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Board Set to Vote on Rent Increase

Monday, May 05, 2008

A preliminary vote takes place tonight on landlords' request to raise the rate on rent-regulated apartments by 15 percent.

The Rent Guidelines Board meets at Cooper Union's Great Hall, starting at 5:30, for the preliminary vote.

Landlords say they need the rent increase to deal with rising energy costs. Tenants disagree, saying ...

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Ratner Moving Ahead With Atlantic Yards Development

Sunday, May 04, 2008

Atlantic Yards Developer Bruce Ratner says lawsuits and the shaky economy have slowed his plan to transform Brooklyn with an NBA Nets arena and a slate of skyscrapers. But he says he aims to break ground on the arena this year.

In a guest column in today's Daily News, Ratner writes ...

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Queens Company Recalls Possible Tainted Meat

Sunday, May 04, 2008

A New York City company is recalling more than a quarter million pounds of meat and poultry because it might be contaminated with Listeria bacteria.

The US Department of Agriculture says the recall includes several different brands of fresh and frozen products made by Gourmet Boutique of Queens. They include sandwiches ...

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Wildflower Week Promotes Native Plants

Sunday, May 04, 2008

The first-ever New York City Wildflower Week has begun. It's a celebration of plants native to the region.

At Union Square, volunteers are handing out free seedlings. Marielle Anzelone is among the organizers. She says one of the inspirations for Wildflower Week is a former first lady.

ANZELONE: Lady Bird Johnson has ...

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"Rubber Rooms" Cost City Schools Millions Each Year

Sunday, May 04, 2008

The number of New York City teachers pulled from their classrooms because of accusations of wrongdoing has doubled in four years - and some spend years collecting their salaries while awaiting disciplinary hearings. That's according to the Daily News, which reports that paying such teachers costs $65 million a year. ...

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Fossella Faces Jail Time Over Drunk Driving

Saturday, May 03, 2008

Congressman Vito Fossella faces five days in jail if he's convicted of drunk driving.

The Republican was pulled over in Alexandria, Virginia Thursday; his blood alcohol level was more than twice the legal limit. At a press conference in Brooklyn Friday, Fossella called the incident a learning experience, and a mistake ...

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Department of Aging Gets an Overhaul

Saturday, May 03, 2008

The city's Department of Aging is getting its first major restructuring in decades.

Members of the city council visited a senior center in Brooklyn Friday to listen to some of the concerns of elderly New Yorkers and their families. Nathaniel Boyd says his 80-year-old mother used to go to the center ...

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Paterson Picks New Director for Port Authority

Saturday, May 03, 2008

A former city environmental commissioner and ports executive has been tapped to become the Port Authority's next executive director. Governor Paterson has has recommended Christopher Ward to succeed Anthony Shorris. Ward has worked as an executive at the company that operates the Port Authority's Red Hook Container Terminal. He was ...

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Two Men Talking

Saturday, May 03, 2008

In 1974, two 12=year old boys met in school on Johannesburg, South Africa. They were given an assignment to tell each other a story – and they’ve been telling stories ever since. They are Murray Nossel and Paul Browde and they’ve created a production called Two Men Talking, in which ...

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Local Pols Press for Haiti Help

Friday, May 02, 2008

Reverend Jesse Jackson joined City Council members to ask New Yorkers to send aid to Haitians who can't afford the food they need. Jackson also met with local congress members to push for longer term solutions to Haiti's crisis.

REPORTER: Jesse Jackson just returned from three days in Haiti and he ...

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Credit Cards in Cabs Under Review

Friday, May 02, 2008

Are credit card machines in the city's yellow cabs an improvement? City Council members posed that question yesterday and the answers they received were dramatically different. Taxi and Limousine Commissioner Matthew Daus says the technology is working well and that drivers' tips have nearly doubled since the beginning of the ...

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State Headed in to Economic Downturn

Friday, May 02, 2008

Budget analysts for Governor Paterson say New York is entering a recession which should continue into early 2009, and it could be a longer and deeper downturn than any national recession.

REPORTER: State Budget Director Laura Anglin says the recession could be “severe” but short.

ANGLIN: First look towards spending into how ...

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Corzine Set to Sign Paid Family Leave into Law

Friday, May 02, 2008

New Jersey is about to become the third state to allow workers to take paid leave from their jobs to care for a new child or sick relative.

Gov. Jon Corzine will sign it into law today. Workers can take up to six weeks off with pay -- up to $524 ...

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Women in Lawsuit vs Bloomberg LP Rises

Friday, May 02, 2008

The number of women accusing Bloomberg LP of discrimination has risen from three to 58 and an attorney for the federal government told a judge more women will likely be added to the class-action lawsuit. Attorneys are interviewing 478 women at the company who have gone on maternity leave since ...

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Mayor Offers City a Lean Budget

Friday, May 02, 2008

There were lots of clouds and little silver lining on display at Mayor Michael Bloomberg's budget presentation yesterday.

Given the fragile state of the economy, Bloomberg says the city will likely run deficits in 2010, 2011, and 2012. Does that mean he's bequeathing the next mayor a fiscal fiasco? Charles Brecher ...

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Dance Class Preps Women for Jets Cheerleaders Try Outs

Friday, May 02, 2008

On any given day, there are countless auditions held in New York. Show biz wannabes of all stripes pound the pavement in the hopes of being cast in the next great play, movie, or TV show. But later this month, the New York Jets will hold an open casting call ...

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The Stage is Set for New York City's 2009 Budget

Thursday, May 01, 2008

Mayor Michael Bloomberg presents his 2009 budget today. WNYC's Ilya Marritz has a preview.

The executive budget presentation marks the last act of the city government's yearly kabuki over spending.

In anticipation of weaker tax revenues, the mayor has already asked all agencies to cut their spending about five percent.

But despite the ...

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Harlem Development Plan Moves Forward

Thursday, May 01, 2008

A major plan to bring new development to 125th Street is going forward after the City Council overwhelmingly approved a new zoning plan for the whole length of Harlem's main artery. WNYC's Siddhartha Mitter reports.

MITTER: Council members called the rezoning a big victory, especially members from Harlem who had a ...

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City Cuts Back on Parking Permits for Its Workers

Thursday, May 01, 2008

25,000 city employees are losing their parking perks.

Following through on a promise to cut the number of parking placards, the Mayor has slashed the total number by 32 percent, so that there are now about 55,000 city employees who can park without penalty on city streets.

The police department gave up ...

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Design Unveiled for Downtown Whitney

Thursday, May 01, 2008

The Whitney Museum of American Art has unveiled a design for its satellite museum in lower Manhattan.

Architect Renzo Piano's asymmetrical design will provide 50,000 square feet of gallery space over six floors, compared to 32-thousand at its uptown location. The Meatpacking District facility will allow the Whitney to show more ...

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