Voters are casting ballots in municipal elections in several Connecticut cities and towns on Tuesday. New Haven is the largest city in the state in which a mayor’s office is at stake.
Tuesday’s municipal elections in Connecticut are the first in which voters will be allowed to register and vote on the same day. Secretary of the State Denise Merrill says this is good news for voters who previously would have been locked out of the process.
A proposal on Tuesday’s ballot in New York would raise the retirement age for some state judges from 70 to age 80. Opponents say the measure is too flawed to be approved. Supporters include the state's 68 year old chief judge Jonathan Lippmann, who says the law created in 1869 is an "anachronism".
Tuesday’s election for mayor in New Haven, Connecticut, pits a veteran state politician against a relative newcomer. Sixty-six year-old state Senator Toni Harp, a New Haven resident for the past 40 years, hopes her 20 years of experience at the state Capitol will help sway voters her way. Thirty eight-year-old city Alderman Justin Elicker has lived in New Haven for six years. He hopes his newcomer status will attract enough voters to swing the election his way.
For the last several weeks Suffolk County lawmakers have been negotiating next year's budget. The $2.8 billion spending package is expected to be unveiled Friday afternoon. While there has been a quiet increase in criticism about how lawmakers get the budget done most still defend it.