Regional Briefs – September 30, 2014

NYC Schools Going Solar Power

NEW YORK – New York City will be using more solar energy to power schools, starting with 24 schools over the next two years, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Monday. Students will track the amount of emissions that have been offset. De Blasio spoke at the Bronx’s Kennedy High School, which gets 5 percent of its power from the sun.

De Blasio Ducks Dead Groundhog Questions

NEW YORK – Mayor Bill de Blasio on Monday declined to discuss the groundhog that died a week after slipping from his grasp in March during a Groundhog Day ceremony. He referred all questions to the Staten Island zoo, including one on how he felt upon the death.

Boy, 7, Calls 911 After His Mom Collapses

NEW YORK – A 7-year-old boy called 911 after his mother collapsed, the Staten Island Advance reported. As Michelene Bumbrey’s blood pressure rapidly dropped, she fell off her chair and hit her head. Jayden Allen-Walton says he was “feeling scared.” He wants to become a cop, firefighter or wrestler when he grows up.

NY Requires Hand Washing Facility at Petting Zoos

ALBANY – New York law now requires petting zoos to provide for hand washing either within 50 feet of the exit. The law also authorizes officials to formulate rules against the spread of bacteria and viruses carried by animals displayed at carnivals, fairs and amusement parks.

Flatbush Mailman Accused of Hoarding 40,000 Letters

NEW YORK – A Flatbush postman was arrested Wednesday for failing to deliver more than 40,000 pieces of mail, some dating to 2005. Joseph Brucato hoarded the mail at his home, car and post office locker. He was arrested after a supervisor noticed mail piled up in his personal car.

De Blasio Addresses England’s Labour Party

NEW YORK – Mayor Bill de Blasio on Wednesday touted the liberal values he shares with the UK’s Labour Party at the party’s annual conference in Manchester, England. He saluted the party’s leader, Ed Miliband, and predicted they would do well in next year’s elections, mentioning his own journey from underdog to mayor.