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NorthEast Bronx Association Inc.

 'neighbors watching out for neighbors'





 September 2017



NEWS FLASHES:

Next Meeting: Monday September 25, 7:30PM, Kings Harbor MultiCare Center, E. Gun Hill Road at Stillwell Ave – Use Main Entrance.

Guest Speaker:  Ms. Mariel De La Cruz, NYC Comptroller's Office.

Representatives from the 49th Pct; NYS Senator Klein; NYS Assemblyman Gjonaj; and NYC Councilman Vacca will be present.


The Equifax Disaster

 

Courtesy of the Federal Trade Commission

If you have a credit report, there’s a good chance that you’re one of the 143 million American consumers whose sensitive personal information was exposed in a data breach at Equifax, one of the nation’s three major credit reporting agencies.

Here are the facts, according to Equifax. The breach lasted from mid-May through July. The hackers accessed people’s names, Social Security numbers, birth dates, addresses and, in some instances, driver’s license numbers. They also stole credit card numbers for about 209,000 people and dispute documents with personal identifying information for about 182,000 people. And they grabbed personal information of people in the UK and Canada too.

There are steps to take to help protect your information from being misused. Visit Equifax’s website, www.equifaxsecurity2017.com. (This link takes you away from our site. Equifaxsecurity2017.com is not controlled by the FTC.)

·         Find out if your information was exposed. Click on the “Potential Impact” tab and enter your last name and the last six digits of your Social Security number. Your Social Security number is sensitive information, so make sure you’re on a secure computer and an encrypted network connection any time you enter it. The site will tell you if you’ve been affected by this breach.

·         Whether or not your information was exposed, U.S. consumers can get a year of free credit monitoring and other services. The site will give you a date when you can come back to enroll. Write down the date and come back to the site and click “Enroll” on that date. You have until November 21, 2017 to enroll.

·         You also can access frequently asked questions at the site.

 

Next Meeting

Next Meeting: Monday September 25, 7:30PM, Kings Harbor MultiCare Center, E. Gun Hill Road at Stillwell Ave – Use Main Entrance.

Guest Speaker: Mariel De La Cruz, NYC Comptroller’s Office.

Representatives from the 49th Pct; NYS Senator Klein; NYS Assemblyman Gjonaj; and NYC Councilman Vacca will be present.

 

Here are some other steps to take to help protect yourself after a data breach:

·         Check your credit reports from Equifax, Experian, and TransUnion — for free — by visiting annualcreditreport.com. Accounts or activity that you don’t recognize could indicate identity theft. Visit IdentityTheft.gov to find out what to do.

·         Consider placing a credit freeze on your files. A credit freeze makes it harder for someone to open a new account in your name. Keep in mind that a credit freeze won’t prevent a thief from making charges to your existing accounts.

·         Monitor your existing credit card and bank accounts closely for charges you don’t recognize.

·         If you decide against a credit freeze, consider placing a fraud alert on your files. A fraud alert warns creditors that you may be an identity theft victim and that they should verify that anyone seeking credit in your name really is you.

·         File your taxes early — as soon as you have the tax information you need, before a scammer can. Tax identity theft happens when someone uses your Social Security number to get a tax refund or a job. Respond right away to letters from the IRS.

Visit Identitytheft.gov/databreach to learn more about protecting yourself after a data breach.

Equifax Isn’t Calling…

Courtesy of the Federal Trade Commission

Ring, ring. "This is Equifax calling to verify your account information." Stop. Don’t tell them anything. They’re not from Equifax. It’s a scam. Equifax will not call you out of the blue.

 

That’s just one scam you might see after Equifax’s recent data breach. Other calls might try to trick you into giving your personal information. Here are some tips for recognizing and preventing phone scams and imposter scams:

Don’t give personal information. Don’t provide any personal or financial information unless you’ve initiated the call and it’s to a phone number you know is correct.

Don’t trust caller ID. Scammers can spoof their numbers so it looks like they are calling from a particular company, even when they’re not.

If you get a robocall, hang up. Don't press 1 to speak to a live operator or any other key to take your number off the list. If you respond by pressing any number, it will probably just lead to more robocalls.

If you’ve already received a call that you think is fake, report it to the FTC.

If you gave your personal information to an imposter, it’s time to change any compromised passwords, account numbers or security questions. And if you’re concerned about identity theft, visit IdentityTheft.gov to learn how you can protect yourself.

For more information about the Equifax breach, visit www.equifaxsecurity2017.comm (which is not controlled by the FTC); or contact their call center at 866-447-7559.

From Senator Jeff Klein

It is truly an honor to serve as your local representative in the State Senate and I am proud to continue to fight to make The Bronx a safer place while putting more money back in the pockets of my constituents through expanded property tax saving measures. New Yorkers deserve to live in their communities without the fear of violence and that is why I continue to work with other elected officials and community leaders to secure needed funding to enhance safety around our homes and to go out into our neighborhoods and renounce crime that hinders the incredible progress we are making in The Bronx.  I also continue to lead the charge against the scourge of heroin and opioid abuse that plagues families throughout our borough and the entire state. Having successfully fought for a record amount of funding for prevention, treatment and recovery services in this year’s budget, I have also hosted naloxone trainings in the 34th Senate District to teach families to use this life-saving medication for those who overdose.

As the summer comes to a close, I look forward to seeing each and every one of you at the many exciting events I am hosting throughout the district, including our 2017 Summertime Symphonies, Movies at the Park and my 23rd Annual Senior Appreciation Day celebration.  As always, should you have any questions or concerns on all matters of importance, please feel free to contact my office at (718) 822-2049. My staff and I are here to help you and are happy to offer assistance that we can.

From Da Prez…

By Vincent Prezioso

Welcome back!

I hope everyone enjoyed a lovely summer season.  Please attend our next meeting and bring a friend or neighbor.  NEBA only functions as well as its members.  We need your support!  Even if all you can do is attend a monthly meeting, it is a start.

Baychester Square is Dead!

In a press release on August 9, Councilman Andy King announced that the proposed shopping mall project has been terminated. It would have been on the site of the old Golf Range at the end of Gun Hill Road.

On behalf of the Northeast Bronx Association and the residents of Pelham and Eastchester Gardens, we are grateful for Councilman King’s efforts.  NEBA was involved in voicing serious concerns about this project adding to our already overburdened traffic problems in that area.  We also agree with Andy King that better use of the MTA owned property would be as a school or corporate park which would bring better paying jobs to the area, as opposed to retail jobs.

Bravo Andy King for listening to and supporting your constituents!

Joe Thurston

We are sad to report that our longtime Vice President Joe Thurston has resigned for personal reasons.  Joe was a founding member of NEBA and a staple on our Civilian Patrol.  We all wish him the best in his future endeavors.

Frano Zagreda

On the other hand we are happy to report that another founding member of NEBA Frano Zagreda has stepped up and has been appointed Vice President.  Congratulations Frano!

Joe Chabriel

Please keep Joe in your prayers, as he has been hospitalized.  We all wish for him a return to good health.

Bronx River Cleanup

Please join Bronx River Alliance and United by Blue for their 2nd cleanup of the Bronx River at Concrete Plant Park, on Saturday Oct. 21 from 10 am - 12 pm. 

From south Westchester County, the Bronx River twists its way for 23 miles through the Bronx, eventually making its way into the East River. Originally, a source of fishing and fresh water to the Mohegan Native Americans, the river quickly attracted industry, and by the end of the 19th century, the river's banks were overrun with industrial plants bringing along heavy amounts pollution and debris. Today, many environmental groups like the Bronx River Alliance, work towards cleaning the river and continue nourishing its surrounding green spaces, welcoming back the nature that once called this river home. Help us to continue the efforts and clean up the Bronx River!
United By Blue will provide all of the cleanup supplies, and all volunteers will have the chance to win prizes during two cleanup games! Groups of all sizes are welcome.  Due to some steep hills, this cleanup is most suitable for volunteers 12 and older. Please wear sturdy shoes and clothes that you don't mind getting dirty or wet. To register, please visit UnitedbyBlue.com/BronxOctober; or contact Cara Hertneky at cara@unitedbyblue.com

FREE Writing Workshop

Back for a another season, for veterans as well as the general public, this is a 2 hour weekly workshop (10 sessions) on Saturdays from September 9 through November 18, from 10AM to 12PM at the Morris Park Library 985 Morris Park Ave.  No prior writing experience required.  The topic is “The Craft of War Writing” and the instructor is Jeremy Warneke (yes, our Community Board 11 District Manager).  For more information and registration visit www.VoicesFromWar.org or call the Morris Park Library 718-931-0636.

This program is offered in collaboration with Voices From War with support from the Morris Park NYPL and the Bronx Council on the Arts.

Wise Giving

Courtesy of the Federal Trade Commission

It’s heartbreaking to see people lose their lives, homes, and businesses to the ongoing flooding in Texas. But it’s despicable when scammers exploit such tragedies to appeal to your sense of generosity.

If you’re looking for a way to give, the FTC urges you to be cautious of potential charity scams. Do some research to ensure that your donation will go to a reputable organization that will use the money as promised.

Consider these tips when asked to give:

·         Donate to charities you know and trust with a proven track record with dealing with disasters.

·         Be alert for charities that seem to have sprung up overnight in connection with current events.Check out the charity with the Better Business Bureau's (BBB) Wise Giving AllianceCharity NavigatorCharity Watch, or GuideStar.

·         Designate the disaster so you can ensure your funds are going to disaster relief, rather than a general fund.

·         Never click on links or open attachments in e-mails unless you know who sent it. You could unknowingly install malware on your computer.

·         Don’t assume that charity messages posted on social media are legitimate. Research the organization yourself.

·         When texting to donate, confirm the number with the source before you donate. The charge will show up on your mobile phone bill, but donations are not immediate.

·         Find out if the charity or fundraiser must be registered in your state by contacting the National Association of State Charity Officials. If they should be registered, but they're not, consider donating through another charity.

To learn more, go to https://www.consumer.ftc.gov and search for Charity Scams.

 

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