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State Legislature Rejects Manhattan Traffic Fee

Monday, April 07, 2008

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver says his chamber is rejecting Mayor Michael Bloomberg's proposal to charge a fee to help reduce traffic and pollution in Manhattan.

The vote after days of closed-door negotiations means the city will forfeit $354 million in federal money for kick-starting the initiative. The ...

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Midnight Deadline for Congestion Pricing

Monday, April 07, 2008

Today is the deadline for the state legislature to approve Mayor Michael Bloomberg's congestion pricing plan and still qualify for a $350 million federal grant.

Lawmakers were not called up to Albany to discuss the issue over the weekend, meaning that it's unlikely a deal is in the works.

Assembly Speaker Sheldon ...

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Closing Arguments in Sharpe James Trial

Monday, April 07, 2008

Federal prosecutors are making their closing arguments today in the trial of former Newark Mayor Sharpe James. He is accused of arranging for the sale of nine city-owned properties at a discounted rate of $46,000 to Tamika Riley, his one-time girlfriend.

Prosecutors say Riley quickly flipped the land for more than ...

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Ex-Mayor's Trial Winds Down

Monday, April 07, 2008

Closing arguments are set for today in the trial of former Newark Mayor Sharpe James and a one-time mistress.

James is accused of arranging the sale of nine city-owned properties at a discounted rate to Tamika Riley, who quickly sold them for more than 10 times what she paid.

Jurors heard from ...

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Schumer Helps Family of Slain Student

Monday, April 07, 2008

Sen. Charles Schumer is appealing directly to the State Department to cut the red tape and immediately grant the documents needed for the grieving parents of Ming-hui Yu, the slain Columbia PhD student, to come to New York City to claim their son's body.

24-year-old Ming-hui Yu was killed Friday night ...

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Congestion Pricing Plan Dies in Albany

Monday, April 07, 2008

Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver says his chamber is rejecting Mayor Michael Bloomberg's proposal to charge a fee to help reduce traffic and pollution in Manhattan. The decision comes after days of closed-door negotiations. It means the city will forfeit $354 million in federal money for kick-starting the initiative.

The Legislature faced ...

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Fallout from Clinton Campaign Shakeup Continues

Monday, April 07, 2008

Mark Penn, Sen. Hillary Clinton’s chief presidential campaign strategist, was removed from his position after it was revealed that he had met with the Colombian government to promote a free trade deal with the South American nation. Clinton opposes the deal.

Larry Scanlon of AFSCME, one of Clinton's biggest union backers, ...

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Congestion Pricing Dies in the Assembly

Monday, April 07, 2008

In a closed-door meeting of his Democratic members, Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver says a majority would not support congestion pricing, and he would not bring it to the floor for a vote.

WNYC’s Matthew Schuerman tells Amy Eddings about the day’s events, and whether Mayor Michael Bloomberg will keep fighting for ...

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Queens Museum Has New Take on Flushing Remonstrance

Monday, April 07, 2008

In the new millennium, religion, its relation to the state and mutual respect are hot-button issues across the globe. In Flushing, Queens, this conversation started 350 years ago with a document called the Flushing Remonstrance. Now, the Queens Museum has a whole new take on the question of religious pluralism ...

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West Point Class Visits Jersey City

Monday, April 07, 2008

This weekend, cadets from West Point completed an intensive 3-day course in the wilds of Jersey City.

It’s for a class called "Winning the Peace" and the idea is to expose future officers to the city’s diverse cultures and religious traditions. And, to put a human face on a society that ...

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Lawmakers Work to Pass Congeston Pricing and Budget

Sunday, April 06, 2008

Monday is the deadline for state lawmakers to pass congestion pricing if New York City is to receive more than $350 million in federal transportation funding.

Senate Majority Leader Joe Bruno supports Mayor Bloomberg's plan to charge drivers to enter Manhattan below 60th Street during peak travel times. But Democratic Minority ...

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Cheyenne Diner Shuts its Doors

Sunday, April 06, 2008

It's last call for omelettes and bison burgers at the Cheyenne Diner. The old chrome eatery on the corner at Ninth Avenue and 33rd street is closing its doors Sunday after 68 years. WNYC's Kathleen Horan has more:

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Knockoff Seizure Largest in City History

Sunday, April 06, 2008

This week's seizure of thousands of knockoff handbags and sneakers and is being called the largest in New York City history. Police now say they brought in 75,000 pairs of shoes, an equal number of handbags, and more than 10,000 other items of clothing during the raid Thursday at a ...

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Hungry New Yorkers Say Goodbye to the Cheyenne Diner

Sunday, April 06, 2008

The Cheyenne Diner has been on Ninth Avenue and 33rd Street for 68 years. But today's the last day to have a lumberjack breakfast in the 20-by-100-foot railroad car eatery, before a nine-story apartment complex replaces it.

The place has been packed with customers who are saying goodbye, like Michael Cantor:

CANTOR: ...

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BAM Revives Anti-Apartheid Play

Sunday, April 06, 2008

It's not every day that a piece of theater gets its creators detained. But that’s what happened 30 years ago in South Africa, when two black actors staged a play that challenged the rules of apartheid and asked tough questions about fundamental aspects of human identity. Now, that Tony-Award winning ...

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City Murder Rate on the Rise

Saturday, April 05, 2008

The city's murder rate is on the rise, after years of decline. WNYC's Bob Hennelly has more.

There were 22 more murders citywide in the first quarter of this year, compared with the same period last year. An NYPD spokesman says this 25 percent increase is still low when one considers ...

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Harlem Debates 125th Street Rezoning Plan

Saturday, April 05, 2008

Supporters and opponents of a rezoning plan for 125th Street faced off at a city planning commission meeting this week. The first comprehensive plan for Harlem’s main street in more than 40 years seeks to create a regional business corridor with new condos and hotels, but also new space for ...

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Sizwe Banzi is Dead

Saturday, April 05, 2008

It's not every day that a stage play gets its creators detained….. But 30 years ago in South Africa, two black actors staged a piece of theater that challenged the rules of apartheid and asked tough questions about fundamental aspects of human identity. And now, that Tony-Award winning play Sizwei ...

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Paterson Calls Budget Negotiations Too Secretive

Saturday, April 05, 2008

Gov. David Paterson wants the legislature to work all weekend if necessary to finalize an overdue state budget. But lawmakers adjourned Friday without scheduling a time to return before Monday. Both Senate Majority Leader Joseph Bruno and Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver say members are available if they need to be ...

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Catholic School Teachers Say They'll Continue Strike

Saturday, April 05, 2008

The head of the Federation of Catholic Teachers says union members will continue to strike unless the Archdiocese drops its plan to raise health premiums. But the archdiocese says it won't back down.

Spokesman Joseph Zwilling says lay teachers will get at least a 17 percent salary increase over three years, ...

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