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Council Members Concerned With New Cuts in Police and Education

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Wall Street's slide has prompted the Bloomberg Administration's call for hundreds of millions of dollars in mid-year spending cuts. So far the City Council is most concerned about the impact cuts would have on the Police Department and public schools. WNYC's Bob Hennelly has more.

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New York Film Festival Kicks Off Friday

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

The New York Film Festival is a curated, boutique festival showing 28 films from 18 countries. Film critic Nathan Lee joined Richard Hake to discuss what's hot this year.

More from Nathan Lee on Art.Cult

More on the New York ...

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Local Governments Feel the Budget Pinch

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Wall Street's woes are hitting New York City and New York State budgets hard. But as WNYC's Bob Hennelly reports, the toll on smaller local governments is every bit as serious.

REPORTER: Local towns and school districts throughout the state depend on property taxes. So the ...

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Indictments of Traffickers Gets Weapons off Street

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Five men accused of selling thousands of dollars of illegal weapons to undercover NYPD detectives are under indictment.

Queens District Attorney Robert Browne says the indictments will ultimately make New York safer.

BROWNE: Illegal hand guns exact a deadly toll. Last year for example in Queens, 60% ...

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Poll Shows Races Tighten for Control of State Senate

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

The chamber is currently split, 31-to-30. A two-vote swing would give Democrats their first State Senate majority in more than four decades.

The Siena poll focuses on six races. One of the tightest in the state is in the Ozone Park area of Queens, between 10 ...

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MTA Says No More Free Passes On Bridges And Tunnels

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

The authority's full board approved a measure revoking the practice of giving government agencies and departments free EZ-Passes.

The MTA says it will bring in $10 million it can use to plug its budget deficit. But Mark Page, one of Mayor Bloomberg's representatives to the MTA ...

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Corzine to Introduce Ethics Reforms

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

New Jersey Governor Jon Corzine wants to reduce the influence of money on the state's political system. Today he plans to announce a broad package of ethics reforms, some of which would be done through executive order, while others would need legislative approval. This is ...

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Armory Show Explores 'Democracy in America'

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

"Democracy in America" — it's a big agenda and it's also the title of a show up this week at the Park Avenue Armory. There's work from more than 40 artists — taking on the political issues of our time. WNYC's Siddhartha Mitter checked it ...

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Landing Pads for Company Executives Flourish

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Laid off Wall Street executives don't just stand in line at the unemployment office. Their employers sometimes include "transition services" as part of a severance package. As WNYC's Matthew Schuerman reports, the companies behind these services have flourished as the economy has worsened.

REPORTER: These high-end ...

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Homeless Reduction Falls Short of City's Goal

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

The Bloomberg administration is coming under pressure for failing to meet its goal of reducing homelessness by more than 60 percent by 2009. So far, shelter numbers have dropped 9 percent - that's less than 4,000 people. During a hearing yesterday, City Councilman Bill de ...

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Mayor Says City Employees Should Survive Wall Street Fall

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Mayor Bloomberg says there's no telling how far Wall Street might fall, but he thinks the city can weather the storm with a combination of spending cuts and, possibly, property tax increases.

BLOOMBERG: I don't think we will get to the point of layoffs. I don't ...

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Bloomberg Orders More Budget Cuts

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

The Bloomberg Administration is asking all City agencies to make hundreds of millions of dollars in spending cuts for the current fiscal year. And as WNYC's Bob Hennelly reports, even more pain is in store for next year.

REPORTER: City Budget Director Mark Page says Wall ...

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The Museum of Arts and Design Opens in Columbus Circle

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

The Museum of Art and Design opens this Saturday. Its gone through several transformations in its over 50 year history: new names, new buildings and even a little controversy. Now it's set up in a newly refurbished building at 2 Columbus Circle. Lee Rosenbaum is ...

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Gypsy Music Festival Hits New York

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

DJs spinning souped-up versions of old European folk songs have been drawing crowds in Europe and in the US for the past several years. A notoriously rowdy downtown club called Mehanata was the original focal point in New York. Now, the scene has spread to ...

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City Settles Final Gun Lawsuit

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

The last hold out of 27 gun dealers the Bloomberg Administration sued has settled.

The agreement mirrors settlements with other out-of-state gun dealers from Georgia, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, and Ohio.

Under the settlement terms gun dealers will go beyond enforcing existing law and adopt so-called 'Industry Best" ...

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Charitable Foundation Takes a Hit

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Charities have been hit hard by the latest stock market swings. WNYC's Matthew Schuerman reports on a foundation that was heavily invested in AIG, the insurance company that is being bailed out with an $85 billion federal loan.

REPORTER: Established by AIG Founder Cornelius Vander Starr, ...

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Met Opera Kicks Off New Season

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

The Metropolitan Opera kicked off its 125th season in style last night. The opera diva Renee Fleming performed scenes from Verdi, Massenet and Strauss. She wore costumes designed by Christian Lacroix, and Karl Lagerfeld for Chanel.

The Met broadcast the performance on screens in Times Square ...

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Corzine Responds to Financial Crisis

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

New Jersey Governor Jon Corzine and state legislative leaders are not waiting for Washington to come up with a state response to the global financial crisis. WNYC's Bob Hennelly has more.

REPORTER: New Jersey's economy is not quite as dependent on Wall Street's performance as are ...

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New York Doctor Wins Genius Grant

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

A local doctor who studies ways to slow and reverse the spread of infectious diseases, such as AIDS and tuberculosis, has received a genius grant from the John D and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation — one of 25 recipients of the prestigious award this year. ...

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Modest Drop in NYC Homeless Population

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

The Bloomberg administration is still struggling to reduce the number of poor families who need shelter. After four years of trying to reform the system and bring down the numbers, there's only been a 2 percent drop. WNYC's Cindy Rodriguez reports.

REPORTER: A progress report issued ...

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