Major General Patrick A. Murphy, The Adjutant General for the State of New York, announces the promotion of members of the New York Army National Guard in recognition of their capabilities for additional responsibility and leadership.
Denzel Castro from Long Island City – Specialist; Brandon Dejesus from Astoria –Specialist; Alan Roberts from Astoria – Captain; Bryce Padrone from Astoria –Specialist; Andrew Chui from Flushing – Private; Santiago Mejiasepulveda from College Point – Specialist; Jeffrey Hansen from Jackson Heights – Lieutenant.
Joanna Brady from St Albans – Sergeant; Leonardo Diaz from Richmond Hill – Sergeant; Daneshwar Sukhra from Jamaica – Specialist; Celeste Brevard from Bellerose – Sergeant 1st Class; John Powell from Jamaica – Private 1st Class;
Bryant Palmer from Jamaica – Staff Sergeant; Chantel Tyrell from Jamaica – Private; Lisa Felix from Jamaica – Private 1st Class and Godfrey Leigh from Jamaica – Staff Sergeant.

American Security Systems announced it has named Kenneth Gould as President, succeeding founder Larry Dolin, who moves to the post of chief executive officer, a new position at the 31-year-old company. Gould, American Security’s executive vice president and general manager since 2008, is a career executive in the security and fire protection industry. “The steady growth of our core business and our expansion into new products and services requires a new leadership structure for the company,” said Dolin, who is also the founder of Video Doorman, an interactive system for providing doorman services, such as secure package reception and live, monitored lobby and elevator tenant escort, for buildings without a doorman.

Kenneth Gould named President of American Security Systems

Farrell Fritz, P.C. is pleased to announce the promotions of Hillary A. Frommer and
Jordan S. Linn to counsel, effective January 1. Frommer, a New York resident, is counsel in the firm’s commercial litigation department. She represents businesses, financial institutions and individuals in federal and state trial courts as well as in arbitrations and in litigations involving complex business disputes, shareholder and partnership disputes, employment and other commercial matters. Jordan S. Linn, a Merrick, L.I. resident, is counsel in the firm’s trusts and estates department, focusing on estate planning and estate administration. His practice focuses upon structuring and implementing sophisticated gift, estate and generation skipping tax planning techniques; the drafting of trust agreements, wills and advance directives and the representation of fiduciaries in the probate and administration of estates and trusts. He has also assisted in the representation of clients involved in IRS audits and United States Tax Court proceedings.

Hillary A. Frommer
Jordan S. Linn


The South Queens Boys & Girls Club appointed Ralph Tragale of the Port Authority of NY & NJ as the vice president of the Board of Directors. Tragale has been a board member for over five years and has organized volunteer opportunities between the SQBGC and the Port Authority and he has also supported the organization in a number of our fundraising initiatives. For more information about the South Queens Boys & Girls Club, call 718-441-6050 or visit www.sqbgc.net.

Ralph Tragale

Bridget Quinn-Carey will join Queens Library as chief operating officer on April 4, 2011. She succeeds Maureen O’Connor who retired in July 2010. Quinn-Carey has been Director of Buffalo and Erie County Public Library since 2008 and is chair of the New York State Regents Advisory Council on Libraries.

Bridget Quinn-Carey

Abilities!, one of the world’s leading organizations dedicated to fully integrating people with disabilities into society, has appointed John D. Kemp as president and chief executive officer. He assumes his responsibilities upon the retirement of current president and chief executive officer Edmund L. Cortez on February 4, 2011.

Abilities! chair of the board of directors Christopher Pascucci shares a moment with Edmund L. Cortez and John D. Kemp (left to right).


NY State Senator Joseph P. Addabbo, Jr. is sworn in by Chief Judge of the State of New York, Jonathan Lippman, for his second term in Albany’s Senate chamber on Wednesday, January 5, 2011.

On January 4, Assemblymember Edward C. Braunstein was officially sworn-in at the New York State Court of Appeals in Albany by Chief Judge Jonathan Lippman as the new member of the New York State Assembly representing the 26th District, which includes parts of Auburndale, Bay Terrace, Bayside, Douglaston, Floral Park, Flushing, Little Neck, New Hyde Park, North Shore Towers and Whitestone. Lippman is the Chief Judge of the Court of Appeals.

Assemblymember Edward C. Braunstein, his girlfriend Stephanie Stern, and Chief Judge Jonathan Lippman.

State Senator Toby Ann Stavisky is sworn in by Chief Justice Jonathan Lippman. Holding the Bible is Kristen Stavisky, the Senator’s daughter-in-law.


The event space at Mezzo Mezzo Restaurant in Astoria was packed on Thursday, January 6 with elected officials, Democratic activists, and community leaders gathered to celebrate the birthday of Democratic District Leader Costa Constantinides. City Comptroller John Liu, State Assemblymembers Aravella Simotas and Francisco Moya, and City Councilmembers Leroy Comrie, James Gennaro, Danny Dromm, Peter Vallone, Jr., and Mark Weprin were joined by over 100 people to honor Costa Constantinides. State Senator Michael Gianaris joined the Host Committee for the reception, but was unable to attend in person. More than $7,000 was raised at the event.

Councilmember Julissa Ferreras, Kehillah Board Secretary Mary Vavrushka, building resident, Kehillah Board Treasurer Bill Meehan, and Kehillah Board Chair Edward McGowan (left to right).


Student Councilmembers from Monsignor McClancy and St. Agnes High Schools hosted a Christmas party for the pre-K to 3rd grades of Corpus Christi School. The teens provided various activities for the youngsters including face painting, balloon making, storytelling, coloring, singing, and playing various games. While McClancy’s band played, Santa and his elves came for a visit and provided treats for all.

The New York Connection, a six-piece show band performing in the Metropolitan area for over 20 years, was a hit at The Queens Courier’s holiday party at Valentino’s on the Green. Vocalists Erica Kane and Bob Damato, along with musicians Michael Banek, John Zych, Frank Mackie and Skip Myers play songs from the Big Band era to today’s hits. At the holiday party, Queens Courier artist Ron Torina rocked out on the guitar and Clem Buonocore took the mic. For more information on The New York Connection, call 516-326-2007.

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