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City Relies on Non-Profits for Many Community Services

Friday, April 25, 2008

A criminal probe into deceptive City Council book-keeping has thrown light on the City's growing reliance on non-profits to provide a wide array of community services. WNYC's Bob Hennelly has this report.

REPORTER: From after school programs to health screening the City turns to hundreds of ...

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No Explanation for Wrongly Approved Construction Permits

Friday, April 25, 2008

The new interim head of the Department of Buildings still can't say for sure why the agency wrongly approved permits for a building where a crane recently collapsed. WNYC's Cindy Rodriguez reports.

REPORTER: At a state Assembly hearing Jonathan Bing who represents Manhattan's east side described ...

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City Pays Kids for Good Grades

Thursday, April 24, 2008

New York City recently began using cash to try to motivate kids to get better test scores. So far, more than $800,000 has been distributed to about 5,300 4th and 7th graders. The city sees this as a bold experiment. Others question whether it will ...

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High Food Prices Hurt NYC Schools

Thursday, April 24, 2008

New York City schools are feeling the pinch of higher food prices. Eric Goldstein is chief executive officer of school support services.

REPORTER: He says he's already had to make changes to the meals served in public schools.

GOLDSTEIN: What worries us is if food prices continue ...

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Protests Against Employee Immigrant Status Check

Thursday, April 24, 2008

Immigrant advocates are protesting the use and misuse of a federal pilot program designed to help employers check the immigration status of new employees. WNYC's Marianne McCune reports.

REPORTER: Dunkin Donuts has been using the so-called E-Verify program since 2006. It's run by the Department of ...

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Council Spending Probe Unfolds

Thursday, April 24, 2008

More questions are being raised about city councilmembers and their relationships to non-profit groups. This as the feds continue their investigation into the phony non-profits the council created to hide money. WNYC's Bob Hennelly looks at the rules that cover the Council.

Consider the case of ...

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NYU Unveils 20-Yearl Plan for West Village

Thursday, April 24, 2008

New York University showed off the latest ideas of what its campus could look like in 20 years at an open house yesterday. In response to objections raised at its last public presentation, the university has ruled out tearing down and replacing Washington Square Village ...

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City and Activists Prepare for Bell Verdict

Thursday, April 24, 2008

A judge's verdict in the trial of three police officers charged with fatally shooting Sean Bell is expected tomorrow morning. In anticipation, Mayor Bloomberg says he's been keeping the lines of communication open with Reverend Al Sharpton.

BLOOMBERG: Al's one of those community leaders that you ...

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High-Risk Construction Sites Under Review

Thursday, April 24, 2008

The city is bringing in outside consultants to increase safety at high risk construction sites.

REPORTER: The city says the most dangerous jobs are pouring concrete, excavations and crane operations. All 3 can lead to serious accidents when safety rules are not followed.

So, the Buildings Department ...

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City to Convert Piers into Trade Show Space

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

The expansion of the Javits Convention Center is in limbo, but today the city moved forward to increase the amount of trade show space just a few blocks north.

The Economic Development Corporation said Vornado Realty Trust would renovate Pier 94, which is already in use ...

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Colombian Author is Also Food Market "Delivery Guy"

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

The city sponsored Immigrant Heritage Week last week but really in New York it's possible to mark the immigrant experience and its effect every day. Writer Joaquin Botero is originally from Colombia. His book "El Jardin en Chelsea" describes working at the Garden of Eden ...

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DOB Commish Resigns After 5 Years Heading Sprawling Agency

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Patricia Lancaster, who led the city's Buildings Department for more than five years, stepped down yesterday. The sprawling agency has been under fire recently over a spate of construction accidents. WNYC's Cindy Rodriguez has more on the now-former commissioner.

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Court: Whitman Not Liable for 9/11 Health Updates

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Former EPA chief Christine Todd Whitman cannot be held liable for telling residents near the World Trade Center site that the air was safe-to-breathe after the 2001 terrorist attacks.

A federal appeals court has dismissed a lawsuit by residents, students and workers in lower Manhattan and ...

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Calls For More Aggressive Buildings Commish

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

The city's Buildings Commissioner, Patricia Lancaster has stepped down after more than six years in that post. While Mayor Bloomberg praised her service, her resignation comes after a series of fatalities on construction sites her agency was supposed to supervise. WNYC's Matthew Schuerman has more.

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PBA Posts Competition's Salaries for Recruits

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

The Patrolman's Benevolent Association is stepping up its fight to get better salaries for its officers. The union will now post jobs from police departments in other cities that pay more. The move comes as the city and the union expect word from a state ...

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Bell Fiancée Holds News Conference at City Hall

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

The former fiancée of the unarmed man killed by police in a 50-bullet barrage says she expects justice to prevail for the three detectives who are charged.

Nicole Paultre Bell held a news conference at City Hall this morning with Bell's two wounded friends, his father, ...

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Advocates Report Increased Firing of Immigrant Workers

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Advocates say an increasing number of immigrant workers are being fired from low-wage jobs because their social security numbers don't match their names - even though some have legal working papers. WNYC's Marianne McCune reports.

There are no hard numbers, but advocates say more employers are ...

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Group's Money Frozen During Council Probe

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Dozens of grants to non-profit groups all over the city are being held up, as the fallout from the City Council's phoney group scandal continues. We get more from WNYC's Bob Hennelly.

REPORTER: City Comptroller Bill Thompson has put the brakes on about a hundred grants ...

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Robert Frost

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Frost began writing poetry while still a schoolboy in New England, where he stayed for college and most of his life. He published his first poem, "Butterfly" in 1894 and went on to win the Pulitzer Prize for poetry four times. In the recordings below, ...

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Marchers Protest Corzine's Plan to Shut Parks

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

About 300 people marched on the New Jersey Statehouse Wednesday to protest Gov. Corzine's plans to close state parks.

He has proposed closing nine state parks and partially closing others to save $4.5 million. The plan is among $2.7 billion in cuts sought by Corzine amid ...

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