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Hard Economic Times Mean Shortfalls for City and State

Monday, July 28, 2008

With a looming budget shortfall next year of $2.3 billion, Mayor Bloomberg says the city must keep spending in check. He and other officials testified this morning at a meeting of the Financial Control Board, which was set up in the 1970s when New York ...

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NYS Audits MTA Finances

Monday, July 28, 2008

As the Metropolitan Transportation Authority plans two fare hikes starting next July, a top state official has a message for the agency: not so fast. WNYC’s Arun Venugopal has more on a planned audit of the transit agency.

REPORTER: State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli is going ahead ...

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NYC Adds Double Dutch to School Sports Calendar

Monday, July 28, 2008

There's a newcomer to New York City high school sports: double-dutch. The urban pastime will be an officially sanctioned sport this coming school year once basketball season is over and there is space in the gyms.

Double dutch jumper Osayi Owie says double-dutch is a true ...

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Starrett City Tenants Praise Housing Relief Bill

Monday, July 28, 2008

Tenants of Starrett City in Brooklyn are praising the federal housing relief bill, which needs only President Bush's expected signature to become law. The legislation focuses mainly on alleviating the foreclosure crisis, but it also extends government subsidies for the sprawling complex on Jamaica Bay ...

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Comptroller: NYC Budget Gaps Widening

Monday, July 28, 2008

New York City's comptroller will deliver bad economic news to the Financial Control Board today. William Thompson is expected to tell the board that the city's future budget gaps will be larger than anticipated.

Thompson projects that the city's debt will grow by more than 7 ...

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Sharpton Rejects Plea Deal in Disorderly Conduct Case

Monday, July 28, 2008

The Rev. Al Sharpton rejected a non-jail plea offer today and instead will go to trial in September on a disorderly conduct charge related to protest demonstrations over the fatal shooting of an unarmed man on his wedding day.

Sharpton turned down an offer to plead ...

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Colombians Debate Politics With Difficulty

Monday, July 28, 2008

Colombian immigrants in the Jackson Heights neighborhood of Queens have been lauding their government and President Alvaro Uribe for recent efforts to combat violence in Colombia, particularly by the FARC rebel group. Residents of New York's Little Colombia overwhelmingly support President Uribe. In recent years ...

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Deadly Rip-Tides Claim Lives at Area Beaches

Monday, July 28, 2008

Deadly rip-tides off city and Long Island beaches this weekend claimed the lives of at least four people with three more still missing. Rescuers suspended their search yesterday for 10-year-old Akira Johnson who disappeared off Coney Island Saturday afternoon.

Still missing since Friday are a teenager ...

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An Abundance of Beckett

Saturday, July 26, 2008

This theater season in New York offered an unusual number of major productions of plays by Samuel Beckett. Right now at Lincoln Center Festival, Ralph Fiennes, Barry McGovern and Liam Neeson are starring in a series of shows. And earlier this year, there were performances ...

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Kayaking in New York Harbor

Friday, July 25, 2008

It’s been a long time since most New Yorkers had a regular boat organization they belonged to. Even just 100 years ago -- people got to where they had to be by boat in the same way we might take a cross-town bus. There were ...

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Deal Reached for Ground Zero Church

Friday, July 25, 2008

A small church that was destroyed during the September 11th attacks will receive up to $60 million from the Port Authority to help with its move.

This will allow the Port Authority to build an entrance ramp for an underground truck screening center where the church ...

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Protesters Rally Against Alleged Doll Head on Cop Car

Friday, July 25, 2008

Elected officials and community leaders in Harlem say they don't trust the police to conduct an investigation into how the head of a black doll ended up on the antenna of a police car on Tuesday.

Commissioner Ray Kelly says NYPD investigators are continuing to look ...

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Former Haitian Leader Guilty of Mortgage Fraud

Friday, July 25, 2008

A Brooklyn jury found the former leader of a violent Haitian paramilitary group guilty of mortgage fraud.

REPORTER: Toto Constant could face up to 15 years in prison for a scheme that cheated lenders out of $1.7 million. The case was followed closely by Haitians and ...

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Bloomberg Praises Both McCain and Obama

Friday, July 25, 2008

Mayor Michael Bloomberg praised the independent streaks of the Democratic and Republican candidates for president at a gathering in Minneapolis hosted by the state's Independent Party.

REPORTER: The mayor, who once flirted with an Independent presidential bid, says the nation is "lucky" to have two candidates ...

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State and City Officials Praise Federal Housing Bill

Friday, July 25, 2008

Housing officials say the federal housing bill poised to become law will help address more than just New York's foreclosure crisis. WNYC's Cindy Rodriguez reports.

REPORTER: About $4 billion will be distributed nationwide to help localities buy and renovate foreclosed properties. The money will go to ...

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Livery Drivers to get Workers' Comp Fund

Friday, July 25, 2008

Livery drivers in New York City and its suburbs will now have better access to workers' benefits.

Gov. Paterson signed a new law that establishes rules to define which black car drivers are employees, and which ones are independent contractors. It also creates a workers' comp ...

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Gov. Paterson Vows Caution on Gas Drilling

Friday, July 25, 2008

Gov. David Paterson is vowing the state will proceed cautiously when it comes to new natural gas drilling in areas that could include New York City's drinking water reservoirs.

REPORTER: The governor spoke publicly for the first time since signing into law a streamlined application process.

PATERSON: ...

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High Wire Act at the Twin Towers

Thursday, July 24, 2008

In August 1974, the daredevil tight-rope walker Philippe Petit pulled the stunt of a lifetime when he walked between the top of the Twin Towers. Tomorrow, a film about his escapade, Man on Wire opens in New York. Harlan Jacobson is a film critic and ...

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NJ Pols Breath Sigh of Relief Over Federal Housing Bill

Thursday, July 24, 2008

As congress moves towards passing a far-reaching package to help the faltering housing market, local New Jersey officials are breathing a sigh of relief. WNYC's Bob Hennelly explains how the legislation would help New Jersey:

The federal aid will be felt in New Jersey on two ...

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Quinn Warns of Budget Reconsideration

Thursday, July 24, 2008

City Council Speaker Christine Quinn says she can't rule out having to re-open this year's budget to account for a declining economy and shrinking city tax revenues. WNYC's Bob Hennelly has more.

REPORTER: Quinn's cautionary comments came in response to a report released earlier this week ...

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