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NY Delegates Subdued at RNC

Tuesday, September 02, 2008

Local delegates at the Republican Convention say it's been an emotional roller-coaster as they alternate between concern for the residents of the Gulf Coast area and pleasure at having an opportunity to gather and cheer on the candidacy of John McCain.

Convention-goers were generally reserved Monday ...

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King Attacks Obama at Breakfast

Tuesday, September 02, 2008

On Day Two of the Republican National Convention, Long Island Congressman Peter King addressed the New York State delegation breakfast.

He says Sen. John McCain's support of key anti-terror legislation helped keep New Yorkers safe from another attack.

KING: If Barack Obama had been in there, there ...

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New York Delegates Worry About Gustav

Monday, September 01, 2008

New York’s delegation mingled at a low key reception in St. Paul. But like everyone else, they were preoccupied with news of Hurricane Gustav and what it might mean for their political gathering.

New York Delegates like those from the rest of the nation were subdued ...

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Fannie and Freddie Pull Out of New York State

Monday, September 01, 2008

A new law takes effect in New York today that aims to prevent another home loans crisis.

Lots of states have passed measures in response to the subprime crisis. But only New York's law has prompted Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to retaliate.

The government-sponsored lenders say ...

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Republicans Scale Back Convention Plans in Wake of Gustav

Monday, September 01, 2008

The GOP convention is finally underway and off to a muted start, as a result of Hurricane Gustav. Convention delegates are on the floor of the XCel Energy Center going over the official business required at these conventions — nominating their candidates, and approving a ...

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It's Wait-and-See for GOP

Monday, September 01, 2008

Republican delegates gathered for their national convention in St. Paul, Minnesota, are in a wait-and-see mode, as party officials monitor the hurricane pounding the Gulf Coast. New Jersey's delegation has turned its hospitality hotel suite into a donation center for hurricane victims. Meanwhile, other delegates ...

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Private Donations Up to Department of Transportation

Monday, September 01, 2008

Transportation Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan has attracted more than just attention since joining Mayor Michael Bloomberg's cabinet last May. She's also pulled in lots of private money.

Congestion pricing didn't work out, but Sadik-Khan has implemented numerous smaller innovations that transportation advocates had been pushing for ...

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West Indian Day Parade

Monday, September 01, 2008

Today the 41st annual West Indian American Day Carnival Parade will make its way from Utica Avenue to Grand Army Plaza along Eastern Parkway.

This year's theme is "One Caribbean, Many Cultures." The lineup includes 70 floats and thousands of marchers in costume. Olympic athletes from ...

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Caribbean Culture Celebrated in Brooklyn Parade

Monday, September 01, 2008

The 41st annual West Indian American Day Parade is making its way down Eastern Parkway in Brooklyn this afternoon. Thousands of people are in the parade, wearing lavish costumes and riding colorful floats. One of them is Dwaine Wilson, a Harlem resident and a native ...

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N.Y. Delegates Ready to Enjoy Convention

Monday, September 01, 2008

New York delegates at the Republican National Convention are finding things to do in Minnesota other than convention business. RNC officials curtailed today's schedule because of Hurricane Gustav's threat to the Gulf Coast. Rochester delegate Mike Snowdon says he's been waiting all his life to ...

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Thompson Seeks Answers on Mayor's Term Limits Plan

Monday, September 01, 2008

City Comptroller Bill Thompson is demanding that Mayor Bloomberg tell voters whether he plans to seek a change in the city's term limits law and seek a third term.

THOMPSON: Nothing has been on the record and the mayor has sidestepped the issue.

REPORTER: Thompson is a ...

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RNC Protesters Face Raids from Police in Twin Cities

Sunday, August 31, 2008

The Republican National Convention does not get underway until Monday, but police in St. Paul and Minneapolis were busy over the weekend raiding several homes allegedly linked to people the police said were going to disrupt the event. WNYC's Bob Hennelly has more from St. ...

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Jersey Shore Eyed for Federal Offshore Wind Energy Project

Sunday, August 31, 2008

Offshore wind energy is coming, and the federal government has the New York region's coastal waters in its sights. WNYC's Ilya Marritz has more.

REPORTER: Any project more than three miles offshore needs approval from the Department of the Interior. Last week, Interior's Maureen Bornholdt came ...

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Port Authority Vows to Keep Fighting Airport Slot Auctions

Saturday, August 30, 2008

Port Authority officials say they'll fight tooth and nail to prevent the auction of takeoff and landing spots at the region's airports.

REPORTER: The Federal Aviation Administration decided this week to hold off on a planned auction at Newark Airport, until an independent FAA office looks ...

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Statewide Emergency Network Has Serious Problems, Officials Say

Saturday, August 30, 2008

The company building a $2 billion statewide emergency radio network has been told that 19 flaws found in a two-county test must be corrected within 45 days or the state could end the contract.

The state's Office for Technology notes that M/A-COM, a division of Tyco ...

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Critical Mass Riders and NYPD Continue Cat-and-Mouse Game

Saturday, August 30, 2008

The standoff between the NYPD and cyclists in the monthly Critical Mass ride has been going on for years. WNYC's Arun Venugopal talks to Weekend Edition Host Brian Zumhagen about how riders and police interacted during the August ride.

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New Yorkers React to Palin Pick

Saturday, August 30, 2008

John McCain's choice of Alaska governor Sarah Palin as his running mate is being met with skepticism from some New Yorkers.

REPORTER: Brooklyn resident Martha Llamas says she's "ticked off" by the GOP nominee's selection of a 44-year-old woman; she cals it an act of "oneupmanship" ...

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Newark Mayor Responds to Obama Speech

Friday, August 29, 2008

Metro area elected officials are reacting to last night's acceptance speech by Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama. Newark Mayor Cory Booker was at Mile High Stadium last night. He says the importance of Obama's speech went beyond a single election.

BOOKER: This is not just about ...

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Major Layoffs Expected at Lehman Brothers

Friday, August 29, 2008

Lehman Brothers is set to lay off over 1,000 employees — it's the fourth round of layoffs this year.

The struggling investment bank lost $2.8 billion last quarter because of write downs of mortgage related assets, and it's rumored to be shopping around some of its ...

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Obama Supporters Unmoved by McCain Pick

Friday, August 29, 2008

Republican John McCain's choice of Alaska Governor Sarah Palin as his vice presidential running mate may get some Independents and even Democrats to look again at his candidacy.

But many New Yorkers who support Barack Obama say their vote won't change. Connie Johnson, an African-American bank ...

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