Regional Briefs – January 11, 2017

Gov. Cuomo Wants State Agencies to Buy American

SYRACUSE – Gov. Andrew Cuomo proposed Wednesday to give U.S. companies preference in all state purchases of $100,000 or more. He calls it the strongest “buy American” policy of any state.

Century-Old Bones of 150 Prisoners Dug Up, Reburied

AUBURN, N.Y. – The bones of about 150 prisoners from between 1873 and 1909 have been removed from a backyard and reburied in a prison cemetery, the Citizen of Auburn reported. A homeowner found the remains last summer while digging to install a fence.

His House on Fire, Man Rebuffs Cop’s Rescue Offer

SPARTA, N.J. – A police officer who witnessed a fire in a house rushed to help the homeowner escape, but the man didn’t believe him and slammed the door in his face, reported. Cpl. Frank Schomp then went inside and led the man to safety. Two dogs died.

Entire NJ Neighborhood Evacuated After Gas Leak

ASBURY PARK, N.J. – An entire neighborhood of more than 100 residents were evacuated Tuesday night following a gas leak in Asbury Park, The Associated Press reported. No fires or injuries were reported, and some of the residents were sheltered at police headquarters. They returned homes about a three hours later.

NJ Mayor Rescues Woman From Burning Home

PAULSBORO, N.J. – The mayor of a New Jersey borough, a former firefighter, put his old skills to the test Tuesday morning when he happened upon a burning home and saved a woman’s life by getting her out safely, The Associated Press reported. Paulsboro Mayor Gary Stevenson rescued a shift worker who was sleeping when the blaze broke out.