Its Queens, Spring 2008

Its_Spring08“If you’re looking for some negativity in being a stealth operator, don’t read any further.”

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When word began to leak as to what the next It’s Queens “Top 20” list would be, the questions we inevitably were asked were: “What is a stealth operator?” and “Is it good or bad to be one?”

If you’re looking for some negativity in being a stealth operator, don’t read any further. A stealth operator is someone who gets a good deal accomplished. Our typical stealth operator is not some high-profile, bigger-than-life personality, often because if he or she is seen as a big player it could hurt their ability to be as productive as they can be.

Take for instance John Kotowski from CUNY. Those readers who are familiar with him know he doesn’t really talk about the large sums of money he has secured for the CUNY system. Not only is he a humble guy in general, but, if for example, Senator Padavan knew how much Helen Marshall was earmarking for CUNY, Padavan might not work to get as much from the State Senate for CUNY. Kotowski’s ability to stay under the radar makes him highly effective at bringing in million of dollars to CUNY.

Some of our stealth operators, though, are under the radar because nobody knows about them yet, but we wager that they soon will. Like D.A. Brown’s top assistant district attorney, Jesse Sligh. His genuine humility and desire to stay out of the limelight are just part of his personality. Sligh doesn’t want attention, and maybe he won’t be too happy when he discovers that he is an It’s Queens Stealth Operator, but after we give him one of those rare “It’s Queens” lapel pins that our Top 20’s receive, maybe he’ll warm to the idea.

In addition to our standard Top 20, we hope you enjoy the rest of the spring issue, where you can find the best places to buy a cigar, find out what the hell “CaberReyes” is, read a great interview with Queens legend Jimmy Breslin, and so much more.

One more thing: Be sure to keep checking back with often. We are working on some great multi-media features that are going to put the borough of Queens at your fingertips.

And keep sending us your photos of Queens for our photo contest, you can check out this month’s winners on page 60. And just for this issue, the first five people who can tell us where in the borough this photo was taken will win a pair of tickets to the show “Secrets of a Soccer Mom.” Submit your answers by April 15 to

Happy reading.

Walter (Walter Sanchez, Publisher)

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