Kathleen Rice
American lawyer
Kathleen Rice
Kathleen Maura Rice is the current Nassau County District Attorney. In November 2005, Rice defeated 31-year-incumbent Denis E. Dillon to become the first female district attorney of Nassau.
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Meet The 88 Democrats Who Just Voted To Enable Racial Discrimination In Car Buying
Huffington Post - over 1 year
So that happened. This week, the House of Representatives voted to help banks and car dealerships discriminate against customers of color. And it wasn't just Republicans -- 88 Democrats, including Democratic National Committee Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.) -- voted in favor of the legislation. Listen to the the HuffPost's analysis of the auto market discrimination bill in the podcast embedded above.  Most dealerships are authorized to sell cars and make loans to finance the purchase. They send their customers' financial information to a bank, which then sends the dealer an appropriate interest rate for a borrower with that particular credit profile. But banks also permit dealers to "mark up" the interest rate on the loan to a higher level, and allow the dealership to pocket some of the additional charge. That, of course, creates incentives for the dealer to charge people higher interest rates. But lawsuits dating back to the 1990s have shown that people of c ...
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Meet The 88 Democrats Who Just Voted To Enable Racial Discrimination In Car Buying
Huffington Post - over 1 year
So that happened. This week, the House of Representatives voted to help banks and car dealerships discriminate against customers of color. And it wasn't just Republicans -- 88 Democrats, including Democratic National Committee Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.) -- voted in favor of the legislation. Listen to the the HuffPost's analysis of the auto market discrimination bill in the podcast embedded above.  Most dealerships are authorized to sell cars and make loans to finance the purchase. They send their customers' financial information to a bank, which then sends the dealer an appropriate interest rate for a borrower with that particular credit profile. But banks also permit dealers to "mark up" the interest rate on the loan to a higher level, and allow the dealership to pocket some of the additional charge. That, of course, creates incentives for the dealer to charge people higher interest rates. But lawsuits dating back to the 1990s have shown that people of c ...
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Meet The 88 Democrats Who Just Voted To Enable Racial Discrimination In Car Buying
The Huffington Post - over 1 year
So that happened. This week, the House of Representatives voted to help banks and car dealerships discriminate against customers of color. And it wasn't just Republicans -- 88 Democrats, including Democratic National Committee Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.) -- voted in favor of the legislation. Listen to the the HuffPost's analysis of the auto market discrimination bill in the podcast embedded above.  Most dealerships are authorized to sell cars and make loans to finance the purchase. They send their customers' financial information to a bank, which then sends the dealer an appropriate interest rate for a borrower with that particular credit profile. But banks also permit dealers to "mark up" the interest rate on the loan to a higher level, and allow the dealership to pocket some of the additional charge. That, of course, creates incentives for the dealer to charge people higher interest rates. But lawsuits dating back to the 1990s have shown that people of c ...
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Why 65 Dems Are Backing A Bill To Strip Financial Protections For People Of Color
Huffington Post - over 1 year
WASHINGTON -- Progressive Democrats are scrambling to prevent their colleagues from supporting a bill that would pave the way for racial discrimination at car dealerships. The legislation will receive a vote on the House floor this week, and would make it easier for banks and car salesmen to charge people of color higher prices than white customers. The bill was written by Republicans, but currently has 65 Democratic co-sponsors, a number boosted by its support from two powerful Capitol Hill interest groups: banks and auto dealers. The bill is opposed by Americans for Financial Reform, the NAACP, the Urban League, the National Council of La Raza and others. The legislation would nullify regulatory instructions issued by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau in 2013. Those instructions were an effort to counter longstanding trends involving higher interest rates charged to borrowers of color when they take out a car loan. Although racial discrimination in consumer lending ...
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Dozens Of Democrats Are About To Vote For Racial Discrimination At Car Dealerships
Huffington Post - over 1 year
WASHINGTON -- Dozens of House Democrats are expected to vote this week in favor of legislation that would open the door to racial discrimination in auto lending. The bill would make it easier for car dealerships to overcharge people of color.  The NAACP, the National Urban League, the National Council of La Raza and the U.S. Public Interest Research Group have all issued statements opposing the legislation. The bill would eliminate regulatory instructions, issued by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau in 2013, that were designed to combat a longstanding pattern of people of color paying more for car loans than white customers with similar credit histories. "Consumers should not have to pay more for a car loan simply based on their race," Richard Cordray, director of the CFPB, said when the guidance was first issued. Banks allow car dealerships to issue car loans to their customers. A dealer sends a buyer's credit information to the bank, and then the bank tells the ...
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Dozens Of Democrats Are About To Vote For Racial Discrimination At Car Dealerships
Huffington Post - over 1 year
WASHINGTON -- Dozens of House Democrats are expected to vote this week in favor of legislation that would open the door to racial discrimination in auto lending. The bill would make it easier for car dealerships to overcharge people of color.  The NAACP, the National Urban League, the National Council of La Raza and the U.S. Public Interest Research Group have all issued statements opposing the legislation. The bill would eliminate regulatory instructions, issued by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau in 2013, that were designed to combat a longstanding pattern of people of color paying more for car loans than white customers with similar credit histories. "Consumers should not have to pay more for a car loan simply based on their race," Richard Cordray, director of the CFPB, said when the guidance was first issued. Banks allow car dealerships to issue car loans to their customers. A dealer sends a buyer's credit information to the bank, and then the bank tells the ...
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Does Your Member Of Congress Offer Paid Maternity And Paternity Leave?
Huffington Post - about 2 years
WASHINGTON -- Continuing a push that began with the president's State of the Union address, Democratic members of Congress put forth a bill earlier this week that would extend six weeks of paid leave to federal workers after the birth of a child. The legislation would guarantee maternity and paternity leave with pay not just for employees at federal agencies, but also for staffers inside the halls of Congress. Though it may surprise many Americans, each congressional office currently acts as its own fiefdom when it comes to paid leave for employees. The Family and Medical Leave Act guarantees congressional staffers 12 weeks of unpaid leave with a new child, but the members themselves get to decide how much paid time off their staffers receive. The generosity inevitably varies from office to office. After the State of the Union address, The Huffington Post began asking lawmakers for their offices' policies on maternity and paternity leave. We weren't the only curious ones. Roll C ...
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Encouraging Steps in Abolishing Human Slavery
Huffington Post - over 3 years
Sometimes, really good ideas in the fight against the sex trafficking of kids get adopted broadly, and it gives hope to all of us in the advocacy community. Two bits of news landed in my inbox this month that give me hope that we can abolish the sex slavery of children in our lifetimes. First off, New York State, long a leader in these battles, announced it was opening 11 courts dedicated solely to human trafficking and prostitution cases. In such courts, trafficking victims will no longer be treated as criminals, but in many cases can be referred to social services such as shelter, health care, counseling, education, job training, help with immigration issues, and drug treatment. That's what they need -- the opportunity for a fulfilling future, rather than time spent in jail, a permanent criminal record, and a likely return to the dangerous streets. I list shelter first because we have seen here at Covenant House that the lack of a safe place to stay is the most common reason most ...
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Kathleen Rice
    FORTIES
  • 2014
    Age 49
    In November, 2014, Rice was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in New York's fourth congressional district, defeating Republican candidate Bruce Blakeman 53%-47%.
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    In June, 2014, Rice won the Democratic primary election for U.S. House of Representatives in New York's fourth congressional district, defeating Nassau County Legislator Kevan Abrahams 56%-44%.
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    Rice won the election over Republican Bruce Blakeman on November 4, 2014 and took office in January 2015.
    More Details Hide Details Rice was born in Manhattan, New York to Laurence and Christine Rice. She grew up in Garden City, on Long Island, as one of 10 siblings. Rice graduated from Garden City High School.
    Rice announced on January 29, 2014, that she would run for Congress in 2014 in New York's 4th congressional district to replace retiring Democratic incumbent Carolyn McCarthy.
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  • 2013
    Age 48
    In 2013, Rice was challenged by Law Secretary Howard Sturim.
    More Details Hide Details Rice defeated Sturim 59%–41%.
    In July 2013, Rice was inducted as President of the District Attorneys Association of the State of New York (DAASNY).
    More Details Hide Details In 2005, Kathleen Rice returned home to Nassau County and declared her candidacy for District Attorney on the Democratic line. Rice challenged 30-year incumbent DA Denis Dillon. Throughout the campaign, Rice provided an alternative to Dillon, pledging to cut plea bargaining and touting her would-be zero tolerance policy for drunk driving. Rice also committed herself to modernizing the office’s approach to domestic violence and crimes of sexual abuse. Rice edged out Dillon 51%–49% in the November election. In 2009, Rice was challenged by Law Clerk Joy Watson. Rice defeated Watson 54%–46%. In 2010, Rice ran for Attorney General of the State of New York in the Democratic Primary.
    In July 2013, Kathleen Rice was appointed by Governor Cuomo to be one of three co-chairs of the Moreland Commission on Public Corruption.
    More Details Hide Details The work of the commission is currently ongoing. Rice formed Nassau’s first-ever Medicaid and public assistance fraud unit, which has since secured millions of dollars in restitution for Nassau taxpayers. DA's Office gender pay gap and part-time employees Rice has reformed the recruiting, hiring and promotional practices of her office. She eliminated a gender pay gap that had previously been greater than 30%. Rice developed an aimed at offering flex-and part-time work schedules to those needing to care for a family member or a personal situation. Half of the attorneys and management in Rice’s office are women. Jesse Friedman case In 2010, Rice ordered the review of a 1987 case in which Arnold Friedman and his son, Jesse, pleaded guilty to sexually abusing young boys in their Great Neck, Long Island home. Rice formed a panel of outside experts – including the Innocence Project’s Barry Scheck – to examine whether or not Jesse Friedman had wrongfully confessed. In a 172-page report released in July 2013, investigators found that Friedman had not been wrongfully convicted.
    In April 2013, Rice announced the arrest of 18 members of the “Rollin’ 60’s” gang, an “ultra-violent” subset of the Crips.
    More Details Hide Details Rice charged these defendants with crimes ranging from attempted murder of a police officer, to assault and robbery, to gun and drug sales. Public corruption Among those Rice has charged and convicted of corruption include a deputy police commissioner, a Long Beach City Council member, former Nassau County legislators, and several town building department employees.
  • 2012
    Age 47
    Subsequently, in 2012, a federal jury delivered a verdict rejecting the charges of Nassau County and District Attorney Rice for the 2007 arrest and awarded Tretola 3 million dollars in compensatory damages and 2 million dollars in punitive damages.
    More Details Hide Details This judgment was later reduced to 1.3 million dollars in total upon appeal.
    Rice was chosen by Governor Andrew Cuomo to be a member of the Moreland Commission on Utility Storm Preparation and Response, a panel tasked with investigating the failures of the Long Island Power Authority (LIPA) following Hurricane Sandy of October 2012.
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    In 2012, Rice came out in favor of decriminalizing small amounts of “plain view” marijuana.
    More Details Hide Details Rice has also supported efforts to allow some citizens to seal prior low-level, non-violent convictions in the hopes of improving their chances of obtaining employment.
  • 2011
    Age 46
    Rice announced in early 2011 a major prosecution of 9 gun dealers and gun store employees arrested by police in an undercover operation investigating alleged illegal assault weapons.
    More Details Hide Details This was the second arrest for Martin Tretola, one of the gunshop owners. He was previously arrested on firearms related violations in 2007.
    In September 2011, Rice’s office arrested seven students after uncovering an SAT cheating ring on Long Island.
    More Details Hide Details When this case led to the discovery of a wider-spread cheating scandal, Rice worked with the College Board, who administers the test, to update security standards to halt cheating in the future. This effort sparked other test administrators, like that which gives the ACT, to update their standards as well. Rice has also received credit for teen education programs geared towards cyber bullying, drug use, sexting and dangerous driving.
  • 2009
    Age 44
    Rice was re-elected in 2009 and 2013.
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  • 2008
    Age 43
    In 2008, following the trampling death of a Walmart employee at one of the retailer’s Black Friday sales events, Rice encouraged Walmart to upgrade its security protocols at its nearly 100 New York stores.
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  • 2007
    Age 42
    In 2007, Rice’s office, Nassau County and Hempstead (village) police led a counter-assault on Terrace Avenue, a major drug haven and crime-ridden street in Long Island’s Hempstead Village.
    More Details Hide Details Through a combination of zero-tolerance enforcement for repeat and violent offenders, and social-service based jail diversion for nonviolent and first time offenders, crime has been reduced in the area.
  • 2006
    Age 41
    In 2006, Rice, the "state's toughest DWI prosecutor," declared her first major policy initiative to be an “assault on the drunk driving epidemic.” She lowered the blood-alcohol level at which you could take a plea bargain, supported Leandra’s Law, and charged some drunk drivers who killed their victims with murder.;Reform efforts
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  • THIRTIES
  • 2005
    Age 40
    Rice was elected Nassau County District Attorney in 2005, winning by 7,500 votes to become the first female to hold the position.
    More Details Hide Details She defeated 31-year incumbent Denis Dillon, who had generally won reelection easily, even after switching his affiliation from Democratic to Republican in 1989. Rice was the first serious opponent that Dillon had faced since his first run in 1974.
  • 1999
    Age 34
    In 1999, Rice was appointed assistant United States Attorney in Philadelphia by then-Attorney General Janet Reno.
    More Details Hide Details As a federal prosecutor, she prosecuted white-collar crimes, corporate fraud, gun and drug cases, and public corruption.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1992
    Age 27
    Rice began her career as an assistant district attorney in the Kings County District Attorney’s Office, under District Attorney Charles Hynes in 1992.
    More Details Hide Details She prosecuted cases involving burglaries, robberies and sexual assaults and was the first member of her class to be promoted to the homicide bureau.
  • 1987
    Age 22
    She received a B.A. from The Catholic University in 1987 and a J.D. from The Touro Law Center in 1991.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1965
    Age 0
    Born on February 15, 1965.
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