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Midtown Developer Could Lose Permits

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

The city has threatened to revoke the permits of the developer of a Midtown high rise tower where a crane collapsed in March, killing seven people.

A letter sent to developer James Kennelly shows 28 objections to his current building plans. All of them have to do with zoning regulations.

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Schools Chancellor Asks Albany for Help

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Schools Chancellor Joel Klein says he's going to ask Albany to change the law that restricts how state education money is distributed in New York. He wants to equally implement a 1.4% cut to all schools in stead of providing mandated money to lower performing schools.

REPORTER: Klein says the Department ...

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City Unveils New Bike Program

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

The city plans to create temporary pedestrian and bicycle-friendly boulevards this summer on a "major corridor" of Manhattan.

Transportation Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan said details for the route are still being finalized with the Police Department and will be disclosed next month.

She described the pilot program at an urban design conference.

SADIK-KHAN: ...

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NYPD Charges Officers in Bell Shooting

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Seven police officers involved in the fatal shooting of Sean Bell will face departmental charges. Pending internal trials, they could face a range of penalties, including dismissal.

Four of the officers involved in the shooting - including the 3 who went on trial - were charged with discharging their weapons ...

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New Contract for Catholic Teachers

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

A union representing 3,000 lay teachers at 206 catholic schools has ratified a four year contract with the Archdiocese of New York.

The Federation of Catholic Teachers announced yesterday that its members overwhelmingly approved the tentative contract reached last month. FCT president Mary-Ann Perry says teachers will get a 15 ...

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Quality of Life Disparities for City Kids

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Kids in the city are doing better than in years past but there are still big disparities between communities.

According to a report by the citizens committee for children student achievement is improving, more kids are in child care and have health insurance. Much of the data comes from 2006 government ...

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Preserving Live Art

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

What does it mean to preserve live art? The choreographer Antony Tudor is being celebrated around the country this this year, and a range of ballet companies are performing his works. Ballet has a long and deep tradition – as a classical art form, it continually looks to the past. ...

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GOP's Influence Wanes in New York

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Republican lawmaker Vito Fossella will leave Congress in January. After a tumultuous few weeks following revelations he had a daughter with a woman who isn't his wife, Fossella said yesterday that he will not seek re-election.

Fossella is the only Republican representing New York City in Congress. His departure casts doubt ...

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Artificial Turf Debate in Battery Park City

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

The two small playing fields at Battery Park City get used so much that a task force is recommending that they be replaced by artificial turf.

Jeff Galloway, a task force member, says that artificial turf would allow the playing fields to be open much more often than they are now.

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State Senate Greenlights Marine Transfer Station

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Mayor Michael Bloomberg thanked the State Senate for passing the Gansevoort bill that would allow the city to build a marine transfer station on the Manhattan peninsula so trash can be transported by barge instead of truck.

The facility is needed for the mayor's plan to reconfigure the city's garbage disposal ...

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NJ Families Fall Behind on Payments

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Higher energy costs and a slowing economy have produced a spike in the number of New Jersey families falling behind on their utility bills.

According to the New Jersey State Board of Public Utilities, in 2007 over 175,000 households had their electricity shut off. That's a 15 percent jump from ...

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Paterson Hospitalized

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Paterson's office said in a statement today that he asked to be brought to The Mount Sinai Medical Center for an evaluation.

His office says preliminary tests were normal. It says he is resting comfortably and will undergo further tests.

In April 2006, when he was the state Senate minority leader, Paterson ...

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NYC's Smoking Decline Continues

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

The number of New York City residents who smoke declined for the sixth straight year since a smoking ban was imposed.

REPORTER: And according to newly released statistics, the drop was even more rapid over the last year in Staten Island, which has traditionally lagged behind the rest of the city. ...

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D.O.E. Employee Also Mayor in N.J.

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

A manager with the City Department of Education has agreed to pay a $1,000 penalty for attempting to run his part time job as Mayor of a Bergen County town while on Dept. of Education time. WNYC's Bob Hennelly has more.

The City's Conflict of Interest Board says Joseph Blundo, who's ...

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Major Pay Raise for City Cops

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

The state board charged with resolving the contract standoff between the Bloomberg administration and the police union - the Patrolmen's Benevolent Association - has made its decision.

WNYC's Bob Hennelly reports.

Rookie officers will finally see a pay increase. The Public Employment Relations Board raised starting salaries from $25,000 to just under ...

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New Developer for Far West Side

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

It didn't take long for the Metropolitan Transportation Authority to find another bidder to turn the West Side rail yards into a series of high-rise apartment and office towers.

The Related Companies will take over the project - having offered the MTA about as much money as Tishman Speyer had ...

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Fossella Says He Won't Run for Re-Election

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Saying "this course of action is best for my family and our community," U.S. Rep. Vito Fossella posted a letter on his website this morning announcing he would not run for re-election this year. The decision comes after Fossella was arrested for drunken driving, an incident that lead to revelations ...

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Minor Eye Surgery for Paterson

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Gov. David Paterson is set to undergo eye surgery this afternoon. He was taken to Mount Sinai Medical Center early this morning after complaining of migraine like symptoms. Karen DeWitt reports from Albany.

Gov. David Paterson has been diagnosed with an acute form of glaucoma and will undergo laser surgery to ...

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Quinn Sidesteps Questions on Mayoral Run

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

At a Midtown breakfast, City Council Speaker Christine Quinn was grilled about the discretionary fund scandal and whether it would hurt any future mayoral bid on her part.

Quinn sidestepped any questions whether she will seek to run for mayor saying she's focusing on being speaker and working on overhauling how ...

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Fossella Won't Seek Re-election

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Fossella says in a statement on his Web site that the choice was a difficult one, based on a need to balance his "dedication to service" and "the need to concentrate on healing the wounds" that he has caused his wife and family.

The 43-year-old congressman has admitted to fathering a ...

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