Regional Briefs – February 8, 2017

NYC Launches Effort to Revitalize City’s Famed Garment Industry

BROOKLYN – NYC is launching an effort to revitalize its once-great garment industry decades after the factories and showrooms have disappeared, The New York Times reported. A modern garment district is springing up in Sunset Park, where dozens of companies are attracted to the large industrial buildings, affordable rents and easy access to mass transit.

Fraudster Who Did Prison Time Is Charged Again

BUFFALO – A businessman who spent four years in federal prison for bilking investors out of $3 million was charged again Tuesday with pulling off another scheme, The Associated Press reported. Prosecutors say Robert Logel, 53, within months of being released in 2013 got investors in skin products that were never produced.

Health Leaders Call On Lawmakers to Eliminate Hepatitis C

ALBANY – Organizers of New York’s first-ever Hepatitis C summit on Tuesday issued a declaration calling on the state to wipe out Hepatitis C, The Associated Press reported. They want an official task force to fight the chronic disease that afflicts 200,000 people in the state.

2018 Trial Date Set for Long Island Exec Case

CENTRAL ISLIP, N.Y. – A judge has set a January 2018 trial date for Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano, who is charged with receiving bribes and kickbacks for assisting in guaranteeing loans to a businessman, The Associated Press reported. His wife Linda is charged with accepting a $450,000 no-show job at the businessman’s restaurant.

Two Elderly Brothers Die After Snowmobiles Slip Through Thin Ice

TUPPER LAKE, N.Y. – Two elderly brothers died Monday after their snowmobiles went through thin ice on an Adirondack lake, The Associated Press reported. Stephen, 67, and Edward, 64, Sattler were reported missing Sunday evening. Three others who went through the ice saved by a fellow rider.