Regional Briefs – April 26, 2018

DeFrancisco Ends GOP Campaign for Governor

SYRACUSE – State Sen. John DeFrancisco dropped out of the running for governor after his main rival for the Republican nomination, Marc Molinaro, announced he had the support of nearly 75 percent of the GOP state committee chairs, the New York Post reported. He said Thursday he would also not run for reelection.

Man Attacks Driver Stopped At Red Light With Stick

NEW YORK – Police are searching for a man who smashed a driver’s side window with a stick as she was stopped at a red light in Washington Heights, WABC reported. The assailant hit the woman in the face before running away. She suffered injuries to her eye and head.

Murphy Marks 100 Days by Outlining Progressive Agenda

NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. – New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy says “big” and “exciting” changes are underway as his new Democratic administration marks 100 days in office with a 40-minute speech at Rutgers University, The Associated Press reported. But he didn’t address how he’ll persuade a skeptical Democrat-led Legislature to raise taxes by $1.6 billion.