Regional Briefs – November 13, 2015

Daily News to Drivers: Sign Contract or We Shut Paper

NEW YORK – Losing $30 million a year, Daily News owner Mort Zuckerman gave the 220 unionized drivers an ultimatum: Ratify a 4-year contract or he’ll scrap the 96-year-old print edition and go all digital. The contract gives annual wage increases of 1 to 2 percent and reduces the 106 routes in half.

Workers Begin to Demolish Paterson Armory

PATERSON, N.J. – Paterson’s imposing armory came tumbling down Thursday amid a stubborn fire that began Monday continues to burn, The Record reported. The structure built in 1896 was razed after officials said its integrity was unsafe. It hasn’t been in use since 1990.

Program for Placing Artists in Senior Centers Gets $1M Boost

NEW YORK – A NYC program that places artists in senior centers got an additional $1 million, doubling its number, the Daily News reported. The project allows artists to pursue theater and photography. It then culminates with public performances which brings the community in to see the seniors’ work.

NYC Promises Crackdown On Dangerous Driving

NEW YORK – The NYPD is devoting hundreds of more officers to traffic enforcement through Nov. 22 following the deaths of more than a dozen pedestrians these past two weeks, The Associated Press reported. Mayor Bill de Blasio’s office said Wednesday that agents will focus on dangerous driving.

NY Environmental Group Gives 2 Legislators Low Marks

ALBANY – Sen. John DeFrancisco refuses to use the term “climate change.” Sen. Dean Skelos blocked a bill banning certain chemicals in toys. Environmental Advocates on Thursday named the two Republicans winners of its 2015 “oil slick,” The Associated Press reported.

News Chopper Hit by Laser; Suspect Arrested

NEW YORK – An NBC news helicopter helped police track down a suspect who pointed a green laser at it in Brooklyn Wednesday night, NBC reported. A Chopper 4 reporter used a camera to zoom in on the suspects, who were seen standing behind a building and laughing.