Regional Briefs – August 15, 2017

Town Orders Takedown of Private ‘I Love You G-d’ Sign

RIVERHEAD, N.Y. – A town has ordered a woman to remove her “I Love You G-d Thank You” sign she painted on a tractor-trailer on her Riverhead farm, Newsday reported. Marie Tooker, 52, vows to fight town officials who call the trailer a motor vehicle code violation and the message “inappropriate.”

Sets Record for Longest Career in News Broadcasting

ROCHESTER – A WHAM anchor officially holds the world record for longest career in broadcasting. Guinness World Records sent a certificate to Don Alhart, who started working on June 6, 1966. The previous record holder was Dave Ward of KTRK in Houston, who retired in May after 49 years.

New Beer Aims to Quench Thirst of Delayed Commuters

NEW YORK – Commuters can cool off during increasingly inevitable delays with a new beer — named “Delayed,” Newsday reported. Blue Point Brewery launched the new brew Monday in Penn Station. The idea came from brewery workers who had to wait for trains.

Patrick Foye Appointed MTA President

NEW YORK – MTA Chairman Joseph Lhota on Thursday appointed Patrick Foye, the executive director of the Port Authority since 2011, as the MTA’s next president, The Associated Press reported. Veronique Hakim, currently the MTA’s interim executive director, will serve as managing director.

Ex-Councilman Convicted of Corruption Gets Prison Term

QUEENS – Former Councilman Ruben Wills, convicted of stealing $30,000 in campaign and state grant money, was sentenced Thursday to two to six years in prison, The Wall Street Journal reported. He was ordered to pay about $38,000 in restitution and fines.

Couple Exploits Glitch for $250,000 in Free Merchandise

BRICK, N.J. – A couple was arrested Tuesday for exploiting a glitch in Lowe’s website to buy $258,068 worth of electronics and clothes without paying, The Associated Press reported. Kimy, 40, and Romela Velazquez, 24, stole enough to fill an 18-foot trailer.