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Cynthia Kouril

About Me:
Cynthia Kouril is a former Special Assistant United States Attorney in the Southern District of New York under several different U.S. Attorneys, former counsel to the Inspector General for the N.Y.C. Department of Environmental Protection where she investigated threats to the New York City water supply and other environmental crimes, as well as public corruption and fraud against the government, former Examining Attorney at the N.Y.C. Department of Investigation and former Capital Construction Counsel at New York City Parks and Recreation. She is now in private practice with a colleague whom she met while at the USA Attorney's Office. Ms. Kouril is a member of the Steering Committee, National Committeewoman and Regional Coordinator for the New York Democratic Lawyers Council, a member of the Program Committee of the Federal Bar Council and a member of the Election Law Committee at the Association of the Bar of the City of New York. She is active in several other Bar Associations. Most important of all, she is a soccer mom.
About Me:
Cynthia Kouril is a former Special Assistant United States Attorney in the Southern District of New York under several different U.S. Attorneys, former counsel to the Inspector General for the N.Y.C. Department of Environmental Protection where she investigated threats to the New York City water supply and other environmental crimes, as well as public corruption and fraud against the government, former Examining Attorney at the N.Y.C. Department of Investigation and former Capital Construction Counsel at New York City Parks and Recreation. She is now in private practice with a colleague whom she met while at the USA Attorney's Office. Ms. Kouril is a member of the Steering Committee, National Committeewoman and Regional Coordinator for the New York Democratic Lawyers Council, a member of the Program Committee of the Federal Bar Council and a member of the Election Law Committee at the Association of the Bar of the City of New York. She is active in several other Bar Associations. Most important of all, she is a soccer mom.

Why Are Gas Prices So High?

By: Sunday October 13, 2013 4:00 pm

So, my neighbor made this video about why gasoline prices are so high when demand is down and supply is up.   You should watch this.

You are not going to like the answer.

FDL Book Salon Welcomes Eric John Abrahamson, Building Home: Howard F. Ahmanson and the Politics of the American Dream

By: Saturday August 17, 2013 1:59 pm

Are you old enough to remember when Masters of the Universe actually felt the need to give back? Can you remember the days when regulations were seen as good things? When the phrase “consumer protection” was used by someone other than Elizabeth Warren? If you’re too young to remember what the world was like when we had decades of prosperity and relative economic fairness in the “managed economy”, or if you want to take stroll down memory lane, back to the days of economic regulation, you may want to crack the spine on this book.

LIPA Squared

By: Sunday June 9, 2013 10:00 am

During the dog and pony show on Wednesday night, there was a Power Point presentation which suggested that LIPA could refinance its bond to take advantage of lower interest rates. At the time I assumed that meant lower interest rates created because of Quantitative Easing by the Federal Reserve, I was wrong.

The draft legislation contains a provision to create a new LIPA Financing Authority that will issue new bonds.

New Adventures in LIPA Privatization

By: Thursday June 6, 2013 9:35 am

The LIPA ServCo contract with PSEG should be allowed to go forward as originally planned, bid, approved by NYS Comptroller and NYS AG, and authorized by the IRS. Governor Cuomo should stop flailing around with a new plan every few weeks. He should focus on appointing a CEO and getting a commitment from that CEO to appoint and support an inspector general to detect and prevent fraud, waste and abuse.

Breaking News- Evacuation of Cambridge Street

By: Friday April 19, 2013 7:30 am

I have been in telephone contact with friend who lives on the same street in Cambridge where the suspect lived. She just texted me that they are being evacuated. This is consistent with reporting on CNN that reporters have twice been pushed back multiple blocks from the house where he lived.

Did Long Island Power Authority Try to Poison Pill National Grid From Buying PSEG LI?

By: Friday March 15, 2013 5:47 am

It sure looks like LIPA is under the impression that National Grid, like a spurned lover who won’t take no for an answer, may try to undo the competitive process that resulted in PSEG getting the contract and may try to simply buy its way back into the Long Island market by buying up PSEG. Of course that poison pill will also apply if anyone else tries to buy PSEG LI. It is pretty clear that what LIPA contracted for and what LIPA wants is the superior customer satisfaction that PSEG’s management practices have produced in other markets.

The Tale of Three Non-Transparent Investigations Into LIPA

By: Monday March 11, 2013 3:15 pm

Currently there are three investigations going on into the future of Long Island Power Authority (LIPA). The first is the Moreland Commission investigation, which caused quite a bit of controversy when it recommended selling all of LIPA’s assets, the electrical transmission, and in how public bond debt would be paid for, or how a privately held utility could afford cost of capital if it had to borrow at 10.7% instead of the 5% that LIPA’s bonds currently enjoyed. Crain.s New York Business and Bloomberg Newsweek predicted that this would lead to a 20% hike in costs to customers.

About Privatizing Long Island Power Authority- Part II

By: Sunday January 27, 2013 4:00 pm

New York State just struggled to close $1Billion budget gap. Where in hell is it going to get another $4-5 billion to bail out LIPA?

So what’s up with this LIPA privatization idea? Part One

By: Saturday January 12, 2013 11:00 am

The history of how LIPA got to where it is today.

In a 10+ year construction project that was originally estimated at $75 million, but ultimately cost $2 billion, LILCO (Long Island Lighting Company) built the Shoreham Nuclear Power Plant. It was completed in 1984. In 1983, the Legislature in Suffolk County, where the plant was located, voted not to allow the plant to come online because there was no safe way to evacuate Long Islanders in the event of a meltdown or other serious event. Other municipal entities throughout Long Island followed suit.

Congress Vacations While Sandy Victims Freeze

By: Wednesday January 2, 2013 8:42 am

People in New York and New Jersey are huddled in the cold and dark and apparently the US Congress cannot manage to vote for Superstorm Sandy relief before they go on their vacations.

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