Regional Briefs – October 7, 2014

Bell Within 15 Points Of Sen. Booker

WEST LONG BRANCH, N.J. – A Monmouth poll released Monday finds incumbent Democrat Cory Booker ahead of Republican Jeff Bell by 15 points in a New Jersey Senate race, or 53 to 38 percent. The survey also found that two voters in five are not familiar with Bell’s signature issue, having the U.S. dollar backed by the gold standard.

Upstate NY Candidate Gives GOP’s Weekly Address

WATERTOWN, N.Y. – The Republican candidate for an open House seat in northern New York gave the party’s weekly address Saturday. Elise Stefanik got the high-profile assignment as she runs against Democrat Aaron Woolf for the seat held by retiring Democratic Rep. Bill Owens. House Speaker John Boehner says Stefanik, a former George W. Bush aide, will bring new ideas to Washington about expanding opportunities.

Central Park Mystery: Dead Bear Cub Found

NEW YORK – A bear cub was found dead Monday morning under a bush inside Central Park with signs of trauma, and authorities believe the body may have been dumped there. No bears were reported missing from area zoos. They’re not among the park’s known wildlife population, and there are no bears at the Central Park Zoo right now.

200-Year-Old Home, Buffalo’s Oldest, Up for Sale

BUFFALO – A nearly 200-year-old old house that’s believed to be the oldest in Buffalo is up for sale, WGRZ reported. The three-story wooden Coit House is on the market for about $400,000. It was built around 1815 and named for George Coit, a wealthy businessman who helped ensure the Erie Canal would terminate in what was then the village of Buffalo, rather than in a neighboring village. That helped spur Buffalo’s growth through the 19th century.

Mom Accused of Leaving Baby Unattended in Car

HUNTINGTON STATION, N.Y. – A Long Island woman was arrested on Sunday for leaving her 10-month-old unattended in the car for 30 minutes while she shopped, Newsday reported. Tirza Artiga-Acosta, 20, was at Target in Huntington Station when a passer-by heard a crying baby in the car. She used a car antenna to open the car door and called 911.