Regional Briefs – March 9, 2016

Downed Plane in Long Island Harbor Had No Fuel

PORT JEFFERSON, N.Y. – A plane that crash-landed Feb. 19 in a harbor off Long Island had run out of fuel, a report issued Tuesday by the National Transportation Safety Board found. The student pilot, flight instructor and passenger were rescued. A fourth person, Gerson Salmon-Negron, 23, of Queens, is still missing and presumed dead.

Schumer Pushes Funding for Lead Tests of Water in Schools

ALBANY – Sen. Charles Schumer introduced a bill Wednesday that would give $100 million to New York schools for lead testing, the Associated Press reported. Water samples cost $35 each and each test needs multiple samples. This week, two schools in Ithaca found high levels of lead in their water.

FAA to Test New Flight Path to Teterboro Airport

HACKENSACK, N.J. – The FAA said Tuesday they’re testing a new flight path to Teterboro Airport to provide noise relief for Hackensack Medical Center, The Record reported. The hospital says it isn’t aware of any noise complaints to the FAA.

Unseasonably Warm Temperatures in NYC

NEW YORK – It felt more like spring than winter across NYC Wednesday, near record-breaking temperatures in the 80s which will continue into Thursday, predicts the National Weather Service. A high-pressure system remains anchored off the southeastern United States.

Gov. Christie in Florida, Not At Trump Campaign Event

TRENTON – Gov. Chris Christie is vacationing in Florida, but he wasn’t at Donald Trump’s event Tuesday night, The Associated Press reported. Trump, who was endorsed by Christie, was told that Christie was “someplace in the crowd.” Trump asked, “Where’s Chris Christie?”