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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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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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Gov. Orders Environmental Review of Gas Drilling

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Governor David Paterson has addressed growing public concerns about an expected boom in gas drilling in upstate New York by ordering a full environmental review.

The move was announced as the governor signed into law a measure to simplify the permit application for energy companies seeking ...

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Reforms In Store For Environmental Control Board

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

For years, food vendors and small business owners have complained about what they contend is the red tape at the city's Environmental Control Board. They have to go through the agency to settle outstanding city code violations. But as WNYC's Bob Hennelly reports, relief may ...

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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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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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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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NYS Bill May Weaken NYC Plastic Bag Recycling

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

A law requiring big stores and chains to recycle plastic bags is supposed to take effect today, but a bill pending in Albany could preempt the effort. WNYC's Bob Hennelly has more on the battle of the bag bills.

REPORTER: Both Albany and the city agree ...

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Natural Gas Drilling: Is New York Ready?

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

The Marcellus Shale is what industry people call an unconventional play. It’s loaded with natural gas, from Eastern Ohio to the Catskill Mountains. But the gas is very hard to extract. It’s packed tight 7,000 feet deep.

Today, with energy prices at record highs, extracting that ...

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Dems Line Up Behind McMahon on S.I.

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

The National Democratic Party is lining up behind Staten Island Democrat Mike McMahon as he runs for the seat that'll be vacated by Republican Congressman Vito Fossella. WNYC's Arun Venugopal reports.

REPORTER: Councilman McMahon could be the first Democrat to win the seat in 28 years, ...

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State Official Responds to WNYC/ProPublica Investigation

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

A joint WNYC/ProPublica investigation has found New York State officials scrambling to prepare for an expected boom in gas drilling upstate. You may have heard Ilya Marritz' report on Morning Edition.

Our investigation found state environmental officials vouching for the safety of a drilling procedure that ...

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MTA Fares and Tolls Could Go Up Again

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority is going to propose another fare and toll hike tomorrow. If approved, it would go into effect next July, making it only the second time in history when the city has seen two fare hikes in consecutive years. WNYC's Matthew Schuerman ...

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McCain Turns to Vets to Burnish War Credentials

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

As Sen. Barack Obama appears on TV screens shooting hoops with U.S. troops in Iraq, John McCain's campaign is trying to counter the Obama media blitz by enlisting millions of veterans.

WNYC's Bob Hennelly has more from Holmdel, N.J.

Veterans converged at the Garden State's Vietnam Veteran's ...

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Developers Seize Tax Break Program

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Bucking a national trend, the number of permits for constructing new residential buildings in the city more than doubled in June, compared to the same period last year. As WNYC's Cindy Rodriguez reports, developers trying to take advantage of a tax exemption program before it ...

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City Services Translated into six Languages

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Mayor Michael Bloomberg is ordering all New York City services to be translated into six languages.

The executive order is the first uniform, citywide policy requiring agencies to provide assistance and translation in the languages most commonly spoken by New Yorkers with limited English proficiency.

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Weiner Wants to be Middle Class Hero

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Congressman - and potential Mayoral candidate - Anthony Wiener says he's pro-development but is concerned about the toll that rising real estate costs are taking on middle class New Yorkers.

Speaking at a breakfast put on by Crain's New York Business, the Congressman praised Mayor Michael ...

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Paterson Dubious of MTA Fare Hike Plan

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Gov. David Paterson is not convinced the Metropolitan Transportation Authority needs to raise fares again.

Paterson, who appoints more members to the agency's board than anyone else, says the MTA needs to check its books again to see if there is any other way to balance ...

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MTA Fare Hike Draws Stiff Criticism

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority's proposed 8 percent fare and toll hike has everyone talking and it hasn't even been officially unveiled yet. The 2009 budget proposal will be formally released tomorrow, but some of the details are already in the news. The agency says rising ...

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Governor Supports Low-Interest Loans

Monday, July 21, 2008

Gov. David Paterson is supporting a plan to create low-interest student loans for public and private universities in New York. The state Commission on Higher Education proposed the subsidized loan program, which would be financed through tax-exempt bonds, in a 105-page report released Monday.

Education advocates ...

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MTA 2 TXT U

Monday, July 21, 2008

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority is about to unveil a new service that will alert riders to unplanned service disruptions, by e-mail or text message. WNYC's Arun Venugopal has more.

REPORTER: The MTA already has an email and texting service, but that only works for planned disruptions, ...

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