Government

Environmentalist plan suit
5:54 pm
Tue November 5, 2013

Suffolk lawmakers 'raid' environmental fund

Presiding Officer Wayne Horsley says money from the Assessment Stabilization Fund was using place of counting on state approval for debt refinancing.
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Suffolk County lawmakers are set to approve a $2.8 billion budget tomorrow that, according to some, raids an environmental protection fund to plug holes in the county budget.    

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November Ballot Referendum
10:40 am
Tue November 5, 2013

NY deciding whether to allow gambling expansion

Max Trevino, 8, accompanies his grandmother Peggy O'Brian as she votes at Public School 6, in New York City, Tuesday Nov. 5, 2013.
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New Yorkers are deciding Tuesday if they want to allow seven new Las Vegas-style casinos in the state.

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Conn. Municipal Elections 2013
6:48 pm
Mon November 4, 2013

Majority of Conn. cities and towns holding municipal elections

A voter prepares to insert his marked ballot into an electronic scanner to register his vote in a municipal election in North Haven, Conn., (file photo)
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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.

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November Ballot Referendum
10:03 am
Mon November 4, 2013

Mixed reaction to proposal raising NY judge retirement age

New York's Court of Appeals, the state's highest court.
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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".

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Election 2013
12:24 am
Mon November 4, 2013

New Haven mayoral candidates in a last push for votes

State Senator Toni Harp (left) stumps for votes at a rally in New Haven on Friday November 1st. Alderman Justin Elicker (right) at his New Haven mayoral campaign headquarters on Friday November 1st.
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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.

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