Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Two Huntington Station teenagers were killed in a Melville crash early Saturday morning in a case that Suffolk County police suspect speed was a factor.Police said 18-year-old Ray Vega was speeding in a Honda northbound on Walt Whitman Road when he sideswiped a Pontiac driven by his brother, Kevin, struck a curb and then a tree at 1:14 a.m.Authorities used heavy rescue equipment to remove Ray Vega and his passenger, 17-year-old Carmen Rivera-Gotay, who were trapped in the vehicle.Ray Vega was pronounced dead at the scene and Rivera-Gotay was taken to Plainview Hospital-North Shore where she was pronounced dead.Kevin Vega, 19, and his 21-year-old passenger, Isaias Perez, both also of Huntington Station, were not injured.Second Squad detectives impounded the vehicles, are continuing the investigation and ask anyone with information to contact them at 631-854-8252.
Month: December 2020
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A Manhattan mom accused of driving drunk with her two children in the vehicle fled the scene of two accidents on the Seaford Oyster Bay Expressway Tuesday afternoon before slamming into a guardrail and overturning her Jeep Cherokee, Nassau County police said. Megan Pieroni, 38, faces several charges, including driving while intoxicated and two counts of aggravated driving while intoxicated, under Leandra’s Law. Her 5-year-old son and 10-month-old daughter, one of whom suffered a minor arm injury, were treated at a local hospital and released to the care of family members, police said. Pieroni, who injured her arm, remained in the hospital for observation, police said.Pieroni, according to police, was driving a 2008 Jeep Cherokee southbound on the Seaford Oyster Bay Expressway at Exit 12 around 3:05 p.m. when she was involved in an accident and allegedly left the scene. Several minutes later, she got into another accident near Exit 7 that resulted in the other driver sustaining a minor injury, and she fled the scene a second time, police said. At around 3:10 p.m. Pieroni lost control of the Jeep near Exit 3, slammed into a guardrail on the shoulder and overturned the SUV, police said.Responding Highway Patrol officers detected alcohol on her breath and said that she was slurring her words and had red, bloodshot eyes, police said. A breathalyzer test conducted at the scene produced a positive result, police said, though they did not release a blood-alcohol level. Pieroni was also charged with endangering the welfare of a child and leaving the scene of an accident. An arraignment date has not been set. Police said she’ll have her first court appearance “when practical.”
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Occupy Wall Street protest organizers commemorated the third anniversary of the global anti-Wall Street corruption, et al movement September 17 not by overrunning the streets of Lower Manhattan alongside tens of thousands of supporters or by staging mass acts of civil disobedience as they’ve done since the movement’s birth in 2011, but by quietly strategizing for this year’s primary action events: September 21’s People’s Climate March and September 22’s “Flood Wall Street.” A handful of OWS organizers led by Sumumba Sobukwe of OWS working group Occu Evolve rallied several dozen protestors and ran workshops throughout the day in a sparsely populated Zuccotti Park, the movement’s historic home base in the shadow of One World Trade Center just blocks from Wall Street itself. Holding signs, chanting “We are the 99 Percent!” and distributing fliers about several upcoming marches, they spoke out about issues ranging from police brutality and income inequality to Native American rights and corporate corruption under the watchful eye of the New York City Police Department, who operated a mobile command post nearby and set up barricades throughout the financial district. Officials in both white and blue uniforms patrolled the park, guarded intersections throughout Lower Manhattan and also stood ground outside many of the financial institutions OWS has criticized. “Not all of us are anarchists,” Sobukwe told the Press while handing out “Occupy The Media: Public Press” lanyards to dozens of news outlets and journalists who’d converged on Zuccotti that morning (outnumbering the activists) to cover the anniversary. “Not all of us are these quote-unquote crazy people. We really just wanted Occupy Wall Street to be a movement like the anti-Vietnam movement, like the Civil Rights movement, or more. We felt like the movement needed to evolve.“Mic check!” he boomed from the south steps of the park a few moments later—signaling supporters to activate the “People’s Microphone,” whereby all those within earshot loudly echo whatever the main speaker says. “We’re still here!” Sobukwe declared, amid a chorus of the same. “We may not be thousands, but we’re still strong. And we’re still here. Because Wall Street is still here. Committing the same crimes. Against the same people. Which are us.”Programs included independent media workshops, meet and greets, networking sessions, discussions and teach-ins including: “Occupy The Environment: Saving Our Climate;” “Stop Mass Incarceration: From Eric Garner to Michael Brown and Beyond;” “End the Militarization of Police” and a “People’s and Workers Assembly for the 99%.” These were warm-up preparations for “Flood Wall Street,” a massive collective act of nonviolent civil disobedience slated for Monday, September 22, beginning at 9 a.m. at Battery Park to coincide with the United Nations Climate Summit on September 23. From there, protestors will march and “flood” the steps of the New York Stock Exchange at noon in a massive sit-in, according to floodwallstreet.net. “Stop Capitalism. End the Climate Crisis,” declares a message on the site. “Flood, blockade, sit-in, and shut down the institutions that are profiting from the climate crisis. Wear blue.”The mass OWS action comes on the heels of what is slated to be the largest march against climate change in history—the People’s Climate March—on Sunday, September 21 in New York City. Steve Yip, an organizer associated with the nonprofit Stop Mass Incarceration Network, stressed on Wednesday the impact OWS had on “changing the discourse” about a spectrum of injustices, vowing that October would be the “Month of Resistance” replete with “nationwide walkouts” and the 19th Annual Day of Protest Against Police Brutality, Repression and the Criminalization of a Generation on October 22. “It is mass genocide!” shouted Yip, also from the south steps of Zuccotti. “No school. No work. Walk out!”Occupy Wall Street protestor Bill Johnson lashes out about income inequality, homelessness and sub-par Superstorm Sandy recovery efforts outside Zuccotti Park in Lower Manhattan Sept. 17, 2014 during the global protest movement’s third anniversary. (Christopher Twarowski/Long Island Press)Self-described radical journalist, political analyst and OWS organizer Caleb Maupin told supporters that when some of his friends and colleagues heard it was OWS’ third anniversary, they responded with something along the lines of “That’s so three years ago.” Yet, he stressed, the very same injustices which helped spark the movement still persist today. “There are still a group of businesses that are making profits from destroying our lives!” he howled. “They can’t make profits by exploiting us! So now they make profits by locking us up!”In addition to corporate greed and mass incarceration, Maupin railed against the World Business Forum—a mass gathering of business elite to be held October 7 and 8 at Radio City Music Hall that will feature speakers including former Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke—and urged all to “March against capitalism!”“We may not be in Zuccotti Park anymore,” he declared. “But we’re everywhere!”“We’re still here!” he continued. “We are the 99 percent!”That message was echoed by Robert Hernandez, also of OWS’ Occu Evolve. “Even though our numbers have dropped dramatically, we’re still here,” he told the Press prior to his turn on the People’s Mic. “We’re not giving up.”“We’ve been here three years now and we’re going to be here another three years and longer,” he vowed. “Don’t give up! Never give up!”“I’m a refugee in my own country,” lamented Willy Underbaggage of the Lakota Nation, who took the People’s Mic next. “The Earth is being ravaged. Stolen. Used. To control you. “Wall Street has done so much damage here across this land,” he continued. “Wall Street was created to thrive, to steal from indigenous people!”Occupy Wall Street protestor/figure skater/performance artist/attorney Marni Halasa threatens to give bad bankers a spanking in commemoration of the global protest movement’s third anniversary Sept. 17, 2014 in Lower Manhattan’s Zuccotti Park. (Christopher Twarowski/Long Island Press)Double-gold US Figure Skating champion, performance artist, unofficial OWS Freedom Fairy, OWS Alternative Banking working group member and attorney Marni Halasa, dressed in a skintight police costume and pretending to club jailed bad bankers with a baton (one was a handcuffed blowup doll) equated Fordham University law professor Zephyr Teachout as living proof that OWS was still alive and well, citing her David-Vs-Goliath Democratic gubernatorial primary challenge against Gov. Andrew Cuomo—which was unsuccessful, but garnered the highest percentage of the vote against an incumbent since the primary’s were introduced in 1970.“[Her campaign is] one way Occupy is still very, very relevant,” she explained to the crowd. “So if anybody said that Occupy is not relevant, we are.”“Zephyr Teachout’s campaign was one of the most exciting things that has happened in politics in years,” Halasa told the Press afterward. “And what I love about her is she takes an examination of sort of the existing power structures—like who has power in society? Why do we allow Citibank and Chase Manhattan to allocate credit? You need credit in order to have a small business and actually succeed.“You don’t hear Cuomo talk about that, you don’t really hear mainstream politicians talk about examining the power relationships in society,” she continued.“The system is fkd up!” slammed a speaker introduced as “Brother Bill.” “It needs to be changed.”Sporting a scruffy salt-and-pepper beard, he directed people to greenscissors.com, a campaign to identify and eliminate environmentally wasteful and harmful projects. The group’s 2012 report found that ending environmentally destructive federal programs would save nearly $700 billion, according to the site.“We’re marching against Wall Street and for Main Street,” he added, an accordion player taking the mic shortly after and belting out a song “about the estate tax.”“The Occupy movement is a spiritual movement,” OWS protestor Hermes Levi told the crowd through a think West African accent. “The Occupy movement wanted to make a better world.“Occupy cannot die because it’s the idea whose time has come,” he explained to the Press afterward. “The time is now. Whether it’s three people, five people, 100 people, but I say it’s about understanding…people will get it sooner or later, and once they get it, it will start…the same tactics used to win the battle will not work, so Occupy cannot die, it can only rise up again.”“The three-year anniversary and things that are happening everywhere shows that Occupy is still here,” continued Levi. “It’s not the same strength because of what happened [police and government crackdowns and its eviction from Zuccotti], but this is how history works: It’s two step forwards, one step back.“We want a better world,” he added. “The journalists come and ask us ‘What are your demands?’ We say we don’t have no demand, we want to change the world. We want to change ourselves. We ask nothing from you. So changing ourselves and changing the world is not easy, but it’s feasible, it’s plausible.”“Occupy Wall Street: From Zuccotti Park to Times Square, The Revolution Spreads” [Press Multimedia Cover Story Package Oct. 20. 2011]
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A 19-year-old Copiague man and Hofstra University sophomore athlete died Saturday of injuries suffered in a car crash on the morning New Year’s Day, the school and authorities said.Joe Ferriso was driving his Jeep on Great Neck Road when he crashed into a tree at 7:20 a.m. Jan. 1, Suffolk County police said. He was taken to Good Samaritan hospital in West Islip, where he died two days later.“Words can not describe the feeling of sorrow and sense of loss our team and the Hofstra Lacrosse family have at this time,” Seth Tierney, Hofstra Head Men’s Lacrosse Coach, said in a statement. “Joe was the definition of teammate and if we can not play with him, then we will play for him.”The Kellenberg Memorial High School graduate was a mechanical engineering major and defender on the Hofstra men’s lacrosse team. He is survived by his mother, Debbie; father, Al; and sister, Amy.Wake services for Ferriso will be held 2-4:30 p.m. and 7-9:30 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday at D’Andrea Bros.Funeral Home, 99 Oak St. in Copiague. His funeral mass is scheduled for 11 a.m. Friday at Our Lady of Assumption Church, 1 Molloy St. in Copiague.
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ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Ok, the name is a bit long, but the technology is pretty cool. Mitek’s “Commercial Mobile Deposit Capture” can certainly add a ton of value to a credit union’s already loaded arsenal of mobile services. It’s the next step in mobile and credit unions can leverage a technology like this to its growing small business membership — which ultimately enhances its value.We invited Mitek’s VP of Product of Mitek Systems Sarah Clark on the show to get the lowdown on this new mobile service. Sarah explains how this remote technology differs from the uber convenient remote deposit capture service that I can’t live without now. We also discussed how this technology can be very attractive and “sticky” service to small businesses looking for a place to manage their money — as well as how it works, why it’s needed, and when it’s available. continue reading »
Easy answer, right? We all want to say that we provide a premium experience for our members. That’s what separates us from the “ugly B” and for so many years, we’ve hung our hat on personal service.At the same time, so many credit unions strive to be the low-cost leader. I’m certain there aren’t many members paying a “premium” for that premium service. I suppose that must mean that we have reached the holy grail in retail services: no compromises.Or, perhaps it means we’re not really fulfilling our promise in either area.For the past five years, I’ve helped to install a “sales culture” in our organization at Leaders Credit Union. We’ve had call nights, scrubbed credit reports, practiced cross-selling, and the like. Yet still, some of our staff seem hesitant to embrace the consultant mindset when working with our members. I’ve always assumed this was a people problem, and we needed to “coach up, or coach out”. continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr
5SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr by: Sal ChristA leaked government report on financial institutions says more than 50 U.S. credit unions are at risk for money laundering activities. It’s not yet clear if any New Mexico credit unions are on the list. The report was leaked to the Wall Street Journal.The confidential, leaked report from the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) is said to scrutinize activities of the nationwide credit unions that put said financial institutions at risk for money laundering activities. According to the Wall Street Journal, the leaked report states that “criminal groups and drug trafficking organizations may be actively targeting vulnerable credit unions to access the formal financial system” — in part via money-services businesses that allow individuals to send funds to friends and family in other countries.Neither FinCEN nor the National Credit Union Association is commenting on the contents of the report or whether any New Mexico credit unions are on the list. continue reading »
by: Caitlin WhiteThe U.S. dollar is stronger today than it has been over the last few years. What does that mean? When we talk about the U.S. dollar being stronger, it’s about you being able to exchange more euros, pounds, yen or any other world currency for your dollar. With summer fast approaching, the strong dollar could have a positive effect on future travel plans and foreign purchases.Strong dollar = better travel deals. Summer is one of the most popular times to travel abroad, which means it’s also one of the most costly—especially when the dollar is weak in comparison to your destination’s currency.Fortunately, this summer may be the perfect time to plan your European vacation. In the last year, the euro’s average exchange rate against the U.S. dollar has decreased by almost 25 percent. Once you get there, your dollar will buy you more souvenirs than last year. According to TripAdvisor, European hotel prices are predicted to decrease by 9 percent.1 As a result, you may be able to upgrade to a nicer hotel! continue reading » 8SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr
‘We need to go beyond financial knowledge’by: P.R. LockhartFinding ways to increase an entire generation’s wealth is a messy business.That’s probably been the case for decades, but this time around things are even more complicated because millennials—those born between the early 1980’s and early 1990’s—had the unenviable task of coming of age in the wake of the Great Recession. Despite having the distinction of being America’s largest working generation, millennials have been entering one of the worst job markets in recent history while carrying unprecedented levels of debt and are struggling to attain the same levels of wealth achieved by previous generations.“Financial capability is the opportunity to put knowledge into practice,” noted Dr. Terri Friedline during a recent event at New America, where she spoke with Parker Cohen of the Corporation for Enterprise Development (CFED), Sunaena Chhatry of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, and Vox education reporter Libby Nelson about how millennials could change their financial fortunes for the better.For Dr. Friedline, the best way to accomplish this is by giving millennials the chance to practice financial decision-making. In her research, she has found that “the combination of having received financial education and being financially included via a savings account” is the most effective way to improve outcomes and help millennials prepare for financial emergencies or work toward long-term purchases. “We see that savings accounts and credit cards perform pretty consistently [as tools for financial experiential learning],” Friedline explained. continue reading » 11SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr