Regional Briefs – January 17, 2017

Pilot Program: NJ Food Stamp Recipients to Shop Online

TRENTON – New Jersey was among seven states selected by the USDA for a two-year pilot program for purchasing with food stamps online, The Associated Press reported. Users will be able to buy eligible groceries from Amazon and ShopRite.

NY Manufacturing Grows In January for 3rd Month

WASHINGTON – Manufacturing in New York state expanded in January for the third straight month, although there are signs of a slight slowdown, the Federal Reserve Bank of New York said Tuesday. The state’s index slipped slightly to 6.5 from 7.6 the previous month.

Homegrown Terrorists Are ‘High’ Threat to NJ

TRENTON – Homegrown terrorists are the single-highest threat to the state of New Jersey, according to a counterterrorism report released on Tuesday, reported. The state Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness says tips from the public are crucial to stopping would-be terrorists.

Cuomo Taps Commercial Litigator for Top Court

ALBANY – Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Monday nominated a private commercial attorney for New York’s highest court, The Associated Press reported. If confirmed by the Senate, Rowan D. Wilson will serve on the Court of Appeals, replacing Eugene Pigott, who turned 70.

Panel Probes Secrecy of NYPD Records in Garner Case

NEW YORK – A state appeals court on Thursday heard arguments about releasing the disciplinary records of the officer in Eric Garner’s death, The New York Post reported. A judge ordered their release but Mayor Bill de Blasio appealed.