File-Former Connecticut Gov. John G. Rowland gestures as he leaves a brief news conference at the state Capitol in Hartford, Conn., Monday, Feb. 3, 2003. Rowland vowed to continue working on putting together a state budget despite a suit filed in federal court by state employee unions.
Connecticut Attorney General George Jepsenwas challenging a ruling involving a lawsuit filed ten years ago against the administration of former Governor John Rowland. In the lawsuit, 2,800 state employees claimed they were laid off because of their union affiliation.
Reform groups are focusing attention on Governor Andrew Cuomo’s anti corruption commission’s recommendations to beef up the anemic State Board of Elections but say they have not given up hope of public campaign financing for state wide races.
Family members of Sandy Hook Elementary School victims thanked the world today for an outpouring of kindness since the shooting in the Connecticut school nearly a year ago. The families say they want the victims to be remembered.
The families have launched a website with remembrances of their loved ones.
The full text of the prepared statement, which was read by JoAnn Bacon and Krista Rekos, is below:
A Metro-North train takes on passengers at the Spuyten Duyvil station in the Bronx borough of New York Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2013, a few hundred feet from where a fatal derailment disrupted service on the Hudson Line of the railroad Sunday, Dec. 1.