For 16 years, FLA has worked to help impaired lawyers September 1, 2002 Managing Editor Regular News For 16 years, FLA has worked to help impaired lawyers Mark D. Killian Managing EditorFlorida Lawyers Assistance, Inc., responded to more than 800 telephone calls and personal interviews with impaired attorneys, judges, and law students last year.Of those calls, 172 resulted in new cases, bringing the total number of formal cases opened by FLA since its inception 16 years ago to 2,353, according to Michael J. Cohen, FLA’s executive director.“Being able to share in and watch attorneys, law students, and judges find a program of recovery from substance abuse and psychological disorders is an unparalleled honor,” Cohen said. “The fact that the message is getting out that these illnesses are not indications of moral weakness or personal failing, but are treatable conditions, is a testimony to the prevention and education efforts of the FLA staff and volunteers.”Cohen said a large number of telephone and hotline calls to FLA were not opened as formal files, but were referred to local 12-step and FLA support meetings, or to health care providers. Cohen said for the year ending June 30, FLA had 352 open files.Cohen said last year also showed a dramatic increase in both calls received and files opened compared to the previous several years.“Whether such an increase was the result of the tragic events of September 11, the economic stresses being experienced in the legal profession, or a combination of these and other factors cannot be precisely determined,” Cohen said. “It is, however, the staff’s opinion that these circumstances played, and will continue to play, a part in this year’s FLA operations.”Cohen said the largest number of cases opened during the past year (45 percent) were voluntary contacts, made either by the attorneys themselves (30 percent) or through interventions performed at the request of concerned family members, colleagues, or judges (15 percent). Of those files, 15 percent represented voluntary depression/stress and psychological cases, while 30 percent were chemical dependency cases. Six formal interventions were performed during the year, either by FLA staff or by concerned judges, colleagues, or family members with FLA consultation.The number of new files opened as pre-admission or conditional Bar admission cases represented 27 percent of new files (25-percent pre-admission, 2-percent conditional admission).“FLA continues to provide monitoring and evaluation services to The Florida Bar for those attorneys placed on probation due to either conditional admission, diversion, or disciplinary sanctions,” Cohen said. “This year, the percentage of such cases rose slightly to 19 percent.”In addition, Cohen said, 9 percent of new files were evaluations performed by FLA or an FLA-certified health professional at the request of the Bar. In such cases, FLA’s determination regarding the existence or non-existence of a recognized impairment, and recommendations regarding the type of treatment to be used and terms of probation to be imposed, have generally been adopted by the Bar or referee, Cohen said.“As has historically been the case, the majority of callers indicated they became aware of FLA through advertisements in The Florida Bar News or The Florida Bar Journal and through articles regarding FLA that have appeared in those publications this year,” Cohen said. “However, a high percentage of voluntary callers said they became aware of FLA through the organization’s Web site ( www.fla-lap.org ), which registered 13,461 hits on just the homepage for the year.”The FLA Web site, which now includes links to other related sites, a listing of events in Florida and the United States, and individual pages that provide a comprehensive bibliography and resource listing, gives a description of the signs and symptoms of substance abuse, allows registration for FLA’s annual workshop, provides guidance and information for law students, and permits access to downloadable monitor reports and other forms online.Cohen said the FLA network of volunteer attorneys and attorney support groups “remains strong and committed.” The FLA hotline directory currently lists more than 400 recovering attorneys, judges, medical practitioners, and lay persons who have volunteered to assist members of the profession with the problems encountered by lawyers in recovery from substance abuse or psychological impairments, Cohen said. There are currently 25 weekly chemical dependency attorney support groups which meet throughout the state.“In addition, the seven facilitated support groups for attorneys suffering from psychological impairments and/or dual diagnosis issues are well attended. . . and continue to draw extremely favorable responses,” Cohen said.He also said about 35 percent of FLA’s income is now self-generated. The sources of those funds were monitoring and registration fees paid to FLA by clients (8 percent) and by the Bar’s Lawyer Regulation Department (24 percent), income derived from the FLA annual workshop (2.5 percent), and interest income (.8 percent). The balance of the FLA operating funds are received from the Bar’s annual allocation.“Education regarding attorney impairment and recovery remains one of the primary missions of the FLA program and staff,” Cohen said. “Due to the continued efforts of the staff, consultants, volunteers, and the Bar, such functions continue to bear fruit in terms of lives and careers saved.”Cohen said FLA’s staff continues to make presentations at all Florida law school orientations, other than the University of Miami, which did not request FLA attendance. Presentations on chemical dependency and stress also were made by FLA staff at all the Young Lawyers Division’s Practicing with Professionalism seminars around the state.FLA also instituted a joint program with the Mental Health Screening Project in 2002 to provide interactive, confidential screening (through either telephone or the Internet) for alcohol abuse, depression, bi-polar disorder, and eating disorders. The screening instruments can be accessed from either the FLA Web site or by calling (888) 214-1540.“The project will run through the end of 2002 and should provide some valuable statistics regarding the extent of these impairments within the legal profession in Florida,” Cohen said.
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A year after the attacks Florida Bar members in New York pull their lives together Joe Mendola made it out alive of the burning World Trade Center on September 11, but he said, “The sights and sounds will never leave me.”Shortly after the attack on New York City, Mendola sent this message to his Florida colleagues: “Our hearts may be broken, but our spirit remains strong.”Nearly a year later, Mendola, a Florida Bar member who works as general counsel for Nikko Securities Co. International, Inc., once housed in the first tower, says he is no longer angry or sad.“There is just a numbness and a respect for all my fellow New Yorkers who have behaved so admirably since that terrible day,” Mendola said. “Indeed, it has been quite a year.”Attending many funerals and memorial services, as well as moving his office three times since the day the towers fell, drained his energy.Finally, he is located in what will be his permanent home.“As the one year anniversary approaches, I feel a sense of dread,” Mendola said. “I have been living with 9/11 every day of my life since that date, and the prospect of an official commemoration and the endless TV specials is not something I look forward to.”Mendola said he doesn’t need to be reminded of something that will forever “be a big part of me.”Out of death and destruction that surrounded him, new life brightens his outlook.“On a happier note, my son was born on July 12, almost exactly 10 months after the tragedy,” Mendola said. “Caring for him — and my toddler daughter — and creating a warm and secure home for all of us is what gives me the most comfort and joy now.”Another member of The Florida Bar who recalls the drama and fear of that day is Ann Marie Karl, a native New Yorker.“It was very scary because you did not know what was going to be bombed next or if you dare drink water or anything else,” Karl said. “ It was like being under siege.”When she visited the World Trade Center site six days later, “You could feel and see, like, little sparkles of crystal in the air and you just sensed the pulverized souls. I just fell to my knees, it was so dramatic.”In the aftermath of the calamity, Karl says, there has been a change in values for many New Yorkers.“A slowing down, a helping out,” Karl said. “A true commitment to community and family.”For another Florida Bar member, Alen Beerman, the terrorist attacks reduced the World Trade Center, a block away from his law office, into hellish rubble and turned his life upside down. Soon after, he placed this classified ad in The Florida Bar News : “NYC attorney displaced by 9/11/01 disaster looking for a change of lifestyle. Former prosecutor and 21 years as general practitioner, concentrating in real estate, corporate, litigation and criminal law. Seeking position commensurate with experience.”The attacks, he said, served as a wake-up call to get off the New York City lawyer “treadmill” and stop postponing his dreams.Though the ad only reaped one job offer he declined, he has gotten off that treadmill, formed a partnership, and relocated his practice to Long Island, a less hectic locale.“It’s very close to home, and I don’t have to take the subway,” Beerman said. “Things have a way of working out.”His legal secretary went back to the old office to help clean out files, but never returned to Manhattan because it was just too overwhelming. She is happy to work on Long Island, too.“It’s still tough to verbalize,” Beerman said of returning to the site of total destruction so near his old law office.“It was kind of Kafkaesque when I still saw groups of people coming to look, like a carnival atmosphere with vendors hawking pretzels and pictures and Americana, and everyone having a good time.“I felt so out of place when I saw that.”Though he still goes to the area now and then on business at the courthouse, Beerman says of his new life: “I am in a much better place” — both physically and emotionally.And that dream of moving to Florida? Well, that is now in the next five-year plan. Until then, he and his wife are looking forward to a nice golfing vacation in the Sunshine State. September 1, 2002 Regular News A year after the attacks
Aronovitz reports on All Bar Conference, MJP, court funding September 15, 2002 Regular News Aronovitz reports on All Bar Conference, MJP, court funding A new multijurisdictional practice committee, work on January’s All Bar Conference, and choosing liaisons to various Supreme Court groups, among other activities, have been occupying Bar President Tod Aronovitz lately.Aronovitz, presiding at his first Board of Governors meeting in August, reported on a wide range of activities since he took his oath of office during the June Annual Meeting.He noted that Supreme Court Chief Justice Harry Lee Anstead has set up an advisory committee on Article V funding composed of chief judges, administrative personnel, and others. That group will work on the problems in the next two years as the state, pursuant to a constitutional amendment, takes over more trial court funding from the counties.Aronovitz said he has asked board members Grier Wells, Sharon Langer, and Richard Gilbert to serve as liaisons to that panel. “This really is the issue of the next year and the issue of the year after that as well,” he said, adding that he and President-elect Miles McGrane plan on attending the committee’s meetings.He also said Anstead has appointed former Bar Presidents Ben Hill and John DeVault to the board of the Supreme Court Historical Society, and they are working to boost that group’s activities. Aronovitz said he has asked board member Ervin Gonzalez to serve as liaison to that group.As to the All Bar Conference, the president announced that it would be held in conjunction with January’s Midyear Meeting and would focus on the Bar’s Dignity in Law campaign. He said board member Alan Bookman will chair the conference, which will study how the campaign is proceeding and what has been accomplished.Aronovitz announced he was looking for board members willing to serve on the Special Committee on MDP/Ancillary Business. And now that the threat of multidisciplinary practices has faded, he said the panel would be focusing more on helping lawyers interested in ancillary businesses.He also announced he would appoint a special committee to review the 10-point recommendations of the ABA concerning multijurisdictional practices. That committee will submit a report to the board and then to the Supreme Court either during the current Bar year or the following year. ( See story on page 1 of this News. )
Requesting a response from you Member Benefits Insurance Sub-CommitteeThe Florida Bar Member Benefits Committee is dedicated to providing members with benefits negotiated on the strength of our buying power as an organization of 70,000-plus members.The Insurance Sub-Committee has recently negotiated two new benefits that require a response from you. A discount drug card is now available at no charge to you just because of your membership in The Florida Bar. This discount card can be used by you, your family, your parents, your in-laws, and your employees. The discounts available by utilizing this card can be up to 50 percent for generic and 20 percent for brand name drugs at network pharmacies throughout the country. To activate your cards you must go to www.memberbenefit.com/rxdrug.html. Once you are in the Web site you will be instructed as to how to produce your discount drug card as well as your family members’ cards.The committee has also negotiated a new group disability income policy that provides significantly improved benefits over the previous program. Guardian Life Insurance Company underwrites this group policy. Guardian’s financial strength rating is A+ (excellent) according to A.M. Best. This policy has very competitive rates and is designed to be used as either your primary coverage or it can supplement existing coverage.To enroll in this new group disability program you need to access www.memberbenefits.com, where you will find an entire enrollment system allowing you to calculate your own premium and complete an application. If you prefer personal service, call (800) 282-8626 and a program consultant will assist you.Your Member Benefits Committee is committed to bringing members of The Florida Bar either better benefits or lower costs (or both) than you would otherwise receive as part of your membership in The Florida Bar. June 15, 2003 Howard Rosenblatt Regular News Member Benefits
Young lawyers want to revamp PWP program The Young Lawyers Division has voted to overhaul and shorten its Practicing with Professionalism program (PWP) and has recommended that government lawyers no longer be able to defer taking the Supreme Court mandated course designed for new lawyers.Outgoing YLD President Juliet Roulhac told the Bar Board of Governors at its Key West meeting the YLD board has been working with the Program Evaluation Committee reviewing PWP.Roulhac said the main changes in the program were to reduce it from two days to one day and increase the emphasis on professionalism, although practice and office management skills also will be taught.The only exception to the requirement of attending PWP is that those entering government service are deferred while they remain on the public payroll. If they enter private practice, they are required to attend the course as though they were a new Bar member.The YLD proposed in 1999 ending that government-employment exemption, but the idea was dropped after government lawyers and others objected. Now the YLD is raising it anew.“Once again, our board voted unanimously to have the government lawyer deferral rescinded, which will also require a rule amendment,” Roulhac said.PEC Chair Richard Tanner said the PEC has reviewed and tentatively approved of the YLD recommendations. But he said the changes won’t be brought to the board until government lawyers and other interested parties have had a chance to make their case, and he urged board members to get their constituents, including government lawyers, to react.One issue will be whether current government lawyers exercising a deferral would be grandfathered in if the rule is changed. Incoming YLD President-elect Mike Faehner told the PEC that the YLD does not intend the rule change to be retroactive.“This was controversial when the government lawyers got the deferral several years ago,” Tanner told the board. “I think the PEC disagrees fundamentally with most of their reasons [for the deferral]. We want to open the door and invite the debate so a rational result will follow.”Incoming YLD President Mark Romance said the proposals still have to go through the Rules Committee before they come to the board, which is not expected until the end of the year.“We would solicit as much response from government lawyers as early as possible so we can take those into account as we prepare this rule for first reading,” he said. “It’s not the young lawyers’ goal to take on government lawyers or any other constituency that is opposed to this. The young lawyers believe this is an important issue and want the board to back their position.”Clark Jennings, chair of the Government Lawyer Section, said the section had been unaware of the proposed changes until he received a letter early in June soliciting the section’s input. Although the section has in the past opposed such a change, he said it currently has no position, but added its executive council will take it up during the Bar Annual Meeting (which occurred after this News went to press).Changes include cutting the course from two days to one (the current rule does not specify a length). Besides PWP, new lawyers also would be required to complete three, rather than the present two, basic level courses sponsored by the YLD. Tanner said instruction will include chemical dependency and stress management issues as well as a Bar Law Office Management Advisory Service component “so they understand how to operate an office.”While the current rule requires completion of the PWP within eight to 12 months of joining the Bar, the revised rule would allow for taking the course anytime in the first 12 months. New Bar members could take the other basic level courses anytime in their first three years. Romance noted that by taking PWP and the three courses, the new members would fulfill their initial three-year, 30-credit CLE requirement. July 1, 2003 Regular News Young lawyers want to revamp PWP program
Dispatches from Iraq January 15, 2005 Regular News Dispatches from Iraq Combat swimming in Mortaritaville Capt. Greg Weiss Chief, Military Justice, Iraq True to form the U.S. Army is an alphabet soup of acronyms. A few acronyms in the form of TCNs (Third Country Nationals) and LNs (Local Nationals) have been in the forefront of my mind in the past few days. Philippine TCNs staff the gym, pool, barber shop, and laundry. Pakistani TCNs staff the dining facility, the other barber shop, and the Post Exchange, and Iraqi LNs work as interpreters, gate guards, janitors and do much manual labor. I have no idea of the basis of the division of labor. American contractors manage and staff many operational shops, such as the fire department, flight line ground operations, machine, electrical, automotive, and carpentry shops, and support many of the radar and computer systems. Interestingly, the American contractors here, which I estimate are at least 15 percent of Anaconda’s total population, are issued body armor and Kevlar helmets, while most TCNs and LNs are not (or at least they never seem to have them).I have benefited greatly from the TCN services on post. The men and women who staff the pool are a particularly gregarious bunch, always eager to practice their English after greeting you with a warm smile. They recognize most of the soldiers who use the pool regularly for exercise and meet you with a kickboard and pull-buoy while looking for an empty lane. They also allow you to finish your current lap when the incoming indirect fire air siren sounds and the pool must be cleared.The pool staff is great about clearing out a lane for lap swimmers in order to to avoid “combat swimming.” The pool always has two lanes set aside for lap swimming, and at times the entire pool is divided into six lanes. Regardless of the setup there are always soldiers lounging in the shallow end of the lap lanes using the floating lane lines as a pool recliner. In addition, if you know soldiers, you know that the diving board is a launching pad for a constant stream of 18-year-olds performing cannonballs and jack-knives in the deep end. Avoiding cannonballs while trying to swim laps is akin to a naval battle scene from “Master and Commander.” The Philippine TCNs will kick the cannonballers and lane-loungers out of at least one lap lane when someone who regularly swims laps shows up, which is pretty considerate.A few days ago a mortar attack killed three Philippine TCNs in their sleeping trailer. I had never even considered the safety of the TCNs when the air siren sounded previously, which is pretty damn inconsiderate. I have become fairly immune to the daily sound of the air siren, save the “rigor” of putting on my flack jacket and Kevlar and seeking shelter in the nearest hardened building. Incidentally LSA Anaconda has earned the nickname “Mortaritaville” throughout the theater because of the frequency of the indirect fire attacks. When a soldier in my section does not check in immediately after the “all clear” is sounded, I become concerned for their safety; however, no one in my unit has yet been injured by a mortar or rocket attack. My threshold of worry subsequent to the first few after I arrived at LSA Anaconda has increased dramatically. Regardless, when I was told of the three deaths I felt terrible.The great majority of the TCN staff is here to quadruple their wages for six to 12 months and return home. One of the pool staff told me that he will save enough money in his 12 months here to open his own gym back in the Philippines and operate it without a profit for three years upon his return. He was not a victim of the attack. Nor was anyone I recognize from the pool or gym missing. I assume that the victims were from the laundry because apparently several of the laundry staff quit immediately following the attack. I will not describe the level of frustration I experienced when some of my soldiers related to me their level of frustration at being subject to greater turn around time for their laundry. We Americans are here with a sense of service to country, or at least most of us are, but the foreign workers are here for employment. Would any rational human not consider quitting a job where one of the occupational hazards was death by mortar fire?Ironically, I went to the TCN-run barbershop just after that attack in anticipation of a visit by the commanding general to my office tomorrow. The Pakistani barbers produce a good result, but the haircut process itself is a painful adventure. First, there is always at least an hour — and at times up to a few hours — wait. No appointments, just first come, first served. You pay penance in the flimsy plastic chairs that line the hot barbershop, clutching a roughly cut wooden square containing a handwritten markered number, listening to blasted 1980s power ballads while flipping through either a two-week old Stars and Stripes or a current J.C. Whitney Auto Parts catalogue.Once you are absolved from the waiting limbo, you approach the next available barber and engage what has become a regular communication ritual for me. After the barber suits you up with the paper collar and cape, he offers you the full extent of his English vocabulary: “Skin?” I have rarely heard another English word spoken by the barbershop staff. Those who attempt to explain a particular style beyond skin tight end up disappointed when they receive the same haircut as everyone else. Actually there are two types of haircuts, fully shaved off (Army and Marines) or skin tight on the sides with a little hair on the top (Air Force or American contractor.) I generally opt for, or more realistically am given, the latter. After they shave the sides and trim the top, the barber pulls out a BBQ grill brush, the kind with the tightly packed metal bristles, and brutally brushes out the cut hair that has become intermixed with the remaining hair. It’s not really a BBQ grill brush, but it’s the plastic version. Finally, the barber raises up his hands one at a time, as though he is at a karate brick-breaking demonstration, and whacks you solidly between the neck and shoulder. As with all of the times I have had my hair cut at Anaconda, I completed the experience sweaty, stinging, and late.A few days later I had to travel to Baghdad for a court martial in an aggravated assault case, but all convoys to Baghdad were cancelled. All of the rotary wing flights to Baghdad were full because the convoys were cancelled. Of course none of this makes a difference to the judge, who comes to Iraq for a week every six weeks and rates his own helicopter as a full colonel, so I had to get to Baghdad. I was down to my last and only option to commute to Victory Base: serve as a shooter on a fuel truck to a base a few hours south of Baghdad, then go back north up to Victory Base as a shooter on a different KBR truck, all the day before the court martial. I had planned to take a Military Police Staff Sergeant and third-year law student, Alex Straub, with me as my bailiff and confinee escort, but I could not force him to go on the KBR trucks. I gave him the option of not going when I found out that my last option was going to be realized, and he matter-of-factly responded, “Sir, if you’re going, I’m going. I can’t let my officer go outside the wire without his NCO.” He’s a good man. Just as we were about to depart on the rolling bull’s eyes even that convoy was cancelled. Fortunately my paralegal talked us onto a flight the morning of the court martial.In my case the accused, the victim, and a few other soldiers had engaged in a lighthearted discussion outside of the unit’s sleeping tents at Baghdad International Airport (BIAP) after a long day of work. I can only assume that these soldiers had been drinking alcohol in violation of General Order #1, which prohibits the “sale, possession, manufacture, or consumption of alcohol” in theater. The discussion became a marketplace for racial jokes, which is not terribly uncommon in the Army. I am neither advocating nor judging the conversation, but rather relaying the facts. This type of discussion took place commonly in this unit throughout their deployment, with the participation of almost all, if not all, of the members of the unit. Soldiers of all races in the unit both made and were made the subject of these jokes, and during this particular conversation the victim made a joke that offended the accused. Soon after the discussion ended the soldiers departed for the evening.At around 2330 hours the victim entered his sleeping tent and eventually went to sleep. Several hours later, at around 0230 hours, the accused snuck into victim’s sleeping tent to find the victim. . . . (Continued in the February 1 News. ) In civilian life, Capt. Greg Weiss is an associate with Wicker, Smith, O’Hara, Mccoy, Graham, and Ford in West Palm Beach, who was mobilized from a reserve component for duty in Iraq. Capt. Weiss has agreed to share his wartime experiences with his fellow Florida Bar members through the News .
More members using Fastcase, the Bar’s free research provider More members using Fastcase, the Bar’s free research provider January 15, 2006 Regular News After six months of operation, the Bar’s free legal research provider, Fastcase, is being used as the primary research tool by almost 10 percent of the Bar members. And those members are expressing satisfaction with the service.“I’m pleased to announced on behalf of the Member Benefits Committee that in our opinion it has been a tremendous benefit,” Frank Walker, chair of the committee, reported to the Bar Board of Governors last month.“It appears that 6,200 of our members have been availing themselves of Fastcase,” he added. “As time goes on and more people become familiar with it, we believe more people will use it.”Under its contract with the Bar, Fastcase makes Florida Statutes, state Supreme Court decisions, state appellate court rulings, U.S. Supreme Court opinions, Fifth and 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals decisions, and Florida administrative law available for free to Bar members. For an additional $195 (an $800 discount from its normal price), Bar members can get Fastcase’s complete national database.“Fastcase advised us the most typical comment is members just can’t believe it’s free,” Walker said. “When it’s explained that the Bar had entered into a five-year commitment with Fastcase, they are very, very happy.”He also said that Bar members are satisfied with the support provided by Fastcase — a concern of the committee when the service was started. Members also report satisfaction with the service’s browser and with the printable format of Fastcase’s information.Walker said the Member Benefits Committee hopes usage of Fastcase doubles in the next six months as more Bar members become familiar with the service.Fastcase can be accessed with a link on the Bar’s homepage at floridabar.org.
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A driver was summonsed after he was involved in a crash that seriously injured a motorcyclist in the biker’s hometown of Port Jefferson Station on Monday evening, Suffolk County police said.Matthew Bock, 21, was riding a Yamaha southbound on Route 112 when he collided with a Toyota Camry driven by 66-year-old Anthony Tufariello of Copiague, who was making a left turn onto Sagamore Hills Drive at 9:15 p.m., police said.Bock was taken to Stony Brook University Hospital for treatment of serious but non-life-threatening injuries.Tufariello was not injured but he was issued a ticket for driving with an expired registration.Sixth Squad detectives impounded both vehicles for safety checks, are continuing the investigation and ask anyone with information about the crash to contact them at 631-854-8652.
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A man was stabbed and another was beaten by a group of three attackers armed with bats, a machete and a knife in New Cassel early Sunday morning, Nassau County police said.The two victims, ages 21 and 22, were arriving at a house on Roman Avenue when two bat-weilding members of the group chased the 22-year-old victim in the front yard and struck him in his arms and back of the head at 3:10 a.m., police said.The third assailant, who was armed with a machete and a knife, chased the 21-year-old victim into the rear yard and attacked him, causing a fractured vertebrae, stab wound to the back, severe laceration between his thumb and index finger as well as the right forearm, police said.The 21-year-old victim was taken to a local hospital, where he was treated for his injuries. The other victim refused medical attention.The attackers fled on foot in an unknown direction.Third Squad detectives request that anyone with information regarding the above crime to contact the Nassau County Crime Stoppers at 1-800-244-TIPS. All callers will remain anonymous.
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A Queens man has been arrested for allegedly driving drunk, crashing his SUV into a 61-year-old man who later died and fleeing the scene in Elmont over the weekend, Nassau County police said.Brian Dudley, 41, of Laurelton, was driving his Toyota Highlander northbound on Cerenzia Boulevard when he hit the victim who was crossing Elmont Road at 3:30 p.m. Saturday, police said.The victim was taken to a local hospital, where he was pronounced dead an hour later. His name was not immediately released.Homicide Squad detectives determined that Dudley was under the influence of alcohol and then impounded his truck for safety checks, police said.Dudley was charged with vehicular manslaughter, driving while intoxicated and driving without a license. He will be arraigned Sunday at First District Court in Hempstead.