Heartbroken hubby laments wife’s web of lies

The Riverdale Press

July 19, 2007

By Tommy Hallissey

Rare is the spouse who is completely truthful, but Nirmala Parmasar wove a fabric of lies to her husband that was so egregious it could land her in jail for many years. “She claimed she loved me, but those were only words,” said a despondent Michael Braverman, speaking with The Press in his modest apartment at 80 Knolls Crescent.

He still remembers the day Ms. Parmasar told him, “I have cancer and I need money to go to California where I can get good treatment,” according to a criminal complaint on file with the Bronx district attorney’s office.

But, according to police, the healthy woman used the cash — Mr. Braverman estimates it totaled $144,000 — to underwrite her relationship with a second husband in South Ozone Park, Queens.

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Car break-in pair caught in the act

March 13, 2008

The Riverdale Press

By Tommy Hallissey

Two of Riverdale’s most notorious car vandals, with rap sheets longer than a stretch limousine, teamed up for a recent break-in in Kingsbridge and were arrested together on Saturday, police said.

Police Officer Adam Donofrio observed Edward Feliciano, 39, with his head inside the broken rear passenger window of a rented 2007 Chrysler 300 with Virginia registration on Kingsbridge Avenue near West 232nd Street. The Five-O officer later found broken pieces of glass on Mr. Feliciano’s clothing that allegedly matched the Chrysler only blocks from the stationhouse on Saturday at 3 a.m.

Mr. Feliciano, a career petty thief, was nabbed allegedly stealing a worthless item: six 7-11 Big Eats green-colored napkins, which police said were similar to those found in the front seat of the Chrysler.

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Univ. Crime Soars — Amid Citywide Drop

For this New York Post piece, I analyzed U.S. Department of Education data using Microsoft Excel and Access to determine that while citywide crime famously declined in the last several years, assaults, burglaries, robberies and rapes on New York City college campuses increased dramatically. 

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Man held in Skyview fatal feud

An early morning argument in a Riverdale apartment building turned deadly in May 2008 when a 54-year-old woman was found in dead, fully clothed, face up, lying in the bathtub. The emotionally disturbed man allegedly responsible threw most of the contents of the 11th-floor apartment off the balcony.

Below is how The Riverdale Press covered the story.

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Bronx district attorney recognized for service

In December 2007, The Riverdale Press profiled Bronx homicide prosecutor David Greenfield, a Riverdalian that the New York City Bar Association honored with the Thomas E. Dewey Medal for a lifetime of service in the Bronx District Attorney’s office. 

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FBI collars bribe-taking school bus supervisor

The long-running Federal investigation of mafia influence in Local 1181 of the Amalgamated Transit Union hit the tony Riverdale enclave of The Bronx in 2007 when a bribe-taking Department of Education bus supervisor from the community was arrested.

Geoffrey Berger’s crimes allegedly dated back as far as the 1980’s. Taxpayers took the hit as the DOE was charged an additional $100 to $190 per day for each bus run.

Mr. Berger faced a maximum of five years in prison. This December 2007 article appeared in The Riverdale Press after his arrest.

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