Latest Pace Poll on Downtown Rebuilding Shows Health Worries, Skepticism on Terror Alerts

Unresolved doubts about the long-term health effects of 9/11 trouble Lower Manhattan residents. Nearly 6 in 10 (59%) believe the events of September 11 created a long-term health risk for themselves and their neighbors, and a majority (52%) is not reassured by government studies addressing the issue, according to the latest survey by The Pace Poll, a center for survey research at Pace University.

Contact: Martha Cid 212-481-7000

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PUBLIC FEARFUL OF LONG-TERM HEALTH EFFECTS FROM 9/11,
PACE POLL FINDS

Downtown residents are skeptical of terror alerts

NEW YORK, NY, October 1, 2004 – Unresolved doubts about the long-term health effects of 9/11 trouble Lower Manhattan residents. Nearly 6 in 10 (59%) believe the events of September 11 created a long-term health risk for themselves and their neighbors, and a majority (52%) is not reassured by government studies addressing the issue, according to the latest survey by The Pace Poll, a center for survey research at Pace University.

This is the third survey in The Pace Poll’s Lower Manhattan Rebuilding Tracking Study, which will be fielded every six months through the remainder of the redevelopment effort.

Environmental cleanup:

Public confidence in the environmental cleanup has waned. In August 2003, the Pace Poll found that 61% of downtown residents said the cleanup and monitoring of air quality in Lower Manhattan was going well. In February 2004, less than half (48%) said the cleanup had gone well. Today, only 39% say it went well. “Declining confidence in the environmental cleanup around Ground Zero suggests that, in the public’s mind, many questions are still unanswered,” said Jonathan Trichter, Director of the Pace Poll.

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA):

In addition, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) preliminary statements on the air quality at Ground Zero, which were later shown to be unsubstantiated,
appear to have affected the Agency’s credibility. Just 26% of residents trust the EPA to tell the truth about air quality in Lower Manhattan “just about always” or “most of the time.” In contrast, a majority (54%) thinks the EPA tells the truth “only some of the time,” while 16% say the EPA “never” tells the truth.

Terror alerts:

Downtown residents suspect the Administration’s terror warnings are politically calculated. Almost half (46%) of Lower Manhattan residents “strongly believes” and another 17% “somewhat believes” that the Federal government’s color-coded terror warnings are issued for political purposes and not in response to genuine threats.

Issues:

When asked without prompting to name their top-of-mind concern, the plurality of downtown residents (22%) identifies “affordable housing,” 8% say “business returning;” 7% cite “economic development,” and 5% name “finances.” September 11th-specific concerns, like the WTC site memorial (4%), receive fewer mentions. “The traditional social problems of downtown living are restoring the pre-9/11 issue landscape, as resilient residents move on with their day-to-day lives,” said Trichter.

Projects:

Downtown residents dislike the proposal to bury part of West Street in order to eliminate the highway that isolates Battery Park City from the rest of Manhattan – 36% support the plan against 54% who oppose it. The development of the Far West Side is also unpopular among Lower Manhattan residents (35% support it, 60% oppose it).

As for the proposed rail link connecting downtown Manhattan to Long Island and Kennedy Airport, two-thirds (66%) of Lower Manhattan residents support the project in general while 24% oppose it. Yet, for residents who assess the project after learning that “President Bush recently supported Governor Pataki’s request to use two billion dollars of tax incentives for businesses to build [the] direct rail link connecting Lower Manhattan to Kennedy Airport and Long Island,” 50% oppose the project while 45% support it.

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The Pace Poll is an independent initiative backed by the resources of Pace University, a leader in a range of academic and professional programs. The Pace Poll conducted the survey in conjunction with the University’s Center for Downtown New York (CDNY). By routinely measuring regional and national public opinion on both long-standing and timely topics of civic life, The Pace Poll helps public opinion play a more visible role in the open discussion of current affairs. Jonathan Trichter, the Director of the Pace Poll, is in charge of its survey research, management and analysis.
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The results are based on telephone interviews conducted between August 12 and August 31, 2004, among 539 Lower Manhattan residents (living below 14th Street) 18 years of age or older. The sample consisted of phone numbers selected via random digit dial from among exchanges that ensured regions were represented in proportion to their population. The results of the tracking survey are statistically significant within a ± 4% margin of error at a 95% level of confidence. Error margins increase for cross-tabulations and split sample questions.

Panel on Pro-Israeli Views of Combating Terrorism

A panel called “The U.S. and Israel United Against Terrorism” will be held on Tues, April 27 at 4 p.m.

Contact
Christopher T. Cory, Director of Public Information, Pace University
212-346-1117, cell 917-608-8164, ccory@pace.edu

ADVISORY

PACE UNIVERSITY TO PRESENT PANEL TODAY
ON PRO-ISRAELI VIEWS OF COMBATING TERRORISM

WHEN: Tuesday, April 27th, 2004, 4pm-7pm

WHAT: “The U.S. and Israel United Against Terrorism”

WHO: Panelists:
Howard Schaerf Esq., American legal expert
Dror Elner, human rights attorney
Robert Friedman, Co-Founder and Editor of the Israel Info Center
Diana Campuzano, 1997 Hamas victim
Rabbi Shmuley Boteach, radio talk show host
1st Lt. Jonathan Zagdanski, member, U.S. armed forces

WHERE: Multipurpose Room, Pace University Downtown Campus, 1 Pace Plaza (entrance on Spruce St. between Park Row and Gold St.)

SPONSORS:
Pace Hillel
Pace Jewish Publishing Association
Office of Multicultural Affairs
Project Pericles

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Oklahoma City Students visit Pace

Four students from Pace University in New York City will be joined by four students (three from the University of Central Oklahoma in Oklahoma City and one from Western Oklahoma State in Altus Oklahoma), to explore “Antiterrorism.” Over a three day period they will be joined by Pace faculty and Pace community at seminars pertaining to this issue.

Students from Pace University (NYC) and Oklahoma City share their experiences, visit Ground Zero together and look for answers to questions of terrorism.

WHO: Four students from Pace University in New York City will be joined by four students (three from the University of Central Oklahoma in Oklahoma City and one from Western Oklahoma State in Altus Oklahoma), to explore “Antiterrorism.” Over a three day period they will be joined by Pace faculty and Pace community at seminars pertaining to this issue.

WHAT: Students from Pace University and Oklahoma City universities look for answers to questions of terrorism.

WHY: Terrorism threatens a society by instilling fear and a feeling of helplessness. Out of fear of destruction and harm it is possible to hold a society or government hostage.

WHEN:
Monday, March 18
1:30 p.m. Students from Oklahoma arrive
2:30 p.m. Tour of downtown New York
4:30 p.m. Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) to address students

Tuesday, March 19
9:30 a.m. Tour of Ground Zero (no media)
11:00 a.m. Panel: “Sharing experiences: Oklahoma City Bombing and New York City Terrorist Attack of 9-11.”
Moderator: Herbert Krauss, Chair of the Psychology Department (Dyson)
1:00 p.m. Lunch
2:00 p.m. Panel: “Terrorism: Business and Economic Perspectives”
Moderator: Eric Kessler, Lubin School of Business;
MarkWeinstock (Dyson); James Russell, Associate Dean, (Lubin); Ira Davidson, Director Small Business Development Center (Lubin) and Jorge Pinto, Director, Center for Global Finance, (Lubin).
3:30 p.m. Panel: “Prevention of Terrorism”
Moderator: H.R. Clarke, Dyson College of Arts and Sciences. Panelists: Vincent Beatty, (Dyson) H.R. Clarke, Thomas O’Sullivan (Dyson) and Roger Salerno (Dyson).

Wednesday, March 20

10:00 a.m.- 5:00 pm. “Rebuilding New York, Rebuilding America” Community Service at Ground Zero Relief Center, 304 Spring Street
6:00 p.m. Reception, Student Union

WHERE: Most activities will take place at 1 Pace Plaza across from City Hall unless
otherwise indicated.

Dyson Lecture on Terrorism and the International Women’s Movement

Robin Morgan, award-winning poet, political theorist, feminist activist, journalist and editor will speak on Terrorism and the International Women’s Movement at 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday, March 5, at the Michael Schimmel Center for the Arts, Spruce and Gold Streets. The lecture is free and open to the public.

Feminist Activist, Journalist, Political Theorist and Award-winning Poet,
Robin Morgan to Present Dyson Lecture in the Humanities at Pace University

NEW YORK – Robin Morgan, award-winning poet, political theorist, feminist activist, journalist and editor will speak on Terrorism and the International Women’s Movement at 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday, March 5, at the Michael Schimmel Center for the Arts, Spruce and Gold Streets. The lecture is free and open to the public.

For more than 25 years, Robin Morgan has been a leader of the contemporary
U.S. feminist movement and has been an influence in the international women’s movement as well. She has published 17 books, including the novels Dry Your Smile and The Mer-Child: A Legend for Children and other Adults. Her non-fiction works include Going too Far, The Word of a Woman, and The Anatomy of Freedom and poetry, Upstairs in the Garden. Her classic anthologies include, Sisterhood is Powerful, Sisterhood is Global and Sisterhood is Forever.

This event is part of the Dyson Lectures in the Humanities and is sponsored by the English department and Women’s and Gender Studies department of the Dyson College of Arts & Sciences. For more information contact the Women and Gender Studies program at (212) 346-1723.

Pace is a comprehensive, independent University with campuses in New York City and Westchester County. More than 13,000 students are enrolled in undergraduate, graduate and professional degree programs in the Dyson College of Arts and Sciences, Lubin School of Business, School of Computer Science and Information Systems, School of Education, School of Law, Lienhard School of Nursing and the World Trade Institute.

Pace University Conference to Address Future of Securities Industry in City in Sept. 11 Aftermath

The impact of September 11’s terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center on the Securities Industry in New York City, will be added to the focus of the 8th Annual Securities Industry Conference to be held Thursday, October 18th.

The impact of September 11’s terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center on the Securities Industry in New York City, will be added to the focus of the 8th Annual Securities Industry Conference to be held Thursday, October 18th.

The conference, conducted by Pace University’s Lubin School of Business and the William Freund Center for the Study of Securities Markets, will feature participants who are among the leaders in the securities industry, including New York Stock Exchange President William R. Johnson and Nasdaq CEO and President Robert Glauber (who will present the keynote addresses); A.D. Frazier, president of the Chicago Stock Exchange and Peter Quick, President of the American Stock Exchange. Martin Mayer, a noted writer and consultant who served on Presidential Commissions in the Kennedy, Johnson and Reagan administrations, will be the luncheon speaker.

The overall theme of the conference is, Will The Securities Industry Meet Its ACID Test?
The acronym “ACID” stands for automation, consolidation, internationalization and diversification. Much of the discussion will focus on panelists and speakers exploring future trends and how best to profit from them.

“While our theme has remained the same, in light of the fact that this is the first conference since the attacks, speakers will also discuss their views on the future of the Securities Industry in New York City,” said William C. Freund, director of the Freund Center.

The conference will be held at the Pace University Michael Schimmel Center for the Arts,1 Pace Plaza (entrance on Spruce Street), New York, NY. Registration and Continental breakfast start at 8:00 AM and the program begins at 8:20 AM and ends at 4:30 PM.

Pace Law School Faculty to Address Legal Issues Related to the Terrorist Attacks on America

Pace law School will host two faculty panel discussions where faculty members specializing in various areas of law will address legal issues related to the terrorist attacks. This event is free to attend and is open to the public. Faculty experts will discuss laws that relate to the terrorist attacks and then open up the panel for questions for the public. Topics to be addressed include international law, laws related to terrorism, acts of war, civil liberties, racial profiling, and national security.

Contact:
Jennifer Vinci
(914) 422-4128
jvinci@law.pace.edu
www.law.pace.edu

Mary E. Horgan
(914) 923-2798
mhorgan@pace.edu

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. – Pace law School will host two faculty panel discussions where faculty members specializing in various areas of law will address legal issues related to the terrorist attacks. This event is free to attend and is open to the public. Faculty experts will discuss laws that relate to the terrorist attacks and then open up the panel for questions for the public. Topics to be addressed include international law, laws related to terrorism, acts of war, civil liberties, racial profiling, and national security.

What: Pace law School will host a two part discussion series on legal issues related to the terrorist attacks on America.

Who: Professor Randolph McLaughlin, Civil Rights; Professor Gayle Westerman, International Law; Professor Ralph Stein, National Security Law; Professor Thomas McDonnell, International Human Rights; Professor Bennett Gershman, Constitutional Law.

When: Thursday, October 18th (4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.)
Thursday, October 25th (4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.)

Where: Pace Law School
78 North Broadway
White Plains, NY
The Robert B. Fleming Moot Court Room
Reception Immediately following

Pace University Establishes Fund for Tragedy Survivors

Pace University will honor survivors of the World Trade Center and Pentagon attacks through the creation of a fund that will supplement tuition support from Governor George Pataki’s proposed World Trade Center Memorial Scholarship fund.

Pace University will honor survivors of the World Trade Center and Pentagon attacks through the creation of a fund that will supplement tuition support from Governor George Pataki’s proposed World Trade Center Memorial Scholarship fund.

“Whatever the level of the prevailing CUNY and SUNY tuition support is, Pace will make up the difference and provide a four-year full tuition supplement for up to seventy five individuals. Thus attending Pace University will be tuition free to any recipient of the Pace Remembers Memorial Fund,” said Pace President David A. Caputo.

The scholarship is available to spouses and children of the September 11th terrorist attacks.

Pace has also established an endowment for additional scholarship support and has made an initial contribution to the fund. All proceeds will provide financial aid and assistance for any spouse or child of a victim of the attacks. In addition, a percentage of the gifts received by the University to the Annual Giving Program from alumni and friends will be designated in support of the endowed scholarship fund.

A fund for current Pace University students affected by the attacks has been created to help meet specific needs of those students who were displaced, suffered a loss in employment or lost a family member. Grants up to $1,000 are available. Pace has provided an initial contribution to the fund, and contributions may be sent to: Office of University Advancement; Pace University, One Pace Plaza; New York, NY 10038; Telephone, 212-346-1276. Checks should be made to Pace University.

A permanent memorial site will also be established at One Pace Plaza, in recognition of members of the Pace community who lost their lives in the attacks. The memorial will be completed within the next year.

Pace University has made financial contributions of $25,000 each to three major funds: New York Police & Fire Widows and Children’s Benefit Fund, United Way – 9/11 Fund, and the American Red Cross.

Pace University — Faculty Response to the Terrorist Attacks on America

The Michaelian Institute for Public Policy and Management will host a faculty response to the terrorist attacks.

-Graduate Faculty to speak at the Michaelian Institute for Public Policy, Oct. 2 at 5:30 p.m.
-Undergraduate Faculty to address campus, Oct. 3 at 12:20 p.m.

What: The Michaelian Institute for Public Policy and Management will host a faculty response to the terrorist attacks.

Who: Farrakh Hormozi, public administration: Brian Nickerson, political science; Joe Ryan criminal justice and Grant Loavenbruck, clinical psychology

When: Tuesday, Oct. 2 at 5:30 p.m.

Where: The Evelyn and Joseph I. Lubin Graduate Center, 1 Martine Avenue in White Plains

For more information call: (914) 422-4304

What: Reflection on the Terrorist Attacks on America: A Faculty Response

Who: Professors Reza Afshari*, history and Ghassam Karam, economics will discuss political Islam movement and the development of Fundamentalism across the Middle East. Both are specialists in the region. (*Professor Afshari is the author of Human Rights in Iran. The Abuse of Cultural Relativism).

When: Wednesday, October 3, 12:20-1:15 p.m.

Where: Butcher Suite, Kessel Campus Center, Plesantville

For more information contact (914) 773-3683.