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Three Officers to be Indicted in Mineo Case

Sunday, December 07, 2008

Three New York City police officers will reportedly face charges in the alleged assault of a man in a Brooklyn subway station in October. That's according to anonymous sources close to the grand jury quoted by the several news organizations. They say the indictments were ...

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Senate Democrats to Continue Leadership Talks

Sunday, December 07, 2008

New York State Senate Democrats have agreed to continue talks over the chamber's leadership, after a contentious closed-door meeting Saturday.

A statement attributed the entire conference, including three dissidents who have considered siding with Republicans, says all support Senator Malcolm Smith as their leader. The statement ...

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City Council Releases More Proposed Spending Cuts

Sunday, December 07, 2008

The City Council's Budget Negotiating Team has released nearly $500 million in additional spending reduction proposals in an effort to minimize the impact of the fiscal crisis. The cuts would reduce the 2009 budget by nearly $170 million, and the budget for Fiscal Year 2010 ...

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Brazilian Air Force Releases Study on Plane Crash

Sunday, December 07, 2008

A Brazilian Air Force investigation has concluded that a switched-off transponder in a Long Island-based jet contributed to a 2006 crash over the Amazon. Two Brazilian newspapers report that investigators determined the two Long Island-based pilots of an executive jet inadvertently placed the transponder and ...

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County Executives Want More Flexibility Amid Coming Budget Cuts

Saturday, December 06, 2008

New York's county executives are telling Governor Paterson that they may be willing to share in the pain that's coming because of the state's $15 billion budget deficit.

REPORTER: But they want to make sure that costs aren't passed down to county tax payers. Suffolk County ...

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Mumbai Siege Leads New York Security Companies to Review Operations

Saturday, December 06, 2008

The terrorist siege of Mumbai is forcing local security companies to take a second look at their operations, as WNYC's Bob Hennelly reports.

REPORTER: The Mumbai attacks brutally exposed the vulnerability of so-called "soft-targets" like hotels and hospitals. And here in the US, they're most often ...

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Rececssion Specials in the Arts

Saturday, December 06, 2008

Recession Specials are all the rage –- from Gray’s Papaya hotdogs to sales at retail stores all over New York. And the same is true in the arts. Cultural critic Claudia La Rocco talks to WNYC Weekend Edition Host Brian Zumhagen about some of the ...

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An Eyeful of Brooklyn

Friday, December 05, 2008

At the Public Theater, the hip hop artist Danny Hoch has put gentrification on stage in his show called Taking Over. A similar project has also been in development for the past two months by the New York-based theater company The Civilians.

Their project is called ...

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Cuts to City's Elder Abuse Program Puts Weakest at Risk

Friday, December 05, 2008

With the city facing a budget deficit that’s expected to balloon to $4 billion over the next two years, city agencies have been instructed to cut 7.5 percent of their budgets. Everything from daycare slots for low income families to dental clinics for kids, have ...

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Community Leaders Decry Fire Station Cuts

Friday, December 05, 2008

Community leaders want the Fire Department to spare their neighborhood fire stations from service cuts. One of them is on City Island in the Bronx. Kenneth Kearns, District Manager of Community Board 10 in the Bronx, says back-up help would have a hard time getting ...

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Growing Job Losses Impact on NYC

Friday, December 05, 2008

New York companies are reporting more layoffs. Long Island's Newsday will cut 100 staff - or five percent of its workforce. Two auction houses, Sotheby's and Christie's, are planning layoffs as well. Editor of Crain's New York Business, Greg David, says that media has been ...

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Brooklyn Neighborhood Acts Out On Development Plan

Friday, December 05, 2008

At the Public Theater, the hip hop artist Danny Hoch recently put gentrification on stage in his show called "Taking Over." A similar project has been in development by the theater company The Civilians.

Their project is called "Brooklyn at Eye Level." It brings performers together ...

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Mixed Reaction for MTA Bailout Plan

Friday, December 05, 2008

Recommendations from a six month study on how to save MTA's troubled finances are meeting with mixed reactions.

Congressman Anthony Weiner says taxing New York City-area companies and making drivers pay new tolls to cross the East River, as yesterday's Ravitch report suggests, misses the underlying ...

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Three Schools Closing for Poor Performance

Friday, December 05, 2008

Three of the city's public schools are being closed for poor performance.

The city's Education Department says MS 44 on the Upper West Side, PS 90 in the Morrisania section of the Bronx, and PS 225 in Rockaway Park, Queens, all received a D or an ...

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Deals Cut to make Smith Head of State Senate

Friday, December 05, 2008

Three dissident Democrats have come to an agreement and will support Malcolm Smith to head the New York State Senate. It's the first time Democrats take control of the chamber in more than 40 years.

Bronx Sens. Ruben Diaz Sr. and Pedro Espada Jr., along with ...

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New Yorkers Assess Public Safety

Friday, December 05, 2008

Residents who live closest to the site of the 9/11 terrorist attacks say they feel the safest. WNYC's Bob Hennelly found the surprising results in Mayor Bloomberg's customer service survey released this week.

REPORTER: Respondents in Community Board One -- Lower Manhattan -- gave their neighborhood ...

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Problems for Automakers Could Hurt New York

Friday, December 05, 2008

Representatives for auto workers and car dealers in New York State say if Congress doesn't approve a rescue package for the Big Three automakers, hundreds of the state's dealers and suppliers could go out of business, and New York's municipal governments could lose millions of ...

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Lessons Learned from Mumbai

Friday, December 05, 2008

Security officials from New York City hotels were briefed by NYPD intelligence officers working in Mumbai, India.

Via teleconference, they discussed how 10 gunmen were able to infiltrate so-called "soft targets" like hotels, a hospital and a train station with A-K 47s.

Police Commissioner Ray Kelly says ...

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Vets Wait Almost 6 Months for Services

Friday, December 05, 2008

The New York City office of Veterans Affairs says it can take at least 6 months for a vet to obtain the services and medications they need as they re-adjust to civilian life. The office says a third of their claims have been backlogged because ...

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Closing City Schools

Friday, December 05, 2008

Teachers Union President Randi Weingarten is condemning the city's decision to close three public schools. She says the closures will cause "devastating" disruptions, especially during this period of financial instability.

But speaking on his WOR radio show this morning, Mayor Bloomberg said schools that aren't serving ...

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