Regional Briefs – December 20, 2018

Census: NY Lost More Population Than Any Other State

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York state’s population declined more than any other state in a recent 12-month period.

New numbers released by the U.S. Census Bureau this week show the state’s population declined by 48,510 between July 1, 2017 and July 1 of this year.

That’s the largest decline of the nine states that lost population during that time. New York’s population is 19.75 million.

Republican lawmakers blame New York’s decline on high taxes and the upstate economy.

Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo faults the state’s long winters and says economic factors aren’t to blame. On Thursday he noted that New York’s jobless rate of 3.9 percent is the lowest since 1976.

Nearly $200k Still Missing From Cash Spill On Highway

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — A large chunk of cash is still missing from last week’s armored truck spill on a New Jersey highway, and police are warning people to pony up before they get picked up.

East Rutherford police say anyone turning in money won’t be prosecuted but that anyone seen on surveillance video taking money who doesn’t turn it in could be arrested.

About $188,000 remained unreturned this week.

More than $500,000 in cash spilled from the Brink’s armored truck on Route 3 near MetLIfe Stadium last Thursday.

Police say more than $200,000 was recovered at the scene, partly due to the help of people who stopped and helped the driver.

More than $100,000 has been returned in the days since then, including one person who bought in about $90,000.

Dad Saves Family From Fast-Moving Fire In New Jersey

CAMDEN, N.J. (AP) — A quick-thinking father saved his family from a quick-moving fire by walking them out onto a second-story porch, and knocking on the window of a neighbor.

WPVI-TV says Victor Ammanzar got his 5-year-old out of the house in Camden overnight but saw his wife and baby didn’t follow. He ran back in to save them, and the three were trapped by flames on the second floor.

He led his wife and their baby out a front window and walked along a porch to the next-door neighbor. She tells the news station she was shocked to hear a knock on her bedroom window and was even more so when she saw a man handing her a baby.

NYC Deputy Mayor For Housing, Economic Development To Depart

NEW YORK (AP) — A deputy mayor who helped secure New York’s Amazon deal and has overseen the city’s troubled public housing system will leave the administration.

Officials say Deputy Mayor for Housing and Economic Development Alicia Glen will depart within a few months.

The New York Times reports Glen, who was appointed in Democratic Mayor Bill de Blasio’s first term, had a key role in the deal that includes nearly $3 billion in incentives for Amazon’s secondary headquarters in New York.

A replacement for the former Goldman Sachs executive has not been named.