Regional Briefs – December 13, 2015

Mail to Burned Girl Overwhelms Post Office

ROTTERDAM, N.Y. – Safyre Terry wanted cards, and she’s getting them by the truckload, News10 reported. The 8-year-old girl who lost her family and was severely disfigured in a 2013 arson fire posted the request last week, generating a deluge of 18,000 cards and 400 packages from around the world, delivered Friday morning in a two-ton truck. The postmaster says the mail will likely need to be delivered in a tractor-trailer next week.

New Jersey Billed About $8M in Bridgegate Case

NEWARK – The latest legal bills in the George Washington Bridge lane-closing scandal came in at roughly $8 million from the law firm of Gibson Dunn, who was hired to defend Gov. Chris Christie and others, The Associated Press reported. The firm billed the state about $200,000 from May through August.

NY Cities, Towns to Get $4.5M For Homeland Security

ALBANY – Cities and towns around New York state will receive $4.5 million in federal funding to enhance anti-terrorism efforts and emergency preparedness, The Associated Press reported. From these funds, $2 million will pay for equipment and training to help prevent mass shootings. And $500,000 will help several cities prepare for attacks at government-owned sites.

Long Beach 9/11 Memorial Vandalized

LONG BEACH, N.Y. – The 9/11 memorial structure in Long Beach was toppled overnight Friday, Newsday reported. Bill Murphy, who has tended the memorial for about a decade, posted an angry handwritten note on a utility pole, calling the vandals “awful people.” A neighbor said she was crying her eyes out over the incident.