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Paterson Admits to Affairs

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Less than 24 hours after taking office, Gov. David Paterson acknowledged that he had several extramarital affairs - including one with a state employee.

But, Paterson emphasized that he did nothing to violate any aspect of public office.

PATERSON: I didn't break the law. I didn't violate an oath. I didn't use ...

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Lack of Yankee Funds for South Bronx

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

The new Yankee Stadium in the Bronx is more than halfway finished. It's expected to be ready on schedule by opening day of 2009.

But, the surrounding neighborhood isn't seeing all the benefits that were supposed to come, even while residents are contending with construction noise.

WNYC’s Matthew Schuerman reports.

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Buyout Means Bad News for City Budget

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Despite years of trying to diversify the city economy, Wall Street still accounts for 25 percent of the city's tax revenue.

Ronnie Lowenstein, with the city's Independent Budget Office, says IBO had expected a slow down.

LOWENSTEIN: What we didn't see a few weeks ago is the extent to which the problems ...

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Webster Hall Granted Landmark Status

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Now, it's more than just a place to dance. Webster Hall became a landmark yesterday.

The Landmarks Preservation Commission has added the Queen Anne-style brick and brownstone building to its roster.

Melissa Baldock, of the Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation, says Webster Hall's history and architectural details are worth ...

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Lower Manhattan Suffers from Buyout

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Downtown boosters scored a huge point last summer when JPMorgan Chase committed to building a new investment banking headquarters at Ground Zero.

For years, lower Manhattan had been losing financial companies to Midtown, first because of the better transportation that Grand Central Terminal provided. Then, because of the shock of September ...

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Spirit of Uganda

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Last night, the music and dance spectacle "Spirit of Uganda" began performances at the Joyce Theater. The show’s dancers and musicians are all children from Uganda, many of them orphans, between the ages of 8 and 22.

Betty Nakato has been performing with the group since 1997, when both her parents ...

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Mayor Bloomberg Outlines Case for Congestion Pricing

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

City and state legislators have just 13 days before they're required to vote on a plan to charge an $8 fee to drivers for entering the busiest parts of Manhattan. Yet congestion pricing seems far from their minds. The economy, the mood on Wall Street, the upcoming city and state ...

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Clinton's Schedules Show Early Signs for a Run for Senate

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Sen. Hillary Clinton's schedules from when she was First Lady were released by the national archives today and they suggest early signs Clinton was considering a run for Senate in February of 1999. WNYC's Andrea Bernstein reports.

Already by the beginning of that February, rumors of a Clinton Senate bid were ...

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Effects of Declining Economy Outlined in City Budget Hearings

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Up to 5,000 angry parents and public school supporters rallied outside City Hall during budget hearings, to protest millions of dollars in proposed cuts to education spending. Inside, councilmembers heard details of the effects of cuts on the police and district attorneys’ offices.

Gov. David Paterson, fresh from proposing his own ...

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Iraqi Musician in New York

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Five years after the US invasion of Iraq, an Iraqi-American musician is preserving the classical music of Baghdad here in New York. WNYC’s Siddhartha Mitter reports.

REPORTER: In late 2002, just before the invasion, Amir ElSaffar was in Baghdad on an investigative mission of his own. He was 25 years old ...

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Bloomberg Chastises Congressman's Comment on Congestion Pricing

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Mayor Michael Bloomberg spent the morning with U.S. Transportation Secretary Mary Peters, who has promised New York $354 million if the city agrees to implement a congestion pricing system.

At a Crain's New York breakfast, Bloomberg chastised U.S. Rep. Anthony Weiner, of Brooklyn, for arguing that federal officials would subtract the ...

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Diplomats Must Pay Real Estate Taxes

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

A federal judge has ruled that three countries must pay the city more than $57 million in real estate taxes. The judge says diplomatic privileges don't exempt the countries from tax obligations.

The case reached the Supreme Court, which ruled 7-2 that the city had a right to collect taxes on ...

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Nixzmary Brown's Stepfather Guilty of Manslaughter

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

The stepfather of Nixzmary Brown has been convicted of manslaughter for the death of the 7-year-old girl who became a poster child for the problems within the city's child welfare agency.

Brooklyn jurors deliberated four days before finding Cesar Rodriguez guilty of first-degree manslaughter, which carries a maximum penalty ...

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Tibetans Vow to Continue Protests

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Local Tibetan groups say they'll continue protesting here in the city as long as there's unrest and violence back home.

Yesterday, hundreds of people gathered outside the U.N. as the deadline for Tibetan protesters to surrender to Chinese police drew near. Today, they'll be back outside the Chinese Consulate.

Tenzin Dorjee says ...

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Crane Collapse Stands Apart from Past Accidents

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

The death toll from Saturday's crane collapse is now at seven, making it the worst such accident in the city's recent history.

The circumstances behind the collapse buck the trend of most fatal construction accidents.

WNYC's Matthew Schuerman has more.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration says that most construction fatalities in New ...

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Paterson Urges Cooperation on Budget

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

In his swearing-in speech, Gov. David Paterson stressed continuity and reconciliation. The governor also made it clear that both Republicans and Democrats would have to consider the new economic reality in negotiating the budget.

PATERSON: We are looking at an economy that is reeling. And I must say to all of ...

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Crime Scene Investigators Questioned in Bell Case

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Crime scene investigators continue to take the stand in the trial of three New York City police officers charged in Sean Bell's death. WNYC's Arun Venugopal has more on the latest graphic evidence to be introduced.

The court watched as various blood soaked items of clothing were help up for ...

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Bear Stearns Buyout Has Local Impact

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

The abrupt acquisition of the investment house Bear Stearns by JP Morgan has New Yorkers paying close attention to Wall Street. While both firms are global players, their impact is local, as WNYC's Ilya Marritz reports.

REPORTER: Where there are acquisitions, there are usually layoffs. In Bear Stearns's case, analysts say ...

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New York Responds to Economic Woes

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

PATERSON: I ask you to pause and focus on the problems of our great nation. Our economy appears to be headed toward crisis.

REPORTER: That's the assessment of Gov. David Paterson. In his swearing-in speech, he warned lawmakers that the state budget would have to take Wall Street's woes into account.

Joining ...

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JPMorgan May Abandon Downtown HQ

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

JPMorgan Chase has abandoned plans to move its downtown headquarters to the World Trade Center site, following its deal to acquire Bear Stearns.

JPMorgan has a 90-year lease downtown with the Port Authority for the spot where the former Deutsche Bank building now stands. The firm had planned to build a ...

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