Regional Briefs – January 23, 2017

Spring Valley Men Stole $20K By Doctoring Money Orders

NEW CITY, N.Y. – Two Spring Valley men pleaded guilty to stealing $20,000 by depositing hundreds of fake money orders and then withdrawing the money, the Journal News reported. Lawrence Lazard and Fabrice Stinfil used banks in Rockland and Orange counties.

NY Tax Collections Down 2.2 Percent From Year Ago

ALBANY – State tax collections through the first three quarters of the fiscal year ending Dec. 31 are down 2.2 percent, or $1.2 billion, from last year, Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli said. Future tax payments and the level of bank bonuses will influence whether revenues will catch up in the final quarter.

Historic Building in Newark Reopening After 30 Years

NEWARK – A historic building in New Jersey’s largest city reopened Monday after it stood vacant for 30 years, The Associated Press reported. The Hahne & Co. building features residences, shopping and a restaurant. It closed in 1986 when it merged with Lord and Taylor.

Long Island Hunters Rescued From Capsized Boat

MOUNT SINAI, N.Y. – Three duck hunters on Long Island were rescued Sunday morning after their small boat started taking on water and capsized in Mount Sinai Harbor, The Associated Press reported. The trio, including two teenagers, clung to the overturned boat and one of them called 911 on his cellphone.

Gannett Laying Off 141 Employees at NJ News Group

WOODLAND PARK, N.J. – Gannett is laying off 141 employees in a second major round of job cuts at its recently purchased group of newspapers in northern New Jersey, The Associated Press reported. This includes The Record, the Herald News of Passaic and NJ.com.

NY Officials Remind Drivers Of New ‘Move Over’ Law

ALBANY – New York officials are reminding drivers of a new state law requiring them to move over a lane when volunteer firefighters or ambulance workers are involved in a roadside emergency, The Associated Press reported. The existing law had until now not included volunteer services.