Regional Briefs – February 29, 2016

LIRR On-time Performance Gets Worse

NEW YORK – The Long Island Rail Road’s on-time performance has gotten worse for the fourth year in a row, WCBS reported. Complaints have come in from commuters who are stuck waiting for delayed or canceled trains. LIRR blames it on unexpected issues with East River tunnels and traffic accidents.

NYC Bill Would Shame Residents Into Voting

NEW YORK – NYC lawmakers want to shame eligible voters who don’t exercise their right with a “voter history” card, the Daily News reported. Under a bill, the Board of Elections will be required to tell people how many elections they’ve missed in four years and residents may receive voting grades.

Jersey City Workers’ Minimum Wage Raised to $15 an Hour

JERSEY CITY – Jersey City on Monday raised the minimum wage of about 500 city workers to $15 an hour through an executive order by Mayor Steve Fulop, the Jersey Journal reported. The state’s current wage is $8.38 but Democrats proposed last month to raise it to $15. The hike costs $1 million a year.

Bystanders Lift Vehicle Off Pinned Pedestrian

NEW YORK – About 10 people on Monday lifted a vehicle off a pedestrian who was struck in Manhattan — but the 77-year-old woman died, the New York Post reported. The driver, who was arrested, said he didn’t see her as he made a turn.

Suspect Identified in Hit-and-run That Killed Cop

ELIZABETH, N.J. – Authorities have identified a suspect in the hit-and-run that killed an off-duty NYPD officer early Sunday on the NJ Turnpike. Following a crash Vincent Harrison, 25, got out of his car and was on the shoulder when he was hit. No charges have been filed.

Salt Mine Where 17 Workers Got Stuck Reopens

LANSING, N.Y. – A salt mine where 17 employees got stuck 900 feet underground in a malfunctioning elevator in January is reopening, The Associated Press reported. Workers will spend several days inspecting equipment before mining resumes. The mine is the deepest salt mine in the United States.