Richard J. Garfunkel
WVOX – AM Radio 1460- 12 Noon Wednesday
March 4, 2009
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On Wednesday, March 4, 2009, at 12:00 Noon, I will be hosting my show “The Advocates” on WVOX- 1460 AM, and you can also listen to the program’s live streaming at www.wvox.com. One can call the show at 914-636-0110 to reach us on the radio. Our guest is Special Agent Maryann Goldman of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and we will talk about InfraGard and its critical importance to national security. Joining me on our panel will be Mr. Tony Russo, the President of the InfraGard Hudson Valley Membership Alliance Inc, who is the also the President of Aries Wine and Spirits, which is located at 128 West Post Road in White Plains, NY, and White Plains City Councilman Glen Hockley.
InfraGard is a United States Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Public-private partnership that began in the Cleveland, Ohio, Field Office in 1996. It was a local effort to gain support from the information technology industry and academia for the FBI's investigative efforts in the cyber arena.
Ms. Maryann Goldman has been a Special Agent with the Federal Bureau of Investigation since 1991. During her 17+ years with the FBI, SA Goldman has coordinated and participated in numerous criminal and National Security investigations while working out of the FBI's flagship office in New York. Arriving at the New York Field Office in 1991, SA Goldman worked on background investigations of Federal Employees and Presidential Appointees until being assigned to the Organized Crime Unit in 1993. From 1993 until 1997, SA Goldman investigated members and associates of the Colombo Organized Crime Family operating out of New York, Long Island, and New Jersey.
In 1997, SA Goldman transferred to the National Security Division as the lead Under Cover Agent. The intelligence gathered by SA Goldman pursuant to this operation assisted numerous US operations nationally and overseas. SA Goldman received an award from the National Security Agency for her contributions to National Security. In 2000, SA Goldman returned to the Criminal Division, and continued her investigation of Organized Crime Matters out of the FBI's White Plains Resident Agency. From 2000 through 2008, SA Goldman was the lead Case Agent on investigations of Organized Crime members. Also during this time, SA Goldman initiated and led an unprecedented international investigation of Organized Crime's participation in international money laundering and exploitation of the US banking and financial systems. As a result of these investigations, SA Goldman arrested and indicted numerous members and associates of Organized Crime and their co-conspirators in the financial sector in the US and overseas. For this investigation, SA Goldman was nominated for the Attorney General's Award, and received a number of awards from local law enforcement agencies for partnerships created with their departments. In October of 2008, SA Goldman transferred to the Intelligence Division to serve as one of two InfraGard Coordinators in the New York Office
Meanwhile, the mission of the “Advocates” is to bring to the public differing views on current “public policy “issues. “Public policy,” therefore, is what we as a nation legally and traditionally follow. Over the years, the “public policy” of the United States has changed or has been modified greatly. As an example, “free public education” is the public policy of the United States.
Next week I will be hosting Mr. Cal Ramsey, the long-time basketball commentator for the NY Knicks team, and Mr. Alan Rosenberg, CPA, a basketball and collecting aficionado. Our subject will be big-time sports, its affect on inner city youngsters, and Cal Ramsey’s experiences playing and broadcasting the game.