Regional Briefs – May 14, 2015

Poll: de Blasio’s Approval Ratings Slip to Record Low

NEW YORK – A Quinnipiac poll out Tuesday finds Mayor Bill de Blasio at his lowest ever among New Yorkers. Just 44 percent approve of his job while 40 percent disapprove. His approval rating is weighted by blacks and Hispanics. Also, 46 percent believe de Blasio has been distracted by his increased involvement in national politics.

N.J. Considers Making Slingshots Legal

TRENTON – Slingshots could be legalized in New Jersey if a bill passes, NJ.com reported. Carrying a slingshot is now a fourth-degree crime punishable by 18 months in jail and a fine of $10,000, or both, unless they have an “explainable, lawful purpose.”

Landmark Welcome Sign To Atlantic City Removed

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. – Buffeted by job losses, Atlantic City’s latest humiliation came Tuesday when a sign that has long welcomed motorists was taken down after officials found it never had a permit, The Press of Atlantic City reported.

Teen Tumbles 50 Feet To Her Death While Hiking

ROTTERDAM, N.Y. – A high school junior tumbled 50 feet to her death Tuesday night while hiking with friends down a trail next to a Schenectady waterfall, The Associated Press reported. Carly Sinnott, 17, of Clifton Park, lost her footing and fell into a rocky ravine.

NY Commission Seeking Names for Next Top Judge

ALBANY – New York’s Commission on Judicial Nomination is requesting recommendations for the state’s next top judge, who presides at the Court of Appeals and oversees the state judicial system. Terms are for 14 years, though its seven judges must retire at 70 — the reason Chief Judge Jonathan Lippman steps down next year.

Postal Worker Admits to Throwing Out Ad Mail

BUFFALO – A mailman pled guilty Tuesday to a federal charge of discarding a bundle of Bed Bath & Beyond ads he was supposed to deliver near Buffalo, The AP reported. Jeffrey Wojcik, 36, faces up to six months in prison. The mail was later recovered and delivered.