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Connecticut lawmakers approved some late changes early Tuesday morning to the new Democratic state budget that had drawn criticism from major state employers because of its tax increases on businesses and others.

"We did hear the voices of those who had some concerns," said Senate President Martin Looney, D-New Haven.

But members of the General Assembly's minority Republicans seemed unimpressed by the 11th hour revisions, negotiated over the past several weeks by the legislature's majority Democratic leaders and Democrat Gov. Dannel P Malloy's administration.

(AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)

On Pride Day, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo officiated at his first gay wedding. He married two men in front of the historic Stonewall Inn on Sunday. At that landmark site of the gay rights movement in New York City, Cuomo celebrated the Supreme Court's decision to legalize gay marriage nationally.

Cuomo said the court's decision was less about marriage, and more about equality. He characterized how the gay community felt.

Hartford Hospital and fifteen other medical centers in Connecticut said Wednesday they’re going to lay off more than 400 employees over the next few weeks.

The parent company of the hospitals blamed them on a combination of tax increases and funding cuts to Medicaid in the budget lawmakers sent to Governor Dannel Malloy.

This week, Yale-New Haven Hospital also said it would close clinics in Branford and East Haven in response to the budget

Bellone Introduces 'Innovation Zone' Plan

Jun 17, 2015

Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone has announced a $350 million plan to upgrade the county's infrastructure to attract and keep more young people on Long Island. The plan is called the Long Island Innovation Zone.

It includes money for affordable housing in the downtown areas of Ronkonkoma, Patchouge, and Yaphank. Bellone said the plan also includes increased Long Island Railroad service between those downtowns and universities and research centers.

The Long Island town of Brookhaven has plans to buy and demolish seven houses damaged by Superstorm Sandy.  The shoreline houses are currently owned by the state of New York. After the December 2012 storm, the state determined they were at high risk of flooding and bought the homes from their owners.

The shoreline cottages sit on marshland in Mastic Beach, a village in Brookhaven. The Long Island Nature Conservancy plans to partner with Brookhaven to demolish the homes and return the area to its natural state as marshland.