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The Ledger: "Lakeland Regional Health Medical Center policy keeps relatives in dark about Polk County Jail inmates’ condition"

10/09/2017

Lakeland Regional Health Medical Center policy keeps relatives in dark about Polk County Jail inmates’ condition (The Ledger)

Inmates are actually the only population group in the United States with a constitutional right to health care, said Kimberly Collica-Cox , an associate professor of criminal justice and security at Pace University in New York. That right was established by the U.S. Supreme Court in the 1976 case Estelle v. Gamble.

Courts have defined a prisoner’s “serious medical need” as one that is “so obvious that even a lay person would easily recognize the necessity of a doctor’s attention,” said Dr. Isaac Alexis, who was worked as a physician in prisons in Michigan and West Virginia.

“The states try to interpret what that adequacy entails, resulting in tens of thousands of lawsuits annually in this country,” Alexis said.

Collica-Cox said guidelines on how to provide medical care vary by state and even within states can vary by facility.

“Jails do monitor the health needs of inmates, and some do so better than others,” Collica-Cox said. “It is very similar to seeing a physician on the outside, where sometimes you receive quality medical care and other times, not so much.”

Jails and prisons can be held liable for medical neglect through the “medical indifference standard,” Collica-Cox said, meaning officials knew an inmate required medical attention but opted to ignore it. Deliberately disregarding signs of substantial risk to an ailing inmate would be a violation of the Eighth Amendment, which forbids the “unnecessary and wanton infliction of pain.”

Prisons generally provide a higher standard of medical care for inmates than jails do, said Bruce W. Cameron, a counselor in Texas and a retired federal prison official.

“Jail is a place where people come in and out and don’t really serve time,” Cameron said. “Therefore, the health-care system for a jail mirrors that process and is not as intense as it would be in a prison.”

Cameron said jails train their staffs to recognize certain symptoms of medical episodes, such as heart failure and stroke.

Although it might seem logical for jail officials to notify family members when an inmate is hospitalized, Collica-Cox said they face no legal obligation.

“There is no constitutional right to visitation, and even if there were, correctional facilities can restrict an inmate’s rights as long as the restrictions are based on a reasonable penological objective,” Collica-Cox said. “In this case, there could be concern for contraband and that could be enough to justify denial of a hospital visit. But since it is not a constitutional right, no formal justification is really needed.”

The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 – HIPAA – is another barrier, unless the inmate has signed a privacy-rule waiver allowing medical authorities to share information.

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LI News Radio: "Pace University’s Dr. David Caputo LIVE in L.I. in the A.M!"

10/05/2017

Pace University’s Dr. David Caputo LIVE in L.I. in the A.M! (LI News Radio)

Dr. David Caputo discusses Vegas shooting, gun control and President Trump.

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The Journal News: "Cybersecurity warriors needed to fend off hackers: View"

10/05/2017

Cybersecurity warriors needed to fend off hackers: View (The Journal News)

The deluge of bad news about the cyber war being fought over personally identifiable information rages as never before. The Equifax breach is just the latest example of a major corporate failure to secure millions of American consumer financial records — 143 million at last count. In addition to the exposure of Social Security numbers, birth dates, addresses, driver's license information and credit card numbers — everything a hacker needs to create financial fraud — the insurance losses are estimated at well over $100 million.

The Equifax hack joins the growing list of major corporate cyber break-ins that includes Yahoo!, LinkedIn, Target, Home Depot and Sony. Perhaps more alarming is that we are confronted by severe threats to our home computer systems and those of critical service providers like hospitals, utilities and government agencies, including the United States military. The Wannacry ransomware virus spread around the world in May, causing chaos in critical infrastructure facilities, such as hospitals, that are often most vulnerable to malware and cyber attacks. 

The health-care industry is embracing the digital age with electronic health care records and the digitization of other data and systems. But ransomware attacks on health-care organizations are expected to quadruple by 2020, which would make health-care the most targeted industry. 

Global ransomware damages are expected to exceed $5 billion this year, 15 times what it was two years ago. Many cybersecurity experts agree that cyber crime could cost the world $6 trillion per year in damages by 2021, double what it was in 2015.

While malware is often launched by criminal groups and nihilistic individuals around the world, it is increasingly clear that some cyber attacks are being coordinated at the nation-state level by military and shadow groups connected to government intelligence agencies. Many leading experts in military and cybersecurity circles believe that World War III will be a cyber war. Indeed, allegations of manipulation of the 2016 American presidential election has left many feeling that no system or event is safe. 

Cybersecurity threats have become big business. Spending on cybersecurity products and services increased to more than $80 billion in 2016, according to Gartner, the global research company, and is expected to exceed $1 trillion globally over the next five years. 

So how do we prepare for the future? Education. Higher education is invaluable when it does what it does best — add to the public discourse on intellectual areas critical to the future well-being of society.

Pace is designated as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education by the National Security Agency and Department of Homeland Security, and has long prepared cybersecurity professionals and helped to analyze risks and plan defenses for Westchester’s business and government sectors.

The information technology professional of today needs to be highly knowledgeable about protecting data, devices, infrastructure, apps and people. Rising demand has led to a critical shortage in the cybersecurity workforce. IDG reports that cybersecurity jobs are expected to triple with the proliferation of cyber crime, possibly reaching 3.5 million by 2021. 

Cybersecurity is a critical area for business success, and there is no greater threat to business than cyber vulnerability. Pace University is partnering with the Business Council of Westchester on a half-day conference called CyberStorm-Cybersecurity in Business: Emerging Threats & Innovative Solutions to take place Friday, Oct. 6, on Pace’s campus in Pleasantville.

The conference will feature cybersecurity leaders from industry, government and academia. Talks will focus on how we got into such a dangerous situation, the current state of the threat and how to protect homes and businesses. The conference will explore cybersecurity threats of the future and the tools and strategies that are being developed to stop them. 

The writer is dean of the Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems at Pace University.

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News12: "Pace program trains students how to be ‘cyberdefenders"

09/28/2017

News12: "Pace program trains students how to be ‘cyberdefenders"

Pace University is starting a groundbreaking program to train students how to be "cyber-defenders."

The Pace students are learning how to help defend businesses around the globe. They are learning that something as innocent as a picture can be transformed into a dangerous weapon for hackers.

“I truly feel the next war we have in the future is going to be online. It’s not going to be with soldiers and guns, it's going to be online,” says Vicente Gomez, a freshman in the program.

Jonathan Hill, the dean of the program, says one of the worst attacks would be something that could affect the power grid to the point where street lights wouldn't work, air conditioning wouldn’t work in homes, and people couldn’t take money out of ATMs.

He says that the technology for this not only exists today, it’s already being deployed.

Hill says right now the protections are not in place to defend American businesses, but with the right education and a solid cybersecurity protocol, people can fight back.

Hill will be teaching business owners how to do that at a CyberStorm conference on campus next week, where the message will be that no one is immune to cybercrimes. The conference on Oct. 6 is being co-organized by the Business Council of Westchester.

News 12 has been told that graduates of the Pace program have gone on to work for a long list of government agencies, from the NSA to Homeland Security.

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CBS New York: "New Questions About Teen Suspect Accused Of Shooting Yonkers Police Officer"

09/28/2017

CBS New York: "New Questions About Teen Suspect Accused Of Shooting Yonkers Police Officer"

...Pace University law professor Bennett Gershman told Conybeare judges have to weigh the defendant’s age and criminal past with possible danger to society and chances of rehabilitation.

“It’s a tough call,” he said. “On the face of it, it seems like he’s a dangerous offender. But he’s also a juvenile. And what do you do to somebody like that? Do you send them to jail for 10 years, or do you hope that maybe if we set the person free – put him on probation for five years – maybe the kid will go straight?”

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New York Post: "Carbonated milk could be the new sparkling water"

09/28/2017

New York Post: "Carbonated milk could be the new sparkling water"

...The average American consumes 18 gallons of milk a year, according to the US Department of Agriculture. That’s nothing compared to the 1970s when people were tossing back 30 gallons annually, typically saturated in cereal, paired with dinner or in a milkshake. By the mid 20th century, Americans were told to drink two to three glasses of milk per day.

“It turned out to be a perfect food nutritionally and politically,” Melanie DuPuis, a professor at Pace University and author of “Nature’s Perfect Food: How Milk Became America’s Drink,” says. “It was viewed as a great way to correct bad diets — if you didn’t get enough vitamins or calcium, you could correct your diet simply by drinking milk. Milk was one of these products that solved a nutritionist’s problem and an economist’s. Children would grow strong and farmers would make money to survive. It was a dietary bargain.”

Arla’s sparkling fruit milk product isn’t a total shot in the dark. The egg cream, made from milk, carbonated water and flavored syrup became popular during the late 19th century and started flooding soda fountains as the quintessential New York sip during the 1960s and through the 80s. And the White Russian cocktail, made with vodka, coffee liqueur and milk, was a hit in the 1950s. And who could forget the famous “Got Milk” ads made famous in the 90s?

“It sounds like a new play on an egg cream,” says DuPuis. “Do I see people dying for carbonated milk products? No,” DuPuis admits. “But people are drinking tons of seltzer, why not have a milk flavored seltzer?”

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Express Newsline: "Lankford: DACA Plan Has 'No Special Privileges' for Family Members"

09/28/2017

Express Newsline: "Lankford: DACA Plan Has 'No Special Privileges' for Family Members"

More recently, on September 14, he announced that he was working with Democratic leaders in Congress to pass legislation ensuring protection for Dreamers, or children who entered the country illegally as children but were registered with the DACA program. "The program has served Pace, our community, and our country well. We're providing a means whereby they can get there". During my time at Pace I have already met impressive and highly motivated students, making wonderful contributions to the community, who have benefited from DACA.

"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 Otero Bracco.

"These are kids that literally do not have a home anywhere", he said.

Eighty percent of DACA recipients are of Mexican Heritage. If these are not the values and activities that we believe in as a country, then what are? "We are also even more determined to support and defend the rights of the nearly 800,000 individuals who proudly call themselves DACAmented Americans".

The Trump administration announced September 5 that it was ending the DACA program in six months, placing the onus on Congress to come up with a plan to address these 700,000 young men and women brought to this country by their parents.

Additionally, Pace University President Krislov issued a statement in support of DACA on behalf of the university.

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Daily Voice: "Westchester Makes Pitch For Amazon HQ2"

09/28/2017

Daily Voice: "Westchester Makes Pitch For Amazon HQ2"

...“As Amazon does its due diligence in their search for a second American headquarters, they are going to look for a place with a highly educated workforce, infrastructure that supports their logistics and, with all of the online attacks and breaches regularly being reported in the news, access to highly trained Cybersecurity professionals,” said Jonathan Hill, Dean of Pace University’s Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems. “Westchester County is a vibrant area for tech savvy young people filled with educational institutions and employers ready to hire recent graduates, while the demand for cybersecurity professionals is growing three times faster than the overall IT job market, and 12 times faster than the total labor market.”

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Public: "Lowey Announces Nearly $450K To Improve Safety For Sexual Assault Survivors"

09/28/2017

Public: "Lowey Announces Nearly $450K To Improve Safety For Sexual Assault Survivors"

The City of White Plains, in collaboration with Pace University/Women's Justice Center (PWJC), Westchester Independent Living Center, El Centro Hispano, My Sister's Place (MSP), The Loft, and Westchester Jewish Community Services, will use this funding to support activities in its 'TRUST' (Training, Response, Underserved Support Team) project. Specifically, 'TRUST' will:

  • Support overtime costs for two White Plains Department of Public Safety (WPDPS) police officers, who will monitor offenders, conduct follow-up home visits, and make cross-referrals for services for victims;
  • support a bilingual attorney, and a supervising attorney from the PWJC, who will represent victims at protection order;
  • support a domestic violence advocate/counselor from MSP, who will receive calls via their hotline from victims who have met with officers during home visits, and will offer access to services;
  • conduct outreach and multi-disciplinary team meetings with project partners to reduce domestic violence in the disabled, Hispanic, and LGBT communities; and
  • provide training for law enforcement on the trauma-informed response to sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence and stalking, to increase understanding of the impact of trauma, encourage trauma-informed practices and techniques, and provide strategies for developing and implementing trauma-informed policies department-wide.

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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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