Governor Ned Lamont at the Mystic Aquarium in Norwalk on June 18, 2021.
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Lamont Pledges To Sign Marijuana Law

Governor Ned Lamont said he will sign the law that legalizes the adult recreational use of pot in Connecticut next week.

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New York State GOP Chair Nick Langworthy outside the New York Capitol on June 17, 2021.
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Cuomo's Woes Give New York GOP New Hope

The next New York gubernatorial election is still nearly a year and a half away, but state Republicans are already trying to get behind a single candidate who they hope has a chance of winning in an increasingly blue state.

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U.S. Rep. Jim Himes (D-Conn.)
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Connecticut's Himes To Head U.S. Committee On Economic Disparity

Democratic Connecticut Congressman Jim Himes is now the head of the newly-formed Select Committee on Economic Disparity and Fairness in Growth.

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New York State GOP Chair Nick Langworthy outside the New York Capitol on June 17, 2021.
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The next New York gubernatorial election is still nearly a year and a half away, but state Republicans are already trying to get behind a single candidate who they hope has a chance of winning in an increasingly blue state.

Volunteers at the Freeport Armory on Long Island handed out hundreds of free care packages to veterans in need on June 18, 2021. The donated items included food, toiletries, clothes and sneakers.
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Volunteers on Long Island handed out hundreds of care packages on Friday to military veterans who were hit hard by the pandemic.

Samuel Ballton in Union Army uniform, who became known as the 'Pickle King of Greenlawn.'
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Saturday is Juneteenth. Long Islanders honored their own legacy during abolition with the recognition of Samuel Ballton, who fled slavery and was known as the “Pickle King of Greenlawn.”

Governor Ned Lamont at the Mystic Aquarium in Norwalk on June 18, 2021.
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Governor Ned Lamont said he will sign the law that legalizes the adult recreational use of pot in Connecticut next week.

U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y.
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U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand said financial scams targeting seniors skyrocketed during the pandemic, and it's estimated that in New York State alone, seniors lose $1.5 billion dollars a year through financial fraud.

Connecticut's Himes To Head U.S. Committee On Economic Disparity

Jun 18, 2021
U.S. Rep. Jim Himes (D-Conn.)
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Democratic Connecticut Congressman Jim Himes is now the head of the newly-formed Select Committee on Economic Disparity and Fairness in Growth.

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A New Haven school principal has been demoted from her position after the use of a racial slur during an anti-racism workshop. Members of Black Lives Matter of New Haven and others said the school board’s punishment did not go far enough.

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Long Islanders celebrate Juneteenth by honoring a former enslaved person. A law to legalize pot in Connecticut will be signed soon, helping veterans on Long Island, and New York is back! Well, sort of.

José Velasco came to the U.S. from Mexico as a child. As a green card holder, he was drafted during the Vietnam War era. But after he was charged with assault with a deadly weapon, he was deported three years ago. Now at age 76, he's living in Tijuana.

“I never even knew Tijuana," he said. “I didn’t have anybody here. So that’s what happened. I’m still here. I felt like the sky was coming down on me. Bad.”

N.Y. Gov. Andrew Cuomo
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Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Tuesday that most COVID-19 pandemic restrictions have ended in New York — but he didn't discontinue the emergency powers he’s held since March 2020, and that has state Republican leaders fuming.

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