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November Ballot Referendum
10:03 am
Mon November 4, 2013

Mixed reaction to proposal raising NY judge retirement age

New York's Court of Appeals, the state's highest court.
Credit NYcourts.gov

A proposal on Tuesday’s ballot in New York would raise the retirement age for some state judges from 70 to age 80. Opponents say the measure is too flawed to be approved. Supporters include the state's 68 year old chief judge Jonathan Lippmann, who says the law created in 1869 is an "anachronism".

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Election 2013
12:24 am
Mon November 4, 2013

New Haven mayoral candidates in a last push for votes

State Senator Toni Harp (left) stumps for votes at a rally in New Haven on Friday November 1st. Alderman Justin Elicker (right) at his New Haven mayoral campaign headquarters on Friday November 1st.
Credit Ebong Udoma

Tuesday’s election for mayor in New Haven, Connecticut, pits a veteran state politician against a relative newcomer. Sixty-six year-old state Senator Toni Harp, a New Haven resident for the past 40 years, hopes her 20 years of experience at the state Capitol will help sway voters her way. Thirty eight-year-old city Alderman Justin Elicker has lived in New Haven for six years. He hopes his newcomer status will attract enough voters to swing the election his way.

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9 Nassau Ticket Machines Rigged
3:55 pm
Fri November 1, 2013

MTA arrests 4 in LIRR skimming scam

Camera and skimming devices removed from LIRR ticket machines
Credit Handout

Even to discerning eyes, skimming devices aren't easy to spot.  Especially when you're rushing to make a train.  The MTA and the Nassau County DA's office say they have arrested four people on charges of stealing credit card information by using so-called skimming devices at LIRR stations.  Thousands of credit and debit card numbers were found during the arrests.  Authorities allege a married couple and two accomplices rigged nine ticket vending machines in Nassau County with scanners capable of reading card information.

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State finances
10:14 am
Fri November 1, 2013

Conn. completes major bond sales

The Connecticut State Capitol building (file photo)
Credit AP Photo/Jessica Hill

Connecticut Treasurer Denise Nappier announced on Thursday that the first sale of $560.4 million is going to cost the state 3.01% in interest  and it will have 15 years to pay it back. Nappier says the second wave of $314.3 million has a shorter maturity and will cost the state .5%  in interest. 

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How the sausage is made
8:57 am
Fri November 1, 2013

Budgeting in secret has few critics, even some respect

Islip Republican Tom Cilmi is one of the few critics of Suffolk's budget process which he calls secretive.
Credit Charles Lane

For the last several weeks Suffolk County lawmakers have been negotiating next year's budget.  The $2.8 billion spending package is expected to be unveiled Friday afternoon.  While there has been a quiet increase in criticism about how lawmakers get the budget done most still defend it.  

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