The lighter side of the news: After their big results, no petty talk from Hochul but customs cast some shadow | local news

If WNBA member New York Liberty wants some extra points, we’d suggest this addition to the lineup: Governor Kathy Hochhol.

The governor was in Queens on Tuesday to announce a government investment in energy-efficient window, heating and cooling units for public housing apartments in New York City.

While there, she and Mayor Eric Adams stopped by the basketball court at Woodside Houses where, while the audience looked on, Adams proceeded to miss both of his shots.

Then Adams handed the ball to Hoechul.

“I promise, I’ll miss two too,” Hochul sweetly said to Adams, according to a video posted to Twitter by NY1 reporter Zack Fink. “This is teamwork. You miss two, and I miss two.”

Hoechul hit the ball once, braced her shot and threaded it through the hoop to cheers and applause.

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The video has been viewed more than 39,000 times.

Adams kindly reply To Fink’s tweet: “Don’t underestimate the government!”

ALB Financial Services’ Twitter account then knock in: “I’m not surprised. Don’t take it personally from New York City but Governor Hochhol from Buffalo. Buffalo basketball has always had better shooters than New York basketball. It’s a fact.”

Another one of those undergraduates, Tony Maciello, a basketball star at Canisius College before serving as a senator and mayor of Buffalo, had his weight in approval.

“Obviously the governor is playing, no matter where,” Maciello told us. “Essentially strong with a pure firing touch.”

These customs agents can’t be beat

Law enforcement agencies are not necessarily known for their easy wit.

But US Customs and Border Protection tried it out in a press release this week announcing the confiscation of a shipment of counterfeit headphones with a suggested retail value of $25,000.

The cargo was seized in July at Champlain Shipping Harbor, north of New York, which is under the jurisdiction of the Buffalo Office of Field Operations.

“Customs and Border Protection officers discovered zip-up bags for wired headphones contained within the shipment,” the agency said in the statement. “A physical examination of items revealed that the Beats Tour headphones appeared to be of poor quality without labels or invoices.”

But the subject line in the agency’s email was, ahem, music to our ears.

“For Immediate Release: These tunes weren’t great”

This app is all shady business

New York wants to make it easier for novice and experienced anglers to fish in its waters, but there is a lot of information they need—like where to go and what they might fish for.

So state officials are taking on the challenge with a new mobile service that provides a single source of information on fishing regulations, state-run fishing access sites, stocking information, and fish photos — once again proving the adage “there’s an app for this.”

The new Tackle Box app, which extends outside the state’s current HuntFishNY app, allows users to search for bodies of water, either by name or by pan and zoom on a map, with clickable links from watermarked waters for information such as driving directions. So there is no excuse to get lost.

Conservation Department Commissioner Basil Segos noted in a press release that the information is available “on the go,” but can also be accessed offline if cellular service is not available.

For halibut alone, the state has attempted to entice visitors by highlighting the abundance of notable fishing destinations that are among the best in the country, including salmon, trout, trout, and walleye.

The app can be obtained at the Apple or Google Play stores.

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