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Bloomberg Says Recessions are Personal

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Mayor Bloomberg says all the talk about an economic slowdown is missing the real point of how it impacts people on a very personal level.

BLOOMBERG: Whether it's a recession or not, that's just a technical term. Some wag said it's a recession if your neighbor loses a job and a ...

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Crowds Turn Out In Defense of Village

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

REPORTER: Last night, more than 400 people attended the first public hearing on a plan by St. Vincent's Hospital to sell off half of its Greenwich Village campus.

A private developer would demolish the complex on the eastern side of 7th Avenue to make way for a 21-story condominium tower.

St. Vincent's ...

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Schools May Suffer Under Spitzer's Budget Plan

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

REPORTER: Governor Spitzer unveils his budget proposal this afternoon in Albany.

With a $4.4 billion budget gap to close, reports have surfaced that the governor may not be ready to provide city schools with the amount of funding originally promised.

SPITZER: It is going to be extraordinarily close, from New York City's ...

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Weapons Cache Discovered in Brooklyn

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

A man arrested when a weapons cache was discovered in his Brooklyn Heights apartment has also been charged in the neighborhood's anti-Semitic vandalism spree last September - that's according to police.

37-year-old Ivan Ivanov pleaded not guilty to charges of aggravated harassment and criminal mischief as a hate crime for the ...

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Fresh Start for Calorie Count Fight

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

The Board of Health plans to vote today on the requirement.

They hope the information will shock New Yorkers into eating healthier.

The Board of Health first passed a similar rule last year, but a federal judge struck it down because it failed to apply to both restaurants that volunteered information on ...

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Heath Ledger Found Dead in NYC at Age 28

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

NEW YORK (AP) -- Heath Ledger, the talented 28-year-old actor who gravitated toward dark, brooding roles that defied his leading-man looks, was found dead Tuesday in a Manhattan apartment, facedown at the foot of his bed with prescription sleeping pills nearby, police said.

There was no obvious indication that the Australian-born ...

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NJ Transit Plans for a Two-Track Hudson River Tunnel

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Big plans are underway to make Penn Station a better place for commuters to come and go. But just a block away, New Jersey Transit is planning another station that would be 175 feet underground. WNYC's Matthew Schuerman reports.

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Mayor Addresses World Markets' Effects on the City

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Mayor Bloomberg says plummeting world financial markets will have an impact on the city's finances, but he said New York is still on sounder footing than other parts of the country.

BLOOMBERG: We are dependent on Wall Street profits and that's clearly going to be lower. We are dependent on people's ...

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Spitzer Offers National Perspective for Budget

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

ELLIOT SPITZER: And just to give you a sense that we are not in this budget predicament alone California on about a $140 billion budget I believe they have a deficit of about $14.5 billion or close to 14 percent. And so our budget of about $125 billion is with ...

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Political Conversations: at the Dog Park

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Last fall, New Yorkers in the Tompkins Square Park dog run seemed reluctant to support Senator Barack Obama for President.

But as WNYC’s Jim Colgan found out when he went back a few days ago, now there’s an active debate. Jim checked in on the political conversation in the East Village, ...

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Rudy Slips in New York

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

The Quinnipiac University poll out this morning finds the 2 tied at 30% each, with the rest of the Republican field in single digits.

The poll of likely voters comes a day after a Siena College poll of registered voters showed McCain leading Guiliani by 12 points.

Both polls show Hillary Clinton ...

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Department of Health Votes to Post Calories

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Burger King's Triple Whopper Hamburger contains 1,230 calories...and starting March 31st, the city wants you to see that number posted on the fast food chain's menu board.

REPORTER: The Board of Health unanimously approved a revision to its calorie statement rule. Health Department nutrition specialist Dr. Lynn Silver says it will ...

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Hearing Tonight on Toll Hike Plan

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Governor Corzine's plan to increase tolls on the turnpike and parkway will face its first public hearing today.

The New Jersey State Senate will consider the plan to reduce the state's debt.

Corzine wants the plan approved by mid-March, but a new poll shows opposition to the plan. The Fairleigh Dickinson University ...

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Governor Spitzer Unveils Budget He Says Will Close Deficit

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Governor Spitzer is proposing a $124 billion budget he says would close a $4.4 billion deficit, while spending more on schools, health care coverage for kids, dealing with declining growth caused by a slowing economy. The governor's plan increases spending by 5.3 percent.... the lowest increase since the mid-90s.

REPORTER: Spitzer ...

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Utility Heads Get Grilled on Who’s Responsible for Pipe Explosion

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Con Ed was under tough questioning today, as city council members looked to force the utility to accept responsibility for last summer's deadly steam pipe explosion.

REPORTER: Speaker Christine Quinn pressed Con Ed's William Longhi for a statement of responsibility.

QUINN: Who's fault was it? God's, yours, the city's.

LONGHI: in today, we're ...

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Democratic Debate from CNN and the Congressional Black Caucus Institute

Monday, January 21, 2008

Democratic presidential rivals Hillary Rodham Clinton and Barack Obama accused each other of repeatedly and deliberately distorting the truth for political gain Monday night in a highly personal, finger-wagging debate that ranged from the war in Iraq to Bill Clinton's role in the campaign.

The debate took place in Myrtle ...

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Giuliani Loosing GOP Lead?

Monday, January 21, 2008

The Siena College polls shows Arizona Senator John McCain leading Giuliani by 12 points, 36 to 24. That's a dramatic reversal from a month ago, when Giuliani led Mcain 48 to 15.

A Marist College Poll shows McCain ahead by ten points.

Both polls show McCain leading upstate and in the suburbs, ...

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State and City Budgets Unveiled This Week

Monday, January 21, 2008

Governor Spitzer and Mayor Bloomberg both plan to unveil their budgets this week. Both must address an unstable economy.

Wall Street's recent gyrations are a real headache for both city and state budget makers because both City Hall and Albany rely heavily on the stock market for tax revenue. So a ...

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Remembering Martin Luther King

Monday, January 21, 2008

Sharpton took the opportunity to campaign for Lieutenant Governor David Paterson. Turning to Governor Spitzer, Sharpton suggested that as an African-American, Paterson would make an ideal replacement for Senator Hillary Clinton, in the event that she's elected president.

SHARPTON: they should strongly consider if she's successful a black to fill that ...

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Clinton Speaks in Harlem Day After Nevada Win

Monday, January 21, 2008

A day after winning the Nevada caucuses, Senator Hillary Clinton was in Harlem at the Abyssinian Baptist Church. And she took a break from the heated campaign rhetoric to praise her main rival Barack Obama.

REPORTER: On the eve of the Martin Luther King holiday, Clinton stopped in Harlem to pick ...

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