Government

How the sausage is made
8:57 am
Fri November 1, 2013

Budgeting in secret has few critics, even some respect

Islip Republican Tom Cilmi is one of the few critics of Suffolk's budget process which he calls secretive.
Credit Charles Lane

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.  

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SNAP benefits reduced
6:15 pm
Thu October 31, 2013

People who rely on federal food help getting less now

People who get assistance from the federal food stamp program will see a reduction in their monthly benefit starting Friday.

As part of the federal stimulus program in 2009, more money was provided for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program – or SNAP benefits. That increase expires on November 1. The size of the reduction will vary based on the income, number of family members, and expenses of each household, but for a family of three, it’s expected to be a cut of about 30 dollars a month.

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Victim Privacy vs. Public's Right to Know
10:55 am
Thu October 31, 2013

Newtown families, Danbury State's Attorney seek to block release of 911 tapes

Bill Sherlach (left), husband of Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting victim Mary Sherlach, and Nicole Hockley (right), mother of victim Dylan Hockley, speak before the Connecticut Freedom of Information Commission, Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2013, in Hartford, Conn.
Credit AP Photo/Jessica Hill

Two family members of Newtown School Shooting victims testified on Wednesday before a Connecticut task force that's exploring the public's right to information versus a victim's right to privacy following a homicide. Both family members urged the task force not to recommend releasing 911 audio tapes from the December 14th shooting.  

Meanwhile, Danbury's State's Attorney  Stephen Sedensky III  asked a Connecticut court on Wednesday to stay an order form the Freedom of Information Commission to release the 911 recordings.

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GOP challenges Moreland Commission
10:11 am
Thu October 31, 2013

NY Republicans dispute subpoenas from anti-corruption commission

Republicans in the New York Senate who are targets of subpoenas by Governor Cuomo’s anti-corruption Moreland Act Commission are fighting back in court.

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Audit finds inadequate background checks
6:57 pm
Wed October 30, 2013

Conn. GOP leader criticizes state health department

The leader of the GOP minority in the Connecticut House of Representatives is criticizing the state health department over an audit that finds faulty background checks on day care providers. Lawrence Cafero, a Norwalk Republican, says this raises questions about the management of the agency.

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