Regional Briefs – February 13, 2017

Health Insurance Sessions Planned at Libraries Across NY

ALBANY – New York officials are holding information sessions at 77 libraries around the state to help people enroll in health insurance plans in February. While registration for regular plans have expired, enrollment for the Essential Plan, Medicaid and Child Health Plus is available all year long.

NYC to Fund Lawyers For Low-Income Tenants

NEW YORK – Low-income tenants facing eviction in housing court will be guaranteed legal representation with a $93 million grant from NYC taxpayers, The Associated Press reported. Mayor Bill de Blasio said that those with incomes below $50,000 will get free representation; those making more can get free legal counseling.

Schools Close Across Upstate After Storm Buries Region

ALBANY – Hundreds of schools from New York City’s northern suburbs to the Canadian border closed Monday after the second major storm in less than a week dumped up to 18 inches of snow, The Associated Press reported.

Cast Away! Free Fishing Offered Again in NY

ALBANY – Free fishing days return again to New York starting next weekend, when both residents and non-residents won’t need a license to fish at any of the state’s 7,500 lakes and ponds or 70,000 miles of rivers and streams, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced.

Police Rescue NJ Woman Whose Car Slid Into Pond

HAWTHORNE, N.J. – Police and firefighters cut a hole in the roof of a car Sunday to rescue a woman after the vehicle slid on ice into a pond, The Record reported. The woman was driving a sedan along the pond when the vehicle slipped in. She was hospitalized.

Police Investigate KKK Fliers in Burlington County

CINNAMINSON, N.J. – Police are investigating the appearance of fliers promoting the Ku Klux Klan, The Associated Press reported. Residents found the fliers near their driveways Sunday, with two heart shapes and messages to “love your own race” and stop “race mixing.”