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Ozone Park burglars check out with supermarket loot


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Photo courtesy of NYPD

The NYPD is looking for two suspects wanted in connection with a recent burglary at an Ozone Park supermarket.

Authorities said the burglary occurred at 8:45 p.m. on June 2 inside the New Century supermarket located at 88-16 Liberty Ave.

Reportedly, one of the suspects entered the store and took $8,000 in cash as well as numerous lottery scratch-off tickets. Police said the other perpetrator remained outside the location acting as a lookout.

Once the first suspect exited the market, both individuals fled the scene on foot in an unknown direction.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 800-577-TIPS (8477). The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime Stoppers website or can text their tips to CRIMES (274637), then enter TIP577. All calls are strictly confidential.

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Crook wanted for stealing jewelry in Ozone Park burglary pattern: NYPD


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Photo courtesy NYPD

Police released a video Wednesday night of a suspect who swiped jewelry and other items from five Ozone Park homes in a series of recent burglaries.

All of the burglaries took place within the confines of the 106th Precinct – the NYPD did not disclose the exact location where each break-in occurred.

According to authorities, the first burglary took place at 11 p.m. on May 9, when the suspect entered a home through a rear window and removed jewelry and cash. The crook reportedly struck again in the neighborhood the following evening on May 10.

The third incident occurred at an unknown time on May 14, when the suspect entered a home through a rear window and stole jewelry, police said.

Jewelry, ceramics and car keys were stolen from another Ozone Park home burglarized at 12:20 p.m. on May 20, according to authorities. In this caper, police said, the suspect entered through a side window.

The burglar struck once more on the morning of May 21, when the suspect- after entering through a rear door- stole jewelry and cash from another neighborhood residence.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 800-577-TIPS (8477). The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime Stoppers website or can text their tips to CRIMES (274637), then enter TIP577. All calls are strictly confidential.

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Cable theft causes A train shutdown in south Queens: MTA


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Photo via Wikimedia Commons/Ad Meskens

Updated 1:55 p.m.

Limited service is back on the A line in south Queens Wednesday morning after crews worked to repair damage caused by the theft of nearly 500 feet of copper cables powering the tracks.

According to the MTA, the train troubles were discovered at about 11:22 p.m. Tuesday night, when a Manhattan-bound A train suddenly lost power just north of the Howard Beach-JFK Airport station. The MTA dispatched another train that pulled behind it, allowing some 150 passengers in the disabled train to safely walk back to the Howard Beach platform.

Upon investigation, crews reportedly discovered that copper cables which supply power to the third rail were missing. Signals and other related equipment were damaged due to the interrupted electrical equipment.

Photo courtesy MTA New York City Transit / Marc A. Hermann

Photo courtesy MTA New York City Transit/Marc A. Hermann

The cable theft caused a commuting nightmare during the morning rush hour Wednesday. The A line was entirely shut down between Rockaway Boulevard and Broad Channel, and shuttle buses were brought in to transport thousands of affected riders to the nearest working subway stations.

The MTA also noted the disruption made it impossible to dispatch trains stored at the Rockaway Park yard for morning rush hour service, thus reducing service along the entire A and C lines between upper Manhattan and Brooklyn. Some A trains were forced to terminate at Euclid Avenue in Brooklyn, the normal C train terminus.

MTA crews made emergency repairs to restore limited service by about 10 a.m. Wednesday, but the authority indicated the line would again be shut down tonight for further repairs. Shuttle buses will again replace A trains between Rockaway Boulevard and Broad Channel during the disruption.

Photo courtesy MTA New York City Transit / Marc A. Hermann

Photo courtesy MTA New York City Transit/Marc A. Hermann

“This morning’s service disruption was directly caused by the theft of cable from along the subway right of way,” MTA New York City Transit President Carmen Bianco said in a statement. “We are working closely with the NYPD Transit Bureau to help them investigate this crime and identify the culprits responsible.”

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In the wake of the shutdown, Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder called for an immediate investigation and the MTA to beef up security along the A line.

“Families in southern Queens and Rockaway have some of the longest commute times in the entire city. On a normal day, our roads, trains and buses are stretched to capacity. Outages like this have devastating consequences for families simply trying to commute to work or school,” Goldfeder said in a statement. “I am alarmed by reported security breaches along the A train and the failure to put in place effective alternative travel plans for our families. I demand a full investigation by the MTA to ensure that this never happens again.”

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Husband scares away Ozone Park home invader after hearing wife’s screams


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Video courtesy NYPD

Authorities continue to search for a man who invaded an Ozone Park home and assaulted a 46-year-old woman.

Police said the incident occurred at 8:15 a.m. on March 13 at an undisclosed location in the neighborhood within the confines of the 106th Precinct.

According to police, the woman was sitting on the ground floor of her residence when the perpetrator entered her home, grabbed her by the neck and arm, and demanded cash.

The victim reportedly screamed, prompting her husband — who had been upstairs — to run down and help her. Police said the suspect then fled out of the home empty-handed in an unknown direction.

No injuries were reported.


Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 800-577-TIPS (8477). The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime Stoppers website or can text their tips to CRIMES (274637), then enter TIP577. All calls are strictly confidential.

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Final workshops for Jamaica Bay Greenway plan announced


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

THE COURIER/Photo by Salvatore Licata

BY ANGELA MATUA

The first of the final workshops for the Jamaica Bay Greenway Implementation will take place this week.

The Department of Transportation (DOT) will be adding bike lanes to the 11-mile bike path that connects Brooklyn and Queens.

The additions are a result of resident calls for an expansion to Ozone Park to connect the greenway to the soccer and baseball fields on Conduit Avenue.

Currently, the greenway runs through Howard Beach, Broad Channel and the Rockaways and across the Marine Park Bridge to Brooklyn.

The DOT proposed using 155th Avenue or 156th Avenue to connect Ozone Park to the greenway and also plans to improve existing bike lanes including the lane that connects the Joseph P. Addabbo Memorial Bridge to the Belt Parkway in Howard Beach.

A workshop will take place in Howard Beach on Wednesday, May 13, at Old Mill Yacht Club located at 163-15 Cross Bay Blvd.

Rockaway and Broad Channel workshops will take place on Thursday, May 21, at Knights of Columbus at 333 Beach 90th St., Rockaway Beach.

Marine Park and Sheepshead Bay workshops will take place at Carmine Carro Community Center located at 3000 Fillmore Ave. on Wednesday, June 3.

The last workshops at Canarsie and Spring Creek are scheduled for Wednesday, June 10, at P.S. 272 at 101-24 Seaview Ave.

All workshops will be held at 6:30 p.m.

According to the DOT, the final report will outline community preferences for route selection and enhancement projects, prioritize proposed connector routes and long-term projects, and serve as a tool to increase awareness of and support for the Greenway among residents and political leaders.

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‘Invention Convention’ showcases student inventors in Ozone Park


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

THE COURIER / Photo by Angela Matua

BY ANGELA MATUA

Student inventors gathered at St. Mary Gate of Heaven on Friday to display their work at the first “Invention Convention” in Ozone Park.

The sixth-graders were tasked by their science teacher, Joan Sorrerio, with creating a complex machine made of several simple machines, which can include levers, wheels, inclined planes and nuts and bolts.

“It’s really a test to be functional. It’s meant to be innovative and kind of get them involved in technology and practicing their presentation skills,” Sorrerio said.

In the past, St. Mary Gate of Heaven hosted science fairs but decided to take a different approach after the state requested that schools focus more heavily on science, technology, engineering and math. Through this project, students have been exposed to activities such as making blueprints and taking measurements.

Nayasha Ramnauth created a machine to help a specific segment of the population.

“My goal was to help the handicapped get their clothes,” Ramnauth said.

She used wood, a 20-foot rope, two 20-foot chalk lines, nuts, bolts and screws to fashion a machine she calls “Handy Dandy” that pulls clothes toward a person when they twist the crank on a chalk line.

Michael Panarse created “Fish Feeder” using simple tools such as an incline plane, metal wires, a toy railroad car and rubber bands. The feeder worked on a pulley system and when Panarse pulled a string, it triggered the fish food holder to spring forward and drop fish pellets into the tank.

Joshua Rampioray wanted to “make you a coffee in an instant” with his invention, “Hot Stuff.” He used wood, pipe holders, valves, hoses, sugar, diluted coffee, milk, a funnel and gears to build a coffee machine. The liquids and sugar were poured into different hoses and met in the funnel. To mix the coffee, he attached a spoon to a crank and then arranged a set of gears to twist the spoon into a cup.

Students presented their project to Sorerio and three were crowned winners at the end of the convention.

Nicole Morales won for “The Bucket Trap,” a mousetrap that lures mice on to a ramp and then to a cylinder covered in peanut butter. As they reach the peanut butter, they become trapped into the cylinder, which drops them into a bucket.

Jonathan Ruano received a second-place prize for the “The Fast Track Abstract,” which helps painters paint a canvas, and the third-place winner, Jose Acevedo, created an egg-cracking machine titled “The Eggonator.”

Democratic District Leader Frank Gulluscio and state Sen. Joseph Addabbo attended the event to show their support and browse the inventions.

“As a former teacher here and a member of the board of directors I’m really excited that the kids have taken initiative to go to the next level,” Gulluscio said. “The buzz and the smiles on the kids faces, it’s just enormous. I’m very happy for the kids and very happy for the school.”

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Burglar steals thousands in cash, lotto cards from Ozone Park bodega: cops


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Photos courtesy of NYPD

Police are looking for a burglary suspect who got away with $4,500 in cash and thousands more in scratch-off lottery tickets from a corner bodega in Ozone Park on Wednesday.

The suspect entered AK Family Deli/Grocery on 101st Avenue at 98th Street at about 4:30 a.m. and took the money and lottery cards, which had a total value of $3,000, cops said. He then fled in an unknown direction.

Authorities describe the suspect as a black male who was wearing a black baseball cap, red sneakers, blue jacket and blue jeans.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 800-577-TIPS (8477). The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime Stoppers website or can text their tips to CRIMES (274637), then enter TIP577. All calls are strictly confidential.

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Participatory budget proposals announced for District 32


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

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BY ANGELA MATUA

Councilman Eric Ulrich announced on Monday the results of participatory budgeting in District 32 for the areas of Kew Gardens, Richmond Hill, Woodhaven and Ozone Park.

The process, which allows community members to decide how a portion of the public budget is spent, began in November with local brainstorming sessions. Residents in these neighborhoods then met with city agency representatives to review the proposals.

The ballot included eight capital proposals submitted by local residents. A total of 692 constituents who cast ballots whittled down the proposals to five.

“Participatory budgeting empowers local communities and strengthens relationships between elected officials and the people they serve,” Ulrich said. “I am deeply grateful to everyone that contributed and I look forward to bringing PB back next year to allow my constituents a real say in how their tax dollars are being spent.”

The winning proposal with the most votes included technology upgrades at P.S. 90, P.S. 97, P.S. 66 and P.S. 306. The project received 465 votes with a total of $300,000 being allocated to the four schools.

Residents cast 326 votes to bring $200,000 worth of security upgrades to Ozone Park Library and renovations to Richmond Hill Library.

Rebecca Babirye-Alibatya, the manager at Richmond Hill Library, was excited to learn that the community voted to allow for much-needed renovations to the 100-year-old building, she said.

“We need major renovations. We are one of the only libraries without self-check-in and checkout machines,” Babirye-Alibatya said. “Our basement is in need of renovations. The electrical wiring is as old as the building [and] there are so many things we can use the money for.”

Babirye-Alibatya said the library would also look to buy new computers and tablets and try to expand the basement to add more rooms to host activities for children and the community.

Residents also voted for emergency call boxes to be installed throughout Forest Park to improve safety with 312 votes from the community. The installation will cost $140,000.

Another school to receive funding in the district is P.S. 64 in Ozone Park, which received 237 votes for a $300,000 auditorium upgrade.

The 9/11 Memorial in Forest Park was the last proposal to be funded and received 239 votes and $250,000 for a total refurbishing.

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Ridgewood man arrested in Ozone Park hit-and-run


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Photos via Twitter/@NYPD106Pct

A Ridgewood driver was apprehended Sunday night shortly after hitting a man on a scooter with his SUV in Ozone Park and fleeing the scene, police said.

The 35-year-old victim was riding his scooter southbound on Woodhaven Boulevard just after 10 p.m. when an SUV that was traveling northbound on Woodhaven struck him as it was making a turn at Rockaway Boulevard, cops said. The vehicle then fled.

Police took the suspect, Darren Roach, 47, into custody near his home at Onderdonk and 70th avenues a short time later.

Roach has been charged with leaving the scene and criminal possession of a weapon for having a stun gun, according to police.

The scooter rider was taken to Jamaica Hospital with a right leg injury.

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EXCLUSIVE: Squatters using foreclosed Ozone Park home as drug outlet even after police raids


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THE COURIER/Photos by Liam La Guerre

They just want this nightmare to end.

An Ozone Park home in foreclosure, which squatters use to sell drugs, has been the target of police investigations and raids for years — yet it’s still terrorizing the neighborhood, while the process to reclaim the home is ongoing.

Residents have witnessed squatters exchange money for drugs from the house at 105-17 101st Rd. for about four years. As little as three weeks ago, on April 2, cops busted open the home around 6 a.m. with a search warrant and arrested five individuals from ages 25 to 42 after finding drugs, including marijuana.

Christan Henderson, Hasun and Judith Andino, Ebony Goggans and Troy James were all charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance, according to authorities. But as in the past, even after arrests, illegal activities haven’t ceased at the home, according to neighbors.

“It’s Grand Central Station all day,” said an elderly resident on the block, who spoke on condition of anonymity out of fear of becoming a possible target for the squatters. “All day long you see them coming back and forth, back and forth. I have to have four locks on my door. I remember we never even locked our doors when I was younger. Now I’m afraid. I’m a prisoner in my own home.”

Neighbors say “shady” people rotate as residents in the home, so there is not a set family living in the house. Also, individuals come to buy drugs during the day and even late at night.

The property is noticeably falling apart from the outside and it has been sited with complaints and violations from the Department of Buildings, including illegally converting part of the kitchen into a bedroom.

The dead-end 101st Road is bordered by St. Mary’s Gate of Heaven, a Catholic kindergarten through eighth-grade school, a building that nearly 1,000 kids use for school, religious activities and Catholic Youth Organization (CYO) basketball and volleyball.

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There has never been a reported incident involving the squatters and children, who are as young as 5, according to a school representative. However, the school community joined forces with residents to report illegal activities to authorities and local politicians, hoping stop the problem before any incidents occur. Also, the school wants to limit exposure of drugs to students.

Because the home is private property, the city and cops are not able to stop people from entering it.

The owner of the house is listed as Nicole Absalom of Bay Shore in Suffolk County, according to city records. Absalom acquired the property in 2008, records show. The home has been in foreclosure since 2010, after Absalom failed to pay CitiMortgage, a division of Citigroup.

There isn’t a listed contact number for Absalom, but according to Assemblyman Mike Miller, his office has attempted to contact the homeowner, with no response. Miller is hoping that CitiMortgage can reclaim the house and remove squatters or give authorities permission to lock up the home.

“The only way to really take action and to keep everybody out of the house is to get permission from the owner to do that, but because the owner is not cooperating, we need the bank to foreclose on the property so that we can get permission from them to get everybody out of the house,” Assemblyman Mike Miller said. “We need them to take action. It’s their responsibility at this point.”

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Assemblyman Mike Miller

However, the bank said it can’t take back the home yet, because of a sluggish New York State foreclosure process.

“Because Citi services this loan, but does not own it, we have limited options for managing the property prior to foreclosure,” said Mark Rodgers, director of public affairs at Citi. “As we do not own the property, we cannot legally have squatters evicted. We are working with our legal counsel trying to expedite this case.”

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Ozone Park man faces serious jail time for sexually abusing two young girls


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An Ozone Park man was convicted this week of sexually preying on young children in their home over a four-year period, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown announced.

Melchor Evangelista, 42, was found guilty of having sexual contact with two preadolescent sisters on five separate occasions in their Ozone Park home in 2009 and 2013.

“A jury has convicted the defendant of being a sexual predator who victimized two young girls and betrayed the trust of their parents who had placed their daughters into his care,” Brown said. “As such, he has proven himself to be a threat to children and a clear and present danger to society in general. His conviction ensures that he is punished for his crimes.”

According to the trial testimony, Evangelista engaged in a sexual act on three different occasions between June and August of 2009 with a 6-year-old girl whom he knew. He also attempted to engage in sexual intercourse with the victim during the same time frame.

The victim, too afraid to tell anyone of the incidents, waited until December 2013 to confide in her mother. The mother then asked the victim’s younger sister, who was then 10, if anyone had touched her. She admitted that she woke one night in August 2013 to find Evangelista in her bed and that he had touched her private parts.

Jurors convicted Evangelista Monday of three counts of first-degree criminal sexual act and one count each of first-degree attempted rape, first-degree sexual abuse, first-degree attempted sexual abuse and endangering the welfare of a child, after a one-week jury trial before Queens Supreme Court Justice Richard L. Butcher.

Evangelista, who had been free on $50,000 bail since after his January 2014 arrest, had his bail revoked and was ordered held in custody. Sentencing is set for April 28, and Evangelista faces up to 25 years in prison on each of the criminal sexual act charges, 15 years on the attempted rape charge, seven years on the sexual abuse charge, four years on the attempted sexual abuse charge and one year on the endangerment charge.

The investigation was conducted by the NYPD’s Queens Special Victims Squad at the Queens Child Advocacy Center.

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Design workshops scheduled for Woodhaven/Cross Bay Select Bus Service plan


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Photo courtesy of NYC DOT

The city Department of Transportation (DOT) will hold the first of four public design workshops for the planned Woodhaven/Cross Bay boulevards Select Bus Service (SBS) system next Thursday night in Woodhaven.

All are invited to attend the April 16 workshop at P.S. 306 NYC Academy for Discovery, located at 96-16 89th Ave. This workshop will focus solely on redesigning the portion of Woodhaven Boulevard between Union Turnpike in Glendale and Rockaway Boulevard in Ozone Park.

The following week, April 23, the DOT will hold a workshop at Queens Metropolitan High School, located at 91-30 Metropolitan Ave. in Forest Hills, focused on Woodhaven Boulevard between Queens Boulevard in Elmhurst and Union Turnpike.

An April 29 workshop at P.S. 146, located at 98-01 159th Ave. in Howard Beach, will center around Cross Bay Boulevard, and an April 30 workshop at P.S. 42, located at 488 Beach 66th St. in Arverne, will focus on implementing SBS in the Rockaways.

All of the workshops will take place from 6 to 8 p.m.

Representatives from the DOT will collect at each session “block-by-block feedback on street design and bus stop locations” for the Woodhaven/Cross Bay SBS. Last month, the DOT selected an SBS design that would include dedicated main-road bus lanes on Woodhaven Boulevard and offset bus lanes on Cross Bay Boulevard.

The plan, which requires the physical reconfiguration of Woodhaven Boulevard, also calls for the creation of SBS stations at major roadways that intersect the boulevard, such as Metropolitan and Jamaica avenues.

While each workshop focuses on a specific section, the DOT indicated that comments on any or all parts of the proposed SBS system will be accepted at all four sessions. Translation services are available and may be reserved in advance of the workshop by emailing brt@nyc.gov.

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Video captures $16K Ozone Park burglary


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Video courtesy of NYPD

Two burglars are suspected of stealing more than $26,000 in cash from three businesses in Ozone Park and Woodhaven since late March, cops said.

One of the suspects was caught on video during the first break-in at about 3:30 a.m. on March 18 at Fortune Hut, located at 76-11 101st Ave. in Ozone Park, authorities said. The crooks cut a hole through a rear door and stole $16,000 in cash.

On March 30, between 4:20 and 6:45 a.m., there was another burglary in Ozone Park at a grocery store at 86-02 101st Ave., according to police. After prying open the side door, at least one of the suspects took about $10,000 in cash, cigarettes and phone cards.

The duo is also wanted in an April 3 theft between about 3 and 4 a.m. at a Woodhaven food store, cops said. At least one of the suspects entered the Golden Mango, located at 81-05 Rockaway Blvd., by breaking the rear window and grabbed an undetermined amount of cash.


Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 800-577-TIPS (8477). The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime Stoppers website or can text their tips to CRIMES (274637), then enter TIP577. All calls are strictly confidential.

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Fresh Meadows man stars on new reality show ‘Little Women: NY’


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Photos by Patrick Eccelsine

Jason Perez may be a little man, but he is representing the biggest borough on a new Lifetime reality show.

Perez, a 27-year-old Queens College student from Fresh Meadows, is starring on “Little Women: NY,” premiering Wednesday night.

Standing at 4 feet 4 inches tall, he is the only male cast member among seven little people whose lives are documented on the series, which takes a look at how the group of friends navigates the Big Apple.

lwny_gallery-jason_150112-pe-021“New York is one big city and we are little women…well, six little women and the one guy that can handle them,” the first episode starts.

“Little Women: NY” is a spin-off of the network’s hit reality show “Little Women: LA,” which just concluded its second season on March 18 and featured New York cast member Lila Call in several of its recent episodes.

A friend of “Little Women: LA” cast member and executive producer Terra Jolé, who is also an executive producer for the New York version, Perez was easily convinced to appear on the new show.

“I think it will be very enlightening, very educational. It will also take the stress of the day off,” he said, promising the one-hour program will bring as much reality show-style drama as its West Coast counterpart and a true look into the world of little people.

Born in Brooklyn to a close-knit Filipino family, Perez grew up in Ozone Park before moving to Fresh Meadows in 2000, where he attended St. Francis Prep.

Though he faced bullying because of his dwarfism and is the only little person in his family, he said his loved ones have always given him strength.

“They just took me as a regular person,” Perez said. His parents always told him to “cry but not for long” and to “just get up and keep moving.”


After high school, he earned a culinary arts degree and started working as a cook. But his childhood love for performing led him from the kitchen to a job as a singing server.

Today, he is studying political science and history at Queens College, but is still pursuing his passion for entertainment through performing, and voice, dance and acting lessons. He has even won several talent competitions, including at the MGM Grand Las Vegas and the Coney Island Talent Show, and has performed in Radio City’s Christmas Spectacular.

Perez is also hoping to entertain viewers on “Little Women: NY,” which he says will step it up a notch from its LA counterpart because of the challenges of fast-paced New York City, such as commuting on the subway, hailing cabs and traversing crowded streets.

Jason Perez with "Little Women: NY" co-stars Lila Call and Dawn Lang (Photo by Zach Dilgard)

Jason Perez with “Little Women: NY” co-stars Lila Call and Dawn Lang (Photo by Zach Dilgard)

“New York in itself is an animal and to survive you need to have skills,” Perez said.

The show will also look at some of Perez’s personal struggles — a sensitive issue he discusses with his conservative family while living at home and his difficulties in finding the right person to settle down with.

“We may be small but we have emotions like everyone else, we have ambitions like everyone,” he said. “Just because we look different doesn’t mean we are out of the loop.”

“Little Women: NY” airs Wednesdays at 10 p.m. on Lifetime. 

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Pair pleads guilty in 2009 Ozone Park home invasion and murder


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Photo courtesy of FBI

Two men have pleaded guilty to robbery charges in the 2009 home invasion and deadly shooting of the son of a Queens pizza shop owner in Ozone Park.

Antoine Burroughs, in pleading guilty on Monday to one count of robbery conspiracy and one count of attempted robbery, admitted to shooting and killing 29-year-old Gerardo Antoniello as he was trying to protect his father, Bartolomeo Antoniello, during the home invasion, according to the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York.

His accomplice, Leon Whitfield, also pleaded guilty to the same charges and said that he carried a fake gun during the robbery and that Burroughs fatally shot Antoniello during a struggle.

According to the case, Burroughs and Whitfield were hired by Frank LaCorte, an associate of the Gambino Crime Family to commit the Sept. 9, 2009, robbery. They were targeting any cash the elder Bartolomeo had on hand from his shop, Romeo’s Pizzeria on Cross Bay Boulevard. His son tried to protect his father and was fatally shot in the head.

LaCorte was convicted in Queens County Court for his role in organizing this and several other home invasion robberies, and in June 2012 was sentenced to 50 years to life in prison, officials said.

Whitfield was arrested on March 18, 2014, for his role in the robbery. The same month Burroughs was indicted in the invasion, but was not apprehended until September in the Bronx.

Both men are scheduled to be sentenced on July 29 and face up to 20 years in prison.

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