Regional Briefs – April 21, 2015

New Jersey Motor Vehicle Fees to Stay Same

TRENTON – New Jersey motorists will not pay more for a driver’s license or motor vehicle registration this year, the state MVC said. The last increase was in 2009, and some fees have decreased since then.

Anti-Hillary Clinton Posters Appearing Around Brooklyn

BROOKLYN – Posters have appeared around Hillary Clinton’s campaign headquarters in downtown Brooklyn, paid for by an anonymous group, The New York Times reported. A portrait of Clinton’s face is accompanied by banners stating “Don’t say ‘ambitious,’ ‘inevitable,’ and ‘polarizing’” — words her campaign has asked the media to refrain from using.

Parker Honker: Grumpy Goose Takes Over School Lot

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. – A high school parking lot has been taken over by a foul-tempered Canada goose, honking and hissing as it swoops down on students, CBS reported. Principal Ellen Doherty calls it a “teachable moment.” Science teachers are discussing the geese and journalism students are writing about them.

WTC Elevators to Show Time-Lapse Video of NYC

NEW YORK – The elevator ride to the 102nd floor observatory atop the World Trade Center takes 47 seconds, enough for a time-lapse showing of lower Manhattan, The New York Times reported. It begins in the 1500s, the 40-year history of the Twin Towers whizzing by in three seconds. The observatory opens May 29.

LI Man Who Spent 17 Years In Prison Mulls House Run

GARDEN CITY, N.Y. – A Long Island man who spent 17 years in prison for his parents’ murder before he was freed in 1997 on a technicality is exploring a run for Congress, Newsday reported. Martin Tankleff says he has a unique view on criminal justice.

Schumer Calls for Crackdown On False SWAT Calls

ROCHESTER – Sen. Charles Schumer is introducing legislation to deter a new crime trend called “swatting” ; a phone call is made in an effort to get police SWAT teams deployed to an unsuspecting person’s home. There’s been a rash of swatters nationwide, including a dozen in Rochester.