Mayor’s housing program could change Rockaway forever

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Mayor Bill de Blasio’s inclusionary housing and rezoning program could change Rockaway and not for the better, critics charge.

Commentary from onrockaway.com

Nearly three years after then-mayoral candidate Bill de Blasio first mentioned Mandatory Inclusionary Housing (or Zoning) as the linchpin of his affordable housing plan, the debate on this policy has reached a fever pitch not only in Rockaway, but throughout the city, according to Nick Powell, writing in City and State, a popular political blog.

Supporters of the policy have hailed Mandatory Inclusionary as the single most effective tool for creating affordable housing en masse. Detractors, which include nearly every city community board, a host of housing advocates and several City Council members, counter that the mandated Area Median Income levels are not low enough for low-income New Yorkers who need housing and who fear being priced out of their gentrifying neighborhoods.

Locals say that the Rockaway peninsula, with its recent economic growth, its growing restaurant and housing scene, the return of the boardwalk this Memorial Day and the commuter ferry service planned for return in 2017, can easily become one of those area destined for gentrification and the exclusion of its most vulnerable residents.

Powell writes that mandatory Inclusionary, at least as currently designed, is not the panacea for affordable housing development that the administration would have you think. In fact, one city housing official already knows that.

Vicki Been, the commissioner of the city Department of Housing and Preservation, was one of the authors of a 2008 study on Mandatory Inclusionary Zoning. The study examined the policy in three different cities – Boston, San Francisco and Washington, D.C. – and found that Inclusionary Zoning policies have had varied success in producing affordable units on a grand scale.

He says that the most successful Inclusionary Zoning policies, such as in San Francisco, also have the most flexibility baked in, especially regarding how densely housing developers can build. If the city wanted to get past the Mandatory Inclusionary impasse, especially in predominantly low-income neighborhoods like East New York, why not allow developers to double the amount of density in return for double the amount of city subsidies? Rents in East New York would be significantly more affordable, and developers regardless will be hard-pressed to find families willing to pay market rate to live in a neighborhood situated so deep in Brooklyn, toward the end of the L train line.

The answer, he writes, is that the city has foolishly locked itself into its 200,000 affordable-unit goal over 10 years, going against the advice of many housing experts and advocates. If de Blasio, Deputy Mayor Alicia Glen and his housing team set a more realistic goal – closer to the 165,000-plus affordable units built during the Bloomberg administration – the city would have more flexibility to add subsidies to certain developments and reach deeper levels of affordability in the low-income neighborhoods being rezoned. The 200,000-unit goal limits the amount of subsidy to spread across the city.

To the extent that Mandatory Inclusionary Housing will likely only generate a fraction of the 80,000 affordable units the mayor wants to build, it makes sense to maximize the affordability under that policy, and stave off fears of gentrification in the process. Building 30,000 fewer new affordable units in exchange for lower rents seems like more than a fair trade.

But de Blasio is fond of setting hard benchmarks, and it seems unlikely that he will back off the 200,000-unit number just to satisfy some angry community boards, Powell says. Instead, look for the administration to soften some of their AMI targets to placate Council members who have to sign off on the plan, and move forward with the plan more or less unchanged.

Powell does not address Rockaway directly, but Community Board 14 voted against the mayor’s plan for two reasons, the first and foremost being that the plan does not mandate off-street parking at either senior citizens housing of low income housing under the theory that most of the people who live in housing that addresses seniors and low-income residents do not have automobiles and use public transportation to get around.

The mayor believes that those living within a half-mile of a subway or bus line does not need private transportation. Since the great majority of those who live in Rockaway, where the A-Line runs down the spine of the peninsula and in most places it is five or six blocks wide, nearly everybody in Rockaway fills the bill for what the mayor considers a no need for parking zone. Most locals would disagree.

Secondly, and perhaps less important to our local residents, the board took a look at the rents for the planned “affordable” housing units in Rockaway and decided that they were too high for those now living on the peninsula either in substandard housing or in the public housing units that dot the peninsula.

Is Powell right? Will de Blasio get his way by tweaking the Annual Median Income (AMI) targets to get the community and its City Council representatives to buy into his plan?

That remains to be seen. With a contentious community board and one of the few Republican City Councilmen in Rockaway, the mayor’s chances are less than they are in other, more progressive communities.

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Senate bill would keep sex offenders from placement with homeless families

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State Senator Joe Addabbo was sponsor of bill that would keep registered sex offenders from being placed by city with homeless families.

Charging that “innocent little kids who are one step away from living on the streets should never face the additional horror of living side-by-side with potential sexual predators,” NYS Senator Joseph P. Addabbo, Jr. praised the Senate passage of legislation (S.851) he co-sponsors to prohibit dangerous Level 2 and Level 3 sex offenders from being placed in shelters or other temporary accommodations used to house homeless families with children.

 “When families tragically end up homeless, for any number of reasons, and find themselves trying to rebuild their lives while living in shelters or other temporary housing, they shouldn’t have to worry about their overall safety or be frightened for the welfare of their vulnerable children,” said Addabbo.  “Convicted Level 2 and 3 sex offenders, who have committed the most serious sex crimes and are most likely to strike again, should not be allowed around children.  They must be sheltered in housing that is more appropriate to their criminal background.”

 Under the bill, convicted Level 2 and 3 sex offenders would only be placed in homeless shelters and other temporary housing with other adults, and not with any families with children.  Level 2 offenders are classified as those with a “moderate risk of repeat offense,” and Level 3 offenders are designated as those who represent a “high risk of repeat offense and a threat to public safety.”

 Addabbo noted that there have been instances throughout the years in locally and citywide where sex offenders have been found living in homeless shelters where they could represent a serious risk to children.  “It wasn’t that long ago that sex offenders were removed from the Skyway Men’s Shelter in South Ozone Park, which was converted from a family shelter and located in close proximity to a school,” he pointed out.  “In addition, there have been more recent reports that sex offenders are housed in family shelters throughout the City, which is very worrisome on many levels.”

 A 2015 report by NYS Senator Jeff  Klein, the prime sponsor of the legislation recently approved by the Senate, said that four known sex offenders were living in family shelters in Queens, with almost a dozen housed in other family shelters citywide.

 “This legislation has been approved a number of times by the State Senate, and I hope it will be approved by the Assembly this year, as well,” said Addabbo.  “We need to have compassion for all New York residents who find themselves without roofs over their heads, but we must also take common-sense steps to protect our most vulnerable homeless families and children from further victimization.”

 The bill is now under consideration by the Assembly Committee on Social Services.

Mayor Bill de Blasio, faced with push-back from communities such as Rockaway, declared a moratorium on homeless shelters last year and city agencies began placing them in hotels around the city instead. In the wake of a double homicide in a mainland hotel last week, however, he has ordered that homeless no longer be placed in hotels. That raises the question of more shelters once again and he is widely expected to focus on communities with unused buildings once again, something that Rockaway has in excess.

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Cops seek A-Train pervert

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Police from the 101 Precinct are seeking this man, who allegedly exposed himself to a female passenger as the train neared the Beach 44 Street Station in late January.

Police detectives and patrol officers from the 101 Precinct in Far Rockaway are looking for a pervert who exposed himself on a Rockaway A-Train on January 27.

According to police sources, the incident happened at about 8:30 a.m.as the subway train was nearing Beach 44 Street.

The perp reportedly sat across from a female rider and pulled out his genitals, exposing his penis, authorities said. He then exited the train at the Beach 44 Street/Rockaway Freeway station and walked toward the westbound platform.

A photo of the man was released Friday with a call from police to the public to help find him. He’s described as a black male who was last seen wearing a black du-rag, a black wool jacket with a red hooded sweatshirt underneath, black pants with white stripes on the sides and black sneakers.

Anyone with information in the case is urged to call NYPD’s Crime Stoppers hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477).

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Addabbo urges Senate committee to take up ethics reform

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State Senator Joseph P. Addabbo Jr., shown at a recent community meeting, wants the ethics committee to hold hearings leading to reforms.

State Senator Joseph P. Addabbo, Jr. is urging the Senate Ethics Committee to hold productive hearings leading to ethics reform, stating in a prepared statement that the Ethics Committee has not held a public meeting since 2009 and does not regularly consider and act upon legislation, as all other Senate Committees do.

 “At a time when ethics reforms are being hotly debated every day and the public expects us to take concrete action to both punish those who abuse the public trust and prevent future corruption, I think the Ethics Committee should pick itself up, dust itself off and get back to work,” said Addabbo. “While I have great respect for my colleagues on the Committee, from both sides of the political aisle, I believe this panel should function like all of the other Senate committees, considering and voting on legislation, holding hearings to gather input and otherwise conducting public deliberations on a wide variety of ethics issues.”

 Addabbo noted, however, that the new Senate Ethics Committee chairman recently discussed his intentions in a television interview to hold open, public meetings of the panel to discuss ethics-related issues, if not to actually vote upon specific pieces of legislation.  “I am encouraged that my colleague, Senator Tom Croci, is carefully considering the structure and jurisdiction of the Ethics Committee and may be moving in the direction of making it more open and deliberative,” he said. “I look forward to his continued attention to this important issue.”

According to Addabbo, the Senate leadership officials have previously said that the primary focus of the Ethics Committee is to conduct investigations, instead of deliberating on legislation, but Addabbo suggested that broadening its responsibilities could lead to greater public discussions and input, while taking timely action on important anti-corruption initiatives.

 “We have a lot of work to do on ethics reform, and instead of referring a wide variety of relevant bills to an assortment of different committees, I think it makes rational sense to funnel them through the Ethics Committee itself,” he said. “Otherwise, important legislation to help restore the public’s trust in government runs the risk of getting lost in a convoluted legislative bureaucracy.”

 Addabbo noted that some steps were taken over the course of the 2015 legislative session to address ethics reform, including initiatives to require New York public officials to provide more disclosure of outside income and business clients, and prohibit them from receiving any compensation related to pending legislation. Rules were also put in place to address travel expense abuse, and place some limits on the personal use of campaign funds.   

 “These were good, incremental actions, but I know I am not alone in believing we need to do a great deal more,” said Addabbo. “That is why I am co-sponsoring a number of bills to improve our electoral process, reform our campaign finance system, crack down on public corruption and help stop the parade of elected officials out of legislative chambers and into prison cells. I think at least some of these measures should be deliberated and initially voted upon by the Senate Ethics Committee.”

 Afterwards, he said, they could be considered – if necessary – by other appropriate committees, such as Elections or Finance, prior to a vote by the full Senate. 

 Among many other reform initiatives, Addabbo is supporting bills that would:

 — Retroactively strip pension benefits from any state or local official convicted of a felony involving a breach of the public trust by amending the State Constitution (S.2660).

 — Further strengthen regulations governing the use of campaign funds to ensure they are not spent for questionable personal uses (S.44). 

 — Require the disclosure of so-called “bundling” of contributions, which allows fundraisers to subvert individual campaign contribution limits by providing a “bundle” of cash to a campaign from a variety of donors without providing information on the source (S.846);

 — Outlaw the use of campaign funds by candidates or elected officials for criminal or civil defense arising from alleged violations of any state or federal laws (S.338).

 — Close a loophole that permits limited liability companies (LLCs) to be treated as individuals under election law – which allows them to make political contributions of $150,000 a year – instead of being held to the limit of $5,000 applied to corporations (S.60).

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National Grid aiming at May 1 for reopening of BCD

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National Grid will soon begin work on repairing the stretch of Beach Channel Drive from Beach 108 Street to the Rockaway Freeway extension in a few weeks and hopes to have it open by May 1, according to a report from City Councilman Eric Ulrich’s office.

National Grid will conduct a series of underground boring tests next week to determine the extent of the undermining of the closed section of Beach Channel Drive from Beach 108 Street to the Rockaway Freeway extension in advance of fixing the problem, according to a report from the office of City Councilman Eric Ulrich on Friday afternoon.

According to Rob Schwach, an Ulrich staffer, his staff have been at the site an Friday morning and have met with National Grid officials as part of the office’s on-going monitoring of the issue. He added that utility’s aim is to have the vital road reopened by May 1.

Schwach said that earlier ground-penetrating-radar tests found voids and an empty “tunnel” formerly used to offload coal barges back when the site was used as a Manufactured Gas Plant.

After the results of the boring tests are read, National Grid will excavate an area approximately 200 feet long (length depending on the results of the test) and begin the process of rebuilding the road bed underneath and filling in the tunnel before repaving the roadway to grade. The utility will also replace or repair the existing median.

He added that National Grid is waiting the for the State Department of Environmental Conservation to approve their continuation of replacing the bulkhead adjacent to the street closure using a different process than before, so as not to conflict with the roadway work.

When the bulkhead repairs are complete, National Grid will continue plans to create an esplanade, complete with grass, plantings, and benches.

 The roadway work (depending on tests, permits and weather conditions) should start in the next few weeks. It is expected that the entire roadway will be rebuilt and open to traffic by May 1, and probably even before that, Schwach said.

He added that his office will continue to monitor progress and provide updates.

He urged anybody wanting further information or who had questions, to call Council Member Ulrich’s Rockaway office at 718-318-6411.

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Group seeks to assist those still impacted by Sandy

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The Friends of Rockaway, here assisted by Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder and staff, help those still impacted by Sandy to get back into their homes. The group will soon be hosting informational sessions to speak of what still needs to be done.

More than three years after Hurricane Sandy, Friends of Rockaway says that it continues to help struggling homeowners affected by the storm.

The organization is a community-based non-profit founded in response to the impact of Sandy on the Rockaway peninsula and is operating as part of the St. Bernard Project.

According to a recent statement, the organization has provided home repair services to 137 families, but we realizes that there are many more homeowners in need.

Director of Friends of Rockaway, Thomas Corley, says, “Rebuilding the Rockaways is far from over, but we’re committed to staying open until the job is complete.”

To increase awareness and provide information about how to apply for help, Friends of Rockaway is heading into the community on five dates in February and March. Representatives will be at area locations to distribute information and answer questions about the program.

Those informational sessions will be held on Wednesday, Feb. 24, 11 a.m. to noon at the Seaside Senior Center, 320 Beach 94 St., in Rockaway Beach; Friday, Feb. 26, 11 a.m. to noon at the JASA Beach 106 Senior Center, 106-20 Shorefront Parkway in Rockaway Park; Thursday, March 7, 6 to 7 p.m., Queens Library at Far Rockaway, 1637 Central Avenue, Far Rockaway; and Tuesday, March 8, 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Community Board 14 Monthly Meeting, Knights of Columbus Hall, 333 Beach 90th St., in Rockaway Beach. 

“Hard-working homeowners call the Friends of Rockaway office every week, sharing their experiences during and after the storm. They face health issues, mounting bills, contractor fraud, fractured families, and many other difficult situations. As these families have just about given up, they find Friends of Rockaway. We’ve had over 900 families reach out for help over the past three and half years, but we’re sensitive to the fact that there are still many homeowners that have yet to come forward and receive services. We hope that the Rockaway community will share information about us to a friend or neighbor in need. We want the community to know that we will be here until we’ve verified that every homeowner affected by Hurricane Sandy has access to the resources they need to recover,” added Client Services Manager, Emily Bauer.

Information and applications are available online and also at Friends of Rockaway office, located at 2-13 Beach 88th Street, Rockaway Beach, N.Y. Walk-ins are welcome from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. For all other information about Friends of Rockaway, how to volunteer or make a donation, visit www.friendsofrockaway.org, or call 718-318-2176. 

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Jim Sanders: OK to photograph cops doing their job

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State Senator James Sanders Jr., photographed at a recent march in Rockaway, has sponsored a bill that would clarify that people have the right to photograph cops in interactions with the public without being charged with obstructing governmental administration.

State Senator James Sanders Jr. has been in the news lately, first when the announced a primary run against Rep. Gregory Meeks for his House seat and then when he was charged  by a Rockaway husband and wife who run a farm in Rockaway with asking for a kickback in return with providing them with public money.

Now, he wants everybody to pull out their phone cameras and film police officers in their interactions with his constituents

On Thursday, Sanders introduced legislation (S.6735) clarifying that a person is permitted to photograph and record law enforcement officers doing their jobs, when the officer is in a public place or public view, or the person is in a private place where they have a right to be present.

Sanders says that existing law does not expressly prohibit photographing and recording police. However, there is an offense in New York called “obstructing governmental administration” under which interfering with police activity falls.

His legislation amends that section of the law to clearly establish that the acts of photographing and recording police officers are not unlawful.

Sanders said in a press release, “Under this new legislation the officer must not intentionally interfere with the photography or recording; detain, arrest, intimidate or otherwise harass such person; search or seize the camera or recording device without permission or a warrant; or damage or destroy the device. A civil cause of action to recover monetary damages is created against any officer violating this law, as well as that officer’s law enforcement agency.”

“There are calls for more transparency and accountability in law enforcement, which include pushes for police body cameras and dashboard cameras,” Sanders said.  “In today’s age of smartphones, encounters with police are frequently recorded and the public, as well as law enforcement officers, should know the law permits capturing these moments. This effort can go a long way to bolster the public’s trust in our law enforcement system.”

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The Prime Directive: People vote on their own self-interest and nobody interests me

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Young people are flocking to Bernie Sanders because he promises them the world — free college, free health care, minimum wage — largely without being able to produce those things if he is elected as president.

By Howard Schwach

Commentary from onrockaway.com

 

The Prime Directive is all. When people go into the voting booth to pull a lever or color in a circle, they vote their own self interest. By that, I mean they vote for the candidate who will be the best for the life of themselves and their family. That is the prime directive in every election in every state in every nation.

No idealism, no “who is best for world peace or global warming.”

It’s always who is best for me and my life.

Young women will not vote for Hillary Clinton because she is a woman any more than I will vote for Bernie Sanders because he is a man or because he is Jewish.

I write this two days after Bernie Sanders’ big win in New Hampshire and as the South Carolina primary heats up.

If you run the numbers from New Hampshire, you see a pattern of young millennials voting for the much older socialist and you wonder why – until you remember the prime directive.

In that primary, 83 percent of those 18-29 voted for Sanders while 66 percent of those age 30 to 44 voted for him as well. Hillary Clinton won only those in the 45-64 age bracket.

What issues do those younger voters hold as more critical to themselves personally?

Economy and jobs was number one. Health care was way up there as well. Immigration, government spending and income inequality did not even register on the scale.

And, what is Bernie Sanders promising the millennials?

Free secondary education, free health care, a minimum wage – the free ride that they believe they are entitled to as American citizens.

Which is fine. They are operating on the prime directive that Sanders, if elected, will make their lives much easier with free health care, higher education they don’t have to go into hock for the rest of their lives, a decent paying job.

Except, Sanders is like the “Music Man,” the scammer that makes lots of promises, collects the dough and then skips town before the bill comes due.

As the Professor Harry Hill famously said, “You’ve got to know the territory,” and Sanders knows it well and is playing it for all that its worth and apparently, it’s worth a lot with the younger voters.

Sanders did a few one-on-one interviews during the Iowa and New Hampshire primary elections and tried to quiet the skeptical pundits who have been around the track once or twice and want to know how he is going to pay for very expensive amenities such as a single-payer government health care and a free public education for all.

Unfortunately, his answers were as pie-in-the-sky as many of his ideas.

First, he said that single-payer health insurance with the government paying the freight would not cost much because, although the middle class would have to pay the freight in terms of co-pays, they would no longer have to buy insurance and it would be cheaper for them in the long run. Experts, however, say that his explanation is disingenuous and that the system would collapse with every American registered in a Medicare-type program and that it would remove the incentive for doctors to provide service to some populations, as many doctors have recently removed themselves from taking Medicare and Medicaid patients because of the complications of dealing with the government and the lower scale paid for those patients.

In the same vein, getting millionaires to pay for his free-college-for-all scheme is probably a non-starter and would be even if the Democrats controlled Congress and certainly with the Republicans in control.

His notion that “people will rise up and demand that income equality and free college education be maintained” is not something that most people believe will ever happen, but that those really believe that they deserve the free services have bought into. So they vote for the man who promises those amenities and are too young and naïve to understand that the whole Sanders scheme, given the present state of national politics and a struggling economy is not going to happen. At least, not in Sanders’ lifetime.

The prime directive.

Vote for the person who promises you things you really have a right to know that person hasn’t got the power to provide.

I don’t like Hillary Clinton very much and probably would not vote for her even should she win the Democratic nod. I can’t really vote for any of the Republican candidates, with their right-wing ideas and ideals and their Christian religious zeal what would probably rule out Jews and other in access to their government.

Who then?

I don’t know. Perhaps I am waiting for a brave knight to ride into town to satisfy my prime directive. What is my seminal issue?

Education. Keeping hedge fund managers and a profit motive out of education. Allowing the states to decide for themselves the education they want for their children.

Keeping Medicare alive and closing the damned Donut Hole, which, while she was alive, kicked my wife’s life-saving Lantus up to $360 a dose from $60 a dose when she got into the donut hole every July or August.

Allowing end of life issues to be between a patient and his or her doctor.

Not much more than that. Will my need be fulfilled by any of the present candidates? No way. Not even Bernie Sanders is promising me the world, and that is because I am his age, but not his demographic.

Please give me a candidate I can really vote for and it is not a bullying neo-conservative nor a disingenuous socialist. There must be somebody in the middle and it is not Hillary Clinton nor any of the Republicans.

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Madoff update: ‘obscure’ boy in photo with Ruth is now Chief of Surgery at Suffolk hospital

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“Joe College” in photo with Ruth Alpern (now, Ruth Madoff) is not obscure as onrockaway.com declared him last week. Pindyck is now Chief of Surgery at Huntington Hospital in Suffolk County.

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Ruth Alpern (Madoff) is in lower row. Email to onrockaway.com came from Barry Aronowsky, who is at top right of this photo.

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The Madoff’s in a photo that was taken shortly before the scandal  broke and he went to prison.

By Howard Schwach

Editor, onrockaway.com

A week ago, onrockaway.com pointed out that both Bernie and Ruth Madoff were Far Rockaway High School graduates – he in 1956, her in 1958.

Since I graduated in January of 1958, I had the Dolphin (the school yearbook) and was looking at it (shows you how many things I actually have to do) and ran across the photos of Ruth Alpern, Madoff’s maiden name. Since I was watching part 2 of the mini-series about the two and his Ponzi scheme, I decided to write something about the famous –or infamous – FRHS sweethearts.

I blew off Frank Pindyck, who is in the photo of Joe & Josie College in the Dolphin, writing that he had faded to obscurity.

That is, until I got an Email from Barry Aronowsky, who appears on the same page as Alpern in the yearbook.

He wrote, “My friend Frank, is in a picture with Ruth. I guess you have to commit the biggest fraud in history, otherwise you just fade away. Being a doctor and the Chief of Surgery at Huntington Hospital doesn’t count for anything.

I was contrite, but the fact is nobody did a two-part mini-series on Pindyck and they did on the Madoff’s.

Anyway, it was good to hear from another FRHS alum and get a chance to set the record straight.

Aronowsky said in his email that the class of ’58 had its 50th reunion in November of 2008 and both Ruth and Bernie were there, celebrating along with the other graduates.

“The scandal broke the following month,” he wrote. “All of us were astounded and couldn’t believe that it was all a hoax. I guess he knew at the reunion that the game was up, but neither of them said anything and they seemed to enjoy themselves.”

“I was the treasurer for the reunion,” he added. “I received payment from Ruth and was worried that the SEC or the referee would want the $200 back.”

Bernie remains in prison for the rest of his life, alienated from Ruth and without his two sons – one of whom committed suicide and the other who died of Lukemia.

According to the mini-series, he leads and easy life, playing cards and schmoozing with his new friends.

Ruth reportedly lives quietly in Connecticut, living off the money that the trustee allowed her to keep as her own money.

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Doc who lived in Far Rock busted at JFK for peddling Oxycodone

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Dr. Noel Blackman, who most recently lived in Far Rockaway, was taken off a departing plane for allegedly peddling Oxycodone.

Federal authorities arrested a Far Rockaway resident late Sunday at Kennedy Airport who they suspect illegally prescribed vast amounts of oxycodone — 365,000 pills in 2015 — in a drug-dealing enterprise spanning three states.

Agents took Doctor Noel Blackman, 68, who most recently lived in Rockaway, into custody after they ordered a Guyana-bound jet taxiing for takeoff with Blackman aboard to return to an airport terminal.

For many years, Blackman lived in Valley Stream in Nassau County before moving to Rockaway a year ago.

Blackman was reportedly the former Guyanese Health Minister. Published reports said that he was recently named to chair the board of the Georgetown (Guyana) Public Hospital Corporation. He is also the owner of a television station in that nation.

Blackman — under investigation by federal law enforcement agencies for several weeks — was intent on permanently leaving the United States, according to a tip agents received before they headed him off at the airport. After the plane returned to the terminal at about midnight Sunday, Blackman was arrested and later charged with conspiracy to distribute the narcotic.

Federal agents with Homeland Security Investigations also found $30,000 in cash stashed in his luggage, officials said.

According to Blackman’s prescription records checked by federal authorities, the 365,000 oxycodone pills came from 2,487 prescriptions — a marked increase from the 114 he wrote for 3,800 pills in 2014 and 63 written in 2013 for 2,100 pills.

Blackman, who had offices in Franklin Square, in Elmhurst and in Brooklyn, was arraigned late Monday in Central Islip federal court on the charge of conspiracy to distribute oxycodone. U.S. Magistrate Anne Shields ordered Blackman held as a flight risk, pending future hearings. Black was not required to enter a plea, officials said.

The doctor’s secretary, Eva Torres, 31, of the Bronx, was also arrested on the same narcotics conspiracy charges and appeared in court for her arraignment Monday. She also was not required to enter a plea, but was released on $50,000 bond.

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