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Shaun Donovan's Appointment to HUD Wins Praise

Sunday, December 14, 2008

Local housing advocates and developers alike are praising President-Elect Barack Obama's decision to appoint Shaun Donovan to lead the Department of Housing and Urban Development. Donovan has headed the city's Department of Housing Preservation and Development since 2004. WNYC's Cindy Rodriguez talks to Weekend Edition ...

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Same-Sex Marriage in Connecticut and New York

Saturday, December 13, 2008

WNYC's Arun Venugopal attends the Connecticut wedding of two men who've been together for 35 years. And WNYC Weekend Edition Host Brian Zumhagen gets an update on the situation in New York from Alan Van Capelle, Executive Director of Empire State Pride Agenda.

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Progress Reported at Former Deutsche Bank Building

Saturday, December 13, 2008

After multiple delays and a blaze that killed two firefighters, there now appears to be progress on the project to dismantle the former Deutsche Bank tower in Lower Manhattan. The building's facade is being removed. And by the end of this month, the remaining 26 ...

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Malcolm Smith Says He Has Enough Votes to be Majority Leader

Saturday, December 13, 2008

Democratic State Senator Malcolm Smith of Queens says he's confident he'll have the 32 votes he needs to be the chamber's majority leader. WNYC's Elaine Rivera reports.

REPORTER: After weeks of infighting led by three renegade senators, Smith emerged from the latest of many closed-door meetings ...

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Shaun Donovan Tapped to Head HUD

Saturday, December 13, 2008

New York City housing commissioner Shaun Donovan has been tapped to lead the Department of Housing and Urban Development in the Obama administration.

REPOTER: In his radio address today, the president-elect called Donovan an outstanding public servant and said he would bring "fresh thinking unencumbered by ...

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High Stakes Financial Thievery

Friday, December 12, 2008

First we heard about Marc Dreier, the Manhattan attorney who allegedly scammed investors out of $380 million through impeccably orchestrated schemes.

And then late yesterday we learned that the SEC and FBI have each brought fraud charges against of Bernard Madoff, a hedge fund operator who ...

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Yankees Need More City Money

Friday, December 12, 2008

It looks like the Yankees are going to get a little more help in building their stadium. WNYC's Matthew Schuerman reports that Mayor Bloomberg gave his blessing to issuing another $370 million in tax-exempt bonds for the team.

REPORTER: The Yankees need the money to add ...

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The Virgin of Guadalupe

Friday, December 12, 2008

It is a holiday popular mostly with Mexican immigrants: the day of the Virgin of Guadalupe.

Since Thursday night pilgrims have been congregating at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church in Manhattan where the priest is blessing people's icons and rosaries.

The church altar is covered with wave ...

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Judge Grants Delay in Homeowner Rebate Check Case

Friday, December 12, 2008

The city's law department is getting another week to defend Mayor Bloomberg's decision to withhold those $400 homeowner rebate checks. A state supreme court judge granted the city's request for a delay in a case filed by Staten Island Councilman Vincent Ignizio and other Council ...

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City Eyes Aggressive Measures on Obesity

Friday, December 12, 2008

Mayor Bloomberg and city health officials have banned trans fats and mandated calorie postings in chain restaurants. But a new report is calling for an even greater effort to fight obesity.

The Public Health Association of New York City and the CUNY Campaign Against Diabetes have ...

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Foreclosure Counseling for At-Risk Families

Friday, December 12, 2008

More than 6,000 families facing foreclosure will get counseling next year under a series of grants announced by Mayor Bloomberg yesterday. The $2.3 million will go to 19 community organizations that'll help troubled homeowners hold onto their homes. A smaller set of grants awarded over ...

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Albany Dems Huddle to Resolve Senate Leadership Spat

Friday, December 12, 2008

Democrats in Albany will meet today to try to resolve an increasingly ugly dispute about who will control the State Senate. A deal with three dissident Democratic senators broke down this week.

ESPADA: My strong preference is to support a Democrat.

REPORTER: Bronx Senator-elect Pedro Espada is ...

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Saving Education Funds

Friday, December 12, 2008

The plans to cut nearly $900 million from the state education budget over the next two years clearly has advocates worried.

They argue that school programs should not be cut at the same rate as other agencies when Governor Paterson tries to shave more than $5 ...

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City Budget Woes

Friday, December 12, 2008

The city's financial picture grows dimmer by the day. A report from the Fiscal Policy Institute says more of the city's white collar workers are joining the unemployment rolls.

Earlier this week, city agencies were tasked with finding an additional seven percent in cuts to make ...

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Court Allows Further Recount of Queens Senate Race

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Democratic control of the State Senate is once again in doubt, after a deal between Democratic Leader Malcolm Smith and three dissident senators fell apart this week. But a court ruling yesterday may bring Democrats closer to capturing one more seat. WNYC's Isaac-Davy Aronson reports.

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Modern Artist Exhibited in Chelsea

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Were you obsessed with comic books and action figures when you were a kid? collected GI Joes? Read every issue of Iron Man, or more arty offerings from Heavy Metal? Trenton Doyle Hancock never grew out of his obsession. It's informed the work of this ...

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Turkeys and Underdogs

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Year-end lists have started to hit the stands – with round ups of the best in theater, books, and music. But WNYC’s regular film critic Nathan Lee has put out his lists —of the most over-rated and the most under-rated films of the year. He ...

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After 96 Years, a Press Closes in Brooklyn

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Before Xeroxing and digital images, if a business needed a menu, a poster or a coupon booklet mass produced, they'd take it to a local printer. It would be set in type and pressed to paper - the artwork saved for the next printing. Henington ...

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City Comptroller Offers Bleak Outlook on City Job Loss

Thursday, December 11, 2008

The housing crisis threw the nation into a recession but Comptroller Bill Thompson says it's the Wall Street meltdown that's hurting New York City. He expects the city to lose 170,000 jobs by the end of 2010.

THOMPSON: Some 46,000 of those jobs will have been ...

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Firefighter Evictions?

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Mayor Bloomberg is warning the public that he will have to cut popular school, fire and police services to get the city's budget balanced next year.

BLOOMBERG: It is virtually impossible to reduce your expenditures in this city unless you go to the popular large programs. ...

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