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Long Island Man Sentenced to 19 Years’ Imprisonment for Transporting Child Pornography

Defendant, a Registered Sex Offender, Traded Child Pornography While on Probation for Possessing Child Pornography Long Island, NY: DOJ Eastern District reports - Earlier today, in federal court in Central Islip, Brian Newton was sentenced to 19 years’ of imprisonment by United States District Judge Joseph F. Bianco following the defendant’s guilty plea on May 3, 2018 to transportation of child pornography in interstate and foreign commerce.  As part of his sentence, Newton must serve five years’ supervised release following his imprisonment, during which time he must remain registered as a sex offender and not have unsupervised contact with minors. Richard P. Donoghue, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of New York, and William F. Sweeney, Jr., Assistant Director-in-Charge, Federal Bureau of Investigation, New York Field Office (FBI), announced…
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Bloods Gang Member Sentenced to 15 Years’ Imprisonment For Attempted Murder of Rival on Long Island

Long Island, NY: DOJ Eastern District reports - Earlier today, at the federal courthouse in Central Islip, Jermaine Green, also known as “730,” a member of the Bloods street gang from Roosevelt, New York, was sentenced by United States District Judge Joseph F. Bianco to 15 years’ imprisonment on his conviction for racketeering and discharging a firearm in connection with a crime of violence.  The charges related to Green’s involvement in a conspiracy to murder rival gang members and a November 16, 2015 shooting in which Green fired at least nine shots from an assault rifle across a busy street.  Green pleaded guilty to the charges on June 21, 2018. Richard P. Donoghue, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of New York, William F. Sweeney, Jr., Assistant Director-in-Charge, Federal Bureau…
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Top Executive at Long Island Mortgage Lender Pleads Guilty To $8.9 Million Fraud

Defendant Misused Money Obtained To Fund Mortgage Loans Long Island, NY: DOJ Eastern district reports - Earlier today in federal court in Central Islip, New York, Edward E. Bohm, President of Sales and an undisclosed owner of Long Island mortgage lender Vanguard Funding, LLC (Vanguard), pleaded guilty to conspiring to commit wire fraud and bank fraud in connection with the illegal diversion of more than $ million of warehouse loans that Vanguard had obtained to fund mortgages.  The guilty plea was entered before United States District Judge Sandra J. Feuerstein.  When sentenced, Bohm faces up to 30 years in prison, as well as restitution, criminal forfeiture and a fine. Richard P. Donoghue, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of New York, William F. Sweeney, Jr., Assistant Director-in-Charge, Federal Bureau…
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MS-13 Gang Member Sentenced to 27 Years’ Imprisonment for Murder on Long Island

16 Year-Old Victim Marked For Death Due to Suspected Ties to Rival L-Block Gang Long Island, NY: DOJ Eastern District reports - Earlier today, at the federal courthouse in Central Islip, William Castellanos, also known as “Dizzy” and “Satanico,” a member of La Mara Salvatrucha, also known as the MS-13, a violent transnational criminal organization, was sentenced by United States District Judge Joseph F. Bianco to 27 years’ imprisonment.  The sentencing followed Castellanos’s February 2018 guilty plea to firearms-related murder charges in connection with the June 30, 2015 murder of 16 year-old Jonathan Cardona-Hernandez in Central Islip, New York. Richard P. Donoghue, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of New York, William F. Sweeney, Jr., Assistant Director-in-Charge, Federal Bureau of Investigation, New York Field Office (FBI), Geraldine Hart, Commissioner,…
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Long Island Companies and Owners Charged With Falsely Labeling Squid as Octopus

Department of Justice Releases Reports Focused on Improving Safety and Wellness of the Nation’s 800,000 Law Enforcement Officers DOJ reports - The Department of Justice today released two complementary reports that focus on the mental health and safety of the nation’s federal, state, local and tribal police officers. The reports, Law Enforcement Mental Health and Wellness Act: Report to Congress and Law Enforcement Mental Health and Wellness Programs: Eleven Case Studies, were published by the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS Office) as required by the Law Enforcement Mental Health and Wellness Act (LEMHWA) of 2017. The LEMHWA passed both chambers unanimously and without amendment and was signed by the President shortly thereafter. These actions show that its purpose and intended effects are uncontroversial among policymakers – law enforcement agencies need and…
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What the World Learned on September 11, 2001

Watch The President of the United States – Seventeen years ago, America and the world were forever changed. More than a decade and a half before his election as President, Donald Trump was in New York City the day an unprecedented act of terror unfolded across our country. In 2016, then-candidate Trump recalled what he and other Americans witnessed on September 11, 2001. “When the World Trade Center came down, I saw something that no place on Earth could have handled more beautifully, more humanely,” he said. “I’ve never seen anything like it. And the people in New York fought and fought and fought.” That same resilience played out in two other communities that endured attacks that day: Shanksville, Pennsylvania—where United Flight 93 went down after the heroic actions of its…
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ICE arrests 65 during Operation Cross Check in New York City and Long Island

NEW YORK – Officers from Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) arrested 65 during a 5-day period, ending July 20 in New York City, and on Long Island. During the operation, ICE’s ERO arrested 65 individuals for violating immigration laws. 64 of those arrested, had been previously removed from the United States and returned illegally. Of those arrested, 29 individuals were previously released from local law enforcement custody with an active detainer. Several had prior felony convictions for serious or violent offenses, such as sexual offenses, weapons charges, and assault, or had past convictions for significant or multiple misdemeanors. “In this operation 64 of the 65 arrested had already been removed from this country, and the majority have either criminal convictions or pending criminal charges,” said Thomas R. Decker, field office…
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Crackdown on Illegal Dumping

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced the largest takedown of alleged illegal dumping offenders in state history. The State Department of Environmental Conservation led an ongoing multi-agency crackdown on the illegal disposal of construction and demolition (C&D) debris and strengthened New York's solid waste regulations to deter illegal dumping, address this growing threat, and help protect New York's water quality, especially downstate. "Illegal dumping poses a serious threat to our environment, and New York will not allow any unscrupulous businesses to continue to harm this state," Governor Cuomo said. "We have made significant progress in protecting New York's communities and resources with the largest takedown of alleged illegal dumping, and as we continue to work to stop this alleged criminal behavior, we are sending a clear message to potential polluters that their…
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ICE arrests 32 sex offenders in Long Island during Operation SOAR

Long Island, NEW YORK: - Officers from Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) arrested 32 convicted sexual predators during a 10-day period, ending Aug. 3 in Long Island in an enforcement effort dubbed “Operation SOAR” (Sex Offender Alien Removal). In the course of Operation SOAR, ERO officers apprehended 32 individuals with past criminal convictions ranging from sexual abuse to attempted rape. Of those arrested, 12 are registered sexual offenders. Each taken into custody is currently being detained pending the completion of removal proceedings. "ICE’s continuing commitment to making our communities safer is underscored by operations like this one targeting sexual offenders. These actions focus our resources on the most egregious criminals and promote public safety in the communities in which we live and work,” said Thomas R.…
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INDUSTRIAL OPIOID DISASTER – Opioids Present Unprecedented Threat, Sessions Tells Southcom Summit

SummitNavy Adm. Kurt W. Tidd, commander of Southern Command, hosts a one-day opioid summit at Southcom headquarters in Miami, Feb. 8, 2018. Participants included Attorney General Jeff Sessions and other agency officials and experts in public health and law enforcement. Southern Command photo WASHINGTON, DC: Feb. 9, 2018 By Lisa Ferdinando DoD News, Defense Media Activity. The nation is facing an unprecedented threat from opioids, with tens of thousands of people dying each year in the United States in overdoses involving the substance, Attorney General Jeff Sessions said yesterday in Miami at  Southern Command. “It’s a tremendous threat to us; it’s something we’ve never seen before,” Sessions said in opening remarks at the one-day meeting at Southcom headquarters. Sessions said 52,000 people in the United States died of overdoses in 2015. The…
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FLU – Deaths attributed to pneumonia and influenza (P&I) is above the system-specific epidemic threshold in the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) Mortality Surveillance System.

Atlanta, GA: Based on National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) mortality surveillance data available on January 25, 2018, of the deaths occurring during the week ending January 6, 2018 (week 1) were due to P&I. This percentage is above the epidemic threshold of for week 1. Background: Weekly mortality surveillance data include a combination of machine coded and manually coded causes of death collected from death certificates.  Percentages of deaths due to P&I are higher among manually coded records than more rapidly available machine coded records. Due to the additional time needed for manual coding, the initially reported P&I percentages may be lower than percentages calculated from final data.  Previous longer backlogs in manual coding have been resolved and death records are now coded within 10 days from receipt of a…
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Big Pharma: Deceived, Hooked Millions, Made Billions – Mayor de Blasio Announces Lawsuit Against Nation’s Largest Opioid Manufacturers and Distributors

Purdue, Teva, Cephalon, Johnson & Johnson, Jansesen named in multi-million lawsuit to hold companies responsible for epidemic of fatal overdoses NEW YORK CITY, NY:  —Mayor Bill de Blasio and First Lady Chirlane McCray announced a the City had filed a lawsuit today in New York State Supreme Court to hold manufacturers and distributors of prescription opioids to account for their part in the City’s ongoing deadly opioid epidemic. The lawsuit aims to recover half a billion dollars in current and future costs the City will incur to combat this epidemic. In 2016, more than 1,000 people in New York City died in a drug overdose which involved an opioid, the highest year on record. More New Yorkers died from opioid overdoses last year than from car accidents and homicides combined.…
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County Executive Curran & Health Commissioner Eisenstein: It’s Not Too Late to Get Vaccinated

Mineola, NY – Nassau County Executive Laura Curran and Health Commissioner Dr. Lawrence Eisenstein today urged all residents six months of age and over who have not yet received their annual flu shot to get vaccinated as soon as possible. Over the past several weeks, cases of influenza have significantly increased, and are widespread. “The flu is a contagious respiratory illness that can cause mild to severe symptoms,” said County Executive Curran. “Getting vaccinated is the single best way for people to protect not only themselves, but those around them, including people at high risk for serious complications, like babies, pregnant women, older adults and those with certain chronic medical conditions.” “Even though the effectiveness of the flu vaccine can vary from year to year, vaccinated individuals who contract the…
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Seventeen alleged members and associates of MS-13 indicted for murder, conspiracy to commit murder, drug trafficking

At least three homicides were prevented during the seven-month long investigation into gang operations in New York, New Jersey, Maryland, Virginia, and Texas (MINEOLA, )  - James J. Hunt, the Special Agent-in-Charge of the New York Division of the DEA and Nassau County District Attorney Madeline Singas announced today that 17 alleged members and associates of the MS-13 (Mara Salvatrucha) gang have been indicted by a grand jury on various charges of murder, conspiracy to commit murder and drug trafficking in Nassau County and nationally. The 17 defendants are charged with various crimes in the 21-count indictment, including Murder in the Second Degree, Operating as a Major Trafficker–both which carry potential life sentences–and Conspiracy in the Second Degree. All 17 defendants face up to 25 years to life in prison…
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Hurricane Sandy New York Bight Flow

Hurricane Sandy New York Bight Flow A geographic phenomenon called the “New York Bight” will magnify a hurricane’s effects on the land. The New York Bight occurs because the New York and New Jersey coastlines meet at a right angle. The New York Bight will guide storm surge directly into New York City, amplifying flooding and related damage. The following TIPS are provided by NYC Emergency Management Hurricane Safety Tips Before a Hurricane Develop a plan with your household members that outlines what to do, how to find each other, and how to communicate if a hurricane strikes. Use Ready New York: My Emergency Plan at  If you have a disability, access or functional need, make sure your plan addresses how your needs may affect your ability to evacuate, shelter in…
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