Peter L. Cedeno, a predatory New York City divorce attorney, may be disbarred for several sexual assault, coercion and misconduct allegations regarding his younger female clients. The accusations against the married 50-year-old divorce lawyer, of Ramsey NJ, have piled up since the 2016 filing of a bombshell lawsuit by former client Atesa Pacelli, a Battery Park City mom who was going through a highly contentious divorce. Now Cedeno could be facing a career-ending flood of people speaking out to describe his deceptive behavior as their fiduciary.
Pacelli sued Cedeno alleging malpractice, professional negligence, and sexual assault. The suit states that Cedeno prolonged Pacelli’s divorce case and “leveraged his undue influence over her to engage her in a sexual relationship”. The suit charges that Cedeno manipulated her into an alcohol-laden lunch after a court hearing and then had sex with her. Cedeno then attempted to derail a reconciliation between Pacelli and her husband to ensure his own sexual relationship with her. He took “advantage of her intoxicated condition”, and she was “unable to meaningfully consent” as Cedeno was hoping to get her pregnant so that Pacelli “could not ignore” him. Cedeno tried to impress Pacelli and “assert his masculinity” by bragging that he liked to speed more than 120 mph and “outrun cops”, the suit alleges. He also claimed that he was addicted to pornography and had shot someone before taking the bar exam. In one bit of raunchy repartee, Cedeno sent a text message to his client saying “Right now I’m in the middle of doing something simply for pleasure, use your imagination.”
Cedeno threatened to attack Pacelli if news of his adulterous relationship became public. Pacelli has reported Cedeno to the state ethics committee and is weighing criminal charges against him. She shared her story because “I just don’t want it to happen to someone else”.
Since the details of the case became public, numerous other sexual misconduct allegations have been made against Peter Cedeno. Cedeno purportedly used his role as an attorney to pursue several sexual relationships, including one with the wife of a client between 2010 and 2012. Cedeno’s client has not been named publicly, and it is unclear if another lawsuit has been filed against Cedeno or if he has been reported to the state ethics committee for these actions.
The most recent victim of Peter Cedeno to go public has detailed an exchange where Cedeno demanded sex in exchange for his representation of her. The woman has initiated a Change.org petition to disbar Peter L. Cedeno and asked the Bar Association to investigate Peter L. Cedeno and his firm Peter L. Cedeno & Associates PC. The woman has not made her identity public and has filed the petition under the name “Jane Doe” describing the coercive behavior. She claims to be a former client and states that she hired Mr. Cedeno to represent her in a divorce complicated by a custody fight for her two children. Her Change.org petition alleges that Mr. Cedeno requested an after-hours meeting with her at his office the night before their first court appearance, where he stated that her retainer was gone. He then offered to represent her for free if she were to “go on dates” with him and “put out”. The woman claims that she refused Mr Cedeno’s advances.
The petition goes on to say that Mr. Cedeno arrived late and unprepared for the woman’s court date the next day and their court appearance was unsuccessful. She fired him and got another lawyer. She is asking the New York Bar Association to investigate both Peter Cedeno and his firm Peter L. Cedeno & Associates for his conduct, pleading “Please don’t let your many fine decent and honorable members be damaged by the presence of a sleazy sexual predator”.
Family Law attorneys are prohibited from having sexual relations with clients because their clients are often in a vulnerable state. Should someone with questionable ethics or manipulative methods be trusted with the responsibility of representing emotionally wrecked clients? Peter Cedeno has a lot of explaining to do as his role as a divorce attorney is being challenged, and a New York Bar Association investigation seems inevitable.
Feinberg leaving NYC Transit on Friday after more than a year as interim boss
Interim NYC Transit president Sarah Feinberg has reached the end of the line.
The West Virginia native told The Post that, effective Friday, she is stepping down from her temporary position running the nation’s largest subway system, seventeen months after she succeeded popular transit boss Andy Byford.
She said the job, which she held as the COVID-19 pandemic ravaged the city’s transit system and left more than a 100 transit workers dead, has cut severely into the time she can spend with her family.
She would, however, consider staying on with the state as MTA chair, a new position that she would likely be considered for if the state Senate decides to split the agency’s top job into two roles.
“Now’s a good time to make my exit — and to either find other ways to serve, if the Senate chooses to act, or to or to move on,” Feinberg said. “At this point I have been doing it for 18 months, and it’s important for me to get back some other pieces of my life.”
Feinberg said running NYC’s subways and buses is “24/7 job,” which limits the time she can spend with her three-year-old daughter.
“You are not serving New Yorkers well unless you are on call 24/7 and you are owning every rush hour, owning every signal delay and paying attention to every project, and thinking constantly about how you can make sure that customers, riders and your workforce are safe,” she said. “That is a hard thing to explain, because I absolutely think women and mothers should do these jobs, but it is a 24/7 job.”
The former Facebook staffer and federal rail regulator under President Obama still hopes the state senate changes state law to allow Cuomo to split the MTA Chairman-CEO job in half and appoint her chair and MTA construction boss Janno Lieber CEO.
She said the chair role would allow her “to continue to serve New York… but also be able to live my life in a way that allows me to be the kind of parent and partner that I also need to be.”
The two jobs were briefly split from 2006 to 2009, but were melded back together after state commission called the arrangement “ill-advised” and not “sufficiently independent.”
“You should have more hands on the wheel. You should have more talented experienced senior folks running an agency this size,” she said of the leadership “bifurcation” plan, which is opposed by the MTA’s largest union.
“There are very few large companies or organizations that decide there should be one single point of failure, or one single person in charge of an entire multi tens of thousands-person workforce, multi-billion dollar organization.”
Sources in Albany have said senators are unlikely to act — in which case the governor will appoint an interim leader when incumbent MTA head Pat Foye leaves at the end of July.
Feinberg hopes her legacy is “leading the agency through the darkest days of COVID,” she said.
The virus officially arrived in New York days after she accepted the gig and has since killed 168 MTA employees. Over 10,000 transit workers missed work in March and April 2020, when the virus peaked in New York City, forcing thousands of train cancellations.
Feinberg initially expected the “temporary” gig to last “three to six months,” she said; COVID-19 instantly changed that.
“I think it was almost immediately that I realized that COVID was going to be extremely serious for New York, and extremely serious for New York City Transit and that this was likely to be a longer term assignment,” she said.
“The greatest challenge was the personal impact — the fact that so many men and women in New York City Transit got sick, the fact that so many of our colleagues passed away.”
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8.2 magnitude earthquake hits Alaska, prompting tsunami warnings
A strong and shallow earthquake of magnitude 8.2 struck the Alaskan peninsula late on Wednesday, prompting tsunami warnings in the US state and heightened surveillance across the pacific.
There were no immediate reports of loss of property or life. Tsunami warning sirens were sounded close to a Walmart store in Kodiak, Alaska, a video filmed by a local resident and obtained by Reuters showed.
The US National Tsunami Warning Center (NTWC) issued alerts for southern parts of Alaska, the volcanic peninsula itself, and Pacific coastal areas from Hinchinbrook entrance to Unimak pass.
Alaska Governor Mike Dunleavy tweeted that the state’s emergency operation center had been activated and authorities were contacting communities in the tsunami warning areas.
The US Geological Survey (USGS) said the quake, which struck at 10:15 p.m. local time, was at a depth of 35 km.
The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center (PTWC) said it had canceled warnings of possible tsunami threats issued to Hawaii and the US Pacific territory of Guam.
The NTWC said it was evaluating the level of tsunami danger for other US and Canadian Pacific coastal areas.
Japan’s Meteorological Agency was investigating whether there was a possibility of a tsunami hitting Japan, public broadcaster NHK said. There were no tsunami alerts on Japan’s Meteorological Agency website.
Authorities in New Zealand also said they were assessing if there was any danger to coastal regions.
The tremor struck about 91 km east-southeast of Perryville in Alaska. It was about 800 km (500 miles) from Anchorage, Alaska’s biggest city. The National Weather Service tweeted that there was no tsunami threat to Anchorage.
The USGS added that the quake was followed by eight aftershocks in the region, with two above magnitude 6.0
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