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Design Unveiled for Downtown Whitney

Thursday, May 01, 2008

The Whitney Museum of American Art has unveiled a design for its satellite museum in lower Manhattan.

Architect Renzo Piano's asymmetrical design will provide 50,000 square feet of gallery space over six floors, compared to 32-thousand at its uptown location. The Meatpacking District facility will allow ...

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Flat Spending for FY09; Deficits ahead: Bloomberg

Thursday, May 01, 2008

Mayor Bloomberg says the city's economic fortunes for the next fiscal year are rosy enough to keep a seven percent property tax in place for 2009 but not after that.

BLOOMBERG: unfortunately, continuing that property tax reduction beyond one year is unsustainable. we are forecasting deficits ...

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City Cuts Back on Parking Permits for Its Workers

Thursday, May 01, 2008

25,000 city employees are losing their parking perks.

Following through on a promise to cut the number of parking placards, the Mayor has slashed the total number by 32 percent, so that there are now about 55,000 city employees who can park without penalty on city ...

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State Senate Proposes to Suspend Gas Tax

Wednesday, April 30, 2008

In Albany, the State Senate will introduce a bill today to suspend the state gas tax, which is about 32 cents per gallon. But the plan faces several hurdles.

If the tax is suspended, it could create a $500 million gap in state finances.

The Democrat-led Assembly ...

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Activists Protest Cuts to School Funding

Wednesday, April 30, 2008

A group of education activists, parents and elected officials rallied at City Hall to say they will fight the the city's plan to cut $500 million from school funding.

REPORTER: Helen Rosenthal, chairwoman of Manhattan's Community Board 7, says groups around the city are organizing to ...

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Homeland Security Sued Over Inhumane Conditions in Immigration Prisons

Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Another lawsuit against the Department of Homeland Security was filed in Federal court today, this one is over prison conditions for detained immigrants. The plaintiffs are former detainees and several advocacy groups who say conditions in immigration prisons are wildly variable and too often inhumane. ...

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Percentage of Income Spent on Rent Increases

Wednesday, April 30, 2008

More New Yorkers are spending half their income on rent. That's according to a report from Democratic Congressman Anthony Weiner.

REPORTER: He used federal census data to show that nearly one in three renters are spending 50 percent or more on housing -- about 15 percent ...

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New Yorkers Asked to Join Flood Watch

Tuesday, April 29, 2008

REPORTER: As April showers continue, so does the chance of flooding here in the city.

This has led to creation of the city's Flood Mitigation Task Force. It will monitor flood-prone locations and increase maintenance of the city's 140,000 catch basins - the sidewalk sewer grates ...

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City Spends Millions on Unassigned Teachers

Tuesday, April 29, 2008

The city is spending more than $80 million dollars over two years on unassigned teachers. A new report by an educational group is recommending new rules for those teachers who've lost jobs to school closings but remain on the payroll.

REPORTER: The union contract now assigns ...

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Gov. Paterson Weighs in on Bell Verdict

Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Governor Paterson says he's somewhat surprised by the acquittal of 3 police detectives in the fatal shooting of Sean Bell.

Paterson says the verdict surprised him because of the number of shots fired at Bell and his 2 friends. Officers unloaded 50 shots at the 3 ...

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Group Angry Over Lack of Change to Class Size

Tuesday, April 29, 2008

The group says a study commissioned by the teachers union backs their claim. City Comptroller Bill Thompson says he'll review how the Education Department spent state funds.

WNYC's Elaine Rivera reports.

Of the 390 public schools that received funding to reduce class size, less than half managed ...

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Call for Reform in Council's Non-Profit Funding Practices

Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Good government groups and several of the city's editorial writers are calling for reforms to the City Council's methods of funding non-profits. An alternative process is already in operation. WNYC's Bob Hennelly has more.

REPORTER: Historically, city's arts groups had to pursue city funding as if ...

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Attention Remains on City Council Finances

Tuesday, April 29, 2008

There was little fanfare last year when City Council Speaker Christine Quinn mandated for the first time that council members fill out a 3-page "Conflict of Interest" disclosure form about pet projects.

The 3-page internal form, obtained by WNYC, required members describe in detail the involvement ...

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Queens Hit Hardest by Foreclosure Crisis

Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Signs of a deepening housing crisis in New York City -- an on-line real estate service, Realty Trac, says foreclosures are up 34 percent for the first three months of this year.

A spokesman for the company says those figures could jump even higher, because New ...

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City Announces Cable TV Deal with Verizon

Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Cablevision and Time Warner may no longer be the only 'show' in town. The city has announced a deal allowing telecommunications giant Verizon to bring its high speed FiOS network to New York City.

REPORTER: The Deputy Mayor for Economic Development, Robert Lieber, said a new ...

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Construction Workers Mourn Late Colleagues

Monday, April 28, 2008

The mournful sounds of bagpipes preceded a memorial Mass for the thirteen construction workers who have died on the job so far this year. The pipers were joined by hundreds of construction workers, many of them wearing hard hats and carrying their union flags. Electrician ...

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Civilian Complaint Board To Release Opinion On Sean Bell Shooting

Monday, April 28, 2008

The civilian board charged with reviewing police conduct plans to release its own opinion on the fatal shooting of Sean Bell but, as WNYC's Bob Hennelly reports, the board's investigation could take years.

The formal complaint stemming from the Bell shooting came to the Civilian Complaint ...

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Rising Costs for Port Authority

Monday, April 28, 2008

There are renewed concerns about overtime costs at the Port Authority.

After those costs rose by 12% in 2006, the agency paid a consultant more than $400,000 to study its staffing practices and come up with reforms.

But the next year, things got worse when overtime costs ...

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Bell's Supporters Press for Federal Civil Rights Probe

Monday, April 28, 2008

Sean Bell's family and supporters continue to press for a federal civil rights probe into the fatal police shooting of the unarmed black man, following last week's acquittal of three undercover cops in the incident.

They and Queens Congressman Gregory Meeks are hosting Michigan Democratic Congressman ...

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Hooray for Dhallywood

Monday, April 28, 2008

Last night, approximately two thousand people filled the Manhattan Center for the Dhallywood Music & Film Awards. Dhallywood takes its name from the capital of Bangladeshi – Dhaka – and the burgeoning film industry there. Lara Pellegrinelli reports on the popular awards show, from the ...

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