Regional Briefs – May 13, 2015

Menendez Files to Have Corruption Case Moved to DC

NEWARK – Indicted Sen. Bob Menendez asked Monday to have his federal corruption case moved from New Jersey to Washington, D.C., arguing that virtually none of the 22 counts alleged occurred in the state, The Associated Press reported. The brief argues that the location of the defendants and possible witnesses are compelling reasons to move the case from New Jersey.

Kids’ ‘Partial Hospitalization’ Psych Program in NYC

NEW YORK – Bellevue Hospital is taking a new step to help children who don’t require hospitalization but need more than a weekly psychiatrist visit. The “partial hospitalization” program incorporates therapy and an on-site school for children ages 6 to 17 but lets them go home at night. They can attend for up to two months.

Poll: Cuomo’s Job Performance Rating Dips

ALBANY – A Marist survey released Tuesday finds Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s job performance rating dropping to its lowest point since he took office in 2011. Just 37 percent give him an excellent or good rating, down from a high of 59 percent in October 2012. Only 20 percent approve of the Assembly’s performance and 23 percent of the Senate.

Disaster Loans for NY Businesses Hit by 2014 Floods

ALBANY – New York businesses affected by flooding from April 1 through July 8, 2014, may qualify for disaster loans of up to $2 million. The interest rates are 2.6 percent for nonprofits and 4 percent for small businesses and can be paid over 30 years. The deadline to apply is May 26.