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NYC Comptroller Proposes Fee Increases for Vehicle Registrations

Monday, November 24, 2008

City Comptroller Bill Thompson has a plan for plugging the MTA's budget hole: make car and truck owners pay hundreds of dollars more in vehicle registration fees. WNYC's Arun Venugopal has more.

REPORTER: Comptroller Thompson's payment structure is based on weight: if you own a tiny ...

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Downturn Means Fewer Free Drinks

Monday, November 24, 2008

HOST: New York is a mecca for people who like to do things for free. There are free concerts, free food, even free cocktails. In fact there’s a whole promotions industry around free events. As WNYC’s Ilya Marritz reports, the people who work in the ...

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New York Falls Short in First-Ever Pro Soccer Championship Appearance

Monday, November 24, 2008

SOCCER FANS: We all hate the yellow football team, the yellow football team, the yellow football team...

REPORTER: That hated, yellow football team would be Major League Soccer's Columbus Crew, and they beat the New York Red Bulls in the championship game yesterday, leaving these fans ...

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City Inspectors Check Scales at New York's Airports

Monday, November 24, 2008

Several airlines are charging extra for handling your luggage, and city inspectors want to make sure the scales being used are accurate. WNYC's Marc Garber has more.

REPORTER: All 810 scales at LaGuardia and JFK were checked by the city Department of Consumer Affairs. Eighty-seven percent ...

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Opening Arguments Begin in Trial of Actor

Monday, November 24, 2008

Today a Bronx jury will begin hearing the case of Lillo Brancato. The actor, who made his name in "A Bronx Tale" and on the Sopranos, is accused of felony murder in the death of New York City policeman Daniel Enchautegui.

Enchautegui was off duty when ...

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Firefighter Killed in Staten Island Blaze

Sunday, November 23, 2008

The FDNY is mourning a veteran firefighter who was killed in a blaze at a Staten Island house early Sunday morning after a ceiling collapsed and knocked his mask off.

REPORTER: Lt. Robert Ryan, jr. was unconscious when colleagues found him and pulled him from the ...

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Comptroller Thompson Seeks New Registration Fees to Help MTA

Sunday, November 23, 2008

In an effort to alleviate the city transit system's fiscal problems, city comptroller William Thompson says car and truck owners should pay additional registration fees, based on how much their vehicle weighs. He says the plan would generate more than a billion dollars in annual ...

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Schumer Says Obama Will Have Stimulus Package on Day 1

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Senator Charles Schumer says Congress will have an economic stimulus package ready in time for President-elect Obama's inauguration.

REPORTER: Appearing on ABC’s This Week, the New York Democrat, who chairs the joint economic committee, said the stimulus needs to be big, considering what’s happening with unemployment, ...

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Who Will Succeed Hillary Clinton in the Senate?

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Who will succeed Hillary Clinton as US Senator now that she's poised to become Secretary of State in the Obama administration? Governor Paterson has ruled himself out, but says more than a dozen people have contacted him expressing interest in filling out Clinton's term. Names ...

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Department of Aging Outlines Cuts

Saturday, November 22, 2008

City agencies are trying to get used to the idea of cutting 2.5 percent from their next budget -- and 5 percent after that.

REPORTER: The Department for the Aging plans to save nearly $4 million by no longer funding some senior programs, like elder abuse ...

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Housing Authority Head Moves on

Saturday, November 22, 2008

The head of the New York City Housing Authority is leaving to take the helm of Samaritan Village, a substance abuse agency he worked for in the past.

REPORTER: Tino Hernandez has been the authority's chairman for seven years. He leaves during a time of job ...

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Fears Escalate About Citigroup

Saturday, November 22, 2008

The options for New York-based Citigroup appear to be dwindling along with its stock price.

REPORTER: The banking giant's shares fell below $4 Friday. Analysts say the company may be forced to merge or sell some of its prized businesses. If so, New York City would ...

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Mayor's Education Cuts Under Scrutiny

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Mayor Bloomberg’s $180 million mid-year cuts to city schools are getting serious scrutiny from the City Council's Education Committee.

REPORTER: Education officials faced stiff questioning Friday from members concerned about the effects of the cuts on to the educational system. Among those demanding details of the ...

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Health Officials Defend Closure of Dental Clinics

Friday, November 21, 2008

City health officials are defending their plan to eliminate dozens of public dental clinics that serve 17,000 children.

Commissioner Thomas Frieden says the $3 million cut is necessary, because the department needs to trim the budget.

FRIEDEN: We did not make this proposal lightly. we wish we ...

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Treasury Pick Buoys Wall St., Citigroup Shares Dwindle

Friday, November 21, 2008

US stocks rallied today on word that president-elect Barack Obama has picked Tim Geitner, president of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, to be treasury chief.

But more ominous signs from Citigroup are keeping the financial mood sour, certainly here in New York. Greg David, ...

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Education Department Outlines Budget Cuts

Friday, November 21, 2008

This afternoon a skeptical city Council Committee is hearing from education officials about how they plan to make hundreds of millions of dollars in cuts to city schools to plug the growing budget gap. WNYC's Bob Hennelly has more.

REPORTER: Deputy Chancellor Kathleen Grimm says the ...

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At NYC's Green Markets, Increased Use of Food Stamp Cards

Friday, November 21, 2008

The city's green markets have seen a surge in shoppers using food stamp debit cards. Council Speaker Christine Quinn says that's due a 2006 program that brought credit card style scanners to green markets.

QUINN: Low income folks now are using their food stamps to get ...

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Foreclosure Crisis Trickles Down: Report

Friday, November 21, 2008

A new report from New York State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli says the national foreclosure crisis is hitting every level of government. WNYC's Bob Hennelly has more.

REPORTER: Comptroller DiNapoli's analysis found that having tens of thousands of New Yorker's homes in foreclosure is putting downward pressure ...

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Broken Glass: Photographs of the South Bronx

Friday, November 21, 2008

In the early 80s, Ray Mortenson photographed the empty buildings that dominated landscape of the South Bronx. The images showed the social and economic devastation of the period. These photos are now on display at the Museum of the City of New York in a ...

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Department for the Aging Defends Modernization Plan

Friday, November 21, 2008

The City Council continues to hold budget hearings to hear about what different city agencies plan to do to reduce their spending.

But the city's Department for the Aging spent much of its testimony defending a proposal they say won't be a cut.

It's the planned "modernization" ...

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