Union could strike July 20th
6:10 am
Sun June 29, 2014

LIRR commuters prepare for strike

A worker mops the floor in the Long Island Rail Road terminal at New York’s Penn Station, June 17, 1994 in New York. The normally-crowded terminal was clear of morning commuters as the nation’s busiest commuter railroad screeched to halt when workers walked off their jobs at midnight over a pay dispute.
Credit AP Photo/Richard Drew

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority and Long Island Rail Road workers failed to reach a deal last week over a four-year contract standoff. Union representatives can begin a strike in three weeks which has commuters on edge.   

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Newtown victim parent suggests safety improvements
5:39 pm
Fri June 27, 2014

Sandy Hook parents criticize flow of information to victim families

Two parents of victims of the 2012 shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School spoke on Friday with members of the state panel set up to make policy recommendations following that tragedy.

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Analysis of Albany in 2014
3:34 pm
Fri June 27, 2014

Albany more in agreement... kind of

Lawmakers continued their trend of passing fewer bills than in years past
Credit NYPIRG handout

A good government group issued an analysis of New York's legislative accomplishments this year and reports that Albany moved a little bit closer toward limiting public debate on major issues.

The New York Public Interest Research Group found that the total number of bills passed by state lawmakers stayed at historically low levels, but at the same time the size of the budget document increased.

New York's budget is notoriously brokered in secret by the governor and legislative leaders.

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Development
12:54 pm
Fri June 27, 2014

Environmentalists helping Stamford defend itself against BLT lawsuit

Environmentalists have intervened in a lawsuit by Norwalk-based developer Building and Land Technology against the city of Stamford. 

BLT was ordered to stop work on 14 acres of waterfront property after they tore down an existing boatyard there.

That site has been contentious because it’s where BLT and Governor Dannel Malloy wanted to relocate the world's largest hedge fund Bridgewater Associates.  

BLT is suing over the city's Board of Appeals decision to uphold a 2012 stop work order. 

  

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Anti-poverty
12:38 pm
Fri June 27, 2014

NEON files for Chapter 7 bankruptcy, new agency may arise

The acting CEO of Norwalk Economic Opportunity Now, or NEON, says the anti-poverty agency has filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy.

The Reverend Tommie Jackson says it filed with the federal bankruptcy court in Bridgeport last week. 

Jackson says it was clear when he took over in late 2013 that the agency's debt of $4,000,000 and assets of less than $500,000 would make a turnaround near impossible. 

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New Canaan team going to national competition
10:07 am
Fri June 27, 2014

Synchronized swimmers combine ballet & gymnastics, underwater

The New Canaan YMCA synchronized swimming team
Craig LeMoult

This weekend, nearly 30 teenage girls from Connecticut are headed to Washington state to compete in the national competition of synchronized swimming. The team, from New Canaan, is one of the top in the country in a sport that not many people know much about.

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Stamford Public Schools
5:53 am
Fri June 27, 2014

Stamford needs to start with own state legislators to get school backing

Now that the Martin administration has gotten the necessary approvals to apply for a state funding grant for an interdistrict magnet PreK-5 school, it will be up to lawmakers to ultimately decide if they'll lift a state moratorium or allow the application to be processed as an expansion of an existing school. Legislative members of Stamford's own state delegation say they haven't yet taken a position. 

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US Soccer
6:45 pm
Thu June 26, 2014

UK soccer clubs banking on the increasing popularity of the sport in the US

Kids performing soccer drills at the EvertonAmericaCT academy in Norwalk, Conn.
Credit Brian Scott-Smith

Everton, the English Premier League Club, has set up academies in Norwalk, Connecticut and Westchester, New York. They're drawing some international attention and other Premier League clubs may be following suit.

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100 gathered at a Southport sports bar
6:24 pm
Thu June 26, 2014

World Cup viewing parties proliferate in the region as US advances in Brazil

WSHU's Ebong Udoma talking with US soccer fan Daniel Goldman of Redding, Conn, outside a World Cup viewing party at the Horseshoe Cafe in Southport, Conn, on Thursday June 26, 2014.
Credit Ebong Udoma

World Cup viewing parties filled restaurants and sports bars in the region at lunchtime on Thursday as the U.S. took on Germany in their final group match. 

 

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Up to $40K to payoff old debt
5:55 pm
Thu June 26, 2014

NY offers free loans to halt foreclosures

New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman plans to offer $40,000 in free loans to homeowners trying to stop foreclosure
Credit AP/John Minchillo

New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman is launching a free loan program to help homeowners struggling to avoid foreclosure. Homeowners can borrow up to $40,000 interest free.

The loans are aimed at homeowners trying to secure mortgage modifications which may be stalled because of small outstanding debts like back taxes or delinquent second mortgages.

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