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New Yorkers Asked to Join Flood Watch

Tuesday, April 29, 2008

REPORTER: As April showers continue, so does the chance of flooding here in the city.

This has led to creation of the city's Flood Mitigation Task Force. It will monitor flood-prone locations and increase maintenance of the city's 140,000 catch basins - the sidewalk sewer grates that collect rain water and ...

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Attention Remains on City Council Finances

Tuesday, April 29, 2008

There was little fanfare last year when City Council Speaker Christine Quinn mandated for the first time that council members fill out a 3-page "Conflict of Interest" disclosure form about pet projects.

The 3-page internal form, obtained by WNYC, required members describe in detail the involvement of themselves or family members ...

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City Spends Millions on Unassigned Teachers

Tuesday, April 29, 2008

The city is spending more than $80 million dollars over two years on unassigned teachers. A new report by an educational group is recommending new rules for those teachers who've lost jobs to school closings but remain on the payroll.

REPORTER: The union contract now assigns out-of-work teachers to be available ...

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Call for Reform in Council's Non-Profit Funding Practices

Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Good government groups and several of the city's editorial writers are calling for reforms to the City Council's methods of funding non-profits. An alternative process is already in operation. WNYC's Bob Hennelly has more.

REPORTER: Historically, city's arts groups had to pursue city funding as if it were buried treasure... Now ...

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Group Angry Over Lack of Change to Class Size

Tuesday, April 29, 2008

The group says a study commissioned by the teachers union backs their claim. City Comptroller Bill Thompson says he'll review how the Education Department spent state funds.

WNYC's Elaine Rivera reports.

Of the 390 public schools that received funding to reduce class size, less than half managed to create classrooms of 25 ...

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Queens Hit Hardest by Foreclosure Crisis

Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Signs of a deepening housing crisis in New York City -- an on-line real estate service, Realty Trac, says foreclosures are up 34 percent for the first three months of this year.

A spokesman for the company says those figures could jump even higher, because New York's foreclosure process takes more ...

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City Announces Cable TV Deal with Verizon

Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Cablevision and Time Warner may no longer be the only 'show' in town. The city has announced a deal allowing telecommunications giant Verizon to bring its high speed FiOS network to New York City.

REPORTER: The Deputy Mayor for Economic Development, Robert Lieber, said a new player in the cable TV ...

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Gov. Paterson Weighs in on Bell Verdict

Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Governor Paterson says he's somewhat surprised by the acquittal of 3 police detectives in the fatal shooting of Sean Bell.

Paterson says the verdict surprised him because of the number of shots fired at Bell and his 2 friends. Officers unloaded 50 shots at the 3 men outside a strip club ...

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Rising Costs for Port Authority

Monday, April 28, 2008

There are renewed concerns about overtime costs at the Port Authority.

After those costs rose by 12% in 2006, the agency paid a consultant more than $400,000 to study its staffing practices and come up with reforms.

But the next year, things got worse when overtime costs increased 14% to almost $49 ...

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Indian Point Owner Seeks Safety Assessment

Monday, April 28, 2008

Entergy, the owner of the Indian Point nuclear power plant, is holding a public meeting on the safety of its facility, hosted by a panel of its own experts. Dr. Neil Todreas, the panel's co-chair, said he is confident his team can do an independent assessment:

TODREAS: “We are not controlled ...

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City Looks to Ease Traffic Woes

Monday, April 28, 2008

Tonight, the Transportation Commissioner gives a major speech outlining the city's plan.

WNYC's Matthew Schuerman has this preview.

It was a year ago, right after unveiling congestion pricing, that Mayor Bloomberg chose Janette Sadik-Khan to begin to treat streets as public gathering spaces rather than as mere thoroughfares for traffic.

A former consultant ...

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Elite Airline Files for Chapter 11

Monday, April 28, 2008

The business class-only Eos Airlines has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy and is ceasing operations as of today.

The New York-based airline operated its final flights between London and JFK yesterday. Eos will eliminate most of its work force.

CEO Jack Williams says in a statement that the "challenging economic and credit ...

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Hooray for Dhallywood

Monday, April 28, 2008

Last night, approximately two thousand people filled the Manhattan Center for the Dhallywood Music & Film Awards. Dhallywood takes its name from the capital of Bangladeshi – Dhaka – and the burgeoning film industry there. Lara Pellegrinelli reports on the popular awards show, from the enthusiastic locals in attendance to ...

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Clinic Closes on Staten Island

Monday, April 28, 2008

Richmond University Medical Center says it can no longer afford the rent for a primary care center in the Clifton Neighborhood of Staten Island.

A spokesman says patients will now have to go to the main campus, 3.5 miles away.

The Clifton center was accessible by Staten Island’s only train line, but ...

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Bell's Supporters Press for Federal Civil Rights Probe

Monday, April 28, 2008

Sean Bell's family and supporters continue to press for a federal civil rights probe into the fatal police shooting of the unarmed black man, following last week's acquittal of three undercover cops in the incident.

They and Queens Congressman Gregory Meeks are hosting Michigan Democratic Congressman John Conyers, head of the ...

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Civilian Complaint Board To Release Opinion On Sean Bell Shooting

Monday, April 28, 2008

The civilian board charged with reviewing police conduct plans to release its own opinion on the fatal shooting of Sean Bell but, as WNYC's Bob Hennelly reports, the board's investigation could take years.

The formal complaint stemming from the Bell shooting came to the Civilian Complaint Review Board less than twelve ...

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Construction Workers Mourn Late Colleagues

Monday, April 28, 2008

The mournful sounds of bagpipes preceded a memorial Mass for the thirteen construction workers who have died on the job so far this year. The pipers were joined by hundreds of construction workers, many of them wearing hard hats and carrying their union flags. Electrician Ron Pitkin says he is ...

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Siegel Says Sean Bell Verdict Was Flawed

Sunday, April 27, 2008

Supporters of Sean Bell held another rally Sunday at the Harlem headquarters of the Reverend Al Sharpton's National Action Network.

REPORTER: Protestors want the US justice department to bring a federal civil rights case against the three NYPD detectives who've been acquitted of all charges in the 50-bullet shooting outside a ...

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More Rallies in Response Verdict in Sean Bell Shooting

Sunday, April 27, 2008

Protesters will gather again today to express their anger over the acquittals of three police detectives involved in the Sean Bell shooting.

REPORTER: Saturday, marchers in Harlem carried white placards with big black numbers, each referring to one of the police bullets fired at Sean Bell and his two friends. Demonstrator ...

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New Jersey Democrats Fight Over Senate Seat

Sunday, April 27, 2008

While the fight for the Democratic presidential nomination continues to divide the national party... New Jersey's Democrats are in the midst of their own battle over a US Senate seat. WNYC's Bob Hennelly reports.

REPORTER: Pundits thought age would be the defining issue in the battle for this June's Senate nomination. ...

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