New York State Senator Charles Fuschillo resigned effective midnight Tuesday. In a surprise statement posted to his web site, the 7-term Republican from Merrick says he will become CEO of the Alzheimer's Foundation of America. Fuschillo's departure leaves both the state senate and Long Island in a precarious situation.
The minimum wage goes up in Connecticut on January 1st. The increase is from $8.25 an hour to $8.70 an hour. Governor Dannel Malloy and the Democratic leaders of the state General Assembly celebrated the increase at a news conference in Hartford on Monday.
A New England gay rights organization is praising Connecticut's Department of Insurance for issuing a bulletin to the state’s insurers. The bulletin is an order that tells insurers they have to pay for gender transition treatments. WSHU’s Mark Herz reports it’s the second state in New England to issue such a bulletin.
Connecticut state police are reporting long lines at their headquarters as state residents attempt to register assault weapons and large capacity magazines before a December 31st deadline. The deadline is part of tough new gun laws passed in Connecticut following last December’s school shooting in Newtown. (A large capacity magazine is defined as any firearm magazine or other device that has the capacity to accept more than 10 rounds of ammunition.)
Connecticut announced on Tuesday it’s launched a webpage to help families find state mental health resources. The Mental Health Parity webpage also has information to help families navigate insurance coverage for behavioral health and substance abuse treatment.