Regional Briefs – November 12, 2015

Staten Island Assemblywoman Appointed Rubio NY Chair

NEW YORK – Continuing his “next generation” theme, Marco Rubio named Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis (R-S.I.) the New York chair of his presidential campaign. Malliotakis, 35, said, “Washington will never change if we keep electing the same 20th century leaders with the same 20th century ideas.”

Comptroller: $200M Fund to Finance Small NY Businesses

ALBANY – New York’s comptroller says a new $200 million fund will provide credit financing to eligible small businesses that can provide solid returns to the state pension fund, the AP reported. Thomas DiNapoli says Hamilton Lane will manage the fund.

Official: Anti-Islam Police Training Class Inappropriate

LAKEWOOD – New Jersey’s attorney general called for retraining after Ocean County’s police academy had a former terrorist talk at a class called “Know Your Enemy,” the Asbury Park Press reported. Walid Shoebat said they should be suspicious of Muslims taking martial arts classes.

Feds Won’t Seek Prison for Senator Guilty of Lying to FBI

NEW YORK – Federal prosecutors said Monday they will not seek prison time for a state senator convicted of lying to the FBI as he’s terminally ill with cancer, the AP reported. Instead, they want Tom Libous sentenced to house arrest and a fine.

NYC Council Creates New Agency for Veterans

NEW YORK – The City Council voted unanimously Tuesday to establish a new Department of Veterans Services to coordinate aid for homelessness and jobs, the Associated Press reported. Mayor Bill de Blasio originally opposed it. The move, which came the day before Veterans Day, also provides $335,000 in city funding.

Number of College Ready NYC Grads Rises to 35 Percent

NEW YORK – The number of NYC public high school graduates considered college ready, i.e., who don’t need remedial courses in math or English, rose from 33 % in 2014 to 35 % in 2015, according to Dept. of Education figures released Tuesday.