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Paterson: Safety Courses for Gun Owners

Monday, May 19, 2008

Gov. David Paterson wants all would be handgun owners in New York to take a safety course.

Legislation he proposed today would also mandate the safety course for gun shop owners. Michael Balboni, deputy secretary for public safety, says the safety course made sense.

BALBONI: It's the governor's belief that dangerous instrumentalist ...

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State Prisons - Overcrowded and Understaffed

Monday, May 19, 2008

Senator Charles Schumer says the state's four federal prisons are dangerously overcrowded and understaffed. A report released today details conditions at prisons in Manhattan and Brooklyn, and upstate in Otisville and Ray Brook.

It says while the average federal prison is 37 percent overcrowded, in New York, federal prisons have 50 ...

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Group Requests Congressional Probe of Fossella

Monday, May 19, 2008

A watchdog group, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, wants a Congressional ethics committee to investigate whether Staten Island Congressman Vito Fossella used government resources to have an extramarital affair.

Fossella took official trips in 2002 and 2003 with Laura Fay, who was, at the time, an Air Force officer ...

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City to Hire 63 Building Inspectors

Monday, May 19, 2008

Under fire for a spate of construction accidents, Mayor Michael Bloomberg has announced that the city will spend $5 million to hire 63 more safety inspectors. The new hires will help the Buildings Department register all general contractors who build homes in the city, so that their safety record can ...

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Kelly Tells Council of NYPD's Recruit Woes

Monday, May 19, 2008

Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly told members of the City Council that the NYPD was stretched thin due to low starting salaries, but said an arbitrator could change the salary structure this week.

Kelly spoke during budget hearings, and addressed the challenges of recruiting new officers with a starting salary of just ...

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Councilmembers Offered Legal Help in Accounting Probe

Sunday, May 18, 2008

A memo obtained by WNYC says city council members are being offered free legal representation in the ongoing federal probe into the council's bookkeeping. WNYC's Bob Hennelly reports:

REPORTER: The memo from the office of the legislative body's general counsel advises city council members that in order to qualify for the ...

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Farm Bill Could Help Area Soup Kitchens

Sunday, May 18, 2008

Food pantries and soup kitchens around the city have been struggling with rising food costs. But they could get a much-needed boost from the recent passage of a federal Farm Bill. WNYC's Cindy Rodriguez reports:

REPORTER: The current farm bill increases the money for emergency food from $140 million to $250 ...

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Studies Say NYC Immigrants Assimilate Quickly

Sunday, May 18, 2008

Two separate studies released this week cast New York City as a place where immigrants assimilate quickly. WNYC's Marianne McCune reports.

The first study uses a century of national census data to look at how quickly generations of immigrants have matched their native born peers in economic and social trends. A ...

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City Halts Construction on Goldman Sachs Tower

Sunday, May 18, 2008

City officials have stopped construction on the future Goldman Sachs headquarters near Ground Zero. This after a chunk of steel fell 18 stories onto a field where children were playing. The city Buildings Department says no one was hurt in the Saturday afternoon accident where Tishman Construction is building the ...

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Natural History Museum Celebrates the Horse

Saturday, May 17, 2008

Expect to hear a thundering gallop reverberate throughout Pilimco Stadium in Baltimore today as riders prepare for the Preakness -- the second race in the Triple Crown series.

REPORTER: But equestrian enthusiasts don't need to leave the state to celebrate. The Museum of Natural History will host a series festivities today ...

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Bloomberg Blasts Union Retirement Plan

Friday, May 16, 2008

State legislators have been considering an analysis of a legislative proposal to offer early retirement to city workers without knowing that the study had been paid for by their union.

The New York Times is reporting that a former city actuary, Jonathan Schwartz, was paid for his analysis by the municipal ...

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MTA Picks Top Musicians

Friday, May 16, 2008

REPORTER: The results of a talent contest for musicians competing to serenade subway passengers are in.

Out of the 55 hopefuls who auditioned earlier this month, the MTA has approved 23 groups.

Among the winners are a vibraphonist, a punk cellist and a Chinese classical musician.

There's also a Latin fusion group known ...

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Councilwoman Eyed Over Possible Misuse of Funds

Friday, May 16, 2008

A nonprofit group that received discretionary city funds from Bronx Councilwoman Maria Del Carmen Arroyo is facing intense scrutiny.

Councilwoman Arroyo directed tens of thousand of dollars in discretionary funds to the South Bronx Community Corporation, a nonprofit that has deep ties with her family.

The city's Department of Youth and ...

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Locals Cast Ballots in D.R. Election

Friday, May 16, 2008

There's a presidential election in the Dominican Republic today, and Dominicans are heading to the polls here in the States, as well.

In New York and New Jersey combined, about 77,000 Dominicans are registered to vote in today's election. The two main candidates both opened campaign offices here and showed ...

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State Unions May Not Get Extra Cash

Friday, May 16, 2008

Though he's a longtime friend of labor, Gov. David Paterson says he cannot accommodate the unions' requests to increase their pensions and ensure benefits.

The governor says unions have to face the reality of a looming $21 billion deficit.

PATERSON: I understand that there are entities that go on and on ...

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Feds want JFK, Newark to Auction Off Peak Flight Spots

Friday, May 16, 2008

The federal Department of Transportation wants JFK and Newark Airports to auction off some of their peak take-off and landing time-slots in order to cut down on air traffic congestion.

The Port Authority, which runs the airports, called the plan poorly conceived and said it wouldn't increase capacity and would result ...

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Local Response to Gay Marriage Ruling

Friday, May 16, 2008

REPORTER: After yesterday's gay marriage ruling in California, Assemblyman Daniel O'Donnell could have the chance to follow in his sister Rosie's steps and get married in California.

But, the openly gay lawmaker says he's committed to wait until he can wed at home.

O'DONNELL: I was born in New York, I was ...

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FDNY Has Fewer EMTs

Friday, May 16, 2008

The Fire Department is heading into summer with fewer Emergency Medical Technicians.

About 120 positions are unfilled, as EMT's and potential EMT's have taken jobs in other parts of the city workforce or in other cities altogether. Union Spokesman Robert Unger says the fire department will have to make EMT's work ...

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Rally at City Hall for More School Money

Friday, May 16, 2008

Education advocates and elected officials rallied at City Hall today for more school money. They're angry that Mayor Michael Bloomberg's proposed budget doesn't include more for the city's students.

Randi Weingarten is the President of the United Federation of Teachers. She says Bloomberg has forgotten his pledge to strengthen schools by ...

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It's National Bike to Work Day!

Friday, May 16, 2008

Paul Steely White, of Transportation Alternatives, says now is the time to pull out your bike and join the city's estimated 130,000 daily riders.

WHITE: The first thing is to make sure your bicycle is in proper working order. Make sure your brakes are working, that would be the most important.

REPORTER: ...

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