Regional Briefs – February 3, 2016

New Jersey Town Punishes 8 Idle Police Officers

LONG BRANCH, N.J. – Eight Long Branch officers were punished after a citizen reported them idling in their cars instead of driving on patrol, the Asbury Park Press reported. Names and the nature of the penalties were not released.

Ex-El Diario Editor Nominated as NY Secretary of State

ALBANY – The former longtime editor of the Spanish-language newspaper El Diario will be New York’s next secretary of state, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Wednesday. Once confirmed by the Senate, Rossana Rosado will oversee regulatory and legal functions.

Man Arrested for Selling Fake NY Inspection Stickers

HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. – A Brooklyn man was arrested Wednesday for advertising and selling fake vehicle inspection stickers, The Associated Press reported. A sting parking lot operation caught Octavian Ocasio.

Buffalo Announced as Site of New York GOP Convention

BUFFALO – Buffalo was chosen Tuesday as the site of the March 4 annual state GOP convention, The Associated Press reported. On the agenda is choosing a candidate to run against Sen. Charles Schumer.

Son of Paralyzed Detective Promoted to Same Rank

NEW YORK – The son of a NYPD detective, who was paralyzed in 1986, was promoted to detective, the Daily News reported. Steven McDonald attended his son Conor’s ceremony in uniform. He had been shot by a bike thief in Central Park.