Regional Briefs – December 2, 2015

NY School Group Wants $2.4B Aid Increase Next Year

ALBANY – New York’s school business officials want a whopping $2.4 billion increase next year in the $24 billion school budget, The Associated Press reported. Despite comprising more than 25 percent of students, private school such as yeshivos only received about $150 million of that funding.

Ithaca College Students Vote Against Chief Over Racism

ITHACA, N.Y. – Ithaca College students voted “no confidence” in school President Tom Rochon’s handling of race issues, The Associated Press reported. About half the student body voted in an online vote over several weeks.

NYPD Seeking 3 Men for Card Skimming at Gas Pumps

QUEENS – The NYPD is looking for three suspects who installed card reading devices inside a Queens gas station, The Associated Press reported. The trio then created fake debit cards to make 39 withdrawals from victims’ bank accounts. Police are also looking for a pair of suspects in a series of ATM card-skimmings in Brooklyn.

Paterson Can Meet Payroll After Vote

PATERSON, N.J. – Paterson employees will get paid on Friday after the City Council voted in an emergency session Monday to approve a $50 million temporary budget, The Record reported. It comes amid criticism over the lack of spending cuts from Mayor Joey Torres.

NYC Firefighters’ Union Ratifies 7-year Contract

NEW YORK – NYC’s firefighters’ union on Monday ratified a 7-year contract retroactive to August 2010, WCBS reported. The contract calls for an 11 percent salary increase over seven years and restores disability benefits for firefighters hired during that period.

NYC Agency Helping Divorced Parents Find Jobs

NEW YORK – The city’s Human Resources Administration will help divorced parents find jobs so they can pay child support, the New York Post reported. The majority are fathers, many of whom are unemployed or have been jailed.