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In New York, Obama Outlines Foreclosure Relief Plan

Thursday, March 27, 2008

Democratic Presidential candidate Barack Obama outlined his plan to provide relief for homeowners facing foreclosure in a speech in Manhattan. WNYC's Andrea Bernstein says the Illinois Senator also called for more regulations for the nation's financial system.

For the second time in six months, Obama came to New York ...

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Bad News for City's Waistlines

Thursday, March 27, 2008

New York City residents have been closing the obesity gap with the rest of the country and not in a good way.

A new study by the Health Department found that in 2002, 19 percent of New Yorkers could be classified as obese, a couple points less than the national ...

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Harlem Land Owner Sues Columbia, City

Thursday, March 27, 2008

A private land owner is suing Columbia University and the city to prevent its 17-acre expansion plans.

Norman Siegel, is representing Tuck-It-Away Associates, which owns some of the land to be used in the project.

He says his client is concerned about a part of the development, know as the "bathtub." He ...

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Court: City Cannot Limit Liability in Ferry Crash

Thursday, March 27, 2008

An appeals court has ruled that the city cannot limit its liability in the 2003 Staten Island Ferry crash that killed 11 people. WNYC's Cindy Rodriguez has more.

The Andrew J. Barbeiri rammed into a pier after the ferry pilot, Richard Smith, passed out at the wheel.

The ...

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Homeowners Protest Bear Stearns Buyout

Thursday, March 27, 2008

Some 200 homeowners turned out to protest a government bailout that they say helps Wall Street and hurts "Main Street."

They demonstrated in the lobby of Bear Stearns' headquarters yesterday. The investment bank is being bought out by JPMorgan Chase in a government-led bailout.

The protesters are part of a group called ...

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Bloomberg Introduces, but Doesn't Endorse, Obama

Thursday, March 27, 2008

Sen. Barack Obama was introduced by Mayor Michael Bloomberg at Cooper Union. The mayor did not endorse Obama. He says his support will go to the presidential candidate with specific, brave ideas.

BLOOMBERG: There will be no quick fixes to any of the problems. No easy answers. But that doesn't mean ...

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The 10th Armory Show Opens

Thursday, March 27, 2008

The 10th annual Armory Art Show kicked off yesterday in Pier 94 on Manhattan’s West Side. In just one decade, the show has transformed from a small and strictly hometown happening to a major emporium on the international art circuit. WNYC’s Ilya Marritz has the story.

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A Critic's Take on Far West Side

Thursday, March 27, 2008

After submitting the highest bid of $1 billion, Tishman Speyer has won right to develop the massive Hudson Rail Yards property on Manhattan's Far West Side into apartments, offices and open space. The company's other holdings include Rockefeller Center and the Chrysler Building.

Joining us now to discuss the city's latest ...

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Council Backs Housing Vouchers

Thursday, March 27, 2008

The City Council has voted overwhelmingly to override Mayor Michael Bloomberg's veto of a bill that forces landlords to accept a federal housing voucher known as Section 8.

The bill's sponsor, Councilman Bill DeBlasio, says too many landlords discriminate against low-income families who receive Section 8. He says a recent analysis ...

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Obama Back in Manhattan

Thursday, March 27, 2008

NEW YORK (AP) - Mayor Michael Bloomberg plans to appear today with Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama at an event in Manhattan.

Bloomberg will introduce the Illinois senator at a speech on the economy at the Cooper Union college.

The billionaire mayor has said his endorsement is up for grabs in the ...

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Obama Urges Oversight of Financial Markets, Supports Congestion Pricing

Thursday, March 27, 2008

Speaking not far from Wall Street, Barack Obama told a Manhattan audience that the US needs better oversight of national financial markets, help for financially stressed homeowners and an additional $30 billion stimulus package.

REPORTER: Later, in an exclusive interview with WNYC, Senator Obama said he supports congestion pricing.

OBAMA: I think ...

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Mayor Unveils Rapid Bus Service

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Mayor Michael Bloomberg and top transit officials unveiled a new rapid transit bus that would cut the commute from the Bronx to Manhattan by five minutes. But, officials say the new bus service can only happen if the mayor's congestion pricing plan goes through.

Transportation Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan says if the ...

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MTA Awards Rail Yards Development Rights to Tishman Speyer

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority has awarded the development rights of its Hudson Rail yards to Tishman Speyer. Tishman's winning bid brings to an end the tussle over the future of the rail yards, one that began when Mayor Michael Bloomberg proposed using some of that land on the Far West ...

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Thompson Calls Brooklyn Non-Profit Poorly Managed

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

The city comptroller says a Brooklyn non-profit that helps struggling families keep their kids out of foster care has been poorly managed. According to Comptroller Bill Thompson's audit, the Child Development Support Corporation failed to do criminal background checks on 95 percent of its employees.

Thompson says the organization also failed ...

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E-Waste Bill Returns to City Council

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Today, the City Council is expected to pass two bills that would mandate the recycling of old computers and televisions. Only one has the backing of Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

WNYC's Bob Hennelly has more.

The City Council and the mayor were headed for a standoff over the so-called Electronic Waste Bill.

Bloomberg said ...

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New Rules for Crane Inspections

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

New, stricter rules for regulating cranes have been announced by the Department of Buildings.

It's a response to the crane collapse on 51st Street that killed seven people a week and a half ago. That accident occurred while workers were trying to extend the crane, something called "jumping."

From now on, ...

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7, L Trains City's Cleanest

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Eighty-eight percent the cars on the L line were rated as clean, compared to just 61 percent the last time the survey was taken two years ago.

The 7 train saw even more dramatic improvement - it jumped from the fourth dirtiest line to tie for second cleanest. The two lines ...

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CSI Workers Protest New Rules

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

City officials say it's no different from punching a clock. But crime scene investigators are complaining about having to use palm-print scanners to track how many hours they've worked.

The palm-print system is called CityTime and it's now being used by thousands of city workers in 17 agencies.

Forensic scientists from ...

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New Bill Mandates Recycling of Electronics

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Today, the City Council passed two bills mandating the recycling of old computers and t.v.’s. One bill is supported by Mayor Michael Bloomberg and is expected to get his signature. The other is thought by e-waste recycling supporters to be tougher, and it does not have the mayor’s support. Councilman ...

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City Aims to Be More Senior-Friendly

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Along with the Bloomberg administration, the City Council and the New York Academy of Medicine are holding a series of forums throughout the five boroughs to hear from senior citizens about how to make the city more "age friendly."

WNYC's Kathleen Horan stopped by a forum on the Upper West ...

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