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Silver Criticizes Bloomberg's School Fuding Plan

Friday, May 23, 2008

How state education funding should be spent has pitted state officials and education advocates against the Bloomberg administration. WNYC's Elaine Rivera reports.

REPORTER: A brawl has broken out over the $620 million that the state is due to give the city this year as part of an education equity lawsuit.

The city ...

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Verizon Seeks Cable TV Venture

Friday, May 23, 2008

Verizon could soon enter the city's cable TV market.

Consumer groups say there hasn't been enough scrutiny of the telecommunication company's draft agreement with DOITT, the Department of Information Technology and Telecommunications.

Chuck Bell is with Consumers Union.

BELL: DOITT and Verizon have been negotiating aggressively over the last 18 months. It just ...

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Mayor Seeks to Ease Racial Tension in Crown Heights

Friday, May 23, 2008

City Black and Jewish officials met in Crown Heights yesterday to denounce bias crimes in the Brooklyn neighborhood. They warned more vigilance is needed to avoid a repeat of the unrest the neighborhood experienced seventeen years ago.

Recent incidents include the beating and robbing of a Jewish teenager and the beating ...

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New West Side Developer Approved

Friday, May 23, 2008

The board of the MTA has approved a new developer for its West Side rail yards site.

Officials say that the billion-dollar agreement is already more secure than the deal that fell through with the previous developer.

The Related Companies and Goldman Sachs have already handed over an $11 dollar deposit and ...

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No Destruction, No Construction

Friday, May 23, 2008

The fireworks display that opens the Beijing Olympic games are being created by one of China’s leading contemporary artists: Cai Guo-Qiang. But you don’t have to wait until August to get a taste of his flashy visual spectacles. There’s one week left to see his work in a major retrospective ...

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Paterson Faults Clinton's Rhetoric

Friday, May 23, 2008

One of Hillary Clinton's staunchest supporters - Governor Paterson - says her bid to seat the Florida and Michigan delegations rings of desperation. WNYC's Andrea Bernstein has the story.

REPORTER: Since leaving Kentucky on Tuesday, the Clinton campaign has been all about Florida and Michigan. The two states were punished by ...

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A Hole the Ground, All the Way to London

Friday, May 23, 2008

New York and London have been connected by a "telectroscope" - a mystery machine that allows people in London and New York to see each other on glass screens and send messages in real time. It's the invention of London artist Paul St George. The telectroscope will stay up on ...

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Botanical Garden, Prospect Park get $25 million donation

Thursday, May 22, 2008

Twenty five million dollars has been donated to the New York Botanical Garden and Prospect Park. That's the largest private gift to the parks in the city's history.

Philanthropist Shelby White says she grew up a block away from Brooklyn's Prospect Park and considered it her backyard:

WHITE: I went horseback riding ...

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New Port Authority Commissioner Picked

Thursday, May 22, 2008

New York's State Senate has confirmed a new Port Authority commissioner.

Attorney H. Sidney Holmes III will join the 12-member board of the bi-state agency. The commissioners are equally split between New York and New Jersey.

Holmes is a senior partner with Winston Strawn's corporate law department. He's experienced in public finance ...

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MTA Approval Expected for Rail Yards Developer

Thursday, May 22, 2008

The full Metropolitan Transportation Authority board is expected to approve the new buyer for the West Side rail yards at a special meeting today.

The proposed developer, The Related Companies, has already signed a preliminary agreement and deposited $11 million in escrow - which will be released to the MTA after ...

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Brooklyn Residents Protest Renewed Violence

Thursday, May 22, 2008

After a recent shooting in Brooklyn's Clinton Hill neighborhood, residents and elected officials want the Police Department to increase police presence there. They claim the streets have felt less safe over the past several months. This conflicts with the city's statistics, which indicate that the city's crime remains at historic ...

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Brooklyn Bridge Celebrates 125 Years!

Thursday, May 22, 2008

Fireworks, a Navy flyover and a new tribute song are on tap for the 125th birthday blowout for the Brooklyn Bridge tonight.

Thousands of people are expected at the kickoff festivities at Empire-Fulton Ferry State Park in Brooklyn this evening, featuring a performance by the Brooklyn Philharmonic and a rousing chorus ...

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Port Authority Approves Additional Airport Security Measures

Thursday, May 22, 2008

The Port Authority has approved a $28 million project to put additional vertical cylindrical security barriers in front of terminals at Newark Liberty and LaGuardia airports.

The first phase of the project was approved last year, not long after two men crashed a flaming Jeep loaded with gas canisters into security ...

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Officials Look to Quell Crown Heights Tension

Thursday, May 22, 2008

Black and Jewish officials are standing together to fight the recent spike in Crown Heights violence.

State Assemblyman Dov Hikind says the six-month-old Black-Jewish alliance of politicians is alarmed by bias crimes, up 20 percent from this time last year.

Brooklyn borough president Marty Markowitz says elected officials can only do so ...

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Second Surgery for Paterson

Thursday, May 22, 2008

Gov. David Paterson is recovering and resting comfortably a day after emergency eye surgery.

Spokesmen say the governor is expected to return to state business after Memorial Day. The Democrat went to a Manhattan hospital Tuesday after suffering what physicians say was excruciating pain from acute glaucoma.

Paterson, who is legally blind, ...

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Ground Zero Towers Delayed as Merrill Lynch Mulls Moving In

Thursday, May 22, 2008

The Port Authority is pushing back the deadlines on three of the towers at the World Trade Center. The agency granted developer Larry Silverstein another four to six months to complete the projects, because Merrill Lynch may be moving in to the complex. Larry Coscia is the Port Authority's chairman.

COSCIA: ...

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Guilty Plea In Adoption Fraud Case

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

A woman accused of using fake names and fraudulent documents to adopt 11 disabled New York City children has pleaded guilty to federal fraud charges.

Judith Leekin is also accused of beating and starving the children inside her Florida home. The 63-year-old admitted she sent phony report cards to child ...

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Midtown Developer Could Lose Permits

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

The city has threatened to revoke the permits of the developer of a Midtown high rise tower where a crane collapsed in March, killing seven people.

A letter sent to developer James Kennelly shows 28 objections to his current building plans. All of them have to do with zoning regulations.

It's ...

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Schools Chancellor Asks Albany for Help

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Schools Chancellor Joel Klein says he's going to ask Albany to change the law that restricts how state education money is distributed in New York. He wants to equally implement a 1.4% cut to all schools in stead of providing mandated money to lower performing schools.

REPORTER: Klein says the Department ...

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City Unveils New Bike Program

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

The city plans to create temporary pedestrian and bicycle-friendly boulevards this summer on a "major corridor" of Manhattan.

Transportation Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan said details for the route are still being finalized with the Police Department and will be disclosed next month.

She described the pilot program at an urban design conference.

SADIK-KHAN: ...

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