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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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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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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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Group Requests Congressional Probe of Fossella

Monday, May 19, 2008

A watchdog group, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, wants a Congressional ethics committee to investigate whether Staten Island Congressman Vito Fossella used government resources to have an extramarital affair.

Fossella took official trips in 2002 and 2003 with Laura Fay, who was, at the ...

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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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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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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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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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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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The Economy is Tanking. Why is Sotheby's Doing So Well?

Monday, May 19, 2008

Even as the economy falters, the sales in contemporary art continue to skyrocket. Last week Sotheby's and Christie's auction houses broke records for sales in contemporary art . As the spring art auction season wraps up, critic Lee Rosenbaum explains what happened this unpredictable year.

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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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Councilmembers Offered Legal Help in Accounting Probe

Sunday, May 18, 2008

A memo obtained by WNYC says city council members are being offered free legal representation in the ongoing federal probe into the council's bookkeeping. WNYC's Bob Hennelly reports:

REPORTER: The memo from the office of the legislative body's general counsel advises city council members that in ...

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Studies Say NYC Immigrants Assimilate Quickly

Sunday, May 18, 2008

Two separate studies released this week cast New York City as a place where immigrants assimilate quickly. WNYC's Marianne McCune reports.

The first study uses a century of national census data to look at how quickly generations of immigrants have matched their native born peers in ...

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City Halts Construction on Goldman Sachs Tower

Sunday, May 18, 2008

City officials have stopped construction on the future Goldman Sachs headquarters near Ground Zero. This after a chunk of steel fell 18 stories onto a field where children were playing. The city Buildings Department says no one was hurt in the Saturday afternoon accident where ...

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Farm Bill Could Help Area Soup Kitchens

Sunday, May 18, 2008

Food pantries and soup kitchens around the city have been struggling with rising food costs. But they could get a much-needed boost from the recent passage of a federal Farm Bill. WNYC's Cindy Rodriguez reports:

REPORTER: The current farm bill increases the money for emergency food ...

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Natural History Museum Celebrates the Horse

Saturday, May 17, 2008

Expect to hear a thundering gallop reverberate throughout Pilimco Stadium in Baltimore today as riders prepare for the Preakness -- the second race in the Triple Crown series.

REPORTER: But equestrian enthusiasts don't need to leave the state to celebrate. The Museum of Natural History will ...

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Rally at City Hall for More School Money

Friday, May 16, 2008

Education advocates and elected officials rallied at City Hall today for more school money. They're angry that Mayor Michael Bloomberg's proposed budget doesn't include more for the city's students.

Randi Weingarten is the President of the United Federation of Teachers. She says Bloomberg has forgotten his ...

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MTA Picks Top Musicians

Friday, May 16, 2008

REPORTER: The results of a talent contest for musicians competing to serenade subway passengers are in.

Out of the 55 hopefuls who auditioned earlier this month, the MTA has approved 23 groups.

Among the winners are a vibraphonist, a punk cellist and a Chinese classical musician.

There's also ...

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State Unions May Not Get Extra Cash

Friday, May 16, 2008

Though he's a longtime friend of labor, Gov. David Paterson says he cannot accommodate the unions' requests to increase their pensions and ensure benefits.

The governor says unions have to face the reality of a looming $21 billion deficit.

PATERSON: I understand that there are entities ...

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Feds want JFK, Newark to Auction Off Peak Flight Spots

Friday, May 16, 2008

The federal Department of Transportation wants JFK and Newark Airports to auction off some of their peak take-off and landing time-slots in order to cut down on air traffic congestion.

The Port Authority, which runs the airports, called the plan poorly conceived and said it wouldn't ...

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