Regional Briefs – February 7, 2017

Anna Gronewold to Cover Albany for Associated Press

ALBANY – Anna Gronewold, a multimedia journalist who has covered statehouses in two other states, will cover the New York state legislature for The Associated Press together with David Klepper. Gronewold, 25, is a 2014 graduate of the University of Nebraska.

Open Gov’t Site Pioneered In Calif. Coming to NY

ALBANY – A website built to connect citizens with state government in California is coming to New York, The Associated Press reported. Digital Democracy was created by students to ease looking up bills and committee hearings and connect with advocacy groups.

Man Rescued From Creek Had No Idea How He Got There

OAKLYN, N.J. – A man rescued from a creek by police Monday morning had no idea how he got there, NJ.com reported. The 58-year-old was found in Peters Creek stuck up to his waist in mud.

NJ Panel Advances Bill to End Under-18 Marriages

TRENTON – A bill blocking marriage for anyone under the age of 18, regardless of parental or judicial consent, was approved by a New Jersey Senate committee Monday, The Associated Press reported. It would do away with current law allowing parental consent for under 18 and a judge’s OK for under 16.

Ex-Lawmaker Convicted of Stealing $5.3M Gets Prison

TRENTON – A former New Jersey lawmaker convicted of stealing $5.3 million from creditors for a business venture was sentenced Monday to eight years in prison, The Associated Press reported. Former Republican Assemblyman Robert Schroeder, 56, also must pay $5,318,150 in restitution.

Town Cuts Ties With Pol’s Law Firm Over Illegal Donation

KEYPORT, N.J. – The New Jersey town of Keyport has cut ties with the law firm of a Democratic gubernatorial candidate over a campaign contribution that violated local law, The Associated Pres reported. Assemblyman John Wisniewski was “disqualified” from further representing the Monmouth County town.