Regional Briefs – November 21, 2014

Shooting Suspect Captured By Officer on Horseback

NEWARK – A shooting suspect was chased down by Newark police Wednesday the old-fashioned way: on horseback, reported. The suspect tried to flee on foot immediately after causing “serious injuries” to the victim, but was quickly apprehended by the equestrian officer.

NY Medicaid Inspector General Leaving Post

ALBANY – James Cox, New York’s inspector general for Medicaid, the state’s $60 billion largest annual expenditure, is retiring, to be replaced by First Deputy Thomas Meyer. In a memo to staff, Cox says he’s done the job he set out to do, recovering $1.73 billion in improper expenses in 2011–2013, up 34 percent.

Feds Probing Drone Sightings at JFK Airport

NEW YORK – The FAA is investigating after three commercial pilots reported drones flying near them as they approached JFK Airport this week. The latest incident occurred Wednesday from a JetBlue pilot. Similar sights were reported Sunday by Virgin Atlantic and Delta pilots.

Analyst Sues NYC Council Over Firing

NEW YORK – A former policy analyst for the City Council says he was fired for publicly questioning data on the use of force presented by NYPD Chief Bill Bratton at a public hearing, The New York Times reported. Artyom Matusov filed a federal lawsuit on Wednesday in what his attorney calls “a classic free-speech case.”

N.Y. Tax Amnesty Nets $530M

ALBANY – A New York tax amnesty program has exceeded the half-billion dollar mark, the Department of Taxation said Wednesday. They collected $530 million from nearly 9,000 taxpayers who avoided penalties by paying back taxes and promising to pay them going forward.

Report: Sharpton Owes Nearly $5M in Back Taxes

NEW YORK – In what was supposed to be a news conference about civil rights Wednesday, Al Sharpton instead spent the bulk of time responding to a New York Times report that there are nearly $5 million in state and federal tax liens against him. “National Action Network and I owe no current taxes,” he said. “We’re talking about old taxes.”

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