Regional Briefs – May 10, 2016

Man Wins $1 Million in NY Lottery for a Second Time

NEW YORK – A Suffolk County man has beaten the odds by winning $1 million in the New York Lottery for a second time, The Associated Press reported. Lottery officials will be revealing the winner Wednesday on Long Island. They say the same man won $1 million in 2012.

Uber Recognizes Guild For Its 35K NYC Drivers

NEW YORK – Uber reached an agreement Tuesday to create an association for its 35,000 NYC drivers, The New York Times reported. The Independent Drivers Guild will be affiliated with the Northeast branch of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers but stops short of unionization.

Workers Rescued From Scaffold 17 Floors High in NYC

NEW YORK – Two workers were rescued on Tuesday from a scaffold that dangled 17 stories above street level in Lower Manhattan for 40 minutes, The Associated Press reported. One rescuer rappelled on the side of the building with a rope and brought the workers into the building through a broken window.

A Long-Closed Section of Central Park Reopens

NEW YORK – A four-acre sanctuary in Central Park that’s been fenced off since the 1930s will open to the public this summer, The New York Times reported. The Hallett Nature Sanctuary is believed to have been closed because legendary NYC planner Robert Moses wanted to turn it into a bird sanctuary.

Lobbyist Offering Boro Parkers Free E-Carriage Rides

BROOKLYN – An animal rights group will provide Boro Park residents with free e-carriage rides Wednesday from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. to promote the alternative to horse carriages in Central Park. The carriages will be at 3820 14th Avenue.

Settlement With Landlord Who Refused Section 8 Tenant

TRENTON – State prosecutors on Tuesday reached a settlement with a landlord who refused to rent an apartment to a woman who had Section 8 vouchers, The Associated Press reported. Scott Kelly agreed to pay Shakisha Wallace $500 a month for 10 months and undergo monitoring for two years.