Daily News from New York, New York on March 6, 1984 · 75
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Daily News from New York, New York · 75

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Tuesday, March 6, 1984
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'ueenM granny charged In slay plot By ROBERT GEARTY and RICHARD SISK With Bernard Rabin and Jerry Cassidy A Queens grandmother and her former boss were charged yesterday with plotting to pay $5,000 for the contract killing of the woman's ex-husband in order to get $200,000 in insurance and other benefits. The target of the alleged hit plot, William Wein-stock, 59, told investigators he would celebrate his 60th birthday next week "thanks to you guys," police reported. Nassau County District Attorney Denis Dillon said Weinstock was to have been gunned down yesterday morning in Hempstead as he reported to the state parole office on Franklin Ave., where he has worked for 27 years, in "what was to appear as a bungled robbery." Dillon said his office had been tipped that Weinstock's ex-wife, Bernice, 56, of 245-17 62d Ave., Douglaston. and Theodore Pollenz. 72. of 1760 Rose St, Merrick, L.I., were plotting to kill Weinstock. Under a divorce settlement entered two years ago, Bernice Weinstock would get $200,000 in insurance and other benefits in the event of William Wein-stock's death. Dillon said. An undercover agent from the district attorney's rackets squad posed as a hit man and met several times with Mrs. Weinstock and Pollenz, Dillon said. At a meeting in a Levittown diner last Friday, $2,000 was paid to the agent, who wore a concealed tape recorder, authorities said. Another $3,000 was to come after Weinstock's murder, Dillon charged. Mrs. Weinstock and Pollenz were arraigned in Mineola District Court and charged with conspiracy, which carries a maximum 25-year term. Mrs. Weinstock was held on $75,000 bail and Pollenz was held on $100,000 bail. ASSISTANT DISTRICT Attorney Dan O'Brien said he requested the higher bail against Pollenz because Pollenz in his dealings with the undercover agent had asked for poison to be used against "someone close to him, someone he sees on a daily basis." O'Brien declined comment on whether the in tended victim of the poisoning may have been Pollenz' wife, Stefanie. He said William Weinstock was startled when told of the alleged plot to kill him "Weinstock said he spoke to his former wife on Sunday when both attended a party for one of their grandchildren, and he just couldn't believe it when he was told about this murder conspiracy," O'Brien said. Pollenz, the former manager of a now-defunct E.J. Korvettes where Mrs. Weinstock had worked, was described by a neighbor as a "family man" who spent his spare time "around the garden growing vegetables." The neighbor expressed disbelief at the, charges, saying "somebody has got something' screwed up." A neighbor of Mrs. Weinstock, who has three sons and a daughter, said she was "a very quiet person who had very few visitors but an occasional gentleman caller." Another neighbor said she had been told by Mrs. Weinstock's daughter that her mother was upset at the time of the divorce but had recovered. "1 can't believe that sort of thing of her," the neighbor said. A tale of two cities: Both claim Ellis Island By OWEN MORITZ Urban Affairs Editor Ellis Island may belong to the people, but in whose jurisdiction is it: New York City's or Jersey City's? As of yesterday, both cities were claiming it. Ellis Island, like its nearby sister island. Liberty Island, gets electricity from Public Service Electric & Gas in New Jersey. It gets water from the supplies of Jersey City. The four families that live on Liberty Island those of National Park Service employes pay their taxes to New York. Ellis Island has no residents. A tenuous peace concerning Ellis. Island's status has been rattled by Jersey City's announcement that it considers the 24-acre island to be "Ellis Island, Jersey City" and wants the right to review and sign off on any development THAT IS NEWS to New York City, where officials consider Ellis Island, like Lady Liberty, to be part of the Big Apple. Audrey Zapp of the Citizens Committee of Hudson County, N.J., said that last October Jersey City applied to the federal government for a $13 million federal Urban Development Action Grant as part of a plan for a conference center on one part of Ellis Island. That notice, published in local newspapers, said: "Location: Ellis Island, Jersey City." The reason for the concern in New York is the matter of the UDAG money. New York City is now at war with Jersey City over another UDAG grant this one for $40 million that Jersey City has been tentatively awarded for the redevelopment of its waterfront MAYOR KOCH and the city's congressional delegation are pressing the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to modify or cancel that grant on the ground the money is. being used to lure New York City JERSEYNHATTAg tf-SJ GOVERNORS ROBERT JUFFRAS DAILY NEWS Ellis Island, N.J., or N.Y.? business to New Jersey. But as far as Jersey City officials are concerned, there is no doubt Ellis Island belongs to their city. About 20 years ago, when the island was tentatively offered for sale, Jersey City made a bid. Officials say it is so close to New Jersey that a golfer can stand in Jersey City proper and hit a golf ball onto the island. While Liberty and Ellis islands are in New Jersey waters, a National Park Service official said a 19th century accord apparently gives New York City primary jurisdiction over them EueOd dot) 2 Hongs By RANDY DIAMOND and PATRICK CLARK A Morris County, N.J., gas station manager was charged yesterday with two counts of homicide in the stabbing deaths of his wife and stepdaughter, authorities said. The suspect, Alvin E. Anderson, 49, of Raynor Road, Morris Township, was ordered held in lieu of $500,000 bail. He was arrested Sunday night at his home by police, who discovered the bodies of his wife, Jacqueline, 36, and her daughter. Diane Czech, 17, in separate bed- 1 VVf - A Diane Czech iain at 17 rooms, according to Morris County t Prosecutor Lee Trumbull. An autopsy revealed both victims had been stabbed several times with a E. knife and had been dead for several r-days, authorities said. There was no sexual assault and the murder weapon was not recovered. & Anderson continued to report to -01 work each day last week and to care for 5 the couple's 2-year-old son, who was . not harmed, authorities said. The boy is being cared for by Anderson's mother, authorities said. TRUMBULL SAID Anderson, who managed an Amoco gas station on Route 15 in nearby Jefferson Township, was having financial' problems.' Fear bogus docs at state hosps By MARCIA KRAMER and ADAM NAGOURNEY Albany (News Bureau) State officials yesterday began checking the credentials of more than 1,000 doctors working at New York's 31 psychiatric hospitals as part of an investigation into the sale of bogus medical records in 15 states. . William Wood, head of the state's Office of Professional Discipline, said investigators were focusing on 60 New York doctors who were among 165 persons believed to have paid a total of $1.5 million to obtain bogus medical credentials. State hospitals have fired at least four doctors whom they believe to be phony. Wood said that once his office completes the probe into the New York doctors connected to the case of Pedro de Mesones, a Peruvian who is serving three years in Allenwood federal prison for providing false medical credentials, it would begin examining the credentials of up to 4,000 other doctors. THE OTHER PHYSICIANS some of whom may be in New York have "a cloud over their credentials," Wood said. They received their degrees from the Univer-sidad Cetec, a medical school in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, where five employes provided de Mesones with phony credentials. Office of Mental Health spokesman Robert Spoor said the department is preparing to issue new guidelines requiring state psychiatric hospitals ,to check the back ground and references of all new doctors, both staff physicians and residents in training. Civil Service Commissioner Karen Burstein said that her office had performed that task until two years ago, but stopped as an economy measure without informing the hospitals. Spoor said the investigation into the psychiatric hospitals would take a long time because the phony credentials are hard to detect SPOOR AND HOSPITAL officials said yesterday that one of the fired doctors, Abraham Scheer, was admitted into a Downstate Medical Center clinical training program in Brooklyn last month just weeks after being discharged by the upstate Middletown Psychiatric Center for having false credentials. Scheer was hired at Middletown a year ago on the basis of what investigators said was a forged letter from Manhattan Psychiatric Center saying he had successfully completed two years of a residency program there. In fact hospital officials said, Manhattan had fired Scheer for failing to provide proof that he had passed a required qualifying test for people with non-U.S. medical school backgrounds. Middletown Administrator Helen Houston said she had hired Scheer after he presented documents "that seemed to indicate that he had succesfully completed his second year in residency in psychiatry at Manhattan State." - .. . ' - :.

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