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Quality of Life Disparities for City Kids

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Kids in the city are doing better than in years past but there are still big disparities between communities.

According to a report by the citizens committee for children student achievement is improving, more kids are in child care and have health insurance. Much of the ...

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New Contract for Catholic Teachers

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

A union representing 3,000 lay teachers at 206 catholic schools has ratified a four year contract with the Archdiocese of New York.

The Federation of Catholic Teachers announced yesterday that its members overwhelmingly approved the tentative contract reached last month. FCT president Mary-Ann Perry says ...

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Preserving Live Art

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

What does it mean to preserve live art? The choreographer Antony Tudor is being celebrated around the country this this year, and a range of ballet companies are performing his works. Ballet has a long and deep tradition – as a classical art form, it ...

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Minor Eye Surgery for Paterson

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Gov. David Paterson is set to undergo eye surgery this afternoon. He was taken to Mount Sinai Medical Center early this morning after complaining of migraine like symptoms. Karen DeWitt reports from Albany.

Gov. David Paterson has been diagnosed with an acute form of glaucoma and ...

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Fossella Won't Seek Re-election

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Fossella says in a statement on his Web site that the choice was a difficult one, based on a need to balance his "dedication to service" and "the need to concentrate on healing the wounds" that he has caused his wife and family.

The 43-year-old congressman ...

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Cop Raises Could Slow City Budget Negotiations

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

The arbitrated deal to increase police salaries potentially has thrown a monkey wrench into budget negotiations between the mayor and City Council.

A spokesman for Mayor Michael Bloomberg has suggested that the police settlement may endanger plans to extend the break in property taxes.

But Ronnie Lowenstein ...

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Paterson Hospitalized

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Paterson's office said in a statement today that he asked to be brought to The Mount Sinai Medical Center for an evaluation.

His office says preliminary tests were normal. It says he is resting comfortably and will undergo further tests.

In April 2006, when he was the ...

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Quinn Sidesteps Questions on Mayoral Run

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

At a Midtown breakfast, City Council Speaker Christine Quinn was grilled about the discretionary fund scandal and whether it would hurt any future mayoral bid on her part.

Quinn sidestepped any questions whether she will seek to run for mayor saying she's focusing on being speaker ...

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Major Pay Raise for City Cops

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

The state board charged with resolving the contract standoff between the Bloomberg administration and the police union - the Patrolmen's Benevolent Association - has made its decision.

WNYC's Bob Hennelly reports.

Rookie officers will finally see a pay increase. The Public Employment Relations Board raised starting salaries ...

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NYC's Smoking Decline Continues

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

The number of New York City residents who smoke declined for the sixth straight year since a smoking ban was imposed.

REPORTER: And according to newly released statistics, the drop was even more rapid over the last year in Staten Island, which has traditionally lagged behind ...

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D.O.E. Employee Also Mayor in N.J.

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

A manager with the City Department of Education has agreed to pay a $1,000 penalty for attempting to run his part time job as Mayor of a Bergen County town while on Dept. of Education time. WNYC's Bob Hennelly has more.

The City's Conflict of Interest ...

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Lower East Side "Endangered"

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

New development on the Lower East Side has landed the neighborhood on an annual list of the country's 11 most endangered historic spots.

REPORTER: High rises built over the past few years are beginning to erode the fabric of the area - that's according to ...

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Fossella Says He Won't Run for Re-Election

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Saying "this course of action is best for my family and our community," U.S. Rep. Vito Fossella posted a letter on his website this morning announcing he would not run for re-election this year. The decision comes after Fossella was arrested for drunken driving, an ...

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New Developer for Far West Side

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

It didn't take long for the Metropolitan Transportation Authority to find another bidder to turn the West Side rail yards into a series of high-rise apartment and office towers.

The Related Companies will take over the project - having offered the MTA about as much ...

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Queens Congressman Takes on Teenage HIV Infections

Monday, May 19, 2008

New HIV infections among New York City teens are at their highest levels since 2001, according to health department figures cited by Congressman Anthony Weiner. The Queens Democrat says after years of reducing infections, the city's seen a 29 percent increase in diagnoses among teenagers ...

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City to Hire 63 Building Inspectors

Monday, May 19, 2008

Under fire for a spate of construction accidents, Mayor Michael Bloomberg has announced that the city will spend $5 million to hire 63 more safety inspectors. The new hires will help the Buildings Department register all general contractors who build homes in the city, so ...

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Veggie Pride on Display in Big Apple

Monday, May 19, 2008

Hundreds of vegans and vegetarians - and people dressed as vegetables - marched through the West Village for the First Veggie Pride Parade Sunday. It ended in Washington Square Park, where advocacy groups set up stalls, along with merchants like Roberta Kalechofsky, author of The ...

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Kelly Tells Council of NYPD's Recruit Woes

Monday, May 19, 2008

Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly told members of the City Council that the NYPD was stretched thin due to low starting salaries, but said an arbitrator could change the salary structure this week.

Kelly spoke during budget hearings, and addressed the challenges of recruiting new officers with ...

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Paterson: Safety Courses for Gun Owners

Monday, May 19, 2008

Gov. David Paterson wants all would be handgun owners in New York to take a safety course.

Legislation he proposed today would also mandate the safety course for gun shop owners. Michael Balboni, deputy secretary for public safety, says the safety course made sense.

BALBONI: It's the ...

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State Prisons - Overcrowded and Understaffed

Monday, May 19, 2008

Senator Charles Schumer says the state's four federal prisons are dangerously overcrowded and understaffed. A report released today details conditions at prisons in Manhattan and Brooklyn, and upstate in Otisville and Ray Brook.

It says while the average federal prison is 37 percent overcrowded, in New ...

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