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Quality of Life Disparities for City Kids

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Kids in the city are doing better than in years past but there are still big disparities between communities.

According to a report by the citizens committee for children student achievement is improving, more kids are in child care and have health insurance. Much of the data comes from 2006 government ...

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Artificial Turf Debate in Battery Park City

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

The two small playing fields at Battery Park City get used so much that a task force is recommending that they be replaced by artificial turf.

Jeff Galloway, a task force member, says that artificial turf would allow the playing fields to be open much more often than they are now.

GALLOWAY: ...

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Preserving Live Art

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

What does it mean to preserve live art? The choreographer Antony Tudor is being celebrated around the country this this year, and a range of ballet companies are performing his works. Ballet has a long and deep tradition – as a classical art form, it continually looks to the past. ...

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GOP's Influence Wanes in New York

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Republican lawmaker Vito Fossella will leave Congress in January. After a tumultuous few weeks following revelations he had a daughter with a woman who isn't his wife, Fossella said yesterday that he will not seek re-election.

Fossella is the only Republican representing New York City in Congress. His departure casts doubt ...

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State Senate Greenlights Marine Transfer Station

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Mayor Michael Bloomberg thanked the State Senate for passing the Gansevoort bill that would allow the city to build a marine transfer station on the Manhattan peninsula so trash can be transported by barge instead of truck.

The facility is needed for the mayor's plan to reconfigure the city's garbage disposal ...

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NJ Families Fall Behind on Payments

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Higher energy costs and a slowing economy have produced a spike in the number of New Jersey families falling behind on their utility bills.

According to the New Jersey State Board of Public Utilities, in 2007 over 175,000 households had their electricity shut off. That's a 15 percent jump from ...

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Lower East Side "Endangered"

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

New development on the Lower East Side has landed the neighborhood on an annual list of the country's 11 most endangered historic spots.

REPORTER: High rises built over the past few years are beginning to erode the fabric of the area - that's according to Richard Moe of the National ...

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Paterson Hospitalized

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Paterson's office said in a statement today that he asked to be brought to The Mount Sinai Medical Center for an evaluation.

His office says preliminary tests were normal. It says he is resting comfortably and will undergo further tests.

In April 2006, when he was the state Senate minority leader, Paterson ...

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NYC's Smoking Decline Continues

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

The number of New York City residents who smoke declined for the sixth straight year since a smoking ban was imposed.

REPORTER: And according to newly released statistics, the drop was even more rapid over the last year in Staten Island, which has traditionally lagged behind the rest of the city. ...

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D.O.E. Employee Also Mayor in N.J.

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

A manager with the City Department of Education has agreed to pay a $1,000 penalty for attempting to run his part time job as Mayor of a Bergen County town while on Dept. of Education time. WNYC's Bob Hennelly has more.

The City's Conflict of Interest Board says Joseph Blundo, who's ...

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Major Pay Raise for City Cops

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

The state board charged with resolving the contract standoff between the Bloomberg administration and the police union - the Patrolmen's Benevolent Association - has made its decision.

WNYC's Bob Hennelly reports.

Rookie officers will finally see a pay increase. The Public Employment Relations Board raised starting salaries from $25,000 to just under ...

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New Developer for Far West Side

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

It didn't take long for the Metropolitan Transportation Authority to find another bidder to turn the West Side rail yards into a series of high-rise apartment and office towers.

The Related Companies will take over the project - having offered the MTA about as much money as Tishman Speyer had ...

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Fossella Says He Won't Run for Re-Election

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Saying "this course of action is best for my family and our community," U.S. Rep. Vito Fossella posted a letter on his website this morning announcing he would not run for re-election this year. The decision comes after Fossella was arrested for drunken driving, an incident that lead to revelations ...

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Minor Eye Surgery for Paterson

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Gov. David Paterson is set to undergo eye surgery this afternoon. He was taken to Mount Sinai Medical Center early this morning after complaining of migraine like symptoms. Karen DeWitt reports from Albany.

Gov. David Paterson has been diagnosed with an acute form of glaucoma and will undergo laser surgery to ...

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Quinn Sidesteps Questions on Mayoral Run

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

At a Midtown breakfast, City Council Speaker Christine Quinn was grilled about the discretionary fund scandal and whether it would hurt any future mayoral bid on her part.

Quinn sidestepped any questions whether she will seek to run for mayor saying she's focusing on being speaker and working on overhauling how ...

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Fossella Won't Seek Re-election

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Fossella says in a statement on his Web site that the choice was a difficult one, based on a need to balance his "dedication to service" and "the need to concentrate on healing the wounds" that he has caused his wife and family.

The 43-year-old congressman has admitted to fathering a ...

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Cop Raises Could Slow City Budget Negotiations

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

The arbitrated deal to increase police salaries potentially has thrown a monkey wrench into budget negotiations between the mayor and City Council.

A spokesman for Mayor Michael Bloomberg has suggested that the police settlement may endanger plans to extend the break in property taxes.

But Ronnie Lowenstein of the city's Independent Budget ...

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Queens Congressman Takes on Teenage HIV Infections

Monday, May 19, 2008

New HIV infections among New York City teens are at their highest levels since 2001, according to health department figures cited by Congressman Anthony Weiner. The Queens Democrat says after years of reducing infections, the city's seen a 29 percent increase in diagnoses among teenagers from 2004 to 2006. Weiner ...

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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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