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Klein Faces Tough Budget Questions

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Schools Chancellor Joel Klein was grilled over proposed school budget cuts at a fractious City Council hearing, where at one point dozens of audience members were escorted out for interrupting the meeting.

Many of the council members criticized Klein for lobbying Albany to change the law ...

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Report: More Checks Needed on Imports

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

In a report released today, the Government Accountability Office concludes that there are not sufficient guarantees that importers are meeting voluntary security standards.

In the aftermath of Sept. 11, 2001, the Department of Homeland Security launched a Customs Trade partnership that has enrolled 8,000 companies from ...

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Environmental Control Board Set for Overhaul

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

The city's Environmental Control Board is set to get an overhaul.

The ECB deals with quality of life infractions in the five boroughs — some 700,000 cases a year.

A bill introduced today aims to streamline and modernize operations.

Sean Basinski, director of the Street Vendor Project at ...

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Soldiers and Sailors Monument Renovated

Monday, May 26, 2008

The Soldiers and Sailors Monument on Riverside Drive got a fresh look today.

New benches, lighting and fresh landscaping were part of the $1 million renovation of the monument's plaza. The makeover started last October with funding from Councilwoman Gale Brewer and Mayor Bloomberg.

To mark Memorial ...

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NJ's National Guard Prepares for Iraq

Monday, May 26, 2008

This Memorial Day, the region and the nation honor those killed in combat. For thousands of New Jersey families, this year's holiday is especially poignant.

Next month, half of New Jersey's National Guard will head to Fort Bliss Texas and then, two months later, on to ...

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Construction Group Reaches Out to Veterans

Monday, May 26, 2008

Just in time for Memorial Day, a national organization is reaching out to New York's veterans.

The group "Helmets to Hardhats" connects National Guard Reserve and transitioning active-duty military members with careers in the construction industry. Since its creation 26 states, including New York, have established ...

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Water Main Break Fixed After 22 Hours

Monday, May 26, 2008

After 22 hours spewing water, a water main break in the West Village was fixed by 10pm Sunday night.

The city spends $300 million a year to restore water mains. Still, Department of Environmental Protection First Deputy Commissioner Steven Lawitts says it's challenging to maintain the ...

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Cruise Ship Hits West Side Pier

Sunday, May 25, 2008

A cruise ship hit and damaged a Manhattan pier Sunday morning, but no one was hurt. The city Buildings Department says the accident damaged beams supporting upper-level parking lots at Pier 90 on the Hudson River. But the agency says there's no danger of a ...

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Queens Politicians Want Increased Police Presence

Sunday, May 25, 2008

Elected officials from Queens are asking for help from the NYPD after five people on a busy neighborhood thoroughfare were shot in broad daylight Saturday afternoon. The five were gunned down on Roosevelt Avenue in Jackson Heights. Apparently one person was the intended target, and ...

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Dept. of Ed Releases List of School Cuts

Sunday, May 25, 2008

The Department of Education has released a list of the projected budget cuts for all New York city public schools. In the past week, Schools Chancellor Joel Klein has requested that state legislators lift restrictions that limit how the city distributes state education funding.

Klein says ...

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Four Manhattan Buildings Bring Record Price

Sunday, May 25, 2008

In one of the biggest deals ever for New York City office space, a real estate investment group has agreed to pay $3.95 billion for four Manhattan office towers, including the landmark General Motors building on Fifth Avenue.

The deal was announced Saturday by Boston Properties, ...

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Art and Satire in Iran

Saturday, May 24, 2008

Ardeshir Mohassess: Art and Satire in Iran is the first major U.S. retrospective of Mohassess's work. The self-taught artist presents 70 monochromatic ink drawings that comment on Iran’s social, political and cultural life before and after the 1979 revolution.

Slideshow: Ardeshir Mohassess: ...

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City Beaches Open

Saturday, May 24, 2008

The city's fourteen miles of public beaches are open -- in four of the five boroughs. Parks Commissioner Adrian Benepe says it isn't hard to appreciate sun, surf and sand - especially when it doesn't cost a dime.

BENEPE: They were built to be these great ...

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Key Troopergate Figure Loses Power Authorty Job

Saturday, May 24, 2008

The former trooper at the center of a dirty tricks scandal has been fired from his job as the New York Power Authority's inspector general. Daniel Wiese, the former head of the security details for governors Pataki and Spitzer, has been suspended since Attorney General ...

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Amtrak Seeks to Add Capacity at Penn Station

Saturday, May 24, 2008

The proposed overhaul of Penn Station may not just be about improving the passenger experience. It may actually be about increasing the number of passengers who pass through the facility.

REPORTER: Amtrak says that it has been studying how to add train tracks and platform space ...

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Paterson Faults Clinton's Rhetoric

Friday, May 23, 2008

One of Hillary Clinton's staunchest supporters - Governor Paterson - says her bid to seat the Florida and Michigan delegations rings of desperation. WNYC's Andrea Bernstein has the story.

REPORTER: Since leaving Kentucky on Tuesday, the Clinton campaign has been all about Florida and Michigan. The ...

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Silver Criticizes Bloomberg's School Fuding Plan

Friday, May 23, 2008

How state education funding should be spent has pitted state officials and education advocates against the Bloomberg administration. WNYC's Elaine Rivera reports.

REPORTER: A brawl has broken out over the $620 million that the state is due to give the city this year as part of ...

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A Hole the Ground, All the Way to London

Friday, May 23, 2008

New York and London have been connected by a "telectroscope" - a mystery machine that allows people in London and New York to see each other on glass screens and send messages in real time. It's the invention of London artist Paul St George. The ...

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On the Streets of Chinatown, Hunting for City Parking Placard Abuse

Friday, May 23, 2008

The mayor made headlines last month when the city announced it had slashed the number of parking placards it issues by more than 30 percent. City employees put these permits on their dashboards in order to park in certain restricted zones, such as those reserved ...

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Verizon Seeks Cable TV Venture

Friday, May 23, 2008

Verizon could soon enter the city's cable TV market.

Consumer groups say there hasn't been enough scrutiny of the telecommunication company's draft agreement with DOITT, the Department of Information Technology and Telecommunications.

Chuck Bell is with Consumers Union.

BELL: DOITT and Verizon have been negotiating aggressively over the ...

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