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Black Churches Praise Obama's Election

Monday, November 10, 2008

Sunday services were extra special for many of the city's black congregations celebrating the historic election of Barack Obama. WNYC's Arun Venugopal went to church in Jamaica, Queens, at the Greater Allen AME Cathedral.

FLAKE: Our topic this morning, at last: the Promised Land.

REPORTER: The Reverend ...

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Another Fare Hike?

Monday, November 10, 2008

The MTA says the failing economy is causing next year's deficit to balloon to $1.2 billion, making it even more necessary to hike bus and subway fares, and bridge and tunnel tolls.

Lee Sander, the authotity's executive director, says service cuts are also likely, though he ...

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Tolls Considered for East River Bridges

Sunday, November 09, 2008

Tolls to cross East River bridges may be part of a state commission's plan to close the MTA's $1.5 billion budget gap. The Ravitch commission plans to make its recommendations to Governor Paterson next month. It's also expected to propose higher transit fares and a ...

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Senators Voice Concerns About Financial Rescue Efforts

Sunday, November 09, 2008

As Congress prepares to start work on another round of economic stimulus measures to help middle-income households and local governments, US senators from New York and New Jersey are expressing reservations about the first phase of the financial rescue package, the 700 billion-dollar bank bailout.

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Environmental Review Ordered at Four Bronx Schools Under Construction

Sunday, November 09, 2008

A judge says city officials did not have a sufficient plan to monitor pollution before starting to build schools on contaminated land in the South Bronx. The New York Times reports that the ruling requires the School Construction Authority to provide a long-term plan for ...

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Monserrate Reportedly Prepared to Support Malcolm Smith in Senate Leadership Role

Saturday, November 08, 2008

A Democratic official says New York Senator-elect Hiram Monserrate will support Malcolm Smith for majority leader, all but sealing the party's majority on January 1st and improving Smith's chances of running the Senate. The Democrat spoke on the condition on anonymity because the official wasn't ...

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Toussaint Says Transit Workers Will Not Strike Again

Saturday, November 08, 2008

The head of New York City's transit union says the workers won't go on strike again. Roger Toussaint made the pledge in an affidavit that seeks to restore Transport Worker Union Local 100's right to collect dues from members' paychecks automatically.

The 38,000-member union was stripped ...

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Mineo Thanks Sharpton for Taking up His Cause

Saturday, November 08, 2008

A man who says police officers sodomized him with a radio antenna has appeared with the Reverend Al Sharpton at a National Action Network rally. Michael Mineo thanked Sharpton for visiting him at his hospital bed last month:

MINEO: I want to say I appreciate everyone ...

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Immigration Crackdown Leads to More Deportations in Metro Area

Saturday, November 08, 2008

Federal immigration officials say a crackdown on illegal immigrants is leading to more arrests and deportations in New York and New Jersey. WNYC's Cindy Rodriguez reports.

REPORTER: In New Jersey, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement deported more than 4100 people during the last budget year. That's ...

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NYPD Prepares for Budget Cuts

Saturday, November 08, 2008

No city agency has escaped Mayor Bloomberg's mid-year budget cutting. WNYC's Bob Hennelly has a look at the impact on the NYPD.

REPORTER: The long-awaited boost in police pay gave department budget makers much less wiggle room. Consider that 93 percent of the NYPD's budget goes ...

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Grand Jury Hears Testimony in Police Sodomy Case

Friday, November 07, 2008

The Brooklyn tattoo artist who claims police sodomized him, testified before a grand jury yesterday. He emerged confident he would get justice. One of the officers allegedly involved has cost the city money in previous incidents. The City has paid tens-of-thousands of dollars to settle ...

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City Scaling Back School Construction

Friday, November 07, 2008

City officials say they're scaling back on the construction of new school buildings.

The Department of Education released a new five year capital construction plan that calls for about 40 new schools with 25,000 classroom seats. That's far different from the previous five-year-plan in which the ...

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City to Close 18 Community Centers

Friday, November 07, 2008

The cash-strapped New York City Housing Authority plans to transfer its social service programs to four city agencies. The first phase is supposed to save NYCHA roughly $20 million. WNYC's Cindy Rodriguez has more.

The move means 18 community centers will be closed within two months ...

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Triborough Renamed 'Robert F. Kennedy Bridge'

Friday, November 07, 2008

Robert F. Kennedy would have turned 83 years old this month. On November 19th, the Triborough Bridge will be officially renamed in honor of the New York Senator who was killed while running for president in 1968. WNYC's Matthew Schuerman reports.

REPORTER: The MTA, which owns ...

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"Taking Over" at the Public Theater

Friday, November 07, 2008

Danny Hoch is an actor and playwright who came to prominence in the late 90's with two, one-man shows that featured a wide array of what he calls "real New York characters” -- primarily people of color dealing with AIDS, racism and the prison system, ...

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Little Hiring and Lots of Firing in City's Financial Sector

Friday, November 07, 2008

All the bank failures, bank conversions, and bank mergers mean New York’s once thriving financial sector is shedding jobs - fast. Ten thousand this past year, and an estimated 30,000 more in the coming year. Recruiters say there’s a lot of talent on the street, ...

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Renaming Triborough Will Be Uphill Battle

Friday, November 07, 2008

Officials know it will be an uphill battle, but they're still hoping they can get people to stop calling the Triborough Bridge the Triborough Bridge. It's being officially renamed the Robert F. Kennedy Bridge. Queens native John Garcia isn't ready for the name change.

GARCIA: When ...

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Fewer Minority Students in Gifted & Talented Programs

Thursday, November 06, 2008

Two City Council members are demanding changes in the city's new admissions policy for gifted and talented programs in its public schools, following news that the change did not bring more students in, or make the programs more ethnically and racially diverse.

Councilman Lew Fidler says ...

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Mayor Offers Gloomy Forecast

Thursday, November 06, 2008

BLOOMBERG: New Yorkers must pull together. We're going to do that. Every city agency must push each dollar further. We're going to do that. Doing that involves making hard choices that won't be popular with everyone, or perhaps anyone.

HOST: From education and housing to police ...

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Lieberman's Future Still Uncertain

Thursday, November 06, 2008

Former Democrat-turned-independent Joe Lieberman, Senator of Connecticut, is not saying whether he'll continue to caucus with Democrats or whether he's still chair of the Senate's Homeland Security committee.

Lieberman had this to say after his meeting with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid.

REID: We must now unite ...

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