Regional Briefs – Nov. 15, 2016

Grave of ‘Father of American Law’ Rediscovered, Restored

BEACON, N.Y. – The grave of the 19th-century New York judge historians consider the “father of American law” has been rediscovered and restored, the Poughkeepsie Journal reported. James Kent’s grave was thought to be in Fishkill, but the Historical Society learned he was buried in neighboring Beacon.

NYC Mulls Platform Barriers Amid Spate of Subway Deaths

NEW YORK – A board member is asking the MTA to consider adding safety barriers on subway platforms after 44 people were killed by trains in the city this year, The Associated Press reported. There were 50 fatalities in 2015. Challenges include station columns and curves, and different size cars.

School Driver Allowed Trump Supporters Off Bus First

CANANDAIGUA, N.Y. – A bus driver is in trouble for allowing students who voted for Donald Trump in a mock election to exit before children who voted for Hillary Clinton, The Associated Press reported. The driver wrote an apology letter.

NYPD Boosts Security for Parade After Threat

NEW YORK – The NYPD plans to beef up security for next week’s Thanksgiving Day Parade after an ISIS magazine called the event an “excellent target,” The Associated Press reported. Friday’s edition of Rumiyah focused on car attacks and specifically highlighted the iconic parade through Manhattan.

More Beer: NY to Let Homebrewers Go ‘Small Scale’

ALBANY – Want to brew your own beer? New York state will soon allow homebrewers to rent out space and equipment at production centers under a law signed Monday by Gov. Andrew Cuomo. They were previously limited to what they could produce in their own homes.

Thief Returns Snake After Video Finds Him Pocketing It

WEST ISLIP, N.Y. – A baby snake worth several hundred dollars stolen last week from a reptile store was returned by an anonymous third party, Newsday reported. Video captured a man removing a ball python from a drawer and placing it inside his jacket pocket before buying several items and leaving.