Regional Briefs – September 19, 2014

Christie to Attend Fundraiser For Bell

PRINCETON, N.J. – Gov. Chris Christie was scheduled on Thursday to attend his first fundraiser on behalf of Republican Jeff Bell, who is challenging Democratic Sen. Cory Booker, The Associated Press reported. Recent polls have shown the race tightening.

NY Commission to Support Disabled Workers

ALBANY – New York is establishing a new commission to support employment of disabled workers, whose employment rates are only 31 percent, compared with 72 percent for others. Recommendations to the governor are due March 1.

Unemployment Benefits to Increase in New York

ALBANY – Benefits for the unemployed are set to go up in New York effective Oct. 6, a result of the stabilizing the state’s unemployment insurance trust fund, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Wednesday. The minimum weekly rate will increase from $64 to $100 and the maximum weekly rate will increase from $405 to $420.

Virus Afflicting Children Shows Up in NYC

NEW YORK – New York City is seeing its first cases of the uncommon respiratory illness that has shown up in children in a dozen states. Two children, one from New York City and another from Long Island, have been diagnosed with enterovirus 68, which causes breathing difficulties.

Video Shows Kneeling Teen Hit By Cop’s Taser

ALBANY – A police dashcam shows an Albany officer using a stun gun on a 16-year-old boy who was kneeling on a street with his hands behind his head at the end of a high-speed chase, The Associated Press reported. Sgt. Vincent Igoe Jr. was suspended after the Aug. 16 incident.

Two Amish Children Injured When Pickup Hits Buggy

LEON, N.Y. – Two young Amish children were hospitalized with moderate injuries Tuesday after the buggy they were riding in was hit by a pickup truck on a Buffalo road, Time Warner Cable News reported. The woman driving the buggy and her 1-year-old and 5-week-old sons were thrown to the ground.