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Member Spotlight: Meet Rob D’Errico

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An Interview by Anthony Brincat How does one go from being active in Republican politics, where he worked on local, state and national campaigns in Hartford CT and Washington D.C., was a top adviser to a presidential campaign in 1994 to becoming the CEO of a successful family-owned printing business?  Well, we’re going to find out! Rob ended a very successful political career in 1994 and launched an entirely new career in the graphics industry in 1995.   He worked with his father at their family-owned business, Colonial Colour and after 5 years became the CEO.   He grew the business and its reputation - creating unique concepts for fashion, liquor, real estate, casino, retail and tobacco clients.   With clients likes these, some might say he was a “high-roller”. In 2011, Rob was hired as Executive VP of MAD Digital Print Solutions where he was instrumental in restructuring MAD to offer its clients personalized marketing on multiple levels.  In 2012 the company was renam

Member Spotlight: Meet Robert F. Finkelstein

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An interview by Anthony Brincat Rob Finkelstein is an attorney here in New York, practicing commercial litigation, construction law, employment law, and general business law, among other things. He is partner at Finkelstein Platt LLP , which he and his business partner, Chris Platt, recently founded in July 2013. The firm, which is 100% gay owned, is certified by NGLCC as an LGBTE and is a Silver Business Member of NGLCCNY. Rob’s diverse professional background makes him well-equipped to handle a variety of legal matters, whether in litigation, contract negotiations, regulatory issues, employment related matters (employment agreements, non-competes, non-disclosure agreements, employee manuals, etc.), trademark registrations, asset or stock sales/purchases, or construction related matters. A graduate of Fordham University School of Law in 2000, he was a member of the Intellectual Property, Media & Entertainment Law Journal and received Th

LGBTQ Survivors of Violence - We Can, and Will, Do More

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The New York City Anti-Violence Project (AVP) is about to add one more strategy to ending violence against lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer (LGBTQ) and HIV-affected people:  legal advocacy.  In October 2013, AVP is launching the LGBTQ Legal Services Project for survivors of intimate partner and sexual violence. The Centers for Disease Control found that lesbian, gay and bisexual people experience intimate partner and sexual violence at the same or higher rates as heterosexual people. And AVP's National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs found that transgender survivors were nearly two times more likely to report violence.  Yet despite this high prevalence of violence, there is a start inequality in support for LGBTQ survivors. More than 60% of LGBTQ survivors are turned away from Domestic Violence shelters and nearly 1/3 are mis-arrested as the primary aggressor.  Fewer than 3% of LGBTQ survivors sought civil orders of protection, and fewer than 50% reported vi