Relationships at work result in satisfied staffOn 6 Aug 2002 in Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos. Previous Article Next Article Comments are closed. Employersreport that the workplace is becoming a happier and more consensual place tobe, research by IRS Employment Review finds.Thestudy claims that what really matters to most employees is not pay, butrelationships with managers and colleagues, recognition of contribution and jobsatisfaction. Only younger workers put pay issues high on their list ofimportant issues.Itreveals that just under two-thirds of respondents view the employmentrelationship as ‘good’ in their organisation, while one-third describe it as‘fair’. Sixin 10 respondents had heard of the term ‘psychological contract’, althoughrelatively few said it was very strong in their organisations.Nearly70 per cent of respondents believe relationships with line managers orsupervisors is the most important factor in creating a good relationshipbetween employers and staff, 68 per cent highlight quality of management, 55per cent view job satisfaction and communications as important and 52 per centregard job security as critical. IRSEmployment Review managing editor Mark Crail said: “We are getting a clearmessage from this research: management wants to listen and respond to staffneeds.”Thesurvey reveals that other issues contributing towards a happy workingrelationship include good relationships between colleagues (51 per cent), pay(49 per cent), working hours (38 per cent) and working culture (31 per cent).www.irsemploymentreview.com
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Call for pension overhaulOn 1 Nov 2002 in Personnel Today Radical overhaul of pensions law is needed to resolve the pensions crisis,according to the National Association of Pension Funds. In a report last month it called for the scrapping of compulsory retirementages and the abolition of rules limiting employees from joining more than onepension scheme. The report, Pensions – Plain and Simple, backs the Government’smove to encourage phased retirement by removing tax rules preventing employeesreceiving pay and pension from the same employer. It recommends axing rules limiting the amounts staff can pay in to theirpension. “Today’s pension system is weighed down by red tape and jargon whichputs off workers from thinking about pensions, storing up potentially massiveproblems for the future,” said NAPF chairman Peter Thompson. n Employers are not moving quickly enough to defuse the pensions time-bomb,Sam Mercer, campaign director for the Employers Forum on Age, told delegates tothe CIPD annual conference held at Harrogate last month. They had “moved from a position of ignorance to awareness… But the nextmove has to be action,” she warned. EFA research showed around 80 per cent of employers knew that employeeswould have to work longer than they wished in order to receive the pension theyexpected. Previous Article Next Article Comments are closed. Related posts:No related photos.
Written by Tags: Donnie Tillman/Pac-12 Sixth Man of the Year/Utah Runnin’ Utes Basketball After converting only nine three-pointers (9-28) in 28 games as a freshman, Tillman has improved to 43 triples on 37 percent shooting (43-116) in his sophomore campaign, helping the Utes to an 11-7 mark and third-place finish in the league standings after being picked eighth in the preseason media poll. March 11, 2019 /Sports News – Local Tillman Named Pac-12 Sixth Man of the Year Tillman averaged 10.3 points per game overall, with a 10.5 points per game average in league-only games. He shot .445 from the field and was a .783 free throw shooter. The Detroit, Mich., native pulled down 5.3 rebounds, totaled 50 assists, 10 blocked shots and 18 steals. To be eligible for Pac-12 Sixth Man of the Year, players must not exceed more than one-third starts in league games. FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailSAN FRANCISCO – In a vote of the 12 Conference coaches, Utah’s Donnie Tillman was named the 2018-19 Pac-12 Sixth Man of the Year, Commissioner Larry Scott announced today. Tillman has come off the bench in 13-of-18 Conference games and 16-of-30 games overall, providing 10.3 points and 5.3 rebounds in nearly 27 minutes per contest for Utah. Robert Lovell
View post tag: hosts In recognition of National Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month (SAAPM), Navy Information Operations Command (NIOC) Norfolk hosted the inaugural Sexual Assault Victim Empowerment Day (VED) on Wednesday, Apr. 24.During his opening remarks, NIOC Norfolk Executive Officer, Capt. Eric Dietz, focused both on the command’s and the Navy’s dedication to the health and welfare of victims of sexual assault.“Our Sailors are committed to the mission and supporting each other every day and this extends not only to supporting victims of sexual assault but also to sexual assault prevention,” Dietz said.He further noted that the Sexual Assault Prevention and Response (SAPR) program’s focus on bystander intervention-“Shipmates helping shipmates”-is critical to the elimination of sexual assault.These comments echo Secretary Hagel’s emphasis on proactive involvement of service members in his News Release on SAAPM dated Apr. 2: “We watch out for each other and respect each other…we own it…we’ll solve it…together.”The event was coordinated and sponsored by the NIOC Norfolk SAPR team. SAPR Victim Advocate, Petty Officer 1st Class Dorothy Jimenez, stated that “VED allowed NIOC Norfolk Sailors to experience a simulation of the sexual assault investigation and adjudication processes.” “[This event] provided valuable information on sexual assault response procedures, while emphasizing the importance of bystander intervention as a preventative measure,” she went on to say.During the event, over 100 NIOC Norfolk Sailors walked through scenarios based on real sexual assault cases, learning from subject matter experts on several aspects of the sexual assault investigation, adjudication, and advocacy process.In addition to the SAPR team, presenters included U.S. TENTH Fleet Chaplain, Capt. Kalas McAlexander; Naval Station Norfolk Sexual Assault Response Coordinators; a counselor from Fleet and Family Support Center; a Special Agent from the Naval Criminal Investigative Service SAPR Task Force; and a Forensic Nurse Examiner from Naval Hospital Portsmouth.SAAPM occurs annually in April to raise awareness and promote the prevention of sexual violence through use of special events and public education.NIOC Norfolk is a subordinate command of FLTCYBERCOM and comprises Task Force 1030 of the U.S. 10th Fleet.As the Navy’s Center of Excellence for Information Operations, NIOC Norfolk advances Information Operations war fighting capabilities for Naval and Joint Forces by providing operationally focused training and planning support; developing doctrine, tactics, techniques, and procedures; advocating requirements in support of future effects-based warfare; and managing functional data for Information Operations.FLTCYBERCOM serves as the Navy Component Command to U.S. Strategic Command and U.S. Cyber Command, providing operational employment of the Navy’s cyber, network operations, information operations, cryptologic, and space forces as well as the Navy’s Service Cryptologic Component commander to the National Security Agency/Central Security Service.Tenth Fleet is the operational arm of FLTCYBERCOM and executes its mission set through the same maritime warfighting organizations and mechanisms that the Navy uses in other warfighting domains.[mappress]Naval Today Staff, April 29, 2013; Image: Navy View post tag: Victim View post tag: Navy View post tag: Empowerment View post tag: day View post tag: Inaugural View post tag: Norfolk Training & Education View post tag: Assault April 29, 2013 Share this article View post tag: usa View post tag: News by topic View post tag: NIOC View post tag: Naval View post tag: Sexual Back to overview,Home naval-today USA: NIOC Norfolk Hosts Inaugural Sexual Assault Victim Empowerment Day USA: NIOC Norfolk Hosts Inaugural Sexual Assault Victim Empowerment Day
Charles E. Rice, professor emeritus of law, died Wednesday at the age of 83, according to a press release issued by the University on Friday.Rice graduated from the College of the Holy Cross in 1953 and earned his juris doctor degree from Boston College in 1956, the press release said. He went on to earn a master of laws and doctor of juridical sciences from New York University in 1959 and 1962, respectively, the press release said.Rice then entered private practice in New York City and taught at C.W. Post College, New York University and Fordham University before joining the Notre Dame law faculty in 1969, the press release said.A popular teacher, Rice was a pro-life advocate who co-authored many legal briefs on right-to-life and right-to-die issues, according to the press release. Rice also authored thirteen books, the press release said.While at Notre Dame, Rice was a coach, referee and faculty advisor for the University’s annual Bengal Bouts, which raises money for the Holy Cross Missions in Bangladesh, the press release said.“Professor Charles Rice epitomized all that is best about Notre Dame,” Fr. Wilson Miscamble, professor of history, said in the press release. “His contribution as a teacher and scholar in the Law School influenced at least two generations of students to become lawyers who saw their work as a vocation and not just a career. His profound commitment to the pro-life cause and to the truths of natural law, which were so evident in his writings, and in his speaking and television appearances, gave him an influence far beyond the Notre Dame campus.”A funeral Mass for Rice will be celebrated Monday at St. Joseph Church in Mishawaka, Indiana, at 11 a.m., the press release said. Visitation will be held Saturday from 4 to 8 p.m. and Sunday from 2 to 7 p.m. at Hahn Funeral Home in Mishawaka.Tags: Charles Rice, Notre Dame Law School, Pro-life
Chris at play. Photo: Jakob KaferI have a lot of friends who played football in high school and college. They loved their sport, and poured everything that they had into it during that period in their lives, splitting their time between the gym and practices. Because of their hard work and representation of their respective schools, these people were the big men on campus and received all kinds of attention.But then a funny thing happened… they graduated, and the limits of their ability levels dictated the end of their football careers. Just like you see in the movies, that last game is built up as “the most important game of their lives.” And after that is over, well, time to fade into anonymity, take a job in an unrelated field, and the goal becomes getting rich and fat.I have seen this happen to more than a few people who I went to high school with, and it has always fascinated me how they never touch a football again, and live the rest of their lives talking about the glory days.It confuses me because my relationship with kayaking, biking, sailing and skiing is so much different from this. These are lifetime sports, and form an essential part of the fabric of our lives. Old friends and family members often ask me when I see them: “are you still doing the kayaking thing?Well, yes!I want to be able to rip it on the slopes, trails, and water until I am very old. And here’s the funny thing… I truly believe that the time that I spend in those places getting fresh air and exercise is extending my life as well.I don’t know if some people who are close to me think that one day I will “grow up” and stop heading into the mountains on occasion and acting like a kid, getting lost, one-upping with my friends, and coming back to the real world with a happily refreshed mind and body. If you think that is going to come to an end then I’m sorry to disappoint you, but maybe you should try acting like a kid again yourself. That is what these activities allow us to do.Our sports do not represent a phase in our lives. There isn’t a point where we decide that we put it down and retire. There are always times when life gets in the way and we need to shift priorities around a bit, but our time in the outdoors is a foundation of our souls that is always there to return to. It helps us to think clearly and re-center. These sports are like an old friend… even after a period of time away, you can always pick up where you left off.I truly look forward to keeping these relationships with my sports as long as I live, as well as someday passing these joys and experiences on to the next generation.
By Dialogo October 01, 2011 Identifying the weapons and bullets used in the commission of crimes is a necessity for criminal investigators. Forensic ballistics is a key capability to provide the scientific evidence necessary to prosecute criminals. Through the 7th Technical and Scientific Cooperation Program Belize-Mexico 2010-2012, more than 40 members of Belize’s police department and Forensic Science Service received training from the Mexican police forces in May 2011. The training is the first of four courses in the cooperative program aimed to build capacity in forensics by training Belizean personnel in new methods and techniques regarding ballistics. The training included the identification of firearms and ammunition, microscopic analysis, ballistics laboratory standards, an introduction to the Integrated Ballistics Identification System and field work. Sources: The Reporter, Embassy of Mexico in Belize
Panhandle communities rally to offset holiday burglary loss April 1, 2002 Regular News Just two weeks before the Escambia/Santa Rosa Bar Young Lawyers Division was to distribute gifts to hundreds of children under the protective supervision of the Department of Children and Families as part of its Holidays in January project, disaster struck.The storage facility where the young lawyers had housed more than $20,0000 worth of donated toys, clothing, books, and school supplies was hit by burglars and about half of the gifts were stolen.“I was absolutely shocked and we did not know if we would be able to replenish those things that were taken,” said event Co-chair Adrianna Spain, especially in light of how much those in the community had already donated to relief organizations since the September 11 terrorist attacks. “We didn’t know if [the Escambia and Santa Rosa communities] had in their hearts to again help us out, and we were really blessed that they did.”Once the public was made aware of the theft, they donated thousands more dollars in cash, toys, and clothing. the time of the event in late January, more had been donated than had been lost, said Julie Jones, a past president of the Escambia-Santa Rosa Young Lawyers Division and now the First Circuit representative on the Bar’s Young Lawyers Division.“The generosity of the community turned a potential disaster into a success,” Jones said. “The community really came through in spades for us. They really pitched in, and we ended up having more this year than ever before.”Spain said the annual Holiday in January program typically serves about 300 to 400 kids, who each receive two to three items of clothing, two toys, plus books, school supplies, and stuffed animals.“It was amazing,” Spain said. “One man in my office made an anonymous $500 donation; another organization had three huge bags of stuffed animals they turned over to us. People who didn’t even know us or were unrelated to the legal community just sent us checks left and right.”Spain said the efforts just show how strong the community is and how the people of Northwest Florida can pull together in times of crisis “and can turn a bad situation into a good one.”Spain said the young lawyers ended up with twice as many goods as it originally collected and turned to surplus over to the Department of Children and Families to distribute in special circumstances, such as when children show up in emergency shelters.Spain also said the Escambia/Santa Rosa young lawyers would be happy to work with other bar groups across the state in helping them implement their own Holidays in January project. Spain can be reached at (850) 429-0755. Panhandle communities rally to offset holiday burglary loss
The availability of critical systems and the confidentiality and integrity of member data are paramount to the survival of credit unions today. According to a Forrester Research, Inc. report “Maximize Business Performance with a World-Class GRC Program” published May 16, 2014, “Unexpected events are at best distracting and at worst catastrophic for organizations. A critical element of any good GRC program is the ability to identify and understand risks that may damage the organization, then take proper precautions to prevent them from happening and to reduce the impact of the consequences should precautions fail.” To avoid damaging events, build member trust, and meet compliance requirements, it is important for credit unions to ensure they have the right processes and controls in place.The following provides an overview of the most common unimplemented controls identified during a review of the 2014 IT risk-based audits performed by TraceSecurity information security analysts. These results are not only considered industry best practices but are also seen in guidance outlined by the FFIEC, specifically the FFIEC Information Security IT Examination Handbook and Business Continuity Planning IT Examination Handbook.Establish and maintain a system hardening standard and system hardening proceduresSystem hardening is the systematic process of securing devices before placing them in production. With a well-defined hardening process, your credit union can lower the risk of attack due to default accounts, unpatched systems and flawed malware protection, among other things.Install a generator sized to support the facilityIdeally, a generator will provide power to the entire office. Alternatively, power should be available to the data center, including all critical servers, switches, routers, firewalls, security systems, video surveillance and proximity readers.Test the system continuity plan regularlyContinuity plan testing is performed to ensure the process will work and your credit union can continue to operate after a business interruption. Your credit union should consider the availability of critical staff, the equipment needed to resume operations, the methods needed to restore data, and the time it takes to restore services. The test should be performed annually. Both the business continuity and disaster recovery plan should be updated to reflect lessons learned from the testing event.Establish and maintain a documented list of protocols, ports, applications and services for essential operationsFirewalls are composed of many access lists that allow traffic to flow in and out of the network. The required list should simply document the ports and services allowed to communicate through the firewall, which devices are allowed to communicate, and the business reason for the ports in use. If vendors have Virtual Private Network (VPN) access, the list should indicate the systems they are approved to communicate with and the allowed IP addresses of the vendor.Use strong data encryption to transmit restricted data or restricted information over public networksMost credit unions assume that transmitting data over a public telephone line is safe. Encryption of all data leaving the physical safety of your office is the best defense against exposure due to misconfiguration or unscrupulous individuals.Scan for rogue and other network devices and deny access until approval has been receivedA rogue device is any piece of equipment connected to your network that has not been authorized by your credit union. A rogue device can be a wireless access point, an employee’s personal laptop or a data switch. There are many risks associated with rogue devices. Rogue protection should block access to your network until the device has been checked by IT staff and specifically allowed to connect.Communicate security awareness and the internal control framework to all constituentsA common organizational process is to communicate security awareness issues to new employees as part of their orientation, but often times credit unions fail to repeat this process after the initial hiring period. The protection of information assets is the responsibility of everyone in your credit union and requires continuing education. On-going training efforts should address new threats, as well as include reminders of common threats. A formal security awareness program should, at a minimum, include annual training.Establish and maintain a configuration management policyA policy dictating the configurations of systems offers protection by indicating the types of systems to be purchased, what can and cannot be installed on systems, and how the security of the system should be configured. In addition, the policy protects your IT department by providing standardization and defining recourse if unauthorized software is installed or services are disabled.Establish and maintain a process to control patch managementPatch management is simply the installation of software updates to mitigate known vulnerabilities in operating systems and software. To ensure all computers remain up-to-date and are not left vulnerable, your credit union’s patch management process should be monitored on an on-going basis, especially if individual workstations are allowed to download updates. Networking equipment should also be updated periodically as new operating system versions are released by the manufacturer.Perform penetration testing and vulnerability scanning on a regular basisPenetration testing and vulnerability scanning involve a three part security testing process: internal penetration testing, external penetration testing and automated vulnerability scans. In the audit context, all three portions should be implemented.Establish access rights based on least privilegeAccess to data should be limited based on job function. However, many credit unions establish users as local administrators on their workstations. As a result, users have access to all data. This is a critical issue. Access is to be granted in a granular fashion and is most easily managed by group memberships.There is nothing more potentially damaging to a credit union than an ineffective business continuity plan or security breach. Failing to implement controls that help safeguard assets can disable operations, result in regulatory violations and destroy a credit union’s brand. However, many credit unions continue to fall short when it comes to effectively managing their risk exposure.Reviewing controls currently in place and identifying potential areas of vulnerability will enable your credit union to manage risk proactively and reduce exposure. While there is no such thing as absolute protection, proper review and implementation of security controls, including those highlighted above in addition to others, will ensure your credit union’s ability to protect itself against significant risks.For more information and an in-depth review of the most common unimplemented risk controls, see TraceSecurity’s white paper “2014 IT Risk-based Audit Findings.” 89SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Herbert McMorris Herbert plays an essential role in providing security services for the TraceSecurity customers, such as FFIEC Information Security Audits. His experience and knowledge is also leveraged for performing both remote … Web: https://www.tracesecurity.com Details
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Oheka ShootingThis case is the biggest whodunit to hit Long Island in recent memory. A shooter tried to gun down Gary Melius, the powerful owner of Oheka Castle—the palatial hotel, restaurant, catering hall and frequent film set in Huntington—but Melius survived a gunshot wound to the head in broad daylight as he got into his car at the estate on Feb. 24. Since the wealthy, prolific political donor and Independence Party backer has his fingers in a great many pies across Nassau and Suffolk counties, the rumor mill ran wild with speculation over who might have wanted him dead. Melius couldn’t identify the shooter and says he doesn’t know who would want to execute him. Suffolk County police, who are continuing the investigation, have neither made any arrests nor named any suspects. They have only released a surveillance camera image of a light-colored four-door Jeep Grand Cherokee that was spotted fleeing the scene. Does Maggie Simpson have an alibi?Clockwise from top left: Brett Robinson, Thomas Datre Jr., Ronald Cianciulli, Joseph Montouri Jr., Thomas Datre Sr. and Christopher Grabe.Islip Dumping ScandalSo much for learning from the plight of the infamous Mobro 400—the garbage barge loaded with Islip trash that became a lesson in waste mismanagement after ports across the hemisphere refused to take its toxic cargo in 1987. A quarter century later, Islip town parks officials allegedly allowed a politically connected contractor to dump tons of toxic debris at parks in Brentwood, Central Islip, wetlands in Deer Park and a veterans housing complex in Islandia. Rallies outside Islip Town Hall became a regular sight. Anthony Senft, the town board member who was liaison to the parks department at the time, was forced to drop out of his Republican bid for a New York State Senate seat. Republican Islip Town Supervisor Tom Croci, a Navy reservist who was deployed in Afghanistan when the scandal broke, ran and won that race instead—successfully dodging the task of cleaning up the mess his appointees were accused of making. Six suspects were indicted for alleged environmental crimes. And the investigation is continuing.Speed Camera DebacleIf non-voters ever needed an example of how much their vote counts, this is it. After being hounded everywhere they went by those constituents complaining about how much they hate the school-zone speed cameras, Nassau County legislators repealed the program in December, halfway through its first school year—fearing for their 2015 re-election chances if they didn’t. These were the same lawmakers who requested that New York State legalize the cameras earlier this year. And in their zeal for public safety, they’d launched the program in June. Some residents were mailed multiple $80 tickets for speeding more than 10 miles over the 20 mph school speed limits. Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano, a Republican, dismissed the first tickets issued during summer school amid the uproar. Lawmakers then promised to increase signage so drivers would be better warned where the unpopular cameras were. Then Mangano cut down the speed cameras’ hours to just when students enter and leave their school grounds. Less than a week later, the program was repealed. Watching the disaster from across the county line, Suffolk lawmakers nixed their speed camera plans before their scheduled launch in 2015.Scattered Body PartsWhen a woman’s dismembered body was found in a vacant lot on Maple Avenue in Bay Shore in July, some feared that the Long Island Serial Killer had struck again. The case took an even weirder turn when the victim’s head and severed arms were found scattered throughout the village of Hempstead. The victim was later identified as Chinelle Latoya Thompson Browne, a Guyanese immigrant and mother of four, who was reported missing. The suspect, Leah Cuevas, is accused of killing her while posing as the landlord of the Brooklyn apartment building in which the victim lived, following an argument about a power outage over Fourth of July weekend. In court documents, one neighbor reported hearing screams coming from the apartment “like nothing I ever heard before.”Ronald Bower Freed (From Prison)It was 25 years in the making, and to a growing number of supporters, 25 years too late. On a drizzly grey morning this past June the 53-year-old father of two from Queens shuffled out of a maximum-security prison several miles south of the Canadian border for the first time without shackles since 1993, when Queens sex crimes detectives arrested him at his job as a security guard in the Douglaston Mall. Bower was then ordered by cops to dress in clothes a number of sex crimes victims say their attacker wore and paraded through up to a dozen lineups until he was pointed out as “The Silver Gun Rapist,” an armed perpetrator who raped and molested women in Queens and Nassau throughout the early 1990s with a silver handgun. Despite his conviction and incarceration for the crimes, the heinous acts continued. Soon thereafter, an FBI agent and Inspector General’s Office investigator uncovered that a New York police officer bearing a striking resemblance to Bower—and who owned a silver handgun, among nearly a dozen other weapons—was the likely culprit. Several judges, despite the evidence, have since disagreed, and thus, as the Press realized while driving Bower home from prison, until he’s fully exonerated, Bower will never truly be free—instead, barely scraping by as a Level Three registered sexual predator.LI School Districts Immigration ProblemThe Hempstead School District’s alleged refusal to enroll at least 34 undocumented or unaccompanied minors this school year sparked New York State to conduct a joint compliance review—and provoked widespread condemnation from civil rights groups. Amid a barrage of criticism, the district opened a so-called “transition school” in the village to help deal with the influx of students. Additionally, the New York Civil Liberties conducted its own review, which found that a dozen LI school districts might be “unlawfully barring” the enrollment of immigrant students. In mid-December, the New York State Board of Regents passed an emergency regulation meant to shed the barriers that prevent undocumented students from enrolling in public schools.Kathleen Rice Takes McCarthy’s SeatNassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice, a Democrat, will head to Capitol Hill in January to take over the seat held by longtime U.S. Rep. Carolyn McCarthy (D-Mineola), who decided not to seek re-election after 17 years in office. Rice won a closer than expected race against Republican Bruce Blakeman in November and had McCarthy at her side when she gave her victory speech at the Garden City Hotel. During her campaign Rice said that she’d continue McCarthy’s fight to stem gun violence and also pledged to support efforts to raise the minimum wage. Rice, Nassau’s first female district attorney, spent eight years in that office, which aggressively prosecuted drunk drivers and uncovered an SAT cheating scandal in Great Neck that led to nationwide changes to test security. McCarthy decided to give up the seat after a long battle with cancer. Rice joins a shrinking minority caucus in the U.S. House of Representatives after Democrats took a beating in the midterms.New York Islanders John Tavares shoots against the Pittsburgh Penguins on Saturday, May 11, 2013. (Photo by Joe Nuzzo)Islanders Sale Approved; Team Says Farewell to Old BarnIsles fans have been on thin ice for over a decade. Not only have they had to suffer through several seasons of brutal hockey, but the deeply passionate fan base was also forced to wait breathlessly as owner Charles Wang unsuccessfully tried to keep the franchise at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum and even hinted at relocating the team. After several failed bids, Wang finally decided he had had enough and agreed to move LI’s lone professional sports team to Brooklyn’s Barclays Center in 2015. Despite the tough luck, there are signs of hope. Wang sold a minority interest in the franchise to Scott Malkin and John Ledecky this year. The duo will maintain minority ownership until 2016, when they take over majority control of the team, thereby reversing roles with Wang. In the waning days of December the Islanders were in second place in the Metropolitan division and third in the Eastern Conference, perfectly positioned to earn a spot in the NHL’s postseason. Things are looking up for the Isles. Too bad it’s all happening while the team is half-way out the door.Long Island Rail Road Strike AvertedIt seems like old news now because no one ever actually hit the picket lines, but just imagine the chaos that would’ve unfolded if Long Island Rail Road workers and the MTA hadn’t averted a strike that could’ve stranded upwards of 300,000 daily commuters in July. The searing summer heat coupled with grumpy, decaffeinated straphangers doesn’t quite mix. Thankfully, the crisis was derailed in the nick of time. LIRR unions and the MTA agreed to a 17-percent wage increase over six and a half years for 5,400 LIRR workers who had been without a contract for four years. The agreement also included health-care contributions for members, which the MTA was seeking in order to help prevent a potential fare hike. Despite heated language from both sides, including competing newspaper and radio ads, a deal was reached less than three days before workers were set to strike.Clockwise from left: John Bittrolff, Rita Tangredi and Colleen McNamee.Cold Case ArrestIn another case that had vague similarities to the unsolved Gilgo Beach homicides, 48-year-old John Bittrolff of Manorville was arrested in July for allegedly murdering two women two decades ago and is suspected of slaying a third woman around the same time. Bittrolff is accused of fatally strangling Rita Tangredi-Beinlich, who was 31 when she was last seen hitchhiking before her nude body was found in a wooded area off of Esplanada Drive in East Patchogue on Nov. 3, 1993. He is also accused of fatally strangling Colleen McNamee, who was 20 when her nude body was found in a wooded area south of the Long Island Expressway in North Shirley two months later, on Jan. 30, 1994. Both women had frequented the area and had prior arrests for prostitution, police had said at the time. Homicide Squad detectives are also investigating whether Bittrolff killed a third woman, Sandra Costilla, 28, of Queens, whose cause of death resembles Tangredi’s and McNamee’s, authorities said. Costilla was found dead in North Sea on the South Fork on Nov. 20, 1993.Nassau Legis. Dave Denenberg, right, leaving US District Court in Central Islip in November following his arraignment on fraud charges. (Rashed Mian / Long Island Press)Denenberg ImplodesIt happened so fast it took people’s breath away. David Denenberg was one of the Nassau Democrats’ crown jewels in the legislature, a constant thorn in the Republicans’ side—especially the late great, irascible GOP Majority Leader Peter Schmitt—and a real contender for the 8th District State Senate seat, which had been in Republican hands until Sen. Charles Fuschillo Jr. left the office vacant. Denenberg’s candidacy threatened the razor-thin margin that Sen. Dean Skelos (R-Rockville Centre), the Senate Republican leader, counted on in Albany. At the end of September Denenberg held a double-digit lead in the polls over his Republican opponent, Legis. Michael Venditto (R-Massapequa), the 33-year-old fortunate son of Republican Oyster Bay Supervisor John Venditto. But out of the blue the 51-year-old Merrick Democrat was slammed with charges that he’d bilked his former law firm of more than $2 million. Suddenly he decided to drop out of the race. Next he was charged with eight counts of mail fraud at Central Islip Federal Court, where his wife Cara stole the limelight by showing up wearing a Batman mask. On Election Day Denenberg still wound up with 40 percent of the vote. In December he told a federal judge he’ll plead guilty to the charges and next month vacate his seat in the county legislature where he’s served his South Shore district for eight terms.Zeldin Ousts BishopBy conventional wisdom, six-term incumbent Congressman Tim Bishop (D- Southampton) entered the fall campaign with an arguable chance of holding onto his seat because his Republican challenger, State Sen. Lee Zeldin (R-Shirley), had endured a bruising primary from millionaire George Demos, who reportedly spent $3 million attacking him. More importantly, Bishop had trounced Zeldin by 16 percentage points (58-42) the other time they’d faced each other in 2008. This year the incumbent’s luck finally ran out. In November, Zeldin, a 34-year-old Iraq War Army vet, beat Bishop, a 64-year-old former college provost, by a margin of 54 percent to 45 percent, making the young Brookhaven man the first conservative Republican to represent the East End district in more than 12 years. Bishop had the wind against him. He had to defend an unpopular President Obama in an off-year election, withstand blistering ads falsely accusing him of corruption (no charges were ever filed) and counter the millions of dollars poured into the race by right-wing Super-PACs. As it turned out, even with Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s name at the top of the ticket, too many Suffolk Democrats stayed away from the polls, and the Republican wave that swept the nation on Election Day washed Bishop away as well.James Carver, president of the Nassau Police Benevolent Association, speaks at a podium in June in defense of an officer accused of excessive force.Nassau Cop Charged With AssaultWhile the tensions flared nationwide over the issue of police brutality, a Nassau County police officer was indicted on charges of assaulting a Westbury man during a traffic stop in April. Prosecutors dropped charges against the driver, 20-year-old Kyle Howell, who suffered broken bones in his face. Officer Vincent LoGiudice pleaded not guilty to felony counts of assault after a video surfaced of him allegedly kneeing Howell in the face repeatedly. Howell told reporters at a news conference later that he was reaching for his paycheck when the officer hit him, but he told investigators that he was trying to get rid of a bag of marijuana. Officers packed the court house in support of LoGiudice while Al Sharpton’s National Action Network later followed suit in support of Howell. The attorney for the family, who is suing the county, suspects prosecutors are taking a dive on the case—an allegation the Nassau District Attorney’s office has refuted. How this case will end nobody knows, but it has proven that like the rest of the country Long Island has the same concerns about police using excessive force against unarmed civilians.Bellone’s IT Chief Booted OutA multimillion-dollar software deal with Microsoft that was supposed to help Suffolk County’s computers run better might as well have been hacked considering all the good it did for Donald Rodgers, Suffolk County’s information technology commissioner. He was forced out over accusations he’d misled county lawmakers about the $5 million contract. For that alleged lack of candor he was charged with two misdemeanors. For failing to disclose that he owned Red Dog Design Inc., and didn’t report how much the firm had made in 2012 on his county financial disclosure form when he came to work for County Executive Steve Bellone, he was charged with a felony. His bad luck began back in February when a grand jury subpoena was served on the legislature from Suffolk County District Attorney Tom Spota’s office. Rodgers was arrested in May and was placed on administrative leave without pay. In August, he resigned after pleading guilty only to official misconduct, a misdemeanor, since the felony charge was dropped. The mistakes he made cost Suffolk nothing, a county spokesman later said, but they did cost Rodgers his career in public service.