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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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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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Gang of Three Conform for One

Thursday, December 04, 2008

It's the first time Democrats take control of the chamber in more than 40 years.

Bronx Senators Ruben Diaz Senior and Pedro Espada Junior along with Brooklyn Senator Carl Krueger were being wooed by Republicans to support their agenda and abandon Smith.

But after a closed-door meeting ...

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FDNY Night Shift

Thursday, December 04, 2008

Starting in mid-January, the Fire Department is closing four firehouses overnight.

The budget-cutting move will affect Engine 4 in Lower Manhattan, Engine 161 on Staten Island, Engine 271 in Brooklyn, and Ladder 53 on City Island in the Bronx.

Commissioner Nicholas Scoppetta says the night closures will ...

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FDNY Night Shift Pt. 2

Thursday, December 04, 2008

Four firehouses in the Bronx, Staten Island, Brooklyn, and Lower Manhattan will be shuttered overnight, starting January 17th, to help the city close a $1.2 billion budget gap.

The FDNY says the sites were chosen because their late night closures pose the least amount of risk ...

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Saigon Grill Owners Arrested

Thursday, December 04, 2008

Two owners of a popular New York City restaurant chain have been arrested and charged with falsifying records and tampering with evidence during a legal dispute with their workers.

Owners of the Saigon Grill on the Upper West Side are facing charges by the Attorney General's ...

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City Ambulances put Heart Attacks on Ice

Thursday, December 04, 2008

New York City ambulances will no longer automatically take heart attack patients to closest hospital. Instead, they will only go to facilities with special body-cooling units. As WNYC's Fred Mogul reports, the technology is relatively new but early research indicates a big boost in survival ...

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Fixing the MTA Budget Deficit

Thursday, December 04, 2008

It's a plan designed to spread the burden among the largest group of people.

At least that's how Richard Ravitch described his panel's recommendations for bailing out the Metropolitan Transportation Authority.

Recommendations include a payroll tax for companies, fare and toll increases of just 8 percent, instead ...

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State Auto Workers Say 'Bail Out Big Three'

Thursday, December 04, 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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After Kaye: Choosing the Next Chief Judge

Thursday, December 04, 2008

CUOMO: For the commission to say: we searched the state, we couldn't find a single solitary qualified woman to serve on the bench -- something is wrong, either with the process or the legislation or the way it was administered.

REPORTER: That's Attorney General Andrew Cuomo, ...

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Bronx Most Dissatisfied in City Service Survey

Thursday, December 04, 2008

The Bloomberg Administration has released results from a first-ever survey of how New Yorkers feel about their city and the quality of municipal services. WNYC's Bob Hennelly has more.

The survey of close to 25,000 households says as much about the City as it does about ...

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Cool New Treatment for Cardiac Arrest

Thursday, December 04, 2008

City ambulances will be taking a new tack with patients struck by cardiac arrest. Starting next year, EMS paramedics will take many heart attack victims to certain hospitals where their bodies can be cooled down, even if those hospitals with specialized cooling equipment are farther ...

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Remodeling City Senior Centers

Thursday, December 04, 2008

The debate rages on at City Hall as to whether the city should go forward with its planned modernization of the more than 300 senior centers around the city.

Many elderly New Yorkers and their advocates worry that the plan to update centers, or potentially lose ...

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Swap this!

Thursday, December 04, 2008

New York takes a step towards regulation of the tricky instruments known as credit default swaps.

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$5 Toll Proposed for Brooklyn Bridge

Thursday, December 04, 2008

Five bucks to cross the East River Bridges? That's what Governor Paterson and others are pushing for now that a state commission has given them recommendations on how to keep subway and bus fares from going up too much. Mayor Bloomberg hasn't commented yet on ...

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Inside NY State's Judge Selection Process

Thursday, December 04, 2008

The state's judicial selection commission earlier this week submitted a slate of seven candidates to the governor, for him to appoint the next chief judge of the state's high court. Retiring chief judge Judith Kaye is the first woman to hold that office. All seven ...

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Council Candidates Sue Campaign Finance Board

Wednesday, December 03, 2008

First-time City Council candidates have filed a lawsuit against the Campaign Finance Board. They say after the City Council extended term limits, the board is giving an unfair advantage to City Council incumbents by letting them keep the money they raised to run for higher ...

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Schumer: Housing "Vultures" Hurt NYC

Wednesday, December 03, 2008

Sen. Charles Schumer says developers took out risky loans to purchase dozens of affordable housing complexes across the city. He's asking the Securities and Exchange Commission to investigate what housing advocates say were lax lending practices. Schumer says the owners mistakenly predicted they could raise ...

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State Mortgage Agency Offers More Loans

Wednesday, December 03, 2008

Fewer banks are willing to make home loans these days, and the State of New York Mortgage Agency, or SONYMA, is picking up some of the slack. The agency says the total value of loans it's bought so far this year is $466 million. That's up 74 percent over last ...

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