Regional Briefs – February 25, 2016

Commuter Bus Slams Into 10 Vehicles, 7 People Hurt

SOUTH BRUNSWICK, N.J. – A commuter bus rear-ended 10 vehicles stopped at a traffic light Thursday morning, injuring seven people, The Associated Press reported. Only the driver was on the bus and no charges have been filed.

40K Gallons of Oil Removed From NJ Park

BAYONNE, N.J. – About 40,000 gallons of oil were collected from a pipeline leaking since Monday at a Bayonne park, NJ.com reported. Officials said the leak stems from residual oil left in a pipeline disabled several months ago.

Water Shut Off in Ithaca Schools Over Lead Concerns

ITHACA, N.Y. – The drinking water sources in all Ithaca schools were shut off Wednesday after tests revealed high lead levels at two schools, the Ithaca Journal reported. Bottled water is being provided and the taps will be turned on when all school buildings can be tested for lead and copper levels.

East Ramapo Monitors Got Paid $175K

ALBANY – The three monitors who outraged local leaders by calling for state oversight of the East Ramapo school board got paid $175,000 for their work, the Journal News reported. Dennis Walcott got $81,300, Monica George-Fields received $74,250, and John Sipple got $20,650.

Students Who Claimed Bias Attack Arrested for Fraud

ALBANY – Three 20-year-old black female students who claimed they were racially slurred by a group of whites were arrested Thursday for assault and false reporting, The Associated Press reported. Police concluded they were the aggressors in the incident that garnered extensive media attention.

NY Board Adopts Rule on Real Estate Broker Discrimination

ALBANY – The New York Real Estate Board adopted a new rule against discrimination by real estate brokers, ruling that any adverse finding by government or courts could cost their licenses, The Associated Press reported. The 15-member board, mostly appointed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo, said it will strengthen fair housing.