Zara Realty helps raise 10k for employee’s fight with cancer

About 6 months ago, Bibi Ali was diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer.

The wife, mother of 2, and employee of Zara Realty in Jamaica, spent most of the past few months in and out of the hospital undergoing chemotherapy.

As you can imagine, Bibi and her husband have been out of work to fight through this together.

She has reached the point where she is in excruciating pain and can barely walk. In addition to the constant fear of losing her life and not seeing her children grow up, she is only 27 years young and has so much more to do in life.

After her diagnosis, her employer, Zara Realty, stepped up to the plate by by donating money, and spreading awareness by creating this donation page.

The campaign raised over $9,300 and helped pay for their medical expenses.

Here’s what Ali had to say about this display of generosity from Zara, and the community of donors.

Mr. Tony Subraj,

              “I am writing to express my deepest thanks to Zara Realty Holding Corp for raising awareness and donations to help me in my time of need.  I was recently diagnosed with Stage IV Lung Cancer, and I am so grateful that Zara Realty Holding Corp came up with an idea of a Go-Fund-Me Campaign to raise money on my behalf for any sort of mishaps that may or may not come my way. Zara Realty Holding Corp helped to raise awareness not only in the form of financial donations, but they gave me a platform to receive lots of kind words from people all over the world who are struggling, knows someone who is struggling, or just want to lend their kind words for people battling cancer. 

              I am so thankful for Zara Realty Corp because they gave me the confidence and support to come forward and share my story of battling with Lung Cancer with everyone around me. I am sure if anyone who is in need of any financial and or moral support whilst battling with any illnesses can count on Zara Realty Corp one hundred percent to help them in their time of need. 

              I feel so blessed in knowing that Zara Realty Corp stood by my side in my time of need and I know that they will always be by my side as I am fighting for a better life away from cancer. 

          There is no way to fully express my gratitude for Zara Realty Corp’s loyalty. I am just so inspired by the the dedication and generosity of Zara Realty Corp who I know will answer the call to give again and again. 

              Thank you again from the bottom of my heart for all your help and support this pass few months.”


Sincerely, Bibi Ali


Wills sentenced to 2-6 in prison for public corruption

Councilman Ruben Wills speaks at a press conference earlier this year.

Now former Councilman Ruben Wills, who represents the 28th council district was sentenced to 2-6 years in prison today for last month’s conviction on public corruption charges.

Wills was found guilty on five counts related to the theft of approximately $30,000 in public campaign funds and state grant money in July after an 11-day trail.

“New Yorkers deserve elected officials whose priority is the needs of their constituents, not lining their own pockets,”said Attorney General Eric Schneiderman. “Instead of spending taxpayer money on projects to help his community, Ruben Wills betrayed the public trust by stealing tens of thousands for himself – and he’ll now pay the price.”

In addition to serving 2-6 years in prison, Wills was expelled from the City Council and will pay $11,500 in restitution to the New York City Campaign Finance board and $21,374 to the New York State Office of Children and Family Services (OCFS). He will also pay a $5,000 fine.

State prosecutors argued that Wills used public matching funds from his 2009 campaign to pay $11,500 to Micro Targeting, a shell company purportedly created to translate and distribute campaign literature.

They argued that money was not used for the campaign and instead directed to a non-profit called NY 4 Life, which Wills controlled.

Wills then allegedly withdrew the money and made a series of purchases, including a $750 Louis Vuitton handbag.

Prosecutors also detailed how Wills allegedly used $21,000 in state grant funds for personal and political expenses.

Wills was acquitted on a single charge of filing false business records.



Resorts World Casino NYC Announces August Promotions & Events

Enjoy the last month of summer at Resorts World Casino New York City  (RWCNYC) for a chance to win big! In August, RWCNYC is offering a variety of daily exciting promotions, entertainment events and art exhibits.

As baseball action heats up and football pre-season kicks off, Bar 360 is the place to be for all the action, on the largest screen anywhere! When the game ends, the excitement continues, with free nightly entertainment, from 9 pm – midnight, including:

  • Latin Tuesdays—come for salsa lessons at 8:30 pm and stick around for live performances!
  • Tribute Wednesdays—your favorite bands and genres are paid tribute to by various performers!
  • Throwback Thursdays—it’s the music of the 60s, 70s, 80s and more!
  • Friday Night Weekend Kick off—It’s a night of bands, DJs, Dancers and special performers, from 9 pm – 2 am.
  • Saturday Nights Are LOL Nights!—our new Comedy Nights continue every Saturday, with popular, local comedians and DJs, starting at 9 pm. Then the music continues with DJs keeping the action going until 2 am!
  • Sunday Monthly Jazz—Join us on August 27 from 4 – 7 pm for MattViolinist, as we pay tribute to the home of jazz, Queens.

Our Friday nights in August feature legendary artists at Bar 360, from 11:30 pm – midnight:

  • Blue Magic on August 11
  • Groundbreaking hip hop star Rob Base on August 18
  • The Review on August 25   

During the month of August, RWCNYC will also feature several promotions including an Early Bird Bonus, GR 50+ Club, Earn & Get Scratch Off, Moonlight Earn and Get, and Emerald Green 8’s Scratch Off:

  • Early Bird Bonus – guests earning 50 points while playing any game can redeem a voucher for $15 in free play every Friday – Thursday from 10 am – 3 pm. If points are earned on consecutive days, guests receive a $5 increment on their free play, up to $45.
  • GR 50+ Club – Every Tuesday in August, guests 50+ years or older earning 50 points receive $15 in free play from 10 am – 4 pm. If they earn 50 points between noon – 6 pm they receive a voucher for a $10 food voucher. This promotion will also occur on Senior Citizens’ Day—Monday, August 21st.
  • Earn & Get Scratch Off Promotion—the first 800 guests earning 50 points who print out a voucher receive a free scratch off between noon – 3 pm every Thursday in August.
  • Moonlight Earn & Get—guests earning 80 points between 9 pm – 2 am receive $20 free play every Monday in August.
  • Earn and Get Summer Gift—the first 1,000 guests earning 50 points who print out a voucher will receive a free gift between noon – 4 pm on August 11th and 25th.
  • Earn and Get Scratch Off— the first 800 guests who earn 50 points who print a voucher receive a free $5 NY Lottery Emerald Green 8’s scratch off between noon – 3 pm on Thursdays from August 3 – 24.

Finally, through September 30th RWCNYC is hosting the Red Wall Gallery exhibit, “Carnival in the City.” The artwork, which celebrates the West Indian Day Parade also known as the Labor Day Parade, will be displayed on both levels of the Casino’s gallery. The Times Square level features photos of traditional costumes worn during the festivities, while the Fifth Avenue level has photos of the J’ouvert celebration from past years.


JACL art workshops registration is open

The Jamaica Center for Arts and Learning has now opened registration for their Art Center Workshops for the Fall 2017 semester.

Workshop prices for the 12-week classes range from $170 for dance/movement/drama/music workshops to $200 for visual and digital arts and keyboard workshops.

For the full class schedule, visit their website at


Google hosts computer science event

Google joined Assemblywoman Alicia Hyndman on Wednesday to visit PS 15 Jackie Robinson School in St. Albans to deliver CS First Roadshow, a computer science education presentation.

Two Google employees spoke to and taught students about problem solving and technical coding skills through interactive activities.

They encouraged the students to develop an interest in computer science education by giving them real-life examples of how coding and STEM education can lead to educational opportunities and careers.

“The tech industry is projected to grow significantly in the near future. Students in our community need to be ready for the careers and opportunities of the 21st century,” Hyndman said.

“Kids are exposed to technology at such an early age, but don’t necessarily get to learn about why computer science should be an important part of their lives, both now and in the future,” said Google spokesperson Carley Graham Garcia. “We want the next generation of students to be able to create technology, not just consume it.”


Councilman Ruben Wills found guilty on public corruption charges

New York City Councilman Ruben Wills, who represents the 28th district in Queens, was found guilty of public corruption charges yesterday in state court.

Following an 11-day trial, the jury found Wills guilty on five of six counts related to Will’s theft of approximately $30,000 in public campaign funds and state grant money, according to State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman.

Those  charges were: one count of a scheme to defraud in the 1st degree, two counts of grand larceny in the 3rd degree, and two counts of filing a false instrument in the 1st degree.

“Ruben Wills’ crimes were a shameful violation of the public trust,”said Schneiderman. “Now, after a conviction by a jury of his peers, Ruben Wills will face the consequences,”

“Ruben Wills stole taxpayer dollars to buy fancy purses and clothes for himself and his friends,” he added. “New Yorkers deserved better. Today’s conviction is another important step in our efforts to clean up New York politics and give voters the representation they deserve.”

State prosecutors argued that Wills used public matching funds from his 2009 campaign to pay $11,500 to Micro Targeting, a shell company purportedly created to translate and distribute campaign literature.

They said that money was instead directed to a non-profit called NY 4 Life, which Wills controlled.

Wills then allegedly withdrew the money and made a series of purchases, including a $750 Louis Vuitton handbag.

Prosecutors also detailed how Wills used $21,000 in state grant funds for personal and political expenses.

Sentencing is scheduled for August 10. Wills faces up to seven years in prison and will be automatically expelled from the City Council at sentencing.


Resorts World Casino broke ground on $400 million expansion

Today, Resorts World Casino New York City gave a first glimpse into a $400 million expansion.
The expansion, expected to be completed by mid-2019, will include a 400-room luxury hotel, four new dining outlets including a restaurant headed by a celebrity chef, retail stores offering local products as well as space to accommodate new gaming and first to market products.
Elected officials joined Scott Molina, President of Resorts World Casino NYC, for a breaking ground ceremony.
“The expansion will serve as an economic engine for our local community and the State, create more good-paying jobs for local residents and generate significant revenue for New York State’s Lottery Education Fund.”

Read next week’s issue of the Leader Observer for the full story.


Movie screening on the beach this Friday

Looking to relax and spend some quality with your kids?
The Movie Nights in the Rockaways program will screen the Disney hit “Moana” on Friday, July 14.

The film centers around an adventurous teenager who sails out on a daring mission to save her people. During her journey, Moana meets the once-mighty demigod Maui, who guides her in her quest to become a master way-finder. Together they sail across the open ocean on an action-packed voyage, encountering enormous monsters and impossible odds.

Refreshments will be served. Don’t forget to bring a chair or blanket.

The screening will take place on the sand at Beach 59th Street in Rockaway Beach and Boardwalk from 8p.m. to 10 p.m.


Double Homicide in Jamaica

Hours after July 4th celebrations rang through the city, police from the 103rd Precinct found three people shot at 107-07 170th Street in Jamaica.
The shooting occurred at 3:38 a.m. on Wednesday, July 5th.
A 27-year-old woman sustained a gunshot wound to the head and was pronounced dead at the scene. Two men, ages 28 and 32, were taken to Jamaica Hospital. The 28-year-old was pronounced dead after succumbing to multiple gunshot wounds to his back. The 32-year-old, who suffered a gunshot wound to his right arm, is currently listed in stable condition.
The investigation into the shooting is ongoing and police haven’t made any arrests.


Miller allocates funding for cultural institutions

Councilman I. Daneek Miller announced that his council district has secured more than $700,00 for cultural programming for youth, seniors and other residents.

“Southeast Queens has a rich cultural history and I am proud to be able to play a role in ensuing it continues to thrive,” he said. “The cultural institutions in our community play a vital part in the quality of life we all enjoy as they continue to teach, entertain and enrich residents of all ages.”

Through the Council’s Coalition of Theaters of Color initiative, local groups like the Black Spectrum Theatre Company, Afrikan Poetry Theatre and the Caribbean American Repertory Theatre all received additional funding.

Other institutions that received funding include:

  • A Better Jamaica
  • Jamaica Center for Arts and Learning
  • Arts at Henson Parks
  • CUNY Creative Arts
  • Cultural Collaborative Jamaica
  • Queensborough College Performing Arts Center
  • Marquis Studios
  • Museum of the Moving Image
  • New York Hall of Science
  • Creative Jazz Organization, Inc.
  • Braata Productions
  • JazzMobile, Inc.
  • King Manor Museum
  • Onipa Abusia Temple, Inc.