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Atlantic Yards Opponents Suffer a Defeat

Saturday, January 12, 2008

Opponents of Brooklyn's Atlantic Yards development have suffered another setback. A state judge on Friday rejected a complaint alleging flaws in the environmental review of the planned sports and residential complex. WNYC's Mathew Schuerman reports.

REPORTER: In her decision, Judge Joan Madden at times sympathized with the plaintiffs' arguments. But she ...

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Giuliani Says His Campaign Has "Quite a Bit of Money"

Saturday, January 12, 2008

Rudolph Giuliani says he didn't ask any of his presidential campaign staffers to forgo their January paychecks, but some volunteered to do so to stretch the campaign's funds.

REPORTER: About a dozen senior staffers are working for free this month. It's been seen as a sign of possible money trouble for ...

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Busy Courts Mean Backup in Foster Care

Friday, January 11, 2008

Following her death, reports of abuse and neglect skyrocketed. The result - an increasingly overburdened family court system. WNYC's Cindy Rodriguez reports.

According to a report by the Center for New York City Affairs, court-ordered supervision cases have nearly doubled since 2005.

At a City Council hearing, Administration for Children's Services Commissioner ...

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National Network Prepared for Bloomberg

Friday, January 11, 2008

In Virginia, the "Draft Bloomberg" vehicle is an existing party - the Independent Greens.

That effort is led by Carey Campbell, an accountant who says he's paying $1,000 a week out of his pocket to pay for a full-time professional petitioner to travel the state to ensure the effort gets 20,000 ...

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Proactive Approach to City's Rat Population

Friday, January 11, 2008

REPORTER: It's hired 20 new inspectors and exterminators to comb neighborhood "hot spots" that have been known to attract rats and record any sign of rodent activity into a hand held computer.

Assistant Commissioner for Environmental Policy, Dan Kass, says the new system will allow the Health Department to teach people ...

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The Search for a New Traffic Plan Continues

Friday, January 11, 2008

The commission currently hunting for a plan to reduce traffic in Manhattan has a tall order to meet over the next 3 weeks. WNYC's Matthew Schuerman has more.

The chairman of the panel, Marc Shaw, says that the point is to come up with a plan that will not only reduce ...

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Slow Times for 2nd Avenue Business

Friday, January 11, 2008

REPORTER: Councilman Dan Garodnick says several hundred businesses located on 2nd Avenue face losses because of construction work and reduced foot traffic.

Eddie Crowe opened the Crowe's Nest restaurant last spring, before construction began. Now, business is down and once the weather warms, he won't be able to seat customers on ...

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Sounding Off on the Subways

Friday, January 11, 2008

NYC Transit President Howard Roberts Jr. says 86 stations - almost 1 in every 5 - currently don't have sound systems.

He wants to fill in those gaps so officials can make announcements to all 468 stations station from a single control room.

Roberts isn't specifying the potential cost of the project. ...

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Service Changes to 7 Train

Friday, January 11, 2008

Starting this morning, there will be no weekday express service on the 7 line. All trains will make all local stops, in both directions, through February 29th.

The MTA says that means an estimated 7 minute addition to a commute between Flushing - Main Street and Times Square.

And, beginning tomorrow, for ...

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Bloomberg Gathers Stats on White House Run

Thursday, January 10, 2008

The Associated Press says the mayor is using an approach known as "micro-targeting."

The exhaustive data collection began months ago.

When the analysis begins shortly, it will provide the data-obsessed billionaire businessman with the information he will use to decide whether to run for the White House.

Bloomberg's spokesman declined to comment.

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Spitzer Outlines Ambitious 2008 Agenda

Thursday, January 10, 2008

In yesterday's State of the State address, Governor Spitzer also attempted to extend a bi-partisan olive branch. WNYC's Bob Hennelly was there.

The centerpiece of Governor Spitzer's agenda is an ambitious plan to revitalize the entire state higher education system to help grow its slowing economy.

The plan calls for hiring of ...

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Reverend Sharpton Say He's Not A Bounty Hunter

Thursday, January 10, 2008

Reverend Al Sharpton says he and his associates kept law enforcement fully informed as they tried to broker a failed surrender by escaped convict Otis Blunt.

Blunt was captured by police in Mexico, where Sharpton and others headed in hopes of helping the fugitive turn himself in. According to Sharpton, Blunt ...

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Fugitive Caught in Mexico

Thursday, January 10, 2008

Blunt and fellow inmate Jose Espinosa escaped from a Union County, New Jersey jail almost a month ago. Espinosa was captured in Elizabeth, only a mile away from the facility.

Blunt, meanwhile, managed to travel thousands of miles to Mexico City. He was arrested by Mexican authorities and transferred to the ...

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Millions Proposed for New Housing Fund

Thursday, January 10, 2008

REPORTER: Priscilla Almodovar, the head of the state's Mortgage Agency, would oversee the money.

She says the idea is to pass legislation to make the fund permanent and create a panel of state agencies involved in housing to decide how the money gets spent.

ALMODOVAR: The Office of Mental Health does a ...

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NYC Gets First Pay Toilet Since 1975

Thursday, January 10, 2008

The first public restroom was opened in Madison Square Park with great fanfare. With the cluster of press there near the shake shack, you might have thought Bono was preparing for a free concert, but a "potty for the people" in New York is an even rarer thing. It certainly ...

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New Rules for Plastic Bags

Thursday, January 10, 2008

REPORTER: The City Council wants to prevent plastic bags from becoming litter. Yesterday, it passed legislation that requires large stores and chains to recycle the bags.

Stores that fail to comply could face fines of $300 per day.

Speaker Christine Quinn says the bill requires the clear display of recycling bins for ...

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Voter Registration Deadline is Friday

Thursday, January 10, 2008

The primary in New York State has been moved up a month to February 5th and so that means the deadline to register to vote is tomorrow.

The Voter Assistance Commission is partnering with the City Council and community boards throughout the 5 boroughs and reminding New Yorkers of the new ...

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Obama Greeted by Large Crowds in NJ

Thursday, January 10, 2008

Supporters waited outside for hours, but at least it was unseasonably warm. WNYC’s Fred Mogul was there.

The lines wrapped around much of the campus of St. Peter’s College and when the fire marshal declared the gymnasium full, more than a thousand people were left outside.

Obama highlighted his strong showing in ...

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Warning Sirens Could Be Finished Soon

Thursday, January 10, 2008

The owner of the Indian Point nuclear reactors in Westchester County says the long-delayed power plant's emergency siren system could be completed by midsummer.

Entergy Nuclear says the system would also be reviewed and approved by the new proposed deadline of August 14th.

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City Tries Proactive Approach to Rat Extermination

Thursday, January 10, 2008

The city Health Department is taking a new approach to an old problem. In an effort to rid the city of rats -- or at least seriously limit their numbers -- health officials are testing a program to "proactively" examine infested neighborhoods.

REPORTER: Assistant Commissioner for Environmental Policy, Dan Kass, says ...

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