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Less Money for Abuse Prevention Programs

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Over the past two years, the Administration for Children's Services has increased child abuse prevention programs to serve an extra 1,000 families.

But, money for the additional monitoring isn't included in the upcoming budget.

At a City Council hearing yesterday, ACS Commissioner John Mattingly said his agency ...

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New Yorkers Donate to Quake Relief

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

New Yorkers - especially Chinese-Americans - are answering the call for donations to victims of this week's devastating earthquake in China.

Queens resident James Lee stopped by the offices of the Chinese Consolidated Benevolent Association yesterday to donate $100.

Lee says he doesn't know anyone personally ...

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Council Expected to Overturn Bloomberg's E-Waste Veto

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

The City Council is expected to override Mayor Bloomberg's veto of a bill that mandated manufacturers meet electronic waste recycling standards.

Mayor Bloomberg contends the bill will not withstand legal challenges and will hurt City businesses.

Recently the Bloomberg Administration and the Council reached an agreement on ...

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Pro-Tenant Bills Approved by Assembly

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

New York's Assembly has passed a package of pro-tenant bills aimed at keeping more apartments rent stabilized.

New York's Assembly has passed a package of pro-tenant bills aimed at keeping more apartments rent stabilized.

Right now, landlords may deregulate their units once rents reach $2,000 a ...

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Lawmakers React to Mayor's Own Council Fund

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

The Bloomberg Administration revealed it has turned millions over to dozens of non-profits on behalf of favored Council Members. The disclosure comes as the City Council faces a criminal probe into how it doles out money to non-profits.

Brooklyn Councilman Bill DeBlasio says he welcomes the ...

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Prostitution "Booker" Pleads Guilty

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

One of four people charged with running the prostitution ring used by former governor Eliot Spitzer, has plead guilty in federal court.

WNYC's Arun Venugopal has more.

Thirty-two year old Temeka Lewis was responsible for booking clients for the Emperor's Club VIP. Today she stood in federal ...

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New Playground Opens in The Bronx, Part of Mayor's Initiative

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

City officials had a ribbon-cutting ceremony for a new playground at the Bronx's P.S. 138. It's part of Mayor Michael Bloomberg's goal to ensure that all New Yorkers live within a ten-minute walk to a park or a playground.

The city plans to invest $111 million ...

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MTA Restarts Negotiation Process With Bidders

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Now that the Metropolitan Transportation Authority's billion-dollar deal with Tishman Speyer has collapsed, the agency is negotiating with the other original bidders to find another buyer for the West Side rail yards.

But, as WNYC's Matthew Schuerman reports, the options aren't great.

Of the five original ...

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Complaints About Police Aired at Forum

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Those outraged by the not-guilty verdicts in the Sean Bell police shooting case got a chance to speak up yesterday at a public forum on community-police relations hosted by U.S. Rep. John Conyers.

Conyers, the Chair of the House Judiciary Committee, called for justice and ...

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Artist Robert Rauschenberg Dies

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Robert Rauschenberg the artist whose use of everyday materials --- made him pioneer in pop art died yesterday at age 82.

His talents spanned the worlds of painting, sculpture and dance. He was known for his three-dimensional paintings which blurred art and objects from modern life.

Born ...

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Chance to Play Water Pipes, Metal Beams Downtown

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Ex-Talking Heads front man David Byrne plans to turn a landmark building in lower Manhattan into a giant musical instrument.

Byrne is retrofitting an antique organ so that it "plays" the building's metal beams, electrical conduits and water pipes.

Byrne says visitors will get a chance ...

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Hudson Rail Yards Deal Dead

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Two days of negotiations failed to salvage the $1 billion deal to develop the Metropolitan Transportation Authority's Hudson Rail Yards on the Far West Side. Developer Tishman Speyer says it's withdrawing, saying the two parties could not reach an agreement that satisfied both.

The Metropolitan Transportation ...

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Mayor: West Side Remains Top Priority

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Mayor Michael Bloomberg says the city's top priority is still the development of the West Side rail yards.

He's dismissed suggestions by Sen. Charles Schumer that the city should let the Port Authority take the lead in developing the Moynihan Station.

The mayor added that the ...

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N.J. Official Warns of Tough Budget Decisions Ahead

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

In New Jersey, tax revenues for 2007 came in higher than expected this spring, but State Treasurer David Rousseau is warning lawmakers not to get too optimistic as they negotiate a budget.

WNYC's Bob Hennelly has more.

Call it the echo effect from a healthier economy. A ...

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Nominees for Tony Awards Announced

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

NEW YORK (AP) - ``In the Heights,'' a lively snapshot of Latino life in Upper Manhattan, received 13 Tony Award nominations Tuesday, more than any other show. A lush, lavish revival of Rodgers and Hammerstein's ``South Pacific'' took 11 nominations, followed by ``Sunday in the ...

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Knicks Introduce New Coach D'Antoni

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

The New York Knicks introduced Mike D'Antoni as their new coach today, hoping his high-scoring brand of basketball will turn around a team with seven straight losing seasons.

D'Antoni brings his preference for a running, offensive style to a team that seems ill-suited to run it, ...

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Attempts to Revive West Side Development Deal Fail

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

The deal to develop the West Side rail yards really is dead. Tishman Speyer has just announced that it is withdrawing from the $1 billion agreement that it tentatively reached in March.

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority, which owns the 26-acre parcel in far west midtown, said ...

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Last Day to Register for N.J. June Election

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Today's the last day to register to vote in next month's New Jersey primaries.

WNYC's Bob Hennelly has more on this year's surprisingly competitive contests.

No, there won't be any presidential preferences to sort through this time. But, voters will have to pick and choose from ...

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A Golden Age for Women on Broadway

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

The Tony Nominations were announced today. Leading the pack were the musicals In the Heights with 13 nominations and Passing Strange with 7 nods. In addition to Broadway's efforts to reach younger, more diverse audiences, Elisabeth Vincentelli also argues that this is a golden age ...

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Costly Delays at Ground Zero

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

The city and state may have to cough up $321 million to Goldman Sachs because of delays in rebuilding at the World Trade Center site.

WNYC's Arun Venugopal has more.

The hefty fines would include free rent - 64 years of it - as well as other ...

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