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Fiscal Challenges Ahead for New York

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Governor Paterson will address New Yorkers directly this evening about the state’s finances. Whatever he says, the news probably won’t be good. We’re looking at a $5 billion deficit next year - and swiftly declining tax revenues - as Wall Street reels from the housing ...

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Bloomberg to Albany: Get Off Our Backs

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Mayor Michael Bloomberg has some words for Albany, as Gov. David Paterson prepares to speak about the economic downturn.

The mayor says state lawmakers can't solve their problems on the backs of New York City taxpayers.

BLOOMBERG: They have been spreading the goodies around the ...

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Guns into Guitars

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Yesterday, we brought you a story about the strained political discourse among Colombian immigrants from the left and right.

Colombians Debate Politics With Difficulty

This morning, we talk with a young man who manages to denounce violence in Colombia without getting caught up ...

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Mayor Outlines Reforms for Municipal Construction Projects

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Mayor Michael Bloomberg says he has a five-step plan to reduce the cost of the city's capital projects. It's a way, he says, of making sure the city continues to invest in infrastructure, even during this economic slump.

BLOOMBERG: We are not going to walk away ...

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NYPD Probes Cyclist Shoving Incident

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

The NYPD and the Manhattan district attorney are investigating the circumstances surrounding an NYPD officer knocking a cyclist to the ground last Friday in Times Square.

The incident, part of a Critical Mass bike ride, was captured on video and surfaced on the Internet.

Kelly said after ...

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Questions Raised Over Financing Deals of New Yankees Stadium

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

The Yankees broke ground on their new stadium a year ago, but its financing details are still coming out. Yesterday, a state legislator criticized part of the agreement that gives city economic development officials a free luxury suite. WNYC's Matthew Schuerman has more.

REPORTER: The new ...

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Economic Downturn May Jeopardize City's Pension and Retirement

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Mayor Michael Bloomberg has long warned of dire consequences if the city did not get a handle on its pension and retirement health care costs. As WNYC's Bob Hennelly reports, a rapidly deteriorating economy will make it even harder to cover those costs.

REPORTER: In good ...

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Subway Service Getting Worse

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Subway service is getting worse, according to The Straphangers Campaign's annual report card.

Gene Russianoff of the riders' advocacy group says, according to New York City Transit's own data, from 2006 to 2007 trains traveled 4.5 percent fewer miles between breakdowns. The report shows ...

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Former Newark Mayor Gets 27-Month Sentence

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Former Newark Mayor Sharpe James was sentenced to 27 months in federal prison on Tuesday - far less than the 20 years sought by prosecutors - for his role in the cut-rate sales of city land to his former mistress.

Federal Judge William Martini also ordered ...

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Deadly Weekend at Area Beaches

Monday, July 28, 2008

Divers searched off Coney Island yesterday but could not find a 10-year-old girl, one of three swimmers still missing from powerful ocean currents at area beaches over the weekend.

Akira Johnson was swimming with her 10-year-old cousin when she was pulled under by currents.

Officials say over ...

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Hard Economic Times Mean Shortfalls for City and State

Monday, July 28, 2008

With a looming budget shortfall next year of $2.3 billion, Mayor Bloomberg says the city must keep spending in check. He and other officials testified this morning at a meeting of the Financial Control Board, which was set up in the 1970s when New York ...

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Starrett City Tenants Praise Housing Relief Bill

Monday, July 28, 2008

Tenants of Starrett City in Brooklyn are praising the federal housing relief bill, which needs only President Bush's expected signature to become law. The legislation focuses mainly on alleviating the foreclosure crisis, but it also extends government subsidies for the sprawling complex on Jamaica Bay ...

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Comptroller: NYC Budget Gaps Widening

Monday, July 28, 2008

New York City's comptroller will deliver bad economic news to the Financial Control Board today. William Thompson is expected to tell the board that the city's future budget gaps will be larger than anticipated.

Thompson projects that the city's debt will grow by more than 7 ...

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Sharpton Rejects Plea Deal in Disorderly Conduct Case

Monday, July 28, 2008

The Rev. Al Sharpton rejected a non-jail plea offer today and instead will go to trial in September on a disorderly conduct charge related to protest demonstrations over the fatal shooting of an unarmed man on his wedding day.

Sharpton turned down an offer to plead ...

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Colombians Debate Politics With Difficulty

Monday, July 28, 2008

Colombian immigrants in the Jackson Heights neighborhood of Queens have been lauding their government and President Alvaro Uribe for recent efforts to combat violence in Colombia, particularly by the FARC rebel group. Residents of New York's Little Colombia overwhelmingly support President Uribe. In recent years ...

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Deadly Rip-Tides Claim Lives at Area Beaches

Monday, July 28, 2008

Deadly rip-tides off city and Long Island beaches this weekend claimed the lives of at least four people with three more still missing. Rescuers suspended their search yesterday for 10-year-old Akira Johnson who disappeared off Coney Island Saturday afternoon.

Still missing since Friday are a teenager ...

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NYS Audits MTA Finances

Monday, July 28, 2008

As the Metropolitan Transportation Authority plans two fare hikes starting next July, a top state official has a message for the agency: not so fast. WNYC’s Arun Venugopal has more on a planned audit of the transit agency.

REPORTER: State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli is going ahead ...

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NYC Adds Double Dutch to School Sports Calendar

Monday, July 28, 2008

There's a newcomer to New York City high school sports: double-dutch. The urban pastime will be an officially sanctioned sport this coming school year once basketball season is over and there is space in the gyms.

Double dutch jumper Osayi Owie says double-dutch is a true ...

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An Abundance of Beckett

Saturday, July 26, 2008

This theater season in New York offered an unusual number of major productions of plays by Samuel Beckett. Right now at Lincoln Center Festival, Ralph Fiennes, Barry McGovern and Liam Neeson are starring in a series of shows. And earlier this year, there were performances ...

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Bloomberg Praises Both McCain and Obama

Friday, July 25, 2008

Mayor Michael Bloomberg praised the independent streaks of the Democratic and Republican candidates for president at a gathering in Minneapolis hosted by the state's Independent Party.

REPORTER: The mayor, who once flirted with an Independent presidential bid, says the nation is "lucky" to have two candidates ...

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