Board to make appointments in April Board to make appointments in April The Board of Governors is seeking applicants for the following vacancies to be filled during its April 2 meeting: Supreme Court’s Bar Admissions Committee: One lawyer to serve a two-year staggered term commencing July 1. This Supreme Court committee, which is authorized under Rule 1-26.2 of the Rules Relating to Admissions to the Bar, coordinates the work of the bench, bar, law schools, and bar examiners. It consists of 13 members, two of which are designated by the Board of Governors.Persons interested in applying for these vacancies may download the application from the Bar’s Web site, www.flabar.org, or should call Bar headquarters at (850)561-5600, ext. 5757, to obtain an application form. Completed applications must be submitted to the Executive Director, The Florida Bar, 651 East Jefferson Streeet, Tallahassee 32399-2300 no later than close of business, Monday, March 8. Resumes will not be accepted in lieu of an application. Legislative Action Under Rule 2-9.3 (b) – (e), Rules Regulating The Florida Bar, active members of the Bar may file a specific objection to any legislative position adopted by the Board of Governors.Objections properly filed within 45 days of this News issue will be considered for a refund of that portion of mandatory membership fees applicable to the contested legislative position, within an additional 45 days. The Bar’s governing board has the option to grant the appropriate refund to an objector or to refer the matter to arbitration.The arbitration process will determine solely whether the legislative position is within those acceptable activities for which compulsory membership fees may be used under applicable constitutional law. The objecting member’s fees allocable to the contested legislative position will be escrowed promptly upon receipt of the objection, and any refund will bear legal interest.Any active member may provide written notice to the executive director of The Florida Bar, setting forth an objection to a particular legislative position. Failure to object within 45 days of this News issue will constitute a waiver of any right to object to a particular legislative position within this notice.The policy requires the Bar to notice such legislative positions in the next available News issue following their adoption.Pursuant to Standing Board Policy 9.21, on January 16, 2004 the Executive Committee of the Board of Governors approved the following position of The Florida Bar:11. Supports the creation of a specialty Florida license plate whose sales would benefit children’s legal services programs administered by The Florida Bar Foundation. February 1, 2004 Regular News
In Memoriam David Edgar Bembry, Jasper Admitted 1973; Died March 28, 2004 Richard Antonio Bianco, Tampa Admitted 1951; Died August 10, 2003 Francis J. Christie, Coral Gables Admitted 1950; Died May 3, 2004 Robert Earl Collins, Wauchula Admitted 1963; Died November 9, 2003 Robert J. Compton, Ft. Pierce Admitted 1975; Died May 2, 2004 Daniel M. Dwyer, Daytona Beach Admitted 1973; Died May 3, 2004 Lloyd B. Fortner, Deland Admitted 1949; Died December 1, 2002 Monroe Gelb, Gainesville Admitted 1946; Died May 13, 2004 George Spencer Gray, Jacksonville Admitted 1987; Died May 12, 2004 Richard J. Hays, Plantation Admitted 1950; Died May 2, 2004 Mallory H. Horton, Miami Admitted 1936; Died February 20, 2004 Brooks Pettingill Hoyt, Tampa Admitted 1955; Died March 20, 2004 Ned Kirsch, South Orange, NJ Admitted 1975; Died January 13, 2004 Prentice Henry Marshall, Sr., Daytona Beach Admitted 1992; Died May 24, 2004 John Michael Mischel, Miami Admitted 1998; Died March 4, 2004 Charles M. Moon, Atlanta, GA Admitted 1950; Died November 19, 2003 Jay Mueller, Orlando Admitted 1972; Died April 2, 2004 James Norman O’Connor, Ocala Admitted 1984; Died April 26, 2004 Donald S. Reisman, Palm City Admitted 1960; Died January 27, 2003 Paul Jules Robinson, North Miami Beach Admitted 1987; Died October 11, 2003 In Memoriam July 1, 2004 In Memoriam
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Ocean Parkway before Sandy.A five-mile stretch of Ocean Parkway reopened Thursday, just shy of the six-month anniversary of Sandy, which washed out miles of its protective dunes, causing chunks of the road to crumble.The eastbound lanes of the parkway had been detoured onto the westbound side—both of which were reduced to one lane between Tobay and Cedar beaches since late November, when reconstruction began a month after the Oct. 29 superstorm.“The reopening of Ocean Parkway is a milestone on the road to back to normalcy after Superstorm Sandy, and because of the way we wrote the Sandy relief bill, it was accomplished in record time and at full federal funding,” U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer said. “I will continue to fight for the resources to make this iconic road stronger and better protected, so that when we face the next major storm, this road isn’t washed away.”The $33-million job was completed just in time to meet a deadline that ensured full reimbursement from the Federal Highway Administration’s Emergency Relief Program—a month before Memorial Day weekend, the unofficial start of the summer beach and tourist season on Long Island.The 16-mile parkway connects Jones Beach State Park with Meadowbrook and Wantagh State parkways to the west and Robert Moses Causeway and Captree State Park at its east end as well as a string of town beaches and seaside communities in between.The eastbound lanes of Ocean Parkway between Wantagh and Meadowbrook are still closed while construction crews are repairing a Sandy-damaged Jones Beach pedestrian tunnel.On the larger project, crews had worked around the clock dredging 800,000 cubic square yards of sand from the Fire Island Inlet, pumping it onto the eastern end of Jones Beach Island and trucking it down to the Gilgo Beach area to rebuild the dunes where the damage was worst.Orient Beach State Park on the eastern tip of the North Fork is scheduled to reopen Saturday. Robert Moses State Park, which had its traffic circle undermined by the storm surge, is slated to reopen by Memorial Day.
Bay Park Sewage Treatment PlantNassau County lawmakers have approved more than a quarter of a billion dollars in borrowing to fund repairs to the Sandy-damaged Bay Park Sewage Treatment Plant, but another half-billion is still needed.Legislators unanimously approved bonding for $262 million to fix the plant and its sister facility, the Cedar Creek Water Pollution Control Plant in Seaford, on Monday after Democrats initially refused to give Republicans in the GOP-controlled chamber the supermajority votes needed to pass the full $722 million in borrowing that County Executive Ed Mangano requested.“We are committed to spending every single penny that necessary to renovate that plant,” Minority Leader Kevan Abrahams (D-Hempstead) said afterward. “The idea would be to continue to talk and move ahead.”Presiding Officer Norma Gonsalves (R-East Meadow) added: “I hope that somehow within the next few days we’ll be able to continue that work toward compromise and get what we need to put this plan in action.”The vote followed hours of heated debate over adding to the cash-strapped county’s $3-billion debt load in order to fix the Bay Park plant, which failed during Sandy, flooding homes and waterways with sewage before temporary repairs got it back online a month later.Democrats cautioned that there needs to be oversight over such large amounts of money in light of investigations reportedly ongoing into prior Sandy contracts. Republicans warned that if the county doesn’t act fast, federal Sandy aid reimbursement funds could dry up or another storm could hit.“We can’t continue to wait,” Adrienne Esposito, executive director of Farmingdale-based Citizens Campaign for the Environment, told the legislators amid the debate. “We’ve become very casual about sewage coming to our waterways. It’s sickening.”Mangano in May led residents on a tour of the Bay Park plant that serves about 40 percent of the county to outline upgrade plans to ensure it won’t fail in future storms and install an ocean outflow pipe that would extend passed the current one in Reynolds Channel. That tour followed a report that found that Bay Park’s Sandy spill was the worst in New York State and the second worst in the Northeast. Before the storm, the rickety state of Bay Park and its sister plant, Cedar Creek, had been the subject of a Press investigative series.The borrowing still needs to be approved by the Nassau Interim Finance Authority, the state-appointed fiscal control board that has yet to meet since Democrats and Republicans broke a longstanding stalemate last month over bonding to pay for overdue property tax refunds.In a back-and-forth with legislators over the sewage plant repair money, Chief Deputy County Executive Rob Walker warned: “You cant afford to take the risk and wait.” Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Have you seen this burglar?A burglar got into a physical altercation when he was caught breaking into a house in Lake Ronkonkoma two weeks ago, Suffolk County police said Monday.The burglar kicked down the rear door of a house and when the homeowner’s relative went to check on the house, when a confrontation ensued and the suspect fled on foot Sunday, Jan.12, according to Sixth Squad detectives.Two suspects were caught on surveillance video inside the house. Police released images from that video in the hopes that someone will recognize them.One of the suspects was described as a white man in his late 20s or early 30s, 6-feet, 1-inch tall, 220 pounds with short brown hair. He was wearing a black sweatshirt, a black North Face knit hat and jeans.Crime Stoppers is offering a cash reward of up to $5,000 for information that leads to an arrest.Anyone with information about this crime is asked to call anonymously to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-220-TIPS. All calls will be kept confidential.
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Gary MeliusGary Melius, the politically connected owner of Oheka Castle in Huntington, was shot and wounded at the sprawling Gold Coast estate on Monday, Suffolk County police said.The 69-year-old, who lives at the catering hall, hotel and restaurant, was hit by gunfire while apparently getting into his vehicle before a family member drove him to a nearby hospital, police said. He was described as alert and conscious before going into surgery, police said.A Suffolk County police spokeswoman confirmed that officers responded to a report of a man shot in the parking lot outside Oheka at 12:30 p.m., but few other details were available in the early stage of the investigation.“I’ve had my differences with Gary politically, but this is really just a tremendously awful act,” Nassau County Democratic Chairman Jay Jacobs said. “This is shocking and sickening.”Police are searching for a masked gunman. Multiple news outlets reported that the gunman fled in a gray Jeep Cherokee.Melius, known as a power-broker among local political circles, has often hosted card games and meals at the sprawling mansion-estate-turned-luxury hotel, restaurant, catering and wedding hall, with guests ranging from former U.S. Sen. Al D’Amato to Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano and Rep. Peter King (R-Seaford). Oheka has also been the site of high-profile marriages, including that of disgraced former Congressman Anthony Weiner (which former President Bill Clinton officiated) and pop sensation Kevin Jonas of The Jonas Brothers.The developer has also contributed generously throughout the years to numerous political campaigns, including Republican, Democratic and Independence Party candidates. Melius made headlines in December when authorities announced that he had asked then-Nassau County Police Commissioner Thomas Dale to arrest a man who was a witness in an campaign-season election lawsuit that effectively aimed to help Dale’s boss, Mangano, win re-election.Mangano fired Dale when details of the case were made public.K-9 and aviation units searched the area for the suspect. Investigators are reviewing surveillance video for clues. Second Squad detectives are continuing the investigation.
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Village of Great Neck Plaza officials allegedly broke the law by discriminating against affordable-housing applicants based on race, age and disability, a pair of fair-housing nonprofit advocacy groups alleged in a federal lawsuit they filed last week.The village set discriminatory requirements for residents seeking affordable housing units in a 94-unit rental development called the Maestro, according to the lawsuit filed by Long Island Housing Services (LIHS) and the Fair Housing Justice Center (FHJC). The suit also names the Nassau County Industrial Development Agency, which provided financial assistance to Plaza Landmark, the developer of the Maestro.“In general theory, without a neutral policy that is applied evenly, these laws tend to maintain the status quo,” said Erik Heins, the attorney for LIHS. “In this case, the racial proportions of the village and the surrounding peninsula are much less balanced than the rest of the county.”The village code outlines three categories of prospective residents, giving preference to residents of the village and residents of Great Neck Peninsula, both of which are predominately white, over residents of other areas of Nassau County. Seventy-eight percent of the village population and 74 percent of the peninsula population is non-Hispanic white, according to the 2010 U.S. Census.“Our primary goal is to make sure that these preferences do not prevent minorities from coming in,” said Diane Houk, the attorney for FHJC.The code also defines eligible residents in all three categories to be either under the age of 40 or over the age of 65. These requirements violate Nassau County law, Houk said.The lawsuit is based on a joint investigation conducted by the plaintiffs in 2013. The investigation found, in addition to the residency and age requirements, the village would not allow any applicant with disabilities to have a live-in home health care aide who was not related to the applicant.Attorneys for the village and county were not immediately available for comment.The lawsuit is the latest in several accusations of housing discrimination on Long Island. U.S. District Judge Arthur D. Spatt ruled in December that a Garden City zoning ordinance discriminated against minority residents. And the U.S. Department of Justice filed a lawsuit against the Town of Oyster Bay in April over alleged discrimination in the town’s affordable housing programs.
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A Levittown man has admitted to driving drunk at 120 mph when he caused a crash that killed his 23-year-old passenger on the Northern State Parkway in Westbury last year.Brian Friedrichs pleaded guilty Monday to second-degree manslaughter and driving while intoxicated.“It is a miracle that many more lives were not lost,” Acting Nassau County District Attorney Madeline Singas said. “It reminds us how dangerous ‘first time’ DWI offenders can be.”Prosecutors said the 23-year-old was driving a Mazda 3 westbound when he crashed near the Post Avenue exit at 4 a.m., Tuesday, July 22. Both Friedrichs and his passenger, Christopher Gallina, were ejected from the vehicle after it struck a wall and rolled over.Friedrichs had a blood alcohol content of 0.14 percent at the time.Judge Alan Honorof is expected to sentence him on May 18 to four to 12 years in prison.
10SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Six laws to promote a corporate culture of integrity.by: Kelly SchmidtTruer words have never been spoken…“Raise your hand if you have taught your children not to lie,” Larry Johnson asked the audience at CUES’ Directors Conference this week. Over 400 hands reached for the sky.“Raise your hand if you have ever told a lie,” followed up Johnson, co-author of Absolute Honesty: Building a Corporate Culture That Values Straight Talk and Rewards Integrity. Again, over 400 arms went into the air.So, where is the disconnect? How can we say one thing, but practice the complete opposite? More importantly, how can we build a corporate culture that values straight talk and rewards integrity when we are all less than stellar at always telling the truth?At Directors Conference, Johnson presented “Six Laws of Absolute Honesty.”Law #1: Tell the truth.We know everyone tells white lies from time to time. The problem is, individuals have different opinions about when the total truth should be told. When Johnson asked the audience, “What is your criteria for not telling a white lie?” several answers came back, including:if the consequence is worse than the lieif it is for something illegal, immoral or unethicalif the lie is unfair to others continue reading »
1SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Randall Smith Randall Smith is the co-founder of CUInsight.com, the host of The CUInsight Experience podcast, and a bit of a wanderlust.As one of the co-founders of CUInsight.com he … Web: www.CUInsight.com Details I had the opportunity to spend the week at CUES Symposium 2015 in San Juan, Puerto Rico. I know, tough assignment for the first week of February. Some how we all manage through the 85 degrees heat and ocean breezes.CUES Symposium brought together some 220+ credit union CEOs and board chairs. This conference is different in that for the CEO to attend the must bring their board chair. Sessions and activities focus on building and improving on this key relationship and developing the roles of each in their credit union.Monday started with a welcome from CUES President/CEO, Chuck Fagan. You could see the discomfort of many CEOs and board chairs when Chuck presented the statistic that 50% of the workforce will be millennials by the year 2020. I may have even heard a “Kids these days” at my table. Chuck focused on the changing workplace and the need to modernize education in our credit unions. You can read more about how CUES is helping with this in Chuck’s latest Community article, “2020 Learning: Wherever, whenever and on the device you prefer.”Jay Baer, marketing strategist and best selling author held a rousing general session on Youtility. Jay spoke about Facebook and social media and how every single member and nonmember’s Facebook feed is a combination of personal and commercial relationships. The focus of Jay’s presentation was to get the credit unions to stop trying to be amazing and start being useful. Doing this is what he calls “Youtility,” marketing so useful that people would pay for it. Jay gave examples of companies doing it right, Hilton Hotels, Clorox and even mentioned a couple credit unions (Elevations Credit Union and Idaho Central Credit Union).The following three days had the attendees of CUES Symposium divided into three groups based on asset size of their credit union. The groups rotated by day through sessions presented by:Richard Powers a senior lecturer from the Rotman School of Management and the CUES Governance Leadership Institute. Mr. Powers facilitated the session entitled “The Tone at the Top: Strong Ethics Make Strong Credit Unions.”Sarah Robinson a business strategist, speaker and the author of Fierce Loyalty. Ms. Robinson led her session “Fierce Loyalty: Unlocking the DNA of Wildly Successful Brand Communities.”Doug Nielsen, CSP, MSW, LCSW, an author, performance interventionist, coach and psychotherapist. Mr. Nielsen’s session was titled “The Core Connected Leader: Unleashing Your Inner Power.”All three sessions were interactive and involved many discussions between the CEOs and board chairs in attendance. There may have even been an guitar and singing that happened in one group.CUES Symposium 2016 will take place next year at the Grand Wailea Resort Hotel and Spa in Maui, Hawaii (my personal favorite place on earth). So mark January 31 – February 4, 2016 off your calendar, grab your board chair and plan on being in Maui.