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Camera Phones Give Tipsters New Ammo

Tuesday, September 09, 2008

Potholes. Trash-filled vacant lots. Hit and run accidents. Crimes in progress. These are some of the things Mayor Bloomberg wants pedestrians to snap with their cell phones or cameras and send into the city, via the 311 and 911 systems. WNYC's Fred Mogul has more.

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Pilot Program to Teach 9/11 History

Tuesday, September 09, 2008

The foundation in charge of raising money for the Sept. 11 memorial has launched a program to help teachers instruct students on the terrorist attacks.

The lesson plans include a video of survivors and witnesses recounting their memories of that day.

Joe Daniel, President of The National ...

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Port Authority Fails to Finish Prep Work For Towers

Tuesday, September 09, 2008

Some corners of the former World Trade Center location are showing progress, but others are not. The Port Authority is having trouble finishing preparatory work for one of the planned office towers.

SCHUERMAN: The Port Authority, which owns the site, was supposed to turn over the ...

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Paterson Says GOP Uses Racial Coding

Tuesday, September 09, 2008

Gov. David Paterson says there may be more to those jokes Republicans have made at Barack Obama's expense where, they poked fun at his early work in Chicago's poor neighborhoods.

Paterson says he heard overtones of racial coding.

PATERSON: I think the Republican party is too smart ...

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911 To Accept Crime Photos, Videos from Public

Tuesday, September 09, 2008

The city's hoping that anyone who takes photos with a cell phone or camera will pitch in to fight crime and help with emergencies. Mayor Bloomberg today announced a new N.Y.P.D. program to accept images from callers through the 911 system. He says people should ...

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Speeches from the Conventions

Monday, September 08, 2008

Republican National Convention speeches McCain, Palin and more

Democratic National Convention speeches Obama, Biden and more

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Primary is Key Battle in New York State

Monday, September 08, 2008

New Yorkers head to the polls tomorrow to select their parties' candidates for Congressional, State Assembly, and State Senate positions. In heavily Democratic New York, the primary is often where the key battle is, and not in November.

REPORTER: One race of interest is the re-election ...

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The End of an Era for Coney Island

Monday, September 08, 2008

After nearly 50 years in Coney Island, Astroland Amusement Park has shut down, and more than 300 workers are now looking for new jobs. Owner Carol Hill Albert says last night's closing is permanent one. She says there were never any negotiations with the city ...

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Former Reality TV Star Courts Young Voters

Monday, September 08, 2008

New York voters are set to go to the polls in primary elections tomorrow. In Brooklyn, writer and activist Kevin Powell, who first made a name for himself on the MTV's The Real World, is running for Congress against Representative Ed Towns.

Campaigning in East New ...

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Little-known Judicial Seats Face Primary Battles

Monday, September 08, 2008

It's primary day tomorrow and New York City voters will pick their parties' candidates for the November elections in the state legislature and the US Congress — and some judicial seats. Dirk Olin, editor of JudicialReports.com, outlines the big judicial political battles for WNYC’s Amy ...

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Double-Decker Buses Are Back

Monday, September 08, 2008

Fifty years after double-decker commuter buses disappeared from the streets of Manhattan, a new model will start picking up passengers in Staten Island later this week. New York City Transit president Howard Roberts says the pilot run will give officials a chance to weight their ...

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Close Race in 25th District

Monday, September 08, 2008

In tomorrow's primary election, state Sen. Martin Connor, a 30-year Albany veteran who represents the 25th District, faces off against newcomer Daniel Squadron in one of the most closely watched legislative races in the city.

The district covers lower Manhattan, Brooklyn Heights and other Brooklyn neighborhoods. ...

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No Show? No Problem For State Development Agency

Monday, September 08, 2008

When the Empire State Development Corporation held hearings last week on whether to declare property in West Harlem "blighted," no board members showed up. That's not unusual for the state authority, but it would be if another agency were in charge. WNYC's Matthew Schuerman explains.

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Koppell Seeks Change of Term Limit Law

Saturday, September 06, 2008

For weeks, there's been speculation about whether city lawmakers will repeal voter-approved term limits. Now, as WNYC's Bob Hennelly reports, one councilman is willing to handle the political hot potato.

REPORTER: Bronx Councilman Oliver Koppell, a former state Attorney General, says term limits are undemocratic. He ...

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Gotbaum Wants Answers on Special Ed Placements

Saturday, September 06, 2008

City Public Advocate Betsy Gotbaum wants to know why hundreds of Bronx parents were unable to enroll their children in Special Ed classes this week.

REPORTER: Gotbaum joined a crowd of frustrated parents Friday, as they waited in a long line at the Fordham Plaza School ...

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Sanitation Crews Ready for Hanna

Saturday, September 06, 2008

Sanitation workers and other crews around the region are on duty today in anticipation of wind and rain from Tropical Storm Hanna.

REPORTER: New York City Office of Emergency Management Chief Joseph Bruno says he ramped up staff to deal with any floods, fallen trees or ...

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Corzine Signs Highlands Master Plan

Saturday, September 06, 2008

New Jersey Governor Corzine has signed off on a plan to help protect the northwest portion of the state, which supplies many residents with drinking water. WNYC's Bob Hennelly has more.

REPORTER: The Highlands Master Plan covers 88 towns in seven counties, including portions of Bergen, ...

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City Launches 9/11 Health Campaign

Friday, September 05, 2008

Seven years after the 9/11 attacks, the city is launching a new effort to reach more people who may be sick from toxic debris. City officials say there could be tens of thousands of people who need to be treated for effects ranging from respiratory ...

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State Bolsters Flu Shot Availability

Friday, September 05, 2008

Flu season is just around the corner, and in an effort to combat New York State's low vaccination rates, Gov. Paterson has signed legislation allowing pharmacists to administer flu shots.

Assistant Health Commissioner, Doctor Jane Zucker, says the measure increases the chance people will get them.

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Neighbors Weigh In on Columbia Expansion

Friday, September 05, 2008

Supporters and opponents of Columbia University's planned expansion into Manhattanville presented their case at a public hearing this week.

Nick Sprayregen owns Tuck-it-away Storage, one of the two holdout businesses in the area. He says the process to determine whether the area is blighted has been ...

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