Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A jury has convicted Darrell Fuller for the 2012 murders of Nassau County police officer Arthur Lopez and carjacking victim Raymond Facey.The verdict was handed down Monday around noon—it followed eight weeks of testimony from 78 witnesses, with the court proceedings sometimes packed beyond capacity with fellow policemen in a show of support for their fallen comrade.Officer Arthur Lopez, 29, an eight-year veteran of the department and member of its elite Emergency Services Unit, was killed in the line of duty at approximately 11 a.m. October 23, 2012 during what started out as a routine traffic stop near the Belmont Park Racetrack.He and his partner spotted a damaged silver Honda that was “running on rims” and suspected it was wanted for leaving the scene of a hit-and-run accident, authorities said at the time.The officers followed the car, and it pulled over.There was “a brief exchange of words” between Lopez and the driver—later identified as 33-year-old Darrell Fuller—before the driver left the vehicle and fired one round into Lopez’s chest, police Chief Steven Skrynecki said at the time, adding that Lopez wasn’t wearing a bulletproof vest.Fuller, of St. Albans, then shot and killed 52-year-old Raymond Facey of Brooklyn during a carjacking on the Cross Island Parkway near Belmont Park Racetrack and fled in his vehicle, which he then abandoned in Queens.Fuller was later apprehended following a police manhunt. He was previously convicted of attempted murder in Queens and selling crack-cocaine in Nassau County, according to authorities.Fuller, now 34, was found guilty of two counts of Murder in the 1st Degree, Murder in the 2nd Degree, two counts of Robbery in the 1st Degree and two counts of Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the 2nd Degree.He faces a maximum sentence of life in prison without the possibility of parole and is due back in court on Sept. 5.Hundreds of Nassau County police officers joined law enforcement agencies from across the region Saturday, October 27, 2012 outside St. Christopher’s Church in Baldwin to pay respects to Nassau Police Officer Arthur Lopez, who was gunned down in Bellerose Terrace after making a routine traffic stop. (Rashed Mian/Long Island Press)Fuller’s trial, which had begun June 9, had been a frenzied and emotional event for victims’ families and fellow Nassau police officers.When the jury began deliberations Friday, dozens of men and women wearing blue polo shirts reading “In Memory of P.O. Arthur Lopez” packed the courtroom at Nassau County Courthouse in Mineola.Reporters from local TV channels and publications lined up their cameras in front of the courtroom door, waiting and constantly asking the sergeant who was watching the door whether there would be space for them inside the courtroom soon.Raymond Facey’s widow, Juniepa Facey, left the courthouse hanging her head only moments after the defense finished its closing argument, wearing pins with her husband’s name on them.“It’s almost two years, and it feels like yesterday,” she cried at a press conference Monday following the verdict, clutching onto her daughters Abbigail and Dahlia. “I think sometimes I feel like he’s going to come through the door and say it was a prank.”She thanked God for giving her strength, singing: “Because He lives, I can face tomorrow. Because He lives, all fear is gone. Because I know He holds the future. And life is worth the living, just because He lives.”“We can’t bring daddy back, but it’s such a blessing that we know who did it,” said Abbigail Facey. “We know we got the right person, we know he’s guilty, and we can go home and rest assured that he’s not going to be able to hurt anyone else.”“Make sure you remember this muck’s family can go visit him in jail, but the Lopez and Facey families have to visit a cemetery to visit their loved ones, and that will never ever change,” shouted James Carver, president of the Nassau County police union.The mood was somber at the Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice’s Office following the verdict, said a spokesperson, with no celebration, but satisfaction following a lengthy trial.“This is stark reminder of the danger that every single man and woman who wears a police uniform goes through every single day, and we have to remember that we should be very grateful for the service that we give us to keep this county as safe as they do,” Rice said at the press conference.“Today a jury of Darrell Fuller’s peers found him guilty of the intentional killing of a police officer and an innocent motorist. By his actions, Fuller demonstrated that he had no respect for the law or for human life,” she said afterward in a statement. “I want to thank the men and women of the jury for their hard work. My thoughts and prayers are with the families, friends, and colleagues of Officer Lopez and Mr. Facey.“May their loved ones find some peace and closure from today’s verdict.”
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Suffolk County police are investigating a half dozen armed home invasions over a recent four-week span, including one last week in which a family was tied up in Bay Shore, authorities said.In the first case, a man entered a Huntington Station home on Whitson Road, flashed a gun and stole both cash and a cell phone before fleeing the scene on foot shortly before 2 p.m. Nov. 20, police said. The following day, three men entered a Brentwood home on Lorraine Street, flashed a gun, demanded money and stole a PlayStation video game console at 10 p.m. Nov. 21, police said. There were neither any arrests, injuries nor descriptions of the suspects in either case.Then at 11:09 a.m. Nov. 30, Noel Hernandez allegedly entered a Brentwood home on Gates Avenue, threatened a victim with a screwdriver and stole cash and a screwdriver before fleeing the scene on foot, police said. Hernandez pleaded not guilty to charges of burglary and robbery. He was ordered held without bail and is due back in Suffolk court on Jan. 14.Of the six, that case was the only one in which an arrest has been made. The following day, two suspects entered a North Amityville home on Nathalie Avenue, where one of the duo pistol-whipped a victim at 2:45 p.m. Dec. 1, police said. Nothing was stolen in that case and the victim refused medical attention.Two weeks later, two men entered another North Amityville home, this time on Somerset Road North, where one of the suspects flashed what appeared to be a handgun and the other brandished a stun gun before they stole money from the victims at 6:51 p.m. Dec. 16, police said.A day after that case, a 35-year-old woman was entering her Bay Shore home on Woodbine Avenue with her 20-year-old female friend when they were followed into the house by two men who were armed with a handgun at 9:30 p.m. Dec. 17, police said.The suspects tied up both women, the older woman’s 35-year-old boyfriend and her 12-year-old son with zip ties before they ransacked the home for three hours and stole cash, police said. The couple was treated for minor injuries at Southside Hospital in Bay Shore. One shot was fired inside the house, but no one was injured.The suspects fled in the female victim’s 2013 Honda westbound on Greenwood Road. Police found the vehicle on 3rd Avenue in Bay Shore at 5:20 a.m.Detectives are continuing the investigations into each case. Anyone with information on these home invasions can call in tips anonymously to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-220-TIPS.
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Embed from Getty Images The first time I met Jimmy Breslin at New York Newsday I thought he was sitting down because he already had such a huge reputation I didn’t realize that this living giant of New York City was actually shorter than me. But that didn’t stop me from always looking up to him.I was ecstatic when my publisher hired him away from the Daily News to join our side of the city’s tabloid war in 1988—even if it was for half a million bucks. Breslin was no Times man, as he’d say, although he did once entice the New York Times‘ Abe Rosenthal to join him at a bar in Queens, proving that some of the colorful characters he chronicled actually existed. Now it’s hard to believe that Breslin no longer exists—he died Sunday at age 88 of pneumonia.At that first meeting in Newsday’s city room, I wasn’t sure why he seemed to single me out when he said the trouble with young journalists today is that we spent too much time at the gym and not enough time in bars getting the real story. He made going to a health club sound like a dereliction of duty. He urged us to put the phones down and get out into the boroughs, walk up the five flights of stairs and knock on doors.I already knew about the groundbreaking columns that he had turned in, like when he interviewed the man who actually dug John F. Kennedy’s grave at Arlington National Cemetery and earned $3.01 an hour. Or how as a columnist at the Daily News he was the recipient of the Son of Sam’s letters, which helped lead the cops to the author, David Berkowitz, the serial killer responsible for terrorizing so many young New York women in the summer of 1977. And how he had the presence of mind—and the respect of the men in blue—to write about the policemen who rushed John Lennon to the hospital after the great rock musician had been gunned down outside The Dakota on West 72nd in 1980.Breslin had a staccato style that was Hemingway-like to my ears, as if I could picture him pounding on the keyboard of an old Smith Corona typewriter. But he also had an eye for detail and a love of language that propelled even his most mundane efforts into something worth reading, because you know, it was Jimmy Breslin, and what he had to say mattered no matter what, whether he was writing about that unique mob boss, Un Occhio, or taking the wind out of a blowhard politician who had turned his pin-striped back on the poor.Over the years, I’ve enjoyed devouring some of his 20-plus books, particularly The Good Rat, about a murder trial involving two cops, and Can’t Anybody Here Play This Game, about the hapless 1962 Mets under beleaguered manager Casey Stengel. I could always hear his distinctive voice, as if he were on the next barstool telling a tale while chomping on a cigar. But I remain a bigger fan of his columns, because that daily deadline pressure brought out the fighter in him—and he was afraid of nothing and no one.In pursuit of the story behind the headlines, he got severely beaten up at Crown Heights during a race riot in 1991. He was left standing in his underwear holding his press badge, with a black eye and a bloody lip. But the city wasn’t his only beat. He covered the world, too. I learned from his obit that he was standing five feet away from Robert F. Kennedy when the great liberal Senator from New York was shot in Los Angeles after winning the California Democratic primary in 1968. I had missed his column on Three Mile Island in 1979 when it was on the verge of a meltdown that would have had apocalyptic consequences. Breslin didn’t hunker down in a bunker. Instead, he headed straight for the overheating reactor just south of Harrisburg, Penn. He reportedly told his loyal New York driver—Breslin never got his own license—to “step on it—it could be the end of Pennsylvania!”His path through the harrowed halls of the Fourth Estate took him from the old Long Island Press in Jamaica, Queens, where he was a copy boy, to the New York Journal-American, where he was a sports writer, to the New York Herald Tribune, where he started writing a column, and later to the New York Post, New York Magazine and the Daily News, where I first found him. With Tom Wolfe, Gay Talese and Hunter S. Thompson, he was one of the pioneers of New Journalism in the 1970s, practitioners of a unique blend of subjectivity and objectivity that never compromised on integrity—and my inspiration as a journalist. In recognition of his career, Breslin won a Pulitzer Prize in 1986 “for columns which consistently champion ordinary citizens,” the board explained. But he didn’t rest on his laurels. Not for a moment. He still had many more stories to tell, with hundreds of thousands of words boiling within him, waiting for the right moment to hit the page.During my time at Newsday, I never edited Breslin, but I did know some copyeditors whom he’d bark at when he was on deadline and didn’t like them messing up his lede. I knew he was cantankerous, and didn’t suffer fools, but I wish he hadn’t hurled a racist slur at the young Korean-American woman reporter who had sent him an in-house message criticizing one of his columns for being sexist. His politically incorrect attitude led to his brief suspension in 1990. As he said in an apology to the staff: “I am not good and once again I can prove it.”That was the flipside of his larger-than-life persona. He could share a drink with Norman Mailer, no slouch when it comes to big egos, and regard himself as the great American novelist’s peer—they did run a Don Quixote-like municipal campaign together in 1969, with Mailer aiming to become mayor and Breslin City Council president (their big issue was to make New York City the 51st state). But he would also venture into the farthest reaches of the Bronx, Brooklyn and Queens to shine the light on the unsung New Yorkers who make the city actually function—or whose lives were worth telling when tragedy struck close to home. He himself had come out of a rough and tumble world. While he was still a kid in Queens, his alcoholic dad abandoned Breslin’s family. From that low point, Breslin rose to the heights of the city. And he did it without fear or favor. Breslin called it the way he saw it—and we hung on every word.
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A totally renovated, unique castle-esque townhome packed with charm and located in W.K. Vanderbilt’s historic former artist colony is listed for sale at 5 Quality St. in Oakdale.Built in 1890 in what was Vanderbilt’s horse barn, the former artists colony townhome has two bedrooms, one and a half bathrooms and 2,178 square feet of living space. It is one of eight units in this section of the sought-after, serene historic district that has a European look and feel.The townhome’s two large bedrooms have exposed bricks and beams, high ceilings, custom molding, new windows and bamboo wood floods. It also comes equipped with a new eat-in kitchen, dining area, den, central air conditioning and third-floor attic with cathedral ceilings.Outside, it has a private brick patio and courtyard, a second-flood balcony and private driveway with two spaces.The property is located near Connetquot River State Park, the Bayard Cutting Arboretum and is a block from a canal leading to Great South Bay. It’s about a mile from the Oakdale Long Island Rail Road station, Southern State Parkway and is nearby downtown Sayville. It’s in the Connetquot School District.The asking price is $399,000, not including the annual property taxes of $12,386.The real estate agent listed for the property is Diane Betz of Eric G. Ramsay Jr Associates, LLC. She can be reached at 631-665-1500.
Rep. Mick Mulvaney, R-S.C., on Friday introduced NAFCU-backed legislation that would require the Government Accountability Office to study almost every aspect of NCUA’s budgeting and expenditure practices.H.R. 1176, the “NCUA Budget Transparency Act,” Mulvaney’s bill would require GAO to undertake an in-depth review of the National Credit Union Share Insurance Fund, Temporary Corporate Credit Union Stabilization Fund, Central Liquidity Facility and NCUA’s annual operating budget. GAO would include in its final report any recommendations it had for improving transparency at the agency.NAFCU, noting credit unions fund the lion’s share of NCUA’s operations, has been leading a longstanding effort to get the agency to rein in its budget growth and to be fully transparent on its budget and expenditures.Lawmakers are taking note of this issue. NCUA Board Member J. Mark McWatters has also emphasized the need for budget transparency, pressing the agency to go beyond what has been provided to date.NAFCU Director of Legislative Affairs Jillian Pevo said Mulvaney’s bill would be a key step toward ensuring real transparency at NCUA. continue reading » 2SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr
3SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Learn the secrets to achieving financial zenby: Demetrios KalogeropoulosAre you financially secure? And by that I mean:Are you in control of your day-to-day, month-to-month finances?Could you absorb an unexpected financial shock?Are you on track to meet your financial goals?Do you have the freedom to make choices that allow you to enjoy life?These factors come from a report by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. The CFPB generated 1,600 pages of transcripts documenting interviews with personal finance whizzes — both professionals and everyday people. It aimed to answer a simple question: What helps a person obtain a high level of financial security? continue reading »
ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Credit Unions, at least in the eyes of the general public, are notorious for having outdated websites, inconsistent social media efforts and little to no mobile presence. While that’s an exaggerated sentiment, it’s not untrue that a lot of our industry is trying to keep up with an ever-changing digital environment. It seems costly (even though we’ve talked about this) and it’s intimidating, but when it’s done right — it sure is pretty. Yet it’s more than just a cute face. A solid online presence is smart and effective at bringing in new members.Examples of credit unions doing this well exists, despite the general belief otherwise. Not only do we want to highlight those that have forged ahead through somewhat-chartered waters — we want outsiders to know that we aren’t a backwards industry. Our clients most definitely want members to have a great experience in the branch — after all, the personal, human touch is what separates a credit union from a bank (besides better rates). So we’ll be spending the next couple months sharing a few of our favorites. We hope it informs you and inspires you.So what does it take to lead by example in online presence? For most, it comes down to responsive websites with solid designs, a mobile banking app, and an authentic social media endeavor.For our first installment in this series, we’re starting out with a simple ‘Aloha.’ continue reading »
21SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr So, you have identified your top partners. You have thoroughly evaluated their cybersecurity services in order to keep your members’ financial data safe and secure. But before you sit back and relax, you have to ask yourself “what about tomorrow?”The Pitfalls of Traditional Evaluation Methods for CybersecurityTraditional methods of evaluating your partners may include detailed questionnaires and conversations, audits, and maybe you have even conducted some vulnerability scans. These are all sound methods for establishing whether your partners are on the right track, but they are only a start. continue reading »
Between holiday parties, cookie-baking sessions and movie marathons, you should set aside some time in the next two weeks for tax planning. It may sound like something only a Scrooge would do, but financial experts say it’s a smart money move.“As of December 31, almost everything for tax year 2015 is set in stone,” says Don Chamberlin, president and CEO of The Chamberlin Group, a tax and wealth advisory firm in St. Louis.If you want to minimize the money you owe on April 15, here are seven strategies to put into action right now.1. Make last-minute charitable donations.Arguably the best-known last-minute strategy is to make charitable donations.“If you have that old car you never use, this is a good time to donate it,” says Cory Schmelzer, owner of San Diego Wealth Management.You can also hunt through closets and the garage to find other items to donate. Plus, the charities filling your mailbox with solicitations are undoubtedly hoping you’ll write a check or two. continue reading » 20SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr
1SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Biz Kid$ is a powerful youth financial literacy tool that is available for credit unions through the National Credit Union Foundation. Biz Kid$ is a financial literacy initiative launched nationally in January 2008 that teaches kids about money and business.The initiative includes an award-winning TV series, free classroom curriculum, outreach activities, and a website (bizkids.com) targeting children 9 – 16 years old. The number one goal of the Biz Kid$ financial literacy initiative is to teach kids from upper elementary through high school to understand and incorporate the skills they need to successfully manage their financial lives.For the past few years, the Foundation has distributed about $100,000 in grants annualy to credit union organizations provide the tools needed to implement the Biz Kid$ program into communities and encourage kids to save and manage their money. One goal of the Foundation’s Biz Kid$ Financial Education Grants is to extend the reach of the series beyond broadcast into the community. This is the fourth year these grants are distributed, and so far the results have been amazing. continue reading »