Regional Briefs – Nov. 28, 2016

Sloan Kettering Hospital Opens Cancer Center in NJ

MIDDLETOWN, N.J. – A top-ranked NYC hospital opened a cancer center in New Jersey Monday, The Associated Press reported. The three-story outpatient Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center will feature operating rooms and a dedicated rehabilitation program.

NJ Bill Wants 20 New Judges to Aid Bail Reform

TRENTON – New Jersey Senate President Steve Sweeny wants to add 20 new judges to help the bail reform changes that take effect in January, The Associated Press reported. The bail system would look at risk assessment rather than on a defendant’s ability to pay.

Christie May Soon Declare Statewide Drought Emergency

WOODLAND PARK, N.J. – New Jersey residents may face higher water bills and potential fines if drought conditions don’t improve, The Record reported. Northern New Jersey has been under a drought warning since October and Gov. Chris Christie could soon extend it statewide, the first since 2002.

Farm-to-Foodbank Bill Awaits Action by Cuomo

ALBANY – A bill creating a $5,000 tax break for farmers who donate surplus crops to food banks is awaiting action by Gov. Andrew Cuomo, The Associated Press reported. He vetoed the bill last year because it wasn’t in the budget.

Missing Hunter From Vermont Found Dead in New York

ELLENBURG, N.Y. – A missing hunter from Vermont who was the target of a search by hundreds of volunteers was found dead Sunday, WPTZ reported. The body of Ira Munn Boardman, 58, was discovered about a mile from his hunting camp a week after he went missing. Police are investigating but do not suspect foul play.