Regional Briefs – December 6, 2016

Police Looking for Men Who Shot BBs at Boro Park Shul

BORO PARK – Police are looking for two men who shot BB guns at the Loyev-Chernobyl shul, on 21st Ave. at 57th Street in Brooklyn, on Tuesday afternoon. Several BB’s hit the shul’s windows. Baruch Ha-shem, nobody was hurt.

What Do NYers Care About? Jobs, Education, Taxes

ALBANY – Jobs should be the priority of the New York legislature in 2017, residents say, followed by education and taxes, according to a Siena poll. Last year’s list was education, jobs and taxes.

Cuomo Goes National: Gets Leadership Post In Dem Group

ALBANY – The notoriously averse to national attention Gov. Andrew Cuomo was selected Monday for a top post at the Democratic Governors Association, The Associated Press reported. Cuomo will serve as policy chairman in 2017. Gov. Dannel Malloy of neighboring Connecticut was picked as chairman.

Heastie Re-elected As Speaker of NY Assembly

ALBANY – Bronx Democrat Carl Heastie was re-elected Assembly Speaker on Tuesday, The Associated Press reported. The 2017 legislative session gets underway next month. He said there’s no decision yet on whether lawmakers will return for a special session to give themselves a raise

NJ Transit Driver of Wrong-Way Bus Suspended With Pay

WOODBRIDGE, N.J. – A NJ Transit bus driver caught on video going the wrong way on the Garden State Parkway last Thursday was suspended with pay, The Associated Press reported. No passengers were aboard the bus and the driver has a clean record.

Cuomo Probing Racial Bias in Prisons After Media Report

ALBANY – Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Tuesday is investigating after a New York Times report found that black prisoners were punished at higher rates and subjected to solitary confinement more often than white inmates. The inspector general will look into the claims and recommend changes if necessary.