Regional Briefs – December 11, 2015

De Blasio Tickets Driver He Saw Running Red Light

BROOKLYN – As Mayor Bill de Blasio was crossing Avenue P on Wednesday, a motorist ran a red light, prompting he mayor to dispatch his personal security team after the driver, the Daily News reported. Franky Matarrese was slapped with 13 violations.

AARP Supports de Blasio’s Affordable Housing Plan

NEW YORK – Mayor Bill de Blasio’s affordable housing plan has been panned nearly across the board, but on Wednesday it got an influential supporter, The Associated Press reported. AARP, representing the city’s 750,000 seniors, backs the initiatives, which require 25 percent permanent affordable housing and relaxed zoning rules.

Paramedic Dies After Trying to Save a Life

HILLSBOROUGH, N.J. – Colleagues are mourning a paramedic who died on Monday, hours after trying to save a life, The Associated Press reported. James Maguire responded to a call and performed CPR for a long period of time. He died 20 hours later of a heart attack.

Military Approves NY-NJ Cyber Protection Team

ALBANY – Two military sites in New York and New Jersey will be part of a new cyber guard being implemented by the states’ National Guards, The Associated Press reported. It was approved Wednesday by the National Guard Bureau.

Rutgers Endowment Breaks $1 Billion Mark

NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. – Rutgers University broke the $1 billion mark in its endowment, NJ.com reported. The money is invested, but about 5 percent is spent each year on scholarships and building projects. The money surge raised $300 million, largely due to a revamped system for reaching alumni.

NY Judge Rejects Challenge To Nail Salon Wage Bonds

ALBANY – A state judge on Wednesday dismissed a lawsuit challenging New York’s requirement that nail salons post bonds to protect worker wages, The Associated Press reported. A New York Times article claiming abuses in the industry prompted Gov. Andrew Cuomo to impose the bond.