Regional Briefs – November 2, 2015

New York’s Top Financial Regulator Stepping Down

ALBANY – New York’s chief financial regulator announced he’ll soon leave the post that combined insurance, banking and consumer protection oversight, The Associated Press reported. Acting Superintendent Anthony Albanese has been in charge of the Department of Financial Services since June.

Survey: Cuomo’s $15 Wage Would Cost Schools Millions

ALBANY – A survey of New York school districts has found that Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s proposal to raise the minimum wage to $15 will increase labor costs for public schools by at least $276 million. More than 30,000 employees would see their wages go up, which may force higher taxes.

Suggested Changes Approved to Staten Island’s Ferris Wheel

NEW YORK – Recommended changes to the giant Ferris wheel project planned for Staten Island received final approval from the City Council, allowing for completion on schedule for 2017, The Associated Press reported. The changes focused on a 950-unit parking lot.

25 Arrests in Rockland for Unemployment Fraud

NEW CITY, N.Y. – A crackdown on unemployment fraud led to the arrest Thursday of 25 people in Rockland County, the Journal News reported. The defendants lived in the Dominican Republic but collected $160,000 without seeking work.

Woman Killed in Crash With Lakewood School Bus

LAKEWOOD – A woman was killed Friday when her car and a Lakewood public school bus carrying 10 children collided, The Associated Press reported. Carol Boccadutre, 76, was making a turn from a parking lot. Seven children riding on the bus were treated for minor injuries.

2 Arrests for Leaving Autistic Boy on Bus for 7 Hours

NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. – Two people were arrested Thursday for leaving an autistic 6-year-old boy on a bus for more than seven hours. Driver Luis Gonzalez and bus aide Maria Vasquez picked up the child on Oct. 22 to be taken to an Edison school. He was still on board when the bus returned to a yard at the end of the school day.