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Southern New Jersey May See Another Power Plant

Monday, April 21, 2008

Governor Jon Corzine unveiled a lengthy new energy plan for New Jersey that seeks to balance environmental and economic concerns. WNYC's Ilya Marritz has more.

REPORTER: The 15-year forecast calls for more investment in renewables, new gas pipelines to Long Island, and, controversially, giving consideration to a new nuclear plant.

Corzine's plan ...

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Restaurants Seek Injunction Against Calorie Posting Rule

Monday, April 21, 2008

A restaurant trade group is once again seeking a temporary injunction to stop the city's new calorie posting rule from going into effect.

The New York State Restaurant Association is seeking a stay from a federal appellate court. Last week, a lower court judge declined the request for a stay and ...

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Developer to Turn Bronx Landmark to Commercial Complex

Monday, April 21, 2008

Soldiers heading off to World War I passed through the Kingsbridge Armory in the north Bronx. Now, it's slated to hold stores, restaurants, a multiplex and a seasonal farmers’ market.

The city's Economic Development Corporation announced a deal with the Manhattan-based "Related Companies," one of the city's largest real estate developers.

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Satyagraha in Action

Monday, April 21, 2008

"Can an opera make us warriors for peace?" That’s a question you may have noticed on posters around town. It’s part of the advertising campaign for the Met’s current production of "Satyagraha," an opera by Philip Glass. Now if you’re unsure how to answer that question, you might want to ...

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311 To Include Social Service Information

Monday, April 21, 2008

A new public service campaign says New Yorkers looking for social services can now just "3-1-1 it."

That's because the city's customer service line is being expanded to offer information on agencies and nonprofits that provide health and human services. Jennifer Jones Austin is with the United Way, which helped with ...

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Gov Paterson Orders a Hiring Freeze

Monday, April 21, 2008

New York's Governor, David Paterson, has ordered a halt to all but essential hires.

In a sternly worded directive to state agencies, the governor says if his cost savings targets aren't met, he will impose a hard hiring freeze. He also says he's willing to withhold budgeted funds if an agency ...

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Bronx Little League Team Hopes to Compete

Sunday, April 20, 2008

Little league games are starting this month. Teams in the Fordham-Bedford league in the Bronx are having their opening day next Saturday. One team that hopes to play this year doesn't know if it can take part, because its coach is still struggling to fill out its roster. WNYC's Matthew ...

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Pope Visits Ground Zero

Sunday, April 20, 2008

Pope Benedict XVI visited the World Trade Center site Sunday, offering prayers for those killed on 9/11, and for rescue and cleanup workers who have become ill since the attacks. The pontiff invited 24 people with ties to ground zero to join him, including survivors, victims' relatives and first responders. ...

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Papal Paraphernalia a Tricky Business

Sunday, April 20, 2008

During his visit to New York, Pope Benedict has been greeted by cheering crowds. Another sound associated with papal visits is that of ringing cash registers, as the faithful and tourists shell out for pope paraphernalia. Studies of papal visits past suggest that when a pope comes to town, the ...

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City's Calorie Posting Rule Takes Effect Monday

Sunday, April 20, 2008

The city's calorie-posting rule is slated to take effect Monday. A federal judge last week rejected a challenge by a state restaurant trade group, and also refused to impose a temporary restraining order while an appeal is filed.

But the judge did delay the city's ability to impose fines for violating ...

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Mayor Bloomberg Welcomes Pope at St. Patrick's

Saturday, April 19, 2008

As crowds lined 5th Avenue awaiting the arrival of Pope Benedict XVI, Mayor Bloomberg welcomed some 3,000 people who came to hear the pontiff say mass at Saint Patrick's Cathedral.

REPORTER: Bloomberg said the pope couldn't have picked a better time to come to the city.

BLOOMBERG: A beautiful Spring weekend, the ...

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Street Closures Continue During Pope's Visit

Saturday, April 19, 2008

The pontiff will be traveling up 5th Avenue from St. Patrick's Cathedral to 72nd street in the "Popemobile." Most of the area will be shut down as people line Benedict's travel route. Traffic will not be allowed between 6th and Park Ave from 47th to 59th Streets until 3pm. But ...

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Isaiah Thomas Fired After Two Losing Seasons

Saturday, April 19, 2008

New York Knicks officials say they want a new coach in place in time for the NBA draft in late June.

REPORTER: The team fired coach Isiah Thomas yesterday. The Knicks finished their 23-59 season Wednesday, matching the franchise record for losses. But it wasn't just this year's record that cost ...

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Crane Collapse Building Did Not Meet Zoning Rules

Friday, April 18, 2008

The city should never have approved the building where the crane collapsed last month because it didn't meet zoning regulations.

That's what the head of the city's Buildings Department, Patricia Lancaster told a City Council committee yesterday. The disclosure came during questioning by Councilmember Jessica Lappin who represents Manhattan's east side:

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Niblack Named Council Finance Director

Friday, April 18, 2008

City Council Speaker Christine Quinn has appointed Preston Niblack as finance director for the New York City Council, effective May 5. He comes to the Council from the city's Independent Budget Office, where he has served as Deputy Director for the past eight years. He's also worked at the Washington ...

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Council Questions How Slush Funds Slipped by Comptroller

Friday, April 18, 2008

City Council members are asking why the City's fiscal watchdog, Comptroller Bill Thompson, failed to detect the use of phony non-profits by council leadership to hide millions of dollars. WNYC's Bob Hennelly has this report.

REPORTER: At face value it would be like finding a needle in a haystack. Since 2001, ...

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Corzine Eyes New Nuclear Energy Plant

Friday, April 18, 2008

Governor Corzine continues his efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in New Jersey. But his latest proposal to help reach that goal is sparking much debate.

Corzine's office has released a proposal that calls for a review of the siting, permitting, financing, and waste disposal issues involved with bringing a new ...

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Dominican Immigrants in Pennsylvania, By Way of New York

Friday, April 18, 2008

Some of the Pennsylvanians attending political rallies or meet-and-greets before Tuesday's primary are New Yorkers. They're not volunteers from the city, there to twist arms; they're recent transplants from the Dominican Republic to New York to Reading, Pennsylvania - two hours inland. WNYC's Marianne McCune visited Reading to talk to ...

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Congestion Pricing Not Dead, City Says

Friday, April 18, 2008

Congestion pricing may not be dead yet.

City Transportation Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan spoke at a conference sponsored by the non-profit Regional Plan Association, says the proposals defeated two weeks ago was not the last word.

SADIK-KHAN: I really don't think that we should be in the business right now of eulogizing congestion ...

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Seattle Police Lures NYPD Recruits

Friday, April 18, 2008

The Seattle Police Department's aggressive efforts to draw officers and recruits from New York is off to a very impressive start. The Seattle PD paid for a large billboard on the West Side Highway, and spokesman Mark Jamison said all 700-plus seats at an entrance exam this Saturday at NYU ...

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