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ISAIAS CONTINUES MOVING NORTH This product covers Southeast New York, Northeast New Jersey, and Southern Connecticut **ISAIAS CONTINUES MOVING NORTH** NEW INFORMATION --------------- * CHANGES TO WATCHES AND WARNINGS: - None * CURRENT WATCHES AND WARNINGS: - A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for Bronx, Eastern Bergen, Eastern Essex, Eastern Passaic, Eastern Union, Hudson, Kings (Brooklyn), New York (Manhattan), Northeastern Suffolk, Northern Fairfield, Northern Middlesex, Northern Nassau, Northern New Haven, Northern New London, Northern Queens, Northern Westchester, Northwestern Suffolk, Orange, Putnam, Richmond (Staten Island), Rockland, Southeastern Suffolk, Southern Fairfield, Southern Middlesex, Southern Nassau, Southern New Haven, Southern New London, Southern Queens, Southern Westchester, Southwestern Suffolk, Western Bergen, Western Essex, Western Passaic, and Western Union * STORM INFORMATION: - About 130 miles north of New York City NY or about 160 miles northwest of Montauk Point NY - 42.7N 74.2W - Storm Intensity 65 mph - Movement North-northeast or 20 degrees at 40 mph SITUATION OVERVIEW ------------------ The effects from Tropical Storm Isaias are expected to diminish quickly from southwest to northeast this evening as the storm moves north of the area. While threats are beginning to diminish, strong winds will continue into this evening. In addition, minor coastal flooding, high surf, and dangerous rip currents will continue. Strong winds will continue across the area into early this evening before diminishing tonight. Dangerous marine conditions are likely across all of the coastal waters through tonight. High surf and dangerous rip currents are expected to continue along the ocean beaches through Wednesday. POTENTIAL IMPACTS ----------------- * WIND: Potential impacts from the main wind event are now unfolding across the area. Remain well sheltered from dangerous wind having possible significant impacts. If realized, these impacts include: - Some damage to roofing and siding materials, along with damage to porches, awnings, carports, and sheds. A few buildings experiencing window, door, and garage door failures. Mobile homes damaged, especially if unanchored. Unsecured lightweight objects become dangerous projectiles. - Several large trees snapped or uprooted, but with greater numbers in places where trees are shallow rooted. Several fences and roadway signs blown over. - Some roads impassable from large debris, and more within urban or heavily wooded places. A few bridges, causeways, and access routes impassable. - Scattered power and communications outages, but more prevalent in areas with above ground lines. * SURGE: Potential impacts from the main surge event are possible this evening. Remain well away from locally hazardous surge having possible limited impacts. If realized, these impacts include: - Localized inundation with storm surge flooding mainly along immediate shorelines and in low lying spots, or in areas farther inland near where higher surge waters move ashore. - Sections of near shore roads and parking lots become overspread with surge water. Driving conditions dangerous in places where surge water covers the road. - Moderate beach erosion. Heavy surf also breaching dunes, mainly in usually vulnerable locations. Strong and frequent rip currents. - Minor to locally moderate damage to marinas, docks, boardwalks, and piers. A few small craft broken away from moorings.

AG Schneiderman Serves Notice of Intent to Sue Long Island Companies and Their Principal in Joint Federal-State Mortgage Rescue Fraud Sweep

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Attorney General Joins CFPB, FTC & States In Sweep Targeting Mortgage Rescue Schemes

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New York, NY - July 23, 2014 - Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman announced that he has served a notice of intent to bring litigation against Home Affordable Direct, Inc., JR Holding Group Corp and Javier Gutierrez for operating a fraudulent mortgage rescue and loan modification scheme that scammed consumers into paying large upfront fees but failed to fulfill promises to help homeowners stay in their homes and avoid foreclosure. This case is part of a joint federal-state sweep by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, the Federal Trade Commission and 15 states targeting scam operations that prey on financially struggling homeowners and those facing foreclosure. 
 
“As many New Yorkers continue to recover from the housing crisis, our office will hold those accountable who prey on families struggling to stay in their homes,” said Attorney General Schneiderman. “The law applies to everyone equally, no matter how rich or powerful, and this joint effort will help protect vulnerable New York homeowners from unscrupulous scammers and predatory businesses.”
 
Mortgage rescue scams target vulnerable homeowners and, for an upfront fee, promise to save their homes by negotiating lower mortgage payments or principal reductions with the homeowners’ mortgage servicers or lenders.  After collecting upfront fees, these scam operations fail to provide the services promised, placing their victims at even greater risk of foreclosure.
 
Attorney General Schneiderman served Home Affordable Direct, Inc., JR Holding Group Corp and Javier Gutierrez with a notice of intent to bring litigation for engaging in widespread fraud and illegality in the marketing and operation of their foreclosure rescue and loan modification business.  Through radio advertisements, atheir website and live sales pitches, Gutierrez and his two companies deceptively induced consumers to pay substantial illegal upfront fees by making multiple misrepresentations and then failed to deliver on those promises.
 
In addition to holding accountable those who precipitated and preyed upon victims of the housing crisis, Attorney General Schneiderman’s Office also launched the Homeowner Protection Program (HOPP), which funds roughly 90 organizations across the state to assist at-risk homeowners. These organizations have served a combined total of nearly 30,000 families since HOPP launched in October 2012 by providing counseling and support for those at risk of foreclosure. Consumers can call 855-HOME-456 to obtain assistance through HOPP.
 
This case is being handled by Assistant Attorney General Adam H. Cohen, Deputy Bureau Chief Laura J. Levine and Bureau Chief Jane M. Azia in the Bureau of Consumers Frauds and Protection, and Executive Deputy Attorney General for Economic Justice Karla G. Sanchez. 
 
Along with the FTC and CFPB, attorneys general from the following states participated in today’s sweep: Arizona, Delaware, Florida, Indiana, Illinois, Kansas, Louisiana, Maryland, Michigan, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Washington and Wisconsin. Also participating is the Maryland Commissioner of Financial Regulation and the Washington State Department of Financial Institutions.