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New York’s mask mandate deemed unconstitutional

A state Supreme Court judge ruled that Governor Hochul’s indoor mask mandate is unconstitutional. 1,000 jobs could be coming to the Waterbury area in Connecticut, a redistricting deal is announced in Suffolk County, and former New York Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver has died.
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Court: Women-only gym areas violate state discrimination law

HARTFORD, Conn. — The Connecticut Supreme Court has ruled that women-only exercise areas in gyms and fitness clubs violate a state law banning discrimination based on gender. The court's 6-0 decision Tuesday overturned a lower court ruling and an earlier decision by a state human rights official. The case...
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NBC Connecticut

Windsor Woman Becomes First Muslim Woman Endorsed for House Seat in CT

It’s a historic moment in Connecticut politics == Maryam Khan is the first Muslim woman to be endorsed as a candidate for the Connecticut House of Representatives. “As a woman, as a woman of color, as an immigrant, a teacher, young person, there's a lot of of diversity that I bring to the state legislature,” Khan said.
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Unions Beg State To Hire More Workers For Addiction Treatment

Union members and two state senators are decrying the temporary reduction in admissions to two state Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services treatment units designed to help Connecticut’s poorest residents overcome drug addiction. The DMHAS Addiction Services Division detoxification and intensive treatment facilities at Blue Hills Treatment Center...
Yale Daily News

City officials optimistic about falling COVID-19 cases

On Tuesday, Mayor Justin Elicker and other top health city officials expressed optimism about falling COVID-19 case counts in New Haven. Several officials communicated updates about the city’s pandemic response at a press conference outside City Hall. As of the latest city COVID-19 report from Jan. 17, New Haven is averaging 34 cases per day, according to Public Health Director Maritza Bond.
New Haven Register

In dreaming of a new Union Station, other cities have ideas to offer

NEW HAVEN — If Union Station is to become a thriving transportation center, the willingness to create a vision that goes beyond traditional ideas will be critical. That was the message of three rail leaders from White Plains, N.Y., to Los Angeles, who described their cities’ plans in an online webinar. The head of major stations planning and development for Amtrak spoke about plans afoot in Philadelphia and Washington, D.C.

Danbury NAACP plans ‘communal affair’ to celebrate Juneteenth

DANBURY — The local chapter of the NAACP is considering everything from musical performances to a health fair to celebrate Juneteenth this year. The Danbury NAACP is surveying community members to see how the city should mark the federal holiday, which recognizes the anniversary of June 19, 1865, when Union solders arrived in Galveston, Texas and ordered the enslaved people there be freed.
New Haven Register

New Haven native could become first Black female US attorney for CT

President Joe Biden has nominated one of the top division chiefs in the state attorney general’s office to be the next U.S. Attorney for the state of Connecticut. If confirmed by the U.S. Senate, Vanessa R. Avery of West Hartford would be the first Black woman to serve as United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut.
Hartford Business

Democrats claim victory in 144th House District of Stamford

Democrats claimed victory Tuesday night in the special election in the 144th House District of Stamford, holding onto a seat that Democrat Caroline Simmons wrested from Republicans in 2014. Democrat Hubert Douglas Delany outpolled Republican Danny Melchionne for the seat Simmons vacated after her election as mayor in November. Unofficial...

DOT grant pays for $312,000 sidewalk project near Cromwell schools

CROMWELL — A state community connectivity grant of $312,175 entirely paid for the recently completed Main and Geer streets sidewalk project in Cromwell, which provides safe passage for schoolchildren, pedestrians and bicyclists. The survey, engineering and inspection was conducted in-house, which saved the municipality between $60,000 to $70,000, Town...

$5,000 Water Bill Among Others Prompting Council Petition

A resident who received a $5,000 water bill is an example is an issue Ald. Aram Ayalon (D-3) says is calling for a report on from city officials. City resident Candyce Scott says that always pays her water bill to the city, so that she knows that her balance was paid before she received her recent six-month water charge.

Things to do in Connecticut this week (Jan. 27–Feb. 2)

Events and details are subject to change. Check with the venues prior to attending to confirm COVID protocols or for potential cancelations or postponements. For more upcoming events visit Wed., Jan. 26–Sun., Jan. 30. What the Constitution Means to Me — Direct from Broadway, the 2019 Tony-nominated Best...
Middletown Press

First Connecticut case of omicron sub-variant found, researcher says

The first case of a potentially more infectious COVID-19 sub-variant, dubbed BA.2, has been identified in Connecticut, a top researcher said this week. The BA.2 variant is of the same lineage as omicron, according to Nathan Grubaugh, associate professor of epidemiology of microbial diseases at Yale New Haven Health. The...