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Bloomberg Asks for Additional 3% Spending Cut

Tuesday, March 04, 2008

In a sign of troubled economic times, Mayor Bloomberg has asked all city agencies to trim spending by another three percent for fiscal year 2009, which begins July first.

REPORTER: The mayor's request comes on top of an earlier request to trim those budgets by five percent.

BLOOMBERG: Hopefully it will not ...

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Detective "Uncomfortable" Night of Bell Shooting

Tuesday, March 04, 2008

A detective testifying yesterday in the trial of the 3 detectives charged in the fatal shooting of Sean Bell said he felt uneasy from the start of the undercover operation at the Kalua Cabaret, where the shooting took place.

Detective Hispolito "Hip" Sanchez said he "felt uncomfortable," suggesting police were unprepared ...

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Embattled Livery Driver Speaks Up

Tuesday, March 04, 2008

An immigrant livery driver from Ecuador, who's being called both a hero and liar, faced the press yesterday and tried to explain why he made up a story about the baby he left at a Queens firehouse last Thursday.

WNYC's Cindy Rodriguez reports.

OUTRO: And there are reports this morning that the ...

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Senate Approves Paid Leave Bill

Tuesday, March 04, 2008

A measure that would allow workers in New Jersey to take paid leave to care for a sick relative or newborn is 1 step closer to becoming law.

The State Senate approved the bill by a 22-16 vote yesterday.

It now heads to the Assembly, which is expected to consider it in ...

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The Latest from Albany

Tuesday, March 04, 2008

There may be less money to go around this year in Albany, but this year's budget battle has no shortage of political intrigue.

The majority enjoyed by Republicans in the State Senate is now down to 1 seat following a special election that Democrats won last week.

Meanwhile, the state's top Republican, ...

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City Blocks Sale of "Birthplace of Hip-Hop"

Tuesday, March 04, 2008

The city's decision to block the sale of a building that some call the birthplace of hip-hop may set a precedent that could keep other buildings affordable for their current tenants.

REPORTER: Housing activists are applauding the city's ruling that the financial terms of the sale would drive rents too high ...

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NYers Volunteering in Texas Ahead of Primary

Monday, March 03, 2008

After more than a year, the Democratic contest for president appears to be reaching a climax. WNYC's Bob Hennelly is in Texas and finds New York volunteers at the center of the action.

REPORTER: Business consultant Cheryl Gerber left upstate Kingston to come to Austin to put her Spanish to work ...

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Sander Gives First State of MTA Address

Monday, March 03, 2008

Even though the Second Avenue Subway has not been fully funded, much less built, the head the MTA is dreaming about the next steps his agency will take.

REPORTER: Lee Sander said at the first-ever State of the MTA address that today's mega-projects would lay the groundwork for a new generation ...

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Cuomo Tries to End Ties Between Brokers and Appraisers

Monday, March 03, 2008

Attorney General Andrew Cuomo announces a new agreement with mortgage lenders to end the cosy relationship between real estate brokers and appraisers.

REPORTER: Cuomo's office has persuaded Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to stop doing business with banks that use in-house appraisers, starting next year.

The idea is to prevent the over-valuation ...

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"State of the MTA" Address This Morning

Monday, March 03, 2008

The executive director of New York's mass transit system delivers the first ever State of the MTA speech later this morning.

Elliot Sander's address comes 2 days after the 40th anniversary of the MTA's founding.

During the speech at Cooper Union, Sander will review the agency's accomplishments, describe its current challenges and ...

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Campaigning Heats Up in Texas

Monday, March 03, 2008

REPORTER: Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton spent the weekend campaigning in preparation for tomorrow's presidential primaries in Texas, Ohio, Vermont and Rhode Island.

Clinton holds a televised town hall meeting in Texas today.

WNYC's Bob Hennelly is in the Lone Star State.

Outside a Houston sub shop voters really want to talk politics. ...

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National Theater of the Avant-Garde

Monday, March 03, 2008

Did you know the United States of America has a National Theater? Right here in New York City? It’s not what you’d expect. The National Theater of the United States of America is an Obie award-winning avant-garde theater troupe. Its 7 young artists are known for transforming unconventional spaces – ...

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Terrance McKnight Takes the Mic as Host of Evening Music

Monday, March 03, 2008

Tonight, Terrance McKnight takes his seat at the mic as host of WNYC’s Evening Music. Terrance arrives in New York from Georgia Public Broadcasting, where he was creator, producer and host of the popular music show “Studio GPB.” In addition to his radio work, Terrance is a pianist himself and ...

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Bell Trial Heads Into 2nd Week

Monday, March 03, 2008

The 2nd week of the trial of the 3 New York City detectives charged in the death of Sean Bell resumes today, with the prosecution trying to build upon its case.

WNYC's Arun Venugopal has more.

Today, the court will be hearing from Detective Hipolito Sanchez, 1 of the undercovers who spent ...

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Livery Driver Made Up Story About Abandoned Baby, Police Say

Sunday, March 02, 2008

Police are looking for the father of an abandoned baby girl, now that a livery cab driver has been charged with making up a false story about the infant being left in his car.

REPORTER: Police say driver Klever Sailema was trying to help an overwhelmed Bronx family abandon the roughly ...

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Sharpe James Trial Begins Today

Sunday, March 02, 2008

Opening arguments are set to begin tomorrow in the first trial of former Newark Mayor Sharpe James. He and companion Tamika Riley face federal corruption charges. James is accused of arranging for the sale of nine city-owned properties at discounted rates to Riley, who then sold them for big profits. ...

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Bus and Subway Fares Go Up

Sunday, March 02, 2008

Subway and bus fares gave gone up. As of 12:01 this morning, a monthly metrocard costs $81 dollars -- a $5 increase. The 7-day pass goes up a dollar to $25. A new 14-day unlimited metrocard is being introduced today. That'll cost you $47. The base fare remains $2, and ...

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State's Renewable Energy Program Needs More Money

Sunday, March 02, 2008

New York's ambitious renewable energy program is behind schedule and short on funds, according to the Spitzer administration. Officials say the money utility customers pay to support projects like wind farms isn't enough to meet the goals set out in 2004. A renewable energy task force reports that the $780 ...

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Bloomberg Vetoes Section 8 Bill

Saturday, March 01, 2008

Mayor Bloomberg has vetoed a bill that would have forced private landlords to accept the federally funded housing voucher known as Section 8.

REPORTER: The legislation would make it illegal for landlords to discriminate against tenants based on the source of income they use for rent. The bill's prime sponsor, councilman ...

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Graffiti Artist James Top Opens Gallery Show Downtown

Saturday, March 01, 2008

More than 30 years after James Top started writing graffiti on NYC subways, he's opened his first solo art show at a downtown gallery. Dorian Merina reports on his path from the street to the studio.

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