Regional Briefs – June 26, 2015

Student Files Lawsuit Over SAT Error

NEWARK – A New York high school student is suing the creators of the June 6 SAT after a printing error that gave some students five extra minutes forced parts to be thrown out, NJ.com reported. Jennie Whalen wants a refund plus damages.

NYC Worker Arrested for Illegally Giving Food Stamps

NEW YORK – A NYC human resources worker was arrested on Thursday for approving food stamps for people who weren’t eligible, The Associated Press reported. Harry Fletcher was paid up to $200 a month in exchange for $250,000 in “emergency” benefits since 2009.

Escape Plan Prompts Auburn Prison Lockdown

AUBURN, N.Y. – A maximum-security prison was locked down Wednesday after wardens discovered plans for an escape, The Associated Press reported. Auburn prison staff found out about it on Friday.

NY’s Top Court: Anti-Police Rant Not ‘Disorderly Conduct’

ALBANY – Ranting at police is not disorderly conduct, ruled New York’s highest court, throwing out the conviction of a subway rider, The Associated Press reported. The charge is only applicable when “it becomes a … public problem.”

Top NY Court Backs NYC’s ‘Taxi of Tomorrow’ Plan

ALBANY – New York’s highest court ruled Thursday that remaking the NYC yellow cab fleet with Nissan vans is legal. They rejected cabbies’ argument that the city can set a standard but not choose a model.

Audit: NYC Housing Authority Sitting on 2,000 Vacant Units

NEW YORK – More than 2,000 NYC apartments are empty while there’s a public housing waiting list of 270,000, said Comptroller Scott Stringer in an audit. At least 80 units were vacant for 10 years.

New Life for Place Windshield Wipers Were Invented

BUFFALO – There are new plans for an old factory building where the first windshield wipers were made, The Associated Press reported. A developer on Wednesday proposed putting a hotel, housing and retail space in the Trico Building.