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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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Liquified Natural Gas
8:55 am
Fri November 1, 2013

Public hearing on LNG storage in NY turns into shouting match

Opponents of hydraulic fracturing for natural gas rally before a public hearing at the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation on Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2013, in Albany, N.Y. A coalition of groups dedicated to keeping New York state’s 5-year-old ban on fracking in place is demanding that the DEC withdraw its proposed regulations for new liquefied natural gas facilities, citing safety concerns and other issues.
Credit AP/Mike Groll

A public hearing on Wednesday over proposed regulations for the storage of Liquefied Natural Gas in New York State turned into a three-hour shouting match between supporters and opponents of the legislation. Click here to see New York's proposed Liquefied Natural Gas Facilities regulations.

  

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