The amount of money New York State is receiving in penalties levied against banks is increasing. In the last three months state coffers have added more than $4.6 billion in bank fines.
The bulk of the money comes from a record settlement against BNP Paribas, a French bank that admitted to violating US sanctions against Iran, Sudan, and Cuba. It was first reported that New York would receive $2.2 billion, but that number ticks up by another billion because New York City will be giving a portion of its penalty to the state.
Six years after Bernard Madoff became a household name people still fall for Ponzi schemes. That's probably because schemers have a tried and true method backed up by psychology.
Last year there was a big $96 million Ponzi scheme on Long Island. It had all the trapping of a Hollywood con: offshore shell companies, luxury cars, and there was even a famous beachfront resort near the Hamptons.
But for the victim there was nothing glamorous about it
"I thought it was some run of the mill fund," Jan says in a sweet Texan twang that makes friends of almost any ears.
Even though the world's largest hedge fund, Bridgewater Associates, has decided to nix a state-backed $115 million deal to relocate to the site of Stamford's former boatyard, environmentalists and others are still concerned over the future of that 14-acre waterfront site.
Stamford activist group Save Our Boatyard celebrated this past weekend Bridgewater Associates' decision to back out of a state economic development incentive package to relocate to a 14-acre waterfront parcel in the city's South End. That property, formerly known as Brewer's Yacht Haven had served as the city's boatyard for 100 years until its owner, developer Building and Land Technology, decided to tear down the boatyard in late 2011 and not renew the operator's lease. Maureen Boylan of the activist group says they're now focused on getting a boatyard rebuilt at the site.