Regional Briefs – October 29, 2014

New York Gets $70M for Bike, Pedestrian Paths

ALBANY – New York is getting $25 million as part of a nearly $70 million federal bicycle and pedestrian path project. Gov. Andrew Cuomo directed the funds toward 68 projects, including one in Sunset Park, that will promote walking and biking and boost tourism.

New York Assembly Members Propose GPS Tracking Ban

ALBANY – Dozens of New York legislators have proposed outlawing placement of a GPS device on someone’s car without their consent. An exception would be for parents when their children have the car. It follows reports that Republican operatives secretly put a tracker on a Long Island Democrat’s car to determine whether he lived in his district.

Embattled Top NYC Jail Uniformed Officer to Resign

NEW YORK – The embattled top cop in New York City’s troubled jail system will resign on Dec. 1, The Associated Press reported. Chief of Department William Clemmons came under scrutiny following his May promotion, since in 2012 he omitted hundreds of inmate fights from statistics turned over to a federal probe of violence on Rikers Island.

U.S. Sues NYC Over Medicaid Claims Worth Millions

NEW YORK – The federal government on Monday sued New York City, saying it ripped off Medicaid for millions of dollars by dodging a requirement that Medicaid be billed only after private insurance is exhausted. U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara says the city’s aim was to get paid as quickly and as much as possible.

New Ownership for NYC’s Bike Shares Program

NEW YORK – New York City’s embattled bike-sharing system is getting new owners who say they’ll double its size in the next three years and raise its price by 50 percent. A private investor group is buying Alta Bicycle Share and will move its headquarters from Portland to New York City.

Boy Tested for Ebola Has Respiratory Illness

NEW YORK – The five-year-old New York City boy who tested negative Monday for Ebola after traveling to West Africa has a respiratory infection instead, Bellevue officials said Tuesday. He was removed from isolation.