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Bloomberg Wants Citywide Cuts

Friday, January 25, 2008

Hiring hundreds of new teachers may have to wait and the whole municipal workforce has to do more with less. And, don't spend what you think you might get in property tax relief just yet.

The mayor's budget workbook had just 3 charts to layout the good economic news, but it ...

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Sean Bell Case to be Tried Before a Judge, Not a Jury

Friday, January 25, 2008

The Sean Bell case will be decided by a judge, not a jury. The three detectives charged in the case requested a bench trial today, and a state supreme court justice formalized the arrangement.

The detectives had originally requested that the trial be moved outside of Queens, arguing that the publicity ...

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Developer Withdraws from Hudson River Pier Project

Friday, January 25, 2008

A developer who won a hard fought battle to turn a Pier on the Hudson River into a catering hall and exhibit space has withdrawn.

Almost three years ago the Witkoff Group was designated the preferred developer for Pier 57 at West 15th Street. A spokesman said that the company changed ...

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Fishko Files

Friday, January 25, 2008

In the music world, being labeled a virtuoso is the highest compliment or is it? WNYC's Sara Fishko considers the question, in this edition of the Fishko Files.

OUTRO: For information on Marc-André Hamelin's upcoming performances and more, visit our Web site.

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New York Goes to Sundance

Friday, January 25, 2008

The Sundance Film Festival is currently underway in Park City, Utah. It wraps up on Sunday.

This year, there are only a handful of New York filmmakers and films in the festival. We called New York-based film critic Stu Van Airsdale to walk us through the latest news from Sundance.

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Advocates Fight School Suspensions

Thursday, January 24, 2008

REPORTER: The Department of Education is abusing its power to suspend thousands of children.

That's what student advocates and civil liberty groups told a City Council panel yesterday.

Committees on Education and Civil Rights are looking into charges that the DOE resorts too quickly to suspension and that often, those students and ...

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Undercover Drug Squad In Need Of Outside Investigation

Thursday, January 24, 2008

Police watchdogs say the NYPD is overdue for an overhaul – similar to what resulted from earlier independent commissions that investigated police corruptions. Retired police captain and State Senator Eric Adams says . . . .

ADAMS: "When you have 20 officers that are directly under investigation, plus 6 officers who ...

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Work Can Finally Restart at Ground Zero

Thursday, January 24, 2008

REPORTER: The Lower Manhattan Development Corporation is waiting for the EPA to approve a new deconstruction plan.

Under sharp questioning from Queens Councilman Peter Vallone Jr., the state official in charge of redeveloping the World Trade Center site, Avi Schick, set a December deadline to dismantle the contaminated building.

VALLONE: The fact ...

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Clinton Returns to Northeast

Thursday, January 24, 2008

Boisterous crowds greeted Senator Hillary Clinton during two campaign stops in New Jersey last night. The Garden State is one of 20 holding a primary on February 5th or Super Tuesday. WNYC's Elaine Rivera reports.

Hundreds of people waited to see the Democratic presidential candidate at rallies in Hackensack and North ...

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FDNY Gets Improved Training Structure

Thursday, January 24, 2008

REPORTER: Mayor Bloomberg, Fire Commissioner Nicholas Scoppetta and actor Denis Leary broke ground on a 4-story fire simulation building at the Fire Academy on Randalls Island.

The structure will recreate fire conditions in high-rises, which can be extremely challenging.

Most of the funding for the simulator came from a foundation started by ...

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Mayor Presents Fiscal '09 Budget

Thursday, January 24, 2008

Mayor Bloomberg presented a conservative 58-billion-dollar budget plan for the next fiscal year, which includes a one-percent growth rate in controllable spending... and maintains his state of the city promise to continue 7-percent property tax cuts and 4-hundred-dollar rebates.

He says the nation's housing crisis has affected but not hurt the ...

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Preview of Bloomberg's Budget Plan

Thursday, January 24, 2008

Today, it's Mayor Bloomberg's turn to lay out his budget. WNYC's Bob Hennelly has more on what's becoming an especially challenging year.

Even before Governor Spitzer introduced his spending plan this week, the city's Independent Budget Office predicted an economic slowdown would mean the Bloomberg administration had to close a $3.1 ...

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Rudy Giuliani and Air Quality After 9/11: Part 2

Thursday, January 24, 2008

Rudy Giuliani’s stature as a national leader and presidential candidate has flowed from his actions following September 11th.

Today, in the 2nd of a 2-part series, we look at what the Giuliani administration did and didn’t do to protect rescue, recovery and cleanup workers from potential hazards in the air. WNYC’s ...

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Retired Cops Now Swell Ranks of Child Welfare System

Thursday, January 24, 2008

The murder trial of the man accused of brutally beating his 7-year old step-daughter, Nixzmary Brown, is in its second week. Two years ago, the child’s death shook the city and the child welfare system. Officials announced a series of reforms including the hiring of retired police detectives. These law ...

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Drivers Face Increased Scrutiny

Thursday, January 24, 2008

The Taxi & Limousine Commission says its officers and police are posing as passengers to make sure drivers aren't violating rules against refusing credit cards, talking on cell phones while driving and general rudeness.

Violators may face fines and repeat offenses could lede to license suspensions.

The head of the Taxi Workers ...

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Support for Giuliani Wavers in Garden State

Thursday, January 24, 2008

From the earliest days of the presidential campaign, Rudy Giuliani has believed his road to victory would run straight through New Jersey.

He's long had a strong base of support in the state and until recently, had a large lead in polls.

But a new poll released yesterday, found Giuliani slightly behind ...

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MSNBC's Republican Debate in Florida

Thursday, January 24, 2008

Just days before the Florida primaries, the Republican 2008 presidential hopefuls met in Boca Raton, Florida for a Debate hosted by Florida Atlantic University and broadcast by MSNBC. If you missed the debate, you can listen here.

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A Local Look at Economic Slowdown

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

So where do we go from here?

Will Wall Street steady itself after yesterday's bumpy ride and what does this mean for our local economy?

With us now to help answer those questions is David Wyss. He's the chief economist of Standard and Poor's.

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Spitzer Looks to Javits for Extra Funds

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

REPORTER: One way Governor Spitzer wants to raise money for next year's budget is to sell off land on the north and south sides of the Javits Convention Center.

The state had purchased that land to expand the center, on Manhattan's west side. But it has scaled back that plan dramatically.

Kathy ...

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City Council Members Anxious Over Gov's Budget Proposal

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

The head of the city council, Speaker Christine Quinn, says she's troubled by Governor Spitzer's proposed budget, saying it short-changes the city.

QUINN: The state budget could leave city potentially with at least 300 million if not more less than what we had expected. Particularly troubling in area of education.

REPORTER: The ...

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