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The Baltimore Sun: "Environmental groups praise cap-and-trade pact on greenhouse gas, but seek wider scope, equity"

09/28/2017

The Baltimore Sun: "Environmental groups praise cap-and-trade pact on greenhouse gas, but seek wider scope, equity"

...Sheryl Musgrove, an attorney with the Pace Energy and Climate Center at Pace University in White Plains, N.Y., gave an example of two power facilities in the Sunset Park community of Brooklyn. The plants aren’t big enough to face emissions caps under the existing program, she said, yet they still foul air in the diverse neighborhood.

The initiative’s emissions caps “have been extremely successful,” Musgrove said. “That’s a good start, but more needs to be done.”

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Westchester Magazine: "Could Westchester Be Home to the New Amazon HQ?"

09/27/2017

Westchester Magazine: "Could Westchester Be Home to the New Amazon HQ?"

...Many Westchester communities have been pushing revitalization initiatives in recent years, seeking to draw in a younger generation of permanent residents. Jonathan Hill, Dean of the Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems at Pace University pointed out that “Westchester County is a vibrant area for tech savvy young people, filled with educational institutions and employers ready to hire recent graduates.” Demand for cybersecurity professionals, he says, is rapidly growing: three times faster than the rest of IT specialties and twelve times the average national job market.

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Daily Voice: "Pace Joins Elected Officials, DREAMers For Immigration Discussion"

09/22/2017

Daily Voice: "Pace Joins Elected Officials, DREAMers For Immigration Discussion"

Pace University’s Elisabeth Haub School of Law recently hosted a round-table discussion on DACA and the DREAM Act, organized by Congresswoman Nita Lowey. Pace President Marvin Krislov was part of the panel with immigration advocates, legal experts and immigrants, including Pace student Lisdy Contreras Giron.

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FIOS1 News: "Rep. Nita Lowey hosts roundtable discussion on DREAM Act"

09/22/2017

FIOS1 News: "Rep. Nita Lowey hosts roundtable discussion on DREAM Act"

Pace President Marvin Krislov was part of a recent round-table discussion on DACA and the DREAM Act, hosted by Congresswoman Nita Lowey at Pace University’s Elisabeth Haub School of Law. The event was covered by FiOS1 News. Pace student Lisdy Contreras Giron was interviewed by FiOS1 after the event.

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The Lens:"Lawyer says Orleans Parish DA used a fake subpoena to pressure teenage molestation victim"

09/22/2017

The Lens:"Lawyer says Orleans Parish DA used a fake subpoena to pressure teenage molestation victim"

The Lens has uncovered two more cases in which the Orleans Parish District Attorney’s office appears to have given witnesses fake subpoenas — legally worthless documents apparently used for years to pressure people into talking to prosecutors.

In one case, a prosecutor delivered a fake subpoena to a teenage girl, the victim in an ongoing child molestation case, according to her lawyer.

After the lawyer told the DA’s office not to contact the girl directly, the prosecutor got a real subpoena and had it delivered to her at school. When the girl didn’t show for an interview, the prosecutor threatened to put her in jail.

The prosecutor in the case has said was he merely doing his job despite the victim’s refusal to cooperate. Her lawyer said his actions ended up victimizing the girl again.

“I think the prosecutor is engaging in unprofessional conduct,” said Bennett Gershman, a Pace University law professor and an expert in prosecutorial misconduct, “by using tactics that smack of heavy-handedness and harassment.”

The fake subpoenas ordered witnesses to meet privately with prosecutors. State law allows such meetings, but prosecutors must file a formal written motion saying why they need to talk to the witness, and a judge must approve it.

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NY1: "Fundraiser held in East Harlem to help hurricane victims"

09/22/2017

NY1: "Fundraiser held in East Harlem to help hurricane victims"

A fundraiser was held in East Harlem Thursday to help the hurricane victims.

The event at the Julia de Burgos Art Center included music and dance performances and an art auction.

Organizers say the fundraiser is meant not only to help the victims, but the people here concerned for their loved ones.

"It's a sad time right now. There's a lot of people that don't know where their families are and they're not communicating. So we want to be there to support our people in Puerto Rico, but we also want to be able to support one another here," said Adrian Roman, co-founder of "Defend Puerto Rico."

"I'm here to support my people and to help. Especially, this particular event really resonates with me and what we need to be doing in Puerto Rico because it's targeting communities that need it the most," said Aileen Cardona, professor of Latin studies at Pace University.

The director of the center says they will be collecting food, medicine and other donations from October 6 to October 10.

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Lowey Hosts DACA, DREAM Act Roundtable Discussion with DREAMers, Advocates, Legal Experts

09/18/2017

Lowey Hosts DACA, DREAM Act Roundtable Discussion with DREAMers, Advocates, Legal Experts

Participants discuss Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program and call for Enactment of DREAM Act.

WHITE PLAINS, NY – Congresswoman Nita Lowey (D-NY17/Rockland-Westchester today hosted a roundtable discussion with DREAMers, immigration advocates, legal experts, and Pace University’s president on the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program and the urgent need to enact the DREAM Act.

Joining Congresswoman Lowey were Marvin Krislov, President of Pace University; Lisdy Contreras-Giron, a Pace Pleasantville undergraduate and DREAMer; Carola Otero Bracco, Executive Director of Neighbors Link; Karin Anderson Ponzer, Director of Neighbors Link Community Law Practice; Andrea Alarcon, a DACA recipient and Manager of Operations and Community Development at Neighbors Link; Jessica Young, Immigration Law Attorney at Westchester Hispanic Coalition; Vanessa Merton, Professor of Law and Faculty Supervisor at the Immigration Justice Clinic and the Elisabeth Haub School of Law at Pace University; Tom McDonnell, Professor of Law at the Immigration Justice Clinic at the Elisabeth Haub School of Law at Pace University; Miguel Sanchez Robles, Assistant Clinic Administrator at the Immigration Justice Clinic at the Elisabeth Haub School of Law at Pace University; and Alyson Spindell, Director of Community Engagement at the Office of New York State Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman.

“President Trump’s callous decision to end DACA is immoral and wrong,” said Congresswoman Lowey. “DREAMers like Lisdy and Andrea who were brought to the United States as children, are Americans in the eyes of their communities. They grow up alongside of us, pledge allegiance to our flag, have graduated from school with us or served in the military, pay billions in taxes, and contribute to our economic growth and competitiveness. DREAMers are us. The DREAM Act, to give DREAMers a path to citizenship, would pass if brought to the House floor, and Republican leadership should stop blocking it.”

“I firmly believe in the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program as a path to education for immigrants,” said Pace University President Marvin Krislov. “The program has served Pace, our community, and our country well. During my time at Pace I have already met impressive and highly motivated students, making amazing contributions to the community, who have benefited from DACA. Let’s continue to protect these students and let them focus on achieving their dreams. I hope that Congress and the President can find a way forward that is inclusive and beneficial for all.”

“With me choosing to come out it's because I am proud,” said Pace University student and DREAMer Lisdy Contreras-Giron. “I’m proud of the decision that my parents made. I am proud of the jobs they hold to sustain my family, and I’m proud of who I am. Being a ‘DREAMer’ as we are identified, is not just being a ‘DREAMer.’ We are your neighbors, we are peers, we are your classmates, we are your children’s babysitters, your nurses. We are individuals who surround you in different aspects of you each and every day. For me it’s being my parents sacrifices, it’s being my parents struggle, a reflection of my parents work ethic, being my struggles, my sacrifices, my work ethic and my successes. I am the resilience that I’ve built through the hardships and adversity. Everything that I am is because of that. I would never be ashamed to say I am undocumented, and I’m currently a DACA recipient because it has made me who I am. I am proud of who I am.”

“DACA rescission was a foolish and terrible decision,” said Pace University law professor Vanessa Merton. “Forcing the most educated and fully integrated of our immigrant communities back into the shadows makes no sense.  Reaching across the Congressional aisle to formulate a simple, clear pathway to status for the DACA generation is smart and right, not only for them and their families and friends, but for their employers and our economy, which desperately needs younger, bilingual and multicultural workers with education or military service.  As a teacher and employer of DACA recipients, I can tell you that they are among the brightest, quickest, most resourceful, most resilient, most entrepreneurial, and most adaptable members of our society, and the efficiency and productivity of our institutions will suffer tremendously if we can no longer consider them for appropriate positions.  Where is the competitive American spirit? Why would we ever not want the very best available people to contribute to our country?”

“Neighbors Link is not completely surprised by the decision of the Department of Justice at the request of President Trump to cease and desist the program known as Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival,” said Carola Otero Bracco, Executive Director of Neighbors Link. “Data shows that those who have applied for DACA know no other country as their home but the United States due to their age when they arrived.  Data also shows that DACA recipients are either working or in school - either way contributing to their communities and the economy. If these are not the values and activities that we believe in as a country, then what are?  We are not surprised, but we are no less heartbroken with this irrational, illogical and indefensible decision by this administration. We are also even more determined to support and defend the rights of the almost 800,000 individuals who proudly call themselves DACAmented Americans.”

On September 5, 2017, the Trump Administration announced its decision to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, an Obama-era program that protects some 800,000 young, undocumented immigrants, who were brought to the United States as children, from deportation. An estimated 41,970 people in New York are DACA recipients.

The DREAM Act (H.R. 3440) would protect these young immigrants, known as DREAMers, from deportation and give them a path to citizenship. Congresswoman Lowey is a cosponsor of the legislation.

Following the Administration’s announcement on DACA, fifteen states, including New York, and the District of Columbia, filed a lawsuit challenging President Trump’s decision to end the program. Additionally, Pace University President Krislov issued a statement in support of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program on behalf of the university. During a “Campus Conversation on DACA” at the university on September 12, Ms. Contreras-Giron announced her status as a DREAMer to the campus community.

Click here for additional photos from the roundtable. Audio of Congresswoman Lowey’s statement is available here.

 

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Westfair: "Pace University to host business-focused cybersecurity conference"

09/15/2017

Pace University to host business-focused cybersecurity conference

Pace University and The Business Council of Westchester will host a conference on cybersecurity in business in October, featuring the Manhattan district attorney, a former top tier National Security Agency administrator and a number of professionals in the private sector.

The conference, titled “Cyberstorm: Cybersecurity in Business,” will be held at Pace’s Pleasantville campus from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Oct. 6. The conference includes breakfast and lunch keynotes, panels, breakout sessions and networking opportunities.

Speakers will cover a range topics focused on cybercrime and cybersecurity in business and government.

Registration and tickets are available here. Tickets are $75 before Sept. 15 and $105 after.

The lunchtime keynote will be given by Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. The breakfast keynote comes from Timothy T. Lunderman, senior cybersecurity administrator for World Wide Technology and former top tier administrator for the NSA.

Other panelists include:

• Marene Allison, vice president and chief information security, Johnson & Johnson;

• Venkata Ramdas Avasarala, head of cybersecurity sales, North America at Tata Consultancy Services;

• Nicholas Donofrio, IBM fellow emeritus and retired IBM executive vice president, innovation and technology;

• Bill Moylan, senior director, cyber investigations at Kroll Cyber Security LLC;

• Alexander N.M. Niejelow, senior vice president, cybersecurity coordination and advocacy at MasterCard;

• Yigal Rechtman, managing member, Rechtman CPA PLLC; and

• Josh Stabiner, chief information security officer and head of technology infrastructure at Pine River Capital Management LP.

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Rawstory: "Mueller may have to grant Trump immunity – but could still prosecute him: law professor"

09/15/2017

Rawstory: "Mueller may have to grant Trump immunity – but could still prosecute him: law professor"

Pace University professor of law and author Bennett Gershman said in an essay published at The Daily Beast on Sunday that Special Counsel Robert Mueller may have to grant President Donald Trump immunity in order to compel his testimony before a grand jury.

However, Gershman explained, the president would not be immune from any charges at all in the multiple federal investigations against him, just those resulting or arising from his testimony.

While the Mueller investigation has been largely resistant to leaks thus far, it’s clear that at least one grand jury has been empaneled, which Gershman called “a significant development by itself; prosecutors don’t ordinarily convene grand juries unless there is a compelling reason to do so.”

And while we know some of the broad outlines of the inquiries into Trump’s connections to Russia, his byzantine tangle of financial connections to Russian banks, criminals and wealthy oligarchs, we do not know which individuals have been granted immunity, who is cooperating with the prosecution and how many people have been questioned by federal investigators.

“But clearly the most critical witness of all, and a likely target of the investigation, is Trump himself. As the grand jury investigation accelerates, and it focuses on Trump’s role, he will almost certainly be subpoenaed, and his testimony demanded,” Gershman said.

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CIO: "When to kill (and when to recover) a failed project"

09/14/2017

CIO: "When to kill (and when to recover) a failed project"

...Michael Coakley, CIO of the City of White Plains, New York, and an adjunct computer science professor at Pace University, says that personal experience has shown him that customer relationship management (CRM) implementations tend to be the most risky projects. "Those systems are only as good as the data that goes into them and sales people and sales managers may not be so forthcoming with that information, fearing it takes away their competitive advantage," he observes.

Coakley observes that enterprise resource planning (ERP) initiatives are another potential minefield since, in most cases, both old and new systems will have concurrently during what might become a lengthy transition period. "That can put a lot of strain on all the players involved," he says.

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