(NEW YORK) Storm #Ida Report: At least 46-people have been killed as flash floods caused rains to pour into every part of NYC including the basements and flats in N.J, N.Y, Penn, Conn & Md. #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Sept.03: At least 46 people were killed in sudden heavy rains, flooding and tornadoes brought on in the north-east by the . Authorities are still working to grasp the full scope of Ida’s destruction in New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Connecticut and Maryland.

#AceWeatherDesk says The Storm Warnings Were Dire. Why Couldn’t the City Be Protected? …..New York City and state officials knew heavy rains were coming, but their preparations couldn’t save the city from death and destruction after on Thursday, the governor declared a state of emergency for the city and suburbs, saying she had spoken to President Biden and congressional leaders about the need for more money for infrastructure improvements.

Sept. 3, 2021, 5:00 a.m. ET

Despite advance warning, city officials were unable to prevent flooding at susceptible areas like an underpass along Queens Boulevard.
Despite advance warning, city officials were unable to prevent flooding at susceptible areas like an underpass along Queens Boulevard.Dakota Santiago for The New York Times

The warnings and maps seemed clear.

On Tuesday evening, the National Weather Service issued a prediction that a wide swath of the Ohio Valley and the Eastern Seaboard would soon see heavy rainfall from what had once been Hurricane Ida. And one of the reddest portions of those maps — indicating severe rainfall and a high probability of flooding — hovered directly over New York City.

5 pm Mon…Tropical Depression Ida was located 65 mi NNE of Huntsville AL moving NE at 17 mph. The remnants of Ida will bring very heavy rainfall & potentially significant flash, urban and river flooding across the upper Ohio Valley into the mid Atlantic & southern New England. pic.twitter.com/gQeUCWQhPX— NWS Eastern Region (@NWSEastern) August 31, 2021

Those predictions proved true. But the record intensity of the rain, with more than three inches falling in one hour, caught officials by surprise. And on Thursday, as the death toll in the Northeast rose to 43 people,including 23 in New Jersey and 15 in New York, questions quickly arose as to whether city and state officials were caught flat-footed by the storm’s ferocity.On Peck Avenue in Queens, residents tossed out items ruined by flooding.Gregg Vigliotti for The New York Times

The destruction in the New York region seemed especially striking considering that Ida had already blown through the Gulf Coast, hitting New Orleans on Sunday with far stronger winds but with fewer deaths.

It also came in the wake of a series of ever-more-powerful tropical storms — including 2012’s Hurricane Sandy — which have been repeatedly cited as warning signs that the city’s aging infrastructure and subways are vulnerable to the violent weather caused by climate change. The subways, in particular, have come to act as a default sewer whenever heavy rains overwhelm the city’s actual sewer system.

The storm’s devastation underscored the city’s increasing fragility in the age of global warming, but also illustrated how the unpredictability of weather events can topple even the best laid of plans.

The city issued official warnings early Wednesday morning, when the city’s Office of Emergency Management cautioned that the remnants of Ida could cause flash flooding. The city said it also activated its flash flood emergency plan, which involved cleaning out clogged catch basins. It put its downed-tree task force on alert.

State transportation officials were dispatched to clear culverts and other drainage systems of debris, according to the governor’s office, with inspections and patrols to assess rising waters. An array of equipment — from chain saws to hand tools — was deployed, as well as pumps and generators.

By Wednesday evening, the warnings had grown more dire. New Yorkers were warned of tornadoes and urged to move to higher ground. Calls to the city’s 911 emergency system and 311 helpline began to surge around 8 p.m., according to city officials.

For all that, the intensity of the rains surprised forecasters.

Arthur DeGaetano, director of the Northeast Regional Climate Center at Cornell University, said the flash floods of Wednesday night resulted from not one storm but several small storms whose interactions with each other were hard to foresee. In the end, those storms ended up running over New York City, one after another.

“It was just like New York City was on the train tracks, and the storms were a train going down those tracks and they persisted for hours,” he said. “I would say that the forecast for this storm, or the remnants of this storm, of heavy rain over the city a day in advance were actually pretty darn good. I don’t think anybody at that point in time could have imagined six inches of rain in a six-hour period, essentially.”

Indeed, on Aug. 21, Central Park saw rainfall of 1.94 inches in an hour, a byproduct of Hurricane Henri, and the most rain-per-hour in record keeping history. On Wednesday night, 3.15 inches fell in one hour, eclipsing that record.

Although no one could foresee the fierceness of two weather events 10 days apart, city officials in May released a citywide analysis of flooding caused by rainfall.

The report sought to grapple with predictions that the city would experience an increase in “extreme rainfall events” over the course of this century, including a possible 25 percent increase in annual rainfall and a substantial increase in the number of days with more than an inch of rain.

Part of that plan included a commitment by the city to update its flash flood response procedures. Among other things, it said that by 2023, the city should “predraft messaging regarding potential dangers for residents living in basement dwellings to be used for outreach and notification in advance of forecasted extreme rain events.”

The city has also put money behind its effort to make the city more resilient to water, including a $2 billion commitment toward enhancing drainage in Southeast Queens. It was unclear how much of that has been spent.

But the storms that hit New York this week pre-empted long-term strategic planning by city officials, inflicting a more brutal real-world reality: On Thursday, officials said at least 11 New Yorkers had died in flooded basements, most of them in Queens.New York City’s subways have not been able to withstand recent heavy rainfall.Stephanie Keith for The New York Times

For his part, Mayor Bill de Blasio suggested that the experts had led the city astray.

He said that originally, the city was told to expect three to six inches of rainfall over the course of the whole day, something he cast as “not a particularly problematic amount.” Instead, he said “with almost no warning,” the city got the single biggest hour of rainfall in its history.

“We’re getting from the very best experts projections that then are made a mockery of in a matter of minutes,” Mr. de Blasio said. “We need to start communicating to people that we should assume things are going to be much worse in literally every situation.”

There was strong pushback to the mayor’s remarks, especially from elected officials who represent communities outside Manhattan.

“I think anyone who is saying they were surprised or caught off guard is being disingenuous,” said Justin Brannan, a councilman who represents Bay Ridge in Brooklyn and is chairman of the Committee on Resiliency and Waterfronts. “The one thing we can agree on is that these storms are getting more frequent and getting worse.”

Mark Treyger, a councilman who represents Coney Island and Bensonhurst in Brooklyn, noted that a federal plan to study resiliency in the area was recently postponed, even as the city embarks on the $1.45 billion East Side Coastal Resiliency plan to protect Lower Manhattan, which is scheduled to be completed in 2023.

“I’m not questioning the needs of Manhattan in terms of resiliency. I’m questioning the sense of equity across the five boroughs,” Mr. Treyger said.

Mr. Brannan is the sponsor of legislation that would require the city to develop a plan to protect the city’s entire 520 miles of shoreline. The legislation had 38 sponsors but has not moved in part to concerns over cost from the de Blasio administration.

Mitch Schwartz, a spokesman for Mr. de Blasio, said the administration supported the “intent” of the legislation but said that studying even one neighborhood for a plan of that size would cost millions of dollars. The City Council may move to pass the legislation before the mayor’s term ends in January.

A separate $10 billion plan from Mr. de Blasio to artificially extend the southern tip of Manhattan by 500 feet to create a berm well above sea levels that would protect from storm surges seems to still be in the preliminary phases more than two years after it was proposed, with community engagement underway, Mr. Schwartz said.

But Klaus Jacob, a special research scientist at Columbia University’s Earth Institute, suggested that the future of New York City lies elsewhere.

“New York City’s future will lie in its higher elevations, not in its lower elevations,” said Mr. Jacob.

The resiliency of the city’s subways — which suffered switch malfunctions, floods and systemwide shutdowns and slowdowns during the storm — has also been a long-term concern.

On Thursday, the president of the transit workers union, Tony Utano, said that the Metropolitan Transportation Authority needs to “redouble efforts to fortify the subway system against flooding,” including stopping “water from cascading into stations.” Service disruptions continued into Thursday afternoon.

Janno Lieber, the acting chair of the authority, blamed a large part of the problem on the nature of the city’s street drainage system, noting that there were numerous ways for water to flood into the subterranean tracks.

“The subway system is not a submarine,” he said.Gov. Kathy Hochul faced her first natural disaster since taking office.Stephanie Keith for The New York Times

Gov. Kathy C. Hochul — facing her first natural disaster since taking office last week — had warned of a strong storm, issuing a news release on Wednesday morning cautioning that some downstate areas could see “six or more inches of rain” as well as “flash flooding and dangerous travel conditions in several locations.”

She also defended the state’s response to the storm, but suggested that the M.T.A. and other entities could face questions about their performance. “Did we have enough warning? Did we let people know? Should we shut down subways earlier?” Ms. Hochul said.

She said that preparation for flash flooding in the city and elsewhere was not adequate, noting loss of life and property in basement properties. “It’s not waves off the ocean or the Sound,” she said. “It’s flash floods coming from the sky.”

Still, when the rain falls at a historic pace, city officials say there is little they can do to prevent widespread flooding, given the age and condition of much of the city’s infrastructure. Vincent Sapienza, the city’s environmental protection commissioner, acknowledged on Thursday that the city was ill-prepared for these sorts of events.

“Anything over two inches an hour, we’re going to have trouble with,” he said.

Ida’s aftermath: Swollen rivers threaten new flooding in parts of Northeast as storms kill dozens: Hurricane Ida struck Louisiana as the fifth-strongest storm to ever hit the US mainland

10 hours ago

NYC faced first ‘flash flood emergency’ in its history

As the remnants of Hurricane Ida walloped the Northeast, killing more than 50 people, other areas are bracing for the storm’s impact as swollen rivers are threatening additional flooding. 

In Trenton, New Jersey, police officers were going door-to-door Wednesday night and Thursday morning encouraging residents to leave their homes in anticipation of the rising Delaware River. Flooding was anticipated at many Delaware River Basin locations and not expected to subside by Friday morning. 

A car flooded on a local street as a result of the remnants of Hurricane Ida is seen in Somerville, N.J. Thursday, Sept. 2, 2021.

Further north, in Fairfield, the Passaic River is forecast to crest more than 23 feet by Friday evening, police said

Police there have closed at least 16 roads and warned that additional roads could be closed by the morning as the river continues to rise overnight. 

Fairfield Mayor Jim Gasparini urged residents to take the warning seriously, advising that “even though the weather appears nice, river levels continue to rise and the township is expected to have widespread flooding that will affect many homes and businesses.” 


The National Weather Service anticipates area rivers will crest and overflow through Friday. 

“For the northeast north New Jersey rivers, we’re still seeing minor to moderate with locally, major flooding along those rivers,” James Tomasini from the Brookhaven National Weather Service told The Record

North Jersey officials are keeping a close watch on the Passaic, Hackensack, Pequannock, and Rockaway rivers. 

The National Hurricane Center had warned since Tuesday of the potential for “significant and life-threatening flash flooding” and major river flooding in the mid-Atlantic region and New England.

Hurricane Ida struck Louisiana as the fifth-strongest storm to ever hit the U.S. mainland, leaving 1 million people without power – potentially for weeks. 

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Luis Ferré-Sadurní contributed reporting.

#AceNewsDesk report ………Published: Sept.03: 2021:

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(CONNECTICUT) Federal Court Report: Convicts a Russian national on Tuesday for operating a “crypting” service used to conceal “Kelihos” malware from antivirus software, including Ransomeware #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – June.17: According to court documents and evidence introduced at trial, Oleg Koshkin, 41, formerly of Estonia, operated the websites “Crypt4U.com,” “fud.bz” and others.

The FBI’s New Haven Division investigated the case through its Connecticut Cyber Task Force: Russian National Convicted of Charges Relating to Kelihos Botnet: The websites promised to render malicious software fully undetectable by nearly every major provider of antivirus software. Koshkin and his co-conspirators claimed that their services could be used for malware such as botnets, remote-access trojans, keyloggers, credential stealers and cryptocurrency miners.

“The defendant designed and operated a service that was an essential tool for some of the world’s most destructive cybercriminals, including ransomware attackers,” said Acting Assistant Attorney General Nicholas L. McQuaid of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division. “The verdict should serve as a warning to those who provide infrastructure to cybercriminals: the Criminal Division and our law enforcement partners consider you to be just as culpable as the hackers whose crimes you enable — and we will work tirelessly to bring you to justice.”

In particular, Koshkin worked with Peter Levashov, the operator of the Kelihos botnet, to develop a system that would allow Levashov to crypt the Kelihos malware multiple times each day. Koshkin provided Levashov with a custom, high-volume crypting service that enabled Levashov to distribute Kelihos through multiple criminal affiliates. Levashov used the Kelihos botnet to send spam, harvest account credentials, conduct denial of service attacks, and distribute ransomware and other malicious software. At the time it was dismantled by the FBI, the Kelihos botnet was known to include at least 50,000 compromised computers around the world.

“By operating a website that was intended to hide malware from antivirus programs, Koshkin provided a critical service that enabled other cyber criminals to infect thousands of computers around the world,” said Acting U.S. Attorney Leonard C. Boyle for the District of Connecticut. “We will investigate and prosecute the individuals who aid and abet cyber criminals as vigorously as we do the ones who actually hit the ‘send’ button on viruses and other malicious software.”

“Koshkin and his associates knowingly provided crypting services designed to help malicious software bypass anti-virus software,” said Special Agent in Charge David Sundberg of the FBI’s New Haven Division. “The criminal nature of the Crypt4U service was a clear threat to the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of computer systems everywhere. We at the FBI will never stop pursuing those like Koshkin for perpetrating cyber crimes and threats to the public at large.”

Koshkin was arrested in California in September 2019 and has been detained since his arrest. He faces a maximum penalty of 15 years in prison and is scheduled to be sentenced on Sept. 20.

Koshkin’s co-defendant, Pavel Tsurkan, is charged with conspiring to cause damage to 10 or more protected computers, and aiding and abetting Levashov in causing damage to 10 or more protected computers.

Levashov was arrested by the Spanish National Police in April 2017 and extradited to the United States. In September 2018, he pleaded guilty to one count of causing intentional damage to a protected computer, one count of conspiracy, one count of wire fraud, and one count of aggravated identity theft.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Edward Chang of District of Connecticut, and Senior Counsel Ryan K.J. Dickey of the Criminal Division’s Computer Crime and Intellectual Property Section are prosecuting the case with assistance from the Criminal Division’s Office of International Affairs. The Estonian Police and Border Guard Board also provided significant assistance.

This case is part of the Department of Justice’s Ransomware and Digital Extortion Task Force, which was created to combat the growing number of ransomware and digital extortion attacks. As part of the Task Force, the Criminal Division, working with the U.S. Attorneys’ Offices, prioritizes the disruption, investigation, and prosecution of ransomware and digital extortion activity by tracking and dismantling the development and deployment of malware, identifying the cybercriminals responsible, and holding those individuals accountable for their crimes. The department, through the Task Force, also strategically targets the ransomware criminal ecosystem as a whole and collaborates with domestic and foreign government agencies as well as private sector partners to combat this significant criminal threat.

#AceNewsDesk report ……Published: Jun.17: 2021:

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(CONNECTICUT) Justice Dept Report: Berlin man has been sentenced to 6-yrs in prison for ‘drug & gun offences’ after FBI Gang Task force investigation #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Mar.22: Leonard C Boyle, Acting United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, today announced that RANDY TEXIDOR, 31, of Berlin, was sentenced yesterday by U.S. District Judge Stefan R. Underhill to 72 months of imprisonment, followed by three years of supervised release, for fentanyl distribution and drug possession offenses:

‘According to court documents and statements made in court, in 2017, the FBI’s Northern Connecticut Gang Task Force and Hartford Police Department received information that Texidor was distributing significant quantities of heroin. Between October and December 2017, investigators made eight controlled purchases of escalating quantities of heroin and/or fentanyl from Texidor’

Pursuant to the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act), the sentencing occurred via videoconference.

The investigation revealed that Texidor and an associate used an apartment on Wadsworth Street in Hartford to process, package and store heroin. On February 13, 2018, a court-authorized search of the apartment revealed approximately 92 grams of fentanyl, 23 grams of heroin, 500 dose bags of suspected heroin/fentanyl, items used to process and package narcotics, a .380 caliber pistol, and $5,981 in cash.

Texidor has been detained since his arrest on February 13, 2018.  On October 30, 2020, he pleaded guilty to one count of possession with intent to distribute fentanyl, and one count of possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime.

The FBI’s Northern Connecticut Gang Task Force includes members of the Hartford Police Department, East Hartford Police Department, New Britain Police Department, West Hartford Police Department, Connecticut State Police and Connecticut Department of Correction. 

This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Brian P. Leaming.

#AceNewsDesk report ………Published: Mar.22: 2021:

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‘ University of Connecticut Agrees $1.2 Million Settlement over Mishandling Sexual Harassment Claims ‘

#AceWorldNewsBOSTON (Reuters) – The University of Connecticut on Friday said it had reached a $1.2 million deal to settle a 2013 lawsuit filed by five current and former students charging that the school had mishandled claims of sexual assault and harassment.


The five women who brought the lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Connecticut said university officials had not seriously investigated claims that they had been sexually assaulted on campus.

“This lawsuit may have been settled, but the issue of sexual assault on college campuses has not been,” UConn President Susan Herbst said in a statement posted online. “UConn, like all colleges and universities, must do all it can to prevent sexual violence on our campuses, hold perpetrators accountable, and provide victims with the resources and compassion they desperately need.” 

The lawyer representing the women did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

The deal comes at a time of intense scrutiny over how U.S. colleges and universities handle sex crimes. The White House in April declared an “epidemic” of sex assaults on campus.

The University of Connecticut is among 55 U.S. schools facing lawsuits that contend their policies aimed at preventing such attacks may be inadequate and a violation of Title IX, a 1972 U.S. law that prohibits gender discrimination at schools that receive federal funds.

(Reporting by Scott Malone; Editing by Lisa Von Ahn)



Contribution from RS 


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‘ Attorney John Farren Who Worked at the White House During Both Bush Administrations is Found Guilty of Trying to Kill His Wife ‘

#AceWorldNews – UNITED STATES (Connecticut) – July 15 – An attorney who worked for both Bush presidents was found guilty Friday of trying to kill his wife in their posh Connecticut home more than four years ago.

​John Michael Farren, 61, faces up to 50 years in prison when he is sentenced in September for his conviction on charges of attempted murder, first-degree assault and risk of injury to a child.

The coward could not even show his face in court, sitting out the week-long trial by claiming he couldn’t handle the stress of sitting before his accuser.
An evidence photo shows the severe injuries Mary Margaret Farren suffered.

connecticut.news12.com An evidence photo shows the severe injuries Mary Margaret Farren suffered.

Mary Margaret Farren dropped divorce papers on the former Xerox Corp. general counsel just two days before her deranged husband used a metal flash-light to nearly beat her to death in January 2010.

“He was on top of me and he was squeezing my neck, strangling me and slamming my head … into the floor,” the emotional woman, who suffered broken bones in her jaw and cheek during the assault, testified Monday. “He said, ‘I’m killing you.”

The wounded woman, who lost consciousness at times during the brutal attack, was able to sound an alarm system and flee the couple’s gated New Canaan home with her two daughters to alert neighbors.

“I don’t think I’ll ever forget the words: ‘My husband is trying to kill me, I’m going to die. My husband is trying to kill me I’m going to die,’” neighbour John Achenbaum recounted at trial, News 12 CT reported.

John Farren, who had been free on $750,000 bond, had his bond upped to $1 million and was taken into custody after the guilty verdict was read.

​It’s a stunning downfall for a man who was named deputy White House counsel in 2007 under George W. Bush. He also worked in the George H. W. Bush White House as under-secretary for international trade and deputy manager for his re-election campaign in 1992.

Farren was on suicide watch immediately after the crime when he was found with self-inflicted lacerations and reportedly claimed he intended to kill himself. NY Daily News.

In a civil lawsuit, she won a $28.6 million judgement against her ex-husband for her injuries.

Farren was general counsel at Xerox in 2007 when he was named deputy White House counsel during George W. Bush’s second term.

He served as undersecretary for international trade in the Commerce Department under Bush’s father, President George H.W. Bush.

He also was deputy manager for the elder Bush’s 1992 re-election campaign and deputy director for his transition team in 1989.(Daily Mail)


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` Joint Investigations are Under-Way in US States Over Alleged Cyber-Attacks and Ebays Security Practices '

#AceSecurityNews – UNITED STATES – May 23 – Several U.S. states, including Connecticut, Florida, and Illinois, are jointly leading an investigation into eBay’s security practices, following eBay’s reveal this week of a massive cyber-attack which the company says compromised a large number of users’ personal information.

Courtesy of LoopNews

Though eBay claims that financial data, which was stored separately, was not acquired during this breach, these U.S. States Attorney Generals’ offices are taking the matter seriously after a series of high-profile attacks at retailers like Target, Neiman Marcus and Michael’s have left U.S. consumers vulnerable to identity theft.

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A moment for Newtown

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A moment for Newtown

On December 14th, one year ago today, we lost 26 fellow Americans to gun violence at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. We lost 20 of our youngest students, and six dedicated school workers.

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A moment for Newtown

On December 14th, one year ago tomorrow, we lost 26 fellow Americans to gun violence at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. We lost 20 of our youngest students, and six dedicated school workers.

To mark the anniversary of that senseless tragedy, President Obama will honor those lost at Sandy Hook with a moment of silence tomorrow morning at 9:30 a.m. ET. We’d like you to join.

Join the moment of silence tomorrow, and help honor the victims of Newtown, Connecticut.

Take a moment for Newtown tomorrow at 9 a.m. ET

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