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LITCHFIELD — Michael Criss, first selectman of Harwinton and chairman of the Northwest Hills Council of Governments’ (NHCOG) legislative committee, told a group of state legislators that the 21 municipalities “are not asking for any more money.”

Criss was speaking at the legislative breakfast, sponsored by NHCOG and the Northwest Connecticut Chamber of Commerce, at EdAdvance in Litchfield on Thursday morning, Feb. 1.

The NHCOG is an organization made up of the first selectmen from 21 area towns.

Criss asked the legislators to avoid shifting...

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Rigby criticizes Malloy

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HARTFORD — Gov. Dannel P. Malloy signed two controversial executive orders last week, establishing a working group to study the possibility of unionization for day care workers and personal care attendants. The move, which follows the failure of similar measures to make it to the floor of the state Senate, drew immediate criticism from political opponents, who said the governor is showing favoritism to unions.

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Ahead of 2012:

Growing field of Senate candidates
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Two years after the election of Connecticut’s first new senator in more than two decades, the field of candidates is growing in the battle for outgoing Sen. Joseph Lieberman’s seat.

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Candidates selected at primaries and caucuses

The results are in:
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HARLEM VALLEY — Primary and caucus results have been tallied for North East, Amenia, Pine Plains, Washington and Millbrook, as follows:
North East
The Democratic Caucus held on Saturday, Aug. 27 determined which candidates would be backed by the party for the open supervisor and town council positions.
Incumbent Dave Sherman won the Democratic nomination for the town supervisor race, beating John Merwin. Sherman is also endorsed by the Republicans.

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Threat of closure lurks behind Harlem Valley post offices

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HARLEM VALLEY — There are few conveniences like having a post office right in one’s own hometown. Take the tiny hamlet of Wassaic, for instance: It’s had its own post office for generations, smack in the middle of its business district just feet from the railroad that used to deliver the mail back in bygone days.
These days that post office continues to serve the residents of Wassaic, providing essential services like mail delivery and post office boxes to its many customers.

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Connecticut lawmakers pay staffers $1.2 million

HARTFORD — Connecticut’s five congressmen paid $1.2 million to 104 employees in the second quarter, according to the website Legistorm, including 14 who made more than $20,000.
Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-3) had the most expensive staff, $267,900, while Rep. John Larson (D-1) had the most employees who made more than $20,000 during the quarter: five, including two executive assistants.
Rep. Chris Murphy (D-5) paid 18 employees a total of $221,782. He is on track to pay his staff just over $900,000 this year, the least costly of the delegation.

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Reapportionment Committee misses Sept. 15 deadline

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HARTFORD — Taking advantage of an available option that was expected to be used this year, the state Reapportionment Committee formally decided Tuesday to extend the decennial redistricting process and form a new committee to complete the task of redrawing state and national legislative districts.

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Napolitano: ‘We are not leaving’

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CONNECTICUT — Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano assured Connecticut residents last week that FEMA is here for the long haul, after touring the state with Gov. Dannel Malloy to survey damage caused by Tropical Storm Irene last month.

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Harlem Valley schools look forward to year

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HARLEM VALLEY — Even though this school year represents the launch of the new core curriculum, which is bringing drastic changes to teaching standards in New York schools, the Millbrook Central School District, the Pine Plains Central School District and the North East (Webutuck) Central School District all reported very smooth starts to the 2011-12 school year.

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FEMA opens disaster centers

The Connecticut Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) have opened nine Disaster Recovery Centers (DRCs) to assist individuals, households and businesses that suffered damage from Tropical Storm Irene and the subsequent flooding.
Residents are strongly encouraged to register first with FEMA and then come into the DRCs with follow-up questions or concerns. Register online at www.disasterassistance.gov or by calling 800-621-FEMA (3362) (TTY 800-462-7585).

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Police report two traffic fatalities Labor Day weekend

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MIDDLETOWN — The Connecticut State Police reported at least 300 accidents took place over the course of the Labor Day holiday weekend, Sept. 2 to 5, including 14 with injuries and one fatal accident on the Merritt Parkway in Norwalk, in which two men were killed.
Jeffrey Hinton, 22, of Stamford and Jason McKinney, 26, of Norwalk were the victims of the one-car accident, reported by State Police Troop G, in which the vehicle, driven by Hinton, struck a guardrail and went airborne before striking a tree. Hinton and McKinney were pronounced dead at the scene.

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