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Nation's Oldest Ferry to Close

Friday, July 15, 2011

(Photo (cc) by Flickr user rbglasson)

The nation's oldest continuously operating ferry boat service will shut down after 356 years due to budget cuts in Connecticut.

Historical archives say the Rocky Hill Ferry has been crossing the Connecticut River since 1655. It was privately operated, mostly by local families under state charter, for 260 years before being adopted by the state in 1915. It is currently operated by the Connecticut Department of Transportation.

The state historic landmark marker posted at the site of the ferry (photo below) reads:

"Since 1655, public transportation across the Connecticut River has been provided at this site ... Motive power has been supplied at various times by poles, oars, a horse treadmill and a steam engine."

The Connecticut DOT website states:

"At one time, a horse on a treadmill in the center of the craft supplied the power to propel the craft across the river. In 1876, the ferry was "modernized" into a steam driven craft.  Today's craft is an open flatboat named the "Hollister III".  The three-car barge is towed back and forth by the "Cumberland," a diesel powered towboat."

The Ferry service costs about $345,000 to operate, according to local press reports. Governor Dannel Malloy has put the Rocky Hill and Chester-Hadlyme ferries--in operation 242 years--on the chopping block as part of an effort to close a $1.6 billion budget gap. Employees have been notified their jobs will be eliminated and service halted on August 25.

(Photo (cc) by Flickr user dougtone)

If anyone knows what the new oldest continuously operating ferry is, please post in comments.

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Facing Layoffs, NY and CT Unions Head Back to the Table

Friday, July 08, 2011

Public employees in New York and Connecticut have rejected their union contracts — which were expected to be major sources of savings in the budgets presented by governors Andrew Cuomo and Dan Malloy. As each governor threatened layoffs this week, public sector unions urged them to extend negotiations.

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CT Gov. Dan Malloy Talks Budget, Same Sex Marriage

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

I stated quite clearly that I would not play any games or gimmicks. Other states aren't funding their pension plans, as if that's savings. Well, that's not really savings. The obligation continues to grow, it just gets handed off to the next governor. In point of fact, that's what happened to me.

— Connecticut Governor Dan Malloy on The Brian Lehrer Show.

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TN Moving Stories: Feds to Investigate LA's MTA Over Civil Rights Complaints, Downtown Brooklyn Wants Its Own Bike Share, and TSA Vs. Congress Over Body Scanner

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Spurred by complaints about cuts in local bus service, federal officials said they would investigate whether the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority had discriminated against minority and low-income transit riders. (Los Angeles Times)

The TSA initially refused to send officials to a Congressional hearing on body scanners, but they later relented (WSJ). Republicans said the technology was "flawed and that "sometimes there's nothing like a good old-fashioned German shepherd." (The Hill)

Money from New Jersey's Transportation Trust Fund will pay for much of a proposed commuter rail line between Camden and Gloucester County, according to the state senate president. (Philadelphia Inquirer)

Downtown Brooklyn is putting together proposals for a bike share program. (The Brooklyn Paper) (UPDATE: The NYC DOT says this is the same RFP that was announced last November.)

The December blizzard spurred a shake-up in the MTA's management. (NY Daily News)

The governor of Connecticut is meeting with Ray LaHood today to lobby him for some of Florida's rejected high-speed rail money. (NECN)

Jalopnik writes that Scott Burgess resigned today as The Detroit News auto critic after his editors bowed to a request by an advertiser to water down his negative review of the Chrysler 200.

Did your commute take longer than usual today? INRIX says Thursday is the worst commuting day of the week.

Top Transportation Nation stories we're following: The MTA's pothole-filling truck hits YouTube. Massive megaloads travel through a Montana city. And: two city planners talk about trying to de-sprawl Houston.

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In Connecticut, a Democratic Pitch for Big Labor Givebacks and Higher Taxes

Friday, March 11, 2011

WNYC

On the morning of the gubernatorial primary in Connecticut last August, Democrat Dannel Malloy stopped by a picket line to campaign, visiting nurses who had been striking for months.

The visit came back to haunt him in the general election, when his Republican opponent Tom Foley seized on the stop to show Malloy was “in the pocket" of unions, and cornered Malloy into insisting to voters that he hadn’t made any promises to public employees.

Malloy eked out a win, the first for a Democrat in Connecticut in twenty years, with a margin of about a half a percentage point.

“I thanked them for their support, but I also pointed out that one of the reasons it was as close as it was was because of their support,” Malloy said this week in his Capitol office. “And they know that.”

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Connecticut Governor Dan Malloy Makes His Case

Tuesday, March 08, 2011

WNYC
Defined benefit plans in and of themselves should not be considered the enemy, they can work but they require sacrifice.

—Connecticut Governor Dan Malloy.

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CT Governor Dan Malloy's Inaugural Address

Wednesday, January 05, 2011

The prepared text of Connecticut Governor Dan Malloy's inaugural remarks.

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Connecticut's New Guv: The Real Malloy

Wednesday, January 05, 2011

We can expect some sort of tax hike, some sort of cut to state services, some sort of negotiation with state employee unions, and beyond that, I'm not sure what. I think even Governor Malloy knows that with all those savings we still might not get to the $3.5 billion deficit.

John Dankosky, news director at WNPR and host of Where We Live, on Connecticut's new governor, Dan Malloy, and his plans for 2011

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A Tale of Two Governors: How Cuomo and Malloy Will Tackle Their Budget Crises

Tuesday, January 04, 2011

As the new governor of the state of New York, Andrew Cuomo has pledged to freeze the salary increases of state employees, veto any increase in personal or corporate income taxes, and impose a state spending cap.

Dan Malloy, who will be sworn in as the next governor of Connecticut on Wednesday, hasn’t pledged anything of the sort.

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TN Moving Stories: CT Transpo Overhaul Coming, London Gets A Hydrogen Bus, and New York's "Cagelike" Subway Turnstiles are Fare Eaters

Monday, December 13, 2010

Holiday time can mean bonus time...but not for San Francisco Muni operators. Management has "put the kibosh this year on year-end payouts from a special trust fund set up for the city's transit operators." (San Francisco Chronicle)

Connecticut governor-elect Dan Malloy intends to overhaul that state's Department of Transportation--starting at the top. (Hartford Courant)

The U.K.'s first permanent hydrogen bus was launched in London; there are more coming next spring. (The Guardian)

General Motors' CEO wants government to loosen restrictions on executive pay so GM can hold onto its best. He also called the Toyota Prius hybrid a "geek-mobile." (USA Today)

"Cagelike" subway turnstiles: the bane of  inexperienced subway riders, who sometimes have to pay twice if they can't figure the system out right away. (New York Daily News)

Surveillance cameras coming to some New York City buses this spring. (AP via Wall Street Journal)

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6,404 votes in CT

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

That's how many more votes Democratic governor-elect Dan Malloy got than Republican Tom Foley, according to CT's Secretary of State, who officially certified the election results today.

"The only closer margin of victory in an election for Governor in Connecticut took place in 1954, when Democrat Abe Ribicoff defeated Republican John Lodge by 3,115 votes," said CT Secretary of State Susan Bysiewicz.

In total, Malloy got 567,278 votes. Foley got 560,874.

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WNYC News

Tom Foley Concedes CT Governor's Race to Dan Malloy

Monday, November 08, 2010

Republican Tom Foley has announced he's conceding to Democrat Dan Malloy in the race to be Connecticut's next governor. Foley made the decision despite the possibility that there were irregularities in the vote, which Malloy won by a razor-thin margin.

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Foley Concedes, Democrat Malloy Next CT Gov

Monday, November 08, 2010

Tom Foley, the Republican candidate for Connecticut governor, on Monday conceded to Democrat Dan Malloy, despite calls by the state GOP for investigations into the voting process in the state's largest city.

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Foley Concedes CT Governor's Race to Malloy

Monday, November 08, 2010

Republican Tom Foley has announced he's conceding to Democrat Dan Malloy in the race to be Connecticut's next governor. Foley made the decision despite the possibility that there were irregularities in the vote, which Malloy won by a razor-thin margin.

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WNYC News

Connecticut Governor's Race Still Too Close to Call

Wednesday, November 03, 2010

The Connecticut governor’s race is still too close to call. As of Wednesday morning, unofficial results show Republican Tom Foley leading Democrat Dan Malloy 50 percent to 49 percent, with 90 percent of precincts reporting. The difference amounts to just over 11,000 votes.

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Voter Guide: Connecticut Governor's Race

Monday, September 27, 2010

Dan Malloy (D) vs. Tom Foley (R)

The race for Governor of Connecticut is a contest between Democrat Dan Malloy, a former District Attorney and the longest-serving mayor of Stamford, CT, and Republican Tom Foley, who's been a GOP fundraiser for 30 years and was selected by the Bush administration ...

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WNYC News

Connecticut Primary Analysis: Governor Races Closed Late

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

WNYC

Connecticut is one of three states that held party primaries on Tuesday. Without incumbents for either the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Democrat Chris Dodd or the governor's chair currently held by Republican Jodi Rell, several races were hotly contested -- even if the hot weather and dog-days of summer kept most voters away from the polls.

Jon Lender, political reporter and columnist for the Hartford Courant, spoke with WNYC's Soterios Johnson about the results.

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