Regional Briefs – July 13, 2015

Thruway Police Boosting Patrols in Construction Zones

ALBANY – The Thruway Police is targeting speeding motorists and aggressive driving in construction zones. Operation Work Brake begins its five-day run on Monday. Last year’s campaign resulted in more than 2,500 tickets.

Firm Must Submit Notes From Probe That Cleared Christie

NEWARK – The law firm whose report cleared Gov. Chris Christie in Bridge-gate was ordered by a judge Friday to turn over any notes or recordings of interviews it conducted with administration officials, The Associated Press reported. Two former Christie allies under indictment made the request.

Mother, Daughter Drown Kayaking Without Life Vests

DELAWARE TOWNSHIP, N.J. – A woman and her adult daughter drowned tragically after their kayaks overturned on the Delaware River Friday evening, The Associated Press reported. Doris Rake, 45, and Kathryn Haney, 19, were experienced kayakers. But they were not wearing life jackets.

NYC Hosts First Parade Honoring the Disabled

NEW YORK – New York City on Sunday hosted its first parade honoring people with disabilities, The Associated Press reported. July is designated as “Disability Pride Month” in honor of the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act guaranteeing equal opportunities for the disabled.

Buffalo Wants a Register of Private Surveillance Cameras

BUFFALO – Buffalo is asking businesses and residents to register their private security cameras with the police to make it easier to pull up footage when a crime is committed nearby, The Associated Press reported. Mayor Byron Brown says there are 2,400 registered cameras which have led to 191 arrests.

De Blasio Wants NYC Fully Weaned Off Dirty Energy

NEW YORK – Mayor Bill de Blasio said Friday he wants to power all of the government’s operations with renewal energy as part of his commitment to reduce greenhouse gas emissions 80 percent by 2050. Bids are due on Sept. 10.