Streams

New Commissioner for Dept. for the Aging

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Mayor Bloomberg has tapped Lilliam Barrios-Paoli to be the new commissioner of the Department for the Aging.

At the announcement of her new post, Barrios-Paoli says the economic crisis could pose serious challenges for seniors who may turn to the city for help:

BARRIOS-PAOLI: I think the ...

Comment

Does the Obesity Tax Work?

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

One of the fees and taxes the governor proposed yesterday would make New Yorkers’ Pepsi, Coke or Snapple more expensive. As WNYC’s Fred Mogul reports, the so-called “obesity tax” could add some sugar to the state’s coffers, but might not subtract calories from peoples' diets.

REPORTER: ...

Comment

High-Speed Rail Proposed

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Plans for a high-speed rail line have taken a baby step forward, but a two-hour trip from New York to Washington D.C. still faces hurdles. WNYC's Andrea Bernstein reports.

REPORTER: Joined by U.S. Transportation Secretary Mary Peters at Penn Station, Mayor Michael Bloomberg ticked off the ...

Comment

Ethics Issues Continue to Dog Congressman Rangel

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

The congressional session is drawing to a close, and so far, there's no resolution to the ethical issues raised by the conduct of Harlem Congressman Charles Rangel.

Last week, the House Ethics committee decided to expand its investigation into Rangel's finances, including whether he traded his ...

Comment

Amid Budget Cuts, Murder Rates Climb

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

The latest round of across the board city budget cuts could make it much harder for the NYPD to keep a lid on crime. WNYC's Bob Hennelly has more.

REPORTER: Since 2002, the NYPD has teamed up hundreds of freshly trained recruits with experienced officers in ...

Comment

Governor Paterson Outlines Budget Cuts

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

"The world has changed and we have to adjust to it." Those are the words of Governor David Paterson, as he proposed his state budget for the next fiscal year. The governor says next year's deficit has grown to $13.7 billion.

PATERSON: This deficit amounts to ...

Comment

Kennedy Calls Power Brokers in Senate Bid

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Caroline Kennedy has called a raft of New York elected officials to express her interest in being selected for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Hillary Clinton. WNYC's Andrea Bernstein reports.

Kennedy was once so intensely private that she regularly denied interview requests while working ...

Comment

Paterson to Reveal Budget Plan Today

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Gov. Paterson is not expecting much applause when he delivers his budget proposal for next fiscal year today.

Paterson has been warning advocacy groups and legislators that his spending cuts would be 'devastating,' but necessary to make ends meet.

Ron Deutsche with the group New Yorkers for ...

Comment

Unpleasant, Unpopular, and Early

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Governor Paterson reveals his proposed austerity budget.

Comment

'Worse Than Projected'

Monday, December 15, 2008

Thompson says the global credit crisis has caused the city to lose close to a billion dollars in tax revenue this fiscal year.

The shortfall was felt most acutely in real estate transactions and in personal income and business tax receipts.

A spokesman for the mayor says ...

Comment

Drivers May Feel Squeezed in Paterson Budget

Monday, December 15, 2008

Tomorrow, Gov. Paterson will unveil his plan for closing the $15 billion deficit that the state is projecting over the next two years. WNYC's Matthew Schuerman says automobile drivers will feel some of the pain.

REPORTER: Right now, the Department of Motor Vehicles charges about $70 ...

Comment

Victim's Brother Appeals to Community to Find Bias Attack Assailants

Monday, December 15, 2008

The brother of a Ecuadorean immigrant beaten to death in an apparent hate crime is urging neighbors to help find the assailants.

Jose Sucuzhanay was walking with with one of his brothers last week when he was attacked by a group of bat-wielding African American men ...

Comment

High Speed Rail

Monday, December 15, 2008

High speed rail is moving one step closer to reality today.

At Penn Station, Mayor Bloomberg and US Transportation Commissioner Mary Peters announced the federal government is seeking design proposals for 11 high speed rail corridors.

The officials wouldn't put a timeline on the proposed 2-hour New ...

Comment

N.J. Reacts to Obama's EPA Pick

Monday, December 15, 2008

The nomination of New Jersey EPA head Lisa Jackson to Barack Obama's EPA is causing a divide between greens in the Garden State.

One Jackson supporter is the director of New Jersey's Sierra Club, Jeff Tittel. He says a vast majority of environmental groups are behind ...

Comment

Burned by Bernard

Monday, December 15, 2008

The Madoff mayhem, and what it means.

Comment

Hospitals Brace for State Funding Cuts

Monday, December 15, 2008

Across New York, hospitals are warning of reduced service and longer wait times - as they anticipate the state budget Gov. Paterson is set to release tomorrow. But, as WNYC's Fred Mogul reports, that doesn't mean all new capitol improvement projects are being put on ...

Comment

Advocates Eye Budget Savings in Prison Closings

Monday, December 15, 2008

As Gov. David Paterson prepares to unveil his next budget plan tomorrow, criminal justice advocates say he could save money by closing prisons. Robert Gangi of the Correctional Association of New York -- says five upstate prisons are under-utilized.

GANGI: The state's prison population has declined ...

Comment

City Launches Free Financial Helpline

Monday, December 15, 2008

Have your credit cards or mortgage payments become characters in your nightmares? Then the city's free financial hotline might help.

All this week, volunteers from financial institutions and universities will be answering calls from 9 AM to 7 PM.

Consumer Affairs Commissioner Jonathan Mintz says the "Money ...

Comment

City Bus Security Camera Plan Stalled

Monday, December 15, 2008

Even before a bus driver was fatally stabbed over a fare dispute in Brooklyn this month, New York City was trying to install security cameras in buses.

But those cameras didn't work very well and the transit system has canceled the contract.

Bus division head Joseph Smith, ...

Comment

Closing Arguments in Fort Dix Terror Trial

Monday, December 15, 2008

Were they just talking tough, or planning a terrorist attack? That's the question jurors will consider when they get the case of five men accused of plotting to kill soldiers at New Jersey's Fort Dix. Closing arguments begin today. We're joined now by Associated Press ...

Comment