Regional Briefs – June 8, 2016

New York Prison Workers Honored by Department

ALBANY – New York prison officials on Wednesday honored 10 employees for their service, The Associated Press reported. Workers who helped search for two escapees last year were also recognized, as were 42 prison workers who died in the line of duty.

Flanagan ‘Confident’ de Blasio Will Keep School Control

ALBANY – The clock is ticking, but the leader of the state Senate said Wednesday he’s “confident” a deal can be reached to extend Mayor Bill de Blasio’s control of NYC schools, The Associated Press reported. John Flanagan wants a one-year renewal, the Assembly and Gov. Andrew Cuomo want three years.

Group Urges Car Technology After Baby Dies in Hot Car

ROME, N.Y. – A child safety group wants new driver-reminder technology in cars after the 4-month-old son of a police officer died inside a how car Monday, The Associated Press reported. Janette Fennell, president of, says the death of Michael Fanfarillo is the 10th this year.

Electrician at Newark Airport Burned By Transformer

NEWARK – An electrician working on a transformer at Newark Airport Wednesday morning was shocked and burned, The Associated Press reported. The 38-year-old PSE&G employee was conscious when he was taken to a hospital with third-degree burns.

Dump Truck Driver Owes Over $15k in Tolls, Fees

FORT LEE, N.J. – A dump truck driver was arrested Monday at a George Washington Bridge toll plaza after a computer check of her license plate revealed $15,800 in unpaid tolls, The Associated Press reported. Laura Tarrats’ E-ZPass account was revoked in February.

Memorial Day Parade Features Confederate Flag Display

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. – Officials in Saratoga Springs will create guidelines for parade participants after a motorcyclist flew a Confederate flag during a Memorial Day event, The Associated Press reported. A biker riding at the end of the May 26 parade had a large Stars and Bars on the rear of his motorcycle.