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Train station hazards, grieving family seeks justice, statewide bag ban top weekend news

February 11, 2019

Stamford. Noroton Heights. Fairfield. Stratford. And the list goes on. These are among the Metro-North train stations that are not ADA compliant. Is your station one of them?

In other news, family and friends of the Westchester County woman found dead last week in Greenwich are seeking answers and an arrest.

In Westport, where the state’s first single-use plastic bag ban was enacted 10 years ago, lawmakers and advocates gathered this weekend to push for a statewide ban.

Here are other stories you may have missed this weekend:

CT train stations pose difficulties to riders

Following the recent death of a 22-year-old Stamford resident who fell down a flight of stairs at a New York City subway station, accessibility at stations along Metro-North’s New Haven Line has been on the minds of many commuters. According to the state Department of Transportation, many New Haven Line stations fall short of compliance with the American with Disabilities Act.

Reyes friends, family wait for answers and arrest

Friends and family of Valerie Reyes, the missing Westchester County woman whose body was found in a suitcase on the side of a Greenwich road last week, are searching for answers and seeking justice. “There was not an ounce of hate in her,” one friend said. “She had a different type of spirit about her.”

CT missing persons cases hard to track without database

Unlike New York, which has a clearinghouse for missing persons that helped authorities quickly identify Reyes, Connecticut relies on a patchwork of alerts from local and state police, and the database from the National Missing and Unidentified Persons System, called NamUs. While most of those who go missing in Connecticut re-emerge on their own unharmed, others can easily slip through the cracks.

Bag-ban advocates make their case at Westport beach

In the town that enacted Connecticut’s first plastic-bag ban a decade ago, a group of state legislators, local officials and environmental activists held a beach news conference Saturday afternoon focused on banning single-use plastic bags statewide.

Symposium talks up MGM’s casino plans for Bridgeport

A daylong symposium — largely paid for and organized by MGM Resorts International — at Housatonic Community College on Saturday aimed to provide more insight into the entertainment giant’s plans for a casino on Bridgeport’s harbor. However, there is still a long way to go to make that a reality.

Colin McEnroe: Handing Connecticut’s chips to a hustler

Hearst Connecticut Media columnist Colin McEnroe argues Gov. Ned Lamont should not trust someone like David Lehman as a senior economic adviser for the state. Lamont has nominated Lehman, a Goldman Sachs executive when the economy crashed, to be the commissioner of economic development.

Katsouleas a ‘great catch’ as UConn’s new president

A well-known scholar and inventor who has held posts at three top public research institutions, Tom Katsouleas was described as a “great catch” as the University of Connecticut’s new president, according to Board of Trustees Chairman Thomas Kruger.

Top defense attorney hired as Bridgeport FBI probe heats up

John Gulash, a respected defense attorney whose clients have included accused murders, drug dealers and corruption, has been hired to represent Joe Tiago. The Bridgeport deputy public facilities director was fired earlier this month amid the FBI’s scrap metal probe into city government.

Nine months later, Danbury-area awaits storm relief funding

More than six years after Superstorm Sandy, Danbury is still receiving federal reimbursement for money it spent in the storm’s aftermath. Danbury-area towns officials who applied for grants after last May’s macroburst said they don’t expect to wait quite that long, but nine months later, they have not yet seen any funds.

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