Regional Briefs – December 14, 2016

Cox: Trump Closely Following 2018 NY Governor’s Race

ALBANY – President-elect Donald Trump is still keeping tabs on his home state, and is involved in helping a Republican defeat Gov. Andrew Cuomo in 2018, according to state GOP Chair Ed Cox, NY State of Politics reported. “He’s already called me. … He definitely has an interest in having a Republican governor in New York after 2018, and not Governor Cuomo.””

NYC Booked Hotel Rooms For Homeless at $629 a Night

NEW YORK – NYC booked 30 hotel rooms at the astronomical rate of $629 a night to house homeless people on two days in September, according to a report issued Wednesday by Comptroller Scott Stringer. The mayor’s office says costs rose on those days because of the U.N. summit. Over a year, there were 815 bookings for $400 a night or more.

Black WWII Vet Still Waiting For Medals 70 Years Later

BUFFALO – Sen. Charles Schumer is calling for the Army to award three long-overdue service medals to an African-American World War II veteran who had served in an all-black unit, The Associated Press reported. He met George Watts, 93, on Tuesday and said the reason Watts never got the decorations he earned was possibly due to racism.

Robber Breaks Into Cars of Mourners at a Girl’s Funeral

DRYDEN, N.Y. – Mourners at the funeral of an 11-year-old girl who was struck by a motorist had their cars broken into, The Associated Press reported. As they mourned Kaylee Wacht on Saturday, their car windows were smashed and purses were stolen, including one that contained $700 in donations for Wacht’s family.

Illnesses from Restaurant Thanksgiving Meals Tops 260

GREECE, N.Y. – The number of people who became ill after eating a Thanksgiving meal at the Golden Ponds Restaurant has more than quadrupled to more than 260, The Associated Press reported. Health department officials closed the restaurant the day after Thanksgiving, as calls started coming in from customers experiencing severe diarrhea.