Regional Briefs – May 26, 2016

Majority in NYC Now Think Crime is ‘Serious’ Problem

NEW YORK – More NYC voters now see crime as a “serious” problem, according to a Quinnipiac poll out Wednesday. Across all groups, 47 percent said crime was up, compared to 36 percent a year ago. Mayor Bill de Blasio says violent crime is down from last year.

NY Police to Step Up Enforcement Over Weekend

ALBANY – Police in New York state will increase patrols on the roads this Memorial Day weekend. The stepped-up police presence will begin Friday and last until Monday. They will also be looking for motorists violating speed limits or distracted driving laws.

Upstate NY Bus Systems To Get 212 New Vehicles

ALBANY – Fifty-one different upstate transit agencies serving 5 million passengers will receive $60 million in state and federal funds to purchase 212 new vehicles, The Associated Press reported.

New Jersey Theme Park Previews New Roller Coaster

JACKSON, N.J. – Six Flags Great Adventure on Thursday previewed its latest roller coaster that gives riders a feeling of weightlessness. Coaster enthusiasts and season pass holders were the first in Jackson to board the coaster, which features head-over-heel flips, drops and a 120-foot lift outside the confines of a traditional track.

Boy Falls Down Elevator Shaft in Brooklyn Garage

BROOKLYN – A 4-year-old boy died in a tragic accident Thursday after he fell down an elevator shaft at a Park Slope parking garage, The Associated Press reported. He was with his parents Wednesday night when he fell 50 feet through a gap between the elevator and the wall.