Government

Funding for rail infrastructure uncertain
6:01 pm
Tue July 1, 2014

Blumenthal to introduce rail safety bill; renews call for infrastructure bank

U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal at the Metro-North station in West Haven, Conn. on Tuesday.
Credit Craig LeMoult

U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut says he's introducing a bill that would increase federal oversight of the U.S. rail system and require railroads to make safety improvements.  It’s not yet clear how some of that would be funded.

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State's oldest housing project to be redeveloped
12:39 pm
Tue July 1, 2014

Norwalk, Bridgeport receiving $40 million in federal grants to become more storm resilient

U.S. Housing and Urban Development Director Harriet Tregoning speaking alongside the state's two U.S. Senators and other local, state, and federal officials.
Credit Tarice L.S. Gray

Federal officials announced on Monday they're giving tens of million of dollars to two cities in Connecticut to make them more storm resilient. Bridgeport is receiving $10 million and Norwalk is getting  $10 million of a $30 million commitment. Norwalk's funding will go toward the redevelopment of the oldest housing project in the state.

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Union could strike July 20th
6:10 am
Sun June 29, 2014

LIRR commuters prepare for strike

A worker mops the floor in the Long Island Rail Road terminal at New York’s Penn Station, June 17, 1994 in New York. The normally-crowded terminal was clear of morning commuters as the nation’s busiest commuter railroad screeched to halt when workers walked off their jobs at midnight over a pay dispute.
Credit AP Photo/Richard Drew

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority and Long Island Rail Road workers failed to reach a deal last week over a four-year contract standoff. Union representatives can begin a strike in three weeks which has commuters on edge.   

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Newtown victim parent suggests safety improvements
5:39 pm
Fri June 27, 2014

Sandy Hook parents criticize flow of information to victim families

Two parents of victims of the 2012 shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School spoke on Friday with members of the state panel set up to make policy recommendations following that tragedy.

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Analysis of Albany in 2014
3:34 pm
Fri June 27, 2014

Albany more in agreement... kind of

Lawmakers continued their trend of passing fewer bills than in years past
Credit NYPIRG handout

A good government group issued an analysis of New York's legislative accomplishments this year and reports that Albany moved a little bit closer toward limiting public debate on major issues.

The New York Public Interest Research Group found that the total number of bills passed by state lawmakers stayed at historically low levels, but at the same time the size of the budget document increased.

New York's budget is notoriously brokered in secret by the governor and legislative leaders.

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