Regional Briefs – November 3, 2015

De Blasio Spent 5 Percent Of His Work Days Overseas

NEW YORK – During his 22 months in office, Mayor Bill de Blasio has spent 33 weekdays taking nonofficial trips, or about 5 percent of the time, the New York Post reported. The trips to Israel, Italy, France and California compare to ex-Mayor Mike Bloomberg’s 19 weekdays on the road for the same period.

Cuomo Can’t Forgive de Blasio for ‘Vendetta’ Comment

ALBANY – Gov. Andrew Cuomo would never forgive Mayor Bill de Blasio for saying he runs government based on revenge, he’s told allies, the Daily News reported. It was “so personal and so ad hominem that he could never be forgiven,” the ally said. Cuomo says a top priority is to “save New York City.”

NJ Schools Work to Avoid ‘Pipeline to Prison’

WOODLAND PARK, N.J. – Juvenile justice experts are concerned that schools are calling police for minor infractions that end up in the criminal justice system instead of using social services, The Record reported. Police were called in more than 5,000 times last year, with criminal complaint filed in half those cases.

22 Animals Die in Barn Fire Sparked by Heat Lamp

CHESTER, N.J. – A fast-moving barn fire sparked by a heat lamp Sunday morning killed 22 animals, NJ.com reported. Three goats and 19 chickens were killed in the fire, which destroyed the barn and damaged part of a fence.

Man Crashes, Passerby Stops To Help, Driver Steals Van

ABSECON, N.J. – A man who crashed a car on a southern New Jersey highway Sunday stole the minivan of a man who stopped to help him, The Associated Press reported. He was last seen headed toward Pleasantville.

Deer Breaks Into Store On Staten Island

STATEN ISLAND – A deer broke into the T.J.Maxx storefront on Staten Island Saturday morning and was running around inside when an employee arrived to open the store, the Staten Island Advance reported. Elected officials have complained of a growing deer population in the borough, which in 2014 was found to have 763 deer.