NYC RFD: Water Park DWI Charged, Swimmer Hauled In, Pol Protests, Cartoon Wins
Today Yerardin Gil of the Bronx was charged in Riverhead, New York with unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle and DWI, reports Newsday. Her bail was set at $50,000, which you might think steep if you didn't know that Gil ran down and killed her aunt, Rosa Ortiz, Monday night at the Splish Splash water park. Gil also struck, but did not kill, relatives Dolcina Ortiz and Tomas Esquerdo. They had all been celebrating Rosa's Ortiz' birthday. Gil's lawyer says the 20-year-old did not realize her aunt was dead until he told her.
We're not sure what motivated 56-year-old Perry McGovern to start swimming from Elizabeth, New Jersey toward Staten Island. It must have been pretty compelling -- first, because apparently he wasn't up to the trip, needing rescue in the waters off the Island, and second, because there was a warrant out for his arrest, as the cops who fished him out of the Bay were bound to discover, and did, taking McGovern into custody, reports the Staten Island Advance. No word yet as to the charges.
Efrain Gonzalez Jr., the Bronx State Senator facing both a challenge in the September 9 Democratic primary and federal corruption charges, was out doing constituent service today, joining other Bronx politicians and union officials to protest the state of affairs at a local Stella D'Oro plant, where contract negotiations have broken down between workers and the plant's owners, Brynwood Partners. Newsline Long Island says Gonzalez threatened a boycott and suggested that "it would be less costly for Brynwood to negotiate fairly" with workers. Assemblyman Michael Benedetto said that he and his family would boycott Stella D'Oro -- makers of Breakfast Treats, Anisette Toast, and other popular cookies -- until the dispute was resolved.
Our congratulations to Justin Bilicki of Greenpoint, winner of the Union of Concerned Scientists' editorial cartoon contest. His entry is "meant to draw attention to the growing problem of political interference in federal government science," says the Brooklyn Eagle.