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No Jail for South Bronx

Wednesday, March 05, 2008

The city has abandoned its plans to build a 2,040-bed jail at an industrial park in the South Bronx.

Corrections Commissioner Martin Horn says his agency would look for other suitable sites in the area. He says the agency will scale down the prison.

The city had proposed building a $375 million ...

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Governor to Introduce Bill to Address Mortgage Crisis

Wednesday, March 05, 2008

Governor Spitzer will soon introduce a sweeping bill to address the state's subprime mortgage crisis.

REPORTER: There are more than 3-thousand mortgage shops and brokers which have been the source of many bad loans... Banks Superintendent Richard Neiman says Spitzer's proposal would regulate them more aggressively.

NEIMAN: What this bill will do ...

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Clinton Campaign Says "No Comment" on Joint Ticket Remarks

Wednesday, March 05, 2008

Hillary Clinton's campaign is refusing comment on her remarks that she'd consider a ticket with Barack Obama.

Clinton stoked talk of the joint ticket by saying on CBS's Early Show, "it may come to that." But, her chief strategist Mark Penn brushed off talk of a Clinton-Obama ticket saying quote "we ...

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Community Groups Praise City Decision to Nix Waterfront Jail Plan

Wednesday, March 05, 2008

South Bronx community groups that opposed a $375 million jail on waterfront land in Hunts Point are praising the city's decision not to put the facility there.

REPORTER: Maria Torres, president of The Point, one of several non-profits that fought the plan, says she believes their efforts paid off. Community residents ...

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City Blocks Sale of "Birthplace of Hip-Hop"

Tuesday, March 04, 2008

The city's decision to block the sale of a building that some call the birthplace of hip-hop may set a precedent that could keep other buildings affordable for their current tenants.

REPORTER: Housing activists are applauding the city's ruling that the financial terms of the sale would drive rents too high ...

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Albany Looks to Regulate Bariatric Surgery

Tuesday, March 04, 2008

REPORTER: It would be the first time the state does “selective contracting” - driving all Medicaid expenditures for specific procedures to a handful of select institutions that bid for contracts.

State health officials say it would lower cost and improve quality, because the selected hospitals would perform more surgeries and become ...

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Mayoral Control of Schools Debated

Tuesday, March 04, 2008

REPORTER: Mayor Bloomberg has had control of the school system for 5 years and Albany will soon consider whether his successor should keep that power.

Several councilmembers criticized the mayor for not reaching out to the community enough. That was one point that Chancellor Joel Klein was willing to give opponents, ...

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Deal to Ease Lending Crisis Announced

Tuesday, March 04, 2008

REPORTER: Andrew Cuomo says Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac will stop doing business with lenders who use their own appraisers.

In exchange, the Attorney General's office has dropped its investigation of the companies.

A local trade group says the deal will make borrowing more expensive for the consumer and needlessly difficult for ...

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Engineer Charged With Perjury

Tuesday, March 04, 2008

REPORTER: An engineer charged with perjury has pleaded not guilty for allegedly lying to city investigators studying a building collapse that killed 2 firefighters in 2006.

Jose Vargas was arraigned in State Supreme Court in the Bronx yesterday.

He said there were steel beams in the building when it was constructed, when ...

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Ex-Mayor's Affair "Obvious" to Staffers

Tuesday, March 04, 2008

The longtime secretary to former Newark mayor Sharpe James told a jury in his corruption trial that James' affair with a city businesswoman was obvious to her and other City Hall staffers.

Rosemarie Posella says James' relationship with Tamika Riley started in 1999, hit a rough patch in 2003, and continued ...

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Bloomberg Asks for Additional 3% Spending Cut

Tuesday, March 04, 2008

In a sign of troubled economic times, Mayor Bloomberg has asked all city agencies to trim spending by another three percent for fiscal year 2009, which begins July first.

REPORTER: The mayor's request comes on top of an earlier request to trim those budgets by five percent.

BLOOMBERG: Hopefully it will not ...

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Detective "Uncomfortable" Night of Bell Shooting

Tuesday, March 04, 2008

A detective testifying yesterday in the trial of the 3 detectives charged in the fatal shooting of Sean Bell said he felt uneasy from the start of the undercover operation at the Kalua Cabaret, where the shooting took place.

Detective Hispolito "Hip" Sanchez said he "felt uncomfortable," suggesting police were unprepared ...

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Embattled Livery Driver Speaks Up

Tuesday, March 04, 2008

An immigrant livery driver from Ecuador, who's being called both a hero and liar, faced the press yesterday and tried to explain why he made up a story about the baby he left at a Queens firehouse last Thursday.

WNYC's Cindy Rodriguez reports.

OUTRO: And there are reports this morning that the ...

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The Latest from Albany

Tuesday, March 04, 2008

There may be less money to go around this year in Albany, but this year's budget battle has no shortage of political intrigue.

The majority enjoyed by Republicans in the State Senate is now down to 1 seat following a special election that Democrats won last week.

Meanwhile, the state's top Republican, ...

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Senate Approves Paid Leave Bill

Tuesday, March 04, 2008

A measure that would allow workers in New Jersey to take paid leave to care for a sick relative or newborn is 1 step closer to becoming law.

The State Senate approved the bill by a 22-16 vote yesterday.

It now heads to the Assembly, which is expected to consider it in ...

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NYers Volunteering in Texas Ahead of Primary

Monday, March 03, 2008

After more than a year, the Democratic contest for president appears to be reaching a climax. WNYC's Bob Hennelly is in Texas and finds New York volunteers at the center of the action.

REPORTER: Business consultant Cheryl Gerber left upstate Kingston to come to Austin to put her Spanish to work ...

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Sander Gives First State of MTA Address

Monday, March 03, 2008

Even though the Second Avenue Subway has not been fully funded, much less built, the head the MTA is dreaming about the next steps his agency will take.

REPORTER: Lee Sander said at the first-ever State of the MTA address that today's mega-projects would lay the groundwork for a new generation ...

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Cuomo Tries to End Ties Between Brokers and Appraisers

Monday, March 03, 2008

Attorney General Andrew Cuomo announces a new agreement with mortgage lenders to end the cosy relationship between real estate brokers and appraisers.

REPORTER: Cuomo's office has persuaded Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to stop doing business with banks that use in-house appraisers, starting next year.

The idea is to prevent the over-valuation ...

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Campaigning Heats Up in Texas

Monday, March 03, 2008

REPORTER: Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton spent the weekend campaigning in preparation for tomorrow's presidential primaries in Texas, Ohio, Vermont and Rhode Island.

Clinton holds a televised town hall meeting in Texas today.

WNYC's Bob Hennelly is in the Lone Star State.

Outside a Houston sub shop voters really want to talk politics. ...

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"State of the MTA" Address This Morning

Monday, March 03, 2008

The executive director of New York's mass transit system delivers the first ever State of the MTA speech later this morning.

Elliot Sander's address comes 2 days after the 40th anniversary of the MTA's founding.

During the speech at Cooper Union, Sander will review the agency's accomplishments, describe its current challenges and ...

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