Regional Briefs – Nov. 2, 2016

Court Allows New Foothold Animal Traps in NJ

TRENTON – A state appellate court permitted a new type of trap for opossums and raccoons, The Associated Press reported. The new traps have a round bar that, when triggered, exerts pressure against the animal’s foot. The three-judge panel found that the enclosed foothold trap is not cruel and inhumane, and can continue to be used in New Jersey.

NY Leaders Mourn Buffalo News Publisher Stan Lipsey

BUFFALO – New York leaders are remembering longtime Buffalo News publisher Stanford Lipsey, who died Tuesday at the age of 89, The Associated Press reported. Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Sen. Charles Schumer called Lipsey a philanthropist and advocate for Buffalo. He was publisher for 29 years since his hiring by owner Warren Buffett.

NY Adopts Stricter Emissions on Building Generators

ALBANY – New York state as of Tuesday has tougher emissions limits for diesel generators and natural gas-fired engines commonly used to supply back-up power in large buildings like hospitals and offices. The new air-quality standards are intended to reduce emissions that cause respiratory problems.

NJ Utility Fined $300,000 for Violations That Caused Explosion

PENNSVILLE, N.J. – State officials on Tuesday fined South Jersey Gas $300,000 for safety violations that led to a home explosion and fire last year, The Associated Press reported. They say the explosion was caused by a buildup of gas in the basement after workers with a construction company punctured a natural-gas line nearby.

Cemetery With Dozens of Slaves, Freed Slaves Rededicated

UPPER SADDLE RIVER, N.J. – A cemetery containing the remains of up to 50 slaves and freed slaves was rededicated Sunday following restoration efforts after it was damaged during Superstorm Sandy, The Record reported. The slaves buried in the graveyard worked for the Hopper family — early Dutch settlers who were among the area’s largest landholders.