Pace Professor Wins Nomination and Almost Certainly Election as a New York State Senator from the Bronx

When Gustavo Rivera, a Pace adjunct professor for five years, won nomination and almost certainly election as a New York State senator from the Bronx, his Pace connection was the finishing line in a story in The New York Times, as well as on Fox TV’s local channel’s “Good Day New York.”

When Gustavo Rivera, a Pace adjunct professor for five years, won nomination and almost certainly election as a New York State senator from the Bronx, his Pace connection was the finishing line in a story in The New York Times, as well as on Fox TV’s local channel’s “Good Day New York.”

*Photo credit: Suzanne DeChillo/ The New York Times

Read the New York Times article, “Election Assured, Victor Over Espada Will Face a Tough Job in Albany,” here:

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/09/16/nyregion/16bronx.html?partner=rss&emc=rss

Decision 2006: A Summer of Politics: The Republican Debate for US Senator, Wednesday, August 9th

The news channels of Time Warner Cable: NY1 News and NY1 Noticias in New York, News 10 Now in Syracuse, Capital News 9 in Albany and RNews in Rochester are proud to present a special series of LIVE debates and town hall meetings.

Following is a release sent out by our partner on this summer’s New York State political debates and roundtables, the cable stations of Time-Warner.

From: Edward Pachetti

(212) 379-3750

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

DECISION 2006: A SUMMER OF POLITICS

NEW YORK, August 8, 2006 – The news channels of Time Warner Cable: NY1 News and NY1 Noticias in New York, News 10 Now in Syracuse, Capital News 9 in Albany and RNews in Rochester are proud to present a special series of LIVE debates and town hall meetings.

On Wednesday, August 9th, The Republican Debate for US Senator (the second debate in this series) will be shown from 7:00pm to 8:00pm. Candidates K.T. McFarland and John Spencer will debate live from the campus of Pace University in New York City. It will air throughout New York State in each of the respective markets and will air for the first time in the Buffalo metropolitan area on Time Warner Cable channel 13 as well as in East Aurora, Holland, Wales, and West Falls on channel 96, in Olean and Wellsville on channel 9, in Dunkirk on channel 98 and in Westfield on channel 15. The debate can also be seen on News 12 Long Island and News 12 Westchester and will be carried live on radio by WNYC in New York along with public radio stations WAMC in Albany, WSLU in Canton, WRVO in Oswego and WXXI in Rochester. The general public will be invited to attend.

DEBATES

The debates will be moderated by NY1’s Inside City Hall anchor Dominic Carter. He will be joined in questioning the candidates by panelists drawn from the ranks of NY1 News, NY1 Noticias, WNYC Radio and Time Warner Cable’s upstate nightly political show Capital Tonight.

Immediately following the debates, a roundtable of political pundits, reporters and analysts will comment on the action on special editions of Inside City Hall and Capital Tonight followed by an encore showing of the debates themselves.

The Remaining Schedule:

The Republican Debate for US Senator

Date: Wednesday, August 9, 2006 from 7:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: The Michael Schimmel Center for the Arts at Pace University – 1 Pace Plaza, New York

The Democratic Debate for Attorney General

Date: Thursday, August 17, 2006 from 7:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: The Michael Schimmel Center for the Arts at Pace University – 1 Pace Plaza, New York

– Continued –

TOWN HALL MEETINGS

Candidates for New York State’s political offices will be Q & A’d by the general public during a series of town hall meetings that will stretch from Rochester to New York City.

The town hall meetings will be LIVE in front of a studio audience from four locations: New York City, Albany, Syracuse and Rochester; and will air on all four news channels starting at 7pm. NY1’s Inside City Hall anchor Dominic Carter will host.

The candidates have the option of appearing at any of the four locations. They will appear on-stage one at a time and take questions from the audience at their own location and from the other three locations via satellite hook-up.

The Schedule:

A Town Hall Meeting for Attorney General

Wednesday, August 16, 2006 at 7:00pm

A Town Hall Meeting for US Senator

Tuesday, August 22, 2006 at 7:00pm

A Town Hall Meeting for Governor

Wednesday, August 30, 2006 at 7:00pm

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About Time Warner Cable

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About Pace University

Pace University is making its downtown New York City campus available for these sessions as a public service. The University often serves as a forum for major addresses by prominent figures, who recently have included Former President Bill Clinton, Sen. Hillary Clinton, and the candidates for the 2003 Democratic Presidential nomination. Pace’s current celebration of its 100th birthday includes four nationally significant conferences this fall – “Aftershock: Rethinking the Future since September 11, 2001” (Sept. 6-8), “Legacies of Slavery and Sisterhood: The Life and Work of Harriet Jacobs” (Oct. 6-7), a worldwide legal summit on enforcing environmental legislation (Oct. 16-20), and a symposium of futurists, business leaders and college presidents on higher education in a global society (Nov.29). Www.pace.edu.

Decision 2006: A Summer of Politics

The news channels of Time Warner Cable: NY1 News and NY1 Noticias in New York, News 10 Now in Syracuse, Capital News 9 in Albany and RNews in Rochester kick off a summer of politics with a series of LIVE debates and town hall meetings starting July 25th. The general public will be invited to attend. The debates will also be carried live on radio by WNYC.

The following release is posted in collaboration with New York 1 and other New York State news channels of Time Warner Cable.

From: Edward Pachetti
(212) 379-3750

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

DECISION 2006: A SUMMER OF POLITICS

NEW YORK, July 10, 2006 – The news channels of Time Warner Cable: NY1 News and NY1 Noticias in New York, News 10 Now in Syracuse, Capital News 9 in Albany and RNews in Rochester kick off a summer of politics with a series of LIVE debates and town hall meetings starting July 25th. The general public will be invited to attend. The debates will also be carried live on radio by WNYC.

DEBATES

The debates will be moderated by NY1’s Inside City Hall anchor Dominic Carter. He will be joined in questioning the candidates by panelists drawn from the ranks of NY1 News, NY1 Noticias, WNYC Radio and Time Warner Cable’s upstate nightly political show Capital Tonight.

Immediately following the debates, a roundtable of political pundits, reporters and analysts will comment on the action on special editions of Inside City Hall and Capitol Tonight followed by an encore showing of the debates themselves.

The Schedule:

The First Democratic Debate for Governor
Date: Tuesday, July 25, 2006 from 7:00pm to 8:00pm
Location: The Michael Schimmel Center for the Arts at Pace University – 1 Pace Plaza, New York

The Republican Debate for US Senator
Date: Wednesday, August 9, 2006 from 7:00pm to 8:00pm
Location: The Michael Schimmel Center for the Arts at Pace University – 1 Pace Plaza, New York

The Democratic Debate for Attorney General
Date: Thursday, August 17, 2006 from 7:00pm to 8:00pm
Location: The Michael Schimmel Center for the Arts at Pace University – 1 Pace Plaza, New York

– Continued –

TOWN HALL MEETINGS

Candidates for New York State’s political offices will be Q & A’d by the general public during a series of town hall meetings that will stretch from Rochester to New York City.

The town hall meetings will be LIVE in front of a studio audience from four locations: New York City, Albany, Syracuse and Rochester; and will air on all four news channels starting at 7pm. NY1’s Inside City Hall anchor Dominic Carter will host.

The candidates have the option of appearing at any of the four locations. They will appear on-stage one at a time and take questions from the audience at their own location and from the other three locations via satellite hook-up.

The Schedule:

A Town Hall Meeting for Attorney General
Wednesday, August 16, 2006 at 7:00pm

A Town Hall Meeting for US Senator
Tuesday, August 22, 2006 at 7:00pm

A Town Hall Meeting for Governor
Wednesday, August 30, 2006 at 7:00pm

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About Time Warner Cable
Time Warner Cable owns and manages cable systems serving subscribers in 27 states, which include some of the most technologically advanced, best-clustered cable systems in the country with more than 75% of the Company’s customers in systems of 300,000 subscribers or more. Utilizing a fully upgraded advanced cable network and a steadfast commitment to providing consumers with choice, value and quality customer care, Time Warner Cable is an industry leader in delivering advanced products and services such as video on demand, high definition television, digital video recorders, high-speed data, wireless home networking and Digital Phone. Time Warner Cable is a subsidiary of Time Warner Inc. (NYSE: TWX).

Jim Comey, President Bush’s recent nominee as Deputy Attorney General, to lecture at Pace Law School

James B. Comey, President George W. Bush’s nominee to become Deputy Attorney General and currently United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, will lecture on fighting terrorism and civil liberties, among other topics, on November 12, 2003 at 4 P.M. at Pace Law School in White Plains, NY.

Contact: Jennifer Riekert
(914) 422-4128
jriekert@law.pace.edu
www.law.pace.edu

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

Release: Immediate

U.S. Attorney Jim Comey, President Bush’s recent nominee as Deputy Attorney General, to lecture at Pace Law School

WHITE PLAINS, NY, November 10, 2003 – James B. Comey, President George W. Bush’s nominee to become Deputy Attorney General and currently United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, will lecture on fighting terrorism and civil liberties, among other topics, on November 12, 2003 at 4 P.M. at Pace Law School in White Plains, NY.

He will speak in the New York State Judicial Institute at Pace Law School at 78 North Broadway, White Plains, NY 10603. Comey will deliver the Law School’s Philip B. Blank Memorial Lecture on Attorney Ethics.

Pace Law Dean David Cohen stated, “The Patriot Act, enacted after September 11, 2001, represents a profound shift in the approach of the United States government to the threat of terrorism on American soil. Mr. Comey will discuss the balance between protecting the security of American citizens while recognizing the Constitutional values that define our nation. Fighting terrorism and protecting civil liberties are two ideas that, for the foreseeable future, the United States, and indeed many countries, will be struggling with. This will be an important event.”

Comey was appointed United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York on January 7, 2002. Before that, he served from 1996 through 2001 as Managing Assistant U.S. Attorney in charge of the Richmond Division of the United States Attorney’s office for the Eastern District of Virginia. There he handled the Khobar Towers terrorist bombing case arising out of the June 1996 attack on a U.S. military facility in Saudi Arabia in which 19 Airmen were killed.

Mr. Comey graduated from the College of William & Mary (B.S. with Honors 1982, Chemistry and Religion majors) and University of Chicago Law School (J.D. 1985). After law school, he served as a law clerk for then-United States District Judge John M. Walker, Jr. in Manhattan, and worked for Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher in their New York Office. He next joined the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York, where he worked from 1987 to 1993, eventually serving as Deputy Chief of the Criminal Division.

As a federal prosecutor, he has investigated and prosecuted a wide variety of cases, including firearms, narcotics, major frauds, violent crime, public corruption, terrorism, and organized crime. In the Southern District of New York, he served as lead prosecutor in United States v. John Gambino et al., a six-month mafia racketeering and murder trial.

In Richmond, Mr. Comey also served as an Adjunct Professor of law at the University of Richmond. Prior to joining the U.S. Attorney’s office in Richmond in 1996, he was a partner at McGuireWoods, LLP specializing in criminal defense and commercial litigation.

Founded in 1976, Pace Law School is a New York law school with a suburban campus in White Plains, N.Y., 20 miles north of New York City. Part of Pace University, the school offers the J.D. program for full-time and part-time day and evening students. Its postgraduate program includes the LL.M. and S.J.D. degrees in Environmental Law and an LL.M. in Comparative Legal Studies. Pace has one of the nation’s top-rated Environmental Law programs and its Clinical Education program also is nationally ranked, offering clinics in domestic violence prosecution, environmental law, securities arbitration, criminal justice, and disability rights. www.law.pace.edu

Pace is a comprehensive, independent university with campuses in New York City, Pleasantville and White Plains, NY and a Hudson Valley Center at Stewart International Airport in New Windsor, NY. More than 14,000 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, Lienhard School of Nursing and Pace Law School. www.pace.edu

Pace Women’s Justice Center Receives Governor Pataki’s Justice Award for Combating Domestic Violence

The Pace Women’s Justice Center has been honored with New York State’s Justice Award. This is the third year of Governor George Pataki’s initiative designed to recognize individuals and organizations whose exemplary actions are particularly innovative and demonstrate a long-term commitment to ending domestic violence.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

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

PACE WOMEN’S JUSTICE CENTER RECEIVES GOVERNOR PATAKI’S
JUSTICE AWARD FOR COMBATING DOMESTIC VIOLENCE

24/7 legal services represent more than 1500 battered women a year

WHITE PLAINS — October 14, 2003 — The Pace Women’s Justice Center has been honored with New York State’s Justice Award. This is the third year of Governor George Pataki’s initiative designed to recognize individuals and organizations whose exemplary actions are particularly innovative and demonstrate a long-term commitment to ending domestic violence.

The Pace Women’s Justice Center is rapidly emerging as a leader in Westchester County in developing legal services for battered women.

Part of the Pace University School of Law, it won the Justice Award for its 24/7 domestic violence legal services, its representation in family court of over 1,500 battered women and their children a year, and its many other training and legal information programs and services. Since 1999, law students have contributed over 8,500 hours of free legal assistance, which have helped garner more than $2,000,000 in child support for victims of family violence.

The WJC pioneered 24/7 legal services to battered women in Westchester county by partnering with the White Plains Department of Public Safety and other Westchester police departments so victims of domestic violence can receive legal services when they need them most, even at 2 o’clock in the morning.

In addition to representing over 4,000 victims of domestic violence in the last four years, the Center annually conducts more than 100 training programs in preventing and dealing with domestic violence, elder abuse, sexual assaults, and other problems for thousands of judges, law enforcement officers, attorneys and law students. It has produced public service announcements for the federal Violence Against Women Office, written judicial training manuals, and published dozens of articles.

Its help lines address over 800 calls per year.

“On behalf of the dedicated staff of the Pace Women’s Justice Center and our clients for whom we seek justice each and every day, I want to thank the Governor and the award selection committee for this great honor.” stated Victoria L. Lutz, the attorney who is WJC executive director. “I hope the initiatives Governor Pataki is promoting to combat domestic violence will be adopted by all states so that we can eradicate violence against women nationwide.”

The New York State Office for the Prevention of Domestic Violence (OPDV) is the lead agency overseeing the Justice, Freedom and Courage Awards initiative. Charlotte A. Watson, executive director of OPDV, said the recipients have demonstrated “tenacity, creativity, and brilliance.” The award was formally presented at the Governor’s Mansion in Albany earlier this month.

In addition to Justice Award presented to the Pace Women’s Justice Center, New York Giants Running Back Tiki Barber received the Visionary Award. Courage and Freedom awards went to the Albany Police Department Domestic Violence Program, Lucia Davis-Raiford of Brooklyn, A New Hope Center in Owego, Mayra Skeete of Greenwood Lake, Demirjian Salons of White Plains, Child Protective/Domestic Violence Collaborations in multiple locations throughout the state, Jessica Pirro-Benigni of Buffalo and Maria Santiago of the Bronx.

Governor Pataki also proclaimed October to be Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Throughout the state, local organizations will be taking part in activities designed to raise awareness of domestic violence, ultimately helping to save the lives of victims and their children.

Pace is a comprehensive, independent University with campuses in New York City and Westchester County, and a Hudson Valley Center located at Stewart Airport in New Windsor. Nearly 14,000 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, Lienhard School of Nursing and Pace Law School. www.pace.edu

Pace University receives $25,000 from J.P. Morgan Chase Foundation

Nonprofit organizations in lower New York State will be able take advantage of today’s technologies to operate more effectively, thanks to free or low-cost training that Pace University will provide with help from a $25,000 grant from the J.P. Morgan Chase Foundation.

Editors: we can easily arrange access to the centers mentioned below.

Pace University receives $25,000 from The J.P. Morgan Chase Foundation to expand training in information technology for nonprofit organizations

– Lessons from five years “at the elbow” –

White Plains, NY – April 8, 2003 – Nonprofit organizations in lower New York State will be able take advantage of today’s technologies to operate more effectively, thanks to free or low-cost training that Pace University will provide with help from a $25,000 grant from the J.P. Morgan Chase Foundation.

The grant is being made to the Technology Center for Education and Community Empowerment, part of Pace’s School of Computer Science and Information Systems (CSIS). “Our plan is to provide services to selected agencies in Manhattan, Westchester, Putnam, Rockland and Orange counties,” said Babette Kronstadt, the center’s director.

Interested nonprofit agencies are invited to call (914) 422-4328 to find out more about training opportunities.

The grant will allow the Technology Center to continue carrying out its mission of helping non-profit organizations succeed through more efficient use of technology. The grant also gives significant recognition to Pace’s five years of experience in this kind of work. The Technology Center has worked with nonprofit agencies, K-12 schools, and government agencies since 1997, expanding on earlier efforts by the School of Computer Science and Information Systems and the Pace Computer Learning Center.

Training non-profits to help themselves. Training people with little or no experience in computers can be challenging, according to Sylvia Russakoff, the Center’s associate director. Because many nonprofits have not been able to keep pace with the business world in the technology arena, employees often lack the basic knowledge about computer applications that their peers in the business world take for granted.

“They don’t have the foundation in knowing what a computer can or cannot do, nor the human infrastructure to be able to go down the hall and talk to a co-worker when they have a computer-related question,” says Russakoff.

To make sure students are successful, Pace instructors go the extra mile in a curriculum that concentrates on standard business applications and how they can help the organizations better meet their goals.

“We work with nonprofits to develop a training model that meets their needs. One training model includes ‘at the elbow’ support,” says Technology Center director Kronstadt. “That is, after the course is over, we wait a few weeks and then visit the students at their work place. We meet with individual students and ask what’s working, what’s not working, and even more important, what repetitive tasks are you still doing that perhaps we can automate? This gives the student a unique opportunity to personalize the instruction so they can make maximum use of the learning.”

Support from Bell Atlantic, Texaco. The Technology Center for Education and Community Empowerment was created in 1997 with a grant from the Bell Atlantic Foundation. It has continued and expanded its work in Westchester during the last two years with a grant from the Texaco Corp, offering free or reduced-fee training that has helped close to 20 nonprofits get up to speed on basic computer skills. As part of its work under the Texaco grant, the center surveyed the technology training needs of Westchester nonprofit agencies, finding that significant gaps in understanding and use of technology existed in many of them. The new grant will help meet part of that need.

Previous clients of the center have included the Union Child Care Center in Greenburgh, the Family Service Agency of Westchester, and H.O.P.E. (Helping Out People Everywhere, Inc.) in Yonkers. Brief vignettes of their work are attached.

Pace was one of the first universities in the U.S. to create a cross-disciplinary school focused on computers instead of teaching computing in separate academic departments like mathematics and engineering.
Pace is a comprehensive, independent university with campuses in New York City and Westchester County and a Hudson Valley Center located at Stewart International Airport in New Windsor. More than 14,000 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, Lienhard School of Nursing and Pace Law School.

Case studies follow.

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COMPUTER TRAINING FOR NONPROFIT ORGANIZATIONS:

THREE CASE STUDIES FROM THE TECHNOLOGY CENTER FOR EDUCATION AND COMMUNITY EMPOWERMENT OF PACE UNIVERSITY’S SCHOOL OF COMPUTER SCIENCE AND INFORMATION SYSTEMS

Union Child Care Center. Letti Dowell is controller for the Union Child Care Center (UCDC) in Greenburgh, which operates before and after school programs for lower income families and takes care of children, from 6 weeks to 12 years of age. She lists among her job responsibilities chief accountant, bookkeeper, information systems and webmaster. “I wear many hats,” she says. Proper training in each of these functions is essential but not in the budget. Excel, Word and Access are essential office skills these days, and in order to get that training for her staff, at no cost, Dowell turned to Pace University’s Technology Center for Education and Community Empowerment. Dowell and many of her co-workers have taken courses at Pace in Excel, Word and/or Access. Previously, UCDC’s three bookkeepers did not know how to prepare spreadsheets, but now they can create these documents easily. “This training really helped us speed up the work,” says Dowell. She hopes to send more of the agency’s 120 staff members through the program at some time in the future.

The Family Service Agency of Westchester, another Technology Center client, serves thousands of customers every year through its social and mental health programs. According to Maureen Stano, administrative director, computer work was a struggle for many of the 260 staff members…but not any more. She says that thanks to the training provided by the Technology Center, employees report “they can do their reports more easily” and are saving time using computer shortcuts. The 25 employees who have taken at least one course so far have “welcomed the chance to learn,” says Stano, and would like to learn more. Since training for staff is not something the agency can afford, this would have been impossible without the Pace program. “Pace has been absolutely wonderful to work with,” according to Stano, “and we hope they can provide follow-up training and more advanced courses in the future.”

Helping Out People Everywhere, Inc. Pace’s student-centered approach to training has met great success with Winifred Hartnett, founder and executive director of the H.O.P.E. (Helping Out People Everywhere, Inc.). When she heard about the Pace program, she knew many on her staff who had been struggling with computer work that could really use the training — including herself.

Her agency handles eviction prevention, housing and domestic violence counseling, among other services, for roughly 800 homeless families per year. “For a ‘dinosaur’ like myself, I found the training program in both Word and Excel absolutely wonderful,” says Hartnett. And it came just in the knick of time. Hartnett learned she had just three days to submit a grant proposal – complete with tables and charts – and would not have known how to merge documents without the Pace training. “It was a life-saver for me,” says Hartnett.

Out of H.O.P.E.’s 27 employees, 23 have participated in the program and the agency has already seen direct benefits. Caseworkers, who have to prepare monthly caseload grids that were previously a big chore, now find that by using Excel the reports are no longer “a big deal to do.” The training has not only helped the employees perform their jobs better, faster, easier, thus improving productivity, but also has heightened their self confidence. Hartnett reports “this is the first training that I’ve ever seen them excited about.”