Regional Briefs – March 31, 2016

Southbound Traffic to Shift Northward on Pulaski Skyway

JERSEY CITY – The Pulaski Skyway will be closed in both directions this weekend while a new traffic pattern is created as part of $1 billion rehabilitation work on the 84-year-old span, The Associated Press reported. Southbound traffic will be diverted to northbound lanes beginning Monday.

Army Post Shuts Down 2 Wells After PFOA Detected

FORT DRUM, N.Y. – Officials at Fort Drum shut down two of the Army post’s wells after low levels of perfluorinated chemicals were detected in the water on Thursday, The Associated Press reported. The likely source is foams formerly used to suppress fuel fires.

Row House Fire Killed Hundreds of Homing Pigeons

BROOKLYN – Hundreds of trained homing pigeons were among the victims of a roaring fire that destroyed five residential buildings in Bushwick Tuesday night, the New York Post reported. Gil Areiliares kept at least 500 pigeons atop one of burnt DeKalb Avenue buildings. Only about 20 survived.

Andrew Cuomo’s Former Queens Home Sells for $2M

QUEENS – Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s former home in a waterfront Queens community has sold for $2.4 million, The Associated Press reported. Cuomo had lived in the quarter-acre home until 1993.

MTA Rolls Out Vintage Trains on Monday

NEW YORK – The MTA is rolling out vintage train cars, The Associated Press reported. A “Nostalgia Train” with four cars from 1917 will leave Grand Central Terminal on Monday, and an 11-car “Train of Many Colors” from 1948 to 1964 will leave 34th Street Friday. The colors mark different eras in subway history.

Rockland County Siblings Split $1 Million Powerball

STONY POINT, N.Y. – Five Rockland siblings are splitting a $1 million Powerball, the Journal News reported. Yanelly, Eddy, Deyanira and Jose Peralta and Carmen Martinez have taken turns buying tickets every week. They are each getting $132,000 after taxes, which they’re going to use to pay bills, save for college and go on vacation.