Regional Briefs – September 18, 2014

Poll Shows Cuomo Under 50 Percent for 1st Time

ALBANY– The first poll taken since Gov. Andrew Cuomo won last Tuesday’s Democratic primary has him under 50 percent approval for the first time since he took office. A New York Times/CBS poll has his support at 46 percent.

Ex-Hoboken Mayor Disbarred For Taking Bribes

HOBOKEN, N.J. – The New Jersey Supreme Court has disbarred a former Hoboken mayor who was arrested in what became the state’s largest corruption bust in 2009, the Jersey Journal reported. Peter Cammarano was the youngest mayor in Hoboken’s history when he was elected in 2009. He resigned shortly after his arrest.

Cop Suspended for Kick Video

NEW YORK – An NYPD officer was suspended Wednesday after a video surfaced of him kicking a man under arrest following a street fair altercation in Brooklyn last weekend, The Associated Press reported. The fair was supposed to end at 6 p.m. but it was still going a half hour later so officers moved in to arrest trespassers.

Bank Tellers Arrested for Identity Theft

NEW YORK – Five Bronx bank tellers were arrested for stealing $850,000 by accessing customers’ account and Social Security numbers, The Associated Press reported. They then created fake drivers licenses and checks, which they used to withdraw money at the bank branches. All customers were reimbursed.

Chinese Tires Imperil NY Jobs

BUFFALO – Thirty-one U.S. senators wrote to Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker expressing concern that cheap tires from China could imperil jobs in upstate New York and demanding an investigation into illegal Chinese subsidies. That affects 1,140 Goodyear employees.

Black Woman Promoted to FDNY Lieutenant

NEW YORK – The fire department on Wednesday promoted a black woman to the rank of lieutenant for the first time in 12 years and the second time ever, The Associated Press reported. Tracey Lewis, a 17-year veteran from Bed-Stuy, is one of only nine black women firefighters among nearly 10,400 people.