Regional Briefs – March 9, 2015

Mayor’s Lateness Irks At Irish Parade

NEW YORK – Some say Mayor Bill de Blasio rained on their parade by arriving a half-hour late for the St. Patrick’s Day march on Saturday, The Associated Press reported. The parade honors Irish culture. De Blasio blamed his tardiness on meetings.

Man Named Ferrari Gets $95K for Impounded Ferrari

NEW YORK – A Manhattan real estate broker named James Ferrari was awarded $95,000 three years after police auctioned off his Ferrari following a drunken driving arrest, the New York Post reported. The judge ruled county officials went too far.

Bus Aide Robbed Everyone: Driver and Preschoolers

MILLVILLE, N.J. – A school bus aide already accused of stealing lunch money and lunches from preschoolers is now also charged with stealing $400 from the bus driver. New footage shows Rosa Rios, 33, going through the driver’s belongings.

Rauner Says Criticism of New Jersey Isn’t About Christie

YORKVILLE, Ill. – Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner’s criticism of New Jersey as “going down the drain” isn’t aimed at Gov. Chris Christie, who campaigned with him last year, The Associated Press reported. He called Christie a friend who is “doing everything he can” to change the state.

Two NJ Cities Hit Record Lows

TRENTON – Two cities broke weather records on Friday. Atlantic City’s 8 degrees was 2 below the previous record for March 6 set in 1888, while Trenton’s 6 degrees erased the old record of 7, set in 1872.

Vote on Electronic Proof of Auto Insurance Postponed

TRENTON – A bill to allow New Jersey drivers to use smartphones to show proof of auto insurance was postponed by the Senate on Thursday because of the snow. The Assembly has passed similar legislation.

Driver Gets Stuck, Frees Car, Near Train Crash

CHAPPAQUA, N.Y. – A driver who got stuck Saturday between railroad crossing gates near the site of a fiery crash that killed six people last month managed to escape, the Journal News reported. Cynthia Parent backed up and broke a crossing arm.