Regional Briefs – November 23, 2015

Trump Wants Ex-NYPD Chief Kelly in His Administration

NEW YORK – GOP frontrunner Donald Trump is so taken by the NYPD’s now-dismantled mosque surveillance program that he would hire its architect, former Commissioner Ray Kelly, in his administration, Yahoo News reported. “Ray’s a great guy. Ray did a fab job as commissioner and, sure, Ray would be somebody I’d certainly consider.”

Passenger Removed From Flight Christie Was Aboard

TRENTON – Gov. Chris Christie was flying to Boston Friday morning when a disruptive passenger had to be removed from the plane before takeoff, The Associated Press reported. Christie’s presidential campaign said the delay meant that a New Hampshire event Friday night had to be rescheduled.

Racially Charged Texts Sent By Prison Guards Released

CAMDEN, N.J. – Officials on Thursday released over 5,000 texts, many including racist language, from nine officers at the Camden County Jail, the Courier-Post reported. There were so many African-American slurs that investigators listed the 10 most commonly used slurs and then added “etc.”

New York Takes Steps To Limit Lawsuit Risk

ALBANY – Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said Thursday they are working to reduce the risk of lawsuits against the state. They plan to first identify the agencies that are sued most often. The state faces “tens of thousands” of lawsuits each year.

Museum Opening Exhibit On NY Air National Guard

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. – An exhibit at New York’s Military Museum opened Saturday, highlighting the 100-year history of the state’s Air National Guard, the nation’s largest, The Associated Press reported. Historic photos tell the story of airpower from WWI to the present.

Man Swings Samurai Sword In Store, Terrifies Customers

NEW YORK – A man swinging a samurai sword at an Apple store in Manhattan terrified shoppers on Friday, the New York Post reported. The man, who appeared to be emotionally disturbed, was taken into custody.