Regional Briefs – November 14, 2014

Allergy Med Bill for NJ Schools Advances

TRENTON – A state Senate committee on Thursday voted to require New Jersey schools to keep a supply of allergy medications, The Associated Press reported. The measure would also allow school nurses to give epinephrine without first getting parent authorization. The measure now heads to full the Senate.

NJ’s Largest City Bans Smoking in Parks, Rec Areas

NEWARK – Smokers are going to find fewer places to light up in Newark after Mayor Ras Baraka on Thursday signed a ban in city parks and recreation facilities, or within 50 feet of municipal building entrances, exits, windows and ventilators. First-time violators face fines of $250 and it includes e-cigarettes and hooka pipes.

Attorney General Nominee Names Top Assistant

NEW YORK – U.S. attorney general nominee Loretta Lynch on Wednesday named a chief assistant for her Brooklyn federal prosecutor’s office, who will become acting U.S. attorney if Lynch is confirmed, The Associated Press reported. Kelly Currie, a previous federal prosecutor and private attorney, will start next week.

Westchester County Launches Crime-Tips App

WHITE PLAINS – Westchester residents can now use their phones to make anonymous reports as an app was released on Thursday. Senders are assigned a six-digit code with numbers and letters so they remain anonymous.

Trash Bin Falls on Staten Islander, Killing Him

STATEN ISLAND – A sanitation worker was killed Wednesday night when a 10-foot trash bin fell off the back of the truck he was unloading on Staten Island, falling on top of him, The Associated Press reported.

Lawmaker Wants Warnings On Sugary Drinks

ALBANY – An assemblyman will propose a bill requiring sugary drinks to bear warning labels that they may cause health problems like obesity, heart disease and diabetes. Brooklyn Democrat Karim Camara said Wednesday says label sizes will increase based on the size of the drink.