Regional Briefs – July 14, 2015

Student Skydivers Make Emergency Landing on Road

STAFFORD TOWNSHIP, N.J. – A small plane carrying three skydiving students and an instructor made an emergency landing Sunday morning on Rt. 72, a major highway, The Associated Press reported. Nobody was injured.

NYC Financed 20K Affordable Housing Units in a Year

NEW YORK – Mayor Bill de Blasio says his administration has financed the largest annual number of affordable apartments in 25 years, creating or preserving 20,325 units in the fiscal year that ended June 30. That’s the most since 1989, when Mayor Ed Koch rebuilt the South Bronx. De Blasio’s goal is 200,000 in a decade.

NY-Based Air Guard Departs for Greenland

SCOTIA, N.Y. – Three aircraft and dozens of airmen in a New York-based Air National Guard unit left to Greenland Sunday as part of its fifth annual science mission. It’s the only unit in the U.S. military that flies ski-equipped planes capable of landing on snow and ice.

Plaque Mistakenly Has 1940 As Year U.S. Entered WWII

SELDEN, N.Y. – A Suffolk college incorrectly lists 1940 as the year the U.S. entered WWII, Newsday reported. Officials will correct the metal plaque, installed in 2006, to 1941. An Army veteran working on site says he has complained for years but wasn’t taken seriously.

Trial of Sen. Thomas Libous Begins in Federal Court

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. – The federal trial of state Sen. Thomas Libous, the deputy majority leader, began Monday, The Associated Press reported. The Binghamton Republican is charged with lying to the FBI regarding a role in obtaining a high-paying job for his son.

New York DAs Say Special Prosecutor ‘Flawed’

ALBANY – New York state’s 62 DAs on Monday called Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s appointment of a special prosecutor to probe police killings “gravely flawed,” The Associated Press reported. They asked who will investigate state troopers, if cases will be transferred if the victim dies later, and whether a pipe would constitute a weapon.