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Former deputies contenders for top prosecutor job

NEW YORK (Bloomberg News) – Two former deputies to Loretta Lynch, who has been nominated as the next U.S. attorney general, are front-runners for her old job as the top federal prosecutor in Brooklyn, according to people familiar with the matter.

The leading candidate to replace Lynch as U.S. attorney in Brooklyn is Christina Dugger, currently associate general counsel at JPMorgan Chase, while Marshall Miller, now at the Justice Department’s criminal division, is also a contender for the position, said the people, who asked not to be identified because a decision hasn’t been made.

Lynch’s current deputy, Kelly Currie, is a third candidate, said three of the people.

Among the first big tasks for Lynch’s replacement may be the federal civil rights probe of the death of a Staten Island man who died after a police officer put him in a chokehold. The Justice Department’s civil-rights division and the U.S. attorney’s office in Brooklyn will lead the probe, Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. said Dec. 3.


Coalition to take over Civic Center finances

GLENS FALLS – For months, Glens Falls Mayor John “Jack” Diamond has felt like a goalie without any teammates, trying all alone to win against a six-man hockey team.

That will change Jan. 1 when the Adirondack Civic Center Coalition takes over financial responsibility for operations of Glens Falls Civic Center in a new partnership with the city and Warren County.

The coalition, a group of about 30 area business leaders, will pay $600,000 over five years to lease the city-owned arena, with an option to purchase the arena for $1 at the end of the lease.

The coalition will be responsible for the arena’s operating losses going forward, while the city will pay off current debt.

The deal will net the city $3.1 million over five years – $600,000 in lease payments and $2.5 million in operating subsidy the city otherwise would have paid to keep the arena open, Diamond said.

– The Post-Star


De Blasi gets mixed reaction addressing police recruits

NEW YORK (Bloomberg News) – The simmering tension marking first-year New York Mayor Bill de Blasio’s relationship with police was on display again Monday as he was heckled and booed at a swearing-in for new officers.

Addressing the 884 Police Academy recruits at Madison Square Garden, the mayor told them they would confront social problems they didn’t create.

Someone in the crowd of more than 10,000, shouted, “You did,” drawing laughter and applause.

About 10 in the audience, though no recruits, turned their backs on the mayor as he spoke.

It was similar to a gesture by hundreds of officers who stood outside a church as de Blasio appeared on a video screen during the Dec. 27 funeral of Rafael Ramos, one of two officers killed Dec. 20 in their patrol car by a man who claimed on social media to be retaliating for police killings of unarmed black men.


Lewis County snowmobilers missing main ingredient – snow

WATERTOWN – Nearly a year after Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo visited the Ridge View Inn in Lewis County to promote the north country’s snowmobile trails, officials and volunteers are saying the advertising push had a positive effect, though one ingredient is still missing this year.

“We need snow,” said Anne L. Merrill, executive director of the Lewis County Chamber of Commerce.

In January, Cuomo announced a $4.5 million promotional campaign targeting state, national and international markets via print, radio and television.

“If we’re the only place with snow, people are going to be flocking here, whether it’s advertising or whatever. If we don’t have snow, people will be staying in their backyards,” said Carolyn K. Rees, presisident of the Winona Foresst Recreation Associaton.

– Watertown Daily Times