Regional Briefs – June 20, 2016

Supreme Court Preserves Cuomo’s Assault Weapons Ban

WASHINGTON – The Supreme Court on Monday rejected challenges to Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s assault weapons ban, leaving in place a lower court ruling, The Associated Press reported. Cuomo called it a “victory for common sense.”

Christie Creates Chief Technology Officer Post

TRENTON – Gov. Chris Christie on Monday established the Cabinet post of chief technology officer, The Associated Press reported. David Weinstein, a one-time civilian U.S Cyber Command official, will lead the $10 million fight protecting the state from cyberattack.

Baby in Stroller Struck by a Car and Killed; Mother Hurt

BUFFALO – A tragic car accident in Buffalo Sunday night caused the death of a 7-month-old girl in a stroller, The Associated Press reported. Her mother and another person suffered non-life-threatening injuries. No charges were filed.

Port Authority Director Honored by Queen Elizabeth II

NEW YORK – A Port Authority official received an honorary title from Queen Elizabeth II after serving as a longtime tour guide for members of the royal family at the World Trade Center site, the Journal News reported. Glenn Guzi of Peekskill, N.Y., is a member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire.

1776 Portrait Drawn by British Spy John Andre Up for Sale

ALBANY – Two portraits drawn by a British officer-turned-spy linked to Benedict Arnold are being auctioned Tuesday, The Associated Press reported. John Andre’s 1776 portraits of Albany Mayor Abraham Cuyler and his wife were done in U.S. captivity. After his release, he headed the British spy network in America. He was eventually caught and hanged.