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Schumer: NYS Could Get Billions in Federal Aid

Monday, December 29, 2008

New York could receive at least $5 billion under a new economic stimulus package being developed by President-elect Barack Obama's transition team and congressional leaders.

That's according to U.S. Senator Charles Schumer. Today he's expected to discuss how the funds could help New York defray budget ...

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Record Tourists in 2008, Lower Expectations for 2009

Monday, December 29, 2008

The Bloomberg Administration says a record number of tourists visited the city last year - but the two percent increase is smaller than the growth seen in previous years. Forty-six million people traveled to the Big Apple from elsewhere in 2008. Mayor Bloomberg says he's ...

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Former NYC Police Chief Scheduled for Arraignment

Monday, December 29, 2008

Former New York City Police Commissioner Bernard Kerik is scheduled to be arraigned in federal court in White Plains today.

The original indictment charged that Kerik accepted free apartment renovations, lied to White House officials and falsified his tax return in 2000. Federal prosecutors added charges ...

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Trustee of Madoff Firm Liquidation Requests Funding

Monday, December 29, 2008

A trustee presiding over the liquidation of Bernard Madoff's investment firm says he plans to spend just over $28 million on employee salaries and other costs. Court papers filed in federal bankruptcy court in Manhattan on Friday show that the Bank of New York Mellon ...

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Holiday Season Dismal for City's Small Businesses

Sunday, December 28, 2008

Local retailers are spreading the blame around for what they call a dismal holiday shopping season.

REPORTER: Actual numbers won't be out for a few weeks. But some of the city's small business owners say they were pressured to offer discounts earlier than usual this year, ...

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New Jersey Doctor Killed in Iraq

Saturday, December 27, 2008

The Department of Defense reports that a New York City native has been killed in Iraq. Marc Garber reports.

REPORTER: The Pentagon says Major John P. Pryor died Christmas Day when a mortar round hit near his living quarters. The 42-year-old New Jersey doctor was a ...

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Driver Will Not Be Charged in Hanukkah Accident

Saturday, December 27, 2008

A man who drove his sports utility vehicle into a Long Island Hanukkah party won't face charges in the accident, which police say may have been caused by a stuck floor mat.

Thursday's crash into the Chanukah Wonderland building in Woodmere injured 14 people, including 76-year-old ...

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Caroline Kennedy Breaks Silence on Bid for Senate Seat

Saturday, December 27, 2008

Caroline Kennedy has largely avoided the media since her interest in Hillary Clinton's Senate seat became known.

REPORTER: But Kennedy sat down for an interview yesterday, telling the Associated Press about the timing of her decision to enter politics:

KENNEDY: You know I think really this sort ...

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A Yuletide Tradition: Dim Sum

Friday, December 26, 2008

Even for those who don't celebrate Christmas, yesterday was a chance to observe some other time-honored traditions - like enjoying a meal at a boisterous Chinatown restaurant.

Kim Newman, of Brooklyn, says she's been doing just that for several decades.

NEWMAN: There was nothing ever open on ...

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Hanukkah Party Crash Leaves 14 Injured

Friday, December 26, 2008

Fourteen people are injured after a car plowed into a Long Island building where Orthodox Jewish families were celebrating Hanukkah yesterday.

At least six of the injured are young children. Nassau County police say four of the people injured are in serious condition.

The community's rabbi, Zalman ...

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Retailers Hoping Post-Holiday Markdowns Boost Sales

Friday, December 26, 2008

REPORTER: Retailers are hoping that post-Christmas sales will lure in customers who are spending less because of the economic downturn. Prices have been dropping since before Thanksgiving at both big department stores and smaller boutique shops. Michael Robinson, a buyer at a Soho shop called ...

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Financial 411: Dreary Holiday Spending

Friday, December 26, 2008

Signs of dreary holiday spending are dimming hopes for a big year-end rally. Greg David, Editorial Director at Crains New York Business, joins us now to recap the week in economic news.

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Nuclear Power Plants to Provide Own Security

Friday, December 26, 2008

REPORTER: New Jersey is withdrawing state security details at its three nuclear power plants, saying the plants' operators will now provide security.

Since October 2001, the Oyster Creek plant in Forked River and the Salem and Hope Creek plants in Salem County have been patrolled by ...

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In With the New, But Recycle the Old

Friday, December 26, 2008

If Santa brought you shiny new gadgets for Christmas this year, don't throw the old ones in the garbage.

Electronics like TVs, computers, and cell phones contain toxins that can pollute air and water. The Lower East Side Ecology Center will be holding four electronics recycling ...

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Mayor: Wait and See About Party Affiliation

Thursday, December 25, 2008

Mayor Bloomberg insists he hasn't decided what party line he'll run on, even as he's hired a top Democratic consultant to help him win a third term in office. WNYC's Beth Fertig reports.

REPORTER: Bloomberg says he hasn't talked about switching parties. The Democrat turned Republican ...

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Restaurant Offers Free Holiday Meals

Thursday, December 25, 2008

REPORTER: An Asbury Park, New Jersey restaurant has opened its doors for Christmas, offering free food and activities to anyone who drops in. Marilyn Schlossback owns Langosta Lounge on the boardwalk. She says it's not a soup kitchen, so much as an opportunity for people ...

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Amtrak to Increase Inauguration Day Service

Thursday, December 25, 2008

Amtrak officials say they plan to increase the number of trains running on their Northeast corridor lines on Inauguration Day, January 20.

Amtrak spokeswoman Tracy Connell says that will mean more trains going between Boston and Washington. There also will be additional cars on the trains.

Connell ...

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President Withdraws Pardon Issued for NYC Developer

Thursday, December 25, 2008

One day after granting a pardon to Brooklyn developer Isaac Toussie, President Bush revoked it, a step experts say is certainly rare and possibly unprecedented. WNYC's Isaac-Davy Aronson has more.

REPORTER: Toussie, one of 19 people Bush pardoned on Tuesday, pleaded guilty in 2003 to defrauding ...

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NY Gov: Iraq 90% to Democracy

Thursday, December 25, 2008

Governor David Paterson is back in New York after his tour of Iraq and Afghanistan. He says he's amazed at the progress that's taken place over the last 18 months in Iraq. The governor says the military generals he spoke with say the country is ...

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The Christmas Tradition of Volunteering

Thursday, December 25, 2008

REPORTER: Not everyone was rushing to open their presents first thing this morning.

Volunteers at the Soho nonprofit Gods Love We Deliver started cooking at 4 am. Now another crew is helping to distribute more than 2,000 meals to people with serious illnesses in the New ...

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