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Senate Democrats and Republicans finalized a deal today on how an evenly divided Senate will operate in 2017, agreeing that Senate President Pro Tem Martin M. Looney, D-New Haven, will remain as the top leader, while sharing some authority with the GOP. The deal came after weeks of fitful talks, including an unexpected telephone call Looney made to Senate Minority Leader Len Fasano, R-North Haven, on Wednesday night, a day after Looney's kidney transplant at Yale-New Haven Hospital. Comment?
The Federal Railroad Administration today released its ambitious vision for an overhaul of Northeast Corridor railroads, a plan that would create a new route through Old Lyme and other shoreline towns and upgrade the rail line that runs through the center of the state from New Haven to Hartford and then Springfield, Mass. The plan, decades in the making, calls for new track from New York to Bridgeport. Comment?
The fate of Gov. Dannel P. Malloy's plan to restructure the state employee pension system - which would shift billions of dollars in costs onto future taxpayers - mustn't be resolved without votes by the House and Senate, according to the top Republicans in both chambers. But whether Sen. Len Fasano, R-North Haven, and Rep. Themis Klarides, R-Derby, get their way may hinge on sensitive negotiations between Fasano and the top Democrat in the Senate, President Pro Tem Martin M. Looney Jr. of New Haven. Comment?
A former assistant to the chairman of the real estate company that owns Westport's Playhouse Square pleaded guilty today to a charge related to stealing more than $700,000 from the company, the U.S. District Attorney's Office said. Debra Biagi, 50, of Fogelsville, Pa., formerly of Greenwich, waived her right to indictment and pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Jeffrey Alker Meyer in New Haven to one count of wire fraud, prosecutors said. Comment?
If you're looking for family fun this summer, consider visiting one of Connecticut's many living museums celebrating our rail heritage. The Shore Line Trolley Museum in East Haven was founded in 1945 and now boasts more than 100 trolley cars in its collection. Comment?
Democratic legislators ended a tense day of negotiations today by announcing a deal on a new state budget that the General Assembly will race to adopt Wednesday before the constitutional adjournment deadline of midnight. Passage will require the cooperation of the Republican minority, an uncertain prospect after House Speaker J. Brendan Sharkey, D-Hamden, and Senate Minority Leader Len Fasano, R-North Haven, exchanged insults outside the Capitol press room. Comment?
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