Regional Briefs – October 28, 2015

Verrazano Bridge to Close to Traffic for NYC Marathon

NEW YORK – The Verrazano Bridge will be closed to traffic from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday for the NYC Marathon. The upper level will be closed beginning at 11 p.m. Saturday to get it ready for the marathon.

Obama Coming to Newark for Criminal Justice Push

NEWARK – President Obama will be in Newark on Monday as part of his push for reforming the criminal justice system, The Associated Press reported. The president will discuss the plight of the formerly incarcerated seeking to rejoin society.

Poll: New Jerseyans Unaware of State Election

TRENTON – There is an election in New Jersey next Tuesday but few are aware of it or even know who represents them in Trenton, according to a Rutgers-Eagleton poll released Tuesday. Three-quarters of voters are completely unaware of the election, only 6 percent correctly said Assembly seats are on the ballot, and only 5 percent correctly named their senators.

Dad Sentenced for Daughter’s Carbon Monoxide Death

SYRACUSE – A father who rigged up a generator in his basement before going out for the night was sentenced Monday to up to 15 years in state prison for causing the death of his 6-year-old daughter, The Associated Press reported. Glenn Collins’s attorney argued it was a tragic accident, not a crime.

Poll Finds Disagreement How to Pay for NY Transit

ALBANY – Most New York residents support big investments in mass transit but disagree how to pay for it, a Siena poll released Monday finds. While 71 percent say the state needs to invest in roads, 38 percent want it paid for with cuts in spending, 24 percent favor tax hikes and 23 percent back borrowing.

Injured Deer Walks Into Emergency Room of Hospital

ROCHESTER – A deer hit by a car brought itself to a Rochester hospital, walking through the automatic doors into the emergency room, The Associated Press reported. The deer made it about 20 feet down a corridor before staff members corralled it. It was later euthanized.