Local, state and regional government-related and political news.

Charles Lane

The Suffolk County Legislature voted down a controversial measure Tuesday night. It would have required gas stations to notify motorists when there's a large disparity between cash purchases compared to credit card transactions.  

DA investigating "multiple" asbestos dumpings

May 14, 2014
Gabrielle Fonrouge

Suffolk County District Attorney Tom Spota announced Tuesday he is investigating the possibility of more illegal dumping sites in the town of Islip that may contain hazardous materials. Spota says it’s possible the new sites are connected to the dumping at Roberto Clemente Park where 32,000 tons of asbestos-laden material was dumped.   

AP Photo/Jessica Hill

Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy says the states that refuse to expand Medicaid under Obamacare could see hospitals close. Malloy spoke on Tuesday at a liberal think tank in Washington D.C. Twenty six states hadn't expanded Medicaid as of the end of March. 

Craig LeMoult

New Haven began demolishing a fence on Monday that for 50 years separated a public housing complex in the city from the town of Hamden.  For some, the fence had become a symbol of racial and economic division between two communities.

Read more about economic disparity issues in Connecticut at our State of Disparity blog.

Gabrielle Fonrouge

The Long Island town of Islip said Monday that the air around Roberto Clemente park in Brentwood does not contain asbestos. Air sampling was necessary after officials found 32,000 tons of illegally dumped material there that did contain asbestos. There is now a criminal investigation underway and  the issue is also becoming political.