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New York City's Belt Gets Tighter

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Mayor Bloomberg is ordering all city agencies to slash spending by another seven percent for next year.

Deputy Mayor Ed Skyler says the new cuts would total about $1.4 billion citywide.

SKYLER: To put that in perspective, that is the budget of the fire dept by itself, ...

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Surrogate Court Judge Indicted for Campaign Finance Violations

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

A woman poised to become a Surrogate Court judge on January 1 has been indicted on charges of violating campaign finance laws

District Attorney Robert Morgenthau's office says Nora Anderson accepted a $225,000 loan from her former boss.

Dan Castleman, a top official in the DA's ...

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Shades of Louima Haunt Current Police Brutality Case

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

In a series of events that recall the Abner Louima brutality case, 11 years ago, an officer was accused of sodomizing a Brooklyn man on October 15. And two other officers are charged with a cover up. WNYC's Arun Venugopal has this report.

HYNES: At approximately ...

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National Public Radio Feels the Squeeze of National Economy

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

NPR News announced it would drop Day to Day and News and Notes to help erase a budget shortfall of $23 million. Overall, NPR will cut 7 percent of its workforce and slash expenses further around the company.

Dennis L. Haarsager, NPR's interim president and CEO ...

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Lots of Clouds, Little Sunshine

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

As the economy deteriorates, city agencies are told to make more budget cuts.

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Alvin Ailey Celebrates 50 Years

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

In 1958, a group of young African-American modern dancers gave birth to the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater in a performance at the 92nd Street Y. 50 years later, the company has become one of the most famous dance companies in world, and they’ve been ...

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What's Up With NYS Senate Democrats?

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

The New York State Senate is poised to announce a leadership deal today, but just what the leadership will be remains in doubt. Three dissident Senators said last week they'd been given plum state senate leadership positions, but the announcements were met with dismay by ...

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Cop in Sodomy Case Had History of Excessive Force Suits

Tuesday, December 09, 2008

The city has already paid millions to settle excessive force claims against Police Officer Richard Kern, indicted for sodomizing Michael Mineo.

Last year the City paid out $50,000 to settle two excessive force lawsuits against Kern, who was indicted yesterday for sodomizing a Brooklyn man ...

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Senator Refuses to Confirm Roles of "Gang of Three"

Tuesday, December 09, 2008

Queens State Senator Malcolm Smith is refusing to confirm the new roles the so-called Gang of Three will play when the Democrats take control of the Senate next month...even though the trio has been discussing their new jobs with the media for days. Smith, the ...

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Brooklyn Blues and Reds

Tuesday, December 09, 2008

Retailers report sales are down this season 40 to 50 percent.

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Court Blocks Plan to Auction Landing Slots at Area Airports

Tuesday, December 09, 2008

A plan to auction off some airport landing slots at New York area airports has hit another snag. WNYC's Marc Garber has more.

The Bush administration's plan to auction some of the slots at LaGuardia, JFK, & Newark has been blocked by a federal appeals court.

The ...

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Cops Due in Court Today on Sodomy Charges

Tuesday, December 09, 2008

Three New York City police officers are due in court today to faces charges they beat and sodomized 24-year-old Michael Mineo of Brooklyn. All three have already turned themselves in this morning to the district attorney's office. WNYC's Bob Hennelly has more.

The charges stem from ...

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Paterson Wants to Raise Gas Tax

Tuesday, December 09, 2008

Governor Paterson is backing down from his pledge to avoid raising taxes to balance the state's budget. He says higher gas taxes will be needed to fill a $15 billion deficit over the next two years, and he defends his proposal to impose $5 tolls ...

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Fares Could Go Way Up if the State Doesn't Help MTA

Tuesday, December 09, 2008

The basic subway fare could go up to $2.50 or more, and a monthly Metrocard could surpass 100 bucks if the state doesn't help out.

That's the conclusion of a study conducted by the city's Independent Budget Office and commissioned by the Straphangers Campaign.

The MTA says ...

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Hundreds of City Schools Near Polluted Sites

Tuesday, December 09, 2008

A study by USA today finds 240 New York City schools are in locations with heavier-than-average industrial pollution. More than half are in Brooklyn, with large numbers in Queens and Manhattan. Local sources of pollution include Brooklyn's Pfizer Plant and Navy Yard, Long Island City's ...

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McMahon Ready for Capitol Hill

Tuesday, December 09, 2008

Michael McMahon is the first Democrat in 28 years to represent the 13th Congressional district, which includes Staten Island and parts of Brooklyn

In just four weeks, Michael McMahon, a city councilman from Staten Island, will be sworn into office as part of the 111th ...

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Suit Aims to Hike Welfare Payments

Tuesday, December 09, 2008

A class action lawsuit filed against New York State attempts to raise welfare payments for poor New Yorkers.

It's been nearly 20 years since the state Legislature last increased payments.

Currently, the maximum a single adult on welfare gets is about $137 a month. Plus close ...

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Student Files Suit Against School Guards in Queens

Tuesday, December 09, 2008

The New York Civil Liberties Union is calling for an investigation into allegations of excessive force by school safety officers in a Queens high school.

REPORTER: About a dozen students from Hillcrest High School have come forward claiming they've been threatened and assaulted by the agents. ...

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Officers Indicted for Sexual Assault

Tuesday, December 09, 2008

Officer Richard Kern is accused of sodomizing Michael Mineo with his baton. Two other officers, Alex Cruz and Andrew Morales, face charges for trying to cover up the assault.

Brooklyn District Attorney Charles Hynes credited two witnesses. Transit Officer Kevin Maloney and Police Officer Noel Jugraj ...

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It's Getting Tougher to Breathe in Some New York City Schools

Monday, December 08, 2008

More than half are in Brooklyn, with large numbers in Queens and Manhattan. Local sources of pollution include Brooklyn's Pfizer Plant and Navy Yard, Long Island City's Keyspan Power Station, and New Jersey refineries.

But EPA Regional Spokesman Elias Rodriguez says the newspaper's findings are limited, ...

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