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Election Helps Community College Kids Find Their Voice

Friday, December 19, 2008

INTRO: For many New Yorkers the presidential election is in the rear view mirror, but for a group of first-time voters at the Borough of Manhattan Community College, the revelations from that day keep on coming. WNYC’s Siddhartha Mitter reports.

SUZANNE: Freedom from your parents...religious freedom...what ...

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Waste Facilities a Blight for Brooklyn Residents

Friday, December 19, 2008

Traffic is the bane of many a New Yorkers' existence. We're either stuck in it, dodging it, or listening to it, like Carlotta Giglio does every single day.

GIGLIO: I used to keep very pretty little suncatchers in my windows. I don't do it anymore. You ...

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Winter Weather Causes Holiday Delays

Friday, December 19, 2008

Travelers trying to get a head start on their holiday vacations are running into delays, as a snow storm from the Midwest sweeps through the area. At least 500 flights have been cancelled at area airports -- 380 at Newark Liberty alone -- and arriving ...

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Councilman Arrested for Domestic Violence

Friday, December 19, 2008

A Queens Councilman has been charged with assault, after he brought his girlfriend to a hospital early this morning seeking treatment for cuts around her eye.

Councilman Hiram Monserratte is to become a state senator next month. He was praised for his service by his council ...

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Schools Hit Hard By Multiple Cuts

Friday, December 19, 2008

City agencies have until Monday to tell the mayor how they'll comply with his request to find another seven percent worth of savings. As WNYC's Beth Fertig reports, the combination of state and local cuts would have a huge impact on the public schools.

REPORTER: All ...

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Traffic Issues

Friday, December 19, 2008

How New Yorkers deal with traffic that's too close for comfort.

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20-Year Deal May Prevent Recycling Cuts

Thursday, December 18, 2008

A long-awaited contract that allows Sims Metal Management to process and sell the city's metal, glass and plastic for the next 20 years is finally official, just as the city faces pressure to cut costs and Sims finds it more difficult to turn a profit ...

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Port Auth. Reopens Freedom Tower Deal

Thursday, December 18, 2008

The Port Authority says it's once again negotiating with developer Larry Silverstein. This time it's to change an agreement struck two years ago. The Port Authority took on the financial responsibility of constructing the troubled Freedom Tower. In return, Silverstein gave up some of his ...

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New Yorkers Live Longer

Thursday, December 18, 2008

New health statistics suggest the city is continuing to outpace the national average for life expectancy. The latest figures show that a child born here in 2006, is likely to live to age 79. That's a four-month gain over the previous year. Health Commissioner Dr. ...

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Caroline Kennedy in Harlem, Gets Sharpton’s Blessing for Senate Push

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Caroline Kennedy defended her decision to put herself in the running for the US Senate seat Hillary Clinton is likely to vacate.

KENNEDY: "I come at this as a mother, as a lawyer, as an author, as an education advocate and from a family that really ...

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How Safe Are Hotels and Other Urban Spaces?

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Last month's attacks in Mumbai were a visceral example of how vulnerable urban hotels and restaurants can be. This is not a new fear for New York law enforcement, who have the responsibility of keeping the city's public spaces safe in a post-9/11 world. But ...

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Smith Mum on Thorny State Finances

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Queens State Senator Malcolm Smith may want to become the leader of the Senate, when Democrats take control of the body next month. But he didn't show much leadership today, as he dodged questions about major issues at a civic organization breakfast. WNYC's Arun Venugopal ...

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Budget Cuts Hit Schools Hard

Thursday, December 18, 2008

The city's Department of Education is preparing a list of possible budget cuts, to be delivered to City Hall on Monday, following Mayor Bloomberg's request that agencies slice another seven percent from their budgets. The schools could wind up with a total of $1.5 billion ...

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Consumers Urged to Report Price Gouging During Storms

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Officials are urging New Yorkers to report incidents of price gouging and scams by people looking to make money on the misfortunes of those hit hard by winter storms.

Under state law, it's illegal to jack up prices for necessary items such as shelter, fuel, generators ...

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Time to Retire the 401 (k)?

Thursday, December 18, 2008

The unemployment rate in New York State shot up last month, from 5.7 to 6.1 percent. It's the biggest jump in unemployment in seven years. Citing the bad economy, Federal Express announced today it will stop offering to match its employees' 401(k) retirement plan contributions.

It ...

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Council Approves Property Tax Hike

Thursday, December 18, 2008

After an intense debate, the City Council approved mid-year budget revisions that will raise property taxes to make up for a major drop-off in tax revenues. WNYC's Bob Hennelly reports.

HENNELLY: Several council members warned their colleagues that the seven percent property tax hike would only ...

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One Acquitted of Murder in Cop Death

Thursday, December 18, 2008

One of three men accused of killing NYPD officer Russel Timoshenko and wounding his partner during a traffic stop in Brooklyn has been acquitted of aggravated murder and attempted murder.

Jurors convicted Robert Ellis on three counts of weapons possession. He now faces five to 15 ...

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Obama Taps Mary Schapiro to Head SEC

Thursday, December 18, 2008

President-elect Obama is expected to name Mary Schapiro to head the Securities and Exchange Commission. Schapiro is currently CEO of the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, the largest independent regulator for securities firms. Schapiro would be the first permanent female chairman of Wall Street’s top regulator. ...

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NYC Council Votes on Budget Today

Thursday, December 18, 2008

The mayor and city council members have struck a deal on how to close this year's budget gap. A vote is set for today. WNYC's Bob Hennelly has more details.

REPORTER: It is supposed to work like this: the council rescinds a seven-percent property tax cut ...

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Man Attempts to Throw Shoe at MTA Board Member

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

A member of the public attempted to throw his shoe at an MTA board meeting, Wednesday.

Stephen Millies, an Amtrak worker and self-described subway rider, went on a three-minute rant during the public speaking portion of the MTA board meeting.

Towards the end, Millies asked where MTA ...

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