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City Launches 9/11 Health Campaign

Friday, September 05, 2008

Seven years after the 9/11 attacks, the city is launching a new effort to reach more people who may be sick from toxic debris. City officials say there could be tens of thousands of people who need to be treated for effects ranging from respiratory ...

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Councilman Koppell Promises Term Limits Bill

Friday, September 05, 2008

Bronx City Councilman Oliver Koppell says if Council Speaker Christine Quinn doesn't move on term limits, he'll to introduce a bill to change them.

Koppell says the current two term limit "robs the public of a choice," and he wants the city's elected officials to be ...

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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:

BLOOMBERG: ...

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Rent Closes after 12 Years on Broadway

Friday, September 05, 2008

The musical RENT is officially ending its 12-year run on Broadway this Sunday. The show’s rock-inspired music and and controversial themes earned it four Tonys and a Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 1996, and scores of rabid fans. It became a legend when its 32-year-old ...

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Local Republicans Cheer on McCain

Friday, September 05, 2008

As John McCain accepted the GOP presidential nomination last night, more than 150 New Yorkers gathered to listen at the Metropolitan Republican Club on the Upper East Side.

There were lots of McCain signs, and one booster wore a T-shirt that read, "Thank you President Bush." ...

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New Legal Clinic Helps Homeowners Fighting Foreclosure

Friday, September 05, 2008

A new legal clinic is claiming great success in helping homeowners fight off foreclosure of their homes.

REPORTER: In the case of US Bank v. Deborah Singleton, Deborah Singleton is defending herself.

SINGLETON: I can represent myself, I don't have to pay thousands of dollars to a ...

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State Bolsters Flu Shot Availability

Friday, September 05, 2008

Flu season is just around the corner, and in an effort to combat New York State's low vaccination rates, Gov. Paterson has signed legislation allowing pharmacists to administer flu shots.

Assistant Health Commissioner, Doctor Jane Zucker, says the measure increases the chance people will get them.

ZUCKER: ...

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New Jersey Imam Avoids Deportation

Friday, September 05, 2008

Supporters of an influential New Jersey Muslim leader are cheering a ruling from a federal judge that allows the imam to stay in the US. Mohammad Qatanani, who heads the Islamic Center of Passaic County, not only won his fight against deportation, but was also ...

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The End of Astroland?

Friday, September 05, 2008

Astroland, Coney Island's nearly half-century-old amusement park looks as if it's closing for good this weekend. The owner says she can't renew her lease to the developer to whom she sold the land.

REPORTER: If it seems like you've heard this before, you have. Astroland owner ...

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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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New Yorkers Merging With New Pedestrian Plaza

Friday, September 05, 2008

Office workers, laborers and students are getting used to eating their lunch in the middle of the intersection of 23rd Street and Broadway.

They are all part of a pedestrian plaza that the city's transportation department created by taking traffic lanes out of service and narrowing ...

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Republicans Cheer Sarah Palin

Thursday, September 04, 2008

Over the last week, the world has been learning more about the GOP vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin. WNYC's Fred Mogul was on the floor of the Republican National Convention last night for her much anticipated speech, and he joins us now from the Twin ...

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Local Republicans React to Palin's Speech

Thursday, September 04, 2008

New York Republicans gathered in the Flatiron district to watch the convention coverage. Marion Drayfus of the Upper West Side said she was not disappointed by the spirited speech by vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin

DRAYFUS: I thought it was nine innings, and I thought she ...

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Bruno Blasts Obama

Thursday, September 04, 2008

In St. Paul, former State Senate Majority Leader Joe Bruno livened up the New York delegation, when he gave a speech comparing Barack Obama to his former rival Eliot Spitzer. Karen Dewitt has more:

Bruno told the delegation that people should beware of articulate charismatic candidates ...

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Local GOP Looks to Bring Convention Energy Home

Thursday, September 04, 2008

Local New York delegates in St. Paul for the Republican convention say they're going to bring the energy home from the Twin Cities to their very Democratic state, and persuade it to vote for Sen. John McCain. WNYC's Fred Mogul has more.

They believe McCain has ...

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Gotbaum Recommends Less Mayoral Control over Schools

Thursday, September 04, 2008

A new report from a commission appointed by Public Advocate Betsy Gotbaum is recommending that the legislature curtail some of the control Mayor Michael Bloomberg has over New York's public schools.

The report calls for changing the way the independent Panel for Educational Policy is created ...

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Chesapeake Energy Sells Drilling Rights

Thursday, September 04, 2008

An energy company that leased land to drill for natural gas in the northeast is now looking to sell part of its operation.

Over the past few years, gas companies have been in fierce competition to lease acres for drilling all over Pennsylvania and upstate New ...

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Race for 25th State Senate District Heats Up

Thursday, September 04, 2008

In a hotly contested race for the 25th State Senate District, Democratic incumbent Martin Connor squared off last night against his challenger Daniel Squadron.

During the two hour debate, the 28-year-old Squadron argued he would bring new blood and change to Albany, while Connor, a 30-year-old ...

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State Regulators Approve Wind Power Deal

Thursday, September 04, 2008

State regulators have approved a deal to allow the construction of hundreds of new wind turbines throughout upstate New York.

Spanish energy conglomerate, Iberdrola has acquired Energy East, a Maine-based company, which provides electricity or natural gas to 1.7 million New Yorkers.

The Public Service Commission which ...

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Infant Mortality Rate Drops

Thursday, September 04, 2008

Health officials say the infant mortality rate is at its lowest level in New York City since such records have been kept.

A new report shows there were 5.4 deaths per thousand live births in 2007 compared to 5.9 in 2006. That's the largest single year ...

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