288 Nursing Homes with Enforcement Actions in New York – See Links

288 Nursing Homes with Enforcement Actions

288 Nursing Homes with Enforcement Actions

Reporting period: December 1, 2008 to November 30, 2018

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  Absolut Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation at Allegany, LLC Allegany
  Absolut Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation at Aurora Park, LLC East Aurora
  Absolut Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation at Endicott, LLC Endicott
  Acadia Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation Riverhead
  Albany County Nursing Home Albany
  Alice Hyde Medical Center Malone
  Alpine Rehabilitation and Nursing Center Little Falls
  Andrus On Hudson Hastings-On-hudson
  Aurelia Osborn Fox Memorial Hospital Oneonta
  Avon Nursing Home, LLC Avon
  Baird Nursing Home LLC Rochester
  Baptist Health Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Inc Scotia
  Bay Park Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation, LLC Bronx
  Beach Gardens Rehab and Nursing Center Far Rockaway
  Beacon Rehabilitation and Nursing Center Rockaway Park
  Bedford Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation Brooklyn
  Beechtree Center for Rehabilitation and Nursing Ithaca
  Beechwood Homes Getzville
  Beth Abraham Center for Rehabilitation and Nursing Bronx
  Bethany Gardens Skilled Living Center Rome
  Bethel Nursing Home Company Inc Ossining
  Bethlehem Commons Care Center Delmar
  Betsy Ross Rehabilitation Center, Inc Rome
  Bishop Rehabilitation and Nursing Center Syracuse
  Boro Park Center for Rehabilitation and Healthcare Brooklyn
  Briarcliff Manor Center for Rehabilitation and Nursing Care Briarcliff Manor
  Bridge View Nursing Home Whitestone
  Bridgewater Center for Rehabilitation & Nursing, LLC Binghamton
  Brighton Manor Rochester
  Bronx Center for Rehabilitation & Health Care Bronx
  Bronx Gardens Rehabilitation and Nursing Center Bronx
  Brookhaven Health Care Facility, LLC Patchogue
  Brookhaven Rehabilitation & Health Care Center LLC Far Rockaway
  Brooklyn Gardens Nursing & Rehabilitation Center Brooklyn
  Brooklyn United Methodist Church Home Brooklyn
  Brookside Multicare Nursing Center Smithtown
  Buena Vida Continuing Care & Rehab Center Brooklyn
  Buffalo Center for Rehabilitation and Nursing Buffalo
  Buffalo Community Healthcare Center Buffalo
  Bushwick Center for Rehabilitation and Health Care Brooklyn
  Campbell Hall Rehabilitation Center Inc Campbell Hall
  Capstone Center for Rehabilitation and Nursing Amsterdam
  Cayuga Ridge Extened Care Ithaca
  Central Park Rehabilitation and Nursing Center Syracuse
  Champlain Valley Physicians Hospital Medical Center SNF Plattsburg
  Charles T Sitrin Health Care Center Inc New Hartford
  Chasehealth Rehab and Residential Care New Berlin
  Chautauqua Nursing and Rehabilitation Center Dunkirk
  Chemung County Health Center-Nursing Facility Elmira
  Cold Spring Hills Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation Woodbury
  Comprehensive Rehabilitation and Nursing Center at Williamsville Williamsville
  Concord Nursing and Rehabilitation Center Brooklyn
  Cooperstown Center for Rehabilitation and Nursing Cooperstown
  Cortland Park Rehabilitation and Nursing Center Cortland
  Creekview Nursing and Rehab Center Rochester
  Crest Manor Living and Rehabilitation Center Fairport
  Crown Heights Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation Brooklyn
  Crown Park Rehabilitation and Nursing Center Cortland
  Cuba Memorial Hospital Inc SNF Cuba
  Daughters of Sarah Nursing Center Albany
  Diamond Hill Nursing and Rehabilitation Center Troy
  Downtown Brooklyn Nursing & Rehabilitation Center Brooklyn
  Dumont Center for Rehabilitation and Nursing Care New Rochelle
  Dunkirk Rehabilitation & Nursing Center Dunkirk
  East Haven Nursing & Rehabilitation Center Bronx
  Eastchester Rehabilitation and Health Care Center Bronx
  Eddy Village Green Cohoes
  Edna Tina Wilson Living Center Rochester
  Eger Health Care and Rehabilitation Center Staten Island
  Elderwood at North Creek North Creek
  Elderwood at Ticonderoga Ticonderoga
  Elderwood at Waverly Waverly
  Elderwood of Uihlein at Lake Placid Lake Placid
  Ellicott Center for Rehabilitation and Nursing Buffalo
  Ellis Residential & Rehabilitation Center Schenectady
  Elm Manor Nursing and Rehabilitation Center Canandaigua
  Emerald South Nursing and Rehabilitation Center Buffalo
  Emerge Nursing and Rehabilitation at Glen Cove Glen Cove
  Essex Center for Rehabilitation and Healthcare Elizabethtown
  Evergreen Commons Rehabilitation and Nursing Center East Greenbush
  Ferncliff Nursing Home Co Inc Rhinebeck
  Fiddlers Green Manor Rehabilitation and Nursing Center Springville
  Fieldston Lodge Care Center Bronx
  Fishkill Center for Rehabilitation and Nursing Beacon
  Foltsbrook Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation Herkimer
  Fordham Nursing and Rehabilitation Center Bronx
  Forest Hills Care Center Forest Hills
  Fort Hudson Nursing Center, Inc. Fort Edward
  Fox Run at Orchard Park Orchard Park
  Fulton Center for Rehabilitation and Healthcare Gloversville
  Garden Care Center Franklin Square
  Glen Cove Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation Glen Cove
  Glen Island Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation New Rochelle
  Glendale Home-Schdy CNTY Dept Social Services Scotia
  Glengariff Health Care Center Glen Cove
  Gold Crest Care Center Bronx
  Golden Gate Rehabilitation & Health Care Center Staten Island
  Grandell Rehabilitation and Nursing Center Long Beach
  Granville Center for Rehabilitation and Nursing Granville
  Greene Meadows Nursing and Rehabilitation Center Catskill
  Groton Community Health Care Center Residential Care Facility Groton
  Hempstead Park Nursing Home Hempstead
  Henry J. Carter Skilled Nursing Facility New York
  Heritage Health Care Center Utica
  Highbridge Woodycrest Center Bronx
  Highland Park Rehabilitation and Nursing Center Wellsville
  Highpointe On Michigan Health Care Facility Buffalo
  Hilaire Rehab & Nursing Huntington
  Hill Haven Nursing Home Webster
  Hopkins Center for Rehabilitation and Healthcare Brooklyn
  Horizon Care Center Arverne
  Hornell Gardens, LLC Hornell
  Houghton Rehabilitation & Nursing Center Houghton
  Hudson Park Rehabilitation and Nursing Center Albany
  Hudson Valley Rehabilitation & Extended Care Center Highland
  Humboldt House Rehabilitation and Nursing Center Buffalo
  Huntington Hills Center for Health and Rehabilitation Melville
  Ideal Senior Living Center Endicott
  Iroquois Nursing Home Inc Jamesville
  Jeanne Jugan Residence Bronx
  Jennie B Richmond Chaffee Nursing Home Company Inc Springville
  Katherine Luther Residential Health Care and Rehabilitation Center Clinton
  Kingsway Arms Nursing Center Inc Schenectady
  Lawrence Nursing Care Center, Inc Arverne
  Livingston County Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation MT Morris
  Livingston Hills Nursing and Rehabilitation Center Livingston
  Loretto Health and Rehabilitation Center Syracuse
  Lutheran Retirement Home Jamestown
  M.M. Ewing Continuing Care Center Canandaigua
  Manhattanville Health Care Center Bronx
  Margaret Tietz Center for Nursing Care Inc Jamaica
  Mary Manning Walsh Nursing Home Co Inc New York
  Masonic Care Community of New York Utica
  Massapequa Center Rehabilitation & Nursing Amityville
  Meadow Park Rehabilitation and Health Care Center LLC Flushing
  Meadowbrook Healthcare Plattsburgh
  Medford Multicare Center for Living Medford
  Mercy Living Center Tupper Lake
  Mills Pond Nursing and Rehabilitation Center St James
  Momentum at South Bay for Rehabilitation and Nursing East Islip
  Monroe Community Hospital Rochester
  Morningside Nursing and Rehabilitation Center Bronx
  Morningstar Residential Care Center Oswego
  Morris Park Nursing Home Bronx
  Mosholu Parkway Nursing & Rehabilitation Center Bronx
  MVHS Rehabilitation and Nursing Center Utica
  Nassau Rehabilitation & Nursing Center Hempstead
  Nathan Littauer Hospital Nursing Home Gloversville
  New Carlton Rehab and Nursing Center, LLC Brooklyn
  New East Side Nursing Home New York
  New Gouverneur Hospital SNF New York
  New Roc Nursing and Rehabilitation Center Rochester
  New Vanderbilt Rehabilitation and Care Center, Inc Staten Island
  New York State Veterans Home at Montrose Montrose
  Newfane Rehab & Health Care Center Newfane
  Niagara Rehabilitation and Nursing Center Niagara Falls
  Northern Manor Geriatric Center Inc Nanuet
  Northern Riverview Health Care Center, Inc Haverstraw
  Northwoods Rehabilitation and Nursing Center at Moravia Moravia
  Norwegian Christian Home and Health Center Brooklyn
  Norwich Rehabilitation & Nursing Center Norwich
  NYS Veterans Home in NYC Jamaica
  Oceanside Care Center Inc Oceanside
  Oceanview Nursing & Rehabilitation Center, LLC Far Rockaway
  Oneida Center for Rehabilitation and Nursing Utica
  Oneida Healthcare Oneida
  Onondaga Center for Rehabilitation and Nursing Minoa
  Ontario Center for Rehabilitation and Healthcare Canandaigua
  Orchard Rehabilitation & Nursing Center Medina
  Our Lady of Mercy Life Center Guilderland
  Our Lady of Peace Nursing Care Residence Lewiston
  Ozanam Hall of Queens Nursing Home Inc Bayside
  Park Nursing Home Rockaway Park
  Park Ridge Nursing Home Rochester
  Park Terrace Care Center Rego Park
  Parker Jewish Institute for Health Care & Rehab New Hyde Park
  Parkview Care and Rehabilitation Center, Inc. Massapequa
  Pathways Nursing and Rehabilitation Center Niskayuna
  Pine Haven Home Philmont
  Plattsburgh Rehabilitation and Nursing Center Plattsburgh
  Pontiac Nursing Home Oswego
  Premier Genesee Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation Batavia
  Presbyterian Home for Central New York Inc New Hartford
  Promenade Rehabilitation and Health Care Center Rockaway Park
  Putnam Nursing & Rehabilitation Center Holmes
  Quantum Rehabilitation and Nursing LLC Middle Island
  Queens Nassau Rehabilitation and Nursing Center Far Rockaway
  Regal Heights Rehabilitation and Health Care Center Jackson Heights
  Resort Nursing Home Arverne
  Richmond Center for Rehabilitation and Specialty Healthcare Staten Island
  River Ridge Living Center Amsterdam
  Riverledge Health Care and Rehabilitation Center Ogdensburg
  Riverside Center for Rehabilitation and Nursing Castleton-On-hudson
  Robinson Terrace Rehabilitation and Nursing Center Stamford
  Rosa Coplon Jewish Home and Infirmary Getzville
  Rosewood Rehabilitation and Nursing Center Rensselaer
  Ross Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation Brentwood
  Rutland Nursing Home, Inc. Brooklyn
  Safire Rehabilitation of Northtowns, LLC Tonawanda
  Safire Rehabilitation of Southtowns, LLC Buffalo
  Samaritan Keep Nursing Home Inc Watertown
  Samaritan Senior Village, Inc. Watertown
  Sans Souci Rehabilitation and Nursing Center Yonkers
  Sapphire Center for Rehabilitation and Nursing of Central Queens, LLC Flushing
  Sapphire Nursing at Meadow Hill Newburgh
  Saratoga Center for Rehab and Skilled Nursing Care Ballston Spa
  Sayville Nursing and Rehabilitation Center Sayville
  Schulman and Schachne Institute for Nursing and Rehabilitation Brooklyn
  Shore View Nursing & Rehabilitation Center Brooklyn
  Silver Lake Specialized Rehabilitation and Care Center Staten Island
  Slate Valley Center for Rehabilitation and Nursing Granville
  South Point Plaza Nursing and Rehabilitation Center Island Park
  St Anns Community Webster
  St Camillus Residential Health Care Facility Syracuse
  St Catherine Laboure Health Care Center Buffalo
  St Johns Health Care Corporation Rochester
  St Josephs Home Ogdensburg
  St Luke Residential Health Care Facility Inc Oswego
  St Patricks Home Bronx
  St Regis Nursing Home, Inc. Massena
  St. Margaret’s Center Albany
  Steuben Center for Rehabilitation and Healthcare Bath
  Suffolk Center for Rehabilitation and Nursing Patchogue
  Sullivan County Adult Care Center Liberty
  Sunharbor Manor Roslyn Heights
  Sunnyside Care Center East Syracuse
  Sunrise Manor Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation Bay Shore
  Sutton Park Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation New Rochelle
  Syracuse Home Association Baldwinsville
  Terence Cardinal Cooke Health Care Center New York
  Teresian House Nursing Home Co Inc Albany
  Terrace View Long Term Care Facility Buffalo
  The Baptist Home at Brookmeade Rhinebeck
  The Brightonian, Inc Rochester
  The Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation at Hoosick Falls Hoosick Falls
  The Chateau at Brooklyn Rehabilitation and Nursing Center Brooklyn
  The Citadel Rehab and Nursing Center at Kingsbridge Bronx
  The Cottages at Garden Grove, A Skilled Nursing Community Cicero
  The Eleanor Nursing Care Center Hyde Park
  The Five Towns Premier Rehabilitation & Nursing Center Woodmere
  The Grand Rehabilitation and Nursing at Barnwell Valatie
  The Grand Rehabilitation and Nursing at Chittenango Chittenango
  The Grand Rehabilitation and Nursing at Guilderland Altamont
  The Grand Rehabilitation and Nursing at Mohawk Ilion
  The Grand Rehabilitation and Nursing at River Valley Poughkeepsie
  The Hamptons Center for Rehabilitation and Nursing Southampton
  The Hurlbut Rochester
  The Knolls Valhalla
  The New Jewish Home, Manhattan New York
  The Osborn Rye
  The Paramount at Somers Rehabilitation and Nursing Center Somers
  The Phoenix Rehabilitation and Nursing Center Brooklyn
  The Pines at Catskill Center for Nursing & Rehabilitation Catskill
  The Pines at Glens Falls Center for Nursing & Rehabilitation Glens Falls
  The Pines at Utica Center for Nursing & Rehabilitation Utica
  The Pines Healthcare & Rehabilitation Centers Olean Campus Olean
  The Plaza Rehab and Nursing Center Bronx
  The Riverside New York
  The Villages of Orleans Health and Rehabilitation Center Albion
  Townhouse Center for Rehabilitation & Nursing Uniondale
  Triboro Center for Rehabilitation and Nursing Bronx
  Troy Center for Rehabilitation and Nursing Troy
  Union Plaza Care Center Flushing
  Upper East Side Rehabilitation and Nursing Center New York
  Utica Rehabilitation & Nursing Center Utica
  Valley View Manor Nursing Home Norwich
  Van Duyn Center for Rehabilitation and Nursing Syracuse
  Villagecare Rehabilitation and Nursing Center New York
  Warren Center for Rehabilitation and Nursing Queensbury
  Washington Center for Rehabilitation and Healthcare Argyle
  Waters Edge at Port Jefferson for Rehabilitation and Nursing Port Jefferson
  Waterview Nursing Care Center Flushing
  Wayne County Nursing Home Lyons
  Wayne Health Care Newark
  Wells Nursing Home Inc Johnstown
  Wellsville Manor Care Center Wellsville
  Wesley Gardens Corporation Rochester
  Wesley Health Care Center Inc Saratoga Springs
  West Lawrence Care Center, LLC Far Rockaway
  Whittier Rehabilitation & Skilled Nursing Center Ghent
  Wilkinson Residential Health Care Facility Amsterdam
  Wilkinson Residential Health Care Facility Amsterdam
  Willow Point Rehabilitation and Nursing Center Vestal
  Wingate at Beacon Beacon
  Wingate of Dutchess Fishkill
  Woodcrest Rehabilitation & Residential Health Care Center., LLC College Point
  Woodhaven Nursing Home Port Jefferson Station
  Wyoming County Community Hospital SNF Warsaw
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YAFFED Lawsuit Tossed but Not on Merits, on Standing

Lawsuit over amendment shielding some Jewish schools tossed

 

NEW YORK (AP) — A federal judge has dismissed an advocacy group’s lawsuit over a New York state lawmaker’s attempt to shield ultra-Orthodox Jewish schools from oversight.

U.S. District Judge Leo Glasser ruled late Wednesday that the group Young Advocates for Fair Education, or YAFFED lacks standing to sue over the so-called Felder amendment.

The group sued Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo and state education officials in July 2018 over State Sen. Simcha Felder’s amendment that effectively moved oversight of the ultra-Orthodox schools from local school districts to the state.

Members of the group say some of the ultra-Orthodox schools, called yeshivas, provide little or no instruction in secular subjects including English, math, science and social studies. They say some young people leave the schools barely able to read or write in English despite a New York state law that mandates that private schools provide an education substantially equivalent to the public schools.

Under new guidelines on the substantial equivalency rule released by the state education department last November, all private schools including religious schools are supposed to be inspected by local public school authorities every five years.

Glasser implied in his ruling that the new state guidelines might render the group’s lawsuit moot. He said that under the new guidelines, the schools covered by the Felder amendment will be required to comply with “all of the same curriculum and hour requirements applicable to other private schools” and will face additional requirements related to the religious portion of the schools’ curriculum.

Naftuli Moster, the founder of the advocacy group, said he disagreed. “The revised guidelines embody the separate and preferential treatment of ultra-Orthodox yeshivas, regardless of how the leaders of those schools feel about the guidelines,” Moster said in a statement. He said the group will press forward “in reforming the unjust system.”

The pro-yeshiva group Parents for Educational and Religious Liberty in Schools said it applauded Glasser’s decision. “YAFFED’s campaign of harassment of the yeshivas must end,” the group said in a statement.

Paying Attention to the Flow of Gas – Nobel Energy, Delek Drilling, Shemen Oil, Egypt’s East Gas, East Med, etc…

Dear Reader:

We have highlighted the most important parts of this article in red, with the most significant of those bolded and underlined. We are asking you to read the underlines. Much of the financing and ownership of these gas pipelines, production plants, fields and mining operations are going to be in the hands of private companies. Gas is going to be shipped to Eypt to be re-exported (perhaps back to Israel at a higher cost). We surmise that the public at large in Israel is going to be at the mercy of these private companies, many of which have shared ownership. 

Read the underlines.

 

Talks Underway to Build Gas Pipeline to Egypt

(Bloomberg) — Talks are in progress to build an underwater natural gas pipeline between Israel and Egypt, part of efforts to transform the eastern Mediterranean into an energy export hub on Europe’s doorstep, Israeli Energy Minister Yuval Steinitz said. Israeli gas stocks rose.

Construction could begin as early as next year on the pipe to transport gas from Israel’s offshore Leviathan and Tamar fields to Egypt’s existing liquefied natural gas plants for processing and re-export, Steinitz said.

The new line would allow Israel to export much more to Egypt than the maximum 7 billion cubic meters per year that can flow through the existing EMG pipeline connecting southern Israel to Egypt’s Sinai peninsula.

“There’s no final decision yet, but there are talks,” Steinitz told Bloomberg in an interview in Cairo, where he took part in the first East Mediterranean Gas Forum. The event was aimed at boosting cooperation among the region’s nascent gas producers, consumers and transit countries. The next meeting will take place in April.

Oil ministers from Egypt, Israel, Greece, Cyprus, Jordan, Italy and the Palestinian Authority joined the gathering Monday, where they agreed to work together to monetize reserves by using existing infrastructure and adding more capacity.

The meeting came nearly a year after the signing of a $15 billion deal to export Israeli gas to Egypt over a decade — a landmark deal reached after years of litigation.

The companies developing reservoirs in Israel and Cyprus, led by Noble Energy Inc. and Delek Drilling LP, are working on a deal to sell around 12 bcm of natural gas to the Idku LNG facility in Egypt, which is partly owned by Royal Dutch Shell Plc. Progress has been held up by a dispute between the Israeli and Cypriot governments over the development of the Aphrodite field that straddles both countries’ economic waters.

Shares of Delek climbed as much as 2 percent on the news. Ratio Oil Exploration 1992 LP, which owns 15 percent of Israel’s Leviathan, also gained as much as 2 percent in Tel Aviv trading.

Steinitz is the first Israeli minister to visit Egypt since the 2011 uprising that ousted President Hosni Mubarak, and his attendance reflects growing Egyptian openness toward cooperation with Israel. The two countries signed a peace deal in 1978, but ties had remained frigid for decades.

“Today’s meeting is extremely important, as it delivers a very important message to the international community that we’re working together in order to exploit our natural resources,” Steinitz said.

EMG Exports

Egypt’s East Gas and the companies developing Israel’s largest natural gas fields agreed in September to buy 39 percent of the East Mediterranean Gas Co., which owns the existing pipeline once used to export Egyptian gas to Israel. The buyout will allow the pipeline to transport gas in the other direction.

Steinitz said Egypt would begin to receive small quantities of Israeli gas through the EMG pipeline in April. Significant quantities would begin to flow in October or November, and the pipeline could reach full capacity next year.

Link To Europe

Major offshore gas finds have transformed the eastern Mediterranean region into an energy hot-spot.

Steinitz said work on the planned underwater East Med pipeline that will connect Israel, via Cyprus, to Greece and Italy was expected to start next year, and would take five or six years to complete. The European Union estimates the initial cost at $7 billion, with construction expected to be financed by private companies and institutional lenders, he said.

“It will be the longest and deepest gas pipeline in the world,” Steinitz said.

 

The Forward – End of a 120-year History

The Forward is ending its print edition, laying off 40 percent of its staff

 

(JTA) — The Forward, one of the most renowned and longest-running Jewish publications in the United States, will be ceasing its print edition and laying off its editor in chief and 40 percent of its staff.

The New York Post reported Wednesday night that the Forward would be ending its print run more than 120 years after it began publication in 1897. It will continue to exist online in English and Yiddish. A laid-off staff member posted the Post article on Facebook without comment.

The Forward’s editor in chief, Jane Eisner, will be laid off after more than a decade in the position along with Executive Editor Dan Friedman. Also laid off are Kurt Hoffman, the art director; Dave Goldiner, director of digital media; and Kathleen Chambard, vice president of marketing, according to the Post.

“The Forward is taking the next step in making our brand more relevant to our readers and more connected to their lives,” Publisher and CEO Rachel Fishman Feddersen said, according to the Post. “We are announcing that this spring the Forward will complete its evolution from what was once a print-focused publisher to become a digitally focused publication.”

The New York City-based publication began as a Yiddish-language newspaper and launched a weekly English-language print edition in 1990. In 2017, it shifted to publishing a monthly magazine. The Forward has been known historically for investigative journalism, coverage of Jewish culture and a left-wing editorial stance. It is a client of JTA’s syndication service.

Noble-Delek, Cyprus, Turkey, Greece-Cyprus-Israel Tripartite Summit and Geo-Political Dangers

To our readers:

We are republishing an article which is recognized as follows:

This article was originally published by Voxeurop. It is published in association with the European Data Journalism Network  and it is released under a CC BY-SA 4.0  license.

We ask that you kindly refer to the original source to review the initial information and we hope that this attribution suffices to satisfy the regulatory and copyright requirements of the enterprise. If not, we will oblige any request to take down the article or cut it back.
Our interest in the Noble-Delek deal(s) and more specifically with respect to this article, a reference to the “Greece-Cyprus-Israel tripartite summit” rests in what we believe will eventually be the wholesale hijacking of Israel’s energy supply by the private sector. We believe that Israeli citizens will be at the mercy of corrupt individuals and politicians.
We hope that we are wrong.
As we see it, the danger in the current energy deal(s) within Israel or involving Israel is simply one of control. Nearly all of the current energy deals involves a small number of very wealthy private citizens and/or their related companies.
We believe that the Israeli public should be very concerned. They should be demanding guarantees.
Finally, and perhaps more startling, we believe that the negotiations underway to build pipelines or alternatively to cart natural gas across countries, carry with them a strong, if not inevitable risk, of financial terrorism against much of the Middle East and parts of Europe which stand to benefit if these deals are successful; but can with equal measure be held hostage to the immense greed of the corrupt. We have highlighted the points in red that support our concerns.

Since some of the world’s largest gas reserves were discovered in Cyprus, the island has been coveted by fossil-fuel giants. The situation is burdening delicate negotiations on reunification

14/01/2019 –  Chloé Emmanouilidis

As winter approaches, the eastern Mediterranean is in a state of agitation. On 31 October Turkey launched its own hunt for oil and gas off Antalya, a race which could stir up new tensions in the region.

Ankara announced that it would oppose “unilateral, illegitimate and unjust” actions going against its interests. This at a time when Cyprus is about to resume exploratory drilling off its southern coast. The American oil-and-gas company ExxonMobil is due to begin drilling in the promising block 10 of Cyprus’s economic exclusion zone this month.

On 4 November Turkish president Recep Tayip Erdogan threateningly warned the oil giants against any gas exploration in Cyprus, calling them “pirates” and “bandits”. The Cypriot media is talking of a “psychological war”, a “game changer” which Turkey is trying to impose on the eastern Mediterranean.

Over the last decade, exploratory drilling has uncovered vast reserves of natural gas and oil near the coasts of Cyprus, Egypt, Israel and Lebanon. The Mediterranean, the Mare Nostrum, is rapidly becoming the focus of tensions linked to maritime borders and economic exclusion zones (EEZ). Two regional disputes exacerbate the problem: the Israel-Palestine conflict and discord over Cyprus itself, the island being divided since the Turkish invasion of 1974.

On 4 November foreign diplomatic sources told the Cypriot daily Politis  that Turkey’s recently acquired drilling ship named Conqueror (Deep Sea Metro II), sailing off Antalya, is only the start of a Turkish strategic plan to torpedo Cyprus’s energy program by 2019, and that the hydrocarbons question now represents a sticking point for the next stages of talks on the Cyprus question.

In the context of a long-term solution ExxonMobil’s drilling could turn out well, but if the conflict remains unresolved then the risk is of escalating tension. “Turkey is conducting a policy of wait-and-see, so as to gauge the intentions of the Greek-Cypriot side on the Cyprus question and to get a full idea of the results of ExxonMobil’s drilling in block 10”, says Giannis Ioannou, diplomatic analyst at the University of Nicosia.

Ankara, which occupies half of the island (Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus, TRNC), does not have diplomatic relations with the Republic of Cyprus, which is internationally recognized. Turkey, as protector of the Turkish Cypriots, uses as its pretext the claim that the Cypriot government does not represent the interests of Turkish Cypriots. It refutes Greek-Cypriot claims to exclusive sovereignty, asserts that such sovereignty is subject to negotiation in the talks, and points to its own status as guarantor of a 1980 treaty agreement to protect the rights of Turkish Cypriots. Accordingly, Turkey does not recognize Cyprus’s economic exclusion zone.

This map shows Cyprus’ Exclusive Economic Zone, as well as the different drilling blocks, the companies that are exploiting them, and their country. (Andreas Vou | VoxEurop)

This map shows Cyprus’ Exclusive Economic Zone, as well as the different drilling blocks, the companies that are exploiting them, and their country. (Andreas Vou | VoxEurop)

 

Neither has Ankara ratified the 1982 UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (Unclos) because of its misgivings about article 87 of part V. Following Ankara’s line, TRNC claims co-ownership of the island’s natural resources and opposes attempts by Nicosia to make unilateral contracts for drilling at sea. In September 2011 the Turkish Cypriots signed an “accord of delimitation of the continental shelf” with Turkey. On this basis the separatist regime declared an “economic exclusion zone” comprising half of the Cypriot EEZ and including blocks 1, 2, 3, 8, 9, 12 and 13.

Several analysts had suggested that Cypriot gas would be a catalyst for a solution to the Cyprus problem, but it has turned out to be an obstacle. In 2015 talks were suspended after Turkey violated the EEZ by broadcasting a Navtex message, an international alert signal. But the gradual recovery from the economic crisis of 2012-13 and the election of a new TRNC president, the moderate Mustafa Akinci, allowed talks to resume. The rhetoric used by the Cypriot president, Nikos Anastasiades, was that the hydrocarbons issue must not be a part of negotiations. He asserted that the benefits of natural resources would only be shared equitably by the two communities within the framework of a solution on a reunified federal Cyprus. Strongly disagreeing, Akinci reproached Anastasiades for not creating a committee for the gas and for taking decisions without consulting Turkish Cypriots.

“From now on, at each proposition by the Greek side, Turkey will put gas on the negotiations table”, explains Giannis Ioannou. “Cyprus is paying for the failure of the Crans-Montana talks  ”. It is very likely that Ankara will use the Cypriot EEZ to make future negotiations harder. “Natural gas has clearly become a game-changer. Erdogan will use it as a weapon in negotiations”, says the diplomatic analyst, adding: “I believe that Erdogan no longer wants a federal solution. He has a plan B, he wants a two-state solution. The status quo suits him”.

Talks on a reunification of the island at Crans-Montana in Switzerland, under the aegis of the UN and three guarantor countries, broke down in July 2017. The plan involved the creation of a “bi-zonal and bi-communitary” federation. The two leaders could not agree on the crucial questions of territorial adjustments and security guarantees. With the support of Greece, Cyprus wanted the European Union to be the security guarantor for all Cypriot citizens, but Turkey did not want the the initial system changed, ostensibly fearing for the security of its community. The two leaders later blamed each other for the failure.

During a televised press conference  on 6 November, Anastasiades declared to Cypriots that the Crans-Montana outcome was caused by Turkish intransigeance. He proposed, without details, a decentralized federal government, adding that decentralization would not compromise Cyprus’s territorial integrity or its sovereignty, security or economy. Talks are currently at an impasse, since the Turkish-Cypriot leader had warned that he would resign if a federal bi-zonal and bi-communitary solution was taken off the table.

Reelected in February 2018, Anastasiades sought to supervise the ongoing drilling off the island’s southern coast in order to stimulate economic growth. The proven gas reserves dispersed over the 13 blocks of a part of the Republic of Cyprus’s self-declared EEZ are estimated at 10-12 bn cubic feet. Natural gas in block 12, named “Aphrodite”, drilled by such companies as Noble Energy, Royal Dutch Shell and Delek, is alone estimated at 4.5 bn cubic feet. On 8 February 2018, Italian giant Eni announced a discovery of gas in the block 6, “Calypso”. According to Cypriot media  its proven reserves are estimated at between 6 and 8 bn cubic feet. But these figures remain small compared to those of wells belonging to Egypt (“Zohr”, 30 bn cubic feet) and Israel.

However, Cyprus’s ambitious energy program is bumping up against an increasingly aggressive Turkey. Tension between the Republic of Cyprus and Turkey had already increased in February after Turkish warships blocked  the drilling ship Saipem 12000, belonging to Eni, which was heading towards gas deposits in block 3 of the EEZ. Following Turkish provocations drilling in block 3 was suspended. Nicosia accused Turkey of violating international law and announced that it would maintain its program of exploitation and exploration.

In February 2018, following these tensions, UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres preferred to play for time, declaring that his role was not to “take position on the rights of member states regarding existing international law […]. A solution to the Cyprus problem represents the best chance to solve the problem”. A point that he reiterated in his report  to the UN Security Council in October 2018.

“Because of Turkey’s actions in the EEZ it is not certain that Cyprus will be able to sell gas”, believes Fiona Mullen, specialist on Cyprus and the eastern-Mediterranean gas question, when asked in February. “The main lesson is that we must not pretend that the gas question is separate from the Cyprus problem. When one side has international law on its side but the other has weapons, the only way to solve the problem is by talking. Only a political solution will end this. […] The main short-term risk is that Turkey will use its deep-sea drilling ship, Deep Sea Metro II, to drill in the number-3 well, where Eni is present. The long-term risk for business is that no gas will be exploitable until the Cyprus problem is resolved”, she says.

From a more technical perspective there exist different options for transporting the gas, of which none has yet been chosen. The gas could be exported by connecting undersea pipelines, or by constructing a liquefaction plant. Another system, which facilitates the use of excess gas, would be to generate electricity which could be exported to Europe by undersea cable. For the EU Cypriot hydrocarbons are a means of diversifying its gas supply and reducing its dependence on Russia, and it has identified the East Med gas pipeline as a general-interest project. “At present I do not think that the East Med pipeline [serving Israel, Cyprus, Greece and Italy] is viable. It has been costed at $6 billion by its benefactors. That is a ridiculously low figure for a pipeline which would extend from Israel to Italy, says Fiona Mullen. “The quickest, simplest and least expensive way to export gas would be to send it by pipeline to Turkey. But that requires a solution to the Cyprus problem, which seems very unlikely right now”.

Turkey also sees the possibility of gas exports through Cyprus and Greece as a threat to its own ambitions as a transit country through which gas from the Caspian Sea and central Asia can reach the European market. Last February Egypt, following tension in the Cypriot EEZ, deployed its warships into the area. With its actions Turkey is also testing regional alliances.

Over the last ten years, discoveries of hydrocarbons and the effects of the Arab Spring have both shaped new axes of cooperation and pushed the Cypriot government to seek new alliances in the region so as to secure its future gas exports. But these ties are vulnerable since no military treaty has yet been signed.

In this regard, recent years have seen several tripartite summits, including Greece-Egypt-Cyprus and Israel-Greece-Cyprus. For the first time in its history Cyprus has been playing, de facto, an important role in regional politics and security. By the same token bilateral relations with France deepened under the François Hollande presidency, with renewed defence contracts and French support for Cypriot resource extraction, including notably the presence of Total in several blocks of the EEZ.

Under President Emmanuel Macron French involvement has continued to grow, particularly in defence matters. During a working visit to Cyprus in September 2018 French foreign minister Jean-Yves Le Drian declared that “For us the security of Cyprus is a priority in a particularly agitated region”. In an interview with the Greek newspaper Kathimerini he reiterated that France had always supported Cyprus’s sovereign right to explore and exploit its natural resources in accordance with EU law and international law.

For its part the United States also reiterated Cyprus’s right to develop its resources, including those inside the EEZ. The Cypriot foreign minister, Nikos Christodoulides, visited the USA on 7 November and signed a declaration of intention which officialises and establishes a new framework for US-Cypriot security cooperation. Sources reported that there was also discussion about an American participation at an upcoming Greece-Cyprus-Israel tripartite summit. The shared position of Ankara and Turkish Cyprus seems to indicates that the economic benefits of gas for the two communities are only the tip of the iceberg. Beyond the economic aspect, obviously fundamental for a future federal state, lies the question of sovereignty, since Turkish-Cypriot participation in management of the reserves will allow Turkey to guarantee its vital interests in the region.

East Mediterranean Gas Forum (EMGF) and Energy Minister Yuval Steinitz…Noble-Delek

A series of firsts for Egyptian gas forum

Mirette F. Mabrouk
Senior Fellow, Director of Egypt program

Mirette F. Mabrouk

The regional gas forum Egypt hosted yesterday saw several firsts. It was the first such forum that the country had hosted, the invitees aren’t usually found attending the same parties, and it has led to a declaration of the establishment of the East Mediterranean Gas Forum (EMGF), bringing together Egypt, Cyprus, Greece, Italy, Israel, Jordan, and Palestine. The new forum will be based in Cairo and is in line with Egypt’s ambitions to establish itself as a regional hub for natural gas.

Israel was represented by Energy Minister Yuval Steinitz, the first such visit by an Israeli Cabinet member since the 2011 Arab Spring uprising. Steinitz referred to it as “the most significant economic cooperation between Egypt and Israel since the signing of the peace treaty 40 years ago,” in comments to the Associated Press. “It brings all of us — Jordan, Israel, Cyprus, Greece, Egypt, the Palestinian Authority, and Italy — together.”

Egypt and Israel signed a $15 billion gas deal last year and the first shipments, from Israel, are slated for early this year, from Israel’s Tamar field via Delek Drilling and its U.S. partner, Noble Energy, which would sell a total of 64 billion cubic meters of gas over a 10-year period to Egypt’s Dolphinus Holdings. The forum offers Egypt the promise of both financial reward and regional leverage.

Apart from the inclusion of both the Israelis and the Palestinians in any such forum, the announcement was particularly relevant because of its future implications. Europe is keen on encouraging new delivery routes in order to lever itself free of current Russian control over the region’s energy market and the Eastern Mediterranean provides both new finds and delivery routes.

There are few factors that encourage regional stability like the promise of financial gain. It can, however, place pressure in the opposite direction, and there is potential for regional upset. Turkey has made no secret of its displeasure with Cyprus over the issue of energy and has demanded that it cease exploration operations. More to the point, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan directly addressed companies wishing to do business with Cyprus: “Energy companies who involve themselves in irresponsible steps taken by the Greek Cypriot side can never be met with understanding,” he said. “They could lose a friend in Turkey.”

Noble-Delek, Gas Pipeline Between Israel and Egypt – Leviathan and Tamar, Slippery Business

Talks under way to build new gas pipeline to Egypt, Israel says

Talks are in progress to build a new underwater gas pipeline between Israel and Egypt, part of efforts to transform the eastern Mediterranean into an energy export hub on Europe’s doorstep, Israeli Energy Minister Yuval Steinitzsaid. Israeli gas stocks rose.

Construction could begin as early as next year on the pipe to transport gas from Israel’s offshore Leviathan and Tamar fields to Egypt’s existing liquefied natural gas plants for processing and re-export, Steinitz said.

The new line would allow Israel to export much more to Egypt than the maximum 7 billion cubic meters per year that can flow through the existing EMG pipeline connecting southern Israel to Egypt’s Sinai peninsula.

“There’s no final decision yet, but there are talks,” Steinitz told Bloomberg in an interview in Cairo, where he took part in the first East Mediterranean Gas Forum. The event was aimed at boosting cooperation among the region’s nascent gas producers, consumers and transit countries. The next meeting will take place in April.

Oil ministers from EgyptIsraelGreeceCyprusJordanItaly and the Palestinian Authority joined the gathering Monday, where they agreed to work together to monetize reserves by using existing infrastructure and adding more capacity.

The meeting came nearly a year after the signing of a $15-billion deal to export Israeli gas to Egypt over a decade – a landmark deal reached after years of litigation.

The companies developing reservoirs in Israel and Cyprus, led by Noble Energy and Delek Drilling, are working on a deal to sell around 12 bcm of natural gas to the Idku LNG facilityin Egypt, which is partly owned by Royal Dutch Shell. Progress has been held up by a dispute between the Israeli and Cypriot governments over the development of the Aphrodite field that straddles both countries’ economic waters.

Shares of Delek climbed as much as 2% on the news. Ratio Oil Exploration 1992 LP, which owns 15% of Israel’s Leviathan, also gained as much as 2% in Tel Aviv trading.

Steinitz is the first Israeli minister to visit Egypt since the 2011 uprising that ousted President Hosni Mubarak, and his attendance reflects growing Egyptian openness toward cooperation with Israel. The two countries signed a peace deal in 1978, but ties had remained frigid for decades.

“Today’s meeting is extremely important, as it delivers a very important message to the international community that we’re working together in order to exploit our natural resources,” Steinitz said.

EMG EXPORTS
Egypt’s East Gas and the companies developing Israel’s largest natural gas fields agreed in September to buy 39% of the East Mediterranean Gas, which owns the existing pipeline once used to export Egyptian gas to Israel. The buyout will allow the pipeline to transport gas in the other direction.

Steinitz said Egypt would begin to receive small quantities of Israeli gas through the EMG pipeline in April. Significant quantities would begin to flow in October or November, and the pipeline could reach full capacity next year.

LINK TO EUROPE
Major offshore gas finds have transformed the eastern Mediterranean region into an energy hot-spot.

Steinitz said work on the planned subsea East Med pipelinethat will connect Israel, via Cyprus, to Greece and Italy was expected to start next year, and would take five or six years to complete. The European Union estimates the initial cost at $7-billion, with construction expected to be financed by private companies and institutional lenders, he said.

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The Torkian Group, Airbnb and Homeaway, Hurting the Housing Market in NY – Making Millions

New York City Sued Airbnb Operators For Allegedly Posing As Fake Hosts​

A $20.7 million lawsuit implicates a ring of real estate agents and companies posting multiple listings on sites like Airbnb, HomeAway and VRBO.

With De Blasio’s Worst Offenders also His Largest Donors, Landlords Are Likely Not Going to Be Held Accountable

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De Blasio pitches plan to seize private property of problem landlords, opponents cry ‘communism’

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Liberal New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio is rolling out a new plan that would potentially allow the city government to seize buildings of landlords who force tenants out — a plan his opponents say amounts to “straight communism.”

De Blasio, in his State of the City address on Thursday, announced he wants to take action against landlords who try to force tenants out by making the property unliveable — and pulled out an executive order to create a Mayor’s Office to Protect Tenants. He said that in the event the government intervenes, the buildings would then be controlled by a “community nonprofit.”

“When a landlord tries to push out a tenant by making their home unlivable, a team of inspectors and law enforcement agents will be on the ground to stop it in time,” he said, according to the New York Daily News. “If the fines and the penalties don’t cut it, we will seize their buildings and we will put them in the hands of a community nonprofit that will treat tenants with the respect they deserve.”

According to the mayor’s website, the city is “pursuing new local law to seize upwards of 40 of the most distressed multiple dwelling buildings annually and transition them to responsible, mission driven ownership.”

The city reportedly has gone easy on problem landlords in the past. The New York Times reported last year that officials have taken a “gentle hand with landlords who deprive tenants of basic services, declining to enforce the maximum penalties for even the worst offenders,” detailing how “neglected repairs” end up forcing tenants out.

“Health care is a right, not a privilege reserved for those who can afford it,” de Blasio said in a statement. “While the federal government works to gut health care for millions of Americans, New York City is leading the way by guaranteeing that every New Yorker has access to quality, comprehensive access to care, regardless of immigration status or their ability to pay.”

In an interview with New York Magazine in 2017, he also expressed a desire for much more government control in development and rents, and cited a “socialist impulse.”

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“I think people all over this city, of every background, would like to have the city government be able to determine which building goes where, how high it will be, who gets to live in it, what the rent will be,” he said. “Look, if I had my druthers, the city government would determine every single plot of land, how development would proceed. And there would be very stringent requirements around income levels and rents.”

On Sunday, he said in an interview that he wouldn’t rule out running for president in 2020, and urged the Democratic Party to take “bolder” positions similar to his own.

“There is still a lot of moderate voices in the party that did not learn the lessons of 2016 and are not listening to what people need in this country,” de Blasio said. “So I want to push this whole party, and I want to inform this debate in this country about the fact that we could go a lot further, we could be a lot bolder than what we’re doing now.”

Republicans, though, were disturbed by the extent of Hizzoner’s plan and charged the idea was more suited to communist dictatorships where land and property seizures are commonplace.

“My first reaction was: Is this communist Cuba?” state Assemblymember Nicole Malliotakis, who ran against De Blasio in the 2017 mayoral race, told Fox News. “ I can say that as a daughter of Cuban refugees who fled Castro’s Cuba in 1959, this is what happened to her family, she had her home taken, my grandfather had his gas station taken.”

“This is extreme even for Mayor de Blasio, because we know that he has socialist leanings, but this is straight communism and I think it’s very scary to America-loving, democracy-loving people.”

Malliotakis said the proposal was also hypocritical of the mayor, as she says the city runs some of the worst housing via the NYC Housing Authority. She also expressed some doubt as to how his plan to seize property would fare.

“Any attempt to seize property will face a court challenge and the mayor himself comes up with these ideas, throws stuff out there and doesn’t know how he intends to make it happen,” she said. “It’s all rhetoric.”

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199 Lee Avenue? Crooked Landlords, 97 and 99 Clay Street, Forcing Tenants Out

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Brooklyn Tenants Take Fight To Secretive Landlords They Claim Are Trying To Force Them Out

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – An apartment battle in the Brooklyn between rent-stabilized tenants and their landlord is getting heated.

Residents claim they’re being forced out with a construction nightmare and now they’re fighting back.

CBS2 first told you about the tenants at 97 and 99 Clay Street last week. They claim their landlord is using construction to harass them in an effort to drive them from their rent-stabilized apartments.

They add they’ve enduring leaking ceilings, construction debris, and the threat of rats in their building. Now they’re rallying for their rights.

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“The owners are sidestepping accountability,” tenant George Manatos said.

The property is run by a company called “Perfect Management,” under LJC Towers LLC, but the address leads to this shipping store filled with non-descript mailboxes.

“You can’t talk to a mailbox, there’s no one to talk to and they don’t want you talking to them, they don’t even want you know who they are,” Williamsburg resident Phil Smrek explained.

Smrek says he endured the same kind of abuse and knows the game landlords play all too well; especially when it comes to construction violations.

“I’ve seen them pay the fines like parking tickets, $5,000, $10,000… when you’re talking about $20 million  properties, a $5,000 fine is nothing so there has to be actual prosecution and prison time for these landlords.

CBS2 reached out to the city’s Department of Housing Preservation and Development which investigates tenant harassment. The agency said it rejects “mail drop addresses” like this location.

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“Many times they have the buildings listed under DOB with one owner and under HPD with a different owner. They drop letters in their last names, they change their spelling, it’s very shrouded, they’re under LLC’s.

CBS2 checked the address for LJC Towers LLC on the HPD website; it’s not at Lee Avenue where they claim, but a building on Manhattan Avenue that says Perfect Management on the door.

CBS2’s Valerie Castro rang their buzzer to ask some questions, but while she was waiting they turned the lights out.

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Then, despite seeing someone just inside the doorway, CBS2 was ignored by the building’s occupants.

A representative from state senator Julia Salazar’s office says it’ll likely take legislative action for things to change.

“We’re going to work on it, this is definitely something we’re focused on,” Alvin Pena claimed.

For now, tenants say they’ll keep fighting for their rights in Williamsburg.

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The Lakewood Whistle-Blower Getting Sued and LostMessiah’s Blogger Getting Subpoenaed in that Suit [VIDEO]

ANOTHER LAWSUIT INTENDED FOR NOTHING MORE THAN TO SILENCE BLOGGERS – LAKEWOOD, NEW JERSEY

Dear Readers:

We are posting this video because it is shockingly relevant, not only to the suit against LostMessiah’s blogger; but because LostMessiah’s blogger has been subpoenaed in the suit against members of the Lakewood community.

On January 8, 2019, the Plaintiff’s attorneys in the case captioned: “Yecheskel “Charlie” Schwab and Datampa Intelligence LLC v. Joyce Blay, Herskel Herskowitz a/k/a Harold Herskowitz, Shlomie Klein a/k/a Shlomo Klein and Abraham Sharaby, Docket No. OCN-L-002695-19” served a subpoena on LostMessiah’s blogger to appear on February 7, 2019 for a deposition and to provide any documents related to communications which may or may not have occurred between LostMessiah and any of the above-reference parties and JLeaks.

Setting aside that this is a waste of everyone’s time and money, we are not altogether unconvinced that this is not an effort by the Plaintiffs in our case to obtain information through alternative means of discovery. Even if we are wrong, there is little reason to drag LostMessiah into the Lakewood battle except to place emphasis on the efforts that will be take to silence bloggers.

We would like to emphasize that the person in the video discusses the fees of the Plaintiff law firm in the Lakewood case. The firm is highly reputable and charges exorbitant rates. In our view their involvement indicates that no expense is being spared to silence those who speak out against the Haredi, mainly Satmar community, whether Lakewood or elsewhere.

 

Please consider donating to LM to help defray the costs associated with LM’s litigation and now the involvement in Lakewood’s litigation.

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Dan Gertler – Glencore, Nikanor, Fleurette, Limajo – Arm’s Length, probably not, Wholesale Ownership of DRC

Glencore Gave Loans to Businesses Linked to Suspect Congo Dealings

Documents show mining giant provided nearly $1 billion in loans and advances to aid investments by accused businessman Dan Gertler

A Glencore copper operation in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Swiss mining giant Glencore GLNCY -0.98% PLC provided nearly $1 billion in loans and advances to companies associated with an Israeli businessman accused of having corrupt ties to government officials in the Democratic Republic of Congo, according to documents reviewed by The Wall Street Journal.

The loans, made over a roughly 10-year period starting in 2007, were designed in part to help finance investments by the businessman, Dan Gertler, in copper-mining operations in Congo alongside Glencore, the documents show.

The amount of the loans—more than previously reported—highlights the financial ties between Glencore and Mr. Gertler during their decadelong partnership in Congo. The relationship has been a focus of U.S. and Canadian authorities, who have been investigating the company’s Congo operations and ties to Mr. Gertler.

Glencore, the globe-spanning mining behemoth and trading house run by Chief Executive Ivan Glasenberg, for years has pushed back against complaints about its ties to Mr. Gertler. Mr. Gertler and his main company in Congo, Fleurette Group, have denied wrongdoing.

Analysts say mounting concerns about Glencore’s Congo operations have contributed to a decline in the Swiss company’s share price.

The details about the loans are contained in the Paradise Papers, a trove of documents from a Bermudan law firm obtained by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists and the German newspaper Süddeutsche Zeitung, and shared with The Wall Street Journal. The papers first surfaced in late 2017.

Glencore has disclosed some of the lending to Mr. Gertler in broad strokes. A 2017 deal to buy out Mr. Gertler’s stakes in two Congo mines, for instance, folded in $556 million in debt—including $120 million in interest—that Mr. Gertler owed Glencore, the company said at the time. The cash payment in the deal was about $534 million.

The documents, though, detail a series of specific transactions in which Glencore helped to finance Mr. Gertler’s business interests in Congo. Glencore’s chief financial officer frequently signed off on documents associated with the loans.

The overall value of the loans and many of their details haven’t previously been reported.

A spokesman for Glencore declined to comment on the specifics of the loan agreements. In response to a 2014 report by London-based corruption watchdog Global Witness about Glencore’s mining deals in Congo with Mr. Gertler, Glencore said all transactions with the Israeli businessman’s companies “have been conducted on arm’s-length terms, and all public disclosure requirements applicable to us have been complied with.”

A spokesman for Fleurette Group said, “Loans made to Fleurette and its related companies were negotiated on arms-length commercial terms.” Any implication that the loans were improper is wrong, the spokesman said. “Fleurette has operated transparently and in line with all applicable laws during its interactions with Glencore,” he said, adding that all loans were used for legitimate purposes and were repaid.

Documents reviewed by the Journal show that in 2011 a company controlled by Mr. Gertler owed $300 million to a Bermuda affiliate of Glencore, Limajo International Inc., a previously undisclosed debt.

By the end of 2014, Mr. Gertler’s company owed Limajo $510 million, the documents show.

Glencore’s ties to Mr. Gertler date to the mid-2000s, when both invested in Nikanor PLC, a London-listed Congolese copper operator. In 2007, Glencore lent about $250 million to a company controlled by Mr. Gertler, and that company used the funds to purchase a stake in Nikanor, according to the documents.

Mr. Gertler later used about $61 million in Glencore funds to amass shares in another Congo mine operator, Katanga Mining Ltd. , after it merged with Nikanor, the documents show. Glencore invested in Katanga alongside Mr. Gertler and eventually came to control it.In total, Glencore provided nearly $900 million in loans and advances to Mr. Gertler’s companies, according to the documents. Some of that amount likely included accrued interest on some of the loans, the documents show.

Glencore’s Katanga Mining, in addition, made about $80 million in advances to a company controlled by Mr. Gertler from royalties he was entitled to receive, according to Katanga’s public filings. Glencore purchased Mr. Gertler’s stake in Katanga in 2017.

The U.S. Treasury Department in December 2017 sanctioned Mr. Gertler, accusing him of trading on a friendship with Congo President Joseph Kabila to amass a fortune through “opaque and corrupt” deals on behalf of multinational companies seeking to do business in Congo. Mr. Gertler has declined to comment on the specifics of the allegations.

Last month, Canada’s main stock-market regulator said Katanga Mining hid from investors the risks associated with its reliance on Mr. Gertler. The Ontario Securities Commission said Katanga, which trades in Toronto, paid associates of Mr. Gertler “to maintain relations” with the Congolese government.The

Fleurette spokesman said last month the company “has always acted appropriately and with integrity in the DRC. Nothing has ever been proven against the company or its executives in a court of law.”

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Glencore PLC, Loans to Gertler, Leveraging Companies, DRC and Kabila…

Glencore Gave Loans to Businesses Linked to Suspect Congo Dealings

Swiss mining giant Glencore GLNCY -0.60% PLC provided nearly $1 billion in loans and advances to companies associated with an Israeli businessman accused of having corrupt ties to government officials in the Democratic Republic of Congo, according to documents reviewed by The Wall Street Journal.

The loans, made over a roughly 10-year period starting in 2007, were designed in part to help finance investments by the businessman, Dan Gertler, in copper-mining operations in Congo alongside Glencore, the documents show.

The amount of the loans—more than previously reported—highlights the financial ties between Glencore and Mr. Gertler during their decadelong partnership in Congo. The relationship has been a focus of U.S. and Canadian authorities, who have been investigating the company’s Congo operations and ties to Mr. Gertler.

Glencore, the globe-spanning mining behemoth and trading house run by Chief Executive Ivan Glasenberg, for years has pushed back against complaints about its ties to Mr. Gertler. Mr. Gertler and his main company in Congo, Fleurette Group, have denied wrongdoing.

Analysts say mounting concerns about Glencore’s Congo operations have contributed to a decline in the Swiss company’s share price.

The details about the loans are contained in the Paradise Papers, a trove of documents from a Bermudan law firm obtained by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists and the German newspaper Süddeutsche Zeitung, and shared with The Wall Street Journal. The papers first surfaced in late 2017.

Glencore has disclosed some of the lending to Mr. Gertler in broad strokes. A 2017 deal to buy out Mr. Gertler’s stakes in two Congo mines, for instance, folded in $556 million in debt—including $120 million in interest—that Mr. Gertler owed Glencore, the company said at the time. The cash payment in the deal was about $534 million.

The documents, though, detail a series of specific transactions in which Glencore helped to finance Mr. Gertler’s business interests in Congo. Glencore’s chief financial officer frequently signed off on documents associated with the loans.

The overall value of the loans and many of their details haven’t previously been reported.

A spokesman for Glencore declined to comment on the specifics of the loan agreements. In response to a 2014 report by London-based corruption watchdog Global Witness about Glencore’s mining deals in Congo with Mr. Gertler, Glencore said all transactions with the Israeli businessman’s companies “have been conducted on arm’s-length terms, and all public disclosure requirements applicable to us have been complied with.”

A spokesman for Fleurette Group said, “Loans made to Fleurette and its related companies were negotiated on arms-length commercial terms.” Any implication that the loans were improper is wrong, the spokesman said. “Fleurette has operated transparently and in line with all applicable laws during its interactions with Glencore,” he said, adding that all loans were used for legitimate purposes and were repaid.

Documents reviewed by the Journal show that in 2011 a company controlled by Mr. Gertler owed $300 million to a Bermuda affiliate of Glencore, Limajo International Inc., a previously undisclosed debt.

By the end of 2014, Mr. Gertler’s company owed Limajo $510 million, the documents show.

Glencore’s ties to Mr. Gertler date to the mid-2000s, when both invested in Nikanor PLC, a London-listed Congolese copper operator. In 2007, Glencore lent about $250 million to a company controlled by Mr. Gertler, and that company used the funds to purchase a stake in Nikanor, according to the documents.

Mr. Gertler later used about $61 million in Glencore funds to amass shares in another Congo mine operator, Katanga Mining Ltd. , after it merged with Nikanor, the documents show. Glencore invested in Katanga alongside Mr. Gertler and eventually came to control it.

In total, Glencore provided nearly $900 million in loans and advances to Mr. Gertler’s companies, according to the documents. Some of that amount likely included accrued interest on some of the loans, the documents show.

Glencore’s Katanga Mining, in addition, made about $80 million in advances to a company controlled by Mr. Gertler from royalties he was entitled to receive, according to Katanga’s public filings. Glencore purchased Mr. Gertler’s stake in Katanga in 2017.

The U.S. Treasury Department in December 2017 sanctioned Mr. Gertler, accusing him of trading on a friendship with Congo President Joseph Kabila to amass a fortune through “opaque and corrupt” deals on behalf of multinational companies seeking to do business in Congo. Mr. Gertler has declined to comment on the specifics of the allegations.

Last month, Canada’s main stock-market regulator said Katanga Mining hid from investors the risks associated with its reliance on Mr. Gertler. The Ontario Securities Commission said Katanga, which trades in Toronto, paid associates of Mr. Gertler “to maintain relations” with the Congolese government.

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Borough Park Shomrim Member, Moshe Steinberg, Aiding and Abetting a Scofflaw – on Video… oh…and the racism

Group of Brooklyn Residents Help Motorist Escape NYPD Tow Truck (VIDEO)

A group of Brooklyn residents helped a motorist escape a tow truck operated by the New York City Police Department (NYPD) on Thursday. Video of the incident made its way to social media on Friday when a Twitter user posted the footage in order to apparently help the NYPD identify some of the culprits.

Brooklynites can be heard shouting in the video as the driver guns their minivan to break out of a set of tow bars previously deployed in the Borough Park neighborhood at the corner of 44th Street and 15th Avenue.

Much of the off-camera commentary is in Yiddish but some of the taunting becomes racial–clearly directed toward the NYPD traffic agent, who is black.

“You’re in the wrong precinct,” someone says. “He should work in Harlem. They’ll kill him over there.”

Another voice is somewhat more sympathetic.

“Oh this is so bad,” a man says, “the guy worked his ass off for a half hour.”

The incident also made waves on the Kensington Brooklyn NY Facebook group where the post’s author noted:

“Scofflaw motorist” HAS 37 VIOLATIONS including 3 School Zone Speed Camera Violations🤬
… Boro Park Shomrim member Moshe Steinberg Unit-22 caught on tape assisting scofflaw motorist flee from NYPD. Steinberg is also seen harassing NYPD officer as bystander taunts the officer with racist remarks.

Both the Twitter and the Facebook post identify the Shomrim–a Jewish neighborhood watch volunteer group–as taking part in helping the motorist dodge the tow truck’s grasp.

“I thought Shomrim was suppose to assist the NYPD?” the Twitter user asked out loud in a separate post.

The NYPD issued a stinging rebuke of the crowd’s behavior.

“We will not tolerate our traffic agents being subject to abuse in any form, not the least of which is the ugly example we see in this video,” NYPD spokesman Lt. John Grimpel told the New York Daily News.

“NYPD Traffic Enforcement Agents responded to the area at the request of community members and local representatives who were concerned about illegal parking conditions that impede the flow of traffic, including emergency vehicles. This is disgusting behavior against an agent who was doing his job to keep New Yorkers safe while exhibiting restraint and professionalism.”

The traffic agent had reportedly already completed all the necessary paperwork and thus the driver’s information was collected so they are still expected to ultimately pay the necessary fine at least. They could also face additional charges.

The Shomrim Run Amok, Terrorizing Traffic Enforcement, Only 1 Example

Dear Readers:

An article of LostMessiah from 2016 has been reprinted on another WordPress site, one dealing specifically with police corruption. We would like to thank the editor.

If the public at large cannot count on its police force to protect it, there can be nothing more than utter lawlessness.

The link to that reprint is: https://corruptionbycops.com/index.php/2019/01/13/shomrim-the-protectors-or-players-1-9/  In that article, in 2016, we suggested that many of the Shomrim had questionable motives and we found it difficult to draw straight line. In other words, we thought many of the members of the Shomrim were bent.

We pose the following questions to you: when do the Shomrim cross the line between lawful protectors and mafia-style enforcers? Are they above the law because they are conveniently positioned to help their own when the opportunity to presents itself? And, are New Yorkers safe if the Shomrim are wearing uniforms suggesting they are assisting law enforcement but are in actuality terrorizing those who are indeed holding the public at large accountable.

The article below is just another concrete example of a system gone utterly wrong. It proves that the hens are ruling the hen-house and nothing good can come of it. The Shomrim in the recent news article below are nothing more than criminal enforcers, thugs. Something should be done before the difference between right and wrong in the City of New York, particularly the Shomrim run neighborhoods, becomes indiscernible. 

Brooklynites gang up on NYPD traffic agent trying to tow car

An angry mob of Brooklynites pounced on an NYPD Traffic Enforcement Agent when he tried to tow their friend’s car, then harassed and taunted him for doing his job, video of the incident shows.

The melee began on Thursday morning in front of 1501 44th St. in Borough Park when an NYPD tow truck was dispatched to remove a brown minivan that was parked illegally.

A group of angry residents quickly swarmed the location and began removing the car from the hitch, police and union representatives said.

“Before the tow driver could raise the vehicle so the motorist couldn’t leave the scene people from the community… got in the car and drove off,” said Marvin Robbins, first vice president of the Local 283, which represents tow truck drivers and other city workers.

Robbins said the person who got into the car was not the owner of the vehicle but instead part of a Shomrim, a collection of Jewish community watchdogs who engage in police matters and supposedly work hand in hand with the NYPD.

The men outside trying to stop the tow from happening worked together to help the minivan flee — a black SUV was in front of the offending van and the men instructed the SUV to get out of the way.

“That allowed [the minivan] to escape,” Robbins said.

Video of the incident posted to Twitter shows the traffic agent attempting to reason with the person driving the minivan, walking up to his window to try to get him to stop before the van sped away.

Then, the men on the sidewalk began taunting the traffic agent and making fun of him.

“This is so great,” one guy sneered.

“What a loser… This guy worked his a– off for like a half hour,” he went on.

Another man can be heard yelling to the traffic agent, who is black, “You’re in the wrong precinct… you should work in Harlem! They’ll kill him over there.”

A spokesperson for the NYPD said the attack against the traffic agent was unacceptable.

“We will not tolerate our traffic agents being subject to abuse in any form, not the least of which is the ugly example we see in this video,” NYPD spokesman Lt. John Grimpel said.

“NYPD Traffic Enforcement Agents responded to the area at the request of community members and local representatives who were concerned about illegal parking conditions that impede the flow of traffic, including emergency vehicles. This is disgusting behavior against an agent who was doing his job to keep New Yorkers safe while exhibiting restraint and professionalism.”

A complaint has been filed with the 66th Precinct, and police said they have information belonging to the vehicle’s owner. He is expected to be charged with obstruction of governmental administration because he got in the way of a traffic agent doing his job.

Robbins said the agent has over 20 years as a tow driver and is expected to do his job and tow offending vehicles.

“This is what my drivers encounter on a daily basis out here in the City of New York… no one respects the tow truck operators,” Robbins said, adding the driver was back at work today.

“You try to remain as professional as possible but their backs are against the wall.”

As the men swarmed the agent, demanding his badge number and threatening to post the video to YouTube, one man could be heard saying, “This is my place, this is not your place.”

The agent eventually got into his tow truck and drove away.

“I think that he did the best that he could, he didn’t lose it, it could’ve went a totally different way,” Robbins said.

 

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The Magnitsky Affair, Paul Manafort, Jared Kushner, Konstantin Kilimnik and Prevezon

Investigators bat in a two-run double

The dozens of people investigating illicit connections between the United States and Russia scored twice early in the week. Here are the revelatory stories:

1. Some of Paul Manafort’s attorneys inadvertently divulged, on Tuesday, that the former Trump campaign chairman gave 2016 presidential polling data to a Kiev associate that American officials have linked to Russian intelligence and may have discussed a Ukraine peace plan with him.

 

The attorneys let the disclosures be made public on Tuesday when they disputed special counsel Robert Mueller’s allegation that their client lied to investigators about his contacts with the Kiev associate, Konstantin Kilimnik.

Other matters were disclosed when they reached a plea agreement last year.

The defendant’s legal team played down the significance of Manafort’s alleged misstatements, saying they were the result of a faulty memory, failing health and his inability to review relevant documents before meeting with prosecutors.

 

In the filing, Manafort’s legal team said their client gave the government access to his electronic devices, email accounts and passwords, met with investigators a dozen times, testified twice before a grand jury and tried to provide accurate information “to the best of his ability.

 

Mueller accused Manafort late last year of telling “multiple discernible lies” about his contacts with the Trump administration and Kilimnik as well as about other matters in the weeks after he agreed to plead guilty to multiple crimes and cooperate in Mueller’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election and any links to the Trump campaign.

 

2. The Russian lawyer who met with Trump campaign officials at Trump Tower in 2016 has been charged with obstruction of justice, stemming from her role in a federal money-laundering case, according to an indictment unsealed Tuesday in Manhattan federal court.

 

Natalya Veselnitskaya allegedly attempted to thwart an investigation into a tax-fraud scheme involving Russian officials, an influential Russian businessman and an investment firm, Manhattan federal prosecutors said.

 

The indictment unsealed Tuesday is unrelated to the 2016 Trump Tower meeting, but suggests Veselnitskaya had close ties to senior Russian government officials and at times sought to advance Russia’s interests in her dealings with United States officials.

Prosecutors say her efforts included working secretly with a Russian prosecutor to draft a response by the Russian government to U.S. investigators.

 

In 2013, federal prosecutors in Manhattan filed a complaint seeking to recover millions of dollars in property, including New York real estate, alleging the property had been used to launder the proceeds of an elaborate Russian tax-fraud scheme involving corrupt Russian officials and a holding company, Prevezon Holdings.

 

Veselnitskaya participated in a well-publicized June 2016 meeting with top Trump advisers, including Donald Trump Jr., that had come under scrutiny by special counsel Robert Mueller.

Many of the commentators who are watching the Mueller investigation closely believe these two stories will notably strengthen the special counsel’s complicated case.

Prevazon Holdings, a Russian Lawyer, Manafort, Kushner and the Clinton Connection… Laundering Money

Kremlin-linked lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya speaks to journalists in Moscow, Russia, Tuesday, July 11, 2017. Veselnitskaya admits she met with Donald Trump Jr. during the 2016 presidential campaign, but insists that she had no compromising information on Hillary Clinton to offer in contrast to what the email exchange released by Trump’s eldest son suggested. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)

The Russian Trump Tower Lawyer Veselnitskaya Is Indicted But The Media Covers Up Her Connection To The Clinton Campaign

Today the Northeastern headquarters of the #Resistance, that would be the US Attorney for the Southern District of New York, issued an indictment of Russian lawyer, Natalia V. Veselnitskaya. While Veselnitskaya is most familiar as the Stay-Puft Marshmallow Man of the Russia-collusion conspiracy theory, this indictment has nothing to do with anyone named Trump. It stems from her representation of a Russian “businessman” and his company, Prevezon Holdings, for laundering money via purchases of New York real estate. The fact that this indictment was issued with some fanfare, given the fact that Veselnitskaya in Russia and is unable to enter the United States and no one cares about Prevezon, gives the whole thing a stench of trying to pump new life into a bullsh** investigation that has gone on way, way too long.

Natalia V. Veselnitskaya, the Russian lawyer who in 2016 met with Trump campaign officials in Trump Tower, was charged on Tuesday in a separate case that showed her close ties to the Kremlin.

Ms. Veselnitskaya, a pivotal figure in the investigation into Russian interference in the presidential election, was charged by federal prosecutors in New York with seeking to thwart an earlier Justice Department investigation into money laundering that involved an influential Russian businessman and his investment firm.

The money-laundering case was not directly related to the Trump Tower meeting. But a federal indictment returned in Manhattan seemed to confirm that Ms. Veselnitskaya had deep ties to senior Russian government officials.

The charges stem from the Justice Department’s 2013 civil investigation into the role that some of Ms. Veselnitskaya’s clients — Prevezon Holdings Ltd. and its owner, Denis P. Katsyv — played in a scheme to launder ill-gotten money through New York real estate purchases.

The Justice Department asked the Russian government to assist its investigation, but the Russians refused, responding with a letter that purported to exonerate Russian officials and Prevezon, the indictment said.

So far all of the coverage has focused on one thing:

Kenneth P. Vogel

@kenvogel

The memo that NATALIA VESELNITSKAYA provided at the June 2016 TRUMP TOWER meeting matched one circulated by Russia’s top prosecutors ofc. Now, she’s been charged with secretly working with that ofc to thwart a civil fraud investigation by @TheJusticeDept. https://www.nytimes.com/2019/01/08/nyregion/trump-tower-natalya-veselnitskaya-indictment.html 

Natalia V. Veselnitskaya was charged on Tuesday with seeking to thwart a Justice Department investigation into money laundering.

Russian Lawyer in Meeting at Trump Tower Is Charged in Case That Shows Kremlin Ties

Natalia V. Veselnitskaya, who met with Trump campaign officials in 2016, helped draft Russia’s response in an unrelated money-laundering case, prosecutors said.

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Manu Raju

@mkraju

US attorney in NY charges Natalia Veselnitskaya, the Russian lawyer who met in Trump Tower with Donald Trump Jr and others promising dirt on Hillary Clinton, in a separate case highlighting her ties to the Russian government.

She has been charged with obstruction of justice.

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The Associated Press

@AP

Natalya Veselnitskaya, who attended a 2016 Trump Tower meeting with Donald Trump Jr. and Jared Kushner, was charged Tuesday with obstruction of justice in an unrelated case. http://apne.ws/QrWOG6U 

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Russian lawyer who met Trump Jr. charged in unrelated case

NEW YORK (AP) — A Russian lawyer who became a focal point of the investigation into whether there was collusion between Russians and President Donald Trump’s election campaign was charged with…

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Kyle Griffin

@kylegriffin1

Breaking: Natalia Veselnitskaya, the Russian lawyer who in 2016 met with Trump campaign officials in Trump Tower, has been charged by federal prosecutors in a separate case that showed her close ties to the Kremlin, NYT reports. https://nyti.ms/2GYoFDS?smid=nytcore-ios-share 

Natalia V. Veselnitskaya was charged on Tuesday with seeking to thwart a Justice Department investigation into money laundering.

Russian Lawyer in Meeting at Trump Tower Is Charged in Case That Shows Kremlin Ties

Natalia V. Veselnitskaya, who met with Trump campaign officials in 2016, helped draft Russia’s response in an unrelated money-laundering case, prosecutors said.

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The Daily Beast

@thedailybeast

NEW: Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya—known for her 2016 Trump Tower meeting with Trump Jr., Kushner, and Manafort—has been charged with obstruction of justice in money-laundering case https://trib.al/UY7p8K3 

Russian Lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya Charged With Obstruction of Justice in Money-Laundering Case

The attorney is most famous for her role in a 2016 Trump Tower meeting with Don Jr., Kushner, and Manafort.

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But, there are a lot of other moving parts here that the media are collectively, and consciously, blocking out. Aside from the strangeness of announcing the indictment of someone who is not in US custody and thereby ensuring she will never, ever, be apprehended, there is the media’s universal refusal to acknowledge that during the Trump Tower meeting, Veselnitskaya was a stringer for FusionGPS, the company hired by the Clinton campaign to scrounge up oppo on Trump.

Despite all the attention paid to her, she seems to be a bit player in the whole drama. For instance, we know what Veselnitskaya talked about at the Trump Tower meeting. She was trying to have Magnitsky Act sanctions placed on oligarch Oleg Deripaska removed. The left has had a smallish herd of cattle over Veselnitskaya allegedly offering “dirt” on Hillary Clinton. I’ve always failed to grasp why this is important or meaningful. Why would any campaign turn down derogatory information on their opponent? And it isn’t like using a foreign national to obtain it is a big deal. The Clinton campaign, after all, hired an appendage of British intelligence to develop the Steele, or Trump, Dossier, which he did by paying off Russian intermediaries.

Some of the other parts that are never discussed are much more interesting:

Veselnitskaya met with FusionGPS honcho Glenn Simpson both before and after the Trump Tower meeting.

Oleg Deripaska acted as an agent of the FBI while under sanctions.

Veselnitskaya was banned from entering the United States but was given special permission to enter the US at the time of the Trump Tower meeting.

Glenn Simpson took the Fifth rather than talk about his involvement with Veselnitskaya.

The obvious conclusion is that the coverage of this indictment, if not the indictment itself, is simply another attempt by the purveyors of the Russia-collusion nonsense to smear yet more lipstick on that particular pig.

This is a link to the indictment.

 

 

Attorney, Prevezon Holdings, Lev Leviev, Jared Kushner and Money Laundering

Natalia Veselnitskaya and 20 Pine Street (Credit: Facebook and CityRealty)

Russian attorney, who attended Trump Tower meeting, indicted for obstructing real estate money laundering investigation

A Russian attorney who met with Donald Trump Jr. during the 2016 presidential campaign has been indicted for obstructing a federal investigation into a New York money laundering scheme, according to a complaint unsealed Tuesday in Manhattan court.

Natalie Veselnitskaya had been the defense attorney for real estate company Prevezon Holdings, which in 2013 was accused by U.S. prosecutors of laundering millions in stolen Russian money into Manhattan luxury properties, including condominiums at 20 Pine Street in the Financial District.

Before the case went to trial, Veselnitskaya’s clients settled, and in February of last year were ordered to pay $6 million. But in today’s unveiled complaint, prosecutors allege the Russian attorney provided the American court with falsified reports presented as authentic Russian government findings that denied the United States’ claims against Prevezon.

The New York Times first reported on the unsealed complaint.

In the Prevezon case, prosecutors alleged that laundered money came from a more than $200 million Russian tax fraud scheme, in which American hedge fund manager Bill Browder, and his firm Hermitage Capital, were said to be framed by Russian officials, who issued phony tax rebates and pocketed the sums for themselves. The fracas culminated in the mysterious death of Hermitage’s accountant, Sergei Magnitsky, in a Russian prison in 2009. Those events led the US Congress to pass the Magnitsky Act, which sanctioned high-ranking Russian officials believed to be responsible.

Veselnitskaya, Prevezon’s now indicted attorney, is better known as a subject of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into President Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign and potential collusion with Russian individuals. In 2016, Veselnitskaya met with Donald Trump Jr, campaign manager Paul Manafort and Jared Kushner at Trump Tower. The meeting was ostensibly held to discuss potential opposition research on Hillary Clinton, but ultimately to lobby them on the Magnitsky Act, Donald Trump, Jr. later said. Trump, Jr. had first been pitched the meeting by an English publicist, who described Veselnitskaya as connected to “the Crown prosecutor of Russia” in an email.

The Russian government was largely uncooperative in the U.S. Prevezon investigation, according to previous reporting, but Veselnitskaya provided to U.S. attorneys documents she said were the result of the Russian government’s own investigation into the allegations, claiming that the tax fraud scheme had been carried out not by corrupt Russian bureaucrats, but by Browder and Hermitage Capital. U.S. Attorneys, however, allege in their indictment that Veselnitskaya herself participated in the drafting and careful wording of these documents, without disclosing to the court that she had done so.

In a statement Tuesday Morning, Geoffrey Berman, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York, said, “Fabricating evidence – submitting false and deceptive declarations to a federal judge – in an attempt to affect the outcome of pending litigation not only undermines the integrity of the judicial process, but it threatens the ability of our courts and our Government to ensure that justice is done.”

Prevezon, which admitted no wrongdoing in its 2017 settlement, was a partner of Lev Leviev’s Africa Israel Investment, including in investments alleged to be vehicles for money laundering, such as the sale of the 20 Pine condos.

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Open Letter to Senator Ortt and Fellow Legislators – Nursing Care in New York

An Open Letter to Senator Ortt and Fellow Legislators:

Re: The Deplorable state of Nursing Homes in New York

As the child of an elder who was evicted-with 123 others in a real estate developer churn of a Nursing Home in Brooklyn, I’ve become fully engaged in these matters & very much appreciate your efforts to get some of the dynamics changed with the two proposed Bills. When I saw this story, in the link that follows, I wanted, with all due respect, to offer my take on what I’ve learned along the way with my personal experience & advocacy.

https://www.whec.com/news/bills-proposed-to-hold-nursing-home-owners-accountable/5193223/

I’m betting the farm that what does get passed will be more optics than substance. What is required will never be written into law-Leading Age, NYSHFA, GNYHA & other LTCF Lobbying groups own too many NYS lawmakers who are currently in Albany. 

I’m going to ask you, if you’re not aware of the ProPublica Oct 2015 investigation, to take a look at it & its indictment of the DOH/Public Health & Health Planning Committee.

 https://www.propublica.org/article/new-york-for-profit-nursing-home-group-flourishes-despite-patient-harm

And…three years later two of SentosaCare’s homes were just sued- same ‘players’

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Two city nursing homes sued for inadequate care and staffing

The lawsuits allege that understaffing at the facilities has led to infections and unsanitary conditions

Reality check…this is chronic…this is a business in which for-profit consortia with wide reaching tentacles own the Nursing Home industry in NY…and it has been cited that NYS has among the worst nursing home infractions & standards in America. Shame on us and shame on NY State Senators and Assemblypersons. It’s on you and the Governor!

A real solution? Jail time for criminal behavior towards the weak & vulnerable…overdue justice for victims of evil predatory harm…nothing less. It is an old story that NYS AGs don’t ever prosecute criminal owner/operators…especially former AG Schneiderman. The DOI refuses to investigate the deleterious DOH & PHHPC…we keep asking and they refer the problem home to…the DOH!? But the self-serving and abysmal Dept of Health which has abetted criminal owner/operators & rewarded malefactors with even more licenses-is the default department designated to monitor these very same miscreants!?! Unbelievable failure of stewardship. It must be changed.

In this particular matter you’ve addressed, the owners are parts of other consortia where sub-par facilities are a given-& rarely called to any serious account. Researching these names will provide you with chapter & verse.

https://orleanshub.com/nursing-home-sale-praised-and-panned/ 

“Comprehensive principal owners include Joshua Farkovits, Bernard Fuchs and Mordy Lahasky. They have ownership stakes in other nursing homes besides the ones in Buffalo and Albany.”

These Bills sound nice…but here’s the rub:

A) Will Cuomo sign off on them?

I doubt it.

B) Surprise visits? 

May or may not help-& lack of money to hire sufficient investigators is problematic. As well, as long as there are no ratios to allow sufficient aides & RNs to be hired by nursing home ‘businessmen’ who frankly do not care a whit…continuing bed sores, elopements, psychotropic overmedication to quiet patients are the real problems that ‘surprise visits’ will not mitigate.

C) Independent monitors selected by the shameful PHHPC?

By the inept DOH?!? Believe me when I tell you-appointed ombudsmen (as has been the case) are tagged along by owner/operator management so that residents are fearful to speak about infractions. 

It would also require utilizing independent quality monitors, approved by the DOH, to directly supervise homes found to be non-compliant to ensure violations are addressed and fixed”

D) As for:

    ” The second of Ortt’s pending submissions will prevent any owners of nursing homes found with violations to acquire more properties until they’re rectified, after which there would be a two-year probationary period after the issues are resolved.”

It sounds good, Senator…but here again are three concerns…

    First-because violations are able to be self-reported by the operator…the emptiness of this standard is self-evident. 

    Secondly, the churning within the consortia of ‘investors’ is a revolving door…deals back & forth…two years means nothing when digging deeper-percentages exchanged in wheeling/dealing sub-rosa exchanges.  

    Finally-what is most important, is that until misdemeanors become felonies…all penalties-such as they purport to be, are nothing more than chump change fines -built into the cost of doing business. 

So please forgive my skepticism. 

What can I suggest that would be a positive proposal-you may well ask? Allow a revolving team of Nursing Home Resident family members to meet monthly as the truly independent monitors/reporters to document and to challenge infractions, failures, harm. Enshrine them to be as integral to the determination as the ‘appointed’ monitors. An authentic, no-holds-barred consortia that is calendared in Albany each month to share their findings & present them to the Health & Aging Committees as to what is actually going on. The imbalance of legislator pols (present company excepted!) whose existence relies on self-serving donors will never mitigate this…even as there are more elders in need of more safe long term care facilities…it will not happen with these two Bills, in my humble opinion. When new Bills are written, include the public -we’re the honest brokers with no conflicting favoritism.

New Bills irrespective of how well intentioned MUST be given teeth. This deleterious Governor must allow strong enforcement & unequivocal punishments to be passed into regulatory oversight. Only then will we see  prevention of the government sanctioned torment at life’s end for the most fragile souls…your loved ones and  mine. “

Yours sincerely,

A Concerned Citizen

 

Naturei Karta, UK Labour Head Corbyn and Dismantling the State of Israel…

Corbyn filmed applauding extremist Jew’s speech about ‘dismantling’ Israel

UK Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn speaks at a conference in 2011. (Screen capture: Twitter)

UK Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn speaks at a conference in 2011. (Screen capture: Twitter)

Jeremy Corbyn, the leader of Britain’s main opposition Labour Party, was in 2011 filmed applauding a speaker at a conference who called for the dismantlement of Israel, which he also said “kidnapped” Judaism.

The footage published Thursday was taken at a pro-Palestinian conference that Corbyn, a far-left politician, attended in 2011 alongside several anti-Israel activists who have been accused of anti-Semitism.

In it, Yisrael Dovid Weiss of the Neturei Karta ultra-Orthodox sect, is seen saying: “You said there should be the end of a Jewish state. I just wanted to respectfully say: The end of a Zionist state that has kidnapped the name of Judaism. It’s not a Jewish state.” He added: “We want … a peaceful dismantlement of the state and to live together in harmony, God willing it will happen.”

Corbyn is seen clapping for Weiss, who in 2006 attended in Iran a conference aimed at denying and ridiculing the Holocaust.

The Golem@TheGolem_

Attending the event were a number of prominent individuals with a less than admirable record on antisemitism. One of those individuals was ‘Rabbi’ Yisrael Dovid Weiss, an extremist belonging to the ultra-orthodox Neturei Karta sect.

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The Golem@TheGolem_

In footage captured by the blogger Richard Millet, during the event Rabbi Weiss went on an extreme anti-Israel rant in which he calls for the “dismantlement” of the state of Israel. Corbyn (head just in view) lends his support for this statement by applauding his outburst: pic.twitter.com/EDNgu9qsSl

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Since his election in 2015 to head Labour, Corbyn has fought allegations that his critical attitude toward Israel and alleged tolerance of anti-Semitism have injected Jew hatred into the heart of the party.

Amid scrutiny, Corbyn in 2016 for the first time said Israel has a right to exist.

In the 1980s, Corbyn had sponsored and spoken for a group called the Labour Movement Campaign for Palestine whose official platform declared its “opposition to the Zionist state as racist, exclusivist, expansionist and a direct agency of imperialism.” A conference it held in 1984 demanded that the Labour Party’s key institutions “support the Palestinian people in their struggle for a democratic and secular state in the whole of Palestine”; materials published by the movement for the event proclaimed that it sought “to eradicate Zionism.”

In 2009 Corbyn called Hamas and Hezbollah his friends and said that Hamas was working to achieve peace and justice; he subsequently apologized for the “friends” comment. In 2012 he defended an anti-Semitic mural — for which he also subsequently apologized. In 2013, he said British “Zionists” don’t understand British irony.

In 2014 he laid flowers at a cemetery where Palestinian terrorists who murdered Israeli athletes in Munich in 1972 are buried. Appearing at a Labour Friends of Israel reception during his party’s annual conference in 2015, soon after he had been elected Labour leader, he was heckled after giving an address during which he did not mention the word “Israel.”

Four months ago, when Labour belatedly adopted the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance’s working definition of anti-Semitism, Corbyn sought in vain to add a caveat that it should not be considered anti-Semitic to describe Israel and/or the circumstances of Israel’s establishment as racist.

Britain’s former chief rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks has called Corbyn a dangerous anti-Semite.

Compare Nursing Homes in New York – the Unrated and the 1 – Star Rated – DO NOT IGNORE THIS!

Compare Nursing Homes in New York

Research and compare ratings for nursing homes in the state of New York. There are 622 nursing homes listed. There are 161 nursing homes with a 5 star rating, 122 nursing homes with a 4 star rating, and 92 homes with only a 1 star rating.

Name Rating Address

Bronx Gardens Rehabilitation & Nursing Center

No Rating Available

2175 Quarry Rd Bronx 10457

Carthage Area Hospital S N F

No Rating Available

1001 West Street Road Carthage 13619

Concord Nursing Home Inc

No Rating Available

300 Madison Street Brooklyn 11216

E C M C Transitional Care Unit

No Rating Available

462 Grider Street Buffalo 14215

Lawrence Nursing Care Center

No Rating Available

350 Beach 54th Street Arverne 11692

New Roc Nursing and Rehabilitation Center

No Rating Available

1335 Portland Ave Rochester 14621

Palisade Nursing Home Company

No Rating Available

5901 Palisade Avenue Bronx 10471

Pelham Parkway Nursing Center and Rehab Facility

No Rating Available

2401 Laconia Ave Bronx 10469

Schaffer Extended Care Center, Inc

No Rating Available

16 Guion Place New Rochelle 10802

The Steven and Alexandra Cohen Ped L T C Pavilion

No Rating Available

95 Bradhurst Ave Valhalla 10595

Wells Nursing Home Inc

No Rating Available

201 W Madison Avenue Johnstown 12095

Absolut Center for Nursing & Rehab Allegany L L C

 1 / 5

2178 North Fifth Street Allegany 14706

Absolut Center for Nursing & Rehab Aurora Park L L C

 1 / 5

292 Main Street East Aurora 14052

Absolut Center for Nursing & Rehab Dunkirk L L C

 1 / 5

447 449 Lake Shore Drive West Dunkirk 14048

Absolut Center for Nursing & Rehab Endicott L L C

 1 / 5

301 Nantucket Drive Endicott 13760

Absolut Center for Nursing & Rehab Houghton L L C

 1 / 5

9876 Luckey Drive Houghton 14744

Absolut Center for Nursing & Rehab Orchard Park L L C

 1 / 5

6060 Armor Road Orchard Park 14127

Absolut Center for Nursing & Rehab Three Rivers L L C

 1 / 5

101 Creekside Drive Painted Post 14870

Absolut Center for Nursing & Rehab Westfield L L C

 1 / 5

26 Cass Street Westfield 14787

Albany County Nursing Home

 1 / 5

780 Albany Shaker Road Albany 12211

Aurelia Osborn Fox Memorial Ho

 1 / 5

One Norton Avenue Oneonta 13820

Barnwell Nursing and Rehabilitation Center

 1 / 5

3230 Church Street Valatie 12184

Beechtree Center for Rehabilitation and Nursing

 1 / 5

318 South Albany Street Ithaca 14850

Bethany Gardens Skilled Living Center

 1 / 5

800 West Chestnut Street Rome 13440

Bethlehem Commons Care Center

 1 / 5

125 Rockefeller Road Delmar 12054

Betsy Ross Rehabilitation Center

 1 / 5

1 Elsie Street Rome 13440

Bridge View Nursing Home Inc

 1 / 5

143 10 20th Ave Whitestone 11357

Bridgewater Center for Rehab & Nursing L L C

 1 / 5

159 163 Front Street – Box 765 Binghamton 13902

Brighton Manor

 1 / 5

989 Blossom Road Rochester 14610

Capstone Center for Rehabilitation and Nursing

 1 / 5

302 Swart Hill Road Amsterdam 12010

Cayuga Ridge Extended Care

 1 / 5

1229 Trumansburg Road Ithaca 14850

Chautauqua County Home

 1 / 5

10836 Temple Road Dunkirk 14048

Comprehensive Rehab & Nursing Center at Williamsville

 1 / 5

147 Reist Street Williamsville 14221

Corning Center for Rehabilitation and Healthcare

 1 / 5

205 East First Street Corning 14830

Creekview Nursing and Rehab Center

 1 / 5

525 Beahan Road Rochester 14624

Crown Park Rehabilitation and Nursing Center

 1 / 5

28 Kellogg Road Cortland 13045

Emerald North Nursing and Rehabilitation Center

 1 / 5

1205 Delaware Avenue Buffalo 14209

Essex Center for Rehabilitation and Healthcare

 1 / 5

Po Box 127 Elizabethtown 12932

Evergreen Commons Rehab & Nursing Center

 1 / 5

1070 Luther Road East Greenbush 12061

Far Rockaway Center for Rehabilitation and Nursing

 1 / 5

13 11 Virgina St Far Rockaway 11691

Fiddlers Green Manor Rehabilitation & Nursing Center

 1 / 5

168 West Main Street Springville 14141

Focus Rehabilitation and Nursing Center at Otsego 

 1 / 5

128 Phoenix Mills Cross Road Cooperstown 13326

Focus Rehabilitation and Nursing Center at Utica

 1 / 5

1445 Kemble Street Utica 13501

Gowanda Rehabilitation and Nursing Center

 1 / 5

100 Miller Street Gowanda 14070

Grace Plaza Nursing and Rehabilitation Center

 1 / 5

15 St Pauls Place Great Neck 11021

Hempstead Park Nursing Home

 1 / 5

800 Front Street Hempstead 11550

Heritage Health Care Center

 1 / 5

1657 Sunset Ave Utica 13502

Hilaire Rehab & Nursing

 1 / 5

9 Hilaire Drive Huntington 11743

Humboldt House Rehabilitation and Nursing Center

 1 / 5

64 Hager Street Buffalo 14208

Indian River Rehab and Nursing Center

 1 / 5

17 Madison Street Granville 12832

James Square Nursing and Rehab Centre

 1 / 5

918 James Street Syracuse 13203

Jennie B Richmond Chaffee Nursing Home Co., Inc.

 1 / 5

222 East Main Street Springville 14141

Jewish Home of Central New York

 1 / 5

4101 E Genesee St Syracuse 13214

Katherine Luther Residential Hlth Care & Rehab

 1 / 5

110 Utica Road Clinton 13323

King David Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation

 1 / 5

2266 Cropsey Avenue Brooklyn 11214

Livingston Hills Nursing & Rehabilitation Center

 1 / 5

2781 Route 9 , P O Box 95 Livingston 12541

Meadow Park Rehab Health Center LLC

 1 / 5

78-10 164th Street Flushing 11366

Medford Multicare Center for Living 

 1 / 5

3115 Horseblock Road Medford 11763

Midway Nursing Home Inc

 1 / 5

69 95 Queens Midtown Expressway Maspeth 11378

Nesconset Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation

 1 / 5

100 Southern Boulevard Nesconset 11767

Newfane Rehab and Health Care Center

 1 / 5

2709 Transit Rd Newfane 14108

Niagara Rehabilitation and Nursing Center

 1 / 5

822 Cedar Avenue Niagara Falls 14301

Ontario Center for Rehabilitation and Healthcare

 1 / 5

3062 County Complex Drive Canandaigua 14424

Orchard Manor Rehabilitation and Nursing Center

 1 / 5

600 Bates Road Medina 14103

Palatine Nursing Home

 1 / 5

154 Lafayette Street Palatine Bridge 13428

Peninsula Nursing and Rehabilitation Center

 1 / 5

50 15 Beach Channel Drive Far Rockaway 11691

Pontiac Nursing Home

 1 / 5

303 East River Road Oswego 13126

River Ledge Health Care and Rehabilitation Center

 1 / 5

8101 State Highway 68 Ogdensburg 13669

Riverside Center for Rehabilitation and Nursing

 1 / 5

90 No Main Street Castleton on Hudson 12033

Riverview Manor Health Care Center

 1 / 5

510 Fifth Avenue Owego 13827

Rosewood Rehabilitation & Nursing Center

 1 / 5

284 Troy Road Rensselaer 12144

Safire Rehabilitation of Northtowns, L L C

 1 / 5

2799 Sheridan Drive Tonawanda 14150

Safire Rehabilitation of Southtown, L L C

 1 / 5

300 Dorrance Avenue Buffalo 14220

Samaritan Keep Nursing Home Inc

 1 / 5

133 Pratt St Watertown 13601

Samaritan Senior Village, Inc

 1 / 5

22691 Campus Drive Watertown 13601

Saratoga Center for Rehab & Skilled Nursing Care

 1 / 5

149 Ballston Avenue Ballston Spa 12020

Sodus Rehabilitation & Nursing Center

 1 / 5

6884 Maple Ave Sodus 14551

St Johnsville Rehab & Nursing

 1 / 5

7 Timmerman Avenue Saint Johnsville 13452

St Luke Health Services

 1 / 5

299 East River Road Oswego 13126

Suffolk Center for Rehabilitation and Nrsg

 1 / 5

25 Schoenfeld Blvd Patchogue 11772

Sunnyside Care Center

 1 / 5

7000 Collamer Rd East Syracuse 13057

Teresian House Nursing Home Co

 1 / 5

200 Washington Ave Ext Albany 12203

The Citadel Rehab & Nursing Center at Kingsbridge

 1 / 5

3400 -26 Cannon Place Bronx 10463

The Commons on St Anthony Street, a Loretto S N F

 1 / 5

3 St Anthony Street Auburn 13021

The Grand Rehabilitation & Nursing at Guilderland

 1 / 5

428 State Route 146 Altamont 12009

The Hurlbut

 1 / 5

1177 East Henrietta Rd Rochester 14623

The Orchard Nursing and Rehabilitation Centre

 1 / 5

10421 State Route 40 Granville 12832

The Pines at Glens Falls Center for Nrsg & Rehab

 1 / 5

170 Warren Street Glens Falls 12801

The Pines Healthcare & Rehabilitation Center Olean

 1 / 5

2245 West State Street Olean 14760

The Shore Winds

 1 / 5

425 Beach Avenue Rochester 14612

The Stanton Nursing and Rehab Centre

 1 / 5

152 Sherman Avenue Glens Falls 12801

The Villages of Orleans Health and Rehab Center

 1 / 5

14012 Route 31 Albion 14411

Townhouse Center for Rehabilitation & Nrsg

 1 / 5

755 Hempstead Turnpike Uniondale 11553

Unity Living Center

 1 / 5

89 Genesee Street Rochester 14611

Utica Rehabilitation & Nursing Center

 1 / 5

2535 Genesee Street Utica 13501

Valley Health Services Inc

 1 / 5

690 West German Street Herkimer 13350

Van Duyn Center for Rehabilitation and Nursing

 1 / 5

5075 West Seneca Turnpike Syracuse 13215

Vestal Park Rehabilitation and Nursing Center

 1 / 5

1501 Route 26 South, Vestal 13850

Washington Center for Rehabilitation & Healthcare

 1 / 5

Route 40 Argyle 12809

Wesley Gardens Corporation

 1 / 5

3 Upton Park Rochester 14607

Wesley Health Care Center

 1 / 5

131 Lawrence Street Saratoga Springs 12866

Williamsville Suburban L L C

 1 / 5

163 South Union Road Williamsville 14221

Willow Point Rehabilitation and Nursing Center

 1 / 5

3700 Old Vestal Road Vestal 13850

Nursing Home Report, Non-NY Highest Fined, Widespread Neglect – Is this Really Where you Want to Send your Most Vulnerable for Care?

To our Readers:

This is part of our ongoing effort to spark government reform on behalf of our elderly and most vulnerable. Many of our elderly are living in deplorable conditions, understaffed, under cared for and largely ignored.

Fines (as listed below) are paid because it is far cheaper than fixing the problems. Owners see dollars over care, as evidenced by the reports listed below; and patients are getting, at best, substandard care. If you open the link, there is information about each and every home on the list, many of which have widespread problems listed.

The ONLY way that these places will be held accountable to their patients is if people, the public at large, refuse to send their elderly to stay at any of these homes. If they do not have the beds filled, they will either be forced to improve or to close. You, our dear readers, do have a choice. You do have a say. Please pay attention.

And, if you have a loved one staying at one of these places, if you see something, report it. Report to Medicaid and Medicare if there is fraudulent behavior going on. If your loved one is not getting the care you want, be loud. Be angry. Be an advocate. Don’t sit by and expect to get the right answers.

Nursing and rehabilitation care is ultimately a business. There are few, if any, acts of altruism. If the person who owns the home sees only dollar signs, your loved one is nothing more than a cash cow.  Our elderly deserve better.

See below. 

Highest Fines for Nursing Homes

Top 100 Fine Dollar Amounts

No. Name (State) Fine Date Fine Amount
1 Golden Living Center – Morgantown (WV) October 17, 2016 $1,508,727
2 Salem Transitional Care (OR) December 30, 2015 $1,219,608
3 Wellspring Health & Rehabilitation of Cascadia (ID) July 19, 2016 $1,127,000
4

Owned by Robert Robbie Hartman of Chicago and Isaac Neuberger of Baltimore

Brinton Woods Health & Rehab Center of Pikesville (MD) September 13, 2016 $788,696
5 Creekside Health and Rehabilitation Center (TN) June 16, 2016 $766,774
6 Consulate Health Care of Melbourne (FL) January 28, 2017 $724,707
7 Life Care Center of Lawrenceville (GA) November 4, 2016 $704,352
8 Nhc Place at Cool Springs (TN) August 14, 2015 $663,500
9 Cordele Health and Rehabilitation (GA) August 4, 2016 $650,000
10 Orchard View Rehabilitation & Skilled Nursing Center (GA) January 8, 2016 $637,455
11 Ballenger Creek Center (MD) August 2, 2016 $624,658
12

Owned by Ira Smedra from Los Angeles

Danville Centre for Health and Rehabilitation (KY) February 27, 2017 $616,110
13 Medical Management Health and Rehab Center (GA) January 29, 2016 $608,531
14 Montvue Nursing Home (VA) August 14, 2015 $603,027
15 Northeast Atlanta Health and Rehabilitation Center (GA) November 9, 2016 $594,680
16 Hurstbourne Care Centre at Stony Brook (KY) May 22, 2015 $579,458
17 Pruitthealth-high Point (NC) December 30, 2014 $566,280
18 Community Care of Rutherford (TN) July 29, 2015 $548,500
19 Golden Living Center – Riverside (WV) December 18, 2015 $541,385
20 Avante at Orlando Inc (FL) January 5, 2017 $538,715
21 Signature Healthcare at St Peter Villa (TN) August 28, 2015 $526,435
22 Excel Care Center (FL) May 1, 2015 $524,909
23 Signature Healthcare at North Hardin Rehab & Welln (KY) February 25, 2016 $523,868
24

Owned by Eli Gunzburg of Cleveland

Westport Care Center (KY) June 3, 2015 $508,495
25 Clairemont Healthcare & Wellness Centre, LLC (CA) August 11, 2014 $490,130
26 Brinton Woods Health & Rehab Center of Pikesville (MD) December 3, 2015 $476,808
27 Madison Pointe Care Center (FL) May 21, 2015 $472,805
28 Blount Memorial Trans Care Center (TN) October 2, 2014 $465,465
29 Signature Healthcare at St Peter Villa (TN) August 27, 2014 $449,248
30 Manorcare Health Services – Adelphi (MD) May 19, 2016 $435,500
31 Fox Chase Rehab & Nursing Center (MD) August 3, 2016 $429,590
32 Glenwood Healthcare (GA) November 18, 2016 $428,837
33 Diversicare of Nicholasville (KY) February 6, 2015 $425,000
34 Windermere Health and Rehabilitation Center (GA) August 5, 2016 $418,893
35 Wilora Lake Healthcare Center (NC) July 17, 2015 $415,679
36 Manorcare Health Services – Wilmington (DE) June 9, 2016 $414,854
37 Community Place (MS) October 19, 2014 $411,483
38 South Haven Health and Rehabilitation Center (AL) November 3, 2016 $402,540
39 Bernard Care Center (MO) February 19, 2015 $399,800
40 Prestonsburg Health Care Center (KY) July 30, 2015 $393,250
41 Princeton Health & Rehab Center, Inc (KY) September 12, 2014 $386,750
42 Manorcare Health Services – Woodbridge Valley (MD) September 10, 2015 $381,000
43 Stanton Nursing and Rehabilitation Center (KY) August 6, 2015 $377,738
44 University Center East (FL) May 8, 2015 $372,980
45 Mt Pleasant Healthcare and Rehabilitation (TN) November 3, 2016 $370,728
46 Fairview at Redstone Village (AL) January 31, 2015 $364,130
47 Forest Ridge Health & Rehab (WA) December 12, 2016 $363,272
48 Mountain View Nursing and Rehabilitation Center (KY) November 23, 2015 $357,338
49 Millennium Nursing & Rehab Center, Inc (AL) September 24, 2015 $354,380
50 Palm Garden of Clearwater (FL) April 13, 2017 $350,628
51

Owned by Ronald Wilhelm and his father-in-law from Cleveland, Ohio

Clinton Healthcare Center (MD) February 22, 2016 $350,500
52 Phoenixville Care and Rehabilitation Center (PA) August 12, 2016 $346,958
53 Anderson Mill Health and Rehabilitation Center (GA) January 20, 2016 $339,886
54 Deer Lodge (MT) February 2, 2017 $339,586
55 Haines City Health Care (FL) August 26, 2016 $339,385
56 Autumn Care of Drexel (NC) January 30, 2015 $337,968
57 Smith Medical Nursing Care Center (GA) December 15, 2016 $329,324
58 Woodley Manor Health & Rehabilitation (AL) May 7, 2016 $329,030
59 Pruitthealth – Shepherd Hills (GA) March 21, 2016 $325,098
60 Honorage Nursing Center (SC) January 13, 2017 $319,133
61 Twin Rivers Nursing and Rehab Center (KY) May 20, 2016 $314,990
62 Jefferson Nursing and Rehabilitation Center (TX) November 29, 2016 $313,400
63 Valley Nursing Center (NC) July 24, 2015 $311,625
64 Rainier Rehabilitation (WA) April 19, 2016 $311,253
65 Paul E Patton Eastern Ky Veterans Center (KY) January 15, 2015 $306,833
66 Iredell Memorial Hospital Inc (NC) April 20, 2016 $303,100
67 Signature Healthcare of Hart County Rehab & Wellne (KY) December 30, 2015 $301,600
68 Savoy Nursing & Rehab Center (MA) December 5, 2016 $298,766
69 Blue Point Healthcare Center (MD) January 15, 2015 $296,024
70 Mount Vista Rehabilitation and Health Center (AR) October 23, 2015 $292,200
71 Glenbridge Health and Rehabiltation Center (NC) February 27, 2015 $290,197
72 Good Samaritan Society – Silver Wood Village (ID) June 24, 2016 $289,597
73 Paramount Rehabilitation and Nursing (WA) June 24, 2016 $287,430
74 Brookdale Atrium Way 2 (FL) February 25, 2015 $286,130
75 Riverview Health Care Center (KY) January 25, 2017 $282,638
76 Lake Park Nursing and Rehabilitation Center (NC) November 2, 2016 $277,052
77 Lewis Memorial Christian Vlg (IL) February 6, 2015 $275,960
78 Edmonson Center (KY) December 19, 2014 $273,910
79 Rehabilitation and Health Center of Gahanna The (OH) February 15, 2017 $273,833
80 Riverside Health and Rehab (SC) March 3, 2015 $271,408
81 Magnolia Manor – Greenville (SC) December 14, 2016 $271,263
82 Woodlands Nursing & Rehabilitation Center (NC) January 20, 2017 $270,073
83 Orangeburg Rehabilitation and Healthcare Center (SC) September 15, 2015 $265,790
84 Pacific Specialty & Rehab Care (WA) October 25, 2016 $265,785
85 Prairie View Cr Center-lewistown (IL) August 27, 2014 $265,000
86 Consulate Health Care of Melbourne (FL) June 10, 2015 $258,635
87 Largo Health and Rehabilitation Center (FL) July 25, 2016 $255,041
88 Pineville Rehabilitation and Living Center (NC) March 1, 2017 $252,915
89 Compass Post Acute Rehabilitation (SC) April 21, 2016 $249,422
90 Windsor Healthcare Center of Oakland (CA) May 26, 2015 $246,750
91 Longleaf Neuro-medical Treatment Center (NC) August 20, 2016 $243,407
92 Eamc Lanier Nursing Home (AL) June 24, 2016 $243,003
93 Bermuda Commons Nursing and Rehabilitation Center (NC) August 27, 2014 $241,670
94 Blue Ridge in the Fields, LLC (SC) August 3, 2015 $240,386
95 Manorcare Health Services – Rossville (MD) June 30, 2015 $240,305
96 Cherrydale Health and Rehabilitation Center (VA) June 30, 2016 $239,850
97 Brookhollow Heights Transitional Care Center (TX) January 16, 2015 $239,655
98 Venetian Care & Rehabilitation Center (NJ) May 17, 2016 $239,547
99 Ridgeview Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center (PA) November 14, 2016 $239,379
100 Westminster Village Health (DE) August 26, 2016 $239,168

Liquefied Natural Gas and the Balance of Power in the Eastern Mediterranean

East Mediterranean gas no game-changer: IEA’s Birol – ANADOLU AGENCY

Turkish head of the International Energy Agency (IEA) Fatih Birol

28.12.2018 Ovunc Kutlu and Nuran Erkul Kaya

ANKARA – Natural gas resources in the eastern Mediterranean are unlikely to be a game-changer given rising supplies in the global gas market, according to the Turkish head of the International Energy Agency (IEA).

Discoveries of new gas resources in the eastern Mediterranean have put some countries in the spotlight, but feasibility, political challenges, and the presence of other major gas producers impose hurdles on projects that may fail to have a major impact on the gas market, Fatih Birol said on Friday.

“Qatar’s liquefied natural gas has a very dominant role in the Mediterranean market,” he told Anadolu Agency.

“With Qatar, American gas, and incoming supply from Israel and Egypt, it looks very difficult economically to constitute a major project in the eastern Mediterranean, plus there are some political issues as well.”

Currently, Qatar is leading liquefied natural gas (LNG) exports with 12 consecutive years under its belt, while the U.S. is looking to raise its LNG exports with its abundant shale gas supplies. 

“With those and political difficulties, it’s not right to expect a major game-changing role from eastern Mediterranean gas. We’re in the midst of gas abundance,” he added.

Natural gas reserves in Israel’s Leviathan field are estimated to be 620 billion cubic meters (bcm), while offshore discoveries in Tamar are estimated to hold 280 bcm of gas. 

Total gas reserves in Egypt’s Zohr field are around 850 bcm, while the Noor field was reported in June to hold 2.55 trillion cubic meters (tcm) of natural gas — among the world’s largest.

“Egypt first wanted to use this gas for its domestic consumption and has recently begun exporting gas. There will be some significant LNG exports from Egypt. They also discovered Noor field,” Birol said.

“Israel has plans to export LNG in the future, or to integrate with Egyptian infrastructure. For now, however, it’s using gas for its domestic consumption,” he added.

Birol said there are additional natural gas reserves in the eastern Mediterranean as well, but added that there is an oversupply of gas in the global market.

“A new major wave of production is coming in the LNG sector,” he said.

Global natural gas production rose steadily from 2.94 tcm in 2007 to 3.68 tcm in 2017, a 25.2 percent leap, while LNG imports climbed from 356.7 bcm in 2016 to 393.4 bcm in 2017, a 10.3 percent annual jump, according to BP’s Statistical Review of World Energy 2018 report.

Birol pointed to rising LNG production in the U.S., Qatar, and Australia, saying those three countries will become world leaders in LNG exports in 2025.

He also praised the Trans-Anatolian Natural Gas Pipeline (TANAP) project, which is set to deliver 6 bcm of gas from the Shah Deniz II field in Azerbaijan to Turkey, and an additional 10 bcm to Europe every year.

Birol emphasized that Turkey should focus on gas storage, which currently constitutes 10 percent of its gas consumption.

The world ratio of gas storage capacity to domestic gas consumption is around 25 percent, according to Birol.

To read the article in its entirety, click here.

Holding Nursing Home Owners Accountable for Compliance Violations and Deplorable Care

Ortt backing package of bills aimed at greater accountability of nursing home owners

When the new legislative session begins in Albany in January, State Senator Robert Ortt will be submitting two bills – and putting his support behind an already forwarded piece of legislation – that supporters say will hold owners of nursing more homes accountable for compliance violations.

Ortt, a Republican whose district covers the northern counties of Western New York, wants to create unscheduled inspections of nursing homes and under one of his two bills, 40 percent of those surprise visits would come outside regular business hours, including nights, weekends and even holidays.

Kelly Bentley, whose grandmother resides in a nursing home, speaks of some of the problems including injuries her loved one has suffered in her residence. Standing with her and listening at the podium is State Senator Robert Ortt, who is pushing for a series of bills in 2019 that he says will hold owners of non-compliant nursing homes more accountable.
CREDIT MICHAEL MROZIAK, WBFO

 

Under the current rules, facilities are given advance warning of a pending visit which, Ortt points out, gives many the opportunity to make the adjustments which keep them in good graces while the inspectors are watching.

“Even myself, when I went to a facility, naturally we told them we were coming,” said Ortt, whose committee positions includes chairing the Senate’s Mental Health and Devrelopmental [sic] Disabilities Committee. “I was told after the visit – and I’ve gone through a couple – by residents and family members who called my office, and pleaded that I not tell anybody that they called… they said ‘what you saw yesterday was not how it normally is.'”

The second of Ortt’s pending submissions will prevent any owners of nursing homes found with violations to acquire more properties until they’re rectified, after which there would be a two-year probationary period after the issues are resolved.

Supporting Ortt’s legislation is Kelly Bentley, who chairs the Family Council of the Villages of Orleans Health and Rehabilitation Center. Her grandmother, Florence Moden, has suffered abuses in her nursing home, according to Bentley, most recently as early December. Despite the family’s complaints, she says, the problems have not been addressed.

“This is going to protect them,” she said. “This is our future, our fate. Im sorry, but we have to have some changes in Albany that are going to come back and ensure that we as family members, who have entrusted someone to care for our loved ones, that they’re actually going to receive that.”

He is also throwing his support behind a proposal submitted this past May by outgoing State Senator Kemp Hannon that gives the New York State Department of Health more powers to fine violators. It would also require utilizing independent quality monitors, approved by the DOH, to directly supervise homes found to be non-compliant to ensure violations are addressed and fixed.

“Right now, there’s a nursing home that’s failing. They have to come up with a corrective action plan. Who makes sure that they do that?” Ortt asked. “Right now, I guess really the answer is we don’t know. We hope that they comply. If they don’t, maybe we get a complaint or call, but there’s no one on site to hold the feet to the fire of the facility.”

Hannon, the original sponsor of the bill which includes independent quality monitors, was defeated in the November elections and will leave office after nearly three decades. Ortt, who is certain to lose his chair position in the Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities Committee when Democrats assume the majority in January, acknowledged the challenge of forwarding his bills under new leadership. 

He’s hopeful, though, that his legislation will gain the support needed to be forwarded to Andrew Cuomo’s desk later in 2019. 

To read the remainder of the article click, here.

 

Satmar Hasidim of Kiryas Joel, NY Has Decided to Be More Discreet About their Fundraising… Where is the money?

The Monroe Satmar are going to stop soliciting fundraising via the internet. 

This begs the question that we have been asking for weeks. Can anyone account for the last $2M fundraised for prison reform. First question: where are the proceeds? Second question: who were the donors and were any of them accepting social services?

184 Kent, Kushner Companies and $10M Lawsuit – Williamsburg Condo Coversion

Kushner Companies hit with $10M lawsuit over Williamsburg condo conversion

A 19-plaintiff lawsuit alleges harassment in the form of construction work and potential lead poisoning

UPDATE 7/16/2018: The Cuomo administration has directed its tenant protection unit to investigate the allegations of tenant harassment at Austin Nichols House.

“Governor Cuomo has zero tolerance for tenant abuse of any kind and we will aggressively take on landlords who try to intimidate people out of their homes,” said RuthAnne Visnauskas, the Commissioner of the New York State Homes and Community Renewal, the agency that the Tenant Protection Unit is a part of. “In New York, no one is above the law, and we will thoroughly investigate the appalling allegations of harassment at this or any related property and hold anyone found guilty of such abuse responsible to the fullest extent of the law.”


Kushner Companies’s conversion of the rental building at 184 Kent Avenue into luxury condos is in hot water yet again; a group of 19 current and former residents of the building, with the help of the Housing Rights Initiative and Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams, are set to file a lawsuit against the development firm alleging “illegal, destructive, and dangerous construction practices.”

The tenants allege that ever since Kushner Companies purchased this 338-unit property three years ago, they’ve pursued a relentless effort to drive the rent-stabilized tenants out of the building. The Associated Press first broke the news of the alleged tenant harassment; their own investigation revealed that over 75 percent of the building’s apartments were emptied or sold since Kushner Companies took over. That’s a much higher turnover than most rent-stabilized building conversions, according to the AP, and so far the developer has made $155 million from the sale of the market-rate condos at the building.

Construction wrapped in December 2017, but prior to that, tenants at the building said they had to contend with loud construction noise from early in the morning to late at night; dust from all the drilling; rodents; and construction workers barging into apartments unannounced.

An analysis of nine apartments at the building, conducted by an independent lab, revealed high levels of lead and crystalline silica—the latter has been linked to lung cancer and liver disease.

A representative for Kushner Companies told the AP that that was an updated version of an old report prepared for the building. The company also acknowledged that it had received some construction complaints, but that they dealt with it immediately. Furthermore, inspections conducted by the city’s Department of Buildings did not reveal any violation of construction laws, according to the AP.

Still, the experiences of former and current tenants do not match up to this, and this $10 million lawsuit is a result of that. Construction at the Austin Nichols House, as this building is now known, also came under scrutiny in the summer of 2016 when a series of mysterious fires were reported at the building.

A spokesperson for Kushner Companies issued the following statement to Curbed:

The lawsuit filed today by certain current and former tenants of Austin Nichols House is totally without merit and we intend to defend it vigorously. The residents of Austin Nichols House were fully informed about the planned renovation and all work was completed under the full supervision by the New York City Department of Buildings and other regulatory agencies, with full permits and with no violations for these claims. Tenants were never pressured to leave their apartments and the market-rate rent stabilization was – and continues to be – complied with under applicable rent guidelines. Any complaints during construction (which was completed in 2017) were evaluated and addressed promptly by the property management team. The property management team is committed to continuing to meet the needs of all residents.

184 Kent

184 Kent Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11211

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JLeaks – the Lakewood Mafia

Reprinted with permission. Please see the initial site for information and copies of the relevant court documents.

Of note, the pending lawsuit is another example of litigation being used to chill free speech.

https://jleaks.com/lakewood-mafia-exposed/

Lakewood Mafia Exposed

It took a bogus lawsuit by Charles ‘Chatz’ Schwab to finally expose the Lakewood mafia in action. Charles Schwab decided to launder the dirty laundry in public and now the dirt is coming out……

KUDOS to Shady Schwab!

This bad bunch have been using mafia tactics to suppress the opposition, so they may continue to pillage the tax payer undisturbed. To name a few:

 

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Ramapo Charrette Meetings and Overdevelopment, not a Problem with the “Who” but with the “Methods” Employed

Dear readers:

We are posting this from our comments section, a quasi editorial. We are well aware that by posting it, focused so closely on curbing the development and ultra-Orthodox neighborhood, it runs a fine line between a well-balanced approach and a fear of an entire culture. We note that the ultra-Orthodox are comprised of some very decent people and some far darker forces, depending upon the sect of the community. Few can differentiate so the fear is broader, perhaps, than it should be. But there are precious few within the ultra-Orthodox community willing to sit down and really and truly build healthy and stable bonds, willing to face the darkness and the fear that it perpetuates.

Everything is done under cover of darkness which breeds suspicion. In the case of Ramapo, New York, there has been a “bait and switch” pattern that has left few trusting the community at all.

We invite you to review and to view all of the videos that are linked to the comments. The issue from our perspective is not what on its face may appear to be somewhat anti-Orthodox. Rather, the issue is the change of the character of the area, something shared in large part by communities like Lakewood, NJ, Toms River, NY,  Bloominburg, NY, and others whereby the ultra-Orthodox move in, they build incessantly, they register as  home-based Yeshivas and then they pay reduced taxes. This hurts everyone else and unquestionably feeds resentment.

Most send their children to insular yeshivas where many do not learn basic subjects – core subjects like English and math; and in many instances, they do not make good neighbors.

It is a pattern we have seen repeatedly and if we are to end, both the inherent appearance of anti-Semitism and a mutual resentment, and if we are to create a neighborly and inviting place to live for everyone, we need to come to grips with the fact that the behavior of what may be a few is breeding a hatred for the many. Sadly, that hatred filters down to moderate, conservative and secular Jews alike and non-Jews alike. We also must come to an agreement regarding how much of the character of the neighborhoods are going to change and what lines need to be drawn on both sides of the debate.

Bait and switch techniques, like those used before, do nothing but create hostility, mistrust and hatred.  

PLEASE READ ON:

Can we stop the Ultra-Orthodox from taking over yet another established neighborhood?

A neighborhood that many (including many Orthodox) moved to because of its rural flavor?

Why has the town of Ramapo sold out to the religious builders? And how can we stop them?
The Town of Ramapo has hosted a number of ‘Charrette Planning Meetings’. The voice of the residents is clear:
We want to preserve our open space and our single family neighborhoods! We do not want to become another Monsey or New Square!
The next meeting will be on Wednesday, January 23, 2019 at 6 PM at the Pomona Middle school. Please attend if you can.
Watch the videos from the recent presentations by the Rampo town hired planners. They have lots in store for Northeast Ramapo!
Ramapo Charrette Meeting: Introduction 11/27/18
Ramapo Charrette Meeting: Citizens Report 11/27/18
Ramapo Charrette Meeting: Developers & Agents 11/29/18 Part 1
Ramapo Charrette Meeting: Developers & Agents 11/29/18 Part 2
Ramapo Charrette Meeting: Open House Presentation 11/29/18
New Hempstead Charrette Meeting: Community Update 12/18/18

Unsolved Cases No. 2 – Chaim Weiss – 32 Years Later and Still Unsolved

 

Dear Reader:

To be clear, the following theory contains no accusations. It is one of many theories. We do not suggest a guilty party, though the Wiki page at the bottom does list a student who attended the Mesivta at the same time as Chaim Weiss – just pointing to attendance, nothing more. We have a running theory. It is similar to the one posted by the Reddit user at the very bottom of this post.

One year ago Mr Weiss spoke to Mary Murphy of Pix II (see below) and stated that he wanted to put his child’s soul to rest. We believe he should live to see the resolution of his son’s murder. We also believe that the investigation is not being completed because someone hopes that enough time will pass that its relevance will be diminished. 

To Mr. Weiss, we are sorry for your loss. We believe that there is an answer and we further believe that someone knows it and is simply not speaking. There are a lot of bloggers and journalists working to solve this case where law enforcement has failed you. We think that FailedMessiah may have had the answer, part of the reason for the demise of that site, though we cannot substantiate that for certain.

This case, among many involving the ultra-Orthodox community remains unsolved in large part, we theorize, because the community has people bought and paid for, including law enforcement members.  

The Chaim Weiss case seems like it should have been a no-brainer. People close to the case have told us over the years that some of the former students are now addicts or committed suicide. One does not become an addict unless there are harrowing traumas leading to addiction. Suicide raises similar core analyses. We theorize that there was a trauma suffered by students at the Mesivta of Long Beach. We are not suggesting that this applies to all students. This is being written to help solve a crime, specifically not to defame, particularly when what happened or may have happened to the children in attendance is a travesty. That it has been covered up all these years is simply a tragedy of epic proportions.

Why would a Rabbi be completely unwilling to discuss the death (murder) of a child within his care.  Why would passing a lie detector test administered years ago be the definitive response regarding the students and the rabbis? We do not believe it was a janitor. Nor do we believe that what transpired afterwards had anything to do with Jewish customs. Once you have murdered a child, the rest of the associated Mitzvot are really irrelevant.  He was allegedly bludgeoned to death, first reported as a single wound and then as multiple cuts. We believe that the weapon at the time was a candlestick or something like it, which is the reason why candles were burned (though that may seem to be far-fetched). The kids would not have had access to a hatchet unless it was given to someone to perform an intentional and premeditated act. 

We hope law enforcement will pursue this case. It is about time that Chaim Weiss’ father finds peace.

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Exclusive: Dad of 15-year-old killed in LI Yeshiva dorm haunted by mysterious events leading up to 1986 murder

Nassau County, NY – 31 years after his son was brutally murdered in his yeshiva dormitory, the father of the slain teen has finally given his first public interview in the hopes that someone will come forward with new information.

As previously reported on VIN News (http://bit.ly/2mQD2Qt) 15 year old Chaim Weiss of Staten Island was bludgeoned to death on Halloween night 1986 in his room at the Torah High School in Long Beach.

Authorities said that Weiss’s body was moved from his bed to the floor after his death and that someone had lit a yahrtzeit candle in Weiss’ room, where a window had been left open despite the cold temperatures.

Weiss’s father, Anton, has revealed for the first time to PIX 11 News (http://bit.ly/2mPossB) that several unusual incidents had taken place in the months leading up to his son’s murder.

Chaim had called home from camp crying in July, saying that he wanted to come home, the first such call Chaim had ever made to his parents. Weiss said that just weeks later, yeshiva principal Rabbi Avrom Cooper called on two separate occasions, asking to speak to Chaim who was away in Europe visiting his grandparents. When Chaim returned home, his parents drove him to Borough Park to speak to Rabbi Cooper.

 

 

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Violence Against Journalists – 2018 Worst Year- Attacks on Free Speech Statistics Do Not Include Lawsuits and other Actions

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2018 was the worst year on record for violence against journalists

“The hatred of journalists that is voiced, and sometimes very openly proclaimed, by unscrupulous politicians, religious leaders and businessmen has tragic consequences.”

Attacks against the media by “unscrupulous” politicians helped make 2018 the worst ever year for violence and abuse against journalists, according to a report released Tuesday.

At least 80 journalists were killed, 348 are in jail and another 60 are being held hostage, according to the annual report from Reporters Without Borders, a Paris-based media watchdog.

“Violence against journalists has reached unprecedented levels this year, and the situation is now critical,” the group’s secretary-general Christophe Deloire said.

“The hatred of journalists that is voiced, and sometimes very openly proclaimed, by unscrupulous politicians, religious leaders and businessmen has tragic consequences on the ground and has been reflected in this disturbing increase in violations against journalists.”

While the report did not single out specific political figures, attacks on the media have become a hallmark of populist leaders, from Donald Trump to the Philippines’ Rodrigo Duterte, Turkey’s Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Hungary’s Viktor Orban.

Social media also bore a “heavy responsibility” for amplifying and legitimizing this hateful rhetoric towards the press, Deloire said.

Forty-nine of the journalists killed were deliberately targeted. Yet only a handful of these killings have garnered international media coverage — such as the killing of Saudi dissident Jamal Khashoggi’s inside his country’s consulate in Istanbul, or the shooting of Slovak data journalist Jan Kuciak in his home. Those killings showed “how far some people will go to silence ‘troublesome’ journalists,” the report said,

The remaining 31 killed were caught up in violence, the report states. Afghanistan was the deadliest country for journalists in 2018, with 15 killed, followed by Syria, Mexico, and Yemen, while the United States featured for the first time as one of the most dangerous following the murder of five people in a shooting at the Capital Gazette, in Annapolis, Maryland.

The analysis also found the number of journalists detained worldwide had risen to 348, up from 326 last year. More than half were jailed by just five countries: China, Iran, Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Turkey.

READ: The Saudis tried to rip out a security camera after Khashoggi murder

The report follows the release of the Committee to Protect Journalists’ annual prison census last week, that found the number of journalists jailed on charges of fake news had risen to a record high of 28.

Last week TIME magazine named a group of journalists — including Khashoggi, the slain journalists at the Capital Gazette, the head of Philippine news website Rappler and two imprisoned journalists in Myanmar — as its “person of the year.”

 

 

A Petition by the Ultra-Orthodox Community Against First Atlantic Credit Union for “Ribis” – Interest? Threats to Not Pay…

http://www.thelakewoodscoop.com/news/2018/12/petition-launched-after-first-atlantic-allegedly-rejects-solutions-for-credit-union-ribis-issues.html

THE LAKEWOOD SCOOP reported this morning that a petition was filed in demand against First Atlantic Credit Union in Lakewood regarding “avoiding a Halachic issue associated with “Ribis”” which is ostensibly the payment of interest.

From our perspective, this looks a whole lot like 500 members of the Credit Union are trying to extort the Credit Union by threatening to stop paying back car loans (for which there are presumably contract obligations) if the Credit Union does not comply. If we are not mistaken, the Credit Union is governed by Federal laws, which might actually, if we are viewing this correctly, amount to a RICO issue.

Unless we are misunderstanding the issue (and we do not think we are) it would appear that the 500 or so members of the Credit Union which all took out car loans with First Atlantic are threatening to stop paying back their car loans absent a meeting with Mr. E John Culp II:

The letter reads:

As you are aware a meeting was held on May 25th, 2018 with Ann Goldinack and Brian Meyers regarding  Heter Iska for the benefit of members who wish to avoid the Halachic challenges of violating the biblical prohibition of Ribis. on November 27th, 2018 Ms. Goldinack responded and rejected this request. It is our desire to be able to continue paying our loans and not cause any financial loss to ourselves or to First Atlantic. As loyal members of First Atlantic Credit Union, we respectfully request that the administration engage us in finding an amicable solution…

Please see the Lakewood Scoop for the article.  

 

 

Where Has All the Money Gone? To Prison Reform? Really????

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Dear Satmar Fundraisers, Mazal Tov on $2,000,000 – A Request for Receipts… 

The Satmar community raised a whopping $2 Million Dollars in 60 hours for federal prison reform. Setting aside why the subject would be of such significant interest to this community, we are curious to know how the money was distributed?

And, were any of the donors currently on Welfare, collecting food stamps or accepting any form of Federal Financial Assistance or other state funding?

Where did the money go? Was there a politician who was paid for his vote? Was there a law firm paid for its services? The lawyer listed in the Hamodia Article was “pro bono.”

Was there a lobbying firm paid for its time? 

How on G-d’s beautiful earth was this money used to advance the cause of prison reform? 

LostMessiah is asking for a copy of the receipts.

Alternatively, we would be grateful if someone would provide us with the recipe for the success of this campaign and say a giant Mazel Tov to the beneficiary of all of that money. 

 

See reading below:

The Long Journey to Prison Reform

Satmar and other Hasidic sects raise $2 million to lobby for federal prison reform

Satmar Raises $2 Million To Lobby Prison Reform

The Arev Fund – Women Rabbis? Money for Women to Have a Voice? Ummmm…

Caution to Readers:
This Organization, the Arev Fund, claims to provide money for women to be accepted within the Rabbinic community and to sit for Rabbinic exams. That is an absurd notion, particularly in light of efforts against Women of the Wall. We can find no evidence that funds are being used for this purpose and that the beneficiaries are as alleged.
Sources close in to us in Israel have stated, in no uncertain terms, that these funds are not going to the causes for which they are allegedly allocated. We have been told that there is no such effort on behalf of the Rabbinate of Israel or otherwise to bring female Rabbis to the orthodox movement.

We simply ask that you use the utmost caution before donating to any of these organizations, unless and until the actual use of the proceeds can be verified. We recommend instead that you look to organizations for which there is historical, verifiable and substantiated information.

 

Arev Fund Announces Third Annual Round of Grants

The Arev Fund has announced its grantees for the 2019 cycle. This year, the grants support projects in the areas of spiritual leadership, communal life, social justice and education.

The Arev Fund launched on January 15, 2016 as a giving circle of observant Jewish women with the mission of promoting impactful female Jewish philanthropy to spur change in the areas of spiritual leadership, communal life, social justice, and education in the United States and Israel, with a particular focus on the advancement of women. With this third round of grants, Arev continues to move its unique mission forward.

Having funded projects in past cycles that educate women towards spiritual leadership, we will expand on that work this year by funding a project of Itim that will work to have the Chief Rabbinate of Israel permit women to sit for rabbinic exams. Sitting for these exams and demonstrating mastery in a series of subjects will work to create more official recognition for women that have studied and obtained the highest levels of halachic knowledge. Indeed, many of the institutions we have funded in the past have provided these educations.

We funded Deracheha, which is an online platform for providing female halakhic and philosophical analysis of current issues. The website offers users varying levels of examination of a particular topic from a more basic overview to a detailed Jewish legal dissection to a philosophical perspective. It serves to provide the entire community access to deeply knowledgeable and thoughtful female voices, as well as building a bridge to move women’s spiritual leadership from a siloed female space into a more public space. This will also expand the availability of Modern Orthodox halachic voices online, which are currently limited.

Further, we funded the Emunah Kashrut Supervisors Training Program, which builds on both the leadership and communal life prongs of our funding areas. By creating a cadre of women who will take up official positions as kosher supervisors, Emunah is expanding women’s leadership into roles that have lower barrier to entry than some of other spiritual leadership models and seek to expand women’s positions in the official religious biosphere in Israel.

In the area of social justice, we are choosing to fund Bat Melech, an organization that works with battered women from the observant community, and their children. The project we are funding, Skills for a New Life, is designed to provide skills training and education for battered women to better empower them to leave shelters, support themselves and their families, and prevent future cycles of abuse and need for themselves and their children.

The final project in in the educational arena. Lakita is an innovative and broad-based model for enhancing and enriching students’ experience across the broad spectrum of Israeli society, as well as empowering teachers. It leverages the larger community through a crowd-funding platform and brings them the community into the work of the schools.

The Arev Fund is committed to partnering with these organizations. As we move forward and announce our next round of grant applications, we are invigorated by the depth and breadth of innovative entrepreneurial activity taking place in our community, and are committed to supporting and highlighting that work.

For further information about the Arev Fund and its grantees, please visit Arev’s website at www.arevfund.org.

Murdering Journalists, Suing Bloggers, Buying Voices, Jailing, Iraq the Safest Place to be a Journalist – Support the Voices, Not the Silence

SUPPORT JOURNALISTS, BLOGGERS, THE VOICES WHO HAVE THE COURAGE TO SPEAK UP, LEST YOU ARE LEFT IN SILENCE AND DARKNESS… (gf.me/u/pd7npv )

Sadly, LostMessiah’s  quasi non-professional journalist has been sued. We have been asking for your financial assistance to pay the costs of a defense. We have heard from many of you that even those of you hoping to support us are afraid lest you be subject to discovery. 

It is yet another tactic that forces a scrutinizing public into silence. While it is far less primitive and, well, permanent than murder or jail, it is most certainly a form of detention with no less chilling an effect. 

The US now ranks among the worst nations in the world to be a journalist and if we add threats of litigation or active litigation as a form of silence, the statistics are likely much, much higher. New York, unsurprisingly, does not have appropriate SLAPP statutes. 

The darkening of the process, the silence of a court’s docket, decisions made under cover of non-adjudicated judicial shield absent a decision and complete review, should highlight to everyone who reads this blog how earth-shatteringly fragile are our rights to the fundamental freedoms offered by the United States. 

 

Danger to journalists is growing worldwide, press freedom group says

Jamal Khashoggi was one among many.

 

The Saudi opinion writer’s killing inside a diplomatic outpost may have been the year’s highest-profile fatal attack on a journalist. But in a report released Tuesday, the press freedom group Reporters Without Borders cited the slayings of dozens of people working in the media worldwide in 2018.

 

The group said at least 63 professional journalists were killed around the world in 2018, a 15% increase from the previous year. That tally increases to 80 when it includes media workers and citizen journalists, according to an annual compilation that the Paris-based nonprofit organization has put together every year since 1995.

 

Attacks against journalists — in the form of deaths, imprisonment or disappearances — have “risen in all categories,” said the group, which also goes by its French acronym RSF. In addition to those killed, it found that 348 journalists were being detained by authorities and 60 others held captive by non-state groups around the globe.

Seeking to put the threat in context, the report decried more and more vociferous verbal attacks on the profession by public figures, and noted the role of social media in amplifying such incitement.

 

“Violence against journalists has reached unprecedented levels this year, and the situation is now critical,” said RSF’s secretary-general, Christophe Deloire.

“The hatred of journalists that is voiced, and sometimes very openly proclaimed, by unscrupulous politicians, religious leaders and businessmen has tragic consequences on the ground, and has been reflected in this disturbing increase in violations against journalists,” Deloire said.

 

Six in 10 of those journalists who died worldwide were deliberately targeted for their reporting, according to the group’s findings. This year marked a contrast to the previous three years, during which the number of journalists in all categories killed in connection with their work had declined, RSF said.

 

For the first time, the United States in 2018 joined the group’s list of the five deadliest countries for journalists, due in large measure to the June attack that killed five employees of the Capital Gazette in Annapolis, Md. Afghanistan topped the list of deadliest countries, followed by Syria, Mexico and Yemen, the group said. The U.S. tied with India for fifth place.

Echoing its findings from 2017, RSF said five countries emerged as the biggest jailers of journalists: China, Iran, Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Turkey.

 

The report singled out high-profile cases including the killing of Khashoggi, a Saudi national and Virginia resident who wrote columns for the Washington Post. He was strangled and dismembered inside the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul, Turkey, on Oct. 2 when he went there to obtain paperwork he needed to get married.

 

The Khashoggi affair has roiled U.S.-Saudi relations and galvanized a confrontation between President Trump and U.S. lawmakers over the president’s reluctance to condemn Saudi Arabia’s de facto leader, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. U.S. intelligence agencies have concluded that the crown prince ordered Khashoggi’s killing.

This week, the Saudis denounced the Senate’s casting blame on Mohammed, warning in an unusually strong statement against interference in the kingdom’s internal affairs.

Other notable journalist killings included that of Jan Kuciak, a Slovak investigative reporter who was shot dead in February along with his fiancee. Kuciak was investigating potential links between organized crime and government officials.

 

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Hush, Hush Lakewood, money paid for silence regarding municipal affairs…

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Lakewood paid township manager ‘hush money’ to stay silent, lawsuit alleges

Lakewood’s former township manager, who got a $327,000 severance package when he resigned in September, received illegal “hush money” to stay quiet about municipal affairs, a group claims in a lawsuit filed Monday.

The lawsuit alleges Lakewood Mayor Ray Coles “engaged in a conspiracy” with the former township manager, Thomas Henshaw, and other township officials, to reach Henshaw’s separation agreement.

Resident Larry S. Loigman, and a group called Lakewood Citizens for Fiscal Integrity, claim in the suit that the agreement violated state and local measures limiting the amount of money Henshaw should have received.

Henshaw’s separation agreement provided for $327,000 in payments, which includes his salary through the end of 2019. The suit claims Henshaw should have received far less money — just a few months’ salary.

“Such extraordinary payment was intended as ‘hush money’ to buy Defendant Henshaw’s silence as to municipal affairs,” the lawsuit stated.

The lawsuit was filed in Superior Court in Toms River by Lakewood Citizens for Fiscal Integrity, a group of residents who are not individually named, and Loigman, a former fire commissioner and lawyer known as a watchdog of local government. The township, Coles and Henshaw are defendants in the lawsuit.

Henshaw declined to comment on the lawsuit, but township officials quickly rebuffed Loigman’s claims. Coles and Lakewood Township attorney Steven Secare said Monday the lawsuit was frivolous.

“This is another frivolous attempt by Mr. Loigman to muddy waters that are absolutely clear,” Secare said. “The agreement with Mr. Henshaw was negotiated in good faith by the township and Mr. Henshaw. His resignation was amicable to both sides.”

Coles said negotiations over Henshaw’s severance were approved by Secare and the entire township committee.

“I really don’t know what he’s basing this on,” Coles said of the lawsuit.

RESIGNATION: Lakewood town manager quits suddenly after possible email dispute

SEVERANCE: Lakewood pays $327,000 severance to former administrator

Henshaw resigned abruptly in September after three years with the township. His separation agreement included a payment of $327,000, which included about $276,000 of salary through the end of this year and 2019.

The agreement says Henshaw cannot sue the township or talk to the press or others in a way that would “adversely effect” the township’s business or reputation.

Henshaw’s contract and state law say that the municipal manager must be removed by a two-thirds vote of the five-member township committee. It also called for two weeks’ notice if Henshaw chose to resign.

The lawsuit says the required removal vote never happened and Henshaw never submitted his resignation.

But Henshaw’s contract with the township says if he is removed, his salary must be paid for six months “unless other arrangements are made and agreed upon by both parties.” Lakewood Township code says if the committee voted to fire Henshaw, he’s entitled to three months of his salary as payment.

“This three-month provision shall not apply in the event the Municipal Manager voluntarily terminates employment by resigning the office or position,” the code reads. “In such event the Manager shall be paid only to the date of actual termination of duties.”

The lawsuit asks a judge to declare the separation agreement invalid and issue an order stopping any township money from going to Henshaw. The separation agreement says Henshaw will continue to be paid bi-weekly. The judge should also hold Coles personally liable for any money the township owes, the lawsuit says.

READ: Lakewood baby case: ‘It was an accident,’ caretaker says

BREAKING NEWS: Lakewood BMG student missing, cops say

Township officials and Henshaw have declined to comment on the reason for his resignation.

However, a township source, who was not authorized to speak to the media, said the resignation stemmed from a misunderstanding.

Henshaw said he thought township staff was being asked to improperly delete emails, according to the source.

Coles confirmed a recent discussion among township staff about email retention policies that occurred after the township received a records request for 10 years worth of emails, but said he did not ask anyone to delete messages.

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WATCH: Motorcade Of The Skverer Rebbe In Queens After Returning From Pressburg — Yeshiva World News

The Skverer Rebbe returned from a two-week visit to Pressburg on Thursday, and was escorted home from the airport in a motorcade of around a dozen vehicles all blaring lights and sirens. Read more on Yeshiva World News >

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Beard Traditions, Modern Jerusalem and Behavior? Beard Balm Company – Aleph Male

Ancient beard traditions shape the face of modern Jerusalem

JERUSALEM (AP) — Facial hair is trendy worldwide these days, but in Jerusalem beards have never gone out of style, projecting religious mysticism, nationalism and ideals of masculinity.

For men of all faiths in the holy city, a beard can be an important statement of religious devotion, connecting past generations to God through the tangled strands of history. Facial hair also reflects social mores in many communities. In some cases, it can even reflect one’s political views.

Nowhere is this more visible than in Jerusalem’s Old City, where bearded ultra-Orthodox Jews, Christian clerics and devout Muslims all come into contact in a densely packed mix of some of the world’s most sensitive holy sites.

For Eitan Press, 40, growing a beard is a spiritual journey that embodies ancient concepts of Jewish mysticism while challenging modern perceptions of masculinity.

His beard balm company, “Aleph Male,” is more than a clever word play on the first letter of the Hebrew alphabet. He says it expresses Jewish values that stand in sharp contrast to the tough Alpha Male narrative often associated with facial hair.

“Rather than being a man at the top of the pyramid, it’s the image of a man who is lifting his brothers up,” said Press, who has a majestic, full red beard.

“When a man grows a beard, it is incumbent upon him to act with greater kindness, compassion and sensitivity toward the world because he is now wearing on his face a divine quality,” he said.

At Jerusalem’s bustling Mahane Yehuda market, he demonstrated his unique blends on a recent day, “anointing” bearded shoppers with balms inspired by Jewish festivals and rites.

One conjures up the citrus notes of Sukkot, the autumn festival that commemorates the desert wandering of the Jews during the Exodus. Items like myrtle branches and the etrog, a fruit resembling a lemon, are used in ceremonies.

Another blend has aromas of clove and cinnamon, spices used in Havdalah, the ritual marking the end of the Sabbath and the beginning of the new week.

“Jewish beard culture is literally thousands of years old. Moses had a beard. King David had a beard,” he said. “The custom for Jewish men to anoint their hair and beards with sacred oil goes back to the Bible.”

The custom of religious Jews wearing beards is rooted in a passage in the Biblical book of Leviticus that forbids “destroying” beard edges and prohibits shaving with a blade. While Jewish law permits the use of electric razors or scissors to trim beards, some sects don’t shave at all.

Michael Silber, a Hebrew University professor who has researched beards, said that some Orthodox Jewish communities, leaning on Jewish mystical texts, consider facial hair so holy that men refrain from even combing their beards, fearing they will pull hair out. Strands that fall out naturally are sometimes placed in prayer books for preservation, he said.

For the pious that follow such teachings “beards are a channel of divinity” connecting them to God, he said.

Beards cross religious lines.

Zuheir Dubai, an Islamic scholar and imam in the West Bank city of Nablus, said that while Muslim men grow beards for religious reasons, moustaches are rooted in popular culture.

Some grow moustaches to emulate powerful leaders, like Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein, he said. Some autocratic governments in the Mideast were known to shave off a prisoner’s mustache as a form of humiliation, Dubai said.

In Syria, Jordan and Lebanon, some men swear by their mustache, putting their hand on it to convince people to accept their word, Dubai said.

Muslim beard traditions stem from the time of the Prophet Muhammad, who in the 7th century urged his followers to wear beards and “shorten the mustache as a sign of modesty.” They regained popularity in modern times with the rise of political Islam about three decades ago. Some Muslims tint their beards orange with henna, which may have been used by the prophet, Dubai said.

Among Orthodox Christian priests, long bushy beards are as common a sight as their long, flowing robes on the narrow, winding cobblestone streets of Jerusalem’s ancient Old City. They see a beard as a sign of devotion to God and homage to Jesus — traditionally portrayed with a beard.

In Jerusalem wearing a beard can also reflect political sentiments. “In the 1980s religion begins to be intertwined with political orientations and this is reflected with the rise of the beard among the more right-wing oriented and religiously oriented, both Jews and Muslims,” Silber said.

Many bearded men, of course, often have simpler motives and just like the style.

Tal Johnson, a barber in the Israeli city of Holon, said growing one is not as easy as it looks.

“You can’t eat with it … there are lots of things that are terrible, like hummus … or fried egg that is runny, and you need to wash it afterward, all of this, it’s very complicated. Eating soup is awful,” he said.

For Heath Loftis, an American visiting Jerusalem, it has a different meaning altogether.

“I grew the beard after my time in the Marine Corps,” he said. “We always had to keep our face shaved. So I grow it out now as a freedom, but also as a tribute to that time in the Marine Corps.”

Worst Measles Outbreak in Decades, Rockland County, New York, Hardest Hit

New York Confronts Its Worst Measles Outbreak in Decades

Borough Park, Brooklyn, has seen 35 cases of measles in an outbreak affecting more than 200 people in ultra-Orthodox Jewish communities in New York and New Jersey.CreditCreditBryan Thomas for The New York Times

Through the fall, traveler after traveler arrived in the ultra-Orthodox Jewish communities of New York from areas of Israel and Europe where measles was spreading. They then spent time in homes, schools and shops in communities where too many people were unvaccinated.

Within months, New York State was facing its most severe outbreak of the disease in decades, with 182 cases confirmed by Thursday, almost exclusively among ultra-Orthodox Jews. Health officials in New Jersey have reported 33 measles cases, mostly in Ocean County, driven by similar conditions.

In 2018, New York and New Jersey accounted for more than half the measles cases in the country.

Alarmed, health officials began a systematic effort to bring up vaccination rates and halt the disease’s spread.

But while there has been progress, the outbreak is not yet over. Health officials said part of the problem has been resistance among some people in ultra-Orthodox neighborhoods to fully cooperate with health workers, get vaccinations and promptly report infections

“Sometimes they hang up and they don’t want to open the door,” said Dr. Patricia Schnabel Ruppert, the health commissioner of Rockland County, northwest of New York City, where the worst of the outbreak has been, with 116 confirmed cases. “It’s hard to break an outbreak if you are not getting cooperation.”

Dr. Ruppert said that health officials discovered that some religious schools, or yeshivas, in ultra-Orthodox communities in Rockland County had vaccination rates as low as 60 percent, far below the state average of 92.5 percent. Audits found that some schools were overreporting vaccination rates, she added.

Delayed vaccination also helped fuel the outbreak in the Orthodox communities of Williamsburg and Borough Park in Brooklyn, which had reported 58 cases as of Thursday, said Dr. Jane R. Zucker, head of the city health department’s Bureau of Immunization.

There have been no deaths in the outbreak, but there have been a few serious cases in young children that required hospitalization.

Measles is one of the most contagious infections and can live for up to two hours in the airspace where an infected person breathed, coughed or sneezed. It usually affects children, and symptoms include high fever and a rash of red spots all over the body, as well as a cough and runny nose. Some 90 percent of unvaccinated people exposed in proximity to an infected person will get it.

But the vaccine, when given in two doses — typically around age 1 and age 5 — is about 97 percent effective.

Health officials and sociologists say the reasons for low vaccination rates among the ultra-Orthodox are complex.

In part they are tied to the wider anti-vaccination movement globally, including concerns that the measles vaccine, which also protects against mumps and rubella, causes autism or other diseases. The idea has been widely debunked but persists in some circles.

Rabbi Yakov Horowitz, founder of Darchei Noam yeshiva in Monsey in Rockland County, said that some parents considering admission to his school agonized over giving their children vaccines because they had heard they were dangerous. His yeshiva insisted on them, he said, though he knew of others that did not.

“Good people, great parents were terrified,” he said. “They felt that I was asking to give their children something that would harm them.”

Alexandra Khorover, general counsel for Refuah Health Center, one of the largest health providers in the Rockland community of Spring Valley, said her health workers had encountered “a small pocket of people who are anti-vaccine who have been peddling this information, fostering confusion and fear.”

Part of the reluctance to vaccinate or allow a government health worker to enter the home, though, is cultural.

Samuel Heilman, a Queens College sociology professor who studies the ultra-Orthodox, said that there is a “fear of interference from the outside” rooted in the community’s origins in pre-World War II Europe. More recently, the ultra-Orthodox have fought back against other health department efforts, such as New York City’s efforts to limit a controversial circumcision practice, metzitzah b’peh, because of warnings from health officials that it causes herpes in infants.

“They have accepted the idea that they live by different rules than others in the outside community,” Mr. Heilman said.

While this insularity allowed the measles to spread, it has also had a protective effect on wider public health, at least so far. In part because ultra-Orthodox Jews tend to attend their own religious schools and patronize their own shops and restaurants, the disease has remained in Orthodox circles, save for several infections among non-Jewish workers linked to their communities, health officials said.

The outbreak in New York and New Jersey can be traced to the rise of measles in Israel, where some 2,700 cases and two deaths were reported in 2018, centered in Jerusalem.

In Europe, which was the source of at least some of the Brooklyn infections, some 65,000 cases were reported in the year ending October 2018, with high concentrations in Balkan countries and Ukraine.

A flier distributed in ultra-Orthodox Jewish communities by the New York City Health Department.CreditNew York City Department of Health & Mental Hygiene
A flier distributed in ultra-Orthodox Jewish communities by the New York City Health Department.CreditNew York City Department of Health & Mental Hygiene

As measles spread in New York, public health officials swung into action. Some 40,000 fliers were printed in English, Yiddish, Spanish and other languages warning of the Israeli outbreak and calling for people to be vaccinated. Health officials met with rabbis and pediatricians, who sounded the alarm to their congregations and patients.

“We are telling people the health department is looking out for your health,” said Rabbi David Niederman, a community leader and executive director of the United Jewish Organizations of Williamsburg. “They are the experts and you should take the vaccinations.

In Rockland County, which includes the large ultra-Orthodox community of New Square, the authorities put 59 schools under “exclusion orders,” forbidding unvaccinated children to attend even if they had a valid religious or medical exemption to the vaccine. The orders are lifted when a school’s vaccination rate reaches 95 percent, which state authorities consider protective of public health. Eighteen schools have had the orders lifted, officials said.

In Brooklyn, some children have been out of school for months because of similar exclusion orders by health officials, said Rabbi David Zwiebel, the executive director of Agudath Israel, an ultra-Orthodox umbrella organization. Tensions are high, with some parents still refusing to vaccinate because of health fears, and others relenting.

“There has been some harsh language exchanged on both sides,” Rabbi Zwiebel said.

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