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West Nile spraying in Queens this week

By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

Photo courtesy of James Gathany/CDC

On Thursday, August 22 there will be West Nile spraying in parts of Queens to help reduce the mosquito population and the risk of the disease.

The spraying will take place between the hours of 8:15 p.m. and 6 a.m. the next morning. In case of bad weather, the application will be delayed until Monday, August 26, during the same hours.

Parts of  Auburndale, Murray Hill, Pomonok and Queensboro Hill (Bordered by: Northern Boulevard, Sanford Avenue, 156th Street, 46th Avenue, and Holly Avenue to the north; Kissena Boulevard to the west; Long Island Expressway to the south; and Fresh Meadow Lane and Auburndale Lane to the east).

Parts of  Cambria Heights, Laurelton, Springfield Gardens and Saint Albans (Bordered by Linden Boulevard to the north; 170th Street, Ring Place, 171st Street to the west; 125th Ave, Merrick Boulevard, 223rd Street and 130th Avenue to the south; and Francis  Lewis Boulevard, 121st Avenue and Francis Lewis Boulevard to the east).

For the sprayings, the Health Department will use a very low concentration of Anvil®, 10 + 10 a synthetic pesticide. When properly used, this product poses no significant risks to human health.

The Health Department  recommends that people take the following precautions to minimize direct exposure:

  • Whenever possible, stay indoors during spraying. People with asthma or other respiratory conditions  are encouraged to stay inside during spraying since direct exposure could worsen these conditions.
  • Air conditioners may remain on, however, if you wish to reduce the possibility of indoor exposure to pesticides, set the air conditioner vent to the closed position, or choose the re-circulate function.
  •  Remove children’s toys, outdoor equipment, and clothes from outdoor areas during spraying. If  outdoor equipment and toys are exposed to pesticides, wash them with soap and water before using  again.
  • Wash skin and clothing exposed to pesticides with soap and water. Always wash your produce thoroughly with water before cooking or eating.

Queens duo accused of stealing $60K in unemployment benefits

| mhayes@queenscourier.com

Unemployment is going to be the least concern for two Springfield Gardens residents who allegedly conned the state into awarding them over $60,000, according to the district attorney’s office.

Tasham Terrell Coleman and Nakia Bouyer are accused of collecting unemployment insurance benefits between May and December of 2012 by establishing a company with a dozen “ghost” employees, including Coleman and Bouyer and victims of identity theft. The company also allegedly reported false wages to tax authorities, and then used the stolen identities to file claims on behalf of their “employees” for fraudulent unemployment benefits.

“The defendants’ alleged actions erode a vital workplace protection that was created for the benefit of all workers,” said District Attorney Richard Brown. “In today’s tough economic climate, such benefits are a vital lifeline for many New Yorkers.”

Coleman and Bouyer’s “company,” Coleman Development Corporation, was first targeted in July 2012 when the Department of Labor’s Office of Special Investigations (OSI) identified “unusual activity” on the group’s filed claims. The investigation discovered that Bouyer also allegedly stole nearly $4,000 in her own unemployment benefits, as she returned to work with Aramark Corporation.

“Those who falsely apply for and receive unemployment benefits cheat legitimately unemployed workers and increase insurance tax rates paid by employers,” said Brown.

Coleman and Bouyer were charged with grand larceny in the second degree, two counts of identity theft in the first degree and 10 counts of falsifying business records in the first degree. Bouyer was also charged separately with grand larceny in the third degree. If convicted, they face up to 15 years in prison.