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Spitzer May Have Lied About Role in Bruno Probe, DA Says

Friday, June 06, 2008

Albany County District Attorney David Soares says he will release the secret testimony of former Gov. Eliot Spitzer and his top aides, in the dirty tricks probe against rival and Senate leader Joe Bruno that consumed much of Spitzer's abbreviated term.

Soares found no criminal wrongdoing, but concluded Spitzer may have ...

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Catching Rainwater Before It Turns to Flood

Friday, June 06, 2008

The city is giving away 250 empty barrels to homeowners in Queens so they can catch rainwater and hopefully avoid sewage overflows. The Department of Environmental Protection's Julie Stein says the homeowners snapped up the rain barrels.

STEIN: They're excited because southeast Queens is an area that when it rains they ...

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Teatro Para Todos!

Friday, June 06, 2008

Teatro Stagefest -- it's a theater festival dedicated to presenting work by Latino playwrights from the U.S. The plays are being performed in Spanish and English in ten locations in three boroughs -- the Bronx, Manhattan, and Queens. It kicks off tonight.


More information about the Teatro ...

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City's Top Crane Inspector Arrested on Bribery Charges

Friday, June 06, 2008

A high-ranking crane inspector was arrested for allegedly receiving bribes from a crane company.

The Department of Investigation says that James DeLayo, the assistant chief crane inspector at the city's Department of Buildings collected thousands of dollars worth of bribes for falsely certifying that cranes from a particular company had been ...

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Clinton 'Not Seeking' VP Spot, Rep says

Thursday, June 05, 2008

Sen. Hillary Clinton's campaign spokesperson has issued a statement saying she "is not seeking the vice presidency, and no one speaks for her but her."

The statement went on to say "the choice here is Senator Obama's and his alone." Earlier today, more than a dozen New York members of Congress ...

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Rally Seeks to Jump Start Atlantic Yards Project

Thursday, June 05, 2008

An estimated 3,500 people turned out for a rally in support of the Atlantic Yards project in Brooklyn. Many of them were union construction workers who took time off nearby jobs. They said they felt the project, which will be union-built, was being threatened by local elected officials who are ...

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Students Protest City Education Cuts

Thursday, June 05, 2008

More than 100 public school teenagers and members of student groups rallied in front of City Hall to protest Mayor Michael Bloomberg's proposed $450 million budget cuts. The students say the mayor's plan will adversely impact their schools.

Education activists, parents and students argue that while the city is facing a ...

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New Bills Aim to Improve Construction Safety

Thursday, June 05, 2008

Increased training for crane operators, new fines for contractors, and better tracking of violations - those are some of the proposals Mayor Michael Bloomberg and the City Council are pushing to make construction safer in the city. The legislation would also require that contractors register and receive a safety control ...

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Obama and McCain Trade Barbs to Woo Swing Voters

Thursday, June 05, 2008

WNYC's Political Director Andrea Bernstein discusses both Barack Obama and John McCain's reach to swing voters, and the general election strategies the two men will have.

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Gotbaum Calls for Pre-K Admissions Overhaul

Wednesday, June 04, 2008

Public Advocate Betsy Gotbaum is calling on the Department of Education to overhaul its centralized pre-kindergarten admissions process. She contends that her office has received numerous complaints from parents who say their children were unfairly shut out of schools of their choice.

At a press conference, Gotbaum was joined by a ...

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New Yorkers React to Obama Win

Wednesday, June 04, 2008

New Yorkers say they’re not surprised the Democratic primary race seems to be over without the state’s junior senator getting the presidential bid.

But they have mixed opinions about how and when Hillary Clinton should concede. Adonza Anderson, a school administrator from Brooklyn, would like to see her as Barack Obama’s ...

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Clinton Mentions Obama, Briefly, in Speech

Wednesday, June 04, 2008

Sen. Hillary Clinton made her first speech after Sen. Barack Obama was named the Democratic presidential nominee. And she gave only the tiniest of hints that she's considering withdrawing from the race. WNYC's Andrea Bernstein reports from Washington.

Clinton received a sustained standing ovation from the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, ...

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Lautenberg Handily Wins Nomination

Wednesday, June 04, 2008

New Jersey Democratic Senator Frank Lautenberg easily turned aside a spirited challenge from Camden Congressman Rob Andrews. WNYC's Bob Hennelly has more on the Garden State's primary results.

REPORTER: In the final analysis New Jersey Democrats chose by an almost two-to-one margin that the 84-year-old Lautenberg was not too old to ...

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N.J. Officials, Once with Clinton, Now Back Obama

Wednesday, June 04, 2008

Sen. Hillary Clinton had early backing from most of New Jersey's top political officials during the primaries, but last night two previously neutral superdelegates, Sen. Frank Lautenberg and U.S. Rep. Rush Holt, endorsed Barack Obama.

Morristown resident Alfred Lyle says that, as an African American he never thought he'd live to ...

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New York City: How Are We Doing?

Wednesday, June 04, 2008

First there was the 311 citywide help line to try and make New York user friendly.

Now, Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Public Advocate Betsy Gotbaum are rolling out a customer service survey to 100,000 randomly picked city households.

The questionnaire asks New Yorkers how they feel about the NYPD, city agencies, and ...

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Lighting Ceremony for Newtown Creek Sewage

Wednesday, June 04, 2008

There's beauty in wastewater. At least the city thinks so. Last night it flicked on special bluish lights on eight stainless steel wastewater digesters in the Newtown Creek plant.

Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Emily Lloyd says the digesters are sometimes called eggs because of their shape.

LLOYD: The digester eggs are ...

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Clinton Supporters Want Joint Ticket With Obama

Wednesday, June 04, 2008

Hillary Clinton supporters are shifting their focus now that Barack Obama has enough delegates to win the nomination. At Clinton's speech in Manhattan last night, several top aides and members of Congress, including New York Congresswoman Nydia Velazquez, said Clinton would make a great vice president.

VELAZQUEZ: The main goal here ...

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What's Next For Hillary?

Wednesday, June 04, 2008

What exactly does Sen. Hillary Clinton want, now that Sen. Barack Obama has clinched the Democratic nomination? She didn't drop out last night, but she gave what sounded like a farewell speech at Baruch College. WNYC's Andrea Bernstein was there and she joins us now.

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Queens Teen Gets to Hang with Top Cop

Tuesday, June 03, 2008

Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly, stepped aside temporarily to welcome this year's winner of the Police Athletic Leagues annual "Police Commissioner for a Day" essay contest.

Gianna Lankenauth, 14, of Queens, will get to accompany Kelly on some of his official duties. Kelly says it's important for kids to see all aspects ...

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Smokers Dig Deeper Into Their Pockets

Tuesday, June 03, 2008

If you're a smoker, get ready for some sticker shock today. The cost of a pack of cigarettes is going up by $1.25, thanks to a state tax hike. That means the cost of a pack of cigarettes will be around $8.50.

Robin Gross of Long Island says that's news to ...

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