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Port Authority Fails to Finish Prep Work For Towers

Tuesday, September 09, 2008

Some corners of the former World Trade Center location are showing progress, but others are not. The Port Authority is having trouble finishing preparatory work for one of the planned office towers.

SCHUERMAN: The Port Authority, which owns the site, was supposed to turn over the ...

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Camera Phones Give Tipsters New Ammo

Tuesday, September 09, 2008

Potholes. Trash-filled vacant lots. Hit and run accidents. Crimes in progress. These are some of the things Mayor Bloomberg wants pedestrians to snap with their cell phones or cameras and send into the city, via the 311 and 911 systems. WNYC's Fred Mogul has more.

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Heavy Security Expected For Candidates Appearances

Tuesday, September 09, 2008

Mayor Michael Bloomberg says the city is still working out logistics for this Thursday's visit from presidential hopefuls Barack Obama and John McCain. The candidates have pledged to suspend campaigning while they take part in September 11th ceremonies. The Mayor says that's a good idea.

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Brooklyn Churches To Host Gun Buyback Program

Tuesday, September 09, 2008

Six Brooklyn churches will host the 'No Questions Asked' gun buyback program this Saturday.

Organized by the Brooklyn D.A.'s office, people with illegal guns in their possession can surrender them and receive a $200 bank card in exchange.

Father Patrick West of The Shrine Church of Our ...

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Paterson Says GOP Uses Racial Coding

Tuesday, September 09, 2008

Gov. David Paterson says there may be more to those jokes Republicans have made at Barack Obama's expense where, they poked fun at his early work in Chicago's poor neighborhoods.

Paterson says he heard overtones of racial coding.

PATERSON: I think the Republican party is too smart ...

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Former Reality TV Star Courts Young Voters

Monday, September 08, 2008

New York voters are set to go to the polls in primary elections tomorrow. In Brooklyn, writer and activist Kevin Powell, who first made a name for himself on the MTV's The Real World, is running for Congress against Representative Ed Towns.

Campaigning in East New ...

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Speeches from the Conventions

Monday, September 08, 2008

Republican National Convention speeches McCain, Palin and more

Democratic National Convention speeches Obama, Biden and more

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Close Race in 25th District

Monday, September 08, 2008

In tomorrow's primary election, state Sen. Martin Connor, a 30-year Albany veteran who represents the 25th District, faces off against newcomer Daniel Squadron in one of the most closely watched legislative races in the city.

The district covers lower Manhattan, Brooklyn Heights and other Brooklyn neighborhoods. ...

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No Show? No Problem For State Development Agency

Monday, September 08, 2008

When the Empire State Development Corporation held hearings last week on whether to declare property in West Harlem "blighted," no board members showed up. That's not unusual for the state authority, but it would be if another agency were in charge. WNYC's Matthew Schuerman explains.

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The End of an Era for Coney Island

Monday, September 08, 2008

After nearly 50 years in Coney Island, Astroland Amusement Park has shut down, and more than 300 workers are now looking for new jobs. Owner Carol Hill Albert says last night's closing is permanent one. She says there were never any negotiations with the city ...

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Little-known Judicial Seats Face Primary Battles

Monday, September 08, 2008

It's primary day tomorrow and New York City voters will pick their parties' candidates for the November elections in the state legislature and the US Congress — and some judicial seats. Dirk Olin, editor of JudicialReports.com, outlines the big judicial political battles for WNYC’s Amy ...

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Double-Decker Buses Are Back

Monday, September 08, 2008

Fifty years after double-decker commuter buses disappeared from the streets of Manhattan, a new model will start picking up passengers in Staten Island later this week. New York City Transit president Howard Roberts says the pilot run will give officials a chance to weight their ...

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Primary is Key Battle in New York State

Monday, September 08, 2008

New Yorkers head to the polls tomorrow to select their parties' candidates for Congressional, State Assembly, and State Senate positions. In heavily Democratic New York, the primary is often where the key battle is, and not in November.

REPORTER: One race of interest is the re-election ...

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Sanitation Crews Ready for Hanna

Saturday, September 06, 2008

Sanitation workers and other crews around the region are on duty today in anticipation of wind and rain from Tropical Storm Hanna.

REPORTER: New York City Office of Emergency Management Chief Joseph Bruno says he ramped up staff to deal with any floods, fallen trees or ...

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Koppell Seeks Change of Term Limit Law

Saturday, September 06, 2008

For weeks, there's been speculation about whether city lawmakers will repeal voter-approved term limits. Now, as WNYC's Bob Hennelly reports, one councilman is willing to handle the political hot potato.

REPORTER: Bronx Councilman Oliver Koppell, a former state Attorney General, says term limits are undemocratic. He ...

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Corzine Signs Highlands Master Plan

Saturday, September 06, 2008

New Jersey Governor Corzine has signed off on a plan to help protect the northwest portion of the state, which supplies many residents with drinking water. WNYC's Bob Hennelly has more.

REPORTER: The Highlands Master Plan covers 88 towns in seven counties, including portions of Bergen, ...

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Gotbaum Wants Answers on Special Ed Placements

Saturday, September 06, 2008

City Public Advocate Betsy Gotbaum wants to know why hundreds of Bronx parents were unable to enroll their children in Special Ed classes this week.

REPORTER: Gotbaum joined a crowd of frustrated parents Friday, as they waited in a long line at the Fordham Plaza School ...

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Neighbors Weigh In on Columbia Expansion

Friday, September 05, 2008

Supporters and opponents of Columbia University's planned expansion into Manhattanville presented their case at a public hearing this week.

Nick Sprayregen owns Tuck-it-away Storage, one of the two holdout businesses in the area. He says the process to determine whether the area is blighted has been ...

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Councilman Drafts Bill to Extend Term Limits

Friday, September 05, 2008

After weeks of hypothetical discussions about repealing term limits, a New York City lawmaker is getting the ball rolling. Bronx councilman Oliver Koppell has asked lawyers to draft a bill that would extend the current two terms to three. He says, as it stands, the ...

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Construction Worker Falls to His Death

Friday, September 05, 2008

A construction worker was killed Thursday after falling 40 stories from a skyscraper on Manhattan's far west side. Anthony Esposito was part of a crew dismantling a tower crane. Mayor Michael Bloomberg says the worker lost his footing after the platform he was on tilted:

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