Farmingville Man Gets 23 Years for Shooting at Cops

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A drug dealer from Farmingville was sentenced Wednesday to 23 years in prison for firing his handgun at undercover Suffolk County police detectives who were trying to arrest him three years ago.Nicholas Hansen had been convicted in December of second-degree attempted murder, criminal use of a firearm, criminal possession of a weapon and criminal sale and possession of a controlled substance.“The most dangerous treacherous police assignment is the undercover investigation of drug dealers, a fact borne out by the violence that erupted in this gas station parking lot when this defendant got out of his car with his pistol drawn,” Suffolk County District Attorney Thomas Spota said.Prosecutors said the 23-year-old opened fire on members of the district attorney’s Heroin Task Force at the scene of a drug buy at a Holbrook gas station on Aug.11, 2011, authorities said.A New York State Police investigator who crouched less than 10 feet away was not hit.Hansen, who emptied his handgun during the exchange of gunfire, was found to have had four ounces of cocaine in his vehicle.last_img read more

A financial literacy legacy

first_imgJohn D. Unangst, President & CEO of Franklin Mint Federal Credit Union (FMFCU) and conceptualist of The Berenstain Bears Financial Literacy Program is fondly remembered as a visionary leader. John’s idea to initiate conversation with Berenstain Enterprises was the planted seed that continues to sprout. He knew such an exclusive relationship with such iconic children’s characters had unlimited potential for credit unions and that the relationship would be a marked differentiator for our industry.The proof is in the numbers. Teachers FCU, Smithtown, NY, added 3,800 Cub Accounts with deposits of $4.7MM since adopting The Berenstain Bears in Q4 2016. They accomplished this with no formal advertising. Instead, they relied on fliers passed out at school visits, after school programs, and community events—which is exactly how John envisioned “leading with education.”At FMFCU, the requests for financial education increase regularly. By all accounts, the CU’s relationship with the infamous Berenstain characters largely drives the increase across all age demographics. In 2017, FMFCU educators visited more than 5,400 students in grades K – 3 and hosted more than one hundred field trips attended by more than 4,300 children under the age of ten. On average, these numbers have increased by more than ten percent each year since FMFCU began building The Berenstain Bears Financial Literacy Program in 2013.“The Berenstain Bears have made our credit union more visible in the community and among school districts in our footprint,” said Rick Durante, VP of Education. “Since 2013, we’ve added three student-operated high school branches, bringing our total to ten. We’ve also added several school districts as SEGs because of the classroom financial education courses we offer.”Other credit unions using the program have had similar success stories. Synergy Federal Credit Union, San Antonio, TX, saw the number of new youth accounts triple during their first year of partnering with The Bears. Prior to adopting The Berenstain Bears, youth account openings were flat at O Bee Credit Union, Tumwater, WA. In less than a year, O Bee saw a 100% increase in new youth accounts. In their second year, O Bee added 1,100 new accounts and dedicated an employee to manage the program. PrimeTrust Federal Credit Union, Muncie, IN, is entering its second year in the program and has enjoyed remarkable PR, membership growth, and household engagement. At least five loans could be directly traced to relationships formed with parents or relatives of Cub Account holders.While John was proud to hear about these and many other success stories, he was always cognizant of the need to keep this program growing in scope so that every U.S. citizen would have the ability to join a Berenstain Bears affiliated credit union near them, and that the program would exceed their needs and expectations.Just before the New Year, John convened a meeting in Washington, D.C. with The Berenstain Bears Financial Literacy Program advisory board. The purpose was to discuss methods for enhancing the program to further promote reading and financial literacy, while promoting the benefits of credit union membership. As a result, the decision was made to offer the credit union edition of the 1983 classic The Berenstain Bears’ Trouble with Money to all credit unions rather than just to those participating in The Berenstain Bears Financial Literacy Program.“Through our interactions with hundreds of credit unions, we learned that many were using this classic title in their financial literacy efforts just as FMFCU did prior to the exclusive credit union relationship with Berenstain Enterprises,” Durante said. “So it just made sense that any credit unions using this title have the credit union edition, in which all bank references and graphics are replaced with credit union.”John’s untimely passing in January devastated FMFCU and the credit union industry but his vision will continue to be the driving force behind Credit Union Network for Financial Literacy’s mission to enhance financial education and bolster credit union membership within the communities we serve. 76SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Lorraine Ranalli Lorraine Ranalli is Chief Storyteller & Communications Director, as well as published author. Her most recent work, Impact: Deliver Effective, Meaningful, and Memorable Presentations, is a pocket book of public … Web: Detailslast_img read more

Local Hindu community thanks emergency workers with celebration

first_imgVersailles, In. — Recently the Indiana State Police, Ripley County Sheriff’s Department and the Versailles Fire Department attended the Hindu Swayamsevak Sangh celebration at the Versailles State Park. The Hindu tradition is a way of thanking first responders for their efforts to serve and protect our communities.last_img

NBA players union director surprised over proposed 2020-21 start date

first_imgNATIONAL Basketball Players Association (NBPA) executive director Michele Roberts expressed concern over the NBA’s tentative timeline to open training camps for the 2020-21 season on November 10 – less than a month after the proposed end of the NBA Finals in Orlando, Florida.“I was surprised to see it,” Roberts told ESPN on Thursday night.The NBA delivered teams a working timeline with a number of revised dates, including the start of training camp on November 10 and opening night on December 1, sources said.The NBPA’s team representatives are expected to approve the NBA’s plan of a 22-team resumption of the 2019-20 season in Orlando on a Friday conference call. But looming negotiations on a long list of 2020-21 financial and competitive issues will include the league’s hopes of starting next season with such a tight turnaround after this season’s Finals in October.Changes to the league calendar would be among the many items that have to be collectively bargained with the NBPA.Starting the season in early December would allow many NBA players to participate in the 2021 Tokyo Olympics and also would avoid the back end of the NBA playoffs, draft and free agency fighting for attention with the start of the 2021 NFL season.The NBA’s plans for resumption at the Disney World Resort in Orlando include a July 31 tip and October 12 as the final possible date for a Game 7 of the Finals – which would leave less than month of time-off for players who participate in the Finals. Nevertheless, eight teams are finished for the season now, and most teams in the league will have completed their season by the end of September.The NBA and NBPA recently reached an agreement to extend until September the original 60-day window that preserves the league’s right to terminate the collective bargaining agreement, in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, sources told ESPN.The extension prolongs NBA’s ability to trigger the nuclear option to its economic crisis – terminating the CBA under the force majeure event provision – which it could have done within two months of the March 11 shutdown of the league.last_img read more