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Cop Raises Could Slow City Budget Negotiations

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

The arbitrated deal to increase police salaries potentially has thrown a monkey wrench into budget negotiations between the mayor and City Council.

A spokesman for Mayor Michael Bloomberg has suggested that the police settlement may endanger plans to extend the break in property taxes.

But Ronnie Lowenstein of the city's Independent Budget ...

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Queens Congressman Takes on Teenage HIV Infections

Monday, May 19, 2008

New HIV infections among New York City teens are at their highest levels since 2001, according to health department figures cited by Congressman Anthony Weiner. The Queens Democrat says after years of reducing infections, the city's seen a 29 percent increase in diagnoses among teenagers from 2004 to 2006. Weiner ...

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Paterson: Safety Courses for Gun Owners

Monday, May 19, 2008

Gov. David Paterson wants all would be handgun owners in New York to take a safety course.

Legislation he proposed today would also mandate the safety course for gun shop owners. Michael Balboni, deputy secretary for public safety, says the safety course made sense.

BALBONI: It's the governor's belief that dangerous instrumentalist ...

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State Prisons - Overcrowded and Understaffed

Monday, May 19, 2008

Senator Charles Schumer says the state's four federal prisons are dangerously overcrowded and understaffed. A report released today details conditions at prisons in Manhattan and Brooklyn, and upstate in Otisville and Ray Brook.

It says while the average federal prison is 37 percent overcrowded, in New York, federal prisons have 50 ...

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Group Requests Congressional Probe of Fossella

Monday, May 19, 2008

A watchdog group, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, wants a Congressional ethics committee to investigate whether Staten Island Congressman Vito Fossella used government resources to have an extramarital affair.

Fossella took official trips in 2002 and 2003 with Laura Fay, who was, at the time, an Air Force officer ...

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City to Hire 63 Building Inspectors

Monday, May 19, 2008

Under fire for a spate of construction accidents, Mayor Michael Bloomberg has announced that the city will spend $5 million to hire 63 more safety inspectors. The new hires will help the Buildings Department register all general contractors who build homes in the city, so that their safety record can ...

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The Economy is Tanking. Why is Sotheby's Doing So Well?

Monday, May 19, 2008

Even as the economy falters, the sales in contemporary art continue to skyrocket. Last week Sotheby's and Christie's auction houses broke records for sales in contemporary art . As the spring art auction season wraps up, critic Lee Rosenbaum explains what happened this unpredictable year.

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Veggie Pride on Display in Big Apple

Monday, May 19, 2008

Hundreds of vegans and vegetarians - and people dressed as vegetables - marched through the West Village for the First Veggie Pride Parade Sunday. It ended in Washington Square Park, where advocacy groups set up stalls, along with merchants like Roberta Kalechofsky, author of The Jewish Vegetarian Year Cookbook.

KALECHOFSKY: My ...

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Kelly Tells Council of NYPD's Recruit Woes

Monday, May 19, 2008

Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly told members of the City Council that the NYPD was stretched thin due to low starting salaries, but said an arbitrator could change the salary structure this week.

Kelly spoke during budget hearings, and addressed the challenges of recruiting new officers with a starting salary of just ...

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Studies Say NYC Immigrants Assimilate Quickly

Sunday, May 18, 2008

Two separate studies released this week cast New York City as a place where immigrants assimilate quickly. WNYC's Marianne McCune reports.

The first study uses a century of national census data to look at how quickly generations of immigrants have matched their native born peers in economic and social trends. A ...

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Farm Bill Could Help Area Soup Kitchens

Sunday, May 18, 2008

Food pantries and soup kitchens around the city have been struggling with rising food costs. But they could get a much-needed boost from the recent passage of a federal Farm Bill. WNYC's Cindy Rodriguez reports:

REPORTER: The current farm bill increases the money for emergency food from $140 million to $250 ...

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City Halts Construction on Goldman Sachs Tower

Sunday, May 18, 2008

City officials have stopped construction on the future Goldman Sachs headquarters near Ground Zero. This after a chunk of steel fell 18 stories onto a field where children were playing. The city Buildings Department says no one was hurt in the Saturday afternoon accident where Tishman Construction is building the ...

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Councilmembers Offered Legal Help in Accounting Probe

Sunday, May 18, 2008

A memo obtained by WNYC says city council members are being offered free legal representation in the ongoing federal probe into the council's bookkeeping. WNYC's Bob Hennelly reports:

REPORTER: The memo from the office of the legislative body's general counsel advises city council members that in order to qualify for the ...

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Natural History Museum Celebrates the Horse

Saturday, May 17, 2008

Expect to hear a thundering gallop reverberate throughout Pilimco Stadium in Baltimore today as riders prepare for the Preakness -- the second race in the Triple Crown series.

REPORTER: But equestrian enthusiasts don't need to leave the state to celebrate. The Museum of Natural History will host a series festivities today ...

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Local Response to Gay Marriage Ruling

Friday, May 16, 2008

REPORTER: After yesterday's gay marriage ruling in California, Assemblyman Daniel O'Donnell could have the chance to follow in his sister Rosie's steps and get married in California.

But, the openly gay lawmaker says he's committed to wait until he can wed at home.

O'DONNELL: I was born in New York, I was ...

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Bloomberg Blasts Union Retirement Plan

Friday, May 16, 2008

State legislators have been considering an analysis of a legislative proposal to offer early retirement to city workers without knowing that the study had been paid for by their union.

The New York Times is reporting that a former city actuary, Jonathan Schwartz, was paid for his analysis by the municipal ...

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MTA Picks Top Musicians

Friday, May 16, 2008

REPORTER: The results of a talent contest for musicians competing to serenade subway passengers are in.

Out of the 55 hopefuls who auditioned earlier this month, the MTA has approved 23 groups.

Among the winners are a vibraphonist, a punk cellist and a Chinese classical musician.

There's also a Latin fusion group known ...

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Councilwoman Eyed Over Possible Misuse of Funds

Friday, May 16, 2008

A nonprofit group that received discretionary city funds from Bronx Councilwoman Maria Del Carmen Arroyo is facing intense scrutiny.

Councilwoman Arroyo directed tens of thousand of dollars in discretionary funds to the South Bronx Community Corporation, a nonprofit that has deep ties with her family.

The city's Department of Youth and ...

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Locals Cast Ballots in D.R. Election

Friday, May 16, 2008

There's a presidential election in the Dominican Republic today, and Dominicans are heading to the polls here in the States, as well.

In New York and New Jersey combined, about 77,000 Dominicans are registered to vote in today's election. The two main candidates both opened campaign offices here and showed ...

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State Unions May Not Get Extra Cash

Friday, May 16, 2008

Though he's a longtime friend of labor, Gov. David Paterson says he cannot accommodate the unions' requests to increase their pensions and ensure benefits.

The governor says unions have to face the reality of a looming $21 billion deficit.

PATERSON: I understand that there are entities that go on and on ...

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