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Bloomberg Stumps for Traffic Fee

Thursday, March 20, 2008

Mayor Michael Bloomberg is out stumping for his congestion pricing plan again today.

Speaking in Throgs Neck, he touted the new BXM-19 bus route; one of three that he says would whisk riders from the Bronx to Manhattan. The mayor says he needs state and city approval of congestion pricing to ...

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Changed Deadline for Congestion Pricing

Thursday, March 20, 2008

Mayor Michael Bloomberg is still acting as if March 31 is the deadline for a congestion pricing plan to pass in Albany, though a wrinkle in the way the state and federal government set the deadlines may actually give him an extra week.

Yesterday, the mayor's office released a draft ...

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Buildings Inspector Arrested for Falsifying Records

Thursday, March 20, 2008

An investigation into last weekend’s crane collapse has let to the arrest of an inspector with the Buildings Department. WNYC's Cindy Rodriguez has more from Midtown.

Edward Marquette has been charged with falsifying records according to the Department of Investigations. He lied about inspecting the crane on March 4 after a ...

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Thousands Protest School Cuts

Thursday, March 20, 2008

Thousands of parents, educators and students gathered at City Hall yesterday to protest the current and proposed $729 million in school budget cuts. They, along with council members say they're going to fight it.

WNYC's Elaine Rivera reports.

The protesters rallied in a steady rain, as they clogged several blocks around City ...

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City Agencies Air Budget Woes

Thursday, March 20, 2008

CROWD SOUND

Thousands of parents, students and educators gathered outside City Hall yesterday to protest $350 million in cuts to education. Inside, Gov. David Paterson and Mayor Michael Bloomberg spoke to the press. Paterson gave a sobering assessment of the impact a sliding economy is having on state and city budget ...

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Paterson Admits to Affairs

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Less than 24 hours after taking office, Gov. David Paterson acknowledged that he had several extramarital affairs - including one with a state employee.

But, Paterson emphasized that he did nothing to violate any aspect of public office.

PATERSON: I didn't break the law. I didn't violate an oath. I didn't use ...

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Buyout Means Bad News for City Budget

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Despite years of trying to diversify the city economy, Wall Street still accounts for 25 percent of the city's tax revenue.

Ronnie Lowenstein, with the city's Independent Budget Office, says IBO had expected a slow down.

LOWENSTEIN: What we didn't see a few weeks ago is the extent to which the problems ...

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Webster Hall Granted Landmark Status

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Now, it's more than just a place to dance. Webster Hall became a landmark yesterday.

The Landmarks Preservation Commission has added the Queen Anne-style brick and brownstone building to its roster.

Melissa Baldock, of the Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation, says Webster Hall's history and architectural details are worth ...

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Lower Manhattan Suffers from Buyout

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Downtown boosters scored a huge point last summer when JPMorgan Chase committed to building a new investment banking headquarters at Ground Zero.

For years, lower Manhattan had been losing financial companies to Midtown, first because of the better transportation that Grand Central Terminal provided. Then, because of the shock of September ...

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Spirit of Uganda

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Last night, the music and dance spectacle "Spirit of Uganda" began performances at the Joyce Theater. The show’s dancers and musicians are all children from Uganda, many of them orphans, between the ages of 8 and 22.

Betty Nakato has been performing with the group since 1997, when both her parents ...

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Clinton's Schedules Show Early Signs for a Run for Senate

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Sen. Hillary Clinton's schedules from when she was First Lady were released by the national archives today and they suggest early signs Clinton was considering a run for Senate in February of 1999. WNYC's Andrea Bernstein reports.

Already by the beginning of that February, rumors of a Clinton Senate bid were ...

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Lack of Yankee Funds for South Bronx

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

The new Yankee Stadium in the Bronx is more than halfway finished. It's expected to be ready on schedule by opening day of 2009.

But, the surrounding neighborhood isn't seeing all the benefits that were supposed to come, even while residents are contending with construction noise.

WNYC’s Matthew Schuerman reports.

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Mayor Bloomberg Outlines Case for Congestion Pricing

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

City and state legislators have just 13 days before they're required to vote on a plan to charge an $8 fee to drivers for entering the busiest parts of Manhattan. Yet congestion pricing seems far from their minds. The economy, the mood on Wall Street, the upcoming city and state ...

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Iraqi Musician in New York

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Five years after the US invasion of Iraq, an Iraqi-American musician is preserving the classical music of Baghdad here in New York. WNYC’s Siddhartha Mitter reports.

REPORTER: In late 2002, just before the invasion, Amir ElSaffar was in Baghdad on an investigative mission of his own. He was 25 years old ...

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Bloomberg Chastises Congressman's Comment on Congestion Pricing

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Mayor Michael Bloomberg spent the morning with U.S. Transportation Secretary Mary Peters, who has promised New York $354 million if the city agrees to implement a congestion pricing system.

At a Crain's New York breakfast, Bloomberg chastised U.S. Rep. Anthony Weiner, of Brooklyn, for arguing that federal officials would subtract the ...

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Effects of Declining Economy Outlined in City Budget Hearings

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Up to 5,000 angry parents and public school supporters rallied outside City Hall during budget hearings, to protest millions of dollars in proposed cuts to education spending. Inside, councilmembers heard details of the effects of cuts on the police and district attorneys’ offices.

Gov. David Paterson, fresh from proposing his own ...

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Diplomats Must Pay Real Estate Taxes

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

A federal judge has ruled that three countries must pay the city more than $57 million in real estate taxes. The judge says diplomatic privileges don't exempt the countries from tax obligations.

The case reached the Supreme Court, which ruled 7-2 that the city had a right to collect taxes on ...

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Nixzmary Brown's Stepfather Guilty of Manslaughter

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

The stepfather of Nixzmary Brown has been convicted of manslaughter for the death of the 7-year-old girl who became a poster child for the problems within the city's child welfare agency.

Brooklyn jurors deliberated four days before finding Cesar Rodriguez guilty of first-degree manslaughter, which carries a maximum penalty ...

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Tibetans Vow to Continue Protests

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Local Tibetan groups say they'll continue protesting here in the city as long as there's unrest and violence back home.

Yesterday, hundreds of people gathered outside the U.N. as the deadline for Tibetan protesters to surrender to Chinese police drew near. Today, they'll be back outside the Chinese Consulate.

Tenzin Dorjee says ...

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Crane Collapse Stands Apart from Past Accidents

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

The death toll from Saturday's crane collapse is now at seven, making it the worst such accident in the city's recent history.

The circumstances behind the collapse buck the trend of most fatal construction accidents.

WNYC's Matthew Schuerman has more.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration says that most construction fatalities in New ...

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