A health policy group has given New York's Department of Health a mostly glowing review of its rollout of the new health insurance exchange program. But the group is worried the department hasn’t completely figured out the systems for paying doctors and hospitals.
Government reform groups in New York say they’re pleased Governor Andrew Cuomo will put money in his new state budget to fund public financing of campaigns, as well as money for better enforcement of existing campaign laws.
Farmers and some towns on the East End of Long Island have hired federal sharpshooters from the U.S. Department of Agriculture this winter to kill thousands of deer as a population control measure. Hunters have voiced discontent with the program and are weighing legal action.
File photo-Sen. Chris Murphy, D-Conn., right, accompanied by Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., speaks to reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington in April of 2013, following a private meeting with families of the victims of the Newtown School Shooting.
U.S. Senator Chris Murphy of Connecticut says the $1.1 trillion spending bill that made its way through Congress could pave the way for the passage of federal gun control legislation. A bill providing for universal background checks on gun purchases, that was introduced following the Newtown School Shooting, failed to pass the Senate last year.
Advocates for children in foster care in Connecticut say equal access to education is a civil rights issue that the state needs to better address. Educational barriers facing those children was the subject of a forum on Thursday at the state Capitol complex in Hartford.