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Gerald Schoenfeld, Tireless Promoter of Broadway, Dies at 84

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Broadway will dim its lights tonight at seven in memory of a giant of New York theater – Gerald Schoenfeld, a New York native and theater impresario died today. WNYC's Allison Lichter has more.

REPORTER: From "A Chorus Line" to "Ain’t Misbehavin" to this year’s ...

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MTA Text Service Alerts Commuters to Delays

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Right now, 145,000 subscribers receive messages under an earlier system.

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NY Food Pantries See Increase in Hungry

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

The number of New Yorkers seeking food at pantries and soup kitchens jumped 28 percent this year, compared to last year, according to the New York City Coalition Against Hunger. The group says this uptick was a further increase from last year's survey, which found ...

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Cuomo Applauds AIG Pay Cuts, Fed Announces an $800 Billion Debt Package

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo, the self-appointed cop of troubled insurer AIG, announced today that Edward Liddy, AIG's chief executive, is taking a pay cut. He'll make $1 a year henceforth, and other executives will have their salaries frozen. US taxpayers own a more ...

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Holiday Travel Information

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Traveling for Thanksgiving will be easier this year, at least if you're going by airplane. The Port Authority, which operates the region's three major airports, says it's expecting 4.7 percent fewer passengers this holiday weekend, compared to last year.

More police officers will be ...

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Program for Teenage Ex-Cons Lost to Tightened Budget

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

So far, Mayor Bloomberg's midyear spending cuts have produced no major layoffs and muted opposition. But those cuts have sacrificed some innovative programs. WNYC's Bob Hennelly reports.

REPORTER: The real budget ax toll has been on innovations like a two-year-old program in the corrections department. It ...

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Paterson Questions Senate Republican Plan

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Governor Paterson is questioning the plan by State Senate Republicans to offer committee chairmen more funding and power. The plan could help lure Democrats who haven't pledged support for a new Senate Majority Leader.

PATERSON: Is this reform of government where we would try to diminish ...

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AIG Eliminates Some Top Executive Bonuses

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

AIG's CEO will only get a one dollar salary this year and next and the troubled insurer's seven top executives won't get bonuses, after New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo asked for details on executive pay packages in light of the $150 billion AIG is ...

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Reduced Police Force Concerns Councilmembers

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Midyear budget cuts will leave the NYPD with just under 36,000 officers, the smallest force since the early 1990s. Police Commissioner Ray Kelly laid out his budget-cutting plans for the city council's public safety committee yesterday, and committee chair Peter Vallone Jr. was concerned that ...

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Downturn Means Fewer Free Drinks

Monday, November 24, 2008

HOST: New York is a mecca for people who like to do things for free. There are free concerts, free food, even free cocktails. In fact there’s a whole promotions industry around free events. As WNYC’s Ilya Marritz reports, the people who work in the ...

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Questions for Timothy Geithner

Monday, November 24, 2008

The next Treasury secretary was there when Bear Stearns was rescued, and Lehman Brothers drowned. What should senators ask him before they give him the keys to the Treasury?

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City Inspectors Check Scales at New York's Airports

Monday, November 24, 2008

Several airlines are charging extra for handling your luggage, and city inspectors want to make sure the scales being used are accurate. WNYC's Marc Garber has more.

REPORTER: All 810 scales at LaGuardia and JFK were checked by the city Department of Consumer Affairs. Eighty-seven percent ...

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Obama wants economic rescue approved 'right away'

Monday, November 24, 2008

CHICAGO (AP) -- With the economy in crisis, President-elect Barack Obama called on the new Congress to act quickly in passing a costly stimulus package to create jobs as a follow-up to the hundreds of billions of dollars the Bush administration has committed to rescue financial markets.

"The economy is likely ...

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Divers Plumb the Depths of City's Water System

Monday, November 24, 2008

If you didn't see yesterday's New York Times, then you missed what is now the most e-mailed article from their New York section. The story starts with a leak in the city's complex water system that's turned into a 36 million gallon-a-day gusher.

To fix this ...

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New York Falls Short in First-Ever Pro Soccer Championship Appearance

Monday, November 24, 2008

SOCCER FANS: We all hate the yellow football team, the yellow football team, the yellow football team...

REPORTER: That hated, yellow football team would be Major League Soccer's Columbus Crew, and they beat the New York Red Bulls in the championship game yesterday, leaving these fans ...

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NYC Comptroller Proposes Fee Increases for Vehicle Registrations

Monday, November 24, 2008

City Comptroller Bill Thompson has a plan for plugging the MTA's budget hole: make car and truck owners pay hundreds of dollars more in vehicle registration fees. WNYC's Arun Venugopal has more.

REPORTER: Comptroller Thompson's payment structure is based on weight: if you own a tiny ...

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Opening Arguments Begin in Trial of Actor

Monday, November 24, 2008

Today a Bronx jury will begin hearing the case of Lillo Brancato. The actor, who made his name in "A Bronx Tale" and on the Sopranos, is accused of felony murder in the death of New York City policeman Daniel Enchautegui.

Enchautegui was off duty when ...

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Comptroller Thompson Seeks New Registration Fees to Help MTA

Sunday, November 23, 2008

In an effort to alleviate the city transit system's fiscal problems, city comptroller William Thompson says car and truck owners should pay additional registration fees, based on how much their vehicle weighs. He says the plan would generate more than a billion dollars in annual ...

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Schumer Says Obama Will Have Stimulus Package on Day 1

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Senator Charles Schumer says Congress will have an economic stimulus package ready in time for President-elect Obama's inauguration.

REPORTER: Appearing on ABC’s This Week, the New York Democrat, who chairs the joint economic committee, said the stimulus needs to be big, considering what’s happening with unemployment, ...

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Firefighter Killed in Staten Island Blaze

Sunday, November 23, 2008

The FDNY is mourning a veteran firefighter who was killed in a blaze at a Staten Island house early Sunday morning after a ceiling collapsed and knocked his mask off.

REPORTER: Lt. Robert Ryan, jr. was unconscious when colleagues found him and pulled him from the ...

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