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, NJ.com 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.”