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PIONEER ASIAN CULTURAL EXCHANGE, LLC Articles of Org. filed NY Sec. of State (SSNY) 2/18/14. Office in Queens Co. SSNY design. Agent of LLC upon whom process may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to The LLC 91-06 Whitney Ave #2A Elmhurst, NY 11373. Purpose: Any lawful activity. ________________________ Notice of formation of Bluerock Property Management LLC, a limited liability company. Article of organization filed with the secretary of state of New York SSNY on 3/10/2014. Office located in Queens. SSNY has been designated for service of process. SSNY shall mail copy of any process served against the LLC to 6768 Groton ST, Forest Hills NY 11375. Purpose: any lawful purpose. ________________________ Notice of formation of The Screening Group LLC Art. of Org. filed with SSNY on 2/18/2010 location: Queens County SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to :108-41 Corona Avenue Flushing, NY 11368 Purpose: any lawful activity. ________________________ Notice of formation of Z & L ORIENTAL SKY, LLC. Articles of Organization filed with Secy. Of State of NY (SSNY) on 08/02/2013 Office location: Queens County. SSNY has been designated for service of process. SSNY shall mail copy of any process served against the LLC. SSNY shall mail process to 39-15 Main ST Suite 301, Flushing, NY 11354. Purpose: any lawful activities. ________________________ Notice of Formation of DGF ENGINEERING LLC. Articles of Organization filed with the Secretary of State of New York SSNY on 1/15/2014. Office located in Queens County. SSNY has been designated for service of process. SSNY shall mail copy of any process served against the LLC to 4601 39th Ave Apt 608 Sunnyside, NY 11104. Purpose: any lawful purpose. ________________________ Notice of Formation of 4248 AMG LLC. Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 3/6/14. Office location: Queens County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: 136-19 Franklin Ave., #6A, Flushing, NY 11355. Purpose: any lawful activity. ________________________ Notice of Formation of W 407 LLC. Arts. of Org. filed with NY Dept. of State on 2/20/2014. Office location: Queens County. Princ. bus.
addr.: 451 Seneca Ave., Ridgewood, NY 11385. Sec. of State designated agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served and shall mail process to: c/o CT Corporation System, 111 8th Ave., NY, NY 10011, regd. agent upon whom process may be served. Term: until 12/31/2099. Purpose: all lawful purposes. ________________________ Name of LLC: Africa USA LLC. Arts. of Org. filed with NY Dept. of State: 3/3/14. Office loc.: Queens Co. Sec. of State designated agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served and shall mail process to: Business Filings Inc., 187 Wolf Rd., Ste. 101, Albany, NY 12205, regd. agt. upon whom process may be served. Purpose: any lawful act. ________________________ NOTICE OF FORMATION OF LIMITED LIABILIT Y COMPANY. NAME: 1560 ASSOCIATES, LLC. Articles of Organization were filed with the Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 10/10/07. 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 the LLC, 118-35 Queens Boulevard, 16th Floor, Forest Hills, New York 11375. Purpose: For any lawful purpose. ________________________ SUMMONS Index No. 1190/2013 STATE OF NEW YORK SUPREME COURT COUNTY OF QUEENS EXTRACO BANKS, N.A. Plaintiff vs ANY UNKNOWN HEIRS, DEVISEES, DISTRIBUTEES OR SUCCESSORS IN INTEREST OF THE LATE ELFIE MOWATT, IF LIVING, AND IF ANY BE DEAD, ANY AND ALL PERSONS WHO ARE SPOUSES, WIDOWS, GRANTEES, MORTGAGEES, LIENORS, HEIRS, DEVISEES, DISTRIBUTEES OR SUCCESSORS IN INTEREST OF SUCH OF THEM AS MAY BE DEAD, AND THEIR SPOUSES, HEIRS, DEVISEES, DISTRIBUTEES AND SUCCESSORS IN INTEREST, ALL OF WHOM AND WHOSE NAMES AND PLACES OF RESIDENCE ARE UNKNOWN TO PLAINTIFF, VALERIE ELAINE MOWATT, CITY OF NEW YORK ENVIRONMENTAL CONTROL BOARD, TRANSIT ADJUDICATION BUREAU, CITY OF NEW YORK DEPARTMENT OF TR ANSPORTATION PARKING VIOL ATIONS BUREAU, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA BY THE INTERNAL REVENUE SERVICE, NEW YORK STATE DEPARTMENT OF TAXATION AND FINANCE, And JOHN DOE, Defendants This is an attempt to collect a debt and any
information obtained will be used for that purpose. To the above named Defendants: You are hereby summoned to answer the complaint in this action and to serve a copy of your answer, or if the complaint is not served with this summons, to serve a notice of appearance on the plaintiff’s attorneys within thirty days after the service of this summons, exclusive of the day of service, 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. Dated: March 26, 2014 The foregoing summons is served upon you by publication pursuant to an order of Hon. J. Robert J. McDonald , Justice of the Supreme Court of the State of New York, signed the 28th day of February, 2014, Queens, New York. The object of this action is to foreclose a mortgage on the following property: Block: 13106 Lot: 29 ALL that certain plot, piece, or parcel of land, with the buildings and improvements thereon erected, situate, lying and being in the Borough and County of Queens, City and State of New York, bounded and described as follows: BEGINNING at a point on the easterly side of 225th Street (formerly Cortland Boulevard) distant 301.53 feet southerly from the corner formed by the intersection of the easterly side of 225th Street and the southerly side of Merrick Boulevard, as said street and boulevard are shown upon a certain map entitled, “Laurelton, Borough of Queens, City of New York, Property of Laurelton Land Co., 50 Church Street, New York City, William H. Reynolds, President, Francis P. Murphy C.S.” and filed as map #987 on 7/12/1910; RUNNING THENCE easterly
at right angles to the easterly side of 225th Street, 100 feet; THENCE southerly parallel with the easterly side of 225th Street, 25 feet; THENCE westerly again at right angles to the easterly side of 225th Street, 100 feet to the easterly side of 225th Street; THENCE northerly along the said easterly side of 225th Street, 25 feet to the point or place of BEGINNING. These premises are also known as 134-31 225th Street, Laurelton NY, 11413. Victoria E. Munian, Esq. Woods Oviatt Gilman LLP Attorneys for Plaintiff 700 Crossroads Building 2 State Street Rochester, New York 14614 ________________________ SUPREME COURT OF THE STATE OF NE W YORK COUNT Y OF QUEENS Index No. 22497/2011 SUPPLEMENTAL SUMMONS WITH NOTICE U.S. BANK NATIONAL ASSOCIATION NOT IN ITS INDIVIDUAL CAPACITY, BUT SOLELY AS LEGAL TITLE TRUSTEE FOR LVS TITLE TRUST I, Plaintiff, -against FATIMA CORCINO A/K/A FATIMA L. CORCINO, if she be living and if she be dead, the respective heirs-atlaw, next-of-kin, distributees, executors, administrators, trustees, devisees, legatees, assignees, lienors, creditors and successors in interest and generally all persons having or claiming under, by or through 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, HERNAN MEDINA A/K/A HERNAN A. MEDINA, BENJAMIN BEECHWOOD LLC, BOARD OF MANAGERS OF HARBOUR POINTE AT ARVERNE BY THE SEA HOMEOWNERS ASSOCIATION II, INC., CITY OF NEW YORK, DEPARTMENT OF HOUSING PRESERVATION & DEVELOPMENT, BANK OF AMERICA, N.A., CROSSBAY IMAGING, NEW YORK CITY PARKING VIOL ATIONS BUREAU, NEW YORK CITY ENVIRONMENTAL CONTROL BOARD AND NEW YORK CITY TRANSIT ADJUDICATION BUREAU , NEW YORK STATE DEPARTMENT OF TAXATION AND FINANCE, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA-INTERNAL REVENUE SERVICE and STEVE DESLANDES, 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. Premies lying and beig in the Borough Of Queens. BEGINNING at a point on the easterly side of beach breeze place, 191.44 feet northerly from the corner formed by the intersection of the easterly side of Beach Breeze Place with the northerly side of Aquatic Drive; being a plot 93.17 feet by 93.17 feet by 22.92 feet. 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 Bernice D. Siegel, Justice of the Supreme Court of the State of New York, Queens County, dated the 19th day of July, 2013 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 This is an action to foreclose a mortgage lien on the premises described herein. The object of the above captioned action is to foreclose a First Mortgage to secure $268,750.00 and interest, recorded in the Office of the City Register of Queens County on February 7, 2005 in CRFN 2005000075832, which mortgage was assigned to CitiMortgage, Inc. by assignment of mortgage dated June 1, 2006 which was recorded in the Office of the City Register of Queens County on June 19, 2006 in CRFN 2006000346295; and a Second Mortgage to secure $179,750.00 and interest, recorded in the Office of
the City Register of Queens County on June 19, 2006 in CRFN 2006000346291; which mortgages were consolidated by Consolidation, Extension and Modification Agreement recorded in the Office of the City Register of Queens County on June 19, 2006 in CRFN 2006000346292, consolidating the First Mortgage and the Second Mortgage to form a single lien in the amount of $448,500.00 (the “Consolidated Mortgage”), which mortgage was further assigned to U.S. Bank National Association Not In Its Individual Capacity, But Solely As Legal Title Trustee For LVS Title Trust I, by assignment of mortgage dated May 4, 2012, which was recorded in the Office of the City Register of Queens County on June 5, 2012 in CRFN 2012000219691, covering premises known as 248 BEACH BREEZE PLACE , ARVERNE , COUNTY OF QUEENS, CITY AND STATE OF NE W YORK (Block 16089, Lot 16 ). 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, HERNAN MEDINA A/K/A HERNAN A. MEDINA AND FATIMA CORCINO A/K/A FATIMA L. CORCINO, for any debt secured by said Mortgage which is not satisfied by the proceeds of the sale of said premises, unless discharged in bankruptcy. Block 16089, Lot 16 Dated: Rego Park, New York _______________, 2014 SWEENEY, GALLO, REICH & BOLZ, LLP. By: Rosemarie A. Klie, Esq. Attorneys for Plaintiff, 95-25 Queens Boulevard, 11th Floor, Rego Park, New York 11374 (718) 459-9000 ________________________ Notice of Formation of Withers Leistner, LLC. Art/Org. filed with SSNY 1/24/14. NY office location: Queens County. SSNY designated as agent for process. SSNY shall mail copy of process to c/o Koenig Iron Works, Inc., 8-14 37TH Ave., LIC, NY 11101. Purpose: To engage in any lawful act or activity. ________________________ DAKAN LAND SERVICES LLC Articles of Org. filed NY Sec. of State (SSNY) 10/8/13. Office in Queens Co. SSNY design. Agent of LLC upon whom process may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to the Registered Agent Edward Cardoso 87-46 Van Wyck Expressway Kew Gardens, NY 11418. Purpose: Any lawful activity.
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Women of Queens Table of Contents The people of Queens are indebted to the contributions of so many, and so much of the hard work done to better the lives of its residents comes from women throughout the Borough. Too often, their contributions go unnoticed or ignored altogether.
Within these pages, we have selected 9 women who have signiﬁcantly changed the landscape of Queens for the better through their dedication and commitment for improving the lives of everyone within the Borough.
Breaking the Glass Ceiling ..................... Page 4 Succeeding in Politics ............................ Page 5 Op-Ed by Assemblywoman Nily Rozic........ Page 6 Nayibe Nunez-Burger ............................. Page 8 Judy Limpert ........................................ Page 10 Dr. Maxine Lubner................................ Page 12 Mary Ann Mattone ............................... Page 14 Dr. Uma Mysorekar .............................. Page 16 Herlema Owens ................................... Page 18 Diana Pizzuti ....................................... Page 20 Veronica Rose..................................... Page 22 Connie Zhang ...................................... Page 22 This Week’s Trib Deadline ............................................ Page 25 Edit & Letters ...................................... Page 26 TribPix ................................................. Page 28 Leisure ................................................ Page 31 Queens Today ...................................... Page 32 QConﬁdential ...................................... Page 42
Queens Borough president Melinda Katz (center) recently spoke with the board of directors of New York Women in Law Enforcement (NYWLE), a group representing female law enforcement ofﬁcers from across New York State, during a breakfast meeting in Long Island City.
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THE GLASS CEILING:
Queens Women Look To Break Barriers By Steven J. Ferrari For decades, women have struggled to break through the “Glass Ceiling,” which the U.S. Dept. of Labor defines as “the unseen, yet unbreakable barrier that keeps minorities and women from rising to the upper rungs of the corporate ladder.” According to the 2010 Census, on average, women in the United States make about $8,000 less per year than their male counterparts, earning about 81 cents to the dollar in comparison. While the wage gap has shrunk since the 1980s, when women earned about 60 cents to the dollar, the disparity is still notable. In fact, the disparity is even greater in New York City. According to City Comptroller Scott Stringer, women between the ages of 35-65 make only 78 cents on the dollar. “It’s disappointing to think a half-century after the Equal Pay Act, women still face significant financial inequities in the workplace,” Stringer said in a statement earlier this month. “This kind of discrimination belongs in the history books. It’s time women enjoy their fair share of this economy – they’ve earned it.” On April 8, fair wage advocates observed Equal Pay Day, which identifies how long women in 2013 would have had to work in order to match the salaries given to men in the same fields. “Equal Pay Day is a stark reminder of the work that still needs to be done before we can put an end to the pervasive pay gap between men and women in our country,” City Council Speaker Melissa MarkViverito said in recognition of the occasion. “Unequal pay doesn’t just hurt women, it hurts families, children and all those who depend on women as household earners. For too long, wage inequality has kept women, particularly those of color, in poverty.” The State Assembly also took note of the day, passing a resolution “recognizing the value of women’s skills and significant contributions to the workforce.” Assemblywoman Michelle Titus (D-South Ozone Park), the chair of the Legislative Women’s Caucus and one of seven female Assembly members from Queens, acknowledged that there was still a great deal of work to be done in regards to equal pay.
“Although we have made great strides to close the gender wage gap, we still have a long way to go until women are paid what they deserve,” Titus said. “It is our responsibility to ensure that all citizens in New York are treated equally.” Breaking Through Within the pages of this issue, the achievements of nine women who have worked hard to succeed in a tough economic climate are highlighted. These achievements are all the more impressive when you consider the struggles that many of these women have faced when it comes to breaking through the Glass Ceiling. Mary Ann Mattone, a prominent community leader in Bayside, put it simply when asked about her struggles to rise up. “I was never paid equally with my male counterparts,” she said. “Never.” Mattone praised the female workers who have worked with her as “dependable, reliable and smart,” and noted that equality is important, not just in pay, but in responsibilities as well. “When I was director of nursing, I had 600 people underneath me. I tried to have everyone equal beneath me,” she said. “The leaders should work just as hard as the elevator operator. It should be a team effort. Everything is a team effort in life.” Dr. Maxine Lubner, who came to America from South Africa during the era of Apartheid, said that she felt that she was taken less seriously than her male counterparts during
her career. As the chair of the Aviation department at Vaughn College in Flushing, despite having her pilot’s license, she noted that she has frequently been asked who the pilot was when chartering a plane. “It’s definitely something on the devious side of human beings that we have to fight against,” she said. Veronica Rose, who heads up Aurora Electric in Jamaica, said that she felt that it was “impossible” to gain career advancement as a woman. “The discrimination in the construction industry is just astronomical,” she said. “I knew the only way I could change it is if I get involved in a leadership position.” Rose said that people involved with the construction industry have a preconceived notion of who should be putting buildings together. “First impressions are always the biggest challenges,” she said. Another woman involved in the construction industry in Queens, Herlema Owens, echoed Rose’s struggles. After discovering a passion for the industry, Owens started the Association of Women Construction Workers of America in 2006, which helps women get involved in the field. “It is difficult for women to have positions of authority in that industry,” she said. “There are women today who have left the industry primarily because of the harassment or the lack of respect. But this is an ideal type of industry for a woman – it works with our strengths.” Both Rose and Owens noted that
things have improved in the years since they have joined the construction industry, but accept that the situation could still be improved. “I would like to say to women, come back into the industry and make the industry strong, because we’re strong in it,” Owens said. “We should be able to do what we want in our own lives and not allow sexism to hold us back.” Rose suggested that women attempting to make it within the construction industry should find a mentor, to take advantage of the sisterhood that exists. “I always say, when you’re coming into this industry, you’re standing on the shoulders of all the women who went before you,” she said. “And if you’re standing on her shoulders, you might as well get her to help lift you up.” Taking advantage of the benefits of a sisterhood is not something exclusive to the construction industry. It has also proven beneficial to female members of the New York Police Department. Assistant Chief Diana Pizzuti, the commanding officer of Patrol Borough Queens North, spoke of her membership within the New York Women in Law Enforcement, an organization that seeks to develop stronger female leaders within law enforcement. Pizzuti said that the women coming up through the ranks of the NYPD today are the second generation of high-ranking women within the department, thanks to the efforts of women who came before, including Chief Gertrude Schimmel. “It made it easier for us,” she said. “We now are the leaders trying to make it better for the next generation.” Pizzuti said that working together, women have the power to improve not only their own careers, but the careers of others who may be struggling with the problems of the past and, unfortunately, the present. “That is part of the spirit of the New York Women in Law Enforcement. We’ve brought the younger generation into the organization,” she said. “There’s still challenges, but I think together, we can work and help each other so everyone can reach their potential.” Editor’s Note: Staff writers Luis Gronda, Natalia Kozikowska and Joe Marvilli assisted with the research for this article.
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WOMEN IN POLITICS:
Strong Female Leaders Call Queens Home BY STEVEN J. FERRARI Editor-in-Chief In the 1988 comedy “Coming To America,” Eddie Murphy’s character, Prince Akeem, decides to visit the United States in search of his bride-to-be. Looking for “a woman with grace, elegance, taste and culture,” Akeem and his advisor search a map for a place in the U.S. where they could find such a woman. To find a future queen, they decide, what better place than Queens? The scenario in the film is, of course, played for laughs. But over the last few decades, Borough residents have been known to support strong women in politically powerful roles. One of the best indicators that Queens is a place that is open to having a woman lead is the office of the Queens Borough President. For nearly three decades, Queens has consistently elected a woman to serve as Borough President. Claire Shulman took over as BP in 1986 when Donald Manes resigned. She was re-elected to the position in 1989, 1993 and 1997, before stepping down due to term limits. Her successor, Helen Marshall, also served three full terms as Borough President before stepping down at the end of last year. The current Queens Borough President, Melinda Katz, was elected last year, after serving as a member of the City Council and the State Assembly. Perhaps one of the most wellknown political women to call Queens home is the late Geraldine Ferraro. After being named as an assistant district attorney in Queens in 1974, Ferraro went on to win an election for a seat in Congress in 1978. She represented a district that stretched from Astoria to Ozone Park, and quickly rose to power within the Democratic Party in the early 1980s. Capping off her service in Congress, Ferraro was selected as a running mate for Walter Mondale’s 1984 bid for president, making her the first woman to run on a major party’s national ticket in the United States. Today, the New York’s delegation within the House of Representatives includes seven women, and four of those seven represent Queens in some way. The districts of U.S. Reps. Carolyn McCarthy (D-Garden City), Nydia Velazquez (D-Brooklyn) and Carolyn Maloney (D-Astoria) all include a piece of Queens. The fourth woman, U.S.
Geraldine Ferraro, a Queens congresswoman who became the first female running mate for president on a major party line.
Rep. Grace Meng (D-Flushing), finds her district entirely within the Borough. Meng, who is finishing her first term in Congress, is not only the first woman to be elected to represent a district completely in Queens since Ferraro, but she is also the first Asian-American woman elected to Congress from the East Coast. Within the State Assembly, only 33 of the body’s members are female, with seven women coming from Queens. With 18 representatives from Queens in total serving in the Assembly, the seven women who come from the Borough make up one of the highest concentrations of women in any part of New York State. The women who serve in the Assembly cover all parts of the Borough, from Western Queens – including Margaret Markey (D-Maspeth), Catherine Nolan (D-Sunnyside) and Aravella Simotas (D-Astoria) – to the east – with Nily Rozic (D-Hillcrest) and Barbara Clark (D-Queens Village) – to Southeast Queens, represented by Vivian Cook (D-Jamaica) and Michelle Titus (D-South Ozone Park). In the City Council, only 15 of the Council’s 51 members are female. Of those members, three – Councilwomen Elizabeth Crowley (D-Middle Village), Julissa Ferreras (D-East Elmhurst) and Karen Koslowitz (D-Forest Hills) – represent Queens in full. In the State Senate, Toby Stavisky (D-Flushing) has served her constituents since 1999. Voters in Queens do not hesitate to mark a vote for a strong woman leader. Perhaps Eddie Murphy’s Prince Akeem made the right choice when he came to Queens for a woman with grace, elegance, taste and culture. Reach Steven J. Ferrari at (718) 357-7400, Ext. 122, email sferrari@ queenstribune.com or on Twitter @ stevenferrari.
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Watch Out, Glass Ceiling By AssemBlywomAn nily Rozic When it comes to the lottery, you have to play to win. The same can be said for getting more women elected - more women have to run. That is not happening as much as it should in this country. Our country’s rank for women’s political representation, 84th in the world, is dropping every year and the gender gap in political ambition is growing with obvious negative effects for women’s health, economics, education and work. Year after year, New York State, too, receives lackluster results when the rankings come out detailing the number of women elected to legislatures in all 50 states. Last week, the National Conference of State Legislatures placed New York 33rd out of the 50 states in terms of female representation. So, let’s take a page from Queens’ own Geraldine Ferraro, who once said “some leaders are born women.” New York has an abundance of smart, capable women, but few decide to take the plunge into local
or state politics. Research over the past couple of decades has explored the reasons women do not run. They generally have more difficulty raising money, they face different obstacles than men do, and there can be media biases and challenges in getting support. This is clearly not the end of the line and is even more abundantly clear during election season. Though 2012 saw a record number of women elected as public officials - myself included - few women make it to the ballot in the first place. Why? The number one reason women do not run for office - the one cited most often in studies - is nobody asked them. Women typically must be asked on average eight times while waiting for the right moment. I have spent years thinking about this issue, and about other specific challenges we face. Progress is evident through the recent elections of Borough President Melinda Katz - Queens’ third consecutive female borough president - and U.S. Rep. Grace Meng - the first Asian American woman elected to Congress from New York.
But while Mayor Bill de Blasio has successfully chosen many venerable women for executive, government roles, the percentage of women entering top political positions is still disproportionate to the percentage of women in our state. Even with Geraldine Ferraro, who climbed the pantheon from the District Attorney’s office to the presidential campaign trail, and what seems like Hillary Clinton’s inevitable 2016 presidential bid as formidable examples, there remains a disconnect. Women only hold 3 of 14 City Council seats, 7 of 17 Assembly seats, and only 1 of 7 State Senate seats in Queens. The shortage of women in office means a shortage of diverse, influential voices in the rooms where public policy is decided. We need to do more to ensure that women have parity in government, and the first step in doing so is to encourage more women to run for office. As the youngest woman in the State legislature these days, I use my experience to focus on the heart of that issue. I have worked with organizations such as EMILY’s List,
Eleanor’s Legacy, and the American Association of University Women to train women early-on in their public service careers. Further hands-on experience should be equally encouraged in our schools, colleges and universities, and community boards so that young women can have the running start they need for a successful future in government. We should continually reach out to young women who may think about a career in public service. Ramping up their involvement is a great way to build leadership skills that help an eventual run for office. So will you ask a woman to get involved and run today? Assemblywoman Nily Rozic represents the 25th Assembly District. At 26 years old, Rozic became the youngest woman serving in the New York State Legislature.
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Notice of Formation of EVK INVESTOR GROUP LLC Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 03/27/14. Office location: Queens County. Princ. office of LLC: 31-21 31 St., Astoria, NY 11106. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to Edwin W. Weinberg, 30 Rockefeller Plaza, 29th Fl., NY, NY 10112. Purpose: Any lawful activity. ________________________ File No.: 2012-1421/C CITATION THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK BY THE GRACE OF GOD, FREE AND INDEPENDENT To: Regina Strauss, Regina Good, Margaret Schiller, Peter Laizik, TEM Management Corp., Attorney General of the State of New York The unknown distributees, legatees, devisees, heirs at law and assignees of INGEBORG FALKEN, deceased, or their estates, if any there be, whose names, places of residence and post office addresses are unknown to the petitioner and cannot with due diligence be ascertained. Being the persons interested as creditors, legatees, distributees or otherwise in the Estate of INGEBORG FALKEN, deceased, who at the time of death was a resident of 81-45 Lefferts Boulevard, Kew Gardens, NY , in the County of Queens, State of New York. SEND GREETING: Upon the petition of LOIS M. ROSENBLATT, Public Administrator of Queens Count y, who maintains her office at 88-11 Sutphin Boulevard, Jamaica, Queens County, New York 11435, as Administrator of the Estate of INGEBORG FALKEN, deceased, you and each of you are hereby cited to show cause before the Surrogate at the Surrogate’s Court of the Count y of Queens, to be held at the Queens General Courthouse, 6th Floor, 88-11 Sutphin Boulevard, Jamaica, City and State of New York, on the 15th day of May, 2014 at 9:30 o’clock in the forenoon, why the Account of Proceedings of the Public Administrator of Queens County, as Administrator of the Estate of said deceased, a copy of which is attached, should not be judicially settled, and why the Surrogate should not fix and allow a reasonable amount of compensation to GERARD J. SWEENEY, ESQ., for legal services rendered to petitioner herein in the amount of $48,253.42 and that the Court fix the fair and reasonable additional fee for any services to be rendered by GERARD J. SWEENEY, ESQ., hereafter in connection with proceedings on kinship, claims etc., prior to
entry of a final Decree on this accounting in the amount of5.5% of assets or income collected after the date of the within accounting; and why the Surrogate should not fix and allow an amount equal to one percent on said Schedules of the total assets on Schedules A, A1, and A2 plus any additional monies received subsequent to the date of this account, as the fair and reasonable amount payable to the Office of the Public Administrator for the expenses of said office pursuant to S.C.P.A. §1106(4); and why the claim from TEM Management Corp. in the amount of $25,000.00 should not be rejected; and why each of you claiming to be a distributee of the decedent should not establish proof of your kinship; and why the balance of said funds should not be paid to said alleged distributees upon proof of kinship, or deposited with the Commissioner of Finance of the City of New York should said alleged distributees default herein, or fail to establish proof of kinship, Dated, Attested and Sealed 21st day of March, 2014 HON. PETER J. KELLY Surrogate, Queens County Margaret M. Gribbon Clerk of the Surrogate’s Court GERARD J. SWEENEY, ESQ. (718) 459-9000 95-25 Queens Boulevard 11th Floor Rego Park, New York 11374 This citation is served upon you as required by law. You are not obliged to appear in person. If you fail to appear it will be assumed that you do not object to the relief requested unless you file formal legal, verified objections. You have a right to have an attorney-at-law appear for you. Accounting Citation ________________________ CENTRAL HEALTH CHOICE, LLC, Arts. of Org. filed with the SSNY on 08/16/2012. Office loc: Queens County. SSNY has been designated as agent upon whom process against the LLC may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: Corporation Service Company, 80 State Street, Albany, NY 12207. Purpose: Any Lawful Purpose. ________________________ Notice of formation of SUGAR MAMAS PART Y CO LLC. Articles of Organization filed with NY Dept. of State 02/13/2014. Office location Queens County. New York Secretary of State (SSNY) is the designated agent of LLC upon whom process may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to: c/o United States Corporation Agents Inc., 7014 13th Avenue, Suite 202, Brooklyn, NY 11228. Purpose: Any lawful activity ________________________ WORLDWIDE TECHNOLOGY USA LLC, filed with
Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 02/25/2014. Office location Queens County. SSNY designated for service of process. SSNY shall mail copies of any process against the LLC, 13525 96th St., Ozone Park, NY 11417. Any Lawful purpose. _______________________ Notice of formation of Forever Mrs. LLC. Articles of Organization filed with the Secretary of State of New York SSNY on February 19 2014. Office located in Queens County. SSNY has been designated for service of process. SSNY shall mail copy of any process served against the LLC to 10023 195th Street Hollis NY 11423. Purpose: any lawful purpose. ________________________
and to the premises described in the complaint herein, and the respective husbands, wives, widow or widowers of them, if any, all of whose names are unknown to plaintiff RISHA DEV AS HEIR AT LAW AND NEXT OF KIN OF AVINASH DEV, if living, or if either or all be dead, their wives, husbands, heirs-atlaw, next of kin, distributees, executors, administrators, assignees, lienors and generally all persons having or claiming under, by or through said; RISHA DEV AS HEIR AT LAW AND NEXT OF KIN OF AVINASH DEV, by purchase, inheritance, lien or otherwise, of any right, title or interest in and to the premises described in the complaint herein, and the respective husbands, wives, widow or widowers of them, if any, all of whose names are unknown to plaintiff USHA DEV AS GUARDIAN OF DEPRIKA DEV (INFANT) AS HEIR AT LAW AND NEXT OF KIN OF AVINASH DEV, if living, or if either or all be dead, their wives, husbands, heirs-atlaw, next of kin, distributees, executors, administrators, assignees, lienors and generally all persons having or claiming under, by or through said; USHA DEV AS GUARDIAN OF DEPRIKA DEV (INFANT) AS HEIR AT LAW AND NEXT OF KIN OF AVINASH DEV, by purchase, inheritance, lien or otherwise, of any right, title or interest in and to the premises described in the complaint herein, and the respective husbands, wives, widow or widowers of them, if any, all of whose names are unknown to plaintiff NEW YORK CITY PARKING VIOL ATIONS BUREAU; NEW YORK CITY TRANSIT ADJUDICATION BUREAU; NEW YORK STATE DEPARTMENT OF TAXATION AND FINANCE; UNITED STATES OF AMERICA - INTERNAL REVENUE SERVICE; NEW YORK CITY ENVIRONMENTAL CONTROL BOARD; MOHAMMED B. QUAIZAR; WASHINGTON MUTUAL BANK FA; “JOHN DOES” AND “JANE DOES”, said names being fictitious, parties intended being possible tenants or occupants of premises, and corporations, other entities or persons who claim, or may claim, a lien against the premises, Defendants. TO THE ABOVE-NAMED DEFENDANTS: YOU ARE HEREBY SUMMONED to answer the complaint in this action and to serve a copy of your answer, or, if the complaint is not served with this summons, to serve a notice of appearance on the plaintiff’s attorney within twenty (20) days after service of this summons, exclusive of the day of service, where service of this
summons is made by delivery upon you personally within this state, or within thirty (30) days after completion of service where service is made in any other manner, 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. YOU ARE HEREBY PUT ON NOTICE THAT WE ARE ATTEMPTING TO COLLECT A DEBT, AND ANY INFORMATION OBTAINED WILL BE USED FOR THAT PURPOSE. TO THE ABOVE-NAMED DEFENDANTS: The foregoing summons is served upon you by publication pursuant to an Order of the Honorable Timothy J. Dufficy of the Supreme Court of the State of New York, signed on December 18, 2013, and filed with supporting papers in the Office of the Clerk of the County of Queens, State of New York. The object of this action is to foreclose a mortgage upon the premises described below, executed by AVINASH DEV to WASHINGTON MUTUAL BANK, F.A. in the principal amount of $225,000.00, which mortgage was recorded in Queens County, State of New York, on July 16, 2003, as CRFN #: 2003000233482. Thereafter said mortgage was acquired by the Plaintiff by merger agreement dated October 2, 2008. Said premises being known as and by 94-02 216TH STREET, QUEENS VILLAGE, NY 11428. Dated: December 10, 2013 Batavia, New York Tanisha Bramwell, Esq. ROSICKI, ROSICKI & ASSOCIATES, P.C. Attorneys for Plaintiff Batavia Office 26 Harvester Avenue Batavia, NY 14020 585.815.0288 Help For Homeowners In Foreclosure New York State Law requires that we send you this notice about the foreclosure process. Please
read it carefully. Mortgage foreclosure is a complex process. Some people may approach you about “saving” your home. You should be extremely careful about any such promises. The State encourages you to become informed about your options in foreclosure. There are government agencies, legal aid entities and other nonprofit organizations that you may contact for information about foreclosure while you are working with your lender during this process. To locate an entity near you, you may call the toll-free helpline maintained by the New York State Banking Department at 1-877-BANKNYS (1-877-2265697) or visit the Department’s website at www.banking.state.ny.us. The State does not guarantee the advice of these agencies. ________________________
Notice of formation of General Property Partners, LLC. Articles of Organization filed with the Secretary of State of New York [SSNY] on February 28, 2014. Office located in Queens County. SSNY designated for service of process. SSNY shall mail copy of any process served against the LLC 7119 67th ST, Glendale, NY 11385. Purpose: any lawful purpose. ________________________ S U P P L E M E N TA L S U M MONS Index No.: 3575-13 Date of Filing: February 26, 2014 SUPREME COURT OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK COUNT Y OF QUEENS JPMORGAN CHASE BANK, NATIONAL ASSOCIATION, Plaintiff, -against- USHA DEV AS HEIR AT LAW AND NEXT OF KIN OF AVINASH DEV, if living, or if either or all be dead, their wives, husbands, heirs-at-law, next of kin, distributees, executors, administrators, assignees, lienors and generally all persons having or claiming under, by or through said USHA DEV AS HEIR AT LAW AND NEXT OF KIN OF AVINASH DEV, by purchase, inheritance, lien or otherwise, of any right, title or interest in and to the premises described in the complaint herein, and the respective husbands, wives, widow or widowers of them, if any, all of whose names are unknown to plaintiff DEPRIKA DEV (INFANT) AS HEIR AT LAW AND NEXT OF KIN OF AVINASH DEV; PRIYA DEV AS HEIR AT LAW AND NEXT OF KIN OF AVINASH DEV, if living, or if either or all be dead, their wives, husbands, heirs-atlaw, next of kin, distributees, executors, administrators, assignees, lienors and generally all persons having or claiming under, by or through said; PRIYA DEV AS HEIR AT LAW AND NEXT OF KIN OF AVINASH DEV, by purchase, inheritance, lien or otherwise, of any right, title or interest in
87-13 HOMELAWN REALTY LLC, a domestic LLC, filed with the SSNY on 2/26/14. Office location: Queens County. SSNY is designated as agent upon whom process against the LLC may be served. SSNY shall mail process to Mohammed Nuruddin, 169-01 Hillside Ave., Jamaica, NY 11432. General Purpose. ________________________ Notice of Formation of 158 WEST 9TH STREET, LLC, a domestic LLC. Arts. of Org. filed with the SSNY on 3/17/14. Office location: QUEENS County. SSNY has been designated as agent upon whom process against the LLC may be served. SSNY shall mail a copy of process to: The LLC, 167-41 147TH AVENUE JAMAICA NY 11434. Purpose: Any Lawful Purpose. ________________________ Notice is hereby given that a license, number No.1272722 for beer, liquor and wine has been applied by the undersigned to sell (beer, liquor and wine at retail in a Restaurant/Bar under the Alcoholic Beverage Control Law at 95-35 Sutphin Blvd Jamaica, NY 11435 ESMERALDITA RESTAURANT BAR CORPORATION, INC for on premises consumption. ________________________ Notice of Formation of 163-01 29TH AVENUE, LLC Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 04/01/14. Office location: Queens County. Princ. office of LLC: 38-40 Regatta Pl., Douglaston, NY 11363. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to the LLC at the addr. of its princ. office. Purpose: Real estate.
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Promoting Latin American Culture In Queens
She had her own practice in Forest Hills for 25 years. She closed down that practice, Despite living in the United in part, to focus more on helping States for the majority of her life, out the community in more ways Nayibe Nuñez-Berger has carried than she could through her job as the culture of her native country a psychotherapist. Rising rent and with her and has worked to pass other costs associated with running that on to many Hispanic residents a medical practice was another reason it closed, Nuñez-Berger said. in Queens. That was when she turned to Nuñez-Berger moved to the United States from her native Co- her current job as president of the Latin American Cullombia in 1963, and tural Center of Queens, she has carved herself a nonprofit organizaa successful career and “I was always tion that focuses on life here. taught by my promoting and deAfter earning a Master’s Degree in So- father that I can veloping pride and culture among Latin cial Work from Stony do anything Americans in Queens Brook University, she that I want to and helping them learn went on to be heavily American society and involved in that field accomplish.” culture. for more than four deNuñez-Berger said cades. She worked at the mental health services of the she was among the people to creQueens Family Court, where she ate the organization because she was a social work supervisor and wanted to promote Hispanic culture among children and young assistant clinic director. Nuñez-Berger eventually oper- adults. It is important to remember ated her own private practice for and maintain the heritage of your 25 years, specializing in individual culture, she said, even after settling and family therapy as well as psy- in the United States. “We found that there was too chotherapy, which helps people deal with and resolve mental issues. many children feeling embarrassed BY LUIS GRONDA Staff Writer
Dr. Marcia V. Keizs, president And the students, faculty and staff of York College/CUNY, extend congratulations to Nayibe Nunez Berger and Mary Ann Mattone, past board members, York College Foundation And all of the other honorees of the Queens Tribune’s 2014
Women of Power and Vision! Thanking you all for your contribution to our borough!
about their Hispanic culture and we wanted to expose that to them more so that they identify themselves as a Hispanic,” she said. Among the services they offer are visual art classes, including painting and many other aspects of visual art, host lectures and exhibits, which allow local artists to showcase their work. Although she is now well established and successful in New York, she had some struggles after her initial landing in a new country. Learning and mastering the English language was the most difficult part about coming to the United States. Nuñez-Berger said learning the language served as a motivator to succeed in this country because, without learning that, she was not sure how it would have turned out here. “I was scared that if I didn’t learn English, I wouldn’t be able to succeed. Without learning the language, I had no chance,” NuñezBerger said. She said she picked up English quickly, learning through the schools she went to, reading and writing the language and just conversing with people on a daily basis. Nuñez-Berger said she did not face
that much adversity coming to the U.S., other than the language barrier. She said she was focused and motivated to do well in this country. “I was always taught by my father that I can do anything that I want to accomplish,” she said. In addition to her work at the Latin American Cultural Center of Queens, she also co-founded the Latino Cultural Festival, along with Queens Theatre in the Park. The event celebrated film, music, dance and other aspects of Latino culture from a variety of Hispanic Communities in the City. She has also been a member of the advisory board of Queens Council on the Arts and on the board of trustees of the Queens Museum of Art in Flushing. Reach Luis Gronda at (718) 3577400, Ext. 127, firstname.lastname@example.org, or @luisgronda.
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INDEX NO.: 702599/2013 Date Filed: 4/8/2014 SUPPLEMENTAL SUMMONS AND NOTICE MORTGAGED PREMISES: 146-28 226 STREET A/K/A 146-24 226 STREET, SPRINGFIELD GARDENS SOUTH - BROOKVILLE A/K/A ROSEDALE, NY 1413 A/K/A 11422 BL #: 13459 – 38 Plaintiff designates QUEENS Count y as the place of trial; venue is based upon the county in which the mortgaged premises is situate. STATE OF NEW YORK SUPREME COURT: COUNT Y OF QUEENS HARTFORD FUNDING Plaintiff, -against- DAWN ALEXANDER, JACQUELINE VERACOECHEA, if living, and if dead, the respective heirs at law, next of kin, distributees, executors, administrators, trustees, devisees, legatees, assignors, 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 otherwise of any right, title or interest in and to the premises described in the complaint herein, and their respective husbands, wives or widows, if any, and each and every person not specifically named who may be entitled to or claim to have any right, title or interest in the property described in the verified complaint; all of whom and whose names and places of residence unknown, and cannot after diligent inquiry be ascertained by the Plaintiff, NYC PARKING VIOLATIONS BUREAU, NYC TRANSIT ADJUDICATION BUREAU, NYC ENVIRONMENTAL CONTROL BOARD, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, NEW YORK STATE DEPARTMENT OF TAXATION AND FINANCE, HILLARY BARRETT, LEON LOWE, BUSTER CAMPBELL, Defendants. TO THE ABOVE NAMED DEFENDANTS: YOU ARE HEREBY SUMMONED to answer the Complaint in this action and to serve a copy of your answer, or, if the Complaint is not served with this Summons, to serve a notice of appearance on the attorneys for the Plaintiff within 20 days after the service of this Summons, exclusive of the day of service (or within 30 days after service is complete if this Summons is not personally delivered to you within the State of New York). 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 SUM-
MONS 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 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. NOTICE OF NATURE OF ACTION AND RELIEF SOUGHT THE OBJECT of the above captioned action is to foreclose a Mortgage to secure $ 481,750.00 and interest, recorded in the Office of the Clerk of QUEENS on December 4, 2009, at CRFN NUMBER 2009000398728, covering premises known as 146-28 226 STREET A/K/A 146-24 226 STREET, SPRINGFIELD GARDENS SOUTH - BROOKVILLE A/K/A ROSEDALE, NY 1413 A/K/A 11422 – BL #: 13459 - 38. The relief sought in the within action is a final judgment directing the sale of the premises described above to satisfy the debt secured by the Mortgage described above. The Plaintiff also seeks a deficiency judgment against the Defendant and for any debt secured by said Mortgage which is not satisfied by the proceeds of the sale of said premises. TO the Defendant JACQUELINE VERACOECHEA, the foregoing Summons is served upon you by publication pursuant to an Order of the Hon. Robert L. Nahman of the Supreme Court of the State of New York, and dated March 24, 2014. Dated: New Rochelle, N.Y. April 1, 2014 McCABE, WEISBERG & CONWAY, P.C. /s/____________________ By: Jonathan Pollack Esq. Attorneys for Plaintiff 145 Huguenot St., Ste. 210 New Rochelle, NY 10801 p. 914636-8900 f. 914-636-8901 HELP FOR HOMEOWNERS IN FORECLOSURE NEW YORK STATE LAW REQUIRES THAT WE SEND YOU THIS NOTICE ABOUT THE FORECLOSURE PROCESS. PLEASE READ IT CAREFULLY. SUMMONS AND COMPLAINT YOU ARE IN DANGER OF LOSING YOUR HOME. IF
YOU FAIL TO RESPOND TO THE SUMMONS AND COMPLAINT IN THIS FORECLOSURE ACTION, YOU MAY LOSE YOUR HOME. PLEASE READ THE SUMMONS AND COMPLAINT CAREFULLY. YOU SHOULD IMMEDIATELY CONTACT AN ATTORNEY OR YOUR LOCAL LEGAL AID OFFICE TO OBTAIN ADVICE ON HOW TO PROTECT YOURSELF. SOURCES OF INFORMATION AND ASSISTANCE. The State encourages you to become informed about your options in foreclosure. In addition to seeking assistance from an attorney or legal aid office, there are government agencies and non-profit organizations that you may contact for information about possible options, including trying to work with your lender during this process. To locate an entity near you, you may call the toll-free helpline maintained by the New York State Department of Financial Services at 1-877-226-5697 or visit the Department’s website at www.dfs.ny.gov. FORECLOSURE RESCUE SCAMS Be careful of people who approach you with offers to “save” your home. There are individuals who watch for notices of foreclosure actions in order to unfairly profit from a homeowner’s distress. You should be extremely careful about any such promises and any suggestions that you pay them a fee or sign over your deed. State law requires anyone offering such services for profit to enter into a contract which fully describes the services they will perform and fees they will charge, and which prohibits them from taking any money from you until they have completed all such promised services. ________________________ RAPHAEL LILKER PODIATRIST PLLC, a Prof. LLC. Arts. of Org. filed with the SSNY on 01/17/2014. Office loc: Queens County. SSNY has been designated as agent upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: 172 Beach 144 St., Neponsit, NY 11694. Purpose: To Practice The Profession Of Podiatry. ________________________
verified complaint, upon the affirmation of Todd R. Baltch, Esq., duly sworn to on the 4th day of November, 2013, and upon the pleadings had herein, and it appearing that Evangelos Laios, the defendant in this action cannot, with due diligence, be served by another prescribed method, and the court being satisfied that a place where Evangelos Laios, the defendant, probably would receive mail cannot, with due diligence, be ascertained, and this is a matrimonial action for Divorce, as specified by CPLR 314, and plaintiff, having duly applied for an order directing service of the summons upon Defendant, Evangelos Laios, by publication pursuant to CPLR 315 and 316, NOW, upon motion of SACCO & FILLAS, LLP, by Todd R. Baltch, Esq., attorney for plaintiff, it is hereby ORDERED, that the time to serve the summons and complaint is hereby extended 120 days from the date of this Order pursuant to CPLR 306-b based upon good cause shown, and it is further ORDERED, that the summons in the above entitled action be served upon Evangelos Laios, the defendant in this action, by publication pursuant to C.P.L.R. 316, to wit: that the summons together with the notice to the defendant, containing a brief statement of thenature of the action as required by N.Y. Dom. Rel. Law § 232 and the ancillary relief demanded, be published in one newspaper in the English language, known as Queens Tribune published in the Borough and County of Queens, City and State of New York, which newspaper is most likely to give notice to Evangelos Laios, the defendant herein, once in each of three successive weeks, and it is further ORDERED, that the summons and complaint, this order, and the papers upon which this order is based shall be filed on or before the first day of publication, and that the first publication shall be made within 45 days after this order is granted; and it is further ORDERED, that the mailing of copies of the summons and notice of publication to Evangelos Laios, the defendant herein, is hereby dispensed with. ENTER J.S.C. HON. LESLIE J. PURIFICACION Dated April 2, 2014 Index No.: 10415/13 Date Summons Filed: 5/30/13 Plaintiff designates Queens County as the place of trial. The basis for venue is Plaintiff’s residence. SUMMONS Plaintiff resides at 31-63 35th Street, Astoria, NY 11106 SUPREME COURT OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK COUNTY OF QUEENS DESPINA LAIOS,
Plaintiff, -against- EVANGELOS LAIOS, Defendant. ACTION FOR A DIVORCE To the above named Defendant: YOU ARE HEREBY SUMMONED to serve a notice of appearance on the Plaintiff’s Attorneys within twenty (20) days after the service of this summons, exclusive of the day of service (or within thirty (30) days after the service is complete if this summons is not personally delivered to you within the State of New York); and in case of your failure to appear, judgment will be taken against you by default for the relief demanded in the notice set forth below. Dated: May 24, 2013 Astoria, New York Sacco & Fillas, LLP. By: Todd R. Baltch, Esq. Attorneys for Plaintiff 31-19 Newtown Avenue Seventh Floor Astoria, New York 11102 718.746.3440 (Office) 718.425.9288 (Fax) Index No.: 10415/13 VERIFIED COMPLAINT SUPREME COURT OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK COUNTY OF QUEENS DESPINA LAIOS, Plaintiff, -against- EVANGELOS LAIOS, Defendant. Plaintiff herein, DESPINA LAIOS, complaining of the Defendant, EVANGELOS LAIOS, alleges that the parties are over the age of 18 years; and 1. The Plaintiff and the Defendant were married on February 28, 2012 in the City of New York, County of Queens and State of New York. 3. The marriage was not performed by a clergyman, minister or by a leader of the Society for Ethical Culture. 4. There are no children of the marriage. 5. Plaintiff resides at 31-63 35th Street, Astoria, New York 11106. 6. Defendant’s last known address was 3163 35th Street, Astoria, New York 11106 but his current whereabouts are unknown. 7. There is no action, other than this action, pending between Plaintiff and Defendant for divorce, separation or annulment in any court of the State of New York or in any court of any other State, territory or dependency of the United States or in any foreign country. 8. No decree or judgment of divorce, separation or annulment or any other decree dissolving the marriage between Plaintiff and Defendant has ever been obtained in any6 court of the State of New York or in any court of any other State, territory, or dependency of the United States or in any foreign country. 9. To the best of Plaintiff’s knowledge, Plaintiff will take, prior to the entry of final judgment herein, all steps solely within her power to remove any barrier to Defendant’s remarriage following the divorce sought to be granted herein.
10. The relationship between Plaintiff and Defendant has broken down irretrievably for a period of at least six months prior to the commencement of this action. WHEREFORE, Plaintiff demands judgment against the Defendant as follows: a) judgment dissolving the marriage between the parties; b) judgment awarding to Plaintiff all of Plaintiff’s separate propert y and a just and equitable share of all marital property, as well as any and all appropriate ancillary relief, including a distributive award; c) judgment granting to Plaintiff in this action by her attorneys, accountants, appraisers and other experts necessary to properly prosecute this action and to defend the claims of Defendant; d) judgment compelling Defendant to contribute suitably for Plaintiff’s support and maintenance; e) judgment compelling Defendant to provide and maintain suitable policies of life, medical, dental, and hospitalization insurance for the benefit and protection of Plaintiff; f) judgment authorizing Plaintiff to resume the use of her pre-marriage surname; and g) judgment granting to Plaintiff such other, further and different relief as may be just and proper. Dated: May 24, 2013 Astoria, New York Sacco & Fillas, LLP. Attorneys for Plaintiff By: Todd R. Baltch, Esq. 31-19 Newtown Avenue, Seventh Floor Astoria, New York 11101 ________________________ NOTICE OF FORMATION OF LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY (LLC). Name: Hostile T Productions, LLC. Articles of Organization filed with Secretary of State of New York on March 35, 2014. The principal office of the LLC is at 8812 151st Ave Unit 3E, Howard Beach, NY 11414 in QUEENS county. Secretary of State of New York is designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. Secretary of State of New York shall mail a copy of any process against the LLC to the registered agent: LegalInc Corporate Services Inc. 8857 Alexander Rd, Batavia, NY 14020. The purpose of this LLCis to engage in lawful activity.
At a Part 52 of the Supreme Court of the State of New York, held in and for the County of Queens, at the courthouse thereof, located at 88-11 Sutphin Boulevard, Jamaica, New York 11435, on the 2 day of April, 2014. Index No.: 10415/13 EX PARTE ORDER PRESENT: HON. LESLIE J. PURIFICACION Justice of the Supreme Court DESPINA LAIOS, Plaintiff(s), -against- EVANGELOS LAIOS, Defendant(s). Upon reading and filing the summons and
________________________ Notice of Formation of North East Contracting LLC, Art. of Org. filed Sec’y of State (SSNY) 3/26/14. Office location: Queens County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to 43-26 41st St., 1F, Sunnyside, NY 11104. Purpose: any lawful activities.
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A Staple In The Business Community bring that out of them.” Growing up as one of eight children, with five sisters and two brothJudy Limpert fell in love with ers, Limpert said that contributed to Bayside as soon as she began to her success because it allowed her work in the neighborhood and to develop her strengths and know has worked to be strong advocate her limitations that she can take into other aspects of her life. for it. “It gives you a base of success,” She has been heavily involved in the northern Queens area since she she said. Another of Limpert’s achievestarted working in Bayside in 1988. Before taking on her current posi- ments was the founding of the tion as a relationship manager at Bayside Business Association, an organization that Alma Bank, she was focuses on bringing the branch manager “Banking is one establishments on at two other banks, major thoroughfares Chase and North of the areas where like Bell Boulevard Fork. women can rise to together and giving Limpert said she the top. A smart them a voice in the began as a part-time area. teller when she enboss or leader can Limpert said she tered the banking see the potential in started the BBA bebusiness and moved people and bring cause there was no up the ladder withformal business orout much resistance. that out of them.” ganization representShe said the industry ing the storefronts in that she is involved in is one that does not frown upon Bayside and they needed to form a group to be able to advocate for women achieving prominence. “Banking is one of the areas themselves. Among the services the BBA where women can rise to the top,” she said. “A smart boss or leader offers are seminars for businesses can see the potential in people and that are looking to address any By Luis Gronda Staff Writer
questions they may have about running a business or programs that would be of interest to them. They have also given back to the community over the years, including Bayside High School, which Limpert said they have given more than $100,000 for various projects and events. They also help organize events like the Taste of Bayside, which is scheduled for May 13 this year. The birth of the BBA eventually led to the founding of another prominent organization, the Bayside Village Business Improvement District. BIDs are made up of several businesses within a given community that also advocate for needs of storefronts. There are several throughout Queens, including ones in Woodhaven, Long Island City and Flushing. Although Limpert made sure to point out that the Bayside BID is a separate entity from the BBA, she said the BID has been a welcomed addition to the area because it has allowed the establishments to pay for their own businesses through the funding that the BID gets from the City. Limpert lives in Woodhaven,
but has always been heavily involved in Bayside. When asked what she likes about the neighborhood, she described it as “a small community within a big city,” that has the feel of a small town, but is not desolate either, with a lively commercial strip like Bell Boulevard. “I instantly felt that community here,” she said, adding that while she loves Bayside, she does not want to live where she works. Limpert said she keeps busy with all the community involvement she is a part of, including being a member of the Bayside Kiwanis club. “I try to do anything I can to keep involved,” she said. Reach Luis Gronda at (718) 3577400, Ext. 127, email@example.com, or @luisgronda.
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Dr. Maxine Lubner
Flying High At Vaughn College BY JOE MARVILLI Staff Writer Over the course of her life, Dr. Maxine Lubner has traveled from her home continent of Africa to the streets of Queens. The experiences she has gone through led her to pursue the field of psychology and public health, which in turn affected nearly every aspect of her career. Lubner was born in Zimbabwe and was educated in South Africa during the era of Apartheid. Her time in these countries not only set her on a career in public health, but also created her love of airplanes, a field in which she is highly-regarded today. Educated at the University of Cape Town while South Africa was still a British colony, Lubner said she was very aware of the difference of her race, even when she was a child. While she and her family were involved with the anti-Apartheid movement, she said that it was a treacherous period of her life. During her time at the University of Cape Town, Lubner worked on a project that looked at mental health and how stress or genetics affects it. This work helped take her
to Columbia University, a change that came soon after she decided to move to London. “It was a discussion we had for many years. Should we stay and keep fighting or should we leave? I wasn’t sure if I was brave enough to go through what my friends went through and I wasn’t sure I’d be effective enough. So I decided to leave,” Lubner said. Fascinated by the work at Columbia University, Lubner accepted the chance to work on social psychology and epidemiology. While she was in graduate school, she also got the chance to complete a childhood dream. Lubner got her pilot certificate. Lubner’s fascination with airplanes and aviation began when she was a child. Her family used to go on vacation to a beach location that had a large lagoon. Her father would drive around in a beach buggy, racing the small airplanes that were flying over the mountains and landing on the beach. “They were mysterious, romantic, gorgeous planes,” Lubner said. Although her love of airplanes fell by the wayside during her edu-
cation, a tourist flight around New York on a plane with her brother brought that passion back to the forefront. From there, it was only a matter of time before she became an FAA-certified pilot. As her interest in aviation resurfaced, Lubner began to take all of the work she was doing and center it on airplanes. She continued to do research in the field after graduating, working part-time at New York University for a while. “Airplane accidents are a public health issue. The causes are mostly social and psychological,” she said. “All the fields I was studying [fit into aviation]. It all kind of came together for me.” After spending a couple of years taking care of her son, Lubner found her way to Vaughn College of Aeronautics and Technology, based in Flushing, where her expertise came in handy with the programs it was starting. The college hired her to get the pilot training program off the ground. “As the department grew, I taught some courses and continued to do research work in aviation and eventually gave up the social work,” she said.
In 2011, Lubner received an invitation to attend the E-G8 forum, which discusses technology matters on a global level. She said that a good portion of the conversations that took place had to do with the Internet and regulations against illegal factors, like child pornography. As the Internet is changing education as well, Lubner said she is a big believer in multiple methods for teaching. Whether discussing current events or working in groups, an essential skill in aviation, Lubner keeps her students engaged and gets them involved in their field of choice as soon as possible. “I try to get students connected with people in their field as soon as they can,” she said. Reach Joe Marvilli at (718) 3577400, Ext. 125, firstname.lastname@example.org, or @Joey788.
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NOTICE OF FORMATION OF LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY. NAME: PACHI NY, LLC. Articles of Organization were filed with the Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 03/20/14, 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 the process to the LLC, 30-06 29th Street, Unit 2R, Astoria, NY 11102. Purpose: For any lawful purpose. ________________________
4/18/14 Office location: Queens County, SSNY has been designated as agent of the PLLC upon whom process against it may be served SSNY shall mail a copy of Process to the LLC, 144-31 Jamaica Ave, NY 11435. Purpose for any lawful Purpose. ________________________
preme Court Building, 88-11 Sutphin Boulevard, Jamaica, N.Y. 11435 on the 17 day of April 2014. Index No. 234532012 ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE FOR APPROVAL OF CONTRACT TO SELL A COOPERATIVE APARTMENT PRESENT: HON. MAYERSOHN Justice In the Matter of the Application of Lisa T. Mevorach as Guardian for the person and property needs of HELENE FRANK, an Incapacitated Person to sell certain real property belonging to the said Incapacitated Person Upon the annexed Petition of Lisa T. Mevorach, duly verified on the 11th day of April, 2014, and upon the annexed copy of the contract for the sale of real property, and upon all other previous papers and proceedings in this matter, and due deliberation having been taken, it is in the discretion of the Court: ORDERED, that HELENE FRANK, the Incapacitated Person; JOHN HUNT, administrator of Atria Forest Hills; CHARLES TAIBI, Esq., as court examiner; The Hanover Insurance Group, the surety on the bond; John Hunt, administrator of Atria Senior Living; distrubutees GARY FRANK, a nephew, and
JAY ROSENBLATT, a nephew, show cause at IAS Part 22G of the Supreme Court of the State of New York, held in and for the County of Queens, at the Supreme Court, 88-11 Sutphin Boulevard, Jamaica, N.Y. 11435 on the 27 day of May 2014 at 9:30 a.m. or as soon thereafter as counsel can be heard, why an Order should not be made: 1. Granting the relief prayed for in the Petition; 2. Approving the contract included herein as an exhibit, authorizing the Guardian to convey the cooperative unit at 70-31 108th Street, Apt. 8G, Forest Hills, New York 11375 owned by HELENE FRANK to RAYMOND TSANG AND SHARON LI-TSANG for $620,000 in accordance with the applicable statues and rules of this Court. 3. Approving the contract with JUDY MOSES for the brokers to be paid a 4% commission upon successful completion of the sale of the property. 4. Directing the Guardian to obtain a realty bond in an amount the Court deems appropriate. 5. Directing the Guardian, upon delivery of the cancelled stock certificate and lease and receipt of the consideration, to report back
to this Court, under oath, for further instruction as to the disposition of the proceeds. 6. Appointing an appraiser, in the discretion of the Court, who, after taking an oath, shall go upon the premises and make an appraisal thereof and report back to this Court under oath; 7. Directing a hearing to be held before this Court; 9. Confirming the contract of sale detailed in the Petition; 10. Granting an award of attorneys’ fees to the Petitioner (or his or her counsel) for legal services rendered in connection with this proceeding; 11. Granting such other, further or different relief, both cumulative and in the alternative, as the Court may deem just and proper, and it is further: ORDERED, that YASSER BASILY of 3220 91st Street #308, E. Elmhurst, N.Y. 11369 telephone (917) 669-7668 is hereby appointed to go upon the premises, to make an appraisal thereof, and report the same under oath in writing to this Court and orally at the hearing noticed above; and it is further. ORDERED, that service of a copy of this Order and the papers on which it is based made by mail to HELENE FRANK not
less than thirteen (13) days before the return date of this Order, and that service of a copy of this Order and a Notice of Proceeding be sent by fax or U.S. Priority Mail with Delivery Confirmation to the Appraiser appointed herein within three business days of the date of this Order, and via U.S. Priority Mail with Delivery Confirmation to the Surety, the Court Examiner and the other interested parties not less than thirteen (13) days before the return date of this Order, and it is further ORDERED, that the Guardian shall comply with the provisions of §1722(5) of the Real Property Actions and Proceedings Law (advertising once per week for a period of 4 consecutive weeks, except that NO “FOR SALE” sign need be posted. ENTER: LEE A. MAYERSOHN, JSC HON. LEE A. MAYERSOHN
Fulton 101 LLC, Arts of Org filed with SSNY on 03/26/14. Off. Loc.: Queens County, SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail a copy of process to: The LLC, 34-25 150th Pl., #LG, Flushing, NY 11354. Purpose: to engage in any lawful act. ________________________ NOTICE OF FORMATION OF PROFFESIONAL LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY FERNANDO SUAREZ PHYSICAL THERAPY PLLC Articles of Organization were filed with the Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on
Notice is hereby given that an Order entered by the Civil Court, Queens County on APR 07 2014 bearing Index Number NC-000148-14/ QU, a copy of which may be examined at the Office of the Clerk, located at 89-17 Sutphin Boulevard, Jamaica, NY 11435, grants me the right to: Assume the name of (First) Felipe (Middle) D (Last) Andrade My present name is (First) Felipe (Middle) D (Last) Andrade aka Felipe Dionicio Andrade Sr., aka Felipe Andrade, aka Felipe Dionicio Andrade Zambrano My present address is 112-15 111 Ave, South Ozone Park, NY 11420 My place of birth is Ecuador My date of birth is December 13, 1960 ________________________ At IAS Part 22G of the Supreme Court of the State of New York held in and for the County of Queens at the Su-
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Mary ann Mattone
A Life Dedicated To Helping Others BY JOE MARVILLI Staff Writer If you assembled a list of those who have helped the Queens community, Mary Ann Mattone’s name would be near the top. Mattone has committed her life to helping others in her community, participating in numerous endeavors meant to assist those who need it the most. With an extended family of seven children and 27 grandchildren, she considers her family, heritage and faith to be the vital factors that have helped her accomplish so much. Mattone was born in 1948 as Mary Ann Pessolano. Even at a young age, she pursued educational topics that would let her help others. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Marymount College, followed by a Master’s degree in Public Health from Columbia University in January 1995. “To follow in the footsteps of my mother and father, who always helped others,” Mattone said about her educational and early career choices. “My mother said that is the best way I can help” After a stint teaching English to the Officers of the Iranian Air Force,
she became the research coordinator for neuroendocrine studies in depression for Dr. Edward Sachar, the chairman of psychiatry at Albert Einstein College of Medicine. When Sachar was appointed chairman of the psychiatry department of Columbia in 1976, he invited Mattone to become a research coordinator for adult neuroendocrine studies in depression and schizophrenia. Mattone went on to become acting director of nursing and co-director of the Child Depression Clinic of Columbia University at the New York State Psychiatric Institute. “I learned about the complexities of mental health disease, especially depression in senior citizens,” she said. “From there, I learned that children suffer as much as adults do from this terrible disease.” In 1982, Mattone switched gears, leaving academia when a social workers’ husband recruited her to Wall Street. She worked as a broker in the domestic and foreign exchange money markets. In 1984, she entered the real estate business, working with her mentor and father figure, James Conforti Jr. Despite her success in business, Mattone decided to dedicate herself to humanitarian causes. Part
of that transition came when she married Joseph Mattone in 1991. He encouraged her to pursue her philanthropic goals. “He wanted me to pursue charitable work and use my time, my energy, my brain and his money, which I do very well,” she said with a laugh. One of the most notable positions Mattone holds is on the Board of Trustees at the Queens Library. “It helps those who can’t help themselves to get a better life. I can’t think of a more worthwhile institution than the Queens Library,” she said. Of course, the library is not the only cause with which Mattone is involved. In 1994, by then-Mayor Rudy Giuliani appointed her to the Cultural Advisory Board of NYC until 2002. She has served as vice president, treasurer and president of the Ladies’ Auxiliary of the Columbus Citizens Foundation. Some of her other philanthropic interests include the Queens Botanical Garden, the Ozanam Hall Nursing Home in Bayside, the Don Monti Research Foundation at North Shore University and the NYC Children’s Advocacy Center, which treats abused children,
Mattone is also heavily involved with the Catholic Church. She is a Lady of the Holy Sepulchre, a Roman Catholic order of knighthood under the protection of the Pope. “If you’re an Italian-American Christian, it holds a responsibility. The responsibility is to look over your shoulder at the next person,” she said. While Mattone was thankful for the many accolades she has received for her work, she said she was fortunate and grateful to have a strong family support system. “I’m blessed because I had a wonderful parents and family who taught me values,” she said. “Whether you had a dollar or a thousand dollars in your pocket, you had to give what you could to the next person.” Reach Joe Marvilli at (718) 3577400, Ext. 125, email@example.com, or @Joey788.
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DR. UMA MYSOREKAR
Promoting South Asian Culture the United States, but she saw the need for that population to open the temple not ready as a place of Dr. Uma Mysorekar migrated worship, but as a community center from India and has become a as well. The Hindu Temple, sometimes prominent member of the South Asian community both in Queens referred to as the Ganesh Temple, after its main deity, Ganesh, reand beyond. After coming to the United Sates mains one of the most well-known in 1970, she continued her medi- Hindu temples in New York and the cal studies, which she started in country, even though thousands of temples have opened her native Bangalore, up around the country practicing obstetrics since then. and gynecology in New “You’ve got The temple plays York City. to have faith host to activities and Although she does events that educate resnot practice gynecol- and strongly idents about the Hindu ogy full-time anymore, only seeing long-term believe in what religion and culture and promote togetherpatients and not taking you do.” ness within the comon any new ones, she munity. has switched gears to Mysorekar also promoted the promoting the South Asian commuHindu religion on a popular TV nity and its culture in Queens. On July 4, 1977, she opened the show, making an appearance on Hindu Temple Society of North “The Colbert Report,” hosted by America in Flushing. It was the first comedian Steven Colbert, in 2008. of its kind in the United States and it During the interview, Colbert gave Hindus, with a smaller popu- asked her if many people convert lation back then compared to what to Hinduism. She said that Hindus do not it is now, its first place to gather and believe in conversion but if people practice their religion. Mysorekar said, in those days, can follow the religion if they not as many Hindus were over in choose to. By Luis Gronda Staff Writer
“So you guys do the soft sell?” Colbert joked, which drew laughter from the studio audience. “No, we don’t do any sell. We are born Hindus, we are proud to be Hindus, we practice our faith and that’s it,” she said in response. Mysorekar said she had to face some challenges that many immigrant women dealt with when assimilating in a new country. She said that, when living in South Carolina, she was not immediately accepted because of her different appearance and the religion she practiced. Mysorekar said she would get remarks for wearing a saree, a traditional outfit that many women in India wear and would get questions like “’Do you have telephones in India?’” “It was like we came from a different planet down there,” she said, referring to her time in South Carolina. But that has not been the case in New York, she said. Its diverse population allows for people of different cultures to be accepted quicker into society. This also occurred, to a lesser degree, when she was training to become a doctor, according to Mysorekar. While specializing in
Gynecology allowed her to avoid some scrutiny in that field, she said she would read in between the lines and could often tell some people who had a negative attitude towards her as she made her way up the ladder. Despite facing challenges like that, Mysorekar said she has persevered to carve out a successful career in the United States. She said she attributes that to her religion for getting her through that struggle. Her main advice for people who may face a conflict like that is to just ignore it and continue working towards whatever goal you set out for yourself in life, whatever profession you are trying to be successful in. “You’ve got to have faith and strongly believe in what you do,” Mysorekar said. Reach Luis Gronda at (718) 3577400, Ext. 127, firstname.lastname@example.org, or @luisgronda.
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From Beauty School To Construction BY NATALIA KOZIKOWSKA Staff Writer Herlema Owens was going to school for hair and beauty when her husband tragically died. Left alone to raise her three children, she was unsure how she was going to make the money she desperately needed to provide for her family. When a friend of hers from beauty school got word of her unfortunate predicament, she suggested that Owens, a self-proclaimed ‘girly-girl,’ look into the construction industry. “She was telling me all about construction and at first, I was not interested,” she said. It was not until after her friend told her the average salary of a construction worker that Owens began to seriously consider leaving beauty school. And much to her surprise, when she made the bold decision to give the industry a try, she fell in love with it. “My first day on the job was the most enlightening and breathtaking experience I ever had. It was the dream of my life that I never even knew I had dreamt,” she said. “It was exciting and on that first day, I knew this was exactly what I want-
ed to do for the rest of my life.” Though she truly loved every aspect of working with her hands, as a female minority, she encountered a lot of discrimination. She recalls that on her first job site, she was not the only woman, but also the only Black worker. “At that time, I was literally a double quota,” she said. Despite the hardships, Owens’ career in construction began to flourish. “By my fourth job, I was made a foreman. It was exactly what I wanted,” she said. “Even though I’ve experienced sexism and sexual harassment, I always continued to work. The foreman harassed me quite often, but having the thick skin I had, I didn’t pay any mind.” While Owens, now a proud member of Local 731 for 27 years, has accomplished a great deal in the field of construction, she understood that there were many obstacles for women trying to break in to the male-dominated industry. So, as a means to help women looking to get into construction, in 2006, Owens began the Association of Women Construction Workers of America – a nonprofit which does just that.
“As a woman construction worker myself, I realized I wasn’t the only one who had the issues I was having, from the sexual harassment to the discrimination,” she said. “I wasn’t the only person feeling like that, so when I started to hear that from other women, I felt like there was a need for a program like this.” Though Owens and her friend, the-late Joi Beard, began the AWCWA to help women go into construction, the Jamaica-based nonprofit has since continued to expand its efforts to advocate for the advancement of all minority groups looking for a career in the field. “We realized there were also a lot of young men out there who did not have a place to go for pretraining. And construction is not one of those industries to turn a blind eye to men who have been incarcerated,” she said. “As long as they right their wrong, they don’t hold it against you. This is a career that can change a person who has been in trouble. It is an industry that creates self-worth.” Hoping to give locals a life changing opportunity, AWCWA offers a free 15-week series of workshops, including the basic essentials of construction. Graduat-
ing students receive a certificate of completion and are often places by AWCWA at partnering construction companies. “It’s important to me that this is a successful program. This is a life changing experience, so we really look to make a difference,” she said. “We want to make sure that those who come into the program get what they need from it.” AWCWA offers two sessions – from September to December, and from January to May. Classes are taught Monday through Thursday from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the State University of New York Equal Opportunity Center, located at 158-29 Archer Ave., Jamaica. For more information, call (718) 725- 3373, or send an email to info@ awcwa.org. Reach Natalia Kozikowska at (718) 357-7400 ext. 123 or nkozikowska@ queenspress.com or @nkozikowska.
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Since our contract expired in 2010, New York City police officers have continued to bring crime down to record low levels. We’ve made this city livable again, and we’ve done it with 6,000 fewer officers on the street. But we are still the lowest paid police officers in this area.
And now the city is offering us zero raises for three years.
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Teaching And Learning At The NYPD BY JOE MARVILLI Staff Writer Assistant Chief Diana Pizzuti of the NYPD is not just notable for a long and storied career that has seen her rise through the ranks, but also for using her own life to mentor others. Pizzuti is the Commanding Officer of Patrol Borough Queens North, the latest step in a career full of highlights. Learning from new challenges, Pizzuti imparts her wisdom on younger officers, creating the next generation of leaders. Although Pizzuti is first-generation police in her family, she is the second generation to go into public service. Her father spent 40 years with a fire department in New Jersey. Originally, Pizzuti was on the path to become a reporter at Northwestern University. However, her time covering crime during internships opened up a different road. “I had internships in college where I covered the police beat. It was there that I thought I would respond to the action in a different capacity,” she said. Once she got through the Police Academy, Pizzuti was assigned to the
Bronx, followed by Patrol Borough Queens South. These early years on the force gave her a foundation that she could always look back to as her career moved forward. “You revert back to your training and your experience and you continue to develop as a police officer,” she said. “Every rank, we’re challenged by new assignments and new circumstances.” One of those challenges came when Pizzuti became the first female commanding officer of the Police Academy in 2002. She had just earned a Master’s in Education from Seton Hall University when she threw herself into a rapidly changing landscape. Pizzuti was in charge of the first class after the terrorist attacks on 9/11. The academy assembled a counter-terrorism factor into the NYPD. Pizzuti refocused the academy on team teaching, assessments and created a more connected coursework. “We tried to do a more integrated approach to training. We took the entire curriculum and put it back together as one curriculum,” she said. “It was nice to go back after 15 years, to go back in another role.” Pizzuti’s time transforming and
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Dr. Anthony Leiserowitz
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mentoring at the academy wound up helping to ease her transition into her next and current assignment, which she started in 2007. As the Commanding Officer of Patrol Borough Queens North, Pizzuti presides over a 50-square mile area with an estimated population of 1.3 million residents. During her time at the academy, 12,000 recruits graduated. As a result, many of the police officers on the street in her district knew her from their time at the academy. Her time as a precinct commander in Manhattan helped as well. “It’s nice to be back dealing with cops, community and crime,” she said. “At the Borough level, you’re dealing with those three components.” While she had to overcome an established procedure, Pizzuti’s expertise and strength as a leader helped her to fit her ideas into Queens North. One of her goals was to continue to cultivate a good relationship with the community, particularly with the young people of Queens. “Every year, I’ve done initiatives with the youth in this community. Last year, we did an anti-bullying project,” she said. “I think a lot of
the mark is left with the youth of the community.” Besides her work within the NYPD, Pizzuti is a part of New York Women in Law Enforcement, an organization dedicated to strengthening the law enforcement community through education, diversity and the development of leaders. Even with many years on the job, Pizzuti said she is still learning with every new challenge she faces. She continues to mentor others as well. At one point, she said a quote that applies as much to her as it does to those who have learned from her. “Even with the commanding officers, I use the expression ‘good leaders develop new leaders.’ We have some good leaders here in the precinct,” she said. Reach Joe Marvilli at (718) 3577400, Ext. 125, email@example.com, or @Joey788.
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Overcoming Sexism In Her Field BY NATALIA KOZIKOWSKA Staff Writer From a very young age, Veronica Rose’s interests were different from many other little girls. Having grown up near construction jobsites, where her father helped build power plants, she was intrigued by the industry – one of the very few that paid all workers equally. “In 1977, when I wanted to pick a career path out of the Air Force, I found out that women were only getting paid 49 cents on the dollar of what men were,” Rose explained. “So I spoke to my father and he suggested I look into organized trade unions because they didn’t allow that type of discrimination.” So, following his advice, Rose did exactly what her father recommended and was among the first class of women accepted into the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, following President Jimmy Carter’s executive order that opened up trade unions for women and minorities.
“I finished the apprenticeship program at the top of my class, graduated as apprentice of the year and worked in the industry in Phoenix, Arizona, for six years,” she said. After she gained a few years of experience, Rose took her tools and hardhat with her to New York in 1993, where she worked on massive projects like the Jacob Javits Convention Center and the World Financial Center. But despite her success in the field, she could not quite break through that ‘Glass Ceiling’ because of her gender. “At that time, I had excelled as far as I could as a woman in the industry,” she said. “The company I was working for valued me, but because of my gender, they basically said we can’t make you supervision because the men aren’t ready for women in leadership yet.” Yearning to break through the barriers her gender presented in the construction industry, Rose decided to go ahead and get her Master’s electrician license so that she could start her own business.
“At that time, there were no women ever in the history of New York City that had obtained that license,” she said. “There were three females in this class and we were the first female electricians to ever receive their Master’s electrician license.” “But I know for a fact if I had not started my own company, I would not have been able to rise to the top,” she added. “I had gone everywhere I could think of to try and pursue my career, but the world wasn’t ready for me yet. And after my kids were grown up, I decided I had the time and resources needed to start the company.” In 1993, Rose, along with her husband, opened Aurora Electric and just three years later, she hired her first employees upon signing an agreement with Local Union 3 International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers. Having always been an advocate for women in the construction field, Rose always welcomed female union workers. She recalls one particular job where all six of her
workers were females, and of those six, three were minorities. “I wound up receiving an award for that job for the workforce I was able to provide,” she said. Despite owning and operating one of the most successful electrical companies in the Borough, Rose said that her biggest accomplishment was being able to pave the way for the nearly one dozen women she helped guide. “I would say the thing I am most proud of is all the women that I’ve mentored and brought into the construction industry over the last 35 years,” she said. Reach Natalia Kozikowska at (718) 337-7400 ext 123 or nkozikowska@ queenspress.com or @nkozikowska.
Breaking Through Stereotypes As CEO BY NATALIA KOZIKOWSKA Staff Writer Today, Connie Zhang is the CEO of one of the most successful Chinese restaurants in the Borough, but her journey to success was not always so smooth. When she was just 12 years old, Zhang came to the United States with her family from a small little village in Fuzhou, China. Like many immigrants who leave their home countries, Zhang’s family had aspirations of running their own business, striving to achieve the ‘American Dream.’ When she first came to America, Zhang lived in Maryland, where she would stay for 16 years. It was during her time there that she first was exposed to the restaurant business. “It all started with my parents, who ran a little carryout in Maryland,” she said Realizing that there was more business potential in New York City, in 2005, Zhang and her family moved once more. “We found that New York City is a bigger place and there were more
business opportunities,” she said. “So I moved there to help them with the restaurant.” At first, Zhang admitted that she was not immediately drawn to the food industry. “I thought I wanted to go into another field, like an office job, but eventually I realized it was best for my family to stay in the restaurant business,” she said. “I didn’t really have a choice.” With a few years of experience under her belt, Zhang, along with a partner, took a leap of faith, and in 2011, she made the bold move to invest in a Chinese-American-style restaurant in Flushing – an area that was heavily populated with people of Chinese decent. “I never thought that I’d be managing a restaurant by myself because I didn’t have much management experience,” she said. “But when we began construction on Grand Restaurant, I saw there was not good management.” Learning valuable lessons about management from her partner, she soon worked her way to the top as the CEO. “When I was watching him and
learning about how to manage a restaurant wrong and right, I learned a lot,” she said. “I learned a lot just from watching, but at the same time, I was learning a lot by myself. I spent a lot of time in this restaurant.” Despite having worked her way up the corporate ladder, Zhang said that her gender has sometimes made it difficult to run a business, especially when working with shareholders. “Especially in the Chinese community, it’s very hard for women to stay in business in front of men,” she said. “Sometimes it’s difficult to deal with shareholders. As women, men think we can never be the ones on top, so these types of negotiations can sometimes be a problem.” Zhang also admits that running a business with kids at home can be difficult as well. “I always try to take a day or two off in the week to try and spend time with my two kids. It’s hard to manage this place, especially a place this big,” she said. “I think in the future it will be better, but right now, it’s difficult for me to spend
time with my kids and sometimes, I feel like a bad mom.” Despite managing such a largescale restaurant, Zhang remains committed to her children and after a long day of work, she said she still finds the energy to come home and cook for them. When asked why she thinks she runs Grand Restaurant so effectively, Zhang said she feels it is her ability to communicate with her employees – an ingredient necessary for the recipe of success. “I want my employees to be happy every day. If my employees think there is a problem here, that means my company has a problem,” she said. “So I told them, if you feel that I’ve done something wrong, feel free to talk to me about it.” Reach Natalia Kozikowska at (718)357-7400 Ext. 123 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Study On SSA Building Lacks Transparency BY NATALIA KOZIKOWSKA Staff Writer Last week, the Queens Tribune first reported that the Social Security Administration building in Jamaica was being underutilized, with six of its 11 floors being used for the storage of filing cabinets. Just 25 years after the $92 million custom-designed headquarters was unveiled, it has been revealed that because the SSA’s budget has been significantly reduced, hundreds of employees have been moved out. A source close to the situation has even described the building as a “museum of 1950s filing cabinets.” Concerned about what this meant for economic growth in Jamaica, in 2012, Congressman Gregory Meeks (D-Jamaica), along with reps from the Greater Jamaica Development Corporation, requested the General Services Administration conduct a utilization study. Almost one year after the original request, Meeks’ office finally received the GSA report. But in addition to his disappointment with the lengthy wait, the Congressman said he is frustrated with the study’s
al administrator at the GSA, information from the study was withheld for security reasons. “I would like to apologize for the delay in responding to your inquiry, however, since OAS is a pre-decisional document, it was necessary to ensure that sensitive information was redacted from the OAS prior to sharing it,” Pease wrote. “Please be advised that information has been Photo by NAtALIA KozIKowSKA redacted from pages 1-25 of the Many of the pages included in a OAS. Additionally, pages 25-103 Gsa study about the social secu- have been withheld entirely due to rity administration building in Ja- the sensitivity contained within.” maica were heavily redacted. According to the report, there are currently 1,303 employees in the “alarming” lack of transparency. building – about 1,400 employees The report, which has also been ob- less than when the headquarters first tained by the Tribune, is missing more opened in 1989. The study also reveals than 70 pages and of the few pages that 805,111-square-feet of the buildavailable for review, significant por- ing’s 923,200-square-feet of space tions have been withheld. were deemed “rentable.” “Everything is redacted. The reBut when weighing in on the GSA’s port doesn’t mean anything to me, lack of transparency, Meeks said he because it doesn’t say anything,” questions the validity of those figures. Meeks said. “It seems as though they “Because of the lack of transparare acting and moving with a code of ency, there could be even fewer emsecrecy and that befuddles me and ployees than that,” he said. “I have to upsets me.” speculate as to anything they say is acAccording to the report’s cover let- curate because they have been secreter, authored by Denise Pease, region- tive and not clear and transparent.”
The report, which suggests that the building is being used at just over 40 percent, has determined that there are “three approaches to address the need for improved utilization.” The options are to convert the facility into a multi-tenanted building, relocate SSA to larger or smaller spaces, possibly moving workers out of the SSA offices in the Jacob Javits Federal Building in Manhattan to the Jamaica headquarters, or maintain status quo with the SSA to remain in the headquarters. Although the study explores the three possibilities, all of the design options have been redacted and no possible tenant is listed in the open report. Meeks said he requested the full document, but noted that his request was denied for similar “confidentiality reasons.” “Enough time has gone by for a decision to be made about the utilization of the building,” Meeks said. “Its time for the GSA to come to the public and say additional tenants will be looked into, or they don’t have the money to retrofit the facility, and are looking for a buyer so they can rent the space they need.” Reach Natalia Kozikowska at (718)357-7400 Ext. 123 or email@example.com
Mayor Announces Sandy Recovery Overhaul BY LuIS GrONdA Staff Writer Mayor Bill de Blasio announced a major overhaul of the City’s recovery from Superstorm Sandy last week, including several ideas to provide relief for homeowners and businesses still trying to rebuild more than a year after the storm hit. Since beginning his first term as mayor, de Blasio said he would make the City’s recovery process a priority. He did not bring back many of the people who ran the Build It Back program under the Bloomberg administration, which was a signal that the Mayor was planning on changes to the Sandy Strategy under his watch. He did not name a new head of Sandy recovery until late March, appointing Amy Peterson as the director of the Housing Recovery Office, Daniel Zarrilli leading the Office of Recovery and Resiliency and Bill Goldstein as a senior adviser for recovery, resiliency and infrastructure. The Mayor and his new team were tasked with drafting a new plan that would aim at speeding the recovery process for many homeowners and improve many problems residents had with the Build It Back program. De Blasio’s plan calls for issuing 500 reimbursement checks and beginning construction to 500 damaged
or destroyed properties by the end of this summer. Other parts of the plan include enhancing coordination between City, State and federal entities to provide additional relief for people displaced from their home and expanding eligibility for the Hurricane Sandy Business Recovery Loan and Grant Program. During a press conference announcing the, de Blasio said the City will build back stronger, despite any challenges that may arise during the process. “This report gives us a game plan, a road map going forward. We know the will is there. We know the resources are there. It’s about applying all of our abilities and our focus to getting it done, with a lot of partners we know will be great teammates in serving people in need,” he said last Thursday. Some local community leaders who read through the plan say it is a step in the right direction, but it remains to be seen how much faster and better the new plan will be until it is implemented. Betty Braton, Chairperson of Community Board 10, which represents two areas in southern Queens hit hardest by Sandy, Howard Beach and Hamilton Beach, said there were many problems with how the program was organized. She said she hopes the Mayor’s plan will fix errors associated with it, including streamlining the paperwork
process for homeowners applying for relief. Braton said she is looking to see how it will be enforced. “My concern is how does it move from the aspirational to the reality,” she said. “It’s a question of what is going to be done.” Roger Gendron, president of the New Hamilton Beach Civic Association, said their goal of 500 reimbursement checks and construction starts
is too low considering the number of people affected by the storm and he also wants to see the plan in action. “Until you see the work being done, it’s all talk, which is what Build It Back has been from day one,” he said. “But it is progress and that’s something we haven’t seen before.” Reach Luis Gronda at (718) 3577400, Ext. 127, firstname.lastname@example.org, or @luisgronda.
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Lighting Ravenswood Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer and nYCHa Chair shola Olatoye announced a funding allocation for new lighting throughout the Ravenswood Houses in astoria last Friday. The $4 million project will install state-of-the-art lighting throughout the housing development. about $2.5 million of the project will be funded by nYCHa and $1.5 million will come from Van Bramer.
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In Our OpInIOn
Time To Focus On Equal Pay More than 50 years ago, President John F. Kennedy signed the Equal Pay Act of 1963 into law, which sought to abolish wage disparity based on sex. It is unfortunate that, half a century later, that disparity still exists, punishing millions of women with lower wages. While the wage disparity has improved over time, the fact that it is still prevalent in business is antithetical to the progress this country should have made over the years. According to a study done by Comptroller Scott Stringer, in New York City, women under the age of 35 now make nearly 96 cents on the dollar compared to their male counterparts. This statistic is a stunning difference to the 78 cents on the dollar women over the age of 35 make. Maybe this is a sign that the next generation of women will have it better than those that have come before them. But the promise of equality that came with the 1963 law is still far from fulfilled, and that is an insult to millions of women across the nation. No matter how many bills are signed into law, unless the government enforces a desire to eliminate wage disparity among the genders, it will continue, as it has since the days of JFK. We hope that the day where equal pay is a reality is not that far off, but passing these resolutions will only make a difference if they are enforced and businesses are encouraged to meet a higher standard. We are happy to see the wage gap closing, but anything less than 100 percent parity should be unacceptable.
In YOur OpInIOn A ‘Misguided’ Progressive Policy
To The Editor: egarding New York City Councilman Daniel Dromm saying that people opposed to homosexual marriage are not welcome in the Big Apple: In a way, weren’t we here a couple thousand years ago? The ancient and primitive Greeks and Romans crassly valued homosexual relations. But eventually the people wised up and realized that was a mistake (e.g., Plato condemned homosexual activity), and homosexual activity was again logically deemed unethical and was basically driven underground. Now, misguided “progressives” are trying to take us
back thousands of years to more primitive and decadent times, despite the fact that thinking people have known for centuries that homosexual activity is immoral and a bad legal precedent. (It’s easy to show that all the arguments homosexuals use to try to rationalize homosexual activity are seriously flawed.) It may surprise you that some colleges like Harvard now have officially recognized student groups devoted to promoting the acceptance of BDSM---sexually deviant bondage, discipline, sadism, and masochism. That’s right. If you are a student who gets turned on by smacking people
around, some colleges like Harvard now have groups for you! Bizarre. (Are Neanderthals running that school?) He who has eyes to see, let them see. The “logic” of heterophobic homosexuals is rapidly leading this society down a slippery slope to a more aberrant, disordered and irrational society. Legal polygamy is coming soon. Maybe down the line, we’ll see “marriage” between straight and homosexual consenting-adult incestuous people! Whoopee! Anyone who thinks this is progress is deluding him/herself. Rome didn’t fall in a day. But it did fall. Let’s not join the race to the bottom. Wayne Lela, Via Queenstribune.com
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To The Editor: e: the ticker-tape parade for veterans that Sen. Chuck Schumer and Mayor de Blasio envision. I am a Korean War veteran who served in combat as a medic. We lost thousands and thousands more were wounded in the defense of that country. There are service members to this day that are still missing
in action and we have never received a parade. I still have flashbacks from that “police action,” as President Truman called it. Let all veterans who return from war be honored to a parade. If it’s good for baseball and football, I’m sure it ‘s good for all our veterans. Thanks for everyone concerned. Michael Liquori, Corona
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To the Editor: hree cheers for the two opinions, “What is considered American?” and especially “Workers Deserve Fairness.” As to Queens Library Needs Support (In Our Opinion), I take umbrage at the third paragraph: “Regardless of the troubles the Queens Library has faced in recent weeks....”. I will not make any more contributions until the present CEO, Thomas Galante, is gone, without any compensa-
tion, preferably with some sort of restitution on his part. There is only vague information as to how this institution is now run under some type of control not specified. “The vital lifelines” that are apparently in place could obviously be many times more without Mr. Galante’s unconscionable overreach. Also, what is one to think of those on the Board of Trustees that voted for him to remain in office? Ursula Newton, Jamaica
The Devolving State Of America
To The Editor: d Konecnik either is unaware or chooses to ignore what’s going on in America. Our nation’s problems were caused by Wall Street and big corps, not as he suggests, the “overbearing government.” The gov’t haters have no compunction using gov’t when they need to - Ayn Rand took welfare when she was dying of cancer, as did her disciple Paul Ryan when his father died. They are the ultimate hypocrites. Big money gets more welfare than the poor, but don’t refer to it as welfare as it applies to them. As a diversionary tactic, it is easier to blame the
victims than the perpetrators. Our gov’t is representative of the 1 percent, not the 99 percent. Yes, America has the potential for being the best country, but instead of continuing to evolve, for the past several decades, it has been devolving. The mettle of a society is best judged not by what it does for those who have much, but by what it does for those who have little. I has been said, “a society that is not concerned with the welfare and happiness of its people, has no reason to exist.” Joe Brooks, Whitestone
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Welcome Back to the World’s Fair
Astorino Visits Northeast Queens
Announcing that the New York State Pavilion at Flushing Meadows Corona Park is now designated as a National Treasure, U.S. Rep. Joseph Crowley and Queens Borough President Melinda Katz croon for an audience at a press conference. The pavilion was opened to the public for tours, and a line quickly extended around the structure and across an overpass, as people waited for a chance to see the structure. Photos by Joe Marvilli.
During a meeting of the North East Queens Republican Club, GOP candidate for Governor Rob Astorino stopped by to discuss his campaign and platform with the group. Photo by Joe Marvilli.
Senior Center Saved
Parade Grand Marshals On April 15, State Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) presented a check of $100,000 to the North Flushing Senior Center in College Point. The funding was allocated during this year’s State Budget negotiations. The center was in imminent danger of closing by the end of the year due to a lack of funds. Photo by Joe Marvilli.
Honoring 50 Years of Service
Little Neck-Douglaston Memorial Day Parade co-chairs (standing, from left) Douglas Montgomery and Charlie McBride introduce the distinguished war veterans who are this year’s parade Grand Marshals (seated, from left) Thomas Dent, John McHugh, Sr., Lt. Col. John W. Peterkin (Ret.) and Rocco Moretto (not pictured).
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Former Council Speaker Peter Vallone Sr. (far right) was honored for his service to Queens and New York City at the Bishop Molloy Retreat House in Jamaica. Vallone was honored for his commitment to the Catholic faith and his years of leadership, encouraging people of all ages to participate in the retreat experience.
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Artists Without Walls Schedules Show BY JOE MARVILLI Staff Writer This weekend, Queens residents will have the chance to celebrate Irish culture in Long Island City. New York Irish Center will present an Artists Without Walls showcase of several musicians for a night of entertainment. With acts running the gamut from classical to jazz to spoken word, there will be something for everyone the evening of April 26. Founded by County Leitrim native, singer/songwriter Niamh Hyland, and videographer Charles Hale, Artists Without Walls is an organization dedicated to uniting people and diverse communities through
the pursuit of artistic achievement. It does this by cultivating creative talent, promoting education and building a multicultural community. Part of that creativity will be put on display at the New York Irish Center, located at 10-40 Jackson Ave., Long Island City. Six different acts will take to the stage on Saturday night, following a cocktail hour at 7:30 p.m. Complimentar y tea, soda and coffee will be available. One of the artists is Hyland herself, performing solo rather than with her rock band, Lily Sparks. As a child in Ireland, she sang traditional Irish tunes, joined choral groups and took part in musical theater. As a member of Lily Sparks, though,
she cuts loose with an energetic stage presence. Songwriter Michael Brunnock, classical violinist Annette Homann, spoken word artist Koro Koroye, jazz singer Antoinette Montague and actors Jack O’Connell and John Duddy will perform in the show as well. Advance tickets can be purchased via PayPal or credit/ debit card. Tickets cost $22 for the general audience, $15 for Artists Without Walls members and $11 for students, seniors or unemployed attendees. Visit www.newyorkirishcenter.org to purchase tickets. Reach Joe Marvilli at (718) 357-7400, Ext. 125, jmarvilli@ queenstribune.com, or @Joey788.
Classical violinist Annette Homann
Newtown Literary Holds Writing Weekend BY JOE MARVILLI Staff Writer It is time to put pen to paper. The Newtown Literary Alliance is having its second annual Queens Writes Weekend from April 25 to 27. During this event, Queens authors are invited to sit down with like-minded individuals at locations across the Borough and just write. Now in its second year, Queens Writes Weekend’s purpose is to raise funds for Newtown Literary. Published in electronic and paper formats, the semi-annual journal covers fiction, creative nonfiction, essays and poetry. Participants in the writing weekend can donate money to decrease the costs of publishing Newtown Literary’s fourth edition. “I hoped that we could hold an annual fundraiser that engaged as much of the Borough as possible, rather than privilege one neighborhood over others,” Tim Fredrick, editor of the Newtown Literary Alliance, said. “Because Queens is such a large geographic area, having multiple sites allows as many people to participate as possible.” Last year, the organization raised $500, a number they want to surpass this year. Given that the event has doubled in size, Fredrick said they hope to raise $1,000. The weekend kicks off with a reading at the Astoria Bookshop, located at 31-29 31st St., on April 25 at 7 p.m. The open reading will feature contributors to the third issue of Newtown Literary. On Saturday and Sunday, writing exercises will take place at several venues throughout the Borough. The first event will take place at Diversity Plaza
in Jackson Heights at 10 a.m. Titled “Shut Up & Write (in the sunshine),” the event is co-sponsored by Social Uplift, Knowledge and Hope Initiatives. The next segment will start at 1 p.m. at Enigma Bookstore in Astoria, with a combination of “Shut Up & Write” and an open mic. Next up is Astor Bake Shop in Astoria at 3 p.m., for speed writing exercises. Also at 3 p.m. is “Writing about the Past, Present and Future of the NYS Pavilion.” The writers will meet in front of the Queens Theatre and then make their way over to the Pavilion. For this stop, Newtown Literary is collaborating
with People for the Pavilion, the group looking to preserve the World’s Fair attraction. “It is the first partnership we’ve had with a non-literary group and we are excited to be making these connections with other community organizations,” Fredrick said. The final Saturday writing event starts at 4:30 p.m. at Bean and Bean in Bayside. The theme is Surrealistinspired prompts. Sunday’s writing prompts begin at 10 a.m. at Odradeks Coffee House in Jamaica. From there, the writing moves to a private residence in Forest Hills at
1 p.m. To find out the address, email firstname.lastname@example.org. The last three writing exercises take place in Astoria, at Waltz Astoria at 2 p.m., the Astoria Bookshop at 2 p.m. and Love Café at 3:30 p.m. The Astoria Bookshop event is for children ages 7 and up. To wrap up the weekend, there will be a free open mic at Terraza 7 at 6 p.m. The venue is located at 40-19 Gleane St., Elmhurst. For more information, visit www. newtownliterary.org. Reach Joe Marvilli at (718) 357-7400, Ext. 125, email@example.com, or @Joey788.
Hip To Hip Theatre’s Summer Fun This summer, the free plays presented by the Hip to Hip Theatre Company are William Shakespeare’s “Two Gentlemen of Verona,” a slapstick comedy involving love, friendship, betrayal and forgiveness; and “Cymbeline,” an adventure combining comedy, tragedy and romance. “Two Gentlemen” will be performed in hilarious Commedia del’Arte style, using funny masks, and it features one of Shakespeare’s funniest clowns, who will be played by the company’s managing director, Guy Ventoliere. “It’s like Saturday Night Live with classic characters,” Jason Marr, the play’s director and Hip to Hip’s artistic director, said. “It’s about two young friends who fall in love with the same girl.” In “Cymbeline,” Marr will play both leading male characters, Posthumous and Cloten, and his wife Joy, Hip to
Hip’s other co-founder, will play the female lead, Imogen. The 90-minute performances will be presented in parks all around Queens, including Flushing Meadows Corona Park, Socrates Sculpture Park in Long Island City, Crocheron Park in Bayside, Cunningham Park, St. Albans Park, Gantry Plaza State Park and Agawam Park. The Voelker Orth Museum, a restored Victorian house at 149-19 38th Ave. in Flushing, will welcome “Cymbeline” at 7:30 p.m. on July 30, and “Two Gentlemen of Verona” at 7:30 p.m. on Aug. 13. A half-hour before every performance, an entertaining interactive session, “Kids and the Classics,” will be conducted. Every child who participates will receive a special diploma with an illustration of Shakespeare. Now in its eighth summer, Hip to Hip has more diversity in its casts. Its
new board member, Gabourey Sidibe, was nominated for an Oscar for Best Actress for her acting debut, in the 2009 movie “Precious.” For several years, she has been co-starring in the television show “American Horror Story.” This year, you can print out flyers from their website, www.hiptohip.org, to share with your friends, or to distribute to any organization you know whose members would enjoy outdoor performances. If you would like to volunteer to help out with your local production, email contact@hiptohip. org or call (718) 729-8567. Information about the times and locations of the performances is available on the website. Most performances start at 7:30 p.m., except for Socrates Sculpture Park, where they begin at 5 p.m. -Barbara Arnstein
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more information, call (718) 463-7700. The venue is located at 137-35 Northern Blvd.
JOuRNEy TO THE WEST
TITAN Theatre Company will present “King Lear” at the Queens Theatre, starting on April 25 and running until May 11. Broadway veteran Terry Layman takes on the title role in this searing new production of Shakespeare’s epic masterpiece. Tickets are $18. For more information, call (718) 760-0064.
13 MOST WaNTED MEN
The Queens Museum will hold an opening night party for its World’s Fair anniversary exhibit, “13 Most Wanted Men.” The display, by Andy Warhol, was originally created and ultimately rejected for the fair in 1964. The party will feature performers Kembra Pfahler, Lafawndah and Fluct as well as DJs Juliana Huxtable and Michael Magnan. It will run from 8 p.m. to midnight. For more information, call (718) 5929700.
Jazz OvERGROuND FESTIvaL
Taking place at Flushing Town Hall, the Second Annual Queens Jazz OverGround Spring Jazz Festival features performers from around Queens, from jazz legends to rising artists. The afternoon will also include master classes by top music educators, and performances by local middle and high school jazz ensembles. The free event kicks off at noon and runs until 10 p.m. For
The Tribeca Film Festival will show Tsai Ming Liang’s “Journey to the West” as an installation in the VW Dome at MoMA PS1. This groundbreaking new interpretation brings the legendary pilgrimage of a Buddhist monk into the present tense. The installation will run from noon to 6 p.m. For more information, call (718) 784-2084.
Join Steve Solomon for “My Mother’s Italian, My Father’s Jewish and I’m In Therapy,” an evening of comedy topped off with the voices of almost 30 of the most hilarious characters and situations you have ever seen. The show starts at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m., with another on April 27 at 3 p.m. Tickets range from $25 to $35. For more information, call (718) 760-0064.
The Greater Astoria Historical Society will host a walking tour of the Astoria Park and pool starting at 11 a.m. The tour will touch upon geology, facts and trivia, anecdotes, and tales as you enjoy waterfront vistas. The tour will also discuss 100 years of Astoria Park. The tour will start at the main gate of Socrates Sculpture Park. Fee is $15 for members, $20 for the public.
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THE OSMOND BROTHERS For more than five decades, the Osmond Brothers have been impressing crowds with their warm tones and comedy. The brothers will make their way to the Queensborough Performing Arts Center for their “Up Close and Personal Tour.” Starting at 3 p.m., the concert will feature music from throughout their career, moving from rock and pop to jazz to country. Tickets are $35. For more information, visit www.qcc.cuny.edu/qpac or call (718) 631-6311. Tirella has been invited by the Queens Museum to read from his new book, “Tomorrow-Land: The 1964-65 World’s Fair and the Transformation of America.” The reading will be accompanied by a tour of World’s Fair memorabilia. Tirella will sign copies of his book at the Museum shop.
EIGHT DIaGRaM POLEFIGHTER
As part of its celebration of the life and work of the late Lau Kar-leung and Run Run Shaw, the Museum of Moving Image will screen “Eight Diagram Pole-Fighter” at 7 p.m. After a group of marauding Khitans ambush the imperial Yang family, Yang Wulang - one of two sons to survive the attack - retreats to a monastery to train and develop the eight-diagram pole fighting technique. Reserve tickets in advance at (718) 777-6800.
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At 5 p.m. on Divine Mercy Sunday, St. Josaphat’s Parish, 35th Avenue and 210th Street in Bayside, will celebrate the canonizations of John XXIII and John Paul II. Additionally, a painting of Our Lady of Czestochowa will be dedicated.
The Poppenhusen Institute will host an historic tour of College Point, aboard a vintage trolley. Learn about the people and events that helped develop the area into the vibrant community it is today. The tour will start at 12:30 p.m. and costs $8 for the general audience and $5 for seniors, students and members. Registration is required. Call (718) 3580067 for more information.
The show is free, but tickets are required. Call (718) 7938080 for more information.
American Martyrs CWV Post will host a garage sale at the Parish Hall, on Bell Boulevard and Union Turnpike in Bayside from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
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The free, opening reception for a showcase on the work of Abdias Nascimento at the GodwinTerbach Museum will be held from 5:30 to 8 p.m. It will include a roundtable on “Abdias Nascimento and Candomblé, Santería and Afro-Latino Politics in Brazil and Cuba.” The exhibit itself opens on April 28 and runs until June 21.
First Acts: New Plays in Development will present this dark take on the Peter Pan story at Queens College’s Colden Auditorium at 2 p.m. Mrs. Darling wants her 12-year old daughter Wendy to remain young and adorable forever. Peter Pan promises he can make that happen. But in Neverland, Wendy discovers that Peter and Captain Hook are actually stealing her youth for themselves and making her age rapidly. Mrs. Darling comes to understand that she must let her daughter grow up naturally.
Calpuli Mexican Dance Company will bring its celebrated repertoire to Thalia Spanish Theatre, 41-17 Greenpoint Ave., Sunnyside, for four weekends, beginning April 25 through May 18. Tickets cost $35, or $32 for students and seniors Fridays only, all tickets are $30. Performances on Fridays and Saturdays are at 8 p.m., Sundays at 4 p.m. For information, call (718) 7293880 or visit www.thaliatheatre.org.
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Mother of the Year CONTEST
The Queens Tribune and its advertisers are honored to once again present our “Mother of the Year” contest. Our Mother’s Day issue will feature winning entries plus thoughts from the children of Queens along with photos of their mothers. This is our small way of paying tribute to the moms out there who help make Queens a better place to live.
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CONTEST RULES 1. Submit 250 words about why your mom is special. You or your mom must be a Queens resident. 2. Entries must be received by Wednesday April 30, 2014. 3. Give your age (18+ acceptable), address, phone number, plus mom's name and address. 4. Enclose a photo of mom or mom and her kid(s) where possible; put full names on back of photo. Sorry, they can't be returned. 5. Mail entries to “Mother of the Year,” Queens Tribune, 150-50 14th Road, Whitestone, NY 11357. 6. The entries will be judged in three age groups A) 8 and under; B) 9-12 and C) 13 - adult. Judging will be based on content, creativity and sensitivity. We are open-minded and even mother-in-law entries will be accepted.
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Queens' elected officials show up in the weirdest places. Last week, eagle-eyed viewers could catch some prominent Southeast Queens officials on FOX. During last week's episode of "Kitchen Nightmare," which focused on Kati Allo Greek restaurant in Auburndale, viewers caught glimpses of Councilman Ruben Wills and Deputy Borough President Leroy Comrie, along with his wife, Marcia (a contributing editor here at QConf). All three were seen seated for meals at the restaurant.
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Screenshots from last week's "Kitchen Nightmare" on FOX show Leroy and Marcia Comrie and Councilman Ruben Wills enjoying a meal.
The appearances take place in the later portion of the show, so hopefully their meals were less of a nightmare. The full episode is available on the show's YouTube page.
High School of Horrors? When it comes to picking a high school for their kids, one location sits head and shoulders below the competition. According to statistics by the Dept. of Education, August Martin High School in Springfield Gardens is the least popular in all of New York City. With the City’s open-enrollment system, students in middle school can apply to any location they want in the five boroughs. And the overwhelming majority have decided that anywhere is better than August Martin. The DOE’s stats reveal that the
amount of students looking to be enrolled at that school is so small that there are 774 seats open. It is unknown how many students will head to Austin Martin for the fall semester, but chances are high that it won’t come close to filling that number. Of course, given the ‘F’ performance rating it received in 2013 and its reputation for violence, it should not come as a surprise. We at QConf hope that August Martin can turn it around, but so far, the numbers are not in its favor.
They're Not Horsing Around Ironically, the same people who are fighting to protect the New York City horses against animal abuse by banning horse carriages are now urging the Mayor to kick some [human] ass. While Bill de Blasio was making a guest appearance on the Hot 97’s popular Morning Show, host Peter Rosenberg had the opportunity to ask the Mayor about his recent beef with horse carriage vocal advocate and actor Liam Neeson. "Once upon a time, I thought this was a quaint, nice part of New York City," de Blasio said. "And then I did the research and talked to people...and also, it's just com-
mon sense. It became clear to me that this isn't humane and it isn't right." Not satisfied with de Blasio’s safe answer, Rosenberg continued to press him about the Liam Neeson drama. "But what's up with this guy Liam Neeson? He's an animal,” he asked. "You're way bigger than him” – referring to de Blasio’s massive 6 foot 5 stature, We here at QConf think that DJ Rosenberg may be underestimating the ‘Taken’ star. He is, after all, only one inch shorter than the Mayor. Perhaps Hot 97 should schedule a celebrity boxing match. But knowing Mayor de Blasio, he’d probably be late to that.
Contributors: Bruce Adler, Luis Gronda, Natalia Kozikowska, Joe Marvilli, Marcia Moxom Comrie, Michael Nussbaum, Michael Schenkler.
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Taking A Shot At Mr. Met? We imagine it must not be easy being Mr. Met. He's an icon for a bumbling baseball club that can barely attract fans from its home Borough. Not to mention that wearing that costume during the dog days of summer must be grueling. But we never thought that Mr. Met would be threatened by the Secret Service. According to a new book about sports mascots, the Amazin's affable mascot was told by secret service to stay away from President Bill Clinton when the former leader of the free world visited Shea Stadium in 1997. Because of his massive head, Mr. Met was unable to go through security. The mascot was told to do his routine as he normally would, but to stay away from Bubba at all costs. "Approach the president, and we go for the kill shot. Are we clear?" We can't imagine too many sports mascots can say they were threatened by federal agents via sniper. We can't imagine many who would want to say that, either. Although, given the current fortunes of Queens' baseball club, perhaps a sniper shot would have been a mercy killing.
Rick Rocker is the type of musician that anyone can get behind. He writes songs that are near-instant anthems, made for shouting from rooftops, an arena or just your own bedrooms. His music should be played loud, with enough subtleties to keep you coming back for more. The origin of his music career came from his time at William Cullen Bryant High School. Rocker started playing guitar in his sophomore year and joined a jazz band in his senior year, giving him his first live experience. His songwriting abilities developed through school as well, where he wrote poetry. “I loved writing poetry and many people enjoyed reading what I wrote,” Rocker said. “My uncle gave and still gives me a lot of support. He was a huge part in my upbringing as a musician, along with my sister who sings in a band called L Train.” When it comes to playing live, Rocker said there is nothing better than playing rock and roll and making a face-to-face, person connection with an audience. “Playing music is all about reaching people and connecting and there's no way better way to connect to people than being in the same place as them and really sharing a moment...that's what I live for. Studio recordings are great because you can connect on a general scale but nothing will ever top the intimacy and rush of a live show,” he said. “It's pure joy and happiness when you give it everything you got on stage.” Most of the songs off Rocker’s first album, “Spend
The Night,” were written in high school and college, with the exception of the acoustic closer, “Chelsey.” The debut was released on April 5 and was preceded by the lead single, which shares its name with the album title. “It was a blast! I had written and composed all my songs before I went to Killingsworth Studios in Los Angeles, where I met producers Tomas Costanza and David Baker. First, we edited the songs to make them more commercial, mostly shortening verses or music parts,” Rocker said. “I had taken some classes in college on music electronics so I was familiar with the recording process and that helped me a lot. There was still much I didn't know about recording but I learned even more while I was at Killingsworth.” Although he recorded his debut on the West Coast, Rocker lives in Astoria, which he called a great place to be a musician. “I'm right next to the City and there's always a show or event or something interesting going down! There's also the luxury of space away from the City when I need it and that's what I love about Astoria,” he said. Rocker will play a few post-album release concerts in New York before going out on his first full-length tour this summer. He will play at the Ding Dong Lounge at 929 Columbus Ave. in Manhattan on April 26, followed by a performance on May 31 at Spike Hill in Brooklyn. To purchase Rocker ’s album and keep up with his career, visit his website, rickrockermusic.com.
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