Afternoon Bulletin: Silver Lawyers Request New Trial, Squibb Bridge Lawsuit and More

(Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

(Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

After his conviction this past November of federal corruption charges, lawyers representing former New York State Assembly speaker Sheldon Silver’s are asking for a new trial. Claiming the charges were based on “circumstantial evidence,” they now want their client to be acquitted. Silver’s crimes include extortion and money laundering—and the reception of almost $4 million in illicit fees—but his lawyers argue the prosecution has yet to prove that an agreement to trade these benefits for official actions existed. Silver is supposed to be sentenced to prison time this April. (New York Times)

Appearing on the Tonight Show Thursday, Senator Marco Rubio shared his own version of much-talked-about ‘New York values’: proposing to his Sleepless in Seattle-loving wife, Jeanette, on the observation deck of the Empire State building. As a nod to the film, the Mr. Rubio popped the question on a Valentine’s Day he recalled as being very, very cold—thought it should be noted that the couple is from Florida. (Daily Intel)

With a blizzard approaching the Greater New York region, Mayor Bill de Blasio called upon New Jersey Governor Chris Christie to get out of New Hampshire and return to his home state. In a CNN interview this morning, the Mayor said every governor should take precautions in case a storm like this is worse than expected. In a statement Thursday evening, the campaign for Governor Christie said the governor was monitoring the storm and holding telephone briefings with his cabinet. Regardless, “There’s nothing like feeling what the people of your city or the people of your state are going through,” Mayor de Blasio said. (Politico New York)

As of this morning, the now infamous Squib Park Pedestrian Bridge in Brooklyn Bridge Park is the subject of a lawsuit. The bridge, which opened in 2013 and cost $5 million to construct, has been closed since summer 2014 after being deemed a danger to the public. The Brooklyn Bridge Park Corporation has already fired the bridge designer behind the project but is now also suing the company that employs him—HNTB corporation—for “not less than $3 million”, citing the cost of redesigning and repairing the bridge. (Gothamist)

Following a miraculous escape from a Jamaica slaughterhouse Thursday afternoon, “Freddie” the cow is now under the care of a New Jersey animal sanctuary. The “runaway cow”, who was supposed to be killed today, was eventually caught at a parking garage across the street (but only after a police chase). The slaughterhouse, not exactly moved by the escape, still planned to kill the animal this morning until the intervention of animal sanctuary worker Mike Stura. Mr. Stura drove to Jamaica as soon as he heard the news, and waited outside the slaughterhouse overnight to convince the owners to let Freddie go. Having founded the sanctuary a year ago, he says he’ll “give [the cow] a home and he’ll live a happy life.” (DNA Info)

Afternoon Bulletin: Silver Lawyers Request New Trial, Squibb Bridge Lawsuit and More