Regional Briefs – April 28, 2015

Currie Named to Replace Lynch in Eastern District

NEW YORK – The Brooklyn federal prosecutor post vacated by newly sworn in Attorney General Loretta Lynch was filled on Monday by her chief assistant, Kelly Currie. Currie, a prosecutor in the Brooklyn office for a decade, returned in November after four years in private practice.

Cuomo Signals He Wants a Third Term

ALBANY – Andrew Cuomo wants to be governor for “as long as the people will have me,” signaling his White House quest is gone, replaced with an interest in a third term, The Associated Press reported. There’s already speculation about his successor, including AG Eric Schneiderman. But Cuomo said “there’s nothing else” he would rather do.

New York First State to Offer English Lessons by Cellphone

ALBANY – New York will be the first state to offer English-language lessons to Spanish speakers over their mobile phones, to help immigrants who don’t have the time or means for traditional classes. The free service uses audio and texts and will be introduced first in New York City.

Bratton Claims Lower Tension Between Police, City

NEW YORK – There’s “much less tension” between the police union and city officials, which broke into the open in the aftermath of Eric Garner’s death last year, Police Commissioner Bill Bratton on Sunday told CBS’s “Face the Nation.”

Daily News Deliveryman Dies in Williamsburg Collision

NEW YORK – A Daily News delivery truck driver died Sunday after a collision with another vehicle at a Williamsburg intersection, The Associated Press reported. Jonathan Long, 24, was traveling on Lee Avenue as a taxi driver was on Flushing Avenue. The crash made the truck flip over. The cabbie was treated at the scene.

Swedish Police on Vacation Break Up Fight On NYC Subway

NEW YORK – NYPD Chief William Bratton on Friday thanked four vacationing Swedish police officers who broke up a subway brawl until NYPD officers responded. They then went on their way, but witnesses captured the scene on video. The four got a tour of NYPD headquarters and a ride on a police boat.