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Bronx Most Dissatisfied in City Service Survey

Thursday, December 04, 2008

The Bloomberg Administration has released results from a first-ever survey of how New Yorkers feel about their city and the quality of municipal services. WNYC's Bob Hennelly has more.

The survey of close to 25,000 households says as much about the City as it does about ...

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City Ambulances put Heart Attacks on Ice

Thursday, December 04, 2008

New York City ambulances will no longer automatically take heart attack patients to closest hospital. Instead, they will only go to facilities with special body-cooling units. As WNYC's Fred Mogul reports, the technology is relatively new but early research indicates a big boost in survival ...

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$5 Toll Proposed for Brooklyn Bridge

Thursday, December 04, 2008

Five bucks to cross the East River Bridges? That's what Governor Paterson and others are pushing for now that a state commission has given them recommendations on how to keep subway and bus fares from going up too much. Mayor Bloomberg hasn't commented yet on ...

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After Kaye: Choosing the Next Chief Judge

Thursday, December 04, 2008

CUOMO: For the commission to say: we searched the state, we couldn't find a single solitary qualified woman to serve on the bench -- something is wrong, either with the process or the legislation or the way it was administered.

REPORTER: That's Attorney General Andrew Cuomo, ...

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FDNY Night Shift

Thursday, December 04, 2008

Starting in mid-January, the Fire Department is closing four firehouses overnight.

The budget-cutting move will affect Engine 4 in Lower Manhattan, Engine 161 on Staten Island, Engine 271 in Brooklyn, and Ladder 53 on City Island in the Bronx.

Commissioner Nicholas Scoppetta says the night closures will ...

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State Auto Workers Say 'Bail Out Big Three'

Thursday, December 04, 2008

Representatives for auto workers and car dealers in New York State say if Congress doesn't approve a rescue package for the Big Three automakers, hundreds of the state's dealers and suppliers could go out of business and New York's municipal governments could lose millions of ...

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Swap this!

Thursday, December 04, 2008

New York takes a step towards regulation of the tricky instruments known as credit default swaps.

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Gang of Three Conform for One

Thursday, December 04, 2008

It's the first time Democrats take control of the chamber in more than 40 years.

Bronx Senators Ruben Diaz Senior and Pedro Espada Junior along with Brooklyn Senator Carl Krueger were being wooed by Republicans to support their agenda and abandon Smith.

But after a closed-door meeting ...

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Inside NY State's Judge Selection Process

Thursday, December 04, 2008

The state's judicial selection commission earlier this week submitted a slate of seven candidates to the governor, for him to appoint the next chief judge of the state's high court. Retiring chief judge Judith Kaye is the first woman to hold that office. All seven ...

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MTA Funding Plan Released

Wednesday, December 03, 2008

Commuters may not have to dig as deep into their pockets for bus or subway fare. A report by the Ravitch Commission says new corporate payroll taxes could reduce the need for next years proposed 23 percent fare and toll increase.

The state commission, suggests taxing ...

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State Mortgage Agency Offers More Loans

Wednesday, December 03, 2008

Fewer banks are willing to make home loans these days, and the State of New York Mortgage Agency, or SONYMA, is picking up some of the slack. The agency says the total value of loans it's bought so far this year is $466 million. That's up 74 percent over last ...

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Rockefeller Tree Lighting Tonight

Wednesday, December 03, 2008

The lights will twinkle in Midtown tonight when they flip the switch on the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree. The eight-ton 72-foot Norway spruce will be illuminated just minutes before 9 p.m. It has been decorated with tens of thousands of colored lights and a giant ...

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Red Hot +Rio

Wednesday, December 03, 2008

Almost 20 years ago, the "Red Hot" organization came up with a strategy to raise awareness and money around HIV/AIDS prevention. They presented big benefit concerts and multi-cultural, multi-artist recording projects. The original album, Red Hot and Blue, featured pop singers taking on Cole Porter ...

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Schumer: Housing "Vultures" Hurt NYC

Wednesday, December 03, 2008

Sen. Charles Schumer says developers took out risky loans to purchase dozens of affordable housing complexes across the city. He's asking the Securities and Exchange Commission to investigate what housing advocates say were lax lending practices. Schumer says the owners mistakenly predicted they could raise ...

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Council Candidates Sue Campaign Finance Board

Wednesday, December 03, 2008

First-time City Council candidates have filed a lawsuit against the Campaign Finance Board. They say after the City Council extended term limits, the board is giving an unfair advantage to City Council incumbents by letting them keep the money they raised to run for higher ...

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Guns and Football

Wednesday, December 03, 2008

Guns and football. It's a combination that's far more common than just the Plaxico Burress incident this weekend. The Giants put an end to the star wide receiver's season and suspended him for action's "detrimental to the team." But Burress is certainly not the only ...

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Paterson Takes Blame for Haiti Donation Error

Wednesday, December 03, 2008

Gov. Paterson is taking responsibility for thousands of donations for hurricane victims in Haiti that were never sent out. Two hundred and seventy thousand pounds of food and water were collected since September, but the donations have been held at the Bedford Armoury in Brooklyn ...

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Private Partnerships = Public Public Payoff

Wednesday, December 03, 2008

A former banker says going public ruined investment banking.

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Quality of Life Survey Results are In

Wednesday, December 03, 2008

The results of Mayor Bloomberg's so-called "customer service survey" are in. The 34-question form queried city residents on overall quality of life, including community conditions, emergency services, mass transit, and parks. In the first of its kind survey, almost half of respondents say the City's ...

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ACORN takes $1.5 Million from Ratner

Wednesday, December 03, 2008

The local chapter of ACORN helped get Brooklyn's Atlantic Yards project approved. Now, the developer is helping out the non-profit housing group.

An ACORN spokesman says Forest City Ratner gave it half a million dollars, and is loaning the group another $1 million at a difficult ...

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