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THE FIGHT RAGES ON The fight for marriage equality is just that – there are well-funded lobbyists and politically connected idealists on both sides of the argument pushing and shoving in hopes to get the State Legislature to vote their way on a bill allowing same-sex couples to marry. In this special edition we look at the Albany fight, what marriage means to people on both sides of the argument and even devote a little space to help promote the upcoming Queens Pride Parade and Festival set for June 5. So turn the page, see what both sides have to say and learn a little something about your friends and neighbors here in Queens.
Table of Contents THE DEBATE The Senate Fight ................................ Page What’s At Stake ................................. Page What’s The Difference ........................ Page Seeking Equality ................................. Page
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IN OPPOSITION A National Cause ............................. Page NY Mayday Tour ............................... Page Through Pastors’ Eyes ....................... Page Not In Our District ............................ Page
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QUEENS PRIDE Time To Celebrate ............................ Page Queenie Awards .............................. Page Light From Darkness......................... Page The Time Has Come ......................... Page
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Equality ............................................ Page 54 THIS WEEK’S TRIBUNE Leisure ............................................. Page 32 Queens Deadline ............................. Page 41 Edit & Letters .................................... Page 42 QConfidential .................................. Page 53
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IN SUPPORT United For Equality ........................... Page Not Their Fight ................................. Page A Smaller Minority............................ Page Uniting For Marriage ........................ Page Manning The Phones ........................ Page In Their Voice ................................... Page Catholic Couple’s View..................... Page A Family Grows In Queens ............... Page Patiently Waiting .............................. Page
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The Senate Fight:
Marriage Equality Uncertain Without Key Swing Votes By DOMENICK RAFTER When the Democratic-controlled State Senate voted on marriage equality on Dec. 2, 2009, many expected it to pass; others thought it would be close with one or two Democrats voting no, and one or two Republicans voting yes. Instead, it failed badly, with eight Democrats and all Republicans voting no. The State Senate has since flipped from a one-seat Democratic majority to a one-seat Republican majority. When Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced he would push to legalize marriage equality, many saw the GOPcontrolled Senate as an obstacle to passing marriage equality; in actuality, there are more committed "yes" votes now than on Dec. 2, 2009. Some 26 Senators, all Democrats, have endorsed marriage equality. Five of those "yes" votes are in Queens. In 2009, only two of the seven Queens Senators voted yes. But State Sen. Michael Gianaris (D-Astoria), the chair of the campaign arm of the Democratic caucus, noted that even though Democrats lost seats in the body in 2010, they added supporters of marriage equality. "When there 32 members [of the Democratic caucus], there were 24 yes votes; now with 30 members there are 26 votes," he said. The change came despite three Democratic "yes" votes, two from Long Island and one from Buffalo, being defeated by Republicans. Democratic supporters of marriage equality picked up two Republican seats and Democratic State Sen. Tim Kennedy (D-Buffalo), who supports marriage equality, defeated former Sen. William Stachowski, an opponent, in the Democratic primary and later won the seat.
Queens Senators on Marriage Equality District 10-Jamaica 11-Bayside, E. Queens 12-Astoria, Long Island City 13-Jackson Heights 14- SE Queens, Rockaway 15- South, West Queens 16-Flushing, Forest Hills
2009 Incumbent Shirley Huntley Frank Padavan George Onorato Hiram Monserrate Malcolm Smith Joe Addabbo Jr. Toby Ann Stavisky
2009 Vote No No No No Yes No Yes
Status Re-elected Defeated Retired Expelled Re-elected Re-elected Re-elected
2011 incumbent Shirley Huntley Tony Avella Michael Gianaris Jose Peralta Malcom Smith Joe Addabbo Jr. Toby Ann Stavisky
Stance Undecided Yes Yes Yes Yes Undecided Yes
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A Shift In Queens. Three of the five "no" votes in Queens have been replaced by supporters. Then-Sen. George Onorato was one of those "no" votes in 2009, despite a strong lobbying effort by LGBT rights supporters in Astoria and Long Island City. Onorato announced shortly after that he would retire at the end of his term. He was replaced by Gianaris, who voted for marriage equality three times as a State Assemblyman and plans to vote for it again in the Senate. "I'm a sponsor of the bill," he said. "I'm a public supporter." Gianaris said he wanted a vote on the floor whether it passed or not, so the public can see where their Senator stands. In three races statewide last fall, Democrats who voted against were replaced by Democrats who will vote yes. One of those was the Buffalo seat won by Tim Kennedy, the other two are in
Queens; Gianaris and State said Conservative Party Sen. Jose Peralta (D-East Chairman Michael Elmhurst), who said he would Long. vote yes on the bill and hopes Often, votes rebig name endorsements will ceived under the Conhelp it pass. servative Party line are "I am a strong supporter of enough to help elect a marriage equality," Peralta Republican in close said. "I am hopeful that the enraces. Five Republican dorsements and active lobbySenators - Jack Martins ing of Gov. Cuomo and Mayor (R-Long Island), Mark Bloomberg will help push this Grisanti (R-Buffalo), legislation across the finish Patty Ritchie (Rline." Watertown), Greg Ball (R-Hudson Valley) and Former Sen. Frank Padavan, the only Republican in the Jim Alesi (R-Rochester) Queens delegation in 2009, State Sens. Joe Addabbo Jr. (D-Howard Beach) and Shirley - would not have been also voted no. He was defeated Huntley (D-Jamaica) both voted no on a 2009 bill to legalize elected in 2010 without in 2010 by former Councilman same-sex marriage. Their votes are up for grabs this year. the votes they received on the Conservative Tony Avella (D-Bayside), who made supporting marriage equality a Lynn Nunes. Huntley defeated him by line. Without the Conservative Party, a wide margin. major campaign promise. Republicans would have not only reThe two Queens Senators who voted Outside of Queens, only one other mained in the minority, but would in favor in 2009, have not changed Democrat remains undecided: State have lost seats in the State Senate. their positions. State Sen. Toby Sen. Carl Kruger (D-Brooklyn), who Alesi is considered one of the more Stavisky (D-Flushing) and State Sen. is currently under federal indictment "reachable" Republicans. Though he Malcolm Smith (D-Hollis) both remain on corruption charges. State Sen. was nearly defeated in 2010, he resupporters of marriage equality. Ruben Diaz (D-Bronx) is a firm no. A cently attended an Empire State Pride spokesman for New Yorkers United for Agenda dinner in Rochester, where Undecided In Queens Marriage said Diaz was the only Demo- the topic was marriage equality. That leaves the two South Queens crat they believed is "not reachable." Though some Republicans, like Democrats who voted "no" in 2009 as Alesi, have remained uncommitted on potential swing votes: State Sen. Joe The Minor Parties' Influence marriage equality, and Majority Leader Addabbo Jr. (D-Howard Beach) and Thanks to New York's fusion ticket Dean Skelos has promised a vote, a State Sen. Shirley Huntley (D-Ja- system, minor parties are often number of Republicans are opposed. maica). Neither responded for com- kingmakers in close elections. For Grisanti has been considered a swing ment for this article, but marriage many state legislators, the small num- vote on the issue. Singer Lady Gaga equality supporters have hit the streets ber of votes they receive on the Inde- asked fans at a Buffalo concert earlier of their districts trying to build sup- pendence, Conservative and Working this year to lobby him to vote yes, but port for the legislation. Both have said Families party lines are often enough Grisanti has said he opposed marriage in the past they would vote based on to push them over the top. equality and would favor civil unions. the response from their constituents. The Working Families Party, the State Sen. Marty Golden (R-Brooklyn) Addabbo's district, which stretches fourth largest in the state and one submitted a bill last week that would from Sunnyside to South Ozone Park, whose line is coveted by many Demo- stop New York from recognizing sameincludes a large number of historically- crats, does not have a position on the sex marriages performed in states socially conservative Italian, Irish, issue; the Independence Party, the where it is legal, something the state German and Polish Catholic voters in fifth largest in the state, came out in has done since former-Gov. David Maspeth, Ridgewood, Middle Village, support of marriage equality. Paterson signed an executive order in Glendale, Ozone Park and Howard But the real power player among 2008. Beach. Huntley's Jamaica-based dis- the minor parties is the Conservative "I am sending the message that trict has the largest number of churches Party - the third largest party after the there is some normalcy in this great per square mile in the country and Democrats and Republicans. The Con- state when it comes to the principled the northern part of her district, in servative Party staunchly opposes mar- idea that marriage is between a man Kew Gardens and Forest Hills, is riage equality and has threatened to and a woman," said Golden home to socially conservative Ortho- pull its support for any Republican That bill only has two cosponsors, dox Jewish voters. one of whom is a Democrat - Diaz. who votes for it. Huntley faced a primary opponent "In order to get the endorsement Reach Reporter Domenick Rafter at in 2010 who supported marriage of the Conservative Party, one of the firstname.lastname@example.org or (718) 357equality, Richmond Hill businessman deal breakers is traditional marriage," 7400, Ext. 125.
Whatâ€™s At Stake:
Financial Implications Of Equality By JOSEPH OROVIC Same-sex marriage came to the forefront of statewide debate on Feb. 27, 2004. New Paltz Mayor Jason West married 25 same-sex couples. The ensuing legal battle saw the State Court of Appeals decide New York law does not permit same-sex marriage, and the state's constitution does not ensure any such right. Anyone's perception of the five years since that decision has been colored by their own take on marriage equality. Some have lived through a disappointing lull in social progressivism, one that has seen our state miss out on being a shining light and leader in the fight for equality, and ignored economic opportunity. For others, our state has held itself as a bastion of moral righteousness, keeping sacred an institution cherished for many centuries, despite growing pressure from activist groups. In the time since the Appellate Court's 2006 decision, Connecticut, Iowa, Vermont, New Hampshire and Washington D.C. have joined Massachusetts in legalizing gay marriage. California, Colorado, Maine, Hawaii, Maryland, Nevada, Oregon, Rhode Island, Wisconsin, Illinois and Washington all created legally recognized unions for samesex couples. Though considered a paltry means to appease the populace, it is a step our state has yet to take. New Yorkers in favor of marriage equality have definitively lost any claim to being "first" in this fight. For a state that boasts the nation's oldest newspaper, first pizzeria, was home to
Data have shown that allowing same sex marriages - and the expensive ceremonies and receptions they will bring - will have a great financial impact in New York. the women's suffrage movement and the Flushing Remonstrance, New York has, for some, fallen woefully behind. (But it still has a chance to become the first state to ban e-cigarettes.) If a 2007 report released by former City Comptroller Bill Thompson is accurate, the City has missed out on millions of dollars as well. His analysis, "Love Counts: The Economic Benefits of Marriage Equality for New York," claimed the city would gain $142 million in the first three years after gay marriage was legalized. The state would net $184 million. The majority of funds would come from fees and taxes associated with marriage, the rest coming from tourism and wedding business booms.
Meanwhile, states that have legalized gay marriage have enjoyed an economic uptick, in some instances at New York's expense. A 2008 report in the Boston Globe said Massachusetts garnered more than $100 million as a result of gay marriage's legalization, 5 percent of it coming from marriage license fees and taxes. New York couples are included in those figures, driving their dollars out of state. The state gave further incentive to marrying elsewhere, when former Gov. David Paterson signed an executive order legally recognizing out-of-state marriages. With the average wedding costing $19,000, according to Bride's Magazine, if a conservative estimate of 100,000 additional marriages took
place, the state's economy would see a $1.9 billion infusion. UCLA's Williams Institute estimates Iowa's economy will gain $5.3 million a year from gay marriage's legalization. The statistics all but ignore the potential increase in income tax revenue, after joint filings boost taxable figures in joint filings. Advocates against same sex marriage contend the legislation presents a slippery slope. Some on the fringes have gone so far as to say it could open the door to human-animal marriages. So far, the definition of marriage has not stretched outside the bounds of humanity in any of the states that allow gay marriage. At the same time, a poll by the Des Moines Register showed 92 percent of Iowans said gay marriage had no effect on their personal lives. A recent Siena poll found 58 percent of New Yorkers support same sex marriage. Other polls put a majority in favor nationwide as well. With Gov. Andrew Cuomo calling for the state to be on the "right side of history," marriage equality advocates feel confident this time around. Leaving aside the esoteric arguments, what's at stake in the marriage equality fight can be quantifiably measured in dollars and cents. And at a time of painful budget cuts and austerity measures, perhaps an economic boost is the one thing everyone can agree on. Reach Deputy Editor Joseph Orovic at email@example.com or (718) 3577400, Ext. 127.
Whatâ€™s The Difference:
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Marriage vs. Domestic Partnership By JASON BANREY For nearly a decade, equality has been the essential end for which advocates of same-sex marriage have been fighting - to ultimately obtain the same rights as couples who have marriage status. To some, a marriage and a domestic partnership may appear to be similar titles - merely labels by which the status of a couple's relationship is defined. To others, they are complete polar opposites: opposites that, on one hand, bring a wide range of benefits and privileges and on the other only entail a small set of advantages. "There is a significant difference between the benefits, rights and privileges which are allocated to couples who are married," said Cathy MarinoThomas, communications director for Marriage Equality New York (MENY), an organization solely dedicated to securing the rights for all New Yorkers to enter into legally recognized civil marriage. "MENY wants couples to be able to marry in their own state, where they
would be able to access all the benefits which [heterosexual married couples] currently receive," MarinoThomas said. According to the Empire State Pride Agenda, a LGBT civil rights and advocacy group, there are 1,138 rights and responsibilities that are bestowed on married couples by the federal government. When compared to a domestic partnership, many of these federal rights and responsibilities are not secured and can result in major financial consequences. For example, same-sex couples within a domestic partnership are not allowed to file joint tax returns, share Social Security, Medicare, health care, disability or military benefits. In addition to the federal benefits, another 1,324 additional privileges come from New York State government with a marriage license. Valid within the five boroughs of New York City, domestic partnerships only come with a small list of rights, most of which are strictly beneficial
to city employees and those living in city housing. According to the office of the City Clerk of New York, three essential benefits are provided to individuals within domestic partnerships; the ability to remain in a "rent controlled" apartment after their domestic partner who is a lease holder dies; the ability to visit their domestic partner in a city hospital or jail; and the ability for city employees to obtain subsidized health insurance coverage for their domestic partner as well as acquire other benefits under the Family Medical Leave Act. To most advocates, this simply is not enough. "Although a domestic partnership is included in a marriage license," Marino-Thomas said, "You get more protection with a marriage license and this can be seen in the number of benefits and privileges married couples share." In other realms, the comparison between a marriage and a domestic partnership show multiple degrees of separation between the two.
Unlike with a marriage, domestic partners are not capable of carrying their rights from state to state within the United States. Although same-sex partners may be registered as a domestic couple in New York City, if they decide to move to another state or locality, they are not guaranteed they will be honored. Federally, domestic partnerships do not allow couples to apply for green card status when the other partner is foreign, as a marriage allows. Ultimately the status of a domestic partnership does not carry any type of status which would allow a U.S. citizen to marry another citizen into the country. Despite the fact that a domestic partnership may allow a small number of rights and privileges within New York City, "it still feels like same-sex couples are living in the good graces of others," Marino-Thomas said. "That's why it is so important that we legalize marriage equality." Reach Reporter Jason Banrey at firstname.lastname@example.org or (718) 357-7400, Ext. 128.
Marriage Equality For All People
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Debate Boils Down To Civil Rights By JASON BANREY Throughout history, decade after decade, generations have risen up, taking on causes in the pursuit of equality and fairness. As the issue of marriage equality continues to be analyzed and debated, same-sex couples, as well as advocates for same-sex marriage, are continuing to gain momentum toward acquiring the rights they believe are being denied to them. Just as previous ethnic, racial and social movements strived for change, the LGBT community is carrying on a torch which seems to mimic the struggles of those once oppressed in past. "This is definitely a civil rights issue," said Natasha Dillon, a founding member of Queer Rising, a grassroots organization dedicated to demanding equality for the LGBT community through nonviolent direct action. "I think it's just a matter of time before more people see marriage equality as a civil rights issue." Tired of watching LGBT rights be set aside and not given its due diligence in the media, Queer Rising has taken a more hands-on approach towards provoking change. In the past, in an attempt to have
their voices heard, Queer Rising has both pressured legislators and spread its message to the public by crashing fundraisers and by blocking traffic at some of New York City's major intersections. With their persuasive tactics, the organization feels its strategy helps get its point directly to the public in dramatic fashion, which will eventually open the eyes of the residents of New York to see the lack of rights which same-sex couples are trying to obtain. "There is always some sort of struggle where one group in power attempts to keep another group inferior," Dillon said. "Unfortunately, this is human nature, but we're not going to stand back and just let it happen." The LGBT community feels the inability to marry the one they love is a complete denial of the rights owed to them as residents of the state of New York. Legally recognizing same-sex marriage between two people of the same gender would not only allow all human beings to benefit from the rights and privileges afforded to those with marriage status, but it would also provide the LGBT community with the dignity they deserve, said Melissa Goodman, senior counsel for LGBT
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rights at the New York Civil Liberties Union. "Marriage is a right that is given to others yet denied to some," Goodman said. "[Marriage equality] is about making sure that all New York citizens are treated equally and fairly." The NYCLU devotes much of its energy on the topic toward contacting senators within the borough in order to make them aware of the privileges they would poThough gay couples can marry outside New York tentially deny some of their constituents if they voted and live here, they are not afforded the same rights as straight married couples. against a same-sex marriage bill. "It should change soon and the "Same-sex couples are being treated like second class citizens and denial of rights for same-sex couples that is unacceptable," said Goodman will come to an end," Goodman said. of the current lack of equal rights of "It has to, momentum is on our side." For Dillon, the clock of inevitabilthose within domestic partnerships. "[Same-sex couples] shouldn't be de- ity is winding down. "Their will come a time when legnied the same rights, which married couples have just because of their islators realize they owe these rights to their constituents," Dillion said. sexuality." As advocates for marriage equality "[Legislators] owe it to the residents continue to pressure politicians as well who live in their communities." Reach Reporter Jason Banrey at as educate borough residents about marriage equality, they seem optimistic email@example.com or (718) that the end of their campaign is near. 357-7400, Ext. 128.
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United For Equality:
Workers Across NY Help In Fight Photo by Domenick Rafter
By DOMENICK RAFTER Supporters of marriage equality are getting an influx of help from labor unions, even at a time when labor itself is under attack by state legislatures and governors around the country. New York's largest telecommunications and media union, Communication Workers of America, District 1, announced it was endorsing marriage equality in New York this week and its leadership called for passage of a bill. "We are one of the most diverse unions in the state, representing workers in telecommunications, government service, education and countless other fields," said CWA District 1 Vice President Christopher Shelton. "While our members come from many different backgrounds, we are united in our belief that all loving and committed New Yorkers should be able to marry the person they love." Also, 32BJ, the nation's largest property service workers union, is endorsing marriage equality in New York and pushing legislators in Albany to pass it before the end of the session next month. "Our members come from all walks of life, but believe in equal rights under the law - including marriage equality," said 32BJ President Mike Fishman. "Marriage equality is a civil rights issue and the New York Legis-
Unions allowed phone canvassers to take over parts of their offices to phone canvass neighborhoods where swing seats are being targeted. lature should pass legislation this year." Brian Ellner, senior strategist with the Human Rights Campaign, said support from labor unions prove that there's a broad coalition supporting marriage equality in the state. "Support from 32BJ demonstrates the diversity of New Yorkers who are coming together to call for the passage of marriage legislation," Ellner said CWA District 1 and 32BJ's support comes on the heels of strong support from SEIU 1199, the state's largest healthcare union.
"A growing majority of New Yorkers from all political, religious and economic walks of life support marriage equality," said 1199 SEIU United Healthcare Workers East President George Gresham. "It's time for the New York State Legislature to do the same. This is not just a legal issue, this is a civil rights issue and we will fight with our sisters and brothers in the LGBT community to pass this important legislation." The three labor groups represent hundreds of thousands of workers; more than 350,000 in 1199, 180,000 in CWA District 1 and 100,000 in
32BJ. Supporters are using SEIU 1199's Manhattan headquarters to conduct phone-banking operations. The support comes even as labor unions have been fighting tough battles nationwide on a number of accounts. Labor's main focus recently has been attempts to roll back labor rights in states like Florida, Ohio, Maine, Michigan and, most notably, Wisconsin, where Republican Gov. Scott Walker signed a bill to eliminate collective bargaining rights for public workers. Labor has also put a lot of effort into defeating draconian budget cuts in both the federal, state and local budgets, including in New York State and New York City, that would adversely affect public workers. Unions have historically been fairly progressive when it comes to LGBT rights. The AFL-CIO, the largest federation of unions in the country, endorsed LGBT rights as part of their platform as early as 1983, long before they endorsed abortion rights, which was still a divisive topic among labor groups as late as the 1990s. Recently, the AFL-CIO endorsed marriage equality in the state of Rhode Island, where it is also currently being debated. Reach Reporter Domenick Rafter at firstname.lastname@example.org or (718) 3577400, Ext. 125.
Not Their Fight:
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‘Dyke March’ Not Focused On Marriage By JING CHEN In honor of women and the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender communities, widely known as the two most oppressed demographics, the NYC Dyke March will hold its annual march, shortly before Manhattan’s Gay Pride Parade, another annual event, but with more commercialized appeal. While the NYC Dyke March does not take an official stance on samesex marriage, Dyke March organizing committee member Blair Gershenson said that for her, while the option to get married is important as well as the legal rights that come along with it, there are far more substantial matters. She said she would like to see more widespread social acceptance of the LGBT community. “We have kids who get beat up in schools because they’re gay; we have kids who get kicked out of the house because they’re gay. We have hate crimes that targets those who are or appear gay. Those with no one to turn to,” she said. “turn to suicide.” According to NYC Dyke March organizers, the march is a “celebration of LGBT women and in protest of discrimination, harassment, and anti-LGBT violence in schools, on the job, and in our communities.” Both events are targeted toward the homosexual community and that is
Marchers hold hands and carry banners at the 2010 Dyke March. where the similarity ends. The New York City Dyke March, which will be on its 19th year in June, is open to all self-identified women, and that is why they ask that men who wish to partake in the event do so on the sidewalks. Despite its political agenda, the march, which brings about 15,000 participants annually, has never gotten violent.
“I’ve been with this organization for about seven years and I used to come to the march before that, and I’ve never seen anything become physical or violent,” Gershenson said. Gershenson’s passionate pleas reflect the message of the Dyke March: to fight for the underdogs. “The Gay Pride Parade has gotten commercialized and so main-
stream,” she said. “All the light that has been shed on the gay rights issue has been taken advantage of by gay, white, middle-class men. What about the lesbians who are poor and black?” Gershenson asked rhetorically. “We live in a city with people from all over the world and we speak over 100 languages, but why can’t we accept people with a different sexual preference than you?” she asked. “Why can’t we all just get along?” Despite the positivity that stems from the march, the organization name, Dyke March, may not sit well with some people. “It’s a very intense word but it’s strong and it captures people’s attention,” Gershenson said. This year’s march may exceed the anticipated 15,000. The march is scheduled to meet at 5 p.m. at Bryant Park on Saturday, June 25, and protest its way down to Lower Manhattan. For more information on the organization or the march, e-mail them at email@example.com or visit dykemarchnyc.org. Reach Intern Jing Chen at firstname.lastname@example.org or (718) 3577400, Ext. 124.
A Smaller Minority:
Seeking Transgender Equality, Too By JOSEPH OROVIC The fight for marriage equality has been inundated with images of lesbian and gay couples eagerly waiting to tie the knot. But the oft-forgotten "T" in LGBT also has a horse in the race. The Transgender Legal Defense and Education Fund (TLDEF) stands among the few organizations fighting for the rights of a growing community. The nonprofit provides legal services to transgender folk facing intolerance in the workplace and school, as well as outreach efforts to educate the rest of the country. "There is tremendous discrimination people face in their day-to-day lives," said TLDEF Executive Director Michael Silverman. "For every step we take forward, we take one back." The marriage equality fight is very much shared by the transgender community, Silverman said. Couples presenting themselves as a classic male/ female mix have been denied the right to be married. "When it comes up before the courts, they tend to favor the gender you were assigned at birth," Silverman said. Passing marriage equality, he added, would remove those concerns. "It would remove the sex question," he said.
in 2009. The bill would outlaw discrimination based upon gender identification or expression. Silverman lamented the law's languishing state. But TLDEF keeps its work to the courts, filing lawsuits on behalf of victims of bias. Lawyers assume their cases pro bono. "People are not getting hired, are being fired," Silverman said. In some cases, students become the focus of outrage. At the moment, TLDEF is working with a 10-year-old student forced out T h e d e a t h o f E d e l b u e r t o “A m a n d a ” of school after making the maleGonzalez-Andujar last year was one of the to-female gender switch. unfortunate few times that transgender Silverman said small legal issues make the news. battles are worthwhile, but overall education could help remove To date, transgender Americans the taboo of transgender life. "How do we make change? Talk to can count their progress in miniscule, esoteric jumps with minor legal victo- your friends, family, coworkers," ries. According to transgender think Silverman said. "The absence of intank, the Charles R. Williams Insti- formation leaves a vacuum." Still, the transgender community tute on Sexual Orientation Law, onethird of 1 percent of the American has not reached the groundswell necpopulace is transgender. With such a essary to counteract the negative assominiscule chunk of the voting block, ciations working against it. "The more people step out, the more the community has had a hard time there is pushback," Silverman said. making political inroads. In New York, TLDEF provides a The State Senate has yet to pass a Gender Expression Non-Discrimina- free name-change service that cuts tion Act (GENDA) as the Assembly did through the legal hassle of ditching a
name given at birth. "The clients we serve tend to be poorer members of the community," Silverman said. The transgender community lacks both the visibility and star power of their remaining LGBT counterparts. Take a careful account of its stars… Can you name any? RuPaul? Well, she's a drag queen. Perhaps actress Candis Cayne, but she does not elicit the same attention as say musician Elton John. Instead, the community faces the unfortunate burden of gaining fame through bias attacks committed against its members. Victims like Queens' Edelbuerto GonzalezAndujar, a.k.a. Amanda, who was found dead in her apartment on March 30, 2010, exemplify the extreme of what TLDEF combats. Still, Silverman is hopeful about the looming marriage equality fight, and the many more that follow. "People are certainly taking strides to grab the personal freedom enjoyed by everyone," he said. "I think there is tremendous optimism. We're just at the start. There's a lot more room to move forward." Reach Deputy Editor Joseph Orovic at email@example.com or (718) 3577400, Ext. 127.
Uniting For Marriage:
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Groups Connect To Spread Message By DOMENICK RAFTER When Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced he would push for marriage equality legislation early last month, five pro-LGBT rights groups with state and national relevance came together to form a united front. New Yorkers United for Marriage combines the forces of the Empire State Pride Agenda, Freedom to Marry, Marriage Equality New York, Human Rights Campaign, the national LGBT-rights organization, and Log Cabin Republicans, the prominent national pro-gay Republican group. Together, they are utilizing their forces to lobby politicians and rally supporters to pass marriage equality legislation in New York. Emboldened by polls that show a vast majority of New Yorkers, including a majority of Catholics, Independents and a significant number of Republicans, support gay marriage, the conglomerate of activist groups has targeted State Senators all over New York, both Democrat and Republican. Ground organizers have been going out into the districts and talking with residents door-to-door and at popular meeting points like shopping malls and transportation hubs. In
Queens, canvassers passed out fliers and talked to voters at Metro Mall in Middle Village on April 23, right in the heart of one of the more conservative parts of State Sen. Joe Addabbo's (D-Howard Beach) district. Canvassers have also organized in Sen. Shirley Huntley's (DSt. Albans) district. Huntley, like Addabbo, was also a "no" vote in 2009 that marriage equality supporters feel can be lobbied to vote in favor. As part of their efforts in Queens, New Yorkers United for Marriage is holding "stop and dialing" events in parts of Huntley and Addabbo's districts this week and during Memorial Day weekend. Spokesman Jon Reinish said besides the two Queens Democrats, New Yorkers United for Marriage is canvassing in the districts of State Sen. Carl Kruger (D-Brooklyn), and three Republicans: State Sens. Andrew Lanza (R-Staten Island), Greg Ball (R-Hudson Valley) and Jim Alesi (R-Rochester), all of whom Reinish said are openly undecided. If all could be persuaded to vote in favor of marriage equality, the bill would pass 32-30. Lanza and Alesi both voted "no" in 2009, as did Ball
when he was a State Assemblyman. The group Marriage Equality New York has already done similar outreach since 2009, appearing at Community Board meetings in parts of Queens where Senators voted no - including Community Boards 5, 9, 10 and 12, which are in Addabbo and Huntley's districts - to talk to people and answer questions about marriage equality. As part of their campaign, New Yorkers United for Marriage released videos of famous New York natives and residents endorsing marriage equality. The list includes big named Queens-born celebrities like Jackson Heights-native Lucy Jackson Heights’ Lucy Liu is one of the Liu, Flushing's Fran Drescher celebrity faces from Queens who has taken a and Hollis' own Russell stand and made a video in support of marriage Simmons. It also features en- equality in New York. dorsements by "Vogue" editor Anna Wintour, "Law & Order: SVU" fessional athletes like New York Rangstar Christopher Meloni, designer ers' Sean Avery and NBA star Steve Kenneth Cole, and Barbara Bush, el- Nash endorsing marriage equality. For more information on New Yorkdest daughter of former President George W. Bush. Bush had made a ers United for Marriage, visit their website constitutional amendment banning at newyorkersunitedformarriage.org Reach Reporter Domenick Rafter at same-sex marriage nationwide part of his agenda as president. Recently, the firstname.lastname@example.org or (718) 357group has released videos from pro- 7400, Ext. 125.
LEGAL NOTICE FAMILY COURT OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK COUNTY OF QUEENS Docket No. NN-24872/10 CHILD NEGLECT CASE In the Matter of a Proceeding under BABY GIRL HOPE Article 10 of the Family Court Act DESTINIY HOPE Respondent IN THE NAME OF THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK NOTICE: PLACEMENT OF YOUR CHILD IN FOSTER CARE MAY RESULT IN YOUR LOSS OF YOUR RIGHTS TO YOUR CHILD. IF YOUR CHILD STAYS IN FOSTER CARE FOR 15 OF THE MOST RECENT 22 MONTHS, THE AGENCY MAY BE REQUIRED BY LAW TO FILE A PETITION TO TERMINATE YOUR PARENTAL RIGHTS AND TO COMMIT GUARDIANSHIP AND CUSTODY OF YOUR CHILD TO THE AGENCY FOR THE PURPOSES OF ADOPTION. ALSO, THE AGENCY MAY FILE BEFORE THE END OF THR 15-MONTH PERIOD, IF SEVERE OR REPEATED CHILD ABUSE IS PROVEN BY CLEAN AND CONVINCING EVIDENCE, THIS EVIDENCE MAY CONSTITUTE THE BASIS TO TERMINATE YOUR PARENTAL RIGHTS AND TO COMMIT GUARDIANSHIP AND CUSTODY OF YOUR CHILD TO THE AGENCY FOR THE PURPOSES OF ADOPTION. TO: DESTINY HOPE A Petition under Article 10 of the Family Court Act having been filed with this Court, and annexed hereto YOU ARE HEREBY SUMMONED to appear before this court at 15120 Jamaica Avenue, Jamaica, NY 11432, Part 1, On JUNE 21st, 2011 at 11:00 AM o’clock of that day to answer the petition and to be dealt with in accordance with Article 10 of the Family Court Act. ON YOUR FAILURE TO APPEAR as herein directed, a warrant may be issued for your arrest. BY ORDER OF THE COURT HON. JUDGE MARYBETH RICROATH JUDGE OF THE FAMILY COURT Dated: April 6, 2011 FURTHER NOTICE Family Court Act (statute symbol) 154(c) provides that petitions brought pursuant to Articles, 4, 5, 6, 8 and 10 of the Family Court Act, in which an order of protection is sought or in which a violation of an order of protection is alleged, may be served outside the State of New York upon a Respondent who is not a resident of domiciliary of the State of New York. If no other grounds for obtaining personal jurisdiction over the Respondent exist aside from the application of this provision, the exercise of personal jurisdiction over the respondent is limited to the issue of the request for, or alleged violation of, the order of protection. Where the Respondent has been served with this summons and petition and does not appear, the Family Court may proceed to a hearing with respect to issuance or enforcement of the order of protection.
LLC a limited liability company. Articles of Organization filed with the Secretary of the State of New York (SSNY) on 1/20/2011. 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 any process served against the LLC to: 41-14 49 th Street Apt 1R, Sunnyside, NY 11104 Purpose: any lawful act or activity. _______________________________________________________________ RHYTHMZ DANCE & FITNESS STUDIO, LLC, a domestic Limited Liability Company (LLC), filed with the Sec of State of NY on 3/ 10/11. NY Office location: Queens County. SSNY is designated as agent upon whom process against the LLC may be served. SSNY shall mail a copy of any process against the LLC served upon him/her to The LLC, 252-15 Union Tpke., Bellrose, NY 11426. General Purposes. _______________________________________________________________ Notice of Formation of HGL MEDICAL MANAGEMENT SERVICES, LLC. Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 04/14/11. Office location: Queens County. Princ. office of LLC: 9320A Roosevelt Ave., Ste. 3AB, Jackson Heights, NY 11368. 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: Any lawful activity. _______________________________________________________________ ZAMS GROUP LLC, a domestic Limited Liability Company (LLC), filed with the Sec of State of NY on 3/ 22/11. NY Office location: Queens County. SSNY is designated as agent upon whom process against the LLC may be served. SSNY shall mail a copy of any process against the LLC served upon him/her to The LLC, 242-19 149 Ave., Rosedale, NY 11422. General Purposes. _______________________________________________________________ Notice of Formation of VRETTOS HOLDINGS LLC. Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 1/ 7/09. Office location: Queens County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: 44-12 43 rd Avenue, Sunnyside, NY 11104. Purpose: any lawful activity. _______________________________________________________________ Name: TODA BOREOLAM, LLC Art. of Org. Filed Sec. Of State of NY 02/25/2011. Off. Loc.: Queens Co. SSNY designated as agent upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY to mail copy of process to THE LLC, 86-46 Clio Street, Holliswood, NY 11423. Purpose: Any lawful act or activity. ______________________________________________________________ Notice of Formation of [Sadko Collection LLC], a limited liability company. Articles of Organization filed
LEGAL NOTICE with the Secretary of the State of New York (SSNY) on [3/11/11]. 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 any process served against the LLC to: [5-26 46ave 2FL Long Island City, NY 11101] Purpose: any lawful act or activity. _______________________________________________________________ Notice of Formation of SDUFF, LLC, a limited liability company. Articles of Organization filed with the Secretary of the State of New York (SSNY) on APR 05, 2011. 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 any process served against the LLC to: 10920 71ST ROAD APT. 2E FOREST HILLS, NEW YORK, 11375. Purpose: any lawful act or activity. _______________________________________________________________ ARTICLES OF ORGANIZATION OF Jabo Business LLC Under Section 203 of the Limited Liability Company Law FIRST: The name of the limited liability company is: Jabo Business LLC SECOND: The county, within this state, in which the office of the limited liability company is to be located is: New York THIRD: The Secretary of State is designated as agent of the limited liability company upon whom process against it may be served. The address within or without this state to which the Secretary of State shall mail a copy of any process against the limited liability company served upon him or her is: The Secretary of State 2306 21 Street 3B Long Island City, NY 11105 3704 USA Jocelyn Hsu (signature of organizer) Jocelyn Hsu (print or type name of organizer) _______________________________________________________________ Notice of Formation Strefion LLC art. of org. filed Secy. of State NY (SSNY) 2/ 11/11. Off. Loc. in Queens Co. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to: 25-51 46 th St, Astoria, NY 11103. Purpose: Any lawful purpose. _______________________________________________________ Name of LLC: Translational Cell Science LLC. Arts. of Org. filed with NY Dept. of State: 4/4/11. Office loc.: Queens Co. Sec. of State designated agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served and shall mail process to: c/o Business Filings Inc., 187 Wolf Rd., Ste. 101, Albany, NY 12205, regd. Agt. upon whom process may be served. Purpose: any lawful act. _______________________________________________________________ ARTICLES OF ORGANIZATION OF PT BUILDING SUPPLY LLC Under Section 203 of the Limited Liability Company Law of the State of New York FIRST: The name of the limited liability company is: PT BUILDING SUP-
LEGAL NOTICE PLY LLC SECOND: The principal office of the limited liability company is to be located in the County of Queens. THIRD: The Secretary of State is designed as agent of the limited liability company upon whom process against it may be served. The address within or without this state to which the Secretary of State shall mail a copy of any process against the limited liability company served upon him or her is: The Limited Liability Company 39-07 Prince Street, #3B Flushing, NY 11354 FOURTH: the business and affairs of the limited liability company shall be managed by or under the direction of the Board of Managers. In addition to the powers and authority expressly conferred upon them by statute or by this Articles of Organization or the Operating Agreement, the managers are hereby empowered to exercise all such powers and do all such acts and things as may be exercised or done by the limited liability company. THE UNDERSIGNED, being the organizer hereinbefore named, for the purpose of forming a limited liability company pursuant to the Limited Liability Company Law of the State of New York, does make this articles of organization, hereby declaring and certifying that this is my act and deed and the facts herein stated are true, and accordingly have hereunto set my hand this 30 th day of March, 2011. Tracy Yang, Organizer _______________________________________________________________ SUMMONS AND NOTICE OF OBJECT OF ACTION STATE OF NEW YORK SUPREME COURT: COUNTY OF QUEENS ACTION TO FORECLOSE A MORTGAGE INDEX NO.: 8734/09 WELLS FARGO BANK, NA Plaintiff, vs. MARIA FERNANDEZ, ET. AL. Defendant(s). MORTGAGED PREMISES: 80-64 89TH AVENUE A/K/A 8064 89TH AVENUE WOODHAVEN, NY 11421 SBL #: BLOCK 8965, LOT 21 TO THE ABOVE NAMED DEFENDANT: 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(s) within twenty days after the service of this 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). In case of your failure to appear or answer, judgment will be taken against you by default for the relief demanded in the Complaint. The Attorney for Plaintiff has an office for business in the County of Erie. Trial to be held in the County of Queens. The basis of the venue designated above is the location of the Mortgaged Premises. Dated this 26th day of April, 2011, TO:
MARIA FERNANDEZ, Defendant(s) In this Action. The foregoing Summons is served upon you by publication, pursuant to an order of HON. DUANE A. HART of the Supreme Court of the State of New York, dated the 15th day of April, 2011 and filed with the Complaint in the Office of the Queens County Clerk, in the City of Jamaica. The object of this action is to foreclose a mortgage upon the premises described below, executed by MARIA FERNANDEZ dated the 11th day of September, 2006, to secure the sum of $365,600.00 and recorded at Instrument No. 2006000531475 in the Office of the City Register of the City of New York, on the 20th day of September, 2006. The property in question is described as follows: 80-64 89TH AVENUE A/K/A AVENUE, 8064 8 9 TH WOODHAVEN, NY 11421 SEE FOLLOWING DESCRIPTION Block 8965 and Lot 21 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 Southerly side of 89th Avenue (formerly known as Fifth Street), distant 608 feet 4 inches Easterly from the corner formed by the intersection of the Southerly side of 89th Avenue with the Easterly side of 80th Street (formerly known as Shaw Avenue); RUNNING THENCE Southerly parallel with 80th Street and part of the distance through a party wall, 100 feet; THENCE Easterly parallel with 89th Avenue, 16 feet 8 inches; THENCE Northerly again parallel with 80th Street, 100 feet to the Southerly side of 89th Avenue; THENCE Westerly along the Southerly side of 89th Avenue, 16 feet 8 inches to the point or place of BEGINNING. Premises known as 8064 89th Avenue, Woodhaven, New York 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 Banking Department at 1-877-BANK-NYS (1-877226-5697) or visit the department’s website at WWW.BANKING.STATE.NY.US. 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. § 1303 NOTICE 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: April 26, 2011 Steven J. Baum, P.C., Attorney(s) For Plaintiff(s), 220 Northpointe Parkway Suite G, Amherst, NY 14228 The law firm of Steven J. Baum, P.C. and the attorneys whom it employs are debt collectors who are attempting to collect a debt. Any information obtained by them will be used for that purpose.
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Notice of Formation of DT Event Planning, LLC, a limited liability company. Articles of Organization filed with the Secretary of the State of New York (SSNY) on January 5, 2011. 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 any process served against the LLC to: 137-48 Francis Lewis Blvd Laurelton, NY 11413 Purpose: any lawful act or activity. _______________________________________________________________ ARTICLES OF ORGANIZATION OF Xtreme Construction of Queens LLC Under Section 203 of the Limited Liability Company Law FIRST: the name of the limited liability company is: Xtreme Construction of Queens LLC SECOND: The county within this state in which the office of the limited liability company is to be located is: Queens THIRD: The Secretary of State is designated as agent of the limited liability company upon whom process against it may be served. The address within or without this state to which the Secretary of State shall mail a copy of any process against the limited liability company served upon him or her is: John Conway 135-22 95 Street Ozone Park, NY 11417 K Walsh (signature of organizer) Kerry Walsh, Organizer (print or type name of organizer) _______________________________________________________________ Notice of Formation of Things I Don’t Understand,
Manning The Phones:
As Action On Equality Draws Near Volunteers Call Upon Voters’ Aid
Calling the Public Working out of SEIU 1199's headquarters at 330 West 42nd St. in Manhattan, on any given night 50-75 volunteers from all ages and backgrounds have been calling voters who live in districts represented by senators whose votes are considered "gettable," including Queens Sens. Joe Addabbo Jr. (D-Howard Beach) and Shirley Huntley (D-Jamaica). Phone banking is one of the major aspects of any political campaign. Campaign volunteers and workers call a voter's home to ask them to support their candidate or issue, reminding them to vote or have their voices heard through a phone call. The phone banks kicked off last month and some big names like former first daughter Chelsea Clinton have taken part in some of the sessions. Phone bankers sign up through the Human Rights Campaign's Web site at hrc.org/nyumphonebanks. Phone banks occur Monday through Thursday, 5-8:30 p.m. There is a short training session beforehand to lay out the process of making calls, then volunteers are given a workstation and headphones and begin calling from a random list of voters in targeted districts around the state. New Yorkers United for Marriage spokesman Jon Reinish said the call lists come from districts of "gettable" senators, who are publicly undecided, from both parties and from all across New York. If phone bankers reach a person who is a supporter, they are able to immediately connect them to the office of their local state senator to allow the person on the other line to tell a staff member in the senator's office their position or leave a message. A Diverse Group Reinish said the phone bankers have attracted a wide variety of people, gay and straight, across all ages, from young college students to senior citizens, and all races and ethnicities. Many brought loved ones and friends to volunteer. The phone banks also have special themes each evening. The session this past Monday included Broadway performers and LGBT athletes and their
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By DOMENICK RAFTER With so many State Senators undecided on marriage equality, and many of them publicly saying they will vote depending on the response from their constituents, New Yorkers United for Marriage has been conducting a series of phone banks over the last month aimed at not only making the public aware of the fight going on in Albany, but making sure supporters have their opinions registered with their representatives.
Phone bankers call voters in districts of undecided senators all across the State from SEIU 1199’s Manhattan headquarters.
Volunteers attend a quick training session before manning the phones. allies. The athletes included Will Sheridan, an openly gay former basketball player who played at Villanova from 2003 to 2007 and whose coming out made national sports headlines this month, and Hudson Taylor, wresting coach at Columbia University who is straight and founded a nonprofit called Athlete Ally, aimed at fighting homophobia in athletics. "We're just adding fuel to the fire that's already burning," Sheridan said. Taylor said homophobic language is still common in athletics, something Sheridan said he had gotten used to. "It's normalcy to hear homophobic language in sports," Taylor said. He added that homophobia exists more in sports where there is more physical contact, like his sport of wrestling. Team sports, like basketball, are more inclusive. Sheridan admitted that his teammates knew of his sexuality long before it was public, and none of them ever had a
problem with it. Also, Taylor said, location matters a lot. Homosexuality is far more accepted in northern and western parts of the country than it is in the South or Midwest.
efits, but he wouldn't be covered by his partner's benefits. Another local athlete, Cathy Ng, also took part in Monday's phone bank. The Woodhaven resident plays on an LGBT flag football team. "I've always wanted to help out in some way to support [marriage equality]," Ng said. Monday was her first night of phone banking. She said she was nervous going into it. "It's harder than it looks," she said, noting some responses are not friendly. Melissa Cahill from Sunnyside became aware of the phone bank through Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer (DSunnyside) and wanted to do something to support her gay and lesbian friends. "It's a matter of civil rights," she said. In her first two calls, she was able to connect supporters to the offices of their Republican State Senators. "It's kind of hectic," she said of her first calls. "You feel a little adrenaline rush." Her first call, to a resident in Long Island, was supportive and she was able to connect the person to the office of Sen. Jack Martins (R-Long Island), where a staff member answered the phone. Joe Tanzi, a member of the LGBT Democratic Club of Queens, also joined the phone banking efforts. The Kew Gardens resident said it was something he needed to be part of. "This is the most important issue for LGBT rights," he said, likening it to the fight to get transgendered individuals covered under anti-discrimination and hate crime laws. Tanzi, who lives in Huntley's district, said he's been lobbying her in support of marriage equality since she first took office in 2007. "She's told me she's still on the fence," he said. The phone banks will continue through June 9. Reach Reporter Domenick Rafter at firstname.lastname@example.org or (718) 3577400 Ext. 125
Queens Volunteers Frank McCrae of Astoria was among the athletes working the phones Monday evening. An athlete, McCrae, who plays for a LGBT basketball league and has been with his domestic partner for more than 12 years, got involved because the issue affects him personally. As a city employee with the Dept. of Aging, McCrae's partner Anywhere from 50-75 volunteers have taken part in is covered by his ben- each phone banking session.
Notice of Formation of The Law firm of Russo & Blissett, a Professional Limited Liability Company. Articles of Organization filed with the Secretary of the State of New York (SSNY) on March 28, 2011. The office is located in 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 any process against the PLLC to 101-05 Lefferts Blvd Ste 207, S. Richmond Hill, NY 11419. The PLLC shall practice in the profession of LAW. The PLLC was opened under §1203 of the Limited Liability Company Law.
Queens County Clerk, in the City of Jamaica. The object of this action is to foreclose a mortgage upon the premises described below, executed by LESLIE R. GREY dated the 7th day of March, 2008, to secure the sum of $345,000.00 and recorded at Instrument No. 2008000117884 in the Office of the City Register of the City of New York, on the 24th day of March, 2008; The property in question is described as follows: 514 BRIAR PLACE, FAR ROCKAWAY, NY 11691 SEE FOLLOWING DESCRIPTION Block 15771 and Lot 7 ALL the 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 Briar Place, as widened, distant 116.80 feet Northerly from the Northerly end of the curve connecting the Easterly side of Briar Place, as widened with the Northerly side of Collier Avenue, as Widened; RUNNING THENCE along the Easterly side of Briar Place, as widened along the arc of a curve having a radius of 174.00 feet, a distance of 30.43 feet; THENCE North 69 degrees 09 minutes 38.8 seconds East, 106.48 feet; THENCE North 39 degrees 16 minutes 30 seconds East, 4.58 feet; THENCE South 37 degrees 08 minutes 02.8 seconds West, 48.53 feet; THENCE South 69 degrees 09 minutes 38.8 seconds West, 71.09 feet to the Easterly side of Briar Place, as widened, at the point or place of BEGINNING. Premises known as 514 Briar Place, Far Rockaway, New York 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 dur-
ing 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-BANK-NYS (1-877226-5697) or visit the department’s website at WWW.BANKING.STATE.NY.US. 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. § 1303 NOTICE 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: April 27, 2011 Steven J. Baum, P.C., Attorney(s) For Plaintiff(s), 220 Northpointe Parkway Suite G, Amherst, NY 14228 The law firm of Steven J. Baum, P.C. and the attorneys whom it employs are debt collectors who are attempting to collect a debt. Any information obtained by them will be used for that purpose. _______________________________________________________________ Notice of Formation of CHARLOTTE JONES OPTICIANS, LLC. Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 4/12/11. Office location: Queens Co. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: T h e L L C , 8 8 - 5 1 7 5 th S t . , Woodhaven, NY 11421. Purpose: any lawful activities. _______________________________________________________________ Yofresh Hicksville, LLC. Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 1/26/ 11. Office in Queens County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to 53-03 190 th St., Fresh
Meadows, NY 11365. Purpose: General. _______________________________________________________________ NARGENTINO DISUNNO NARGENTINO LLC, a domestic Limited Liability Company (LLC), filed with the Sec of State of NY on 3/ 24/11. NY Office location: Queens County. SSNY is designated as agent upon whom process against the LLC may be served. SSNY shall mail a copy of any process against the LLC served upon him/her to The LLC, 167 Tulip Ave., Floral Park, NY 11001. General Purposes. ______________________________________________________________ Index No. 7335/11. SUMMONS WITH NOTICE. DATE PURCHASED: MARCH 24, 2011. SUPREME COURT OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK COUNTY OF QUEENS LOIS SENZER, as executrix of the Last Will and Testament of Leonard F. BORRELLI, Deceased, and CAMISI CONSTRUCTION, LLC, Plaintiffs, -against- WILLIAM STARR, GEORGE RUBENFELD, and ISADORE USISKIN, if said above named defendants be living, and if any of said defendants be dead, then any and all other persons who may claim as heirs-atlaw, next-of-kin, devisees, distributees, legal representatives, and successors in interest of said defendants, their wives or husbands, creditors, mortgagees, lienors, assigns and legal representatives of them and the successors in interest of said heirs-at-law, next-of-kin, devisees, distributees and legal representatives, their wives, husbands, creditors, mortgagees, lienors, assignees and legal representatives of them and if any specifically named defendant or any defendants named as a class be dead, then their heirs-at-law, next-of-kin, devisees, grantees, distributees, husbands, widows, wives, executors, trustees, administrators, assigns, mortgagees, lienors and successors in interest and generally all parties having or claiming to have an interest in or lien upon the premises described in the complaint of any amendment thereto by, through or under any of said specifically named defendants herein or by, through or under any of the other defendants herein named specifically or as a class, all of whom and whose places of residence are unknown to the plaintiff and cannot after diligent inquiry be ascertained claims or may claim to have, or it appears by the public records that they may claim, some estate or interest in the premises described in the complaint adverse to that of the plaintiffs because of the mortgages described in the petition, BERNARD STARR, HILDA STARR KELLER, LINDA STARR WIENER, BARTON STARR a/k/a BARRY STARR, JAMES DAVID STARR a/k/a JAMIE STARR, STANLEY I. RUBENFELD, SHEILA PAKULA, KEITH M.
USISKIN a/k/a KEITH S. USISKIN, SUSANNE a/k/a SUZANNE USISKIN, NATALIE ROY f/k/a NATALIE SUE USISKIN, Defendants. TO THE ABOVE NAMED DEFENDANTS: YOU ARE HEREBY SUMMONED and required to serve upon Plaintiff’s attorney an answer to the Complaint in this action within twenty (20) days after the service of this summons, exclusive of the day of service, or within thirty (30) days after service is complete if the Summons is not personally delivered to you within the State of New York. The United States of America, if designated as a defendant in this answer, may answer or appear within sixty (60) days of service hereof. In case of your failure to answer, judgment will be taken against you by default for the relief demanded in the Complaint. Trial is desired in the County of Queens. The basis of venue situs of real property encumbered by mortgages which are sought to be discharged in the within action. The nature of the action is an action brought pursuant to Article 15 of the Real Property Actions and Proeedings Law to compel the determination of possible claims to real property known on the Tax Map of the City of New York for the Borough of Queens as Block 4737, Lots 19 and 20, which may be made by the defendants. The relief sought is the discharge of (a) a mortgage in the amount of $ 11,100.00 made by Leonard F. Borrelli to William Starr dated June 14, 1961, and recorded on June 14, 1961 in the office of the Register of the City of New York, County of Queens, in Liber 7861 of Mortgages, at page 466; (b) a mortgage in the amount of $ 12,500.00 made by Leonard F. Borrelli to George Rubenfeld dated April 10, 1964, and recorded on April 14, 1964 in the office of the Register of the City of New York, County of Queens, in Liber 8381 Mortgages, at page 408; and (c) a mortgage in the amount of $ 35,400.00 made by Leonard F. Borrelli to Isadore Usiskin dated October 8, 1964 and recorded on October 23, 1964 in the office of the Register of the City of New York, County of Queens, in Liber 8506 of Mortgages, at page 37. Dated: March 7, 2011. MICHAEL S. WINOKUR, Attorney for Plaintiff, Office and Post Office Address, 7581 183 rd Street, Flushing, New York 11366, Telephone number (718) 2647400. To the above named defendants: The foregoing summons is served upon you by publication pursuant to an order of the Hon. Allan B. Weiss, a Justice of the Supreme Court of the State of N.Y., dated April 6, 2011 and filed along with the supporting papers in the Queens County Clerk’s Office. This is an action to foreclose a mortgage. The premises is described as fol-
lows: Parcel I – All that certain piece or parcel of real property with the improvements thereon erected, situate, lying and being in the Borough of Queens, County of Queens, City and State of New York, known and designated as Lots 51, 52, and 53 in Block 3 on a certain map entitled, “Map of Flushing, 3 rd Ward, Borough of Queens, City of New York”, said map having been prepared by A.U. Whitson, C.E., completed August 20, 1923 and filed on October 11, 1923 as Map No. 438, in the Officer of the Clerk of the County of Queens, more particularly bounded and described as follows: Beginning at a point on the southerly side of 20 th Road, distant 306.76 feet east of the easterly side of 154 th Street; Running thence southerly parallel with the easterly side of 154 th Street, 100 feet; Thence easterly parallel with the easterly side of 154 th Street, 60 feet; Thence northerly parallel with the easterly side of 154 th Street, 100 feet to the southerly side of 120 th Road; Thence westerly along the southerly side of 20 th Road, 60 feet to the point or place of beginning. Said premises known as and by the street number 154-34 2 0 th Road, Whitestone, New York 11357. Said premises being known on the Tax Map of the City of New York for the County of Queens as Block 4737, Lot 20. Parcell II – All that certain plot, piece or parcel of land, with the buildings and improvements thereon erected lying and being in the Borough and County of Queens, City and State of New York, known and designated as all of Lot 54 and the Easterly 15 feet of Lot 56 in Block 9 on a certain map entitled “Map of property belonging to the Flushing Drive Club Realty Association, Inc. situate at Flushing, Third Ward. Borough of Queens, City of New York”, said map having been prepared by A.U. Whitson, C.E. completed 8/ 20/1923 and filed on 10/ 11/1923 as Map 438, in the Office of the Clerk of the County of Queens, more particularly bounded and described according to said map as follows: Beginning at a point on the southerly side of 20 th Road distant 271.78 feet easterly from the intersection of the southerly side of 20 th Road and 14 th Avenue, now 154 th Street; Thence southerly and parallel with the easterly side of 154 th Street, 100.01 feet; Thence easterly and parallel with the southerly side of 20 th Road, 35 feet; Thence northerly and again parallel with the easterly side of 154 th Street, 100.01 feet to the southerly side of 20 th Road; Thence westerly along the southerly side of 20 th Road, 35 feet to the point or place of beginning. Said premises are presently known on the Tax Map of the City of New York for the Borough of Queens as Block 4737, Lot 19.
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_____________________________________________________________ SUMMONS AND NOTICE OF OBJECT OF ACTION STATE OF NEW YORK SUPREME COURT: COUNTY OF QUEENS ACTION TO FORECLOSE A MORTGAGE INDEX NO.: 10243/10 JPMORGAN CHASE BANK, NATIONAL ASSOCIATION, AS PURCHASER OF THE LOANS AND OTHER ASSETS OF WASHINGTON MUTUAL BANK, FORMERLY KNOWN AS WASHINGTON MUTUAL BANK, FA (THE “SAVINGS BANK”) FROM THE FEDERAL DEPOSIT INSURANCE CORPORATION, ACTING AS RECEIVER FOR THE SAVINGS BANK AND PURSUANT TO ITS AUTHORITY UNDER THE FEDERAL DEPOSIT INSURANCE ACT, 12 U.S.C. §1821(D) Plaintiff, vs. LESLIE R. GREY, ET AL. Defendant(s). MORTGAGED PREMISES: 514 BRIAR PLACE FAR ROCKAWAY, NY 11691 SBL #: BLOCK: 15771 LOT: 7 TO THE ABOVE NAMED DEFENDANT: 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(s) within twenty days after the service of this 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). In case of your failure to appear or answer, judgment will be taken against you by default for the relief demanded in the Complaint. The Attorney for Plaintiff has an office for business in the County of Erie. Trial to be held in the County of Queens. The basis of the venue designated above is the location of the Mortgaged Premises. Dated this 27th day of April, 2011, TO: LESLIE R. GREY, Defendant(s) In this Action. The foregoing Summons is served upon you by publication, pursuant to an order of HON. ALLAN B. WEISS of the Supreme Court of the State of New York, dated the 11th day of April, 2011 and filed with the Complaint in the Office of the
In Their Voice:
Praying For Acceptance And Equality By SARAH and STEFANIE FRANK As natives of New York and proud residents of Queens, we can't wait to make it official. The prospect that we may soon be able to legally marry in our home state is happy news - and, at this time in our lives, a welcome relief. As a loving and committed couple, we were personally devastated in 2009 when Albany politicians, including several from our home borough, denied us the same rights, privileges, benefits and protections as our siblings at family dinners, neighbors down the hall and co-workers in the next office enjoy without question. Because we are two women who share each other's lives, we live in a legal limbo. Our relationship, while it is afforded the same level of respect by our families, friends and colleagues as any of our straight counterparts, is not given that level of respect by the State. We can't go to City Hall and apply for a marriage license. We are not eligible for any of the state-conferred rights, benefits, privileges and protections that are automatically accorded married couples. What's more, we are expecting twins. Along with our loved ones and a clear majority of New Yorkers we feel that it is unfair that our chil-
Sarah and Stefanie Frank dren should potentially start at a disadvantage. What kind of a message does that send to young children - that their family is somehow less-than? The great news, and one that fills us both with so much hope, is that all of this can change - and soon. Next month, Gov. Andrew Cuomo has signaled that the New York State Legislature will, again, consider marriage
equality. There is a strong possibility that we may be able to marry, as New Yorkers, this summer, before our twins arrive in the fall. We are especially hopeful, because the fate of marriage equality may rest right here in Queens, parts of which are represented by two key state Senators. These lawmakers did not support marriage equality two years ago.
Queens is the most diverse borough in New York City, and all New Yorkers draw strength from diversity. We know that equal rights for all is a core value for all New Yorkers. We hope that all of our neighbors in Queens will join us in praying that, this time around, our elected representatives will do the right thing and vote to give our family access to basic fairness and justice. Our parents, families and friends are thrilled. In order to begin the process, we married in Connecticut a year and a half ago, and then, Sarah's childhood Rabbi came into Queens from Long Island, to marry us in a Jewish Ceremony at Terrace on the Park in Flushing. It was a happy and beautiful day. However, the knowledge that our marriage was still not official, was unrecognized and somehow considered unworthy in the eyes of New York could not help but made it bittersweet through all of the laughter, dancing and tears of joy. As Stefanie's parents in Long Island always say to her friends, "what is the difference? They love the same way we love. Why shouldn't it be legal?" Well, now we have the chance to have not only the prayers of our families and friends, but of each other, answered. Sarah and Stefanie Frank are a committed lesbian couple living in Forest Hills.
Catholic Coupleâ€™s View
Straight Marriage Unhurt By Equality gays and lesbians would somehow lessen the sanctity of their own. "You can't use that argument - sanctity of marriage - because straight people don't take it seriously," Dawn said, pointing to the high divorce rates in the United States. "Marriage is loving each other, promising to be there with each other for the rest of their lives. You can't say a gay couple can't do the same thing." Children, too, are important, Dawn said. She believes children of samesex couples should be allowed to see their parents married just like children of straight couples do. Five states, as well as Washington D.C. currently allow same-sex couples to marry. California offered the right for a short time before a popular referendum, Proposition 8, overturned the law in 2008. Greg pointed to states like California, where there are gay couples married before Proposition 8 passed who are already legally wed. There, he said, marriage hasn't changed for heterosexual couples. Both Greg and Dawn were raised in the Catholic faith and attended Catholic school; Greg went to St. Francis Prep while Dawn attended The Mary Louis Academy. The Catholic Church has been a strong opponent of allowing same-sex couples to
wed, both in the United States and worldwide, but the Sahakians say they break with their faith on this issue. "In religious education, there was nothing that came up when discussing marriage that limited it between a man and a woman," Greg said. Dawn said that she felt lawmakers were invoking religious beliefs on this issue, but not other issues where they could. She thinks same-sex marriage would not contradict the teachings she was taught growing up. "As much as I am reli- Straight married duo Greg and Dawn Sahakian gious and Catholic, I have no fear that allowing gay couples to wed think a church that em- would somehow hurt their own union. phasizes love and respect for all should not opposes this," Dawn 1967 and a divisive issue as recently added. "As a Catholic, I was raised to as the 1980s, is no longer a major islove and respect all people, includ- sue. "Years from now we're going to look ing gay people. I think they should be able to get married just as Greg and at this just as we look at that and think how ridiculous it was that we were arI did." In the end, the Sahakians are op- guing about it," she said. Reach Reporter Domenick Rafter at timistic that this issue won't be a big one in the future, just as interracial email@example.com or (718) 357marriage, illegal in 17 states up until 7400, Ext. 125.
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By DOMENICK RAFTER Last October, Greg and Dawn Sahakian walked down the aisle and exchanged wedding vows. After dating for eight years, the Queens natives - Greg from Whitestone and Dawn from Flushing - stood before their friends, their family and their God and promised to love, honor and obey. And the State of New York recognized their commitment to each other. Now, they would like to see their gay friends given the same right. "Marriage to me is two people who care for each other and love each other," Dawn, 28, said. "Just like straight people love each other, gay people can love each other the same way. They should be able to put it down on paper." The Sahakians have a few gay friends, and worry about the status of their relationships. "I don't want to see one of my friends go to the hospital and his partner not be able to see him," Greg, 31, said. "You have a life together with this person and you have to deal with the government saying it isn't legally recognized." Nearly eight months into their marriage, the Sahakians dismiss the notion that opening up marriage to
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NOTICE OF FORMATION OF LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY. NAME: 29-03 HUNTERS POINT AVENUE, LLC. Articles of Organization were filed with the Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 03/30/11. 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, 213-19 9 9 th Avenue, Queens Village, New York 11429. Purpose: For any lawful purpose. _____________________________________________________________ NOTICE OF SALE Self Reliance (NY) Federal Credit Union, in accordance with its rights as current secured party, will conduct a public sale of security: the proprietary lease and 660 shares of stock of LE HAVRE OWNERS CORP. Said security is appurtenant to premises: located at 167-15 12TH AVE, A p t . # 2 D , W H I T ES T O N E , NY 11357. Said sale includes the fixtures and articles of personal property now or hereafter affixed to or used in connection with said premises. The sale shall be on June 17, 2011 at 10:15 AM at 88-11 Sutphin Blvd, Courtroom #25, Jamaica, NY 11435. The secured party reserves the right to bid. The secured party makes no representations or warranties as to the title or premises being sold herein. The sale is subject
to any conditions of transfer set by the cooperative corporation or its board, and subject to any tenants or occupants of the subject premises and the Terms of Sale to be read at the sale. Victor Rawner, Auctioneer, License # 1224356 ROSICKI, ROSICKI & ASSOCIATES, P.C. Attorneys for Secured Party Fishkill Office 2 Summit Court Suite 301 Fishkill, NY 12524 845.897.1600 ______________________________________________________________ NOTICE OF FORMATION OF LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY. NAME: AJA CRESCENT, LLC. Articles of Organization were filed with the Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 12/ 23/10. 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, 32-75 Steinway Street, Suite 211, Astoria, New York 11103. Purpose: For any lawful purpose. ______________________________________________________________ ARTICLES OF ORGANIZATION OF OAE INTERNATIONAL, LLC Under Section 203 of the Limited Liability Company Law FIRST: The name of the limited liability company is: OAE INTERNATIONAL, LLC SECOND: The county within this state in which the office of the limited liability company is to be located is: Queens
THIRD: The Secretary of State is designated as agent of the limited liability company upon whom process against it may be served. The address within or without this state to which the Secretary of State shall mail a copy of any process against the limited liability company served upon him or her is: NAOKI OKAI, 80-59 LEFFERTS BLVD. KEW GARDENS, NY 11415 NAOKI OKAI (signature of organizer) NAOKI OKAI (print or type of organizer) ______________________________________________________________ Notice of formation of C.R.Donald Group, LLC. Articles of Organization filed with the Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 3/ 30/2011. 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: 90-59 56 th Avenue #2M, Elmhurst, NY. Purpose: any lawful purpose. ______________________________________________________________ NOTICE OF FORMATION OF LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY. NAME: BREAD THEATRE LLC. Articles of Organization were filed with the Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 03/ 11/11. 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,
35-20 9 th Street, Long Island City, New York 11106. Purpose: For any lawful purpose. ______________________________________________________________ "Notice is hereby given that a license, for beer, liquor and/or wine shall be applied for by the undersigned to sell beer, liquor and/or wine at retail in a restaurant, under the Alcoholic Beverage Control Law at 35-50 31 st Street, Astoria, New York for on-premises consumption. VALENTINA GROUP, INC." ______________________________________________________________ NOTICE OF FORMATION OF LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY. NAME: CXC REALTY LLC. Articles of Organization were filed with the Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 03/11/11. The latest date of dissolution is 12/31/2111. 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, 39 Kings Point Road, Great Neck, New York 11024. Purpose: For any lawful purpose. ______________________________________________________________ Notice of Formation of DATAR CAB LLC, a domestic LLC. Arts. of Org. filed with the SSNY on 03/22/ 2011. 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: Jaspreet Singh, 133-48 123 Street 2 nd Fl, Jamaica, NY 11420. Purpose: Any Lawful Purpose. ______________________________________________________________ Notice is hereby given that an Order entered by the Civil Court, Queens County on 5/6/11, bearing Index Number NC-000352-11/ 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) Jasleen (Last) Kaur My present name is (First) Babaldeep (Last) Kaur (infant) My present address is 101-48 120 th Street, South Richmond Hill, NY 11419 My place of birth is Queens, NY My date of birth is May 02, 2007 ______________________________________________________________ Notice is hereby given that an Order entered by the Civil Court, Queens County on 5/11/11, bearing Index Number NC-000240-11/ 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) Kenneth (Last) Garrett My present name is (First) Kenneth (Middle) Garrett (Last) Schenck aka Kenneth G. Schenck My present address is xxxxxxxxxxx, xxxxxxxxxx, NY 00000-0000 My place of birth is Rockville Center, NY My date of birth is July 28, 1960 ______________________________________________________________ Public Notice: In accordance with our policy of non-dis-
crimination and applicable Federal and State statutory provision, UNION PLAZA CARE CENTER, 33-23 Union Street, Flushing NY 11354, declares that this institution operates without regard to race, religion, creed, color national origin, age, sex, sexual preference, handicap or source of payment. ______________________________________________________________ SUPREME COURT – QUEENS COUNTY MATTER OF THE APPLICATION OF GAIL AND GLENDA FRANK, AS CO-CONSERVATORS AND CO-TRUSTEES OF THE PROPERTY OF DAVID FRANK, A CONSERVATEE PURSUANT TO AN ORDER/ JUDGMENT OF THIS COURT DATED, APRIL 28, 2011 BY HON. LEE A. MAYERSON, A JUSTICE OF THIS COURT AN APPLICATION TO SELL PREMISES 448 BEACH 136 TH STREET, ROCKAWAY PARK, NY 11694, BEING A PLOT 60 X 100 IN DIMENSION, WILL BE MADE ON THE 23 RD DAY OF JUNE, 2011, AT 9:30 A.M., AT I.A. PART 20 OF THE SUPREME COURT AT 88-11 SUTPHIN BOULEVARD, JAMAICA, N.Y. 11345 SAID PROPERTY IS PRESENTLY UNDER CONTRACT, SUBJECT TO THE APPROVAL OF THE COURT, FOR THE PRICE OF $585,000.00. CONTACT HEIDI J. HENLE ESQ. OF THE LAW OFFICES OF HEIDI J. HENLE, PLLC, ATTORNEY FOR THE CO-CONSERVATORS AT 42-40 BELL BOULEVARD, SUITE 301, BAYSIDE, NEW YORK 11361, TEL: (718) 766-9427. ______________________________________________________________
10025, United States YOU ARE HEREBY CITED TO SHOW CAUSE before the Surrogate’s Court, Queens County, at 88-11 Sutphin Boulevard, Jamaica, New York, New York on June 23, 2011, at 9:30 o’clock in the Fore noon of that day, why a decree should not be made in the estate of ANNABELLE DAVIS lately domiciled at 123-35 Inwood Street, South Ozone Park, New York 11436 United States admitting to probate a Will dated July 1, 2003 a copy of which is attached, as the Will of ANNABELLE DAVIS deceased, relating to real and personal property, and directing that: Letters Testamentary issue to Hazel Smith Dated, Attested and Sealed, APR 21 2011 Seal HON. PETER J. KELLY Surrogate MARGARET M. GRIBBON Chief Clerk Lamont R. Bailey Print Name of Attorney Bailey & Bailey, LLC Firm 123-20 82 nd Avenue, Kew Gardens, New York 11415 Address (718) 701-5915 Tel. No. NOTE: This citation is served upon you as required by law. You are not required to appear. If you fail to appear it will be assumed you do not object to the relief requested. You have a right to have an attorney appear for you.
Notice is hereby given that an order entered by the Civil Court, Queens County, on the 28 day of April, 2011, bearing Index No. 325/2011, a copy of which may be examined at the office of the clerk, located at 89-17 Sutphin Boulevard, Jamaica, N.Y. grants me the right, to assume the name Vivian Catherine Sciacca. My present address i s 6 - 2 1 1 5 9 th S t r e e t , Whitestone, N.Y. 11357; The date of my birth is December 31, 1946; My present name is Vincenza Sciacca ______________________________________________________________ CITATION File No. 20093098/A SURROGATE’S COURT, Queens COUNTY THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, By the Grace of God Free and Independent TO: The heirs at law, next of kin and distributees of ANNABELLE DAVIS, deceased, if living, and if any of them be dead, to their heirs at law, next of kin, distributees, legatees, executors, administrators, assignees, and successors in interest whose names are unknown and cannot be ascertained after due diligence, Queens County Public Administrator. A petition having been duly filed by Hazel Smith f/k/a Hazel Smith-Mann who is/are domiciled at 100 West 92 nd Street, Apt. 7A, New York
______________________________________________________________ Notice is hereby given that an Order entered by the Civil Court, Queens County on 5/11/11, bearing Index Number NC-000355-11/ 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) Kathleen (Middle) Margaret (Last) Kerrigan My present name is (First) Kathleen (Middle) Margaret (Last) Fogarty aka Kathleen M. Fogarty aka Kathleen Fogarty aka Kathleen Margaret Kerrigan My present address is 7168 252 nd Street, Bellerose, NY 11426 My place of birth is North Hempstead, NY My date of birth is April 09. 1964 _____________________________________________________________ Notice of Formation of RL 32 Ave Property LLC. Arts. of Org. filed with NY Dept. of State on 4/4/11. Office location: Queens County. Sec. of State designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served and shall mail process to the principal business addr.: 132-24 32 nd Ave., Flushing, NY 11354. Purpose: any lawful purpose. ______________________________________________________________ Notice of Formation JYA Realty LLC art. of org. filed Secy. of State NY (SSNY) 12/23/10. Off. Loc. in Queens Co. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to: 37-39 30 th St, Long Island City, NY 11101. Purpose: Any lawful purpose.
A Family Grows In Queens:
Though Married In Connecticut, Couple Seeks Equality In New York
Forest Hills resident Mark Ciano (above) plays with his newborn daughter Ayla, while his husband Christopher Buckley (r.) feeds their son Connor. Both come from traditional family settings. Both were raised Catholic, in close-knit families. Mark comes from an Italian-American family and was raised in East New York and Maspeth and attended Catholic schools; he's a graduate of Christ the King High School. Chris comes from an IrishAmerican family from Stony Brook in Suffolk County. "Family is important," Mark said. "Traditions are important. My children will have the same traditions I had growing up." The Happy Couple They waited for New York to legalize same-sex marriage, but after it had failed in 2009, and with children on the way, they decided to get married in Connecticut, which legalized samesex marriage in 2008. Because of an executive order signed by former Gov. David Paterson in 2008, their Connecticut marriage is recognized by the State of New York. They had a beach wedding on the Long Island Sound in Fairfield, Conn. on Sept. 18, 2010, that almost didn't happen due to the macroburst and tornado that tore through Queens two days earlier. The storm devastated their Forest Hills neighborhood and trapped them. Downed trees blocked their street and a neighbor a few blocks away, who had a path of escape, allowed them to borrow their car to get to the wedding, which went off without a hitch. Despite both growing up in religions known for not being gayfriendly, they say their families have been very accepting of their relationship, especially since they married. "It's always been totally comfortable with my family," Mark said. "With the marriage, it's even more comfortable.
They get it. They know Chris is the person I love and want to spend the rest of my life with." "Our personal attitudes have changed," Chris said with a smile. "It was unusual the first and second time I introduced Mark as my husband." The couple said Forest Hills is the perfect place for a family like theirs. The community is very diverse and has always been accepting of their relationship. Chris and Mark have close relationships with their neighbors, who often get together for "pizza nights." Chris recently interviewed to be part of Queens Mamas. The kids have both their last names; Ciano-Buckley. Mark said it was important to have both their names so that neither one of their statuses as a parent is ever questioned. Surrogacy was also important to them because it allowed them to have their own children. Mark and Chris said they know which one is the biological father. "It's just the most amazing thing for a gay couple to be able to have biological children," Mark said. "Building a family is very important to us," Chris added. "You think, 'What are you going to leave behind?' I hope that we can leave behind two good solid citizens [in Ayla and Connor]."
Seeking Equality The section of Forest Hills where Chris and Mark live is in eastern portion of the district represented by State Sen. Joe Addabbo Jr. (D-Howard Beach), who voted against marriage equality legislation in December 2009. Chris said he and Mark have been lobbying Addabbo to change his vote, first via letter and now including asking for a face-to-face meeting with the senator, which they hope will happen in the coming weeks. "My first letter to him was about how disappointed I was in his vote," Chris explained. "Then I told him about our family in the second letter to him." Chris added that he even went so far as to invite Addabbo to his home to meet his family. He said besides them, many of Addabbo's constituents are gay; Chris and Mark know a few gay couples who live in their neighborhood, and they are lobbying the senator to support them. "He needs to take a stand for his constituents," Chris said. "There's a large gay population in Queens, and even in Sen. Addabbo's district." For Chris and Mark, having the same marriage rights as heterosexual couples is all about protecting their family, each other and their children. "That's why we're involved," Mark said. "Everywhere we went, people we talked to were supportive," Chris explained. "It's all about getting the word out." Chris doesn't support the idea of putting marriage equality up for a public vote. He does understand religious objections and agrees that churches who don't agree with samesex marriage should not be forced to perform them by the state. If marriage equality is passed, religious institutions would not be forced to marry same-sex couples. "We all have to respect everyone else's opinions," Chris said. "Those are your rules and we respect them." Chris and Mark said they would like to have had a New York wedding, and noted that New York businesses, such as florists and caterers, would have had them as customers, instead of that money going to Connecticut. Besides that, Chris and Mark's Connecticut wedding deprived Mark of having an important part of his family at his side. Mark's elderly father could not make the trip. A New York wedding would have allowed him to be there. Reach Reporter Domenick Rafter at firstname.lastname@example.org or (718) 3577400, Ext. 125.
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Getting Started A week before the twins turned two months old, Chris moves around the house frantically with little Ayla, feeding her first on the couch, then on the two steps leading out of the living room. She stops feeding before the bottle is empty and Chris throws a burp cloth over his shoulder and pats Ayla's back. "She only takes a little at a time," Chris explains. When she lets out a burp, Chris goes back to feeding. As she eats, Ayla looks around, her piercing eyes, recently opened for the first time, taking in the inside of the home where her parents plan on raising her and her brother. She coos and squeaks when her name is mentioned, triggering proud smiles from her dads. Connor sleeps quietly upstairs in the nursery, making his appearance later in the day. Unlike his sister, Connor takes the entire bottle; a growing boy already at only eight weeks. For Chris and Mark, having children seemed like the right move. They had been together nearly two decades, lived in their Groton Street home for 13 years and wanted to get married.
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By DOMENICK RAFTER On a late March night, Christopher Buckley and Mark Ciano received the phone call they had been waiting a long time for. After 20 years together, and six months of marriage, the Forest Hills couple were about to become parents. Their surrogate in Pittsburgh was in labor with twins. The couple hurried to their car and began the long trek to Pittsburgh to meet their children. Chris drove while Mark frantically called and texted their friends and family to tell them the news. When they got to the Pittsburgh hospital where their kids were born, they were greeted with a warm, and curious, welcome. "The nurses were all there waiting for us. They were asking, 'Are those the guys?'" Mark said. Chris, who works from home as a Business Development Director for a wireless solutions company and Mark, a prominent Forest Hills realtor, had planned on having children, but were surprised when they discovered their surrogate was pregnant with twins; a boy and a girl. What began as a process to have a child gave them an instant family. A few days later, the two headed back home with their children, Ayla Arlene and Connor Christopher, and the couple's Tudor-style home on Groton Street got a lot more exciting. Now, a co-sleeper sits in the middle of the living room in place of a coffee table. On the dining room table sit twin rockers, side by side.
Queens Power Couple Preparing For The Day They Can Be Wed that most people, when they are young, in some way dream about being married. As gay and lesbian people, we are denied that. There was a time when you came out and that dream of getting married went away." Hendrick recounted the very practical reasons for wanting marriage, enumerating some of the more than 1,000 rights afforded to legally married couples exclusively. From filing joint tax returns to sharing health insurance, the benefits are myriad. Hendrick and Van Bramer encountered an issue when seeking a mortgage for their Dan Hendrick (l.) and Jimmy Van Bramer outside their Sunnyside Gardens home. home. The two could not lump their inHe recalled returning to his alma comes to apply for a Veterans Affairsat as Communications Director for the New York League of Conservation Vot- mater, Bryant High School, after his supported mortgage. (Hendrick had ers. Van Bramer added "Councilman" election. Still in the closet during his been given an honorable discharge high school years, he was stunned to from the Navy after coming out while to his title two years ago. The campaign and time since have see Bryant sporting a gay-straight al- serving.) seen the two become high-strung pro- liance. Practical reasons aside, the fight High school kids accepting LGBT for marriage equality is ultimately fessionals, with absurd hours, answering the ever-present demands of their students within their ranks? Unheard about a fair sharing of rights. of in Van Bramer's mid-1980s high smart phones. "We love each other very much," The couple now lives in a cozy school years. Hendrick said. "We are looking for the "I was blown away that there were same piece of paper everyone else can house they've bought in the historically-landmarked Sunnyside Gardens. openly gay kids in the school," he have." It is a huge upgrade from their three- said. The duo acknowledged they could But he takes pride in the alliance, have been married by now. But New year stint in the cramped Woodside using it as an example of the chang- York is home, and they are willing to studio. Sitting on their couch, Van Bramer ing times. wait for their state to catch up. Hendrick and Van Bramer believe and Hendrick banter in well-earned comfort, bouncing sarcastic jokes and bravery and fearlessness have changed It Is Inevitable thoughts between each other with ease. minds about marriage equality. At one point, Van Bramer did not "The single most powerful act that think he'd see marriage equality in his Their opinions compliment each other; their complaints are laced with a gay person can make is coming out lifetime. Now, it has assumed an air and bringing who they are to every- of inevitability. loving acceptance. The following thought may upset thing they do," Van Bramer. "The rationale [against it] has The couple points to surveys that thinned and thinned and thinned," them, but they remind one of two grandparents: quick to love, yet un- show a correlation between acceptance Hendrick said. "That's why we are afraid of jokingly complaining as they of gay marriage and knowing a mem- moving in the right direction." grunt through the tedious parts of ber of the LGBT community. And should that joyous day come, "There's such an individual basis," Van Bramer promised one hell of a their life together. It's easy to joke that the two are al- Hendrick said. "They believe, as we party. ready married, and have been for some often believe, that prejudice isn't cool." "Oh, it's going to be big," he said. Which brings us back to their pretime. Yet the absence of that not-soThey won't cop to already making minor formality - small in compari- dicament. all the plans in anticipation. But in son to the entirety of their relationan exclusive, we can reveal their marSeeking Equality ship - genuinely troubles the couple. riage song. The Hendrick-Van Bramer Van Bramer recalls a gay couple he wedding will be marked by the romanknew, who spent more than five de- tic duet "Come What May," which beA Changing Tide Their predicament is doubly dis- cades together. All they wanted was to came a de facto theme song on tressing, as they've seen the folks get married, but the years crawled tougher days. around them grow more accepting of along. Their families eventually split But marriage equality must come them into separate nursing homes. first. the LGBT community. "The world is changing," Van They died apart. Reach Deputy Editor Joseph Orovic at "It's not just about me; it's not just email@example.com or (718) 357Bramer said. "More and more, you see about us," Van Bramer said. "I think 7400, Ext. 127. couples that are out."
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A Life Together The Van Bramer/Hendrick story began innocently. The glance across the room, asking a mutual acquaintance, "Who is that guy?" On May 1, 1999, the two met at a fundraiser held in Kew Gardens for a gay community center, held in Kew Gardens. They started dating immediately. "I think I knew it was serious pretty quickly," Hendrick said. Three weeks into their relationship, he met Van Bramer's rather large Irish family. Within eight months, the Michigan native left his digs in Long Island City for Van Bramer's cramped Woodside studio. They immediately grew into the dueling roles familiar to most couples. Doing necessary chores, after much probing and requisite eye rolling? Check. "Dan has been on me for a long time for the dishes," Van Bramer said. His list of duties has grown to include the recycling and cleaning. Hendrick is responsible for laundry and any handiwork. Contrasting TV show taste? Granted, Van Bramer's old set harkened back to his teenage days and gave all shows a green hue. Nevertheless, SportsCenter competed with nature documentariesâ€Ś Check. The two learned to live a sparse life, culling together an existence from humble paychecks. Van Bramer was far from his City Council gig, working at the Queensborough Public Library's back offices, and Hendrick worked for one of our competitors (we'll forgive him). Navigating those tough times laid the foundation for the longevity they currently enjoy. "We didn't have a lot of money," Van Bramer said. "We had each other. When you have that foundation together, you can survive anything." Survive they did. Hendrick saw several changes in his professional life, before reaching his current role
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By JOSEPH OROVIC Tales of undying love abound in our borough. It seems like every year, this paper prints a story about the longevity of marriage X, with a darling photo of two seniors beaming. Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer (D-Sunnyside) and his partner Dan Hendrick hope to one day join the ranks of Queens' happily married duos. Their relationship has withstood cramped quarters, professional transitions and the occasional monotony of life as a couple. But neither has had the opportunity to take a knee and propose marriage. They hope to have that right this year, after spending more than a decade together.
A National Cause:
Leading The Charge Against Equality By JOSEPH OROVIC The battle lines in the fight for marriage equality reach outside the bounds of New York State. The National Organization for Marriage, a nonprofit driving anti-gay-marriage campaigns around the country, has invested $1.5 million in combating marriage equality efforts in the state. The group is funding a $500,000 ad campaign targeting districts of key State Senators whose vote is pivotal in any marriage equality bill’s passage. NOM will also spend $1 million to support Democratic State Legislators who cast votes against any gay marriage legislation. “It’s become quite clear in recent days in New York that Gov. [Andrew] Cuomo and same-sex marriage advocates are targeting a select number of Democrat State Senators, as well as some Republicans in their desperate attempt to coerce legislators to support their agenda,” said NOM President Brian Brown. “We want to be sure those courageous Democrats and Republicans who cast their vote of conscience in favor of traditional marriage will have a strong supporter if the radical gay activists come after them in their next election.” Brown pointed to successful NOM efforts in Maryland, which shot down its chance to pass a gay marriage bill.
Supporters of the National Organization for Marriage rallied in Albany this week. “Our opponents tried to claim that same-sex marriage was inevitable. They were wrong,” Brown said. “Once our message got out and legislators heard from their constituents, same-sex marriage was stopped dead in its tracks. We expect the same to happen in New York.” The group has launched a TV ad campaign urging voters in legislatively key districts to call their Senators, while hanging the threat of gay marriage education in schools. The campaign also includes mailers with the same message.
The ads were quickly labeled as bunk by PolitiFact, and drew the ire of the Human Rights Campaign. “Independent fact checkers will quickly determine, as they did previously with other NOM propaganda, that things don’t quite add up in this New York commercial,” said HRC NOM Project Director Kevin Nix. “Fear and fiction is the mother’s milk of this secretive, virulently anti-gay organization.” On Sunday, State Sen. Ruben Diaz (D-Bronx) led an anti-marriage equality rally, with Brown in tow.. NOM has also threatened Repub-
licans who vote to support gay marriage with opposition in their next primaries. “NOM has defeated every pro-gay marriage Republican we’ve ever targeted, and we’re quite confident we will do so in New York, should that become necessary,” Brown said. The nonprofit claims an integral role in the ousting of more than 150 state legislators around the country. The group was also the largest donor in a successful campaign to oust State Supreme Court justices who allowed same-sex marriage in Iowa. The group was founded in 2007, after seeing a growing need for a unified front against the growing number of states fielding marriage equality legislation. NOM is a 501(c)(4) group, a designation which has recently garnered a dose of controversy after the Supreme Court ruled such groups had no obligation to reveal their donors, despite political lobbying and campaign ads. The nonprofit boasts an Education Fund, engaged in pro-marriage education and research. It also has a NOM Marriage PAC, which raises funds for targeting political races strategically important to its cause. Reach Deputy Editor Joseph Orovic at firstname.lastname@example.org or (718) 3577400, Ext. 127.
NY Mayday Tour:
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Group Lobbies To Protect Marriage By DOMENICK RAFTER Opponents of same-sex marriage legislation took to the road all across the state, aiming to kill the bill supported by Gov. Andrew Cuomo and many of the state’s top Democrats. The New York Family Research Foundation has sponsored a tour of the state called “Mayday for Marriage,” aimed at lobbying members of both the State Assembly and State Senate to keep marriage defined as between a man and a woman in New York. The tour culminated with a rally in Albany on Tuesday in front of the State Capitol. “Same-sex couples have a right to do as they please in the privacy of their own homes, but they do not have the right to redefine marriage for the rest of society,” said The Rev. Jason McGuire, president of New York Family Research Foundation, who called same-sex marriage “the battle of our generation.” McGuire said he believes children are best served by male and female parents. “Same-sex relationships always deny children either a mom or a dad,” he said. Tuesday’s march on Albany attracted more than 300 demonstrators from around the state and a number
of religious figures, most prominently State Sen. Ruben Diaz (D-Bronx), a pastor and a staunch opponent of same-sex marriage. Mayday for Marriage has traveled around the state to districts of swing votes from Long Island to Buffalo, making stops in Staten Island, the Hudson Valley, Elmira, and Rochester along the way where there are potential “yes” votes from GOP Senators. They have also targetd the home districts of swing votes in the Assembly, where although legislation is expected
to pass, there are believed to be fewer supporters than in 2009 due to the defeats of a number of pro-same-sex marriage Assembly members and the number of vacant Democratic seats. Two of those seats are in Queens; both Audrey Pheffer and Nettie Mayersohn, each of whom vacated their seats in the last two months, had voted in favor of same-sex marriage. There are open Democratic seats in Brooklyn and Utica where incumbents have resigned to join the Cuomo Administration. The open seats could
The Mayday For Marriage touring RV has made its way across New York.
mean a closer-than-expected vote in the Assembly if legislation comes to the floor there, and only a few “yes” votes turning into “no” votes could mean it never gets to the Senate in the first place. The Rev. Duane Motley, founder and senior lobbyists for the group New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms, said that if the bill was to pass, supporters would hear from them in next year’s elections. “Elected officials should not think they can redefine marriage without there being lasting implications for future generations,” he said. “Neither should elected officials think this is an issue that voters will have forgotten by the 2012 election.” Motley warned that Republicans would be responsible for its passing, as they control the State Senate, and Republicans would take the heat from their supporters by withholding their votes, possibly throwing the chamber back to Democratic control. “With polling indicating Republican voters oppose same-sex marriage two-to-one, the fate of who controls the Senate Majority hangs in the balance,” he said. Reach Reporter Domenick Rafter at email@example.com or (718) 3577400, Ext. 125.
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Through Pastors’ Eyes:
Religious Leaders See Societal Harm In Allowing Same-Sex Marriages
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By JASON BANREY Mounting in opposition against the legalization of same-sex marriage, many religious leaders throughout the state and within the borough have been vocal about their stance on the issue. Outspoken and firm in their beliefs, these individuals are guided by their faiths. Despite their tones of tolerance and different religious backgrounds it seems clear: a large portion of the religious leadership within the borough’s faith community is opposed to marriage equality. Baptist Belief For Bishop Charles Norris Jr. of Bethesda Missionary Baptist Church in Jamaica, his decision was written in the Bible a long time ago. “Although God’s opposition to same-sex marriage isn’t listed in the Ten Commandments, it still is stated later on in the Bible,” Norris said. “Back then, it was an abomination for a man to lay with a man, and it still is today.” As a licensed officiate of the State of New York, Norris has the ability to perform marriages. By entering the field of religion, his position of uniting a man and a woman in holy matrimony, he says, will always be based on the word of God. “I’m not condemning the gay community, but it seems now that man wants to flip the script,” Norris said of the need to legalize same-sex marriage. “If passed, [same-sex marriage] could open up the flood gate for other things which will alter the scope of the future for the worse.” Where some argue that marriage equality should be considered a civil rights issue, Norris disagrees and counters that position with the Word of God. “God implemented civil rights a long time ago, and it’s in the Bible,” Norris said. “Now, we’re coming in at the tail end of that. We just need to get back to what’s in the Word.” Despite the fact that his beliefs may contradict the legalization of same-sex marriage, Norris does admit he still welcomes members of the gay community into his congregation, but stresses it is up to the individual to interpret the Bible as it was intended to be understood. The Muslim View Shamsi Ali, Imam for the Jamaica Muslim Center, said that the position of Islam is similar to that of the Catholics and Orthodox Jews in regards to opposing the legalization of same-sex marriage. “Islam follows the conservative view that a marriage is supposed to be between a man and a woman,” Ali said. Acknowledging the importance of the issue within the LGBT community,
Rev. Jason McGuire led a tour across the state this month to fight the samesex marriage bill that culminated on the steps of the State Capitol.
Bishop Charles Norris Jr. does not condemn same-sex couples who want to marry but says the word of God states it’s an abomination.
Ali said despite his beliefs, the Islamic faith still respects same-sex couples and considers them to be a part of the community. “If any individual chooses to marry, we will not shun those who have decided their partners for themselves,” Ali said. “It is about the choice an individual makes which we respect.” Yet when it comes to the decision of marriage equality, the issue becomes a different argument for Ali. “A law binds everyone else,” Ali said of the potential passage of samesex marriage state legislation. “A law for all we oppose. But, if it does pass, it is the choice of the people and we must respect that.”
by religion same-sex marriage is not accepted, there is still a debate on the issue currently happening within the faith’s majority. Although there is nothing that says the Sikh religion allows samesex marriage, Singh notes that it would be impossible to reproduce and sustain mankind within a samesex marriage. “In Sikh religion, the institution of marriage is considered between a man and a woman,” Singh said. “To keep the world going, marriage must be between a man and a woman because you can’t have a child without a mother.” Within the Sikh religion, in order for an individual to become one with God, they must go through the process of marriage. The faith’s tolerant view towards an individual’s sexual orientation is one which does not deny anyone from practicing, but Singh restates that the union of marriage should only be between a male and a female.
Orthodox Judaism Traditional Judaism deems a relationship between partners of the samesex as a violation of Jewish law. Maintaining this ancient established stance, Orthodox Judaism, a more conservative form of the religion, bans both sexual acts and marriage amongst individuals of the same sex. Following suit along with many other religious leaders, Dr. M. Asher Murciano, Rabbi for the Sephardic Jewish Center of Forest Hills, believes a marriage is understood to be between a man and a woman. “When a man and a man or a woman and a woman come together their union is against our beliefs,” Rabbi Murciano said. “We believe it should not be any other way [than a man and woman].” Sikh Stance Ranjit Singh, former head priest at Baba Makhanshah Lubana Sikh Center in Richmond Hill, said though
Evangelical Christian The Rev. Jason McGuire, executive director of New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms, a lobbying group that represents evangelical churches in the state, has met with many religious leaders in the borough. “In Queens, I saw a lot of people who care about this issue,” said McGuire. “The majority of New Yorkers don’t want same-sex marriage to be legalized. In a state which is traditionally Democratic, it means that there is hope for the rest of the country.” Witnessing what he considers a religious majority speaking out against marriage equality, McGuire said he believes there will be long-term soci-
Imam Shamsi Ali respects individuals in same sex marriages but believes marriage is for a man and a woman. etal implications if same-sex marriage legislation is passed. “Both genders contribute something unique to a child’s upbringing,” McGuire said. “Legalizing same-sex marriage will jeopardize strong household relationships which help to build strong communities. In all reality, moms and dads are the major component of society.” McGuire is also president of New Yorker’s Family Research Foundation, a Conservative Christian pro-family group. Recently, McGuire has been touring the state of New York on a “Mayday for Marriage” bus tour in an attempt to rally supporters against the legalization of same-sex marriage and urging politicians that their votes will tremendously impact the fabric of every community. On May 24, McGuire gathered in Albany with other religious and faithbased groups carrying a message, “marriage between a man and a woman still matters.” “Encouraging the union of a man and a woman is something we need to encourage within public policy,” McGuire said. “I think this issue has become more about politics and for the people this is unfortunate.” McGuire vows to continue carrying his message to communities throughout the state but wants to remind legislators religious communities have always strictly cared about their politicians values. “Communities of faith are not concerned about political parties,” McGuire said. “We have always been concerned about the principles of a party. The general consensus is that we are concerned with the legalization of same-sex marriage. So we’re watching what our senators do.” Reach Reporter Jason Banrey at firstname.lastname@example.org or (718) 357-7400, Ext. 128.
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Not In Our District:
CB5 Chair Says Locals In Opposition
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By JASON BANREY Vince Arcuri has lived in Glendale for more than 65 years. Throughout that time, he cannot recall the issue of same-sex marriage ever holding as much weight in the public realm than it does now. "[Same-sex marriage] has become a big issue recently because everyone seems to be playing politics with it," said Arcuri, who has also been chairman of Community Board 5 since 2003. "There are many other important issues that this community wants to see addressed by our legislators." In a recent letter to the Tribune, Arcuri criticized Charles Ober, treasurer at the Queens Pride House, for saying Queens was a vital part of the coalition to pass marriage equality. "If [Ober] is making that kind of statement then I believe he is out of touch with his community," Arcuri said of Ober, who has lived in Ridgewood since 1980. "In CB5 the majority has shown that they strongly support the traditional family structure and traditional marriage between a man and a woman." To Arcuri, the community has always been the same. As a resident of Glendale since 1944, he has witnessed the importance that religion holds within the hearts and minds of resi-
dents living within CB5. "Since the beginning of mankind it was stated in the Bible that marriage was for propagating the faith and procreating," Arcuri said. "You can't produce people in a same-sex marriage, and that's how many CB5 residents feel." The neighborhood's diverse cultures have always looked to religion for their principles and traditions, and because of this foundation Arcuri believes the majority of the residents in CB5 are opposed to the legalization of same-sex marriage. At a recent general assembly meeting, CB5 reached out to a broad range of its residents to establish a line of communication and find out what the needs and concerns of the community were. Lasting more than three hours, the public forum gathered some 80 responses from a wide cross-section, including residents of all ages, ethnicities and backgrounds. Not one person brought up the subject of gay marriage, Arcuri said. "Out of 200,000 residents in this community, many of whom are seniors and families, the major issues here are education, health care, housing, as well as senior and youth activities,"
Arcuri said. "This is what the nucleus of the community brought up - not same-sex marriage." Arcuri does admit that the religious element combating same-sex marriage has lost its ferocity in recent years, but he said that there is still an overwhelming majority that feels that state legislators are overlooking the needs of a greater population in need of essential services. "I have to feel sorry for the legislators because they are being pushed to move on the same-sex marriage issue," said Arcuri, who said he wants to see legislators push for more vital issues like jobs, health care and education. "It's almost as if they are pushing the majority of New York State aside to address the needs of a small minority group." Despite his stance on the issue of same-sex marriage, Arcuri believes that a person's sexual orientation does not bother the community at large. "We have no problem with anyone's lifestyle in this community," Arcuri said. "We just stick to the tradition of a marriage between a man and a woman around here." Reach Reporter Jason Banrey at email@example.com or (718) 357-7400, Ext. 128.
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Time To Celebrate:
Pride Parade, Festival Set For June 5 The 19th Annual Queens Pride Parade and Multicultural Festival in Jackson Heights kicks off at noon. There is a Reviewing Stand on the parade route where hosts will announce the groups and the judges will cast their votes on parade participants to win the “Queenie Awards”. The parade starts at 85th Street and 37th Avenue, and goes down 37th Avenue, ending at 75th Street. Come be a part of this historic event on Sunday, June 5.
The Festival The Multicultural Festival begins at noon and ends at 6 p.m. The Multicultural Festival is on 37th Road and stretches from 73rd Street to 77th Street. Would you like to be a vendor at the Festival? Register online at clearviewfestival.com. The Stage Right smack in the middle of it all is the Main Stage, featuring rally speakers, community group perfor-
Prizes To Be Awarded At 19th Pride Festival registered and have checked-in for the parade. At the reviewing stand in front of the U.S. Post Office, located at 37th Avenue between 79th and 78th Streets, you will stop to face the judges and display your group’s banner or sign. Any group that is performing should limit their presentation to no more than two minutes. Since our parade is held within a residential neighborhood, we expect all participants to obey all laws pertaining to public decency and nudity. Hey, if you wouldn’t do it in front of your mother, you shouldn’t do it at the parade. Please, keep it covered. Any group not adhering to this guideline will be disqualified. For further information regarding the Queenie Awards or to register for the march, contact Neal Stone, March Committee Chair by phone at: (718) 228-7599 or by e-mail at: firstname.lastname@example.org. See you on Sunday, June 5, 2011 for the 19th Annual Queens Lesbian And Gay Pride Parade And Multicultural Festival.
It’s A Celebration:
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The Queens Lesbian And Gay Pride Committee is proud to announce that parade participants will compete for the Queenie Awards in the following categories: The Drag Race – Need we say more? 1st prize $250, 2nd prize $150, 3rd prize $100 The Rainbow Award – Awarded to the group with the best use of color. Work those outfits, banners and vehicles, boys and girls. The Screaming Queens Award – Awarded to the group with the best sound—be it chanting, singing, a band, live or pre-recorded, make noise. The Screaming Theme Award – Awarded to the group that best illustrates our 2011 theme – “Pride Around The World.” The Bar Excellence Award – Awarded to the bar or club with the best representation. The Simply The Best Award – Really, must this be explained? The rules are simple: your group must be
Sen. Jose Peralta, Comptroller John Liu, Councilman Danny Dromm, Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer, U.S. Rep. Joe Crowley, Council Speaker Christine Quinn and the mother of the late Edgar Garzon lead the 2010 Queens Pride Parade.
mances and fabulous talent. The Main Stage starts at 1:30 p.m. and the last act ends at 6 p.m. Queens Pride is inviting musicians and performing artists interested in appearing at this year’s Pride Festival Main Stage on Sunday, June 5 to register. Go to queenspride.com/ ArtistSubmission.php The parade route in Jackson Heights. to sign up. If you can’t make it to the stage you can go to From either direction, you get off at queenspride.com to watch the show the Broadway/Roosevelt Ave. exit streamed live from the Web. You can ramp. Then drive up Broadway three also visit the Atlantis Stage run by Club blocks to the intersection of 37th Road Atlantis at the intersection of 77th and Broadway to reach the festival. Street and 37th Road. The parade route is one block away from the festival on 37th Avenue beDirections tween 75th and 89th Streets. By Public Transportation, take the E,F, R , G s u b w a y t r a i n s t o t h e Floats Roosevelt Avenue/Jackson Heights Interested in having a float in the station, or take the 7 subway train to parade? Here is a place that rents the 74th Street - Broadway station. trucks: Barn Rentals, 57-05 BroadBoth of these stations are connected way, Woodside. Call (718) 426-7039 to transfer. or go to barntruckrental.com. They By Car, the nearest expressway is have flatbed trucks, flatbed trailers the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway. and tow vehicles.
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The Time Has Come:
Pride Parade Evolves From Defiance To Celebration Of Life And Culture By JASON BANREY This year’s Queens Pride Parade and Festival will bring a colorfully, edgy and flamboyant flair to Jackson Heights. Entering its 19th year, the parade has become a staple in the neighborhood and an event not only the LGBT community enjoys, but also an event to which residents of the borough as well as others beyond its borders look forward to. One of the largest annual events in the borough, the Pride Parade has its turbulent beginnings within a neighborhood that once disregarded its LGBT community.
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From Darkness, Light Rising through the shadows, behind the closet, the LGBT community has eventually come out to boroughwide acceptance. Although it has grown to become an inclusively tolerant occasion, its origins were sparked by two pivotal events. One of those cultural catalysts was the beating and murder of Julio Rivera, a gay man who lived in Jackson Heights, by three men later identified as members of a racist group. Rivera’s murder became the final straw for the LGBT community, causing an uproar not only within Jackson Heights, but throughout the city. Chris Calvert, co-chair of the Queens Lesbian and Gay Pride Committee, which runs the annual event, has witnessed the community come together to remember such incidents of hate. Now working in an attempt to extinguish hatred, Calvert feels the community is united against never allowing a hate crime to happen again. “Although there have still been some recent incidents of hate in the past couple of years, I think the community has changed tremendously since [Rivera]
was murdered,” Calvert said. The first Queens Pride Parade, held in June 1993, brought a crowd of about 10,000 to 37th Avenue in Jackson Heights, matching past PS 69,. Rivera had been killed in the schoolyard. The decision of the route was made by organizers to highlight the significance of his death to the LGBT population. In what developed from a grim incident, the parade now draws more than 40,000 participants and onlookers. With more than 70 groups taking part in the parade, the number of participants continues to grow, which is a sign that Calvert believes resonates directly from a community that has healed from past wounds. “This event has become about what people are doing for the community,” Calvert said. “There is definitely a sign that shows Jackson Heights residents are helping the community move forward.” Respecting The Rainbow For Councilman Danny Dromm (DJackson Heights), one of the Pride Parade co-founders, the controversy of “Children of the Rainbow Curriculum” within the City school system became a seminal event for creating the annual LGBT celebration. Aimed at teaching children to respect the city’s diverse population and its wide range of race, religion, ethnicities, the curriculum also incorporated tolerance of different sexual orientations. Within the “Rainbow Curriculum,” three pages were dedicated towards LGBT families. If a teacher was made aware of a child who came from a same-sex household, Dromm said the curriculum was to be taught to help
address the issues the student may be going through. In September 1992, as the curriculum was introduced, Dromm declared he was an openly gay teacher, quickly becoming an advocate for reform in how children were educated about the LGBT community. Met with opposition, Dromm continued to press on in the face of adversity. Galvanizing the LGBT community throughout the city, he urged the need to form an event which displayed the humanity of their culture. “There was a need to teach the younger generations about LGBT issues,” Dromm said. “It was important for them to understand that these people were their family, friends and neighbors and the best way to do that was with a parade, so people could see who we were.” A Beacon Of Hope In 1993, Richard Shpuntoff, a native of Jackson Heights, saw a flier advertising the parade. He was intrigued by the event’s sudden appearance in a neighborhood which, he knew, shuttered its LGBT residents behind closed doors. “In retrospect, I feel as if it was the beginning of a civil rights movement in my neighborhood,” said Shpuntoff. “There was no way I was going to miss it.” Although Shpuntoff does admit a person’s sexual orientation has always been a hot topic since the 1970’s, he says it wasn’t always in Jackson Heights. “I was blown away,” Shpuntoff said of the event’s swift emergence. “Visually and physically, the [LGBT community] was taking a stand. They decided enough was enough, it was time to come out.”
Since the parade’s debut, 19 years ago, Shpuntoff has not missed one, serving as its official photographer for 10 years and videographer for the last eight. Each year, Shpuntoff sees the parade through the lens of his camera, capturing images of celebration and acceptance which will forever be synonymous with Jackson Heights. Looking back, Shpuntoff realizes that his passion for photography helped capture a community looking to find itself and today he believes it has. “I am proud that this has happened in the neighborhood I am from,” Shpuntoff said. “No longer does anyone feel the need to hide.” Times Change Dromm looks back at the accomplishments of the LGBT community since the parade debuted in 1993. “Back when we first marched we didn’t have a non-discrimination bill regarding employment and housing or a hate crimes bill,” Dromm said. “Now we do.” Although Dromm always imagined himself to remain a gay-rights activist, he never envisioned that nearly two decades later he would become one of the first openly gay elected officials in the borough. “I’ve been involved in the gay movement since 1972,” Dromm said. “I never thought there would be such an extensive gay movement in the outer boroughs like this.” Nonetheless, the Pride Parade and Festival is here to stay. A tribute to which Dromm believes is a testament to all the diligence, struggle and patience endured by the LGBT community over the past four decades. Reach Reporter Jason Banrey at email@example.com or (718) 357-7400, Ext. 128.
The Time Has Come:
The Tide Is Turning: Gay Councilman By DANIEL DROMM Now is the time for marriage equality in New York, and here in Queens we can lead the way. The political landscape has evolved dramatically over the past year and we must demand equality and respect for samesex couples across the state. Last session, the State Senate disappointed thousands of New Yorkers and their families by failing to pass the marriage equality bill. After that disappointing moment, Queens voters elected three Senators who, unlike their predecessors, support marriage equality. Jose Peralta, whose district overlaps with mine, is an advocate for marriage
equality in the Latino community, pro- riage equality. Neighbors are speakviding a powerful response to the anti- ing with neighbors. Sons and daughters are telling their famigay vitriol of Sen. Ruben lies. Colleagues are sharDiaz. In Astoria, Mike ing their stories with colGianaris brings a fresh perspective for a changleagues. As a result, the ing community. In northonly two Senators who voted against our families east Queens, Tony Avella in 2009 now consider ran on a pro-equality platform to defeat a 38-year themselves undecided on the issue. incumbent and virulent Passing mar riage homophobe. In addition to voting, equality would not only have an immediate effect Queens residents are havhere in New York, but ing the critical conversawould also help weaken tions needed to create Daniel Dromm the so-called Defense of broad support for mar-
Marriage Act (DOMA). Currently, DOMA prevents the federal government from recognizing same-sex marriages and relieves states of the obligation to recognize these marriages from other states. As more and more Americans and the Obama administration recognize, DOMA is blatantly unconstitutional and out of synch with our nation’s values of fairness and equality. By enacting marriage equality now, New York can help hasten its demise. The time is ripe. Our families have waited long enough. Let’s pass the marriage equality bill this time around! Daniel Dromm represents the 25th Council District in the City Council.
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Steckley Makes Faces for Army Bases By BARBARA ARNSTEIN “It was ver y humbling to go to the hospitals and see soldiers who had limbs blown apart, and to see they still have the will to go on,” said Ed Steckley, an illustrator, caricaturist, and one of 10 nat ionally-known ar tists who traveled to Iraq last October, to enter tain wounded soldier s in hospitals on Army bases by drawing caricatures for them, on a trip arranged by the National Car toonists Society and the USO. “It puts into perspective any lit tle problems that we have here, like paying the bills”, the Sunnyside re sident cont inued. “Any problem is small in comparison. We don’t always realize how lucky we are and how good we have it”. Like Ray Alma, interviewed recently for this paper, Steckley went on a 10-day trip, which included five days in Iraq, three in Kuwait and two in transit. The group of
ar t ist s i ncluded several associated w it h popular comic strips, including Mason Mastroionni (B.C.), Dave Coverly (Speedbump), Chad Car p enter (Tundra) and Bill Hinds (Tank McNamara). Before that, he and others traveled to hospitals in Texas, Washington, D.C. and Germany. The multi-talented Steckley, whose work has appeared in “Mad” magazine, “Cracked” magazine (many movie parodies, including those for the movies “Pearl Harbor”, “Unbreakable” and the James Bond adventure “Die Another Day” ) and a slew of other national publications. He developed his great talent for caricature while drawing thousands of customers at Six Flags amusement parks in Chicago, St. Louis and Massachuset t s, a talent he generously displayed in the hundreds of allin-fun exaggerated drawings that he did for appreciative militar y pat ients and staff.
Peruvian Charm Abounds adventurous taste tester, the foodie equivaEL ANZUELO FINO 86-01 Nor thern Boulevard Jackson lent of Evel Knievel, eager to sample fare from all four corners of the globe. And yet Heights still the menu offers options for safe eaters, (718) 426-8660 who prefer to stick with the simple stuff elanzuelofino.com like pastas, pitas and burgers. CUISINE: Per uvian My guest and I began our meal with a HOURS: 8 a.m. to midnight Chicken Empanada. The appetizer was PARKING: Street cooked to per fection. The crispy dough CREDIT CARDS: All Major Located inconspicuously on a Nor th- enclosure housed a well-seasoned poultry ern Boulevard corner, El Anzuelo Fino’s stuffing my guest and I devoured, leaving us both questioning why we deroyal blue awning makes the Peruvian mecca seemingly unim- RESTAURANT cided to go halfsies on the starter rather than each enjoying our posing. At outward glance, the own. Just as our empanada experestaurant blends in with the long rience drew to a close our entrees chain of eateries that line the were brought out with precision busy street. timing. El Anzuelo Fino does not set My guest ordered Arroz out to be stuck up or snooty, the Chaufa de Mariscos (seafood main motive is simple: to profried rice.) When her dish came vide the community with fine out, our eyes both widened with Peruvian cuisine. This aim is reamazement. The plate was overinforced clearly in the restaurant’s confident slogan, which as- flowing with an assortment of seafood from ser ts that El Anzuelo Fino offers the area mussels to squid. This was no skimpy serv“the best seafood and rotisserie chicken.” ing of seafood; it was almost as if the chef Based on the lunch rush of regulars, it had drained the entire Atlantic to make her would appear their self-assured mot to is meal. My guest praised the pairing of flanot merely false bravado but instead, the vors and celebrated the shrimp size noting that her plate was void of any of the shrimpy truth. After nearly three decades of existence (size-wise) crustaceans other restaurants all across the Western Hemisphere, the eat- seem to be serving. In fact, after enjoying a ery has its recipes down to a science. The sizable port ion of the plate, she was able to first El Anzuelo Fino opened in 1982 in wrap up a whole tin stuffed with seafood Lima, Peru, situated almost 3,629 miles for her next meal. I ordered an Aji de “Gallina”, a shredfrom the borough. After relocating to the United State s, owner Ami lcar Tor re s ded chicken in turmeric and Peruvian yelopened a second installment of the restau- low hot pepper cream. It was a depar ture rant in Woodhaven in 1998. After receiv- from the type of dish I typically order and I ing a warm reception in Southern Queens, was pleasantly surprised by the new taste Tor res decided to shorten the travel t ime sensations that tickled my tongue. When our entrees were wrapped up to to the restaurant for Nor thern Queens Peruvian cuisine enthusiasts by establish- make their transition into the leftover stage ing a third El Anzuelo Fino in Jackson of their life cycle, Torres came out w ith Heights in 2008. The third restaurant’s Leche Asada, a Peruvian style custard. We opening rounded out Tor res’ tradit ion of both inhaled the dish. The sweet de ssert adding a new El Anzuelo Fino location was a perfect way to close our first foray into fine Peruvian fare. with every new decade. On the ride home, we marveled at the El Anzuelo Fino is a haven for any Peruvian looking to return to their roots restaurant’s extensive take away menu. In through a traditional culinary experience. addition to offering 128 different dishes The cevice and extensive seafood offer- and an array of beverages, the eatery also ings w ill transpor t patrons to a not her awards patrons a $6 lunch special, free place, whether it be a hike in the Andres, delivery and private room rentals. All and all, it’s simple: If you’re looking a trek through the Amazon jungle, a jaunt on the shores of Tumbes or a memor y of for a taste of Per u, El Anzuelo Fino is the restaurant for you. the magnificence of Machu Picchu. –Kaitlyn Kilmetis The restaurant is also a treat for any
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“Ever y morning, we would get up before dawn, hop into a windowless C-130 airplane, and they would fly us to the next airbase,” Steckley said. “We spent a lot of time talking to the soldiers, trying to make them feel better.” When a volunteer was needed to document the entire trip, Steckley took the job. In one of his blog entries about it, he wrote, “It’s inspiring to hear everyone’s stories, learn where they’re from and to know we, as cartoonists, can indeed make a difference, even in a place as desolate Steckley and a soldier at a Middle East and barren as the Iraqi deser t.” base. Though he was not living in the discomfor t our soldiers deal with day-to-day, Steckley regularly visits local hospitals, inhe certainly appreciated all they have to deal cluding St. Mar y’s in Bayside, with other with on an ongoing basis. art ist s. “When I draw for children in hospi“The heat was relentless,” he said. “The tals, they usually put us in a recreation room sand is much finer and kicks up in clouds and have the kids come in”, he said. “We when you walk on it, and gets all over the talk with them, draw them and their parents place.” or draw whatever they want, for several Steckley saw bombed-out palaces in hours at a t ime, and tr y to cheer them up.” Baghdad, including one where there was All of his caricatures for patients give a ceiling art made by slave children and a large whole new meaning to the phrase “put a pool, never used for swimming, but as par t brave face on things.” of an interrogation area. Learn more about Steckley by visiting Be side s helping suppor t our troops, edsteckley.com.
House Of Blue Leaves: Queens On Broadway By ELYSE TREV ERS In 1965, Pop e Paul VI passed through Queens on his way to the United Nations to speak out against the Vietnam War. Using the trip as a catalyst, play wright John Guare created a cast of memorable characters living in Sunnyside in his award-winning black comedy “House of Blue Leaves.” In 1971, the Jackson H e i g h t s - r a i s e d p l ay w r i g h t won The Drama Critics’ Circle award for Best American Play, and in 1986 the Ben Stiller and Edie Falco star in “House of Blue show won the Tony for Best Leaves.” Revival of a Play. In the most recent staging, actor/comeBunny is a wonderful character, babbling dian Ben St iller plays Ar tie Shaughnessy, a ince ssantly while claiming to be an expert zookeeper, who is fr ustrated by his job and on every thing. She is supposed to be a bit trapped by his schizophrenic wife, Bananas chubby, but Leigh is as a poor a fit as the (played by the superb Edie Falco). He yearns obviously stuffed dress she is wearing. She to be a songwriter and his girlfriend, Bunny has some of the best lines, but they often fall (a terribly miscast Jennifer Jason Leigh) con- flat. With the right actress, this role should vinces him to go California to see his friend have been hysterical. Billy, a Queens boy who became a promiAr tie is torn between Bunny and hope, nent moviemaker. and Bananas and the bleak present. Edie Despite some ver y dark, serious events, Falco gives an award-wor thy performance (a terrorist bomb, several deaths, mental ill- as the mentally ill wife ironically named Baness) the script is very funny. For one thing, nanas. Falco is incredible, and when she’s Ar t ie isn’t a ver y good songwriter. His mu- on stage, it’s hard not to pay at tention to sic is ordinary and derivat ive, and often her, even when another performer is speakunwit tingly, stolen. He doe sn’t even realize ing. She’s moving her lips, twitching her that his first song “borrowed” the entire hands or staring blankly. melody of “White Christmas.” His relationThe play is about hope, mental illness and ship with Bunny is humorous as well. Al- dashed dreams. This is a dark comedy, with though Bunny is extremely generous with lots of places for laughter, although sadly often her sexual favors, she refuses to cook for not realized in this version. Often I see plays him until they are married. In the meantime, with excellent performers, but in second-rate he’s created a scrapbook filled with the dishes material. “House of Blue Leaves” is a deliciously she’s described to him. macabre play, but with the exception of Falco, St iller is adequate as Ar t ie, but a bit too is miscast. Maybe the next revival will feature stiff. He made his Broadway debut in the good actors, rather than celebrities. 1986 revival as Ronnie, the son. The family “House of Blue Leaves” is playing in a connection goes back even further when his limited engagement at the Walter Kerr Themother, Anne Meara, appeared in the origi- ater, 219 W. 48th St. Visit ticketcharge.com nal show as one of the nuns. or call (212) 239-6200 for tickets.
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TEENS REGENTS REVIEW In June Maspeth Town Hall offers Regents Review Classes. $80. 335-6049. CHESS CLUB Saturdays at the Flushing library at 2. KNIT & CROCHET Mondays at the Douglaston/ Little Neck library at 4. GAME ON! Tuesday, May 31 at 3 at the Glendale library. BOOST Tu e s d a y, M ay 3 1 a t t h e Arverne library at 3. LAPTOPS Tu e s d a y, M ay 3 1 a t t h e Laurelton library at 3. BOOK BUDDIES Tu e s d a y, M ay 3 1 a t t h e Laurelton library at 3. READING BUDDIES Tu e s d a y, M a y 3 1 a t t h e Auburndale library at 4. CHESS Wednesdays at 3:30 at the Queens Village library. TASK FORCE Thursday, May 26 at the Arverne library at 6. READING BUDDIES Thursday, May 26 at the Auburndale library. Register. RELAX & LISTEN Friday, May 27 Relax, Listen & Chat at the Bay Terrace library at 3:30. BOOST Friday, May 27 at the Arverne library at 3. TEEN BOOK BUDDIES Friday, May 27 at the Briarwood library at 3. TEEN HAPPY HOUR Friday, May 27 at the Flushing library at 3. LAPTOPS Friday, May 27 at the Laurelton library at 3. READING BUDDIES Friday, May 27 at the Auburndale library. Register. TEEN ARTS Friday, May 27 arts and crafts at the Briarwood library at 4. TEEN DRAMA CLUB Friday, May 27 at the Central library at 4.
DANCE ISRAELI FOLK Mondays 7:15-9:45 at Hillcrest Jewish Center, 18202 Union Turnpike. $10 session. 380-4145. LINE DANCING Mondays 6:30-9:30 at Kowalinski Post 4, 61-57 Maspeth Avenue. $7. Cake and coffee. 565-2259.
HEALTH YOGA CLASSES Saturdays 10-11 and Sundays 9:30-10:30 workshops on Yoga. Other classes include meditation, Ayurvedic, yoga philosophy, Sanskirt language. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce in Jackson Heights. 646-912-1885. YOGA IN THE PARK Saturdays through September 24 at Socrates Sculpture Park. 956-1819. CAPOEIRA IN THE PARK Saturdays through September at Socrates Sculpture Park. 956-1819. NARCOTICS ANONYMOUS 7 days a week. 962-6244. Flushing. PILATES IN THE PARK Sundays through September 25 at Socrates Sculpture Park. 956-1819. TAI CHI IN THE PARK Sundays through September 25 at Socrates Sculpture Park.956-1819. WAITANKUNG Sundays at 2. Waitankung is a great total-body workout. Join these ancient Chinese exercise classes in the Flushing Hospital/Medical Center auditorium on 45 th Avenue between Parsons and Burling. Free. Jimmy 7-10pm 347-2156 information. NICOTINE ANONYMOUS Mondays 6:45-8:00 at the Center for Tobacco Control, 2 2 5 C o m m u n i t y D r i ve , Great Neck. 516-510-7826. TAI CHI Mondays and Thursdays at 11 at the Cardiac Health Center in Fresh Meadows. 670-1695. $5 a class. GAM-ANON Tuesdays Free Synagogue of Flushing and Zion Episcopal Church. Wednesdays All Saints Episcopal Church in Bayside, First Presbyterian Church in Forest Hills, Church on the Hill in Flushing and United Methodist Church in Middle Village. Thursdays Free Synagogue of Flushing and Zion Episcopal Church. Call 1-877-6642469. CAREGIVERS SUPPORT E ve r y Tu e s d ay We ste r n Queens Caregiver Network in Sunnyside. 5:30-6:30. 784-6173, ext. 431. CAREGIVERS SUPPORT Every Tuesday 3:30-4:30 at the Selfhelp Clearview Senior Center, 208-11 26 th Avenue, Bayside. 631-1886. ZUMBA Wednesdays the Sisterhood of Bay Terrace Jewish Cent e r , 1 3 - 0 0 2 0 9 th S t r e e t , Bayside, will hold Zumba Fitness classes from 7:30-8:30. $8 members, $10 others. 428-6363. YOGA Wednesdays 5:30-6:30 at the Cardiac Health Center in Fresh Meadows. 6701695. $10 class. OA Thursdays at the Howard Beach library at 10:30. HATHA YOGA Thursday, May 26 at the Queensboro Hill library at 6. OA Fridays 6:30-8:30 at Unit y Center of Flushing, 42-11 1 5 5 th S t r e e t . S a t u r d a y s 10:30-noon at Resurrection
Ascension, Feely Hall, 85-18 61 st Road, Rego Park. Beginners meeting except the last Friday of each month, which is a writing meeting. CO-DEPENDENTS ANON. Fridays 10-11:45 at Resurrection Ascension Pastoral C e n t e r , 8 5 - 1 8 6 1 st R o a d , Rego Park. Women only. BLOOD DRIVE Sunday, June 12 9-2 at Queen of Angels Church in the Parish Center, 43-18 Skillman Avenue, Sunnyside. 646-541-6526.
FLEA MARKETS CRAFTS FAIR Thursday and Friday, May 26, 27 10-1:30 at PS721, 5712 94 th Street, Elmhurst. YARD SALE Saturday, May 28 Annual S p r i n g Ya rd S a l e 9 - 5 a n d Sunday, May 29 12-5 at Lutheran Church of the Redeemer, 157-16 65 th Avenue at Parsons Blvd. RUMMAGE SALE Monday, May 30 9:30-4:00 giant rummage sale. Tuesday, May 31 9:30-noon Bag Sale. Temple Beth Sholom, 171-39 Northern Blvd., Flushing. THRIFT SHOPS Saturdays 11-4 at Bargain Boutique Thrift Shop, Queens Baptist Church, 9323 217 th Street, Queens Village.465-2504.
DINNER QUEENS GO RED June 9 Queens Go Red for Women Breakfast with the American Heart Association. 516-450-9123. LICBDC REAL ESTATE June 15 breakfast in LIC. 786-5300, ext. 21. JEWISH WOMEN June 21 luncheon by the NY section of the National Council of Jewish Women. 1-800829-NCJW. CENTENNIAL 2011 September 24 Queens Chamber of Commerce will celebrate the Centennial at Terrace on the Park.
TALKS HISTORICAL SOCIETY Thursday, May 26 the Queens Historical Societ y will hold an interview with the author Stefanie Pintoff 6:30-8:00 at the Kingsland Homestead, 143-35 37 th avenue, Flushing. $5 members, $8 non-members. 939-0647, ext. 14. FRESH MEADOWS Thursday, May 26 “Lost Cit y of Z” will be discussed at 2:30 at the Fresh Meadows library.
RELIGIOUS TEMPLE BETH Monday, May 30 9:30-4:00 r u m m a g e s a l e . Tu e s d a y, May 31 9:30-noon Bag Sale. Temple Beth Sholom, 172 nd Street and Northern Blvd., Flushing. 463-4143.
Queens Today EDUCATION/GAMES/CRAFTS WOODBLOCK PRINTING Easy method in full color at the National Art League. 969-1128. JH ART CLUB Classes in all art forms days and evenings for children and adults. 454-0813. US CITIZENSHIP Saturday, May 28 Pathway to US Citizenship at the Steinway library at 3. CRAFT CLASSES Saturdays 11-3 at Maria Rose International Doll Museum in St. Albans. 2763454. SCRABBLE CLUB Saturdays at 10 at Count Basie Jr. HS, 132 nd Street and Guy R. Brewer Blvd. 8865236. PET OWNERS Saturdays (not on holiday weekends) from 1-4 free Doggie Boot Camp at Crocheron Park in Bayside (weather permitting). 4545800. Reservations required. Donations accepted. PUBLIC SPEAKING Saturdays, June 4, 18 learn to communicate effectively at Elmhurst Hospital. 646436-7940. BRIDGE CLUB Mondays except holidays 12-4 at Pride of Judea in Douglaston. Lesson & play $10. Partners arranged. 4236200. KNIT & CROCHET Mondays at the Douglaston/ Little Neck library at 4. DRAWING CLASS Mondays at the National Art League in Douglaston. 3610628. LINE DANCE Mondays beginner to intermediate lessons 6-9 in Bayside. 917-886-0519. ADULT CHESS Mondays and Thursdays at the Queens Village library at 5:30. BEGIN ENGLISH
Mondays and Wednesdays free Beginners English Classes 10-11:30 at the Pomonok Senior Center, 6709 Kissena Blvd., Flushing. 591-3377. COMPUTER CLASS Tu e s d a y, M ay 3 1 a t t h e Rosedale library at 10:30. BASIC COMPUTER Tuesdays, May 31, June 7 at the Glendale library. Register. QUILTERS Tuesdays at the Richmond Hill library from 12-2. SCRABBLE CLUB Tuesdays at the East Flushing library at 3:30. GET YOUR YARNS OUT! Tuesdays after evening Minyan at 8, knitters, crocheters, needlepointers, and others meet at the Forest Hills Jewish Center. 263-7000, ext. 200. DUPLICATE BRIDGE Wednesdays 10:30-3:00 at the Reform Temple of Forest Hills. $12 session, includes light lunch. 2612900 INDOOR SOCCER – DADS Wednesday evenings at the Forest Hills Jewish Center. 263-7000. OIL PAINTING CLASS Wednesdays 6-8 adult classes, all levels. Grace Lutheran Church in Forest Hills. 472-4055. WATERCOLOR CL ASS Wednesdays at 9:30 at NAL. Traditional and contemporary, all levels. 969-1128. YOUR CAREER Thursday, May 26 “Taking C h a r g e o f Yo u r C a re e r ” from 1:30-3:00 at the Central library. US CITIZENSHIP Thursday, May 26 Pathway to US Citizenship at the Sunnyside library at 5:30. COMPUTER CLASSES Thursday, May 26 at the Rosedale library at 6. INTRO EXCEL
Thursday, May 26 at the Pomonok library. Register. INTRO POWERPOINT Thursday, May 26 at the Pomonok library. Register. CAREER POTENTIAL Thursday, May 26 discover your career potential at the Central library at 3. QUILTING CLASSES Thursdays 10-2 at the Maria Rose Doll Museum in St. Albans. 276-3454 or 917817-8653 to register. QUILTERS Thursdays at the East Elmhurst library at 12:30. CHESS CLUB Thursdays at the East Flushing library. Register. COMPUTER CLASS Thursdays at the Queensboro Hill library. Register. KNIT & CROCHET Thursdays at the Fresh Meadows library at 6. QUILTING CLUB Thursday, May 26 at the Laurelton library at 6. JOB SEARCH Thursday, May 26 job search and networking strategies at the Richmond Hill library at 6. BALLROOM DANCING Thursday, May 26 for beginners at the Woodside library at 6:30. PAINTING WORKSHOP Fridays through June 24 N e w C re a t i v i t y a n d A d vanced Painting Workshop at National Art League. 1-646546-2296. KNITTING CLUB Fridays at the Maspeth library at 10. KNIT & CROCHET Fridays at the Fresh Meadows library at 10:30. BASIC COMPUTER Friday, May 27 at the Auburndale library at 11. COMPUTER CLASS Friday, May 27 at the Middle Village librar y. Register.
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Check out the newest Roosevelt Elk at the Queens Zoo, located in Flushing Meadows Corona Park.
During this Memorial Day, Let us reflect on all we have to be thankful for in our family and community. Assemblyman
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On This Memorial Day, 2011, We Honor Our Men And Women Of The Armed Services Who Gave Their Lives For Our Country NYC Council Member
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Queens Today YOUTH QUEENS LIBRARIES Many branches of the Queensborough Library offer toddler and pre-school programs. Contact your local branch for dates. SCULPTURE PARK Saturdays through September 24 the Socrates Sculpture Park will hold drop-in workshops for families. FAMILY STORY TIME Saturday, May 28 at the Lefferts library at 2:30. MATH HELP Saturdays at the Flushing library at 10. SCIENCE LAB Saturday, May 28 at the Central library at 11. CHESS CLUB Saturdays at the Flushing library at 2. S TORY TIMES Saturdays at 11 and Tuesdays at 10:30 weekly story times at Barnes & Noble, 1766 0 Un i o n Tu r n p i ke , Fre s h Meadows. KNIT & CROCHET Mondays at 4 at the Douglaston/Little Neck lib ra r y. B r i n g n e e d l e s a n d yarn. BOOST Tu e s d a y, M a y 3 1 a t t h e Arverne library at 3. BOOK BUDDIES Tu e s d a y, M ay 2 4 a t t h e Hillcrest library at 3:30. READING BUDDIES
Tu e s d a y, M ay 3 1 a t t h e Auburndale libra ry. Register. BALLOON SCULPTING Tu e s d a y, M ay 2 4 a t t h e Rego Park library. Register. PENGUIN EXPLORERS Tuesday, May 24 at the Corona library at 4. NUTRITION WORKSHOP Tu e s d a y, M ay 2 4 a t t h e Laurelton library. Register. CIRCLE OF FRIENDS Tuesday, May 31 at t he Glen Oaks library at 11. BOOST READING Tu e s d a y, M ay 3 1 a t t h e McGoldrick library at 5. CHESS Wednesdays at the Queens Village library at 3:30. BOOST Thursday, May 26 at the Arverne library at 3. GAMING FUN Thursday, May 26 at the Lefrak Cit y library at 3:30. KICKBALL CRAFT Thursday, May 26 Cambria Heights library at 3:30. MAY CRAFT Thursday, May 26 Windsor Park library. Register. BUTT BOOK Thursday, May 26 at the Kew Gardens Hills library at 4:30. READING BUDDIES Thursday, May 26 at the Auburndale library. Register. ARTS & CRAFTS
Thursday, May 26 at the Auburndale library at 4. BOOST SCIENCE Thursday, May 26 at the McGoldrick library at 5. T WILIGHT TALES Thursday, May 26 at the Douglaston-Little Neck librar y. Register. FAMILY PLAY TIME Friday, May 27 at the Q u e e n s b o r o u g h l i b r a r y. Register. READING BUDDIES Friday, May 27 at the Auburndale library. Register. GO GREEN Friday, May 27 Go green with sustainable design at the Flushing library at 4. YU-GI-OH TOURNAMENT Friday, May 27 at the Queensboro Hill library at 4. BOOST Friday, May 27 Boost Game Day at the McGoldrick library at 5. CHESS CLUB Fridays at the Poppenhusen library at 3:30. GAME DAY Fridays at 3:30 at the Queens Village library. GAME TIME Friday, May 27 at the Windsor Park library at 4. CHESS CLUB Friday, May 27 at the Douglaston/Little Neck librar y. Register.
Have a safe and happy Memorial Day!
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To the brave men and women of the Armed Forces and their families And to those who lost their lives defending liberty, Thank You!
DESIGN FOR MURDER Fridays and Saturdays, May 27, 28 and Saturday, May 28 at 2 at Zion Episcopal Church in Douglaston. $15. 482-3332. MAIDS 2:45E Saturday, Thursday-Saturday, May 26-28 at 7:30 at LaGuardia Performing Arts Center.
KILLING KOMPANY Friday, June 3 “Graduation to Murder” at Riccardo’s in Astoria. The Killing Company performs mystery dinner shows. 1-888-SHOOTEM for information. ANNIE AUDITIONS Tuesday and Thursday, June 14, 16 at 7:30 Theatre by the Bay will hold auditions
for “Annie Get Your Gun.” 428-6363.
MISCELLANEOUS DOG/CAT VACCINE Through July 30 Petland Discount locations offer low cost dog and cat vaccinations. Contact your local store.
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Happy LGBT Pride Month Matthew Silverstein Democratic State Committeeman, 26th AD Award-winning pianist and singer/songwriter Lisa Occhino will per form Tuesday, June 21, at 2 p.m. at the annual Make Music New York festival at Court Square on Long Island Cit y.
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Queens Today SENIORS SENIOR CHORUS Like to sing? The AARP Queens Chorus holds practice rehearsals for performances at nursing homes, rehab and senior centers. 523-1330. FREE LUNCH Saturday, June 18 a t A l l Saints Church in Richmond Hill. 849-2352 reservations. ELDER LAW Thursday, June 2 at 2 at the Woodhaven library and 6:30 at the White stone libra r y. Monday, June 6 at 6:30 at t h e D o u g l a s t o n l i b ra r y. Thursday, June 16 at 6:30 at the Bay Terrace librar y. “Elder Law, Estate Planning, Trusts & Asset Protection.” CLEARVIEW Friday, May 27 Current
Events at 12:45. Clearview Senior Center, 208-11 26 th Avenue, Bayside. 224-7888. AARP 1405 AARP 1405 meets at the B ow n e Str e e t C o m m u n i t y Church, 143-11 Roosevelt Avenue at 1. CAREGIVERS Ever y Tuesday Caregivers Support group at 3:30-4:30 at the Selfhelp Clearview Senior Center, 208-11 26 th Avenue, Bayside. 631-1886. STAY WELL Wednesdays at 10:15 at the East Elmhurst library for exercise and other health related programs. WOMANSPACE Wednesdays Womanspace, a discussion group devoted to issues concerning
women, meets 1-3 at the Great Neck Senior Center, 80 Grace Avenue. New members welcome. STARS Friday, May 27 at 10:30 at the Queens Village library. Senior Theater Acting Repertory meets. HORIZONS CLUB Thursday, May 26 the Senior Quartet performs at a meeting of Horizons, for those 55 and over, at the Re fo r m Te m p l e o f F o r e st Hills, 71-11 112 th Street at noon. $3 includes coffee and cake. FREE LUNCH Saturdays, May 28, June 25 at Church of the Resurrection in Kew Gardens. 8472649 reservations.
MEETINGS JEWISH VETS Sunday, June 26 Jewish War Veterans of the USA Lipsky/ Blum Post meet at the Garden Jewish Center. 4634742. ST. ALBANS CIVIC Sunday, June 26 St. Albans Civic Improvement Association meets at 1:30 at St. Albans Lutheran Church, 200 th Street and 119 th Avenue in the undercroft. 2764263. TOASTMASTERS Mondays, June 6, 20 True Potential Toastmasters meet at 7:10. 646-269-1577.
MEN’S CLUB SOCCER Tuesday evenings at the Forest Hills Jewish Center. 2637000. WOMANSPACE Wednesdays Womanspace, a discussion group devoted to issues concerning women, meets 1-3 at the Great Neck Senior Center, 80 Grace Avenue. New members welcome. FH VAC Wednesdays, June 22, July 27 Forest Hills Volunteer Ambulance Corp meets. 793-2055. ADVANCED TOASTMASTER
Thursday, May 26 learn the art and science of public speaking. 5256830. HORIZONS CLUB Thursday, May 26 the Senior Quartet performs at a meeting of Horizons, for those 55 and over, at the Re fo r m Te m p l e o f F o r e st Hills, 71-11 112 th Street at noon. $3 includes coffee and cake. WOMAN’S GROUP Fridays the Woman’s Group of Jamaica Estates meets at noon. Call 461-3193 for information.
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ENTERTAINMENT ASTORIA HISTORICAL Saturday, June 4 “Episode 6: New York: A Documentary” at 1. Free. Sunday, June 5 walking tour of Old Astoria Village. $10 at 11am. Monday, June 6 Documentary on Newtown Creek at 7. $5. Saturday, June 18 History Round Table with the events of t he Civil War in 1861 at 1. $5. Greater Astoria Historical Societ y, 35-20 Broadway, 4 th floor. 278-0700. MOVING IMAGE Friday, May 27 independently animated: An Evening with Bill Plympton. Saturday, May 28 “ Pe r s e p o l i s , ” “A d ve n t u re s in Plymptoons,” “Hair High” and “Idiots and Angels.” Sunday, May 29 “Persepolis, “Bodyguards and Assassins” and “Serpico.” Museum of the Moving Image, 35 th Avenue and 37 th Street, Astoria. $10 adults. 777-6888. STAMP SHOW Sunday, June 26 Bayside Stamp Show at the Ramada Inn in Bayside. 10-4:30. Free. POETRY NIGHT Thursday, May 26 PS 135 poetry night at 7 at Barnes & Noble, 176-60 Union Turnpike, Fresh Meadows. OPEN MIC Thursday, May 26 open mic, East Elmhurst library at 6. LIVE JAZZ Fridays through December 13 at 180-25 Linden Blvd..,
St. Albans. 347-262-1169 ticket information. SHERRY CHOW GROUP Saturday, May 28 chamber music at Flushing library, 2. SEUSSICAL Saturday, May 28 at Queens Theatre in the Park. 760-0064. JAMAICA BAY CRUISE Saturdays, May 28, June 18 Jamaica Bay Cruise 4-7 from
Brooklyn. 318-9344. MEMORIAL PARADE Sunday, May 29 at 2 at the intersection of 28 th Avenue and College Point Blvd., ending at 5 th Avenue and 119 th Street. CEREMONY & PARADE Monday, May 30 at the Whitestone Memorial Field, 149 th Street and 15 th Drive starting at 11.
Warriors & Weapons:
Dramatic African art, modern Amazonian dress and weaponr y and selec ted work from advanced Queensborough Communit y College art students are on exhibit at the Queensborough Communit y College Art Gallery.
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Boro Rallies Over FDNY Closures there are priorities,” said Borough President Helen Marshall. “I believe that keeping firehouses open should have been one of them. These units not only respond to fires, but also medical emergencies, gas leaks, auto accidents and a multitude of other emergencies, and perform building safety inspections.” The City included a list of the estimated effects on response times to emergencies in the potentially-closing fire companies’ areas. While most went up by a little over a minute, many crossed the four-minute mark for first arrivals. Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer (DSunnyside), whose district is served by Ladder 128, expressed concern over his firehouse’s possible closure. “I stand with the New York City firefighters
Bayside area leaders united outside of Engine 306 on 41st Avenue to decr y the mayor ’s plan to close 20 firehouses cit ywide, including four in Queens.
Parkgoers Seem Split On New Smoking Ban right to ban it in public places, she said. “It’s wrong. You shouldn’t be told when and where you can smoke,” she said. Another parent that disagreed with the ban was Orit Ezrani of Bayside. People have the right to smoke cigarettes, but if it is around children, that is crossing the line, Ezrani said. “I don’t think people have the right to tell people not to smoke in the park,” she said. Teacher Monica Rucynski, who grew up in Bayside and currently lives in Mineola, said she is thrilled that the government banned smoking in parks because it is disgusting and a bad influence on children. Unlike other mothers at the park, she said she believes that no civil rights are being violated by banning smoking in public. Dilcia Santos, 32, of Bayside, who has three children ages 7, 6 and 4 said she couldn’t be happier that the new law was passed. With her children always in parks having fun, they need to be in a safe environment, she said. Her sister Erica echoed Santos’ sentiment and said she feels that children shouldn’t have to inhale second hand smoke. Reach Intern Jason Cohen at firstname.lastname@example.org or (718) 3577400, Ext. 124.
this city will be impacted, its safety compromised and its residents put at risk – this is unacceptable,” Crowley said. “If the City moves forward with any of these closures, people who could have been saved will die.” In Bayside, Councilman Dan Halloran, Assemblyman Ed Braunstein and Sen. Tony Avella united to decry the potential closing of Engine 306. Other rallies and press conferences sprang up. The Woodhaven Residents’ Block Association and the Richmond Hill Block Association plan a June 5 rally to save Engine 294. Reach Deputy Editor Joseph Orovic at email@example.com or (718) 3577400, Ext. 127.
More Than 9,000 Jobs Created By Rail Project By DOMENICK RAFTER More details are emerging about the Harold Interlocking project in Sunnyside Yards, which received a $295 million boost from federal rail subsidies rejected by Florida. The project is expected to create 9,213 jobs over the five years it will be constructed and boost economic activity by more than a half a billion dollars, according to a report conducted by U.S. Rep. Carolyn Maloney (DAstoria), who announced the findings at a press conference on Skillman Avenue in Sunnyside, only feet from the interlocking. “This project will relieve one of the worst choke points in our entire transit system, pave the way for high-speed rail, and boost the economy by more than a half-billion dollars,” Maloney said. “New Yorkers know the value of investing in transit and we didn’t think twice about pursuing this funding after Florida foolishly rejected it.” The project will alleviate a problem that plagues commuters at the busiest rail intersection in the country. It will give Amtrak trains their own dedicated track, so those trains will not have to cross tracks used by the Long Island Rail Road. The U.S. Dept. of Transportation said the Harold Interlocking project would have to be completed before high-speed rail can commence between New York and Boston. Maloney said the project and the Obama
administration’s high-speed rail plans are important to New York and the country. Highspeed rail has become a major means of transportation in Europe, Japan and China, and the rail system in the U.S. is “being left behind.” “There is a place for government spending on infrastructure,” said Denise Richardson, managing director of the General Contractors Association of New York, noting that the Northeast Corridor is a “profitable” railroad line. The $295 million allocated comes from the $787 billion American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009; the “stimulus” bill passed in February 2009. The total cost of the Harold Interlocking is $368 million; the state will make up the rest of the funding. The project is expected to break ground next year and be completed in 2017. The project is part of a larger master plan for the site, which includes the East Side Access tunnels currently under construction on the west side of the year. That project, which will be completed in 2016, will bring the LIRR to Grand Central Terminal. The plan also includes a Sunnyside LIRR station at Skillman Avenue and Queens Boulevard, which will make the area more attractive for commercial development. Reach Reporter Domenick Rafter at firstname.lastname@example.org or (718) 3577400, Ext. 125.
A firefighter inspects the Rite Aid building and a car that crashed into it at 65th Avenue and Woodhaven Boulevard in Rego Park Monday morning.
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By JASON COHEN Residents of New York City can now breathe easier. On Monday, a law banning smoking at parks, beaches and pedestrian plazas went into effect. New York is now the largest city in the country to ban smoking in public areas. The City has become an even more smoke-free place after already banning smoking in restaurants and bars. If caught smoking, a $50 fine will be enforced. However, upon visiting parks in Queens, residents seemed split on the recent ban. While many parents are against smoking in public, the question of whether the government has the right to ban smoking in a public place comes into play. Bayside’s Crocheron Park is often filled with families, kids playing baseball, basketball, tennis and on the playground. Although smoking doesn’t often occur there, parents there had mixed feelings about the new ban. A mother from Flushing, who wished to remain anonymous, was at the park supporting her son in his baseball game, and said she knows firsthand about smoking since she was a smoker for 20 years. Although smoking is bad, especially when children are around, it does not give the government the
that risk their lives each day to make us safe, and call on this administration restore all firehouses slated for closure,” he said. “We must continue to do everything possible to ensure these firehouses remain open for our neighborhoods to be safe and response times to remain low.” Council members Elizabeth Crowley (DMiddle Village) and Peter Vallone Jr. (DAstoria), who chair the Council’s Fire and Criminal Justice Committee and Public Safety Committee respectively, held a joint rally on May 16 on the steps of City Hall. “The Mayor’s list of the 20 targeted company closings illustrates how every corner of
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By JOSEPH OROV IC Mayor Mike Bloomberg released a list of 20 fire companies slated for potential closure as a result of budget cuts, four of which are in Queens. Engine 294 at 101-20 Jamaica Ave., Richmond Hill; Engine 306 at 40-18 214th Place, Bayside; Engine 328 at 16-19 Central Ave., Far Rockaway; and Ladder 128 at 33-51 Greenpoint Ave., Sunnyside were all on the Mayor’s list for possible closure. If implemented, the moves could save the City $55 million. The outcry by local elected officials was nearly instantaneous and unanimously against the shuttering of any fire houses. “Surely, in a budget of $67.2 billion that allocates less than 3 percent to the FDNY,
Edit Page In Our Opinion:
For Marriage Equality Queens has been a social leader since its inception. From the brave men who confronted authorities to demand equal protection for all religion in the signing of the Flushing Remonstrance to the fearless souls who rode for social freedom in the South during the Civil Rights era – some even paying for that freedom with their lives, we have always stood on the forefront of what is right. How then, could it be possible that our elected leaders are not united in demanding equality, freedom and justice for all of our residents, friends and neighbors? How is it possible that two of our Queens State Senators – Joe Addabbo Jr. and Shirley Huntley – are still “undecided” on the issue of marriage equality? Why would they not speak publicly – to this newspaper, for this edition – to explain their position? Their previous votes in 2009 opposing basic civil rights for a large percentage of our population were a slap in the face to all that is right about our borough. No, not everybody agrees that marriage between same sex partners is right under God’s eye or from some people’s personal, moral perspective. But there used to be people who saw negro slaves as three-fifths human; who thought women lacked the mental capacity to cast important votes; who thought that people of certain nationalities were “less than” the rest of us. That bigotry, ignorance and prejudice is now looked upon with disdain and a feeling of sadness for the blemishes left on our society by that perverse history. The harm of such contemptuous thinking is still felt today. To continue to deny same sex couples equality feeds into the negative stereotypes, the hatred and the bigotry members of the LGBT community face every day. To ignore their plight or worse, to allow it to continue, is deplorable. Sen. Joe Addabbo, Sen. Shirley Huntley – your silence on the matter is deafening.
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Bad Idea To The Editor: The Tribune’s special issue on homosexuality is of great importance because, as the Tribune states, “[Gays]...are a market with considerable disposable income.” Are there no more important reasons to debate this issue? Actually, I believe the issue has already been discussed, argued and debated to a point of banality. Are the sexual proclivities of consenting adults something to be extolled, as in “Gay Pride,” or to be respected as a private matter? I think the Tribune is going to create a level of resentment that will offset benefits of increased advertising revenue. Stanley Gornish, Jamaica Estates
More Diversity To The Editor: In response to John Ngai of Rego
Park, what is it that you and John Lee don’t get? We are asking for supermarkets that sell a larger assortment of non-Asian products. Why are you fixating on deli? This is a large shopping district with no diversity. When you can’t find food, clothes, shoes, etc. in your own neighborhood, you certainly have the right to complain. We are not complaining about having too much; pay attention. And as Judge Judy would say “put your listening ears on.” We want and need more diversity in this neighborhood. Mary Ann Boroz, Flushing
Misguided To The Editor: In an effort to close its current budget gap, the last week the Bloomberg administration announced that it was planning to close the FDNY’s Engine 306 in Bayside. This firehouse serves the
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Bayside and Bay Terrace area and is vital to the safety of our community. In addition, the safety repercussions of closing Engine 306 go beyond Bayside and Bay Terrace. If Engine 306 is closed, emergency responders will have to be called in from other areas. This will take assets away from areas such as Flushing, Whitestone, Douglaston and Little Neck and put those areas at additional risk as well. When a fire emergency occurs every minute counts. Closing Engine 306 will put property and lives in Northeast Queens at undue risk. I applaud our local elected officials as they have aggressively fought against the closing of Engine 306. Sen. Tony Avella, Assemblyman Ed Braunstein and Councilman Dan Halloran have worked together in a bipartisan manner to fight this travesty. They clearly recognize that our safety is of the utmost importance and they have moved quickly to stop this closure. The fact that the Bloomberg administration is proposing to close a budget gap by putting the property and lives of the residents of Northeast Queens in danger is just one example of the misguided ideology of the administration. While I understand that the city, state and federal governments are each in financial crisis, it seems that each time the city faces such a crisis, the first places the Mayor seek to cut are our schools and our emergency services (police, fire and EMS). Those areas should always be the last place we cut. In addition, on a national level, our tax dollars continue to build schools, police stations and firehouses in Iraq and Afghanistan while we are closing schools and firehouses here in New York City. It is time that our Mayor and our federal government get their priorities straight and ensure that our communities have good schools and our citizens can go to bed at night knowing that they are safe and, in the event of an emergency, an emergency responder is only moments away. Steven Anthony Behar, Bayside
It Was A Joke To The Editor: In the May 19 Queens Tribune, reader Krystyna Sevilla asked me to publicly correct my previously written letter about the renaming of the Queensborough Bridge for former Mayor Ed Koch, in which I wrote that I thought there was already a bridge name after him – the “Koch”iuszko. Of course I know the Kosciuszko Bridge was named for the Polish engineer and military hero – and Deputy Editor: Joseph Orovic
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Pension Plan To The Editor: Congratulations to Queens Assemblywoman Audrey Pheffer for being nominated to become the next Queens County Clerk. Ms. Pheffer did not obtain this appointment by replying to a classified ad in The New York Times help wanted section. Rather, serving as a long time loyal member of the Queens Party Democratic clubhouse machine going back to the days of the late Queens Borough President and leader Donald Manes earned her this promotion. Current Queens Congressman and Democratic County Chairman Joe Crowley continues to practice “to the victor goes the spoils” in rewarding his loyal political allies such as Pheffer. Many people complain about career civil servants who retire and double dip by accepting a second job and accompanying future second pension. Will Ms. Pheffer collect her pension as a former State Assemblywoman while at the same time collecting a pay check as Queens County clerk? Will Ms Pheffer end up collecting two pensions along with Social Security, winning the trifecta? At the end of the day, taxpayers will be footing much of James Mammarella
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not our former mayor and I regret that she did not see the humor in my malapropism. The point I intended to make was naming sacred pieces of our city’s infrastructure after wellcompensated politicians who profess to be “serving the public” may be a feel-good gesture to them, but it sends the wrong message to everyone else and needs to end. These guys aren’t celebrities or royalty. We don’t live in a monarchy. Their job is to represent us and mind you, they get paid very well for it. The naming of bridges and other iconic structures provides society with an opportunity to recognize truly honorable and exceptional individuals such as Tadeusz Kosciuszko whose heroism at great personal expense often goes unrecognized. A Polish military leader, an engineer and national hero, General Kosciuszko also fought bravely in the American Revolution. Unlike Mayor Koch who was simply a likeable Mayor, General Kosciuszko has earned our recognition and honor the old-fashioned way. In the last few years and against the will of the people, we lost the Triboro Bridge to RFK and the Queensboro Bridge to Mayor Koch. Give us back our Triboro and Queensboro Bridges, and until then I will continue to call them by their “real” names. Bob Friedrich, Glen Oaks
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the bill. Will Ms. Pheffer will be a profile in courage and give up one of her pensions? Or will she just be another one of the boys in the political clubhouse backroom going after whatever comes her way? Time will tell. Larry Penner, Great Neck
Thanks, Prez To The Editor: I would like to praise President Obama for coming down to Ground Zero and laying a wreath to honor all those who died on that day of infamy on Sept. 11. He also met with the families of those that died that day and those heroes like the firemen and police officers who tried to save lives. A promise was made by thenPresident George W. Bush and was finally fulfilled by President Barack Obama; that those evil doers would be brought to justice. Osama bin Laden, the mastermind, misjudged America, that we would never forget and not tire and would persevere no matter how long it would take to bring justice for all those who died on that day. I also want to commend the President’s visit to Fort Campbell, Kentucky. He had personally thanked the U.S. Navy Seals for a job well done. As President Obama said, “The terrorist leader that struck on 9/11 will never threaten America again.” It can now be said a promise was made and now is kept. He also met with the rest of the troops there and thanked them for protecting our nation. In my opinion I believe that the many men and women who have volunteered to serve our country have done so with devotion to duty, commitment and a great deal of love of country. America owes these brave men and women a wealth of gratitude and we all must not ever forget these valiant men and women and some of which have paid with their lives. They must never be forgotten. May God Bless America. Frederick R. Bedell Jr., Glen Oaks
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Want to see the Macy’s fireworks? Go to New Jersey. Do you remember the Macy’s with you. Nope, as the country fireworks display over the East celebrates its 235th anniversary – River on Independence Day last and the 125th anniversary of the year? That’s okay if you don’t – it Statue of Liberty – us folks on the was a trick question. The fairer side of Manhattan will have dunderheads at Macy’s decided to just set off our own fireworks to move the annual display to the again (which is illegal). Hudson last year, offering The good news is that in addiHoboken a spectacular view but tion to the musical standards of short-changing Queens (and that “God Bless America” and “The other borough next door) of the Star Spangled Banner,” the disfantastic display. play is to be synchronized not to Well, if you were expecting a a classical score but to the music happy ending to the story and of Everclear, Katy Perry and were looking forward to watching LeeAnn Rimes. the fireworks from Western Hmmm… we might not be missQueens, you’d better bring a TV ing out on that much after all.
Doe, A Deer… Last week, officers of the 111th Precinct in Bayside were delivered a diminutive doe by an anonymous local resident. Estimated between three to four weeks old, the baby deer gave the boys-in-blue a surreal surprise they had never encountered before. Although the precinct’s community affairs officer did state that “some guy” came in, and dropped off the eight pound doe, rumor has it that the small creature fled the frantic forests for the much more controlled and serene environment of the Bayside’s community. The doe is scheduled to be raised in the protection of a wildlife nonprofit organization until it is of age to be released by itself into the wild.
Icela David is constantly on the go. Whether she is running, lifting weights or playing racquetball, the aspiring model and film director never has enough on her plate. Though she grew up in the Bronx, Icela moved to Queens seven years ago, and this is definitely the place for her. “Everything that I could possibly need or want I can walk to,” Icela said. For the past three years, she has been modeling part time and attempting to build up her portfolio with fitness and lingerie shoots for Model Rehab, Model Mayhem and Marcus Aurelius Photography. Although she hasn’t been paid for any of her work yet, she is enjoying it. “I haven’t devoted 100 percent of my time to it,” she said. “It’s more fun than anything.” Her true passion in life is producing and directing. After receiving her B.A. in Film Studies from Hunter College she worked at various television studios including MTV where she produced, edited and logged video. Eventually, she expanded her horizons to the movie industry. While working as an assistant producer at a television company, she met Philip, who has changed her life, she said. Together, they have written two film scripts, “Button Man” and “Enemy Mind.” For the past year, they have been filming a trailer for “Enemy Mind.” However, it is difficult finding agents who will take their work, because many agencies don’t take unsolicited, she said. They are also working on two other scripts. While she isn’t writing, producing or modeling, she is at the gym lifting weights, running at Forest Park, doing yoga or playing racquetball with Philip. All of this physical activity and modeling is helping her prepare for figure competition in Hartford, Conn., in July. “I try to keep myself busy I get bored quickly,” Icela said. To read her blog you can go to shapelyalterations.com.
Icela David Richmond Hill Age: 35 Height: 5’ 3" Weight: 130lbs. Stats: 34-25-34
We at QConf have a love-hate relationship with press releases. We hate their ability to prevent a scoop, yet manage to provide virtually no information. We love press releases rife with typos, or general flubs. So imagine our delight when Councilman Dan Halloran and Assemblyman Ed Braunstein sent out a press release decrying the proposed closure of Whitestone’s FDNY Engine 320… accompanied by a photo of the duo in front of a police car. We won’t accuse them of being Johnny Come Lately’s on the issue. Nor were there any flagrant grammatical errors or typos. Overall, good job. But Dan… Ed…, next time you want the FDNY to think you care about them, take a picture in front of a fire truck.
Tired of those boring inflight movies? Passengers on one Chicago to New York Delta flight recently got to see something much more exciting than “Hot Tub Time Machine.” As Delta Flight 6562 was preparing to land at JFK on May 7, a young woman, said to be around 30 years old, decided the TSA shouldn’t be the only people to get a look. She took off all her clothes, leading flight attendants to try to cover her up with a blanket, which she resisted. Upon landing, she was taken to Jamaica Hospital for evaluation – and presumably clothes.
Maybe Next Time
Confidentially, New York . . . Republican Councilman Dan Halloran and Democratic Assemblyman Ed Braunstein are upset about cuts to the what? Judgment Day has come and gone once again. Harold Camping, a Christian radio broadcaster and president of Family Radio, spent millions, plastering billboards across the country this year in an attempt to convince the masses that the world would come to an end May 21. After failing to predict doomsday back in 1994, Camping was at it again, enlisting the help of “latter day prophets” to spread his message all over the world. Waiting anxiously for the Camping’s “fantastically great earthquake” to swallow all of earth’s inhabitants into oblivion many of us at QConf counted down the clock to the end. In a less than dramatic fashion, Saturday was just as plain as any other. When nothing more than a leaf shook we all thanked the heavens for Camping’s epic failure. Harold, better luck next year.
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A young girl shows her pride for her parents at the 2010 Queens Pride Parade.
Photo by Ira Cohen
Piecemeal rights doled out in small amounts are mere pittances to this child, proud of her two gay parents. It is time for the nonsense to stop. Gay marriage is a civil right, just the same as racial equality, and just as important as allowing women to vote. It is not about gay sex, AIDS, fear or religion. It is about treating all human beings equally, fairly and with respect. It is about bringing families together. We must put an end to the absurd notion that there is an “us and them.” We are all the same; we should all be treated – and afforded the rights – as such. It is time to act.