Regional Briefs – April 4, 2017

NY Lawmakers Want Budget Vote, Gov Cuomo Says No Deal

ALBANY – Leaders of the Assembly and Senate say they have a deal on a state budget, now four days late, but Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Tuesday there’s no need to rush, The Associated Press reported. He said the two-month budget extension passed Monday ensures government will continue to function until a final deal is reached in May.

Facebook Loses Search Warrant Challenge in Court

ALBANY – In a landmark ruling, New York’s top court on Tuesday refused to overrule the Manhattan DA’s office who sought access to 381 social media accounts, saying that the social media giant didn’t have the right to challenge the warrants, The Associated Press reported. Prosecutors were probing a disability benefits fraud case.

Dead 30-Foot Whale Washes Up on Queens Beach

QUEENS – A dead 30-foot whale washed up on a Rockaway Park beach Tuesday morning, the New York Post reported. Police were keeping onlookers away.

Utility Worker Saves Man Who Fell Onto Subway Tracks

NEW YORK – A Con Ed engineer saved a man who fell onto subway tracks in Manhattan Saturday just before a train pulled into the station, the Daily News reported. Cellphone video shows Jonathan Kulig, 29, picking up a young man who had fallen off the platform and landed between the rails.

Teen Accepted to All Ivy League Schools, Stanford

DENVILLE, N.J. – A high school senior was accepted in all eight Ivy League schools, plus Stanford, WABC reported. Ifeoma White-Thorpe, 17, wants to study biology and go into global health policy but hasn’t decided where she’ll study.