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White Collar Crime and Its Effects on Consumers


white-collar-crime-7Author: Melanie Soto

Have you opened a medical statement recently and had too many charges on it? Were you charged for examinations that you did not need? Or were the charges from a doctors office you did not use? You may have been a victim of a white collar crime! It can happen to anyone!

White Collar Crime is a term that was defined by Edwin Southerland, Sociologist of criminology. The term is identifying those illegal non-violent activities that involve traditional notions of deceit, deception, concealment, manipulation, breach of trust or illegal circumvention. These crimes have been known to be committed by business professional and government agents. Today it is known that white collar crime can be committed by anyone, from many different backgrounds; whether it is race, gender, education or social status. White collar crimes include: anti-trust law violations, bankruptcy fraud, bribery/kickbacks, computer/internet fraud, counterfeiting, credit card fraud, embezzlement, environmental law violations, financial crimes, government fraud, health care fraud, identity theft, insider trading, insurance fraud, mail fraud, money laundering, public corruption, qui tam, securities exchange, tax evasion, telemarketing fraud and trade secret theft. Though these crimes are non-violent they have a great affect on corporate companies, consumers and the United States economy. (more…)

April 15, 2013 |

Art for Our Sake


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The arts are essential to any complete national life. The State owes it to itself to sustain and encourage them….Ill fares the race which fails to salute the arts with the reverence and delight which are their due.”

So said none other than 20th Century statesman non-pareil Winston Churchill.

The same sentiment in that ode to the arts was evoked at the April 4 annual awards luncheon hosted by ArtsWestchester in White Plains (N.Y.) at the Crowne Plaza. Nine honorees were presented. You can read their names and see more photos below.

Apart from the abundance of talent that was honored in front of an audience of several hundred, the event is made possible by the patronage of First Niagara Bank and its Managing Director David Ring, a resident of Yorktown who also sits on the arts agency’s board of trustees. (more…)

April 15, 2013 |

Pleasantville Community Blood Drive – Longer Hours!


givebloodPleasantville merchants are providing gifts, coupons and raffle items for blood donors who participate in an ALL-DAY Blood Drive sponsored by the Pleasantville High School and Ambulance Corps on Monday, May 6 from 9:00 am  to 9:00 pm at the Pleasantville High School on Romer Avenue.  The drive is timed to help boost supplies and avoid shortages during the summer.  Red cells units will also be collected from qualifying candidates. Donors are welcome from anywhere.

For information, to sign up or to volunteer, call (914) 747-2408 or send an email to  Although it is helpful to let the organizers know in advance that you plan to come, walk-ins are always accepted.



April 15, 2013 |

Main St Awakening…


fjr_roiBy Frank J. Rich

America is yet to regain its stride after a protracted recession. The economy may not be as bad as some guess, and then again, it may be worse. We hear daily about “The Market” – largely a group of 30 Industrials that measure a “representative” slice of the total economy. Just 30 companies; it seems an inadequate number to judge an entire economic system.

The Standard & Poor’s Market Index may be a better measure of economic health, but it too profiles the financials of only 500 major companies. It would appear that such a small sampling of America’s finest might not be a sufficient barometer of the largest economy in the world.

The above indices may account for roughly 75 percent of the U.S. equity market by capitalization, but against the backdrop of 28 million American companies, how might we measure the contribution to our economy made by so-called small companies?

Non-employer firms make up the bulk of companies in the U.S.; some 22 million. All businesses account for roughly $15 trillion in annual sales, and small businesses account for roughly one-half of all revenues and employment. (more…)

April 15, 2013 |

Elimination of Saturday Postal Delivery Is Postponed Until Further Notice


41-cent-flag-stampStatement from

U.S. Postal Service Board of Governors

April 10, 2013

The Board of Governors of the United States Postal Service met April 9 and discussed the Continuing Resolution recently passed by Congress to fund government operations.

By including restrictive language in the Continuing Resolution, Congress has prohibited implementation of a new national delivery schedule for mail and packages, which would consist of package delivery Monday through Saturday and mail delivery Monday through Friday, and which would have taken effect the week of August 5, 2013.

Although disappointed with this Congressional action, the Board will follow the law and has directed the Postal Service to delay implementation of its new delivery schedule until legislation is passed that provides the Postal Service with the authority to implement a financially appropriate and responsible delivery schedule.

The Board believes that Congress has left it with no choice but to delay this implementation at this time. The Board also wants to ensure that customers of the Postal Service are not unduly burdened by ongoing uncertainties and are able to adjust their business plans accordingly.

The Board continues to support the transition to a new national delivery schedule. Such a transition will generate approximately $2 billion in annual cost savings and is a necessary part of a larger five-year business plan to restore the Postal Service to long-term financial stability. (more…)

April 12, 2013 |

Hen Hud Javelinists Look to Throw Far


slater_articlepicSLATER’S SLANT

When the race walk, the javelin throw and the hammer throw were returned as scoring events for the county track and field meet this season, the first thought was it would be a big difference-maker for Somers. After all, in Maria Gorecki (the certain county favorite), Kristi Licursi and Allie Shaw, the Tusker girls have three of the area’s very best race walkers; the change should add some incentive to their All-America bids.

But the inclusion is a huge plus also for Marsha Bailey’s Hen Hud squad. It has, arguably, the county’s two best javelin throwers in juniors Jack O’Brien and Michael Gabrielsen, two tall athletes who both qualified for national competition as sophomores.

With javelin a non-scoring event, the Sailors would likely settle for a middle-of-the-pack county showing with senior sprinter-high jumper Brad Barthelmes leading the way in the B competition. But with the javelin registering in the team totals, Bailey’s team can certainly aim higher.

“I expect Jack and Mike to be 1-2 in our league and they could well score just as well at the county competition,” Bailey said. (more…)

April 12, 2013 |
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