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Robocalls Blast Congestion Pricing

Friday, March 28, 2008

New Yorkers around the city are getting anonymous robocalls urging them to convince their City Council people to vote against the congestion pricing plan. The call says the Metropolitan Transportation Authority can't be trusted to spend the money on mass transit.

TAPE: And as for promises that the funds will only ...

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It's Maple Weekend!

Friday, March 28, 2008

With the first day of spring behind us, New Yorkers are looking ahead to sunny days filled with baseball games, picnics in Central Park and hot dogs at Coney Island.

But don't lose those images of wood-burning fires and flannel blankets just yet. New York is currently in the peak of ...

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Lawmakers Agree to State Budget Framework

Friday, March 28, 2008

Lawmakers continue to work out the details of a budget, the framework of which was agreed to last night between Gov. David Paterson and legislative leaders.

Observers say New York could have a budget by the April 1 deadline.

The tentative, $124 billion plan includes a $1.8 billion increase in state school ...

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Garden Moves Forward With Its Own Plan

Friday, March 28, 2008

The late Sen. Daniel Patrick Moynihan wanted to create a new train station out of the James A. Farley Post Office on Eighth Avenue and 33rd Street, across the street from Penn Station and Madison Square Garden.

The plan recently mushroomed into a much larger one that involved moving the Garden ...

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Homeless Rates Still High

Friday, March 28, 2008

The city hasn't been able to make a dent in the number of poor families struggling with homelessness - that's according to an annual report by a local advocacy group.

According to the report by the Coalition for the Homeless, about 8,200 poor families stayed in a city shelter in ...

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Traffic Fee Foes in Queens Take to the Street

Friday, March 28, 2008

"Honk if you are against congestion pricing" — that was the message on signs a few Queens politicians and business leaders held aloft for motorists at the Queensboro Bridge this morning. Organizer and City Councilman Tony Avella says the location was chosen to make a point.

AVELLA: People don't drive as ...

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Prosecutor Says Spitzer Ordered Aide to Release Records

Friday, March 28, 2008

A criminal prosecutor says former New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer ordered the dirty tricks scandal to discredit Senate Republican leader Joseph Bruno, but Albany DA David Soares is not calling for any indictment of Spitzer.

Soares says his second investigation of Troopergate finds former Spitzer aide Darren Dopp was directly ordered ...

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Cop Complaints by Tibetan Protesters Referred to Board

Friday, March 28, 2008

Police commissioner Raymond Kelly says allegations against officers during a protest for Tibetan independence have been referred to the Civilian Complaint Review Board.

In recent days, a video has surfaced on the Internet. Its narrator says the video shows police officers beating protesters, but the images and sound are unclear.

Kelly says ...

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Obama On Congestion Pricing

Thursday, March 27, 2008

In an interview with WNYC, Sen. Barack Obama commented on a number of urban issues. He says he supports efforts by the city to reduce traffic by charging congestion fees, calling Mayor Michael Bloomberg's plan thoughtful and innovative.

OBAMA: "He's got to work out the details and I think that the ...

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City Kayakers Celebrate Water Trail

Thursday, March 27, 2008

On your mark, get set, paddle.

A dozen kayakers hit the water at Valentino Park to celebrate the city's water trail — 30 sites where it's legal — and safe — to launch a canoe or kayak in the five boroughs.

Kayaker Jerry Dunne of Queens says boaters can run into obstacles ...

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SlideLuck PotShow: Where Art and Comfort Food Mix

Thursday, March 27, 2008

If the Armory Show’s high art prices aren’t quite your thing, there’s another, more humble art affair taking place this weekend – the Slideluck Potshow.

Slideshow: Slideluck Potshow

It’s an old-fashioned potluck, where participants bring a dish to share, something to drink and – ...

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In New York, Obama Outlines Foreclosure Relief Plan

Thursday, March 27, 2008

Democratic Presidential candidate Barack Obama outlined his plan to provide relief for homeowners facing foreclosure in a speech in Manhattan. WNYC's Andrea Bernstein says the Illinois Senator also called for more regulations for the nation's financial system.

For the second time in six months, Obama came to New York ...

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Bad News for City's Waistlines

Thursday, March 27, 2008

New York City residents have been closing the obesity gap with the rest of the country and not in a good way.

A new study by the Health Department found that in 2002, 19 percent of New Yorkers could be classified as obese, a couple points less than the national ...

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Harlem Land Owner Sues Columbia, City

Thursday, March 27, 2008

A private land owner is suing Columbia University and the city to prevent its 17-acre expansion plans.

Norman Siegel, is representing Tuck-It-Away Associates, which owns some of the land to be used in the project.

He says his client is concerned about a part of the development, know as the "bathtub." He ...

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Court: City Cannot Limit Liability in Ferry Crash

Thursday, March 27, 2008

An appeals court has ruled that the city cannot limit its liability in the 2003 Staten Island Ferry crash that killed 11 people. WNYC's Cindy Rodriguez has more.

The Andrew J. Barbeiri rammed into a pier after the ferry pilot, Richard Smith, passed out at the wheel.

The ...

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Homeowners Protest Bear Stearns Buyout

Thursday, March 27, 2008

Some 200 homeowners turned out to protest a government bailout that they say helps Wall Street and hurts "Main Street."

They demonstrated in the lobby of Bear Stearns' headquarters yesterday. The investment bank is being bought out by JPMorgan Chase in a government-led bailout.

The protesters are part of a group called ...

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A Critic's Take on Far West Side

Thursday, March 27, 2008

After submitting the highest bid of $1 billion, Tishman Speyer has won right to develop the massive Hudson Rail Yards property on Manhattan's Far West Side into apartments, offices and open space. The company's other holdings include Rockefeller Center and the Chrysler Building.

Joining us now to discuss the city's latest ...

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Bloomberg Introduces, but Doesn't Endorse, Obama

Thursday, March 27, 2008

Sen. Barack Obama was introduced by Mayor Michael Bloomberg at Cooper Union. The mayor did not endorse Obama. He says his support will go to the presidential candidate with specific, brave ideas.

BLOOMBERG: There will be no quick fixes to any of the problems. No easy answers. But that doesn't mean ...

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The 10th Armory Show Opens

Thursday, March 27, 2008

The 10th annual Armory Art Show kicked off yesterday in Pier 94 on Manhattan’s West Side. In just one decade, the show has transformed from a small and strictly hometown happening to a major emporium on the international art circuit. WNYC’s Ilya Marritz has the story.

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Council Backs Housing Vouchers

Thursday, March 27, 2008

The City Council has voted overwhelmingly to override Mayor Michael Bloomberg's veto of a bill that forces landlords to accept a federal housing voucher known as Section 8.

The bill's sponsor, Councilman Bill DeBlasio, says too many landlords discriminate against low-income families who receive Section 8. He says a recent analysis ...

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