October 2016 Archives

Mortgage Foreclosures & Workouts 2016

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Amy E. Jasiewicz
Oct 28, 2016 4:23 PM
Amy E. Jasiewicz

Greetings to All Real Property Law Section Members:

I want to alert you to an upcoming CLE program produced by the NYSBA Real Property Law Section in co-sponsorship with the CLE Committee.  The program - Mortgage Foreclosures & Workouts 2016 - will be held from 9:00 a.m. - 4:35 p.m. at the following locations:


Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Melville, Long Island

Thursday, November 10, 2016

New York City (Live/Webcast)

Monday, November 14, 2016

Albany

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Buffalo

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Westchester

For those of you who cannot attend in person, the program also will be presented via simultaneous webcast from the New York City location, enabling you to attend using your office or home computer.

If you are looking for a fundamental and practical overview of handling a foreclosure,  attend this CLE!  As an added bonus, Real Property Law Section members receive a 15% discount off of the regular NYSBA member registration fee.

Don't miss this opportunity to learn valuable skills while networking with your peers.  Click on the following links for complete program information on each location and to register online.

Melville, Long Island - www.nysba.org/store/events/...

New York City (Live/Webcast) - www.nysba.org/store/events/...

Albany - www.nysba.org/store/events/...

Buffalo - www.nysba.org/store/events/...

Westchester - www.nysba.org/store/events/...

We look forward to seeing you at the program.

Sincerely,

Mindy Stern, Chair, Real Property Law Section

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Amy Jasiewicz
New York State Bar Association
Albany NY
(518) 463-3200
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2016 Election Forecast | FiveThirtyEight

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FIVETHIRTYEIGHT: 2016 ELECTION FORECAST


Statistician Nate Silver runs FiveThirtyEight, a website named after the total number of electors in the Electoral College. Silver and FiveThirtyEight rose to fame during the 2008 primary election, when Silver, then publishing under a pseudonym, garnered praise for his predictions about the Democratic Primary race. Since then, Silver has revealed his identity and continued to publish his predictions for political races across the United States. Silver does not rely on polling information alone; rather, he incorporates multiple polls and weighs polling data with demographic information that indicates who is likely to vote. On FiveThirtyEight: 2016 Election Forecast, visitors can check out Silver's latest predictions for electoral votes on a state-by-state basis. By clicking on a particular state, visitors can see more detailed information about Silver's sources and analysis for that state. Visitors can also explore Silver's predictions for Senate campaigns and read analysis from Silver or some of his colleagues. Those interested in learning more about Silver's methodology can do so through a link on the bottom of this website. [MMB]

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Appeals Process: Collection Issues - YouTube

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Are you considering whether to appeal a collection action? Get to know the Office of Appeals in this new YouTube video


Watch this and other videos on the IRS YouTube Channel .





Fantasy sports websites reach $12M settlement with NY state | TheHill

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Daily fantasy sports websites DraftKings and FanDuel are agreeing to pay $6 million each to settle allegations from New York's attorney general over false advertising.

"Today's settlements make it clear that no company has a right to deceive New Yorkers for its own profit," New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said in a statement Tuesday, announcing the settlement.

Read entire article...

Seth Godin on the Trends Shaping the Future of Law--Lawyerist

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Sam Glover:


Seth Godin on Building NewLaw


If you haven't heard this podcast yet, make sure you give it a listen. Seth Godin's insights into the trends shaping the future of law practice are provocative and worth 50 minutes of your time.

I'm just going to leave it to that. I can't force you to listen any more than I can force you to take any other good advice, but you'll be missing out if you don't.



Gov. Cuomo signed New York Airbnb bill - Business Insider

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Governor Andrew Cuomo has signed into law a bill that could deal a blow to Airbnb's operations in New York State.

The bill is a follow-on to a 2010 law that bans rentals of less than 30 days in a multi-unit building if the tenant is not present, which was aimed at cracking down on illegal hotels.

The 2016 bill bans the advertising of such rentals, meaning that hosts could not list a full apartment for rent on Airbnb for less than 30-day increments. Hosts caught listing their unit would be fined up to $7,500 -- more than most Airbnb hosts in New York make in a year. 

The bill passed in both houses of the New York State Legislature in June and arrived on Cuomo's desk on Tuesday, meaning that the governor had 10 days to make his decision. The governor signed the bill Friday and Airbnb says it will immediately file a lawsuit against the city of New York and the state attorney general -- who are charged with enforcing the new law -- on grounds that the law violates the First Amendment and the Communications Decency Act.






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The attack on the infrastructure of the internet, which made it all but impossible at times to check Twitter feeds or headlines, was a remarkable reminder about how billions of ordinary web-connected devices -- many of them highly insecure -- can be turned to vicious purposes. And the threats will continue long after Election Day for a nation that increasingly keeps its data in the cloud and has oftentimes kept its head in the sand.

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But hundreds of thousands, and maybe millions, of those security cameras and other devices have been infected with a fairly simple program that guessed at their factory-set passwords -- often "admin" or "12345" or even, yes, "password" -- and, once inside, turned them into an army of simple robots. Each one was commanded, at a coordinated time, to bombard a small company in Manchester, N.H., called Dyn DNS with messages that overloaded its circuits.

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A dozen iOS 10 feature gems that Apple forgot to mention--David Pogue

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Last month, when Apple (AAPL) released iOS 10, the latest system software for the iPhone/iPad, it made a big deal out of the major features, like a redesigned Music app and contextual predictions in Autocorrect.

But Apple's engineer elves worked for a year to overhaul iOS 10, and they've planted lots of hidden gems. In today's video, all in one 12-minute lesson, I'm happy to present a dozen of the best iOS 10 features that Apple forgot to mention.

(In this crash course, I didn't say anything about the new Messages app. That one gets a whole lesson unto itself!)


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EDITOR'S NOTE:  One tip on using the "Home" button is worth the read:

Eliminate the click

You can get an extra efficiency when it comes to waking up your phone by eliminating the requirement to click the Home button.

Instead, you can just touch your finger to it. That wakes the phone and unlocks it in a single motion.

To find this feature, open Settings -> General -> Accessibility -> Home Button. Turn on "Rest finger to open."

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Serving Veterans in NY: Courts, Laws & Programs

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When: Monday, November 7, 2016
            Registration 9:30am - 10:00am
            Program 10:00am - 1:30pm
 
Where: New York State Bar Association
1 Elk Street
Albany, NY 12207
 
Earn 3 MCLE Credits in Areas of Professional Practice for experienced and newly-admitted attorneys.
 
Serving Veterans in New York:  New York's Courts, Laws, and Programs Uniquely Designed to Serve Veterans is a FREE CLE sponsored by The New York State Bar Association's Committee on Veterans. 
New York has implemented a number of programs and laws geared toward serving its unique and diverse veterans.  From Veteran's Courts to Assistive Technology, this CLE will provide context for the various arenas in which Veteran specific programs and laws have developed to provide a specific or added benefit for Veterans. 
Presenters for this CLE are Art Cody, NY State Defenders Association, Benjamin Pomerance, NY State Division of Veterans' Affairs and Christy Asbee, Disability Rights NY
This CLE is free of charge.  Register at www.nysba.org/VETSFALLCLE
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Kristen Wagner Esq.
New York State Bar Association
Albany NY
(518) 487-5640


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Opponents were outraged at the payments, perceiving them as an attempt to buy votes, and complained to state officials.

But Michael O. Duane, senior assistant attorney general, said the payments did not violate state law. The proposal "doesn't say that the funds go only to those people who signed a sworn statement that they had voted for it," he said.

Still, the payment proposal has left a sour taste. As The Rutland Herald put it in an editorial on Sunday, "The naked offer of money to individual citizens may be even more corrosive to the civic life of the town than the potential environmental effects of the wind turbines."


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Welcome to NYC Rules! | NYC Rules

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This website allows New Yorkers to review proposed rules and voice their opinions about those rules before they are adopted into law.  Every year, City agencies make over 100 changes or additions to the City rules that are an important part of how government interacts with the public.  Use the links below to comment on proposed rules and read newly adopted ones.

On this website, you can:


Dropbox's Big iOS Update -- MacSparky

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Dropbox has long been an essential service for iOS power users but you wouldn't know that based on their app. Today that changed with the release of a new version with several substantial new improvements including:

1. PDF Signing

2. Messages Support

3. Widget Support

4. Notifications and Lock Screen

5. Picture in Picture

David Sparks has more for you here...

Sexual Minorities Uganda v. Scott Lively | Center for Constitutional Rights

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SMUG v. Lively is a federal lawsuit in which CCR represents Sexual Minorities Uganda (SMUG), a non-profit LGBTI advocacy organization in Uganda. SMUG is suing Scott Lively, a U.S.-based anti-gay extremist, for his role in the persecution of LGBTI people in Uganda, in particular his active participation in the conspiracy to strip away their fundamental rights. The case is part of CCR's cutting edge international human rights work and groundbreaking efforts to protect and expand rights under the area of law related to the Alien Tort Statute (ATS) and continues CCR's historic early work defending LGBTI rights.

Read more here...



Protect Your Clients; Protect Yourself

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Tax practitioners who missed the recent IRS webinar, "Protect your Clients, Protect Yourself from Data Theft," can now view it anytime on demand. In the broadcast, IRS and private sector experts discuss client data safeguards, legal requirements and best practices involving the handling of taxpayer data and tips for responding to a loss of taxpayer data.

Visit the Protect Your Clients, Protect Yourself page on IRS.gov for more information on identity theft scams targeting the tax professional community. The page includes links to publications such as Safeguarding Taxpayer Data, security alerts and educational videos.





OHSA proposed rule change:  "....On the last point, the agency press release noted that "OSHA recognizes that feral cats pose a minor, if any, threat, and tend to avoid human contact, and OSHA proposes to remove the term 'feral cats' from the definition of vermin in the standard....."

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Feral Cats

Feral Cats (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Samsung halts production of troubled Galaxy Note 7 phone - Oct. 9, 2016

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Samsung is putting the brakes on its beleaguered Galaxy Note 7 smartphone as fears spread that even replacement versions of the device can burst into flames.

"We are temporarily adjusting the Galaxy Note7 production schedule in order to take further steps to ensure quality and safety matters," a company spokesperson said. 

Production of the phone has been temporarily suspended, a person familiar with the matter told CNN on Monday.

Read more here...



HAA, Bhutan -- Under the gaze of the Buddhist god of wisdom, embodied in the form of a craggy hillside here, an American academic stood in front of 500 teenagers and posed a simple question: "What does a lawyer do?"

As the vice dean of Bhutan's first law school, the American, Michael Peil, has been doing a lot of explaining lately. Draped in the country's national dress, Mr. Peil and a Bhutanese colleague have spent the better part of six weeks traversing this Buddhist kingdom armed with fliers and a PowerPoint presentation.

For many students here in this western village, it was the first they had heard of plans to open the Jigme Singye Wangchuck School of Law, which will admit its inaugural class of about 25 students next spring for instruction at a temporary campus in Thimphu, the capital. A permanent campus is being built in Paro, to the west.


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Block & Flow

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BLOCK & FLOW
SCIENCE

Block & Flow is a free productivity iOS application and Google Chrome extension that uses the pomodoro technique (short work intervals followed by brief, regular breaks) and provides users with self-generated data about how they spend their time. Users create a number of categories to describe work activities (e.g. writing, email, studying, etc), then assign each of these tasks a color. Next, users select from their self-designed categories as they start to work. A timer, in the shape of block, appears on the screen for 25 minutes. Once this time is over, users are prompted to take a 5 minute break. Block and Flow is unique from other pomodoro devices in that users can then view the amount of time - or total blocks - they spend each week on each of their self-created categories. This allows users to regularly assess and adjust their work habits and productivity. [MMB]

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Police in India bust dozens of suspected IRS impersonators | WGN-TV

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LONDON - Police in India have arrested 70 people on suspicion of posing as IRS agents to steal cash from U.S. citizens.

Authorities in the western Indian city of Thane said they were investigating another 630 people suspected of being involved in the extortion scam.

Workers at nine call centers allegedly impersonated IRS agents during calls to the U.S., according to local police commissioner Param Bir Singh. The victims were told they owed back taxes and would risk arrest if they hung up.

Singh told CNN the call center workers had been trained to speak with an American accent.

The call centers were making $150,000 a day for up to a year before being discovered. Money would be transferred by victims of the scheme to U.S. bank accounts before being sent to India.

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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 2 Brownfields team would like to invite you to participate in its upcoming Brownfields Proposal Guidelines Workshops (Helping Applicants Understand Grant Requirements).

The workshops will assist local government and nonprofit organizations to better understand the proposal criteria and selection process for EPA's Brownfields Assessment and Cleanup grants. The following topics will be addressed during the workshops:

  • The different EPA Brownfield grant types and candidates eligible to apply
  • The grant application process
  • Proposal tips and strategies

Workshops will be held at locations in New York on October 25, November 3, and November 9, 2016.

Please use the following link for registration information:

http://www.dec.ny.gov/data/der/factsheet/epabfgrantws.pdf

The informational flyer is in PDF format. You can save, open, and read the flyer by using Adobe Acrobat Reader. If you do not have Adobe Acrobat Reader, you can go to the following web page on the NYSDEC web site to download the program for free: http://www.dec.ny.gov/about/590.html .


ScanSnap Conflicts with Sierra Easily Avoided

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by Adam C. Engst

In "ScanSnap Users Should Delay Sierra Upgrades" (20 September 2016), we warned users of Fujitsu's ScanSnap scanners to avoid upgrading to macOS 10.12 Sierra, based on the company's dire predictions of potential data loss. Happily, it turns out that Fujitsu was just playing it safe until its engineers were able to pin down the exact conflicts, and they turn out to be far more minor than previously predicted.

In its updated notice, Fujitsu (a TidBITS sponsor) now outlines three activities that ScanSnap users should avoid when running in Sierra:

Read entire article here, with activities listed...


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