Regional Briefs – December 10, 2014

Atlantic City Lost 10K Jobs Over Casino Closures

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. –Battered by the closure of four out of its 12 casinos, the Atlantic City region lost 9,900 jobs over the past 12 months, the largest non-farm job loss of the nation’s 318 metro areas, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics said Tuesday. A fifth casino is closing Dec. 20, putting another 3,000 out of work.

Madoff’s Former Secretary Gets 6 Years in Prison

NEW YORK –Bernard Madoff’s former secretary was sentenced Tuesday to six years in prison, although the judge said she believed her that she was duped into faking trades, The Associated Press reported. Annette Bongiorno, 66, apologized to victims of the multi-billion dollar fraud and berated herself for failing to see past her boss’s influence and the riches he bestowed on her.

Ten-Year-Old Boy Drove Two Vehicles Into Ditch

BELLMONT, N.Y. –A 10-year-old boy was arrested Saturday night after he commandeered two construction vehicles, a bucket truck and a plow truck, and drove them into a ditch, The Associated Press reported. Both were parked in a garage when the boy took them on a joyride and lost control.

N.Y. Casino Bids Mulled as Decision Nears

ALBANY –The state board considering new casino sites in upstate New York met again on Tuesday, but no decisions were made, The Associated Press reported. A decision on where casinos will be located is expected on Dec. 17, when the board meets for the final time.

Judge Forces Parents to Pay Daughter’s Tuition

CAMDEN, N.J. –A judge ordered parents to pay at least $16,000 of their daughter’s college tuition, while weighing whether they should have to pay the rest of her $26,000 bill, the Philadelphia Inquirer reported. He urged Caitlyn Ricci, 21, and her divorced parents to mend relations and attend counseling. Ricci says she loves her parents and the case isn’t about money.

Widow of First Hispanic Congressman Furious Mayor Skipped Funeral

BRONX –The widow of former Bronx Rep. Herman Badillo, the nation’s first Hispanic congressman who died last week, slammed Mayor Bill de Blasio for failing to appear at his funeral. “What a terrible insult,” Gail Badillo said. “Not even a phone call. Hillary Clinton called.” De Blasio put out a statement upon Badillo’s death, and ordered flags flown at half-mast.