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Primary is Key Battle in New York State

Monday, September 08, 2008

New Yorkers head to the polls tomorrow to select their parties' candidates for Congressional, State Assembly, and State Senate positions. In heavily Democratic New York, the primary is often where the key battle is, and not in November.

REPORTER: One race of interest is the re-election ...

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Double-Decker Buses Are Back

Monday, September 08, 2008

Fifty years after double-decker commuter buses disappeared from the streets of Manhattan, a new model will start picking up passengers in Staten Island later this week. New York City Transit president Howard Roberts says the pilot run will give officials a chance to weight their ...

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Koppell Seeks Change of Term Limit Law

Saturday, September 06, 2008

For weeks, there's been speculation about whether city lawmakers will repeal voter-approved term limits. Now, as WNYC's Bob Hennelly reports, one councilman is willing to handle the political hot potato.

REPORTER: Bronx Councilman Oliver Koppell, a former state Attorney General, says term limits are undemocratic. He ...

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Sanitation Crews Ready for Hanna

Saturday, September 06, 2008

Sanitation workers and other crews around the region are on duty today in anticipation of wind and rain from Tropical Storm Hanna.

REPORTER: New York City Office of Emergency Management Chief Joseph Bruno says he ramped up staff to deal with any floods, fallen trees or ...

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Gotbaum Wants Answers on Special Ed Placements

Saturday, September 06, 2008

City Public Advocate Betsy Gotbaum wants to know why hundreds of Bronx parents were unable to enroll their children in Special Ed classes this week.

REPORTER: Gotbaum joined a crowd of frustrated parents Friday, as they waited in a long line at the Fordham Plaza School ...

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Corzine Signs Highlands Master Plan

Saturday, September 06, 2008

New Jersey Governor Corzine has signed off on a plan to help protect the northwest portion of the state, which supplies many residents with drinking water. WNYC's Bob Hennelly has more.

REPORTER: The Highlands Master Plan covers 88 towns in seven counties, including portions of Bergen, ...

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Local Republicans Cheer on McCain

Friday, September 05, 2008

As John McCain accepted the GOP presidential nomination last night, more than 150 New Yorkers gathered to listen at the Metropolitan Republican Club on the Upper East Side.

There were lots of McCain signs, and one booster wore a T-shirt that read, "Thank you President Bush." ...

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Prosecutors Expected to Drop Charges Against Critical Mass Biker

Friday, September 05, 2008

Prosecutors are expected to drop charges today against a cyclist who was pushed off his bike by a police officer during a Critical Mass bike ride in July.

Christopher Long was charged with attempted assault, resisting arrest and disorderly conduct. The arresting officer said Long had ...

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State Bolsters Flu Shot Availability

Friday, September 05, 2008

Flu season is just around the corner, and in an effort to combat New York State's low vaccination rates, Gov. Paterson has signed legislation allowing pharmacists to administer flu shots.

Assistant Health Commissioner, Doctor Jane Zucker, says the measure increases the chance people will get them.

ZUCKER: ...

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Councilman Koppell Promises Term Limits Bill

Friday, September 05, 2008

Bronx City Councilman Oliver Koppell says if Council Speaker Christine Quinn doesn't move on term limits, he'll to introduce a bill to change them.

Koppell says the current two term limit "robs the public of a choice," and he wants the city's elected officials to be ...

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Councilman Drafts Bill to Extend Term Limits

Friday, September 05, 2008

After weeks of hypothetical discussions about repealing term limits, a New York City lawmaker is getting the ball rolling. Bronx councilman Oliver Koppell has asked lawyers to draft a bill that would extend the current two terms to three. He says, as it stands, the ...

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New Legal Clinic Helps Homeowners Fighting Foreclosure

Friday, September 05, 2008

A new legal clinic is claiming great success in helping homeowners fight off foreclosure of their homes.

REPORTER: In the case of US Bank v. Deborah Singleton, Deborah Singleton is defending herself.

SINGLETON: I can represent myself, I don't have to pay thousands of dollars to a ...

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Construction Worker Falls to His Death

Friday, September 05, 2008

A construction worker was killed Thursday after falling 40 stories from a skyscraper on Manhattan's far west side. Anthony Esposito was part of a crew dismantling a tower crane. Mayor Michael Bloomberg says the worker lost his footing after the platform he was on tilted:

BLOOMBERG: ...

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State Republicans Say McCain Can Win New York

Friday, September 05, 2008

Local Republicans say they’re going to bring the energy home from the Twin Cities to their very Democratic state and persuade New Yorkers to vote for John McCain.

REPORTER: They believe McCain has broad, non-partisan appeal to Democrats even after a week of being portrayed as ...

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New Jersey Imam Avoids Deportation

Friday, September 05, 2008

Supporters of an influential New Jersey Muslim leader are cheering a ruling from a federal judge that allows the imam to stay in the US. Mohammad Qatanani, who heads the Islamic Center of Passaic County, not only won his fight against deportation, but was also ...

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The End of Astroland?

Friday, September 05, 2008

Astroland, Coney Island's nearly half-century-old amusement park looks as if it's closing for good this weekend. The owner says she can't renew her lease to the developer to whom she sold the land.

REPORTER: If it seems like you've heard this before, you have. Astroland owner ...

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City Launches 9/11 Health Campaign

Friday, September 05, 2008

Seven years after the 9/11 attacks, the city is launching a new effort to reach more people who may be sick from toxic debris. City officials say there could be tens of thousands of people who need to be treated for effects ranging from respiratory ...

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New Yorkers Merging With New Pedestrian Plaza

Friday, September 05, 2008

Office workers, laborers and students are getting used to eating their lunch in the middle of the intersection of 23rd Street and Broadway.

They are all part of a pedestrian plaza that the city's transportation department created by taking traffic lanes out of service and narrowing ...

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Neighbors Weigh In on Columbia Expansion

Friday, September 05, 2008

Supporters and opponents of Columbia University's planned expansion into Manhattanville presented their case at a public hearing this week.

Nick Sprayregen owns Tuck-it-away Storage, one of the two holdout businesses in the area. He says the process to determine whether the area is blighted has been ...

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Rent Closes after 12 Years on Broadway

Friday, September 05, 2008

The musical RENT is officially ending its 12-year run on Broadway this Sunday. The show’s rock-inspired music and and controversial themes earned it four Tonys and a Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 1996, and scores of rabid fans. It became a legend when its 32-year-old ...

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