Friends of Dead Fraud Victim Grateful to Finally Have Answer

By Katie Honan

ROCKAWAY PARK — Leslie Mahoney got the call some time in November 2011 from her friend, Karen Mary Connors, who everybody called “KC.”

Connors had been sick with cancer and was headed to the hospital, but it wasn’t serious, she told Mahoney. They chatted briefly, talking about the upcoming holidays until Connors said she had to go.

“Her last words to me were, ‘here’s my ride,'” Mahoney, 67, who lives in Belle Harbor, said. Mahoney never heard from Connors again, and assumed she had moved down to her house in Miami Beach — where Connors had always joked she’d go if she was sick because at least it was warm.

But Connors — an eccentric, funny woman who would often split time between Rockaway and Florida — died Nov 18, 2011 inside Peninsula Hospital Center, which closed soon after her death, according to city records.

Although Connors had considerable assets, she didn’t have any heirs, and she was buried on the city’s Potter’s Field on Hart Island, plot #354.

But prosecutors said her death remained a mystery to her neighbors for years — in large part due to the scheming of Donata Rea, 53, who the Queens District Attorney’s office says siphoned approximately $1.3 million from Connors’ estate by pretending Connors was still very much alive.

Not everyone believed her, including Tina Lopez, who — in the narrow degrees of separation that tie together nearly everyone who lives in Rockaway — signed an agreement with Rea to rent an apartment at 178 Beach 120th St. in December 2013 that, unbeknownst to her, actually belonged to Connors.

Lopez had been living in that apartment with her two daughters for about a month when Connors’ old friend, Mahoney, came by for a visit. Lopez had known Connors years before from their work in real estate — but she hadn’t known where she lived.

Mahoney said the minute “I went to that house and saw Tina was there, I knew something was wrong.”

But when they asked Rea, who also goes by Donna, where to find Connors, Rea told them she was taking care of her at a nursing home in Florida, they said.

“Everyone spoke to Donna. Donna said, ‘she’s in a nursing home in Florida,'” Lopez said.

Read more here

https://www.dnainfo.com/new-york/20170220/rockaway-park/kc-connors-karen-mary-connors-donata-rea-donna-rea-scam-rockaway

Black History Month: Primetime Pays Respect To “The Chicago Defender” Historic Black Newspaper

In respect to Founder Editor- Robert S. Abbott

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The Chicago Defender, which was founded by Robert S. Abbott on May 5, 1905, once heralded itself as “The World’s Greatest Weekly.”

The newspaper was the nation’s most influential black weekly newspaper by the advent of World War I, with more than two-thirds of its readership base located outside of Chicago and beyond.

The Newspaper cost around 25 cents and published about 300 copies a week in Chicago.

In 1910 Abbott hired his first full-time paid employee, J. Hockley Smiley, and with his help, The Defender began to attract a national audience and to address issues of national scope. Smiley incorporated yellow journalism techniques similar to those used by William Randolph Hearst and Joseph Pulitzer into the paper in order to boost sales and to dramatize various racial injustices in America.

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The Defender had more freedom to denounce issues outright, and its editorial position was very militant, attacking racial inequities head-on. Sensationalistic headlines, graphic images, and red ink were utilized to capture the reader’s attention and convey the horrors of lynchings, rapes, assaults, and other atrocities affecting black Americans.

The Defender did not use the words “Negro” or “black” in its pages. Instead, African Americans were referred to as “the Race” and black men and women as “Race men and Race women.”

Read more about their history here.

http://www.pbs.org/blackpress/news_bios/defender.html

You may also check out the newspaper’s current role in Chicago today. By visiting https://chicagodefender.com/

 

 

 

Rockaway Organizations That Received Discretionary Funds 2017 District 31

By Jeffrey Williams-Maisonet

Each year, Members of the Council allocate discretionary funds to not-for-profit organizations in order to meet local needs and fill gaps in City agency (Agency) services. Thus, discretionary spending is a critical tool in meeting needs in our communities.

As with all taxpayer funds, the public deserves to know that discretionary funds are going to organizations with the capacity and integrity to provide quality services. The City Council has instituted a comprehensive set of measures to improve transparency and accountability in the use of discretionary funding including:

  • publishing a complete list of organizations receiving discretionary funds, including the amount, the sponsoring Member or Members, and a brief description of how the funds were to be used;
  • working in conjunction with the Mayor’s Office of Contract Services (MOCS) and City agencies, a thorough vetting process is in place to review each organization allocated discretionary funds to assess integrity, compliance, and a track record in providing the services for which they have been selected to provide; and
  • ensuring that recipient organizations and Members comply with the specific set of rules and guidelines that govern discretionary funds which the City’s Conflicts of Interest Board (COIB) clarified at the Council’s request. All organizations receiving funds are subject to these rules, and Council Members provide signed conflicts of interest disclosure forms with each vote approving funding.

The following is a list of 2017 recipients from Councilman Richards 

  • Fund for the City of New York, Inc. 5,000 – Funds will be used to support the Far Rockaway / Arverne Nonprofit Coalition Youth Summit.
  • Young Israel of Wavecrest and Bayswater 20,000– Funds will be used to provide programmatic and operational support for the Young Israel of Wavecrest Bayswater Senior League
  • Young Men’s Christian Association of Greater New York 5,000-
    Funds will be used to provide programmatic support at the Rockaway YMCA at Arverne by the Sea.
  • Community Center of the Rockaway Peninsula, Inc. 20,000– The Digital Inclusion and Literacy Initiative address disparities in access to the Internet and increase digital literacy across the City, through programming available in every Council District.
  • Police Athletic League, Inc. 15,000– To provide programmatic support at Goldie Maple Academy and Redfern Houses in Far Rockaway
  • First Church of God, Inc. 10,000– Funds will be used to support First Church of God’s community-wide youth related events in Council District 31
  • Queens Libraries–  Funds will be used for programmatic support in the Far Rockaway Teen Library
  • Rockaway Citizens Safety Patrol, Inc. 5,000-Funds will be used to provide support of operating expenses for the Rockaway Nassau Safety Patrol.
  • Rockaway Waterfront Alliance, Inc. 14,627– This allocation represents a restoration of $1,002,000 and an enhancement of $1,000,000. A Greener NYC supports environmentally friendly focused programs that encourage education, advocacy, community service, and green-job training, contributing to the improvement and conservation of NYC’s air, land, energy opens spaces, and other vital resources.
  • Swim Strong Foundation, Inc 14,000- Funds will be used to provide free swim lessons for Council District 31 youth participating in Swim Strong programs at Far Rockaway High School
  • Ocean Bay Community Development Corporation 23,500-Funds will be used to provide support for the Ocean Bay CDC’s job readiness training programs in Council District 31.
  • We Care New York, Inc 5,000– Funds will be used to provide programmatic support for the We Care NY program in Far Rockaway
  • Ocean Bay Community Development Corporation 6,500– Funds will be used to provide support for the Ocean Bay CDC’s job readiness training programs in Council District 31
  • Jewish Services Coalition 10,000– Funds will be used to provide programmatic support for youth activities in Council District 31.
  • Rockaway Waterfront Alliance, Inc. 20,000– This funding supports cultural programs and institutions that provide arts enrichment to students through after-school programs.
  • Rockaway Volunteer Ambulance Search and Rescue Corps 5,000– Funds will be used to provide programmatic support for the Rockaway Volunteer Ambulance Corps
  • Arverne Church of God, Inc. 10,000– Funds will be used to support the Get Real with D.R.U.G.S.program, providing mentorship and open gym sessions, in Council District 31.
  • Ready Rockaway, Inc. 5,000-Funds will be used to provide programmatic support for Ready Rockaway’s programs in Council District 31.
  • Jewish Community Council of the Rockaway Peninsula, Inc. 15,000– Funds will be used to provide programmatic support for youth in Council District 31.

Schumer Calls for Independent Investigation into Former National Security Adviser Flynn, Expects AG Sessions to Recuse Himself

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today spoke at the weekly Democratic address, calling for an independent investigation into former National Security Adviser Lieutenant General Michael Flynn. Below are his remarks:

Look, I usually hold these stakeouts with a few of my colleagues, but I have a lot to say about what transpired last night.

General Flynn’s resignation is not the end of the story, it is merely a beginning. It is not the last chapter of this saga, but only the first. His resignation raises more questions than it answers and the American people deserve to know the truth.

In the days and weeks ahead, the Trump administration has many serious questions to answer. These questions must be asked by independent and unbiased law enforcement officers. They must be answered truthfully by administration officials. And any attempt to lie or mislead must be countered with the full force of the law. That must be true for every single employee of the Trump administration. From assistants sitting in cramped cubicles to the man occupying the Oval Office. I hope our Republican colleagues will join us in this call because the crisis here rises above party.

Was General Flynn directed or authorized to do what he did? What was the extent of his conversations and contact with Russia? Who else from the Trump administration, transition or campaign, had contact with the Russians? And why wasn’t General Flynn fired? As soon as the administration found out, why did they act only when they were caught misleading the media?

These are just a few of the questions that need to be answered. And these questions shouldn’t just apply to General Flynn, but to senior officials in the Trump campaign transition and administration. Every one of these questions should be applied to all of them, as well.

There needs to be an independent and transparent investigation, because the White House knew for weeks that General Flynn misled the Vice President and that his discussion about sanctions with the Russian government could potentially compromise our national security, because it was subject to blackmail. And yet, they let him stay on for weeks, present at and participating in the highest level of national security discussions until those reports were made public.

If an investigation is not independent, nonpartisan, and most of all transparent, there is no guarantee this administration will take the decisive and immediate actions necessary to keep our country safe. The White House Counsel cannot lead this investigation. And the new Attorney General, Jeff Sessions, cannot be the person to lead that investigation.

Department of Justice regulations specifically prohibit individuals who have political ties to the subjects of an investigation from leading that investigation. I want to read you the regulations from DOJ website. “No Department of Justice employee may participate in a criminal investigation or prosecution if he has a personal or political relationship with any person or organization substantially involved in the conduct that is the subject of the investigation or prosecution or who would be directly affected by the outcome.”

The regulations continue. “Political relationship means a close identification with an elected official, candidate, political party or campaign organization arising from service as a principal advisor or official. Personal relationship means a close and substantial connection of the type normally viewed as likely to induce partiality.”

Jeff Sessions was chairman of the National Security Advisory Committee alongside General Michael Flynn. He was a senior advisor in the Trump campaign, the first senator to endorse the President’s campaign, and nominated him at the Republican convention in Cleveland.

Those facts and the Department of Justice’s own rules disqualify Attorney General Sessions from running this investigation.

Because the rules are so clear, I expect Attorney General Sessions will recuse himself and make sure that an independent and thorough investigation proceeds. The American people deserve a full investigation. We need a transparent investigation, and we need an impartial investigation.

Background

Department of Justice Regulations:

§ 45.2 Disqualification arising from personal or political relationship.

(a) Unless authorized under paragraph (b) of this section, no employee shall participate in a criminal investigation or prosecution if he has a personal or political relationship with:

(1) Any person or organization substantially involved in the conduct that is the subject of the investigation or prosecution; or

(2) Any person or organization which he knows has a specific and substantial interest that would be directly affected by the outcome of the investigation or prosecution.

(b) An employee assigned to or otherwise participating in a criminal investigation or prosecution who believes that his participation may be prohibited by paragraph (a) of this section shall report the matter and all attendant facts and circumstances to his supervisor at the level of section chief or the equivalent or higher. If the supervisor determines that a personal or political relationship exists between the employee and a person or organization described in paragraph (a) of this section, he shall relieve the employee from participation unless he determines further, in writing, after full consideration of all the facts and circumstances, that:

(1) The relationship will not have the effect of rendering the employee’s service less than fully impartial and professional; and

(2) The employee’s participation would not create an appearance of a conflict of interest likely to affect the public perception of the integrity of the investigation or prosecution.

(c) For the purposes of this section:

(1)Political relationship means a close identification with an elected official, a candidate (whether or not successful) for elective, public office, a political party, or a campaign organization, arising from service as a principal adviser thereto or a principal official thereof; and

(2)Personal relationship means a close and substantial connection of the type normally viewed as likely to induce partiality. An employee is presumed to have a personal relationship with his father, mother, brother, sister, child and spouse. Whether relationships (including friendships) of an employee to other persons or organizations are “personal” must be judged on an individual basis with due regard given to the subjective opinion of the employee.

(d) This section pertains to agency management and is not intended to create rights enforceable by private individuals or organizations.

[Order No. 993-83, 48 FR 2319, Jan. 19, 1983. Redesignated at 61 FR 59815, Nov. 25, 1996]

https://www.justice.gov/jmd/government-ethics-outline

NBC News: Alabama’s Jeff Sessions Becomes First Senator to Endorse Trump. “Jeff Sessions of Alabama became the first sitting U.S. senator to endorse Donald Trump on Sunday. Sessions, donning a red ‘Make America Great Again’ hat, told the crowd that he was throwing his support behind this ‘movement’ because, in his best estimation, ‘at this time in America’s history, we need to make America great again!’” [NBC News, 2/29/16]

CNN: Trump taps Sessions to lead national security efforts. “Donald Trump announced Thursday he has picked Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions to help craft his national security policy. ‘Senator Sessions will serve as the Chairman of my National Security Advisory Committee,’ Trump wrote in a tweet, posted shortly before the Republican debate in Detroit.” [CNN, 3/3/16; Press Release, 3/3/16]

General Flynn served on the Trump Campaign National Security Advisory Council Alongside then-Sen. Sessions. [Trump Campaign Press Release, 10/7/16]
Sessions and Flynn also participated in a Trump Campaign Roundtable on Defeating Radical Islamic Terrorism Together. [Press Release, 8/17/16]

Schumer Demands Immigration and Customs Enforcement Release Information About Raids

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer released the following statement demanding that immigration and customs enforcement (ICE) release information about the raids that happened this past week:

 

“Reports that Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) targeted non-violent immigrant families over the past week are deeply disturbing. Undocumented immigrants live in fear, and they are confused and scared. “

 

“I am troubled by the lack of transparency and potential due process violations surrounding ICE’s most recent enforcement actions. That is why I’m calling on ICE to release information about the location of the raids and details of the people who were arrested.”

 

“Targeting law-abiding innocent immigrant families whose only wrongdoing was crossing the border to give their children a better life, instead of focusing on removing those who have been convicted of violent crimes, is a waste of limited resources and undermines law enforcement in communities across the country. ICE must come clean.”

 

“I have always supported smart immigration enforcement that helps to keep our country safe, but raids targeting law-abiding immigrants and treating those with traffic violations the same as murderers and robbers will only achieve the opposite.”‎

ASSEMBLYWOMAN STACEY PHEFFER AMATO INTRODUCES BILL TO MAKE INFORMATION MORE ACCESSIBLE TO NYS VETERANS

“This past week, I introduced A.5165, a bill to make it easier for Veterans and their loved ones, caretakers and community to get access to services throughout New York State. It requires the contact information for each Veterans’ Home to be placed on the website of the Division of Veterans’ Affairs.

“Previously, the website only provided contact information for veteran service-linked offices and United States Department of Veterans’ Affairs Medical Centers. Adding the contact information for state-run Veterans’ Homes is a small step, but an important one. As the state and the country move to streamline services so we can improve response times and quality of service for those who have sacrificed so much, this is a modest but crucial step in the right direction.

“I look forward to leading on Veterans’ issues by doing everything in my power to improve the services we offer as a state to all vets, and to improve access to those services already in place.”

James ‘Dodo’ Dolan: A Reason to Boycott the NY Knicks

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Jeffrey Williams-Maisonet

My frustration with Knicks owner James “Dodo” Dolan took root long before the Oakley fiasco. I’ve been a devoted Knicks fan since I was old enough to understand the game of basketball, and there certainly hasn’t been much to cheer about in recent years.  I started watching the Knicks in 2003. My love for the team was a key reason why I researched and learned as much as I could about the organization and its history. After researching, it didn’t take long for me to realize that the organization was and continues to be poorly managed, thanks to “Dodo and Company”.

The only positive thing I’ve witnessed as a Knicks fans was when Jeremy “Linsanity” Lin shocked the league with his performances in 2011. That’s not saying much, especially when you consider the fact that the Knicks let him go the following season. I wonder why? Don’t get me started on the crappy trades that were made before Phil Jackson took over.

By now, many of you are aware that Dodo had Knicks legend Charles Oakley banned, indefinitely, from Madison Square Garden (MSG). Speaking during The Michael Kay Show on ESPN (New York) 98.7 FM, he said “the policy regarding Oakley wasn’t necessarily a lifetime ban, but that the Knicks needed to keep the Garden ‘a place that’s comfortable and safe.’”

Dodo! I’m deeply touched. Can you see the tears streamed down my angst-ridden face? Thank you for being so concerned about my safety and whether or not I’d be comfortable at poorly-played games that will probably be over by the second quarter.

Dodo also alleged that Oakley said things in front of Knicks fans that were offensive, profane and “stuff they should never hear.”  I suspect Dodo doesn’t walk the streets of New York City very often. Oh, wait! He can’t because he’s a billionaire whose only concern is making money.

 

I’ll go even further by stating he couldn’t care less about Knicks fans or the city of New York. If he did, he’d understand why tens-of-thousands recently shouted Oakley’s name, repeatedly, at a recent Knicks game.  Hey, Dodo! Here’s some breaking news! You may want to write this down. Ready? You’re a total loser in the eyes of many New Yorkers and will never be respected by any real Knicks fan.

Now, I realize that I shouldn’t blame him for everything, but I am. The only thing he’s absolved from is the fact that the team has a fan base that continues to buy tickets, despite years of piss-poor performance. The fact that they’re buying tickets has nothing to do with him or what he may perceive as “support” for the decisions he’s made and continues to make on behalf of the organization. It’s about the fact that Knicks fans understand that dedication, loyalty, unity and unconditional love are crucial in building and maintaining a strong relationship with the team. We’ve given Dodo the benefit of the doubt for over 20 years, and all he’s done is left us with broken promises. It all started when he hired Mike D’Antoni and rehired Isaiah Thomas to serve as a team consultant. Subsequently, Thomas ended up becoming CEO of the New York Liberty. That was a major slap in the face!

At this point, I would love to see fans boycott all Knicks games. I know that sounds ridiculous and would hurt the players more than the owners. However, I strongly believe that if we continue to give Dodo our hard-earned money and not hold him accountable, nothing will ever change. Moreover, the franchise, from the front office to the locker room, will become the laughing stock of the NBA, if it isn’t already. With regard to the boycott, it means not purchasing any Knicks merchandise at MSG, NBA.com, or any major retailer. If you feel the need to purchase, do so from a third party. It also means forgoing ticket purchases. Instead, spend your money on a nice meal at the best sports bar in town and watch the game with family or friends. If you’re a season ticket holder, give your tickets to children and organizations in need. It’s a tax write-off, so you won’t lose a dime. We cannot afford to sit back, year after year, and let Dodo run the organization into ruin. We cannot afford to keep hearing or reading news reports about some ridiculous Carmelo Anthony trade proposed by Phil Jackson. We cannot and should not allow anything like this to happen to Anthony, a player that many already consider a Knicks legend. The universe clearly conveyed this through the Oakley incident!

Hey, Dodo! Where is the respect?! Oakley gave his heart and soul to your organization for 10 years and played a crucial role in helping make the Ewing-Mason-Smith-Starks era great. For whatever reason, you’ve chosen to ignore this fact and continue to vehemently attack his character. I strongly suggest you proceed with caution on all things concerning the Knicks and Oakley. If not, Knicks fans may boycott you out of the organization and New York City, and you’ll suffer the same fate as…. the Dodo.

SCHUMER: WAR ON SENIORS HAS BEGUN WITH CONFIRMATION OF HHS SECRETARY WHO HAS SPENT A LIFETIME TRYING TO KILL MEDICARE;

SENATOR SAYS VITAL PROGRAM IS IN REAL DANGER; PLEDGES TO USE NEW ROLE TO FIGHT ALL ATTEMPTS TO DESTROY VITAL HEALTHCARE PROGRAM BENEFITING MILLIONS

Standing With NY Seniors, Schumer Will Make Pledge To Use New Leader Post To Be A Firewall Against Plans To Attack Medicare & Unravel Its Promise

 Confirmation Of Tom Price Means Attack On Medicare Is Imminent; Price Has Spent Years Trying To Privatize & Weaken Its Assurance; Senator Rallies Seniors & Makes The Case For A Program That Works, Saves Lives & Give Peace Of Mind To So Many    

 Schumer: New Yorkers Will Pay The Price If HHS Secretary Is Allowed To Dismantle Medicare—So That’s Why I’m Sounding The Alarm

Standing with New York seniors, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer, today, launched a new push to fight against an inexorable attack on Medicare, and to ensure the program is protected for current and future generations. Schumer warned that the newly confirmed Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price, along with some Members of Congress, has proposed to turn Medicare into a voucher-based, privatized system, which would effectively gut Medicare, a program that provides affordable healthcare to countless New York seniors.

“Every senior and every American should hear this loudly and clearly: I will fight with every fiber of my being to beat back these harsh efforts to weaken, wound and destroy Medicare,” said U.S. Senator Charles Schumer. “Medicare is enormously popular because it works, it delivers affordable and vital healthcare to our seniors and it needs to be strengthened, not put on the chopping block. Millions of seniors and people with disabilities in New York rely on their Medicare benefits to lead decent, independent and healthy lives. After paying into the system throughout their working lives, it is unconscionable that right wing extremists and ideologues seek to pull the rug out from under millions who depend on these modest, earned benefits for dignity and health security. Our country must keep its promise to seniors by ensuring they have access to health care and economic security in their aging years. So, I’m urging my Senate colleagues to keep Medicare off the partisan chopping block, and I plan to use my new role to make sure that Medicare is not only preserved, but strengthened for generations to come.”

Schumer promised to use his new role as Senate Democratic Leader to block the forces in Congress who seek to gut Medicare as we know it. Schumer said the opponents of Medicare seek to pull the rug out from under seniors and vulnerable populations by voucherizing Medicare and cutting Medicaid. The Senator warned out how in Congress Tom Price led the House Budget Committee, and as Chairman, authored budget proposals that sought to convert Medicare from an open ended entitlement to a fixed amount voucher.

Schumer argued that Medicare is one of the greatest policy innovations of the past century. Schumer said this program has raised countless older Americans out of poverty, and profoundly changed for the better the way the U.S. treats its seniors. Schumer said this critical program provides dignity and a higher quality of life to millions, and it must not only be preserved, but strengthened.

Schumer highlighted that President Trump declared during his campaign last year that seeking any “substantial” changes to Medicare would be a political “death wish.” However, the selection of Congressman Tom Price – an ideologue and ardent opponent of Medicare – to lead HHS suggests that converting Medicare to a voucher-based program is on the table. That’s why Schumer said today that any plan to fundamentally change Medicare by forcing seniors to navigate a maze of insurance options with a defined amount of money in a voucher– just to access substandard care at higher costs – is unacceptable.

Weakening this program, Schumer said, would be disastrous for New York State residents. Schumer insisted that turning Medicare, a program that protects millions of New Yorkers, into a partisan voucher-based program would devastate many seniors who have spent years paying into this essential program. As such, Schumer said he would use his new leadership role in Washington to fight such privatization proposals.

Last year, on its 50th anniversary, 55 million Americans, including 3.3 million New Yorkers, were Medicare beneficiaries. Schumer said the extreme Right’s changes to Medicare would hurt recipients across New York and the country. According to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services:

Throughout New York City, approximately 1,089,935 seniors are enrolled in Medicare. Of that:

· In the Bronx, approximately 171,867 seniors are enrolled in Medicare.

· In Brooklyn, 311,582 seniors are enrolled in Medicare.

· In Manhattan, approximately 236,436 seniors are enrolled in Medicare.

· In Queens, 294,696 seniors are enrolled in Medicare.

· On Staten Island, 75,354 seniors are enrolled in Medicare.

On Long Island, approximately 476, 323 seniors are enrolled in Medicare. Of that:

· In Nassau, 227,803 seniors are enrolled in Medicare.

· In Suffolk, 248,520 seniors are enrolled in Medicare.

Schumer has long advocated for the protection of Medicare. In the 114th Congress, Schumer and Senator Casey (D-PA) introduced the Beneficiary Enrollment Notification and Eligibility Simplification (BENES) Act. This legislation would protect seniors from losing out on coverage and having to pay exorbitant lifetimes penalties. The bill would require the federal government to send out a warning or notification to seniors 6 months before they turn 65, to remind them that they need to sign up for Medicare, it would limit coverage gaps for seniors, and clarify the appeals process for those looking to pursue recourse for penalties.

168 Customers Without Power In Arverne

By Jeffrey Williams-Maisonet

Around 10:30 this morning, reports came in as a transformer had exploded on Beach 65th Street and Almeda.

Currently, no injuries reported.

Rockaway Primetime Reporting reached out to PSEG. PSEG states that “168 customers are without power and we have no timetable on when we will be able to restore power at this time.”

Customers are advised to follow these directions on PSEG website and to report any other outages or electrical power lines that may be down.

https://www.pseg.com/home/customer_service/outage_info/outage_grid.jsp

https://outagemap.psegliny.com/

 

 

Snow Storm Takes The Life Of Rockaway Man

By Jeffrey Williams-Maisonet

Rockaway elderly resident was a victim of this week’s snow storm that brought about 9 inches of snow to the peninsula.

According to OnRockaway.com, the victim was found in the rear of 135 Beach 19 Street in Far Rockaway.

EMS responded to scene around 12:45 p.m,  along with police on Thursday, February 9. There, they noticed that the victim identified as Vladlen Nemirovskaya, (85) was declared unresponsive with no signs of any trauma.

According to OnRockaway.com, EMS transported the victim to St. John’s Hospital, where he was pronounced deceased.

Police sources said on Friday morning that Nemirovcskaya lost his balance, stumbled and fell in the building’s snow-filled parking lot.

The medical examiner is investigating the cause of death followed by the 101 precinct detective squad.