Regional Briefs – November 4, 2014

Man, 27, Dies in Car Crash On Belt Parkway

NEW YORK –A 27-year-old man traveling at high speed early Monday morning was killed after losing control of his high-end vehicle on the Belt Parkway, west of exit 13, The Associated Press reported. The driver slammed into a guardrail and then crossed three lanes of traffic before being ejected from his Infinity.

NYC Principals Approve of Chancellor Post-Shakeup

NEW YORK – New York City’s more than 1,000 school principals overwhelmingly approve of Chancellor Carmen Farina by a margin of 91 percent, up from a 72 percent satisfaction rating given to former chancellor Dennis Walcott, the Daily News reported. The de Blasio appointee has shaken up the curriculum and toughened standards to be a superintendant.

Yacht Runs Aground Off NYC, About 100 Rescued

NEW YORK – A yacht carrying about 100 passengers on an evening dinner cruise Saturday ran aground in New York Harbor, but there were no injuries, WABC reported. The Hornblower boat ran into trouble near Governor’s Island.

Threatening Note Spurs Mall Evacuation

PLEASANTVILLE, N.J. – Several businesses in a southern New Jersey mall were briefly evacuated Saturday after a note threatening police officers was found taped to the front door of a tax preparation firm, the Atlantic City Press reported. The H&R Block office in the Pleasantville Shopping Center was closed, but officers saw the lights on and noticed a briefcase inside the door so they wanted to ensure that no one was hiding inside.

Survey: NYC Homelessness Rose in 2014

NEW YORK – While the number of homeless people living on the streets and in shelters fell across the country, it grew in New York City this year in almost every category: individuals, families and the chronically homeless, The New York Times reported, based on a federal nationwide “point-in-time” survey conducted on a single night in January. Nearly half of the city’s homeless — 41,000 people — were families living in shelters.