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Albany Lawmakers Fail to Strike Budget Balance

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

For more than a month, New York lawmakers in Albany were bracing themselves for a brutal, budget-cutting session. But the governor called it off when it became clear he'd get no cooperation from key lawmakers. Karen DeWitt has more from Albany.

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MTA to Meet on Service Cuts

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

With a budget to balance by the end of the year, and a $1.2 billion deficit to fill, the board of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority is expected to announce steep service cuts when it meets tomorrow. Under consideration is the elimination of the Z and ...

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City Council and Bloomberg Clash on Rebate Checks

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Mayor Bloomberg says he "cuts the checks," and that's why he can withhold $400 rebate checks without the City Council's approval.

But he also suggests that he might be flexible on the issue as budget negotiations continue.

BLOOMBERG: We are far from having a balanced budget. We ...

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The Triborough Bridge Renamed after RFK

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

A day before what would have been his 83rd birthday, New York paid a huge tribute to the late senator, Robert F. Kennedy, in concrete and steel. The Triborough Bridge was renamed after the slain senator, in a ceremony at a Queens park at its ...

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Study Confirms 4-5-6 Subway Lines Overcrowded

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

As the Metropolitan Transportation Authority's board prepares to unveil what are likely to be steep fare hikes and deep service cuts at its meeting tomorrow, a new report finds many subway riders find the 4, 5 and 6 too crowded to board. East Side councilman ...

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Brooklyn Hospital Told to Keep Serving Babies and Children

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

A Brooklyn hospital will continue delivering babies and caring for children. Long Island College Hospital provoked a community uproar by trying to shut down maternity, pediatric and other departments to cut costs. State health officials now say those facilities must remain open. WNYC’s Fred Mogul ...

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Paterson Heads to Washington After Albany Failure

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Gov. Paterson heads to Washington today, hoping for more success with Congress than he had yesterday with state lawmakers. WNYC's Bob Hennelly has more.

REPORTER: Top on Gov. Paterson's beltway agenda will be shoring up the state's unemployment trust fund so it can handle the jump ...

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Part 2: The Cost of Doing Business

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Construction safety has become all the more important over the past five years, as housing production reached numbers never seen since the city began keeping records in the 1960s. Yet so far this year, 27 construction workers have died on the job. Yesterday, WNYC began ...

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The Cost of Doing Business

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Everyday, construction workers pour concrete hundreds of feet in the air, cranes hover overhead and familiar views of the sky disappear. Since 2003, the city has been experiencing a historic building boom. Development hasn't been this high for 30 years.

But that prosperity has come at ...

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Council Criticizes Rollback of $400 Homeowner Rebates

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Plenty of attitude was in the air as members of the City Council faced off against Mayor Bloomberg's budget director at a council finance hearing yesterday. WNYC's Arun Venugopal has more.

REPORTER: The hearing was meant to be about the city's looming budget deficit, but Council ...

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LIRR Official Arrested in Disability Scandal

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

State prosecutors have arrested a veteran Long Island Rail Road employee on corruption charges linked to the recent disability pension scandal.

Fred Kreuder is accused of taking money to help railroad employees file disability forms after they retire.

Four separate investigations are under way after the Times ...

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Governor's Special Session Yields No Results

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

There was no special budget session as planned, but what unfolded was special. Instead of the Albany tradition of resolving matters with three men in a room today's budget impasse was resolved by five men at a table with a hundred reporters looking on.

There were ...

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A Closer Look at Federal Reserve Loans

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson says one reason he's abandoned plans to buy up toxic mortgage securities is that they are just too hard to put a concrete value on, since no one else is interested in buying them.

But that hasn't stopped his colleagues at the ...

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Albany Special Session

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

A long awaited special legislative session to deal with the state's deepening fiscal crisis did not materialize. But there were plenty of fireworks.

And as the smoke clears, the state is as much in the red as it was when the day started.

WNYC's Bob Hennelly is ...

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Bloomberg Makes Case for Another Stimulus Package

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

As Congress considers a second stimulus package, Mayor Bloomberg wants to make sure New York City gets a cut. He went to Washington, D.C., yesterday to offer advice. Matt Laslo reports from Capitol Hill.

REPORTER: Mayor Bloomberg met with President-elect Barack Obama’s transition team and Senate ...

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Vaccine Slashes Diarrheal Illness in Children

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

A relatively new vaccine appears to be succeeding at protecting children against a virus responsible for widespread and virulent childhood illness. WNYC’s Fred Mogul has more.

REPORTER: Few people have heard of rotavirus, but it's the source of dangerous diarrhea that lands more children under age ...

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David Lynch Box Set

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

It's not cheap -- almost $180 -- but the set is an exhaustive assortment of material, including films like the classics Eraserhead and Blue Velvet, along with shorts, web videos, deleted scenes and even a so-called "mystery disc."

WNYC film critic Nathan Lee talked to the ...

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Once Again, Commuter Tax Pondered

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

It's been nine years since the state legislature put an end to the tax on out-of-towners, but could the commuter tax have a second life? That was a question posed by the council finance committee yesterday.

Here's how the mayor's budget director, Mark Page responded.

PAGE: I ...

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Part 1: The Cost of Doing Business

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Every day, construction workers pour concrete 400 feet in the air, cranes hover overhead and familiar views of the sky disappear. Since 2003, the city has been experiencing a historic building boom. Development hasn’t been this high for 30 years.

But that prosperity has come ...

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Paterson Warns Lawmakers About Inaction on Budget

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Hours before the New York State Legislature convenes for a special session, Gov. Paterson lashed out at Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos for refusing to negotiate an agreement to reduce the widening budget deficit.

After a closed-door session with Republican senators Skelos said he would put ...

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