Governor-Elect Peter Shumlin today announced several staff appointments, including naming Susan Spaulding as Director of Constituent Services and Appointments to Boards and Commissions.Spaulding co-founded WNCS-FM radio station in Montpelier in 1977 with her husband Jeb, and has spent the past 25 plus years involved in public protection and public advocacy through medical licensure, continuing medical education, accreditation of medical schools in the United States and Canada. She lives in Montpelier. Jeb Spaulding previously was named by Shumlin to be his Secretary of Administration.Lisa Kunin has been named Executive Assistant to the Governor. Kunin served as an aide to former U.S. Sen. James Jeffords for 12 years, ultimately serving as Jefford’s Education Coordinator. She resides in South Burlington.Shumlin has appointed Aly Richards, who grew up in Newbury, as Assistant to the Chief of Staff. For the past two years Richards has been the Mid-Atlantic Deputy Finance Director at the Democratic National Committee in Washington, D.C. Previously she worked on the Obama Presidential Campaign.Leigh Appleby, who grew up in Norwich, has been named Constituent Correspondent. Appleby most recently worked as an aide to former U.S. Rep. Scott Murphy in Upstate New York.Ryan Emerson, a Newbury native, has also been tapped as Constituent Correspondent. Emerson was the Chittenden County field director for Shumlin for Governor campaign in the gubernatorial primary, as well as a regional field director for the Vermont Democratic Party in the general election.Shumlin also named Ariel Wengroff, who graduated from the University of Vermont earlier this year, as a Constituent Correspondent. She was an intern for Organizing for America here in Vermont until the summer of 2010, where she specialized in the advocacy and protection of Vermont constituents.
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York The FBI had an ex-environmental company official wear a wire to secretly record the son of New York State Sen. Dean Skelos (R-Rockville Centre) discussing an alleged pay-to-play scheme, the official said.Bjornulf White, the former vice president of AbTech Industries, used the hidden device to record the senator’s son, Adam Skelos, who was hired by AbTech at the senator’s urging, discuss how Adam planned to lobby state Sen. Tom Croci (R-Bohemia) at Croci’s re-election campaign fundraiser rather than at Croci’s office so he wouldn’t appear on the senator’s official schedule, White said Tuesday during his second full day of direct testimony in the father and son’s corruption trial at Manhattan federal court.“After you meet with Tom Croci, I’m going to his fundraiser,” Adam told White in the conversation recorded on Feb. 13 at the W Hotel in Manhattan when he advised White on how to lobby Croci for legislation that would help AbTech. “That’s all I’m going to talk to him about.”Arizona-based AbTech is one of three companies that the former state Senate Majority Leader allegedly coerced $300,000 in bribes from in the form of no-show jobs for his son in exchange for illegally manipulating legislation. Both men deny the accusations. Adam, through a middleman, allegedly coerced AbTech into paying him $10,000 a month after threatening to sink the company’s bid for a $12-million Nassau County contract.White testified that the FBI told him to ask Adam about Chief Deputy Nassau County Executive Rob Walker, the $400,000 project that White said Walker promised AbTech, and what came of media reports that the senator was under federal investigation. White also asked Adam if he had a “safe number” so White could call him and avoid federal authorities recording their conversations on wiretaps. Adam gave White the number for Adam’s so-called burner phone—pre-paid disposable cell phones that aren’t billed in the user’s name. Then the FBI tapped Adam’s burner phone.The burner phone was one of many attempts Adam used to push for legislation on AbTech’s behalf despite his not being a registered lobbyist and despite breaking news of the federal investigation. White said Adam told him to avoid using email, and instead mail him paper copies of their request for Croci to sponsor legislation that would authorize AbTech to design and build its storm water drain filters, because state law requires different companies do those roles on public projects separately. Adam told White that he would hand deliver those paper copies to Adam’s father and Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano, who was urging Gov. Andrew Cuomo to pass similar legislation, White testified.“It’s better that I distance myself from being in, like, official meetings,” Adam told White in a Feb. 23 wiretapped call while discussing their lobbying strategy and how to avoid detection by authorities. “Normally, I’m never that cautious…but with everything going on, I’m trying to be.”Meanwhile, Adam set up another lobbying meeting for White with state Sen. Michael Venditto (R-Massapequa). Then he called the senator’s office to confirm that Venditto would be attending a GOP fundraiser after his meeting with White, according to additional wiretaps played in court. Adam thought Venditto would be more receptive than Croci, but his father’s senate staff canceled White’s meeting with Venditto before it could happen. When Adam found out, he called his father to complain.“I don’t work with that person anymore,” Adam told his father in a Feb. 24 wiretapped call. “He’s just a friend.”The senator was apparently more shaken by the news of his federal investigation than his son.“Right now we are in dangerous times, Adam,” the senator told his son.
9SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr As a seasoned real estate investor with multiple properties, a couple of your top concerns might be how to continue growing your portfolio and finding new and creative ways to generate income from your properties. The traditional way of renting out a property to a tenant with a year-long lease or longer is not the only option in today’s rental market. Fortunately for many real estate investors, there are alternative and practical ways to generate income from your properties. Here are two creative ways that can help continue to grow your real estate portfolio and generate additional income.1. Rent Short TermYou don’t have to look hard to be creative when it comes to generating income from a rental property. One particular option is renting your property through a short-term rental website, like Airbnb—an online marketplace for people to list, browse, and reserve unique accommodations around the world. Airbnb rentals are available for travelers to rent in more than 65,000 cities and in 191 countries. If done right, this alternative renting method could potentially cover the cost of your mortgage. Think of Airbnb as a more “homey” hotel room with the kind of amenities you’d find in a single family home, rather than a hotel room. Renting out one or more of your properties as a daily rental rather than a long-term lease could bring in serious cash flow with fewer expenses to worry about. Plus, during peak seasons or if your rental is in a location where special events take place—expect top dollar each night.In a study conducted by Airbnb in 2012, the average guest in San Francisco, where the company originated, spent an average of $1,045 for a stay of 5.5 days. The study also found that 56% of the Airbnb hosts use their earnings from renting to pay their mortgage or rent. By collecting daily rental fees, you can save the money you would’ve spent on your mortgage and use toward upgrades to existing properties you own or toward a purchase of another property to further build up your portfolio. There are many alternatives similar to Airbnb that could bring you a new way to generate additional income and help grow your real estate portfolio. continue reading »