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6:25 pm
Wed November 6, 2013

Suffolk County passes controversial budget

The Suffolk County legislature passed its 2014 budget Wednesday. The budget raises property taxes in the five western towns, puts more law enforcement on the streets, and borrows some $90 million dollars to cover pension costs.  The spending plan brought intense last-minute criticism from environmental advocates who say it “pillages” $33 million intended for water quality protection

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Metro-North NTSB hearing
6:12 pm
Wed November 6, 2013

Metro-North official testifies railroad behind in maintenance

NTSB Board members Deborah Hersman, Robert Sumwalt, and Christopher Hart listen to presentations during the NTSB investigative hearing into recent Metro-North accidents.
Credit NTSB website

A Metro-North Railroad official told federal regulators on Wednesday that the commuter line is behind schedule on some of its maintenance and has not updated certain standards in years.

On May 17 in Bridgeport, an eastbound train derailed and was struck by a westbound train, injuring 76 people. Eleven days later, a track worker was struck and killed by a train in West Haven.

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Michael Skakel trial
3:01 pm
Wed November 6, 2013

Skakel cannot be immediately released from prison while awaiting a new trial

Michael Skakel at his hearing before Superior Court Judge Thomas Bishop on Wednesday Nov. 6
Credit Ebong Udoma

A Connecticut judge ruled on Wednesday that Kennedy cousin Michael Skakel cannot be immediately released from prison while he awaits a new trial in the 1975 slaying of his neighbor Martha Moxley with a golf club. The judge did lift a stay clearing the way for Skakel to seek bail at a later date.

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Election 2013
10:18 am
Wed November 6, 2013

Incumbents have strong performance on Long Island

Democrat Thomas Spota ran unopposed to win a fourth term as Suffolk County District Attorney (file photo)
Credit AP Photo/Ed Betz

Democrat Thomas Spota ran unopposed to win a fourth term as Suffolk County District Attorney, while Republican Ed Mangano won a second term as Nassau County Executive. 

Democrats have kept their majority in Suffolk's legislature, and supervisor positions in Southampton, Shelter Island, Huntington, and Babylon.  Republican Supervisors held onto their seats in Brookhaven and Smithtown. 

In Suffolk County, the proposition to legalize gambling received strong support while the effort to extend the retirement age for judges did not, mirroring statewide results.

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Ballot Referendum
9:54 am
Wed November 6, 2013

NY voters approve casino expansion, reject raise in judge retirement age

A woman and her daughter vote at Public School 6, in New York City, Tuesday Nov. 5, 2013.
Credit AP Photo/Richard Drew

Voters in New York approved a referendum on Tuesday to expand casino gambling in the state and rejected a referendum to allow judges to serve until age 80.  Karen DeWitt reports that both are wins for Governor Andrew Cuomo.

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