Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Ulrich, Local Leaders Rally in Support of Bringing Spin to the Rockaway Peninsula

This item is up because it is an alternative to the monopoly and high prices that Citibike has.

The Bike Share Company Seeks to Provide Transportation Alternatives to a Community Citi Bike Has Refused to Expand to

  Assembly Member Stacey Pheffer Amato (left), State Sen. Joseph Addabbo (center), and Councilman Eric Ulrich (right) ride in protest of Mayor de Blasio's cease-and-desist letter to the bike share company.

  Councilman Eric Ulrich, State Sen. Joseph Addabbo, Assemblywoman Stacey Pheffer Amato, Community Board 14 Chair Dolores Orr, Rockaway Beach Civic Association (RBCA) President John Cori, and other community leaders rallied in support of bringing Spin, a dockless bike share company, to the Rockaway Peninsula.

The San Francisco-based bike share company had initially planned to launch a pop-up pilot program this past Monday, but just three days prior, on August 11, Mayor de Blasio and the Dept. of Transportation (DOT) ordered Spin cease-and-desist operations in the Rockaways - a community that Citi Bike has refused to expand to.

"My office has been reaching out to Citi Bike for years to request they expand into the Rockaways, but they have refused. My constituents are starving for transportation alternatives, but our Mayor would rather protect a public monopoly than expand sensible bike sharing," Councilman Ulrich said. "Spin has offered to hire locally and collaborate with area businesses in a community that Citi Bike and the City continues to ignore."

An earlier report, which cites "a source familiar with the negotiations with the City," claims that Citi Bike offered to roll out to the Rockaways, but that its proposal fell through. A 2016 email exchange between Ulrich's office and a Citi Bike rep indicate otherwise, with the rep apologizing for "the radio silence" and  flat out rejecting an expansion to the Peninsula.

"Apologies for the radio silence and thank you for following up," the Citi Bike rep writes in the email. "I appreciate the guidance you gave us about station placement etc., but unfortunately we're moving in a different direction this summer and will have to shelve this idea for now."

"The Mayor talks about a 'tale of two cities,' but seems to have forgotten that outer-borough communities, like the Rockaways, also have needs," Councilman Ulrich said. "Companies like Spin can help to fill the void in these underserved areas, but de Blasio would rather side with the special interests than the people of New York City." 

Other local electeds echoed in Ulrich's sentiments, criticizing the City for putting the brakes on Spin's pilot program, which would have placed 100 to 150 Spin bikes along the Peninsula. 

"People all across this city should have access to affordable, feasible bicycle rentals - especially those individuals outside of Manhattan and in geographically isolated areas like Rockaway," State Senator Joseph Addabbo said. "I am hopeful that the Mayor's Administration, along with its NYC DOT, can come to a professional agreement with Spin, in order to allow people to benefit from a credible service provider and enjoy the accommodation of having accessibility to bicycle rentals."

"The New York City bureaucracy should be there to help solve problems; but here, they're creating one," Assemblywoman Stacey Pheffer Amato said. "Councilman Eric Ulrich has been trying to get us bike sharing, which would be a good step toward fixing our lack of transit options. It seems like the City both ignored our request for bikes and then blocked us when we tried to get our own."

"Community Board 14 is excited about Spin and their alternative dockless bike share system hopefully coming to the Rockaways, a community hungry for transportation alternatives," Community Board 14 Chair Dolores Orr said.

Spin has committed to hire locally to manage operations, balance bike distribution, monitor usage and ensure high service standards. Instead of competing with businesses along and near the boardwalk, Spin plans to utilize the Peninsula's many resources.

Repairs to Spin's bicycles have been contracted out Paul's Bicycle Shop, which would help boost business and will serve as a model for future.

Bronx Borough President -Bronx Summer Concert Series


State Senator Rubén Díaz, together with Assemblymen Marcos Crespo, Luis Sepúlveda, City Council Member Rafael Salamanca and Freddy Perez’s Entertainment; invite the community to the sixteenth (16) Anniversary of the Morrison Festival in Bronx County. 

This Saturday, August 19, more than five thousand (5,000) people are expected during the annual Morrison Avenue Festival, beginning at 12 noon to 6 pm between, Westchester and Watson Avenue in Bronx County.

For the past 16 years, the Morrison Avenue Festival has been coordinated by Freddy Perez Entertainment, who this year, has contracted Charlie Aponte (former singer of Gran Combo de Puerto Rico and “Nayibe La Gitana” among other attractions.

I look forward to another successful Morrison Avenue Festival, and to seeing our Bronx families and children enjoy this very special event.

Transportation: Train #6, Buses #4 & 27 to Morrison Avenue Station. 

For more information, please contact Leila Martinez at 718-991-3161. 


  Gary Axelbank goes over the rules of the debate with the four Democratic Candidates for the 13th Council District. Since this was a Democratic debate, Republican candidate John Cerini was not present.

The candidates await the questions from Mr. Axelbank. L-r, Assemblyman Mark Gjonaj, District leader Marjorie Velazquez, Community Activist John Doyle, and Egidio Sementelli who ran for the seat in 2005 against the current Councilman Jimmy Vacca.

After the one hour debate host Gary Axelbank stands with the four Democratic candidates. How did the debate go? If you did not see it reruns will be on all week on Bronxnet TV, or you can go to the Bronxnet website at www.bronxnet.org and go to the Bronxtalk icon to find the show. 

The debate went well with the three top candidates showing their professionalism. There were a few jabs at Assemblyman Gjonaj, but he was able to take the High Road. In my opinion his opponents are going have to try harder to show why they are the better choice. 

Bronx Borough President - Back to School Literacy & Health Fair.

Join us today in Martha's Vineyard - Michael Blake

Please join us today at our annual reception in Martha's Vineyard anytime from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.  You can RSVP here to support us as we continue #BuildingABetterBronx.


Saturday, August 12, 2017

A.G. Schneiderman Statement On Charlottesville

  “My heart is with the people of Charlottesville, especially those standing up to hatred, racism, and bigotry. 

The white supremacist violence on display in Charlottesville this weekend is an affront to everything this country represents. When you give license to open expressions of bigotry against some groups, you open the door to bigotry against all groups of people. 

Each of us—especially those of us in public office—has a moral obligation to condemn these actions in the strongest of terms. False equivalencies between "sides" simply provide cover to the white supremacists seeking to take our country backwards and tear our communities apart. 

Our diversity is our greatest strength—and we will not allow anyone to turn that strength against us.”

Union Community Health Center 2017 OPEN HOUSE & COMMUNITY HEALTH FAIR on Thursday, August 17th, 2:00 PM - 7:00 PM at UCHC, 2016 Bronxdale Avenue

Union Community
Health Center
Thursday, August 17th, 2:00 PM - 7:00 PM
2016 Bronxdale Avenue Bronx, NY 10462
(Between Holland & Antin Place)
For more info contact Muniz Serena 

Bronx House "First Indoor Flea Market at 990 Pelham Parkway South on Saturday, August 26th, from 12pm-3pm

First Indoor Flea Market
Saturday, August 26th, from 12pm-3pm
990 Pelham Parkway South, Bronx, NY 10461

We are having our First Indoor Flea Market at Bronx House on August 26th, 2017 from 12pm-3pm to support the Special Needs Department. We are going to have numerous vendor selling a variety of furniture, crafts, toys, jewelry, vintage Knick Knacks and more. If you can please share this with your community, friends and neighbors, it would greatly be appreciated.
This event is for a great cause!
For more info Call 718-792-1800 x263 or Email: noelia@bronxhouse.org


"The white supremacists have taken their hate, violence, and intolerance to the streets, but we will not be intimidated by domestic terrorism. We will continue to fight against the deep-seated racism that exists in our country wherever it appears."

On Sunday, Mayor de Blasio will march in the Dominican Day Parade. Prior to the parade, the Mayor will deliver remarks on the Charlottesville domestic terror attack and security measures surrounding the President’s upcoming visit.

Jason Galanis Sentenced To More Than 14 Years In Prison For Defrauding Tribal Entity And Pension Funds Of Tens Of Millions Of Dollars

   Joon H. Kim, the Acting United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, announced that JASON GALANIS was sentenced today by the Honorable Ronnie Abrams to 173 months for defrauding a Native American tribal entity and numerous pension fund investors of tens of millions of dollars in connection with the issuance of bonds by the tribal entity.

Acting U.S. Attorney Joon H. Kim said: “In a brazen securities scheme designed to enrich themselves at the expense of everyone else, Jason Galanis and his co-conspirators cheated both their tribal clients as well as the investing public. After defrauding a Native American tribe into issuing bonds, Jason Galanis and his cohorts sold the illiquid bonds to unwitting pension funds, and then stole the proceeds for themselves. For his role in this campaign of theft and deception, Jason Galanis will now spend over 14 years in federal prison.”

According to the allegations contained in the Indictment filed against JASON GALANIS and his co-conspirators and statements made in related court filings and proceedings[1]:

From March 2014 through April 2016, JASON GALANIS and others engaged in a fraudulent scheme to misappropriate the proceeds of bonds issued by the Wakpamni Lake Community Corporation (“WLCC”), a Native American tribal entity (the “Tribal Bonds”), and to use funds in the accounts of clients of asset management firms controlled by JASON GALANIS and others to purchase the Tribal Bonds, which the clients were then unable to redeem or sell because the bonds were illiquid and lacked a ready secondary market.

Documents governing the Tribal Bonds specified that an investment manager would invest the proceeds of the Tribal Bonds in investments that would generate annuity payments sufficient to pay interest on the Tribal Bonds and provide funds to the WLCC to be used for tribal economic development purposes. In fact, none of the proceeds of the Tribal Bonds were turned over to the investment manager specified in the closing documents. Instead, significant portions of the proceeds were misappropriated by JASON GALANIS and his co-defendants for their own personal use.

Specifically, the proceeds of the Tribal Bonds were deposited into a bank account in the name of Wealth Assurance Private Client Corporation (“WAPCC”). More than $38 million from the WAPCC account to an account controlled by JASON GALANIS, who then misappropriated more than $8.5 million of the proceeds for his personal use, including for expenses associated with his home, jewelry and clothing purchases, travel and entertainment, and restaurant meals.

There was no ready secondary market for the Tribal Bonds. Nonetheless, without prior notice, JASON GALANIS directed others to use funds belonging to clients of two related investment advisers, Hughes Capital Management, Inc. (“Hughes”) and Atlantic Asset Management, LLC (“Atlantic”) to purchase the Tribal Bonds, even though JASON GALANIS and others were well aware that material facts about the Tribal Bonds had been withheld from clients in whose accounts they were placed, including the fact that the Tribal Bond purchases fell outside the investment parameters set forth in the investment advisory contracts of certain Hughes clients and of the Atlantic pooled investment vehicle in which the Tribal Bonds were purchased. When Hughes and Atlantic clients learned about the purchase of the Tribal Bonds in their accounts, several of them demanded that the Tribal Bonds be sold. However, because there was no ready secondary market for the Tribal Bonds, no Tribal Bonds have been sold from any Hughes or Atlantic client accounts. In addition, JASON GALANIS and his co-conspirators failed to apprise clients of Hughes and Atlantic regarding substantial conflicts of interest with respect to the issuance and placement of the Tribal Bonds before the Tribal Bonds were purchased on these clients’ behalf.

In addition, a portion of the misappropriated proceeds was recycled and provided by JASON GALANIS to entities affiliated with co-conspirators in order to enable the purchase of subsequent Tribal Bonds issued by the WLCC. As a result of the use of recycled proceeds to purchase additional issuances of Tribal Bonds, the face amount of Tribal Bonds outstanding increased and the amount of interest payable by the WLCC increased, but the actual bond proceeds available for investment on behalf of the WLCC did not increase.

In addition to the prison term, JASON GALANIS, 47, was sentenced to three years of supervised release. GALANIS was also ordered to forfeit $43,277,436 and to make restitution in the amount of $43,785,176.

Trial with respect to the remaining defendants is scheduled to begin on February 5, 2018, before the Honorable Ronnie Abrams.

This conviction represents JASON GALANIS’s second conviction in this District in the past year. On February 15, 2017, GALANIS was sentenced by the Honorable P. Kevin Castel to 135 months in prison in connection with his participation in a scheme to manipulate the market for Gerova Financial Group, Ltd. (“Gerova”), a publicly traded company listed on the New York Stock Exchange, and to defraud the shareholders of that company.

Mr. Kim praised the work of the U.S. Postal Inspection Service and the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and thanked the SEC.
[1] As for the defendants who have not pled guilty, the description of the charges set forth herein constitute only allegations.

Woman Charged For Defrauding Donors Of Over $50,000 By Misrepresenting That She Had Terminal Cancer

  Joon H. Kim, the Acting United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, William F. Sweeney Jr., the Assistant Director-in-Charge of the New York Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (“FBI”), and Emil Califano, Chief of the Village of Ardsley Police Department, announced today charges against VEDOUTIE HOOBRAJ, a/k/a “Shivonie Deokaran,” for allegedly engaging in a scheme to defraud donors through false representations that she had been diagnosed with terminal leukemia and needed money to pay for her treatments.   HOOBRAJ was arrested in Orlando, Florida this morning and will be presented before a Magistrate Judge in the Middle District of Florida. 

Acting Manhattan U.S. Attorney Joon H. Kim said:  “Vedoutie Hoobraj allegedly concocted an elaborate story about having cancer when she did not, using GoFundMe pages and accepting money raised by a local high school, all supposedly to fund her medical care.  Hoobraj even falsified medical records for donors to conceal the fraud.  I commend our law enforcement partners for thwarting this allegedly brazen fraud.”
Assistant Director-in-Charge William F. Sweeney Jr. said:  “Vedoutie Hoobraj went to great lengths to hide behind her self-fabricated cancer diagnosis.  Not only did she allegedly allow the people of her community to hold fundraisers on her behalf, including a local high school football team, but sat idly by as they showered her and her family with their love, money, and unwavering support.  To further aggravate the matter, as alleged, she actively peddled her story in an effort to make more money; falsely claimed that she received treatment from legitimate doctors and hospitals; and produced fake test results to support her claims. Hoobraj's alleged crime is not only an injustice to those who were kind enough to help her, but also to those who do truly need the support of their communities and may now be met with suspicion because of Hoobraj’s alleged behavior.    
According to the allegations in the Complaint[1] unsealed today in Manhattan federal court:
Beginning in at least about October 2014 and through at least March 2016, in Westchester County, New York, and elsewhere, HOOBRAJ engaged in a scheme that solicited donations through fraudulent representations that she had been diagnosed with terminal cancer and needed money for living and medical expenses.   
HOOBRAJ obtained donations from donors through checks and fund transfers to two GoFundMe fundraising websites set up in October 2014 and August 2015 on her behalf.  The GoFundMe websites represented, among other things, that HOOBRAJ was diagnosed with leukemia and given eighteen months to live, and that HOOBRAJ’s family was suffering financial burdens from her chemotherapy treatments and other medical and living expenses.  HOOBRAJ publicized the sites in online posts and emails, among other means. 
As alleged in the Complaint, HOOBRAJ received in excess of $50,000 in donations from over 300 individuals in Ardsley, New York, and elsewhere based on these and other related misrepresentations.   Between October 2014 and December 2015, HOOBRAJ transferred a total of approximately $32,600 from an Ohio bank account operated by GoFundMe’s payment processor vendor to HOOBRAJ’s bank account in New York.  In or about November 2015, HOOBRAJ deposited two donation checks totaling $16,274 from the Student Activity Fund of Ardsley High School, in Ardsley, New York, representing proceeds of a fundraising event organized in part by a donor (“Individual-1”).  HOOBRAJ also deposited other donation checks.
In an interview with a detective at the Ardsley Police Department on or about January 20, 2016, HOOBRAJ stated, among other things, that she had been diagnosed with terminal cancer by a specified doctor at Sloan Kettering Medical Center who died in an earthquake in Nepal in April 2015, was currently being treated by another specified doctor, and had also gone to “Mount Kisco Medical Center” and “Bronx Lebanon Hospital” for treatments.  However, as alleged in the Complaint, HOOBRAJ had never been treated by these doctors and medical centers.
In or about March 2016, in an effort to prove that she had cancer, HOOBRAJ used the online messaging platform Facebook Messenger to send Individual-1 a screenshot of HOOBRAJ’s purported laboratory tests from a January 29, 2016, examination at Jacobi Medical Center in the Bronx, New York (“Jacobi”).  The results presented by HOOBRAJ appeared to indicate that her hemoglobin, platelet counts, and red blood cell counts were all outside the stated normal ranges.  Records obtained from Jacobi as part of this investigation, however, revealed that the document sent by HOOBRAJ was a forgery, and that the actual medical record previously provided by Jacobi to HOOBRAJ stated, “Your labs turned out to show no abnormalities.”   
VEDOUTIE HOOBRAJ, a/k/a “Shivonie Deokaran,” 38, of Orlando, Florida, has been charged in the Complaint with one count of wire fraud, which carries a maximum prison term of 20 years.
Mr. Kim praised the investigative work of the FBI and the Ardsley Police Department.  Mr. Kim also thanked the Westchester County District Attorney’s Office for its assistance.               
 [1] As the introductory phrase signifies, the entirety of the text of the Complaint and the description of the Complaint set forth herein constitute only allegations, and every fact described should be treated as an allegation.

Investment Bank Vice President Pleads Guilty To Insider Trading

  Joon H. Kim, the Acting United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, announced that AVANEESH KRISHNAMOORTHY, who worked as a vice president and risk management specialist for a Manhattan-based investment bank (the “Investment Bank”), pled guilty earlier today to a criminal Information (the “Information”) charging him with engaging in a scheme to commit insider trading. KRISHNAMOORTHY made over $78,000 by trading in the stock and options of three publicly traded companies based on material nonpublic information he misappropriated from the Investment Bank and its parent company (the “Company”). KRISHNAMOORTHY pled guilty before United States District Judge Jesse M. Furman.
Acting U.S. Attorney Joon H. Kim said: “As he admitted today in federal court, Avaneesh Krishnamoorthy abused his position as an investment bank executive to get nonpublic information about several companies and then trade on it. We remain committed to prosecuting financial professionals whose greed drives them to break the law.”
According to the allegations in court documents, including the Information and a previously filed criminal complaint, and statements made during court proceedings:
As a vice president and risk management specialist, KRISHNAMOORTHY was given access to material, nonpublic information concerning mergers and acquisitions in which the Investment Bank was potentially going to be retained.
In November 2016, the Investment Bank was contacted about financing the acquisition of Neustar, Inc., a company whose shares are traded on the New York Stock Exchange, by a private equity fund (the “Fund”). KRISHANMOORTHY received multiple emails regarding the Investment Bank’s potential involvement in the transaction, which also summarized the mechanics of the deal. In violation of the Company’s policies and in breach of his duties to the Company and its clients, KRISHNAMOORTHY used this material nonpublic information to acquire Neustar stock and options. In the days and weeks after receiving the emails, KRISHNAMOORTHY purchased numerous Neustar call options and hundreds of shares of Neustar stock before the public announcement of the transaction. KRISHANMOORTHY did not reveal these trades or the existence of the underlying brokerage accounts to the Company. The price of Neustar stock increased by approximately 20% following the public announcement of the Fund’s acquisition of Neustar on December 14, 2016. KRISHNAMOORTHY also used material nonpublic information that he received from the Company to make profitable trades in securities of Cabelas Inc. and Axiall Corporation.
As a result of the scheme, KRISHNAMOORTHY reaped over $78,000 in ill-gotten gains, which he has agreed to forfeit to the Government as part of his plea agreement.
KRISHNAMOORTHY, 42, pled guilty to one count of securities fraud, which carries a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison and a maximum fine of $5 million, or twice the gross gain or loss from the offense. The statutory maximum sentence is prescribed by Congress and is provided here for informational purposes only, as any sentencing of the defendant would be determined by the judge.
KRISHNAMOORTHY is scheduled to be sentenced November 21, 2017.
Mr. Kim praised the investigative work of the Federal Bureau of Investigation and thanked the Securities and Exchange Commission.

A.G. Schneiderman And Comptroller Dinapoli Announce 2 To 6 Year Prison Sentence For Former Councilman Ruben Wills In Public Corruption Scheme

  Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman and State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli announced the sentencing of former New York City Councilman Ruben Wills (D-Queens) to 2 to 6 years in prison; Will was also ordered to pay nearly $33,000 in restitution and a $5,000 fine.'
The sentencing followed an eleven-day trial in July that resulted in a guilty verdict on five counts related to Will’s theft of approximately $30,000 in public campaign funds and state grant money. The jury found Wills guilty of one count of Scheme to Defraud in the First Degree, two counts of Grand Larceny in the Third Degree , and two counts of Offering a False Instrument for Filing in the First Degree. Wills was previously expelled from the New York City Council; he was immediately taken into custody today. 

“New Yorkers deserve public servants whose priority is the needs of their constituents, not lining their own pockets. Instead of spending taxpayer money on projects to help his community, Ruben Wills betrayed the public trust by stealing tens of thousands for himself – and he’ll now pay the price,” said Attorney General Eric Schneiderman. “We will continue to ensure that public servants who act as though they’re above the law are brought to justice.”

"Ruben Wills stole money meant to benefit the community he was sworn to serve. Thanks to my investigators and auditors working with Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, Mr. Wills has been brought to justice," said State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli. “We must have a zero tolerance for public corruption and we will continue to partner with law enforcement to root out fraud and protect the taxpayers."  

In addition to serving 2 to 6 years in prison, Wills will pay $11,500 in restitution to the New York City Campaign Finance Board and $21,374 to the New York State Office of Children and Family Services (OCFS). He will also pay a $5,000 fine.

The jury found that, Wills used public matching funds from his 2009 campaign for City Council to pay $11,500 to Micro Targeting, a shell company purportedly created to translate and distribute campaign literature. Prosecutors proved that the money paid to Micro Targeting was instead redirected to NY 4 Life, a non-profit corporation  that Wills controlled. Wills withdrew the money and made a series of personal purchases, including at Macy’s, where he used a portion of the funds to purchase a $750 Louis Vuitton handbag.  

Prosecutors also detailed how Wills used $21,000 in State grant funds for personal and political expenses. 

The $21,000 was part of a $33,000 grant provided to NY 4 Life from the OCFS, earmarked by former State Senator Shirley Huntley while Wills was serving as Huntley’s chief of staff. The grant stipulated that the money had to be used to conduct four public service projects. Yet witnesses at trial testified that NY 4 Life only held one event during the contract period, while Wills used approximately $21,000 of the funds for personal and political expenses, including at Nordstrom and Home Depot. Wills also used a portion of the money to pay individuals who had carried out campaign work for his City Council race. 

Judge Ira Margulis presided over the trial and sentencing. 

Since 2011, Attorney General Schneiderman, through his “Operation Integrity” partnership with Comptroller DiNapoli, has brought charges against dozens of individuals implicated in public corruption schemes around the state – resulting in the return of over $11 million in restitution to taxpayers through these convictions. 

A.G. Schneiderman Announces $5.5 Million Multi-State Settlement With Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company Over 2012 Data Breach

Breach Involving 32 States Exposed Personal Information Of 1.27 Million Consumers, Including 2,810 New Yorkers
New York State Will Receive Nearly $104,000
  Attorney General Schneiderman  announced that New York, along with 32 other states, has reached a settlement with the Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company and its subsidiary, Allied Property & Casualty Insurance Company, concerning an October 2012 data breach. The data breach, which the states allege had been caused by the failure to apply a critical security patch intended to prevent hacking or viral infection, resulted in the loss of personal information belonging to 1.27 million consumers – including 2,810 New Yorkers. The breach included social security numbers, driver’s license numbers, credit scoring information, and other personal data initially collected to provide insurance quotes to consumers applying for Nationwide insurance plans—many of whom did not ultimately become insured by the company. In addition to agreeing to improve its data security, Nationwide will pay a total of $5.5 million, including $103,736.78 to New York State.
“Nationwide demonstrated true carelessness while collecting and retaining information from prospective customers, needlessly exposing their personal data in the process,” said Attorney General Schneiderman. “This settlement should serve as a reminder that companies have a responsibility to protect consumers’ personal information regardless of whether or not those consumers become customers. We will hold companies to account if they don’t.”
The settlement requires Nationwide to take a number of steps to both update its security practices and to ensure the timely application of patches and other updates to its security software. Nationwide must also hire a technology officer responsible for monitoring and managing software and application security updates, including supervising employees responsible for evaluating and coordinating the maintenance, management, and application of all security patches and software and application security updates. Additionally, Nationwide agreed to take steps during the next three years to strengthen its security practices, including:
  • Updating its procedures and policies relating to the maintenance and storage of consumers’ personal data.
  • Conducting regular inventories of the patches and updates applied to its systems used to maintain consumers’ personal information.
  • Maintaining and utilizing system tools to monitor the health and security of their systems used to maintain personal information.
  • Performing internal assessments of its patch management practices and hiring an outside, independent provider to perform an annual audit of its practices regarding the collection and maintenance of personal information.
Many of the consumers whose data was lost as a result of the breach were consumers who never became Nationwide’s insureds, but the company retained their data in order to more easily provide the consumers re-quotes at a later date. Following the breach, affected consumers were provided with free credit monitoring and identity theft protection, in addition to identity fraud expense coverage up to $1 million and access to credit reports. The settlement announced today requires Nationwide to be more transparent about its data collection practices, including by disclosing to consumers that it retains their personal information, even if they do not become its customers.
The settlement was signed by a total of 33 Attorneys General, including New York, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Connecticut, Florida, Hawaii, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Vermont, Washington, and the District of Columbia.


Bronx Chamber of Commerce invites you to join us for our "Twilight Golf '5 at 5'" Golf & Networking Event

Bronx Chamber of Commerce - Bronx County Historical Society 17th Annual Golf Tournament

New York Comic Con 2017

October 5-8, 2017 | Javits Center | NYC

Wave Hill Events Aug 25–Sep 1

At Wave Hill, the week before Labor Day offers a quiet space for looking back on the summer season, and ahead to the glories—and busyness!of fall.

Sat, August 26    Family Art Project: Shades of Summer
See the world through rose (or green or blue or purple) colored glasses. Create your own custom sunglasses equipped with cool and colored lenses to feast your eyes on lush August gardens and river. Free, and admission to the grounds is free until noon

Sat, August 26    Garden Highlights Walk
Join us for an hour-long tour of seasonal garden highlights. Free, and admission to the grounds is free until noon.

Sat, August 26    Family Gallery Tour
Explore artwork on view in Glyndor Gallery on a family-friendly tour with a Curatorial Fellow. Children ages six and older welcome with an adult. Free, and admission to the grounds is free until noon.

Sat, August 26    Gallery Tour
Wave Hill’s Curatorial Fellow leads a tour of the summer exhibitions in Glyndor Gallery. An exuberant counterpoint to Wave Hill’s lush summer gardens, Flora Fantastica! shows the work of four artists who share an interest in using pattern derived from cultural and botanical sources to create fantastic hybrid forms.Nancy BlumAmy Cheng and Elisabeth Condon each has an entire room for their paintings. Jill Parisi creates an installation for the entry foyer. In the Sunroom Project Space, Jan Mun combines digital and living media to explore the movement of plant species and the immigrant experience, while a window installation by David Rios Ferreira contains drawings and collages with cartoon-inspired characters, along with historical, cultural and contemporary pop references. Free with admission to the grounds.

Sun, August 27    Family Art Project: Shades of Summer
See the world through rose (or green or blue or purple) colored glasses. Create your own custom sunglasses equipped with cool and colored lenses to feast your eyes on lush August gardens and river. Free with admission to the grounds. 

Sun, August 27    Garden Highlights Walk
Join us for an hour-long tour of seasonal garden highlights. Free with admission to the grounds.

Mon, August 28    
Closed to the public.

Tue, August 29    Garden Highlights Walk
Join us for an hour-long tour of seasonal garden highlights. Free, and admission to the grounds is free until noon.

Tue, August 29    No Gallery Tour
Regular gallery tours resume in September.

A 28-acre public garden and cultural center overlooking the Hudson River  and Palisades, Wave Hill’s mission is to celebrate the artistry and legacy of its gardens and landscape, to preserve its magnificent views, and to explore human connections to the natural world through programs in horticulture, education and the arts.

HOURS  Open all year, Tuesday through Sunday and many major holidays: 9AM–5:30PM, starting March 15.  Closes 4:30PM, November 1–March 14.
ADMISSION  $8 adults, $4 students and seniors 65+, $2 children 6–18. Free Saturday and Tuesday mornings until noon. Free to Wave Hill Members and children under 6.

PROGRAM FEES  Programs are free with admission to the grounds unless otherwise noted.

Visitors to Wave Hill can take advantage of Metro-North’s one-day getaway offer. Purchase a discount round-trip rail far and discount admission to the gardens. More at http://mta.info/mnr/html/getaways/outbound_wavehill.htm

DIRECTIONS – Getting here is easy! Located only 30 minutes from midtown Manhattan, Wave Hill’s free shuttle van transports you to and from our front gate and Metro-North’s Riverdale station, as well as the W. 242nd Street stop on the #1 subway line. Limited onsite parking is available for $8 per vehicle. Free offsite parking is available nearby with continuous, complimentary shuttle service to and from the offsite lot and our front gate. Complete directions and shuttle bus schedule at www.wavehill.org/visit/.

Information at 718.549.3200. On the web at www.wavehill.org.