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Bloomberg Praises Both McCain and Obama

Friday, July 25, 2008

Mayor Michael Bloomberg praised the independent streaks of the Democratic and Republican candidates for president at a gathering in Minneapolis hosted by the state's Independent Party.

REPORTER: The mayor, who once flirted with an Independent presidential bid, says the nation is "lucky" to have two candidates ...

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Protesters Rally Against Alleged Doll Head on Cop Car

Friday, July 25, 2008

Elected officials and community leaders in Harlem say they don't trust the police to conduct an investigation into how the head of a black doll ended up on the antenna of a police car on Tuesday.

Commissioner Ray Kelly says NYPD investigators are continuing to look ...

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Kayaking in New York Harbor

Friday, July 25, 2008

It’s been a long time since most New Yorkers had a regular boat organization they belonged to. Even just 100 years ago -- people got to where they had to be by boat in the same way we might take a cross-town bus. There were ...

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Gov. Paterson Vows Caution on Gas Drilling

Friday, July 25, 2008

Gov. David Paterson is vowing the state will proceed cautiously when it comes to new natural gas drilling in areas that could include New York City's drinking water reservoirs.

REPORTER: The governor spoke publicly for the first time since signing into law a streamlined application process.

PATERSON: ...

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Deal Reached for Ground Zero Church

Friday, July 25, 2008

A small church that was destroyed during the September 11th attacks will receive up to $60 million from the Port Authority to help with its move.

This will allow the Port Authority to build an entrance ramp for an underground truck screening center where the church ...

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State and City Officials Praise Federal Housing Bill

Friday, July 25, 2008

Housing officials say the federal housing bill poised to become law will help address more than just New York's foreclosure crisis. WNYC's Cindy Rodriguez reports.

REPORTER: About $4 billion will be distributed nationwide to help localities buy and renovate foreclosed properties. The money will go to ...

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Livery Drivers to get Workers' Comp Fund

Friday, July 25, 2008

Livery drivers in New York City and its suburbs will now have better access to workers' benefits.

Gov. Paterson signed a new law that establishes rules to define which black car drivers are employees, and which ones are independent contractors. It also creates a workers' comp ...

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High Wire Act at the Twin Towers

Thursday, July 24, 2008

In August 1974, the daredevil tight-rope walker Philippe Petit pulled the stunt of a lifetime when he walked between the top of the Twin Towers. Tomorrow, a film about his escapade, Man on Wire opens in New York. Harlan Jacobson is a film critic and ...

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Quinn Warns of Budget Reconsideration

Thursday, July 24, 2008

City Council Speaker Christine Quinn says she can't rule out having to re-open this year's budget to account for a declining economy and shrinking city tax revenues. WNYC's Bob Hennelly has more.

REPORTER: Quinn's cautionary comments came in response to a report released earlier this week ...

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NYPD Defends Shooting of Retired Cop

Thursday, July 24, 2008

Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly says officers had no choice but to shoot a retired colleague who had escaped from a psychiatric ward. WNYC's Arun Venugopal has more on the death of Jason Aiello on Staten Island.

REPORTER: According to sources, Aiello was able to escape from ...

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Spitzer Adminsitration Broke Law with "Travelgate"

Thursday, July 24, 2008

New York's Public Integrity Commission says four members of former governor Eliot Spitzer's administration broke the law when they compiled travel records on former State Senate Majority Leader Joe Bruno. Karen DeWitt has more.

REPORTER: Commission spokesman Walter Aires says the probe took a full year ...

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NY Sues Banking Giant UBS

Thursday, July 24, 2008

New York is suing banking giant UBS for fraud, saying the company promoted auction-rate securities to its clients, even as the $330 billion ARS market was collapsing last fall.

REPORTER: Eric Corngold is a deputy with State Attorney General Andrew Cuomo, and says bank executives were ...

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NJ Pols Breath Sigh of Relief Over Federal Housing Bill

Thursday, July 24, 2008

As congress moves towards passing a far-reaching package to help the faltering housing market, local New Jersey officials are breathing a sigh of relief. WNYC's Bob Hennelly explains how the legislation would help New Jersey:

The federal aid will be felt in New Jersey on two ...

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Subway Riders Face One-Two Punch

Thursday, July 24, 2008

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority formally presented its proposed 2009 budget yesterday. It would raise tolls and fares by 8 percent starting next July, followed by another 5 percent hike in January of 2011. But that meeting was just the first step on a long journey. ...

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Studies Find Health of Hudson River is Mixed

Thursday, July 24, 2008

Two new studies look at the health of the Hudson River, and have found mixed results. WNYC's Ilya Marritz has more.

REPORTER: Scientists at SUNY-Stony Brook analysed concentrations of methyl mercury in Hudson River fish bellies. They found today's levels are two to three times lower ...

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Transit Riders Speak Their Minds

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority hasn't even formally proposed a fare hike, but plenty of people are talking about it. WNYC caught a number of them at the West 4th Street subway station in Manhattan yesterday, after the news broke that the transit agency wants to ...

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Queens Garment Factory Cheated Workers Out of Millions

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

State officials say a New York City garment manufacturer that made clothing for Macy's, the Gap and other retailers cheated more than 100 workers out of a fair wage.

REPORTER: Factory workers allegedly put in 12-hour days, six or seven days a week, but weren't paid ...

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MTA Budget Proposes 8 Percent Fare Hike

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

MTA Executive Director Lee Sander presented the MTA board with his proposal to ask the state, city and riders for more money next year.

REPORTER: The proposal would include an 8 percent fare and toll hike and $300 million from city and state budgets.

For the most ...

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China Protest Disrupts Today Show

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Holding picket signs and chanting, critics of the Chinese government tried to disrupt broadcast of "The Today Show" this morning.

REPORTER: Jodi Jacobson, director of the American Jewish World Service, said her group wanted to bring attention to the dwindling media coverage of China's relationship to ...

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Official Addresses Environmental Concern Over Drilling

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

New York State plans to begin processing drilling permits for natural gas wells in the Catskills and the Southern Tier of New York in a few months. But as WNYC and ProPublica reported, there are gaps in the plan to regulate this expected boom ...

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