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State Legislature May Revisit "Millionaire Tax"

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

In his address to the state last night and in a press conference today, Gov. David Paterson said New York State's economic outlook has deteriorated badly over the past several months.

REPORTER: He's asked lawmakers to reconvene next month and reopen this year's budget so they ...

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'Cashless Tolling' Study Planned for Port Authority and MTA Bridges and Tunnels

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority is thinking about getting rid of toll plazas at its East and Harlem River crossings.

The agency is asking for bids from firms that would study how to replace the plazas with overhead structures that would read EZ Passes. For those cars ...

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Paterson Calls for Emergency Legislative Session

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

The buck stops here. That's Governor Paterson's message to New Yorkers concerning the state's fiscal crisis.

Paterson's July 29 Budget Speech

Paterson's July 30 Budget Update

PATERSON: It is time for New York and other governments to cut up our ...

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Grant for Businesses Displaced in 125th St. Rezoning

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Help is available for Mom and Pop businesses displaced by the contentious rezoning of 125th Street.

REPORTER: The Upper Manhattan Empowerment Zone today announced a $750,000 fund to aid small businesses. Hope Knight, CEO of the Empowerment Zone explained why the loans are being offered.

KNIGHT: Essentially ...

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Luggage Glitch Delays Flights at JFK

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Flights have been delayed and luggage piling up at ticket counters at JFK's Terminal 8 today, after a computer software glitch crippled the baggage handling system.

A spokesman for American Airlines, which uses the terminal, said about 20 flights were delayed by 60 to 90 minutes. ...

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Paterson Warns of Tough Fiscal Choices Ahead

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Gov. David Paterson says the state’s deficit for the 2009-2010 fiscal year has so far increased more than $1 billion - to $6.4 billion - and hard choices including looking at the size of the state work force and spending will be required to offset ...

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Metrocard Machines Fixed, Transit Agency Says

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

NYC Transit says it has fixed a problem with its Metrocard vending machines that prevented thousands of riders from using their credit and debit cards over the past two days.

Officials say the machines were not communicating properly with the central processing system. If passengers were ...

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Fiscal Challenges Ahead for New York

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Governor Paterson will address New Yorkers directly this evening about the state’s finances. Whatever he says, the news probably won’t be good. We’re looking at a $5 billion deficit next year - and swiftly declining tax revenues - as Wall Street reels from the housing ...

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Bloomberg to Albany: Get Off Our Backs

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Mayor Michael Bloomberg has some words for Albany, as Gov. David Paterson prepares to speak about the economic downturn.

The mayor says state lawmakers can't solve their problems on the backs of New York City taxpayers.

BLOOMBERG: They have been spreading the goodies around the ...

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Questions Raised Over Financing Deals of New Yankees Stadium

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

The Yankees broke ground on their new stadium a year ago, but its financing details are still coming out. Yesterday, a state legislator criticized part of the agreement that gives city economic development officials a free luxury suite. WNYC's Matthew Schuerman has more.

REPORTER: The new ...

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Guns into Guitars

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Yesterday, we brought you a story about the strained political discourse among Colombian immigrants from the left and right.

Colombians Debate Politics With Difficulty

This morning, we talk with a young man who manages to denounce violence in Colombia without getting caught up ...

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Mayor Outlines Reforms for Municipal Construction Projects

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Mayor Michael Bloomberg says he has a five-step plan to reduce the cost of the city's capital projects. It's a way, he says, of making sure the city continues to invest in infrastructure, even during this economic slump.

BLOOMBERG: We are not going to walk away ...

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NYPD Probes Cyclist Shoving Incident

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

The NYPD and the Manhattan district attorney are investigating the circumstances surrounding an NYPD officer knocking a cyclist to the ground last Friday in Times Square.

The incident, part of a Critical Mass bike ride, was captured on video and surfaced on the Internet.

Kelly said after ...

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Economic Downturn May Jeopardize City's Pension and Retirement

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Mayor Michael Bloomberg has long warned of dire consequences if the city did not get a handle on its pension and retirement health care costs. As WNYC's Bob Hennelly reports, a rapidly deteriorating economy will make it even harder to cover those costs.

REPORTER: In good ...

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Subway Service Getting Worse

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Subway service is getting worse, according to The Straphangers Campaign's annual report card.

Gene Russianoff of the riders' advocacy group says, according to New York City Transit's own data, from 2006 to 2007 trains traveled 4.5 percent fewer miles between breakdowns. The report shows ...

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Former Newark Mayor Gets 27 Months in Prison

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Former Newark Mayor Sharpe James was sentenced to 27 months in federal prison on Tuesday - far less than the 20 years prosecutors sought - for his role in the cut-rate sales of city land to his former mistress.

Federal Judge William Martini also ordered James ...

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Former Newark Mayor Gets 27-Month Sentence

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Former Newark Mayor Sharpe James was sentenced to 27 months in federal prison on Tuesday - far less than the 20 years sought by prosecutors - for his role in the cut-rate sales of city land to his former mistress.

Federal Judge William Martini also ordered ...

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Deadly Rip-Tides Claim Lives at Area Beaches

Monday, July 28, 2008

Deadly rip-tides off city and Long Island beaches this weekend claimed the lives of at least four people with three more still missing. Rescuers suspended their search yesterday for 10-year-old Akira Johnson who disappeared off Coney Island Saturday afternoon.

Still missing since Friday are a teenager ...

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Deadly Weekend at Area Beaches

Monday, July 28, 2008

Divers searched off Coney Island yesterday but could not find a 10-year-old girl, one of three swimmers still missing from powerful ocean currents at area beaches over the weekend.

Akira Johnson was swimming with her 10-year-old cousin when she was pulled under by currents.

Officials say over ...

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Colombians Debate Politics With Difficulty

Monday, July 28, 2008

Colombian immigrants in the Jackson Heights neighborhood of Queens have been lauding their government and President Alvaro Uribe for recent efforts to combat violence in Colombia, particularly by the FARC rebel group. Residents of New York's Little Colombia overwhelmingly support President Uribe. In recent years ...

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