Regional Briefs – April 17, 2016

Conference of Presidents Re-elects Greenberg as Chairman

NEW YORK – Stephen Greenberg on Thursday was elected to a second term as chairman of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations. His one-year term starts June 1. Greenberg called it a “privilege to serve.”

Man Survives Getting Run Over by Train

ELMWOOD PARK, N.J. – A man lying between railroad tracks on Saturday survived without injuries after a NJ Transit train passed over him, The Associated Press reported. But he’s now facing a charge of interfering with transit since the train was delayed for nearly an hour.

Group to Assess Challenges To Doing Business in NY

ALBANY – A new government panel will take a look at New York state’s business climate to search for ways to make it easier for companies to start and operate, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Thursday. The Business Regulation Council will hold forums on pay, unemployment, disability and taxes.

Judge Refuses to Grant New Trial to Ex-Senate Leader, Son

NEW YORK – A judge on Friday refused to grant a new trial to former Senate leader Dean Skelos and his son Adam after concluding that evidence produced by the government supported the jury verdict, The Associated Press reported. The two were convicted in December.

Which City Drivers are Safer, NYC or Boston?

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – MIT researchers have come up with an app to answer the age-old question: Which city has worse drivers, Boston or New York? EverDrive scores are posted on a leaderboard where drivers can compare one another and compete to win up to $50,000 in a contest to determine which state has the worst drivers.

NJ Billboards Ask Christie To Denounce Trump

TRENTON – Billboards calling on Gov. Chris Christie to denounce Donald Trump, whom he has endorsed, are popping up across New Jersey, The Associated Press reported. Bridges Over Politics for New Jersey said Friday it has spent six figures for about a dozen billboards and digital ads.