Regional Briefs – Nov. 20, 2016

Small Plane Crashes on Way to Ocean County

BASS RIVER, N.J. – A small plane flying from Maryland to Ocean County Airport crashed Saturday in the Bass River State Forest, The Associated Press reported. A search began when the plane failed to arrive as scheduled. The pilot’s cellphone was then tracked to the area.

More Than 200,000 Residents Left NJ in 2015

TRENTON – What’s up with New Jersey? Census data show 227,000 residents put the Garden State in their rearview mirrors last year and mostly headed to Pennsylvania or New York, NJ.com reported. While 62,000 immigrants moved in, mainly from Asia, the state lost 17,000 more people than it gained.

Acting Mayor Takes Over After Passaic Mayor Arrested

NEWARK – Passaic has a new mayor after Mayor Alex Blanco resigned Thursday for accepting $110,000 in bribes from two developers, The Associated Press reported. The Democrat faces up to 10 years in prison. The Council selected Freeholder Hector Lora to replace him.

NY to Crack Down on Unsafe Driving Over Thanksgiving

ALBANY – Police around New York are ramping up patrols this Thanksgiving weekend to look for unsafe drivers, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said. The crackdown begins Wednesday and runs through Sunday. Officials will use unmarked cars and increased patrols.