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Judge Throws Out Bid To Halt Ferry Closings

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NEW BRITAIN, Conn. (AP) – A Connecticut Superior Court judge has dismissed a legal effort to block Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s plan to shut two ferries that cross the Connecticut River.

Ralph F. Eno Jr., the first selectman of Lyme, had gone to court to block the planned closing of the Chester-Hadlyme and Rocky Hill-Glastonbury ferries.

New Britain Superior Court Judge Henry J. Cohn sided with the state and dismissed Lyme’s request.

Jane R. Rosenberg, an assistant attorney general who represented state officials, said the decision to close the ferries is not a final decision over which the court has jurisdiction. She also said Lyme officials do not have standing in the matter.

Ending the ferries is among numerous budget-cutting proposals by Malloy.

The Rocky Hill Ferry has linked Rocky Hill and Glastonbury since 1655.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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