SEASIDE HEIGHTS, N.J. (AP) — Gov. Chris Christie plans $15 million in state aid to businesses damaged in a massive boardwalk fire at the Jersey shore.
The aid is for businesses in Seaside Park and Seaside Heights that were affected by Thursday's fire. The aid will be extended whether or not the businesses were affected by Superstorm Sandy last fall.
The wind-whipped fire destroyed some 50 ocean-front businesses, including bars, pizza places and T-shirt shops and shot flames 50 feet into the air. Public works crews had to rip up part of the boardwalk to help stop the advancing flames.
Christie met with businesses owners before Saturday's aid announcement.
Seaside Park and Seaside Heights were hit hard by Sandy and had only recently finished major boardwalk repairs in the wake of the October storm.
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An eight-year-old boy was shot Thursday morning in Cattaraugus County. Officials are at the scene on West Road, in Leon.
There is another Lake Effect Snow Warning in effect for Erie, Wyoming, Chautauqua and Cattaraugus Counties from Thursday through early Friday.
Lake Effect Snow Warnings return today with the chance for an additional foot for some areas.
A 26-year-old male employee of Ying's Wings and Things told police that Haibo Jiang, also known as Jimmy Ying, choked him until he passed out.
A Good Samaritan died Wednesday while trying to assist the driver of a tractor trailer who got stuck in the snow.
Viewers sent in photos from the snowfall around Western New York.