Regional Briefs – March 28, 2017

ALBANY (AP) -

Fire and Ambulance Volunteers Can Get Tax Break

ALBANY – New York officials are reminding volunteer firefighters and ambulance workers — including Hatzolah — that they could be eligible for an income tax credit of $200, or $400 for couples filing jointly, The Associated Press reported. About 79,600 volunteers received $15.9 million in 2014.

Lightning Causes Damage, No Injury, at Governor’s Mansion

PRINCETON, N.J. – A lightning strike near the governor’s Drumthwacket mansion Tuesday morning led to a power surge that knocked out a computer and telephones, the Asbury Park Press reported. Gov. Chris Christie uses the mansion for meetings and events.

Firefighters Put Out Smoky Manhattan Blaze

NEW YORK – Firefighters put out a smoky rooftop blaze that broke out at noontime Tuesday and forced an hour-long evacuation of 300 people from the Chelsea Market building, The Associated Press reported. Large plumes of smoke billowed through the neighborhood.

NY Flies Flags at Half-Staff For Vet Who Died in Jordan

DANSVILLE, N.Y. – Flags outside government buildings will be flown at half-staff Wednesday to honor Sgt. Alexandria Mae Morrow, 25, an airman from Dansville, NY, who died last week in Jordan while loading a bomb onto a plane, WHEC reported. Morrow was a married mother of two children ages 2 and 4.

NY Launches Legal Aid Program for Immigrants

ALBANY – New York is launching a program to ensure immigrants have access to legal help. The Liberty Defense Project, a public-private partnership, is the first of its kind in the nation, according to Gov. Andrew Cuomo. The state is home to 4.4 million immigrants.