Government

"unprincipled practices may be widespread"
4:33 pm
Mon November 17, 2014

FEMA Called On To Investigate Sandy Claims

United States flags are displayed on flood-damaged homes in the Breezy Point section of Queens, N.Y., Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2012.
Credit AP Photo/Mark Lennihan

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.

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Election 2014
7:54 pm
Tue November 11, 2014

Nearly $17 Million In Outside Money Spent On Conn. Governor's Race

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.

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Government
7:22 pm
Tue November 11, 2014

Clergy, Police, And Mayors Put Questions To Gun Manufacturers

Bridgeport police officers display recently confiscated illegal guns at a press conference Monday.
Credit Davis Dunavin

Some clergy, police, and town leaders in Connecticut, Westchester County, and Long Island are asking gun manufacturers what they’re going to do to make guns safer. 

Public entities like police departments make up about 40 percent of the market in the gun industry. And some are hoping they can leverage that to improve gun safety.

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Conn. General Assembly
8:20 pm
Thu November 6, 2014

Conn. Senate Picks New Leadership

State Senator Martin Looney (D- New Haven) has been selected to by the next President of the Conn. Senate.
Credit Conn. Senate Democratic Caucus

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 .

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Democratic incumbents win in all 5 districts
5:30 pm
Wed November 5, 2014

Connecticut's Congressional Democrats Sweep Election

Jim Himes at his polling place on Tuesday.
Credit Alison Freeland

Democratic incumbents in Connecticut's Congressional races bucked a national trend on Tuesday night, winning re-election in all five districts.

Fourth District

In the fourth district, Democrat Jim Himes won for the fourth time in a row. His Republican challenger, Dan Debicella, called Himes to concede the race late Tuesday night.

Himes' win over Debicella is a replay of the 2010 election, which Himes won with 53 percent of the vote.

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