Regional Briefs – February 23, 2015

Red Light Cameras Brought In $156M in Fines

TRENTON – Red light cameras recently taken down at 73 intersections around the state generated $156 million in fines over five years, NJ.com reported. But the five-year pilot program ended in December over a torrent of complaints.

Attorney Discipline Records Now Online for Public

ALBANY – The New York court system has posted online records showing whether an attorney has been disciplined since 2003, in addition to other information like an attorney’s current registration status and year of admission. Chief Judge Jonathan Lippman says the public has a right to know, “however uncomfortable or inconvenient the facts may be.”

NY to Be Reimbursed $32 Million for Ebola Prep

NEW YORK – The federal government is allocating $32 million to New York to cover all Ebola-related expenses, Sen. Chuck Schumer announced on Friday. New York City alone will receive $21.7 million. The feds will also add payments incurred by Bellevue Hospital, which treated Ebola-stricken Dr. Craig Spencer for nearly three weeks.

NY Assembly Enters Digital Age to Replace Stacks of Paper

ALBANY – The great stacks of paper atop the desks of state lawmakers will soon be replaced by a sleek computer tablet in a voter-approved switch that will save millions of dollars in printing costs, The Associated Press reported. Crews are installing wires in desks, overseen by a bipartisan working group.

NY Speaker Creates Climate Change Working Group

ALBANY – Claiming that climate change is no longer in doubt, Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie on Thursday created a working group of 10 lawmakers to review the state’s response to climate change, The Associated Press reported.

Scam Emails Claiming to Be From City Government

NEW YORK – New York City is warning people to be wary of a scam involving emails that falsely claim to be coming from the Department of Finance. The senders try to get recipients to click on links that download malicious software or to send personal information.