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The Journal News: Biotech center is a perfect match for colleges: View

10/22/2016

The Journal News: Biotech center is a perfect match for colleges: View

Proposed center would help turn Westchester into a hub for biotech research and jobs, Pace president writes

Pace President Stephen J. Friedman wrote a Community View article for The Journal News on the proposed bioscience center in Westchester.

From the article:

"The Westchester BioScience and Technology Center is a bold and ambitious development proposal that is projected to bring more than 8,000 permanent jobs to Westchester County with 3 million square feet of medical and bio-tech laboratory, office and research space in the Town of Mount Pleasant. This exciting concept promises to deliver a wide range of benefits locally, regionally and statewide.

The prospect of this important new facility is especially good news for Pace University. Our fully-transformed Westchester campus, also in Mount Pleasant, is less than two miles away. With our extensive undergraduate and graduate health care, nursing and technology programs, there are natural synergies for our university. However, the benefits of the plan will benefit all institutions of higher education in the county by creating extensive opportunities for internships, training and permanent job opportunities for both students and graduates.

The BioScience and Technology Center proposed by Fareri Associates represents a once-in-a-generation opportunity for the county and the town. The explosive growth in medical research and development coupled with the expansion and increasing sophistication in health care services are two of the major drivers in the economy of today and tomorrow. Westchester is uniquely positioned to capitalize on these trends.

We need look no further than the rapid growth of Regeneron, which recently announced a major expansion plan for its headquarters that is only minutes away from the proposed Bioscience and Technology Center site. Regeneron has grown exponentially in Westchester to become one of the largest companies in the field in the state of New York and a national leader. Other biotech, bioscience and pharma firms from start-ups to well-established leaders in their fields also call the county home. In fact, Westchester has emerged as a regional hub for this economic sector. The proposed center would build on and greatly enhance this foundation.

The location for the Bioscience and Technology Center is literally in the center of Westchester. It includes 60 acres of vacant county-owned land and 20 acres of contiguous land owned by Fareri adjacent to the Westchester Medical Center complex in Valhalla. Access is excellent via Route 100, Route 9A and the Sprain Brook Parkway. The Metro-North Harlem Line has multiple stations nearby and the site is already served by numerous Bee-Line buses.

The project is led by John Fareri, who with his wife Brenda were the guiding forces in the creation and construction of the Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital next to the Medical Center. Fareri Associates has a deep understanding of construction and the real estate market. Fareri brings a unique vision for the site that he has honed over five years as a long-term lease made its way through the review process. He plans to invest some $40 million to create the infrastructure necessary to make the site viable for development. This includes an array of water, sewer, roadway and other improvements.

Last January, County Executive Rob Astorino submitted the proposed lease to the County Board of Legislators, which is currently evaluating the lease with the goal of voting on the lease later this fall. The lease has been designed to protect the taxpayers of Westchester by having the property — improvements included — revert to the county should the project not meet progress goals as detailed in the lease. That puts the burden of any risks on the shoulders of the private developer.

We have every confidence that the Board of Legislators recognizes the significance of this project and, following a careful and thorough review that is now underway, its members will conclude that this plan makes complete economic sense for the county and the region. Pace University looks forward to working with Fareri and all involved in seeing this critically important project for Westchester’s economic future come to fruition as soon as possible."

To view the full article on the website of The Journal News, with links to additional information and videos, click here.

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Journal News: "Naturalization process backlog frustrates would-be voters"

10/21/2016

Journal News: "Naturalization process backlog frustrates would-be voters"

Mamaroneck resident Astrid Rivera began the citizenship process earlier this year with the expectation of being able to vote in this election but she hasn't been given a date for her swearing in ceremony - the last step in the naturalization process. She is upset that she can't vote. Astrid Rivera outside her home in Mamaroneck Oct. 19, 2016. (Photo: Tania Savayan/The Journal News)

. . . The tone of this year's campaign has created "a very hostile environment for immigrants. For many people, it’s terrifying." Karin Anderson Ponzer, executive director of Pace University's Community Law Practice.

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Journal News: "Clinton beats Trump in last debate"

10/21/2016

Journal News: "Clinton beats Trump in last debate"

Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton and Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump debate during the third presidential debate at UNLV in Las Vegas, Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2016. (Photo: Mark Ralston, AP)

DAVID A. CAPUTO, president emeritus and professor of political science at Pace University

Clinton: Grade B-plus.

Trump: Grade D

Summary: Major mistake by Trump for refusing to accept the election results. His grade could go lower, depending on how the public reacts.

“Bad hombres” reference to Mexican drug dealers was weak. But he scored when he pointed to Clinton’s supposed 30 years of failure.

Clinton was weak on Clinton Foundation pay-to-play accusations. Comments during the debate about providing leadership for all Americans were strong. Her performance was better than the second debate, but not as good as first.

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U.S. News & World Report: "Trump’s Defamation Lawsuit Threat Could Boomerang"

10/18/2016

U.S. News & World Report: "Trump’s Defamation Lawsuit Threat Could Boomerang"

Photo: Donald Trump waves to the crowd during a rally Thursday in Cincinnati after aggressively denying claims he touched women without their consent. The Associated Press

. . . Trump’s accusers include a woman who says she was groped by the billionaire at his Florida Mar-a-Lago resort in 2003 and a People magazine writer who says she was pushed against a wall of the same property and kissed without consent in 2005. Another woman says that in 2005 Trump kissed her on the lips during an encounter at New York’s Trump Tower after she introduced herself. And another woman says around 1979 Trump groped her “like an octopus” without permission aboard an airplane to New York.

As with the civil deadlines in New York, Florida and Ohio – where one of the women now lives – it’s almost certain the women cannot bring assault charges in New York or Florida, where statutes of limitations passed years ago for plausible charges.

If the accusers sue Trump, they likely would be considered at least limited purpose public figures, having sought out press coverage. This means they would have to show Trump made false statements about them with actual malice, meaning that he knew what he was saying was untrue or that he was acting with reckless disregard for the truth.

But with no footage yet surfacing to prove if the incidents happened, who would decide if Trump is lying or if the women are?

Pace University law professor Leslie Garfield Tenzer says the women "wouldn't have to prove evidence of abuse, they would have to prove that Trump called them liars and as a result they suffered economic harm."

The accusers "would have to prove is that Trump called them liars," she says. "Trump then has the defense of truth. So in a perverse kind of way, Trump would have to show that the assault did not happen.”

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Westchester County Business Journal: "At 25, Pace Women’s Justice Center battles the scourge of domestic abuse"

10/14/2016

Westchester County Business Journal: "At 25, Pace Women’s Justice Center battles the scourge of domestic abuse"

Lola – her true name has been withheld at her request – showed up at Gail’s House in White Plains after learning about it during her first visit to Family Court for an order of protection against her then-husband.

For the first time in a marriage in which she said she had long been verbally abused, he had hit her during an argument the night before, leaving Lola with a badly bruised and swollen jaw. “I said, that’s the first time and the last time you’re going to hit me,” she recalled.

Her husband told police she had struck herself on the jaw with the remote control, she said. He had their 10-year-old daughter lie to authorities to protect him, she said.

Lola sat in the courthouse for about seven hours that day. Her husband was removed from their Croton-on-Hudson home that night. The difficult process that would lead to legal separation and divorce after 18 years of marriage and Lola’s transformation back to the “happy-go-lucky person” with “a sparkle in my eye” whom she had lost to depression and self-doubt as the victim of spousal abuse, had only just begun.

On a quiet residential street that borders Pace University’s North Broadway law school campus, Gail’s House does not stand out. No sign on lawn or door announces it as the home of the Pace Women’s Justice Center, a nonprofit organization celebrating its 25th anniversary this month as a free provider of legal and educational services for victims of domestic violence and elder abuse in Westchester and Putnam counties and training for attorneys, police and others dealing with those victims in the justice system. For the women who arrive there needing help, often frightened and deprived of financial resources by controlling spouses or domestic partners, it is easier to speak of stopping by “Gail’s house” than to admit they are visiting a legal services office. And its location and appearance of a modest family home on a neighborhood street help protect its visitors from the aroused anger and stalking of their abusers.

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Daily Voice: "White Plains Director Lands 2nd YoFi Film Festival Invite With 'Wacky Man"

10/14/2016

Daily Voice: "White Plains Director Lands 2nd YoFi Film Festival Invite With 'Wacky Man"

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. -- What comes to mind when someone mentions the color purple? A Pulitzer Prize -winning novel? The Artist Formerly Known as Prince? Or Barney?

In Anthony Desiato's case, purple equals "Wacky Man: The Rise of a Puppeteer" and the White Plains film director's second invitation to screen a documentary at the Yonkers Film Festival -- best known as YoFi -- at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 22.

"Wacky Man" is Desiato's third documentary. This year, there were more than 1,000 submissions to air at YoFi -- narrowed down to about 100 films invited. "I'm really honored I made the cut,'' Desiato said.

His newest documentary chronicles a young Bronx man's struggle to break into the puppetry industry. The first word Zach Woliner ever spoke was "Ernie" -- the orange half of the famous Sesame Street duo Bert and Ernie. Over the next three decades, Woliner's childhood affinity for the Muppets became a lifelong passion, hobby, and, if Woliner attains his dream -- a career.

In 2008, Woliner created his own purple puppet named Wally Wackiman, a Jewish, self-aware character who advocates puppet freedom and equality with humans. "He knows someone is controlling him," Desiato explained. (Wally even thinks the hour-long documentary should have been named after him!)

By day, Desiato, 29, works at Pace University Law School's admissions office in White Plains. His website, www.flatsquirrelproductions.com includes Desiato's biography as well as a link to his first film, "My Comic Shop DocumentARy."

Read more: http://whiteplains.dailyvoice.com/lifestyle/white-plains-director-lands-2nd-yofi-film-festival-invite-with-wacky-man/685437/

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The Real News Network: "Clinton and Trump Promote Fossil Fuels During Second Presidential Debate"

10/14/2016

The Real News Network: "Clinton and Trump Promote Fossil Fuels During Second Presidential Debate"

KIM BROWN, TRNN: Welcome to the Real News Network. I’m Kim Brown in Baltimore.
Climate change was only mentioned once during the second presidential debate of the 2016 race held Sunday night at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri. This comes only days after the United Nations announced that the Paris Climate Agreement has been ratified and will go into effect in November.

Joining us to talk about the lack of climate discussion debates, from New York City, Chris Williams is joining us. He is a long time environmental activist. He’s also professor of physics and chemistry at Pace University. He’s also the chair of the science department at the Packer Collegiate Institute. He’s the author of the book titled Ecology and Socialism: Solutions to Capitalist Ecological Crisis.

Read more: http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=17400#newsletter1

 

 

 

 

 

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Forbes: "Wanted: More College Classes To Launch An Encore Career"

10/12/2016

Forbes: "Wanted: More College Classes To Launch An Encore Career"

. . . “Many of our alumni are in wonderful new jobs or projects,” said Joan Tucker, director of Pace University’s Encore Transition Program. “One is now director of Encore.org’s Encore Fellowships in the Northeast.”

The ideal time to take an encore career course (if you can find one), said Tucker, “is while you’re still working and begin to see down the tunnel that you’re not going to want to do this forever or that your company is not going to want you there forever.”

Expanding the Encore Program

Tucker said she’d love to take her program into companies and introduce the encore career concept to their employees. “This should be a benefit to employees around the country. There are 78 million boomers and many can’t afford to retire,” said Tucker.

Some firms told Tucker they’re “already doing this” with outplacement for downsized employees. “But that’s not the same thing as what we’re doing,” she said. “It’s like taking a shoemaker and trying to help him find another job making shoes. We’re trying to give people a new perspective on the second half of life.”

Aside from exposing more midlifers to the notion of encore careers, taking the program to corporations would also broaden the business model for Pace. But, Tucker, concedes, “It’s a hard sell. There’s nothing in it for companies other than goodwill.”

She’d also like the Pace program to be a role model for other colleges. “Every college and university could have something like this,” said Tucker. “We’d be happy to design programs. The potential for this is enormous.”

The next Pace University Encore Transition Program (featuring an overview of the nonprofit sector, networking with nonprofit pros and career coach, resume and social media tutorials, a preview of nonprofit job opportunities and a strategy for identifying and achieving goals) runs Nov. 14 to Nov. 17; cost: $795, with a $50 discount until Nov. 1.

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Journal News: "Hillary won debate, but Trump improved"

10/11/2016

Journal News: "Hillary won debate, but Trump improved"

. . . Strongest moment for Clinton was questioning Trump’s temperament after his weak response to videotape. Trump scored on Clinton email scandal, but failed on resolving the misogynist comments and threatening Clinton with jail. The pacing and stalking on stage — “a form of bullying?”

Trump appealed to his base and little else. Clinton attempted to talk positively, but failed to offer broad, positive plan.

DAVID A. CAPUTO (president emeritus and professor of political science at Pace University.)

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Daily Voice: "Pace's New Student Residence Completes Phase One Of $100M Initiative"

10/07/2016

Daily Voice: "Pace's New Student Residence Completes Phase One Of $100M Initiative"

PLEASANTVILLE, N.Y. -- Pace University marked another milestone as it held a ribbon cutting for its Elm Hall residence Thursday to complete Phase 1 of its $100 million transformation.

The 96,000 square-foot residence for upperclass students is the final piece of a $100 million initiative, combining the Briarcliff and Pleasantville campuses.

The $23 million, 272-bed residence hall features a combination of semi-suites and full suites, 24-hour security, multiple study lounges, classroom space and the University’s IT Data Center.

“This is much more than the opening of a new residence hall," said President Stephen Friedman during the ceremony. “This is the realization of many years of hard work and planning to ensure that our students have facilities that are as outstanding as the quality of the education they receive here at Pace. We could not be more pleased with the final results and the transformation of this beautiful suburban campus.’’

Read more: http://pleasantville.dailyvoice.com/schools/paces-new-student-residence-completes-phase-one-of-100m-initiative/684657/
 

 

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