Regional Briefs – April 16, 2015

Met Council Gets New Executive Director and CEO

NEW YORK – The Metropolitan Council on Jewish Poverty on Wednesday announced Alan Schoor as its new executive director and CEO. The current senior vice president at Touro College will take the reins of New York’s Jewish community’s largest anti-poverty group in May, replacing David Frankel.

Ebola Monitoring Cost N.J. $2.6 Million

TRENTON – It has cost New Jersey $2.6 million to monitor passengers arriving at Newark Airport for possible Ebola since October, according to the state Health Department. Out of 1,408 passengers from Guinea, Sierra Leone or Liberia, 641 were deemed at risk and were monitored for 21 days. None had the disease.

De Blasios Release Tax Returns

NEW YORK – Mayor Bill de Blasio on Wednesday released his 2014 tax returns, filed jointly with his wife. They reported a gross income of $217,656 and paid a 20.3 percent tax rate. They collected $55,750 in rent income from their two Park Slope homes and gave $7,215 to charity.

Man Burned Trying to Kill Bedbugs Inside Rental Car

EASTPORT, N.Y. – A Long Island man set his rental car ablaze while trying to kill bedbugs inside the vehicle Tuesday, suffering first- and second-degree burns, Newsday reported. Scott Kemery poured alcohol over the insects, then sat in the car and lit a cigarette, setting off the blaze. The intense heat damaged nearby cars.

School Closed for 3rd Day as Fugitive Remains at Large

NEDROW, N.Y. – A school on the Onondaga Indian Reservation was closed Wednesday for a third day as police sweep the area for an armed fugitive, the Post-Standard reported. Corey Redmond was also wanted for other recent crimes, but police were not allowed to enter the tribe’s sovereign territory without permission.

Saratoga Story’s Growth Told In Historic Map Exhibit

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. – A new exhibit tells the story of an upstate city through Colonial era maps, The Associated Press reported. Saratoga Springs in 250 Years of Maps,” which opened Tuesday, ranges from rarely seen pre-Revolutionary War maps to more modern versions.