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Big Loss for Atlantic Yards Opponents

Friday, February 01, 2008

A federal appeals court ruled eminent domain can be used to acquire property for the residential complex and sports arena.

The ruling leaves the 14 plaintiffs with one final option: to ask the U.S. Supreme Court to take on their case. They are hoping the justices will jump at the chance ...

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New Yorkers Gather to Watch Debate

Friday, February 01, 2008

REPORTER: Last night, dozens of people gathered at a Park Slope restaurant to watch the final Democratic debate before next week's presidential primary.

Hillary Clinton supporters organized the party at The Dram Shop, a local restaurant.

They were joined by other patrons - Obama supporters - as well as "undecideds."

Levar Yelverton said ...

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Congestion Pricing Plan Approved, Critics Remain

Friday, February 01, 2008

REPORTER: Mayor Bloomberg's plan to charge drivers to enter certain parts of Manhattan now goes to the City Council and possibly, the state legislature for approval.

Yesterday, a slightly altered version of the proposal got the overwhelming support of a state commission.

Westchester Assemblyman Richard Brodsky, a Democrat, was 1 of 2 ...

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Pier 40 Vote Delayed

Friday, February 01, 2008

REPORTER: The circus isn't coming to Pier 40 just yet.

A vote on the 2 redevelopment proposals for the Houston Street park has been delayed until March.

One plan would provide a permanent home for Cirque de Soleil. The other would mostly leave the pier as is, only adding playing fields and ...

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New Cash for Local Transportation

Friday, February 01, 2008

Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff will make the formal announcement this afternoon, during a scheduled appearance at Grand Central Terminal with Governor Spitzer.

Congressional aides say transit systems in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut will receive more than $151 million in new grant money.

That's a more than 50% increase from ...

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Boos for "Green Carts" Plan

Friday, February 01, 2008

REPORTER: A group of elected officials and grocery store owners spoke against the plan to distribute 1,500 additional food vendor permits for so-called "Green Carts."

They worry bodegas will suffer because the carts will have lower prices, thank to less overhead.

But Joel Berg, of the New York City Coalition Against Hunger, ...

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New Jersey Politics Wrap-Up

Friday, February 01, 2008

That was the sound of evening commuters heading home to New Jersey from the World Trade Center PATH station this week.

And what a week it was! Both the Republicans and Democrats saw major contenders drop out and the political landscape shift radically within a single news cycle.

With us now to ...

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Chance to Vote Again in NJ

Friday, February 01, 2008

If you live in New Jersey and have already voted in Tuesday's primary by absentee ballot, but your candidate is no longer in the running, you now have a chance to change your vote.

Voters must go to the county clerk's office by 3 pm Monday afternoon and sign an affidavit ...

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Anti-Terror Funding For New York Area

Friday, February 01, 2008

An additional $153 million is being earmarked this year to secure the subway and commuter rail lines.

The New York area will get 45% of the total national allocation for mass transit security. Governor Spitzer says the money will go for personnel, emergency preparedness drills, biochemical detectors, and more surveillance cameras.

SPITZER: ...

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Giuliani Disappoints Local Republicans

Thursday, January 31, 2008

When New York Republicans were trounced during last year's state races, they pinned their hopes to a Giuliani presidential candidacy as a way to prevent further losses.

The Democrats have closed the gap in the Republican majority Senate and hope to take over this year with all the senate seats up ...

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New Jersey Voters Remain Undecided

Thursday, January 31, 2008

That's presenting a real opportunity for the Garden State's first time voters.

WNYC's Bob Hennelly has more.

There are more independents in New Jersey than Democrats and Republicans combined.

Ramapo College student Tom Magatey is one of them. He has his absentee ballot, but he's still still going back and forth over which ...

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Michelle Obama Visits NY, CT

Thursday, January 31, 2008

REPORTER: In Stamford, she met with a group of women, touching on the themes of her husband's campaign - focusing on education, healthcare and the challenges women face as workers and mothers.

Jessica Pettigrew, a 25-year-old midwife student, was impressed with Michelle Obama's dedication to her children and her husband.

Pettigrew feels ...

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Congestion Pricing Vote Expected Today

Thursday, January 31, 2008

Nine months ago, Mayor Bloomberg proposed a congestion pricing system that would charge drivers to enter central Manhattan on weekdays.

This afternoon, the state’s Traffic Congestion Mitigation Commission will likely endorse some variation of that plan. Then, the City Council takes up the issue, followed by the state legislature, where opposition ...

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Several GOP Officials in NJ Endorse McCain

Thursday, January 31, 2008

Several New Jersey Republican officials are following the lead of their former favorite, Rudy Giuliani, and endorsing John McCain for president. WNYC's Bob Hennelly has more.

Leading the pack of Rudy supporters crossing over to McCain is Senate Minority Leader Tom Kean Junior. The younger Kean joins the ranks of the ...

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NYC Hispanics Overwhelmingly Back Sen. Clinton

Thursday, January 31, 2008

The percentage of Hispanics registered to vote in New York City is growing sharply, a new survey finds -- and they're overwhelmingly backing Hillary Clinton in the presidential primary.

The Hispanic federation survey found the five boroughs have the second highest concentration of Hispanic voters in the country -- right behind ...

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Plans Weighed for Pier 40

Thursday, January 31, 2008

REPORTER: The Related Companies wants to build a permanent home for Cirque du Soleil on the Houston Street Pier.

But, Greenwich Village parents have countered with their own plan to keep the pier pretty much as it is - only adding an art gallery and parking spaces that are there now.

The ...

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A Day Trip to Chappaqua

Thursday, January 31, 2008

Senator Hillary Clinton's adopted hometown is waiting to see if its most famous residents are going back to the White House.

People in Chappaqua have gotten used to their celebrity neighbors, though not all of them support her candidacy for president.

WNYC's Fred Mogul recently spent the day in the upscale but ...

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Congestion Pricing Plan Passes State Panel

Thursday, January 31, 2008

Mayor Bloomberg's proposal to charge drivers an eight dollar fee to enter Midtown and Lower Manhattan overwhelmingly won the approval of a state commission charged with reviewing it, and other traffic-calming options.

The commission made changes to the mayor's original plan, including shrinking the fee zone. It now goes to ...

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Fraud at West Side Marina

Thursday, January 31, 2008

REPORTER: The 79th Street Boat Basin has been a landmark since Robert Moses created it in 1937.

But, according to City Comptroller Bill Thompson, it may also been the scene of a fraud that has cost the city tens of thousands of dollars.

Thompson says the West Side marina lacks basic fiscal ...

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University, Neighborhood Make Nice

Thursday, January 31, 2008

REPORTER: University officials and community leaders have formed a task force and they've developed guidelines to help preserve the neighborhood's character.

The guidelines aren't binding, but Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer says it's a positive step for community relations.

STRINGER: It doesn't mean that we're not going to have struggle, we're not ...

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