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Dance Class Preps Women for Jets Cheerleaders Try Outs

Friday, May 02, 2008

On any given day, there are countless auditions held in New York. Show biz wannabes of all stripes pound the pavement in the hopes of being cast in the next great play, movie, or TV show. But later this month, the New York Jets will hold an open casting call ...

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Harlem Development Plan Moves Forward

Thursday, May 01, 2008

A major plan to bring new development to 125th Street is going forward after the City Council overwhelmingly approved a new zoning plan for the whole length of Harlem's main artery. WNYC's Siddhartha Mitter reports.

MITTER: Council members called the rezoning a big victory, especially members from Harlem who had a ...

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City Cuts Back on Parking Permits for Its Workers

Thursday, May 01, 2008

25,000 city employees are losing their parking perks.

Following through on a promise to cut the number of parking placards, the Mayor has slashed the total number by 32 percent, so that there are now about 55,000 city employees who can park without penalty on city streets.

The police department gave up ...

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The Stage is Set for New York City's 2009 Budget

Thursday, May 01, 2008

Mayor Michael Bloomberg presents his 2009 budget today. WNYC's Ilya Marritz has a preview.

The executive budget presentation marks the last act of the city government's yearly kabuki over spending.

In anticipation of weaker tax revenues, the mayor has already asked all agencies to cut their spending about five percent.

But despite the ...

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Design Unveiled for Downtown Whitney

Thursday, May 01, 2008

The Whitney Museum of American Art has unveiled a design for its satellite museum in lower Manhattan.

Architect Renzo Piano's asymmetrical design will provide 50,000 square feet of gallery space over six floors, compared to 32-thousand at its uptown location. The Meatpacking District facility will allow the Whitney to show more ...

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Flat Spending for FY09; Deficits ahead: Bloomberg

Thursday, May 01, 2008

Mayor Bloomberg says the city's economic fortunes for the next fiscal year are rosy enough to keep a seven percent property tax in place for 2009 but not after that.

BLOOMBERG: unfortunately, continuing that property tax reduction beyond one year is unsustainable. we are forecasting deficits of $1.3 billion in 2010 ...

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Much of NYC Air Fails ALA Standards

Thursday, May 01, 2008

The American Lung Association's annual State of the Air report finds nearly half of all New Yorkers live in areas where the air does not meet minimum standards.

It says seven of the state's 33 counties, encompassing nearly half of the state's population, receive failing grades for air quality. New York ...

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May 1 Rallies Fill City Streets

Thursday, May 01, 2008

Demonstrations are taking place around the city this May Day. Immigrant rights advocates are gathering this hour on the Lower East Side. They're protesting laws that sanction businesses that knowingly employ people who are in the country illegally.

Later this afternoon there will be another rally for immigrant and workers' rights ...

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Percentage of Income Spent on Rent Increases

Wednesday, April 30, 2008

More New Yorkers are spending half their income on rent. That's according to a report from Democratic Congressman Anthony Weiner.

REPORTER: He used federal census data to show that nearly one in three renters are spending 50 percent or more on housing -- about 15 percent more than in 1999. Speaking ...

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Activists Protest Cuts to School Funding

Wednesday, April 30, 2008

A group of education activists, parents and elected officials rallied at City Hall to say they will fight the the city's plan to cut $500 million from school funding.

REPORTER: Helen Rosenthal, chairwoman of Manhattan's Community Board 7, says groups around the city are organizing to stop the cuts.

ROSENTHAL: From community ...

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Homeland Security Sued Over Inhumane Conditions in Immigration Prisons

Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Another lawsuit against the Department of Homeland Security was filed in Federal court today, this one is over prison conditions for detained immigrants. The plaintiffs are former detainees and several advocacy groups who say conditions in immigration prisons are wildly variable and too often inhumane. So, with help from Yale ...

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State Senate Proposes to Suspend Gas Tax

Wednesday, April 30, 2008

In Albany, the State Senate will introduce a bill today to suspend the state gas tax, which is about 32 cents per gallon. But the plan faces several hurdles.

If the tax is suspended, it could create a $500 million gap in state finances.

The Democrat-led Assembly is expected to vote against ...

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New Yorkers Asked to Join Flood Watch

Tuesday, April 29, 2008

REPORTER: As April showers continue, so does the chance of flooding here in the city.

This has led to creation of the city's Flood Mitigation Task Force. It will monitor flood-prone locations and increase maintenance of the city's 140,000 catch basins - the sidewalk sewer grates that collect rain water and ...

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Attention Remains on City Council Finances

Tuesday, April 29, 2008

There was little fanfare last year when City Council Speaker Christine Quinn mandated for the first time that council members fill out a 3-page "Conflict of Interest" disclosure form about pet projects.

The 3-page internal form, obtained by WNYC, required members describe in detail the involvement of themselves or family members ...

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City Spends Millions on Unassigned Teachers

Tuesday, April 29, 2008

The city is spending more than $80 million dollars over two years on unassigned teachers. A new report by an educational group is recommending new rules for those teachers who've lost jobs to school closings but remain on the payroll.

REPORTER: The union contract now assigns out-of-work teachers to be available ...

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Call for Reform in Council's Non-Profit Funding Practices

Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Good government groups and several of the city's editorial writers are calling for reforms to the City Council's methods of funding non-profits. An alternative process is already in operation. WNYC's Bob Hennelly has more.

REPORTER: Historically, city's arts groups had to pursue city funding as if it were buried treasure... Now ...

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Group Angry Over Lack of Change to Class Size

Tuesday, April 29, 2008

The group says a study commissioned by the teachers union backs their claim. City Comptroller Bill Thompson says he'll review how the Education Department spent state funds.

WNYC's Elaine Rivera reports.

Of the 390 public schools that received funding to reduce class size, less than half managed to create classrooms of 25 ...

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Queens Hit Hardest by Foreclosure Crisis

Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Signs of a deepening housing crisis in New York City -- an on-line real estate service, Realty Trac, says foreclosures are up 34 percent for the first three months of this year.

A spokesman for the company says those figures could jump even higher, because New York's foreclosure process takes more ...

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City Announces Cable TV Deal with Verizon

Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Cablevision and Time Warner may no longer be the only 'show' in town. The city has announced a deal allowing telecommunications giant Verizon to bring its high speed FiOS network to New York City.

REPORTER: The Deputy Mayor for Economic Development, Robert Lieber, said a new player in the cable TV ...

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Gov. Paterson Weighs in on Bell Verdict

Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Governor Paterson says he's somewhat surprised by the acquittal of 3 police detectives in the fatal shooting of Sean Bell.

Paterson says the verdict surprised him because of the number of shots fired at Bell and his 2 friends. Officers unloaded 50 shots at the 3 men outside a strip club ...

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