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Bloomberg Testifies to Congress About 9/11 Health

Thursday, July 31, 2008

Mayor Michael Bloomberg testified before Congress today in support of a bill that would create a program to treat workers and residents with long-term health problems caused by the 9/11 attacks. He noted that caring for those injured should be a national responsibility.

BLOOMBERG: Passing this ...

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Two Wheels or Not, New Yorkers Enjoy New Bike Lane

Thursday, July 31, 2008

The new bike lane on part of Manhattan's Ninth Avenue is being used by more than just bike riders. WNYC's newsroom checked in on one of the city's pilot projects to make the streets more bike friendly.

In Chelsea, mothers pushing strollers, skateboarders, and even a ...

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Report Recommends Vocational Schools Overhaul

Thursday, July 31, 2008

The Bloomberg administration has released a report that recommends a major overhaul of the city's 21 vocational schools. It says technical schools haven't been meeting industry demands for highly skilled employees, and have been seen as a dead end by students.

The report's recommendations include: integrating ...

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Economic Cabinet to Hold Town Hall Meeting

Thursday, July 31, 2008

Heads of 20 top state agencies will hold a town hall meeting in Queens this evening to get input from the public on how the sagging economy is affecting their lives.

The officials, part of state's Economic Security Cabinet, will hear from families, advocates, employers and ...

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Film, Food and Fun Celebrate Queens at Socrates Park

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Maybe a movie from southeast Asia about a mutant lizard sounds like it's been done before, but the 2006 film The Host, by director Bong Joon-ho, is one of the most popular films ever in South Korea. It will make an outdoor splash on the ...

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Paterson Calls for Emergency Legislative Session

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

The buck stops here. That's Governor Paterson's message to New Yorkers concerning the state's fiscal crisis.

Paterson's July 29 Budget Speech

Paterson's July 30 Budget Update

PATERSON: It is time for New York and other governments to cut up our ...

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State Legislature May Revisit "Millionaire Tax"

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

In his address to the state last night and in a press conference today, Gov. David Paterson said New York State's economic outlook has deteriorated badly over the past several months.

REPORTER: He's asked lawmakers to reconvene next month and reopen this year's budget so they ...

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'Cashless Tolling' Study Planned for Port Authority and MTA Bridges and Tunnels

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority is thinking about getting rid of toll plazas at its East and Harlem River crossings.

The agency is asking for bids from firms that would study how to replace the plazas with overhead structures that would read EZ Passes. For those cars ...

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Grant for Businesses Displaced in 125th St. Rezoning

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Help is available for Mom and Pop businesses displaced by the contentious rezoning of 125th Street.

REPORTER: The Upper Manhattan Empowerment Zone today announced a $750,000 fund to aid small businesses. Hope Knight, CEO of the Empowerment Zone explained why the loans are being offered.

KNIGHT: Essentially ...

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Luggage Glitch Delays Flights at JFK

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Flights have been delayed and luggage piling up at ticket counters at JFK's Terminal 8 today, after a computer software glitch crippled the baggage handling system.

A spokesman for American Airlines, which uses the terminal, said about 20 flights were delayed by 60 to 90 minutes. ...

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Paterson Warns of Tough Fiscal Choices Ahead

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Gov. David Paterson says the state’s deficit for the 2009-2010 fiscal year has so far increased more than $1 billion - to $6.4 billion - and hard choices including looking at the size of the state work force and spending will be required to offset ...

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Metrocard Machines Fixed, Transit Agency Says

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

NYC Transit says it has fixed a problem with its Metrocard vending machines that prevented thousands of riders from using their credit and debit cards over the past two days.

Officials say the machines were not communicating properly with the central processing system. If passengers were ...

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Fiscal Challenges Ahead for New York

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Governor Paterson will address New Yorkers directly this evening about the state’s finances. Whatever he says, the news probably won’t be good. We’re looking at a $5 billion deficit next year - and swiftly declining tax revenues - as Wall Street reels from the housing ...

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Bloomberg to Albany: Get Off Our Backs

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Mayor Michael Bloomberg has some words for Albany, as Gov. David Paterson prepares to speak about the economic downturn.

The mayor says state lawmakers can't solve their problems on the backs of New York City taxpayers.

BLOOMBERG: They have been spreading the goodies around the ...

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Former Newark Mayor Gets 27 Months in Prison

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Former Newark Mayor Sharpe James was sentenced to 27 months in federal prison on Tuesday - far less than the 20 years prosecutors sought - for his role in the cut-rate sales of city land to his former mistress.

Federal Judge William Martini also ordered James ...

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Mayor Outlines Reforms for Municipal Construction Projects

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Mayor Michael Bloomberg says he has a five-step plan to reduce the cost of the city's capital projects. It's a way, he says, of making sure the city continues to invest in infrastructure, even during this economic slump.

BLOOMBERG: We are not going to walk away ...

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NYPD Probes Cyclist Shoving Incident

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

The NYPD and the Manhattan district attorney are investigating the circumstances surrounding an NYPD officer knocking a cyclist to the ground last Friday in Times Square.

The incident, part of a Critical Mass bike ride, was captured on video and surfaced on the Internet.

Kelly said after ...

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Economic Downturn May Jeopardize City's Pension and Retirement

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Mayor Michael Bloomberg has long warned of dire consequences if the city did not get a handle on its pension and retirement health care costs. As WNYC's Bob Hennelly reports, a rapidly deteriorating economy will make it even harder to cover those costs.

REPORTER: In good ...

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Questions Raised Over Financing Deals of New Yankees Stadium

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

The Yankees broke ground on their new stadium a year ago, but its financing details are still coming out. Yesterday, a state legislator criticized part of the agreement that gives city economic development officials a free luxury suite. WNYC's Matthew Schuerman has more.

REPORTER: The new ...

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Guns into Guitars

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Yesterday, we brought you a story about the strained political discourse among Colombian immigrants from the left and right.

Colombians Debate Politics With Difficulty

This morning, we talk with a young man who manages to denounce violence in Colombia without getting caught up ...

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