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Building Biotech in the Big City

Monday, December 08, 2008

INTRO: Biotech is to the 21st Century what industrial grade steel and the internal combustion engine were to the 20th Century. So says one local promoter of the high-tech business of turning genes and proteins and enzymes into drugs and therapies and medical devices. New ...

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City Council Identifies $495M in Cuts

Monday, December 08, 2008

City Council Speaker Christine Quinn says Council members have met Mayor Bloomberg's challenge to find more budget cuts to help the city close the budget gap. WNYC's Bob Hennelly reports.

REPORTER: All totaled Quinn says the proposed cuts will save a half-billion dollars in fiscal years ...

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City Council Releases More Proposed Spending Cuts

Sunday, December 07, 2008

The City Council's Budget Negotiating Team has released nearly $500 million in additional spending reduction proposals in an effort to minimize the impact of the fiscal crisis. The cuts would reduce the 2009 budget by nearly $170 million, and the budget for Fiscal Year 2010 ...

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City Foreclosure Filings Down

Sunday, December 07, 2008

Foreclosure filings in New York City are down by more than a half, compared to this spring, according to nyforeclosures.com, which publishes data in the five boroughs.

REPORTER: Jessica Davis is the publisher's president and says the drop can be attributed to a state rule that ...

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Brazilian Air Force Releases Study on Plane Crash

Sunday, December 07, 2008

A Brazilian Air Force investigation has concluded that a switched-off transponder in a Long Island-based jet contributed to a 2006 crash over the Amazon. Two Brazilian newspapers report that investigators determined the two Long Island-based pilots of an executive jet inadvertently placed the transponder and ...

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Three Officers to be Indicted in Mineo Case

Sunday, December 07, 2008

Three New York City police officers will reportedly face charges in the alleged assault of a man in a Brooklyn subway station in October. That's according to anonymous sources close to the grand jury quoted by the several news organizations. They say the indictments were ...

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Senate Democrats to Continue Leadership Talks

Sunday, December 07, 2008

New York State Senate Democrats have agreed to continue talks over the chamber's leadership, after a contentious closed-door meeting Saturday.

A statement attributed the entire conference, including three dissidents who have considered siding with Republicans, says all support Senator Malcolm Smith as their leader. The statement ...

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Mumbai Siege Leads New York Security Companies to Review Operations

Saturday, December 06, 2008

The terrorist siege of Mumbai is forcing local security companies to take a second look at their operations, as WNYC's Bob Hennelly reports.

REPORTER: The Mumbai attacks brutally exposed the vulnerability of so-called "soft-targets" like hotels and hospitals. And here in the US, they're most often ...

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Rececssion Specials in the Arts

Saturday, December 06, 2008

Recession Specials are all the rage –- from Gray’s Papaya hotdogs to sales at retail stores all over New York. And the same is true in the arts. Cultural critic Claudia La Rocco talks to WNYC Weekend Edition Host Brian Zumhagen about some of the ...

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County Executives Want More Flexibility Amid Coming Budget Cuts

Saturday, December 06, 2008

New York's county executives are telling Governor Paterson that they may be willing to share in the pain that's coming because of the state's $15 billion budget deficit.

REPORTER: But they want to make sure that costs aren't passed down to county tax payers. Suffolk County ...

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Three Schools Closing for Poor Performance

Friday, December 05, 2008

Three of the city's public schools are being closed for poor performance.

The city's Education Department says MS 44 on the Upper West Side, PS 90 in the Morrisania section of the Bronx, and PS 225 in Rockaway Park, Queens, all received a D or an ...

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Mixed Reaction for MTA Bailout Plan

Friday, December 05, 2008

Recommendations from a six month study on how to save MTA's troubled finances are meeting with mixed reactions.

Congressman Anthony Weiner says taxing New York City-area companies and making drivers pay new tolls to cross the East River, as yesterday's Ravitch report suggests, misses the underlying ...

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Deals Cut to make Smith Head of State Senate

Friday, December 05, 2008

Three dissident Democrats have come to an agreement and will support Malcolm Smith to head the New York State Senate. It's the first time Democrats take control of the chamber in more than 40 years.

Bronx Sens. Ruben Diaz Sr. and Pedro Espada Jr., along with ...

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Brooklyn Neighborhood Acts Out On Development Plan

Friday, December 05, 2008

At the Public Theater, the hip hop artist Danny Hoch recently put gentrification on stage in his show called "Taking Over." A similar project has been in development by the theater company The Civilians.

Their project is called "Brooklyn at Eye Level." It brings performers together ...

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New Yorkers Assess Public Safety

Friday, December 05, 2008

Residents who live closest to the site of the 9/11 terrorist attacks say they feel the safest. WNYC's Bob Hennelly found the surprising results in Mayor Bloomberg's customer service survey released this week.

REPORTER: Respondents in Community Board One -- Lower Manhattan -- gave their neighborhood ...

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Cuts to City's Elder Abuse Program Puts Weakest at Risk

Friday, December 05, 2008

With the city facing a budget deficit that’s expected to balloon to $4 billion over the next two years, city agencies have been instructed to cut 7.5 percent of their budgets. Everything from daycare slots for low income families to dental clinics for kids, have ...

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Kelly Assesses Mumbai Attacks

Friday, December 05, 2008

The New York Police Department plans to share what it learned from the terrorist attacks in Mumbai when they hold drills at Floyd Bennet Field today. Police will help train private security guards, the same guards who protect hotels, hospitals and other buildings that were ...

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Vets Wait Almost 6 Months for Services

Friday, December 05, 2008

The New York City office of Veterans Affairs says it can take at least 6 months for a vet to obtain the services and medications they need as they re-adjust to civilian life. The office says a third of their claims have been backlogged because ...

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Problems for Automakers Could Hurt New York

Friday, December 05, 2008

Representatives for auto workers and car dealers in New York State say if Congress doesn't approve a rescue package for the Big Three automakers, hundreds of the state's dealers and suppliers could go out of business, and New York's municipal governments could lose millions of ...

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Lessons Learned from Mumbai

Friday, December 05, 2008

Security officials from New York City hotels were briefed by NYPD intelligence officers working in Mumbai, India.

Via teleconference, they discussed how 10 gunmen were able to infiltrate so-called "soft targets" like hotels, a hospital and a train station with A-K 47s.

Police Commissioner Ray Kelly says ...

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