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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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Remodeling City Senior Centers

Thursday, December 04, 2008

The debate rages on at City Hall as to whether the city should go forward with its planned modernization of the more than 300 senior centers around the city.

Many elderly New Yorkers and their advocates worry that the plan to update centers, or potentially lose ...

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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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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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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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Private Partnerships = Public Public Payoff

Wednesday, December 03, 2008

A former banker says going public ruined investment banking.

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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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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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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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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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Governors Meet with President-Elect to Discuss Possible State Bailouts

Tuesday, December 02, 2008

President-elect Barack Obama met with 41 of the nation's governors in Philadelphia, including those from New York, New Jersey and Connecticut.

Obama told the governors he wants their input on an economic recovery package to help their states.

OBAMA: I'm not simply asking the nation's governors to ...

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D is for Default

Tuesday, December 02, 2008

Private investors and Albany both grapple with housing foreclosures.

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Bagging the Habit

Tuesday, December 02, 2008

A bill creating a statewide plastic bag recycling program in New York is now on Governor Paterson's desk and New York City's council is urging the governor to reject it.

Speaker Christine Quinn says the bill would undercut the city's own fledgling plastic bag recycling program. ...

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NY Commission Calls for Property Tax Cap

Tuesday, December 02, 2008

Governor Paterson is getting support in his effort to cap New York State's property tax rate. A new report from his Commission on Property Tax Relief recommends ways the state could cap local school taxes.

The Commission's Chair, Nassau County Executive Tom Suozzi, says the report ...

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Campaign Coffers

Tuesday, December 02, 2008

Candidates running for city council for the first time are suing the city's Campaign Finance Board, saying it is favoring incumbent council members who decided to run for re-election after the term limits law was changed.

The board is allowing those council members to keep money ...

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Governors to Press Obama for Help With Shortfalls

Tuesday, December 02, 2008

Today, 40 of the nation's governors, including governors Corzine and Paterson, will be in Philadelphia to make their case to President-elect Obama for quick federal aid. WNYC's Bob Hennelly has this preview.

REPORTER: Collectively, the states are sinking in a sea of rising red ink as ...

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