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Getting Ready for Election Day

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Absentee voters are showing up at their borough board of elections office in record numbers. At the Brooklyn office this morning, Jonathan Snyder gave up after being told the wait could be an hour.

SNYDER: A bit annoyed. I'm pretty confident my candidate is going to ...

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NY Gov: Tax Hikes Unlikely This Year

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Governor Paterson says a deepening recession means that he and the state legislature have to find another $2 billion in cuts for the current budget year, and another $45 billion in cuts through 2012. WNYC's Bob Hennelly has more.

REPORTER: Governor Paterson says the global crisis ...

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From Soccer Pitch to Silver Screen

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

French athlete Zinedine Zidane is a star on the soccer field... and now on the big screen. "Zidane" the film is running this week only at BAM and at Anthology Film Archives.

WNYC's Siddhartha Mitter has these observations on the way soccer becomes a work of ...

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NY Economy Will Worsen Before It Gets Better: Business Experts

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Business leaders and economists are warning state Assembly members that New York's economy won't hit bottom until next year as housing prices fall and the financial sector sheds jobs. Kathryn Wylde is president of the pro-business Partnership for New York City. She says the city's ...

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Section 8 Status Keeps Thousands of Public Housing Apartments Accessible

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

The New York City Housing Authority has begun to rent out 8,400 public housing apartments to tenants with Section 8 housing vouchers.

The move to Section 8 status means federal funds will cover the cost of the apartments, which have been unfunded for years, but critics ...

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NYC Mayor Endorses NJ House Candidate

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Mayor Bloomberg has made it clear he intends to stay out of the endorsement game when it comes to the presidential election. But in some tough local races the mayor is jumping into the fray.

Yesterday he endorsed Dennis Shulman, the blind psychologist and rabbi from ...

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Financial 411

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

It was a roller coaster session on Wall Street today, as the fed tried another move to stimulate the economy, cutting a key interest rate by half a percentage point to one percent, its lowest level in 50 years. The Dow closed down 74 points ...

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Brooklyn Mother Denies Killing Child

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

A Brooklyn mother accused of killing her 11-year-old daughter was arraigned inside a Brooklyn court room yesterday. Florencia Vasquez is facing second degree murder, manslaughter and criminally negligent homicide charges. WNYC's Cindy Rodriguez has more.

REPORTER: Prosecutors say the mother had been beating her daughter, Alejandra ...

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Paterson Asks DC to Bail Out New York

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Governor Paterson is in Washington, DC, today, asking Congress to help bail out New York.

Speaking before the House Ways and Means Committee at a hearing on a second economic stimulus package, Paterson asked for federal block grants, similar to those given after the 9/11 terrorist ...

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MTA Warned Not to Balance Budget on Backs of Riders

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

With two days to go before Halloween, transit advocates handed out treats to board members of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, as they warned the agency against committing budget-balancing "tricks" on commuters.

REPORTER: Gene Russianoff, with the Straphangers Campaign, handed out fortune cookies, with "fortunes" like, "In ...

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Political Pumpkins Popping Up

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Reporter: When you want to display your enthusiastic support for a candidate, you can pin a button to your coat; slap a bumper sticker on your car; tape a sign to your window. Or you can do what these two women are doing: carve a ...

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Councilmembers File New Suit to Block Term Limits Extension

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

City Council members who opposed a term limit extension have filed a new lawsuit. It cites conflict of interest laws to challenge last week's vote in the council.

REPORTER: The attorney for the new suit, Randy Mastro, says the City Charter prohibits elected officials from voting ...

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Long Island Roads Deadliest for Pedestrians

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Suburban pedestrians beware. A new report has identifies the most dangerous roads to cross and the infamous Queens Boulevard does not top the list. Long Island's Hempstead Turnpike had three times as many pedestrian fatalities as Queens Boulevard between 2005 and 2007.

Next on the list ...

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Balance of Power Could Shift in NYS Senate

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

New York Republicans are holding on to their last statewide power-base by a thread. They control the State Senate, 31 seats to 29. If two move from the red column to the blue, the 40-year-old GOP majority will come to an end. Both sides are ...

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NJ Election Officials Tackle Absentee Voting

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Today is the last day for New Jersey residents to apply by mail to get an absentee ballot for next month's election. As WNYC's Bob Hennelly reports, election officials are already swamped by absentee ballots.

REPORTER: This is the first Presidential election in which New Jerseyans ...

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Brooklyn Mom Accused of Beating 11-year-old to Death

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Prosecutors say a Brooklyn woman will be arraigned today on charges of murder, manslaughter and criminally negligent homicide in the death of her 11-year-old daughter.

Thirty-six-year-old Florencia Vasquez reportedly confessed to beating her daughter, Alejandra Vasquez, with a broom, and police say she left the girl ...

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NYS Comptroller: Physicians Inflate Insurance Costs

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

State authorities are going after health care providers for over-billing the New York State Health Insurance Program. State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli says audits uncovered widespread abuses. He says $14 million in reimbursements were linked to inflated claims.

DINAPOLI: These medical providers misled patients and engaged in ...

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NYS Dems Confident in Gaining Senate Majority

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

New York Democrats are expressing confidence that they can take control of the state Senate in next week's election. Senate Minority Leader Malcolm Smith of Queens says years of failed Republican policies have led to high property taxes, thousands of people losing their jobs, and ...

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New York State Governor Calls for More Cuts to Budget

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

In a briefing in his Manhattan office of the latest economic data, Paterson says falling revenues from Wall Street are tearing a one and a half billion dollar hole in the current budget, and a $12.5 billion one in the next budget.

PATERSON: We are also ...

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NYC Ups Pubilc Recycling

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

To increase public recycling, the city is adding more than a hundred new recycling bins around the five boroughs.

Citywide, about a third of trash is recycled, but residential recycling is only at about 16 percent.

DOHERTY: And that's an area we have to work on. We've ...

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