Regional Briefs – May 24, 2018

Man Sentenced in Deadly Elevator Stabbing of 2 Kids

BROOKLYN – Daniel St. Hubert, convicted in a brutal elevator stabbing in Brooklyn that killed a six-year-old boy and left his seven-year-old friend with serious wounds, was sentenced Tuesday to 50 years to life in prison, the Associated Press reported. St. Hubert was living in a homeless shelter in June 2014 when he met Joshua Avitto and Mikayla Capers returning from getting ices. His lawyer said he was framed.

Boy, 11, Survives Fall From 7th-Floor Balcony

HACKENSACK, N.J. – An 11-year-old boy is lucky to be alive after falling from a seventh-floor balcony Wednesday and landing on a roof, The Associated Press reported. The fifth-grader suffered a broken nose and pelvis. He is in stable condition.

8 Names Added to NY State EMS Memorial

ALBANY – The names of eight emergency medical service workers who died last year as a result of on-duty injuries or illnesses were added Wednesday to the New York state EMS Memorial, The Associated Press reported. Included are five FDNY workers. The memorial now contains 72 names.

Billionaire Contests Tax Assessment, Citing Geese

SOUTH BRISTOL, N.Y. – Billionaire Tom Golisano is challenging his $145,000 tax assessment, saying hundreds of Canada geese have decreased the value of his lakefront home, The Associated Press reported. The third Tuesday in May is Tax Grievance Day in New York.

Murphy Signs Bill Giving Judges, Other Officials Raises

TRENTON – New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy signed into law raises for judges, Cabinet and other officials, The Associated Press reported. Judges, whose salaries haven’t been raised in a decade, would get an $8,000 raise while Cabinet members would see salaries go from $141,000 to $175,000.

NY College Giving Honorary Degree to Frederick Douglass

ROCHESTER – Abolitionist Frederick Douglass on Sunday received the a posthumous honorary degree by the University of Rochester, The Associated Press reported. It was received by the escaped slave’s great-great-great-grandson. Born on a Maryland plantation in 1818 he escaped to the North at age 20.

EMS Workers File Lawsuit Alleging Discrimination

NEW YORK – Members of the New York’s emergency medical services filed a lawsuit Monday alleging that women and blacks are given fewer promotions than white males, The Associated Press reported. The EMS’s say the unit was historically diverse until it was folded into the fire department in the 1990s.