Regional Briefs – March 21, 2017

Cuomo Announces $1.8B Renewal of South Bronx

BRONX – Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Sunday a $1.8 billion project to transform the South Bronx by reconstructing the Sheridan Expressway with a boulevard design that’s pedestrian and cyclist friendly, The Associated Press reported.

Dozens of Lawn Signs Against Hate Stolen

HOPEWELL, N.J. – More than a dozen lawn signs advocating against hatred and bigotry have been stolen from Hopewell homes this month, NJ.com reported. The signs costing between $5 and $10 each read “Hate Has No Home Here” and “No matter where you are from, we’re glad you’re our neighbor.”

Dog Alerts Owner to Burglar, Then Bites His Forearm

LACEY, N.J. – A homeowner’s dog helped fend off a would-be burglar. The man was showering when his dog started barking. When he went to investigate, he found an intruder had entered his home through an unlocked side door. The dog then bit the intruder’s forearm, causing him to flee. Nothing was stolen.

Week After Storm, Roads in Utica Finally Clear of Snow

UTICA, N.Y. – Streets in Utica are finally clear of snow a week after a massive storm dropped nearly three feet in the upstate city, The Associated Press reported. While all roads were drivable, crews were still working to widen lanes on several streets.

Military Supplier to Build Freeze-Dried Food Plant in NY

ALBANY – The leading supplier of freeze-dried foods for the United States military is expanding its operations with a facility in Monroe County in return for $400,000 in state funds, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Monday. Oregon-based OFD Foods will build a 50,000-square-foot plant that will create 30 full-time jobs.

Bridge Inspector Convicted For Falsifying Safety Review

ALBANY – A bridge inspector was convicted Monday for filing a false safety report for a bridge, The Associated Press reported. Akram Ahmad used the same language after a 2013 inspection as the 2012 report, including deficiencies that had already been repaired.