Regional Briefs – October 30, 2015

Panel Proposes Curb on Pols Asking for Campaign Money

ALBANY – New York’s ethics commission wants a ban on statewide elected officials from soliciting campaign funds from people likely to be subject to their enforcement powers, The Associated Press reported. A 1998 ban exempted the governor, attorney general, comptroller and legislators.

Man Gets Probation for Poisoning Bald Eagles

BUFFALO – A farmer on Thursday got six months probation for accidentally poisoning three young bald eagles with meat he’d set out to kill coyotes who had been eating from his cornfield, The Associated Press reported. Kirk Canfield pleaded guilty to violating the Bald and Gold Eagle Protection Act.

Panel Reviewing Common Core Schedules Meetings

ALBANY – Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s Common Core Task Force has scheduled 12 public meetings around the state as it looks to fix problems with the higher learning standards and testing. The first, in New Rochelle, was set for Thursday. Recommendations are expected by the end of the year.

New York Congressman Suffers Mild Heart Attack

WASHINGTON – Rep. Gregory Meeks, a Manhattan Democrat, suffered a mild heart attack Wednesday but expects to be back at work in a few days, The Associated Press reported. The 10-termer 62-year-old missed votes, including on a budget deal and election for Speaker.

Cop Charged With Releasing Teen’s Photos After Shooting

TRENTON – A sheriff was charged Thursday with giving mugshots of a juvenile suspect to the media, The Associated Press reported. Chris McKenna accessed a restricted database and gave three photos of Radazz Hearns, 14, to The Trentonian, which ran them in August.

First Section of New Tappan Zee Bridge Installed

TARRYTOWN, N.Y. – The first sections of the roadway on the new Tappan Zee Bridge were installed on Monday, the Journal News reported. Seventy steel-reinforced road deck panels were installed, upon which 7,000 concrete road panels will form the driving surface.