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David Yassky Named Dean of Pace Law School

02/26/2014

David Yassky Named Dean of Pace Law School

White Plains, NY -- February 26, 2014 – Pace University has appointed David Yassky dean of Pace Law School, effective April 1, 2014. He succeeds Michelle S. Simon, who served as dean for the past seven years and will return as a full-time faculty member.

“I am delighted with David’s appointment as the new dean of Pace Law School,” said Pace University president Stephen J. Friedman. “His enthusiasm, judgment, leadership and management skills make him the right person to lead the Law School to new heights.”

Friedman also said, “I am very grateful to Michelle Simon for her leadership as dean these past seven years. She has skillfully managed Pace Law School with intelligence and grace. Under her guidance the Law School remains a great source of pride for all of us.”

A graduate of Yale Law School and Princeton University, Yassky most recently served for four years in the Bloomberg administration as Chair of the New York City Taxi and Limousine Commission. Yassky is credited with implementing a number of initiatives to improve service for taxi passengers, raise living standards for taxi drivers, and streamline the TLC’s administrative operations. Yassky also served for eight years in the New York City Council, representing the neighborhoods of Brooklyn Heights, Park Slope, Greenpoint and Williamsburg. He sponsored innovative legislation establishing new penalties for firearms trafficking, authorizing whistleblower suits against fraudulent City contractors, creating zoning incentives for affordable housing, establishing tax credits for film and TV production, and promoting the use of fuel-efficient hybrid cars as taxicabs.

Before election to the Council, Yassky had a distinguished legal career in government service, private practice and academia. In the 1990s, Yassky served under then-Representative Chuck Schumer as Chief Counsel to the House Subcommittee on Crime, helping to enact the Brady Law, the Assault Weapons Ban and the Violence Against Women Act, and practiced law representing major corporations and financial institutions on acquisitions and securities offerings.

In 1998, Yassky joined the faculty of Brooklyn Law School, specializing in administrative law and constitutional law.  His scholarship on the Bill of Rights has been published in leading law reviews and has been cited widely in academic journals and judicial opinions. He has also taught at NYU Law School, and has published more than 20 op-ed articles in New York daily newspapers.

“I am thrilled to be joining the Pace Law School team at this pivotal moment in legal education,” Yassky said.  “Under the leadership of Dean Simon and her predecessors, Pace has earned a deservedly strong reputation for producing excellent lawyers and first-rate scholarship. I look forward to helping the Law School continue to thrive in this rapidly changing environment.”

Yassky earned his A.B. at Princeton University, and his J.D. at Yale Law School, where he served as Articles Editor of the Yale Law Journal and was awarded the Potter Stewart Prize for best moot court argument.

About Pace University: Since 1906, Pace University has educated thinking professionals by providing high quality education for the professions on a firm base of liberal learning amid the advantages of the New York metropolitan area. A private university, Pace has campuses in New York City and Westchester County, New York, enrolling nearly 13,000 students in bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral programs in its Dyson College of Arts and Sciences, Lubin School of Business, College of Health Professions, School of Education, School of Law, and Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems. Visit www.pace.edu

Media contact:  Bill Caldwell, Pace, 212-346-1597, wcaldwell@pace.edu

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Pace University To Host Panel On Genetic Engineering In Agriculture

02/20/2014

Pace University To Host Panel On Genetic Engineering In Agriculture

 

PLEASANTVILLE, N.Y. --  The Pace Academy for Applied Environmental Studies and Sigma Xi Scientific Research Society will sponsor a panel discussion on genetic engineering in agriculture from noon to 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 26 at Pace University in Pleasantville.

The panel will address questions such as whether genetically modified foods are safe, whether they should be labeled and if they’re an answer to solving world hunger.

Panelists will include Shelley Boris, chef at the Garrison Institute in Garrison, N.Y. and longtime supporter of sustainable agriculture in the Hudson Valley, and Jason J. Czarnezki, Gilbert and Sarah Kerlin professor of environmental law at Pace Law School and author of the book “Everyday Environmentalism: Law, Nature and Individual Behavior.”

The panel will be moderated by Andrew Revkin, senior fellow for environmental understanding at the Pace Academy and Dot Earth blogger for The New York Times.

The event is free and open to the public. It will take place in the Butcher Suite at Pace’s Kessel Student Center, 861 Bedford Road, entrance 3 in Pleasantville. It will also be held on Google+ Hangouts.

For more information visit www.pace.edu/FoodYou.

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The Hill's Congress Blog: "A better healthcare system requires active participation by patients"

02/18/2014

The Hill's Congress Blog: "A better healthcare system requires active participation by patients"

 . . "As a nursing professor at Pace University’s College of Health Professions, I am studying the idea that patients need and want to take a more active role in decisions regarding their health," writes Marie Truglio-Londrigan, PhD, RN. "I am among a growing group of healthcare professionals that believe that this notion of 'shared decision-making' can ultimately improve the health of individuals and is in line with the goals of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act."

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Pace University Receives Financing To Renovate Pleasantville Campus

02/07/2014

Pace University Receives Financing To Renovate Pleasantville Campus

 

PLEASANTVILLE, N.Y. - Pace University received access to $98 million in tax-exempt bond financing for the renovation of its Pleasantville campus, the most extensive improvement plan in its 50-year history.

County Executive Robert P. Astorino announced Thursday that the county’s Local Development Corporation approved a resolution awarding the bond financing.

The project, which consolidates all aspects of the school’s Briarcliff campus to the Pleasantville campus, will help attract the brightest students from around the globe, revitalize the local economy and transform education in Westchester at no extra cost to taxpayers, the county said in its announcement. This project will create 600 high-wage construction jobs and strive to source building materials from local businesses.

“Pace’s renovation is exactly the kind of project the LDC was created to support,” said Westchester County Executive Robert P. Astorino. “It’s a win for everyone. At no cost to taxpayers, we’re able to help one of our great educational institutions broaden its reach and do what it does best.”

Pace is the county’s largest university and contributes approximately $64 million to the local economy through direct and indirect spending.  The county’s 13th largest employer, 75 percent of its employees and more than 20,000 of its alumni live in the county.

“This project will transform the Pace student experience. It will enable the University to continue to attract and retain excellent students and prepare them for successful careers in a highly competitive market,” said Bill McGrath, senior vice president and chief operating officer for Pace Westchester. “We could not have done this as quickly and at such a low cost without the Westchester LDC.”

The first stage of the project broke ground in the fall of 2013. Multiple components of the construction and renovation will happen concurrently and be completed by the end of 2016.

Before the LDC board voted to approve this signature project, McGrath shared the details of the plan:
• Construction of two, four-story residence halls with a total of 760 beds and approximately 221,00 square feet.
• The two buildings will incorporate “living learning” style communities with residential suites, faculty apartments, food service, classrooms and offices.
• Renovation of the Kessel Student Center with a two- story addition totaling approximately 9,500 square-feet to accommodate a 200 dining-seat capacity and associated kitchen upgrades.
• Upgrade and expansion of athletic facilities including a new 23,000 square-foot field house, a new softball field, new bleachers and re-surfaced fields.
• Relocation and enhancement of the Environmental Center.

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Astorino's LDC Supports Pace University with $98 Million in Low-Cost Financing for Upgrade Project

02/06/2014

Westchester County’s Local Development Corporation (LDC) approved a resolution that will give Pace access to $98 million in tax-exempt bond financing for the renovation of its Pleasantville campus.

ASTORINO’S LDC SUPPORTS PACE UNIVERSITY WITH $98 MILLION

IN LOW-COST FINANCING FOR UPGRADE PROJECT

Improvement plan will create 600 high-wage construction jobs, boost county’s ‘intellectual capital’

 

            County Executive Robert P. Astorino today announced that the county’s Local Development Corporation (LDC) approved a resolution that will give Pace University access to $98 million in tax-exempt bond financing for the renovation of its Pleasantville campus, the most extensive improvement plan in the 50-year history of the campus. The project, which consolidates all aspects of the school’s Briarcliff campus to the Pleasantville campus, will help attract the brightest students from around the globe, revitalize the local economy and transform education in Westchester at no extra cost to taxpayers. This project will create 600 high-wage construction jobs and strive to source building materials from local businesses.

            “Pace’s renovation is exactly the kind of project the LDC was created to support,” said Westchester County Executive Robert P. Astorino. “It’s a win for everyone. At no cost to taxpayers, we’re able to help one of our great educational institutions broaden its reach and do what it does best.”

Pace is the county’s largest university and contributes approximately $64 million to the local economy through direct and indirect spending.  The county’s 13th largest employer, 75 percent of its employees and more than 20,000 of its alumni live in the county.

“This project will transform the Pace student experience. It will enable the University to continue to attract and retain excellent students and prepare them for successful careers in a highly competitive market,” said Bill McGrath, senior vice president and chief operating officer for Pace Westchester. “We could not have done this as quickly and at such a low cost without the Westchester LDC.”

The first stage of the project broke ground in the fall of 2013. Multiple components of the construction and renovation will happen concurrently and be completed by the end of 2016.

Before the LDC board voted to approve this signature project, McGrath shared the details of the plan:

·         Construction of two, four-story residence halls with a total of 760 beds and approximately 221,00 square feet.

·         The two buildings will incorporate “living learning” style communities with residential suites, faculty apartments, food service, classrooms and offices.

·         Renovation of the Kessel Student Center with a two- story addition totaling approximately 9,500 square-feet to accommodate a 200 dining-seat capacity and associated kitchen upgrades.

·         Upgrade and expansion of athletic facilities including a new 23,000 square-foot field house, a new softball field, new bleachers and re-surfaced fields.

·         Relocation and enhancement of the Environmental Center.

Special notes about the project:

·         Kirchhoff Consigli Construction Management, a Hudson Valley based firm, was selected to manage the construction of the environmental center complex, the residence halls and student center.

·         The Pleasantville Project will strive to use building materials or products that have been extracted as well as manufactured, within 500 miles of the project site, and closer where possible, thereby supporting the regional economy and reducing the environmental impacts resulting from transportation.

 “Making an investment in our universities is making an investment in our future,” said LDC Chairman Stephen J. Hunt. “We are preparing our young people today for the jobs of tomorrow. This is exactly what government should be doing: partnering with our institutions to provide what our businesses need most and that’s intellectual capital.”

The board also voted to give Kendal on the Hudson, a continuing care retirement community in Sleepy Hollow, $18 million in tax-exempt bond financing to support the renovation of its health center.

With the Pace Pleasantville and Kendal on the Hudson projects, the LDC will have leveraged $429 million in investments to Westchester non-profits helping six of the county’s largest hospitals and universities reduce their financing costs, expand their facilities and create more than 1400 new jobs.  There is no financial risk to county taxpayers.

Astorino established the county LDC in April 2013 to fill a void that had existed since January 2008, when the state's Industrial Development Agencies, including Westchester's, lost the authority to issue bonds on behalf of non-profit organizations.

Created under the state's Not-For-Profit Corporation Law, the LDC consists of a board that reviews requests from non-profits seeking tax-free bonds and other financial incentives. The board consists of seven individuals, four of whom are appointed by the county executive, two from the Board of Legislators (one by the legislative majority conference, one by the legislative minority conference) and a representative from labor.

The LDC provides non-profits access to millions of dollars in low-cost, tax-exempt bonds for the financing of job-creating construction projects. There is no financial risk to the county. The obligation for repaying the debt rests solely with the non-profit organizations. The LDC acts as a conduit to enable the non-profits to receive tax exempt status.

Any non-profit organization looking to access the low-cost and tax-exempt project financing made available through the LDC should contact Jim Coleman, executive director of the LDC, at (914) 995-2963 or jcoleman@westchestergov.com.

 

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Pace Nursing Professor Wins Book Award

02/04/2014

Pace Nursing Professor Wins Book Award

 

PLEASANTVILLE, N.Y. - Harriet R. Feldman, Ph.D., R.N., F.A.A.N., dean and professor at the College of Health Professions and the Lienhard School of Nursing at Pace University, has received an American Journal of Nursing (AJN) Book of the Year Award for 2013.

Feldman’s book, “Teaching Evidence-Based Practice in Nursing, 2nd edition,” co-edited with Rona F. Levin, Ph.D., R.N., a former Pace professor currently affiliated with New York University, took second-place honors in the Nursing Education/Continuing Education category.
Professor Feldman is a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing as well as the New York Academy of Medicine, and past editor of the journals Nursing Leadership Forum and Scholarly Inquiry for Nursing Practice. She is also the author or editor of five books on nursing topics.

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Pace University Lecture To Commemorate Martin Luther King, Jr.

01/30/2014

Pace University Lecture To Commemorate Martin Luther King, Jr.

 

PLEASANTVILLE, N.Y. – Pace University will hold its 14th annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., commemoration from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 31.

The keynote speaker will be Carl Hart, Ph.D., an associate professor of psychology at Columbia University, who will address “How drug policies cause injustice.” Hart is the director of the Residential Studies and Methamphetamine Research Laboratories at the New York State Psychiatric Institute. A major focus of his research is to understand complex interactions between drug abuse and the physical and environmental factors that influence human behavior.
Hart is the author or co-author of dozens of peer-reviewed scientific articles in the area of neuropsychopharmacology, co-author of the textbook “Drugs, Society, and Human Behavior,” and a member of a National Institutes of Health review group. He was recently elected to Fellow status by the American Psychological Association (Division 28) for his outstanding contribution to the field of psychology, specifically psychopharmacology and substance abuse.
The event, which will begin with a brunch, is free and open to the public. In addition to a student speaker from Pace and other members of the Pace community, high school students from Mount Vernon and the Bronx are expected to attend. It will take place at the Kessel Student Center, Gottesman Room, 861 Bedford Road, entrance 3, in Pleasantville. Please RSVP toMADP@pace.edu.

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Pace University Welcomes Returning Students

01/27/2014

Pace University Welcomes Returning Students

 

PLEASANTVILLE, N.Y. – Pace University’s spring semester begins Monday, with the return of students and the resumption of classes.

Some 2,300 undergraduate students attend Pace’s Westchester campus in Pleasantville. Another 4,800 undergraduate students go to its New York City campus.
The Pleasantville location, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary this academic year, is home to five schools: the Dyson College of Arts and Sciences, the College of Health Professions, the Lubin School of Business, the Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems, and the School of Education.

Upcoming events this spring as part of the 50th anniversary celebration include a panel on Women in Leadership to celebrate Women’s History Month on March 27 and a lecture by renowned historian Kenneth Jackson, a Columbia University professor, on April 7. For more information on this semester’s public events go to www.pace.edu/plv50.

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Journal News: "Little progress seen on Tappan Zee Bridge tolls"

01/22/2014

Journal News: "Little progress seen on Tappan Zee Bridge tolls"

. . . Farrokh Hormozi, an economist and chairman of the public administration department at Pace University, said people need to remember that with the toll increase, they are getting a brand-new bridge.

“If you look at it rationally, it’s a no-brainer, in terms of transportation, accessibility, the amount of time-saving that would be generated because of a better bridge,” he said.

Read more:

http://www.lohud.com/article/20140119/NEWS/301190025/Little-progress-seen-Tappan-Zee-tolls

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Virginian-Pilot: "Andy Rondeau named head coach at Pace University"

01/17/2014

Virginian-Pilot: "Andy Rondeau named head coach at Pace University"

Former Old Dominion defensive coordinator Andy Rondeau, who helped the Monarchs begin their football program, has been named the head coach at Division II Pace University in Pleasantville, N.Y.

Read more: http://hamptonroads.com/2014/01/andy-rondeau-named-head-coach-pace-unive...

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