Regional Briefs – January 9, 2015

De Blasio Prefers Being Called ‘Progressive’ Over ‘Liberal’

NEW YORK, N.Y. – Mayor Bill de Blasio prefers to be called a “progressive” rather than a “liberal,” The Observer reported. Progressivism “never lost,” he said, while the term liberal was damaged by the right and the left.

NJ Lawmakers, Christie Quarrel on Speech Logistics

TRENTON, N.J. – No dispute is too small for Gov. Christie and Democrat lawmakers, AP reported. Christie’s office sent a note requiring guests to RSVP to attend his State of the State Tuesday. But the speech is in the Assembly, which says there’s no need to RSVP.

Schumer: Feds Should Pay NYC Hospitals for Ebola Preps

ALBANY – The federal government should reimburse New York hospitals for Ebola prep, Sen. Charles Schumer said. Dozens of hospitals spent up to $40,000, five designated centers spent $5.5 million. Bellevue, which treated an actual patient, spent more than $20 million.

American Airlines Loses Bid To Restore LI-DC Route

ISLIP, N.Y. – American Airlines lost its bid to restore flights between Long Island MacArthur Airport and Washington, D.C., Newsday reported. The federal government instead gave the two available D.C. slots to Southwest for flights to Kansas City.

Trout in NY’s Salmon River Suffer Vitamin Disorder

ALBANY, N.Y. – Biologists are seeing increased stress in trout returning from Lake Ontario to the Salmon River over vitamin B deficiency. Staff are injecting them with thiamine.

Dozens Hurt in East Flatbush Bus Accident

BROOKLYN, N.Y. – Three people were critically injured and dozens hurt when a B46 bus collided with a car in East Flatbush late Wednesday, The AP reported. An additional 15 people suffered minor injuries.

Bounty Hunter Admits Role in Bribery Scheme

MORRISTOWN, N.J. – A bounty hunter on Wednesday admitted to have sheriff’s officers sign false “body receipts” so he could claim to capture fugitives who had already been apprehended. Adel Mikhaeil faces a lengthy prison term on Feb. 9.