Regional Briefs – September 25, 2016

Gallery Puts Hateful Anti-Trump Tombstone on Display

BROOKLYN – A hateful 500-pound tombstone bearing the name “Donald J. Trump” that police confiscated in Central Park months ago is now on display at a Brooklyn gallery, The Associated Press reported. The year of Trump’s birth and the words “Made America Hate Again” are also chiseled on it.

Leaf-Peeping Season Behind Schedule as They Stay Green

ALBANY – Leaf-peeping season is running behind schedule this year as the warm, dry summer causes the leaves to fall off without turning colors, The Associated Press reported. The I Love New York program say the brilliant hues are just beginning to appear. A frost Sunday will speed the color change.

Romanian Gets Prison Term For Leading Hacking Scheme

NEWARK – A Romanian who orchestrated an international hacking scheme was sentenced Friday to three years in prison and ordered to pay $907,204 in restitution, The Associated Press reported. Mircea-Illie Ispasoiu, 31, worked the computers at a large Romanian bank.

Jury Awards County Worker $8.45M in Bias Lawsuit

JERSEY CITY – A Jersey City employee was awarded $8.45 million after a jury determined she was discriminated against when she was fired for taking medical leave for depression, the Jersey Journal reported. Kimberle Malta-Roman will receive back pay from July 2012 and get her job back.

2 Long Island Rail Road Stations to Be Upgraded

RONKONKOMA, N.Y. – An upgrade of stations on the LIRR has begun. The $121 million project at Hicksville and Jamaica depots will add new waiting rooms, platforms with heated waiting areas, upgraded elevators and escalators and Wi-Fi and USB charging stations.

3 Killed When 2 Small Planes Collide

NORTH COLLINS, N.Y. – Three people were killed Sunday morning when two small planes collided and crashed just south of Buffalo, The Associated Press reported. Two people were also killed in New Jersey on Sunday when a small plane crashed while trying to land.