Regional Briefs – June 7, 2016

NY Assembly Passes Dream Act

ALBANY – The state Assembly on Monday once again passed the Dream Act, which would extend financial school aid to illegal immigrants, The Associated Press reported. There is little chance the Republican-led Senate will pass it.

Town Ordered to Pay $3M For Eminent Domain Land

NEWARK – A jury on Friday ordered the town of Bloomfield to pay $3 million, or about seven times more than it had offered for a property it took through eminent domain, NJ.com reported. It was condemned and the town claimed it couldn’t be developed.

Man Falls to Death While Taking Photos of Sunset

BAR HARBOR, Maine – A New Jersey man tragically fell 40 feet to his death Monday evening while trying to photograph the sunset at Acadia National Park in Maine, The Associated Press reported. Mark Simon, 68, left his wife in their car to take the picture. When he failed to return she flagged down a ranger.

Cable Work Starts On Tappan Zee Bridge in July

TARRYTOWN, N.Y. – Construction crews will start hanging the cables for the new Tappan Zee Bridge in July the Journal News reported. These will extend from eight 419-foot towers and support the road deck. The $3.9 billion bridge is expected to be ready in 2018.

Man Pleads Guilty for Hoax Threat at Statue of Liberty

NEW YORK – A man on Monday pleaded guilty to making a hoax threat to blow up the Statue of Liberty in 2015, causing Liberty Island to be evacuated, The Associated Press reported. Jason Paul Smith, 42, called 911 and said he was Abdul Yasin, the only conspirator not captured in the 1993 WTC bombing. He faces five years in prison.

Voice-Over Recording of Man With Gun Scares Workers

NEWBURGH, N.Y. – A production company’s recording of a man threatening people with a gun on Monday sent people scurrying for cover, The Associated Press reported. SWAT teams converged on the scene and surrounding buildings were evacuated before police found it was a voice over.