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Mets roll back ticket prices for 50th anniversary of Shea Stadium


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Mets fans will have something to cheer about, at least when it comes to the cost of tickets.

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the team’s former home, Shea Stadium, the New York Mets announced Sunday that it will roll back ticket prices for games this coming weekend.

A limited number of tickets will be available for $3.50, when the Mets host the Atlanta Braves from April 18 to 20. Shea officially opened on April 17, 1964, when the Mets hosted the Pittsburgh Pirates.

The team will also offer some baseline box seats for $19.64, with an eight ticket per person limit. Tickets must be purchased in advance over the phone or online at Mets.com/1964.

The offer will not be available at team stores, ticket windows or on game day.

 

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Two charged in counterfeit Super Bowl ticket operation


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Two men have been charged with running a counterfeit operation in Queens and elsewhere, allegedly manufacturing and selling tickets to the Super Bowl and NFL playoff games, District Attorney Richard Brown and NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton announced Tuesday.

The pair is accused of peddling the forged tickets to individuals on the streets of New York as well as across the country through the Internet.

They were also allegedly selling fake Super Bowl tickets to the NFL Commissioner’s Party at the Waldolf-Astoria Hotel in Manhattan, the NFL Honors Party at Radio City Music Hall, and parking passes close to New Jersey’s MetLife Stadium where the Super Bowl is being played Sunday.

“The defendants are charged with not only running a lucrative illegal operation that allegedly ripped off the National Football League and sports fans alike by manufacturing well-crafted counterfeit tickets using state-of-the art equipment but creating a security nightmare for the NFL and the vast army of local, state and federal enforcement law agencies handling security operations at this Sunday’s Super Bowl by allegedly selling fraudulent parking passes to the MetLife parking facilities. Beyond that, individuals who bought tickets or passes through the Internet may be in for a rude awakening on game day,” Brown said.

Damon Daniels, 43, of the Bronx and Jamaica, Queens, and Eugene Fladger, 32, of Philadelphia are presently awaiting arraignment in Queens Criminal Court on charges of forgery, criminal possession of a forged instrument, criminal possession of a forgery devices, criminal possession of computer-related material, trademark counterfeiting and conspiracy, according to Brown. If convicted, they each face up to seven years in prison.

Their arrests come following an investigation that began in December 2013 when the NFL’s Security Division notified the NYPD’s Organized Crime Investigation Division of an alleged counterfeit football ticket production operation, the district attorney said.

During the investigation, Daniels and Fladger were allegedly observed getting together right before an undercover officer, posing as a ticket buyer, met with Fladger in Queens, and bought tickets from him, Brown said.

The investigation also led to a search of Daniels’ girlfriend’s Jamaica apartment, where, according to prosecutors, police recovered a computer, a printer, a package of photo-grade paper, two tickets to the Super Bowl printed on the same photo-grade paper and a bag of half ripped, incomplete, first draft tickets which appeared to be printed on normal stock paper.

The fake tickets allegedly bore the official NFL logo and a bar code designed to be a replication of computer data that had been duplicated in order to fool stadium scanners, Brown said. The tickets, however, allegedly had defects— the printing on the tickets was washed out, there was a misprint on the back, the cutting of the tickets was not properly aligned, and various security features were missing. The parking passes and party tickets also allegedly featured washed-out printing and were not properly aligned.

 

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City scofflaws to face the boot


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Motorists with multiple parking tickets might soon find a pesky boot anchored to their car wheel as the city revs up to roll out its wheel lock program.

The initiative, set to begin in north Brooklyn on Monday, June 25 and spread to the outer boroughs over the summer, targets scofflaw vehicles – those with an exorbitant amount of unpaid fines against them. City marshals, currently responsible for towing cars with outstanding tickets totaling over $350 will continue to operate separately from Paylock, the new-program proliferators.

Paylock was selected by the Bloomberg administration for the no-bid pilot program, expected to rake in $70 million for the city. Employees from the New Jersey based business can scan for cars with unpaid fines using automated license-plate-reading software, sweeping blocks in seconds. Once they get a hit, workers strap a lock to the whip’s wheel. Motorists must call the company and fork over their fines via credit card. Paylock then gives the driver a pin number to be entered into the boot’s keypad, releasing the contraption.

The motorist is responsible for paying a $180 boot fee, $70 to the city and a five percent surcharge, as well as all acquired ticket fines. Along with the Paylock-administered fees, the driver must return the boot within 24 hours or otherwise face additional charges of $25 every day until it is brought back to a designated location.

A spokesperson from the Department of Finances (DOF) called the program “a more efficient, more customer friendly method of collecting outstanding parking fines,” mainly because it erases the confusion and worry incited upon discovering your car has been towed.

The spokesperson claimed that a motorist whose car has been towed pays an average of $306 to reclaim their vehicle, not including parking fines incurred prior to towing. With a booting program, the spokesperson alleged, drivers will owe about seven percent less on average in fees to have the boot removed.

As the city gears up to reboot the plan, tow truck companies and their contractors fear they may be flattened by the monopoly of the program’s city-picked proprietor.

John Hughes, an Astoria resident who works for a city Marshall Program, fears the new initiative will leave contractors like him out of a job, estimating that around 200 people will be forced out of work.

“They’ll do business exclusively with one tow-truck company,” said Hughes. “You’ll pay $600 to $1000 more for something that costs nothing except for your tickets.”

Hughes fears the program could cause public safety issues, arguing when more than one car on a street is booted, it could prohibit a fire truck or ambulance from accessing a place or person in need.

He added that western Queens will struggle the most with this, predominantly due to previously present parking problems.

- Additional reporting by Phil Hertling

 

Mets to sell reprinted tickets from historic no-hitter


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More than 27,000 Mets ticketholders have proof they sat in the stands for the franchise’s historic first no-hitter on June 1. Soon 42,000 more fans will have the same evidence.

The Mets have announced plans to sell reprinted tickets from Johan Santana’s masterpiece.

Immediately following the game, tickets from the contest were placed on eBay for upwards of $200. Stubs from the game are going for about $100 a piece on the auction site.

The reprinted tickets go on sale Monday, June 11 at 10 a.m. for $50.

All 41,922 seats at Citi Field will have tickets reprinted.

Partial season ticket holders and those with tickets plans that did not include the last Friday night’s game can purchase tickets at a presale beginning June 8.

Fans with full-season plans will receive complimentary reprints, though there will still be shipping fees.

Mets celebrate 50th anniversary with $2.50 tickets


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For about the price of a ride on the 7 train, Mets fans can head to Citi Field to watch the Mets take on the Washington Nationals on Wednesday afternoon.

The Mets are celebrating the 50th anniversary of their inaugural game on April 11 with 1962 ticket prices. Tickets in Citi Field’s Promenade Reserve cost just $2.50 for the matinee.

On April 11, 1962 the Mets’ Roger Craig faced off against Larry Jackson of the St. Louis Cardinals at Busch Stadium in the team’s first game with New York losing 11-4.

Though the prices are the same, the outcomes have been very different for the 50th anniversary edition of the team. While the 1962 Mets opened the season with nine losses, this year’s team has sped out of the box with three wins over their rival, the Atlanta Braves.

During the Mets inaugural season reserved tickets at the Polo Grounds, the team’s home during their first two seasons, were $2.50 — which after inflation comes to about $19 in present day dollars.

Wednesday’s tickets may be $2.50, but the pitching match-up is priceless. Mets ace Johan Santana is set to face Nationals phenom Stephen Strasburg. Though each pitcher is coming off a lost 2011 season — Santana missed the whole season, while Strasburg returned in September — they opened the season pitching to their reputation as aces. Strasburg tossed seven innings of one-run ball, while Santana held the Braves scoreless over five.

Fans can purchase tickets online at Mets.com/MetsBirthday or at the Citi Field ticket windows next to the Jackie Robinson Rotunda.

Tickets must be purchased in advance and are going fast, more than three tickets are not available together in the $2.50 section.

 

Get your tickets now! ‘Top Women in Queens Business Networking and Awards’


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

Queens Courier’s 10th annual ‘Top Women in Queens Business Networking and Awards’

The ultimate in networking

On Wednesday, April 25,

The Queens Courier will honor more than 40 women who have made positive impacts in the business and non-profit worlds and who also are active in giving back to their respective communities.

 

This year’s event will feature Master of Ceremony, Cheryl Casone, Fox Business Network Anchor;

Roscoe Brown, Tuskegee Airmen & Former President Bronx Community College, Man of the Year Award recipient.

 

Honorees include Claire Shulman, Lifetime Achievement Award; Grace Meng, Claire Shulman Community Service Award; Mary Ann Mattone, Philanthropist of the Year;

Fatma Abboud, CEO & Executive Director, EIHAB Human Services; Charity Abdi, Compliance Officer, Joseph Addabbo Family Health Center; Jackie De Leon, Nurse Practitioner,

Clinical Site Director & Special Projects Director, Joseph Addabbo Family Health Center; Dr. Mary Andrea, DPM, Hyperbaric, Wound Care & Podiatry Center; Connie Jeanne Attanasio, President & CEO, Attanasio & Associates; Nora Bassett, Independent Consultant, Adjunct Professor for CUNY School of Professional Studies; Dr. Esther Benenson, Executive Director, William O. Benenson Rehabilitation Pavilion; Tara Buonocore-Rut, Associate VP Business Development, Parker Jewish Institute for Health Care & Rehabilitation; Susan Cohen, Marketing Director, Brandywine Senior Living; Alina Camacho-Gingerich, Ph.D., Director Latin American & Caribean Studies, St. John’s University; Karen Dorsey, Project Manager, Skanska USA Civil Northeast Operations; Anne M. Dunne, Director of Health Care Consulting, Grassi & Co.; Lisa Gneo, Director of Sales, Z NYC Hotel; Rudean Harvey, President & CEO, Ametis Industries, Inc.; Jamie Johnson, Regional Director of Golf Events and Fundraising, American Golf Corporation; Marta Kazandjian, Director, Division of Speech Pathology and Swallowing, New York Hospital Queens;  Maura McCarthy, Queens Borough Commissioner, NYC Dept of transportation; Peri Millman, M.D. , Director, Division of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition, New York Hospital Queens; Michele E. Keller, Shift Manager, Resorts World Casino NYC; Rita Mercieca, Executive Director, Forest Hills Hospital; Eileen Minogue, Executive Director, Patient Airlift Services ; Rosa Murciano, Senior Vice President, New York Community Bank; Elsie N. Vaca, First Senior Vice President, New York Community Bank; Herlema Owens, President & Founder, Association of Women Construction Workers of America; Honorable Audrey Pheffer, County Clerk, Queens County ; Jaci Miller Osdoby, Director, PwC; Kathryn Soman, Director of Communications & External Affairs, Health Plus.

 

Selected past honorees will also be inducted into the newly-created “Women in Business Hall of Fame.”

Inductees are Jacqueline Arrington, President of the Board, Queens Library; Eileen Auld, Regional Director, Citibank; Charlotte Biblow , Partner, Farrell Fritz; Dr. Diane B. Call, Interim President, Queensborough Community College; Linda DeSabato, President, Vallo Transportation; Maria Grasso, Executive Vice President & Chief Operating Officer , Flushing Bank; Pouran Eshghi, President, Pouran Salon & Spa; Sue Henderson, Chief Operating Officer/Vice President for Institutional Advancement., Queens College; Melissa Ioanna, Store Manager, JC Penney; Philippa Lee Karteron, Executive Director, Council for Airport Opportunity;  Margaret McGowan, Vice President, TD Bank; Pilar C. Valenzuela , Vice President, First Central Savings Bank; Georgiana Reese-Benatti, Community Relations Director, New York Community Bank; Maria Thomson, Executive Director, Greater Woodhaven Development Corp.; Sylvia Williams RN, MA VP for Patient Care Services, Parker Jewish Institute For Health Care & Rehabilitation; Con Edison Team

There will be a networking business expo, followed by a dinner and awards ceremony on Wednesday, April 25 beginning at 6 p.m. at Terrace on the Park.

Tickets are $85. Raffle proceeds will benefit the Queens Chapter of the American Heart Association.

This year’s sponsors include the Joseph P. Addabbo Family Health Center, Flushing Bank, New York Hospital Queens, TD Bank, Con Edison, Queens County Savings Bank, Citibank, Skanska, Health Plus, the Parker Jewish Institute for Health Care & Rehabilitation, Bombardier, Big City Graphics, Delta Air Lines, First Central Savings Bank, the Daily News, Council for Airport Opportunity, Queens Library, Dr. William O. Benenson Rehabilitation Pavilion and NY1 News.

For more information or to purchase tickets, call 718-224-5863 Ext. 226 or visit www.queenscourier.com/events.

 

Mets’ Opening Day not sold out two days before game


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Two days before the season’s first pitch, scores of tickets remain available for Opening Day at Citi Field.

Ticket sales have declined each year since Citi Field opened in 2009, but Opening Day was usually a no doubt sell out, with each season’s opener drawing more than 41,000 fans.

Perennial cellar dwellers, Pittsburgh and Kansas City, have already sold out their home opener.

Many factors were working in the Mets favor for an Opening Day sell out: nice weather, a ceremony honoring a Mets legend, the return of their ace and facing a bitter rival. But it seems hope has not sprung eternal for fans.

Fans can still purchase tickets for the Thursday, April 5 match-up with the Atlanta Braves in popular ballpark locales such as the Big Apple Reserved, and up to 12 tickets are still available together in the upper deck’s Promenade Reserved.  Four tickets are still available together in sections ranging from $40-215.

The season’s first game will feature a pre-game ceremony honoring the life and career of Gary Carter who passed away in February after a 10-month battle with brain cancer. The contest will also mark the return to the mound for Johan Santana. The Mets’ ace missed all of last season following shoulder surgery.

The forecast calls for mostly sunny skies and a high of 56.

The last time the Mets did not sell out a home opener was in 1997 when the game took place a day late following a rain out.

To purchase tickets fans can visit www.mets.com/tickets

 

Mets tickets go on sale Monday at 10 a.m.


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Spring training is in full swing, Opening Day is a month away: time to get your Mets tickets.

New York Mets tickets go on sale to the general public on Monday, March 5 at 10 a.m.

The Mets open their season on against their rival the Atlanta Braves on Thursday, April 5 at 1:10 p.m.

Throughout the year, the Mets 50th anniversary, the team will celebrate their history. During their golden anniversary, the Mets will honor a star player from each decade with a bobblehead day. Tom Seaver, Rusty Staub, Keith Hernandez, Edgardo Alfonso and Mike Piazza will be honored.

For fans who miss Jose Reyes (or want to boo him), he returns to Citi Field on Tuesday, April 24 with the Miami Marlins.

This season the Mets have revived Banner Day, a tradition started when they still played in the Polo Grounds and continued to 1996. Fans make homemade banners, then parade around the field with them. Banner Day takes place on Sunday, May 27 against the Padres.

The World Series champion St. Louis Cardinals visit the Mets on Friday, June 1 and the team will induct former closer John Franco into their Hall of Fame on Sunday, June 3.

The Mets take on the Yankees in the annual Subway Series beginning on Friday, June 22. During the series you can bring your old Mets cap to trade in for a new one.

The team has also announced over the weekend a Friday night concert series.  On three Fridays throughout the season the Mets will host a postgame concert.  The concerts will feature REO Speedwagon on June 15, Cheap Trick on July 20 and MercyMe on August 10.

Some other notable promotions and giveaways the Mets will have during the season are:

- Tom Seaver bobblehead on Sunday, April 22

- Rusty Staub bobblehead on Saturday, May 26

- Fireworks Night on Tuesday, July 3

- Mini bat on Saturday, July 7

- Edgardo Alfonzo bobblehead on Saturday, July 21

- Mike Piazza bobblehead on Saturday, August 25

To purchase tickets visit Mets.com or call 718-507-TIXX.

Network with the ‘movers and shakers’ at Kings of Queens


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Don’t delay. Get your tickets for the 4th Annual Kings of Queens Awards & Networking Event.

The event — which recognizes Queens’ most influential men in business — will take place Thursday, November 3 at 8:30 a.m. at Terrace on the Park in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park. It will feature a morning of networking with top professionals and an expo with the area’s leading businesses.

Honored this year are Man of the Year John Liu, New York City Comptroller; Woman of the Year Matilda Cuomo, Founder of Mentoring USA; Eric Barrios, Sales Leader-Woodside Branch, HSBC; Dominick Ciampa, Chairman of the Board, New York Community Bank; Salvatore DiMartino, Vice President Senior Enterprise Risk Officer, First Central Savings Bank; Gregory Floyd, President, City Employees Union Local 237, IBT; Bill Gianakos, Executive Vice President-Area Director, NYC Region DeNovo Expansion, Citi; Monsignor Jamie Gigantiello, Vicar Development for the Diocese of Brooklyn & Queens, Bill Huisman, Executive Director, Aviation Development Council; Anthony Izzo, Chief of Organized Crime Control Bureau, NYPD; Gabor Karsai, Rotary International, District 7250, Brooklyn, Queens & Nassau Counties; John Khani, Assistant Director of Public Affairs, CSA; Giorgio Kolaj, Proprietor, Valentino’s on the Green; Francis Korzekwinski, EVP Chief of Real Estate Lending, Flushing Bank; John Koufakis Sr., CEO/President, Star Auto group; Anthony Lolli, Founder/CEO, Rapid Realty NYC; Serphin Maltese, Attorney & Counselor at law; Stephen Martin, Vice President, Commercial Lending, Queens, TD Bank; Michael X. Mattone, CFO, Mattone Group LLC; Dr. Peter Nelson, CEO, Joseph P Addabbo Family Health Center; Jay Parker, President, The Original Bens Best; Ole Pedersen, Vice President of Emergency Medicine & Public Affairs for Medysis Health Network Jamaica Hospital; Tony Raouf, President, Riverview Restaurant; Robert Ricken, President Board of Directors, North Shore Towers; Cruz Russell, Director of Strategic Initiatives, Port Authority of NY & NJ; George Russo Esq., President, The Law Office of George Russo & Associates; Joseph Sciame, Vice President for Community Relations, St. John’s University; Peter Smergut, CEO, Life’s WORC; Jerry Spampanato, General Manager, JFK International Airport; Michael H. Strawberry Sr., Manager, Strawberry’s Sports Grill; Carlisle Towery, President, Greater Jamaica Development Corp.; Robert M. Werner, Vice President of Finance and CFO Parker Jewish Institute for Health Care & Rehabilitation; Steve Wei, Partner, Wei, Wei & LLP; Bhavik Patel and Sergey Shpiller, Vice Presidents of Operations, Doshi Diagnostic Imaging Group.

Ticket prices are $65 each and include networking, refreshments, breakfast, an awards ceremony and a raffle with proceeds benefiting a nonprofit organization.

To purchase tickets, expo tables, or inquire about sponsorship and participation opportunities, call 718-224-5863, Ext. 226 or e-mail mromero@queenscourier.com.