Regional Briefs – November 7, 2014

HEAP Becoming Available On Nov. 17

ALBANY – Eligible New York homeowners could receive up to $625 in heating aid when the federal HEAP program opens on Monday, Nov. 17, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said on Thursday. Applications are accepted at HRA offices or at myBenefits.ny.gov.

SPCA: Bring in Your Illegal Crocodiles and Snakes

SMITHTOWN, N.Y. – Keepers of illegal crocodiles and pythons in Suffolk County are being offered an “amnesty day” Sunday. SPCA Chief Roy Gross says numerous alligators were released to Long Island waterways in recent years by owners unable to care for the growing animals.

Driver Convicted in Speedy Lap Around Manhattan

NEW YORK – The driver who whizzed across 26 miles of Manhattan in 24 minutes last year was convicted of reckless endangerment for a stunt trumpeted in an online video. Adam Tang, a Canadian who wasn’t in court to hear Thursday’s verdict, was issued a bench warrent. He faces sentencing on Dec. 8.

1861 West Point Grad Gets Medal of Honor

WEST POINT – A West Point graduate from 1861 on Thursday was awarded the Medal of Honor for gallantry on the final day of the Battle of Gettysburg, The Associated Press reported. Though severely wounded, 1st Lt. Alonzo Cushing refused to leave his post while enduring the Confederate “Pickett’s Charge” until he was killed. His descendants attended the White House ceremony.

State Senator Libous Wants Charge Dismissed

ALBANY – Off a 20-point reelection win, a leader of New York’s Senate Republicans on Thursday asked a judge to dismiss a federal charge for lying to the FBI when he stated he made no deals to get his son a job. Thomas Libous of Binghamton says the charge cites false statements.

WWII Grenade Found in Home

ALBION, N.Y. – A live hand grenade from World War II was removed from a home that a contractor was cleaning out when the woman who lived there since the 1920s moved into relatives, The Associated Press reported. Police believe the grenade belonged to a relative who served in the military.