HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) _ Residents and local officials are pulling together to try to spare two historic Connecticut River ferries that are on the state’s chopping block.

People gathered Sunday evening in the Hadlyme public hall to discuss strategies to protect the Chester-Hadlyme and Rocky Hill-Glastonbury ferries. Residents say closing them would hurt local businesses and damage property values.

Town officials say East Haddam, Chester and Lyme are considering legal action to bar the closing of ferries that they say are protected by state statutes.

The state expects to save $800,000 over two years by closing the two ferries as part of the effort to close a $1.6 billion budget gap.


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