Regional Briefs – June 25, 2018

Two Workers Killed by Falling Countertop Slabs

LOCKPORT, N.Y. – Two workers were killed Monday when 11 800-pound slabs of countertop material fell on them while being unloaded from a trailer, The Associated Press reported. XPO Logistics says it’s working with its safety team to understand what happened.

NY Has New Regulations for Credit-Reporting Agencies

ALBANY – New York regulators are requiring credit reporting agencies to register with the state in the wake of last year’s Equifax breach that exposed the personal data of 148 million users. Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Monday that for the first time the state has oversight over credit reporting agencies.

NY Begins Summer Amusement-Ride Inspections

ALBANY – State inspectors on Friday began their annual safety check of amusement rides as the summer gets under way, The Associated Press reported. They check that rides are assembled correctly, equipment and safety harnesses work properly, and that employees follow safety guidelines.

Free Glassblowing Demos Along Erie Canal

WATERFORD, N.Y. – The GlassBarge is making its way along the Erie Canal to commemorate the 150th anniversary of glassmaking upstate, The Associated Press reported. The barge is offering free demonstrations in canal-side communities.

WWII Veteran Surprised With High-School Diploma

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. – A 92-year-old World War II veteran was surprised by a high school he came to talk to last Wednesday with the high school diploma he would have earned if he hadn’t dropped out to join the Army, The Record reported. Vito Trause was escorted by active-duty military commanders.