Regional Briefs – May 22, 2015

Train Schedule Shift of 1 Minute Draws Anger

HOBOKEN, N.J. – Hoboken to Manhattan commuters have to wait a minute longer for a PATH train, infuriating Hoboken Mayor Dawn Zimmer, who says it defies logic, The Record reported. The Port Authority made the change due to crowded trains during rush hour.

Bratton Says He’s ‘Optimistic’ He’ll Get More Officers

NEW YORK – NYPD Chief William Bratton said Thursday he’s optimistic he’ll be able to hire more officers, although the 1,000 requested by the Council is unnecessary, The Associated Press reported. Bratton spoke after a Council hearing where he detailed how the NYPD’s $4.9 billion budget would be used.

All Highway Work Suspended In N.Y. for Weekend

ALBANY – Construction projects on New York state highways and bridges are being suspended for the Memorial Day weekend, one of the busiest travel weekends of the year, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced. The halt begins at 6 a.m. Friday and ends 6 a.m. Tuesday.

Woman Gets 24 Years for Hate Killing on Subway

QUEENS – A woman who admitted shoving a Hindu man off a Queens subway platform to his death since she has hated Muslims and Hindus was sentenced Wednesday to 24 years in prison, The Associated Press reported. Erika Menendez, 33, was seen talking to herself before killing Sunando Sen in 2012.

Queens Attorney to Run for Councilman Weprin’s Seat

QUEENS – A Muslim activist said Thursday he will run for Councilman Mark Weprin’s Queens seat when it opens up next week, the Observer reported. If he wins, Ali Najmi would be the city’s first elected official of South Asian descent. Others are also exploring bids in the Democratic district.

De Blasio: Cross Bronx Expressway Worst in NYC

BRONX – The Cross Bronx Expressway is the “number one” worst highway in the city when it comes to traffic, Mayor Bill de Blasio said Thursday after making his way through the artery, the Observer reported. Manhattan’s 10th Avenue is his favorite road.