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"Coastal Flood Advisory, Flash Flood Watch" ...Coastal flood advisory remains in effect until 1 PM EST this afternoon... * locations...vulnerable coastal locations along Long Island Sound, the East River, Peconic and gardiners bays. * Tidal departure...around 2 ft above astronomical tides. * Coastal flood impacts...shallow flooding is expected in the most vulnerable locations near the Waterfront and shoreline. Expect around 1 to 2 feet of inundation above ground level in low lying, vulnerable areas. Some roads and low lying property including parking lots, Parks, lawns and homes/businesses with basements near the Waterfront will experience shallow flooding. * Shoreline impacts...breaking waves of 2 to 4 ft will result in beach erosion with minor damage possible to dune structures along the Connecticut shoreline. * Timing...around the times of high tide this morning. Precautionary/preparedness actions... A coastal flood advisory indicates that onshore winds and tides will combine to generate flooding of low areas along the shore. Time of high total tides are approximate to the nearest hour. Bridgeport CT MLLW categories - minor 8.9 ft, moderate 10.4 ft, major 11.4 ft mhhw categories - minor 1.6 ft, moderate 3.1 ft, major 4.1 ft total total departure day/time tide tide from norm waves flood ft MLLW ft mhhw ft ft impact -------- --------- --------- --------- ------- -------- 20/10 am 9.8/10.3 2.5/ 3.0 1.8/ 2.2 1-2 minor Stamford CT MLLW categories - minor 9.4 ft, moderate 11.0 ft, major 12.4 ft mhhw categories - minor 1.5 ft, moderate 3.1 ft, major 4.5 ft total total departure day/time tide tide from norm waves flood ft MLLW ft mhhw ft ft impact -------- --------- --------- --------- ------- -------- 20/10 am 10.5/11.0 2.6/ 3.1 2.0/ 2.5 1-2 minor New Haven CT MLLW categories - minor 8.6 ft, moderate 9.2 ft, major 10.5 ft mhhw categories - minor 1.9 ft, moderate 2.5 ft, major 3.8 ft total total departure day/time tide tide from norm waves flood ft MLLW ft mhhw ft ft impact -------- --------- --------- --------- ------- -------- 20/10 am 9.1/ 9.6 2.3/ 2.8 1.9/ 2.3 1-2 moderate New London CT MLLW categories - minor 5.0 ft, moderate 6.0 ft, major 7.8 ft mhhw categories - minor 1.9 ft, moderate 2.9 ft, major 4.7 ft total total departure day/time tide tide from norm waves flood ft MLLW ft mhhw ft ft impact -------- --------- --------- --------- ------- -------- 20/08 am 5.2/ 5.7 2.1/ 2.6 1.8/ 2.2 2 minor Kings Point NY MLLW categories - minor 10.0 ft, moderate 10.5 ft, major 13.0 ft mhhw categories - minor 2.2 ft, moderate 2.7 ft, major 5.2 ft total total departure day/time tide tide from norm waves flood ft MLLW ft mhhw ft ft impact -------- --------- --------- --------- ------- -------- 20/10 am 10.5/11.0 2.7/ 3.2 1.8/ 2.2 2 moderate Piermont NY MLLW categories - minor 6.4 ft, moderate 7.4 ft, major 8.4 ft mhhw categories - minor 2.4 ft, moderate 3.4 ft, major 4.4 ft total total departure day/time tide tide from norm waves flood ft MLLW ft mhhw ft ft impact -------- --------- --------- --------- ------- -------- 20/09 am 5.1/ 5.6 1.1/ 1.6 1.2/ 1.7 0 none Old Field NY MLLW categories - minor 9.2 ft, moderate 10.2 ft, major 12.2 ft mhhw categories - minor 1.9 ft, moderate 2.9 ft, major 4.9 ft total total departure day/time tide tide from norm waves flood ft MLLW ft mhhw ft ft impact -------- --------- --------- --------- ------- -------- 20/10 am 9.9/10.4 2.6/ 3.1 2.0/ 2.5 1-2 minor Glen Cove NY MLLW categories - minor 10.1 ft, moderate 11.1 ft, major 13.1 ft mhhw categories - minor 2.2 ft, moderate 3.2 ft, major 5.2 ft total total departure day/time tide tide from norm waves flood ft MLLW ft mhhw ft ft impact -------- --------- --------- --------- ------- -------- 20/10 am 10.3/10.8 2.3/ 2.8 1.5/ 2.0 1-2 minor Riverhead NY MLLW categories - minor 5.6 ft, moderate 6.3 ft, major 7.1 ft mhhw categories - minor 2.3 ft, moderate 3.0 ft, major 3.8 ft total total departure day/time tide tide from norm waves flood ft MLLW ft mhhw ft ft impact -------- --------- --------- --------- ------- -------- 20/11 am 5.7/ 6.2 2.5/ 3.0 2.1/ 2.6 2 minor Orient Point NY MLLW categories - minor 4.7 ft, moderate 5.7 ft, major 6.7 ft mhhw categories - minor 1.9 ft, moderate 2.9 ft, major 3.9 ft total total departure day/time tide tide from norm waves flood ft MLLW ft mhhw ft ft impact -------- --------- --------- --------- ------- -------- 20/09 am 5.1/ 5.6 2.2/ 2.7 1.8/ 2.2 2 minor 337 am EST sun Jan 20 2019 ...Flash Flood Watch remains in effect until 1 PM EST this afternoon... The Flash Flood Watch continues for * portions of southern Connecticut, northeast New Jersey, and southeast New York, including the following areas, in southern Connecticut, southern Fairfield, southern Middlesex, southern New Haven, and southern New London. In northeast New Jersey, eastern Bergen, eastern Essex, eastern Passaic, eastern Union, Hudson, western Essex, and western Union. In southeast New York, Bronx, Kings (brooklyn), New York (manhattan), northeastern Suffolk, northern Nassau, northern Queens, northwestern Suffolk, Richmond (staten island), southeastern Suffolk, southern Nassau, southern Queens, southern Westchester, and southwestern Suffolk. * Until 1 PM EST this afternoon * moderate to locally heavy rain will continue through early this afternoon. Total amounts of 1 1/2 to 2 1/2 inches are possible, which may result in flooding of urban areas, and flashy streams. * Any fresh water flooding will be exacerbated by coastal flooding during the Sunday morning high tide. Precautionary/preparedness actions... A Flash Flood Watch means that conditions may develop that lead to flash flooding. Flash flooding is a very dangerous situation. You should monitor later forecasts and be prepared to take action should flash flood warnings be issued. -- Sunday Jan.20 19,09:49 AM

A.G. Schneiderman Announces Sentencing Of Construction Company Owner For Underpaying Workers On NYC Affordable Housing Project

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Conviction Secures $500K Restitution For 16 Underpaid Workers; Employers Banned From Public Construction Work In New York State For Five Years Schneiderman: Employers Who Steal From Their Workers Face Serious Consequences.

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NEW YORK- February 18, 2014 - Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman today announced the sentencing of Applied Construction Inc., its owner, Mohammad T. Riaz, its manager, Mohammad Arshad, and two foremen, Zbigniew Lakomiec and Socrates “Tony” Carrera, for failing to pay prevailing wages to workers on a public works construction project at a residential building in the Bronx. The project was financed and overseen by the New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD).Applied Construction Inc. and Riaz pleaded guilty to felony charges and paid nearly $500,000 in restitution. That money will go to 16 workers. Applied and Riaz are barred from government construction jobs for five years.

“Development of affordable housing is critical for New York City, but it must be done with contractors and subcontractors who follow the law and pay workers properly,” Attorney General Schneiderman said. “These employers who flouted the law will be barred from New York State government projects starting now.”

Applied Construction Inc., based at 677 Morris Park Avenue in the Bronx, and its owner, manager and foremen were required by law and by their contract with the city to pay prevailing wages to workers on an affordable housing project, located at 2865 Kingsbridge Terrace in the Bronx, between November 9, 2011, and August 30, 2012. Rather than pay the workers at the legally required hourly rates, the defendants paid the workers a fraction of the lawful rate and did not provide supplemental benefits.

Riaz, 35, lives in Westbury, N.Y.; Arshad, 40, is of Hicksville, N.Y.; Lakomiec, 59, lives in Brooklyn; and Carrera, 39, is of the Bronx.

To conceal their scheme, Riaz and Arshad underpaid some of their workers by paying them in cash and excluding those workers on certified payroll reports submitted to HPD. In addition, some workers who were listed on the reports were given the amount of money as listed on the certified payroll reports but were then required to return a portion of their wages to the defendants.

The defendants were arrested on March 6, 2013, and March 11, 2013, and charged with Grand Larceny in the Second Degree, which carries a maximum term of 5 to 15 years in prison. Riaz was also charged with three counts of Money Laundering in the Second Degree. Other charges include Scheme to Defraud, Falsifying Business Records, and Offering a False Instrument for Filing and Violation of Workers Compensation Law.

The project, funded in part with taxpayer dollars, was administered by New York City’s Department of Housing Preservation and Development and was subject to prevailing wage requirements.

On November 20, 2013, Applied Construction Inc. pleaded guilty to a violation of Scheme to Defraud in the First Degree, Penal Law § 190.65(1)(b), a class E Felony, and Riaz pleaded guilty to a violation of Workers Compensation Law § 52(1)(a), a Class E felony. These defendants paid $490,000 in restitution and will be barred from doing any government work in New York for five years. In addition, the defendants paid more than $2,000 to the New York State Department of Labor for unemployment insurance taxes, and defendant Riaz will have to complete 200 hours of community service. The defendants were sentenced to a conditional discharge.

Defendant Arshad's company, Spindle Construction Inc., pleaded guilty to a violation of Scheme to Defraud in the First Degree, Penal Law § 190.65(1)(b), a class E Felony, and defendant Arshad pleaded guilty to Facilitation in the Fourth Degree, Penal Law § 115.00, a class A misdemeanor. These defendants had to pay a fine of $1, 500 and were sentenced to a conditional discharge. Defendant Arshad has completed 100 hours of community service.

Defendant Lakomiec pleaded guilty to Facilitation in the Fourth Degree, Penal Law § 115.00, a class A misdemeanor and was sentenced to a conditional discharge. Lakomiec completed 40 hours of community service. Defendant Carrera pleaded guilty to Petit Larceny, Penal Law § 155.25, a class A misdemeanor and was sentenced today to a conditional discharge and 10 days of community service.

The Attorney General thanked the Mason Tenders District Council for their assistance with the case.

Robert Bonanza, business manager of the Mason Tenders District Council of Greater New York, said, “Once again, Attorney General Schneiderman and his office has sent a clear signal to anyone who wants to do public construction work on affordable housing projects in New York State – play by the rules, don’t break the laws, and don’t exploit your workers or you will face the consequences. Exploiting workers is always wrong, but Applied Construction, and its officers, has brought this criminal activity to a new low on affordable housing work performed through the City's Department of Housing Preservation and Development. Honest, hardworking New Yorkers have a true ally in Attorney General Schneiderman, and on behalf of the 17,000 members of the Mason Tenders District Council, I want to thank him for his leadership and courage in protecting all New Yorkers. ”

New York's prevailing wage law seeks to ensure that government contractors pay wages that are comparable to the local norms for a given trade. The law requires hourly rates for construction work performed for public agencies that are well above the state minimum wage of $8.00 per hour, along with benefits. Under Labor Law §220(3), any contractor or subcontractor who fails to pay prevailing wages to workers on a public works construction project may be prosecuted, with severity of the charges depending on the aggregate amount stolen from the workers.

The sentencing in this case follows the civil resolution of two unrelated cases also involving underpayment of workers at affordable housing projects developed by HPD. In March 2013, Attorney General Schneiderman announced a settlement of nearly $1 million from Procida, a general contractor on two affordable housing projects for seniors in Brooklyn, followed by a $600,000 settlement with another contractor, Masonry Services, Inc., in August 2013.

This case was investigated by New York State Office of the Attorney General Associate Auditor Percy Corcoran and Investigator David Negron under the supervision of Supervising Investigators John Sullivan and John Serrapica, Deputy Chiefs John McManus, Kenneth Morgan and Vito Spano, and Chief Dominick Zarrella.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant Attorneys General Felice Sontupe and Meredith McGowan under the supervision of Bureau Chief Terri Gerstein of the Labor Bureau, Executive Deputy Attorney General for Social Justice Alvin Bragg and Executive Deputy Attorney General for Criminal Justice Kelly Donovan.