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Homeless Reduction Falls Short of City's Goal

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

The Bloomberg administration is coming under pressure for failing to meet its goal of reducing homelessness by more than 60 percent by 2009. So far, shelter numbers have dropped 9 percent - that's less than 4,000 people. During a hearing yesterday, City Councilman Bill de ...

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Corzine to Introduce Ethics Reforms

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

New Jersey Governor Jon Corzine wants to reduce the influence of money on the state's political system. Today he plans to announce a broad package of ethics reforms, some of which would be done through executive order, while others would need legislative approval. This is ...

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Indictments of Traffickers Gets Weapons off Street

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Five men accused of selling thousands of dollars of illegal weapons to undercover NYPD detectives are under indictment.

Queens District Attorney Robert Browne says the indictments will ultimately make New York safer.

BROWNE: Illegal hand guns exact a deadly toll. Last year for example in Queens, 60% ...

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Local Governments Feel the Budget Pinch

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Wall Street's woes are hitting New York City and New York State budgets hard. But as WNYC's Bob Hennelly reports, the toll on smaller local governments is every bit as serious.

REPORTER: Local towns and school districts throughout the state depend on property taxes. So the ...

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Poll Shows Races Tighten for Control of State Senate

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

The chamber is currently split, 31-to-30. A two-vote swing would give Democrats their first State Senate majority in more than four decades.

The Siena poll focuses on six races. One of the tightest in the state is in the Ozone Park area of Queens, between 10 ...

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Mayor Says City Employees Should Survive Wall Street Fall

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Mayor Bloomberg says there's no telling how far Wall Street might fall, but he thinks the city can weather the storm with a combination of spending cuts and, possibly, property tax increases.

BLOOMBERG: I don't think we will get to the point of layoffs. I don't ...

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MTA Says No More Free Passes On Bridges And Tunnels

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

The authority's full board approved a measure revoking the practice of giving government agencies and departments free EZ-Passes.

The MTA says it will bring in $10 million it can use to plug its budget deficit. But Mark Page, one of Mayor Bloomberg's representatives to the MTA ...

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Armory Show Explores 'Democracy in America'

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

"Democracy in America" — it's a big agenda and it's also the title of a show up this week at the Park Avenue Armory. There's work from more than 40 artists — taking on the political issues of our time. WNYC's Siddhartha Mitter checked it ...

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Gypsy Music Festival Hits New York

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

DJs spinning souped-up versions of old European folk songs have been drawing crowds in Europe and in the US for the past several years. A notoriously rowdy downtown club called Mehanata was the original focal point in New York. Now, the scene has spread to ...

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Modest Drop in NYC Homeless Population

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

The Bloomberg administration is still struggling to reduce the number of poor families who need shelter. After four years of trying to reform the system and bring down the numbers, there's only been a 2 percent drop. WNYC's Cindy Rodriguez reports.

REPORTER: A progress report issued ...

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The Museum of Arts and Design Opens in Columbus Circle

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

The Museum of Art and Design opens this Saturday. Its gone through several transformations in its over 50 year history: new names, new buildings and even a little controversy. Now it's set up in a newly refurbished building at 2 Columbus Circle. Lee Rosenbaum is ...

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The Museum of Arts and Design Opens in Columbus Circle

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

The Museum of Arts and Design opens this Saturday. It has gone through several transformations in its over 50 year history: new names, new buildings and even a little controversy. Now it's set up in a newly refurbished building at 2 Columbus Circle. Lee Rosenbaum ...

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Investors' Eyes on Capital Hill Bailout Hearing

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

The financial markets resumed their pullback today as investors worry that lawmakers are losing a sense of urgency on a bailout plan for financial institutions. The Dow closed down nearly 1 1/2 percent and the Nasdaq was also down more than 1 percent.

Investors watched as ...

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New York Doctor Wins Genius Grant

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

A local doctor who studies ways to slow and reverse the spread of infectious diseases, such as AIDS and tuberculosis, has received a genius grant from the John D and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation — one of 25 recipients of the prestigious award this year. ...

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Met Opera Kicks Off New Season

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

The Metropolitan Opera kicked off its 125th season in style last night. The opera diva Renee Fleming performed scenes from Verdi, Massenet and Strauss. She wore costumes designed by Christian Lacroix, and Karl Lagerfeld for Chanel.

The Met broadcast the performance on screens in Times Square ...

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City Settles Final Gun Lawsuit

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

The last hold out of 27 gun dealers the Bloomberg Administration sued has settled.

The agreement mirrors settlements with other out-of-state gun dealers from Georgia, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, and Ohio.

Under the settlement terms gun dealers will go beyond enforcing existing law and adopt so-called 'Industry Best" ...

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Corzine Responds to Financial Crisis

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

New Jersey Governor Jon Corzine and state legislative leaders are not waiting for Washington to come up with a state response to the global financial crisis. WNYC's Bob Hennelly has more.

REPORTER: New Jersey's economy is not quite as dependent on Wall Street's performance as are ...

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Charitable Foundation Takes a Hit

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Charities have been hit hard by the latest stock market swings. WNYC's Matthew Schuerman reports on a foundation that was heavily invested in AIG, the insurance company that is being bailed out with an $85 billion federal loan.

REPORTER: Established by AIG Founder Cornelius Vander Starr, ...

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An Intimate Look at Ramadan

Monday, September 22, 2008

Muslims are midway through the holy month of Ramadan, with its obligation to fast every day from sunrise to sunset. This year Ramadan falls in a busy season, with kids going back to school and not much room for time off. WNYC's Siddhartha Mitter spent ...

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UN General Assembly Ties Up Traffic

Monday, September 22, 2008

The United Nations' General Assembly is causing traffic headaches along Manhattan's East Side.

Many streets near the UN, and the Midtown hotels where diplomats and heads of state are staying, are closed, included 44th, 45th and 46th Streets from First to Second Avenues, and 49th and ...

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