Regional Briefs – December 1, 2016

FDNY Honors Mechanic Who Saved City $700K

QUEENS – An FDNY mechanic was honored Thursday for saving taxpayers $700,000 by inventing ways to refurbish ambulance batteries and car parts that would normally be tossed away, the Daily News reported. Jomar Pichardo’s, 31, job is to keep the city’s fleet of EMS ambulances running.

Woman, 88, Unharmed After Tree Falls Through Roof

FAIR HAVEN, N.J. – An 88-year-old Monmouth County woman narrowly escaped death early Wednesday morning after a large tree crashed through the roof of her bedroom while she was asleep, The Associated Press reported. Tree limbs landed around her bed but she wasn’t seriously injured.

Driver Caught Speeding Had License Suspended 46 Times

CORTLANDVILLE, N.Y. – A man whose driver’s license has been suspended 46 times was arrested again on Wednesday night for speeding on I-81, The Associated Press reported. Darwin Barnes, 51, was pulled over for going 95 mph in a 65 mph zone. He has been released on bail.

NY Invests $16M Into Efforts To Fight Poverty in Rochester

ALBANY – Rochester is the birthplace of food stamps, but the fight against hunger never ends. Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Wednesday that the state will pour $16 million into programs helping adults and high school students seeking jobs.

230 Tickets Issued on Thruway During ‘Move Over’ Campaign

ALBANY – State troopers issued 230 tickets along the 570-mile Thruway for violating the “Move Over” law during a five-day crackdown last month, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Wednesday. The law protects officers and emergency crews stopped along roadways.

New Jersey Court Nixes State Promotions Without Exams

TRENTON – New Jersey employees will still be required to take competitive exams to be promoted, an appeals court ruled Thursday. The Civil Service Commission had implemented a new rule that would allow some employees to be promoted without the tests, which unions said amounted to meritless promotions.