Regional Briefs – January 23, 2015

Streets Renamed After Officers Slain in Ambush

NEW YORK – The City Council on Thursday renamed streets for the cops killed in an ambush last month. Rafael Ramos Way and Wenjian Liu Way are both in south Brooklyn.

School Bus Drags Student Nearly a Half Mile

AVOCA, N.Y. – A student was dragged Tuesday by a school bus for nearly a half mile before the driver stopped, the third such incident upstate this month, The Associated Press reported. The girl suffered minor injuries when her bag caught in the door.

Poll: Christie’s Approval Rating Remains Low

TRENTON – Gov. Chris Christie’s polling still lags, with 46 percent approval and 48 percent disapproval, his worst in four years, according to a Quinnipiac poll released Wednesday. Half say the governor isn’t honest and 51 percent say Christie doesn’t care about their problems.

Cuomo Proposes Helping Faith-Based Groups Serve Poor

ALBANY – Gov. Andrew Cuomo wants to establish a state office to help faith-based nonprofits help New York’s poor with food programs, health care, education and job training. The $50 million agency will be led by Assemblyman Karim Camara, a Crown Heights Democrat.

Police Shoo Vultures from Albany Neighborhood

GUILDERLAND, N.Y. – Police in suburban Albany are using noisemakers and decoys to scare away vultures lurking where a resident has been feeding them, the Times-Union reported. Neighbors have been complaining for years about the birds. On Tuesday, only seven could be seen.

NY Health Exchange Sending Tax Statements

ALBANY – New York’s health exchange is sending out 300,000 tax statements to anyone enrolled for health care through the exchange, required to get the tax credits.

Charlie Hebdo Sells Out in NY

NEW YORK – The first issue of Charlie Hebdo since the Paris attacks sold out Tuesday in New York in just one hour, The Associated Press reported. The magazine isn’t distributed in the United States, but vendors fielded thousands of inquiries about it.