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McCain Gets Endorsement from Independence Party

Sunday, September 21, 2008

New York's Independence Party has endorsed Republican John McCain, in its first major-party pick for president. Chairman Frank MacKay announced the endorsement Saturday. He says the party -- the state's third-largest -- sees the Republican senator as an independent thinker because of his work on ...

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Bloomberg Says City Will Not Return to the '70s

Sunday, September 21, 2008

This week's meltdown on Wall Street will not lead to a re-run of New York's 1970s budget crisis, according to Mayor Bloomberg.

REPORTER: Appearing on NBC's "Meet the Press" today, the mayor said the city's mistake back then was to stop policing the streets and supporting ...

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City Making Progress in the Fight Against Rats

Sunday, September 21, 2008

City officials say they're doing a better job exterminating rats. In pilot program that began in the Bronx last year, exterminators go from building to building to find the rodents, instead of concentrating on water catchment areas. WNYC’s Fred Mogul reports on how it’s going.

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Millennium Development Goals Top Agenda for UN General Assembly

Sunday, September 21, 2008

World leaders are filling up the city's hotel rooms for this week's opening of the United Nations General Assembly. Topping the agenda are the Millennium Development Goals. WNYC's Marianne McCune has more.

REPORTER: There are 8 Millennium Development Goals: just little things, like eradicating poverty and ...

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City Tries to Persuade Crown Heights Residents on Homeless Center

Saturday, September 20, 2008

City officials continue to try to sweeten the deal for Crown Heights residents who don't want a homeless intake center in their community.

REPORTER: The city wants to turn the Bedford-Atlantic Armory from a men's shelter into a central processing spot for homeless men. During an ...

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Lawmakers Working on Wall Street Bailout Plan

Saturday, September 20, 2008

Local lawmakers are part of talks this weekend to hash out a bailout for some of Wall Street's biggest firms.

REPORTER: The Bush Administration wants Congress to approve a plan for the federal government to take over a half-trillion dollars or more in worthless mortgages and ...

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Bloomberg Not Sure Wall Street Bailout Will Work

Saturday, September 20, 2008

As the federal government prepares to absorb billions of dollars in bad debt, New York City's billionaire Mayor says he's not sure if the bailout plan will work. WNYC's Bob Hennelly has more.

REPORTER: Mayor Bloomberg says the jury is out on the prudence of the ...

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MTA Raises Ventilation Grates to Prevent Subway Flooding

Saturday, September 20, 2008

The MTA has unveiled one of the measures it's taking to avoid a repeat of the widespread flooding of the subway system in August, 2007: raised sidewalk ventilation grates.

REPORTER: The grate's two-foot-high stainless steel walls would prevent rainwater from flowing into subway tunnels. MTA Chief ...

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Babar Exhibition Opens at Morgan Library

Friday, September 19, 2008

Babar is one of the most well-known children's storybook characters of all time. And now, the Morgan Library has opened a major exhibition that explores the history of the orphan elephant who went on to become a king of the jungle.

REPORTER: Babar was created by ...

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New York Poles Returning to Poland

Friday, September 19, 2008

The troubling economic times here are making some immigrants think about going home. Nineteen years after the collapse of communism and four years after joining the European Union, Poland is booming and young Poles in the United States want to profit from these changes. They're ...

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Rep. Maloney Calls for Bank Regulation

Friday, September 19, 2008

New York Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney says there's a serious need for regulation of the financial system.

MALONEY: We need to look at how we got here. We need to look at legislative reform but there is an emphasis placed on the need to act, on the ...

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SEC Bans Short Selling for 10 Days

Friday, September 19, 2008

The Securities and Exchange Commission placed a 10-day ban on the short selling of nearly 800 financial stocks, but some economists are wondering if it's the right move. WNYC's Lisa Chow reports.

Charles Jones is a professor at Columbia Business School.

He says when the stock market ...

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Bloomberg Expresses Doubts about Bailout

Friday, September 19, 2008

As the federal government prepares to absorb billions of dollars in bad debt, New York City's billionaire Mayor says he's not sure if the bailout plan will work.

REPORTER: Mayor Bloomberg says the jury is out on the prudence of the government absorbing a half-trillion dollars ...

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Lights Out at the House That Ruth Built

Friday, September 19, 2008

Yankee Stadium ends its 85-year iconic baseball legacy Sunday evening. In its wake, New York Yankees fans are in a frenzy to get a literal piece of the stadium known as the House that Ruth built. WNYC's Elaine Rivera spent the week talking to fans ...

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Non-Profits Face Tough Times, Too

Friday, September 19, 2008

The crisis on Wall Street is likely to deal a serious blow to New York City's nonprofit world.

BARRETT: More people work in the nonprofit sector than work in finance, insurance and real estate combined.

REPORTER: That's Fran Barrett, the executive director of Community Resource Exchange, which ...

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Continued Job Loss Would Slump Housing Sales

Friday, September 19, 2008

The woes on Wall Street are raising questions about any impact on Manhattan's residential real estate. WNYC’s Lisa Chow reports.

REPORTER: The big what if for people watching the real estate market is, what if the city continues to lose jobs? If that happens, housing prices ...

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Buildings Department Holds Job Fair

Friday, September 19, 2008

The Buildings Department is trying to fill about 90 vacant positions, many of them new jobs added by Mayor Bloomberg to improve construction safety.

REPORTER: A couple dozen architects and engineers showed up at the department's offices on Lower Broadway Thursday to attend a job fair. ...

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Flu Shots Not So Popular

Friday, September 19, 2008

The Bloomberg Administration says fewer seniors are choosing to get flu shots, even though local, state and federal officials keep encouraging them to do so. WNYC's Fred Mogul has more.

REPORTER: Flu can be potentially fatal among the very young, very old and chronically ill. Five ...

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Bloomberg Upbeat on Handling of Fiscal Crisis

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Mayor Michael Bloomberg is expressing confidence in the CEO's and government officials who are dealing with the financial crisis on Wall Street.

BLOOMBERG: They know what the problem is and there's no easy solution. We've gotten ourselves in a situation that has taken a long time ...

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Juvenile Initiative Measured in Growing Report

Thursday, September 18, 2008

The annual management report from the mayor's office is out. It details how the city's doing in areas including education, crime fighting, and construction safety. WNYC's Bob Hennelly takes a look at a new program targeting offenders entering the juvenile justice system.

REPORTER: Overall, the volume ...

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