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Guilty Plea In Adoption Fraud Case

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

A woman accused of using fake names and fraudulent documents to adopt 11 disabled New York City children has pleaded guilty to federal fraud charges.

Judith Leekin is also accused of beating and starving the children inside her Florida home. The 63-year-old admitted she sent ...

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Artificial Turf Debate in Battery Park City

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

The two small playing fields at Battery Park City get used so much that a task force is recommending that they be replaced by artificial turf.

Jeff Galloway, a task force member, says that artificial turf would allow the playing fields to be open much more ...

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Schools Chancellor Asks Albany for Help

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Schools Chancellor Joel Klein says he's going to ask Albany to change the law that restricts how state education money is distributed in New York. He wants to equally implement a 1.4% cut to all schools in stead of providing mandated money to lower performing ...

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NYPD Charges Officers in Bell Shooting

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Seven police officers involved in the fatal shooting of Sean Bell will face departmental charges. Pending internal trials, they could face a range of penalties, including dismissal.

Four of the officers involved in the shooting - including the 3 who went on trial - were ...

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Quality of Life Disparities for City Kids

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Kids in the city are doing better than in years past but there are still big disparities between communities.

According to a report by the citizens committee for children student achievement is improving, more kids are in child care and have health insurance. Much of the ...

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City Unveils New Bike Program

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

The city plans to create temporary pedestrian and bicycle-friendly boulevards this summer on a "major corridor" of Manhattan.

Transportation Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan said details for the route are still being finalized with the Police Department and will be disclosed next month.

She described the pilot program ...

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State Senate Greenlights Marine Transfer Station

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Mayor Michael Bloomberg thanked the State Senate for passing the Gansevoort bill that would allow the city to build a marine transfer station on the Manhattan peninsula so trash can be transported by barge instead of truck.

The facility is needed for the mayor's plan to ...

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GOP's Influence Wanes in New York

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Republican lawmaker Vito Fossella will leave Congress in January. After a tumultuous few weeks following revelations he had a daughter with a woman who isn't his wife, Fossella said yesterday that he will not seek re-election.

Fossella is the only Republican representing New York City in ...

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Minor Eye Surgery for Paterson

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Gov. David Paterson is set to undergo eye surgery this afternoon. He was taken to Mount Sinai Medical Center early this morning after complaining of migraine like symptoms. Karen DeWitt reports from Albany.

Gov. David Paterson has been diagnosed with an acute form of glaucoma and ...

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Paterson Hospitalized

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Paterson's office said in a statement today that he asked to be brought to The Mount Sinai Medical Center for an evaluation.

His office says preliminary tests were normal. It says he is resting comfortably and will undergo further tests.

In April 2006, when he was the ...

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Fossella Won't Seek Re-election

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Fossella says in a statement on his Web site that the choice was a difficult one, based on a need to balance his "dedication to service" and "the need to concentrate on healing the wounds" that he has caused his wife and family.

The 43-year-old congressman ...

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New Developer for Far West Side

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

It didn't take long for the Metropolitan Transportation Authority to find another bidder to turn the West Side rail yards into a series of high-rise apartment and office towers.

The Related Companies will take over the project - having offered the MTA about as much ...

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Lower East Side "Endangered"

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

New development on the Lower East Side has landed the neighborhood on an annual list of the country's 11 most endangered historic spots.

REPORTER: High rises built over the past few years are beginning to erode the fabric of the area - that's according to ...

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Cop Raises Could Slow City Budget Negotiations

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

The arbitrated deal to increase police salaries potentially has thrown a monkey wrench into budget negotiations between the mayor and City Council.

A spokesman for Mayor Michael Bloomberg has suggested that the police settlement may endanger plans to extend the break in property taxes.

But Ronnie Lowenstein ...

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Major Pay Raise for City Cops

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

The state board charged with resolving the contract standoff between the Bloomberg administration and the police union - the Patrolmen's Benevolent Association - has made its decision.

WNYC's Bob Hennelly reports.

Rookie officers will finally see a pay increase. The Public Employment Relations Board raised starting salaries ...

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NYC's Smoking Decline Continues

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

The number of New York City residents who smoke declined for the sixth straight year since a smoking ban was imposed.

REPORTER: And according to newly released statistics, the drop was even more rapid over the last year in Staten Island, which has traditionally lagged behind ...

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D.O.E. Employee Also Mayor in N.J.

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

A manager with the City Department of Education has agreed to pay a $1,000 penalty for attempting to run his part time job as Mayor of a Bergen County town while on Dept. of Education time. WNYC's Bob Hennelly has more.

The City's Conflict of Interest ...

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Fossella Says He Won't Run for Re-Election

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Saying "this course of action is best for my family and our community," U.S. Rep. Vito Fossella posted a letter on his website this morning announcing he would not run for re-election this year. The decision comes after Fossella was arrested for drunken driving, an ...

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Quinn Sidesteps Questions on Mayoral Run

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

At a Midtown breakfast, City Council Speaker Christine Quinn was grilled about the discretionary fund scandal and whether it would hurt any future mayoral bid on her part.

Quinn sidestepped any questions whether she will seek to run for mayor saying she's focusing on being speaker ...

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City to Hire 63 Building Inspectors

Monday, May 19, 2008

Under fire for a spate of construction accidents, Mayor Michael Bloomberg has announced that the city will spend $5 million to hire 63 more safety inspectors. The new hires will help the Buildings Department register all general contractors who build homes in the city, so ...

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