News from the Associated Press - January 31, 2014

Associated Press
January 31, 2014

NY troopers watchful over Super Bowl weekend

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - New York state police will be watching out for drunk and distracted drivers over the Super Bowl weekend.

The statewide crackdown on DWI and texting-while-driving violators starts Friday and runs through Monday. The Super Bowl is on Sunday. State police will work with county sheriff and local law enforcement agencies across the state over the three days.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo is urging drivers to plan ahead for Super Bowl parties and to use caution when travelling.


NY legislators back Lunar New Year school closings

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - Several New York legislators are backing a measure that would let New York City close schools on the Chinese Lunar New Year.

The bill is sponsored by Sen. Daniel Squadron and Assemblyman Ron Kim and has two-dozen co-sponsors.

Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver says he expects it to pass that chamber next week.

Friday is the first day of the Year of the Horse.

According to sponsors, one in six city public school students are Asian American. Those who celebrate the Lunar New Year receive an "excused" absence, with up to 80 percent absent in some schools.

The bill would require that the city Department of Education consider closing schools if a holiday will likely result in "a considerable proportion" of absences.


25 NY athletes headed to Winter, Paralympic Games

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - More than two dozen New Yorkers will be with the U.S. Olympic team competing at the Winter Games in Sochi, Russia next week.

The athletes and coaches include 22 New Yorkers heading to the Winter Games starting on Feb. 6 and another three from the Empire State who will compete at the Paralympic Games in Sochi beginning March 7.

Four of the New Yorkers are members of the New York Army National Guard: bobsledders Nicholas Cunningham and Justin Olsen, and luge team member Matthew Mortensen and luge coach William Tavares.

Olsen was a member of the U.S. Bobsled that won the gold medal at the 2010 Winter Games in Vancouver.

The U.S. men's hockey team has six New Yorkers, including NHL stars Patrick Kane of Buffalo and Ryan Callahan.

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