U.S. Senators in New York and New Jersey are calling on FEMA to investigate how insurance claims related to Superstorm Sandy were secretly rewritten to favor insurance companies at the expense of homeowners.
It was only by chance Deborah Ramey, of Long Beach, N.Y., discovered an engineering report about her home was rewritten to say that it wasn't Sandy that damaged her home and, thus, the damage was not covered by insurance.
A government watchdog group in Connecticut says nearly $17 million was spent by outside groups on the state’s tight gubernatorial race.
Common Cause Connecticut has determined that $16.75 million was spent on the race for governor.
“We don’t have all the details about that yet. But it will be important to look at how it is that they were trying to influence our elections,” said the executive director of the group, Cherie Quickmire. Much of the money came from out-of-state entities, she said.
New Haven Democrat Martin Looney has been chosen to be the Connecticut Senate President in the new session that begins in January.
Looney is one of several leaders of the upper chamber of the state General Assembly selected by their members on Thursday.
He has served as Connecticut Senate majority leader since 2003. He is expected to be officially elected president by the full Senate in January. Looney will replace Donald Williams of Brooklyn, who did not seek re-election.
Looney said he’s honored to have been selected to lead the body .