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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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Court Rules Family can Evict Rent-Stabilized Tenants to Make Building a Private Home

Tuesday, June 03, 2008

The state's highest court ruled today that a family can convert a rent-stabilized building into a private house.

The Court of Appeals said state law does not set a limit on the number of rent-stabilized apartments they can take over for their own personal use.

Alistair and Catherine Economakis bought the six-story ...

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Bloomberg Mum on His Presidential Pick

Tuesday, June 03, 2008

For months Mayor Michael Bloomberg let speculation build about a possible independent bid for the presidency.

Now he is back at building suspense but this time it was about which candidate he might support in the fall.

BLOOMBERG: We all pick our candidates based on instinct as much as anything else. You ...

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Clinton Returns Home as Primary Season Winds Down

Tuesday, June 03, 2008

Hillary Clinton is back in New York at her home in Chappaqua. Tonight she will be in Manhattan as the returns come in from the final two primaries in South Dakota and Montana. WNYC's Andrea Bernstein is also back in New York -- she was in South Dakota -- and ...

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New Grocery Puts Focus on Local and Sustainable Food

Tuesday, June 03, 2008

Urban Rustic Grocery -- across from McCarren Park in Williamsburg – is a label reader's paradise. Its focus is local, traceable and sustainable. The owners milled their own wood for the floorboards; the café’s to-go forks and spoons are made of potato starch; and the shelves are dotted with labels ...

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Clinton Continues Popular Vote Argument

Tuesday, June 03, 2008

Sen. Hillary Clinton is back in New York today, huddling in Chappaqua with Bill. Yesterday she said she'd be making her claim to the superdelegates in the next days. At her final rally in Sioux Falls, SD, one pillar of her argument would be that she's the winner of the ...

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