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After Superstorm Sandy hit in October 2012, more than 900,000 Long Island Power Authority customers had their power knocked out, and more than 100,000 LIPA customers went without power for more than three weeks. That led Governor Andrew Cuomo to blame the LIPA for mismanagement.

Momentum is building for a $15-an-hour minimum wage in Connecticut, at least for some workers, given the formation of a new low-wage worker advisory panel and this week's recommendation to raise pay for fast-food workers in neighboring New York, according to some state lawmakers and activists.

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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo's Women's Equality Act saw some successes in the legislature in 2015, after the most controversial of the measures, an abortion rights provision, were separated out from the rest of the items.

Eight of the of the ten provisions in the Women's Equality Act passed in 2015, including anti-human trafficking laws, protections for pregnant workers, broadening anti-sexual harassment laws in the workplace, and making it easier for women to sue for equal pay, said the co-chair of the Women's Equality Coalition, Suzy Ballantyne.

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 The Connecticut Democratic Party is changing the name of its annual fundraiser, the Jefferson Jackson Bailey Dinner. That’s because two of the dinner’s namesakes, Presidents Thomas Jefferson and Andrew Jackson, were slave-owners.

Democratic Party spokesman Leigh Appleby said the party’s state central committee voted unanimously this week to change the name.

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The Republican leader of the Connecticut Senate is calling for the Commissioner of the Department of Children and Families to resign.

Senate Minority Leader Len Fasano said on Thursday that a recent report shows DCF Commissioner Joette Katz's leadership has put children at risk.