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Tankleff's Lawyer Confident There Won't Be a Retrial

Sunday, January 13, 2008

A defense lawyer for Martin Tankleff says he's confident that a new investigation won't lead to a retrial for the Long Island man who served 17 years in prison for his parents' murder before his conviction was overturned last month.

All charges against Tankleff were expected to be dropped by the ...

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Deutsche Bank Investigation Targets Subcontractors

Sunday, January 13, 2008

The grand jury considering criminal charges in connection with a deadly fire at the former Deutsche Bank is focusing primarily on the private contractors working on the building's demolition, rather than on the government agencies that hired them. That's according to sources familiar with the Manhattan District Attorney's investigation.

A new ...

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Corzine Hits the Road to Pitch Toll Increases

Sunday, January 13, 2008

New Jersey Governor Corzine has hit the road to sell voters on his plan to raise highway tolls. Corzine kicked off his 21-county tour with a public hearing in Livingston Saturday. WNYC's Bob Hennelly was there:.

REPORTER: The crowd of 900 spilled out of the high school auditorium and into the ...

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New York and Connecticut Investigating High-Risk Loans

Sunday, January 13, 2008

Authorities in New York and Connecticut are investigating whether Wall Street banks hid information about high-risk loans bundled into securities sold to investors. New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo is not commenting, but Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal says the investigations center on so-called "no-doc" or "exception" loans that did ...

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Bloomberg Tells City Agencies to Tighten Their Belts

Saturday, January 12, 2008

Governor Spitzer says he wants to cap state property taxes, leaving the burden on municipalities to make up the difference.

REPORTER: Speaking on his weekly WABC radio show, Mayor Bloomberg said he's not sure whether he'll have to raise property taxes in the city, but he has asked city agencies to ...

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Giuliani Says His Campaign Has "Quite a Bit of Money"

Saturday, January 12, 2008

Rudolph Giuliani says he didn't ask any of his presidential campaign staffers to forgo their January paychecks, but some volunteered to do so to stretch the campaign's funds.

REPORTER: About a dozen senior staffers are working for free this month. It's been seen as a sign of possible money trouble for ...

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Bill Clinton Calls Sharpton to Explain "Fairy Tale" Remark

Saturday, January 12, 2008

As the presidential hopefuls court the black vote ahead of the South Carolina primary, Bill Clinton is working to undo some of the damage he's done to Senator Hillary Clinton's campaign with his comment that seemed to suggest that the campaign of Illinois Senator Barack Obama is a "fairy tale." ...

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Atlantic Yards Opponents Suffer a Defeat

Saturday, January 12, 2008

Opponents of Brooklyn's Atlantic Yards development have suffered another setback. A state judge on Friday rejected a complaint alleging flaws in the environmental review of the planned sports and residential complex. WNYC's Mathew Schuerman reports.

REPORTER: In her decision, Judge Joan Madden at times sympathized with the plaintiffs' arguments. But she ...

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Busy Courts Mean Backup in Foster Care

Friday, January 11, 2008

Following her death, reports of abuse and neglect skyrocketed. The result - an increasingly overburdened family court system. WNYC's Cindy Rodriguez reports.

According to a report by the Center for New York City Affairs, court-ordered supervision cases have nearly doubled since 2005.

At a City Council hearing, Administration for Children's Services Commissioner ...

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National Network Prepared for Bloomberg

Friday, January 11, 2008

In Virginia, the "Draft Bloomberg" vehicle is an existing party - the Independent Greens.

That effort is led by Carey Campbell, an accountant who says he's paying $1,000 a week out of his pocket to pay for a full-time professional petitioner to travel the state to ensure the effort gets 20,000 ...

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Proactive Approach to City's Rat Population

Friday, January 11, 2008

REPORTER: It's hired 20 new inspectors and exterminators to comb neighborhood "hot spots" that have been known to attract rats and record any sign of rodent activity into a hand held computer.

Assistant Commissioner for Environmental Policy, Dan Kass, says the new system will allow the Health Department to teach people ...

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Slow Times for 2nd Avenue Business

Friday, January 11, 2008

REPORTER: Councilman Dan Garodnick says several hundred businesses located on 2nd Avenue face losses because of construction work and reduced foot traffic.

Eddie Crowe opened the Crowe's Nest restaurant last spring, before construction began. Now, business is down and once the weather warms, he won't be able to seat customers on ...

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The Search for a New Traffic Plan Continues

Friday, January 11, 2008

The commission currently hunting for a plan to reduce traffic in Manhattan has a tall order to meet over the next 3 weeks. WNYC's Matthew Schuerman has more.

The chairman of the panel, Marc Shaw, says that the point is to come up with a plan that will not only reduce ...

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Sounding Off on the Subways

Friday, January 11, 2008

NYC Transit President Howard Roberts Jr. says 86 stations - almost 1 in every 5 - currently don't have sound systems.

He wants to fill in those gaps so officials can make announcements to all 468 stations station from a single control room.

Roberts isn't specifying the potential cost of the project. ...

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Service Changes to 7 Train

Friday, January 11, 2008

Starting this morning, there will be no weekday express service on the 7 line. All trains will make all local stops, in both directions, through February 29th.

The MTA says that means an estimated 7 minute addition to a commute between Flushing - Main Street and Times Square.

And, beginning tomorrow, for ...

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Bloomberg Gathers Stats on White House Run

Thursday, January 10, 2008

The Associated Press says the mayor is using an approach known as "micro-targeting."

The exhaustive data collection began months ago.

When the analysis begins shortly, it will provide the data-obsessed billionaire businessman with the information he will use to decide whether to run for the White House.

Bloomberg's spokesman declined to comment.

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Spitzer Outlines Ambitious 2008 Agenda

Thursday, January 10, 2008

In yesterday's State of the State address, Governor Spitzer also attempted to extend a bi-partisan olive branch. WNYC's Bob Hennelly was there.

The centerpiece of Governor Spitzer's agenda is an ambitious plan to revitalize the entire state higher education system to help grow its slowing economy.

The plan calls for hiring of ...

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Reverend Sharpton Say He's Not A Bounty Hunter

Thursday, January 10, 2008

Reverend Al Sharpton says he and his associates kept law enforcement fully informed as they tried to broker a failed surrender by escaped convict Otis Blunt.

Blunt was captured by police in Mexico, where Sharpton and others headed in hopes of helping the fugitive turn himself in. According to Sharpton, Blunt ...

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Fugitive Caught in Mexico

Thursday, January 10, 2008

Blunt and fellow inmate Jose Espinosa escaped from a Union County, New Jersey jail almost a month ago. Espinosa was captured in Elizabeth, only a mile away from the facility.

Blunt, meanwhile, managed to travel thousands of miles to Mexico City. He was arrested by Mexican authorities and transferred to the ...

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Millions Proposed for New Housing Fund

Thursday, January 10, 2008

REPORTER: Priscilla Almodovar, the head of the state's Mortgage Agency, would oversee the money.

She says the idea is to pass legislation to make the fund permanent and create a panel of state agencies involved in housing to decide how the money gets spent.

ALMODOVAR: The Office of Mental Health does a ...

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