Regional Briefs – September 26, 2017

Teen Honored for Helping Homebound Feed Pets

TRENTON – A girl who helps homebound people feed their pets was named Tuesday a “New Jersey Hero” by First Lady Mary Pat Christie, The Associated Press reported. Jordyn Cascone, 16, is founder of Jordyn’s Cause 4 Paws.

3 Dead, Over 100 Rescued From Rough Stormwaters

SEASIDE PARK, N.J. – Summer-like weather and 8-foot waves made for a dangerous weekend at the Jersey shore, where three people died and over 100 had to be rescued as Hurricane Maria churned off the coast, NJ.com reported.

Disabled Man to Get $2M For Being Dragged Off Bus

SYRACUSE – The city of Syracuse will pay $2 million to a disabled man who police shocked with a stun gun in 2013 before dragging him off a bus for refusing the driver’s order to sit down, the Post-Standard reported. The local council on Monday approved the settlement with Brad Hulett, 39.

Gov. Cuomo Speaks at Las Vegas Labor Convention

ALBANY – Gov. Andrew Cuomo was in Las Vegas Tuesday to address a labor gathering, continuing a recent pattern of out-of-state travel after having avoided it since becoming governor, The Associated Press reported. The travel is fueling speculation about Cuomo’s interest in running for president.

NY Launches Competition for Canal Improvement Ideas

SYRACUSE – Gov. Andrew Cuomo launched a competition Monday to improve the New York State Canal System. Up to $2.5 million will be awarded for the best ideas to reimagine the 524-mile system. The main component is the Erie Canal, which began construction in Rome, N.Y., on July 4, 1817.