New York Briefs – August 28, 2014

Parents Boycotting Newark Schools

NEWARK – Some parents of Newark schoolchildren said Wednesday they will boycott the school district next week, The Associated Press reported. They are upset that the new enrollment system, which allows families to rank their preferences for schools across the city rather than just attend the nearest school, was understaffed and hundreds were turned away.

Landmarks to Light Up For Cancer Telethon

NEW YORK – More than a dozen landmarks across the U.S. and Canada will light up starting Thursday to promote next week’s “Stand Up to Cancer” telethon, including Rockefeller Center in New York and Toronto’s CN tower. All the lights will be some combination of red, orange, yellow or white.

Activists Urge de Blasio To Ban Carriage Horses

NEW YORK – A group of New Yorkers are putting Mayor Bill de Blasio’s feet to the fire for reneging on his campaign promise to ban carriage horses, The Associated Press reported. Two dozen animal rights activists rallied Tuesday near Gracie Mansion, saying the animals get spooked on streets.

1 WTC Gets Australian Tenant for 85th Floor

NEW YORK – An Australian company that provides virtual office space announced Tuesday they were leasing the 85th floor of 1 World Trade Center, meaning the tower is now 57.5 percent leased. The 1,776-foot tower, the tallest building in the nation, opens later this year.

NYC Event Will Honor Slain Journalist James Foley

NEW YORK – An event in the Bronx on Sept. 6 will honor slain journalist James Foley, who was kidnapped in 2012 while covering the Syrian uprising and beheaded last week by ISIS, The Associated Press reported. The event will be hosted by Reporters Instructed in Saving Colleagues.

New York Creates $40M Energy Technology Contest

ALBANY – New York state will hold a $40 million competition designed to spur research and development of “microgrids,” or small power systems that are able to function independently when storms or other emergencies knock out electricity, The Associated Press reported. Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced the New York Prize competition, which will take place in the fall.