Regional Briefs – November 5, 2015

School Board Incumbent Wins Reelection From the Grave

BLOOMFIELD, N.J. – A school board member who died two weeks ago won reelection anyhow, The Associated Press reported. Kent Weisert ran unopposed in Tuesday’s election. His replacement will either be selected by the school board or appointed by the schools chief.

Assembly GOP Leery of Push To Override Christie Veto

TRENTON – Democratic efforts to override Gov. Chris Christie’s veto of aa gun bill could run into GOP opposition in the Assembly, The Associated Press reported. They’re not willing to give them the first ever override without changes to the state’s estate and inheritance taxes or its public pension system.

Town Partially Lifts Prohibition-Era Alcohol Ban

NEVERSINK, N.Y. – Neversink residents on Tuesday partially lifted an 80-year-old ban on alcohol’s sale, the Times Herald-Record reported. Restaurants, but not convenience stores, will be allowed to sell alcohol. The ban went into effect in the early 1930s when residents feared rowdy construction workers.

De Blasio: MTA Should Review 2nd Avenue Subway Delay

NEW YORK – Mayor Bill de Blasio on Thursday expressed dismay about an MTA decision to delay construction on the second phase of the Second Ave. subway beyond 2019, The Associated Press reported. The first phrase, from 63rd to 96th streets, opens next year. The second stretched from 96th to 125th.

Human Encounters Making Bears Less Likely to Flee

WOODLAND PARK, N.J. – Wildlife experts say an increase in interactions between bears and humans are making it more likely the animals won’t run away when they see a person, The Record reported. This was evident last month with reports of bears chasing hikers.

Upstate Tragedy: Head-On Crash Kills Infant

KINDERHOOK, N.Y. – A head-on crash left an infant dead and four people injured Monday evening, The Associated Press reported. The tragedy unfolded when a BMW crossed the center lane and collided with a Nissan Rogue. A 10-month-old passenger in the Rogue died.