Regional Briefs – November 25, 2015

NYC Council Speaker Organizes ‘Latinas for Clinton’

NEW YORK – Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito on Monday launched a Latina-to-Latina phone-banking program for Hillary Clinton’s campaign, The Associated Press reported. The first Puerto Rican speaker appeared at Clinton’s Brooklyn headquarters to kickstart “Mujeres (Women) in Politics.”

Bronx Councilwoman Resigning From Seat

BRONX – Councilwoman Maria del Carmen Arroyo, a Bronx Democrat, announced Monday she is resigning at year’s end to focus on “pressing family needs,” the Observer reported. In 2014, three of her campaign workers were arrested for forging names on ballot petitions.

NJ Agency Passes Plan To Expand Bear Hunt

TRENTON – New Jersey’s environmental agency on Monday added new bear-hunting areas and permitted the use of bows and arrows, The Associated Press reported. The bear hunt will run from Dec. 7 through Dec. 12 and hunters will be able to cull two bears.

Former NY Lawmaker Gets House Arrest for Lying to FBI

WHITE PLANS, N.Y. – A terminally ill former state senator was sentenced Tuesday to six months of house arrest for lying to the FBI, The Associated Press reported. Prosecutors didn’t seek prison time since Thomas Libous has cancer.

Postal Worker Arrested for Harassing Muslim Woman

BROOKLYN – A postal worker was charged Tuesday for hate crimes for harassing and spitting on a Muslim woman before threatening to “burn down” her mosque, The Associated Press reported. Dainton Coley, 34, was also charged with child endangerment since the woman was carrying an infant.

Syrian Family Set to Be Re-Settled in New Jersey 

PATERSON, N.J. – Despite a promise by Gov. Chris Christie that New Jersey won’t allow Syrian refugees over terrorism fears, a family of seven is arriving in Paterson next week, The Record reported. Christie said Tuesday he’d reconsider if he can be convinced it’s safe.