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Monday, June 28, 2010

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

How about an A.G. candidate who won't use the office as a stepping stone

This is a cut and paste from the NY Law Journal.

If Elected A.G., Coffey Says He Has No Plans to Run for Governor

Sean Coffey has made it clear what he will not do if elected attorney general—run for governor. As part of a roll-out of his 10-page agenda to reform state government, the Democratic nominee for attorney general pledged Monday not to run for governor if elected. Mr. Coffey said he had "no interest in running for governor, so it's an easy pledge for me to make."

The decision not to follow in the footsteps of Eliot Spitzer and Andrew Cuomo reflected Mr. Coffey's continuing efforts to position himself as an Albany outsider. The former securities class action litigator also said the announcement would help him get certain proposals passed by the Legislature.

As part of his proposals, Mr. Coffey said he will seek new authority for the attorney general to independently initiate corruption investigations and enforce campaign finance laws. "One thing that may make it easier for the Legislature to approve the expansion of authority is the understanding that that additional authority is not going to be used for political gain," he said.

I wonder if the other 4 wannabe AGs would make a similar promise. I'm betting the answer is as my beloved Texas born high school english teacher Mrs. Burch would say, "Zeee Rowe!" In a frustrated outburst she once threatened to award me that grade. I deserved it for inflicting her with an on purpose big backside pain. But being the nice person she was didn't do the 0 thing. Wish I could thank her now.

Sunday, June 13, 2010

4/5ths of the Dem AG candidates debated Saturday.

Kathleen Rice didn't show. According to the Sean Coffey came out swinging. Here is a cut and paste from their website.

Four of the five Democratic candidates for state attorney general pledged to protect consumers and fight political corruption during an hourlong forum Saturday at a picnic at Tymor Park hosted by the Dutchess County Democratic Committee.

Assemblyman Richard Brodsky, D-Greenburgh, took the brunt of the criticism, chiefly from New York City attorney Sean Coffey, the lone candidate who has never held elected or appointed office.

Coffey, a Navy veteran who left a New York City law firm to run for attorney general, said the problems facing the state could not be solved by "Albany insiders." Coffey noted state Sen. Eric Schneiderman and former state Insurance Commissioner Eric Dinallo also had close ties to Albany.

"Kicking Ass," was an illadvised comment by our President

So your wallet gets stolen. Ouch.

My Arizona brother-in-law sent this advice. Seems sound to me.

ATTORNEY'S ADVICE - NO CHARGE Not A Joke!! Even If you dislike attorneys..You will love them for these tips.

Read this and make a copy for your files in case you need to refer to it someday. Maybe we should all take some of his advice! A corporate attorney sent the following out to the employees in his company:

1. Do not sign the back of your credit cards. Instead, put 'PHOTO ID REQUIRED.'

2. When you are writing checks to pay on your credit card accounts, DO NOTput the complete account number on the 'For' line. Instead, just put the last four numbers. The credit card company knows the rest of the number, and anyone who might be handling your check as it passes through all the check processing channels won't have access to it.

3. Put your work phone # on your checks instead of your home phone. If you have a PO Box use that instead of your home address. If you do no t have a PO Box, use your work address.Never have your SS# printed on your checks. (DUH!) You can add it if it is necessary. But if you have it printed, anyone can get it.

4. Place the contents of your wallet on a photocopy machine. Do both sides of each license, credit card, etc.. You will know what you had in your wallet and all of the account numbers and phone numbers to call and cancel.. Keep the photocopy in a safe place.
I also carry a photocopy of my passport when I travel either here or abroad. We've all heard horror stories about fraud that's committed on us in stealing a Name, address, Social Security number, credit cards..

Unfortunately, I, an attorney, have first hand knowledge because my wallet was stolen last month. Within a week, the thieves ordered an expensive monthly cell phone package, applied for a VISA credit card, had a credit line approved to buy a Gateway computer, received a PIN number from DMV to change my driving record information online, and more.
But here's some critical information to limit the damage in case this happens to you or someone you know:

5. We have been told we should cancel our credit cards immediately. But the key is having the toll free numbers and your card numbers handy so you know whom to call. Keep those where you can find them.

6. File a police report immediately in the jurisdiction where your credit cards, etc., were stolen. This proves to credit providers you were diligent, and this is a first step toward an investigation (if there ever is one).

But here's what is perhaps most important of all: (I never even thought to do this.)
7. Call the 3 national credit reporting organizations immediately to place a fraud alert on your name and also call the Social Security fraud line number.. I had never heard of doing that until advised by a bank that called to tell me an application for credit was made over the Internet in my name.

The alert means any company that checks your credit knows your information was stolen, and they have to contact you by phone to authorize new credit..

By the time I was advised to do this, almost two weeks after the theft, all the damage had been done. There are records of all the credit checks initiated by the thieves' purchases, none of which I knew about before placing the alert. Since then, no additional damage has be en done, and the thieves threw my wallet away this weekend (someone turned it in).. It seems to have stopped them dead in their tracks..

Now, here are the numbers you always need to contact about your wallet, if it has been stolen:

1.) Equifax: 1-800-525-6285

2.) Experian (formerly TRW): 1-888-397-3742

3.) Trans Union : 1-800-680 7289

4.) Social Security Administration (fraud line):

We pass along jokes on the Internet; we pass along just about everything.

If you are willing to pass this information along, it could really help someone that you care about..