Regional Briefs – June 6, 2015

New Chinese Restaurant’s Name: I Don’t Know

ROCHESTER – Let’s go eat at, er, I Don’t Know. That’s the name of a new Chinese restaurant in Rochester, The Associated Press reported. Owner Jessie Dong said that whenever she would ask her three children what they wanted to eat, their response would be: “I don’t know.” When she asked them what to name her diner, they gave that same answer, hence the name.

Fire Department Awards Valor Medals in City Hall

NEW YORK – FDNY on Wednesday held its Medal Day ceremony at City Hall for the first time in five years, honoring 71 firefighters and EMTs, The Associated Press reported. These include responders to last March’s East Harlem gas explosion and those who helped two window-washers trapped 64 stories up at One World Trade Center.

Westchester County Bans Indoor E-cigarette Use

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. – Vapers in Westchester must now take their e-cigarettes outside after lawmakers on Monday approved an indoor smoking ban, the Journal News reported. Sponsors say that manufacturers are using the same marketing techniques as tobacco companies.

Arrest Made in Subway Slashing of Swedish Tourist

BROOKLYN – Police on Tuesday arrested a man in the senseless slashing of a Swedish tourist as she rode the A train in Brooklyn to JFK Airport. Don Carter is charged with attempted murder for the unprovoked attack on the 29-year-old.

NJ Extends Deadline to Apply For ‘Senior Freeze’ Rebate

TRENTON – New Jersey seniors and disabled now have until Oct. 1 to apply for a property tax reimbursement, extended beyond the June 1 deadline. Last year 172,000 residents received about $1,200.

Paid Sick Leave Most Lobbied Issue in New Jersey in 2014

TRENTON – The battle over whether New Jersey should require businesses to offer paid sick leave was the most heavily lobbied in the state last year, with 69 lobbyists having 294 contacts with agencies, The Associated Press reported. But it didn’t even come up for a vote.