Regional Briefs – November 17, 2014

Exhibit Tells Story of U.S. Home Front During WWII

SENECA FALLS – A three-month exhibit opened Saturday telling the story of women’s contributions to the U.S. homefront during World War II, The Associated Press reported. Women were in the military and aided wartime production in factories, where they became known collectively as Rosie the Riveter.

NY Appeals Tappan Zee Bridge Loan Rejection

ALBANY – New York on Thursday appealed a federal rejection of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s plan to use $511 million of federal clean water funds on the $3.9 billion Tappan Zee Bridge, The Associated Press reported. The EPA said only $29 million was for sewers and drinking water; the state says the EPA exceeded authority by “second guessing” the state.

NYC Council Approves Far-Reaching Climate Bill

NEW YORK – The City Council on Thursday unanimously approved a bill requiring an 80 percent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 by making buildings more energy efficient. Mayor Bill de Blasio plans to sign the bill.

NYC Taxpayers Saddled With $9M Settlement

NEW YORK – Two men who spent 16 years in jail for a double murder before it was thrown out in court settled their wrongful conviction case with NYC for $9 million, The Associated Press reported. A court ruled the prosecutor withheld evidence in the 1993 trial that could have cleared Anthony Ortiz and Danny Colon.

Robert Littell, Longest-Ever Serving NJ lawmaker, Dies

FRANKLIN, N.J. – Robert Littell, the longest-serving lawmaker in NJ history, died on Friday at age 78, NJ.com reported. The Republican began his legislative career in the Assembly in 1968, served there for 22 years before moving to the Senate until his retirement in 2008.

Mysterious ‘Slam-and-Heist’ Trucker Stealing ATMs

NEWARK – Newark police are seeking a connection between three attempts to use a truck to steal an ATM. Suspects crashed a truck into a dry-cleaning business early Friday morning, getting the ATM stuck before fleeing. This comes days after two similar incidents nearby.