New York Briefs – August 29, 2014

NJ Gives Firm $6M Tax Credit to Move One Floor

JERSEY CITY – New Jersey is giving payment processing firm First Data $6 million in tax credits to move its office up one floor, the Jersey Journal reported. It has an office for 26 employees on the 39th floor of a Jersey City building, but needed more space and was considering a move to Atlanta. The expansion to the entire 40th floor will result in 74 new jobs.

NJ Lawmakers Subpoena AT&T in Bridge Probe

TRENTON – New Jersey lawmakers investigating the GWB lane closures subpoenaed AT&T for a month of phone data, including texts, by Regina Egea, a top aide to Gov. Chris Christie, The Record reported. She had testified that she texted the governor her thoughts on the probe but later deleted them. Christie said he didn’t recall getting the messages.

Six Flags Great Adventure Plans New Roller Coaster

JACKSON, N.J. – Six Flags Great Adventure on Thursday announced plans for a new roller coaster in 2015, the Associated Press reported. The Looping Dragon’s 24 riders will pitch forward and backward pendulum-style until the ride completes a full revolution seven stories in the air. Riders will be suspended upside down and then the ride will reverse direction.

NY Vendor: ‘I Sold Low-Grade Oil for City Buses’

NEW YORK – A Manhattan dealer pleaded guilty Thursday to providing poor-quality oil for city buses and billing as if it were the good stuff, the Associated Press reported. Joseph Ioia is expected to be sentenced to 90 days in jail, to be served on weekends.

NY College Purchases Suffragists’ Correspondence

ROCHESTER – The University of Rochester purchased a collection of letters between Rochester native Susan B. Anthony and a fellow women’s rights activist. It dates from 1881 through the turn of the century.

NJ Car Dealer Admits Selling Sandy-Flooded Cars

FREEHOLD, N.J. – A used car dealer pleaded guilty to selling Sandy-damaged cars after they were cosmetically cleaned, the Asbury Park Press reported. Both Jonathan Olin of D&D Auto Sales and Jessie Dinome, the DMV employee who approved the fraud, face prison time, and Dinome must forfeit her job.