Regional Briefs – February 9, 2016

NY Most Talkative State in the U.S.

NEW YORK – New Yorkers are the most talkative in the country, according to an analysis by Marchex of more than 2 million phone calls, New York Magazine reported. To have the same conversation, they used 62 percent more words than in Iowa, the fifth quietest.

Scientists ID Causes in Mass Long Island Fish Kills

ALBANY – Scientists have identified causes of large fish kills in Long Island’s Peconic River last summer, where roughly 300,000 adult Atlantic Menhaden died, The Associated Press reported. Rising water temperatures, a spike in algae blooms and depleted oxygen caused fish to suffocate.

Black History Month Marked At New York Capitol

ALBANY – Black History Month is being marked at the Capitol with an exhibit honoring ten people, including Constance Baker Motley, the first African-American woman to serve in the state Senate and as a federal judge, The Associated Press reported.

NYC Street to Be Co-named For Slain Aide to Gov. Cuomo

BROOKLYN – A Brooklyn street will be co-named to honor a slain aide to Gov. Andrew Cuomo. A portion of Clinton Avenue will also be known as “Carey Gabay Way,” The Associated Press reported. Gabay, 43, was a bystander caught in a shootout in September.

NY Legislature Weighing Proposed Raises for Judges

ALBANY – New York’s trial judges would get nearly $20,000 in raises after a state commission recommended increasing their salary from $174,000 to nearly $193,000, and to $203,100 in two years to keep them at par with federal judges, The Associated Press reported. The plan will cost $27 million.

Egypt to Sue NJ Borough Over UN Residence Denial

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. – The Egyptian government plans to sue East Rutherford after the town’s zoning board rejected plans to turn a building into a residence for its military advisor attached to the UN, The Record reported. The board said that deviates from its prior use.