Regional Briefs – August 10, 2016

Sen. Felder to Run on Republican Ballot Line

BROOKLYN – State Sen. Simcha Felder, a Brooklyn Democrat who caucuses with the Republicans, said Wednesday he has secured the GOP line, NY State of Politics reported. Felder, who also is on the Conservative party line, says his goal is to serve his constituents without regard to party.

NY Auditors Find Medicaid Payments for the Dead

ALBANY – Auditors say the state’s Medicaid system made $12.1 million in inappropriate payments last year, including $2.3 million for about 1,300 dead patients, The Associated Press reported. About $2.1 million was recovered and the state is pursuing other overpayments.

Police Bust Bike Thief Ring in Hoboken

HOBOKEN, N.J. – Two adults and 10 juveniles who came to Hoboken specifically to steal bicycles were arrested late Monday night, The Associated Press reported. The adults face felony charges and the juveniles were turned over to their parents. Two officers sustained minor injuries making the arrests.

Man Arrested for Concocting Bear Attack Story

POHATCONG, N.J. – A man was arrested Tuesday for fabricating a story of being attacked by a 500-pound black bear, The Associated Press reported. Jeffrey Wilson, 57, was found bleeding. But investigators determined that the injuries were from an unrelated accident the night before.

Salad Dressing Firm is First Tenant at NYC Food Hub

BROOKLYN – A Japanese salad dressing company became the first tenant of a 55,000-square-foot food hub in Sunset Park’s Brooklyn Army Terminal, The Associated Press reported. The space, built with $15 million in NYC subsidies, will serve up to 10 food companies.