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"Flash Flood Watch, Coastal Flood Advisory" ...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. 554 PM EST Sat Jan 19 2019 ...Coastal flood advisory remains in effect from 6 am to 1 PM EST Sunday... * 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 Sunday 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 2-4 min-mod 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 2-4 min-mod 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 2-4 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 2-4 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 1-2 min-mod 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 9.7/10.2 2.4/ 2.9 1.8/ 2.3 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 Montauk NY MLLW categories - minor 4.5 ft, moderate 5.3 ft, major 7.0 ft mhhw categories - minor 2.0 ft, moderate 2.8 ft, major 4.5 ft total total departure day/time tide tide from norm waves flood ft MLLW ft mhhw ft ft impact -------- --------- --------- --------- ------- -------- 20/08 am 4.7/ 5.2 2.2/ 2.7 1.9/ 2.3 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 0-1 min-mod 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 2-4 minor -- Sunday Jan.20 19,08:49 AM

A.G. Schneiderman Announces Sentence Of Suffolk County Doctor For Criminal Sale Of Opioid Prescriptions

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Long Island Doctor Sentenced To One Year In Jail For Conviction Of Sale Of Prescriptions For Narcotics And Other Controlled Substances.

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Long Island, NY - June 27, 2017 - Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman announced today that Dr. Kurt Silverstein, Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine, was sentenced in Suffolk County Court in Riverhead to one year in jail after being found guilty by a jury for Criminal Sale of a Prescription for a Controlled Substance, Unauthorized Practice a Crime (Medicine), and Falsifying Business Records in the First Degree. The evidence at trial proved that Silverstein sold prescriptions for opioid medications on several occasions; aided, abetted and authorized one of his non-physician employees to issue prescriptions for controlled substances at her discretion; and falsified electronic medical records relating to the patients to conceal his crimes. Silverstein was taken into custody and will serve his sentence in the Suffolk County Correctional Facility.
 
“Kurt Silverstein put money ahead of the health and wellbeing of his patients – serving as a drug dealer in a white coat. Doctors should be on the front lines protecting their patients as we continue to combat the scourge of opioid addiction. Instead, Dr. Silverstein helped fuel this deadly epidemic, and he’ll now be held accountable for his crimes,” said Attorney General Schneiderman. “From creating the I-STOP system and combating the overprescribing of opioids to eliminating barriers to addiction treatment and cracking down on those who traffic drugs into our communities, my office will continue to fight for solutions to protect New Yorkers from this public health crisis.”
 
The evidence at trial established that, from January through July 2009 and again in July 2011, the defendant, who practiced in Hauppauge and only accepted cash, routinely left his office during office hours, often to play ice hockey or travel. In his absence, he had his receptionist print and sign his name to prescriptions for controlled substances, create electronic medical records of prescription-buying “patients,” and give the prescriptions to these individuals after they paid a cash “office visit” fee of up to $125. The electronic medical record would then falsely reflect physical examinations and observations of the “patient,” fictitious conversations with the “patient,” and indicate a plan to continue the course of “treatment” from the last visit, as if Silverstein had actually seen the patient during an office visit. The evidence revealed that the prescriptions that Silverstein sold through his receptionist were for controlled substances including Xanax, Norco (hydrocodone with acetaminophen), Suboxone, Adderall, and Clonazepam.
 
Since the announcement of the guilty verdicts, the United States Department of Justice, Drug Enforcement Administration has revoked Silverstein’s DEA license thus ensuring that he can no longer write prescriptions for controlled substances.
 
Silverstein was sentenced by the Honorable Timothy P. Mazzei, Judge, Suffolk County Court, who also presided over the jury trial.  
 
The Attorney General thanks the United States Department of Justice, Drug Enforcement Administration, for referring this matter to this Office and for its assistance during the investigation. The Attorney General also thanks the New York State Department of Health, Office of Professional Medical Conduct and the Bureau of Narcotic Enforcement for their assistance during the investigation.
 
This case was prosecuted by Special Assistant Attorney General Veronica Bindrim-MacDevitt of the Medicaid Fraud Control Unit (MFCU), Hauppauge Regional Office with trial support from Anne Liptak, Confidential Legal Assistant. This case was investigated by Special Investigator Stephen Clarke and former Special Investigator Christopher Ward (now NYPD) with assistance from Supervising Investigator Greg Muroff and Deputy Chief Investigator Kenneth Morgan.  The financial analysis was conducted by Senior Auditor Investigator Gretchen Hugh and Director of Interagency Communications Joanna-Joy Volo.  Kathleen Yoos is the Hauppauge Regional Chief Auditor.
 
Jane Zwirn-Turkin is the Regional Director of the MFCU Hauppauge Office.  Special Assistant Attorney General Thomas O’Hanlon is the MFCU Chief of Criminal Investigations, Downstate.  MFCU is led by Director Amy Held and Assistant Deputy Attorney General Paul J. Mahoney.