Regional Briefs – November 28, 2014

Cuomo’s 5 Days in the Snow Pays Off

BUFFALO – Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s on the ground leadership during Buffalo’s epic snowstorm last week is paying off, with the Buffalo News praising his “Buffalove” for “put[ting] his own boots on our snow-clogged streets since Wednesday, when he spent the night while the storm continued.” Cuomo has invested much attention and money in the city, which he lost in 2009 but won this month. Local businessman Brian Kimmins said, “I’m very proud of the fact he’s my governor, and I’m a Republican.”

NYC Publishes 17th Century New Amsterdam Manuscripts

NEW YORK – Beginning an effort to make available all New York City historical records, the city on Thursday released its oldest collection: of New Amsterdam from 1647 to 1661. The Dutch-language manuscripts show how officials such as Gov. Peter Stuyvesant tried to maintain order in a fractious and rowdy city.

New York Courting Chinese Tourists

ALBANY – New York is hoping to cash in on China’s growing middle class by attracting more tourists from the world’s most populous nation. The state approved a $750,000 contract with a travel marketing firm to represent the state in China. They already have a tourism office in China with representatives in four cities.

Suffolk One of 9 in U.S. Affected By Ozone Standard

WASHINGTON – Suffolk is one of nine counties nationwide to be affected by President Obama’s proposed stricter ozone emissions limits, The Associated Press reported. The proposal calls for limits of between 65 and 70 parts per billion. Suffolk, with its projected 74 parts per billion by 2025, is the only New York county to be affected; the rest are mostly in Texas.

NYPD to Crack Down On Cops’ Language

NEW YORK – The New York Police Department is planning to crack down on officers using foul language while interacting with the public, said Michael Julian after he was sworn in as deputy commissioner Wednesday. “It’s all about a New York attitude … but you can change,” said Julian, adding that 30 percent of all complaints involve this issue.