Regional Briefs – February 11, 2019

Village Tells Employee to Stop Tweeting About Politics

AMITYVILLE, N.Y. – A village is banning political tweets by its employees and volunteers, Newsday reported. Amityville is requiring workers to sign on to the new policy as it faces a lawsuit from a firefighter who was suspended for endorsing a candidate.

One Dies, One Critical After Cross Bronx Expressway Crash

BRONX – A person died and another was critically injured after several vehicles smashed into a previous two-car crash Monday morning on the Cross Bronx Expressway, WABC reported. The pile-up happened after occupants got out of their cars to inspect the damage.

Commuter Ferry Runs Aground Off Coast; No Injuries

ATLANTIC HIGHLANDS, N.J. – A commuter ferry ran aground Monday near a pier at the New Jersey shore but none of the 400 passengers aboard were hurt, The Associated Press reported. The 140-foot ferry got stuck 200 yards from the pier. The Coast Guard is investigating.

Judge Says Five Fired Officers Should Be Reinstated

HACKENSACK, N.J. – A judge is recommending that five officers fired for searching a house without a warrant in 2016 be instated and their ranks preserved, The Record reported. The judge reversed all charges against one officer and recommended 90- or 150-day suspensions for the others. Hackensack’s mayor is planning to appeal.