Regional Briefs – March 13, 2017

NY Joins Lawsuit Challenging Trump Travel Restrictions

NEW YORK – Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said Thursday New York will join Washington state’s lawsuit against President Trump’s travel ban, claiming it’s “a Muslim ban by another name,” The Associated Press reported. The administration says the temporary restrictions will keep Americans safe.

Storm Encases Lakeside Houses in Thick Shelf of Ice

WEBSTER, N.Y. – Last week’s double whammy of hurricane-force winds followed by an arctic blast has turned a row of homes into ice palaces, the Democrat and Chronicle reported. Everything is frozen solid — even the grass and the spray from the waves crashing on shore.

Comptroller: Fewer Villages Under Fiscal Stress Last Year

ALBANY – There are fewer New York villages under fiscal stress, Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli reported. The nine villages, down from 18, include Ellenville and Pomona.

New York Offers Free Tax Help for Eligible Residents

ALBANY – Low- and middle-income New Yorkers can take advantage of free tax filing assistance events at 54 locations around the state this month. Taxpayers with gross incomes of $64,000 or less qualify. Tax returns are due by April 18.

Day Care Worker Arrested After Girl Found Wandering

QUEENS – A day care worker was arrested Thursday night for leaving a 5-year-old girl alone to wander the streets, The Associated Press reported. The girl was found in a supermarket blocks from her home. They say the route required the child to cross an avenue. Trimeka V. Crum was charged with bringing the child home every day.

NYPD Officer Convicted of Lying About 2014 Arrest

NEW YORK – An NYPD officer was convicted Thursday of lying about a 2014 arrest in Washington Heights and falsifying documents, The Associated Press reported. Jonathan Munoz, 33, told supervisors he arrested a 21-year-old man because the man was interfering in a police search and swung a fist at him. Video showed that to be untrue.