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Auto Show Opens at Javits Center

Friday, March 21, 2008

A thousand shiny new cars are filling up the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center for the 108th annual New York City International Auto show.

That's surprising to some who look at the price of gas, the possibility of congestion pricing and the state of the economy - and wonder how anyone ...

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Corzine Calls for Federal Action to Help Homeowners

Friday, March 21, 2008

Gov. Jon Corzine says Washington must respond to distressed homeowners as proactively as it did to failed investment bank Bear Sterns.

CORZINE: I think they should be much more aggressive with trying to get into workout situations with mortgages for people who are either threatened with foreclosure or in it.

REPORTER: Corzine ...

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Weakening Economy may Delay Atlantic Yards Project

Friday, March 21, 2008

Ever since it got approved at the end of 2006, Forest City Ratner has said it is sticking to its schedule for completing the Atlantic Yards project in Brooklyn within 10 years.

Now the developer acknowledges that the shaky economy may delay construction after all. WNYC's Matthew Schuerman has more.

Forest City ...

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M.T.A. Begs Albany for more Transit Funds

Friday, March 21, 2008

The federal government gave out more than $4.5 billion after September 11 to invest in downtown transportation improvements. Now that these projects are being built, state agencies are finding that the money was not nearly enough to pay for them all. WNYC's Matthew Schuerman reports.

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority is begging ...

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Inspector Arrested in Crane Collapse

Friday, March 21, 2008

The arrest of a building inspector who allegedly falsified an inspection of the crane that fell last weekend has led to questions about the Department of Buildings procedures. WNYC's Cindy Rodriguez has been covering this story all week, and joined Soterios Johnson to discuss in more detail.

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"Man in Black" Testifies at Bell Trial

Thursday, March 20, 2008

He's been variously referred to as "The Man in Black" or "The SUV Guy," and yesterday, he finally took the stand in the Sean Bell trial.

WNYC's Arun Venugopal has more on the prosecution's latest witness, and his often questionable testimony.

The defense sees Fabio Coicou as the shady character who ...

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Klein Takes Heat from Council on School Cuts

Thursday, March 20, 2008

A day after thousands rallied outside of City Hall to protest the $729 million in school budget cuts; Schools Chancellor Joel Klein faced the City Council. WNYC's Elaine Rivera reports:

At the education committee hearing, upset council members peppered Klein with an onslaught of questions from why to what will be ...

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DAs Suffer From Lack of Funding

Thursday, March 20, 2008

The city's district attorneys warned the Council that the mayor's budget cuts would actually cost the city millions in police overtime and increase the chances a violent suspect might be released.

WNYC's Bob Hennelly has more.

The DA's contend they never recovered from cuts made in the aftermath of 9/11, meanwhile arrests ...

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Economic Slowdown Hits Port Commerce

Thursday, March 20, 2008

The latest trade figures from the Port Authority indicate there has been regional fallout from the national economic slowdown. WNYC's Bob Hennelly has more.

Gov. Jon Corzine says the first half of 2OO7 the Port Authority was on track to clear an impressive 7 percent increase in volume but that a ...

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JPMorgan's Downtown Deal Still Unclear

Thursday, March 20, 2008

The Port Authority has suggested that JPMorgan is still interested in building something at Ground Zero.

But Mayor Michael Bloomberg, asked at a press conference yesterday if he was sure the firm would hold onto the lower Manhattan property, he wasn't convinced.

BLOOMBERG: No, I don't think they know or ...

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Bloomberg Stumps for Traffic Fee

Thursday, March 20, 2008

Mayor Michael Bloomberg is out stumping for his congestion pricing plan again today.

Speaking in Throgs Neck, he touted the new BXM-19 bus route; one of three that he says would whisk riders from the Bronx to Manhattan. The mayor says he needs state and city approval of congestion pricing to ...

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Changed Deadline for Congestion Pricing

Thursday, March 20, 2008

Mayor Michael Bloomberg is still acting as if March 31 is the deadline for a congestion pricing plan to pass in Albany, though a wrinkle in the way the state and federal government set the deadlines may actually give him an extra week.

Yesterday, the mayor's office released a draft ...

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Buildings Inspector Arrested for Falsifying Records

Thursday, March 20, 2008

An investigation into last weekend’s crane collapse has let to the arrest of an inspector with the Buildings Department. WNYC's Cindy Rodriguez has more from Midtown.

Edward Marquette has been charged with falsifying records according to the Department of Investigations. He lied about inspecting the crane on March 4 after a ...

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Thousands Protest School Cuts

Thursday, March 20, 2008

Thousands of parents, educators and students gathered at City Hall yesterday to protest the current and proposed $729 million in school budget cuts. They, along with council members say they're going to fight it.

WNYC's Elaine Rivera reports.

The protesters rallied in a steady rain, as they clogged several blocks around City ...

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City Agencies Air Budget Woes

Thursday, March 20, 2008

CROWD SOUND

Thousands of parents, students and educators gathered outside City Hall yesterday to protest $350 million in cuts to education. Inside, Gov. David Paterson and Mayor Michael Bloomberg spoke to the press. Paterson gave a sobering assessment of the impact a sliding economy is having on state and city budget ...

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Buyout Means Bad News for City Budget

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Despite years of trying to diversify the city economy, Wall Street still accounts for 25 percent of the city's tax revenue.

Ronnie Lowenstein, with the city's Independent Budget Office, says IBO had expected a slow down.

LOWENSTEIN: What we didn't see a few weeks ago is the extent to which the problems ...

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Webster Hall Granted Landmark Status

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Now, it's more than just a place to dance. Webster Hall became a landmark yesterday.

The Landmarks Preservation Commission has added the Queen Anne-style brick and brownstone building to its roster.

Melissa Baldock, of the Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation, says Webster Hall's history and architectural details are worth ...

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Lower Manhattan Suffers from Buyout

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Downtown boosters scored a huge point last summer when JPMorgan Chase committed to building a new investment banking headquarters at Ground Zero.

For years, lower Manhattan had been losing financial companies to Midtown, first because of the better transportation that Grand Central Terminal provided. Then, because of the shock of September ...

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Spirit of Uganda

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Last night, the music and dance spectacle "Spirit of Uganda" began performances at the Joyce Theater. The show’s dancers and musicians are all children from Uganda, many of them orphans, between the ages of 8 and 22.

Betty Nakato has been performing with the group since 1997, when both her parents ...

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Paterson Admits to Affairs

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Less than 24 hours after taking office, Gov. David Paterson acknowledged that he had several extramarital affairs - including one with a state employee.

But, Paterson emphasized that he did nothing to violate any aspect of public office.

PATERSON: I didn't break the law. I didn't violate an oath. I didn't use ...

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