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WAMC Northeast Public Radio: "USCG Holds Workshop On Safety After Shelving Anchorages Proposal In June"

11/16/2017

USCG Holds Workshop On Safety After Shelving Anchorages Proposal In June (WAMC Northeast Public Radio)

...Christina Thomas attended the first day of the workshop. She is a student at the Environmental Policy Clinic at Pace University.

“I’m not less concerned. I’m not necessarily more concerned,” Thomas says. “I am still skeptical, however.”

She adds:

“I did leave with a better understand of what the shipping industry need,” says Thomas. “However, I believe these long-term anchorages and the fact that there are so many of them are unnecessary, at this point. So more short-term, emergency use areas would be more acceptable.”

Democratic Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney, who spoke on WAMC’s Congressional Corner program, worked to kill the initial proposal.

“They’re running this PAWSA process, and we are watching it like a hawk,” says Maloney. “And we’re working with a lot of good groups, like Scenic Hudson, to make sure the interests of local communities and the river are front and center on this thing.”

A representative from his office attended the Poughkeepsie workshop. Meanwhile, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo in October signed a bill from Senator Sue Serino and Assemblymember Didi Barrett to safeguard the Hudson River from proposed anchorage sites. The legislation also establishes minimum conditions under which petroleum-bearing vessels are authorized to navigate on the river.

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Westchester County Business Journal: "Krislov becomes Pace president"

11/15/2017

Krislov becomes Pace president (Westchester County Business Journal)

Marvin Krislov was inaugurated as the eighth president of Pace University during a ceremony held in the Goldstein Health and Fitness Center on Pace’s Pleasantville campus.

Representatives of more than 50 U.S. colleges and universities joined Pace faculty, students and alumni in representing the academic community.

In his speech, Krislov said, “We must embrace challenges while holding fast to our core values. We will change lives and educate our future leaders from every segment of our society. We will continue to make the American dream a reality for our students.”

Among the other speakers were state Sen. Andrea Stewart-Cousins who is a Pace alumna and Johnnetta Cole, who had been the first African-American female president of Spelman College and was director of the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of African Art.

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Patch: "Pace Installs New President In Pleasantville Ceremony"

11/09/2017

Pace Installs New President In Pleasantville Ceremony (Patch)

The inauguration of Marvin Krislov capped off a week-long schedule of activities at the Pleasantville and New York City campuses.

Despite the heavy rains, hundreds came out to Pace University in Pleasantville on Sunday to witness the Inauguration of Marvin Krislov as the university's eighth president.

The ceremony, held in the Goldstein Health and Fitness Center on Pace's Pleasantville campus, was attended by faculty, students, alumni, dignitaries and delegates representing more than 50 colleges and universities from across the nation. The Inauguration capped off a week-long schedule of activities at the university's Pleasantville and New York City campuses, as well as at Pace's Elisabeth Haub School of Law in White Plains.

In his address, Krislov talked about the University's founding in 1906 by the Pace brothers as a small business school and how it has evolved into a well-respected university with some of the top programs in health, business, cybersecurity, arts, sciences and other areas of study. Elaborating on the school's motto of Opportunitas, Krislov said he was very proud of Pace's students, many of whom were the first in their families to attend college. He spoke about Pace's success in helping these students to reach top positions in their chosen fields.

Krislov concluded his speech with reflections on the future: "We must embrace challenges while holding fast to our core values. We will change lives and educate our future leaders from every segment of our society. We will continue to make the American dream a reality for our students. This is Pace, our promise and our future. I'm excited to be part of this great institution and to work with so many people who make a difference every day."

Speakers at the Inauguration included New York State Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins, a Pace alumna, and keynote speaker Johnnetta Cole, the first African-American, female president of Spelman College.

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New York Law Journal: "Judges Ordered to Direct Prosecutors to Turn Over Information Favorable to Defense"

11/08/2017

Judges Ordered to Direct Prosecutors to Turn Over Information Favorable to Defense (New York Law Journal)

...Scheck said that New York state has one of the worst laws in the nation when it comes to requiring the disclosure of exculpatory information. He still thinks those laws must be reformed but said that the orders the judges will issue will be “a sea change.”

Bennett Gershman, a former prosecutor and a Pace University law school professor who writes and lectures on prosecutorial misconduct, welcomed the change.

“Doing it in this way can’t have any negative consequences. It can only produce a positive result. There’s no cost to this thing. There’s no downside,” he said. “They’re constitutionally, ethically and statutorially required to do this anyway. I think it’s a really big deal.”

The order requires prosecutors to turn over information that impeaches the credibility of witnesses, exculpates or reduces the degree of the offense or mitigates the degree of the defendant’s culpability or punishment. It does not matter whether the prosecutor believes the information is credible.

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The Journal News: "Making the Grade"

11/08/2017

Making the Grade (The Journal News)

Pace’s Learning Assistance Center was featured in Education Outlook, the education supplement of The Journal News. Brian Evans, Sue Maxam and Ross Christofferson were interviewed for the article which focuses on available services for students including tutoring, workshops and mentoring. 

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The Journal News: "Career Change: Grill 3 pros who went back to school at 'The Spiel'"

11/07/2017

Career Change: Grill 3 pros who went back to school at 'The Spiel' (The Journal News)

Are you thinking about a career switch? Should you go back to school for it?

The next installment of The Spiel, an after-hours professional mixer, will be held at The Journal News office in White Plains on Wednesday, Nov. 15, at 7 p.m.

The mixer will be focused on how to change your career by going back to school.

Hear from three people who have been there and done that, and mingle over a glass of wine and nibbles.

Meet a former police officer who now works in business development at a college, a former event planner who is now a nurse and a fundraising expert who works as a health advocate at a hospital.

Who: Cleopatra “Cleo” Mack Scheublin

Before: Event manager, MS, Publishing

Back to School: Bachelor of Nursing, Pace University, pursuing MS, Nursing, Pace University 

Current Job Title: Unit Leader and staff nurse, White Plains Hospital Center

 

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News12: "NY voters to decide on constitutional convention"

11/07/2017

NY voters to decide on constitutional convention (News12)

One of the most important questions on the ballot this year will be about the constitutional convention, but many voters have no idea what the proposition is.

The proposition would give New York voters the right to start the process of rewriting the state constitution. It’s an opportunity that only comes around every 20 years.

Constitutional scholar and Pace Law School professor Bennett Gershman says this is a once-in-a-generation opportunity that gives voters a permanent say in how their government works.

“There’s so much about the budget that needs to be reformed, taxation needs to be reformed, education can be improved,” he says.

If the proposition passes, it would begin a two-year process of picking the people who would help overhaul the existing structure of state government.

Democratic state Sen. David Carlucci believes it's a risk not worth taking.

“A convention is too drastic - that opens it all up. It’s like taking out a sledgehammer instead of using a scalpel. Our democracy is very fragile,” he says.

If it's approved, the actual vote to change the Constitution wouldn't take place until 2019. If it’s voted down, voters won’t have another chance until 2037.

The constitutional convention question is one of three on the statewide ballot. The others include authorizing judges to strip the pensions of corrupt officials and creating a 250-acre land bank.

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The New York Times: "An Upscale Hamlet Weighs Whether to Be a Village (or Not to Be)"

11/07/2017

An Upscale Hamlet Weighs Whether to Be a Village (or Not to Be) (The New York Times)

...Some experts in local government say that if any community could form a new village and not suffer sticker shock, it was Edgemont. The working-class village of Mastic Beach on Long Island struggled with spiraling taxes after it incorporated. But Edgemont, with nearly half the population, expects to reap some $15 million in property taxes a year as an incorporated village — compared with Mastic Beach’s $925,000 in tax revenue in 2015.

“They will have the best financial shot,” said Andy Crosby, an assistant professor of public administration at Pace University. “If you have a very large base for your property taxes, you don’t need the tax rate to be very high to achieve what you want.”

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The New York Times: "The Lessons of Cyrus Vance’s Campaign Contributions"

11/06/2017

The Lessons of Cyrus Vance’s Campaign Contributions (The New York Times)

This OP-ED is written by Elizabeth Holtzman and David Yassky. Elizabeth Holtzman is a former congresswoman, Brooklyn district attorney and New York City comptroller. David Yassky, a former New York City councilman, is the dean of the Elisabeth Haub School of Law at Pace University.

The controversy swirling around the Manhattan district attorney, Cyrus Vance Jr. for taking large campaign contributions from two defense lawyers after his office declined to prosecute their clients points to the urgent need for major reform. We need public financing of district attorney races. The good news is that New York City already has a highly regarded campaign finance system and it would be easy to include the five city district attorneys in it.

The public is entitled to both the appearance and reality of honest justice in criminal cases. But given the legality of large contributions to district attorneys and the frequency of contributions from criminal defense lawyers, the appearance of influence is inescapable. Indeed, the present system may create opportunities for actual improper influence.

Although Mr. Vance has steadfastly maintained that he acted in an entirely proper way in dismissing the cases and was not influenced by the contributions or the likelihood of receiving them, much of the public will not believe him. That kind of cynicism erodes confidence in prosecutors and ultimately can seriously impair the functioning of the criminal justice system.

When the public doesn’t trust a prosecutor, juries become skeptical of evidence and are more apt to acquit defendants who genuinely threaten public safety. More fundamentally, the criminal justice system is built on the premise of public confidence in prosecutors’ impartiality. Criminal laws are often drafted quite broadly, and we rely on a prosecutor’s judgment to screen out cases where conduct is technically in violation of the statute, but prosecution would be unfair. The appearance of undue influence by defense lawyers will undermine the legitimacy of this prosecutorial discretion.

Currently, district attorney elections are governed by New York State’s notoriously lax campaign finance laws. In Manhattan, for example, an individual may contribute up to $50,000 to a district attorney candidate — and even that generous limit has a loophole allowing additional contributions through corporations the individual donor owns or controls.

By contrast, elections for New York City offices, including for mayor and City Council, are subject to much stricter limits. Contributions to mayoral candidates are limited to $4,950 for an election cycle, which includes the primary and general elections. Corporate contributions are prohibited. Crucially, the first $175 of any individual’s contribution is matched six to one, meaning that a $175 contribution is actually worth $1,225 to the candidate. This magnifies the effect of small contributions enormously — and encourages candidates to seek them. The matching-funds program has worked well for nearly 20 years and has won high marks for helping to avoid the problem Mr. Vance is encountering.

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The New York Times: "When Internships Don’t Pay, Some Colleges Will"

11/02/2017

When Internships Don’t Pay, Some Colleges Will (The New York Times)

Elizabeth Pooran teaching tech last year at the Senior Planet Exploration Center, where she held an internship subsidized by Pace University. Credit: Drew Levin

Pace was featured in the Education Life section of "The New York Times." From The Times:

"...Pace University posted more than 4,000 internships last year, about 40 percent of them unpaid, and provides grants for many internships in the nonprofit sector.

“We’re not trying to proselytize with these students, but we’d like their eyes to be open to the second and third sectors in our economy,” said Rebecca Tekula, executive director of Pace’s Wilson Center for Social Entrepreneurship.

Pace’s Wilson Center for Social Entrepreneurship pairs students with nonprofits in and around New York City, like Greyston Bakery, Housing Works and the Legal Aid Society. Elizabeth Pooran interned last year at Senior Planet Exploration Center in Chelsea, a community space designed to teach technology, including digital photography and the internet, to older adults to encourage them to lead independent, connected lives. And Latino U College Access, a fledgling nonprofit that works with first-generation college students, has used Pace interns for three of its five years. “I always say that my organization was built with the support and by the hands of Pace University interns,” said Shirley Acevedo Buontempo, the founder.

Students in the Wilson internship program receive $16 an hour, or $4,480 for eight weeks. Some 120 students have participated since 2009, with grants totaling about $500,000."

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