Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A local animal protection agency is asking the public’s help in identifying a woman who dumped a three-month-old black Labrador Retriever in a clothing bin in Centereach Wednesday night.The Suffolk County SPCA said a witness saw a driver of a black Ford Expedition throw the puppy into the clothing bin at a shopping center at the intersection of Middle Country Road and South Coleman Road Wednesday night and then drive away. The dog was taken to Selden Animal Emergency Hospital for observation and treatment, Suffolk SPCA said. There is some good news. Suffolk SPCA Chief Roy Gross said the witness “fell in love” with the puppy and will most likely adopt it. A description of the woman was not provided but the Suffolk SPCA said the SUV had chrome wheels. A partial New York license plate number (6744) was observed, the agency said. The Suffolk SPCA is offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to arrest and conviction of the person responsible for leaving the puppy in the clothing bin. Anyone with information can call the Suffolk SPCA at 631-382-7722. All calls are confidential. The Suffolk County SPCA is asking the public for information regarding the woman who dumped a black puppy in a Centereach clothing bin on Wednesday. (Photo credit: Suffolk SPCA)
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A Brooklyn man has been arrested for allegedly committing a home invasion in Elmont over the weekend, Nassau County police said.A 48-year-old woman answered a knock at the door of her Batchelder Street home when Syed Adnan Shafquat pushed his way in, knocking her to the ground at 10:25 p.m. Friday, police said.Fifth Squad detectives alleged the 30-year-old suspect, who authorities described as an associate of the victims’ daughter, stole jewelry and an iPad before fleeing the scene.Shafquat was taken into custody at his home without incident, police said. He was charged with first-degree burglary.
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A Selden man has been arrested for allegedly crashing a boat into rocks in Patchogue and fleeing the scene, leaving behind an injured woman over the holiday weekend, Suffolk County police said.Mark Tricarico surrendered Thursday to Fifth Precinct officers, who charged him with leaving the scene of a boating accident involving injury.Police said the 31-year-old man was behind the wheel of a 23-foot Sea Ray boat when he crashed into the west jetty at the entrance of the Patchogue River at 9:20 p.m. Sunday.A 29-year-old Farmingdale woman who was on the boat was taken to Brookhaven Memorial Hospital Medical Center in East Patchogue for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries.Witnesses had reportedly told investigators that up to seven people were on the boat at the time and fled, but when authorities found some of them nearby the crash scene, none were cooperative, police have said.Tricarico will be arraigned at a later date.
The top legislators on the U.S. House Financial Services Committee said they both would welcome regulatory relief legislation for community financial institutions during a hearing Wednesday.Rep. Jeb Hensarling (R-Texas), the committee chair, and Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) both said in their opening statements that they would welcome bipartisan regulatory relief legislation.“The rule is going to be that any member who brings a legitimate bipartisan piece of legislation to provide needed regulatory relief to community financial institutions–we will mark it up,” Hensarling said.Waters added that inclusion of too-big-to-fail banks in any sort of regulatory relief intended for community financial institutions would not be acceptable. continue reading » 1SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr
It’s been an exciting and busy year. I’ve been listening and learning from you about what you want from CUNA. I’ve heard you. A number of changes have already been made this year as we implement our strategic plan. We are moving forward with even more to meet and exceed your expectations.Your future needs demand that we raise the bar much higher so CUNA and the Leagues are best-positioned to advance your interests in advocacy. I wanted to let you know that the CUNA Board of Directors recently approved a series of recommendations I made. We’ll be taking action to implement them as soon as possible: Change is on the way.CUNA has been taking steps to streamline its management and operations. So far in 2015 we’ve saved $1.4 million in expenses from our budget.We are reducing member dues for 2016. Total dues income for CUNA will be less than 2015! The reduction recognizes the need to continue to make CUNA leaner and more agile and to calculate dues in a way that that celebrates and rewards credit union success and asset growth.I have proposed creating two new non-voting membership classes. One for professionals and volunteers and one for system partners and vendors. The goal is to encourage greater individual advocacy at all levels of the CUNA/League system. continue reading » 7SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr
Has your credit union world turned upside down because you now find yourself face-to-face with members in the middle of the lobby? Do you feel lost and challenged to have a professional interaction with your members without the comfort of your desk as a barrier?Good news: You’re not alone.Credit unions all over the country are moving to open-floor concepts that promote greater interaction through universal employees who handle a greater variety of member requests.To provide members value with this approach, you must be comfortable and confident in this new setting. Keeping four essentials in mind will provide you the tools and know-how to create an exceptional member experience that builds long-term, trusting relationships with our members.The four essentials are:1. Become an expert in the most common situations that come your way. continue reading » 12SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr
10SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr On Thursday, CFPB Director Richard Cordray stated that the bureau is working on a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on the Know Before You Owe mortgage disclosure rule “for greater certainty and clarity,” as urged by NAFCU.“We appreciate Director Cordray’s consideration of our concerns regarding the need for greater clarity on the TRID rules,” said NAFCU Director of Regulatory Compliance Bruyere. “This is a welcome first step and there is still a lot of work to be done in order to truly address the ambiguities in the TRID rule. We look forward to the bureau’s continuing efforts to facilitate the compliance process.”NAFCU, the Mortgage Bankers Association and six other trades wrote CFPB in January to seek clarification on the rule.Cordray responded that the bureau hopes to issue the NPRM in late July. continue reading »
3SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Increasing security, reducing fraud and minimizing risk are the three main ingredients of a strong and robust security strategy. But how can credit unions achieve this trifecta of protection?The basic tools and methods of increasing security must be supported by a dedicated and committed organizational mindset to expand beyond the basics of “just enough” security. Fraudsters’ constantly advancing techniques and eye toward exploiting each new opportunity are the enemy of a good security strategy. The only guard is constant vigilance.A strategic approach to the 24/7 battle to increase security, reduce fraud and minimize risk should include at least the following eight points:1. Build a strong overall organization security system. It’s been said often in sports that “Good defense wins championships.” It’s perhaps the essence of security.2. Mitigate fraud with clear processes and procedures. If security efforts have both allies and foes, confusion over what to do is surely a foe. continue reading »
5SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading » Examiner guidance issued in May from the Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council (FFIEC) essentially tasks credit unions with having a documented plan for mobile payments security and business risk. The guidance could potentially play a key role in upcoming credit union examination, according to CUNA’s CompBlog.An 18-page appendix to the FFIEC’s information technology handbook offers significant detail without being too prescriptive.The appendix does not specify the required methods of assessment, nor does it weigh in on the acceptable level of risk for an individual financial institution.John Best of CUNA partner Best Innovation Group recommends credit unions ensure they are taking the following steps:Prepare a mobile risk assessment specifically addressing payments-related software;Implement biometric security routines. Text messages and similar types of mobile authentication are likely to receive added scrutiny since an unauthorized party can see the codes and sent emails if they gain possession of the phone;
If your credit union disappeared today, what would become of your members?Scott Butterfield, principal at Your Credit Union Partner, posed that question to CUNA Management School students in Madison, Wis., to encourage thoughts about their credit unions’ relevance.Chances are, members would take their accounts to another credit union, or even a bank, he says. That’s because financial services are virtual commodities to consumers today.Now, consider if those members were underserved segments of the population. Members would have to turn to payday lenders for quick-fix loans at exorbitant rates.For transportation, members might look to “buy here, pay here” car lots for overpriced, unreliable vehicles at equally untenable loan terms. Members who rely on microenterprise loans to finance small business would be forced to look for low-paying jobs that barely cover expenses. continue reading » 9SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr