Connecticut First
5:30 pm
Tue May 20, 2014

Malloy Commemorates Sexual Assault Bill; $3.5 Million in Grants Awarded to Municipalities

Governor Dannel Malloy commemorated passage of  a new law strengthening sexual assault prevention and response on college campuses. He held a ceremony today at the offices of the Connecticut Sexual Assault Crisis Services in East Hartford.

Municipalities Awarded Grants 

Governor Malloy distributed $3.5 million dollars in grants to towns in Fairfield and New Haven counties--including $500,000 to help fund expansion of the Nathaniel Witherell rehabilitation center. The money comes through the state's Small Town Economic Assistance Program.

National Transportation Safety Board Makes Metro-North Recommendations

The National Transportation Safety Board is recommending that Metro-North Railroad inspect its tracks one at a time, rather than four at once—which is the current practice. The recommendation stems from a derailment in Bridgeport last year in which a compromise joint bar on track 4 failed.

Former State Legislator Forming Gubernatorial Exploratory Committee

Former state legislator Democrat Jonathan Pelto said he'd consider shaking up this year's race for Connecticut governor. In an interview on WNPR’s Where We Live-- he said he's planning to take care of paperwork today and begin setting up an exploratory committee for a gubernatorial run. He says he’ll make a decision within the coming weeks.

Kennedy, Jr. Receives Democratic Party Endorsement

Ted Kennedy Jr. has received the official endorsement of the Democratic Party in his run for a state Senate seat in Connecticut. Kennedy faces Republican Bruce Wilson Jr. in November’s election. Kennedy, 52, is a health care lawyer who lives in Branford.