Regional Briefs – September 12, 2014

Daycare Mistakenly Gives Kids Water With Bleach

JERSEY CITY – Two dozen children at a Jersey City daycare center were evaluated Thursday after a substitute teacher’s aide mistakenly gave the tots a bottle of water that had a little bleach in it, WABC reported. The children at Growing Tree Learning Center do not appear to be in life-threatening danger.

Bridge Panel Gets Christie Aide’s Phone Records

TRENTON – AT&T has turned over phone and text records of a top aide to Gov. Chris Christie to the legislative panel investigating the GWB lane closures, The Record reported. Regina Egea testified in July that she texted the governor about the probe but later deleted the messages. Christie said he does not remember getting the messages.

Christie Signs Bills on Alimony, Police Dashcam

TRENTON – Gov. Chris Christie on Wednesday signed into law two measures, one requiring video cameras on police cars or on uniforms, another barring permanent alimony. Marriages lasting less than 20 years cannot now be paid longer than the duration of the marriage, when the payer retires or loses a job, or if the receiver marries.

NYC Council Vote on Carriage Horse Ban Stalled

NEW YORK – Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito said Wednesday the council may not vote to outlaw horse-drawn carriages, dealing a blow to Mayor Bill de Blasio, who campaigned on a promise to ban them within a week of taking office. The head of the council’s consumer affairs committee, Rafael Espinal, said he does not support banning the horses.

Cuomo Says He’s Happy With Primary Win

BUFFALO – Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Wednesday that his lower than expected margin of victory in Tuesday’s Democratic primary against a little known foe made him “happy, happy, happy,” since “where I come from, you win with 60 percent, you say one thing: ‘Thank you very much.’” He added that Zephyr Teachout called him and “we had a nice conversation.”