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Connecticut Law Tribune: "Robert F. Kennedy Jr. Talks Environmental Law, Skakel Murder"

03/28/2017

Connecticut Law Tribune: "Robert F. Kennedy Jr. Talks Environmental Law, Skakel Murder"

Photo: Michael Skakel, left, Father Abbott Joseph Boyle, center, and Robert F. Kennedy Jr. at the Benedictine Trappist monastery.

As Robert F. Kennedy Jr. prepares to step down later this week after 34 years as an environmental litigation professor at Pace University Law School, he offered a glimpse into his views on the environment under the Trump administration.

The 63-year-old attorney, son of the late New York Sen. Robert F. Kennedy and nephew of President John F. Kennedy, spoke to the Connecticut Law Tribune on two topics close to his heart: the environment and the murder case against his cousin, Michael Skakel.

Kennedy has insisted his cousin did not murder 15-year-old neighbor Martha Moxley in Greenwich in 1975. In fact, Kennedy has penned many articles and a book titled "Framed: Why Michael Skakel Spent Over A Decade In Prison For A Murder He Didn't Commit," on the topic. Skakel was convicted of murder in 2002 and served 11 years of a 20-years-to-life sentence.

Kennedy, who lives in Westchester County, New York, is founder and president of the environmental group Waterkeeper Alliance. He is also a former assistant district attorney in Manhattan.

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Journal News: "Find some American humor"

03/27/2017

Journal News: "Find some American humor"

Pace University, Pleasantville

Want to know the origins of humor? Take your funny bone to school with Pace University's American Humor class. The Pleasantville campus offers weekend options in their English Language Institute.

The course delves deep into the history of humor in the United States. With introductions to slapstick, romantic comedy and adult humor. Instructors discuss different media and genres including sitcoms, feature films and cartoons.

On a more serious note, adults can enroll in courses such as the Paralegal Certificate in the college's continuing education program to update skills or try new opportunities. Designed by paralegals with input from judges and lawyers this hands-on program gives students an authentic taste of what working in this field is like. The program is aimed at working students and includes these topics: correspondence, research skills, court structure, interviewing and investigation.

GO: Pace University. 861 Bedford Road, Pleasantville;  914-773-3200; pace.edu

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Astorino, Local College Presidents And Business Council Advocate For A Tuition Solution That Works For Public And Private Colleges

03/24/2017

Astorino, Local College Presidents And Business Council Advocate For A Tuition Solution That Works For Public And Private Colleges

Westchester County Executive Robert P. Astorino, along with Fordham University president Fr. Joseph McShane, Iona College president Dr. Joseph Nyre, Pace University chairman emeritus Aniello Bianco and John Ravitz from the Business Council of Westchester, called upon the governor to withdraw his “free college” plan in favor of a solution that lowers college costs and increases access for students at all New York colleges. 

“If you think college is expensive now, just wait until its free,” Astorino said. “We absolutely should be working together on solutions to lower college cost and increase access. But any solution to the problem of high college tuition and fees must actually address the problem, include private colleges and bend the cost curve down for everyone.”

Citing research by Georgetown University and a study provided by The Commission on Independent Colleges & Universities in New York (the commission), the group of private college presidents say they expect significant drops in enrollment if the governor’s plan becomes law, causing unintended economic consequences while limiting student choice in higher education.

"I applaud the governor's concerns about college access and affordability, though I believe his specific proposals are a starting place in the conversation, not its conclusion," said Rev. McShane, Fordham’s president. "There are many paths to afford New York students access to higher education at an affordable tuition, but I firmly believe that the current, and longstanding, policy of equal state financial aid for all students of similar means does the most good for the most people. Fordham, like many of its peers in non-profit higher education, is a private university for the public good. Maintaining an evenhanded policy of state financial aid ensures that students are offered both a broader choice of institutions and affordable tuition."

Dr. Nyre, Iona’s president, echoed Fr. McShane’s determination that any conversation which puts a focus on education is a good thing, but that the governor’s plan needs to be reconsidered.

“We applaud New York State’s increasing focus on college affordability and support the expansion of the Tuition Assistance Program,” said Nyre. “This is a meaningful step forward for all New Yorkers. At the same time, we are concerned about the unintended negative consequences of the well-intended Excelsior Scholarship proposal that unfortunately will reduce college choice for students, negatively impact New York’s economy, and adversely affect the very students and families the legislation is trying to support.”

The press conference was hosted by Pace University on its Pleasantville campus. Pace President Stephen J. Friedman expressed particular concern about the disproportionate effect the governor’s scheme might have on lower-income students.

“Private colleges and universities award more bachelor’s degrees annually than SUNY and CUNY combined,” said Friedman in a statement. "It is inexcusable to hurt lower and lower-middle income students who choose to attend a private university by excluding them from the proposed aid. Students deserve to attend a university or college that is the best fit for their needs and lower and middle income students are choosing to enroll at independent colleges and universities because of our track record of elevating their earning power after graduation."

The county’s business leadership was represented by John Ravitz, executive vice president of the Business Counsel of Westchester, who pointed out how valuable Westchester’s colleges and universities are as a delivery system of talent for all the businesses who thrive upon the county’s well-educated workforce.

“We’re here today to say that this plan the governor has proposed is shortsighted in so many ways.” Ravitz, a former N.Y. Assemblyman, continued: “You want to support students and give them every ooportunity, but we must acknowledge the fact that we in Westchester are so blessed to have private and independent colleges that serve as incubators for future employers. When we talk about free tuition, we can not lose sight of the fact that so many of these institutions could be put at risk.”

Another respected group of business leaders, The Westchester County Association, has also expressed concern over the governor’s proposal, and support for the County Executive’s position that it should be reviewed.

Astorino concluded that the commission’s study and the concerns of private colleges indicate a devastating economic impact to Westchester as well as the state.

“Statewide, that economic effect is devastating. In Westchester, this proposal could mean the loss of 5,000 jobs supported by our private colleges. The governor’s solution, which came about without input from stakeholders, would likely have very real, unintended consequences and we are asking that the proposal be withdrawn,” Astorino said. “The governor’s plan threatens to become a double whammy: taxpayers will be asked to pay more to cover the rising public school budgets as more students flock to them. And students in private schools will be looking at higher tutition bills as their schools have to react to declining enrollment.”

Under the governor’s plan, college students who have been accepted to a public university or community college in New York would be eligible for free tuition, provided they or their family earns $125,000 or less a year. However, low-income students attending private universities risk losing all state aid if their college increases tuition past a set index that is determined by the state.

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News12 Westchester: "Gov.’s plan for tuition-free degree program faces criticism"

03/24/2017

News12 Westchester: "Gov.’s plan for tuition-free degree program faces criticism"

Gov. Andrew Cuomo's plan to offer free tuition at state-run universities is receiving some tough criticism.

At a press conference this morning, Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino and several of the area's leading educators at Pace University condemned the governor’s proposed Excelsior Scholarship Program.

http://westchester.news12.com/news/gov-s-plan-for-tuition-free-degree-program-faces-criticism-1.13312547

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New York Times: "Chastised, Not Charged, as Prosecutors Shed Tradition of Silence"

03/24/2017

New York Times: "Chastised, Not Charged, as Prosecutors Shed Tradition of Silence"

Photo: The office of the Manhattan district attorney, Cyrus R. Vance, Jr., center, has issued statements in at least a half dozen prominent cases since 2012 in which it did not file charges. Credit Anthony Lanzilote for The New York Times

. . . The legal experts had mixed reactions to the prosecutors’ public comments.

Bennett L. Gershman, a law professor at Pace University, criticized both statements for making “insinuations of misconduct” which he said was “improper, totally beyond what a prosecutor should do.”

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Westchester County Business Journal: "Pace launches Ph.D. in nursing program"

03/24/2017

Westchester County Business Journal: "Pace launches Ph.D. in nursing program"

Pace University’s College of Health Professions will launch a new PhD in nursing program in the fall on the college’s Pleasantville campus.

The program will be the only Ph.D. in nursing degree obtainable in the Hudson Valley.

Keville Frederickson, a professor at the Lienhard School of Nursing at Pace, will serve as the program project leader. Fredrickson called the program “an exceptional milestone” for the college.

“Our graduates will be prepared as nurse leaders, scientists, policy makers and innovators in health care,” she said. “Their research will focus on primary health care (and) a people-centered approach to health that makes prevention as important as cure.”

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Pace University Launches New PhD in Nursing Program

03/22/2017

Pace University Launches New PhD in Nursing Program

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Pace University Launches New PhD in Nursing Program

PLEASANTVILLE, March 21 – Pace University’s College of Health Professions in New York is launching a new PhD in Nursing program in the fall on Pace’s Pleasantville campus.

Slated to be the only PhD in Nursing program from New York City to Binghamton, students in the program will join faculty to tackle the root causes of health problems identified as “social determinants of health.” Following the World Health Organization, the emphasis is on reducing social disparities in health; organizing health services around people’s needs and expectations; integrating health into all sectors; pursuing collaborative models of policy dialogue and increasing stakeholder participation.

Keville Frederickson, EdD, RN, FAAN, is the PhD program project leader and a professor at the Lienhard School of Nursing in the College of Health Professions at Pace.

“This is an exceptional milestone for the College Health Professions as the first PhD,” said Frederickson. “The program will be the only PhD in Nursing in the Hudson Valley. Our graduates will be prepared as nurse leaders, scientists, policy makers, and innovators in health care. Their research will focus on primary health care, a people centered approach to health that makes prevention as important as cure.”

“As dean of the College of Health Professions and the Lienhard School of Nursing, I could not be more pleased to see this excellent program approved,” said Harriet R. Feldman, PhD, RN, FAAN, Dean of Pace’s College of Health Professions. “The continuing shortage of nurse scientists and faculty has become a barrier to extending important research in primary health care and teaching beginning and advanced practice professional nurses of the future. We at Pace University are hoping to make a difference by offering our program in the Hudson Valley, enabling nurses in the region the opportunity to continue their education with a research doctoral degree.”

“Our goal with the PhD in Nursing is to prepare nurses for the future who are able to tackle the complex problems facing the health care system and the population of New York State with a focus on the Hudson Valley region,” said Frederickson.

To learn more about the program or to apply for fall, visit www.pace.edu/phdnursing

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About Pace University: Since 1906, Pace 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 Lower Manhattan and Westchester County, NY, enrolling nearly 13,000 students in bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral programs in its Lubin School of Business, Dyson College of Arts and Sciences, College of Health Professions, School of Education, Elisabeth Haub School of Law, and Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems. www.pace.edu.

Contact: Cara Cea, ccea@pace.edu, 914.906.9680

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ACCA USA Cautions Finance Sector, Consumers, to Take Steps to Combat Cybercrime

03/22/2017

ACCA USA prepares to unveil new professional development cyberdefense course for accountants, finance professionals, this summer

March 22, 2017 01:32 PM Eastern Daylight Time

NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Fast food chain Arby’s. Quest Diagnostics. Madison Square Garden. Yahoo. Verizon. Even, the Internal Revenue Service. Hardly a week passes without yet another revelation of a cybersecurity breach striking businesses both large and small.

The financial hit on business can be troubling: An IBM report last year found the cost of a breach rose to $4 million per incident. And recently. Home Depot agreed to pay more than $27 million to financial institutions affected by its 2014 data breach, and court documents reportedly identified the total cost to Home Depot at $179 million.

ACCA (the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants), the global body for professional accountants, has been tracking cybersecurity issues over the last several years, as cyber threats have become more sophisticated and penetrated every aspect of business.

This summer, ACCA USA and The Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems at Pace University in New York, a National Security Agency and Department of Homeland Security-certified Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education, will hold their first-ever cyberdefense course, offering professional development credits to accountants and other finance industry professionals.

“ACCA understands the challenges that accountants face and is determined to equip them with the necessary knowledge and training to address these cyber-challenges,” said Warner Johnston, Head of ACCA USA.

“The threat from cybercrime and hackers has only increased over time,” said Jonathan Hill, Dean of the Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems at Pace University. “The ACCA has been a particularly adept partner in educating financial professionals and the at-risk accounting and CPA professional communities on coping with these threats. This program is specifically designed for these financial professionals to build awareness and tools to protect themselves, their firms and their clients from the ravages of cybercrime.”

Anyone interested in receiving further details about the new course and registration should email acca.usa@accaglobal.com.

In February 2016, ACCA reported that cybercrime was growing too dangerous and powerful to ignore, and a head-in-the-sand attitude to this once nascent, now pervasive threat was no longer an option. In the report, “Cybersecurity – Fighting Crime’s Enfant Terrible”, ACCA and IMA® (Institute of Management Accountants) reported that the theft of financial assets through cyber-intrusions was the second largest source of direct loss from cybercrime.

ACCA stressed that accountants and finance professionals can, and should, play a leading role in defining key areas of a strategic approach to mitigating cybercrime risks. These include:

    Creating reasonable estimates of financial impact that different types of cybersecurity breaches will cause, so that a business can be realistic about its ability to respond to an attack and/or recover from it;

    Defining risk management strategy;

    Helping businesses to establish priorities for their most valuable digital resources to implement a “layered” approach to cybersecurity; and,

    Closely following the work of government and various regulators, to have clear, up-to-date information on adequate legislation and on requirements for adequate disclosure and prompt investigation of cybersecurity breaches.

Several months earlier, ACCA issued a report, “Cyberwarriors with Calculators”, in partnership with Pace University, revealing that top-level managers in the finance industry are adapting to address cybercrime threats. The survey of ACCA professionals, including Chief Financial Officers, Managing Directors, Senior Vice Presidents and practicing accountants, found weak communication between line managers and senior managers about attacks and attempted attacks, and that the application of fundamental risk management cybersecurity practices should be applied more consistently throughout firms.

“In order for our nation to continue to prosper in a rapidly changing world we must diligently protect our public and private technological infrastructures and maintain the trust of the international community,” the report stated. “Computers, servers and the Internet are indispensable tools for financial professionals – and they are under relentless attack. For accountants, measures must be taken to ensure that the sensitive personal and corporate financial information they handle is safe: accountants need to be at the forefront of cybersecurity.”

ACCA members were asked about company policies and personal practices regarding cybersecurity, and how evidence of cyberattacks is communicated within firms. The findings highlighted weaknesses:

    Nearly 50% indicated it was somewhat or very likely that consultants would be hired after a breach.

    Nearly 70% said they had a high or very high level of awareness of their company’s cyber risk management policies and procedures.

    57% said their IT systems were well-protected against cyber threats.

    32% had no knowledge of company policy on data encryption in transit or in storage.

    Auditors are more concerned about cybercrime today than a year ago (58% for auditors compared with 48% for accountants).

    27% of accountants felt their firms adhered to Control Objectives for Information and Related Technologies (COBIT 5) standards whereas 43% of auditors believed their firms followed the standards.

In another report, ACCA and Pace also delved more deeply into the growing number of incidents involving skimming devices, which rip off consumers at gas pumps and ATMs. A skimmer is an electronic device used to read and store electronic data. The new research focused on devices that read and recorded data from consumer payment cards, such as ATM, credit, debit, prepaid and electronic gift cards.

The report illustrated how skimmer scams were spreading globally, and noted that in the first half of 2011, the U.S. ranked number one in the world in financial losses associated with skimming fraud. The report noted:

    One of the most common types of skimmer is the ATM skimmer, used to record data contained on the magnetic strip on the back of an ATM card. A skimmer may be placed on a stand-alone ATM, such as one at a convenience store or gas station.

    Security standards with European credit, debit and ATM cards differ from standards in the U.S., rendering it easier to conduct skimmer fraud in the U.S.

    The U.S. is pivotal for criminal gangs because it has more ATMs than another country and because it is not EMV-compliant (cards do not contain a global chip) and its EMV cards skimmed can easily be cloned. Cards that are cloned by criminals are also used in other non-EMV countries, such as Ghana, Costa Rica, Mexico and Malta.

About ACCA

ACCA (the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants) is the global body for professional accountants. We aim to offer business-relevant, first-choice qualifications to people of application, ability and ambition around the world who seek a rewarding career in accountancy, finance and management. We support our 188,000 members and 480,000 students in 178 countries, helping them to develop successful careers in accounting and business, with the skills required by employers. We work through a network of 100 offices and centers and more than 7,110 Approved Employers worldwide, who provide high standards of employee learning and development. Through our public interest remit, we promote appropriate regulation of accounting and conduct relevant research to ensure accountancy continues to grow in reputation and influence. For more information about ACCA, visit www.accaglobal.com.

About Pace University

Since 1906, Pace 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. The Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems at Pace University prepares men and women for professional work, research, and lifelong participation in a new and dynamic information age. Located in the financial capital of the world, the Seidenberg School offers a wide variety of courses and exposure to internships and work with leading corporations, banks, federal agencies, and global entities. Degrees and certificates are conveniently available on Pace’s campuses in New York City and Westchester County as well as online and in special programs. Visit http://www.pace.edu/seidenberg/

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For ACCA

Jeff Simmons, 917-673-0024

jeff@anatgerstein.com

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Jaime Williams, 718-793-2211

Jaime@anatgerstein.com

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Wall Street Journal: "What You Won’t Learn From One Wall Street Watchdog Report"

03/21/2017

Wall Street Journal: "What You Won’t Learn From One Wall Street Watchdog Report"

UBS Financial Services Inc. of Puerto Rico has made legal payouts to dissatisfied local investors, but not all those payments can be searched using an online tool from the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority. Photo: Ana Martinez/Reuters

. . . Jill Gross, a law professor who studies securities arbitration for Elisabeth Haub School of Law at Pace University, in White Plains, N.Y., said “to be honest, I’m pretty shocked” that BrokerCheck treats corporate and individual broker settlements differently.

In Puerto Rico, hundreds of complaints have been filed against Puerto Rico’s five largest brokerage firms since the fourth quarter of 2013, according to people familiar with the matter. Finra arbitrators, after examining evidence and testimony, have delivered 25 decisions requiring defendants to pay damages in a total of 30 cases.

Many more cases have ended with settlements. Local residents agreed to 483 settlements with Puerto Rico’s five largest firms and their brokers in 2016, according to Securities Litigation and Consulting Group. That is up from up from 197 in 2015 and 5 in 2014.

The five brokerages paid a combined settlement total of about $160 million, according to SLCG and people familiar with the matter.

SLCG tallied up the settlements and payouts by compiling information from individual brokers’ BrokerCheck files. The Wall Street Journal was able to verify the numbers independently.

Of the settlement total, about $140 million was paid by UBS Financial Services Inc. of Puerto Rico, the largest brokerage on the island by assets under management.

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North Country Public Radio: "Under new energy law, will it matter if these SLC towns say no to wind farms?"

03/20/2017

North Country Public Radio: "Under new energy law, will it matter if these SLC towns say no to wind farms?"

Photo: Janice and Joe Pease said they would consider moving away from Hopkinton and selling their home if the North Ridge Wind Farm is built nearby. Credit: Lauren Rosenthal

. . . So, what happens with a project that isn’t so popular? Do local voices have any say in what goes on in their backyard?

Karl Rábago, executive director of the Energy and Climate Center at Pace Law School, said the answer is simple: "Wind farms and solar farms don’t go where they’re not loved, in the end. It’s not worth it to a developer."

Rábago knows of what he speaks: He used to build wind farms back in the mid- to late-2000s and had to walk away from projects that communities refused to welcome. Even if they’re opposed, Rábago said local people can still have their say by negotiating with the developers. That means figuring out what it would take to get on board with a project, whether it's more money or a change in location for a wind tower, and asking for that.

"I think it’s important for local communities to try to be supportive but also, like I say, open and direct about what is needed to make sure that we really do have a rising tide that lifts all boats," Rábago said.

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