Application for New York State Education Department Certification as a Special Education Impartial Hearing Officer: Special Education : P-12 : NYSED


The New York State Education Department (NYSED) is seeking applications from individuals to serve as impartial hearing officers (IHOs) to conduct special education impartial due process hearings for students with disabilities, 3-21 years of age pursuant to section 200.1(x) of the Regulations of the Commissioner of Education.

To Apply:

Interested individuals should submit a letter of interest, completed application and resume no later than July 30, 2014 to:

New York State Education Department
P-12: Office of Special Education
89 Washington Avenue, 309 EB
Albany, NY 12234
Fax:  518 402-3583
Attention: Due Process Unit – Impartial Hearing Officer Search

Questions may be directed to Sharon Veltman at (518) 473-0170 or by email

Application for Impartial Hearing Officer Candidate  (75 KB)

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Confide–App Store on iTunes


Confide is your off-the-record messenger.  They combine end-to-end encryption with disappearing and screenshot-proof messages to foster genuine, unfiltered, and efficient communication.

• Messages disappear forever once they’re read

• Swiping prevents screenshots

• Instantly send messages to any email address or phone number

• Messages you send are private and encrypted

Read receipts tell you when your message is read

• It’s FREE

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Airbnb will provide anonymous user data in New York’s investigation of illegal hotels-ABA Journal



The website will give the anonymous data to New York Attorney General Schneiderman, according to theagreement (PDF). Airbnb will turn over identifying information, however, for users who in the next year become a subject of investigation by the state. The Wall Street Journal (sub. req.), Business Insider,CNNMoney and Bloomberg have stories.


Read full ABA Journal article here.

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Word Lens on the App Store on iTunes


Google purchased the product Word Lens for iOS,  which does visual translations, and is offering it for free for a limited time.

The software uses a smartphone camera to translate signs in real time into the users native language. The technology is remarkable and used by many world travelers. Previously, translation packs were available as in-app purchases, but Quest Visual has made all the packs and the app itself free for a limited time.

Hat Tip to Randy Singer, Esq.

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Shyp on the App Store on iTunes


Shyp picks up your items, then packs and sends them anywhere in the world using the lowest cost, most reliable option. Shipping care packages, returns, and products you sell is a pain. Shyp takes the stress out of shipping everyday items for consumers and small businesses alike.  Shype charges US$5.00, plus the actual cost of shipping.

Shyp is currently available in San Francisco with more cities launching soon.

Download the app.

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Mortgage Debt Forgiveness – YouTube


YouTube: Mortgage Debt Forgiveness

Taxpayers may not need to report forgiven mortgage debt as income on their tax returns. Get more information by watching this new YouTube video.

Watch this and other videos on the IRS YouTube Channel.

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Review: iExit — Interstate exit information on your iPhone – iPhone J.D.


Jeff Richardson:

The app works best when you are on the Interstate.  Obviously, if you are the driver, you need to pay attention to the road so this app works best when used by someone in the passenger seat.  Start the app and iExit figures out which Interstate you are on and which direction you are headed, and then it displays a list of the upcoming exits.  This main screen gives you lots of information such as the exit number, how far away you are from the exit, and an icons to indicate what is available at each exit.  As you get very close to an exit, it starts to fade away, and then when you pass that exit it disappears and the others move up — animation that is both fun and useful.

Read Jeff’s complete review of this super useful app here.

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The NYS/ Federal Judicial Council is sponsoring a free CLE class in Manhattan and via webcast on Wednesday, May 21st, at 7:30pm. The topic of the CLE is:

Ethical Issues in Plea Bargaining: The Implications of  Missouri v. Frye and Lafler v. Cooper

Two NYS CLE credits in Ethics will be given. Registration is limited to 250, in person, attendees. Registration for this CLE is done via:


Bankruptcy Court Miscellaneous Fee Schedule Update


New Bankruptcy Fees to Take Effect June 1

Several bankruptcy fees will increase on June 1, under amendments to the Bankruptcy Court Miscellaneous Fee Schedule that were approved in March by the Judicial Conference of the United States. The scheduled changes include:

  • A $57 increase to the adversary filing fee in bankruptcy proceedings, from $293 to $350. The new fee will be equivalent to civil filing fees in federal district courts.
  • A new, differentiated administrative fee structure will be assessed at filing in every bankruptcy case. Currently $46 in all cases, the administrative fee will be $75 for cases filed under Chapters 7, 12 and 13, and $550 for cases filed under Chapters 9, 11 and 15.

The Judicial Conference also approved separate administrative fees when married couples divide a bankruptcy filing into two cases, often because a divorce or separation occurs while a case is being adjudicated.

The schedule for the new rate structure, effective June 1, is available here. The existing schedule, valid through May 31, is available here.

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Emu on the App Store on iTunes


Emu is texting with a built-in assistant. Schedule lunches, share your location, and set reminders — as easily as sending a photo.

* Send live location: Don’t just tell people where you are, show them! You can send your location right in a message, with live updates for thirty minutes.

* Snooze messages for later. Choose when and where you want your reminder — when you get home, when you get to work, when you leave here, or first thing tomorrow.

* Finding a time to meet up? Emu checks the calendar for you.

* Restaurant reviews and reservations: Emu recognizes restaurant names in your messages and shows you reviews and availability. Book a table right from a text.

* Movie showtimes: Emu recognizes movies and theaters, and shows you everything you need to make that plan — from trailers and ratings to showtimes near you.

* Push to talk: Hands full? Just press and hold anywhere, speak your message, and it sends!

Note: Emu uses your phone’s GPS for its “Marco Polo” location sharing (30 minutes). Continued use of GPS running in the background can dramatically decrease battery life.

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