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New York Expands Its "Stop Smoking" Campaign

Friday, October 31, 2008

State and city environmental officers set up the first of several check points where they'll pull over trucks that are visibly spewing exhaust, or needlessly idling.

State Environmental Commissioner Pete Grannis says the first stop on the campaign is right under the entrance ramp to the ...

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A Home for Homeless Teen Moms to Be?

Friday, October 31, 2008

According to Covenant House, from January to September more than 100 young moms with dozens of kids showed up asking for help, after city officials told them they were too young to access the shelter system.

City Councilman Lewis Fidler held a hearing on the issue ...

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Race and Art

Friday, October 31, 2008

The election is on everybody’s mind. And it has a particular resonance for artists of color, who have long been dealing with politics that Barack Obama would surely recognize.

Claudia La Rocco spoke with four artists who’ve been thinking about the complex intersection of art, race ...

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Runners Ready for the NYC Marathon

Friday, October 31, 2008

New York City Marathon runners have descended on the city to prepare for Sunday's 26.2 mile trek. Among the runners picking up their numbers at the Javits Center yesterday was Chuck Bleifeld of Stonybrook, Long Island. This year will be his sixth marathon.

BLEIFELD: It's a ...

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Election Officials Report Absentee Voting Record

Friday, October 31, 2008

It's not even Election Day, and there are already long lines at the polls.

HERNANDEZ-STEWART: I am going to be volunteering in Pennsylvania on the day of the election, so I wanted to make sure I would vote here before I did that.

REPORTER: That was Adrianna ...

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Halloween Home Horrifies in Howard Beach, Queens

Friday, October 31, 2008

In the Howard Beach neighborhood of Queens, the economic slowdown hasn't hit the stores that sell outdoor holiday decorations. Residents here take their seasonal statuary seriously. WNYC's Fred Mogul visited Roseanne and Jim Russo, who have invested about $16,000 transforming their house into a multi-colored ...

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The Art of the Possible

Friday, October 31, 2008

As donations dry up, museums are dusting off their permanent collections.

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The Art of Race and Politics

Friday, October 31, 2008

The election is on everybody’s mind. And it has a particular resonance for artists of color, who have long been dealing with politics that Barack Obama would surely recognize. Claudia La Rocco spoke with four artists who’ve been thinking about the complex intersection of art, ...

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MTA Seeks Federal Stimulus Fund

Thursday, October 30, 2008

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority is the latest to join the bread line that's forming outside the U.S. Capitol. New York is facing the worst fiscal crisis in decades. Yesterday, as Gov. Paterson testified before Congress on why New York needs federal stimulus money, transit officials ...

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NYC to Overhaul Elevators in Public Housing

Thursday, October 30, 2008

The New York City Housing Authority plans to spend $107 million to replace more than 500 aging elevators.

This comes in the wake of several accidents, including the death of a 5-year-old boy who fell down a shaft trying to escape a stalled elevator at a ...

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NYS Senate: Evaluating a Power Shift

Thursday, October 30, 2008

With the Election just 5 days, there's an intense battle underway and it's not just over the White House. Control of the New York State Senate also hangs in the balance.

Republicans have controlled the Chamber since 1965 but their majority has shrunk to only 2 ...

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Concrete Company's Indictment Calls Several New Buildings into Question

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Buildings inspectors are testing the concrete of scores of new buildings in all five boroughs, after a Manhattan grand jury indicted one of the region's biggest concrete testing companies for falsifying test results.

Department of Investigation Commissioner Rose Gill Hearn's agency worked with Manhattan District Attorney ...

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Can Dems Sweep New York City's Congressional Delegation?

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Republicans have held on to the Congressional seat in Staten Island for the last 28 years, but that may very well change on Election Day.

Polls suggest Democratic Candidate, Councilman Michael McMahon is likely to defeat his Republican opponent, former Assemblyman Robert Straniere.

The two are vying ...

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Finger Pointing Over Election Day Preparedness

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Mayor Bloomberg and the city's Board of Elections are blaming each other for what could turn out to be a very messy Election Day. WNYC's Arun Venugopal has more.

REPORTER: Mayor Bloomberg has never been a fan of the city's board of elections. But yesterday, when ...

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Queens State Senator Takes Aim at Majority

Thursday, October 30, 2008

While all eyes are on the historic presidential election next week, the New York State Senate may be making big news of its own. The Democrats are two seats shy of seizing the majority and if they do, they will have control for the first ...

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In NJ Senate Race, Incumbent Faces Ex-Congressman

Thursday, October 30, 2008

In perhaps the least-noticed Senate race in the country, New Jersey Democratic Senator Frank Lautenberg is facing a challenge from former GOP Congressman Dick Zimmer. The two faced off last night in the first of two debates. WNYC's Isaac-Davy Aronson has more.

REPORTER: Lautenberg leads in ...

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NJ Handles 250,000 Absentee Ballots

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Officials in New Jersey say they're ready to handle what's expected to be record-high voter turnout next week. WNYC's Bob Hennelly has this update.

REPORTER: County election officials reported a record-setting quarter of million absentee ballot requests from voters, like 45-year-old John Luchese. He voted early ...

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Mayor Offers Short Term Relief to Help New Yorkers Through Economic Downturn

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Mayor Bloomberg wants to relax tax deadlines for some property owners, launch a public awareness campaign about debt and create a Web site for laid-off financial workers as part of his plan to give short-term relief to New Yorkers amid the economic downturn.

He says the ...

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The Hip Hop Vote

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Hip hop has played a visible role in presidential politics since at least the early 90s, when Bill Clinton had his Sista Souljah moment and denounced the performer's racially-charged statements.

In the last couple election cycles performers like Sean Combs, or Diddy have encouraged young people ...

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Getting Ready for Election Day

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Absentee voters are showing up at their borough board of elections office in record numbers. At the Brooklyn office this morning, Jonathan Snyder gave up after being told the wait could be an hour.

SNYDER: A bit annoyed. I'm pretty confident my candidate is going to ...

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