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New York Apple Growers Thrive Amid Economic Chaos

Saturday, October 25, 2008

As big financial institutions have laid off workers, switched business models, or gone belly up, one New York industry has thrived, pulling in record profits. WNYC’s Lisa Chow reports.

REPORTER: Let’s put aside all these fancy terms, credit default swaps, collateralized debt obligations, de-leveraging, and talk ...

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Mayor Mike, Money Maestro?

Friday, October 24, 2008

The Citizens Budget Commission’s Carol Kellermann says Michael Bloomberg’s reputation for budget mastery is deserved –- but he could have done more to tame spending.

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Councilman Vacca On His Term Limit Turnaround

Friday, October 24, 2008

By a vote of 29-22, the City Council yesterday passed Mayor Bloomberg's bill extending term limits from two to three terms, clearing the way for him and two thirds of the Council to run for a third term. But at one point, we thought it ...

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Aqueduct Casino Contract

Friday, October 24, 2008

Plans for a casino at the Aqueduct Race Track have been held up for years, but this week state senate leaders allowed a contract to move forward with a Buffalo-based firm. Betty Braton, head of the Ozone Park community board, says community members played a ...

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Activists Protest Hunters Point Housing

Friday, October 24, 2008

Dozens of community activists, clergy and regular people filled a small City Council hearing room today. Many of them criticized the Bloomberg Administration's proposal for Hunters Point South, a mixed-income housing complex planned for the Queens Waterfront.

About three-fifths of the 5,000 apartments are supposed to ...

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Amid High Emotions, Council Clears Bloomberg's Third Term Bid

Friday, October 24, 2008

BLOOMBERG: I'm pleased the majority of the City Council voted to give the public a bigger choice, more people to select from. Anyone who wanted to run before can continue to run. I plan to run.

HOST: Mayor Bloomberg is getting ready to run for another ...

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Thruway Toll Hike Reconsidered

Friday, October 24, 2008

New York's State Comptroller says an audit of the state Thruway Authority has found that it’s difficult to determine whether a controversial toll hike is really justified. Karen DeWitt reports from Albany.

REPORTER: When the Thruway Authority announced a 10 percent toll hike, which took effect ...

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NYC Bond Sales Move Forward

Friday, October 24, 2008

Local government authorities and agencies are beginning to move forward on bond sales that were postponed when the credit crisis began last month. But they're having to make some adjustments. WNYC's Matthew Schuerman reports.

REPORTER: New York State agencies put off borrowing more than $1 billion ...

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Term Limits and Lawsuits

Friday, October 24, 2008

The City Council may have voted, but an extension on term limits is expected to face more than one lawsuit. Civil liberties lawyer Norm Siegel is part of a group of lawyers studying a possible challenge based on either the Voting Rights Act, the 1st ...

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Sarah Jones on Race and Politics

Friday, October 24, 2008

Politics and art have intersected a lot over the course of this election season. Think of Will.i.am’s tribute to Obama this spring, or the wave of political art exhibitions that have been up all over the city. The actress Sarah Jones makes her living cultivating ...

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Act 3: Homeowners

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Momentum is building for a rescue plan for homeowners in trouble. But what would be the best way to help?

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Study: Higher Asthma in WTC-Area Children

Thursday, October 23, 2008

The first study of children from the World Trade Center Health Registry suggests more of them have asthma than children elsewhere in the nation. WNYC’s Fred Mogul has more.

REPORTER: The parents of 3,200 children were asked whether health professionals had ever told them they had ...

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Council to Vote on Term Limits Bill

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Later today the full City Council will take up Mayor Bloomberg's controversial bill to extend term limits from two terms to three. A judge declined to stop the vote yesterday. With us now to preview today's City Hall action is WNYC's Bob Hennelly.

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NYC Poorly Prepared for Election, Civic Groups Say

Thursday, October 23, 2008

New Yorkers may know who they're voting for, but not all of them know where to cast their ballot. A new report from civic groups says the city could do a better job making sure voters know where to go on November 4, and how ...

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Council Passes Bill to Extend Term Limits

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Mayor Bloomberg's extraordinary effort to get the chance to run for a third term has passed the City Council, by a vote of 29 for, and 22 against. Today's vote comes a mere three weeks after Bloomberg, a billionaire, announced his intention to run for ...

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Council Votes Down Term Limits Referendum

Thursday, October 23, 2008

The City Council voted down an amendment to the term limits bill that would have forced a voter referendum on extending the limits from two to three terms in a 28-22 vote.

Bill de Blasio, a vocal opponent of the term limit bill, described the failure ...

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City Council Passes Mayor's Term Limits Bill

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Bob, a very close vote. More than 10 Councilmembers waited until the last minute to declare their position. Upper West Side councilwoman Gail Brewer was one of them. She voted no, saying that, while she agreed with the mayor's bill, she doesn't like the way ...

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Meditations on Homeland Security

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Press your ears against the door at Joe’s Pub in the East Village, and you’ll hear the voice of Mike Daisey, talking about issues like the atom bomb and the Department of Homeland Security. His new one-man show is called, "If You See Something, Say ...

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Lawyer of Governor's Aide Cites Depression for Delinquent Taxes

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Lawyers for Governor Paterson’s chief of staff say he suffered from a unique condition that prevented him from paying his taxes for four years. Karen DeWitt has more from Albany.

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Ex-Mayor Voice of McCain Robo-Call

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Residents in several swing states are picking up the phone and finding a recording of Rudy Giuliani on the line. The former mayor is calling on behalf of the Republican National Committee and the McCain-Palin campaign.

GIULIANI: Barack Obama opposes mandatory prison sentences for sex offenders, ...

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