Regional Briefs – December 5, 2016

Is Trump Good for NY? 49 Percent Say Yes

ALBANY – Despite almost daily denunciations by Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Mayor Bill de Blasio, Donald Trump is seen in a positive light by half of New Yorkers. A Siena poll released Monday found that 49 percent are optimistic about the next four years, while 48 percent are pessimistic.

De Blasio Seeks $35 Million for Trump-Related Security Costs

NEW YORK – Mayor Bill de Blasio on Monday asked the federal government for $35 million to cover security costs for President-elect Donald Trump, WABC reported. The money goes for an NYPD detail at Trump Tower, where Trump lives and works. It would only cover costs between Nov. 8 and Jan. 20.

Police Chiefs Urge Cuomo to Expand Ride-Sharing Upstate

ALBANY – The head of the state Association of Chiefs of Police asked Gov. Andrew Cuomo to approve expanding ride-sharing services upstate to combat drunk driving, the Daily News reported. Companies such as Uber and Lyft are currently banned outside NYC.

NJ Awakens to a Light Snow

TRENTON – Most of New Jersey awoke Monday morning to rain, but light snow was falling over parts of the northwest, The Associated Press reported. Roads were wet and the snow mostly stuck before warm temperatures melted it.

New Amtrak Train Station In Niagara Falls Set to Open

NIAGARA FALLS – New York’s newest Amtrak station is set to receive its first trains Tuesday morning as the old station in Niagara Falls gets its final two trains. All trains arriving after 7 a.m. will now stop at the new $43 million Intermodal Transportation Center. It also houses an Underground Railroad museum.

How Important Is a Phone? For One Man It’s an Emergency

SECAUCUS, N.J. – A passenger on a NJ Transit train pulled the emergency stop Monday morning so he could retrieve a cellphone he dropped on the tracks, The Associated Press reported. Eric Jones of Harlem was walking between cars, which NJ Transit called “reckless behavior.” The stoppage caused 15 minutes of travel delays.