunday from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. to ride the free trolley from Dexter Court to 100th Street along Jamaica Avenue. Fly the American flag proudly above all others. May God bless our armed forces, may God bless our leaders, may God bless our disabled veterans, may God bless our NYPD and police officers everywhere and may God Q bless America.


Kevin Smith faces 25 years to life by Christopher Barca Associate Editor

It’s been nearly 17 years since Frank Sestak was shot execution style on the shoulder of the Grand Central Parkway in Forest Hills. But finally, justice has been served in the 45-year-old man’s brutal killing. Manhattan resident Kevin Smith, 57, was convicted last Wednesday of seconddegree murder in connection with Sestak’s Feb. 8, 1990 slaying, with Queens District Attorney Richard Brown saying the “cold hearted” killer will likely die in prison. It is expected that Smith — who is in the midst of an eight-year stint in federal prison for a failed New Paltz, NY bank robbery in 2013 — will be sentenced to 25 years to life on Jan. 18. According to Brown, Smith and 47-yearold Pennsylvania resident David Hammerstone, were passengers in Sestak’s car when Sestak pulled over on the shoulder of the Grand Central Parkway near 68th Avenue. Moments later, Smith, who was sitting



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behind Sestak, pulled out a revolver and shot him in the back of the head. He then got out of the car, stood next to the driver’s side window and shot Sestak repeatedly in the head, neck and torso, all while Hammerstone also unloaded rounds into the motorist’s body. The bullets penetrated his brain, spine and lungs, killing him. It is unclear why the two men were riding in Sestak’s car. The two men were arrested a month later as they attempted to flee from a Manhattan bank they had just robbed, with both Smith and Hammerstone serving time in prison for that crime. The latter shooter was arrested for Sestak’s murder last year, while Smith was also brought up on the second-degree murder charge while in federal custody. Hammerstone — who has been arrested and cited for multiple crimes and violations but never imprisoned since his 2000 release following the bank robbery — pleaded guilty to first-degree manslaughter in October. He faces 12 years in prison. Q

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