Regional Briefs – May 27, 2015

7 Teachers Hurt in 3-Car Crash

NORTH CREEK, N.Y. – Seven teachers from a St. Lawrence County school were injured Saturday in a three-car, head-on crash in the Adirondacks, The Associated Press reported. The librarian and reading teacher were most seriously hurt.

Black Bear Wandering Around Rockland County

ORANGETOWN, N.Y. – A black bear is making the rounds in Rockland County, with the latest sighting on Saturday evening near woods in Orangetown, the Journal News reported. There were more sightings Tuesday in Suffern and Ramapo, and a bear cub was fatally hit by a car in Montebello on Thursday.

NYC Investigating Sharpton’s Daughter for Fraud

NEW YORK – New York City lawyers asked Al Sharpton’s daughter to preserve photos she posted of herself hiking after she claimed in a lawsuit that she suffered permanent injuries from spraining her ankle on an uneven sidewalk, the New York Post reported. Dominique Sharpton works for her father.

Trio of Small Beluga Whales Sighted in Suburban NY Bay

LONG ISLAND – Three beluga whales spent the Memorial Day weekend in the waters off Long Island’s “Gold Coast” region, something Mendy Garron of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration says is a rare thing, The Associated Press reported. “This is the first time we have seen three together, so it’s unique,” she said.

NY Pension Fund Return Highest Ever at $183B

ALBANY – The New York pension fund for state and local government workers has risen to a record $183.5 billion following a return of 7.16 percent last year, the comptroller said Friday. The third-largest pension fund in the country, which lost $44 billion in the national recession, has risen 57 percent since.

Rockland Exec Ed Day Undergoing Cancer Treatment

NEW CITY, N.Y. – Rockland County executive Ed Day on Friday is undergoing treatment for cancer, The Associated Press reported. The disease was detected in an early stage and Day’s prognosis is “excellent” but he’ll have a reduced work schedule for a while.