Government

Reform groups: Elections board is "useless"
9:40 am
Tue December 10, 2013

Reformers focus on NY Board of Elections

Reform groups are focusing attention on Governor Andrew Cuomo’s anti corruption commission’s recommendations to beef up the anemic State Board of Elections but say they have not given up hope of public campaign financing for state wide races.

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Cameras on trains
12:00 pm
Mon December 9, 2013

Metro-North introduces new safety protocol; Senators urge additional measure

A Metro-North train takes on passengers at the Spuyten Duyvil station in the Bronx borough of New York Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2013, a few hundred feet from where a fatal derailment disrupted service on the Hudson Line of the railroad Sunday, Dec. 1.
Credit AP Photo/Craig Ruttle

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority says some new safety protections are going into effect on Metro-North Railroad.

They include a system to warn train operators when they approach certain areas and will automatically apply the train's emergency brakes if it doesn't slow down.

The changes were directed in an emergency order  by New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and the Federal Railroad Administration.

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Current law doesn't standardize hate crime stats
5:23 pm
Fri December 6, 2013

DiNapoli will audit hate crimes

New York State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli will audit the state's hate crime data collection.
Credit AP

New York Comptroller Tom DiNapoli says he will audit the state's reporting of hate crime laws.  The audit comes at the request of a New York City elected official but could affect Suffolk County.

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Connecticut school evaluations
6:14 pm
Thu December 5, 2013

Every Conn. school given a report card

Connecticut education officials issued a report card for each school in the state Thursday. It showed that based on test data, more than half of Connecticut's schools met overall performance targets in the state’s new school accountability system. This is the first report on schools using that system.

Evaluations for each school in the state are online here.

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Election 2014
9:14 am
Thu December 5, 2013

LI congressman leads Dems in push to recapture US House

Rep. Steve Israel, D-N.Y., speaks on Capitol Hill in Washington (file photo)
Credit AP Photo/Evan Vucci

Democratic Congressman Steve Israel of Long Island is helping spearhead his party’s effort to recapture control of the U.S. House of Representatives next year. Matt Laslo reports on the tough job ahead for Israel.

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