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260 Israelis were murdered at a music festival for peace. A 30 year old attendee’s naked body was splayed in the back of a truck, with one leg at an unnatural angle, while four Hamas terrorists shouted ‘Allahu akbar’ in a sickening video. Supporters of the gunmen and children, were filmed running alongside the truck spitting on her motionless body.

30-year-old German Shani Luk, who was in Israel at the “Peace” festival.

Many women, children and elderly are being taken from their homes and kidnapped. The women are raped and paraded down the street with blood streaming down their legs. The elderly women are burnt alive. The Hamas have filmed every gruesome and grizzly detail. At this point over 1,200 Israelis are confirmed dead and more than 2,000 are injured.

At least nine Americans were killed. No one knows how many American were injured or taken hostage by the Palestinian terrorists in the Gaza Strip and yet their are some who stand by these murders stating they are necessary.

All murdered

How can 31 Harvard organizations, including the Ivy League institution’s affiliate of Amnesty International, place blame on Israel for Hamas’ brutal, surprise attack?

Celebrities like Bella and Gigi Hadid, Zayn Malik, Viola Davis, Selena Gomez, The Weknd, Susan Sarandon, Lucie Arnaz, Emma Watson, Mark Ruffalo, Viggo Mortensen, Anne Hathaway, Paris Hilton all stand up for Palestine and yet we support them.

In NYC a pro-Palestinian rally took place Sunday in Times Square. It was endorsed by the city chapter of the Democratic Socialists of America. More than 1,000 pro-Palestine backers, waved swastika’s and chanted speeches of hate. Over 100 NYPD officers and NYC personnel were on the scene coordinating the march and setting up barricades, which means New Yorkers paid for this verbal attack on victims of terrorists.

Gov. Kathy Hochul condemned the rally, but did nothing to stop it. We need to stand up against this for how can we condone death, rape, beatings and hostages tortured? There is no reason for this. If you have a grievance that I can understand, but to video and display your sadistic horrors and tortures to innocent people, you have lost your humanity to condone this kind of behavior.

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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Fashion icon Iris Apfel Brings Her Style To Heaven

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Portrait of Iris by tatydesignstudio.com

Iris Apfel was born August 29, 1921 in Astoria, Queens. I had the pleasure of meeting Iris, through Errol Rappaport. His mother Francesca had been one of the first people to bring Iris to recognition and had at one time had a lot of her work in her houses. The two of them had been friends for over 70 years.

Francesca Rappaport and Iris Apfel

Francesca Rappaport and Iris Apfal friends for over 70 years

Iris started her career as a copywriter for Women’s Wear Daily and interior designer Elinor Johnson.

Carl, Errol Rappaport and Iris

Errol Rappaport and Iris

In 1948, she married husband Carl Apfel, and the duo owned a textile firm until they retired 44 years later.  Over the years the pair worked on many restoration projects, including the White House.

Errol and Iris

Carl died at the age of 100 in 2015.

Iris Apfel

Iris Apfel

Iris at 90, she began teaching at the University of Texas at Austin. At 94, she was the subject of a documentary by Albert Maysles, simply titled “Iris”. At 97, she became a model and modeled for Vogue Italia, Kate Spade, M.A.C. and many others.  Iris was also the oldest person to have had a Barbie doll made by Mattel in her image. In addition to modeling, she also designed her own clothing and accessories line for HSN and published a book in 2018. It was then she became a fashion icon and self-proclaimed “geriatric starlet”, at the age of 102. Sadly she passed away on Friday in her Palm Beach, Florida, home.

Iris Apfel

Iris Apfel

Apfel was known for chunky bracelets, layers of necklaces, and those iconic heavy-framed glasses – she nicknamed eyebobs. She came to worldwide attention in 2005 when the Metropolitan Museum of Art showed an exhibition focusing on her fashion sense titled Rara Avis (Rare Bird).

Albert Maysles, Iris Apfel

Albert Maysles and Iris Apfel

Iris’s style, creativity and joy of life will be missed.

 

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Jose Verdugo: Guardianship/ Conservatorship and What You Need To Know Part 3

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Sabrina E. Morrissey, Credit: Facebook

Just released, Wendy Williams’ guardian has been accused of a scheme to rob her client in a $30 million lawsuit while controlling Wendy Williams’ finances and countless others. The U.S. Sun exclusively revealed that Wendy’s guardian, Sabrina Morrissey, her firm Morrissey & Morrissey LLP, and about 10 other attorneys have been named as defendants in another lawsuit.

If you remember from yesterday’s story these are the same individuals that were and are involved in Errol Rapports mother’s case and Libra Max with her father the artist Peter Max.

The case Morrissey and the attorneys are accused in, is for Jose Verdugo, who had won $5.5 million in a personal injury claim. For more than a decade, the defendants imprisoned Verdugo in a humiliating and oppressive guardianship by manipulating and serially deceiving him, as well as New York Supreme Court and the Appellate Division. The fraudulently-based attorney and guardian fees, plundered Verdugo’s multi-million dollar personal injury recovery.

This case is not an isolated case look for more tomorrow.

 

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Errol Rappaport: Guardianship/ Conservatorship and What You Need To Know Part 2

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Wendy Williams, Peter Max and Errol Rappaport’s mother guardian were all Sabrina Morrissey. Here is one of the horror stories.

New York fashion design team David and Frances Rappaport were married for seventy-two years. They had three sons—Michael, Errol, and Richard—and a spectacular penthouse apartment in a landmark building at 200 Central Park South. A few years before David died, the couple asked Errol to leave his publicist job in Los Angeles and return to New York to care for them. Errol, a Vietnam veteran and trained medic who wears fashionable designer eyeglasses and his graying hair in a ponytail, agreed to return. He moved into the sprawling twenty-fifth floor apartment where his parents had lived for more than four decades. At the pinnacle of their success, the elder Rappaport’s are said to have amassed a fortune of between $9 and $10 million, thanks to the popularity of David’s Italian knitwear line, and the elegant Frances’s famous silk blouses (marketed under the name Francesca of Damon) favored by celebrities like Lucille Ball, Princess Aga Khan, and Manhattan fashion icon Iris Apfel.

In keeping with their Jewish tradition of trusting the first-born son with the family business, brother Michael was groomed to take control. According to court documents uncovered during my research, after small bequeathments to their grandchildren, it was always the elder Rappaport’s plan to split their estate equally between all three brothers.
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After patriarch David died in 2010, the ever-devoted Errol stayed on to care for his mother with help from two trusted healthcare assistants. He was paid $2,500 a month for his services, a payment that attorneys for brother Michael would criticize as “self-dealing.” Michael Rappaport initiated a guardianship petition in September 2011, which resulted in the court assigning a Park Avenue attorney named R. Demarest Duckworth III as guardian ad litem for Frances Rappaport.9 Serious disagreements erupted, as Errol raised pointed questions about how brother Michael had handled his parents’ finances over the years. Court documents show that in the late 1990s Michael had purchased the elder Rappaports’ five-bedroom, five-and-a-half-bathroom lakeside home in New Milford, Connecticut, for $500,000, as part of a tax shelter move. That was $300,000 below the appraised value.
In February 2012 the home Guarding against Guardianship 241 sold for $2 million, and Errol maintains this older brother kept that money for himself instead of using it to care for their mother. In addition, court papers show that Michael had possession of some $450,000 in bearer bonds that he claimed were a “gift” from his father and therefore should not be included in the estate. There was also a question about why this oldest son was charging his parents to rent a home he owned in Florida long after they were too old to travel there. Michael asked the estate to reimburse him for $133,680 in unpaid rent. Guardian
ad litem Duckworth III’s report to the court concluded: “The administration of Decedent’s estate brings to mind Marcellus in Shakespeare’s play Hamlet stating, ‘Something is rotten in the state of Denmark.’”
The GAL’s conclusion was that there was not enough available money to continue to care for Frances Rappaport in the home she so loved. The apartment, appraised at about $3 million, would have to be sold. Michael Rappaport did not respond to my repeated requests for comment. Errol fought against relocating their ninety-five-year-old mother, arguing that as her dementia worsened she should live out her life in familiar surroundings and in full view of her beloved Central Park. The apartment was, as the family liked to describe it, “overlooking God’s television.” During this time, Errol posted poignant videos of his mother on YouTube as they performed the traditional lighting of Saturday evening Shabbat candles and had long conversations during which Frances cried about the possibility of being sent to a nursing home. In one video, Frances is seen sitting at a table overlooking Central Park, with a porcelain mug of tea and a tissue box before her. She asks in a tearful voice, “Errol, would you ever put me in a nursing home?” Off camera her son is heard to say, “Mother, on my life, and on a stack of Jewish bibles, I will never put you in a nursing home.” Even after Errol moves in to comfort her, Frances was not consoled. She relates the story of how a good friend’s daughter has just sent her to a nursing home. “She put her there, and that’s where you go to die,” Frances laments. Errol sits next to her, gives her kisses, and says, “Mother, you are never going to a nursing home. Stop crying. You don’t have to worry at all.” And the old woman simply says, “Thank you.” In another video, the pair discusses where several members of their family have gone to live outside of New York. Frances Rappaport holds her son’s hand, looks intently into his eyes, and says, “I would be alone without you. Errol, you are wonderful. I love you so much.” She refers to him as “my Errol-ah.”
Errol alleged that brother Michael, as executor of the estate, stopped paying the monthly co-op fee of $4,500, and in January 2014 the building 242. We’re Here to Help sued for nonpayment. Errol was served with a notice to vacate the home, and he was forced to leave his mother for the first time in seven years.

Soon the penthouse was listed for sale, and the guardian moved Frances Rappaport out of her cherished Manhattan home of forty-six years and into a small apartment miles away in Queens, New York. Errol, then in his early seventies, said he was left homeless after having exhausted his savings battling his older brother. At his age, he said, he had zero job prospects. “I have to take two different buses to get out to Queens just to visit with my mother, and right now I’m couch surfing with various friends.” Errol said.

Errol and his mother Francesca

He spoke to me in the courthouse hallway during a break in yet another guardianship-related proceeding he was summoned to attend in downtown Manhattan. This proceeding was called to take Errol to task for

posting so many revelatory YouTube videos of his mother. On this day, the judge ordered Errol to remove the videos or face serious contempt of court charges. Many of those videos still remain online. When asked at the time how frequently he is able to see his mother, he said, “I have to call forty-eight hours in advance for approval [of visits] so a paid monitor can be there to supervise, and I can only stay for two hours.” After scheduled appointments to see his mother were canceled at the last minute, Errol became so angry and frustrated at his lack of access to her, he took to pacing outside her Queens apartment building with a large sign that read, “I want my mommy!” The guardian would not relent on the ironfisted visitation policy, and that included nixing a celebration Errol wanted to throw for his mother’s hundredth birthday. “So, I got a hundred people to do short video messages for her birthday,” he said. “That’s all the guardian would allow.”
Frances Rappaport would live another year in near isolation inside that small Queens apartment, far from
her familiar view of Central Park. She died in December 2018 at the age of 101. When contacted in December 2022, Errol Rappaport said his mother’s case continued to linger in New York’s surrogate court, and the remaining $1.4 million estate was still sitting in an escrow account.
I have known Errol Rappaport and his mother for over years twelve years. I often visited and saw a lot of this story first hand. I wrote several articles trying to help. It was also written about in the New York Post.
What you have just read, is in the newly released book by Diane Diamond  “We’re Here to Help: When Guardianship Goes Wrong,” published by Brandeis University Press.
This case is not an isolated case look for more tomorrow.

 

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How Many More People Have to Be Killed or Hurt Before This Madness Stops?

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The latest crime involves a 17-year-old Nicaragua migrant boy who was stabbed in the back in front of shocked tourists on 42nd Street near 8th Avenue. The attack took place at 5:30 pm/  Police are now hunting for 16 suspects all part of a gang that has infiltrated Manhattan. The victim was taken to Bellevue Hospital by EMS, and is listed in stable condition.

The police have five of the alleged attackers some more migrant teens. Michael Colome, 22, of Queens, has been arrested and charged with gang assault, assault and criminal possession of a weapon. Three are 16 and one is just 14-year-old boy. There names are not being released because they are underage. Two are believed to be migrants from Venezuela.

This was on the same block where a group of migrants brutally attacked cops last month. Venezuelan Darwin Andres Gomez-Izquiel, 19 was let go after the mob attack, but got arrested again on new charges. He allegedly participating in a coordinated robbery at a Macy’s store in Queens. Hopefully District Attorney Melinda Katz will make sure this teen criminal stays in jail since Manhattan DA Alvin Bragg seems to let this teenagers out with just a slap on the hand.

Bragg, doesn’t care that these teens do not have permanent address or community ties or are flight risks. Thank-God when it came to Alejandro Rivas-Figueroa, another migrant teen, who has since been charged as an adult, is being held at Rikers for allegedly shooting a tourist during an attempted robbery in Times Square. This kid also has priors.

And here is why this is happening….Yohenry Brito 24 who is accused of instigating the group assault on two NYPD officers in Times Square, was in court a second time for different charges. He’s being held on a $15,000 bail and a Brooklyn pastor paid that sum to set him free. More than a dozen immigration advocates also showed up to support this alleged criminal with a rap sheet. He is the main ringleader of this gang assault on our police officers. He has been arrested multiple times, has at least two open cases for shoplifting and pleaded guilty last year to disorderly conduct. Why do these people want this man free? What if it was one of their own family members who was shot? Will they change their bleeding heart’s if their own are attacked? When does this madness stop?

 

 

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Public Invited to Provide Comments Online, by Email, Mail, Phone and Fax Tomorrow Through March 11

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The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) today announced details of a public comment period of the tolling structure that has been proposed for Central Business District Tolling, New York’s congestion pricing program. The agency will accept written and audio comments starting tomorrow and will hold four hybrid virtual/in-person public hearings in February and March.

The proposed tolling structure is available online. It is modeled on recommendations made by the Traffic Mobility Review Board on Nov. 30.

Starting tomorrow, Wednesday, Dec. 27, 2023, and continuing for 76 days through Monday, March 11, 2024, members of the public may submit written comments online and by email, mail and fax, and may submit audio comments by leaving a voicemail message. All comments will be recorded and submitted for review.

Online: https://contact.mta.info/s/forms/CBDTP
Email: cbdtp.feedback@mtabt.org
Mail: CBD Tolling Program, 2 Broadway, 23rd Floor, New York, NY 10004
Phone: 646-252-7440
Fax: Send to (212) 504-3148 with Attention to CBDTP Team.

The hearings begin on Thursday, Feb. 29, and conclude on Monday, March 4. Members of the public who wish to speak at the hearings are required to register in advance online, by calling the Public Hearing Hotline at (646) 252-6777, or in person. Registration will open one week before the start time of each hearing and will close 30 minutes after the beginning of the hearing. Speakers will be provided two minutes to speak. The hearings will be hosted in person at 2 Broadway, New York, NY 10004 in the William J. Ronan 20th Floor Board Room. People may also register to participate remotely via Zoom or telephone.

The hearings will be accessible online at mta.info/CBDTP at these dates and times:

  • Thursday, Feb. 29, at 6:00 p.m.
  • Friday, March 1, at 10:00 a.m.
  • Monday, March 4, at 10:00 a.m.
  • Monday, March 4, at 6:00 p.m.

Each public hearing will be livestreamed on the MTA YouTube channel at youtube.com/@mta-live and on the project website: mta.info/CBDTP.

Next Steps

The Central Business District Tolling Program was mandated by the State of New York in April 2019 and modeled on urban congestion pricing programs around the world to reduce traffic congestion and raise needed revenue to improve public transportation. Other cities around the world that have similar programs have also experienced improved air quality.

Following the public comment period, MTA Bridges and Tunnels (known legally as the Triborough Bridge and Tunnel Authority) will review the public comments. Then its Board, which is coterminous with the MTA Board, will consider adopting a ratemaking regulation that includes any updates that may follow the public comment period.

As with any proposed toll ratemaking, this  public comment period is being conducted in accordance with the State Administrative Procedure Act.

Accessibility and Interpreter Services

At the public hearings, American Sign Language and CART Captioning Services will be available.

Members of the public who are deaf or hard of hearing can use their preferred relay service or the free 711 relay service, and then ask to be connected to the Public Hearing Hotline at (646) 252-6777 to speak with an agent.

Members of the public who do not have access to a computer or who do not have access to the Internet can listen to each of the hearings by calling the Zoom meeting via a telephone number which will be provided at a later date.

If language assistance or any other accommodations are required, please submit a request at least five (5) business days before the scheduled hearing date in one of the following ways: e-mailing cbdtp.feedback@mtabt.org, calling the Public Hearing Hotline at (646) 252-6777, or by sending a letter to MTA Government & Community Relations, Attn: Central Business District Tolling Program Hearings, 2 Broadway, 17th Floor, New York, NY 10004.

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