Regional Briefs – May 11, 2016

Deadline for Property Assess Challenges Coming Up

ALBANY – The deadline to challenge local property assessments in New York is May 24. The so-called grievance day allows property owners who believe the market value listed on their local assessment roll is significantly higher than it should be to file for a review. It’s generally too late to file once the tax bill arrives.

Lawsuit: Slow Bronx Court Violates Constitutional Rights

NEW YORK – A federal lawsuit filed Tuesday claims the constant delays and slow pace at Bronx court violate the constitutional right to a speedy trial, the Daily News reported. The Bronx Defenders blames Gov. Andrew Cuomo and state court officials for the 500 cases pending for over two years.

No Racial Bias at Kean University, Review Finds

UNION, N.J. – An internal review finds that Kean University is not discriminatory, rejecting an allegation by black ministers, The Associated Press reported. A fifth of the student body and 30 percent of its employees are African-American.

Teen Rescued After Plunging Into Well, Treading Water

JERSEY CITY – A teenager was rescued Tuesday after falling down a well and treading water for about an hour, The Associated Press reported. A group of teens had been inside a reservoir’s pump house when one fell through rotted plywood covering a well. A firefighter was lowered and rescued him.

State: NY Company’s $2 Fee For Oil Recycling Was Illegal

ALBANY – Illegally tacking a $2 recycling fee onto every oil change is costing an automobile service station company $181,511 in restitution, plus $93,450 as a civil penalty, The Associated Press reported. Kost Tire collected $180,000 since 2012 for the used oil, a service supposed to be done free of charge.

Boaters Pick Up Man Swimming From Canada to U.S.

NIAGARA FALLS – A Czech citizen trying to illegally enter the U.S. by swimming from Canada was picked up by boaters Sunday in the Niagara River, The Associated Press reported. Jindrich Koudelka, 38, spotted clinging to a log, was turned over to the Border Patrol.