Regional Briefs – December 24, 2014

Moody’s: End of Red Light Cameras Negative

TRENTON – New Jersey’s and New York’s failure to renew red light traffic camera programs a negative development, said credit rating company Moody’s, citing the hit to local governments’ revenue streams, The Associated Press reported. Twenty-five New Jersey towns and New York’s Nassau County ended the program last week.

2 Boys Dangle From Bus Doors

LINCOLN, N.Y. – On two separate occasions last week, little boys were caught by their backpacks in school bus doors and hung in the air as the oblivious Madison County drivers drove on, the Syracuse Post-Standard reported. Neither child was hurt and neither driver was charged.

NY Health Exchange: 225,000 More Enrolled

ALBANY – New York’s health exchange got 225,000 more enrollees starting next year, including 83,057 covered by private insurers and 142,187 by Medicaid. In the first year of the exchange, New York enrolled 370,604 people. The month-long open enrollment starting Jan. 1 was extended by five days after last month’s snowstorms.

Judge Says Pet Bobcat Rocky Must Live at the Zoo

STAFFORD, N.J. – A pet bobcat that escaped from its owner’s home multiple times will be made to live at a zoo, a judge ruled Friday, The Associated Press reported. “This should be an end to the tortured history of this case,” the judge said. “Some things are not meant to be. Rocky living in your household is one of them.”

Assembly Passes Bills Requiring Use of U.S. Goods

TRENTON – New Jersey’s Assembly on Thursday passed a bill requiring companies with state contracts to use U.S.-made products. Republican Leader Jon Bramnick said it would drive business from the state. The bills now go to Gov. Chris Christie.

NJ Bill Requires Allergy Meds in School

TRENTON – The New Jersey Assembly and Senate on Thursday unanimously passed a bill allowing school nurses or other trained officials to administer allergy treatment. The bill heads to Gov. Chris Christie for his consideration.