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°F Slightly cooler today with showers possible this afternoon. Hear what this means for four very different New Yorkers.

Hospitals Brace for State Funding Cuts

Monday, December 15, 2008

Across New York, hospitals are warning of reduced service and longer wait times - as they anticipate the state budget Gov. Paterson is set to release tomorrow. But, as WNYC's Fred Mogul reports, that doesn't mean all new capitol improvement projects are being put on ...

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City Bus Security Camera Plan Stalled

Monday, December 15, 2008

Even before a bus driver was fatally stabbed over a fare dispute in Brooklyn this month, New York City was trying to install security cameras in buses.

But those cameras didn't work very well and the transit system has canceled the contract.

Bus division head Joseph Smith, ...

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Burned by Bernard

Monday, December 15, 2008

The Madoff mayhem, and what it means.

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Closing Arguments in Fort Dix Terror Trial

Monday, December 15, 2008

Were they just talking tough, or planning a terrorist attack? That's the question jurors will consider when they get the case of five men accused of plotting to kill soldiers at New Jersey's Fort Dix. Closing arguments begin today. We're joined now by Associated Press ...

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Advocates Eye Budget Savings in Prison Closings

Monday, December 15, 2008

As Gov. David Paterson prepares to unveil his next budget plan tomorrow, criminal justice advocates say he could save money by closing prisons. Robert Gangi of the Correctional Association of New York -- says five upstate prisons are under-utilized.

GANGI: The state's prison population has declined ...

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City Launches Free Financial Helpline

Monday, December 15, 2008

Have your credit cards or mortgage payments become characters in your nightmares? Then the city's free financial hotline might help.

All this week, volunteers from financial institutions and universities will be answering calls from 9 AM to 7 PM.

Consumer Affairs Commissioner Jonathan Mintz says the "Money ...

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Victim's Brother Appeals to Community to Find Bias Attack Assailants

Monday, December 15, 2008

The brother of a Ecuadorean immigrant beaten to death in an apparent hate crime is urging neighbors to help find the assailants.

Jose Sucuzhanay was walking with with one of his brothers last week when he was attacked by a group of bat-wielding African American men ...

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'Worse Than Projected'

Monday, December 15, 2008

Thompson says the global credit crisis has caused the city to lose close to a billion dollars in tax revenue this fiscal year.

The shortfall was felt most acutely in real estate transactions and in personal income and business tax receipts.

A spokesman for the mayor says ...

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N.J. Reacts to Obama's EPA Pick

Monday, December 15, 2008

The nomination of New Jersey EPA head Lisa Jackson to Barack Obama's EPA is causing a divide between greens in the Garden State.

One Jackson supporter is the director of New Jersey's Sierra Club, Jeff Tittel. He says a vast majority of environmental groups are behind ...

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Drivers May Feel Squeezed in Paterson Budget

Monday, December 15, 2008

Tomorrow, Gov. Paterson will unveil his plan for closing the $15 billion deficit that the state is projecting over the next two years. WNYC's Matthew Schuerman says automobile drivers will feel some of the pain.

REPORTER: Right now, the Department of Motor Vehicles charges about $70 ...

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Shaun Donovan's Appointment to HUD Wins Praise

Sunday, December 14, 2008

Local housing advocates and developers alike are praising President-Elect Barack Obama's decision to appoint Shaun Donovan to lead the Department of Housing and Urban Development. Donovan has headed the city's Department of Housing Preservation and Development since 2004. WNYC's Cindy Rodriguez talks to Weekend Edition ...

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Ecuadorean Man Dies After Being Attacked in Alleged Bias Crime

Sunday, December 14, 2008

An Ecuadorean man who was attacked in an alleged hate crime in Brooklyn has died after being declared brain-dead Tuesday. Family members say Jose Sucuzhanay died at Elmhurst hospital on Friday as his mother was traveling from Ecuador to see him. Police say three men ...

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New York Hospitals Expanding Amid Expected Cuts

Sunday, December 14, 2008

Many hospitals around New York state are expanding, even as they brace for steep spending cuts when Governor Paterson submits his 2009 budget on Tuesday. WNYC’s Fred Mogul reports.

REPORTER: Almost two dozen facilities made their case before the State Hospital Review and Planning Council last ...

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Shaun Donovan Tapped to Head HUD

Saturday, December 13, 2008

New York City housing commissioner Shaun Donovan has been tapped to lead the Department of Housing and Urban Development in the Obama administration.

REPOTER: In his radio address today, the president-elect called Donovan an outstanding public servant and said he would bring "fresh thinking unencumbered by ...

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Progress Reported at Former Deutsche Bank Building

Saturday, December 13, 2008

After multiple delays and a blaze that killed two firefighters, there now appears to be progress on the project to dismantle the former Deutsche Bank tower in Lower Manhattan. The building's facade is being removed. And by the end of this month, the remaining 26 ...

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Same-Sex Marriage in Connecticut and New York

Saturday, December 13, 2008

WNYC's Arun Venugopal attends the Connecticut wedding of two men who've been together for 35 years. And WNYC Weekend Edition Host Brian Zumhagen gets an update on the situation in New York from Alan Van Capelle, Executive Director of Empire State Pride Agenda.

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Malcolm Smith Says He Has Enough Votes to be Majority Leader

Saturday, December 13, 2008

Democratic State Senator Malcolm Smith of Queens says he's confident he'll have the 32 votes he needs to be the chamber's majority leader. WNYC's Elaine Rivera reports.

REPORTER: After weeks of infighting led by three renegade senators, Smith emerged from the latest of many closed-door meetings ...

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Albany Dems Huddle to Resolve Senate Leadership Spat

Friday, December 12, 2008

Democrats in Albany will meet today to try to resolve an increasingly ugly dispute about who will control the State Senate. A deal with three dissident Democratic senators broke down this week.

ESPADA: My strong preference is to support a Democrat.

REPORTER: Bronx Senator-elect Pedro Espada is ...

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City Budget Woes

Friday, December 12, 2008

The city's financial picture grows dimmer by the day. A report from the Fiscal Policy Institute says more of the city's white collar workers are joining the unemployment rolls.

Earlier this week, city agencies were tasked with finding an additional seven percent in cuts to make ...

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Saving Education Funds

Friday, December 12, 2008

The plans to cut nearly $900 million from the state education budget over the next two years clearly has advocates worried.

They argue that school programs should not be cut at the same rate as other agencies when Governor Paterson tries to shave more than $5 ...

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