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Malloy, Cuomo declare snow emergencies
7:54 am
Fri February 14, 2014

Winter storm prompts state of emergencies in Conn., NY

Snow covering a parked car in Stamford, Connecticut. Fairfield County saw some of the largest snowfall amounts in the region, with over a foot of snow reported in some areas.
Credit Naomi Starobin

Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy is requesting help from the White House and FEMA in an effort to  obtain  road salt to treat the state’s highways.  The governor said on Thursday that the state is running out of salt used in snow removal.

The winter storm also prompted New York Governor Andrew Cuomo to declare a state of emergency earlier in the day Thursday.  

Director of State Operations Howard Glaser says the emergency declaration is necessary for the state to help out local communities in these situations.

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Suffolk lawmaker advises LIers not to ride bikes
3:06 am
Fri February 14, 2014

Pol: LI too dangerous for bikes and runners

Islip Republican Thomas Barraga wrote a letter to a constituent advises not ride bicycles along the roads
Credit Charles Lane

A Suffolk County lawmaker enraged bicycling advocates this week by saying that people should never ride bikes (or motorcycles) in Suffolk.  Islip Republican Thomas Barraga says the suburbs were designed for cars not pedestrians.  

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Panel led by Common Core supporter
5:04 pm
Wed February 12, 2014

NY bill would freeze Common Core

State Education Commissioner John King, left, explains the delayed phase-in of Common Core. Proposed legislation would go further.
Credit AP Photo/Mike Groll

New York Republicans have submitted legislation to halt Common Core.  This is the latest attack against the new, more rigorous school testing standards and goes further than other reforms offered to date.  

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CBIA outlines legislative agenda
10:27 am
Tue February 11, 2014

Conn.'s largest business group says it will fight minimum wage hike

Credit Flickr/Melissa Hincha-Ownby

The Connecticut Business and Industry Association is promising to fight Governor Dannel Malloy's proposed increase in the state minimum wage. Malloy wants to raise the minimum wage to $10.10 an hour by 2017, which would make it the highest in the nation.

The CBIA voiced its opposition on Monday to the wage hike, saying it will reduce hiring into entry-level jobs. The CBIA's position on minimum wage is part of its broader legislative agenda, which it released on Monday.

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Panel led by Common Core supporter
6:39 pm
Fri February 7, 2014

Cuomo's Common Core panel evenly divided

IBM International Foundation president Stanley Litow will chair New York panel evaluating Common Core implementation. File photo, 2005
Credit AP/John Smock

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced appointments Friday to the panel he established to re-evaluate the state's implementation of Common Core.  The panel is about evenly split between supporters and critics of the new, more rigorous teaching standards.  

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