Regional Briefs – October 4, 2018

Number of Affordable NYC Apartments Vastly Down

NEW YORK – The number of affordable NYC rentals has dwindled over the past 12 years, according to a report by Comptroller Scott Stringer. The number of units renting for over $2,700 a month increased by 238,000, while the city has lost 425,000 apartments renting for $900 or less.

Judge OK’s Firing Officer Over Sick Time Lie

EASTAMPTON, N.J. – A judge agreed with a department’s firing of a police officer for lying about using sick time, NJ.com reported. Michael Musser was fired from the Eastampton department last year after he called in a sick for his night shift to make a flight to Orlando.

Judge Rules Cafe Has Too Similar Name to NYC Museum

NEW YORK – A federal judge ruled Wednesday that a cafe that opened as MoMaCha must change its name because it is infringing upon the trademarks of the Museum of Modern Art, The New York Times reported. The cafe’s owner says he respects the decision but argues the museum is “using taxpayer dollars to bully a downtown business.”

Weight Watchers Slims Down Name to WW

NEW YORK – Weight Watchers is trimming its name to just two letters: WW, The Associated Press reported. The renaming comes as the company is focusing more on overall wellness and not just dieting.