Regional Briefs – March 17, 2019

Massive Ice Piles Along Lake Erie are Melting — a Little

HAMBURG, N.Y. – Massive ice piles as tall as a house that formed along Lake Erie after a wind storm last month are melting, but very slowly, WIVB reported. Visitors are still making their way to Hamburg to take pictures. Officials say the ice piles will be around for months.

NY Increases Security At Houses of Worship

NEW YORK – New York increased security at mosques and other houses of worship as a precaution after the shootings at mosques in New Zealand, The Associated Press reported. The NYPD says it’s committed to the freedom to practice religion “without any fear.”

Illegal Immigrant Released After Cuomo Pardon

NEW YORK – An illegal immigrant from Gambia facing deportation was released Friday after Gov. Andrew Cuomo pardoned him for past crimes. Baba Sillah, 47, who worked as a porter at a Manhattan building, is married to a U.S. citizen. He had been convicted for selling clothes without a license.

NY Lawmakers Want State to Defray Cost of Early Voting

ALBANY – New York lawmakers want the state to pay for local governments roll out early voting that was legislated earlier this year. Voters will be able to cast a ballot starting 10 days before an election, which cost more for extra staff, training and record-keeping. The Assembly wants $7 million while the Senate suggested $10 million.

Upstate Revolutionary War Monument to Reopen

NEWBURGH, N.Y. – A monument at the site of Gen. George Washington’s final headquarters of the Revolutionary War will reopen April 27, The Associated Press reported. He spent the last 16 months of the war at the Tower of Victory.

NY, Brazil Sign Agreement For Military Training Missions

ALBANY – The New York National Guard will partner with Brazil to conduct joint training missions and military exchanges, The Associated Press reported. The deal was signed by top Brazilian military leaders. The state has sizable Brazilian communities in Westchester, Queens and Manhattan.