The G-Man Interviews (Rick Black) National Investigator Alleges Attorneys and Judges Have No Oversight and Are Making Millions from Families in Crisis
My guest for this installment is Rick Black, Director for Americans Against Abusive Probate Guardianship (AAAPG). Mr. Black left his job as an executive of a global textile company in early 2015 and now devotes himself to volunteering for guardianship reforms on a full-time basis.
He has investigated over 400 suspected fraudulent guardianship cases throughout the country as the intake specialist for the organization and has coined the phrase “Isolate the victim, defame legitimate family, and liquidate the estate” to describe the hallmarks of fraudulent guardianships. He has also exposed corruption in probate courts across the nation and helped thousands that fell victim to fraudulent guardianships.
In March of this year, he spoke at the National Forum on Financial Exploitation by Conservators, which was sponsored by the National Center for State Courts and the Department of Justice.
Mr. Black actively lobbies in Washington, D.C. for improved protections for vulnerable adults and was pivotal in promoting S178, the "Elder Abuse Protection and Prosecution Act", the nation's first adult guardianship oversight bill.
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Governor Cuomo and U.S. Senate Minority Leader Schumer today launched a
statewide push across congressional districts to urge New York's
delegation to stand up for this state's middle class and oppose the
repeal or reduction of state and local tax deductions.
On October 24 at 2 p.m., Attorney Sanford Rubenstein, representing the estate of the late Matthew McCree, and Louna Dennis, the mother of the late Matthew McCree, will gather in front of the Urban Assembly School For Wildlife Conservation to announce the filing of the Notice of Claim for $25 million in damages against the New York City Department of Education and the New York City Police Department for the wrongful death of the slain teen.
A Notice of Claim was also filed by Levine & Blit, Esqs. for injuries sustained by Ariane Laboy.
The Urban Assembly School For Wildlife Conservation is located at 2024 Mohegan Avenue, Bronx, New York.
“There was a recipe for disaster at the Urban Assembly School For Wildlife Conservation. First, metal detectors were not installed in a school in which, in 2016, 81% of teachers reported not feeling safe, 45% of students did not feel safe, and there were two incidents of harassment with weapons," said Rubenstein.
"Second, the school failed to follow the 'Dignity for all Students Act', a New York State statute which requires certain protocol to be followed regarding bullying which were not followed with regard to Abel Cedeno. Third, teachers were negligent in the supervision of students in the history classroom when Matthew McCree was fatally stabbed.”
Melania Trump and Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos will visit Orchard
Lake Middle School in West Bloomfield, Michigan to kick off the “Week of
Inclusion,” part of National Bullying
During her visit, Mrs. Trump will spend time in the school’s Viking
Huddle Class, a 6th grade classroom that focuses on social emotional
learning. The First Lady and Mrs. DeVos will observe and participate in
lessons about respecting others, kindness, and
In addition to classroom participation, Mrs. Trump will visit with 7th
and 8th grade students in the school's cafeteria in an effort to bring
awareness to “No One Eats Alone,” a concept that seeks to reverse the
trends of social isolation by asking students
to engage in simple acts of kindness - such as making sure that no one
is eating alone and students are making an effort to eat with new
classmates and peers.
“As part of my ongoing commitment to the overall well-being of children,
I am looking forward to today’s visit,” stated First Lady Melania
Trump. “By our own example, we must teach children to be good stewards
of the world they will inherit. We need to remember
that they are always watching and listening. It is our responsibility
to take the lead in teaching children the values of empathy and
communication that are at the core of kindness, mindfulness, integrity,
Anthony Kevin Dungy is a former professional American football
player and coach in the National Football League. Dungy was head coach
of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers from 1996 to 2001, and head coach of the
Indianapolis Colts from 2002 to 2008.
HOUSTON — The water burbled from the floors of Vickie Carson's
cottage in the semirural northern edge of Houston, saturating everything
It seeped through the ceiling of Ebony
Harrison's apartment in the impoverished Sunnyside neighborhood, dousing
her newborn daughter as she slept.
It swept so swiftly into Lidia Peña's rental
home in the city’s north side that she and her young son fled without
taking any spare clothes.
It drove Rick Christie out of his midcentury
ranch house in the southwest Houston neighborhood of Meyerland, leaving
him to sleep on a couch above his garage.
Each of their homes was left uninhabitable by
Hurricane Harvey, a Category 4 storm that plowed through southeast Texas
in late August. Its floodwaters capsized lives of the comfortable and
the struggling, black and white, Latino and Asian. Tens of thousands of
people across spectrums of race and income were left without permanent
places to live, inspiring a newfound saying: Harvey was the storm that
Progressive state legislators are trying to counter President Donald
Trump — by taking a page out of the conservative playbook.
A group called the State Innovation Exchange
(SIX) is raising its profile to lead efforts in Statehouses around the
country, supporting lawmakers in advancing progressive policies and
beating back Trump-influenced agendas locally.
Formed in late 2014 after the merger of three
smaller groups, SIX fashions itself as the liberal antidote to the
influential American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), a well-funded
conservative machine for Republican state-level legislation.
SIX's goal is to become a policy shop of sorts
for progressive state lawmakers looking for proposals and solutions on
issues like climate change, paid parental leave, criminal justice reform
and the minimum wage — but its members are sharply divided on which
issues to purse and and whether a liberal agenda, focused on social
concerns, can fly in moderate states. Those differences spilled into
view at the group's recent annual conference.
WASHINGTON — Tony Podesta and the Podesta Group are now the subjects
of a federal investigation being led by Special Counsel Robert Mueller,
three sources with knowledge of the matter told NBC News.
The probe of Podesta and his Democratic-leaning lobbying firm grew out of Mueller's inquiry into the finances of former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort,
according to the sources. As special counsel, Mueller has been tasked
with investigating possible collusion between the Trump campaign and
Manafort had organized a public relations
campaign for a non-profit called the European Centre for a Modern
Ukraine (ECMU). Podesta's company was one of many firms that worked on
the campaign, which promoted Ukraine's image in the West.
The sources said the investigation into
Podesta and his company began as more of a fact-finding mission about
the ECMU and Manafort's role in the campaign, but has now morphed into a
criminal inquiry into whether the firm violated the Foreign Agents
Registration Act, known as FARA.
A candidate running for mayor on a ballot line called “Dump
the Mayor” may seem odd to the casual observer of New York City
But the designation — an invention of independent candidate
Bo Dietl — is part of a long and often weird tradition in city electoral
politics where ballot lines can be as varied and idiosyncratic as the
people whose names appear on them.
This year, city voters will have an overwhelming menu of 22
different ballot lines from which to choose. They range from Dietl’s
“Dump the Mayor,” to a party line called “Solutions.” There’s an “Animal
Rights” party line and a “No Rezoning 4 Ever” line.
This year’s crop of party designations does not even
comprise the largest group of ballot lines the city has ever put forth
in a single election, either. In the 2013 general election, there were
no fewer than 29 different party designations represented on New York
City ballots, including the “Flourish” line, “Dump the Dump” and the
“Civic Virtue” line, which is the name of both a concept and a
controversial statue that once stood in front of City Hall.
themselves as “extremely disappointed,” a group of prominent political,
religious and community leaders from Harlem is lodging an unexpected
11th-hour protest against the expected next president of the City
College of New York.
email criticized James B. Milliken, the chancellor of the City
University of New York, the college’s parent entity, as well as William
C. Thompson Jr., chairman of CUNY’s Board of Trustees, for failing to
include their “input, insight and influence” in the search process.
ALBANY — As he tries to mend fences with New York progressives, some of
Gov. Cuomo’s top staffers for the first time are regularly reaching out
to the minor Green Party.
Cuomo’s secretary to the governor, Melissa DeRosa, and Department of
Environmental Conservation Commissioner Basil Seggos have been in more
frequent contact with leaders of the environmentally focused party,
Green Party officials say.
The governor himself popped in for about 15 minutes during one meeting between his aides and party leaders, officials said.
Some of Cuomo’s staff also attended a recent meeting of 350 Brooklyn, a
local activist group with ties to the Green Party that is focused on
climate change. One source said Cuomo Counsel Alphonso David was
scheduled to attend the meeting but was called away at the last moment.
In his place, Cuomo’s deputy secretary for the environment and others
ROCHESTER, N.Y. — The former pacifist pumped a shotgun at the firing line.
Lore McSpadden never touched a gun before the Trigger Warning Queer
& Trans Gun Club started this past year. Now McSpadden is among the
shooters routinely yelling, “Pull!” and blasting at clay pigeons angling
over a mowed field near Rochester.
Trigger Warning members are anxious about armed and organized
extremists who seem increasingly emboldened. Their response has a touch
of symmetry to it: They started a club to teach members how to take up
“It’s a way to assert our strength,” said Jake Allen, 27, who helped
form the group. “Often, queer people are thought of as being weak, as
being defenseless, and I think in many ways this pushes back against
that. And I want white supremacists and neo-Nazis to know that queer
people are taking steps necessary to protect themselves.”
Governor Andrew Cuomo today signed legislation to deliver health care benefits to volunteer firefighters who have been diagnosed with certain cancers.
"New York is forever grateful to the 96,000 volunteer firefighters who selflessly put their own personal safety at risk in order to keep their neighbors and communities safe, Governor Cuomo said. "With this measure, we will provide these courageous New Yorkers the protections they need and the peace of mind they deserve."
Currently, volunteer firefighters are eligible for accidental disability and death benefits through Workers' Compensation if they are injured in the line of duty. Effective January 1, 2019, firefighters will also be eligible for health benefits to support treatment for life-threatening cancers.
Under the bill (S1411B- A711B), volunteer firefighters who contract certain cancers will receive access to tax free disability and death benefits. Specifically, volunteer firefighters diagnosed with lung, prostate, breast, lymphatic, hematological, digestive, urinary, neurological, reproductive systems, or melanoma cancer will be automatically eligible for health benefits if:
Upon entry to volunteer, a physical exam did not show any evidence of the cancers covered by this bill; individuals have at least five years of service fighting fire in the interior of buildings; and the firefighter is currently active or within 5 years of his or her last active date.
Senator Joseph A. Griffo said, "The brave men and women who put their lives on the line every day and volunteer to keep our communities safe should not be burdened with unexpected medical bills from illness they received while on the front lines of fire emergencies. Thanks to Governor Cuomo and the Legislature, these courageous New Yorkers will now receive the health benefits they deserve and the opportunity to lead a quality life in the community they have worked so hard to help protect."
Assemblywoman Aileen M. Gunther said, "To the New Yorkers who may have contracted an illness due to their bravery battling flames and smoke - help is being delivered. Thanks to the Governor's action to provide benefits to our volunteers, we are taking necessary steps to support our heroic firefighters and thank them for their dedication to protecting communities across New York."
Kenneth Pienowski, President of the Firemen's Association of the State of New York said, "This is a great day for New York State. Governor Andrew Cuomo and our elected representatives in Albany have acted to decisively protect those who protect the people of this great state. New York's brave volunteer firefighters now have the protections and help they need in the tragic event of a cancer diagnosis. We are tremendously grateful to the Governor for his action. We also thank State Senator Joseph Griffo, Assemblymember Aileen Gunther, Assemblymember Anthony Brindisi, and Assemblymember Brian Kolb for their leadership and support through this entire process. Because of them, the future generation of volunteer firefighters will not have to face cancer alone."
John P. Sroka, President of the New York State Association of Fire Chiefs said, "All firefighters, regardless of whether they are paid or volunteer, fight identical fires. Because of this, all firefighters should be treated equally and receive equal benefits in the event of a cancer diagnosis. Thanks to Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, this is now a reality. New York's selfless volunteers, who sacrifice so much to protect all of us, now have the benefits that they need. The Fire Chiefs of New York applaud Governor Cuomo and the Legislature for their actions today and throughout this year's session."
Thomas Rinaldi, President of the Association of Fire Districts of the State of New York said, "The Fire Districts of New York are grateful to Governor Andrew Cuomo and bill sponsors State Senator Joseph Griffo, Assemblymember Aileen Gunther, and Assemblymember Anthony Brindisi for protecting New York State's brave volunteer firefighters. Presumptive cancer coverage is an essential benefit for 21st century firefighters, and the signing of this legislation ensures that all firefighters in New York State will be equipped for 21st century fires. It is fitting that volunteers who sacrifice their time, safety, and health to protect their communities now have essential assistance available in their times of need."
Dr. Jacqueline Moline, Chair of the FASNY Health & Wellness Committee said, "Firefighters are exposed to an enormous variety of toxins and carcinogens in the line of duty and consequently are more likely to develop cancer than the general population. This is a medical fact. Because of this, it is necessary to offer additional benefits and protections to all firefighters so that if they do develop cancer, they are not left alone. The actions of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the Legislature will ensure that all firefighters in New York State will be recognized and assisted once they are diagnosed with cancer."
This legislation builds on a number of actions taken by this administration to protect the lives of both career and volunteer firefighters in New York State. Most recently, the Governor signed legislation expanding benefits for New Yorker's who participated in 9/11 response and recovery efforts. Under the bill, residents are eligible for unlimited paid leave at 100 percent of their regular salary dating back to the time of their diagnosis.
In 2015, the Governor announced the roll out of NY Responds, a universal approach to disaster response and recovery that connects emergency management agencies, fire and EMS responders with the New York State Emergency Operations Center in Albany.
Investments have also been made to upgrade the State Fire Academy, which provides critical training to first responders from communities across the state. Located in Montour Falls, the state secured $500,000 in federal funding in May, 2016 to support training efforts there, and since 2011, the Governor has invested $3 million to improve the facility and grounds.
A federal judge this week unsealed the source code for a software
program developed by New York City’s crime lab, exposing to public
scrutiny a disputed technique for analyzing complex DNA evidence.
Judge Valerie Caproni of the Southern District of New York lifted a protective order in response to a motion by ProPublica,
which argued that there was a public interest in disclosing the code.
ProPublica has obtained the source code, known as the Forensic
Statistical Tool, or FST, and published it on GitHub; two newly unredacted defense expert affidavits are alsoavailable.
“Everybody who has been the subject of an FST report now gets to find
out to what extent that was inaccurate,” said Christopher Flood, a
defense lawyer who has sought access to the code for several years. “And
I mean everybody — whether they pleaded guilty before trial, or whether
it was presented to a jury, or whether their case was dismissed.
Everybody has a right to know, and the public has a right to know.”
Caproni’s ruling comes amid increased complaints by scientists and
lawyers that flaws in the now-discontinued software program may have
sent innocent people to prison. Similar legal fights for access to
proprietary DNA analysis software are ongoing elsewhere in the U.S. At
the same time, New York City policymakers are pushing for transparency
for all of the city’s decision-making algorithms, from pre-trial risk
assessments, to predictive policing systems, to methods of assigning
students to high schools.
They train to fight. They post their beatings online. And so far, they have little reason to fear the authorities.
by A.C. Thompson, ProPublica, Ali Winston and Darwin BondGraham for ProPublica
It was about 10 a.m. on Aug. 12 when the melee erupted just north of Emancipation Park in Charlottesville, Virginia.
About two dozen white supremacists — many equipped with helmets and
wooden shields — were battling with a handful of counter-protesters,
most of them African American. One white man dove into the violence with
particular zeal. Using his fists and feet, the man attacked one person
The street fighter was in Virginia on that August morning for the
“Unite the Right” rally, the largest public gathering of white
supremacists in a generation, a chaotic and bloody event that would
culminate, a few hours later, in the killing of 32-year-old Heather
Heyer, who was there to protest the racist rally.
The violence in Charlottesville became national news. President
Donald Trump’s response to it — he asserted there were “some very fine
people on both sides” of the events that day — set off a wave of
condemnations, from his allies as well as his critics.
lawmaker is asking insurers whether their policies have made it easier
for patients to access cheaper, more addictive drugs over less addictive
alternatives. Meanwhile, the insurance industry trade group pledged
additional steps to combat inappropriate prescribing.
A prominent Democratic lawmaker asked major health insurers today
whether their policies and preferred prescription drug lists have made
the nation’s opioid epidemic worse.
Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., the ranking member of the House
Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, wrote to the companies
after an article by ProPublica and The New York Times
found that insurance companies sometimes favor cheaper, more addictive
opioids over less addictive, but more expensive, alternatives.
“This is not a hypothetical problem,” Cummings wrote. “In my home
state of Maryland, 550 people died of an overdose in the first three
months of 2017 alone. Synthetic opioids like fentanyl are driving up the
epidemic’s death toll, but prescription opioids contribute
significantly to this crisis by fostering addiction and causing fatal
Cummings wrote that the industry has created financial incentives
that may “steer beneficiaries to the very drugs that are fueling the
By the authority
vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the
United States of America, including the National Emergencies Act (50
et seq.), and in furtherance of the objectives of Proclamation
7463 of September 14, 2001 (Declaration of National Emergency by Reason
of Certain Terrorist Attacks), which declared a national emergency by
reason of the terrorist attacks of September
11, 2001, in New York and Pennsylvania and against the Pentagon, and
the continuing and immediate threat of further attacks on the United
States, and in order to provide the Secretary of Defense additional
authority to manage personnel requirements in a manner
consistent with the authorization provided in Executive Order 13223 of
September 14, 2001 (Ordering the Ready Reserve of the Armed Forces to
Active Duty and Delegating Certain Authorities to the Secretary of
Defense and the Secretary of Transportation), it
is hereby ordered as follows:
Section1. Amendment to Executive Order 13223. Section 1 of
Executive Order 13223 is amended by adding at the end: "The authorities
available for use during a national emergency under sections 688 and
690 of title 10, United States Code, are also invoked
and made available, according to their terms, to the Secretary
concerned, subject in the case of the Secretaries of the Army, Navy, and
Air Force, to the direction of the Secretary of Defense."
2. General Provisions. (a) Nothing in this order shall be construed to impair or otherwise affect:
(i) the authority granted by law to an executive department or agency, or the head thereof; or
(ii) the functions of
the Director of the Office of Management and Budget relating to
budgetary, administrative, or legislative proposals.
(b) This order shall be implemented consistent with applicable law and subject to the availability of appropriations.
(c) This order is not
intended to, and does not, create any right or benefit, substantive or
procedural, enforceable at law or in equity by any party against the
United States, its departments, agencies, or entities,
its officers, employees, or agents, or any other person.
This video was published on YouTube on November 13, 2013.
Vernice Armour is a former United States Marine Corps officer who was the first African American female naval aviator in the Marine Corps and the first African American female combat pilot in the U.S. Armed Forces.
on a mission in Iraq, Armour was called for an unexpected
rescue mission. With dwindling resources and opposing gunfire, her story
is one of true leadership.
Legislation Could Provide More Funding to Adult Home Care Providers in Exchange for Quality Care Improvements
By Dan Rosenblum
Adult home care providers are urging Gov. Andrew Cuomo to sign a bill
that would increase subsidies for those who house and care for seniors
and adults with disabilities. Advocates for residents say any subsidy
boost should be tied to additional oversight measures to guard against
excessive salaries for facility managers, poor quality programs and
“One message that I hope the industry will absorb is that one of the
major obstacles to appropriate funding for adult homes is concern about
quality of care at many of them,” Assemblyman Richard Gottfried, who
chairs the health committee, told New York Nonprofit Media. “I think the
higher quality adult homes need to understand that the problems with
many of the other adult homes is holding back their own viability.”
Adult home care providers say that, with few exceptions, they are
managing a chronic existential financial burden resulting from a federal
Supplemental Security Income subsidy that has not increased in line
with overhead expenses, leading to the closure of some facilities and
reduced services at others.
The South Florida congresswoman was in Myeshia Johnson’s car because she had known La David Johnson since he was a schoolboy. She. Is. Not. Lying.
By Joy-Ann Reid
Frederica Wilson is no liar. On Thursday, Gen. John Kelly, President Trump’s chief of staff, confirmed that. Kelly also made clear that he works for a man who has redefined the meaning of shameless.
The Florida congresswoman is the latest—and pointedly, the latest woman and person of color—to be attacked by Trump for daring to tell the truth about him. She joins a roster that includes broadcaster Jemele Hill,
the mayor of San Juan, Puerto Rico, and before that, a Latina former
Miss Universe. Now add in Hillary Clinton and the more than a dozen
women who have accused Trump of sexual harassment or assault. Trump has
attacked or threatened a few men too, notably black NFL and NBA stars,
Gold Star father Khizr Khan (along with his wife), decorated Vietnam War
veteran John McCain and other United States senators, but he typically
reserves his greatest vitriol for those who aren’t white and male. We’re
all still waiting for the president’s sure-to-be-blistering response to
Trump on Wednesday used one of his increasingly frequent
press availabilities to essentially call Wilson a liar, after she told
the world what he said to the widow of Staff Sgt. La David T. Johnson;
one of four special forces soldiers killed during a still murky mission
in Niger. Wilson first gave her account to local reporters in Miami who
met the limousine carrying her, Myeshia Johnson and Staff Sgt. Johnson’s
adoptive parents to the funeral home to claim the body of the fallen
soldier. Apparently, the White House had alerted the media that he would
call Johnson’s widow, evidently hoping to reap some rare good press for
the most hated president in modern U.S. history.
She later repeated what she heard to national news outlets and to this reporter.
Promoted tweets and account names are all the social network has handed over. Investigators think that’s just the start of what Twitter has on its servers.
By Betsy Woodruff and Spencer Ackerman
When it came time to turn over material critical to the Senate’s Russia investigation, all Twitter initially provided was a batch of tweets that the Kremlin’s English-language news network paid the company to promote, The Daily Beast has learned.
That’s just a sliver of what investigators believe to be Russia’s propaganda campaign on the social network—which helps explain the dissatisfaction that followed those first disclosures.
The already-public tweets, along with a list of 201 suspected Russian-propaganda accounts, represent the sum total of relevant material the social media company has given Senate investigators thus far, according to a source familiar with the investigation.
Twitter turned over the promoted tweets, contained on a thumb drive, late last month. It was the company’s first attempt to explain to Congress how the Kremlin used Twitter to push propaganda.
From Planned Parenthood to New York
State Right to Life, from the WFP to the Conservative Party, from the
mountains to the prairies, interest groups from all over the New York
State political spectrum have been frothing, white with foam, in abject
fear about the prospect of a New York State Constitutional Convention.
Conservatives may have legitimate reasons for their concerns.
Writing in the Post, George Marlin, a leader of the NYS Conservative Party (and author of a pretty good book
about the Party’s history), does a nice job of summing up the right
wing’s fears. To Marlin’s credit, almost none of the issues he raises
relate to interest group politics.
By contrast, liberals are scared because liberal interest groups have been running a scare campaign.
implicit and sometimes explicit message of the organized opposition to
the Con-Con is that it is such a threat to public order that one dare
not even speak its name. Typical is the recent forum run by State Senator Velmanette Montgomery, which featured only speakers opposed to holding such a convention.