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Vol. 43, No. 36 Sept. 5-11, 2013 queenstribune.com
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This yearâ€™s mayoral election began as a sleeper and moved towards becoming a circus, but it has always represented a critical moment for every New Yorker. While each and every succeeding Mayor may be compared to Michael Bloomberg and the management changes he has brought to governing New York, the next Mayor will require a different set of skills to manage a city that has become more diverse and, at the same time, segregated in social and economic levels. We are a city of immigrants. New immigrants will dominate the political landscape. The City will require a Mayor that has management skills and, more importantly, the temperament to bring all segments of our City together. We believe that Bill Thompson is who New Yorkers need. A person who will govern with civility and humanity, and who has the skills to address the critical legislative and financial problems that the new administration will face come January. Endorsements continue on Page 6.
What Mayoral Candidate Wants To
CREATE MORE POT HEADS?
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“Mr. Lhota favors legalizing marijuana...”
Say It Ain’t So, Joe!
- New York Post, 8/27/13
- New York Times, 12/24/12
MARIJUANA HAS BEEN LINKED TO ADDITIONAL DRUG ABUSE
Lhota’s Plan Could Threaten Our Families Safety, Inviting Criminal Activities Into Our Neighborhoods & Schools Pot Use by Teenagers Is Known to Lower IQ’s
SAVE OUR CHILDREN! Lhota Wants To “Water Down” New York Drug Laws - Breitbart.com, 4/8/13
Vote NO On Joe Lhota!
This Will Put More Drug Dealers & Criminals On City Streets!
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Thompson Takes Final Queens Tour BY NATALIA KOZIKOWSKA Staff Writer Just days before the Sept. 10 primary election, Mayoral candidate and former City Comptroller Bill Thompson, along with U.S. Rep. Gregory Meeks (D-Jamaica), made his way through Queens, touring a variety of neighborhoods to address issues important to the respective communities. Thompson’s first two stops in the Borough on the morning of Sept. 3 were in the Rockaways. He first visited PS 65 at Rockaway Boulevard, where he, along with Meeks and United Federation of Teachers president Michael Mulgrew, spoke to the need for education reform. On his second stop in Queens, Thompson met with first responders and Uniformed Firefighters Association president Steve Cassidy at the FDNY Engine 268 fire department to tour the Rockaway communities that were devastated by Superstorm Sandy. Thompson continued his tour in
is only one of two states in America, along with North Carolina, where 16-year-olds who commit nonviolent crimes are tried as adults.” During his visit in St. Albans, Thompson also received endorsePhoto by Ira Cohen ments from Meeks, Mayoral candidate Bill Thompson addresses Assemblywoman members of the united Federation of Teachers. Barbara Clark (DQueens Village) and Southeast Queens at the Robert Ross the Clergy United for Community EmJohnson Family Life Center in St. Al- powerment –a group that consists of 75 bans, where he spoke to community ministers in Southeast Queens. Both Meeks and Clark, as well as leaders and clergy about the need to end members of the clergy, touted Thompprosecution of New York City teens. “The rules of our criminal jus- son’s experience as the Board of Edutice system are failing young people cation president and his commitment and families – especially in our com- to reform education in the City. munities of color,” Thompson said. “We’re here today to call for an end of the prosecution of non-violent 16and 17-year-olds as adults. New York
Group Plan For Life After 5Pointz BY TrIShA SAKhujA Staff Writer A local non-profit art organization that called the 5Pointz site its home for the past five years has launched a campaign on Indiegogo called “Keep LP Spinning” to help them survive after the graffiti walls come down. Local Project, a community art center, flourished as a gallery space with more than 200 exhibitions featuring 1,000 emerging artists and 350 bilingual educational workshops. While developmental plans to demolish 5Pointz passed through the City Planning Commission on Aug. 21, the property’s developer, David Wolkoff has agreed to keep the art culture alive within the new residential towers. LP was located within the 5Pointz site at 45-10 Davis St., but the nonprofit has always been an independent entity. “Even though we have been without heat for years and we were forced to shut down during the cold winter months, we did not complain because we were at a good location,” said LP Director Carolina Penafiel. “We would have done business anyways, but with 5Pointz around the corner, it was better,” Penafiel said. “People from all over the world have come this way.” Penafiel said they have been wor-
ried about where they will go next, but have decided to stay in Long Island City because of a big supporter, Susan Peters. Peters, who operates LIC Salon Apparel, a salon and spa wear manufacturer, has offered to lease Penafiel a new space since they shared the 5Pointz space. LP will move to a new warehouse on 44th Road and 11th Street, where Penafiel says they will continue to mentor new curators and guide artists in creating exhibitions. In order to pay for the moving costs, LP needs to raise $27,000 and so far, contributions have been $2,000 plus. “We are asking our friends to help us because every single dollar counts,” Penafiel said. “We have to make Local Project a new destination again,” she said when asked how it feels to move away from 5Pointz. “We are happy to have our own street where we can flourish.” Penafiel said they want to see LP bloom instead of disappear and continue to act as a hub of new ideas. To contribute to LP’s fund, visit www.indiegogo.com and type in “Keep LP Spinning” on the search bar. Reach Trisha Sakhuja at (718) 357-7400, Ext. 128, firstname.lastname@example.org, or @Tsakhuja13
Immediately following his visit to St. Albans, Thompson and Meeks made their way to the Theodora Jackson Senior Center in Jamaica to meet with seniors and staff. As he addressed a crowd of seniors, Thompson vowed to keep programs for resident like them a priority should he be elected Mayor. “Our senior programs are under attack by the Bloomberg administration – they are under attack,” Thompson said. “They have been reducing access to food. They’ve been reducing access to recreation and cutting back on our senior programs.” “I was asked, ‘if there was one area you can promise not to make any cuts in’ – that area was services for our seniors because the truth is, you help make this City what it is,” he added. Reach Natalia Kozikowska at (718)357-7400 Ext. 123 or email@example.com or @nkozikowska
Willets Point Owners Go On A Hunger Strike
BY TrIShA SAKhujA Staff Writer About six days have passed since the auto shop owners at Willets Point began a hunger strike. The strike is yet another way to advocate to the City their desire to move as a group to their new home. President Marco Neira of Sunrise Co-op, which includes 60 shops, said they needed to do something in order to show the City they are desperate to relocate together. The City Council’s Subcommittee on Zoning and Franchises met on Sept. 3 to publicly discuss the $3 billion redevelopment, but they did not vote on the project. During the public hearing, Councilwoman Julissa Ferreras (D-East Elmhurst), whose district falls within the Willets Point area, said she wants to ensure the proposed Willets Point development project is fair and affirms the auto shop owners need to relocate as a group. During the initial proposal of the project by the City, the shop owners were promised a new home where they can run their businesses together under one tenant, the Sunrise Co-op. In terms of relocation as a group, President of EDC Kyle Kimball said the City is open to the option, but they need to figure out how the business model would work and how the new landowner would cooperate with 60 businesses as one tenant. Since the City, along with a joint venture between Related Compa-
nies and Sterling Equities called the Queens Development Group, will clean-up decades of toxic pollution and then build-out Phase One along 126th Street, which will include a retail and entertainment attractions adjacent to Citi Field, the minority-run auto repair shops are being displaced. Even though the Economic Development Corporation’s efforts have been focused on relocating the shop owners individually and are offering payouts equal to 12 months rent if they leave by Nov. 30, it is not what the auto shop owners want. “It is not about the money, it is about the place,” said Neira. “We are prepared to be on strike for the next ten days.” The City has set aside a $12.5 million fund for eligible businesses on the 23 acres of land, which would fund the relocation costs and rent payouts. A relocation expert hired by the City, Cornerstone, has been continuous in their efforts to find individual relocation sites for the auto shop owners. Julia Sandoval, a business owner at Willets Point and a single mother, said going on a hunger strike may be a risk to her health since she is diabetic, but she needs to do something for her family. “We want to work together and we know how to run a small business,” said Sandoval, who said they would only drink water till the strike concludes. Reach Trisha Sakhuja at (718) 3577400, Ext. 128, firstname.lastname@example.org, or @Tsakhuja13
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Joe Crowley Talks Health Care With Small Businesses By Trisha sakhuja Staff Writer As changes to the health care system loom, U.S. Rep. Joseph Crowley (D-Jackson Heights) spoke to a number of small businesses along the 82nd Street Partnership in Jackson Heights about the benefits of the Affordable Care Act. Executive Director Seth Taylor of the 82nd Street Partnership and Project Coordinator Cheryl Tse joined along for the tour. This tour was an opportunity for Taylor to understand any concerns the businesses may have on a federal level, since most of the businesses come to the Business Improvement District to talk about local issues and complaints. “It is really important for us to get this [Affordable Care Act] information out to our businesses,” Taylor said. Zafar Kaif, the owner of Crown Pharmacy, located at 40-20 82nd St., said “everyone is concerned about the new changes.” Crowley assured him that the provisions in the healthcare law will be an improvement on the current market, where small businesses pay 18 percent more in premiums than large firms. With those concerns also comes the fear of exponentially increasing premiums if an employee falls sick with
peal parts of the act, instead of starting over.” The healthcare act will provide small businesses with a Small Business Health Options program, which would be a Marketplace designed to simplify the search for health coverage by gathering options available in the employer’s area. It will give the employer the chance to compare plans based on price, benefits and quality. It will also help reduce the cost of premiums by lowering administrative costs, and by increasing the competition among insurers and the transparency of costs. Crowley’s staff passed along all the necessary inforPhoto courtesy Joe crowley’s office mation an employer would U.S. Rep. Joseph Crowley (D-Jackson Heights) toured the small businesses need on the new healthcare along 82nd Street in Jackson Heights to speak to the owners about the act. new Affordable Care Act, along with Executive Director of 82nd Street If you want to learn more Partnership Seth Taylor. Zafar Kaif, the owner of Crown Pharmacy, said about the Marketplace, call the new changes are a concern for everyone. the center during the weekdays on Monday through surance, employers will receive a tax Friday from 9 a.m. till 5 p.m. The cancer or has a serious heart attack. The Congressman explained to all credit of up to 50 percent of the small phone number small businesses can use to learn more about the Affordable of the businesses that no employer will business’s premium costs. “We see the program as the glass Care Act is (800) 706-7893. be penalized for not providing their Reach Trisha Sakhuja at (718) 357employees with health coverage if they three quarters full and not three quarhave fewer than 25 employees. If small ters empty,” Crowley said in reference 7400, Ext. 128, tsakhuja@queenstribusinesses do want to offer health in- to the healthcare act. “We want to re- bune.com, or @Tsakhuja13
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Rally Against Proposed Glendale Shelter By Luis Gronda Staff Writer Glendale residents are saying no to a proposed homeless shelter. They, along with Queens Borough President Candidate Councilman Peter Vallone Jr. (D-Astoria), rallied adjacent to the vacant property last week on Cooper Avenue, asking for an alternate option to building the shelter in their neighborhood. News came out last month that a homeless services organization, the Briarwood-based Samaritan Village, proposed a 125-family homeless shelter at 78-16 Cooper Ave. in Glendale. Since this proposal was made public, residents in Glendale and the surrounding communities have again voiced their displeasure of opening a shelter on Cooper Avenue. Bob Holden, president of the Juniper Park Civic Association and Community Board 5 member, said one negative aspect of bringing the shelter to the neighborhood is the lack of transportation in the area. There are no trains that run in Glendale/Middle Village and the shelter would add to the area’s foot traffic. “Do you see a subway around here? If you put a homeless shelter with 125 families, where’s the transportation? It doesn’t make any sense,” Holden said. Fabio DiMaria, the owner of Sav-
erio Stonefire Bistro, a restaurant next to the abandoned building, said there is uncertainty with bringing a shelter next door to them and it could hurt their business. “It could affect our whole business and we obviously don’t want that to happen,” he said. “We funded the
whole place ourselves. To have something ruin us like that would damage a lot of families, not only us.” Vallone said the area’s schools would not be able to handle the influx of families that would come into the neighborhood if the shelter was built. Holden suggested that an assisted
living for seniors home should be built at that site instead of the shelter so that the growing senior population in the area and the Borough has a place to live if it is needed. Reach Luis Gronda at (718) 3577400, Ext. 127, email@example.com, or @luisgronda.
Teachers Rally For Salary Raises By Trisha sakhuja Staff Writer Teachers from the Lexington School for the Deaf stood in three groups on the steps of the school building in Jackson Heights on Sept. 3, declaring, “We Want Justice.” The largest school for the deaf in New York State, which teaches deaf students from pre-kindergarten through high school, is struggling to keep its teachers at bay since their contract, which ended on Aug. 31, has been under negotiations for the past six months. The school’s administration has declared an impasse on their new contract, but teachers at the school continue to call for a better situation. The teachers say they have been working long hours for the past eight years without a raise but now the
school’s administration is asking the staff to allocate a part of their salary towards health coverage. The union’s negotiations chairperson and technology teacher, Daryl Lasher, said they understand that other teachers around the area make contributions towards their health insurance, but those teachers are earning significantly more money. “Our salary base has not changed since the 2007-2008 school year,” Lasher said. “Historically, teachers get ‘steps’ when there are savings from staff turnover,” Lasher said. “There has not been enough money to cover ‘steps,’ but now that there is, they don’t want to use the funds for even modest increases for us.” Scott Tarr, president of Local 24015, which falls within the New York State United Teachers association,
said “we stay here because we love this place, but we want to continue negotiating with the school.” “We would feel more justified to contribute, which we have never done before,” Tarr said. Steven Schneiderman, a social studies teacher, recalled his days of being a student at the school by signing. He said the environment was very positive and they called one another family. Now that he’s back as a teacher, he said “the morale is gone because so much is changing.” Schneiderman said they are hopeful they will continue talks with the school to reach a fair negotiation. “This is America, we can not be forced and bullied,” Schneiderman noted. Reach Trisha Sakhuja at (718) 3577400, Ext. 128, firstname.lastname@example.org, or @Tsakhuja13
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Queens Tribune endorsemenTs Continued from Front: Bill Thompson knows this City, he understands the communities beyond Manhattan. His support is both broad and deep within the ethnic communities of New York. One does not win an election only on the backs of African-Americans. That was yesterday. Thompson’s experience both as Comptroller and as the head of the Board of Education makes him uniquely qualified to tackle the biggest issues on the agenda of the next Mayor. The education of our children is the center of life for most of us. While we give credit to Mayor Bloomberg for getting control over the bureaucratic education establishment, this paper believes that the central role of the teacher in the classroom has been replaced by the bean counters at the Dept. of Education. As Mayor, Thompson will be well-qualified to do battle with the established educational institutions, both within the government and out. The United Federation of Teachers should once again become a partner in working with the Mayor, not against him. It has been an unfortunate number of years where the Mayor and the union have never met for the betterment of our children. Financial cliffhangers will also confront the next Mayor in having to negotiate numerous labor contracts that have been ignored by the current administration. It is our hope that Bill Thompson, an experienced former Comptroller, will be able to hit the ground running on Day One, and work with the new comptroller as a partner to guide the new administration in all fiscal matters. The Queens Tribune enthusiastically endorses Bill Thompson as the next Mayor of New York.
For many of the same reasons we have listed above, we place our hopes in the election of Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer as Comptroller. It is not hard to imagine that electing Eliot Spitzer as Comptroller would lead to a wildly combative relationship that could easily do more harm than good for the City. Scott Stringer will be an honest broker for both the financial community, who want stability and audits free from political machinations, as well as keeping a steady eye on the growing concern of the future of our pension system. Investments cannot and should not be made on political ambition, nor should they be made to curry favor with Wall Street houses. The best interests of the City lie with a Comptroller who will work for our future. The Queens Tribune strongly endorses Scott Stringer for Comptroller.
Republican Mayoral Primary
John Catsimatidis is not your typical Republican Mayoral candidate. Born in Harlem and having worked his way up from the stockroom, Catsimatidis has demonstrated that he is a son of New York. He became wealthy in spite of his background; he did it the old fashioned way, as the saying goes. He earned it. Catsimatidis is an approachable billionaire. He loves people and he loves this City. He is smart enough to understand what he knows. More importantly, he understands what he does not know, and he will bring into his administration bright people who will fill his administration with the same desire to work hard for the people of New York City. Joseph Lhota, on the other hand, is your typical Republican candidate, running on the coattails of a former Mayor who makes millions off of
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what he did on 9/11. This City needs a compassionate Mayor who will do more listening than talking. More humanity than bureaucracy; we do not need a Mayor who needs sensitivity training. We ask our Republican readers to vote for John Catsimatidis for Mayor.
While the Public Advocate is charged with stepping in for the Mayor during an absence or vacancy, the position’s most important role is to serve as a liaison between the City and its residents, to help bridge a gap and resolve complaints about City services. While a number of qualified contenders have emerged for the position, we believe that Reshma Saujani has the experience and perspective the position needs to properly benefit those who look to the position for assistance. Saujani has a proven track record both on Wall Street and in the non-profit sector. The organization she founded, Girls Who Code, has given a number of young women from all walks of life the opportunity to gain skills in the tech sector. Her experience as a former Deputy Public Advocate will help her to navigate the position to the benefit of those she serves. As the City continues to see waves of new immigrants take center stage within the power structure of City government, we believe Saujani can be a guiding force and an inspirational figure amongst those looking for representation. The Queens Tribune endorses Reshma Saujani
Republican Leadership Race - 26th Assembly District
Longtime political leader and GOP stalwart Phil Ragusa is being challenged for his position as Republican State Committee chairman by Republican newcomer Sal Bacarella, the owner of Garden Works Landscaping. Ragusa has a lifetime of experience as a Republican party leader. In contrast, Bacarella’s only claim to fame is helping the political aspirations of the recently-indicted City Councilman Dan Halloran. After a long tenure as a Republican leader, Ragusa has earned another term, and the support of people in his party. The Queens Tribune endorses Phil Ragusa for Republican State Committee.
Republican Leadership Race - 28th Assembly District
The current Republican State Committeeman is Bart Haggerty, brother of John Haggerty, who is serving up to four years in prison after being convicted of stealing $1 million from Mayor Bloomberg in the 2009 election. Bart worked for his brother in the 2009 campaign and was the recipient of $102,000 of the ill-gotten funds. As his running mate for State Committeewoman, Haggerty has chosen Amanda Kohut, who has brazenly admitted on Facebook that she does not even live in the district, listing Virginia as her current state of residence. Running together in the Republican Party are Dr. Juan Reyes and his wife, Catherine Reyes. Having moved to Forest Hills in the early 1970s to raise their family and build a medical practice, the Reyes family has devoted their lives to community activism. The Republican Party would be lucky to have the Reyes family as members of the State Committee, and it would prove a positive step towards removing fraud and deceit from local politics. The Queens Tribune endorses Dr. Juan Reyes and Catherine Reyes for State Committeeman and State Committeewoman.
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QUEENS thiS wEEk Quality Of Life Issues In College Pt.
BY JOE MARVILLI Staff Writer
Late last month, State Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) walked through College Point with his team, looking for quality of life issues. On nearly every block, he had no trouble finding them. Avella and his staff reported nearly 400 quality of life issues, falling under the jurisdiction of 11 City agencies. The tour started at 123rd Street and 25th Road, with all four teams walking towards the water and covering the neighborhood in its entirety. “I don’t get a lot of complaints from College Point but I know it has the same problems as everyone else does,” he said. “I tend to think it’s that College Point is not as organized civically as some of the other neighborhoods. I think it has more new American immigrant population so they may not know how to complain. I figured this would be a good community to start.” Once all the data was compiled, Avella’s office notified the appropriate agencies about the problems he and his staff saw. The agency with the largest number of issues was the Dept. of Parks and Recreation, with around 150 problems that mostly had to do with tree pruning, removal or tree stump removal. Many trees had dead or hanging branches over houses, cars or electrical wires. The 64 problems Avella’s staff found under the jurisdiction of the Dept. of Transportation were more varied. The teams made note of 12 potholes that needed to be filled, 27 roads that needed repaving, eight trip hazards caused by removed poles that needed to be fixed and six uses of graffiti that needed to be cleaned. One repaving request, the roadbed in front of 25-37 126th St., was labeled as an immediate concern as it was completely broken and covered in potholes. Four abandoned lots containing items like litter, heavy machinery and dead rodents were sent to the Dept. of Buildings and the Dept. of Health and Mental Services. Noted for those two agencies as well were two adjacent vacant lots at 22-42 123rd St. The lots’ fence was reported as covered in graffiti, with litter on the sidewalk and abandoned furniture in the lot itself. There was also an abandoned porta potty up against one of the lots’ fences. The Dept. of Sanitation had eight entries, dealing with either street sweeping, graffiti, litter or, in one case, a dirty staircase found at the dead end of 125th St. near 5th Avenue. There were 18 issues for the Dept. of Environmental Protection, including seven examples of clogged catch
basins, three sink holes, a loose water main cover and a broken fire hydrant in front of 22-24 125th Street. There were 49 found examples of electric/cable wires in perilous scenarios, such as over houses, intertwined with trees or hanging dangerously low to the ground. There were two bus signs with graffiti that would have to be cleaned by the MTA. The same held true for four fire alarms, which fall under the jurisdiction of the FDNY. The teams found a broken fire alarm at the northwest corner of 125th Street and 15th Avenue. Avella’s office reported two abandoned vehicles to the 109th precinct as well. Reach Joe Marvilli at (718) 3577400, Ext. 125, firstname.lastname@example.org, or @Joey788.
Little Bay Park Work In Question
BY JOE MARVILLI Staff Writer
After nearly a decade of confusion and delays, Bayside residents seem just as lost in terms of the status of the comfort station at Little Bay Park. Civic leader and president of the Bay Terrace Community Alliance, Warren Schreiber, said that although ground was broken for the comfort station in April, there has been little to no construction seen by any members of the neighborhood since then. He also heard from a contractor that the work will not be completed until winter 2015, a year later than what the Parks Dept. is reporting. “We had noticed that even with all the fencing up, it just seemed that no work was taking place,” Schreiber said. “There were some construction vehicles on the work site. There was some debris that had been piled up. No one saw the construction vehicles actually move.” Schreiber has been involved in the process to get a new comfort station and expand the parking lot since it was first approved eight years ago. At that time, State Sen. Tony Avella (DBayside), then a councilman, secured around $1 million in funding for the comfort station, along with $4 million in federal transportation money supplied by former U.S. Rep. Gary Ackerman. While the financing was set, nothing happened until this past spring. The funds were still in place for the project and the Parks Dept. was set to move forward. Even though there was a long delay, the agency only gave residents a three-day notice that they were putting a fence up and the parking lot would be closed off due to the construction. “We knew all of that was coming, but it was really irresponsible after delaying the project for eight years to
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State Sen. tony Avella stands next to a vacant lot filled with garbage in College Point as part of his quality of life inspection. give the community three days’ notice,” Schreiber said. Now that the construction vehicles are in place, Schreiber asked the Parks Dept. for an update on the situation. So far, he has received mixed messages. At various points, Schreiber said the agency has told him that the construction is happening when no one was there to see it, that the contractor was waiting for some permits to be put in place and that they had to install container tanks for the station first. “Whenever there are so many different stories, it always raises red flags for me,” he said. “At this point, I just don’t know what to believe.” Schreiber said he plans to bring the issue to Community Board 7 when it meets later this month, to try and get a straight answer out of the Parks Dept., which he feels should be more transparent. “I think that the problem was really created because the Parks Dept. has the reputation of being an agency that’s not transparent. They seem to operate behind closed doors,” he said. “I think if Parks Dept. was a little more open, they would find they had a lot more support from the community.” In response, the Parks Dept. said construction is moving forward as planned and should be completed within the give time frame of fall 2014. “The project is not delayed, and construction is well underway. The completed project will include a new public restroom and an expanded 224car parking lot, with bioswales that will clean and absorb runoff, reducing the burden on the area’s storm water drains,” a Parks spokesman said. “The 29 below-ground storm water retention tanks, included in this work, have already been installed.” Reach Joe Marvilli at (718) 3577400, Ext. 125, email@example.com, or @Joey788.
Feds Bust Richmond Hill Heroin Ring
BY LuIs GROndA Staff Writer
There is no more heroin being sold out of a car shop in Richmond Hill. The U.S Attorney’s office revealed a 62-page criminal complaint and affidavit, detailing how they busted a heroin ring that ran out of an auto body shop at the Fresh Start Auto Sales & Tire Repair at 102-15 Atlantic Ave. in Richmond Hill. The complaint named nine defendants who were arrested as part of the ring. Out of the nine, four of them were believed to be residing in Queens, including one from Ozone Park and another from Woodhaven. Robert Flock, also known as “butch” and “white boy,” was the alleged ringleader of the heroin front according to the complaint, which was submitted in support of the arrest. Their operation found that Flock and his assailants allegedly distributed more than 25 kilograms of heroin in Queens, Brooklyn and Long Island, with a value of about $1.5 million. The investigation, called Operation Birds of a Feather, began in April of last year and concluded last month. They used court-ordered wiretaps of the group’s phones to listen in on conversations between the drug dealers. Investigators also used a confidential informant who would purchase the drugs from the Flock organization, which they would test for heroin and keep as evidence. Seven of the nine people, including Flock, were arrested for being involved in the ring and are set for arraignment this week. It is not clear which of the two named in the complaint are still at-large as of press time. Reach Luis Gronda at (718) 3577400, Ext. 127, firstname.lastname@example.org, or @luisgronda.
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CUNY Fatherhood Academy Helps Young Dads By Trisha sakhuja Staff Writer Fathers who have joined the CUNY Fatherhood Academy program say they have found themselves treading on a path they otherwise would have not known about. Jesus Benitez, 21, a single father from the Bronx, said since he has joined the program at LaGuardia Community College, “it has improved my parenting skills and I have learned how to be a better person and a better father.” The CUNY Fatherhood Academy is part of the City’s Young Men’s Initiative, a comprehensive effort to help young Black and Latino men achieve
their professional, educational and personal goals, through an array of programs and mentoring services. The program is a free, five month, three-day-a-week program that aims to help young fathers, from the ages of 18 and 24, earn a GED, prepare for college, get work experience, explore careers and learn about topics like parenthood, health and financial literacy. Benitez dropped out of high school during his senior year because he became a father at the age of 17, and worked as a full-time cashier until he enrolled into the Academy. After completing the program, which consisted of GED classes in the morning and information-based
workshops and parenting sessions in the afternoon, Benitez earned his GED in June. Now he has dreams of either becoming a computer programmer or helping others. Benitez said some parts of the program were like “boot camp because they wanted to see who was on top of it.” The single father of a four-year-old son said he will the join the CUNY Start program, which helps prospective CUNY students become college-ready, during the fall and by the spring, he will enroll as a full-time student at LaGCC. “I didn’t want to keep working for a $200 check,” said Benitez. “I never had a role model growing up, so I want to be the best I can be for my son.”
Seron Douglas, another single-father of a four-year-old, said the program not only focuses on academics. He said the counselors take an interest in the students’ personal life. In his case, the program helped him apply for public assistance, food stamps, childcare and custody of his child. During the program’s first year, 65 percent of the graduates have been placed in jobs or internships and 43 percent have either enrolled in college or earned their GED. This September, another 40 young fathers will start the program. Reach Trisha Sakhuja at (718) 3577400, Ext. 128, email@example.com, or @Tsakhuja13.
Queens Has Highest City Conviction Rate Queens DA Richard A. Brown recently announced that, according to the City’s Summer 2013 Criminal Justice Indicator Report released by Mayor Michael Bloomberg and New York City Criminal Justice Coordinator John Feinblatt, Queens County continues to be a leader in many of the critical areas that are the focus of the report. “The report’s statistical evidence offers substantial proof that Queens County is, and continues to be, a city-wide leader in many categories,”
Brown said. “The bottom line is that we are providing a safer environment in which to live for the 2.3 million residents of Queens County.” The City’s Summer 2013 Criminal Justice Indicator Report provides insight into the functioning of the City’s criminal justice system and the ways in which it is changing. Statistics in the report are based on data from the judiciary, the City’s five elected District Attorneys and the Office of the New York City Special State Narcotics Prosecutor and
other New York City criminal justice agencies. Among the Indicator Report’s key findings were: • Queens County’s conviction rate for violent felony arrests in 2012 was the highest among the City prosecutors – 60 percent. The citywide average was 52 percent. • Queens County continues to have the best arrest-to-arraignment time in the City for the first six months of 2013. The citywide average arrest-toarraignment time is 21.71 hours, while
Queens County arraigns defendants in 20.27 hours. • Queens County maintains the lowest re-arrest rate in the City with just 26 percent of people being rearrested for a crime within the year and 10 percent being re-arrested for a felony within the year. Citywide, 33 percent of people arraigned in 2009 (the last year for which there is available data) were re-arrested for another crime within a year and 13 percent were re-arrested for a felony crime within a year.
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LIC High School Is Up For Co-location By Trisha sakhuja Staff Writer Long Island City High School was almost shut down last year, after the City saw its poor test scores and low graduation rates, but now the City has proposed to start a new Career and Technical Educational school within the building. DOE spokesperson said they want to start a new CTE school because their track record says, “students flock to them, parents clamor for them and this area needs one.” Parents and members of the Queens Community Education Council are against the proposed co-location because they say the school is struggling to turn itself around. The Dept. of Education spokesperson said most co-locations across the City have been successful, “when adults put children first.” Since the school performed below average on its 2011-2012 progress report, the new principal, Vivian Selenikas, along with the determined staff, teachers and students, are vying to rebuild the school from bottom up. During this time, Isaac Carmignani, a member of CEC30, said adding a new CTE school in the building would take away resources and space the students need. Instead, they publicly spoke against all further co-loca-
tions at a press conference on Sept. 3. They would rather the DOE incorporate the new program into the high school itself. “District 30 welcomes new programs that increase high school options for our students,” said Carmignani. “CTE programs are a particular need in the Borough of Queens. However, we are concerned that our parents and the Long Island City community have adequate time to provide input prior
to this proposal being submitted to the PEP [Panel for Education Policy].” Ken Achiron, a teacher and UFT chapter leader at LIC, said the school is already over-crowded, but they are using every inch of it by creating a number of small learning communities in the building to enhance the student’s learning experience. “If this were not about politics, they would simply want to place the program in the building, under our
principal and administration and save the overhead, which could be better used for more technology, as well as remediation for those students still struggling to make it,” Achiron said. If the PEP votes in favor of the colocation later this fall, the new school would open in September 2014. Reach Trisha Sakhuja at (718) 3577400, Ext. 128, firstname.lastname@example.org, or @Tsakhuja13
Katz Announces Green Policy By jOE MarViLLi Staff Writer On Tuesday, Borough President candidate Melinda Katz outlined her plan to help Queens stay green. Katz laid out her environmental policy during a conference call on Sept. 3. During the same meeting, she was endorsed by the New York League of Conservation Voters, the State’s largest non-profit environmental advocacy organization. The “Plan for a Green Queens” split its ideas between enacting environmentally-friendly practices and helping to foster an environmentallyconscious culture. Starting with Queens Borough Hall, Katz said she would weatherize
and upgrade all of the Borough’s government buildings, adding insulated doors and windows, solar panels and intelligent thermostats. She said she would also use the BP’s influence in the Uniform Land Use Review Process to try to allocate more park space. When it comes to green business in Queens, Katz said she would encourage the next Mayor to invest in tax credits for the growing green-tech industry, a medium of commerce she would push heavily for in the Borough. In terms of changing the environmental culture of the Borough, the candidate plans to regularly lead ewaste recycling programs with community groups, make composting more feasible for residents and work to expand and improve recycling pro-
grams at apartment complexes. “The apartment buildings don’t always have an organized effort for recycling,” Katz said. “There needs to be a joint effort with the management company to make sure it’s being done.” Katz’s policies earned her the endorsement of the New York League of Conservation Voters, whose president, Marcia Bystryn, was on hand to praise the candidate. “This was an easy choice for us. Throughout her years on the Council and State Assembly, Melinda has been a strong and consistent voice for environmental process,” Bystryn said. Reach Joe Marvilli at (718) 3577400, Ext. 125, email@example.com, or @Joey788.
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Immigration Guide Removing Immigration Nightmares There are solutions to problems immigrants frequently experience. Among the problems and solutions are the following: 1. GETTING MARRIED TO A US CITIZEN OR GREEN CARD HOLDER AND BEING ABUSED OR ABANDONED BY THE SPOUSE: If you are married to a US Citizen or green card holder who is abusive or has abandoned you, you may be entitled to a work permit and green card even if you are divorced or have a criminal record. You do not need your spouse to file for you or sponsor you or attend the interview with you. This relief is also applicable to child (including step child), fiance and parent of US citizens or green card holder. You can also get relief if you are married to a citizen or green card holder who was already married but did not divorce before marrying you, that is, a bigamy or polygamy situation. 2. PARENTS OF US CITIZEN WANTING TO WORK AND MAINTAIN THEIR CHILDREN: Are you a parent of a US Citizen Child or Green card holder? You may be administratively approved for a work permit to enable you to maintain your family? This is an administrative relief subject to discretion of the government officials. 3. ILLEGAL ENTRY INTO THE US: This is a major problem but there is relief for special immigrants married to a US Citizen or green card holder or those who have US citizen children. You may still get a work permit and green card. 4. ILLEGAL REENTRY AFTER DEPORTATION: Did you enter the US after being deported? This is a crime. There is relief for special immigrants married to a US Citizen or green card holder. Hurry to talk to us before you are arrested. You may be entitled to relief? 5. THE DREAM: YOUNG PERSONS IMMIGRATION: Apart from the Dream Act announcement by President Obama which is only temporary, there are lots of permanent opportunities for young persons particularly those living with people
who are not their natural parents. If you are a child living with a guardian or someone else other than your parent, you may be entitled to a work permit and or green card. 6. CRIMINAL RECORDS: WAIVERS AND PARDONS: If you are convicted or pled guilty to a crime in the past it can generate complexities and be a nightmare but waivers and various special actions and legal procedures are available to relieve immigrants with past criminal records. 7. REMOVING 2-YEAR CONDITIONAL GREENCARD: Many immigrants have found it difficult to remove conditions on their 2 year green cards either because they are not able to convince the government that their marriage is genuine or because they are not getting cooperation from their spouse. We can help remove conditions on your greencard, even if your spouse is not filing with you and even if you have been denied and placed in a removal proceeding. You need not wait for 2 years if you are abused by your spouse or if your spouse died. 8. ASYLUM PROBLEMS AND DEPORTATION ORDERS: Do you have deportation order on you that makes you a fugitive? Hurry to talk to us before you are picked up by Detention and Removal Office (DRO). Your deportation may be suspended and get work permit & green card. 9. APPROVALS AND VISA BULLETIN PROBLEMS: Do you have an approved petition filed by your brother or sister, parents etcs and you were unable to apply for a green card because you overstayed here in US? Call us now. We might be able to assist you.
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FH Residents Frustrated After Stadium Concert By Luis Gronda Staff Writer A number of Forest Hills residents have started an advocacy group highlighting their frustrations following the Mumford and Sons show at the Forest Hills Tennis Stadium last week. The group, named Forest Hills Concert Fiasco, vents on what they say was a myriad of problems affecting the residents living near the stadium before, during and after the concert. According to their website, www. foresthillsconcertfiasco.org, among the issues faced by residents living in the streets surrounding the facility included not being able to leave their area while the show was ongoing, a lack of parking on the residential streets and garbage left by concertgoers after the performance concluded. Neil Burton, one of three of residents who started the website, said many residents were not allowed to leave and enter the residential areas near the stadium because it was closed off for people who were attending the show. Burton said the NYPD created a special entrance where residents could walk in and out, but they still did not permit their entrance despite assurances from police that this would be the case.
Burton said it served as an inconvenience to the residents and many had to walk several blocks out of their way just to get back home or to walk to Austin Street. “The residents want to have that access to get to and home from work,” Burton said. Frank Gulluscio, District Manager of Community Board 6, which covers Forest Hills, disputed the group’s claims saying he was in the area with police personnel and Councilwoman Karen Koslowitz (D-Forest Hills) and he believes law enforcement did a great job of handling the event. “I don’t buy that. There was not one reported incident or arrest,” he said. “I’m not defending them. If they were wrong, I would be the first on their case.” Gulluscio added that the 112th Precinct met with many of the residents near the stadium in the weeks leading up to the event and they were informed of what to expect that day. There are 18 more concerts scheduled at the stadium, with six planned over the next three years. Calls placed to the 112th Precinct were not returned as of press time. Reach Luis Gronda at (718) 3577400, Ext. 127, firstname.lastname@example.org, or @luisgronda.
Residents Protest NYCHA Fees By JoE MarViLLi Staff Writer After months of reportedly lackluster service, parking permit errors, fee increases and an unresponsive attitude from the New York City Housing Authority, elected officials joined residents of Pomonok Houses to declare that enough is enough. U.S. Rep Grace Meng (D-Flushing), State Sen. Toby Stavisky (D-Flushing) and Assemblyman Michael Simanowitz (D-Flushing) met in front of the Pomonok Community Center on Aug. 22 to slam NYCHA for handing over parking management to a new contractor, Greystone, who they say has been highly ineffective. Greystone took over parking management from NYCHA in March. In the ensuing months, residents have submitted hundreds of complaints about the months-long wait for parking permits, multiple cars being assigned to the same spot, residents and visitor spots being blocked by NYCHA vehicles and no answers from Greystone or NYCHA. In March 2013, the price of each spot went up dramatically across the NYCHA system, going from $75 for residents and $60 for senior citizens to $340 for residents and $272 for seniors. After announcing this change, Greystone
asked for the full amount to be paid via money order by May to get a spot. According to Audrey Drayton, recording/ corresponding secretary for the Pomonok Resident Board, many people who paid have yet to receive their permits. “Greystone and NYCHA got cash in hand. The residents haven’t gotten anything,” Drayton said. “If I paid you money for a spot and I have gotten nothing as of yet, that’s not fair.” In March, Stavisky sent a letter to NYCHA Chairman John Rhea about the increased service fee for parking. In response, she got a letter on March 28 stating the charge is $272, payable before the permit is issued and residents could contact the management office to request a family services referral to assess their needs. In July, Stavisky, Meng and Simanowitz sent another letter asking NYCHA to stop charging the Pomonok Community Center for parking that has always had no cost. In response, NYCHA sent an exact copy of their response from March, not even changing the date of the letter. “They are so unresponsive. Their lack of concern for literally the quality of life of our residents and neighbors here in Pomonok is appalling,” Meng said. Reach Joe Marvilli at (718) 3577400, Ext. 125, email@example.com, or @Joey788.
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DC 37 Endorsements These candidates have been endorsed by District Council 37 for the Primary Election on Tuesday, September 10. Polls will be open from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m.
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The next Mayor of New York will be responsible for settling the long-expired contracts the City has with the entire municipal workforce. The next Mayor will face critical choices about the future of the long-neglected New York City Housing Authority. DC 37 is supporting City Comptroller John Liu because he is the only Democratic contender who has consistently gone to battle for public employees, NYCHA tenants, AND taxpayers. Only John Liu stepped in and stopped the squandering of hundreds of millions of dollars by the Bloomberg Administration on corrupt outsourcing contracts and as a result saved public jobs AND taxpayers money. As Mayor, John Liu will reverse the Bloomberg-era policy of giving huge subsidies for big corporations who fail to deliver the jobs they promise. Instead, John Liu will support local small- and mid-size companies, proven job creators that keep their proﬁts closer to home. A vote for Liu is a vote for you.
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ELECTION PREVIEWS On Tuesday, Sept. 10, voters go to the polls to determine key races in advance of the Nov. 5 General Election. To find your poll site, call the Board of Elections’ voter hotline, (866) VOTE-NYC (868-3692), or visit www.vote.nyc.ny.us to use the online poll locator. City-wide RaCes If a candidate for City-wide office does not receive at least 40 percent of the vote, a runoff election will be held on Oct. 1. Any voter eligible to vote in the Sept. 10 primary is eligible to vote in the runoff.
Mayor demoCRats sal albanese An attorney and former City Councilman and public school teacher, Albanese has called himself a reformer and independent candidate for Mayor. He has campaigned on the issue of restoring trust in government by eliminating wasteful spending, advancing campaign and election reform and rooting out corruption. Bill de Blasio Elected to the position of Public Advocate in 2009, de Blasio has also served on the City Council and as a political aide to former Mayor David Dinkins and for Hilary Clinton. The candidate’s top issue has been addressing economic inequality by strengthening education, expanding affordable housing and creating jobs throughout the City. John Liu Before his 2009 election to the role of Comptroller, Liu served in the City Council and as a Community Board member in Queens. Liu has campaigned on creating jobs and diversifying the City’s economic base. He has also stressed education as a top issue, seeking to reform the system to put a focus back on giving students a path to college.
Christine Quinn Quinn has campaigned on her record as City Council Speaker, including seven on-time budgets, and has vowed to help the middle class by creating new m a nu fa c t u r i n g and green jobs throughout the City. She has also vowed to reform the City’s educational system, focusing on improving morale among both teachers and students and moving away from testing-based education. Bill thompson The former Comptroller and president of the City Board of Education, Thompson challenged Mayor Michael Bloomberg in 2009, earning nearly 44 percent of the vote. Thompson has stressed a need to fix the City’s public school system, with a focus on creating a schoolto-jobs pipeline to give New Yorkers a greater opportunity for success. Thompson says that his experience as Comptroller has prepared him to move the City in a better direction. anthony weiner The embattled former U.S. Congressman and City Councilman has toured the City promoting his plans to help small businesses, lower taxes and fix the City’s healthcare system. Weiner has proposed a plan for housing that includes 20 percent affordable housing and 20 percent housing for middle class families. RepuBLiCans John Catsimatidis The CEO of the Red Apple supermarket chain, Catsimatidis has been an outspoken critic of the recently-passed Community Safety
Act, stressing a need for public safety to inspire confidence within the City. The candidate has campaigned on his business experience and says he will focus on creating jobs in the City and increase vocational programs in schools to provide students with the tools to succeed. Joseph Lhota The former chairman of the MTA, Lhota also served as deputy mayor and budget director under Mayor Rudy Giuliani. He has stated that his top priority is to create a positive environment for job growth through reducing taxes and regulations on small businesses. He has also called for ethics and educational reform to improve the City’s quality of life. George mcdonald McDonald is founder and president of the Doe Fund, a non-profit organization that assists veterans and the formerly incarcerated get back in the workforce. He has campaigned on a platform of job growth to grow City revenues without raising taxes.
Public Advocate demoCRatiC pRimaRy Catherine Guerriero A professor of education and politics at Columbia University and New York University, Guerriero has also served as the director of strategic planning for the Archdiocese of New York. She has campaigned on the issues of creating more affordable housing and reforming education in the City. Letitia James Currently a member of the City Council, James has previously served as a public defender with the Legal Aid Society and an as-
dents for college.
sistant State Attorney General. James’ top issue has been education reform, stating that she would engage the community to prepare stu-
Reshma saujani Saujani is a former Deputy Public Advocate and the founder of Girls Who Code, an organization that promotes women in high-tech jobs. She has stressed a focus on education as a pathway to jobs and economic security and has vowed to fight for equal pay for women. daniel squadron Currently a member of the State Senate, Squadron previously served as an aide to U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer. His main campaign focus has been to create a more hospitable living environment for working class residents and protecting children. sidique wai Wai is a staff analyst for the office of the Police Commissioner, and has also served as division chief of resident support services for the City Housing Authority. Wai seeks to create more lines of communication between the NYPD and the community, ensuring civil rights and liberties are not violated.
Comptroller eliot spitzer The former Governor has vowed to ensure vigorous oversight of the City’s finances and hopes to provide financial stability. He says he will transform the comptroller’s office into an advocate for the people to hold special interests accountable. (Continued on page 19)
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ELECTION PREVIEWS Comptroller scott stringer The current Manhattan Borough President and former State Assemblyman has vowed to aggressively examine City spending to eliminate waste and inefficiency. He also seeks to create transparency and accountability to government to work in the best interests of taxpayers. Queens RaCes
Borough President everly Brown A developer, business owner and community activist, Brown has campaigned on a hope to raise the standard through direct government participation. He hopes to increase funding related to cleaning up communities while evaluating proposals to improve education. melinda Katz Katz has served as a member of the City Council and State Assembly, and also was the director for Community Boards under Borough President Claire Schulman. The former chair of the Council’s Land Use Committee, Katz hopes to improve the quality of life in Queens through job creation, and a focus on affordable housing for middle class families and seniors. She has also campaigned on making the Borough safer, through a reform of Stop and Frisk policies and giving kids options for after-school programs. peter Vallone Jr. A member of the City Council, serving as the chair of the Public Safety committee, Vallone has touted his experience within public safety as a key to promote the Borough’s economy and quality of life. He has also vowed to protect homes and small businesses in Queens by main-
taining lower property taxes and reducing unnecessary fines on small businesses. Vallone said he would continue to work with the NYPD to make Queens the safest Borough in the City. (Editor’s Note: While State Sen. Tony Avella decided to drop out of the race last month to focus on the State Senate, his name remains on the ballot.)
District 19 Represents College Point, Auburndale, Flushing, Bayside, Whitestone, Bay Terrace, Douglaston and Little Neck. Incumbent Dan Halloran chose not to seek re-election. demoCRats John duane A small business owner who has been involved in a number of civic organizations within the District, Duane has previously served as an assistant Attorney General and State Assemblyman. He has campaigned on a need to improve the quality of life within the District, including over-development, job creation and eliminating official corruption. paul Graziano A consultant on urban planning and historic preservation, Graziano has vowed to contain overdevelopment in District 19, seeking to preserve the district’s neighborhoods through zoning reform, landmarking and parkland acquisition. He has also announced a desire for education reform, creating a decentralized system to give parents a say in the education system. austin shafran Shafran has served as community liaison for former Congressman Gary Ackerman and the vice president of public affairs for Empire State Development under Gov. Andrew Cuomo. His top priority is improving educational equality through a reduction of school
overcrowding and a reliance on highstakes testing. He has also vowed to secure more funding for senior centers, parks and libraries, while banning outside income and employment for Council members. paul Vallone The managing partner for Vallone & Vallone LLP, Paul Vallone has also served on a number of civic organizations within the District. He has denounced unfair regulations and fines to small business owners and hopes to promote new businesses through tax-free zones and zero-percent loans. He also seeks to support emergency services through expanding resources to the NYPD and FDNY. Chrissy Voskerichian The former chief of staff to embattled Councilman Dan Halloran, Vo s ke r i c h i a n seeks to focus on the needs of the District through increased funding to fire and police services. She will also look to avoid funding cuts to schools, parks and senior centers.
District 20 no primary Incumbent: peter Koo
District 21 no primary Incumbent: Julissa Ferreras
District 22 Represents Astoria, Long Island City; parts of Jackson Heights, Rikers, Randalls and Wards Islands. Incumbent Peter Vallone Jr. is term-limited. John Ciafone Ciafone is an attorney who has served as the executive leader for the Aldos Democratic Club and president and treasurer of Community School Board 30. He has campaigned on reducing taxes, fines and fees for business and home-owners, while increasing funding for educational
and afterschool programs. He has opposed the City Council’s passage of the Community Safety Act. Costa Constantinides The deputy chief of staff to Councilman James Gennaro, Constantinides has campaigned on creating a safer environment through the hiring of police officers and firefighters, while improving access to healthcare by expanding Mt. Sinai Hospital. The Democratic District Leader has also vowed to improve the environment by reducing air pollution and protecting drinking water. Constantinos prentzas A small business owner and member of Community Board 1, Prentzas has called for an increase to the size of the police force and increasing NYPD resources to keep the community safe. He has also focused on improving education through reforms to minimize the impact of standardized testing and increasing parental involvement in education.
District 23 no primary Incumbent: mark weprin
District 24 Represents Briarwood, Fresh Meadows, Hillcrest, Hillcrest Estates, Jamaica Estates, Jamaica Hills, Kew Gardens Hills, Utopia Estates and parts of Flushing, Forest Hills, Jamaica and Rego Park. Incumbent James Gennaro is term-limited. Rory Lancman A former member of the State Assembly and Community Board 8, Lancman has campaigned on a focus on protecting middle class families through the creation of affordable housing and keeping education costs manageable. He has touted his experience in the Assembly as a necessary tool to continue to advocate for constituents. (Continued on page 20)
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ELECTION PREVIEWS District 25
mujib Rahman Rahman is a self-employed community activist and organizer who has campaigned on reducing City waste and lowering taxes while creating jobs to help revitalize the City’s economy. He has also vowed to fight more MTA fare hikes.
no primary Incumbent: daniel dromm
andrea Veras A grassroots community organizer, Veras has campaigned with a focus on education to provide the City with a skilled workforce. She also hopes to reduce classroom sizes and expand Pre-K and afterschool programs to promote development. Veras has also promoted the establishment of more job training centers.
Represents Belle Harbor, Breezy Point, Broad Channel, Hamilton Beach, Howard Beach, Lindenwood, Neponsit, Ozone Park, Rockaway Beach, Rockaway Park, South Ozone Park, South Richmond Hill and Woodhaven. Incumbent Republican Eric Ulrich does not have a primary challenge.
District 26 no primary Incumbent: Jimmy Van Bramer
District 29 no primary Incumbent: Karen Koslowitz
demoCRats william Ruiz Ruiz is a property manager and the chairman of the board of directors for the Highland Park CDC. He
has campaigned on getting Halal meals served in schools and getting two recognized Eid holidays per year. He also hopes to address afterschool and senior citizen
Lew simon A private school teacher and a former community liaison for the State Senate, Simon has vowed to address the devastation caused by Superstorm Sandy and provide the
infrastructure to prevent future disasters from affecting the district. He has also announced his support of reopening the Rockaway Beach Long Island Rail Road line to provide better access to public transportation. Additional information provided by the City Campaign Finance Board’s NYC Votes website.
primary day is tuesday, sept. 10. make sure to get out and vote. For more information on where to vote, visit www.vote.nyc.ny.us
A MESSAGE FROM PHIL RAGUSA Dear Republican Friend, “I have been very honored to work for you over the years. I am proud of our many successes and the degree to which we've seen the Republican Party grow in NE Queens. We have helped elect Republicans to the City Council, Assembly, Senate and Congress and will continue to run quality candidates to challenge the Democratic establishment. I am dedicated to fighting for the values that we all hold, the values that our country was founded on and the values that make our community strong. That is why I am asking for your vote for myself and all our State and County Committee Candidates.”
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Tribune Announces Biz Breakfast Forum As the current economic climate in the City continues to present challenges, local industry leaders will come together later this month to discuss the impact of housing and business growth in the area. Queens Tribune publisher Michael Nussbaum has organized a power breakfast forum, “Business Growth and Economic Climate in New York City,” scheduled for 8 a.m. Sept. 23 at the Student Union Building at Queens College. U.S. Rep. Steve Israel (D-Melville) will serve as moderator of the forum. The breakfast panel will feature prominent Queens business leaders
who will discuss how the economic climate has affected their businesses and the challenges they face going forward. The keynote speaker for the breakfast event will be Don Graves,
deputy assistant secretary for the Office of Small Business, Community Development and Housing for the U.S. Dept. of the Treasury and executive director of the President’s Council on Jobs and Competitiveness. As deputy assistant secretary, Graves manages policy issues, including small business finance and development, job creation and issues related to underserved communities. He also advises the Obama administration on ways to create jobs and strengthen the nation’s economy. “We are pleased to have a mem-
ber of the White House coming to share plans they have to improve the region’s economy,” Nussbaum said. “In addition, we’re honored to have Congressman Steve Israel to bring his skills and knowledge as moderator for this event.” The breakfast forum will be cosponsored by TD Bank, Crystal Windows & Door, Parker Jewish Institute, the Queens Chamber of Commerce and Queens College. Tickets for the event cost $50, or a table of eight can be purchased for $350. For information, or to purchase tickets, call (718) 357-7400, Ext. 131.
QEDC Gets Small Business Admin. Funds BY JOE MARVILLI Staff Writer While many Queens businesses are still struggling in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy, the Queens Economic Development Corporation is receiving nearly a quarter of a million dollars to help them out. In August, the QEDC was awarded about $200,000 in federal funding from the Small Business Administration. The money is part of $6 million given to New York State
to support local economic recovery efforts, made possible by the emergency federal Superstorm Sandy package. According to Rob MacKay, director of public relations at QEDC, the funds will be dedicated to three areas. Some money will go towards the Home Improvement Contractor Training program, a three-session, 18-hour course that prepares participants to take the Dept. of Consumer Affairs test and earn licenses
to work legally in New York. In the last 18 months, more than 160 contractors have obtained their licenses. Funding will also be dedicated to developing webinars on topics of interest for small business owners, such as marketing, pricing and labor law. The QEDC will use some money to hire certified business analysts to provide one-on-one counseling sessions at its office for anyone who makes an appointment. The next Home Improvement
Contractor Training class will take place in the Rockaways, where there has been a high amount of requests for the course. “Queens – especially Rockaway was hit really hard by [Superstorm] Sandy, and we lost many businesses and jobs. So we are eager to provide much needed services to clients and we are extremely grateful for the funding,” MacKay said. Reach Joe Marvilli at (718) 3577400, Ext. 125, firstname.lastname@example.org, or @Joey788.
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Polish-Jewish Group Supports Pope Street Sign
BY JOE MARVILLI Staff Writer A committee met at Queens College to talk about and give the go-ahead for a street renaming for a much beloved Pope. The Polish-Jewish Dialogue Committee met on Aug. 28 in Jefferson Hall at Queens College to discuss whether to go ahead with a proposal to co-name 61st Street and 56th Road in Maspeth as “Pope John Paul II Corner.” If approved, the co-named intersection would be located near the Holy Cross Roman Catholic Church. While the idea is still in the planning stages, many members of the committee felt strongly that such a
dedication would be appropriate, given Pope John Paul II’s Polish heritage and his friendship with the Jewish people. “Pope John Paul II had very good relations with the Jewish people,” Jeff Gottlieb, the co-chair of the committee, said, calling the Pope’s relationship “very positive.” Chet Szarejko, co-chair for the committee, agreed, saying that this move fits with the organization’s mission to foster cooperation between different ethnic and spiritual groups. “What we’re trying to do is develop concepts of brotherhood and this would be one mark in favor of the kind of dedication we have,” he said. Rabbi Moses Birnbaum, one of the
committee’s spiritual advisors, was in favor of the co-naming as well. He talked about how he had met the late Pope at a delegation, soon before he passed away. “It was just out of the force of will that he communicated and he shook every one of the 160 people’s hands,” Birnbaum said. “It was really a very, very moving experience. I think this is a wonderful idea.” The City Council has a list of standards for a street co-naming. According to www.nyc.gov, subjects for street co-namings must be deceased, New York City residents or individuals of particular importance to New York City, have a lasting interest to large segments of the City’s popula-
tion or have undertaken an act or acts of lasting interest to their community; and whose importance to the City is a result of exemplary acts or achievements which reflect positively on the City. Street co-namings are done through an act of legislation by the City Council. The first step is a review of the required documentation by the community board’s Transportation and Public Safety Committee. The full community board may vote to recommend the naming to the councilmember for the district. Reach Joe Marvilli at (718) 3577400, Ext. 125, email@example.com, or @Joey788.
Glendale Chamber Of Commerce Seeks New Logo BY LuIs GROndA Staff Writer A local civic group has opened a competition to design its next logo. The Glendale Chamber of Commerce has started a logo contest, asking the public to come up with the new design of its shield. The contest started this month and runs until Halloween. The designs selected by the chamber will be
honored at a business and networking mixer the group will host in November. The chamber’s president, Pat Gatt, said they are looking for a more modern, futuristic logo as they look to become more active in the community. “We’re looking to be a bigger part of the community,” she said. “We want to encourage new businesses to come to Glendale.” Gatt said the group was never
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defunct but it became less active because the chamber’s previous president was unable to dedicate as much time to the commerce due to other responsibilities. Gatt has since taken the reins of the organization and is focused on benefiting the community. They have added 25 new members to the chamber since taking over earlier this year, Gatt said, and they will host more events, starting with a busi-
ness expo and entrepreneurial showcase at the Redeemer Lutheran School on Cooper Avenue on Saturday, Oct. 19. If you would like more information on the contest or would like to submit a logo design, contact Pat Gatt at firstname.lastname@example.org. The deadline for the contest is Oct. 31. Reach Luis Gronda at (718) 3577400, Ext. 127, email@example.com, or @luisgronda.
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The Queens Republican Gazette “I have been very honored to work for you over the years. I am proud of our many successes and the degree to which we've seen the Republican Party grow in NE Queens. We have helped elect Republicans to the City Council, Assembly, Senate and Congress and will continue to run quality candidates to challenge the Democrat establishment. I am dedicated to fighting for the values that we all hold, the values that our country was founded on and the values that make our community strong. You can trust that I will do everything I can to lead the Republican Party with integrity and that is why we are asking for your vote.”
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A History of Corrupt Behavior SAL BACARELLA’S UNETHICAL RECORD
Do the Crime... Don’t Serve the Time!
X Sal was on the Board of Directors of Unisphere,
Perennial Candidate Tony Nunziato’s Chief Political Operative, Ryan Girdusky, Committed Forgery and Identity Theft in an Officially Filed Document With New York State. The Document was Critical to Advancing the Candidacy of Tony Nunziato. Tony Never Asked for the Prosecution of This Political Crony and His Political Ally. Aren’t We Tired of Public Officials Advancing Themselves at the Expense of the Public Trust?
Inc. while a fellow Board member stole over $200,000 in cash from the non-profit, ignoring his fiduciary responsibility to safeguard the organization’s money.
X Sal runs Garden Works landscaping and has
been known to hire illegal aliens to do the landscaping for the residents of NE Queens.
X Sal’s chief political advisor is John Haggerty, who was recently convicted of stealing over one million dollars from Mayor Michael Bloomberg.
IN THE RACE FOR THE 30TH AD STATE COMMITTEE
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IN THE RACE FOR THE 26TH AD STATE COMMITTEE State Law States that Candidates Running for Local Office Live in the District Where They are Running.
John Haggerty Jr. stole $1.1 million “The defendant’s fraud was an audacious scheme... to hide what was common thievery” - Cyrus Vance Jr. Manhattan District Atty
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IT’S TIME FOR A CHANGE IN LEADERSHIP REJECT CORRUPTION, REJECT CRIMINAL BEHAVIOR
If That’s the Case, Why is Amanda Kohut, Candidate for State Committeewoman in the 28th Assembly District, Clearly State She is Living in Virginia? We Need Republican Leaders Who Are Dedicated to Our Community and Living in Our Community is a Prerequesite To Having the Right to Serve Us!
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Scenes From the Primary Campaign Trail
With Primary Day approaching, we look back at some fun photos of the candidates campaigning throughout Queens - and sometimes other parts of the City. Photos by Ira Cohen.
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Scenes From the U.S. Open
Local tennis players recently competed in the City Parks Foundation’s seventh annual Chase Aces Tournament in Flushing Meadows Corona Park. Pictured above (from left) are Boys 14 semifinalists Miles Nabritt and Ted Colter, finalist Graham Lo and winner Rusty Fields. Below are (from left) Girls 16 semifinalist Sofia Rapisarda, winner Emily Sham, finalist Denise Trerotola and semifinalist Tristiana Adragna.
Defending champion Serena Williams readies a return during her match this weekend against Sloane Stephens. Williams won in two straight sets. Photo by Ira Cohen.
Congressional Award Winner Adrian Santiago, 11, of Rockaway Park, sung the National Anthem at the U.S. Open on Aug. 28. Santiago was the winner of the United States Tennis Association’s Queens Casting Call, held earlier this summer.
Mets Lending A Hand
U.S. Rep. Joe Crowley (D-Jackson Heights) recently presented Woodside resident Mohammed Almashhadani with the Congressional Award Bronze Medal at a ceremony at his Queens District office. Almashhadani completed community service goals both in the City and in Magic Valley, Idaho.
Library Grand Opening New York Mets pitchers Jonathon Niese and Scott Rice helped deliver meals to Flushing Citymeals participants Nora (above) and Bruno (at right) last week. The players met with Citymeals staff at Florence E. Smith Senior Services in Corona before heading out to make deliveries.
Elected officials, civic leaders and community members gathered to cut the ribbon for the grand opening ceremonies of the new Glen Oaks Library, at 256-04 Union Turnpike, on Sept. 3.
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Whitestone Kid Chef Appearing On TV BY JOE MARVILLI
Starting this Sunday, Food Network will show off the culinary skills of one Queens’ up-and-coming chefs, 12-yearold Alessandra Ciuffo. The Whitestone chef is appearing on “Rachael vs. Guy: Kids Cook-Off,” which will premiere on Sept. 8 at 8 p.m. Over the course of four episodes, eight children are divided into two teams. Team Rachel and Team Guy, named after Rachel Ray and Guy Fieri, will compete against each other in a series of challenges meant to test their culinary skills. Ciuffo got involved with the show after impressing the producers of a web series she was on called “Superchef Kids.”
“One of the producers from that show saw my personality, saw my skills,” she said. “I went through the whole audition process and I got selected.” Each episode of “Rachael vs. Guy: Kids Cook-Off ” will have the kids take part in a pop quiz, highlighting their talents in the kitchen, followed by a classroom mentoring session with the two chef personalities and the creation of a menu plan for the cook-off. A group of guest judges will grade the dishes and give each competitor a report card. At the end of the program, the junior chef with the highest overall score will win their own web series on FoodNetwork. com. Ciuffo said she greatly enjoyed filming the series, particularly the mentoring she received and the friendships she made.
High Quality Steak Experience If you’re looking to take a breather from gambling and have some money to spend, you should have dinner at RW Prime Restaurant at Resorts World Casino. RW Prime offers a high-quality dining experience that will be difficult to find anywhere else in Queens. The Restaurant’s main dish is the 24 oz Prime Porterhouse, but they also offer a variety of food options if you are in the mood for something other than steak, including seafood, chicken and specialty salads. Once I sat down to try the food, the restaurant’s chefs and waiters kept bringing out what seemed like an endless supply. To start off, I had the chilled shrimp with cocktail sauce. The sauce had a strong kick of wasabi, giving the shrimp an extra boost with each bite I took. I also had the Crabvocat crab salad layered with avocado and one piece of fried shrimp placed on top. The salad served almost as a dipping sauce for the shrimp, but was great to eat on its own as well. I also tried one of the restaurant’s specialty drinks: a cold strawberry drink with a shot of liquor. The interesting thing about the drink was the shot glass was made completely of ice! While the ice glass was a little difficult to hold - it almost slipped off my fingers when I held it - I managed to drink down the tasty strawberry shot before the ice melted. Moving onto the entrees, I first tried their milk-fed veal with a sweet potato-like sauce layered beneath the meat. The veal itself was succulent while still being easy to chew. The sauce complemented the veal very
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well and added even more taste to the palate. I was then served RW prime’s signature dish, the Porterhouse steak, and the Brazilian Lobster Tails. The steak was cooked to perfection, maintaining the juicy quality I love when I eat steak. The meat on the lobster tail came perfectly off the shell and was among the best lobster I’ve ever had. The butter sauce adds even more juiciness to the dish. The lobster tail is only on the menu Fridays and Saturdays, but can be ordered on other days if requested. Overall, RW Prime offers highquality food that is sure to satisfy your taste buds and stomach. Be wary of RW Prime’s prices though, as their dishes vary from $22 to $48 dollars depending on what meal you order. - Luis Gronda
“I think that overall, being there and being mentored by Rachel and Guy; it’s something you can’t even put a price tag on. It was phenomenal,” she said. “I still talk to some of the kids on the show. It’s so great to have a bond with other kids. Something that they do that you don’t do, you can pick it up.” While Ciuffo is a newcomer to television, she is already a veteran when it comes to cooking. She started cooking at the age of 3 by assisting her father in the kitchen. At that young age, she first helped out with small tasks, like stirring the sauce. “I would say ‘Daddy, can I do it?’ He would pick me up over the stove and let me do it,” Ciuffo said. “If you start progressing little by little, you can become independent. At this point, when I’m in the kitchen, my mom can leave the kitchen, come back and there’ll be a beautiful meal on the table.” Ciuffo’s specialties also include Italian food, though she does not limit herself by region, as she is able to make curry and sushi as well. Her love of the culinary arts took her on a trip to Paris over spring break to tour Le Cordon Bleu, a renowned culinary educational institution. When she started getting food together herself, one of her first projects was gourmet cupcakes, something that she still enjoys baking.
PHoto courtESy of food NEtwork
whitestone chef alessandra Ciuffo will appear on “rachael vs. Guy: Kids Cook-Off” this september.
“From the cupcakes, it just elevated. I just cook at home. I’ve never done any cooking classes,” she said. “It’s all natural and my passion and drive really push it up. In my mind, I know I can cook it.” Reach Joe Marvilli at (718) 357-7400, Ext. 125, email@example.com, or @Joey788.
Guyana Inter-County Cricket Games Set For Sept. 7 BY JOhn L. AAROn The 2013 Guyana Inter-County Games, presented by www.newyorkcricket.com, will this year add a Caribbean flavor twist. In addition to the traditional clash of the Guyana counties – Berbice, Demerara and Essequibo, this year’s tournament will feature a Rest of the Caribbean XI competing for the top honors. The traditional inter-county matches have attracted large crowds of fans over the years and it is hard to deny the abundance of talent evident within the ranks of the representative Caribbean countries of the cricket Diaspora in New York. Therefore, adding a Rest of the Caribbean XI to the mix is seen as a very visionary bit of genius on the part of the organizers, led by Telston Johnson. The four teams will converge at the Baisley Pond Park Cricket Ground located at Rockaway and Baisley Boulevards in Jamaica on Sept. 7. In addition to cricket matches, there are raffles scheduled to be drawn on the same day at the ground. Tickets cost $2 and are being sold in advance of the games. Prizes include a complete
bed set as the first prize, followed by an Android tablet as the second prize, an iPhone 4 as the third prize, and a “Bowl of Chance” bowl-off, requiring some skill and a bit of luck, as the fourth prize. There will be cash prizes for the winner and runner-up teams. The New York broadcast duo of Lenny Achaibar and Carl Bennett will be on hand to add live, colorful commentary to the matches. Families are encouraged to come out and enjoy the picnic-like atmosphere. Among some of the most talented players in the New York area expected to participate are Richard Ramdeen, Troy Mars, Alex Amsterdam, Troy Dudnauth, Telston Johnson, Azrudeen “Andy” Mohamed, Richie Sieuchan, Ryan Girdhary, Michael Noble, Zaheer Saffie, Dwayne Smith, Karan Ganesh, Clain Williams, Andre Kirton, Charlton Senior, Triston Carmichael and Randall Wilson. The games will begin at 10 a.m., following an opening ceremony and breakfast, beginning at 9 a.m. For information on the 2013 Guyana Inter-County Games, contact Telston Johnson at (347) 723-3284, Kerk Higgins at (917) 667-7835 or visit www. newyorkcricket.com.
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HoloGRapHIc aRt sYmposIum
HEnRY FoRD’s waR on tHE JEws
If you want to see holographic art, check out 23 artists from around the world, who use a range of holographic techniques to create multiple and extended views. The hologram is a sculpture of light, which makes us question perception as what we see occupies a space in an entirely different way from a physical object. The exhibition takes place at the Clocktower Building, located at 29-27 41st Ave., Long Island City. It starts at 2 p.m.
Fall lawn caRE
Queens Botanical Garden’s Patty Kleinberg will share her expertise in natural lawn care during this workshop. Attendees will learn how to maintain a healthy lawn without the use of artificial fertilizers and pesticides. The last hour of the workshop is a hands-on demonstration. The event is part of the NYC Compost Project in Queens and runs from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Registration is required and the workshop costs $5 to attend. To register, call (718) 539-5296 or email compost@queensbotanical. org.
Back to scHool FEstIval
Northeast Queens Parks will host a free festival to help kids beat the stress of returning to the classroom. Games, rides, craft projects and free giveaways will all be part of the fun at the event, held in Alley Pond Park at 76th Avenue and Springfield Blvd. The festival runs from noon to 3 p.m.
Sean Mahoney and Phyllis Lynd will sing popular American songs at a live concert at Forest Hills Library. Among the artists they will cover include Victor Herbert, Cole Porter, Leonard Cohen and Train. The show will start at 2:30 p.m.
Queensborough Community College’s Holocaust Resource Center & Archives will hold a lecture at 1 p.m. Titled “Henry Ford’s War on the Jews,” the lecture will discuss how Ford was the publisher of anti-Semitic propaganda, as well as the man who made automobiles affordable. Victoria Saker Woeste will talk about Ford’s ownership of the Dearborn Independent, his involvement of the defamatory articles it ran, and two Jewish lawyers, Aaron Sapiro and Louis Marshall, who each tried to stop Ford’s war on Jews.
SPOTLIGHT OF THE WEEK
WedNesday 9/11 Don BYRon
Musician Don Byron will appear at Flushing Town Hall at 7 p.m. as part of its Monthly Jazz Jam series. All jazz performers are welcome to play with Byron and the Queens Jazz OverGround. Byron, a clarinetist, saxophonist, composer and arranger, is well-known for his ability to blend into any genre, whether it is classical, blues, salsa or hip-hop. The performance costs $10 for the general public, but it is free for performers, students and members.
YoGa In tHE paRk
The Yoga Room invites you to enjoy the great outdoors while practicing yoga at Gantry Plaza State Park, located at 4-09 47th Rd., Long Island City. Bring a mat and wear comfortable clothing. Yoga starts at 5:30 p.m.
musIc In tHE GaRDEn FEatuRInG mantRa pERcussIon
The Noguchi Museum, in collaboration with Bang on a Can/Cantaloupe Music, hosts a series of innovative music at the Museum’s sculpture garden, located at 9-01 33rd Road in Long Island City. Starting at 3 p.m., Mantra Percussion will perform Michael Gordon’s Timber, which is a full-length concert composed for six percussionists playing on amplified two by fours using mallets and fingertips.
Residents from Glendale, Middle Village, Ridgewood and Woodhaven will gather at the 9/11 memorial in Forest Park to honor the 42 residents from those communities who lost their lives in the World Trade Center attack. For more information, contact Harold Mecabe at firstname.lastname@example.org or Dori Capace at capaced@aol. com.
reception for “Biala: Vision and Memory.” Curated by art history professor Diane Kelder, the exhibit is the first comprehensive look of Janice Biala’s career, featuring 50 paintings, collages and drawings from public and private collections. The reception, which runs from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., will include a walkthrough with Kelder at 6 p.m. The exhibit will be on display until Oct. 26.
FRIEnDs oF GantRY statE paRk FunDRaIsER
Author Josh Hanagarne will lead a discussion about his book, “The World’s Strongest Librarian,” at the Queens Village Library from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. This is a teleconferenced program. First-time participants should contact Mail-aBook at (718) 464-0084 for access numbers.
thuRsday 9/12 BIala: vIsIon anD mEmoRY
The Godwin-Ternbach Museum will hold the opening
Friends of Gantry will host a fundraiser to celebrate 15 years of caring for Gantry State Park, the NYC Parks, Street Trees and Greenspaces of Hunters Point and Long Island City. Since the City and State do not have enough funding to care for all of the green spaces, volunteers of Friends of Gantry and our community partner at New York Cares have diligently taken up the responsibility. Assemblywoman Cathy Nolan will be honored for her support at the event. The fundraiser will take place the Riverview Restaurant, located at 2-01 50th Ave., Long Island City. The restaurant has graciously donated their space plus food and drink for this festive occasion. To purchase a ticket, visit http://friendsofgantry.givezooks.com/events/friendsof-gantry-15th-anniversary. The tickets include wine, beer and delicious hors d’oeuvres. There will be a cash bar for cocktails.
mommY & mE
Infants, toddlers, preschoolers and their parents are invited to sign up for a free trial class of the mommy and me at Tiger Schul-
mann’s Karate at 73-25 Woodhaven Blvd., Glendale. To sign up, go to mommymusicandme.com or call (718) 229-0033. Visit their website for a complete fall 2013 schedule. Space is limited.
Hall oF scI. FREE aDmIssIon
The New York Hall of Science is offering free general admission until Sept. 9. The promotional effort coincides with the dates of the U.S. Open. As such, many exhibits will have sports themes. The Arthur Ashe Learning Center Inspiration Tour will provide insight to the legendary tennis player’s interests, including sports, education and public service, through the use of motion paintings, augmented reality and wellness challenges. The New York Hall of Science is located at 47-01 111th St.
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This group exhibition will take you from events that first appear to be disruptive, even catastrophic, but it eventually opens the door to new thoughts, practices and opportunities. The performance will take place every weekend for the month of September at 39-31 29th St., Long Island City. For more information, email email@example.com.
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Queens today Section editor: reGinA VoGeL
Send announcements for your club or organization’s events at least TWO weeks in advance to “Queens Today” Editor, Queens Tribune, 150-50 14 Road, Whitestone NY 11357. Send faxes to 357-9417, c/o Regina or email to queenstoday@ queenstribune.com Yearly schedules and advanced notices welcome!
dAnce iSrAeLi FoLK Mondays 7:15-9:45 at Hillcrest Jewish Center, 182-02 Union Turnpike. $10 session. 380-4145. Line dAncinG M o n d ay s 6 : 3 0 - 9 : 3 0 a t Kowalinski Post 4, 61-57 Maspeth Avenue. $7. Cake and coffee. 565-2259. coUntrY Line Wednesdays 7-10 at the STARS Building, 8 Coleman Square, Howard Beach. $10.
entertAinMent LocAL oPerA Saturday, September 7 Flushing library at 1:30. AMericAn MUSic Saturday, September 7 Forest Hills library at 2:30. MeMorieS Saturday, September 7 African-American grandparents and grandchildren share memorable moments and stories in their oral and written traditions. Langston Hughes library at 2:30. FiLM Saturday, September 7 “Mi Chacra” (My Land) shown at the LIC library at 3. concert in PArK Sunday, September 8 Annual Concert in the Park sponsored by the Bowne Park Civic Association at 32nd Avenue and 155-156th Streets, Flushing from 3-5. 347 oPen Mic M o n d ay, S e p te m b e r 9 Barnes & Noble, 176-60 U n i o n Tu r n p i ke , F r e s h Meadows at 7:30. MoVie tuesday, September 19 “Silver Linings Playbook.” tu e s d ay, o c t o b e r 8 “Warm Bodies.” tuesday, november 12 “Quartet.”
tuesday, december 10 “Identit y Thief.” Queens Village library at 3. BinGo tuesdays 7:15 American Martyrs Church in Bayside. 464-4582. tuesdays 7:15 (doors open 6) Rego Park Jewish Center. 459-1000. $3 admission includes 12 games. ScrABBLe tuesdays Fresh Meadows library at 2 and East Flushing library at 3:30. SWinGinG JAZZ Friday, September 13 Hollis library at 4. LAtin & JAZZ t h u r s d a y, S e p t e m b e r 12 Woodside library at 3:30. GAMe dAY Fridays 4:30 Woodhaven library. AUtUMn concert Saturday, September 14 Flushing library at 1:30. eid ceLeBrAtion Saturday, September 14 music and food from Pakistan at 2 at the Jackson Heights library. indiAn MUSic Saturday, September 14 Tyohaar performs 3-4 at the Central library.
enVironMent Food WASte droPoFF Saturdays 1-3 at the Broadway and LIC library. HYdroPonicS HoMe Monday, September 9 LIC library at 6. eXtend SeASon M o n d ay, S e p te m b e r 9 Steinway library at 6:30. coMPoStinG tuesdays Woodside library 5:15-6:30. JH ScrAPS tuesday 6-8pm and Saturdays 10-2 35 th Avenue between 69 th Street and the BQE. rooFS Saturday, September 14 Green, White and Blue Roofs Steinway library at 3:30.
tALKS WindSor PArK M o n d ay, S e p te m b e r 9 “Flight Behavior” discussed at 2. PeninSULA LiBrArY M o n d ay, S e p te m b e r 9 “1776” discussed at 6:30. SUPPort For ed. tuesday, September 10 “Finding Foundation Support For Your Education” at the Central library. Register.
edUcAtion/GAMeS/crAFtS crocHet Mondays, September 9 Woodside library at 5:30. BALLrooM dAncinG Mondays, September 9, 16, 23, 30 Forest Hills library at 6:30. JoB SeArcH Mondays free job search and computer help every Monday 11-2 at the Astoria library. BridGe Mondays except holidays 12-4 at Pride of Judea in Douglaston. Lesson & play $10. Partners arranged. 423-6200. AdULt cHeSS Mondays and thursdays Queens Village library at 5:30. BeGin coMPUterS tuesday, September 10 Flushing library. Register. coMPUter cLASS tuesdays, September 10, 17, 24 Woodside library at 5:45. JoB reAdineSS tuesdays, September 10, 17, 24 Woodside library at 5:45. deFenSiVe driVinG tuesday, September 10 Auburndale library. Register. Word/eXceL tuesday, September 10
both of fered at the LIC library. Register. tecHnoLoGiSt iS in tuesdays, September 10, 17, 24 Pomonok library. Register. coMPUter BASicS Wednesday, September 11 Woodside library at 10:30. MocK interVieWS Wednesdays, September 11, 18, 25 Flushing library at 1:30. WAtercoLor We d n e s d ay s a l l te c h niques and subjects at the National Art League.9691128. oFFice SUite thursdays, September 12, 19, 26 Poppenhusen library at noon. BeLLY dAncinG thursdays, September 12, 19, 26 Richmond Hill library. Register. BeGin coMPUterS thursdays, September 12, 19 Ozone Park library. Register. BeGin coMPUterS Friday, September 13 Middle Village library. Register. coMPUter BASicS Friday, September 13 Poppenhusen. Register.
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Queens today HeALtH YoGA Saturdays through September 8 9:30-10:30 and 11-12 and Sundays 10-11. Socrates Sculpture, 32-01 Vernon Blvd., LIC. tAi cHi Sundays through September 9 11-12 at Socrates Sculpture, 32-01 Vernon Blvd., LIC. MentAL iLLneSS Beginning Monday, September 9 National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) will hold a 12 session class for caregivers of an adult living with mental illness. 347-7284. cHAir YoGA Mondays, September 9, 16, 23 Baisley Park library. Register. AnXietY M o n d ay, S e p te m b e r 9 Anxiet y, Depression and Panic Attacks at the Flushing library at 6. ZUMBA Mondays, September 9, 16, 23, 30 Bayside library at 6:30. ALZHeiMerS tuesdays, September 10, 24, october 8, 22 Caregiver Support Group in Forest Hills. 592-5757, ext.
237. YoGA StretcH tuesdays, September 10, 17, 24 Richmond Hill library at 5:30. PiLAteS tuesdays, September 10, 17, 24 Queens Village library at 5:45. cAreGiVerS SeMinAr tuesday, September 10 Briarwood library at 2. MoVinG For LiFe tuesdays, September 10, 17, 24 Flushing library at 2. Eastern and Western music and elements of tai chi and yoga. ZUMBA tuesday, September 10 Woodside library at 6. tAi cHi Wednesdays, September 11, 18 McGoldrick library. Register. GentLe YoGA Wednesday, September 11 Woodside library. Register. MeditAtion cLUB thursday, September 12 Bellerose library at 5:30. SHAPe UP nYc Fridays, September 13, 20, 27 Briarwood library at 11:30. dAnce FitneSS
Fridays, September 13, 20, 27 Richmond Hill library at 5:30. onGoinG GroUPS AnGer MAnAGeMent Wednesdays and Saturdays Classes, individual, family, couples therapy in Briarwood. 374-6765. SUPPort GroUPS Alcohol, drugs, domestic violence, martial issues, depression, anxiet y, phobia, etc. Woodside Clinic. 779-1234. doMeStic VioL. 24 hour Domestic Violence Hotline. 657-0424. PSYcHoLoGicAL ctr Individual and group counseling, family and couple therapy and more. 5700500 sliding scale. WAitAnKUnG Sundays 2 - 5 . To t a l body workout. Flushing Hospital/Medical Center. Free. Jimmy 7-10pm 347-2156. ScHiZo. Anon. Sundays in Rego Park. 896-3400. tAi cHi Mondays and thursdays 11-12 at the Cardiac Health Center in Fresh Meadows. 670-1695. $5.
cHeSS cLUB Saturdays at the Flushing library at 2. creAtiVe MoVeMent Mondays, September 9, 16 Lefferts library at 1. GAMeniGHt Mondays, September 9, 16 Richmond Hill library at 5. ArtS & crAFtS tuesdays at the North Hills library at 2:15. nAtUre KidS tuesdays Sunnyside library 3:00 and Woodside library at 4:15. KidS cLUB thursday, September 12 Hillcrest library at 4:30. reAd to ALLiGAtor thursday, September 12 Whitestone library at 5:30. crAFt tiMe Fridays Ozone Park library at 3. GAMe dAY Fridays at 3:30 Queens Village library. Fridays Windsor Park at 4. ArtS & crAFtS Fridays Briarwood library at 4. East Flushing Register. Ozone Park at 3. cHeSS cLUB Fridays Auburndale library at 3:30 and Windsor Park library. Register.
AArP4158 tuesdays, September 10, oc tober 8 North Flushing chapter 4158 meets at noon at Church on the Hill, 167-07 35 th Avenue, Flushing. HeALtHY cooKinG tuesday, September 10 Broadway library at 3. cLeArVieW Senior tuesday, September 10 Music Appreciation at 12:45. thursday, September 12 blood pressure screenings at 9:30. Friday, September 13 “Lucky One” movie at 12:45. Fridays, September 20 Current Events at 12:45 and “How to Be Clutter Free” at 10. Monday, September 24 Music Appreciation at 12:45. thursday, September 27 “Brief Excursion into Colorado Railroad History at 10 and Music Appreciation at 12:45. Clearview Senior Center, 208-11 26th Avenue, Bayside. 224-7888. AArP driVinG Wednesday, September 11 Forest Hills library at 2. FinAnciAL SecUritY thursday, September 12 Jackson Heights librar y at 11.
centrAL AcAdeMY Monday, September 9 Central Queens Academy Charter School Board of Trustees meeting 7-9:30 at 55-30 Junction Blvd., Elmhurst. 261-6200 to register. VFW 4787 M o n d ay, S e p te m b e r 9 Whitestone VFW Communit y Post meets. 7460540. coMet ciVicS M o n d ay, S e p te m b e r 9 Comet Civics meet at 7 at Bethzatha Church of God, 85-20 57 th Avenue, Elmhurst. cAtHoLic VetS M o n d ay, S e p te m b e r 9 American Martyrs Catholic War Veterans Post 1772 in Bayside. 468-9351. Knit & crocHet Mondays, September 9, 16, 23 Douglaston library at 4. eVeninG crAFtS Mondays, September 9, 16, 23, 30 Evening Crafters Circle at 6 at the Fresh Meadows library. AUditionS Mondays, September 9, 16 auditions for the Oratorio Societ y of Queens at 7. 279-3006.
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Notice OF FORMATION OF Sandy’s Group Daycare LLC. Article of organization filed with secretary of state of NY (SSNY) on 04/16/13. Office located in Queens NY. SSNY has been designated for service of process. SSNY shall mail copy of any process served against the LLC to the LLC: 8487 129th street Kew gardens NY 11415 _______________________ Notice of Formation of Roosevelt 5 LLC. Arts. of Org. filed with NY Dept. of State on 7/2/13. Office location: Queens County. Sec. of State designated agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served and shall mail process to: c/o Werber Management, 40-52 75th St., Elmhurst, NY 11373, principal business address. Purpose: all lawful purposes. _______________________ Beauty & Balance Healing Spa LLC Arts of Org. filed with NY Secy of State (SSNY) on 5/28/13. Office:Queens. SSNY is design. as agent of LLC upon whom process may be served and shall mail process to 4604 Skillman Ave, Flr 1 Sunnyside, NY 11104. Purpose: any lawful activity. _______________________ Notice of formation of Ready To Go Survival, LLC. Arts. of Org. filed with Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 12/28/2012. Office location, County of Queens. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: 201 50th Ave., Apt 12K, Long Island City, NY 11101. Purpose: any lawful act. _______________________ Notice of Formation of MEDICAL CARE EXPRESS, PLLC. Art. of Org. filed NY Sec’y of State (SSNY) 05/21/13. Office in Queens Co. SSNY desig. as process agt. Process service address: 7211 Austin St, #372, Forest Hills, NY 11375 Purpose: Any lawful purpose or activity _______________________ NOTICE OF FORMATION OF LIMITED LIABILIT Y COMPANY. NAME: GRA IV, LLC. Articles of Organization were filed with the Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 06/01/01. 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, c/o William Turkish, PLLC, 33 South Service Road, Jericho, New York 11753. Purpose: For any lawful purpose. _______________________ Phoenix Medical Office PLLC. Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 6/5/13. Office in Queens County. SSNY designated
agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to 52-23 Van Loon St, Elmhurst, Queens, NY 11373. Purpose: Medicine. _______________________ Corona United Condo Management LLC. Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 5/29/13. Office in Queens County. SSNY designated agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to 102-23 43 Ave, Corona, NY 11368. Purpose: General. _______________________ URBAN PALATE GROUP LLC, a domestic LLC, Arts. of Org. filed with the SSNY on 4/19/13. Office location: Queens County. SSNY is designated as agent upon whom process against the LLC may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: The LLC, 195-30C Peck Ave., Flushing, NY 11365. General Purposes. _______________________ 143-19 38TH AVE LLC, Arts of Org filed with SSNY on 07/30/13. Office Location: Queens County, SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail a copy of process to: The LLC, 136-20 38th Ave., #3B, Flushing, NY 11354. Purpose: to engage in any lawful act. _______________________ Notice of formation of AL CAPITAL CONSULTANTS LLC. Arts. Of Org. filed with the Secretary of State of the State of New York (SSNY) on 5/22/13. 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: THE LLC at P.O. Box 520615, Flushing, NY 11352. Purpose: Any lawful activity. _______________________ D & C Empower LLC, Arts of Org filed with SSNY on 07/24/13. Office Location: Queens County, SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail a copy of process to: The LLC, 104-51 90th Ave., Richmond Hill, NY 11418. Purpose: to engage in any lawful act. _______________________ Power Plus USA LLC. Arts. Of Org. filed with Secy. Of State of NY (SSNY) on 5/29/13. Office in Queens County. SSNY designated agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to Kevin Chen, 40-42 Main St 5/Fl, Flushing, NY 11354. Purpose: General. _______________________ REAL REHAB SOLUTIONS LLC, Arts. of Org. filed with the SSNY on 05/02/2013. Office loc: Queens County.
SSNY has been designated as agent upon whom process against the LLC may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: Legalinc Corporate Services Inc., 35-15 84th Street 2H, Jackson Heights, NY 11372. Purpose: Any Lawful Purpose. _______________________ Notice of formation of 4212 H&S LLC, Articles of Org. filed with Secretary of State of the State of New York (SSNY) on 7/30/2013. Office located in Queens Count y, SSNY has been designated for service of process. SSNY shall mail copy of any process served against the LLC to: The LLC at 210-12 39th Ave., Suite #2, Bayside, NY 11361. Purpose: Any lawful activity or purpose. _______________________ Notice of Formation of 8827 179 ST LLC, Art. of Org. filed Sec’y of State (SSNY) 5/24/13. Office location: Queens County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against is may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to c/o Dhanpaul Naraine, 220-29 Jamaica Ave., Queens Village, NY 11428. Purpose: any lawful activities. _______________________ Notice of Formation of 80-12 Rockaway Boulevard LLC. Arts. of Org. filed with NY Dept. of State on 8/2/13. Office location: Queens County. Princ. bus. addr.: 616 Lowell Rd., Concord, MA 01742. Sec. of State designated agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served and shall mail process to: c/o Mark B. Elefante, Hemenway & Barnes LLP, 60 State St., Boston, MA 02109. Purpose: all lawful purposes. _______________________ File No. 2012-1974 PROBATE CITATION SURROGATE’S COURT, QUEENS COUNTY CITATION THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK. By the Grace of God Free and Independent TO the hairs at law, next of kin and distributees of Gwendoline Cable a/k/a Gwendoline Robin Cable, deceased, if living, & if any of them be dead to their heirs at law, next of kin, distributees, legatees, executors, administrators, assignees & successors in interest whose names are unknown and cannot be ascertained after due diligence. Public administrator of the County of Queens; Stedman Alexander and Marina James A petition having been duly filed by MERVIN SERAPHIN, who is domiciled at 14561 LAKEWOOD AVENUE, JAMAIC A, NE W YORK 11435 YOU ARE HEREBY CITED TO SHOW CAUSE before the Surrogate’s Court,
QUEENS County, at 88-19 SUTPHIN BLVD., New York, on September 26, 2013, at 9:30 o’clock in the forenoon of that day, why a decree should not be made in the estate of GWENDOLINE CABLE A/K/A GWENDOLINE ROBIN CABLE lately domiciled at 145-53 LAKEWOOD AVENUE, JAMAICA, NEW YORK 11435 admitting to probate a Will dated MARCH 1, 2001 a copy of which is attached, as the Will of GWENDOLINE CABLE A/K/A GWENDOLINE ROBIN CABLE deceased, relating to real and personal property, and directing that Letters Testamentary issue to: MERVIN SERAPHIN Dated, Attested and Sealed AUG 07 2013 HON. PETER J. KELLY Surrogate MARGARET M. GRIBBON Chief Clerk CHRISTIANA J. BRIDGEWATER, ESQ. Attorney for Petitioner 212-682-8969 Telephone Number 333 EAST 45TH STREET, SUITE 12C, NEW YORK, NY 10017 Address of Attorney 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 a license number 1225758 for beer and wine has been applied by the undersigned to sell beer and wine at retail in a restaurant under the Alcohol Beverage Control Law at 135-29 Springfield Boulevard, Springfield Gardens, Queens County, New York 11412 for on premises consumption.
92-30 ASSOCIATES LLC and CORNER 160 ASSOCIATES INC, RESPONDENTS Upon the reading and filing of the Verified Petition of Nissim Kassab, dated May 8, 2013, and the exhibits annexed thereto; the Affirmation of Emergency of Raffi Melkonian dated July 30, 2013; the Affirmation of Raffi Melkonian In support of the Order to Show Cause, dated July 30 2013, and the attached Memorandum of Law, dated May 8, 2013; LET ALL interested parties show cause at Part 17 Room 116 of this Court at the Supreme Court of the State of New York, County of Queens, at the Courthouse, 88-11 Sutphin Boulevard, Jamaica, Queens, New York, on September 18, 2013 at 9:30am or as soon thereafter as counsel can be heard why (a) Mall 92-30 Associates LLC should not be dissolved under Section 702 of the New York Limited Liability Company Law (“N.Y. LLCL”); (b) a receiver should not be appointed for 92-30 Associates LLC under CPLR 6401(a); (c) Petitioner withdraw as a member of the LLC and be paid the reasonable value of his membership interest; (d) Corner 160 Associates Inc. should not be dissolved under Section 1104-a of the New York Business Corporation Law (“BCL”); and (e) a receiver appointed under BCL §1202(a)(1), to oversee the dissolution and distribution of Corner 160 Associates Inc.; (f) damages for breach of contract be awarded to Petitioner; and (g) damages for breach of fiduciary duty be awarded to Petitioner; and it is further ORDERED, that pending the hearing of the within petition, (a) respondent Avraham Kassab, and his agents, are enjoined from destroying, altering or secreting any of the books and records of Mall 93-20 Associates LLC or Corner 160 Associates, Inc. (the “Companies”); (b) are enjoined from transferring, removing, hypothecating, secreting or in any way disposing of any and all income and property of the Companies, except in the ordinary course of business; (c) are enjoined from issuing, delivering, selling or granting shares of common stock or membership interest of the Companies; (d) are enjoined from acquiring any material asset from the Companies; (e) are enjoined from removing Nissim Kassab from his position as a member/shareholders of the respective Companies, from making a capital call on the shareholders or members of the companies, or the insurance benefits enjoyed by Nissim
Kassab arising from his status as a shareholders or member of the Companies; and (f) are enjoined from proceeding with any meeting of the members or shareholders of the Companies for which the agenda proposes to remove Nissim Kassab from the management of the Companies or to make a capital call on the shareholders; and it is further ORDERED that service of a copy of this Order to Show Cause and verified petition, together with the papers upon which it is based upon Respondent’s Counsel and upon the NYS Attorney General and NYS Tax Commission by hand on or before August 30, 2013 will be deemed good and sufficient service; and it is further ORDERED, that a copy of this Order to Show Cause shall be published in the Queens Tribune at least once in each of the three weeks before the time appointed for the hearing thereon; and it is further ORDERED that Corner 160 Associates, Inc. and Mall 93-20 Associates LLC, its officers and directors, furnish the Court with a schedule of the account of the said corporation, together with a statement of corporate assets and liabilities, and the name and address of each shareholder and of each creditor and claimant, including any with whom the Corporation has unfulfilled contracts; ORDERED, that Parties and their counsel shall appear on the return date of this application. This order is signed on consent, pursuant to a stipulation between the parties dated 6/12/13. ENTER: J.S.C. (SIGNED) _______________________ Notice of formation of Bright Sky Group LLC. Article of Org. filed with the Secretary of State of the State of NY (SSNY) on 7/9/2013. 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; The LLC at Broadway, Jackson Heights, NY Purpose; Any lawful activity or purpose. ________________________ Notice is hereby given that a License, number 1272572 for a Restaurant Wine (including Beer) License has been applied for by Pollos y Mas Corp to sell Wine and Beer at retail in a restaurant under the Alcoholic Beverage Control Law at 90-59 Corona Ave, Elmhurst, NY 11373 for On –premises consumption
_______________________ Notice of formation of Stoneview Capital LLC. Articles of Org. filed with the Secretary of State of the State of New York (SSNY) on 8/1/2013. Office located in Queens county. SSNY has been designated for service of process. SSNY shall mail copy of any process against the LLC to: THE LLC at 71-11 Astoria Blvd., East Elmhurst, NY 11370. Purpose: Any lawful activity or purpose. _______________________ At a IAS Part 17 of the Supreme Court of the State of New York, County of Queens, at the Courthouse, 88-11 Sutphin Boulevard, Jamaica, Queens on the 30th day of July, 2013. PRESENT: HON. ORIN R. KITZES, JSC ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE INDEX NO. 14428/2013 DATE OF ENTRY: JULY 30, 2013 SUPREME COURT OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK COUNTY OF QUEENS NISSIM KASSAB, PETITIONER Against AVRAHAM KASSAB,
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QUEENS FOCUS VFW Post 4787, located at 19-12 149th St., Whitestone, will hold its monthly meeting at 8 p.m. on Sept. 9 All who served in the military overseas are invited to attend. Local students were named to the Dean’s List for the Spring 2013 semester at Berkeley College. They include: Flushing: Kecheng Bao, You Chen, Shan Shan Chi, Jenesha Gayle, Weijian Gu, Diwen Jin, Xinyi Ju, Xiaoqian Li, Chunqing Lin, So Hee Park, Hongyu Rao, Su-Ellen Rowe, Noemi Saldivar-Torres, Guanjing Wang, Wenjing Zhang. Whitestone: Nardelina Diaz. Bayside: Damian Badel, Taepoong Lee, Sergio Rojas. Fresh Meadows: Mustafa Naseer. Oakland Gardens: Tiffany Chin, Qin Liu. Queens Village: Jeffry Guilliani, Nalesha Narine, Roland Vaval. Forest Hills: Jasmandee Arango, Michael Brana, Nicole Guarino, Georgy Samoylov. Kew Gardens: Christina Pulchan. Rego Park: Latoya Horton, Zbigniew Rakowski, Gustavo Ramirez. The New York Army National Guard recently announced the promotion of members in recognition of their capability for additional responsibility and leadership. Harrison Wang of Bayside, serving with the Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 1-69th Infantry, is promoted to specialist. John Buitrago of Glen Oaks, serving with the Company B, 642nd Support Battalion, is promoted to specialist. The New York Army National Guard recently announced the completion of training for members. Sgt. Karel Kassad of Flushing, serving with the 1427th Transportation Company, graduated from the Motor Transport Operator Course. Spc. Christian Vargas of Flushing, serving with the Company A 1st Battalion, 60th Infantry Batallion, graduated from the Basic Infantryman Course. Spc. Jae Yim of Flushing, serving with the Headquarters Company 1st Battalion 69th Infantry, graduated from the Basic Infantryman Course. The National Guard also recently announced the promotion of members, in recognition of their capability for additional responsibility and leadership. Jorge Lopez of Whitestone, serving with the 187th Signal Company, was promoted to sergeant first class. Valerie Page of Whitestone has been chosen to serve as an admissions ambassador for the 2013-14 academic year at SUNY Potsdam. Michael Fischbach of Whitestone
has been admitted to Wilkes University in Wilkes-Barre, Pa., for the fall 2013 semester. Army Pfc. Jennossie A. Rosa has graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson, Columbia, S.C.During the nine weeks of training, the soldier studied the Army mission, history, tradition and core values, physical fitness, and received instruction and practice in basic combat skills, military weapons, chemical warfare and bayonet training, drill and ceremony, marching, rifle marksmanship, armed and unarmed combat, map reading, field tactics, military courtesy, military justice system, basic first aid, foot marches, and field training exercises. Rosa is the son of Yasmin Rosa of Flushing. Army Pvt. Joseph D. Santos has graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson, Columbia, S.C. Santos is a 2014 graduate of John Bowne High School in Flushing. The following local students have been admitted to SUNY Oneonta for the fall 2013 semester: Flushing: Brittany Correa. Whitestone: Nicholas Owen, Courtney Rubin. Bayside: Mary Mahowald. Glen Oaks: Christine Garcia. Queens Village: Christian Ovalle. Amy Kong of Fresh Meadows was named to the Dean’s List for the spring 2013 semester at Babson College in Babson Park, Mass. Navy Lt. j. g. Yong N. Choi, son of Hyun S. and Hyo K. Choi of Flushing, along with other Sailors assigned aboard the nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman arrived in the U.S. 5th Fleet’s Area of Responsibility (AOR) after the ship completed a rou-
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tine transit through the Suez Canal. Choi is a 2006 graduate of Bayside High School. Kelly Chewens of Flushing was named to the Dean’s List for the spring 2013 semester at Babson College in Babson Park, Mass. Helen Li of Flushing was named to the Dean’s List for the spring 2013 semester at Simmons College in Boston, Mass. Air Force Reserve Airman Melissa J. Reyes graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San AntonioLackland, San Antonio, Texas. The airman completed an intensive, eightweek program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness, and basic warfare principles and skills. She is a 1998 graduate of Benjamin Cardozo High School in Bayside.
The members of the Jewish Center of Oak Hills will join in a break-thefast supper at the conclusion of Yom Kippur services Saturday evening, Sept. 14 at the center, located at 50-35 Cloverdale Blvd., Oakland Gardens. Cost is $15 per person. For information, call (718) 631-0100. Our Lady of Snows Church in Floral Park will hold a special concert in remembrance of the events of 9/11 at 7:30 p.m. on Sept. 11. For information, call (718) 347-6070 or visit www.olsnows.org. Yiru Ni of Fresh Meadows and Christian Silva of Queens Village were awarded academic scholarships to attend SUNY Institute of technology in Utica for the fall 2013 semester. Kwan-Tai Hsieh of Bayside received semester honors for the spring 2013 semester at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Ind. Senior midfielder Nicki Choffel of Bellerose has been named a member of the 2013 Hofstra women’s soccer team.
Scholarship Winners Rivka and Malka Fuzailov of Kew Gardens and Diana Fuzailov of Forest Hills were recently awarded scholarships at the 20th annual scholarship presentation at the Rose Biller Career Fair at the UJA Federation of New York.
Air Force Airman Deonaraine Singh graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San AntonioLackland, San Antonio, Texas. The airman completed an intensive, eightweek program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness, and basic warfare principles and skills. Singh is the son of Soomattie Singh of Richmond Hill.
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From Bad to Even Worse
It just keeps getting worse for Lamar Odom. Just days after returning home to his wife, Khloe Kardashian, to work out their relationship issues, the former Christ The King High School star was arrested for Driving Under the Influence last week. According to published reports, police ordered Odom to pull over after they spotted him driving slowly on a highway just outside of Los Angeles. He reportedly ignored law enforcement for three exits before finally parking to the side. Odom failed several sobriety tests and was taken into custody. This is just the latest of many troubles the Jamaica native has gotten into this summer, including rumors of a failing marriage and supposed addictions to cocaine and crack. He also was caught on video destroying a photographer’s equipment when asked about
his romantic life earlier this summer. Odom, a 6-foot-10 small forward, is currently without an NBA team after spending last season with the Los Angeles Clippers. Their crosstown rivals, the Lakers, have reportedly said they would bring him back to the team if he would go into rehab, which he so far has refused. Although he is not the player he once was, perhaps Odom should take the Lakers’ offer so he can be an NBA player once again.
Weiner's Friends for Hire?
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Weiner hired actors from the California firm, “Crowds for Demand,” for $15 an hour. His campaign has denied it. With all the recent controversy surrounding the mayoral hopeful, this news doesn’t seem too bad.
Spell Check Needed
Looks like this little gem, Queen of Hearts, a gentleman’s club located on Hoyt Avenue South in Astoria, could use a little spelling lesson.
QConf is edited by: Steven J. Ferrari Contributors: Luis Gronda, Natalia Kozikowska, Joe Marvilli, Marcia Moxom Comrie, Michael Nussbaum, Trisha Sakhuja, Michael Schenkler.
Who's Got Talent? QConﬁdential is looking for talented individuals of all kinds to be featured in a future edition. If you can sing, perform, cook or have a talent you want to show off to the borough, send an email to editor@ queenstribune.com ASAP.
Looks like times are hard for Anthony Weiner - no pun intended, we promise. Earlier this week, reports surfaced that mayoral candidate has been paying actors to stand in as supporters at his events. According to the reports,
MUSICIANS OF QUEENS
Now you can not only watch your favorite Tennis stars play at the U.S. Open, but you can also tweet their every move. The U.S. Open Social Wall is 50 feet by eight feet, which will display real-time Internet comments. If you use the hashtag #USOpen, your tweets on Twitter and posts on Facebook will be monitored and displayed live at the tournament. Don’t take tweeting and posting so lightly because the user who posts the photo that best captures the spirit of the tournament can possibly win a $1,500 prize. Check out the social media wall at the game or visit www. usopen.org. Make your next tennis experience live!
James John is the type of artist who wears many, many hats. While he is in his fourth season as the Artistic Director of the Cerddorion Vocal Ensemble, he is also the director of Choral Activities at the Aaron Copland School of Music, an associate professor at Queens College and a conductor of the Queens College Choir, Vocal Ensemble and Choral Society. Although he deals with many different performance groups, the Forest Hillsbased conductor is happy with all of the experience he gains from these various positions. “I love supporting everyone in finding the strength and beauty of their own self-expression through singing,” he said. The size and amount of training for each of these groups are the biggest differences for John, though most of them are located at Queens College, which has been part of his life since he graduated with Master’s Degree in conducting. The school is very supportive of all his endeavors. “I was always impressed with the level of musical training that students receive at Queens College and I was excited at the opportunity to work with students at a public university who are working at a high level,” John said. While choirs have been a part of John’s life since he was a child, conducting
did not enter his life until after college. Later on, during his musical studies, he took courses in orchestral and choral conducting; an experience that he says is unlike any other. “It is as if we, the musicians, are given the task of breathing life into a work that has the potential to lift people into an experience of something greater than themselves,” he said. When asked about what his favorite musical pieces were, John said that he enjoys whatever he is working on at the moment the most. However, Benjamin Britten's “War Requiem” holds a special place in his memory. “It was particularly powerful because of the combination of the old and the new - the standard Latin Mass text and the English poetry of WWI poet, Wilfred Owen,” he said. “This 20th century music had a more visceral cry for peace than many other works and it touched me deeply.” With another school year now starting and many performances to work on, John is looking forward to the chance to bring people together and create beautiful music once again. “I am grateful every day, that I am able to make music for a living and that I am able, not only do that for myself, but to have a career where I am making music with others,” John said. “There's great joy in making music with others and I am very thankful to have a career that allows me to do that every day.”
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NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT A LICENSE 1267620 FOR WINE & BEER HAS BEEN APPLIED BY THE UNDERSIGNED TO SELL WINE AND BEER AT RETAIL IN A RESTAURANT UNDER THE ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGE CONTROL LAW AT 108-02B NORTHERN BLVD. CORONA, NY 11368 FOR ON PREMISES CONSUMPTION. GISSELLY M. DIAZ, DONA JUANA BAR & GRILL RESTAURANT INC. ________________________ SAPP TRANS LLC, Arts. of Org. filed with the SSNY on 09/07/2012. Office loc: Queens County. SSNY has been designated as agent upon whom process against the LLC may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: 5853 77 Place, Middle Village, NY 11379. Purpose: Any Lawful Purpose. ________________________ Notice of formation of PKB GLOBAL LLC. Articles of Org. filed with the Secretary of State of the State of New York (SSNY) on 8/2/2013. Office located in Queens Count y. SSNY has been designated for service of process. SSNY shall mail copy of any process served against the LLC to: THE LLC at: 10025 Queens Boulevard, Suite 2BB, Forest Hills, NY 11375. Purpose: Any lawful activity or purpose. ________________________
For on premises consumption under the ABC law at JFK International Airport, Terminal 4, HM1 Jamaica NY 11432 _______________________ Civil Court of the State of New York County of Queens Petition For A Name Change Index # 000395 In the Matter of the Application of Paula Lynn Brooks, Petitioner, For leave to Chang Her Name to: Paula Lynn Paey-Brooks To the Civil Court of the State of New York: The Petition of Paula Lynn Brooks respectfully shows this court: 1. The petitioner resides at No. 143-23 181st St., Springfield Gardens in the State of New York, County of Queens, and has so resided for a period of 3 years and 4 months prior to the making of this application. 2. The petitioner Paula Lynn Brooks was born at Jamaica Hospital on the 8 day of January 1979 and is now 34 years of age. (Attached hereto and made a part hereof is a copy of the petitioner’s birth certificate.) 3. The Petitioner proposes to change said His/Her name to Paula Lynn Paey-Brooks _______________________
Org. Filed NY Sec of State (SSNY) on May 2, 2013. Office in Queens Co. SSNY Desig. Agent of LLC upon whom process may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to 36-15 215th Place, Bayside, NY 11361. Purpose: Real Estate Agency & Management. ________________________ Notice of Formation of Lewis Foods LIC-31, LLC. Arts. of Org. filed with NY Dept. of State on 6/24/13. Office location: Queens County. Princ. bus. addr.: 32-55 31st St., Long Island City, NY 11106. Sec. of State designated agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served and shall mail process to: c/o Robert Braumuller, Bleakley Platt & Schmidt, LLP, 1 N. Lexington Ave., White Plains, NY 10601. Purpose: any lawful activity. ________________________
Daifalla My present name is (First) Farida (Middle) Shaker Abdelhameed Daifalla (Last) Abdelhameed (infant) My present address is 3615 30th St., Apt. 2, Astoria, NY 11106 My place of birth is Egypt My date of birth is August 05, 2010 ________________________
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) Sean (Last) Samad My present name is (First) Sean (Middle) Usama Khan (Last) Samad (infant) My present address is 90-30 186th St., Hollis, NY 11423 My place of birth is Hempstead, NY My date of birth is January 02, 1997 ________________________ Notice is hereby given that an Order entered by the Civil Court, Queens County on JUL 31 2013 bearing Index Number NC-000469-13/ 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) Ishera (Middle) Theta (Last) Saidi-Sief My present name is (First) Mel (Middle) Sheba (Last) Garcy aka Mel Garcy, aka Mel S Garcy My present address is 209-54 111th Rd, Queens Village, NY 11429 My place of birth is Brooklyn, NY My date of birth is August 17, 1975 ________________________
NY Secy of State (SSNY) on 7/29/13. Office: Queens. SSNY is design. as agent of LLC upon whom process may be served and shall mail process to 10861 44th Ave. Corona, NY 11368. Purpose: any lawful activity. ________________________
Notice of formation of SCENERY FAMILY GROUP, LLC Articles of Organization filed with Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 07/12/2013. NY office location: QUEENS County. SSNY has been designated as agent of the LLC upon whom process against it may be served. The post office address to which the SSNY shall mail a copy of any process against the LLC served upon him/her is 65-40 108th STREET, FOREST HILLS, NY 10375 Purpose/character of LLC: REAL ESTATE BUSINESS ACTIVITY. _______________________ Notice of Formation of Wong Brothers Properties LLC. Arts. of Org. filed with NY Dept. of State on 7/16/13. Office location: Queens Count y. Sec. of State designated agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served and shall mail process to: 41-33 149th Place, Flushing, NY 11355. Purpose: any lawful activity. _______________________ Notice is hereby given that an on-premises license, #TBA has been applied for by SSP America JFK, LLC d/b/a Le Grand Comptoir to sell beer, wine and liquor at retail in an on premises establishment.
Notice is hereby given that an Order entered by the Civil Court, Queens County on AUG 20 2013 bearing Index Number NC-000687-13/ 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) Doran (Last) Mauney El My present name is (First) Doran (Last) Mauney aka Doran Mauney El My present address is 77-18 162nd St., Fresh Meadows, NY 11366 My place of birth is Brooklyn, NY My date of birth is June 27, 1975 _______________________ Notice is hereby given that an Order entered by the Civil Court, Queens County on AUG 20 2013 bearing Index Number NC-000677-13/ 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) Samantha (Middle) Angelica (Last) Ovalles My present name is (First) Samanta (Middle) Angelica (Last) Ovalles aka Samantha Angelica De Los Santos, aka Samantha Angelica Ovalles My present address is 6724 161st St., Apt. 3K, Fresh Meadows, NY 11365 My place of birth is Dominican Republic My date of birth is October 10, 1986 ________________________ HA TING REALTY & MANAGEMENT LLC Articles of
Samantha 30 LLC Arts of Org. filed with NY Secy of State (SSNY) on 7/26/13. Office: Queens. SSNY is design. as agent of LLC upon whom process may be served and shall mail process to 48-21 30th Ave Long Island City, NY 11103. Purpose: any lawful activity. _______________________ NOTICE OF FORMATION OF GAO & LEE CAPITAL REALTY LLC. Arts of Org filed with Secy of State of NY (SSNY) on 8/8/13. Office location: Queens County. SSNY designated as agent upon whom process may be served and shall mail copy of process against LLC to principal address: 4306 159th St Flushing, NY 11358. Purpose: any lawful act. _______________________ Notice of formation of Mercure LLC. Articles of Organization filed with Secretary of State of New York SSNY on 06/04/13. 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 Mercure LLC, C/O United States Corporation agents, INC. 7014 13th Avenue, Suite 202 Brooklyn, NY 11228. Purpose: For any lawful purpose. _______________________ Notice is hereby given that an Order entered by the Civil Court, Queens County on AUG 07 2013 bearing Index Number NC-000665-13/ 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) Farida (Middle) Shaker (Last)
Notice is hereby given that an Order entered by the Civil Court, Queens County on JUL 15 2013 bearing Index Number NC-000549-13/ 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) Kareem (Middle) Walter (Last) Ryer My present name is (First) Korine (Middle) Walter (Last) Ryer aka Kareem Ryer My present address is 161-24 129th Ave., Jamaica, NY 11434 My place of birth is Brooklyn, NY My date of birth is April 04, 1984 ________________________ Notice is hereby given that an Order entered by the Civil Court, Queens County on AUG 20 2013 bearing Index Number NC-000652-13/ QU, a copy of which may
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Notice is hereby given that an Order entered by the Civil Court, Queens County on AUG 07 2013 bearing Index Number NC-000658-13/ 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) Raphaella (Last) Medina My present name is (First) Ella (Last) Medina aka Raphaella Medina My present address is 45 Kew Gardens Rd., Kew Gardens, NY 11415 My place of birth is Phillippines My date of birth is April 27, 1967
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