AG Schneiderman Weekly Newsletter (Sept. 14-18)

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THIS WEEK IN THE NEWS

September 14 to September 18, 2015

TOP HEADLINES

Laying Out A Vision For The New Tech Economy

This week, the Attorney General spoke at a forum sponsored by NY Tech Meetup on the intersection between tech and government. In his remarks, the Attorney General outlined his vision of “responsible disruption,” a new regulatory framework that will nurture innovation and encourage new business models, while also identifying hidden costs to protect consumers and workers. After the Attorney General made remarks, a panel of experts from his office discussed the current state of technology, internet and anti-trust regulation, and took questions from an audience of more than 100.  The Attorney General’s remarks, as prepared for delivery, can be found here.

Protecting Homeowners From Mortgage Rescue Scams

The Attorney General is returning $400,000 to 14 Long Island homeowners who were victims of a mortgage rescue scam. Empire Property Solutions posted ads in local papers offering services to help families refinance their mortgages by turning over the titles to their homes through a “sale-leaseback” agreement, but failed to make good on their promises to use the payments to pay down their mortgages. In the end, the homeowners faced foreclosure and eviction. In response to an uptick in reported mortgage rescue scams, the Attorney General launched AGScamHelp.com, a web-based app that helps families report scams and connect with qualified housing counseling and legal services across the state. In less than a year, more than 26,000 New Yorkers have visited the website.

Welcoming Aboard Tim Wu

The Attorney General announced the appointment of Columbia Law Professor Tim Wu as Senior Enforcement Counsel and Special Advisor to the Attorney General. Wu, who coined the phrase “network neutrality,” has an unparalleled depth of understanding of the intersection between technology and the law. Wu will advise Attorney General Schneiderman on technology, competition, internet policy and legal issues. Wu also previously worked at the Federal Trade Commission during the first term of the Obama administration.

Working To Stop Public Corruption

Attorney General Schneiderman joined U.S. Northern District Attorney Richard Hartunian and State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli in announcing the conviction of former Assemblyman William Scarborough on fraud and theft convictions. Scarborough was sentenced to 13 months in prison on charges he submitted more than $54,000 in fraudulent travel vouchers during his time as a member of the New York State Assembly. Scarborough falsely claimed he had been at the state capitol for legislative business when, in fact, he was not in Albany, and he inflated the amount of time he reported he spent in Albany in order to receive a larger per diem. Scarborough’s sentence crystallizes the need for comprehensive reform to clean up corruption in our state, an effort that the Attorney General has been leading.

Cracking Down On Tax Fraud

Attorney General Schneiderman joined Commissioner of Taxation and Finance Jerry Boone in announcing the guilty plea of an Ithaca businessman for failing to pay sales and personal income tax to the state. Between 2005 and 2012, Jonathan Pargh underreported the taxable sales for his two companies and his business income by more than $1.6 million, defrauding the state of more than $280,000. This conviction makes it clear that when unscrupulous business owners break the law, they will be held accountable to the fullest extent of the law.

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In Other News…

The Attorney General wished a Happy New Year to all families celebrating Rosh Hashanah.

The Attorney General sued the owners of an Erie County apartment complex for rejecting prospective tenants who would use Section 8 housing vouchers to help pay for rent


Upcoming Events

The Attorney General will host a Community Prescription Drug Take-Back in Suffolk County on Saturday, September 26. Please refer to the flier below for complete details.

Prescription Drug Take Back Event


Did You Know…

You could request a presentation from the Attorney General’s Office by submitting an online request? Check out our online Presentation Request Form.

Your family, friends, and colleagues could sign up for this newsletter here?

You could file a complaint using our online forms?

Consumer Fraud Complaint
Price Gouging Complaint
Internet Bureau Complaint
Loan Modification Scam
Medicaid Fraud or Nursing Home Patient Abuse & Neglect


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Have a question, comment, or complaint? Click here. You can also learn more about the various initiatives of the Attorney General’s office by visiting our website at ag.ny.gov.

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Posted by Charles Fisher and Randy Fisher (Twitter / Instagram / FB @HHSYC).

AG Schneiderman Weekly Newsletter (Sept. 7-11)

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THIS WEEK IN THE NEWS

September 7 to September 11, 2015

TOP HEADLINES

Stopping Unlicensed Immigration Providers

The Attorney General has shut down Entertainment Visa Consultant Company (EVC), resolving allegations that the company and its owner were providing unauthorized immigration-related services. EVC processed hundreds of temporary work visas for foreign entertainers, submitting these applications to federal immigration authorities. But an investigation revealed that EVC is not an accredited organization, and neither the company’s owner nor staff were licensed to practice law in New York. The Attorney General is committed to stopping the unauthorized practice of law and protecting New Yorkers from fraud by enforcing immigration service provider laws.

Ending On-Call Scheduling At Bath & Body Works

The Attorney General announced an agreement with Bath & Body works to end on-call scheduling in all U.S. stores. On-call scheduling can cause serious disruptions for workers by disrupting their plan for childcare, transportation, and other basic needs. Bath & Body Works joins Abercrombie & Fitch, Gap, and Victoria’s Secret in ending this troubling employment practice in response to the Attorney General’s inquiry, which has yielded more stable, reliable work schedules for tens of thousands of employees.

Fighting Back Against Gender Discrimination

Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman and the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) reached a joint settlement with Consolidated Edison Company of New York, Inc. (Con Edison) to resolve allegations of ongoing sexual harassment and discrimination against women in field positions. These women, who work alongside men in power stations, manholes, and other physically strenuous field positions, alleged they were given sub-par training, assigned menial tasks and denied adequate restrooms, showers and changing facilities. As part of the agreement, Con Edison will reserve up to $3.8 million to compensate as many as 300 women who worked in the field from 2006 to 2014 and suffered sexual harassment and discrimination. This case should send a clear message to employers across New York: All women, especially those working in male-dominated workplaces, deserve respect and equal treatment.

Continuing The Crackdown On Herbal Supplements

As part of his continued efforts to reform the herbal supplements industry, the Attorney General announced that his office sent 13 cease-and-desist letters to the manufacturers of the herbal supplement devil’s claw, which is marketed as a treatment for arthritis and other forms of joint pain. The letters were sent after the New York Botanical Garden tested more than a dozen devil’s claw supplements labeled for U.S. sale and found that all supplements identified via advanced DNA barcode testing contained a different plant than advertised. The study’s results raise more troubling questions about the manufacturing and marketing of supplements. A 14th manufacturer, Nature’s Way, has agreed to reform the manufacturing and marketing of its supplements, in addition to refunding New York consumers who have purchased its devil’s claw products since January 1, 2012.

Working With Comptroller DiNapoli To Protect State Benefits From Fraud

The Attorney General and Comptroller Tom DiNapoli announced that a Florida resident pleaded guilty to stealing more than $275,000 in New York State pension benefits that were issued to his deceased mother. Marc A. Eletz is expected to be sentenced to one year in jail and will sign a $1240,000 judgment on top of the $150,000 he has already paid in restitution. This case is the latest joint investigation under the Attorney General and Comptroller’s Operation Integrity partnership, which has resulted in dozens of convictions and more than $6 million in restitution.

Stopping Nursing Home Theft

A former Hudson nursing home employee has been arrested on charges she stole more than $6,000 for a resident trust account at a nursing and rehabilitation center in Columbia County. Claire Wieland, who was the responsible for submitting request to have checks drawn for residents who requested funds, allegedly possessed 24 fraudulent checks. Wieland allegedly then cashed the checks and kept the money for herself. The Attorney General will not tolerate those who seek to exploit nursing home residents for personal financial gain.

Returning Stolen Money To Medicaid

A Yonkers man has been sentenced for stealing more than $200,000 dollars from Medicaid. Kurien Palliankal, owner of Carewell Ambullete, billed Medicaid for more expensive transportation than was medically necessary over a period of four years. As a result of his actions, he was sentenced to six months in prison and five years of probation. Carewell Ambulette, formerly based in New Rochelle, was also sentenced to pay a fine of $10,000. The Attorney General will continue to protect New Yorkers’ access to honest and reliable medical services by rooting out Medicaid fraud.

Uncovering Forged Narcotic Prescriptions

A Schenectady-area nurse has pleaded guilty to illegally obtaining more than 2,000 narcotics using forged prescriptions. For approximately one year, Linda Masse used 18 forged prescriptions at Walmart and CVS from her employer’s practice, causing Medicaid to foot the bill. The Attorney General will continue to hold medical professionals accountable for crimes committed by the abuse of their privilege.

In Other News…

With Vice President Biden in town to advocate for a higher minimum wage, the Attorney General expressed his support for a livable wage for all New York workers.

The Attorney General announced an election day hotline for this week’s primary elections, allowing voters to report any barriers to access at polling sites.

The Attorney General issued a statement commemorating the 14th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks.


Did You Know…

You could request a presentation from the Attorney General’s Office by submitting an online request? Check out our online Presentation Request Form.

Your family, friends, and colleagues could sign up for this newsletter here?

You could file a complaint using our online forms?

Consumer Fraud Complaint
Price Gouging Complaint
Internet Bureau Complaint
Loan Modification Scam
Medicaid Fraud or Nursing Home Patient Abuse & Neglect


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Contact Us

Have a question, comment, or complaint? Click here. You can also learn more about the various initiatives of the Attorney General’s office by visiting our website at ag.ny.gov.

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*Please do not send a reply directly to this e-mail. If you have any questions, comments or concerns please contact the Attorney General’s Office by following this link here.

For more information on AG Schneiderman or other politicians hit us up at RandyKFisher@gmail.com.

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Lose Weight And Stay In Shape With NYS Senator Leroy Comrie And Sharieff “The Fitness Sheriff”

COME OUT AND WIN NIKE SNEAKERS AND TICKETS TO POWER 105.1’s POWERHO– USE CONCERT

 

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For more information on Sharieff “The Fitness Sheriff”, the Hip-Hop 4 Better Health program and Senator Leroy Comrie’s Walk For Wellness program and his upcoming events hit us up at RandyKFisher@gmail.com.

Posted by Charles Fisher and Randy Fisher (Twitter / Instagram / Facebook @HHSYC).

Seth Low Houses And Reginald Bowman Enjoy Family Day As They Work To Improve Public Housing And Prepare For Elections

Family Day Was A Huge Success At Seth Low Houses As They Prepare To Address The Dropout Crisis, Unemployment, Healthcare, Drugs, Crime, Gun And Gang Violence By Working With The Hip-Hop Summit Youth Council And Their 7 E’s 4 Power Tour, Power 105.1, vitaminwater, Council Member Mealy, The AIDS HealthCare Foundation And Many Others

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Reginald Bowman, Charles Fisher, Randy Fisher holding vitaminwater.

“Vote 4 New Hope With The Power In Public Housing”

At the 2015 Seth Low Family Day Event, we caught up with Reginald Bowman, President of the NYCHA City-Wide Council of President and one of the most credible people we have known that is actually on the ground, in the developments using his contacts and skills to make life better for NYCHA residents. We meet a lot of people in NYCHA, but for over 7 years now, this man has made many sacrifices for his NYCHA Family and their ongoing struggle to obtain the support, services, security and economic opportunities needed for residents to live a productive life.

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Charles Fisher interviews Reginald Bowman while Sharieff “The Fitness Sheriff” looks on.

Things are slowly improving in Public Housing thanks to committed leaders like Mr. Bowman, his team, and a host of elected officials who have been leading the charge for decades. We are looking forward to working with Reggie and bringing him the resources to make NYCHA a better place to live for all residents. Yes there is still a lot of work that needs to be done, but things are finally moving in the right direction and as a team we will get the job done. We have several new initiatives with Power 105.1, “The Shark” Daymond John, vitaminwater, RavePCS, Hip-Hop Wireless, Microsoft, the Source Magazine and celebrities from the entertainment industry that we are about to introduce to NYCHA through Mr. Bowman that will provide more opportunities for the residents, with a focus on the safety and economic empowerment of the youth and young adults in NYCHA. Let’s get into the interview.

  1. How many years has Seth Low been doing Family Days?

Seth Low houses has been doing Family Days since the 1960’s.

  1. What does Family Day mean to you and the community?

Family day is both a celebration and a reunion. We celebrate the meaning of Family and its bonds that go beyond just blood ties, and a reunion of the people who have lived in the Seth Low Public Housing Community and the Public Housing Community of Brownsville for decades.

  1. What are you doing as President of the NYCHA Council of Presidents to address Crime, Poverty, Unemployment, and Gun & Gang Violence?

It is my belief that the problems of Crime, Gun and Gang Violence, are a direct result of Poverty and Unemployment. We have made efforts to launch projects such as the Brooklyn East Anti-Violence Initiative and create partnerships with the Hip-Hop Summit Youth Council to provide Training and Employment programs, which provide real job opportunities for residents. These initiatives work hand in hand with all stakeholders to promote resident owned business development, and concrete opportunities for alternatives to criminal activities, that are a direct result of unemployment.

  1. How are relations with NYPD and what can be done to improve them?

As the co-creator of the Safety and Security Task force, a partnership with the NYCHA residents, NYPD and City Agencies, we proactively have worked to address and improve the relationships between Law enforcement and Public Housing residents. The efforts resulted in the changing of the NYPD Housing Patrol Guide, and established an ongoing effort to meet regularly to improve communications and active initiatives between the police and the community. The efforts have a long way to go.

  1. Let’s talk about the Political Power in NYCHA and the role residents can play in the upcoming Presidential Elections?

I launched the “Vote 4 New Hope” and “Power in Public Housing” initiatives with The Hip-Hop Summit Youth Council in 2008, to organize the more than 200,000 registered voters in Public Housing in NYC to be the deciding vote in Local, State and Federal Elections. According to a Daily News article the Public Housing vote had a very high turn out in New York and did play a role in electing President Obama to the White House. We have proven to be an effective voice as we quietly elected key politicians to office, which is evidenced by the recent investments of millions of dollars in Public Housing by State and City Governments. I hope that we can again use the “VOTE FOR NEW HOPE” power and influence as a strategy in the 2016 Presidential elections and organize with the Music Industry to be the deciding vote in the 2016 elections. We have the votes to do it. We just need to get mobilized and take over the political arena as the youth and entertainment industry has done in the past.

  1. Why are there so many youth and young adults killing each other in Brooklyn and throughout the city?  What can we do about it?

I have no real answer to this. It is my belief that this country’s culture of violence, war and conflict can be researched and blamed for some of this, and the continued mass killings and police killings, everywhere, are all related. I believe that until we realize this is a national problem, with a need for real comprehensive solutions, the violence will continue to destroy our youth and communities.

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Sharieff “The Fitness Sheriff” stands in front of the 7 E’s 4 Power banner holding vitaminwater.
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Sharieff “The Fitness Sheriff” looking buff holding vitaminwater.
  1. Give me your thoughts about today’s event? 

This event was a total success and achieved the objective of bringing people together to celebrate and honor life and be “Reunited With Family and Friends.”

  1. Any special shout outs for your Family Day supporters? 

Special Shout Out to Power 105.1 and vitaminwater, The Seth Low Houses Board Members, the NYCHA Staff, Hip-Hop Summit Youth Council, the Source Magazine, and the Seth Low Houses Family.

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Charles Fisher and Randy Fisher stand by the cases of vitaminwater.
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Sharieff “The Fitness Sheriff” works out with 2 cases of vitaminwater; why don’t you try it?
  1. As you well know we are pushing to get more sponsors involved with NYCHA, this year we have Power 105.1 and vitaminwater, give me your thoughts?

The NYCHA communities generate and spend millions in purchases and it is about time that those corporations give something back to the community and we would like to thank Power 105.1 for being in the forefront of these activities and we look forward to working with the Hip-Hop Summit Youth Council, the station, and their sponsors in the future.

  1. Give me your thoughts about your ongoing plan to make NYCHA a better place for all residents citywide?

I believe and vision using the economic and political power of NYCHA Communities residents to restore the infrastructure of the facilities and be a force for restoring the ladder of economic and social opportunities that NYCHA is intended to be for years to come.

MEANING OF FAMILY DAY AT NYCHA

Click Link- http://sourcemag.co/2015/07/16/nycha-and-hip-hop-summit-youth-council-celebrate-family-day-with-moynihan-report

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Charles Fisher and Sharieff “The Fitness Sheriff” hold up the banner and vitaminwater with a resident of Seth Low Houses wearing a Worthy Lifestyle shirt and hat.

 

ABOUT THE MOYNIHAN REPORT AND BLACK FAMILY

The Negro Family: The Case For National Action (the 1965 Moynihan Report) was written by Assistant Secretary of Labor Daniel Patrick Moynihan, a sociologist and later U.S. Senator. It focused on the deep roots of black poverty in America and concluded controversially that the relative absence of nuclear families (those having both a father and mother present) would greatly hinder further progress toward economic and political equality.

Moynihan argued that the rise in single-mother families was not due to a lack of jobs but rather to a destructive vein in ghetto culture that could be traced back to slavery and Jim Crow discrimination. Though black sociologist E. Franklin Frazier had already introduced the idea in the 1930s, Moynihan’s argument defied conventional social-science wisdom. As he wrote later, “The work began in the most orthodox setting, the U.S. Department of Labor, to establish at some level of statistical conciseness what ‘everyone knew’: that economic conditions determine social conditions. Whereupon, it turned out that what everyone knew was evidently not so.”

LINK TO THE FULL REPORT: http://web.stanford.edu/~mrosenfe/Moynihan’s%20The%20Negro%20Family.pdf

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50 Cent and Sharieff “the Fitness Sheriff.”

To lose Weight and Stay in Shape hit Sharieff “The Fitness Sheriff” up at xreaf@aol.com.

For info on Family Day, the VOTE 4 NEW HOPE Project, the Power in Public Housing initiative,  and/or NYCHA initiatives hit us up at: RandyKFisher@gmail.com.

Posted by Charles Fisher and Randy Fisher (Twitter / FB / Instagram @HHSYC).

Police, Artists, Elected Officials And The Community Unite For National Night Out Against Crime

103PCT. COMMUNITY COUNCIL, THE HIP-HOP SUMMIT YOUTH COUNCIL, POWER 105.1 RADIO, THE SOURCE MAGAZINE, METROPCS, RAVEPCS, vitaminwater, AND 50 CENT JOIN FORCES TO STOP THE VIOLENCE

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Anand Cyril, Charles Fisher, 103 Pct. DI Capelmann, former 103 Pc.t Community Council President Donna Clopton, Randy Fisher, Det. Ricky Lowe.

Shootings and murders have now become a common occurrence in America as most of us have become desensitized to violence.  After years of a decline in violent crimes in several major U.S. cities has spiked during the first half of this year.  The number of murders in 2015 jumped by 33% or more in Baltimore, New Orleans and St. Louis.  Meanwhile in Chicago, the nation’s third-largest city, the homicide toll climbed 19% and the number of shooting incidents increased by 21% during the first half of the year.  The increased violence is disproportionately impacting poor Black and Latino neighborhoods.  Criminologists note that the surge in murders in many big American cities came after 20 years of decline.  Homicide rates peaked in the late 1980’s and early 1990’s as crack-cocaine wreaked havoc on many urban areas.  In NYC more than 2,200 murders were counted in 1993.

To address the increase in crime, 2015 marks the 32nd Annual National Night Out Against Crime initiative (NNO).  In 2014, 38.1 million people participated in a host of events which included citizens, law enforcement agencies, community groups, businesses, youth organizations and local, state, and federal officials from 16,540 communities from all 50 states, U.S. territories, Canadian cities and military bases.

As the work continues to improve public safety the Hip-Hop Summit Youth Council (HHSYC) with their Hip-Hop Against Gun & Gang Violence project partnered with the NYPD to promote the National Night Out Against Crime initiative to: help improve relations between the Community and Police; get more young people involved with the 32 year old Crime Prevention Project; create new ideas to reduce gun and gang violence while empowering local communities.  This year the Hip-Hop Against Gun & Gang Violence Campaign received an Inspirational Message from President Obama, along with Proclamations and Resolutions from a host of elected officials including: NYS Governor Cuomo, NYS Senate & Assembly, NYC Mayor de Blasio, NYC Council, Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano and Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone, who all recognized the outstanding work of the initiative.  This kicked off 105 events over 105 days with Power 105.1 radio, 50 Cent, the Source Magazine, “The Shark” Daymond John, metroPCS, ravePCS, vitaminwater and a host of other sponsors who are all committed to improve public safety.

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Charles Fisher, Council Members Wills, Miller, Weprin, Randy Fisher.

To achieve their goals the HHSYC created the Night Out Against Crime Talent Search, which offered young participants many ways to win prizes using their talent, skills and/or just attending a National Night Out event in their community in support of their local precinct.  The Kings Park event with the 103rd Pct. Community Council in Jamaica, Queens was a major success as many young people for the first time saw police officers as regular citizens going the extra mile to promote a day of fun, food, music, a Karate Demonstration, Bouncers, Face Painting, Award Presentations and Health Vendors.  There were greetings, Award Presentations and announcements from a host of elected officials including: Queens Borough President Melinda Katz, City Council Members Ruben Wills; Daneek Miller and Saul Weprin .  

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Youth participants holding vitaminwater.
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Youth participants holding vitaminwater.

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We want to give a big shout out to vitaminwater for supporting this anti-crime event, as well as their gracious contribution of mouth-watering juices and thirst quenching water.  It is important for corporations to get involved with events that can help stop the violence and improve relations between the community and law enforcement agencies and we applaud vitaminwater for taking the lead and being socially responsible in this area.  One thing that can be said about vitaminwater and 50 cent is that they are always in the ‘hood supporting local events that have an impact on the quality of life in the community.  There is a real need for more artist and companies that are committed to public safety and empowering local communities because the government can not do it alone, as you can see by the rise in crime and violence.

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Said Detective Ricky Lowe, Community Affairs of the 103rd Pct. “I want to thank the Hip-Hop Summit Youth Council, Power 105.1 and vitaminwater for the juices and the water which really helped make our event a success.”

Said 50 Cent “Queens is where I was raised so you know I’m gonna go all out to do anything to stop the violence and encourage young people to step up their game to keep the peace and protect their ‘hood.”

We really appreciate the support we received from vitaminwater and all the other vendors and supporters.  I’m looking forward to working with the Hip-Hop Summit Youth Council, Power 105.1 and vitaminwater on other projects that address public safety, police/community relations and youth empowerment,” ended Deputy Inspector John G. Cappelmann.

Said Donna Clopton, former President of the 103rd Pct. Community Council, “Yes this is my last year, I’m moving on.  But I do want to thank Charles and Randy Fisher for all their support with vitaminwater and Power 105.1.  Their efforts to engage the young citizens and increase our youth attendance was definitely a success and we look forward to helping them expand on their Night Out Against Crime Talent Search Initiative next year.”

ABOUT THE NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF TOWN WATCH

National Association of Town Watch (NATW) is the nation’s premiere non-profit crime prevention organization dedicated to the development and promotion of crime prevention in communities across the nation.  The agency is a network of law enforcement agencies, neighborhood watch groups, civic groups, state and regional crime prevention associations and concerned citizens. Through that network, NATW was able to launch the annual National Night Out campaign.  National Night Out is an annual community-building campaign that promotes police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie to make our neighborhoods safer, better places to live. Neighborhoods across the nation host block parties, festivals, parades, cookouts and other various community events with safety demonstrations, seminars, youth events, visits from emergency personnel and exhibits.  Together, we are making that happen.

For more information on the NYPD or National Night Out hit us up at RandyKFisher@gmail.com.

Posted by Charles Fisher and Randy Fisher (Twitter / Instagram / Facebook @HHSYC).

Council Member Rosenthal And Yankees Manager Joe Girardi Team Up To End Hunger

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Wednesday, August 5, 2015
Contact:
Brenda Beltram, American Dairy Association: (office) 973/857-1049 or 315/491-3318 (mobile)
***MEDIA ALERT***
***PHOTO OPPORTUNITY***
NEW YORK YANKEES MANAGER JOE GIRARDI
& CITY COUNCIL MEMBERS HELEN ROSENTHAL & MARK LEVINE
TEAM UP TO END HUNGER IN NYC 

WHO:
New York Yankees Manager Joe Girardi
City Council Members Helen Rosenthal & Mark Levine
NYC Parks Department First Deputy Commissioner Liam Kanvanagh
New York Coalition Against Hunger Director Joel Berg
NYC Department of Education Deputy Chancellor Elizabeth Rose
Share Our Strength, Megan Cryan
The American Dairy Association & Dairy Council

Joe Girardi

WHAT:
Joe Girardi, Helen Rosenthal and Mark Levine will join local advocates to promote the City’s FREE Summer Meals Program.  Although school is out, FREE meals are available all summer long at hundreds of sites all over NYC including schools, parks, pools and libraries.  To reward kids for participating in Summer Meals and eating healthy, a drawing will be held for Yankees game tickets and merchandise.

The City’s Free Summer Meals Program is available to all children and teens ages 18 and under, no registration or ID is required.  Kids simply show up and receive a free, healthy meal. The program offers breakfast and lunch from June 27 through September 4, 2015, every week day, though some locations also offer meals on Saturdays and Sundays. Breakfast is served from 8:00 AM to 9:15 AM, and lunch is served from 11:00 AM to 1:15 PM.

WHEN:
Thursday, August 6, 2015
Noon – 1 pm

WHERE:  
Lasker Pool
110 Malcolm X Blvd, New York, NY 10026

WHY:
Summer should be a carefree time for kids, but for thousands of NYC children the summer months are a time of stress and anxiety. As schools let out for summer vacation, the school meals many children rely on also come to an end. As a result, thousands of NYC children will be at risk of hunger and many families will struggle to keep enough food on the table.

Meals are provided by the Department of Education and made available at sites like schools, pools, parks, libraries and even mobile trucks ensuring kids have access to the nutrition they need to grow and thrive while school is out.

To find summer meal sites, residents can:
Visit www.schoolfoodnyc.org
Dial the City’s information line at 311
Text: NYCMEALS to 877-877

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For more info on Council Member Rosenthal or other Politicians hit us up at RandyKFisher@gmail.com.

Posted by Charles Fisher and Randy Fisher (Twitter / Instagram / Facebook @HHSYC).

Hillary Clinton’s “A Young Black Man In A Hoodie Still Evokes A Twinge Of Fear” Comment Causes Stir

Ex-First Lady Hilary Clinton has sparked the conversation of White privilege and fear of Black men after her recent speech

Democratic presidential candidate and former First Lady Hillary Clinton has caused quite a stir, after talking about “systemic racism” during a speech at Columbia University on Thursday. During her speech she stated,

Let’s be honest, for a lot of well-meaning, open-minded white people, the sight of a young black man in a hoodie still evokes a twinge of fear.”

This is her strategy to get Black voters by sparking a conversation about how Whites fear of Blacks in general must be addressed, but she may lose some votes due to the sensitive racism issue she is addressing.

-Infinite Wiz(@InfiniteWiz)

News From Council Member Helen Rosenthal (July 17)

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Dear Neighbors,

 

District News

 

On Monday the M86 crosstown bus got an upgrade; it now has Select Bus Service and will be up to 20% faster! The bus still costs the same and has all of the same stops, but now you pay while you wait for the bus to arrive using the machines on the sidewalk (as you can see me doing here). Passengers will load the bus using every door, and buses will be able to move from stop to stop much faster. For the next two weeks, there will be people in orange vests stationed at every stop to explain the new system.

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Council Member purchases MTA bus ticket.

Recently rent-regulated tenants had a huge victory: the Rent Guidelines Board made history by freezing rents for rent-regulated tenants with one-year leases, and voting for a 2% increase on two-year leases. I am very grateful to tenant advocates for the leadership in calling for a rent freeze, and to the Rent Guidelines Board for their vote. (Rent-controlled tenants, on the other hand, continue to have a 7.5% rent increase each year. You can learn more about it from this piece in DNA Info, which features some Upper West Siders.)

Monday, June 29th marked the first day of a car-free Central Park north of 72nd street! I am proud to have been a part of this long effort that makes bicyclists and pedestrians safer, and I will continue to work towards a fully car-free Central Park. Learn more from CBS 2 News and Streetfilms.

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This Sunday, July 19 is NYC Triathlon in the Hudson River and along the West Side Highway. Between 5am-2pm on Sunday, the DOT will close the following roads:
Manhattan

  • Henry Hudson Parkway (Northbound) between West 57th Street and the Henry Hudson Bridge
  • West 72nd Street between Riverside Drive and Central Park West
  • West 79st Street between Riverside Drive and Traffic Circle (Near West Side Highway)

Bronx

  • Henry Hudson Parkway (Northbound) between the Henry Hudson Bridge and the Mosholu Parkway
  • Mosholu Parkway (Eastbound) between Henry Hudson Parkway and West Gun Hill Road

The MTA does not expect the event to detour the M7, M11 or M104.
FREE summer meals are available for anyone under 18 years old at participating community schools, pools, parks, libraries and NYCHA locations. You do not need an ID, registration, or documentation to eat your free meal. View the flyer or visit the website to find locations near you.

Funding for the Upper West Side
I am happy to designate both capital and expense funding to our local public schools, parks, public housing, and social programs. Summaries are below, but you can see an itemized list of all my allocations on my website. (The capital funding list is posted, and the expense funding list is coming soon).

CAPITAL FUNDING (bricks and mortar)

$2.45M for schools, including playground renovations for P.S. 75, a science center for P.S. 199, gym and library upgrades at John Jay College, and computer lab and technology upgrades for several schools.

$1.05M for NYCHA, including a senior center renovation at Harborview Terrace, security cameras at Wise Rehab, and an age-friendly lobby at Amsterdam Houses.

$900K for parks and transit, including repairs to the path around the Crab Apple Grove in Riverside Park, safety measures for pedestrians and bicyclists along the Hudson River Greenway, and crosstown bus countdown clocks.

I also allocated money to support Symphony Space, the Vivian Beaumont Theatre, and the City Parks Foundation to refurbish SummerStage.
EXPENSE FUNDING (people and projects)

$300K for youth arts, education, and afterschool programs, including digital literacy programming, guidance for applying to college, tutoring, tennis, and basketball.

$150K for senior programs, including physical fitness classes, free concerts, and social workers.

$75K for anti-poverty programs, including food pantries, legal services, tenant support, and my office’s monthly housing clinics.
This year the Council’s Clean Streets Initiative received additional funding, so the DOE fund can serve more routes in the neighborhood. If you have ideas for streets that need cleaning, let me know at Helen@HelenRosenthal.com.

The Council funded my Student Voter Registration Day initiative, which will bring a day of civic education and voter registration to high schools in every Council district. Our City and State have some of the lowest voter turnout rates nationwide, and this initiative gives students the opportunity to understand the impact they can make through civic participation — both in and out of the voting booth.
I’m delighted to report that my strong support for the American Museum of Natural History’s new science education center resulted in substantial funding for construction: $16M from the City Council. As design and construction progresses, I expect the Museum to have an open dialogue with the community.

I am a member of the City Council’s small Budget Negotiating Team (BNT) responsible for identifying funding priorities for the Council. We learn about funding shortfalls and the need for additional city services during three months of intense budget hearings. The BNT depends on our strong Council financial staff and input from our colleagues to shape and advocate for our priorities. This year our focus was on libraries, senior services, public schools, legal services for tenants, and additional police. We were successful in all of these areas. One of our goals was to advocate for an equal amount of funding for youth year-round and summer job programs as there would be for additional police officers. Ultimately we achieved an increase of nearly $40 million for youth jobs, and we will continue to advocate for increased job opportunities for young people.

Warmly,

Council Member Helen Rosenthal, 6th District

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For more info on Council Member Rosenthal or other politicians hit us up at RandyKFisher@gmail.com.

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Mangano And Acting Da Singas Step Up The Fight On Heroin

Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano, Acting DA Madeline Singas And The Heroin Prevention Task Force, Chaired By ADA Feichter, Continue  To Fight The War On Substance Abuse With Great Results

A New Youth Committee Has Been Created To Improve Communications Between The Youth And Young Adult Population In An Effort To Reduce Drug Abuse And Save Young Lives

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Nassau County Assistant DA Rene Fiechter
In an effort to address Substance Abuse in Nassau County the Nassau County Heroin Task Force has created a “Youth Committee” to be Chaired by Charles Fisher and Randy Fisher of the Hip-Hop Summit Youth Council (HHSYC.org).  The purpose of the committee is to get more young people involved with the Task Force so we can work as a team to better address the War on Drugs.  To Win the War we must make every effort to bridge the communication and information gap between our youth and adult population so we can put an end to a problem that has devastated communities throughout the country.  By working with the youth we can get a better handle on what is “Hot on the Block” and what resources they need to stay focused on their goals and out of the criminal justice system.
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Our youth need to know that if they or a Friend/Relative have a Drug Problem, there is a lot of trustworthy help available to help them get through a very difficult period in their life.  This committee will create and represent an entity of trust with a mission to bond and earn the trust of the young residents of Nassau County because we all care about their safety, growth and development.
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Below is information on the Task Force for anyone looking for help, services and/or treatment.
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If you are 21 and under and want to join us in the Fight and be a part of a new movement to Save careers and lives hit us up at: RandyKFisher@gmail.com.

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KKK Propaganda Distributed In South Carolina After Flag Removed From Capital

It has been reported the distribution of Ku Klux Klan flyers in a predominately Black neighborhood in North Charleston occurred last week

Residents in the Dorchester Waylyn community of North Charleston, SC have been spotting KKK flyers around their neighborhood starting last week. The flyer claims to have been put out by the Traditionalist American Knights of the Ku Klux Klan and reads:

You can sleep tonight knowing the Klan is awake.”

It then promotes the website and a hotline to call for further information and an option to apply. This type of racist propaganda comes after the Confederate flag was taken down from the Statehouse lawn and some groups are now expressing their alternative agenda. It has been reported that a Ku Klux Klan protest will take place this Saturday in front of the SC Statehouse building protesting the flags’ removal.

Hate and racism are ideologies that can’t necessarily be changed when embedded in the culture and minds of a group; however, this type of thinking should not be tolerated when the human rights of people have been continuously violated.

-Infinite Wiz(@InfiniteWiz)