Regional Briefs – October 8, 2014

Cuomo to Visit Israel Again

ALBANY – Having just returned from Israel, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Tuesday that if he wins a second term he will go back to help businesses in the state take advantage of international markets. The $35 million effort will also send Cuomo, who has rarely left New York during four years in office, on trade missions to Canada, Mexico, China and Italy.

Ex-Paramedic Sentenced For Stealing From Patients

KINGSTON, N.Y. – A former Ellenville paramedic on Friday was sentenced to 13 years in prison for stealing from homes where he had treated patients, the Daily Freeman of Kingston reported. German Lobaton, 48, knew the residents would be with the patient in the hospital when he returned to burglarize their homes.

Having Evicted Charters, NYC Now Paying Higher Rent

NEW YORK – NYC is paying higher-than-market rate for two charter schools it had revoked space for in public school buildings, the Wall Street Journal reported. Instead of free rent it got by sharing public school space, the rent is now nearly $18,000 per student.

Hero in ‘11 Fire Fatally Shot Sitting on Porch

BUFFALO – Paris Lewis ran into a burning home and carried three children to safety from a fire at a Buffalo home in February 2011. Late Friday morning, the 38-year-old was shot and killed while sitting on the porch of his home, WGRZ reported. Police are investigating.

Canada-NYC Power Line Gets Presidential Approval

ALBANY – A proposed 330-mile electric line to carry Canadian power to New York City received on Monday a Presidential Permit, The Associated Press reported. The 1,000-megawatt line has been in development since 2008 and may save two to three percent on energy bills when it’s up in four years.

De Blasio Defends Probe That Cleared Top Aide

NEW YORK – Mayor Bill de Blasio on Monday again defended the probe that cleared a top aide, saying “case closed,” and that he supports Rachel Noerdlinger, his wife’s chief of staff, who has a friend with an extensive criminal record and who mocked police on social media.