Regional Briefs – July 10, 2015

NTSB Faults Controller in Close Call at Newark Airport

NEWARK – A federal report out Wednesday blames a near collision last year at Newark Airport on an air traffic controller who didn’t keep the planes far enough apart, NJ.com reported. As the planes brushed within 400 feet of each other, one was forced to duck.

115-Year-Old Bridge Shut Over Safety Issues

GREEN BROOK, N.J. – A Somerset County bridge built in 1900 was crossed on Wednesday for the last time by motorists, NJ.com reported. The Jefferson Avenue Bridge had been scheduled to remain open until the fall. But a 2013 inspection revealed the span could only hold vehicles or up to 15 tons.

Time Magazine Moving 300 Workers to Sunset Park

NEW YORK – Time Magazine said Thursday it will move about 300 workers to Industry City in Sunset Park, Brooklyn, from its Lower Manhattan office at the end of the year, The Associated Press reported. The employees are from its Technology, Content Solutions and Editorial Innovation departments.

NY Police Issued 10,000 Tickets Over July 4 Weekend

ALBANY – State troopers issued 10,759 tickets over the July 4 weekend for drivers who were impaired, distracted, speeding or not buckled up. There were 198 arrests for driving while intoxicated. Two people were killed in accidents.

No Prison for Madoff’s Accountant Who Helped Feds

NEW YORK – An accountant who produced false investor statements for some Bernard Madoff clients was spared prison time at his sentencing Thursday, The Associated Press reported. Prosecutors agree Paul Konigsberg, 79, hadn’t known about the Ponzi scheme and he cooperated with the government.

Congress to Rename Post Office After NY Politician

NEW YORK – Congress on Thursday passed a bill to rename a Bronx post office in honor of former New York Rep. Herman Badillo, the first congressman born in Puerto Rico, who dies last year, The Associated Press reported. The bill must be signed by President Obama before Badillo’s name can be displayed.