Regional Briefs – January 20, 2016

Sorry Kids: Christie Vetoes Bill Requiring Recess

TRENTON – A bill that would have ensured kindergarten to 5th graders got 20 minutes of recess a day was vetoed by Gov. Chris Christie, The Associated Press reported. He did not give a reason but earlier he criticized Michelle Obama’s “meddling” in school lunches.

Charter School Advocates Hold Funding Rally in Albany

ALBANY – Hundreds of NYC charter school students and parents rallied Wednesday at the Capitol to push for greater funding, The Associated Press reported. Charters are an alternative to public schools.

15 NYC Properties Assessed At Over $1 Billion

NEW YORK – As the total value of NYC real estate was reported above $1 trillion for the first time, 15 properties crossed the $1 billion mark, Real Deal reported. These include JFK and LaGuardia airports, Yankee Stadium and Citi Field.

Upstate WWII Veteran Receives Overdue Medals

FONDA, N.Y. – A WWII veteran who fought in some of the fiercest battles in Europe was awarded Tuesday overdue military decorations, The Associated Press reported. Rep. Chris Gibson presented the Bronze Star, Combat Infantryman Badge and other medals to Thomas Williams, 92, whose records were destroyed in a 1973 fire.