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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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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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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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Feds want JFK, Newark to Auction Off Peak Flight Spots

Friday, May 16, 2008

The federal Department of Transportation wants JFK and Newark Airports to auction off some of their peak take-off and landing time-slots in order to cut down on air traffic congestion.

The Port Authority, which runs the airports, called the plan poorly conceived and said it wouldn't increase capacity and would result ...

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FDNY Has Fewer EMTs

Friday, May 16, 2008

The Fire Department is heading into summer with fewer Emergency Medical Technicians.

About 120 positions are unfilled, as EMT's and potential EMT's have taken jobs in other parts of the city workforce or in other cities altogether. Union Spokesman Robert Unger says the fire department will have to make EMT's work ...

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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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Rally at City Hall for More School Money

Friday, May 16, 2008

Education advocates and elected officials rallied at City Hall today for more school money. They're angry that Mayor Michael Bloomberg's proposed budget doesn't include more for the city's students.

Randi Weingarten is the President of the United Federation of Teachers. She says Bloomberg has forgotten his pledge to strengthen schools by ...

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It's National Bike to Work Day!

Friday, May 16, 2008

Paul Steely White, of Transportation Alternatives, says now is the time to pull out your bike and join the city's estimated 130,000 daily riders.

WHITE: The first thing is to make sure your bicycle is in proper working order. Make sure your brakes are working, that would be the most important.

REPORTER: ...

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State Web Law has Chilling Effect for Online Retailers

Thursday, May 15, 2008

A new state law for online retailers is already having a chilling effect on some business relationships. It requires out of state Web retailers to collect sales tax on all purchases made by New Yorkers, if any of its partner sites are based in New York.

Last month, Amazon.com filed suit ...

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Hudson is Cleaner, But Fewer Fish

Thursday, May 15, 2008

The Hudson River is a lot cleaner than it was in 1975, but the number of fish swimming in it is much lower.

That's the finding of a new study by the group Riverkeeper.

Dr. Peter Henderson is one of the study's authors.

HENDERSON: In decline we have whitecap fish, weekfish, rainbow smelt, ...

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Report: Turf Isn't Dangerous

Thursday, May 15, 2008

Artificial turf fields can get very hot, but are unlikely to pose other health risks - that's according to a draft report for the Health Department.

This comes during a nationwide debate over the merits of these fields. Geoffrey Croft, of NYC Park Advocates, says the report underplays the dangers ...

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Execs get Peek at Nets Arena Luxury Boxes

Thursday, May 15, 2008

The Nets begin selling luxury boxes to their arena at Atlantic Yards tonight, and they are hitting the Brooklyn connection hard. They created a promotional video that will be shown to about 130 business executives who get to see a model suite at an open house tonight.

The team says it ...

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Commuting Safely by Bike in the City

Thursday, May 15, 2008

Tomorrow is national bike to work day. Over the past seven years biking in the city has increased by 75%. Transportation Alternatives, an advocacy group helping to organize the event, thinks the city can do even better. To talk more about biking to work is Department of Transportation Commissioner Janette ...

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Bloomberg Opens Bronx Power Plant

Thursday, May 15, 2008

With the flip of a switch, Mayor Michael Bloomberg today opened the city's first tri-generating power plant in the Bronx.

Unlike conventional power plants, tri-generating plants recapture the heat that's emitted in the process of burning gas or fuel oil.

The city spent $65 million for the renovation of an existing power ...

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Infections Down at City Hospitals

Thursday, May 15, 2008

The number of infections acquired at New York City's 11 public hospitals has dropped dramatically, according to the Health and Hospital Corporation.

Officials say central line bloodstream infections have dropped 55 percent since 2005, and there was a 78 percent reduction in the rate of ventilator-associated pneumonia among adult patients in ...

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Cabbie Fined for Foul Language

Thursday, May 15, 2008

New York City is known as a place where people express themselves and not always in the kindest ways.

But, cab drivers are being held to a higher standard.

A cabbie who cursed at another driver was fined $1,000 and had his license suspended for a month.

Taxi and Limousine Commissioner Matthew Daus ...

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