Regional Briefs – May 7, 2018

Teen Candidate Running For Spot on School Board

GREECE, N.Y. – A teenager is among six candidates vying for three open school board seats in Greece, NY, WHAM reported. Derek Schrank, 19, says the board needs a member who can relate to the student body. The journalism student scheduled classes around board meetings in case he wins next Tuesday.

Assembly Speaker Heastie Plans Another Statewide Tour

ALBANY – The Legislature’s most powerful Democrat is planning another statewide tour. Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie said Monday that he learned so much on his first tour in 2015 he decided to repeat it so he could meet with local officials and residents.

Large Rental Development Opens in Manhattan

NEW YORK – A new 42-story rental property with 1,000 units opened in Manhattan, making it one of the largest apartment buildings in the city, The New York Times reported. Studio apartments at the Max start at $2,775 a month. Just 258 units are affordable, to be awarded through a lottery.

Burglar Who Used Obituaries To Find Targets Arrested

GREENBURGH, N.Y. – A burglar who scanned local obituaries to choose targets while they were attending funerals was arrested Saturday, The Associated Press reported. Latonia Stewart, 26, was nabbed after police noticed a pattern — all victims had been recently featured in obituaries as next of kin.

NY Wine, Cheese Makers Showcase Products at Capitol

ALBANY – Wine and cheese makers from across New York were in Albany Monday to showcase their products for lawmakers, The Associated Press reported. The fifth annual “Sip and Sample” includes 1,600 vineyards and 400 wineries that generate $5 billion a year.

New Jersey Governor Names Gun-Safety Adviser

TRENTON – New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy on Monday named lobbyist Bill Castner as his gun-safety adviser, The Associated Press reported. The Democrat made the announcement alongside ex-Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, an Arizona Democrat shot by a constituent.