Regional Briefs – December 5, 2014

Crown Heights Riot Murderer Arrested for DWI

NEWARK – Lemrick Nelson, the murderer of Yankel Rosenbaum, Hy”d, during the Crown Heights riots of 1991, was arrested Monday after he was found passed out with an open bottle of whiskey near Newark Airport, The New York Post reported. Nelson, startled by officers waking him, stepped on the pedal to speed away, but the gear was in park.

NJ Transit Bus Hits, Drags Pedestrian

WAYNE, N.J. – A pedestrian was hit by a NJ Transit bus Tuesday night and dragged more than a mile, The Record reported. An initial 911 call said that the bus hit a dog, until a second caller said a person was underneath. A cop stopped the bus, and Seres Arpad, 60, is recovering.

Brooklyn Worst in Nation On Home Affordability

BROOKLYN – Brooklyn is the worst place in America to be able to afford a new home, with San Francisco in second place, followed by Manhattan, according to a new report by housing data group RealtyTrac. The average Brooklynite needs 98 percent of their salary to pay for a median-priced home of $615,000.

Thruway’s Embattled Chairman Resigns After Storm

ALBANY – The billionaire appointed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo to oversee the Thruway Authority resigned after criticism over the four-day closure of a 132-mile stretch during the storm last month, The Associated Press reported. Howard Milstein said he will return to his other philanthropic and businesses interests.

2 NYC Tunnels Get Federal Funds for Sandy Repair

NEW YORK – The Brooklyn Battery Tunnel and the Queens Midtown Tunnel got $336 million from FEMA to repair damage from Sandy, The Associated Press reported. About 60 million gallons of water flooded the Battery Tunnel, while the Midtown Tunnel got 20 million gallons.

NY State Parks Cyber Monday Deal Rakes in $2M

ALBANY – The New York state parks’ Cyber Monday sale for three-year park passes brought in more than $2 million after selling about 15,000 of the discounted Empire Passports at $130 apiece. The state had only sold 1,700 passports this year.