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Could A Casino Be Coming To Freedom Plaza?

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On December 15th when writing about the Field of Light located at Freedom Plaza from 38th to 41st Streets between 1st Avenue and the East River, we summarized that this more than six acres was where the new casino was going to be built in NYC. We stated that Field of Light was sponsored by the Soloviev Foundation, a charitable arm of the Soloviev Group. Earlier in 2023, Soloviev Group revealed its plans to transform the 6.7 acre lot, to include a human rights museum that will house pieces of the original Berlin Wall, four acres of green space, two residential towers, a 1,200-room hotel, and a subterranean casino. “Smart if you ask me, as adding these public gifts will cut down on their taxes at a later date.”

Now Freedom Plaza development, a new megaproject has been unveiled by the renowned architecture firm Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG). Set to transform the area into a three-block-long public park with retail spaces, the Museum of Freedom and Democracy, a public green space, two hotels that will be 615-foot-tall skyscrapers connected by a captivating “skybridge”, a 150,000-gallon rooftop infinity pool and here’s the kicker…..The hotel towers are from the Banyan Tree property and a hotel operated by Mohegan, a renowned casino operator. In other words….tax free as this is part of the Indian nation.

The lobby, of the hotel will span the tops of the towers, that is envisioned housing restaurants, bars, an art gallery, and a unique glass-floored, glass-ceilinged viewing platform.

CEO Michael Hershman of the Soloviev Group, is the property developer behind the plan, ie; Field of Light and again another tax break with0out letting New Yorkers really know what is going on.

Completion dates are pending on the casino license decision. Anticipated timeline for completion is five to seven years once construction begins.

Suzanna, co-owns and publishes the newspaper Times Square Chronicles or T2C. At one point a working actress, she has performed in numerous productions in film, TV, cabaret, opera and theatre. She has performed at The New Orleans Jazz festival, The United Nations and Carnegie Hall. She has a screenplay and a TV show in the works, which she developed with her mentor and friend the late Arthur Herzog. She is a proud member of the Drama Desk and the Outer Critics Circle and was a nominator. Email: suzanna@t2conline.com

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Corruption In The Queens Divorce Courts Part 3

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This is the 3rd part in a series of what I have witnessed while in court with my friend in her divorce case. Here is part 1 and part 2. Part of the reason I am writing this, is I do not believe this is an isolated case and there are those who are afraid to speak out for themselves. The violation of ones rights should be something we all fight for. In my friends case many of her rights were violated and sadly a lot of them by the attorney’s she’s had.

Before I start I went to tell you what happened last night. In re-reading and checking the first article I put up, I realized several links were taken down and I replaced with ones that weren’t. Miraculously they were back up today, so I am adding them here, here and here. Hopefully these links will not be taken down again.

Here is how this all started:

When my friend told me about her divorce case I was stunned. When I came to her house for the first time there was paper work in piles all over her house. She asked for my help and I agreed. In looking at this paper work, I saw so much. I immediately noticed what looked like insurance fraud. There were numerous checks from insurance companies. My friend had not noticed the amount or how many checks or claims were made in a short amount of time. Over a million. It was staggering. In a way it was like a gigantic puzzle.

The next day I went to court with her, because it was just going to be her and her attorney. As I have stated before, no-one should have to go through this alone. Her attorney was Alyssa Eisner, who was one of the rudest human beings I have ever met. She talked down to my friend, was condescending and kept telling her to shut up. The very first thing and last thing she said was “I need more money.” I tried to tell Ms. Eisner what I had discovered and asked did she want me as a witness and she said “No I knew nothing about the law.” I proceeded to tell her “I was a journalist and had read about the law.”

When I got into the courtroom Judge Viscovich asked the other side if I was to be a witness and they stated no. This happened the second time I was in court as well. In both occasions my friend was threatened with being thrown into Rikers and her attorney sat there stone cold silent.

Ms. Eisner told the Judge she was not prepared to go to trial.

In court Ms. Eisner, seemed more on her husbands side than my friend’s. Her attitude and her tactics seemed unrehearsed and rather shabby. Her performance made me want to know more, so I did research.

On lawyer ratings she rates poorly 1.7 out of 5

You can read here what other’s went through and it mirror’s what my friend went through.

A couple of days later I drove with my friend to Ms Eisner’s office, where my friend gave her the money she required.

The next time I was there, Ms Eisner again was impolite, discourteous and uncivil. Again the very first thing and last thing she said was “I need more money,” even though she had been paid a couple of days before. Though this day was to separate assets, my friend was sent home with Ms. Eisner not even objecting. The reason why was the Judge wanted the marital home appraised. The joke of this was this could easily have been done the next day, when they didn’t have court, but the Judge specifically ask for this date.

While at the appraisal, my friend slipped and fell and was not feeling well. During this time Ms. Eisner was texting both my friend and her daughter with her daughter answering what my friend should have been answering but couldn’t, because Ms. Eisner kept insisting that my friends daughter make discussion on her mother’s behalf. Her daughter did not have the power of attorney to do this, so why was Ms. Eisner texting her? When the decision’s had been made and was texted to her daughter her daughter told her “This was one of the worst deals ever made.”

The reason my friend had not been answering the texts was she was ill due to what later was diagnosed as a brain concussion. The fact is my friend could have died.

The next day in court, my friend told the Judge she was not well. He didn’t care. Ms Eisner actually for the first time since I had arrived stood up for her, because it was clear my friend was unwell.

The court went on that day for over two hours and the reason for this was Ms. Eisner now wanted off the case. This happened as my friend was not able to make discussions.

Because of the brain concussion, she was hospitalized, had to see a specialist and still has short memory problems.

Ms. Eisner was my friends lawyer for less than 3 months and made over $75,000. My question is for what?

By the way in the case where Dr. Robby Mahadeo was to be jailed for six months in Rikers Island, the reason for that was, that he objected to paying $88,000 in legal fees to Alyssa Eisner, his wife’s lawyer. The couple had a prenuptial agreement that clearly precluded such payments and yet Judge Viscovich took it upon himself to cancel it. This made it to NBC News.

Again, if you are in need of help, have more information, or can help please email us at queenscourtcorruption@gmail.com.

Inspector General’s Office emoy@nycourts.gov

New York State Commission on Judicial Conduct, 61 Broadway, Suite 1200, New York, New York 10006

Marguerite A. Grays: Administrative Judge-Civil Term, Eleventh Judicial District: Presiding Justice – Commercial Division, Queens County: Queens County Supreme Court: 88-11 Sutphin Boulevard: Jamaica, NY 11435 (718) 298-1212

Grievance Committee for the Second, Eleventh, and Thirteenth Judicial Districts: Renaissance Plaza
335 Adams Street, Suite 2400: Brooklyn, NY 11201-3745: (718) 923-6300

The Queens Courier Contact@schnepsmedia.com: PO Box 610257, Bayside NY, 11361 Phone: 718–260–2500 718-224-5863

TimesLedger Elizabeth Aloni 45-17 Marathon Parkway Little Neck, NY 11362 718-260-4537 timesledgernews@schnepsmedia.com

Queens Chronicles Mark Weidler  718-205-8000 x114

qptv.org 4161 Kissena Blvd Ste 2077 Flushing, NY 11355 (718) 886-8160

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Corruption In The Queens Divorce Courts Part 2

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When you have a voice, it is important to stand up for your beliefs, which is why I am writing about my friends divorce case and what I have witnessed. I do not have a problem in being called as a witness, but there are procedures you must abide by and laws to which you must adhere. In this case, I have not witnessed this basic right.

In keeping with what I wrote yesterday, I did contact every one on my list. The only person I had a problem with was Marguerite A. Grays (Administrative Judge-Civil Term, Eleventh Judicial District), the reason being there was no e-mail, so I called. What happened next was a prime example of what is going on. In a calm voice, I contacted her secretary to ask for her e-mail, so that the Judge was on the same page. I reasonably explained my reason for calling and was told I was threatening. Here is the dictionary’s definition: expressing or suggesting a threat of harm, danger, etc. indicating or suggesting the approach of possible trouble or danger. I did none of this. I was trying to give information. Needless to say, she will not have this information until I finish the series of articles and can mail them to her.

I will include who I also contacted from the Inspector General’s Office emoy@nycourts.gov

I stated I would talk about the IRS and criminal activities that Judge Viscovich has sat on for years. To do this, I need to visit the beginning of this marriage. When my friend’s husband, who I will now refer to as O, married her, he did so under a false name, while being a fugitive. He ended up in jail for over 6 years after being convicted of selling drugs. At that point, she had 2 children, one of whom was from another marriage. She decided to stay in that marriage, because she believed he had reformed. They went on to have a third child. They started multiple construction companies, an importing business, and a sheet metal company. They were successful until things went south.

In China, O started an affair and began ciphering marital funds. This went on for eight months before my friend found out. She heard O on the phone stating that he was going to destroy her. So, she filed for divorce. She has emails to this effect. O immediately opened up a new corporation company in their son’s names, using their social security numbers for his own accord. O owned a company and had borrowed money from Wells Fargo. He used the marital home as the collateral. This company closed in 2013, and O never reported that to the bank.

There was another company that O owned with his stepdaughter. He funneled money from that company to pay off the home equity loan. His stepdaughter at the time had no idea he had done this. With that home equity line, he drained the marital assets of over a million and a half dollars. That money, he used for personal indulgences, including his extramarital relationships, his divorce attorney fees and corporate lawyers.

The major problem here is how was a corporation which had been closed since 2013 allowed to use a closed company to have checks written or deposited to another company? This has now been brought to the IRS, Wells Fargo and the FBI’s attention. Yet, Judge Viscovich has sat on this information for years and never brought it to anyone’s attention. It was brought to Judge Viscovich’s attention by my friend’s very first  attorney, Michael Black. It was included in a deposition conducted on January 29, 2020 that was presented to the court. Even his lawyer, Maria Coffinas, was made aware of this information at that time. My friend dismissed Mr. Black because of the slowness of the Wells Fargo information being released.

O embezzled $9 million + $3 million + $1.8 million to defraud my friend and other stakeholders.

O also used his sons to continue this trend. O conceals his own deceptions under the name’s of his sons.

There is even more, but it is like going down a long, dark rabbit hole.

Despite all this, Judge Viscovich gives O and his lawyer preferential treatment. Whenever my friend tried to bring this up in court, she was hushed and threatened. Her lawyer at the time, Alyssa Eisner, also sat on this information and berated my friend for suggesting she question and talk about it. Due to all this, there was a motion TO BRING ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ON RECORD MOTION dated May 25, 2023.

Here is more of what is being withheld:

O holds the material interest in a property purchased in Syosset valued at $2 million. The property is owned by Muttontown Real Estate Holdings, Inc., which is a corporation directly or indirectly owned by O, the beneficial owner, and King & King, LLP, who has been an advising law firm to O.

O is residing at the said premises, instead of a humble apartment in Queens, and, yet, this has not only been suppressed, but also concealed.

Up next, let’s talk about Alyssa Eisner, my friend’s lawyer for the time I was in court with her.

Again, if you are in need of help, have more information, or can help please email us at queenscourtcorruption@gmail.com.

Inspector General’s Office emoy@nycourts.gov

New York State Commission on Judicial Conduct, 61 Broadway, Suite 1200, New York, New York 10006

Marguerite A. Grays: Administrative Judge-Civil Term, Eleventh Judicial District: Presiding Justice – Commercial Division, Queens County: Queens County Supreme Court: 88-11 Sutphin Boulevard: Jamaica, NY 11435 (718) 298-1212

Grievance Committee for the Second, Eleventh, and Thirteenth Judicial Districts: Renaissance Plaza
335 Adams Street, Suite 2400: Brooklyn, NY 11201-3745: (718) 923-6300

The Queens Courier Contact@schnepsmedia.com: PO Box 610257, Bayside NY, 11361 Phone: 718–260–2500 718-224-5863

TimesLedger Elizabeth Aloni 45-17 Marathon Parkway Little Neck, NY 11362 718-260-4537 timesledgernews@schnepsmedia.com

Queens Chronicles Mark Weidler  718-205-8000 x114

qptv.org 4161 Kissena Blvd Ste 2077 Flushing, NY 11355 (718) 886-8160

nbcnewyork.com 30 Rockefeller Plz Fl 7 New York City, NY 10012 (212) 664-4444

 

 

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Corruption In The Queens Divorce Courts

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Going through a divorce is hard enough. You are vulnerable, sad, angry, exhausted, frustrated and confused. It is difficult, no matter the reason. Now, what do you do when the court system disregards their own rules? To whom are you suppose to turn? To whom do you complain? I never thought I would be writing this article, but today in a sense, I was forced.

I have a friend who has been going through a divorce for 8 years. She has spent more the $600,000, due to the Judge in charge and the blatant disregard of the law. She has now had to go Pro Se and file bankruptcy.

I believe no-one should have to go to court alone, due to the scary and frightening nature for all of us in this matter. I have been by her side for over a year, as I have watched some the most egregious behavior take place.

On day one, I was asked if I was to be on a witness list and both sides said no. The second time presented the same question and answer. I do not know if this is on court record, as Judge Viscovich decides what is and isn’t on the record. A lot of times, I witnessed that it was not allowed or they are told point blank not to record. I witnessed this at least eight times. Suddenly, today, in a tactic of intimidation, I was on the witness list, though I have not been subpoenaed and according to court law a witness list was never given by either party prior to the trial. In the case of my friend, it is because she is clueless when it comes to the law. In the case of Maria Coffinas, the lawyer for the other side…she has 40 years of courtroom and trial experience. What is her excuse?

Here are the discrepancies that need to be brought to the proper authorities:

During a meeting of deciding who got what, my friend was sent away to get the house appraised even though her life was being decided on. She was given no choice. While at the appraisal, she slipped and fell, not feeling well. The next day in court, she told the Judge she was not well. He didn’t care, even though her lawyer at the time actually stood up for her for the first time since I had arrived. It was clear my friend was unwell. I actually wondered if she was drunk, even though she doesn’t drink. The court went on that day for over two hours. By the end of it my friend was so ill, we went to a doctor who diagnosed her with a brain concussion and she was hospitalized. She ended up having to see a specialist and was still made to go on zoom conference calls, even though she was not well.

Judge Viscovich constantly threatens her by telling her he is throwing her in Riker’s Island for contempt and continues to do so. On at least three occasions, he has had the handcuffs out and was seriously scary. Instead of being impartial, it was clear something was going on. What makes this so wrong is that the Judge refuses to see the evidence where this contempt charge is bogus and believes only what the other side states.

Due to a combination of that and everything else, my friend was forced to claim bankruptcy. The bankruptcy court has possession 0f most of the marital assets, yet the Judge refuses to comply with the higher court, which is odd, considering he has stated numerous times he wants this case gone.

Another thing is Judge Viscovich is constantly trying to give the house to the other side, but now his hands are tied, but that doesn’t stop the threats. This has gotten so bad that Ms. Coffinas threatened my friend over the house, until she was forced to confront the truth. She was suppose to send Judge Viscovich an email that no further action was to be taken, but yet again it was the first thing he mentioned yesterday in court and Ms. Coffinas trumped up yet another false excuse. Yet, they are not being held in contempt, and there is a stay in place. I can provide all the texts to this statement because Ms. Coffinas states all this and more.

I have proof of all I am saying, as this is just the tip of this iceberg. How am I supposed to be a witness when I have been privy to all that has gone on? I will have more tomorrow on IRS and criminal activity that this Judge has sat on for eight years.

My friend isn’t the only victim of Judge Viscovich’s court. His destruction has been written about several times. Even NBC News did a story on him. I had other references, but from the time I published this until I made sure everything was ok they were taken down or scrubbed. Only this was left. “An 8 year old girl demands NYS Queens County Supreme Court Judiciary Reform” over Judge Viscovich. I can also supply several victims names to the proof of what is happening.

I tried to talk to people in authority to no avail yesterday. I told the Judge and the court, that I am a journalist. I gave people in several different areas this information. So, now, I am giving a list of all to whom I am planning to send this article, in case anyone else needs this help. If you have more information or can help please email us at queenscourtcorruption@gmail.com.

Viscovich gives a list of his rules; however, the basic laws and rules are being disregarded. He doesn’t just destroy families, but lives.

New York State Commission on Judicial Conduct, 61 Broadway, Suite 1200, New York, New York 10006

Marguerite A. Grays: Administrative Judge-Civil Term, Eleventh Judicial District: Presiding Justice – Commercial Division, Queens County: Queens County Supreme Court: 88-11 Sutphin Boulevard: Jamaica, NY 11435 (718) 298-1212

Grievance Committee for the Second, Eleventh, and Thirteenth Judicial Districts: Renaissance Plaza
335 Adams Street, Suite 2400: Brooklyn, NY 11201-3745: (718) 923-6300

The Queens Courier Contact@schnepsmedia.com: PO Box 610257, Bayside NY, 11361 Phone: 718–260–2500 718-224-5863

TimesLedger Elizabeth Aloni 45-17 Marathon Parkway Little Neck, NY 11362 718-260-4537 timesledgernews@schnepsmedia.com

Queens Chronicles Mark Weidler  718-205-8000 x114

qptv.org 4161 Kissena Blvd Ste 2077 Flushing, NY 11355 (718) 886-8160

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The Great North American Eclipse

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Words fall short in describing the glory of a full solar eclipse.

A collage of the stages of the eclipse

The moon makes first contact with the sun

The wonder that we live on this unique planet is humbling and it was wonderful that a natural occurrence could bring quiet and camaraderie to our nation as millions of people along a long stretch of our country donned funny glasses and looked up to the sky in unison.

A gratuitous photo of your eclipse chaser

Yes, many portions of the path of totality were shaded with clouds but even without clear views of the moon covering the sun the quiet of those minutes could be heard loud and clear.

 

The temperature dips as the sky darkens

The moon makes first contact with the sun

I traveled to Mazatlán, Mexico to witness the event. Mazatlán was the first location in North America to see this year’s eclipse and weather forecasts predicted cloudless days (2 weeks prior). Of course you can never be certain of the weather and although the forecast turned darker as April 8th approached, we did wake up to a clear sky that morning. The sunset the evening before was an optimistic sign.

The beautiful sunset the night before gave us hope for clear skies

At 9:51am the moon made first contact with the sun and it slowly moved from right to left gobbling the star until it finally blocked the light for a 4 minute interval. The temperature declined; the birds flew back to nest out of confusion as they felt the day had ended prematurely.

After 4 minutes the sun starts to come back in view

That is not a crescent moon – but a crescent sun

For four minutes we were able to remove our UV paper glasses and gaze up to see the amazing event. It is hard to comprehend that our earth has a moon that has the perfect circumference and is at the optimal distance from the sun that when its orbit crosses between the sun and earth it totally blocks the sun. Its important to note that the sun’s diameter is 400 times larger than the moon and coincidentally the sun is 400 times farther away; that is why this phenomenon can occur.

The moon has blocked the sun and the corona shines brightly

Like Pacman but the moon is eating the sun

There is no wonder that ancient civilizations were afraid that the gods were angry, the end of the world was near or that a sacrifice was needed to appease the heavens.

So after that brief explanation – no more words – just photos (taken from my cellphone with a set of eclipse glasses in front of the lens.)

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Our Laws Are Being Used Against Us With New Yorkers Getting Robbed

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Has the world gone insane? Criminals and crimes have gotten out of hand. Squatters are illegally bedding down in private homes and apartments in all five boroughs and kicking them out is near impossible.A migrant TikToker with a 500,000-strong online following offer tips on how to “invade” unoccupied homes and invoke squatter’s rights in the United States. Venezuelan national Leonel Moreno, stated that under US law, “if a house is not inhabited, we can seize it.” The law is actually on their side, especially in New York. Squatters have become far more sophisticated and set up elaborate schemes, fake documents and investigate the homes before breaking in. Two changes in the law in 2019 now dictate that landlords can’t just boot a squatter without a “special proceeding,” and have to file a lawsuit to get them out.

The problem stems from a loophole in the law that allows anyone who stays put in a property can claim legal occupancy despite the landlord’s objection. A mere 30 days is the amount of time that it takes. I actually had to deal with this with a roommate who knew all the loopholes.

Last week, federal agents raided a Bronx home where gun holding migrants were squatting and selling drugs.

A pair of squatters at a Jamaica duplex sued the legal owners of a $930,000 home, claiming they were locked out despite establishing tenancy and a Shake Shack receipt was their proof. They lost.

In Flushing, a squatter Brian Rodriguez demanded an $18,000 ransom to move out of the four-bedroom $1 million house he claimed rights to. The police handcuffed the rightful owner when she showed up.

In the city this turned deadly when a pair of teen squatters allegedly killed property owner Nadia Vitels after she showed up at the East 31st apartment owned by her late mom on March 12.

It can take as long as two years to resolve a squatter case, with the owners paying the price.

Migrant groups are looking to use our laws against us. Now New York City has agreed to pay $17.5 million to settle a lawsuit by two Muslim-American women who said the police violated their rights after arresting them. The crime was forcing them to remove their hijabs for mug shots.

The settlement is due to a lawsuit filed in 2018 by Jamilla Clark and Arwa Aziz, who said they felt shame and trauma for being forced them to remove their hijabs for their mugshots for violating orders of protection that they called bogus. The preliminary class action settlement covers men and women required to remove religious attire before being photographed.
Payouts will total about $13.1 million after legal fees and costs are deducted, and could increase if enough of the more than 3,600 eligible class members submit claims. Each recipient will be paid between $7,824 and $13,125.
In 2020 due to this New York’s police department agreed to let men and women wear head coverings during mugshots, so long as their faces could be seen. Police can temporarily remove head coverings to search for weapons or contraband, but in private settings by officers of the same gender.
And who do you think is really paying these outrageous payouts….New Yorkers and if not now we will later in higher prices and taxes.
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