Nos. 76, 198 and 199. Dockets 76-6049, 76-6050 and 76-6059.

561 F.2d 1032 (1976)

CITY OF HARTFORD et al., Plaintiffs-Appellees, v. TOWNS OF GLASTONBURY et al., Defendants-Appellants.

United States Court of Appeals, Second Circuit.

Decided December 23, 1976.

On Rehearing August 15, 1977.

Attorney(s) appearing for the Case

Ralph G. Elliot, Hartford, Conn., for appellant Town of Glastonbury.

John J. Langenbach, West Hartford, Conn., for appellant Town of West Hartford.

James A. Wade, Hartford, Conn., for appellant Town of East Hartford.

Richard F. Bellman, New York City (Mary R. Hennessey and Barry S. Zitser, Hartford, Conn., of counsel), for appellees.

Anthony J. Steinmeyer, Atty., Dept. of Justice, and Robert P. vom Eigen, Atty., Dept. of Housing and Urban Development, Washington, D.C. (Rex E. Lee, Barbara Allen Babcock, Asst. Attys. Gen., Peter C. Dorsey, U.S. Atty., Morton Hollander, Atty., Dept. of Justice, Arthur J. Gang, Atty., Dept. of Housing and Urban Development, Washington, D.C., of counsel), for Secretary of Housing and Urban Development as amicus curiae.

Before SMITH, OAKES and MESKILL, Circuit Judges.

On Rehearing En Banc August 15, 1977.

OAKES, Circuit Judge:

The history of federal aid to the beleagured cities of the United States has seen a transition from urban renewal to the Model Cities Program, which expanded categorical grants for urban needs, to general revenue sharing in the 1970s, with accompanying block grants in general functional areas, such as manpower training, education and law enforcement. One of the more recent block grant programs is...


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