Streams

Paterson Weighs Giving Spitzer E-mails to DA

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Gov. David Paterson is weighing whether to turn over to Albany County District Attorney David Soares the e-mails of his predecessor, Eliot Spitzer. Soares requested the correspondence, after reports indicated that Spitzer was deeply involved in the scheme to use troopers to discredit Senate Leader Joe Bruno. Karen DeWitt has ...

Comment

City Council Discusses Congestion Pricing

Monday, March 24, 2008

It's a do-or-die week for congestion pricing.

The state legislature set next Monday as the deadline for the $8 per car fee to drive into Manhattan. But first, the proposal has to pass through the City Council, which holds a hearing on it today.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg is behind the plan - ...

Comment

An English Take on Wall Street

Monday, March 24, 2008

Just a week ago, the Federal Reserve approved JPMorgan's takeover of Bear Stearns at $2 a share. Now, JPMorgan reportedly wants to boost that price to $10 a share to appease Bear Stearns shareholders.

The Fed would have to approve any new deal and it's apparently unhappy with the higher price.

Here ...

Comment

Auxiliary Cops Denied Death Benefits

Monday, March 24, 2008

Senator Charles Schumer and Police Commissioner Ray Kelly lobbied on behalf of two fallen New York City auxiliary police officers who were denied thousands of dollars in death benefits by the Department of Justice because they were volunteers.

Schumer and Kelly say the families of officers Eugene Marshalik and Nicholas Pekearo's ...

Comment

Persistant TB Strain in Harlem, Bronx has Doctors Worried

Monday, March 24, 2008

City health officials say tuberculosis rates are down for the 15th straight year. But they are concerned about a persistent strain of the disease in Harlem and the Bronx. WNYC’s Fred Mogul has more.

In 2007, for the first time in several years, fewer than 1,000 city residents contracted the potentially-deadly-but-generally-treatable ...

Comment

Manhattan DA Fears Off-Shore Hedge Funds Puts Investments at Risk

Monday, March 24, 2008

Manhattan District Attorney Robert Morgenthau says that he believes off-shore banking by hedge funds leaves investors and the public increasingly vulnerable. WNYC's Bob Hennelly has more.

Morgenthau says there is $1.9 trillion on deposit in the Cayman Islands beyond U.S. legal jurisdiction compared to just $400 billion on deposit in New ...

Comment

City Council Hears Testimony on Congestion Pricing

Monday, March 24, 2008

City Council Members are hearing testimony for both opponents and supporters of congestion pricing today. Mayor Michael Bloomberg's aides again dangled the prospect of losing a $354 million federal grant as an incentive to approve the plan within the next seven days.

Queens Council Member Melinda Katz, who opposed congestion pricing, ...

Comment

Officials Push for Auxiliary Cop Benefits

Monday, March 24, 2008

Officials are urging the Justice Department to reconsider its denial of benefits to two auxiliary police officers who were killed in a violent street confrontation in the city last year.

Officers Nicholas Pekearo and Eugene Marshalik were killed in Greenwich Village while trying to stop a gunman after he killed a ...

Comment

New York's Clergy Talk Politics

Sunday, March 23, 2008

Today is Easter Sunday and many New Yorkers are headed to Church. Last Tuesday Democratic Candidate Barack Obama talked about the conflicts he as a congregant has had with some of what his pastor, the Rev Jeremiah Wright has said in the past. WNYC’s Siddhartha Mitter spoke with some New ...

Comment

Tin Roof Dreams

Saturday, March 22, 2008

Every year, young people flock to New York to pursue a life in the arts. In 2007 a young woman named Emily Driscoll came to Brooklyn to start an art gallery. While her time in New York was unexpectedly cut short, she left a lasting legacy . WNYC’s Ilya Marritz ...

Comment

Inspector Arrested in Crane Collapse

Friday, March 21, 2008

The arrest of a building inspector who allegedly falsified an inspection of the crane that fell last weekend has led to questions about the Department of Buildings procedures. WNYC's Cindy Rodriguez has been covering this story all week, and joined Soterios Johnson to discuss in more detail.

Comment

Paterson Looks to Clear Affair Spending Questions

Friday, March 21, 2008

Gov. David Paterson has written a check to his own campaign fund for $253 in an effort to clear up questions about spending when he was a state senator. WNYC's Ilya Marritz has more.

Ever since Gov. Paterson revealed he had more than one extramarital affair reporters have been combing through ...

Comment

City Sues to Get Landmarked Building Repaired

Friday, March 21, 2008

A landmark building on Manhattan's west side is falling apart and in a rare legal action the landmark's commission is suing to try to force the owners to repair it. WNYC's Cindy Rodriguez reports:

The Windermere Apartments on Ninth Avenue and 57th Street were constructed around 1880. At first, the standout ...

Comment

Paterson Backs Congestion Pricing

Friday, March 21, 2008

Gov. David Paterson has come our in support of congestion pricing. Gov. Spitzer had been in favor, but Paterson had reserved judgment. Paterson’s support is crucial for passage of the legislation which would charge drivers in Midtown in peak hours. Mayor Michael Bloomberg says a bill must pass both the ...

Comment

Auto Show Opens at Javits Center

Friday, March 21, 2008

A thousand shiny new cars are filling up the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center for the 108th annual New York City International Auto show.

That's surprising to some who look at the price of gas, the possibility of congestion pricing and the state of the economy - and wonder how anyone ...

Comment

Weakening Economy may Delay Atlantic Yards Project

Friday, March 21, 2008

Ever since it got approved at the end of 2006, Forest City Ratner has said it is sticking to its schedule for completing the Atlantic Yards project in Brooklyn within 10 years.

Now the developer acknowledges that the shaky economy may delay construction after all. WNYC's Matthew Schuerman has more.

Forest City ...

Comment

M.T.A. Begs Albany for more Transit Funds

Friday, March 21, 2008

The federal government gave out more than $4.5 billion after September 11 to invest in downtown transportation improvements. Now that these projects are being built, state agencies are finding that the money was not nearly enough to pay for them all. WNYC's Matthew Schuerman reports.

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority is begging ...

Comment

Corzine Calls for Federal Action to Help Homeowners

Friday, March 21, 2008

Gov. Jon Corzine says Washington must respond to distressed homeowners as proactively as it did to failed investment bank Bear Sterns.

CORZINE: I think they should be much more aggressive with trying to get into workout situations with mortgages for people who are either threatened with foreclosure or in it.

REPORTER: Corzine ...

Comment

"Man in Black" Testifies at Bell Trial

Thursday, March 20, 2008

He's been variously referred to as "The Man in Black" or "The SUV Guy," and yesterday, he finally took the stand in the Sean Bell trial.

WNYC's Arun Venugopal has more on the prosecution's latest witness, and his often questionable testimony.

The defense sees Fabio Coicou as the shady character who ...

Comment

Klein Takes Heat from Council on School Cuts

Thursday, March 20, 2008

A day after thousands rallied outside of City Hall to protest the $729 million in school budget cuts; Schools Chancellor Joel Klein faced the City Council. WNYC's Elaine Rivera reports:

At the education committee hearing, upset council members peppered Klein with an onslaught of questions from why to what will be ...

Comment