Posted by Charles Fisher and Randy Fisher (Twitter @HHSYC)
THIS WEEK IN THE NEWS
January 27 to January 31, 2014
Joined by NYPD Chief of Department Phillip Banks III and representatives from the New York State Police, the Attorney General announced a joint takedown of a high-end prostitution and drug trafficking ring that marketed its services to clientele in New York for the Super Bowl. Though any event the size of the Super Bowl attracts increased illicit activity, Attorney General Schneiderman reminded anyone who might patronize these illegal services to “stick to the game and maybe a few beers” or face the penalties.
In case you missed it, you can check out the full press conference here. This story also received coverage nationwide: You can read the Associated Press’s article on the bust here and watch Pix 11’s piece here.
A.G. Schneiderman & NYSP Superintendent D’Amico Join Forces To Take Down Two Major Drug Trafficking Rings In Western New York
Attorney General Schneiderman and New York State Police Superintendent Joseph A. D’Amico were in Buffalo to announce the arrest and indictment of 40 people for operating two different drug trafficking rings that operated throughout Western New York. Evidence recovered from the takedown ranged from more than $100,000 in cocaine to cash to doctored shoes, which were used to transport drugs. This joint investigation also led to the discovery of a cockfighting operation on an Indian reservation in Niagara County.
A.G. Schneiderman Announces Settlement With EmblemHealth For Failing To Offer Continuation Coverage To Young Adults And Wrongfully Denying Claims For Medical Treatment
After an investigation by his office into EmblemHealth uncovered widespread violations of New York’s Age 29 law – which requires health insurers to offer young adults health coverage on their parents’ policies until age 29 – Attorney General Schneiderman reached an agreement requiring the company to reinstate more than 8,000 wrongfully terminated plans.
Click here to read the Capital New York story breaking the news of this settlement.
The Attorney General’s Office arrested a Niagara-based doctor who illegally sold the prescription drug Lortab to a hydrocodone-dependent patient, sending a message that New York’s medical professionals will be held to the fullest extent of the law if they contribute to the State’s prescription drug abuse epidemic. WGRZ Buffalo also covered this story here.
In Other News…
Attorney General Schneiderman praised President Obama’s State of the Union address on Tuesday for placing “inequality front and center” and “outlining steps to address the most urgent crisis of our time.”
For National Data Privacy Day, the Attorney General reminded New Yorkers to ensure they’re protecting their identity from online theft.
Attorney General Schneiderman remarked on the life and legacy of Pete Seeger, who passed away this week.
On Sunday, the Attorney General proudly attended the inaugurations of new NYC Councilmen Ben Kallos and Mark Levine.
He also wished all celebrating a Happy Lunar New Year.
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