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Natural Gas Could Transform Sullivan County

Wednesday, April 09, 2008

Last winter, some residents of Sullivan County in upstate New York were surprised to receive mailers from companies that wanted to drill for natural gas on their land. Soon, cafes and gas stations were buzzing with talk that you could get rich off of gas deposits buried deep below the ...

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Jury Deliberations Begin in James' Trial

Wednesday, April 09, 2008

Defense lawyers for former Newark Mayor Sharpe James urged jurors to acquit him on charges of fraud and conspiracy because federal prosecutors failed to present any evidence that James participated in sweetheart land sales to a former mistress.

The defense said none of the prosecution's witnesses testified that the ex-mayor was ...

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In Albany, Budget Negotiations Continue

Wednesday, April 09, 2008

The Senate and Assembly are scheduled to be at work today at the Capitol passing a $124 billion budget that's more than a week late.

Lawmakers reached a tentative agreement last night after a week marked by legislative boycotts, name-calling and secrecy.

The budget deal will increase spending 4.5 percent. That will ...

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Council Pledges Work on "G" Train

Wednesday, April 09, 2008

G train passengers say it's regularly overcrowded and unreliable.

The City Council held a hearing yesterday afternoon - part of an effort to improve service on the Brooklyn-Queens Crosstown line.

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority said while the agency wants to extend service to Church Avenue by the end of the year, ...

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Assemblywoman Convicted of Bribery

Wednesday, April 09, 2008

Assemblywoman Diane Gordon has been convicted of trying to have a private developer build her a $500,000 home for $1.

Gordon, a Democrat, represented the state Assembly's 40th District in Brooklyn.

Prosecutors say in return for her dream house, she offered to help the builder acquire a $2 million lot in East ...

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Civil Liberties Group Wants NYPD Oversight

Tuesday, April 08, 2008

The New York Civil Liberties Union says the NYPD cannot be expected to police itself, and it's urging the city to give the independent Civilian Complaint Review Board the power to prosecute police misconduct cases.

This, after reports that the NYPD refused to file charges against officers in 34 percent of ...

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Paterson Warns of Tough Times Ahead for the State

Tuesday, April 08, 2008

Gov. David Paterson says the state is facing tough economic times ahead and officials need to act now. WNYC's Elaine Rivera reports:

In one of his first major speeches as governor, Paterson told a crowd of business and civic leaders during a Midtown breakfast that legislators need to tighten their belts. ...

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Measles Warning on Long Island

Tuesday, April 08, 2008

Long Island health officials say some people may have been exposed to measles last week.

An 8-month-old boy with measles was at the Fortunoff Source Mall in Westbury, as well as in several stores in Cedarhurst, on Thursday between 1 pm and midnight.

People who may have been in those areas and ...

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Catholic Teachers Suspend Strike

Tuesday, April 08, 2008

A Catholic teachers union has called off a strike at eight New York City schools.

The Federation of Catholic Teachers says the move comes after a "good faith" negotiation session. The union says more meetings with the Archdiocese of New York are scheduled today.

Another Catholic teachers union - the Lay Faculty ...

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New Air Traffic Czar to Eye Airport Delays

Tuesday, April 08, 2008

A new air traffic "czar" was named today to help solve chronic delays at Kennedy, LaGuardia, and Newark Liberty airports. Marie Kennington-Gardiner was named director of the Federal Aviation Administration's New York Integration Office. Delays at the three metro-area airports often cause delays across the country.

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Bloomberg: Traffic Fee Should've Been Up for Vote

Tuesday, April 08, 2008

The day after the state assembly refused to take up congestion pricing, Mayor Michael Bloomberg says that the proposal would have passed had it been put to a vote. After a speech in Washington on the environment, he explained that since every bill that gets to the floor is approved ...

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9/11 Case Goes to Appeals Court

Tuesday, April 08, 2008

Today, a federal appeals court will weigh whether the government illegally used the material witness law in the months following Sept. 11.

The plaintiff in this case was detained and kept under court supervision for over a year, but was never charged with a crime or asked to testify as ...

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Paid Leave Bill Nears Approval

Tuesday, April 08, 2008

New Jersey is set to become the third state to require companies to offer paid family leave.

The State Senate has approved the bill that would offer up to six weeks paid leave. The Democratic plan already has Assembly approval and Gov. Jon Corzine says he'll sign it soon.

Under the plan, ...

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9/11 Remains Identified

Tuesday, April 08, 2008

The remains of four victims of the September 11 attacks have been identified.

Ronald Milstein's remains were found beneath a paved road that was built to carry cleanup and construction trucks in and out of the World Trade Center site after the attacks.

The city Medical Examiner's office says the Queens man ...

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La Chiva Rides Again

Tuesday, April 08, 2008

New York is no stranger to party buses – oversized vehicles packed for bachelor parties and graduations have cruised the city for years. But for a growing class of Colombian young professionals, this fiesta on wheels is more than a good time. It’s a little bit of home in New ...

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Albany Rejects Congestion Pricing, Hunt for Alternatives Begins

Tuesday, April 08, 2008

Almost one year ago, Mayor Michael Bloomberg proposed a congestion pricing fee - $8 for a car to drive into Manhattan's central business district and $21 for trucks.

But yesterday, the State Legislature rejected the idea, forgoing hundreds of millions of funding from the federal government.

Here to talk with us is ...

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Group Aims to Stop Brooklyn Demolition

Tuesday, April 08, 2008

Opponents of the controversial Atlantic Yards project want to stop any demolition between 6th Avenue and Dean street in Brooklyn.

The Dean Street Property Association - made up of tenants, business and property owners - says buildings are being taken down too quickly without a guaranteed "Phase 2" construction plan.

The group ...

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Catholic Teachers Continue Strike

Monday, April 07, 2008

Teachers from the city's Catholic schools will continue their labor walkout against the Catholic Archdiocese of New York today.

Teachers from eight schools are expected to walk the picket lines this morning. They're affiliated with the Federation of Catholic Teachers and teach at schools in Manhattan, the Bronx, Staten Island and ...

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Washington Post Wins 6 Pulitzers

Monday, April 07, 2008

NEW YORK (AP) - The Washington Post won six Pulitzer Prizes on Monday, including the public service medal for exposing shoddy treatment of America's war wounded at Walter Reed hospital, and the breaking-news award for coverage of the Virginia Tech massacre.

The New York Times received two Pulitzers: one for investigative ...

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