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Reform groups: Elections board is "useless"
9:40 am
Tue December 10, 2013

Reformers focus on NY Board of Elections

Reform groups are focusing attention on Governor Andrew Cuomo’s anti corruption commission’s recommendations to beef up the anemic State Board of Elections but say they have not given up hope of public campaign financing for state wide races.

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A year since Newtown shootings
5:54 pm
Mon December 9, 2013

Sandy Hook families want victims remembered

Family members of Newtown victims share a prepared statement in Sandy Hook on Monday
Credit Craig LeMoult

Family members of Sandy Hook Elementary School victims thanked the world today for an outpouring of kindness since the shooting in the Connecticut school nearly a year ago. The families say they want the victims to be remembered.

The families have launched a website with remembrances of their loved ones. 

The full text of the prepared statement, which was read by JoAnn Bacon and Krista Rekos, is below:

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Cameras on trains
12:00 pm
Mon December 9, 2013

Metro-North introduces new safety protocol; Senators urge additional measure

A Metro-North train takes on passengers at the Spuyten Duyvil station in the Bronx borough of New York Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2013, a few hundred feet from where a fatal derailment disrupted service on the Hudson Line of the railroad Sunday, Dec. 1.
Credit AP Photo/Craig Ruttle

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority says some new safety protections are going into effect on Metro-North Railroad.

They include a system to warn train operators when they approach certain areas and will automatically apply the train's emergency brakes if it doesn't slow down.

The changes were directed in an emergency order  by New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and the Federal Railroad Administration.

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Giving voice for immigrant women on Long Island
5:21 am
Mon December 9, 2013

Latina rights group celebrates 20th anniversary

The Latina Women’s Rights Organization, Sepa Mujer, celebrated their 20th anniversary on Sunday.  The group celebrated by holding a Latinas in Action forum in Central Islip

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Current law doesn't standardize hate crime stats
5:23 pm
Fri December 6, 2013

DiNapoli will audit hate crimes

New York State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli will audit the state's hate crime data collection.
Credit AP

New York Comptroller Tom DiNapoli says he will audit the state's reporting of hate crime laws.  The audit comes at the request of a New York City elected official but could affect Suffolk County.

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