10 SEPTEMBER 9, 2021 RIDGEWOOD TIMES WWW.QNS.COM
Governor honors hero MTA bus driver
BY JULIA MORO
Governor Kathy Hochul honored
an MTA bus driver in Ridgewood
for continuing to work
when her bus was fl ooding with water
Wednesday night from the remanants
from Hurricane Ida .
Rosa Amonte has been an MTA
bus driver for eight years. A video
of Amonte showed her driving passengers
in three to four feet of water
in the bus as people stood on the seats.
“Can you imagine the terror people
experienced in that moment,” Hochul
said. “She stayed there. She drove. I
thank you for your bravery and your
Amonte said that she represented
all of her coworkers, saying everybody
felt the immense responsibility
and call to action as waters fl ooded the
“The only thing in that moment —
take the passengers to a safe place,”
Amonte said. “I didn’t even see the
water in my bus or the people over
the seats, I just thought I’m going to
go through this water and I’m going to
take the passengers to the other side.
We’re just happy to serve.”
Hochul said that when the subways
were shut down, the only option for
public transportation was the bus,
and thanked drivers for never leaving
“During the depths last night, people
were literally driving down rivers.
Many vehicles were abandoned. People
fl ed for their lives,” Hochul said.
“But people still needed to get where
they needed to go and get to the safety
of their homes.”
Janno Lieber, the CEO of the
MTA, thanked the bus drivers for
Rose Amonte speaks during the press conference. Photo by Darren McGee/Offi ce of Governor Kathy Hochul
continuing to work as the MTA restored
State Senator Joseph Addabbo came
down from Albany to honor Amonte.
“When Amonte woke up yesterday,
I don’t think she envisioned what her
day would end that way — but that’s
New Yorkers,” Addabbo said. “We go
from ordinary to extraordinary when
we have these kinds of situations. She
stepped up and did what she had to do
for the safety of her passengers.”
The storm has caused extensive
damage in areas of Queens. Hochul has
been traveling around the borough to
assess those communities’ needs.
“I need to fi nd out what exactly happened
we can quantify it to be able to
apply for Federal Emergency Management
Agency assistance,” Hochul
Hochul mentioned she spoke to
President Joe Biden, who she said gave
his full support of whatever the state
may need. Hochul said she will look
into relief aid for small businesses and
The 104th Precinct released
the following list of persons
arrested in recent police actions.
The charges are accusations,
and all individuals
listed in this blotter are presumed
innocent unt il proven
For questions about the names
listed in the blotter, contact the
104th Precinct at 718-386-3004.
Aug. 30: (Ridgewood) Luis Quinde,
at Cypress Avenue and Hancock
Street, for operating a motor vehicle
at .08 percent of 1 percent alcohol,
by P.O. Troia. (Ridgewood) Andrea
Nunez, at 68th Road, for burglary,
by P.O. Arfeen. (Ridgewood) Destiny
Martinez, at 68 Road, for burglary, by
Aug. 31: (Ridgewood) Vanessa
Mendez, at Myrtle Avenue and Palmetto
Street, for assault, by P.O. Martinez.
(RIdgewood) Curtis Edwards,
at Cornelia Street, for criminal possession
of a weapon, by P.O. Nessler.
(Ridgewood) Jansen Edwards, at Cornelia
Street, for criminal possession
of a weapon, by P.O. Nessler. (Ridgewood)
Jessica Signorello, at Hancock
Street, for criminal contempt, by P.O.
Sept. 1: (Maspeth) Michael Castro,
at Grand Avenue, for criminal trespass,
by P.O. Defreitas. (Ridgewood)
Joshua Vega, at Catalpa Avenue, for
criminal contempt, by Det. Scrimenti.
(Glendale) Nelson Pineda, at 78th
Avenue, for criminal contempt, by
Sept. 2: Olga Hanisz, at Catalpa
Avenue, for assault, by Det. Lodato.
(Ridgewood) Jason Fajardo, at Norman
Street, for resisting arrest, by
P.O. Lenoci. (Ridgewood) Valon
Stublla, at Cornelia Street, for burglary,
by P.O. Foppiano. (Ridgewood)
Magdaline Duncan, at Stockholm
Street, for criminal mischief, by
P.O. McMahon. (Ridgewood) Jade
Williams, at Stockholm Street, for
criminal mischief, by P.O. McMahon.
(Ridgewood) Christopher Tierney, at
Wyckoff Avenue, for burglary, by P.O.
Santos. (Ridgewood) Charles Deveau,
at Seneca Avenue, for assault, by
P.O. Etienne. (Ridgewood) Giuseppe
Spataro, at Linden Street, by arson,
by P.O. Petito.
Sept. 3: (Middle Village) George
Fehem, at 69th Lane, for assault, by
P.O. Jaswal. (Ridgewood) Chelsea Chiguani,
at Seneca Avenue, for assault,
by P.O. Prizeman. (Glendale) Ramon
Arroyo, at Myrtle Avenue, for criminal
obstruction of breathing, by P.O.
Gonzalez. (Ridgewood) Danielle
Lindemann, at Catalpa Avenue, for
assault, by Det. Rogers. (Ridgewood)
Miriam Delossantos, at Linden Street,
for assault, by P.O. Fitzalbert.
Sept. 4: (Ridgewood) Justin Dixon,
at George Street, for obstruction
of government administration, by
Sept. 5: (Middle Village) Julia
Kelert Drzewiecki, at Metropolitan
Avenue, for assault, by P.O. Gonzalez.
(Ridgewood) Piotr Pisarski, at
Madison Street, for assault, by P.O.
Villada. (Glendale) Omari Samuel, at
Cypress Hills Street, for assault, by
104TH PRECINCT BLOTTER