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Officials worry time is running out
4:29 pm
Wed July 2, 2014

Cuomo urged to stop LIRR strike

LIRR trains idle in the yard during the 1994 strike. Officials are worried another strike could leave 300,000 commuters stranded.
Credit AP Photo/Richard Drew

Worried time is running out, several Long Island State Senators are urging New York Governor Andrew Cuomo to intercede in the stalled contract negotiations between the MTA and Long Island Rail Road workers.

Technically there is no deadline. LIRR workers are legally allowed to strike beginning Sunday, July 20th. However, they previously offered to push that date back to the end of summer where a strike would have more impact. There would be fewer people on vacation, college students would be back on the train, and it's the eve of November's gubernatorial election.

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development
6:00 am
Wed July 2, 2014

Bridgewater nixes Stamford, but lawsuits over site continue

Even though the world's largest hedge fund, Bridgewater Associates, has decided to nix a state-backed $115 million deal to relocate to the site of Stamford's former boatyard, environmentalists and others are still concerned over the future of that 14-acre waterfront site. 

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Surplus is less than the $500 projected in January
6:39 pm
Tue July 1, 2014

Conn ends the 2014 fiscal year with $33.2 million budget surplus

State Comptroller Kevin Lembo says Connecticut ended its 2014 fiscal year on Monday with a $33.2 million dollar budget surplus. That’s $10 million dollars less than was projected just a month ago. The surplus is also less than had been projected earlier in the year.

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Funding for rail infrastructure uncertain
6:01 pm
Tue July 1, 2014

Blumenthal to introduce rail safety bill; renews call for infrastructure bank

U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal at the Metro-North station in West Haven, Conn. on Tuesday.
Credit Craig LeMoult

U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut says he's introducing a bill that would increase federal oversight of the U.S. rail system and require railroads to make safety improvements.  It’s not yet clear how some of that would be funded.

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State's oldest housing project to be redeveloped
12:39 pm
Tue July 1, 2014

Norwalk, Bridgeport receiving $40 million in federal grants to become more storm resilient

U.S. Housing and Urban Development Director Harriet Tregoning speaking alongside the state's two U.S. Senators and other local, state, and federal officials.
Credit Tarice L.S. Gray

Federal officials announced on Monday they're giving tens of million of dollars to two cities in Connecticut to make them more storm resilient. Bridgeport is receiving $10 million and Norwalk is getting  $10 million of a $30 million commitment. Norwalk's funding will go toward the redevelopment of the oldest housing project in the state.

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