Florida Association for Women Lawyers celebrates 50th year

first_imgFlorida Association for Women Lawyers celebrates 50th year July 15, 2001 Assistant Editor Regular News It had been a long 53 years since the first woman was admitted to practice law in Florida. The National Association for Women Lawyers had been around for 52 years. Anna Brenner Meyers, the first president of FAWL, and Judge Mattie Belle Davis thought it was high time women lawyers in Florida made their voices heard.Despite their steps in the right direction, women lawyers who practiced in the early 20th century still faced many challenges that seem almost absurd today. Women could practice law for 60 years before they were allowed to vote. Women lawyers faced all male juries until 1947, and it was 1975 before the U.S. Supreme Court ruled women could finally argue their cases before mixed juries.Judge Davis experienced most of the difficult times firsthand, and she has, as FAWL’s lead historian, nearly completed a manuscript of FAWL’s rich history. A History of Florida Association for Women Lawyers, 1951-2001 will soon be published by the Miami Review. From the state’s first female Bar president and Supreme Court justice, to FAWL’s vehement backing of the Equal Rights Amendment, the organization has much to be proud of, Davis said.At FAWL’s annual meeting in Orlando, outgoing President Barbara Eagan lauded Davis and her co-editor, Henrietta Biscoe, for all their hard work and dedication to the project. Davis brought a large scrapbook with her, incorporating news articles and FAWL Journals from the first 40 years of FAWL. The yellowed pages chronicled a wealth of events intrinsic to FAWL’s growth. At 91, Davis is working as hard as she can to incorporate information for the past decade in order to complete the book this summer.Davis also brought a typewritten copy of her manuscript, lovingly edited and scribbled on as she remembers facts to add. She plans to finish the manuscript in late July, then turn the book over for typesetting. The 2,500 copies of the soft-cover book will be printed under FAWL’s name with Judge Davis and Biscoe listed as the editors and compilers.Funds bequeathed to Judge Davis by her friend Emma Roesing, one of FAWL’s founding members who died in 1989, will be used to cover the cost of publishing the book.Some of the events covered in the book include the state’s first female DCA judge Susan Black in 1979; the advent of FAWL chapters in 1980; the first FAWL liaison to the Bar’s Board of Governors in 1982; the 1982 pact for Equal Rights Amendment funding; the 1984 fight for formation of a gender bias commission, which was accomplished in 1986; in 1985, Rosemary Barkett became the first state Supreme Court justice; in 1993, Patricia Seitz became the first female president of the Bar, and in 1999, Edith Osman became the second; and in 1998 Barbara Pariente became the second female justice on the state’s high court, and in 1999, Peggy Quince followed suit.For more information about FAWL’s history, visit www.fawl.org, or e-mail their executive director, Pat Stephens, at fawl@fawl.org. Henrietta Biscoe, left, and Judge Mattie Belle Davis present FAWL’s scrapbook Florida Association for Women Lawyers celebrates 50th yearAmy K. Brown Assistant Editor June 30, 1951 is an important date for women lawyers in Florida. On that balmy day in Miami Beach, 27 female lawyers met officially for the first time as the Florida Association for Women Lawyers. The women sought to encourage equal footing for themselves in their chosen profession, and looked for fellowship and camaraderie in the male-dominated justice system. last_img read more

Lawyers and kids connect through cyberspace

first_img Lawyers and kids connect through cyberspace Associate Editor After a long day as a Miami criminal defense lawyer, Mark Eiglarsh got home around 8 p.m., greeted his wife, gave his yellow lab pup a pat on the head, and checked his e-mail. He smiled. There it was again: another computer message from a sophomore at the Legal and Public Affairs Magnet at Miami Senior High asking another interesting question: “If George Bush catches Osama bin Laden and chooses to have secret trials, what would your feelings be as a former prosecutor?” Before he kicked back for the evening, Eiglarsh was happy to zap back a thoughtful answer. Summed up briefly, it went something like this: “I am not in favor of anything secretive. I already have problems with cameras not permitted in federal court. And a trial about something the entire nation has strong feelings about shouldn’t be kept from public view. On the other hand, if I were the lawyer representing him, I wouldn’t want to let anyone into the courtroom.” And so goes another day in the life of an “e-mentor” participating in a new project launched by the Dade County Bar Association Young Lawyers Division. “It’s going spectacularly,” reports Eiglarsh, who co-chairs the bar association’s Schools Committee and serves on Dade’s YLD board of directors. “My mentee is a sophomore who has a 4.4 grade point average and is extremely communicative. I feared he would not be, but from Day One he has had no problem opening up.” His mentee, Daris Hechevarria, agrees the new e-mentoring experience is rolling along great with Eiglarsh, who was a state prosecutor before becoming a criminal defense lawyer, and loves to tell his war stories of what it’s really like in court. “My mentor is the perfect match for me, because I want to be in the FBI and my mentor is in criminal defense. We were made for each other,” says Hechevarria, who participates in his school’s mock trial team and plans to get a degree in criminology. Even e-mentoring has the power to carry a personal touch. “The idea of being matched up with someone who is in the field of work that you want to go into is genius. It is like having a friend that can tell you anything that you want to know about law. I personally love law, so this program is ideal for me,” Hechevarria says. That’s the idea of e-mentoring, a chance for high school students interested in a legal career to learn from real-life lawyers. And the give-and-take of ideas, feelings, and information is as easy as typing on a computer keyboard — mentoring that can be accomplished any time of day or night. The rules for the e-mentoring project say there must be at least one e-mail exchange a week. But the words are flowing freely for most mentors and mentees. “We e-mail most every day, and he always has questions for me. We’ve spoken not only about political issues and controversial issues. We also warmed up in the beginning with family issues. I learned he had a poodle growing up. I had to admit that I, too, had two French poodles growing up, but made him promise not to tell anyone. Now I have a yellow lab who’s 65 pounds,” Eiglarsh adds with a laugh. As a board member of Big Brothers/Big Sisters, Eiglarsh has long known the satisfaction of mentoring children, and he admits the time and energy it takes to spend time with a child in person is more rewarding. But in the busy world of lawyering, he applauds the convenience of cyberspace connecting, and believes it, too, has the potential to make a positive difference in motivating and inspiring children. “Just knowing a concerned adult in a kid’s life is there ready to answer questions is very valuable,” Eiglarsh says. “It’s very, very accommodating to be able to communicate through this manner, because you have access to a device, 24-7.” And Hechevarria adds: “I used to never go online except for doing homework. But now I have something to look forward to every time I sign on.” In late October, the e-mentoring project kicked off with an opening event that provided a chance for the students to get to know their e-mentors face-to-face. As Justin Elegant, program coordinator of the e-mentoring project, and co-chair of the Schools Committee, described it: “In a private room in the back of the library, there were a group of mentors on one side and nervous mentees on the other. After some brief remarks, they were ordered to find their partner, with the same number on the name tag, and have some food and cake. Then they went off to different tables in the library and talked. Some talked for about an hour. It was so nice to see the relationships forming.” Elegant, who also serves on the advisory board of the legal magnet program at Miami High, said his goal was to link the school’s program and the young lawyers of the Dade County Bar Association. “I spent a lot of time researching programs throughout the country,” Elegant said. “I didn’t find one like this anywhere in the country.” Recently, he was very pleased to learn that just two weeks after the opening event, the American Bar Association YLD has nominated his program for presentation at its Spring Conference in May in Denver, Colorado. The program is coordinated at the school through lead teacher Ed Asper, who says: “The legal profession gets a bum rap about how cold and materialistic lawyers are, but lawyers are also very warm when it comes to students and education.. . . Even if these students never go into the profession, at least these students have been exposed to the law. And the whole community will benefit, because now we have been preparing better citizens.” E-mentoring is a lot more structured than back-and-forth computer messages between students and lawyers. Elegant crafted a 16-page document that outlines everything from general tips for successful mentoring (use spell check on all e-mail messages to ensure accuracy) to general tips for mentees (express feelings and emotions, be truthful and honest) to program structure (a minimum of weekly e-mails on Tuesday or Wednesday, and three required face-to-face meetings at Miami Senior High throughout the year) to safety policies (do not share your home address or phone number, no gift-giving of any kind). Elegant jump-starts the communication with topics of the week and appointed a steering committee of three lawyers — Leyza F. Blanco, Elizabeth B. Honkonen, and Misty Taylor — to closely monitor the progress and success of the mentoring relationships. The first week’s get-to-know-you topic started out casually: “What is your favorite food? Book? Movie? If you could have dinner with any two people, who and why?” The topic of the second week turned to serious current events: “What should the U.S. do with the site where the World Trade Center towers stood? Will the U.S. capture Osama bin Laden? Do you think that capturing bin Laden will solve the problem of terrorism? Why, or why not? Should the U.S. alter its immigration policies?” So far, the project involving 14 girls and eight boys is so popular, there is already a waiting list of mentors and mentees. Elegant said he wanted to keep it small so the program could be monitored closely to ensure its success. When Elegant kicked off the program with a little talk at Miami High, he explained the mission to the students as “enhancing your education with real work and career-type advice and to give you another positive adult role model to help you. Your mentor will be kind of a tutor, kind of a friend, somebody you can work with and learn from.” In the middle of his talk, Elegant tossed in the notion of networking and how to get summer jobs related to the law, and a student raised his hand and said, “I just want to thank you for working on this project.” When it came time to pair up mentors and mentees, Christi Sherouse, a Coral Gables attorney, couldn’t have been happier. “When my mentee walked into the room, before we even knew who we’d get, she caught my eye. We ended up being paired together, and it seems we have a lot in common. We’re clicking,” Sherouse says. “It was very, very easy to break the ice with her.” Her mentee, Leslie Molina, says: “How’s it going? Simply wonderful.. . . I’m grateful that they matched me up with Christienne, because we are a lot alike. Much like her, I’d like to be in the courtroom rather than do paper work, so speaking to her is very encouraging for my future plans.” Sherouse, once a prosecutor who now does mostly defense work, recalls she knew she wanted to be a lawyer when she was in high school. “But I didn’t know any lawyers. There were no lawyers in our family or family friends. I didn’t know what lawyers really do. How do lawyers spend their day? How do you get ready for court? I had a million questions.” Now, she’s volunteered to try to answer a million questions, and she’s loving it. What mentee Molina hopes to gain is “above all, a friendship with someone in the business I want to go into. I personally enjoy the company of older people and appreciate their advice, so I guess another friend. “Also, I think the experiences and stories she can share with me will either encourage me to continue with my ambition to become a lawyer or decide that perhaps there’s a better opportunity for me in another career field. Either way, I hope to gain a bit of wisdom.” Lawyer Sherouse says she is already getting something back from her e-mentoring experience: “My mentee is so bright and interested in making the world a better place. She’s interested in environmental law and goes out on the weekend and plants trees. She’s active in so many ways and so idealistic that she can make a difference. And that has resparked that idealism in me.” December 1, 2001 Jan Pudlow Associate Editor Regular News Lawyers and kids connect through cyberspacelast_img read more

Bar Leaders Conference set for July in Tallahassee

first_img Bar Leaders Conference set for July in Tallahassee Toyca D. Williams Special to the News Voluntary bar leaders will head to Florida’s capital to network and discuss the successes and challenges faced by attorneys who volunteer in their local bar associations.The 2004 Voluntary Bar Leaders Conference is set for July 23-24 in Tallahassee. As this year’s theme suggests, “Raising the Bar — A Capital Idea,” the annual workshop gives participants an opportunity to discuss voluntary bar association programs, share what works in their communities, and gather helpful tips to improve existing programs.The workshop topics include membership recruitment and retention, fundraising, and other sources of nondues revenue, association finances, pro bono outreach, membership profiling, trends in association communications, and more.The conference, which moves around the state, is being co-hosted by several bar associations in Florida’s Panhandle, including the Tallahassee and Escambia-Santa Rosa bars, Tallahassee Women Lawyers, Tallahassee Barristers Association, Florida Government Bar Association, The Florida Bar Voluntary Bar Liaison Committee, Florida Council of Bar Association Presidents, and the Florida Council of Bar Executives.“The Voluntary Bar Leaders Conference is an essential tool to all new and rising leaders within their voluntary bar associations to learn about topics ranging from effective leadership, taxation and accounting do’s and don’ts, communication within and between various bar associations, successful Law Week activities, and conducting excellent programs for your members,” said Kathy Maus, chair of the event’s planning committee.Florida Supreme Court Justice Peggy Quince will serve as the keynote speaker. Justice Quince, the first African-American woman appointed to the Florida Supreme Court, will discuss how her voluntary bar involvement contributed to her success in the profession. Quince said voluntary bars provide support networks for lawyers with similar interests.“I cannot say enough about the value of voluntary bars,” Justice Quince said. “To me, they are the professional equivalent of our local places of worship, where we gather to remind ourselves what our lives are about, to support and nurture each other, to provide support for issues of interest to the entire Florida Bar, to remind ourselves of the values we share, and to promote our common good and our common objectives.”Justice Quince is currently involved in the National Bar Association and Tallahassee Women Lawyers. She is an active member of The Florida Bar’s Government Lawyers Section, the Criminal Law Section, and the Equal Opportunities Law Section. While living in Hillsborough County, Quince was a member of the George Edgecomb Bar, the Hillsborough County Bar, Hillsborough Association of Women Lawyers, and the Tampa Bay Inn of Court.In addition to Justice Quince, Second Circuit Chief Judge Charles A. Francis will provide an update on court funding, and Judge Terry P. Lewis of Tallahassee will share the highs in writing two novels.The planning committee hopes to provide a program for the whole family to enjoy, including a Friday night reception at the Wakulla Springs State Park, that features one of the world’s largest and deepest fresh water springs, surrounded by nearly 5,000 acres of pristine forest. A lawyers rock band, The Big Kahunas, will provide music.“You won’t find a more stimulating and informative program for voluntary bar leaders,” Maus said. “It provides an opportunity to network with other people who share the same interest to foster good will among the legal profession and their communities. Furthermore, our capital has something to offer to the entire family.”The registration fee for the conference is $85. The reception is an additional fee. In May, the registration brochure will be mailed to voluntary bar officers and posted on the voluntary bar news page of The Florida Bar’s Web site at www.flabar.org. It will include a detailed schedule with workshop descriptions.For information about the conference or sponsorship opportunities, call the Bar’s Toyca Williams at (850) 561-54764 or e-mail, twilliams@flabar.org. Bar Leaders Conference set for July in Tallahassee April 15, 2004 Regular Newslast_img read more

2 Long Islanders Killed in Upstate DWI Hit-and-run

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York An upstate New York man has been arrested for allegedly rear-ending a motorcycle in drunken-driving, hit-and-run crash that left a man and woman dead over the weekend, New York State police said.Luis Munoz was charged Monday with vehicular homicide and driving while intoxicated.Police said the 24-year-old Ossining man was driving on the New York State Thruway in the Town of Woodbury when he hit a motorcycle driven by Rafaelito DeJesus, 23, of Valley Stream, at 1:10 a.m. Sunday.DeJesus and his passenger, 25-year-old Melissa Rupa of Mineola, were pronounced dead at the scene.Bail for Munoz was set at $250,000 cash or $1,000,000 bond.Troopers are continuing the investigation are ask anyone with information to contact them at 845-782-8311.last_img read more

Edgar Allan Poe Death Anniversary Resurrects Writer’s Visions

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York One hundred and sixty-five years ago today, on Oct. 7, 1849, Edgar Allan Poe died in Baltimore under mysterious circumstances.The author, essayist, editor, poet and literary critic—perhaps best known for such works as “The Raven,” “The Pit and the Pendulum,” “The Masque of the Red Death,” “The Tell-Tale Heart,” “Annabel Lee” and “The Cask of Amontillado,” among others—was 40 years old.As legend goes, Poe was discovered four days before his passing, deliriously roaming the streets of Baltimore in someone else’s clothes, repeatedly crying out the name “Reynolds” from his deathbed. His medical records and even his death certificate are said to have disappeared. Just as mysterious is the legend of the “Poe Toaster,” who saluted Poe’s grave with cognac on the writer’s birthday each January 19 for more than 60 years, beginning in 1949, until his bicentennial in 2009. The unknown visitor would always leave behind three roses.Poe’s mysterious demise haunts his writings, best known for their macabre, dark themes often concerning death, physical decomposition, premature burial and mourning. He is thus an influential pioneer in the detective, mystery and science fiction genres. Edgar Allan Poe’s wife Virginia Clemm is though to have been his inspiration and muse for the dark, haunting poem “Annabel Lee.”Love was also a theme, though typically drenched in shadows—both in words and life.The last complete poem by Poe was “Annabel Lee,” a beautiful woman and object of the narrator’s undying affection whose love for each other is so strong that it causes heaven’s angels to claim her out of envy. Poe’s muse for the poem is thought to have been his beloved wife Virginia Clemm, who died of tuberculosis two years before his own death. Yet as Poe writes, their love transcends even death.But our love it was stronger by far than the love Of those who were older than we— Of many far wiser than we—And neither the angels in Heaven above Nor the demons down under the seaCan ever dissever my soul from the soul Of the beautiful Annabel Lee;For the moon never beams, without bringing me dreams Of the beautiful Annabel Lee;And the stars never rise, but I feel the bright eyes Of the beautiful Annabel Lee;And so, all the night-tide, I lie down by the side Of my darling—my darling—my life and my bride, In her sepulchre there by the sea— In her tomb by the sounding sea.And so does Poe’s legacy.Edgar Allan Poe and his literary works comprise the underbelly of the horrifyingly fantastic TV drama series The Following.A few recent & upcoming Edgar Allan Poe events & pop culture nods:A brass, life-size statue of Poe—running, with a briefcase overflowing with a giant raven and human heart—was unveiled in Boston October 4. Visit the Edgar Allan Poe Foundation of Boston for more information and details at bostonpoe.org.Poe and his writings are also a central theme of the hit Fox TV drama series The Following—a serial killer often staging mass slayings based upon his works. Check out The Squawkler or fox.com/the-following to watch a few episodes and fall in love with Max Hardy, Ryan Hardy’s (Kevin Bacon’s) niece, played by Jessica Stroup.Riverhead is hosting an Edgar Allan Poe Festival on Halloween and continuing through November 2, replete with readings of selected works, costumed actors and trick-or-treaters, a “Poe” parade, zombie attack, ghost story readings, puppet shows, vintage cars, flash mobs, games, music, ballet, dancing, theatrical performances and more. Check it out at facebook.com/riverheadpoefest and riverheadbid.com/docs/EdgarAllanPoe_Schedule_Book.pdf.The Suffolk County Historical Society is also hosting an “Edgar Allan Poe Exhibit” on display from October 10 through November 8. The collection is on loan from the official Poe Museum in Richmond, Virginia. Learn more at the Suffolk County Historical Society at suffolkcountyhistoricalsociety.org.Guided tours are also available throughout the year at The Edgar Allan Poe Cottage in the Bronx, where Poe spent the final years of his life and his beloved Virginia died. Check out The Bronx County Historical Society at bronxhistoricalsociety.org and bronxhistoricalsociety.org/poecottage.html for more information.The 2012 mystery thriller The Raven is a fictionalized account of Poe’s mysterious final days and stars John Cusack (as Poe) and Alice Eve (as his love Emily Hamilton). It’s pretty damn bad-ass.Check out more fall festivals and celebrations taking place across Long Island HERE Alice Eve and John Cusack star in 2012’s The Raven, a fictionalized account of the poet’s mysterious final days.For more Edgar Allan Poe-related events, poems and factoids, check out:Poe MuseumPoeStories.comThe Edgar Allan Poe Society of BaltimorePoe’s Poetry Lovers pagePoe’s Poetry Foundation pagePoe’s Academy of American Poets pagePoe’s PoemHunter.com pagePoe’s Internal.org pagelast_img read more

Greenport Man Charged With DWI in Fatal Crash

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York An alleged drunken driver has been accused of causing a head-on crash that killed a 34-year-old man in the suspect’s hometown of Greenport over the weekend.Southold Town police arrested 71-year-old John Costello on a charge of driving while intoxicated.Police said Costello was driving his Chevrolet pickup truck eastbound on Route 25 when he veered into the opposite lane of traffic and collided with a westbound Honda at 7 p.m. Saturday.The other driver, 22-year-old Oseas Ramirez, and his passenger, Miguel Bartolone, were each taken to Eastern Long Island Hospital, where Bartolone died of his injuries, police said.Costello was taken to the same hospital before being transferred to Stony Brook University Medical Center.Authorities are continuing the investigation and additional charges are expected.last_img read more

Authorities: Great Neck Cardiologist Wanted Rival Doctor Killed

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York What began as a seemingly routine prescription pill investigation into a Great Neck cardiologist spiraled into a complex probe into a brazen murder-for-hire plot allegedly targeting a former business partner-turned rival doctor, authorities said Wednesday at a press conference announcing the bizarre Gold Coast feud.The 54-year-old cardiologist at the center of it all, Dr. Anthony J. Moschetto of Sands Point, was arrested Tuesday and charged with various crimes, including conspiracy, arson and criminal solicitation. Investigators discovered illegal guns and a cache of weapons, including ornate swords, daggers and axes, as a part of the probe, authorities said.“It’s unusual for an investigation to reveal such a wide array of crimes being committed by an individual who is seemingly respected by the medical community,” said acting-Nassau County Police Commissioner Thomas Krumpter. Moschetto, Krumpter added, “was exposed as a deplorable, despicable criminal.”Two men—41-year-old James Kalamaras of Suffolk County and 43-year-old James Chmela of Selden—whom Moschetto allegedly solicited to destroy his rival’s office building at 38 Northern Blvd. in Great Neck in February were also arrested Tuesday for arson, authorities said. Both Chmela and Kalamaras were also charged with burglary while Chmela was additionally charged with criminal possession of a weapon and criminal sale of a firearm.Medieval-style weapons seized by police during a murder-for-hire plot investigation involving a Gold Coast doctor and his rival. (Rashed Mian/Long Island Press)On the same day he was arrested, officers executed a search warrant at Moschetto’s home, which allegedly revealed a cache of weapons—many of them illegal—located in an apparently secret room behind a motorized bookcase that only opens when a switch is activated, authorities said.The five-month investigation, which is still ongoing, began in December when the Drug Enforcement Administration, after receiving a tip, became suspicious of unusually high prescriptions of oxycodone coming out of Moschetto’s Great Neck office, authorities said.“The investigation led to the discovery of a common link between this contraband and a then-unsolved Feb. 25 arson in Great Neck, and even a subsequent murder-for-hire plot that was foiled by this investigation,” acting-Nassau County District Attorney Madeline Singas said Wednesday.Moschetto “was the supplier and mastermind behind this elaborate scheme,” Singas added.Authorities said they found a cache of weapons at a Great Neck doctor’s Sands Point home while executing a search warrant on Tuesday, April 14. (Rashed Mian/Long Island Press)Authorities said Moschetto and the intended victim had a business relationship and worked out of the same office.The seemingly conventional probe sparked a multi-agency investigation that authorities said also uncovered an illegal drug distribution scheme and put the brakes on the trafficking of illegal weapons.Moschetto was arrested after he was seen on video allegedly soliciting an undercover officer to murder a competing doctor, officials said. Investigators were also able to link Moschetto and the two other defendants to a failed arson attempt at the rival doctor’s office building, authorities said.No one was injured and the blaze caused minimal damage to the building because the fire was set directly below the office’s sprinkler system. The fire was extinguished quickly and Nassau County fire officials were able to obtain evidence from the scene, authorities said. At the press conference, authorities displayed surveillance photos of the arson as it was in progress.Authorities did not say why the relationship between the two doctors soured, but once it did, Moschetto moved his practice to 370 Northern Blvd. in Great Neck. Investigators also revealed that the intended victim filed a harassment complaint against Moschetto with Nassau police.“[Moschetto] wanted to put him out of business so he could get his business,” said Anne Donnelly, deputy chief of organized crime and racketeering bureau, and an assistant district attorney.The DEA’s investigation began in December with the first of six undercover drug buys, which continued until last month, the district attorney’s office said. More than 400 oxycodone pills were sold during that time as well as 198 bags of heroin, the DA’s office said. The probe also led to a more recent sale that included two assault rifles and heroin.After the alleged arson attempt, undercover officers overhead a conversation that connected the office fire to the guns and pills, Donnelly said.One of the items seized by police in the investigation of a Great Neck doctor involved in an alleged murder-for-hire plot. (Rashed Mian/Long Island Press)Discussion of the alleged murder-for-hire plot began after the failed arson attempt, authorities said. Moschetto was allegedly prepared to pay the supposed hit-man $5,000 to assault the doctor bad enough that he’d have to be hospitalized for several months and $20,000 to kill him. Moschetto, authorities said, gave a confidential informant and the undercover officer blank prescriptions and cash as payments. Guns were also offered as payment, officials said. At one point, Moschetto allegedly broached the topic of assaulting the victim’s wife if she was present during the encounter.Prosecutors said Moschetto frequently see-sawed between having his competitor injured or killed.“At the time of Dr. Moschetto’s arrest [Tuesday], his instruction had most recently reverted back to the commission of an assault against his victim,” the DA’s office said in a press release.The collection of weapons seized by police seemed better suited for a Hollywood thriller set: daggers decorated with hissing dragons, dragon-winged double-sided axes, demonic-handled knives, and blade-protruding brass knuckles similar to the claws that shoot out of the hands of “X-Men” comic hero Wolverine.“I can’t imagine what evil this man has already committed and what evil he planned in the future,” Krumpter said.Moschetto, who was also charged with criminal sale of a firearm, criminal possession of a weapon, burglary, criminal sale of a prescription for a controlled substance, was expected to be arraigned Wednesday afternoon at First District Court in Hempstead. His attorney’s information was not immediately available.last_img read more

Nassau Raises Age To Buy Tobacco To 21

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Teenagers will no longer be able to buy cigarettes anywhere on Long Island next week, once Nassau County follows its neighbors’ lead and raises the tobacco-purchasing age from 19 to 21.The Republican-controlled Nassau legislature unanimously passed Wednesday a bill increasing the minimum age to buy cigarettes and other tobacco products. Democratic Nassau County Executive Laura Curran plans to sign the bill into law Tuesday, according to her spokesman, who said the law will take effect immediately.“I am extremely heartened and gratified that the majority has finally recognized the urgency of enacting this legislation,” Legis. Arnie Drucker (D-Plainview), the bill’s sponsor, said before the vote at the panel’s general meeting.“All of our surrounding neighbors … had no trouble recognizing the need to make it more difficult for teenagers to pick up this nasty habit, which only guarantees one thing: A lifetime of debilitating health and illness and an abbreviated life, quite a few of which could have already been spared this addiction had this law been passed years ago,” he added.Suffolk and New York City enacted similar laws years ago. The Town of Hempstead and North Hempstead did the same, so the Nassau law will only impact tobacco retailers the Town of Oyster Bay. The New York State Legislature is considering raising the age from 18 to 21 statewide. Drucker’s predecessor, the late Legis. Judy Jacobs of Woodbury, had proposed similar legislation years ago, but could not get the bill passed by the GOP majority.Members of the audience cheered upon passage of the bill. During the public comment period before the vote, speakers who expressed support for the change included health professionals and people who lost relatives to cancer caused by smoking. The change comes amid rising concern over the increasing popularity of e-cigarettes.Those that violate the new law will face up to $1,500 fines.last_img read more

Career secrets you don’t learn in school

first_imgMillennials want to succeed in their careers. Ninety-one percent of millennials aspire to be a leader, according to a recent WorkplaceTrends.com survey.As the largest generation in the U.S.workforce now, even if leadership is a top priority, Generation Y still lacks one big thing: years of experience in the workplace that teach you how the corporate world runs.While millennials are the best-educated cohort of young adults in American history, WorkplaceTrends.com found that 43% of Generation Y said their weakest leadership skill is having industry experience.But that doesn’t have to hold you back on your climb to the top. Here are four secrets to career success you won’t learn in school. continue reading » 40SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Bonnette Dawson: CEO and Mayor

first_img continue reading » 14SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr No one can question Bonnette Dawson’s commitment and leadership—or time-management skills.In the eighth episode of the CUNA News Podcast, the trailblazer from Tennessee explains how she manages to wear the hats of CEO of $228 million asset Old Hickory Credit Union while serving as mayor of her hometown, Greenbrier.“Some people will say to me, ‘How do you do this? Are you the Energizer Bunny?’ Not really,” Dawson says. “I love what I do in both the mayor position and CEO, and I think I’ve got strong support in both places. The people who work for me are great, and I think that makes all the difference.”Dawson says she didn’t intend to become the first woman to hold either of those titles. She took over at Old Hickory when the board of directors dismissed her predecessor, and ran for mayor when the incumbent got ousted after a scandal.But throughout her 41-year credit union career, Dawson’s desire to make an impact on everything she touches is abundantly evident.last_img read more