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THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 23, 2017                               THE QUEENS TIMES                                                             PAGE 9



                                                                                        Legislation Prohibiting Law Enforcement
                      Queens Sports                                                 Officials from Engaging in Sexual Activity with

                                                                                                     Individuals in Custody

        Knights Come up Short Versus Concordia Despite                             (Continued from page 7)  teenager who will now be  measures to ensure that no
                                                                                                          forced to relive the trauma  individual is above the law.”
                                 Grant’s Big Day                                  Class E felony.         of this crime in the public            “Safe  Horizon,  the
                                                                                       “I would like to thank  eye as this moves to trial.  nation’s leading victim as-
          Sophomore  Issac  Grant       The Clippers remained  score at 73 apiece after a pair   Council Member Treyger  My bill explicitly states that  sistance organization, com-
        recorded  his  second  ca-  on top throughout the rest of  of foul shots by Buron.  for bringing attention to this  law  enforcement  officers  mends  Council  Member
        reer double-double, but the  the first half and took their       After Concordia went on   important issue and propos-  are prohibited from engag-  Mark Treyger and Assem-
        Queens College men’s bas-  largest  lead,  46-31,  when  top 77-73, a three by fresh-  ing  solutions  at  both  the  ing in sexual activity with  blyman Edward Braunstein
        ketball team’s second-half  Cedrick  McFadden  hit  a  man Elijah Bovell brought   city and state levels,” said  anyone  in  their  custody,  for introducing common-
        comeback attempt came up  jumper with five minutes  Queens within one, but that   Assemblyman Braunstein.  because  there  can  be  no  sense legislation to explic-
        just short in a 100-91 defeat  until halftime. Green scored  was as close as the Knights   “I was shocked to hear that  meaningful consent when  itly prohibit sexual activity
        to the Concordia (N.Y.) Col-  the next eight points for the  would  get  the  rest  of  the   the two NYPD detectives  you are in the custody of a  between state and local po-
        lege Clippers at home on  Knights,  and  a  Crosdale  way. Grant fouled out with   involved in the recent high  law enforcement officer. All  lice and peace officers and
        Saturday.                three cut the deficit to nine,  3:41 to go, and the Clippers   profile rape case in Brook-  law enforcement officials,  persons  in  their  custody,
                  Grant  posted  season  but Anthony Barnes’ jump  pushed their advantage to   lyn have offered the defense  including police and peace  in the same section of the
        highs with 20 points and 10  shot fell with six seconds on  double figures. Five quick   that the sexual contact was  officers, must be held to the  law  that  already  prohibit
        rebounds in 17 minutes off  the clock to give Concordia  points by freshman Dwayne   consensual. The power dy-  same standard. We have a  such  activity  on  the  part
        the bench, adding two steals  a 53-42 halftime lead.  Henry make it a 95-90 game   namic  between  someone  growing coalition of elected  of corrections and parole
        and a block as well. Addi-       Queens regained it con-  with 1:38 left, but a Brandon   in custody and the officers  officials and advocates who  officers,” said Michael Po-
        tionally, senior Simon Green  fidence out of the break and  Fields  jumper  and  Elijah   themselves is such that the  support this bill because we  lenberg,  VP  of  Govern-
        had 17 points, five assists  stormed back in the second  Brown triple sealed the deal   person in custody is pow-  need to do more to protect  ment Affairs, Safe Horizon.
        and two steals, while junior  half. After the Clippers took  for Concordia.  erless to consent to sexual  the rights of sexual assault  “Such bills shouldn’t even
        Jordan Curtis notched his  a 57-46 lead on a Michael       Crosdale, who made his   activity. State law already  victims.”  need to exist to reasonably
        first career double-double  Demello layup, the Knights  first career start, scored in   prohibits  sexual  contact       “There have been a wave  expect that this should nev-
        in a Queens uniform with  answered with a 12-1 run,  double digits for the third   between corrections offi-  of  high-profile,  powerful  er happen. And yet, lawyers
        12 points and 10 rebounds.  which was capped off by  straight  game,  finishing   cers and parole officers and  men  accused  of  sexually  for the two police detectives
             Freshman Tyrese Cros-  a Green layup that tied the  with  12  points  on  4-of-7   those in their custody. The  abusing and harassing vul-  who have been indicted for
        dale knocked down back-  game at 58 apiece just 4:56  shooting  from  downtown   legislation I am introducing  nerable women and men--  first degree rape and other
        to-back  three-pointers  to  into the half.      to go with six assists. Buron   at the state level will amend  -and officers who sexually  felony offenses claim that
        give Queens a 6-5 lead less       Concordia quickly re-  chipped in 11 points and a   the penal code to also in-  harass and abuse vulnerable  a young woman taken into
        than two minutes in to the  gained the lead and pushed  block for the Knights, and   clude state and local police  individuals in their custody  their custody -- and alleged-
        game, but that would be the  the advantage to 67-60 with  on the other side, Stephen   officers.”  are no different,” said Pub-  ly still in handcuffs -- could
        only lead of the contest for  13:10 remaining, and that’s  Milhaven  had  32  points        “We need strong laws on  lic Advocate Letitia James.  somehow consent to sexual
        the Knights, as the Clippers  when Grant went to work.  and nine rebounds for the   the books to ensure that law  “While the vast majority of  activity while sitting in a
        took the lead just nine sec-  He  scored  the  next  nine  Clippers. Queens shot 48.5   enforcement officers who  officers  are  hardworking  police  van.  Safe  Horizon
        onds later. Two quick buck-  points for Queens, with his  percent  overall  and  48.1   abuse their power and sexu-  and deeply principled, we  offers our full support to the
        ets by sophomore Kevin Bu-  layup with 10:16 to go tying  percent from three but shot   ally assault someone in their  must have laws in place to  young woman in this case,
        ron later kept Queens within  the game again at 69 all. The  just 63.6 percent from the   custody  can  never  again  hold those few unscrupu-  and we share Assemblyman
        one 3:16 in to play, however,  Clippers went back on top,  line, while Concordia hit on   claim consent as a defense,”  lous officers accountable.  Braunstein’s and Council
        Concordia followed with an  but once again, the Knights  53.7 percent of its shots from   said Council Member Mark  The bills introduced by As-  Member Treyger’s outrage
        8-0 run to take command.  pulled back and evened the  the floor.          Treyger. “I commend Kings  semblyman Braunstein and  over this deeply offensive
                                                                                  County District Attorney  Council  Member  Treyger  argument for the defense.
              Councilmember Elizabeth Crowley on                                  Eric Gonzalez for moving  to ensure that sexual activ-  We urge the full State leg-
                                                                                  swiftly  to  bring  charges  ity  between  officers  and  islature and City Council to
                           30th District Results                                  against these detectives, but  those in their custody is pro-  vote these bills into law as
                                                                                  the victim in this case is a  hibited are common-sense  soon as possible.”
             “I  want to thank my  better.  It  has  been  a  true  underserved and most vul-  Koo and DCA Reach Agreement to Provide
        family, friends, staff, vol-  honor.             nerable in our community.
        unteers,  colleagues,  and       “Integrity, dedication            “The  results  of  this   Laundromats 6-Month Grace Period
        everyone who came out to  and hard work - these are  election  will  not  change                 For New Licenses
        support my re-election bid.  the values I was raised on.  my commitment to public
                  “The  last  nine  years  They are the same values  service. I intend to spend           ber 31, 2017.            before the end of the month.
        have been some of the most  I brought every single day  the  remaining  weeks  of                      Applications are available  This should give business
        rewarding  and  fulfilling  to  my  work  as  Council-  my term in office working                 at the following links:  owners enough time to work
        of my entire life. I want to  member. I’m proud of the  tirelessly on behalf of my                     Retail Laundry: http://  through any violations they
        thank the communities of  work  we  have  done  - ex-  constituents.  Whatever                    www1.nyc.gov/site/dca/busi-  may currently have. I’d like
        Glendale,  Maspeth,  Mid-  panding and strengthening  the  future  holds,  I  will                nesses/license-checklist-  to thank the DCA for work-
        dle  Village,  Ridgewood,  our schools, securing vital  bring  the  same  passion                 retail-laundry.page      ing with our community in
        Woodhaven,  and  Wood-   emergency services, creat-  and dedication to fighting                   Industrial Laundry: http://  good faith toward a solu-
        side for both believing in  ing  the  borough’s  largest  for  our  community  that               www1.nyc.gov/site/dca/busi-  tion that works best for our
        me and working together  landmarked neighborhood,  I  brought  to  my  work  as        Council Member Peter  nesses/license-checklist-  immigrant-owned,  mom-
        to make our communities  and  giving  voice  to  the  Councilmember.”     Koo  recently  reached  an  industrial-laundry.page  and-pop businesses.”
                                                                                  agreement with the NYC  Industrial Laundry Deliv-   Background:
                                                                                  Department of Consumer  ery: http://www1.nyc.gov/       Local Law 87 was passed
         Annual Food Drive Fills Pantry Shelves Across the State                  Affairs to extend the grace  site/dca/businesses/license-  last year requiring laundro-
                                                                                  period  for  laundromats  checklist-industrial-laundry-  mats to obtain a Certificate
                                                                                  throughout  the  city  who  delivery.page        of Occupancy or Letter of
          (Continued from page 3)       Food insecurity is an issue  Issue Coordinator.  have struggled to reach com-       CM Koo sent a letter to  No Objection from the De-
                                 that  impacts  college  stu-       Programs like SNAP   pliance with the city’s new  DCA asking for an immedi-  partment  of  Buildings  in
        to students like the Bronx  dents too.  A recent survey  are designed to provide low   Local Law 87 requirements.  ate grace period as laundry  order  to  certify  that  the
        Community  College  and  of college students found  income  Americans  with   The 6-month grace period  owners worked to comply  premise is suitable to oper-
        Queens College pantries.  that  48%  of  respondents  nutritional assistance.  We   came after CM Koo spoke  with the new law.   ate a business. Enforcement
             “We volunteer for the  experienced food insecurity.   must work to make sure that   to DCA Commissioner Lo-       CM Koo stated, “I’m  was scheduled to begin on
        Trick or Eat event because  NYPIRG  has  heard  from  those in need have access to   relei  Salas  this  morning  happy we were able to extend  January 1, 2018. Recently,
        we  care  about  those  who  students that have had to  resources like fully stocked   prior to a city resource fair  the grace period by giving  owners of more than 130
        don’t have anything to put  make the difficult financial  food pantries and robustly   in Flushing where dozens of  laundry operators the abil-  laundromats throughout the
        in their mouths, especially  decision between purchas-  funded social programs like   laundry owners attended to  ity to obtain a Temporary  city petitioned to CM Koo’s
        during the holidays when  ing food and paying for a  SNAP.                speak with DCA and DOB  Operating Letter while they  office that they were unable
        the  weather  gets  colder.   textbook.               NYPIRG is a not-for-  representatives.  Initially,  tend to their paperwork. The  to obtain the COO or LNO
        We know that many people       “No one should have to  profit, student-directed ad-  DCA  agreed  to  a  shorter  city should do everything  before the end of the year
        depend  on  these  pantries  go hungry in a society where  vocacy organization, train-  grace period, but after fur-  in its power to help these  because some had building
        to survive so the least we  we have more than enough  ing students and other New   ther communications from  neighborhood small busi-  violations that needed to be
        can  do  is  go  out  and  ask  to take care of everyone.  As  Yorkers  to  be  leaders  in   laundry  owners  and  CM  nesses stay on their feet, not  fixed by the landlord – a pro-
        the community to help fill  advocates it is our duty to  environmental, consumer,   Koo’s  office,  the  agency  penalize them for trying to  cess that could take months.
        their shelves,” said Griselda  make sure that the resources  and public health policies   agreed to provide six-month  comply with the law. It is  CM Koo worked with DCA
        Morales,  Bronx  Commu-  available reach those who  since  1973.  NYPIRG  has   Temporary Operating Let-  important that all laundry  to obtain a grace period so
        nity  College  student  and  need them the most,” said  chapters  at  college  cam-  ters (TOL) to all businesses  owners understand that these  the  businesses  can  bring
        BCC NYPIRG Hunger and  Tousif  Ahsan,  NYPIRG  puses across the state. www.  as long as they apply for the  six-month TOLs only apply  their  establishments  into
        Homeless Project Leader.  Hunger and Homelessness  nypirgstudents.org.    new license before Novem-  if you apply for the license  compliance with the law.
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