2. Government Inaction: The U.S. Government shut down as of midnight, because Congress failed to agree on a spending plan. The Republican-controlled House is insisting that any spending plan has to include amendments to Obamacare. The Democratic-controlled Senate is equally insistent that it should not. And now, because no one in Congress seems willing to work together, 800,000 Americans employed by the Federal government will be out of work. Here's what it means to us. Members of the military will still get paid, and so will members of Congress. The last time the government shut down was about 17 years ago and the shutdown lasted for 21 days.
3. Just one meeting today, Tuesday, Oct. 1: Police Community Relations Committee meets at 6:30 p.m. at Riozzi Court.
4. On the Air: City Focus with Marty Olsen airs this evening from 8:00 to 9:00 p.m. on MetroCast Public Access TV Channel 25. You can join this live call-in show by dialing (860) 440-3154 or (800) 253-2285. Olsen's special guest tonight is Attorney Glenn Carberry, Urban Economic Development.
5. Train travel problems persist. The MTA Board will hold a special meeting this afternoon to consider approving a credit for customers of Metro-North Railroad’s New Haven Line, whose service has been disrupted since last week because of the failure of a Con Edison feeder cable.
“Approving a refund to commuters isn’t just the right thing to do – it’s what they need to do," said Gov. Dannel Malloy in a statement yesterday. "It’s incumbent on the MTA and ConEd to deal with this problem and get it fixed, and it’s critical that Connecticut residents get reimbursed as quickly as possible.”