Daily News from New York, New York on April 15, 1976 · 5
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Daily News from New York, New York · 5

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Thursday, April 15, 1976
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DAILY- NEWS THURSDAY, APRIL 15, 1976 PBA ers ma mm 'altingMove to fell It . MtMS 1 H f I f Newi photo by Leonard Oetrlck Flea market banner is removed from 1531 Broadway after market was closed by authorities A 40-Siall Flea Market 'efs Scratched by the City By DICK BRASS A Times Square "flea market" was closed down yesterday by police and members of the Midtown Enforcement Project as a fire hazard after many building violations were ignored. 'eeiey Rv MICHAEL PATTERSON Setting the stage for a battle over control of the Patrolmen's Benevolent Association, six of the unics delegates yesterday withdrew a court suit that had blocked action on a proposal to replace PBA President Ken McFeeley with a civilian executive director. The proposal, which would re located In a run-down theater building at 1531 Broadway, the market contained more than 40 wooden stalls offering costume jewelry, leather (roods, paintings and other merchandise. According to officials, it had been operating for more than a year without a proper certificate of occupancy. The shutdown also had the support of the Mayor's Midtown Citizens Committee, which has been advising the Beame administration on steps to revitalize the midtown Manhattan area. Called Fire Hazard Tolice entered the market just after 11 a.m. and ordered the merchants to leave until the various violations are corrected. A Vacate Order from the Department of" Buildings' "charged the "wooden booths obstructing egress" constituted "a fire hazard endangcring'life and property." "Its been a sore spot for many of the merchants in the area," said mayoral assistant Sidney Baumgarten, director of the current campaign to clean up Times Square. ""We've been trying to clean this up for some time." " ! But the merchants who rent stalls in the market for $500 a month complained that the city was singling them out while Hike Reward In 2 Killings The reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of three ski-masked gunmen who shot to death armored car guards Will Cot-, ter, 55. and John Clarke. 65, in the New Amsterdam Theater on Monday was increased yesterday to $25,000. Police ask anyone with knowledge of the crime to call the 3d Homicide Zone at 753-5343. The gunmen ' had held 19 theater employes hostage as they awaited the guards, who, they were told, had keys to the theater safe. Butt after the killings, ,' the gunmen fled wisiioutt any cash. Police believe that a fourth man drove them from the robbery scene. Our Hospitals Heed You Hospital volunteers are needed to work in city and voluntary hospitals, helpin gto feed patients, making conversation, writing leters and pushing book carts from room to room. Time can be donated evenings, days or weekends, and volunteers must be 16 years of age or older. Interested persons should call the Mayor's Voluntary Action Center at 566-5955 to learn more about the needs of neighborhood hospitals. ignoring violations in area massage parlors and peep shows. - "I got laid off and I have five children and nowhere to go," said Anthony Lee of Manhattan. "I'm over 40. It's hard to get a job." As Lee spoke, his children helped carry leather baps out of the building. "Xow the Easter bunny won't come to our house," his 5-year-old daughter, Maria, said. "What bothers me is that this place is in the middle of Smuts-ville, and, although it may not look very nice, it's a family place," said John Mason, a tour-boat guide from Brooklyn whose wife sells engraved glassware at the market. Other merchants blamed Peter Chanp, the market operator, for ignoring violations and continuing to collect some 520.000 in monthly rent. Chang, who was absent when police arrived, could not be reached for comment. According to the vacate order, the building is owned by Bankers Trust Co, 250 Park Ave. It is leased to Peter Sharp & Co., 663 Fifth Ave. and to the Times Square Portman Co. Merchants said that Chang, in turn, leased the building from Sharp. Baumgarten said he felt sorry for the merchants but insisted the fire hazard demanded that the building be closed. "We're going after everything," he said. "Our mandate is to clean tip Midtown sex and non-sex." quire a change in tne union s constitution, could be voted on at the next meeting of the PBA's 350 delegates Monday. The decision to drop the suit surprised many of the union's officials. The suit was discontin ued before Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Samuel R. Rosenberg, who had been scheduled to hold a hearing on the matter. New Strategy for McFeeley The withdrawal of the suit marked a change in strategy for McFeeley who, according to union officials, had hoped to "tie up" the election-change issue in the courts. But that move, according to the officials, had touched off a growing revolt among the PBA delegates who charged that McFeeley was usurping their powers. The delegates had voted last Feb. 20 to take the civilian director issue up at their Marc meeting. McFeeley, who has a year left on his term, and his supporters, obtained a temporary court order blocking the vote until a hearing could be held. McFeeley Would Lose Clout If approved, the resolution would reduce McFeeley to little more than a ceremonial figurehead and turn over most of his administrative and collective-bargaining responsibilities to the civilian director. Under the resolution, a civilian director must be a former cop who has been retired for at least two years and who was a member in good standing of the PBA. The resolulion's sponsors are reportedly pushing former PBA president Robert McKiernan, ) who would meet the require-' ments. McFeeley defeated ; McKiernan for the top PBA post i in an upset election. Cassese expected to Run McFeeley, it was learned, has ' been actively campaigning in the stationhouses in an effort to ! hive the resolution voted down, j However, should the election j process be changed, former PBA j leader John Cassese, a McFeeley supporter, is expected to run against McKiernan. Since his election o the PBA Sextiiplets Born; 2 Die New Castle, England, April 14 (AP) Sextuplets were bom today to a SO-year-oId music teacher on fertility drugs, but two girls died during the day. A hospital spokesman said the third girl and three boys were having breathing difficulties. The six babies were delivered within four minutes by Cae-saren section at the Pincess Mary Maternity Hospital to Mrs. Christine Price. It was her first birth. The babies weighed between 1 pound, 4 ounces and 2 pounds 3 ounces. leadership post, McFeelay has seen his thin power base erode as he sought to grapple with a series of setbacks brought on by fiscal crisis. Much of McFeeleyS's support had been among many of the 3,000 younger cops who were laid off last July. Bribe British Maor Held in London, April 14 (UPI) Police arrested and charged a Eritish Army officer with brib-i ery and corruption today in plac-! ing up to ?300 million in defer.se j contracts. Government officials j said the case may develop into a : major bribery scandal, j Scotland Yard said Lt. Cel. : David A. C. Randel was involved i in bribery and corruption if De-j fense Minstry officials in placing contracts for secret defense items, including radar, radio and I electronic equipment, worth be-' tween ?200 million and $300 i million. j The amount of bribery is vol v-j ed was said to total up to Si j million. Randel. 39. was arrested at an Army Signais Corps barracks at AJdershot, 30 miles southwest of London- where he was stationed. Mo SemipuMk Booie, Trade Centerfold By FRANK MAZZA The State Liquor Authority turned down as "unacceptable" yesterday a proposal to admit a limited number of the public for lunch to the Port Authority's private club and semi-private restaurant on the 107th floor of the World Trade Center. Liquor authority Laord chairman Michael Roth said the proposal made by the Port Authority through its club-restaurant lessee, Inhilco. would have the effect of "segregating" the public. He said the board therefore voted to reject the proposal. The decision yesterday by the liquo raulhority continued to hold up approval of a liquor license for the club-restaurant, which had been scheduled to open for business last Monday. According to Roth. Inhilco, an international branch of the Hilton Hotel chain, had offered to set aside 120 of some 910 seats for the general public at lunch to satisfy a liqutr authority ruling that the premises be open at all times to a "substantial portion" of the public. Inhilco and the Tort Authority originally had wanted to bar the public from the posh quarter-mile-high eatery until S p.m. on weekdays. Roth disclosed that the unacceptable proposal ca'.lei for the public to be "sequestered" in private meeting rooms and not in either of the two main d""ning rooms. The board felt, Roth said, that the public should have access to the entire-premises except for the personal club services. "The basic problem with the proposal," Roth said, '"was that the public was being segregated into a certain area. The board was concerned that the public was bein ggiven lesser treatment. It was as if they (the Port Authority and Inhilco) wer eoperating two separate premises." Roth said that Inhilco and the Port Authority were expected to make another proposal to meet the liquor authority requirement that a "substantial portion of the general public be admitted." "The ycould have their license in a minute if they agreed to provide reasonable access to the jubli at all times," Roth said.

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