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Quinn Under Fire for Financial Practices

Friday, April 04, 2008

An ongoing criminal investigation suddenly cast a bright light on the finances of the City Council, as well as deceptive budgeting practices that may go back decades.

Council Speaker Christine Quinn said her staff discovered the historical irregularities last year.

They found that the council funded ...

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Another Democrat Joins Senate Race

Thursday, April 03, 2008

New Jersey Democrats may be headed into an intense battle for the nomination for the junior Senate seat - it's a fight that could rival the contest for the party's presidential nomination.

First, the 84-year-old incumbent senator, Frank Lautenberg was to face Morristown mayor and ...

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Diplomats Exempt from Congestion Fee

Thursday, April 03, 2008

Mayor Michael Bloomberg has tried to hold the line on loopholes in his congestion pricing plan. But, one group of people he's already agreed to exempt from the fee are foreign representatives to the United Nations and their almost 3,000 cars.

WNYC's Matthew Schuerman reports.

The federal ...

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N.Y., N.J. Sue Federal EPA

Thursday, April 03, 2008

New York, New Jersey and 15 other states are suing the federal Environmental Protection Agency as part of an effort to get them to act on global warming.

The suit comes one year to the day after the Supreme Court required the EPA to decide ...

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Council Speaker Quinn Faces Tough Questions On Slush Fund

Thursday, April 03, 2008

City Council Speaker Christine Quinn found herself on the defensive today. A New York Post story said that Quinn, an advocate of fiscal transparency and reform, has been using a secret slush fund, one that other speakers have used since 1988.

Quinn's office funded it over ...

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Stepfather Sentenced to 29 Years in Beating Death of Girl

Thursday, April 03, 2008

Cesar Rodriguez was given the maximum sentence in the beating death of his 7-year-old step-daughter Nixzmary Brown. WNYC's Cindy Rodriguez reports from the Brooklyn Supreme Court.

Rodriguez who was convicted of manslaughter in the first degree and other lesser charges will serve between 26 and 29 ...

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Budget Talks Stall Over Congestion Pricing

Thursday, April 03, 2008

Budget talks stalled as Albany grappled with the issue of congestion pricing. Assembly Democrats were in closed-door talks that could last through the weekend, with any action scheduled for Monday. Karen DeWitt reports from Albany.

REPORTER: Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver says his democratic members that live ...

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Defense Produces First Witness in Sean Bell Shooting Trial

Thursday, April 03, 2008

The defense produced its first witness in the trial of the 3 officers charged with Sean Bell's fatal shooting. The witness, Officer Michael Carey, shot 3 times that night but wasn't charged. WNYC's Arun Venugopal has more.

Officer Carey said the undercover, Gescard Isnora, clearly identified ...

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Pope to Visit Manhattan Synagogue

Thursday, April 03, 2008

Pope Benedict during his upcoming tour of the United States will go to a synagogue in Manhattan – only the third time a pope has visited a Jewish house of worship. WNYC’s Fred Mogul reports.

Benedict visited a synagogue in Cologne, Germany, shortly after becoming pope ...

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Defense Begins Case at Bell Trial

Thursday, April 03, 2008

After nearly six weeks of arguments, the prosecution in the trial of the three officers charged with Sean Bell's fatal shooting has rested its case. Now, it's the defense's turn.

The prosecution's 50th and final witness was the trauma surgeon who operated on Bell's friend, ...

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Isiah Thomas No Longer President of Knicks

Wednesday, April 02, 2008

Isiah Thomas is out, as president of the New York Knicks, at least.

New president Donnie Walsh, introduced today to the media, says he will wait a few days to decide whether to keep Thomas on as coach. Walsh, the former CEO of the Indiana Pacers, ...

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The Living Room

Wednesday, April 02, 2008

A Lower East Side nightclub has earned a reputation for nurturing young singer songwriters. It’s where many of them get their first crack at an audience -- and at the tip bucket. Reporter Joel Meyer visited the Living Room last weekend as it celebrated its ...

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Surgeon Tells Court Bell's Friend Almost Died After Shooting

Wednesday, April 02, 2008

A trauma surgeon told the court that Sean Bell's injured friend, Joe Guzman nearly died after being shot by police. WNYC's Arun Venugopal has more on the prosecution's final witness.

Dr. Albert Cooper said Guzman's injuries were life-threatening. Guzman was shot at least 13 times - ...

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City Fights for 9/11 Compensation

Wednesday, April 02, 2008

The city’s top attorney told a Congressional panel that the federal government should re-open the September 11th Victims Compensation Fund to pay for the healthcare needs of rescue and recovery workers from the World Trade Center site.

WNYC’s Fred Mogul reports.

The city has long maintained that ...

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Quinn Searching for Budget Alternatives

Wednesday, April 02, 2008

REPORTER: Quinn presented her response to Mayor Bloomberg's preliminary budget yesterday. She says she hopes cutting other city agencies will help restore cuts to education.

QUINN: So, we want to avoid principals having to say, "I don't have the money to have that after school program. ...

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Plan for 125th St. Draws Critics, Supporters

Wednesday, April 02, 2008

Hundreds of critics and boosters of Mayor Michael Bloomberg's controversial plan to rezone Harlem's 125th Street packed the City Council yesterday.

WNYC's Bob Hennelly was there.

It's the first comprehensive plan for Harlem's "Main Street" in over 40 years. Council backers contend the plan offers protections for ...

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Second Day of Defense in Former Newark Mayor Corruption Trial

Wednesday, April 02, 2008

The defense attorneys for former Newark Mayor Sharpe James rested, after their client refused to take the stand in his federal corruption case.

The 72-year-old former mayor is accused of improperly using his position to steer city owned properties to a former girlfriend at deep discounts ...

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Congestion Opposition Cries Foul

Wednesday, April 02, 2008

REPORTER: Councilman Lewis Fidler, who led the opposition, claims the mayor promised a campaign fundraiser as an incentive for an undecided council person who dropped by Gracie Mansion before the vote.

FIDLER: While that member was there, the mayor suggested that he would do a fundraiser ...

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Manhattan Prices Remain High

Wednesday, April 02, 2008

The average cost of a Manhattan apartment is now close to $1.7 million.

Quarterly data released by New York's big brokers show an increase in the sale price of condos and co-ops by an average of around 20% over the same period last year.

Sale prices rose ...

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Emotional Day in Bell Trial

Wednesday, April 02, 2008

The trial of the 3 officers charged in the death of Sean Bell is now in its 6th week and the last couple days have been particularly dramatic and important.

The prosecution finally brought to the stand the 2 men who were actually in the car ...

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