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Conn. finds money to reopen Bridgeport Head Start
11:07 pm
Wed October 9, 2013

Conn. Head Start rejects gift from Texas billionaire couple

Conn. Gov. Dannel Malloy holds Michael Hall of Stratford, one of the children enrolled at the ABCD Head Start in Bridgeport
Credit Ebong Udoma

On Wednesday Connecticut stepped in to provide $800,000 to reopen a Head Start program in Bridgeport that’s been closed since last week because of the partial shutdown of the federal government. This means the program is rejecting a gift from a Texas billionaire couple that was made through the National Head Start Association.

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Speaker Silver gets high ranking
6:07 pm
Wed October 9, 2013

NY environmental group gives Sen. Klein dubious "award"

An environmental group has given Senate Independent Democratic Leader Jeff Klein its 2013 Oil Slick award, claiming the Senate Co-leader has done more than any other state legislator to harm the environment. 

Note:  A spokesman for Senator Klein reacted to the ranking, calling it “another cheap gimmick brought to you by the tea party of the left.” He said Klein not only opposes hydrofracking outright, but has been endorsed by nearly every environmental group in every election he has ever run in. 

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health study should be open and transparent
5:52 pm
Wed October 9, 2013

NY Assemblywoman asks for fracking health review re-take

Assemblywoman Donna Lupardo
Credit http://assembly.state.ny.us/mem/Donna-A-Lupardo/bio/

  A Binghamton, New York Assemblywoman who is on Governor Andrew Cuomo administration's hydro fracking advisory panel is asking for a do-over of an ongoing health review. She says the secretive process has compromised public confidence. 

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Mandatory retirement called outdated
9:46 pm
Tue October 8, 2013

Referendum aims for more (and older) judges

Chief Administrative Judge Gail Prudenti has long sought more judges. She says extending a judge's retirement age is a half step in that direction.
Credit AP

On New York's ballot next month will be six referendums to change the state constitution.  The most talked about proposition asks voters if they want Las Vegas-style gambling.  Several propositions delve into the minutia of government operations: giving war veterans additional access to government employment, helping local governments borrow money for sewer construction, and also allowing the state to make some land trades.  The last referendum asks voters when judges should be forced to retire.

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Suppressed subpoenas?
6:42 pm
Tue October 8, 2013

Reports on Moreland Commission "troubling"

There have been several news reports in recent days that portray New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s anti-corruption commission as losing its independence.  Government reform groups say they are worried the Moreland Commission is losing its way. 

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