Regional Briefs – Nov. 24, 2016

Queens State Senator Mulls A Primary Against de Blasio

QUEENS – State Sen. Tony Avella, a member of the breakaway IDC, may run in the Democratic primary against Mayor Bill de Blasio next year, the Queens Chronicle reported. He will announce his run “pretty soon,” if he decides to do it.

NJ Revokes Nurse’s License For Slapping Patient

TEANECK, N.J. – State officials have permanently revoked the license of a nurse for slapping a bed-bound patient she cared for at his home, The Associated Press reported. Dorothea Harvilik was caught on a video set up by the patient’s mother, who saw scratches on his hands.

Chief Who Advocated Racial Profiling to Retire Under Deal

WYCKOFF, N.J. – A police chief who sent an email advocating racial profiling “if done correctly” will retire next week, The Record reported. Benjamin Fox wrote that “black gang members from Teaneck commit burglaries in Wyckoff. That’s why we check out suspicious black people in white neighborhoods.”

Revolutionary War-era Farmhouse to be Moved

BELLMAWR, N.J. – A Revolutionary War-era farmhouse blocking a $900 million road project will be moved rather than go under the wrecking ball, The Associated Press reported. Moving the 18th century Hugg-Harrison-Glover House would cost $400,000.

Ailing Humpback Whale Stuck in New York Bay Euthanized

EAST MORICHES, N.Y. – A 25-foot humpback whale that was grounded on a sandbar off New York was euthanized on Wednesday, The Associated Press reported. Humpbacks are uncommon in the area but one was spotted this week swimming in the Hudson River.

GOP Picks Bergen Mayor for Unexpired Assembly Term

WAYNE, N.J. – Wyckoff Mayor Kevin Rooney was selected on Tuesday by Republicans to complete the term of Scott Rumana, who resigned to become a state judge, The Associated Press reported. The district includes 15 towns in Bergen, Passaic, Morris and Essex counties.