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Officer Provides Insights into Bell's Death

Wednesday, March 05, 2008

The prosecution in the trial of the 3 New York City detectives charged in the death of Sean Bell continues to make its case. But as WNYC's Arun Venugopal reports, recent testimony seems to be serving the defense as well.

Detective Hispolito Sanchez was an undercover on the night of Bell's ...

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No Cause Yet in Building Collapse

Wednesday, March 05, 2008

Prior to the collapse, the Department of Buildings inspected the complex 5 times in the past year and issued 5 violations to the owner for failing to maintain the exterior wall of the building.

John Ryan works at East Side Floors on the same block and says he called the city ...

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New Anti-Panhandling Ads Revealed

Wednesday, March 05, 2008

REPORTER: With a new subway ad campaign, the Bloomberg administration is discouraging New Yorkers from giving money to panhandlers.

Mayor Bloomberg says it's hard to resist the urge to give.

BLOOMBERG: You just have to be able to look the person in the eye or turn away, but the issue is not ...

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Big Wins for Clinton, McCain Gets Bush Endorsement

Wednesday, March 05, 2008

Though some thought it'd be over by now, the fight for the Democratic presidential nomination continues.

Along with a tight victory in Texas, Hillary Clinton won Ohio and Rhode Island. Barack Obama handily took Vermont.

Meanwhile, John McCain now has enough delegates to be the Republican nominee and Mike Huckabee has ended ...

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Demoliton on East Harlem Building Begins

Wednesday, March 05, 2008

Demolition on the east Harlem building that collapsed yesterday has begun - and is expected to last a few days. But it will be halted during rush hours tonight to ensure safety.

REPORTER: Forensic engineers with the Department of Buildings are investigating the cause of the collapse but Commissioner Patricia Lancaster ...

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Politicians Aim to Soothe Mortgage Crisis

Wednesday, March 05, 2008

Last year, there were about 13,000 home foreclosures in New York City. Many of those defaults are considered fallout from the ongoing sub-prime mortgage crisis that's spread throughout the US.

Here in New York, local officials are at pains to show they're trying to help. Just this week, several new measures ...

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No Jail for South Bronx

Wednesday, March 05, 2008

The city has abandoned its plans to build a 2,040-bed jail at an industrial park in the South Bronx.

Corrections Commissioner Martin Horn says his agency would look for other suitable sites in the area. He says the agency will scale down the prison.

The city had proposed building a $375 million ...

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Clinton Campaign Says "No Comment" on Joint Ticket Remarks

Wednesday, March 05, 2008

Hillary Clinton's campaign is refusing comment on her remarks that she'd consider a ticket with Barack Obama.

Clinton stoked talk of the joint ticket by saying on CBS's Early Show, "it may come to that." But, her chief strategist Mark Penn brushed off talk of a Clinton-Obama ticket saying quote "we ...

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Governor to Introduce Bill to Address Mortgage Crisis

Wednesday, March 05, 2008

Governor Spitzer will soon introduce a sweeping bill to address the state's subprime mortgage crisis.

REPORTER: There are more than 3-thousand mortgage shops and brokers which have been the source of many bad loans... Banks Superintendent Richard Neiman says Spitzer's proposal would regulate them more aggressively.

NEIMAN: What this bill will do ...

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Albany Looks to Regulate Bariatric Surgery

Tuesday, March 04, 2008

REPORTER: It would be the first time the state does “selective contracting” - driving all Medicaid expenditures for specific procedures to a handful of select institutions that bid for contracts.

State health officials say it would lower cost and improve quality, because the selected hospitals would perform more surgeries and become ...

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Mayoral Control of Schools Debated

Tuesday, March 04, 2008

REPORTER: Mayor Bloomberg has had control of the school system for 5 years and Albany will soon consider whether his successor should keep that power.

Several councilmembers criticized the mayor for not reaching out to the community enough. That was one point that Chancellor Joel Klein was willing to give opponents, ...

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Deal to Ease Lending Crisis Announced

Tuesday, March 04, 2008

REPORTER: Andrew Cuomo says Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac will stop doing business with lenders who use their own appraisers.

In exchange, the Attorney General's office has dropped its investigation of the companies.

A local trade group says the deal will make borrowing more expensive for the consumer and needlessly difficult for ...

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Engineer Charged With Perjury

Tuesday, March 04, 2008

REPORTER: An engineer charged with perjury has pleaded not guilty for allegedly lying to city investigators studying a building collapse that killed 2 firefighters in 2006.

Jose Vargas was arraigned in State Supreme Court in the Bronx yesterday.

He said there were steel beams in the building when it was constructed, when ...

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Ex-Mayor's Affair "Obvious" to Staffers

Tuesday, March 04, 2008

The longtime secretary to former Newark mayor Sharpe James told a jury in his corruption trial that James' affair with a city businesswoman was obvious to her and other City Hall staffers.

Rosemarie Posella says James' relationship with Tamika Riley started in 1999, hit a rough patch in 2003, and continued ...

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Bloomberg Asks for Additional 3% Spending Cut

Tuesday, March 04, 2008

In a sign of troubled economic times, Mayor Bloomberg has asked all city agencies to trim spending by another three percent for fiscal year 2009, which begins July first.

REPORTER: The mayor's request comes on top of an earlier request to trim those budgets by five percent.

BLOOMBERG: Hopefully it will not ...

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City Blocks Sale of "Birthplace of Hip-Hop"

Tuesday, March 04, 2008

The city's decision to block the sale of a building that some call the birthplace of hip-hop may set a precedent that could keep other buildings affordable for their current tenants.

REPORTER: Housing activists are applauding the city's ruling that the financial terms of the sale would drive rents too high ...

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Detective "Uncomfortable" Night of Bell Shooting

Tuesday, March 04, 2008

A detective testifying yesterday in the trial of the 3 detectives charged in the fatal shooting of Sean Bell said he felt uneasy from the start of the undercover operation at the Kalua Cabaret, where the shooting took place.

Detective Hispolito "Hip" Sanchez said he "felt uncomfortable," suggesting police were unprepared ...

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Embattled Livery Driver Speaks Up

Tuesday, March 04, 2008

An immigrant livery driver from Ecuador, who's being called both a hero and liar, faced the press yesterday and tried to explain why he made up a story about the baby he left at a Queens firehouse last Thursday.

WNYC's Cindy Rodriguez reports.

OUTRO: And there are reports this morning that the ...

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Senate Approves Paid Leave Bill

Tuesday, March 04, 2008

A measure that would allow workers in New Jersey to take paid leave to care for a sick relative or newborn is 1 step closer to becoming law.

The State Senate approved the bill by a 22-16 vote yesterday.

It now heads to the Assembly, which is expected to consider it in ...

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The Latest from Albany

Tuesday, March 04, 2008

There may be less money to go around this year in Albany, but this year's budget battle has no shortage of political intrigue.

The majority enjoyed by Republicans in the State Senate is now down to 1 seat following a special election that Democrats won last week.

Meanwhile, the state's top Republican, ...

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