Regional Briefs – October 10, 2018

NY Sends National Guard to Help With Hurricane Michael

ALBANY – New York dispatched National Guard personnel and aircraft to Florida and Mississippi to assist with the response to Hurricane Michael. Seventy-five airmen are leaving Thursday, along with a search and rescue airplane and helicopter and two rescue boats.

Dozens of Black Bears Killed So Far in NJ Hunt

TRENTON – Hunters have killed 59 bears in the first two days of New Jersey’s black bear hunt that began Monday, The Associated Press reported. The six-day hunt starts just before sunrise. The number of bears culled is expected to be greatly reduced following an order by Gov. Phil Murphy that bars hunting on state-owned lands.

Officer Gets Prison for Off-Duty Work Scheme

NEWARK – A Jersey City police officer who schemed to get officers paid for off-duty work they didn’t perform was sentenced Tuesday to a year and a day behind bars, The Associated Press reported. James Cardinali, 38, assigned officers to various off-duty details and got vendors to falsely sign off on it.

JetBlue to Add Rochester-to-Boston Daily Flights in 2019

ROCHESTER – JetBlue plans to start service from Rochester to Boston on Jan. 8, making it the fourth upstate city to offer direct flights there, The Associated Press reported. The low-cost carrier will offer round-trip flights once a day.

LIRR Disability Payouts Plunge After Fraud Revealed

NEW YORK – Federal disability payments for Long Island Rail Road employees are way down since widespread fraud was uncovered a decade ago, Newsday reported. Just 29 retirees were approved last year, an 86 percent drop from the 229 OK’ed in 2007.