Regional Briefs – April 24, 2015

Mayor Pleads Guilty to DWI, Loses License for 3 Months

CARNEY’S POINT, N.J. – A New Jersey mayor on Wednesday pleaded guilty to driving drunk, blaming alcohol and medication for impairing him last year, The Associated Press reported. Paulsboro Mayor W. Jeffery Hamilton apologized. The judge suspended his license for three months.

Cold Air Follows Spring Storm That Hit NYC

NEW YORK – Colder air returned briefly to New York Thursday following a line of thunderstorms that downed trees and power lines, the National Weather Service reported. In New Jersey, a freeze watch is in effect through Friday morning. It even snowed briefly in Jersey City.

N.Y. Gets $600 Million From Deutsche Bank Settlement

ALBANY – New York state will get $600 million from the $2.5 billion penalty Deutsche Bank agreed to on Thursday, a settlement over the manipulation of interest rates, The Associated Press reported. The rest goes to U.S. and British government agencies.

Woman Accidentally Backs Into Elderly Husband, Kills Him

WESTHAMPTON BEACH, N.Y. – A Long Island woman accidentally backed up a pickup truck struck and killed her 80-year-old husband in a school parking lot, Newsday reported. Ernest Davis was directing his wife Diane Herold, 69, into a parking space when the tragedy occurred.

NYC’s Netherland Monument Gets New Flagpole

NEW YORK – A historic Battery Park monument marking Manhattan’s founding by the Dutch got a new 10-story-high flagpole on Thursday, The Associated Press reported. The monument, dedicated in 1926, marked the 300th anniversary of the 17th century Dutch settlement and the purchase of the island of Manhattan from Native Americans.

Asthma Attacks Rise in N.Y.; Bill Targets Schools

ALBANY – New York asthma rates are rising, and Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand on Wednesday introduced a federal bill to fund grants for schools to purchase medication and equipment to improve classroom air quality. Nearly half a million New York children suffer from asthma, and 34,000 were hospitalized since 2011.