Regional Briefs – February 6, 2019

State of the Union Guests Include Water Advocate

HOOSICK FALLS, N.Y. – A man who discovered industrial chemicals in his village’s drinking water attended the State of the Union address as the guest of freshman Rep. Antonio Delgado, The Associated Press reported. Michael Hickey of Hoosick Falls says he hopes his presence puts the spotlight on residents affected by toxic PFOA.

State Capitol Exhibit Honors Leading Black Figures

ALBANY – A Black History Month exhibit at the Capitol honors African-American firsts, The Associated Press reported. These include Attorney General Letitia James, ex-Gov. David Paterson, Senate leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins, Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie and ex-NYC Mayor David Dinkins.

Officials Catch Would-Be Poachers With Deer Decoy

TRENTON – Officials caught three would-be poachers thanks to a “robotic” deer decoy, NJ.com reported. The lifelike stuffed deer was placed in wooded areas around South Jersey in December as part of a hunting enforcement effort. The three were ordered to pay a combined $4,500 in fines.

Bus Driver Arrested for Driving Drunk With Students

IRONDEQUOIT, N.Y. – A bus driver who drove drunk with seven students Monday was arrested, The Associated Press reported. Anderson Hollins, 54, was fired.