Regional Briefs – January 19, 2016

3 NYPD Officers Rescue Woman in Pennsylvania

CLARION, Pa. – Three NYPD officers on their way to Ohio Thursday for the funeral of a fallen police dog rescued a disabled woman trapped inside an overturned ambulette, WJW reported. Benny Colecchio, Daniel Rich and Matt Wizelinski used equipment in their cruiser.

Feds Still Offering Disaster Loans for Superstorm Sandy

ALBANY – The federal Small Business Administration is still processing Sandy loans of up to $2 million for repairs or replacing real estate, machinery and inventory. Interest rates are 4 percent for businesses, 3 percent for non-profits, and 1.688 percent for homeowners and renters, with terms up to 30 years.

Cuomo Calls for Rare Constitutional Convention

ALBANY – Saying New York’s system is “broken,” Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Wednesday called for a $1 million non-partisan commission to study possible topics for a constitutional convention. Voters will decide in 2017 whether to hold the rare event, which can revise rules under which government operates.

Cuomo: Raise Minimum Income for Food Stamps

ALBANY – Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Wednesday proposes raising the initial gross income threshold to be eligible for food stamps from 130 percent of the federal poverty level to 150 percent. About three million New Yorkers are on the program. The change would make another 750,000 households eligible.

Christie’s Pocket Veto Leaves NJ’s Smoking Age at 19

TRENTON – Gov. Chris Christie on Tuesday issued a pocket veto on a bill that would have boosted the smoking age to 21, keeping it at 19, The Associated Press reported. The bill would have fined retailers up to $1,000 if they sold tobacco to anyone under 20.