Regional Briefs – November 4, 2015

No Fine on 1st Offense for Violation of Gender Law

NEW YORK – NYC’s Human Rights Commission said Monday that restaurant owners who inadvertently violate gender-equality laws by posting ads for “waitresses” or a “pizza man” will be given warnings instead of fines for the first offense, the New York Post reported. They’re worried a fine might force the closure of a small business.

NYC Moves to Protect Industrial Jobs

NEW YORK – Mayor Bill de Blasio on Tuesday authorized $115 million to shore up the city’s industrial zones, which make up 15 percent of the workforce, The Associated Press reported. The mayor says the 10-point plan should create 20,000 new jobs. The city will also step up enforcement preventing residential or hotel expansion that would push out industries.

Homeless Upstate Man Struck And Killed by Freight Train

ROCHESTER – A 33-car freight train struck and killed a 60-year-old homeless man in Rochester as it sped along an elevated track Sunday morning, the Democrat and Chronicle reported.

Officials Considering New Ways To Capture Two Loose Goats

WALL, N.J. – Authorities are trying to figure out how to capture two wayward goats near the Garden State Parkway, the Asbury Park Press reported. Rescuers have tried unsuccessfully for about a month to collar the goats near Exit 100 and are urging the public to stay away from them.

Poll: NYC Residents Back $15 Wage for Fast-Food Workers

ALBANY – Seventy percent of NYC voters support the state’s plan to phase in a $15-an-hour minimum wage for fast-food workers — but only 36 percent like the idea of replacing tips with higher menu prices, a Quinnipiac poll released Monday finds.

New York Parents Flunk Child Car Seat Safety Checks

ALBANY – Recent child car seat inspections indicate that parents need to do a better job buckling up their little ones, Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s office said on Tuesday. Out of the 931 car seats inspected this fall, only 112 were installed properly. The rest were the wrong size, weren’t tight enough or were positioned incorrectly.

NYer Returns From Florida, Finds His Home Razed

WEST HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. – A Long Island man who returned from Florida to find his home razed is suing the town, The Associated Press reported. But town officials say they made every attempt to reach Philip Williams, 69. They said it was a dangerous building.

Long Island Bridge Named In Honor of Slain Officer

BELLEROSE TERRACE, NY – Long Island officials on Sunday dedicated a bridge to a Nassau police officer fatally shot in the line of duty in October 2012, Newsday reported. Scores of Arthur Lopez’s fellow cops attended the unveiling over the Cross Island Parkway. His mother says she’s proud that “all his friends never forgot him.”