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November 6, 2013 Election: Congrats to our lawmakers who have been walking the walk, helping underdogs, on their work, regardless of whether they were elected/re-elected.
Also, please contact Governor Cuomo regarding the bill still sitting on his desk awaiting signing. It already passed NYS Congress, and trust me, that takes a loonnggg time so this bill represents the will of the people for sure. It would allow local municipalities to control what is sold in the pet stores operating within. Suffolk County (Long Island, NY) already passed a ban on puppies/kittens being sold in stores, especially after investigations were conducted on the extraordinary suffering and death involved, as well as the crimes and suffering inflicted upon those who didn't know enough and bought from such stores. The suffering even extended to other animals unrelated to the sale, such as animals who picked up highly contagious diseases via contact somehow. However, the stores spent a lot of money on lobbyists and such and the issue became a state law issue. The stores hoped the bill would die there, as countless pro-underdog bills have, and has millions of animals involved with pet sales. Well, this one made it through NYS Congress, and I applaud our lawmakers. Sure, it would be wonderful if it was a state-wide ban but remember, great laws spread to other jurisdictions, and you CAN make MAJOR differences locally, one constituent at a time. So, let's get this signed into action, and work on other jurisdictions to follow Suffolk County and other jurisdictions that have passed the ban on this ridiculously cruel practice. (BTW, locals, including Suffolk County, WERE allowed to ban "bath salts", can ban strip clubs, etc. Isn't it ironic that the pet stores were able to thwart the will of the people? That is what big money can do-mow all over the will of the people).
***September 9, 2013: Special thanks to United States Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor for coming to Touro Law School, the Alma Mater of many wonderful attorneys and judges, including many who were my classmates, to speak with alumni, students, faculty and special guests. Justice Sotomayor is NY's own super-success story and inspiration to all. Her award winning book "My Beloved World", recounts her dramatic trajectile from a Bronx housing project, rising rapidly up to the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and ultimately, to the Supreme Court of the United States. Justice Sotomayor addressed the SRO crowd stating "I expect every single one of you to create your own road". As someone who has firmly believed in doing such, while still working in the confines of our legal system, I found the words to be especially inspirational. After all, they are coming from someone who invokes awe in many people, especially those in the legal profession and anyone who seeks the American Dream, yet isn't born with a silver spoon in his/her mouth.
Complaints are being filed against Verizon, MetLife, and one of the doctors MetLife uses to "get the workers back to work at any cost" (direct quote) with government agencies. Petitions are also being signed to follow, to let the powers that be know lots of folks (voters also) are watching to help make sure justice is done, and these things are not swept under the rug. Please sign the petitions as they come around. Petitions work, if used properly, and I set up a special [Petitions] button explaining how to use them effectively. I will also include links to the Petitions. Below I've pasted a list of some of the government agencies and powers that be you can directly file complaints with, this one for MetLife and one of the "independent" medical doctors it uses in New York. More shall be forthcoming but regardless, this list should serve as a guide.
-New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, Office of the Attorney General, The Capitol, Albany, NY 12224-0341
-Governor Andrew Cuomo, New York, NYS State Capitol Building, Albany, NY 12224; www.governor.ny.gov/contact/GovernorContactForm.php
-New York State Department of Health, Office of Professional Medical Conduct, Central Intake Unit, 150 Broadway, Suite 355, Albany, NY 12204-2719
-New York State Department of Financial Services, Department of Financial Services Consumer Assistance Unit, One Commerce Plaza, Albany, NY 12257 https://myportal.dfs.ny.gov/web/guest-applications/consumer-complaint? hn=1&forward=new
-United States Attorney General Eric Holder, U.S. Department of Justice, 950 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW Washington, DC 20530-0001 ; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
***Please visit our new page [Petitions]-bottom. We will be giving information on how best to use petitions to achieve good.
***MORTGAGE UPDATES-SEE FORECLOSURE BUTTON (third from top)
***IMPORTANT ANIMAL BILLS PENDING IN UNITED STATES CONGRESS AND NY CONGRESS-SEE [ANIMAL ABUSE BILLS] BUTTON
***OUR NON-PROFIT IS NEW YORKERS PROTECTING ANIMAL WELFARE (NY PAW).
The former name, LEGAL TLC, has been updated to reflect additional missions we have. Please be advised that while the moniker does state animals, we help animals AND those who love them (e.g. disabled folks, older folks, veterans and service members needing help with their Service Animals, Therapy Dogs and/or pets).
Update: NY Gov Cuomo signed a bill into law July 25, 2013 that makes it a felony to kill a police animal when he/she is performing his/her duties. As an attorney, I can find all kinds of holes in that, just like felony animal abuse ("intent" is a key sticking point for prosecutors). However, it is a good start and helps illustrate how animals benefit humans in so many ways. Thus, even if certain people don't love animals, they should still concern themselves with laws against animal abuse. The perps WILL move on to humans, so better to lock him/her up before the perp commits violent crimes against humans. BTW, Buster's Law, AML 353-a, describes Chester Williams, who set Buster the cat on fire, killing him. Chester the Molester received a slap on the wrist and went on to commit a host of violent crimes, and was caught about to kidnap, rape and kill a little girl. AML 353-a still is a lousy law but better than nothing. However, we need new ones.
Speaking of which, please let your representatives know about your support for the Consolidated Animal Crimes Bill, (A.775a/S.1776)New York’s animal cruelty laws have been hidden away within the state’s Agriculture and Markets statutes for decades, confusing police, prosecutors and judges, and are mostly bark with little if any bite. The Consolidated Animal Crimes Bill (A.775a/S.1776) improves enforcement by placing animal crimes under the penal code (criminal law), which is familiar, accessible, and taught to law enforcement personnel. A.775a/S.1776 redrafts anti-cruelty laws that have gone without substantial revisions since the mid-19th century!
After making your phone call (please do not skip that crucial step!), fill in and submit the form (link below) to automatically send a follow-up message to your state representative. Legislators receive a lot of email, so be sure to edit your message so it stands out. And remember-it is election season, time to get on all your lawmakers' tails, especially if he/she is running for election or re-election; regardless, lawmakers are working on getting/keeping others in their party, and smart lawmakers keep things voters/consituents say in their minds. https://secure.humanesociety.org/site/Advocacy?cmd=display&page=UserAction&id=5885
**ANIMAL RELATED UPDATES: PLEASE SEE [ANIMAL ABUSE] BUTTON (3RD FROM BOTTOM); Includes info on: Just in time for Spring, "congrats" to the first perp, Daniel L. Vargas, to be posted to the first Animal Abuser Registry in the country-unofficial version here, and "Shirley 23" alleged animal fighter Erdman is joining him after his (5/1 appearance ). HOWEVER, before reading what happened, please note that the prosecutors are working their tails off BUT our animal abuse laws are unbelievably lousy, enforcement is NOT by police but rather, non-profits, the state has cut the budget, crime has risen, and the prosecutors are doing their jobs with BOTH hands tied behind their backs trying to prosecute animal abuse (and other) cases.
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Update July 24, 2013: Please note that many large corporations, one in particular, have been using whatever methods they need to in order to get rid of workers-call it workplace bullying, FMLA discrimination, disability discrimination, hostile work environment, fraud and so many more a Complaint I filed in federal court had many dozens of Causes of Action, and that is just the tip of the iceberg; these defendants hid the truth behind multiple excuses. One could joke, if this was not a very serious matter, that I could have asked for the color of its current logo on the side of its building shown in the Manhattan skyline by the Brooklyn Bridge and they would have had 15 excuses, including "Competitive disadvantage..."". They have violated many laws, including federal laws, and even court orders and settlements with federal agencies such as the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. They know it may be difficult for individuals to obtain legal representation because of the corporations' reputations for fighting to the death (in many cases, literally). However, we are joining forces and sharing evidence so that we may bring victims together and get victims the legal representation they need, Please follow the information under the "Discr/Bullying" button, bottom left. Can they hear us now? ******************************************************************************************************************
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