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Neighbors Weigh In on Columbia Expansion

Friday, September 05, 2008

Supporters and opponents of Columbia University's planned expansion into Manhattanville presented their case at a public hearing this week.

Nick Sprayregen owns Tuck-it-away Storage, one of the two holdout businesses in the area. He says the process to determine whether the area is blighted has been ...

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Councilman Koppell Promises Term Limits Bill

Friday, September 05, 2008

Bronx City Councilman Oliver Koppell says if Council Speaker Christine Quinn doesn't move on term limits, he'll to introduce a bill to change them.

Koppell says the current two term limit "robs the public of a choice," and he wants the city's elected officials to be ...

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City Launches 9/11 Health Campaign

Friday, September 05, 2008

Seven years after the 9/11 attacks, the city is launching a new effort to reach more people who may be sick from toxic debris. City officials say there could be tens of thousands of people who need to be treated for effects ranging from respiratory ...

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Prosecutors Expected to Drop Charges Against Critical Mass Biker

Friday, September 05, 2008

Prosecutors are expected to drop charges today against a cyclist who was pushed off his bike by a police officer during a Critical Mass bike ride in July.

Christopher Long was charged with attempted assault, resisting arrest and disorderly conduct. The arresting officer said Long had ...

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New Yorkers Merging With New Pedestrian Plaza

Friday, September 05, 2008

Office workers, laborers and students are getting used to eating their lunch in the middle of the intersection of 23rd Street and Broadway.

They are all part of a pedestrian plaza that the city's transportation department created by taking traffic lanes out of service and narrowing ...

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Construction Worker Falls to His Death

Friday, September 05, 2008

A construction worker was killed Thursday after falling 40 stories from a skyscraper on Manhattan's far west side. Anthony Esposito was part of a crew dismantling a tower crane. Mayor Michael Bloomberg says the worker lost his footing after the platform he was on tilted:

BLOOMBERG: ...

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Gotbaum Recommends Less Mayoral Control over Schools

Thursday, September 04, 2008

A new report from a commission appointed by Public Advocate Betsy Gotbaum is recommending that the legislature curtail some of the control Mayor Michael Bloomberg has over New York's public schools.

The report calls for changing the way the independent Panel for Educational Policy is created ...

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Local GOP Looks to Bring Convention Energy Home

Thursday, September 04, 2008

Local New York delegates in St. Paul for the Republican convention say they're going to bring the energy home from the Twin Cities to their very Democratic state, and persuade it to vote for Sen. John McCain. WNYC's Fred Mogul has more.

They believe McCain has ...

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State Regulators Approve Wind Power Deal

Thursday, September 04, 2008

State regulators have approved a deal to allow the construction of hundreds of new wind turbines throughout upstate New York.

Spanish energy conglomerate, Iberdrola has acquired Energy East, a Maine-based company, which provides electricity or natural gas to 1.7 million New Yorkers.

The Public Service Commission which ...

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Race for 25th State Senate District Heats Up

Thursday, September 04, 2008

In a hotly contested race for the 25th State Senate District, Democratic incumbent Martin Connor squared off last night against his challenger Daniel Squadron.

During the two hour debate, the 28-year-old Squadron argued he would bring new blood and change to Albany, while Connor, a 30-year-old ...

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Infant Mortality Rate Drops

Thursday, September 04, 2008

Health officials say the infant mortality rate is at its lowest level in New York City since such records have been kept.

A new report shows there were 5.4 deaths per thousand live births in 2007 compared to 5.9 in 2006. That's the largest single year ...

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Local Republicans React to Palin's Speech

Thursday, September 04, 2008

New York Republicans gathered in the Flatiron district to watch the convention coverage. Marion Drayfus of the Upper West Side said she was not disappointed by the spirited speech by vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin

DRAYFUS: I thought it was nine innings, and I thought she ...

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Chesapeake Energy Sells Drilling Rights

Thursday, September 04, 2008

An energy company that leased land to drill for natural gas in the northeast is now looking to sell part of its operation.

Over the past few years, gas companies have been in fierce competition to lease acres for drilling all over Pennsylvania and upstate New ...

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Republicans Cheer Sarah Palin

Thursday, September 04, 2008

Over the last week, the world has been learning more about the GOP vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin. WNYC's Fred Mogul was on the floor of the Republican National Convention last night for her much anticipated speech, and he joins us now from the Twin ...

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Bruno Blasts Obama

Thursday, September 04, 2008

In St. Paul, former State Senate Majority Leader Joe Bruno livened up the New York delegation, when he gave a speech comparing Barack Obama to his former rival Eliot Spitzer. Karen Dewitt has more:

Bruno told the delegation that people should beware of articulate charismatic candidates ...

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City Takes New Swing at School Bullies

Wednesday, September 03, 2008

The city's taking a swing at bullies in schools, with Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Schools Chancellor Joel Klein and Council Speaker Christine Quinn announcing a set of initiatives they hope will curb mean girls and rough boys.

Schools will be required to track and monitor all bias ...

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Refugee Summer School

Wednesday, September 03, 2008

New York City school’s are back in session. Adapting to a new school is always a challenge, but it can be especially hard for the sons and daughters of refugees and asylum seekers -- people who were forced from their homes because of violent conflict ...

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New MoMA Chief Picked

Wednesday, September 03, 2008

It's one of the most prestigious jobs in the modern art world -- chief curator of painting and sculpture at the Museum of Modern Art. Today MoMa announced that they'd filled the position after a six month search.

They're promoting from within — Ann Temkin is ...

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NYC Transit Cracks Down on Fare Evasion on Buses

Wednesday, September 03, 2008

NYC Transit officials are cracking down on people who board buses without paying the fare.

Officials have identified the worst routes and bus stops and they plan to crack down on them starting as early as next week.

Police officers will be part of the new enforcement, ...

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Columbia Expansion Enters Final Stage

Wednesday, September 03, 2008

Columbia University's expansion into West Harlem is entering its final stage. The state's economic development agency began holding hearings last night on whether it should invoke eminent domain to take possession of properties the university doesn't own.

It's not enough to argue that Columbia's expansion will ...

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