Bernie Madoff

Bill in Congress demands “equitable treatment” for Madoff victims

Friday, December 11th, 2009 And you thought health care reform was the big issue on Capital Hill this month? What about tax relief for Bernie Madoff’s army of victims? A year after the Madoff affair broke into headlines across the world, a coalition  representing the victims of Madoff’s and other Ponzi rip-offs are lobbying for legislation to provide an extended “carryback” period for their losses.

Teach Your Children Well, Indeed

Thursday, October 29th, 2009

I just finished Andrew Kirtzman’s excellent book, “Betrayal: The Life And Lies of Bernie Madoff,” which traces the  evolution of an ambitious kid who started a lawn-sprinkler business into the man who would steal billions and wreck thousands of lives.

 

The Book On Bernie

09/01/2009
Assistant Managing Editor
Within weeks of Bernard Madoff’s arrest last December, Andrew Kirtzman had signed a deal with Harper Collins to tell the story. The veteran New York journalist, who has worked for the Daily News, NY1 and most recently WCBS News, spent the next seven months sifting through the wreckage of the con man’s life, from his childhood neighborhood of Laurelton, Queens, to Palm Beach, Fla., which became a feeding ground for Madoff’s multi-billion-dollar Ponzi scheme. Kirtzman, 48, spoke to N.Y. Minute about “Betrayal: The Life and Lies of Bernie Madoff,” which was No.

Pollard and his admirers

Tuesday, August 25th, 2009 I don’t know why – I’ve been doing this for a long time, after all – but I still react with surprise to each new indication that Jonathan Pollard, the convicted Israeli spy who wants out of the prison he now shares with Ponzi king Bernie Madoff, is his own worst enemy. Case in point: a new posting on the “official” Justice for Jonathan Pollard Web site by an Israeli rabbi, who just can’t contain his admiration for Jonathan.

What “most read/most e-mailed” boxes reveal

Friday, August 14th, 2009 Those “most read/most emailed” boxes that have become fixtures on most newspaper Web sites can be pretty scary for reporters and editors. More often than not,  the stories we consider the most important don’t make the cut, while journalistic fluff – the latest adventures of J.Lo, or silly little stories about fads and fashion – fill out the top rungs of the ratings, along with stories about practical economics.

NJ Mayors, Rabbis and the BBC

Thursday, July 23rd, 2009 Like many in our community, I’ve been transfixed by the dramatic FBI arrests in New Jersey that netted prominent rabbis as well as mayors, city council presidents and other officials. It’s both titillating and scary; first Bernie Madoff, now this.  There haven’t been so many high-profile Jewish baddies since Leopold and Loeb. And this one looks huge, involving as it does some of the leading figures in the Syrian Jewish community, money laundering and trafficking in human organs.

Did we learn the real lessons of the Madoff ripoff?

Tuesday, June 30th, 2009 So Ponzi king Bernie Madoff has been sentenced to 150 years, and the blogosphere is aflame with the outrage and anguish of the victims of this record-breaking swindler. While significant recovery seems unlikely for most, there’s a degree of satisfaction that he didn’t get away with the usual wrist-slapping white collar sentence. But to me some of the case’s most important questions remain unanswered.

J Street Poll shows strong support for Obama, weak support for Lieberman and complex views about Iran and Gaza.

Monday, March 23rd, 2009 James Besser in Washington A new poll by J Street, the pro-peace process political action committee and lobby, contained good news for President Barack Obama, worrisome signs for incoming Prime Minister  Benjamin Netanyahu and some predictably bad news for Jewish organizations facing an unprecedented economic crisis.

A Madoff Victim Bailout? I don’t think so

Sunday, March 15th, 2009 James Besser in Washington Just in case you haven’t read enough about mega-swindler Bernie Madoff, check the book-like article about many of his victims in the current Vanity Fair. Needless to say, most of the victims interviewed are Jewish, and the tales are poignant, like the story of the wealthy physician’s widow who invested with Madoff and ended up working as a kind of maid.

Bernie Madoff and Jewish Angst

Friday, March 13th, 2009 James Besser in Washington So Bernie Madoff is going to the Big House, and his many victims won’t get to see him strung up by the thumbs.  I’m sure there’s  a lot of disappointment (I sort of liked Elie Wiesel’s suggested punishment for the Ponzi King: put him in a jail cell with a flat panel TV, and run continuous pictures of his victims).
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