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Connecticut Matching Immigrant Kids with Families

by Associated Press
Gov. Dannel Malloy

Metropolitan Transportation Authority, Flickr

Connecticut officials say they're working with federal authorities to match some of the thousands of immigrant Central American children with family members living in the state.

   Mark Ojakian, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy's chief of staff, said the administration is also working with the federal government to help families who want to house some of the children temporarily.

   Ojakian said the administration believes it's best to place any child with their family first and avoid congregate or institutional settings wherever possible.

Gov. Cuomo's Campaign Creates Women's Equality Party

by Associated Press
Gov. Andrew Cuomo

Diana Robinson, Flickr

Gov. Andrew Cuomo's re-election campaign and prominent Democrats said Thursday they are seeking to add a new Women's Equality ballot line to the November ballot.

   Cuomo's running mate, lieutenant governor candidate Kathy Hochul, announced the new party in New York City and said it will support initiatives important to women, including a 10-point women's legislative agenda that has repeatedly failed to pass the Legislature.

LIRR Strike Averted

by Associated Press, Frank Eltman, Rachelle Blidner
LIRR train

Marc Flores, flickr

A tentative deal was reached Thursday that averts a strike by workers at the nation's largest commuter railroad, a top union negotiator said.

 Anthony Simon told The Associated Press about the tentative agreement with the Long Island Rail Road.

Morning Brief: July 17

by Jeff Coltin
Seeger's banjo

Jim, the Photographer, flickr

The five-day Seeger Fest kicks off at Hudson River Park tonight in Manhattan.  The festival honors folk singer and activist Pete Seeger, who passed away earlier this year at age 94 and his long-time wife Toshi, who passed away in 2013.  The WFUV favorite will be honored by admirers as diverse as Harry Belafonte, DJ Kool Herc, and the punk band Anti-Flag.  More info here.

Cuomo: Rail Strike Would Hold Commuters Hostage

by Associated Press
Gov. Andrew Cuomo

Wikimedia

After days of avoiding the fray, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo publicly waded into a labor dispute Wednesday that threatens to bring the nation's largest commuter railroad to a standstill.

   Cuomo said a strike on the Long Island Rail Road would be "highly disruptive" to nearly 300,000 daily riders. He called on rail worker unions and the Metropolitan Transportation Authority to restart talks to avert a strike; an hour later the MTA invited the unions back to the bargaining table.

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