Regional Briefs – October 27, 2015

Police Critic Sharpton to Eulogize Slain NYPD Officer

NEW YORK – At the request of the family, Al Sharpton will deliver remarks at the funeral Wednesday for Officer Randolph Holder, who was gunned down last week, the Daily News reported. NYPD union chief Ed Mullins said he was stunned, saying “the city is divided because of people like Sharpton.”

Christie Signs Law Cracking Down on Military Impostors

TRENTON – Gov. Chris Christie on Monday signed legislation fining or jailing people posing as U.S. servicemen to receive perks, The Associated Press reported. The Stolen Valor Act also helps businesses owned by disabled veterans, and creates a scholarship for surviving spouses and children of veterans.

NY Top Prosecutor to Internet Providers: Prove Speed Claims

ALBANY – New York’s attorney general suspects there’s little difference between broadband’s fast lanes and the slower freight of ordinary internet access, The Associated Press reported. He sent  letters to the state’s three major providers, asking for proof they’re giving the speeds promised.

NYC Council Speaker to Co-Chair Latino Super PAC

NEW YORK – Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito will co-chair a new Super-PAC meant to elect more Latinos to public office. The Latino Victory Group announced Monday that Mark-Viverito, who has endorsed Hillary Clinton, will join Texas Rep. Joaquin Castro and ex-L.A. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa.

Sanders Urges Verizon to Resolve Local Labor Dispute

NEW YORK – Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders on Monday urged Verizon to negotiate a fair contract for its 39,000 union members, The Associated Press reported. The Vermont senator joined a rally at a store in Brooklyn.

NYC to Offer SAT Exams Free Of Registration Charge

NEW YORK – NYC will offer the SAT exam free of charge to public high school juniors. Chancellor Carmen Farina says it will give low-income students an equal chance to take the college entrance exam. The exam costs $55; the city expects it to cost them $1.8 million a year.