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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The Freeman Identity: Spuyten Duyvil Centenarian Was A Master Spy

At the ripe age of 100, Riverdalian Albert Freeman came forward to tell The Riverdale Press about his life as a dual agent for both the Soviet Union and the FBI. He helped the FBI intercept secret Russian messages while living in obscurity in The Bronx.

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Nursing homes face increasing number of lawsuits

Elder lawyer Lewis Fishlin says the number of lawsuits against nursing homes has risen dramatically. He said there is ‘quite a bit of money in it,’ compared to years ago when the cases were ‘not worth taking from a lawyer’s perspective.’

The Riverdale Press looked at several graphic lawsuits against nursing homes in The Bronx to tell the broader story of an increase in elder abuse. 

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Vandals hit more cars

The weekly Police Beat column at The Riverdale Press kept a running tab on neighborhood crimes, but it also held the police accountable for the reporting of crimes. This February 2008 article told the story of how auto break-in statistics were under-reported by the police. 

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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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For some, market for homes is still hot

As the third part of a four-part series on the real estate market in The Bronx’s Riverdale, The Riverdale Press began with the success story of the most expensive co-op sold in the community to date.

"From 2003 to 2008, the most expensive co-ops in Riverdale rose in price each year, jumping 167 percent. Even the least expensive homes rose from $90,000 in 2005 to $530,000 in 2007."

Seller Albert Cruz said of his four-bedroom Penthouse “because of the outrageous prices in Manhattan, Riverdale gives you a much better bang for your buck.”

After the jump is the March 13, 2008 article that was based on a Microsoft Excel analysis of real estate statistics published in The Riverdale Press between 2000 and 2008. 

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One icon, one face, many images

Art inspired by the Argentinian Marxist revolutionary Ernesto “Che” Guevara took over the Bronx River Arts Center in January 2008. The revolutionary cult figure has also influenced counterculture art. The iconic red and black silkscreen of Che has been reproduced the world over as a global insignia for revolution.

After the jump is a feature from the front-page of Better Living section of The Riverdale Press

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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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Workers charge DEP lied about chlorine spill

An afternoon hazmat incident at the Jerome Park Reservoir in the summer of 2007 cast a light on the facility where the city Department of Environmental Protection denied dangerous chlorine gas was stored.

Two anonymous workers came forward to tell The Riverdale Press that this assertion was untrue and storage of chlorine gas at the Jerome Park Reservoir in The Bronx had already resulted in debilitating injuries to at least one worker.

The Riverdale Press broke the story on Aug. 9, 2007. 

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