President Trump spoke today with President Abdel Fattah Al Sisi of Egypt to offer condolences to the people of Egypt after the heinous attack on worshippers in Egypt’s North Sinai province. The President condemned the attack and reiterated that the United States will continue to stand with Egypt in the face of terrorism. The international community cannot tolerate barbaric terrorist groups and must strengthen its efforts to defeat terrorism and extremism in all its forms. President Trump also spoke today with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey. President Trump reaffirmed the strategic partnership between the United States and Turkey, particularly in combating terrorism in all its forms and fostering regional stability. On Syria, the two leaders discussed the importance of implementing United Nations Security Council Resolution 2254 and supporting the United Nations-led Geneva Process to peacefully resolve the civil war in that country. President Trump and President Erdogan underscored the need to end the humanitarian crisis, allow displaced Syrians to return home, and ensure the stability of a unified Syria free of malign intervention and terrorist safe havens. Consistent with our previous policy, President Trump also informed President Erdogan of pending adjustments to the military support provided to our partners on the ground in Syria, now that the battle of Raqqa is complete and we are progressing into a stabilization phase to ensure that ISIS cannot return. The leaders also discussed the purchase of military equipment from the United States. Source: The White House, Office of the Press Secretary
Former first lady Michelle Obama talked about life in and after the White House and about women’s empowerment at the annual Pennsylvania Conference for Women. Shonda Rhimes, the creator and executive producer of the television shows “Scandal” and “Grey’s Anatomy,” moderated the conversation.
violence against transgender individuals has increased in recent years,
reaching a record high in 2017, according to two new reports.
least 25 transgender people have been killed in violent crimes in the
United States this year, making it the deadliest year for the trans
community in recent years, according to a new report released by LGBTQ advocacy group Human Rights Campaign.
The report, released ahead of Monday’s Transgender Day of Remembrance,
found that 84 percent of trans victims of fatal violence in 2017 were
people of color; 80 percent were trans women, and more than 75 percent
were under the age of 35.
The Honorable Shirley Ann Jackson is
the 18th president of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, the oldest
technological research university in the United States, where she has
led an extraordinary transformation since 1999.
Described by Time Magazine
as “perhaps the ultimate role model for women in science,” Dr. Jackson
has held senior leadership positions in academia, government, industry,
A theoretical physicist, Dr. Jackson holds an S.B. in
Physics, and a Ph.D. in Theoretical Elementary Particle Physics, both
from MIT. In September 2014, United States President Barack Obama appointed Dr.
Jackson as Co-Chair of the President’s Intelligence Advisory Board,
where she served until January 2017.
Dr. Jackson also served on the U.S.
Secretary of State International Security Advisory Board from
2011-2017, and the U.S. Secretary of Energy Advisory Board from
From 2009 to 2014, Dr. Jackson served on the President’s
Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST), and, as part of
PCAST, was Co-Chair of the President’s Innovation and Technology
Advisory Committee (PITAC).
During the National Action Network's (NAN) weekly rally on November 25, Rev. Sharpton will discuss his scheduled visit to Meek Mill on November 27 as a continuation of NAN’s criminal justice reform efforts.
1990’s, Rev. Sharpton
and others helped Tupac Shakur get out of solitary confinement at the
request of his mother, and NAN has been monitoring other civil rights cases across the
The rally will take place at 10 a.m. at 106 West 145th Street and Malcolm X Boulevard in Harlem.
The event will be broadcast on WLIB 1190 AM, the NAN website, and the IMPACT Television Network.
the midst of a contentious political climate and a country divided by
racial tensions, writer/director Dan Gilroy has one hope – that viewers
of his latest movie "Roman J. Israel, Esq." will understand the valor of
“What I am trying to do is pay
homage to those who commit themselves, those who try to make the world a
better place,” Gilroy told NBC News during a phone coversation. “There
is a price that comes with being an activist. Activism is heroism,
particularly given the fact many activists fight and very few people are
made aware of their contributions.”
theatres nationwide Wednesday, the movie, starring Denzel Washington,
centers on a civil rights lawyer who thrives off of being in the shadows
and poking holes in the injustices of the legal system.
is a guy who is utterly invisible but a hero,” Gilroy said. “Anyone
could walk past him on the street and not give him a second look. He is
not anyone that you would take interest in – he gets beat up, he gets
mocked. But he is a man who carries justice and fairness in his mind and
in his heart.”
WASHINGTON — For weeks, Facebook has been
under intense scrutiny in Washington after revelations about Russian
attempts to use the platform to influence the 2016 elections. Now, some
lawmakers are talking about turning that scrutiny into action.
There are new calls on Capitol Hill for
stronger federal regulation of Facebook, possibly requiring greater
transparency and disclosures for digital political ads. But lawmakers
have yet to take up more sweeping reforms that some internet policy
experts and advocates believe are necessary to protect users of the
social-media platform, given Facebook’s outsize influence and vast
stores of personal data.
In early September, Facebook said it had
traced $100,000 in politically motivated ads that ran during the 2016
presidential campaign to a Russian troll farm, reaching about 10 million people. Testifying before Congress a few weeks later, Facebook officials revealed
that the total audience for Russian-backed content was many times
larger, reaching an estimated 126 million Americans — a third of the
U.S. population — during the 2016 campaign.
The following was statement was issued today by NYS Attorney General Eric Schneiderman.
Nobody should be forced to worry about the security of their personal information when shopping on Black Friday or Cyber Monday. But the constant barrage of recent hacks and data breaches makes the threat of identity theft all too real.
this week, Uber became the latest company to report a breach -- one
that my office is investigating. We've seen breaches at Target. T.J.
Maxx. Yahoo. Marshalls. eBay. Home Depot. Anthem. And the biggest known
breach of Social Security numbers happened just a few months ago at
Equifax, exposing the personal information of more than 140 million
Americans, including more than 8 million New Yorkers.
breaches were outrageous -- and preventable. But there’s good news: the
NY State legislature can pass my legislation -- the SHIELD Act -- to
prevent hacks like these from ever happening again.
York's data security laws are toothless and outdated. While cybercrime
has evolved, our laws have stayed the same. If we had stronger standards
in place before the Equifax hack to fix these loopholes, that breach
may have been avoided.
We can't afford to wait for Congress to act. It’s up to us here in New York.
why I'm asking advocates, businesses, and New Yorkers like you to join
me in calling on New York’s legislators to pass the SHIELD (Stop Hacks
and Improve Electronic Data Security) Act to make our state a national
leader in data security.
Under this bill, companies would be required to: maintain reasonable safeguards for our data: the more sophisticated the company, the more robust the safeguards; and report breaches that expose our
usernames and passwords, biometric data, or private health data -- not
just those breaches that expose social security numbers or other
breaches are more frequent than ever. They're jeopardizing our privacy
and our financial information. Stopping them is in everyone’s interest.
Passing the SHIELD Act will enable my office to hold companies
accountable, and make sure New York law finally applies common sense
standards to businesses of all different sizes.
Rumors that Chief of Patrol Terence Monahan would be promoted to the
NYPD’s highest-ranking uniformed cop gained steam Thursday, despite
concerns from Hispanic fraternal groups that the department’s brass is
becoming too white. Monahan would replace Chief of Department Carlos Gomez, who will retire on Dec. 31. If Monahan is promoted, there would be no Hispanics in the NYPD’s
uppermost uniformed ranks, which are often referred to as the
department’s “super chiefs.”
The Trump White House tried to block public access to visitor logs of
five federal offices working directly for the president even though they
were subject to public disclosure through the Freedom of Information
Act. Property of the People,
a Washington-based transparency group, successfully sued the
administration to release the data and provided the documents to
The Department of Immigration & Customs Enforcement is taking new
steps in its plans for monitoring the social media accounts of
applicants and holders of U.S. visas. At a tech industry conference last
Thursday in Arlington, Virginia, ICE officials explained to software
providers what they are seeking: algorithms that would assess potential
threats posed by visa holders in the United States and conduct ongoing
social media surveillance of those deemed high risk.
The comments provide the first clear blueprint for ICE’s proposed
augmentation of its visa-vetting program. The initial announcement of
the plans this summer, viewed as part of President Donald Trump’s calls
for the “extreme vetting” of visitors from Muslim countries, stoked a
public outcry from immigrants and civil liberties advocates. They argued
that such a plan would discriminate against Muslim visitors and
potentially place a huge number of individuals under watch.
ICE officials subsequently changed the program’s name to “Visa
Lifecycle Vetting.” But, according to the ICE presentation, the goal of
the initiative — enhanced monitoring of visa holders using social media —
remains the same.
Speaking to a room of information-technology contractors, hosted by the Government Technology & Services Coalition,
Louis Rodi, deputy assistant director of ICE Homeland Security
Investigations’ National Security Program, said the agency needs a tool
equipped with “risk-based matrices” to predict dangers posed by visa
holders, with the social media of those considered a threat under
continuous surveillance throughout their stay in the U.S.
“We have millions and millions and millions of people coming every
year, and subsequently departing, so we have to be smart about it,” said
Rodi to a room of representatives from companies like Microsoft,
Accenture, Deloitte and Motorola Solutions. “And I’m sure there are
tools out there that can help.”
After ProPublica revealed last year that Facebook advertisers could target housing ads to whites only, the company announced it had built a system to spot and reject discriminatory ads. We retested and found major omissions.
by Julia Angwin, Ariana Tobin and Madeleine Varner
In February, Facebook said it would step up enforcement of its prohibition against discrimination in advertising for housing, employment or credit.
But our tests showed a significant lapse in the company’s monitoring of the rental market.
All of these groups are protected under the federal Fair Housing Act,
which makes it illegal to publish any advertisement “with respect to
the sale or rental of a dwelling that indicates any preference,
limitation, or discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex,
handicap, familial status, or national origin.” Violators can face tens
of thousands of dollars in fines.
Every single ad was approved within minutes.
The only ad that took longer than three minutes to be approved by
Facebook sought to exclude potential renters “interested in Islam, Sunni
Islam and Shia Islam.” It was approved after 22 minutes.
The GOP Senate candidate was always divisive. Now he’s grown toxic.
By Patricia Murphy
ANNISTON, Alabama—B.L. Shirley is a Republican woman from a Republican county who always—always—votes
Republican. And yet, on a windy, grey morning last weekend, the
Talladega, Alabama, retiree found herself in, of all places, a
Democrat’s campaign office, wondering just what she could do to defeat
the GOP candidate running for a seat in the U.S. Senate from her state.
Moore,” she said, when asked why she would go canvassing for Democrat
Doug Jones before the special election on Dec. 12. “I think Roy Moore is
an impostor. I am a Christian and I don’t want to be counted in his
camp. He’s a divisive person.”
If Jones is to pull off a victory,
it will be because women like Shirley knocked on doors, called
neighbors, and worked to convince otherwise skeptical voters that his
opponent is fundamentally unfit for the office he’s seeking. A few weeks
ago, that seemed like a tall order. As the election nears, it no longer
appears quite so improbable.
Allegations that Moore routinely
pursued teenage girls and in some cases assaulted them when he was a
single man in his thirties have caused Republican voters in Alabama to
reassess their options. Some have decided to rally around the nominee.
But others have recoiled, leaving Moore in real risk of losing his
attempt to take over the seat vacated by Attorney General Jeff Sessions.
Just before bedtime on Monday night, Reginald
Lysias sat his 6-year-old daughter down and told her something he knew
would break her heart.
"I told her we have to
go to Haiti," Lysias recalled. "She asked me, 'Why?' I told her that
President Donald Trump doesn't want us to stay in the U.S."
The girl cried all night.
a 40-year-old pastor at a Baptist church in Northern California, is one
of as many as 60,000 Haitians living and working in the U.S. on a
temporary residency program created after a catastrophic earthquake
rocked the Caribbean nation in 2010. The Trump administration has
announced that it plans to end "temporary protected status," or TPS, for those Haitians on July 22, 2019.
Four weeks after his funeral, more remains of
slain U.S. Army Sgt. La David Johnson have been identified, the Pentagon
The remains were retrieved from the spot near
the village of Tongo Tongo, Niger, where Johnson and three other
American soldiers were ambushed and killed on Oct. 4 by ISIS-linked
They were found during a Nov. 12 inspection of the site by a joint
task force force of FBI and military investigators and later identified
via DNA testing, Defense Department spokeswoman Dana White said in a
“We can confirm that the Armed Forces Medical
Examiner has positively identified these remains as those of Sgt.
Johnson,” she said.
A statewide holiday
drive has been launched to benefit families in need across New York.
Donations of new unwrapped toys, coats and school supplies are being
sought to assist community-based organizations during the holiday giving
Yorkers are tough, but they are also kind and willing to step up to
help those in need," Governor Cuomo said. "This holiday season I
encourage all New Yorkers to continue this great tradition and share
some of the joy of this season with the less fortunate among us." The
Office of General Services has set up drop-off locations across the
state for businesses and individuals to bring the new unwrapped toys,
coats and school supplies, which will be distributed to families in
underserved communities throughout New York. The drop-off locations will
be collecting donations from Monday, November 27 through Friday,
December 15. The drop-off locations are as follows: Alfred E. Smith Building, 80 South Swan St., Albany New York State Capitol, Washington Avenue, Albany Empire State Plaza Main Concourse, Empire State Plaza, Albany Corning Tower, Empire State Plaza, Albany Agency Buildings 1,2,3,4 - Empire State Plaza, Albany Legislative Office Building Empire State Plaza, Albany Robert Abrams Building for Law and Justice Empire State Plaza, Albany Swan Street Building, Core 2 and Core 3, Empire State Plaza, Albany Harriman Campus Buildings 5, 6, 7, 7A, 8, 12 Harriman Campus, 1220 Washington Ave., Albany Ten Eyck Building, 40 North Pearl St., Albany 50 Wolf Road, Albany 625 Broadway, Albany Hampton Plaza, 38-40 State St., Albany 44 Holland Ave., Albany 328 State St., Schenectady Senator John J. Hughes State Office Building, 333 E. Washington St., Syracuse Dulles State Office Building, 317 Washington St., Watertown Utica State Office Building, 207 Genesee St., Utica Eleanor Roosevelt State Office Building, 4 Burnett Blvd., Poughkeepsie Henderson-Smith State Office Building, 107 Broadway, Hornell Binghamton State Office Building, 44 Hawley St., Binghamton NYS State Police, 1155 Scottsville Rd. Rochester Homer Folks Facility, 28 Hill Street Oneonta Senator Walter J. Mahoney State Office Building, 65 Court St., Buffalo Perry B. Duryea State Office Building, 250 Veterans Memorial Highway, Hauppauge Adam Clayton Powell, Jr. State Office Building, 163 West 125th St., New York City Shirley A. Chisholm State Office Building, 55 Hanson Place, Brooklyn Source: Press Office, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo
Governor Andrew Cuomo
today urged New Yorkers to take steps to protect their personal and
financial information during the upcoming holiday shopping season. While
popular shopping days like Black Friday and Cyber Monday are known for
their bargains, criminals often use these days to scam unwary consumers.
New Yorkers should stay vigilant when shopping this year and make sure
they are aware of the steps they need to take to avoid becoming a victim
of these crimes. "With
more and more New Yorkers turning to online deals this holiday season,
cyber criminals are looking for ways to take advantage of unsuspecting
shoppers using increasingly sophisticated tactics," Governor Cuomo said.
"I encourage all New Yorkers to exercise diligence to protect
themselves when shopping throughout the holidays and beyond." In
2016, there were 20,205 identity theft complaints reported by consumers
in New York State. According to the FBI's 2016 Internet Crime Report,
New Yorkers claimed a total loss of over $106 million resulting from
cyber-related crimes. To maximize the chances of securing great online
deals, while minimizing online shopping risks, consumers should engage
in safe online behavior. This holiday season, and all year long, keep
the following tips in mind when purchasing online. Black Friday shopping tips: Take
Note of the Purchase and Use Rules Related to Gift Cards -- Consumers
should carefully review the terms and conditions of use prior to
purchasing a gift certificate or card, including the imposition of
various fees, especially 'dormancy fees' for non-use. Consumers should
also check the card's expiration date and determine if there are any
restrictions on the use of the gift card. They should be aware of the
replacement policy in case it is lost or stolen. Be
Careful Purchasing Big Ticket Items -- When purchasing big ticket
items, consumers should look for warranty coverage on the item; check
out stock availability; and, evaluate financing options carefully. As
consumers comb retail advertisements, they should take note of the fine
print and the quantity of the product available at the advertised price,
as well as whether rain checks are available. Understand
Layaway Plans -- Layaway plans vary by store. Consumers should make
sure they read all of the terms in the contract and have their questions
answered regarding the payment schedules, refund policies and penalties
for missing a payment before moving forward with a layaway. A copy of
the contract and a record of payments should be retained by the
the Retailers Refund and Return Policy -- Consumers should review a
store's refund policy before considering a purchase. If the store does
not post a return policy, the law requires the store to accept a
receipted return within 30 days of purchase. It is important to inquire
whether the store imposes a re-stocking fee for returned merchandise and
determine prior to purchase if the item can be returned for a refund or
store credit only. Avoid
Credit Card Debt -- If not careful, holiday purchases may cost
consumers more than what is on their receipt. Consumers are urged to
avoid credit card debt by tracking their spending, being cognizant of
credit card limits, stick to a realistic budget and verify receipts and
reconcile them against their statement. In addition, consumers should
refrain from using their credit card for cash advances. The fees and
interest on such transactions are higher than for credit card
purchases. Always review your monthly credit card statements carefully
to ensure that you are being billed for the correct dollar amount. Cyber Monday Online Shopping Tips: Do
your Research. Shop with merchants and websites you know and trust.
Check out the seller's reputation at the Better Business Bureau to see
if there are any reviews that mention potential scams or problems.
what personal information is being requested and how it will be used,
and if it will be shared or sold to others. Protect
your Computer. Keep your operating system and application software
updated on all computers and mobile devices. Be sure to check that your
anti-virus/anti-spyware software is running and receiving automatic
updates. Confirm that your firewall is enabled. Be
Wary of Ads. Avoid clicking on banner ads or pop-ups since they may
link to a malicious website. If you see an advertisement from a
reputable brand for a deal or promotion that you are interested in, go
to the company's website directly for more information. Shop
Safely. Before making an online purchase, make sure the website uses
secure technology. Verify the web address begins with "HTTPS". The "s"
stands for "secure" and indicates that communication with the webpage
is encrypted. Do not use public computers or public Wi-Fi for your
online shopping. Public computers may be compromised with malicious
software that steals your credit card information when placing an online
order. Traffic on public wireless networks may also be intercepted by
criminals to steal credit card numbers and other personal information. Keep
Documentation of your Order. Save records of your online transactions,
including the product description and price, the online receipt, and
the emails you send and receive from the merchant. Review your credit
card statements to confirm that all charges are legitimate. If you have
unauthorized charges on your account, contact your credit card company
York State Chief Information Officer Robert H. Samson said, "The
convenience and ease of online shopping continues to draw in more
consumers each holiday season. As online shopping grows, so too does the
risk of theft, fraud and abuse by cyber criminals. There are many steps
New Yorkers can take to protect themselves this holiday season, and I
encourage everyone to be cautious when shopping online to safeguard
their financial information." New
York Secretary of State Rossana Rosado said, "We all enjoy the thrill
of nabbing a good online bargain, and Cyber Monday is an ideal time to
find such deals. Unfortunately, the holiday season is also the high
season of identity thieves and scammers. Thus, I encourage New Yorkers
to protect their hard-earned dollars and follow the online shopping
safety tips offered by the Department of State's Division of Consumer
Protection." Source: Press Office, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo
The New York State Department of Taxation and Finance today reminded
bargain hunters and retailers that clothing and footwear items sold for
less than $110 are exempt from New York State’s 4% sales tax. Several
counties and New York City exempt these items from local sales tax as
In all, the New York State and available local exemptions provide
consumers with more than $300 million in tax savings—and more than $1
“We don’t reserve our sales tax holidays for certain dates on the
calendar,” said NYS Tax Department Acting Commissioner Nonie Manion.
“It’s the gift that keeps on giving: every day is a sales tax holiday in
New York State on qualifying clothing and footwear purchases, providing
consumers more purchasing power during the holiday season and
throughout the year.”
Shoppers statewide who make qualifying purchases don’t have to pay the 4% state sales tax.
In addition, Chautauqua, Chenango, Columbia, Delaware, Greene,
Hamilton, Tioga, and Wayne counties, as well as New York City, exempt
clothing and footwear purchases under $110 from their local sales taxes.
This means an exemption for shoppers of nearly 9% in New York City
and 8% in the eight participating counties. Even in counties that don’t
offer the exemption, qualifying purchases will still be exempt from the
4% state sales tax, though the local sales tax (ranging from 3% to 4
7/8%) will be in effect.
The state exemption alone translates into about $900 million of
savings annually. The combined amount from the state and local sales tax
exemptions is more than $1 billion annually.
Serious savings for shoppers
For example, a mother in Brooklyn, shopping for her child in New York
City, purchases a pair of sneakers for $100, two shirts at $40 each,
and two pairs of $55 pants for a total cost of $290. She would have paid
$25 in sales tax without the exemption.
Likewise, an uncle in Wayne County, shopping for his niece in Lyons,
purchases three shirts at $20 each and a pair of $40 pants for a total
of $100. The combined state and local sales tax exemptions on his
purchase are $8.
Source: New York State Department of Taxation and Finance
NY—In this season of thanks, a group of community, state and national
organizations sent an open letter to U.S. Senate Minority Leader Chuck
Schumer today thanking him
for putting the health and safety of our communities ahead of the White
House’s pro-polluter policies. The “thank you” letter commended Senator
Schumer for joining citizens, community leaders, and environmental
leaders at an event in Lower Manhattan last month
to firmly declare that he and his colleagues would fight to prevent any
cuts to EPA’s budget.
letter opened with a rebuke of the anti-people, anti-environment agenda
that is pervasive in Washington, D.C. “With the Trump Administration
and their allies in Congress working
to gut the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and rollback key
environmental protections and safeguards that prevent people from
getting sick and dying, it is gratifying to know that there are leaders
in Washington standing up to prevent such recklessness.”
of the signatories to the letter, Peter M. Iwanowicz, executive
director of Environmental Advocates of New York, said: “The Trump
administration’s efforts to gut EPA will
undergo a reckoning, and it begins with lawmakers and citizens saying,
‘enough is enough.’ Senator Schumer’s battle cry is a rallying point for
us all to Save the EPA. We won’t stop until the agency that protects us
all is spared the recklessness of those
that put polluter-friendly policies ahead of public health. We thank
Senator Schumer for leading the fight in D.C. and urge all New York
representatives to take the same stand.”
signatory to the letter, Eric Weltman, a Brooklyn-based organizer with
Food & Water Watch, said: “Along with Senator Schumer, we’re drawing
a line in the sand in opposition
to any cuts to the EPA budget. The EPA is on the front lines of
protecting our children from lead poisoning, asthma, and other health
problems. The EPA’s mission is to protect the water we drink, the air we
breathe, and the climate we rely upon, and it needs
more funding, not less.”
the life and death consequences that communities face if the EPA is
cut, the letter made it a point to thank Senator Schumer for
recommitting to beat back the damaging
proposals put forward by President Trump and the House leadership.
Text of the full letter can be accessed on-line here.